During Father’s Day weekend I went with family down to Monterey, CA. Part of the reason we traveled to Monterey (besides celebrating Father’s Day, of course) was to see the beginnings of the 2014 Porsche Parade.
The Porsche Parade is an annual event where Porsche owners and collectors showcase, live, breath and talk Porsche.
I knew nothing about Porsche prior to attending the parade. I left knowing little about Porsche after the parade – except that you probably shouldn’t bring a Ferrari to a Porsche Parade. And, yes, some arrogant Ferrari owner actually did this.
Below are some photos from the trip.
The gentleman shown above with the dusty, red Carerra was from Alaska. The blue painters tape all over the frame of the car was used as protection to keep the finish clean during his two week long drive.
The Iditarod sled on the roof is used for racing dogs. Duh.
The owner told a story about when he first installed the painter’s tape on his Porsche and drove across the US. He said he pulled into a gas station in rural Montana just as the local Sheriff was pulling in at the same time. The Sheriff was perplexed about the tape. The owner, not wanting to get hassled or slowed down, told the sheriff a ridiculous excuse that the painters tape was actually being used by the Alaskan state military as an “official test project” for wind resistant / weather resistant tape. He continued to explain that the tape “is not to be removed – no matter what.” The sheriff, who had a Southern drawl, seemed disinterested and stopped asking questions.
Seems ridiculous, and, perhaps I’ve missed some detail from his story, but in either case he concluded by saying the tape prevented dust and dirt from sticking to the car and his story prevented a cop or two from hasseling him and from removing the tape.
Many of the cars found at the Porsche Parade had funny (or ironic) license plates.
There were a handful of cars that seemed to get more attention than others. But then again, there were 50+ Porsches in the parking lot, and the event didn’t start until the next day – so of course some cars will be worth checking out more-so than others. These cars were, generally speaking, more sought-after and were waxed to perfection.
There was a viewing party for the Le Mans race in the courtyard.
Why the need for a viewing party? Apparently Porsche had reentered Le Mans for the first time in several years. In front of the televisions was the same model Porsche racing in La Mans.
This is also one of the first (if not the first) hybrid race vehicle Porsche has produced.
Not every car at the event needed to be Porsche to join in the festivities.
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Our weekend trip to Monterey was concluded the following day in Big Sur after visiting the local bakery and having Father’s Day lunch at the scenic Post Ranch Inn.
From the restaurant, the views were amazing.
Good food, good cars, and great family times – an excellent weekend trip down the coast.