A New Year Has Arrived!
A New Year Has Arrived!
Here we are elbowing our way into a new year with plenty of baggage and our masks firmly in place. But that doesn’t mean that GGR has been resting on its laurels (I ran out of laurels about the same time I ran out of chardonnay). In fact, your board has met twice – once leading into the year and shortly after the year began…while we’ve got a lot to do, we’ve confirmed the budgets, set our priorities and planned for, as in Star Wars IV – A New Hope, we’ll battle the dark side and surely come out victorious!
The club continues to thrive even during this time of Covid thanks to all of you who have joined the club and continue to volunteer. We also are so pleased that we continue to see 100+ of you renewing your membership each month. You are the club! Let’s take a look at the numbers:
Primary Members – 2398
Co-Members – 1137
Lifetime Members – 4
Porsche Growth Off the Charts!
As we’ve seen, Porsche has branched out these past few years and into 2021 with new models that are causing tremors around the auto industry. In fact, despite the pandemic that has people sequestered in their respective lairs, in 2020 Porsche delivered 272,162 vehicles worldwide, just 3% below the record set in 2019!
Taycan deliveries totaled 20,015 in 2020, despite a six-week pause in production just as the new model was ramping up, and despite many markets planning spring premieres. The Cayenne led demand at 92,860 sales, an increase of one per cent compared with the previous year. Two-door sports cars were also very popular: a total of 21,784 vehicles from the 718 model lines found new owners – six per cent more than in the previous year. Deliveries of the iconic Porsche 911 totaled 34,328.
Porsche continues to set records everywhere from production to a variety of offerings. Branching out into the world of 4-doors and electricity is the latest with Hybrids and Taycans. Here’s some news just off the press!
25-YEAR LIMITED EDITION BOXSTER
Boxster has hit the road running (sorry!) with a Limited Edition Boxster
The limited edition is restricted to 1,250 units worldwide and is based on the GTS 4.0 model (718 Boxster GTS 4.0) powered by a 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine with 294 kW (400 PS). It pays homage to numerous design features of the Boxster concept car that heralded the success story of the open-top two-seater at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The production version was launched in 1996 with hardly any changes in its visual appearance and is now in its fourth generation after production of more than 357,000 units.
TAYCAN ADDS NEW MODEL
Porsche has extended the Taycan model offerings as it launches the fourth variant of its first all-electric sports four-door. The new model lines up alongside the Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan 4S. It features rear-wheel drive and is available with two sizes of battery and about $40K less than the next model ($79.9). With the front drive unit removed, propulsion is left to a single electric motor paired with a two-speed transmission. With the smaller battery, output is an impressive 402 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, making the base Taycan the most powerful base model Porsche has ever produced. Unfortunately, those numbers are only available for a few seconds, during launch control, after which output is maintained at 321 hp and 250 lb-ft. Taycans equipped with the larger battery have 469 hp and 263 lb-ft during launch control, and 375 hp and 250 lb-ft during normal driving.
Electric is here and the charging station network continues to grow at a hyper speed. LA just announced that they have reached 10,000 available charging stations 21 months earlier than scheduled. According to Charged Magazine, “Los Angelenos can charge their EVs at various public and private locations, including streetlamps, libraries, workplaces, apartment buildings, the LA Zoo and LA International Airport. The city’s commercial EV charging stations include almost 2,500 publicly accessible stations and almost 8,500 at workplaces, fleet operations and multi-unit apartment buildings.”
The media reports are filled with Cannonball runs by hybrids and full EVs alike. For those in the audience who would like more info, I would recommend going to Charged Magazine at www.chargedEVs.com , one of the new mags that have arisen around this new industry. Good info there. One positive aspect is that the Electrify America network that supports Porsche is listed as the top network in the USA, with 538 stations (2300+ chargers) online across the US and another 144 coming soon.
Give PCA & GGR as a New Year’s Gift!
Although the special holiday offer has expired, a Membership to the Porsche Club of America is a great holiday, birthday, anniversary, any-old-day gift idea! For only $46, PCA membership provides year-round Porsche fun, complimentary subscription to PCA’s award-winning monthly magazine, full access to PCA.org, access to the members-only online marketplace, exclusive access to PCA’s bi-annual members-only raffle, free PCA logo window decal, and discount on parts. Check it out at https://www.pca.org/pca-membership-join-club-join-fun !
PCA National’s first foray into social media was on Facebook, and that took place approximately one decade ago. Facebook was joined shortly thereafter by PCA’s YouTube channel. Since then, PCA National has launched Instagram and Twitter channels, all of which have been steadily gaining followers. If you haven’t checked them out lately, give them a look and follow or subscribe.
Facebook is PCA’s flagship social media channel. It has almost 113,000 followers. Primarily, PCA uses it as a means of disseminating interesting stories (both original and curated), Porsche news and news about PCA National events.
PCA National posted its first YouTube videos in the winter of 2010. Check them out.
Instagram is the newest of PCA’s social media channels. If there is an overriding philosophy around what they post can be summed up thusly: Instagram is for pretty pictures of Porsches. Of late, they’ve been doing a series of daily posts of Porsches in interesting colors to support and to promote the Rennbow project (www.rennbow.org(link is external)). Instagram is the fastest-growing PCA social media account and if you want to look at photos of beautiful Porsches, it’s where you should hang out. Follow them @PCANational
New Members in January.
- Mac Apodaca 1997 Boxster Black San Jose
- Gwen Briens 2017 911 Carrera S Cab Graphite Blue Mountain View
- Blake Campbell 2021 718 Spyder Gentian Blue Metallic Atherton
- Kathryn Chou 2019 Macan Turbo Miami Blue Redwood Shores
- Charles Daum 2003 911 Carrera 4S Black San Francisco
- Vasu Divi Redwood City
- Andrey Dolgachev 2015 911 Carrera GTS Redwood City
- Zain Fernandes 2005 911 GT3 Arctic Silver Saratoga
- Stephen Gallegos 2003 911 Carrera Seal Grey San Francisco
- Gardner Grout 2013 911 Carrera Woodside
- Damien Hamilton 1982 911 SC Orange San Jose
- Brian Hamilton 2018 Macan S Grey Menlo Park
- Diana Hsien 2017 Macan Turbo Black Los Altos
- Kun Huang 2021 911 Carrera S Avent Green Sunnyvale
- Nathan Hubbard 2019 Cayenne Turbo San Francisco
- Fred Kim 2013 Boxster S San Jose
- David Krivan 2007 911 Carrera 4S Blue Truckee
- Mike Lamb 1964 356 Redwood City
- Nicholas Lashinsky 2008 911 Carrera 4S Cab Black San Francisco
- Jim Louie 2006 911 Carrera S Speed Yellow San Bruno
- Matthew J Margherita Morgan Hill
- Peter Marton 2021 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 Chalk San Francisco
- David Mccoy 2014 Cayman S Blue Modesto
- Daniel Morillo 2019 911 GT3 RS Red San Francisco
- Andrew Nguyen 2006 911 Carrera 4S Atlas Gray San Francisco
- Travis Pacoe 2020 911 Carrera 4S Grey San Francisco
- Chris Padwick 1987 911 Carrera Cabriolet Red Menlo Park
- Jon Persing 2018 911 Turbo S Blue Morgan Hill
- Justin Pirzadeh 2018 911 Carrera GT Silver San Francisco
- Chen Qiang 2020 911 Carrera S White Sunnyvale
- Gabriel Ronen 2014 Cayman S White Half Moon Bay
- Don Rottiers 2021 Cayenne S Chasimer Beige Redwood City
- Mohith Sadaram 2018 718 Cayman White Saratoga
- Navneet Singh 2016 Cayman Black Sunnyvale
- Marion Smith, III 2015 Cayman San Francisco
- Matthew Struck 2006 911 Carrera S Silver San Francisco
- David Szeto 2018 911 GT3 Silver San Francisco
- Louis Truong 2010 Boxster S Sunnyvale
- Javier Valencia 1965 912 Ruby Red 6402 South San Francisco
- Prince Valluri 2020 911 Carrera S Avent Green Santa Clara
- Alexander Valys 2017 718 Boxster S Foster City
- Guangyuan Wang 2019 911 GT3 RS Lizard Green Sunnyvale
- Daniele Maleo 2016 Cayman GT4 Menlo Park
- Al Ghamgosar 2020 Carerra S Cabriolet Hillsborough
- Michael Gay 2012 Panamera Turbo Belmont
- Kris Nagel 2001 Boxster S Silver San Jose.
- Ciara Rinaudo 1989 911 Carrera Red San Mateo
- Genard Garcia 2016 911 Carrera GTS Black San Jose
- Nozar Azarakhsh 2013 911 Carrera 4S Black Modesto
- Christine Heckford 1995 91 Carrera Polar Silver San Mateo
- Brian Smiley 2021 911 CarreraS Cab GT Silver Palo Alto
- John Wesley White 2018 718 Boxster S Black San Jose
- Matt Carver 1968 911 San Jose
- Matt Durban 2020 718 Cayman GT4 Chalk Sunnyvale
- Darcy Foster 1987 911 Carrera Black Morgan Hill
- Steve Lessard 2020 911 Carrera Cab Green Menlo Park
- Aviran Malik 1998 911 Carrera S San Jose
- Stephen Ng San Francisco
- Mark Penner 2016 Cayman GT4 Sapphire Blue San Jose
- Chip Pucci 2018 911 GT3 Signal Green San Jose
- John Wu 2013 911 Carrera Union City
- Ilya Zameer 2020 Cayenne White San Jose
- Thomas A. Thornhill III 1975 914 2.0 Gulf Racing Livery San Rafael
- Ethan Calderon 1987 924S Zermat Silver Metallic San Jose
- James Lachman 2002 BoxsterS Black San Francisco
January 2021 Anniversary Members
Here’s some info on anniversary certificates. Members celebrating anniversaries 25-65 for the year will sent them automatically. We send them quarterly. For members celebrating 5-20 anniversaries for the year or who haven’t received a past anniversary packet can request one using the link below
www.pca.org/anniversary (members need to be logged in to use this link)
5 Years – 2016
- John Bermudez 1995 911 Carrera Black S. San Francisco
- Jeff Diodati 2016 911 Carrera GTS GT-Silver San Mateo
- Daniel Edelson 2014 911 Carrera Silver Cupertino
- Porter Felton 1987 911 Carrera Cabriolet Glenbrook
- Russell Hamilton 2005 Boxster Silver San Francisco
- Andrew Mills 2005 Boxster S Speed Yellow Daly City
- Jonathan Moenne-Loccoz 2004 911 40th Anniversary GT Silver Castro valley
- Andrew Moore 2015 Cayman White San Francisco
- Joshua Perrault 1982 911 SC Schwartz Metallic Black Cupertino
- Jon Sanders 2008 911 Carrera S Cabriolet White Los Gatos
- 10 Years – 2011
- William Blosen 2009 Cayenne Blue San Jose
- Marc Hoffmann 2008 Cayman S Green Duesseldorf
- Peter Maris 2010 Panamera Turbo Black Livermore
- Scott Smith 2007 911 Carrera Silver San Jose
15 Years – 2006
- Fred Bierbrauer 1972 911E Guards Red San Mateo
- Martin Bloes 1995 911 Carrera Green Orinda
20 Years – 2001
- Konrad Fauser 1997 911 Carrera Gaienhofen
- David Koberstein 2001 Boxster Mountain View
25 Years – 1996
- Richard Ford 2005 911 Carrera San Rafael
- Judy Rogers-Neece 1989 911 Carrera San Jose
- 30 Years – 1991
- Ted Lawson 1984 911 Carrera Los Altos
- Larry Moeller 1970 914-6 Black Greenwood
- Curtis Robertson 1974 914 1.8 Redwood City
40 Years – 1981
- Michael Howe 1986 944 San Geronimo
- Jim Mali 1998 911 Carrera S Purple Morgan Hill
Hey four-door folks – Porsche has set up a separate news and information e-news email specifically for those of us who also have the 4-door, four-wheel versions of these great autos. So, if you haven’t seen it, take a quick look and sign up for the info that’s available on these great autos. Go to pca.org to sign up for this new addition to Porsche info. See it here: http://archive.aweber.com/awlist5184484
If you have any questions about membership, please get them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will have them answered ASAP. Stay well and wear a mask for heaven’s sake!
“Capt. Mike” (aka Capt. Mike Sherman, USN-Ret.)