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May 2015


Our Next Social Dinner Meeting will be held at Bill Lee’s Chinese Restaurant. 1203 18th Street, Bakersfield, Tuesday evening, May, 19th at 6:30 Business Meeting at 5:30p with Dinner to follow at 6:30p

May: 2nd: Saturday

No Fly Zone, and All German Affair at Minter Field, Shafter

2nd: Saturday

Breakfast at Minter Field Air Museum, 8am –10am. Lunch at Noon. Both museum fund raisers.

3rd: Sunday,

GEM/PCA Zone 8 Spring Autocross at the Minter Field Airport

11th: Monday,

Streets of Willow, Hosted by the Orange County Region of the PCA

16-17th, Sat-Sun Lilac Festival at The Pine Mountain Club 19th, Tuesday,

Social Dinner at Bill Lee’s Chinese Restaurant. 1203 18th Street, 6:30pm

31st, Sunday,

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

June: 16th, Tuesday,

Social Meeting at Goose Loonies Tavern and Grill

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

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 :

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Our Donation presentations to M.A.R.E. The Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America Is honored to present the M.A.R.E. therapy riding center a $5000 gift

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Our Donation presentations to Minter Field Air Museum The Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America Later that day we were pleased to present the Minter Air Museum with $1000

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Way to Go, Tammy Jo ! Way to Go, Tammy Jo !

First Place Win in her division with her new Boxster !! It’s not just an AX car, It’s a show car too !!

Looks like Girls get flowers when they win !

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Festival of Speed, The Biggest Porsche Event in So-Cal . Thanks goes out to all the GEM membership who volunteered their assistance !!

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Five PORSCHE “SUPERCARS” from 5 Different Decades No matter how you define “SUPERCARS”, Porsche has made a number of them with at least one getting developed each decade. Each and every Porsche on the list below was ahead of its time, performed better than all or most of its peers and are still highly prized to this day. Sure, you could argue that other models should be on the list, but each of these Porsches below have the following in common: 

The brought/bring racing technology to road users

Successful for achieving the best times in their respective categories and eras

Featured trendsetting designs and technologies that were ahead of their time

Used ideas and concepts that drove key innovations in other Porsche models (and even for the automotive industry as a whole)

THE 1950'S: PORSCHE 550 SPYDER

Designed by Ferdinand Alexander "Butzi" Porsche, the 904 marked 2 "firsts" for Porsche. It was the first time in Porsche's history that a closed-top, mid-engined model would be sold to the public as well as the first Porsche model to have a plastic body. Available with either a four, six or eight cylinder engine, the 904 could produce as much as 240 hp. Five months after it was released it went on to win the Targo Floria and performed well at both the Monte Carlo Rally and Le Mans.

The 550 Spyder holds the distinction of being the first Porsche built specifically for racing. Sure, you could drive it to the track on the streets it was street legal after all), but it's 110 hp four-cylinder, fourcam engine was more at home on the track. Weighing in at only 550kg the 550 Spyder managed to take a class win, and an overall ranking of third, in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana, despite the competition being equipped with much larger engines.

THE 1960'S: PORSCHE 904 CARRERA GTS

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THE 1970'S: PORSCHE 911 TURBO

The Porsche 959 was so far ahead of its time that's it's only within the last five to ten years that we've seen some of its technological features (kevlar and fiberglass-reinforced plastic body panels, aluminum doors, zero-lift aerodynamic package, all-wheel-drive with adjustable torque split, 6-speed manual transmission, variable shock damping and ride height, etc.) make their way down into the rest of the luxury and sports car market. It's sub 4-second zero to 60 times would make a number of new sports cars blush and its limited build numbers (292 production units) have driven prices so high that most of us will be lucky to ever see one let along drive or own one. This technological bench-

Sales of production 911 Turbos didn't start until the 1975 model year. However, prior to this, Ernst Fuhrman -using the knowledge gained with turbo chargers on Porsche's race cars - thought it would be possible to transfer that technology to a 911. His early experiment with a turbo charged 911 was first displayed in Europe at a number of automotive shows. The first production turbo to go on sale in 1975 was powered with a 3.0 liter flat-six that made 260 hp and had a top speed of 250 km/h.

THE 1980'S PORSCHE 959

THE 1990'S: PORSCHE 911 GT1

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Designed as a purpose built race-car, rules required a street legal version be built for homologation purposes. Porsche obliged with the creation of 20 units, each hand built by the racing department in Weissach. Like the 959 before it, the 911 GT1 StraĂ&#x;enversion hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 191 mph. As the engine on the GT1 was "mid-mounted" this makes them the only non rearengined 911s to be produced.


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NOW YOU CAN BUY YOUR NEXT PORSCHE AT WALMART! Tammy and I are probably the only ones excited about this story ! As near as we can tell, the first Porsche Hot Wheels car was produced in 1975. Known as the P-911, this miniature Porsche was part of the Flying Colors lineup from Hot Wheels and stuck around in one way, shape or form until 2001. Since then, and in the years between 1975 and 2011, Hot Wheels parent company, Mattel, produced a number of Porsche die-casts ranging from the "Upfront 924" to the 911 GT3 RS as well as everything in between. Last week we got word of a new collection that will be available this June at Walmart. Titled the "Porsche Series" there are a total of eight cars to choose from: 

Porsche 914-6

Porsche 917K

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 935-78

Porsche 959

Porsche 993 GT2

Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche Carrera GT

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PORSCHE HOT WHEELS COLLECTING IS BIG BUSINESS Surprisingly, a number of these Porsche Hot Wheels have all been produced before, just with different colors and under a different series. While all the Porsches in this series get a fresh look (and some of the color choices leave a little to be desired in my opinion) the only really "new" style will be the Porsche 918 as this is the first time it will be offered. Just check out the listings on Ebay if you want to see for yourself. The new Porsche Series becomes available at Walmart this June. While we don't necessarily love all the colors/liveries, I'm sure we'll still grab a set to add to our growing collection. It really is the least expensive and most accessible way to get into die-cast collecting.

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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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The May 2015 GEM Grapevine Newsletter from the Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America, PCA

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