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SPRING 2018

PEOPLE. PORSCHES. EXPERIENCES


COVER

BACK COVER

DESIGN

PRINTING

Photography by Evan Klein

Photography by AngeliqueChacon.com

Z&R Design www.znrdesign.com Zlata Nikonovskaya

Marketlink XL Signal Hill CA

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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PCA-LA LEADERSHIP

SOCIAL MEDIA & CREDITS

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

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UPCOMING DRIVING TOURS AND EVENTS

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SURPRISE EXPERIENCE THRILLS WITH ALL THE FRILLS

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PCA LA KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON RIGHT

ROAD READS

TIPS FOR CAR PHOTOGRAPHY – PART 3

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PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER BREAKFAST AND HOT LAPS

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COLD SPRING TAVERN

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BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAILS

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NEW MEMBERS

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ANNIVERSARIES


PCA-LA LEADERSHIP TEAM

PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER

MARIANA SMALL president@la.pca.org DAVID HEENAN vicepresident@la.pca.org LAURA HOUSTON treasurer@la.pca.org

SECRETARY

TAM RETTIG secretary@la.pca.org

ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR & SPONSORSHIP CO-CHAIR

CLAUDIO GOUVEIA sponsors@la.pca.org

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

FOLLOW US:

W W W. FAC E B O O K . C O M / P O R S C H EC LU B LA

TONY CALLAS tech@la.pca.org W W W. I NSTAGRAM . C O M / P O R S C H EC LU B LA

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR & SOCIAL CHAIR

DONNA J. SLATTON membership@la.pca.org

CHIEF DRIVING INSTRUCTOR

RANDY BLAESI Randy.blaesi@la.pca.org

T WI T TER . C O M / P O R S C H EC LU B LA

APPOINTMENTS MEMBER-AT-LARGE & SPONSOR CO-CHAIR PORSCHERAMA EDITOR

ADVERTISING COORDINATOR

MARK BILFIELD Mark.Bilfield@la.pca.org

W W W.YO U T U B E . C O M / P O R S C H EC LU B LA

HARRY KRAUSHAAR editor@la.pca.org ANGELIQUE CHACON

CONTACT US: H E LLO @ LA. P CA. O R G P CALO SANGE LES . O R G

PHOTOGRAPH BY TED7.COM

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Letter from the President

Letter from the Editor

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

CH-CH-CHANGES

WE’VE KICKED OFF THE YEAR with so many fun new activities; have many already on the calendar and quite a few more in the works. 2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year.

We want to continue to improve the membership experience for each of you. In that vein, our Board of Directors and Board Appointments conducted the second annual PCA-LA Board Summit on February 3. Our primary focus was on learning from 2017 and planning for 2018, while recognizing the constraints imposed by our volunteer base and budgets. The main topics we addressed included diversifying events to cater to our growing audiences, improving the operational parts of sign-ups and registrations,

and coordinating activities with volunteers and members. Our activities could not be executed were it not for the time, effort and dedication of our members who step forward to volunteer. We are delighted to welcome the following new volunteers and thank them for their many contributions thus far and moving forward: Kevin Rice as our new MotorsportReg. com Events Registrar, Angelique Chacon as our new Advertising Coordinator for Porscherama, Sas Lari as our Social Media Chair, Raj Nallapothola as our Tour Master and Zlata Nikonovskaya as our Creative Director. If you would like to play a more active role in the Club, we welcome your involvement. Email us at Volunteer@la.pca.org to get started.

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I am thrilled to have several articles from previous contributors, and I want to thank Joe Barnet, Tony Callas, Tom Prine and Mark Bilfield for continuing to provide great content for Porscherama. This issue contains the third and final part of Joe’s wonderful article on P-Car Photography, and this installment is focused on race photography. Joe has also provided us with some spectacular action shots to go along with the story. Additionally, there is content from new contributors, both in the form of stories and pictures. Sheri Gottschalk has written a lovely story about the Holiday Party, which was held at the Jonathan Club downtown.

And last, but certainly not least, please save the date for our 58th annual Concours d’Elegance, which we will hold on Sunday, September 23, 2018! We are very excited to be holding the Concours in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum. Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

MARIANA SMALL PRESIDENT, PCA LA

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WELCOME BACK to Porscherama. Hopefully you enjoyed the last issue and are looking forward to driving through this one. But before you do, please take a few moments to allow me to set you up for the twists and turns ahead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ASTON PARROTT

This issue of Porscherama is a little different from the last issue. It has more pictures, and it contains what I hope will be a recurring feature, titled Road Reads, relating to personalized license plates. Each issue will feature several personalized license plates with the owner’s name, the car on which the plates reside, and what the plates mean. Please forgive me,

as I have (ab)used my editorial license by placing my two plates in this issue. If you are interested, please send me a tight, hi-res photo (300 dpi) of your plate with the car and the plate’s meaning. We will publish them in future issues as space permits. In addition, I want to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to Zlata Nikonovskaya. Zlata laid out this issue and did a fabulous job. Though we have evolved, we still have a ways to go. Hopefully, the next issue will have another new feature, titled PCA Peeps, which will focus on profiling members and their passion for their Porsche(s). Each issue will feature one or two members. I am on the lookout for interesting stories about our members. Please feel free to forward to me any suggestions you have.

This issue’s cover photo is special. I love picture of Ken Goeller’s 911 G Body tearing up the road. The picture was taken by Evan Klein. The picture that straddles pages two and three was taken by Ted7, and it features Bruce and Evan Meyer driving Le Mans winning Porsche race cars up Rodeo Drive en route to the Petersen Porsche Effect Exhibit, where the cars are now prominently displayed. The picture that straddles pages four and five was taken by Aston Parrott, and it uniquely features Jeff Cherun’s GT3 as it crushes a corner on Angeles Crest Highway. Last, but not least, is the mirror image in the image back cover picture taken by Angelique Chacon when she was on the High Road to Taos in New Mexico. I hope you like reading Porscherama. I like putting it together. If you have any thoughts, comments, or, most importantly, content, drop me a note at editor@la.pca.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

HARRY KRAUSHAAR EDITOR, PCA LA PORSCHERAMA/SPRING ‘18

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UPCOMING DRIVING TOURS A DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH

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35TH ANNUAL LA LIT SHOW (NON-PCA)

SAMY’S CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

PCA LA MONTHLY BREAKFAST

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LUFTGEKUHLT 5 (NON-PCA)

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DRIVE TOWARDS A CURE (NON PCA)

PCA GPX REGION CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

PCA LA MONTHLY BREAKFAST

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STEVE MCQUEEN CAR AND MOTORCYLE SHOW (NON-PCA)

PCA LA MONTHLY BREAKFAST

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 For St. Patrick’s Day an extraordinary day at the race track. It begins with a scenic run through the mountains to Santa Anita Park where we park in a designed area monitored by an attendant. Then we are treated to a guided tour of the entire facilities including the stables, paddocks, and even the living quarters of park personnel. A lunch buffet in the private Director’s Room will be served overlooking the entire park. One of the races will be dedicated to our club, and we will be invited to the winner’s circle to meet the winning jockey and horse.

RUN TO MOUNT WILSON OBSERVATORY & LUNCH SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 A private tour of the Mount Wilson observatory and facilities. The day will begin with a run via the Angeles Crest Highway to the Observatory followed by an extensive tour of the site. Afterwards another short run to Newcomb’s Ranch for lunch will complete the day.

WHEELS TO WATER IV SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 Our annual excursion to the Los Angeles Yacht Club in Los Angeles Harbor. A scenic tour of the South Bay communities will start from Marina Del Rey and proceed around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to San Pedro, where we will have a buffet lunch at the LA Yacht Club.

FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT PCALOSANGELES.COM/SCHEDULE-EVENTS

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SAVE THE DATE!! PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA, LOS ANGELES REGION

57 ANNUAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE TH

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 23 2018 AT THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM


to test my heart function (yes, it is still working just fine). My driving skills were totally challenged, whether it was from using the launch control instead of just looking at it on my own car’s dashboard, from putting the pedal to the metal while driving the straightaway in a GT3 and causing minor whiplash, from learning where to brake and accelerate at just the right point when approaching the Nurburgring turn, or from trying to avoid spinning out when driving on the skid plate, every driving moment demanded 99% of my concentration to make sure I didn’t embarrass myself by crashing a new vehicle. Of course, the other part of my concentration was focused on which car I would prefer to purchase if I were in the marketplace. That decision

SURPRISE EXPERIENCE

THRILLS WITH ALL THE FRILLS Story and photographs by Mark Bilfield

AS A PORSCHE OWNER for 20 years I have had my share of car event related fun with family and friends. The really special part for me is that my son, Matthew, has followed in my footsteps and has inherited some of my “auto genes.” I am proud to say that he already has owned a couple of Porsches and that he knows much more about them than I do. This past December, as I was approaching my big 70th birthday, I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate this “big” day. In reality, there was nothing in particular that I wanted or needed. I am very grateful to be able to enjoy my family, maintain my health and pretty much do the things we all dream about when we were a bit younger. Well, my thought about celebrating in a quiet way was not going to cut it from Matthew’s perspective. He said to me, “Dad, this is a big Birthday, and you have to make the most of it and celebrate in a big way.” Unbeknownst

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to me, he had already made reservations for both of us to drive cars at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson. We arrived at 8:00 AM and were among the first to show up on a Saturday morning. Several very enthusiastic staff members welcomed each of us with a complimentary 1:43 scale model of the 918 Spyder Weissach Package as well as our name badges which listed the designated model cars we were going to be driving. As soon as I saw my badge, I was beyond surprised—actually giddy with excitement—as I immediately realized that Matthew had arranged for me to have the absolute ultimate experience by driving the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 for 45 minutes each. He was going to drive the 911 S. While I know a few people who own these fantastic cars, as they often join our PCA meetings, I now have a much better understanding of why they’re always smiling. One of my passions is to drive the canyons from Santa Monica to Malibu. I also thoroughly

enjoy the experience going on the PCA drives with a caravan of Porsches. That said, the PEC drive was going to be entirely different. We met with our respective professional drivers, each of whom enjoyed making our experience totally unique

while explaining what about to take place.

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could only be made after driving both cars. Not an easy decision for sure. After Matthew and I completed our drives, we discussed our respective experiences. Coincidently, we both asked our professional drivers which car they would buy if money were no object. Both said the Targa 4S, also a beautiful car. Ah, so many choices! After driving we relaxed a bit before having a delicious lunch at the 917 restaurant. If you haven’t been there, you’ve got to try it. The food and service has been great every time I’ve been there. The butter shaped in the form of a 911 only adds to the overall Porsche experience and branding. While we ate our lunch, we watched the track in front of us as others drove on the skid plate. Some people did better than others. Some people couldn’t handle it at all as the centrifugal force of spinning after losing control of the car caused them to cut their driving day short. All in all, my experience was fantastic. In part because of the cars I drove, but more because of the thrill I got by receiving this ultimate surprise. Matthew knew exactly what would thrill me for my Birthday—a day with him sharing our passion for Porsches. I’m am the luckiest dad with the best son ever!

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KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON RIGHT! Story by Sheri Gottschalk, photographs by Alex Caraballo

I KNEW IT would be a win-win going to the Porsche Club of America’s Los Angeles Holiday party. With a wonderful group of people at the famed Jonathan Club DTLA, how could it not be? My husband’s favorite line is, “I drive a car that has a top speed of 204 mph, and I’m going five mph on the freeway.” He said this more than once on the drive to the event, as he was frustrated to no-end by the traffic, but that frustration turned to holiday spirit once we reached the parking lot of the building that houses the Jonathan Club. Parking attendants dressed in tuxedos ushered us to a reserved level where there was row upon row of Porsches perfectly lined up. We exited our car and were immediately greeted by the friendly faces of party goers and tuxedo-clad waiters serving champagne. What a fun and different way to start an event…in the parking garage! Once we entered the building, we were immediately surrounded by

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in a way of its own, but having the members of our club there, made it a perfect experience. From the time we sat down at our table to the time we left, we had four hours of a fabulous evening. We enjoyed a three-course plated meal that was outstanding. We enjoyed wine pairings that were simply divine. We partook in conve r sa ti o n wi th pe o ple a t ou r t a b le tha t we previ o usly k n ew a nd m a de f ri e nds w it h t h o se tha t we ha d no t m e t b efo re . We la ug he d a n d d ra nk wi ne ! It wa s the p e r fe c t way to sta rt of f the h ol id ay se a so n.

holiday cheer. A live band was playing holiday music, festive decorations were everywhere and a beautifully decorated tree stood in the foyer. Waiters served appetizers and the bar was pouring whatever your heart desired. There were about 200 people

in attendance for this sit-down formal style dinner. The Jonathan Club has an old-school vibe and is quite impressive. Power players in the LA business world have dined there for years, and you just know many deals have been made in this exclusive, members-only club. The Jonathan Club stands out

A huge thank you to Jill and Steve Petty and ever yone else who spent their time planning and organizing this event. Ever ything was perfect. A huge thank you to Beverly Hills Porsche for the great raffle gifts and for always being a huge part of our organization. And being the chocolate lover that I am, a big shout out to whoever made the party favors… a

divine milk-chocolate Porsche wrapped festively and parked at each place setting. Happy New Year to everyone and I hope 2018 is the best yet, filled with good health, lots of love and fast cars! PORSCHERAMA/SPRING ‘18

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1989 911 CARRERA TARGA

MEMBER: BOB MCLATCHER

MEMBER: HARRY KRAUSHAAR

INSPRIATION/BACKGROUND: Refers to the end of the 6 cylinder flat six used in the Boxsters and Caymans prior to the introduction of the 4 cylinder turbo charged engines used in the 718 Boxsters and Caymans.

INSPRIATION/BACKGROUND: Patrick Long popularized the term Luftgekült, which means air cooled in German. This is as close as Harry could come to spelling out the word and was still available. He realizes it is only intended to be understood by those in the know.

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MEMBER: HARRY KRAUSHAAR

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2011 911 CARRERA GTS

MEMBER: TIM TOPP

INSPRIATION/BACKGROUND: Harry’s initials are HK. He drives a Cayman. This is his way of combining the two into one license plate.

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INSPRIATION/BACKGROUND: The 911 has and is built for curves. This alternate spelling was chosen because it was available and had a “German” feel to it.

2016 CAYMAN GT4

MEMBER: CHARLIE MARTIN

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1986 CARRERA WITH SPORT PACKAGE

New feature

ROAD READS

MEMBER: KEN GOELLER

INSPRIATION/BACKGROUND: Refers to the amazing 3.8 Liter Flat Six engine in the GT4.

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INSPRIATION/BACKGROUND: The G body was produced from 1973 to 1989. The plate refers to the G body combined with the last four digits of the car’s VIN. PORSCHERAMA/SPRING ‘18

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/PART 3 TECHNIQUES & TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR “P” CAR PHOTOS

RACE PHOTOGRAPHY Story and Photographs by Joe Barnet, Barnet Photography

WHEN I’M PHOTOGRAPHING a race, be it F1 or the Festival of Speed in Fontana, there are a few things I make sure to bring along: the obligatory yellow vest (with pockets), a good hat with neck protection, water, sunblock, very comfortable, all terrain hiking high top shoes, lightweight pants and knee pads. In the old, less litigious days of racing, a must-have tool for photographers was a good wire cutter to make your own holes in the chain-link fence to shoot through. I don’t recommend that now.

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I carry two full frame bodies, the first with a 200-400 f4 zoom on a monopod or light tripod (depending on the race) and the second with a 70-200 f2.8 zoom. I make sure to have plenty of high capacity, fast memory cards too. I also carry a medium 24-70 2.8 zoom with me. The medium zoom usually doesn’t get on the cameras, but if an unforeseen event like a crash happens close to me, I want to be able to cover it. Most cameras take two memory cards. We always shoot in RAW mode and record simultaneously to both cards,

so we can have an in-camera backup. Photographing a car race is not unlike documenting a social event. You’re telling a story. If you have access, it’s important to photograph the garage action, as early in the event as possible, the covered cars being unloaded, the preparation, close ups of the mechanics working, tire stacks, the car interiors, drivers getting suited up, etc. Then there is the pit area. For most major races, (it’s been a long time since I shot those) I cover the pit action on qualifying days. Unless you work

for a team, you don’t want to run the risk of being in the wrong place on race day, when every fraction of a second counts. This is where the right spot and a long lens come in handy. Some of my favorite garage and pit area images are tight shots of the drivers alone and as they interact with their crews. Then it’s off to previously selected spots around the track. First I set up for the start. Then I make my way to the end of “S” curves and other spots where the light and background work best, where the cars will “stack up,” and

maybe I will catch a little air under a tire. One of the hardest techniques to master, when photographing cars on track, is panning. This is when we use a relatively slow shutter speed and “pan” the camera to keep the speeding car in the viewfinder. When done correctly, the car will be sharp, with the background having movement blur. This gives the car a fast look, and renders a busy background more or less un-sharp, depending on how long the lens and how slow the shutter.

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You can practice panning on any street with fast moving cars; it doesn’t have to be a race. AutoX events are great to hone your panning skills. Panning can be very frustrating; it requires lots of practice and trying various combinations of shutter speeds, ISO and f stops. But, when you get it right, with a tack sharp beautiful car and a blurry background it’s truly a work of art. The angle of the approaching car also has lots to do with the best shutter speed to use. With an oncoming car, you want to freeze it, since the camera doesn’t “travel” with it. A handy thing to have at an Auto X or race is a small stepladder so you can get high and shoot down on the car for a more interesting angle. This will also eliminate much of the distracting background. Another technique I like is to use a long lens, while close to a car, or line of cars. I can concentrate on a specific small area of the car, like headlights, an interesting pattern formed by cars parked next to each other and photographed at an angle, etc. After a race, especially if it’s over several days, you have the time-consuming, bitter-sweet

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task of going over thousands of images in your computer. I guarantee you, after this exercise you will shoot fewer images at the next race. We first use an inexpensive program called Photomechanic, no kidding, to cull or select the “keepers”. It loads all the images much faster than Lightroom and allows us to zoom in very quickly to check focus. Depending on your expectations, and how hard you are on yourself, this can be a fun process or a frustrating one. Once we select the ones we’re going to “cook”, we take them to “Lightroom” where we make overall corrections. Then, we take the really good ones, hopefully there are a few of those, to Photoshop where we make the magic. We call this process “workflow” or postproduction, and it’s as important as taking good pictures. The great landscape photographer Ansel Adams once said that you don’t make the photograph in the camera, but you make it in the darkroom. That was true then, in the days of film, and is truer today. Photoshop is the digital darkroom, except we can do much more to realize our vision now than Ansel could back then.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Joe and his wife, Mirta, own and operate Barnet Photography. Their commercial studio is in Santa Ana, they specialize in corporate, product, business headshots, food, sports and fashion photography. When Joe gets a chance, on his weekends off, he photographs cars… He is truly living his dream!! You can check out his gallery of P-car, including vintage F1, photographs at www.barnetphtography.com/motorsports. Feel free to contact him if you have any comments or questions.

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PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER BREAKFAST AND HOT LAPS Story by Harry Kraushaar

I REALLY ENJOY the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) in Carson, California. It is like the perfect mini theme park for me. Its staff, aura, activities, restaurants, sights and sounds provide a great escape from my normal day to day existence. From my house, the easiest way to get into the PEC is to go past it. Besides enabling me to arrive earlier, it also gives me a view of the action on the track. As I drove by it at 8:15 the morning of the PCA-LA Region breakfast, the track was busy with many Porsches circumnavigating it, and it looked like the Porsche Man statue was beckoning me to enter. I had to tear my eyes away from the sight as I drove by, reflecting on the statue’s various incarnations prior to becoming Porsche Man. As I entered the parking lot, I was pleased to see how crowded it was, though I was not surprised. The event was sold out, with over 70 PCA members and guests looking forward to breakfast in the 917 restaurant on the second floor of the PEC. Breakfast was only the first of three scheduled

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events. The other two consisted of demoing cameras and lenses courtesy of Samy’s Camera and being driven on a “hot lap” around the track by one of the PEC instructors. In her spare time, our tireless President, Mariana Small, organized the breakfast, demo laps and box lunches.

Mark Bilfield, our intrepid Board Member at Large, coordinated the Samy’s Camera demonstration portion. The PEC worked closely with us. Their team, led by PEC Manger Jennifer Malacarne, Assistant Chief Driving Instructor Shawn Hayes, Event Planner Jane Yi, Restaurant Coordinator Elizabeth Wallmark and Chef Matt Lee, all did a great job to make us feel important and welcome. In addition we had two special guests in attendance. Sasha Glaeser, our liaison with our Premier sponsor, Beverly Hills Porsche, and Jonny Lieberman, a long time fixture in the automotive press and currently a writer for Motor Trend. Our parking lot time ended with Mariana updating us all on club matters and Mark Bilfield conducting a small raffle with prizes donated by McKenna Porsche and others.

Breakfast was fun. We had taken over the entire restaurant, which was abuzz with discussions about Porsches, hot laps, and low friction challenges. I always enjoy eating there and watching all driving classes being taught by well qualified instructors. My attention, as usual, was riveted on the ice hill and the kick plate, as I always

smile as I watch students try to navigate them. I saw many people testing serious telephoto lenses after breakfast, as it appeared that many of our members really enjoy photography and want to have equipment worthy of their cars.

IMAGES ON PAGE 18 BY HARRY KRAUSHAAR

IMAGES ON THIS PAGE BYMARK BILFIELD

As usual, the hot laps were a blast. People exited their cars with huge smiles on their faces, especially the ones getting out of the GT3 RSs. Even from 50 yards away, the GT3 RS is loud when it is accelerating under launch control, and given the number of times I heard its distinctive exhaust notes,

many of the 50 members who experienced the hot laps did so in a GT3 RS. This was a great day and a great way to kick off the year. I look forward to doing it again.

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COLD SPRING TAVERN – SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM Story and photographs by Harry Kraushaar

COLD SPRING TAVERN is nestled on Stagecoach Road in the San Marcos Pass. It sits in the Cold Spring Canyon about 600 meters from the west base of the Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge, the highest arch bridge in California. Its roots date back to the 1880s, when it functioned as a stagecoach stop. The stagecoach service ended in 1901, but the tavern has stayed in business, and it is a wonderful destination for a day trip in a Porsche. PCA-LA sponsored a driving tour to this fabled place in mdOctober. The trip was originally planned for earlier in the year, but wild fires were burning in the area, causing the original trip to be postponed. The tour was planned and organized by David Heenan, PCA-LA Vice President. David did a tremendous job planning the route and making sure we all arrived at the tavern on time, in good spirits and ready to eat. The route, which was slightly over 100 miles from the departure point in Calabasas consisted of a nice mix of backroads, twisties and highways. We left Calabasas and made our way to Balcom Canyon Road. Balcom Canyon

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was a great road to drive with excellent turns and scenery. The canyon drive ended in Santa Paula, where we connected with State Highway 150 for the backroad drive into Ojai. We stopped for a break in Ojai and then got back onto State Highway 150 for about 20 miles until it merged with the 101 North. The portion of the 150 from Ojai until the 101 was spectacular, and we are very fortunate to have driven it when we did, given the wildfires that ravaged the area in December. We proceeded north on the 101 until we reached State Street in Santa Barbara. From there we turned onto State Highway

154 for the trip up into the San Marcos Pass. We all enjoyed a nice outdoors lunch at the Cold Spring Tavern before getting in our cars to return home. There are several unconfirmed rumors circulating that the return trip for several of us was interrupted by a stop at McConnells Fine Ice Creams.

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BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAILS By Tony Callas and Tom Prine HISTORICALLY, Porsche’s paint quality has always been world class. However, over time, your car’s paint is exposed to combinations of dust, dirt, tree sap, bird droppings, water, chemicals or other environmental fallout, and Acid rain, plus ever ything else in the air which can take a toll on the quality of the finish. Of course, the painted surface of any car must be cared for to maintain its outstanding finish. Unfortunately, not all Porsche owners keep up with the maintenance of the exterior finish. Reasons differ, but the most common is just not having the time to do it yourself. Today, there are many fixed location and mobile professional detailing ser vices that cater to conscientious car owners who want to preser ve the fine finishes on their cars. When choosing a detail ser vice business, it is best to get recommendations from someone you trust, your friends, your mechanic, a high quality paint shop or the local PCA (Porsche Club of America) chapter. It is also important to use companies that utilize methods and products that are good for

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the car, not what’s time expedient or most profitable for them. Detailing or cleaning and waxing the paint should be done at least four times per year, more if needed or desired. This should include cleaning, claying the surface if it is rough, polishing and waxing. Cleaning and preser ving the interior surfaces (especially the leather) is also important. If you are on a budget, pass on the tire treatments, carpet shampoo and other Concours event cleaning and presentation extras. Ever y time at the end of your daily drive, check the painted surfaces and remove any foreign material on the paint. This may save the paint from having a permanent blemish. With the high cost involved to refinish your car or even a panel(s) on your Porsche, it is far better to maintain the paint so it looks great and protects your investment for a long time.

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OUR THOUGHTS & RECOMMENDATIONS •H  igh speed buffing machines: professional detailers or highly experienced individuals only. Care must be adhered to, so that paint damage does not occur. •P  ure Carnuba wax is recommended but it can be difficult to work with.  ever wash or wax your car in the direct •N sunlight or on a hot day unless it is garaged. •H  ide food is best for pure leather; however, most car interiors are not actually pure leather. Most have a painted surface. Dyed leather is closer to pure but is still somewhat impervious to conditioners.  t times, a leather conditioner will tarnish or •A stain the lighter color leathers. •B  e careful of interior dressings. They work well for the looks but if you stop utilizing the product, there is a possibility of quickly drying out the vinyl or leather. •S  heepskins or seat covers are a good idea if the cover gets removed periodically and the seats treated or the covers will dry out the upholstery. •T  he sun is probably the worst thing for your cars finish and interior aside from wear. •W  e do not recommend paint treatments or sealants. We believe the paint is a living thing that needs to breath. If you seal this surface, you might be causing more harm than good.

ABRAHMS, ADAM ABRAM, STEVEN ABRAMOWITZ, DAVID ADAMS, VICTOR AICHE, YGAL AMODIO, ANGELO BACHMAN, NICK BEJARANO, ADRIAN BERLYN, SIMON BLASKO, KEVIN BOILEAU, JAY BURKE, WALTER CHASTAN, OLIVIER CHATOFF, MARK COLLINS, STU COURY, LANCE DHEDHY, ADAM DOWN, CHRIS EASHOO, JAMES EASTMAN, RODNEY FELDMAN, KEITH FERN, MARTIN GARRETT, BRAD GENTILE, LANCE GHAEMI TEHRANI, FARBOD GUSHUE, TED HAILEY, CHARLES HIGO, KYOKO INSPRUCKER, NANCY JACOBS, CARL KANTOR, STEVEN KAUFMAN, ZUADE KONELL, DAVID LAGUE, RICHARD LANFRE, MELISSA

LEBOFF, SPENCER LEVINSON, JOSHUA MASSEY, BEN MCCOLLUM, LAUREN MCDANIEL, RYAN MERCADO, MIKE MUSLEH, HANI NAKHIENGCHANH, ADDISON PADILLA, DANIEL RIDES, KRIS

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