November History Quiz

Harry Kennison


Here is this month’s history quiz to test your knowledge of infamous and famous within the Shenandoah Region of the Porsche Club of America:


1.     In 2004 Heat Exchanger editor, Phil Audibert attended a Porsche 356 event at the Collier Collection in Naples, Florida.  One of the four-cylinder 356’s present was the highly modified 356 world speed record holder.  How fast did this Porsche go at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2003?


A.     114 miles per hour

B.     127 miles per hour

C.     145 miles per hour

D.    168 miles per hour


2.     The 2004 Holiday Party was graciously hosted by Bryce and Gay Jewett at their beautiful Richmond home.  Shenandoah members from Harrisonburg including Howie and Rhonda Dunbrack, Chess and Diane Earman and Andy and Bunny Turner (otherwise known as the “Harrisonburg Bunch”), decided to carpool to the party.  What kind of car did they arrive in and who was driving?


3.     Under the leadership of Rick Ebinger, the 2003 & 2004 Shenandoah President, it is no surprise that there were more Autocrosses than ever before.  Rick, in addition to his job as President has served as the Driving Events Chairman.  Autocross attracted more women willing to test their driving skills against the cones.  Who was the 2004 autocross champion in the ladies’ division?


4.     Who took over the reins in 2005 as the new Shenandoah Club President?


5.     In 2005 Porsche added yet another model to its line-up.  What was it called and what was it based upon?


Bonus Question:  In 2004 twelve Shenandoah members led by Jim Condon, a radio astronomer who works at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Headquarters in Charlottesville, made the trip to West Virginia to see the massive Green Bank Telescope.  During a behind the scenes tour, Jim explained that the telescope is used to track radio signals emitted by carbon monoxide gas molecules in another other galaxy.  How far away is this galaxy?


A.     24,901 miles away

B.     93 million miles away

C.     746 million miles away

D.    13 billion light years away




1.     C.  This highly modified 1600 cc, four cylinder Porsche holds the world speed record for a 356 at 145.76 miles per hour.  It was set at Bonneville Salt Flats in 2003.


2.     The “Harrisonburg Bunch” carpooled to the 2004 Holiday Party in a stretch Lincoln Town Car that was chauffeured by none other than Andy Turner who was dressed in authentic chauffeur attire.


3.     The 2004 Ladies division champion was Diane Earman in her 1986 944 Turbo.  She nosed out Susie Audibert in her 1999 Boxster by a single point in the overall standings.


4.     It’s all in the family!  Phyllis Scrogham was elected to be the new club president in 2005 succeeding Rick Ebinger who continued to do an outstanding job as the Driving Event Chairman.  Phyllis becomes the third member of the Scrogham family to serve as President as Cole and Weldon Scrogham also served as Shenandoah Presidents.


5.      In 2005, Porsche introduced the Cayman S, which was a two-seater coupe based upon the mid-engined Boxster design.  It came with the ageless flat-six engine and a few more horses than its ragtop cousin.


Bonus Question Answer: D. According to Shenandoah Region webmaster and chief photographer, Jim Condon, who also happens to be a radio astronomer, the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia features a dish that has a diameter larger than a football field and can track radio signals emitted by carbon monoxide gas molecules in another galaxy nearly 13 billion light years away.  Wow!  Beam us up Jim!  That’s further away than next year’s Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City!