Heinz Holzapfel, Vice President & Webmaster

In 2017 I finally was able to fulfill a long childhood dream: my wife Sylvia and I bought our first Porsche, a 2011 911C4S triple black Cabriolet. A year later we joined PCA and ORPCA. Then in fall of 2019, we replaced Sylvia’s aging BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon with a 2018 Macan S, and we still maintain our 1999 Miata, our first little sports car, that’s now my autocross ninja.

We both have a history in High Tech. Sylvia was a Marketing Executive and
I was a Software Development Executive. We moved from Silicon Valley to Portland in 2009. After joining the club in March 2018, our first encounter with the club was the 2018 Cabin Fever Tour and we got hooked. We joined several drive events throughout the year and enjoyed the drives and the camaraderie. I also went to several Autocross events to get a better feeling of the 911’s capabilities.

In late 2018, Peg Ryan and I started brainstorming about improvements to the club’s aged website, and after board approval we started the work on the new website in January 2019, leading to the launch in June 2019. The site since then has grown in capabilities and features and is now covering 95% of all club events and membership dues. It has won two PCA National Website Awards.

Another project I worked on was to offer turn-by-turn navigation capability for our drives through a smartphone app. After testing several apps, we settled on Scenic, an iPhone app originally developed for motorcycles. The app has found a nice follow-ship, but it is not meant to replace the classic written driving directions. However, if you drive alone or with a navigator who’s prone to get car sick, it’s a big help. Today more than 90% of the club drives are covered by Scenic. Go to the Tour Library to learn more about the app!

In 2020 I took on the coordination and planning of the SUV group events, as our long-term leader and group founder Jeremy Williams moved to Bend. In 2021 we offered for the first time SUV drives every month between March and October, in 2022 we had 11 SUV drives and in 2023, weather permitting, we aim for 12 drives.

In 2022 I became the Vice President of our club. Besides continuing my roles as webmaster and SUV group lead, I put my emphasis on the driving events of the club, as they are the heartbeat of the club. As part of the recovery from the pandemic, we increased group sizes and group numbers of our drives, added additional drives, and new driving events like the Drive, Wine and Dine. In 2022 our club was head-to-head with another PCA region offering the most driving events of any of the 147 regions.

In 2023 we will further expand our drives, and add new drive types like air-cooled and a ladies’ drive. I am honored to be serving as ORPCA’s Vice President. I hope to see you at our driving and social events!

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