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

From the President Feb 2013

Greetings to All and Happy February! Many exciting things to let you know this month. It’s Cayenne season, but before you know it, it’ll be 911 / Boxster / 914 / 944 / 968 etc weather… And we have several events leading up to warm weather driving. First off, I want to thank all of you who sent good wishes for this coming year as I take over as President. All I can tell you is that we have talented people who are dedicated to our club and keep it running very nicely. There are some positions coming open in the coming months and the club needs you! Read more about this below…

We received a lot of great feedback on Dr. Gaudio’s article, “To DE or not to DE” – December 2012 issue. Dr. Gaudio was one of my early instructors and is a highly accomplished driver. I liked one line in particular stating that ‘everyone was once a novice.’ So true… There is nothing like our Performance Driving Series. From Autocross [AX] to the Car Control Clinic to Drivers Education [DE] events, we are fortunate in this region to have multiple and varied outlets to use our cars for what they were designed. You should consider this if you haven’t already. One item some members brought up to me was about insurance. Dr. Gaudio is absolutely correct that none of these activities constitutes racing. The only way to be 100% sure about your particular insurance policy is to check with your insurance company before an event. There are also supplemental policies you can purchase specifically for the track [DE events] – details are on our site.

I received several emails this past month about additional options open to our membership. One of these is a Pennsylvania PCA license plate. Several members have these and they look great. You can learn more about these by following the link from our site: arpca.com. Another email came from the AACA Museum in Hershey which is opening a new Exhibit “Porsche – Style and Design” beginning January 25th through April 28th, 2013. There is always a group of ARPCAers who make the run to Hershey for the Porsche Swap Meet every April. This year the Swap Meet is happening on April 20. So 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?!?!?

As mentioned up top, we have lots of events happening every month… At the end of January, a group from our region went down to Daytona to watch the 24 Hour Rolex race while another group from our region went to the Double Wide Bar & Grill in the South Side [thanks again to Steve Zumoff who lets us back for some reason each year…] to watch the race on a 10 foot HD screen. All I can tell you is that I was in the former group and we had a great time. Weather wasn’t balmy by Florida standards, but it certainly was by Pittsburgh standards. As usual, Porsche put on a great show.

Want to thank KC Kowalik and the entire staff from the Car Store for hosting the Mid-Winter Party. As always they put on a first class event. Great seeing new faces and I encourage people to try some of our new events. Thanks to Dan Franzetta, Scott Mores, Rob Hoffman, Randy Evans and everyone who contributed time, planning and effort. Thanks also to Jay Policastro, our own Daytona Rolex 24 hour winner, for his elegant presentation. And one more big thank you to Ken & Louise Jeremiah. They are now our club’s first ‘Royalty!’

Our Monthly Club Meeting will happen at Auto Palace on Wednesday February 13 at 7:30pm. Thanks in advance to Aaron and Debbie for hosting us! Please come and see what we do at our meetings [and the gorgeous Auto Palace showroom]. You might even learn the secret hand shake…

Another event you CAN NOT MISS is the All-Member Dinner which will be held at Atria’s on April 6 [thank you Judi!]. This is one of our finest events as we introduce ourselves to our newest members. As many of you know, I was your ‘pledge master’ and gave our most sacred oath to new members. Now that I am managing other duties in the club, you will see a new ‘pledge master.’ What will occur, I cannot say nor will I take any responsibility!!! And if you are a new member in the past year, you need to come. GREAT prizes await you…

As mentioned above, we’re looking for some people to take over some integral positions within our club. The Rabeneck family, who does an incredible amount for the club will be moving at the end of the school year to Georgia. Our loss is the Peach State Region’s gain. Dale is both our webmaster and our Track Chair. Abbi is our Treasurer. We’re fortunate in that Dale & Abbi have offered to work with those who desire to take over these soon-to-be-vacated positions. They have great systems already developed so transition should be seamless. So if you’re interested in working with the club in these capacities, do not be shy! We need great people to keep the club great.

On a more solemn note, ARPCAer Mark Cicacci wrote letting us know John Raysich, a long-time friend of our club, had passed. Mark wrote, “John had worked on at least 8 of my 911’s over the last 15 years. Many of us relied on John’s expertise to keep our prize possessions in top condition. In addition to his skill with a wrench, his guitar playing, welcoming personality and wit made the sometime painful act of repairing our cars a little more bearable. His passing will leave a huge void in the Porsche community.” Another long-time ARPCA member, Karl McGhee, was killed recently in a car accident. Karl was a racer and one of life’s true characters. He also had one of the nicest 1973 911 RS lightweights on this side of the country. Godspeed John & Karl.

So ARPCAers, one more winter month is behind us and lots of great things ahead. Still loving the new format of our Rundschau? Why don’t you write an article about your first Porsche and send it in? Off to my first President’s meeting at the end of the month. Should be interesting. As I said before, I feel like a comic who gets to follow Jerry Seinfeld… But I’ll ensure that our zone knows we are a great region! With that, I wish you GUTE FAHRT! –George

From the President Jan 2013

2013 President

2013 President

New Year Greetings to all!  Hopefully you’ve navigated the holiday autocross with grace and come away without issue.  Have to tell you that I received a gift this year that is not only true but incredibly funny.  It’s a refrigerator magnet that states, “Happiness is a warm and loving family – several hundred miles away…”  Being from a large family (I’m the youngest of 8 children] is wonderful, in small doses.  That said, let’s get on to what will be an incredible 2013 for the ARPCA.

As I’m sure you know [because you check out arpca.com every day – thanks for the great work on the site Dale!], I am your newly elected President.  The competition was tough and worthy and I am humbled that I was able to win your trust to guide our club.  There is no better way to start the year than to thank our outgoing President and his singular partner in crime, Ken and Louise Jeremiah.  They have guided us for the past 8 years.  I feel like a comic who gets to follow Jerry Seinfeld…  Ken and Louise have made this club one to be admired.  The most beneficial aspect of their tenure at the top has and will continue to be inclusiveness.  There is nobody who is not welcome to participate in any aspect of the club.  Never feel as though you are too new or too anything to participate.  Come to an event you never considered attending.  Write an article about the first time you drank the Porsche Kool-Aid.  Try a performance driving event to understand the genius of Dr. Porsche.  Bring up a great charity to support.  These are but a few of the ways you can enjoy the club and enhance its reason for being.

As is often said, it’s not the cars, it’s the people.  A credible maxim for sure.  The easiest way to ensure you experience the pulse of our club is to come to our monthly meeting.  We discuss club events, club charities, and welcome any new ideas to make our club better.  There is no secret lair accessible only to those with the secret handshake, code and key…  We have our meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30p [unless there is a conflict with another event].  This month’s meeting took place on January 10 at the Sewickley Car store’s conference room in the BMW building.  K.C. Kowalyk continues to be a most generous host.  We also like to bring our meetings out to the region, so if you’d ever like to host a meeting, just say so!

The most noticeable change to our new year is the format of our fine publication, Rundschau.  We’ve chosen a smaller format primarily because the USPS seems to deliver this format far more quickly than they did our previous larger, magazine format.  There is nothing more frustrating than getting our exceptional publication that mentions events which had already occurred…  But the same quality, layout and editorial expertise will remain!  Kudos to Jack, Ish, Rob and Paul for your continued fine work.  And if you’re a business owner, the ARPCA has 1000+ members in a demographic you certainly would find beneficial.

Another change for this year is that the President’s column name has changed.  Ken’s ‘From the Driver’s Seat’ could hardly be followed.  Thus I pulled out ‘Gute Fahrt’ which is German for ‘Good Travels.’  Seriously, google it!  It embodies what I want for our club – good travels in all we do, with fun, humor and companionship.  We had this phrase on one of our driving event t-shirts a few years back and it was a hit, so why not recycle something fun?

So what else is in store this month?  We have a contingent of ARPCAers heading down to Daytona for the Rolex 24 hour race over the last weekend in January [26th -27th].  This race is the kickoff to the sports car racing year and is always a terrific event to watch.  Porsche racers from around the world show up and make their cars do impossible things for 24 hours.  The SunCoast region has a Porsche Club tent and are always gracious hosts.  There are also several members who bring RV’s and set up shop in the lot out by the infield lake.  It’s a great way to watch a race, wander around and see familiar faces.  Many of us stay at the Ocean Walk resort on the beach which is a 15 minute drive away.  You can learn more at http://www.daytonabeachoceanwalk.com/.  If you’ve never been to a major sports car race, this is a great way to start.  And if you’ve been there before, you know how fun it can be.  Access to garages, racers and lots of amenities close by make it a unique experience.  It’s been rumored that an ARPCA dinner could happen on Saturday night…

There is also a Zone 4 event [ARPCA is in Zone 4] happening at the Detroit Auto Show.  The show opens to the public on Saturday, January 19th, 2013. Porsche AG has announced that it will be providing a private presentation of their 2013 models for PCA Members and guests from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM before the show opens to the public, which will make it a very special event to attend for all of the Porschephiles in our Club.
The official announcement states:

Porsche Cars North America is pleased to be able to extend an invitation for you and a guest to be a part of an exclusive Porsche club preview event at the 2013 North American International Auto Show where Porsche will uncover its latest breakthrough in race-bred performance. As an attendee, you will have early access to the entire Porsche display before it’s shown to the general public. Be among the first to get up close and personal with all the latest Porsche models.

Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2013, Time: 7.00 AM – 9.00 AM, Place: Wayne Hall, Porsche Booth, Cobo Center.

Registration is limited to the first 80 people (max. two tickets per registrant) to register at motorsportreg.com <http://motorsportreg.com/> . Tickets will be deposited at a will call desk at the Oakland Hall entrance to the exhibition. A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. This is an invitation only event, and you must be pre-registered to attend. There will be no registrations on site. Following the event your ticket will allow you regular access to the NAIAS.

Finally, please mark February 2nd on your calendar.  That is the date of our mid-winter party which will take place at the Sewickley Car Store and is one of our biggest events.  Live music, food and drink provided.  Lots of great ARPCA swag available for purchase.  Door prizes donated by our members and affiliate businesses.  And a great rundown of the year before us.  There may even be a very famous special guest attending…  Please plan to attend.  You’ll meet people who are eager for Spring [i.e. Driving Season] to come!  You’ll meet people in the midst of winter car repair and / or upgrade projects.  You’ll meet people who just like their Porsches…  I sincerely hope to see you there.  And if you need anything from me, just email me at pres@arpca.com.  I’d love to hear from you and learn how you feel we can continue to enhance this great club of ours.  Many thanks and GUTE FAHRT!  ~ George

From the President December 2012

KJeremiahWell the time has finally arrived – my last “From the Driver’s Seat” article – about time!

We had our final social event of the year – our Porsche Prom. I want to thank Sandy and Bill Zielinski for coordinating things at Wildwood Country Club for us. While the occasion was smaller than usual (less than 40 members), I thought it was one of our better social events – good music and great food. I also want to thank Louise for her efforts in putting everything together including center pieces and dessert.

Eight years is a long time to be president of anything – especially a volunteer organization and I want to thank the “active club members” for making it a successful term. We’ve accomplished a great deal; thanks to folks stepping up with their ideas and participation.

We’ve had (after a minor hiccup) an extremely successful Driver’s Education program thanks to the leadership of Bruce Graham, Ralph Gaudio and the Pryors (both Larry and Larry, Jr). With their abilities we always had successful and safe DE’s. We’ve had great participation and most events were sold out. I also want to recognize Dale Rabeneck for implementing our new on-line registration feature (which we now use for most of our activities.)  This program has made it much easier for our DE and social chairs to plan and organize our events.  Because of their success, we’ve managed to implement other functions.

I also want to thank John Schrenker for managing the Car Control Clinic. John suggested this program and we’ve had terrific results and attendance. Although designed for new drivers, many new Porsche owners and spouses took advantage of these events to obtain an “inkling” of what Porsche performance is all about. I never saw anyone leave one of our CCC’s without a smile on their face (except for ML and Abbi – long story).

We also had a come back this year for our Autocross program. Rob Hoffman and Scott Mores asked if we could have an Autocross event. Even though they had never participated in an Autocross, they quickly got up to speed and we ended up having three events and they even made money – great job.
Iron Jack Purvis created our new rally events. I’m surprised we don’t have better attendance (usually 12 – 20 Porsches) because with the assistance of Frank Buniciky they are really well organized and a great deal of fun.

We’ve kind of been up and down with our tours, however the ones we had were again a lot of fun and I want to thank Mike Ferraro for his work. We now have a new “Tourmeister” in Jason Monyok and I’m sure these events will once again be a great success – what’s better than driving your Porsche though great country and having lunch with interesting people.

All of our events were and are on our website thanks to Dale Rabeneck and his team of assistants. I hope our members become more active in utilizing this up-to-date quality communication tool. Also thanks to Nancy Lowe and now the team of Iron Jack, Scott Ishler, Rob Hoffman and Paul Nickoloff, our region has one of the best newsletters in PCA. The one time we entered our newsletter in the PCA competition, we took third place. I’m hoping we will enter in 2013 and I’m sure we’ll do even better.

Thanks to Earl Seiler, we’ve created a new communication vehicle with our email blasts. Our club is notorious for waiting until the last minute to register for our activities and our email blasts have really helped in encouraging our folks to register earlier assisting event chair(s).

Our Wine and Shines (and Speed and Sushi) have become extremely popular and I want to again thank those who chaired the various events. I mean what’s better than driving your Porsche somewhere for refreshments and meeting great people.

Our Porsche Project for Patriots (P-3) has been one of our proudest achievements. Suzanne Carlin and George Patterson came up with this idea (they both had relatives serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and so we created various venues to send gifts, usually phone cards, to our troops in these conflicts). With the generous support of our members, we have contributed thousands of dollars and have been rewarded with numerous notes of thanks as well as recognition from top military officers. I believe this is one of the greatest things we do and hope we will continue to receive the support from our members.

Finally, I want to thank all of our members who supported our most attended events – the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Louise and I chaired these events after taking over from Linda and Clark Hamerly (which was a difficult act to follow). We continued to expand our presence at the PVGP, and usually had the largest attendance for any car club. In 2011, with Mark Hanson leading our efforts, we blew the place up with a record 502 Porsches and contributing $73,500 to the PVGP charities – this is still a record and probably will be for a long time. We had probably fifty club members who assisted with our efforts and had Porsches from twelve states and Canada. What a great team effort and a demonstration of how strong our club is in putting together a major effort.

I want to thank all those individuals who were officers and chairs during my term. We could not have accomplished so much without your dedication and time. A terrific group of people – thanks do much.

My tenure as president, thanks to many of you, was an enjoyable experience. I know that with George Patterson taking over the driver’s seat that our club will continue to grow and prosper. And I’m sure that with George’s creativeness and dedication, we will see some great venues and activities in the future.

Oh, please send your suggestions, ideas and comments — to George.

From the President, November 2013

KJeremiahFall is here and most people really enjoy this time of year – cooler temperatures, fall colors and crisp air. I don’t. Cooler temperatures mean cold weather is upon us and soon there will be snow and ice – bad thing. I’m color blind and could care less about the trees and their leaves. The crisp air is OK. But mainly I don’t like fall is because soon with the changing of the weather comes snow and road chemicals means that the Porsche will spend most of its time in the garage. As I’ve mentioned before, our Porsche is a real attitude adjuster for us and I’ll miss the performance and enjoyment the car brings to us.

With all that being said, we still have had an active time of late with our cars and members. We had our second Wine and Shine of the season – this time at Stone Villa – a very nice venue and good music thanks to the efforts of Iron Jack and Mary-Lou Purvis. Please see Louise’s article for details.

The Purvis’s and Frank Buniciky also put on a “Poker Run” rally that as usually for those who participated were really pleased with this event. Since my eyesight is still on the mend and Louise has lost neck mobility, we were unable to join for the drive, but managed to join everyone for lunch. It takes a great deal of planning and work to put on a rally and Iron Jack and Fast Frank are to be congratulated for a quality event. These are always great fun and I would hope others will join us for our next road adventure.

Our two “novice” Autocross chairs, Rob Hoffman and Scott Mores pulled off another successful event. They even managed to add some rain to the venue to challenge our participants even more. Again, it takes a great deal of effort to get everything completed and Rob and “S’mores” have done a terrific job in recreating a valuable venue.

Finally to complete our month, we had an impromptu gathering at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cranberry. The restaurant invited our club and give us 10% off on our food. Soon after Louise and I drove in Shaun Pecore and his lovely wife drove in with their beautiful 997 GT3 RS. I commented to Shaun that he had the fastest car in the mall parking lot. Not much later after I said this, Kenny Pryor shows up in his GT3 RS – same color and trim. We parked the cars together and they created a really impressive site. I then told Shaun and Kenny that they had the two fastest cars in the parking lot. Kenny looked at me and gave me a little smile because I didn’t know that his mother Claudia was coming with her red 600 hp plus twin turbo. Claudia won the prize for having the fastest Porsche in the lot. It was a fun gathering and I hope we will do it again.

We’re now ready for our last event of the year – our Porsche Prom. I hope many of you will take advantage of this festive event – good food, fun dancing and great people.

There are some of us who are going to the 24 hour race at Daytona. The Clarks are renting a motor home which will act as our “base of operations” for the race. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me or George Patterson.

Speaking of the Clark’s, I want to thank Melinda and Chuck for their hospitality at their estate. The six car garage, car lifts and tool boxes were very impressive and provided a great venue for our business meeting.

Hope you can join us for our next meeting at the estate of Bill and Sandy Zielinski. Their home will be “decked out” for the holidays and it is really something to see.

Last chance to contact me with your comments, ideas and suggestions.

From the President October 2013

The completion of our third and last Driver’s Education event at Mid-Ohio begins the last phase of our Porsche season. That’s the bad news – the good news is that we still have a number of events on our agenda for the remainder of the year and that our track programs have been a great success.

Our DE at PIRC (formally BeaveRun) was a sold out event with many new participants (as usual) and thanks to our Chief Instructors (Bruce Graham, Ralph Guidio and Larry Pryor, Jr.) and their instructors, we were able to put on a quality, safe event. I also want to thank Scott (SMORES) Mores for chairing this event (his first time as chair) and his assistants. The event was made even more successful by having a Saturday evening “pig roast” after the day’s driving. This part of the event came off thanks to the efforts of Melinda Clark – it was her idea to do this and I know that many of the drivers, instructors and members enjoyed the conversations and the food.

Once again our Mid-Ohio DE was a near sold our event was a great success. Because of the quality of our instructors and the smoothness of our organization of our track events, we are fortunate to have sellouts at our DE’s and I know many other regions are somewhat envious. I have been told many times by “outsiders” that we put on the best track events in the area – and probably PCA. Our DE was chaired by Dale Rabaneck who also acts as Track Chair and is instrumental in making our track and social events by creating an on-line registration package.

Coming up, we still have one Auto Cross event – see our website for details. As I’ve mentioned before I am extremely thankful to Rob Hoffman and Scott Mores for initiating and bringing back this venue. Again for those members that are not ready yet to put your Porsche on a race track; the Auto X events is a safe (please note the cover of last month’s newsletter – it illustrates that the worst thing that can happen is that you may/probably will hit a rubber cone) and inexpensive way to test out the performance of your car. These events also create some “friendly” competition among our participants which adds to the comradely in our club.

 

Also coming up is our next rally created and chaired by Iron Jack Purvis and Frank Bunecicky. There going to put in a new wrinkle with a “Poker Run” type of venue. Again if you never been on one of our rallies – you should. It’s not really a competitive venue and again you’ll probably meet some new Porsche folks and we always have a great meal and socializing and the conclusion of the rally. Our last social event of the season will be our Porsche Prom chaired by Sandy Zilenski at the Wildwood Country Club. This is always an enjoyable time – mostly because our ladies (and gents) get to dress up in a non-pretentious environment. Once again our DJ will be Charlie Apple who always has a great repertoire of music and will take request for your favorite song.

A new event this year will be a “Shine and Dine” on October 14th at the Cranberry Wild Wings restaurant. The restaurant specially invited us to show off our cars and better yet they will donate ten per cent of our food purchases to our charities. Also this is a non-Steelers’ Sunday, so there really is a reason not to show up. Again details will be on our website. Some more good news – Jason Monyok has agreed to be our new “Tourmeister”. I don’t know if he will have time to create a tour for this season, but it is great to know and look forward to having some great drives. Our tours have been extremely popular in the past, so I look forward to seeing you and your Porsches traveling some through some of our great scenery. There have been a number of members asking about our annual trek and brunch at Nemacolin. The board and members decided not to do our event this year. Last year, we had less than average turnout and the resort also requested a guarantee (which we didn’t meet) so this was a money losing effort. I am hopeful that we can find someone to chair this event in 2013, because it is a quality experience and hopefully we can return this event to our schedule Coming up in the next issue, you’ll notice our ballot for our 2013 officers. You’ll also notice a familiar name missing — mine and it’s about time. I feel strongly that our club needs new leadership and I know the individuals nominated will do a great job in making our organization even stronger. I hope you will all take the time to vote which really does show how much you enjoy the club.

I also want to thank Diane and Paul Nickoloff for the use of their estate for September’s monthly business meeting. The meeting itself was very productive and the “after party” was even more fun. We need your input, so please plan on attending one of our meetings – you’ll enjoy yourself – especially if you participate.

Before I sign off for this month’s issue, I want to comment on the quality of our newsletter. Creating and publishing the Runshau is the most difficult and challenging task offered in our club. Nancy Lowe really began taking our publication into a quality piece of work. Now co-editors Iron Jack Purvis, Frank Bunecicky, layout guru Rob Hoffman and publisher Paul Nickoloff have taken our publication to new heights and they do this by putting in a lot of time and effort. If you see them or meet them, please thank them for their efforts – they deserve your praise.

Please contact me with your ideas, comments and suggestions – you’re not going to have much more time to do so.

From The President July 2012

What a Porsche season so far and we’re not even half way through. We had a really busy Porsche weekend in June with our Car Control Clinic on Saturday and our first Auto Cross in many years on Sunday.
The Car Control Clinic was sold out. Louise and I were there and spoke to many of the participants and had nothing but great things to say – but the real test was the huge smiles on their faces. Thanks again to John Schrinker and his crew who do such a great job of organizing and running the event.
Even though, we weren’t able to attend, we heard great stories about our refound Auto Cross event. Rookies Rob Hoffman and Scott (with two T’s) organized our event even though they had never run in an auto cross – says something about their organizing skills. Their motivation was to put on a driving event so that members could test the performance of their Porsches without having to spend a lot of money. I heard that Scott Ishler was the fastest “rookie” of the day and he is known for his detailing skills.
Because of other conflicts, we didn’t get to run in our first rally of the year – bummer. But we did go to Frostberg to see everyone for lunch. Unfortunately (for us) our GPS decided to takes via the long scenic route and we got there jus as everyone was finishing their lunch. At least we were able to see many of the participants and heard the great stories of their adventures. Thanks to Iron Jack Purvis and Frank Bunicky another great event. We are going to make sure that we will not miss the next rally later in the season. They are really fun events and we have a good time.
This month’s (June) business meeting was outstanding (see Louise’s article) and I want to thank “Tiny T” Mattock for hosting the meeting. The meeting “finished” by 9:30pm, but the last of us left sometime after 11:00pm – hope your Porsche clock shows up soon.
I hope that more of you will attend out meeting — especially July’s since the will be the last of our meetings before the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Until then, please send me your input, suggestions and ideas.