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 in the body 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.
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Summer is coming and with it temps in triple digits! But that just means upcoming events that take us to cooler climes are more enticing. I love our local events, but I am a "snowbird" and not around to enjoy them in the summer. While I miss the camaraderie of our members, those events that require some effort and planning to get to are often the most rewarding. Face it, we own cars we love to drive, so let's get out and drive them as much as possible!
For example, Jay Healey recently enjoyed some scenic views in Custer National Forest, in the south central part of Montana.
He shot this picture:
and discovered the scenic view 800 feet down the road was truly stunning:
The premier competitive Porsche Club event is just a month away at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Best of all it's a challenging two- or comfortable three-day drive from Vegas. Registration is still open, but space is limited, so if you are interested don't delay in registering for the event and lodging. Information on registration and activities appears below.
The other premier national Porsche event is Treffen and takes place twice a year. A Treffen is a social event, there are no competitions, just lots of driving, socializing, and eating. Treffen Tamaya in New Mexico found many LVR members having a great time. Before we know it, Summer will be on the way out and the Fall Treffen will be happening September 12-15. This time in beautiful Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Dust off your passport and plan for a three-day drive north to one of the most beautiful spots in North America. Registration is not yet open for this, but we will let you know as soon as it is available as this event is expected to sell out fast,
Not quite feeling like a drive clear to Canada? How about how about a short jaunt to Flagstaff this coming weekend? Rallymeister Tamula Kahle and husband Scott Hatcher have arranged for a multi-tour and gimmick rally weekend June 8 -11. Book now as it's this coming weekend! Right after that, you can head up to Mammoth Lakes, California for their annual High Alpine Tour - it is beautiful.
After a busy April and May, the summer promises to have something for everybody.
If you have any pictures, articles, descriptions of a recent drive, or any information that may be of interest to our members, please submit them to Jim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org before Noon on the Friday preceding the first or third Sunday of the month for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter.
Notices from the Board:
Eveline McCue, 2010 Panamera S
Matthew Wardlow, 1983 911 SC
Amy Mildred, 2018 Macan GTS
Ryan Arnold, 2018 Cayman GTS
Armen Akopian, 2018 Cayman S
Trey Delap, 2018 Macan S
Vance Christensen, 1978 911 SC
We are actively working on our plan to update all of our communication media for our region --- our website, facebook page, newsletter and other informational campaigns . While we think we are creative, there exists a real possibility that there are people out there who may have some great ideas or have seen other websites that really grab ones attention and drive people to explore it. And, in our case, there cannot be too many ideas on what we can do to make our communications better. So we are seeking ideas and suggestions from our members on how to improve the site. Our goal is to have an integrated site where all information can be accessed seamlessly across the various media.
If, in the course of your ventures on the web, you see a website (whether it is an automotive site or not) that you particularly like, or a feature, layout, menu, picture gallery on a website that seems particularly good, please copy and paste the URL (website address) into an email and send it to our website design committee members at:
Alex Harbison - email@example.com
Michael Dugan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Smith - email@example.com
We look forward to your input.
Our Facebook page is LVRPCA Facebook
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
June 8 - 11 (Friday-Monday- that's this weekend folks): Northern Arizona Scenic Tours and Gimmick Rally in and around Flagstaff Arizona. Last Chance!
These Tours (ed. note: yes . . . tours) and Gimmick Rally will be centered around Flagstaff, Prescott and the scenic mountains of northern Arizona. This will be a perfect time to escape from the summer heat of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson to the cool lush pines at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Las Vegas Region has invited the three PCA Arizona Regions to these Tours and Gimmick Rally. We would like to extend the invitation to PCA members from all regions to join in the fun!
Hotel registration and costs will be by the individuals. You need to make your reservations early, as Flagstaff hotels book quickly in the summer. We have a few suggestions for hotels; however, the main hotel will be Little America in Flagstaff, Arizona. Some suggested hotels include:
Meals included are lunch and dinner on Saturday only. The remainder of the meals and drinks are on your own.
June 9 (Saturday 11am to 3pm): Can't make it to Flagstaff?
Porsche is Turning 70 and Gaudin is celebrating the event.
Please let the folks at Gaudin know if you plan to attend: RSVP@GaudinPorscheLV.com
May 12-13: DE at Spring Mountain
We had 88 drivers on Saturday and 65 on Sunday. The weather was a perfect 79 degrees and sunny with an occasional light breeze. Twelve who were completely new to the racetrack received classroom, skid pad, and personal on-track instruction.
Many non-Student drivers requested instruction as well which made for an extremely educational event and busy time for our instructors. But there efforts were successful as we there were many happy drivers beaming about the improvements they made.
The cars ranged from a 914 and 944 to all types of 911's including a big group of GT3's, Boxsters, Caymans and GT4's, and a Lamborghini Gallardo. Several of our friends from the Corvette Club of San Diego joined us again which added to the fun.
June 15 - 17 (Friday-Sunday): The High Altitude Porsche Tour
Formerly known at the Mammoth High-Alpine Tour, this year will be as spectacular as in previous years and you can "Choose Your Own Adventure" for a Scenic High Alpine Road Tour in the Eastern Sierras.
Enjoy great drives, spectacular scenery, and luxurious accommodations-all while catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and connecting with like-minded Porsche enthusiasts. Experience some of the world's most awesome views and amazing creations with some of the world's finest cars.
Planning to attend? Click on each link below to learn more:
To satisfy your Lufty Expectations check out the website at: Mammoth Tour 2018
July 8-14: Porsche Parade at Lake of the Ozarks
Conveniently located in the heart of Missouri, The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest's premier lake resort destination, offering world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing, and a wide variety of lodging, restaurants, state parks, and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste. Lake of the Ozarks vacations are defined by the Lake and its many waterfront accommodations, restaurants, recreational and entertainment venues.
Last chance to register is soon, so if planning to attend, click on the link below to see the activities, events, and to register.
August 2 - 6 (Thursday-Monday): State Park Expedition Grande Finale
After a brief hiatus, the Exalted Supreme Ruling Council Scribe has returned with an update highlighting the logistics of getting on the road to the parks up North.
Dayton State Park
Dayton State Park consists of 160 acres of typical Great Basin Desert topography, cottonwoods, sage and willows. At the foot of the Virginia Range, on the banks of the Carson River, the park is rich in picturesque beauty as well as gold and silver mining history.
Once a Paiute meeting place, Dayton was used as a fishing camp and a winter camp as it was sheltered from snows by the Sierra Nevada range. In 1849 gold was discovered by Abner Blackburn. Legend has it he used a frying pan and a hunting knife to pan for his gold. As this was not a rich gold strike, California's gold rush soon caused Abner and friends to move on.
Also, in 1849 Spafford Hall built a trading post to serve prospectors and emigrants and the area became known as Halls Station. After several name changes, in 1861 the town became known as Dayton, named after surveyor John Dayton.
Dayton was the Lyon county seat from 1861 to 1909. After a series of suspicious and frequent fires, Yerington became the county seat.
It was the discovery of silver in the Virginia City area that created the need for stamp mills to crush the rock to release the metal. The Carson River provided the water needed and in 1861 the first ore stamp crushing mill was built in Dayton. Eventually 21 mills were built. The Rock Point Mill, whose remains are located in the park, was one of the earliest large mills. The mills turned Dayton into a bustling mining town.
Fires in 1866 and again in 1870 wiped out most of the town. By 1900 the population had dropped to a mere 500 as the mining industry declined.
The Rock Point Mill was destroyed by fire in 1882 and again in 1909. It was eventually dismantled and relocated to Silver City in the 1920's.
The park was opened in the fall of 1979. In addition to remnants of the old Rock Point Mill the park offers hiking and camping.
We have received the PCA Liability Insurance Certificate.
Currently, we have 4 cars and 7 individuals who have signed up to participate in this adventure. We definitely have room for a few more to attend.
Remember our planned departure is Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 AM from the Cracked Egg, 5570 Painted Mirage Rd, LV. Take Ann Road exit off of US 95 and follow previously provided directions. Or better yet enter it into your navigation system of choice. On the way up we will have several stops including at Lahanton State Park. Expected arrival time at the hotel is 5-6 PM.
Come out and join us to see some beautiful parts of our state and to escape some of summer's heat.
If you have a two-way radio, bring it along. We will communicate on channel 2.
Once again, although you are welcome to stay at any hotel in or around Carson City, we are recommending The Hardman House Inn and Suites. It is centrally located in Carson City near city center and provides a free Continental Breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. It does not allow pets. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available.
While rated a 2 star establishment, its guests rate it 8.6/10.0 or 3.7/5.0 depending upon which site you book the room through. The address is:
Hardman House Inn and Suites
917 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701
Reservation Center 844-417-9397
Should this not be to your liking there are several national motel chains located nearby: Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Suites, Motel 6, etc.
Exalted Grand Supreme Ruling Council Scribe would like to remind all Las Vegas region members that information on all Nevada State parks is available at PARKS.NV.GOV.
Perusing this website can help you understand what we are planning to see during our August adventure.
Happy reading! As the date approaches for this weekend, I will re-review each of the parks. But it is highly recommended that you some research on your own using the above link from the Exalted Grand Supreme Ruling Council.
September 12-15: Treffen Banff
Drive, dine, and explore in Canada's Banff National Park during the upcoming Treffen North America. Registration opens June 13 at noon PDT. Visit the Treffen North America website (after June 13 at noon PDT) for details about driving tours and Navigator's Day Off excursions . . . Treffen Banff
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org. Use subject "Spelling Bee".
SEND PRINTED entries to: John Burrows, 5565 North Campbell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89149.
Before We Go . . . SIRIUSLY????
(Ed. note: This is a reprint of an article by Rich Sanders, Zone 9 rep which appeared in the May 2018 edition of Ramblings, the newsletter of the RoadRunner Region, Albuquerque, NM).
A PCA "Club Talk" e-mail thread from my former region (ed. note: the former region is Nord Stern in Minnesota, which is also my former region) recently hosted an exchange of opinions about the best music for driving. It really got me to thinking.
Looking out in the garage, I considered the connection of "music" to each vehicle. Let's see . . . the vintage 1960's British car has no radio. At least not one that works. Positive ground (they call it "earth") and transistors. No one to fix it. No way to buy a new one. No music. Not obvious why it is named "Triumph".
Next car, a topless Audi. Julie wants her 100+ Sirius channels so that she can listen to 6 of them. Good sound. Worth it.
Next car, the Cayenne. A cruiser with an awesome sound system. It, too, has Sirius satellite radio, and for the same reasons as the Audi. Gets 100+ stations, I typically listen to six pre-sets as well. But they are MY six, not hers.
Then there's the Cayman R. It actually came with a 2-month free subscription to Sirius. Siriusly??? Like many other Porsches, this one makes its own music - no radio required. Octaves of RPMs flowing out from under the glass right behind my head, connecting my ears to my hands, to my pedal feet and to the seat of my pants (so to speak). So, the Sirius subscription offer sat unused for years. Then last summer I had a string of about 8 weeks that included taking the Cayman to Spokane, then Banff, then to the PCA Club Race in Colorado. THAT seemed to be the perfect time to use the trial subscription and then decide whether to pull the trigger on the subscription for those 6 pricey stations. Hardly used the radio through the whole trial period. Passed on the subscription.
Then a few weeks ago, the Nord Stern region "club talk" thread got me to thinking about how certain commercial music can actually augment the driving experience in cars that already engage all of your senses. It's like going from 100% already, to a number that's WAY higher.
The tunes that I came up with -and for me there are only a dozen or two- seem to be connected with some very deep memory or a particular road trip. Tunes in my list come from rock, jazz, pop, and even opera. To illustrate, "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors is great for a rainy night drive. Golden Earring's "Radar Love" matches recalls an all-night drive (in an MG-B...with an Abarth exhaust). Pat Metheny's "Last Train Home" is perfect for getting anywhere fast. Sting's "Stolen Car" takes me back to commuting from Paris to Brussels at about 200 KPH. Pavarotti singing Nessum Dorma, just forces the driver to match the revs to the volume of the song itself. The last one is ticket bait for sure.
Anyway, as I'm about to head off in "Red Hot Chili" (the Cayman...not "Pepper", the Cayenne) for a road trip from Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs, I'm thinking about creating a custom play list on my trusty old iPod. Just plug it into the USB port and crank it up! Pandora? Spotify? Sirius????? I'll pass, thank you. But I'll definitely be "In the ZONE".
What's on YOUR playlist??? Go to the Zone 9 Facebook page and join the thread!!!
Zone 9 Rep
Another Minnesota car club, the North Star Chapter of BMWCCA, creates a playlist and burns it to a CD for each participant in each of their drives. This seems like a great idea for the LVR region to piggy-back on: We have drives to Overton for breakfast, to Mt. Charleston to escape the heat of summer, locl and distant gimmick rallies and tours, caravans to national events like Treffen and Parade, as well as our custom tours to Nevada State Parks, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and the like. What better way to enjoy the open road than with a custom playlist? Send me your favorites and I will get them compiled and burned to a CD for an upcoming drive. To get the ball rolling here are some of my favorite road songs:
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Radar Love - Golden Earring
American Pie - Don McLean
Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner
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Sign that the end of the automotive world is near:
LAS VEGAS REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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).