How long have you been a PCA member?
Since August of 1987, becoming active just before purchasing my first Porsche, a ’72 914. Ruth became a member after our marriage, the divestiture of three 914s and purchase of a Rothmans Challenge 944. We recently relocated and transferred out of Connecticut Valley Region.
So, have Porsche’s always been part of your family life?
I was first exposed to the cars in high school after my uncle purchased a Euro 356C. Ruth worked in Pit lane while pregnant with Ellen. A good friend and I were co-driving an ex-Trans Am 911ST 2.5 FIA Coupe in a 3-hour enduro. Ellen was 3 months old when she went to her first race – same 911, at Mid-Ohio. Judy’s first ride, not in a car seat, was in the back of our 3.2 Carrera.
Most memorable car related moment?
I’d say it would be a toss-up between competing at the Double 50 at Watkins Glen (the first Rennsport event) and being at the drivers meeting in awe of the 40+ legendary drivers in attendance, who I was alongside. Teaching my dad to drive 5-speed in the Rothmans car. Running a 911ST at 7,000 RPM in 4th gear on the streets of Sebring Florida while chasing a Penske Camaro and under police escort. Being given run of the private collection at Gunnar Racing and opening the door to find a 917, and Kevin’s cat sleeping in the back of “Baby”, the Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 litre. Darned lucky cat! Or, almost any drive we take in the 356 because it pays homage to my uncle who started this multi-generational love affair.
How about you ladies?
Ruth: I love the multi-day PCA tours we have taken. There is just something about the combination of the engine sound and watching the silhouettes of the other cars in the distance, that I find relaxing. Ellen: probably taking the 356 to an air-cooled show and meeting Igor Sikorsky the grandson of the helicopter inventor. He had some great stories and was so interested in our car. Judy: I really enjoyed the last PCA Father’s Day Concourse, especially the 1929 Bentley my dad’s friend brought.
Erik, what is your favorite Porsche?
I love the 934/5 and 906, all 356s and low bumper 911s. Currently, I am partial to the new 911 Carrera T. Do I have to pick one? It’s kind of like picking a favorite child.
The cars. The people. How the cars and the characters weave a beautiful tapestry.
So, what’s next for the Apotheker family?
We all look forward to becoming active with FSR and to the next Porsche chapter of our story. It’s sure been a blast so far.