March 2009 NorWester - Olympic Peninsula Region



March 2009 NorWester - Olympic Peninsula Region
VOL. 9, NO.2
The newsletter
newsletter of
of the
the Olympic
Olympic Peninsula
Peninsula Region
Porsche Club
Club of
of America
March/April 2009
Issue Features…..
Volume 9, No. 2
President’s Message
Technology on the Road
Member Spotlight
Track & Racing Info
Goodie Store
Event Calendar
March/April 2009
In This Issue
Special Recognition……...
Board M embers & Chairs
Region at a Glance……………..
From the President & Editor………………...
Board M eeting M inutes…………...
Technology on the Road…………………...
M ember Spotlight……………...
Car Shows………………..
Racing & Track Info………..
Goodie Store Order Forms…………
New M embers & Auto Platz……………..
Calendar of Events………
Nor’Wester Newsletter
Nor’Wes ter is the offi cial newsletter of the Olympic Peninsula Region of
the Porsche Club of America and is published bimonthly. Opinions
expressed are those o f the authors and do not necess arily constitute
opinions of the Porsche Club of America, Olympic Peninsula Region, the
Board o f Directors or the Nor’Wester Editor. Articles and photographs by
OPR members are encourag ed and should be submitted to the Nor’Wester
Editor, Gloria Mellon ([email protected]) no later than the 15th o f
the month prior to publication.
Classifieds (50 words or less) are free for OPR & PCA members, must be
Porsche relat ed and typically run fo r two months. Please send submissions
to The Nor’Wester Editor. $15 for non-PCA members.
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advance. Rates will be pro-rated based on the rem aining newsletter issues.
Checks should be made payable to “ OPR-PCA” and given to Robert
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any business owners that may be interested. If you know any potential
advertisers that you think would place an ad in the newsletter, contact the
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This month’s recognition goes to M aryann &
Bill Elwell. Those two are the hardest working and most devoted people alive. They
helped to create the region and continue, year
after year, to be involved with our Olympic
Peninsula Region. They are always giving of
themselves tirelessly.
Bill has been the Web M aster since the
inception of the charter in October 2003,
I mean the whole five years. He has been
writing “Technology on the Road” for at
least three years and always steps up to fill in
with articles for the Nor’Wester when
nobody else will. He has arranged, hosted
and written about many tech sessions and
also his share of tours. Each year he has
been the emcee of the annual holiday party,
somewhat of a lanky Santa Claus, in a dress
suit, calling out the numbers and explaining
each time ever so patiently how the system
works. He’s always incredibly entertaining.
As for Maryann, I don’t know how many of
you know this, but she is the affiliate club
member of the family. She has held the
treasurer’s position, secretary’s position, she
co-edited the newsletter one year, and of
course, she was the president for the last two
years. And now she is holding down the
position as the event chair. She is the
epitome of generosity when it comes to
giving her time to this club. She is always
stepping up to the plate to pick up where
others have left off or when there is nobody
able to volunteer for an event or tour. She
works with her whole heart and you can see
it in everything she does.
All I can say is, keep doing what you’re
doing and know that you are both assets to
the Olympic Peninsula Region and we all
thank you for your commitment to this Club!
OPR Website can be viewed at Articles,
photos, and classified ads are gladly accepted by the Webmaster, Dino
Davis [email protected]
On the Cover:
Grant Wolfkill’s 2006 911S at his house near Shelton, WA
Volume 9, No. 2
March/April 2009
Committee Chairs
2009 Board of Directors
Membership: Gloria M ellon
[email protected]
President: John James
[email protected]
S ocial/Event: M aryann Elwell
[email protected]
Webmaster: Dino Davis
[email protected]
Vice President: Brooks Hanford
[email protected]
Newsletter: Gloria M ellon
[email protected]
Secretary: Barbara Hanford
[email protected]
Publisher: John Keller
[email protected]
Advertising: Patrick M itchell
[email protected]
Treasure r: Robert Becken
[email protected]
Goodie S tore: John Wyman
[email protected]
Technical: Randy Baisden
[email protected]
Past President: Maryann Elwell
[email protected]
S peed Event: Jeff Smith
[email protected]
Member at Large: Keith Mellon
[email protected]
Get Your Personalized
OPR-PCA Nametag!
If you do not have an Olympic
Peninsula name tag and would
like to order one, the cost is $15
each. Just provide your check
made out to “OPR-PCA” along
with your name and Porsche
model to Bob Becken at Olympic
Peninsula Region Porsche Club,
P.O. Box 3572, Silverdale, WA
PCA Zone 6 Rep: Dave Cooley
[email protected]
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Charity Car Show
Cruiser’s Car Show
Narrows Car Show
5th Annive rsary Cele bration
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March/April 2009
John James
Greetings! As you receive this Newsletter, all of us will be chomping at the bit, tuning up our motors,
changing the oil----don't forget to check those tire pressures, polishing our Porsches (or hiring Jeff Smith
to do the hard stuff) and getting ready to hit the road with the Ol ympic Peninsula Region/PCA for tours,
car shows, dinners and just plain fun! A great schedule of events has been put together by your Board,
Chairpersons and especially our club's Social Chair, Maryann Elwell. Also, don't forget to take
advantage of our Sister Region's activities at PNWR, Oregon, or the Inland Region based in Spokane.
I have been a PCA member since 1979 (Our Country's President was a peanut farmer!) and have
enjoyed many different types of e vents. In the early days it was driver ed events and autocross, today I
enjoy the tours, dinners and technical sessions. The point being, there is some activity for eve ryone in
the club to enjoy! In fact, one could be busy just about every weekend and even during the week
IF YOU CHOOSE! That's the great part of our club, you get to pick and select those events most
appealing to you and, if applicable, your significant other or your kids. Want to visit a great town, join us
in the Fall for the Leavenworth Oktoberfest tour, want to test your dri ving skills, take in an a utocross
at Bremerton Airport, want to share your pride and joy Porsche with others, join us for one of a dozen
or so car shows.
Your Board of Directors, Officers and chairpersons look forward to seeing you out there!
Speaking of chairpersons, I want to share with all the members, two recently initiated chair positions
within OPR. Our past president, Randy Baisden, has agreed to be our Technical Chairman and Jeff
Smith our Speed Event Coordinator. Having a problem with your Porsche? Contact Randy. He has a
long history with our marque and hundreds of contacts in our hobby. If he does not have the answer, he
can direct you to someone with expertise on your model Porsche from 914's to turbos.
Interested in autocross, Porsche Club Racing, vintage racing or any speed oriented event, contact Jeff
Smith. Jeff is an experienced autocrosser and will be running a 944 in a new Pacific NorthWest 944
racing series this year. Both Jeff and Randy can be contacted at the e-mail addresses on page 3.
Remember, OPR is your club, come on out and enjoy your Porsche and meet some really nice folks at
the same time!
Best regards, John James
Gloria Mellon
In this newsletter, as you read, I would like to ask you to think about what you get from the content of
the Nor’Wester. Do you like the split between the topics? Do you feel that it needs to have more on
the technical side of things, it is a car club magazine after all. Are you getting enough out of it as a
club member? Do you enjoy seeing the spotlights on our club members and should the focus remain
mostly on the personal stories of the membership? As a relatively small club, we are able to get to
know each other better. It is such a great opportunity that many bigger clubs do not have. I know my
tendency is to lean more towards getting to know people in the region, but now that the two chairman
have been added to the region’s list of volunteers, it will be possible to get some more technical
articles added to the array of information that can be put in the newsletter. If you feel you would like to
make a contribution to the success of the Nor’Wester, you are who I and the readers are looking for as
well. If you have any pictures of your car in a beautiful setting or on a tour, please email them to me
so that I may use them in future editions.
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Dave Cooley, Zone 6 Representative 2009
I just got back from Spokane where I met with the Region Preside nts from Zone 6 (the Pacific Northwest including
Canada). The fourteen of us had gathe re d to discuss and e xamine PCA matte rs, but we took time out to have a fine
time toge ther, make ne w friendships, and exchange an awareness that we share the finest natural setting on the
In August, the five Canadian regions will present a major destination e vent at the Sun Peaks ski are a near Kamloops,
BC. From whe re you are it's a short drive to a fe rry te rminal, a relaxing passage to the east side of the Sound, a
couple of hours to get across the border, thence about three hours into the Canadian mountains for se ve ral days of
rafting, hiking, gre at food, golf, and e scaping charging moose . And, of course , the re will be that crowd of incre dible
pe ople who make up PCA.
If that's not your cup of tea, you can wait for some of the same Canadians to dock at Port Angele s and lead them
around your peninsula. They're an energe tic bunch and you'll be glad you did. Conve rsely, you could roll your
favorite stee ds onto the same ferry and try the drive from Victoria to Port Hardy. It wouldn't e ven be hard to le t
them know you're coming and maybe inspire them to show you the best pit stops along the way. The golf course in
Port Hardy isn't half bad for a place that has wolf tracks in the sand traps.
Frankly, I've had it up to here with gas prices and the e conomy. Our season approaches, and it's time to get that oil
change d, the tires checke d, and calibrate the GPS. I have a factory ski rack on my elde rly 928, and snow tire s, so
maybe I'm a ste p ahead of you. The point is, of course, if you don't do it now, you'll be that much older when you do.
Ask Maryann Elwell how we 're going to share tours with othe r regions . . .
January 14, 2009
The meeting was called to order by President John James at 7pm at the Kitsap Way Family Pancake House in Bremerton. Minutes of the last meeting were approved. New
officers for 2009 were introduced: President John James, Vice President Brooks Hanford, Secretary Barbara Hanford, Treasurer Robert Becken, Member at Large Keith
Mellon, Past President Maryann Elwell.
Board Members Present: President John James, Vice President Brooks Hanford, Treasurer Robert Becken, Secretary Barbara Hanford, Member at Large Keith Mellon, Past
President Mary ann Elwell.
Members Present: Randy & Sandy Baisden, Jeff Smith, Ingrid Pay ne, Debbie & Alex Raphael, Dino & Christine Davis, John Wy man, Gloria Mellon, Bill Elwell, Tony
Imbarrato, Patrick Mitchell, Brett Burroughs, Douglas Duncan, and Jack Sutton.
President: John announced Region 6 will be holding next meeting February 20-22 in Spokane. Since he will be unavailable on that date he requested someone volunteer to
represent OPR at that meeting. Past President Maryann Elwell volunteered to serve as our representative at the meeting.
Vice President: Brooks had no report.
Secretar:y: Barbara Hanford no report.
Treasurer: Bob Becken and Jeff Smith are working on the transfer of financial paperwork from Jeff to Bob. December beginning balance was $2,727.14 with ending
balance of $2,872.05. All current bills have been paid. Balance as of 10am on January 14 was $854.12.
Member at Large: Keith had no report.
Membership Chair: Gloria Mellon reported membership is remaining about the same, 237 overall. 130 members and 107 affiliates. She asked for membership participation in recruiting new members for our Region.
Newsletter Editor: Gloria Mellon thanked previous editor Chris Poly ak and Publisher John Keller for their outstanding efforts in transitioning to the 24-page with color
format that we now publish. Members applauded Gloria for the exceptional edition of the January -February 2009 newsletter. It was suggested that we might add events from
other regions in addition to PNWR to encourage cross-promotion and attendance. Gloria asked members to contact her with ideas and photos for upcoming editions.
Newsletter will be mailed to all members who pay the $15 OPR annual subscription fee. This was approved by an e-mail vote of the Board.
Website: Bill Elwell introduced our new webmaster Dino Davis.
Social/Events Chair: Mary ann Elwell is new Chair. She will be updating our Calendar and providing assistance to individual chairs for events this y ear. Mary ann presented
a three-month advance calendar for Jan-March 2009.
Goodie Store: Jon Wyman continues as Chair. Order forms for items currently available are in the current OPR Newsletter. He welcomes suggestions for new items or
other comments.
Advertising: Chair, Patrick Mitchell, reported that some advertisers have downsized or dropped newsletter advertising for 2009. Economic issues seem to be a factor.
Mary ann moved, seconded by Bob B. that an e-mail go to members regarding advertising opportunities. Passed. It was also agreed that Patrick has authority to work out
contract details with advertisers. This will allow him to tailor ads and pay ment plans to fit their needs.
Holiday Party at Port Hadlock, Dec. 12, 2008: Barb & Brooks Hanford, Chairs. Patrick Mitchell reported that it was a very successful event (his full report in January
newsletter). Comments from other members expressed their satisfaction with the event. It was suggested that we return to The Inn at Port Hadlock for our 2009 Holiday
party . Food and lodging were excellent and well-priced. Staff was very supportive.
Other suggestions included holding on a Saturday , and having a short touring event in the afternoon.
Date suggested was Saturday , Dec. 19. Barb and Brooks agreed to chair again and will confirm the date before next meeting.
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Event Proposal: Bob Becken proposed a Car Show for Father’s Day , June 21, at Great Wolf Mountain Water Park at Ground Mound, south of Olympia. Lee King had a
preliminary talk with them and they are very interested in working with us. This could also be our Charity event with proceeds to Boy s & Girls Clubs. After some discussion, John asked Bob to follow-up on this event and report at next meeting.
John requested member input on possible LeMay Tour for 2009. Every one who had attended previously felt it was a worthwhile and popular event. A joint event with the
Glass Ody ssey Corvette Club was suggested. A tour including both sites was preferred. John reported that they may be breaking ground for their new facility and this might
affect availability . He will follow-up on this event.
Upcoming events are listed in the January newsletter, website , meeting handout and e-mails from Gloria Mellon. Contact Mary ann Elwell at 253-853-4003 for further
Upcoming meetings: A discussion of alternating meeting sites around the Region was held. For example, holding a Summer BBQ at MAX RPM , meeting on the west side
of the Hood Canal Bridge, and other Kitsap County locations.
In other new business, Maryann and Gloria reported that newsletter mailings should be going to all National officers, all Zone 6 Regions, etc. However, since this would be
very expensive, it was proposed and approved that the newsletter be e-mailed as PDF file to most of this list with some exceptions as the Editor selects.
President John James announced he will be filling the position of Technical Advisor/Driver Representative. This will be a joint position for Jeff Smith and Randy Baisden.
The meeting adjourned t 8:15pm
January 14, 2009
The meeting was called to order by Pres. John James at 7pm at Angel’s Homesty le Buffet in Bremerton. Minutes for Jan. 14, 2009 meeting were approved.
Board Members Present: President John James, Vice President Brooks Hanford, Treasurer Robert Becken, Secretary Barbara Hanford, Member at Large Keith Mellon,
Past President Mary ann Elwell.
Members Present: Gloria Mellon, Warren Stoner, Grace Stoner, Brian Forde, Douglas Duncan, Jon Wyman, Linda Wyman, Patrick Mitchell, Dino Davis.
President: John reminded members that he will be unable to attend the Region 6 President’s meeting in Spokane on Feb. 20-22. Past President Mary ann Elwell will represent OPR at the meeting.
Vice President: No Report
Secretary: No Report
Treasurer: Bob reported a current balance of $1,372.12. The audit for 2008 still needs to be done. Grace Stoner will chair and schedule meeting.
Member at Large: Keith pointed out that we have a small portion of our members pay ing newsletter assessment of $15 per y ear (instead of annual dues). He suggested
there might be other way s to create income to help cover cost of newsletters and event expenses. Several suggestions were made during discussion and the Board will
continue to explore options for increasing income.
Membership Chair: Gloria Mellon reported 233 members. 128 primary , 105 affiliates. She encouraged every one to work on recruitment of new members.
Newsletter Editor: Gloria Mellon set the weekend of February 20 for the next newsletter deadline. She requested that any one who has Club photos to send th em to her.
She needs to replace her extensive computer files which have vanished.
Website: Dino Davis is now running our site. To send him information mail to dinotdavis
Social Chair: Mary ann Elwell reviewed the February through May schedule and distributed to every one present.
The schedule will be available in detail in the newsletter and at the website. Postcards will also be mailed to all members on months between newsletters.
Goodie Store: Jon Wyman reported that there has been little activity from the newsletter order forms. Suggestions included pictures of items in newsletter and website.
Show samples at events as a way to gain interest and orders. Jon will continue to work marketing ideas for Goodie Store items.
Advertising: Patrick Mitchell is continuing to wor k on newsletter advertising but is finding it a difficult sell due to the current economic situation. Following a lengthy
discussion which provided new ideas and possible clients Patrick will continue to develop strategies to increase advertising.
Technical Chair: Randy Baisden absent
Speed Events Chair: Jeff Smith was absent
Bob Becken: Update on proposed car show for Father’s Day , June 21, at Great Wolf Water Park Resort, Grand Mound (south of Olympia). Based on 50 car entries, Great
Wolf would provide 2 water park passes per entry and a discount on rooms. Their charity is Boy s & Girls Clubs if we want to use as one of our charity events. Bob
suggested a $25 entry fee per car. If we decide to proceed with this event, we should set an early registration deadline to insure we have enough participants and perhaps
charge additional for late registrations. Bob will contact Great Wolf for additional details and report at March meeting.
John Ja mes: LeMay Tour with Glass Ody ssey Corvette Club proposed for September was approved depending on the museum’s building schedule. This could be an issue
since OPR has other activities planned for September.
2009 Charity Event: Cy stic Fibrosis Foundation contacted Mary ann about participating in their 2009 fundraiser walk. They want us to return with a car show and walk
participants. The Board approved sponsorship again for the May 9 event. Mary ann will have pledge forms and other materials available soon.
Meeting Locations: John James expressed his plan to move the meetings around the Region to allow greater participation. For March, we’ll meet at Angel’s Buffet in
Bremerton again & April is undecided. May will be a BBQ at MAXRPM. Members suggested possible locations and will report at next meeting.
be Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at the
Angel’s Homestyle Buffet
at 4111 Wheaton Way
in East Bremerton
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March 11—Board/Member Meeting at Angel’s Homesty le Buffet, 4111 Wheaton Way , East Bremerton.
Dinner at 6pm, Meeting at 6:45pm.
March 14—Sixth Annual Chili Coo koff at Bill and Maryann Elwell’s in Gig Harbor at 2pm.
March 29—Spring Tour chaired by Bill and Mary ann Elwell.
April 4—Progressive Dinner chaired by Bob Becken.
April 8—Board/Member Meeting at 7pm. Location TBA
May 8—Ocho De May o Dinner at 7pm at Los Casadores on Kitsap Way , Bremerton, chaired by Gloria &
Keith Mellon.
May 13—Board/Member Meeting at 6:30pm at MAXRPM, Bremerton. BBQ. Details later.
May 16—Viking Fest Parade in Poulsbo followed by picnic at Faye Bainbridge State Park. George and
Barb Avila-Parade, Patrick Mitchell, picnic.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm
Barbara Hanford, Secretary
March/April 2009
Automotive Technology of the Near Future
By Bill Elwell
This is the 14th article I’ve written and my imagination is starting to run dry. So just like M ike Rowe
does at the end of his Discovery Channel TV show
“Dirty Jobs”, I’m asking for your help. If you would
like to have me write about a particular topic, send me
a suggestion. M y email address is at the end of this
In this issue we’ll examine technology that will
likely end up in our cars very soon. At a pace that is
almost frightening to some of us, technology is turning
dreams into automotive reality.
As we saw when we talked about Electronic
Stability Control (ESC), computers are looking at our
control inputs to determine what we’re trying to make
the car do. So you might ask why we don’t just hook
the gas and brake pedals directly to the computers.
Turns out we’re already headed down that path. Sure,
most of the cars on the road today still have a
mechanical link from the brake pedal to the master
cylinder and from the gas pedal to some sort of
mechanical throttle. That’s changing quickly. One
example is found in hybrid cars. Think about it. M ost
hybrids have two sources of power, a gas engine and
an electric motor. You might pull away from a stop
light under electric power only. Later when you
accelerate more, the computer can fire up the gas
engine for additional power. The gas pedal is linked
electrically to the computer which handles all the
power coordination and hides the complexity of what’s
really happening. It’s a similar situation with the
brakes. A hybrid has conventional hydraulic brakes as
well as an electrical regenerative braking system.
Light application of the brakes kicks the regenerative
system into gear (which charges the battery). Heavier
braking uses the hydraulic system. As drivers we just
step on the brake and the computer handles the rest.
This is called “drive by wire” which refers to the
fact that the pedals are now connected to the car
by electrical signals not mechanical rods.
In the last few issues we covered air bags, traction
control, and electronic stability control (ESC). These
are three safety features that we enjoy today thanks
to computers. But there are more. Some of these
features are available now on high end models from
some manufactures, while others are just around the
corner. Lane change warning systems alert us when
we try to change lanes without a turn signal. That
feature is going to put my wife out of a job! Forward
collision warning systems warn you when you
approach an object too quickly. The next logical step
with that feature is to use that information to
automatically apply the brakes. All the major auto
makers have developed implementations of this
feature. Blind spot warning systems can tell us when
something or someone is close to our vehicle but out
of our view.
Rollover protection is really an
extension of ESC specifically designed to reduce
the chances of a rollover.
Let’s not stop there. Have you ever been frustrated because you can’t use your cruise control in
moderate to heavy traffic? What if you could tell the
cruise control to maintain 70 M PH unless your path is
blocked by slower traffic? In that case the car would
match speeds with the car in front of you. Wouldn’t
that be cool? You can actually get this feature on
select high end cars today.
What’s next? M ercedes has a system in some of
their cars that detects an emergency stopping
situation. At that point the computer takes over and
applies the brakes to stop the car as quickly as
possible. If a potential collision is detected, systems
can further prepare a car for an accident by taking up
the slack in the seat belts and deploying protective
airbags to shield you from flying glass among other
These are all systems that take control of some
portion of the car. Auto makers walk a very fine line
between using technology to assist the driver and
taking over complete control of some portion of the
operation of the car.
There is another class of automation that we can
discuss and that is communication of systems inside
and outside the car. For example, ESC can talk to
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the braking system to control the brakes on each wheel.
It also talks to the engine management system to
limit engine power if necessary.
I’ll bet most of you don’t know that many of our cars
carry event-data recorders. Think of these like the black
box data recorders on airplanes. They record a ton of
data for a brief period before an accident. They were
originally created so that auto manufacturers could look
at the performance of car safety systems in real world
accidents. All of the automated systems in the car
communicate with each other over numerous data
networks and the event recorder grabs that info and
stores a few seconds of it. Of course, there’s a dark side
to this little known feature. The data can tell someone
how fast you were going before an accident, if your
lights were on, if you were signaling a turn with your
blinker, if you were using the brakes or the gas pedal,
and on and on. The police and your insurance company
love to get their hands on that data after an accident. I
could fill a page on issues around this topic alone. But
what about communication of information between your
car and other cars around you? It’s coming. Let’s say
you’re driving along and your stability control system
detects that you just drove over a patch of black ice. It
can radio that information to the cars on the road behind
you. If nothing else, a warning could be given to other
drivers. Would you like to get a warning that traffic has
come to a stop a mile or so up the road? Some
navigation systems can give you a little of that today. It
could be a lot better if cars talked to each other.
Here’s a wild extrapolation of car-to-car communication and automation. Some of us, when we were
younger and not nearly as bright, found out that if you
followed another car close enough the wind resistance
essentially disappeared. Race car folks call this drafting.
Eliminating that wind resistance would significantly
raise your gas mileage. Don’t try this! Unsafe doesn’t
even begin to describe this practice in real traffic. But if
our cars could talk to each other, in theory, it would be
possible to “link up” to the car in front of you. The car
in front would control the engine and brake systems of
the car behind it. This would eliminate human reaction
time and potentially make drafting a real life reality.
OK, I know that some of you want me to skip right to
the end of the book. Will cars ever drive themselves?
The short answer is, yes, computers can operate a
vehicle in an urban setting today. But the question really
is, will we ever want to give up control?
In 2007 the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) held a competition called the DARPA
Urban Challenge. The competition pitted 11 autonomous
vehicles against each other on a course of real suburban
and urban roads. The competition was held at George
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Air Force Base in Victorville, CA. The course was
about 60 miles long. All the competitors were out on
the streets at the same time along with numerous
vehicles operated by real drivers. Contestants had 6
hours to complete the course and they had to obey
traffic laws in the process. A team from Carnegie
M ellon University finished first in a little over 4
hours. That translates to an average of 14 M PH. The
vehicle was a Chevy Tahoe. Its exterior was loaded
with sensors and cameras while the interior was
packed with computers.
This tells us that autonomous vehicle operation is
possible and it’s only a matter of time before it
becomes practical. But with any technology we have
to look at the potential benefits and compare them to
the costs. For example, let’s look at airbags. Airbags
save lives and that’s a huge benefit. The material cost
is minimal, probably under $100 per airbag. But what
about the potential human cost? If an airbag fails, we
are in no worse a situation than if we had no airbag at
all. Let’s compare that to my “car drafting” system
that would let you follow close behind another car
to save gas. The benefit would be a significant
improvement in highway gas mileage. The material
cost is minimal since the hardware to implement such
a system will already be on cars pretty soon. But
what about the potential human cost? If such a
system were to fail, it would leave the driver in a
very dangerous position where they would not have
otherwise been. Automakers won’t take a risk like
that. Which brings us back to the autonomous
vehicle, we will have the ability to build a practical
autonomous vehicle in the near future. But it will
probably take us a while before we are willing
to share the roads them.
Arthur C. Clark stated, “Any sufficiently advanced
technology is indistinguishable from magic.” New
things come at us so fast today that we have come to
expect the unexpected. But think back 20 or 30 years
and imagine driving down the highway in the
passenger seat with a friend behind the wheel.
Suddenly he starts talking to someone but it’s not you.
He’s asking this imaginary person to place a phone
call. The radio turns itself off and from the car
speakers you hear a phone ring and then someone
answers. Your friend proceeds to talk to them. Hands
free cell phone technology integrated into the car
audio system is common today. But 30 years ago you
would have torn that car apart to figure out how your
friend pulled off that trick.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to send your
ideas for future articles to [email protected]
I’ll talk to you next time.
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Olympic Peninsula Region Porsche Club of America
A Guide to Tour Etiquette
One of the most enjoyable aspects of our Porsche Club is the Tour Season. The following are simple
rules to ensure a fun and safe event.
Drivers Meeting: Plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes ahead of out time to be briefed on the route
and sign the waiver.
Rest Stops : Every 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Please pull ahead slowly to farthest parking space to
allow all to get parked in an orderly and efficient manner.
Large Groups : If o ver 25-30 cars, try to break into two groups with a leader/sub-leader and
sweeper in each group. If someone has car trouble, pull over to side and put flashers on,
call on radio and/or phone leader on cell phone with news. Sweeper car should stop to help.
Congested areas: Be careful through congested areas and don't speed. Follow your route
instructions or call tour leader if lost on cell phone.
To Regroup: Leader will pull over onto wide shoulder or safe place to regroup when cars
become separated.
Speeds and Passing: Spirited driving does not need to include excessive speeds or passing
using poor judgment. Observe laws and good sense and do not pass on solid yellow line
in your lane, double yellow lines, on blind curves, school zones, in congested areas and
others. Don't weave in and out of traffic to catch up. Observe speed limits. Don't go much
faster to catch up if you get behind. Catch up gradually. Occasionally other cars will get
mixed into our group. If you need to pass them be courteous and remember we are representatives of the Porsche Club and all of it's members.
Passing the Tour Leader: Passing the tour leader or sub-group leader or conducting side
tours without approval of the tour leader is unacceptable. The tour leaders have traveled the
route numerous times in preparation for this day, know when to use caution and will dictate
the speed at which the tour progresses. If a tour member should pass the tour or group
leader and go on ahead of the group, that member will be considered as having left the tour
and not be allowed to rejoin. If you need to leave the tour early, please notify the tour leader
and leave at a rest stop or regrouping, so that other cars behind you do not mistake you as
still being on the tour and follow you.
Finally: Not observing Olympic Peninsula Region Porsche Club Tour Etiquette may result in
being banned from participating in further tours.
Thank you for your co-operation and have a great tour!!
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Colorado invites you to the 54th Porsche Parade
Keystone Resort
June 29th – July 4th 2009
Welco me to Colorado
The joint regions of Rocky Mountain and Alpine
Mountain will be hosting the 54th Porsche Parade in
2009 at the Keystone Resort in Colorado. Colorado
has played host to five past Porsche Parades, so our
history is tried and true. If you come and join in the
fun, you will come away with that “high country spirit.”
The 2009 Parade Committee has enjoyed the planning process for the 54th Porsche Parade. We are
excited to share our lovely state with all Porsche
enthusiasts, their families, our sponsors, and friends
around the world.
Lakeside Village Photo by Lisa Gibson
Kathy Fricke, Chair
Porsche Parade 2009 Information taken from the PCA website at
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While most people liv e solely for an experience, Grant Wolfkill has
liv ed life far bey ond what most of us w ould consider to be normal.
Life for him has been ex traordinary. I started out w anting to focus on
the life of the oldest member of our region, w hat I got w as a story
about a v ery modest and humble man w ho has spent most of his life
not just racing in cars but around the w orld and approaching ev ery
opportunity that w ay as w ell. Ev en to this day, at this moment in
time, he’s 86 years YOUNG and he ex udes an attitude about life that
leads y ou to believ e it w ill never end. You w on’t take the fire out of
him until it does. No matter how much has been throw n at him, no
matter how the cards hav e been dealt, he just keeps his head high
and focuses his energy on his family , cars and racing.
Grant w as born in Portland, Oregon in 1923, but w as rais ed in the
Puget Sound area his w hole life. His father w as a shipy ard w orker in
Bremerton until he retired in 1950 and mov ed out near Shelton.
Grant graduated from high school and then w ent to the Univ ersity of
Washington. After 2 y ears of college, he joined the US Marine Corp
w here he began his career as a combat cameraman. It w as 1942.
He w as assigned to the 1st Marine Div ision at Peleliu in the South
Pacific w here he w as w ounded in the shoulder by a grenade
fragment. After that, he w as stationed in Okinawa w ith the 6th
Marine Div ision w here he was wounded again. Yeh, 2 purple
hearts… He w as sent to Japan to recuperate but then v olunteered to
go to Nagasaki w here he shot footage of the dev astation after the
Atomic Bomb w as dropped. Upon his dis charged he w as a Staff
In 1946, he came back home and began his studies again at UW in
the field of Far Eastern studies & the Japanese language. Shortly
before he w as to graduate, the second to the last quarter, his
Div ision Officer from the Marine Corp. approached him about a job
doing trav el documentaries ov erseas. For some of you that
remember back that far, that w as when people use to go to the
mov ies to see films about countries far aw ay. These documentaries
w ere called “Trav elogues”.
So Grant jumped at the chance!
Trav eling and good money ; that w as a no-brainer. He started his
adv entures in Scotland. While he was there, he met a group of guys
that turned him on to racing. He started out w ith a Jaguar XK120
and did some club racing at an old WWII hangar at Winfalls in Silv er
Stone. While he made it around Europe doing films, he had started
to make a name for himself racing too. Once in Germany, he knew
he w anted to buy one of the fast little cars that kept passing him on
the track, it w as a Porsche…In 1952 he bought his first one, a 1500
Super for $3012 brand new. He had it shipped to Bremerton w ith all
the accessories offered, that w as a sport exhaust and chrome
w heels , it w as a deep red color and had a black interior. Bet he
w is hes he still had that car!
Grant trav eled all ov er Europe doing his trav el films and in the mid
50’s he w as sent to South America to start doing films there. He
made a documentary about Brazil w hich was show n in New York
City. It w as v iewed by the BBC w hic h in turn landed Grant a position
to make more films for them. He again trav eled to more foreign
countries continuing his film making.
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By 1959, Grant w as als o establishing his name in the world
of racing. Jebson Transport w ho was basic ally his sponsor,
started getting cars directly from the factory for him to race. They
afforded him the priv ileged of racing without him hav ing any out of
pocket ex penses, while the BBC sent him all ov er the Far East to
make films. He raced w herever he w ent. But in Hong Kong the
racecar he had personally bought , a Porsche 550 Spider, #5, w as
shipped from Munich. At the time, Porsches w ere built there.
Although he did not driv e it, the 550 Spider placed 2n d in the
Targa Florio w hic h w as w ritten about in the new ly formed
Porsche Club of America magazine called Panorama.
By 1960, Grant took a job with NBC and he also met his lov ely
w ife-to-be Barbara. He started out filming documentaries, but as
the w orld’s problems heated up and telev ision was coming into
family homes, news became the focus. Ev en though Grant w as
considered a film maker, news w as the direction broadcasting w as
taking. Luckily his job allow ed him to stay in Honk Kong and continue on the racing circuit. Barbara lov ed racing too. And as w e
all know how having someone that lov es something as much as
y ou do makes life so much more fulfilling. With Barbara in his
heart and a Porsche Spider on the track, Grant entered the 7th
Macau Grand Prix , which was an amateur street race of 60 laps
around the city and in 1960 w as the first time it w as considered a
“national race w ith foreign participation”. Sev eral w ell known
racers participated and although Grant placed 2n d in the race, he
broke the lap record 5 times and set the new lap record time of
In 1961, Grant w as hitting the new s scene pretty hard, not much
time for racing. It w as May and he w as stay ing at a hotel in
Vientiane, Laos. He had been sick w ith pneumonia for a few
w eeks and once he was on the road to recovery, it w as back to
the trenches. At the time this was the prelude to the Vietnam War,
w hic h w as better know n as the “Secret War”. On May 14th, the
three ruling factions of Laos had signed a peace treaty . The nex t
day, Grant got on a helicopter-H34 to cov er a story of continued
fighting in the hills of Padong. What he got w as shot dow n by
soldiers that w ere not aw are of any cease fire agreement. He and
his comrades managed to land safely but w ere captured and held
in jungle areas that w ere, by all accounts, remote and unciv iliz ed
compared to our standards ev en back in the 60’s. Grant, being
the eternal optimist, just knew someone w ould know the chopper
w ent dow n, someone w ould come to get them and they w ould be
found. But that w as not to be the case. For 15 months, they were
held as Prisoners of War. While in captiv ity , they suffered being
tied up, not bathing, hav ing leeches on them, getting dy sentery,
and being de-hy drated to say the least. The ev eryday things he
enjoy ed is w hat he kept in his mind to get him through, that and
his Marine training background. He and his cohorts supported
each other in order to keep their sanity through this long period of
time. He told me that tow ards the end of his detainment the
soldiers had communic ated w ith him that a Russian helicopter
w as coming to pic k them up. He and his comrades w ere giv en
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machetes to clear a field to make way for it. He said they listened
for day s until they finally heard the roar of rotors coming to get
them. There w as no grandeur, just… let’s get on the chopper and
get the heck out of here. The date w as August 17, 1962. From
there they w ere taken to safety in Vientiane. Immediately he w as
flow n directly back to New York City where he w as taken to the
Dorsett Hotel in Manhattan to prepare for an interv iew on the Today Show in Rockerfeller Plaza the nex t day. The first thing he did
w as shave, but that didn’t set w ell w ith the netw ork officials as the
15 month old beard signified a man that had been captured against
his w ill and held by heathens. But Grant being Grant didn’t let that
bother him. He did his interv iew and flew right back to the thick of
things in Southeast Asia. Before his capture he was 6’3” and
w eighed 184lbs, which was dow n from his normal weight due to
the pneumonia he had suffered in the w eeks prior. Upon his release and after eating for 4 day s he w eighed in at 138lb. Grant
told me that he w as glad he w as not one of the military guy s because they w ere made to re-introduce food gradually . He ate
w hat he w anted and as much as he w anted and nev er became
sick from over-eating. He w as 38 years old w hen this happened to
For his amazing heroism and brav ery Grant w as aw arded the
Medal of Freedom from President John F. Kennedy. I cannot ex press in detail all that he endured w hile he w as captured during
those fifteen months in this short article, but y ou can read all about
his ordeal at length in the book he w rote, “Reported to Be Aliv e”. It
describes what happened to Westerners that w ere held against
their w ill in a jungle of primitiv e and unciv ilized people.
Follow ing his release, Grant w as approached about racing at
Macau again. It w as scheduled for Nov ember. Realiz ing that he
w as still not w ell enough to race, he recommended a few of his
friends. One friend, Herbert Linge w as chosen to run the race.
During practice trials he lost control and totaled the 550 Spider
#5 . Totally heart w renching & heart breaking! It w as so hard to
believ e!
He continued on his recuperation w hile still reporting the new s of
the Far East. And he had hooked up w ith Barbara on a more
steady basis. Totally smitten, he didn’t care w hat he had to do to
be w ith his true lov e. In 1965, Barbara raced at Macau in the
sports car div is ion w ith a Super 7 Lotus, w hile Grant raced his
Jaguar in the, now known as, Formula 3 race. What a great thing
to lov e and ex perience together. At this point, they decided to get
married. While hav ing a conversation w ith a good friend, he
mentioned they w ould be heading to Mex ic o to race, do some
relax ing and may be get married. The friend insisted that they
come to California and get married at his house. The friend
w ho w as als o the best man was no other than Stev e McQueen.
Grant had gotten to know him w hile filming “Sand Pebbles” in
Hong Kong.
Grant w ent on to hold jobs in New York and then came back to
the Pacific Northw est w here he and Barbara raised their tw o
children, Kim & Kiki in the Puget Sound Area. He continued racing
at Seattle International Racew ay (PRI) until 1987 when he hung
up his racing boots. His racing circuit now inv olv es follow ing his
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his children’s careers. Needless to say, they are both race
oriented after follow ing the long race career of their father. Kim
w as a driv er for Team Seattle in the 24 hours of Day tona and held
the senior editor position at Road & Track Magazine for 7 years.
He also recently did a track test for the new 320HP Cayman for
Porsche DE. Kiki competed in the Panoz-sponsored 1999
Women’s Global GT. And both are currently w orking for Mic rosoft.
Kim ov ersees MSN Autos and Kiki dev elops their game racing
softw are. Talk about the apple not falling too far from the tree.
Here is the list of the Porsches
1952 356-1500
1954 356-1500
1959 550 Spider
1960 356
1962 356
1972 914-6
1972 914
1974 911 Carrera
1979 928
1983 944
1987 944T
Throughout Grant’s life he has ow ned in the neighborhood of 20
Porsches. Now Grant and Barbara liv e a mostly quiet life out near
Shelton in the house his parents built and retired in. A modest
home that now supports a 4 car garage w ith that gorgeous Cobalt
Blue 997. Grant and Barbara still take it out for a driv e ev ery now
and then, w hic h goes to show you that stay ing activ e and keeping
a positiv e attitude are imperativ e to being able to driv e your
Porsche when you reach 86. A lesson for us all to liv e by!
Grant has owned:
1989 944T
1992 RS America
1995 993 C2
1997 996
1997 996 - 4S
1999 Boxster
2001 Boxster S
2003 996
2005 997
2005 Cayenne
2006 911S
Anyone want to take a trip to Deutschland in April? The Silve r Sage Region is going! Re d Jones, Pre sident Silver Sage
If any one is interested contact Linda ASAP at 208-377-0559 or [email protected] 8 nights accommodations in first class (or better) hotels Breakfast daily . 3 dinners
with beer and wine (Munich, Zell am See, Stuttgart) 2 cocktail gatherings (Munich 1st & last nights). Motorcoach transportation per itinerary , Admission to museums & attractions included in itinerary .
Services of KNETWORKS, Inc. representatives throughout the tour
Saturday , April 4th - tour officially begins with welcome cocktail party and festive dinner that features Bavarian specialties.
Sunday , April 5th - Free day in Munich.
Monday , April 6th - travel through the picturesque Bavarian country side to the Austrian city of Salzburg, home of Mozart and the Sound of Music
Tuesday , April 7th - bus will depart for the scenic drive to Gmund where it all began!! The first stop is the Porsche Museum, the first Porsche workshop, continue on to Zell am
See. Prior to arriving at the hotel y ou will be able to catch a glimpse at the Porsche family home and burial site. Dinner tonight (included) will be served at your very special
Wednesday , April 8th - stop enroute to Stuttgart to visit the new Mercedes Museum before arriving at the hotel. The evening is free to get to know Stuttgart ind ependently .
Thursday , April 9th - bus will depart for the Porsche facility in Zuffenhausen. Here y ou will visit the new Porsche Museum and the Porsche boutique. Then, enjoy lunch in the
Porsche casino where the Factory employees eat. In the afternoon y ou will get an up-close tour of the Porsche factory . Dinner tonight (included) will be a festive delight!
Friday , April 10th - depart for the romantic walled city of Rothenburg. Enroute y ou'll visit the attractive car museum here, and y ou will also see the castle which is still inhabited. Arrival time in Rothenburg will be early so y ou can shop, visit some of the museums, and walk the wall. There is a wide variety of good restaurants for your dinner.
Saturday , April 11th - begin the trip back to Munich. Much of the ride will be via the Romantic Road which is studded with quaint towns and villages. This evening join the
fun at the farewell cocktail gathering where we bid auf weidersehen to our fellow travelers. The tour officially ends (sadly ..) with this gathering.
Sunday , April 12th - Enjoy another luscious breakfast in the hotel. After
settling y our personal account make y our way to the airport or continue y our
European travels.
Cost, per person, based on double occupancy:
16-22 passengers
12-15 passengers
Not included:
Meals & beverages not noted in itinerary
Items of a person al nature (mini bar, in-room movies, laundry, etc.)
Tips to bus drivers
Airport trans fers
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Gloria Mellon
Below I have compiled a list of a number of car shows that will be held in our region for this year which include an import category.
Most all of them are based on some type of festivities, door prizes and awards. If you have never been to one, you would be surprised at
how much fun they can be. It would be easy to think that you just sit by your car all day, doing nothing, but people are really interested in
our cars. As a region, it helps to put ourselves out where we can get some exposure and increas e our membership. Surprisingly, there are
a lot of people that don’t know we have a region right here in their backyard. If you would like to attend any of them, please let me
know. Notice the Charity Show & Shine registration on the next page. And there are 2 in June that are back to back and the h ope is that
once the overnight arrang ements are con fi rmed, we will go to Hoquiam for the day then head to Grand Mound in the evening for the
charity show on Sunday.
APRIL 25 Port Townsend EXPO
MAY 2nd Aberdeen Eagles
M ay 9 OPR Charity Car Show CFF Poulsbo
MAY 31 Forest Festival Shelton
JUNE 20 Pushrods Show n Shine Hoquiam
JUNE 21 OPR Charity Great Wolf Grand M ound
JUNE 27 Rakers Cruise In Port Townsend
JULY 3-5 Historics Corral (1day) Kent PRI
JULY 18 Elks Bremerton
JULY 26 Porsches on the Pier Port Angeles
AUGUST 1 Cruisin the Narrows Gig Harbor
AUGUST 9 Cruise In Port Orchard
AUGUST 15 Port Ludlow Days
SEPTEM BER 5 Fly In & Car Show Bremerton
June 20th 2009, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Auto Show on the grass in the Historical Olym pic Stadium, 101 28th St. Hoquiam , WA 98550
Sponsored By: Push Rods of Hoquiam Registration: $15 To register a ride.
Door Prizes
Dash Plaques
Poker Walk
Music from the 50's by Johnny Manson
Food and Fun
Father’s Day Car Show & Extravaganza
We have been invited to do a car show at Great Wolf Lodge - Grand Mound on Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Father’s Day.
For those of you not familiar with them, they are an indoor water park near Centralia, WA. They are allowing 50 cars
and provide two, day passes to the water park for each car. This is an incredible offer, as they do not have day passes
for the general public. The only way to use the water park is to stay over night. I looked into taking my boys and it was
going to cost us way over $300 to spend the night and to spend all the money that goes with the experience.
We are going to turn this event into a fundraiser as well for “The Boys & Girls Club”. For that reason we are going to
have a $25 entry fee to attend the event. We are offering this to members of our own club until April 30th, meaning you
must make your commitment and remit payment by then in order to secure a spot at the show. After that, if there are
any spaces left we will open it to other car clubs. We are currently negotiating discounted room rates for those that
might want to spend the night. We are also investigating the possibility of attending another car show in Hoquiam on
Saturday and doing a cruise around that area and ending up at Great Wolf for the night – if the room rates are attractive.
We are looking to have the show from 10:00AM till 2:00 PM – Sunday, June 21, 2009. Set up beginning around 8AM.
These day passes will ONLY be good for the day of the event, but they do not need to be used by the people in the
Porsche Club. We can invite friends, kids, grandkids, neighbor’s kids or whom ever else you are comfortable seeing in
a bathing suit. This is a VERY cheap way to gain access to this water park that is otherwise very expensive to visit.
This will be a first come, first serve event. Mail your money in and get on the list. We will open to other car clubs on
May 1st.
We are still in the planning stages and some details may change, but will be made available as they are negotiated.
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7th Annual Olympic Peninsula PCA
Charity Show & Shine
Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Date: May 9, 2009
Start Time: 8:30A – Meeting at Poulsbo McDonalds to drive over as a group
Location: Vinland Elementary School Parking Lot in Poulsbo in concert with the Great
Strides Walk-A-Thon. People’s Choice trophy to be awarded.
Space is Limited – Register Early to Reserve Your Spot
Submit Registration Form below with payment of $20 made out to “ OPR-PCA” or “ CFF” and mail to OPR-PCA,
P.O. Box 3572, Silverdale, WA 98383-3572. Must RSVP to Maryann Elwell by 4/30/09 at [email protected]
or (253) 853-4003. All entry fees are a tax deductible donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Everyone is
encouraged to add an additional donation to your entry fee and participate in the Great Strides Walk.
If you register to walk for the CFF you can get also get people to sponsor you. See details for registering on-line for
the walk at to send e-mail to prospective donors and accept and track your sponsor donations made
via credit card. You can also request a paper walk sponsor form from Maryann to use to collect sponsor donations
by cash or check.
OPR-PCA 2009 Charity Show & Shine Registration Form
Name: _______________________________________ Phone #: ________________________
Email: _______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Car Model/Make of Entry: ____________________________________Year: ______________
Names of persons participating in the Great Strides Walk:
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by Jeff Smith
The autocross and track season has already started. Some of our region’s usual track enthusiasts, myself included,
attended the February autocross practice events and are now preparing for the first events in M arch. I thought a
brief explanation and information about the various track and high performance driving opportunities in our area
might be beneficial for our new members or any members interested in getting their cars out on the track, or just
wondering what the heck this ‘track’ stuff is all about.
There are many types and levels of track events and this could get really lengthy if I tried to fully explain all of
them. I will attempt a brief overview and then suggest at the end where you may find much more information
about the various organizations and opportunities, mostly concentrating on local and Porsche Club activities. In
general and very simplified there are programs that teach you basic car control fundamentals or driving instruction
on the race track that does not actually involve racing or autocross (which is competition with one car at a time on
a course
defined by cones where the speeds are not high). Then there are the higher speed competitive events
like Time Trials and Road Racing that some of us are involved with but that’s probably better left to another
article or series of articles.
Our region does not at this time put on our own track or competitive events. So, for Porsche specific events we
attend the Pacific Northwest Region and Oregon Region events. The Pacific Northwest Region has Driver Skills
(performance driving instruction) and Autocross (timed competition on cone defined courses) events at Bremerton
M otorsports Park, and Drivers Education (advanced car control and safe driving techniques on the race track) at
Pacific Raceways. The Oregon Region has similar programs held at Portland International Raceway. If you go to
those region’s respective web sites there is much more information available. I suggest you start at the Pacific
Northwest region’s “At the Track” section of their site.
There are other clubs putting on driver training & competitive events locally at the Bremerton track, Pacific Raceways (Kent, Wa) and Hampton M ills (Packwood,Wa). See links below for more information on their programs.
If you have any interest at all come on out and say hello and see what it’s like. Those of us out there will be glad
to show you around, explain what’s happening, and of course help you get started! All events are all free to
spectators, very friendly environments and people and usually pretty entertaining at the least.
Our newsletter and website has the local Pacific Northwest Region’s autocross events listed. And of course those
of us already involved would be happy to talk to you and answer questions just about any time. Just be careful
asking me, I can get pretty enthused and talkative!
Internet Links for more information:
www. (see “At the Track”) (see “Events”)
2008 OPR-PCA
Membership Directory
Contact our Membership Chair,
at [email protected] to
request a copy of the latest
Olympic Peninsula Region
membership directory. Also, if
you have any address changes
or telephone updates, please
pass new information to Gloria.
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This article is a re-print from 2007 so that you will be able to read the whole story of Kurt & Lori’s wonderful adventure...
901 -The Find
It’s hard to believe that it was almost 20 years ago, in
November 1988 to be exact, that Lori and I were spending a
sunny Sunday morning at the Pomona Swap Meet when a
life changing event was about to take place for the two of us.
Lori and I had joined PCA in 1986, after purchasing our 1st
Porsche and were extremely active Porschephiles to say the
least. Our personal calendar was set in January by blocking
out all upcoming year’s PCA dates (including the aforementioned swap meets). We read Panorama cover to cover, as
well as anything else Porsche related and were pretty up to
date on things Porsche related. As a matter of fact, just a few
weeks prior to the Swap Meet we read an article about the
oldest known existing 901 in the U.S., serial number
300032, being raced in Historics at various locations.
What made our ability to recall the 300032 serial
number important was about to become clear to us. While
strolling through the Porsche section of vehicles, looking at
both display and “ For Sale” vehicles of all ages, we noticed
a bright red 911 with a sign indicating, “ For Sale, 1966
911S, $4600” (yeah, I know there is no such animal, but the
fellow selling the car did not). It was clearly an early car,
and the lack of any indentations for decals in the engine
compartment was something I didn’t recall ever having
seen. That led to a few more casual observations, noting the
lack of rocker panel trim, the four screw horn grills (at least
on one side), the “ different looking” wood trim across the
dash. I finally asked to see the front compartment to check
for rust, but was really in search of the Porsche’s serial
number. You should note that while VIN number plates are
riveted to the early cars in three places, the serial number is
also stamped in the vehicle in the front compartment, pretty
close to the heater compartment door. Anyway, the sellers
said sure, take a look, and opened the front lid for us to
examine. There, stamped into the car we saw the serial
number, and it was 300020. (Just to refresh your memory,
the earliest known number we had read about was 300032,
12 numbers newer than the car I was looking at).
It’s at times like this when (if I could) I’d have danced
a jig, or screamed out what I’d discovered, or something
equally as stupid. Somehow I managed to bottle up my
emotions, thank the guy for giving me a look, and casually
mention I’d ask my wife for her opinion. I gave little hope
of anything further happening, mentioned there was significant rust and wished him good luck in getting rid of it.
Lori and I made quickly for the closest Beer Stand,
completely disregarding the fact it was about 10:30 A.M.,
to calm shaking nerves, to discuss the importance of what
we had just found, and to decide what to do next. The
conclusion that we wanted the 901 was made quickly,
given it was really a 901. We concluded that, in order not
to look either too anxious or too stupid, we’d negotiate a
better price and condition the sale on our “mechanic”
checking out the car. The actual negotiations went pretty
quickly, starting at an offer of $4000 a compromise price of
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$4300 was agreed on, and it was decided we’d meet the
owner at his home in a couple of hours to pick up the car
for inspection. While waiting nervously for the assigned
time, we called our good friend Bob Cutshaw, a Porsche
expert (and owner at that time of a 1965 911) and explained
our situation. He agreed to attempt to confirm the vehicle’s
age that very afternoon, if we could simply drive out to his
house about 50 miles away. We agreed.
The trip out to Bob’s house was not without
trepidation. The 901 felt extremely loose (we learned why
later), but we drove slowly and got there in one piece. Bob
spent quite a bit of time over, under, around and through
the car and confirmed that this was the real deal. He
commented that very first day, however, that we’d be
money ahead to simply cut out the factory serial number
stamping, weld it into another early car, and just say it was
number 20. We all laughed, but in hindsight, his estimate
(at least in terms of dollars) may have been understated.
Nonetheless, we returned the car to the seller with check in
hand, got the pink and transfer docs from him, and headed
home. We now owned the oldest known 901 in the U.S.,
and as far as we knew anywhere in the world.
That day was a milestone for sure, but it was only
the very beginning of a long, expensive and rewarding
restoration project. While the details of that is a story for
another time, we’ve included a photo of the finished 901
that was used in a European Car magazine cover story
many years later. While that’s part of the “ other story”, we
wanted you to enjoy seeing what we ended up with.
Kurt & Lori Schneider
March/April 2009
Look it’s a 911 no it’s a Cayenne no it’s a…. four door Porsche???
Submitted by Randy Baisden
Like it or not Porsche has added a new member to
the already powerful line up. Welcome the Panamera,
Porsche’s first four door GT car. After the first official
pictures hit the net a month ago the rumor mill began
quickly. Despite what you may think about the car or have
read on blogs or random auto sites here is what we know
from Porsche officially.
Production of the Panamera will begin at the
Leipzig plant in Germany, currently a 237,000 sq ft
production hall and logistic center are under construction
to facilitate the new Panamera final assembly. T he engines
however will be built in the main Zuffenhausen plant while
the painted body shells will be supplied from Volkswagen’s
Hanover plant. Porsche is working with over 70 different
suppliers to construct the new car and hopes to have a
20,000 units per year put on the streets world wide.
The Panamera will be propelled by a few different
power plants ranging from 300 BHP to 500 BHP. All
motors will utilize Porsche’s new DFI system currently uses
on the Cayenne and 911 and upcoming Cayman/Boxster
motors along with additional turbo charging for some
models. For those of you who miss the days of a 6 speed,
Porsche will be offering a traditional manual gear box and
the new 7speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe or PDK system..
However here in the states we will only receive the PDK.
Power will be put to the ground by a standard rear wheel
drive layout or a new more sophisticated lightweight all
wheel drive system and for those of us who want to go
green even a hybrid model is in the works. All models will
boast outstanding power and torque with good fuel
economy and exhaust emissions reduced to a minimum.
Because we will only be seeing the PDK in U.S. we will get
all the goodies that come with it, Sports Chrono Package
will be available in the Panamera just as in the 911 series.
The package will make the vehicle react much quicker with
more dynamic gear change and engine feel enhancing the
overall feel of this ultra premium saloon. The body shell
will be constructed from an intelligent lightweight system
making use of high-strength steel, alloys and high-tech
plastics. All of this will result in again better fuel economy
but one of the lowest weights in its class helping driving
dynamics stay at a high level.
Body design of the Panamera had to stick with the styling
you would expect from Porsche. With the idea of “ Instantly
Porsche” the Panamera got many lines that match the 911
and Cayenne giving it a new and distinct look but still
holding true to Porsche philosophy. The design also holds
true to a functional cabin and storage capabilities while
giving it a sports car look and feel. Strong air intakes and
wheel arches, long sleek engine compartment with
contoured wings flanking the flat front lid create a typical
911 look.
The first public glimpse of the Panamera will be the
Shanghai auto show scheduled from April 20 th -28 th with an
official press conference on April 19 th . With the first U.S.
vehicles should hit the dealer showrooms in the fall. T he
initial launch will only include the normally aspirated V8
dubbed the Panamera S as well as its powerhouse turbocharged cousin the Panamera T urbo, leaving the V6 and
hybrid models to launch at a later date. The S will feature
the standard rear wheel drive layout with the 4S and T urbo’s
getting the new light weight all wheel drive system and
Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Suspension will be a
regular steel coil spring with variable dampers. Also made
available will be a new adaptive air suspension with
additional air volume and just like the Cayenne line this
will be standard on the T urbo model. Now couple this with
the PDK and its Sport Plus from the Chrono Package and
the Cayennes Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and you
are sitting in a true sports car again.
Make your own impressions of its looks but this
will be a true Porsche. Just as the Cayenne has grown in
sales to out do the 911 and Boxster combined the Panamera
will too become part of our vocabulary. With rivals like
Mercedes, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Audi all
producing ultra premium sports saloons its was just a matter
of time before Porsche put their own twist on the platform.
No matter who the car appeals to it becomes another test
bed for new technology that can be used in the entire line
up. So welcome the Porsche Panamera to the historic line
up we all love and I hope to see some new all Porsche
garages with this adaptation of sports saloon.
Written by Sam Gilbert
Volume 9, No. 2
March/April 2009
Olympic P eninsula Region Porsche Club Goodie Store Price List
Nike Golf Dri-Fit Classic Sport Shirt (Polo Style)
Rib Knit Body and Collar, 3-button placket
Colors: Midnight Nave, Vivid Green, White, Varsity Red, Skyline Blue
Port Authority Silk Touch Crewneck T-Shirt
65/35 cotton/poly blend, hemmed sleeves
Colors: Royal Blue, White Black, Cool Grey, Red, Navy
Catalog #
Price Each
Plus 1X
Plus 1X
Plus 2X
Plus 1X
Plus 2X
Plus 1X
Plus 2X
Plus 1X
Plus 2X
One Size
One Size
One Size
Ping Collection Micro Pique Long Sleeve Mock Neck
60/40 cotton/wicking poly, Welt collar and cuffs with spandex
Colors: Black, White, True Navy.
Sport-Tek Ladies Racerback Gym Tank Top
95% cotton/5% spandex, Colors: White or Black with colored trim
Trim Colors: Red, Royal Blue, Black, Navy, White
Sport-Tek Ladies Ringer T-Shirt
95% cotton/5% spandex, Colors: White with colored trim
Trim Colors: Red, Royal Blue, Black, Navy, White
Gildan Ultra Cotton Tank Top
100% Cotton, Banded neck and arms; Colors: Black, Navy, Red, Royal
Port Authority Flatback Rib Quarter Zip Pullover
85/15 cotton/poly flatback rib, Brass metal zipper with leather pull
Colors: True Red, Harbor Blue, Black, Ivory, Navy
Ladies Flatback Rib Full Zip Jacket
Princess Cut for feminine fit
Colors: True Red, Harbor Blue, Black
Port Authority Wool and Leather Letterman Jacket
24 ounce Melton wool body; Genuine leather sleeves; Knit collar and cuffs
Diamond quilted nylon lining; Snap front closure; Interior chest pocket
Slash pockets with leather trim. Color: Black
Port Authority MRX Jacket
Two-tone; 78/22 nylon/cotton oxford shell
Nylon taffeta lining; Lower slash pockets
Colors: Pacific Blue/Grey, Black/Grey, Brown/Stone, Orange/Grey
Woman's Port Authority Tiger Mountain Fleece Jacket
Microfleece; Weatherproof laminate insert; Princess Cut for feminine fit
Front zipper pockets; Lycra trimmed cuffs and hem
Colors: Navy, Red, Black, Midnight Heather, Moss
Men's Port Authority Tiger Mountain Fleece Jacket
Microfleece; Weatherproof laminate insert;
Front zipper pockets; Lycra trimmed cuffs and hem
Colors: Navy, Red, Black
Men's Port Authority R-Tek Fleece Vest
13 ounce R-Tek fleece; Twill Taping inside the neck
Lycra-trimmed armholes and waistband; Zippered pockets
Colors: Red, Midnight Heather, Royal Blue, Dark Green, Black
Men's Port Authority R-Tek Fleece Vest
13 ounce R-Tek fleece; Twill Taping inside the neck
Lycra-trimmed armholes and waistband; Zippered pockets
Colors: Light Pink, Midnight Heather, Royal Blue, Raspberry, Gray Heather
StormTech Mock Neck Tee
Combed 100% cotton interlock; Lightweight relaxed fit; Solid body.
Colors: Oxford Black, Oxford Navy, Oxford Tan, Slate Brown
Men's St ormTech Fleet Micro Ripstop Rainshell
Water resistant nylon shell; packs/sips into self pocket; concealed hood;
Colors: Black, Navy, Red, Rever se Blue
Woman's StormTech Fleet Micro Ripstop Rainshell
Water resistant nylon shell; packs/sips into self pocket; concealed hood;
Colors: Black, Navy, Red, Rever se Blue
Men's St ormTech Fleet Micro Ripstop Vest
Water resistant nylon shell; packs/sips into self pocket; concealed hood;
Colors: Black, Navy, Red, Rever se Blue
Woman's StormTech Fleet Micro Ripstop Vest
Water resistant nylon shell; packs/sips into self pocket; concealed hood;
Colors: Black, Navy, Red, Rever se Blue
Men's Cirrus H2Xtreme Bonded Shell
2-ply bonded microfiber shell; adjustable cuffs; zipper pull; draw cord hem
Colors: Coal, Harvest Pumpkin, Sport Red, Cool Blue, Kiwi, Black, Navy
Women's Cirrus H2Xtreme Bonded Shell
2-ply bonded microfiber shell; adjustable cuffs; zipper pull; draw cord hem
Colors: Coal, Harvest Pumpkin, Birch, Sport Red, Cool Blue, Kiwi, Black, Navy
Unstructured Chino Headwear
Low profile; Chino twill; Adjustable buckle w/ tuck-away strap; Colors:
Black, Navy, Khaki, Stone, Hunter, Royal, Col. Blue, TX Orange, Cardinal, Gold, Olive
Unstructured Chino Sandwich Bill Headwear
Low profile; Chino twill; Adjustable buckle w/ tuck-away strap;
Contrasting under visor and sweatband; Colors: Black, Navy, White,
Stone, Hunter, Royal, Col. Blue, Texas Orange, Cardinal, Gold, Olive
Unstructured Waterproof Nylon Headwear
Low profile; Treated Nylon, Velcro closure; Solid Colors: Black, Navy, Stone
Volume 9, No. 2
March/April 2009
Goodie Store Items & Colors
Catalog # 267020
Catalog # L204
Catalog # K550
Catalog # P317
Catalog # 2200
Catalog # L202
Catalog # MPX-1
Catalog # F220
Catalog # J765
Catalog # L221
Catalog # L200
Catalog # F200
Catalog # BX-2/BX2W
Catalog # JP79
Catalog # LP79
Catalog # J783
Catalog # XMV-1/
Catalog # XMR-1/ XMR-1W
Catalog # 1445
Catalog # 1445A
Volume 9, No. 2
Catalog # 1490
March/April 2009
Welcome New OPR-PCA Members!
David Utley, Bainbridge Island — 1979 Black 930
Stanley Nealey, Quilcene — 1987 944
Michael Scrafford, Poulsbo — 1985 Red 944
Auto Platz (Classifieds)
For Sale: Weltmeister short shift kit for 74 through 86 911. Used only for
a short time & removed/replaced with original shifter for Portland Parade
Concours. Half the cost of new one - $50. If it doesn't fit properly, I will
refund your money. Contact John James at 253-265-2500.
For Sale: Porsche Parts, never used and used ones for models all 356,
911,912, some 914, 924, 928, 930, 944 retired and everything must
go. Please call Peter 360-373-3099
Wanted: Looking to buy a 67-73 911. I'll consider all models. Hoping to
find a original, or near original, rust free car. Ideal would probably be to
have original paint. A checkable ownership background would be
good. Contact Gene Stahl at 360-681-0151.
Wanted Porsche wheels: 15”x7” Fuchs or “Cookie Cutters”. Need several
for my ’83 944 SCCA ITS / 944 Cup race car. Cosmetically challenged
OK. Also aftermarket wheels if they are race worthy and will fit. Interested in full sets, pairs, or singles. Jeff Smith, 360-340-1206 or email
[email protected]
Multiple Race Sanctioning Bodies Marketing Opportunity: Ge t your company displayed at several different Northwest racing venues. Our team
will be campaigning in NHRA, SCCA, PC A and possibly others. 2009
season packages available for as little as $1,000, or as much as you want.
Contact Leeland King at 360-790-1977 or Jeff Smith at 360-340-1206 for
more information.
Other PCA Region’s Driving Events:
3/14 – 8A/7:15A – 4P PNWR Autocross (#1 of 8)/Driver Skills Day at Bremerton Raceway. Autocross is $25 or $20 if you pre-register which is
available 1-2 weeks before event at Contact Tim/Linda Kornacki at [email protected] or
(425) 672-0209. Driver Skills full-day course in the fundamentals of performance driving. Cost is $55/driver plus $30/helmet (if needed). Advance registration required. Go to For questions, contact Robert Durff at [email protected]
4/1 – 7-9P – PNWR Drivers Education (DE) G round School at Mercer Island Community Center (8236 SE 24th Street ) is required for all firsttime drivers at a P NWR DE event (or if over 2 years time away) regardless of experience at other tracks or clubs. This 2-hour classroom training
session is $10. For details go to or contact Gregory Erickson at [email protected]
4/10 – 7A-5P – PNWR Driver Education Day held at P acific Raceway in Kent. P re-registration required and is available online at Cost is $205/driver plus $20/helmet (if needed) if registered before deadline or $215/driver after deadline, if
space is available. Go to or contact Gregory Erickson at [email protected]
4/18 – 8A – 4P PNWR Autocross (#2 of 8) at Bremerton Raceway.
5/17 – 11A ORPCA High Performance Driver Education at Portland International. Cost is $185/driver by deadline or $200/driver after deadline,
space available. Questions/sign up contact Don Clinkinbeard at 503 970 4848/e-mail [email protected] Registration opens 4/12/09 at
12:00A at
5/20 – 7-9P – PNWR Drivers Education (DE) G round School at Mercer Island Community Center (8236 SE 24th Street ) for first time drivers.
5/23 – 8A/7:15A – 4P PNWR Autocross (#3 of 8)/Driver Skills Day at Bremerton Raceway.
5/30 – 7A-5P – PNWR Driver Education Day held at P acific Raceway in Kent. P re-registration required starting April 22 nd at
Volume 9, No. 2
March/April 2009
2009 Olympic Peninsula Region Calendar
March 2009
3rd-5th – 54th Annual Porsche Parade 2009 Registration Opens – This year’s Parade will be in Keystone, CO near Denver.
Registration is slightly different from prior years and registering on any of these three days will all be considered to have
the same priority. For more details go to http://porscheparad
11th – 6:00/6:30P – Dinner/Board & Membership Meeting at Angel’s Homestyle Buffet at 4111 Wheaton Way in East Bremerton.
Phone: (360) 377-7044. Cost per person is $10.81 for all you can eat. It's under new management and food is quite good,
14th – 2:00P – 6th Annual Chili Cookoff at Bill & Maryann Elwell’s house in Gig Harbor. Must RSVP to [email protected]
or [email protected] or via phone: (253) 853-4003 by 3/7/09. Please mention if you will be making Chili or something
else. If you have one of the trophies from last year, please return to the Elwell’s by 3/7/09.
29th – 9:00A – Spring Tour. RSVP to Maryann or Bill Elwell at [email protected] or [email protected] or via phone:
(253) 853-4003 by 3/23/09.
April 2009
4th – 7:00P – Progressive Dinner. If interested in hosting a course or to RSVP, contact Bob Becken at [email protected] ecabl or
via phone: (360) 710-7666.
8th – 6:30P/7:00P – BBQ Dinner/Board & Membership Meeting at MAXRPM at 2320 6th St. in Bremerton. Phone: (360) 373-6758.
25th – noon – Tour to Port Townsend. We need a volunteer to plan the driving portion of this event. If interested, please cont act
Maryann at [email protected] or via phone: (253) 853-4003 ASAP. We will tour Bergstrom's Antique & Classic Autos
(809 Washington Street), stop at Quimper Inn with a 5:30P dinner to follow at a local restaurant in Port Townsend. RSVP for
dinner to Mike Kenna at (360) 385-1256 or via e-mail to [email protected]
May 2009
9th –8:30A – Charity Show & Shine. Meet at Poulsbo McDonalds to drive as a group to the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Fundraiser
at Vinland Elementary School. In addition to the Walk-a-thon, OPR will hold a car show and shine during the event to gather
additional funds for the charity. Submit Registration Form with payment of $15 early bird by 3/30/09 or $20 thereafter, made
out to "OPR-PCA" or "CFF" and mail to OPR-PCA, P.O. Box 3572, Silverdale, WA 98383-3572. Parking is limited, so must
RSVP to Maryann Elwell at [email protected] or via phone: (253) 853-4003 no later than 4/15/09.
9th – 6:00P – Nueve De Mayo Dinner. At Los Cazadores, a wonderful little Mexican restaurant at 3329 Kitsap Way in Bremerton.
Celebrate the Mexican way, have a margarita! Please RSVP by 5/1/2008 to Gloria Mellon at 360-405-0211 or by email at
[email protected]
13th – 6:30P/7:00P – BBQ Dinner/Board & Membership Meeting at MAXRPM at 2320 6th St. in Bremerton. Phone (360)373-6758.
16th – noon – Viking Fest Parade in Poulsbo followed by Picnic at Faye Bainbridge Park. RSVP to Patrick Mitchell at (206) 780-3880
or via e-mail to [email protected] for the picnic. We need a volunteer to head up the parade. If interested, please con tact Maryann at [email protected] or via phone: (253) 853-4003.
TBD – Tech Session – We need a volunteer to plan this event. If interested, please contact Mary ann at [email protected] or via
phone: (253) 853-4003.
June 2009
10th – 6:30P/7:00P – BBQ Dinner/Board & Membership Meeting at MAXRPM at 2320 6th St. in Bremerton. Phone (360)373-6758.
20th – Hoquiam Car Show – Please RSVP by 6/10/09 to Gloria Mellon at (360)405-0211 or by e-mail at [email protected]
21st – Great Wolf Lodge Charity Show & Shine – Benefiting Boys & Girls Club of America. Submit Registration Form with payment
of $25 made out to "OPR-PCA" and mail to OPR-PCA, P.O. Box 3572, Silverdale, WA 98383-3572. Includes 2 free water
park passes for the day per car entry. Parking is limited, so
must RSVP to Bob Becken at [email protected]m or
via phone: (360)710-7666 no later than 5/15/09. After that we
are opening up registration to other car clubs. More details to
come regarding special overnight rate at the Lodge.
27th – Port Townsend Car Show Please RSVP by 6/20/09 to Gloria
Mellon at (360)405-0211 or e-mail at [email protected]
28th – Shelton Car Show – Please RSVP by 6/20/09 to Gloria Mellon at
(360)405-0211, or by e-mail at [email protected]
29th – July 4th – 54th Annual Porsche Parade in Keysone. CO (near
Denver). Registration starts May 3rd – 5th and will be accepted
fo r fi rst 1000 entrants.
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