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Drive the Plank
by Hank Weil       Posted 2018 August 11

After almost a week of heavy rain in Albemarle County, our Saturday, August 4 "Drive the Plank" tour led by Tim Messer was welcomed with "Carolina" blue skies and somewhat mild conditions. A total of 39 drivers and navigators participated with 20 Porsches, a Maserati, a BMW Z4, and a Mini Cooper. The participants included Mark & Marty Doherty, Hal & Cyndi Fredrickson, Dan Kuchenberg & Paula Ironmonger, Jason Wavell & Victoria Mason, Tim & Andrea Messer, John & C. R. Odden (John's Dad), Charles & Genie Passut, Dick Pitini, Bruce Russell, Mark Sackson & Jim Ballheim, Bruce Vlk, David & Nancy Wallace (FSR), Bill & Sara Barony (FSR), Hank & Jolly Weil, Tony Wilson, Charlie & Robin Winzer, Steve Ham, Shannon & Kathy Kennedy, Kevin Sheets, Michelle & Stew Whitehurst, Jeff & Ginger Elmore, Shawn Pharr, and Steve & Penny Heim. What a great turnout for a really fun drive thru the Virginia countryside.

"If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plan" is a lyric from an old country song. It could also have been our theme song for the day. Although the route had been driven three hours prior to the drive, we ran into our first surprise within the first three miles. A full road crew had appeared, complete with dripping blacktop that no Porsche driver would want to drive through. This led to a quick decision to change our route to go around the construction. Many thanks to Andrea Messer for jumping out of the lead car to quickly explain the situation to everyone and Steve Ham for offering her a ride out to Devil's Backbone.

We were able to rejoin our route three miles later and although the mileage figures were now off, the basic directions held true. We appeared to form a tight group as we headed west along Carters Mountain Road and onto historic Plank Road. Our second major complication happened along Plank Road as a tree branch fell somewhere between two cars within the group. Many thanks to whoever jumped out of their Porsche and quickly solved the problem. Although the tree limb and traffic on Highway 151 caused some separation, we all arrived at Devils Backbone Basecamp and Brewpub safe and sound, hungry and thirsty. Although the pub was somewhat crowded, the food was good and the beer was cold. All in all, it turned out to be a very successful drive on a beautiful summer day. As Hank likes to say, "It's not JUST the cars, it's the people." Mahalo everyone for attending.

To download a short video from the tour, click here. (Caution for those with slow internet service: this is a 19 Megabyte video.)


Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, August 2018
by John Odden, Membership Chair

   20 Years: Jan Shearin, Rick Ebinger

     5 Years: Kevin Allocca, James Miller, Jonathan Newhall, Tim Mabes


PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   July 2018 Membership Report
by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 August 2

Primary Members–265
Affiliate Members–153
Total Membership–418

New member:

  • Sam Shaver of Nellysford, VA – 2011 Cayenne S

New Test Drive member:

  • Robert McCabe of Keswick, VA

Transfer out of the Region:

  • Deane Parker to Kissimmee Florida, Florida Citrus Region

Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


PCA 2018 Public Service Awards: Shenandoah Region Honorable Mention
by Mark Doherty       Posted 2018 August 1

Michael Soriano, PCA National Awards Chair, has announced that the Shenandoah Region PCA has been recognized by PCA as Honorable Mention for the 2018 Public Service Awards, as part of the annual National Awards program. The write-up submitted for consideration focused mainly on Literacy Volunteers and Turkeys in the Frunk. Toys for Tots at the Holiday party and the contribution to charity from last year's Summer Picnic would also be examples. I believe we are the smallest region to be so recognized.


2018 Cyaman GTS photo 2018 Cayman GTS driven by Jim Condon and Sherry Westfall Autocross #3 at Verona
by Jim Condon       Posted 2018 July 21

Autocross #3 on Sunday, July 15 attracted 47 drivers to the Augusta Government Center parking lot in Verona, VA. Rick Ebinger designed a course that began with a short straight followed by a right turn that led into a counterclockwise circle, a slalom, a hairpin turn, a drag-race straight, and around some walls of cones to a shot across the starting straight to the finish line. It allowed two cars on course simulaneously for more runs while the weather held out. Even so, the event was truncated by a mid-afternoon thunderstorm and monsoon, so many drivers in the "other" group made only five of the usual six runs. As Rick pointed out, nobody would have made their fastest run in the rain anyway. To see the photo gallery covering this event, click here.

The FTD = 41.888 s went to Jacin Lisner in his 2006 Z06, which was 0.057 s ahead of Chris Cann's 2004 Z06. Jonathan Newhall's 42.224 s was the fastest for an "improved" Porsche.

The class winners were:

  • p03    Mike Kilmer (1983 911 SC)               46.404 s
  • p04    Jeffrey Elmore (1999 Carrera 4)        44.062 s
  • p05    Jim Condon (2018 Cayman GTS)       44.036 s
  • i01     Jonathan Newhall (1973 914)            42.224 s
  • lad     Sherry Westfall (2018 Cayman GTS)  46.487 s

Here are all of the results, sorted by time and by class.


Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, July 2018
by John Odden, Membership Chair

   15 Years: Jim Condon

   10 Years: Engelbert Muelhaupt


PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   June 2018 Membership Report
by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 July 3

Primary Members–265
Affiliate Members–153
Total Membership–418

New member:

  • Robert Golub of Culpeper, VA – 2018 718 Boxster GTS

Transfers into the Region:

  • Jim Meyer of Midlothian from First Settlers Region
  • Linda Daniel of Culpeper from Potomac Region

Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


Porsches at the 2018 RPM concours 2018 Richmond Porsche Meet (RPM) concours cars on the Virginia Crossings lawn. The Porsche corral is in the background.

22nd Richmond Porsche Meet
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, June 1–3, 2018
by the 2018 RPM Committee        Posted 2018 June 20

The weather forecast for the 22nd annual Richmond Porsche Meet (RPM) was dubious at best—there was a significant chance of rain, lots and lots of rain the entire weekend. All we can say is that didn't prove to be the case, as the rains held off during the day in Glen Allen for all three days. The clouds did open up Saturday evening. I'm sure there was some trepidation among both those who had registered for the event and those who were planning on being there Saturday morning for the Concours.

To see the photo gallery covering RPM 2018, click here, and click here to see David Ogburn's photos on flikr.

RPM 2018 was held at the lovely Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Glen Allen, where participants enjoyed onsite lodging and dining as well as a judged Concours and People's Choice selection in the courtyard on Saturday morning.

But before we get into this year's event, let us provide a little history and give credit to RPM's founder, Alex Smith, a Shenandoah member who first hosted RPM in his back yard and then continued organizing this event for the next 19 years. Many thanks to Alex for his dedication and hard work in creating Shenandoah's signature event! Since then, RPM has grown to attract Porsche enthusiasts and over 100 of their Porsches from Regions all across the East Coast.

Now back to RPM 2018. This year, Shenandoah Region created an RPM Committee to spread the load and to ensure that members and guests experienced an exciting and fun weekend. The Committee chaired by Hank Weil included Mark Doherty, Marty Doherty, Randy Bell, Michael Evans, Clint Shuler, John Odden, Eric Boody, Rick Ebinger, Jason Wavell, Dan Kuchemberg, Tim Foster, Roger Borsink, and Dave Lasch.

Marty Doherty coordinated the volunteer process, and about 30 volunteers from Shenandoah and other PCA regions came together to continue the premier Shenandoah Region event and one of its great traditions.

This Porsche-packed weekend included a visit on Friday to Euroclassics Porsche for a tech session by Lewis Ward, one of the Richmond area's most experienced and recognized detailers. Lewis fielded questions on a variety of detailing subjects and reviewed available products and techniques to improve the paint on our Porsches. After the Tech Session, participants could spend time with other RPM participants in the Hospitality Suite (a new addition for 2018) at Virginia Crossings and then make plans to have dinner either on site or at a number of restaurants in the area.

Saturday morning, our friendly onsite registration team, coordinated by Marty Doherty, performed like a finely tuned Porsche as they checked in guests and sent them on to other volunteers who directed them to parking, registration, and the RPM festivities. An enthusiastic team of volunteers at Info Central handed out maps and gave directions and/or guidance to participants. Shenandoah member and Deputy Manager for Community Operations for Henrico County, Tim Foster, prepared detailed maps, arranged to have the traffic stopped at busy Route 1 for our fun run, and provided his expertise on county regulations and area roads. He also helped with set-up and take-down.

Not only did it not rain, but the courtyard lawn at Virginia Crossings was sufficiently dry and firm so that both the Euroclassics Porsche–sponsored Concours and the Porsche Corral could be held on the grass. Congratulations to our Concours Class winners and to the Euroclassics Concours Best in Show winner George Michaels and his 1991 Porsche 928 GT, for which Euroclassics awarded him a Porsche Driving Experience. We would also like to congratulate John Ashford, the 2018 Gay Jewett People's Choice Award winner with his Aquamarine blue 1957 356A Speedster!

Click here to see the complete Concours judging results and here to see photos of the Concours.

Saturday lunch was a buffet in the Glen Restaurant. Dan Kuchenberg and Paula Ironmonger collected tickets and counted 105 members, sponsors, and guests attending the luncheon.

Jason Wavell led a large group on a lively 90-minute fun run along winding country roads to the Hanover Tavern, where the participants could tour the old tavern and partake in a cold drink before returning to Virginia Crossings for some down time before the Saturday evening Awards Banquet.

The banquet was sponsored by Dorn's Body & Paint. Before dinner, we were entertained as Dan Rowzie recalled his adventures co-driving an early 911 Targa with an IROC racing engine in the 1975 running of the legendary "Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" (a.k.a. Cannonball Run). This is an outlaw race from New York City to Redondo Beach California, which he and his co-pilot completed in 38 hours and 39 minutes. Their on-course adventures included eluding police in New Jersey, getting a ticket in Texas, and passing competitors at 130 mph to psych them out.

RPM wouldn't be RPM without a chance to satisfy our need for speed Sunday morning and to see how fast our Porsches can go on an autocross course laid out by Rick Ebinger and timed by Erik Boody. The course this year was set up with some nice long straightaways on the Richmond Raceway "Bus Lot." The 15 participants were thoroughly challenged by this course. What a great way to end a great RPM weekend. See the autocross article below.

We would like to especially thank Mark Doherty for his behind-the-scenes work with the staff of Virginia Crossings to ensure that all the necessary support equipment was available and that all the planned events at the hotel took place without issues. Thanks to Randy Bell for his unwavering support, his title sponsorship work with Euroclassics Porsche and Dominion Raceway, and his responsibility for set-up and take-down; as well as his being the contact point for the Saturday Fun Run road conditions. The heavy rains prior to RPM caused part of the route to be washed out.

A huge thank you to John Odden for coming up with the idea of a Hospitality Suite that he kept stocked with cold beverages and snacks and for assisting with setting up the Sponsors' banners. A special thank you goes to Jim Condon, our Club's webmaster and photographer, and to David Ogburn for taking great photos of the event posted in this article and on our Club website.

Many thanks to the following sponsors and contributors who made RPM 2018 a great event:

Title Sponsors

  • Euroclassics Porsche (Mark Cooke, Chris Rennie, & Brian Faulkner) — Midlothian, VA (Also donated a Porsche Driving Experience for the Best of Show Concours winner)
  • The Drivers Club at Dominion Raceway (Jim Lorimer) — Thornburg, VA (Also donated two gift certificates for driving days at Dominion Raceway
  • Dorn's Body & Paint (Barry Dorn, John Defrancesco, Clay Milburn, Scott Hamilton) — Mechanicsville, VA (Also donated gift certificate for Ceramic-Pro paint protection)

Club Sponsors

  • PhotoWorksGroup (Mike & Geoff Kilmer) — Charlottesville, VA (Donated Shenandoah and RPM banners and other signage)
  • PrintSource (Ben Briggs) — Charlottesville, VA (Donated printing of the RPM brochure, program, poster, fun run instructions, and other items)

Enthusiasts

Contributors

Supporters

We sincerely thank all of you who gave your time, talents, and resources to make RPM 2018 a success. There were so many of you that we were unable to name everyone. If you volunteered and your name was not mentioned in this article, please know that your contributions are very much appreciated.

Remember it is not just the cars, but also the people who make the Shenandoah Region great!!!


The 996/VW The 996/VW Lemons car: Is it coming or is it going? The Drivers Club at Dominion Raceway
RPM Autocross

by Jim Condon       Posted 2018 June 8

The Drivers Club at Dominion Raceway is the title sponsor of the 2018 RPM autocross. Next year the RPM autocross will be at the Dominion Raceway itself.

Optimistic drivers who braved dire predictions of rain on June 3 were rewarded with a high-speed autocross on a parking lot at the Richmond Raceway Complex (RRC), formerly known as the Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Storms circled around the autocross site but never made a direct hit, so the asphalt remained dry throughout the event and, as an added benefit, the air remained mercifully cool.

The RRC parking lot is very long, so Rick could a design fast course with three straights, a hairpin turn, a slalom, a spiral to bring down speeds just before the finish line, and enough runoff room that everybody stayed clear of the fences.

Jonathan Newhall kept his ailing 914 running long enough to grab another FTD at 45.275 seconds, followed closely by Richard Gray in his 996 Turbo at 45.475 seconds. Engelbert Muelhaupt slayed a number of cones but managed a clean run at 46.004 seconds to fill out the podium. The vehicle attracting the most attention was a 2000 996/VW Lemons car driven by Justin Loehlein, Chris Cann, and Robert Harrison. Inside it is mostly VW and the rear end is the front of a Passat. The front end looks like a Porsche 996, so this chimera has been called a "Porschat". As the photo suggests, it seems to be approaching from both ends.

The class winners were:

  • p03    Mike Kilmer (1983 911 SC)               50.985 s
  • p04    Jeffrey Elmore (1999 Carrera 4)       46.398 s
  • p05    Jim Condon (2018 Cayman GTS)       46.209 s
  • i01     Jonathan Newhall (1973 914)           45.275 s
  • lad     Sherry Westfall (2018 Cayman GTS) 48.318 s
  • Here are all of the results, sorted by time and by class. To see the photo gallery covering this event, click here. Click here to see Engelbert Muelhaupt's photo page on flickr.


    Porsche of the Week Photo Porsche of the Week
    by Jim Condon        Posted 2018 June 8

    Claudia Muelhaupt's photo of Engelbert autocrossing his very green 1971 911T was named the PCA national Porsche Photo of the Week. The photo was accompanied by the text below.

    Porsche of the Week Photo by Claudia Muelhaupt. Shenandoah Region.

    "Our 1971 911T was completely restored by my husband, Engelbert, nine years ago, and many sheet metal parts were replaced in the process, such as the complete floor, rocker panels, front suspension pan, etc.

    "He made the flares, from fiberglass, to fit the 17 x 8– and 17 x 9–inch wheels with Hoosiers sized 245 mm in front and 295 mm at the rear.

    "He runs the car in F–Prepared in SCCA class and in Improved Porsche in PCA with the Shenandoah Region."

    Congratulations to both Muelhaupts!


    Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, June 2018
    by John Odden, Membership Chair

       25 Years: Bruce Russell

       10 Years: Steve Heim

         5 Years: Dan Shenk


    PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   May 2018 Membership Report
    by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 Jun 5

    Primary Members–266
    Affiliate Members–154
    Total Membership–420

    New members:

    • Mark Baker of Charlottesville, VA – 2000 Boxster

    Transferred out:

    Steve Carter to Chipley, FL

    Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


    Jonathan Newhall's 
3-wheeler Jonathan Newhall's 3-wheeler Autocross #1 at Verona
    by Jim Condon       Posted 2018 May 17

    For our first autocross on May 12, designer Rick Ebinger squeezed a lot of mileage into the limited area of the main parking lot that we can still use at Verona. His course included two concentric counterclockwise loops, a drag race, a real slalom, a fake slalom, and four transitions between the asphalt and concrete parts of the parking lot. It was fast but long enough that Alex Burkhart took 45.001 seconds to capture the FTD, and Jonathan Newhall had the shortest time in a Porsche — 45.190 seconds. The fastest lady was Langlee King, at 46.642 seconds in Will King's Honda S2000. Jim Condon and Sherry Westfall completed the 2000 mile run-in on their new Cayman GTS just before this autocross and drove it at speed for the first time.

    Here are all of the results, sorted by time and by class. To see the photo gallery covering this event, click here.


    Porsches on the Blue Ridge Parkway Peaks of Otter Tour
    by Jim Condon       Posted 2018 May 14

    Dan Kuchenberg and Jason Wavell organized a very successful tour along the Blue Ridge Parkway on April 28. It started at the the Humpback Rocks visitor center, made a short detour for a pit stop at Montebello (the "facilities" at the Humpback Rocks visitor center were still closed for the winter), and ended at the Peaks of Otter visitor center and restaurant. Most importantly, Dan made sure to pick a perfect sunny spring day so the Boxster and Cab drivers could go topless. The trees ranged from nearly bare at the highest altitudes to still blooming somewhat lower to green and leafy in the lowest gaps.

    To see the photo gallery covering this event, click here. The oldest car was Alex Sullivan's red 1966 911T, and there were two red air-cooled Carreras. A Panamera, a Cayenne, and a Macan represented the four-door contingent. Check out the photo Larry Markley's beautiful 997 Turbo S Cab with the XOTK license plate.

    Purely by coincidence, at the Peaks of Otter we encountered an independent PCA tour led by Vic and TJ Friedman from the Hurricane Region. They handed out chocolate gold "coins" with the Porsche Crest to Shenandoah members.

    After lunch we drove home our separate ways, and Sherry Westfall discovered a number of Trilliums blooming by the road near Petites Gap, about 10 miles north of the Peaks of Otter (see the final photo in the gallery).


    Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, May 2018
    by John Odden, Membership Chair

       15 Years: Johnny Johnson

       10 Years: Cam Abernethy

         5 Years: Richard Gray


    PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   April 2018 Membership Report
    by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 May 5

    Primary Members–264
    Affiliate Members–156
    Total Membership–420

    New members:

    • Wesley Siever of Broadway, VA – 2013 911 Carrera S
    • Kenneth Schmalzbach of Palmyra, VA – 2014 Cayman S
    No members transferred into or out of the Region this month.

    Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


    The Shenandoah Gearheads Wordplay 2018
    by Mark Doherty     Posted 2018 May 5

    Many thanks to the Shenandoah PCA "Gearheads" Mark Francis, Kim Butcher, and Jeffrey Elmore for helping to make the 11th annual Wordplay a roaring success. The Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville and Albermarle send their thanks to the Team, and to the Club for both participation and generous sponsorship. If you have never attended this event, please be on the lookout for the announcement of next year's edition. Great fun, a worthy cause, and Jeopardy on steroids! Click here for photos from Wordplay 2018.


    Jacque Landry waiting for Ray Schumin to release him
    onto the slalom exercise
    2018 Autocross School at Verona
    by Jim Condon       Posted 2018 May 5

    To see the photo gallery from this event, click here.

    The 2018 autocross school began on a nice bright sunshiny April 14 morning following an unusually cold and gray early spring. Rick Ebinger brought his new and very green truck with the autocross supplies box and set up an autocross course marked with numerous cones and flour lines to guide novice drivers. Professor Ebinger also delivered the autocross lecture and led the track walk for autocross students.

    Two exercises were set up inside the autocross course: a braking box and a slalom. Drivers were separated into two groups so both exercises could be run simultaneously. That left enough time that everybody got many runs on the full autocross course during the afternoon. Erik Boody set up the starting lights and timer so drivers could monitor their progress, but no times were recorded. The first "official" autocross at Verona is scheduled for May 12.


    Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, April 2018
    by John Odden, Membership Chair

         5 Years: Beverly McNeill


    PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   March 2018 Membership Report
    by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 April 1

    Primary Members–268
    Affiliate Members–156
    Total Membership–424

    New members:

    • Ed Hiter of Harrisonburg, VA – 2007 911 Carrera 4
    • Rafael Ravelo of Monroe, VA – 2001 911 Carrera
    • Chris Hammond of Troy, VA – 1987 911 Carrera
    • John Fowler of Millboro Springs, VA – 1981 911 SC Targa

    Transferred in:

    Kevin Sheets of Crimora, VA from the Outer Banks of N.C. (First Settlers Region)

    No members transferred out of the Region this month.

    Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


    Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, March 2018
    by John Odden, Membership Chair

       25 Years: Brian Fox, Joe Digirolamo

       10 Years: Bob Brown

         5 Years: Dean Reavis


    PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   February 2018 Membership Report
    by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 March 1

    Primary Members–265
    Affiliate Members–156
    Total Membership–421

    New members:

    • Stewart Whitehurst of Charlottesville, VA – 2001 Boxster S
    • Sean Miller of Charlottesville, VA – 2011 911 Turbo
    • Bruce Vlk of Charlottesville, VA – 2004 911 4S
    • Ed Rehorn of Earlysville, VA – 1974 914 2.0

    No members transferred into or out of the Region this month.

    Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


    Dorn's Body & Paint, Mechanicsville Tech Session—Dorn's Body & Paint, Feb 24, 2018
    by John Odden          Posted 2018 March 1

    Barry Dorn, Vice President of Dorn's Body & Paint greeted 16 Shenandoah Region members with coffee and a bountiful array of pastries for an introduction to the advanced elements of collision repair of premium vehicles. Dorn's Body & Paint is one of two Porsche Factory Certified repair centers in Virginia and the only one in central Virginia. Dorn's is also factory certified for Tesla, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo. Factory certification requires extensive personnel training and a broad investment in equipment to meet manufacturer's specifications.

    To see the photo gallery from this event, click here.

    We were presented with the complexities of working with the combination of a steel structure and aluminum panels. Due to galvanic action of dissimilar metals, the two materials cannot come in contact with each other. Very specialized bonding materials must be used to insure the two materials do not interact. With the increased government mandated mileage requirements of motor vehicles, the automobile manufacturers are using more aluminum to reduce weight and increase fuel economy. We learned that there are very few collision repair operations that have the ability to work with aluminum. An interesting point with aluminum is that it has no "memory" whereas steel has memory. Steel is inclined to resume its original stamped shape and aluminum does not. This makes repair of aluminum a very challenging undertaking.

    We had the opportunity to view a current model Range Rover which is all aluminum including the frame rails. The vehicle had a front end collision which damaged the initial 18" of aluminum frame rail. The engine and transmission required removal to perform the repair. Dorn's cut out the damaged portion and welded new aluminum frame rails to the existing frame. This required, in additional to aluminum welding, eight different factory specified rivets and a special bonding compound manufactured by 3M which is only available for purchase from the UK. The Range Rover was on a special jig to insure proper alignment of the frame. The repair cost for this vehicle was approximately $50,000.

    All in attendance received a very detailed education on the sensors that current automobiles have. These include backup cameras, distance detectors, blind spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control. Barry Dorn, who is on many national collision-repair boards and councils, shared with us that the paint thickness is a critical component for these sensors to function properly after a repair. An additional layer of paint can make a sensor inoperable. Paint thickness is now a critical component to collision repair. The sensing safely systems in current automobiles are called ADAS, Advance Driver Assist Systems. After a collision repair, it requires twelve hours of calibration to recalibrate all of these safety systems. Porsche, Audi, Tesla, and Mercedes Benz are the leading manufacturers providing these advanced systems.

    A common maintenance service to prolong tire life and reduce wear is a front-end alignment. Barry shared the common service provided is typically "toe and go". The two other critical adjustments besides toe adjustment are castor and camber. Today's cars monitor the steering angle through a Steering Angle Inclination Sensor. These sensors must be reset after each front-end alignment. Not having these important sensors reset to the new settings can cause a vehicle rollover in a crash-avoidance maneuver. How many shops actually address the Steering Inclination Sensor? Less than 1% have the equipment to perform this very important component of a front-end alignment.

    We were treated to a delicious lunch from Panera Bread and our choice of YETI thermal mugs with the Dorn's Body and Paint logo and Porsche Collision Repair Center embossed on them. Flow Porsche provided a beautiful 2018 metallic gray Porsche Panamera for us to view during our session at Dorn's.


    Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, February 2018
    by John Odden, Membership Chair

       20 Years: Brian Dodge

       10 Years: Deane Parker


    PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   January 2018 Membership Report
    by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 February 2

    Primary Members–263
    Affiliate Members–156
    Total Membership–419

    New members:

    • Dick Pitini of Powhatan, VA – 2017 Macan GTS
    • Scott Roberts of Stuarts Draft, VA – 2008 Boxster
    • Roger Briney of Charlottesville, VA – 2003 Boxster
    • Ron Perry of Waynesboro, VA – 1978 911 SC

    One member transferred into the Region:

    • David Lane of Charlottesville, VA – 2006 Boxster S

    No members transferred out of the Region.

    Please verify and update your postal and email addresses so that we can stay in touch with you. Here are instructions on how to change your PCA member records or renew your PCA membership.


    A thank you note from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank


    Daniel Wendell polishing Steve Upman's Carrera Tech Session at Automotive Aesthetic
    by Jim Condon          Posted 2018 January 24

    Daniel Wendell, the owner of Automotive Aesthetic in Charlottesville, opened his shop to a large contingent of Shenandoah PCA members and other "car guys" for a tech session on January 20. Daniel is a lifelong PCA member from a PCA family.

    To see the photo gallery from this event, click here.

    After gathering for coffee, donuts, and talk, we sat down and learned about detailing from Daniel. He covered the three stages of detailing: (1) decontamination, (2) rejuvenation, and (3) preservation. For decontamination (washing) he recommended the "three bucket" system. The first bucket is for wheels, which should be done first because they are usually the dirtiest part of the car. He uses special chemicals that attack the iron in brake dust, dissolving it into a red liquid that can be rinsed or wiped off with a soft brush. For washing the paint he uses separate "clean" and "dirty" buckets with plastic grids on the bottom where dirt can settle out. This reduces the chance of adding swirl marks to the paint by washing it with a dirty mitt. For drying he uses a blow dryer or a thick microfiber towel.

    The second stage is rejuvenation — polishing, removing scratches, correcting paint flaws, etc. Knowing how to do this and having the right tools (e.g., orbital polishers, paint depth gauges) is important, and is often best left to the pros.

    The third and final stage is protection, which can be anything from simple waxing to applying "glass" or "ceramic" coating to covering with plastic film. Daniel recommends carnuba wax primarily for show cars and garage queens because it is not very durable. He also applies Modesta glass coatings and plastic films. His takeaway message is that the skill of the person doing this work is critical.

    After a question-and-answer session, Daniel demonstrated polishing on Steve Upman's 911 Carrera. Daniel also rents garage space for people to store their cars. For example, Dave Lasch stores his recently restored 356SC there because he doesn't have a suitable garage at home.

    The tech session concluded with pizza and drinks for all.


    Shenandoah PCA small logo Shenandoah Membership Milestones, January 2018
    by John Odden, Membership Chair

       20 Years: Erik Boody, John Angle

       10 Years: Paul Sponseller

         5 Years: Ken Nachman, Alex Sullivan


    PCA logo Shenandoah Region PCA   December 2017 Membership Report
    by John Odden, Membership Chair        Posted 2018 January 4

    Primary Members–261
    Affiliate Members–155
    Total Membership–416

    New members:

    • Neil Raines of Harrisonburg, VA – 2014 Boxster
    • John Robertson of Charlottesville, VA – 2011 Cayman S
    • David Tyson of Scottsville, VA – 2002 911 Turbo

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      Pat Daily — Celebration of Life
    by Jim Condon          Posted 2017 December 18

    A celebration of long-time Shenandoah Region member Pat Daily's life was held on December 17 at 2:00 PM at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Click here to see photos from this event.

    Pat's wife Sandie, his daughter Shannon, and his Porsche friend Dick Pitman recalled different aspects of Pat's full life and many contributions to his family, his friends, and his country. Others who spoke included his brother and sister, his son-in-law Hamilton, a business associate, and a member of his model airplane club. After this celebration of life, Pat was honored by the U.S. Navy at the Virginia War Memorial, after which the flag shown at the left was presented to Sandie.

    Pat's 1963 356B was parked outside and will pass into the care of Shannon and Hamilton. Shenandoah Region members present included Dick Pitman, Alex & Gail Smith, Bruce Russell, Deane Parker, Hank Weil, John Odden, Jim Condon, and Sherry Westfall.


    Pat with "Fast Frieda" at the 2009 RPM concours    Remembering Pat Daily
       by Dick Pitman        Posted 2017 December 12

    Pat was introduced to me over 20 years ago by a Retired USMC Aviator who worked with Pat at UNOS. Pat was the "Executive Director for Operations" at the "United Network For Organ Sharing" in Richmond. My friend said, "Pat has a car like yours"—meaning a 356! OK, I'm in!

    Pat had retired from the US Navy Medical Service Corps as a Captain (0-7). His last command was as the Commanding Officer of the US Naval Hospital Subic Bay Philippines. One evening he and his bride Sandie were out for supper and he struck up a conversation with their waitress. He asked her where she was born and she told him, "Naval Hospital Subic Bay"! Pat said, "When you go home I want you to look at your birth certificate and see if Capt Pat Daily signed it."

    Autocrossing at Southside Speedway
     
    My Marine pilot friend, Pat, and I had lunch one day, driving our 356s so we could see each other's. Pat said, "You have to come to RPM!" I said "Whats that?" "Richmond Porsche Meet, dummy, it's at Alex Smith's place." OK, sounds like fun if there are more Porsches like ours! "You'll love it" and I did.

    So thats how our friendship started! How could you not have a friend with such a big smile and outgoing personality?

    Pat would auto cross FAST FRIEDA at Southside Race Track on the Sunday mornings after the RPM Concours and really got it going. Pat loved to drive his Heron Grey, NOT WHITE, 1963 356B Coupe. He would lead the driving tours after the Concours at Alex's with me in trail behind him, with a bad valve, pedalling like crazy trying to keep up.

    You couldn't miss Pat's car with the badges. Lately Pat's passions went to building and flying scale model radio controlled airplanes with a group named "Maxecuters." These were and are truly works of art. They would fly them at Mike Dale's place in Remington. Mike was a former RAF pilot and retired President of Jaguar North America. I am truly sorry I never went up there with Pat, always too busy!

    Robert Overholser did a very nice tribute to Pat on the Monday after Pat's passing. I noticed if you scroll down there is a comment from Shannon, Pat and Sandie's daughter. They were both very proud of their lawyer, horsewoman daughter who was recently named as one of Richmond's "Top 40 Under 40" in Style Weekly's 2017 listing.

    The past few weeks we would see each other at the Richmond Cars and Coffee. Of course the other 356ers and Porsche folks like Sean Rooks, Greg Snell, Engelbert, Chris O, and sometimes Eric would show up. It was only at the last C&C did we all see each other and Pat was having a great time talking to folks and taking pictures as he always did.

    If you didn't know Pat in the first 30 seconds of meeting him, you soon would and be ever more glad that you did.

    We will all miss so very much him. A true gentleman, professional, loving husband, father and friend. God Bless and Fair Winds Pat!



    Michie Tavern
    Annual Holiday Party at Michie Tavern
    by Jim Kaczorowski          Posted 2017 December 7

    'Twas the night of our party and all 'bout the roadhouse,
    not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
    Pineapple garlands were hung by the chimneys with care,
    in hopes that Porschephiles soon would be there.

    Volunteers were all snuggled so as not to be frozen,
    with tickets for raffle gifts soon to be chosen.

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
    that Hank sprang from his seat to see what was the matter.
    When what to his wondering eyes should appear...
    but a chorus of members bringing lots of good cheer.

    With a number of drivers so lively and quick,
    he knew in an instant they'd love prizes to pick.
    A bundle of toys they held tight to their chest —
    which Marines would deliver 'til no one could rest.

    Then the bar got abuzz with drinks and with beer,
    with talk of cars and the holiday now drawing so near.

    Our meal was traditional with chicken and pork —
    so tender and good, cut with only a fork.


    Sherry Westfall & Rick Ebinger
    Then Santa appeared, a real jolly old elf,
    and we laughed when we saw him in spite of our self.
    He spoke not a word and went straight to his work —
    giving a prize from each container for a Porsche...not a Merc.

    And laying a finger aside of his nose,
    a spare seat at a table he so happily chose.

    Rick gave prizes to best racers by class,
    to let Hank tout honored guests: both "laddie" and "lass."

    When all was done and applause had been given,
    I heard Hank exclaim ere we roared out of sight:
    Happy Holiday & Merry Christmas! ...and to all a good night!

    ('til next year my friends)

     

    Click here to see the photo gallery for this event.

     


    Jim Condon & Santa
    Santa's lucky raffle winners by category:
    (compiled by Marty Doherty)

    • Jim Condon – Porsche Driving Experience
    • Chris Beverage – VIR 2018 Season Pass
    • Cam Abernethy – Zone 2 Driver Education Pass
    • Klaus Hagspiel – Dominion Raceway Track Pass
    • Lisa Newhall – SRPCA Autocross 2018 Entry Fees
    • Anne Kaczorowski – Flawless Finish Gift Certificate
    • Bunny Turner – Mxautocare Gift Certificate
    • Jett Blatter – Newhall Mobileworks Gift Certificate
    • Cathy Austin – Massage Envy Gift Certificate
    • Claudia Muelhaupt – Perception Motor Werks Gift Certificate
    • Lynne Stockton (formerly Taylor) – Overstreet European Motors Gift Certificate
    • Jeanne Welty – Vivace Restaurant Gift Certificate

    The Shenandoah Region supported Toys for Tots at the 2017 Holiday Party.


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