Why did you buy your first Porsche? Allen Schwartz

Allen Schwartz

Porsches owned: 1

Current car: 2005 Base Boxster

In the spring of 2014, my health was rapidly deteriorating from a chronic health condition; when I was 28, I contracted a dangerous virus while caring for a patient in a hospital. I was now 66, and my condition was worsening each month.  I needed a medical miracle, but at my age, it was unlikely that one would materialize. So I decided to activate my bucket list!  I’d always admired Porsches, but I had been too busy with my career and family to indulge. Yet it was now or never. With the help of my German auto mechanic (he’d been caring for my 2007 BMW for years), we found a mint all black Boxster that seemed perfect.  Once he helped me get over my IMS epic fail worries and had checked it stem to stern, I bought it with his blessings on July 4th!  At the time, I knew nothing about PCA, Autocross, or DE, and just imagined I’d be taking pastoral drives with my wife, top down, breathing in the life I had remaining.  Well, I joined HCP simply to learn about my car, and soon my new club friends had me doing AX, and then DE; by that October, I was driving laps at Watkins Glen!  As my condition became critical, an unexpected opportunity presented itself the next spring that allowed doctors to perform a life-saving procedure. It reversed my condition, and I was cured! By the fall of 2015 I was healthier than I had been in a decade. Now I’m deeply appreciating my new relationships and driving passion, and continuing to learn about my car and myself.  Sometimes I fantasize about upgrading in a few years.  But I have my reservations—my beautiful 2005 Boxster was my salvation, and it could never be truly replaced!



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 – “Must See Attractions” in the Catskills

Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 22nd, as Andy Dorman & Amanda Brinke have planned a great route for our upcoming July drive.  You’re invited to relive a 1950’s road trip, complete with roadside attractions!  We will meet at the Price Chopper parking lot in Slingerlands at the intersection Route 85 and New Scotland Avenue at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 22nd.  After leaving there at 9 am, we’ll proceed south on a leisurely ride through the rolling countryside of Albany and Greene counties and then into the historic Catskill Mountains.  After climbing up and over several scenic mountain passes, the first stop will be the Empire State Railroad Museum (http://www.esrm.com/).  From here we will head to lunch — keeping with the theme of the day — at the Phoenicia Diner (http://www.phoeniciadiner.com).  Following lunch, and assuming all the kids eat their coleslaw, we’ll head down the road and see the world’s Largest Kaleidoscope (http://emersonresort.com/worlds-largest-kaleidoscope).  Although this particular roadside treat is a product of the 60’s it seems perfect for a 50’s must-stop attraction.  For more information, or to RSVP, you can shoot Andy an email:  andrewgdorman@gmail.com.


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HCP Member Lands PCA’s Photo of the Week

HCP’s Eric Spooner’s photo has been selected as PCA’s Photo of the Week in the June 27th e-Brake News.  Below is taken from the e-Brake News.  You’ll be able to vote for your favorite photo in the last newsletter of the month.



Porsche of the Week
Photo by Eric Spooner. Hudson Champlain Region. “This photo was taken last Fall at the Fox Creek Covered Bridge, in Schoharie, NY. My wife and I were out for a country drive in my 2002 Boxster S when we ran across this old bridge that we had not noticed before.”
Got a stunning shot you want to share? Submit your pictures to potw@pca.org. Be sure to include your contact information, your region name, and a few sentences about your picture.
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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Todd Fischer

Here’s another great submission to share for our new segment…


Todd Fischer

Porsches owned:  Too many to recall!

Current cars:  Four.  A 1959 356 Convertible D (one of only 1330); 1970 914/6 (one of only 3332);  2004 550 addition 986 Boxster S (one of only 1953) and a 2004 Cayenne S (one of the many!)

It was 1969 in Bayreuth, West Germany.  I had just returned from a stint in the Air Cav Squadron of the 11th Armored Cav in Vietnam.  I had saved most of my pay there and decided, while I was between tours, to reward myself with something other than the Mustang at the next assignment.  It had to be Teutonic since I would be driving those lovely roads in my Father’s land (he was born in Germany).  I ordered the 911 just the way I wanted it and with the exterior color of Irish Green.  That was probably August of ’69.  About a month later, I got a call from the Officer’s Club that one Norbert Singer was there to see me from the Porsche Groβhandler, in Nuremberg.  He asked how long I was to be in Germany.  When I told him about 3 years he told me that I would need to be seen on the Autobahn and the order was promptly changed to Tangerine.  I took delivery 9 months later at the factory with my “baby”.  And yes, I hardly had to flash my lights…the slower cars got out of the way when they saw that red-orange ball coming.


Editor’s note:  If you’d like to share the story of why you purchased your first Porsche, feel free to jot those down in 150 words or less and send me an email to me at bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com.  Photos are welcome, too!

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Why did you buy your first Porsche? Adam Wright

It didn’t take long to receive our first submission.  Adam Wright shares his story of how he came to own his first Porsche:

Adam Wright

Porsches owned:  Too many to recall an exact number

Current cars: Six.  1960 B Roadster; 1995 993; 1958 A Coupe (won Daytona in ’66-67); 1971 914; currently building a 904 (based on an IMSA 914/6); and an aluminum 550 Spyder (based on a C Coupe chassis).  The fun never stops!

“Because I got a check in the mail.  It was a loan check.  I was 19 and my brother and I went Porsche shopping.  He was going to keep the car; changed his mind, so I got it… a 1975 911S. I was hooked.”



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 try to post a couple of these each week, 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? Bryan Hollenbaugh

At the picnic, fellow HCP member Allen Schwartz mentioned a segment idea he had for the blog.  Essentially, it was about “Why did you buy your first Porsche?” As every one of us has a story about what may have compelled us to acquire our first, I thought it would be fun and encourage participation from our members.  

Some of you may still be enjoying your first Porsche; a few more of you may have moved on to owning several versions over the years, and a few of you have reached a point where you’re jockeying several at one time.  Whatever it may be, one thing is for certain… it all began with your very first Porsche.  So please share your story, as I think we’d all enjoy the story behind the decision.

I’ll be the guinea pig and give an example of the preferred format using my own story:

Bryan Hollenbaugh

Porsches owned: 2 

Current car: 2014 Boxster S

As someone born and raised in Michigan, with a father who spent his entire career in the auto industry, you can imagine why it took me into my 40’s before buying my first Porsche.  Having loyally driven Detroit-designed muscle cars most of my life (among them a ’69 Chevelle, ’05 Mustang, and an ’07 Corvette), there was overcoming “that” obstacle.  However, after living abroad a number of years, I began to truly admire the Porsche lineage.  Knowing I wanted a convertible, a Boxster looked particularly intriguing.  For some, it’s about price point; others its features; many more, it’s about performance.   For me, all of those were considerations; but the biggest question needing to be answered… could I fit in it comfortably?!  The answer was obviously yes, and I bought a used 2000 Boxster shortly after moving back to the States in 2010.  



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 try to post a couple of these each week, 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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Fun-filled June Autocross

Fifteen drivers took advantage of our second Autocross of the year.  This time around, the event was held at the McCarty Avenue parking area, on the south side of Albany.  Neither heat or humidity would stop drivers from having fun throughout the morning and afternoon sessions, as they took numerous turns around the cone-lined course.  Results are in the link below:

Autocross 06_18_2017

Special thanks to those who helped set up the course and administered the runs.  The next Autocross will be Sunday, September 10th, at McCarty Avenue, and the final one of the season is slated for Sunday, October 8th, in Saratoga Springs.  For more information, contact Autocross Chair Matt Rutten at hcpautocross@gmail.com.

(Photos provided by Will Waldron, Matt Rutten and Bryan Hollenbaugh)

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Camp 928 invades Adirondacks

By Bryan Hollenbaugh —

Anytime there’s a group of Porsche owners and their cars, there are always a couple of models that stick out among the masses.   Whether it be a newly-acquired creation straight off the showroom floor to the classic 60’s era 356; or even a popular production model with one of Porsche’s more noticeable paint schemes; something always manages to catch our eye.  With its long, pointy nose, rotating headlights, and wide array of color variations, the 928 — unofficially nicknamed the “Landshark” — is one such eye-catching model. 

Porsche’s original intention of the 928 was to replace the 911 with a luxury grand touring car; combining power and poise.  A sports car with refinement and comfort; equipped with a front-mounted V8 engine.  Over a span of 18 years (1978-95), the 928 created a loyal fan base from within the expanding Porsche community.   And, in recent news, Bloomberg has formally declared the Porsche 928 an appreciating asset.

Over the weekend (June 16-18), fellow HCP member Curt Austin, who owns a 928 (along with a 911), hosted “Camp 928”; an event focused on the 928 and its owners.  The casual affair drew Landshark owners from across the Northeast, as well as up from Pennsylvania and across the border from Canada; converging on the village of Chestertown, NY, for various fun runs and chatter about the unique experience of owning these cars.  There were 19 registered Porsche 928 owners who participated throughout the weekend.  By the end of Saturday’s various runs through the Adirondacks and around the pristine lakes that dot the Chestertown region, car owners converged on the grounds of the Town of Chester public offices for a public concourse.  A few HCP members also dropped by to share in the conversation and to look under the hood of these amazing cars; many whose engines were kept in immaculate condition.  By all accounts, the event was a major success.  Kudos to Curt for hosting and inviting HCP members to partake.

Editor’s note:  The Chestertown area (Exit 25 off the I-87 Northway) offers many great options to drive.  With Brant Lake to the east; Loon Lake and Friends Lake just west; and Schroon Lake to the north, there is no shortage of water to drive around and the joys of curves that come with it.  And, from a personal note, whether you’re taking a day trip or opting to spend the night (as we did), dinner at the Friends Lake Inn is an equally enjoyable experience. 

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A perfect day for a picnic

You could not have asked for a better day for the annual HCP picnic, held June 11,  at Saratoga Spa State Park.  With 58 cars shined and ready to be shown off, this was perhaps one of the most well-attended picnics in recent years.   

Thanks to all who attended and took the opportunity to mingle and enjoy the barbecue provided by Shane’s Rib Shack.  A special thanks to those who volunteered to pull the event together.  By the end of the afternoon, we had also collected $600 in member donations for the Northeast Regional Food Bank and another $350 in donations to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

And, finally, thanks to Will Waldron, Gary Richards and Ken Blass for providing photos.

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Driving the Cabot Trail

By Bryan Hollenbaugh —

We’re fresh off a 2,600-mile adventure through some of the Maritime Provinces of Canada; exploring New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.   And, as you might imagine, there are a dozen pieces I could write from our excursion. 

I thought about writing a piece professing my gratitude to the engineers of the Trans-Canada Highways through New Brunswick (especially Route 1 from the US border to Saint John, where the 110 Kilometer Per Hour signs were mentally replaced by miles per hour).  But I nixed that idea as it might be a little too incriminating.  I’ll just say this… those straightaways on perfectly paved roads permitted me to ensure my speedometer was fully functional.  And — perhaps more importantly — not a single RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) was seen the entire trip through Canada (the polar opposite of I-95 through Maine).  But, since I was in Canada, I rationalized that if (by chance) I were pulled over, surely the Mountie would understand my objective, as we’d have been two of the very few people driving via Route 1 that afternoon!

So, instead of writing that piece of my disinterest in abiding recommended speed limits, I thought I might share the exhilaration of driving The Cabot Trail, a 185-mile coastal experience in the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia.  Everything about Cape Breton Island has a direct correlation to Scotland and Ireland; native home to many of the families who settled the region, including none other than Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell.  Many of the road signs on Cape Breton are in both English and Gaelic, and most of the live entertainment steers itself toward Celtic folk.  But perhaps the most notable comparison would be the geography; with its thick inland forests; windswept rocky shorelines; abundance of sheer cliffs, countered by low-lying beaches, inlets and fishing ports — it is as close to a replica of the Scottish Highlands as you might find anywhere in the world.  I suspect it explains the allure of settling forefathers (For those who still might not have quite the visual — but have experienced the Pacific Coast Highway along Big Sur – just add far more curves into the drive).

Being that we were there nearly a month before the tourist season begins, it felt as if The Cabot Trail were set aside for our personal enjoyment.  Apart from a pair of Mustang owners from Quebec; the twists, turns, and elevated hairpin curves were virtually ours to explore at our own pace.  Using Baddeck, a little village on Lake Bras d’Or, as our starting point, we set out on the trek; electing to go counterclockwise (giving my wife the best view of the water, of course).   From the beginning, it was simply amazing.  For the driver, you felt the suspension of the car doing what it was designed to do; an easy flow from left to right, without incurring much gravitational pull or stress.  For my passenger, it was surely scenic, but I suspect a little harrowing at times, as I, for one, didn’t recall many road signs “advising”  limits. 

One moment you’d be stepping out to take a photo along an inlet or cove, and the next you’d be 1,200 feet above sea level, looking back for a snapshot of the breathtaking view of the winding road you just conquered.

However, there were a couple of drawbacks in this endeavor; particularly spots of road construction.  Most weren’t too bad, and it appeared as if we were likely the first Porsche spotting of the year for the road crews, as there was always a bit of chatter, waves, and signs of approval as we passed.  I suspect by the time season begins at the end of this month, those major projects will be nearly completed.

Throughout the drive, you enter and exit the Highlands National Park, a massive region that encompasses much of the northern tier of the island.  And, each time we entered the park, the road changes were immediately noticeable.  The park roads were nearly the quality of the Trans-Canada Highway previously enjoyed.  Along the trek, we took a diversion and went out to the northernmost point of the island; a little fishing village, called Bay Saint Lawrence.  Quaint and quiet, it featured little more than a small harbor with fishing boats; a credit union in a shack that only opened for a brief period each day, and a lunch wagon.  

We backtracked from our little diversion and continued our counterclockwise trek around the tip and settled on lunch in an Arcadian fishing village, called Cheticamp; located on the west side of The Cabot Trail.  Despite much of the region being of Scottish and Irish descent, there are a few Arcadian holdovers with villages where French is the prevailing language, of which Cheticamp is one of the more developed ones.

All I can say is this, if you’re looking for a getaway with clean air, very little hustle and bustle, and one of the most picturesque drives you’ll find north of the border; take a couple days to explore Cape Breton Island; and, if you do, definitely make it a point to drive The Cabot Trail.

Editor’s note:  As Canada is celebrating it’s 150 year anniversary, all Canadian National Parks have waved visitor fees this year.  It makes for a great incentive to explore; whether it be Ontario, Quebec, or the Maritime Provinces.

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New gadgets from a rearview perspective

 By Gary Richards —

A nice treat are the Cars & Coffee hosted by Porsche of Clifton Park; but as more than one club member can tell you, these gatherings can get expensive.  It was at such an event, in March 2016, that we saw the 2013 Boxster S we’re now driving.  Less than a week later, it was in our driveway.

It’s a wonderful car — with one notable exception.  With its high seat backs and enveloping cockpit, rear visibility is woefully inadequate. Since many Club members back into parking spaces, we decided we needed to do something about the view aft if we were going to adopt the Porsche parking ritual.  If we only had a backup camera.

I began a search, hoping to find a camera that could be wired to the nav display in our car’s PCM unit.  Most local installers work with a company called NAV-TV, so I gave them a call. Turns out they offer a couple of options for Boxster owners.  One is a unit that’s relatively easy to install, but not suitable for all Boxsters.  Mount a camera, connect it to NAV-TV’s device, make the connection to the PCM unit and you’re good to go.  Anyone with a modicum of mechanical savvy (count me out) could probably do the job.  The other option is for experts only, as NAV-TV recommends pulling the PCM module and shipping it to them for modification. Big bucks here.  Unfortunately, even though our cars a ’13, our PCM unit was one generation too old for either of the NAV-TV options. 

So, on to Google Chrome I went.

A few of hours of plugging search terms into the browser turned up the only possible solution; a rearview mirror that could display an image from a backup camera.  Sounded good but there were flies in this ointment as well as the installation process became much more complicated and it was uncertain we could find a mirror that would be compatible with the mount in our car.  What’s worse, most of the mirrors on the market would look better in a semi than in a Porsche.

Finally, working a great tech guy at Boyo [Vision Tech America], we found our mirror; a unit called the Carkuda.  It’s reasonably stylish but its appeal goes beyond aesthetics.  The mirror is actually an Android device with built-in navigation and the ability to runs apps such as Waze when paired to a phone acting as a Wi-Fi hotspot.   Not sure we’ll set the mirror up this way; but, we’ll certainly use its built-in camera that can record drives in 1080 resolution.  Our mirror is connected to a small, virtually invisible rear lip mounted camera that provides a backup image with guidelines. Installing this myself was out of the question and I didn’t have full confidence in some of the audio/video installers I talked with during my research, so I gave the guys at R&D Automotive a call.  They sent me where they’ve sent a number of other customers — Tint World on Central Ave, in Albany.  After a five-hour installation, the camera and mirror were in and working well.

I tried the recorder for the first time the other day.  If you have ten minutes to kill, the video of a drive up and down the ridgeline that runs from Scotia to Amsterdam on the northern side of the river has been posted immediately below:   


The roads, Johnson and Waters, are two of the most challenging driving roads in the area (They’re included in the Glenville Hills-Charlton drives that can be found on the blog under Great Drives).  It’s my first attempt with the camera and there are some bugs to work out.  The top was down so there’s glare along with wind noise.  But the video gives some idea of how interesting these roads are.  I will say, though, with their numerous turns and elevation changes Johnson and Waters look far more challenging when you’re behind the wheel than when watching a video of the drive.  Waters is particularly dicey.  The road is narrow in spots and many of the curves are sharp with limited visibility of on-coming traffic.  With the exception of a couple of rough spots on Waters, the road surfaces are good.  There are no posted speed limits but there are homes along the roads, particularly on Waters, so I kept my speed down.

The final verdict on all of this; rear visibility in our car still could be better; but the camera and mirror make a big difference. The time, effort and expense involved were worth it.  Look for us backing up at the next Club event!


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Jim Taylor’s Garage: A sensory overload

By Gary Richards

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

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

2) Jim Taylor’s Garage!

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

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

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

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

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


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May D&D: Lake Placid and The Wild Center

By Bryan Hollenbaugh

The Adirondacks provide the perfect setting for putting the marvels of our cars to the test.  Numerous twists and turns, through boundless crags speckled with short-lived straightaways as you buzz past wild turkeys or an occasional backpacker along the side of the unusually wide, well-paved roads.  Many of these northern tier jaunts are in better shape than the well-traveled highways and interstates in the Capital Region.  With pristine roads like this in the Adirondacks, it’s no wonder you find yourself feeling incredibly comfortable behind the wheel and let the car do most of the work.

The overnight road trip to Lake Placid did not disappoint.  Chiseled peaks, wetlands and pristine mountain lakes plotted our course, with much of the drive being spent on Route 28 through Indian Lake, then northward on 28N through Long Lake (site of our nicknamed “porta-potties of the Adirondack” tour) before merging with Route 30 through Tupper Lake.  From there, we headed along Route 3 through Saranac Lake with NY 86 taking us into Lake Placid and the High Peaks Resort.   

After time spent wandering the Village of Lake Placid, which is nestled along the aptly-named Mirror Lake, the group of 14 met for dinner at the Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company.  As many of you know, food and friendship are staples anytime HCP members converge, and it was an opportunity to welcome first-time event participants Kurt and Lauren to the club while sharing other fond memories between club members.

Despite cool, overcast and rainy conditions, the entourage trekked the following day to one the great gems of the region – The Wild Center, in Tupper Lake.  While it’s formal name is the Natural History Museum if the Adirondacks, The Wild Center is a better fit (and probably a better way to entice a younger generation).  I’ll be the first to admit, I really didn’t know what to expect, but after spending four hours on the grounds and in the museum, I could have easily spent another four taking it all in; as it was clearly an interactive experience for all ages.  It combines the best of what nature offers, with both history and science.  Live exhibits, from birds of prey to otters; films that leave a lasting impression of the flora and fauna; and, perhaps the most intriguing, an interactive planetary sphere which shares details on everything from current air traffic across the globe, to various planets and galaxies, and even shared the concentration of Facebook connectivity on every continent.   It was far more than I expected before walking through the front doors.

A special thanks to Louis Dahoda who organized the event; led the drive both days, planned dinner, as well arranged activities at The Wild Center.

Editor’s Note:  A word to the wise when deciding to venture through these parts:  Never assume there’s a gas station just up the street or in the next town down the road.  As you take some of the less traveled roads you may find facilities are up to 50 miles apart.  So, if you’re down to a quarter tank and there’s a gas station nearby, it might be worth the peace of mind to top off and use facilities.  With a full fuel tank and a sense of adventure, you’re bound to enjoy the scenery and roads!


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May Autocross Results



Here’s a look at the results of the season’s first autocross, held at the Saratoga Performing Arts parking lot on May 7th.

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The Torch is Passed

Mama take this badge from me; I can’t use it anymore.  There’s a new sheriff in town- Bryan Hollenbaugh is now the law in the blogosphere. 

Two years ago I answered the call for someone to fill the vacant position of club newsletter editor.  I looked duty straight in the eye and said, “Howdy Duty.”[Sorry, I’ve been looking for a way to use that for a long time.] I took on the task thinking I’d be reviving, in some way, HCP’s quarterly newsletter.  Instead, I found myself maintaining a blog that made it possible to shatter the limits imposed by a pdf document.  Beyond offering a wealth of searchable and archived written content, our blog, Open Roads, is able to house hundreds of images, display video, and link to sites across the web- on  devices ranging from cell phones to desktop computers.

I’ve put a great deal of time into Open Roads and  I’m deeply grateful to those Club members who have supported my efforts with their contributions. Ultimately, though, the blog could not flourish under my tenure.  Blogs exist in a world which I don’t inhabit.  Each day, Facebook accounts for one out of every five internet page views in the United States; every minute 510,000 comments are posted and 136,000 images are uploaded to the site.  And there’s Twitter- over 500 million tweets a day. [That’s  200 billion a year.]  I won’t dwell on Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp or the almost countless other social media platforms that exist. I don’t have an account on any of these sites and I don’t tweet.  Without integration with social media, our blog was destined to wither and die. I’m not the person to oversee that integration.  Bryan is.

Bryan and I have been working on a smooth transition to his blogship- and he’s ready to go.  Less than a day after meeting me over coffee, he put up a great post describing a day of driving through the Adirondacks.  More importantly, as many of you know, he’s linked Open Roads to the unofficial Club Facebook page.  As a result, viewership of the blog has soared.  He emailed me,  that within a day of creating the link, seventy-four people viewed the blog. 

Those of you who have the good fortune to know Bryan know Open Roads is  in exceptionally capable hands.  I’ll help Bryan in every way possible; I urge all of you to support Bryan’s efforts as well.  Send him photos, write about your cars, your trips, your projects, your favorite roads, your time at the track.  Write about your passion for Porsches. One Club member has already answered the call.  Bob Michalek, armed with deep computer knowledge, will help keep things running smoothly.  Among other things, he’ll make sure the blog calendar is up to date and accurate- giving you a place to check on the wealth of activities HCP offers. A sincere thanks to Bob for his interest and willingness to help out; and, of course, thanks to Bryan as well.

Creating Open Roads allowed the Club to reach members in a powerful and unique way.  Judges in 2016’s PCA newsletter competition found it difficult to evaluate our blog because it was so different from what other clubs were doing.  Never-the-less,  one judge wrote, “I feel the need to add a comment about your blog and this score: I think your blog is FANTASTIC. It is difficult to judge in terms of this competition and the elements we are to judge on, and in it not being a cohesive website. Your blog is an amazing, interactive newsletter.  I’m very impressed.” That was the beginning.  Under Bryan’s guidance, with Bob’s help, and with your contributions, Open Roads will set the standard for PCA “newsletters”. 

G. Richards


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Nothing to Do… And All Day to Do It

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By Bryan Hollenbaugh One of the by-products of owning a performance car is the sense of restlessness and the insatiable urge to be behind the wheel. So it should come as no surprise when I had a Saturday with nothing … Continue reading

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Club Visits Historic Kingston and the Maritime Museum

“Then came one of the savages that swarn away from us at going up the river with many others, thinking to betray us.  But we perceived their intent and suffered none of them to enter our ship.  Where upon two canoes full of men, with their bows and arrows, shot at us after our stern.  In recompense, whereupon, we discharged six muskets and killed two or three of them.  Then above one hundred of them came to a point of land to shoot as us.”

So wrote Robert Juet, the Half Moon’s first mate, as Henry Hudson’s ship plied its way up the eponymously named river in search of a passage to the Orient.  Hudson didn’t find his passage; but, instead, a majestic river that was to become a lifeline to New York State.  It’s a river of exceptional beauty but mercurial spirit, capable of swings from tranquility to great wrath.  Newspaper accounts from the 1800’s tell of lighthouse keepers rescuing yachtsmen from certain death in storms that raised twenty-three foot waves on the river.

These accounts and others are housed in Kingston’s Hudson River Maritime Museum, the destination of HCP’s April Drive and Dine.  The museum sits on the banks of the Hudson in Kingston’s beautifully renovated River District.  Warm spring weather and blue skies, brunch at the Ole Savannah restaurant and a museum that tells the river’s story offered Club members a much warmer welcome than that received by Hudson and his crew. 

The Mahicans, some of the original inhabitants of the Hudson river valley, called the river “muh-he-kun-ne-tuck” or the river that flows both ways- alluding to the tidal movements that make the Hudson an estuary from Troy south.  While there are larger rivers in the United States, the Hudson remains impressive.  At points, its flow has been measured at five million gallons per second.  Off the cliffs at West Point the river runs 175 feet deep.  At its widest point a swimmer faces a 3.5 mile crawl.

Spend any time in the museum and it becomes clear the river is a treasure.  From its source at Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack high peaks to its mouth 315 miles south, the Hudson has sustained commerce and offered year-round recreation ranging from Striper fishing to racing ice yachts at fifty miles per hour.  The yachts, alien-looking craft, along with other boats, models and maps, A.V. presentations and displays highlighting activity along the river, and a variety of artifacts and primary source documents, all paint the Hudson’s portrait.

Outside the museum a promenade runs along the Rondout waterfront where the Mathilda, one of the last surviving steam tug boats with its engine still intact, is dry docked.  Moored in the river alongside the Mathilda are reminders of the river’s past and  hopeful visions of the Hudson’s present and future.  A replica* of the Onrust, the oldest decked vessel built in New York, rests stem to stern with the Sloop Clearwater- the 106’ ship conceived by folk singer and activist Pete Seeger as a way to save the river from the toxic stew it had become. Thanks to the Clearwater and its volunteers, the Hudson’s health is recovering; but, a look at Clearwater’s website reveals there is still much to be done.

A thanks to Bryan and Joyce Hollenbaugh for organizing and leading another great drive and dine and for choosing a location that brought Club members in touch with some of the beauty and history of New York State.  Should we also thank Bryan and Joyce for the great weather? We’ll leave to members to decide if they were lucky or have some serious influence.

*The replica was built by volunteers using 17th century Dutch building techniques at the Mabee farm in Rotterdam, NY.  Construction started in 2006.  The ship was launched in 2009 as part of New York’s quadricentennial celebration.

Want more information?

Hudson River Maritime Museum

The Sloop Clearwater

The Onrust




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Reality Check

Thanks to Paul Budlong for passing this along:

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Join the Appalachia Region for Treffen Asheville

The newly formed Appalachia Region, in conjunction with the PCA is sponsoring Treffen Ashville, September 20-24, 2017.  Here’s a link to the Treffen driving series and what looks to be a great event in North Carolina:



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Update: May’s Overnight Drive and Dine to Placid and the Wild Center


Good news- all the more reason to consider what should be a great get-away to Lake Placid.  Contrary to info on the Wild Center website, the Wild Walk platform with its views of the Adirondacks will be open to Club members.  Reservations for the trip need to be made by May 5 so don’t hesitate.

May Drive & Dine – Saturday/Sunday May 13 & 14, 2017  

A weekend drive to Lake Placid staying at the High Peaks Resort with a side trip to the Wild Center.

Note: The event was to start at the McDonalds parking lot (Exit 15 of I-87).  The ride will now depart from the Dunkin Donuts lot which is across the street. Meet at 9 AM; leaving at 9:15 AM sharp.  We will head north Saturday morning through the picturesque mountains of the Adirondack Park arriving at the High Peaks Resort midday.  After checking in, there will be plenty of time to have lunch in town and explore the sights and shops before having dinner as a group at the High Peaks Resort ( http://www.highpeaksresort.com ). The following morning, we will have breakfast as a group and head to the Wild Center ( http://www.wildcenter.org/ )  for a great day in nature. 

Members will be responsible for making their own reservation by calling the hotel reservation desk (518-523-4411).  You must state that you are with the Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club to the reservation desk to get the group rate. 

After you have made your reservation, please email Louis Dahoda to let him know that you will be participating in the weekend getaway to Lake Placid ( Louis.dahoda@edwardjones.com ).

We will be staying for one night (Saturday), included in the package will be dinner Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast.  Single rate is $241.18 and double rate is $316.97. (all inclusive of tax)

Reservations must be made no later than May 5th.

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April Drive and Dine: Kingston’s Historic Waterfront-Maritime Museum


Our first drive and dine is set! Get ready for a great road trip to the Historic Rondout Waterfront of Kingston, NY, on Sunday, April 23rd.  We will all meet at 9:30 am, at the Panera Bread location, at 241 Route 9W, in Glenmont, NY. [Please note the change in departure location]

We’ll head out shortly after for a 90-minute ride south, into the Hudson Valley. Once we arrive, the plan is to take a tour of the Hudson River Maritime Museum (www.hrmm.org), followed by a Sunday brunch buffet at the Ole Savannah Restaurant next door (www.olesavannah.com).

For those who want to stick around town and continue to explore, there’s also a Trolley museum across the street from where we’ll be parking, as well as several shops and cafes. If a museum isn’t your thing, you can always walk along the Rondout canal boardwalk or wander into the various shops of Old Kingston.

For more information and to confirm you’ll be going, email bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com.


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Zone 1 48 Hours at the Glen Registration Open

Registration for the Zone 1 Drivers Education event, (Zone 1 48 Hours at the Glen), at Watkins Glen is now open.  Registration does fill up for Green and Yellow drivers, so it’s important to register early if you want to participate.  (There are already 160 drivers registered as of this morning.)  So if you have any interest in Drivers Education or driving at Watkins Glen International, sign up as soon as you can.

The dates for Beginners and Novice drivers, (Green and Yellow), are Sat/Sun, May 20 – 21.  Intermediate drivers can register for all 3 days if you wish, Fri/Sun, May 19 – 21.  If you volunteered at the Zone 1 Club Race last year, (or previously), and received a gift certificate, you can use it and get $100 of your fees.  After you register, you will mail the certificate to the registrar and he will refund $100 to your credit card.

Registration is done through ClubRegistration.net; here is the link:    https://clubregistration.net/events/roster.cfm?event_id=7928  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call Jim Morgan.

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Zone 1 Concours and Rally Announced For Canton/Dedham Massachusetts

Click the headline for the official event announcement.  Any questions can be addressed to Murray Kane (mskane55@hotmail.com)  (973) 476-9528 or me (jjmc356@ptd.net)  (201) 410-3171.

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How Many of these DE-tails Do You Know?

Well, February was the third warmest on record and March came in like a lamb.  We can only hope the good weather continues. It’s time to get our cars back on the road- and for many of us, back on the track.  With a DE information session scheduled for March 11 and with the first track days on the calendar at the end of this month, we’re rerunning a piece on DE written by track chair, Chris de Graffenried.  Chris’ piece first ran in August of 2015.

Think you know HCP PCA’s High Performance Drivers Education Program?

A Look at DE by

Chris de Graffenried, HCP PCA Track Chair

If you have been to any of the region’s events you have undoubtedly talked with someone or overheard a conversation about our High Performance Driver’s Education (HPDE) program.  What’s not to talk about when you can drive your car onto the same tracks where Paul Newman, P.J. Jones, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi worked their magic?


  • You don’t need to bring your Porsche.

Most people are surprised by this fact.  We only ask that you be a PCA member or affiliate member.  Whether you are more comfortable trying HPDE in your daily driver, or your 356 is in the middle of restoration, any car is eligible to participate.  To maximize visibility and ensure everyone’s safety we do not allow the following types of vehicles: SUV, Van, Pickup, Motorcycle or Crossover.


  • It’s not a boy’s club.

Many people’s impressions of HPDE are that it is a boy’s club, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Not only does PCA have many talented women drivers and instructors, but the events are family friendly.  I highly encourage you to bring your significant other, kids, or friends.  Each event offers time at the end of the day for some fun off track activities, whether it is sightseeing in Watkins Glen, or going wine tasting at the vineyards near Lime Rock Park.


  • You have access to a DE “Concierge” before and at each of our events.

HCP has a DE Mentor program which is our best way of helping you get on track and make the most of your experience.  Whether you need to know where to stay, what air pressure to run on track or if there are other members caravanning to the event, our mentor program, run by John Shafer is designed to get you information.  Find his contact info on the club’s webpage.


  • Your instructor is trained, experienced, and specifically selected for you.

HCP HPDE instructors go through extensive training both in local and national approved training.  They typically have a minimum of 5 years of HPDE driving and often have additional Motorsports experience (such as Autocross, PCA Club Racing, time trialing, or motorcycle racing).  Our Chief Instructor, Andy Dorman and Registrar, Nick Grizey choose a driver whose experience is most fitting to your existing skill set and who is likely familiar with vehicles like your own.


  • It’s not as expensive as you think.

To start, all you need is a free day, your tech inspected car, and about $275 bucks (for entry, gas, tolls).  HCP even has a few loaner helmets for new drivers.  However, once you see how much fun HPDE can be, this rule goes out the window.


  • Tech Inspections can be had for free.

Your car needs a brief, but comprehensive checkup before it can come on the track.  Many of the club’s supporting businesses offer the tech inspection for free.  Check the details on the club webpage for more information.  Expert tip – use the tech inspection as an opportunity to renew your NYS inspection at or get some maintenance done one of our club’s supporters.


  • You can insure your car against collision damage.

Incidents are extremely rare at HPDE events but if you are worried about protecting your car, insurance can be purchased for on track use.  Many regular car insurance companies do not cover use on a racetrack.  Find more information on the national PCA webpage under Driver Education.


Now that you are a DE expert, please consider joining us for our DE Class in 2016.   If you have any questions about HCP’s HPDE program please feel free to contact me (track@hcp-pca.com).

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Thinking About Trying Your Car on the Track? Read this…

With DE season and the Club’s first track days rapidly approaching, here’s a look at how the Club’s mentor program makes it easy for drivers to get involved with performance driving on a race track.  This piece is largely based on an article written for the Air Cooled Advertiser by John H. Shafer.  John served as HCP’s track mentor for a number of years and is currently the 2016 Class C Porsche Club of America Club Racing champion.  Thanks to John for his work on the initial article.

You’re staring at your Porsche in the driveway thinking about how you’ve never really experienced  the car’s full performance.  Hey, if you bought the car to impress your neighbors, it can sit in the driveway. But if you really want to explore what your car can do- along with experiencing the supreme adrenalin rush from finding out, you need to enter the world of Driver’s Education and head to the track.  If  you’ve thought about the track but aren’t sure how to get started and what’s involved, the HCP PCA mentor program is there to help.   The program is straight forward- novices are paired with an experienced driver.  The goal of the program is simple- to provide drivers all the assistance they need to get on world class race track- and to make sure their experience is as exciting and rewarding as possible.  The Club benefits from the program as well. Sponsoring track days is expensive for the Club and costs need to be covered.  If the mentor program increases member participation in DE events, they become economically easier to sustain.

 A primary goal of the track mentor is to increase the comfort level of first time DE participants.  This is done in a number of ways. The mentor ensures a car is track ready by going over a checklist with the mentee before the tech inspection that is required for all cars participating in a DE event. Not sure where to go for a tech inspection in the Capital District?  The mentor knows.  Questions about readying your car, such as, “ What brake pads should I use in my 911?” are questions the mentor can answer. The mentor also provides  a list of items that should be brought to the event to maintain the vehicle and the driver throughout the day.

The mentor also helps create an increased mental awareness in the novice driver by reviewing a list of expectations and requirements  for  the day at the track.  Information about track etiquette, classroom attendance, track rules, the when’s and where’s, and proper nourishment needed to sustain a day of driving is all provided by the mentor. The mentor explains  driving groups and the qualifications and requirements for placement in each group.  If the  mentee has procedural or technical questions but isn’t sure whom to approach, the mentor provides that information.  The mentor also deals with  questions about car performance and concerns about other students and instructors.

The mentor is also concerned with the comfort of the new driver at the track and can provide information on all matters logistical. Where to stay and what’s the  best way to get there?  What’s to eat in Mt. Tremblant?  What is the best route to Mosport, Ontario?  Do I need a passport to enter Canada? Why does Google Maps show a barn where the raceway in Palmer Mass. is supposed to be? What can I do with my family when off track? Who else is going? Can I caravan with someone?  Any logistical questions- the mentor is there to help.

Finally the mentor acts as a companion- someone to “hang out” with before, during and after run sessions;  someone with whom to share dinner; someone to travel with to the event; someone with whom to share tools.   

If you’re ready for the track, the mentor program will help you get there with ease and assurance.  With the help of your mentor, you’ll be able to focus on the reason you decided to try DE in the first place: experiencing the true performance capabilities of your car- and becoming a much better driver in the process.  Linda Klapper is currently the Club’s track mentor.  Linda is an experienced and accomplished driver.  Shoot her an email at trackmentor@hcp-pca.com and she’ll get you started.  John Shafer is now a racing champion.  He got started at Lime Rock Park.  He writes, “At my first event on a Saturday at LRP, my knees didn’t stop shaking until about Tuesday; I was hooked.”  Get in touch with Linda.  Maybe you’ll be hooked too.


Note:  If you’re interested in DE, keep the DE information session at the Century House in Latham on March 11 in mind.  The session starts at 2:00 pm at the conclusion of the new member’s luncheon.

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PCA-Pacific NW Region Announce 2017 Porsche Parade

Here’s a link for more information on the Parade: Porsche Parade Spokane

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HCP Member Phil Caruso Receives Lifetime Achievement Award [Updated]

For his thirty-five years of work with some of the biggest names in the film industry, HCP member Phil Caruso was recently  honored by the Society of Camera Operators with its lifetime

Phil Caruso with his award

achievement award.  Here’s a piece written by Paul Grondahl of the Albany Times Union that describes Phil’s experiences and accomplishments.  The photo for this post was provided by Phil.  In his words, “It is from a movie with Chris Rock, “I Think I Love My Wife”.  We staged a portion of the NY Auto Show during the summer about 10 years ago.  Porsche contributed a major portion of the background with cars and advert material.  I took the time to photograph Kerry Washington all around the cars and a crew member snapped this one of me, albeit I should have been wearing a cap.”

For more on Phil, his work and his award, visit his website:


Averill Park’s Phil Caruso reflects on Hollywood life


Paul Grondahl

“Photographer Phil Caruso, of Averill Park, has spent 35 years working on movie sets. He silently positions himself just out of range when cameras are rolling, behind the cinematographer’s shoulder, trying to capture lightning in a bottle through a Leica lens during the ineffable alchemy between actors. He made still images during the scenes with screen legends Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro in their only film together, “The Score” (2001). He photographed Tom Hanks running through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine during one marathon Sunday for the cross-country jogging sequence in “Forrest Gump” (1994). He shot stills of DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman acting in “Wag the Dog,” a dark political satire directed by Barry Levinson that wrapped in a remarkably compressed 30-day shoot. It’s Caruso’s work you see on giant movie posters at the cineplex and in promotional images that run in newspapers and magazines.

He’s worked on dozens of feature films with a stellar list of directors, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis and Terry Gilliam. For the past three years, he’s gravitated to television series that film in New York City, including “Blindspot,” “The Affair” and “The Blacklist.”

His deepest creative collaborations have been with Scorsese and DeNiro, with whom he worked for many years across the span of 25 movies. They’re known as Marty and Bob to Caruso, who also served as DeNiro’s on-call photographer for years at many appearances with the Oscar winner.

On Saturday, Caruso, 60, will receive a still photographer lifetime achievement award from the Society of Camera Operators at a black-tie affair in the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Michael Keaton will receive the Governor’ Award.

He’s been having an out-of-body experience reviewing thousands of film images for a retrospective of his work that will be shown at the awards ceremony. “Oh, my God, I’ve been doing this so long I’ve forgotten more than I remembered,” he said. “I’ve got amazing memories from all the remarkable people and travel I’ve been exposed to, pardon the pun.”

Caruso is short, funny and naturally caffeinated. He’s been referred to as the class clown on set, a stand-up comic with a Nikon, Leica, Hasselblad or Fujifilm camera slung around his neck. He learned when to crack everyone up to relieve tension among cast and crew. He also understands when he needs to hit the mute button and disappear in plain sight.

“It’s about gaining trust and respect,” he said. “I try to anticipate and capture moments on the set and reactions between actors. They have to feel safe and comfortable with me. I’m the observer, careful not to interrupt that moment between the actors and the director.”

In the industry, he’s known as “Still Phil.”

“Phil’s not near the top; he is the top among still photographers,” Jane Rosenthal, a film producer and co-founder with De-Niro of TriBeca Productions film studio in New York, told the Times Union for a 1996 Caruso profile.

He’s credited as a pioneer of digital photography in the film industry, starting in the early 1990s. He’s a self-described technology geek and early adopter. Starting five years ago, he swapped out his DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras for Nikon and Fujifilm mirrorless digital cameras that work in silence without a shutter’s click — crucial on a set with cameras rolling.

During a New Orleans childhood that resembled “Cinema Paradiso,” Caruso was allowed to operate his father’s 16mm film projector starting at age 7. His parents invited friends to the house on screening nights. His father, Vincent Caruso, an entrepreneur who made documentaries and also ran a catering hall, died of a heart attack at 41. Phil was 8. His world was shattered. He escaped to the movies.

“I can remember being blown away by ‘The Magnificent Ambersons,’ a black-and-white film by Orson Welles. I analyzed Welles’ lighting and angles and how he structured the set. I was 10,” Caruso recalled.

He inherited his father’s extensive collection of film and photography equipment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University in New Orleans and started a production company with two buddies in his hometown after graduation. He got his early break with Howard’s creation of Imagine Entertainment and worked on Howard’s early movies, including “Backdraft” (1991). Caruso is still in touch with his New Orleans photography pals. Several will travel to L.A. to see him receive the lifetime achievement award.

“I’m incredibly proud of Phil receiving this award. It’s an endorsement of his accomplishments from peers in the industry and that means a great deal,” said his wife, Kathy Caruso. The couple met on the set of “The Age of Innocence” (1993), directed by Scorsese. She worked as a production assistant and several scenes were shot in Troy. They married the following year.

The couple will travel to the Hollywood ceremony with their children: Vincent, a Marist College sophomore who hopes to become a lawyer; and Sarah, a senior marketing major at Manhattan College who has an internship at Paramount Pictures in Manhattan, focused on distribution. They keep it all in the family. Their children’s grandfather is Bill Kennedy, novelist and screenwriter, who lives just down the road in Averill Park.

“Bill writes the scripts, I’m on the production side and Sarah’s in distribution,” Caruso said.

Roll credits.”

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

Join Andy Dorman and Amanda Brinke at Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Speakeasy Review and step back in time for an evening’s entertainment 1920’s style.  The Review is packed with chills and thrills, music and dancing, and magic and comedy- all wrapped in the setting of a 1920’s speakeasy.   Guests are encouraged to come dressed for the period and join in the fun of reliving the roaring 20’s!

The show is Saturday, February 25th at Hudson Harbor Steak & Seafood, 351 Broadway, Albany.  Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm.  For additional information please visit the Review’s website:  https://m.facebook.com/Roxxis20sReview/.

Dinner is available if you want to make it a “Dinner and a Show” evening.  Check the restaurant’s website for their menu:  https://www.facebook.com/Hudson-Harbor-Steak-Seafood-LLC-105375572862517/).   The restaurant offers a full bar.

The cost for the show is $20, payable at the door.

If you’d like to attend please make your reservation with Andy Dorman  [ andrewgdorman@gmail.com ] no later than 2/20/17

If you have a question about this event please call Andy at 518 573-5176




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Monthly Dinner-Business Meeting Date Announced

Here’s a list of Club dinner-business meeting dates and sites for 2017.  This info can also be found on the blog calendar.

No meeting January and February.  All meetings are on Monday unless noted.  Monday meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

  • March 3- New Country Porsche of Clifton Park
  • April 3- Bavarian Rocket Science
  • May 1- Bul Automotive
  • June 11- Picnic [Sunday]
  • July 10- New Country
  • August 7- Bavarian Rocket Science
  • September 11- German Auto Parts
  • October 2- New Country

November- Banquet  December- Holiday Party  Details TBA

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A “Thank You” from Saratoga County EOC

HCP’s 2016 charitable efforts included a gift of $1040 to the Saratoga County EOC to support that agency’s wide ranging efforts to help those in need in Saratoga County. Here’s the “Thank You” note our president, Jim Morgan, recently received from the agency.  Our gift, which will do so much good,  represents the proceeds from the silent auction that was conducted at the annual banquet in November.

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

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

This event will be held at Prime @ Saratoga National ( http://www.golfsaratoga.com/dine/index.html ) We have secured the luxurious, heated back patio overlooking the golf course for our private event.  For those who want to socialize in comfort, the patio will have plush couches and have private access to the outdoor fire pit.  For those who will be entranced by the race, there will be a huge flat-screen TV for the Finish of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, North America’s premier sports car event. (http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2017/Rolex-24-At-DAYTONA/Schedule.aspx )  This does not even begin to describe the amazing Sunday brunch (click on link to see brunch menu) and other SURPRISES.   In preparation for Prime National to be able to give us the utmost service, I will need to give them a headcount.  So, it is very important that you RSVP no later than January 23, 2016 to Louis.Dahoda@edwardjones.com .  Estimated cost including tax and gratuity will be $40.00 per person paid on the day of the event.

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Improving the 996 / 997 Turbo Wing Lift Mechanism

David J. Cooper

Rally Sport Region.


A few years ago, my Porsche® 996 Turbo’s hydraulic wing lift system failed… twice…  The first failure was before I bought the car.  I purchased my 2002 Turbo knowing that the wing did not go up and down as it should.  Being an engineer, I thought it must certainly be a rather simple repair.   Researching a few popular online 996 Turbo forums, there was quite a bit of advice on how to fix the problems with the hydraulic wing system. 

Step 1 was removing the 3-piece hydraulic mechanism from my Turbo’s back lid and disassembled it on my work bench.

Removal of the 3-piece hydraulic system and subsequent troubleshooting took quite a bit of effort – and was a very messy job with power steering fluid leaks and drips.   But I was driven to find the root cause of failure and finally discovered plastic components that had partially melted inside the 12V motor along with the PS fluid leaks.  It was clear that the system was never intended to be refilled, much less regularly maintained.  Once the motor was repaired and the hydraulics refilled, bled, tightened up and bench tested, the mechanism was installed back into my Turbo.  Problem solved…I was proud of my repairs.







Just a few months after the rebuild, one of the hydraulic rams catastrophically failed, leaking PS fluid down the back bumper and into the engine bay.  The wing was stuck up on one side and wouldn’t move.


Further research verified that the hydraulic ram cylinders cannot be rebuilt without cutting them apart to replace leaking internal seals – then resoldering the assembly back together.  From stories on the forums, it became apparent that there are a quite a few failure modes:

  • Drive motor overheating (my root cause problem)
  • Leaking ram o-ring(s) (my other root cause problem)
  • Leaking banjo fitting(s)
  • Leaking syringe pump seal(s)
  • Broken plastic plunger block
  • Malfunctioning micro-switch(es)
  • Broken ram spring(s)
  • Deteriorated shaft wiper seal(s)
  • Contaminated fluid
  • etc.

Why would such a failure prone mechanism ever be installed on the 996 Turbo?  Further research revealed that Porsche® designed and patented a “Motor vehicle with a rear end spoiler device”, or the bi-wing design, that for the first time provided negative lift (or downforce) on the Turbo.  Porsche needed a dual cylinder lifting mechanism for such a wing and went outside to find the mechanism.  A hydraulic mechanism was designed, patented and supplied by a German supplier to Porsche in time for the 5th generation water cooled turbo production start in 2000.  This same hydraulic mechanism was used for the Carrera GT wing and again for the 6th generation 997 Turbo wing.  It was clear to me that there had to be a better device for raising and lowering the wing.

My engineering instincts kicked in, causing me to wonder how to improve the overly complex, and failure prone hydraulic wing lift mechanism.  

My goal was to design and build a simple all-electronic wing lift mechanism for my car that is robust, yet easy to install and work on without special tools.  I searched for a 12 volt electric ram and found devices that are used to position photovoltaic panels in the desert.  Perfect for placement under the Turbo’s lid!  I then designed CAD prototype parts and had them machined for trial fitting.  A local water-jetter and machinist were secured to produce the various prototype parts out of billet aluminum:













The next challenge was figuring out the electronics, which was the most time consuming piece of the puzzle.  In the stock Turbo, should the wing not move, or extend up all the way, or take too long to deploy, the dreaded Spoiler Warning is displayed on the instrument cluster.

It was necessary to understand the switch logic and reverse engineer what the original programmers had coded into the cluster ECU in order to circumvent the warning.  After completing the ladder logic, I made a prototype electrical gizmo with relays and programmable timers mounted to a plywood board for in-car testing.  It functioned perfectly to circumvent the warning. 


The final challenge was figuring out how to fit all of the electronic components into a small waterproof box – with that piece done, it was mission accomplished:  Lighter, More Robust, 3 Heights, Virtually Plug & Play and NO MORE HYDRAULICS!

After all this work, I wondered if an electric wing lift mechanism might be desired by other 996 Turbo owners?  As it turns out, the 4th most popular post on a well-attended 996 Turbo forum, at 55,911 views, is “996 TT rear spoiler problems – Help!”  The original idea was to improve upon the factory hydraulic system in my car, but maybe others would benefit from a solution to replace their dysfunctional spoiler mechanisms. 

To find out, I created a post on the same 996 Turbo forum titled “Beta Testers Needed for Electric Spoiler Rams”.  In short order, 24 fellow 996 turbo enthusiasts stepped up to test out my new wing lift kit and provide feedback.  Currently, my “Beta Testers” post is in the top 15 with 27,958 views. 

I had my answer.  Early in 2015, I created a company called Rennkit to provide a replacement electric actuation system for the wing hydraulics on 996 Turbos.  Any new company must hand out titles.  I chose President, and my wife was awarded the title of Chief Bubble Wrap Officer (CBWO).  The first “eRam” kit was installed on my 996 Turbo in March, 2015, followed closely by the two dozen beta testers.


The Rennkit website was launched to explain the infamous factory hydraulic system and failure modes and to provide details about the distinctive eRam wing actuation system.  The electric wing lift mechanism was unique enough to file for a provisional patent.  The final check was high speed track testing; which took place at our club’s annual Grattan Raceway DE event and again at another club’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course weekend DE event.  The highest extension version is the 4” eRam, which added more rear downforce to improved lap times.

With Rennkit up and running, the next development was for the 997 turbo eRam kit, which was accomplished 6 months later.  The first 977 turbo eRam beta tester claimed 200 MPH runs with his 3” eRam kit installed. 

At the moment, I don’t have any plans to develop a kit for the Carrera GT, unless that one-off request comes in.  So, what quirky part on your Porsche® should be reimagineered? 

Editors Note:  If you’re interested in Dave Cooper’s wing lift mechanism you can email him at djcooper@rennkit.com or visit his website at http://www.RennKit.com. Dave offers  a 5% discount to PCA members.


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2017 Autocross Schedule Announced

Autocross chair Matt Rutten has announced 2017’s autocross schedule.  Events are planned for May 7, June 18, September 10 and October 8.  All dates are Sundays.  Currently plans call for all events to be held at the McCarty Ave. parking lot in Albany; however, Matt is working on securing the SPAC parking lot for the May and October dates. Stay tuned.  Autocross dates as well as the dates for all other club activities can be found on the blog calendar.  The entire schedule for 2017 should be posted soon.

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John H. Shafer Does It Again

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



A Warner Bay, Lake George, man has won the Class C national championship in the Porsche Club of America Club Racing program for 2016, for the third year in a row.  The award will be presented on Feb 2 at a dinner in Sebring, Florida prior to the first Porsche Club Race of 2017.

John H. Shafer, 79, in his third year competing, won the award by accumulating the highest number of points nationally over several road races on four different race tracks.  The second place driver is from the Rocky Mountain Region of the Porsche Club of America.   Shafer drives a 1984 Porsche 928S that has been modified from a street GT car to a race car fully meeting the Porsche Club’s stringent equipment safety standards.   Points are awarded for entering and finishing a race as well as for finishing position in each race.  Shafer earned points in two races at

John’s son passing him on No Name Straight during this year’s race at Lime Rock Park. Photo courtesy CVR.

Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and at Summit’s Point Raceway in WVa.  He also earned points in races at Watkins Glen International and at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Mosport, Ontario, Canada.  Again in 2016, Shafer and his 928 also was given two Corner Workers Award, one at Mosport and one at Summits Point.  These awards, coveted by the racers, are based on voting by the dozens of volunteers staffing the safety flag stations around the race track.  Voting is based on the cars appearance, safe driving during the race and other personal factors.  

To enter Class C, with a weight to horsepower rating of about 13, the Porsche 928S has to be basically stock and weigh a minimum of 3401 pounds.  In addition to a roll cage, harnesses and other safety equipment, modifications may be made only to the suspension and exhaust systems.  At each track, several classes compete in the same races.  Most classes are faster than Class C, and as an example, Shafer says: “At Watkins Glen I’m on track racing with 70 other cars.  Reaching over 120 miles per hour and being passed by other cars in faster classes is a great adrenalin rush, even at my age”.  “PCA officials love to see the 928 racing as there are not many still competing with the newer models.  With headers and a straight exhaust, that aluminum V8 sounds like a NASCAR, everybody loves the sound”, Shafer said.  

Shafer’s son John S. also races a Porsche, most time in the same races.  Shafer Sr. says: “it is a great father/son activity.  While I have more horsepower, I still can’t keep him behind me, particularly in the corners.  He’s a better driver and thank goodness he is in a different race class”.  
Prior to his current position as President of Spectra Engineering, Architecture & Engineering, PC, Mr. Shafer retired from the position of Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority where he is credited with rebuilding the travel plazas, several highway safety features on the superhighway and also bringing EZPass to the Thruway and the toll roads in the northeast.


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Got New Mexico?

Here’s an announcement from our sister region out west.  If you’re thinking of a road trip in your Porsche next season, Fiesta New Mexico looks like a great time.  

The Roadrunner Region of the PCA is proud to announce the 2017 Fiesta New Mexico, a four day, multi-activity event to be held in Santa Fe, NM on May 25 – 28, 2017.  You are cordially invited to to visit the Land of Enchantment next May for what promises to be a truly exceptional event.


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


Allen Schwartz makes another stop along his “Long and Whining Road” as he tackles his first brake job…

You may recall my post from last spring when I lamented the fact that I was raised in NYC by a father who was mechanically challenged.  I grew up in a tool-less world, no garage, no parts lying around to fiddle with, no one fixing anything, showing me how to use a wrench or telling me what a Philips was.  The result was a lifelong challenge as to all things mechanical; when something needed to be fixed, I “paid other men to do that.” It’s not that I didn’t want to do these things (like hang wallpaper, build a table, or change my oil), or that I was unable to when given the chance and a bit of guidance.  It was simply that I never developed the skills or confidence to do them. I was envious of guys who could.  I always longed to get my hands really dirty.


When I joined our club, I met several men who were the exact opposite of me. (Note to feminists: there are no doubt many mechanically gifted women in the club too; I just haven’t met them yet!)  These are men who know how to take things apart and put them back together again without losing anything, or bleeding!  They don’t worry when something breaks, or doesn’t work right away, or even fit together. They keep at it, figure out work-arounds, and simply assume they can do it.  They are imaginative and confident, and usually succeed.  And…they have tools.  Lots and lots of tools.


So I was signed up for a DE day at Limerock this past August, and the mechanic who does my tech checks said I was going to need new front brake pads and rotors in order for him to pass me. I mentioned this to two friends in the club, John Pellerin and Matt Rutten, asking them where they go to get a good, inexpensive brake job.  To my utter amazement, they both chimed in, “Al, we’ll do it for you. You won’t believe how easy it is!  It’ll take an hour!” 


I was incredulous and unsure if I should accept the offer. I’m conditioned to pay for work!  My lovely wife was skeptical. “Wait, let me get this – you’re going to fix your own brakes, and then expect me to get in the car with you?  Yeah, that’ll happen!”  But both guys insisted that they actually enjoyed doing brake jobs, and that it would be fun showing me how! Imagine that. Now you see why I don’t do these jobs myself: I would never describe working under a car as fun.  Repairs make me nervous.  But what did I know?  So I accepted with gratitude. I would finally learn the secrets of my Boxster’s front end, and just maybe I’d get my hands really dirty.


John told me the parts to buy. I needed obvious things like German-made brake pads and rotors to fit my exact model Porsche. But I also needed to get weirder things like “rotor retaining screws,” “caliper bolts,” “caliper spring clips,” “spring retaining rods,” and my favorite, “cotter pins for the spring retaining rods.”  Whoa!  I was actually going to find out what these parts did!  During the week, I visited German Auto Parts (GAP). A small bag with tiny screws, springs, rods, clips, and pins cost $78!, but John and Matt reassured me that I probably would not need this bag because some of my existing parts could be reused.  This alarmed me. I don’t reuse dental floss, but I’m going to reuse parts that brake my car from 100 mph?  Okay fine.  The guy at GAP said if I didn’t open the bag, I could return it; so I bought it.  But reusing brake parts would take some convincing.


I drove my car up to John’s house in Saratoga on a bright Saturday morning, parts in tow. (Unfortunately, Matt could not make it, but he loaned us a T-55 Torx bit and brake pad spreader which are indispensable for this job.)  I took my jacket off and said hello to John’s wife Fran in the kitchen. By the time I got back to the garage, John had already jacked up the left wheel, placed a stand under the frame, and was removing the tire and rim.  “Wait,” I said.  “I want to see how you did that!”  So John patiently lowered the car and showed me what he had done in those five minutes.  Given those same five minutes on my own, I would have made two mistakes, cut my finger, and needed to go into the house for a bandage.  But John has been working on cars since his mid-teens, and over the years has done all kinds of repairs and modification projects. He was impressively fast and confident.  It was soon clear that my role was going to be keeping track of what we were doing, handing John parts and tools, and holding the flashlight.  I did this very well. That was fine with me, because soon John was on his back under the front end, looking up at things and poking around.  Now, I can definitely lie down on my back under a car.  It’s just that lately, getting up is the problem. So I resigned myself to watching, learning, and trying to be helpful.


With the wheel removed, John exposed the brake rotor (or disk) and caliper, revealing how the caliper is secured to the wheel carrier (the thing that the wheel sits on). The rotor is held on with two little retaining screws (Note: tiny replacements are found in my $78 GAP goodie bag). “They don’t really do anything,” John said of these screws. “The wheel and wheel bolts actually hold the rotor, but these screws just keep it in place while you put the wheel back on.”


It was time to remove the rotor retaining screws. The first screw came off the rotor easily.  But the second screw resisted.  John twisted the screw driver harder, and then suddenly the screw driver broke free; the Philips head had been stripped!  “I stripped the screw head!  Whoever put this on never applied anti-seize! But no problem, we’ll just extract it.”  John looked through his hundreds of tools, neatly arranged in his five-foot-high tool chest. But no extractor!


Off to Home Depot for our first trip (can you see where this is headed?).  I offered to buy the extractor, but no, John said he needed one, so he paid for it. We were home in 20 minutes.  The extractor did not work.  After some thought, John grabbed his Dremel tool and cut a slot in the screw head, converting the stripped Philips head into a conventional slotted screw head.  Brilliant solution! A large screwdriver and penetrating oil ultimately took care of that second screw.


However, before removing the rotor, we had to move the caliper brake assembly off the rotor and swing it out of the way, because you can’t slide the rotor off while the brake pads are holding it.  John used a large wrench (the one we got from Matt) to un-torque the caliper bolts that hold the brake assembly to the wheel carrier. These are 3½ inch long heavy black bolts that seemed just right for my brakes – heavy, dark, and strong!  And these bolts, we were told, are never to be re-used, which seemed smart. They only torque properly once.  I had bought four of these bolts for $3 a piece as replacements (the Porsche dealer wanted $7.50). John removed the bolts and handed them to me, reminding me to keep them separate from the new bolts, which looked identical.  Having freed up the caliper brake, John slipped it off the rotor, and artfully hung it from a twisted wire shirt hanger off to the side (yes, a wire hanger, like duct tape, can do so much!). 


One last maneuver was necessary. A flexible brake line for the left front caliper runs down to the wheel (this hydraulic tube activates the brake pistons when you want to stop, thereby squeezing the pads hard on the rotor).  That brake line is held in place by a bracket that screws into the wheel carrier, to keep the line from getting twisted, crimped, or otherwise interfering with the nearby wheel spinning at high revolutions.  John carefully loosened the screw that holds the brake line bracket in place, and moved the brake line out of the way. 


Before getting to work on the brake, with the caliper off of the rotor and out of the way, we put on the shiny new rotor on and attached it with two new rotor retaining screws, given that the original ones were well mangled in their removal.  Now, we could finally put our effort on the caliper itself – the guts of this job! 


I’d heard about caliper brakes, seen them through the rim, but never naked and out in the open like this! It was like watching an operation once the surgeon has moved the intestines away, revealing a liver for the first time!  The worn pads and other parts of the disk brake were easy to see. The pads were the size of small kitchen sponges and had sensors on wires that detect when they were worn out. A very clever mechanism, part mechanical and part electronic, but easy to understand. In order to take out the worn pads, you have to remove all those little parts that come in my $78 bag – a cotter pin, then the rod it holds in place that presses down on the “pad springs” that hold the pads in, then the wear sensor, and finally the worn pads. When all these little parts were removed, the pads slid out easily. I could not believe it was actually happening just like it was supposed too!


Things were going quickly now. John showed me that those old little rods, springs, and pins were fine to reuse, and he cleaned them to the point where they looked exactly like the new ones in the bag. That was $78 back in my pocket!  He quickly slid the new pads in place, inserted the sensors, put back the spring assembly, retaining rod, and cotter pin.  He swung the caliper assembly into place on the new rotor, with the brand new brake pads straddling it.  He then took two of the new black caliper bolts and torqued them into place at precisely the recommended pounds of tension to secure the caliper assembly. He was about to put the wheel back on when suddenly, he took a deep breath and muttered a mild expletive. To our dismay, he had forgotten to put the brake line back in place and reattach the bracket screw! He tried to do that without removing the caliper assembly, which was blocking his hands and his vision, but in the end he had to remove the caliper we had just installed, meaning that those new caliper bolts, the ones we were never supposed to ever re-torque, would have to be purchased and reinstalled again. (By the way, no one else thought that was really necessary, since the bolts were never driven on, but John would not let me drive at Limerock with caliper bolts that had been torqued twice!)


Are you following me so far, because I’m beginning to impress myself!  It turns out you can understand how a car works when the curtain is pulled away and what you’re seeing is explained to you by someone who knows what he’s doing.  And I was doing a spectacular job of holding the flashlight.


So the caliper was removed a second time and John found the hanging brake line with the bracket and tried to screw it into the wheel carrier.  It was at a very awkward angle, and the screw kept dropping to the floor.  Finally, John seemed to get it aligned with the screw hole and it began to go in.  He turned it and turned it and then suddenly…oh no!…the screw head twisted off.  Broke right off!  Unfortunately, that screw had gone in at a slightly bad angle, so that it cross-threaded and as John pressured it, the head twisted right off.  More gentlemanly expletives followed.


John was annoyed with himself.  He had done this job 20 times and wanted to show me how easy it was.  Never had things quite like this happened on his 911 brake jobs. Instead he seemed to be confirming that even experienced engineers have problems fixing things. At this point I would have given up, towed the car to the dealer, and let him fix it for $600.  But John was totally unfazed — just pissed off.  The problems we encountered were mostly because whoever had done my last brake job hadn’t used the right fluids to lock screws in place in a way that allows them to be removed when the time comes. You see, in order to do mechanical work on cars correctly, aside from tools you need fluids!  John had six different spray cans that allowed him to lubricate parts, clean parts, release screws, hold them in place when you tightened them, and so forth.  Blue sprays, red sprays, clear sprays, even sprays (I showed him) that were banned for sale in the United States because they cause infertility in mice.  But those were European mice. I digress.  So it turns out to work on a car you need dozens of tools, liquids, nuts, bolts, screws, lights, stands, sleds, lifts, vise grips, rags and so many other things. Too late for me.


John tried in vain to extract the headless screw shaft that was left in the thread hole (yes, using the very same extractor from our first Home Depot trip!), but nothing gripped.  So, off to Home Depot for the second time where he would now buy a “tap and die,” a tool that allows you to create a screw thread precisely the diameter you need, or in this case ream out the existing screw thread and make it usable again. (Honestly, have you ever made just one trip to Home Depot to finish any job?)  John really knows what he’s doing, having done this type of tool work in physics labs during his training as a material science engineer. By the time he consulted with the tool guy at Home Depot, found the right tap and die set, and we returned home, we were three hours into the job and still on the first wheel.  John was falling short on his one hour time estimate, but I felt quite the opposite. I got the chance to see a skilled mechanic deal with adversity. Despite my anxiety, he was always certain he could fix it.  He kept going, step by step, and in the end he succeeded. That’s a very good life lesson.


The rest of the repair is easy to describe. It went perfectly. John created a new thread for the bracket retaining screw with the tap and die, secured the brake line bracket, re-installed the  caliper assembly (properly lubricated for the next guy doing the job, probably not me!), and put the wheel and tire back on.  He torqued the lug nuts to the proper tension.  Twice!  Left side done!


The identical job – replacing the right front brakes and rotors — took 30 minutes, just as he had expected it would.  Not a single snag.  John is not a man who makes the same mistakes twice.  We were done with the whole job in four hours — three for the left side, one for the right side.  Then John took me out for a ride and showed me how to “bed” the pads by braking hard from increasingly higher speeds.  Later on in the week, at John’s insistence, I brought him two new caliper bolts and he replaced the ones on the left side that he had torqued twice.  He could now breathe easy.  If I killed myself at Limerock, it wouldn’t be because of his front brake job!


I’ve been driving on those front pads and rotors for five months now, on the track, at Autocross, and in my normal driving. They perform perfectly. Every so often, I am awestruck by the fact that we did this ourselves (“we” may be somewhat generous, but I was there!).  If I could roll back the clock, I’d have liked to tear down an engine in my life, and see how all those pieces fit together. Or a transmission or a clutch.  It’s all fascinating to a guy like me from the Bronx, that you can actually trust your own work if you do things right.


I want to thank John (and Matt) again for taking the time to demystify my Porsche by showing me how these things are done.  As a fitting coda to the story, I took my car back to my mechanic to get that tech check before Limerock, and he asked me who had done my brakes?  I told him that a couple of guys from the club showed me how to do it.  Rather than seem impressed, he just shrugged.  “Yeah, It’s pretty easy, isn’t it?” 


If you’re not from the Bronx, it is.




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



HCP President Jim Morgan recently received this letter from  the Saratoga EOC thanking our Club for our $1040 donation raised from the silent auction conducted at our  2016 banquet held on November 5th.  As Ms. Jo Anne Hume’s letter indicates, our contribution will help over 600 families have a happier Thanksgiving.

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What Cars Do the Affluent Purchase?

So what vehicles are affluent car buyers purchasing  these days?  Jim Gorzelany, writing for TMW Features, answers the question by offering a list, compiled by Edmunds, of the best selling cars among buyers with annual incomes over $250,000.   So, what would be on your list of the top-ten selling vehicles?  Click  the PDF link below to see how well you did picking the winners.





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Update: HCP Charity Efforts for 2016

A lot of kids will be warmer this winter thanks to the work of HCP members on this year’s Coats for Kids drive.  The campaign collected an astounding seventeen bags of winter coats, hats and gloves that Jim and Kerri Morgan and George Earle delivered to the City Mission of Schenectady on behalf of HCP.  In 2015 the Mission provided over 35,000 nights of shelter to community members in need.  Along with short and long term housing the Mission also offers food and clothing to those who stay at the Mission’s shelters.  Last year the Mission distributed over 1000 coats.  HCP’s seventeen bags of winter clothing will be well used.

Of course, the Coats for Kids drive is only one part of HCP’s charitable efforts.  Donations to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at this year’s annual picnic totaled $477.  The Food Bank, which distributes food to shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and other locations where there is a need, estimates each dollar donated enables the distribution of ten dollars worth of food. Picnic contributions also supported Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  The $824 donated will support the breeding, raising and training of dogs that are provided to visually impaired people.


HCP President Jim Morgan and EOC Community Program Director Lillian McCarthy

In addition, the silent auction conducted at this year’s banquet raised $1040 for the Saratoga County EOC  which has been the community action program in Saratoga County for over 42 years.  HCP’s donations will help the EOC continue to offer a wide range of services.  The agency provides counseling, training, and advocacy programs,  maintains  a food pantry, operates a soup kitchen, supports families in need at the holidays- and much more.

HCP members have one more charitable opportunity this year. If you’re coming to the annual holiday party, please don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to the Marine’s annual Toys for Tots drive.

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HCP Members Come Together for Annual Banquet

It was a long and winding road, er, driveway, that brought 120 HCP members to Malozzi’s Clubhouse for the 2016 edition of the Club’s annual banquet.  A cocktail hour and a chance to socialize gave way to an excellent dinner and a PowerPoint presentation that offered members a recap of another successful Club year: DE from Watkins Glenn to Lime Rock; Drive and Dines from Polo to antique cars; a snowstorm threatened October get-away to the 1846 Islands and a June picnic with weather reminiscent of February.  All based, as Treasurer Will Waldron reported, on a sound financial foundation.  The silent auction that accompanied the dinner continued a tradition of HCP giving, this year’s proceeds going to the Saratoga County EOC. Look for another chance to support the Club’s charitable efforts at the December Holiday party.  Admission to the event is a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to the annual Toys for Tots drive.  Watch for an email from Jim with details on the get-together. 

As this Club year comes to an end and most of us contemplate a winter with our cars in the garage, take heart.  Next year offers another wealth of activities- among them, for the first time, a spring  weekend get-away.  Activities Chair Louis Dahoda is hard at work planning an overnight trip to Lake Placid and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Should be a great time.  Stay tuned.



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HCP’s Weekend Get-Away: 2016 Edition

Clayton, New York:  Birthplace of 1000 Island Dressing and the destination for 2016’s HCP Get-away weekend.  Actually, the Iroquois arrived in the area a bit ahead of the Club, hunting and fishing in the region as early as 700 AD.  They probably didn’t arrive in Porsches and it’s unlikely they plied the waters on an Uncle Sam’s paddle wheeled tour boat. They did recognize the area’s grandeur, naming it Manitouana- the Garden of the Great Spirit.

The Garden, given special biosphere reserve status by UNESCO in 2002, stretches fifty miles from the point at which the St. Lawrence flows from Lake Ontario to the Canadian city of Kingston.  Across those river miles lies the archipelago dubbed the “1000 Islands”- a misnomer since there are actually 1864 islands in the chain.  They vary in size from forty square mile Wolfe Island to those that meet the minimum island definition- at least one square foot, above water year-round and able to sustain at least one tree and one plant [some say two trees].  A few are man-made. Two thirds of the islands belong to Canada, the rest are in U.S. territory.  

The highlight of the get-away was a two-hour “Two Nations” cruise on the St. Lawrence which crossed the international boundary line running down the river- generating cell-phone messages warning of international data use fees.   The majesty of the river wasn’t diminished by the day’s cold, raw and windy weather; it was clear why so many were drawn to live along it and why so many have chosen to build homes on its islands- the most spectacular of which are found on the islands of “millionaires row”, off the shores of Alexandria Bay. These residences, built around the turn of the 20th century, are paeans to the immense wealth of the captains of industry and finance who commissioned them:  Frederick Bourne, president of Singer Sewing Machine Company; George Pullman of rail car fame; John Noble, the founder of the Life Saver candy company and George Boldt, the millionaire proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City- among others.

Boldt’s castle on Hart [originally Heart] island may be the most renowned river home.  Ironically, no one has ever lived in the six story, 120 room Rhineland-style castle that Boldt commissioned as his family’s summer residence in 1900.  With the death of his wife Louise in 1904, Boldt ordered all construction stopped, unable to imagine his dream castle without his beloved.  For seventy-three years the unfinished castle languished, subject to the elements and occasional vandalism. In 1977, the 1000 Islands Authority took possession of the castle for one dollar and began restoring and rehabilitating the structure- but only to the point at which construction had ended in 1904.  To honor Boldt’s wishes, the castle will never be finished.  Over 200,000 people visit the castle annually- its yearly economic impact on the region estimated at $40 million.  Being a seasonal attraction, HCP members weren’t able to tour the home; still, views of the castle from Uncle Sam’s boat were stunning.

Not all island homes are residences of the very wealthiest.  The cost of building and maintaining a house on an island aside, some residences are truly tiny, occupy virtually all available land and are home to a wide variety of folk including the guy who just wanted a good place to fish.  Here’s a look at some of these smaller homes:  http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/tiny-houses-on-tiny-islands/

The forth heaviest October snow on record fell  in the Capital Region on the eve of the trip, making it fitting that the group stayed in a hotel built on the site of the former Frink Snow Plow Company.  It was Carl Frink who gave the world the double-winged V-plow.  By the morning of the trip, a Frink plow wasn’t needed; still many members left their Porsches home.  The specter of salt on a Porsche is an ugly thing.   The hotel,  likely familiar to Club members who’ve stayed at its twin sister in Watkins Glen, proved a gracious host, providing a beautiful setting for the thirty-four Club members on the trip to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

So, 1000 Island Dressing.  The story, which may be apocryphal as no written documentation exists, goes like this:  Sophia LaLonde, wife of fishing guide George LaLonde, concocted the recipe to serve at dinner to George’s clients and other guests- one of whom was actress May Irwin.  So impressed was Irwin with the dressing, she requested the recipe and passed it to along to George Boldt, of castle fame, who instructed his maitre de hotel to put it on the Waldorf-Astoria menu in 1894.  This Club member never saw a drop of it on the trip.  Certainly a reason to go back next summer.


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Running Out of Garage Space?

If you are looking for more garage space, or are just curious to see what is out there, here is a sample!  I am a Realtor, and thought our members might like to see what’s available; so, with permission of the board, I will compile a weekly list for the blog.  I am happy to assist you with any of these properties (abrinke@bhhsblake.com), or you can forward the information to a Realtor of your choice.  The link is to Realtor.com where you can get a description of the property and see pictures. This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed as it is provided by the listing agent and can be changed by that agent and the seller at any time.  They are listed here with the permission of the listing agent.

Amanda Brinke

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, REALTORS

1745 Rte 9,  Clifton Park, NY 12065


518.371.5830 fax

“I appreciate your business and will work for your referrals!”

Click on the address for pictures and more information about the property.

MLS # #Garage Spaces Price Address City/Town County BdRms Baths A/G SQFT Acres Age Taxes DOM
201610544 5 $169,900 372 Halbert Hill Rd.  Butternuts Otsego 3 2 1725 22.07 46 $4,184 145
201614007 6 $319,900 330 Quaker Rd. Pittstown Rensselaer 4 2.1 2608 22.22 10 $10,135 102
201620198 7 $257,500 3330 Route 9N Greenfield Saratoga 3 2 1640 5.74 46 $2,300 24
201607332 5 $299,000 615 FAYVILLE RD Providence Saratoga 3 2.2 2300 0.44 11 $6,251 181
201615671 6 $329,000 187 POTTER HOLLOW RD Providence Saratoga 3 1.1 2100 24.51 22 $5,232 81
201613579 5 $270,000 172 DE DEES WAY Princetown Schenectady 3 3.1 2656 5.63 30 $8,836 89
201522012 6 $265,000 1485 GROVENORS CORNERS RD Esperance Schoharie 4 2 1360 5.4 42 $4,875 374
201610759 5 $299,900 187 FEUZ TER Esperance Schoharie 3 2.1 3106 3.5 31 $11,529 144
201615153 6 $249,000 3336 EAST SCHROON RIVER RD Horicon Warren 2 1 1000 1.5 62 $2,600 89
201619279 6 $289,000 2299 COACH RD Argyle Washington 3 1.1 1326 9.78 216 $2,886 31

Editor’s Note: This post is intended as a service to HCP members; we hope you find it helpful.  Be sure to check the blog for Amanda’s updates.

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Leaf Peepers: HCP’s October Drive and Dine

Bryan and Joyce Hollenbaugh have a way of picking great roads and places to eat.  How they managed to arrange for a top-down day going into the last part of October- they still have to explain that.  Notwithstanding an explanation for the weather, the Hollenbaughs led a caravan of twenty-two Porsches from the Stuyvesant Plaza parking lot through Rensselaerville to the home of the Calamari King in Ravena on the last Drive and Dine of the season.

According to Bryan, he and Joyce liked the route they laid out so much they drove it again the next day.  It certainly was a drive made for Porsches.  From the sweeping turns on the climb into Rensselaerville on the Delaware Turnpike to the twisting road through the wooded landscape along the Hauverville Creek on descent into Livingstonville, the route constantly served up an interesting driving experience.   Even after leaving the densely forested Helderbergs and the hamlets time seems to have passed by, the route continued to challenge.  The day was planned as a leaf peeping excursion; the autumn  tinged foliage,  lit up by the sun that poked in and out the clouds, added a perfect counterpoint to roads that often demanded a driver’s full attention.

Punctuated with a much needed pit stop at the Milk Run outside of East Dunham, the drive ended at Yanni’s Too along the Hudson in Ravena.  Known for its seafood, and especially its calamari, the pub-themed restaurant offered members a chance to kick back and enjoy lunch and conversation while watching traffic move up and down the river.

Thanks to Bryan and Joyce and to activities chair, Louis Dahoda for their work planning the event.  If you weren’t able to join the Club for the day but are interested in doing the drive, here’s a copy of the route you can print out: leaf-peeping-route

The October Drive and Dine…

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

Open Roads visits the archives to rerun this bit of technical advice from Tom Dobush at R&D Automotive.  The article first appeared in the Summer 2013 edition of the Air Cooled Advertiser.

Let’s Get Technical…What is the most important part of your car? Give it some thought. Which part is needed in order for all of the vehicle’s systems to operate to their maximum performance and efficiency? When you whittle it down the answer becomes clear. The engine? No. How about the brakes? Negative. Suspension? Transmission? Nope and nope. All of these systems cannot function properly without tires. After all, the tires are the only part of a car that actually makes contact with the road surface.

When you take the example to the extreme it becomes easier to understand. For instance look at any type of auto racing these days, tires are always a big talking point. Differences in brand and compound, whether or not to run slicks, intermediates or full on rain tires. When it comes to the last ten laps of any race, the car with the freshest or best managed tires has the advantage. You can have the most powerful engine on the planet, but if you do not have the correct tires to handle all that power, pretty soon you will just be spinning your wheels.

Big brakes are great, but are only effective when the tires they are connected to have grip. Suspension and steering are equally connected. Tires are at the root of all of these important systems. So if tires are the most important part on any car, why are they so often over looked? It is all too common in the auto repair industry to see very nice cars with either neglected, worn out tires or simply the wrong tires. Discount tire centers are very popular these days as there is a ton of competition in this market segment. Usually good for consumers, competition drives prices down. However in this scenario, it may have pushed prices down too far.

Let me explain. Nowadays, many folks allow their price sensitivity to persuade them into saving a few dollars on brand X tires that are cheaper and supposed to last longer. More bang for your buck, right? Not exactly, the rubber that the tires are made of have a maximum shelf life of five years, and sometimes they sit on the shelf for a year or two before they get sold and installed. Many folks purchase high mileage tires that are supposed to last at least fifty thousand miles, but only drive 5-10 thousand miles per year at most. The math doesn’t quite add up. Why not choose tires that have more grip and performance (read: shorter stopping distance, better cornering feedback, i.e. safer) that may only last two years or twenty thousand miles, but increase driving safety and enjoyment dramatically. Over time the cost differences become negligible, especially since the other systems in your vehicle will be operating more efficiently and therefore wear at a slower pace. If this is true for regular daily drivers, it is only exaggerated further in sports cars and weekend toys. Bottom line: tires are the most important part of your vehicle. Period. Don’t skimp on them. Now that we’ve established that fact, the next point of discussion is how we approach taking care of our tires.

Let’s talk tire pressures. There are many schools of thought here and we could discuss this all day but the basics are all you really need to know. Every vehicle has a factory recommendation for correct tire pressures usually located in the owners’ manual, on a sticker in the door jam, trunk or deck lid or in some cases on the gas flap. Do you know what your factory recommended specification for cold tire pressures is? Most drivers do not. If you do, good for you, you are ahead of the game.  If not, find out. An under inflated tire not only wears out more quickly and unevenly but most importantly is a very common and huge safety risk!

Do yourself a favor next time you fill up your gas tank and purchase yourself a stick or pen type tire pressure gauge for a dollar or two and keep it in your glove box or tool kit. Tire pressures should be checked at least once a month at the very minimum. Ideally, you want to check it every time you drive it, just like we would with a race car. This might not be practical or realistic everyday so a fair compromise is once every week to two weeks. Basically as often as possible, even if you have to ask a technician or gas station attendant to do it for you. Do not rely on the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) if your car is equipped with one. It usually states this right in your owners’ manual. The TPMS is meant to supplement an actual gauge. While these systems are helpful in avoiding driving on a flat tire, most systems are not very accurate and will not alert the driver to a slight tire pressure change, which could cause a tire to wear out prematurely or unevenly. Also make sure you have caps on all of your valve stems. The cap is what actually holds the air inside of the tire, the little shrader valve inside the stem is only for letting air in and out and not intended to keep the air in forever..

Let me also address over inflation. It seems many folks see a flat tire warning light and add air to the tires to make the warning light go out, unfortunately it is often way too much! The factory specs are very specific to temperature and load, while the tire often has a maximum inflation pressure on the sidewall. This maximum is not equal to the recommended pressure! Tires that are over inflated will wear out just as quickly as under inflated tires and are just as dangerous because of a reduction in the amount of tire that makes contact with the road. Really, you do not want to be off from the factory specs by +/- 2 psi! The next order of business concerning proper tire usage, wear and safety is your car’s suspension health and alignment. The state of your suspension and alignment can completely change the character of your vehicle from confident to downright dangerous. [Editor’ Note: We’ll be posting Tom’s tech article on suspension and alignment in the near future.]

As always, I greatly appreciate your questions and feedback and can be easily reached at BavarianRocketScience@gmail.com. Thanks for reading and happy motoring!

Tom Dobush

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October AC at SPAC

Performing arts of a different sort could be found at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as twenty-one drivers descended on the SPAC parking lot to test their driving skills at HCP’s last autocross of the season.  It was the Club’s autocross debut at the parking lot.  HCP Autocross Chair Matt Rutten and Club member Laird Conover captured the action with their cameras.  From their photos and Matt’s video,  it appears the parking lot allowed for a challenging course and a good bit of driving fun.


Here’s a look at the day and the results of the action-  hcp-autocross-results-10-2016

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The Last Cars and Coffee?

Say it ain’t so Christian.*  Say it ain’t the last Cars and Coffee of the season.  The rain  held off and the temperature rose into the mid-sixties as four-score or more people hied themselves to Porsche of Clifton Park for the October edition of the dealership’s monthly get together.  Will November’s weather be as kind?  Will there be another C&C this year? One can only hope.

As always the coffee, bagels and pastries offered a treat for the taste buds.  The cars folks drive to the event always offer a treat for the eyes. It’s an eclectic and often exotic collection of vehicles that park in the dealership lot. An unofficial concourse of automotive nobility: Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes, McClaren, Lotus, BMW, Rolls Royce, Ford GT and Mustang, BMW, Jaguar and of course, Porsche.  But the day is really about more than cars and coffee.  It’s a chance for HCP-PCA Club members and car enthusiasts to get together to talk cars – and just maybe, about something else.

Here’s a look at some of the vehicles that made it to Clifton Park on the second Saturday of October:

*Since the baseball playoffs are upon us, it seems fitting to dig into a little history and remember Joseph Jefferson Jackson.  From the day a fan heckled him for batting bare-foot because blisters forced him to take off his cleats, he entered baseball legend as “Shoeless Joe”.

Jackson started playing baseball at thirteen; by twenty-one he was paying his dues in the minor leagues.  He found himself in the American League in 1911; his was an impressive debut. Shoeless Joe’s .408 batting average was second only to Ty Cobb’s and he led the league in on-base percentage.  WWI kept him out of baseball in 1918 but he returned the next year as strong as ever.  As impressive as his .351 season’s batting average was, it was eclipsed by his play in the 1919 World Series- a performance considered one of the greatest in baseball playoff history.  Ironically, it was that series that ended his career.  His heavily favored Chicago White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians, raising allegations that Jackson and seven of his teammates, the Black Sox as they were dubbed, threw the series in exchange for $5000 bribes.  A  Chicago jury exonerated the men; never-the-less, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis imposed a life-time ban on the eight.

As the story goes When Jackson left the criminal court building in the custody of a sheriff after telling his story to the grand jury considering indictment, he found several hundred youngsters, aged from 6 to 16, waiting for a glimpse of their idol. One child stepped up to the outfielder, grabbed his coat sleeve, said: “It ain’t true, is it, Joe?” “Yes, kid, I’m afraid it is”, Jackson replied. The boys opened a path for the ball player and stood in silence until he passed out of sight. “Well, I’d never have thought it,” sighed the lad.

It’s a poignant story that’s forever sewn into the fabric of baseball lore; but the encounter never really happend. The truth is a bit less dramatic.  After the grand jury returned its indictments, Charley Owens of the Chicago Daily News wrote a regretful tribute headlined, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” The phrase became legend when another reporter later erroneously attributed it to a child outside the courthouse.

Casual observers of baseball may remember Jackson solely for the Black Sox scandal.  Serious students of baseball know Jackson as one of the all-time greats.  Sporting News has him as number 35 on its list of the 100 greatest players of all time ; but, banned for life, Jackson can not be found in the Baseball Hall of Fame- despite repeated appeals to have his expulsion recinded.  The U.S. House of Representatives even got into the act, passing a non-binding resolution in 1999 urging Major League Baseball to reinstate Jackson. Jackson came from a poor family, starting work in a textile mill at age six.  He never learned to read.  His illiteracy made it almost impossible for him to get a fair hearing before the grand jury that indicted him.  His wife signed much of his memorabilia.  In a testament to his legend and his greatness, the few baseball cards he managed to sign sell for well over $40,000.

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Club Members Come Together for One Moe Time

Moe’s Mexican was on the menu for October’s business-dinner meeting hosted by Porsche of Clifton Park, the last such meeting for 2016.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that members were braving a most unwelcomed six inch snow storm to get to April’s meeting at the dealership.  Sandy Denny once sang, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”  Good question.

img_1036It’s been a good year for the club. Treasurer Will Waldron reported over $85,000 in the Club’s bank account and membership chair Karen Blass announced the Club’s steady growth continues with another four new members.

Although the end of the season is upon us, there’s still a good bit of activity ahead.  Twenty-five cars and forty-eight members are in for October’s Get-Away weekend in the 1000 Islands.  There’s still a chance to hop on the trip- contact Jim Morgan if you’re interested.

A caravan of cars is also expected for Drive and Dine through the Catskills on October 16th.  The trip will feature fall foliage, some interesting driving roads and lunch at Yanni’s Too.  The restaurant is described as a lively, nautically themed seafood img_1039joint at a marina with a pub-grub menu & outdoor dining area. Hard to go wrong with that.  A week before the Catskill drive on Sunday the 9th is the last HCP autocross event of the year.  AC chair Matt Rutten has negotiated use of the SPAC parking lot for what should be a great conclusion to the AC season.

Make sure November 5th and the Club’s annual diner is marked on your calendar. Invitations will soon be arriving in the mail- cost $40 per person.  Even if you aren’t planning to attend the dinner, please consider contributing to the evening’s silent auction.  The auction is traditionally the Club’s largest charity effort of the year; you can help by asking folks with whom you do business to donate a good or service that can be auctioned.  The Club’s annual Coats for Kids drive is also underway.  If you have a coat you no longer wear, consider donating it to the drive.  Cold weather is coming and the need for coats is great.  Last year seventy coats were presented to the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany.  The last Club charity effort of the year will be the Toys for Tots drive conducted in conjunction with the Club’s annual holiday party.  Questions on any of this- contact Jim Morgan president@hcp-pca.com for more information.

A couple more events to consider: Porsche of Clifton Park is sponsoring what may be the last Cars and Coffee of the season, this Saturday 10/8.  Stop by for coffee, pastries, bagels, some good conversation and what usually turns into a mini car show.  Speaking of car shows, Porsche of Clifton Park is  sponsoring a show in Ballston Spa on Sunday, October 9th.  The town’s main street becomes a parking lot with over 300 cars on display.  If you’re driving AC that day, check out the show when you’re done.  It’s just a short hop down Route 50.

There was no trip into the garage for a tech session to end the year’s last meeting.  This evening it was all about the man who conducted so many of the sessions for the Club. Porsche of Clifton Park general manager, Christian Trujillo, announced the retirement of Gold Miester Certified Technician Mark Bonesteel.  Mark’s certification makes him one of a very elite group of Porsche technicians worldwide.  He’s been working on Porsches for thirty-four years.  He’s worked on many of our cars.  He certainly deserves the applause he received when his retirement was announced.  Best wishes to Mark.



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A Ferrari Family Car?

This one caught my eye.  According to a CNN report,  Ferrari is making a family car. The company unveiled the V-8 equipped GTC4Lusso T at the Paris auto show this week. According to the company, the car is intended to provide a fun and exciting driving experience, even at low speeds.  Huh? Low speeds with a car that puts out 602 HP and races to 60  mph in 3.5 seconds?  Make sure the kids are buckled in their car seats the dog is tied down. Although it’s a family car, it’s unlikely that many families will be cruising to the beach in one given the car’s $260,000 price tag.  Will a station wagon be next?

If you’re the sort that thinks Ferrari and family car don’t belong in the same sentence, take heart.  The company also brought its newest convertible to the Paris show, the LaFerrari Aperta.  The car is the soft-top  brother [sister?] to the  hybrid LaFerrari, a 950 HP supercar that will reach 217 MPH top and drain $2.2 million from your bank account.  Not to worry though- all of the 200 LaFerraris offered for sale were snatched up  before Ferrari even announced the car’s debut.

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Speaking of Paris…

Ferrari isn’t the only car company making a splash at the Paris auto show.  Porsche brought two exciting new cars to the event.  Here’s the company’s press release from Atlanta, Georgia:

Two worlds, two global debuts: At the Paris Motor Show, Porsche is celebrating the debut of two sports cars with completely different characteristics – the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and a 911 racing car. The new sports sedan combines a performance oriented hybrid powertrain and sustainable e-mobility with dynamic handling and luxurious driving comfort. By contrast, a new edition of the world’s best-selling race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, is reserved exclusively for the race track. The new Panamera range as a whole and the Macan Turbo equipped with the new performance package will also be unveiled to the public in Paris for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid delivers a system power of 462 hp thanks to the combination of a 2.9-liter V6 gasoline engine with an output of 330 hp and a 100-kW electric motor. The maximum torque of the vehicle is 516 lb.-ft. with an electric range of up to 31 miles.

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Open House at Unobtanium Revisted: New Photos Added

If you frequent Porsche events in our region, chances are you’ll run into Adam and Matt Wright, owners of Unobtanium.  As restorers and resellers of vintage Porsches, specializing in pre-1974 356s, 911s, and 912s, the brothers make a point of being active participants in the Porsche community- including hosting an annual open house at their garage in Ravena, NY.

As the Wrights tell it, in 2006 they decided to leave unsatisfying jobs in the publishing world and turn their love of old Porsches into a business.  Starting in Brooklyn where they restored and sold their first Speedster, they quickly outgrew their space.  A 10,000 square foot former glove factory in Gloversville, NY with more than a half a mile of shelf space became their new home.  Expanding their business even further, the brothers opened a 5000 foot restoration facility in Ravena, NY- the site of this year’s open house.  The event, attended by Porsche enthusiasts from around the region, featured some good food and a chance to see some of the garage’s restoration projects. According to their website, the Wrights scour the country for the rarest of the rare.  Here’s a look at some of the cars in Ravena thanks to Paul Scoville and Brett Devine.

Slideshow photos by Brett Devine

Thumbnails thanks to Paul Scoville

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