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The late ’80s saw a bur­geon­ing in­ter­est in the early 911S. So much so that en­thu­si­asts lo­cated on op­po­site sides of the United States sep­a­rately came up with the idea of an or­gan­i­sa­tion de­voted to early 911S fans: Vern Lyle and Betsi Marsh in Penn­syl­va­nia, and Fred True­man in Cal­i­for­nia. Vern and Betsi’s con­cept ul­ti­mately stuck and they started the Early 911S Registry in 1990.

Their main ob­jec­tive was to com­pile a list of the early 911Ss in the coun­try, though some en­thu­si­asts viewed their en­deav­our with sus­pi­cion. Yet, it soon ap­peared that they did not launch the registry for per­sonal gain, but to serve the Porsche com­mu­nity, re­leas­ing a quar­terly news­let­ter: ‘ESSES’. In 1995, after five years at the helm, Vern and Betsi re­alised they could not run the registry any longer, thus mo­ti­vat­ing a few So-cal-based mem­bers to take over in early ’96.

Chuck Miller, who joined the club in 1994, of­fered to re­design the Early 911S Registry logo in ’96 and of­fi­cially be­came a club of­fi­cer as Cre­ative Di­rec­tor in ’98. Through­out his 20-year ten­ure, the group has set­tled with four board mem­bers (John Dil­ger, Michael Ham­mond, Fred True­man and Chuck Miller) and a cou­ple of sup­port staff (Ash­ton Amores and Peter Kane). Michael Ham­mond, who worked at the Long Beach Cir­cle Porsche deal­er­ship in the ’70s, in­ci­den­tally sold Chuck’s car to its orig­i­nal owner in June of 1973!

Chuck con­cludes: ‘Through the years, the Early 911S Registry has be­come in­clu­sive of not only 911Ss, but all early 911s. Through our ESSES news magazine, our club data­base and the club’s mes­sage board [see ear­ly911s­reg­istry.org] with our ex­cel­lent and ex­pert con­trib­u­tors, we are told we are the ul­ti­mate in­for­ma­tion source for ‘all things early 911’ in­ter­na­tion­ally.’

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