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Meet Your Porsche Racers

Cheer Them on at BeaveRun or Schenley Park

The following Drivers will be participating in the PVGP race events at BeaveRun on July 16-17 or at Schenley Park on July 23-24.  Please come to the track and support them as spectators.  Its fun to race or they wouldn’t be doing it… but its also fun to see friends, club members and other Porsche fans among the spectators.  And, as is common at sports car raciong events, you can tour the pit areas for a close look at the cars and an opportunity to talk with the drivers and pit crew members.

Porsche entries include the following driverssee below for biographic details:

Note:  BMC = BeaveRun Motorsports Complex;  SP = Schenley Park

  • Dottie Bechtol – 1972 914-6 – BMC & SP
  • John Bechtol – 1972 914-6 – BMC & SP
  • Randy Beck –  2006 Beck 904 – BMC
  • Jordan Beil – 1957 356A Coupe – SP
  • Skott Burkland – 1969 911 – BMC
  • Dave Burton – 1964 356C – BMC & SP
  • L. Bert Cossaboon – 1983 930 Turbo – BMC
  • Randy Evans – 1982 911 SC Euro – BMC & SP
  • Alan Friedman – 1973 911 RSR – BMC
  • John Gatto – 1971 914-4  – BMC & SP
  • Gary Hess – 1973 914-6 2.0L – BMC & SP
  • Joe Hoover – 1972 914 – SP
  • Donald Jacobs – 1974 914-6 – BMC
  • Peter Kauffman – 1977 911 – SP
  • Steve Limbert – 1970 914-6GT – BMC & SP
  • Kevin Maehling – 1971 911E – BMC & SP
  • Peter Maehling – 1972 911 – SP
  • Richard Naze – 1971 911S – BMC & SP
  • Jay Policastro – 2011 GT3 Cup Car – BMC
  • Joseph Policastro – 2011 GT3 Cup Car – BMC
  • Earl Roberts – 1971 911 – BMC & SP
  • Les Roub – 1957 356A Coupe – BMC & SP
  • Michael Schindel – 1974 911 – BMC
  • Dick Snyder – 1959 356A – SP
  • Rick Snyder – 1970 914-6 – SP
  • William Swartz – 1959 356A – BMC
  • David West – 1970 914-6 – BMC
  • Todd Wetzel – 1970 914-6GT – BMC

Driver Biographies

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Wine & Shine Recap at La Casa Narcisi Winery

Well if you listened to the forecasters on Saturday the 18th and passed on our event, you missed a great gathering at the Narcisi Winery. The weather was fine, the wine plentiful and the camaraderie welcome. As revealed by the photos, quite a few of the faithful turned out and had a brilliant time! Truly a great day to be out mingling with Porsche minded people and the facility is wunderbar!

Take a look at a number of the wonderful pictures that Matt Little (photographer extrodinare) took and has posted over at Studio 721 – his automotive Photography Studio.

Be sure to watch for our next event as we close in on the BIG party in July at the PVGP. You don’t want to be left standing on the side of the road for that one. See you all again soon and enjoy your rides!

Wine & Shine Recap at La Casa Narcisi Winery

Well if you listened to the forecasters on Saturday the 18th and passed on our event, you missed a great gathering at the Narcisi Winery. The weather was fine, the wine plentiful and the camaraderie welcome. As revealed by the photos, quite a few of the faithful turned out and had a brilliant time! Truly a great day to be out mingling with Porsche minded people and the facility is wunderbar!

Take a look at a number of the wonderful pictures that Matt Little (photographer extrodinare) took and has posted over at Studio 721 – his automotive Photography Studio.

Be sure to watch for our next event as we close in on the BIG party in July at the PVGP. You don’t want to be left standing on the side of the road for that one. See you all again soon and enjoy your rides!

2011 Car Control Clinic Recap

What a day

Luke Bittenbinder demonstating "no fear" in throwing around this highly decorated Golf GL


The day started out well. The weather was just beautiful. The drive up to BeaveRun was perfect. Traffic on 376 north (past the Airport) was very light. It allowed for quick cruzing. After some efficient travel north on 376 I exited onto the State Route 351. I was behind a number of interesting cars…. a BMW 740il, a Steel Gray Boxster and a Guards Red 911 (mid 1980’s vintage.) They were early (I might have been a bit late working the event.)
By 8:00 AM participants began to congregate. The Swanson’s were the first to strike a tent. I added mine to the group. These were going to prove to be very useful around 1:15 when the rain came down…

We started the registration process. Scott Morse arrived early and, as usual, volunteered to help. Scott again had something to say (and again – it was with the text on his shirt – you will need to view the attached picture gallery).

Seventeen students signed up for a delightful experience. They were not going to be disappointed. John Schrenker kicked the driver meeting off precisely at 8:45 AM. At 9:00 the students headed up for their first classroom session.

While the students were in class the instructors headed out on track. They wanted to make sure they understood the layout. We have planned for 3 exercises on BeaveRun’s Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA).

  1. Slalom and Stop – An opportunity drive through a series of cones at greater speed. The objective is to “keep the rhythm” while driving at different speeds without hitting the cones.
  2. Avoidance – Drive towards a set of cones “in the middle of the road” and “avoid the obstacle” by driving around the obstacle as the instructor recommends – “go left” / “go right”.
  3. Finally, the Skidpad: This is the opportunity to feel the car understeer as well as oversteer and then react accordingly.
    Instructors Joe Serbin & Jim Kleeberger (see pictures) were the first out on the Skidpad. They were making sure they had the technique down before guiding the students through the experience.

At 10:00 the students started their on-course exercises. The day turned out to be perfect. The morning was overcast but dry. This gave all the students an opportunity to learn the basics. There was a short lunch break from 12:30 to 1:00 giving everyone an opportunity to grab a bit of lunch. The afternoon classroom started up again at 1:00 PM. Bob (who also taught the morning session) was a fantastic teacher. His materials (vide) as well as expert insight and instruction provided real insight into how each student could take the experiences from the morning and apply in the afternoon.

Mother Nature contributed as well. As soon as the afternoon classroom session was complete the heavens opened. We had a great downpour for about 30 minutes (the tents setup in the sunshine earlier really paid off.) After 30 minutes the rain subsided and everyone was back at the afternoon exercises. The rain ended up being very helpful. The Sidpad went from “good” to “fantastic.” Students like Scott Mores and Alex Schaefer learned a “real feel” for when the car will break adhesion.

Great progress was made by many students. Rose Pinkerton was throwing around a BMW 740il as if it was a Boxster. Freva Swanson is ready to give her mother (Kathryn) a real run for her money. In the end, a good time was had by all.

Take a look through the pictures. If you are 16 & have a valid driver’s license next year why not come out and spend a day learning how to control your car in many situations.

Home Theatre Raffle – Help Support the PVGP

In our quest for raising $ 75,000 as the PVGP Marque of the Year, Randy Evans, the owner of Goosebumps, has really stepped up to the plate.  He GENEROUSLY donated a whole surround sound home theatre system as a raffle item.  The items included are a 55″ flat panel tv, full-surround sound speaker set, Yamaha receiver, Blu-Ray DVD, Universal touch screen, and all installation / training.  Even more amazing is you can win this $ 14,000 package for only a $ 50 donation! We are selling only 500 tickets at $50 each – there is no limit to how many you can buy.  The drawing occurs Sunday, July 24, 2011 – check out this month’s Rundschau for more details (pg.16).  Hurry – tickets are available now, however, the deadline is drawing near – contact Terri Mattock today, t_mattock@comcast.net,  and pick your favorite numbers!

From the President

I am EXTREMELY delighted to present our new website. We have wanted to do this for years but taking on a major overhaul with an all-volunteer staff proved to be an unachievable objective… so we contracted for some professional help. This new website was created through the joint effort of Dan Schwartz of Ninja Media Designs and several ARPCA volunteers who steered development and provided new and updated content: Paul Nickoloff, Rob Hoffman, Dale Rabeneck and Earl Seiler

For my first contribution, I thought I would bring you up to date on the latest developments under the topic of Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix “Stuff.”

The PVGP allows 200 cars to be on the parade lap(s). Unfortunately (in my opinion) we must share the space with the highlight cars – Shelby “based” cars. Therefore there are only less than 50 spaces left. So if you want to be in the parade lap; register now.

At the PVGP Waterfront show on July 19, we will have fifty parking spaces allotted to us. These spaces will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

The donation envelope found in last month’s Rundshau is an opportunity to show our club’s support for the PVGP charities – Pittsburgh Autism Society and the Allegheny School. You may add extra monies ($25 automatically goes to the PVGP each day when you register) by using this envelope or you can add to the charities when you register on-line. Also you may have a friend or associate who would like to support our efforts, but does not have a specific car interest. Remember ALL contributions go directly to the PVGP charities.

The photos submitted for our 50th Anniversary/PVGP marque of the year calendar has been a great success and we can not accept any more photos at this time.

The PVGP has allocated a huge space in the park for our expected Porsche celebration. However there is no possible way that we can fit more than 500 cars in this space. Therefore those who have not pre-registered will park across Schenely Blvd. In our opinion this is the only fair way to handle a possible overflow. Suggestions are invited for a better solution.

Because of “technical difficulties” we had to cancel the proposed PCA Club Race at BeaveRun on the weekend of July 16th. HOWEVER, we are scheduling a Porsche-only race in it’s place for that weekend (just won’t be PCA-sanctioned). We do need additional racers. So if you have a competition license and a track Porsche (or know someone who does), please see the News item on this site for details or contact Steve Scholze with any specific questions (stvzs@verizon.net).

We still need volunteers to assist us with our efforts – both in reaching our expected goals of 1000 Porsches at the park and raising $75,000 for the charities. We will also need volunteers at the event to assist with parking, registration and security.

Again I want to thank Paul, Rob, Dale and Earl for their superb efforts and welcome your comments and suggestion concerning our new website. kj

2011 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio

It’s fitting that the 50th Season of Racing in Mid-Ohio history begins with a series that celebrates the past like the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.  Joining SVRA on track this summer will be The Cayman Interseries, a “spec series” featuring the Porsche Cayman S painted in car liveries identical to the famous Porsches throughout history. The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will celebrate Porsche as Featured Marque during the season’s first race weekend on June 24-26.

There is an ARPCA contigent who will be attending the event, so here is  yet another opportunity for a great road trip – approximately two and a half hours from Pittsburgh. Plus you could assist us with our efforts to “Place 1000 on the Hill”.   PORSCHE will be the marque this year so it will be a great opportunity to meet Porsche owners from other regions. There will be a Porsche corral, so it should be easy enough to “spread the word” about our 50th anniversary/PVGP marque of the year celebration.

In addition to everything else, there is a free drive your own car Parade lap, so that you can experience first hand this famous racing facility. The paddock and pits are open, so you can be next to some very famous and vintage race cars.

  • *  The entry feel is very reasonable — $25 for the weekend (Fri, Sat. Sun.).
  • *  If interested in joining us, contact Ken Jeremiah – carrera2s@consolidated.net or 724 935-5559.
  • *  For tickets and more information: Click Here

Business Meetings

Everybody is welcome to attend the monthly ARPCA Business Meeting… they’re pretty casual meetings with some limited snacks and beverages provided by the Club.  Emphasis is upon the events and programs conducted by ARPCA and fresh inputs are always welcome.  Please attend and discover for yourself how much fun a business meeting can be.

Our business meetings are typically scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Though our local Porsche dealerships (specifically Sewickley Porsche) have a standing invitation we will also move the meetings to member’s homes – particularly for summer and holiday parties.  The agenda and meeting minutes will be posted here on the site.  Please see the calendar for specific dates and details.

2012 PVGP – Come Join the Party!

Attend one of the most Spectacular Vintage Races in the world – and Party with ARPCA!

To register for the 2012 PVGP event: http://msreg.us/2012PVGP

The Pittsburgh Vintage grand Prix is running for it's 30th year. In 2011 Porsche was the Marque of the Year. We had over 500 Porsche's attend this event. While Porsche is not the Marque in 2012 we still plan to have a great party.  PVGP takes place in scenic Scheneley Park.  This is one of 2 vintage races that occur on public streets in the world, the other in Monaco. 

There is a weekend of activities to enjoy.

Saturday, July 21:

  • International Car Show on the Golf Course – over 2000 cars will be on display covering many marques.
  • Catered Tailgate Party (starts at 12:00 Noon)
  • Concours on the Greeen (optional)
  • Vintage Racing Time Trails (come see many of our club memebers running their cars throughout Scheneley Park.)

Sunday, July 22:

  • Porsche Car Show
  • Catered Picnic
  • Vintage Car Races (agan, cheer our club members on!)

The general prices are as follows:

  • Saturday or Sunday regstration for 1 car and TWO people: $75 (includes a mandatory $30 donation to PVGP)
  • Additional meal tickets for either day: $15

For more information about the PVGP click here: http://www.PVGP.org

See you at the races!

For the past 29 years, the Race Weekend has been the focus of the PVGP and no other event in the country can compare to the uniqueness of Schenley Park. See left side of this page for a full schedule of Marque events.

Hotel Information

Mention ARPCA or the PVGP when contacting the hotels to receive the PVGP discount which is listed below for each hotel.

  • Comfort Inn of Mars (Cranberry) Phone number 724-772-2700 Call hotel directly to make reservations before July 6th. PVGP rate is $80.99/night.
  • Pittsburgh Marriott North (Cranberry) Phone number 724-772-3700 Call hotel directly to make reservations before June 24th. PVGP rate is $ 124.99/night. This location has ample parking for those with trailers. This hotel is also a partner hotel for both weekends of the PVGP and will make a donation to the PVGP for each reservation.

To register for the 2012 PVGP event: http://msreg.us/2012PVGP