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BIMONTHLY CARS & COFFEE
Members and potential members gather twice a month for socializing, catching up on projects, seeing the latest cars, and enjoying a cup of coffee or breakfast at an adjacent cafe: 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., with remarks and announcements at 9:00.
Camarillo: the first Saturday of each month at the Camarillo Outlets Mall parking lot near Loru’s Cafe, 630 Ventura Blvd.
Santa Barbara: the second Saturday of each month in the Leadbetter Beach parking lot near the Shoreline Beach Cafe, 801 Shoreline Dr.
UPCOMING CLUB DRIVES AND SOCIAL EVENTS
Gimmick Rally: our always popular drive, puzzles, and lunch
Rootin’ Tootin’ Drive to Buckhorn: a great drive and lunch in New Cuyama
New Member Recognition Event at the Monarch Club
The Long Way to Wrightwood: a lively mountain drive and lunch
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67th Porsche Parade, Palm Springs Werks Reunion, Monterey
Porsche Rennsport Reunion 7 The Nethercutt Collection Tour
Holiday Brunch at Spanish Hills Country Club
THE PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
DiD you know the Santa BarBara region will be 60 years old next year? The anniversary celebration will be held on July 20, 2024. It will begin at Porsche Santa Barbara, followed by a backroads drive and brunch at the beautiful Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The 60th anniversary planning committee held its first meeting on April 1 to map out the assignments for a successful day. Past-president Nicolas Liakas is chair and leads the planning effort along with past presidents Doreen Pankow and Dave Stone.
In celebration of another important anniversary, I learned recently that PCNA has instructed all its dealers to celebrate Porsche’s 75th anniversary
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on June 10. When I am advised of our two dealers’ specific plans, I will email them to all members and have them posted on Facebook, Instagram, and the club’s website. Stay tuned. And to stay connected beyond these two major celebrations, check our website https://sba.pca.org/ for all upcoming driving events and how to register. Also, there is a Cars & Coffee open house at the Finish Line in Westlake Village on May 7; it’s a must see. Millions of dollars worth of very special cars are housed in the owners’ various car condos and most of these owners are on hand to share stories.
I regularly prowl around YouTube looking for interesting car videos.
Magnus Walker has several and you can tour Bruce Meyer’s collection online, much like we did in person on January 15. I also discovered a video of Singer Vehicle Design’s new, much larger facility. If you have streaming services on your TV, you will want to watch there rather than on handhelds for the bigger picture.
Finally, try to attend one of our two Cars & Coffees in Camarillo and Santa Barbara to meet interesting people and enjoy the variety of Porsches in our region. Many of us have breakfast with fellow members at the nearby cafes as well. These gatherings are always friendly and rewarding.
Organize an Event, The Santa Barbara Region is well known for the excellent drives we put on. Being blessed with magnificent scenery and many great backroads does not hurt either! Yet there are new roads to travel and places to explore. We want to expand our cadre of tour leaders to tap some new ideas. It is time for an SUV-only drive in places comfortable for four-wheel-drive vehicles. I am also thinking about an air-cooled-only drive of 1977 cars and earlier—any model in the time frame. If you are interested in organizing one of these, or something else, contact co-Activities Chair Lionel Neff at email@example.com. Good advice and assistance based on past experience are available.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
PorSche iS gearing uP to mark the centenary of the Le Mans 24-hour race in 2023 by entering its latest hybrid race car, the Porsche 963 LMDh sports prototype. The competition takes place June 10 and 11. This will be an exciting development for racing enthusiasts, and for Porsche fans, as Porsche has a long and storied history at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The addition of the 963 to the top Hypercar class is sure to generate a lot of interest.
It’s probably not news to you that the Porsche 963 is a hybrid race car developed specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and endurance races of its kind. It is an evolution of the 919 Hybrid that Porsche used to win the race in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The 963 has a more powerful hybrid
system than its predecessor, as well as a lighter and more aerodynamic body. The engine is a 4.6L, twin turbo V8 generating 670-700 hp on a cocktail of oxygen and 100 octane biofuel.
Porsche has a rich history at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, having first entered the race in 1951. The brand has gone on to win a record 19 times, making it one of the most successful manufacturers in the history of the race. Porsche’s last victory at the race came in 2017, when it won with the 919 Hybrid.
The Le Mans race is a grueling competition, known for being one of the toughest in the world, with drivers having to navigate a challenging course that includes long straightaways and tight corners. The 963 is expected to showcase the latest in racing
technology, with Porsche using the race as a platform to test and refine its hybrid system.
Four of the sixteen Hypercars entered will be our favorite marque. Porsche will have a full three-car factory-backed entry in the Hypercar class with a trio of Penske-run 963s. The fourth is an independent entry for Hertz Team Jota. That makes it one-quarter of the Hypercar field fighting for overall victory. Cadillac will have three cars, while Toyota, Ferrari, Peugeot, and Glickenhaus will have two cars each, and the AustrianGerman Vanwall Racing Team will enter a single car. Given the number of entries, and with its cutting-edge hybrid technology and racing pedigree, Porsche is sure to be a formidable contender.
There will be a lot of sorting out to do in the endurance races that precede Le Mans. Major setbacks hampered the two Porsche 963s fielded by the Porsche Penske Motorsport factory squad at the 61st edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona. Also, the Twelve Hours of Sebring held last March didn’t see the 963s come out on top either. However, the new Porsche 963 GTP finished first and third ahead of Cadillac, BMW, and Acura at the Long Beach Grand Prix; first win for Porsche in the premier series!
CARS & COFFEE @ CAMARILLO
March 4, 2023 — 83 members and 66 Porsches
April 1, 2023 — 93 members, 42 Porsches, and tons of alternate vehicles
CARS & COFFEE @ SANTA BARBARA
March 11, 2023 — 12 members and 9 Porsches
April 8, 2023 — 48 members, 29 Porsches, and lots of alternate vehicles
“KNOT” JUST A MUSEUM TOURStory by Ron Mulick
What was in use 13,000 years ago and is now a “Hub” of a City? That’s right, the Santa Barbara Harbor.
We started our event by gathering in Santa Barbara with a group of 36 members and 21 Porsches. We then drove up the old San Marcos Pass Road, enjoying lots of twisty, short turns. The weather this Saturday, March 18, was clear so we could see Santa Barbara below and the Channel Islands in the distance. About half way up the mountain, we jumped onto CA-154 (the “new” San Marcos Pass Road) and headed back toward the Santa Barbara Harbor through Hope Ranch, one of the most prestigious residential neighborhoods in Southern California: a beautiful private golf course on the left and stately residential properties all around. Working our way down toward the shoreline on Cliff Drive, canopied with trees and flowers everywhere, we ended our drive at the popular Santa Barbara waterfront.
But wait, that is not what we came for. We wanted to hear about the 13,000 years of maritime history in the region. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum invited us inside. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is ranked in the top 10 maritime museums in the U.S. They opened their doors in 1997 with three exhibits and now get over 40,000 visitors annually.
One of the exhibits they are especially proud of includes the old Point Conception lighthouse “Fresnel” lens, which is made up of 260 pieces of specialized glass. It was originally built in France in 1848 and was able to project light 25 miles out to sea. The lens was disassembled, transported, cleaned, and reassembled at the museum. It stands eighteen feet high and is the first thing you see when you walk in.
Yes, yes, yes, but what about the 13,000 years of maritime history? Greg Gorga, the executive director of the museum, gave us a presentation on what occurred in the Santa Barbara Channel over the centuries. He started with the scientific fact that bones from an Indian burial on Santa Rosa Island have been dated to 13,000 ago. The Chumash, the local tribe on the mainland, built canoes of plank construction, rather than as dug-outs as is found elsewhere.
As we worked our way through the timeline, he touched on Stearn’s Wharf, which is the harbor’s most visited landmark. It was originally built in 1872 to off-load lumber to build Santa Barbara. Prior to the pier’s construction, the ships would anchor offshore and dump the lumber into the ocean, where it would eventually drift to shore.
In 1923, the largest peacetime loss of Navy ships occurred off Honda Point, about 60 miles up the coast from the harbor. Referred to as the Honda Point Disaster, ships’ commanders made decisions based on old “dead reckoning” navigation and it resulted in multiple destroyers running aground on the rocks in the fog. Hundreds of sailors ended up in the water, but only 23 lost their lives.
And of course, the only enemy attack on American soil since the war of 1812 was the attack on Elwood Beach by the Japanese a few weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack. Twentysix shells were fired from a submarine aimed at oil storage tanks; all of the shells missed their target.
There were so many exhibits to look at, we all agreed that one could spend a full day and still not see everything. However, the lunch bell rang (they do that on ships), so we proceeded to the Anchor Rose restaurant, located on the second floor above the museum. An amazing view of the Santa Barbara Harbor with fishing boats and sail and power pleasure craft created quite a sight, complete with a backdrop of the City of Santa Barbara and the nearby mountains. We were treated to stellar food and service and enjoyed sharing stories with fellow members.
What else could a guy or girl want? A drive in a P-Car, learning how 13,000 years ago mankind was able to somehow navigate out to the Channel Islands, and then a nice lunch with friends. Oh, and we got to drive our P-Cars home as well.
Ron Mulick has been a member of PCA since 2020. He drives 1987 993 Cabriolet in Black.
Paso Robles ExtravaganzaStory by Lionel Neff
After months of planning, the long-awaited, two-day, three-night Paso Robles Extravaganza drive finally came to fruition. On a chilly, foggy morning of Tuesday, April 11, 35 intrepid participants made their journey to the meet-up point in Santa Barbara at the Habit Burger parking lot. By 9:30 a.m., everyone was checked-in and accounted for and the signal was given for drivers to start their engines. The enthusiasm to get underway was palpable.
Our journey took us over Hwy 154, with green hills filled with lupine and poppies. The overview of Lake Cachuma, recently filled to overflowing, was breathtaking as we motored by. We hopped onto Hwy 101 for the drive to Shell Beach, where we stopped for a short break (a break every 80 miles or so is not a bad idea, the reason for which will remain discreet). Our drive north on Hwy 101 continued until we reached San Luis Obispo, where we crossed over to Morro Bay and continued at our steady, reasonable pace along the sublimely beautiful coast until we arrived at the beginning of Hwy 1, the Big Sur route. Just ahead, a scrumptious lunch and beautiful terrace awaited us at the Ragged Point Inn and Restaurant.
When we arrived at Ragged Point, we were surprised to see our parking spots had been graciously reserved with yellow tape and an attendant on hand. The terrace was set with tables protected from the sun’s rays with umbrellas. To put it mildly, the management put on the ritz for the SBR Porsche Club. After our lunch and reconnoitering the beautifully manicured grounds and vast views of the rocky coastline, we jumped into our Porsches and snaked our way south for 14 miles to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, where we all participated in our pre-selected tours. Midweek touring is ideal: no traffic on the highways nor crowds at restaurants and historic sites.
After the Hearst Castle tours, we drove south past Cambria to Hwy 46 where we crossed the most spectacular belts of green, not missing the views of the various castlelike wineries that commanded the hilltops. Thirty-six miles later we arrived in Paso Robles and were warmly greeted by the staff at the Paso Robles Inn, our home for the next two nights. Though a free night in Paso Robles, it appeared most everyone had dinner at Buona Tavola, a wonderful, cozy Italian restaurant across the street from our hotel.
Opposite page: On the road with friends. Photo by Leslie Power.
Top left: The group, ready to get started. Photo by Lionel Neff.
Second row, left: Lunch at the Ragged Point Restaurant and Inn on scenic Hwy 1. Photo by Dennis Power.
Second row right: A happy six at the Ragged Point lunch stop. Photo by Randall Fishwick.
Bottom left: the Hearst Castle entrance. Photo by Dennis Power.
Lower right: the Hearst Castle outdoor pool. Photo by Randall Fishwick.
Bottom right: the Hearst Castle living room. Photo by Dennis Power.
Wednesday, April 12, was for winery tours. The plan for the morning was to meet at 9:00 a.m., have a discussion regarding the planned events, and depart on the day’s adventure at 9:30, but we discovered that all the wineries do not open until 11:00. Being it was such a beautiful morning and the verdant hills and dales beckoned, I decided a group ride to Lake Nacimiento, a mere 18 miles away, was the perfect means to pass the time. We were not disappointed; extraordinary, well-maintained, curvy roads produced the rapture and enjoyment these fine cars bring to one’s forefront.
Though our drive required a few (three to be precise) U-turns (for various reasons I won’t go into) the excitement of the road remained undaunted. We eventually made it to Adelaida Road and ultimately to Pasolivo Olive Oils where we spent an enjoyable time walking the stunning grounds and sampling various olive oils grown and processed on the premises. Then it was back behind the wheel of our steady steeds, as evidenced on our marque’s hood logos.
Little did I know what lay ahead was to exceed any and all expectations. From Adelaida Road we proceeded onto Vineyard Road and our luncheon engagement at Opolo Vineyards situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of the vineyards that surround the property. Since reservations had been arranged months in advance, Opolo outdid themselves in presentation, food quality, service, and welcoming attitude. What awaited us was a terrace where a huge table, appointed umbrellas, and a well-staffed cadre of servers all arranged for our 35 hungry travelers. Once seated, the sparkling wine started to flow, followed by a salad, platters of Greek sausages accompanied by pita slices, and the sauces that created a gastronomic delight. After that, variously topped pizzas started to roll out in what appeared to be an endless procession.
Our not-soon-to-be-forgotten luncheon over, we again jumped into our cars for the ride back to the hotel for what most considered a well-deserved nap. The plan for the evening’s event was to gather in the lobby of the hotel at 6:00 p.m. for the short walk to the Fish Gaucho for dinner. The Fish Gaucho is recognized for its unusual, gourmet
Mexican seafood dishes (and margueritas). The restaurant was packed. However, since reservations had been arranged well in advance, our tables awaited us when we arrived. After dinner, a welcome, though chilly, walk back to the hotel was had.
Thursday, April 13, was set aside for a tour of the Estrella Warbird Museum. A chilly 38-degree morning greeted our 9:00 a.m. gathering for that day’s event. Plans included a short drive to the museum adjacent to the Paso Robles Airport just off Hwy 46. When our troupe of Porsches arrived, our host arranged for us to drive out to the tarmac to gather in front of the airplane collection for pictures and kudos. We were introduced to our docent who proceeded to provide an inspirational two-hour tour of the facility. The tour included a host of various aircraft, an outstanding car collection (though void of any Porsches), and a bevy of military vehicles and armaments. By noon, we all departed with sensory overload and broad smiles for our drive home.
All-in-all, it was an event I truly enjoyed planning and leading for such an engaging group of individuals. Though the adventure was great, participation by our members made it the greatest!
Top row: olive oil sampling and the setting at Pasolivo. Photos by Dennis Power.
Second row (l to r): the lunch bunch at Opolo Vineyards. Photo by Randall Fishwick. More great dining in Paso Robles at the Fish Gaucho.
Photo by Dennis Power.
Third row: scenes from the outdoor collection at the Estrella Warbird Museum. Photos by Dennis Power.
Lower left: part of the car collection at the Estrella Warbird Museum.
Don’t Just Attend Porsche Parade...
A Concours d’Elegance is a judged event celebrating the history and provenance of the Porsche marque. PCA members show their cars and judges deduct points from a maximum possible value based on vehicle condition and cleanliness. The Parade Concours is an event favorite. Parade is a great time to give it a try!
June 18-24, 2023
The LaQuinta Resort and Club Palm Springs, California
Driver Education Experience
Our motorsports guru, Glenn Crawford, asked me to provide a few words about what it was like for me to start doing Porsche track events and my transition from Autocross (AX) to Driver Education (DE). Let me share how I’ve become hooked.
I did not grow up around Porsches. I started with a 1969 Datsun 510 in high school. A long-term girlfriend had a new 1979 Damask Red MGB, so I had some background with rag tops. I then had a 1987 Supra Targa Top, a 2001 BMW 740i, and horses (25 mph on a quarter horse is no joke). So, yes, I like speed.
At one point, I was inspired by an old faded yellow 1966 Mustang 350 Fastback sitting in an empty lot, which we saw every time we took our dogs for a walk. I thought of inquiring about it, but one day it was gone. Next, I stopped by a local Porsche dealer to look at their pre-owned selection of two-door cars. After trying out a couple, I was sold on the Boxster with the PDK. It had a great transmission, much better to me than the heavy clutch of the other Boxster I tried. The salesman, who was a competitive driver, strongly suggested that I join the local Porsche Club of America, which I did.
After driving my car for a while, I was looking for more than canyon carving, but it’s really rare to find an open road and most drivers aren’t very good. On Motorsportsreg IStory by Steve Columbus
saw AX and DE events along with the PCA drives I had already signed up for. I checked into it. I got good advice from Glenn Crawford to start with AX because the speeds are lower and it helps with building to faster track speeds, as well as improving everyday driving skills. The worst thing that can happen to your car is having to pull an orange cone out of your wheel well.
My first event was at the last Festival of Speed in October 2021: their mini (demo) AX course. I spent 80 percent of my time at that course and had a blast. I signed up for a full AX event that same month. My next events were real eye-openers: learning to drive smoothly and fast takes work and practice. Those first events are with instructors in the passenger seat. At the fifth event I got a “checkout ride” for the first lap from an instructor and was allowed to drive autocrosses solo the rest of the day and thereafter.
The Day Away event last March 27 was my first Driver Education event. It was held at Streets of Willow in Rosamond, north of Lancaster, and was promoted jointly by the Grand Prix, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara regions. This track is 1.6 miles around and has a storied history, having been built in 1953. The direction to drive this time was counterclockwise. For variety, the route is sometimes run the other direction.
The track is a blast. The start/finish line was at the lowest elevation—on the skidpad—and leads immediately to a left hairpin turn. There are 16 turns and 2 straightaways, and one chicane. At the highest elevation of the course is the “bowl,” a banked, 20-degree left hairpin which exits with a hard left and then a quick right turn.
something like “I’m definitely signing you off to drive solo.”
I have found that driving AX has improved my driving skills, I have had cases on the 23 freeway in Thousand Oaks to be hit by debris, such as tire pieces that destroyed my BMW’s left fender, and again on another car a few years later. Recently, however, I had an object in the same place come flying my way and I smoothly drove around it like a slalom cone in AX. The car behind me was not so lucky.
Over the day there were five 20-minute sessions for each of four run groups. As a firsttimer, I was in the Green group. These were some of the quickest 20 minutes I’ve ever experienced. On my third session my instructor said he was going to sign me off to drive solo for the remaining two sessions, which he recorded in my new Drivers Logbook. That sign-off will allow me to drive solo in future events as well.
An unexpected excitement took place on that third session. While entering Turn 3, the 944 immediately in front of me lost control and spun off the track in a cloud of dirt. I made a quick right to avoid him and headed to the next turn. It was at this point that the instructor said
Performance driving really makes you a better overall driver and gives you the tools to deal with the challenges we face on the road. This was the case with the spinning 944: I could see the car breaking contact with the road probably before he knew it. In a split second I could calmly calculate a different course knowing he was going to continue in the direction he was already on. On my last session I was able to lap that same 944 just before the final checkered flag ended my day. In DE those passes are always safe, with “point-bys” signaling to the car that wants to pass that you will safely let it do so.
Starting a new motorsports hobby like DE can be frustrating at the beginning, but all that you imagine changes when you hear “GO!”. It wouldn’t be much of a challenge if it wasn’t, and the steady improvement is such a reward. By my third session of my first DE I was truly starting to enjoy driving the track. By the last lap I was hooked. I’m now looking forward to my next DE, as well as AX, time permitting. It’s nice to be retired!
Steve Columbus has been a member of PCA since 2019. He drives a 2016 981 Boxster Black Edition.
Opposite page: “The pits,” where the drivers assemble before and after their runs. The author’s car is #155. Photo by Steve Columbus.
Upper left: The Streets of Willow track map. The start-finish area this time was the skid pad in the lower right corner and proceeded counter clockwise uphill to the bowl at turn 8 and back down to the straight beginning at Turn 1.
Lower left: The author’s 2016 Black Edition Boxster.
2009 Cayman S.
Tech Notes: Clunk!By Pedro Bonillo, Suncoast Florida, PCA
Aclunk is very different from a tick, which has nothing to do with a hiss, a click, a squeal, a knock, a pop, a rattle, or a bang. All of the above are sounds that you don’t want to hear coming from your beloved Porsche. But if you do, we’ll try to steer you in the right direction.
There are hundreds of different sounds a car can make: some good, others not so much. Also, keep in mind that a bad component may make more than one sound, and what I describe as a “clunk” you may think it’s a “knock.” It’ll be difficult to verbally describe the sounds, but here we go….
That’s the most common one and usually comes from the front end. If it happens when driving on bad roads, it’s usually a ball joint that’s worn. Ball joints have a flexible dust boot to protect the joint. When the boot tears, it can allow grease to escape and road grime to come in, doing damage to the joint. Usually the drop links are the first to go, but control arms, trailing arms, steering arms, etc. all have ball joints that wear out with time and mileage.
If a clunk happens when driving over bumps, it could be an issue with the suspension, such as a bad upper strut mount, or even a bad strut itself (it happened to me recently). If it happens when you’re turning a corner, it could be a problem with the steering rack, or a worn out wheel bearing.
I mention squeaking here because many times it’s a precursor to clunking. If your car starts squeaking when the suspension is depressed, it may be one or more of the ball joints that has dried out and is letting you know. If you determine which one it is, check the condition of its dust boot. If intact, you can try to inject some lubricant (high quality lithium grease) into the boot with a syringe or with an aerosol straw tube. If it quiets down you know it needs replacement soon.
So many things can tick!
Generally ticking sounds are heard coming from the engine itself. First, check if the ticking varies with engine speed or car speed. That’ll tell you if it’s coming from the engine as you rev it with the clutch in or if it’s from the drivetrain as you accelerate. The fuel injectors (all six of them) can tick quite loudly. The lifters, especially if the oil level is low, can tick-tick-tick. A shredding poly-ribbed belt can tick as it goes around. Believe it or not, a very loud, metallic sounding tick can also be caused by a loose sparkplug. If you can get the car on a lift, with the engine running, try to determine the general area where the ticking is coming from. The best listening device I use is a long screwdriver. Place the butt end against your ear and touch with the tip where you want to listen. You’ll be surprised what a great stethoscope it is.
If you can hear knocking sounds from your engine, get it checked out ASAP; something could be seriously wrong. A knowledgeable technician can tell you if it’s serious or can be easily fixed. What’s generally called engine knocking really sounds more like clattering and is generally due to using a lower gasoline octane rating than what’s recommended. On high compression engines, you need to use high octane fuel to avoid pre-ignition and knocking, which can damage the engine. Fortunately, most modern Porsches have automatic knock sensors that will retard timing to avoid pre-ignition (but you will lose power).
A loud bang, like a gunshot, is usually a backfire. Backfiring happens when unburnt fuel comes out of the engine and gets ignited in the exhaust pipe. This could be due to a vacuum or exhaust leak or a problem with one of the catalytic converters. The bang can also happen in the intake at the throttle body and could indicate an issue with the fuel and/or the ignition system, caused by a blocked fuel filter, bad spark plugs, or damaged catalytic converter.
A vacuum leak while accelerating makes a loud hiss. A fluid leak getting onto a hot engine surface can also hiss.
Grinding or whirring:
If the grinding happens when shifting, you probably have an issue with a synchro in the transmission, which makes your gears not mesh at a synchronized speed and therefore grind. A dried-out CV Joint (drive axle) or a failing wheel bearing can also grind quite loudly. If you hear grinding while applying the brakes, your brake pads are probably worn or you may have some debris caught between a disc and its pad.
Rattles under the car means that something is loose and making noise as it vibrates. Generally, a heat shield in place over the catalytic converters is one of the most common culprits. They are mounted with hardware that deteriorates in time and allows them to vibrate and create rattling.
Whistle (Coke bottle whistle): A very distinct and loud “Coke bottle” whistle is most likely the air-oil separator (AOS). If the inside membrane tears, it can create this unique sound.
Most of our cars produce a beautiful roar as we accelerate (some call it the symphony in flat-6). but if your exhaust note changes all of a sudden to a loud roar, something happened to the exhaust system. The exhaust manifold may have cracked or one of the gaskets is allowing exhaust to freely escape. The muffler may be damaged or an exhaust pipe clamp could have rusted out and become loose.
A loud squeal when you rev the engine, especially when cold, is one of the easiest to diagnose. The belt is most likely loose and slipping on the pulley. It could be worn and in need of replacement, or the tensioner pulley may have lost its tension.
If the squeal is coming from the wheels without using the brakes, you probably have some debris between the disc and the backing plate. If it happens when applying the brakes, then your brake pads may be worn out. If it’s coming from your tires, back off the gas pedal!
For more information on silent Porsches and more, please visit my website: www PedrosGarage.com.
Happy Porsche’ing, Pedro
What’s Trending in the Porsche Auction Market Report byDavid K. Whitlock
The March Porsche market came in like a lion with four auction houses competing for top honors during the 2023 Amelia Island Car Week, selling a total of 49 cars for a dollar volume of $14,594,160 (excluding fees) at a strong 83% sell-through rate. Newcomer, Broad Arrow Auctions, locked out the podium producing all three of the top sales over the long weekend (also the top three for the month) with a 1987 959 Komfort standing on the top step at a sales price of $1,550,000, followed by a 2005 Carrera GT at $1,375,000 and a 1994 911 Turbo S Slant Nose X85 at $1,100,000.
previous month. The highlight of the category for me was a 2022 718 Spyder 000 Package car that sold for $181,000. As the 718 phases out I expect these to remain strong, if not gain over the next five years.
The ‘60s 911s had a tough time selling this month with a sell-through rate of 55%. Leading the sales was a stunning 1969 911 T/R that sold at Gooding & Co. for $420,000. One of three cars built for that year, this example had period Sebring and Daytona history and will be an instant invite to Rennsport Reunion 7 in September. Two notable no-sales were an original 1968 911 “Sports Purpose” bid to $320,000 and a 1967 911S Soft-Window Targa bid to $373,000. 912s remained strong with an average price of $52,000 and a top sale of $71,000.
On the water-cooled front, 996 pricing continues to be impressive as they come into their own and buyers begin to look past the “runny-egg” headlights. Leading the charge was a 2004 996 GT3 RS that sold for a record $330,000 (excluding fees). Not originally sold in the US, a handful of GT3 RSs have found their way to our shores via Show and Display laws, with this example fully upgraded to drive legally on our soil. 996 Turbos also remain strong with two ultra-low mileage cars selling for $131,000 and $155,000.
While February was the month of the 964 Turbo, March was back to the ‘80s with an influx of 3.3-liter Turbos. Of the 13 cars on offer, 10 found new homes with an average sales price of $185,853. Factory M505 Slant Nose examples brought strong dollar figures with a 1988 Coupe selling for $260,000.
993 Turbos looked strong as well with all cars selling above $200,000 and a 71% sell-through rate. If it didn’t cross $200k, it didn’t sell. Of note was a rare 1996 993 Turbo X50 car which sold for $238,000. A pair of 993 Turbo Ss on the other hand went 0 for 2 with both ‘97 examples failing to sell at $652,993 and $559,000, both well above the moving average and in line with recent prices.
Sellers of 1-2-year-old cars appear to have adjusted their expectations (and reserves) as we saw a sell-through rate of 79% compared to last month’s sell-through rate of 54%. Average GT3 pricing was at $260,000, but was propped up by a PTS (Paint To Sample) GT3 Touring 6-Speed which sold for $340,000. Take that outlier out of the picture and GT3 bids averaged $240k, which is a bit down from the
Other notable Porsches offered this month were a 1987 Kremer-Porsche 962 C which was an absolute steal at $820,000 and a 1968 907 K that even with a high bid of $4,000,000 continued the trend of classic Porsche race cars failing to sell this year. We also saw new five-year auction records for a 914-6 at $148,400, a 981 Boxster Spyder at $120,000, a 911SC at $105,000, and a Cayenne Transsyberia at $70,500.
There were no signs of lambs as March remained lionlike throughout the month with a 76% sell-through rate and total sales of $43,102,480. Up from 73% and $33,527,283 the previous month, Amelia Island definitely helped the cause. We’ll see if April and May bring showers to the market next month, but if I had to guess spring will keep on going up and up.
David K. Whitlock is a writer for The Stuttgart Market Letter, a daily market update for Porschephiles by Porschefiles, delivered free to your inbox. To sign up, go to: www.stuttgartmarketletter.com
Porsche Announces Grand Marshals for Rennsport Reunion 7
In a PCNA news release late last March, it was announced that two icons who have done so much to shape the story of Porsche in the U.S.—Alwin Springer and Patrick Long— will lead the largest Porsche fan gathering in the world at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in September. In its six previous editions, Rennsport has become not only a celebration of Porsche passions of the past, but also offers a glimpse into the future, hosting the global debut of new cars for the road and track.
the motorsport presence of Porsche in the United States into what it is today and remains an intricate element of the marque to this day as a consultant.
Local boy makes good. Following a successful career in karts and the open wheel ladders system, Thousand Oaks born Patrick Long caught the eye of Red Bull, and was included in the inaugural Red Bull Formula 1 Driver Search. During that test, he came to the attention of Porsche, for whom he has driven—first as a Junior driver, than as a Factory driver, since 2003. Long is a three-time IMSA Champion whose lengthy list of racing accomplishments also include GT wins in a Porsche 911 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit le Mans.
While hundreds of the greatest Porsche race and road cars will be on display in the paddock and in completion on track, it is the people that make Rennsport Reunion a draw for enthusiasts and novices alike. With 75 years of Porsche history to draw from, icons of the Porsche world including legendary drivers, engineers, personalities, and influencers will offer the personal insights of three-quarters of a century of automotive excellence impossible to find anywhere else.
Racing and the spirit of competition has been Alwin Springer’s lifelong passion. He has been rooted in Porsche Motorsport for over 50 years, first as a technician, and ultimately as CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America from 1990 to 2004. Springer was instrumental in shaping
For further details, updates, and event highlights including special programming, news on Esports, fan zones, live stream opportunities, autograph sessions with drivers, and a host of other off-track activities, fans can also visit the new, dedicated Rennsport website at porscherennsportreunion.com.
WEAR YOUR CLUB’S COLORS WITH PRIDE
Quality shirts, jackets, and hats are available in a variety of colors and for all seasons.
• District Men’s Game Tee
• New Era Ladie’s Heritage Blend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Raglan Tee
• Port Authority Men’s Dry Zone Colorblock Ottoman Polo
• Spor t-Tek Ladie’s Micropique Sport-wick Piped Polo
• Port Authority Men’s Active Colorblock Soft Shell Jacket
• Eddie Bauer Ladies' Soft Shell Jacket
• Port Authority Flexfit Wool Blend Cap
• Port Authority Men’s Tall SuperPro Oxford Shirt
Ryan Kircher Westlake Village 2014 Cayman S
Princess & Michael Nash Oakview 2011 911 S
Bradford Brown Santa Barbara 2023 911 Targa 4 GTS
Vyacheslav Knyazev Thousand Oaks 2005 911
Robert Valdez Oxnard 2006 718 Cayman S
Olivier Salat Goleta 1999 Boxster
Kim Puliti Santa Barbara 2023 Taycan 4S
Alex Garcia Westlake Village 1996 911
Adam Gordon Thousand Oaks 2012 911 4 GTS
Keith & Fleurette Archambeau Simi Valley 2016 Cayman GTS
Leslie Ekker Santa Barbara 2023 Taycan GTS Turismo
Jonathan & Avner Ohana Westlake Village 2018 911 GT3
Kevin Boland Westlake Village 2007 911 T
John & Virginia Barrison
John & Dorothy Rowins
Ed & Juliana Kayda
Gene Dalsky & Sally Schneider
Sam & Susan Grasso
Bob & Jeanette Bassette
Steven Bernston & Julie Pickert
Scott & Linda McCurdy
Stanley & Kathleen Monheit
Mark & Erin Kapczynski
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Courtney & Larry McBride
Dan & Donna Joyce
Angel & Lucas Martinez
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Donald & Charlie Bennett
Neil & Stacy Mcauliffe
Richard & Carol Norman
Daniel & Bonnie Long
David & Mickey Hill
Ralph Teadwell & Kirston Pow-
Fred & Mary Herr
Rem & Sally Laan
Stephen Haydon-Khan & Melissa Wilson
Steven & Karen Keper
Bill & Maxine Lambuth
Christian Marx & Linda Lacunza
John Vasi & Nancy Willstater
Jim & Vicki Riley
Tony & Leah Punches
Emileo Sandoval & Mailin Ho
Mark Sauer & Mark Sauer
Robert Skinner & Meghan
Rane Von Seffe
Gene & Rebecca Luna
Todd & Allyson Aldrich
Michael & Renee Kurreck
Joel & Nina Adler
Kelly Ayer & Greg Fonteyne
James & Karen Degnan
Robert & Laura Brickley
Lee & Susan Hughes
Jeffrey Parker & Micaela Parker
Tony & Elena Samojen
Greg & Tricia Braun
Stanley Smith & Carla Bowman-Smith
Stephan & Jackie Hoofring
Will & Judy Hoag
Craig & Michele Adney
Richard & Bobbi Ditri
Henry Hinck & Paula Carolan- Hinck
Dennis & Katharine Jorgensen
Angelo Secco & Linda Luber
Richard & Valerie Milianni
Michael Benson & Judi Boscardin-Benson
Steve & Caroline Doll
Paul & Tina McEnroe
Dan & Lori Steuer
George & Joel Steward
Phil & Lillian Skeen
Vic & Oria Castroll
Thomas & Audi Marshall
Bill T. & Christine Wilson
Kathy & Bob Carey
Thomas Hardy & Keresey Pearl
Ted & Roanna Prell
Michael Hernadez & Kat Weaver
Mark & Vikki McCarter
Ed & Ashley Villanueva
John & Kneshia Zimbaro
Ron & Lori Mulick
Leo & Tina Pretti
Gregory & Michelle Emi
Arne Schmidt & Lois Linden
Ray Abel & Pilar Pacheco
Don & Ellen White
Glenn & Denise Kirtley
David & Anita Marotta
Ray & Cindy Arbuckle
Brian Chudleigh & Chris Nicholson
Milagros Ebuen & Matthew Ebuen
Thomas & Susan Edwards
Sandor Havasi & Marilyn Fordney Dennis
Joe & Monica Nigro
Lucca St. George & Ed St. George
SBR’s Gimmick Rally 2023
May 20, 2023
A perfect drive for Porsches with beautiful scenery, and requiring careful powers of observation and clever thinking. Those with the highest number of correct answers will be our prize winners. You will need a driver in a Porsche, a navigator, and a clipboard with pen or pencil. Water, sunglasses, and sunscreen will come in handy, too. The rally is always a “bonding experience” for you and your navigator.
The meeting time is 8:30 a.m. at Rusnak Porsche/ Westlake, Thousand Oaks (3863 Auto Mall Drive).
ROOTIN’ TOOTIN’ DRIVE TO BUCKHORN
New Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Our event begins by meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Habit Burger parking lot, 3890 La Cumbre Plaza Ln., Santa Barbara. Our original route was going to take us from Santa Barbara south to Hwy 33, to Hwy 166, to the Cuyama Buckhorn. However, the 33 is closed indefinitely due to severe storm damage just north of Matilija. Therefore, our new route will take us north from Santa Barbara over Hwy 154 to Foxen Cyn, to Tepusquet Cyn, on to Hwy 166 and then to New Cuyama. The total distance is 108 enjoyable miles, one way. This event is limited to 62 driving enthusiasts.
Complimentary coffee and pastries will await us. After about two hours, the rally ends at Borchard Community Park in Newbury Park where we will enjoy a great barbecue lunch by Q-Time BBQ.
The total cost is $40 per person, including lunch, beverages, and the SBR activity fee. Register at msreg. com/2023gimmickrally. Questions about the trip?: contact Jerry Lasnik at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-8896963. Questions about registering?: contact Art Shinn at email@example.com or 505-348-7813.
The drive will be replete with wonderful roads, great scenery, and fine food. So, fasten your seatbelt; you’re in for a great time. Cost of the event is $47 per person and includes lunch and the SBR activity fee. Register at msreg.com/buckhorn. For questions about the trip contact Lionel Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about registration contact Art Shinn at email@example.com.
I won the Concours d’Elegance, so I’ll win the Gimmick Rally!
Being pretty won’t help. Being pretty smart WILL!
New Member Recognition
and Scenic Drive to the Trilogy Club
at Monarch Dunes
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Join us on a lively and scenic drive and to honor PCA/SBR members who have joined our region since July 2021. All SBR members are encouraged to attend to welcome our newest and to share our friendship, memories, and experiences driving our Porsches. This special event will start at the Porsche Santa Barbara Autogroup dealership, where we’ll sign in and enjoy coffee and pastries. We’ll then drive over some of our favorite back roads to the country club set among the rolling hills between Nipomo and the Pacific coast. The buffet luncheon includes filet mignon, grilled salmon, and a variety of side dishes and dessert.
The cost for this event is $78/person for regular members and $63/person for new members, those who’ve joined the Santa Barbara Region since July 1, 2021. Register at msreg.com/sbrnewmembers. Details will be sent to registrants the week before the event. Note: this event is for Santa Barbara Region members only.
For event questions, contact Doreen Pankow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 428-3423. For registration questions, contact Art Shinn at artshinn@ gmail.com or (505) 348-7813.
Special thanks to Schneider Autohaus and Porsche Santa Barbara for their sponsorship.
The Long Way to Wrightwood
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
This spectacular drive never fails to bring a smile and a day full of memories. We’ll gather at 9:00 a.m. in the Moorpark Target parking lot (800 New Los Angeles Ave.) and blast off at 9:30, heading south and a short break in Sunland at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. From that point we start our ascent up Big Tujunga Canyon, where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Big Tujunga Reservoir. We’ll merge onto Angeles Forest Hwy and then onto Angeles Crest Hwy for a spirited 51-mile foray through the mountains to the alpine town of Wrightwood. There ,we’ll enjoy a cozy lunch at the Grizzly Café. The total distance from Moorpark is 102 miles.
After lunch we’ll zero out our odometers for our return jaunt. Backtracking four miles to Big Pine Hwy,
we’ll start a spirited descent down to the Western Mojave Desert. Our drive through the Antelope Valley will take us to the little town of Valyrmo, where there still stands an old post office at an elevation of 3,721 ft. We’ll continue to course around the base of the mountains until we join up with the Pear Blossom Hwy 138. Our drive continues until we reach Hwy 14, at which point those headed north toward Ventura and beyond will take Hwy 14 to Hwy 126, and those heading South will take Hwy 14 to Hwy 5.
The cost for this event, not including lunch, is $10 per person. To register go to msreg.com/wrightwood. For questions about the trip, contact Lionel Neff at email@example.com. For questions about registration, contact Art Shinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBR MEMBER NAME BADGE
Ordering a durable, magnetic SBR name badge is quick and easy online. Visit our website, pcasb.org. On the top banner, select Membership and click the link SBR Name Badges. Fill out the order form and follow the instructions as to what to pay and where to send the form. You can order up to two badges with one form.
2023 Zone 8 AX, DE, & TT
Sat./Sun., May 6/7
Sat., May 13
Sat., May 13
Sat./Sun., May 22/23
Sat., Jun. 10
Mon., Jun. 26
Sat., Jul. 15
Sat., Aug. 26
Sat./Sun., Sep. 16/17
Mon., Oct. 16
Sat. Oct. 21
Sat./Sun., Oct. 21/2
Sat./Sun., Dec. 2/3
SDR DE/TT at Chuckwalla
CCCR AX at Santa Maria Airport
GEM AX at Shafter Minter Field
SDR TT at Willow Springs
CCCR AX at Santa Maria Airport
CCCR DE at Laguna Seca
CCCR AX at Santa Maria Airport
CCCR AX at Santa Maria Airport
SDR TT at Willow Springs
GPX, LAR, SBR DE at Willow Springs
CCCR AX at Santa Maria Airport
SDR DE/TT at Chuckwalla
SDR TT at Buttonwillow
AX = Autocross, DE = Driver’s Education, TT = Time Trials, and CR = Club Race
CCCR = California Central Coast Region, GEM = Golden Empire Region, GPX = Grand Prix Region, SDR = San Diego Region, LAR = Los Angeles Region, LVR = Las Vegas Region,
ZONE 8 OFFICERS
Zone 8 Representative
California Inland Region
Grand Prix Region
Orange Coast Region
Porsche Club of America
ZONE 8 STAFF
San Diego Region
Chief Driving Instructor
Las Vegas Region
Club Race Advisor
Grand Prix Region
California Inland Region
Event Information Chair
San Gabriel Region
San Diego Region
Rules Technical Advisor
San Diego Region
Social Media Chair
Los Angeles Region
Time Trial/DE Chair
San Diego Region
San Diego Region
PCA/SBR CLASSIFIED ADS
With a machined-polished, medium silver finish and gray pockets, these are like new rims with minor curb rash. Fronts are a 20 x 8.5”, five lug, 130mm bolt pattern: Rears are a 20 x 11.5”, five lug, 130mm bolt pattern. Fits 911s from 2012-2016.
$2500. Contact Bill Hallier (559) 696-0006.
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Rennsport 7 Parking Pass
Porsche Corral parking for either a 2003 996 or 2017 Macan. I have tickets for the event itself.
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The club now has in inventory several winter jackets. Ladies are in white and men’s are in black.
Text the Goodie Store with your interest: 820-203-8079
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John Alfenito captures his 2022 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 on Deer Creek Road above PCH.