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MEMBER INFO:

Active Members – 2405

Co-Members 1139

Lifetime Members 5

Total: 3,549

PCA REPORTS MAJOR MEMBERSHIP INCREASE

March PCA membership finished very strong with 89,748 primary members. This is a 746 primary member increase over February month end and the second largest monthly increase since 2012!

  • March new member joins (1,283) was the largest month since 2014
  • March drops (1,397) were below the last four months and last three Marchs (YOY)
  • Late renews (860) were better than the last seven months, and better than the last four Februarys
  • March Test Drive conversions (56) was the highest month since recording this data (2017)

Here are the national membership numbers as of today:

  • 90,793 primary members
  • 48,930 co-members
  • 139,723 total members
  • 959 Test Drive subscribers
  • 4,126 PCA Juniors

HOW FAR CAN YOU DRIVE WITHOUT A PIT STOP!

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Porsche is known for overbuilding cars. Not only can a 911 Turbo S do 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, but it can do it back-to-back, over and over, without ever overheating or seeming to slow down. We know because they did 50 launches in a row with a 2014 Turbo S. If you think that’s not true about high-speed running, too, think again. Because according to Porsche, the 992 911 GT3 can travel at 186 mph continuously for over 3000 miles.

The company knows that because it’s tested the claim. A testing team ran a prototype of the GT3 around Volkswagen’s Nardo test track for 5000 km (about 3107 miles) straight. The car accelerated to 186 mph, maintained that speed until it was out of fuel, quickly refueled, and accelerated again. The company said that the GT3 had to perform flawlessly on this test to meet its durability standards.

The GT3’s engine also spend 22,000 hours on a testing rig, allowing Porsche to gather heaps of emissions, performance, and durability data. The testing team would simulate circuit layouts and run the engine as if it was on the track, with heavy acceleration followed by brief braking zones. Full throttle was used “for a very high proportion of the time,” Project Manager Thomas Mader said in a release. The idea is that with this much strenuous testing, the GT3 should be able to handle your average track day without a hiccup.

THE RAFFLE IS ON!

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Each fall and spring, Porsche Club of America opens a member only raffle, in which you, the member, may purchase entries for a chance to win a brand-new Porsche. For the Spring 2021 Member Only Raffle, the first grand prize is a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 plus $25,000. Alternatively, winners may also choose $85,000 instead of a car plus $25,000. After 8,500 entries are sold, another Grand Prize, a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 plus $25,000, will be added for every additional 4,500 entries sold. Raffle entries are $50 (USD) each. All entries received by June 7, 2021 will be accepted into the raffle. Winner(s) to be announced by July 31, 2021. Click here to enter the raffle

TECH TACTICS VIDEOS

Tech Tactics presented by PCA is a great way to see what this marque is all about. There are “how to” videos, a look at vintage Porsches, brake upgrade tips, special collections, info on building and rebuilding engines, detailing info, as well as what to look for when you buy your next Porsche. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdBSaHWRHMQTVALwa7gs7Fg

And Now the Bad News:

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A NUMBER OF 190 PORSCHE 718 SPYDERS, CAYMAN GT4S, AND GTS 4.0S HAVE BEEN RECALLED FOR CONNECTING RODS THAT FAILED QUALITY CHECKS. In March 2021, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that connecting rods in 190 2021 718 Spyders, 718 Cayman GT4s, 718 Cayman GTS 4.0s, and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0s may crack and loosen, resulting in engine damage. PCNA says it is recalling the affected cars and will replace the engines of vehicles already delivered to customers.

According to an NHTSA document provided to us by a PCA member, a faulty connecting rod “may cause engine damage, a stall, or an oil leak, increasing the risk of a crash or fire.” PCNA has already notified the 20 owners who have taken delivery of affected cars and will replace the engines free of charge. The recall begins May 23, 2021. “For customers whose cars have not been delivered and are being held at port as part of the stop sale, we are currently determining the best solution with the highest degree of safety and quality that they have come to expect from Porsche,” a PCNA spokesperson says.

PCNA also provided Porsche Club of America with an official statement about the recall: “The safety of anyone travelling in one of our cars is our highest priority. For this reason, we regularly conduct quality checks on our cars – both old and new. As part of this work a supplier has informed us that a batch of connecting rods did not meet the standards we expect had been fitted to a total of 190 cars – a mix of 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder and 718 GTS 4.0 models. Of these cars, 20 have been delivered to customers, every one of whom has already been contacted and will be offered a temporary replacement car while the work is carried out. There are no known incidents associated with this issue, nevertheless we immediately contacted our affected customers and notified NHTSA upon learning of it. We will, out of an abundance of caution, be replacing the engines in the affected vehicles already delivered. Anyone concerned by this issue and who’s not been contacted in the next few days can be reassured that their car is unaffected.”

Please pay particular attention to the last sentence of PCNA’s statement, as the majority of 718 Spyders, 718 Cayman GT4s, 718 Boxster GTS 4.0s, and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0s are not affected by this recall.

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Every year across Porsche Club of America, members are making a difference with many amazing, heartwarming, and thoughtful acts of kindness. PCA Members Making a Difference shares these community contributions. Continually check back as we will feature more PCA Regions making a difference. If your Region has a charitable activity or event that you would like to share, please email Members Making a Difference

NEW MEMBERS MARCH/APRIL!

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Here’s who joined GGR since our last blog and thanks to all of them for seeing that the lights at the end of the tunnel were a Porsche coming at-em!

Melvin C. Belli, 2008 Cayman Silver Mill Valley

David Britt, 2018 911 Carrera Cab Silver Richmond

William Carrano, 1997 911 Carrera S Black Belmont

Satish Chandra, 2012 911 Carrera S Palo Alto

Jason Chang, 2019 Macan S San Jose

Tim Collins, 2021 911 Targa 4S Cherry San Francisco

Anthony Falzone, 2014 911 GT3 Red Mill Valley

Nathan Fisher, 2002 Boxster S San Jose

Ashish Gajjar, 2020 911 Carrera Yellow Paso Robles

Neil Gavande, 2007 911 Turbo Mdnt Blue Los Gatos

Dylan Girardi, 1979 Race Car Yellow San Rafael

Tim Karabian, 2021 718 Cayman GT4 Chalk Los Gatos

Christiaan Khurana, 2021 718 Spyder San Francisco

Henry Liao, 1995 911 Carrera Cab Black Hillsborough

Michael Lim, 2017 911 Turbo S Black Menlo Park

Ryan Mohr, 2002 911 Turbo Silver San Jose

Bert Niemi, 2021 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 Blue San Francisco

Les Png, 2014 Cayenne Diesel Los Altos

Jack Ripsteen, 1960 356 cabriolet Cream Oakland

Alan Ritchie, 2019 911 Carrera GTS Menlo Park

Aleksandr Ryabov, 2013 Boxster S Silver Mountain View

R. Cameron Swift, 2021 718 Spyder Blue Vacaville

Edward Sy, 2020 718 Cayman GT4 San Jose

Myron Tin, 2014 911 Carrera S Silver Santa Clara

Phillip Trinidad, 2008 911 Turbo Cab White Emerald Hills

Vic Vanni, 2014 Cayman Gilroy

Willie Varona, 2002 Boxster S Pacifica

Stella Voutsina, 2012 Panamera 4S Sunnyvale

Harry Whitesell, 2009 911 Carrera S Sunnyvale

Stanislav Sedov & Sasha Shturma, 2015 911 Targa Blue, San Jose

Tobias Toft, 2000 911 Carrera Silver San Mateo

Michael Hesse, 2009 911 Carrera4S Mt. View

Eric Frasch, 2015 Cayman GTS Brown SF

Can Tuzla, 2016 Cayman GTS White San Mateo

Michael Palmieri, 2014 Cayman, Silver San Jose

Jamal Boudi, 2006 Cayman S Black Santa Clara

Mark Belluscio, 2014 Cayman Yellow San Jose

James Simon, 2004 911 Carrera Silver Richmond

Christopher Wong, 2009 Boxster Black Castro Valley

Gary Liu, 718 Cayman GT4 Yellow Santa Clara

Robert Sovinsky, 1999 Carerra Silver Chico

Alan Messer, 911 Carrera 4S Cab Black Los Gatos

Scott Ryder, 911 TurboS GT Silver Mt. View

Ken Loo, 2020 718 Cayman GT4 Black Sunnyvale

Rob Tang, 2021 Macan GTS Black San Francisco

Ella (Dorothee) Frandzel, 2020 718 Cayman S Foster City

Bobb Sanchez, 2003 911 Carrera Silver Foster City

Ray Park, 1998 911 Carrera S Black Redwood City

MAY ANNIVERSARIES:

Members celebrating 25+ year anniversaries will be sent congratulatory materials automatically by PCA. These are sent quarterly. For members celebrating 5-20 year anniversaries or who haven’t received a past anniversary packet can request one using this link www.pca.org/anniversary (members need to be logged in to use the link).

Check out our 50 Year Member: 50 Years – 1971

Dennis Winter, 1993 911 RS America White Los Gatos

5 Years – 2016

Chris Bellomo, 2014 911 GT3 Agate Grey Portola Valley

Ed Carryer, 2011 Cayman Speed Yellow Stanford

Jeff Chow, 2015 911 GT3 Blue San Mateo

Priyanga Gunaratne, 2009 Cayman S Emeryville

Mark Howard, 2013 911 Carrera Plat Silver San Mateo

Bryan James, 2009 911 Carrera Menlo Park

Chris Jansons, 1968 911T San Francisco

Tom Kong, 1999 911 Carrera Silver Santa Clara

Mark Lewis, 2014 Cayman S White San Jose

Oliver Navarro, 1984 911 Carrera Black Los Gatos

Horst Raisch, 2011 911 GT3 White Aptos

Robert Ward, 2014 911 Carrera 4SGT Metallic Silver Alameda

Jacob Weil, 1986 911 Carrera Cab Silver Mountain View

Tony Zhou, 2011 Cayman S Mountain View

10 Years – 2011

Javan Bernstein, 2009 Boxster S Silver San Bruno

Andrew Billin, 2008 Cayman S White San Mateo

Ayman Nassar, 2011 911 GT3 RS White Palo Alto

John Sakamoto, 2006 911 Carrera S Silver Menlo Park

Carl Swenson, 2011 Cayman Silver Los Gatos

David Wishner, 2012 911 Carrera Silver Los Altos

Mark Yarnevich, 2005 911 Carrera S Silver San Francisco

15 Years – 2006

David Bogart, 2000 Boxster Ocean Blue Menlo Park

Michael Buchanan, 2004 911 GT3 Silver Menlo Park

Matthew Darling, 1987 911 Carrera Black San Francisco

Michael Gaynor, 2006 Cayman S Seal Grey Santa Clara

Gregory Huffaker, 2001 Boxster Grey Menlo Park

Todd Kaiser , Seal Gray San Jose

Michael Nagy, 1970 914-6 White San Jose

Christopher Zang, 2009 911 Carrera S Gray San Carlos

20 Years – 2001

William Glynn. 1991 944 S2 San Jose

Michael Humpleby, 2019 718 Cayman Black Walnut Creek

John Stewart, 1985 911 Carrera Saratoga

25 Years – 1996

Stanley Klein, 1971 914-6 Los Altos

Matthew Lituchy, 1988 911 Carrera San Francisco

Chris Murray, 2000 Boxster S Castro Valley

30 Years – 1991

James Biesemeyer, 1974 914 2.0 San Jose

David Howell, 1977 911 Turbo Foster City

Kenneth Park, 2020 718 Cayman GT4 Chalk Moraga

40 Years – 1981

Jeffrey Mauerman, 1974 911 Santa Rosa

If you have any questions about membership, please get them to me (hmbsherm@comcast.net) and we will have them answered ASAP. Stay well, get vaccinated, and wear a mask for heaven’s sake!

“Capt. Mike” (aka Capt. Mike Sherman, USN-Ret.)

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