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Where the car is king
The Wall Street Journal
Tim Wellborn's two-story garage in Alexander City, Ala., spans 14,400 square feet and can fit 12 cars upstairs and six below. The walls are made of New Orleans brick, and the concrete floors are stained to look like stone. For entertaining, there's a Cuban mahogany bar with granite countertops and an eight-seat theater.
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2013 United States Grand Prix tickets and parking
PCA
Hill Country Region is pleased to announce that tickets and parking passes for the 2013 United State Grand Prix are now on sale. The PCA reserved section is again located in the upper 7-8 rows of the Turn 12 grandstand at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). And the pricing remains the same as last year with tickets priced at $499.00 and parking passes at $150.00. Please follow the link below to purchase your tickets and parking passes. There is a second link that will allow you to purchase additional parking passes at a later date. The password for both sites is: CARRERA. COTA has not set any cutoff date for ticket and parking pass purchase. If they do, we'll advise as soon as we can.   
 
Please note that these tickets are intended for PCA members, their families, and guests only.  Please do not share the password or the links with those not associated with PCA.    
 
TICKET AND PARKING PASS PURCHASE
 
ADDITIONAL PARKING PASS PURCHASE AT LATER DATE

HCR appreciates your patience in working with us on the ticketing. We believe this year's FI race will be even better than last year's, and we look forward to seeing you at COTA.
 
If you have any questions, contact Scott Smith at hcrpcatreasurer@gmail.com.

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A story of the 1st Porsche 356 toy
By Jeff Gasparitish
This story begins with a phone call to the front office at the 356CAR — Vice President Jim Reeder's place of business in Fremont, Calif. Never one to pass up a Porsche conversation in the middle of his work day, Reeder took a call from Jeff Gasparitsch, who was eager to tell the story about his father Victor Gasparitsch and his personal history with Ferdinand Porsche and what turned out to be the Gmünd Coupe. Reeder listened in amazement as the following incredible tale unfolded from Jeff Gasparitsch. Any idea what the first Porsche toy ever made was?
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Brumos Racing is ready for a return to Road Atlanta
Brumos Racing
It has been a long time coming, but after an absence of more than a decade, Brumos is preparing to race again at Road Atlanta. The Braselton, Ga., track has seen the famous #59 Brumos Porsche in Victory Lane many times — from the Brumos era of domination in the 1970s, to Hurley Haywood's Bridgestone SuperCar championship days. Now the wait is over for the area's Brumos fans as the Atlanta track hosts the GRAND-AM Rolex Series for the first time.
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Driving school to hold course in Salem, Va.
The Roanoke Times
To operate a motor vehicle in Virginia, young people must pass a state-approved driver's education course and drive 45 hours with an adult. Is that enough? A group of fast car enthusiasts says no. Roanoke-area car clubs have announced a skill-building course for new drivers ages 15 to 21 in Salem next month. They are bringing in Street Survival, a traveling driving school that offers a supplement to state-required training. It boasts 10,000 youth graduates over 11 years, according to its website.
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50 years of the Porsche 911
MSN Autos
From its debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show to the presentation of the 2014 GT3 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Porsche 911 has earned its place as one of the best "driver's cars" ever produced. In an era when words such as "epic," "iconic" and "legendary" are as lazily tossed out as pickles on a Quarter Pounder, the 911 continues to demonstrate what a sports car is all about. Let's look at milestones in the 911's 50-year history and ponder how a single car model can evolve so relentlessly yet remain so connected to its roots.
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eGarage showcases a significant Porsche 959
Road & Track
Conceived as an entrant in turbo-nutter Group B rally racing, Porsche's 959 was built just in time to watch the no-hold-barred class flame out in death and destruction. Instead, the über-911 would compete in a far more cutthroat arena: the hearts and minds of little boys. Over at eGarage, they've put together a brief featurette highlighting one of six pre-production 959s built specifically for the then-head of Porsche R&D, Professor Helmuth Bott.
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Legends of the Autobahn
PCA
Registration for 2013's Legends of the Autobahn is now open for Porsche Club of America members. 

Our featured Porsche model for 2013 will be the 911. We'll be celebrating the 50 years of the 911. See classic 911 lineage, historic 356s and all other Porsche models.

PLEASE NOTE: Legends of the Autobahn is moving to the Pasadera Country Club in Monterey this year. Located very near the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, this outstanding private country club will be a stunning backdrop to view stunning German cars. There will be food, displays, club and vendor booths, and a Spaten Biergarten.

For 2013, we will be using Zone 7's Wash & Shine rules. These include the exterior including wheels and tires, the interior and the storage compartments. Also we are dropping the Zone 7 Concours requirement of having a "Fire Extinguisher".

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Backstage Memphis with Brawin and the Porsche Club of America — Mid South Region
Brawin Backstage via YouTube
In this episode Brawin goes backstage with the Porsche Club of America. The Mid South region chapter is located in Memphis, Tenn., and they recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
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What is better: Porsche 911 or Cayman?
The Sports Car Guys
The new 2014 Porsche Cayman, especially the S model, gets uncomfortably close to the base Porsche 911 (991) Carrera. It is rare that Porsche has allowed a model that is lower in the German sports car maker's lineup to get this close to the 911's performance.
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10 ways the 2014 Porsche Cayman is better than the 911
Edmunds.com
It's the worst-kept secret in the automotive world: Porsche doesn't want its midengine Cayman to post better performance numbers than the vaunted rear-engine 911. Correction, Porsche won't let the Cayman drop-kick its bigger, more illustrious brother. Ever.
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Car Corral Alert: The Laguna Seca ALMS race
PCA
The Laguna Seca ALMS race is just around the corner, scheduled for May 9-11, 2013 in Monterrey, Calif. Once again, Mazda Raceway is offering exclusive race tickets and Porscheplatz Corral parking for PCA members and Porsche owners. The ticket price of 100.00 entitles you to a three day general admission ticket that includes paddock access and an exclusive PCA/Porsche only corral pass with dedicated premium parking. Your ticket also gives you access to the Porscheplatz hospitality tent sponsored by Porsche Cars North America. Come enjoy presentations by team officials and ALMS Drivers, special offers and a great place to watch the races, either up close and personal or on our closed circuit TV feed. Take a tour through the paddock and see all the great ALMS racing equipment. Who knows? You may see some new cars and teams there.

Click here to purchase tickets. What could be better than spending a nice weekend in beautiful Monterrey enjoying great racing with fellow PCA members and Porsche owners? See you at the races.

If you have questions, please contact PCA Zone 5 Representative Paul Czopek at axnut@att.net or PCA Porscheplatz/Car Corral Coordinator Tuffy von Briesen at tuffysheri@comcast.net

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Kit transforms 1990s Porsche 964 to 1973 911 Carrera RS Classic
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The Porsche 911 series has a remarkable history stretching back five decades, and perhaps one of the most impressive feats is that the Stuttgart-based company essentially managed to produce the same car for 35 years until it presented the completely new and water-cooled 996 generation in 1998.
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Porsche Club of America to visit Traverse City, Mich., for 2013 Porsche Parade - Registration is OPEN!
PCA
PCA's showcase event, our annual Parade, will return to Traverse City, Mich., for the first time since 1989. A hidden gem for many, TC - as it's known to locals - is one of America's best-kept secret resorts. Known for its laconic beauty, its high-duned coast along Lake Michigan, and as the tart cherry-capital of America, TC offers a great variety of touring destinations, scenic, well-surfaced roads, beautiful vistas and a sophisticated small-town atmosphere as a home to a vibrant art, literature, and film community. Parade's host, The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, offers an amazing array of amenities, activities and facilities that will make this year's Parade one to remember. The Concours will be on-site, steps away from the hotel and Concours prep area. The two day autocross will be held at nearby Antrim County Airport. The Parade TSD and Gimmick Rallies will cruise through some incredibly beautiful scenery and visit several historically significant sites. And of course the Tech Quiz will have you wishing you'd read just one more book and checked your collections of manuals for the umpteenth time...

Let's not forget all the other great Parade activities for kids and adults that Parade has become known for over the years: the Art Show, the Hospitality Center, the driving and bus tours, the 5K Run/Walk, the RC car autocross and more, more, more! This year's Parade in Traverse City, Mich., is already gearing up to be another one to be talked-about for the ages. For more information, go to parade2013.pca.org Registration for the 2013 Porsche Parade opens on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. All registrations entered by midnight Thursday, March 14 will receive equal and highest priority. There will be no paper registration.

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Porsche's Audi-based Macan SUV due as 2014 model
USA Today
Porsche is beginning the slow tease in advance of its launch of Macan, a compact SUV based on the Audi Q5. While there are plenty of spy photos and what-if renderings floating around the ether, the sketch here is the only official likeness from the German car company.

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Video: Jay Leno checks out a custom 1959 Porsche 356A
The Sports Car Guys
The Porsche 356A is a lightweight fun to drive car in its stock form. However, there are those that look at the classic lines of the 356 and think, "I bet we can take that great body shape and add some more modern parts to make quite a hot rod."

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Why I love Porsche Parade
By Dan Shields
When our friends invited us to join them on a trip to Porsche Parade 15 years ago, it seemed kind of silly. A 4,000-mile round trip would take us to a ski resort in the middle of July for a weeklong celebration of everything Porsche. I remember thinking, "I hope this is worth it."

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Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the PCA E-Brake, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of PCA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Attention Cayenne and tow vehicle owners: PCA and Club Racing tow hitch covers available
PCA


Made from OEM quality durable exterior grade plastic, this simple and effective design covers and protects the hitch receiver. They fit all standard 2" receivers, and feature detailed PCA emblem encapsulated beneath a clear U.V. protective dome. The encapsulation welcomes exterior use without the worries of the logo fading or discoloring. $19.99 each including shipping.


License Plate Frame Security Caps
Quality made in Germany from solid stainless steel for a substantial one-piece appearance. Unique cap design conceals your license plate and/or frame hardware and prevents any potential tampering or frame/plate theft. Provides years of exterior use and comes complete with instructions and a special hand tool for easy on and off application. Available in Black Pearl or Brushed metal finishes. One set includes two caps. $19.99 including shipping.

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NEW PCA stainless steel SLIM LINE license frames - 50 state legal
PCA
These elegant OEM quality stainless steel frames are now available a Slim line frame style . This frame style is 50 State compliant to meet all DMV State requirements. All frames are made from heavy rust proof 304 stainless steel with highly detailed laser etch graphics. Universal fit and easy mounting application. Includes matching frame finish hardware hider caps to complement your frames. Available in black powder-coated and brushed stainless steel. Price $19.99+ S/H. Order here.
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PCA Photo of the Week
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Our 1972 911T with its German owners on its second 7,500 mile road trip through the United States. Monument Valley, Utah, May 2011

Gisela and Hansjoerg Goeritz
Smoky Mountain Region PCA


Got a stunning shot you want to share? Submit your pictures to potw@pca.org. Be sure to include your contact information, your region name and a few sentences about your picture.

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