The Mission E Cross Turismo is a mix of a shooting brake and an SUV.
GENEVA -- Porsche is bullish about the future of its full-electric Mission E Cross Turismo study that debuted at the auto show here this week. "I find the unique concept and the design instantly convincing. In my opinion there's a good prospect for series production very soon," Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said.
Based on Porsche's J1 architecture, the shooting brake/SUV model would be Porsche's second electric vehicle and first derivative of the Mission E four-door fastback, due to go on sale next year.
Automotive News Europe
March 7, 2018
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: email@example.com
More information about the Las Vegas Region may be found at http://www.lasvegaspca.com
Over the past few years we have tried to explain why anyone would want to participate in a "rally." With the first (of what may become an annual) Gambler's Rally coming up in a couple of weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to repeat our previous thoughts on "Why We Rally".
The Top 10 Reasons to Rally
10. Enjoy exploring new places and neighborhoods
9. Don't feel the need to use maps or GPS
8. Need to take or give directions
7. Love puzzles
6. Wish to improve communication skills
5. Desire to take some things literally
4. Crave new challenges that are not work or family related
3. Want to spend time in your Porsche with others.
2. Have a need to drive your Porsche on the open road
1. Need to spend time with like-minded crazed people
A Gimmick Rally is one where you match your navigational and driving skills against a Rally Master who will provide directions and simple questions about sights, signs, structures, and symbols along the rally route. And the beauty of our rallies is that they are G-rated . . . families and 4-door Porsches are welcome.
From time-to-time over the route you may be asked a few questions that test your general knowledge. The Rally Master computes the ideal G (for Gimmick) score and you will be ranked by your G-Score. Elements of your G-Score score are K (correct answers to Gimmick and General Knowledge questions), and D (total distance traveled). The best G-Score wins the everlasting adoration and admiration of your fellow rallyists.
Sounds simple, doesn't it. The directions are not like following a navigation system, but rather a set of literal instructions to follow to remain on course and landmarks to look for to maximize your G-Score. The challenge for the rally team is to interpret the instructions and questions correctly and stay on course. Our rallies are run on public roads, so you will have to contend with not only following directions and sharing your knowledge of what you see, but stop lights, stop signs, road signs and markings, traffic, and the landscape.
This year we are adding a new G-Score . . . Gambling. Several times along the route you will encounter a check-point where you will roll the dice and choose a card. A simple yet incomprehensible scoring system will give you points based on the outcome of your dice rolls and card picks.
To succeed, the rally team must have good communication skills, teamwork, and an inordinate amount of luck. It is a good idea to leave your ego at home. The Gambler's Rally will test your concentration and observation skills plus your dexterity skills at the gambling table (actually a nice felt-covered tray) over a period of couple of hours or more. You will have to follow instructions while you observe beautiful scenery and the world around you.
Gimmick and Gambling Rallying is a load of fun. You have probably heard a lot of jokes about divorces (no murders yet), slammed car doors, partners not speaking to one another, and adventures getting back on course. Some are true, most are exaggerated, but all are part of the fun.
It is an effective way to engage you and your co-riders (partner, significant other, mother, children, and whoever) with each other and your Porsche on fun roads, ensuring that getting there is half the fun (or half the agony). It is a chance to share tall tales and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow rallyists before and after a rally. And remember, it's not just the cars, it's the people, and the more the merrier.
Notices from the Board:
Many of our LVR members have registered for and will attend the Treffen In Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico this April (see the detailed notice below). Our Drive Chairman Alex is preparing a group drive to the Treffen, leaving April 24, with one overnight stop on the way. If you plan to go the the Treffen, consider joining your friends along the way there. We'll be publishing the details shortly. BTW, the Treffen location is about 576 miles from here, making for two relatively easy days of driving.
The Region's web site is www.lasvegaspca.com
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
March 10 (Yesterday): Drive to Death Valley with Lunch at the Inn at Furnace Creek
Our hopes for a change in the weather were soon realized, only not as we wished.
It soon began misting and raining along the long and winding roads to Shonshone for a rest stop and on to Death Valley. A planned stop at Badwater Basin was aborted as the parking area was overflowing with tourists interested in the endorheic basin noted as the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level (the high atmospheric air pressure at that level added immense amounts of horsepower to our carriages). Also, the site gets its name from a small spring-fed pool of undrinkable "bad water" that is contaminated by the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin. But pickleweed, aquatic insects, and Badwater snail thrive in the area.
But I digress . . . as we drove on past Badwater Basin, we downshifted one gear, let out the clutch and motored on the remaining 14 miles (23 km) to the Inn at Furnace Creek for lunch.
The drive whetted our appetites. We barely could contain the group for selfie and group pictures on the driveway up to the restaurant entrance. Once inside, we relaxed, enjoyed a beverage or two of choice, some tasty salads or sandwiches, and much witty repartee. Truly, it is not just the cars . . . it's the people.
Thanks to Alex for setting up and leading us on this excellent drive, despite the cool and damp weather.
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March 11 (Today): Members' Breakfast at the Red Rock Country Club ---
We counted 34 people at breakfast, a smaller than usual group. However, the cool, misty weather, shift to daylight saving time, and move to the 2nd Sunday may have resulted in some folks just sleeping in and enjoying the day at home.
Scott Hatcher kept on topic as he reviewed the success of recent events (the DE at Spring Mountain Motor Ranch, the drive to Death Valley, the Escape Room) and reminded all to check the calendar for the variety of new things coming up in the near future (gimmick rally, Gamblers Rally, another DE, and the like). John Burrows described the summer-long Spelling Bee Contest (see below for a complete description of this landmark event), Roger Greene told us the Exalted Supreme Ruling Council of the State Park Expedition has established the first weekend in August as the dates for the Grande Finale with a visit to six State Parks in the Reno-Carson City area, Nita Burrows talked about a visit to the Peterson Museum and Porsche Driving Experience Center in Los Angeles this fall, and Alex Harbison reviewed plans for upcoming drives.
March 15 (Thursday): Third Thursday Social; 6 pm-ish
At Ventano's Italian Grill and Seafood.
191 S. Arroyo Grande Blvd. Henderson.
Join other LVR'ers for a social hour or two, with libations and food of your choice.
Check out their web site at http://www.ventanoitalian.com/
There's a "menu" click that's worth looking at.
For more info, contact Todd Trimble at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GAMBLER'S RALLY
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.
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.
May 17: Third Thursday Social
This month's Third Thursday Social promises to be unique. If you have a painting frock, get it out and bring it to Pinot's Palette Paint & Sip Studio in Town Square. Plan to arrive at 6:00 pm and spend $39/pp and join your fellow LVR members for an upscale painting and wine experience.
July 20 -29: Glacier Park Tour; The LVR summer Multi-day driving trip.
This event is currently being restructured to conform to PCA National rules and guidelines. Updated details will be provided as soon as available.
This event for the Las Vegas Region PCA will take you on an epic adventure through the mountains of Idaho, Montana & Wyoming. Each day you'll be driving roughly 300 miles of the best roads in the country. You will experience stunning vistas, switchbacks, sweeping canyons and more. Routes have been pre-driven and approved! Lodging has been carefully selected to provide a relaxing end to each day's excitement. A sports car (all makes and models welcome) and camera are strongly recommended for this tour.
Three nights will be very near Glacier National Park, so that we have two full days to explore the park. No dirt or gravel roads are planned for this tour.
HOTEL REGISTRATION: You will be responsible for making your own hotel registrations. A list of several recommended hotels will be made available once the revised plan is solidified.
Tour start location is Missoula, Montana; you will need to be in Missoula Sunday, 22 July 2018. Day 1 of driving will begin the morning of 23 July.
Beginning of tour: July 20-22 Las Vegas to Missoula, MT
Day 1 July 23 - Missoula, MT to Worley, ID
Day 2 July 24 - Worley, ID to Kalispell, MT
Day 3 July 25 - Kalispell, MT to East Glacier Park Village, MT - Glacier National Park
Day 4 July 26 - Glacier National Park - Return to East Glacier Park Village, MT
Day 5 July 27 - East Glacier Park Village to Bozeman, MT
Day 6 July 28 - Bozeman, MT to Cody, WY
Conclusion of tour: July 29 ff: Cody, WY to Las Vegas (or wherever home may be).
We look forward to driving with you!
Registration will be done through Motorsports reg.com. Registration dates, tour details, and contact information will appear in an upcoming Newsletter.
August 2 - 6 (Thursday-Monday): State Park Expedition Grande Finale
This is going to be a 5-day trip, one day up, one day back, and 3 days of visiting 2 parks each day. Certainly a full schedule. The plan is to depart LV on Thursday Aug 2 and return on Monday August 6. I anticipate we will stay in the Carson City area. We will provide more information and complete descriptions of the planned visits in the coming months. In the meantime, mark your calendar for the first
Continuing Event (On and On and On . . . . .
Las Vegas Region, Porsche Club of America SPELLING BEE CONTEST
The goal in this contest is to have a photograph of the entrant's Porsche positioned so that the checkpoint identifier and the Porsche license are in the frame of the photograph.
SEND DIGITAL entries to John Burrows - email@example.com. Use subject "Spelling Bee".
SEND PRINTED entries to: John Burrows, 5565 North Campbell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89149.
Before We Go . . . 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).