What was your first Porsche?
CL: My first was a ’74 914, 1.8. I sold my VWs, worked extra hours to get it in part for autocrosses. I was blown away how balanced and flat it was on a spirited country drive. And it was easy working on them. For autocrossing, it was woefully underpowered, but I could make up time on corners. Once I had the 914, there was no turning back.
Which is your favorite of the ones you’ve owned?
CL: My favorite is the one I have now. Porsches just get better and better. I’m very happy with the Turbo S, but I’m also looking forward to what Porsche has in store.
Do you regret having sold any of your cars?
CL: No, not really because I was so excited about getting the next one – I blame Porsche.
What is your dream Porsche to own?
CL: Well, the 2021 Turbo S technical specs are pretty insane along with the subtle design updates. Typical Porsche evolution. But … I’m very happy with mine, as I should be. I still find myself staring at it!
Tell us about a notable drive or road trip?
CL: When I lived in California, I went camping with my sister, brother-in-law and one of their friends at Big Sur. He arrived with an older 911 and we took two cars to Big Sur. You can guess which one I was in – the drive along Highway 1 just takes your breath away. I couldn’t wait for the camp night to be over so we could drive back.
What is your favorite Porsche or PCA related memory?
CL: In the mid-1980s, I participated in several HCR autocross events and joined for a year just to be able to race. They were held at Highland Mall in the Foley’s parking area, and at Burger Stadium. What a thrill! When I dig up the old pictures and 35mm negatives, I mostly see 914s, but also 928s, a Sepia Brown Carrera RS maybe, and other 911s. And a Ferrari Daytona who wished it was a Porsche.
But my favorite memories are the people. Members come and go, but the camaraderie hasn’t changed through today. Great people, common bond, help one another and for good causes.
Do you currently participate in driving events (i.e. tours, rallyes, autocross, HPDE track days, club racing)?
CL: I haven’t since I joined back, but I’m sure planning to. The COTA parade laps just whet my appetite and I’m looking forward to my first track day event. And would be a blast if our region might have autocross events in the future.
What other PCA events do you enjoy?
CL: I really enjoy the tech sessions and related social events. And I look forward to participating with charity events. It’s fun catching up with old friends and especially meeting new ones. All in a setting we’re so enthusiastic about.
Interview and photographs by Jonathan Haggar