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Register for Fall 2014 Member Only Raffle
Porsche Club of America’s Fall 2014 Member Only Raffle has begun, and there’s excellent reason to purchase at least one $50 ticket: a chance to win a Boxster or Cayman GTS plus $25,000 cash. Click here to register.
Porsche’s mid-engined sports cars are the most recent models to receive GTS badging, earned through higher levels of performance than their S counterparts. A 15-horsepower bump for both cars endows the Boxster GTS with 330 hp and the Cayman GTS with 340, while Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Sport Chrono package, which includes goodies such as dynamic transmission mounts, Sport Plus mode, and launch control, are standard. The sport exhaust system is also standard, and the GTS models maintain the option for a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed PDK automatic.
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PCA 60th anniversary limited-edition Chopard watch sales outpaces the 55th anniversary watch
Porsche Club of America has grown to great heights since its humble origins in 1955, and so it has joined with Chopard to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year with a run of 66 limited-edition PCA Mille Miglia watches for club members.
Sixty of the 42-millimeter automatic chronographs are made in stainless steel, and six in 18-karat rose gold. The limited PCA watch is identified as such by its blue face with white and red accents, the blue "tire tread" straps, and, of course, the club logo printed on the sapphire crystal back in full color alongside the edition number.
UPDATE: Less than 20 stainless steel and only 2 rose gold remain available.
PCA 3 in 1 Jacket Ready for Fall
Why settle for an ordinary jacket when you can have a complete 3-in-1 system jacket? The Connecticut features a waterproof medium-weight nylon oxford shell, w/ lightweight mesh and nylon lining. Also features a zip-out Anti-Pilling PANDA FLEECE inner jacket. Chest and inside collar are pleated w/contrast color trim. Adjustable Velcro cuffs and open bottom w/draw-cord hem for a custom fit. Hood is easily concealed in collar. Plenty of storage. Regular price 134.95 On sale now for $119.95-123.95.
Suncoast Florida Region PCA members contesting Targa New Zealand in GT3 Cup
By David Zajano and Damon Lowney
This week marks the start of Targa New Zealand, an event that this year takes place in the beautiful South Island for the first time in it's long history. Suncoast Region PCA members Gavin and Amy Riches in Florida have shipped their 997 Cup car to Christchurch to start the competition. Video by Ryan Symancek. An interview with Gavin and Amy can be read here.
PCA Executive Committee Election closes November 30th. Get your votes in!
The Nominating Committee for 2014 would like to announce the following slate of officers for the Executive Council for the 2014-2015 term.
For PRESIDENT: Caren Cooper, Hill County Region
For VICE PRESIDENT: Tom Gorsuch, Space Coast Region
For SECRETARY: Cindy Jacisin, Chicago Region
For TREASURER: Aaron Ambrosino, Hudson Champlain Region
How to inspect your brakes
Aside from tires, the most important safety feature on a vehicle is its brakes. On a Porsche, it’s easy to take them for granted because they’re regarded as among the best. But they require maintenance too, just like any other wear parts — and it isn’t cheap.
With a Cayenne S, the vehicle in question in this video, you can wait to replace your brakes until the brake-pad sensors trigger a warning light in the gauge cluster. Or you can inspect your brakes yourself and anticipate the costly service further in advance.
Head below to learn how to inspect your brakes. If you want to see an actual brake disc and pad replacement, head over to PCA’s Facebook page and Like the post. If we garner enough Likes, then we’ll capture a brake replacement on video. Enjoy!
PCA Tech Tactics West to be held November 22nd and 23rd — Registration opens October 29th
The 2014 Tech Tactics West event to be held at the Porsche Cars North America Training facility in Ontario, CA on November 22nd and 23rd.
This year’s event will include presentations covering the LMP1 program, 918 Spyder, Porsche's latest technologies and much more. We are also featuring several PCA speakers from PCA's Tech Committee. Michelin will update us on the new technologies emerging in the tire industry. Porsche will have a parts store available for your convenience.
The event is limited to 125 entrants per day. The registration fee of $60 includes continental breakfast, lunch and complimentary event t-shirt. Registration will open October 29th on www.motorsportsreg.com
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French Lick Historics will be Epic!
The 60th Parade Historics Display will feature some of the most notable Porsches in PCA and Porsche AG history. Hank Weil, Chair of the 2010 Porsche Parade Historics Display at St. Charles and now a Shenandoah Region member, has agreed to take charge of the Historics for French Lick, and he will be supported by Parade Concours Chairs Ron Gordon and Paul Gilbreath as well as past Parade Historic Chairs and principals in the Porsche collector car community.
Expect to see representation from some of the great collectors and collections in the United States, as well as specially selected cars from Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America. For the 60th Parade, our goal is to have a Circle of Honor — a separate dedicated area within the Historics for all past Manhattan Trophy and Group winners. If you own one of the Manhattan Cars or one of the Group Award winning cars in Preparation, Preservation, or Restoration, please consider bringing your car to this display next year at French Lick. They may not be as pretty as the day they won their respective Trophy, but we’d love to have them on the field. And if you’re not driving these beautiful machines throughout Parade week, some will be asked to be displayed in our 60th Anniversary Museum at the French Lick Resort.
Plan now to attend the 60th Anniversary Porsche Parade at French Lick where we hope to have the largest gathering of Manhattan and Group Trophy winners in the history of Parades!
Photo credit: Vu Nguyen, PCA
2014 LA Auto Show Breakfast for Porsche Club Members — Registration Opens Friday
Be the first to see the next evolution of an icon.
We are thrilled for you to join us at the 2014 LA Auto Show to experience another exceptional moment in Porsche history. We are pleased to be able to offer you to be a part of an exclusive Porsche club preview event at the 2014 LA Auto Show where Porsche will give you access to the Porsche display, the full array of Porsche models, and a special global unveiling. As an attendee, you will have early access to the entire Porsche display before it’s shown to the general public. Be among the first to get up close and personal with all the latest Porsche models.
Porsche. There is no substitute.
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 8.00 AM - 10.00 AM (Will call 7:30)
Place: Los Angeles Convention Center - Porsche Exhibition Area
Entrance: West Hall Atrium and Lobby
Registration details: http://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2014-la-auto-show-breakfast-porsche-club-members-los-angeles-convention-132091#.VE-_OhY2GiE
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Special parking for PCA members at this weekend's United States
The F1 race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is October 31 – November 2, 2014 and we know lots of PCA members have purchased tickets. We hope to see everyone there. In our continuing efforts to make F1 as enjoyable as possible, Hill Country Region (HCR) has been notified by COTA that they will have a special parking area for PCA Members only who purchased parking in Lot F. The parking will be located in front of Lot F. COTA will have signage at the lot and as you enter COTA in your Porsche, attendants will direct you to the parking. HCR will provide volunteers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 12:00 PM to monitor the lot. Parking will be PORSCHES ONLY. And parking will on a first come, first served basis. Once the lot is full, you’ll be directed to another parking area in Lot F.
For more information please contact HCR VP Tracey Gross at VP@hcrpca.org.
The Porsche Macan — built for an exhilarating life
A sports car that takes the everyday out of every day. Take a look at the Porsche Macan in this clip.
Temptation and allure of the Cayman GTS
By David Newton
My obsession with Porsche began in the early '70s when the two partners of my father's firm would occasionally grace our driveway with a 1972 Carrera Targa and a 1974 914. Though completely captivated, I had zero expectations of ever being an owner — the reality of a kid growing up in a blue-collar suburb where muscle cars reigned. In the summer of 2008, I saw my first Cayman. I sat paralyzed in the moment, knowing that I had to have one. It took almost a year of self-persuasion before I finally pulled the trigger and signed the agreement to realize a dream that began decades ago.
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2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Is this it?
The world eagerly awaits the arrival of the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which will probably be the meanest, trackiest, drive-angriest modern 911 you can buy. While we don't know what it looks like yet, Patrick George thinks a leaked die-cast model image might give us a good idea.
Vote for the Boldest Car of 2014
At BoldRide, they know there’s more to a car than just a means between point A and point B. Good vehicles should tug at your heartstrings. They should beckon to be enjoyed, grant excitement and deliver in passion. In essence, the best cars have personalities. The best cars are bold.
So they've laid out 10 of their top picks for the Boldest Ride of 2014, and they want you to help them decide the winner. Take a peek below for the full list of theycontenders, the reasoning between each bold ride, and to submit your vote at the bottom of the page.
Slideshow: Building the Porsche 918 Spyder
For the first time, journalists were invited inside the workshop Porsche setup in Stuttgart to build the 918 Spyder supercar — revealing a factory that makes most other car assembly plants look as dated as a horse and buggy.
Why a track rat 911 is a great buy
When shopping for a second-hand 911, a used and abused track rat might not be at the top of your list. Here's Magnus Walker to explain why you're wrong. You know Walker. He's the apparel baron-turned-Porsche aficionado who's out to own every original 911 he can, and the list of his stable is as long as his dreads. But this latest addition isn't Walker's normal fare.
Fall back and enjoy the drive this season
By Dave Hogan
Fall is well underway, making it time to fall back. No, not to fall back to standard time — though that happens early Sunday morning — but rather to take those Porsche-friendly fall-color drives on the seldom-traveled roads of America. The fall colors are sight to behold by themselves, but there are other interesting things to see along the way. This time, we took the back roads as they wound through the mountains of western Virginia to the land where the buffalo roam. Buffalo roaming in Virginia? More on that later.
David Burkhalter joins PCNA's Public Relations team in Atlanta
On Oct. 22, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) announced the appointment of David Burkhalter (35) as Manager, Product Communications for PCNA Public Relations. Reporting to Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Burkhalter will oversee the product related media activities for Porsche in the U.S. market.
Call for contributors
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 of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. 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. 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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Start your holiday shopping at the PCA Web Store!
Start your holiday shopping here today! Show your PCA pride with these $35 holiday gift packages. Details at www.pcawebstore.com.
New items in the PCA Web Store!
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For those who are getting a head start on the holidays. PCA Holiday Cards — on sale now!
Two versions to choose from; PCA snowman version — PCA Snowflake logo version. 10 cards and 10 blank envelopes per box. Cards have a blank interior to write in, and the lovely gift box as shown. Be the first to show your PCA pride this Holiday season and order cards now!
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Meet a PCA staff member
Over the next weeks, we are pleased to introduce both new and long-term PCA staff members to you. We have a level of volunteerism that is unsurpassed, and our people are deeply devoted to the PCA community. Our staff provide the much needed support to sustain PCA for a successful future.
Club Racing Logistics Coordinator
Started June 2014
David joins PCA as the Club Racing Logistics Coordinator. David brings a decade worth of motorsport experience with him to PCA as both a competitor, volunteer and event organizer.
What David does:
David supports the Club Racing Chair, the Club Racing Program Coordinator and the hosting region in prerace preparation as it pertains to venue preparation, racer record verification, sponsor materials and equipment for the stewards, scrutineers and timing techs that make a race possible. Post-race responsibilities include providing post-race press releases and media to series and event sponsors as well as management of contingency sponsorship payouts and updating series point standings. Throughout the year he will assist in the planning and organization of several annual Club Racing events and work towards increasing the program involvement with current sponsors while building relationships with potential new sponsors, all in an effort to increase series value for both competitors and sponsors.
Contact him for:
All kinds of Club Racing questions including:
- getting started in PCA club racing
- licensing and vehicle safety requirements
- vehicle classing
- event schedule
- race results and scoring
- season points standings
- contingency sponsors
- series sponsors
- volunteering with PCA club racing
"Favorite Porsche is a difficult one, it's tempting to go with the LeMans dominating 917 which some nearly 45 years after its development still offers some staggering performance numbers; 0-62 in 2.3 sec. 0-124mph in 5.3 sec. and a top speed north of 220mph. But as it was not a production car selecting a racing car designed to dominate the greatest endurance race in the world isn't exactly fair. I could go with a 959, which 25 years after its development is something that most would celebrate as the most technologically advanced sports car that they’ve ever manufactured. Featuring a twin turbo 6 cylinder putting the power down to all for 4 wheels with a 0-60 time of about 3.5 seconds and top speed a sneeze away from 200 mph it certainly lives up to current supercar performance standards. But due to extremely limited production and exception rarity in North America, I’m not able to call it my favorite.
"In fact there's only one model in which the favorite can come from. A model with 50+ years of evolution and development. A model during that time has dominated competition which often boasted higher displacement and more cylinders via its use of unmatched engineering and design. It has to be a 911. But which 911?
"The latest GT3, with its astonishing 475hp that screams to 9,000rpm, produces 125hp per a liter, sports a power to weight ratio of 6.6lb/hp and classic good looks? It's tempting to go with this technological marvel, however sometimes something a bit more challenging provides greater reward when there's more involved in getting the most out of a car. That's not to say that PDK gearboxes and PSM aren't wonderful additions and developments, they most certainly are and advancements such as these are what make the new GT3 a track ready beast that's still capable of handling the duties of daily driving with relatively little sacrifice. Driving the newest GT3 at 80% in the comfort and ease of doing so would still likely produce better performance and lap times then most cars in existence, including those of my favorite Porsche.
"There's something about the reward that stems from the challenge of mastering something a bit more involved. Developing a relationship between man and machinery that is not unlike that of a champion winning horse and rider. In a car often times that means the sacrifice of modern amenities, dealing with excessive noise, harshness and vibration and, at times, even safety features in order to get that level of raw, unrefined feedback. The appeal is the mastering the ragged edge and the driver finding the balance with vehicle while flirting with perilous danger for both; Gaining the satisfaction of knowing that once mastered anyone else getting into that driver's seat is not likely to be able to get the vehicle to yield the same type of performance for them. That's a car that makes it's driver's seat, YOUR driver seat, instills itself into your heart.
"There are plenty of 911's that fit this recipe various versions and spec of 930s, 993s, 964s all fit the bill. Personally, I'm going with the 1984 911 SC/RS, a very limited run homologation car built in order to enable the Rothman's team to go rally racing. The power output is modest by today's standards at 290hp but with a weight of less than 2200lb it'd make Colin Chapman's jaw drop. The braking system was donated from the 917 racecar, with control arms and suspension donated from the all-wheel drive 953 Paris Dakar rally car, it also features fuel injection, a dry sump oil system and limited slip differential to put the power to the rear wheels. There's not likely a package in the world more rewarding to master then a simple incredibly lightweight, rear engined, rear wheel drive rally car and with such stout race proven vehicle systems going into the 911 SC/RS few are likely to prove as reliable."
Porsche of the Week
This is my modified 1981 911 Turbo enjoying the hot weather way out here in West Texas.
Photo by Steve Doane
West Texas Region PCA
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