Members Val and Michelle Dodd drove this "little" Carrera Cabriolet during
a recent Autobahn Adventure.  See below for additional information.
Breaking News: After a race full of surprises and upsets, the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Bernhard, Bamber, and Hartley clinched a 19th victory for Porsche at the Circuit des 24 Heures.  See full story below.

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.  Non-region events are
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.
9-11           State Park Expedition to Wild
(Fri-Sun)  Horse and South Fork State Recreation
                  Areas (Story & photos below).

7-10           Targa California

2 (Sun)      Members' Breakfast

9-15           Porsche Parade, Spokane, WA
(Sun-Sat)   Hotel Reservations and Parade
Registration opened February 21. See for info.

20 (Thu)*    Third Thursday Social

6 (Sun)        Members' Breakfast

13-20           Monterey Classic Car Week

17 (Thur)* Third Thursday Social

26 (Sat)      Summer Dinner Party. The LVR's
other subsidized fancy dinner party.

3 (Sun)        Members' Breakfast

14 (Thu)*   Third Thursday Social

23-24          Third DE Event of 2017, dates               (Sat-Sun)   confirmed.  Details forthcoming

24 (Sun)     Las Vegas Concours d'Elegance at
Red Rock Country Club: Event has been cancelled

*    Dates are tentative.
2-7               Drive to Vancouver; route of              
(Mon-Sat)   the Dust Ball Rally (no offroad).

8 (Sun)        Members' Breakfast, followed 
  by a Gimmick Rally

19 (Thur)    Third Thursday Social

25 (Wed)     Tech Session at Renegade Hybrids

31-Nov 1    SEMA Show, Las Vegas

5 (Sun)       Members Breakfast

18-19          Fourth DE Event of 2017
(Sat-Sun)   Dates confirmed.

16 (Thu)     Third Thursday Social

30 (Thu)     Tour to Emory Outlaw shop, LA*

1 (Fri)         PCANA Reception at LA Auto Show

2 (Sat)        PCA Tech Tactics, LA

3 (Sun)       Members' Breakfast

Recurring events
Saturdays 7am-10am: 
Cars and Coffee at SpeedVegas
Last Sunday of Each Month
Cars und Kaffee @ Vesta Cafe DTLV

*    Dates are tentative.

Comments, questions, suggestions regarding this Newsletter may be sent to:

More information about the Las Vegas Region may be found at 
Editor's Thoughts:

Letter to the Editor:
A very important question about last week's Tech Tips - is there a Porsche certified turn signal fluid? I'd hate to put a generic brand in my car......

What frequency do you recommend checking this all important and neglected fluid level? Every 5,000 turns?

That's the spirit Joy.... a thoughtful review of a highly technical and little-understood subject.
There is a Porsche fluid, but we didn't mention it because it's $300 a gallon (less your 10% PCA discount of course)
As to service interval, we're not aware of any factory recommendation. But you'll know service is due when you get a salute from a nearby motorist, notifying you in a friendly manner that your turn signals don't appear to be working.

Thought for the day:  May the road rise up to meet you.  Not the floor.

Look closely in future issues for the next secret contest to win a free breakfast for two at the July member's breakfast.
Notices from the Board:

LVR member Warren Harhay has been elected to the City Council of Boulder City. Warren was the No. 1 vote-getter in the heavily contested primary a couple of months ago, and won one of the two open City Council seats in the general election. Warren ran an unconventional campaign, standing on a platform of "Preserve and Protect" as opposed to unbridled growth in Boulder City, and not accepting any donations at all to his campaign. Congratulations to Warren.

Las Vegas Region Charter member Ellen Young has passed away.  Ellen was not only a founding member of the Region, but she also held every office and board position, including President, during the early years of the Region.  Ellen, along with other founding members of the Region, was instrumental in laying the groundwork and building the foundation that guided Las Vegas Region into what it has become today.  No word as of today of when and where services will be held. Ellen was the widow of LVR founding member Carl Young, original proprietor of Carl's Place. The Las Vegas Region Charter hangs in the office at Carl's Place.
The Board welcomes and encourages LVR members to attend Board meetings. The next meeting is July 2, at 6:00 pm at Gaudin Porsche.
                                   Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events

From our members:  
Here is Michelle with our little Cabriolet which we drove on the 2nd half of our recent trip with Autobahn Adventures.  A lot of fun to drive in both Germany's Bavarian Alps and the Austrian Alps with the top up as well as down depending on the weather.  We took a couple of side trips that resulted in a lot more KM's than expected including veering off to Kitzbühel, Austria.  Love driving in the mountains; especially in German and Austria.  The green countryside there looks like it's constantly manicured and definitely disciplined with their homes and land.   
Not so much fun on Germany's Autobahn due to traffic and trucks and their very limited 'unlimited' speed limits.  Best I could do was about 210 kpm's or 130 mph on the drive to Munich from Salzburg; whereas, on the Lake Mead run here in Nevada higher speeds are achievable.  As expected, Porsche's PDK transmission is awesome!  We ended up putting about 1,600 KM's on the car which was more than what was expected.
Val and Michelle Dodd  

June 7 (Wednesday) 6:00 pm:  LVR Board Meeting at Gaudin Porsche

The regular monthly meeting of the LVR Board was a couple of Wednesday evenings back at 6:00 pm at Gaudin Porsche.  
June 9 - 11 (Fri-Sun): Nevada Great State Park Expedition
Wild Horse Reservoir and South Fork Recreation Area, Elko, NV
 by Roger Greene
Supreme Exalted Ruler Leader
Rick & Ann Viktora, Ed & Laura Dykstra, John & Nita Burrows, and Carol & Roger Greene
This is the 35th article the Supreme Exalted Ruling Leader has written on this project.  On the weekend of June 9-11 four adventurous LVRPCA member couples partook of the 7th Great Nevada State Expedition (ed note:  interesting date for this expedition, the weekend of 9-11!).  I would like to thank the Burrows and the Viktora's for joining Carol and I on all seven expeditions thus far. We three couples want to thank Laura and Ed Dykstra for joining us for their first expedition. We covered 1,200 miles at an average speed of 61mph, yet not one person broke the speed limit.
Half the team came directly home on Sunday while two couples spent Sunday night at the Mizpah in Tonopah.  Good thing, as the wind was gruesome in the late afternoon into the evening.  Monday evening much of the area we had visited experienced a June snowstorm.  Those that took two days to drive home stopped in Austin, NV.  My wife found some authentic Native American Indian jewelry made in China that we are now the proud owners of.  We dined at the Toiyabe Café that provided a full floor show of live entertainment for us. The waitress was quite something. She entertained the entire café full of people with her antics. Enough said. We almost bought gift cards for you all to the Café.
Snow Covered Vista
It is really too bad that more members did not take advantage of this trip. It was spectacular!! Antelope, deer, wild horses, wild burros, coyotes, beaver dams, wildflowers, fields of waving green grass, snowcapped mountains, reservoirs overflowing their spillways, a snowball fight at 8,840 ft. elevation, and a Basque dinner that could have fed twice as many folks as we brought. What more could you ask for?

Next stops: Van Sickle, Mormon Station, Cave Rock, Sand Harbor, Washoe Lake, & Dayton.
July 2 (Sunday): Monthly Members' Breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club, 9 am
The monthly breakfast will again be first Sunday of the month.   We'll, as usual, have savory made-to-order breakfasts and a seemingly endless buffet. 

The cost for the unlimited breakfast is still $14 per person (not including gratuities for wait staff and valet attendant), payable upon entry to the dining room.   In the past couple of months, we've had an entire buffet and omelet station to ourselves, along with a private dining room.

For information, contact Mike Dugan at or 925-470-7706
Before we go . . . 

24 Hours of LeMans: Porsche Wins High Drama 24 Hours of Le Mans

The Porsche Factory Team entered two 919s in the LMP1 class and qualified them in the second row.  The two LM 911s in the GTE Pro class qualified in the fourth row.  The factory is also supporting two 911s in the LM GTE Am class.

On June 17-18, Porsche took to the Circuit du Sarthe seeking the crown jewel of endurance motorsport with its third consecutive win of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after starting third and fourth behind two Toyota entries.  The Japanese manufacturer has yet to win Le Mans, and two of its entries retired before the 12 hour mark.

At 6:30 pm on Saturday evening, the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE), and Brendon Hartley (NZ) came into the pits. Their car had no front axle drive.  After just over an hour, the car was repaired and rejoined the race 18 laps behind. But the 85th running of the endurance classic in Le Mans produced such dramatic changes that the impossible ultimately came true: after an enormous effort, the trio sliced through the field from 56th position to overall victory.  For Le Mans record holder Porsche, it is the 19th overall win in the world's toughest race and the third in a row meaning the German manufacturer can now keep the famous trophy.

The three Toyota Hybrids were expected to play a key role in the race, but the Japanese team once again fell foul of the cruelty of competition. In the lead from the start, the #7 Toyota (Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) and the #9 (Lapierre/Kunimoto/Lopez) retired before the halfway stage due to a mechanical issue for the #7 and a race incident for the #9. Porsche were ready to pounce and the #1 Jani/Lotterer/Tandy took control in the ninth hour. Heading towards victory with less than four hours to go, the crowd gasped as the car ground to a halt in the Mulsanne Straight and announced its retirement a few minutes later. It was up to the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) to defend the manufacturer's chances. The crew fought back magnificently from 55th place and accomplished their mission. 
Le Mans Hattrick is done
Le Mans Hat Trick is done!
The third victory in a row earns the Porsche the right to keep the 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy.

We continue our review of the historic "Burma Shave" road signs from our distant past:








The Las Vegas Region Board of Directors . . . . 2017

Mike Dugan - President. 925-470-7706
Phil Reese -Vice-President; Newsletter Co-Editor.  702-478-6911
Salomon Braun - Past President, Drive Events Chair. 702-423-2677
Joan Kramer - Secretary.   702-808-5615
Mike Hill - Past President.
Reid Smith - Treasurer. 702-399-4945
Nita Burrows - Membership Chair.  702-395-3886
Scott Hatcher - Director; Rallymaster.  702-525-8991
Jim Miller - Newsletter Co-Editor.  702-835-3298
Brian Schmidt - Track Events Chair.  702-655-6883
Scott Mann - Director; Chief Driving Instructor.  805-857-4001
John Burrows - Director; Teen Survival Driving Event Chair.  702-395-3886
Todd Trimble - Social Chair, Social Media Chair.   702-682-1111
Ken Short - Webmaster.  415-672-1034

Board members at Large:
 Linda Reese  702-478-6911
 Barbara Barron 702-210-5560
 Warren Donaldson 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 
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:
Abbott Trophy
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.
Las Vegas
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.
Creative Embroidery
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).