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NORTH COUNTRY REGION
Volume 36 Number 8
PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA
11 DE Season At A Glance
24 NCR Fall Getaway
29 Autocross Season
38 NCR Tour To Volvo
46 PCA Escape to LA
57 NCR Summer Curves Rally
61 Zone 1 Autocross 2013
4 Board of Directors & Committee Chairs
6 President’s Message
Statement of Policy
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the North Country Region (NCR), Porsche
Club of America (PCA). Opinions expressed
herein are purely those of the writer and
are not to be construed as an endorsement
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by the Board of Directors of NCR. The
editor reserves the right to edit all material
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provided credit is given to the Northlander
and the author.
7 Editors’ Desk
9 Vice President
10 Drivers’ Ed
59/60 The Mart
63 Advertisers’ Index
The regular article and Advertising closing
date for the Northlander is the 1 st of the
month preceding the publication month.
See page 63 for advertising rates.
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14 Looking Back
18 2013 Parade Diary
24 Fall in Love With The NCR 2013 Fall Getaway
26 Of Copper Doors and Vineyard Tours
33 Autocross #4
40 Gratton Visit To Grattan Raceway
47 Tech Talk
49 Gettysburg 150th
52 The Last LRP ALMS Race
56 Running with Boston BMWCCA
63 BTW Answer
On the Cover
The cover shot was taken by David Churcher during the LRP ALMS RACE
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3 NCR Autocross #5 and Wounded Warriors
Appreciation @ Devens 7:00am
6-7 NER at NHMS
10 Summer Ramble 8:00am
13 Board Meeting 6:00pm
23-25 NER @ Watkins Glen
24-25 Zone 1 Autocross @ Devens 7:30am
31 Renegade Miata Autocross 7:00
7 NCR Autocross #7 @ Devens 7:00am
10 Board Meeting 6:00pm
21 NER Autocross @ Devens 7:00am
21 Green Mountain Region Pig Roast
27-28 NCR Fall Get-A-Way
28 Renegade Miata Autocross 7:00am
5 NER Autocross @ Devens 7:00am
8 Board Meeting 6:00pm
10-11 Spring is a Long Time Coming DE Event @
26 Renegade Miata Autocross 7:00
Fall Rally 8:00am
Rich Willey and Hank Cowles discussing all the
Be sure to watch for updates on the 2014 Parade and block
the date now. http://www.pca.org/
Must have been Porsche Day at NEA
Sometimes I feel like all I do is drive. To and from the office. To customers, stopping by vendors, and lots of errands.
Lately, I feel like I never drive without a trailer. I have to move my office, which is taking a ton of trips with the utility
trailer, then the trip to Mont Tremblant for the NER DE, and now lots more trips with the trailer. I don’t have a place
to leave the trailer at either office, so it comes home at night and gets backed into a spot about 1 foot wider than
the trailer. After all this trailering, I’m getting pretty good.
The trailer trip to Mont Tremblant was fun. It was my first trip to Tremblant since the Parade there in 1998. Judy had
the trick back route directions to get us to a less used border crossing and around the worst of the traffic jam that is
Montreal. The crossing took us through Rouses Point, NY where we found the Squirrel’s Nest Restaurant. While not
a great name, it was a nice little restaurant that introduced me to the Michigan.
Now, there might be folks out there who know what a Michigan is, but I didn’t. Turns out it’s like a chili dog. Well,
to me, it was a chili dog. I’m not a huge hot dog person, but these were pretty good. A nice steamed hot dog with
a steamed bun and some good chili on it. Two of them made for a nice little lunch.
Rolling into Canada, we hit the track to drop off the trailer (woo hoo!) and then rolled into the resort to head to the
top of the mountain for our hotel. Checking in, we were told that Xana’s bicycle was allowed to be wheeled through
the lobby, into the elevator and into our room, provided it lived on our balcony and not in the room. While Xana rolled
the bike, with Jackson sitting in his seat, through the hotel, Judy and I headed into the parking garage. We were not
even up to the point of putting our room key in the gate and I saw this was not a garage built for a Chevy Suburban,
but rather an area where the MINI would be more at home. Winding through the tight underground passages, we
were just able to squeeze the truck into a parking spot. And it only took 10 jogs from drive to reverse.
The next morning, Ned Vadakin gave me a ride in the first red group so I could get a better idea of the track than
the videos showed. Hopping out of Ned’s GT3 and into Chiquita, heading out proved just how much fun Le Circuit
Mont-Tremblant is. It is really a track that has a bit of everything – elevation, off camber corners, blind corners, fast
sections, slow sections, and linked corners – everything! It was a blast to drive and really fun to learn. I can’t wait to go
back. Now I’m disappointed we only had that three-day event. I’m already planning on how and when we head back.
Nights after the track were fun too. While we didn’t find the food in the resort to be very good, we had a great time
walking up and down the hill, checking out the shops and listening to the great Blues music that was being played
at the top and bottom of the resort.
With more help from Ned and Anne Vadakin, Ed and Judi Mansing, and Jay Bertelli, we headed off to St. Jovite,
the next town over, to visit St. Hubert for chicken. Any kind of chicken. Baked, fried, broiled, grilled, sautéed, they
were all represented. And good. It’s certainly somewhere we’ll visit again when we head back up to Mont Tremblant.
We’ve even been told that there have been certain NCR members who have headed to Canada just for this chicken!
The next night we headed to L’escalope on the recommendation of Dave and Kristin Karl. We had planned on going
somewhere much closer to the hotel, but a power outage closed most restaurants in Mont Tremblant and St. Jovite.
The only problem we had was L’escalope is BYOB and the only drink we had was almond milk for Jackson! Oh well,
it was a good dinner and a fun time for us.
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Ivy and Hank Cowles
If anyone is looking to submit articles, pictures, or anything else to be published in the Northlander’s
next edition please send to Northlander@ncr-pca.org by the 15th of the month.
Thank you Northlander Editors Team for all your help!
I can’t believe it’s already approaching August. I feel like the summer days have passed quickly this year, but maybe
it’s because this summer has been so hot, hot, hot.
As a kid, I can remember waiting all year for summer, which brought a break from the homework, school, and some
sports. The three-month vacation also meant more time spent with family and friends.
Now as I am older I am amazed at how fast the days just pass by. It seemed like the three months of summer when I
was young lasted a lifetime. Now I look back and say, where did the time go? Each and every day passes quicker and
quicker. Well, at least it appears to.
I now struggle to fit everything in. Time with my family, time with my Porsche friends, vacationing, and even playing
that silly game where you chase a little white ball around. Yup...I have picked up the game of golf and am totally
addicted to it. I like golf almost as much as I like Porsches. Don’t you worry Porsche friends, those sleek looking cars
can fit a set of golf clubs.
We have to remember to grasp each and every day and get as much out of it as we can, because whether we like to
believe it or not we never know what tomorrow will bring us. So get out there drive those Porsches sit on the front
porch and chat with your friends, and enjoy life. As I like to say...Live, Love, Laugh!
Enjoy your summer!
Stratham, NH – 2012 911S
Debra Gagne – Family Member
Holderness, NH – 2009 Boxster S
Meredith, NH – 2009 911 C2S
August 2013 Northlander - New Members and Anniversaries
2002 Boxster S
Stephen Allen – Family Member
Hampton, NH – 1990 944 S2
Dover, NH – 1970 911
Gary Moreau – Family Member
Lincoln, RI – 1995 993
H. J. Tischler
Christina Tischler – Family member
Vicky Torrey – Family member
2007 Cayman S
Chester, NH – 2011 GT3 RS
Haverhill, MA – 2011 Boxster Spyder
Hancock, NH – 1979 928
Michael Butler – Family Member
Hooksett, NH – 1984 911
Kim Armstrong – Family Member
Kirsten Balon – Family Member
Derry, NH – 2008 Cayman S
Suncook, NH – 1984 911
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I’ve been driving in DE’s for about 3 years (actually August is exactly my third anniversary of that fateful day at LRP),
and I have not smartened up yet. In late June I drove at a Boston BMWCCA Driving School event, my first non-NCR
event. Some interesting differences as well as similarities with our own DE are described in another article.
I’ve mentioned in past columns that I felt I was a “car guy” from an early age. A good deal of that came from reading
Hot Rod, Car Craft and other car mags from cover to cover each month. I recently came across a videography series
on YouTube featuring Don Pietro, discussing his experiences in the drag racing and car scene in New Orleans and then
in SoCal back in the day. So if you know that Black and Pink are not colors. Or that the Snake and the Mongoose are
not reptile and mammal. Or that the Green Monster is not a wall, then check it out as it is a nice trip down memory
lane. If you don’t, it is still a nice history lesson from an insider. Oh yeah, you want to go to a Cackle? There’s one
at Epping Dragway Sept. 12-14
BTW, if you get to a certain video in the series there is a Porsche connection.
Speaking of YouTube, I happened on an old edition of 5th Gear which featured what many believe to be the finest
Super Car ever made. The Ferrari F40, so named because it celebrated the 40th anniversary of Ferrari. You think
the current crop of McLarens, Bugattis, Lambos, Koenigseggs, and Zondas are better? Consider this. 20 HP per 100
Lbs. Total weight 1100 kilos. First “production” car capable of doing 200+ mph. All for a mere $300,000. Sounds
like a lot of money eh? Today, 26 years later you’d be lucky to buy one for under a $1,000,000. Now that’s bang
for the buck.
You probably know that Tire Rack sponsors the One Lap of America, sort of today’s version of the Cannonball Run
but with rules. Ugh! Anyway, as any self-respecting promoter will do, they organize the event into classes so you
compete against similar vehicles. Double ugh! Just when you think how awful that is, someone shows up with their
own creation to keep the spirit of the “Ball” alive. This year it was a Honda Odyssey minivan (stop laughing and
keep reading) built out of scrapped parts by guys at the Honda plant in Alabama. H&R springs, (1600 lbs. front and
1950 lbs. back!!) adjustable dampers, Brembos, cage etc. V6 built with a Garrett turbo pushing 19psi and 530 HP
at max boost. Yes, it did destroy 3rd, 4th and 5th gear, but they managed to finish the event taking third in class.
Perhaps the “coolest” item was the filament-less hairdryer they jury rigged with some brake ducting to get some air
into the gutted cabin. It’s a pity they don’t run the Cannonball anymore with guys like this out there ready to roll.
Station Wagons. With the introduction of the front wheel drive passenger van (Dodge Caravan) in the mid 1980s
(yes, I bought one of the first available) and subsequently the SUV and now the crossover as well as the hatchback, the
American family station wagon has gone the way of the buggy whip. But why was it built in the first place? Well,
it wasn’t to haul the kids to soccer games. In fact it wasn’t an alternative to the family sedan at all. It was built in
the 1930’s to transport vacationers from the train station to their destination hotel, whether in Florida or the Catskills.
In Europe, Estate Wagons are still produced by Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Volvo, and Citroen. Again the name derived
from being used to shuttle families from the train station to their country estates. They are also ancestors of the British
Shooting Break, although the “break” is more the grandfather of the hatchback.
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Where The Rubber Meets The Road
MY SPIN ON THINGS
This month’s column is going to be a bit short since I was planning on updating you on the NER sponsored Canadian
DE events but my article is due a few days earlier than expected and I am within an hour or two of meeting Doug
and departing for Calabogie!!!
A number of NCR folks attended the recent Niagara DE event at Watkins Glen. I think NCR represented over 10%
of the attendees which is impressive and was noted at the drivers meeting. I have been signing up for the event for
the past three or four years and always had to cancel at the last minute due to work. This year, I finally had the time
to attend and I have now resolved to find a way to attend in the future.
This particular event is for advanced groups only and the drivers are loosely segregated into those driving ‘high’ or
‘low’ horsepower cars. Once the first session for each group is completed in the morning of Day 1, the remainder
of the two day event is open track. That means, you can come and go as you please with lunch being the only
designated down time. I always find it amazing how different it feels to have the ability to enter and exit the track
whenever you want. The normal ‘pressure’ of getting the maximum track time for each assigned run group session
disappears which makes the event appear very casual. HOWEVER, the ability to drive as much as you want comes
with the requirements that you (the driver) must monitor your performance to ensure you remain alert and aware of
your surroundings while on the track and you have to monitor your car throughout the day. That means periodically
checking your brake pads and tires for wear, monitoring fluid levels and temperatures and looking for things that tend
to break (muffler clamps in my case!!) or leak under extreme stress (oil lines and coolant hoses). These are things
that normally need to be done when you participate in a DE event but when you can drive for 7 hours a day – they
take on extra special importance.
The weather was fantastic and other than the usual spins, the event was well managed and the drivers exhibited
excellent control. There was one significant incident where a car hit the guard rail exiting the heel of the boot. The
car was in bad shape but the driver was okay. Remember to always make safety improvements, right along with
performance improvements, to your car and personal equipment.
I need to get the car loaded on the trailer and meet Doug to start the 8+hour drive to Calabogie. Next month, I will
give you updates on the NER sponsored Mt. Tremblant, Calabogie and maybe the NHMS events.
In closing, the weather is perfect and there is still plenty of time to get your share of track time scheduled for the
2013 DE season. Go to motorsportreg.com and clubregistration.net and poke around to see if there are events run
by other regions that fit your schedule. As a PCA member in good standing, you can register for any PCA sponsored
event. There are a few events that are for advanced drivers only (like the Niagara event) so read the requirements but
do not shy away from attending another region’s event. They are all run pretty much the same way so if you have
attended an NCR or NER event, you already know what to expect. It is a great way to meet new people, try a new
track or just match up some free time with an event.
Please stay safe until I see you at the track – the 2013 DE season is in full swing and with your ongoing help and
support, it’s going to be educational, safe and fun. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com with questions, comments
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2013 NCR, Zone 1 and NER Drivers Education Schedule*
August 06 & 07 NHMS
August 23-25 Watkins Glen
October 10 & 11 NHMS
(NCR DE; Track Dinner on the 10th)
* NCR event registration on motorsportreg.com
NER event registration on clubregistration.net
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Shooting Break is a derivative of the French “break de chasse”. This translates to hunting break, as the car was used
to transport hunting parties and gear to the field. Aren’t you glad you asked?
Restarting the newer Cayman search in earnest so if you know of a 2009-2011 PDK Sport Chrono for sale let me know.
Magnus Racing Update
The Watkins Glen 6 hour endurance race is both an individual race and the second of three endurance races within
the Grand AM series. This race had to be better than last year when the Magnus car burned only a few laps into the
event. It was!! First the Grand AM series changed the rules used to establish parity between different GT makes,
which allowed the GT3 cup teams to remove the air restrictor, (more HPs but worse mileage), add one more gallon of
fuel (to compensate for worse mileage, but requiring longer pit stops) and lower the car a half inch. Magnus qualified
10th as the big V8 cars of Ferrari, Corvette, Camaro, and once again Audi dominated qualifying. But by mid race Andy
Lally was in first place. By the 1:30 mark the rain came and shuffled the field as everyone came in for wets and then
within a few laps had to come back for slicks. The BMW, Ferrari and Camaro were able to double stint the tires, a
huge advantage. In the end, Magnus was 3rd as Andy Lally made a late race pass for the podium again. Well done!
Harry Robinson presenting a 1st place trophy to John Lussier at the Annual POS Make - A - Wish car show, see
September issue for full coverage
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For August, I’ll abandon the trailer for a plane ride, then more trailering out to Watkins Glen for the NER DE the 23-
25th. I’m excited, as I’ll get to spend another birthday at the Glen. Hopefully, a dinner at Glenora Winery will be in
the mix along with some great weather and hot laps!
I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events – the Make-A-Wish Car Show, the Summer Ramble, and the Zone
1 Autocross that NCR is hosting at Devens. This is the time to get out and enjoy your Porsche!
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Just guessing but I think these helmets belong to Dick & Ann Anderson. Great shot
August 2013: Happy 40th PCA Anniversary to me! While one of the longer-term members of PCA/NCR, I am certainly
not the longest. That honor belongs to Ed and Nancy Broadhead who have been members of PCA since 1959 (or at
least Edgar has, Nancy came along a few years later, but who’s counting) and who, along with a few others still on
board helped form NCR 35 years ago. If you want to know anything about NCR history – just ask, amongst the 3 of
us, we’ve probably got the answer. Guess you can say – been there done that!
Once again, reading through the back issues of Northlander for August brought forward many good memories.
There was no August issue in 1983, but 1993 was filled with information and good times. Parade – Cincinnati had
just ended and as with this year, the Northlander had brought home more awards – for the 5th year in a row
Northlander was recognized as one of the best newsletters in the country, this time 2nd in Class. The Editor mused
that if we had been judged in the same class as last year we would have been first and both he and then President
Don Osborne were forecasting even better things the following year. Boy, were they omniscient. Although they were
hopeful of a first in class in 1994, I know they never envisioned that 1994 would bring The Heinmiller – Best Overall.
The variety of articles, contributors, promotion and follow-up of events and the great feature series on Porsche by
Dennis Burnside (the second installment of which I will feature this month) had a lot to do with that win, I am sure.
The 1993 issue reported a few personal facts forgotten: SIX turned 100,000 miles on the way back from the Parade
on July 11 and the following Sunday the yellow 1979 Targa (BUMBLE) turned 50,000 miles on the way to the NCR
event at Owl’s Head. I no longer have BUMBLE. It was in Ron Hirschberg’s care for 17+ years after my 16 years of
ownership and is now in the hands of a 3rd caring owner in nearby Massachusetts.
NCR was doing its bit for NHPTV by manning the phones during the August Pledge Drive. It was a lot of fun and got
us some name recognition throughout the state. The semi-annual treasurer’s report indicted the treasury grew from
a balance of $2,916.01 as of 1 January 1993 to $4,650.65 by the end of June 1993 with Total Income of 12,699.23
and Total Expenses of $10,964.59 for that period. The club’s operating budget today is well over $100,000. Other
articles covered the NCR Loon Mountain Weekend (author Heike Martineau noted it was her and Scott’s first AX),
Zone 1 48 Hours of Watkins Glen, the Region’s upcoming responsibilities for the 1994 Parade Concours (Lake Placid),
the Fall Foliage Rally, Zone 1 AX, a tutorial on driving Lime Rock and several Tech articles.
The August 2003 issue indicated NCR was now at 463 members plus family/affiliates. We must have been having a
“wet” summer as Jerry Austin’s DE article indicated both our DE’s – all six days had rain! He reported the last event
had 116 participants with 65 members from NCR and representatives from 10 different Regions with one being all
the way from Pacific Northwest Region (Seattle). He also noted there were 10 women drivers. The Blakes (Loosey and
Colin) reported on the AX program with one of the best turnouts to date – 51 drivers. (Joe would say that was hardly
enough to run the event now, but back then it was a great turnout.) Besides Porsches, a variety of “other” cars were
participating. One member who didn’t have a running Porsche wanted to compete so badly he brought a Mercedes
Benz 240D. As Colin stated – I don’t think I’ve seen a diesel do autocross before. Preparations were well underway for
the big 25th Region Anniversary Celebration/Dinner at CR Sparks in Bedford, now home to a car dealership -??Mini
Clearly everyone was having fun. Both issues clearly convey the “family” feel of NCR then that we continue to enjoy
today. If you haven’t joined us for an event ever or for a while, come on out, join in the camaraderie and fun we have.
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The Volume XVI, Number 7, August 1993
On the Cover . . . Following Dolores Fortier &
Jim McDonald on the Loon Rally, Photo by Doug Hendrickson
PORSCHE PLACES II
by DENNIS BURNSIDE
(REPRODUCE BY PERMISSION ONLY!)
Ferdinand Porsche spent the first half of his life around Vienna; fifteen years in Vienna (that’s ‘Wien’ in German) and
eighteen years in nearby Wiener-Neustadt. (the New City, Ed.) Both towns lie in fairly flat country, the Marchfeld,
between Alpine foothills, the Wienerwald and Hungary; land of the Huns and a major route for Asiatic attacks on
Europe. It was on the Marchfeld that Germanic tribes have fought Romans, Hungarians, Turks and Napolean with
varying degrees of success. What the Turks could not achieve by war they won when German firms, including VW
and Porsche, invited Turks to come to Germany to resolve labor shortages after WW II. With the current disruptions
in Yugoslavia, Turkish workers from Germany traveling home on visits tend to clog up Austrian / Hungarian border
crossings on the Marchfeld as they go to and from Germany. Porsche came to Vienna in 1890 and left in 1906 though
he visited the city frequently thereafter.
Wiedener Hauptstrasse, 1890 -1903
After fifteen-year-old Ferdinand Porsche left Maffersdorf in 1890, he traveled Southeast across what is now the
Czechoslovak Republic to Vienna, the capital of Austro-Hungary where Franz Josef struggled to maintain an empire
of Europeans, Slavs and Asiatics. Vienna, resting place of most of the Hapsburg emperors, must have impressed
Ferdinand. The Hofburg, opera, Schönbrunn palace and streets teeming with people from all over Europe and the
Middle East were quite a change from quiet Maffersdorf.
Porsche soon settled into an apartment near Matzleindorfer Plalz on Vienna’s southern edge and got a job as handyman
in a Viennese electrical shop, Firma Bela, Egger & Co. Porsche’s exceptional talent and diligence soon had him heading
Egger’s test lab.
By 1897, at age 22, he was a managerial assistant but, a year later, took a position with Jacob Lohner. Porsche’s first
Viennese address was demolished in 1970 but the street remains as a large avenue entering the city’s South side.
Berggasse 6, 1903 -1906
In 1903 Ferdinand married another Egger employee Aloisia Kaes, a bookeeper, and moved from Wiedener Hauptstrasse
to Bergasse 6, to the Northwest of the city center and not far from Porzellangasse where Jacob Lohner ran an electrical
engineering firm. The address isn’t far from that of No. 19, today a Freud museum. Ferdinand and Aloisia’s first child,
Louise, was born on Bergasse ‘Mountain Alley’ in 1905. Louise would become an essential part of the Porsche story,
just as Bertha Benz and Emma Daimler helped their husbands to automotive stardom. In 1906 the Porsche family
moved to Wiener-Neustadt, the site of Daimler’s new Austrian plant. Working with Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach
had built the world’s first modem car, the Mercedes, and Porsche needed little prompting to join the world’s number
one automotive firm.
A year after Porsche left Vienna, another teenager came to the big city. Nineteen-year-old Adolf Hitler was obsessed
with social problems and nationality rather than technology. While Porsche found success, Hitler attended Wagnerian
operas, failed art school entrance exams and fumed at Vienna’s ‘foreigners’, especially the bearded, black-attired Jews
he saw on Vienna’s streets. Seemingly in different worlds, Hitler and his hatreds would later combine with Porsche’s
genius to make automotive history. Porsche’s other important addresses in Vienna follow.
The building that once housed Jacob Lohner’s firm is still standing. Lohncr’s take-over of Kaiserliche und Konigliche
Hofkutschenfabrikant, a coach builder in Vienna-Florisdorf, led the way for Porsche to build his first car, the world’s
first front wheel drive car in 1899. A 36 MPH model, the Lohner Porsche used 900 pounds of batteries to turn 2.5
HP electric motors at each front wheel. Porsche designed his “hub” motors in 1897 while still working for Egger but
the car was not publicly displayed until 1900 at the Paris Exposition. In 1902 Porsche substituted a gasoline engine
powered generator for the batteries, the “Mixte” system. Lohner sold Porsche’s ideas to Emil Jellinek, a Jew living in
Baden Austria and Nice, France and a heavy funder of racing cars at Daimler’s plant in Bad Canstatt, Germany.
Technisches Museum fur Industrie und Gewerbe
Vienna’s Museum of Technology displays two Lohner-Porschcs - truly the first Porsche
cars, as well as other examples of Austro-Daimler cars designed by Porsche. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 to 4; Saturday
& Sunday, 9 to 1. Admission fee: 10 AS (Austrian Schillings).
Main Cemetery / Zentral Friedhof
(SE of Vienna center, In Favorlten, Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234)
Mercedes Weigl, for whom the Daimler-Benz cars are named - including Porsche-designed cars which have given
the Mercedes marque much of its prestige, lies in Vienna’s Zentral Friedhof. Mercedes was born in Baden, Austria on
September 16, 1889, the same year as Adolf Hitler. She was Jewish; her mother was Rachel Goggman, born April
29,1854 in Oran, North Africa; her father was Emil Jellinek, bom to a rabbi in Leipzig on April 6,1853. Mercedes
married Baron Schlosser on February 20,1909 and had a daughter (Elfriede, born 1912) and a son (Hans-Peter, born
1916) by him. In 1923 Mercedes left Schlosser for a sculptor named Baron Weigl who died soon after he married
Mercedes. Mercedes died on February 23, 1929 at age 40. Mercedes’ grave notes her name as “Mercedes Schlosser”,
a ‘mistake’ paid for by her father for 2400 Kronen, before Mercedes left Schlosser. Her birth date is also incorrect,
inscribed as 1899 not 1889.
Mercedes, Spanish for ‘mercy’, has become immortal because her father paid Daimler to name some of his cars
after his daughter. One rumor states that Jellinek didn’t think he could sell cars named Daimler as Germans were
not popular with Jellinek’s largely Jewish clientele, including Henri Rothschild. Germany had defeated France about
20 years before (in 1870), costing wealthy French and English Jews heavily. In any case, Mercedes managed to get
her name on the most prestigious and best-built car in the world, next to Porsches, of course. While Daimler-Benz
continues to market cars under the ‘Mercedes’ logo, private sellers around Stuttgart, where Daimler invented his car
often list them as “DB” or Daimler Benz; while in the region around Karsruhe, homeland of Carl Benz, the owners
like to refer to them as “Benzen”.
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Technical University, Karlsplatz 13
In 1917, Vienna Technical University honored Porsche’s many achievements with an honorary doctorate. As far as I
can tell, Porsche never earned a college degree, which caused him some difficulty with certain firms. Apparently one
does not need a degree, or $20-million-a-year executives, to build fine cars! d e n n i s
The Volume XXVI, Number 8, August 2003 Cover
(Pardon the orientation, but upright would not do justice to the cover photo.)
Cover Photo: Ronald Mann’s (NorthEast Region) waits for a “turn” on the track at the NCR Driver Education (Photo:
2013 Parade Diary by Nancy Broadhead
How can I write an article about our trek to the 2013 Parade when there was no automotive drama going either west
or east?? No tire blowouts, no broken belts, no fuel leaks, no fires, and the 944’s AC even worked in both directions
-- that’s just not us! Oh, well, I’ll try...
We planned for a Saturday arrival in Traverse City. That meant taking the “kids” (our two cats) to “camp” (our local
cat-boarding lady) on Thursday morning. They hate the sight of suitcases, so we snatch them out of the way before
they realize we’re about to pack! We left home on Friday morning, off to Niagara Falls, where we met up with forever
friends Charlie and Martha Dow from NER.
On Saturday, we continued on to our shortcut across part of Ontario, Niagara to Sarnia, wary of customs crossings.
Apparently Saturday morning is an ideal time, since we had no more than a five minute delay each! As we approached
Traverse City, our little convoy of two cars caught up with NCR members Harvey and Doreen Ames; they had seen
almost no Porsches on the way. They turned left as we turned right on their way to their lakefront housing.
We proceeded on to the official Parade Welcome Tent. Dows went on to their off-site housing; we checked in at the
Grand Traverse Resort. Ed and I don’t do towers, so we’d chosen the hotel section, where we had stayed back in
1984 when the Parade had been previously held there. Our room was actually one level below the lobby, down the
hall from the pool and spa, and in the other direction half a flight down to the Goodie Store, Art Show, and banquet
hall. No elevators for the entire week! We get impatient when everyone is leaving at once after the banquets.
Sunday was Registration, all in one day now. We’d learned not to line up at 7:30 for the 9:00 opening, but we clearly
hadn’t learned enough. Even by 10:30 when everyone has cleared the area of the “line up by car number 100s”
section, they’re still in long lines to check in for individual events! The most congestion was for the banquet seating
and the tours. We’re old enough to remember when tours were considered “inappropriate” and are happy to know
that they are extremely popular with Parade attendees!
That night was two-stage. First was the Zone 1 party, held in the Pavilion tent, conveniently at the same level as our
room, just a walkout from our slider! We met up there with Leigh and Peter Roessiger, the third NCR paraders. The
many attendees from the Upper Canada Region came costumed as lumberjacks; they are a very hardy bunch -- no
incidents of heat-related illness ensued.
Later was the official Parade Welcome Party, held at the Clubhouse. The organizers had held serious discussions that
morning before deciding that the party would be outdoors. The site was sunny. And hot. Fortunately when searching
for a pit stop, we found that there was also a bit of indoor, air-conditioned seating, so that’s where we settled with
Dows and Gladles, another Zone 1 couple.
Monday was the Concours. We worked scoring as we have for many years now. As usual, the biggest challenge
was finding our assigned space, once again indoors, AC’d, and near necessary facilities. We worked with the usual
crew, augmented by some newbies in response to the increased number of entries from 70+ to 200. The addition of
a Street class (exterior and interior only) had enticed many more entrants! I never did see any part of the Concours
beyond visiting the prep areas Saturday and Sunday.
One of the big winners (295.9 points out of 300, 1st in his Restoration class, 2nd in Division) had strong NCR
connections. Damon Josz of Series 900, restored Metro NY member John Cramer’s ‘66 911. Ed claims a tiny bit
of glory for taking the gas heater exhaust system off our ‘67, re-painting it, and carrying it to Michigan for loan to
John for the event. We happened to be the team tallying up John’s scores, and Ed examined the sheets minutely to
be sure he hadn’t been marked off for anything gas-heater related. Other class trophies went to Ellen & Bob (2nd in
PS06T) and Charlie & Martha (1st in PP01S).
That night Ed and I represented NCR at the Region Presidents’ Reception (Thank you, Matt!) on the other side of
Traverse City. The provided bus made the site quite convenient. A pleasant evening at a lakefront harbor venue,
typically used for wedding receptions according to their website.
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On Tuesday, we did something very out of character! We didn't enter the TSD Rally, nor did we work a checkpoint.
Instead we had signed up for a canoe tour! Be aware that I had not been in a canoe for at least 30 years and 30
pounds, and even then I had little or no skill. Can't speak to Ed's experience, but it's probably safe to say he was a
bit rusty too... They bused us to the outfitters, where after a bit of instruction we set off down the Platte River. No,
we did not encounter Class 5 rapids (more like Class 0.5) as we went down the river, around the side of a small lake,
then further down the river almost to Lake Michigan. I won't comment on our canoeing successes/failures, but am
very grateful for the sweep kayakers assigned to rescue us from our escapades. Overall, it was fun! It felt like a long
trip, but the ride back to the outfitters took no time at all. We ate our picnic lunches at the Great Bear Sand Dunes,
then got back to headquarters before the Ice Cream Social had closed down.
Concours Banquet on Tuesday night. Got to see some of the winning cars, finally; they were on display at the dinner.
Photos of all Concours entrants rotated through the big screens. At the "ritual of Parade attendance" Mike Robbins
stayed standing the longest, as ever, with Burt Propp a close second, both with over 50 Parades on their records. We
signed a get-well card for Texan Aubrey Sutton who missed Parade for the first time in her 29 years.
NCR did well at the annual awards given out that night: The Northlander placed first in its class (Congrats, David and
Tracey!), and our website placed third in class (Congrats, Dick!) FYI, NCR's class is for regions of 400-799 members,
an impressive group.
Wednesday, we did another tour, this one driving to Mackinac Island. Long drive to secured parking at the ferry. No
cars on the island – exceptions are ambulance and fire trucks -- so we walked. Horse drawn carriages and bicycles
abound, some of the bicycles specially equipped for equine pooper-scooping. The Grand Hotel (film site of Somewhere
In Time) charges $10 for a look-see, but fortunately we had lunch tickets there, so were ultimately declared acceptable,
and had a great meal.
Rally Banquet on Wednesday night. Once again J and Jessica Toney had the best score -- 12 -- beating Paul Young
and Paul Young, Jr. only by rigorous application of the PCA National rules for tie-breaking!
Thursday we ran Ellen Beck's Gimmick Rally, another great success for her! For us, not so much, but we enjoyed it a
lot. There's a little peninsula between the East Bay and West Bay in Traverse City, and the Gimmick Rally confined itself
to that space. Over 70+ miles, I think we ran every road there, some more than once, interesting terrain, beautiful
views; we met lots of other Porsches. Found out later that half the cars ran the route in the opposite direction!
Free night Thursday; we had pizza and wine in the hotel bar.
Friday: Tech and Historic Quiz. After finishing last in my class the prior year, I had hope that another poor performance
would relieve me from future attempts. Alas, this year my class was smaller, and I finished first. Oh, well. Ed was
second in his much larger class. Ellen Beck and Bob Gutjahr won their respective classes, so NCR and friends were
The rest of that day was less structured, with tech sessions, etc. followed by the Autocross awards evening. We didn't
enter the AX, didn't even visit the site, and are no good at casino-style gaming. But you have to be present to win a
door prize (think tires), so we sat around chatting until the bitter end. No tires for us, sigh.
Saturday: the Workers' Party. It seems like most all Parade attendees volunteer to work at one or more events and
are thus eligible for this informal, somewhat rowdy lunch, with lots of door prizes and inside jokes. (Go to one Parade
and work, and you're an insider!)
After lunch, several hundred Porsches participated in the “Parade within the Parade” an actual parade that’s been
resurrected in recent years. With many intersections blocked by police, we toured through central Traverse City and
partway up the Old Mission peninsula; yes, that’s the same peninsula we scoured on Ellen’s Gimmick Rally.
That evening, we cleaned up for the Victory Banquet. Every Parade meal was delicious. We didn’t hear anyone
complaining about the food all week. We didn’t win the Cayman raffle, nor did we win the trip to Germany.
Art show results: Ellen got an Honorable Mention for a photograph, and Martha Dow placed 3rd in the Fiber Arts
category with her collage of “Utah Sheep” recalling the flock that interrupted a tour at last year’s Parade.
We headed out fairly early on Sunday, though we missed our connection with the Dows -- combination of moving
our car for ease in packing and forgetting to turn on our rarely-used cell phone. The Dow yellow 991 was parked
near the entrance when we arrived at the Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI. Ed & I had been unaware
of the place until Charlie alerted us that they were having a big tractor meet that weekend. So we planned our
homeward route to include that stop. It was a very green tractor meet, i.e. mostly John Deere, but with a number
of International Harvesters and some lesser known makes too. Didn't see a Porsche in the display, but did spot one
German-made tractor, a Fendt? Am I the only one who never noticed that the International Harvester logo (lower
case "i" superimposed on an upper case "H") looks like a tractor with driver? (Thanks, Martha, for enlightening me!)
The Gilmore Car Museum is definitely worth a stop if you're anywhere nearby. It's a big complex with many buildings
devoted to specific marques. Google it!
The Dows left in the early afternoon to visit family near Indianapolis for a few days. Not knowing how long we'd
stay at the museum, I had made a motel reservation about a half hour away, in Battle Creek. Big mistake. It's the
first time we've ever refused a motel room. Non-smoking? Well, maybe since yesterday. Parking visible from room?
Well, yeah, but next to a busy street in a neighborhood where Ed wouldn't want to park a Porsche for a minute, let
alone overnight. Sorry, we're leaving!
I'm glad I sprung for cell data service on the iPad, so I could check for likely motels as we continued on down the road
for an hour or so. Very successful. Found a much nicer, safe room; then traveled the rest of the way with another
planned overnight near Binghamton NY. Got home early enough on Tuesday that we could pick up the "kids from
camp" that afternoon!
Parade 2014 in Monterey CA is iffy for us, maybe we can fly, but French Lick IN in 2015 should be only a 2-day drive
from home. We hope we'll see lots of NCR members at one or both!
NCR Awards at 2013 Parade
Once again NCR has been recognized at the annual Porsche Parade in Traverse City Michigan.
NCR’s monthly newsletter “Northlander” won first place in Class IV which is based on the number of members.
Congratulations to our 2012 editors David Churcher and Tracey Levasseur for their outstanding work and to all those
who provide content each month.
NCR’s website took third place in Class IV. We all know how much work Dick Demaine has put into updating our
website, keeping it safe and maintaining its archives. Congratulations Dick on this well-deserved honor.
Sunday morning - waiting for registration to open
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Zone 1 Party with the Upper Canada folks
View of the largest Concours prep space
John Cramer’s Concours car in the prep area
Concours overview - look at the crowd
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Ellen & Bob with their Concours trophy
TSD rally winners, current and future - Dad,
Daughter , and granddaughter
The well equipped TSD rally car
Ed Broadhead with Quiz trophy
Nancy Broadhead with Quiz trophy
One of many barn quilts seen on the
Gimmick Rally - Spot the international
Fall in Love with the NCR 2013 Fall
Getaway: Sept. 27-29 by Carolyn Choate
What do curvaceous byways, autumn’s spectacular palette, a world-class museum and restaurant, and a phenomenal
car/plane show have in common? They’re just some of the adventures NCR members will enjoy on our Fall Getaway,
September 27 - 29 in the Berkshires. Departing on the afternoon of Fri., Sept.27, we’ll (eventually) check in at
the nicely appointed, affordably priced Holiday Inn in North Adams. Admittedly, this industrial mecca of the 20th
century has seen better days but the presence of the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCa) just across
the street more than compensates. And, we’ll be enjoying a private tour there on Saturday. In the meantime, the
hotel has a spacious, well-stocked bar, an impressive dinner menu featuring such entrees as Surf & Turf, Pasta du
Jour, Veal Marsala, Grilled Pork Medallian with Wild Mushroom/Brandy Cream.
You’ll probably want to get plenty of “shut eye” as Saturday’s driving tour, courtesy of tour master extraordinaire
ie Rich Willey, has us meandering hither and yon on scenic byways and highways with a gregarious lunch somewhere
in the middle. By jove, we won’t be alone as the Berkshires British Car Club will be joining us for what promises
to be good-natured rivalry and conversation.
Returning to the “pits” in the afternoon for perhaps a nap or a walking tour of the downtown, we’ll gather
at Mass MoCa for a private one-hour tour at 5 pm before a sumptuous dinner at nearby Gramercy Bistro. The
museum, 17 acre former textile mill turned Sprague Electric Manufacturing turned world-class museum in 1999
is, indescribable but, Club members with a bent for industrial design and an interest in the Industrial Revolution
and its architectural period will marvel at the many exhibits including 2 x 100 foot birds crafted from the industrial
waste and recycled debris from China’s recent industrial boom.
Designed by world renowned artist, Xu Bing who, pays tribute to the millions of immigrants who live in squalid
conditions and risk their lives building China’s massive cityscapes and infrastructure, “Phoenix” is at once poignantly
beautiful and mechanically breathtaking. Hopefully, we’ll have ravenous appetites by the time our tour concludes
and we’ll stroll a mere block to the highly rated, Gramercy Bistro in an adjacent building in the Mill Complex where
Gordon and I recently enjoyed Seared Sea Scallops with Poblano Sauce and Grilled Pheasant with shiitake
Mushrooms and Pea Risotto respectively.
On Sunday, Sept. 29 there are several breakfast options including a short drive to nearby Williamstown where
coffee and espresso bars abound in this savvy college town. But, don’t roam too far as our 2013 Getaway concludes
with a joint car/plane show at North Adams’ Harriman & West Airport from approximately 9 am to 1 pm. Joining
forces, once again, with the British Car Club plus, the airport commission, area pilots are eager to participate and
show off their planes, a Lake Amphibian and a rebuilt Stearman, to name two. The commission is planning a “fly
in” for that day which sounds really cool! The show will be a swell opportunity to raise some money for non-profits.
$5 car registrations/$2 spectators.
Is your interest peaked? We hope so! If we “sell out” at the Holiday Inn, we have additional rooms at the Williams
Inn just down the road and listed under NCR-PCA at 413-458-9371 and, farther down the road at the Crowne Plaza
Pittsfield under NCR-PCA at 413- 499-2000. Remember, it is “Leaf Peeper” season, after all and with it, increased
rates and lack of availability. Can’t stay for the weekend? We would encourage anyone to come for the day on Sunday
and participate in the Car/Plane Show. For more information call Carolyn at 603-533-4984
Harriman & West Airport, North Adams, the perfect
backdrop for a sensational car/plane show
Phoenix by Xu Bing at Mass MoCA
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Downtown North Adams, MA, site of the NCR Fall 2013 Getaway
Gramercy Bistro, elegant and delicious
Scallops with poblano sauce
(Gordon didn’t share)
Of Copper Doors and Vineyard Tours
by Carolyn Choate
DE at Watkins Glen or “foodie” trek in NH? That’s the great thing about NCR: with its diverse membership, we could
successfully offer two swell events on June 2. 25 members and invited guests opted for the culinary combo of lunch
in the private dining room at the Copper Door in Bedford with a personalized menu. Six more opted for the wine
tour at nearby LaBelle Winery in Amherst. Few, if any, were disappointed.
For starters – even before the savory red lentil soup simmered to perfection – the sun was calling our names. It
certainly called Gordon and me with friends Bob and Debbie who took turns riding in our 2010 Boxster S with the
top down from Nashua. All four of us were salivating for the Cedar Planked Salmon with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
on Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Honey Shallot Vinaigrette. It called Edgar and Nancy Broadhead who, wanting
to test the air conditioning in their ’86 944 Turbo before Parade, were eager to try the Grilled Flank Steak on Field
Greens with Roasted Corn, Bleu Cheese, and Pickled Red Onion and the Lemon Thyme Chicken Panini with Pesto,
Baby Spinach, Cedar Roasted Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella, respectively. Nancy gave the meal a resounding
“thumbs up” while the air conditioning suffered a decisive “thumbs down.” (Edgar has his work cut out for him
before departing mid-June for Traverse City, Michigan.)
As for Miriam Dunster at the next table, she ordered a much deserved cool drink from the bar after arriving in the
90+ degree heat in her ’87 944 with no A/C. Among her table companions were Bill and Penny Meyers, Michael
and Biff Gratton, and Judy Hendrickson, whose bodacious blue ’95 993 looked stunning in front of LaBelle Winery
after our decadent dessert course of Lemon Curd Cheesecake or Chocolate Sin Cake.
In all, there were 3 ½ tables of long-time members, new members, and even some perspective members, like Ellie,
who appeared to enjoy good food and conversation at the Copper Door. I won’t embarrass the hapless victims of
a good glass of wine gone “south” before we literally drove south to LaBelle Winery where Jay and Jaime Gratton
and friends awaited our arrival.
Okay, I’d “bet the farm” that there’s a few wine snobs in the Club whose enological travels have taken them to
Bordeaux, Montalcino, or Trier whose reaction, upon hearing the news of a winery in Amherst, New Hampshire,
thought, ‘yeah, right.’ My response? Better a winery than another shopping mall. Better a winery than an industrial
park. Better a winery than a cookie cutter housing development. A toast to LaBelle Winery founder, Amy LaBelle,
who followed her dream to 11 acres on the pristine Bragdon farm to build a landmark which pays homage to the
land’s agrarian past as a lasting legacy for herself, her family, and the community.
Along with her business partner and husband, Cesar Arboleda, the couple oversees LaBelle’s stately 20,000 square
foot facility designed by BMA Architectural Group of Amherst. Substitute clapboards for adobe and the California
Mission-styled structure looks quite at home in this quintessential New Hampshire town. The combination foyer,
reception, and gift shop is right out of Architectural Digest. Well-appointed with handsome floor to ceiling wine cases
in dark woods accented by rustic but upscale lighting fixtures, the spacious floor plan is indeed a happy marriage of
Americana, California, and Italian influence. Massive hand-crafted farm tables grace the terra cotta tiled floor with
all manner of gourmet goodies and accoutrements for the wine buff. Our personable and knowledgeable guide,
David, introduces himself and the tour begins.
We meander through the tasting room and café with deliciousness wafting, get a brief history of the winery in the
private Vintage Room with seating for 32 and a secluded Mediterranean patio attached, and on to the Great Room.
In a word, spectacular. 4,500 square feet of spectacular with a vaulted ceiling mimicking the bones of a large country
barn only this one has striking post and beam ribbing, no hay to speak of and, fanciful spherical chandeliers instead of
the galvanized aluminum lid models that lit many a New England barn since the dawn of electricity. Massive windows
wrap the room, the view overlooking the rolling hills and vineyard “wow-worthy.” With seating for 230 guests and
catering by Gibbet Hill, David tells us it didn’t take long for couples to discover the possibilities. Over 40 wedding
receptions have been booked this season.
Next, David leads us to “the great outdoors” where the heart of Amy’s passion grows row after row on well-manicured
trellis systems undulating across two acres. Only about one foot tall and still several years shy of maturity, he says the
terroir - or soil conditions – are as good as it gets without much in the way of amendments.
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To date, 2,000 vines of five varietals have been planted including Petite Amie, Chancellor, Cayuga, Noiret, and Seyval
Blanc. After some “Q and A” in the mid-afternoon heat, we all agree that it’s time for some tastings. As we head
across the parking lot towards the state-of-the-art production room, we’re greeted by Cesar wearing that signature
winning smile. ‘This guy is Mr. Hospitality,’ I muse, ‘the consummate host married to his equally magnanimous
hostess-bride, recently feted as New Hampshire Woman-Owned Small Business of 2013.’
Cesar motions for us to get out of New Hampshire’s version of the “Tuscan Sun” and luxuriate in the coolness of the
basement level where 18,000 gallons of wine were produced last year in a state-of-the-art production facility, one a
savvy NCR member notes would be the envy of any producer in the world. Interestingly, we’re told, despite the use of
ultra-modern stainless steel tanks, innovative methods – known in the industry as oak alternatives - enable producers
to replicate that distinctive hint of French or American oak using oak chips or oak “balls.” It is but one of many, many
steps in the vintification process that Cesar and David explain as they stand behind a display table smartly draped in
white linen, a collection of wine bottles and glasses at the ready. We’re all smiles when Cesar says, “It’s time to stop
talking about the wine and start drinking it.”
I begin with the perfectly chilled Riesling, a wine I’ve grown to love over the years when I want a break from super
reds. And, on a hot day like June 2, it’s like a popsicle in a glass: refreshing, almost effervescent. I like LaBelle’s
Riesling! I like it even more knowing it was produced in New Hampshire and that I’m supporting a sustainable local
business. With its sweet yet citrusy layers, I imagine pairing it with Thai food or crab cakes or buttery, salty popcorn.
Also in the white “family” is LaBelle’s Dry Apple Wine produced with apples from Allyson’s Orchard in Walpole. It’s
the winery’s first and remains their flagship wine and, far from apologizing for it, Amy, the wine geek, is “laughing
all the way to the bank” proving herself to be one shrewd vintner and branding genius. Think about it: combine the
New Hampshire mystique with the state’s largest fruit crop, work some alchemist’s magic to produce a Pinot Grigioesque
wine that serious imbibers will respect and not-so-serious ones will embrace and, voila, you’ve a winner.
Moving on to reds, NCRers sampled both the Americus and the Granite State Red. For the record, I’m a pinot noir
kind of gal, especially those from the Willamette Valley so, given the choice, the Americus gets my vote. It’s a blend
of Cabernet Franc and the hybrid Noiret which, according to LaBelle’s website, is a smart move given New England’s
traditionally frigid winter temps. The hybrid can withstand minus 14 degrees. Regardless, Americus’ tannin bones
give it a quiet sophistication. Granite State Red, on the other hand, is in a class by itself. Fruitier, with 20% ripe New
England blueberries to 80% Marechal Foch, and aged in oak, GSR offers an interesting dichotomy of flavors and
We were sipping and chatting when Amy, beaming, approaches the large, gregarious group, introduces herself and
graciously begins refilling glasses. In that moment I see that it’s all come together for this young, bright, ambitious
woman: wine flowing, an exquisite property, people enjoying themselves and happy to pay for the privilege. A
toast to LaBelle Winery founder, Amy LaBelle, who fulfilled her dream and built a phenomenal legacy for herself, her
family, and the community.
Let the sipping begin
Best shot of the day
All the pretty Porsches in a row
Sumptuous, 3-course lunch at The Copper Door
Raisins in the sun
Our hosts, Amy LaBelle & Cesar Arboleda, with Carolyn
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2013 Autocross Season
Ollie Lucier has stepped up to co-chair the NCR Autocross program with Joe Kraetsch.
We will host the Zone 1 Autocross at Devens again. We added new street tire classes
and a Ladies class this year. The first NCR autocross for new NCR members is free—contact
an autocross chair for details.
With prior permission from an autocross chair, any NCR member may invite a friend to
participate with them in an NCR autocross. Registration for all NCR Autocrosses, except
the Zone 1, is at ncr-pca.motorsportreg.com. PCA Northeast Region and the Renegade
Miata Club autocross events are also open to NCR members.
Saturday, August 3 Devens NCR Autocross #5 /
Wounded Warriors Benefit
Saturday, August 24-
Sunday, August 25
Devens NCR Autocross #6 /
Zone 1 Autocross
Saturday, September 7 Devens NCR Autocross #7
Autocross #4 Stats: by Joe Kraetsch
North Country Region Porsche Club of America
NCR Autocross #4 – Sunday, July 14, 2013
Porsche Novice AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T S7 Joe Migliore 2008 Boxsters s 78.402 75.123 153.525 125.737
2T T4 Arthur Bryant 1986 911 cab 78.534 80.066 158.600 130.052
3T S6 Christopher Rieder 2008 Cayman 80.837 80.028 160.865 131.426
4 S2 Thaddeus Herliczek 1984 944 85.542 79.526 165.068 132.054
5 S6 Erik Dasque 1997 911 81.574 81.017 162.591 132.836
6 M2 Robin Clayton 1986 944 95.973 DNS DNS
Porsche Ladies AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T P2 Lisa Roche 1988 924S 72.732 73.326 146.058 120.936
2T S8 Judy LaRocca 2011 Cayman S 76.581 74.719 151.300 125.579
3 P2 Ursula Jillette 1984 944 85.688 84.170 169.858 140.642
Strict Stock S1-S4 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T S4 Adam Blauer 1994 968 69.360 69.967 139.327 112.297
Strict Stock S5-S6 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T S5 Chris Ryan 2002 Boxster 72.079 72.395 144.474 116.446
2T S6 Ernest Grasso 2001 Boxster S 71.808 71.245 143.053 116.874
3 S5 Lev Tabenkin 1996 993 73.099 72.178 145.277 117.093
4 S6 Duncan Dana 2008 Cayman 75.663 DNS DNS
Strict Stock S7-S9 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T S8 Ed Moschella 2012 Cayman R 69.601 68.376 137.977 114.520
2T S7 Apolinaras Sinkevicius 2007 Cayman S 70.166 72.027 142.193 116.456
3T S8 Aaron Walker 2004 GT3 71.228 69.630 140.858 116.912
4T S8 Michael Bickford 2010 GT3 69.498 71.580 141.078 117.094
5 S9 Walter Lunsmann 2009 911 turbo 71.542 70.045 141.587 119.216
6 S8 Rick Leaman 2006 911 4S cab 74.052 70.651 144.703 120.103
7 S8 Hunter Leaman 2006 911 4S cab 72.695 72.328 145.023 120.369
8 S8 Scott Mabuchi 2005 997 76.238 72.753 148.991 123.662
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9 S8 Michel Machado 2011 911 Targa 4S 75.867 75.182 151.049 125.370
Production Street Tire T1-T4 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T T4 Neil Halbert 1990 944S2 72.304 70.006 142.310 116.694
2T T4 Jeff Johnson 1987 911 Carrera 72.737 72.519 145.256 119.109
3 T4 Robert Canter 1984 Carrera 74.503 72.879 147.382 120.853
4 T4 James Trenz 1993 968 Cabriolet 77.010 77.403 154.413 126.618
Production Street Tire T5-T9 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T T5 Reid Van Gorder 1990 964 71.208 71.676 142.884 117.164
2T T8 Alan Davis 2007 911 C2 (997) 72.885 71.182 144.067 121.736
3 T5 Paul Hohensee 1991 964 79.467 77.181 156.648 128.451
4 T9 Jerry Kaiser 2002 996 Turbo 77.760 77.692 155.452 133.066
Production Race Tire P1-P4 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T P2 Joe Kraetsch 1988 924S 68.392 68.418 136.810 113.278
2T P3 Chris Darminio 1976 914 68.408 67.824 136.232 113.617
3T P4 Georges Rouhart 1993 968 68.419 68.426 136.845 114.128
4 P2 Bill Aubin 1984 944 72.324 70.251 142.575 118.052
5 P2 Gordon Jillette 1984 944 71.892 72.045 143.937 119.179
Production Race Tire P5-P9 AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T P5 Oliver Lucier 1998 Boxster 66.059 66.354 132.413 110.432
2T P9 Mark Dudek 2010 GT3RS 63.770 63.799 127.569 111.112
3T P6 Jeremy Mazzariello 2007 Cayman 67.416 65.545 132.961 112.352
4 P8 William Koscielny 2006 911 Cs 66.294 66.178 132.472 113.793
5 P8 Susan Kelley 2007 997 C2S 70.753 70.683 141.436 121.493
6 P9 Charles Stromeyer 2010 GT3 RS 71.372 70.949 142.321 123.961
Improved & Modified AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T I5 Stephen Lefebvre 2007 GT3 RS 64.642 64.928 129.570 114.151
2T I3 Mark Skala 1970 914-6 66.877 64.966 131.843 114.439
3 M4 Akira Mochimaru 2009 904 Replica 70.804 70.121 140.925 128.946
4 M2 John Clayton 1986 944 107.975 DNS DNS
Non-Porsche AM PM Raw Time PAX Time
1T ESP Samuel Krauss 1995 Eagle Talon 63.488 63.223 126.711 107.577
2T BM Will Schambach 1998 Cheetah 57.558 56.809 114.367 110.021
3T STR Matt Thompson 2008 MX-5 Miata 66.119 66.385 132.504 111.170
4T ESP Charles Moss 1995 Eagle Talon 64.800 66.764 131.564 111.697
5T BM Jim Garry 1998 Cheetah SR1 59.340 57.673 117.013 112.566
6 CSP Rob MacAlpine 1999 Mazda Miata 66.066 65.241 131.307 113.055
7 STX Justin Chen 2003 Lexus IS300 70.588 69.102 139.690 115.523
8 CS Dan Polagruto 1995 BMW M3 70.412 69.422 139.834 116.621
9 DS Chang Ho Kim 2000 Acura Integra 70.361 71.514 141.875 117.188
10 SMF Audra Tella 2005 Mini Cooper S 70.888 69.379 140.267 119.507
11 SSM Chris Stefaniak 2002 Corvette Z06 71.553 67.365 138.918 122.386
12 SSM Mike Banas 2002 Corvette 70.953 69.029 139.982 123.324
13 FP Gavin Williams 1978 Nissan 280z 70.374 70.562 140.936 123.600
14 GS David Berman 2006 Acura RSX-S 76.796 75.679 152.475 124.419
15 XP William Stone 1993 Mazda RX7 72.619 71.786 144.405 130.108
16 STX Grant Kaiser 2008 VW R32 81.521 77.647 159.168 131.631
17 ASP Ryan Kaiser 2005 Acura RSX-S 76.763 75.427 152.190 131.796
18 CSP Kevin Wilder 2000 Toyota MR2 79.850 76.050 155.900 134.229
19 HS Andrew Klevitch 2006 Ford Focus 90.230 85.441 175.671 141.239
20 DS Peter Klevitch 2007 Mini Cooper S 90.891 81.793 172.684 142.637
21 DS Nikos Papaioannou 2009 Subaru WRX 90.934 88.199 179.133 147.963
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NCR Autocross #4...CONE MADNESS!!!
by Ed Moschella
By now, everyone who participated in the July 14th autocross at Moore Air Field in Ayer has recovered from what is
best described as a cone crazy event. Sixty four drivers braved the high heat and humidity (seems to be a trend for
this year’s events) to battle it out for the coveted trophies awarded at the end of the event. What made this event
memorable was the cone tally racked up by the end of the day. If last month’s course was deceptively fast, this
month’s course was deceptively tight, evidenced by the cone count at the end of the day.
For those who may not be familiar with autocross, it is a timed competitive driving event in which you navigate your
car through an obstacle course made up of cones strategically grouped and placed. Your score is based on your
fastest time. You are penalized for any cones knocked over and scores are multiplied by a handicap factor (known
as the PAX) that attempts to equalize performance differences between the cars competing. Aside from driving the
course as fast as possible, the object is to avoid hitting cones. Of the 64 drivers who competed, only Chris Ryan, Rob
Cantor and Grant Kaiser could lay claim to hitting no cones at the end of the day. That’s right; nearly everyone took
out a cone (or 2, 3, or 25 as was the case with one driver!).
Yes, by days end, 429 cones were struck down by 61 over zealous drivers completing over 500 runs. Amongst those
were 10 of the 11 class winners. Contributing to the higher than usual cone count was a challenging course set up
by Scruffy’s design team. During the morning course walk, drivers carefully plotted and calculated the course, planning
their driving strategy for the day. After a few runs, most drivers were scrambling to change their plans as the
cones were flying everywhere!
Of course, the high heat and humidity didn’t help matters, but happily nobody suffered from heat fatigue or dehydration,
thanks again to the thoughtful planning by Co-Chairs Joe and Ollie, and Safety Chair Ed Broadhead. Club Vice
President Rich Wiley dropped in for the morning and got to experience the course as a passenger. Rich, we all know
you’re a big car guy and are looking forward to seeing you compete in an event soon! The co-chairs have created
a new ride along policy this year that permits less experienced drivers to ride along with more experienced drivers
(and vice versa). This allows for mentoring and hopefully has helped up-and-coming drivers improve their skills. An
added bonus is being able to ride along in a faster car, although all I learned in my one ride with Scruffy was don’t
drive into a wall of cones and knock ’em all down!
Apparently, fatherhood agrees with autocross as new dads Adam Blauer and Apolinaras Sinkevicius scored well in
their classes. Other notable performances were turned in by Alan Davis and Judy Larocca. Both placed second in
their respective classes against well-seasoned drivers but Alan and Judy are determined drivers who continue to gain
on their classmates. Jim Garry and Will Schambach drove one of the more interesting vehicles in the Non-Porsche
class; an open wheeled Cheetah that resembled a professional formula race car. You never know what will show up
at an NCR autocross!
Thanks again to all who participated and helped make Autocross #4 a great success!
Joe Kraetsch & Chris Darminio discussing the course - which one had the better point?
Robin Clayton is enjoying her first autocross
Jim Garry in the Cheetah at the start line waiting for the go from Charles Stromeyer
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Will Koscielny trying to escape the heat
Hmm, I wonder why we have a camera crew there
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!
CALLING ALL PORSCHEPHILES
Jeremy Mazzariello watching what the competition is doing
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Please visit us at our new facility at
398 US Route 1, Freeport, Me.
207 865 6600
NCR Tour to Volvo Club National Meet/
October 5th, 2013 – The Volvo Club of America is celebrating their 30th anniversary and they are holding their annual
National Meet (their version of our Porsche Parade) on October 4th – 6th in Stratton, Vermont. Their Concours/Car
Show is Saturday the 5th @ Stratton Mountain Resort. Jay Gratton (Porsche & Volvo Club member) will be leading
a caravan over some wonderful roads to Stratton (2.5 hrs.) to view some impressive cars, including a P1800 with 3
million miles on it. The caravan will first be leaving from the 93N State Liquor Store @ 8:15 and then from the Dunkin
Donuts in Henniker on Rt. 202/9 at 9:00. Other pickup locations are possible if there is interest
Porsches, Volvos, Minivans are all welcomed! Please RSVP to Jay Gratton @ JEG914@AOL.COM by October 4th.
For further information: http://www.vcoa.org/component/content/article/493
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Doris Hohensee – Family Member
Nashua, NH – 1991 C2
Samuel Weiner – Family Member
Haverhill, MA – 2006 997
Norajean Miles – Family Member
Greenland, NH – 2005 911
John Povilaitis – Family Member
Raymond, NH – 1979 930
Debbie Shade – Family Member
Glen, NH – 1996 993
Sales, Maintenance & Fabrication Work on
German & Italian High Performance Automobiles
The Grattons Visit Grattan by Jay Gratton - Past
“Hey Dad, look at this. There is a track called Grattan in Michigan!” my 15 year old voice cracked as I sat at a banquet
on the covered ice at the famous “miracle” hockey arena at the Lake Placid Porsche Parade in 1994. Everyone in
attendance had just received a map of North America with all of the tracks PCA regions used and there is was, Grattan
Raceway. The name wasn’t spelled exactly the same, but it was close enough to peak the interest of a young man on
the verge of getting his driver’s license.
Following the banquet the party continued back at Doug and Judy Hendrickson’s hotel patio overlooking Lake Placid.
There I was finally able to get my Uncle Steve’s (NCR President at the time) and my Dad’s attention to this track called
Grattan Raceway. My Dad, Uncle Steve and the other NCR members in attendance all agreed that this was now a
“bucket list” item for the Gratton family. The seed was officially planted and over the next 18 years, this Grattan
Raceway repeatedly came up at family gatherings, NCR events and continued to just be a funny little conversation
that seemed to always end with “maybe someday.”
Jump ahead 18 years to NCR’s Spring is a Long Time Coming DE event at NHMS and my Uncle Mike who had joined
NCR in the past few years had finally heard enough of Grattan Raceway and this “bucket list” track and asked why
we didn’t just do it so we can cross it off the list. My Dad, Uncle Steve and I didn’t have a good reason and agreed
that 2013 would be the year we finally stopped talking about it and just did it.
Once the holiday season was behind us, I decided I would to see if there was an event at Grattan for the Gratton
family to even consider. Wouldn’t you know it; there it was at the end of June a three day event hosted by Rally
Sport Region with Friday being an advanced day with almost unlimited track time. Given I am the only one of the
four Gratton men who is not currently retired, this was lining up perfectly with my vacation time. Could this actually
happen? A quick conversation with my Uncle Mike, Uncle Steve and my Dad confirmed this was in fact a GO! Before
I knew it, I had signed up my Dad and I, my Uncle Mike had signed up himself and my Uncle Steve, my Mom had
reserved a hotel and I had reserved two garages at the track. At this point they had our money, so it was official and
we were going to Grattan, Michigan.
The winter and the spring flew by and before I knew it, I was hustling to tie up loose ends at school before the year
ended. My Uncle Mike would be sharing his 1993 911 C2 with my Uncle Steve and my Dad and I would be sharing
his 1985 911 Carrera. As much as I wanted to drive the two 911’s to Grattan, we all agreed we would trailer our 911
to the event as 1,000 miles from home is an expensive AAA tow if one of the cars decided to break. So on June 26th
the Gratton men rolled out of Manchester, NH in a downpour all expressing our nervous feelings and asking ourselves
if it was too late to get our money back. Our goal for Wednesday was to get to Rochester, NY for the night and then
pull into Grattan Thursday afternoon to walk the track, get dinner and good night’s sleep.
The drive out was easy, trouble free, filled with a lot of bathroom stops for the three retires. It was just over a thousand
miles. We pulled into Grattan mid-afternoon, checked into our hotel and headed for the track to unload the cars and
walk the track if we were permitted. Grattan Raceway is in a beautiful region scattered with small lakes and working
farms. We were greeted by the owner of the raceway, signed the necessary waivers and made our way to the paddock
located in the infield of the track. We were the only ones there, so we unloaded Dad’s 911, the truck, parked the
trailer, changed my Uncle Mike’s tires and tucked the 911’s away in the garage for the night. We were getting ready
to walk the track when Rick Mammel, President of Rally Sport Region pulled in towing his gorgeous bright green fire
breathing 993 Twin Turbo. Rick walked over and greeted us with; “You must be the Grattons!” Obviously we had a
concerned remark about our reputation preceding us. Apparently, the region had been looking forward to hosting us
and hearing all about our coming to Grattan. Rick could not have been more welcoming and this would become a
theme for the weekend with Rally Sport Region. Rick talked us around the track and eased a lot of our fears of driving
a new track. We heard a lot about the “Peanut butter” on the track, which was the sealant in the turns which was
put down to patch certain spots. Apparently it was slick in the dry and very slick in the wet.
Following our conversation the four of us went out to walk the track, trying to remember the YouTube videos we
watched and as many of the comments Rick gave us as possible. Even during the walk, the track was awesome. A
huge front straight, with a mixture of banked and off-camber turns, elevation changes, and four blind turns. The track
seemed to have an excellent flow to it and we compared it to be a mix of Lime Rock and Mt. Tremblant. Needless to
say, we were excited and nervous to get out there the next day. Following a good dinner at a local pub and a quick
stop at the local ice cream place (a Gratton family must) we all turned in for the night.
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We arrived very early the next day to see what was happening as our nerves were still getting the best of us. We were
greeted by Rick and Christian Maloof the regions DE Chair and Chief Instructor who all volunteered to take us all for
rides and work with us so my Uncle Steve, Dad and myself would be ready to instruct the next day. I jumped in with
Christian first in his Cayman S which was a stock car with seats, belts and R-compound tires. Christian, who could
not have been nicer, was a very humble and outstanding instructor who had a lot of laps at Grattan. In fact, he held
the track record there in three different cars and he had done and still did some professional racing. Needless to say,
he knew his way around the track. It is extremely rare to find someone who is not only the fastest person at a track,
but is also the best instructor at the track. Christian was easily both! Christian showed me the line around the track
and made a stock Cayman S do some incredible things. I will always remember his statement about how he requests
assistance from the steering wheel, but demands assistance from the throttle to rotate the car. He also spoke of “slow
hands” on turn-in which I found myself saying frequently over the course of the weekend to both myself and my
student. He was just awesome!
By the end of Friday I had put 200 miles on the 911 and was really starting to settle into a nice rhythm. While I still
had a lot to learn, I walked away after the first day saying regardless of the name of the track, I loved it! Friday after
the event, Rally Sport Region hosted a BBQ with members of the region working and local sponsors providing the
food and beverages. Rally Sport is made up of about 250 members and they are a very active region. Mike O’Rear,
the region’s Newsletter Editor was toasted for the Bahn Stormer placing third in class at that week’s Porsche Parade
in Traverse City, Michigan. Mike was one of many welcoming members from Rally Sport who routinely stopped in to
see how we were doing and chat. I made sure to bring home a few copies of Bahn Stormer and I can honestly say it
is a truly fine newsletter.
They have four run groups in Rally Sport Region: green, white (our yellow/blue), Blue (our black) and Red. You receive
a new colored number at each event that is your assigned number and the color of the run group you are in. The
instructors also share the same number as their students which makes it easier to find them. For instance, I was given
a red number 9 and my student had a white number 9. On Saturday, I was assigned a student in the white run group
and met up with him in the pits. He had a beautiful 997 S and he had a good sense of humor when I informed him
he had more days at Grattan then I did. For me, Saturday was more of the same. I continued to learn more and more
about the details of Grattan. The off camber, the blind turns, the dips and the “jump” were just fantastic. When
Saturday ended, I was on the phone with Matt Romanowski informing him that Grattan was now my favorite track.
Rally Sport and some of their sponsors threw another BBQ for everyone which was catered this time. The dinner was
filled with good food, conversation and door prizes. The Grattons all walked away with door prizes, including myself
who took home the top door prize of a brand new, top of the line torque wrench. After a quick stop again at the local
ice cream stand, the day was ruled a complete success and the Gratton clan had officially fallen in love with Grattan!
Rally Sport Region puts a strong emphasis on the “education” of Driver Education. Christian Maloof held classroom
sessions throughout the weekend for the different run groups which were just incredible. Side by side data was studied
and his suggestions and strategies made a huge difference for me on the track. He also led the greatest track walk I
have ever been on in my life. He spent two to three hours walking the track explaining all the details that make him
so fast and answered everyone’s questions. I found myself disappointed when it ended because it was just that good.
RSR is so fortunate to have a Chief Instructor of his caliber and the same can be said for the rest of the DE team. They
conducted a first class operation from beginning to end. Another item I really liked was their Green Student Parking
area. RSR designates a place for newbies to park so they can be among other newbies who might have the same
questions and concerns. This also allows instructors to find their students easier, this was great and I hope to see NCR
pick up this tradition going forward.
Sunday saw much of the same with great weather, people, cars and laps upon laps of smiles. Both cars ran incredibly
and I have to give a big “Thank you” to Mark Nadler at Exotech for getting my Dad’s 911 ready and Blair Talbot for
my Uncle’s C2 ready for 500+ miles each of pounding over three days at Grattan. The four of us each took two runs
on Sunday before we started to pack up for the long drive home. I took my Uncle Steve with me for my last run
as I really wanted him to push me a little. He was very pleased with how I did and complimented my session. This
obviously meant a lot from him as he is very fast in a similar car. With our students done as well, we rolled out around
3:00 to get a few hours behind us before an all-day drive on Monday. I left the track with a sense of accomplishment
having completed this “bucket list” event. Not only had we accomplished it, but I truly believe I will be back in the
coming years as I stand by my statement that Grattan Raceway is my new favorite track. Now the only question is
who is coming with me?
Drive safely! – Jay
Ready to roll out of New Hampshire with the next stop being Grattan, Michigan
The paddock at Grattan Raceway
Grattan Irish Pub
The “peanut butter” leading into the Bowl at
Mike is thinking his car will fit as well
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Track walk led by Rally Sport Region’s Chief Driving Instructor and Driver Education Chair Christian Maloof
(when looking online Christian is wearing the orange shirt)
Jay Gratton and Steve Gratton going into the Bowl in Jim Gratton’s car
The three Gratton brothers at Grattan Raceway
with Jay Gratton behind the camera
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Do You Recognize This NCR Member??
Photograph by ??????
Living Building Challenge SM at Williams College
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Tech Talk: by Steve Robbins
WHEEL ALIGNMENT: IT’S A SMALL FRACTION FOR THE TRACTION
As a kid growing up in Southern California in the 1970s, the only thing I liked better than actually riding my bike was
tuning and tweaking it. I would take it apart, clean the bearings with massive amounts of WD40, and then lather the
bearings up with new grease. I was beginning to race motocross and it was understood that one part of the reassembly
was critical for speed. The final procedure involved sitting at the rear of the bike on the ground with your feet on the
pedal crank housing. This position allowed you to pull the rear wheel back to both properly align the wheel and set
the chain tension as the rear axle bolts were tightened to some unknown torque.
The argument here was that since you were racing on dirt, gravel, and rocks, the front wheel should pack down the
dirt and clear a path through the rocks for better rear wheel traction. A properly aligned wheel would also keep the
chain in a straight line unstressed from having to accommodate a cockeyed sprocket. You could tell the pros from the
rookies by how their bikes were set up. This race obsessive concept is probably over the top since a vehicle with only
two wheels will not have to overcome any friction if they are not aimed in precisely the same direction.
Let’s apply this alignment theory to your car and get a better understanding of the importance of tire alignment.
Your mechanic will not be sitting on the floor behind the wheels of your car because the manufacturers have built in
adjustments to accommodate suspension components as they age through their safe and useful life. Thanks to millions
of hours of engineering research, the suspension of your car can mask the many imperfections New England roads
present. Your properly aligned suspension allows your wheels to move up and down independently while presenting
a flat tire surface to the road as you sip your coffee at 55 miles per hour.
As an automotive repair shop owner, I try to help car owners extract the most miles out of the wear items on their
cars. I have seen people spend a thousand dollars on tires and forgo an $85 dollar four wheel alignment. Why?
“Because the old tires look fine.” As if these wire embedded bald rubber masses are some sort of micro sensitive
suspension diagnostic oracles. When is the last time you read a tire warranty cover to cover? Tire pressure checks,
rotation, and alignment are all necessary to meet most warranty requirements. Despite strict compliance, I have never
seen a customer walk in beaming and proclaim victory on the expected wear projection of their tires. Many of my
customers have all wheel drive which adds weight, and since all wheels are driven, the tires experience more stress
than a two wheel drive vehicle.
Let’s take a look at a simple alignment diagram to get an understanding of the three metrics used to determine
All three adjustments are critical for safety and neutral handling. For the sake of this article, I would like to focus our
attention on the middle graphic which depicts “TOE.” As a driver, you will be able to feel if any one of the three
adjustments is way out of specifications. You may not be able to describe the sensation but the car will either want
to wander in random directions or seem resistant at first to steering inputs. A lack of proper TOE adjustment will
produce the same undesirable driving experience and there are additional sinister forces at work.
Another look at the TOE graph above and it is pretty easy to visualize what is happening when your tires are not aimed
in the same direction. The tires that have been designed for maximum traction and constructed of super modern
materials to provide stability in a wide range of temperatures are now fighting each other. Add the variable of an
uneven road and the tires constantly trade domination so the losing tire scrubs along the pavement a bit sideways
instead of rolling in a straight line. Eventually the tires will call a truce after so much rubber has been ground off that
the smoothness allows for rapid mutual destruction with the added assistance of centrifugal force.
Let’s add to the drama by introducing the fact that you have two additional tires behind you and that they are willing
competitors in the race to self annihilation. Now try to visualize the possible unfelt chaos your car is experiencing
while you contemplate your next Pandora channel. It will not matter which configuration the axles are in “Toe out”
or “Toe in,” your tires are fighting to go straight down the road. Scrubbing is friction and friction creates excessive
heat that helps destroy the rubber, increase tire pressure from heat expansion, and risk high speed blow out failure.
Even if your last name was Michelin or Goodyear and you had an infinite amount of tires to use, there are a few more
subtle but costly penalties for misalignment. Your suspension is comprised of a complex arrangement of “control
arms.” These precise metal bits allow your tires to move up and down while keeping the nice flat and aligned part
of your tire on the road. In order to further dampen road imperfections these control arms are fitted with rubber
bushings where they connect the car to the hub. See picture #2
In a properly aligned car these bushings spend their life happily in the middle of their range of motion with the exception of
sudden jolts. A misaligned car in motion will put constant pressure on your rubber control arm bushings and prematurely wear
them out. In most cars you have to replace the whole arm complete with new bushings and they are not cheap. Tie rod ends
and wheel bearings will also bear some of the stress associated with misalignment.
Even if just one of your tires is scrubbing there is friction. This sideways dragging is one of the largest fuel robbing problems a car
can experience. Tire pressure and periodic rotation if possible will help gas mileage but only if they are aimed properly. The price
of your car included an amazing amount of engineering for safety and efficiency. The price of a four wheel alignment makes sure
that you get the engineering you paid for, especially if you accidently test your limits in the rain or snow.
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Gettysburg by Tracey Levasseur
Anyone can attend a Civil War anniversary celebration. It’s another story to participate….
Two years ago I became interested in the American Civil War, and since I’d never been to any Civil War national
historic park I made it a goal to not only visit one but to visit during the 150th anniversary. This year marks the 150th
anniversary of several major battles including the three days fought at Gettysburg, PA. Since that’s the closest to me,
I set my sights there.
Flashback to October 2012: Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum opened its Civil War exhibit “From the Kennebunks to
Appomattox” with a demo of military drills and an 1860s “fashion show” presented by a Maine group of re-enactors.
Jay Carter and I attended, the first time we’d been able to catch a reenactment event.
In between demos we talked with the re-enactors. They are the 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry, Co. A, a friendly group
who welcome new members. As we chatted with the company commander we mentioned our plans to attend
Gettysburg the following year. He said the 3rd Maine would be there participating, and it would be less expensive to
be there as a participant than as a spectator. So with nothing to lose, and the fact that we wanted to try our hands
at reenacting, we became members.
As a female member I’m allowed to choose whether I want to have an infantry or civilian impression. Since my main
interest in the Civil War is the military aspect I chose infantry.
We spent this past winter and spring collecting the equipment necessary for an infantry impression: a musket (a replica
but still a real firearm), uniform (yes, it’s real wool), ammo and cap cases, haversack, bayonet and scabbard, canteen,
canvas tent and eating utensils. Not only does a re-enactor need to look authentic in parades and drilling demos but
also when participating in an encampment. When spectators walk through a 3rd Maine encampment they must feel
like they’re stepping back into the 1860s. That means no coolers, no Coleman stoves, no LL Bean tents and no modern
folding camp chairs. If coolers or other modern items have to accompany a re-enactor they must be concealed.
While we acquired our equipment we attended meetings for drill training and also participated in a Camp of Instruction
at Norland’s Living History Center. This training was a mandatory prerequisite to Gettysburg and any other “battles”
we might participate in throughout the year. Having survived that and a weekend encampment at Norland’s in June
we were ready for Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg reenactment the 3rd Maine participated in happened June 28-30 and was on the Bushey farm property
just south and west of the actual military battlefield. Almost 10,000 re-enactors making up infantry, artillery, cavalry
and civilians (Union and Confederate) descended upon this beautiful farmland of rolling hills, established pastures
and hardwood forests. Union infantry and artillery (that was us) were fortunate to be camped in the woods because
every day was close to 90 degrees and very humid. Those poor rebels were camped almost a mile from us in the field.
Luckily the organizers supplied ample portable toilets and several water tankers for us.
We arrived a day early so we could set up camp and do some shopping at the sutlers’ tents. During the war sutlers
were civilian “vendors” who followed the armies around and sold them various equipment and food not supplied by
the government. Sutlers were a “necessary evil” according to some veterans’ accounts, since they provided goods but
often of poor quality and usually astronomical prices. Today’s sutlers provide re-enactors with everything necessary
for a good Civil War (and other time periods) impression.
Friday morning was Day 1 of the battle (July 1, 1863). It was hot and humid, just like the actual day. Each day was to
have at least three battle scenarios although we (3rd Maine) would not participate in them all. And I might note that
only one day we got to portray the actual 3rd Maine, the other days we wore corps badges of different regiments.
It was good that we did not participate in all of them because our first battle started at 11am (Buford’s Stand) and
since we were already on the field the organizers decided to have the second and third battles (the Railroad Cut
and McPherson’s Ridge) piggyback the first. By the second battle we were melting in our wool and several people
dropped out from heat exhaustion. After a 15 minute break we performed the third battle (with little enthusiasm at
this point) then with what strength we had left marched back to camp. Many long-time members said they’d never
been in such extreme conditions as that.
That evening they had two more battles (Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Ridge) in which we did not have to participate.
This gave us an opportunity to watch the event and take photos.
Saturday (July 2, 1863) was still hot but not as humid. Unfortunately the organizers either got confused or were trying
too hard to have the start of our battles coincide with the start of the actual 1863 battles. They got us marched
to the field at noon for a 2pm battle. The battles didn’t happen until 4pm (The Wheatfield and Peach Orchard) so we
waited around all that time. The battles, when they did happen, must have been impressive to watch, I know it was
impressive in the front ranks! In the Peach Orchard we got to portray ourselves, the 3rd Maine.
Since we got a late start our scheduled dress parade and photo of the entire Union army was postponed until Sunday
morning, thankfully as we didn’t look too photogenic after waiting so long and then fighting in the blazing sun.
As many Civil War buffs know, the third day at Gettysburg (July 3, 1863) wrapped up with Pickett’s Charge, 12,000
rebels marching en masse across the open field toward the Union’s center line on Cemetery Ridge. For this scenario,
the organizers used all participants. After the formal dress parade there was a short break as we all anticipated the
grand finale. A stonewall had been created on the property and a “copse of trees” planted specially for this battle.
When the time came the entire Union force marched onto the field behind the cannons. For 15 minutes our cannons
and the rebel cannons exchanged volleys just as they did in 1863. After this we witnessed the long line of Confederates
marching across the field toward us. At the command we ran to the stonewall and began to fire at will. Suddenly
rebels were running toward the wall, those who didn’t “fall dead” behind it hurled themselves over it only to
fall dead at our feet or be taken prisoner – just like 1863. No sooner did it start than it was over and the “dead” on
both sides rose up and a lot of hand shaking and salutations ensued. It was a great ending to a once in a lifetime
Our trip concluded the next day with an entire day walking around Gettysburg National Military Park. Having participated
in reenactments has given me a better understanding of what the soldiers went through during the war
both in battle and in camp. Granted, we don’t use bullets and had plenty of ice, water and bathroom facilities, but
at least when I read memoirs or first-hand accounts from those who’d been there I’ll have a better understanding.
Walking through the battlefield also gave me a better understanding of the lay of the land and when I read about
the Wheatfield, Devil’s Den, Seminary Ridge, the Valley of Death I will have a picture in my mind’s eye not just twodimensional
figures on a map.
I probably could have stayed at a hotel and spent the whole weekend at the battlefield, there was so much that I did
not get to see and learn about. But then I couldn’t have said I participated in the 150th anniversary reenactment.
Members of the 3rd Maine stand ready for deployment before one of several battles
reenacted during the battle of Gettysburg on June 28-30, 2013
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NCR’s Jay Carter and Tracey Levasseur as privates in the 3rd Maine Volunteer Regiment Company A awaiting
orders at Gettysburg
The Last LRP ALMS Race by David Churcher
Lime Rock Park is a place I visit twice a year. Once for the ALMS race near July 4 and again for Labor Day weekend
to see the vintage cars. Every year I begin my account with a line to say how I dreamed about going to LRP years ago
when I lived in a land far, far away. But I will spare you that line this time.
What I must say again is: it is not just the cars, it is the people. The people in this case being the LRP management,
the PR girls, and the drivers and their crews. This is a really well organized event and the accessibility of the drivers,
crews, and cars is something special every year.
This year was a hot event. It was 85 degrees when I arrived and 88 as I left. And higher I am sure while I walked
around the circuit. It was a special event in as much as it is the last of the ALMS series to be held at LRP. Next year
the ALMS will be combined with DP. Yuk...why not add some NASCAR stock cars and make it a complete circus?
The racing and photo ops were top notch. I enjoyed watching the Mercedes Gullwings fly and the Porsches chasing
them but I had to figure out what the big noisy fast beasts were. They were Cadillac Racing. Noisy. The Lambo spec
race was a treat and illustrated the differences between drivers’ abilities. The PR ladies from Falken, Ferrari, and on
the grid, all were a treat. A friend asked me if these ladies know cars and why are they there. So I told her they probably
are not into cars and they are there because motorsport has a lore...like having cheer leaders at a football game.
The highlight of my day was to see Katherine Legge, Patrick Long, and Patrick Dempsey talking to kids and future
racers. The second highlight was to get close to the Delta Wing car and to see it race. From a traditional vehicle design
point of view it is radical. But it works. I can perhaps add a third highlight...two NCR members greeted me with
some enthusiasm and one of them was over the fence with a Canon...he promises photographs for Northlander.
And the race: it was won by Lucas Luhr and Klause Graf with the Muscle Milk (Honda) HPD ARX-03c. Ryan Briscoe
and Scott Tucker won the LMP2 class with a HPD ARX-03b. Briscoe and his team were penalized seven points for
“avoidable contact” after bumping Guy Cosmos. The term “avoidable contact” bothers me. It almost implies the
drivers deliberately shunt each other. They don’t.
After seeing an Aussie win (Ryan Briscoe) and listening to his clear and articulated accent I fired up my 911 and
headed back to NH with the sunset behind me. Labor Day is next.
Patrick Dempsey. An excellent driver with a day job as
Patrick Long. Always a smile for the photographers
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Ferrari PR ladies The Grid Ladies. Always a smile for the photographers
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Running with Boston BMWCCA by Rich Willey
I had my first ever driving experience with an organization other than NCR in late June, at NHMS. Here are a few
highlights if you are interested in driving in their events.
You do not have to own a BMW to join BMWCCA. In fact there were several Porsches and Corvettes at my event
along with a Honda S2000, an Acura, Mini’s and a few Mazda’s. There was even an M5 with no side or rear glass.
But by far the car of choice was an E30 or E36 M3 with significant mods.
The drivers are a diverse lot, although on a whole they seem to be a bit younger and more of a shorts and sandals
crowd, at least before they start driving. Things in general seem more casual, although there were some drivers with
data logging software and multiple sets of tires attempting to shave a tenth.
The procedures are similar to PCA DE’s with waivers, track sign in, driver’s meetings, and car inspection forms, although
you can fill in the inspection form yourself if you deem yourself competent. I am not sure what you might be asked
on the day of the event if you do not use a known garage for the inspection. Track day inspection is only done on day
one of a multiple day event. It is done in the cold pits, and there are a few differences from PCA. 1) They perform
a brake fluid water content test during the track side inspection. 2) BMWCCA requires that brake fluid be no more
than 6 months old. 3) They don’t torque lugs but do check for play in your wheel bearings and control arms (a known
issue with older Bimmers and yes, the 325 has new lower control arms).
Currently the Boston chapter separates drivers into 5 levels based on your number of track days, not skill level. Level
0 = instructors, then 1 = most experienced, to 4 = newbie. They put me in level 2. What were they thinking? They
are moving to a skills based approach (6 categories) similar to PCA’s 5 run groups but I expect this will be a challenge
and take some time to implement.
Besides a daily driver meeting, class sessions (30-60 minutes) are mandatory for each driver group, each day. They
take attendance. One of these was conducted by their Chief Instructor who was very informative and asked us
questions as well as answered ours.
Everyone has an instructor on day one. This presents a challenge as every instructor has at least 2 students and if
their students are in back to back run groups and you are in the second group, be prepared to lose a few laps till your
instructor swaps cars. BUT they sign-off on soloing in groups 1 and 2 during the event, so I got to solo the second day.
Other differences. BMWCCA is slightly more expensive than NCR. No reserved garages except for instructors and
no fee for a garage. To get a stall, get there and queue up for registration early and then make a dash to put your
folding chair in a garage stall. Drivers at level 3 can run R compound tires. OMG! No requirement for long sleeve
shirts but I didn’t see anyone driving in shorts. Side glass does have to be down but only on the side where a seat is
occupied. You get 4 runs a day in your level and they combine Level 1 and 2 solo drivers for one additional run each
afternoon. That’s up to five, 20-25 minute runs a day. Levels 3 and 4 cannot pass between turns 10 and 11. You
are given a car number the day of the event (and stick-on numbers) which match your instructor’s number but with
your level designator. Example, my instructor had 002 and I had 202. This helps you find your instructor. There are
no log books. Driver and instructor evaluations are online.
BTW, there are Green Mtn. and White Mtn. chapters which also run events at NHMS as well as WGI and Mont-
Tremblant, so plenty of days to choose from.
All in all it was a good experience and I encourage you to give it a try.
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Summer Curves Rally Saturday,
What do you like to do on a typical summer Saturday? If you’re like me, warm sun, blue skies, a fun ride in the P-car
followed by a great meal with friends fills the bill. If you could have all that and maybe win a prize for answering
some simple questions en-route…, would you be a happy camper? Of course you would!
Years ago, I ran a combination TSD and Gimmick Rally for NCR. Mixing the two styles was a bit too much for all
but the true rally fanatics. For most, a TSD rally is more work than fun. That said, the Summer Curves Rally will not
be TSD, but will offer extra points for staying on schedule and deduct points for those that spend too much time
doubling-back to find a missed answer.
The roads in the southern NH/Maine Lakes Region area are made for Porsche’s with lots of S-curves and plenty of
superb scenery. The rally drive will not be about finding your way or getting UN-lost. No, instead it will be all about
enjoying the roads. The simple route has some of the most entertaining driving in the area, bar none. Although made
for a slick handling sports car, any vehicle is welcome. You just need a driver, a navigator and a working odometer.
Come enjoy the curves!
The Summer Curves Rally will start in Rochester, NH at the Lilac Mall (K-Mart parking lot) which is just north of Rochester
center on the right side of Rte. 125. It will end at The Poor People’s Pub in Sanbornville, NH (just off Rte 16).
$10 per car, prizes for novice and experienced participants. Drivers meeting at 9:30, first car off at 10:00AM.
Contact: email@example.com Website: www.ncr-pca.org/
Name Position Phone Number
Ayer European Auto Restoration Maine (207)582-3618
Autosportsnortheast Maine (207)698-1000
German Auto Service, Inc. Maine (207)282-3013
The Boston Sportscar Co. LLC Massachusetts (781)647-7300
Kachel Motor Company Massachusetts (617)759-8973
Exotech New Hampshire (603)382-3599
Sports & Vintage Car New Hampshire (603)675-2623
Dupont's Service Center New Hampshire (603)742-8627
Series 900 New Hampshire (603)863-0090
Porsche of Nashua New Hampshire (603)595-1707
Blair Talbot Motors New Hampshire (603)740-9911
Precision Imports New Hampshire (603)624-1113
AVA Restoration New Hampshire (603)563-8910
JSP Motorsports New Hampshire (603)477-9738
Northern European Automotive New Hampshire (603)228-0533
Continental Automotive Repair Service New York (845)356-2277
Auto Union Vermont (802)223-2401
Green Mountain Performance Co. Vermont (802)775-3433
Eurotech Vermont (802)660-1900
Rennline Inc. Vermont (802)893-7366
The Metric Wrench Vermont (802)751-8577
Heads Up Motorsports Inc. Vermont (802)886-2636
The Auto Master Vermont (802)985-8411
Zak’s Auto Industries New Hampshire (603)943-7682
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Sale: 2000 Porsche 911 Coupe. Only 63,400 miles. 300 HP, 6 speed, totally stock.
factory options include: Xenon headlights,Navigation System,6 disc CD Changer,18”
Sport Classic wheels,heated full power seats,AC, PS, PW,PL, PSM,Rear wiper,power
sunroof,cruise control, and more. Black Metallic with Gray leather. Clean Carfax, never
hit. stored indoors and never seen snow. $22,900 or BRO ( may consider trades )
contact Michael Lucci 603-718-5581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 996 C4S, Coupe, Silver/Black, 58,000 miles, 6 speed, completely stock, many
factory options (Sport exhaust system, Xenon headlights, full leather interior, power
leather seats, Bose sound system, sunroof, 18" Turbo wheels, and more), no body work,
clean interior (no smoking), always kept in garage, new OEM catalytic converters (both
banks), professionally installed Alpine navigation system, Dension iPod adapter (digital
connection to OEM radio), need new tires soon, excellent condition. $34,000.
Akira Mochimaru, Natick, MA email@example.com
Books: ($50.00 for the lot)
Porsche by Randy Leffingwell - paperback,Porsche by Chris Harvey - hard bound,
Porsche by Michael Cotton - hard bound, Porsche by Nicky Wright - hard bound, Porsche by
Susann Miller - hard bound
Prints: ($200.00 for the lot) - individual photos available.
Porsche race car by P. Hearsey - ZONE 1 class winner award
911 GT1 winner 98 Le Mans by Susanna Weber - NER region class winner
356 Roadster at North Andover commons by Susanna Weber - NER region - class winner
All of these prints were awards that my car won at Zone and regional shows. Victor Oliver
One of the best examples around. Stunning Ice green metallic over cork non- sunroof sedan, non-power windows, original
paint (possibly respray of passenger door), original and near perfect interior, green/white cocoa mats, a/c (compressor
removed but with car), only changes from new are radio, heat exchangers
(removed) and exhaust. Original Fuchs plus extra set of 4. Body and paint
excellent, near flawless. 42,500 miles. Parade preservation class quality and ready
to show and go! $23,500 or BRO Email or call for additional photographs -
BigCheese@ConsumerProfilesinc.com or 603-343-7575
SALE: ‘80 Mazda RX7 alloy wheels (2) with snow tires $250 ... DavidChurcher@comcast.net, 603 799 4688
Do you have a photograph to go with your ad? If you have a high resolution photograph which is also a nice
graphic then send it to Northlander. We plan to run a few such photographs with The Mart.
1984 chassied 935 replica, white with Martini (what else?) livery. Lightweight ARE fiberglass
body panels with full adjustable wing. 3.4L fuel injected engine dyno’d at 274 whp. Leakdown
4%,3%,4%,4%,3%,5%. Haltech engine management, new fuel cell, Recaro SPG’s, RS fuel
pumps. Two sets BBS 3-pc wheels, including mounted unused set of Goodyear R-085 radial
rains. Contact Hank Cowles @ (603) 742-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
mailto: email@example.com. $40,000.00 obo.Pictures and more details available
I am the owner of a yellow 1977 924. This car has been owned by our family twice and spent time in Vt in-between. I am too
busy to put work into this old girl (install front fenders that I have for it and tune-up), and with two small children don’t have the
time either. I am not hard-up to sell this but don’t want to watch it rot....if anyone has a similar car or needs a project first $1000
takes it... Harold Lamos firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEMS FOR SALE:
914 6cyl conversion package – 2.7L engine, complete with wiring and FI. Has had valve cover and fan upgrades. Include correct
tach. Package also include most parts to do 914 conversion: new vellios aluminum oil tank, new correct flywheel, new bulkhead
engine mount (allows engine to sit lower so you can use FI system), used headers $3000 for all ...17” cup wheels - $400 ...Silver
boxster/996 center console - $200 ... Gray and silver boxster/996 e brake handle - $150 ... Gray and silver 6 speed boxster s/99
shift knob - $75 ... Boxster S front bumper for normal boxster/996 upgrade (currently yellow but needs refinishing) - $150 ...
Boxster/996 CD changer - $35 ... 944S/944S2/968 Nology hot wires (barely used) - $100 ... 944 series short shifter – new - $45
...944 series pair of engine mounts – new - $60 All parts are in Contoocook/Hopkinton, NH email@example.com
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twenty eighth annual
august 24th - 25th, 2013 moore airfield, ft. devens ayer, ma
this year’s event
The Zone 1 Autocross is a two-day event. There will
be a different course each day. PCA’s Parade Competition
Rules (PCR’s) for Medium Sized Regions are used for
classifying cars. Entrants must compete both days in
order to trophy. There will be a team Challenge for all
PCA Regions. Registration opens 8:00 a.m. sharp, first
car off approximately 9:15 a.m. both days. All participants
must be current PCA members. Porsche cars only.
how much it costs
$70/person early registration on or before 8/12/13
$95/person after 8/12/13
Registration fees are for one or two days.
Online registration via clubregistration.net only.
No on-site registration the day of the event.
Registration will open 7/5/13 and close 8/21/13.
where to stay
Springhill Suites by Marriott
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434
Rate: $129/night + tax
Refer to: "Porsche Club Autocross" for group rate
You must book by 8/2/13 for group rate
who to talk to
Zone 1 Autocross Chair: Don Coburn
firstname.lastname@example.org or (516) 804-2562
Zone 1 Autocross Registrar: Aaron Ambrosino
email@example.com or (518) 729-0017
links to the pcr’s will be posted on the zone 1 website - http://zone1.pca.org
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After 30 years of show winning, trophy grabbing, solid performing and
attention getting vehicles, they have built a small but dedicated staff of
craftsmen & suppliers to provide the utmost in satisfaction for their clients.
They can now proudly say that they can accurately provide dealer level
service on all German marques, predominantly Porsche, with a bevy of
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live this stuff-from the streets to the track.
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Tremblant/Calabogie DE and more...
Brief History of North Country Region
Porsche Club of America
In 1977 a group of PCAers (mostly from New Hampshire, but with a few from neighboring towns in Maine and
Vermont) grew dissatisfied with having to travel to the Rt. 128 area of Massachusetts (Northeast Region) or Portland,
ME area (Down East Region) for Porsche events. They organized under the leadership of Michael Grishman (proprietor
of Foreign Intrigue, then Pine Hill Automotive) and applied for a Region Charter of their own from the Porsche Club of
America. The requirements were met and North Country Region became the 107th Region chartered by the Porsche
Club of America on February 13, 1978. Its territory originally included all of New Hampshire and Vermont with the
exception of Bennington County, Vermont, which was part of Hudson-Champlain Region at the time. In 1986 North
Country surrendered its Vermont territory to the newly formed Green Mountain Region of PCA.
Always known as a friendly go-getter region, our newsletter, the Northlander, actually predates our charter with the
first issue being in January of 1978. That issue lists the 26 charter members, four of which are still members: Ed and
Nancy Broadhead, Richard & Laurinda Currier, Michael Grishman and Judy Hendrickson. From those 26 members in
1978 North Country has grown to over 510 as of the end of July 2013.
That first year also set the stage for North Country's winning ways as the Northlander was recognized at the 1979
Porsche Parade in Reston, VA, with a First Place finish in its newsletter class. Subsequent years saw the Northlander
recognized many times in the national newsletter contest with the crowning glory being the Heinmiller Award for
Best Newsletter in PCA at the 1994 Porsche Parade at Lake Placid, NY.
1994 was a particularly glorious year for North Country as the Region also won the Ferry Porsche Trophy for Best Region
in PCA. The Region was also proud of their efforts in organizing and executing the Parade Concours d'Elegance. The
precision and elegance of the display is still commented on throughout PCA and is held up as the standard to meet.
The Region has since won the President's Parade Trophy in 1999 (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) recognizing the region
with the most attendees considering size of the region and distance traveled.
The Region is a reflection of its people and we have been honored to have two of our families and one of our
members recognized as PCA Family of the year and Enthusiast of the Year. Rob and Linda Morse along with their two
sons, Chucky and Timmy, (1990) and Jim and Deb Gratton along with daughter Janet and son Jay (1997) have been
selected as PCA Family of the Year. Matt Romanowski was honored as PCA Enthusiast of the Year at the 2001 Parade
in Milwaukee, WI as was Ellen Beck at the 2002 Parade in Boise, ID. Jay Gratton was honored as PCA Enthusiast of
the Year at the 2012 Parade in Salt Lake City, UT.
Individuals have represented the region well at Parades winning in all events. We've even had overall winners in the
Tech Quiz (Men's Division - Ed Broadhead in 1974, Women's division - 6 times - Judy Hendrickson) as well as had
members win the Long Distance Trophy three times (two times the parades were in California, one in San Diego - 1992
and the other in Sacramento - 2000 with the third Parade being in Boise, ID in 2002). We have also been fortunate to
have one of our members recognized with the Zone Reps Award for Extraordinary Service to PCA (2000) and count
several past and current national staff amongst our members.
North Country prides itself on being known as the friendly region. We have a varied calendar of events (Driver's Ed,
Autocross, Rally, Tours, Social, Car Shows, Tech, etc) and an open, welcoming personality. We welcome new members
and ideas. Won't you join us for some fun in your Porsche?
Judy Hendrickson, NCR Member.
The Article is from the NCR Website - some updates added and additional updates to follow.
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