The Delta Porsche Cup sat waiting, glowing golden in the early morning sun. The DeutscheMarques show field at the Gilmore Car Museum was quiet as officials and participants had not yet arrived. Gleaming examples of brand-new Porsche excellence sat in the dew.
Delta Porsche, the exclusive Porsche dealer sponsor of the DeutscheMarques gathering, had parked the cars the evening prior to the event, across from where local Porsche owners would display their cars. When the judges chose the Best Porsche in Show award winner, whose name would be the first engraved on The Delta Porsche Cup?
Soon an official count of 88 cars filled the DeutscheMarques area, many of them were Porsches, and the vast majority of those were driven by West Michigan Region of the Porsche Club of America owners. Stuttgart-made sports cars, from classic air-cooled 911s to front-engined water-cooled models to the latest mid-engined roadsters, Porsches were on display and eligible for a variety of prizes.
|Charles VanWyk of Delta Porsche describes the 2013 Porsche Boxter to DeutscheMarques participants.
|Michael Betz, in blue, the West Michigan PCA webmaster and a DeutscheMarques judge, announces awards. Betz is flanked by DeutscheMarques officials, Brad Pines, left, PJ Hamlett and Lindsay Draime, in white.
|Terry Scheible holds The Delta Porsche Cup and his crystal Best in Show Porsche awards.
The Delta Porsche Cup, which will be on display in the Grand Rapids dealer’s showroom.
|Registrar Margaret Hamlett greets Jerry Broersma in his Porsche 944, who won Best Daily Driver Porsche.
|Kathy and Mark Bonnema smile with their award-winning Boxter S.
|Rick Riley's Gulf Blue 1975 Carrera has only 102,725 miles on the clock.
While the inaugural DeutscheMarques German car event at the Gilmore Car Museum is now history, plans for next year are already underway.
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