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June 2015


Our Next Social Dinner Meeting will be held at Goose Loonies Restaurant 816 18th Street , Bakersfield, Tuesday evening, May, 19th at 6:30 Business Meeting at 5:30p with Dinner to follow at 6:30p

May: 31st, Sunday,

San Luis Obispo Concours d’ Elegance, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo

June: 16th, Tuesday,

Social Meeting at Goose Loonies Tavern and Grill, 6:30p, Business Meeting 5:30p

21st, Sunday,

Rodeo Drive Father’s Day Concours d’ Elegance, Admission is Free

19–21st, Fri-Sun, Mammoth Lakes Driving Tour

July: 11th, Saturday, Bob Goon presents the First Annual Progressive Dinner, Details to follow 12th Sunday,

Gather of Friends, All European Concours, San Louis Obispo, Laguna Lake

21st, Tuesday,

Social Dinner Meeting, 6:30p, Business Meeting, 5:30p. Venue to be Determinded

August: 14th, Friday,

Porsche Werks Reunion, Monterey CA

Crest RV Park, Every Saturday Morning at 8:am for Breakfast and Chit Chat , 5025 Wible Road 2


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

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Linn Christopher

Pat Wadman

Chuck Anderson

Betsy Wadman

Membership Chair &

Safety Chair &

Newsletter Editor

Autocross Co-Chairs

Communication Chair

Insurance Coordinator

Michael Thomas

Loren Stumbaugh

Mike McGregor

gemgrapevine@gmail.com

Greg Fullmer Charles Rook Omar Olivas

PCA Membership Webmaster

Social Coordinators

Anton Khatsanovich

Sandy Anderson Maggie Chow

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:

For all of the details contact our Membership Chair:

http://gem.pca.org/

Loren Stumbaugh Porsche Club of America Golden Empire Region Membership Chairman Loren7025@gmail.com (661) 747-4416

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ PCA.GoldenEmpireRegion/ And please send any Newsletter comments or content contributions to :

gemgrapevine@gmail.com

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Porsche of North America opens its First U.S. Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. Los Angeles can’t be far behind !!

It’s a big day for Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) with the official opening of its Porsche Experience Center (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta today, which can be found off of One Porsche Drive. The significance is clear: Porsche invested $100 million into the development of the property, making it the single largest investment the automaker has made in North America. “Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Porsche as we expand our footprint in the United States and reaffirm our commitment to the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta,” said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche. “We are investing more than ever before, heightening visibility for the Porsche brand in the U.S. and worldwide.”

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The headquarters provides office space for PCNA, Porsche Financial Services, Porsche Business Services, Porsche Consulting, and Mieschke Hofmann & Partners. In addition, the 27-acre complex also houses a 1.6-mile driver development track, classic Porsche gallery, restoration center, human performance center, driving simulator lab, and a fine-dining restaurant named 356, all of which are the main draws for PCAers, Porsche customers, and the general public. It is estimated that 30,000 guests will visit the PEC and headquarters. “Our vision for our new home was to create a bold, energizing environment here in Atlanta to demonstrate the unique capabilities of our sports cars,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The experience center coupled with our headquarters is truly the first of its kind in the automotive industry where we welcome employees, partners, customers and enthusiasts alike.”

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Porsche Press Release: Source: Porsche North America

Porsche Opens New $100 Million Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta Atlanta. Porsche Cars North America today officially opened its new $100 million Porsche Experience Center (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The 27-acre complex located at the Northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the largest investment outside Germany for the sports car manufacturer. The industry-first facility is complete with a driver development track, classic car gallery, restoration center, human performance center, driving simulator lab and a fine dining restaurant. A state-of-the-art business center features 13,000 square feet of conference and event space. The experience center has been specifically designed as a destination for the public, including automotive enthusiasts and Porsche customers. “Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Porsche as we expand our footprint in the United States and reaffirm our commitment to the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta,” said Matthias Mueller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche. “We are investing more than ever before, heightening visibility for the Porsche brand in the U.S. and worldwide.”

An estimated 30,000 guests are expected to visit the uniquely designed Porsche Experience Center each year. Visitors and corporate groups can hone their driving skills, reserve meeting space in the fully-equipped business center, view classic Porsche automobiles or dine at Restaurant 356, aptly named after the first production Porsche model. “Our vision for our new home was to create a bold, energizing environment here in Atlanta to demonstrate the unique capabilities of our sports cars,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The experience center coupled with our headquarters is truly the first of its kind in the automotive industry where we welcome employees, partners, customers and enthusiasts alike.” 6


The 1.6-mile Driver Development Track runs through the courtyard of the facility and includes six instructor-led driving modules. The Handling Circuit, Off-Road Course, Dynamics Area, Low Friction Handling Circuit, Low Friction Circle and the only Kick Plate in North America are designed to demonstrate the engineering and technological capabilities of all Porsche models. “Porsche’s investment in its new headquarters represents the confidence it has in the future success of our state, our economy and our workforce,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “The facility at One Porsche Drive is as innovative, forward-thinking and performance-driven as the company itself. From their windows on I-75, travelers have borne witness to the progress being made here, and now, the day has come when these same visitors can truly experience all that Porsche and Georgia, have to offer.” More than 70 alternative locations in a number of states were considered during site selection. In the end, Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce and strong support from the city and the state were key reasons for the decision to expand in Atlanta. The proximity to the world’s busiest airport allows approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population to reach the Porsche Experience Center within two and a half hours of flying time. “I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Porsche Cars North America and congratulate them on their grand opening,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Porsche discovered why Atlanta has the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies: a low cost of doing business, a high quality of life, access to the world’s busiest and most efficient passenger airport and the fastest-growing container port in the country. Businesses are voting with their feet and choosing Atlanta as the place to build and grow. We are proud to have Porsche, an iconic, best-in-class company, make their new home here.” Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) has called the Atlanta area home since 1998. PCNA is now joined by Porsche Financial Services, Porsche Business Services, Porsche Consulting and Mieschke Hofmann & Partners, with all five entities housed under the same roof. Ultimately, 450 employees will be based at the new headquarters, over 100 of whom fill positions that are new to Georgia.

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GEM Club Happenings:

The All German Affair at Charles’s Hanger at Minter Field

And Pat and Betsy Display another Trophy from a Concours Win, somewhere !!

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Thank You Bob Goon for the great track Pix !

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PORSCHE PATENTS VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIO ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

Interesting story on Gizmag this morning about how Porsche has patented a new type of variable compression ration engine technology. Partnering Porsche in this venture is Hilite International, already a long-standing client at Porsche Consulting. Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) is a prime candidate for the next big step in internal combustion engine efficiency. It is particularly suitable for turbocharged engines, and we know that all 911s will adopt turbocharged engines over the next few years, alongside the many turbocharged model variants in the Macan, Cayenne and Panamera ranges already produced by Porsche. Compression ratio is critical to performance, and is of particular importance on turbocharged engines. Turbos work by compressing the intake charge of air and fuel before ramming it into the combustion chamber under pressure. Because a turbocharger is powered by exhaust gas, and therefore is not always running at peak boost, the amount of fuel/air mix entering the cylinder varies from low volume when the turbo is not spinning to maximum volume when the turbo is running at peak revs. Turbocharged engines must therefore run lower compression ratios, to allow that higher volume at peak boost. This costs them power.

Why use Variable Compression Ratio technology? One way to increase the efficiency of a turbocharged engine would be to constantly adjust the compression ratio, giving higher compression offboost, and reducing the compression as boost pressure rises, to prevent detonation. The Porsche system (top) is clever, planting the piston on an eccentric mount that is automatically adjusted by control rods, which swivel the piston up or down on the crankshaft connecting rod depending on oil pressure, thus controlling the compression ratio. Compare this solution to the nicely engineered but complex solution developed by MCE over the last decade (above), and it is perhaps easy to imagine how this new patent might better suit volume manufacturing, delivering less risk to reliability. It is also highly licensable technology: something which Porsche has done very well from over its history. So, even if the technology never makes it into a Porsche, it could be shared commercially with a wide range of other end users. Bravo Porsche engineering! We look forward to seeing a fully developed version of this system come to production, and to experiencing the benefits on the road.

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Sir Sterling Moss’s 1961 Porsche RS-61 offered for Sale at Bonhams UK Auction

A 1961 Porsche RS-61 currently owned by Sir Stirling Moss OBE will be offered for sale at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 sale, to be held June 26th at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK. Sir Stirling Moss OBE famously bought this Porsche RS-61 (chassis 718-070) for $1,705,000 USD at the 2010 Gooding Amelia Island auction, less than one week after breaking both his ankles after falling three stories down an open elevator shaft. He subsequently campaigned it at historic level in the Le Mans Classic on the 24 -Hour race circuit in France, and in the USA at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, his last competitive motor race. The Porsche company’s agile RennSport (‘RS’) cars, with powerful 4-cylinder air-cooled, four cam engine mounted behind the open two-seat cockpit, won the Targa Florio in 1956, 1959 and 1960. In 1961, Sir Stirling shared a 2-liter Porsche RS-60 there with Graham Hill. Sir Stirling recalled, “Our racing car was just perfect for the course, we could hardly have wished for nicer, and I led for the first four 44-mile laps, by 1 1/2 minutes before handing over to Graham for his two laps. He handed the car back to me 76 seconds behind a Ferrari, and I managed to change that into a 65-second lead with one lap to go. We looked on course for a lap record last time round and a great win until – only 8 kms from the finish – the transmission failed, put us out, and the Ferrari won instead. We have since been described as moral winners of that race, which is unfortunate, because moral first places don’t pay first-place prize money”

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Moss and Hill then drove the latest, almost identical, Porsche RS-61, fitted with a 1605cc engine, four cam in the subsequent Nurburgring 1,000 Kilometers race in Germany’s Eifel Mountains. On a track slick with drizzle, Sir Stirling took the lead on the second lap but, as the course dried, he was overwhelmed by far larger and more powerful factory Ferraris. Sir Stirling continued, “After 12 laps I handed over to Graham who rejoined fifth. Then it began to snow! Graham handed back to me and I found the little Porsche ideal for the Nurburgring in such conditions. We climbed into third, then second. I was set to take the lead when the little car broke – but it had been exciting while it lasted.” The Porsche RS-61 (chassis 718-070) offered for sale at Bonhams’ 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale was originally delivered to first owner Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania early in 1961. He was the leading American Porsche specialist of his era, and he competed in the car in his busy program of Sports Car Club of America East Coast events, including the Daytona National. He then sold the car to gentleman driver Tom Payne, who always raced wearing an impeccably valeted business suit and tie. Tom Payne and Porsche RS-61 ‘070’ featured in such further East Coast races as the Cumberland Nationals, Wisconsin Grand Prix, Thompson Nationals and the Atlanta ‘500’ Sprints. Third owner Millard Ripley subsequently won in the car at the Watkins Glen circuit in New York. Overall, 718-070 is credited with having achieved 13 victories and 20 podium placings in SCCA National competitions. The car was finally retired from active competition in 1963, but survived complete and unmolested before being restored for vintage racing as early as 1969. More recently top historic Porsche specialist Andy Prill completed a thorough rebuild which saw the car re-finished both mechanically and aesthetically to its current raceready form.

Bonhams Motor Car Department head James Knight said, “We are hugely honored to have been commissioned to sell Sir Stirling’s cherished Porsche RS61 following his retirement from competitive motor sport. It is particularly appropriate that we should offer the car at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed – where Sir Stirling is the founder patron and where he achieved so much throughout his unmatchable career.” This 1961 Porsche RS-61 ‘070’ will be offered at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Auction on June 26th, 2015, to be held at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK (Estimate £1,700,000 to £2,000,000; $2,500,000 – $3,000,000). For more information, visit Bonhams Festival of Speed. 23


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Great Porsche Driving Tour that is held in a gorgeous mountain area of California. Several GEM members attended this event last year. But when they driving group leaders ask which driving group you want to drive with, tell them the slower group !!


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June 2015 Grapevine  
June 2015 Grapevine  

The June 2015 GEM Grapevine newsletter from the Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America, PCA

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