Stretch limos and party buses are common sights at Peconic’s Pindar Vineyards on a Saturday. But yesterday they were joined by more exotic automotive fare. The winery served as the finish line for the Metro New York Porsche Car Club of America’s Vintage Rally and Concours. The event drew 22 registered cars along with drivers, navigators, passengers and spectators.
Rally master Don Coburn was careful to point out that the event, which has taken place since 1978, “is not a race. It’s a contest of skill over time and distance.”
The rally covered many of the North Fork’s back roads, so as to not intertwine with other cars heading to the popular weekend destination.
“We don’t hit the traffic everyone else is hitting,” explained car club president Jeff Goldberg of East Meadow.
Drivers are required to travel at predetermined speeds throughout the course. At the checkpoints drivers receive penalty points for arriving too early or too late. The driver finishing the course with the lowest point total wins.
Coburn said the cars ranged from the 1950s to present-day models. At the finish there was a “concours” where prizes were awarded based on the condition of the cars.
Saturday was Brad Chesloff’s third rally. He participated along with wife Susan and 14-year-old son Sam, who both helped navigate the course. Chesloff, of Bayside, Queens, drove a 1990 911 Carrera 4 he purchased in 2002, which Susan described as “his boyhood dream.”
Holbrook’s Ginger Sagau, a car club board member, was also driving in her third rally, along with 18-year-old granddaughter and first-time navigator Kimberly Lombardi.
Sagau, the club’s publicist, was asked what attracted her to one particular brand of car.
She replied, “I just always loved Porsches.”
1st Overall: Ken Hargreaves and Hugo Brunnert, Subaru Impreza
1st Unequipped: Pepi and Michael Brooks, 1995 Alfa Romeo 164LS
1st Porsche Club: Sven Doerge and Don Catalano, 1995 Porsche 911 Cab
Best Husband/Wife: Brad and Susan Chesloff, 1990 Porsche Carrera 4
1st Novice: Joe and Paula DeLuca, 2005 VW Beetle
1st PCA: Irwin Wolberg, 2004 Porsche Boxster
1st Open: Bill Sicari, 1966 Corvette Coupe
People's Choice: Mike Acebo, 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe