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Vintage cars, wines join together for charity

Barbara and Don Coburn, chairpersons of the Metro

Barbara and Don Coburn, chairpersons of the Metro New York Region Porsche Club of America, attend the 47th annual Vintage Car Rally at the Peconic Bay Winery. (Sept. 15, 2012) Credit: Ursula Moore

When Ginger Sagau first laid eyes on the purple 1992 Porsche 968, it was in less than pristine condition. It needed a timing belt, new water pump, new starter, new tires and was covered in mildew.

“I knew I had to have it. I spent thousands of dollars fixing it up but it was worth it. I love this car,” said Sagau, 66, of Holbrook. “A Porsche is a great car to drive and this baby is a good ride.”

And that’s why Sagau knew she had to drive her Porsche to the 47th annual Vintage Car Rally hosted by the Metro New York Region Porsche Club of America.

The rally began at the park-and-ride in Islandia, off Exit 58 of the Long Island Expressway, and ended at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue.

With her 19-year-old granddaughter, Kimberly Lombardi, of Centereach, in the passenger’s seat, Sagau drove through scenic Long Island streets laughing the entire way.

“We had so much fun. We did this last year and this year, we did much better finding our marks,” Lombardi said.

Along with photographs, 25 rally participants were given clues to help find their "marks" and answer questions such as: “Make a right onto Phillips Lane. What kind of farm is the weather vane in Photo F located on?”

This year’s event raised $750 to benefit Angela’s House, a Long Island-based program that helps families care for sick children.

Ted Ohland, co-founder of the Metro New York Region Porsche Club of America, started the vintage rally motivated by the idea that people wanted to drive their cars with other drivers who shared the same passion.

Husband and wife Peter and Joanne Schneider, of Long Valley, N.J., were thrilled to search for clues while driving on the streets on Long Island.

”It was relaxing and fun,” said Peter Schneider. “I have been rallying for 38 years and I love the friendships I have made. I enjoy it a lot.”

Steven Kaufman, of Oyster Bay, agreed.

“The ride was great and you end up at this winery,” Kaufman said. “You can’t beat it.”

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