Dealership transforms into Porsche paradise for anniversary

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader
Porsche Wyoming Valley General Manager Steve Ubaldini Jr., left, shows Rob Stitzer, of Dallas, classic sports cars on display inside the showroom in Plains Township during Sportscar Together Day on Saturday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Rob Luciani, of Dunmore, drives off in his 1980 Porsche 911 SC during Saturday’s event at Porsche Wyoming Valley in Plains Township. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Tim Platt, of Winston-Salem, N.C., right, and his dad Mike Platt, of Mountain Top, look over Porsche automobiles during Sportscar Together Day at Porsche Wyoming Valley in Plains Township on Saturday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

PLAINS TWP. — A Porsche for every year.

That was the goal at Porsche Wyoming Valley, which took part in celebrating the carmaker’s 70th anniversary with a national Porsche Heritage event at the dealership Saturday.

“It’s just a day to get all the Porsche enthusiasts together — and really anybody — to celebrate the brand and its history,” Wyoming Valley Motors General Manager Steve Ubaldini Jr. said.

Sportscar Together Day featured live music, food, a car show and a people’s choice contest.

With over 60 cars and 120 attendees making their way to the dealership by noon, the event was well underway when several onlookers stooped inside the showroom to take a closer look at a Porsche 1958 356A.

The car belonged to Walt Weir, of the Pocono chapter of the Porsche Club of America and event co-organizer.

Looking at the spectacular teal-color paint (Weir called it fjord green) with an immaculate tan leather interior, the Porsche enthusiast said he chose the 356A because it marked the beginning days of racing for the brand.

“This car was picked out of a junkyard out of a place in Chicago in 2004,” he said, adding the restoration was completed in 2012. “I’ve enjoyed all the older cars for a long time.”

On the opposite side of the room, Dallas resident Harry Cooper stood next to his green 1967 912 Porsche. Another lover of the German-made brand, Cooper also entered his 1962 Porsche 356 into the show, complete with its sleek silver paint and plaid interior.

“It was good enough that you could drive it,” Cooper explained as he reminisced of the day he bought the 912 some 10 years ago. “Then I decided I would do everything myself — paint it — and it turned into a complete restoration.”

Cooper said it was nice to see the brand’s various eras all under one roof.

Kathryn Boho, of Madison Township, decided to attend with her Porsche 911 Carrera. A member of the Pocono club, she said it’s wonderful to have a local event celebrating the 70th anniversary.

Boho was able to relive a piece of her childhood through seeing particular models, such as her family’s 1965 912.

“I’m old enough to remember all of these cars,” she said with a chuckle. “I’ve been a Porsche fan since the early sixties.”

Porsche Wyoming Valley General Manager Steve Ubaldini Jr., left, shows Rob Stitzer, of Dallas, classic sports cars on display inside the showroom in Plains Township during Sportscar Together Day on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TTL061018Sportscar_2-1-.jpgPorsche Wyoming Valley General Manager Steve Ubaldini Jr., left, shows Rob Stitzer, of Dallas, classic sports cars on display inside the showroom in Plains Township during Sportscar Together Day on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Rob Luciani, of Dunmore, drives off in his 1980 Porsche 911 SC during Saturday’s event at Porsche Wyoming Valley in Plains Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TTL061018Sportscar_3-1-.jpgRob Luciani, of Dunmore, drives off in his 1980 Porsche 911 SC during Saturday’s event at Porsche Wyoming Valley in Plains Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Tim Platt, of Winston-Salem, N.C., right, and his dad Mike Platt, of Mountain Top, look over Porsche automobiles during Sportscar Together Day at Porsche Wyoming Valley in Plains Township on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TTL061018Sportscar_1-1-.jpgTim Platt, of Winston-Salem, N.C., right, and his dad Mike Platt, of Mountain Top, look over Porsche automobiles during Sportscar Together Day at Porsche Wyoming Valley in Plains Township on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader