This year’s WERKS is now in the books!
The new venue, Corral del Tierra Country Club was beautiful, the “lawn” (aka “fairway”) was beautiful … and the cars were totally beautiful.
The attendance for this year’s event was massive. Sandy Provasi, Zone 7 Chair, was turning away cars from entering the grounds, directing them to park on the roads. There were people from all over the west, and then some if you count the speciality cars and PCA staff! It is hard to imagine just how hard it is to put on this event. Tom Provasi organizes both WERKS Monterey and Amelia Island and has a “regular” job. Part of the answer is that a lot of volunteers do so many things. While you don’t get “paid” to volunteer, you get a lot of “thanks” from attendees and you get this really neat T-shirt for your effort!
The essence of the event is the car “show”. Some cars are just there to be “seen”, others are there to be “judged”. The judged cars are rated by a cadre of judges — sort of a very big, but not “formal” concours. At the end of the day, the “best of” awards are presented.
Unfortunately, your reviewer was directing traffic when the “best of” awards were announced/presented, so this report will use “my best of” show awards.
“Best of show”: a spotless white spyder — one of the “original” spider’s. The contrast of the petite white spyder on the green lawn was, for me, the BEST.
“Best Speciality Car”: a 911 racer in Jagermeifter colors (bright orange!) I loved the attention to detail, the radical fenders and its impressive air-cooled mill in the rear!
“Best Surprise Car”: There were a number of other “speciality” cars, one of which was quite unique. It is a Runge! This car was highlighted in May ’17 Panorama. This car is “hand” built by Chris Runge and was inspired by “Glockler Frankfurt Flyers”… essentially a 550 spyder “type” car. Chris uses parts from 356’s, FV frames and constructs his own body parts from aluminum sheet, forming over his own “bucks”. The cars are definitely “Time Machines” as the Panorama article calls them.
Other “speciality cars” included highly modified 914’s, a 911 converted into a historic “rally” car, and “barn finds” repurposed into racer’s and “tribute” cars.
“Best 911”: The best 911 was this simple, but highly modified Carrera S. I loved the wing treatment at the rear.
“Worse 911”: The worse 911 on the lawn was this red 911 fitted with a small block Chevy V8. Appropriately, the engine deck lid was held open with a “wooden stick”. Sorry no pic’s!
There were just so many, many personal Porsches of all types both on the “lawn” (judged) and on the “fairways” (not judged) that it was hard to take them ALL in. They ranged from 356’s to all years of 911’s (Jack and Kathy Kuhn had entered his lovely 1972 911T, but they sold it last month!), “transaxle” cars (968’s — one shown by past Yosemite President Paul Czopek and 928’s), all sorts of Boxster’s (this year’s WERKS honored the Boxster!) and a few Cayman’s and one Carrera GT.
The day even highlighted an interview with Walter Rohrl — his memory is encyclopedic! All in all, the day was one to enjoy all things Porsche. For next year, the event should be even more special since it will be the front end to Rennsport Reunion VI, again at Laguna Seca, as announced by PCNA CEO Klaus Zellmer.
So, SAVE the date: Sept 27-30, 2018!