The Coronavirus has, of course, created new records forfirsts. One notable first is that 2020 is the first time that thePorsche Parade has been cancelled in its 65-year history. Theorganizers held out as long as they could before making thatdecision, but the writing was on the wall; it would have beentoo dangerous to bring over 1,500 PCA members and gueststogether for the numerous banquets, seminars, parties, andget-togethers that comprise the Parade.The competitive events, in hindsight, probably could havebeen put on in relative safety. The Concours d’Elegance,typically held on a large golf course, would have madefor practical social distancing measures to be in place forcompetitors and spectators alike. The TSD Rally is not aspectator event, and the driver/navigator pairs in each carare largely couples, and the exceptions to that rule of thumbknow each other well enough to trust that their partnerwould bow out if they suspected that they were infected. Thetwo-day Autocross does allow spectators, but there is enoughroom at the outdoor venue (usually an airport or very largeparking lot) to allow safe distances between the fans, theworkers, and the competitors. The fourth competitive eventis the Technical and Historic Quiz, which is held in a largeconference room or ballroom, again with enough room foreveryone to stay six feet apart.But it was not to be for 2020. However, we’re alreadylooking ahead to 2021, when the Porsche Parade will beheld at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN, which isroughly a 12-1/2 hour drive from the D/FW area. If FrenchLick sounds familiar, it may be because it was the site of the2015 Parade as well. It was one of the more scenic Paradevenues, not the least of which was the resort itself, whichhas been in operation for over 100 years. The resort actuallyconsists of two hotels a couple of miles apart: the French LickSprings Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. PorscheParade attendees occupy both hotels, and the various Paradeevents are split between the two locations.2 JulyBoard Botschaft: Make Plans for Porsche Parade 2021by Carey Spreen, Region VPMAV OF THE MONTH:Mike O’HareSo if you have never attended a Porsche Parade, or ifyou haven’t been to one in a while, make plans to attendnext year. Keep in mind also that the Parade won’t be thisclose to D/FW again until 2024! The dates have not beenfinalized yet, but it will take place sometime in late June orearly July. It’s a gorgeous venue, and a great way to meetfellow PCA members from all over North America, as wellas representatives from Porsche AG.Meanwhile, Texas is finally starting to open back up, sostay safe and come on out to a Maverick Region event to seewhat PCA is all about!Mike has been with the PCA close to 4 years. Right from the green light he kicked it into highgear and became very active in many activities and always lending a hand. Mike is a friendlyface always welcoming Mavs at our event and giving a fun greeting to any PCA Jr. that may alsobe attending. Mike’s love for Porsche and Auto Racing can be seen either by the smile on hisface when driving his 991 GT3, or his amazing collection of die-cast race cars. Mike has hadsome great ideas for our club’s Tech Sessions which is why he teamed up to help Co-Chair thoseevents. Mike also recently took on a fun task of running our Weekly Online Trivia “PorschephilePrufung” (Porsche Exam) to give us all something fun to do during the COVID19 sheltering-inplacetime. Mike has come up with some great and interesting questions to stump us. Eachweek he would announce a winner for “bragging rights” and post another question. These arethings that bring us together by Driving Friendships and more reasons how our club staysFueled By Volunteers. Please join me in Congratulating Mike as our Maverick of the Month.
Our response to COVID-19Maverick Region COVID Communication chair, Wendy ShoffitI know… If you’re anything like me, you’re tired ofhearing about COVID-19. You’re tired of talking aboutit and certainly tired of hearing how everyone in theuniverse is handling this situation. The reality of it isthat this coronavirus will be a part of our lives at leastfor the next year or so. I’m tired of cancelling all myfun events and having this illness affect my business andmy livelihood to the extremes. Yes, I know I shouldn’tbe grousing about this, but the reality is it has made asignificant impact on all of us. I think it’s okay to besad about the losses and STILL do the right thing byfollowing the protocols that other government officialsand experts have deemed to be the safest for us.The Porsche Club of America has nearly groundto a halt. Talk about non-essential activities? While Imight feel like my oxygen has been cut off if I can’tdrive fast and autocross or DE, no one in governmentfinds that essential. Go figure! So, as restaurants, bars,entertainment venues, and eventually stores start reopeningin Phases, we also have to start to adapt to ourchanged environment. We have to do it safely to protectthose most at risk, but still understand that we ashuman beings need other human beings for our mentalwell being. While we can’t necessarily shake hands andhug each other, even being the socially distanced 6 feetapart feels like a breath of fresh air. I welcome it and ameager to find out exactly what this “new normal” lookslike for Maverick Region.Drives will haveAs we slowly start havingevents again, I wantedto assure you that we aretaking many precautions toprotect everyone.reduced attendees,as will rallies. We’regoing to give virtualtech sessions a try andcautiously meet up forcoffee. We will respectsocial distancing rulesas much as possibleand have things like hand sanitizer and (if they canbe sourced) masks available. Each event type will becoming up with their own set of protocols to ensurethey are taking care of entrants. PCA Nationalhas outlined much of this for us and we will adaptadditionally, as needed.National is also concerned about what could turninto a lawsuit frenzy. You’ve probably heard of thelawsuit filed against Walmart by a family of an employeewho contracted COVID-19. There are likely to be otherattempts as time progresses. Well, we want our peopleto be protected from any sort of lawsuit that could arisewhere people think they contracted this virus duringone of our events. So, as a protective measure, they’vecreated a required communicable disease waiver foreveryone to sign at our upcoming activities. It’s a singlepage and you only have to sign it one time to be coveredthrough May 15, 2021. This is a safety precautionfor US as we try to resume PCA life. This waiver willbe sent out to everyone who pre-registers for events.Printed blanks will also be available at check in forthose who might not be able to print them at home. Weare working on a system to track who and when you’vesigned the waiver to keep you from having to sign itmultiple times if you don’t want to.If you don’t want to ever sign the waiver, that’s okay.You don’t have to come to events. If you are in a high riskcategory and don’t feel like this is worth it, we respectthat and will see you when you do feel comfortable. Wewon’t love you any less. The rest of us will press on andtry to find whatever OUR “new normal” is.So, when an event comes up and you want toattend, be prepared to sign this waiver. Pleasedon’t give our volunteers a hard time if theyinsist you sign it in order to be there. They’rejust doing their jobs. We will, of course, keepdoing everything we can to protect everyone inattendance, like the world has been doing sincethis pandemic started.Be safe, be well, be happy!Wendy ShoffitCOVID Communications Chair3