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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That’s a wrap 2016

Pardon the pun, but 2016 has been an amazing year for XPEL Protective Films and it wouldn't have been possible without the support from our loyal fans, customers, and installers. Let's take some time to look back at the events of 2016. Barrett-Jackson Northeast This was the first year of the Northeast Edition of Barrett-Jackson and it was an absolute blast. It was hosted at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. We teamed up with our local installers. Automobilia Auto Salon, who are located in West Haven, Connecticut made the trip up to the Mohegan Sun to help us out at the show. We cannot wait to go back next year Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale This year was the best year yet for us at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. We had a beautiful McLaren 12C in the booth from one of our XPEL Installers and friends at Smart Shield. The entire 12C is wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film. We are already looking forward to 2017, which is coming up quickly. What car would you like to see in the booth this year? Boxstoberfest We always look forward to Boxstoberfest in Fredericksburg every year. We love hanging out with the Porsche crowd at an airfield with beautiful german cars. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017! Corvette Fun Fest Once a year, Corvette owners descend upon Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Illinois for Corvette Fun Fest. Our local installer, Clear Auto Bra, comes out to do on-site installs for all the show attendees. Every year seems to get bigger, this year was no different. Corvettes at Carlisle Another great Corvette show that we attend annually, Corvettes at Carlisle. Corvette owners worldwide come to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to hang out with friends and family and talk all things corvette. We had an absolute blast this year, we had multiple XPEL installers come help out. We'd like to thank Rose Detailing, Detail Authority, AutoPro1, ACAP Films, and All-American Paint Protection. Gold Rush Rally This year participants made their way through the United States, traveling from Boston to Los Angeles with stops in Washington D.C., Charlotte, Nashville, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. Goodwood Festival of Speed One of the greatest car gatherings in the world, the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The event is held annually in the southern part of the United Kingdom in Chichester. This year we had a McLaren P1 that was wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE by our XPEL Hertfordshire location in Letchworth Garden City. Hennessey Tuner School With Hennessey Performance being a 2-hour drive from our Corporate Headquarters in San Antonio, we visited their Tuner School to show the students the benefits of having XPEL ULTIMATE and demonstrated the installation process. Each of these students spend approximately 14 weeks learning about all things automotive. Thank you, John Hennessey and Hennessey Performance. Monterey Car Week             Team XPEL always has a blast in Monterey California for Monterey Car Week. We attended many events this year, some include Legends of the Autobahn, Serata Italiana, Werks Reunion and many others. Seeing Ferrari's, Lamborghinis, Pagani's and other exotics cruising downtown Monterey is an absolute sight to see. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Lonestar Mopar Fest Lonestar Mopar Fest is a fun local show that we have done for the past few years, this year our Texas Sales Representative was able to display his fully XPEL wrapped Dodge Challenger SRT Scatpack in the XPEL Booth. The event takes place at Hennessey Performance drag strip and the Hemi Hide, we can't wait for 2017. The SEMA Show The SEMA Show is the show to attend. Every year for XPEL has been bigger and better. This year we took 3 fully wrapped cars. From left to right: Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 911 R and Graham Rahal's Ferrari F12 TDF Mercedes-Benz Starfest This year's Starfest was held at The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Starfest is a gathering of friends and family of Mercedes-Benz drivers from all over North America. We had a great time hanging out with the Mercedes crew.  TX2K16  An event we always can't wait to attend, TX2K. Drag racing, Roll Racing, Dyno Days, Night Meet and much more. The event is held at the Lonestar Motorsports Park with 1000+ Horsepower rides tearing up the drag strip. What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, 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. See our self-healing demonstration below Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you:

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That’s a wrap 2014

That's a wrap Pardon the pun, but 2014 has been an amazing year for XPEL Protective Films and it wouldn't have been possible without the support from our loyal fans, customers and installers.  Let's take some time to look back at the events of 2014. Houston Auto Show Lamborghini's Texas Running of the Bulls     North American MotorSports Expo "MSX"  California Festival of Speed NISMO Fiesta Porsche Parade BMW's Oktoberfest Monterey Car Week      Serata Italiana           Legends of the Autobahn      Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance Corvettes at Carlisle Corvette Funfest Boxstoberfest NSXPO SEMA Show San Francisco Auto Show Dubai Grand Parade  San Antonio Auto Show          

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Porsche Parade 2013 Traverse City, Michigan

58th Annual Porsche Parade During the Concours Awards banquet every year the MC asks everyone to stand up. Then, he calls out a number corresponding to the number of Parades you've been to, and if your number gets called you sit down. He starts at 1-5, then goes through 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 pretty quickly. As the number goes up, more people sit down. Until he got to 50, where there were 3 people left standing. 51, then 52 and someone sits down, at 53 another sits down leaving one man standing. Finally, he gets to 55 and the last man takes a seat. A huge applause echoed in the ballroom. Of the 58 Porsche Parades this man has only missed 3. It was our first time being at Porsche Parade and it was an absolute thrill being there through all of the events so I can only imagine all of the things that this man has seen through his years of Porsche Parading. Full Schedule This year the Porsche Club of America (PCA) went all out. There was a full onslaught of events to attend, everything from radio controlled car races, autocross, banquets, and parties. This year, we sponsored the "Ice Cream Social". An event where everyone could come out and walk their way through a buffet of ice cream with all the ingredients to make an amazing sundae while watching the RC racing, and seeing what XPEL had going on out front. During the event we gave away a headlight kit, and hood, fender, and mirror kit with installation on site. We had Detroit area installer Larry Millen from Paint Protection Plus installing the XPEL ULTIMATE film kits for us that we brought up from San Antonio, TX. Concours d' Elegance Concours was a great event with Porsche's from all parts of the country. There were four cars that placed high in their class that were protected by XPEL ULTIMATE full frontal kits. Three of which that won first. This gorgeous 911 Carrera S that was driven all the way from Sacramento, California won first in it's class and is protected by XPEL ULTIMATE film on the full front, rocker panels, rear spoiler, and rear wheel openings. With our ULTIMATE film you can protect your paint while maintaining that beautiful factory finish. Concours approved. Here is our full coverage of the event with video. We will see everyone out next year in Monterey, California. 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 Inside the Michigan Ballroom - XPEL Booth and Extras   58th Porsche Parade Concours d' Elegance **Click Images to Enlarge**   Ice Cream Social - Sponsored by XPEL   **Click Images to Enlarge** Awards Banquet      

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