Sonne Porsche
Newsletter July 2002

Sun-Drenched
"Picnic on the Ridge"
-- Another Rousing Success!
by Chip Hughes

   You couldn't have asked for a more delicious day for a picnic. The wind, clouds, and rain of the previous forty-eight hours abated and the sun poured down on the Porsche Club’s hilltop gathering in honor of new members on Sunday, June 23, at Kamehame Ridge Park. This second annual "Picnic on the Ridge" was not only blessed with good weather and record attendance (thanks in part to the awesome turnout of diehard 356-ers), but also with a scrumptious "pot luck" buffet including salads, pastas, casseroles, teri beef, sausage, hot dogs, chili, rice, chips, dips, condiments, ice-cold beverages, and a wide array of special desserts including a vanilla-frosted chocolate cake inscribed "Welcome New Members." A more tempting spread is hard to imagine.

   The event began with two separate Porsche caravans -- one starting from Ke‘ehi Lagoon Park by the airport, one from Castle Hospital in Kailua -- that joined in Kailua and cruised through scenic Waimanalo, Makapu‘u Point, and Sandy Beach, before climbing Kamehame Ridge. The Ke’ehi Lagoon bunch, led by Ambro Ilagan, enjoyed the added rush of nearly a dozen throaty Porsches roaring over the H-3 to rendezvous with the waiting Kailua group, headed by Richard & Maude Lau. All told, twenty-five of Stuttgart’s finest snaked up the ridge and assembled in gleaming glory. It was a sight to behold, this chain of glinting Porsches on Kamehame Drive -- from 356 Speedsters, coupes & cabs, to grand touring 928s, to air cooled 911s of every year and description, and finally to the latest water-cooled models in production -- the Boxster S and the all-new 996 Carrera 4S.

   The caravans and picnic were a success because of the members and their willingness to participate. Special thanks to set-up and food-prep teams: Marsha Lee, Maude Lau, Gwen, and Liz Ilagan, and to cooks: Darryl Lee, Ed Yuen, Richard Lau, and Jeff Yang, also to caravan leaders Ambro Ilagan and Richard Lau. Thanks too for digital photos by Ambro Ilagan and Darryl Lee. Kudos to the 356 Register of Hawaii for their astounding turnout : Terry & Janet Felts, Bernard Chung, Rick Woltz, Bill Simmons, Jim & Tammy Beaumont, Linus and Stephanie Pauling Jr., Rudy Tamayo and Les, Georgina Newman, John Peg, Rich Shimmons, Tony Sussex, and Andy Curry, plus their friends and families.

   Finally, a very big "Mahalo" to each and every one of you for making our Porsche Club’s "Picnic on the Ridge" another rousing success, and especially to new members who participated: Jim Beaumont, Jack Cua, Bob Kawamura, Lanson Kupau, Janice (Lanson's Affiliate), Neil South, and Tom Yee.