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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 
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.
2018
Feb
17 (Sat)      Drive to Oatman and then to the
Grand Canyon Skywalk.
This was yesterday, see report and pictures below.

24 (Sat)     Tech Session at Premier Sportscar
Service - 10:00 am:  Suspension and handling.  Details below.

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

10 (Sat)      Drive to Death Valley, with lunch at                         the Furnace Creek Inn.

11 (Sun)     Members' Breakfast at the RRCC.                           Note this is the 2nd Sunday.

25 (Sun)     Gambler's Rally. Test your card and
                   dice skills on the road. 
See details below.

Apr
  8 (Sun)     Members' Breakfast at the RRCC
Note the date change.
After breakfast, a drive up to Mt. Charleston

20-22          California Festival of Speed
Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335






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
 Registration is open, see below.

May
  6 (Sun)     Members' Breakfast at the RRCC

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

19-20          Drive to Zion, UT. An overnight trip.
(Sat-Sun)    

Jun
  3 (Sun)      Members' Breakfast at the RRCC

8-11             Drive to Flagstaff, rally with the
(Fri-Mon)  AZ Regions.

2018
Jul   
(No Board meeting in July)
8-14            Porsche Parade
(Sun-Sat)   Lake of the Ozarks

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

Aug
17-19          Porsche on the Mac
Inaugural Porsches Across the Mackinac Bridge. 
If you are interested, check out the dedicated website for event details, lodging and registration information:
Sep 
23-24           Fall Fling DE Event
(Sat-Sun)    Spring Mountain Motor Resort

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

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

Future events:
State Park Tours will return in the fall

Recurring events
Saturdays 7am-10am: 
Cars and Coffee at SpeedVegas
14200 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
The 3rd Saturday of each month will be "SuperCar Saturday" so bring your Super Porsche!
 

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 
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Editor's Thoughts:  SO, JUST WHAT DO WE DO IN THE LAS VEGAS REGION?
 
In case you have been wondering we thought this would be a good time let our new members in on just what it is we do here in the Las Vegas Region (it is also a great reminder for everybody). 
 
Social:  It's not just the cars . . . it's the people!
 
Las Vegas Region is a very gregarious group of car people. We hold a number of primarily social events throughout the year.
 
Members' Breakfast.  On the first Sunday of each month members gather for breakfast, camaraderie, and good chatter. The chatter and food are good (separate checks).  We take about 2 minutes for announcements, introduction of new members, and any updates regarding upcoming events.
 
Third ThursdayAs the name implies, these events are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month during the happy hour time frame. A new location is chosen each month giving members the opportunity to experience a variety of locations and ambience and get to know your fellow Porschephiles.

Parties.  The premier events of the year are the annual after-Holiday Party and the Summer Festival. The after-Holiday event is held at an elegant restaurant or country club and gives members a chance to put on their tuxes and dinner gowns and spend the evening with other Porsche enthusiasts and guests.  The Summer Festival is a casual get-together with a unique theme (Hawaiian Luau, Octoberfest, Mardi Gras).
 
Tech Sessions.  A setting at a local service shop or other venue where you can learn more about your Porsche and pick up some tips and tools for keeping it running and looking like new.  Our presenters provide highly entertaining and educational sessions and we always have lots of food and munchies.  Recent Tech Sessions reviewed lubricants, tires, and wheels.  These events are NOT to be missed!

Driving:  Dedicated to the belief that . . . getting there is half the fun!

Annual Driving Tour.   Each year we plan an extended drive to one or more locations of particular interest (natural beauty, historical significance, etc.).  These tours are designed to be relaxed, no-pressure drives with plenty of opportunities to enjoy local scenery, attractions, and cuisine. Recent tours were to Yellowstone National Park, The Oregon and Northern California seacoasts, Spokane WA, and Vancouver, Canada.
 
Friday Tours and Breakfast.  On the first or second Friday morning of each month, members get together for scenic drive around the Las Vegas area with a stop for a relaxed breakfast and chatter.  Examples of recent breakfast tours include drives through Lake Mead National Recreation Area to Overton with breakfast at Sugars.

Porsche Parade and/or Treffen North America.  The Porsche Club of America hosts two annual gatherings widely separated in time and location.  The Parade is an annual weeklong event and takes place in a new location each year. Parade activities include concours, autocross, time-speed-distance and gimmick rallies, as well as additional location specific activities.  This year it will be at Lake of the Ozarks, touted as Missouri's Lake and Outdoor Destination.  The Treffen North America is another of the "big" Porsche Club events of the year, featuring three days of 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.  This Spring, the Treffen will be in picturesque Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico over April 25 - 28, 2018.
 
Rallys:An event wherein a driver and navigator complete a predetermined route along open roads following a specific set of navigational instructions. Can be a TSD (time-speed-distance) or a 'fun' rally, sometimes called a "Gimmick" rally.
On the Track . . . High speed car control and driving techniques.

Driver's Training. A driving course designed to teach and enhance high speed driving skill and technique on an actual race course. Training includes classroom sessions, on-track 'exercises' plus supervised lapping sessions.  Driver's Training includes both Novice and Intermediate level options and is a Pre-Requisite for participation in a Driver's Education event.
Driver's Education. High speed driving events on a closed-course racetrack (e.g., Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch) where drivers are grouped according to experience and other criteria. Prior Driver Training participation is required.
 
Off The Track . . . Low speed car control and driving techniques.

Autocross.  Although the LCR does not currently sponsor an Autocross, many Zone 8 Regions do.  A low-speed driving event, teaching one how to maneuver one's car around a set course of pylons on a closed circuit. Instruction is usually available, and drivers compete against the clock.  No modifications to one's car are necessary.  Some safety equipment needed (helmet). Check out the Zone 8 website for upcoming autocrosses near you.

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Notices from the Board:

The event calendar for 2018 is pretty much filled out, as you can see in the yellow calendar above.

Still, if any member would like to stage any other event, no matter the type, just contact any Board member to begin the planning for it.

News re: the monthly Members' Breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club:
For the remainder of 2018, the all-in charge for breakfast will be $16.50 pp. This now includes gratuity for the Club staff.

The Region's web site is www.lasvegaspca.com 
 
           Our Facebook page is LVRPCA Facebook
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Members Dream Cars . . . One of our erudite editors (Phil Reese) is a drag racer at heart and heritage.  His dream car, at the drag races at Famoso a couple of months back:


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: james.w.miller@icloud.com and we will highlight in a future newsletter. 
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Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
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Feb 15:  Third Thursday Social

We had reserved the outside patio at Echo and Rig for the TTS last week. We made the reservation when it was warm out.

Unfortunately, the weather turned to more seasonal for the TTS, and that hampered attendance.
But for the twelve or fifteen of us that braved the chill, the restaurant provided heaters and blankets, and the result was like a camp out.
The serving staff did just great, the food was delicious, and the evening turned out to be somewhere between fun and hilarious.


 


The temps were on the cool side, but the group was warm.
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Feb 17 (Sat): Day drive to the Grand Canyon Skywalk via Oatman for Lunch.

Twelve LVR'ers participated, mingling with the burros at Oatman for lunch. 
We met under the sign at the Fiesta in Henderson, had a brief briefing
 and then turned our attention to the turns on the road to Oatman.

On the left (right to left) and on the right (left to right): Scott Hatcher (our President), Alex Harbison (our astute eventmeister), and Mike McCrimmon (welcome back, we haven't seen you in a while) 
made a new friend.  We believe his name is Don Key.

Left: Around town, our new friend had many cousins working hard for a snack and pat on the back.  
Right: The colorful spring flowers captured the attention of many of members.

Kudos to our drive chairman, Alex Harbison, 
for orchestrating this drive. And a special THANKS
to Scott Hatcher, Phil Reese, and Richard Viktora 
for the pictures.

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Feb 24 (Sat): Tech Session at Premier Sportscar Service - Update

Following up on the successful tech session on fluids several months ago, where we darn near wore out the presenters with questions about the mesmerizing array of fluid colors and uses in your car.  This will be another joint presentation by the Las Vegas Region's own Kent Moore and Tony Mazzagatti, this time on suspension and handling of our Porsches.
 
Items of discussion will include a short history of Porsche suspension types with their pros and cons, suspension weak areas, how to identify potential suspension problems and how they affect handling and safety, available suspension upgrades, and probably many others. 
 
The Tech Session will be held at Premier Sportscar Service, 5325 Polaris Ave, Las Vegas (just west of the big hole currently being dug for the Raiders new football stadium). 10:00 am Saturday, February 24.
 
The Club will provide some doughnuts, coffee, or equivalent so that no one starves during the presentation.  Hope to see you there.

    For more info, contact Doug Pierce at: pierce.rd@usa.net
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March 11 (Sunday): Members' Breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club, 9 am

        Note - as with this month, our breakfast will be SECOND Sunday of March.

     For any first-timers, as you enter the front drive to the Red Rock Country Club, keep in the right lane, and wave to the gate sentry (there's no need to stop). Proceed straight to the clubhouse and park on the entry circle (we are planning a Tech Session devoted to backing up, but just do your best for now). The pay station will be located just inside the front door. Then come on in and enjoy the giant buffet and omelet station.

For further info, contact Michael Dugan   mduganre@gmail.com

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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  linandphilabuster@gmail.com  or
                                        Tamela Hatcher at  tkahle@kahlelawnv.com
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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. 

For those planning on attending the Treffen, we are making plans for a caravan drive to New Mexico with some exciting roads, vistas, and nutritional delights along the way.
Details will be forthcoming.

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.

Registration fee of $450 - separate from Drive and Tour fees - includes:
  • Arrival reception on Wednesday
  • Continental Breakfast on Thursday, and Saturday
  • Cars and Coffee Breakfast on Friday (Hot Breakfast will be served)
  • Themed dinner event at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort on Thursday
  • Tapas reception and dinner on Friday
  • Route 66 dinner on Saturday
  • Apparel with event logo


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.
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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.

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Before We Go . . .  Sign that the end of the automotive world is near:

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LAS VEGAS REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 (702-743-8637)
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 (702-553-5334)
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
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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
702-735-4995
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
702-362-2233
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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
702-454-6852
(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).
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