Our Annual Summer Fun Run happens on Saturday the 17th of July, the 3rd Saturday of the month next month, because El Presidente will be on the mainland again representing all of you at the Annual Porsche Parade with over 1,000 Porsches and a couple thousand other Porschefiles in French Lick, Indiana with his Pink Pig 1986 Turbo model of the 944 in the livery first introduced at LeMans 50 years ago in 1971. Though the car did not finish the race, it was a contender before they wore out their brake pads and crashed. Then in 2018, they raced the same livery in LeMans and WON their Division. My car is a tribute to this popular livery and Porsche’s attempt to push that envelope!
We pushed back this monthly Driving Tour by a week for the reasons that I am not here to assist and help organize, and our Tour Director, Dr. Mark Senft, will not be here either on the second Saturday. His younger brother turns 60 on that day and Mark will be on the mainland also, but will be back in plenty of time for the Summer Fun Run on the 17th.
The starting spot will be at the Makai parking lot of the Waikoloa Village Shopping Center, where we have met many times before, at 10 o’clock. After our signups and Safety briefing, at around 10:30, we will travel up Mauka to Mamalahoa Highway where we will turn North towards Waimea to the Waiki’i Ranch Road, again turning Mauka up the twisty, beautiful road until we connect again on the Daniel K Inouye Highway until we reach our rest stop at Mauna Kea Park around 11:30.
Leaving around Noon, we head back down Makai on the Waiki’i Ranch Road until we reach Mamalahoa Highway and head North to Waimea Town, stopping behind the Parker Ranch Shopping Center for another rest stop around 12:30. Taking off around 1:00, the group heads out through town on Kawaihae Road until gathering again in front of the HPA Campus after town traffic. Snaking along the Upper Kohala Mountain Road and dropping down to Hawi, then turning South along Akoni Pule Highway to Kawaihae, our journey ends there with those who wish to have lunch at Seafood Bar, and right nearby is Harbor Gallery, with our logo items, t-shirts and local art. We should be at Seafood Bar around 2, which is a slower time at the busy restaurant between Lunch and Dinner.
Please contact Dr. Mark Senft, our Tour Director, to let him know you are coming so we can give the restaurant a heads up as to our anticipated numbers. His cell is 808-936-3338 and it’s best to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with your attendance.
Have a great Summer Fun Run! That day is the final day of the Porsche Parade at French Lick. I will be leaving my car in the trusted hands of friends on the mainland until my next event and excursion. The following month, August, is our big Fund Raiser for The Food Basket, on the second Saturday, August 14th, where we will start again in Hilo and go over Saddle and end up in Kona. Last year we raised an almost unbelievable $3,980 for the organization. We helped provide almost 10,000 meals for needy people on this island during the pandemic, and today the need is even greater, according to Director Kristin Frost Albrecht who will again join us in Hilo at the mall parking lot next to the old Sears location.
We will again match dollar for dollar the first $750 in donations made to the club. Donations to the club are not tax deductible, but if you want to make a deductible donation, it can be made out to The Food Basket directly and the club will gather these donations and pass them along. No physical donations of food are allowed still, that is why we collect the funds so that they can purchase food to distribute. Please donate generously again!
Watch our Facebook page as we continue our exciting events each month, and my blog about the trip to and including the Porsche Parade. Next year, 2022, Parade will be held in the Poconos, and then 2023 will be back in Palm Springs where we were supposed to be last year when Covid shut everything down.
See you in August!
Aloha until then!
Gunner Mench, President