Red Lines – Lynnsey’s President’s Message #1

Guten tag friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is as excited about the coming year as I am!

I can’t believe this will be my sixth anniversary of being a member of the Absaroka Porsche Club, and I can’t wait for many more!  I became a member by default, when my husband said, “ok, you’re my affiliate member” and I said “what?!?!”  I honestly didn’t know that there was a group for just these cars: and I especially didn’t know that there was a group of people that were so welcoming and fun-loving as the ones in our region.  I was just along for the ride—which is pretty ironic, considering that I get car-sick if I am not the one driving.  This fun fact got me my own car when Anthony got tired of me looking rather green in the passenger seat.  And my first new-to-me Porsche happened to be the same model as the first “sports car” that I drove back in high school.   It was even the same color, Porsche Guard’s Red, of which I’m quite fond.  Ruby Slipper isn’t super fast, but she always has the power to take me home, and there’s no place like home, this wonderful state of Montana we all live and love in.

It just turned full on winter with the passing solstice, and most of our cars are snug away in their garages and under cover.  I encourage all of you in this time of less driving to log on to the PCA website and update your membership record. We have determined that the easiest and most effective way to contact you is through email and text, so please make sure that those are right in your PCA account.  If you do not know how, I can help you at our next meeting, or I am available by text anytime!  We have a lot of fun events planned for this year and I don’t want for any of you to miss out on the fun, from the Potato Party to some cool day drives, tech sessions, and even some overnighters. We are also working to have a weekly Cars & Coffee event with some other car groups around Billings.

Speaking of overnighters, make sure to call Chico Hot Springs and make your reservations for our first overnight event of the season April 25.  There are more rooms and dinner seats available this year thanks to Herb and Jack.  Mention you’re part of the Absaroka Porsche Club to get our group rate.

This year looks to be a fun one! I look forward to serving you as president and having you all as friends. Thanks for making this group so wonderful!

Sartorial Ninja and PCA Absaroka Region President

Herb Stoick (1956 – 2019)

The day before we celebrate the birth of our Savior, with heavy hearts we learned of the passing of our dear friend and recent past Absaroka Region President Herb Stoick after his recent struggle against cancer. Herb will be missed amongst our ranks.

Herb joined Absaroka Region in 2010 after displaying his first red Porsche 928 he called “HNDBSKT” at the 2010 All Euro Car Show at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Like many since him, his enthusiasm and active participation in our little region showed the leader and friend he was.

Herb was a bit reluctant to be president, but he grew in the role and left a permanent mark on all of us and continued to raise the standards of excellence expected for our region. He led us on new adventures exploring the back roads of Montana like the recent trip aboard the Charlie Russell Chew Choo in Lewistown, Montana. That was a wonderful last drive together.

Herb had a big heart and was a friend to all. He was always willing to help fellow members and he enjoyed having parties at his home on the Yellowstone River.

In 2015, our then Zone 6 Representative wanted to do a “Grand Tour” of the entire zone. It was a monumental undertaking. When the group passed through the Absaroka Region we wanted to do something special for the fellow PCAers to highlight our region. Herb volunteered to have a party at his home on the Yellowstone River and was excited about hosting it. The party was held at Herb’s and it was a massive success. In my travels to PCA events across the county as a former national staff member, the topic of Zone 6’s Grand Tour frequently came up and without hesitation the highlight was always the evening at Herb’s home on the river. He hit a home run with his warm hospitality to PCA strangers.

In 2018 the 63rd Porsche Parade was being held at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. A PCA member from the Alaska Region was driving to Parade in his 928 when he hit a deer somewhere in the wilds of southern Canada. The President of Alaska Region called me, told me what was up, and asked if anyone in our region could help his fellow Alaskan member out with his 928. I called Herb who in turn called the PCA member, and they met at Herb’s place. At the end of the day, the PCAer was back on the road to Parade with repaired body work and a new headlight.

We’re going to miss Herb. We’ll think of him driving in his second “HNDBSKT,” a black and orange 928 S4 on our journeys through our beautiful Absaroka Region. Whether over the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Highways, through the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, enjoying dinner at Chico Hot Springs, or on our jaunts into Yellowstone National Park, we’ll miss him and his homemade wine at our get-togethers.

After the death of Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, the Brazilians introduced a new word to the world, “Saudade.” It’s described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone. It’s an emptiness, like when someone, or something that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings together; sadness for missing and happiness for experiencing the past.

Saudade, our friend.

Farewell Herb. There aren’t any speed limits in Heaven.