Family in the Spotlight Jerry and Terry Burks

Where do you live? Terry: We reside in Hampton. Jerry grew up in Newport News and Hampton & I have lived in Hampton my whole life. We enjoy being close to our families. Jerry: And it’s nice to be able to take off in any direction for a long weekend and within 2 or 3 hours you can be in the mountains or at the ocean. Terry: And places so rich in history and the arts!

What do you do for a living? Jerry: After graduating from Va. Tech with a degree in accounting, I worked for a CPA firm for a couple of years. in 1968, I established my own accounting firm, Burks’ Bookkeeping & Tax Service located near the Hilton area in Newport News. I am semi-retired & my daughter, Stephanie, now manages the business. Terry: I retired from the City of Hampton, Dept. of Human Services in 2011 after 30 years of service.

Tell us about your family. Jerry: I have two daughters, Stephanie & Margaret-Ann. And a grandson, Zachary. They live in Smithfield. She is an accountant and manages my office. My youngest daughter, Margaret-Ann is married to Mike and they reside in Leesburg, Va. Mike co-founded an IT company that specializes in software development and consulting services. Margaret-Ann is the office manager. Terry: Both of our mothers are still living. Jerry’s mom is 94 and resides in assisted living in Hampton. My mom is 90 and still lives in her home which is just two blocks away from us. i have two sisters and a brother (one sister in Zephyrhills, Fla., one in Hampton & my brother is in Norfolk) We are a very close family! I have two nieces who are beautiful and talented! Jerry and I have two kitties, Peaches & Muffin.

What other hobbies do you have besides driving your Porsche? Jerry: I am very involved with the Masonic organization, holding membership in 8 local lodges and am a 33rd degree Scottish rite Mason. I recently retired from the Grand lodge of Virginia Committee on Work after twenty years of service. I also enjoy collecting die-cast cars and have over 1000. Terry: Since retiring, I have been pursuing my interest in art. I enjoy drawing and watercolor painting and last summer began taking lessons from a watercolor artist in Poquoson to enhance my skills. We are both very involved in our church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton.

PCA Member since? 2008

First Settlers Member since? 2008

What kind of Porsche(s) do you drive? 2007 Cayman S (carmona red or as we like to call it -’Hokie red’) & a 2014 Cayenne

What other Porsches have you owned in the past? Jerry: 1971 911T(orange) & 1983 911SC (platinum) ~ in 2008, I developed pneumonia, went into septic shock & ended up with my left leg being amputated below the knee. I had my 911SC for twenty years and now was concerned whether I would be able to drive using the clutch. I read about the cars with tiptronic transmissions which got me thinking. Terry & I went to an auto show in Va Beach and looked at a Cayman. I really liked the lines of the car so I started searching online and found the Cayman I now drive. It was hard to let go but ended up selling the 911. Terry: I know, the man loses his leg and his first thoughts are all about the Porsche! But I am so happy that he was able to find another Porsche that met his needs & we have had many good times since then in our travels.

What is your first Porsche memory? Jerry: While attending Va Tech, an upper classman in the corp asked me if I had ever ridden in a Porsche. When I said no, he said let’s go! It was either a ‘58 or ‘60 356. He drove fast around those mountain curves and scared the hell out of me. I decided then, based on the way it handled those curves, I've got to have one!

What is your favorite personal car-related story? Jerry: I’ll never forget my dear friend,Bill Green (he passed two years ago). We were going to a Masonic meeting and he had never ridden in a Porsche. I was driving across the James river Bridge and he asked “are they as fast as they say?” And I said ‘yeah! ~ watch this‘ .We went flying! Then he asked how fast we were going and i said 140, you want to go faster? He said no, that was plenty fast and that the light posts looked like pickets on a picket fence. I think his fingerprints might still be on the dashboard!!! Terry: OMG ~ no words! I know that Jerry really enjoyed putting his car on the track at VIR. I just remember he couldn’t stop smiling!

Do you have a favorite Porsche? Jerry: I like the performance, style and sound of the 2016 Cayman GTS and also like the classic 356. Terry: I like the 356’s.

Describe your perfect Porsche day. Mild weather (high 60’s low 70’s) either just the two of us or a Porsche event. Beautiful scenery & winding roads. Good food and a stop at a winery.

What is on your car-related bucket list? We enjoy New England & the Pacific Northwest. We really enjoy driving along the coast and seeing lighthouses. This past fall we completed two lighthouse challenges, one in Maryland and one in New Jersey. We have enjoyed many trips in the states and Canada on both coasts and always take time to visit the lighthouses. We would like to be able to drive down the Oregon coast again. The scenery along that coastline was both surreal and breathtaking!

What keeps you in PCA? Of course it’s the people! Everyone is friendly and down to earth and welcoming. From the charity eventsto the gimmick rallies, we appreciate and support all of the hard work and planning that goes into these events. It is so thrilling to be able to get out and share the driving experience with others. It’s always fun, there is always good food and just being around such wonderful people ~ it doesn’t get much better….

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