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June 2012. Volume 52, Issue 5
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Register for Porboys Beginners' Autocross School
Competition Corner
Membership Report
Board of Directors
The Power Chef
Social Report
Porsche Parade Registration Now Open
918 Spyder Prototype Commences Trials
Fine Tuning for the Parade Rally
Carlsen Concours
Legends of the Autobahn
Quick Links
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celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President

Lots to cover this month. Let's get started!

Potential Club Event on August 9th 

On each Thursday evening throughout the summer, the little town of San Carlos celebrates "Hot August Nights" with a farmers market plus. Besides an abundance of fresh fruit, produce, nuts, breads, etc., vendors offer a variety of hot food, beer and wine, desserts. There's also live entertainment with bands playing at two separate locations.


GGR has been contact regarding the possibility of having club members display their cars as part of the festival. An additional city block would be closed off for this. We're awaiting final approval on the necessary permit, but wanted to get the word out now so folks can check their calendars.  


If we go ahead, we're thinking of having attendees vote on their favorite Porsche (no concours preparation necessary!) and awarding prizes. This would be a great opportunity to meet and hang out with fellow club members, enjoy the food and entertainment--and get some grocery shopping done at the same time! 


Stay tuned. We should have word on this soon. 

Annual Members Meeting on August 12    
GGR's Annual Members Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 12, at 6 pm in conjunction with the Board of Directors meeting that day. We'll be presenting a financial report on the club, plus addressing any items members wish to raise. If you're interested in attending, please email me at ggrpresident@gmail.com and let me know:

--Names of members attending
--Their PCA membership numbers
--Whether you have an agenda items for the board to address 

Dinner wil be provided at 5 pm, with the meeting starting promptly at 6 pm, immediately followed by the regular Board of Directors Meeting. It will be held in San Carlos and directions will be sent out later to attendees.
  Autocross School Is Coming Up; Space Still Available   

There are still a few spots left in our annual Porboys beginners' autocross school. See the next piece for details. This is a great (and safe!) way to meet other club members and learn what your car can really do! Here's what's on the schedule for the remainder of the year for autocross.

Date Location Event 


June 23 




Autocross #4  

June 24 


Annual Porboy's Beginners' Autocross School 

July 29


Autocross #5 

August 18


Autocross #6

September 8 - 9

Marina Airfield

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

September 15


Autocross #8

October 20


Autocross #9

November 17


Autocross #10


Caution: autocross can be addicting!   

2012 Track Schedule Season: Buttonwillow Is History, Return to Thunderhill Next


Here's a message from our Track Chair, Carl Switzer:



The short version: registration is open for our July 14-15 DE/TT at Thunderhill.  Register here:  http://www.pca-ggr.motorsportreg.com/

The long version: we're just back from a beautiful and enjoyable weekend in Buttonwillow.  For those that couldn't join us, here's what you missed:
  •  Several hours of uncrowded track time in beautiful weather (mid 70s and little breeze).
  •  One of our largest and best student classes in recent history.
  •  A very exciting Time Trial, with TTOD grabbed by our friend Andrew Winterbottom from the CCC Region (we love Andrew, but come on GGR people, let's not let that happen again!).  Congratulations to Mary Riddel for TTODL and Jussi Pekka-Mantere for his lap record in TT2.
  • Three exciting Club Races dominated by GGR Drivers Warren Walker and Ken Park.  Nice work, guys.
  • And, last but not least, great camaraderie and a lot of fun at the Saturday night dinner and raffle.  Prizes, you ask?  Yes, had you been there, maybe you would have walked out with a 5 gallon jug of race gas from Goodies Speed Shop, two jet ski rentals from Full Throttle Tahoe or a Go Pro HD camera compliments of GGR's 2012 Track Series (have I mentioned it's a series?).
So, here we go again.  Please join us on July 14-15 for what will be a beautiful Drivers' Education and Time Trial event at Thunderhill.  By popular demand, we will be running clockwise.  If you're ready to register, read no more and do so here: http://www.pca-ggr.motorsportreg.com/.  If you need help with your excuses, here you are:
  • The weather at our Thunderhill event last year was perfect: mid 70s with nearly no wind.
  • Thunderhill Clockwise is a real treat.  We'll do a comprehensive track walk Friday night if you haven't driven this configuration.
  • Time Trial points will be enhanced by a 125% multiplier for this event (yes, this could make critical year-end differences).
  • Registration preference and discounts to our Laguna Seca DE/TT will be awarded to those drivers that haven't missed an event this year.
  • We will have another fun raffle and also a mid-year awards ceremony for our Club Races and Time Trials to date (must be present to win!).
  • And, last but not least, I, personally, would really like for you to join us.  I'm very fortunate to have a group of exceptional volunteers that make for well-run and enjoyable events -- whether you're a racer or a first time driver.  I also have the support of the GGR Board, which has given me great latitude to host 7 (seven!) events this year at three tracks without making a material cost increase to you.  For this good run to continue, we can't have a dead event.  I need you and 98 of your closest friends to join us in July and I'll do just about anything to make that happen.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your support of GGR's 2012 Track Series (remember, it's a SERIES!).

Carl Switzer 

Drivers' Ed/Time Trial/Club Race Chair



If you haven't tried one of track events, it's a great way to really learn how to drive your Porsche at higher speeds than at autocross. Plus you get just gobs of driving time. We average about 2 HOURS of driving time per day! You'll be worn out before your tires are!


Here's the schedule for the rest of the year: 

  • July 14-15: back to Thunderhill for Drivers' Ed and a Time Trial.    
  • September 8-9:  Drivers' Ed and Time Trial at Thunderhill.   
  • November 20-21 at Laguna Seca.   
Hope to see you out there driving! I'll be in the yellow Boxster running on street tires. (That's my excuse for going so slowly, and I'm sticking with it!) 

Lots of Other Great Events Coming UP!   

So many fun things to do--so many great reasons to drive your Porsche! 


Till next month...  





Letter from the Editor  
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Register for Porboys Beginners' Autocross School 
John Seidel

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 in 2012. On Sunday June 24, 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:

  1. Instruction from the best and most experienced instructors in the west!! (Really)
  2.  A lunch including Porboys sandwiches, chips, cookies, sodas and water.
  3.  A Porboys Autocross School T-shirt or hat.
  4.  A knowledge of how an Autocross is run, and how to work different jobs.
  5.  A basic knowledge of car control and great tips on how to handle your car.
  6.  You will drive home with a big smile on your face!!!!


If this sounds really good then click here to sign up on now. You can also find this event through the GGR "landing page" on Motorsportsreg.com: http://pca-ggr.motorsportreg.com/  


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 55 so that there is plenty of driving time. Advance signup and payment is required. See you there!!




Competition Corner  

Benz --by Bill Benz, Competition Director


 Road & Track 




I'm looking at a notice from ROAD & TRACK. My subscription is up for renewal. For the first time in 54 years the answer is not an automatic "Do it!" This indecision is not all the magazine's fault. Heaven knows if we readers had bought and sold more $3500 Bugattis and Lucas Flamethrower driving lights from the fondly-remembered R&T classified section the magazine would not have had to shift its advertizing focus toward penile enhancement, erectile dysfunction and pajama-grams to hold my attention and help pay its rent. Thanks to Tire-Rack's wheels and tires and David MacNeil's WeatherTech floor liners there are still some automotive ads in the magazine. But ads for Chinese watches and collector coins are certainly closing on their lead, however.


Some folks contend that the SPEED channels and the internet have taken over the up-to-the- minute communication and chronicling of the automotive scene. I'm sure that this is partially correct but there is something great about reading the written word from some of R&T's authors that expands events and makes them memorable.


A 1960's five page race report with crummy photos from Henry Manney III. or more recent articles by Innes Ireland or Rob Walker or Phil Hill or even Patrick Long when read today communicate what happened better than any modern You-Tube clips. The same holds true for Peter Egan's descriptions of his automotive adventures which are always worth reading and rereading.


As an example, check out this passage from an article written by Hector Luis Bergandi and published in ROAD & TRACK in 1983, about a ride he took with Juan Fangio around the Nurburgring.


"At the wheel was a 71-reyear old man who not only knew the place like the back of his hand, but also drove as if the big sedan were an extension of himself. The place was the Nurburgring and the man was Juan Manuel Fangio. In the midst of my astonishment at this unspectacular display of driving, I realized that had I been the passenger of anyone else I would be hanging on, feet braking against the floor, eyes bulging, breathing in short gasps. Instead I was calm, smiling comfortably ensconced in my seat looking at the road swirling beneath me as I listened to the only person in the world with whom I could feel safe at that breakneck speed."


Contrast that with a more recent R&T offering


"TEGS = Enhanced MPG: As its name suggests, a thermoelectric generator, TEG for short, converts heat into electrical energy. It does this through a phenomenon known as the Seebeck effect (beyond the scope of this discussion, though it turns out that Danish physicist Hans Christian Orsted rectified German physicist Thomas Johann Seebeck's 1821 misunderstanding about the effect....) "


I'm sorry R&T, but I'm gonna go with the Argentineans, Juan and Hector.


What makes this worse is that it's not a time-dependent matter as in Old stuff GOOD - New stuff NOT SO GOOD. In the past year EVO Magazine from England had this description of driving a 911 Turbo S in a supercar comparison test:


"Away from the village, you smile like Dreyfus learning of Clouseau's demise: 'It's a Porsche Turbo' you say to yourself, one eye-lid flickering- and you bang the slightly ornate PDK lever away from you into manual mode, prod the Sport Plus button , calm the dampers back into normal mode and begin a new phase in the relationship: one that uses the steering wheel- mounted paddles. And for the next twenty minutes you are quite possibly the fastest moving land-based object on earth. You accelerate and brake, turn and scoot... You'd swear that this car isn't bound by the same laws of traction and mechanical grip as the others here."


Again, R&T takes a whuppin'. One saving grace is that one issue of EVO costs about the same a year of R & T so that may make the renewal less painful.


On a separate topic You probably have noted that I NEVER do anything that even vaguely relates to my position as Competition Director. That's going to change as of now. We're hunkering down for big time business.


1. RULE CHANGES. If you look at the GGR competition rules (They're in the website) you will see that they call for annual review and annual consideration of changes proposed by the membership. This was done last year and needs to happen again this Summer and Fall. The autocross and time trial communities will be sending representatives into this process. Others (like you) will be enthusiastically welcomed. If you want to help or propose rule changes let me know.


2. HELP WANTED. My term as Competition Director is over in 6 months. YOU should step up and offer your services in this position. As a matter of full disclosure, I was lured into the job by slick talk from Andrew and President Celona who virtually promised that I could transform the position into one of dictatorial power - in short I that I would be the Bernie Ecclestone of GGR. This has not come to pass. But this should not dissuade you. Volunteer!





Membership Report 

Mike Sherman--by Mike Sherman, Membership Director


 GGR Regional Summary - April 2012 





Primary Members    1,488  

Affiliate Members        972                 

Life Members                  6         

Total Members          2,461


He Flashed Me! OK, I'm referring to the notable, oft-ignored, significantly extraordinary practice of acknowledging the acuity, perspicacity, shrewdness, and keen judgment that each of us has for buying a Porsche! How do we do this? Well, we flash our lights, we wave from the bully pulpit behind the wheel, and sometimes, we beep our horns as another Porsche zips by...all in the name of tech-savvy recognition. But, sometimes, yes, it's true, they pass us by; they ignore our laudatory efforts; they drive on! Today, two Porsche drivers flashed me...I was ecstatic, fulfilled, even happy. So, let's keep this going, don't let this die in the bud, make someone else happy - Flash Them! Cheers and all the best, and don't hurt yourselves trying to pronounce PDK! Capt. Mike


New Members/Transfers: 24 (+ 7 Affiliate Members)

Howard Ashcraft                                            2012 Cayman R          Gray

Lewis Blevins                                                 2012 911 GTS            Red

Andre Boule                                                   2006 Carrera S            Red

Andria Burdette                                              2004 cs4                      Black

Adam Burn                                                     2007 Cayman S           Gray

Jason Chen                                                    2008 Cayman S           White

Laurent & Alice Chen                                     2010 Cayman S           White

Brian Collins                                                   1979 911                     Red

Jeffrey Ebstein                                                2011 911S                   Blue

Judy Glickman                                                2008 Cayenne                         Silver

Bjorn & Ulf Hansen                                         2011 911 CS2                         Gray

Michael Hillman                                              2010 911                     Silver

Brian Holt                                                       1999 996                     Brown

Peter Humphries                                             2011 Boxster               Silver

Omar & Asma Javaid                                      2008 911                     Gray

Arash Keshmirian                                            2012 911Turbo S        White

Andreas Lieber                                                1982 911 SC               Black

Juan Antonio Melian                                       1996 993                     Red

Kevin & Barbara Rogan                                   2002 996TT                Silver

Jun Wu & Yan Zhang                                       2006 Cayenne-S          Blue

Mark Fecchi                                                     1991 928 GT

Knoll, Christopher & Vanessa Morishige          1977 911S                   Brown

Richard McCarthy                                             1974 914                     Green

Kenneth & Pam Park                                       1973 911                     White



April 2012 Anniversaries  


40 Years - 1972



20 Years - 1992

Edwin  Seim                                                  1980 911SC                                                          

Eugene Taskovic                                           1985 944                      Guards Red  


15 Years - 1997

James Howell                                                1963 356S                                                             

Linda McLaughlin                              

Gloria Pickett                         

Malcolm Pickett                                              1988 911                   Red                            

Masayo Wertheimber


10 Years - 2002

Fred Bianucci                                                2012 997 4-GTS           Blue                          

Bill Dally                                                        2002 Boxster                                                          

Birgit Heinz                           

Janice Stewart                        

Debra Whelan                        

Larry Burgess                                                 1982 911           


5 Years - 2007

Chad Beightol                                                 1969 912                                       

Hui-Chen Lee                         

Craig Lisowski                                                2006 Cayman S          Gray                          

Madeleine Nash                                 

Tom Nash                                                       2007 911 C4Cab           Gray                          

Anjali Rao                              

Vivek Rao                                                       2005 911S                     Artic Silver                  


Ronald Silva                                                   2007 997GT3               White                          

Kathleen Hart                        

Michael Hart                                                   2007 Cayman S             Grey                          

Phil Houdek                                                    1998 Boxster                  Red                            

Board of Directors

Richard French --by Richard French, Secretary

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for May 6, 2012



In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, , Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Mike Sherman, Bill Benz, Joe Sweis, Andrew Forrest


Absent: Chris Hamilton


The meeting was called to order at 6pm


No agenda changes

No calendar changes


Postmortem of Past events

4/28 AX Marina was very well attended. With approx. 80 cars.

4/27-4/29 Club Race at Laguna Seca in conjunction with SCCA. Good 38 cars participated.



Director's Reports

President - Reminder: Annual general meeting was announced tin the Nugget. It will be held during August 12 board meeting and will take place at a location to be determined.  


Secretary - Minutes of 4/15/12 board meeting were reviewed and approved.


Vice President - Proposed a discussion at our June board meeting regarding exploring a joint multi-regional / National / Porsche event.  


Upcoming events with insurance in place include: 5/12 Mines Road Tour, 5/19 AX Alemeda, 5/26-5/27 DE/TT/Club race at Buttonwillow, 6/23-6/24 AX and 7/28-7/29 AX.


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


Social - Next drive is East Bay to Pleasanton, currently 8 people signed up.  


Membership - 24 new members in April 2012. Budget approved for new membership brochure.


Webmaster - Website remains up, facebook page remains popular.


Other Business

Reminder: 7/8-7/14 Parade in Salt Lake City



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:15pm





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

Thinning the Fruit

This year I seem to have been more on top of my fruit trees than usual. I chalk it up to being so crazy busy at work that on the weekends I just need to get out in the yard, relax, and make some instant progress on something. Hopefully, we get a good harvest as a result.

One important and often overlooked part of fruit tree care is thinning the fruit. With decent weather and reasonably active local bees, a whole lot of fruit can form and ripen up. However, if you don't thin the fruit, you end up with a zillion teeny weeny fruit (like I have on my orange tree this year). Fewer fruit and they get much bigger. I would guess that, since the tree can only produce a given amount of sugar with the roots and leaves it has, that the total yield in poundage is probably about the same, but haven't researched this question. For sure, it's a lot easier to pick fewer larger fruit than a multitude of tiny ones, and even more advantageous of you're pitting the fruit to make jam.

So this year I was out thinning the trees. Below is a photo from my Santa Rosa plum tree before thinning.

Note the whole cluster of about eight plums all growing in one bunch. Left this way, they'll all ripen and be delicious, but small.

Here's another photo of the tree after I finished thinning the fruit.

The remaining fruit are reasonably spaced out, with no more than one growing out of any one fruit spike (remember those?) rather than two or eight. My guess is that all of the remaining ones will get nice and big.

And how many did I remove, you may ask? Here's a photo of what I removed BEFORE taking the photo above.

The black blotch in the lower left is the Executive Editor checking my progress on this story.

Just for fun, make a guess at how many I removed before reading the next line.

(No, really, make a guess!)

The answer is six hundred and thirty-nine. Yikes! Those trees do just fruit their little hearts out. Thankfully, the foliage is all healthy and not insect-infected because I did a dormant treatment with a Bayer product that's taken up into the tree and protects it for the whole year. Real farmers love science!

I figure that thinning the fruit is a metaphor for life. Sometimes you just have to reduce the number of things you're trying to bring to fruition at the same time (yuk yuk) so you get better results in each one.

This philosophy is the antithesis of multi-tasking: the (in my view) fallacious theory that people can do multiple hard things at once and do them all well. This theory (among many other good reasons for reading the book) is thoroughly debunked in Daniel Kahneman's new book Thinking, Fast and Slow. He actually did lab experiments showing that, when people were working on things which required their attention, their attention to other things evaporated. Likewise, when they were working on something requiring attention and were distracted, their performance plummeted.

Think driving on the track: it requires your complete attention. Get distracted and you quickly get into trouble. I've been told that 80% of all the incidents during club races happen to the event chair. You know, the guy who was dealing with 3,000 questions and details just before getting on the track?

It goes broader than this, though. How many meetings have you attended where people were sitting their with their laptops open doing email? And were they paying any attention at all to what was going on? Doubtful.

Or how many times have you been driving and come up on a car where the driver was clearly paying no attention, only to find they were talking on the cell phone? Or putting on mascara?

I'm a great believer in focusing on less to achieve more, both in big matters and small. Make a major career move while in the midst of remodeling your house? That's crazy.

Here's to thinning the fruit in your life, so you too can enjoy bigger and easier harvests.   

The Cookbook Has LANDED  


Yes, four years after I started writing it, The Cookbook is now available in the Apple Bookstore through iTunes. Just search on my name and you'll find it. There's also a free preview you can download onto your device to have a look. The Nook, Kindle, and a paper publisher are next.

The cookbook contains all the recipes you've seen in these columns, plus about 250 more. It also has my Three Secrets of Power Food, Power Fun, and Power Fitness. (Pssss: they're a SECRET! Unless you buy the book...)

The final push was quite an adventure. First, I had to buy an ISBN number to uniquely identify it. Along the way, I registered an imprint, so the book is officially being published by The Power Chef Press. Fun!

Then, I had to apply to be a publisher to the Apple Bookstore. Apparently, they turn a lot of folks down and then you have to work through one of their content aggregaters. I'm direct, which means I was authorized to open an account with iTunes Connect, which connects publishers to iTunes. More fun! I can log on and look at reports. Will have to give myself another job title for that.

Then, you download and install iTunes Producer, an application which creates the package necessary to get your content onto iTunes. It includes the stuff you'd expect (the book and preview in ePub form), plus lots of other stuff. You have to identify all sorts of coding to create the metadata associated with your work. Plus you have to specify the markets you want to sell in, with or without copy protection, and the price in each. My cookbook is now for sale in 34 countries! Thankfully, all but 9 of them use the Euro, so I only had to do one currency conversion for 25 of them.

Finally, you upload your completed package, it goes into Apple review for quality control, and then it goes live. I already bought a copy to make sure it all works!

Here's hoping you'll at least take a look at the free preview and see where you'd like to go from there. CoCo needs her kitty treats! 


Bon áppetit,

The Power Chef


So what do I finally do with all the plums besides give them away? I be jammin'!


Plum-Blueberry Jam    


 Adding blueberries pumps up the color and flavor for a very special jam.


The Gist
Plums are pitted and sliced, then combined with blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar to taste, then processed according to the basic recipe.



10 lbs. fresh, ripe plums 
2-3 lbs. blueberries, fresh or frozen 
lemon juice 
sugar to taste 
1 box pint canning jars

Slice the plums in half lengthwise around the groove in the fruit to reveal the pit, then remove it. Quarter the plums. Toss them with a little lemon juice as you pit and slice them.  



Start the plums heating over low heat. Wash the blueberries if fresh, then add them. Add a cup of sugar to start with.

As the mixture heats and the juice starts to come out, taste the juice and add more sugar if desired. Once the juice starts to come out, you can turn the heat up to medium to accelerate the process.


Bring the mixture to a robust simmer. Pack and process in jars according to the master recipe.

I usually make this jam without additional spice to accentuate the flavor of the plums and blueberries. If you would like some extra spice, I would try either cinnamon or ground ginger.



Fresh blueberries hold their texture best in the jam. If not available, frozen ones taste just as good!




Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director

Mines Road Tour    


The Mines road drive was a big hit and some great photos are posted on the FaceBook page. Zack Willis also took some great shots from his GT3 and posted a link to his photos on the FaceBook page. It was about a 2 hour drive and we stopped atop Mt. Hamilton to take in the views as well as some photos. I just might put it on the calendar again later in the year!


As for our next event, I'm currently hashing out the details for a tech session. If there is anything in particular you would like to see at a tech session please email me and let me know. Look for the details shortly.


We also have our regularly scheduled Social Events. The Boxster Brunches at Alice's Restaurant (17288 Skyline Blvd.) in gorgeous Woodside put on by George & Carol Grialou; all Porsches are welcome.  


Friday Night Socials are organized by Shirley Neidel to meet at Harry's Hofbrau (1909 El Camino Real) in Redwood City the third Friday night of every month.  No reservations are required but it's best to RSVP with Shirley at gsneidel@yahoo.com , and just stop on by! Check the calendar for upcoming dates and times.


As always, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO ME if you have any great ideas for a social event. If it sounds fun we'll do it! Thank you to everyone for your continued input. People are what make this club great; I'm just the middle man.


-Joseph Sweis

PCA GGR Social Director




Porsche Parade Registration Is Now OPEN!

European Autotech
918 Spyder Prototypes Commence Trials

Development of the Porsche super sports car enters next phase  



Stuttgart.The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. "What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance," said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.



 The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels - poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. "They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation," said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche's core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.  



 The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting "top pipes" exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.




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