SPROCKETS: Packing a 911 for the Porsche Parade By David Robertson, Region President If you haven’t been lucky enough to attend a Porsche Parade, just imagine around 900 Porsches from every conceivable model line and vintage, comprised of over 1500 PCA members and families, along with an entourage of PCNA and Porsche AG executives and associated vendors all in one spot for a week. That is the scene at Porsche Parade, and it is spectacular! For those of you that are unfamiliar, Parade is an annual gathering of the PCA for a week of events that include both casual and competitive driving and concours, tours, banquets, lots of events for children, and even a PCA member art show and golf tournament! As I previously mentioned, last year in Spokane, Tracy and I flew up and rented a car. Although we ended up with a Mustang convertible due to a rental counter glitch that worked in my favor for the first time ever, there is still something just not quite right when you don’t have a Porsche at a major PCA event. This year, with a comparatively short eight-hour drive to Lake of the Ozarks, and over 60 Maverick Region members registered, it was a no-brainer to pack up the 911 and hit the road. Packing a 911 for a weeklong active trip sounds daunting at first, but as the process started moving along and items were fitted in to every nook and cranny of the car, I was very impressed with the amount of “stuff” we were able to fit. Two suitcases, two backpacks, two full sets of golf clubs, and a couple of bags full of various “why not, we are not flying” type items. The moment of truth came when we went to pack the 911 back up for the trip home. Laid out in the hotel room were not only all the items listed above but all of the great items that you get when you are at Parade, including lots of cool stuff from Porsche and other vendors, giveaways during the events, and items purchased from the Parade Store. There were also really cool -- but really bulky and fragile -- trophies that we were very fortunate to receive this year. As I surveyed these items that seemed to be stacked up in the hotel room as if in an overstocked warehouse club, my first thought was that there is absolutely no way all this stuff is getting home with us in that car. Well to my surprise, after some trial and error and discovery of little spaces good for stuffing one shoe or a couple of T-shirts here and there, everything fit and it was a comfortable ride. With the conversations I had during Parade week with people on the National Executive Committee and other region members, I can tell you that the Maverick Region is getting a lot of attention for the great things 2 August our event volunteers are doing. As name after name was called for either a national award or an event win or place I couldn’t help but feel what an honor it is to be the President of the Maverick Region PCA! MAV OF THE MONTH: John Sandusky John Sandusky is a quiet behind-the-scenes contributor to our Maverick Region. He has led the instructors at our Drivers’ Education for more than a decade as our Chief Driving Instructor. When his boys were younger, they were each pressed into service as front gate keepers at our driving events (not a lot of fun at 6:30 am for a teenager). Always working to protect the safety of our drivers and coaches, he has been open to new ideas and adjustments while ensuring the fun and safe etiquette of our track-driving program. Thank you, John, for everything you do for the Maverick Region! Enjoy your $75.00 gift certificate compliments of Autobahn Porsche.
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