A Very Special Meeting
JAPAN PORSCHE CLUB CONNECTION
by Ambro Ilagan
During our first membership meeting of 2005, on the
10th of February at the Yum Yum Tree restaurant, we
were privileged to host seven members
from the Porsche Club of Japan who were vacationing in the islands.
Our thanks go out to Darryl Lee from Porsche of Hawaii, who got the
initial contact and arranged for their attendance at our meeting.
Pictured, while holding their newly acquired PCA-HI
region polo shirts, are Vice President Dr. Yoshikazu
Yoshimura, Director Toshimichi Kuroda, Secretary-General
Norimasa Mori, Rev. Gyosho Maeda, and members Chousei
Shigeta and Hidetoshi Miyajima.
The accompanying photo
shows Dr. Yoshikazu Yoshimura
The accompanying photo
shows Dr. Yoshikazu Yoshimura after he presented a Porsche Club
of Japan wrist watch, Porschee calendars, coffee mugs,
a beautiful red silk scarf, and miscellaneous PCJ stickers
and decals to President Ambro Ilagan. Dr. Yoshimura
also later presented a letter on behalf of PCJ President
Dr. Nobuo Oda. Hawaii residents Hiro Takemura (HT Tours
Hawaii, LLC) and Hiroshi Yoshida were our gracious
interpreters throughout an evening that saw members
from two Porsche clubs, separated by thousands of miles
of international waters, exchange pleasantries with
a spirit of Aloha.
There were spirited discussions and high-energy excitement
and anticipation for a long-term sister-club relationship.
We hope to exchange Porsche ideas and experiences,
and enjoy a new-found camaraderie with our counterparts
from Japan. Dr. Yoshimura said that they look forward
to future trips by their members in hopes of participating
in our club events. And in exchange, they invite PCA-HI
members traveling to Japan to join them in PCJ events
as well. Next year PCJ celebrates their 20th year and
plan a commemorative Porsche parade in Tokyo.
Sunny Sweetheart Run Draws Smiles
PCA-Hawai'i Vice President
What a gorgeous morning for a drive to
the North Shore! On Sunday, February 13, the day before
Valentine's day, more than a dozen Porsche cars caravaned
from Ke'ehi Lagoon Park to Haleiwa Joe's, for PCA-Hawai'i's
second annual Sweetheart Run & North Shore Cruise.
Sunny skies, light traffic, and a good turnout made this
trek up O'ahu's most famous coastline a cruise to long
The event began with a brief driver's meeting at Ke'ehi
Lagoon Park. Past President Darryl Lee handed out Godiva
chocolates, V.P. Chip Hughes welcomed members and guests,
SCCA/Safety Chair Scott Schulte described the route,
Treasurer Richard Lau went over the lunch menu, and
President Ambro Ilagan distributed raffle tickets for
the doorprizes: two Porsche desk calendars, provided
by the Porsche Club of Japan, and, the grand prize,
a Phillips AM/FM/CD boombox.
In their brilliant speed yellow GT3, Scott Schulte
and Sun Baker led the caravan onto the H-1, past the
Pro Bowl crowds at Aloha Stadium, then up scenic H-3
and onto Kamehameha Highway for the journey up the
winding Windward coast. After a brief rest stop and
photo-op at sunny Kualoa Beach Park, the caravan resumed
its northward track past the famous surfing breaks
on the North Shore-Sunset, Pipeline & Waimea. The
caravan arrived in Haleiwa town just in time for a
scrumptious lunch at J oe's.
Congratulations to Maude Lau for winning the grand
door prize. Mahalo to Phyllis Wood for buying the Godiva
chocolates, to Scott Schulte for leading the caravan,
to Ambro Ilagan for his help with several aspects of
the event, and to Richard Lau for dealing with the
very complicated lunch tab. Finally, a big mahalo to
all members and their guests who made the event such
Who was there:
Ed Yuen & Gwen Kwon, 1991 911 Turbo
Richard & Maude Lau, 1988 911 Turbo
Scott Schulte & Sun Baker, 2004 GT3
Darryl Lee, 2004 C4S
John & Salina Gschwend, 2005 997S
Ambro & Liz Ilagan, 1979 911 Turbo
Tom Yee 1979 911SC
Raybern & Patti Freitas, 1988 911 slantnose targa turbo
Bones & Milly Marshall, 2004 Boxster
Joe Tripp 1978SC Targa
Ron Chavez 1997 911 Turbo
Mike, Michelle and Isabella Turolla 1992? 911 Turbo
Chip Hughes & Charlene Avallone
Norm & Lil Stevens (guests)
See the photos
PCA Night at the Drags!
by Scott Schulte, SCCA/Safety Chair
On Saturday, March 12, the Porsche Club
will stage our first ever "Night at the Drags." Porsche
of Hawaii will provide prizes for the club member
best time, shortest reaction time, and the fastest top
Although Porsches aren't normally thought of as drag
racing cars, this is an excellent opportunity to test
your car at speed under controlled conditions. You may
have bragged to your friends about how fast your Porsche
is. Now you can earn the numbers to prove it!
For those who would like to caravan to the track, we
will meet at our normal Ke’ehi Lagoon Park location
at 5:15 p.m. and leave for the track at 5:45 p.m. sharp.
The track opens at 6:00 p.m. We will reserve a place
for us all, drivers and spectators, to park together
pit area. If you prefer to drive directly, you
can meet us at the track. There is an $8 admission charge
per person. This includes the cost to participate in
the drag races. Of course, one can simply join the club
for the cruise and enjoy the races from the grandstand,or
Detailed instructions will be provided once we have
arrived at the track. There will be a drivers’ meeting
where all questions can be answered. But, basically,
this is a low stress event. You can straight line race
against other types of cars or against other Porsche
Club members. You can race as many passes as you want
from 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Helmets will be required for
cars that run an elapsed time of 13.99 or faster. If
you have a helmet, please bring it. Some helmets will
available for use. All drivers are required to wear:
pants, and shoes.
We plan to stay at the track about 2 hours or less,
then proceed to dinner at a local area restaurant with
good Porsche parking. See you there!
Event: PCA Night at the Drags!
Date: Saturday, March 12
Assemble: 5:15 p.m., Ke’ehi Lagoon Park
Depart: 5:45 p.m. Hawaii Raceway Park
Arrive Track: 6:15-6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 8:30-9:00 p.m., optional
John Gschwend, 625.5119, email@example.com
Scott J. Schulte, 836.1675, firstname.lastname@example.org