Sonne Porsche
Newsletter March 2003

 H-3 -- North Shore Run: Let the 2003 PCA-Hawai’i Events Begin!
By Rod Laszlo

It started out as a gloomy morning, so overcast my first and only call that Sunday was to Richard Lau asking, "Are we still on?" Well, fortunately for me, and twenty other members’ Porsches, only a little liquid sunshine dribbled on us as we passed over H-3 for a magnificent drive up to the North Shore, with the sky eventually turning a brilliant blue. Lucky, the radar on "" had been right!

We started at Ke‘ehi Lagoon Park, gathering thirteen variations of 911’s from 70’s forward which, included four generations of Turbos, two generations of Cabriolets, three generations of coupes, and one odd Targa (that would be the Laszlo’s). A pair of Boxsters, one white AMG Mercedes that would give us all a run, and Bones Marshall’s Miata rounded out the caravan. The expected opportunity to "open it up" on the H-3, however, was nearly impossible, as traffic was worse than rush hour. Go figure on a Sunday morning at 10 am!

We regrouped on the windward side at Liven Hawaii, where four other Porsches joined the caravan. The windward contingent was just as diverse as the leeward, with a 356, 993 coupe, and two generations of Targas. The pictures tell it all, a great, diverse group of Porschephiles. It was such a sight to see, the manager at Liven Hawaii took photos of his place of business with all of our cars in the foreground! We then climbed back into our Porsches and ventured up Kamehameha Highway toward the North Shore and our final destination, Haleiwa Joe’s.

Along the way, participants had the chance to test their knowledge of both local history and Porsche trivia with a "Driver’s Quiz" that challenged everyone. Ron Chavez came out on top, with James Beauparlant second, and Terry and Debra Young and Romy and Madeline Barut, rounding out the top finishers.

Our tour for the day ended at Haleiwa Joe’s for a bite to eat. Diners were treated to pupus of calamari, spiced shrimp, and sautéed mushrooms, followed by a local fish sandwich, Paradise Salad, Caesar Salad, or Thai Chicken. The food did not disappoint and the view and the "talking story" with members was great.

Ending on a personal note, Pam and I truly enjoyed putting together such a fun event and we hope to double the amount of Porsches at the next rally we organize. The long Porsche caravan, nearly twenty cars, was truly a sight to see for both us, and for everyone along the North Shore watching our parade go by. As President Ed Yuen has designated us "Road Rally" coordinators, we hope to see as many of you as possible the next time to talk story and to share the experience and pride of being a PCA-Hawai‘i Porschephile!

 NEW! "Members’ Forum" on PCA-Hawai‘i Website

Now there’s a way to dialogue with fellow PCA-Hawai‘i members any time, day or night. It’s the "Members’ Forum," a page on our website for members to share information and ideas. Just go to the top of the home page, click on "Members’ Forum." This takes you to messages already submitted. To join in the dialogue, simply click on "ad your comments." You will be asked some identifying questions and then provided a box in which to enter your response.

During this trial period, the "Members’ Forum" will proceed without a "gatekeeper," which means that all messages submitted will be automatically posted in full. The ground rules are that messages must pertain to Porsche and PCA-related issues, cannot contain profanity or abusive language, and cannot be disrespectful to any person in the club. Given the high character of our members, this hardly needs to be said, except for the record. If all goes well, we will continue to run the "Members’ Forum" unedited and uncensored, so that we can say exactly what’s on our minds, respectfully.

Check it out! "Members’ Forum"

June Picnic
July 6, 2003 4th of July Weekend Cruise
August Porsche Dealer Tech Session
September Concours d’Elegance
October North Shore Cruise
December Toys for Tots / Christmas Party

Check this website, our printed newsletter and your e-mail for further details on these events. I’d also like to hear from you if you have suggestions for other club events.