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PCA National Awards

Each year at Parade, PCA's national awards are presented to deserving members and regions. Below is a complete history of all currently active national PCA awards.

Overview

The Awards Chair of the Parade Committee is responsible to the Club and the PCA Executive Council (EC) for the solicitation, data compilation, and presentation to the EC of all the nominations for:

  • The Ferry Porsche Trophy (PCA Region of the Year)
  • The Glenn Lazar-Harry Blanchard Memorial Trophy (PCA Enthusiast of the Year)
  • The Porsche (PCA) Family of the Year Award
  • The PCA Public Service Awards

The Awards Chair assists the PCA Newsletter and Website Chairs in procuring and presenting the trophies for the Paul Heinmiller Trophy (Best Overall Newsletter), the National Newsletter Contest trophies, the Best Overall Website Trophy and the National Website Contest trophies. The Awards Chair assists the Membership Chair in procuring and presenting the awards for Actual Growth and Factored Growth and the Zone Representatives in procuring and presenting the Zone Representative Award.

Throughout the year, the Awards Chair will provide information to all region Presidents and Zone Representatives about the awards. Around the middle of October each year, the Awards Chair will solicit nominations from the region Presidents and Zone Representatives for the Ferry Porsche “region of the Year,” the Lazar-Blanchard Memorial “Enthusiast of the Year,” the Porsche (PCA) Family of the Year, and the PCA Public Service awards. The solicitation encourages Presidents to nominate and submit entries for these four national honors and provides guidelines for the nominations. The solicitation also provides a due date for submission of nominations, which is December 31.See Nomination Guidelines.

After the nominations are received, the Awards Chair formats the nominations so that each competes with one another on an impartial basis. The goal is to submit nominations to the EC for their review by May 1, with a hard deadline of June 1. The Awards Chair participates with the EC to determine the recipients of the award. During the discussions, the Awards Chair provides additional information and may make recommendations, if requested, but does not have a vote to determine the recipients.

The Awards Chair is also responsible for coordinating with the PCA National Office to arrange for transportation of all permanent (perpetual) national awards trophies to the Parade site. The perpetual trophies are those original trophies for the various National and Parade awards that are presented to the recipients. The recipients previously retained the perpetual awards and returned them to PCA each year for refurbishing and engraving, prior to the next Parade. The recipients were also awarded a “keeper” trophy, usually a plaque or a small trophy. In 2011, EC implemented a new policy that requires perpetual trophies to be returned to the PCA National Office immediately after Parade. (The policy was implemented in large part because it was often complicated and expensive to return the trophies to the National Office.) The EC policy change also included presentation of a new “keeper” trophy that is of a size and design commensurate with the respective national award. The Awards Chair is responsible to work with the approved PCA vendor to design and procure these “keeper” trophies.

While at Parade, the Awards Chair compiles the data to determine the winner of The President’s Award (the PCA region that has the most members traveling the longest distance to Parade) and the Parade Long Distance Award, and works closely with the Master of Ceremonies to facilitate presentation of all National and Parade Awards.

During the week of Parade, the Awards Chair also assists the EC and the Parade Emcee in the presentation of all National and Parade awards. The Awards Chair also assists the Trophy Chair as needed, in the organization of all Parade trophies. Those include:

  • The four (4) National Group Concours Trophies
  • The Parade Concours Trophies
  • The Hoffman Rally Trophy
  • The Woolery Navigational Trophy
  • The Parade Autocross trophies (Fastest Time of Day, Men’s & Women’s)
  • The Parade Technical & Historic Quiz Trophies (Highest Scores, Men’s & Women’s)

The Ferry Porsche Trophy - PCA Region of the Year

The Ferry Porsche Trophy was named in honor of the late Dr. Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche and first presented at Parade in 1961. It was sponsored by Porsche AG and Porsche of America Corporation, but today PCA is the sole sponsor of this award. The trophy is presented to the outstanding PCA region of the year that demonstrates the highest standards in meeting the objectives and ideals of the Porsche Club of America and “In Appreciation of Loyalty to the Porsche Car and the Porsche Idea.” Historically, PCA awarded the Ferry Porsche Trophy to one region. In 2010, in an effort to recognize more regions for their outstanding achievements, the PCA Executive Council decided to award first and second runners-up for the Ferry Porsche Trophy.

Recipients of the Ferry Porsche Trophy

2017 - Winner - Arizona Region

2017 - First Runner-up - Roadrunner Region

2017 - Second Runner-up - Santa Barbara Region

Past Recipients of the Ferry Porsche Trophy


The Glenn Lazar-Harry Blanchard Memorial Trophy - PCA Enthusiast of the Year

The Glenn Lazar-Harry Blanchard Memorial Trophy was established by the late Bruce "King Carrera" Jennings as an annual award to be presented to the region member who best exemplifies the spirit and guidelines of PCA. The award is more commonly known as the “Enthusiast of the Year” Award.

Glen Lazar was from Towson, Maryland. He was a very enthusiastic and well-liked driver who raced a Super Speedster with much success in regional and national events during the mid-to-late 1950's. Mr. Jennings raced against Mr. Lazar for several years in a Super Speedster and later in Carrera Speedsters. Mr. Lazar died during a pre-race practice session at the National Lime Rock Fourth of July race in 1959, when his car veered off track and rolled four times.

Harry Blanchard was from Greenwich, Connecticut, and was the owner of the Blanchard Automotive Corporation. Mr. Blanchard was a “dyed in the wool” Porsche enthusiast and racer. In 1959, he won the SCCA National Production Sports Car Championship. Also in 1959, he drove an RSK to 8th place in the first and only Formula One Grand Prix at Sebring. He died in Argentina in 1960, when the RSK he was driving hit a concrete abutment. 

Mr. Jennings said “Glenn Lazar and Harry Blanchard were two Porsche enthusiasts and racers who died at the wheel of their Porsches, doing what they loved best — racing.” Mr. Jennings founded the award to honor two of the finest dedicated sportsmen and Porsche production sports car racing drivers. 

The recipient is a true “Porsche Enthusiast” and an outstanding member of PCA. The recipient is an exemplary participant in region activities and shows initiative in support and organization of ongoing activities and the development of new activities. Any active member of the Porsche Club of America is eligible for this award, with the exception of any person serving in a position on the PCA National Staff during the award year.

Recipients of the Glenn Lazar-Harry Blanchard Memorial Trophy

2017 - Klaus Huschke  (Inland Northwest)

Past Recipients of the Glenn Lazar-Harry Blanchard Memorial Trophy


The Porsche (PCA) Family of the Year Award

The Porsche (PCA) Family of the Year Award was originally titled the “Leroy Spanjol Memorial Award” and first presented at Parade in 1968. The award was first sponsored by the Porsche family and continues to be sponsored by Porsche AG. The award was renamed the Porsche Family of the Year Award and presented under this title at Parade in 1974. The trophy is presented to the PCA family that demonstrates the most exceptional standards in support to their region and PCA.

Any active member of PCA and his or her family members are eligible for this award. For purposes of this award, a family is defined as parents with children living at home, parents with no children living at home or a couple without children.

Recipients of the Porsche (PCA) Family of the Year Award Winners

2017 - Darrell, Shari, Greg, Landon Troester (Intermountain)

Past Recipients of the Porsche (PCA) Family of the Year Award Winners


The PCA Public Service Awards

Since the Porsche Club of America was formed in 1955, regions have prioritized community service and charitable contributions. In 2002, PCA decided to recognize the unique and diverse programs implemented by regions throughout PCA in support of public service.

The PCA Public Service Awards recognize the regions that have conducted the most outstanding charity or community service event or events during the year. The winning regions demonstrate the highest standards in meeting the objectives and the ideals of the PCA in providing service and support to charities and the community. Due to the importance of public service to the club, and the number of PCA regions involved in public service, it was decided to present multiple awards. Awards are presented for first, second, and third place and honorable mentions. Recipients receive a trophy and cash award.

Recipients of the PCA Public Service Awards

2017 - 1st - Silver Sage

2017 - 2nd- Sacramento Valley

2017 - 3rd - First Settlers

2017 - Honorable Mention - Vancouver Island

2017 - Honorable Mention - Godlen Empire

2017 - Honorable Mention - Central Indiana

Past Recipients of the PCA Public Service Awards


Zone Representatives Award

This award is presented by the Zone Representatives to individuals within Porsche Club of America who, in the opinion of the thirteen Zone Representatives, have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the club.

The PCA Zone Representatives Award is made solely at the discretion of the Zone Representatives. This unique award may or may not be given annually.

Recipients of the Zone Representatives Award

2017 - Tom Brown (San Diego)

Past Recipients of the Zone Representatives Award


The Bill Sholar Memorial Award

The Bill Sholar Memorial Award, or “Sholar Award,” is in honor of the founder of the Porsche Club of America. The award is presented to a member in recognition of outstanding contribution to PCA, above and beyond the execution of normal responsibilities. The award was created by the PCA Executive Council in 1982, after the death of Mr. Sholar, and presented at that year's Parade. The award is presented at the discretion of the Executive Council and may or may not be presented every year. Unlike other PCA awards, all Executive Council, National Staff, Committee Chairs, Zone Representatives, Special Appointees, and Honorary PCA Members are eligible for the Sholar Award.

Recipients of the Bill Sholar Memorial Award

2014 - Prescott Kelly (Connecticut Valley)

Past Recipients of the Bill Sholar Memorial Award


The Betty Jo Turner Award for Newsletter Excellence (Best Overall Newsletter)

The Paul Heinmiller Memorial Trophy was previously awarded to the region newsletter judged to be the most outstanding for the year, as part of the PCA Newsletter Contest. The Heinmiller Memorial Award was donated in 1970 by the Porsche+Audi Division of Volkswagen of America. Mr. Heinmiller was a past National Vice President. Under Mr. Heinmiller's leadership, Porsche Panorama became a professionally executed publication both in physical layout and graphic art, as well as in refinement of its content. Almost every region has members who belong to PCA because of Panorama and who continue to renew their memberships to receive what has become the finest single-marque, club-sponsored publication in the world.

The Betty Jo Turner Newsletter Award for Newsletter Excellence was created in 2012 to recognize retiring Panorama Editor Betty Jo Turner. This award replaced the Paul Heinmiller Memorial Trophy, which was retired. Betty Jo earned a degree in music from Wesleyan College and first became aware of Porsches in 1962. She saw legendary Porsche racer Bob Holbert win at Virginia International Raceway and became an enthusiast. She later became active in reviving the Peachstate region in the late 1960's, even hand-painted name tags for the region. She personally signed up actor Steve McQueen as a Peachstate member.

Betty Jo was named associate editor of Panorama in December 1967 and wrote for the magazine in that capacity. She became the editor of Panorama in November 1969. At that time, it was just a 39-page magazine, mostly in black and white, with limited color print. After succeeding Mr. Heinmiller, Betty Jo continued the professional development of Panorama.

Under her stewardship, the magazine evolved into a well-respected magazine with over 110 pages per issue; coated, full-color covers; internal use of color; and digital printing, and yet it is produced at less cost per member than any comparable magazine. Panorama has won numerous automotive journalism awards under her management. Porsche factory executives read each month's issue.

Betty Jo was adept at adopting new ideas for form and content and used demographic surveys to be responsive to the Club membership, producing a magazine which covers broader aspects of Porsche history and ownership, rather than just local region activities. Not content to just write about Porsches, the garage of her and her husband, Leonard, have included a 1964 356 SC, a 1964 904, a 1974 911 Carrera, and multiple 924s, 944s, and 968s.

She has contributed to numerous articles and a book, wrote the historical introduction to Linda Lewis' book, “The Fine Art of the Sports Car,” and has served as an historical resource for both Porsche and PCA. Betty Jo made many personal friends within PCA, Porsche Cars North America, and the Porsche factory, all of whom have provided considerable material for the magazine. She has conducted and published interviews with Porsche family members, including Ferry, Peter, Wolfgang, Butzi, and Gerd; factory executives, such as Ernst Furmann and Peter Schutz; engineers, such as Helmuth Bott; the legendary Huschke von Hanstein; PCA founder Bill Sholar; and many others.

Betty Jo was the first winner of Bill Sholar Award in 1982, for outstanding contributions by a PCA National Staff member. She was named co-Grand Marshal (along with the head of PCNA) for Rennsport Reunion III in 2007 and was the keynote speaker.

For the PCA Newsletter Contest, regions compete in one of five classes, based on region membership as of December 31st of the competition year. Basing the classes on region membership is intended to ensure that regions competing for the five separate class awards have reasonably equal resources. The Betty Jo Turner Award for Newsletter Excellence does not duplicate any of the class awards.

The evaluation criteria are: Information and Navigation; Overall Layout and Appearance; Editorial Commentary; Event Publicity and Follow-Up; Photography and/or artwork (Illustrations, Clipart); Technical Articles and Automotive Tips; Availability in Digital Format to Members; Features and Article Contributions from Members; and General Scope and Variety. Top editors from around the country are selected to help with the judging of other regions' newsletters. They assign scores for each category. Points are given for the number of issues published by the region during the year. Once class winners have been decided, the top entry from each class is then re-evaluated by a second set of judges to determine the overall winner of the Betty Jo Turner Award for Newsletter Excellence.

Barb Coplen is the Newsletter Committee Chair. She may be reached here.

Recipients of the Betty Jo Turner Award for Newsletter Excellence

2017 - Orange Coast - Garey Cooper

Past Recipients of the Betty Jo Turner Award for Newsletter Excellence

Recipients of the Paul Heinmiller Trophy (replaced by Betty Jo Turner Award)


Best Overall Website Award

Annually, PCA conducts the National Website Contest in which region and zone websites are judged for editorial excellence, design effectiveness, user friendliness, up-to-date content, and usefulness to their respective regions, zones, and members. As a result of the outstanding content and technical advances in past submissions, PCA decided to create an award for the Best Overall Region Website. The award was first presented at Parade in 2012. The Best Overall Region Website Award is presented to the region with highest overall score, regardless of class. The award will not duplicate any National Website Award Class winners. Zone websites are not eligible for this award. The award serves to demonstrate that the real value of any region website is in effectively serving members of the website's respective region. The award also demonstrates the fluidity and dynamics of web-based communications and the ability of the regions to adapt new technologies to meet the expectations of their users. 

Don Roof is the Region Website Chair. Contact him here.

Recipients of the Best Overall Website Award

2017 - Overall - Alpine Mountain - Alexander Ching & Carl Ellis

2017 - Class I - Carrera – Dan Thomas

2017 - Class II - Red River – Andreas Kottschoth

2017 - Class III - Roadrunner – Ann Mulhern

2017 - Class IV - Kanasa City – Deborah Thorne

2017 - Class V - San Diego – Greg Bartley

2017 - Zone - Zone 2 – Bill Simon and Terry DellaVecchia

Past Recipients of the Best Overall Website Award

 


National Membership Awards

In 1990, PCA implemented a campaign to increase membership. The campaign was successful, and almost 900 new members were enrolled. Based on this success, in 1991 PCA established a National Membership Competition to continue to stimulate growth. The award was first presented at Parade in 1992. Originally the recipient of the award was determined by a formula that equalized each region’s growth, regardless of size. In 1998, PCA added a second category to recognize the region with the highest net growth. Today the awards are known as Greatest Factored Growth and Greatest Actual Growth. The same region cannot receive both awards. The recipients receive both a trophy and a cash award from PCA.

The competition runs from January 1 through December 31 of each year. Participating regions must have been chartered by December 31 of the preceding year to be eligible for the award. New member applications and applications for renewal must be received at the National Office by close of business on December 31 of each year.

If a region is no longer chartered during the competition year, the beginning membership total of the region that is no longer chartered will be added to membership total of the region to which those members were transferred. If a region is downsized because a new region is created, the membership total of the downsized region is reduced by the number of members transferred to the new region when the new region was chartered.

The National Membership Competition is administered by the PCA National Membership Committee and does not require a nomination from the regions. Minta Miller is the Region Membership Committee Chair and can be contacted here for more information about the National Membership Competition.

Current Recipients of the PCA National Membership Awards

Year Awarded Greatest Factored Growth Greatest Actual Growth
2017 BC Interior Gold Coast

Past Recipients of the PCA National Membership Awards