Black & Blue at Concours

MY FRIEND JEFF MILLMAN and I attended the 2021 PCA UCR Concours D’Elegance at Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls. How we ended up there together is a bit of a tale.

My old friend Chris Nelson has been a Porsche guy as long as I have known him. He has owned a very nice 928 S, and an equally nice 968. For the past several years he has driven a 2007 Cayman S, black over tan interior.

“I need to ask a question, but I’m afraid that if I do, you’ll never speak to me again.”

Chris called several weeks ago and said, “I need to ask a question, but I’m afraid that if I do, you’ll never speak to me again.”

I pressed him to ask anyway, and he said, “I’m thinking of getting a new car, but I don’t think you are going to like it.”

“The worst thing I could think of would be a Cadillac SUV.”

“It’s not that, I’m considering a Mustang GT.”

“I’ll still talk to you. I find them a bit heavy, and the interior design is dated, but they are a great value proposition with tons of performance. What are you going to do with the Cayman?”

“I will sell it privately.”

Ah, that was the beginning of an idea.

My friend Jeff Millman had driven my 2006 Cayman S last fall; he had never owned a sports car, or sat in a Porsche, let alone driven one. At the time he quoted Will Smith, “I gotta get me one of these.”

Long story short, a few weeks later, Jeff phoned and told me he had bought Chris’ Cayman.

We both signed up as volunteers and entrants for the PCA UCR Concours on Sept. 4 in Niagara Falls. Jeff arrived at my place in time for lunch on the day before the event, and we spent the afternoon cleaning and detailing the two cars. We both had cleaned the interiors ahead of time, so we declared chemical warfare on the exteriors. Both cars have been ceramic coated and this makes cleaning a breeze. We are both fans of the SONAX line of cleaning products, particularly its wheel cleaner. As a newbie, Jeff had not realized that clean wheel barrels were a requirement for a serious Concours entry, so we spent some time on that detail.

Firemen’s Park is an ideal location for this event. Tons of smooth grassy space for car displays, a covered area for the organizers, and a newer building with a snack bar and washroom facility. The first 30 minutes Saturday morning was a bit crazy, as everyone seemed to arrive at the same time and we needed to jockey the cars into their correct area, marked off with sign posts. There was a large contingent of volunteers as with most PCA UCR events, and by about 9 a.m. everything was orderly and the judging could begin.

At about noon, Jeff and I teamed up with Jackie Metcalfe (vice-president) to count the ballots. This was done manually with one of us tabulating the Best in Show ballots, and the other pair doing the class ballots. It was about an hour of detailed, concentrated work, but we got it done by our deadline of 1 p.m.

There is a list of winners elsewhere in this issue. I was thrilled to get a second place in class, for the second time.

I encourage UCR members to participate and volunteer for these events. They are a ton of fun, there are some great giveaways, you will see some spectacular cars that you might only see in magazines, but most important, you will meet some really fascinating people who share your Porsche passion. It is possible to live life in the stands, but much more rewarding to live on the field. </>

Story by Gerry Cornwell

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