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Peg Ryan

PEG RYAN, VICE-PRESIDENT

In 2014 I was considering retiring from Intel Corporation.  My husband, Eric, told me I could not retire unless I had a hobby.  I found a hobby – The Porsche Club.  But I then had to tell him that the only way this would work was if I bought a Porsche! We looked for a while at used 911s. We drove to Bend Oregon to the Porsche dealer there and met an amazing sales person, Jim Heinrich. We drove a used 911. It was nice, but we needed to discuss this. We went and had dinner and then stayed overnight. We decided it was not the car for me. Then I saw 2 new black Boxster Ss. They were almost exactly the same, sparkling black with tan interiors, except one was stick and one was PDK.  After much debate, we decided on the PDK.  The dealership paid for us to Join PCA and Jim told me to join the local club. He was part of the High Desert Region and he said it was a blast. 

I came back to Portland and immediately joined the local club! 

I began to get the email blasts and noticed there was a request for a webmaster. This went on for weeks, so I decided it was time to see if I could help. While I am a bit technical, I had never managed a web. I met with Joe McQueen and he convinced me I did not need to know HTML to manage the web! Joe gave me a crash course on our web tool and off I went. I was still working at the time and I felt like I could do a couple of hours a week. By 2015, I was managing the web. I retired officially in June 2016 after 25 years at Intel. I figured out in in late 2015, that the best way to manage the web was to go to the board meetings. I attended as many as I could. About a year later, Joe called me and asked me to be on the board as the Communications Director for 2017. There had never been such a position, so I was free to make it what I wanted. In July of 2017, I picked up the role of Secretary in addition to my communications work.

I started looking at where I could impact communications. I continued updating the web and making minor changes to it. I began helping with the Anzeiger and making sure there are good articles and pictures in it as well as editing it. Eventually, I took over the email blasts.  I also help with the end of year material that you get, reviewing the calendar and providing the membership directory information to be published. I also am now managing the Smugmug site that the club uses after Harold Klein decided to help with a new photoshop outside of Yellowstone!

In mid-2018, I had an idea that the web needed a major update.  I was talking with a new member, Heinz Holzapfel, at a social and dinner event and found out he was a retired VP of software engineering. I asked him if he would be interested in helping with web update.  He said yes! He had an incredible vision of what the web should look like. We started in October, 2018 and by May, 2019 we had a new web with all the features you have become accustom to!

This year, 2020, I am the new Vice President under Steve Miller. I am excited to learn about the managing of the club and all that entails. I will be looking to offload some of my work and eventually find someone to become the new Communications Director! Eric and I will continue to manage all most all of the events the club offers from Autocross to Arrive and Drives, Midweek Drives, Social and dinners, Tours and most everything else! We now have 3 Porsches (somehow, they multiplied), a Moonlight blue Cayenne GTS, a metallic black 911 C4S and a Sapphire Blue Boxster S (my Autocross car!). See you on the road or on the AX course!

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Larry Hannan

LARRY HANNAN, PAST-PRESIDENT

For my wife Cathy and me, the Porsche experience started with a trip to a car dealership in 2005 to look at a special edition of an Audi TT. Sitting on the show room floor along with the Audi was a Guards Red 1995 Porsche Carrera cabriolet. After taking both cars out for a test drive it was obvious which was the better car. I asked my wife which of the cars she preferred, and she pointed to the red Porsche. We took the Carrera home that day and joined PCA and ORPCA that same year.

Like a lot of new members, the first ORPCA event we attended was a Saturday arrive and drive. That was followed by a few Wednesday dinners and some more arrive and drives. In 2006 the Porsche Parade was in Portland and I volunteered to help. That really began our journey in the Porsche Club. Over the years we hosted Wednesday dinners, helped with events like the clubs 50th anniversary in 2009, the 911 50th anniversary at Skamania Lodge, car corrals at Concours d’Elegance in Forrest Grove and club tours. My involvement with ORPCA increased in 2015 when I was nominated to serve on the ORPCA Board of Directors and stepped up a bit more when I became President in 2017.

While involvement in the club is time consuming, the benefit is meeting and working with some amazing people, who own and drive some amazing cars.

In 2018 the benefit of meeting members worked out for us in a different way. With the commitment to attend events as President came a lot of driving. We decided that we didn’t want to add that many miles to the 95 Carrera. Maybe that was just an excuse to go looking for another car, but looking I went. The stars aligned because a car I had admired for a couple of years came up for sale. The car was ORPCA member Joe Kelly’s 2008 Porsche Design Edition Cayman S. Knowing Joe and how he maintained his cars made the purchase easy.

The year 2020 will mark our 15th anniversary with the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America. The purchase of a Porsche and joining ORPCA was a great decision. We are looking forward to many more years of playing with cars.

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Jeremy Williams

JEREMY WILLIAMS, OWNER MATRIX INTEGRATED (on the right)

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.

Jeremy joined PCA in April 2010 and ORPCA in March 2012. Since then he got actively engaged in the club in multiple roles: Scholarships & Grants Committee Member, Technical Editor (He still manages and contributes to the Tech Blog on the ORPCA web page), and he started and is leading the growing SUV Group.

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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, MARKETING DIRECTOR

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!

It’s wonderful being a part of the ORPCA Board and as the Marketing Director I have the opportunity to host the Porsche Corrals at the Rose Cup and Vintage PIR races, manage our presence at the International car show at the Convention Center and manage our marketing partners/sponsors. 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.

Lori joined PCA in March 2015 and joined ORPCA in February 2016.

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