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EDITOR Angela Manente 952.240.4292

SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING MANAGER Bob Tomlin 480.201.3881 EDITORIAL ASSIS TANT Andy Logan 602.980.2306 PRINTING Communiform 401 East Loyola Drive Tempe, AZ 85282 480.517.1790

MAILING LIST MANAGER Jason Bunting Membership Chair 612.245.1858 CONTRIBUTORS Danielle Badler Donny Blackburn Jason Bunting Rich Burke Lyle Capstick Mike Ferring Nancy Gossard Bruce Herrington Kathleen Kendler Jan Mackulak Dennis Parle Bill Phillips Tony Varvel



15.............. AZPCA Night Autocross Results 16 .............Social Media From YOU to AZPCA! 17.............. The Million Dollar Highway CF............. San Juan Tour - Ouray, Colorado 22.............. Spring Mountain Motor Resort 25.............. Book Reviews for Porschephiles 26.............. The Mountains Were Calling 27.............. May The Porsche Be With You 28.............. Optimum No Rinse Car Wash and Wax... 30.............. A Case For Coatings: New Chemistry Means... 34.............. Porsches and Pancakes at the Soul Cafe


6............... 2017/2018 Calendar of Events 9............... Region Events 10.............. Autocross 10.............. Drivers Education 11.............. Monthly Meetings 13.............. Porsches and Pancakes - The Thumb 14.............. Porsche Classic Partner Celebration - Porsche Chandler 24.............. 2017 West Coast Series - PCA Club Racing 29.............. Tech Tactics West 2017 BC............. Annual Holiday Party 2017


5............... President’s Corner 5............... Need to Order Name Badges? 8............... New Members and Anniversaries 9............... Social Media 12.............. From the Editor 12.............. Goodie Store 31.............. Arizona Region Board 31.............. Executive Appointees 32.............. Zone 8 Staff and Websites 33.............. Sponsor Index 33.............. Sponsorship Program

Cover: Million $ Highway Durango, CO Photo by Jan Mackulak

AZ.PCA.ORG Going Places is the official publication of the Porsche Club of America, Arizona Region and is published monthly. Written contributions and photographs are welcomed and can be emailed to the editor. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Arizona Region, its officers or members. Permission is granted to reprint any material herein provided full credit is given to the author and to Going Places. PORSCHE®, the Porsche Crest®, CARRERA®, and TARGA® are trademarks of Porsche AG. The editor shall reserve the right to edit and publish only those articles felt to be in the best interest of the members of the Porsche Club of America. THE DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES AND ADVERTISEMENTS SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION IS THE 15TH OF THE MONTH TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE MONTH OF PUBLICATION. Commercial advertising rates can be found in the back of this publication.

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President’s Corner Ly l e


017 has been an unusual year for your Board of Directors. The personal circumstances of two elected board members resulted in a number of changes. In addition to my moving from Vice President to President, changes include: •Bob Tomlin – moving from Director at Large to Vice President •Gary Solem – Moving from Director at Large to Secretary •Mike Labowitch – Joining the Board as a Director at Large •Dave Fisher – Joining the Board as a Director at Large I would personally like to thank each of these members for stepping into new roles with additional responsibilities. Their willingness to help out certainly makes it easier for all of the other Board members and ensures that your Board of Directors operates efficiently. We have an outstanding line-up of events this fall, and we are finding that events are filling up more quickly. Of note, the evening Autocross, held on September 16th reached capacity a week early and the Porsches to Prescott Bar-B-Q planned for September 23rd reached capacity almost two weeks before the event. Have a look at your calendars and identify events you would like to attend. Register early so that you are not disappointed. I had the opportunity to drop by the evening Autocross on September 16. What a great event! There were a variety of Porsche and non-Porsche participants with some very quick times being registered. Around the course, it is amazing the difference between running in daylight and under the lights. Track turns and cones come at you more quickly. Reflexes and learning the course are required skills. Your eyes are constantly adjusting as the next change in course direction materializes in your headlights. Before you know it, the run is completed. Kim Kemper and Rick Althouse have done a truly outstanding job organizing and running these events. Everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to experience an Autocross event.

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You may want to take note of some upcoming activities which still need to be posted and information provided: •The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships are coming on November 11th and 12th. Again this year, a small number of members will be able to display their cars and receive VIP passes to the event. It is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy some polo matches. •Porsche Chandler has been awarded the prestigious Porsche Classic Partner designation. They are only the 50th dealership to have been so recognized. Porsche Chandler is having a grand opening of their facility on November 18th. PCA members will be offered the opportunity to display their cars as part of the celebration. •Our Annual Holiday Party will be held at the Tatum Ranch Golf Course clubhouse on the evening of December 9th. This is always a popular event. Plan to join us for a wonderful evening including cocktail hour, dinner and a short program, followed by dancing. Watch for further information on these and other events at . Thanksgiving will be upon us before we know it. With all that is happening in the world, we truly have a great deal to be thankful for. All the best to you and your families for a safe and happy Thanksgiving celebration.


Need to Order New Name Badges? Send a personal check for $15 made payable to PCA Arizona Region per badge to: Betsy Andrade 2735 S. Spruce Mesa, AZ 85210 Include exact spelling with your order OR email Betsy the details: Badge orders are placed at the end of each month, and the engraver returns them in about two weeks. They will then be mailed to you. If you need your badge faster, this can be done for $20 per badge, following the same directions as above. Betsy can also be reached by text or voicemail at: 602-550-1212 G O I N G P L A C E S 811.2017

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2 0 17 / 2 0 1 8 C A L E N D A R O F EVENTS NOVEMBER 2017 2 Th 4 Sa 11-12 Sa-Su 13 Mo 18 Sa 18 Sa

Monthly Membership Meeting Porsches and Pancakes SAR - Inde Driver Ed - Wilcox Board of Directors Meeting Autocross AMP Skidpad Porsche Classic Grand Opening at Porsche Chandler

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Sa Sa-Su

Autocross AMP Skidpad PCNA Tech Session

DECEMBER 2017 (cont.) 3 6 9 11 15

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Drivers Education WHP Monthly Membership Meeting Holiday Party Board of Directors Meeting Going Places Deadline (Jan 18)

JANUARY 2018 3 We 15 Mo 27 Sa

Monthly Membership Meeting Going Places Deadline (Feb ‘18) Autocross AMP Skidpad

Editor’s Note: The date, times and details of AZPCA events may change at anytime. Always check the website at for the latest event information.

Attention AZPCA Members! The Arizona Region is in need of a Social Chair and Porsche and Pancakes Coordinator(s). These positions can easily be split amongst a couple of individuals. The social chair fills an important role by selecting a mix of social events that are responsive to the needs and interests of the Region’s membership. The coordinator(s) for PnP plan and schedule the monthly breakfasts at locations around the Phoenix area. There are already many favorite locations identified. Get in touch with Alma Stewart ( and/or Nancy Gossard ( for all the details. Please step up and fill one of these roles by contacting any Board Member.

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ARIZON A REGION MEMBERSHIP UPDATE 8 by Jason Bunting, Membership Chair




Tom and Connie Allum 2008 Silver Carrera 4S Coupe Fountain Hills, AZ Shad Hardy 2000 Black Boxster Roadster Tempe, AZ Mark Hubbard 1990 White 911 C2 Coupe Scottsdale, AZ Paul Marander 1976 911 S Copper Brown Metallic Coupe Gilbert, AZ Rita Moran 2007 Black / Navy 911 4 S Cabriolet Scottsdale, AZ Anton Nilsen 2008 911 Carrera Coupe Queen Creek, AZ Richard Pangrazzi 1999 Red Boxster Roadster Paradise Valley, AZ

HAPPY AZPC A ANNIVERSARY! Arizona Region AZPCA Members Celebrating November 2017 Membership Anniversaries

59 Years

Louis D. and Judith Kinney

43 Years Pete and Brenda Dressen

41 Years

James and Edwina Gibson Charles A. McKinney and Deborah Breide

39 Years Dick and Suzanne Petticrew

34 Years James Suter

20 Years Alan and Terry Roche

18 Years

Thomas L. and Carol Hettinger

Evan Pridham 2006 Seed Yellow Cayman S Coupe Chandler, AZ

16 Years

Greg and Deanne Ryan 2007 Artic Silver 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Cave Creek, AZ

14 Years

Roger Uhlich 2018 Siver 911 Turbo Cabriolet Evaston, WY

Frank Grimmelmann and Maria Del Carmen

Walter Gallagher and Helen Dowling Susan M. Kemper and Cameron Warren

John and Maggie Valiante 2002 Blue 911 Carrera Coupe Scottsdale

12 Years

Welcome to the Arizona Region! We look forward to meeting each of you in person at a future event.

9 Years

Mark and Debra Dreher

Robert and Betsy Wilder

8 Years ME MBER SH I P by the numbers 633 AZPCA Members

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Edward Garcia and Amy Lemire

6 Years

Paul and Debra Hamersly Reynaldo and Barbara Ramos David Wang

5 Years

Eric P. and Janice Schmidt

4 Years

Don and Yolanda Hom John MacFarlane

3 Years

Ed and Evelyn Chernoff Pancho and Stephanie Meyer

2 Years

Dr. Philip and Cindy Berger Russ and Pam Beyer Robin Boone Robert Burson Michael Browning Wytie Cable Mick and Colette Chandrani Jack and Denise Conroy Brian Cover Joe Deka Randy Eakin and Andrea Kolich Kirk and Marsha Forsythe Chris and Jessica Holm Tim and Lee Jordan Mary Humecke Bruce Matthews Ray and Christine Menard Kurt and Alice Meyer Edwin and Pat Nichols Sean O’Brien Herb and Ann Reynolds John and Claudia Schauerman Alan Smith and Marsha Wallace Ron Smith Dan Warner Mitch Waters Lloyd Wright Ray and Muriel Valle

REGION ANNOUNCEMENTS Arizona Region AZPCA Members Celebrating November 2017 Membership Anniversaries

1 Year David and Linda Payne Dr. Judith and Thomas Pester John Rorquist Barry and Connie Vlach Michael Wales

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8 Social Media – Are YOU Engaged? Jan Mackulak, Social Media Chair, Are YOU engaged in our Social Media? Read this months article to see how YOU can participate and show off YOUR stuff! FACEBOOK has 840 “Likes” and 824 “Follows”! Check out some member’s videos from events! TWITTER has 254 “Followers” and “Following” 279, 178 “Likes”. 500 tweets - videos are attracting more people to Twitter!


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NSTAGRAM has 325 “Followers” and “Following” 620 with 252 posts! Live videos and “Stories” now! PINTEREST has 79 “Followers” and “Following” 85. Did you see all the new Vanity Plates added from the Durango Trip!?

PERISCOPE has 25 “Followers” and “Following” 204. Turn on notifications so you can watch us live – Dbacks and Durango added! GOOGLE+ now at 15 “Followers” and “Following” 121. Go check out who we follow! I always find something cool!

YOUTUBE has 44 subscribers and 47 videos – go see the latest from the Dbacks vs the Cubs and the Durango Tour!

2017 Membership Meetings November 2 - Porsche North Scottsdale (Thursday night) December 6 - Lou Mainati’s Pizzeria Please RSVP on the website at

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Autocross 2017/2018 AUTOCROSS SEASON Saturday, November 18, 2017 AMP Skidpad Saturday, December 2, 2017 AMP Skidpad Saturday, January 27, 2018 AMP Skidpad Saturday, February 17, 2018 AMP Skidpad REGISTER ONLINE at

DRIVERS EDUCATION EVENTS Sunday, December 3, 2017 Wild Horse Pass West Track 8:00 am - 5:00 pm REGISTER ONLINE at AZ.PCA.ORG

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AZPCA Membership and Annual Meeting November 2, 2017 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Porsche North Scottsdale 18000 N. Scottsdale Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85054 The November Monthly meeting will be hosted by Porsche North Scottsdale. Our friends at the dealership provide a great evening of food and beautiful Porsches for our perusal. The evening’s agenda will include the election of our 2018 Board of Directors, review of past events and previews of upcoming club activities. RSVP using the link on our website at Please park in the back lot off Princess Drive...

Monthly Membership Meeting December 6, 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria 100 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

(In the Uptown Plaza on the northeast corner of Camelback and Central Ave) We have the entire outdoor patio booked for us (they have heaters if it is cool). This is amazing Chicago Style deep dish pizza. Lou Malnati’s is well known in Chicago. We are having the family plan which will include: Garden Salad with choice of dressing on the side Cheese, Cheese & Sausage, and Cheese & Pepperoni deep dish pizza (they offered to make a gluten free pizza if a few of you can’t handle gluten) Penne Pasta with Meat or Marinara Sauce (there is of course garlic and gluten here) I hope to see you all there so you can fall in love with their pizza, as I have. ** Remember to register using the link on our website at by December 3rd. **

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From the



ere we are into our wonderful fall season but as I prepare this month’s newsletter I am still cheering on our Arizona Diamondbacks to win the wildcard game and extend their season. Of course by the time the newsletter reaches you, the baseball season will be over one way or the other! Mark and I attended the Porsches to Prescott Picnic. What a great event. There are pictures out on our web site and an article will be in the next newsletter. It was a beautiful drive with the top down. Yes, we acquired a pre-owned Boxster S over the summer. Mark said, “We bought it for me”. I definately do enjoy driving it. We will both be attending a DE event this year. It has been a long time since I attended one back in Minnesota (1991). So looking forward to it! The winners of the Writer’s Drawing for the September issue of Going Places was Eric Schmidt, “Tech Inspection” and the October issue winner is Dwane Stewart, “62nd Porsche Parade in Spokane”. They will each receive a $24.00 credit on Motorsportreg, which is good for one year to use on any AZPCA activity. I am always looking for interesting articles, so if you have one send it my way.

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I want to acknowledge some of our loyal, long-time members celebrating AZPCA anniversaries for November: 59 Years - Louis D. and Judith Kinney 43 Years - Pete and Brenda Dressen 41 Years - James and Edwina Gibson Charles A. McKinney and Deborah Breide 39 Years - Dick and Suzanne Petticrew 34 Years - James Suter 20 Years - Alan and Terry Roche Your feedback and comments are always welcome. Just drop me an email at Come on out and have some fun! Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving.


Corrections & Clarifications Welcome New Members, July-August issue, page 8: Incorrect first names used for Mr. and Mrs. Johnsson. Should have been listed as: Staffan and Kristina Johnsson

Visit Your AzPCA Goodie Store Today! Order AzPCA apparel, gift items, and name badges.

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Porsches and Pancakes Saturday, November 4, 2017 7:30am - 10:00am The Thumb

(formerly known as Tom’s Thumb Campfire Bistro) 9393 East Bell Rd Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 (On the southwest corner of 94th Street and Bell Road, just east of the Ice Den in Scottsdale) 480.513.8186 Join us for breakfast at a gas station! Tom’s Thumb Campfire Bistro was featured on the Food Network’s show called Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (or as host Guy Fieri calls it… “Triple D!”). The episode still airs occasionally and is called Arizona All-Stars. Catch it if you can, as two of our AZPCA members appear in it! Our host Mike Lawson, The Thumb’s manager, has selected a number of breakfast entrees sure to please our group, including the Triple D-featured Pigs and Grits (Jer’s favorite: “I’ve had a lot of grits, but none like these!” and a Brisket Breakfast, Jan’s favorite: “I just can’t get enough!”). Order and pay from the main counter after you scope out a table, grab a coffee or latte at the coffee bar, maybe even a sweet treat or two to go, and wander around the market and be amazed at all the cool stuff. RSVP using the link on our website at

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AZPCA Night Autocross Results by Rick Althouse and Kim Kemper photo by Eric Schmidt


ey Autocrossers; Here are the results from Saturday night’s event (September 16th) at Bondurant's Lakeside road course. The Top Time of Day chart is organized from the fastest down. The good news - it was a sold out event! Unfortunately we had to turn a few people away, so remember to register early and not wait till the last minute! Conditions were good, it was not terribly hot and the facility was great. Thanks to the Bondurant staff and crew who took care of us. We had a few minor problems with timing as we are learning the capabilities of wireless and signal transmission, but overall the new system is fantastic. Congratulations to Dale for setting fastest time of night! Thanks to everyone who helped to set up and take down the course and pack away all of the equipment. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon at Arizona Motorsports Park.

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Social Media from YOU to AZPCA! by Jan Mackulak


his month I’d like to highlight how you can participate in posting live photos and videos to your followers and other members of the Club! Let’s start with the most used Social Media application. If you haven’t already, set up a Facebook account at From your personal account, make sure you “Like and Follow” the AZPCA Facebook page (type AZPCA in the search bar at the top to find it). It’s more fun if you have other friends you “Like” from the Porsche Club, so make sure they are in your Friend list. You can also invite your Friends to “Like” the AZPCA page. Next, you might have to go onto your computer to see the next items on your Facebook Page: - Under the Follow pulldown, enable In Your Newsfeed “Default” and Notifications “On” This will ensure you see an alert if AZPCA goes live in a video. Now let’s work on your side of letting others in the Club see your Porsche videos. - To do a Live Video, click on Post and Click on the option “Live Video.” - In the pop-up window that says Add an Optional Description, type in a brief title of what your live video is, including the letters @AZPCA which should bring up a line showing our Club’s logo and the words “Porsche Club of America, Arizona Region”. - Select that line which now creates a “Mention” in your description. A mention creates a link to the Clubs Facebook page, and alerts the manager of the page, me, that someone has “mentioned” the Club in a post. Now go ahead and finish up your Description, hit Done, then hit the button Start Live Video. Video for as long as you like, then click End, and you have actually done a real live video that people might have seen live. Then you will be asked if you want to keep your post, change your post so that just friends, the public, exceptions to friends, or just to you will see the video. You can also delete it. You can also select the Download icon so it will be saved to your camera roll on your phone. Now go ahead and hit the Post button so that more people will be able to watch it non-live (the video version).

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Try doing some live videos to test out this very cool feature. You can always set your privacy settings per video, and whether your video will post or will only be available while you are live (“Your Story” feature). You can also turn on and off the “Send Notifications” toggle, which sends an alert to your friends and followers when you share a live video. If this is all overwhelming, just remember to play around a bit at first, and if you goof up, you can always delete a Live Video on your timeline after the fact. Just ask me, and I’ll show you how fast you can clean up a mess – trust me, I’ve done my share! And please add a hashtag to your posts like #AZPCA or #AZPCAFlight40 or #Porsche so that others can search on those words and your posts come up! At the Night Autocross event in September, Eric Schmidt did quite a few of live videos on his Facebook page, which really demonstrated what goes on before and during an autocross. Eric’s best videos are from his GoPro and the best of these videos he posted to his YouTube channel, and then posted these video links and mentions the Club with a @AZPCA in his post. I get notifications that Eric has made a “Visitors Post” on the AZPCA page and I can “Share” them to our main timeline feed for all to see, or anyone can see them under the “Visitors Posts” on Facebook. Hopefully at our next Monthly Meeting we will showcase some of Eric’s awesome autocross videos! Thanks Eric. Just in case, you do miss the monthly meetings, please read what Eric posted on Facebook below, and you might be curious enough to go look for his video! “Great event last night at the Porsche Club of America, Arizona Region autocross. Just when I thought I had already pulled my fastest time and had resigned to the fact I wasn't going to improve anymore for the night, I manage my quickest lap on my very last run. It's ironic because mentally I had already checked out and was just driving for the fun of it. Turned all the nannies off and was just going to let it hang the ass end out a bit. Plot twist: the car just gripped... and gripped well. Did my best as usual to keep a tight line through the apexes and backside the cones and it turned out to be my best run.”

The Million Dollar Highway by Dennis Parle photos by Mike Ferring, Jan Mackulak and Dennis Parle


hank you, Rook and Debbie for organizing this great trip. It was FANTASTIC!

We headed out from Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Fountain Hills with 19 cars, right on time with two groups taking the Bee Line Highway up to Payson where we picked up our friends from Prescott and another 5 cars. Along the way, our lead car for the second group had a slight incident with the State Patrol - LOL. Apparently, if you are in the left lane of a passing lane going the speed limit next to a State Patrol car you have a dilemma. Either way, if you pass him you are speeding and if you stay in the left lane you can be ticketed for driving in the passing lane only. What?? It turns out that after a slight scolding and no ticket issued, we all hooked up just outside Heber. We arrived safely around 5pm at the Durango Double Tree. The accommodations were excellent. A small social gathering was held in the lounge, some dinner and off to bed. Monday was your day to choose the many tourist attractions Durango has to offer. Marcia and I chose the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It boasts that the railroad has been creating memories for 136 years. The reason for the narrow gauge tracks is that the curves along the way are so sharp a regular train could not make the turns. In some places along the way the train car is actually hanging over the edge! We chose a private enclosed car because it included a different local storyteller each way. It was very interesting. I am not sure there is a better way to see the beauty of the San Juan Mountains. When we arrived in Silverton it was time for lunch. Marcia and I chose the Shady Lady CafĂŠ, which was the home of the last legal brothel in Silverton. Silverton is a wonderful old time mining town with plenty of tourist shops.

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Our train ride home was just as fun, as this storyteller had some great ghost stories about the train museum. The private car turned out to be a good decision since we encountered a good hour of rain during our return trip. With Monday behind us the best part of the trip is was still in front of us. The drive on the Million Dollar Highway! (also known as U.S. Route 550) What beautiful scenery! Curvy roads, which we all looked forward to and were not disappointed – nothing too dicey – a bit of road construction keeping us under control – but a wonderland of scenic mountain views, it is hard to describe the beauty. We stopped along the way for photo ops and calls from mother nature in a small town called Ouray. A brief stop for sightseeing and making a statement for the locals as we all drove into this town all together! Several folks had their cameras ready. We continued on to Telluride where the rain hit us and all the beautiful Porsches went from shinny to soiled. The historic Strater Hotel was the choice for our banquet. Tuesday evening was a delight starting with drinks in the historic Strater Hotel bar, a four story Victorian era red brick hotel built on the railroad line. Constructed in 1887, the hotel has been beautifully restored to its original Victorian glory and reportedly is haunted. Period décor in the bar was outstanding, as was the meeting room where a buffet dinner was served. The food was hauntingly good, far above the standard banquet fare for large groups and the AZPCA crowd dug in and celebrated like hungry miners. For those of you that weren’t able to make this drive it’s well worth a special trip. Maybe, Rook and Debbie will plan another one for next year!

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Spring Mountain Motor Resort by Bill Phillips


recently appeared at Spring Mountain Motor Resort for my second year in a row of running with the PCA Las Vegas Region on a weekend at the end of May. It was a great deal of fun again, and I hope to repeat the exercise again next year. First, track rats like myself cannot understand Porsche owners that resist the temptation and pull to drive on the track. Just ask my neighbor, the proud owner of a 2006 Carrera S that has yet to experience the track. He continues to resist me, but I am confident his resistance will ultimately prove futile. I have been doing HPDE (High Performance Driver’s Education) off and on for decades, and find the drill completely enjoyable and rewarding. Yes, I need to manage frequent oil changes, brake pads, tire wear, etc., but I am slowly learning to "do it yourself" on most of these items, and the expenses are less than one might think. I write this article as part of my ongoing effort to entice all of you to join us at the track.

Spring Mountain is in Pahrump, Nevada, about 40 miles outside of Las Vegas. It is a membership/automotive country club type affair, similar to Inde Motorsports Ranch here in Willcox, Arizona. For the second year in a row now, I drove to Pahrump on Friday afternoon, ran the track on Saturday and returned to Phoenix that evening to spend the rest of the weekend with my “non-car person” wife. It is a bit of a long day, but well worth the experience. | 22 |

The Las Vegas Region rents Spring Mountain out for both days of the weekend. The track facility is completely “topof-the-line,” and offers condos at the track that are modern and very well-appointed. For those so inclined, you can do some grocery shopping in Pahrump, and set yourself up for a weekend of luxury and comfort along with your track time. The 2 mile road track features some moderate elevation changes and excellent road surface throughout. The modern facility utilizes a lighting system rather than corner workers, using lights rather than flags. I understand the facility runs different track configurations, however; the configuration we ran this year was identical to what we ran in May 2016. Attendance was a little lighter than last year, with an interesting variety of cars, including street cars, track cars and race cars. The later group included some Radicals and some spec Miatas.

The Las Vegas Region Drivers Education events feature a rather formal and lengthy drivers’ meeting, which I appreciate. Lots of good information from both a general and a track specific standpoint. They also utilize a mechanism to ensure that drivers do not easily get out on the track if they have not attended the drivers meeting. Moreover, for the first time, they previewed a mandatory supplemental drivers’ meeting following the first half hour session of each run group. This provided a useful way to get better introduced to run group members and to address on

track issues. Although I heard a little grousing from some veterans, the overall vibe was quite safety oriented…always a GOOD thing. The mandatory supplemental drivers’ meeting proved helpful for the Intermediate group that I ran in. One member elected to move down a group and some of us benefited from a review of the specific four passing zones. Most run groups enjoyed 30 minute sessions on Saturday. Here in Arizona, we most often run 20 minute sessions, but I am always up for longer sessions. As is often the case in the Southwest, numbers within the various run groups seem to dwindle as the afternoon goes on and temperatures elevate. For me, a bit of a mixed blessing, however; I did enjoy a lot of open, unencumbered track time later in the day. The event ran smoothly without any incidents. Please consider joining us at the track, even if just as an observer to check out the experience. Regardless of your age, experience or vehicle, if you appreciate these agile sports cars of ours, you will undoubtedly be thoroughly entertained. And who knows… you might just fall hook, line and sinker for the whole HPDE endeavor. It’s been known to happen!

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BOOK REVIEWS FOR PORSCHEPHILES by Bruce Herrington, Orange Coast Region



here are many authors who write books about Porches. Randy Leffingwell's is arguably the most prolific and comprehensive writer of books about these cars. Hard to believe how recently it seems that he was attending Riverside Region's Porsche Timeline and traveling around SoCal taking pictures of cars for inclusion in his book Porsche 60 Years! Now, we already and maybe a bit prematurely, have PORSCHE 70 YEARS coming to the book stores. This review is based on a pre-publication digital draft. Some specifics may change by the time the printed book hits the shelves. But overall, this is one of those must have books for any Porschephile. There is an Introduction followed by thirty-six chapters, starting with the 356-1 of 1948 and concluding with a foretaste of the Mission E of 2020. Though presented in chronological order, the chapters deal with 'topics', and often mix models together - “Chasing the Alphabet” covers the 356AC cars, but “New Materials” deals only with the 904. Each of these chapters is very readable and informative. Copiously illustrated and basically short, each chapter is eminently suited to the busy individual who must do recreational reading in snatches. In comparison with most books about 'Porsche', there is little about Ferdinand Porsche's childhood, his work for other companies, and his WWII activities. This is a book about the company Porsche, not the man Porsche. Typical of a Leffingwell book, the photography (by many different photographers) is outstanding and features more 'intimate details' than most books about Porsche automobiles. A nice touch (but possibly only in the electronic version) is that the chapter number is on upper left of left page; chapter name is on upper right of right hand page, making it easy to tell where one is in the book when casually perusing the material.

This feature is especially useful when hunting for a particular topic amongst the 36 chapters. Coverage of production vehicles is most comprehensive. Though individual chapters are short, such rare production vehicles as the America Roadsters, the 916 (even the two 8 cyl 914s for the founders of Porsche), and all the iterations of the 911 are well covered. This reviewer knows of no other book providing as comprehensive and concise a description of the entire Porsche catalog as does PORSCHE 70 YEARS Befitting a book about Porsche's history, there is extensive coverage of the race cars. The 550 and 718 Spyders, and the 917 935/6 cars are relatively well known, but unique coverage of some of the little known race cars, like the 804, is included as well. It explains why the 910 was created out of sequence, and the 904 Kangaroo cars are described, as are the differences in the fabrication techniques between the 904 and 906 'plastic' bodies. This book focused more on the engineering and the contributions of individuals than on race results, with with many descriptions of (and quotations from), the individuals involved This book tends to show the human side of the cars - the culture of their genesis, if you will. European (or maybe just modern in appearance), the layout of the book is itself a work of art, with an illustrated table of contents! PORSCHE 70 YEARS consists of 256 12 x 9-3/4 inch pages, with 200 color, 50 b-w photos. By the time you read this, the book should be available for $60.00 from your favorite book seller (ask for it), or from PORSCHE 70 YEARS there is no substitute by Randy Leffingwell, published: September 19, 2017 by Quarto Books, Minneapolis, MN

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The Mountains Were Calling by Danielle Badler


o here I was, again this year, at the annual Rocky Mountain Driving Experience. Two days of car-hopping and thrashing, with our base this year at the legendary Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, just below the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This is the premier event of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association (RMAP.) And all it takes to play is $50 in annual dues and documentation that you scribble automotive thoughts on some sort of regular schedule for some sort of broadcast or on-line medium or publication. Such a deal. For that you get two days of car driving and swapping, five-star accommodations and meals. And you wonder why I keep toiling as a scribe? Let’s start with my pick for the most fun. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport. With a Carbon package, which added almost 50% to the MSRP. But who cares. This is what I care about. You get in and, after just a few tweaks of the seat controls, steering and mirrors … oh yes, the words “I can drive this very fast” came to mind. Last year I had the same revelation in the M2 BMW. The first time I ever experienced this phenomenon was in the ‘80s when I sat in a Ferrari Boxer at a car show. Later I learned that, at least for me, all Ferraris are like that. Same for Porsches. Or at least the Porsche cars. Although this year neither Ferrari nor Porsche sent anything. Bummer. The Vette didn’t disappoint. I’m not a fan of the exterior styling, of all the slits and slots, regardless whether the carbon fiber is real or not. It’s just too boy racer for me, too inorganic. But the good news is you don’t dwell on those issues when you’re behind the wheel. You just go. Biggest surprise of the event? Actually I thought there were two surprises. First, the new Toyota Camry. Yeah, I know. But bear with me. Until this event, the extent of my experience was with pablum pods, bearing the Camry name, at car rental kiosks. Here’s what happened at the event. I drove up from Denver in the Lexus GS F sedan. All 467 hp and an MSRP of $87,000+. The thing easily hounded some very fast cars, all along the way. Then. at the event, I got into the Camry XSE V6 with 301 hp from a 3.5 liter V6 and an MSRP in the mid 30s. Was it less than half the Lexus? No, more like 80%, or more. I couldn’t believe it. I’ll have to remember, next time I’m renting. The other brain shatterer was the RAM 1500 Night Edition. Now, as daily drivers I really don’t get trucks at all. In fact, I get them even less than bloated SUVs. The worst to me is, if you’re in a Porsche, or any sports car, there’s just no way to see ahead or around them without hugging the left side of the lane. Which is a royal pain. And dangerous.

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But, at the RMAP event, a friend, who’s opinions I value, kept cajoling me. He kept saying I should actually try it, really. I should go ahead, clamber up, and get in. So I did. And I “unleashed” all 395 hp through an eight-speed transmission, working the optional air suspension, which is a rarity in this category. And it handled. I mean, it had a lot of “road hugging weight.” It didn’t “turn on rails,” or whatever the modern cliché is. But it stayed planted, of a piece, with minimal bloated belching. I could actually drive it and not feel like I was steering a land yacht. Was it that air suspension? Don’t know. I mean, I could have asked someone but, let’s be real, there were other cars to drive. Like the BMW 530e. I got in, buckled up, set the mirrors, hit the start button and … nothing happened. I hit the start button again and … nothing happened. A third time … nothing happened. Then, a pause and, idiot! I shocked myself into realizing the electric motor was actually on. You moron, I intoned, as I motored, silently, out of the parking lot. Drove two AMG Mercedes. They felt great. I mean, why not? Same for the Subaru WRX STi, although it still felt as raw as last year’s model, which I drove last year. The Acura TLX didn’t really feel like a 3-Series replacement, but rather as a semi-viable alternative. Same for the Alfa Giulia. The Honda Civic SI was an interesting experience, especially after I told the rep I drove a VW Golf R as my daily driver. He started extolling the Type R, which sounded great. But we were in an Si, which just didn’t compare, at least to me. Maybe next year…. As for future tech, a lot of the vehicles had lane departure warning systems, which actually intercede to move you gently back into your lane, hands off the wheel. Couple that with active cruise, and you’re a long way toward techno-take-over, circa 2017. Then there’s the Jaguar F-Pace, which handled reasonably well for an SUV, oh-by-the-way. But the interesting thing about the big cat was that it came equipped with facial recognition. That’s right. It recognizes you. And recognizes if you seem, say, drowsy. The vehicle can then keep itself from starting, or stop itself. Oh, I also drove the Miata GT RF. I can report that, with the hardtop retracted and the windows up, and the cabin was very comfortable. Way to go, Mazda. And the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody. Which did handle a mite better than the last two Hellcats I’ve driven, although these things are relative. But the best was following the beast in the Miata, top-down. What a sound track.

There you have it. The host hotel was the model for Stephen King’s The Shining. But nobody reported anything psychotropic. That was a good thing. Drive on!

May The Porsche Be With You by Donny Blackburn


s Porsche enthusiasts our passions come from different places….

Porsches are collected. Restored or preserved by individuals who find life in older cars. The values today reflect the collectability of those older Porsches. Early turbos are bringing well over $500K. 911’s have climbed into a new range that were dreamed. The love of these collectables is a true Porsche Passion. Rather a hobby builder or a seasoned pro this is a vary satisfying path. Porsches are drivers… Properly maintained Porsches are dependable and often gain in value over the years. For a driver, the cars are everything from a daily driver to a dedicated track car. Most are in between. Solid daily drivers that deliver that true driving experience every time you get in. Once one chooses to keep the cars garaged, seldom driven (to keep the mileage down) and kept in pristine condition. The only reason to deny yourself the pleasure of driving a Porsche, to maintain a value, says that car will be for sale. Drivers will typically find that “right car” eventually and keep it for a long time. This category of Porsche owner/driver is probably the most common. All Porsche drivers are racers… Racing starts at the most basic level with Porsche drivers. Not racing as such but running some mountain and canyon byways with like minded friends. This teaches you how to handle your car better and brings up confidence in your ability to maintain control.

Track day... DE (driver’s education) sessions with the PCA allow you to get out on a real race track (usually a road course) and test both your and the car’s limits. You can have an instructor to ride along and help you make the most out of your car’s ability. The best part is there is NO fender slapping. You are very unlikely to damage your car at a DE. AutoX... Is a favorite of many Porsches owners. Session are PCA sponsored and professionally run. Helmets are required. Here you race against time. Very tight turns, through the cones, and wide open dashes make this an exciting, tire smoking day of fun. Most PCA Regions will usually hold these popular AutoX events. Club Racing... Is the next level many select Porsche owners’ love. This is always very exciting, although some contact is possible. Cars in this category tend to be high end, track prepared and driven by owners with the skills to compete at this level. Club Racing events occur all around the country. Porsche Factory and Private race teams... They are our elite. These drivers show us every week what these cars can be capable of doing on a professional raceway. Many of us only see or get close enough to this level of Porsche racing experience on TV, videos or at huge Porsche events like Rennsport Reunions and scheduled pro circuit racing. There is a Porsche and a Porsche Passion for everyone. Now get out there an Drive!

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Optimum No Rinse Car Wash and Wax A First Hand Review by Rich Burke


hile living in Northern California, I had become water conscious, and moving to Prescott hasn't changed my attitude. I have been looking for a way to wash our Porsche and conserve water at the same time. I saw a product called Optimum Car Wash and Wax. It is a no rinse car wash product. It has a combination of polymers that trap the dirt from the cars surface. I did so-me research and watched some demos on YouTube (https://www. I decided to buy the product from Amazon. Our Porsche got that dirty road film in the rain, when we attended the January Porsches and Pancakes.

I have been anxious to try the Optimum Car Wash, but it had been too cold for me to get out to wash the Porsche. Today (January 31st), the temperature climbed all the way to 61°, warm enough to wash the car. I decided to use the two bucket method to wash the Porsche. A small bucket for the wash mix and a larger bucket to rinse the dirt from the sponge.

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I first went over the Porsche with a California Duster to remove the loose dirt. Armed with two buckets, two 16 x 16 microfiber towels, a microfiber sponge and the Optimum Car Wash and started on the Porsche. I worked from top down, section by section. Washed over an area then wiped it dry with the microfiber towel. I did all the exterior surfaces including glass, rubber and plastic. As the sponge got dirty I rinsed the dirt out in a rinse water bucket. Then into the car wash bucket, wrung out the sponge and back washing. The process was effortless, no hard scrubbing or rubbing.

I was very pleased with the results. The product removed the dirt, left a clean surface and (most importantly) did not leave any spider web or swirl marks. The Optimum product is economical as well. The directions say to mix 1 ounce to 2 gallons of water. I used about a quarter ounce to half a gallon of water. When I finished there was more than enough wash mix to do my wife's Honda and our neighbor's Mercedes. Please note: I am relating my experience with this product. I am NOT selling this product, nor have any interest (financial or otherwise) in this product.

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A Case for Coatings: New Chemistry Means Better Protection by Tony “Concorso” Varvel, Maverick PCA Region


ver the years, we’ve all watched the advancement of many products and technologies and have learned the hard way, many times, that most of the “technology” is nothing innovative at all. Rather, an adjustment in labeling or claim, a new bottle, and there you go; a new choice on the shelves. That being said, every once and while, a product comes along that is a legitimate advancement. In car care, quartz or ceramics coatings are the current discussion. Coatings technologies offer a combination of great looks and durability with an emphasis on durability. Waxes and synthetic polymers are usually good for 3-6 months, while coatings are good for 1-5 years depending on manufacturing and application requirements. Coatings bring a smaller, tighter molecular structure to the composition and thereby offer a more complete surface protection. No matter the manufacturer, the preparation process is critically important to the effectiveness of the coating. So let’s look at some of the basics in coatings prep. A good two-bucket wash is first. Blow dry if possible; otherwise, take clean microfibers and a little instant detailer, then wipe dry. The instant detailer will help clean a little more and offers lubricant to prevent further marring while drying. Now is a good time for a thorough close inspection of your paint. You can kill two birds with one stone by inspecting while claying or using a surface prep mitt on the paint. Many times, I can feel flaws in the paint more easily than than I can see them. Once prepped and areas for correction are identied, it’s time to start determining the best products and equipment for the job. Here’s a perfect example of when not to get in a hurry. Using the least aggressive materials possible, pick an obscure problem spot on the car and test your thinking. Polishes, microfiber discs, and foam pads come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and compositions, with all producing differing combined results. More patience is required here. After determining the right products to use, I start the actual correction of the paint. Working in 2 x 2 sections, I work over the surface of the entire car, while inspecting results constantly. Always be mindful of where you are on the car while working. Edges, intakes, fender folds, and other design features can be very fragile. Extreme caution is needed to prevent detailing disaster. Once paint is burned or polished through, the finish is damaged. No going back, so please exercise the utmost caution when working through the process. It may sound funny, but it is very easy to get “lost” in the work, and hitting a thin spot or weak edge can happen in the blink of an eye. Taping off questionable areas can save the worry as well. | 30 |

After polishing is completed, another round of cleaning is required. Most of the coating manufactures offer a final surface cleaner prep as part of the process. It is imperative that you cover every square inch of the surface intended for coating. Residue of any type left on the paint surface will only inhibit the bonding of the coating to the paint. Once the surface is clean, you are ready to apply the first layer of coating product. Applying a coating may be can be as straight forward as spraying the product onto a microfiber cloth and wiping on, or liquid dripped onto a felt-covered sponge and applied in multiple layers. Either way, you can achieve great results. The key is to go slow and be very patient. Keep a keen eye on the exact area you are working on and make sure to finish that spot before moving on to the next. Once a coating is applied, you need to let it cure for at least 24 hours before exposing it to the elements or other cleaners. Once cured, a coating is extremely resistant to breakdown from degreasers and other heavy cleaners, and the impact resistance to bugs is unbelievable. The coating technologies offer great long-term protection for your paint and other car finishes. That does not mean that they are self-cleaning and can be neglected, but with a little help from us, the coatings make clean up a snap for the entire vehicle, while offering signicant protection from Saturday morning wipe downs with your favorite detailing spray, as well as protection from the abuse of the local machine car washes. There is also a great amount of interest in the use of coatings designed specially for your wheels. With the powerful brakes on your Porsche, you pay the price of a lot of brake dust. And yes, the rim coating products available do an amazing job of reducing brake dust build-up and make cleaning much easier. Pound for pound, coatings are the best the auto care industry has come up with for overall maintenance. They are well worth the time and effort to really protect your investment. I’ll leave you with a few words of wisdom from the great Benjamin Franklin. He once said, “A little knowledge can be a dangerous weapon.” So be very careful and mindful that these are all imperfect sciences, and an abundance of caution is vital to a successful result. Until then . . . “Detail On!”.


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SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM The sponsorship programs were designed to allow our current and new advertisers and sponsors a simple way to choose a program that will include internet exposure, print ads, and sponsorship opportunities all for one simple investment. The sponsorship program has six tiers: Starter - $250 Includes one small website banner on the Events and the Going Places digital magazine page of our website, rotating with other sponsors, and one black & white business card ad in the Going Places publication. Bronze - $500 Includes one medium-sized website banner on the Events and Going Places digital magazine page of our website, rotating with other sponsors, and one quarter-page black & white ad in the Going Places publication. Silver - $1000 Includes one medium-sized website ad on the main page of our website rotating with other sponsors, and one half-page black & white ad in the Going Places publication. Gold – $2000 Includes one large vertical ad on the front page of our website rotating with other sponsors and one full-page black & white ad in the Going Places publication. Platinum - $5000 Includes one large static front-page ad on our website, one full-color half-page ad in our Going Places publication, and other promotional and sponsorship benefits. Diamond -$10,000 Includes one large static ad on the front page of the website, an embedded video, one full-color, full-page inside cover ad in our Going Places publication, prime sponsor position with banner for Flight, and other promotional benefits and speaking opportunities. It is the responsibility for each sponsor to develop and design their unique promotional ads. Sponsors must submit their own artwork electronically for ads in gif, pdf, jpeg or swf (for website ads) formats. New sponsorships will run yearly, and investment will be pro-rated for any new sponsor who commits mid-year. All website ads will be viewed only by Arizona Porsche Club members and therefore will not be accessed until the member logs into the website. The acceptance and display of advertising in this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the advertiser or product by the Porsche Club of America, Arizona Region. AZPCA reserves the right to refuse to print any ad it deems inappropriate. Sponsorships must be prepaid. Staff reserves the right to change rates upon notice at any time. Contacts: Bob Tomlin -- Sponsorship Requests and Tier Details Sponsorships and Advertising Manager Phone: 480.201.3881 E-mail:




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Porsches and Pancakes at the Soul Cafe by Nancy Gossard


hen Desert Ray’s Cafe suddenly closed just weeks before our September Porsche and Pancakes breakfast was scheduled, we had a momentary panic. But not to worry. We called a long time Porsches and Pancake favorite, The Soul Café, and they stepped up and rescued us. “No problem”, they said. So about 58 of us met on Saturday, September 9th for a delicious breakfast with great service and the setting was perfect. I didn’t remember that patio, but we had plenty of room and it was sun protected. The weather was nice so we were able to sit outside in total comfort. It was just what we needed. Please join me in thanking Sheila Bryson, owner, and her staff for a great morning. As always, when Porsche friends get together, there was a lot of car talk, a lot of mingling and did I mention a lot of delicious food. Hope to see you next time.

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To celebrate our

5 Year Anniversary Mcilvain Motors has expanded!

We now oďŹ&#x20AC;er the same great service and lowest prices in the state for all PORSCHE models and most VW/Audi and BMW.

For more info visit or give us a call at 480-968-2858 today Porsches and Pancakes at the Soul Cafe - photos by Nancy Gossard

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AZPCA Going Places November 2017 Newsletter  

Porsche Club of America - Arizona Region monthly newsletter

AZPCA Going Places November 2017 Newsletter  

Porsche Club of America - Arizona Region monthly newsletter

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