2021 March SUV Group Drive – Three Ferries


This is a fun drive starting in West Lynn and following the Willamette down to Buena Vista and crossing the river three times on three ferries. The tour has 4 legs and rest stops at the end of every leg. Last stop is in Keizer at the Bavarian Social Haus Restaurant.

Bring $5 and $1 bills to pay for the ferries. No credit cards accepted.

Leg 1:

From West Lynn to Canby Ferry to Champoeg State Park (First Rest Stop)

1 h 20 min – 22.8 miles
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/MTVYCbG3b2tL5EXQ8
Scenic: 3-27-21 Leg 1 Three Ferries

Leg 2:

From Champoeg State Park to the Wheatland Ferry to Maud Wiiliamsen State Recreation Site (Second Rest Stop)

1hr 11 min – 26.3 miles
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/1Qumhzo3ZX3nrapw6
Scenic: 3-27-21 Leg 2 Three Ferries

Leg 3:

From Maud Williamsen State Recreation Site through Bethel Heights wine country to Independence to Buena Vista Count Park (Third Rest Stop and Picnic)

1hr 15 min – 39.8 miles
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/vCVse5DnjBhDfGt49
Scenic: 3-27-21 Leg 3 Three Ferries

Leg 4:

From Buena Vista County Park over the Buena Vista Ferry in an east loop around Salem to the Bavarian Biergarten Restaurant in Keizer. (Fourth Stop and Late Lunch)

1 hr 30 min – 44.2 miles
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/o7eoP92mwfE1AzgU7
Scenic: 3-27-21 Leg 4 Three Ferries

Original Date:

March 2021


Last Update:


Starting Point:


Tour Distance:

123 miles in total

Driving Time:

5-6 hours, depending on length of stops and waits at ferries

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Matt Johnson, Photo Editor

Matt Johnson, Photo Editor

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Gary Koppang, Club Historian

Gary Koppang, Club Historian

After returning from three years in SouthEast Asia courtesy of Uncle Sam, my first car was a 1971 Datsun 510. I later sold that boxy sedan when offered a 1973 BMW 2002. For those of you not old enough to remember racing back then, these were two of the three hot cars in the Under 2.5 class of the Trans-Am series in the late sixties and early seventies, the other being an Alfa Romeo GTV. In 1978 I traded the Bimmer straight across for a 1964 Porsche 356 SC. Those first two cars had around 110 bhp so going to the Porsche’s 95 hp wasn’t that noticeable. More than that they were sedans not sports cars. And, by God, it was a Porsche. A Porsche sports car. Not bad for a poor college student.

As you can see it was black with a red interior. Back then I didn’t join the PCA. Instead, I became a member of the 356 Registry because I thought they would have more model specific information.

It wasn’t until 1998 that Theresa and I joined the PCA after purchasing a ten year old 911, the one with the G50 tranny. This time it was Guards Red with a black interior; just the opposite of my first Porsche. Living in the Seattle metro area I also joined the Pacific NW Region. Since then I’ve had an Ocean Blue 1999 996. Currently, Theresa and I have a 2009 997.2 Carrera S in Carrara White with a dark blue leather inside.

Upon relocating to Portland, we joined the Oregon Region in 2009. I first became involved in 2015 when Past President Joe McQueen called for volunteers for the newly formed effort to assist automotive service students. Later that year I became Chair of the Scholarship & Grants Committee.

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Social Committee

Social Committee

The Social Committee orgainzes the majority of the clubs social events including quarterly mixers and monthly social & dinners.

The members of the Social Committee are:
Phyllis Thiemann
Winnie Miller
Judi Jennings
Mike Roy
Anh Le
Peggy Walker

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Jeremy Williams, Technical Editor

Jeremy Williams, Technical Editor

Our shop had built and maintained a 2006 Carrera 2S for a client many years ago. It always was a favorite of ours; bright Speed Yellow, factory aero body kit, tasteful modifications, kept impeccably clean. He started a growing family and thus needed a sports sedan, so we ended up purchasing it from him for use as a “shop Porsche.” We frequently use this magnificent car at ORPCA driving events. The co-pilot looking out of the passenger window is my dog Boo, our Canine Greeter Extraordinaire (boo@matrixintegrated.cc). He loves ORPCA arrive & drives, and has learned to lean into the corners before I even turn the steering wheel!

Since then I have driven lots of Porsches, but still not enough 😊

My current ride is a 2012 Cayenne Turbo, modified for both on-pavement and off-pavement. While I do have favorite roads, I actually prefer taking my Cayenne where there aren’t many discernable roads. My favorite Porsche Story: Growing up as teen in the late ‘80s and early 90’s, I had posters on my walls of slantnose Porsche’s and whaletail Porsche’s – dream cars. I distinctly remember “the” Porsche which set the stage for me; I was 14 and my younger brother Justin and I were talking a walk in our neighborhood with our dad. We happened upon a Guards Red 80’s slantnose 911 Cabriolet. It was gleaming in the sun, and our dad’s favorite car color was any shade of bright red, so it definitely left an impression on all of us. We ran home to get his Nikon film camera (remember those?) and took a picture of it. I still have the picture. Our dad later purchased a new Guards Red Boxster S, most likely with the 80’s slantnose in the back of his mind due to the Boxster’s side grilles. I joined PCA in April 2010 and ORPCA in March 2012. I have moved to Bend recently and joined the high Desert Region as well. I still contribute as the Technical Editor for the ORPCA and contribute to the Tech Blog. 

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Kurt Fuerstenau, Tour Chair

Kurt Fuerstenau, Tours

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Larry Tracewell, Membership

Larry Tracewell, Membership

My wife Linda and I are both Portland natives and we LOVE to DRIVE! I learned to drive on my uncle’s farm when I was 11 years old and I have had a passion for driving ever since. I am an avid sports car and Formula 1 and motorcycle racing fan and my addiction to motorsports has only grown worse over the years. I now have three Porsches all named after German Formula 1 champions. Nico, a 2008 Carrera 4S; Hans, a 2011 Cayenne S and a Wolfgang, 2014 Panamera 4S.

I’m looking forward to the New Year and working with the other board members, volunteers and facilitators to make this club a great place for Porsche aficionados to enjoy their cars and their Porsche driving experiences. See you on the road!

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Eric Freedle, Autocross Chair

Eric Freedle, Autocross Chair 

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Tom Floyd, Sales & Marketing and Social Media

Tom Floyd, Sales & Marketing and Social Media

My Porsche Journey started when I was in the third grade in my hometown of San Diego, California. Our class assignment was to write a short story of what we would like to do when we grew up. Well, I’ve loved cars all my life and at the young age of 8, I had a very comprehensive collection of Hot Wheels cars. For the report, I chose “Race Car Driver.” But not just any car, even then, I singled out Porsche as my weapon of choice. I even convinced my mother to take me to Alan Johnson Porsche to visit their Race Department and do a little “Research.” The staff at the dealership was very nice to me and the race techs talked about the cars and answered my questions. I was hooked on Porsche for life. In the late 80s I went to work as the Parts & Service Manager for a small independent shop called Dieters Porsche Service on 16th and Market in downtown San Diego.

It wasn’t until 2014 that I was able to pull the trigger and purchase my first Porsche, an Arctic Silver 2002 996TT. I immediately signed up with PCA national and joined the Oregon Region. It’s been really fun to get to know so many members and try out a lot of the club activities such as the drives, autocross and the monthly socials. I’m very excited and honored to be chosen as the club’s Sales & Marketing Director and am looking forward to sharing some fresh ideas and continuing to be involved wherever I can.

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Phyllis Thiemann, Social

Phylis Thiemann, Social

I have been a part of ORPCA since the early 1980’s and I have been doing event planning for more than 35 years. When I was asked to serve on the Board, it was with the idea to create a social committee to help plan events and look for venues and new volunteers. The thing that makes the events so special is the volunteers and their commitment to serve in the club. The old saying “many hands make light work” is true. When we can share responsibilities among several people, it makes it more fun and not so burdensome for any one person.

I have attended both of the Porsche Parade Conventions which were held in Portland. We were part of the volunteer team for the second one. It takes a lot of volunteers to put on something of that magnitude. While we are not looking to do something of that size, we will try to celebrate our 60th anniversary this year since the one in 2020 had to be cancelled. I am looking forward to more ideas and volunteers to implement social activities in 2021 and beyond. Thank you for helping us, the Board, to serve you, our membership.

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