e-Rundschau: April 1

Spring Car Detailing Clinic – Saturday April 6, 2019

Car Detailing Session at To the Limit Motorsportz To the Limit Motorsportz is hosting ARPCA for a car detailing session at their shop in Saxonburg, PA. There is no cost for this session.  Bring your Porsche and learn various detailing techniques. Contact: social@arpca.com


Business Meeting – April 2019 – Thursday April 11th 7:00PM

    Thursday April 11, 2019 Location: FAST Co – Fowler Automotive Street & Track – 1201 William Flynn Hwy, Glenshaw Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Contact: president@arpca.com

Business Meeting – May 2019 – Thursday May 9th 7:00PM

Thursday May 9, 2019 Location: The Yard Gastropub – Galleria Mt. Lebanon The Yard Gastropub – Galleria Mt. Lebanon 1500 Washington Rd. Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228 Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Contact: president@arpca.com

Porsche at The Lot – Saturday May 25, 2019

Begin your Saturday with fellow ARPCA members for an upscale cars-n-coffee event at The Lot at Edgewater  – 145 Allegheny Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139 restaurant in Oakmont, Pa. The Lot at Edgewater is a full-service restaurant that offers a wide menu selection including traditional favorites like Belgian waffles, house-cured bacon steak, made-to-order omelets as well as specialties such as avocado toast with pepper jam and a fried egg.  There is a full-service coffee bar with a large assortment of pastries and a full-service bar featuring brunch cocktails, alcoholic milkshakes, and craft beers. The venue has a large parking lot and an outside covered patio that overlooks the parking area. There is no cost for this event and registration is not necessary.  Just show up with your favorite P-car and share some coffee, breakfast, and stories with your fellow ARPCA members. This is the first of several “Porsche at the Lot” dates this year.  Future dates include:  June 22, July 6, August 3, September 14

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Contact: social@arpca.com

ARPCA 2019 Driver’s Educations Registration Now OPEN 

WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5.  (Waitlist ONLY) Drive your car on the iconic road racing circuit in upstate New York.   This event sells out EARLY each year. Don’t wait to register!

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL RACE COMPLEX (PittRace), Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28. (Drivers 40% Full, Lapping Day 70%)  See why our “home track” has become a destination for road racers from around the country.   Last year we had a long wait list.  Sign up right away!

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSEFriday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8.(Drivers 35% Full, Lapping Day 50%, Garages 70% Full)  From first-time track drivers to those with many years of experience, Mid-Ohio has something to challenge any driver.

All three events are open for registration – click event venue for details and to register:

Contact the  ARPCA Track Chairs,  track@arpca.com , or Dave Palmer, ARPCA Chief Driving Instructor, chief.instructor@arpca.com   with questions.

ARPCA’s Online Clothing Store –  Show Your Club Pride!

New items approved featuring Porsche script on an assortment ARPCA merchandise.   Click on image above, follow ‘Merchandise’ menu item on club site or type the following in your favorite web browser: arpca.com/store

Meguiars Spring Detailing Session at FAST Co

Concours chair Brian Strohmeier has secured a representative from detailing supply company Meguiars for a session held at our local race shop, FAST Co!

Dan Fowler of FAST Co. is generously donating space for a Saturday morning lecture and demonstration by Dan Yaworski from Meguiars on how to get your Porsche looking like new after a long winter sleep.  (please bring your own folding chair)

When:  Sat April 25, 2015
Time:    9:00AM to Noon
Where:  FAST Co – Fowler Automotiv – 1201 Wm. Flynn Hwy (Rt 8) Glenshaw, PA
Cost:  $5.00 per person includes coffee & muffins plus donation to an ARPCA charity

Register via MSR Here before Tues April 21 11:59PM!

Contact Concours Chair Brian Strohmeier at concours@arpca.com with any questions.

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Proper Storage of Your Porsche

P-car Storage
By Duane Smith ( Service Manager at Sewickley Porsche)

It is getting to that time of the year when we start thinking about putting our toys away for winter.  Here are some suggestions for doing so properly:

A question I get asked from time to time is:  “Should I change my oil before I put my car away or when I get it out in spring?”  I recommend putting any vehicle away with fresh oil.  Changing your oil before storage ensures you get contaminates out which would otherwise likely be covering your critical engine components such as crankshaft and bearings during extended periods of non-use.  It is also one less thing you have to worry about after a long winter when the weather breaks and you want to start driving your baby again.

My next suggestion would be to thoroughly wash and put a good coat of wax on your car.  Start by washing the car then prepping the paint for wax by clay barring the exterior paint.  The clay bar process strips any old wax plus it removes any contaminates on the surface of your paint.  Make sure to follow up with a good coat of your favorite wax.

Now we want to protect our tires.  It is best to clean the tires really well.  We want to remove any kind of tire shine as most products contain chemicals which extract the agents in your tires designed to prevent dry rot.  Movement from rotation and heat which occurs while driving on your tires helps to keep them healthy and ply-able.  Driving on your tires helps counter-act tire shine chemicals from drying out the rubber making up your tires.

After cleaning your car, wheels, tires, and waxing it; take it for a final drive.  Drive at least 15 miles to get the engine up to operating temperature.  This also ensures we get any excess water out from the cleaning process.  Towards the end of your drive, stop at a gas station and fill up to help prevent condensation from forming in your gas tank.  Buy a bottle of gas stabilizer and add it to your tank when you return home.

Once the tires are clean we want to pump up the pressure to 50psi.  Over inflating tires decreases the size of contact patch and helps minimize flat spotting (from not being driven).  I also recommend during storage to push the car forward or back an inch every other week.  Doing so also helps to prevent flat spots.

Porsche strongly recommends NOT starting your car unless it is going to be driven at least 15 miles.  Starting your car and just letting it idle creates condensation inside the engine.  It takes at least 15 miles of driving to get enough heat into the engine to burn off that condensation.  So if you do not plan to drive your car do not start it.  Otherwise you will be doing more harm than good as the condensation will just be sitting in your engine.  Not good.

Now that you have your tires inflated to 50psi, move your car into its storage location in your garage.  Do one final wipe down with a damp chamois or California Duster.

Next, plug in a Porsche Battery Maintainer.  There are many different kinds of battery maintainers out there but I have found Porsche ones work best.  Aside from being extremely simple to use, they plug into the cigarette lighter socket and have a long thin cord which fits between the door and door seal (so you do not have to leave a window down).  Then plug the maintainer into a wall outlet and it will turn on and off as needed.  Just set it and forget it.

Finally put a cover on your car and she is ready for hibernation!