2017 Calendar Getting Around with the Las Vegas Region
Note: This is the 2017 Event Calendar for the Las Vegas Region.
Note that we've put our own LVR events in BLACK (except for date changes). Non-region
listed in blue and are sometimes described down toward the end of the Newsletter.
Board meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday at Gaudin Porsche.
Members' Breakfasts are held at the Red Rock Country Club.
Comments, questions, suggestions regarding this Newsletter may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Las Vegas Region may be found at http://www.lasvegaspca.com
What's in Your Garage?
We are still looking for members' garage pictures. We have some great shots already, but would like to see some more. So how about posing your Porsche(s) in or near their garages, possible including their non-Porsche stable-mates, and then send the photos to us (at email@example.com). We've already received several good ones, and we'll combine all we get in the next week or so, and put them in a near-future Newsletter. (ed. note: to protect your privacy, we will make all license plates illegible before
publishing our photo spread.)
Notices from the Board:
President (1-year term)
Vice- President (1-year term)
Treasurer (1-year term)
Two Region Directors (one 1-year and one 3-year term)
The Nominating Committee, with Salomon Braun as Chair, plus Nita Burrows, Membership Chair, and Barbara Barron, Board member-at-Large, has worked with the Newsletter Editors to set the election process and schedule. The first steps are as follows:
a. Nominations or volunteering close tomorrow, Oct 16 at 5:00 pm pst.
b. Next week, we'll publish the slate of candidates.
c. In the October 29 issue, we'll introduce the candidates to you in more depth by publishing short bios and selfies of each.
In the subsequent issues, we'll lay out the election process as it unfolds. The new LVR management team will take over on January 1, 2018.
Watch this Newsletter for info.
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
On the Road Again: By Lynn O'Hara (LVRPCA Member)
Retirement is great. As Willy Nelson sings . . . On the Road Again, this time to Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway for the IMSA WeatherTech Race Series. Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway was another racetrack on John's bucket list that he wanted to see. Living in South Jersey gave us sports car racing aficionados the opportunity to go to all the East coast racetracks beginning in 1999. Back then, as working people, this meant using all of John's vacation days. While our friends were vacationing in the "Islands" or travelling abroad . . . I went to sports car race events!
Now that we are retired and every day is a vacation day, we are free to wander around the country on our schedule. After an awesome experience at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin last August, we headed north to Laguna Seca last month for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.
The Porscheplatz was located on turn 5 and is a great viewing spot. On Saturday close to 100 Porsche took to the track for Parade Laps, OMG what an experience at the corkscrew, it was fun and I loved it. The first lap was an eye lifting experience, wow, wow, and wow! ! ! ! By the 3rd lap it was like being on a Porsche roller coaster and a lot more fun. Great. Can't imagine the thrill of what it would be like at racing speeds. And really, all I would want to do is image that experience.
The Winning Race Teams: Visit Florida won the Prototype class. Porsche came up a little short in the GTLM class . . . BMW won and Ferrari came in 2nd. Patrick Pilet & Dirk Werner drove the wheels off the 911 RSR Porsche #911 to come in 3rd. If it wasn't for the bad luck of a drive-trough penalty for the 911 RSR Porsche #912, we maybe could have had a chance to have two Porsches on the podium, instead the #912 finished 7th. In GTD class Ferrari won, Acura took 2nd, and the Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R came in 3rd on the Podium with Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey as its drivers. In GTD class, Team Porsche Motorsports 911 GT R came in 4th and Weathertech Racing 911 GT3 R came in 6th.
Since we were on a road trip, we couldn't just drive home after the race, so we headed up to San Francisco for lunch at Fog Harbor Restaurant on Pier 39, a tourist area but a great restaurant. Then over the Golden Gate bridge to Sonoma and of course we had to stop by Sonoma Raceway and Napa for a little wine tasting.
The trip home began with a drive down CA 1 to Santa Cruz and Pebble Beach and finally the long trip back to Vegas and our "new" Home sweet home.
John has now crossed off his bucket list two of the best race tracks in North America (Road America and Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway)! However, I know he (we) will want to return to Laguna Seca for future race events and Rennsport Reunion next year.
The last weekend in January of 2018 will find us heading back east for the Rolex 24hrs of Daytona. We will probably take wings that fly, not the driving wings of our 718 Boxster.
Woo-Hoo ! ! loving retirement, loving Vegas, loving our new LV PC
October 25 (Wednesday): Tech Session at Renegade Hybrids . . . "Nannies", "Pixy dust", "Magic"...or is it?
Remember back when you drove your first Porsche and it felt funny - different - awkward? Then 15 minutes into your first drive, it felt better - correct - proper and uniquely more comfortable than any other car you had ever driven?
As you became more of a Porsche connoisseur, you again started to identify unique traits that a Porsche did almost magically. Am I correct? Now that you have a later model Porsche, have you ever stopped to truly appreciate ALL
the magic that actually goes into these wonderful four-wheel sleds?
Since the early days of torsion bars, smallish pedal clusters, long throw shifters, and big steering wheels, Porsche has been teaching US how to drive better. When we actually learned a thing or two about driving, they began to
give us some extra help with some technology with names like "Weissach Rear Axle" and "Porsche Stability Management".
Today's Porsches have such advanced computer technology, most of our three year old home computers couldn't stand up to the brilliant computing a 991 Carrera does effortlessly. Yet, does it feel like you are driving a robot?
No, we won't bore you with the engineering behind the curtain, but we will tell you why and how Porsche continues to keep you planted as you push waaayyy past the limits of your ride.
Join the Renegade crew for a unique look into the "Magic" of Porches and come see some unique Renegade magic as well.
When: Wednesday, October 25th 6-9pm
Where: Renegade Hybrids, 4640 S. Valley View Blvd. Unit D, Las Vegas, NV. 89103
What: PCA Tech Session
Who: PCA members and their guests.
November 5 (Sunday): Members' Breakfast and Rally at the Red Rock Country Club
We'll be at the Red Rock Country Club once again. Fabulous buffet. Lots of coffee, food, and socializing. Cost is still only $14 per person. Parking for Porsches in the entry circle.
Directly after the breakfast, probably around 10:30-ish, we present a Gimmick Rally. This will be for you and your family/friends/pets (4-doors welcome). A fun drive following simple directions, answering simple questions about things you see along the way, and maybe a few Porsche or Las Vegas Region things. The rally will be no more than two hours, and will end at a restaurant for lunch.
Bring you and your navigator and family, plus a clipboard and a couple of pens/pencils. We'll start under the Porte-Cochère at the Club. No charge to enter and and the payoff will be an awesome drive and superb lunch to follow up on the great breakfast you just had!
For more info, contact Scott Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18-19 (Saturday-Sunday): Driver Education and Open Track Event
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!
Please join the Las Vegas Region for our Driver Education and Open Track event at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Our DE events are open to all car marques, so spread the word to all of your car enthusiast friends!
This event will be run on the challenging 3.4 Mile layout. This configuration has everything: technical turns, high speed straights, off camber turns, elevation changes......
The November event will include our Ground School/Car Control Clinic for first time students at no additional cost.
The Ground School/Car Control Clinic for this event is open to ALL first time track drivers.
****If this is your first time, you MUST attend the Saturday ground school and register as a Student**** Please see further Student information on the registration site.
For experienced track drivers, we offer three different run groups, based on experience, for Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced drivers, to maximize Safety and track time (30 minute sessions). Instructors will be available for all skill levels to help you refine your driving skills.
Registration for this Event is now Open. The entry price is only $350 for both days, or $225 for either single day. Register on-line via MotorsportReg.com at http://msreg.com/LVR-HPDE-Nov-17 . That is a $50.00 savings from "at Track" registration costs. We will not be able to accept credit cards at the track.
Track gates open at 7:00am and the MANDATORY Driver's Meeting is at 8:00am.
If you are planning to attend be sure to review the requirements for DE Events and have your car inspected before coming to the track.
Detailed information on requirements can be found on the LVRPCA Website: Driver Education
You can view and download the Tech Inspection Form at: LVRPCA Technical Inspection Form
We would love to have you join us for a fun time honing your driving skills.
For further info, contact Brian Schmidt at email@example.com
Before We Go . . .
The 908 We Would Like to See
Our local service shops have been busy with hosting and participating in non PCA events
Premier Sports Car hosted a group of young and (hopefully) future Porsche owners. According to the host:"What an amazing 1 1/2 hours! If it wasn't a school night, they could have easily stayed all night. Both young and old were grinning from ear-to-ear. Some future Porsche Enthusiasts in the making."
The Trophy Performance team along with several PCA members and other local car club members (Las Vegas Track Rats and 350Z Club) joined together to participate in the 21st Desert Thunder Rally & Poker Run sponsored by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
We continue our review of the historic "Burma Shave" road signs from our distant past:
For Sale: 2017 Macan GTS, Carrera White/Luxor Beige, 4k, $71,000
No accidents or stories, clean Carfax, in service date 4/9/16, Clean title (no loan). As a private party sale you pay no sales tax upon registration and thereby save $5,800.
CALL AL LINDAHL 702-341-1282
The Las Vegas Region Board of Directors . . . . 2017
Mike Dugan - President. firstname.lastname@example.org 925-470-7706
Phil Reese -Vice-President; Newsletter Co-Editor. email@example.com 702-478-6911
Salomon Braun - Past President, Drive Events Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org 702-423-2677
Joan Kramer - Secretary. email@example.com 702-808-5615
Mike Hill - Past President. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Smith - Treasurer. email@example.com 702-399-4945
Nita Burrows - Membership Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org 702-395-3886
Scott Hatcher - Director; Rallymaster. email@example.com 702-525-8991
Jim Miller - Newsletter Co-Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org 702-835-3298
Brian Schmidt - Track Events Chair. email@example.com 702-655-6883
Scott Mann - Director; Chief Driving Instructor. firstname.lastname@example.org 805-857-4001
John Burrows - Director; Teen Survival Driving Event Chair. email@example.com 702-395-3886
Todd Trimble - Social Chair, Social Media Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org 702-682-1111
Ken Short - Webmaster. email@example.com 415-672-1034
Board members at Large:
Linda Reese firstname.lastname@example.org 702-478-6911
Barbara Barron email@example.com 702-210-5560
Warren Donaldson firstname.lastname@example.org 702-406-8945
Board meeting minutes: The Board minutes are posted on the LVR Web Site each month after they are approved by the Board. Or.... you can come to the Board meetings and see the goings-on for yourself.
The Region's web site is www.lasvegaspca.com
Our Facebook page is LVRPCA Facebook
Name Tags are available
To order your Las Vegas Region, Porsche Club name tag, please print clearly the name you want on each tag. Enclose a check or money order for $10.00 made out to Abbott Trophy with your return address printed clearly. Mail to:
953 Sahara A32
Las Vegas 89104
Att: Mike Mayer
Mike will send your name tag back to you within 10 days to the address you indicate.
As an alternate, Trophies of Las Vegas has a metallic-material badge available, featuring an attractive brushed metal surface, with your choice of lettering.These cost $10.00 as well. The Club Emblem in cloisonne may be affixed, forming a very attractive name badge. The cloisonne emblems are generally available at each Members' Breakfast or at a Board meeting for $5.00. Contact:
Trophies of Las Vegas
4295 S. Arville St.
Porsche-related Embroidery available
Creative Embroidery: the business that embroiders the word "Porsche" or the Las Vegas Region logo on shirts, jackets, tees, or other fabrics.
7225 Bermuda Rd. Suite G
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Bermuda Rd. and Warm Springs.)
They can put the name of our favorite car in the proper-appearing letters like the factory uses, and have the master for the Las Vegas Region logo (the one that appears similar to the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on Las Vegas Blvd).