PCA Chicago: Porsches, Pastries, and Photos
The leaves are starting to turn here in Chicago and that means the days of the proverbial "car season" here in the Midwest are numbered; but with Porsche fanatics, that ominous countdown never seems to wane any enthusiasm. This month's Porsche Club of America (PCA) gathering brought the loyal out in troves. Rows of air-cooled, water-cooled, and even electric (what a time to be alive) filled the ample and accommodating lots that flanked Labriola Cafe.
I was a late arrival, the lot brimming with Porschephiles as I hunted for a vacant spot. A fellow 997.2 made for fitting company and as my car's chatter silenced, I peered out to see the vast majority of attendees gathered for announcements. I took it as an opportunity to scurry through the rows to snap some quick photos, darting between a cluster of 911s, darling 914s, and venerable 928s. Not a bad backdrop to a morning speed walk.
Father & Son Daily Drivers
Despite the cloudy, threatening skies the Porsche colors popped for my eager lens—Porsche's incredible library of hues was always an impressive one—and its variety that morning was seasonally appropriate to say the least. But perhaps more than the generous sampling of color, the sheer variety of machinery was a sight to behold. Modern era 991 GT2s were parked alongside tenured impact bumper 911s, boxy 944s near curvaceous 964s—I loved walking past an original 911T and then the modern equivalent the next row over, 40 years its junior.
The Porsche GT Contingent
Indeed, Porsche is one of the only marque who has largely embraced linearity in its design cues and that choice has, perhaps fittingly so, helped create a real sense of family beyond the cars themselves—a family amongst fans.
Special thanks to PCA Chicago for hosting another great event—very much looking forward to the next one before the snow rolls in.