by Simone Kopitzki, Redwood Sponsorship
On a nice sunny morning about 50 Porsches showed up for our very popular
Porsches on the Plaza event in Sonoma. Once the members had parked their
cars in the horseshoe in front of the City Hall and registered it was
then time to enjoy a beautiful day in the Park. The park surrounding the
horseshoe is perfect for sitting in the shade, enjoying a picnic, wine
and good conversations. This event is more about the social part of the
club. Meeting old and new friends in the club. Very casual but a lot of
Susan Stuart and I assisted with people that were interested in joining
the club and with the collection of the People's choice tickets. Some
were interested in the activities of the club. Others wanted to receive
the newsletter. Many people told us their story of their Porsche
experience and some just stopped by to look at the brochure "Porsche for
sale" presented by Greg Maissen, the sales representative for HiTec
Automotive and we hope that they will eventually be buying and joining
the club later.
Speaking of HiTec Automotive, a special shout out to HiTec Automotive
and Deven Wailes, its owner. He sponsored the event once again. Thank
you Deven for your continuing support to the club.
The 'People's Choice' first place winner was Thomas Renshaw and his wife
Cindy. They actually just bought their 1964 356C Cabriolet from HiTec
Automotive and re-joined the club after 30+ years of being absent.
Second place was Mike Burns with his 911/930 Turbo. Third place was
shared by Vern Rogers (Cayman), Thorsten Kopitzki (991) and Jim Hybiske
(911 RS Replica).
In addition, Porsche Merchandise items such as a poster, calendars and
books were donated by Vern Rogers. Three bottles of wine from Adobe
Road were donated by the Redwood Region and a bottle of champagne was
donated by BusiBee Bookkeeping. All these wonderful prizes were raffled
off to those owners in the preferred parking area on the square.
Our region's charity,CASA, was also there to represent themselves. All
collections from this event are going to support CASA (Court Appointed
Children Advocates). With over 50 cars we are able to give a good amount
The event dissolved around 3:30. As in past years, Deven Wailes, owner
of HiTec Automotive, hosted an after show party at his home for members
of the club. Everybody brought some food or drinks and in the beautiful
setting of his garden we socialized until about 9 pm. I am already
looking forward to this great event next year.