History


San Diego became a chartered region of PCA on December 26th, 1957
By John Straub, Region Historian

Before San Diego Region became a Region, a few National Porsche Club members and enthusiasts got together here in San Diego and had some impromptu events. The year was 1957. Later that same year they were to get together and decide to join the Porsche Club of America as a Region. The first meeting was put together by Paul Madigan at the Golden Lion restaurant with ten members.

The following information was acquired from Bea Cole, Jim Douthit and Jack Case. This is how it happened.

The first letter is dated November 14, 1957 addressed to Bill Sholar (the creator of the PCA) in Alexandria, Virginia. It was from Paul Madigan here in San Diego.

Dear Mr. Sholar,

The undersigned, all active members in good standing of the Porsche Club of America, herewith petition for recognition as a Chartered Region of the Porsche Club of America.

Our activities to date include two dinner meetings, three runs (two to Mexico and one to Mt. Palomar), and two trips to the races at Palm Springs and Riverside, California.

The temporary officers are John Bowman President, Wally Schmidt Secretary and William Zongker Activities Chairman. If chrtered, we agree individually and as a region to abide by the Bylaws and Policies of the Porsche Club of America.

The name of the region will be “Porsche Club of America, San Diego Region.” The Region will include the county of San Diego in the state of California.

It is understood that within sixty days from the date of this letter we will submit our slate of officers and a copy of our Constitution and Bylaws.

Very truly yours,
Paul Madigan

Ten members in good standing in San Diego County are:

  • Paul D. Madigan
  • William L. Zonghker
  • Robert E. Kollmar
  • Keith Ewton
  • Paul F. Veal
  • William Schaffer
  • Wally Schmidt
  • Robert C. Thacker
  • John Bowman
  • Doug Stephens

These are the original charter members of San Diego Region.

The second letter is dated January 21, 1958 addressed to John Case (Jack as we know him was a National Vice-President here on the West Coast living in Los Angeles). From Max Bunnel, President, National PCA.

Dear John,

Re: Executive Committee approval of request for chartered regions.
We have received request from the San Diego Region and the Chicago-Milwaukee Region for recognition as chartered regions.

At the moment, Bill Sholar has the San Diego petition which he assured me is proper, and I have reviewed and find all information in proper form.

In as much as the Executive Committee must pass approval for new charters, I would appreciate your comments if not in favor of granting these charters. In other words, to expedite their being published in Panorama…

Yours truly,
Max Bunnel

And the third letter dated February 25, 1958 was addressed back to Paul Madigan in San Diego from Bill Sholar and cc-ed to John Case.

Dear Paul,

The petition for charter you forwarded to Bill Sholar has been presented to the Executive Council for their consideration and it is with considerable pleasure that I advise you the charter for San Diego Region of the P.C.A. has been approved. I want to wish you the best of luck in your future programs and activities.

In as much as the petition itself is not in my possession, could you advise me the boundaries of your region. Does it include Los Angeles? Would also appreciate your comments as to why or why not you have made the boundaries as they are.

By copy of this letter to John Case, I want to thank John for his contacts with you in the past. I am sure that John will do everything he can to help you with your planning or with regards to the P.C.A. from a national standpoint.

If I can do anything to assist you, do not hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely,
Bill Scholar

As you can see, John Bowman was President on December 26, 1957, on the date and year our Region was Chartered. Paul Madigan then became President the following year for the first full year we were chartered as a Region to the Porsche Club of America. At that time we had no “Windblown Witness” or newsletter, events were publicized by word of mouth or by post cards.

The “Windblown Witness” would not be started until 1961. The name of the region newsletter came from the fact that the cars were air cooled, “Windblown” and “Witness” referred to getting information out to the members. The first issues were typed, two to three pages, and were run off as copies. Most of the information was about events or tech information, since we had no advertisers in the Windblown Witness at that time. This was a time of change in the club. The members could communicate via a newsletter rather than by phone.

In the first eight years of SDR our Presidents were; John Bowman 1957, Paul Madigan 1958, Keith Ewton 1959, Roger Thompson/Paul Madigan 1960, Rowland Johnson 1961, Wally Cole 1962, Keith Ewton 1963, Jack Rober 1964, Tom Hauseur Sr. 1965. Our Windblown Witness editors were Rowland Johnson, Jerry & Dawn Lehrer 1961, Wally Cole 1962/63, Keith Ewton 1964, and George LaDam in 1965.

Some of our early events were Progressive Dinners, Tech Sessions, Tours, Rallys, Concours, Election Dinners, Installation Dinner, Weekenders, Auto Crosses at Del Mar and Mission Valley, high speed driving events that started in 1962 in Brawley.


Presidents

2017    Karen Garcia Raines
2016    Dan Carusillo
2015    Keith Verlaque
2014    Jim Binford
2013    Bev Gould
2012    Greg Phillips
2011    Carl Scragg
2010    Curt Yaws
2009    Dave Gardner
2008    Martha McGowan
2007    Ted Myrus
2006    Margi Knight
2005    Michael Harris
2004    Bill Allen
2003    Tom Brown
2002    Ron Mistak
2001    Rich Caccese
2000    John Straub
1999    Keith Verlaque
1998    Bill Smith
1997    Roger Roberts

1996    Skip Carter
1995    Jerry Beauchane
1994    Jim Rydbeck
1993    Al Schlegel
1992    Steve Hall
1991    Bob Lemke
1990    Tom Hauseur Jr.
1989    Art Wrightson
1988    Paul Young Sr.
1987    Nancy Rydbeck
1986    Bill Myrick
1985    Keith Nelson
1984    Carol Muir
1983    Slim Durham
1982    Margie Smith-Haas
1981    Tom Hauseur Sr.
1980    John Straub
1979    Art Wrightson
1978    Tom Van Zant
1977    George Thwing III
1976    Bea Cole

1975    Tom Hauseur Jr.
1974    Ralph Hurty
1973    Dieter Vongehr
1972    Ernie Paschoal
1971    Joe Ramos Jr.
1970    George Thwing III
1969    Dave Carsten
1968    Gordon Bartow Jr.
1967    Dick Barbour
1966    George LaDam
1965    Tom Hauseur Sr.
1964    Jack Rober
1963    Keith Ewton
1962    Wally Cole
1961    Rowland Johnson
1960    Maj. Roger B. Thompson, Paul Madigan
1959    Keith Ewton
1958    Paul Madigan
1957    John Bowman

Editors

2017    Greg Phillips
2016    Greg Phillips
2015    John Noerenberg II, Greg Phillips
2014    Susan Brown
2013    Susan Brown
2012    Jim Mazzola
2011    Susan Brown
2010    Susan Brown
2009    Susan Brown
2008    Susan Brown, Margi Knight, Larry Clark
2007    Greg Phillips, Larry Clark
2006    Greg Phillips
2005    Greg Phillips
2004    Greg Phillips
2003    Greg Phillips, Jim Bohorquez
2002    Skip Carter, Jim Bohorquez, Greg Phillips
2001    Skip Carter, Harvey Cain
2000    Skip Carter
1999    Skip Carter
1998    Skip Carter
1997    Skip Carter, Pete Albrecht
1996    Skip Carter
1995    Howard & Lois Wasserman
1994    Howard & Lois Wasserman
1993    Royce Ann Higgins
1992    Debi Norris, Royce Ann Higgins
1991    Debi Norris
1990    Monique Straub
1989    Louie Butler, Borden Covel, Randy & Margaret Mardis, Monique Straub

1988    Fred Fraley
1987    Fred Fraley
1986    Robbin Herring
1985    John Straub
1984    John & Denise Straub
1983    John & Denise Straub
1982    John & Denise Straub
1981    John & Denise Straub
1980    Grace & Tom Hauser Jr.
1979    Hal Nash, Grace & Tom Hauser Jr.
1978    Hal Nash
1977    Ivan Richmond
1976    Bill Haggerty
1975    Bill Haggerty
1974    Ernie Paschoal
1973    Ernie & Carol Paschoal
1972    Judy & Cliff Berryman
1971    Bea Cole, Judy & Cliff Berryman
1970    Dave Carsten, Wally Cole, Joe Ramos Jr., George Berryman
1969    Jerry Robinson, Dave Carsten
1968    Charles King
1967    Charles King
1966    George LaDam
1965    George LaDam
1964    Keith Ewton
1963    Wally Cole
1962    Wally Cole
1961    Roland Johnson, Jerry & Dawn Lehrer


First a little about Bill Myrick

BillSmallBill Myrick worked for McDonnell-Douglas and was sent to Vietnam in support of the company’s military aircraft in use during the war years. It was while Bill was stationed there that he began his love affair with Porsche cars. He had always wanted to own a sports car. But he wanted a sports car with 4 seats so he could go on double dates with his soon to be teenage daughter, Terrie. The Porsche 911 was the one sports car that met his requirement of 4 seats.

During the 5 years he was in Vietnam he received combat pay which he put into a special car fund. In 1970, while still stationed in Vietnam, he ordered his Porsche 911 and paid $6,400 for it. When asked what was so special about the Porsche that attracted him to that particular car, he answered, “It was the ability to maneuver.”

Upon returning from Vietnam, Bill and his wife traveled from the West Coast to Florida to visit his mom, then up to New York where he picked up his 911 from the docks. He was worried about breaking his new car in on the long trip back across the US. He drove very cautiously at first but about mid-way in the trip home he read in the owner’s manual that he could take it up to 4,000 RPM (about 70 to 80 miles per hour), it was then that he (as he said it) “put the hammer down.” He stopped long enough in Iowa to replace the oil and transmission fluid.

Bill never sold that 911, though he had to put his car in storage while he was the base manager at Clark Air Force base in the Philippines from 1972 to 1980, much to his displeasure. Upon his return to San Diego he was on the road again.

In April of 1980 Bill joined the Porsche Club of America, San Diego Region where he remained active until his passing. He served as President, Vice-president, Treasurer, Board Member and driving instructor as well as working on many different committees.

One quality about Bill that was extra special was his ability to get along with people. He loved people and had friends all over the world. Bill was the type of person who would literally do anything for his friends. He was always there to help. He was the kind of friend everyone needs.

This quality in Bill was exemplified in his infectious enthusiasm for the Porsche Club and its members. Bill welcomed and befriended new members and was always there to lend a helping hand. If it needed to be done, you could count on Bill to get it done. In memoriam after his death in late 1999, the Enthusiast of the Year award was named in his honor so that this special man and his never ending contributions to PCASDR would never be forgotten.

Bill Myrick Enthusiast of the Year

2016    Martha McGowan
2015    Mark Curran
2014    Bev Gould
2013    Victoria Varon
2012    Robert Baizer, Jack Miller
2011    Angela Avitt
2010    John Straub
2009    Tom Brown
2008    Steve Grosekemper
2007    Keith Verlaque
2006    Bob McLaughlin
2005    Gary Burch
2004    Mary Clark, Larry Clark
2003    Dan Chambers
2002    Greg Phillips
2001    Bill Smith
2000    Marlee Shaw

1999    Skip Carter
1998    Bob Schang
1997    Susan Brown, Keith Verlaque
1996    Diana Schang, Bob Schang
1995    Steve Hall
1994    Paul Young
1993    Bill Myrick
1992    Chrissy Roberts
1991    Susan Tracy-Dente
1990    Bob Lemke
1989    Bill Bogusch
1988    Cecelia Knauf, Vince Knauf
1987    Steve Hall
1984    John Straub
1982    Margie Smith-Haas
1975    Bill Bartee
1974    Ralph Hurty, John Straub


PatScanlan-1-croppedPat Scanlan joined PCA in 1968 and “Concoursing” became his passion. He restored and competed in Zone 8 and Parade Concours with no less than 7 different cars winning award after award, many overall. However, what made Pat different was that he would spend his time at a Concours helping others, even competitors that were in his class (prior to judging!). In addition to being a Board member, he was the Concours Chair for San Diego Region numerous times. He also hosted numerous Concours schools over the years to teach people about the sport. There is no denying that he was one of the region’s most enthusiastic Concours Participants. Over the years Pat owned a 356 (which he picked up new in Europe), a 1968 911L, a 914, a 356 Speedster, a 964, a 911 Speedster and lastly a 996.

Long time member John Straub recalls that some of the best times he had with Pat where when the two of them spent two years on the Alan Johnson Racing Team, traveling to races up and down the west coast and to Atlanta for the finals. “Pat was always there with his creativity and ingenious way of fabricating what they needed to win. Without Pat I’m sure our team would not have been the family that it was.” Alan Johnson states that “he was never late, he worked non-stop, had some good ideas for reconfiguring the front end of the 944 for better cooling of the front brakes and the car always looked like it was ready for a car show. And everybody loved having him on the team.”

His love for PCA and the San Diego Region carried through his life. When he passed away in 2007 he left $5,000 from his estate to PCASDR to be used for promoting events such as Concours. The Region dedicated the perpetual “Pat Scanlan Award” to be given to the San Diego Region member with the highest overall score in the Full Concours division at the annual region Concours to help promote and encourage Concours activities.

Pat’s note to the Club that was included with his will:

Dear Club members:

PCASDR has been a source of fond memories and experiences for many years. As a token of my appreciation I wish to present PCASDR with this check to be used for the Club’s activities. For my good friends still belonging to the group may I bid them a fond farewell and to the newer members may I wish you the good times and the lovely purr of those Porsche Engines.

Pat Scanlan Award

2016    Bruce and Cindy Wing, 1997 911 Coupe
2015    Chris Miller, 1965 356 Coupe
2014    Tom and Bev Gould, 1970 911E
2013    David Walker, 1970 914/6
2012    Skip and Leslie Shirley, 1963 356 Coupe
2011    Dale and Lorena Sommerfeld, 2007 911 Twin Turbo
2010    George and Sibet Alspugh, 1956 356 Speedster
2009    Skip and Leslie Shirley, 1962 356 Coupe


Ferry Porsche National Region of the Year award

2007

1999

Lazar-Blanchard National Enthusiast of the Year award

2007    Bob McLaughlin
2006    Greg Phillips

2004    Tom Brown
1988    Nancy Rydbeck

National Family of the Year award

2005    Paul, Ruth and Paul Jr. Young

2000    Skip, Peggy, Connie & Leigh Carter

National Public Service award

2004

2002

Paul Heinmiller National Best Overall Newsletter award

2002
2001
2000

1995
1991
1986

1985
1982

National Website award

2016    First Place: Overall
2013    Third Place: Class V

2012    First Place: Class V

2002    First Place: Overall

Zone 8 Region of Year award

2003
1999
1996
1993

1992
1991
1990
1989

1988
1987