64th Porsche Parade
By Andreas Kottschoth, edited by Sabine Kottschoth
For the first time in five years, we decided to fly to the Porsche Parade, a three day drive to and from Florida was not in the cards. So we started our journey on Thursday afternoon getting to Winnipeg and then flew down to Florida on Friday morning. At the Orlando airport, we got picked up with our rental for the week, a Panamera Turbo. We just couldn’t arrive at Parade, in a Toyota Corolla. If you ever want to rent an exotic car but don’t want to spend a fortune, I suggest Turo.com. After an enjoyable drive on US-1 down the coast on, we arrived at the Boca Raton Resort in the late afternoon. The hotel had been decorated with Porsche and PCA logos everywhere and after checking in, we settled in our room.
Saturday is the warm-up day and I got my two volunteer shifts in early. 4 hours at the carwash and another 4h at the concourse preparation. Sabine spent the morning exploring the resort beach club and she finished the day at the Welcome Tent. More and more of our Porsche friends arrived at the resort during the day.
Sunday, Parade starts with registration. As a seasoned parade participant, we waited out the registration rush and enjoyed a good breakfast in one of the many restaurants in Boca Raton. Coming back 2 hours later we finished Registration in less than 15 minutes.
My Sunday included the Board of Directors Meeting, now Annual Membership Meeting. Sounds big and I can assure you it was a bit intimidating to present the Regions Webpage Committee report in front of the executive and all other national chairs. With that, all business items had been taken care of and we started discovering the resort. After finding the pool, we laid back and relaxed, to be ready for the Pirelli Welcome Party. Due to the unpredictable weather in Florida, all banquets had been scheduled in the Grand Ballroom. Peter Zellner from Porsche Cars North America presented again something special to the PCA family, the 718 Spyder, the 718 GT4 and a 911 Speedster in heritage colors.
Monday, Day 2 is Concours day and it was a hot day. A great selection of cars was displayed on the fairway of the Boca Raton Golf Club just a short walk from the Resort. Note to me, next time sign your car up for the concourse, you never know. Our rental car was very clean and probably would have won its class!
In the afternoon the Art show judging was completed and Sabine who had entered three items walked away with a 1st place finish in Artisan Crafts, with a Pepita wallet.
Tuesday was an off day and we went to the beach club and enjoyed the warm weather with some occasional dips in the ocean. We finished the day at the Concours Banquet. A word on the food, it was very good.
One part of Parade is about driving tours and visiting new places. The first tour we had signed up was to The REVS institute for Wednesday. Three groups of 15 cars left in 10 minutes intervals toward Naples on the Gulf coast. The museum opened their doors on their off day and we received excellent guided tours through their collection. After a lunch break we headed back to base to get ready for the ‘Banquet of the week’, the TSD Awards Dinner. The awards included the newsletter and web page awards. Then it was my time to present the Web Page awards for the Regions Webpage Committee. In class II, I had to present the 2nd place trophy in class II to myself.
Gimmick Rally, has been described as an extremely large board game. And there are hardcore board gamers out there. This year we had seven locations to find and we had to go to a minimum of 6. After the first stop, at the Packers museum, we felt pretty good. Another stop was the Champion Porsche dealership, wow. And at the end of the day, we had scored 29 out of possible 31 points. That called for a reward, a German dinner at the Biergarten.
The next morning we checked for the Gimmick Rally results. Our score earned us a 9th place out of 81 in the 2-person category. Then it was onto the Tech Tactics sessions with many informative 1h workshops. After sitting still for so long we went back to the beach and relaxed. The Michelin Autocross banquet closed out the day and Sabine was announced as a winner in the Art Show.
Parade of Porsche (now Procession of Porsches) is a tradition on the last day of Parade. This time we started in the morning and got escorted by the Florida State Highway Troopers.
On the last day of Parade, all the volunteers are recognized at a lunch. The day ended with the Victory Dinner. Great prizes were given away from luggage to tires, watches and a trip to Germany. No winners here, but next year, for sure.
One notable item you may have seen the one-of-a-kind Porsche Motorsport surfboards in the posted photos. On Friday and on Saturday three boards were auctioned off and all money is going to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The ‘Gulf’ board went for $4,500 at the Friday banquet. On Saturday two members gave $7,500 (Pink Pig board) and $7,100 (Porsche Heritage Design board) to this wonderful cause!
The 8 days went by quickly and we made our way back to Orlando to catch our flight back to Canada on Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed the 64th Porsche Parade very much and made many new friends. We can hardly wait for next year’s Parade in Palm Springs, California at the La Quinta Resort and Club, June 21-27, 2020.