2020 September Midweek Drive through the Wine Country

Summary:

Drive on some of Washington and Yamhill counties scenic roads traveling on many a winding roads up and down hills and traversing through picturesque farmland and wine country. This is a “compact” drive, less than 70 miles in distance with start and finish locations less than a dozen miles apart, both in the metro area. We will start in Beaverton ending in Hillsboro. 

Original Date:

September 2020

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

24Hr Fitness, Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton

Destination:

Rood Bridge Park, Hillsboro

Tour Distance:

30 + 37 miles (67 miles)

Driving Time:

2 hours

Google Map:

Scenic App: 

9-23-20 Midweek Drive Wine Country

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2020 August Arrive and Drive to Mt. Hood

Summary:

This is a casual drive through the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest. We will be following the Clackamas River for much of the drive with its beautiful whitewater viewed from your Porsche. Driving distance is about 100+ miles with a return to the start distance of less than 50 miles. 
The drive will start in Oregon City. Arrive early and have breakfast at Shari’s or a Latte at Starbucks. The drive will end on the east side of Mt. Hood at the White River Snow Park.  If you prefer a restaurant for lunch, Government Camp is available on the way back to Portland.  If you prefer a longer way home, Hood River is just north on OR-35 and has plenty of places to find your lunch. Bring your favorite camera for the wonderful photography opportunity (weather permitting, of course) with your Porsche in the foreground and beautiful Mt. Hood in the background. 

Original Date:

August 2020

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Oregon City Shopping Center

1900 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 97045

Destination:

Mt. Hood, White River Snow Park

Tour Distance:

42 + 55 miles (97 miles)

Driving Time:

3 hours

Google Map:

Scenic App: 

8-8-20 Oregon City to Mt Hood

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2018 Nurburgring Tour

Summary:

Start in proximity to the Portland International Raceway, wind your way along the Columbia River to St. Johns, cross St Johns Bridge, climb the West Hills on Germantown Road and take a first break at Rock Creek PCC. Back to the West Hills and meander towards Norht Plains for a second stop at Jesse Mays County Park. A final loop through Mountaindale and then back on Hwy 26 to the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse for lunch

Original Date:

4/19/2018

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Shari’s Cafe – 9730 N Whitaker Rd, Portland, OR

Destination:

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse,

Tour Distance:

17.8 + 43.9 + 26.3 miles (88 miles)

Driving Time:

3 hours

Scenic App: 

This tour is not yet in the Clubs Scenic Library

GPX: 

GPX data for your Navigation App: N/A

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2020 July Arrive and Drive to Marys Peak

Summary:

Start in Wilsonville through the wine country, bypass Salem and find your way to Philomath and follow the windy road up to Marys Peak

Original Date:

July 2020

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Fred Meyer Parking Lot at Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville

Destination:

Marys Peak

Tour Distance:

23 + 86 miles (109 miles)

Driving Time:

3 hours

Google Map:

Scenic App: 

7-11-20 Leg 1 Marys Peak
7-11-20 Leg 2 Marys Peak

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Ravi Rajaram

Ravi Rajaram, ORPCA Member

From Detroit Iron to Porsche Precision – My Brief Journey

An oft-asked question among Porsche owners and other car enthusiasts is “When did you buy your first Porsche?” or “What made you decide to buy a Porsche?” or something along those lines.

With that as background let me attempt to briefly sketch my path to Porsche ownership.

My first car purchase in the US was a ’72 Buick Le Sabre and that choice was driven strictly by economics. As a graduate student at Vanderbilt University in the early ‘80s, I could somewhat afford the $600 the Buick cost (same as my monthly stipend if I remember right). It was a boat and floated around and was as wide as a Greyhound bus as many American cars were in the ‘70s. It did however give me mobility off campus and was in decent shape and didn’t cost me too much to maintain except for a transmission job that set me back $400.

The next car I traded up to was a ’76 VW Scirocco which I picked up on campus as soon as I got my first job offer. It was a fun car to drive and handled surprisingly well compared to the Buick. It was a tough call to make between that and a Fiat X19, a 2-seater, but I went with the VW. I had the VW Scirocco moved from Nashville to Phoenix, the location of my first job. All was fine for a few days until the temperatures started to climb well into the 100s in August and then every rubber hose started to give out almost every other day and leaving a trail of steam and coolant in its wake.

I figured that I couldn’t risk my reputation being late for work or a no show on account of car problems as a new hire – so ended up buying a brand new ’85 VW Scirocco which I kept for a few years. It was a great car at that time with impressive handling but lacked real power. So I was looking to trade up and had my eye out for Porsches, especially the more affordable 944s which I thought were pretty striking cars back in the day.

I ended up buying a ’84 Porsche 944 in ’87, a very balanced car in every way with a 50-50 weight distribution, but it was not a 911 and didn’t sound like one at all (being water-cooled), but was a great first Porsche.

That said, I was constantly looking out for a 911 (a real Porsche) and when the 993 first came out and I actually saw one (I think it was Rupert Kobelgarde’s silver 993), I  was awestruck and felt it was an astonishingly beautiful car, a remarkable work of art in its proportions and benchmark performance specs.

So, I kept my Porsche 944 until 2000, when I picked up my current ’95 911 – it was a relatively lightly used car and just crossed 10K miles on the drive home. Today I have about 35k mostly dry-weather miles on it. 

I intend to keep my 993 for a long time (though I confess that I have been tempted over the years by Italian exotics, but better sense has prevailed) and maybe get a 911 GT3 Touring (another very elegant Porsche) or a Tesla 2.0 Roadster as its stablemate down the road.

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Maynard Chambers

Maynard Chambers, ORPCA Member

Yes, it’s about the Porsche brand, the spirited drives, the great roads, the Oregon scenery, etc., but what is it REALLY about?

Well, it’s about people named Monte, Ron, Joe, Matt, Jeremy, Brian, Peg, John, Bob and Ravi. This is a story about how I entered the world of Porsche. Ten years ago, I bought a Triumph TR6 from Monte Shelton and then did the subsequent Northwest Classics Rallies every year.

During one of these drives, I met Ron Gotcher and although I didn’t own a Porsche, he invited me to go on the ORPCA Midweek drives. Joe Kelly, who was the founder of these drives, gave me a warm welcome. I went on these drives for one year and then bought a Porsche Carrera S from Matt Crandall at Avant Garde Collection in Portland. Jeremy Williams and Brian Farley at Matrix Integrated inspected the car and agreed that it was a solid choice.

ORPCA can be a bit complex with such a variety of activities.  Fortunately, Peg Ryan came to my rescue and has guided me ever since. (Thanks, Peg!)  At my first monthly meeting, everybody knew me as the “guy with the yellow TR6.” I sat with John Thomas and he bent my ear about the beauty of air-cooled Porsches. Joe Kelly gave me a warm welcome saying that my TR6 had trouble keeping up with the Porsches, which was pure poppycock!

Since then, I have been on Arrive and Drives, autocrosses, the Northwest Passage, Driver Education at the Bremerton Raceway and Driver Education at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Along the way, I have met Bob Ellis and Ravi Rajaram, both established ORPCA Tourmiesters. They have taught me the art of designing tours. Ravi still refers to me as “Boy Racer TR6” from my days with the Triumph. His day will come!

In summary, my road from a TR6 to a Porsche has been exciting and enjoyable. Yes, the Porsche drives are loads of fun but it’s the people that make these drives meaningful! We all know this but sometimes we forget.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea. I still love my yellow TR6 and I frequently bring it to Porsche events just to “stir the pot!”

Thanks everyone for a great ride!!

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Les Schreiber

Les Schreiber, ORPCA Member

My Porsche Story begins in 1972 when I purchased a 914-2.0. In 1976 I bought a 912E. My third Porsche was a 2002 Carrera with the X51 Kit and a six-speed manual. My current Porsche is a 2012 Carrera S with a seven-speed box.
I moved to Vancouver after many years in the Loma Prieta Region out of San Jose. I was the Membership Chair for two years, President for two years and co-president for two years. I spent five years as the Zone 7 Concours Chairperson. I have been a member of the Oregon Region since 2017.
I love attending Porsche events. Some of the Parades I have attended are: Portland 2006 (Took 1st place Touring Class at Parade Concours), San Diego, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Monterey Bay, CA. Also, I have attended WERKS Reunion Monterey in 2014 and 2015 and in 2016 I was a PCA judge.
I did an Autobahn Adventures Tour in Germany and Austria in 2006.
I am 86 years old and I still love driving my Porsche. I am a US Navy Veteran. I was active for 22 years including the Korea and Vietnam wars. I also spent 25 years at Lockheed Missile & Space Co.
Every year since 2005 in have participated in Autocross events. I have my Daughter participate when she can (She loves to drive my Porsche and drove at PIR at the Portland Parade). I love Autocross because they are a lot of fun, regardless of how I end up. I’m not into it to win anything, but to just enjoy driving my 2012 Carrera S. Sometimes there are just too many cones, and I lose track of the course. As most participants will acknowledge, there are times when you just get lost, but it’s still a lot of fun, and nobody gets hurt.
I do like to go on the club tours, since I am new to the area, to see what Oregon and Washington have to offer. I was disappointed that the Crater Lake tour this year was cancelled; I was looking forward to that.

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2019 August Midweek Drive to Astoria

Summary:

Start in the Parking Lot of Fred Meyer at Imbrie Road in Hillsboro. Take Hwy 26 to Timber Road and wind your way through forests and meadows to the Vernonia Lake City Park. After the rest stop, continue on Hwy 47 to Hwy 220 and reach Astoria from the south-east along the Youngs River to 101 and shortly after pull into the parking lot of the delicious Bridge Water Bistro.

Original Date:

8/14/19

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Fred Meyer Parking Lot at NE Imbrie Drive in Hillsboro

Destination:

Rest Stop: Vernonia Lake

 

Bridgewater Bistro, AstoriaLunch: 

Tour Distance:

38.5 + 61.7 miles (100.2 miles)

Driving Time:

~3 hours

Scenic App: 

This tour is  in the Club’s Scenic Library: Hillsboro to Vernonia to Astoria

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2018 October Midweek Drive

Summary:

Start in the Parking Lot of the Lewis and Clark State Park in Troutdale. From there wind your way over the Bull Run Rd to Lolo Pass and Hwy 26, continue pass the Timberline Exit and turn on Hwy 35 towards Hood River. Take Forest Road 48 for about 10 miles, turn onto Forest Road 43 what leads you back to Hwy 26. From there head down to the Rendezvous Grill in Welches for lunch.

Original Date:

October 2018

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site, Jordan Road, Troutdale, OR

Destination:

Rendezvous Grill, 67149, U.S. Hwy 26, Welches, Oregon

Tour Distance:

96.3 miles (3 hours)

Driving Time:

3 hours

Google Map:

URL for Google Maps:
2018 October Midweek Drive

Scenic App: 

This tour is not yet in the Clubs Scenic Library

GPX: 

GPX data for your Navigation App: N/A

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2017 Midweek Drive to McMinnville

Summary:

Start in the Parking Lot of Fred Meyer on Imbrie Drive in Hillsboro and follow these directions to Bald Peak Viewpoint for a rest stop. From there the rote leads to Yamhill and ona big loop around McMinnville to the lunch stop at Mazatlan Mexican on OR-99W at the outskirts of McMinnville.

Tour Document:

Original Date:

June 2017

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Fred Meyer, Northeast Imbrie Drive, Hillsboro, OR

Destination:

Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant, 2714 OR-99W, McMinnville, OR 97128

Tour Distance:

28 + 55.6 miles (63.6 miles)

Driving Time:

~3 hours

Scenic App: 

This tour is not yet in the Club’s Scenic Library. 

GPX: 

GPX data for your Navigation App: N/A

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