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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 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
This week, a sad but cautionary tale.
During the night of Jan 5, you Editor's garage/shop was broken into by burglars. They climbed a wall into the backyard, pushed in the one window in the back of the shop, and climbed in. Then they hung a towel over the window opening, and probably turned on the lights. They took their time, and stole over a dozen items that were old and collectible, but according to the Metro officers and CSI team, were eminently salable. The Metro officers, by the way, were beyond great. Knowledgeable, courteous to the point of being nice, thorough, took their time, and genuinely wanted to catch the thieves. After that first day, every single contact with Metro folks, by phone or in person, was great.
Then the thieves discovered the key to the old Subaru was in the console, loaded their loot into the car, pushed the button to raise the garage door and drove away.
Metro found the Subaru the next day, about 3 miles from my house. It was empty and undamaged. But it cost about $200 to retrieve it from the impound yard. I doubt that I'll get any of the stolen items back, even though I provided pictures of most of them to the police. Man, you've got no idea the impact of losing some of your personal possessions, especially if they've been in the family for a long time and are irreplaceable.
Since then, the security level in the shop and our house has gone WAY up (Think remote-controlled machine-gun-emplacements level).
My cautions are these... Even though your cars may be locked in the garage, don't leave the keys anywhere they can be found. A wall, locked gates, a closed garage door, and locked windows are not protection. You should take pictures of anything and everything you don't want to lose. The police respond immediately only to self-monitored (meaning video) reports from you, or possibly from a monitoring company, of people in your home right now that are not supposed to be there. That is, a video-verified report of a robbery/burglary in progress. A phone call to the police of an alert that a door may have been opened will not result in immediate police response. It also would be a good idea to devise a method to prevent the garage door from being opened even from the inside. If you need to know how, ask me.
Notices from the Board:
The new Board has spent much of January meeting working on the calendar of events for this year. The yellow calendar above reflects some of that work. In addition, the Board is investigating/planning other events such as a Tonopah weekend; a Southern Utah drive; a lunch drive to Mt. Charleston; a photo rally; a mini-golf tournament w/dinner; an evening at the Spring Mountain Theater; a dinner cruise on Lake Mead; and several others.
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
Jan 26 (Fri): Morning drive to Overton
This will be a drive through the Lake Mead National Park to the little town of Overton. There's a great diner called "Sugar's" located there, still in 1965, where we'll have breakfast.
Meet under the big sign at the Henderson Fiesta Casino. We'll gather at 8:30 am and depart at 9:00. It's about a hour drive, with a pit stop and photo op at Redstone about midway.
There's no entry fee for the drive, but the drive through the Park requires paying an entrance fee unless you have a National Park Pass.
At press time, the R-J states that the Park roads will be open in spite of the government shutdown, but check the situation yourselves during the week. (If the roads are open but the government is shut down, does this mean there won't be any Park Rangers on duty?)
For more info, contact Drive Chair Alex Harbison at: email@example.com
Feb 11 (Second Sunday): 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot on this special adventure.
Eventmasters Scott and Gwen point us to the web site www.escapeabilitylv.com for information.
Feb 17 (Sat): Day drive to the Grand Canyon Skywalk
A day drive to the Skywalk on the Grand Canyon, by way of Oatman for Lunch.
For more details contact Alex Harbison: email@example.com
Feb 24 (Sat): Tech Session at Premier Sportscar Service
Following up on the successful tech session on fluids several months ago, where we darn near wore out the presenters with questions, this will be another joint presentation by Kent Moore and Tony Mazzagatti, this time on suspension and handling of our Porsches.
It will be held at Premier Sportscar Service, 5325 Polaris Ave, Las Vegas. Time: TBD
For more info, contact Doug Pierce at: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11 (Sunday): Members' Breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club, 9 am
Note that this is the SECOND Sunday of March.
March 25 (Sunday): The Gamblers Rally. An LVR fun event.
An entertaining (we hope) and easy Sunday drive, ending at lunch, along which you can test your luck at cards and dice.
The start will be at 9:30 am under the big sign at the Henderson Fiesta. No cost to enter. Nothing to bring except your car and yourselves. No timing or speeds required. About 2 to 2-1/2 hours in duration.
Families and 4-door Porsches welcome. Useful prizes for the podium finishers.
For more info contact: Linda Reese at email@example.com or
Tamela Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25-29: Treffen Tamaya, New Mexico
Save the Date! Treffen Tamaya in New Mexico to take place April 25-29, 2018. Registration is open, details and link below.
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.
Experience some of North America's best driving roads. New Mexico is home to 25 of the magnificent scenic byways, totaling over 2,900 miles across a diverse landscape.
Savor the sumptuous blend of flavors, from Spanish and Native American cultures, that has been perfected over the course of 400 years.
New Mexico offers a host of sensual destinations including exceptional vistas, adventurous outdoor recreation and diverse artists and artisan galleries.
Check back here over the next few weeks as more details of the event become available. Go to Treffen.PCA.org for information on the event and the schedule of activities and drives including additional costs.
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.
Before We Go . . . Joan Kramer (LVR member and region Secretary) tells us her granddaughter is learning all about Porsches early and well.
If you or a family member have a recently acquired a Porsche and would like to share it with us, send a picture and short caption to: email@example.com and we will highlight in a future newsletter.
Quiz . . . Anyone know what these two pictures have in common? We'll let you know next week!
Sign that the end of the automotive world is near:
LAS VEGAS REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. Executive Board:
President Scott Hatcher firstname.lastname@example.org (702-525-8991)
Vice President Phil Reese email@example.com (702-478-6911)
Treasurer Reid Smith firstname.lastname@example.org (702-399-4945)
Secretary Joan Kramer email@example.com (702-808-5615)
Director - 1 year Richard Viktora firstname.lastname@example.org (646-591-9343)
Director - 2 years John Burrows email@example.com (702-395-3886)
Director - 3 years Scott Mann firstname.lastname@example.org (805-857-4001)
Past President Mike Dugan email@example.com (925-470-7706)
B. Board or Directors:
Membership Chairperson Nita Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org (702-395-3886)
Newsletter Editors Jim Miller email@example.com (702-835-3298) Phil Reese firstname.lastname@example.org (702-478-6911)
Track Events Chairman Brian Schmidt email@example.com (702-743-8637)
Chief Driving Instructor Scott Mann firstname.lastname@example.org (805-857-4001)
Safety Chairman John Burrows email@example.com (702-395-3886)
Rally Masters Tamela Kahle firstname.lastname@example.org (702-524-1764) Linda Reese email@example.com (702-478-6911)
Drive Event Chairman Alex Harbison firstname.lastname@example.org (702-553-5334)
Social Director Todd Trimble email@example.com (702-682-1111)
Member at Large Linda Reese firstname.lastname@example.org (702-478-6911)
Member at Large Barbara Barron Barbarabarron@hotmail.com (702-210-5560)
Member at Large Anne Marie Viktora email@example.com (203-321-0293)
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).