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Slipstream - September 2018

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Mavs & Mochas: Neiman

Mavs & Mochas: Neiman Marcus By Bill Bradley photos by Bill Middleton Three things need to be said before any discussion as to why over 100 Porsches could gather in a covered parking garage in Willow Bend Mall to celebrate the Porsche Cabriolet. drop-top peers. Soon I was encircled by those eager to impart knowledge on topics ranging from radar detectors to grandchildren. Inside the doors to Neiman Marcus, which opened off the parking garage, were company employees 1. Thanks to our host Neiman Marcus for providing coffee and breakfast tacos and for the use of their facilities. 2. Thanks to Park Place Dallas for sponsoring the event, as well as congratulations on the opening of their Grapevine branch. 3. Lastly, thanks to the early-rising Mavericks who assisted in getting everyone properly parked and setting up a table with club information, decals, and Porsche whatnot. Rain had been forecast, so these folks had thoughtfully provided microfiber towels so that club members could remove the water spots from their vehicles. Some actually did. It should be added that it was still raining outside the confines of the parking garage. So many of us, including yours truly, contented ourselves with conversation and drinking coffee. I set up a folding chair in front of my 2006 Cabriolet, which was parked amongst twenty of her representative Top Row: Cabriolets on display, Sweet rides that didn’t melt in the rain Bottom: Row: Bill Orr - Enthusiast of the Year - also can set you up with some decals, the Neiman Marcus staff that took care of our group, Michael and Shanna Baynton, Mike Preston and Mike Mahoney dispensing coffee and pointing club members to where slips of paper could be filled out as chances to win a variety of prizes: • A lunch for four in the Mariposa • A pair of cufflinks • A pair of sneakers selected by the winner • Master Dynamics luxury headphones • Shinola gift A little after ten o’clock, Porsches began leaving their neat rows in the parking garage. Their passengers were about to become shoppers. At this point yours truly folded up his chair, said goodbye to those around him, and exited the parking garage. Yes, it was still raining. 26 September

New Member Perspective by Aaron Hutton This was my first social event, as I’ve owned the car only about 3 weeks now. I came out to a midmonth unofficial gathering, but that was only a handful of cars. Even with the rain, it still looked like a ton of cars and people at this gathering! So I shyly parked out on the outskirts, for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m terrible at parking nose-out, so giving myself lots of room is a good idea. I’m practicing though and doing it in the Cayman isn’t too bad since it’s smaller than I’m used to. I’m not worried about hitting anything - more like I don’t want to try 3 times to get it right. Then again, it only took me twice, so maybe I’m improving. 2) My poor Cayman still has adhesive haze all over the hood from a clearbra that was left on much longer than it should have. Didn’t want too many people looking too closely at it! I did get to meet a few new people, but being the newbie, the conversations were fairly brief as folks were often engaged with folks they knew better. But I got to say hi to Bill B, Peter, plus got my license plate frame (thanks Bill O!). We had a great time though, and I’m really looking forward to the next M&M with the 80’s theme! I brought my 16 year old daughter with me and as we pulled in she started getting anxious about her appearance, saying “Oh my god there’s so many expensive cars here, dad! I should have dressed nicer or done something better with my hair!” Haha... well not sure what to tell you kiddo, I was pretty clear about where we were going! She looked great by the way so I’m not sure what she was stressed about. To whomever owns the cabriolet with the blue full leather interior, that’s gorgeous. Thank you for putting the top down so I could get up close! Looking forward to the next event! 27

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