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SBR’s Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every odd-numbered month beginning at 6:30 p.m. At this time, the meetings are held online via Zoom. Member attendance and participation are encouraged.
Contact SBR president Rod Hersberger (rodhersberger@gmail. com) to receive the Zoom link for each meeting.
The Petersen Automotive museum has been busy this summer celebrating Porsche anniversaries and milestones. There is the yearlong commemoration of Porsche’s 75th birthday. Although I understand there is a rotating selection of cars, the day I went it seemed a little heavy on race cars. Some significant road cars like the 959, Carrera GT, the 911 R, the GT2, and the 2.7 RS were not on display.
Next, on July 9 the Petersen recognized the Boxster’s 30th anniversary with a cruise-in. It was the largest ever Boxster gathering and you can read my report elsewhere in this issue.
Finally, on August 27 it was the 911s turn to celebrate the most iconic, recognizable Porsches introduction at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963. Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson F. A. “Butzi” Porsche is given credit for the design, but he probably had some help. Many of you will know that Porsche initially called this car the 901, but Peugeot already had the right to that number in Europe. How lucky for Porsche to have to change the badge to 911. You can read coverage of the 911’s birthday in a future issue.
The Rennsport event at Laguna Seca at the end of September will also receive coverage in a future issue. I have attended all the Rennsports held at Laguna and they were certainly worth the time and expense. Where else will you see more than 1,000 Porsches?
Porsche Santa Clarita has a nice museum under the showroom floor. The selection has some examples of important Porsches. The owner is the same family that has the Galpin empire on Roscoe Boulevard in San Fernando Valley.
With all the beautiful, curvy, and hilly backroads in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, you have lots of opportunities to exercise your Porsche. As I and others have, put together a small group of drivers, plan a good route, and end at a great lunch spot every week or ten days.
Finally, sign up for one of the club’s many drives. If you want to suggest a drive, inform Activities Co-Chair Lionel Neff and the Santa Barbara Region here: Contact Us
Happy Porsche motoring!
The Porsche Club of America was founded in 1955 to meet the particular needs and interests of the owners of Porsche cars. Our general objectives are to promote the highest standards of courtesy and safety on the roads; the enjoyment and sharing of other events as may be agreeable to the membership; the maintenance of the highest standards of operation and performance of the marque by sharing and exchanging technical and mechanical information; the establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with the Porsche WORKS, Porsche dealers, and other service sources to the end that the marque shall prosper and continue to enjoy its unique leadership and position in sports car annals; the exchange of ideas and suggestions with other Porsche Clubs throughout the world and in such cooperation as may be desirable; the establishment of such mutually cooperative relationships with other Sports Car Clubs as may be desirable.
The Santa Barbara Region of Zone 8, Porsche Club of America covers Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. We are a region of more than 700 members plus over 500 affiliate members. We were chartered in June, 1964 and celebrated our 50th anniversary on July 19, 2014 in Santa Barbara.
This region exemplifies national PCA’s motto: "It's not just the cars, it's the people." Lasting friendships are the rule, not the exception within our club.
We meet for Cars And Coffee on the first Saturday of every month near Loru's Cafe in the Camarillo Premium Outlets from 8–9:30 a.m., and on the second Saturday each month at Leadbetter Beach near Shoreline Beach Cafe in Santa Barbara, from 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Our region participates in competitive driving events such as autocrosses, driver education, and even a gimmick rally just for fun. We go on numerous exciting drives on back roads throughout Southern California and hold various social events including a chili cook-off, a progressive dinner and our holiday brunch. A highlight every year is SBR’s Concours d’Elegance where Porsches are judged in competition or just placed for display on beautiful grounds for all to enjoy. We also organize several extended weekend trips to places of interest such as Yosemite, Zion and Bryce National Parks. Most of all we offer friendly people driving great cars. We invite you to join us for some fun driving your Porsche with other car enthusiasts.
Check our Calendar for all of our exciting upcoming events.
Membership in the Porsche Club of America is open to anyone 18 years or older who owns or has ordered a Porsche automobile produced by the factory. A limited, six month "Quest" membership is also available for those searching for a Porsche to purchase. Dues are $46 a year, $90 for two years or $132 for three years and includes the monthly PCA Porsche Panorama magazine and our local monthly newsletter, the Der Auspuff.
Hard copies are also available through Membership Chairman Sue Kinsling at email@example.com. We hope that you will consider membership in the Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region. You won’t be disappointed!
Personalized SBR Name Badges are available to members by completing and mailing in the following form: PCASBR Name Badges