Porsche recently marked it’s 70th year on the streets of North America with a special event at The Porsche Experience Center in Carson as well as ancillary events held by the automotive manufacturers Southern California Porsche Dealers. Our very own Professor Quan made his rounds of the events and delivers a complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.


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Recording date – June 12, 2018 at in Los Angeles, CA

Tom Smith: Porsche or Porsche?

Clinton Quan: Porsche.

Tom Smith: I heard somebody say that it’s Porsche if you own one.

Tom Smith: But it’s Porsche if you don’t.

Clinton Quan: It is Porsche.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with our good friend, “The Professor,” Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hey.

Clinton Quan: Hey.

Tom Smith: Hey, thanks for joining us again, Clinton. I will keep that, whatever, whatever. Today’s podcast is about and kind of in honor of a big milestone, and that is the 70th birthday of Porsche. And this is a good time to address this one.

Clinton Quan: Porsche.

Tom Smith: Porsche or Porsche?

Clinton Quan: Porsche.

Tom Smith: Right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: I heard somebody say that it’s Porsche if you own one.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: But it’s Porsche if you don’t.

Clinton Quan: Okay. That’s one way to do it.

Tom Smith: Okay. If you talk to a … And you do. So, what is it?

Clinton Quan: It is Porsche.

Tom Smith: It is Porsche.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay. All right, everybody out there, Porsche, not Porsche.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Sorry. I’ll continue to mess it up though. So, the 70th birthday of Porsche was … See. The 70th birthday of Porsche was celebrated at the … What is it, in Carson there?

Clinton Quan: Yes. In Carson, the Porsche Experience Center.

Tom Smith: The Porsche Experience Center, okay. And the Professor was part of that celebration. So, tell us all about it.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, this was a a day-long event that started at 8:00, and it ran until 6:00.

Tom Smith: Was it invite only or anybody can come?

Clinton Quan: No, it’s open to the public.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: It’s $10-

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: … for adults.

Tom Smith: And did you actually pay or did you go like, “Hey, I’m iDriveSoCal.”

Clinton Quan: I paid for it.

Tom Smith: Wow.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, $10 for adults, and it’s free for kids. They also had a number of other activities including tours, driving experiences, simulator experiences as well.

Tom Smith: Cool.

Clinton Quan: However, each one, there was a cost.

Tom Smith: An extra?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: A fee associated with the activities.

Tom Smith: So, this is a 70th birthday. They made it a little special, but basically-

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: “Come to our amusement park and pay.”

Clinton Quan: Yes. Well, they also had live music. So, they set up a tent, a beer and wine garden. They had a barbecue going on. There was a huge kids area with this Jenga, with Jenga and slot car racing.

Tom Smith: And a slot car racing. Let’s take a moment to express the championship victory by the … What do we call him? Associate Professor?

Clinton Quan: Yeah, Associate.

Tom Smith: Okay. The Associate Professor. That would be Clinton, the Professor’s son, took a … What? He-

Clinton Quan: He competed.

Tom Smith: He competed, and?

Clinton Quan: Competed in slot car racing, and he won in his race.

Tom Smith: And he won by like a second actually.

Clinton Quan: By over a second.

Tom Smith: By over a second.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, 1.1. And anyone who’s in motorsports, they know if you win by a second, that’s a lot.

Tom Smith: Yup, that is a long, long-

Clinton Quan: That is a lot.

Tom Smith: Big victory.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: So, yeah.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Congratulations to the associate.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: So, what else was going on there?

Clinton Quan: Well, they had a number of vehicles on display inside the main lobby of the experience center, including a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which goes for about … I think, it’s about $400,000.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. The car has 700 horsepower.

Tom Smith: Is that all?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So, do they have like a whole history of Porsche kind of on display there, or was it just-

Clinton Quan: Yes. They had this, from the parking lot, it was like a runway leading up to the front entrance. And they had pictures diagramming the history of Porsche as well.

Tom Smith: What is the history of Porsche? Do you know it?

Clinton Quan: Well, I can’t say I know it well.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: But when you think of Porsche, you definitely think of the 911, you think of racing.

Tom Smith: Sure.

Clinton Quan: Including the 917 race car, the iconic race car that’s won Le Mans a number of times.

Tom Smith: So, the Porsche 70th … Porsche’s 70th birthday at the Experience Center. The Associate Professor won the slot car race by more than a second, which might … I mean, like his … I think, his competitors are just starting to cross the finish line now. So, what else about the the 70th birthday or … I mean, how long has Porsche been in the US market?

Clinton Quan: That’s a good question too.

Tom Smith: Is it 70 years in the US market or is it 70? Because Porsche seems older than that or Porsche seems older than that in Germany? No?

Clinton Quan: You know, that is a good question.

Tom Smith: Is the Professor stumped?

Clinton Quan: Yes, I am stumped.

Tom Smith: I stumped the professor.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Oh my.

Clinton Quan: As far as I know, it’s 70 years. Maybe it’s 70 years in the US.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So, maybe it’s 70 years.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: It’s a hallmark holiday for Porsche.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, it is.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: And they actually called it a Sportscar Together Day. On top of that, a number of the dealerships have their own events including McKenna Porsche, which had a birthday or a breakfast event.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: It was like a cars and coffee from 7:30 and on.

Tom Smith: Sure, sure.

Clinton Quan: South Bay Porsche also had an event, and they have their own Classic Center.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And that was throughout the day. And then, there was an evening event at Beverly Hills Porsche as well.

Tom Smith: Okay. None of which are partners, by the way, folks. So, if anybody from any of those dealerships are listening to this podcast and want to talk, you know, hey, let’s talk about working together. But I know the Professor went to … You went to one of them. Which one did you go to?

Clinton Quan: I attended the event in … Well, at Beverly Hills Porsche. And that was an evening event-

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: … from 4:30 to 8:00.

Tom Smith: And what went down there?

Clinton Quan: Well, they had a number of vehicles, pretty much almost all Porsche 911s on display on the rooftop parking lot. They had live music as well, raffles.

Tom Smith: Right. So, they had a little party atmosphere?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Did the Associate Professor win any races?

Clinton Quan: Win any races?

Tom Smith: Yeah. It’s a dealership.

Clinton Quan: You mean raffles?

Tom Smith: No, races like the slot cars.

Clinton Quan: There weren’t any slot cars over there.

Tom Smith: All right. I was just checking.

Clinton Quan: No. No slot car racing at the dealership.

Tom Smith: Got you.

Clinton Quan: That was only at the Experience Center.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: Yes. But he would have if-

Tom Smith: Of course, because he’s the Associate.

Clinton Quan: I’m quite confident.

Tom Smith: I am too just because you are and because I know you. And do we have pics? I know we have some pictures, but how were you guys dressed for the 70th birthday of Porsche? Do we have any pictures of that?

Clinton Quan: Did we take? You know what, I didn’t take any photos.

Tom Smith: Oh man.

Clinton Quan: But we were dressed up.

Tom Smith: I bet you were.

Clinton Quan: Actually, there was a photographer for the event. And he took a number of photos of my son because he thought he was just so adorable.

Tom Smith: He is a cute kid.

Clinton Quan: And the photos, I was told, will be posted on social media.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Soon.

Tom Smith: For that dealership?

Clinton Quan: For that dealership.

Tom Smith: Which is again?

Clinton Quan: Beverly Hills Porsche.

Tom Smith: All right. There you go, guys.

Clinton Quan: And-

Tom Smith: Ding, ding, ding.

Clinton Quan: So, I’m sure I can get photos for you.

Tom Smith: All right. Well, you get the photo. We’ll post it.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: And listening to this podcast, want to catch the Professor and Associate Professor’s costumes for the 70th birthday of Porsche, we’ll maybe have that on iDriveSoCal.com or maybe not. Go ahead and check it out. I know you’re holding your breath listening to this podcast. It’s like, “Man, is that picture of the Professor and the Professor’s Associate on iDriveSoCal.com?” All right. Anything else about Porsche’s 70th? You know what, I think you owe me like a book report or something.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: We need to know if it’s … He was just reaching for his phone. He was going to Google it on his phone. We’re not going to do that. All right. Go ahead and do it.

Clinton Quan: Let’s see.

Tom Smith: And we’re going to edit this pause out. But right now, the Professor is figuring out if it’s 70 years of Porsche here in the United States or 70 years of Porsche in entire existence. My bet is that it’s 70 years a Porsche here in the United States.

Clinton Quan: You’re probably right. We’ll see.

Tom Smith: Okay. We might really have to edit out this pause.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Yeah, it looks like it’s 70 years in the US.

Tom Smith: When was Porche-

Clinton Quan: Founded 1931, 87 years ago. So, it must be 70 years in the US. Yeah.

Tom Smith: Okay, not definitive.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: It doesn’t sound definitive. Where are you? Wikipedia?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: All right. So, Wikipedia says that Porsche was founded-

Clinton Quan: Founded 87 years ago.

Tom Smith: Okay. 87 years ago. And that being, we are in 2018. So, that’s more than 70 for sure.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. That’s why I said 87. Yeah, and it must be-

Tom Smith: Founded what year?

Clinton Quan: It must be … What was that again? That was 1931.

Tom Smith: Okay. So, maybe we’ll use this part. Maybe we won’t. But now, we’re back from that pause, ladies and gentlemen. And the Professor has consulted with Dr. Google, who has consulted with Dr. Wikipedia, who has come up with the information that Porsche is 87 years old. So, that means that would be the 70-year birthday here in the United States.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Professor, thank you as always for that wonderful analysis of Porsche’s 70th birthday, and for clarifying for me that Porsche is pronounced Porsche, and not just Porsche. And congratulations again to being-

Clinton Quan: I think they even do a video, Porsche. They have some official video of how to pronounce.

Tom Smith: Really?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: For clarification purposes.

Tom Smith: All right. Well, I’ll be on that googling it real quick. And, also, congratulations to the Associate Professor on his massive victory in slot car racing at the Porsche Experience Center. Again, ladies and gentlemen, that was over a second he came in before his second place finisher. So, he crushed the competition. Professor, seriously, thank you as always. And for iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you for listening.