PTC’s Early Washington Election:
Good Food Seasoned with Jazz History
Shown above are some of the 30 ARPCA members who registered for the Porsche Touring Crew’s August 23rd outing to Angelo’s Restaurant in Washington, PA.
After the group feasted on Angelo’s turkey panini, homemade lasagna and death-by-chocolate gelato, PTCr’s took a few minutes to admire Mark Frumkin’s 2013 Mahogany Metallic Boxster which, of course, stopped traffic in front of the restaurant. Mark recently acquired the immaculate, heavily-optioned 6-speed S-variant.
Michael Passalacqua, Angelo’s current (and third generation) owner, is himself a “recovering” vintage and sports car fanatic, and was thrilled to have 20 P-Cars adorning the front lot of his eatery! Michael and his staff made good on their promise to take particularly good care of the PTC caravan and their vehicles.
In addition to good food and conversation, the event featured Bob Stark, a multi-instrumentalist, jazz history aficionado and Washington Jazz Society board member, as a guest speaker. Stark took the group on an informative trip through the social conditions and historical events that shaped the Pittsburgh Region into major incubator for jazz talent. His passion for the music was obvious as he recounted anecdotes about Pittsburghers Billy Strayhorn, Errol Garner, Art Blakey, Mary Lou Williams, George Benson, and others.
The Porsche Touring Crew is a social group open to all ARPCA members and their guests. PTC’s next event is a September 27 luncheon at Wooden Angel in Beaver, PA. that features a wide variety of Italian and American favorites, as well as an extensive selection of wines. Reservations are required and can be made at MotorsportReg.com.
Sharky’s Café Braces for Steelers Fans;
Hosts Early PTC “Training Camp” Excursion
OK – so most Porsche Touring Crew members aren’t built like NFL middle linebackers. But on June 28th PTC plans to help a popular Steeler eatery – “set the table” for the return of the team and their loyal fans!
For the past two pandemic preseasons, Sharky’s Café in Latrobe, a magnet for Steeler Nation, has been running at 1/10 wide receiver speed due to the league-ordered Training Camp relocation to Heinz Field and the team’s Southside training facility. But Sharkey’s is now preparing for the return of the Steelers’ and their regular July camp, located just a stone’s throw away at St. Vincent’s College. The Camp’s return, and the promise of another Super Bowl appearance, are expected to bring hundreds of diners back to the Café. Read more
Second Mid-Winter Lightning Strike
At Popular PTC Bridgeville Eatery
Contrary to popular belief – according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration — while the odds of being hit by lightning are fairly high, lightning can, and often will, strike the same spot multiple times!
In effort to reinforce that scientific principle, the Porsche Touring Crew – for the second time – will return to Napoli’s Restaurant on February 28 to roll out its 2023 season. Its previous Winter gathering at the Bridgeville eatery drew an electrifying record turnout for the group, and PTC is looking for a repeat performance.
Small wonder. The combination of PTC’s camaraderie and Napoli’s slate of culinary comfort food makes for a perfect respite from the grey stretch of Pittsburgh’s painful playoff-less weeks. Read more
On the 6th of last month, almost 30 Porsche Touring Crew members vanquished a gray December day by signing up for PTC’s Holiday Luncheon at Zelienople’s Log Cabin Inn. Read more
On September 27th 27 members and 2 additional guests of the ARPCA Porsche touring crew descended on The Wooden Angel Restaurant in Beaver, PA. At 11:00 in the morning members started to arrive to display their Porsches and to spend time talking cars. We had cars ranging from an 80’s 944, to a Diesel Cayenne to a new 2022 GT3. After the initial car talk around the cars we heading into the restaurant for a delicious lunch at this historic landmark restaurant in Beaver and dining fun cellar room. It was easy to tell that all were having a great time judging by the volume of conversations heard around the room.
If you have not already done so, put our next lunch October 25th, at the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg, PA. with its wonderful view of the Allegheny River. This event should be memorable for the fall colors and fun to drive back roads adding to the always fun gathering of the Allegheny Region.
Porsches on the Porch – On October 25, 25 plus Porsche Touring Crew members took advantage of the 70 degree-plus temperature and one of the most colorful leaf seasons in decades to head to the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg, PA. Read more
TC Spring Saxonburg Social
Stops at Historic Hotel and Museum
On May 24, the Porsche Touring Crew is returning to one of its most popular pit stops: the historic Saxonburg Hotel, where almost 100 years ago President Woodrow Wilson registered as an overnight guest. The Hotel (www.hotelsaxonburg.com) opened its doors in 1832, but its period-furnished dining rooms have become a destination dining-focused location since owner Judy Feree took over in 2010.
The Hotel is a rural drive located a few miles off Route 8, north of Pittsburgh. Participants will gather at the Hotel between 11:00 and 11:30 and sit down for lunch just before 12:00 Noon.
Porsche Touring Crew ’22 Kickoff Event
To Save ARPCA Members $Thousands$!
Many experienced travelers say that, in Italy, when it comes to traditional regional cuisine, “All Roads lead to Napoli,” a city (now “Naples”) in the southern Region of Campana. Aside from being a foodie’s paradise, its three-million+ population is proud of the city’s reputation for art, architecture — and for being the 18th Century birthplace of pizza!
Although some ARPCA members will understandably insist on the complete travel experience, PTC has come up with an innovative way to save time and re-channel members’ money toward a new coupe, cab or targa. Instead of blowing $10,000 or $20,000 on a transcontinental trip, members can take their P-Cars out of hibernation and join ARPCA’s Porsche Touring Crew for its 2022 opening luncheon at Napoli’s restaurant in Bridgeville, PA Read more
PTC Celebrates Holidays
At Zelienople’s Log Cabin
Porsche Touring Crew regular John Vecchi and new member Karin Dalton recently honored PTC by announcing their engagement at PTC’s final event of 2021 at Zelienople’s Log Cabin Inn. The weather was chilly, but Karin was welcomed warmly with a great lunch and a round of congratulations and Holiday conversation.
Afterward, the happy couple took a few minutes to huddle around Johann Collins’ beautiful 2007 911 4S. Johann is also a new member, and his recently-acquired manual coupe is reportedly the only paint-to-sample pastel yellow 997 in the North America!
Congrats to John and Karin – and Johann!
Crew Taps Historic Log Cabin Inn
To Conclude 2021 Year “Comeback”
The Porsche Touring Crew has decided to cap-off a successful 2021 in style, with a Holiday get-together at the rustic Log Cabin Inn on Route 19, just a few miles North of Zelienople, PA***. Among other things, the Crew will cautiously celebrate leaving the pandemic in its wake and hosting a full year of well-attended luncheon events.
The Wednesday, December 8th event, open to all ARPCA members and their guests, will feature good fellowship and stimulating conversation among old and new friends. Read more