Eric Lewis, Tours Class

Eric Lewis, Tours Class

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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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Eric Freedle, Autocross Chair

Eric Freedle, Autocross Chair 

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