Schonesland Region Porsche Club History

The Origins of the Schonesland Porsche Club

In the beginning there was but one PCA region covering the State of Iowa.  Called “Central Iowa”, many of its activities were in the eastern part of the state.  One day probably in 1974, while preparing to return to the Des Moines area, the thought occurred that there were enough Porsche folks in the Ames-Des Moines area to form our own region and so the process began.

The question of what to name this upstart came up.  The easterners were not going to give up their “Central Iowa” name with its sinister CIA motif to a bunch of upstart renegades.  An initial thought was to name it the “Hawkeye Region”  Iowa is after all the Hawkeye State.  This idea was quickly panned by Drake Bulldog and especially Iowa State Cyclone supporters who could not stomach the notion of sharing the name of the state’s oldest university.   

Events must go on.  One day Doug Hillman and his wife, SueAnn were planning a rally and stopped at a rest area on Interstate 80.  They noticed a marker which said “Iowa” in a ntaive language meant “Beautiful land”.  The light went on!  This is a club for owners of German cars.  Shift “beautiful land” to German and call the region “Schonesland.”  The name was born.

Many thanks to our original members:

Sid and Jane Jepson                 Steve Eckstadt
Bob Brown George Eckstein
Stu Lehr   Tom Boots
Chuck Abbott  Bob Didricksen
Joe Watten Doug and SueAnn Hillman               





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