This year Porsche owners and enthusiasts knew they were in for a treat. The fabled Emory Campout was being brought back and it would be better than ever.
Fast forward to July 14th and hundreds of Porsches had made their way, from as far away as Florida, to McMinville Oregon and the Porsche paradise that is Parts Obsolete. The first day was a whirlwind of people arriving, setting up camp, and marveling at the amazing collection Rod and his father Gary have accumulated in their long careers as Porsche enthusiasts working in the Porsche world. The Emory family and friends made sure everyone was made welcome and settled in for a weekend
that would be full of friends and special experiences.
Later that evening, Le Mans was shown in one of the barns and food was available from a myriad of food trucks on site. While historically the campout has attracted 356 owners, this year there were 911’s ranging from 1964-2017, as well as many R Gruppe Porsches. The 356s didn’t disappoint either, everything from Emory Outlaws to Pre-A cars were present and accounted for.
Saturday morning saw more people show up to spend the day admiring the Porsches. Over 500 people were in attendance and the Emorys made sure everyone felt welcome. Rod spent the day talking with people, or driving the children in attendance around in his 23 window VW van, which was a major hit! Gary regaled those interested in his parts shop with stories about the old days of scouring the country for vintage Porsche parts.
With Kona Brewing’s special connection to the vintage Porsche racing community the beer garden made sure the beer flowed throughout the day and night. Dinner time came and with it the raffle. Many vendors and friends of Porsche had donated gifts to ensure very few people walked away empty handed. Following the raffle was a scrumptious BBQ that included an ice-cream sundae bar. After dinner, the faithful gathered in the barn once again for a special treat! Rennfilms showed a special screening of their not-yet-complete film on the 1951 Porsche 356SL that won Le Mans, giving Porsche its first win on the world stage.
The film was breathtaking and followed by a Q and A with Rod and the owner of the car. As is typical of Rennfilms, the emotion brought to the screen left many in the audience speechless.
Saturday night was a repeat of Friday with many little gatherings and new friends being made.
Sunday started with the rush that is the swap meet! Buyers and sellers gathered on the inner field to barter, bicker, buy and sell. Carrera wheels, rare literature, and Porsches were all offered and many were immediately scooped up. As people packed their campsites up the Porsches started to slowly trickle out, headed back home after an amazing weekend.
While the Emorys say this campout may not happen again for some time, everyone in attendance would agree that the sooner it does the better.