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Slipstream - May 2018

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

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Motoring Mavs at Mayo: A New Tradition By William Middleton photos by author and Landon Stogner To start with, I’ve been a somewhat regular at Ed Mayo’s shop for a number of years – when I purchased my Porsche way back now 18 years ago, they became my “go-to” mechanics – and have remained so ever since. As such, I’ve been to frequent events at the shop, especially the annual May at Mayo’s, which has always been a winner of an event; great food, wonderful people, and more Ed Mayo pointing out auto eye candy than some of the should be legal all in finer details one place at one time. So – when this new event popped up on the calendar, I knew I wanted to attend. I’d heard of the somewhat official get-togethers that occurred at the shop on certain Saturdays, mainly just several guys getting together for coffee, sweets, and shop talk, so I thought this would be much in the same vein – maybe a few more folks, but a small, friendly get together to look at cars and chat about – well, cars. HOLY CRAP was I surprised!! Turning off the main road into Baccarac Court, the short street that goes down to Ed’s shop, I was greeted with a veritable tidal wave of Porsches. They were parked on both sides, in the grass, on the dirt, in every parking lot in the vicinity, and there were others too cruising the street looking to land somewhere. It was like someone had beaten on a hive of Porsches somewhere and they all flew out at once! I managed to park, then got about what I came for – getting photos – and WHAT an opportunity for photos!! Everywhere I looked, there was something to shoot that was beyond spectacular. I was just glad that I’d brought an extra battery and stuck in the 64 GB high speed memory card. I’d need them both! The main event of the morning was a great presentation by Ed Mayo, Alan Bambina, and others from the Concours team, about Concours preparation. It was hands-on, using one of the cars for demonstration of judging items, pointing out what’s looked at when, including some tips on getting things prepared to the “next level,” and a really good discussion of car prep. While that was going on, there were small side groups discussing various things mechanical, looking at some of the cars in the garage, and discussing this item or that repair with Tom Petrushka and others from the Mayo Performance staff. As I wandered about, seeing and greeting old friends and chatting between pictures, I realized again how much this is about people, and not just the cars. The cars are, really, nothing more than a catalyst that brings all of us together. I was also taken by the fact that everyone was actually engaging in genuine face-to-face conversations with each other. All too often I see people so busy texting or emailing, they easily spend an entire day without one meaningful conversation. All around me, conversation, laughter, human interaction, if for nothing else, our events are special because they get us out of our daily grind and actually enjoying the company of others in meaningful ways. 6 May

Autocross School and Event 2: MirrorCross By Mark Schnoerr, Region Autocross Chair photos by LightSpeed Images The Autocross School at Mineral Wells Airport on March 17 was sold out with a waiting list. Participants got one-on-one instruction on four skill-focused sections: double skidpads connected by a figure 8; a slalom; a mini autocross course; and a special staggered highspeed offset-gate section. After lunch, students were able to run activities until they wore themselves out, which most did! Sunday was Series Event 2 – MirrorCross. This consisted of two mirror-image courses set up for dragstrip-style side-by-side starts. The starts consisted of staging lights and a drag-style “Christmas tree” which counted down from yellow to green. Reaction times at the start were important, with a perfect light taking a 0.50-second reaction time. Anything less was a “red light,” which disqualified the run. Fran Ussery Boxster S P1 - 'PCA 1' Best Best RT Best 60ft Total Entries: 2 Combined 1T P1 16 Fran Ussery Speed Yellow 986 Boxster S 1.025 2.190 99.758 2 P1 168 Carolle Liu White Boxster 987 0.597 2.283 111.15 P3 - 'PCA 3' Best Best RT Best 60ft Total Entries: 1 Combined 1T P3 718 Chris Craig VoodDoo Blue 718 Cayman S 0.553 1.841 86.207 P4 - 'PCA 4' Best Best RT Best 60ft Total Entries: 5 Combined 1T P4 954 Mark Schnoerr Lime Green 914 0.652 2.261 88.888 2T P4 5 Edward Mayo Silver 914 2.0 0.542 2.201 92.684 3 P4 914 Sigrid Schnoerr Green 914 0.558 2.219 93.246 4 P4 906 Carey Spreen Red 924S 0.584 2.294 98.03 5 P4 90 Sue Crimm Red 924S 0.521 2.452 107.55 P5 - 'PCA 5' Best Best RT Best 60ft Total Entries: 1 Combined 1T P5 428 Owen Coulman Guards Red 911 GT3 0.594 1.906 88.48 The system also recorded 60-foot times that demonstrated who could not only get going at the right time, but make the most of the start. Of course, lap times were also recorded. After each run, drivers traded sides and repeated the procedure. Each driver got six nearly back-to-back passes early in the run group, then six more later on in their run group. Best time on the left side was added to best time on the right side to determine class and overall winners. With 88 entries, a side-by-side drag race start took place an average of every 20 seconds. It was a fast-paced event and a lot of fun. We got to see our first Voodoo Blue Cayman 718-S PDK, driven by Chris Craig, run at this event. Wow! Fastest Porsche of the day, and stunning to watch. It looks like the new Porsches are becoming the fastest Porsches at autocross now also. Chris won a trophy, Chris Craig Cayman 718-S Top Porsche payout (yes, Equipe Rapide pays cash!), and also an overall top 20 performance index (PAX) payout. We collected his money and trophy to hold for him at the next event. Owen Coulman, a transfer to Maverick Region from San Diego, brought out his beautiful red 996 GT3 and was really flying. He was topping second gear twice on the first half of the course. He finished second quickest Porsche for that payout at this event. Fran Ussery brought her yellow Boxster to challenge Carolle Liu in class P1. Carolle attended the AX School so we saw some significant improvements from her. Class P4 was the largest Porsche class again, with three 914 2.0 and two 924S drivers. It was very close to see which 914 could cut the best reaction time at the start light, but then Ed Mayo was doing the best 60- foot times, followed by Sigrid and Mark Schnoerr. Best 60-foot times were 2.201, 2.219 and 2.261 seconds, a spread of just six hundredths of a second. (Must have something to do with driver weight!) Those short first gears really helped us at the start! Mark was third quickest Porsche and first in P4, for that payout, just 0.4 seconds behind the GT3 on a combined 90-second course! (We pedal those little old cars really hard in the tight sections.) Ed and Sigrid were really close, each quicker on one side, but Ed’s left-side times were enough quicker to hold on to second in class P4. Sigrid was overall event fourth quickest Ladies’ Performance Index for that payout at this event. Carey and Sue were wrestling to get the most out of the 924S but drag race starts are really not a staple for those cars. Next event: Sunday, May 20, at Mineral Wells Airpark. 7

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