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Coming up: Jan. 4 - Tischzeit Thursday, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, Town & Country Jan. 10 - General Board Meeting Fitz’s, University City Jan. 14 - CPG Luncheon / Planning Meeting D. Rowe’s / Danuser’s, Columbia, MO Jan. 24-28 - St. Louis Auto Show Jan. 29 - Parade Registration Opens


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January, 2018 Vol. 59, No. 1

President

Steve Warren St. Louis, MO 63129 pres@stl.pca.org

In this issue: President’s Message Tischzeit Thursday General Board Meeting CPG Planning Meeting St. Louis Auto Show Valentine’s Brunch Progressive Garage Tour Porsche St. Louis Spring Tech Regional Christmas Party Parade Registeration Update Tentative 2018 Events Calendar Willkommen / Anniversaries Anzeiges Mark Your Calendar

Vice-president Jim Fiss St. Louis, MO

Secretary

Catherine Ham St. Louis, MO

Treasurer

Dan Sokol St. Louis, MO 63105

Board Members

Joel Aurand Gary Bachman Geoff Baltz Jim Eckles Jim Fiss Chad Funkhouser Nancy Goodman Dan Hinkebein Josh Landau Marek Parafiniuk Bob Paster Steve Sullivan Elaine Rose Bob Tamsky Ted Zimmermann

President Emeritus

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Die Porsche Plauderei is the official publication of St. Louis Region, PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA. Opinions expressed herein represent the views of the authors only. Associate Regions, by this statement, are authorized to use materials in this publication provided proper credits are included. Deadline for articles or information for publication is the 15th of the month prior to publication. Submissions may be edited for grammar and length. Editor reserves the right to edit all material and to publish only material that is felt to be in the best interest of the Region. Forward inquiries and materials for publication to ESSINC Group, Box 510109, St. Louis, MO, 63151-0109 e-mail membership@stl.pca.org. Send changes of address to Membership, St. Louis Region PCA,, Box 510109, St. Louis, MO, 63151-0109.

Allen Maddy

Zone 10 Rep. Julie Bailey

Join Us Online / On Your Phone Region Website: http://stl.pca.org Region Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/stlpca/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/stlpca Twitter http://twitter.com/StLouisPCA

Columbia Porsche Group

Allen Maddy

Membership Chair

Safety Chair

Kelis Thacker Wade Bowlin

Public Relations Chair Jim Singler pr@stl.pca.org

Southeastern Missouri

Car Show Chair

Karl Robinson

Social Events Chairs

Jim Fiss

Gail Warren Mary Ecsedy

Pam Wingbermuehle Patty Paster

Plauderei Editor

Earlwayne Stumpf plauderei@stl.pca.org

Website & Social Media Chair

Ted Zimmermann websomed@stl.pca.org 1


President’s Message January 2018

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very second January, a new group of dedicated volunteers take office as the St. Louis Region’s Officers and Board of Directors. I am humbled to have been elected to another of the leadership positions and want to thank those who supported me for the office of President. I will do my best not to let you down. I would like to introduce myself with a mini-bio. I was born in Marietta, Georgia and moved around the south with my family until we settled in Ballwin at age 10. I attended Lafayette High School, started college at St. Louis University and graduated from Mizzou. I began my career in Chicago, where I met my wonderful wife, Gail. After 6 years in Chicago, we relocated to Oakville and have lived here since 1987. In manufactured home sales most of my life, I began a new career in Real Estate sales and investing about two years ago. In addition to the real estate business, I own a web store specializing in auto parts for German cars. A certified car nut from the beginning, my parents claimed I could identify many cars by year, make and model before I could read. My brother and I spent many miles in the ‘way back’ of our Country Squire playing “Name that Car”. As a pre-teen, I fell in love with the muscle cars and pony cars of the day, and I loved the big, fast American cars of the 60’s and early 70’s. At that time, other than VW Beetles, I really didn’t know much about European cars. However, at age 15, while riding the bus to school, I began to notice a little yellow car sitting next to my dentist’s office on Manchester Road. That was the coolest car I had ever seen, but what was it? On one visit to his office, Andy Mitchell (who, by the way, is still my dentist and still has the car), explained that the little yellow car was a 1973 Porsche 911T. I was hooked, but as a teenager, I was in no position to obtain a Porsche for myself, so for my first car, I settled for what I thought at the time was a sports car, a Fiat 850 Sport Spyder. It wasn’t...and I moved on to many other cars including several Mustangs, my first, a 1979 with a V-8, manual transmission and performance suspension. My first experience with the PCA was while in Columbia, where the PCA ran autocross events at Cosmo Park. I participated in several of these events and did really well with the Mustang but marveled at how well the 911s and 924s performed on the course. I always thought it was interesting that the early 911’s would lift the inside front wheel off the ground in fast, tight turns. In 1982, I was living in the Chicago area and making good money. The 944 had recently come to market, and I just had to have one. I started shopping and had narrowed it down to a new Guards Red 1983 model. Then I met Gail. My priorities immediately changed, we were

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married, bought a house, began raising two great kids and eventually relocated to St. Louis. Again, I found myself in no position to obtain a Porsche (or maybe that was just an “excuse!”). Working in Bethalto, IL, in December of 1998, I was driving down IL 140 and noticed a blue 911 sitting on a local used car lot. I stopped to investigate and found that it was a 1985 Prussian Blue Carrera Targa with 90,000 miles and a whale tail. It was the personal car of the owner of the car lot and a body shop. He had purchased the car from a salvage auction and repaired the damage from a major deer strike. That evening I told Gail I had to have the car. Knowing my love of cars in general and Porsches in particular, and after seeing the car for herself, she agreed that we should buy it. In January, I took the car to Parktown Porsche for a pre-sale inspection and learned that the body repair was beautifully done and the car was mechanically sound but in need of a reasonable amount of maintenance. I purchased the car that day and began the needed maintenance. I found that almost everything I had heard about Porsche repairs was wrong. The car was logicality and simply built and a dream to work on. Parts were less expensive than parts for my daily driver at the time, a Nissan Maxima. Although it was already 15 years old, it drove and handled like a much newer car. It was, and still is, a great car. We still have that car, and it is my pride and joy. Everyone has their own reason for joining PCA. When I joined in 1999, mine was to take advantage of the discount insurance program from Leland West advertised in every Panorama. For the first two years, I was, like many members, somewhat hesitant to become more active in the club. I participated in a couple of tours those first years, and after a while Gail and I tried a few Thirsty Thursdays (now called the Tischzeit Thursday) get togethers. I even entered the car in a couple club-related car shows. We found the members at these events to be welcoming, interesting and fun. More tours, cars shows and Tischzeit Thursdays followed and eventually, after many assurances that “underneath every Porsche is a race car”, I decided to try an HPDE at Gateway. Even though I had autocrossed earlier and was comfortable driving at high speeds, I was scared sh*tless before my first event. When I arrived at the track that first time, I found the organizers and instructors to be calm, reassuring and competent. My instructors, Cam Schartzer and Steve Sullivan, made me very comfortable that weekend and I found that the 911 was a great car on the track. I had a blast, and was hooked. I’ve continued my track adventures as a PCA HPDE Instructor and as a driver and owner in LeMons, NASA and ChumpCar racing. I have always liked getting involved, especially in the car community. In addition to the Porsche Club, I am (or have been) a member of the BMW Club; SCCA; the Audi Club; where I served as Secretary, Vice-President, President and Chairman; the St. Louis European Auto 3


Show as board member and Vice-President, the Autos on Valhalla Car Show as an organizer and was, along with several members of the BMW Club, a founder and promoter of the Cars and Coffee in Rock Hill which now takes place at Westport Plaza. Outside of the car world, I have been a subdivision trustee for over 20 years, founded (and currently run) a Real Estate Investment Club and have served on several state and local boards of business-related groups. In late 2008, I was asked to join the Region Board of Directors as a member at large. I gladly volunteered and have continued to serve on the board since. Always happy to help, I have served as member or chair on several committees including the Car Show Committee, Trailer Committee and Website Committee and as Region Vice President for two years. I’m looking forward to the next two years as your President. With the 2018 Porsche Parade in our backyard at the Lake of the Ozarks and the 60th Anniversary of the Region in 2019, in addition to all the other activities the Region offers, I expect it to be a great, but busy time for all of us. Please join us for any region event or activity, you won’t be disappointed. If you see me anywhere, whether club events or not, feel free to introduce yourself and say “Hi”. Just remember, they say those of us who can easily identify the year, make and model of cars are generally lousy with names. So don’t be disappointed if I have to ask yours.

Steve Warren

Tischzeit Thursday:

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta

6:30 p.m., Jan. 4th 14171 Clayton Rd., Town & Country

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on’t miss a golden opportunity to sample renowned cuisine when our 2018 Tischzeit Thursdays kick off on Jan. 4th at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta in Town & Country. Katie’s Pizza founder, Katie Collier, has been one of a very select few who has been chosen to produce food gifts for the Golden Globe awards gift bags which will be given to award presenters and winners at the January 7th Golden Globe Awards. Katie says she has chosen to include her renowned “Black & Gold Risotto” food kit for inclusion in the ceremonial swag bag. Our evening will not be quite as formal...in fact, it’s just going to be one of our usual casual dining outings with our Porsche friends. There is no meeting...no agenda at our Tischzeit Thursday...just a relaxing evening of food and beverages spiced up with stories of Porsche fun of days gone by and the adventures that lie ahead in 2018. PLEASE RSVP to Mary at mecsedy@stl.pca.org or text your RSVP to 314-497-6286 . See you there!! And mark your calendar now to save February 1st for our February Tischzeit Thursday when we’ll gather at Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill at 9906 Clayton Road, just north of I-64/40 at the Clayton Road exit in Ladue. Hope to see you there! 4


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General Board Meeting Fitz’s, University City 6605 Delmar Jan. 10th, 6:30 pm

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ur 2018 Tentative Regional Calendar of Events has been put together (The complete Calendar is included later in this newsletter), and now it is time to start putting together the details which will make each of these events possible. Our first major event on the Calendar is the upcoming St. Louis Auto Show at the America’s Center, Downtown. We also have to begin planning for our Valentine’s event...the Progressive Garage Tour...and of course, we will be looking ahead to our Regional work with this Summer’s Parade at the Lake of the Ozarks. Join us January 10th at 6:30 pm at Fitz’s on the Delmar Loop, 6605 Delmar Boulevard. Fitz’s is far more than just root beer and soda. The Fitz’s menu includes great burgers and sandwiches, not to mention fabulous ice cream and soda creations. We will be meeting in the Upstairs Party Room. We will have reserved parking on the west side of the building on Delmar. And everyone will go home with complimentary root beer ‘for the road’. RSVP is REQUIRED to Jim at vp@stl.pca.org no later than Jan. 8th. We hope to see you there!

Porsche to send 4 Factory 911s to LeMans

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he 919 Hybrid LMP1 car may have been retired, but that doesn’t mean Porsche won’t be at LeMans this summer. Porsche Motorsports has announced that it is sending drivers and support teams to back 4 911 RSRs to compete in the 86th running of the LeMans endurance classic. Both the European FIA World Endurance Championship 911s and the 2 IMSA WeatherTech Championship 911s will run at LeMans with full factory support. The #91 FIA WEC 911 RSR will race with Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki behind the wheel. Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor will pilot the #92 FIA WEC 911. Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber will be fighting for the win behind the wheel of the #93 IMSA WeatherTech 911 while Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Sven Muller will push the #94 911 RSR towards the win. Bamber, Bernhard, Dumas and Tandy have all recorded LeMans overall wins with the 919 Hybrid over the last three years, and will be fighting for repeat wins this coming June. 6


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Columbia Porsche Group

Luncheon / Planning Meeting

D. Rowe’s, Columbia, MO 11:30 am, Jan. 14th

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t‘s time for our mid-Missouri members to start planning their 2018 events to be placed on our Calendar of Events. But it’s tough to think well on an empty stomach so we’ll start with lunch at D. Rowe’s Restaurant in Columbia at 1005 Club Village Drive. It’s best described as just north of Forum and West Nifong “behind Walgreen’s”. Join us for lunch at 11:30 on January 14th for a comfortable lunch of hearty American food. After lunch, we head to Dave and Barb Danuser’s for the business of planning the mid-Missouri events for the year ahead. If you plan to attend either of these activities or need more details, contact J. Thrash, jthrash@stl.pca.org.

Columbia Porsche Group

Christmas in Columbia

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Chris McD’s, Dec. 16th

t was a year for cheerful Regional Christmas celebrations!. On the heels of a huge holiday party at Porsche St. Louis, twenty-eight of our Region’s mid-Missouri members filled a room at Chris McD’s restaurant in Columbia on December 16th to celebrate the joys of the season and enjoy the friendship of Porsche ownership. We hope you all enjoyed a most joyous and memorable Christmas!

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2328 Centerline Industrial Drive Maryland Heights, MO 63146

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St. Louis Region at the Auto Show

January 24 - 28

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his year, St. Louis Region will be participating in the St. Louis Auto Show, January 24 - 28th, at America’s Center and the Dome in Downtown St. Louis. We have been assigned a rather large display space inside the Convention Center - enough room for our Regional tent, banners and up to 10 Porsches. All cars will be individually cordoned off with ropes and stanchions to prevent Show visitors from touching the cars. Display cars will have to be in the convention center Wednesday evening and must remain in the Convention Center until the Show closing at 6 p.m., Sunday, the 28th. All display cars must have less than 1/4-tank of gas on arrival at the Convention Center on Wednesday. We would like to see a cross-section of all models of Porsche cars and SUVs...both older and new. We are also in need of volunteers to man our Regional display throughout the 4 days of the Show...11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, January 25th and 26th... 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, January 27th....10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, January 28th. We are hoping to have enough volunteers to allow for 3 or 4-hour working shifts, so we will need at least 10 volunteers. Of course, the more the merrier. If you would like to volunteer to place your car in the display or would be willing to help man the display during the Show, please contact Jim at pr@stl.pca.org to volunteer or for more information.

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Mark your calendar!

Valentine’s Wine & Brunch Chandler Hill Vineyards 11 AM, Sunday, Feb. 11

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lease join your fellow St. Louis Region PCA members on February 11th for an early Valentine’s day celebration. We will once again enjoy the beautiful ambiance of Chandler Hill Vineyards outside Defiance, MO for a Sunday morning brunch and wine tasting. Enjoy the live entertainment with that special someone as well as your fellow members. Please save the date and watch for more details in next month’s Plauderei. Contact Chad Funkhouser at cfunkhouser@stl.pca.org for more information.

Proud of your garage?

Progressive Garage Tour

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April 28

t. Louis Region PCA will again be hosting a Progressive Garage Tour this Spring (tentatively on Saturday, April 28), in which a group of members tour 2 - 3 garages in series and enjoy the drives between them. Right now, we’re looking for members who would like to show off their Garages (or a friend / neighbor’s garage). This can be a garage where you work on cars or a garage where you store cars, or both! We’ll probably spend between half an hour to one hour at each garage. If you are interested in being part of this year’s tour or have questions, please contact Nancy at ngoodman@stl.pca.org.

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Save the Date - More Details Will Follow

TECH SESSION
 Get Ready for SPRING Porsche St. Louis

2970 S. Hanley Rd Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 9:30 AM

We’ll cover Alignments, both street and track and their differences, and how alignments affect drivability. Suspension wear, of joints, bushings and how they affect alignments and drivability.  Brake ßuid ßushes, what they are, why their important, types of ßuid, boiling point etc… "

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A Building Rockin’ with the Christmas Spirit

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orsche St. Louis was turned into Christmas Central on the first weekend of December as Porsche St. Louis General Manager James Drake and his staff cleared the dealership of the beautiful new Porsches to allow St. Louis Region to fill the building with the Christmas spirit. A hundred members and guests rocked the dealer- ship with holiday joy for an evening of great food, festive music, and lasting memories with great friends. Our Holiday Joy mavens Gail Warren, Mary Ecsedy and Pam Wingbermuehle’s work as party planners paid off big time as members greeted the season, shared memories of Porsche centered adventures and welcomed the exciting year ahead when Missouri once again hosts the Porsche Parade this summer at Lake of the Ozarks. Special thanks are in order to Gail, Mary and Pam and our Region’s Social Event Chairs for their hours devoted to making the party an incredible success and to James Drake and the staff of Porsche St. Louis for opening their facility for our Christmas celebration.

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Photos by Jim Singler

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Thank You

for your Incredible Generosity

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or nearly 30 years, St. Louis Region has partnered with the Gateway Marine Battalion and Marine Corps Reserves in their holiday effort to gather toys to be distributed to needy family. The Gateway Toys for Tots efforts supplies needy families in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois - basically covering the same geographical area as served by St. LouisRegion. Our efforts this year at our Christmas Party resulted in a near record number of toys and gifts. Toys flowed over several desks just inside the party welcoming area. At the end of the evening, the donations filled our ‘Toys for Tots” ‘sleigh’ to the roof, making it impossible to use the interior rear view mirror and leaving driver and passenger holding toys in our laps on the ride away from Porsche St. Louis. The Marine volunteers were just setting up shop at their warehouse collection center in Maryland Heights when our donations were turned over to be picked up by charities and com munity organizations that are served by the Marine charitable program. Thank you for your generous donations to help us make happy holiday memories for so many children in our St. Louis Region area.

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Parade 2018 Update

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Registration Opens SOON

egistration for the upcoming 2018 Parade at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks will begin in late January. The registration process will take place in 2 stages...and you WILL HAVE TO complete BOTH stages to participate in the Parade. Stage 1 of the registration process will open Monday, January 29th. This part of the registration will register you to participate in the Parade and will open the way to register for lodging at Tan-Tar-A. After you register to be a Parade participant, you will receive a lodging code that you can use when you register to stay at Tan-Tar-A - the Parade headquarters. YOU MUST REGISTER IN PHASE 1 OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO STAY AT TANTAR-A DURING THE PARADE. Many of us are planning to spend the week at Lake area condos or other hotels, but we ALL have to register in Phase 1. If you plan on volunteering at the Parade, you MUST REGISTER DURING PHASE 1. Phase 1 is for general registration and Tan-Tar-A lodging only. It does not include Parade activities or volunteering. That will come in PHASE 2... PHASE 2 of the registration process will open in early April...tentatively set to open April 2nd. Phase 2 of the registration process will allow you to pick the Parade activities in which you would like to participate - the autocross...the concours... tours...etc. PHASE 2 is also when you will let the Parade organization know that you want to volunteer to help during Parade week. The Parade committee assures us that there will be a job for everyone who wants to volunteer. Don’t worry!! You won’t be left out if you want to help during Parade week. We will make every effort to remind everyone when Parade registration OPENS. Registration opening will be announced in advance through the National eBRAKE that comes to your e-mail address. As soon as that information comes to us, we will repeat the registration information directly to you through Facebook and other social media...through our e-mail blasts...and through direct e-mails. We promise that we will give you warning in time to register during each phase of the registration process. You will definitely be hearing from us in the next couple weeks. 19


Ja, Volks ‘Wurst’, bitte

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ant to start the year off with something a little different? Head for your Volkswagen dealer parts department and order Part # 199-398-500-A. It might take a little coaxing to get the parts person to place the order, but be persistent, and be ready for a rare treat. If the dealer manages to deliver your order, clear your palate because you’re in for a flavorful repast. VW part 199-398-500A is the most successful thing that VW sells. A Car? Not even close....a cap or T-shirt? Well, it is something personal. That part number has been assigned to a curry pork sausage that VW serves at all it’s factory cafeterias all around the world. It is a

feature at many VW public events, and is a popular take home for VW factory workers. The people at VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, can even pick it up in some of their community food markets. Each year, VW sells millions more sausages than cars and SUVs. Go ahead and order 199-398-500A, and stock up on a little kraut and bier, and enjoy a real taste of Germany. Move over Ikea meat balls - here comes Volks Wurst!

Another one bites the dust -

Alex Job Racing Closes Doors

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or 28 years, Alex Job racing was a fixture at American racing circuits....campaigning a 911 to victory. Alex Job started his winning ways with a 911 in SCCA endurance racing and grew to become a factory backed Porsche entrant in IMSA racing all over the US and at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Over the years, Alex Job scored a record 10 class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Job’s team of drivers brought home more than 70 victories. Alex Job Racing also captured 2 class victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona. His winning record earned Alex a place in the Sebring Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Unfortunately, Job stumbled when IMSA piled a mountain of restrictions on the 911 GT3 to limit Porsche’s chances of winning, causing WeatherTech to withdraw it’s sponsorship of the WeatherTech 911 GT3 in 2016. Job tried to find the winning secret by switching to Audi R8 LMS racers, but the team could not find it’s competitive edge, so Job has decided it is time to leave racing. The Job organization will now concentrate on historic car restorations. There is a chance we could see Job return to the track in vintage racing in the future, but he has ruled out a return to the top levels of professional racing.


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IMSA GTD Champion Joins Porsche for 2018

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wo-time IMSA GTD Class Champion, Christina Nielsen will leave Ferrari for a Porsche ride in 2018. For the last 2 years, Nielsen has piloted the #63 Ferrari 488 GTE to the IMSA GTD Championship with her co-driver, Alessandro Balzan. Nielsen will take to the track at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January behind the wheel of the Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R. Wright Motorsports of Batavia, Ohio has finished on the podium at Daytona four times over the past few years, but has never made it to the top step of the winner’s podium. Nielsen is not new to racing a 911. She began her racing career in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2012. She raced 911s in Europe in 2013 and 2014 before switching to Aston Martin’s IMSA racing effort in 2015. For the last 2 years, she piloted the Ferrari not only in IMSA competition, but also pushed the Ferrari 488 around LeMans in both 2016 and 2017.

Christina had been looking for the right opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a 911 when Porsche Motorsport North America upped their support of the Wright Motorsports team. Wright Motorsports owner, John Wright had been talking with Christina about coming back to the Porsche marque for the last 3 years, but the added support from Porsche Motorsports made the team switch possible. Christina admits that it will probably be tough for the 911 to win in 2018 unless IMSA loosens the competition restrictions on the Porsche, but she says “we’re going to go for it, 100 percent.”

Mazda Pulls Plug on Laguna Seca Sponsorship

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azda has cancelled it’s naming rights deal with historic Laguna Seca Raceway. For 17 years, Laguna Seca, known for it’s challenging ‘Corkscrew’ turn, has been known as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Mazda will continue it’s support of SCCA and IMSA racing teams, but rumors say a major drop in U.S. car sales is forcing Mazda to find a way to cut costs.

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As of April 1, the track will return to it’s old name, Laguna Seca Raceway. And Porsche will happily no longer be hosting it’s upcoming Rennsport Reunion VI this coming September 27-30, 2018 at “Mazda Raceway”. It will just be ‘Laguna Seca’ when the Porsches take to the track in September. By the way, Rennsport Reunion VI tickets are now on sale thru Ticketmasters.


A Plug-in 911 by 2023 ??

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orsche CEO Oliver Blume recently told journalists at an event in Los Angeles that he expected Porsche to introduce a plug-in hybrid of the 911 about the middle of the next 911 update cycle. The next generation 911 is now set to be introduced in 2019. That schedule would bring the next mid-cycle refreshment of the 911 to dealer showrooms about 4 years later or about 2023. Blume told the auto writers that Porsche designers have already done the fundamental design work that would shoe-horn a battery pack to fit into the 911. About a year ago, Porsche brass had said that it cancelled plans for a plugin 911 because the weight of a battery system would severely limit the performance that is expected from a 911. But Blume noted that ‘cancelled’ doesn’t mean thrown out. It can mean that it has been ‘delayed’ until new battery technologies reduce the weight of the battery package. Blume explained that he is confident that engineering advances brought about through the production of the Mission e and hybrid SUVs will bring about more powerful and lighter battery packs which could be incorporated in a plug-in 911. He noted that, ”The potential is very good with the new generation of batteries.”

A Flat-six Returns to the Cayman?

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he British auto magazine, CAR, says Porsche Motorsports test drivers are currently putting the next generation Cayman GT4 through it’s paces at Weissach. The Cayman test mule is reportedly rocketing around Europe powered by a detuned version of the 4.0-liter six now used in race 911 GT3s. The magazine reports that the 4.0-liter Cayman has been bolted to a 6-speed manual for it’s current round of tests. Rumors say the engine has been limited to around 400-hp for this round of testing. The current Cayman GT4 chassis has reportedly been put on a weight reduction diet to make up for the added weight of the 4.0-liter flat six. The questions this story raises are almost limitless...’Does the chassis really need to be lightened for a road Cayman powered by a 4-liter?’...’What are the chances the 6-speed would give way to a PDK?’...’Are we really looking at the future of a road Cayman?’ or ‘Are we looking at the future of Porsche racing?’

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We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

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ur apologies to any members who wanted to attend our Regional Christmas Gala at Porsche St. Louis on December 3rd and didn’t get your reservations in before the party was filled. Things like this are becoming more common in St. Louis Region’s more popular events. Our Porsche St. Louis HPDE events commonly fill to past capacity....our popular social events like the Christmas Party can reach capacity. Things like this are almost incomprehensible to some of us ‘veteran’ members who can remember a couple decades ago when members thought it was quite an accomplishment when St. Louis Region managed to grow to 100 members strong. This year, we ran out of room at the Christmas Party when we had 100 members reserve their places at the Christmas Party. Well, as Judy Garland said in ‘Wizard of Oz’, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” St. Louis Region has grown into a rather sizable organization with an energetic and active membership. Our December 1 membership report from PCA National shows that St. Louis Region has grown to 880 members, and the growth continues. Part of the secret of our growth comes from the energy that your Board of Directors puts into developing a varied Calendar of Events which offers a wide range of tours, track events, social events and more....hopefully, something that will be of interest to our diverse membership several times each year. Looking at our tentative 2018 Calendar of Events, our Board has outlined a calendar containing an average of least one event per week. It’s not unusual to find weeks with two or more events on the schedule. If a member were to participate on every single event on the St. Louis Regional calendar, they would be devoting more than 100 days to St. Louis Region sponsored or recognized events. A full, diverse Calendar of Events and our Regional publications and social media outlets are only made possible with the dedication of members and the financial support of advertisers, sponsors and supporters. With three or more multi-day track events, the production of large, colorful publications like our electronic and print newsletters and large entertaining social events like our Christmas Gala, you can see that it takes some strong financial backing to make it all possible. Our Regional financial ledger now mirrors that of a small business. St. Louis Region is no longer ‘just’ a small group of friends who love their vehicles made in Germany. We have become a sizable ‘force’ of car lovers who have a very strong connection with their Porsches...and a equally strong connection with each other as ‘friends’. As our national organization often notes....”It’s not the cars...it’s the people”, and your Board has pledged to keep it that way. So please understand if some of our most popular events become ‘member’s only’ events...or if some events quickly fill to capacity before you have a chance to RSVP. We will continue to do all we can to find the events and places large enough to accommodate our growing membership and to help enhance your enjoyment of your Porsche. Please join us in PCA, and ‘Enjoy the ride!’

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St. Louis Region Tentative 2018 Calendar

January 4- Tischzeit Thursday, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta 10 - General Board Meeting, Fitz’s, University City 14 - CPG Luncheon / Planning Meeting 25-28 - St. Louis Auto Show, America’s Center 29 - Parade Registration OPENS - Stage 1

February 1- Tischzeit Thursday, Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill, Ladue 10 - Intro to HPDE 11 - Valentine’s Event 24 - Maintenance Tech, Clear Auto Bra 24-25 - Zone 10 President’s Meeting

March 1- 3- 14 - 25 -

April 5- Tischzeit Thursday, 13-15 - Carrera Classic Club Race, presented by Porsche St. Louis 21 - Cars & Coffee, Westport 25-29 - Treffen Tamaya, New Mexico 28 - Progressive Garage Tour

May 3- 5- 9- 18-20 19 -

Tischzeit Thursday, Spring Road Tour General Board Meeting Porsche St. Louis Spring HPDE Cars & Coffee, Westport

June 3- 7- 16 - 17 - 24 -

European Car Show Tischzeit Thursday Cars & Coffee, Westport Mark Twain Forest Run Fast Eddie’s Run

Tischzeit Thursday, Porsche St. Louis Spring Tech General Board Meeting JML Audio Tech

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July 5- 8-14 18 - 20-22 - 21 -

Tischzeit Thursday, Porsche Parade, Tan-Tar-A, Lake of the Ozarks General Board Meeting Audi Club DE - Mid-Ohio Cars & Coffee, Westport

August 2- 3-4 18 - 24-25 26 -

Tischzeit Thursday, Extra track event Cars & Coffee, Westport Indy Cars at Gateway Motorsports Park Winery Tour

September 6- TBA - 12 - 12-16 15 - 16 - 23 - 27-30 28-30

Tischzeit Thursday, KY Region DE, Putnam Park General Board Meeting Fall Treffen, Banff, Canada Cars & Coffee, Westport All Porsche Car Show Charity Poker Run Rennsport Reunion VI, Laguna Seca, California Porsche St. Louis Fall HPDE

October 3- 6 - 13 - 20 - 27 -

Tischzeit Thursday, Dinner Tour Hannibal Run Cars & Coffee, Westport Fall Color Tour

November 1- 8-11 - 14 - 17 -

Tischzeit Thursday, PCA Palooza, Eureka Springs, AR General Membership Meeting Season Closing Road Tour

December 1- Holiday Party, 12 - Changing of the Guard / Planning Meeting

Columbia Porsche Group events will be added to our calendar after their Jan 14th Planning Meeting. 26


Willkommen St. Louis Region welcomes our newest members. We invite you to participate in our Region’s activities. We look forward to meeting you soon. Israel Acosta St. Louis, MO 63104 ‘13 911 Carrera S

John Arsenault Caseyville, IL 62232 ‘17 911 Macan S

Adam Grelck Mark Harris Creve Coeur, MO 63141 St. Peters, MO 63376 ‘10 Panamera S ‘03 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chris Junger Chesterfield, MO 63017 ‘06 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Linda Dunn Ballwin, MO 63021 ‘14 Boxster Brett Johnson St. Charles, MO 63303 ‘12 911 Carrera S

January Anniversaries Member Years in Region Don & Wilma Weigle 59 Ted & Shirley Melsheimer 58 Dick & Peggy Bena 57 David Monk 22 Michael & Bette Murray 22 Wayne & Rosemary Finkenbuerger 20 Philip & Chris Cady 16 Stephen & Michelle Wexler 16 Sandi Nusinovic 12 Mark & Kim Smith 12 Thomas Jackman 11 Kevin Seelman 11 Ken & Kathleen Matheny 10 John Hampton 9 Jack Baumann 8 Edward Burkart 8 Peter Schick 8 Walt Boyes 7 Jim Eckles 7 Walt Boyes 7 Philip Warnken 7 James Hassinger 6

Member Years in Region James & Sandi Denneny 5 Victor Kessler 5 Richard Bender 3 Neil Gellman 3 Rob Grimm 3 Michael Hill 3 Scott Moore 3 Terry Requarth 3 Ralph Retinger 3 Michael Sinacore 3 Jason Arnold 2 Bruce Dole 2 George Neil 2 Dan Loewy 2 David Loso 2 James Podesva 2 Tim Range 2 Thomas Schunk 2 Jay Engler 1 Dave Jones 1 Daniel Maxfield 1 Robert McCoole 1 John Moore 1 Craig Nathanson 1 27


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For Sale: Stock exhaust from GT-3, 2015 model. Rob Sherwood, 314-973-4070

24 Hours of Daytona TV schedule Jan. 27 - 28

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he 24 Hours of Daytona kicks off the 2018 racing season. It is a ‘must see’ on a race fan’s schedule, but January at the Daytona International Speedway usually ends up being cold, wet and often down right miserable. It’s often best to enjoy it from the warmth of your favorite chair at home. This year, the 24 Hours of Daytona can be seen on the various Fox Sports channels. Catch the 24 Hours of Daytona on FOX: Saturday, January 27 Pre-race and start: FOX TV Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 1 Sunday, January 28th Fox Sports 1 End of race Fox Sports 1

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For Sale: 2001 Boxster S. 1 of a KIND w/ $47K in upgrades including aero kit (front bumper, rear trunk lid, rear spoiler, side skirts w/decal, front lip spoiler), headlight covers, black tailights, sports exhaust, speedster humps, custom air intakes, red seat belts, 19” Pirellis, silver dash, 14 Bose speakers, 13,725 mi., $39,986. Several times named Best of Show at European Auto Show & Tweeks award winner. Todd at 314-368-1010 or toddpga@aol.com

For Sale: 1987 911 Carrera Targa G50. Carmine Red / Black int., 115,000 miles. Targa with Whale Tail, rare color. Beautiful condition. G50 trans shifts smoothly. Owned by PCA member for 14 years. Dealer stamped owner’s manual, maintenance records and tools. Custom car cover. Targa top rebuilt, newer tires, brakes, A/C. Power windows and central locking, custom mats, speed control, power driver seat. $46,000 Contact John at johnwrenz@gmail.com. 314.704.5069

For Sale: 997 GT3 OZ Ultraleggera HLT CL with Hoosier R6 Tires. Tires - 235/35/19 front - 315/30/19 back. Through about 1/3 of their life. Rims - 9” and 12” width. Used on 997 GT3. Only track use. Stored in trailer in climate controlled warehouse. Feel free to ask for more info or make an offer. Front tires $100 each Front rims $420 each Rear tires $130 each Rear Rims $450 each Everything $2200 OBO Pablocuartas@wustl.edu 30


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Mark your calendar! Listed with the date and the event is the name and contact information where you can get more information. Note: Club Board meetings are open to all, and members are welcome to attend. Jan. 4 - Tischzeit Thursday, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta, Town & Country Mary - mecsedy@stl.pca.org Jan. 10 - General Board Meeting, Fitz’s, University City Jim Fiss - vp@stl.pca.org

Jan. 14 - CPG Luncheon / Planning Meeting, D. Rowe’s / Danuser’s, Columbia, MO J. Thrash - jthrash@stl.pca.org Jan. 25-28 - St. Louis Auto Show, America’s Center, Downtown Jim - pr@stl.pca.org Jan. 29 - Stage 1 of 2018 Parade Registration Opens www.pca.org Feb. 1 - Tischzeit Thursday, Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill, Ladue Patty - ppaster@stl.pca.org Feb. 10 - Introduction to Track Events Feb. 11 - Valentine’s Event Chad - cfunkhouser@stl.pca.org Feb. 24 - 911 Maintenance Tech, Clear Auto Bra Dan - dhinkebein@stl.pca.org

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e-Plauderei - January 2018  

monthly electronic newsletter of St. Louis Region, Porsche Club of America

e-Plauderei - January 2018  

monthly electronic newsletter of St. Louis Region, Porsche Club of America