Uptown Oxford, Ohio plays host to over 300 Porsches in a day of relaxing fun along the brick-lined city streets. The July 26, 2008 event titled 'Porsches 2 Oxford' awakens local residents with Porsches from every era as the city closes Uptown streets for the entire day. Appropriately dubbed ‘A Casual Porsche Party’, the event starts on Saturday at 8:00am and is free to the public. Streets re-open at 6pm. A Sunday driving rally through Hueston Woods State Park is also planned. Members of Mid-Ohio Region’s Porsche Club of America serve as hosts for this event. Charitable giving will benefit the Cincinnati chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Oxford hosted the deluge of pricey sports cars for the first time in 2005 and attendance has grown from 140 cars to well over 300 expected this year. With the beautiful Uptown cityscape, quaint shops and eateries, comfortable green space, and first-class band shell to serve as the event nerve center, choosing the small college town near the Ohio-Indiana border has proven to be a signature piece of the P2O success story.
"This event has blossomed into one of the best Porsche cruise-ins anywhere in the country in just four years,” said P2O Event Co-Chairperson Brice Kadel. “Once we visited Oxford, everyone involved felt we uncovered the proverbial gold mine.” Additional publicity hasn’t hurt either. “Our feature story in the March 2008 edition of Porsche Panorama magazine gave a flattering account of the event by Porsche Club of America national president Prescott Kelly. In it he called P2O, ‘one of the premier Porsche events in the country’ and those kind words have not only legitimized our efforts but also spearheaded record numbers of pre-registrations despite the rising cost of gas.”
“We continue to be amazed at the progress,” Oxford Visitors & Convention Bureau Director Diana Durr said. “Watching the success of P2O surpass even our own high expectations over the last four years has been most gratifying. What started out as a city event has turned national in the Porsche community, and among Porsche aficionados has a reputation that gives our town terrific exposure and recognition.”
This year’s featured event sponsors are Tacoma, WA-based Griot’s Garage car care products, Rocky River, OH-based Autobahn Extremist, and locally by Beechmont Porsche of Cincinnati.
“Griot’s Garage is a major sponsor for a third consecutive year and we're excited to know they believe in this event to return once again," Kadel said. "Autobahn Extremist is one of the most respected Porsche service and tuning garages in the Midwest and having Beechmont Porsche providing local support for the second year in a row is the perfect compliment. Combined with almost 15 supporting sponsors, P2O's reputation as a first-class event is the reason we're attracting first-class sponsorship."
Over $3,000 in door prizes will be given away on Saturday along with Top-35 People’s Choice and Special Category trophies. A 50/50 raffle will benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society in honor of Marylynn Roe, co-founder of the event who lost her battle with cancer in 2006.
About Porsches 2 Oxford
Started in 2003 as Porsches 2 Pinckney, the event moved to Oxford, OH, in 2005 and changed names to reflect the new location. Celebrated as a casual get-together of car owners and the community, P2O attracted 140 cars from eight states and Canada in the first year. In 2006, attendance jumped more than 50% to 225 Porsches, 12 states, and 22 PCA regions. Last year, a record 254 cars participated in spite of unfavorable weather forecasts. While the event routinely brings several regional and national concours-winning vehicles, Porsches of all conditions and mileage are encouraged to participate.
Brice L. Kadel, P2O Co-Chairperson Porsches 2 Oxford
P: 937-215-0156 - E: bkadel[.]porsches2oxford.com.