The Silver Sage Region of the Porsche Club of America was formed in October 1966, eleven years after the Club itself was founded back in the Washington, D.C. area. The original Silver Sage group consisted of fifteen members. Some of the original founding documents and early mentions in print can be found here.
One of the founding members, Mick Williams, went on to become an important figure in the national Club, rising to become its President from 1975 through 1978. A complete list of members who have served as club officials is available here.
The Silver Sage Region is in Zone 6 within PCA. The Region broke off from the Cascade Region, and as first formed included all of Idaho, one eastern Oregon county, and all of Montana. A few years later, the Idaho panhandle counties became part of the Inland Northwest Region, two regions in Montana, Big Sky Region and Absaroka Region, broke off from Silver Sage, and southeastern Idaho later became part of the Yellowstone Region. The Silver Sage Region now consists of nineteen Idaho counties in southwest and central Idaho, and Malheur County in eastern Oregon.
Founding member Mick Williams was given the Bill Sholar Memorial Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to PCA in 1987. Members Mick Williams and Marshall “Red” Jones were named PCA Enthusiast of the Year in 1972 and 1998 respectively.
Other significant events in Silver Sage’s history have included:
- Hosting the 1971 Porsche Parade in Sun Valley, just five years after our founding
- Initiating the only Hillcross in PCA with the first Bogus Basin Bacchanalia (BBB), held at Bogus Basin, a local ski resort, in 1976, which was conducted almost annually through 2016; associated with BBB was the infamous BBBBBB trophy.
Holding the annual Spuds dinner, a potato-based feast (this is Idaho, after all!) held for about ten years during the 1980s and ‘90s in the home of longtime members Bob and Vicki Pentecost. It evolved into a money-raising auction event to help pay for club activities.
- Hosting a second Porsche Parade in 2002 in Boise. A short video is available here.
- Conducting a major charity fund-raising event beginning in the mid-2000s that has contributed over $300,000 to local charities and has helped the club win national recognition within PCA.
- In the early 2000s beginning an annual Porsche car show that has come to be called Oktoberfast, a major display of over 100 Porsches each October that includes over 100 cars and is currently held at The Village at Meridian.
- We have published a club newsletter, the Sage Tick, for almost all of our history. The form has changed from a monthly “heads up” about coming events to a quarterly description of past event, due to the use of email and social media.
Membership has grown from the original fifteen members, first to dozens, and then to several hundred, for much of the club’s history, and later to around 500, partly because of Boise’s recent growth and the club’s increasing prominence within PCA, but significantly due to Porsche of Boise’s policy of providing a membership with every new Porsche sold.
We look forward to a strong and vibrant future.