911 GT3 Cup sets a new record
The new 911 GT3 Cup, which celebrated its premiere in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the Carrera Cup Deutschland as well as in North America in the 2017 season, will be fielded in the majority of Porsche's 21 one-make cup series around the world in 2018. Up until spring 2018, a total of 339 units of the 485 hp one-make cup racer will roll off the assembly line at Porsche's main facility in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Never before have so many racing vehicles of one type been manufactured for one season. Hence, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup remains the world's top selling race car. 
2017 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 
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.
  7 (Sun)     Members' Breakfast at the RRCC
Note: Cost for breakfast will be $15.00 per person beginning January, 2018.
Still a bargain!

13 (Sat)      LVR After-Holiday Party at the
Americana Restaurant
(see link below)

11 (Sun)     Members' Breakfast at the RRCC

11 (Sun)     Escape Room Adventure.
See the notice below. This adventure will follow the Breakdast.

3-4               First Fling DE Event
(Sat-Sun)    Spring Mountain Motor Resort

4 (Sun)       Members' Breakfast at the RRCC

21 (Sat)      Progressive Garage Tour/Dinner
Four garages, four courses:
1. Appetizers,
2. Soup/Salad, 
3. Entree, and 
4. Desert!
Watch this site for details

25-29          Treffen Tamaya. Hyatt Regency
(Wed-Sun)    Tamaya Resort;
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM

12-13          Fast Fling DE Event
(Sat-Sun)   Spring Mountain Motor Resort

8-14            Porsche Parade
(Sun-Sat)   Lake of the Ozarks

20-29           Multi-day drive to Glacier
(Sun-Sun)   National Park.  Details forthcoming

23-24           Fall Fling DE Event
(Sat-Sun)    Spring Mountain Motor Resort

27-30         Rennsport Reunion VI
(Fri-Mon) Save the date.

17-18          Final Fling DE Event
(Sat-Sun)   Spring Mountain Motor Resort

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: lvrnewsletter@gmail.com

More information about the Las Vegas Region may be found at  http://www.lasvegaspca.com 
Editor's Thoughts:
Did you see the article in the R-J on December 17 about bicycles? It appears that, following on the heels of the development of the driverless car, is the development of the riderless bicycle.

Some scientists and engineers here in LV are working on it. Sensors, communications devices, screens, and all sorts of advanced stuff. There were several photos in the paper.

The only problem we see is keeping the bike upright when it stops, since there is no one on board to put his foot down.

But we're confident they'll solve that problem.
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The events calendar for 2018 is beginning to take shape. Dates for the 2018 DEs have been confirmed and are shown in the yellow calendar above. A couple of the dates are still tentative, as final arrangements with the venues are still in progress. So pay attention as the calendar develops.

We're always looking for good articles and nice pictures of your adventures with your Porsches. If you contribute to your Newsletter, you'll get author/photo credit as well as 50% of the salary we pay to the senior staff.
Notices from the Board:

Here's the new Board for 2018........

A.    Executive Board:
President                  Scott Hatcher scott@hatchernv.com (702-525-8991) 
Vice President          Phil Reese philreese356@gmail.com (702-478-6911)
Treasurer                  Reid Smith reidhorn@yahoo.com (702-399-4945)                      
Secretary                  Joan Kramer  kramerjoan52@gmail.com (702-808-5615)
Director - 1 year       Richard Viktora rviktora@cox.net (646-591-9343)
Director - 2 years     John Burrows jcb986@aol.com (702-395-3886)
Director - 3 years     Scott Mann scott@renegadehybrids.com (805-857-4001)
Past President           Mike Dugan mduganre@gmail.com (925-470-7706)

 B.     Board or Directors:
Membership Chairperson   Nita Burrows nburrows986@gmail.com (702-395-3886)
Newsletter Editors              Jim Miller quais64@me.com (702-835-3298)                                                                                          Phil Reese philreese356@gmail.com (702-478-6911)
Track Events Chairman      Brian Schmidt bschmidt@gcwengineering.com (702-655-6883)
Chief Driving Instructor     Scott Mann scott@renegadehybrids.com (805-857-4001) 
Safety Chairman                 John Burrows jcb986@aol.com (702-395-3886)
Rally Masters                     Tamela Kahle tkahle@kahlelawnv.com (702-524-1764)                                                                           Linda Reese linandphilabuster@gmail.com (702-478-6911)
Drive Event Chairman       Alex Harbison maverick1715@gmail.com 
Social Director                   Todd Trimble todd@trophylv.com (702-682-1111)
Member at Large                Linda Reese linandphilabuster@gmail.com (702-478-6911)
Member at Large                Barbara Barron Barbarabarron@hotmail.com (702-210-5560)
Member at Large                Anne Marie Viktora rviktora@cox.net (203-321-0293) 

 The Region's web site is www.lasvegaspca.com 
            Our Facebook page is LVRPCA Facebook
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events

Jan 7 (Today):  Member's monthly breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club

It was an especially nice breakfast this morning:  The omelets were delicious, bacon was just crispy enough, the sausages were juicy, the coffee was hot, and the orange juice was cold.  But most notably, the cinnamon rolls were extra large with a generous dollop of frosting on each.

New members Sandy & Katlyn Cornelius from Walnut Creek and Michael Warzocha from Las Vegas (formally from Burbank) were introduced.  The gavel was officially passed from past-president Michael Dugan to new-president Scott Hatcher and Scott returned the gesture by giving Michael a plaque recognizing his tenure as President.

See below for the notes on the February 11 breakfast and adventure.

Jan 10 (Wed): LVR Board Meeting. at Gaudin Porsche, 6:00 pm

The first Board meeting of 2018 will largely be busy with calendaring events for 2018, and expanding on the yellow calendar shown above.

All LVR members are welcome to attend and observe how our Region is run, make comments or suggestions, and even ask questions.

A light dinner will be served.

For more information, contact any of the Board members listed above.

January 13 (Saturday): LVR After-Holiday Party at the Americana Restaurant, 6 pm

Come join fellow members of the Las Vegas Region 
in our annual After-Holiday Dinner.
This is the LVR's dressiest and high-society event of the year. So ladies, go for broke. Gentlemen, suits and ties, or tuxes . . . if you've got 'em, wear' em.

WHERE:  Americana Restaurant, 2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas
                (near Rampart/West Lake Mead, Summerlin).
WHEN:     January 13, 2018 (Saturday)
TIME:       5:30 No host bar
                 6:30 Plated, sit-down dinner with menu choices
COST:      $60 per member or associate; $110 per non-member
RSVP:      After-Holiday Party Registration     
                  You will only need to choose the Main Course for you
 (Guest 1) and your guest (Guest 2) on the registration site.
The First Course and Desert will be selected at the dinner.

  • No refunds for cancellation.
  • All reservations must be completed by January 10, 2018
Check out their web site at  https://www.americanalasvegas.com/

             Modern jazz live background music.

     For more information, contact Michael Dugan at mduganre@gmail.com

Feb 11 (Sun): Members' Breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club, 9 am

The breakfast will be just as good as they always are.

Following breakfast, there will be an escape adventure.  This will be at "ESCAPEability" located about a 15-minute drive from the Red Rock Country Club.  We will start around 11:30 or 11:45 if we are all there early.  

Feb 11 (Sun):  Escape Room Adventure; following breakfast

What is an ESCAPE Room?

An Escape Room is a new and exciting concept. You're going to be in a live interactive game where you and your friends will be immersed in a truly unique scenario. Your objective is to escape the room(s) by figuring your way out in 60 thrilling minutes or less. There will be clues, puzzles, and props you will need to figure out. Teamwork and communication will be vital to your team's success. Do you have what it takes to be victorious and conquer your surroundings and ESCAPE? There's only one way to find out...

Ever wonder what Las Vegas was like in the 1940's? Well now you can experience it first hand as a true mobster. You and your team will be tested by none other than Bugsy Siegel to see if you are clever enough to run his casino. Race against the clock or race against each other/another team. See who is worthy. Will it be you? 
Each Team can consist of 2-10 Players and can compete against each other. There are two "similar" rooms with a window in between in which you will be able to see how the other team progresses and then you converge into one area. Let the fun begin, in this new take of an escape room experience.
Go on a treacherous journey to Mars. You and your crew are sent to investigate what happened to the missing astronauts from previous missions. NASA has found that there is possibly life on Mars and it could be the threat that took down previous teams. Figure out what happened and escape the Martians before it's too late. 

Travel back to the time of the ancient Roman Empire. You and your group are gladiators who find themselves imprisoned in their quarters during the most prolific volcanic eruption man has ever known. You will need to work together to escape the city of Pompeii. Will you be able to flee the wrath of Mount Vesuvius and rise from the ashes?

LOCATION:      Escapeability Las Vegas

3100 S. Durango #106, Las Vegas, NV, 89117

Pricing:    Cost is $27 to $35 per person, paid at arrival.  But the more who sign up, the lower the cost per person. This will be a couple of hours of different mental fun; we'll be able to try several rooms (if you escape).

Please contact our eventmaster, Gwen Pearce at postalcatanddog@embarqmail.com to reserve a spot on this special adventure.

Eventmasters Scott and Gwen point us to the web site www.escapeabilitylv.com for information.
April 25-29:  Treffen Tamaya, New Mexico

Treffen North America is Porsche Club of America's newest twice-a-year national event, featuring non-competitive touring, creative dining events and the opportunity to explore exciting destinations while staying at some of the finest resorts in North America. Translated from German, Treffen means "to meet," and you're sure to meet new people and make new friends. Treffen and Porsche Parade destinations are selected to offer annually a national PCA activity within driving distance of the membership.

We do know that the headquarters for this one will be the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Check back here over the next few weeks as details of the event become available.
July 20 -29: Glacier Park Tour; The LVR summer Multi-day driving trip.

The first hotel check-in is booked for July 22 in the area of the park. It will probably take two days to get there so you might plan on leaving LV on July 20. The last hotel date booked is July 28.

This will be a trip with members of the Golden Gate Region, just as the Vancouver drive was last summer.

More info to come as details are developed.
Classified Ad:   For Sale -- Hitch-mounted Cargo Carrier

Rage Powersport Products SC400 cargo or scooter carrier.
Carry stuff out the back, on your trailer hitch.
The best of this type of carrier. Requires a Class 3 or 4  2" hitch receiver (this is common).
400 lb carrying capacity.
Used exactly once; like new. No electrical connections necessary.
Look it up on Amazon.com for a picture.
Phil Reese at 702-478-6911 or email to philreese356@gmail.com

Before We Go . . . Signs that the end of the automotive world is near:
Karakoram Highway from Pakistan to China
This is the 1300 km Karakoram highway passing from Pakistan to China - now recognized as 8th wonder of the world. 

The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world, but at its peak at the China-Pakistan border it is only paved on the Chinese side. It's the road to paradise - if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It's regarded as one of the world's hardest alpine climbs.

The Karakorum Highway connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,693 meters (15,397 ft) above the sea level. The road is one of the scariest and hair raising jeep trips in the world. 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road. The road has a length of 1,300 km (800 mi): Pakistan: 887 km (551 mi) and China: 413 km (257 mi). 
It was started in 1959 and was completed in 1986 after 27 years of construction.

And we think our roads are crazy!!
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).