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Octoberfest  in Syracuse    Saturday/Sunday  August 4&5


Look for Your Lederhosen and Brush Up on Your Umlauts


On Saturday August 4th and Sunday 5th the Central New York German-American Society will hold the 58th Annual Great Syracuse Oktoberfest at Longbranch Park in Liverpool, and we have again been invited to display our Porsches.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate the German heritage of our very special cars.   The event takes place from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and noon to 7:00 pm on Sunday;  arrive when you can on either or both days and leave when you want.  They have set aside a nice grassy area for us to display our Porsches which is close to all the action.  The Oktoberfest offers great entertainment, including traditional German folk dancers, bands, and singers, as well as German food, beer, wine and tasty desserts.  Bring your car, an appetite for food and fun, and lawn chairs.  Admission and parking are free.  For more information on the Oktoberfest visit their website at www.germanamericanscny.com and click on the The Syracuse Bavarian Oktoberfest in the lower left menu.  It will provide event schedules and driving directions.


From the north and south take I-81 to I-690 West toward the NY State Fairgrounds/Baldwinsville.  Take exit #4 and merge onto John Glenn Blvd.  Turn right onto 35/Long Branch Rd.  Follow Long Branch Road to the park on your left.


From the east and west Take I-90 to exit #39 and merge onto I-690 East.  Take exit #4 and merge onto John Glenn Blvd.  Turn right onto 35/Long Branch Rd.  Follow Long Branch Road to the park on your left.


When you enter the park drive straight down the parking lot entry driveway.  A chain link fence will be on your immediate left.  Drive straight to the pedestrian gate, pass through it, and turn left to reach our Porsche display area.


If you need further information contact Rich Ertinger at rertinge@twcny.rr.com

or 315-263-5672.


NEW Event –  Just in from Mark Schultz





                    JIM TAYLOR COLLECTION



We will meet in Utica at Dennys on Genesee st just off the thruway at 8:00 am, coffee up, restroom, short meeting at drive as a caravan to Gloversville NY, to see one of the largest collections in NYS. Jags, 120s.140s, C and D types, mustangs, AC Bristol and maybe even a Porsche for good measure….

will arrive at approx. 10:00 am for a 2-21/2 hr. tour, then drive to Lanzis on the Lake restaurant for lunch on your own, after lunch, we will take a scenic ride back toward Utica and stop at wards for and ice cream cool down, then everyone can head home. APPROX  TOUR  TIME 8-4:30


Mark Schultz did this tour 5 years ago and if you missed it then, here is another chance!!!!


More details will be along shortly


Total cost is a donation  of $10.00 per person to the Saratoga auto museum it will be collected at the door

Lunch cost is on your own

Ice cream stop is on your own


Details. to follow! Save the date!!!!!




FYI  from  hcpblog.pca.org/jim-taylors-garage-a-sensory-overload/


By Gary Richards

Sensory Overload [Sen-suh-ree oh-ver-lohd]. Noun

1) A condition in which one or more of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment;

2) Jim Taylor’s Garage!

It’s a 30,000-foot warehouse located just outside of Gloversville, NY.  You enter through a somewhat cluttered office, past a desk piled high with papers.  Once inside, what you see is a mind-boggling collection of over 100 vehicles displayed in a swirling eclectic style punctuated with old gas pumps, trophies, posters, autographed guitars, neon signs and antique jukeboxes.  This is Jim Taylor’s garage.

As you gaze at the cars (there are over 25 makes represented), it’s hard to know where to begin.  Fortunately, on a recent trip to the garage, organized by the Saratoga Automobile Museum as part of its Spring Auto Show Weekend, Mr. Taylor was on hand to guide a private tour of his collection.

It seems there’s a story behind every vehicle — many of them written by Mr. Taylor himself.  His vehicles don’t sit gathering dust; he displays them at some of most prestigious concours in the world… and he drives them.  He’s raced from Beijing to Paris in a 1941 Buick.  There was the year spent driving a Ferrari 599 across North America to promote the brand, simultaneously raising money for the Ronald McDonald house.  He’s currently contemplating shipping a Jag replica once owned by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to the Caribbean for a road rally.   While he’s driven on virtually every continent it’s just as likely you’ll see him pulling into the Auto Museum in Saratoga in one of his cars.

Mr. Taylor’s collection may not be the world’s largest [that distinction goes to the Sultan of Brunei who owns over 7000 cars, including 452 Ferraris]; but, it includes many rare and one of a kind vehicles.  On the floor, not too far from a couple of Chevy Corvairs, sits an Aston-Martin once owned by Eric Clapton.  There’s the old Ford truck, long ago used for revival meetings, and there’s a very different side of Ford- two GT’s and four Hertz Mustangs built for the execs at Hertz Rental, to mention just a few of the Mustangs in the garage.  Mr. Taylor’s passion seems to be Jaguars; there are close to thirty in the collection.  Of course, there are also a couple of vintage fire trucks, a taxi and popcorn wagon.  There is one vehicle with two wheels — Evel Knievel’s last motorcycle.

Mr. Taylor, the Chairman and C.E.O. of the Taylor Group [boating products, not Golf clubs] located in Gloversville, NY is a local guy with a great commitment to the local community. He sits on a number of boards and was a founding director of the Auto Museum.   The museum was created with an eye on staging a Coucours d’Elegance in the Spa City.  In Mr. Taylor’s words, “Eventually I’d like to get back to the idea of a Saratoga Concours. Amelia Island and Pebble Beach, California are the premier events in the nation, but with our setting, I think we could develop a world-class event as well.”  With Mr. Taylor’s passion for cars and knowing what’s in his garage, that would be quite an event.





AUGUST 19th  (Sunday)


BOB’s BARBECUE   Route 281  North of Homer NY.

Just bring yourselves and the car,  the club is covering the dinner for our members and guest.
Plenty of choice space on the grass  to park our cars and they have a great pavilion that we have reserved.
   RAIN DATE:   –   (just in case)  will be the 26th.
RSVP me at williamkohnke@gmail.com
so I have a count to give them plus if we need to use the rain date so I can email you back.

There is no Charity Auction planned this year so we will be asking for donations of $10  to put towards the Charity Fund.
The Board is also soliciting suggestions from the members of the next charity our region to will support.

September 7, 8 & 9    2018

Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen, NY,

Friday   Downtown is the place to be…

Saturday/ Sunday  8&9    Vintage Racers take to the track.   WE have a Great viewing area at the exit of the Bus Stop.  Bring a chair and beverage of choice.
weather permitting we will have hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill plus the usual fare.    Stop By  and join us there.   Lost? My cell is 607-222-5904.

October 7th
CNY is sponsoring a Street Survival for new drivers in Utica at the Air Base
Thanks to a lot of work and planning from Dennis Hesse.
Instructors needed

The usual Fall driving event has been cancelled for this year.  The planner had something come up.   Possibly we could get together for a nice fall drive and end up at a nice place to dine and compare stories?    Anybody have some ideas?

November 10th
Fall Business Meeting.    at the Hathaway House   Details to come.

Thank You All
Bill Kohnke CNY pres

Eurocar 2018

Eurocar coverage news from Dick Jeffers – thanks to Dick for organizing this for our club!


Eurocar: There were 38 Porsches and 23 VWs on the field, but VW got the award for most club representatives. I think that many VWs who pre-registered did not show up. Also some PCA members probably neglected to note their club affiliation on the registration form. However, there were several Porsches that I did not identify as PCA members. Next year I will try to get PCA applications into the packets of non-members. There was a big problem with cars being put in the incorrect classes. Some Porsches even were classified as VWs! I have volunteered to review all Porsche registrations prior to next year’s event to correct this problem. The official winners list has not been published yet, but I recorded the following (names in brackets are a guess based on what I heard):


Class 14:

1st Bill Noroski 356

2nd Bob Chevako 356

3rd Peter (Korn) 356


Class 15:

1st Mark Malfitano 911 C2S

2nd Glen George 911S

3rd Gerard Reginelli 911S


Class 16:

1sr Mike (Sastra) Boxster

2nd Chad Wilcox 911 Carrera

3rd Mike (Cermo) Cayman S

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


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