This is why the Germans developed such great orthopedic surgery equipment... :-)
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
Editor's Thoughts: Let's speak briefly about "RSVP."
This is a French term that means "Please let us know if you're coming."
This is also a term that is almost universally ignored by Las Vegas Region members.
The point here is... just about every event that is presented for the enjoyment of LVR members is planned and organized by one or more of our members. And the first thing the event-masters need to know is about how many will participate. Think about arranging something where there is a restaurant involved somewhere. They need to know how many will attend so the restaurant can arrange table space, servers, food, et al. Or if there's a hotel involved for an overnight trip. Same question... how many are expected? With only a few exceptions, event organizers need to know how many participants there will be.
And this just doesn't usually happen. We've talked to many members who feel that they can make up their mind whether or not to participate until the very last minute, sometimes even on the day of the event.
This doesn't work very well, it usually reduces the quality of the event, and is thoughtless with respect to the organizers, who are putting in the time and effort to organize something.
Now we all know that no one has to participate in an LVR event. But if you'd like to see continuation of the number and variety of events offered like the list that is developing for 2018 (shown in the calendar above), if you plan to attend, how about making an effort to RSVP if such is requested.
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.
The Region's web site is www.lasvegaspca.com
Our Facebook page is LVRPCA Facebook
Members Dream Cars . . . Mark and Trudy Wilson tell us:
Trudy and I purchased a new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman "S"
We traded our 2014 flat six Guards Red Cayman Base model (a great car) for this turbocharged flat four!
The technology is something else. Porsche removed two cylinders and added a turbo and made it faster!
"Two less cylinders, no less joy!"
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.
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
Jan 26 (Fri): Morning drive to Overton
Our new Drive chair's first outing was nicely organized and very well attended. By our count, there were sixteen Porsches and one Ferrari. Plus one very nice brown dog.
Alex took us northwest on the "Porsche Driving Road," which for some odd reason is named "North Shore Drive," to Overton for breakfast at Sugar's.
Our new drive chairman, Alex Harrison, explained to an attentive group the etiquette for the drive, about
half-way to Overton to the group took a break at the Redstone site, and proudly displayed our new club banner.
We got several friendly "thumbs-up" from motorcycle groups going the opposite way. Our parade was rather colorful, even if a bit of a blur.
You should try to make his next production, which is a drive to the Grand Canyon Skywalk via Oatman, set for February 17.
January 27-28: The Rolex 24 at Daytona
This weekend marked the 57th running of the 24 hour endurance race at Daytona International Raceway in Florida. For the first time in many years, Porsche's presence at Daytona did not include it's wildly successful 919 Hybrid Prototype. Instead, Porsche is putting all of its factory support behind the GTLM and GTD classes in the IMSA race series. Porsche qualified 3rd and 4th behind the pole sitting #3 Corvette and the #66 Ford GT of Gnassi Racing.
The 3.56 mile Daytona Speedway at night during the Rolex 24
Our roaming photographer managed to capture a few pictures of historical significance.
An empty Porsche garage, the #19 914-6 from the Daytona 24 in 1971, and the #73 Park Place Motorsports GT3 R
When the race ended on Sunday . . . it was an uphill battle for 24 hours and the best Porsche could do was 6th in class.
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.
Our investigative staff has been looking into the "How much did we pay?" controversy that erupted last month. It seems that our Club has been paying less for breakfast than have the actual members of the Red Rock Country Club, and the Club is attempting to smooth this out. The solution lay in the inclusion of tax and gratuity in the charge,-- or not. We think the cost for breakfast today will be $16.50 per person, including tax and 18% gratuity.
This still looks like a good deal to us, and may in fact be a reduction in price to those of us who have been leaving a separate gratuity.
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, with the first car off at about 10:00. No cost to enter. Nothing to bring except your car and yourselves (maybe bring a pencil or a pen). No timing or speeds required. About 2 to 2-1/2 hours in duration.
Families and 4-door Porsches welcome. 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.
Drive: 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.
Dine: Savor the sumptuous blend of flavors, from Spanish and Native American cultures, that has been perfected over the course of 400 years.
Explore: 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.
August 17-19: Inaugural Porsches Across the Mackinac Bridge, St. Ignace, Michigan
Motor-Stadt Region invites everyone that owns a Porsche to the very first "Porsches Across the Mackinac Bridge." This event will take place the week end of August 17-19, 2018. The major feature of this gala event will be a police escorted caravan from St. Ignace on the north end of the 5-mile bridge across the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan to Mackinaw City and perhaps back. Members from all PCA regions are invited.
Before We Go . . . Answer to last week's quiz: What these two pictures have in common is
This is a Portia Spider and this is a Porsche Spyder!
Sign that the end of the automotive world is near:
LAS VEGAS REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. Executive Board:
President Scott Hatcher email@example.com (702-525-8991)
Vice President Phil Reese firstname.lastname@example.org (702-478-6911)
Treasurer Reid Smith email@example.com (702-399-4945)
Secretary Joan Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org (702-808-5615)
Director - 1 year Richard Viktora email@example.com (646-591-9343)
Director - 2 years John Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org (702-395-3886)
Director - 3 years Scott Mann email@example.com (805-857-4001)
Past President Mike Dugan firstname.lastname@example.org (925-470-7706)
B. Board or Directors:
Membership Chairperson Nita Burrows email@example.com (702-395-3886)
Newsletter Editors Jim Miller firstname.lastname@example.org (702-835-3298) Phil Reese email@example.com (702-478-6911)
Track Events Chairman Brian Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org (702-743-8637)
Chief Driving Instructor Scott Mann email@example.com (805-857-4001)
Safety Chairman John Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org (702-395-3886)
Rally Masters Tamela Kahle email@example.com (702-524-1764) Linda Reese firstname.lastname@example.org (702-478-6911)
Drive Event Chairman Alex Harbison email@example.com (702-553-5334)
Social Director Todd Trimble firstname.lastname@example.org (702-682-1111)
Member at Large Linda Reese email@example.com (702-478-6911)
Member at Large Barbara Barron Barbarabarron@hotmail.com (702-210-5560)
Member at Large Anne Marie Viktora firstname.lastname@example.org (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).