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2018 Porsche Parade

Parade Memories 2018 Page 2
Photos and commentary by Mitch Deep

Sunday, July 8

The next morning off early to register we found Jeff “first person in line” bragging about that feat 4 years in a row... I walked in and out before the gate opened, sporting my early Concours Layout Volunteer red shirt and registration badge, first.

By now son Jeremy is learning models, showing interest, but confused by Boxster, Cayman, 718 badging and without badging. “Tell me this?” “ Why is that?” “Is this faster than that” or “I like the Spyder”, then the Boxster or is it the blue Cayman GTS.

We cruised the GTS up the Porsche-lined hill into the a crammed full lot by the Pirelli Tent finding a Spyder and another SIR window badge parked on the first row corner.

We hustled down to the Concours to set a grid on the #9 fairway, marking groups and spaces. I met local volunteers and a volunteer from the Manitoba club and hear of his Polar bear encounter, nice guy too. 

The official guide for Concours car placement.

We head back to the lodge, heads spinning with visions of sugar plums seeing toys for good big boys and girls and understanding there is much to see at Parade. 

Then I spied a familiar black spoiler at the car wash. Again, an obvious SIR presence.

Phil and Dawn, who drove her Targa, were found stalled in the gift shop line where a single register worked.  She left him to suffer the line, and me, as I fraternized in line buying too much. I was told if not bought early all sizes gone, with new type stuff each day.

Interestingly, as We languished in gift line purgatory, son Jeremy explores, first for food, and then discovering a mysterious locked tarp-covered vehicle parked secretly away from the crowd. Yes, we had found the main dish surprise for PCA Pirelli dinner. Mission E.  Another Sir first.

The Mission E, as later revealed. 

But everywhere a special Porsche is posed on display.

Son in tow, we found Concours preparation on a garage 4th floor. “Best detailer” contest as he simply explains. But SIR members if you haven’t seen you can’t imagine the labor of love Concours participants have for their Porsche.  And each welcomed questions and readily discuss preparation and products.

And that is where a microcosm of all Porsche in “off the assembly line” condition from all corners of the continent are found.  I special array. I found another gentleman who drove his 996 from Manitoba, yep another Canuck, with his wife, cleaning for 2 days; a sister twosome from Chicago diligently pampering  a Cinnabon (phonetically)brown 356; a father and sons crew work on a 1965, cleaned a driver door window 5 minutes on the inside.  

All types participate in Concours. Yes, some Porsche are jacked up with wheels off, crawlers underneath and feet protruding like a scene from the Wizard of Oz.  But a guy with a 2018 Turbo Cab hired a detail service, and one 993 was parked at the Grid still dirty, or was on Saturday.  (Photo by Jerry Jindrich)

You really need to see such obsessive energy, miner lights on heads, artist paint brush used to touch up wheel lug nuts, even paint touch up with a dental pick tool.  Pledge used to clean engine plastic, plastic gloves avoid oily finger prints, true dedication to appreciate.  Several are in Concours and then in Autocross.

Time to head to the lodge to find SIR gathered for Z13 meet and greet, but a stop off at the Art and Photo competition to vote for the SIR contestant.  The favorite was a child’s history of Porsche.

We gathered to bus to the Zone 13 Reception where a delay tested, but a laughable instructive parallel parking demonstration humored the group, kept spirits fresh.  Several buses just passed us and kept going, and finally we jumped aboard for a quick jaunt to another local golf course to meet friends from our Zone: SIR, Chicago, Central Wisconsin, Fox Valley, Bluegrass, Kentucky, Lincoln Trail and Milwaukee, a fine assembly, which filled the facility.

The day festivities wound down with the hoard hungry at the Pirelli Diner. The ingenious SIR gang moved a table out onto #9 fairway to relax in the shade for fine table fare, a roasted hog and yummy dessert with finer friends and stories.

As a sweltering sun set in the West, son Jeremy and I waved so long to our crew and friends. We headed home on interstate only - a fast bug smashing 4 hours. Man, what a good trip.
Mitch Deep

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