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Augustoberfest hosts car show for fans of German sports cars

August 21, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • A car show featuring German-made Porsches such as these will be on display Sunday, Aug. 25. The auto show is one of the featured events during Augustoberfest, a celebration of German heritage which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25, in downtown Hagerstown.
Photo by Michael Madrid, Michael Madrid Photography

Ron Davis of Annandale, Va., is a self-proclaimed “Porsche nut.”

“I’ve always been a car nut,” he said.

He was living in Germany with his parents in 1954 when he saw his first Porsche — and he was hooked.

Davis hopes to share his love and knowledge of Porsches during the newly added German car show Sunday, Aug. 25, as part of the two-day Augustoberfest in downtown Hagerstown. The event is hosted by the Potomac Region of the Porsche Club of America.

Davis is the concours chair of the Potomac Region.

Although it was that early sighting in Germany started a longtime love affair with the Porsche (pronounced poursha), Davis didn’t get his first car until 1961 — a 1956 black 356 Normal. Today, he owns a bright red 1964 356 sc coupe, which will be on display Saturday.

Davis said the Porsche Club of America is one of the largest auto clubs of its kind in the U.S. According to the Potomac Region’s website, pcapotomac.org, it was the first region chartered by PCA. Most of the founding members of the national organization also part of the Potomac region. The national PCA office is located in Columbia, Md.

A typical member of PCA, Davis said, is “somebody who’s a sports car buff to begin with and wants one of the finest sports cars you can buy.”

The backbone of the organization, Davis said, are the drivers’ activities.

Because, he said, the only way to experience a Porsche is on the track, the club’s home track is in Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, W.Va.

“A lot of the people in the club are track junkies,” Davis said.

The club also hosts autocrosses, rallies — in which drivers follow a timed course on a public road — and drive and dine, which includes a meal and a trip.

During the Augustoberfest Porsche car show, visitors can vote on their favorite car. There will be a prize awarded for People’s Choice.

Davis said those attending can get up close to the cars and chat with the owners.

“If they take the time to talk to the owners, they will hear some interesting stories,” he said.


If you go ...       

WHAT: Augustoberfest

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Rain or shine.

WHERE: Central Parking Lot, downtown Hagerstown

COST: $5 at the gate; free for those ages 12 and younger with a paying adult.

MORE: German car show will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the central parking lot. Registration costs $10 and includes one ticket to Augustoberfest. For more information about the car show, contact Ron Davis, concours chair, at concours@pcapotomac.org.

CONTACT: Go to www.augustoberfest.org or go to pcapotomac.org.

Editor's note: This story was edited to correct the date of the German car show to Sunday, Aug. 25.

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