Summer 2015! Performing at Julybalaya 2015 in Brooklyn, experiencing Opera Season in Cincinnati, perfecting my French in Valance, what else? The 60th Annual Porsche Parade in French Lick, Indiana and it was fabulous. Beautiful Porsches, a marvelous hotel with architectural delights.
My dad, who is a true Porsche aficionado, registered us early and of the 1,000 cars, we were number 562. Our Porsche was ready to show off!
We began with the Concours, we saw gorgeous Porsches everywhere. Our first stop was “60 4 60 Museum” celebrating Porsche’s sixty years. Sixty cars over the last sixty-plus years were displayed together along with unique details about their places in Porsche History. Absolutely loved seeing the 1949 356 Gmünd Coupe and the deep purple 2015 918 Spyder. I was telling a gentleman how much I loved the 918’s deep purple color, and then he then stepped to the 918, opened the car door and said, “It’s mine, would you like to take a picture it it? I’ve never let anyone else in the car except me.” Another, I gracefully slid into the cockpit, laid my hands on the steering wheel and smiled!
Our next day was spent at the airport runway. In the morning, my dad drove our Porsche in the Autocross. It was a blast watching him improve his time each time he owned the course. They take autocross very seriously at Parade. We were so honored to meet Wolfgang Porsche and his son, Felix. I begged my dad to let me drive. He wouldn’t budge so I found my own event, the Kids’ Concours and I won!
I hand painted my little wooden Porsche with a sunrise. And then Dad said, “Jayde, let’s do some driving.” I was excited to complete the Porsche Teen Street Survival Course, where, along with about 60 other teens, I tested our ABS brakes and maneuvered serious steering survival tips. I know it will make a huge difference with driving in LA.
After the ice-cream social and then the Zone 4 Party at the Pete Dye Clubhouse, alas, our Porsche Parade time was coming to a close. We spent great times with our friends, we met some wonderful new friends like Urban Outlaw, Magnus Walker, and together, all of us ogled over the beautiful Porsches.
And now, I’m counting down the days to the next Porsche Parade, see you in Vermont!
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– Jayde Sunburst
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