“Jason, I’m leaving at 2 AM, see you there” read Randy’s email when I woke up on September 11th. A few hours later, I too would be off on my own route to Columbia, Maryland. To my delight, Randy–whom I had never met had upgraded my room at the Sheraton! We enjoyed a meal that evening, shared many laughs about our common interests and Bessie, his newly acquired 944 becoming the 4th P-car in his garage which he drove all the way to Florida from Toronto on old tires just after he got it! We hung out like old pals.
Saturday: 7am. Randy and I made our way to PCA HQ. Executive Director Vu Nguyen and his staff were already there. We volunteered, Vu asked me to assist him moving a commissioned Hunziker painting. No pressure!
400 cars were expected but with heavy rain and thunder, about 200 people showed up. Two of those individuals drove their 356’s, one of which participated in the first PCA Parade and the other was a Speedster! Regional members were surprised to see two Canadians made the trip.
Vu gave informative and entertaining tours of HQ while his staff and volunteers kept the event running through the rain. PCA Museum, complimentary food, raffle prizes, free gifts, and the goody store selection plus vendors rounded out the event. Everyone got soaked to the bone.
At 3 pm after changing into dry clothes, we headed home, only stopping twice for fuel. The spirited segment of the trip was Randy going head to head with a Cherokee SRT 8, then at sunset, torrential downpours slowed us to a crawl to avoid hydroplaning, but we made it safely home.
A super GT drive in the end, with thanks to our host, Executive Director Vu Nguyen and his staff for warmly welcoming us UCR folk to the PCA HQ.