2018 Calendar Getting Around with the Las Vegas Region
Note: This is the 2018 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 in the body of the Newsletter.
Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday at 7:00pm 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
Editor's Thoughts: All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand. Speaking of raising one's
hand . . . it can signify many things: I am present, I know the answer to your question, I have to go to the bathroom, or I vote "for" or "against" something. The Polls for our state and national elections close in two days. If you voted early, thank you. If you haven't voted, remember to do so before the polls close on Tuesday evening.
In the 2016 elections, nearly 43 percent of eligible voters did not exercise their right to vote, according to the Washington Post. Of the 232 million eligible voters, only 132 million voters cast a ballot in the 2016 elections. There are many reasons why people do not vote, including not believing their voices are heard, long lines and other barriers at the poll, or simply forgetting to even show up on election day.
Regardless of your political leaning, if you want your favorite candidate to represent your views in the state or country, you must vote. If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about the direction of our legislative bodies. So, get out and vote before the polls close on Tuesday.
Notices from the Board: Election Reminder
In addition to our National and State elections, the PCA National Elections and the LVR Board Elections are also happening right now. So, be sure to send in your PCA ballot and check your email for the region ballot.
We all looking forward to a great year in 2019. Let's try to create a year even better than this current year.
New members - The Las Vegas Region welcomes these new members to our club and look forward to seeing them at an upcoming event:
Jared Folsom, 2016 911 GTS RS
Gregory Smith, 2016 911 Targa 4 GTS
Richard Kulis, 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Tim Chrismer, 2010 911 Carrera
What's Coming Up
November 10: Gaudin Porsche Launch Party for the 2019 Cayenne
November 17-18 (Sat-Sun): Final DE Event of 2018 at Spring Mountain Motor Resort
IT'S NO LONGER A DREAM,
IT'S YOUR REALITY
Las Vegas Region-PCA | Drivers' Education
November 17-18, 2018
Spring Mountain Motor Resort, Pahrump, NV
Sign up today on Motorsportsreg.com
Don't ask IF it is for you . . . Think . . . It IS for You!
Jim Miller, Las Vegas Region
So, have you been dreaming about what it would be like to drive your car at its and your limits and how it would handle? Yet that thought remains a dream. Well you have less than two weeks to turn that dream into reality . . . all you have to do is register for the Las Vegas Region PCA High Performance Driver Education Program (HPDE or 'DE' for short) and your dreams will be realized!
I remember when I attended my first DE way back in 1987. I lived in Minnesota (the North Star state) and had joined the local PCA Region . . . Nord Stern (German for North Star). I was quite nervous, but excited, too. I had always enjoyed speed and was looking forward to an opportunity to take my spanking new 924S on the track. The day was sunny, my instructor was knowledgeable, I learned a ton and, most importantly, I had a great time. It was a spectacular experience. I have come a long way since then, and I am thankful I was encouraged to try it because I definitely caught the "track bug."
My wife, Bobbi, also caught the "track bug" and attended her first school the next year, and the rest is history. We owned our 924S for 30 years, made several modifications to make it track even better, and, between the two us, have put somewhere in the range of 80,000 track miles on it. We participated in Drivers Education events on tracks in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, California and Nevada. We both became PCA Certified Instructors and shared our learning and track experiences with people who were in the position we were in over 30 years ago.
A PCA Drivers Education Program starts with a technical inspection of your car. Once cleared to participate in the event, you proceed to a Ground School, which is a classroom orientation, a car control clinic, and multiple on-track sessions with a highly qualified, experienced, and nationally certified instructor sitting next to you. You will learn the basics of controlling your car, how to skillfully maneuver it at higher speeds, and be instructed fully on track etiquette & safety, all while driving your own sports car.
Upon successful completion of the Ground School program and maintaining a clean on-track record of several sessions with your Instructor in the right seat, your instructor will certify you to "solo" on the track. This may require a 'check-out' ride with the region's Chief lnstructor to verify your skills. However, a check-out ride is a great way to get another view of how to drive the track as well as get some guidance on improving your technique.
More Information: Check out the Las Vegas Region Website at http://lvs.pca.org and click through to DRIVER EDUCATION on the ACTIVITIES (What We Do) link on the home page.
Question? Please contact Scott Mann, Chief Driving Instructor, PCA Las Vegas Region. Also, he is the 'CDI' for Zone 8 (South Western US) and is a DE National Committee Member. Scott has the pleasure of travelling throughout the US and Canada for the PCA conducting instructor training courses and experiencing over 50+ historic tracks. He can be reached at (702) 739-8011, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Be forewarned. . . participating once may lead to a dangerous addiction where you want to participate in every Las Vegas track event! However, even if you only gain an enhanced appreciation for sports car racing, you definitely will learn more about how to drive and control your car under a variety of circumstances, which of course is immensely beneficial just in your day-to-day driving.
December 1-2 (Sat-Sun): Tech Tactics West
Tech Tactics West is a day dedicated to Porsche technical information. This event is for the casual information gatherer, the everyday Porsche mechanic and all Porsche enthusiasts in-between. Participants will be treated to a day of presentations by auto industry experts, including Porsche Cars North America Specialists, members of the PCA Technical Committee and special guest speakers. Held at the Porsche Training facility in Eastvale, CA, this state-of-the-art facility is used to train Porsche technicians and is perfect for this "hand-on" type of event.
Speakers include members of the Porsche Motorsports team, Michelin Tire Technology specialist Steve Calder, Griot's Garage products demo, PCNA technician Andrew Lennon, Porsche valuations expert Nathan Merz and, just confirmed, Stephen Mitas, chief engineer on the 919 EVO Hybrid!
Rusnak Pasadena Porsche will also have a parts store available for your convenience.
Each day contains the same curriculum, includes refreshments, and a boxed lunch. Tickets for each day are $75 and limited to 125 entrants per day. Onsite check-in opens at 8:00am, opening introductions begin at 8:30am with the first speaker going on at 9:00am. The day's presentations will end by 6:00pm.
Sat. Dec. 1:Tech Tactics West Saturday Registration
Sun. Dec. 2: Tech Tactics West Sunday Registration
Special rate available at our host hotel: Holiday Inn Express - booking link: Holiday Inn Express Booking
(Be sure to put in the reservation code "Porsche Group" in the Group Code box.)
What Just Happened?
November 4: Daylight Savings Time ended and we had our monthly breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club.
October 30 -November 2: SEMA Show
Among the more than 60,000 auto enthusiasts who attended SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) this past week was local PVRPCAr Jim Sardisco (proud owner of a 2008 Cayman S Sport). He took lots of pictures and shared s0me of them with us.
Continuing Event: On and On and Off . . . . .
Las Vegas Region, Porsche Club of America SPELLING BEE CONTEST
The Spelling Bee contest has ended.
Unfortunately, there are no winners. The judges have carefully checked each entry against the rules and determined that among them, there were no complete, correct entries.
After much discussion among the judges, it was determined that a congratulatory letter be sent to those who had submitted an entry.
I would like to thank all those that took the time to participate in the contest.
Before we go . . . 911 GT2 RS Manthey-Racing is the Fastest Road-Legal Car on the Ring
Stuttgart. Porsche has set another new record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in cooperation with Manthey-Racing. On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the Porsche GT2 RS MR with 700 hp completed a lap of the 20.6 kilometer long circuit in 6:40.3 minutes. No other road-legal vehicle has ever been so fast on 'The Green Hell' track. Lars Kern was at the wheel of the sports car, which had been especially set up for the 'Nordschleife' by Porsche engineers and Manthey-Racing experts. The Porsche test driver already set a lap record in September 2017 in a series-production Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Member Car For Sale
From time-to-time one of our members decide to sell one of their cars. Usually, it's a Porsche, but sometime it is another marque. As it happens, one of our members, just upgraded his daily driver to a new Audi and is selling his 2013 Audi A7 3.0T Prestige, Ice Silver Metallic with Titanium Gray Interior. It has 39,300 miles on it and he is asking $33,900 (Remember, there is no sales tax on a private sale in Nevada).
If interested call Al at 702-50 ONE-7 FOUR FOUR 8. (Editor's note: First name only and phone number format are to protect the privacy of our member).
Additional details can be found on Craigslist at: https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/audi-a7-prestige-30t-2013/6735305416.html
Signs from a Seattle gas station with a sense of humor:
LAS VEGAS REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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).