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Club Members Support Local Charities

HCP members opened their checkbooks and wallets, contributing $857  to Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the Northeast Regional Food Bank at our 2016 June picnic.  According to Sharifa Perry who coordinated the event, the charities will be able to … Continue reading

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July Event Details Released: Race Cars and Race Horses

July Drive & Dine – Saturday July 23, 2016, 6:00A.M. – ?:?? P.M.  Drive to Lime Rock Park  Porscheplatz hospitality tent to watch in comfort the 2016 IMSA Weather Tech Sportcar Championship Race,  then finishing the day with a optional meal at Black Rabbit Bar and … Continue reading

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Porsche. LeMans. Stuttgart

Heartbreak for Toyota.  Elation for Porsche.  The 86 running of the 24 Hours of LeMans was decided with just three minutes left in the race when the leader, the Toyota #5 car, died on the track when a connector between … Continue reading

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Porsche Parade: First Look

Just in… A couple of photos from HCP President Jim Morgan who is spending time at the Parade.

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June’s Car and Coffee: Test Drive the New 911 Turbo

“It’s better in every way.”  That’s the assessment of the new 911 turbo from Jeff  Robillard, a man who knows his Porsches.  Jeff, who has been an instructor with Porsche’s U.S. Sports Driving Program since its inception, was in the … Continue reading

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A Look Back: 2009 Picnic and Concours

Every now and then, Open Roads will reach into the past for a bit of club history. For those of you who are still shivering from this past weekend’s picnic, here’s what the day looked like seven years ago.  Photos … Continue reading

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Annual Picnic Draws Large Crowd Despite Chilly Weather

There were no reported cases of hypothermia and the white flecks flying through the air were probably from plants and not snowflakes; still many wished for long johns, and down parkas were the day’s fashion statement.  Hard to believe nearly … Continue reading

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A Feast for the Eyes at New Country’s May Cars and Coffee

Porsche, Ferrari, MG, Oh My!  Travelers along the Yellow Brick Road found themselves, not in Oz, but at New Country Porsche for May’s Cars and Coffee event.  The weather was hot but so were the cars.  Sprinkle a curvaceous Ferrari … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Cups and Saucers at the Glen

To get the adrenaline flowing for HCP’s next DE event to be held at Lime Rock Park in August, here’s a look back at some of the cars and drivers that made their way to Watkins Glen in May for … Continue reading

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Club Heads to Cooperstown for May D&D

What would Natty Bumppo have thought: twelve Porsches winding their way through Leatherstocking Country towards Cooperstown, NY, the destination for May’s HCP-PCA Drive and Dine.  Cooperstown,  which began with William Cooper’s purchase of 10,000 acres of land along Otsego Lake … Continue reading

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Members Gather for May Dinner Meeting

Over forty HCP-PCA members gathered for May’s monthly dinner meeting at German Auto Parts in Halfmoon to socialize, catch up on club news and to hear owner Mark Davidson describe what German Auto Parts has to offer to club members. … Continue reading

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A Successful April Drive and Dine

The reviews are in- the April Drive and Dine was great success.  With some drivers starting at R&D Automotive  in Albany and others joining the caravan along the way, eighteen Porsches found their way to Poughkeepsie, NY and Dyson Racing- … Continue reading

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Fine Day for April 17th Autocross

A beautiful April day provided a great beginning to this season’s HCP autocross series.  Take a drive around the course with Audrey Engelsberg in her 2012 Cayman R and check out the slide show for a look at some of … Continue reading

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National Announces New Event

Treffen North America is PCA’s newest National event, taking the place of PCA Escape. The first event, Treffen Lake Tahoe, will happen in Olympic Valley, California on September 7-11, 2016.  Here’s a quick look:  

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Rocky Mountain High Way

Heading west this summer or looking for a reason to go that way?  Here’s an update on the Alpine Mountain Region’s Rocky Mountain High Way summer adventure beginning July 27th.  Looks like a good time.

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New 911 Unveiled at Auto Museum

HCP members were well represented among the over three hundred people who ventured to the Saratoga Auto Museum on April 8th for the unveiling of Porsche’s new 911, hosted by Porsche of Clifton Park.  The event was the area’s first look at … Continue reading

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Coming Attraction: May Drive and Dine to Cooperstown

Don’t miss a great trip to Cooperstown led by Bryan and Joyce Hollenbaugh.  Here’s Bryan’s description of what they have planned… Spend the day in scenic Cooperstown, NY. Whether you’re in it for the scenic drive (great back roads along … Continue reading

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Monthly Meeting Goes On Despite Weather

April is the cruelest month- T.S. Eliot… It felt like a betrayal.  Almost six inches of snow after a winter of record warmth.  Porsches confined to garages or sitting in driveways, covered with snow.  But, not enough snow to keep … Continue reading

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April Event at Lime Rock Kicks Off DE Season

It was rainy.  It was sunny.  It was a lotta fun.  That’s the way chief track instructor Andy Dorman described HCP’s first track event of the season, held at Lime Rock Park on April 1st and 2nd.  Twenty-six experienced drivers, … Continue reading

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Zone 1 Concours and Rally Registration Now Open

Registration for  the 2016 Zone 1 Concours & Rally on May 13-15  is now open.  Location: Old Westbury Gardens, Holiday Inn Westbury. Register Here . Sign up while early bird rates are still in effect. Full details, classes & rules can be found … Continue reading

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Tool-less In the Bronx

For this installment in his Long and Whining Road series, Club member Allen Schwartz reminisces about his upbringing in the Bronx and his aptitude for things mechanical.     We have a large club, so most members don’t know me at … Continue reading

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A Hacker’s Delight?

Your laptop is gone along with that bottle of Cabernet you just bought at the wine shop.  You know you locked your car before you ran into the market to pick up those last few things for dinner. It’s not … Continue reading

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Music to the Ears: The Porsche Exhaust Note

There’s been a lot of hand wringing over  whether Porsche’s move to a horizontally opposed, turbo charged six will kill the legendary Porsche exhaust note.  Porsche says no:  “What cannot be expressed in figures: the legendary sound of a 911 … Continue reading

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A Great Adirondack Drive

With cars coming out of storage it’s time to start thinking about great drives in our area- you know- more than the trip to the local market or hardware store.  Here Paul Budlong describes one of his favorites- a hour … Continue reading

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Zone 1 48 Hours of Watkins Glen

For all track enthusiasts in our club, here’s a link to a flyer describing describing the 2016 version of the Zone One 48 Hours of Watkins Glen. This event was first held in 1975 and has been run each year since. … Continue reading

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Cars and Coffee Kicks Off Season

Sunny skies and temperatures well above average produced March Madness of a different kind as Porsche of Clifton Park hosted its first Cars and Coffee event of the season on Saturday, 3/11.   The event, taking place a month earlier than … Continue reading

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Zone 1 Announces May Concours and Rally

If you’re interested in attending the Zone 1 Concours and Rally on May, 16, here’s a link to the event flyer: Zone 1 Concours – Rally PDF . The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Westbury, 369 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY … Continue reading

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Seinfeld’s Porsches

He’s a one-man concours.  On Friday, Jerry Seinfeld offered a collection of his Porsches for auction at Amelia Island, Florida.  It’s estimated the cars for sale amount to only ten-percent of Seinfeld’s collection.  The star of the show, a 1955 … Continue reading

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HCP Welcomes New Members

HCP-PCA welcomed thirty-eight new members at the Club’s annual new member luncheon held at the Century House in Latham on March 5th.  The thirty-eight attending were part of a 2015-2016 “freshman” class of forty-seven that pushed total club membership to over … Continue reading

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What Roads?

Some of you are probably aware that Bugatti is beginning production of its next supercar, the 1500 HP Chiron.  In a real hit to the car’s performance, top speed will be limited to 260 mph- for road use.  Really!?!.  What roads … Continue reading

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Activities Chair Announces Club Events for Season

Activities chair, Louis Dahoda, has released this year’s Club activities calendar.  You can find  events using the calendar feature of our blog. Or, if you rather see all the events on one printable page, here they are in PDF format.  Just click the link:  2016 … Continue reading

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To Drive or Not to Drive

January 2050: Porsche Sweeps Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona: In a dominating performance, Porsches swept the first three places this year’s running of Daytona’s classic endurance race.  “It all came down to our algorithms” said Porsche race director Bernhard Stresser.  “ We tweaked … Continue reading

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Club Member John Shafer Wins National Club Racing Championship

At seventy-seven years of age, John Shafer is  the Porsche Club of America’s 2015 National Class C Club Racing champion.  It’s John’s second championship in as many years…     In this article John tells of the road that took … Continue reading

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Brunch at Prime Kicks off 2016 Season

Even though many of our cars may be hibernating for the winter, HCP’s 2016 season is underway.  On the last day of January, club members journeyed to Prime at Saratoga National to enjoy brunch and to watch the conclusion of … Continue reading

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Drive and Dines for January and February Announced

Louis Dahoda, HCP activities chair, is hard at work on a series of Drive and Dines that will make for an entertaining 2016 Club season.  Here’s information on the first two events Louis has planned:  January Drive & Dine – Sunday … Continue reading

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The Long and Whining Road

Allen Schwartz will be writing a regular humor column for our blog, which he calls, “The Long and Whining Road.”  For his first article, he describes his experience at last August’s Zone 1 Autocross. He bought his first Porsche in … Continue reading

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Shep Adkins- A Remembrance

Club member Bob Bailey offers this “Goodbye to a Special Friend”: Shepperson Prescott Adkins 1925-2015 By Bob Bailey Porsche lost a great friend when  legend Shep Adkins died this past August at the age of 90 at his home in … Continue reading

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Mixing It Up

If there’s one thing the over 600 members of our Club have in common, it’s a love of cars and a belief that Porsche makes some of the finest automobiles in the world.  Even so, there are other capable and … Continue reading

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An Owner’s Dilemma

The surfer who picked up the snake on a California beach and dropped it in a five gallon bucket probably didn’t realize the yellow bellied sea snake he just handled is one of the most venomous reptiles on the planet.  … Continue reading

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Alpine Mountain Region’s Summer Drive Event

  The Alpine Mountain Region PCA is offering Porsche owners an opportunity to drive through the Rockies this summer. In support or our sister club, here’s an announcement of their event.   Rocky Mountain High Way 2016   Escape the … Continue reading

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A Racing Hero

Danielle Badler writes about cars and driving and offers her columns to regional PCA newsletters. We’re grateful to be able to feature Diane’s work in Open Roads.   I Found a Modern Racing Hero! Periodically, people chastise me for being an … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar for 2016’s First Drive and Dine

HCP’s 2016 season kicks off with the year’s first Drive & Dine, brunch at Prime at Saratoga National Golf Course on Sunday, January 31st.. The cost will be $35pp for the most amazing buffet in town. And as an added … Continue reading

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Holiday Festivities in Berne

The hills were alive with the sound of music but the Von Trapp family was nowhere in sight.  Those who followed the balloons and PCA signs into rural Albany County instead found Kevin McGrath picking folk tunes on his guitar at … Continue reading

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Janice’s Porsche Sells for Record Amount

The record for the highest  amount ever paid for a 356c at a public auction was shattered when Janis Joplin’s Porsche sold for $1.76 million dollars on December 10th at Southeby’s in New York City.  Celebrity ownership of a car doesn’t … Continue reading

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A Letter From President Ken Blass

The club has embarked on an entirely new and exciting form of member communication. The Air-Cooled Advertiser has been replaced by Open Roads – the new Hudson Champlain Region Blog.   I hope that you will enjoy this more contemporary, … Continue reading

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Winter Storage…Sigh

It’s been a mild November, probably one for the record books.  If you’ve been holding off storing your car for the winter but expect to put it away in the near future, here’s a summary of the thinking on winter … Continue reading

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Successful Coats for Kids Drive Benefits Albany Mission

Sharifa Perry, HCP charity chair and director of the Club’s Coats for Kids campaign presented seventy coats to the Capital City Rescue Mission’s executive director, Perry Jones, at the Mission’s Albany Headquarters on Tuesday, November 17th. The Coats for Kids … Continue reading

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Club Members Gather for Annual Dinner

Food, drink and socializing drew one-hundred and fourteen  HCP members to the Excelsior Springs Ballroom in Saratoga Springs for the club’s annual fall dinner on the first weekend in November.  The evening , a celebration of another successful Club year, … Continue reading

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Inside Track Racing

Inside Track Racing by John H. Shafer – HCP Track Mentor   Chris Klapper was right.  You drove autocross and it was a hoot; still, you got thinking maybe you hadn’t fully explored your car’s limits- or your own.  So you … Continue reading

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Sept. – Oct. Autocross Recap

When autocross chair Chris Klapper arrived at the McCarty Ave. parking lot on a late summer morning he expected to set cones for the autocross course he had laid out in his mind.  He didn’t expect thirty cars parked in … Continue reading

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