The Founding of the Red River Region, Porsche Club of America
On November 6th 1999, the Executive Council of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) granted its 141st charter to the Red River Region, an area geographically known as the Province of Manitoba, Canada. This was a day of celebration for those that had created the Porsche Club of Manitoba five years earlier, and the small group of people who worked for almost a year to make the dream of belonging to the PCA a reality.
The Porsche Club of Manitoba was formed in the fall of 1994, with a chance meeting of two Porsche enthusiasts, a 1970, 914-6 owner (Gord Luy) and a 1975, 911 Cabriolet owner (the late Erik Fossberg). The club started out with only a half dozen members! Over the years, the club grew as existing members took sport in attaching “join the club” leaflets to every parked Porsche they could find, although some cars with sensitive alarms would object very noisily to any movement of the wiper blade! At times Porsche drivers were accosted at a stoplight, or run down in a race through the traffic. As a result, the club’s size increased, slowly but surely.
In late 1998, the club membership had passed twenty people, a number that was now close to the magic “twenty-five” required to form a region. Discussions were opened with the PCA regarding the procedures to be followed to determine if all of the requirements could be met. It was encouraging at the time to view the PCA website on which Manitoba appeared to be the single unclaimed territory in the whole of North America (this was later found to be incorrect, however!).
Throughout the summer and fall of 1999, many hours went into preparing the package of material that was required by the PCA. By the late summer, a target was established to be on the agenda of the PCA Executive Council meeting on November 6th, 1999. A meeting was held on September 1st to select a name for the region. Five proposed names were on the ballot, and of the fourteen members present, eight voted in favour of the RED RIVER REGION. As the application package was on its way to PCA head office, it was discovered that the “list of members” that was submitted was not to be names of people who were willing to join, but rather people who had already joined the PCA in advance of the Executive Council meeting.
With only thirty days and counting, the Manitoba PCA membership had to be increased from the existing three, to twenty-five! Keith Gordon readily accepted the challenge of being the shepherd, repeatedly going after people, and often making an application on behalf of a new member in the middle of the night over the Internet. On the day of the Executive Council meeting, PCA confirmed twenty-five members (new and transferred in) and two “in the mail”, (the two never did arrive). We had not had sufficient members to be accepted only two days earlier! A week earlier, we had been short ten members!
A few days after the PCA Executive Council meeting, a letter was received from the PCA which stated in part: “On behalf of the Executive Council of the Porsche Club of America, I would like to welcome Red River Region as the 141st region in the PCA. Your charter was granted on November 6th, 1999 at the Executive Council Meeting in Portland, Oregon.” The letter was signed by Thomas J. Provasi, the PCA National Secretary. In advance of receipt of the letter, however, Tom had kindly made a brief phone call to advise of the good news and to offer his congratulations. The whole process had taken a little more than a year!
The Red River Region is one of the younger regions in the Porsche Club of America
(original by: Malcolm Hinds, Membership Chair-from Newsletter 2001-Issue 5, additions by Andreas Kottschoth, Webmaster )
Gord Luy and the late Erik Fossberg are the two founding members of the Porsche Club of Manitoba. Erik was Vice-President of the Porsche Club of Manitoba and later the Red River Region PCA. Erik emigrated from Oslo, Norway in 1963. This gave him his first opportunity to develop an affinity for Porsche automobiles. In the seventies Erik drove a 356, then later a 1969 911T. In 1993 Erik bought a immaculate 1975 911 cabriolet that you see here. Erik has also owned numerous other interesting cars over the years including a 1954 VW Beetle, 1957 Thunderbird, and a rare 1968 VW Beetle cabriolet. Erik passed away on November 8, 2005