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February’s Drive and Dine: Back to The Roaring 20’s

Join Andy Dorman and Amanda Brinke at Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Speakeasy Review and step back in time for an evening’s entertainment 1920’s style.  The Review is packed with chills and thrills, music and dancing, and magic and comedy- all wrapped … Continue reading

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Monthly Dinner-Business Meeting Date Announced

Here’s a list of Club dinner-business meeting dates and sites for 2017.  This info can also be found on the blog calendar. No meeting January and February.  All meetings are on Monday unless noted.  Monday meetings begin at 6:30 pm. … Continue reading

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A “Thank You” from Saratoga County EOC

HCP’s 2016 charitable efforts included a gift of $1040 to the Saratoga County EOC to support that agency’s wide ranging efforts to help those in need in Saratoga County. Here’s the “Thank You” note our president, Jim Morgan, recently received … Continue reading

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The New Year is Here: First Drive and Dine of the Season is Scheduled

Kick off HCP’s 2017 activities calendar and join your fellow club members for Sunday Brunch @ the finish line of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sunday January 29 from 10:30-2:40 pm.  This event will be held … Continue reading

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Improving the 996 / 997 Turbo Wing Lift Mechanism

David J. Cooper Rally Sport Region.   A few years ago, my Porsche® 996 Turbo’s hydraulic wing lift system failed… twice…  The first failure was before I bought the car.  I purchased my 2002 Turbo knowing that the wing did … Continue reading

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2017 Autocross Schedule Announced

Autocross chair Matt Rutten has announced 2017’s autocross schedule.  Events are planned for May 7, June 18, September 10 and October 8.  All dates are Sundays.  Currently plans call for all events to be held at the McCarty Ave. parking … Continue reading

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John H. Shafer Does It Again

Congratulations to Hudson Champlain member John H. Shafer for winning the 2016 Class C Porsche Club of America Club Racing championship.  It’s John’s third consecutive victory driving his 1984 928S.  Here’s a press release announcing John’s victory:   LAKE GEORGE … Continue reading

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Got New Mexico?

Here’s an announcement from our sister region out west.  If you’re thinking of a road trip in your Porsche next season, Fiesta New Mexico looks like a great time.   The Roadrunner Region of the PCA is proud to announce the … Continue reading

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It was all going swell, until the bolt head sheared off….

  Allen Schwartz makes another stop along his “Long and Whining Road” as he tackles his first brake job… You may recall my post from last spring when I lamented the fact that I was raised in NYC by a father … Continue reading

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Sarartoga County EOC Says “Thank You” For Our Club’s Recent Donation

  HCP President Jim Morgan recently received this letter from  the Saratoga EOC thanking our Club for our $1040 donation raised from the silent auction conducted at our  2016 banquet held on November 5th.  As Ms. Jo Anne Hume’s letter indicates, our … Continue reading

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What Cars Do the Affluent Purchase?

So what vehicles are affluent car buyers purchasing  these days?  Jim Gorzelany, writing for TMW Features, answers the question by offering a list, compiled by Edmunds, of the best selling cars among buyers with annual incomes over $250,000.   So, … Continue reading

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Update: HCP Charity Efforts for 2016

A lot of kids will be warmer this winter thanks to the work of HCP members on this year’s Coats for Kids drive.  The campaign collected an astounding seventeen bags of winter coats, hats and gloves that Jim and Kerri … Continue reading

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HCP Members Come Together for Annual Banquet

It was a long and winding road, er, driveway, that brought 120 HCP members to Malozzi’s Clubhouse for the 2016 edition of the Club’s annual banquet.  A cocktail hour and a chance to socialize gave way to an excellent dinner … Continue reading

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HCP’s Weekend Get-Away: 2016 Edition

Clayton, New York:  Birthplace of 1000 Island Dressing and the destination for 2016’s HCP Get-away weekend.  Actually, the Iroquois arrived in the area a bit ahead of the Club, hunting and fishing in the region as early as 700 AD.  … Continue reading

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Running Out of Garage Space?

If you are looking for more garage space, or are just curious to see what is out there, here is a sample!  I am a Realtor, and thought our members might like to see what’s available; so, with permission of … Continue reading

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Leaf Peepers: HCP’s October Drive and Dine

Bryan and Joyce Hollenbaugh have a way of picking great roads and places to eat.  How they managed to arrange for a top-down day going into the last part of October- they still have to explain that.  Notwithstanding an explanation … Continue reading

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Some Advice for Caring for Your Car’s Most Important Part

Open Roads visits the archives to rerun this bit of technical advice from Tom Dobush at R&D Automotive.  The article first appeared in the Summer 2013 edition of the Air Cooled Advertiser. Let’s Get Technical…What is the most important part of … Continue reading

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October AC at SPAC

Performing arts of a different sort could be found at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as twenty-one drivers descended on the SPAC parking lot to test their driving skills at HCP’s last autocross of the season.  It was the Club’s … Continue reading

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The Last Cars and Coffee?

Say it ain’t so Christian.*  Say it ain’t the last Cars and Coffee of the season.  The rain  held off and the temperature rose into the mid-sixties as four-score or more people hied themselves to Porsche of Clifton Park for the … Continue reading

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Club Members Come Together for One Moe Time

Moe’s Mexican was on the menu for October’s business-dinner meeting hosted by Porsche of Clifton Park, the last such meeting for 2016.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that members were braving a most unwelcomed six inch snow storm to … Continue reading

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A Ferrari Family Car?

This one caught my eye.  According to a CNN report,  Ferrari is making a family car. The company unveiled the V-8 equipped GTC4Lusso T at the Paris auto show this week. According to the company, the car is intended to … Continue reading

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Speaking of Paris…

Ferrari isn’t the only car company making a splash at the Paris auto show.  Porsche brought two exciting new cars to the event.  Here’s the company’s press release from Atlanta, Georgia: Two worlds, two global debuts: At the Paris Motor Show, … Continue reading

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Open House at Unobtanium Revisted: New Photos Added

If you frequent Porsche events in our region, chances are you’ll run into Adam and Matt Wright, owners of Unobtanium.  As restorers and resellers of vintage Porsches, specializing in pre-1974 356s, 911s, and 912s, the brothers make a point of … Continue reading

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A Volunteer’s Look Back at June’s Clash at the Glen

Here’s a look at June’s Zone 1 Clash at the Glen from a volunteer’s perspective provided by Club member Laird Conover.  Laird’s photos and video capture the excitement of the race and the rewards of volunteering.  Volunteers are always needed; contact … Continue reading

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October Drive and Dine: Leaf Peeping Through the Catskills

The changing of the season is upon us and one of the true jewels of living in our region comes with the changing of the leaves.  To enjoy this annual spectacle, we’ve scheduled a terrific D&D over the Helderberg escarpment … Continue reading

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Rural Albany and Schoharie Counties

If you’re looking for a longer drive, here’s one that will take the good part of a day, especially if you take in some of the sights along the route. Should be great in leaf season. It starts across from … Continue reading

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Zone 1 BBQ Cancelled

The Zone 1 BBQ scheduled for 9/30 – 10/1 in Saratoga has been cancelled.  It will be rescheduled in 2017 as the the Zone 1 Getaway.  Details will be posted on the blog as soon as they become available.

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Saratoga Auto Museum Hosts Monthly Dinner-Business Meeting

He’s written a book on model railroading and worked with the Tour de France; but he’s best known for his career in auto racing.  Starting as an amateur sports car racer, Sam Posey established himself as one of America’s racing … Continue reading

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Porsche Introduces Eco-Friendly Panamera Hybrid

Sustainability and performance – no contradiction for Porsche From Porsche Cars N.A.: Atlanta, Georgia.  The Paris Motor Show will see Porsche unveil the next model in the all-new Panamera line: the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with standard all-wheel drive and an … Continue reading

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World’s First Electric Ferrari

An “obscene concept” is how Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne describes the conversion of a classic 1978 Ferrari 308GTE into an electric vehicle.  It’s certainly not the “Magnum P.I.” car driven by Tom Selleck.   As reported by Matthew Knight for … Continue reading

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Lime Rock Historic Festival 34 – Sunday in the Park

Thanks to the folks at Lime Rock for providing a look at this year’s festival.  Tropical storm Hermine stayed away, the skies were blue and the cars were outrageous. All photos by Greg Clark and Casey Keil except Russ Truelove … Continue reading

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Helderberg Jaunt

If you’re looking to get out in your car on a nice day and don’t have a lot of time, here’s a relatively short drive into the Helderbergs.  It starts in Albany across from Stuyvesant Plaza can end either in … Continue reading

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Great Driving: It’s All About Being Smooth

A number of readers have requested articles on improving driving skills.  Well, we aim to please.  Here’s a look at what separates a good driver from a great driver written by Chief Driving Instructor Van Svenson for the fall 2009 … Continue reading

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Macan Turbo with Performance Package Tops the Model Line

 More power, bigger brakes and sportier suspension calibration Press Release from Porsche Cars North America: Atlanta, Georgia.  As the sports car of the compact SUV segment, the Macan has been setting standards in terms of driving dynamics since it made … Continue reading

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AC Returns to McCarty Ave.

It’s been a busy time for autocross.  A week after the Zone 1 competition in Ayers, MA,  activity shifted to the McCarty Ave. lot for the third event in this year’s HCP autocross series.  Thanks to autocross chair Matt Rutten … Continue reading

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Great Day for HCP Team at Zone 1 Autocross

Could it have been the new team t-shirts?  Most likely, it was the skill of the drivers that lead the HCP  autocross team to finish an impressive fourth out of eleven teams in the recent Zone 1 competition held the … Continue reading

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What a Drive!

A drive of not much more than five minutes.  It will cost you fifteen bucks, twenty if you have a passenger. Is the 5.2 mile trip to the top of Mt. Equinox on Skyline Drive, the longest private paved toll … Continue reading

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Refinement- At What Price?

Every now and then Allen Schwartz and I do our own Drive and Dines.  We agree on an interesting route, pick a spot for lunch and head out on the road.  The gods willing, our tops come down.  Allen drives … Continue reading

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The Quail

Courtesy of CNN, here’s a Monday morning fix for those in need of viewing some beautiful automobiles.  The cars are displayed at the Quail, a function that’s part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  This year the Quail attracted 5000 high-profile … Continue reading

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Fall Get-Away Announced: 1000 Islands Weekend

This year for our Fall Getaway we are going to the 1000 Islands!  The trip will begin on Friday afternoon, October 28th with a pleasant drive to Clayton, NY where we will check in to the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.  (http://www.1000islandsharborhotel.com)  Our … Continue reading

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September Drive and Dine: Lime Rock Historic Festival 34

Join us on September’s Drive to Lime Rock Park for Sunday in the Park and Historic Festival 34; then finish the day with a optional meal at the Black Rabbit Bar and Grille.  Day starts at 7:45 am, ends at 4:30… … Continue reading

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Polo: August’s Drive and Dine [Without the Drive!]

August Drive & Dine – Sunday August 14, 2016, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.  Welcome to SARATOGA POLO!  Barrantes Cup Tournament Finals this SUNDAY AT 5:30PM August 14, 2016  This event will be held at Saratoga Polo Field at the Whitney Field, 2 … Continue reading

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Glenville Hills – Charlton Drive

Following up on Paul Budlong’s Adirondack Drive [March 2016], here’s another drive that should appeal to members looking for some interesting roads.  It runs up and down the ridgeline that stretches along the Mohawk River from Schenectady to Amsterdam and ventures … Continue reading

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Corvette Karma

Jeffrey A. Meyers treats us to a day at the Monticello Motor Club…   Flashback: twenty-seven years ago, my nineteen year old eyes welled with tears of joy as I tore open the envelope from the Skip Barber Racing School … Continue reading

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Track Etiquette: Safe Passing

With the August 13th DE day at Lime Rock for novices in mind, here’s a look back at an article that appeared in the Summer 2009 edition of the Air Cooled Advertiser in which chief track instructor Van Svenson describes how … Continue reading

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John Pellerin Reflects on “A Day at the Races”

The next Club DE event is fast approaching.  As Lime Rock beckons, Club member John Pellerin offers his thoughts on the DE experience…   I’ve been a member of the Hudson Champlain Region PCA club since 2011 and did my … Continue reading

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Greetings from Cape Cod

Looking for new posts?  Your publisher is currently on vacation at the Cape. Check back soon for new material.  Having a good time even though we had to leave our Porsche home.

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July’s Monthly Meeting Offers Look at New 718

Porsche of Clifton Park was the venue for July’s monthly meeting- a chance for members to socialize, dine on fried chicken, catch up on Club news and get a look at Porsche’s new 718 Boxster.  The customary reports from the Club’s … Continue reading

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Threat of Rain Doesn’t Deter Autocross Drivers

  Despite heavy overcast and a significant threat of rain, 21 drivers came out to the McCarty Avenue parking lot for the second Hudson-Champlain auto-cross of 2016. Car models included 356, 944, 993, 996, 997, Caymans, Boxsters, and others (yes, we welcome … Continue reading

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PCA Judge Calls Blog “Fantastic”

The verdict is in- Open Roads caught the attention of judges in the year’s PCA Newsletter competition.  Our blog didn’t win an award- what we’re doing simply doesn’t fit the criteria by which other submissions were judged.  Open Roads, with … Continue reading

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