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June 2011. Volume 51, Issue 5
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Board of Directors
Membership Report
Competition Report
The Power Chef
Porboys Beginners Autocross School
Often Wrong But Never in Doubt
Track Tricks
New Carrera 4 GTS
Legends of the Autobahn
Cayman S Black Edition
LPR Sway & Concours
Zone 7 Concours
Porsches and Police
Carlsen Concours
Quick Links
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From the Wurst Wing  
--by John Celona, GGR President

Treat Yourself to a Club Event

This is the time of year when club events are in full-swing. You've got your pick of social with a Boxster Brunch coming up this Saturday and a Friday Night Social on the 17th, the Carlsen Concours coming up on July 17, plus a whole slew of driving events with autocross and track weekends. As I write this, our last weekend at Buttonwillow is history and we'll be making a return visit to Thunderhill in July.

All these events are put on by club members for other club members to come on by and have fun with the people and Porsches. Yes, we all have very busy schedules, but, as Ferris Buehler once said, if you don't stop and smell the roses once in a while life just passes you by. 

Here's what we've got coming up for autocross dates.   




June 11


Autocross #4

June 12


Annual Porboy's Autocross School

July 23 - 24

Marina Airfield

Autocross #5 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 Autocross weekend

August 27


Autocross #6

August 28


Autocross #7

September 24


Autocross #8

October 29


Autocross #9

November 19


Autocross #10

And here's what we've got coming up for track dates.




July 16-17


Driver Education/Timed Runs

September 10-11


Driver Education/Timed Runs





Here's a photo by David Wong from our first track weekend showing the advanced car control in action on DE/TT/Club Race chair Carl Switzer's car.  


Carl Switzer More photos are here.  


Have some brunch, clean your car, or have a lap. It's your choice!

 Special Thanks to Diablo Region  


As you may recall, our first track weekend at Thunderhill was co-hosted with Diablo Region. It was great to have Diablo members and instructors joining us up there for the fun. As Diablo President Walt Lietz and I discussed at the Zone 7 Presidents' Meeting, collaborating on these events is very important for both clubs to get numbers up so neither club is having to dip into reserves to subsidize events.


Accordingly, in recognition of the success of our first joint event and in appreciation of the efforts put in by all the Diablo folks, particularly Warren Gardner and Luis Soler, to make it happen, the board at this past meeting adopted a special resolution of thanks and appreciation to the Diablo board and DE folks. We look forward to joining with them at a future event.  

Bylaws Update

Possibly you're aware that, like any corporation, GGR has a set of bylaws laying out what it's for and how it works. Since we're a California corporation, our bylaws are filed with the Secretary of State in Sacramento. We also have the bylaws on the web site for your perusal, located here.

The bylaws were last updated ten years ago. Since then, one of the main changes in club operations has been going to online voting for board elections. When we used to print and mail The Nugget each month, it was easy to include a ballot. Our interim step for a few years was to include a ballot in email The Nugget which people could print out and mail in, or download a PDF from the web site. Last year we tried electronic voting and got a much bigger response rate (more shareholder democracy!).

While we're into updating the bylaws, an ad hoc committee consisting of myself, Bill Benz, and Carl Switzer has been looking at what else we may want to change. Here's a summary of what we presented at the board meeting last month: 
  • Electronic voting: modify bylaws to handle electronic voting instead of mailing ballots.  
  • Dual memberships: need to include dual membership provisions in the bylaws. Dual memberships were instituted so that when members of other PCA regions participate in GGR events (as many do), this is counted as GGR member income rather than non-member income, which is a tax issue.  
  • Club operations: we need to look at the provisions regarding annual meetings of the whole club like (like an annual shareholder meeting), calling special meetings, actions required to fire the board and elect different directors, etc. The idea is to make sure we have reasonable arrangements for "shareholder democracy" and stability in club operations.
  • Board size: we're looking at making the newsletter editor and webmaster voting board members instead of non-voting which they have been for some time, as most regions in Zone 7 already do. This would increase the size of the board from 7 to 9.   

The plan is for the committee to work up a proposed set of revised bylaws, present them to the board, and then we'll present them to the members for a vote. If you have particular matters you would like addressed in this process or would like add your input, please email me.  


Till next month...  


Letter from the Editor  
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor 
Thanks to Contributors

Thanks to the people who keep sending stuff in: Bill Benz for his ever-unique viewpoint, and Claude Leglise for his continuing series on track tips. I'm waiting to see if Claude shares the ultimate upgrade I use for making my car faster: another driver!   


Thanks for reading.   


Board of Directors  
--not by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for May 15, 2011


Call to Order

President Celona called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. at his home.


All members of the 2011 Board, save the Social Director, were present.  


            Agenda Changes - Car eligibility at Autocrosses is to be discussed.

            Calendar Changes - The next Board meeting has been scheduled for June 26, 2011.


Postmortem of Past Events

            The March and April Friday Night Socials were greatly appreciated.

            Three Autocrosses on March 19, April 23 and May 14 met expected attendance levels and broke even financially.

            The New Member Social, organized and put on by Kimberly Kinsel Tinawi at the Infinity Tower in San Francisco was attended by over 30 members. For many it was their first Golden Gate event.

            The April 29, 2010 driving event at Thunderhill was well attended. The Competition Director moved, and the Board unanimously agreed, to formally thank Diablo Region and its members for their gracious help and support for this event. The GGR Board looks forward to other joint events with Diablo Region in the future.


Directors' Reports

            President - Disappointing news - the Social Director has resigned. Her upcoming work load is going to prevent her from performing the Social Director duties at the level she would be pleased with. The President accepted her resignation with regret and is contacting another member who had expressed interest in the position last fall about the position.

           The President and the Vice President attended the Zone 7 Presidents' meeting.


            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for the Buttonwillow track event.  


            Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.


.             Secretary - The March Board Meeting minutes were presented and approved.


            Social - Nothing to report..  


            Membership - A membership report was given. A list of 25 new members was presented and approved.


            Competition - The Competition Director reported that both the autocross series and the track driving event series are doing well.  


            Webmaster - 191 people like our website.


Topics for Discussion

            Bylaw Update. The President and Secretary, with the support of PCA national and several Zone 7 Regions, are assembling various sets of bylaws as templates and are in the process of drafting an updated set of bylaws for consideration by the Board and the GGR members.


            Eligible Cars at Autocrosses. The Board reiterated its policy that this is a matter within the discretion of the Autocross chairs and the Competition Director. As guidelines it was recalled that generally we have welcomed all GGR members in any car and we have welcomed nonGGR Porsche owners in their Porsches.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8 p. m.


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Membership Report 

Mike Sherman--by MIke Sherman, Membership Director



Doncha just love May? The weather is turning beautiful in the Bay Area, Giants are doing their exasperating best to "torture" us, and the driving gets better and better - if your wallet can handle "hi-test" fill-ups! Oh well, it's great to be here, driving a Porsche, and a part of GGR, the best in the west. Safe driving this summer. Captain Mike


Total Members:           2396

Primary:          1422

Affiliate:             973

HQ Life:                1

GGR Life:                        4

New Members:              25

Transfers In:                    5

Transfers Out:                 2

Non-renewals                27



April Anniversaries


25 Years - 1986

Janet Finsilver                                                

Michael M. Shannon                 1991            911C2            

Nancy Thornton                                                         

Stephen Young                         1968            911 S


20 Years - 1991

LaVan Bock                               1969            911S            

Lawrence Jackson                     2004            GT3 Gray

Linda Keigwin


10 Years - 2001

Barb Anderson                                                       

Doris A. Krahn


5 Years - 2006

Annie Chiu                  

Julie Lane                                                       

Kevin W. Lee                                        1989            911     

Robert D. & JeanAnn E. Nichols 2001                     911                  Blue

Fred Reynolds                                     1999            Boxster Black

Samantha Shankle                                                           

Cal H. Gin                                            1995             993                  Black

Kathryn Phillips                                    2000            996                  Ocean Blue

Helen Valmassy                                                       

Stephanie Young   




Veronica M Adams (SM)                   2006             Boxster           blue

Magnus Akerblom

Timothy J. Beedle (SM)                     2001             911                  Gray

Martin Booth (Milpitas)                      2002            911                  Black

David & Sophia Chapman (SJ)         1996            911                  Silver

Gary A. Davis (Gilroy)                       1976            911                  Red

Emily D. De Coppet (SF)                   2001            911                  Black

Joseph J. Demeo (SF)                      1986            911Turbo        Gray

Richard Ezekiel (Campbell)               2002             Carrera          Gray

Eric Gauthier (Mt, View)                    1989            951                  White

Jeannine Thomas

Gavin K. Ho (Mt. View)                      2009             Cayenne        Black

Gustin & Anita Ho (SF)                      2009             CarreraS        Blue

David Jensen (SJ)                             2007             CarreraS        Gray

Alexander N. Linde (Belmont)           2003            Carrera4S      Red

Justin A. McCarthy (SM)                   2005            911                  Gray

Thomas H. & Jane Meeks (SF)         2011             CaymanS        Red

Mike A. Morganstern (Saratoga)       2006            911S                Silver

Thomason Nguyen (Mt. View)           2007            Cayman          Silver

Scott Choe

William G. Panzer (Alameda)            1993            968                  Blue

Christopher S. Rossi (SF)                  2002            911                  Black

Geoffrey G. Stahl (SJ)                        2011            911GTS          Blue

Joseph & Lubna Sweis (Burlingame) 2006            CaymanS        Silver

Segundo M. Timiraos            (SJ)       2010             Carrera                      Gray

Jeremiah & Elise Torres (Palo Alto)    2006             CaymanS        Blue

John D. Vu (Danville)                          2006            CaymanS        Blue

Sascha & Denise Zarins (Saratoga)   2011             911Turbo        Yellow



Transfers In (From)


Chris & Lisa Breuner (Piedmont) (DIA)        1988            911                  Silver

Waymond & Gustina Ho (Hayward) (DIA)    1996            993C4              White

                                                                      1981            911                  White

Tony M. Majowicz (Milpitas) (LVS)                1988            911                  Guards Red

Wes Rodda                                                    1987            911                  Silver

Mike A. Morganstern (Saratoga) (CCC)        2006            911S                Silver

Jeremiah & Elise Torres (Palo Alto) (CCC)    2006 CaymanS            Blue





Pacific Power Motorsports
Competition Report

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--by Jeff Kost, Competition Director


What a month May was!  It started with a highly competitive Autocross at the fantastic Alameda site.  It closed with a TT/DE/Club Race at the garden spot known as Buttonwillow raceway!  Both of the events were a lot of fun and VERY well attended.  Thank you to all that came out and participated, I hope that you enjoyed yourself as much as I did!  Looking at the second half of the year, things don't slow down!  More events at Alameda, Marina, Thunderhill and keep reading for more information!


First some business that continues on from last month.  June 15th is quick approaching.  That date is important as it is the last day for rules change submissions for the 2012 season.  In case you want to read the rules before you try to change them, here is the link...   I welcome any questions and/or discussion, send me a note and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.


While I am covering business items, I have another very important subject.  Current AX co-chairs Joe Lee and Chris Hamilton are now mid-way through their second season.  That means that their tenure is coming to a close this year.  First let me say thank you but unfortunately in almost the same breath, I must say that we are now actively looking for a new chair (or co-chairs).  Both Joe and Chris will be around to help with the transition so there will be lots of help.  Without a volunteer to chair the AX series, there is no series-so don't look around, look in the mirror!  If you have interest, please contact Joe, Chris or myself and we can answer your questions or just sign you up!


We have some great news for the next Driver Education/Time Trial weekend at Thunderhill Raceway Park to be held July 16th and 17th!  We are thrilled to welcome Porsche Cars North America's PCA DE Driving Event Tour 2011.  Our special guests will be driving the new, 408 horsepower 911 GTS and, if you register for the DE/TT now, you could be in the passenger seat.  We anticipate a full day of demonstration rides with PCNA drivers, so don't miss it! Stay tuned for more details but it seems to be pointing towards an even more exciting weekend than was already in store...


Last but certainly not least, a very exciting announcement: The GGR DE/TT series is headed back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!!!  Working with our friends at Coastal Driving School (a collaboration of the Loma Prieta and Monterey Bay Regions), our DE/TT Chair Carl Switzer has arranged for us to co-host a THREE day event at this challenging, world class circuit, on September 9th-11th.  This will replace the event that was to be at Thunderhill Raceway Park.  More details are coming and will be shared as soon as they are available.  One thing is for sure, this event is sure to sell out quickly so please make sure you are signed up for the mailing list via the GGR website, watch for the notices and register promptly!


In the mean time, please come out and join us at our next event!






The Power Chef®  
NE Bike  --by John Celona, The Power Chef®


See you next month! 


The Power Chef is triple-booked this month with getting The Nugget ready to go, getting ready for the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Foothill Repertory Dance Company (he's the Technical Director), and getting ready to leave the day after the show to speak at a conference in Bermuda. He'll be back with a column next month.  


In the meanwhile, here's a photo from a company rehearsal as they practice for the opening number, which is done to Peter Gabriel's "Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ." The show is June 3-4 at Foothill College.  


Foothill Dance 

This is the same award-winning company which performed at GGR's 50th anniversary celebration, though this time it will be with a cast of 100, including guest artists flying in from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. There will even be a Hollywood film director there to scout talent. See if you can spot him in the VIP section!

Porboys Beginners' Autocross School  


Announcing the Famous

Annual GGR Porboys Beginner Autocross School !!!!!!!!!


It is that time of year to start thinking about all of the great Porsche driving opportunities inSeidell 2011. On Sunday June 12, Howard Yao, and John Seidell will again run this school. It is really for beginners or people who have autocrossed only a few times. If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience driving your Porsche on the edge (but safely in control) then this is for you. This is a good safe place for drivers to learn about the handling of their Porsche.


The school will be on the large North runway area of the old Alameda NAS (just past the Alameda Ferry Terminal). The day begins at 7:30 AM with registration, teching of cars, and then a driver's meeting at 8:15. Students will then walk the course with their morning instructors. After that, students will be driving on skidpads in order to learn the feel of an oversteering and an understeering car. It is a lot of fun!! The day will proceed with students running the Autocross course with their instructors, while half of the students learn to work the course. As in the past, Mr. Larry Sharp, who is a world famous course designer, will make up the course for this year's event.


After the lunch break we continue to run cars in hour sessions until 5 PM. It is truly a fun day with lots of learning. One of the best parts is that students get a few rides in their instructor's car. We try as best we can to have instructors that have had experience with cars similar to the students. You will also have different instructors in the morning and afternoon.


The school is sponsored by Joe and Annie Zeiph, the owners of Porboys German Automotive Service. They are located at 3640 East 9th ST. in Oakland. Joe and his technicians are experts in the repair of all German makes, but they specialize in the maintenance, repair, and complete rebuilds of 911, 944, 914, 928, 996, and Boxster cars. If you have questions or need repairs, call Porboys at 510-437-9400. They do Smog Checks, excellent work on all German makes, and are highly recommended.


If you sign up and pay the $99 fee, you get:


Instruction from the best and most experienced instructors in the west!! (Really)


1. A lunch including Porboys sandwiches, chips, cookies, sodas and water.


2. A Porboys Autocross School T-shirt.


3. A knowledge of how an Autocross is run, and how to work different jobs.


4. A basic knowledge of car control and you will learn great tips on how to handle your car.


5. You will drive home with a big smile on your face!!!!


If this sounds really good then sign up on April 1st on www.Motorsportreg.com You will first need to create an account, then go to the Sunday June 12 date and select the GGR Porboys Autocross School. If you have questions email Howard Yao at howard@aberrance.com or John Seidell at johnseid@astound.net We do limit the number of students to 57 so that there is plenty of driving time. Advance signup and payment xis required. See you there!!



Often Wrong But Never In Doubt 


Benz--by Bill Benz


Even I am amazed at my prejudices regarding car restoration and originality. They came to the fore when I happened to be reading two different articles in 356 REGISTRY. I'll discuss one article this month and the other one next month


The first article concerned Mike Robbins and his original-owner 1958 Speedster (special order black with red coupe seats, Rudge wheels and no body trim). If you've ever been to a Porsche Parade you've seen this car. It is as much a Parade fixture as are the Neidels or the Zaccone's. Let's see how the Robbins Speedster stacks up against the typical Speedster-for-sale advertisement.


"FOR SALE 1958 Speedster. Low mileage, zero rust ever, all original - numbers matching, Certificate of Authenticity. Serious offers over $170,000 FIRM. No smirking or joking. We mean SERIOUS when we say serious." DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT offering less than $170,000.

Let's get started. The car is a Speedster. It is a '58, (the best year for Speedsters), and it's black with red coupe seats. That's a good start.


"Low mileage" This is going to be rough. Here's Mike in the article bragging about putting 900,000 kms on his car. What is he thinking? Wait a minute. That's NOT 900,000 MILES. It's only 900,000 of those weird metric things. I'll bet that this is a lot less than 900,000 miles. We all remember from Bob and Doug McKenzie of "The Great White North" fame that the conversion factor to get from bogus metric stuff to good old 'merican stuff is divide by 2 and subtract 32. (Or double and add 32 when going the other direction to get the 44 can metric six pack.) Divide by 2 and subtract 32 gets us down to 418,000 miles. Mother Superior at the LOW MILEAGE convent will find this pretty pathetic (if not sinful). Lots of rosary work coming for this confession.


"Zero rust ever" More trouble. Mike admits that he and the Speedster live in the rust belt and isn't telling us made-up tales about garaging the car in Arizona. This explains the replaced pan, the replaced longitudinals, the replaced battery box and the replaced rocker panels. ( As a student of the original P. B. Tweeks parts catalog of rust-replacement panels and the owner of four 356's over the years, I'm a little surprised to not see replaced jack spurs, replaced front inner wheel well panels, replaced lock posts and replaced door bottoms as well. Once the moans of disappointment from the ZERO RUST EVER choir subside we can check out Mike's Speedster's mechanicals.  


"All original - numbers matching" Oh yeah! Mike recounts how, early on when he wanted more than "Damen" performance, he swapped the Speedster's original 60 hp Normal engine for a 75 hp Super. (gasps of horror from the ORIGINAL NUMBERS MATCHING police) Thereafter, as he put it "...now and then I switched engines just to try different configurations.". It sounds like at least 15 engines made an appearance under the rear lid. Not good. Even worse, several years after it was removed, the original Normal engine reappeared but Mike passed on it, seeing saw little fun in stepping back to 60 hp.  


The original transmission was sent packing and was followed by a bunch of later model types with a variety of gear and r/p ratios in searches for perfect autocross gears or perfect highway touring gears. (cries of anguish from the afore-mentioned ORIGINAL NUMBERS MATCHING police)  


When his delivery-original Rudge wheels/brakes were done-in by winter road salt Mike traded them for a set of B wheels and brakes. A recent photo of the Speedster reveals a wheel lug spacing that strongly suggests that the B brakes have now been swapped for C disc brakes. (visible disappointment from the LOW MILEAGE Mother Superior with cries of "Get a rope!" from the ZERO RUST EVER choir and the ORIGINAL NUMBERS MATCHING police)

"Certificate of Authenticity" This Certificate should read "This certifies that this car has delivered over 50 years of authentic fun and faithful service to its owner. That's a lot more important than some 2.2 mm door gap or some transmission serial number."  


Every picture of Mike with the car - He's smiling. Life is good.


Track Tricks

Leglise2--by Claude Leglise

The Right Tires for the Track 

In the first three articles in this occasional series, I described car modifications that are inexpensive yet can improve track performance substantially; namely: using better brake fluid, installing competition brake pads and adding pedal covers.

In this installment about tires, the budget is definitely larger, but this is the next logical step in getting more enjoyment out of your Porsche, and in improving your driving skills. And it is still a lot cheaper and more beneficial to get better tires than to modify the engine.

During your first track weekend, you probably learned that "a squealing tire is a happy tire." And yet, after you got the hang of the track, it has become clear that your street tires are not up to the task of extensive high speed cornering and braking. Some of the symptoms include: lack of firm car control in the turns, increased sliding after 4 or 5 laps, much squealing, rapid wear of the outer periphery of the tires, and more. You are now ready for a dedicated set of tires for the track.

Street tires are designed with a variety of trade-offs in mind. Among them: a wide range of weather conditions, an even wider range of driving skills, durability, cost, rolling resistance, road noise, resistance to pot holes, and more. Most do a fine job in their designated environment, the street, but leave much to be desired on a race track.

Track tires have to address a very different set of criteria: traction, handling, cornering load, heat resistance, and others. They are very specialized, for instance, for dry or wet, for track or Autocross, for road racing, oval racing, off-road racing, drag racing, and many more forms of mechanical sport. Fortunately, there are many options that are suitable for track weekends, driver's education and time trials organized by GGR and other Porsche Club regions.

There are so many types of Porsche cars and so many different wheel sizes that I cannot give a single recommendation for the choice of tires. I have been happy in the past with Dunlop, Hoosier, Michelin and Pirelli, but this does not mean that any of these will be correct for your particular vehicle and situation.

The best solution is to talk to folks who have a car similar to yours and ask about their experiences. What brands did they try, which ones did they like - why and why not--, which ones did they not like, which one do they use now? You will soon find that there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained this way. Once you make your first purchase, take notes about air pressure, ambient temperature, weather conditions and your impressions about tire behavior so you can look at them later and evaluate whether they are performing as you wish. You will probably have to experiment with a few different brands and compounds before you settle on the tire you like best.

The cost of dedicated track tires varies greatly depending on their size, the brand, their popularity, and (I suppose) their quality. For instance, a set of Hoosier 205x50 ZR15 cost $745 delivered to my house, while a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup N1 spec 235x35 ZR19 and 305x30 ZR19 for a GT3 will set you back $2,125.

There are many good sources of racing tires. I have had good luck with two in particular:
  • Tirerack (www.tirerack.com). They are very knowledgeable and carry a lot of inventory.
  • Topless Performance (top_lessperformance@q.com). They can arrange for drop-shipment from the manufacturer or distributor straight to your home.
Check also with GGR sponsors and your favorite mechanic.

As much as track tires are wonderful on a racing track, they are pitiful on the street; many of them are not street legal -or DOT approved-- and some may even be dangerous. The top issues are likely to be the lack of tread (CHP does not look kindly upon this), poor puncture resistance, poor traction at low temperature, and most of all such poor durability that running track tires on Highway 101 is a huge waste of money. So if you are going to buy track tires, you will need an extra set of rims.

The best source I can suggest for new rims is to find someone who has bought fancy schmancy after-market rims for their Porsche and is selling the OEM wheels. Look on eBay, Panorama, bulletin boards and the like. I have heard many times of a full set of 4 rims and 4 tires selling for $1,500 or so. Make sure they have the correct part number for your car and you are set.

This opens up the question of how to get to the track. One option I do not recommend for the reasons mentioned above is to drive to the track with the track rims and tires already installed. A better option is to place the track wheels on a simple roof rack. There are a number of GGR members who do this; ask them for their advice.

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I also remember seeing little trailers big enough to carry a set of wheels and some tools, towed behind a Porsche. I don't know who makes them so you have to do some research.

June Track2

The best option of course is to get a full size trailer and tow your car to the track. An entry-level open trailer will cost you less than $2,000 new, but you will need to have parking space for it in between track weekends, and a suitable tow vehicle. Talk to George Morris about your needs.

Getting dedicated track tires is a big step. It involves additional cost and more complex logistics for the weekend. However, the handling characteristics of your Porsche will be so improved on the track that once you try it, if you ever go back to using street tires, they will feel like bars of soap. This is a very worthwhile modification.



P.S: Disclaimer. These Track Tricks articles make the explicit assumption that the reader is an adult with a functioning brain and the requisite knowledge to use it. They are meant to share my experiences and to give some tips that may or may not be useful to you. I am not an automotive engineer and I do not play one on TV. I make no representation about the suitability and usability of these tricks for any purpose whatsoever. If you try any of them, it is explicitly under your own responsibility and at your own risk. Don't even think of suing me if all hell breaks loose.

--by Paul Larson, Vice President


The Porsche Airplane


Hi Everyone,


Imagine a few Porsche scientists sitting around a table talking. One scientist mentions that they should be looking at something more than racing. Another mentions that they started with making tractors. Another talks about a Porsche motor in a fast Italian boat. Then one of the young scientists says lets make a Porsche airplane. They already know how to make an air cool motor so what could be so hard. One guy mentions that there are no fast Italian airplanes for a flat six motor. Then they all decide to put a flat six motor into a Mooney airplane. Could it really have been this simple? I do not know but I am going to tell you why a Porsche motor is not ideal for an airplane motor.


One of the first problems is the relationship between the amount of moving parts and reliability. The propeller was geared to the motor do reduce the amount of revolutions per minute. An average rpm for an airplane motor is something over 3,000 rpm. The Porsche motor puts out its maximum horsepower in the 6,000-rpm range. The motor was geared down so it would not act as an egg wiper.


The conventional flat six-airplane motor has one camshaft and the Mooney Porsche motor has two. The Porsche Mooney required two alternators, two electrical systems, and two 12-volt batteries. All this added the one thing that you try to reduce is an airplane. Weight. The airplane had an additional two hundred pounds of weight and that was with an exotic Kevlar Propeller.


There is some debate about magnetos versus electrical ignition. Magnetos may be old fashioned but they are highly reliable. Magnetos may weigh a lot but so does the additional battery.


During the 1988 year, the Porsche Mooney was 5 mph slower then the standard Mooney due to it's extra cooling drag. It was also $100,000 more then the standard due to its one of a kind engine instruments.


The essential problem with the Porsche Mooney was that delving power to the Propeller was all that was considered and it took more then power to make an fast efficient airplane.


As we all know, Porsche produced a heavy, complex, bulky engine that did not produce the power and efficiency of a well-made airplane.


As Porsche public relationship people might say, they learned a lot from the aero engine and that will help them achieve more success in the racing world.


Here are a few pictures. There are still a few Porsche Mooney's flying.


Paul June1 


Paul June2 


Paul Larson



New Carrera 4 GTS 

New Flagship Carrera ideal for all-weather performance
ATLANTA - May 12, 2011 - Building on the well-received 911 Carrera GTS with its extra power, visual panache and extensive extras for an attractive price, Porsche today announced the 911 Carrera 4 GTS. As an all-wheel-drive model, and when equipped with the proper tires, has proven more than competent for all seasons and all road conditions. The Carrera 4 GTS wraps an aggressive wide body around a long list of performance, comfort and cosmetic enhancements.

A GTS exclusive power upgrade of 23 hp over the 911 Carrera 4S on which it is based enables the 3.8-liter 911 Carrera 4 GTS - available as a coupe and cabriolet - to accelerate from zero to 60 mph 0.1 second faster; a Carrera 4 GTS coupe equipped with the optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus makes the sprint in just 4.0 seconds. Top-track speed is also increased to 187 mph (186 mph w/PDK). 

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS features an electronically-controlled Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system that delivers impressive traction and powerful acceleration in any driving situation. The electromagnetically-controlled multi-plate clutch reacts within fractions of a second and ensures optimum distribution of power between the front and rear axles. A standard mechanical limited-slip differential further improves traction and driving stability around turns and on varying road surfaces.


Carrera 4 GTS 

The 3.8-liter flat-six delivers its 408 hp thanks to a number of internal changes, including a special resonance intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps. Maximum torque is available at 4,200 rpm; 200 rpm earlier compared with the Carrera 4S. The extra power is enhanced by a standard sports exhaust system with four black tailpipes finished with polished, nano-coated inner shells. 

Like every all-wheel-drive 911 model, the Carrera 4 GTS features a body with 44-mm wider wheel arches at the rear.

It is also distinguishable by its SportDesign front apron, black side skirts from the 911 GT2 and a black panel between the rear tailpipes. Center-locking 19-inch RS Spyder design wheels, painted in high-gloss black with polished lips are a final visual flourish.

Inside, black is the dominant color, with the standard interior featuring Alcantara® on the center sections of the standard sport seats with their larger side bolsters. Black Alcantara® is also used wherever the driver comes into direct contact with the vehicle - like on the rim of the three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers. 

The extra all-weather performance, visual muscle and standard equipment of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS comes at an attractive price. On sale this fall, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe will be available in the US at a base MSRP price of $110,200 while the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet will be priced at $120,100. 



Legends of the Autobahn
  2011 Legends

Cayman S Black Edition 

Porsche Cayman S Black Edition adds Horsepower, Features and Value



The 330-horsepower Cayman S Black Edition limited to 500 units worldwide



ATLANTA - May 6, 2011 - Following on the heels of the recently announced 911 and Boxster S Black Editions, Porsche introduces a new, sporty and limited edition Cayman S arriving late this summer. The 2012 Cayman S Black Edition features a 10-horsepower boost and a long list of standard equipment at an attractive price.


This new mid-engine sports car is only available in solid black and features a monochrome treatment with a black body and black-painted 19-inch Boxster Spyder design wheels. Normally contrasting trim pieces from the Cayman S are also painted for a uniform look: the side air intake grilles are painted black, as are the twin exhaust tailpipes and the model designation on the rear deck lid.


Cayman Black 1 


The monochromatic theme continues to the interior where black is the only available color, with aluminum and stainless steel used as accents. The brushed stainless steel door-entry guards feature Black Edition lettering, and the standard SportDesign steering wheel features twin aluminum-look spokes with a rim of smooth-finish black leather. Also painted black are the trim strips on the dashboard and around the six-speed manual shift lever or the gear selector for the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double clutch transmission, while the instrument dials are black instead of the usual white. Two final touches are the Porsche crest embossed on the headrests and a limited-edition badge on the glove compartment.


Like the other Black Editions, the Cayman S Black Edition combines Porsche's popular option packages to deliver additional value to customers. The black-painted exterior and interior touches are part of the Design package available on other Cayman models. The Convenience package, also standard, includes Bi-Xenon™ headlights with dynamic cornering function, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, rain sensor and automatic climate control.


Cayman Black 2 


The Infotainment package adds a touch-screen Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, BOSE® surround-sound system and XM® Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic®.

The Black Edition's chassis builds on the foundation of the Cayman S, which already features exceptional balance and handling. The lightest 19-inch wheels in the Porsche lineup are fitted 235/35 ZR 19 tires up front and 265/35 ZR 19 in the rear, providing a visually dynamic upgrade from the standard 18-inch wheels on the regular Cayman S.


A 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, mounted in front of the rear axle, produces 330 horsepower - 10 more than in the Cayman S - while also delivering excellent fuel economy, particularly when coupled with the optional PDK transmission. With PDK, the Cayman S Black Edition will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package and reaches a top track speed of 172 mph while achieving EPA estimated fuel economy of 20 city and 29 highway (19/26 when equipped with six-speed manual and top track speed of 173 mph), the same as the Cayman S. In addition to reducing the 0--60 acceleration times by two-tenths, the optional Sport Chrono Package with PDK provides a launch control function and more aggressive Sport and Sport Plus shift strategies.


The 2012 Cayman S Black Edition MSRP is $67,500 which gives buyers added value on several levels considering the extra functional and visual upgrades and the enhanced power output.

LPR Swap & Concours 

  Swap meet

Zone 7 Concours

  zone 7 concours
Porsches and Police


Carlsen Concours

  2011 Carlsen Concours

Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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