January 2010 Newsletter of the Gold Coast Region - Porsche Club of America Newsletter of the Gold Coast Region - Porsche Club of America
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A monthly publication of the Gold Coast Region Porsche Club of America
2011 911 GT3 RSR Read more on page 11.
Roger Fabel 648 NW 100 Lane Coral Springs, FL 33071 (954) 752-2501 (954) 752-6180 fax E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Tarter Dan Smithyman Steve Kidd Jerry Daily Joyce Minnich Roger Fabel Michael Grant Pedro Bonilla Beena Kohly
Photographers & Artwork Roger Fabel Cynthia Fluhart Kirk Giannola
An Experience to Consider.......................................... 8 Charity at the Gold Coast Holiday Party...................... 8 Autocross Schedule & Update.................................... 9 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.............................................. 11 GCR Holiday Party.................................................... 12 Fancy Florida Feasts................................................. 27 Tech Corner............................................................... 28 From the Members: Felix the Car.............................. 30 Kassette Back Issues................................................ 32
Coming Events GCR Events Calendar................................................. 5 Drivers Education Next Event................................... 15 Drivers Education Update......................................... 16 Tuners SwapShop GCR Social................................. 20 GCR Spring Fling Picnic............................................ 20 Drivers Education Schedule...................................... 22
Roger Fabel Stan Pearlman
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Departments 2010 Who’s Who......................................................... 6 Presidents Corner....................................................... 7 Editor’s Notes............................................................ 10 New Members........................................................... 19 GCR Classified.......................................................... 23 Advertiser Index........................................................ 34
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Gold Coast Region Calendar January 2011 6 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 8-9 PBIR DE Instructors School 15 Key Largo Drive & Brunch 23 Autocross BAC 29 100 Years of Cars Charity 29-30 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
February 2011 3-6 48 Hours at Sebring Club Race 5 AutoCross Sebring 10 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 19 Tuner’s Social / Swap Meet 11:30 26-27 Sebring DE GCR & SCR
August 2011 1-6 Parade (Savanna) 11 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 13 Indoor Social Palm Beach 20 Indoor Social (Broward)
March 2011 3 Board Meeting 13 Autocross 14-15 DE Sebring 16-19 Sebring 12 Hour Race 27 GCR Spring Fling Picnic
September 2011 1 BOD Meeting 7pm 2-5 Rennfest (Georgia) 10 Rally (Dade) 17-18 DE Sebring 24 Pot Luck (Broward)
October 2011 6 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 8-9 Bay Bottom Crawl 22 DE Homestead 29 GCR Haloween Party Briny Pub
2011 3 AutoCross 7 BOD Meeting 7pm 10 LaPlaya Lunch (Dade) 16-17 DE Homestead 23 Gulfstream Social 29 TCF Car Show
2011 1 Autocross 5 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 14 Pot Luck (Dade) 21 Rally (Broward) 27-30 Zonefest Suncoast 50th
2011 7 9 23 31
November 3 5-6 20
Board of Meeting 7pm Indoor Social (Dade) DE Homestead “Evening” 1st day of Parade (Savannna)
2011 BOD Meeting Briney Pub 7pm PBIR DE PCA Mandarin Concours Social
December 2011 1 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 10 GCR Holiday Party (Signiture Grand)
2011 2 Board of Directors Meeting 7pm 5 AutoCross 11 PBIR DE PCA “Evening” 18 Dolphin Drive and Dine 25 Indoor Social (Broward)
Check our web site www.goldcoastregion.org for the latest updates to our events calendar.
Gold Coast Region Whoâ€™s Who * Newly elected members for 2011.
Officers President Steve Kidd 954 946-3196 firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member Stan Pearlman 561 451-3427 email@example.com
Club Race Co-Chair / Past Pres Dan Smithyman 954 344-8857 DanSmithyman@bellsouth.net
Vice President Michael Grant 954 540-1169 firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member Dottie Kidd 954 946-3196 email@example.com
1st Alternate * Beena Kohly 954 682-7838 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Cynthia Fluhart 305 829-8502 email@example.com
Board Member * Pedro Bonilla 954 385-0330 Pedro@PedrosGarage.com
2nd Alternate * Richard Diaz 305 829-8502 Slalomrich@yahoo.com
Treasurer * David Tabony 561 847-7171 David@dktcpa.com
Board Member / Chief of Tech * Bob Varela 954 746-0488 foreignaffairsmotorsports.com
Chairman and Registrar Positions DE Chairman Michael Grant 954 728-8663 Mrgrantone@aol.com
Autocross Chairman Alex Ortega, Jr 561 847-1876 firstname.lastname@example.org
DE Registrar Christal Smithyman 727 259-4915 email@example.com
AutoCross Registrar Dottie Kidd 954 946-3196 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Instructor/Saftey Chairman Mike Tarter 561 752-1672 Mike.Tarter@comcast.net
Membership Chairman Jerry Daily 561 747-4959 Poorish911@aol.com
Social Committee Palm Beach
Jerry Daily 561 747-4959 Poorish911@aol.com
WWWebmeister Laz Ortega 305 215-5337 email@example.com
Broward Beena Kohly 954 682-7838 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dade Cynthia Fluhart 305 829-8502 email@example.com
Zone Representative Jennifer Barrows 407 701-4333 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kassette Editor Roger Fabel 954 752-2501 email@example.com
Steve Kidd - President, GCR
Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!!! By the time you read this, most of the celebrating will be over and we’ll be well into the New Year. When I sat down to write this article I couldn’t decide whether to recap the highlights of 2010 or focus on GCR’s plans for 2011.My final decision was to talk about both, abet briefly, and spotlight the most important event at year end….our Holiday Party. Wow…. what a great holiday party we had at Galuppis on December 11! The event ran like clockwork, lots of awards and surprises were handed out and a great time was had by all. Two charities, The Sheridan House and The Broward Children’s Center, were both beneficiaries of generous GoldCoast Region member’s gifts and contributions. Here’s how it worked….Guests were asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for distribution to needy kids @ Sheridan House and the response was overwhelming. Our Primary charity, however, was aimed at severely disabled children who reside at the Broward Children Center and typically do not have the support network of other larger organizations. To that end, much thanks and appreciation goes to our Kassette advertisers who stepped up and offered gifts and gift certificates that were raffled off in a series of drawings. In addition to our Kassette advertisers, thanks are in order to Kent and Laura Monroe for securing the gifts, selling the tickets and conducting the drawings. After the party, Dottie Kidd and Beena Kohly went shopping for the 35+ children with the drawing proceeds and were able to buy 2 gifts for each child from a list furnished by the Children’s Center. The finale came when Dottie and Barbara Kidd loaded up their pick-up truck with toys and played Ms. Santa, delivering welcomed holiday gifts to the needy kids. Thanks are also in order for Sherry and Roger Fabel who assisted with onsite registration and set-up, and Cynthia Fluhart who worked out the logistics, food and beverage arrangements, promotion and photography. Electronic registration again proved to be the way to go for keeping these tasks tidy and the financial aspects accurate and fully accountable. Since I’m on a roll, I better mention the recipients of the major awards: GCR Family of the year…The Ortega’s. GCR Enthusiast of the year…. Laz Ortega. GCR Rookie of the year….Ed and Beena Kohly. In addition, special recognition awards were conferred to the following individuals for their years of service, leadership and contributions to GCR: Mike Tarter, Kyle Rathbun, Jerry Daily and Diana Hansen. AutoX class winners were recognized with cool trophies and a special group of elite Autocross workers who do all the “grunt” work before, during and after the events were recognized with a commemorative T-shirt, courtesy of Autohaus South. At the conclusion of the evening GCR President and emcee for the party, Steve Kidd, recognized the 2010 Board members, officers and committee chairs with a special gift and introduced the 2011 Club Officers and Directors. Now on to the promised recap of 2010 and a look into 2011. What was great about 2010 • We got a real website. Yep It’s top shelf, first class and improving every time I check it out. This should be a hands down winner at the Parade website contest at Savannah this summer….Thanks again Laz
We reintroduced tours, drives and rally to the next level. Yes thanks to Team Kohly ( Fred, Ed and Beena) this component of our core program received fresh blood, great ideas and resulted in well attended events that brought out members that were never seen at other events. Some of our highlights were the Tour/rally to Muscle Car City and the Collier Museum… Team…Keep these fabulous events coming in 2011 • We reintroduced Swap meets and our 1st event turned into a not only a buy/sell forum, but also a social, meet/ greet and party, complete with door prizes and other goodies. Thanks again to Mike and the Tuners folks for sponsoring this event. This was also Beena’s 1st event as Broward social chair… what a great start! • Our AutoX program continued to add technology, offer challenging courses at a super venue with a focus on helping newcomers learn the ropes and offering more runs that almost any other program in the country. While Dottie stayed on as Registrar and Steve stayed on as Chief Autox instructor and course designer, Alex Ortega Jr. assumed the role of Autox Chair and did a great job his rookie year. • Our DE program continued to offer both 1 and 2 day events, at 3 different tracks with expanded passing in the advanced group. Our instructors are some of the best in the business, and as always safety and customer satisfaction are a big part of what makes our DE program special…Thanks again Mike, Christal & Josh. • Our socials continue to be popular, well attended and cover venues throughout our large geographic area. This year we added new events that incorporated a scenic drive such as our Clewiston Brunch, as well as integrated concours into a social such as with the well-liked Mandarin event. We also introduced electronic registration thru clubregistration.net to socials, eliminating cash handling and simplifying record keeping. Jerry Beena and Cynthia…a job well done • Improvement and refinement of our newsletter, the Kassette (great job Roger) and Club Race at Sebring (Dan…you’re right on track….no pun intended)…And new member welcome packets… gracias Dottie Well..I’m out of space and out of time so I’ll have to give you run down of what’s in store for 2011 next month. I can tell you this…. the big event for 2011 will be the Porsche Parade in Savannah running from July 31-August 6. Start planning now and try to register the 1st day that registration opens on March 8th .I’m told this will be the last time for quite a few years that the parade will be within a day’s drive. Lets make Goldcoast the region to beat at Parade… See you there. •
An experience to consider
by Steve Kidd
Do you have one of those demanding jobs that does not allow you to get to the racetrack on weekends, or if you can get some weekend time, you can’t commit a whole day. How would you like to have track time on your schedule? ….Say have a 4 hour block of time and you can pretty much spend most of it on the track rather that 20 minute sessions? Such an opportunity exists right in our back yard…. That’s right…An organization called the Palm Beach Driving Club offers such an prospect .Typically a small group of Gentleman/member “track junkies” meets at Palm Beach International Raceway between 6:00-10:00pm most Wednesdays and some Sundays evenings for what I would call open track time. Several Goldcoast members were invited as guests one Wednesday evening in October to try this out and report our experience. The evening started out with some open track time for about 45 minutes and then a casual buffet dinner was offered. The atmosphere was very low key and we introduced to Shane Lewis, the Track Pro who is there much of the time to offer advice, coaching and assistance. Another key staff member is Ken Fengler, a Goldcoast Region Past president and Vice President of the Club was on hand to welcome us and provide information about the Palm Beach Driving Club. Well after the brief refueling it was back to the track. Much of the time there are no other cars around me. It was safe low-key and not overly structured and most of all fun. Overall, the experience was GREAT! While this convenience does have a price, everyone need s to consider the value of their time. To see if this option is right for you, please visit their website at palmbeachdrivingclub.com or give a call to Ken a call at 561-578-5628 to discuss prices and a possibilities of visiting one of their sessions as a guest.
Charity at the Gold Coast Holiday Party
by Dottie Kidd
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the Gold Coast members that not only attended our Holiday Party and Awards dinner, but also brought toys for the Sheridan House for Single Mothers and participated in the raffle to raise money for the Broward Children’s Center in Pompano Beach. Thanks to Kent Monroe’s untiring efforts to contact our advertisers, there were many items to raffle which included such things as oil changes, alignments, parts, products and services as well as track driving/riding, DE and autocross certificates. Our thanks also to our advertisers and others who so generously provided items for the charity raffle. The contributors included Champion Porsche, Ernie Bello Motorsports, Foreign Affairs, KMW Motorsports, Palm Beach Driving Club, Pedro’s Garage, Tuners Motorsport, Jay Putnam Engineering and Autohaus South, The Briny Pub, Nieda Pearlman and the our DE and Autox programs. The Broward Children’s Center is actually a nursing home for children who are disabled and need 24 hour care. These children are unable to leave because of their medical condition and ages range from as young as three months to age 21. We were able to obtain a “wish list” for the 35 children living there who asked for items such as CD’s, DVD’s musical toys or books and clothing. With the proceeds from the raffle we were able to provide gifts for the 35 children, all wrapped with their individual names. The gifts were delivered in time for Christmas and from what we were told, this made the holiday extraordinary for a group of special needs kids that might not have had the type of presents they really wanted!
by Alex Ortega Jr, Autocross Chair
2010 Autocross Schedule January 23
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GOT HELMENTS? Please donate your old helmets to the Autox Here’s our typical event timetable for most events…Set up starting around 6:00AM, Final check-in / tech 7:15AM-8:15 ONLY, novice walk thru at 9:30AM, driver meeting at 9:45 and first car out around 10:00. We plan on 5-10 runs depending on weather, # of participants and lot closure time, as well as other variables beyond our control. We do not stop for lunch, but there is time to grab a bite during your rest shift. We also provide instructors and loaner helmets to new comers to make your first AutoX a low stress learning experience. We recommend that you bring a lunch and lots of liquid. We generally have water for sale on site but no food. Sorry, no alcoholic beverages during the event. Members must bring their PCA card to get the special $30 price…All others pay $40. Here’s our proposed schedule for the 1st half of 2010,which has been confirmed, but subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.
News, reminders and 2010 updates: Everyone is now required to pre register. The preferred way is on line at Clubregistration.net…You may also pre pay/ pre register by sending in the AutoX registration form / check to Dottie Kidd PO BOX 5606 Pompano Beach, Fl 33074. If we do allow on-site Registration, a $10.00 late fee will be charged. Call Alex at (561) 8471876 with any registration issues. A “roll-over” may be provided if you miss an event and call at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event with a valid reason and pay a $10.00 administrative fee. If we do allow an onsite entry, a $ 10.00 Late fee is mandatory. Please consult the GCR web site and Kassette for all Autocross photos & results. Porsche classes are loosely based on the PCR’s for medium size regions, with minor regional adjustments. The major difference will be the addition of NM (novice men) and NW (novice women) classes. These classes are strictly for new comers only …no prior Autox ,DE, or other motorsport experience. Please see Steve for any car class questions or if you wish to run in a novice. We reserve the right to make additional class/rule changes as needed. Our 2010 series will be based on 7 events. To be eligible for an end of the year award, competitors must run in at least 4 events in the same class. Each competitor’s top 4 finishes will be calculated and an end of the year class champion and possibly runnerup (depending on class size) will be chosen. In case of a tie, additional events will be added until the tie is broken. Year end champion trophies will be presented at the December Holiday Party, along with A-team and other special recognition awards.
Roger Fabel - Editor for all they do to make these events happen. We are always looking for volunteers to help with events. If you live in Palm Beach county and would like to coordinate the socials in that area, please contact a board member for more information.
Welcome to the Die Porsche Kassette, a monthly magazine of the Gold Coast Region of PCA. If you have a Porsche related story that you would like to share with photos, please e-mail the information so we can place it in the “From Our Members” section in the Kassette. Please limit articles to one page. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year. Last year was great but 2011 looks to be full of many more PCA events that should provide our members with a full calendar of events. We have planned about the same number of Autocross and DE events but our driving and social events will almost double that of previous years. Please check the calendar on page 4 and also the GCR web calendar for the most up to date information. As you read this issue we will have conducted six events during this month. We are also providing more events in the tri counties to save some cross driving; in some months we are providing two social in two different counties. I would like to thank our social committee
The Sebring 48 Hour Club Race is planned for the first weekend of February 2011. The volunteer positions are being accepted on line at
Sign up now and don’t miss the best Porsche club race in the world. Hope to see you at this world class event. If you are a new member, welcome to Gold Coast. We hope to see you at the next event. If you have any questions about the club please call one of our board
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
2011 Version of the World’s Most Successful GT Race Car Debut at Porsche “Night of Champions”
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR takes off into the new motorsport season with significant modifications. The 2011 version of the world’s most successful GT race car celebrated its international premiere at the “Night of Champions” party held at the R&D Center in Weissach to mark the end of the 2010 motorsport season. Priority in the further development of the GT3 RSR was given to the newly designed aerodynamics at the front and rear, changes to the suspension kinematics and to the engine. The 4.0-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine now delivers 455 hp (355 kW) at 7,800 revs, five horsepower more than its predecessor. The power increase results from an engine management system which adapts even better to different fuel grades, as well as a redesigned exhaust system and a modified air intake housing. Moreover, the drivability of the famously efficient engine has undergone further improvements. Maximum revs remain unchanged at 9,400 rpm. Clearly visible are the modifications to the front. A new front lip provides higher downforce at the front axle. The front wheels are now wider with the rims growing from 11 to 12 inches giving additional grip and less understeer. The position of the rear wing and the shape of the wing mounting also underwent optimization and were adapted to the new rear fairing with additional air outlet louvers. The rear lid was also redesigned for optimized air ducting. Like the 911 GT3 Cup and the GT3 R, the RSR has now been equipped with the LED rear lights taken from the latest 911 road-legal cars. The 911 GT3 RSR joins the 911 GT3 R and the 911 GT3 Cup as the top model of Porsche Motorsport’s product range. The successful long distance racer from Weissach can be ordered now at a price of 410,000 Euro plus countryspecific value added tax. All 2011 modifications are available as a kit for GT3 RSR cars from the 2010 season.
Holiday Party & Awards Dinner at Galuppiâ€™s by Cynthia Fluhart A huge thank you to Kent Monroe, who collected over $2,000 worth of merchandise and services from our generous advertisers for a charity raffle. Over 55 members attended and enjoyed a four-course dinner. Annual awards were given to the top autocross drivers. The 2011 Board of directors, committee chairs, Kassette editor and Webmaster were also recognized and introduced. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event great! We look forward to a wonderful 2011!
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SEBRING DRIVER’S ED, February 26th & 27th, 2010 Combined with Sun Coast Region Two day DE with full schedule for all drivers! THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT Don’t be left out! REGISTER NOW!
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Drivers Education Update We had a great year in 2010, thanks to all the drivers, who participated in our Gold Coast Region Drivers Ed program last year. We successfully ran one day events, two day events, night events and ran with expanded passing rules in the instructor’s run group. We ran in the rain or shine and had lot’s of fun driving and learning on wet and dry track surfaces in the daylight and the dark. We started the year in 2010 with one of the coldest, and wettest days I have ever experienced in a south Florida DE. We ran all these events with almost no incidents with car damage (only one to be exact), almost unbelievable! Thanks to a great group of Student, Solo, and Instructor drivers our DE’s are as safe as it can be to play with our cars on the track. Thanks again to everyone. Thanks to our Instructors who truly are among the best in the country. Thanks to our registrar Christal Smithyman who does a great job of organizing registration, and keeping me straight as to how registration is going and if we are coordinated with the right number of students and instructors. Thanks to Mike Tarter for handling the classroom and Link Eveleth for helping with the classroom and the afternoon discussion sessions. Thanks to Bob Varela of Foreign Affairs (see add in this Kassette) for handling tech at the track. Thanks to a long list of other volunteers who routinely step up to the plate and take on the necessary jobs to make the day go well. I am looking forward to a good year in 2011. Our first two Driver’s Ed events are our traditional instructor school and our first Driver’s Ed of the year at PBIR the first week end in January, and 48 hours at Sebring in February. This year we also have a DE at Sebring that last weekend of February. Yep, we have a combined event with Suncoast Region February 26th, and 27th. For the first time we will have a Driver’s Ed at Sebring for all run groups, in the winter. Great news! Sebring when it is not ridiculously hot, make plans now this event will sell out. Stay tuned to the Kassette and Gold Coast Region website for the 2011 schedule. The 2011 schedule includes combined events with PBOC, and Sun Coast Region, as well as, our Gold Coast Region events. We will be running expanded passing in the instructor group, and will run two night events again this year. For those of you who are not aware of what a DE is, let me take a moment to explain what it is all about. We are lucky in south Florida that we have 3 tracks within easy driving distance on which to play. Homestead Miami Speedway, Palm Beach International Raceway, and Sebring International raceway are our tracks. For those of you who have played at these tracks before you know that each track offers a unique experience. Homestead- Miami Speedway (HMS) located in south Dade County is a venue that hoists a number of pro events each year. The facility is modern and has very nice amenities. HMS is a high banked oval track with an infield road course. The track condition is excellent, with a modern designed. We are very lucky to have an opportunity to play at this world class venue. Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) is a local venue in North Palm Beach County catering primarily to amateur and club events with a road course, drag strip, motocross and go-kart track. Often all four activities taking place on the same weekend. While they may not all be active at one time, PBIR offers the opportunity to see and interact with other motor sports
by Michael Grant, DE Chairman
enthusiast playing on the same weekend that we are there. PBIR is the newest track we use that offers a fairly simple road course to get around, but one that can offer technical challenges to master and maximize your performance. Sebring is the Grand Daddy of our tracks here in south Florida. Sebring is the sight of the 12 hours of Sebring, a part of the American Lemans Series (ALMS), but with a history that proceeds ALMS by decades. Sebring has been a part of endurance sports car racing for more than half a century now. The Porsche cars we own come from a lineage that has seen many victories at Sebring through the years. Sebring is the longest course that we have in our area and is unique in that it is made up primarily of old Air Force base runways and taxiways. The surfaces are of different materials, in some places quite rough, and varying in the amount of grip. Combining the unique history and fantastic driving experience makes Sebring one of my favorite tracks anywhere. Sebring is also the track where our region combined with Sun Coast Region to hosts one of the biggest PCA club races every year. Ok now you have an idea of where we go to play let me tell you what we do when we play. The Gold Coast Region’s DE program is well established and has enjoyed many years of safe, fun driving of our cars on racetracks. I have done this for years and have been lucky enough to drive all our local tacks, as well as, having had the opportunity travel to other tacks in the US and Europe. To this day I always look forward to my next day on the track. Each time I step out of my car at the end of my first session of the weekend I am sporting a huge smile and filled with excitement and enthusiasm. The PCA Driver’s Ed programs throughout the country are set up to allow us to drive our street cars in a very controlled environment on a racetrack at speeds in excess of what would be legal or wise on the street. The program is not racing. There are other opportunities for racing in PCA and outside of PCA, but the DE program is specifically designed to provide a safe environment to learn about high performance and sports car driving. The main focus is car control and building driver skills. An excellent companion to the PCA DE program is the PCA autocross program. I would encourage anyone with any Porsche to participate in both the autocross and DE program in PCA. This is how the PCA Gold Coast Region’s DE program is structured. You sign-up and have your car tech inspected by a local shop prior to the event date. This inspection is usually free of charge and will specifically look at the condition of your car with regard to safety on the track. Once you have successfully passed the tech inspection you will have to relax and wait for the day to come when you can get on the track. Usually the wait will include some excitement, and some anxiety. Excitement about getting on the track and anxiety about hurting the car. I still feel some of both in anticipation of my next event, but I am much less concerned about hurting the car than I was in the beginning. Porsches love to go out and play. While some manufacturers use focus groups to decide where the cup holders should be, Porsche tests and develops their design on their test track and the Nurburgring. (continued on page 22)
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PCA Gold Coast Region Swap Meet at Tuners F E B R U A R Y S O C I A L
Saturday February 19th - 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM 11510 Wiles Road, Pompano, FL 33076
It’s that time again!!! Bring all your Porsche goodies to our annual swap meet. There will be a number of vendors selling their prized possessions for a very reasonable prize. We will have a variety of things on sale: parts, accessories, rims, leather goods, memorabilia and so much more. Come and treat yourself and your Porsche to some great finds. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you would like to be a vendor or just a shopper. See you all there!!!!
PCA-GCR Annual Spring Fling Picnic 2011
Sunday, March 27th, 11:00 to 4:00 PM
Tradewinds Park – 3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 M A R C H S O C I A L
(Home to Butterfly World) Appaloosa Shelter – North Side of Sample Road (Just West of the Turnpike)
Our much anticipated annual picnic is almost here!!!!! Come spend the day with us and enjoy a wide variety of appetizers, desserts, salads, side dishes, fruits, vegetables and a vast array of drinks. There will certainly be something for everyone. Also featured, will be: • • • •
Peoples’ Choice Concourse – trophies for 1st and 2nd place for all years Tech Quiz – easiest one yet Kid’s Games – sack races, three legged races and more Door Prizes – t-shirts, Porsche memorabilia and keepsakes
Bring your family and friends and a dish to share and have a great time. RSVP to Beena at email@example.com by March 25th. Looking forward to seeing you all there. ********Park entry is $1.50 per person***********
Drivers Education Update (continued) (continued from page 16) They have done this from the beginning so every Porsche is designed and intended to be driven and enjoyed by enthusiasts. In the beginning and even after years of learning and playing with your Porsche it will still serve you as a reliable, safe playmate as long as you enjoy the DE program as it is designed. So how can it be safe to drive at high speed on a racetrack? Well, first of all your Porsche is designed for it. Second the PCA DE program is also designed for it. The DE program takes drivers of different skill levels and separates them in to different run groups. This puts similarly skilled drivers on the track together at the same time. Passing is done in a very controlled manner, only on designated straight portions of the track. The pass is controlled by a hand signal from the car (in front) being passed. Driver’s Ed events are not a race. There is no racing or reckless operation allowed and speed is not what this is all about. Developing your driving skills and consistency is the name of the game. Speed safely comes with the consistency and developing skill. Oh, and is it FUN! Initially you will have an instructor in the car with you to guide you through the experiences and to help you develop your skills. As you progress you will advance to a different run group with an instructor continuing to help you develop your consistency, safety and car control skills. You will run with an instructor at your right side for as many events as necessary to develop a good safe, and consistent driving practice, along with the confidence in your own ability to be on the track solo. There is no pressure to become solo. Some drivers quickly step into the solo group after a hand full of events while others prefer to have an instructor for years. Either case is fine as long as you are safe and having fun.
I would encourage everyone in PCA to take advantage of this opportunity to do something that is not only fun, but will develop good habits, better driving knowledge, and better car control that will translate to safer driving on the street. Not to mention that it will give you an appreciation for the car that you have purchased well beyond what you can safely experience on the street. It is also a great day out at a racetrack with a great group of people. The PCA DEs are attended by a wonderful group of people. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people scrambling to help someone to find a part or a tool to make a little repair and get them back on the track. It is always a pleasure to visit with everyone and converse about our common interests (not just cars and driving by the way). This is not just “A Guy Thing” either. We have guys, girls, husbands, wives, daughters, sons and whole families on the track. There are lawyers, pilots, engineers, doctors, mechanics, salesman, accounts, students and boat captains all down to earth and having fun doing something we all love. You could see a brand new 2011 GT3rs on the grid with 1974 914 or 1985 944. Not sure if it is the right for you? Try it with a “Taste of The Track”. This is an opportunity to get on track for a session with an instructor in a run group similar to the run group that you would run in. So, no more excuses, I look forward to seeing you at our next DE event. When you come out please stop by and introduce yourself to me. I will be the guy with the old white 944 Turbo #86 and a huge smile.
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Tech Corner: Speed Doesn’t Kill ... it’s the sudden deceleration that does . And that’s precisely why, first the seatbelts and then the airbags were introduced as safety features in automobiles. In general, most humans can just barely survive a sudden deceleration of 40G. In a typical frontal crash at a speed of 60 mph, the driver and passengers can probably survive if they are using restraint systems such as safety belts and their car is equipped with airbags. Part of the reason that the passengers can survive is also due to the car’s safety design. All modern cars, Porsches included, take into consideration when designing the vehicle, safety crush zones to further reduce the “sudden stop” of the passengers in a frontal crash.
By the act of the car’s crushing, the passengers are slowed down by 4 feet (that’s how much the car shrinks by the impact) and the airbags will slow down the passengers another 18 inches. Federal Frontal-Impact Standards now call for a maximum of 60 Gs on the chest of the crash dummy, for 35 milliseconds. To give you an idea of what 60 Gs is, it’s the equivalent of stopping from 30 mph in less than 1 foot. If the person involved in this sudden deceleration normally weighs 200 lb, during this sudden stop his body will weigh 12,000 lbs (6 tons) and his head, which normally weighs around 10 lbs will briefly weigh 600 lbs. The first safety restraint system was the seat belt which was patented by Edward Claghorn in 1885. They were offered as optional equipment by Nash in 1949 and Ford in 1955, but it was Saab that first introduced them as standard equipment in 1958. Because of the low usage of the by then standard seatbelts in the 70s, auto manufacturers decided to develop the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) also known as the Airbag.
In 1980, Mercedes-Benz introduced the airbag (witch they had patented in 1971) on their high-end S class. In 1987 Porsche introduced the first automobile in the world to have as standard equipment driver and passenger airbags. That car was the 944 Turbo. The 944 and 944 S offered them as optional equipment that same year. By 1998 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated as standard equipment dual frontal airbags. Today, the technology has evolved to also include side impact airbags to further protect the vehicle’s occupants.
Because of the still low utilization of the safety belts by drivers and passengers in the US, airbags fitted in cars registered in the US have to trigger much more forcefully than airbags for the rest of the world. This created uneasiness by some and today many of our modern cars now use electronic controllers that can recognize if the safety belts are being used or not by the passengers and alter the airbag’s deployment parameters in accordance to further increase the passenger’s survivability in a crash.
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According to the NHTSA, in 2009, in the US alone, 15,403 lives were saved by the use of Child Restraints, Seat Belts and Airbags. Make sure your car’s SRS (Airbag) is working properly. Check that the Airbag light first comes on when you turn the ignition, but then shuts off after the engine is running. If it stays on there is an issue with the system which should be checked. It it doesn’t light up at all, the bulb may be burnt. Have it checked as well. 2 So buckle up and Happy Porsche-ing, Pedro Table 2: Lives Saved in 2009 by Child Restraints, Seat Belts, Frontal Air Bags, and Motorcycle Helmets State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware DC Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming National* Puerto Rico
Lives Saved by Child Restraints, Age 4 and Younger 9 1 11 3 31 0 0 1 0 20 11 1 1 11 9 5 8 9 6 1 0 1 3 8 5 5 1 1 4 1 0 3 8 19 2 11 11 1 7 0 5 1 6 41 2 1 10 4 2 3 1 309 0
Lives Saved by Seat Belts, Age 5 and Older 307 30 217 212 1365 163 77 40 4 726 476 17 92 366 305 159 139 315 250 70 237 81 397 174 205 268 74 75 85 36 192 173 456 580 55 326 267 195 404 11 314 39 351 1407 107 25 263 213 130 198 45 12,713 69
Lives Saved by Frontal Air Bags, Age 13 and Older 69 4 44 46 170 31 17 8 1 162 94 5 14 65 51 27 31 64 62 13 38 24 58 31 64 70 16 19 14 9 38 25 69 96 12 79 54 23 93 5 69 11 75 220 17 7 59 28 29 44 10 2,381 15
Lives Saved by Motorcycle Helmets, All Ages 41 3 32 18 205 16 10 3 1 118 76 8 9 14 13 5 9 21 46 3 35 28 58 7 24 38 4 6 24 5 30 1 79 83 0 21 17 27 58 4 15 1 57 88 7 4 42 36 12 16 2 1,483 10
Additional Lives Savable at 100 Percent Restraint Use Seat Belts Motorcycle Helmets 82 3 7 1 91 25 125 14 147 17 68 23 24 10 13 3 0 1 266 80 130 4 2 8 40 7 66 40 50 33 27 15 75 12 135 19 151 9 25 7 30 4 52 3 23 4 38 15 134 2 161 8 38 7 32 2 18 1 26 5 31 5 38 15 101 8 125 6 25 3 128 49 109 30 15 3 120 40 10 5 138 31 28 5 152 9 223 104 31 7 9 1 115 2 21 3 44 2 110 21 38 4 3,688 732 13 14
*Estimates for States may not add up to national total due to independent rounding. Published by NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis
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By Felicitas Oefelein
How I did not sell Felix the car About 5 years ago, after being a carless resident of Manhattan for 14 years I fell in love with my very first Porsche, a black 2002 Boxster with tan interior. After I purchased the car I immediately joined PCA and it is safe to say that both the car and the membership in the club changed my life in many ways. I started participating in the many club activities and today it is my dream to become a PCA DE instructor. Last year, I decided to upgrade the car to a Cayman S. “Felix the Boxster” was to be sold……. Only to the right person of course. I placed an ad on the auto-trader web site as well as in the local PCA magazines. Right away I attracted some interested buyers. One of the first serious ones resided on 23rd Street and told me about how his previous vehicle, an old Honda had been stolen and then taken to the Bronx where the car was later recovered missing most anything that could be disassembled… This buyer planned on parking the new car on the street as well. MY FELIX! On the street outside??? I did not say anything right away but that night I did not get much sleep and then of course reacted unfavorably to the following price negotiations. Felix was not sold to the guy from23rd Street. What followed was a long string of potential buyers, or shall I say tire-kickers. One person offered me his old BMW with 170,000 miles in addition to some land in the Poconos… (Maybe I should have asked if it was near the raceway?) Another serious buyer was from Canada. This one seemed nice enough and we actually came to an agreement, he even bought a one-way plane ticket to Newark. Then he got stopped at the border as he told customs about the cash he was carrying. As a result they looked him up in the computer and found an old entry about a bar fight… he was not permitted entry into the US and was stuck in Canada and the car remained mine. The best part about this unsuccessful transaction was that he had paid for Porsche Roslyn to do a full inspection on the car: Felix, as it turned out was in tip top shape! At a DE track event during this time I mentioned my plight to one of the instructors and he shared with me that he had been unsuccessfully trying to sell his dads old 944. A one-owner car in mint condition with low mileage. His asking price was $7,000.00. He had attracted a possible buyer who needed to sell two other cars first, then applied for an additional car loan and asked for 100 days to come up with the money! WOW things are rough out there… This made me feel better about my own saga. In the meantime Felix was sitting in the garage, stripped of his rollbar and fire mount. My Cayman E.V.A. in the meantime was taken out for regular trips to the track, while Felix was left behind like an unwanted stepchild. I was starting to feel guilty. After all we had had 4 great years together, he always kept me safe and saw me advance from the green novice group to become a Solo driver.
I became less and less interested in selling the car and started wondering if I should just send it down to Florida so that Felix could join Sunny, my VW beetle…There was free parking at the condo and while I was currently paying $300.00 a month just to store the car in New York this sounded like a fantastic plan. This would open up the possibility of more track events with our Florida friends as well. When I purchased E.V.A. I had sent her to Florida for the winter and attended some events with both Suncoast as well as Goldcoast regions. I made some friends and was wondering if and how I could return. I seriously started liking the idea of being a “2 Porsche household”. So as soon as the garage lease was up I loaded Felix onto a car transporter and off he went into retirement to the Sunshine state. I hopped on a plane and met the car once it was delivered. One of the first things we did was take down the top and drive over to the ocean. Felix was making happy purring sounds as we cruised along Fort Lauderdale beach. What had I been thinking? Selling my baby??? In September I was able to attend the DE event at Sebring. Poor Felix had not been to a track in over a year and I was a little worried that I had gotten used to the extra 100 horsepower in EVA, but I have to say we both had a fantastic time. Sebring, even though being the fastest track I have driven so far, was great for the Boxster. And reuniting with friends like Amy Gustafson, Dave Galon, Roger Wilson and Michael Grant made the weekend even more special. I am proud to say that I joined Goldcoast region in early September. I am glad I did not sell my first love! There are so many great memories attached to this car, I have no idea what I was thinking when I listed him in the first place. Now Sunny the beetle is for sale and I listed him on Craigs List…. Did you know that the original beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche? This makes Sunny a first cousin to Felix and E.V.A. Sunny came with us to the 24 hours of Daytona already twice. Sunny is a great little guy, he looks a little like a 911 that needs to go on serious diet….. Hmmm you can probably see where this is going. Maybe one day there will be another story about me not selling Sunny… Until then I am a 2.5 Porsche car household.
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