I joined the Monterey Bay Region in 2007 and have been an active participant with local and Zone 7 Concours over the years. I was reluctant to enter the Parade concours, thinking that I couldn’t compete at a national level. Since Parade was being held locally in Monterey I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Either win or lose this was a life experience to be enjoyed and shared knowing that I would probably never do it again.
Two days before concours, I received an e-mail from a fellow MBY member advising me of the level of preparation going on in the lower garage of the Hyatt. Wheels were coming off, cars were on jack stands and the smell of cleaning and polishing chemicals saturated the air. That really made me anxious and again wondering why I was even going to compete.
Monday, the day of the concours the excitement and anticipation of being on the Del Monte Golf Course and a part of Parade really set in. After being staged in the Boxster/Cayman Preparation group I was amazed by the variety, colors and number of gorgeous specimens under the Porsche marque. I was, henceforth, known as #681 of the PPO9-S class and sandwiched between a Cayman S from New Mexico and another from Nebraska. Twelve to thirteen cars were to be judged in this class. The judging was extremely disorganized taking nearing three hours for them to finally arrive. The score sheets for both exterior and interior were 70 points each. I felt breathless as their eyes and hands searched for flaws, stone chips and DIRT! They’re always so coy and pokerfaced so you don’t know what the hell they’re thinking. They smile and say, “very nice,”
and this means what?
Three hours later, the Preparation Class scores are finally posted. After seeing my name I saw that I placed second among all those beautifully prepared cars. I noticed too, that I had been tied for first at 139.4 points out of 140. A tie is broken by determining which opponent scored highest with the exterior judging. My opponent from the Texas Longhorn Region, showed best with no protest on my part. I was still elated! Second is not bad considering this is a national PCA event.
2014 Porsche Parade Concours
2008 CAYMAN S / local Monterey car purchased at Porsche of Monterey
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