The 63rd Porsche Parade Gimmick Rally

“Get Your Kicks on Route 66!”  The 2018 Gimmick Rally will be held on Thursday, July 12th, and will take you on a journey down memory lane – a road trip on the iconic “Route 66”.   Expect a full day of Americana; Missouri style.  You will visit or pass by many classic historic sights like the Wagon Wheel Motel - from Cuba to Lebanon, Missouri.  Bring your camera, your curiosity and your appetite too, for a true “bucket-list” day.  And don’t forget, you will find all the clues to solve your gimmick rally puzzle along the way!

You are able to drive the Gimmick Rally in a Porsche OR any car or truck, rental, tow vehicle, etc.  This event is excellent for families, and always fun for couples and friends.  I hope to see you there, and if you have questions, please contact Ellen Beck at



Gimmick Rally History:

Looking back, the first Parade Gimmick Rally was held 13 years ago at the 50th Porsche Parade in Hershey, PA.  It was a new Parade event, inspired by the success of the fun, low-key gimmick rallies held across PCA on the regional level.  That first route traveled through the Lancaster Amish countryside with multiple-choice questions to answer.  From 2006 to 2009, local regions hosted the Gimmick Rallies, with a variety of styles, themes and scenic countryside – from coastal San Diego to the rarefied air of Colorado. 

The Gimmick Rallies since 2010 have been organized in a fairly consistent manner; an average driving time of 3+ hours, with an eye to highlighting the local history, unique attractions, scenic drives and overall flavor of each Parade location – including suggested stops along the way for something that you might not otherwise see or experience anywhere else.  The “gimmicks” have generally been developed by something unique about the route and its possibilities that “inspires” the rallymaster…. and that changes every year.  Just like a box of chocolates... you never know what you’re going to get!

2017 was the infamous “Doozy of a Floozy” Poker Rally, crossing the border from Spokane into Idaho’s silver mining town of Wallace; over Dobson Pass, and with a fabulous cast of characters right out of the famous saloons and bordellos.  This one will be hard to forget!

2016’s Covered Bridge Selfie Rally featured 16 covered bridges marked on a map.  Entrants had to plot their own route with the lowest total mileage, and prove they found each bridge by taking a selfie.

2015 in French Lick, Indiana we ran The Rally for the Roses with a horseracing theme, searching for clues and finding scavenger items at the Kentucky Derby museum and scenic surrounding towns.

2014’s Monterey scenery was incredible – both inland and along the coast, and rallyists had the choice of driving either one of the routes, or both, for the overall trophy.

2103 saw Porsches going forwards or backwards around Michigan’s Mission Peninsula, passing each other every which way, with a unique selection of photos to identify along the way.

2012’s Salt Lake gimmick was all about the numbers - speed limit, caution and grade signs – adding and subtracting your way through the gorgeous mountain passes.

2011’s route traveled from Savannah to and through the unique Low Country and southern charm of South Carolina, with an eye for the signs.

2010 St. Charles rally followed the Lincoln Highway through Illinois using a Jeopardy-themed Q and A.

Ellen Beck
Parade Gimmick Rallymaster