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Patter Parade - Tech Quiz Winners! Ellen Beck and Minta Miller were 1st and 2nd in the 924/928/944/968 class. Vu Nguyen was 1st in Cayenne class and Bob Gutjahr was 3rd in the 356 class.

Volume 54, Issue 628 August 2015


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Patter The Porsche Patter is the official newsletter of the Chesapeake Region of the Porsche Club of America. Contributions to the Porsche Patter should be sent to the Editor at least four weeks preceding the month of publication in Microsoft Word format via email to Please send images in their original size. Editor: Michael Murphy


President’s Message


Membership and Anniversaries


Upcoming Events - August 2015 Calendar of Events


Upcoming Events - Autocross No. 5 Instructions


Name and Car Badge - How To Order


Autocross Report No. 4


Concours School


Rennsport Reunion V - Instructions


2015 Parade - Chesapeake Region Winners!


2015 Parade Group Photo


944S Project Part IV - Time For A Facelift


DYI - Tech Tip


In The News - 2018 Porsche Pajun?

Motor Authority


In The News - Porsche 2016 911 Undisguised

Motor Authority


Market - For Sale

Gary Martinez Aaron & Minta Miller Editor

Contributing Photographers: Lynda Sobus, Aniano Arao, Mick Whitlock. Contributing Writers: Bob Rassa, Aniano Arao, Steve Graham, Pat Walker, Bob Purgason, Mike Cook. Advertising: For questions about advertising rates and placement in the Porsche Patter, please contact Michael Murphy,

Letters to the Editor are welcomed. They should be brief and may be edited for length. Please include PCA membership number and contact telephone number for verification. Unless otherwise reserved, permission is granted to reproduce material published, provided full credit is given to the Porsche Patter and to the respective author. To subscribe, join the Porsche Club of America. Details at The Porsche Patter is published monthly by the Chesapeake Region, Porsche Club of America. Subscription is limited to members of the Chesapeake Region, Porsche Club of America.

Pat Walker Editor Pat Walker Doug Ehmann Editor Minta Miller Editor Aaron Miller

Rob Mairs and Jim Earlbeck


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he Chesapeake Region of the Porsche Club of America serves it’s club members and hosts activities within the Baltimore, Annapolis and surrounding geographic area, including Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The general objectives of PCACHS are, as indicated in the by laws: Promote the highest standards of courtesy and safety on the roads. Promote the enjoyment and sharing of goodwill and fellowship engendered by owning a Porsche vehicle and engaging in such social or other events as may be agreeable to the membership. Promote the maintenance of the highest standards of operation and performance of the marquee by sharing and exchanging technical and mechanical information. Establish and maintain mutually beneficial relations with Porsche AG, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), Porsche dealers, and other independent service sources to the end the marquee shall proper and continue to enjoy its unique leadership and position in sports car annals. Promote the interchange of ideas and suggestions with other PCA Regions throughout North America and the world, and in such corporation as may be desirable. Establish such mutually corporative relationships with other car clubs as may be desirable. Establish a community service initiative with the goal of engaging members to participate in activities that benefit the community through fundraising or volunteering of time.

The Porsche Patter is published monthly. Articles from members are welcomed and encouraged and should be sent electronically in Microsoft Word format to by the 15th day of the month preceding publication. The editor reserves the right to edit or reject all material submitted for publication, including advertisements, and the right to cancel advertisements at any time, for any reason, at the editor’s sole discretion. Statements appearing in the Porsche Patter are those of the contributing authors and do not constitute the opinions or policy of the Chesapeake Region, Porsche Club of America, its Board of Directors, or the editor of this newsletter. Unless otherwise reserved, permission granted to reproduce material published, provided full credit is given to the author. The Chesapeake Region, Porsche Club of America, neither endorses and advertiser nor warrants and product or service they 4 may provide.

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from our president ing this luscious time of year. Whether it’s the beach or the mountains, city-living or Greetings Everyone! rural splendor, these are the days that make owning the wonderful cars we do, a real CHESAPEAKE REGION PCA ROCKS joy and such a special treat. PARADE!!

President’s Message


o your fellow members, who are instrumental in PCA National PARADE, made a real spectacle of themselves this year at French Lick and in the process of having so much fun brought home a bunch of awards! No spoiler alert here though. Just a note to check out the great article in this month’s Patter with many thanks to our wonderful membership co-chair Minta Miller for sharing the good news with us all!

When even a simple drive around town is an adventure, it’s such a pleasure to report that the last two months have also been graced with tech sessions and socials, Parade and our own (and just completed) annual Crab Feast! Our committee chairs, Region members, and Board executives, both long-serving and new, are extra busy at keeping the Region active and healthy. It’s my honor to be able to serve with them and I thank all of you for the tremendous effort and time you put into our Region’s wellbeing. But the year is far from over folks! We have plenty of activities planned both for the Region and those which we are supporting at the Zone and National levels. As you’ve already seen in my e-blasts, early August will see a combined Region TOUR and SOCIAL to DeJor Vineyards with daylong events planned for those who attend.

* * * * * * What a summer! We have had a terrific driving season and I do hope you’ve all taken some time to enjoy yourselves dur-

Planning for our Chesapeake Challenge 46 (to be held in early October this year!) is well in hand. It will be another version of a multi-day event, this 5 year featuring Randy Leffingwell,

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from our president world-renowned author and photographer on all things Porsche. This will be a unique opportunity to spend some quality time with a man who has had a unique experience with Porsche and who is coming to Challenge to share it with all of us. AUTO-X continues to vex us all with challenging courses each month and our TECH crew is always finding new ways for us to learn more about our cars with visits to specialty shops in our area. And with all of that, we are working to bring a few new events later this fall. So stay tuned and on the lookout for additional announcements. And if you still have more time to fill, this year we have some very special events. Zone 2 is hosting a Porsche Car Corral at VIR’s Oak Tree Grand Prix Tudor Race in August. This is your best chance to see the Porsche factory teams racing the #911 and #912 GT3 RSRs in the United Sports Car Championship! Also in September will be RENNSPORT REUNION V hosted by PCNA. It’s a bit of a throw to Leguna Seca in Monterey CA, but worth every second as there will be more Porsches present than one might ever imagine seeing at a single time. And finally we have WERKS Reunion in mid-August, also in Monterey and held during ‘Monterey Car Week’.

Each of these events welcomes volunteers with open arms and generally makes some extra goodies available to those who step up. So there’s plenty to do, see and experience this summer as we make our way into fall! Get out and enjoy your cars, be safe and, most of all, have fun!! I am always happy to hear from you at and look forward to seeing you on the road soon! Have fun and Drive Safely!



Membership & Anniversaries July 2015

Aaron & Minta Miller

Primary Members: 795

Affiliate Members: 476

Total Members: 1272 Membership New Members: John Aquilera Scott Bertozzi Michael deVera Nicholas DiTizio William Dixon William Duncan Averi Hawthorne Kevin Lutz Mark McKee Jennifer O’Sullivan Frank Palmer George Schmidt Rob Sharps Ernie Taylor James Valdes Parker Williams

Ellicott City, MD Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD Nottingham, MD Glen Burnie, MD Easton, MD Baltimore, MD Lutherville, MD Catonsville, MD Pasadena, MD Lutherville, MD Sykesville, MD Lutherville, MD Bel Air, MD Churchville, MD Parkton, MD

Transfer In: Jerry A. Trone from Delaware (DEL)


2009 911 Carrera, Grey 2013 911 Carrera, White 2006 911 Carrera S Cab, Blue 1978 911 SC Targa, Black 2005 911 Carrera S, Black 1984 911 Carrera Black 1965 356 2004 911 Carrera 4S, Cobalt Blue 1987 924S, Almond Metallic 2008 911 Carrera S Cab, Artic Silver 2015 911 Carrera S, Dark Blue 2012 Cayenne, Green 2013 911 Carrera S Cab, Black 2002 911 Turbo, Silver 2007 Cayman, Gray 1996 911 Carrera, Blue

Transfer Out: Brendan McHugh to Potomac (POT) Ali Soulati to Potomac (POT) Rodney S. Yates to Potomac (POT)

15th Year Anniversary: Don and Nancy Malson and Bryan and Leslie Moore 10th Year Anniversary: Thomas and Lisa Sechler 5th Year Anniversary: David and Kathy Arnold, Thomas Eilenberg, Amie Kimmel, Kenneth Kimmel, Richard and Gloria Merriken, and Paul and Lynda Sobus 1st Year Anniversary: Darrin Buck, Ananlisa M. Carino, Richard Conniff, Mary Elizabeth Crow, Hugo Eilenberg, Sam Frantangelo, Charles Grafton, James Gregory, Lisa Gritti, Paul Halsch, Harry and Liliane Heimple, Albert Homans, Tina Jernigan, Kelly Kennedy, M. Maillie, Karen Matte, Charlie Miller, Thomas and Kaye Morton, John Munyan, Vincent Rock, Patrick Smith, Andrew Uribe, John 7 Witherill and Brian Znamirowski

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the team President Executive Vice President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Past President Autocross Autocross Patter Editor Publicity Social Social Tech Session Tech Session Tour / Rally Master Tour / Rally Master Safety Chair Chief Driving Instructor Community Service Concours d’Elegance Concours d’Elegance Historian Membership Webmaster Insurance PCA License Plates PCA License Plates PCA Zone 2 Representative

Gary Martinez Mark Hubley Claude Taylor Lynda Sobus Michael Murphy David Dukehart Rick MacInnes Pat Walker Michael Murphy Pat Walker Bob Costello Kathy Costello Jim Earlbeck Rob Mairs Steve Graham Mike Cook John Jensen Ellen Beck OPEN Ron Gordon Doug Ehmann Bob Rassa Aaron & Minta Miller Terry Della Vecchia Lee Rock Laurie Tarsia Bruce Tarsia Cheryl Taylor



Upcoming Events

PCA Chesapeake Region-2015 Events Calendar July



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Tech Session - At Speed – DIY Board Meeting

8:00am to 12:00pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 8:00am to 12:00pm Lunch

At Speed, 7410 Coca Cola Drive, Unit 110, Hanover, MD 21076, 410-712-4290 Hampton Inn & Suites, 7045 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-381-3001 BWI Parking Lot on Mathison Way


Autocross No. 4


Tour No. 4 and Social


Crab Feast

3:00pm to 7:00pm

Kemptown Park, Monrovia, MD – Sponsored by Porsche of Silver Spring


New Member Party


Concours Training

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Tour No. 5 and DeJon Vineyards Werks Reunion

9:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 5:00pm All Day Event



6:00pm to 8:00pm


Autocross No. 5

22-23 TUDOR Oak Tree Grand Prix

8:00am to 12:00pm All Day Event

New Member Party, Porsche of Towson, 700 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD 21204 Blue Moon’ Farm, 15002 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111 5300 Hydes Road, Hydes, MD 21082, 443-253-9802 ( Rancho Cañada Golf Club, California's Monterey Peninsula ( werks-reunion-2015) Vineyard Wine Bar, 142 North Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078, 443-502-2551 (http:// Limited to 20, with 18 remaining. BWI Parking Lot on Mathison Way, (http:// Virginia International Raceway (VIR), (http://




Coffee and Cars at Hunt Valley


Board Meeting


Autocross No. 6


Rennsport Reunion V

6:30pm to 8:30pm 8:00am to 12:00pm All Day Events

Hampton Inn & Suites, 7045 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-381-3001 BWI Parking Lot on Mathison Way ( Laguna Seca, California

Carrol County, Combine Social with Tour


Pat Walker

Autocross No. 5 Open To All Region Members August 22

Autocross No. 5

8:00am to 12:00pm

BWI Parking Lot on Mathison Way ( schedule/)

Saturday August 22nd Register: Information:


Name and Car Badge Chesapeake Region Members Name Badge

Payment instructions are located in the paragraph next to the Name Badge photo.

Metal Car Badge

Payment instructions are located in the paragraph next to the Grille Badge photo.


ow you can obtain the new Chesapeake Region Name Badge. Go to and scroll to the bottom of the main page and locate the “NAME” button. Click the button and complete the order form page. The Name Badge cost is $25, inclusive of handling and shipping.


his is your opportunity to purchase a heavy “goldplated” Chesapeake Region metal car badge. Each metal car badge comes complete with stainless steel slotted retaining plate, screws, washers and nuts to mount it through your car grille or separate mounting plate. You can order right now! The cost per metal car badge is $30 or two for $50, inclusive of handling and shipping. Here’s how you order your metal car badge: Go to and at the bottom of the main page click on the button that reads “CAR”. Complete the order form and make your 11 payment by check or PayPal.

Autocross Report PCACHS Autoc PCA AUTOCROSS EVENT No. 4


he morning of Autocross #4, it looked like we were going to be able to sneak another event in before the inclement weather arrived. Forecast called for scattered afternoon thundershowers and clouds were way off on the horizon – nothing to worry about …..right? Fifty-three drivers came out to try their hand at another one of Greg Martell’s masterfully laid out courses – which could be best described as a wild course of crazy and lazy eights. Knowing that weather was going to be a factor later in the event and everybody was on hand and ready to go (thanks to everyone who pre-registers), we were able to get the first car off a little early – a good thing too, because as we were halfway through the second run of the first run group the rain began to fall. As it has been in previous ‘wet’ events, times got better because drivers tend to drive more smoothly on wet pavement. Shortly after the heavy rain

started coming down, then there were reports of lightning in the area, which then forced event autocross officials to call an audible put the event on hold. As a matter of policy autocross events are not delayed or cancelled for rain, they are only delayed or cancelled for lightning (for obvious safety reasons). The weather hold lasted for about an hour while many drivers sat in their cars and others huddled under canopies near the timing trailer. As time dragged on, Scott Borden succumbed to his caffeine cravings and went on a mission of mercy and returned with coffee and donuts for the masses. DJ Vu rocked the iPod of steel, mixing up a rain-themed soundtrack while drivers dunked donuts and dodged raindrops. Unfortunately several racers could not wait for lightning to leave the area and left early. So just as the rains came, the rains left and the event was back on. It was a bad day for the remaining Porsche crowd, ‘Non-Porsche’ dominated the top five positions.

Time !


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ross Event No. 4

Soggy Donuts and Coffee Anyone! Scott Borden, in his GT3, claimed the title of Fastest Porsche of the Day with a time of 48.199 seconds. Mark Hubley was not far behind in his 2000 Porsche Carrera with a time of 49.235 seconds. We need to step up our game in order to ward off these upstarts J While the excitement of who will win the title of Fastest

Time of the Day makes up a predominant percentage of our autocross events, there is a component that centers around people learning how to drive their cars (preferably Porsches) in a ‘performance-type’ event and the enjoyment that first-timers get at successfully completing the course and seeing their times displayed in 3


Autocross Report PCACHS Autoc

Where Are The Cones! lights. If you are thinking about coming to join in the fun, please keep in mind that we are using for event registration. Registration ends at midnight on the Wednesday prior to the event. Please help us speed up the check in and registration process on event day and preregister. If you have difficulties creating an account or have questions with classification of your car, please do not hesitate to contact us at As we enter into the depths of the summer month, we need to be careful about heat related injuries. Limited drinking water is on hand, so we recommend you bring additional water to ensure you’re taken care of. Headgear, eyewear and sunscreen are also items you should bring along in your track bag – we’re on an open lot with little shade so the sun can be brutal out there! There are plenty of areas

for spectators to safely watch the cars during competition, but for their added safety (and to please the PCA legal eagles), please remind anybody who comes with you to the event to check in at the registration/timing table/trailer to sign an insurance waiver release form and get a really cool, fashionable, sexy wristband (suitable for framing). Also, if you must bring a pet it must be on a leash at all times. Remember that the sound levels that many of the cars produce may be distressing to them! Yes, autocross is one of those ‘single-player sports’, but you don’t have to have a stable of Porsches in order to share the experience with friends and family. Co-drivers are a common and cost effective way to see who will have bragging rights at the dinner table/water cooler. And just because it’s a Porsche Club event, that doesn’t 14 mean that cars manufactured by more common

ross Event No. 4 brands aren’t welcome – all that’s needed is a car that will pass a cursory mechanical inspection, a valid driver’s license, and of course – the registration fee which is:

event/course setup 0745: Registration/Check-In Opens 0800: Tech Opens 0830: Course Walksspection, a valid driver’s license, and 2015 of course – the registration fee. PCA First Time Intro to AX $0 0900: Registration/Tech Closes (exceptions handled on PCA Member Preregistered $35 case by case basis) PCA Member Walkup $45 0920: Driver Meeting Nonmember Preregistered $40 0930: First car off Nonmember Walkup $50 As you can see membership and pre-registration have their 1300: Event done While mechanical and electrical issues are possible (there advantages – registration for Chesapeake Region PCA are cars and timing equipment involved, afterall). Your Autocross events can be done at http:// dedicated Autocross team will strive to keep the events on What?! You say you haven’t schedule. So what’s left to say? attended a Chesapeake Region PCA autocross event beWhat?! You say you haven’t attended a Chesapeake Refore? What’s keeping you from attending one now? gion PCA autocross event before? What’s keeping you If you’re curious about when the event ‘starts’ and from attending one now? ‘finishes’, here’s a rough schedule of one of our events: *** 0700: Lot opens – BWI Midfield Cargo Complex. Start


Concours School

Concours Tr Concours School Announcement August 1st (Saturday), 10:00am to 3:00


he PCA-Chesapeake Concours Committee is pleased to announce an upcoming session on Concours judging. If you’re interested in having you car judged at a Concours car show, or if you would like to be a judge, this is the school for you to attend. We hope you will be able to join us.

Background -- A Concours is a car show, during which the cars are examined by a team of judges. The cars are typically displayed by category and trophies are awarded to the highest scores. There are different levels or types of Concours. The classifications are designed to accommodate various levels of commitment, car usage, age, and originality. Beginners can enter their daily driver and learn a great deal about the history of that model and year, while making it gleam. For those who want to take it a little more seriously there are categories in which the originality of the car is considered, as well as every tiny nook and cranny of the engine compartment and undercarriage.

o Street Class (exterior & interior only; more casual) o Concours Class (exterior, interior, engine compartment, chassis; more intense)  Preparation and detailing – tips, product recommendations, and answer questions.  Questions and discussion.  Wrap-up.

Our Host -- TW & Jeanette Scott’s ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ Farm is an impressive facility. It’s a beautiful Amish-built stable/garage. We will provide donuts, bagels, fruit salad, coffee, and juice. If you’d like to sit some, please bring a chair.

Location: TW & Jeanette Scott’s ‘Once in a Blue

Moon’ Farm, 15002 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD Where Are The Cones!

Program: 

Introductions.  Concours presentation – What is it, types, categories, judging process, PCA-National rules, PCAChesapeake rules, preparation. How does PCA judging differ from other clubs/marques.  Opportunities to compete - upcoming shows: o Chesapeake Challenge – October 3rd, 2015. o Porsche Parade – 2016: Jay Peak, VT.  Concours judging – get some experience judging some cars:

21111 About 8 miles east of the Hunt Valley Towne Center. I-695 to I-83N, to Exit 20 Shawan Rd, about 1 mile to right on York Rd, about ¼ mile to left on Paperwill Rd, about 6 miles to left on Jarrettsville Tpke, about 1.5 miles to 15002 (at the intersection of Manor Rd and Jarrettsville Tpke – has a traffic light).

Cost: No charge. Registration:

Please register on-line through Contact Doug, if you have any questions or suggestions, or if you are unable to register through We’re looking forward to seeing you there! Doug Ehmann, Ron Gordon, and Donna Brandt Co-Chairs, PCA-Chesapeake Concours Committee 16

Doug Ehmann

raining Event


Rennsport Reunion V

Who’s Attending, P Here’s who’s attending from PCACHS so far: 1. Jeff and Deb Barton 2. Randy Richter 3. Larry Robinson 4. Rob Mairs 5. Jim Earlbeck 6. ????? Send the Editor an email message at: and let us know if you are attending Rennsport V.



Please Let Us Know


Parade 2015

The W Porsche Parade 2015 Winners - Chesapeake Region Welcome Party Costume Contest: 1960’s Theme


hat a great way to start Parade!! Despite the weather causing the party to be in a parking garage, Chesapeake knew how to get the party started! First off, we all

tried to sit at the same tables in close proximity to one another. After some music, dinner and recognitions of past Parade and PCA presidents, some of us competed in the costume contest. The best part, Chesapeake Region showed up in FORCE!! Not only were all 4 women’s finalists (Ellen Beck, Linda Gordon, Donna Brandt, Minta Miller)from Chesapeake, but so were the 2 men’s finalists (Steve Wood and Aaron Miller), and the 2 finalist couples (Steve and Joan Wood, Aaron and Minta Miller)! Chesapeake cheered the region on until we were hoarse! The Judge, Mark Shevitz, was so blown away by the finalists all being from the same region, he commented “ Are you

Women’s Winner: Joan Wood The “Gogo Girl”

Minta Miller



Men’s Winner: Aaron Miller The “1960’s Motorsports Racer”

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The W

Couple’s Winner: Steve and Joan Wood The “Hippie and Gogo Girl”

Winners kidding me? You’re all from the same region? What do you guys normally wear?”

Cleaning was intense because unlike some competitors, Donna and Warren drove their car to parade as opposed to trailering it, which some opt to do in an effort to maintain

Women’s Winner: Joan Wood (Gogo Girl) Men’s Winner: Aaron Miller (1960’s Motorsport-Racer) Couples’ Winner: Steve and Joan Wood (Hippie and Gogo Girl)

Concours d'Elegance Competition was stiff this year as many fine cars competed. Again, weather was against us and the entire concours was held in a series of parking garages. Donna Brandt and Warren Schultz took home 2nd in their class with their 993 C4S. Not an easy feat by any means. Donna and Warren arrived at Parade Early on Friday and worked endlessly and tirelessly until the Concours on Monday.

cleanliness. For those of you who think this is a crazy idea and you would never get into it, think again. Donna and Warren would probably say it was definitely worth the effort! Not only did they take home a 23 gorgeous trophy, but also they were able to meet

Parade 2015

The W Dr. Wolfgang Porsche and have him sign their trophy!! Not bad for some first time Parade goers!!!

5,000 Meter Foot Race

Lori Williams not only was the fastest woman in her age group, she was had 2nd Place 964/993 Touring Class Concours: Donna Brandt the fastest time in Overall Women’s! and Warren Schultz (pictured with Dr. Wolfgang Porsche) Congratulations to Lori! All that training paid off!!

Community Service This year WE ARE ALL WINNERS! Thanks to your dedication, hard work, charity, and volunteerism; Chesapeake Region took 3rd Nationwide in the PCA Public Service Awards. This was a great surprise to us in attendance and what a way to cap off a terrific week!

Tech Quiz This year’s tech quiz was universally regarded as one of the most difficult in recent memory. Despite the best efforts of the quizmeister, we still had a phenomenal showing and winners all around. Ellen Beck and Minta Miller placed 1st and 2nd in the 924/928/944/968 class. Vu Nguyen placed 1st in Cayenne class and Bob Gutjahr rounded out the trophies with a 3rd place in the grueling 356 class.


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Parade 2016

See You I

In Vermont


Project 944S: Part IV

Time For bumpers. When it comes to Porsche parts not easily available in the US, sourcing parts can easily turn into its own Article and Photos by Aaron Miller adventure. Planning the changes to Red Sonja made the n our previous installment of Project 944S, I deconversion much smoother and definitely cheaper than tailed the exhilaration of driving an old Porsche placing a massive order with our local dealership. across the country with a failing radiator. While it Through the Rennlist forum, I was able to locate a gentlewas a good opportunity to get to know our new car, man in the UK who Red Sonja, the had rear bumpers cooling system for sale, $250 issues didn’t let shipped to the US me sit back and and it included the enjoy the drive as bumper to body much as I would mounts. As a point have liked. But of reference, buyonce she was ing the bumper, home, it was time rubber impact strip to start pursuing and the mounts the plan for Red from our local dealSonja that we had ership would have drawn up shortly cost about $425 and after purchase. still need a trip to the body shop for Part of the paint. Unfortuallure of buying a nately, while I 944S was keeping thought I was purthe look of the chasing a Guards base model 944. Red bumper, the Our previous 944 excellent condition NA had received a bumper showed up turbo bumper upin Garnet Red Medate and while it tallic! looked the part, it certainly wasn’t as The front quick as a 944 bumper proved to be more involved but again, preturbo or S2. Our plan with Red Sonja was to remove the planning kept costs under control and the results were exUS-spec impact bumpers and install the svelte European

Project 944S: Time For A Facelift


Aaron Miller

r A Facelift cellent. We purchased a new front bumper from Porsche Annapolis, our local dealership, but the driving lights, light trim and bumperettes were sourced from ebay UK over about six months. If we had purchased new, the lights, trim and bumperettes would have cost over $500! I can see why more people don’t go for the euro bumper conversion. A quick trip to a local body shop had our front and rear bumpers painted in LM3A Guards Red and we had them mounted in a little over an hour. The results were breathtaking, Red Sonja looked just a little more sporty and unique to us. On a side note, the US-spec engine bay wiring harness does not have a provision for the European driving lights. The early (83-85) 944s featured

Out with the old...

mounted, I was learning a hard lesson in the meaning of “good” used parts. We had previously parted out a derelict 944 S2 and carefully cleaned and packed all of the parts away for future use. Red Sonja had already shown her radiator wasn’t up to the task of keeping coolant inside the cooling system so rather than spend $375 for a new radiator, we decided to go with our “good” used one. The swap is an easy one and in the course of about 5 hours, old was replaced with new. A few quick pumps on our cooling system tester showed the “new” radiator was also leaking from the side caps! Bizarrely, Red Sonja had an “early” style water pump devoid of the later timing belt guide so for peace of mind, it had to go. On to Amazon

…And in with the new!

a removable wiring harness for the turn signal lights and and $475 later we had a new radiator and water pump on this is a plug-and-play option to connect the driving lights. their way to the house. In a future article I’ll detail exactly how to build a harness and correctly wire it for proper function. As I reassembled the front of the motor, I While we were getting our bumpers painted and took the opportunity to replace fasteners and


Project 944S: Part IV

Time For date. As a word of caution for those replacing the crankshaft seal, carefully inspect the oil pump gear sleeve for wear and replace if there is a noticeable lip. It’s not a fun job to do twice to replace something the second go-round. With Red Sonja now mechanically sound and aesthetically pleasing, a target of opportunity arose giving us the chance to improve handling for pennies on the dollar. A friend from Potomac region had upgraded his 944 Turbo to the impressively stiff Weltmeister sway bars and now had a set of sway bars taking up room in his garage. A short trip to Virginia netted us a front sway bar from a 944 Turbo S and a rear sway bar from a M030-equipped 968, still with excellent condition bushings. Swapping sway bars is as easy as click-

New water pump and freshly zinc’d hardware instills confidence parts with my freshly re-zinc’d spares. I love the look of fresh yellow zinc! Thankfully, the engine and cooling system went back together without fanfare and our leak problems were cured. On the trip home I had noticed I was losing oil at an alarming rate from the crankshaft seal and kicked myself hard for not making a point of replacing the seal prior to the drive home. With Red Sonja laid up waiting on a radiator, I resolved to do all of the front-end maintenance in one fell swoop. Gaining access to the crankshaft and balance shaft seals made me feel like an idiot for not anticipating the dry Utah climate would have wrought havoc on the seals and as I removed them, they were hard as rocks and past their replace


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A rare and beautiful sight in the US, euro bumper completes the look



r A Facelift

Spoils from our Porsche storage destined for Red Sonja

ng Legos together and the impact to handling was immediately noticeable. And while the previous owner had installed brand new tires on Red Sonja shortly before our purchase they left quite a bit to be desired in the handling department. We didn’t find out how slippery the tires were until Chesapeake’s first autocross on April 25th. Darrell Pope’s similarly equipped 944 with sticky Hankook Ventus V3 tires easily turned in times 2-3 seconds faster than Red Sonja. And in the interest of ego, I’m going to squarely place the blame on the cheap all-season tires!

Red Sonja also made her concours debut with the Central Pennsylvania PCA region at this year’s Hershey Swap Meet. Minta and I look forward to this event every

year and it marks the beginning of our driving season. We took the opportunity to give Red Sonja her first real scrub down and I’m still a little shocked at how much Utah dust was everywhere! The weather cooperated and we had a bright, sunny and warm swap meet. We located a few parts for Red Sonja and some great factory literature, including a new old stock 1992 warranty manual for our 968! While there were a ton of beautiful 944s at Hershey this year, we were the only car sporting euro bumpers.

In Parts V, VI, VII … of Project 944S, I’ll go over the “fun” of removing aftermarket stereos and alarms, replacing heatdamaged interior trim and upgrading the brakes and suspension. ***



DYI - Tech Tip

Touch Up Aerosol


ar Fact of Life - If you drive your car you will eventually get some chips in your paint! Some of you have tried to eliminate chips with transparent films

which are very effective but those of us who don’t

have the film, we end up with chips. In addition to paint chips those of you with more ambitious goals might want to repaint one of your bumpers, a wheel well, wheel well edges, engine compartment or trunk(s) and if you are that ambitious you might like to do it yourself. Not too long ago this would have required an air compressor and spray gun however today you can buy all Porsche colors in an aerosol spray can! In the process of converting a Porsche 914/6 vintage race car to street configuration it was necessary to do some body work. The race 32

Rob Mairs & Jim Earlbeck - Tech Co-Chairs

l Spray Can Paint car had a secondary oil cooler in the front of the car which had required a large hole in the front of the car and another in the front trunk. Since I couldn’t find a new 914 front body panel, I was able to obtain the sections I needed from a fellow 914World forum member and the bottom panel from a Panorama and Excellence advertiser – Restoration Design. Ron Yeager of Ron’s Rods did a great job of blending in the replacement panels but Ron doesn’t do paint work. As an aside, Ron has hosted a Tech Session on metal work and several Chesapeake members have had Rod work on their cars. Since the 914/6 front panel would be covered by a bumper and valance I thought I would attempt to paint the area using a product offered by another Panorama and Excellence advertiser – AutomotiveTouchUp. They have become the nation’s leading provider

of specialty automotive aerosol spray paint cans, touch up bottles, pens and more with over 60,000 original OEM colors available. I was curious as to see how their aerosol spray can product would work. Their aerosol spray product is two-part paint so one buys a can of the color basecoat and a can of clear coat. As with any painting job, preparation is everything so to ensure a nice finish one should follow typical sanding, cleaning, priming, tack cloth, ventilation, and face mask protection. Use of the spray cans is the same as using any other spray can – easy! After applying primer I sprayed on 3-4 coats of color basecoat followed by several coats of clear. I wouldn’t spray a whole car with the stuff but for minor repairs or for any areas on your car that doesn’t need to be perfect, I would highly recommend the AutomotiveTouchUp products. ***


In The News - 2018 Porsche Pajun?

Porsche Pajun Coming to Frankfur


n electrified concept for the rumored baby Porsche Panamera is coming to the Frankfurt auto show, a new report suggests. The Porsche "Pajun" EV (Panamera Junior) will feature an electric motor, according to French website L’Automobile. More on Although Porsche prefers hybrid powertrains to full EVs, the brand has built a few prototypes based on the previous Boxster, according to the report. The concept will feature a hatchback body style similar to the Panamera, though on a shorter platform. Though the baby Panamera will debut as a concept, L’Automobile says it could make it to series production. The production model, which is rumored to arrive in 2018, will feature regular gas, hybrid, and pure electric powertrains. In an earlier report, we said the Pajun could feature a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V-6 gas engine as well as a turbo version and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine sourced from Audi. The electric powertrain will be shared with the similarly sized, recently confirmed Audi Q6 EV, which is said to provide just over a 300-mile range. Despite its sedan/hatchback body style, the Pajun will share its underpinnings with the Audi SUV. ***




rt Car Show as an EV Design Study


In The News - 2016 Porsche 911

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Sp


orsche’s current 991-series 911 sports car is about to undergo its mid-cycle update, with the updated version, the 991.2, on track for a debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show this September. However, the latest prototypes currently testing around Europe are no longer wearing any camouflage gear,


potted Completely Undisguised revealing in full the subtle visual updates the design team has implemented. Previous spy shots plus the latest photos from Bridge To Gantry reveal revised daytime running lights and new intakes in the bumper, possibly with an active grille-style function to help save fuel. At the rear we can see some new intakes at the sides of the bumper, and the exhaust tips have also been moved closer to the center of the bumper instead of at the outer edges. Though it’s yet to be officially announced, new engines are expected as part of this update, with most 911 variants to feature turbocharging—including the base Carrera models. GT models like the GT3 and GT3 RS are expected to remain naturally aspirated for the foreseeable future, however. The Carrera is expected to feature a turbocharged flat-six engine displacing 2.9 liters while the Carrera S is thought to be receiving a turbocharged version of the newly developed 3.8-liter flat-six found in the latest GT3 RS. It’s not clear what effect the turbocharging of the base models will have on the actual Turbo variant but it’s likely output will be dialed up higher than the current model’s 520-hp rating. Considering Porsche is testing the cars without any camouflage, an official online reveal can’t be far. The Frankfurt Auto Show debut will take place September 17. For more from the German show, head to our dedicated hub.




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Items for Sale, Rent, Loan and Free! For Sale

RACE/TRACK 993 $48,000 Many on Rennlist and in PCA know my 993 to be a very well developed and prepared car that is fast and forgiving. It is that rarest of racecars in that it has taken me to the podium quite a few times and, yet, it has never been wrecked. This car spent the first four years four or five years as a street car and then became a car that I drove 99% on the track. It is technically street legal since it's tagged and titled. I've actually been stopped/been given warnings by two police officers, and neither of them cited me for the loud exhaust, roll cage, etc. Lucky, I suppose. I have a lifetime emissions waiver from the state of Maryland, so it never needs to be smogged again. Contact: Mark Samuel at 410-375-6114 39


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Items for Sale, Rent, Loan and Free! For Sale Bridgestone Tires FREE TO THE FIRST PERSON 2 Bridgestone Potenza S-02A 205/50 ZR17 Boxster tires in excellent condition with 7/32� tread remaining.

Original 914 Steel Wheels FREE TO THE FIRST PERSON 4 original steel wheels that fit 1972 914. Contact: Jack Roth at 240-687-0857



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Items for Sale, Rent, Loan and Free! For Sale 2007 Cayman S $38,500/obo White/Black, like new, heated garage kept, non-smoker, 6speed, 19� Turbo II wheels, sport chrono plus, PASM, PCM with navigation, auto climate, Bose sound, heated leather sport seats, Alcantara sport steering wheel, biXenon headlights, Borla exhaust, RSS sway bars, 3M clearbra, new battery, brake pads & rotors, car is current on service with all records included, books/2 keys/all OEM parts included. 38,000 miles. Selling due to lack of time to enjoy car. Contact: Jeff McClure, Baltimore, MD at 443-8014559.


Volume 54, Issue 628 August 2015




PCA Chesapeake Region - August 2015 Patter  

Monthly Newsletter of the Porsche Club of America Chesapeake Region.

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