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Mike’s Stuff for Sale!

Boxster S wheels

2- 17×7

2- 17×9

Excellent condition.

$400

Sold – 944 exhaust. Complete, downpipe to tailpipe. $150

Also 914 seat, $ offers

All were used by a older lady to and from church !

Mike Darminio

darm911@windstream.net

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!

Welcome Wagen – last quarter 2013

THE CNY PCA “WELCOME WAGEN”

 

The CNY Region of PCA WELCOMES the following new members to our Club:

October 2013:

Steven Adam Tom and Karen Kunz Dalton and William Villnave

Cooperstown, NY Baldwinsville, NY Morrisville, NY 13408

1988 911 Turbo, Gray 1998 Boxster, Silver 1988 944, Silver

 

Jenni and Ed Gratien Christopher Rauscher John and Helen Zourdos

Chittenango, NY Rome, NY

2001 Boxster S, Blue dog dose of flagyl 2003 Boxster, Black 1989 911, Black

Transferred in to CNY:  William and Robert Burnett

 

1985 944, Red

 

November 2013:

Kalia Kothandapany Nathan Rider

Binghamton, NY Trumansburg, NY

1982 911 SC, Black 1985 944, Black

 

December 2013:

Timothy Colbert John Williams Gerrit Wistrup

Ithaca, NY Syracuse, NY Cazenovia, NY

2014 991, Silver 1995 911, Green 1985 944, Gray

 

CONGRATULATIONS to the following CNY members who celebrated PCA membership anniversaries in October, November and December:

5 Years: Erin Mollura

10 Years: Joann Holt, Mark Schultz and Steve Vasina

15 Years: Judith Corin, Bill Kohnke and Steve Kohnke

20 Years: Elizabeth Rhoades, Russell A. King

30 Years: Kim and Bud Burdick

40 Years: Dave Zube

 

CNY appreciates your continued membership and loyalty.

Joyce Gladle -Membership Chair

Chris White’s 968 Project

Those that know me know I tend to get a little carried away with Porsche projects – and in this case I suppose I have to agree with them! I happen to really like cabriolets, there is something about the top down driving that I really enjoy. I have had several different cabs and the current Porsche I have is 1994 968 cab. It’s a fairly uncommon model, for the entire 968 model run only 4665 were imported to the US and Canada and less than half of those were cabs.

In stock form is had a 3.0 liter 16 valve normally aspirated engine rated at 236hp. I drove this one around in stock form for a couple of years before succumbing to the urge to ‘make it better’. I have been building performance engines for a while so, at least to me, it only made sense to build an interesting engine for the 968. 

Very few stock parts left! The stock block was modified for lower compression pistons, custom connecting rods and a windage tray. The cylinder head has been ported with custom high temp alloy valves, custom springs, Titanium retainers and a custom designed cam drive system that allows for adjustment of both cams. The induction system has been completely changed with the addition of a Garret GTX35R turbo, custom intake & exhaust manifolds, intercooler and piping, Tial wastegate and blow off valves as well as many mods to support the turbo installation. In addition to that the engine management is being handled by a Haltech ‘standalone’ computer system. I have built similar race engines that have made 596hp at 15 psi of boost –and they are capable of running over 20psi of boost.

This engine was first fired up in early January and the whole project is on track to be complete for spring. Hopefully it will be at many CNY events this year. I’ll be the guy smiling behind the wheel!
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Here is the front view of the engine – since the intercooler is now in the way of the stock latch I had to design and CNC some billet aluminum hood latch supports. You can see  a lot of custom parts that were made to get all this stuffed into the engine compartment.

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Side view – the gauge in the lower right corner reads the fuel pressure which is adjusted with the red fuel pressure regulator right next to it. The ignition coils are located behind the engine on an aluminum support. The ignition system is now a coil pre cylinder design.

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The big picture…a lot of stuff!

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This is what the new engine management system wiring looks like inside the car…its not of the faint of heart!!

Charity 944 for sale

I though I would post this one in the ‘Club News’ area since it is a “Charity” car and it looks like its in nice shape. It looks like it would make a great starter or 2nd Porsche…maybe even a track car! No exact price was mentioned but I would bet that it could be had for $3k or maybe even less. Good deal for a nice rust free California car and a check made out to the YMCA may even be a charitable deduction (consult you accountant for an official interpretation on that!)

1983 Porsche 944 for sale by YMCA in Little Falls, NY.  The car was gifted from a donor in California to the YMCA.  The car is located near Little Falls, NY.  It has around 125k miles and is in good condition.  He did drive it and he can be called directly to answer questions.  His name is Frank and his cell number is 315-868-6050.

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Here is a Photo of Russ King’s 2005 911

Here is a Photo of Russ King's 2005 911

I call it the Dew sweepers early AM Golfers

LIC number DEWSWPRS

Carol O’Hara’s 2010 Cayenne

Carol O’Hara’s 2010GTS

Cayenne at NY
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I would put my car up against many!