Gary Koppang

Gary Koppang, 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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Lori Brown

LORI BROWN

Porsches have been a part of my life since my early 20’s. I grew up going to the races at PIR and while watching all the excitement on the track I decided I needed to have a sports car of my own. At 23 I used the proceeds from my Toyota Celica as a down payment for my first Porsche, a guards red 1978 911 SC Targa. In 1985 I sold it and bought a new guards red Carrera Targa and then in 1987 I sold it and bought a white 1979 911 SC. Just driving on the streets of Portland didn’t cure my need for speed though so I took racing school at PIR as well as the Jim Russell racing school at Laguna Seca and raced SCCA (an ASR class, Lola) and won second overall my rookie year – back in those days I was the only ‘girl’ in the field. I enjoyed racing until work took me to Silicon Valley in 1987. I still have my 911 and with 190k miles on the original engine, it’s in beautiful shape and it will go to my grave with me!

I joined PCA and ORPCA in March 2015. I was part of the ORPCA Board, as the Marketing Director from 2016 until the end of 2019. I plan on continuing to host the Porsche Corrals at the Rose Cup and Vintage PIR races and manage our presence at the International car show at the Convention Center. I am always looking for volunteers to help with the Corrals and car show so please let me know if you want to join in the fun!

I am a Lake Oswego resident and aside from cars, I’ve been an international sales/marketing executive and business owner in the high tech industry for many years. I am currently the Executive Director for the NW with AUVSI, the largest Commercial Unmanned Systems organization and own a Drone consulting and services business.

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2019 October SUV Group Tour – SUVs and Schnitzels

Summary:

The drive starts in Oregon City, from there to Redwoods, Viola and Estacada. At Estecada we start the drive on Hwy 224 along the beautiful Clackamas River, after a rest stop at the Ripplebrook Ranger Station we continue on NF-46 to Breitenbush and then reach Detroit Lake for a second rest stop at the Ranger Station. The final leg of the tour leads us to Salem and on to Keizer where we end the drive at the Bargarten Restaurant for greta German food.

Original Date:

10/26/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Shari’s Cafe and Pies
1926 McLoughlin Blvd
Oregon City, OR 97045

Destination:

1st Rest Stop:
Ripplebrook Camp Store
59870 Clackamas Hwy
Estacada, OR 97023

2nd Rest Stop:
Detroit Ranger Station
44125 N Santiam Hwy
Detroit OR, 97360

Lunch Stop:
Bargarten Bavarian Social Haus
6045 Keizer Station Blvd
Keizer, OR 97303

Tour Distance:

~144 Miles (60 Miles + 29 Miles + 55 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point in Oregon City and Return Drive from Keizer

Driving Time:

~3 3/4 hours 

Google Maps:

Google Map:

Scenic App:

SUVs and Schnitzels to Bargarten

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2019 October Arrive & Drive to Sweet Home
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2019 October Arrive & Drive to Sweet Home

Summary:

The drive starts at the End of Oregon Trail in Oregon City and leads south through the Willamette Valley for a Rest Stop at the Silver Falls State Park. From there the route leads into Lane County, over the Shimanek Covered Bridge to Sweet Home for Lunch.

Tour Document:

10/12/19 Arrive and Drive to Sweet Home

Original Date:

10/12/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

End of the Oregon Trail, Parking Lot
1726 Washington St,
Oregon City, OR 97045

Destination:

Rest Stop:
Silver Falls State Park
20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE,
Sublimity, OR 97385

Lunch Stop:
Skyline Inn
2425 Main St.,
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Tour Distance:

~114 Miles (62 Miles + 52 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point in Oregon City and Return Drive from Sweet Home

Driving Time:

~3 hours 

Google Maps:

Google Map:

Scenic App:

October 2019 Arrive & Drive

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2019 October Casual Midweek Drive Mt. Hood

Summary:

The drive starts at the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area in Troutdale on the west side of Mount Hood. We drive along the Sandy River on the Old Columbia Highway, then wind our way over to Hwy 26 for a rest stop in Government Camp on the south side of Mount Hood. We then leave toward Hood River and soon turn onto a narrow National Forest Road for a wide loop that leads us back to Hwy 26, which we then follow down to Welches for Lunch at the Rendezvous Grill.

Original Date:

10/10/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site
1 Jordan Rd,
Troutdale, OR 97060

Destination:

Rest Stop:
Government Camp Rest Area
Milepost 54, Mt Hood Hwy,
Government Camp, OR 97028

Lunch Stop:
Rendezvous Grill
67149 US-26,
Welches, OR 97067

Tour Distance:

~98 Miles (50 Miles + 48 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point in Troutdale and Return Drive from Welches

Driving Time:

~2 1/2 hours 

Google Maps:

Google Map:

Scenic App:

October 2019 Midweek Casual Drive

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2019 September Casual Midweek Drive McMinnville

Summary:

The drive starts at Parking Lot of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. The first leg of the tour leads us into the Eola Hills are, through Amity to Sheridan and then back to McMinnville for a rest stop at the Discovery Meadows Community Park. From there we head north on backroads to Yamhill, and in a wide double loop through the wine country back to McMinnville for lunch at Mazatlan.

Original Date:

9/24/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128

Destination:

Rest Stop:
Discovery Meadows Community Park
1300 SW Cypress Ln
McMinnvile, OR 97128

Lunch Stop:
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
2714 OR-99W, McMinnville, OR 97128

Tour Distance:

~91 Miles (45 Miles + 46 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point in McMinnville and Return Drive from McMinnville

Driving Time:

~3 hours 

Google Maps:

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Scenic App:

September 2019 Midweek Drive McMinnville

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2019 September Arrive and Drive Eola Hills

Summary:

The drive starts at Shari’s in Wilsonville. From there after a short drive south on I5, head towards Newberg along the Willamette River, drive around Newberg towards Dayton for a first rest stop. From there a loop through Amity Hills to a second rest stop close to Hopewell. The third leg loops through the southern Eola Hills to Bethel and from there to McMinnville for lunch.

Original Date:

9/14/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Sharis Café & Pies (East Parking Lot)
29690 SW Town Center Loop W,
Wilsonville, OR

Destination:

1st Rest Stop:
Dayton Courthouse Square Park

2nd Rest Stop:
Dayton Courthouse Square Park

Lunch Stop:
McMinnville, NE 3rd St
Restaurant Recommendations:

*Golden Valley Brewery – 980 NE 4th St. – (503-472-2739) – Oft visited Pub on previous A&Ds
*GEM Creole Saloon – 236 NE 3rd St – (503) 883-9194 – Gumbo, Blues and Beer
Harvest Fresh Grocery and Deli – 251 N 3rd St. – (503) 472-5740 – Build your own Lunch. In or Out?
*La Rambla – 238 NE 3rd St – (503) 435-2126 – Spanish tapas and a large wine list
*Pura Vida Cocina – 313 NE 3rd St. –  (503) 687-2020 – Great Latin Food, Surrealistic Art 
*McMenamins – 310 NE Evans St. – (503) 472-8427 –  You know it. You love it. Check the Rooftop.
Thai Country Restaurant – 707 NE 3rd St. – (503) 434-1300 – Curries, rice and noodles
The Sage – 406 NE 3rd St. – (503) 472-4445 – Soup du Jour and Sandwiches on fresh baked bread

Tour Distance:

~92 Miles (26 Miles + 23 Miles + 42 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point in Wilsonville and Return Drive from McMinnville

Driving Time:

~3 hours 

Scenic App:

Eola Hills $ Heartland Tour

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2019 August SUV Tour to Windy Ridge

Summary:

Start at the Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site in Troutdale, take I84 to exit 44 towards Stevenson. Cross the Columbia River over the Bridge of Gods, take WA-14 towards Stevenson to Wind River Hwy to the first stop at McClellan View Point. From there take NF-90, NF-25 and NF-99 to Mt. St. Helens / Windy Ridge Viewpoint. On the first 36 miles of the second leg watch for drop outs, slides and rough roads.

Original Date:

8/24/2019

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Lewis & Clark State Recreation Site,
1 Jordan Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060

Destination:

Rest Stop:
McClellan Overlook, Curly Creek Rd, Washington

 

Lunch Stop (Bring your own Picnic):
Windy Ridge Viewpoint

Tour Distance:

~115 Miles (67 Miles + 48 Miles) plus distance to Starting Point in Troutdale and Return Drive from Windy Ridge

Driving Time:

~3 1/2 hours 

Scenic App:

N/A

Google Map:

GPX: 

N/A

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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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