Slipstream - July 2020


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

The Coronavirus has, of course, created new records for

firsts. One notable first is that 2020 is the first time that the

Porsche Parade has been cancelled in its 65-year history. The

organizers held out as long as they could before making that

decision, but the writing was on the wall; it would have been

too dangerous to bring over 1,500 PCA members and guests

together for the numerous banquets, seminars, parties, and

get-togethers that comprise the Parade.

The competitive events, in hindsight, probably could have

been put on in relative safety. The Concours d’Elegance,

typically held on a large golf course, would have made

for practical social distancing measures to be in place for

competitors and spectators alike. The TSD Rally is not a

spectator event, and the driver/navigator pairs in each car

are largely couples, and the exceptions to that rule of thumb

know each other well enough to trust that their partner

would bow out if they suspected that they were infected. The

two-day Autocross does allow spectators, but there is enough

room at the outdoor venue (usually an airport or very large

parking lot) to allow safe distances between the fans, the

workers, and the competitors. The fourth competitive event

is the Technical and Historic Quiz, which is held in a large

conference room or ballroom, again with enough room for

everyone to stay six feet apart.

But it was not to be for 2020. However, we’re already

looking ahead to 2021, when the Porsche Parade will be

held at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN, which is

roughly a 12-1/2 hour drive from the D/FW area. If French

Lick sounds familiar, it may be because it was the site of the

2015 Parade as well. It was one of the more scenic Parade

venues, not the least of which was the resort itself, which

has been in operation for over 100 years. The resort actually

consists of two hotels a couple of miles apart: the French Lick

Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. Porsche

Parade attendees occupy both hotels, and the various Parade

events are split between the two locations.

2 July

Board Botschaft: Make Plans for Porsche Parade 2021

by Carey Spreen, Region VP


Mike O’Hare

So if you have never attended a Porsche Parade, or if

you haven’t been to one in a while, make plans to attend

next year. Keep in mind also that the Parade won’t be this

close to D/FW again until 2024! The dates have not been

finalized yet, but it will take place sometime in late June or

early July. It’s a gorgeous venue, and a great way to meet

fellow PCA members from all over North America, as well

as representatives from Porsche AG.

Meanwhile, Texas is finally starting to open back up, so

stay safe and come on out to a Maverick Region event to see

what PCA is all about!

Mike has been with the PCA close to 4 years. Right from the green light he kicked it into high

gear and became very active in many activities and always lending a hand. Mike is a friendly

face always welcoming Mavs at our event and giving a fun greeting to any PCA Jr. that may also

be attending. Mike’s love for Porsche and Auto Racing can be seen either by the smile on his

face when driving his 991 GT3, or his amazing collection of die-cast race cars. Mike has had

some great ideas for our club’s Tech Sessions which is why he teamed up to help Co-Chair those

events. Mike also recently took on a fun task of running our Weekly Online Trivia “Porschephile

Prufung” (Porsche Exam) to give us all something fun to do during the COVID19 sheltering-inplace

time. Mike has come up with some great and interesting questions to stump us. Each

week he would announce a winner for “bragging rights” and post another question. These are

things that bring us together by Driving Friendships and more reasons how our club stays

Fueled By Volunteers. Please join me in Congratulating Mike as our Maverick of the Month.

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