HCP Members Go Exploring

Twenty members of the Hudson Champlain Porsche club gathered for a scenic drive through the Catskills toward a destination of the Rail Explorers. But the first stop was the Phoenicia Diner, originally built in 1962 and then moved to the Catskills in the ‘80s. Fresh food mostly sourced from the Catskills and Hudson Valley fortified the group before heading to their destination.  

The next stop was the Catskills Division of the Rail Explorers! The idea was originally conceptualized by Mary Joy Lu while watching a Korean soap opera. All the details on that on their website, but suffice it to say, after lots of planning and several years of hard work by Mary and her husband, Alex, they now run four locations. Pedal-powered rail vehicles date back to the 1850’s when they were used by maintenance workers to travel along the tracks. But don’t worry! Their custom-built Explorers are the latest development of this technology, and are the global leader in safety, design, and ease of operation. You can find all the info here.

For 2 1/2 hours, club members pedaled 4.2 miles down along the Esopus Creek which was the same path traveled by the Ulster & Delaware Railroad that ran through the Catskills.  With all the rain, the scenery was, of course, lush, and beautifully green.   


Those smiles don’t lie! A fun time was had by all.

See you next time! 

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Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club August Monthly Meeting at The Shop Automotive Detailing

The August monthly meeting of the HCP club took place at The Shop Automotive Detailing located at 3223 Guilderland Avenue in Schenectady. 

Dawud Haider, the manager, took us on a tour of the facilities, with an extensive presentation – from the indoor wash area, to the detailing area with two light tunnels, to the cleanroom used for the application of the ceramic coating and protective film. 


A very impressive facility includes an incredibly knowledgeable staff and excellent products.

Afterward, we were treated to a delicious meal including salads, pastas, and barbecue items from the Wagon Wheel Catering. Everything was delicious!

The meal was followed by the club’s monthly Membership meeting.

The Shop Automotive Detailing offers:

  • Wash, Interior Detail, Exterior Detail, and Full Detail.
  • Hybrid-nano ceramic coating with professional real-world durable maintenance and protection. Perfect against road salt build-up and other debris/contaminants.
  • Paint Protection Film creating and ensuring a perfect finish for years to come to prevent rock chips, scratches, scuffs, and more.
  • Winter Services whether you’re storing your vehicle for winter or ending the harsh long winter season, provide your vehicle with the utmost level of cleanliness to ensure it continues looking its best for years to come.

Visit their website at https://www.theshopdetails.com   

Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theshopautomotivedetailing/

Support those who support the Club!

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2021 Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club Picnic at Henry Hudson Park

It was raining hard the morning of the picnic. But club members were undeterred by the weather and were treated to tasty club cooking from the grills manned by several great cooks from our club. And the weather ended up cooperating!

The cars were parked in the lot with care in hopes that the vote count would make them a winner in the eyes of their peers. 

Andy Dorman brought his collection of race cars and the kids, young and old, had an absolute blast! 

The club held an impromptu meeting to discuss upcoming events. 

Be sure to stay tuned to the club’s calendar to keep informed on all club activities.

Bocci, anyone? After all, it isn’t just about the cars; it’s about the people!

A wonderful time was had by all.

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A Rare Occurrence at the Rare Air Exhibit

Not since March 2020 has the Hudson Champlain region had a chance to gather indoors for an evening of companionship, food, and an exemplary collection of rare air-cooled Porsches. 

The day was Friday, May 21st and the setting was the “Rare Air” exhibit at the Saratoga Auto Museum. 

In addition to this being a social gathering of 130 club members, the event was also a welcoming event for our 2020 and 2021 year-to-date new members for which we had a great turn-out of 31 new members and their guests. 

We celebrated getting out again with a great family-style Italian dinner, a raffle of Rare Air gifts, and a donation collection of $1830 for our charity — the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY!! 

Many thanks to all of you who made a donation as it was greatly appreciated by the food bank.  

John Pellerin

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HCP at the 2021 Spring Auto Show

From the early morning hours, people poured out in droves to show off their vehicles on a beautiful Saturday, May 15th to meet friends, new and old, in a face-to-face setting rarely seen since 2019.
The Spring Auto Show was put on by the Saratoga Auto Museum and was open to all forms of motor vehicles from the very first automobiles through the latest all-electric Porsche Taycans and everything in between.  The attendance exceeded all expectations with cars occupying areas not normally seen occupied at previous auto shows at this venue.  
Hudson Champlain and Hudson Valley PCA Regions agreed ahead of time to partner up with the museum to put our clubs together in the premier center strip of the show field.  We had a fantastic turnout from both regions and it was great to meet up with Fred Webster, HVR President, Tom Tully, HVR Social Activities Chair and many members of HVR!   Our club patrons, Porsche of Clifton Park and Rick and Tom Dobush of R&D Automotive / Bavarian Rocket Scientists were also out in force with their teams.
To cap it all off, Hudson Champlain Region was awarded with the Best Car Club Participation Award and I was honored to accept the award on the club’s behalf!
I hope this first gathering event will be a strong positive sign for our Hudson Champlain PCA 2021 season!
John Pellerin
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Upcoming May 2021 Events!

The May 9th “Porsches on the Lawn” event has been canceled by the Saratoga Auto Museum.  It may be rescheduled to August.  The “Rare Air” Porsche exhibit inside the museum will still be opening to the public.  


Saturday, May 15th from 9:00am – 3:00pm:  Spring Auto Show at Saratoga State Park

Please join us in the Saratoga Spa State Park for the annual Spring Auto Show on Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Enjoy great food and amazing automobiles!

Vehicle pre-registration is $15 and day of registration is $20.  When you register, please indicate in the appropriate field that you are part of Hudson Champlain Porsche Club so that we are grouped together on the show field.  If you don’t wish to show your car, admission is free for spectators but a $10 parking fee does apply, per spectator car.

Information and pre-registration can be found here:  LINK to Spring Auto Show or http://www.saratogaautomuseum.org/events/2021/05/15-spring-auto-show

Per NYS regulations, face masks and social distancing MUST be used and followed while attending.


Friday, May 21 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm:  Hudson Champlain Social and New Member Mixer

We will be having a club social and new member mixer inside the Saratoga Auto Museum where we will have private access to the “Rare Air” air-cooler Porsche exhibit.  We will get reacquainted and welcome our new members.  See the flyer here: FLYER

We will be providing a casual dinner, dessert and beverages.  

We will likely be restricted to 150 people occupancy and per NYS regulations, face masks and social distancing MUST be used and followed while attending.  Therefore, an RSVP is required for food and headcount planning purposes.  

Please RSVP to hcppca1959@gmail.com by May 14 with the names of those attending. 

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Off the Beaten Path Foliage Tour October 11, 2020

A wonderful Fall weekend was the backdrop of two great events within our Hudson Champlain PCA community.

On October 10th, two of our esteemed club members Amanda Brinke (Membership Chairperson) and Andy Dorman (Chief Instructor and Historian) exchanged vows and became a married couple under their new collective name of “Amandy” Dorman! We wish them all the best for a happy, healthy future life together with many trouble-free Porsche miles ahead.


On Sunday October 11th, our friends Aaron and Amelia Ambrosino didn’t disappoint as hosts in making for the ideal day for HCP’s first ever off-road foliage tour on Sunday, October 11th with cool, crisp Fall air, clear blue skies, peak foliage colors and cider donuts.

A group of 10 vehicles, 22 humans, and 5 dogs all gathered together in Arlington, Vermont for a leisurely drive starting with Aaron and Amelia leading us through a classic Vermont covered bridge and along a gravel road that took us through the Green Mountain National Forest with spectacular foliage vistas along the route. Our tour ended at the Stratton Mountain Resort with a village open for strolling, food, drink and pre-season ski apparel and equipment sales.


Several of the group took the gondola to the top of the mountain to get a panoramic view looking out over the Green, White and Berkshire mountain ranges and some hiking to the fire tower.


With this first off-road tour under our belt, we look forward to many such future trips for our Cayenne and Macan Porsche owners given the scenic venues around our area.

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October Cars and Coffee

As we’ve all witnessed, 2020 has been a sparse year for Cars & Coffee events in the area, yet the Hudson Champlain PCA Region managed to squeak one in for the Fall season at the Saratoga Auto Museum in the Spa State Park.  

What turned out to be a very foggy and chilly start for an early October Sunday morning culminated in a wonderful gathering of 48 Porsches, a few British marques and all of their diehard and cooped up owners eager to gather outside together to see old friends and make some new ones.  We were fortunate to have all varieties of Porsches ranging from 1950’s era Speedster and Convertible D models through the latest all-electric 2020 Taycan 4S. 
Hot coffee, fresh bagels and pastries helped to keep everyone warm while strolling among the cars, chatting (responsibly) in small groups and enjoying the Dyson racing car exhibit inside the museum which included a Porsche 962.  Also, we raised another $330 in addition to the $185 raised at the Sept 20th picnic for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY through donations for fashionable Porsche-themed face masks (if you gotta wear one, at least it should be a Porsche one).  Thanks to all who have donated!  

All in all, the day was an exceptional showing of the club’s members, friends and family and the general public strolling through the park.  

Special thanks to Fran McLeod for her excellent organization and execution of the event, Megan Hennessey and the volunteer staff of the Saratoga Auto Museum for hosting us, and Christian Trujillo from Porsche of Clifton Park for financial support of the event and the Taycan display vehicle.  

Please enjoy these pictures from the event!

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Upcoming Events!

Sunday, Oct 4 at 9:00am      HCP Fall Cars & Coffee, Saratoga Auto Museum

Please join your fellow HCP Colleagues on Sunday, October 4 from 9:00-11:00am for a Fall Cars & Coffee at the Saratoga Auto Museum in the Saratoga Spa State Park.  This event is generously sponsored by our friends at Porsche of Clifton Park.

The location of the museum can be found here:  https://g.page/AutoToga?share

We will have free-of-charge access to visit the museum and, as the event name denotes, we will have coffee and baked goods.  As we did at our annual picnic, we will again be accepting donations for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY (https://regionalfoodbank.net).  

Please bring and wear a mask and if you have not already done so at a prior event in 2020, we will require a signed PCA Communicable Disease Waiver for which we will have available the form to fill out.

In the event of a high probability of rain that day, we do have a rain date of Saturday, October 17 from 9:00-11:00am.  I will advise ahead of time if we exercise the rain date option. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sunday, October 11th      Off the Beaten Path Foliage Tour 

Please RSVP to:  hcppca1959@gmail.com

This tour is dedicated to Porsche’s very capable SUV segment — the Cayenne and Macan. We will be enjoying the foliage of Vermont without all the traffic as we take this tour off road!  We will begin our trek in Arlington Vermont and travel over a Category 1 dirt road that follows the Roaring Branch River through the valley as we pass the Long and Appalachian Trails surrounded by the Green Mountains. After 15 miles we return to paved roads and conclude our tour at the Stratton Mountain Resort.

Please note:  Have no fear — this is NOT technical off-roading, it is primarily a dirt road.  Some ground clearance is required, but have no fears for damage to your vehicle other than some dust (a great opportunity for your Fall car detailing before Winter).   This is a great family friendly tour and any SUV or 4WD/AWD vehicle is welcome.  We highly discourage stock sports cars/sedans. 

The gondola at Stratton will be open offering rides to the summit for stunning views of southern Vermont and beyond. For even more spectacular views you can make the short hike to the historic fire tower where you will have a 360-degree view clear across four states and mountain ranges – the Greens, Whites, Adirondacks and Berkshires. At the base of the mountain Stratton Village offers a variety of shopping and dining options for you to enjoy.

If you would like to continue to explore the Southern Vermont area there are Manchester Designer Outlets in historic Manchester, VT. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln which is located just a few miles from downtown Manchester. For those who cannot get enough of the stunning views of Vermont you can take the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive to the top of Mount Equinox.

We will meet Sunday, October 11th at 10:00 am at the Arlington Recreation Park, Recreation Park Rd, Arlington, VT (Google Maps link).  The tour will take approximately an hour and once at Stratton you will be able to enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace and on your own schedule. 

Please be sure to bring your masks for those times when we are not in our cars and respect social distancing.  You will need to have a valid PCA COVID waiver on file or we will have blank forms available for you to fill out. We hope you will join us for this first of its kind off-road tour!  

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Wine Time!

The weather was perfect for our event at Sabba Vineyard on Sunday, August 30th.  While the sun slanted over the hill offering a break from the seemingly unrelenting heat of the summer of 2020, laughter and conversation rippled across the open fields as the members of the Hudson Champlain Porsche members caught up after months of quarantine.  

Usually, conversations at these gatherings run more to cars and upcoming events, but this time owner, vintner, and artist Abby Youghabi shared information about his wines and the inspiration for his artwork that graces the surrounding fields. Some members chose to do the wine tasting, which boasts a full six types of wines—two whites (Riesling and Chardonnay), three reds (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon), and an ice wine. Others sipped slowly as they took in the day.

Although Sabba Vineyard has only been open a couple of years for tastings, the farm has been up and running since 2012. A few years ago, Abby decided it was time to open a tasting room, so he decided to convert his horse barn, which is now decorated with an eclectic mix of art and wines.

If you weren’t able to join us for this great trip, take a ride out to see what it’s all about. You will not be disappointed. Sabba Vineyard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 3 pm – 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm – 7 pm or any time by appointment. Thank you so much to Ken Blass for setting this up!


If you missed this event, the club picnic is scheduled for September 20th!

Hudson Champlain Region PCA Annual Picnic at Henry Hudson Park, Selkirk, NY

At the capable hands of our Vice President, Eric Spooner, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our HCP Annual Picnic on Sunday, Sept 20th starting at 12:00pm at the Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk at:

157 Lyons Rd, Selkirk, NY 12158

(Click here for Google maps link)

We will have a very large covered pavilion and lots of space to spread out with great views of the Hudson River.  We will also have a very informal people’s choice “Concours d’ (Not So) Elegance” so bring your Porsches in their full glory.  The picnic will happen rain or shine.

Food will be provided by the Club and we are working with a caterer whom will be preparing sandwiches (subs or wraps), potato salad and a cookie.  We will also have drinks and other snack foods available.  Your food selection is part of the mandatory RSVP process for you and a guest.


  • RSVPs are MANDATORY by Sept 13th by responding to this LINK:  Hudson-Champlain PCA Picnic Registration
  • We are restricted by local municipal authorities to 50 people.   If we have more than 50 people RSVP’ing, we will break the picnic into 2 sessions (12:00-3:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm).  Please indicate your session preference in the Picnic Registration.  We will notify you if we are doing a single session or two sessions once the RSVPs are tallied.
  • An active COVID waiver is required – if you’ve signed and submitted one already, you need not sign and submit again.  You can bring your own waiver printed in color (COVID WAIVER).  We will also have blank waiver forms available at the picnic.
  • NY State Mask and Social Distancing protocols are in effect and to be followed.
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Sunny Days and Ice Cream

After a hiatus of Porsche Club events due to COVID, the Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club got together twice this past week.

Happy Birthday, Steve Marlow!

The July 15th birthday celebration for long time member Steve Marlow was a surprise drive-by event that attracted nineteen Porsches and one Harley-Davidson.

As we rounded the corner to enter Steve’s neighborhood, the sound of resounding horns echoed all through the area. Signs, balloons, and lots of cheerful happy birthdays made for a touching and festive atmosphere. Club members donned masks to sing a booming round of happy birthday while Steve, Lydia, and family beamed in their driveway.


Afterward, the group gathered at Mama’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat.

Thank you so much to Ken Blass for suggesting the event.

Rolling Along Route 20

Then on Sunday, July 19th, we once again gathered. The Hannaford Plaza in Altamont was unexpectedly busy while we signed paperwork and said a quick hello before heading off on a gorgeous drive west out Route 20.

What a perfect day for a drive! The lush greens of the scenery were a soft yet vivid backdrop to the rolling hills and clear blue skies. With temperatures closing in on 90 degrees, we arrived at Dairyland in Sharon Springs.

Some fourteen (plus or minus) cars parked on the lawn leaving the shade of two majestic willows to provide shade for our members.

Dairyland is a local establishment first opened in 1963 by locals Harold Lappeus and Dwight Lane. At the time, it was the only restaurant of its type for miles around and drew crowds from the surrounding towns for burgers, hotdogs, fries, and of course, ice cream! Since then it has been sold twice and is currently owned by twenty-eight-year-old Cyle Conley. Our group was greeted by Cyle’s mom and dad who were duly impressed with the beautiful assortment of Porsche’s.

As the socializing wound down, members climbed back into their cars and headed off in their separate directions until the next drive. 

Thank you so much to John and Fran Pellerin for planning and leading the drive. There are some ice cream loving Porsche drivers who are grateful for your introduction to Dairyland!

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HCP Club April Newsletter

Greetings Fellow HCP Club Members,

The past month has indeed represented unprecedented times for us and most importantly I hope that you and your families are all staying healthy and doing well!

Our club continues to be good citizens complying with NY State’s PAUSE (cancellation of non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) which has now been extended through May 15th

Nonetheless, I would like to report on a few items that have occurred: 

  • The HCP Executive Board and Chairpersons held our monthly Board meeting on April 6th
  • PCA Zone 1 held its Spring President’s meeting this past Saturday.
  • Both of these meetings were held by teleconference.

HCP PCA key items to report:

  • Want to help or do you need help?: The club is extending an offer to club members who may need help at this time with small safe errands such as shopping, medication pick-up, etc.  We will need volunteers to pair up with people who may need some assistance.  Volunteers and those needing help are to send an email to hcppca1959@gmail.com letting us know if you want to help, need help, where you live, your phone number, etc.
  • Social Activities: Our next planned event is June 21st which will be our Cars & Coffee at Saratoga Auto Museum followed by a drive culminating in our annual Picnic at Saratoga Spa State Park.  In the event that the Covid-19 situation improves before June, we do have some other activities lined up that we can activate quickly to get our club back together.
  • Driver’s Education: Our “Cups & Saucers” Advanced DE event on May 6-7 has been cancelled.  Very fortunately for us, Watkins Glen racetrack initiated the event cancellation due to NY PAUSE and, as a result, we will receive our $9500 deposit back in full.  
  • Autocross: Our first autocross originally planned in June is of course pending.
  • Treasurer Report: We started March with $43,507 and ended with $42,280.  Major expenses in March were the new member’s luncheon, 2019 tax preparation services and the June picnic pavilion deposit.  Obviously, our expenses remain modest at this time and we are expecting the $9500 refund from Watkins Glen soon.
  • Membership: As of today, we have 396 primary and 252 co-members.  Since beginning of March, we have had 6 new members join.
  • May General Club Membership Meeting: I am considering that we do a general club monthly meeting on May 4th.  This would be by teleconference.  Confirmation of this meeting and details will be forthcoming.

PCA Zone 1 President’s Meeting:

  • Yesterday Mike Bryan, our PCA Zone 1 Representative, convened the Spring 2020 Zone1 President’s meeting which brought together the presidents of all of 17 regions within Zone1.
  • In 2019, PCA added 3913 new member and Zone1 added 508. PCA has a total of 135,000 members and co-members altogether.
  • In light of Covid-19, PCA has cancelled the Apr 29 – May 3 Treffen at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Additionally, PCA has also cancelled this year’s June 21-27 Porsche Parade in Palm Springs, CA.
  • The various regions in Zone1 discussed how they were managing through the Covid-19 situation and shared ideas for things they were doing during this shelter-in-place time. The HCP Board will discuss some of these ideas at our next Board meeting.  In general, all driving and social gathering events have been cancelled across the entirety of Zone1 – we are not alone or unique in this regard. 
  • Our own HCP region member and PCA National secretary Aaron Ambrosino gave us all a refresher on insurance and risk management. PCA is very fortunate to have excellent and very cost-effective liability insurance largely due to PCA’s excellent safety record and comprehensive guidelines for all of the activities within PCA.
  • As of now, the “Zone1 48 Hours at the Glen” HPDE on June 12-14 is currently open for registration on clubregistration.net . If you are looking for a great DE at Watkins Glen, please register!  In the event of cancellation by the track or the event hosts, all registrants will receive a refund.  Please take note of the policy for cancellations made by the individual as these will be subject to the event’s refund policy if the DE event does indeed occur.
  • The “Zone1 Autocross” held in mid-Sept is currently up in the air as all autocross events at Devens Airfield in Ayer, MA have been suspended until further notice.   More to come on this as the year progresses.

Anyway, I hope you find these items of some interest to you – at least something to read quickly.  Our club will survive this current situation and hopefully soon, we will be able to safely gather again and enjoy our Porsches and each other’s friendship.

Stay Healthy!

With best regards,

John Pellerin, President HCP (and his 2 raring-to-go Porsches)


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Frohe Weinachten! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

The holiday in any language is filled with fun and festivities, and the Porsche Club party was no exception. It was already in full swing when we arrived at the home of Ken and Karen Blass on Saturday, December 7th

The evening was a wonderful mix of food, drinks, conversation, music, and desserts (a special thank you to Ken from me for the incredible cheesecake).

The deep piles of snow along the driveway only added to the festive atmosphere as we stepped in out of the cold, wiped the salt off our feet, and added our coats to the colorful pile of outerwear, scarves and gloves on the bench. Hearty hellos and happy holidays filled the hallway as we made our way to the kitchen where we would search out an empty space on the table to add our offering. The table was dressed in holiday style and was overflowing with scrumptious looking snacks, hors d’oeuvres, casseroles, festive meats and of course desserts! We were immediately offered a glass of wine, and while Rick set up his guitar and amp, I fell into conversation with the party-goers.

On a sad note, we received notice of the loss of club member, Dan Nugent.

Dan’s wife says, “Dan was a wonderful husband and father who was adored by his family. He owned a red 1995 air-cooled Porsche Cabriolet, which he adored. He enjoyed many outings with the club, and especially the Finger Lakes weekend. He also looked forward to the annual dinner and Christmas party. He cherished his relationship with the Porsche club until the end.”  Dan will be missed.

Delivery of donations for the Toys for Tots organization will be dropped off soon. Thank you, everyone, for your generosity.

So, this wraps up the 2019 Porsche Club year. Thank you to Rick Beauchemin for the music, to Ken and Karen Blass for once again opening their hearts and home to the members of our club, and to each club member. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club at the PCA Zone 1 Autocross

The sky was threatening upon arrival at Moore Field located at Fort Devons in Devons, MA on September 14th,  but that did not stop the Hudson-Champlain Porsche owners who were looking forward to the Zone 1 autocross weekend. Club members that participated were Rick Beauchemin, Andy Dorman, Amanda Brinke, George Cruden, Donna Hughes, and Aaron Ambrosino


The first step was to remove everything from the car before driving to the tech inspection, which was led by our own Andy Dorman and Amanda Brinke. (That’s Andy there by the silver Boxster!)

With tech inspections completed, the group was broken into two groups—one to drive and one to man the cones.  Before starting, the whole group walked the course to get a feel for the landscape. Our group was lucky because we had experienced drivers like Andy Dorman and Aaron Ambrosino to offer advice on how to drive the course. One memorable piece of advice from Aaron was “Drive fast. Take risks.”

As day one drew to a close, the group gathered for a conversation where old and new friends came together to enjoy a tasty barbeque.

The following morning, which dawned sunny and bright, the entire process was repeated with the only difference being that the course direction reversed.  

When the day wound down, awards and recognition for the fastest driver and fastest teams were announced. Donna Hughes, Andy Dorman, and Aaron Ambrosino were among those recognized.

And for those of you who were worried, please be assured that no cones were harmed over the weekend!

Our return to the Zone 1 Autocross this year was a bittersweet one, as it was an opportunity for us to catch up with old friends from afar. It was also a chance for those of us to remember the ones we have lost this year.  Last September at this two-day event the HCP team made a great showing, bolstered by the ever-confident presence of Allen Schwartz.  Allen was always cheering us on, keeping track of our times, and reveling in his steady improvement as he strove to shave “just a few more seconds” off of his time.  Over dinner he told us this was one of his favorite events, commenting on his surprise at the level the camaraderie everyone exhibited at such a competitive event.  Sadly the 2018 event was his last with us so we took a few moments at the Driver’s Meeting in the morning this year to let everyone know how much Allen enjoyed this event, how much he enjoyed the people he had met, and most of all how much he felt he learned not just about his car but about how such a diverse group of people could bond so well over a shared interest of finding the quickest path through a sea of cones.  We all miss Allen very much and this event will always remind us of those lessons he shared with us that weekend.

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A Picture-Perfect Porsche Weekend

There is no other way to describe the fall getaway this past weekend (September 27th through 29th) other than fantastic. The air was chilly as thirty-eight members of the Hudson-Champlain Porsche club gathered in Schodack for a run-down on the weekend plans before heading off with Ken and Karen Blass leading the way. The scenery treated us to an early taste of fall with touches of red and yellow.

Fog in the roadAround one bend a wall of fog sandwiched between the hills served as a reminder to turn on our headlights as we drove toward our destination of Newport, Rhode Island.

Upon arriving, we gathered for a quick lunch before jumping on board the trolley that would take us on a tour of some of the highlights of the area.

Aboard the trolley ride       

We were introduced to mansion after mansion after mansion with our group finally splitting up to tour either The Breakers or the Marble House, both built by the Vanderbilts.

Newport mansion    The Breakers Interior Ceiling


Along the way, we learned of the The 400, an elite group chosen by socialite Caroline Astor. Her requirements to be accepted as part of the group were three generations of non-working family members and a million dollars in the bank, which is equivalent these days to twenty million.

After a rather harried ride to the train station Friday evening during which Donna Hughes showed off her autocross skills, everyone enjoyed dinner aboard the train running out of Portsmouth Junction Station while a murder mystery played out around us.

Dinner aboard the train  Dinner Train Actors

Good job Stanlee getting into the part of “Danny” and Dave bringing to life the part of “Lucky”! They don’t call him Lucky for nothing!

Newport RI Bay

Saturday morning dawned clear, windy and a perfect day for sailing. Our group split up to sail on the  America’s Cup 12-Meter Charter vessels while others toured the bay on the Rumrunner, a prohibition era boat. Still others decided to tour the town. With our bellies full after a delicious lunch at The Lobster Bar, our group decided a walk to the Audrain Auto Museum would do us good.



When we arrived we were treated to a tour by the museum’s director who knew all the ins and outs of the thirty concept cars on display there until the end of November. If that wasn’t enough, our group was treated to a tour of the tennis museum followed by drinks and dinner.

Sunday morning began just as beautiful as the rest. While some of us lingered well beyond breakfast enjoying the incredible weather, others toured the Newport Auto Museum, which opened in mid-2017 in a former missile manufacturing facility in Newport. Because the day was so beautiful, many members originally slated to spend time at the museum decided to take the Cliff Walk, which is the scenic 3.5-mile walkway that borders the back lawn of The Breakers and many other Newport mansions. For those interested in seeing the cars you missed, this link will take you to a site resplendent with pics. Thank you, Bill Pollack, for setting this up for the club members!

What a full weekend! Thanks so much to Ken and Karen Blass for making the arrangements and handling all the details that made the trip feel seamless.

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Sixty-Years: The Young and Old of It All

 On June 23, 2019, seventy-eight members of the Hudson-Champlain Porsche club gathered at the Saratoga Auto Museum to begin the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the club. Sponsors included Brewtus Coffee by owner and member Steve Pivonka of Delmar, NY, The Saratoga Auto Museum, New Country Porsche of Clifton Park and R&D Automotive Bavarian Rocket Science of Albany. The smell of coffee mingled with the fresh air as members gathered.Brewtus Coffee Tent

Some chose to tour the museum while others opted to chat, but by at 10:30 a.m. sharp a parade of Porsches left the museum and headed north for a leisurely drive through the Adirondacks with a destination of Lake George’s Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center.


Cars on the lawn

The atmosphere was lively as the cars were parked around the lawn to be judged and awarded by sponsors New Country Porsche and R&D Automotive.  Club members sat on the veranda sharing cocktails and conversation on what many agreed was an absolutely perfect weather day.

When the judging was over, everyone wandered inside to have lunch and applaud the winners. Afterward, club leadership talked about the history of the club, and historian, Andy Dorman, discussed the items on the display table in the front of the room, which included the club charter and the citation from the Porsche Club of America in recognition of our 60th Anniversary. 

Andy Dorman at Table

When the petition for charter was presented back in 1959 to the then president of PCA National, Earl Kirschbaum, eight counties in New York, one in Vermont and one in Massachusetts were included in the area chartered as the Hudson Champlain Region on July 17, 1959. The club originally extended from the Canadian border south, well into the Hudson Valley and over to and including southern Vermont and western Massachusetts. Ten founding members accepted the charter most from the Capital Region. HCP Boundary Original

During the first years of the club, Paul Heinmiller, one of the club’s first members, became the editor of Porsche Panorama. Under Paul’s leadership, Panorama was transformed from what was essentially a newsletter into what came to be regarded as one of the finest publications of its kind. For a time, Paul held the office of the PCA National Vice Present, National Executive Vice President, but declined the job of PCA National President as it would have meant leaving his job as the Panorama editor.

The first change in the club’s territory came in 1975 when the Hudson Valley region was chartered. That club was formed by counties seeded from both the Hudson-Champlain and the Metro New York region.

The most recent change came in 1986 with the formation of the Green Mountain region. That club was formed by encompassing the counties in Vermont and New Hampshire. All of this brings us to our current configuration with Zone 1, which can be seen below.

The shaded areas on the map below illustrate the counties within the Hudson-Champlain Region.

As the afternoon wound down and members began gathering their belongings, they were reminded to give a wave to the other Porsches on the road. Or if you get the opportunity to introduce yourself, even better! Most owners enjoy sharing the story of their cars, and they may be interested in becoming part of our growing family!

Here’s to another fantastic 60 years of the fun and friendship with the Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club.

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Can You Beat A Sunny Sunday, Delicious Sundaes, and Porsches? No!

When Rick and I pulled into the Walmart parking lot in Brunswick on Sunday, August 11th at about 10:10, there were already at least a dozen (maybe more) members milling around under the chilly, blue sky.

We smiled, shared some hugs, said our hellos, and chatted a bit before our fearless leader, Andy Dorman, led us out of the lot at 10:30 to begin the drive through the countryside with a destination of The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich, NY.


In total, seventeen cars wound a colorful line through some of the most beautiful back roads in Upstate New York.

As our group rumbled through Johnsonville into Buskirk, we came across a covered bridge and a black mailbox on the corner sporting the number “911.”

Our travels continued through Cambridge and several other small towns as we took in the scenery including rusted metal roofs on old red barns, numerous colonial brick houses, cornfields and stretches of thick woods.


The sun sparking off the rearview mirror made it a little difficult to get a decent shot of the parade of cars lined up behind us. 

The drive was so relaxing and beautiful that we were almost disappointed when we saw the sign for our destination. 

But the list of ice cream flavors on the board over the counter quickly sucked us in, and we were like a bunch of little kids trying to decide what we wanted. I think most members would agree that it was hard to pick just one! The next decision was small? Medium? Large? The small was pretty darn big, so those of us who are a bit more calorie conscious went for the small, although we some of us couldn’t resist the sprinkles.

All in all, it was a great time. The simplicity of the trip added to the charm and relaxation. Thank you so much to Andy Dorman for setting it up and handling all the details.


Don’t forget these upcoming events!  

August 16 and 17       DE at Lime Rock – For more details, check the calendar!

Sep 14 – 15, 2019       The Zone 1 Autocross is a two-day event. There will be a different course each day. PCA’s Parade Competition Rules (PCR’s) for Medium Sized Regions are used for classifying cars. Entrants must compete both days in order to trophy.

There will be a team Challenge for all PCA Regions. Registration opens 8:00 a.m. sharp, first car off approximately 9:15 a.m. both days. All participants must be current PCA members. Porsche cars only.

Cost:   $70/person early registration on or before 9/4/19.   $95/person after 9/4/19

Online registration via clubregistration.net only.  Registration fees are for one or two days.

No on-site registration the day of the event.   Registration is open until 9/10/19.

Where to stay:  Springhill Suites by Marriott, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434

Phone: 978-772-3030       http://devenscommoncenter.com

Rate: $139/night + tax Refer: “ACP” for group rate or all and reference “Zone 1 Porsche Club”

Who to talk to:   Zone 1 Autocross Chair:   Dan Fishkind, zone1axchair@gmail.com or (631)748-2727.   Zone 1 Autocross Registrar:   Graham Mingst, z1registrar@gmail.com or (516) 939-2287

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A Drive and Picnic with Neighboring PCA Friends

By John Pellerin

Saturday July 20th was touted by the local news to be a scorcher of a summer day with temperatures reaching near 100F.  Even the Saratoga thoroughbred racing track had declared it a day too unsafe to race!  Nonetheless, a small group of 13 HCP PCA members ventured out unfazed for a drive through western Albany, Schoharie and Delaware Counties to meet up with our PCA friends from the Central NY PCA region arranged by our own Louis Dahoda.  Our meeting point was the New York State Safety Track in Jefferson near Oneonta.  For those not familiar with this official government-sounding track, it is actually a privately owned racetrack (that doubles as an airstrip) that mostly caters to motorcycle track riders but can also be rented for car track day events as well.    You can check it out here:  http://nyst.com/.

Our day started bright and early with all of us meeting at HCP member Steve Pivonka’s Brewtus Roasting in Delmar for a shot of coffee.  You may recall from our 60th Anniversary Cars and Coffee at the Saratoga Auto Museum that Steve graciously provided the excellent barista service.  We had a small but wide-ranging collection of 6 cars from a 1971 911E Targa to the latest GT3 RS to a Chevy Colorado pickup truck. 

After a group photo, we went on our way with a route led by Louis along some beautiful winding and hilly country roads south of I-88.   As we headed towards Jefferson, we all enjoyed a quick stop at the Conesville Country Store in Gilboa for a break, souvenirs and some snacks.

Arriving at the NY State Safety Track, we were welcomed by a crowded paddock of RVs, trailers and pop-up tents to rival that of any HPDE track event at Watkins Glen.  These motorcyclists were a serious bunch with tricked-out track bikes, full leather racing suits, tire warmers and all the associated gadgets and go-fast stuff.   It was familiar in many ways to our Porsche track days, but everything was oriented to things on 2 wheels versus our 4 wheeled toys.    While waiting for our Central NY PCA friends to join, we were able to get a great vantage point of the end of the straightaway that led to a series of downhill esses.  It was quite a sight to see the more experienced riders dragging a knee just like the pros. 

Our Central NY PCA friends arrived and everyone introduced themselves and mingled a bit.  Rush Pond, Central NY PCA’s Vice President, welcomed everyone and laid out the day’s events which included wandering the paddock to chat with the track riders, doing a few parade laps around the track followed by a catered lunch cooked by the track owner’s mom.   Several people from both regions talked about how nice it was to get together with each group doing their own backroads drive to meet up for some socializing and food at an interesting spot.   We’ve already talked about a few ideas to do this again in 2020.

If you are wondering how miserably hot it was, you may be surprised to hear that the top temperature we saw in Jefferson was 83F and it was an overcast, breezy day which kept it comfortable.  Lessons learned…..(1) don’t always believe what you hear on TV or radio weather and (2) take a day to enjoy a nice drive with your HCP colleagues! 

We hope to see many more of you at the August 11th drive that Andy Dorman will lead eventually taking us to the Ice Cream Man in Washington County. 

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It Started Over Cars and Coffee…

Although it was a chilly start to the day on Saturday morning, the sun broke through the clouds as Rick and I made the drive in our Boxster from Malden Bridge to New Country Porsche in Clifton Park. It would be our first time attending the Cars and Coffee event. When we pulled into the parking lot, we were immediately struck by the number of people milling around. If you’ve ever been to one, you know what I mean, and if you haven’t, you really need to check it out. As we wandered to the dealership, we exchanged greetings with those admiring the impressive cars parked both inside and out. But it was the car parked in front of the dealership that seemed to be getting the most attention. When I asked what all the fuss was about, I learned that the car was valued at over a million dollars. Now that’s a car worth checking out!

Inside, the air smelled of coffee and event goers were partaking of bagels and muffins provided by the dealership. There were lots of smiles and car talk as we caught up with those club members we haven’t seen in a while.

At 10:00 am, Lou Dahoda rounded up those of us who would travel to The Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT where we would have lunch at the Marsh Tavern. With the inside scoop that there was a 100-mile bike race taking place along our route, Todd and Caren Braiman took the lead position. Six Porsches and an Audi carrying a car seat occupied by a future Porsche club member followed! We pulled out of the dealership to begin our drive through the winding roads and the beautiful country lying between Clifton Park and Manchester.

Is This the Place?

The ride was gorgeous as the sun peaked in and out of the cloud cover. Flowering trees were in full bloom, and the colorful outfits of the 100-mile bikers pedaling alongside our Porsche parade only added to the springtime mood. Before we knew it, we were pulling into the impressive Equinox Resort complex. Finding our way to the Marsh Tavern took a minute or two, but when we found the place, we were greeted with wide smiles and warm welcomes from the staff. Long wooden tables and light filtering through the floor to ceiling windows added to the ambiance of cordiality and friendship. The menu was amazing and the waitstaff wonderful. We were even able to meet the chef who came to our table with a firm handshake and a smile that lit up the room. We laughed, took pictures of our food to send to Ken Blass, and talked about what was available to do in town.

After lunch, some Porsche club members wandered around town while others joined the Land Rover Experience. I hear it was an incredible time!

Once again, thank you to Lou Dahoda for handling the details. We appreciate you!

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Save The Date!

May 11, 2019

Drive and Dine to Equinox Hotel

9:00 a.m. Leave  New Country Porsche, 205 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY

Drive to:  Manchester Vermont.

Noon: Lunch at the Marsh Tavern located at:

Equinox Golf Resort

3567 Main Street, Manchester, VT

After lunch On Your Own:

1) Walk through town and visit the outlets

2) Enjoy a spa treatment (Be sure to book in advance!)

3) Play a round of golf at the Equinox (Again, book in advance!)

4) Contact Lou Dahoda NOW to book a Land Rover Experience

     a) $150.00 each

      b) Located two and a half blocks from the hotel

Please RSVP now for lunch and the Land Rover Experience


June 23, 2019

60th Anniversary HCP-PCA Celebration

8:30 am: Start the day with Cars and Coffee at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(Coffee donated by Brewtus Coffee. Thanks to  Steven Privonka, a long-time member of our club.)

10:30 am: Start a leisurely drive through the beautiful Adirondacks heading to Lake George

Noon: Arrive at Fort William Henry Hotel and Resort

Cars to park on the front lawn between the lake and the resort. This will be a great photo-op so take advantage of the beautiful setting!

Hor d’oeuvres sponsored by

  • New Country Porsche
  • R&D Automotive

Dinner plans will be announced when they have been nailed down.

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Cars, Cars, Cars, and Conversation

Hudson Champlain Porsche Club Visits the Northeast Classic Car Museum

The Drive

The trip to the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, NY was worth the beautiful, snowy drive. Yes, it was snowing as we drove over the back roads to Norwich!

Once there, we parked our cars and rushed into the museum to escape the cold and wet wind. We were immediately warmed not only by the warmth of the lobby but by the gracious greeting by the museum staff. Tickets were purchased as club members chatted and we all waited expectantly for our tour guide. And what a tour it was.

Stepping Into the Past

As we stepped through the entrance to the exhibits, it was like being transported back in time. Bob Jeffrey, the executive director of the museum, first shared a little history of the area, which he describes as thriving until the 1990s when two companies left the area leaving 5,600 people jobless. After sharing some interesting stories about the conceptualization and initial planning of the museum, he turned us over to Richard Schutt who would be our guide. And what a tour it was!

If you have never been to the museum, it is definitely worth the drive. The museum holds more than 150 vehicles within over 89,000 square feet of floor space. There is some impressive information about the museum and its content at Exploring Upstate New York if you’d like to see some great photos and more detail on the vehicles. It’s impossible to do a quick recap of the cars, motorcycles, trucks, airplane propellers and more, so I will leave it to you to check out the website, or better yet, take a drive out.

Throughout the exhibits, we were also treated to dress of the eras courtesy of the Chenango County Historical Society. Each outfit is representative of the period of the cars in an exhibit. We smiled at the whole kit and kaboodle of fashion including driving coats, goggles, wedding dresses and fancy cocktail dresses.

Lunch and Conversation

A few of us hungrier members snuck out of the museum a few minutes early to meet at the Wild Owl Café for lunch, while the rest of the members joined us soon afterward. The meal was delicious and, as usual, the conversation lively. All in all, it was a great time.

There was so much information about the founders, the cars, the restorations, and more that I would leave it up to you to take a trip there!

A huge thank you to Lou Dahoda for planning the event!

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Fire! Fire!

A Porsche Drive and Dine to FASNY

Impressive is the only way to explain what I thought as I pulled into the parking lot of the FASNY Museum. FASNY, an anacronym for Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, is the largest museum of its kind in the United States, and our Porsche club is lucky enough to have it right in our backyard. I wasn’t able to go to the Porsche Drive and Dine event on March 23rd due to a prior commitment, so I took a trip with Ken Blass last week to check it out. What an incredibly cool place! I’ll share only a very few of the highlights below.

We were met at the door by Molly, a dalmatian therapy dog employed by the museum. We learned through Ashley, the head of education, that Molly takes her therapy-dog job seriously, and is a whole different animal without her vest.  


As we explored the sprawling 50,000 square feet of museum, Ashley explained that the goal has been to make the museum more interactive, since research shows that the best teacher for kids (and adults) is by touching and doing. One of my favorite exhibits is called a “We All Suck!” that explains if you’ve used a straw, you understand the idea of drafting water from a source into a truck. The cistern exhibit illustrates the idea of a “well” as a source of water (the same as in a fire truck).


There are so many incredible pieces in the museum, but one especially intriguing display is the Newsham engine, which is New York’s oldest authenticated fire engine. The Newsham engine has a 170-gallon lead lined cistern (well), which makes it extremely heavy. Because the Newsham engine has no “traveler” (fifth wheel above the wheel axles), the engine had to be lifted manually by firefighters!

We were treated to some great stories about the trucks including the engine that saved Barbara Bush’s wedding day, the sled engine for those snowy winter days, the bucket engine from which much of the water splashed out on the way to a fire, and so much more. The exhibit area traces the history of volunteer fire fighting from its humble beginnings until the present day.

As we finished our tour, we learned that the museum is out of space for storing the equipment it continues to acquire. The organization is currently in the process of preparing to break ground for a 30,000 square foot expansion in order to display engines now stored behind fake walls and at other facilities, as well as to expand the education programs and event planning — expected completion late fall 2020 or early Spring 2021.

If you haven’t been to the FASNY Museum, you are in for a treat. A repeat visit to the FASNY Museum might be a great idea for another drive and dine once the upgrade is complete. I’ll definitely be there next time!

The following photos are courtesy of Kevin Van Genechten. 

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Arrive and Dine at the CIA

CIA StaffAs we stepped out of the car into the parking lot at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY, our senses were immediately engaged in the delicious scents wafting through the campus. As we climbed the stairs, and then entered the restaurant building, we joined the rest of the club members who had arrived early for a tour of the facilities. With the tour finished, we stood in front of the restaurant doors with anticipation. The waitstaff beckoned us in, and we found our seats. We were ready to start our next culinary adventure. CIA wine rack 2

The Culinary Institute of America is the brain-child of Frances Roth, a Connecticut based attorney. It is not known if she ever worked at the restaurant, but she was determined to establish a school that would become the culinary center of the nation. With the help of Katharine Angell, wife of then president of Yale University, James Angell, Ms. Roth turned her passion into a new vision for the education of chefs. The original school was opened in 1946 in New Haven, CT and was the first and only school of its kind at the time. CIA wine rack 1


The number of students grew exponentially over the years, and by the late 1960s, the school began looking for new facilities. They considered locations in Chicago, Atlanta, and Columbia, MD, finally setting in Hyde Park. In 1972, the doors opened at the present, and a year later in 1973, the college opened its a first on-campus restaurant.

As you would expect, the food was excellent. The meal started with appetizers and fresh homemade bread including sourdough and rolls. The salads were fragrant and lightly oiled and herbed. The soup was creamy, and from what I heard, delicious was an understatement. I had the best risotto I have ever tasted. I didn’t finish it, though, because judging by the scents wafting through the restaurant, the pastry chef was hard at work creating some delectable desserts Smoking Desert Video Clip. Suffice it to say; we were not disappointed! CIA table

One of the most fascinating things about the experience was speaking with the waitstaff who are all students there. One young woman serving our table was from Germany, another young man from California, and still others from varying places in the nation and across the world. They explained that their education includes every part of the restaurant experience including food preparation, desserts, wine and cocktail pairings, and more.

All in all, the experience was something that we hope to do again soon. If you missed out on this experience, it is definitely worth the drive, but be sure to call for reservations well in advance! CIA chicken

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Rain, Rolex 24 and Prime

The snow was falling, and there wasn’t a Porsche in sight when we pulled in to the Prime parking lot this past Sunday for the first club event of 2019. Thanks to Lou Dahoda’s technical abilities, the gathered club members had roadside seats at the Daytona Rolex 24 that ran despite the torrential downpours. There was lots of drama as the cars hydroplaned around the course. Fernando Alonso, the winner of the race, admits to wanting the race stopped several laps before the final call even though he was in second place at the time.  In his words, “The visibility was nearly zero, we could not be flat-out on the straights, the car was moving, the TC (traction control) was coming in sixth gear at 200 mph, there were parts of different cars in different parts of the track, because people were losing bodywork here and there.” A recap of the race is here.


Since every Porsche event needs to include great food, Prime was the perfect place. As the drama played out on the television screen over the table, club members were not disappointed as they relaxed in to enjoyed the incredible feast that Prime offers; fresh omelets, roasted meats, salads, fruits, pastries and so much more. It seemed that everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal.



Lou Dahoda shared a quick run-down of upcoming events noting that the February 15th event at the CIA has been sold out. However, you can catch back up with the club on March 23rd at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 and older. Further, he said that you may return to the museum after lunch at no extra cost and that the Museum participates in the Empire State Reciprocal Program and NARM. Members of these programs will also receive FREE admission. (Good to know!) Dinner afterward will be at Kozel’s Restaurant in Ghent. Kozel’s is a family-owned restaurant known for its wide variety of “home-cooked” food and a popular destination for people in the surrounding area. Please RSVP to Lou Dahoda by March 16th at  Louis.dahoda@edwardjones.com.

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What’s better than Porsche’s and racing? BRUNCH!!

Folks, I am hoping to see many of you at this event at the Saratoga Auto Museum on Sunday the 28th. There is still space available.

There will be great food, your friends (old and new), and I hear there are going to be some really nice door prizes.

Here is the link to sign up for the event, and root for a PORSCHE victory! 🙂
https://saratogaauto.z2systems.com/np/clients/saratogaauto/eventRegistrati on.jsp?event=602

Our first event of the year will be Sunday Brunch at the finish line of the 56th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 


Since 1962, racing legends that span the motorsports universe have come to compete in DAYTONA’s endurance sports car classic. From sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, witness as both man and machine are pushed to the limit in this twice-around-the-clock marathon. 

Join us for fabulous entertainment, non-stop racing and food from the area’s finest caterer, “the Mazzone’s”!  Enjoy the ultimate hospitality experience featuring a delicious blend of food and fast cars at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. (SAM)

The Saratoga Auto Museum has graciously partnered with us to create an unforgettable experience like only Saratogians can. T hey will be streaming a live feed of the 56th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, also displaying a previous race car that competed in the Rolex 24 with many other surprises.   i.e. the slot car and driving simulator challenge



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My First Porsche: Monk Schane-Lydon

On my wall in my office is a list of cars. There are 36 cars so far and 10 motorcycles. That list includes a few VW’s, some British sports cars, a couple of Isuzu Troopers, several Hondas, and at least one vintage Land Rover.

You see, I bought cars cheap, ran them for a little while and sold them again. There are some I miss, such as the Vanagon Syncro or the Jeep Commando, or maybe even my old ’59 Coupe DeVille. But I had always told myself, that someday I’ll get a Porsche. To me it was my holy grail, a car that I will have when I’m ready.

To be honest, I don’t know what kept me from getting one earlier. The reality is, they’re not that expensive. Why buy a Subaru when you can have a used Porsche?

When I started looking, I started with research. The 911 is iconic and I love the lines on the older models, before they started flaring the fenders and going all disco. I know the stories of how they handle. One wrong move in a fast corner and the back end would be chasing trees in the woods, evidently hunting for rabbits or some such thing. I used to drive a tail heavy car, if you count my old VW’s. I could drift my old Super Beetle through an exit ramp off the highway with the best of them. You could dial in the drift with the throttle. But then came the Boxster. The rebirth of the 550 Spyder in my eyes. Mid engine, convertible, and according to the reviews, damn nimble and perhaps even better than a 911.

The Boxster was balanced. Not tail heavy.

More research! There’s a scare about the intermediate shaft bearing, and that has dropped the prices on pre 2009 models. The 2009 however has a different engine design, the 9A1, and also incorporated a lot of the changes that previous owners were looking for.

So the hunt was on!

A 2009 Boxster. I found mine in New Hampshire at some random used car dealership thanks to Cars.com. I drove my TDI Beetle north of Boston, traded it in and drove the Porsche home. Dark blue metallic with the navy blue soft top. It’s not the S model, but that doesn’t matter presently, (ask me again in a couple years.) It gets out of its way quite nicely and can point and shoot in traffic. When I drive out to Buffalo or down to Charlotte, it’s perfectly comfortable and I enjoy every second of it. Top down or up? If it’s above 13 degrees Celsius, (I went metric 5 years ago) then the top is down, till the rain gets too intense.


So the biggest question I have, is, “Why did I wait so long?”


I’m Monk Schane-Lydon, the new Webmaster/Communications Chair, so this will give you some insight to my Porsche experience. One car so far! Until I find that 912 of my dreams. monk@monksvoice.com Send me any stories and pictures for the blog!

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Why I Bought My First Porsche: David Cathers

Let me admit this right away. I drive a 1983 911 SC cabriolet, and it’s the only Porsche 

I’ve ever owned. As PCA’s e-Brake News said recently, this model is a forgotten car, one that many Porsche-philes consider little more than a “structurally compromised fashion statement.” A more recent e-Brake News called it the least-favored 911 body style of the era. So, if you’d rather skip over to someone else’s blog post and read about a more interesting set of wheels, I won’t blame you a bit.

I bought this car new, and at that time it had been about twenty years since I’d 

had something fun to drive. When I was in college in the early 1960s I had a 1958 MGA; I loved that car and I still miss it. But one of my classmates owned a Speedster, probably the first Porsche I ever saw in person. Occasionally it cruised by me on campus, and I would feel an overwhelming pang of desire.

By the early 1980s, after two decades of settling for Beetles and Civics, I could afford something more interesting, but by then I didn’t know how to go about it. I don’t think anyone bought or sold cars on the internet then, I didn’t know anyone who owned a sports car, and I hadn’t even heard of Hemmings Motor News. I almost certainly would have bought an MGA if I could have figured out how to find one.

Instead, I looked first at a car that you still saw on the road in those days – the 190 SL, to my eye one of the most beautiful Mercedes ever built. I drove maybe three of them and was amazed at how stodgy they were; probably they’re not all so dull, but the ones I tried were. However, this initial foray lead to one thrilling experience: the last 190SL I looked at was in the “pre-owned” inventory of a Mercedes dealer, and in the showroom it was parked next to a stunning 300SL roadster. To be nice the salesman let me sit in its driver’s seat, and just holding that steering wheel was electrifying, even though the sales guy and I both knew there was no way I could come up with its $63,000 price tag. (You know what that model can bring today.)

Then a friend of a friend told me his grandfather was the original owner of a 1952 Jaguar XK120 fixed head coupe that he wanted to sell, and since I was car hunting he wondered if I’d like to see it. Yes, I would. I drove it twice, and although it was so stately that it’s hard to believe this elegant driver could ever have been considered a sports car, I loved the way it went snick, snick, snick up through the gears, and I said yes, I want this car. Granddad and I agreed on price. But a few days later, for his own private reasons, he changed his mind, the car was no longer for sale, and I was out of luck.

Then, finally, my long-ago college memory of that Speedster came back to me, and the word “Porsche” flashed in my mind. I went to a dealer and drove a new 911. This was instant love, like nothing I had ever driven before: powerful, fast, great handling, amazing brakes — and it was beautiful. Last year I told my son that I was now too old to drive this car and said I was giving it to him; he said, thanks Dad, not yet, I’m too busy, you keep it a while longer. He’ll get it eventually, but for now I’m so glad it’s still mine.



Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at monk@monksvoice.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Sean McCullough

Sean McCullough

Number of Porsches owned:  2

Current car:   1964 356C

Although I was asked to write about “my first Porsche”, our current 356C is actually my 2nd Porsche.  I owned a 1960 Super 90 in 1966, but sold it when I went off to school (But here’s a better story behind #2).

After graduating in 1972, I worked for GE in the Cape Canaveral area. On a hot early evening, while crossing Merritt Island, I pulled up next to a metallic blue 356C at a stop light.  I rolled down the window of my air-conditioned company car and asked the woman if she knew anyone that had a 356 that they would like to sell (her windows were open since 356 Porsches did not come with AC).  She was appeared quite warm and moist with a visible drop of perspiration on her cheek and said loudly, “meet me at the next parking lot”.

When she got out of the Porsche I could see she was pregnant and had a small child with her in the car.  Since their family was apparently outgrowing the Porsche (the back seats were a mere suggestion, large enough for a dog) and the interior was very worn – we settled on a purchase price of $1,100.

Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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There’s a story behind the plate

By Gary Richards —

“You’re so vain…” The voice of Carly Simon in my head.  “Give me a break,” I shot back.  “I don’t post pictures of my breakfast on Facebook and the only tweeting around our house comes from the birds in our yard.”  Yet, there I was, standing in line at the DMV ordering one of those plates with messages only Navajo Code Talkers can read.

“You’re so vain…”, the Greek chorus chanted in my head.  Figures, the Greeks had this thing with self-absorption.  Think Narcissus.  You know — the guy who dies standing by a pool — in love with his own reflection.  But, tough beans; I wasn’t going to let some 60’s folk diva or a bunch of guys in togas stop me.  So, I plunked down my sixty bucks and ordered our “vanity” plate (I know I’m not alone).

No surprise these plates are proliferating; we live in a selfie stick world.  Some are pretentious — the smirking young guy sitting at a traffic light in a new Beemer with a plate reading DOW 2000.  That had to be one of the first salvos in the plate war.  With the market topping $23K, no need to think about how long ago that was. Now, years later, vanity plates seem to be sprouting like dandelions in our lawn.   

Here’s a favorite sampling from the internet: 

Have zombies in the family?  Consider this one below…

Got that VW Beetle thing going? EWWABUG
Putting around in a Bugatti Chiron?  LOWMPG 
How about RUBIX on a Nissan Cube?
Perhaps GANDALF for drivers who don’t let people pass?
The perfect plate for hermits and misanthropes: IH8UALL
Is there an Infinity in your driveway? NBEYOND

GOT2PEE — Hey five hours without stopping is a long time in a car.
EXCUZEME — Seems like the perfect plate for bad but polite drivers.
And finally, UARNEXT… on a hearse.  I’m not amused.

So, back to DMV and the plate that set us back a half-dozen ten spots.  Here it is; kinda cryptic.  Not really all that funny; it wasn’t meant to be.  New York no longer calls these vanity plates;  they’re “personalized license plates”. That’s OK with me; it’s not just calling a pig by a different name (I happen to like pigs, by the way).  It’s just that some people really do have a story to tell.  We do… so I will share ours.

My mom knew I loved Porsches.  I guess my head swiveling every time one passed while I was driving her to wherever gave it away.  Mom was a very giving person.  She would have loved to put a Porsche in our driveway; but, she hung by a very thin financial thread.  Even so, she always found a few bucks each week to play her lottery numbers.

 “If I win, I’ll buy you a Porsche,” she said.  She never won and she never saw the Porsche my wife and I are fortunate enough to be driving.  If she saw me drive up in it, I know there’d be a smile on her face.  So, no vanity in our plate.  Just a thank you to (and a memory of) my mom.  You see, those are her initials… VER…. and that’s her birthday… 10-30.


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Fire Extinguisher Recall

By Mike Tucker —

A few years ago, I had a minor fire when checking the spark on a Husqvarna dirt bike and it burst into flames. The first fire extinguisher I tried did not work; despite being nearly new.  The second one I used (a racing one) worked and the Husky was saved, although it looked a little barbecued. 

That defective extinguisher was made by Kidde; so when I heard about a Kidde recall I checked what I had now. Kidde is the major fire extinguisher manufacturer who sells under their own brand and literally dozens of other brands.  They are presently recalling and replacing all of their plastic nozzle and handle extinguishers. The ones we buy for the track have metal parts and are OK, however checking the ones in my shop I found two that fell under the recall. One of my buddies checked his, as well, and had four more to be recalled. 

The good news is when I called Kidde, they answered on the first ring and are sending replacements free of charge within the next two weeks.  I simply had to provide them with the model and serial number.  The Kidde website (www.kidde.com) has details on the recall.   


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Mouse Hunting Tips

By Mike Tucker —

Mice love to chew.   In fact, if they don’t, their teeth will grow too long and they will starve. Mice damage is the number one non-warranty issue for the RV Industry and most car manufacturers. A friend had his camping trailer burn up this summer due to an electrical short created by a mouse and last year a 911 ragtop owner paid over $12,000 for repairs to his electrical system due to mice. Are you now paranoid enough to take the steps to prevent damage from mice?

Newer cars are at much higher risk because the wire industry has been changing to more environmentally friendly soy-based insulation. Germany has very aggressive environmental laws, which is why our Porsche’s are at risk.  Not to mention, the flat 6 and 4 engines make great nesting places. 

In Upstate New York exterminators like to say there are two types of people… those who know they have mice… and those who don’t know.    

Mouse damage to homes, automobiles, and equipment is a major problem. Mice also bring diseases into homes and there is research that are the major transporter of Deer ticks which carry lyme disease. They create the top non-warranty expenses for RVs and automobiles.  They damage homes, food crops and have even cause home fires by chewing live electrical wires. They have flexible bone structures and can squeeze under doors and through very small holes. If the space is enough for a pinky finger a mouse can get through it. Wire mesh is a great way to fill holes around pipes and electrical entry points.

There is a lot of information about stopping mice from companies selling traps, poisons and other tools. While this information is useful, independent research and information from professional exterminators is usually more accurate.  Having read everything available and testing a lot of the techniques and equipment has resulted in some tips I am happy to share. These are some of the highlights:

Most people will tell me they don’t have mice because they don’t see mouse turds, this is an error because if you see turds you have a lot of mice. If you see no evidence in the Northeast you still have mice, you just don’t know it.

The good news is mice spend their entire lives within a 50-70 foot area and do not migrate. They live within this area all their life unless relocated by a bird of prey or human. This means if you get rid of all of them you should be rid of them forever. Of course, I will caution that that is next to impossible, so it’s better to keep up the fight to be sure.   

Best trap — Victor wood spring trap with the plastic cheese pad. Inexpensive, available at hardware stores and can be reused many times. This trap can be tricky to set because they are very sensitive. More conventional spring wire traps can work also, but mice can sometimes rob the bait so one trick is to tie peanut butter smeared yarn in the bait area so the mouse will chew and pull the trap trigger.

Electronic mouse traps – I have tried several brands and types and they do not work well.  Electronic radio transmitters which are supposed to drive mice away, do not work. I have caught mice under them.

Mouse Magic pads – Available at feed and ag stores, the ingredients indicate they utilize peppermint and spearmint scents to keep mice away. The paper pads appear to work, but are expensive and only last 30 days. A much less expensive alternative is to make your own with cotton balls and buying essence of peppermint and spearmint from a health food store. Place 1-3 drops on a cotton ball and place them around areas where you do not want mice. Change or recharge them every 30 days. This works well, but the odor is strong so not good for areas where you live or enclosed spaces, better for garages, barns, sheds, etc. Wear plastic or rubber gloves or you will smell like the scent for a long time.

Poisons – Most of the stuff available from hardware stores is ineffective. Professionals use more powerful poisons and often more than one type in the same bait station. This is because mice do not eat meals, they snack and go and forth to the food supply many times. If they start to feel sick they quit eating whatever made them feel bad. This is why poisons sometimes are eaten and then are not touched giving the impression they worked and killed all the mice when they are just ignoring it.  Pro poisons are available over the internet, but you must buy a large quantity so need to team up or stock up. The highest rated brand is “Final” by Bell labs which Pros rate 5 out of 5. Bait stations are needed if the poison will be used in areas where other animals will be around. In areas where there is no concern for other animals, you can place it in the open. Research has concluded animals that eat mice do not die from eating mice that have been poisoned. They can die from eating the poison directly so I always use bait stations designed for mice. The major issue with poison is if mice eat and die in your walls or other places where you cannot get to them. This happens frequently so I don’t recommend poisons if you hear mice in your walls or attic until their access has been solved.    

Cats – Cats can do a good job (or a poor job) depending on their inclination.  They also can catch, play and release them, so a cat does not always work. When they sleep the mice do their thing.

Location of traps and bait stations – Mice run along walls and corners, they leave a scent for other mice to follow so even if you get a few, more are likely to follow. Snakes also like to follow the scent to try and get the mice, so if you find snakes in your building you have mice in your building. They prefer to be under cover so my most effective trap locations have been along walls with a board covering the trap leaving room for the trap to work under the cover. Peanut butter and mouse attractants work better than cheese which dries out quickly. Mice like fresh bait so you need to change it every 1-2 weeks depending on the environment.  Traps should be set in pairs so that if the mouse is working on getting the bait without setting off the trap the backup trap will catch them if they step on it.

Food inspectors require that facilities processing food set traps and bait outside. I do this at my house and garage and it’s made a huge difference. Since doing this I have caught one mouse in my garage, whereas before it was 6-8 per year. The issues outside have been that the wood traps corrode faster and the traps and bait stations can be stolen by larger animals. I had to start attaching the bait stations to wood blocks to keep them in place.    

Mice population control takes hard work and diligence. Always handle dead ones them with gloves and wash afterward. Clean areas where they have been and keep poisons away from kids, other pets and animals you don’t want to harm.

Photo:  Mouse nest in 944 Turbo airbox with no wiring damage.

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Club Hosts Annual Dinner

It was a great night to recap the year for the Hudson Champlain Region of PCA.  Fun, food and charity were highlights of the evening’s agenda at Mallozzi’s Clubhouse at Western Turnpike Golf Course.  Outgoing President Jim Morgan, along with various committee chairs, took members through the year’s various activities — from Driver’s Education, Track Events and Autocross to Drive & Dines and overnight getaways, there was a full slate in which HCP club members participated during the year.  Outgoing Treasurer, Will Waldron also walked attendees through the year’s finances.

This annual event also provides an opportunity to thank our various sponsors throughout the year, many of which host our monthly meetings or support various club endeavors.  Additionally, thanks to the many donations by club members, the silent auction raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

And perhaps, most importantly, Jim introduced the incoming elected club officers:

President – Chris Klapper

Vice President – Lydia Marlow

Secretary – John Pellerin

Treasurer – Audrey Englesberg

Past-President – Jim Morgan

Don’t forget, the annual Holiday Party is set for Saturday, December 2nd, at the home of Ken & Karen Blass, 357 Pitts Road, in Old Chatham.  If you plan to attend, please bring an unwrapped toy for a child, as we will be providing them on behalf of the club to Toys For Tots. 


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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Chris Klapper

Chris Klapper

Number of Porsches owned:  3

Current cars:  2006 Basalt Black Cayman S and 1986 Guards Red 944

Having always been a Lotus fan, I attained my dream car, a 1994 Lotus Esprit S4.  As marvelous as the car is, it is not a car one can take to our child’s school for concerts, sporting events, etc…

So, the search was on for an everyday driver sports car. The answer, of course, was the Porsche 996. And what an answer it was!  A beautiful 2001 Orient Red with Cinnamon interior.  We drove the car pretty much year-round for 9 years. We learned to Autocross and drive on the track with it, as well.  And every time we drove it somewhere, it just felt and sounded marvelous. That car converted us to the “dark side”… and Linda and I are glad it did!


Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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Hudson Champlain hosts first Zone 1 Weekend

By Chris Klapper —

The Hudson Champlain Region recently hosted the first PCA Zone 1 Weekend Getaway, September 29-October 1.  WOW, our region did us proud!

Activities began that Friday afternoon at the Gideon Putnam Hotel with George Earle, Donna Hughes, Joshua Klapper, Linda Klapper and Peter Ulfik assisting to get the weekenders parked, registered and ready for the weekend. That evening the group both toured and dined at the Saratoga Auto Museum.  To be the first group to see the new exhibit “Wheels at Work”, proved to be an awesome experience to share with Zone 1 visitors; highlighted by a great moment when the group celebrated the evening with Chuck and Joyce Gladle, marking their 55th wedding anniversary.

After a hearty Saturday breakfast, the group gathered, and a train of 45 Porsches headed out to drive the east side of Lake George with the destination of Fort Ticonderoga ahead.  A little chill and rain was in the air but did not dull the excitement of the drive of a huge caravan. The mid-point stop on our trip was in the town of Fort Ann.  Upon learning we would be stopping in town, the community offered to open their fire station for our use that morning.  By the time the group reached Ticonderoga, the rain had ceased and participants were able to explore the rich history Fort Ticonderoga provides.  On the return trip, it was quite a site to see the Northway rest stop just below Exit 17, stacked with Porches 4 to 5 in a row.  It was amazing an area that seemed deserted all of a sudden have people come out of nowhere to take pictures of the beautiful array of cars.

Thank you to Louis Dahoda, Tatyana Darrius, Matt Rutten, Audrey Engelsberg, Mike and Pam Bryan; Chuck and Joyce Gladle, Kurt Drottar, Laura Bakalyar, Andy Dorman, Amanda Brinke, John Pelerin, Allan Schwartz, and Linda Klapper for being the awesome lead/follow team that kept things together and moving during the day’s event.

Sunday morning the group again gathered and traveled north to the beautiful Sagamore to enjoy a fabulous lunch overlooking the lake, mountains and stunning hotel grounds.  Once again, the Hudson Champlain volunteers made sure the trip up to the Sagamore came off without a hitch. Thank you, Louis Dahoda, Tatyana Darrius, Mike and Pam Bryan, Chuck and Joyce Gladle, Kurt Drottar, Laura Bakalyar, Aaron and Amelia Ambrosino, and Linda Klapper.

Stories of the weekend and budding friendships filled the air as the weekend gathering came to a close. The overwhelming consensus was that the weekend was a great success and those in attendance can’t wait for next year’s event.

The Gauntlet has been thrown by the Hudson Champlain Region and the standard for hosting a Zone getaway has been set. The incredible number of compliments to the region by attendees was overwhelming.  I wish luck to the next region in which the Zone 1 Weekend Getaway is hosted. They will have large expectations to live up too.  A fantastic job by every volunteer!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

(Photos courtesy of Chris & Linda Klapper)

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Camp4 Canada: Winter driving experience

In case you didn’t read about this in the eBrake newsletter, here’s a link to driving experience events happening this winter in Quebec, for those who’d like to know what it feels like to drive a Porsche in winter conditions.


Price are quoted in Canadian dollars, which is presently at about 80 cents against the US Dollar.  

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Board of Director Nominees

If you’ve not already received a letter from our nomination committee, please be looking out for it in your physical mailbox, as it’s time to vote for our board of directors.  This is done via formal mail (aka “snail mail”) to comply with PCA mandates.  We ask that you return your ballot (via snail mail) to the attention of nominee committee member Mike Tucker.  With your ballot, there is an addressed return envelope to Mike’s address.

In the meantime, our nominees have provided biographical details about themselves and their participation in our club:

President – Chris Klapper

Born and raised in Schenectady NY I am a lifetime resident of the area. I attended college at Schenectady County Community College and Valparaiso University. I am presently employed by General Electric, as a Materials Technician specializing in alloy development and magnetic properties of materials.
I have always been in love with sports and speed having played Basketball Baseball Tennis in high school, and Baseball, Soccer and Tennis in college. My biggest sports thrill to date is being involved with United States Bobsled Team from 1985-1987 and participating in the 1986 World Cup 4 man competition (ask me about it sometime!).

My family, Linda and my 3 children are the joys of my life. I enjoy music, artwork and traveling when possible
I have been actively involved with HCP-PCA for over 7 years. On the regional level:

·         planning routes and leading drives,  stepping in on short notice to lead drive & dine events 
·         participating and helping with autocross events, 
·         attending HCP and other regions DE events at multiple tracks, locations
·         2013-15:  HCP Autocross Chair expanded the program and increased  number of  events each year and grew

HCP members  participation

·         2015-17:Vice President HCP Region
·         2015: Became licensed to race in PCA Club Racing
·         2016: Started working with Tire Rack’s Street Survival course for teenage drivers with other regions/clubs
·         2016 Attained National certified instructor status with PCA

I have worked on the Zone 1 level in many ways:

  • 2011-13: tech support for the Scrutineers PCA Zone1 Clash at theGlen
  • 2014-15: Fixed operations assistant at the Zone 1 “Clash at the Glen”
  • 2015 on: Participating in PCA club racing (what a blast!) currently running in SP1
  • 2015: Attended zone 1 concourse
  • 2015-16: Lead volunteers at PCA Zone 1 48hrs at the Glen
  • 2016: lead volunteer coordinator Zone 1 “Clash at the Glen
  • 2017: Put together Initial Zone 1 Weekend Getaway 3day event

I believe my board exposure to the many facets of PCA membership serves me well in understanding the many varied interests of PCA members. I understand there is a balance to be struck and fine lines to be walked to keep such a varied number of interests happy. I understand that the health and growth of the Hudson Champlain Region are the main responsibilities of the President.  Also the wellbeing and growth of, PCA and Zone 1. That by effectively working with Hudson Champlain’s membership as well as national and regional staff the goal of growing and strengthening the club can be achieved.

Vice President – Lydia Marlow

This is a short synopsis of latest accomplishments and positions of responsibility I held in recent years, which will serve as background consideration as to my qualifications for the position of Vice President of the Hudson Champlain Porsche Club.  I have been an extremely active and diversified club member since my husband Stephen and I joined HCPC.  I served as Activities Committee Chair with my husband for two years (planning all club trips and activities), and have been a very active club member.  I also served as Secretary for HCP the past four years.  During my membership, I have attended over 95% of all monthly meetings, helped to plan & help carry out club activities in a volunteer capacity, and participated in almost the majority of all monthly day trips held.  I was involved in helping build the over-night 3-day weekend trips program and have attended all but one since they were created.  I am co-owner of two Porsches (1986 930 Wide Body Turbo and 2104 Cayman S).   My career has been exclusively as a pharmacist, in both military and civilian capacities.  My current civilian position is as a Pharmacist for Express Scripts.  My last military position held was as a Pharmacist (grade Major).  I was responsible for coordinating efforts of pharmacy operations at clinic and hospital levels.  I also served in additional duty capacity as USAF Academy Liaison Officer for over 15 years.  During that period I was the Upstate NY Area Deputy Commander over six years and Area Commander four years (geographic area covering 57 counties w/ over 950 schools & 60 plus officers working for me to support USAFA recruiting effort).  Current Status: Retired USAF (after 21 years of reserve service).  I recently retired from my position as an Independent Consultant to the NYS Office of Developmental Services. 

Having been a member of the club over 12 years, I have seen many good people take this club to newer and greater heights each year.   During my membership with the club, I have seen there are three groups develop within the club; those who track, the socials, and those who participate in both.  The happiness of all are equally important in sustaining that outstanding quality of life we have experienced in the past to keep satisfying our current members, and the need to continue to offer to bring in new members.  From those groups we have had many volunteers, who help make these areas shine; I have always been a social type volunteer (although my one track experience was a GREAT one, and I would enjoy another shot at that venue) and would be a strong advocate for those folks who enjoy that side of the house (we have a strong group that already who mentors and pushes for quality track events).   Both of my two boys are now grown and on their own, and having enjoyed my positions with HCP, I would like to continue to take active role in helping to make our club stay the best chapter in PCA; I believe hard work will keep it there.  Being in a support role as VP, I feel would allow me the opportunity to serve and help sustain the efforts of those who did so much, so well before us.  It is our club and we need to work to keep it the kind of club that keeps enticing others to join and current member to stay.  I have reached that time in my life I have more time available to contribute, that I can be of further use to the club and its membership, and position of VP is the channel I am seeking to help carry those ideas out.  I would be most honored to serve and would perform those duties in a positive manner to those other members of this great club. I appreciate your time and support.

Treasurer – Audrey Englesberg

I have been a member HCP member since 2012. I am active in DE, Autocross and am one of Autocross minions in charge of donuts, liability forms and being the Observer for those events. Apart from balancing the checkbook using Quicken;  underwriting Porsche acquisitions by astute analysis of the stock market; and working as a senior manager negotiating complex technology agreements at Globalfoundries which also includes business case analysis, I have the skills to manage the books and provide a balanced view to keep our club financially healthy.

Secretary – John Pellerin
My name is John Pellerin and I have been a member of the Hudson Champlain region since 2011 after moving to Saratoga Springs in June 2010 and getting my first Porsche.  Since that time, I am now on my third Porsche and enjoy and appreciate all that our club has to offer.  Throughout this time, I have had the opportunity to participate in and volunteer for several of the clubs activities including Autocross, DEs, and Zone 1 events.  These opportunities have motivated me to seek further ways in which I can serve our club and I seek your support as club Secretary.  I look forward to this opportunity to work with fellow officers and members of the HCP region to continue to offer and develop more great experiences for all club members.


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October D&D: die Fahrt zum Oktoberfest

By Bryan Hollenbaugh —

What a great way to wrap up this season’s Drive & Dines, with a leaf-peeping excursion into the Catskill Mountains, where the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort was hosting it’s annual Oktoberfest!  Plenty of Fall colors to enjoy surpassed only by some of the best-designed roads for Porsches southern Albany County and Greene County have to offer.

Louis Dahoda led the entourage, which featured a season-high 20 cars participating in the drive.  From the sweep position, it’s fun to see a long line of great cars weaving their way through the mountain roads.  And, for the people who live in these bucolic areas, there’s perhaps nothing that will make you stop dead in your tracks as seeing a collection of Porsche automobiles pass by.  Louis also became the inspiration for a newly-coined phrase when referencing U-turns.  It only seems fitting, when encountering more than one U-turn in a given run, the plural form is now affectionately referred to as a “Lou-turn”.  

All kidding aside, this was one of the most enjoyable destinations of the year.  Oktoberfest was in full swing as the group was waved into our prime parking spaces at the resort.  German food, cold beverages, lederhosen, no shortage of people wearing Bavarian hats, and live polka music made for a great afternoon spent with club members.  And among all the stimulation there was also the Das Laufwerk Euro Car Rally, featuring Audis, VWs and perhaps a few Beemers (Although one of the Audi owners was grumbling as we entered the complex, that he thought the Porsche day was the prior weekend.  That, of course, made me smile, as I think our HCP group garnered the attention and praise of festival patrons.).

Great job and many thanks to Louis for selecting this destination; arranging for parking and, most importantly, getting us there (not to mention, providing comic relief!) and rounding out what has been a great season of Drive & Dine events for the club!

(Photos courtesy of Jenny Reinhorn and Joyce & Bryan Hollenbaugh)

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HCP Weekend Getaway: Enjoying the slow of Stowe

By Bryan Hollenbaugh –

You could not have asked for more perfect weather for a HCP weekend getaway!   While Vermont has yet to feel the crisp Fall air or witness the exuberance of color from its seemingly endless supply of various Maple, Birch, Oak, Sycamore and Ash trees, no one — neither local or tourist — was complaining about the extended Summer temps.  Soon enough, the temperature will drop; leaves will rapidly turn color and fall from the trees… and Vermonters will turn their focus to the impending winter ski season.  But one thing is for certain no one in Vermont is (or was) in a rush, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing!  And, when in Stowe, you’re encouraged to slow it down and take it in; the quaint little town, nestled between Mount Hunger and Mount Mansfield, has something for everyone… active or otherwise.

As scenic drives go, perhaps Vermont Route 100 is the crown jewel of the Green Mountain State.  This road meanders its way from the bottom to the top of the state, through its mountainous center.  After an initial start from Malta, trip organizer Matt Rutten had our group pick up Route 100 at Killington and led the trek northward to the Commodore’s Inn, in Stowe.   A keyword of advice, patience is required at all times when traveling along VT-100, as there are no shoulders, very limited passing opportunities, and you can expect a varied collection of vehicles on the road; ranging from trucks and tractors to the occasional blue-haired Vermonter ensuring everyone in the line behind them travels well below the posted speed limit.  However, the trek certainly gives you an opportunity to enjoy the little hamlets that dot along the route, as well as the flora and fauna that abounds in Vermont and does not disappoint.

The Friday evening group dinner at Commodore’s Inn brought on the typical camaraderie of prior annual HCP weekend getaways, with participants enjoying a meal while sharing stories and laughs of what brought them to the group.

On Saturday, members went off on various jaunts; some electing to hike Smuggler’s Notch State Park, while others hit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory tour in nearby Waterbury, and another group enjoyed the Gondola ride to the top of Mount Mansfield, followed by a visit to the Boyden Winery and Idletyme Brewery. 

The group reconnected Saturday evening for dinner at the von Trapp Bierhall, part of the 2500-acre von Trapp Estate and just down the road from the renowned von Trapp Lodge, perched above Stowe.  The von Trapp family, of course, has been immortalized as the focus of the Broadway musical (and later motion picture) “The Sound of Music”, inspired by matriarch Maria von Trapp’s stories of the Trapp Family Singers.  Her son Johannes, along with his adult children, manage the estate, which has since expanded to include the award-winning  von Trapp Brewery and associated Bierhall.

A special thank you to Matt Rutten and Audrey Englesberg for planning and coordinating the trip.  It was a great success!

(Photos by Amanda Brinke, Joyce & Bryan Hollenbaugh)

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September Autocross puts drivers on fast track

HCP Autocross chair Matt Rutten reports the setup team built a fast course in the McCarty Avenue parking lot this past Sunday, in Albany.  The course challenged the 22 drivers (among them 4 first timers) to maximize speed in fast slaloms while maintaining control in the turns.

With perfect weather, the morning session allowed drivers to learn the course while determining their best line.  By the afternoon, the course was fast and smooth, with all drivers improving their course times.

A special thank you to all who helped set up and run the course throughout the day.

The next Autocross will be Sunday, October 8th, at Saratoga Spa State Park.  For more information, contact Matt Rutten at hcpautocross@gmail.com.

Photos provided by Adam Wright and Matt Rutten.

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HCP Club Member Adam Wright Featured (Again) By PCA

In case you haven’t had the opportunity to read the latest PCA eBrake, it features an article penned by HCP club member Adam Wright.  It’s the second article in recent months PCA has featured from Adam, and this one is equally as entertaining and informative.  Adam is the owner of Unobtanium and has made his mark scouring for Porsches in need of more than just a little TLC.  Enjoy his latest work via the link below…



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August D&D: Road trip to RPM

By Bryan Hollenbaugh —

A fantastic August day for a PCA Drive & Dine to Vergennes, Vermont!  Mother Nature seemed to be at peace with the perfect mixture of sun, breeze, and countryside as 18 cars participated in a road trip along the Hudson River and over the Champlain Bridge to visit Restoration & Performance Motorcars (www.rpmvt.com). 

As one might imagine in relatively nonchalant Vermont, there’s no signage as you approach RPM, just a robust looking barn which already had an immaculate collection of Porsches sitting in front as our entourage made our way to park (No doubt strategically placed to capture our attention!).

The brainchild of Peter Markowski, RPM is a collection of many priceless classics, along with several eclectic cars in various degrees of restoration and repair.  Peter’s son Steve was on hand to open the shop and allow the group to freely roam through the impressive collection of mostly Ferrari and Porsche models.  One-part restoration; one-part repair, and one-part retail, Steve was quick to share that selling cars is the profitable part of the business; although one might expect those who seek out RPM’s talents from across the Northeast are investing in their expertise and creativity to bring their performance cars back to life.  And, as for the cars the Markowski’s purchase and invest heavily in restoring; there might also be a little labor of love that goes into it.  It’s typically impressive when you see one pristine Ferrari Dino in a barn, but to see several in one collection is nothing short of inspiring.

After enjoying a tour of RPM, the group set its sights on a little gem in downtown Vergennes, the Hired Hand Brewing Company (www.hiredhandbrewing.com).   Great food and just enough space to handle our group, it’s just a block off the main drag of downtown Vergennes.  Among the group who made the trek were a few new members of the club, along with several club members who were able to enjoy their first D&D of the year.

Interesting enough, Vergennes is the smallest of Vermont’s nine cities (seriously, only 9 cities in the entire state!).  Its population (just north of 2,000) has been relatively the same since the 1970’s, yet it’s downtown is hustling and bustling with cafes and shops.  By all accounts, it appears to be a thriving Vermont “city.”  And, at just over two hours from the Capital Region, it’s certainly worthy of a day trip to explore the area.  Additionally, nearby Addison boasts Vermont’s largest concentration of covered bridges, for those who like to seek out landmarks.

(Photos by Stephen Pivonka, Kathy Michalek and Bryan Hollenbaugh)

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Covered bridges and a brewery

By Bryan Hollenbaugh —

This past Sunday, I decided I wanted to accomplish three things… 1) Go for a lengthy drive;  2) Enjoy lunch at a relaxing, no rush place at a scenic location; and 3) Track down several covered bridges in our area along the way. 

I’ve always been enamored with wooden covered bridges; most lasting decades beyond their uncovered counterparts.  I suspect these bridges were designed not only to protect the timber from the harsh elements of winter but to provide a safer passage for horses and pedestrians crossing; as many pre-date the mass popularity of the automobile.  As there are few in Upstate New York, and Vermont might have perhaps the largest density of them of any state (110 covered bridges within the state), I figured I could at least encounter a handful on a quick run through the countryside northeast of Albany.

So I convinced a friend to roll out his sports car and follow me on my quest.   We took off heading north toward Mechanicville, crossing the Hudson River and heading east on Route 67, which is a scenic stretch of rolling hills and sweeping curves that run along the Hoosic River (spelled differently from the similarly pronounced town of Hoosick).  As we entered the hamlet of Buskirk, we took a left to encounter our first covered bridge – the aptly named “Buskirk’s Bridge”, built in 1850 and one of only 29 such bridges in New York.  But what might give it even greater character, is a sign under its name that declares a “$25 fine for driving on this bridge faster than a walk”.

From there, we traveled along River Road, the north side of the Hoosic River, until it intersected back onto Route 67.  This eventually brought us to our destination for lunch; Browns Brewery, at the crossroads of Routes 67 and 22, alongside the Walloomsac River, in North Hoosick.  Nestled underneath a large bridge (currently undergoing expansion), the brewery is in an old valve factory, built alongside a waterfall.  This brick structure is the site of where all Brown’s barreled and bottled beer is produced (http://brownsbrewing.com/walloomsac-taproom/).  Two years ago, this was also the destination of my first HCP D&D, and I’ve been going back several times a year since.  The brewery has expanded with a full kitchen with a variety of menu items and no shortage of beers to sample.

After a relaxing lunch, we set back out on the roads to find more covered bridges.  Getting back onto Route 67, we traveled east toward Bennington, Vermont; passing the famous Bennington Battlefield (located in NY).  Shortly after crossing into Vermont, we turned down Harrington Road, which connected with Murphy Road, the site of our next bridge – “Henry Bridge”; a much smaller single-lane bridge, but in pristine condition.  After crossing the Henry Bridge, we continued on Murphy Road where we encountered “Paper Mill Bridge”.  This bridge leads you into Bennington and connects to Route 67A.  After a short jaunt to the east, we turned onto Silk Road, which led us to the final bridge on the trip – “Silk Bridge”.  Like Henry and Paper Mill, Silk also crosses the Walloomsac River.  It was refurbished in 2000 and, much like the Henry Bridge, is pristine.

After satisfying my curiosity of covered bridges, there was one more Bennington landmark to sort out.  If you’ve ever approached Bennington from a distance, you’ve likely seen an enormous obelisk towering over the city.  That is the Bennington Battle Monument, the tallest structure in the state of Vermont at 306 feet.  It is accompanied by the statue of Seth Warner, a Revolutionary War hero.

After navigating our way around the monument, we traveled into Bennington where we connected with US-7 (not to be confused with Route 7 which leads west to Troy).  We took US-7 south toward the Berkshires, where we then rolled through the Massachusetts town of Williamstown.  This particular stretch of US-7, between Bennington and Williamstown, was well worth the drive, as the vantage point looking down into the various valleys below, was impressive.  From there, we connected to Route 2, which took us through the Taconic Trail State Park and into rural Rensselaer County.  A beautiful drive in its own right; although Route 2 has stretches in need of repair work.

All-in-all, it was 2.5 hours of driving time with a nice hour stopover for lunch to break up the drive.

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Enjoying Rural Schenectady County

By Gary Richards —

Our Porsche is not a daily driver; but, since I hate letting it sit in the driveway for any length of time, I sometimes take it to run errands.  Truth be told, even though I’m in a Boxster S with the top down;   there’s not much excitement driving from Exit 25 to Exit 24 on the Thruway or running down Route 5 in Colonie.  So, the question is, where to go for an enjoyable drive when I don’t have all day and just want to get out for an hour or two?  Here’s a drive I did the other day that answers that question. 

The route is about thirty miles. To reach and drive it from our house in Schenectady takes about an hour and a half.  The actual drive begins and ends at the Pilot Travel Center/Truck Stop on Route 7 in Rotterdam; about a half a mile west of Schalmont High School. For those not driving out of Schenectady on local roads, the Center can be reached via Thruway Exit 25A- Rte. 88.  Take the first exit off I-88 [Becker Road], almost immediately after exiting the toll booths.

The roads which run through rural sections of Schenectady County are lightly traveled and twisting.  Some sections have 40 mph posted speed limits, including Rte. 159 which traces the shoreline of Mariaville Lake. The drive ends with a descent of Kelley Station Road.  It’s one of the best driving roads in the entire area.  Although only a mile long, Kelley Station has more twists and turns than a good detective story.  You need to pay attention when you’re driving this road.  Kelley Station is even more fun going up; so, turn around and do it a couple of times. Although, to do this you’ll need to be a bit creative.  There’s a one lane tunnel at the bottom of the road.  Honk before entering.

If you want to get out for more than an hour or two, make it a drive and dine. The following eateries are within a mile or two of the drive’s start.  They all get pretty good reviews (Canali’s is a classic).

Wagon Train BBQ on Burdeck Street  http://wagontrainbbq.net/

Canali’s Italian on Rte. 159 [Mariaville Rd.] http://www.canalisrestaurant.com/

Armondo’s Villa Tuscan Grill https://www.armondosvtg.com/ and Tops American Grill http://www.tops5corners.com/, both just a few minutes east on Route 7 towards Schenectady.

The link below has a PDF you can download and print to use as your guide:

Rural Schenectady County



Editor’s note:  Submissions for “Great Drives” are always welcome.  If you’ve recently taken one you’d like to share, feel free to write about it and send along the details of the trip, so other club members might explore the route, too.  You can send your great drive to bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com.

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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Chris Pedersen

Chris Pedersen

Number of Porsches owned:  1

Current car:  1999 Boxster

My love for Porsche all started when I was very young.  My parents good friends David and Susan owned a red/orange 1970  Porsche  911.   I think I was around five years old when I fell in love with the simple beauty of the shape. I admired it from a far for several years before I took  my first ride.  Susan picked me up from somewhere in the Porsche.  It was the 70’s so I sat in the front seat unbelted as she drove me home. On the way, we stopped for gas at the full-service station.  I vividly remember watching the gas station attendant fill the tank. I thought it was so cool that they filled it right in front of me. I knew nothing  about the rear engine, the front trunk or the handling and power. It was the sound and the shape that I loved.  It was at that time I set a goal to one day own a Porsche.  Over the years my desire to own one stayed with me. In the late 90s when the Boxster came out I began to prep my wife for the inevitable purchase.  She had owned a VW convertible when we were married and loved the freedom it represented. Every time I saw a Boxster I would say to her “you would look so good in that car.” Nearly forty years after that original ride I was able to make good on my childhood dream of owning a Porsche.  After three months of searching, I purchased my Arctic Silver Metallic 1999 Porsche Boxster in February of 2013.  I immediately became a PCA member and joined the Hudson Champlain Region so I could utilize my car as it was intended. I participate regularly in PCA autocross events and thoroughly enjoy the people I have met and the things I have learned.  I participated in the 48 Hours at the Glenn Driver Education event allowing me to check off another lifelong dream of driving a Porsche on a race track.


Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Curt Austin

Curt Austin

Porsches owned:  4

Current cars:  1982 911 SC, 1987 928 S4, 2017 Macan

I had been suppressing my interest in cars for many years, since a 1991 Miata. During a bike ride in 2013, while resting on this bench in Adirondack, NY, I noticed an interesting car parked nearby. I did recognize it as a Porsche, but I had to look closer to find out that it was a Boxster. A “Fundamental Truth” suddenly occurred to me: every guy (or gal) should own a Porsche at least once. Thanks to decades spent in the desert of boring cars, the funds were available.

A month later, I was driving home in a 2009 Cayman S I’d found in California. I’d settled on a car with a roof, without an IMS bearing, and with PDK – as I was lured by the “celebration of engineering” factor. I found only two available, both in SoCal and near my brother. He checked them out, and the white one looked very good. I wired some money, then flew out. A guy from the Cayman forum helped check it out. I took a joy ride up Mount Palomar the next day; wow! The cross-country run (another bucket list item) included stops at Meteor Crater and several relatives, including one budding mechanic. 

The plan was to indulge in this fundamental truth for just two years, then move this pool of indulgence-devoted capital to something else. The two years became four, and the conversion turned into a 1982 911 SC; a swap with a local guy. No, not an even swap. Seems crazy to pay up to get less performance, but the 911 will not be depreciating. I had lost my fear of old cars during these four years, thanks to experience gained with a 1987 928 S4 and a 1959 Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite. In terms of mechanical challenges, a 1980’s 911 is closer to the latter than the former.

These old cars don’t move during the winter, except up and down on a lift or jack stands, so I recently added a Macan to the fleet. 

Ultimately, these Porsches are just machines. Far more significant are the interesting people I’ve met. This is especially rewarding for the older cars, since keeping them going is often a team effort. When, and if, you can manage it, consider saving an old car yourself.  I now think of this as another fundamental truth; everyone should turn a wrench under an old Porsche at least once.


Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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July D&D: Roadside attractions in the Catskills

By Bryan Hollenbaugh — 

You simply could not ask for a better day for a Drive & Dine in late July; warm, a bit overcast, and barely a breeze.  That was motivation enough to create our own breeze through the wonders of the Catskill Mountains.  Andy Dorman and Amanda Brinke set the theme of taking the group back in time with a roadside attractions trip to Phoenicia, New York, a little hamlet in the heart of the Catskills.  Phoenicia is the home of the Empire State Railway Museum, as well as the world’s largest Kaleidoscope, located at the nearby Emerson Resort.  Both stops personify the varied history of the region. 

Beginning from the south side of Albany, outside Slingerlands, the group proceeded southward on Route 32 through the villages of Greenville and Cairo, before heading west to make our way across Hunter Mountain.  Using Routes 23A and 214, we made our way through the scenic mountain cuts that eventually brought us to our first destination, the Empire State Railway Museum.

The ESRM is located inside what was once the train depot of the hamlet of Phoenicia, within the western reaches of Ulster County.  The interpretive center is clearly a labor of love for those who volunteer their time refurbishing old engines, railcars and cabooses, placed along pieces of track outside the depot.   These trains have long been replaced by the Amtrak rails that now make their way along the Hudson River at a hurried pace.  But there was a time when the Catskill Mountain rails were the lifeline of supplies and raw materials sent throughout the region.  Today, the ESRM is committed to restoring many of these important relics of days long past.  It appears to be a long, tedious process; but one of forward progress, nonetheless.

The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, represents a more recent history; combining science, art and a little 1960’s spiritual mysticism that nearby Woodstock has become more synonymous with.  I, for one, didn’t know what to expect from the Kaleidoscope.  I knew it was obviously inspired by the Psychedelic 60s, where science and art collided to spawn the optical overload in a 56-feet-by-38-feet barn silo capable of accommodating up to 20 spectators at a time.  But it did not disappoint and was altogether fascinating.   With a smaller group, you’re encouraged to lie on the floor and stare upwards into the curved ceiling as a light show of color and sound envelop the silo; complete with narration set to rival something out of a Stanley Kubrick film.

As Phoenicia is only 90 minutes south of Albany, this is certainly a day trip you can take on an impulse, without much planning or preparation, as the hamlet is bustling this time of the year with city dwellers looking for clear air, good food and a casual experience.  Plenty of that awaits in the Catskills!


(Photos by Amanda Brinke and Bryan Hollenbaugh)

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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Gary Richards

Gary Richards

Porsches Owned: 2

Current Car: 2013 Boxster S

A kid’s love affair with cars (I could name every make and model);  an endlessly played 24 Hours of LeMans board game; a late night ride on a country road in an air-cooled, tail-wagging 911:  The seeds of a love affair with Porsches.  They sprouted in 2001 at a retirement dinner for a very good friend.  As my wife and I pulled into the restaurant parking lot, I was puzzled.  There was Charlie, leaning against a new 2001 Guards Red Boxster.  On an English teacher’s salary?  “My retirement present to myself after 32 years of teaching”, he said.  Charlie knew I loved cars.  “ Want to take it for a drive? We have a few minutes before dinner” (Apologies to the guests for taking more than a few).  Standing in the lot, smiling broadly, waiting for us to return, was Joe, our former student. “Like my new car?”, he asked. Duped! After graduating, Joe started his own business- and was doing very well.  Lots of laughs at a great practical joke.  Maybe someday, I told myself…

P.S.  Joe still owns his Boxster- only 10K miles after 16 years. Needs to do some Drive and Dines…


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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Porsches owned: 2

Current car: 2000 Base Boxster & 2011 Cayenne S

(Excerpts taken from the actual 2008 logbook, when the 2000 Boxster was purchased with 32,500 miles on it)

Scratch me.

I am a generally cautious individual, but I had this itch.  I think through decisions thoroughly, and only make a purchase, such as a car, after a lot of soul searching and general angst, but that itch, it had to be scratched.  Which is why I am both surprised, and relieved, that I just left my motorcycle at a friend’s house in Burlington, Vermont, and am now driving home in my new-to-me Rainforest Green Porsche Boxster.  And I can’t wipe that smile off of my face.

At the getting-to-be ripe age of 41, I have only owned four cars in my life (well, five now).  

When I was eight, my Dad’s friend pulled up in his Porsche 911.  I can still see the wraparound rear window reflector with P-O-R-S-C-H-E spaced almost all the way across the back.  I could get me one of them!  But, alas, my Mom was tolerant of some things, but a mess in her garage forcing her car outside was never going to fly, so I back-burnered my need for a pure sports car for 25 years.  That itch had a long time to fester.  I kept two lists of the cars that I wanted, in order of preference. 

One list was the “one car solution.”  The most recent version of the list had one car – the Audi TT.  The TT drove much more like a sports car, but it wasn’t that much different from the A4.  This, of course, opened up the entire universe of options to me. 

Which brings me to my second list, the “two car solution.”  It was a pretty short list, and three were Porsches.  The Cayman, an older 911, or a Boxster.  Also included were a Corvette, a BMW Z3 or Z4, and finally, the Miata.  I drove a 1993 Miata with 115,000 miles on the clock.  I knew in the first ¼ mile that this wasn’t going to sufficiently scratch the itch.  My wife loved the idea of a convertible after riding in that Miata with me, so this was getting easier.  Corvettes are great, but I had managed to satisfy the need for big horses and massive acceleration by owning several high velocity Superbikes over the years, including a 2001 Suzuki Hayabusa.  BMWs are sweet, but I had re-connected with that inner eight year old, and I didn’t want a BMW when I was back then.  I was beginning to realize that this had larger implications – I was on a mission to find a car that would be fueled by the gasoline in my veins that had been coursing since childhood.  Caymans are gorgeous, but finding a used one within financial striking distance did not seem likely.  And that classic 911 would be a hoot, but I don’t have time now to restore an old car, and don’t know enough about those air-cooled wonders to feel comfortable diving into what could be a slow but sure downward financial spiral. 

Thankfully, I soon after spied that Rainforest Green Boxster on eBay at a Porsche dealer, on consignment by a friend of the owner.  It looked super clean in the photos. And now I am driving it.  Itch scratched.  Sweet.


Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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Why did you buy your first Porsche? John Eaton

John Eaton

Porsches owned: 1

Current car: 2001 Base Boxster

I was stationed in Germany for three years during the late sixties.  There was a Major who would drive his silver 911 on the flight line; block the wheels ( that was a reg); inspect his F4, then drive off before his flight time. This went on two or three times a week and I was very envious.  I had a BMW, but it just was not the same.  I also had a German friend who ran a car lot.  He would let me drive anything on the lot;  Porsche was the first pick.  Drove 911’s, 914-6 and others.  The hook was set.  Now 40 years later I finally have a Porsche.  Just a used ‘01 Boxster, but a Porsche none the less.  Enjoying the hell out of it!


Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share your story, send it over to me in 150 words (or less) at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com and I’ll post for as long as they roll in.  If you’ve got a photo of your first, by all means, do share!

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