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1. 2005 Boxster S Basalt Black/Beige/39K miles. $32,900. Certified2. 2005 Boxster Teal Green/Beige 42K miles $30,900. Certified3. 2005 Boxster Atlas Grey/Black 16000 miles $31,900. Certified4. 1999 Porsche 996 Cabriolet Arctic Silver/grey leather/42K miles $26,9005. 1987 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Midnight Blue/Cashmere/85k $26,9006. 2006 Porsche Cayenne Silver/Black /26k $35900 certified7. 2008 Porsche Cayman Speed Yellow/ 300 miles. $48,9008. 2008 Porsche 997 Coupe Carrera White/Sand Beige/ 200 miles/$83,9002 Northlander July 2009


BOARD OF DIRECTORSPresident Ivy Leonard (H) (603) 380 3782 president@ncr-pca.orgVice President Jay Gratton (H) (603) 498 8576 vice-president@ncr-pca.orgSecretary Paul Tallo (W) (603) 594 9696 secretary@ncr-pca.orgTreasurer Pete Petersen (H) (207) 646 5402 treasurer@ncr-pca.orgPast President Miriam Dunster (H) (603) 659 8592 past-president@ncr-pca.orgMembership Chair Lisa Roche (H) (978) 534 0118 membership@ncr-pca.orgNewsletter Editors Tracey Levasseur (H) (207) 247 3385 ncrnorthlander@ncr-pca.orgDavid Churcher (H) (603) 799 4688 ncrnorthlander@ncr-pca.orgWebmaster Dick Demaine (H) (603) 560 4911 webmaster@ncr-pca.orgCOMMITTEESAdvertisingManager Matt Romanowski (H) (603) 674 3250 advertising@ncr-pca.orgAutoCross Joe Kraetsch (H) (978) 534 0118 autocross@ncr-pca.orgCar Control Clinic Brian Arenstem (H) (603) 520 6034 barenstam@metrocast.netCharity Paul Tallo (W) (603) 594 9696 charity@ncr-pca.orgChief Instructor Steve Gratton (H) (603) 456 2131 chief-instructor@ncr-pca.orgConcours Deb & Jim Gratton (H) 603 498 8576 concours@ncr-pca.orgDrivers’ Ed Paul Frucci (H) (603) 491 2265 drivers-ed@ncr-pca.orgRally Jim Gratton (H) (603) 498 8574 rally@ncr-pca.orgSafety Edgar Broadhead (H) (603) 526 6578 safety@ncr-pca.orgSenior “Advisors”Edgar andNancy Broadhead (H) (603) 526 6578 EdNan@TDS.netSocial Janet & John Leach (H) (603) 433 4450 social@ncr-pca.orgTechnical Jack Saunders (H) (603) 536 4275 tech@ncr-pca.org4 Northlander July 2009


6 10 1114 1927JULY 2009AT A GLANCEDate/Time Event Information ContactJuly 6 8am DE - Mt Tremblant de@ncr-pca.orgJuly 10 8am DE - Calabogie de@ncr-pca.orgJuly 11 8am NER AX - Devens autocross@ncr-pca.orgJuly 14 6pm Board Meeting president@ncr-pca.orgJuly 19 8am NCR AX # 3 - Devens autocross@ncr-pca.orgJuly 27 8am DE - NER at NHMS de@ncr-pca.orgAugust 2 8am NER AX - Devens autocross@ncr-pca.orgAugust 5 7am DE - NHMS de@ncr-pca.orgAugust 11 6pm Board Meeting president@ncr-pca.orgAugust 15 8am Rally / Ramble rally@ncr-pca.orgAugust 23 8am NCR AX # 4 - Devens autocross@ncr-pca.orgAugust 29 8am Zone 1 Autocross http://zone1.pca.org/September 9 7am DE - NER at Watkins Glen de@ncr-pca.orgSeptember 8 6pm Board Meeting president@ncr-pca.orgSeptember 10 7am DE - NER at NHMS de@ncr-pca.orgSeptember 13 8am NCR AX # 5 - Devens autocross@ncr-pca.orgSeptember 21 7am DE - Limerock de@ncr-pca.orgPlease note: calendar information is correct at the time of Northlander going to press but for the latest information you shouldcheck our web site: www.ncr-pca.orgJuly 20095 Northlander


Ivy Leonard‘I will have to schedule a doctor’sappointment to have this smilesurgically removed from myface!’“Just Driving In Circles!”How many of you have heard thatcomment? I’ve heard it several times. Howand where you ask? Well most recently,just the other day I tried to enlist theinterest of a few members to participatein our NCR Drivers Ed Days. The replyabove was shocking to say the least: Whywould we do that when it’s just ‘drivingin circles?’Oh boy…you can imagine my ears perked,my eyes went to a squint, and the yellow Iwas wearing went green. I asked ‘Whereon earth did you hear that?’‘From a friend,’ they replied. ‘Hmmmm,is that so?’ After I got over the initialshock I began explaining my experiencesand thoughts on DE. I guess I could havegone on for days but, for their benefit, Ijust summed it up.I proceeded to explain that DE was not“just driving in circles” but in fact it wasmuch, much more than that. It’s learningto drive your car the way a Porsche needsto be driven, taking advantage of its highperformance capabilities in a controlledenvironment. There are not too manylocations you can do that without havingblue lights suddenly appear behind you,with an officer of the law seeking yourautograph on a pink slip! (Yes on occasionI have seen those blue lights behind me,but it has generally been merely anexperience of circumstance). Even afterjust one DE event you will improve yourdriving ability both on the highway andaround town. You will understand thedynamics of your car and how it relatesto road and track safety. You will developskills that will make you a much, muchbetter driver.A typical event actually begins about twoweeks before you arrive at the track. Allcars must undergo a technical inspection- in many ways not dissimilar to a stateinspection - to assure that your car isfundamentally safe to take to the track.Items checked include wheel bearings,brakes, brake fluid (when last changedand last bled), and brake lights, amongother things, all to insure that your car willbe safe for you, and other DE participants.And that inspection is done withoutcharge!The day of the event begins fairly early,with registration opening up between7:00 to 7:30 AM. Then a second tech isperformed on your car, checking brakepads again, lug nut torque, throttle andrequired safety gear, and by 8:00 youare usually on your way to a driver’smeeting.Driver’s meeting is held by the DE Chair,and all drivers are required to attend.Safety is always the central theme,and the rules governing passing, tracketiquette, and the use of flags receive athorough review. All the very importantthings you must know to assure that yourday at the track is safe and fun filled.Now most drivers head back to theircars… well after grabbing some morecoffee! They make final preparationsfor their first driving session of the day:checking tire pressures, fuel, or justhanging out chewing the fat with otherdrivers.The session groupings are based on driverexperience, not on how new or powerfula driver’s vehicle may be, and are colorcoded to make control by group easier.The colored groups are Green (Requiringinstructors, rank beginners); Yellow (myfavorite color – still requiring instructorsbut may have anywhere between a fewevents to a full season with instructionin Green); Blue (still runs with Yellowdrivers, but signed off to drive without aninstructor). Having attained Blue statusmeans that you are smooth in shifting andhandling your car, and have demonstratedthat you know ‘the line’ (the most efficientroute around the track) and can drive itwith good consistency. Following Bluecomes White (refined skills in braking,continued on page 28 ...6 Northlander July 2009


July 2009David ChurcherAny astute reader of this columnmight ask at this point if we gotlost. No. In spite of our rallyingreputation we did not miss a turn...Extraordinary people seem to beeverywhere. This comment might atfirst seem like a contradiction in terms.If they are everywhere how can they beextraordinary? Maybe I should rephraseand just say: this last month I have bumpedinto a large number of extraordinarypersons.I had a good month playing with cars andtaking road trips. To Lime Rock for thevintage event and then to Watkins Glenfor the six hour event. While returningfrom Lime Rock I was playing some Ausjazz very loud and suddenly there wassilence. Ear splitting silence. I had friedthe Alpine. Perhaps it was just a fuse. Sonext day I was contorted under the dashand could not find an inline fuse norremove the 10 amp fuse from the Alpine.So off to the local Auto Sounds shop inExeter. While the techie found the blowninline fuse I was in conversation withthe manager. The conversation startedover me asking why he had a photo of aDaytona Coupe on his desk. Well, half anhour later we had discussed all kinds ofautomobile stories and visits to races. Herelated an experience he had at WatkinsGlen a few years back: a Porsche driverlifted and the rear went out and thenconnected to a GT 40 with the result ofremoving the entire rear suspension ofthe GT 40. The crew had it repaired overnight and were racing again next day.Extraordinary.Watkins Glen was my trip on the followingweekend. Jack Saunders and I climbed into my 911 and headed off to the soundsof Miles Davis. We had left Jack’s 944behind the fence at Dick Horan’s shop.The trip to the Glen was eight and a bithours and every minute was filled withconversation. It all started over the music... we are both jazz fans ... and went onto travel, religion, politics, food, etc. Jackand I are never stuck for a topic. I supposewhen one gets to Jack’s age one hasexperienced a lot and has a lot to share. And later this year we will have morestories. Jack tells me he is off to Lyon,France, to take cooking lessons at PaulBocuse's restaurant.Any astute reader of this column mightask at this point if we got lost. No. In spiteof our rallying reputation we did not missa turn. We arrived in the Glen and foundthe Glen Restaurant where the drivershung out years ago. The walls were linedwith the most wonderful collection of1960s photographs. Nostalgia flowed andI paused at each picture to acknowledgethese most extraordinary men andwomen.Friday morning we were up early andhaving coffee in the motel office withJulie, the manager. Our conversationran from weather to divorce and onto cars. It seems motor racing is a bigthing in Watkins Glen. Julie's 13-year-oldson races a four cylinder Mustang. Sheshowed us photographs of the little guyin the car with extended pedals...the nextgeneration of F1 champions is alreadybehind the wheel. Extraordinary.While our coffee session was in to thesecond cup a gentleman came in andimmediately recognized me as the ownerof the 911. I suppose the shirt and hatwere a clue. Our conversation went fromPorsches to building a Cobra replica. MarcTouma from Niagara Falls, NY has builttwo and is on the way to a third. One ofthese builds he was determined to haveas original as possible. This meant a canfor receiving vented oil had to be found.continued on page 28 ...7 Northlander


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New Members:Colin BallPlymouth, MA – 2006 Cayman SLisa RocheReg P. DanboiseNashua, NH - 2009 911 C4SCyrus O. HouseWilliston, VT – 1988 924SGregory R. OscheElizabeth OscheActon, MA – 2001 Boxster SMember Anniversaries:1 Year:Cray BallVirginia BallFranconia, NH – 2003 BoxsterTim D. CronkMerrimack, NH – 2008 911 C4SErnest R. GrassoKaren GrassoChelmsford, MA – 2001 BoxsterWilliam R. HannaWindham, NH - 2008 Carrera SBryce D. LambertConcord, NH – 2002 Carrera 4SRichard MaserPepperell, MA – 2007 Cayman SBarton E. McGirlHampton, NH – 1988 911Ian H. McGuinnessAl SmolkinWest Newton, MA – 2002 Beck SpyderRobert D. MitchellValerie MitchellNewmarket, NH – 2007 Cayman SStephen P. WalbergKelley WalbergLondonderry, NH – 2003 Boxster S2Years:David J. ClaypoolPelham, NH – 2007 CaymanCharles A. ContarinoAnthony ContarinoHampstead, NH – 2007 Cayman SPhil R. KarpBoston, MA – 2009 CayenneHank WallaceLana TsurikovaAuburndale, MA – 1987 944Terry L. WilderKeene, NH – 2007 BoxsterFrank J. WilichEllen ChandlerNew London, NH – 1989 911 C45 Years:James F. HorgosJames A. HorgosRye, NH – 1985 911Joan M. RussoJane BeckwithSterling, MA – 1995 993James A. WinnerDonna WinnerHampton, NH – 2004 Boxster SPlease notify the membership chair: membership@ncr-pca.org if you have changed your address.July 20099 Northlander


Jay GrattonTHEROLLINGCHICANEBack in May I received an email fromTami Lovering who is a saleswomenfrom Lovering Volvo. The email wasan invitation to an open house toexperience Volvo’s all new XC60. TheXC60 would be classified as a crossovervehicle as it is not quite a stationwagon and not quite an SUV, but ithas all the qualities of both that onewould want. When one thinks ofVolvo, obviously the first thing thatcomes to mind is safety and the XC60does not disappoint.and my Uncle Steve showed up. Itdidn’t take long for the 3 Gratton mento have every door, lid, compartmentand hatch open. In fact at one pointwe were all under it marveling at theall-wheel drive system. A Volvo repfrom Volvo Cars of North Americalooked on in disbelief, as the stafffrom Lovering was not surprised inthe least by our thorough inspection.The showroom had many differentdisplays scattered around from VCNAshowing the history of Volvo.it is not quite a station wagon andnot quite an SUV ...Lovering Volvo has dealerships locatedin Nashua, Concord and Meredith.On Thursday, May 28 th Jaime and Iheaded up to the Concord store inJaime’s Volvo. The event began at6pm and Jaime and I were there rightat the beginning as I was excited tosee what the buzz was all about. Asone would imagine, where there is acar event there are the Grattons. Myparents drove down from Kennebunkin their Volvo as they are beginningthe process of looking for a new carfor my mom. My Uncle Steve whois the CEO of the Lovering FamilyFoundation also stopped by to speakwith some customers.As Jaime and I walked in the showroomwe were immediately greeted by Rogerand Tami Lovering. Roger is the salesmanager for Lovering and is a truecar enthusiast. There in the middle ofthe showroom was a stunning XC60in Terra Bronze Metallic. Shortly afterJaime and I arrived, both my parentsAfter giving the XC60 an officialGratton inspection we decide to moveonto the next part of the evening, TheCity Safety demonstration. City Safetycan help prevent you from slamminginto the car in front of you. Thelaser-based technology continuouslymonitors the area in front of theXC60 and can brake automaticallyto help you avoid an accident. CitySafety works at speeds from 20-0MPH and let me tell you that afterexperiencing it first hand it really doeswork. Lovering set up a demo withpylons where customers were allowedto drive right at them at about 15MPH and as you neared the pylonsthe XC60 went to full ABS brakesand stopped the car before bumpingthem. It is extremely sudden, but I canassure you it is a much better outcomethan the alternative.continued on page 28 ...10 Northlander July 2009


Judy HendricksonLOOKING BACKI settled on the 48 Hours articlebecause it is an event still beingheld, a number of our memberswill be there later this June toparticipate and enjoy that eventonce more ...July 2009It was difficult to choose an article toreprint this month. There was a goodarticle in the July 1979 issue by MitchManseau highlighting the camaraderieand value of team work in making atechnical change to one’s car with thehelp of fellow members. Mitch’s effortsto change from a fixed to adjustablesway bar on his wife’s 911 during an NCRtech session at Michael Grishman’s wereenhanced considerably by the expertiseof fellow PCAers Gary Tito and DuncanSmith. Note that tech sessions back thenwere hands on affairs to perform actualwork on one’s car.The July/August 1989 issue had a coupleof candidate articles, one by Linda Morseabout her family’s travels and adventuresattending the Porsche Derby Weekendhosted by Kentucky Region and the otherby Don Osborne on the adventures ofNCRers at the Zone 1 48 Hours of WatkinsGlen.The July 1999 issue also had a goodcolumn by then President Ellen Beck abouther adventures driving Laguna Seca butdiscretion about changed relationshipsthen versus now convinced me to leavethat one in the past.I settled on the 48 Hours article becauseit is an event still being held, a number ofour members will be there later this Juneto participate and enjoy that event oncemore and perhaps seeing this narrative ofthe fun and games to be had will inspiresome one of them to put pen to paperagain to record their adventure ANDit’s always fun to see pictures of someof our long time members back in their“younger” days.From July/August 1989, Volume 12,Number 448 Hrs. at Watkins Glen. . .The GreatEscape!By Don OsborneIt all happened over the weekend of July7-9. Commencing with North Country’sown version of the “Cannonball Run”...to benefit the N.Y. State Police Benevolentcontinued on page 38 ...11 Northlander


Paul FrucciDE UpdateJust got back from the Zone 1 event atWatkins Glen. Have you ever wonderedhow many times you can change betweenrain tires and track tires in a day? I’m hereto tell you, it’s more than you want to.We basically had three days of rain, but asis typical of the very localized weather atthe Glen, the rain gods constantly teasedus with the potential of dry. So here’s thescenario, you are out on the track. Its’raining. By the end of the run, it stopsand the track actually has some dry spots.You come in, the sun peeks through andyou quickly jack up the car, put your tracktires on. By the time you get to go outagain, it’s raining. Argh @#$#@#$%! Soyou put your rain tires back on. Go outon the track. It’s pouring. Rivers of water.You come back in and say “jeez, thatwas fun.” It stops raining. You say,” I’mnot gonna be fooled again.” But you are.And on and on. I changed tires so manytimes I need to replace the hydraulic fluidin my floor jack!Of the three-day event, the only drysessions were on Friday afternoon duringthe “instructor only” day. Saturday wasa complete wash out. I felt really badlyfor those who were coming to this greatvenue for the first time. But, thanks tothe fact that the Glen has good garagespace, there was a lot of “hangar”driving going on and the weather was sodepressing that it actually got to be a joke.It happens. The good news is that drivingin the rain is a great way to learn beingsmooth and to experience what your carfeels like at the limit at modest speeds.But enough is enough!I will say that this weekend underscoredthe great camaraderie that we all enjoyat these events, as in spite of the rain,we enjoyed our fellow DE enthusiasts’company and good food and libation.Maybe more than we should have. So now back home for a few weeks to getready for Mont Tremblant and Calabogie.I just called Calabogie to confirm thattheir new building is up and running.Jane (who is the manager) said “You guysare gonna love it! We have AC, flushingtoilets, showers, lounges. This is living!”I told her to look out, Camp NCR will beinvading the premises in a few weeks!Unfortunately, registration for both ofthese events has been far off the paceof last year, clearly an indication of theeconomic times. I am of the belief thatour local events at NHMS will continueto do well, but as a DE Committee wewill need to closely assess the prudenceof committing to “long distance” awayDE events in this difficult environment.I would welcome feedback from ourmembers on this topic as we start thinkingabout the 2010 DE season.After Calabogie we have our joint eventwith NER at NHMS on July 27 th and 28 th ,and then a one day NHMS event onAugust 7 th . Hope to see you all there!As always, please I look forward tohearing from you at de@ncr-pca.org.See you at the track!12 Northlander July 2009


ROLEX AT THE GLENJack SaundersThis article celebrates the hallmark ofthe PCA community, “It’s the People,”complementing the Porsche cars that keepthe club thriving. Specifically, though I’ma loyal NCR booster, I feel an intimate partof the Zone 1 family of regions to whichthis article is a testimonial. And, hopefullyrevealing to you some very good reasonsto attend events like the Porsche Corral atthe Rolex-6 Hours Sahlens Race Weekendat Watkins Glen on June 5 and 6, 2009.The Porsche Corral evolved from thePorscheplatz format (which enjoyed moreinvolvement and support of Porsche ofNorth America) but is currently wholly theresponsibility of Zone 1 and the regionsin the vicinity of the track where the raceis held, in this case Central New York andFinger Lakes Regions.The catalyst for making my first Corral amemorable success was the “people,”namely Joyce and Chuck Gladle andfriends and Botho von Bose, our peripateticZone 1 Rep who travels far and wide fromToronto to ensure his detailed plans areimplemented. The Corral is fast maturing,with Joyce thinking of a barbecue for thenext one.July 2009Now back to the beginning! DavidChurcher and I arrived at Watkins Glen inhis old (1984) but purring white 911 aftera smooth drive of about 8 hours fromManchester, NH, where another staunchPorsche member, Dick Horan of PrecisionImports, kept my 944-S2 safe in his secureparking area over the weekend. Thetrip through beautiful New England andwine country of New York State seemedfaster, maybe because David and I solvedmany of the world’s intractable problemsduring our animated dialogue. We foundour affordable motel overlooking thebucolic scenery and Lake Seneca verycomfortable. We relaxed and rewardedourselves with a delicious Italian dinnerwith local wine that David, the sommelier,suggested, at the Glen View Motel whichis decorated with historic memorabilia ofthe old Glen races and drivers.Day 1 - Friday, June 5 - Practice andqualifying for Koni Sports Car Challengetoday, plus practice and qualifying fortomorrow’s feature Rolex Grand Am pluspractice and qualifying for tomorrow’sNASCAR world series. So be sure you’rerested and ready to witness and absorb thesignificance of each phase of qualifyingfor and running in each race. This isimportant because incidents occurringduring practice impact the qualifyingphase and ultimately the starting gridposition which has a big effect on theoutcome of the race itself.For example, soon after David and Iarrived at the PCA VIP hospitality areacalled the Corral - located strategicallyat Turn #11, one of several right beforea long straightaway which means theracers have to exit the turn at max speedto get good lap times. We heard noisein the vicinity of the previous Turn #10which brought out the yellow cautionflag, followed by a wrecker. We thoughtthat the highly competitive Rolex seriesdrivers were testing their limits during thepractice period and apparently exceededthem. We forgot about the incident, untilthe PCA Corral was favored by a visit fromTRG team drivers. Then we learned fromAndy Lally that his GT3 Porsche Cup Car(#67) was rear-ended by a Mazda RX-8 sobadly, that after body repairs were made,a detailed inspection revealed the needfor extensive chassis straightening which13 Northlander


was scheduled - suddenly - in a nearbyprecision shop - hoping to fix it for theRolex Race tomorrow. Meanwhile, AndyLally, who works out regularly and staysin shape mentally and physically followinga rigorous regimen, had to stop worryingabout tomorrow’s race and refocus on hisdrive in the Koni Sports Car Challenge inhis Porsche 997 (#41). That was greatbecause it gave us something to root fortoday.Imagine the stress on Lally! From worryingwhether his Rolex Series Car will be readyto start the feature race tomorrow (andhopefully finish it) to concentrating ontoday’s task, a few hours from now, tosurvive mixing it up with 51 other carsfrom the Grand Sport (GS) Series includingPorsches and Mustangs and the slowermarques in the Street Tuner class likeBMW 330, Honda Civic and believe it ornot -- a Subaru Legacy.I believe it’s less challenging for a driverto race with cars in the same class as inFormula 1, Indy 500 and NASCAR SprintCup versus multi-class series like ALMS,Rolex and Koni, because one class slowsthe others, necessitating passing, raisingthe risk for contact.At this point it’s interesting to draw aparallel between the car racing industryand the gas turbine engine and aircraftdevelopment business in which Ienjoyed a 37-year career as a design anddevelopment engineer.The two regimes, though striving for verydifferent goals and outcomes, are similarin that they entail the same challengesof taking disparate components andintegrating them into mobile systemsoperating at extreme conditions in hostileenvironments. For example, in the caseof creating a safe, fast, comfortableairliner carrying hundreds of passengers,GE designs, builds and tests a turbofanjet engine (which itself is made ofseveral critical modules like compressor,combustor and turbines, each of whichmust be tested and improved) whichmust be certified (via stringent enginetests) before the FAA considers the enginesafe enough to propel passengers at highspeeds through space. In parallel withthe engine development, the aircraftmanufacturer, like Boeing, is designing/developing the aircraft itself.Though the creation of each of the majorcomponents of this airliner, namely theengine and the aircraft, are the majorefforts and challenges of this system,almost as difficult a technical challengepresents itself in the process of marryingthe engine and the aircraft, i.e. creating ahappy installation which allows the airlinerto operate safely and efficiently over itswhole operational “flight envelope.”Now here’s the parallel with designing,building, testing a prototype racecar, likeFormula 1. The automobile federation thatcontrols F1 racing, issues specificationsfor the whole car such as weight, aswell as for its max allowable power/torque of the engine/motor. Also thereare limitations on aerodynamic featuresallowed such as downforce devices likeairfoils/diffusers. The car’s chief designengineer and his team take an existingmotor and redesign it, or buy a new one.Then the chassis which serves as themain structure supporting the engine,transmission and rest of the power train aswell as the all-important driver’s “cockpit”that must remain intact and connectedto the chassis structure to protect thedriver during a crash, while the rest of thecar like wheels, body parts, down forcewings, etc. fly off the chassis, but thedriver is miraculously saved from seriousinjury (in many cases).One of the important characteristics thatmust be determined early on is interactionof the engine and power train with thechassis and the body as well. Testing anengine on a dynamometer is essentialto determine power/torque over thewhole operating range as well as the fuel14 Northlander July 2009


consumption, however it doesn’t tell youhow it will perform in the car. One ofthe important variables, that can only bemeasured while the engine is running inthe car itself, is the nature of the vibrationsbeing fed from the engine into the chassis(via the mounts) the most powerful modebeing “one/rev” of the crank shaft.Even though the mounts are “damped”by various devices, significant energyis transmitted to the chassis. And viceversa. Vibrations generated by the wheelsmoving over the road causing the chassisto vibrate and transmit energy to theengine (as well as driver in his “cockpit”).An efficient way to determine the natureand effect of these ever-present vibrationsis by instrumenting the major componentsof the car with strain gauges whichmeasure the steady state as well as thevibratory stresses and frequencies to makesure no parts fail from fatigue (as theytend to do during the long distance racesat Le Mans and Daytona). The main thingthe engineers try to measure and avoidare parts whose natural frequencies fallwithin the operating range of the engineand car itself. The reason for this is thatthe high alternating stresses at resonanceare repeated so quickly that they fail in ashort time in the fatigue mode. In factNorbert Singer’s (the renowned Porscherace engineer “Mr. 16/24” who won 16world class 24-hour races, i.e. Le Mans andDaytona) race car development programsincluded “plastering” strain gauges onhis critical components and then testingthe development models at the track andrecord the data and/or telemeter it tothe engineers in the pit. Then after eachendurance race, he would tear down theengine to its component parts, inspectingthem with non-destructive, magnetic orchemical means for cracks invisible to theeye. And then continue this never-endingprocess of pursuing the weaknesses in thecar and fixing them -- just like the aircraftindustry in which the first productionaircraft put into service is not the end ofthe design and development process butits inescapable continuation.The reason is that it’s either too costlyor impossible to simulate the extremeoperating conditions to which theseaircraft and race machines are subjected,in the factory. In my career at GE, I wasfortunate to avoid in-flight catastrophicfailures by anticipating incipient problemsand quickly responding to them (seeprevious Northlander article on gasturbines) just as Norbert Singer did forPorsche Racing (see my earlier Tech Tacticsarticle).Page 14: Early morning gathering with our hosts from Central New York PCAand a collection of Porsches from NY, NH, and Indiana. Top photograph by JackSaunders, bottom photograph by David Churcher.Page 15: Jack poses with our visitors at Turn 11 ... Hurley Haywood and Andy Lally.Photographs on pages 13 and 15 by David ChurcherJuly 200915 Northlander


Jack’s pad and pen were busy for twodays. He recorded events in real time.Another shot of the PCA cars.And ... Matt doing his last big shootwith the Pentax. He is now a Nikonphotographer!Photographs by David ChurcherNow back to the spectators’ real worldand the Rolex Grand Prix and KoniChallenge we were witnessing in therelative comforts of the Porsche Corraland its VIP perks of (1) great viewingcorner at Turn 11, (2) hospitality tent withshelter, snacks, drinks, big TV screen towatch the race in bad weather and, bestof all, (3) the rare privilege of drivingParade Laps at the Glen in your ownPorsche. David, who doesn’t participatein DE event didn’t attempt to drive theclassic line (turn-in relatively slowly to lateapex [usually] and then track-out fast) sowe drove at a slow speed as directed. Ididn’t mind because I had the privilegeof a full weekend there during the 30thanniversary of Zone 1 DE at the Glen. TheCorral was also the place to meet some ofthe World’s top drivers. Starting at the topwith Hurley Haywood (see Fig. 1), world’sforemost long distance racer (featurearticle on Hurley -- refer to Feb. 2009Pano) who in his 60s drives for Brumoscompeting with younger star drivers likeDavid Donahue (Mark’s son) , Darren Law(who did well at his first 24 Hours at LeMans recently, TRG race teams’ Andy Lally(Fig. 2), current points leader in the KoniSeries and Christian Maloof, just startingto climb the ladder to stardom from hiscurrent role as PCA Chief Instructor andTrack Chair and now a new member ofTeam Freedom Autosports, competing inthe Grand Am Koni Challenge Series. Ofcourse all of these racers drive Porsches,promoting our favorite marque.It’s also interesting to note that ats e v e r a l l a d d e r r u n g s b e l o w t h eaforementioned pros, in our own localPCA regional ranks, resides a young manwho surprisingly showed up at the dininghall of the historic Seneca Lodge whereour Porsche Corral group was enjoyingdinner. He is Michael Tosi, son of PaulTosi, a very helpful NER AX Instructorwho keeps trying to improve my poor AXperformance. Though he’s busy attendingcollege, he has the innate driving talentand interest which if fully developedmight lead to a driving career.This reminds me that one of the notablecontributors to NCR’s success, jack-ofall-tradesMatt Romanowski, fleetinglyappeared with his big telescope camera-- chatted with David and me briefly --and promptly disappeared to search forprime photo spots around this long (over3 miles) track. Matt, who was my CCCinstructor, also has the skills, I believe, topursue a racing career.You might have thought that enoughhad happened on Day 1, which wasjust supposed to be the preliminariessetting the stage for the big Rolex eventtomorrow. Well, Friday was topped offwith an outstanding performance byAndy Lally with his hard-fought win in theKoni Challenge, despite his worries overwhether his seriously damaged Rolex GT3Porsche could be repaired in time to startand finish in tomorrow’s main event.Obviously, top racers find a way tocompartmentalize problems/worries awayfrom their immediate goals: simply winthis race, forget all else. That’s what Lallydid! The Mustangs exchanged leads withhim all day until a bad Porsche pit stopput him further behind. But Andy keptpressing them with his Porsche 987 untilon the last lap he passed the Mustangsto win.Day 2 arrives and we’re curious to learnwhether Andy Lally’s GT3 Porsche #67made it back to the line-up after theemergency chassis repair/alignmentlast night. Eureka! #67 is back in therace. Until this afternoon we will focusour attention on the morning NASCARCamping World Series East race becausePorsche Factory Team Driver, Patrick Long,is driving a AASCO Motorsports Chevrolet#03. I met Patrick at the Charlotte Paradelast year and found him to be a highlydisciplined and personable young manwho takes his job very seriously to thepoint that he follows a strict regimen ofphysical and mental imaging exercises sohe can perform successfully in gruelinglong distance races like 24 Hours atLeMans in which he participated thisyear. As for the race at hand, Long wasexchanging leads especially with RyanTruex in a Toyota. On the last lap justbefore the checkered flag, in turn 11, theCorral location, Ryan Truex passed Longand won the race to my disappointment.I soon forgot that loss because I beganfocusing on the big Rolex event comingup in several hours. Specifically, nowthat I’ve met the Brumos Team namelyDavid Donahue and Darren Law in thePorsche Riley #58 and Hurley Haywoodand Joao Barbosa, in the Porsche Riley#59 and the TRG Team - Andy Lally inthe Porsche GT3(which just returned fromthe emergency repair shop), I’d know whoto cheer on.Back at the Corral, Botho announcedthat PCA has been privileged to act asGrid Marshalls to start the Rolex races. Ilearned this function involved holding higha numbered placard opposite the spot onpit road where the assigned race car mustbe on the grid depending on qualifyingtime. I chose my car #18 ( means longlife in Hebrew numerology) and proudlymarched out to my spot. Much to my16 Northlander July 2009


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BARN FIND PHOTOGRAPHSThe event was the ‘Double 50’(or something like that). It waslate summer 1998 and it was tocommemorate the 50th year of bothPorsche and Watkins Glen.Ed Wlodarczyk is a Porsche enthusiast and mechanic. He mentioned to the editor on occassion he had made a trip to The Glen afew years ago for a special Porsche event. Here are a few of the photographs Ed took of what must have been a great event.July 200919 Northlander


Porsche wins “Best New Engine 2009 Award”Stuttgart. Once again Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been successful in the International Engine of the Year Awards.With its 3.8-litre power unit from the 911 Carrera S models, the sports car manufacturer has underpinned its position in a field of highperformance competitors, receiving the coveted “Best New Engine 2009 Award”. For eleven years now, this prize has been awarded bythe British specialist journal “Engine Technology International” for outstanding engine characteristics.With the new flat-six engines featuring direct fuel injection Porsche is raising the sportiness, efficiency and environmental compatibilityof the 911 to an even higher level than before. The Carrera S for the first time also comes with Porsche’s new double-clutchtransmission (PDK). And despite an increase in power by 8.5 per cent, the PDK models reduce fuel consumption by more than 13 percent and CO2 emissions by almost 15 percent.Output of the 3.8-litre power unit in the S-models is up by 30 to 385 bhp (283 kW), pushing the extra-powerful S-version beyond themagic speed barrier of 300 km/h or 186 mph. Despite this supreme power and performance, the new models in the 911 range onceagain boast a significant reduction of fuel consumption, the 911 Carrera S Coupé with the PDK version offering even greater fueleconomy with average fuel consumption of just 10.2 litres/100 km (combined overall fuel consumption to the EU5 standard).Photograph and text from Presse Porsche20 Northlander July 2009


ICE CREAM RALLY 2009John LeachWednesday, June 17, 2009, the weatherwas more seasonable, compared to thecooler and often damp spring we’ve hadso far. In fact, it was sunny and pleasantlywarm - - a perfect day for a small cadre ofNCR members to do their part to upholdthe tradition of New Englanders eatingthe most ice cream per capita than anyother cross section of the nation (maybeit has something to do with the brevityof our summers, a zest for enjoyingsimple pleasures, and a plethora of gooddairies). Some perennial attendees anda few “newbies” gathered at Porscheof Stratham, to sign the obligatoryPCA waivers, and discuss all manner oftopics while the group assembled forthe planned tour to our destination.True, we could have said, “Just meetat Lago’s at 7 o’clock,” but what fun isthat? We are members of a car club,after all - - a marque that really ought tobe driven to be appreciated, and thereare some nice driving roads in the area.So that’s what we did; in the fashion ofprior ice cream runs, the group filed outof Porsche of Stratham playing “followthe leader,” and almost immediatelyturned onto back roads through sceniccountryside, passing by a mix of newhome construction and long-standingNew England vernacular. Although theroad was far from Autobahn standards, Ithink it nevertheless presented interest todrivers with its elevation changes, twistsand turns, and changing scenery. Thegroup was led to a favorite “rest stop”of previous ice cream runs at Wallis SandsState Beach where a few hardy folks daredto compare the ocean’s water with airtemperature, and then had to deal withthe dilemma of sand in their car’s interiors.After that challenge was met, the groupventured on to the ultimate destination,but once at Lago’s Lone Oak Ice Cream,we realized that despite efforts to keepthe group following closely behind oneanother (and having given a sheet ofdirections and a map to each participantbeforehand) that some didn’t pull intothe parking lot with the rest of us. Aftera brief (but nevertheless anxious) while,the missing appeared, and all was good.Lago’s again offered their overwhelmingJuly 2009Larry at Lago’s ... with a “small” ice cream. Photograph by David Churcherselection of ice creams (and took someof our participants by surprise in the sizeof their offerings). The “official” part ofthe social outing concluded when thegroup finished these wonderful desserts,but a few (still hungry) souls reversed theusual order of meal courses, and venturednorthward on Rt. 1 to the nearby 99Restaurant for additional food, libation,and camaraderie.This was likely NOT the only Ice CreamFun Run of the year. Stay tuned forannouncements about other trips throughinteresting countryside to delectablecontinued on page 22 ....21 Northlander


Ivy is all smiles in anticipation ... Johngives clear instructions, and notes too,but Churcher still got lost ... Matt andXana are happy with the new Nikon ...and Jay indicates he wants two scoops.Photographs of Ivy and Jay by MattRomanowski.Photographs of John and Matt andXana by David Churcher.22 Northlander July 2009


Hank enjoyed the sun and the pauseat Wallis Sands ... Xana caught the lineup in the rear view mirror ... Xana andMatt smile for the other Nikon ... andthe group enjoys dessert before dinner.Photograph of Hank by MattRomanowski.Photograph of the line up by Xana.Photograph of Xana and Matt by DavidChurcher.Photograph of the group by IvyLeonard.July 200923 Northlander


Just in case you have forgotten whatsnow is like here is a shot Dave Bataltook in December of his new Porsche.Photograph by Dave Batal24 Northlander July 2009


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Joe KraetschNCR Autocross #2All week long, the weather forecast forDevens looked gloomy but by Friday,predictions were looking better forSaturday’s autocross. Saturday came andthe rain did not. The sun even came outa couple of times during the day and itgot pretty warm (we went through overeight cases of water!).Neither of our regular course designerswere able to attend. Guest designer,Rob MacAlpine, with help from ErnieGrasso and Matt Nieman laid down agood challenging course. It was not aneasy course. There were a lot of technicalelements that you had to get right toget through the next section. Overlyaggressive drivers and those who are timidon the brakes found themselves gettingpinched and fighting to make it throughthe next section. Those who were patientthrough the slow sections were rewardedwith faster times.Once again, we had a lot of walk inregistrations resulting in a delayed start.First car off was not until 10:15 but wegot four morning runs and four more inthe afternoon. We had sixty-six driverscompeting in twelve classes including a lotof new (to NCR) drivers and a PCA juniorparticipant, Brandon Mulkern.A few people had mechanical problems.Matt Nieman and Judy Hendrickson nevermade it to the start line. Judy was graciousenough to stay for the day and announcefor both run groups. Thank you, Judy! Ifinally got the legendary black car on theroad and to an event (mostly because Iam still waiting for parts for my enginerebuild for the white car) proving that theblack car really does exist. Unfortunatelythe black car decided that two runs witha sticking rear caliper were enough, shutdown the cooling fans and left a puddleof antifreeze in the paddock. We madlychanged the old Hoosiers over to Lisa’s944 and finished the day with her car. TheSchnoerrmeister 914 made it through themorning runs before losing a brake lineon the first afternoon run. I heard afterthe event that one of our invited guestsalso had brake troubles.I usually try to report on the close races butthere were not a lot of them. However,there were some dramatic changesbetween the morning and afternoonresults. Remember, a driver’s final scoreis the sum of their best morning run andtheir best afternoon run. We ran thesame course morning and afternoon forthis event although sometimes we havechanged the course for the afternoon.In the Novice Class, almost everyonechanged positions from morning toafternoon except Ronald Orr, who wonboth sessions. By definition, Ronald isno longer a novice. Strict Stock also sawa lot of position changes from morningto afternoon. Jeremy Mazzariello had ahuge lead after the morning session withMike Tosi, Dick Demaine, Bill Seymourand Ernie Grasso rounding out the topfive—all within a 1.2 second spread. Billtook charge of the afternoon session butcould not come close to erasing Jeremy’smorning lead (Bill’s best morning runincluded a two-cone penalty) but Bill didmove up to second place on the day. Erniemoved up to third, Dick dropped to fourthand Mike could not lay down a cleanafternoon run and dropped way downto fifth. In P2, I was only 0.3 secondsbehind David Case in the morning buthe got faster and I got slower in theafternoon. Neil Halbert, Bob Canter andOllie Lucier cruised to wins in P4, P6 andP7 respectively. It looked like Ted Shawhad a comfortable P8 lead over MichaelOrsini in the morning but Ted couldn’tfind a clean afternoon run so Michaelerased that lead and took the win. Themorning race in Modified looked closeuntil you noticed that Kenny Conway’sslight lead was with a two-cone penalty.Ron Mann found three more seconds inthe afternoon but Kenny cleaned up oneof his runs and sealed the win. MeanwhileMark Skala dominated the Improved Classwhile also taking both FTD and top PAXfor the day.Our next autocross is Sunday, July 19. Ihope to see you there (but please preregisteronline and bring lots of water!)continued on page 27Results pages 32 and 3326 Northlander July 2009


NCR Autocross#2Trophy winnersphotograph byPam DavisJuly 200927 Northlander


President...continued from page 6smoothness, and consistency in drivingthe line); Black (considered demonstratingvery advanced or expert skill, capable ofdriving at the level of instructors); andfinally Red (the instructor group, highlyskilled as drivers, and with the personalityand communication skills to relay theirexperience to others). Instructors are thelifeblood of Porsche’s DE program. Justthink about it: your instructor, a personyou have never met before walks up toyou, introduces themselves, climbs intoyour car – a car that most likely theyhave never seen before – buckles up andentrusts his or her safety to you, coupledwith their ability to guide you around thetrack safely based on experience and theability to communicate. They have nosteering wheel, no brake pedal. And theyhave probably just jumped out of anotherstudent’s car to join you in your session!Remember to thank your instructor nexttime!Now…for the time on track – our homecourse, New Hampshire Motor Speedwayis far from being a circle. We’re talkingabout a road course there: twelve turnsin one-point-six miles. There are so manyturns that some have called it a hugeAutocross course. It is a great track tolearn on. You learn braking, shifting, andthe importance of vision (looking ahead),because the turns come at you quickly.You follow what is called the line, whichbrings you around the track smoothlyand efficiently. Easing into turns, shiftingbefore the up hill, getting your breakingdone before the turn in. The excitementof taking your first pass signal andresponding with a small nod or wave.Even offering up that first pass signal isgreat. So much to learn, every moment isexciting. The four twenty to twenty-fiveminute sessions that make up that firstday are unforgettable. I will never forgetPeter C’s first DE event…when asked howhe liked it, his reply was priceless: ‘I willhave to schedule a doctor’s appointmentto have this smile surgically removed frommy face!’ What a comment!Come experience a great group of friendsyou have yet to meet, sharing storiesabout their cars, helping each other,making newbies feel at home and as onewith the group. We call it ‘Camp NCR.’Pop on to our website and check out afew pictures. Maybe those shots will giveyou that little nudge to encourage signingup for your first DE event. It is not ‘justdriving in a circle.’ Sign up…and sign upsoon! See you at the track!Editor...continued from page 7It was found…from an old lawn mower.How did Marc and his partner find it?They searched and found a restorer ofvintage lawn mowers (!) who would notsell them the can but only the completevintage mower. They bought it, removedthe can, and left. Extraordinary.Marc related several stories but I will sharejust one more. Many years ago, as a youngman, he knew of a local gentleman whowent off to the Indy 500 every year. Hisname was Jim. Later they realized "Jim"was Jim Hurtubise. If you want to read upon a colorful and extraordinary person doa Google on Jim Hurtubise.On to the track. We had bought ticketsto be in the Porsche coral at Turn 11.The coral was organized by Central NewYork PCA and provided us with company,stories, drinks, and a taste of the track.Joyce and Chuck Gladle had thingsorganized to a “T” ... just wonderful ...and when it came time to take our carsout on the track I decided to be rightbehind Chuck and follow his line. I amnot, in case you don't know, a traineddriver. Enthusiast, designer, photographer... yes ... but not a driver. And my bungleft foot doesn't help. But this was a tasteof the track and not a race. Perhaps aparade at 40 MPH. Chuck had mentionedthe pace car driver would not make it tooslow. Well, it was not "too slow" by anymeans and I had a blast. As we hurtled into each turn I heard a voice: "...late apex,break here, don't lift, foot down here, fullthrottle up the hill and through the turn... late apex here ..." Voice in my head?No. It was Jack's.Central New York PCA can rival NCRfor being people people. Oh, they havelovely cars but they are into hospitalityand fun just like NCR. At dinner in theSeneca Lodge Chuck told me because ofhis advanced age he was the historian forthe club. So I said I knew another historianwho was not old. He asked who. EllenBeck ... she's not old. He smiled and said:"we know Ellen ..." But of course. It's asmall world. Sort of.We had visitors at our coral. Central NYhad organized for some of the drivers tovisit us to chat and do autographs. I won'tsteal Jack's story here ... he will write upthe details in his article for this issue. ButI must relate the following: I had justfinished my lunch and paused to relaxin the sun in my 911 with some music.I dozed off. I was awoken by a flusteredJack racing towards me shouting "David,David ...they are here!" I thought laterit was fair revenge for him making mechase him down the street last year atParade when he went off (in the wrongdirection) to find Patrick Long. But whohad arrived? It was Hurley Haywoodand David Donohue. Real gentlemen,enthusiasts, extraordinary people.It has been an interesting month for me.I have some other stories but they are notNCR or Porsche related. I will just mentionI met some unusual, extraordinary,engineers in Toledo, Ohio. And I will add:we are so lucky we live in New England.And who would I say is the mostextraordinary person of my June 2009?David Brabham. Without a doubt.You might recall in our May issue ofNorthlander I quoted him as saying hewould win Le Mans. He did. Those Aussies... next thing you know they will win LeTour de France.The Rolling Chicane...continued from page 10Of course my dad and I wanted totake the XC60 out for a test driveso we could put it through its paces.Even though this wasn’t part of theevent, Tami was happy to put a plateon an Ice White XC60 for us, in factshe even went out to put gas in itknowing we might be gone a while.Four adults easily fit in this nicely sizedcross-over. I am 6’4” and I had ampleleg and headroom in the back seat.My dad started out driving first andwas immediately impressed with thesmooth ride, power and brakes. TheXC60 comes with a 3.0 liter in-line28 Northlander July 2009


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24th Annual Zone One AutocrossAug.29-30, 2009 Moore Airfield Ft. Devens Ayer MAThe EventTwo-day event. New course each day; ParadeCompetition Rules (PCRs) are used for classifying &trophies. Men’s & Women’s parallel classes; Mustcompete both days to trophy; Team Challenge for AllPCA Regions; Registration opens 8 AM sharp; First caroff approx 9:15 AM; Porsche cars only; Dinner onSaturday night after the event.Cost$60/person early bird-registration until 8/15/09$85/person after 8/15/09 or at eventAmounts are for one or two days;Maximum 2 drivers per car per class;Dates refer to postmark.Host HotelSpringhill Suites by Marriot(http://devenscommoncenter.com)31 Andrews Parkway Devens MAPhone: 978 772 3030Rate: $129/night + taxRefer to Code: “AXPC” for group rateYou must book by 7/28/09 for group rateEvent ContactsZone 1 Autocross Chair: Don Coburn(516) 804-2562 autoxerpca@aol.comZone 1 Registrar: Lin Hurd(607)-564-7517 before 9pm ESTlinhurd@hughes.net2009 Zone 1 Autocross Registration Form Registration Open NOWLinks to the PCRs and other event info will be posted on the Zone 1 website - http://zone1.pca.org/Entrant: __________________________ (Car # ) Model/year: __________________________________Co-entrant: _______________________ (Car #Address: __________________________________City/State/Zip ______________________________Phone (eve): ________________________________E-mail: LEGIBLE PLEASE!_____________________________________PCA Region: _________________________________) PCR class: __________________________________Sat. Dinner: $45/person x ____ persons = $ ________AX Fee paid $_____ x _____ entrants = $ __________Total Amount Enclosed: $ __________Checks payable to: Zone 1 PCA (US Funds Only)Mail to: Lin Hurd 151 Vankirk Rd. Newfield, NY 14867July 200931 Northlander


NCR Autocross # 2—June 20, 2009Novice Porsche (PAX Indexed Class) AM PM Total PAX1 P9 Ronald Orr 2005 997 95.302 94.697 189.999 164.5392 P7 Barb Jacques 2001 Boxster 100.632 99.545 200.177 168.7493 S6 Constantine Brocoum 1989 964 C4 109.643 102.026 211.669 171.0284 P6 Paul Hohensee 1991 964 103.929 102.438 206.367 172.3165 S9 Eric Liu 2006 Carrera S 113.935 96.553 210.488 176.3886 P7 Evan Tong 1996 911 Cabriolet 103.190 106.548 209.738 176.8097 I6 Geoffrey McGaffigan 1986 944 Turbo 107.856 97.155 205.011 177.5398 S8 Ben Chang 1999 996 DNF 103.640 DNF -Strict Stock (PAX Indexed Class)1 S7 Jeremy Mazzariello 2007 Cayman 85.350 86.943 172.293 140.5912 S7 Bill Seymour 2007 Cayman 91.519 85.862 177.381 144.7423 S7 Ernest Grasso 2001 Boxster S 92.807 88.677 181.484 148.0904 S6 Dick Demaine 1988 911 92.321 90.999 183.320 148.1225 S9 Michael Tosi 2006 Carrera S 88.992 88.727 177.719 148.9286 S7 Steve Ross 2004 Boxster 93.552 89.181 182.733 149.1107 S8 Christopher Fahy 1999 911 92.463 90.260 182.723 151.2948 S8 Geoff Kronik 2007 Cayman S 96.548 93.544 190.092 157.3969 S7 Mary Chevalier 2006 Boxter 98.351 96.146 194.497 158.70910 S2 Miriam Dunster 1987 944 102.411 97.353 199.764 159.01211 S9 David Grant 2007 GT3 99.540 98.304 197.844 165.793Production 21 David Case 1987 944 87.397 86.239 173.636 142.9022 Joe Kraetsch 1989 944 87.724 88.572 176.296 145.0913 Lisa Roche 1989 944 90.182 89.097 179.279 147.5464 Bill Aubin 1984 944 99.159 95.246 194.405 159.9955 Guile Wood 1983 944 103.309 97.343 200.652 165.136Production 31 Mark Schnoerr 1974 914 82.405 DNF DNF -2 Sigrid Schnoerr 1974 914 84.429 DNSProduction 41 Neil Halbert 1990 944S2 85.642 92.676 178.318 148.8952 Georges Rouhart 1993 968 89.809 94.231 184.040 153.6733 Laurence Day 1985 944S 95.618 95.264 190.882 159.3864 Jack A. Saunders 1990 944S2 115.618 121.204 236.822 197.746Production 61 Robert Canter 1984 Carrera 89.510 87.569 177.079 147.8612 Brian Lay 1986 911 90.994 88.889 179.883 150.2023 Chris Ryan 1984 911 Carrera 90.952 89.745 180.697 150.8824 Chris Lovell 1986 911 Carerra 93.134 90.430 183.564 153.2755 Jeff Johnson 1987 911 Carrera 95.022 93.213 188.235 157.1766 James Wogan 1993 RS America 96.190 95.277 191.467 159.8757 Steven James 1988 911 DNF 97.022 DNF -Production 71 Oliver Lucier 1998 Boxster 81.243 81.497 162.740 137.1892 Chris Jacques 2001 Boxster 85.181 83.226 168.407 141.9673 John Leach 2000 Boxster S DNF 94.047 DNF -32 Northlander July 2009


Production 81 Michael Orsini 2008 Cayman S 89.593 89.315 178.908 153.1452 Ted Shaw 1999 996 C2 88.089 91.426 179.515 153.664Improved (PAX Indexed Class)1 I3 Mark Skala 1970 914-6 79.317 79.836 159.153 135.7572 I6 Charles Stromeyer 1997 993 Turbo 87.178 84.051 171.229 148.2843 I3 Steve Smith 1983 944 97.772 93.291 191.063 162.976Modified (PAX Indexed Class)1 M5 Kenny Conway 1992 964 Carrera cup 84.013 79.599 163.612 146.1052 M4 Ron Mann 1970 911 85.355 82.614 167.969 148.8203 M5 Ken Conway 1992 964 Carrera Cup 104.310 DNF DNF -Top Times Of Day Time DriverRaw time159.153 Mark SkalaPax135.757 Mark SkalaJuly 200933 Northlander


AMELIA ISLAND 2009Miriam DunsterWhat can be timeless?We all can think of items or events thatwould qualify as timeless. Would youconsider a trip one? Or how about aclassic automobile? Well what if youcombined both of these along withmeeting some very interesting individuals.This is exactly what happened when Ivyand I made arrangements to attend the14 th Annual Amelia Island Concoursd’Elegance on Sunday, March 15, 2009.Now that I wrote that statement and youare aware of the current date your areprobably wondering why this article isin this edition of the Northlander. Is it amistake of the editors? No, it is not. Thiscommentary is published now to recap anevent that should be considered by anyautomobile enthusiast.Since this was Ivy’s second trip to the showI relied on her knowledge and the contactsthat she developed from within the FloridaCrown Porsche Region to assist in theplanning process. The initial commentreceived from Ken Perry was “just gethere and we will get you around” whichturned out to be a very honest statement.Of course when you leave a state wherethe temperature was -40°F and arrivea few hours later to a state where thetemperature is over 70 and sunny it isgoing to be a great day. Then add FCRregion arranging private airport arrivalservices of Bobbie and her husband Chuckwhich included Bobbie waiting as we tookthe corner with an “IVY” sign which musthave seemed like a déjà vu event for Ivy.The car this year was a donated PorscheCayenne which seemed appropriate for aRegional President and Past President.Saturday’s car auction was in full forcewhen we arrived at the host hotel. Thescene was select vehicles parked on thegrass surrounding the auction tent withthe auctioneer’s voice cascading overthe scene for those that did not havetickets for the auction tent. Listening tothe bidding on vehicles while walkingaround some of the auction items wasan enlightening experience from a carcollection perspective. Ivy and I bothfound cars that if we had sufficient fundswe would have attempted to begincollecting.As I stated earlier we met interestingindividuals during the weekend, someof them were insiders to the FCR andsome were not. Larry was a 65-year-oldgentleman who needed to take a rest fora few minutes when we met him. BothIvy and I were a little concerned for hishealth when he first asked if the chairwas available. After he had time to catchhis breath the conversation started and itcontinued for over an hour. We learnedthat he was a book writer who was hereto work on his newest concept regardingthe Jaguar British Leyland racing series.We learned that Larry lived behind theiron curtain for a number of years workingon an agricultural contract, owned twoPorsches, a 924 and 928 at one time,and seemed to play a role of relationshipadvisor to both of us. It is amazing whatpeople will share when you enter relaxedconversations. We enjoyed the timewe spent with Larry and look forwardto finding his new book at the localbookstore or online in the future.The actual day of the Concours wasoverwhelming for this novice. The greensof the golf course held great examples ofDuesenberg, Bugatti, Auburn, Cadillac,Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Jaguar, andPorsche. We even found a number of NewHampshire owners displaying somethingfrom their collections. My knowledgeof automobiles is not that extensive andthere were a number of cars that neitherIvy nor I ever heard of. It is amazing whatyou can learn. I do hope that our editorsselect some photos of the rare vehicles forthis edition of Northlander.Ivy and I would highly suggest to anyautomobile enthusiasts try to attendshows of this type if they can no matterwhere they are in this country.34 Northlander July 2009


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Press-InformationPorsche Museum Presents SpecialExhibition of Rare VW Beetle PrototypesSeventy-Five Years Ago: Porsche Receivesthe Order to Construct the VolkswagenStuttgart. 22 June 1934 was not only oneof the most important days in the earlycorporate history of the Company now knownthe world over as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG,Stuttgart, but also the day that changed thehistory of the entire automotive industry: Itwas on that day that “Dr. Ing. h.c. F. PorscheGmbH, Konstruktionen und Beratung fürMotoren- und Fahrzeugbau” received thego-ahead from the “Reichsverband derAutomobilindustrie (RDA)” (the Association ofthe German Reich of the Automotive Industry)to construct and build the Volkswagen.In those difficult economic times, automobileconstructors had had the idea time and againto build an inexpensive car for the populationat large. One of them was FerdinandPorsche who, in the course of his career,had constructed no less than seven compactand small cars for various manufacturers.As the ultimate result of these projects interms of technology and design he finallydeveloped the Volkswagen concept in 1933,presenting the car to the Reich Ministry ofTransport on 17 January 1934 in his “Studyfor the Production of a Germany People’sCar” (quite simply, the “Volkswagen”).At the end of the day the political leadersback then were also convinced of theconcept Porsche and his constructors haddeveloped. So five months after submittingthe study, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbHreceived the order to develop the car atthe initiative of the Reich Government. Andwhile the original agreement was to buildonly one prototype of the Volkswagen, theRDA increased the order on 7 December1934 to three cars assembled in the garageof Ferdinand Porsche’s private residence.The first Volkswagen prototype, the V1 (V= Versuchswagen or Test Car), was readyto go almost exactly a year after the officialdevelopment brief, Ferdinand Porschepresenting the saloon to an RDA TechnicalCommission on 3 July 1935. The second testcar, a convertible code-named the V2, setout on its maiden trip on 22 December 1935.After construction of three further Volkswagenprototypes code-named V3 had started inFebruary 1936, resistance to the projectbegan to build up in the RDA. Quite simplybecause, with its central tube frame, thetorsion bar suspension invented by Porscheand the air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engineat the rear, the Volkswagen was now seen– and feared – as a serious competitorto existing models. A further series of 30prototypes (VW30) was nevertheless builtin 1937 by the then Daimler-Benz AGand tested in a large-scale trial coveringa total of 2.4 million test kilometres.Contrary to the first idea to build theVolkswagen in a joint venture of Germancar makers, the Reich Government decidedon 4 July 1936 to build a separate plantfor the new car, the Volkswagenwerk.So the “Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitungdes Deutschen Volkswagens mbH” or“Gezuvor” for short (the “Company forPreparation of Deutsche VolkswagenLtd”) was established on 28 May 1937.As one of the three managing directors ofGezuvor, Ferdinand Porsche received the36 Northlander July 2009


official order for the technical developmentand planning of the future production plant,with construction work starting in May 1938 inthe small town of Fallersleben, now Wolfsburg.On two study trips to the USA, FerdinandPorsche gained the latest know-how onmodern automobile production and the rulesto be observed in the production pro-cess.By the second half of 1938 the prototypes,now having reached the level of VW38,had achieved a point in the developmentprocess hardly different from the subsequentproduction model. So now potential purchaserswere able to save five reichsmarks a weekfor the Volkswagen in the meantime rechristenedas the “KdF-Wagen” forming partof the German Reich’s “Kraft durch Freude”or “Strength through Happiness” strategy.The Porsche Museum is dedicating aSpecial Exhibition to the 75th anniversaryof the order to build the Volkswagen, heldfrom 22 June – 31 July 2009. Apart fromdetailed information and original picturesfrom the Historical Archives of PorscheAG, the Exhibition also presents a rarepre-war prototype of the Volkswagen. Thisvery special VW38 from the VolkswagenFoundation Collection was used personallyby Professor Porsche, also on many businesstrips. Another rare car is the prototype of aVW Beetle powered by a diesel engineand built by Porsche in the early 1950s.Priced at an extremely low 990.- reichsmarks,the Volkswagen was really to be everybody’scar, easily affordable for the averagepurchaser. But due to the War not one ofthe roughly 340,000 investors reached hissavings target and not one single Volkswagenwas delivered to a private customer.Starting in 1939 Porsche developed furthervariants of the Volkswagen parallel to the“KdF-Wagen“ which were however intendedfor military use. Indeed, more than 60,000of the jeep-like Kübelwagen, the amphibianSchwimmwagen, and the higher-rankingKommandeurwagen (the commander’scar), some of which featured all-wheeldrive, were built by the end of World War II.Another model based on the Volkswagenwas the Type 64 Berlin-Rome Car builtin 1939. This motorsport version of theVolkswagen was developed for the Berlin-Rome long-distance race planned forSeptember 1939 and is acknowledgedby car historians as the great-grandfatherof Porsche sports cars today. With itsstreamlined aluminium body and upgradedVW boxer engine, the Berlin-Rome Carreached a top speed of 145 km/h or 90 mph.Regular production of the civilian Volkswagenstarted in Wolfsburg in summer 1945 –and bearing the nickname “VW Käfer”or the “VW Beetle”, the Volkswagenbecame as popular the world over ashardly any other car before or after.The VW Beetle also sets the record interms of its production life and volume,production of the last VW Beetle still comingoff the line in Mexico continuing until July2003. And accounting for 21.5 millionunits built, the Beetle is by far one of thehighest-production vehicles of all times.July 200937 Northlander


Looking Back...continued from page 11Fund (though they could have been morebenevolent) ... members drove fromallpoints of New England to the smalltown of Watkins Glen, NY, at the southend of Seneca Lake. The occasion: Zone1’s 15 th anniversary running of the 48hours of Watkins Glen driver educationevent.While one unlucky driver was “blackflagged” on the way due to an illegallane change, others failed to “brake anddownshift” in a timely manner, receivinga written “caution yellow” and aninvitation to make a one-time contributionto the highway beautification program!“Juan” Addario even elected, at the lastminute, to trailer his911 Carrera to theevent like a real pro. Though his overallfuel consumption for thetrip improved,his cost per mile shot up like the spaceshuttle. He is reportedly looking for a newteam manager.Following a torrential downpour onFriday night, the weather made a markedimprovement. When the sun rose Saturdaymorning, the sky was clear and the airwascool and dry. We were in for a pictureperfect weekend, unlike the record heatwave that plagued last year’s event.Track conditions were ideal and techlines opened promptly at 7am. BesidesMichael Grishman and Ray Ayer, whohad “flown” in the day before for theinstructors’practice session, ten otherNorth Country drivers lined up to havetheir cars checked and “signed off.” PhyllisStibler returned this year along with, Frank“Juan” Addario,Dick Minesinger, George& Craig Rief, Forrest Sewall and KenBrown. Rounding out the group was PeterSabbow, attending his very first Driver’sEd event, Yours Truly (alsoa “novice”)co-driving the Don Barnes 924S, DonnaSewall and “Juan’s” pit crew consisting ofnephews Tom & Frank Nelson.Following a short briefing by Zone 1 RepBob Moir and Driving Events ChairChrisKirby, we split up into our respective rungroups for a day of fun. Being a noviceI was teamed up with Frank Ambrosino,Track Chair of Hudson-ChamplainRegion,and I couldn’t have had a betterinstructor. In our first session Frankdrove the first two laps, demonstratingthe proper line through the course’s 11turns and covering braking and shiftingtechniques. After a quick stop in the pitswhere we changed places behind thewheel, it was out on the track again forsome quality instruction. By the end ofthe day I had a fairly good idea what I hadto do to be smooth and fast, butdoing itconsistently was the problem. I exhibitedmost “first-timer” tendencies, butFrankhad the patience of a priest. He urged merepeatedly to look deep into the turnstheapex cones and to try to overcome thetendency to want to turn in early. Heconstantly stressed the importance ofbeing s-m-o-o-t-h on the brakes andgas,“feathering” the accelerator to keepthe car balanced as we drifted into eachturn. I was having so much fun; I couldn’twait for Sunday’s sessions.When our run groups were completedon Saturday afternoon, we retired toourrooms at the Seneca Lodge for ashower and a little relaxation beforereturning to the track for the traditionalbarbecue buffet. Held outdoors, we hada breathtaking view of the southern tipof Seneca Lake and across the valley tothe farms on the far ridge.The weatherwas spectacular and everyone got stuffedand had a terrific time. Talk obviouslycentered around the day’s events and howa second or two could be shaved off laptimes. I was content just to come in fromeach run and turn the car over to Donforhis runs without any grass or dirt in thewheel wells!Once we were all suitably “fed &watered,” talk shifted to the rest of thenight’s activities. Enthusiasm was buildingfor some additional “follow-on” tracktraining, asit came out that “Juan” andhis nephews had discovered a local gocarttrack earlierin the day. So, withoutfurther hesitation, it was down the hillfor the running of the 1st Annual NCRShort-track Challenge.Upon arrival at the track, it didn’t takelong to discover that of the 10 cartsavailable, some were quicker than others.This lead to a modified “LeMans start”asthe gate was opened and we sprintedto our chosen cart. When the green flagwasdropped, the field took off with muchsputtering, muttering and bumping.Tom &Frank Nelson showed the mostenthusiasm and it wasn’t long before theyhadperfected the technique of sendingopponents sideways into the tire walland slipping past into the lead. Craig Riefeven demonstrated a unique method ofturning his cartaround following a spin.But alas, the checkered flag fell all toosoon and it was backin line again towait our turn for another run. When wefinally decided to pack it infor the night,we had left a lasting impression on theattendants, carts, tire walls and, of course,our wallets. We all agreed that we shouldapproach Bob Moir with the suggestionthat Zone 1 purchase the track for futureevents.Sunday proved to be a little more humidand a lot warmer. Run groups howeverran smoothly and driving techniques andlap times improved. Unfortunately, thelastrun came all too quickly and gaveus cause to reflect on the weekend’sexperience. Ken Brown’s newly completed“track car,” though plagued early onby a sticky carburetor float, performedwell for its first outing. Dick Minesingerwas even treated to a “spin” around thetrack with Ray Ayer at the wheel of theslant-nose Turbo! While Peter Sabbowand I were the only “novices” fromour region, he faired better than I didand, by Sunday afternoon, received his“safe for solo” sign-off for the WatkinsGlencircuit. This just proves, once again,that daring youth wins out over middleagedconservatives!The most important point to rememberwas that it had been an enjoyable andsafeweekend, with no mishaps, bruised carsor egos. We all left with the knowledgethat we could return again next yearand share in the fun and marvelouscamaraderie enveloped the entire groupof Zone 1 members. For those of you thatchose not to attend this year, you missedout on a terrific time.38 Northlander July 2009


SALE***: Four stock Boxster wheels with slicks, painted gray/silver.Some small scratches in the paint from storage. No damageto structure. Asking $500 for the set. Tire sizes Rear, 255/40 ZR 17; Front, 205/50 ZR 1, BF Goodrich G-Force T/A racing slicks,maybe 30% left Brad Marshall 603-496-2038 BRADUSM3@aol.comSALE***: 1984 Porsche 928. Spectacular Factory Custom. $17,500. Pearl white metallic with all burgundy leather interior(seats, doors, dash, roof). Grey Carpeting. Automatic. Near Flawless condition. 1 owner. 44k miles. Serviced by Precision Imports.Never raced, carefully stored, meticulously maintained. Contact David Murray at 603-621-5111.SALE**: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse - Sunset Pearl, black cloth sport seats, 5 sp, AC, Cruise, Sun and Sound Package (sunroof andpremium stereo), 24,000 miles, Amsoil synthetic oil always used, Adult owned and in very good condition. This is a very sportycar that gets 30 MPG and runs on regular gas. KBB value is $11,400. $13,200/OBO. Jay Gratton (603) 498-8576or JEG914@AOL.COMSALE***: 1) Four Khumo Victorace V 700 tires mounted on rugged rims with good tread. Fronts= 225/50 ZR16 & Rears= 245/45ZR16. Asking $550.00. 3).Kingdragon Neck Support. asking $ 35.00. Craftsman 5 gallon air tank $20Call Jack Saunders @ (603) 536-4275 or email to ( saundoj @ suchmail.com )SALE*1988 Porsche 924S - Black/Black, excellent street/DE/AX car, rebuilt top end, PS & AC delete, rebuilt LSD trans, new clutch,MO30 sway bars, konis, lowered, cool brake kit, drilled rotors, etc. Not a garage queen, but an excellent turn key driver that hasbeen meticulously maintained by 21 year PCA member. Would also be a wonderful car for PCA, SCCA or 944 Cup racing. Manyextras! $4,500/OBO Jay Gratton @ jeg914@aol.com or 603-498-8576July 200939 Northlander


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