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Hearts and Garages Tour

Story by Diane Scsigulinsky

Photos by Cindy Badish-Kerns



Ready, set, go!

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, more than 150 Porsche enthusiasts enjoyed the 17th annual PCA-OCR Hearts and Garages Tour. The first stop began in Yorba Linda and the last stop ended in Costa Mesa.


Stop 1 - Appetizers: Appetizers were the first stop hosted by Lisa Taylor and Tom Ridings. We were greeted by parking attendants when we arrived at the property. Once we were checked in, we were free to move about the beautiful Flying L Ranch, enjoying delicious appetizers while oohing and aahing at Lisa’s beautiful Porsche collection in her “Chick Cave,” Some of the cars on display were their 2007 Black GT3 RS purchased from Patrick Dempsey, a 2017 Amethyst Turbo S, a 2016 Rubystar GT3 RS, and a 1973 Olive Green 911 E. Along with the appetizers, we enjoyed a cold drink from the cold coffee truck which was perfect since the temperature was a warm 94 degrees. Lisa and Tom were wonderful hosts and spent time talking to the group about their collection and their passion for racing.

Stop 2 - Salads: Before leaving, we were handed a map and address for the second stop. The salad was hosted by Dan and Anita Pittman at their home in Orange. The private street up to their home’s steep driveway was very long which allowed us to park all the cars along the street. Wow was that impressive!

On the menu was a green salad, cucumber yogurt salad, and fruit salad which were displayed in the Pittman’s newly remodeled garage. Our group enjoyed another relaxing time eating and visiting with new and old friends outside their sprawling yard with an amazing beautiful view of the city. Before we left for the main course, we were informed that a 2008 Black Turbo Porsche was rolling down the hill!!!!! A neighbor was kind enough to stop it by placing stone blocks under the tires. Gregory and Margaret Heinlein definitely dodged a bullet thanks to neighbor Tom!

Stop 3 - Main Course: Our next stop for the main course was at a commercial garage in Costa Mesa. Our hosts were Mark Cilani and Ellen Taylor. Mark and Ellen provided us with a Mexican Fiesta including tacos, rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, and chips. We enjoyed our dinner inside the large garage that was decorated with centerpieces of glass jars filled with Mark’s tools. Ellen is very creative! Besides the green 1979 911 ex-race car from the 1980’s and the 2007 Porsche RSR, one wall of shelves was filled with about 20 different racing helmets. There was also a kitchen, bar, 65” TV screen and pool table. Talk about the perfect “Man Cave,” it was amazing!

Stop 4 - Dessert: Our last and final stop for dessert was hosted by Brent Martini at his commercial garage, also in Costa Mesa. Brent’s garage was filled with about a dozen beautiful collectibles. Some of his show-stoppers were his “50 year-old girl,” a 37k mile, all original Ivory/Black 1967 911, a 1996 993 RS with clubsport options painted Traffic Yellow, and Brent’s favorite, when asked, an Acid/Bahama Blue 1974 Euro Carrera 2.7. We enjoyed sipping wine and consuming some very sinful crepes presented by Crepes Bonaparte. Club members had their choice of the classic banana and strawberry, lemon zest and even gluten-free topped with whipped cream. These crepes were so delicious some guests went back for seconds. Shh, don’t tell!

Peggy Huddleston was the chair for this event and presented all the hosts with a commemorative plaque and bottle of wine in appreciation for opening their garages for the enjoyment of all club members. New to the Porsche Club, this was my first Hearts and Garages Tour. It was a spectacular success due to the volunteer help of several club members who deserve recognition.

Along with our gracious hosts, Bunny Falk and Gail Reinholdt arrived early to brave the heat and assist in getting started with check-in and general information for those first-timers and Jim Reinholdt for his many years of volunteering as head parking attendant. We don’t know what we would do without his willingness and direction. We would also like to show our appreciation to first-time attendees Gary and Joelle Cohn for their willingness to be the last ones out to make sure everyone knew where they were going!

Of course, the best part of the day is the mystery of what each garage has to offer. As you have read above, our hosts really went all out providing another memorable day. To honor our hosts, you can email them or give them a hardy thank you when you see them!

Special PCA-OCR thanks to:

Lisa Taylor and Tom Ridings - Appetizer
Dan and Anita Pittman - Salad
Mark Cilani and Ellen Taylor - Main Course
Brent Martini and Steve Sandacz - Dessert

Again, we hope to see you at next year’s Hearts and Garages Tour. You will thoroughly enjoy this memorable experience.


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