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Article by Lee Rock
Photos courtesy of Lee Rock and the Five Sisters

The PCA Chesapeake Region had an unusual request from Pam Hutchinson, who was planning a 60th birthday party celebration weekend for one of her four sisters. Her birthday sister, Suzanne, had a dream to drive or be driven in a Porsche, and the sisters wanted to make that dream come to life. Suzanne would have rather owned a Porsche, but her wish was to drive or ride in one. The five sisters would be in Selbyville, Delaware near Fenwick, in September, and were hoping someone could arrange a birthday drive in a Porsche for Suzanne.

The five sisters celebrate each of their milestone birthdays with something special. They try to surprise each other in the process. This year Suzanne turned 60, a milestone for sure. When she was 13 years old, she told their father that she was going to buy a Porsche. With life's ups and downs she couldn’t afford that opportunity.

Many of us are fortunate to own a Porsche, and while the majority of the population has never sat in or ridden in one, we sometimes take that for granted. In the spirt of sharing the experience, and making Suzanne’s wish come true, I decided to take Pam up on the request. I arranged to visit friends and family the weekend they were there, so I would be available.

Chesapeake Region Membership Chair, Minta Miller kindly arranged for a PCA swag bag and hats for all five sisters, and when I arrived, the sisters were waiting. I took Suzanne, the beaming birthday girl, for a ride in my car and she was very grateful that her life-long wish had come true. At the end when we returned, they sprinkled her with glitter, as that was their customary tradition.

While visiting my cousin in Fenwick, I knew his 80-plus-year-old neighbor, Richard, had also never ridden in a Porsche, and when I offered, he jumped at the chance. I also had a swag bag and hat that Minta planned ahead for him. He was literally like a kid in a candy store. Richard was so excited and thrilled be riding with the top down, he was smiling ear to ear. We took pictures of this as well, and he said this was one of the best surprises in his life.

It felt good to bring some happiness in these challenging times. I think I got more enjoyment out of it than the either the sisters or Norman and enjoyed the drive as well.

Next time you hop in your car, think of someone you know who might like to ride along.


Every year across Porsche Club of America, members are making a difference with many heartwarming and thoughtful acts of kindness. The above are a few of those community contributions. Be sure to check e-Brake News to read more about PCA Regions making a difference and visit the Members Making a Difference page for additional past articles. If your Region has a charitable activity or event that you would like to share, contact us to share the story.