Sonne Porsche
Newsletter November 2002

 "02 Concours"
By Ed Yuen

The Aloha Tower Marketplace was once again the site of this year's Concours d'Elegance. Eighteen PCA-Hawai'i members entered this year's competition, which was held on Saturday, October 26, 2002. Each entrant received a special Concours tee shirt and, more importantly, had an opportunity to spend time with others who share a love of Porsche automobiles.

After a few morning sprinkles, the skies cleared and we had beautiful sunny weather for this annual event. Cars started arriving a little after 8:00 a.m.

Once parked, the owners quickly set about putting those finishing touches on their show cars. This year's entries were divided into seven classes, including a modified division and a wash and wax class. Unfortunately, only 911s were entered in this year's competition and we didn't have the variety of Porsches that have made prior year events so interesting.

The PCA-Hawai'i Region extends its thanks to Scott Schulte and Sean Ornellas of German Auto Specialists, Creighton Wong of European Auto Specialists, Aran Sagon of Porsche of Honolulu, and John Mayer for volunteering their time to judge this year's concours. Without their willingness to perform the difficult task of judging we could not have had the event. Scott Schulte also went to the trouble of bringing his race winning 911 to the Aloha Tower and placing it on display. It was a real crowd pleaser.

While all the cars entered gathered attention, a few stood out. Jack Cua's silver on black 996 GT2 probably offered most people their first look at Porsche's latest road going race car. Don't look for another one like it; it's the only one in the state. Another car that isn't seen very often on our streets is the 1994 Speedster and Robert Barkley's pristine red example commanded a lot of attention.

Newcomer Ron Chavez entered his 1997 993 Twin Turbo, thereby offering us an up close look at another rare car out of Stuttgart. Ray Freitas' immaculate 1988 black slantnose Turbo is a perennial crowd pleaser and this year was no exception. Finally, John Nadler's highly modified 1977 911 drew oohs and ahs from everyone who stopped to admire it.

And the winners are....

1965-1973 911 Class
1st Place - Chad Castle - 1971 911S Targa

1974-1989 911 Class
1st Place - (tie) Ambro Ilagan - 1979 930 Turbo Coupe;
Raybern Freitas - 1988 930 Turbo Targa
2nd Place - Romy Barut - 1989 911 Cabriolet
3rd Place - Richard Lau - 1984 911 Coupe

1990-1993 911 Class
1st Place - Fredric Pashkow - 1993 911 C4 Cabriolet
2nd Place - R. & C. Laszlo - 1992 911 C4 Targa

1994-1998 911 Class
1st Place - Darryl Lee - 1998 993 C2S Coupe
2nd Place - Woody Hopler - 1998 993 C4 Cabriolet

1999-2003 911 Class
1st Place - Jack Cua - 2002 996 GT2
2nd Place - Jack Cua - 2002 996 C4S

Modified Class
1st Place - Edward Yuen - 1982 911 Coupe
2nd Place - John Nadler - 1977 911 Coupe

Wash & Wax Class
1st Place - Chip Hughes - 1996 993 Coupe
2nd Place - Robert Barklay - 1994 911 Speedster
3rd Place - Ron Chavez - 1997 993 Twin Turbo Coupe

People's Choice Award
Jack Cua - 2002 996 GT2