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Euro Car Show 2018

Hi folks – its coming up soon – the Euro Car Show 2018!
We have always had a good showing of Porsches for this event – lets see if we can have the most car per car club again!

 

Here is the registration form and details on the event.

Hope to see you there – Chris White

Tech Session at Detail Johnny

Info on upcoming tech session at Detail Johnny’s courtesy of Rich Ertinger:

Now that the snow is melting it’s time to start preparing to get our cars back on the road.  Based on it’s popularity last year we are once again holding a tech session centered on the cosmetics of car care.  We have scheduled a detailing clinic for those interested in concourse preparation or for those who just want to make their rides shine.  We have timed it so you’ll be able to get your car ready for our club’s big spring event, the Cobweb Concourse, which is scheduled for one week after the clinic.

When:  Saturday May 5th
We will start the session at 9:30 am with a meet and greet and enjoy coffee and donuts.  John  will begin his demonstrations at 10:00, and at noon we’ll break for pizza.  After lunch John will be available for additional tutorials and one-on-one consultations.

Where:  Detail Johnny
101 Johnson Street
East Syracuse, NY  13057
John Cannizzaro  (“Detail Johnny”) has been perfecting his craft for more than 20 years and has built a reputation in Central NY as a premier detailer, servicing corporate accounts as well as private owners.  He is experienced and talented in all aspects of car detailing and will share some of those skills with our members.  For driving directions and to see more about the services John can provide I encourage you to visit his website at www.detailjohnny.com

What:  Based on input from those who attended last year John will be covering a variety of topics, including:
– Clay barring
– Dr. Colorchip paint touchups
– Leather care
– Engine bay detailing

– Glass cleaning/sealants

** Please reply to event chair Rich Ertinger at rertinge@twcny.rr.com or call him at 315-263-5672 before 4/30/18 to register your attendance so we can plan for enough food.

** Bring a folding lawn chair.

**  Bring a non-perishable food item for the Central NY Food Bank.

Rush’s Trip to Road America

ROAD TRIP

by Rush Pond

Just saying those words out loud is enough to make lots of people giddy with excitement. Now add in a few modifiers like, PCA, Road America, HPDE, Friends, and you might just shout, “SIGN ME UP!”  Well that’s what I did last year.

Each year Niagara Region PCA does a “Road Trip”. This is a trip to an HPDE at a track that is not typically traveled to due to its geographical location. Well last year the Road Trip was to Elkhart Lake Wisconsin, home of the famous Road America (RA) road course. The trip was set for Labor Day weekend. The HPDE was actually a 4 day event that was being done congruently with a PCA Club Race. As impossible as this might seem, Chicago Region pulled it off flawlessly.  We all got plenty of track time and all the Club Racing went on without a hitch.  Pretty impressive.

RA is a special place for me. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and have fond memories of going to the CanAm races there with my Dad, and brothers. Later I would go there with friends from college. And later, when I got my 914-6 and joined PCA, I learned about track driving at RA. It became my “home” track. It had been a long time since I’d driven at RA so I was pumped!  Since I had driven RA many times in the past, the others in our group were kinda looking to me for advice. My advice was, “Don’t drive too fast, too fast”. That became our “mantra” for the weekend.

We were a group of seven, two of which were also Club Racers. Everyone, except for me, trailered their cars out to Road America. It was a long 15 hour trip for me. I got to the track just in time for final Tech Inspection at 6:40 pm the night before the event. (PHEW, that first beer sure tasted good!)  We rented a (VRBO) house in New Holstein for the weekend and commuted to the track.

This was considered an Advanced HPDE meaning you had to be approved as being an advanced DE driver in order to be considered for the event. Local instructors were available to show you the way around the course if you wanted a little help. But basically, we were on our own to learn how to drive the track safely.  The HPDE was held in conjunction with the PCA Club Race and spanned the full 4-days of Labor Day weekend. The weather was good (most of the time) and we learned the track quickly. We followed each other and paid attention to the lines the locals were driving. RA is a WONDERFUL track. It has every kind of challenge a road course could offer and it is huge. The course itself is over 4 miles long with 14 turns and lots of elevation changes. The track surface is smooth and well maintained. The Chicago Region members were very accommodating and friendly. The bratwurst is the best – period. We even had bratwurst breakfast sandwiches. Oh Baby!!! In the evening we dined at local restaurants and resorts which were excellent. PCA put on a great buffet on Saturday night at Seibkins Resort.

On Friday night we happened to find a shop in the Village of Elkhart Lake called The Throttle Stop. The shop had closed for the day but as we peered into the windows we could not believe our eyes. It was like looking into a museum full of exotic cars and motorcycles. We went back the next day when they were open and discovered that everything was for sale! We’re talking Porsches, BMWs, Vipers, Fords, a ’57 Corvette, Mercedes, Camaros, Jags and racks and racks of all types of motorcycles. They were all perfect and they were all for sale! (See photos) It was unbelievable that a company with all these amazing cars and motorcycles was nestled into a side street in this little Village of Elkhart Lake. What a treat for us!  Check them out at   www.thethrottlestop.com

Well we had perfect weather for 3 days. Since everyone else was pulling trailers they left on Monday morning (Labor Day) in order to get through Chicago before the holiday traffic got too bad. I elected to stay Monday and drive one or two sessions. But just as I was about to enter the track it began to rain. My rear tires were quite worn and I didn’t want to push my luck on the track so I bailed out.  My plan all along was to drive 40 minutes over to Manitowoc, WI and catch the SS Badger Car Ferry over to Ludington, MI.  Not being in a big hurry to get home and not wanting to deal with the traffic between Wisconsin and Chicago on Labor Day – my plan was to take the ferry across Lake Michigan to Ludington. It was delightful. The trip across the lake took 4 hours and was very relaxing. There was a restaurant, a bar, a (free) movie theater, a little museum, and plenty of room to move around and to sit or take a nap.  And the before you know – you’re in Michigan. I drove a few more hours, overnighted in Flint and then continued on home the next day via Canada.  A great Road Trip with a great bunch of guys.

This year the Road Trip is to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They have a road course in the infield of the main track which utilizes the front straight of the speedway.  Sounds like fun to me. I’m going and will file a trip report after I get back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Suspension mods…

sorry….couldn’t help myself!! 🙂

914s….getting respect!!

The always affordable 914   has gotten respectable, well mostly…

Bill flogging one of his 914s at a CNY Autocross last year

For over 20 years I have been on the lookout for unloved 914’s,  dragging them home whenever I could get a bargain.  Often well south of a thousand dollars or so.  Many times the parts were used to bring my 1970 track beaten car back from the dead one more time.  Actually I’m just assembling a 3.0L 6  for my “Mrs Murphy”  and hope to take her to the Glen the first part of June. (I bent a Valve the last outing, My fault).   And last year I built a 73/74 from the bits of 14+ cars that were in the shed, which had a chassis there also.

These 914’s  have been offered for sale for years, in reasonable condition, for three to four thousand dollars on EBay and other classified spots.

The underdog 914 is rising though.   The Ebay listings I see for 1500 to 3000 are cars that I can guarantee will take 6 times those amounts to be a presentable car.  Many of the other listings appear to be above the $9000 valuation now.

Hagerty has been valuing a “good” 73 2.0L model for over $14,000 these days for some time now with the levels of Excellent and Concours above that.

Even the ‘Big Bumper’  75 2.0L model is above $14,000 , go figure.   Of  course  my 75 1.8L only rates a $10,700 value.

I had four 914’s  and let one go last fall so only 3 are left but I’m going to be interested to see just where the market will go.

I wonder what’s next to climb in value?  Maybe I should buy back that 944 I sold a few years ago. (Note from Chris White – 944s are increasing in value rapidly too! Really nice 944 turbos have hit over $50k in auction)

Bill Kohnke

 

AND at the TOP Valuation was a ’74  4 cyl 914 sold at the Gooding auction of Feb this year.

An Article posted by Jalopnik  By Bradley Brownell last Month Reports that during Gooding & Company’s collector car auction at Amelia Island this week, this particularly low-mile Zambezi Green 1974 Porsche 914 2.0-liter sold for a massive $93,000 hammer price. This is an unfathomable price for such a car. A well-kept 914 is an incredible car, perhaps still one of the most underrated cars of its time, but there is no universe in which it provides $93,000 of enjoyment. This inflated Porsche value madness has to end!

Yes, this is perhaps the nicest example of a 914 still in original condition. This car features just under 5000 miles on the odometer, and has been kept, until recently, in excellent condition by the Brumos collection in Florida. This car is equipped with all the right options, including rarities like front and rear sway bars, tinted glass, and the much-desired appearance package. Being a 1974 model, however, means it has the big impact bumper add-ons, which are just a bummer to look at.

There are a ton of reasons why a four-cylinder 914 should never sell for nearly a hundred grand. 914s are great cars, I’ve driven a few dozen examples, and they’re always a joy, but there are so many cars that provide a much better driving experience for less. Not to mention that there are cars that are far more rare for less cash, as Porsche and Volkswagen teamed to build over 113,000 examples of the 914-4 from 1970 to 1976. Meanwhile, only about 3300 models were built with a six-cylinder engine, so go ahead and spend crazy money on those, they’re worth it

The car was expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000, but the final bid soared even past the high estimate. This surprised many in the community, and will surely have traditionally frugal 914 owners thinking their heaps are worth their own weight in gold. One of the last truly affordable aircooled Porsches is about to get out of control, mark my words. This is how speculation bubbles are wrought.

Sebring PCA Race 2018

Sebring PCA Club Race 2018

When its cold up here in CNY it doesn’t take much of an excuse to go somewhere warm….So when the combination one of the largest PCA club races in the country at Sebring and (with a little arm twisting) a flight down in fellow CNY member’s (Dave Tagg) private plane it seemed like a great plan!

6 hours at close to 200mph powered by a air cooled flat six got us in the mood to watch some Porsches…

CNY member Gene Raymondi was racing in his E class Boxster, looking good as always! Gene has had quite a few successful seasons finishing in the top 5 of the country.

Here is Gene making a pass under braking and making it stick!

And then there was a 911 cup car taking an ‘experimental’ line!

here is an interesting view of the Sarasota area!

and finally the view arriving back in CNY at sunset….great weekend trip!

Street Survival – Driving School for Young Adults hosted by CNY PCA

CNY is putting on its first Street Survival event on April 29th at the Griffiss Business & Technology Park (Old Air Force Base) in Rome NY. These events are for 16 – 21 year olds with a valid permit or licence.

This is not your typical young adult drivers education school! The purpose of the school is to teach new drivers how to handle their cars safely. exercises such as slalom, skid pad and lane change will let the student experience how their vehicle will react in avoidance maneuvers, hard braking and other emergency situations while in a safe environment. I (Chris White) have instructed at several of these events and I recommend them very highly – this is the only safe way to learn how a vehicle reacts in emergency situations – you can’t learn this is a classroom or from a book!

If you know anybody that fits this age group I encourage you to pass this on to them or their parents.

We also need volunteers to help make this event the best it can be. We have training to help you become a coach or you can assist with each of the excessive. This is a great chance to help educate new drivers and keep them safe and proficient drivers!

More information at the Street Survival web site – http://streetsurvival.org/

Or Contact Dennis Hesse at dhesse@twcny.rr.com

Click HERE for Registration

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this video.

All Schools $95.

See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Bill Wade, National Program Director, @ 864.438.2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

 

Passing of a long time CNY Member – Burt Markowitz

Ithaca – Dr. Burton Steven Markowitz, 73, passed away on Dec. 29, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Tamara Markowitz, daughter Lara Markowitz of El Cerrito, CA, daughter Stacy and son-in-law Todd Matthews of Richmond, VA, and granddaughter Piper Jade Matthews.

The world has lost a giant of a man. ‘Doc’ was a problem-solver, a hugger, a master joke teller, a lover of trivia, puns, travel, and good food. A life-long car enthusiast, he enjoyed annual trips to Watkins Glen to drive his Porsche at top speeds. He was an avid radio control flyer and enjoyed golfing and skiing. He was a dedicated sports fan, especially the Mets, Yankees, and his alma mater, OSU. Starting with two puppies that were a surprise gift to Tammy, they had many miniature schnauzers over the years that were treasured family members.

Doc was born in the Bronx, NY on July 28, 1944 to David and Selma Markowitz. He is also survived by sister Ree Davis of Flushing, NY, niece April (Kevin) Kane and grand nephew Damon of Sterling, MA, nephew Eric Davis of Tempe, AZ, many cousins, and dear friends. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS in Psychology and earned his Doctor of Optometry at The Ohio State University. He fell so in love with Ithaca’s beauty that he decided to open his practice here and make it his home. He and Tammy met on a blind date, an ironic twist for an optometrist, and they married in 1969. Over the years he served as president of both the South Central Optometric Society and the Ithaca Lions Club, and volunteered many hours with Head Start. He was an admired Optometrist who practiced in Ithaca for 45 years and treated his patients with care and friendship. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate if you choose to make a donation in his name to the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) or the Lions Club.

Published in Ithaca Journal from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2018

8-19-17 Autocross Results

8/13/17 autocross at Lafayette Motorsports Park

Auto X results

CNY Autocross @ Lafayette Motorsports Park

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