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Porsche Parade at Jay Peak, VT - Off the beaten path, again [w/video]

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

By Damon Lowney

Porsche Parade in Jay Peak, Vermont was a bit like Parade in French Lick, Indiana last year: It was off the beaten path — in rural Vermont less than 15 miles from the Canadian border. The venue is a ski resort. Yet 1,800 members and hundreds of Porsches flooded the area for great times and competition.

Officially starting on Sunday, June 19 (volunteers and concours entrants were there days earlier), members and Porsches flooded Jay Peak Resort through Saturday, June 25. It was the time of year, way up North, when the sun lights the sky before 5 AM and you’d swear you could still see sunlight at 10 PM. Parade check-in ended just before the Pirelli welcome party. Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer made a speech and gave members a personal introduction to the 911R, and the mood for the week was set.

On Monday, Parade’s premiere event, the concours d’elegance, took place, with an impressive display of Porsches of all types. This author’s favorite was a 944S in the concours with a factory ski rack mounted — complete with a set of Rossignol skis. At the start of summer. It is the 40th anniversary of the front-engined, water-cooled Porsches after all…

The Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) Rally was held on Tuesday. And as drivers and navigators followed directions and cruised the route, astute rallyists who left the start close to 8 AM may have noticed a white 1972 911E with two red stripes making its way back to the resort following a Porsche Panorama photo shoot. Good times.

Autocross was Wednesay and Thursday. If your day was the former, you got wet and probably had an interesting time navigating the course lined with bright orange pylons. But you also witnessed Mark Porsche, the youngest son of the late Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, autocross a 2017 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Thursday had perfect weather, minus Mr. Porsche, who had flown back to Germany the day before.

Thursday was also the Gimmick Rally, which offers a more lighthearted alternative to rallying than TSD. I think married couples who’ve done TSD rallies will know what I mean, and I’ll leave it at that.

On Friday, the infamous Tech Quiz took place, and while results are not in as of time of writing, they will be soon.

Saturday held the Parade of Porsches, which happened on a particularly nice day. Yours truly rode in the back of a 2017 911 Carrera S Cabriolet leading the pack, and he can attest to hearing both the twin-turbos and the wastegate whoosh — slightly shocking in a Carrera, though no bad thing. He has the sunburn to prove it. The parade took us all to Newport, a quaint town in Northern Vermont. We lost a lot of cars at the turnaround — no doubt because the town, situated next to a lake, was beautiful, something one can only find in Vermont.

Next year, Parade takes place in Spokane, Washington, at The Davenport Hotel, July 9-15.

So without further ado, here are the results of Parade’s competitive events, on the official 2016 Parade website. They’re conveniently found at the top of the page. If you don’t see results now, they’ll probably be uploaded later, as the webmasters are working tirelessly to do so.

Porsche Parade results at the 2016 Parade website

Oh, and scroll down and watch the video to see why Parade, and all of PCA, is fueled by volunteers.

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