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The Grapevine Newsletter

July 2014


Hear it through the Grapevine Featured Stories

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Porsche Parade Overview

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Porsche Parade Welcoming Party

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Porsche Parade Driving Tours Reviews

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Porsche Parade, It’s the People

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Parade 0f Porsches at Laguna Seca

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Le Mans 24 Endurance Race Wrap-up :(

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Technology of Porsche’s 919 Hybrid

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Social Outings & Members Page Driving Tour to Oxnard for Whale Watching

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GEM Wedding Bells can be Heard Ringing

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Where’s the Porsche on this Month’s Cover Page

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Meet Greg Fullmer’s lastest Porsche Toy

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Event Calendars & Schedules Upcoming GEM Social Events in June Our GEM Event Calendar

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Up-Coming Out of Town Events Mammoth Alpine Tour

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Los Angeles PCA Porsche Concours d’ Elegance

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Cal Central Coast PCA, Gathering of Friends

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Porsche’s Werks Reunion in Monterey

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Porsche Club of America Golden Empire Region Board Members and Chair Persons

President

Vice President

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Past President

Omar Olivas

Linn Christopher

Spencer Harris

Betsy Wadman

Pat Wadman

Membership Co-Chairs & Safety Chair &

Newsletter Editor

Insurance Coordinator

Michael Thomas

Mike McGregor

gemgrapevine@gmail.com

Communication Co-Chairs

Loren Stumbaugh and Anna Stumbaugh

Autocross Co-Chairs

Greg Fullmer and Charles Rook

PCA Membership Webmaster

Social Coordinator

Anton Khatsanovich

Tammy Harris

While our cars are very exclusive, our club is not. Did you know that you can add a family member or other interested person as an affiliate member, at no additional cost? The family or affiliate member must also be 18 years of age or older.

Please join us online at our newly remodeled Website and on our Facebook Group page:

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Upcoming GEM Social Events in July

Whale watching driving tour to Oxnard. From there members will board a large fishing type boat which will take them through out the Channel Islands in search of whales. It’s all happening on July 12th, details to follow soon.

Our Next Social Meeting will be held at The Macaroni Grill on Rosedale Hwy. Tuesday evening, July 15, at 6:30

The Golden Ox, every Saturday Morning at 8:am for Breakfast and Chit Chat , 3400 Wilson Rd. 4


The Golden Empire Region has wedding bells ringing ! Omar, or Mr. Romantic as we guys call him found a very unique approach to propose to Shanell. They took a trip to Monterey together. On the way up he secretly contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium and arranged for a very special pre-hour tour of the aquarium. He then asked the tour guide to have a wedding proposal message placed inside one of the aquarium tanks. Omar was finally able to get Shanell’s attention over to the tank with the message. As she read the note inside he dropped to one knee, open the engagement ring box, and asked her to marry him. Congratulations to the both of you !! Boy Anton, that’s going to be a tough act to follow pal :)

She said YES !!

Wow Omar, you’re right, Cubic Zirconia actually does look just like a real Diamond !

Just teasing you Shanell. He says nothing but the very best is good enough for his fiancée . Pretty Ring !

Cute Couple !! And it looks like she knows CPR too !! 5


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have noticed the only Porsche in the cover picture this month is on our club logo. This month we I am paying tribute to the majestic beauty of California Central Coast. I know of no other highway in California that is as spectacular as our own coastal Hwy 1 between Cambria and Monterey. I have found no other highway so perfectly suited or more rewarding to briskly drive a sports car on. My son Nicholas and I will roll down the windows on the Cayman, turn on the seat and cabin heaters, and drive much too spiritedly up the coast. We love the cool coastal air, the breathtaking view, and every wonderful turn that our Hwy 1 has to offer us. I hope these experiences are something Nicholas can hold on to, and look back on with fondness in his later years as great times we shared together. I know I always will. Yes for us, driving up Highway One from Cambria to Monterey, in a gorgeous Porsche is one of the very best parts of any Monterey event. So, on to our review of Porsche Parade 2014 in Monterey, California. For those of you who may not be familiar with Porsche Parade, it is the largest Porsche gathering in the United States, and possibly the world. Each year Parade is held in a different location throughout the country. From East to West coast, and all states in-between, PCA members will drive their Porsches across the US to participate in the Parade activities and socialize with thousands of other Porschephiles. And what an honor it was to learn that the 2014 Porsche Parade was to be held this past month in our own back yard. I believe that Carmel and Monterey showed off some of the finest California has to offer.

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Several Golden Empire Region members made the trek to Parade this year. Loren Stumbaugh, Ken Keenan, Mike McGregor, Pat and Betsy Wadman, and of course me and my son Nick. Pat and Betsy was busy dazzling the judges and guests at the concours with the charm and elegance of their nicely restored ‘73 911T Targa. And Mike McGregor was busy winning a complete set of Pirelli tires at the Welcoming Party! Those are going to look great on your Carrera Mike !! A great trip was had by all …...

Pat and Betsy Wadman’s gorgeous ‘73 911T Targa showing very nicely to the crowd !

While I just enjoyed more of the sedate pleasures that the beautiful Portola Hotel had to offer :) 7


The lavish Monterey Hyatt Regency on the Del Monte Golf Course was the headquarters fro the 2014 Porsche Parade.

2014 Parade Grill Badge

Items sold out very quickly in the Goodie Store

The opening night reception sponsored by Pirelli was a big hit with all who attended. Especially Mike McGregor ! Also pictured above at the reception is son of Ferry Porsche, Hans Peter Porsche (in the dark sports coat) 8


The new 2015 Boxster GTS was unveiled and presented at the opening night dinner with the help of Peter Porsche

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The drive to Big Sur included a stop for lunch at the beautiful Ragged Point Inn located high above the Pacific Coast line. Participants enjoyed driving tours from Monterey to all parts of the Central Coast. They consisted of caravans of Porsches driving down Hwy 1. Some tours continued on to the famous Hearst Castle. While other tours stopped at Big Sur and then on to the Ragged Point Inn for lunch. Ragged Point Inn is a nice hotel and restaurant located 600 feet above the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I’m sure many guests from the East and Midwest were in awe of this majesty of these locations.

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And of course the Cayennes had to go play in the dirt :)

Betsy was so proud of how filthy her Cayenne got !

Cayenne owners are very creative !!

Nick and I joined the Gimmick Rally that took us along the magnificent 17 mile drive

Deer feeding on a Spyglass green

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Something for everyone at the 59 Annual Porsche Parade in Monterey

Saturday’s 5K run was enjoyed by the more fit Porschephiles And no Porsche event would be complete without Banquet each evening to celebrate

The Bruce Canepa Racing facility was a Porsche Parade driving tour and open house located in Scotts Valley. There were 3 of these events and they sold out quickly. Sorry I missed out on this one, heard it was great !

Autocross at Porsche Parade. I heard it was on a runway at the airport. Oh, and who’s the guy in green ? None other than Peter Porsche who received a little AX instruction from Loma Priesta Region’s Larry Sharp !

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And the 59th Porsche Parade culminates with the Parade of Porsches at the Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway. 500 Porsches of all shapes, sizes, and years participate in a group picture and two laps around the track.

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Presenting the 2014 Parade of Porsche at Laguna Seca’s Mazda Raceway

So with a couple of laps around the Mazda Raceway and a Victory Banquet to follow later that Saturday evening the 59th Annual PCA Porsche Parade 2014 comes to an end.

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Click Picture for complete details at Website

Mammoth High-Alpine Tour, Mammoth Lakes, California Friday July 18th—Sunday July 20, 2014 16


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Greg Fullmer shares his latest Porsche Last month we learned that Greg Fullmer’s beloved 914/6 GT has already found a new home. But Greg is OK with that because he too has moved on. A few Saturdays ago Greg drove up to the Golden Ox breakfast group in a beautiful bright red, 2012 Porsche Cayman R. Greg became interested in the Cayman on a trip to Germany where he rented and drove one. He found the car to be very exciting and responsive. The Cayman hook was set.

Greg stated that he had in mind what he wanted in a Cayman, right down to the color. It had to be a Cayman R, and it had to be red ! The Cayman R is the highest performance street Cayman that Porsche builds. And the racer in Greg would not let him settle for less. He finally found a car at the Newport Beach dealership that met all of his criteria. And it only had 13,000 miles on it. The Cayman R is known for it reduced weight. The R has no door handles. It uses door straps to save weight. Many Cayman R do not have air conditioning installed to save 27 lbs. However Greg knew that not having air conditioning in Bakersfield was not an option. The Cayman R is much like the Cayman RS that is used by private racing groups around the world. And weight means everything to racers. I read a story that Porsche considered labeling the Cayman R as the Cayman RS. But the extra S added too much weight to the car :) Very nice car Mr. Fullmer ‌.. 20


Car and Driver’s review of the 2012 Porsche Cayman R You notice the new Cayman R’s aesthetic distinctions immediately. Porsche plays on the historic racing theme once again through the use of specific lettering and stripes on the R’s flanks, as well as a fixed rear wing that references the 1967 911R, of which only 19 were built. The competition often struggles to integrate history into its sporty offerings, but all Porsche needs to do is add another letter and a few stripes to send its loyalists into hysterics. That, of course, is not all. The Cayman R has gained 10 hp over its Cayman S sibling—for a total of 330 available at a lofty 7400 rpm—thanks to a freer-flowing exhaust system. Even more important, Porsche claims the R sheds a cool 121 pounds, making it one of the lightest sports cars on the market. How was this accomplished? The aluminum doors shave off 33 pounds, 26 pounds come from the use of lighter seat structures, and 11 pounds from new wheels. The rest is in the details, such as the fabric straps that replace conventional door pulls and the nonactuated rear wing. If you can do without air conditioning and a radio, subtract another 26 and seven pounds. The carbon-ceramic brakes—an $8150 option—will shave off another seven pounds, and the available lithium-ion starter battery ($1700) is worth 26. These weightsaving measures are much the same as those employed on this car’s open -roofed foil, the Boxster Spyder.

Zen and the Art of Mid-Engine Porsches Like any Cayman, the R imparts an instant sensation of man-machine harmony as soon as you get behind the wheel. Looking around, we note the interior is purposeful and clean, if a bit dated. The precision with which any throttle, brake, and steering input is delivered dynamically is virtually unmatched. It’s a sharpness that sets the Cayman R apart from its lesser siblings. That’s not least thanks to a lower center of gravity and a modified chassis with a reduced roll-angle gradient. The aerodynamics are improved as well: Rear-axle lift is reduced 40 percent, front-axle lift has been lowered by 15 percent. The steering is perfectly weighted, neither light nor artificially heavy. The naturally aspirated flat-six is supremely responsive and attentive to the slightest input, a behavior unmatched by any turbocharged engine. At the limits of adhesion, the Cayman R is remarkably communicative and a pleasure to handle. It allows the driver to probe those limits fully, as the stabilitycontrol system can be turned off completely. In standard configuration, the power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a sixspeed manual transmission with nicely spaced ratios. Those who prefer not to shift for 21

themselves might appreciate the fact that the optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic (which comes with a 55-pound penalty) has a modified and sportier shifting strategy in its normal and sport modes. Sport plus, which Porsche says is strictly for the track but which we appreciate on open roads as well, remains unchanged. It is our favorite setting as it doesn’t try to interpret the pilot’s driving style and therefore is utterly predictable. Straight-line performance is impeccable. At an ungoverned 175 mph and with a predicted 0-to-60-mph time of just over four seconds, the Cayman R should leave much more powerful cars in the dust. Acceleration runs are accompanied by an angry blare, although we’d prefer it to be even more assertive. But it still sounds great. The Cayman R is not a compact equivalent of the radical GT3 RS— you could easily use this car on a long trip—but it is a better, slightly faster Cayman that remains faithful to the established formula. True, it and the Boxster Spyder inch uncomfortably close to the entry-level 911 models. But if any brand can handle a little internal competition, it’s Porsche


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Although disappointed to be denied a podium result in his return to the Le Mans 24-hour, a "proud" Mark Webber has emerged from the sports car classic upbeat about the debut performance of the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the newly-formed factory team.

tien Buemi fought back from an early change it so we just had to press on crash to finish third. although we lost a lot of speed in the Toyota had looked a strong chance to car.

Webber, who joined Porsche's new World Endurance Championship attack in 2014 after 14 years in Formula One, was in contention for a shock win and more certainly on course for a podium until the car he was sharing with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley broke its V4 turbopetrol engine without warning with less than two hours to go.

This is Webber's third attempt at Le Mans and his first since he spectacularly flipped twice in 1999 driving a Webber's Porsche led the race as late factory Mercedes-AMG. He has yet to as the 22 hour mark, but had been finish the event. overhauled by Audi by the time it He was clearly rankled when asked ground to a halt. whether he was starting to think the

break its duck at Le Mans until the leading TS040 of pole qualifier Kazuki Nakajima, Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin suffered terminal electrical issues after 14 hours. Toyota now has zero wins from 16 starts while Audi has won 13 times since 2000.

"Audi and Toyota, gee they knocked seven bells out of each other early on," Webber said. "The pace was re"We still had a bit of work to do, but ally quick. I think they actually holy shit we had broken the back of a knocked each other out." lot of the race and the engine was not on my mind," Webber said post-race. While it was "awesome" to be in the lead, Webber said he never believed "The engine has been tested pretty his crew would win the race. well, but there weren't many safety cars and it was a hard race on the en- "We were happy with the steps [of the podium], that would have been a gines". big day for us." The second Porsche 919 Hybrid went Webber and his team-mates battled out shortly after Webber's car, also the handling of their car from the fifth with some form of drivetrain issue. hour onwards when the front anti-roll A hectic and incident packed race was bar broke. That slowed the car by secwon by the Audi trio of Marcel onds per lap and the drivers ran off Fassler, Andrew Lotterer and Benoit several times under brakes battling Treluyer, with team-mates Lucas di the problem. Grassi, Marc Gene and Tom Kristensen second in a car completely rebuilt But the team judged the time lost reafter a huge Thursday crash. Both R18 placing the broken bar would have e-tron quattros had the turbocharger cost them any chance of victory. in their diesel V6 engines changed "We had an issue with the front of during the race. the car from 8pm last night and we just could not get the balance, someMeanwhile, the Toyota of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebas- thing was wrong at the front and it would have taken a lot of time to 25

"We had to do something different, so it was fuel and tyres for 15 hours and then the engine has got a bit tired in the end."

race was "a bit of bugger". "No I am not, a very typical Aussie question that mate, but no I am not. Very positive. We had a f...ing great day out there today. "You are saying you've had three years here and you haven't had a result is it a hoodoo circuit. Rubbish. "Anyway, back next year we'll give it a good crack, we'll go from there." Apart from that spike, Webber was otherwise calm and 'on message' during his 10-minute post-race scrum with Aussie media. "I just feel for the boys, a lot of young mechanics and the hard yards that have gone in at Weissach, everywhere. It's hard to explain the manhours that have gone in to get to that level are astronomical and they have absolutely busted themselves. "And they got within a sniff of a pretty special result." Related reading: Wrap up of 2014 Le Mans 24 hour


It's not often that a company like Porsche is the underdog. But as they gear up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, that's exactly what they are. Returning to the race for the first time since the late 1990s, they're up against far more established teams, most notably corporate cousin Audi. How can they possibly expect to win? With technology, that's how. They're calling their 919 Hybrid "the most complex Porsche race car ever," and considering the company's race car output over the decades, that's no small statement. Porsche explains that they're at something of a disadvantage compared to more established teams. They don't have the experience or data from previous races to draw on, outside the GT category the 911 is running in, and they used their own engineers to develop the LMP1-H car rather than rely on outside companies. But Porsche says this also gave them a lot of freedom on how to create their hybrid prototype racer. As with every Le Mans race, efficiency is the key here, and the way Porsche has gone about that is pretty fascinating.

As you've probably heard, the 919 is powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection, turbocharged, gasoline-powered V4 with 500 horsepower mated to a hybrid electric drive system with more than 250 horsepower. Porsche says they decided to drop the kinetic energy recovery system on the rear axle in favor of one on the front axle. As the weight of the car shifts to the front during braking, they believe they can exploit kinetic energy on a greater level. But that's not really the interesting part — thermodynamic energy recuperation is. Because the car is turbocharged, it gave Porsche a few options on how to increase efficiency. 26


Instead of a wastegate like on a normal turbo car, the engine has an extra turbine generator unit driven by exhaust gases. This turbine takes the exhaust and uses it to produce electrical energy. (The current turbocharged Formula One cars also turn heat and exhaust from the turbo into electric juice.)

Porsche is running in the six megajoule (6MJ) hybrid class with the 919, which means the car can use exactly 1.67 kilowatt hours of energy per 13.629 km (8 mile) long lap at Le Mans. Under these rules, the gasoline engine is only allowed to consume 4.78 liters of fuel (about 1.25 gallons) per lap at Le Mans. The cars have to use 30 percent less fuel than last year. But Porsche seems to have efficiency on their side. The company says that in 2013, the winning car covered 348 laps — with their system over the same distance, they believe the 919 can produce enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for 9,687 hours. That's unbelievable. Will the 919's innovative kinetic and thermodynamic energy recuperation systems be enough to take on the diesel -powered giant that is Audi, or will it end in failure? We'll find out this weekend.

Well as we now know, Porsche’s hi-tech technology used in the 919 Hybrid failed to overcome the more proven TDI diesel technology that has carried Audi to the Le Mans winner’s podium for 8 of the last 9 years. But it certainly is fun to see Porsche back in the 24 hour endurance game. Now we just need to get Ferrari back in the game next year ! 27


PORSCHE’S MAGIC 24 HOURS of LE MANS MOMENTS “Racing is Life. Anything that happens before and after is just waiting.”

Porsche's return to the highest class at the Le Mans 24-Hour race with the 919 Hybrid is over. The record of 16 overall wins at what is probably the hardest car race in the world remains unbeaten. Nevertheless, Porsche cannot rely on its successful past. The prototype with its two innovative energy recovery systems is completely new territory. However, Le Mans isn't all about technology. Memories from the legends below who drove these magnificent cars highlight how hard it is to win this marathon.

The 1970 Le Mans rivalry between Porsche’s 917K and Ferrari’s 512S was so epic it inspired the racing movie Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen Porsche’s driving team for winning car #23, Han Hermann and Richard Attwood Hans Herrmann (From Stuttgart, DE, overall winner with Porsche in 1970): "I lost to Jacky Ickx in 1969 after we'd spent the last hour and a half overtaking each other several times each lap. In 1970, Ferdinand Piëch ensured that we had a good chance to go for the win with a more powerful engine. Being able to win just a year after losing by a hair's breadth was, of course, very special. It was also the first overall victory for Porsche - and it was my last race. I announced my retirement from racing after that. I had promised my wife. She had started to press me a year or two before, because of the many friends we had lost. And I knew it myself: there was no reason I should have all the luck, and at some point my luck might run out. It was very moving that all of these factors came together in 1970. I don't remember if I shed any tears or not. But I certainly could have - I'm pretty emotional."

Richard Attwood (From Wolverhampton, UK, overall winner with Porsche 1970): "We won under odd circumstances. In February, Helmuth Bott, who was then board member for development, asked me what car I wanted for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I told him three things: First, I wanted the 4.5-litre 12-cylinder instead of the 5-litre engine, which I thought was less reliable. Second, I wanted the 'Kurzheck' (short-tail) version of the 917 because the long-tail version was so fidgety. Third, I wanted Hans Herrmann as my partner, because he knew how you have to pace yourself with the material to get through the long race. I got everything. And then we qualified in 15th. At that moment I thought I had made the biggest mistake of my life. We wouldn't stand a chance against the 5-litre engines. We weren't competitive and could only hope that the cars in front of us would have problems. And that's exactly what happened." 28


Jacky Ickx (Born 01.01.1945 in Brussels, BE, four overall wins with Porsche, six in total): "After three hours we thought we'd lost the race. My 936 was out, and I joined up with Jürgen Barth and Hurley Haywood. But they were having trouble as well. We were in 42nd place. I still can't get my head around what happened next. It was this euphoric state. I drove the whole night through at top speed, always at the limit. In rain and fog. I just got faster and faster. 42nd, 35th, 28th, 20th, ninth, sixth, fifth. Everyone felt that we could achieve the unimaginable. Jürgen and Hurley drove faster than ever, and the mechanics did an incredible job. I didn't feel tired at all. Then we took the lead. On Sunday morning I was totally spent. In the end, Jürgen hauled the 936 across the line with only five cylinders. I wouldn't have been able to. There are a lot of great stories about a lot of races. But 1977 stands out. That was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Races like that have made Porsche a legend.”

Hans-Joachim Stuck (Born 01.01.1951 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, DE, overall winner with Porsche 1986 and 1987): "My Le Mans moment lasted three minutes and 14.8 seconds. Pole position with the Porsche 962 C, a perfect lap. And because the Mulsanne straight was later defanged through the addition of chicanes, it will likely be a record for posterity. The 962 is the best race car that I ever drove. Brute force and unbelievable ground effects. The centrifugal forces were enormous, and there was no power steering. You needed the strength of a bear and a lot of courage. I just had one run because of the tyres. Start, Dunlop curve, left, right through the Esses. At Tertre Rouge I was pushing the traction limits. But the corner is so important for your speed on the Mulsanne straight, and it was right on. Fifty seconds of flooring it, then brake from 360 km/h for the Mulsanne corner and jump back on the gas as soon as possible. Indianapolis, Arnage, Porsche curves, Maison Blanche, Ford chicane, and you're done. In those three minutes my concentration was sharp as a knife. It was just me and that Porsche at Le Mans."

Rudi Lins From three times at Le Mans, but 1970 is the year that has stuck in my memory the most. Together with Helmut Marko, we won the prototype and index classes and came in third overall in the Porsche 908. That night it rained cats and dogs. Rain, rain, rain for hours. No one who hasn't experienced that can imagine what that means for a driver at Le Mans. If you want to overtake a car, first you have to dive into the spray. You can't see a thing, you have no idea what's behind the spray: One car? Two? For a while Hans Herrmann and I were driving together at night. That was good, because we knew who we had around us. For Helmut Marko and me, there was also the fact that our car was an open one. At the end of a turn we were soaking wet - if not from sweat, than from the rain. I was just 25, a young'un."

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Porsche and VW rule out plans for a new entry level Roadster sighting lack of projected sales

Though the lightweight, mid-engined Porsche 914 of the late 1960s and early 1970s was far from a perfect machine, it has developed a cult following that keeps it active in the streets and on tracks around the world to this day. Many have longed for a new-generation of the car and reports suggesting such a model was in the works were all the buzz in the recent past, even as recently as the 15th of this month. However, the cold truth of the economic crisis and Porsche’s own desire to remain exclusive means plans for a new entry-level roadster have been dropped. Speaking with The Daily Telegraph, Porsche’s executive vicepresident for sales and marketing, Klaus Berning, said the company has no plans to introduce another new model to its range and that this fifth model line has been shelved indefinitely.

To keep costs low, the roadster was to share parts with a number of existing VW models. Elements unique to the cars would have been an aluminum-spaceframe chassis, a mid-engine and RWD layout, and a range of highoutput 2.0L forced-induction engines.

"Another model line is not something we are concentrating on at the moment,” Berning explained. "We may start looking at that after the launch of the Panamera but my gut feeling is that we do not need one. Original speculation that Porsche was working on a new roadster was brought about by the company’s impending merger with Volkswagen through a planned share buyout. The keystone was production of VW’s recently revealed Bluesport roadster concept.

While a new entry-level model may be out of the question, a new four-cylinder model, either in the Boxster/ Cayman line or possibly even the 911, could be in the works. When quizzed on the topic, Berning teased: "You never say never, but we have not made any decision to go that way.”

Virtually every mainstream VW Group brand, from Seat, to Skoda, to Audi, and VW, have been rumored to be working on their own versions of the car and Porsche, too, was reportedly planning to build one.

He went on to explain that it "could be possible to have a four-cylinder again in a 911 but it would be a Porsche four-cylinder. The 911 is the core of the brand and it follows different rules to the rest of the brand models.”

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First Details On Porsche’s New Four-Cylinder Boxer Engine The 2.5 Liter should muster up 360 HP and 347 lb-ft of Torque

Porsche fans who fondly recall the marque's last midengine sports car powered by a four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine, the 914 (1969 - 1976), will be glad to know the German automaker will soon launch another one. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller recently confirmed the automaker was on a new four-cylinder boxer engine to power its next generation of sports cars, starting with the next Boxster and Cayman due towards the end of the decade, and now we have a few more details on the engine, including displacement and power figures.

While all three engines have been designed, only the 2.0and 2.5-liter units are expected to be utilized by Porsche. The 1.6-liter engine is said to have been designed for the new 551 “Baby Boxster”. Porsche was considering launching this entry level roadster, but has since been canceled.

Look for the larger appear in the next Boxster and Cayman. We could also see the engines used in Porsche’s SUVs like the Macan and Cayenne, possibly integrated with hybrid technology. Eventually, we’re likely to see the According to CAR, Porsche has developed three versions , engine fitted to the 911, especially if Porsche achieves displacing 1.6, 2.0 and 2.5 liters respectively. The 1.6-liter success with its four-cylinder (V-4) 919 Hybrid LMP1 race is said to deliver 210 horsepower while the 2.0-liter is car. said to be good for 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet Note, Porsche already has a four-cylinder model in its of torque. The 2.5-liter should muster up 360 hp and 347 lineup, the Macan, but the engine in this model is a lb-ft of torque, according to the report. To achieve these straight-four design borrowed from Audi. figures are said to feature turbocharging and directinjection technologies.

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* Hold The Presses * The Story that will not die ! Smaller Porsche 917 Roadster back on the table with turbo boxer four cylinder power? Dateline 6/24/2014 The last we heard of it, the project was delayed indefinitely. However, according to a new report, Porsche isn't just downsizing its engine portfolio with a new line of four-cylinders, it's also downsizing its cars.

Germany's Autobild reports a 917 roadster or spyder is back on the table. Codenamed 718, the magazine says it will be smaller and lighter than the current Boxster when it arrives in showrooms sometime in 2016. Named after a Porsche race car built from 1957 to 1962, it will be based on the current Boxster/Cayman platform but will reportedly be more "uncompromising and agile," with unique styling and a stripped-down interior. Buyers will reportedly have to settle for a manual soft top with a plastic rear window. Along with intensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum, it will help the 718 reach a target weight of approximately 2,623 pounds. Part of the reason is that Porsche has new turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engines on the way that would mate perfectly with a new lighter chassis. How light? Autobild says a weight of around 2645 pounds which is lighter than anything in the Porsche lineup. That means this new smaller car would be focused around the driving experience and be sort of a modern 550 Spyder successor. It would also allow the Cayman and Boxster to move up in size and potentially finally exceed the 911. The 917 would then fill the entry level lightweight void and with close to 400 horsepower from a 2.5 liter turbo engine and a 2600 pound curb weight this car would be a blast to drive with mid-engine Porsche handling dynamics. Let's hope this is accurate and this car actually come to fruition. Meanwhile, a different kind of four-cylinder Porsche is quietly heading to showrooms overseas. The 2015 Porsche Macan will be offered with an line-four that's likely derived from the 2.0-liter TFSI unit used in the related Audi Q5. In the Macan, it develops 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, enough for a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. 34


Truly the best annual 356 Concours event – at the best 356 site. The 29th Annual Dana Point Concours – Join us for this special annual event on the lawn at Lantern Bay. If you have been there, you know… if you haven’t, you have heard. Once again, the 356 Club of Southern California is inviting the Porsche community to be a part of it. As is the custom, any Porsche can come and display on the grass with the 356′s to be judged. No, they are not eligible for trophies although clubs representing other Porsche models may be holding their own contests. It is amazing to see the 350 plus Porsches that come out in support of the concours competitors – it is one of the best displays of Porsches to assemble at any time! The 356 Club of Southern California invites you to bring your 356 to be judged. Weekend Schedule -

Classes:

Saturday July 19th

Divisions are Full Concours, Street Concours and Wash and Shine

2:00 PM – Tour d’Elegance (Open to any Porsche that wants to go) 5:30 – 7:00 Stoddard Reception at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott

Class 1) up to ’55 Class 2) ’56-’59 Class 3) ’60-’61 Class 4) ’62-’63 Class 5) ’64-’65 Class 6) Special Interest/Competition Class 7) Carrera Class 8) Outlaw Class 9) Unrestored (Judged as a group)

Sunday July 20th 6:00 AM Judged car placement begins 8:30 AM All Porsche’s welcomed on the lawn to park 9:00 AM Judging begins 11:30 AM Lunch served 1:00 PM Award presentation

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Be sure to register for this event in August at MotorSportReg.Com

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Speakers,

out with old and in with the new !

If anyone is in the process of fixing up an older 911, 912, or 356 I have stumbled on a resource in Costa Mesa that can provide some excellent speaker upgrade choices.

Replacement for the front dash speaker is a perfect drop -in replacement. Remove the old original dash speak and replace with two, more powerful speakers. Then replace the dash speaker cover grill and you’re done.

Woody’s Custom has many custom made sound products to upgrade the Classic Porsche’s radios, speakers, and antennas.

Woody’s Custom Shop Online EBay Store

I removed an old aftermarket radio from my ‘71 911 Targa and replaced it with a Pioneer Bluetooth radio receiver and a 150 watt Alpine amplifier. About right to compensate for the noise created by an air cooled Porsche 911 with an open top.

For the rear speakers, I removed the two old 1970s style surface mount rear deck speakers and replaced those with the box speakers pictured below. I placed those on the floor and devised a small bracket that secures the speaker boxes to the luggage straps connecters below the rear seats at floor level. The sound to good in this position even though they face the back of the rear seats. They can easily be lifted up and placed on the backs of the rear seats that are folded down. That improves sounds quality quite a bit.

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Porsche says it’s time for an Oil Change ! Porsche Classic Center has introduced two new motor oils designed for our beloved Air Cooled Porsches. These new oil products are available now at any Porsche Dealership. Oils for modern Liquid Cooled Porsches are to follow soon. resistance and other benefits in modern engines. In a 356, however, an oil of this kind can result in leaks and increased oil consumption due to the engine's higher production tolerances and lower oil pressure during operation. Modern oils also use highly efficient detergent/dispersant agents to thoroughly clean the engine and reliably remove dirt, which can be too much of a good thing for a classic Porsche engine. It is true that additional deposits should be prevented and oil-soluble contaminants such as soot, water and dust kept suspended until they are drained off The engine is the heart of each and every Porsche, and air- through the oil filter or removed during the next oil change, but at the same time it is important that the decooled flat engines place particular demands on a lubriposits which have built up over decades are not suddenly cant. The thermal load is higher than in water-cooled units, for example, which means that the engine oil has to dissolved and that seals are not corroded. work harder to cool the engine down. The larger oil volSince not every classic Porsche is in everyday use, the enume firstly entails a longer oil heating time, and secondly gine oil also had to meet other demands: classic vehicles calls for optimum cold running behavior. The traditionally are often left stationary for long periods of time and only high power output per liter of the engines also results in moved intermittently and for short journeys, which means high compression and high pressures. Together with the different temperature zones which are characteristic of air that condensation can form in the oil if the engine does -cooled engines, this means that the oil needs a high not heat up fully. Aggressive combustion residues can "hidden" performance reserve. cause acidification of the oil fill, resulting in the corrosion of engine components. The alloys, metals and sealing maA compact and lightweight engine design means that the terials which were used at the time are at particular risk. connecting rods will be short in relation to the piston stroke, which in turn means high lateral piston forces and Porsche therefore paid particular attention to this aspect correspondingly high demands on the lubricating film sta- when developing its Porsche Classic Motor oil. The special bility of the oil. In short, the older flat engines in particular formulation incorporates a high alkaline reserve, which can't just use any old oil. The development of an engine oil neutralizes any acids that may form. Additional corrosion for classic air-cooled flat engines has therefore been inhibitors also protect vulnerable components, even dursomething akin to a balancing act between tradition and ing longer stationary periods. innovation: as advanced as possible and as traditional as necessary. Although modern oils are better from a technical point of view, this is not the case when it comes to classic aircooled flat engines. For example, the low viscosity of a 0W -30 oil means optimum cold-start behaviour, low engine 39


July 2014 GEM Grapevine  
July 2014 GEM Grapevine  

July 2014 Grapevine newsletter from the Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America PCA

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