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Slipstream - March 2016

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

ROLEX 24 at Daytona:

ROLEX 24 at Daytona: Rookie Finishes Second Courtesy of de Boulle Motorsports Nick Boulle’s debut at the 54th Annual ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona resulted in a secondplace finish in the Prototype Challenge (PC) Class. Nick Boulle, the 26-year-old son of Denis and Karen Boulle — of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and now Houston— was the first retail Nick Boulle hoisting the second place trophy jeweler which carries Rolex to compete in the demanding 24-hour sports car race. The race requires four-driver teams. Rounding out the team was returning PR1 driver Tom Kimber- Smith, Robert Alon and Jose Gutierrez. The team raced in the Le Mans Prototype Challenge car. The car featured an open-cockpit and technology such as a carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes and sequential gearbox. Weighing in at 1990 pounds, the PC car reached top speeds of around 190 mph during the 24-hour event. The race consisted of 24 hours of straight racing waged on the legendary Daytona International Speedway. It’s the first major auto race of the year, and it brings out some of sport’s biggest names. The team completed 698 laps and 25 pits around the 3.56 mile circuit. Each driver spent about six hours crammed into the car whizzing around the track. Boulle was also the PC class leader during the exciting race. “Half way through the race (12 hours) we were still first, but we had mechanical issues and lost 12 laps so we ended up in fourth during the night,” said Boulle. The team moved back into second place. If not for a faulty $14 part, the team likely would have won. Boulle, who had stepped away from racing for a few years to pursue social media business and cycling ventures, never missed a beat when it was time for him to take over driver duties at the Rolex 24. With his dad’s love for cars, Nick was drawn to motorsports and began racing go-karts at age 12. By the time he was 20 years old studying at Southern Methodist University, Boulle had produced top results in national events and was racing as a Volkswagen Junior Driver in addition to coaching drivers in karts and racecars. “I have always loved motorsports,” he says, “and racing in the Rolex 24 has turned a dream into reality.” Nick and his father Denis are long time Maverick members. 22 March

Concours d’Elegance: Literally, “Competition of Elegance” By Andy Kay, Region Concours Chair A Concours d’Elegance is an assembly of automobiles in competition, based on their relative merits in coachwork, design, finish, and appointments. In other words: how good do they look? There are several different formats. “Show and Shine” or “People’s Choice” events are judged by the spectators and other competitors. There are no formal judges, score sheets, or stopwatches involved. The spectators and competitors vote for their favorite entries, and whichever cars earn the most votes win. “Top Only” or “Street” events employ judges to evaluate the condition of the cars, but they are not restricted to a time limit. They judge only the “top” of the cars, in other words, only the portions of the car that you can see from above, which includes mainly the condition of the bodywork, wheels and tires, and the interior. “Touring” category is a judged and timed event in which each car begins with a perfect score of 180 points, with points being deducted for imperfections and flaws. Judged areas include storage areas in addition to those judged in “Street.” “Full” Concours competition is the highest category, and the most serious; competitors can spend months preparing their cars, and often trailer them to the event. Judging is allowed for all areas of the car, including engine compartments, undercarriages, and wheel wells, in addition to the aforementioned areas. The Porsche Parade Concours includes Street, Touring, and Full categories. In Maverick events, cars are judged in eleven distinct classes: We need your help! If you are interested in judging, registration, or timekeeping, please let us know at concours@mavpca.org. We look forward to seeing you at the next event! 2015 Autos in the Park 2016 Maverick Region Concours Schedule Date Venue Format April 30 May at Mayo’s People’s Choice June 5 Autos in the Park Touring Class Porsche Models 1 All 356 2 All 914/4 and 914/6 3 1965-1973 911 and 912 4 1974-1989 911 and 912 5 1989-1998 911 (964/993) 6 1999-2012 911 (996/997) 7 2012-on 911 (991) 8 1977-1995 924/944/968/928 9 1997-2012 Boxster/Cayman (986/987) 10 2013-on Boxster/Cayman (981) 11 2003-on Cayenne, Panamera, Macan Most of the competitors use their Porsches as daily drivers. We prepare our cars in a few hours and drive them to the events. Our goal is to create a fun, low- or no-stress social event for the entrants and their families. 23

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