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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 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.
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: I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates, but I digress . . .
Notices from the Board:
New members - The Las Vegas Region welcomes these new members to our club and look forward to seeing them at an upcoming event:
Phong Nguyan, 2015 Cayman GTS
Christopher Moeller, 1990 928 S4 (Transfer from Hill Country Region)
Now . . . . on to the Coming (or just happened) Events
The Las Vegas Region of the Sports Car Club of America (LVRSCCA) has invited the Las Vegas PCA members to join them in their Autocross series.
Schedule: There are five events remaining in the 2018 series:
Time: All the events start at 7am and end at 4pm.
Registration: Go to https://www.motorsportreg.com and click on the event you wish to register for.
Cost: $45.00 per event, plus a $20.00 fee for a weekend membership in the SCCA (which can be applied the annual membership fee).
Helmets are required (Snell 2010 or newer) or can be rented for $500 at the event. Cars are required to go through a tech inspection
For more information, the SCCA website is: https://www.lvrscca.org or you can contact them via email: email@example.com
Information for first time autocrossers: SCCA Solo Quick Guide
August 2 - 6 (Thursday-Monday): State Park Expedition Grande Finale was a hoot and the entire three-year trek was just awesome.
Nevada, like many other states and the Federal Government, has a Passport Program for encouraging tourists and residents to visit their state parks. Nevada's Passport Program offers a one-year State Park pass to those who visit 15 of the 21 parks in the Passport. In 2016, the Supreme Exalted and Ruling Council Headmaster (the SEARCH guy) decided to lead all interested parties on an odyssey to visit all of the Nevada State Parks. After three years, THE GREAT NEVADA STATE PARK EXPEDITION has achieved its goal.
In 2016, we focused on Southern Nevada, the Caliente and Ely areas and undertook three separate trips, visiting 12 parks. In Southern Nevada we visited Valley of Fire SP, Big Bend of Colorado State Recreation Area, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort SP and Spring Mountain Ranch SP. Most of our members are familiar with Valley of Fire and its beautiful rock formations. The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is right in downtown Las Vegas and offers interesting insight into the origins of our city. Spring Mountain Ranch, located in Red Rock Canyon, has a colorful history having once been owned by Howard Hughes. Certainly worth spending a few hours there enjoying the house, lake and easy hiking trails.
On one of the Club's trips to Tonopah for a night at the historical Mizpah Hotel, some members joined us to visit Berlin-Ichthyosaur SP. This incredible park is the most isolated of those we visited, yet one of the most interesting. We headed 80 miles north of Tonopah and turned right (East) at Luning went another 52 miles to the park entrance.
The Berlin half of the park is a well-preserved mining ghost town with numerous buildings and an abundance of ore processing equipment still in place, albeit a bit rusty and decrepit. When we arrived, the Ranger wanted to know if we were planning on taking our Porsches up to the Ichthyosaur fossil bed. When we said "of course!" he said he was not sure we could make it as it was a fairly steep dirt road. When we met him up there for our tour he was surprised we were all there with huge smiles on our faces. We had made another believer in Porsches.
The Ichthyosaur (or Ichthy) was a porpoise like mammal that lived 50-250 million years ago (just before the birth of Ed Pasini) at a time when the current 7,000 foot elevation site was a seabed. Ichthy's were up to 60 ft long, weighing 30 tons and, for still unknown reasons, nine of them died at this specific site (the rest, swam away to extinction somewhere further west). This SP site is really fascinating and beyond awesome . . . it sits on a hillside overlooking a valley. We all stood still and remained quiet for a few minutes. The silence was deafening as we watched a small herd of Pronghorn Antelope lope across the valley floor. Not surprisingly, the Ranger at this park, who has been there for years, never wants to relocate. He enjoys the isolation and solitude.
Next on the expedition calendar was the Caliente area offering five State Parks to visit. John Burrows and I (the Search guy) did a reconnaissance run to the area and had a nice conversation with an NHP officer. Just north of Coyote Springs I saw an oncoming vehicle and wondered if it might be NHP . . . RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP. My electronic information gathering device (EIGD) confirmed it was indeed an NHP vehicle. Apparently, he was upset that my cruise was set at 83 MPH. We dutifully pulled over and waited for him to catch up. After providing the required documents, he asked where we were going and why. We explained and then he asked me when was the last time I had been pulled over, I replied "1983" and he burst out laughing. John and I looked at each other and were not sure why he was laughing. He returned my documents, asked me to promise to slow down and advised me to lower my EIGD on the windshield as where it was located could be interpreted as blocking my forward vision. I complied with both of his requests and we continued on, with the cruise set at 82 MPH!!
I believe most of our adventurers enjoyed Kershaw-Ryan SP the most. Located just outside of Caliente it reminded people of a cool, relaxing grotto. It has camping sites, a small pond and lush greenery. In fact, we stopped there on our way to visit parks in Ely and had a picnic lunch.
In addition to Kershaw-Ryan the Caliente area offers Cathedral Gorge SP, Beaver Dam SP, Echo Canyon SP and Spring Valley SP. Cathedral Gorge is a unique park as it has slot canyons. Well worth seeing. Beaver Dam was a huge disappointment. After driving 29 miles on a dirt road we discovered that there is no dam, just lots of fairly difficult hiking trails. So, we turned around and drove 29 miles back to civilization.
Echo Canyon and Spring Valley SP's are quite nice offering boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching and picnicking. The day we reconnoitered the area it had rained quite hard and the road to Spring Valley was potholes and mud. By the time we reached the Ranger Station it was hard to tell my 911 Carrera S was Ruby Red Metallic. The mud had built up so much that the wheel wells were packed tight. When we arrived, the Ranger came out and said "We don't get many Porsches up here, particularly in this kind of weather". We explained we were going to return with a much larger group later in the fall, I doubt that he believed us. When we returned with 5-6 cars, he came out and welcomed us back. Of course, he wanted photos of all the cars which we were glad to stage for him.
(A note from the SEARCH guy about the Park Rangers: In every park we visited we made it a point to chat with the Rangers. Not only were they glad we drove our Porsches and planned to visit all the parks, they gave us private tours in some parks, happily provided history of the park and surrounding areas, and could not have been nicer to us. These men and women are real assets to our State.)
2016 also saw us visit Ward Charcoal Oven SP and Cave Lake SP in the Ely area. Ely is 250 north of Las Vegas and at an altitude of over 6,000 feet. Cave lake is a beautiful spot for fishing and picnicking. It freezes over in the winter to provide ice fishing (I may go back this winter and see if I can catch and ice cube or two). Ward Charcoal Oven SP requires 8-10 miles of dirt road driving. The dust was absolutely blinding to those following me. Being the tour leader does have a perk or two! The park features six beehive shaped ovens crafted by Italian workers to produce charcoal used in the smelting of ore from the nearby silver mines.
Upon leaving the Charcoal Oven SP we stopped at a "Trading Post" at the behest of the wives. Not sure I would call it a Trading Post but it sure had a ton of "stuff" that we could trade our cash or credit for. I believe we spent over an hour there.
This particular trip we could not seem to get away from freshly oiled pavement. We ran into it on US 50 coming into Ely, on NV 6 departing Ely and on NV 318 between Lund and Hiko. Fortunately, no one's beautiful Porsche suffered any damage.
In 2017 we only visited two parks, Wild Horse Recreation Area and South Fork Recreation Area in the Elko area, about 425 miles north of Las Vegas. Wild Horse Recreation Area is a large reservoir with great fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing. When we visited, the water was flowing over the dam's spillway for the first time in 10 years (apparently any drought in this area is over). The mountains in the background were covered in snow, a truly beautiful sight. We saw a number of Pronghorn Antelope in the area. The Wild Horse Spa and Resort was the turnaround point for the Elko Twin 50 open road race. It is truly a "joint" in the finest sense of the word. They served a Hellfire Burger that was to die for. On non-race day visits it was a two-beer burger, but on race weekend we had to do with BBQ.
(Another note from the SEARCH guy: A "few" years back a notable incident in an Elko Twin 50 Open Road Race occurred just as a beautiful Ford GT 40 replica crested a rise onto the ½ mile straightaway leading to the mid-point finish line. His navigator asked him "What is that in the road?". It turned out to be a cow standing right on the centerline facing away from the oncoming GT. The GT was in the 150 MPH class so stopping before the cow was out of the question. He braked hard, REAL HARD, and as he approached the cow he moved to the far left side of the road, slipped in his clutch to reduce engine noise and safely cruised by the cow. The race was immediately red-flagged and the cow herded off the course by the local cowboys. Once the cow was cleared off the highway and safely behind the fencing, the race resumed. True story. My brother and I were approximately 4-5 cars ahead of the Ford GT and never saw the cow, thank goodness!!)
South Fork is a man-made reservoir for fishing and boating. While in the area we took advantage of traversing the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Drive. Located in the beautiful Ruby Mountains this drive is like going into the Canadian Rockies. We drove up to an altitude of 8,400 feet where we promptly had a snowball fight. We observed waterfalls, a beaver dam and lots of incredible views. Absolutely every Nevadan should visit this area.
We began the Final Trek for the Great Nevada State Park Expedition this month. We headquartered in Carson City, our State's Capital. We visited 6 parks - - - Lahontan State Recreation Area, Dayton SP, Ft. Churchill State Historic Park, Mormon Station State Historic Park, Washoe Lake SP and Lake Tahoe Nevada SP. Sadly this trip was hampered by the numerous forest fires in our neighbor, California. At times one could smell and taste the smoke. Visibility was noticeably impacted (ed. note: the smoke from the Northern California fires is also hampering visibility as far east as Minnesota. But it also provides for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.) Washoe Lake SP is just a few miles outside of Carson City. It is really full right now due to very heavy rains recently. It has a large wetlands area for bird watching as well as boating, hiking, fishing and swimming. The Ranger was delighted to see us and said we were the first Nevadans for which she had the pleasure of providing our 12 month State Park pass for having visited at least 15 State Parks. All four cars qualified!!!
Lake Tahoe is the crown jewel of the entire State Park System. We stopped at the Sand Harbor area of the Lake Tahoe SP. It has a crescent shaped beach about 3/8 mile long, crystal clear water, visitors' center, café, short hiking trails and an amphitheater for concerts. It is a gorgeous spot but very popular and crowded. By 9:00am, the parking lot was full.
We visited Lahontan Recreation Area on our way up to Carson City and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. Lahontan is a large reservoir with nice beaches, loads of shaded picnic tables, and just a pleasant spot to relax. Dayton SP was a mystery to us as to why it was a state park. It is 25 yards from Hwy US 50, has a few camping sites and that is it.
Fort Churchill and Mormon Station allow for learning a great deal about our state's history. Mormon Station is located in Genoa and was one of the first settlements in Nevada. The best meal we had on the entire trip as at the Pink House in Genoa, a small deli with incredible sandwiches, soups and desserts!!
Having gotten done early on Saturday we decided to visit Virginia City, BIG MISTAKE!! Little did we know that prior to Hot August Nights in Reno, which was the weekend after we toured, Virginia City has a pre-Hot August Nights car show the day we elected to stop by. We had planned to have lunch, visit some of the tourist traps, etc. We finally found a place to park our cars, walked ½ mile to the car show, fought our way through the mobs and concluded it would take two hours to get lunch with the crowds that were already lined up at every restaurant. We hiked back to the cars and drove to Carson City for a gourmet meal at a Burger King.
All-in-all, this adventure was a lot of fun and quite educational about our great state. We made 6-7 individual trips totaling something nearly 3,000 miles. I would like to thank the members who participated in nearly all, if not all of the trips, John & Nita Burrows, Mike & Virg Rockelman, Richard & Anne Viktora, and John Peterson. A special thanks to Doug & Jan Pierce who helped launch this odyssey and for the invaluable information they provided on their reconnaissance trip to the Carson City area.
Here's a look back at our three-year meander around the state:
August 5: IMSA at Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI)
Wright for Road America
Porsche Customer Wins IMSA GTD
Factory GT Team Finishes Fourth.
Porsche Motorsports Press Release
Tuesday, August 11
Wright Motorsports secured the first GTD class win of 2018 for the Porsche 911 GT3 R at round eight of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Sunday, August 5. The customer program, with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark), celebrated its first victory from the class pole position. The Porsche GT Team challenged throughout the two-hour, 40-minute event with its pair of factory 911 RSRs, eventually closing the race at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America in fourth and fifth-place in the all-factory GTLM class.
Long and Nielsen put in a flawless drive in their Porsche 911 GT3 R. The pair had already posted pole position during Saturday's qualifying on the 4.048-mile circuit. With an immaculate drive on Sunday, they achieved their maiden victory in the highly competitive class. This marks the 542nd Porsche win in the 49-year history of IMSA. Competing for Park Place Motorsports, Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California) and Porsche factory driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) were eliminated from contention after being pushed wide on course and making race-ending contact with the wall.
September 27 - 30: Rennsport Reunion VI
The four-day "family reunion" takes place September 27-30 at legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California. Posters for past Rennsport Reunions quickly became collector's items.
Nearly 60,000 people came to Laguna Seca for the previous Rennsport Reunion in 2015. It is the world's largest gathering of vintage and contemporary Porsche race cars, those who have driven and engineered them, and fans. Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion VI will again feature the widest variety of historic racing models in competition as Porsche celebrates the 70th anniversary this year of its first sports car.
This year's event will honor the full pantheon of Porsche motorsport champions, and the poster depicts three of the most significant players: the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring-winning Type 718 RS 60, the first overall endurance race winner from Porsche; the 2008 RS Spyder which famously punched above its weight by winning races overall in the American Le Mans Series in the Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) class; and the 959 Group B rally car, which after winning the grueling 6,200 mile Paris-Dakar off-road rally in 1986 went on to become the world's fastest production street-legal road car.
September 29-30: RennRun 2018
Not going to Monterey for Rennsport Reunion VI?. Well, we have an alternative for you. RennRun is a gathering of 996 enthusiasts from across the Nation, as well as a weekend to celebrate the car we love - the Porsche 911. We welcome all Porsche cars to share the road with us and take an opportunity to get to know the first water-cooled 911. The event is free to attend, we will be kicking off at the Cars & Coffee show at SpeedVegas on the 29th, and we will be starting bright and early at Cars und Kaffee at Vesta Coffee on the 30th. Group drives, activities, and group meals listed below will be optional, at participant's cost. This is not a PCA or local region sanctioned event. We won't put numbers and stickers on our cars, or anything like that. It will just be a chance for Porsches and friends old, and new, to meet up.
The event is being planned by members of www.996Outpost.com, with the help of members of www.Rennlist.com, so it is largely social in nature. It's an opportunity for Porsche fans that are used to communicating long-distance to get together and chat face-to-face for a change. Suffice it to say, it's difficult to leave the RennRun without making a lot of new friends!
Want more information? Contact Adam Martin at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit: www.996Outpost.com.
Ready to sign up? The RSVP page is here: http://evite.me/aXjZ93tanG
Here is a detailed schedule of activities.
(editors note: This is a non-LVRPCA, pay-as-you-go event. Nonetheless, it is hosted by and for Porsche enthusiasts of all persuasions and well worth looking into.)
October 1 - 3: No Frills, Tri-State (NV, AZ, & UT), Fall Fling
The No Frills Bottom Buster Motoring Tour (BBMT) will hold a Tri State Tour, October 1-3 (Monday to Wednesday). The tour will start and finish in Las Vegas. In No Frills tradition you will be expected to make your own arrangements for accommodations.
NO FRILLS TRI-STATE / FALL FLING
A BBMT BONUS EVENT
Here are probably more details than you were expecting. But it will be fall, the leaves will be turning, the temps will have moderated, and the urge to get out and drive will be strong:
October 1 - 3, 2018
1,000 miles - - - Las Vegas to Las Vegas
October 1, 2018, 7:30am
Iron Skillet. 6595 N. Hollywood Blvd.(Petro Truck Stop)
Where we are going:
The Fabulous Red Rock Country of Arizona and Utah.
What we will see (the links below are NOT active. To view the video or website of any of these sights, inns, eateries, and the like please copy the blue text and paste it into your browser)
Kiva Koffeehouse / Escalante UT
Natural Bridges National Monument
Moki Dugway Road
Mexican Hat (not Sombrero)
Monument Valley (no off-roading)
Glen Canyon Dam (not to be confused with Glen Campbell)
Horseshoe Bend (ever seen a straight one?)
Las Vegas. Since Las Vegas has so many hotels to offer, there is no pre- or post-event hotel designated. If you need a local spot to stay, Mr. No Frills suggests:
Aliante Casino & Hotel at 7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89084
Along the way suggestions:
October 1: Broken Spur UT
October 2: Best Western at Lake Powell Page AZ
Bryce Canyon Pines at Bryce Canyon
Café Diablo at Torrey, UT
***(RESERVATION REQUIRED, need head count)***
Olde Bridge Grill Café at Mexican Hat, AZ
Dam Bar & Grill at Page, AZ
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Jacob Lake Inn Restaurant at Jacob Lake
***This is as close as we will get to a frill!***
These are suggested eateries. They are small establishments. Depending on the number of attendees, we will try to stagger our group lunches so as not to overwhelm them.
Closing thoughts❖ This is a fun event.
❖ We have three days to cover the route so there is time to stop for pictures, coffee
or just to enjoy the scenery. The route includes many interesting and scenic roads.
We will be traveling through one of America's premier vacation areas.
❖ There will be the usual number of motor homes and trailers.
Practice safe courteous driving and share the road.
❖ No frills means:
* You make your own reservations.
* Stay where you want to stay.
* See what you want to see.
* Eat what you want to eat.
* Have a good time and enjoy the camaraderie -- That is your responsibility.
REMEMBER THIS IS A TOUR NOT A CONTEST OF SPEED
THIS WILL NOT BE A PCA EVENT and IT WILL BE DURING THE WEEK NOT ON THE WEEKEND.
For advance details contact Ed Pasini: email@example.com
October 12 - 14: Diamond Back Grand Tour
A classic Car Rally that takes 964s and 993s. After participating in these events every year, the folks at Road Tour Ventures put one on that takes your car (as long as it's a 1998 and older)!
The cost is $349 for the car and driver and $75 per passenger.
THIS WILL NOT BE A PCA EVENT
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 . . . Meet The 1970 Porsche Tapiro, A Concept Car That Met a Violent Death
It's Hard to Believe There's a 914 Under All That Exotic Sheetmetal
© Auto Week, August 22, 2017, Zac Palmer - Editorial Intern
There's a good chance you've never heard of the mid-engine 1970 Porsche Tapiro concept, a one-off Volkswagen/Porsche exercise designed by Giorgetto Giuigaro built on a 914-6 chassis for the Turin Motor Show in 1970.
The Porsche Tapiro is named after the Tapir, a dog-size, hoofed mammal
that typically keeps its nose close to the ground. PHOTO BY ITALDESIGN
The design is a clear departure from what other Porsches looked like at the time, and it resembled a lot of the wedge-shaped, sharp-edged sports cars that came after it (e.g., BMW M1). Behind the driver sat a heavily modified 2.4-liter H6 engine claimed to make 220 hp at 7,800 rpm. Of course, the "supercar" had rear-wheel drive, but what happened after it was shown in Turin and the Los Angeles Imported Automobile and Sports Car Show in 1971 is where things get a little murky.
It looks a bit like an Alfa Romeo Iguana or even a DeLorean.
PHOTO BY ITALDESIGN
An unnamed Spanish industrialist bought the car shortly after the LA show and ended up using it as his daily driver for quite a while. Following that, accounts begin to diverge. One rumor describes the car as being the victim of a terrorist attack -- protesters against the owner's labor policies blew it up with a bomb. Another source says the car was in a terrible accident and proceeded to burn to a crisp after that.
However, it happened, there's no doubt the Tapiro faced a cruel end, and it still hasn't been restored -- it sits in its burned state inside the Italdesign Museum to this day.
Here's what the Porsche Tapiro looked like after going through its fiery death.
PHOTO BY ITALDESIGN
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Signs from a Seattle gas station with a sense of humor:
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).