PCA Porsche Parade 2017 – Spokane, Washington

Of all the p-car centric happenings, there are few as established as the PCA's Parade event. Dating back as far as 1956, Porsche Parade is a stuttcar spectacle that's been around longer than the 911 itself. With a Concours d'Elegance, banquets galore, autocross, a 5k run and more, there's plenty to experience at Parade for all ages. This year marked the 62nd year of Parade & our 4th year in attendance. Between goldRush stopping through & Porsche Parade, Spokane never knew what hit 'em. Check out our quick video recap to see what you may have missed. Not a bad way to spend a week in Washington, right? Well, there's plenty more where that came from. Experiencing Porsche Parade 2017 Nearly every model of Porsche imaginable found its way to this year's Parade. Of course, we came prepared as well. With the help of JK2 Detailing, we outfitted our display with an ULTIMATE equipped 911 Carrera S from Porsche of Spokane. During the first half of the event, they roped off a beautiful 918 for a lobby display. Luckily enough, as the event unfolded we found it unguarded in an adjacent hallway. A few other red cars were visible around the hospitality & vendor hall, but one stood out among the rest. Little did we know, an unveiling was in order for the night of the Pirelli Welcome Party. Shortly after the opening remarks, Porsche rolled out a brand new GT3. The car later found its way to the Concours lawn, before finally resting in the hotel. PCA Concours d'Elegance at Riverfront Park We awoke on Monday to the sounds of flat 6s making their way to Riverfront Park as the PCA Concours began. The sheer variety on display for the concours was mind boggling. From Boxsters to Caymans, RSs and beyond, it didn't disappoint. Porsche had their own manufacturer's line up featuring the new GT3 among others. With plenty of freebies & all sorts of cool branded merchandise to check out, we hopped in line to see what was up for grabs. The swag bags were bountiful with brochures, stickers, keychains and then some. The hot ticket item though was a pair of complimentary Tequipment sunglasses. While the judges made their rounds, we perused the park to photograph a few of our favorites. Among them was an exceptionally clean 912 with a unique polished roof rack. Nearly every model imaginable was present, from a Porsche tractor to a rare black 959. Rows of 356s, 911s, 912s, and Carreras seemed to never end. From what we heard, the dedicated participants of the Concours had tolled late into the previous evening prepping, and it showed with many immaculate vehicles. Legends of the Autocross Among the various driving tours & road rallies, the autocross event is a must on Porsche Parade. Held over a two day period in a large lot near Spokane County Raceway, autocross brought out a crowd. The staging lanes appeared to be largely dominated by Caymans and Carreras, but the lot featured a little bit of everything. In particular, a gorgeous Yachting Blue GT3 RS caught our eye. Clocking in a lap at 37.552, it pulled the quickest time for its class. Delicious Dinners & Banquets Galore After the activities wound down each day, it was time to break away from the XPEL display & socialize. This year's Porsche Parade featured five distinct evening banquets. With a variety of plated & buffet style menus, each evening was a treat. Of course, one of our favorites was the taco bar at the Michelin Late Apex AutoCross Banquet. Between the Hospitality Hall and Convention Center, the evenings were well spent with good food in good company. The banquets also highlighted an array of display vehicles. One in particular that stood out was a brand new Boxster wearing a Sport Classic Grey paint job. Each banquet was accompanied with awards & door prizes from the day's activities or event sponsors. We gave away some Tracwrap temporary protective film, and one lucky person even won an ULTIMATE install. It's always a pleasure getting to know more PCA members and the Parade's banquets were a great opportunity to do so. We're still "new" attendees compared to many of the Parade's lifers, but they welcomed us with open arms regardless. Porsches on Patrol - Parading Around Spokane Of course, it wouldn't be a Porsche Parade without an actual Parade. On the final day of our stay with PCA, we met up at the Spokane Fairgrounds to see all the cars assemble. The stream of Porsches entering the fairgrounds seemed to go on for miles. Auto crossers and Concours participants alike arrived one by one, ready for the 13 mile caravan through Spokane. Having a police escort through downtown was an awesome way to cap off our week at Porsche Parade, especially when riding in style. As luck would have it, we hitched a ride with PCA's Executive Director Vu Nguyen in a brand new Panamera GTS. With the comfort & speed of a private jet, the Panamera ferried us down Spokane Falls Boulevard. As we closed the gap on the Davenport Grand, a small crowd formed outside to cheer on the Parade's participants. All in all our 4th year at Porsche Parade was as wonderful an experience as ever. It's estimated that somewhere around 2,500 PCA members made it out to Washington, and we can't wait to see them all again at Lake of the Ozarks in 2018. Thanks for reading, and check out the full photo gallery below! Porsche Parade 2017 Photo Gallery

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XPEL Paint Protection Film goes to the Autocross

Autocross For those of you unfamiliar with Autocross, it's a form of motor sports that offers low risk competition.  Autocross has been around since the 1940's, enabling the average American who are passionate about cars, and speed, to compete on a low cost entry level. The courses are usually set up in a large parking lot, in this case it happened at the local horse racing track parking lot. The courses are marked with road cones that give the drivers direction to navigate through the course. The drivers do not race head to head, instead it's a competition to get the fastest time. Most courses run 40 to 90 seconds long and can reach speeds in excess of 75 mph. Porsche Enthusiasm Here at XPEL we don't just talk cars, we live cars, and we enjoy driving them. One of us in particular is an avid Porsche enthusiast, and multiple Porsche owner. East Coast Account Manager David Campbell never misses a chance to take his 911 out to a PCA Autocross. If you're interested in a local autocross reach out to your manufacturer's local club for possible upcoming events. Porsche Protection David's white 997 911 is protected with XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. XPEL San Antonio installed ULTIMATE on the full hood, front fenders, bumper, headlights, mirrors, and rear wheel impact areas. Since autocross events are usually held in parking lots that aren't always well maintained there are always two or three patches of gravel, dirt, or rocks the drivers have to navigate through or around. This can cause rocks to fly up and possibly scratch, or even chip the paint. Protecting the high impact areas of your vehicle are key. We have a database with over 87,000 patterns for all makes and models dating back to the late 1990's. We have a world wide dealer base ready to protect your car. Click on the yellow dealer locator button below to find your nearest installer of XPEL ULTIMATE.   XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas  

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Boxstoberfest 2013 Fredericksburg, Texas

  Porsche - A Driver's Car In the automotive world there are usually just two kinds of people. Those who see cars as a mode of transport from A to B, and then those who appreciate cars for what they are. Here at XPEL we are the latter. Yes cars get us to and from the office, but they are so much more than that. On a nice twisty road where you can feel the suspension flex through the corner, and hear the exhaust note scream at you as you rev higher and higher is when you truly understand and appreciate the car as a machine. That's what Porsche is all about. This year the Porsche 911 Carrera won MotorTrend's Best Driver's Car Contest just after the 911 Carrera 2S took home the prize a year earlier. The car didn't win because of it's quarter mile time, or 60-0 braking distance, rather for the way it makes you feel behind the wheel. The annual Boxstoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas celebrates exactly that. 15th Annual Boxstoberfest This year marks 15 years for Boxstoberfest. The event started when the Boxster was introduced back in 1996-1997 when a handful of Boxster owners got together to drive the hill country and talk about their brand new Porsche's. Now after over a decade the event is bigger than ever. Over 200 participants showed up this year at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas, a beautiful little town nestled in the hills of central Texas. Everyone got settled in Friday night and prepped their cars for the next day's outings. Saturday was the event's big day. After eating breakfast everyone gathered for a drivers meeting. The agenda for the day was to drive the Three Sisters (AKA THE TWISTED SISTERS) route through the Texas hill country. Those of you that have driven on these roads know exactly how thrilling that route can be. The Three Sisters is nationally known as being in the top 5 best driving roads in the country. After a few hours of long sweepers, tight crests, and hitting every apex possible it was time for lunch. After a catered BBQ meal, it was back on the road to finish the route. More beautiful rolling hills and tall standing oak trees awaited us on our twisted way back to the Hangar. Saturday evening featured a banquet, offering a chance to relax and share our adventures that day. There was even a surprise proposal that night! She said yes. Protection you can trust Just as our Eastern US Account Manager David Campbell said in the video, "we love cars" and here at XPEL we want you to have confidence while you drive. With our paint protection film on your car you'll have the piece of mind, and confidence to drive in road rallies, highway traffic, and every other situation down the road. Our XPEL Porsche put a fair share of miles on the clock that weekend, we had a couple bug guts to clean off, but not a nick or scratch in the high impact areas of the car that are protected by our ULTIMATE film including the full hood, front fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors. XPEL ULTIMATE is self-healing, stain resistant (non-yellowing), texture free (no orange peel), and comes with a 10 year warranty. Utilizing our Design Access Program pre-cut pattern software we have over 87,000 kits for various makes and models. To learn more about XPEL or to find the nearest installer visit us at XPEL.com We were happy to be part of the event and look forward to next year, thank-you to all who came out and visited our booth. Here is our video recap and photo thread from the event.   XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas    

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