From The President February 2014

GUTE FAHRT! / February 2014
Brrrr… As I write this, it’s 18 degrees. But the weather isn’t slowing down our club. 2014 is in full swing and there is a LOT to do for everyone. Before I continue, I want to pay a special tribute to Bob Nickel, who passed a few weeks back. Bob was truly an amazing man. He was devoted to his family, his business and racing. He was also devoted to our club and was always a major supporter. There are many singular stories about Bob – So many, in fact, that Panorama had great spread about him last year. My favorite story is that late June of 1986, Bob and his racing crew [including long-time club member, Larry Pryor Sr.] were asked by Porsche North America Motorsports director, Al Holbert, to run the new Porsche 944 Turbo S at Nelson Ledges “Longest Day” 24 hour race. They went up against pro drivers like Pancho Carter and Bill Elliott. The purpose was to test the new sport suspension and give feedback to Porsche. How cool is that?!? We will miss you Bob. Race on! Also, to K.C. Kowalick, his family and the Sewickley Car Store family, we send our condolences. K.C. let me know that there will be a celebration of Bob’s life this Spring at the Car Store. Stay tuned…

January was a relatively quiet month. First we had our business meeting on the 16th at the Car Store’s conference room [Gracias to K.C. et al at the Car Store]. Again, we had some new members show up!!! Please be the next new member to show up… Old members welcome too. We’ve never had so many people become a part of the planning and execution of events which is fantastic. Our year will be a busy one, both on track and off… The best way to keep up to date is on our website arpca.com and via email blasts [if you don’t get the email blast, please shoot me your email and I’ll get you on the list. As always, we NEVER share our club membership information with anyone… The day after our monthly meeting, TLN [the lovely Nancy] drove us in the mighty Cayenne through an impressive lake-effect snow storm on the way to the International Auto Show in Detroit where we met VP Ishler and his bride Mary Lee. Zone 4 PCA had an early admission [7am!] to the show and we saw all the new toys from Zuffenhausen… The Targa is soooo cool. Check out the video on our site. The Macan will be a monster success… The 918 Spyder is just superb… We were allowed to go into the hermetically sealed room to take pictures [see this month’s cover shot by der IshMeister…] and gawk and drool… After the Detroit show, a group of ARPCAers headed south to Daytona for the 24 Hour Race on the 25th-26th. This year’s race was the first of the unified sports car series now called the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. I’m sure one of the attendees will get us a recap of events including incriminating pictures…

February’s business meeting will happen at Auto Palace on the 13th at 7:30p. Our Mid-Winter party will also take place at Auto Palace on the February 22nd. March will have the business meeting again on the 13th @7:30p, location TBD. We’ll be having a detailing session in March as well. Check the site for details. March 16 is the date for Formula 1’s first race in 2014. I’m sure there will be a spontaneous gathering somewhere to watch… The first ARPCA Night at the Opera will occur on March 29th. Also we’ll be having our All-Member dinner on April 26th so please mark that date on your calendar! Don’t forget, new members attend this event free AND get great prizes to come gratis to events throughout the year. And our new Social Chair / Diva, Lisa Malobicky, is planning some ‘Ladies Night’ events for the girls in our club. THAT should be interesting…

As always, I am proud to be a part of such a great club. The cars bring us together, but the people are what keep us coming back. See you at the next event.

NEW GERMAN WORD
“Friend” translates as “Freunde“

From The President January 2014

The calendar has turned… Welcome to 2014 ARPCAers! This is the time of year to reflect on the past year’s events and plan for new and interesting events for the coming year. Many of our P-Cars are nestled in for a warm winter’s nap, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do! The coming year will offer new events, new people and new fun. I have to tell you that my first year as the ARPCA President was highly satisfying. I’ve met so many new members and we as a group have come to new heights as a club. As always, it wouldn’t work without the dedication of those who plan, execute and participate in our events. So again, my thanks.

December was a fun month. First we had our Holiday Cocktail party at the Double Wide Grill in Mars, PA. Automotive theme with an ARPCA twist was on the menu that evening. Thanks to Steve Zumoff, the DW Grill’s owner and fellow car enthusiast. And thanks to his staff who were terrific [although rumor has it that they over-served on the wine…]. We had great food and drink. We also had a new kind of charity auction… Attendees brought their NOS [new old stock] and NSNS [not so new stock] Porsche and Porsche Club memorabilia. There was wall art, clothing [with various iterations of our club logo], car models, a Porsche Teddy Bear, repair manuals and dash plaques from the last 25 years of the PVGP. As my 7-year-old daughter demonstrates frequently, other people’s stuff is far more interesting than your own. We should do this again… And we raised $1500+ for the UPMC toy drive. If you have a charity you’d like supported, just let us know at a business meeting.

People who braved the weather were also able to enjoy a superb year-in-review presentation. Thanks to all contributors and Rob Hoffman for putting that together. In the 20 years I’ve been a member, I’ve never seen such a wonderful production [by any region]. Such a cool way to review a special year. If you haven’t see it, go to our web site and check it out. Also a BIG thanks to Rob and Missy for running our club’s Goodie Store. That is a major effort and I know from other region’s that we have one of the best. Our monthly meeting was held at the Zielinski manor, which is simply a holiday pictorial out of Architectural Digest. Bill and Sandy are consummate hosts and we thank them for their hospitality. Again, we saw new members at this meeting. I know I sound like a broken record, but please come out to our business meeting to see what goes on. ALL are welcome. And ALL ideas are welcome. The January meeting will be held at the Sewickley Car Store [Thanks K.C.!] in the BMW building’s upstairs conference room. The date is January 16th at 7:30p.

January is a great month. As mentioned, we have our business meeting on the 16th. On the 18th, there is a special Porsche Club Zone 4 [our zone] viewing of Porsche’s latest offerings at the Detroit Auto Show. Then at month’s end, an ever growing contingent of Allegheny Region folks are heading down to Daytona for the 24 Hour Race. This year’s race will be the first of the unified sports car series now called the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. If you’re going to that event, please email me [pres@arpca.com] as I’m compiling email addresses and mobile phone numbers.

February will be exciting as well. The club business meeting will occur on the 13th. Our Mid-Winter party will happen on the 22nd. And I’m sure that some other impromptu events will happen… They always do… Just check the web site and look for email blasts [if you’re not receiving the email blasts, pls shoot me your email address. It will ONLY be utilized for these e-blasts]. March will bring the return of Formula 1 racing with the first race of the year in Australia on March 16th. I’m betting there will be a gathering somewhere to catch the first race… Stay tuned…

With that my friends, I wish you a new year of excellence, both personal and professional. I am proud to be a part of such a great group. The cars bring us together, but the people are what keep us coming back. See you at the next event.

NEW GERMAN WORD
“Excellence” translates as ” Vortrefflichkeit “
KeepCalmDriveOn

From the President November 2013

There’s a chill in the air…  The ghosts and goblins have come and gone.  And many of our best toys have been put away for a long winter’s nap…  Fall is now upon us.  Welcome to November ARPCAers!  This month is wonderful for many reasons, but in particular, we get to celebrate Thanksgiving.  We have the opportunity to reflect on the blessings we’ve received and share them with family and friends.  I write this to you from 35,000 feet above sea level.  Those of you who know me well know that being in the clouds is something of an occupational norm for me.  When I turn off work [you know, that thing that allows us to enjoy P-Cars…] for a minute, I get the chance to reflect on how fortunate we are to have this club and each other.  Sure the cars are cool [see my column from last month…].  But the friendships developed in the club are the real benefit.  There are many instances where life tosses us a curve ball and it’s a club member who helps us hit it out of the park.

As with anything, this club is what you make of it.  You can be a casual member and participate every now and then.  You can be one of the usual suspects who attends every event.  I can tell you from 20 years in this group that the latter is a lot of fun.  I’ve made so many treasured friends over the years and I am humbled that I get to write this column to you each month.

November is an interesting month in that there are no official events other than our monthly business meeting.  This month’s business meeting will happen on the 14th at the Window System’s office [thanks to Drake ‘the Trackman’ and Beth Love Core – our club CFO] at 7:30p.  Directions on the web site arpca.com.  As always, you are ALL welcome.  If would like to present an idea for an event, come out.  If you want to take part in the execution of one of our annual events, come out.  If you want to see how we manage things, come out.  If you have nothing to watch on Thursday night TV, come out…  As I often say, nobody is not invited.  After you read this paragraph, ask yourself why not come?  It’s 90 minutes of your life.  You may find something to do that melts your butter.  A sound time investment I would suggest…

Now I said that there are no ‘official’ events aside from our business meeting.  That doesn’t mean that an ‘unofficial’ event can’t pop up…  There are many options.   LOTS of racing on TV [F1, NASCAR, INDY Car etc.].  There are movies [hope you all saw Ron Howard’s Rush].  There are great events at local businesses [Animal Friends for one].  There are 2 very hospitable Porsche dealerships who always treat us right [Auto Palace & Sewickley Car Store].  There are football games.  There are hockey games.  If you want to hook up with some club members and ‘create’ an event, just shoot me an email at pres@arpa.com.  I’ll make sure your event goes out on an email blast to the club.  You’d be happily surprised how many people will show up…

October was a full month with several fun and varied events.  We started off the month with an elegant affair [a ‘gentle’ concours with refreshments] at the Grand Concourse at Station Square.  John & Lisa Malobicky came to us with an idea a few months back and turned it into an event that I’m sure will be an annual gathering.  Well done!  It was serene to see so many beautiful Porsches on our closed street.  It’s also great to share our cars with people who appreciate our marque but don’t yet have one.  I remember being one of those people…  The following week, Melinda and Chuck Clark hosted our monthly meeting in their ‘shed.’  It was a wonderful meeting [and one of our favorite places to meet…].  Thanks again.  Two days later, our second Road Rallye kicked off in Bridgeville for a picturesque run.  Iron Jack Purvis and Frank Bunecicky created a route few will forget.  We wrapped up the month with our fifth AutoCross followed by a little Oktoberfest at Solomon’s.  Thanks again to those who resurrected and supported our AutoX program and Mike Benlock for orchestrating the Solomon’s wrap-up after party.  Still the best way to take your car to new limits in a highly regulated and safe atmosphere.

Beyond November, we have our Holiday Party in December.  More on that via an email blast while we get our confirmation date and the details finalized.  December also marks another incredible venue for our business meeting.  Bill and Sandy Zelinski host a holiday business meeting that is simply breathtaking.  If you’ve never made it to the North Pole and toured Santa’s workshop, this meeting will be a close second.  Come join us.  Again, January will bring the dawn of the 2014 road racing season at the Daytona 24 Hour race.  Let me know if you’re interested in going.  I’ll compile a list.  It’s a great event and Porsche treats us well.

Again my thanks in this month of Thanksgiving – to all of you.  Too many names to list, but you know who you are.  Thank you for your participation.  Thank you for stepping out and trying an event.  Thank you for your generosity to our charitable causes.  Thank you for volunteering your time.  Thank you for advertising.  Thank you for hosting our events.  Thank you for your expertise.  Thank you for your leadership.  Thank you for your instruction.  Thank you for your time.  Thank you for loving these wonderful machines.

So many events.  So many good times to happen.  I hope to see you there.  It truly is a great club that we have.  Please engage in it and come out to play.  Thanks for all who make our club great & GUTE FAHRT!!!

NEW GERMAN WORD

“Cold” translates as “Erkältung “

1998-Porsche-GT1
PS. I had 2 members ask me what the 1998 Porsche GT1 [which I referenced in last month’s Rundschau] looked like.  See below…  Now you know why I like it!

From the President October 2013

The leaves are turning…  BUT!  There are still many good driving days left this year!  After a very busy summer Porsche season, we now have the best time of year to drive our cars…  What?!?  That’s right…  With the fall foliage in full bloom, there is no better time than right now to get your P-Car out and on the road…  Fortunately, we have several cool events for you to do so.

As I sit to write this, I think about all the people in the club and the conversations I’ve had over the years about their cars, their motivations to buy their cars, how they’ve updated them etc.  Then the conversations typically move to their favorite Porsche.  Everyone has one…  Mine is the 1998 Le Mans winning GT1.  The spectrum of peoples’ favorites is broad and interesting.  As I was looking at the P-Cars parked at the Make-A-Wish event at Rivertowne Brewing on 9.15 [thanks again Rob Hoffman for putting that together], I thought to myself, “they are ALL cool.”  Each Porsche has its own cool factor.  From a simple 356 to a new GT3, each car has its own reason for being in the Porsche lineage.  One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Porsche himself:

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.
Ferdinand Porsche

Speaking of the new GT3, I just read a review in the Top Gear UK magazine…  This car is something of a revolution vs. an evolution in their story.  The most discussed element being the 4-letters that make a purist cringe: P N R D.  Yes, an automatic transmission.  No more rowing of gears.  As I’d mentioned before, I was a bit of a doubting Thomas when I first heard about this.  Then I took a Panamera GTS with PDK [double clutch – auto] around the track and became a believer soon thereafter…  Having a normally aspirated engine with power that used to only be in tweaked turbo territory, 4-wheel steering, physics-defying brakes and a myriad of new bits, this car truly states its case with no apologies.  As the TG article states, “Car companies rarely thrive by looking backwards for inspiration…”  Can’t wait to see the GT3RS…

Events in September were numerous and varied…  We had a great business meeting at Auto Palace [Thanks to Aaron and Debbie!].  Auto Palace also had a new Panamera cocktail party which was top-drawer per usual.  The previously-mentioned event at Rivertowne Brewing was well attended and raised some good $$$ for Make-A-Wish.  The Mid-Ohio Drivers Education event was a sell-out and despite some challenging weather, the attendees all had a terrific experience.  Congrats to Dr. John and his team on a successful event and a stellar track year.  AutoX #4 happened at month’s end to an enthusiastic crowd.  So impressed with our team who brought back AutoX to ARPCA.  Well done Gents!  Also, a young man whom the club has known since he was a kid shadowing his dad at track events, Alan Schrenker, got married on the 28th of September.  Congratulations!!!

October has a full dance card as well.  We kick off with on the 5th a Concours at the Grand Concourse in Station Square.  The judging of cars will simply be people’s choice [no Q-Tips in the wheel wells required…]  Business meeting will happen on the 10th at the Clark’s ‘shed.’  This is an automotive Eden…  Please come as Chuck and Melinda are extraordinary hosts.  After we drool on their cars, we will attend to our club’s business.  AGAIN, ALL ARE WELCOME.  PLEASE COME BY AND BE COUNTED!!!  Two days later on the 12th, we’ll have our Fall Road Rallye.  I guarantee awesome weather and a fantastic time.  THIS is one of the prettiest times of year to get out in your P-Car [didn’t he already say that?!?].  AutoX #5 will happen at the Consol Park on the 19th.  Never too late to give this unique form of motorsport a try [seriously, you won’t hurt your car…].  A bit of OktoberFest will occur immediately following the AutoX.  We then have the PVGP check presentation at the Allegheny Valley School on the 24th at 7p.  As always, our club will make a generous contribution because of the membership’s support.  To learn more a/o sign up for the aforementioned events, please go to our web site arpca.com and get involved…

Our P3 [Porsche Program for Patriots] donations keep flowing.  Thanks to ALL who enable the club to send a bit of home in a care package to the brave men and women who fight to keep our country free.  Michael Coyne has taken this program to new levels in finding new and deserving recipients – all of whom have ties to our club.  If you know someone in the military who’d like to receive a care package, just let me know.

A couple things to consider for you future calendar…  On January 25-26, the 24 Hour race at Daytona takes place.  Over the years, we’ve had a contingent of ARPCA folk heading south to watch.  This year will be unique with the unification of the American Le Mans series and the Grand-Am series…  It’s a nice time of year to go to Florida and not have to shovel snow…  In June, Porsche returns to Le Mans with a full factory effort.  That is an amazing trip as well…  Any takers?  The Discovery Channel’s 4-part series on Patrick Dempsey’s quest to get to and race at Le Mans is fantastic.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on-demand.  Ron Howard’s F1 movie, Rush, is awesome…  Finally, Kimi is going back to Ferrari.  That will be fun to watch next year…

So many events.  So many good times to happen.  I want to see you there.  And I want to see your articles in this publication!  It truly is a great club that we have.  Please engage in it and come out to play.  Thanks for all who make our club great & GUTE FAHRT!!!

NEW GERMAN WORD

“Velocity” translates as ” Geschwindigkeit “

From the President October 2013

The leaves are turning…  BUT!  There are still many good driving days left this year!  After a very busy summer Porsche season, we now have the best time of year to drive our cars…  What?!?  That’s right…  With the fall foliage in full bloom, there is no better time than right now to get your P-Car out and on the road…  Fortunately, we have several cool events for you to do so.

As I sit to write this, I think about all the people in the club and the conversations I’ve had over the years about their cars, their motivations to buy their cars, how they’ve updated them etc.  Then the conversations typically move to their favorite Porsche.  Everyone has one…  Mine is the 1998 Le Mans winning GT1.  The spectrum of peoples’ favorites is broad and interesting.  As I was looking at the P-Cars parked at the Make-A-Wish event at Rivertowne Brewing on 9.15 [thanks again Rob Hoffman for putting that together], I thought to myself, “they are ALL cool.”  Each Porsche has its own cool factor.  From a simple 356 to a new GT3, each car has its own reason for being in the Porsche lineage.  One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Porsche himself:

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.
Ferdinand Porsche

Speaking of the new GT3, I just read a review in the Top Gear UK magazine…  This car is something of a revolution vs. an evolution in their story.  The most discussed element being the 4-letters that make a purist cringe: P N R D.  Yes, an automatic transmission.  No more rowing of gears.  As I’d mentioned before, I was a bit of a doubting Thomas when I first heard about this.  Then I took a Panamera GTS with PDK [double clutch – auto] around the track and became a believer soon thereafter…  Having a normally aspirated engine with power that used to only be in tweaked turbo territory, 4-wheel steering, physics-defying brakes and a myriad of new bits, this car truly states its case with no apologies.  As the TG article states, “Car companies rarely thrive by looking backwards for inspiration…”  Can’t wait to see the GT3RS…

Events in September were numerous and varied…  We had a great business meeting at Auto Palace [Thanks to Aaron and Debbie!].  Auto Palace also had a new Panamera cocktail party which was top-drawer per usual.  The previously-mentioned event at Rivertowne Brewing was well attended and raised some good $$$ for Make-A-Wish.  The Mid-Ohio Drivers Education event was a sell-out and despite some challenging weather, the attendees all had a terrific experience.  Congrats to Dr. John and his team on a successful event and a stellar track year.  AutoX #4 happened at month’s end to an enthusiastic crowd.  So impressed with our team who brought back AutoX to ARPCA.  Well done Gents!  Also, a young man whom the club has known since he was a kid shadowing his dad at track events, Alan Schrenker, got married on the 28th of September.  Congratulations!!!

October has a full dance card as well.  We kick off with on the 5th a Concours at the Grand Concourse in Station Square.  The judging of cars will simply be people’s choice [no Q-Tips in the wheel wells required…]  Business meeting will happen on the 10th at the Clark’s ‘shed.’  This is an automotive Eden…  Please come as Chuck and Melinda are extraordinary hosts.  After we drool on their cars, we will attend to our club’s business.  AGAIN, ALL ARE WELCOME.  PLEASE COME BY AND BE COUNTED!!!  Two days later on the 12th, we’ll have our Fall Road Rallye.  I guarantee awesome weather and a fantastic time.  THIS is one of the prettiest times of year to get out in your P-Car [didn’t he already say that?!?].  AutoX #5 will happen at the Consol Park on the 19th.  Never too late to give this unique form of motorsport a try [seriously, you won’t hurt your car…].  A bit of OktoberFest will occur immediately following the AutoX.  We then have the PVGP check presentation at the Allegheny Valley School on the 24th at 7p.  As always, our club will make a generous contribution because of the membership’s support.  To learn more a/o sign up for the aforementioned events, please go to our web site arpca.com and get involved…

Our P3 [Porsche Program for Patriots] donations keep flowing.  Thanks to ALL who enable the club to send a bit of home in a care package to the brave men and women who fight to keep our country free.  Michael Coyne has taken this program to new levels in finding new and deserving recipients – all of whom have ties to our club.  If you know someone in the military who’d like to receive a care package, just let me know.

A couple things to consider for you future calendar…  On January 25-26, the 24 Hour race at Daytona takes place.  Over the years, we’ve had a contingent of ARPCA folk heading south to watch.  This year will be unique with the unification of the American Le Mans series and the Grand-Am series…  It’s a nice time of year to go to Florida and not have to shovel snow…  In June, Porsche returns to Le Mans with a full factory effort.  That is an amazing trip as well…  Any takers?  The Discovery Channel’s 4-part series on Patrick Dempsey’s quest to get to and race at Le Mans is fantastic.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on-demand.  Ron Howard’s F1 movie, Rush, is awesome…  Finally, Kimi is going back to Ferrari.  That will be fun to watch next year…

So many events.  So many good times to happen.  I want to see you there.  And I want to see your articles in this publication!  It truly is a great club that we have.  Please engage in it and come out to play.  Thanks for all who make our club great & GUTE FAHRT!!!

NEW GERMAN WORD

“Velocity” translates as ” Geschwindigkeit “

From the President October 2013

The leaves are turning…  BUT!  There are still many good driving days left this year!  After a very busy summer Porsche season, we now have the best time of year to drive our cars…  What?!?  That’s right…  With the fall foliage in full bloom, there is no better time than right now to get your P-Car out and on the road…  Fortunately, we have several cool events for you to do so.

As I sit to write this, I think about all the people in the club and the conversations I’ve had over the years about their cars, their motivations to buy their cars, how they’ve updated them etc.  Then the conversations typically move to their favorite Porsche.  Everyone has one…  Mine is the 1998 Le Mans winning GT1.  The spectrum of peoples’ favorites is broad and interesting.  As I was looking at the P-Cars parked at the Make-A-Wish event at Rivertowne Brewing on 9.15 [thanks again Rob Hoffman for putting that together], I thought to myself, “they are ALL cool.”  Each Porsche has its own cool factor.  From a simple 356 to a new GT3, each car has its own reason for being in the Porsche lineage.  One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Porsche himself:

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.
Ferdinand Porsche

Speaking of the new GT3, I just read a review in the Top Gear UK magazine…  This car is something of a revolution vs. an evolution in their story.  The most discussed element being the 4-letters that make a purist cringe: P N R D.  Yes, an automatic transmission.  No more rowing of gears.  As I’d mentioned before, I was a bit of a doubting Thomas when I first heard about this.  Then I took a Panamera GTS with PDK [double clutch – auto] around the track and became a believer soon thereafter…  Having a normally aspirated engine with power that used to only be in tweaked turbo territory, 4-wheel steering, physics-defying brakes and a myriad of new bits, this car truly states its case with no apologies.  As the TG article states, “Car companies rarely thrive by looking backwards for inspiration…”  Can’t wait to see the GT3RS…

Events in September were numerous and varied…  We had a great business meeting at Auto Palace [Thanks to Aaron and Debbie!].  Auto Palace also had a new Panamera cocktail party which was top-drawer per usual.  The previously-mentioned event at Rivertowne Brewing was well attended and raised some good $$$ for Make-A-Wish.  The Mid-Ohio Drivers Education event was a sell-out and despite some challenging weather, the attendees all had a terrific experience.  Congrats to Dr. John and his team on a successful event and a stellar track year.  AutoX #4 happened at month’s end to an enthusiastic crowd.  So impressed with our team who brought back AutoX to ARPCA.  Well done Gents!  Also, a young man whom the club has known since he was a kid shadowing his dad at track events, Alan Schrenker, got married on the 28th of September.  Congratulations!!!

October has a full dance card as well.  We kick off with on the 5th a Concours at the Grand Concourse in Station Square.  The judging of cars will simply be people’s choice [no Q-Tips in the wheel wells required…]  Business meeting will happen on the 10th at the Clark’s ‘shed.’  This is an automotive Eden…  Please come as Chuck and Melinda are extraordinary hosts.  After we drool on their cars, we will attend to our club’s business.  AGAIN, ALL ARE WELCOME.  PLEASE COME BY AND BE COUNTED!!!  Two days later on the 12th, we’ll have our Fall Road Rallye.  I guarantee awesome weather and a fantastic time.  THIS is one of the prettiest times of year to get out in your P-Car [didn’t he already say that?!?].  AutoX #5 will happen at the Consol Park on the 19th.  Never too late to give this unique form of motorsport a try [seriously, you won’t hurt your car…].  A bit of OktoberFest will occur immediately following the AutoX.  We then have the PVGP check presentation at the Allegheny Valley School on the 24th at 7p.  As always, our club will make a generous contribution because of the membership’s support.  To learn more a/o sign up for the aforementioned events, please go to our web site arpca.com and get involved…

Our P3 [Porsche Program for Patriots] donations keep flowing.  Thanks to ALL who enable the club to send a bit of home in a care package to the brave men and women who fight to keep our country free.  Michael Coyne has taken this program to new levels in finding new and deserving recipients – all of whom have ties to our club.  If you know someone in the military who’d like to receive a care package, just let me know.

A couple things to consider for you future calendar…  On January 25-26, the 24 Hour race at Daytona takes place.  Over the years, we’ve had a contingent of ARPCA folk heading south to watch.  This year will be unique with the unification of the American Le Mans series and the Grand-Am series…  It’s a nice time of year to go to Florida and not have to shovel snow…  In June, Porsche returns to Le Mans with a full factory effort.  That is an amazing trip as well…  Any takers?  The Discovery Channel’s 4-part series on Patrick Dempsey’s quest to get to and race at Le Mans is fantastic.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on-demand.  Ron Howard’s F1 movie, Rush, is awesome…  Finally, Kimi is going back to Ferrari.  That will be fun to watch next year…

So many events.  So many good times to happen.  I want to see you there.  And I want to see your articles in this publication!  It truly is a great club that we have.  Please engage in it and come out to play.  Thanks for all who make our club great & GUTE FAHRT!!!

NEW GERMAN WORD

“Velocity” translates as ” Geschwindigkeit “

From the President September 2013

And I’ll see you…  in September…  Here we are in September…  Summer a blur but not yet done and the crispness of Fall before us.  There are Football games, First days of school and Formula 1 Finales before us, not to mention great ARPCA events.  But before I get to all of that, I have to tell you that I just went through the August RS [Rundschau for those of you who’ve not yet had coffee…] and must express to you that I feel a major pang of pride.  Our monthly publication has never looked better in the 2 decades I’ve received it.  The art direction, layout, event images and content [from first time contributors!] are all simply wonderful and highly professional…  My business, which funds my PA [Porsche Addiction] has a great deal to do with selling stories – taking a target demographic and enticing them to buy specific products to ensure that they will have a fulfilling life with the aforementioned products.  Simply stated, you want to be the person in the picture…  Well, having looked carefully at each page of the August RS, I not only want to be the person in the picture, but I also want to ensure a steady supply of the sought-after picture…  Paul Nickoloff and Rob Hoffmann, along with Jack Purvis and Scott Ishler make each month’s newsletter truly spectacular.  There were dark days in my two decades in our club when our monthly publication was nothing more than an 8 x 11 piece of paper, halved, stapled and mailed…   So I want to start this month’s newsletter with a dose of thanks and congratulations to these people, along with all those who are supplying content [can’t wait for parts 2-3 Mr. Hopey!].  The Rundschau parallels the new-look Panorama both in style and content – groovy stories about a groovy bunch of people engaging in groovy activities.  I, along with Greg Brady, tend to like that particular ‘70’s-era adjective…

In addition to our newsletter looking great on the layout and content side, have you seen the level of our advertisers?  Talk about groovy [OK, I’ll stop…].  Both area Porsche dealerships, Henne Jewelers, Eyetique Eyewear, Howard Hanna Real Estate, Goosebumps Audio, Fotorecord Media, SGK Attorneys, Pecori & Pecori Attorneys [both of whom are great friends for those of us with a heavy right foot…] are all featured.  Talk about groovy [Sorry, I lied…].  This publication goes out to 1000+ highly targeted, demographically sought-after people each month.  If you, your company or a company with whom you do business wants exposure to an enviable and actionable audience, RS is the ticket.

Lastly regarding our newsletter, I want to thank all those who take the time to capture events with images.  As I look through the August RS, I see so many cool images that are demonstrative of our club mantra that ‘it’s not the cars, it’s the people.’  From my former 986S winning its class in the PVGP Concours [it was never so clean under my ownership…] to the lovely Claudia Pryor rolling into Schenley Park in her 600 HP 911 Turbo, each image we see is a fantastic still of a moment in time to fondly remember.  Most impressive in the August edition to me was the cover – a digital wash of the Porsches on the hill with tents and people in the background – really nice and highly memorable.  And of course, there was the image of two members [identities non-disclosed to protect the innocent…] hoisting a packed cooler of adult beverages and enhancing the club’s ‘other’ manta of being ‘A drinking club with a car problem…’  Whatever the image, please keep them coming.  It’s so cool to capture these life moments and share them with the club [and hopefully enticing ‘shy’ members to join in the fun!].

So after the PVGP, there were some awesome August events to review.  First was the monthly club meeting at the Zeilinski manor.  These guys simply know how to host a party.  We started out on their expansive covered patio, cocktails and agendas in hand…  But Mother Nature had other plans…  We endured the initial storm but had to retreat when the drumming on the patio cover became too raucous for us to hear each other.  Indoors then provided an elegant forum to conduct the balance of our club business.  This ain’t Congress people…  YOU are invited.  Nobody is NOT invited.  Come out and participate!!!  We had new members AND one person who is planning to buy a Porsche in attendance.  The latter was likely checking us out to see if he wanted to play in our sandbox.  Happily, this same person [we’ll call him ‘Jim’] also showed up at our Driver’s Education later in the month as a spectator and for dinner, so we obviously didn’t scare him off…  Thanks to Sandy & Bill for a great venue.  Our September meeting will happen on the 12th at Auto Palace – PLEASE come out as these guys are gracious hosts.

Our home track DE [Driver’s Education] event at Pitt Race was a singular undertaking.  Jim & Kathy Stout, the track owners, are making the former BeaveRun into a landmark facility.  Thanks to the staff at PittRace [great South Track Tours!] and our own Track and Instructor cadre for making this event so memorable.  I had the distinct privilege of instructing long-time club member, Dave Hergenroeder in his first track experience.  Sidebar Your Honor…  Your first track experience is like your first date with a highly-sought-after-someone…  Its results can change the direction of your life…  I think Dave may now need to enter the ‘track-junkie’ program at Betty Ford…  While our first couple sessions involved figuring out which way the track turned, our last couple sessions involved my hitting his dashboard urging “throttle, throttle, throttle!”  Dave was able to manage the track with his Boxster and truly understand what the German engineers wanted his car to do…  Pretty sure he’ll be back.  And I cannot forget to mention our event dinner, orchestrated by the lovely Melinda Clark [LMC].  50+ people enjoyed a fine summer dinner after track events on Saturday evening.  The penultimate moment was the dessert competition.  Many entrants went well above expectations both in presentation and taste!  Kudos to Melinda for serving up such a fine event.

Other notable events in August included the Wine & Shine at Thistlewaite Vinyards, where we proved that fine wine and Porsches are a perfect combination for raising funds and materials to support the UPMC Child Advocacy Back to School program.   The AutoCross at the Greensburg Airport followed immediately by the Sushi & Speed event at Robokyo was a big hit for all attendees.  Our AutoX team is eager for you to come out and feel [that’s right ‘feel’] what your car can do.  There are instructors.  There are other AutoXers who will be happy to help you.  The only potential damage that can occur is to the orange cones…  Your car will be fine [that is until you start down the dark path of performance enhancements…].  And I have to tell you that I’ve not seen one person consume so much raw fish as our own Scott Mores…

September is no less exciting as our previous months!  Again, our business meeting will happen at Auto Palace on the second Thursday of the month.  BE THERE!  We have a NEW event that will benefit Make-A-Wish at Rivertowne Brewing in Monroeville on 9.15 from 1p – 4p.  The Porsche-Only parking will provide ‘EYE-CANDY’ and there will be lots of great festivities benefiting the charity.  BE THERE!  Our last Driver’s Education of the season will happen at the storied Mid-Ohio track on 9.20 – 9.22.  BE THERE!  Our AutoCross #4 will happen on the 29th at PittRace.  BE THERE!

So many events.  So many good times to happen.  I hope to see you there.  It truly is a great club that we have.  Please engage in it and come out to play.  Thanks for all who make our club great & GUTE FAHRT!!!

NEW GERMAN WORD

“Groovy” translates as “in Ordnung “

From the President August 2013

2013 President

2013 President

Greetings to All and Happy August!  We are in the sweet spot of ‘Porsche Season,’ with warm weather and several Porsche-related happenings.  Of course our biggest annual event, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix happened over the July 20-21 weekend and was a monster success.  So cool to see the cars, the people, the racing etc.

Want to mention that this year was the 10th year the Ken and Louise Jeremiah ran the PVGP for the club.  It was an elegant affair under their tutilage for the past decade, but all good things must come to an end!  They will be passing the baton to Ed Rice [our local 928 Shark officiando…] for PVGP 2014.  Ken and Louise have given so much to the club that we had to create another award for their excellence in running the PVGP…  So on Sunday we gave them the ‘Toast of the Town’ award for making the PVGP such a terrific event…  The ‘trophy’ was a 1970’s era Allegheny Region PCA mug that I’d found on eBay!  I know that Louise might have to surrender it to Ken to sample some fine ales, but we simply cannot express how much you two have done to make the PVGP so outstanding!

But I get ahead of myself…  The weekend started on Friday afternoon at the Double Wide Bar & Grill in the South Side where John Diwick, from the Chicago Region PCA, brought 25 cars and 40+ people for a welcome party.  Want to thank Steve Zumoff, the owner, for his hospitality and for securing us off-street parking for all the P-cars.  It was a grand affair with people discussing who beat whom along the way and how they looked forward to the event.  Later that evening, the Jeremiahs hosted a soire for volunteers and our annual grouping of Canadian folk.  Another great kick-off to the weekend.

The PVGP weekend was a wonderful 2-days of racing and meeting new and old friends.  Randy Evans, our resident Porsche racer was out and turning fine laps.  Our door prizes were fantastic!  Thanks to Greater Pitt Collision Works, Goosebumps, thePattersonGroup, the ARPCA Goodie Store, the PCA Coastal Empire Region, Artifacts, Black Out Tinting and all who contributed.  Thanks to the Goodie Store for fantastic ARPCA Swag!  Thanks to Michael Tambellini for the best catered lunch at the event…  Thanks to the volunteers who stuffed envelopes, worked registration, guided parking, worked at the Goodie Store.  Thanks to Rob Hoffman for his MC duties.  As you can see, there are MANY people who make this event work… 

The best way to show what a success the weekend was is to print a note I received from the Chicago group.  It was sent to John Diwick, who organized the event, from Carl Armand – both great people:

Dear Beth & John, 

Carol & I thank you for a fantastic trip and weekend.   We are trying to decide which part was best. 

Was it the caravan to Pittsburgh?  Yes. Carol certainly had fun with her paddles. (inside joke)

How about the “Double Wide Bar & Grill”.  Yes. The Allegheny Region hospitality?  Absolutely. 

How about the greeting by the PCA-Allegheny folks at the track, great parking, wonderful food, door prizes (even though there were no doors ).  George Patterson, Louise & Ken Jeremiah, Scott Ishler and all the rest were fantastic making us feel at home.  I’m thinking that the story telling sessions were right up there at the top of the list.  The race has to be high on the list.  Seeing that many classic cars actually racing was a real treat.  That was a very well run event.  Carol and Karen even took a ride in a race car around the track.  Carol is still talking about that.  She thinks drift-racing is a hoot and might try it at Road America (well maybe not)

Dinner, OMG dinner.  I promised myself that I would not eat too much.  I broke the promise.

You and Beth outdid yourselves with hospitality.  Thank you so much for your generosity.

Everyone will have to pick what was best.  We can’t decide.

We truly appreciate all you did from start to finish to create this fantastic experience for all of us.

Best regards,
Carl & Carol

So now we’re in August.  Our business meeting will happen at Bill and Sandy Zeilinski’s home [check arpca.com for directions].  Please come out!  We want to see YOU.  We have our ‘local’ Driver’s Education event on the 10th – 11th at PittRace with a fantastic picnic dinner planned for Saturday evening after the track activities are done.  This is the best way to get an idea about what a Driver’s Education is all about.  Come out and see the people running their Porsches around the track.  Get a ride with an instructor.  Better yet, sign up to drive!  Or just come out for the dinner on Saturday night.  It’s our home track and it’s fun to run the track and be in your own bed at night!

We have our next Wine & Shine at the Thistlewaite Vinyard on the 17th and our Golf Outing the following day at the Greensburg Country Club.  The 24th hosts our next Auto-Cross event at the Greensburg / Jeanette Airport to be followed immediately by Sushi & Speed at Robokyo in Greensburg.  Now THAT is a busy month!  Hope to see you there at some event.  If you have never ventured out to an event make AUGUST the month that you do!  It’s an adventure you will enjoy.  You can sign up for all events at www.motorsportreg.com.

NEW GERMAN WORD
“Adventure” translates as “Abenteuer”

From the President July 2013

2013 President

2013 President

Greetings to All and Welcome to July – arguably our biggest Porsche month of the year!  The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix or PVGP is upon us.  On July 19-21 we’ll have the opportunity to gather and enjoy each other, our cars, and our friends, both new and old.  We have the chance to see vintage racing like nowhere else in the world…  BTW, that is not an overstatement.  The PVGP racing in Schenley Park is the biggest vintage race in the world run on active city streets.  So we have our own little Monaco and that means it’s time to sign up!  There is an entire week of events that you can see at www.pvgp.org so please check out the schedule!  VP Scott Ishler and I will be teamed up for the Kick-Off Rallye on July 14 – come join us!!!  There are also historic races that weekend [13-14] at PittRace for cars too powerful to race in Schenley Park.  Lots of fun to watch and Porsche people are always there.  Bring the family out!

If you’d like to participate in Pittsburgh’s finest showing of Porsches, plan now to attend our ARPCA event at the PVGP [i.e. go to www.motorsportsreg.com and register now!] as Ken and Louise Jeremiah have a fantastic weekend planned for all attendees.  Lots of fun events, giveaways, new swag at the Goodie Store AND an awesome catered lunch each day from Tambellini.  It’s the best set up at the event, and YOU need to be there…  MUSTANG is the Marque of the Year, so there will be plenty of American Muscle cars to see, many of them very rare.  Cars, vendors, food, racing, and an occasional cocktail await you…

Just to let you know, there are contingents of Porsche folk coming from Canada and from Chicago…  New friends to be made.  To welcome them to our city, there will be an casual gathering on Friday, July 19 from 2p until ??? at the South Side location of The Double Wide Bar & Grill.  The biggest challenge of the South Side is, of course, parking…  We have that covered.  There will be FREE Porsche-Only parking sectioned off at a lot one block away from the Double Wide.  Just look for the signs!  The food is great.  The décor is perfect for those with a car-affliction.  And the drinks are always cold…  Come out on the eve of the weekend event with your car and meet those who came in from cities afar.

Our July business meeting [7p / Thursday 7.11] will happen at the Patterson home [check our web site for directions].  Please come and be a part of the inner-workings of the club.  ALL are welcome.  At the end of July, there is a wonderful event in Granville, OH on the 26-28.  If you want a beautiful ride to see some beautiful cars, this is a terrific event.  Go to our web site arpca.com and get registered for the Porsches -2-Ohio weekend!

June was a great month for the club.  Our first Road Rally of the season happened on June 1 and ALL participants had a great time [good one Iron Jack!].  A week later on Saturday June 8, the Car Store hosted a Picnic and Porsche event.  This event raised $2000 for Animal Friends – Thanks to ALL for your attendance and generosity.  Special thanks to KC and the Car Store band for their omnipresent generosity in hosting this event.  We had a SPECIAL business meeting at Earl & Judi Seiler’s home on the 12th of June which included lasagna prepared by our in-house racer Randy Evans [thank you, it was incredible].  We presented the Rabeneck family with a token of the club’s appreciation for their exemplary participation and spirit.  They will be missed as they move on to Atlanta, but surely never forgotten!  The prediction of a tsunami on the eve of the business meeting was highly overstated…  June also hosted a Driver’s Education event in conjunction with the NOR [Northern Ohio Region] at Nelson Ledges on June 14 – 16.  From what I heard, all had a spectacular time.  On the 23rd, we had our second AUTOX, at PittRace in conjunction with the Steel City SCCA.  All I can tell you is that this event was SERIOUS.  I showed up thinking that a track guy could surely and easily hang with the AutoX crowd.  I was both amazed and humbled by the driving skill I witnessed – none of which was my own.  My times were not impressive…  I was able to navigate the course without killing innocent pylons, but was easily 10 seconds off the pace of the fast people [that is a month and a half in dog years…].  I will be back.  I will improve.  That is why we have these cars, right???  Then we closed the month with the Porsche Parade in Travers City, MI – attended by several club members, in particular our VP – Scott Ishler.

AGAIN, please don’t forget about our BIGGEST Summer event, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix on July 20-21.  Those dates are for the Schenley races.

August will host our next Drivers Education event at PittRace.  SIGN UP NOW!!!  You can sign up for the event.  You can sign up for dinner [both on MotorSportReg.com].  COME ON OUT and see Porsches on a race track.  BETTER YET, you can sign up and drive in the DE.  A super event as it’s in our back yard and Melinda Clark has an amazing picnic dinner planned.  This to be followed by the annual desert competition.  Bring your own concoction to see whose is the BEST!  This all takes place on the Saturday evening of the event.  If you ever were curious to know what a DE is all about, come out and watch!

Thanks for all who make our club great & GUTE FAHRT!!!

NEW GERMAN WORD

“Vacation” translates as “der Urlaub

 

 

 

From the President March 2013

2013 President

2013 President

Greetings to All and Happy March! Still a chill in the air, but next month might just be the time to break out your P-Car from its long winter’s nap… Lots of fun items to let you know about this month. First, the Zone President’s meeting was attended by VP Scott Ishler and me on March 2. Our region continues to be the model to which others aspire. We discussed some ideas of how we can improve communication and efficiencies within the club which we will implement to make the club even more open and fun for ALL.

An important announcement for you Trackies out there is Tim Hronek has agreed to be on the Track Comittee. Tim will be working with current Track Chair / Utility Infielder, Dale Rabeneck, until Dale and family head south later this year. We are excited that Tim will be learning from the best. And if you’re so inclined, contact Tim or me if you’d like to be a part of the Track program. It’s one of the best parts of our club. In other Rabeneck News, we’re still looking for a Treasurer! If you can count and would like to participate to coordinate our finances, we’d love to have you.

Want to thank KC and the Car Store [sounds like a 70’s band…] again for a great Mid-Winter party. I am still pleased that so many showed up despite challenging weather. So after we thank KC for his hospitality and omnipresent generosity, I get the following email from him:

Hello George & gang-
I want to thank you for coming to the mid-winter party. It was fun for all. As I was driving home in the snow, I came to realize I would like to have a party when it’s warm outside. In the winter we get together and have some fun, but it’s all in doors due to weather and no one brings their car. My thoughts are A Mid-Summer party on Saturday June 8th, a car show and a little outside grilling…
Thanks
K.C.

So it looks as though we’ll be having a grilling / car show / ARPCA Fest at the Car Store in June! Thanks KC. We couldn’t have this kind of club event without your support. I think this will be the beginning of a new tradition!

An event to consider in the more immediate future is the Porsche Swap Meet in Hershey on April 20. On the evening before the Swap meet, there is another event will be running on Friday April 19 in Hershey. The AACA Museum [Antique Auto Club of America] in Hershey has invited our chapter to a special event with Karl Ludvigsen; the distinguished author of Porsche: Origin of the Species. He will be here at the AACA Museum on Friday April 19th where we can enjoy food and beverages along with Karl’s presentation. When we are there we can also enjoy the Porsche Style and Design exhibit with more than 20 Porsches on display. So, again, it might be a fun thing to take a Ferris Bueller Day Off on the 19th and hit the museum on Friday, grab dinner as a group and then hit the Swap Meet on Saturday… Who’s with me?!?!? Shoot me an email if you plan to attend: porsche955tt@comcast.net so I can let them know how many attendees will be there.

Want to thank the Auto Palace for hosting our February club meeting. If you haven’t been to this facility, it is one of the most dramatic Porsche showrooms you’ll likely see. And there are exotics beyond Porsches… Thanks as always to Aaron and Debbie for hosting us! We are so fortunate as a region that we have two Porsche dealerships who support our club. Please come and see what we do at our meetings. You might even learn the secret password…

The CANNOT MISS event of the year is the All-Member Dinner which will be held at Rico’s on April 13 [thank you Judi Seiler!]. This is one of our finest events as we introduce ourselves to our newest members. The new ‘pledge master’ will take our initiates and help them cross the bridge into full P-Car cult status… It is truly an event you’ll always remember. Remember, new members go for free and are eligible for terrific prizes that range from free admission to track events to the PVGP weekend. Hope to see as many members as possible, old and new, at this event. Also in April is our Highway Clean-Up [also April 13] and our first club event to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville [April 27]. Check out our website arpca.com and our email blasts for more information!!!

A great way to get a conversation started [or get some new content for our newsletter!] is to let the club know about your First Porsche. I’ll get the ball rolling… My first Porsche was a silver 917 race car. It was a Matchbox and thanks to my sainted mother, I still have it… I didn’t know at 4 or 5 years old that it was a Porsche, but I did know that it was cool looking. Fast forward 21 years when TLN [that is The Lovely Nancy…] and I were living in California. We bought a used 1982 911SC Targa in Guards Red from a Navy pilot who just got a job with United and was moving to Chicago. He turned down my first offer, but made the mistake of letting me know when he was moving. That week, I gave him a call to let him know my offer was still in play. Grudgingly, he traded me keys for cash. We brought that car back to Pittsburgh and subsequently joined the Porsche Club. I sometimes see that car rolling around Pittsburgh and smile… Since then, we’ve been fortunate to have had a 1993 911 RS America, a white 1994 968 Coupe, a 2000 Boxster S in speed yellow and a dark green Cayenne Turbo. Whether you have one or many Porsches, you only have 1 first Porsche. Let’s hear about it!

So ARPCAers, the chill is almost behind us. Driving weather is near!!! Thanks for all of the positive comments about the new format of our Rundschau. STILL need to find a key advertiser for our centerfold / calendar! How about your business? It’s an effective way to reach a key demographic on a monthly basis for your product… We’ve submitted our publication to PCA national to snare an award! I bet we bring home some iron! With that, I wish you GUTE FAHRT! –George