Heard ‘Round the Zone – July 2017

Heard ‘Round the Zone – July 2017

Okteenerfest 2017 – the gathering of the 914 Faithful! September 14-17, 2017 … For the past 4 years, 914 owners have gathered together celebrate their cars and enjoy some of the best driving roads in the country. This year we travel to the Alpine village of Helen, GA during the town’s 47th annual Oktoberfest celebrations! In addition to the driving, Okteenerfest features plenty of good eating, an awards ceremony, tons of giveaways from the most awesome vendors, a Peoples Choice Car Show, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet gathered in a single place. This year we even visit Jake Raby at Raby Engine Development! Whether your 914 is a beater, a daily driver, or garage queen, mark your calendar and make plans now to join other 914 owners for some fantastic driving, plenty of socializing, a bit of showing off, and a truckload of giveaways in a unique setting that you won’t want to miss … Details, registration and lodging information at www.okteenerfest.com .

Porsches’ racing woes continued here in the States over the July 4th weekend, this time at Watkins Glen. The factory team 911RSR’s finished sixth and seventh in the GTLM class, and the privateer 911GT3R’s finished seventh and eighth in the GTD class.

And again at Mosport (Canada), where the RSR’s could not fare any better than 4th and 7th (a BMW won GTLM). And in GTD…11th and 12th, with a Lexus RCF GT3 winning that division.

Then, at the Nurburgring, Porsche dominated. In LMP1, the #2 919 beat the #1 919. So, the 919’s finished one-two in that class, trouncing the Toyota entries. In LM GTE PRO, the Porsche RSR’s were beaten by the Ferrari 488GTE. In LM GTE AM, the Porsche RSR of Dempsey Proton Racing took the class win.

Finally, at Lime Rock Park (CT), the much heralded 911 RSR won overall in a GT race. In GT LM, the #911 took first in class and first overall, beating the #912 by fourteen seconds. Porsche also won the GTD class in a 911 GT3R.

At Goodwood (England), Porsche debuted its latest attack vehicle … the 911 GT2 RS. What a monster! Read, and see the video, in the July 4th edition of PCA’s ‘eBrake News’. Quickly, it has 700HP (that’s roughly 4+ times the HP of my ’72 911E!), 513 pounds of torque, and with all of the cars weight saving features, all of those numbers propel the car to a top speed of 211MPH! The price of all this fun, is not for the faint of heart … $293,200.00.

This year’s Parade in Spokane, attracted over 1,000 cars. Attending from Regions in Zone 3 … Heart ‘O Dixie – 1 registrant; from Palmetto – 1 registrant; from Smoky Mountain – 5 registrants; from Carolina – 11 registrants; from Peachstate – 5 registrants; from Coastal Empire – 1 registrant; from Hurricane – 3 registrants; from Mid South – 1 registrant.

Congratulations to Mike Williford, his newsletter staff, and the Peachstate Region, for their second place finishing for the annual newsletter awards handed out at Parade. The Peachstate Presse is in class VI of newsletters, which is a very competitive class. Additionally, the Presse won the award for the best ‘featured article’ (about Leonard and Betty Jo Turner). Great job!!!

Congratulations on a job well done, to the following Zone 3 members, in the Porsche Parade competitive events…
Concours. In their respective classes … Jim + Suki Cambron, 2nd in class; Alex + Gale Galloway, 1st in class; Joel + Lynette Duling, 5th in class; Dave + Fran Lumpkin, 2nd in class; Jim + Arlene Hoffman, 4th in class; Ed+ Joanne Muzzulin, 1st in class.
Finishing in the TSD Rallye, in the RO3/Unequipped Navigational Class, were Peachstates’ Dick and Carol Kjellsen, in 22nd, and Ed and Joanne Muzzulinn from the Hurricane Region, in 41st. In the RO4/Unequipped Plus Class, finishing 1st in class were Carolinas Region members Eric and Anne Yeh. In the same class, from the Heart ‘o Dixie Region, were Jim and Suki Cambron, in 19th.

In the Gimmick Rallye, out of 157 cars, Tommy and Lynn Williamson, finished 44th, while Matt and Teresa Fischer finished 63rd.

In the Autocross, finishing in their respective classes, were : Lake Speed, 1st; Eric Yeh, 2nd; David Lumpkin, 14th; Fran Lumpkin, 5th; Denny Payne, 3rd; Joel Duling, 1st; Jim Cambron, 2nd.

In the Technical and Historical Quiz, finishing in their respective classes, were: Joe Carastro, 1st; David Lumpkin, 11th; Alex Galloway, 1st; Gale Galloway, 5th; Jim Cambron, 5th.

Coastal Empire Region has a DE scheduled at Roebling Road in September, the weekend of the 16th. Check their website for additional information. The next DE at Roebling Road, is in October, sponsored by the Florida Citrus Region, on October 14-15.

If you’re looking for a major concours to attend … the Hilton Head Concours d’ Elegance takes place on November 4-5, on the grounds of the Port Royal Golf + Racquet Club, Hilton Head Island, SC.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Are you planning to go to the Petit LeMans race at Road Atlanta, October 04-07, 2017? We’re looking for volunteers to help staff the Porsche Platz in the infield. We’re looking for parking assistants, and tent staff for both Friday and Saturday of the event. The more volunteers we get, the shorter the term of everyones’ volunteer assignment. If you would like to volunteer then, contact our volunteer co-ordinator, Bob Kuchenbecker, by emailing him for either additional information, or to let him know of when you’d like to volunteer your time. Bob’s email address, is … kootch@mindspring.com

See you at the next PCA event!

Vic Rola
Zone 3 Representative

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