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Slipstream - October 2018

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

4th Annual Halloween

4th Annual Halloween Gimmick Rally: HHRRR By George Luxbacher and Don Sebert, Region Rally Co-Chairs pphotos by Bill Orr Have you done one of our gimmick rallies yet? If not, you are missing one of the most enjoyable Maverick activities available! Picture a leisurely drive through the countryside, looking for the location of some unique and interesting pictures we have provided, and answering a few somewhat challenging questions based on landmarks you pass. The driver drives, the navigator (and passengers) navigate(s), both look for the pictures and answer questions, and there is bliss in the car – at least that’s how we think it works. Our participants have noted that there may be occasional disagreements, but we hope they are few and far between! Our next gimmick rally, the Halloween Hair-Raising Road Rally, or HHRRR, is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at 9 am. Our start location will be the former Gander Mountain store parking lot at the intersection of the North Dallas Tollway and Eldorado (12277 Dallas Parkway) in Frisco. We will be travelling through Collin, Denton, and Tarrant Counties for a pleasant 65-mile drive. Our Easter rally was plagued with a freezing start, but the ghosts, goblins, and witches have promised to be kinder to us than the Easter Bunny was, so we are forecasting a warm, sunny day, perfect for top-down driving! Registration opens at 9 am, driver’s meeting at 9:30, and first car out at 9:45. Every car must have a driver and a navigator at a minimum; additional passengers are fine, but just know that passengers often hurt rather than improve your score. We often get a few singles that show up and combine on race day as a team, so if you can’t find a navigator, feel free to come on out as well. We will have awards for first, second, and third place finishers, as well as the coveted DLBF award (Dead Last But Finished – you tried and there is no way to go other than up!). Since this is a Halloween rally, we encourage all to come out in costume and we will have costume awards based on People’s Choice. There are rest stops available on the route, and nothing beats seeing the looks you get as you exit your Porsche in a knight or werewolf costume! While we will have primarily Porsches at the rally, if yours is otherwise “indisposed,” feel free to join us in any vehicle – we don’t want the Mavs to miss this opportunity! Interested in putting on a gimmick rally in areas other than north Dallas? We are looking for volunteers to develop routes and pull together rallies in areas we haven’t been to in a while. We are planning to hold a rally school this winter to discuss types of rallies and the planning steps that are required. If you are interested, please email us at and we will provide further details. We look forward to seeing you on November 3rd. 10 October

Midweek DE: MotorSport Ranch in Cresson By Mark Pitarresi, Tours Co-Chair photos provided by author Wednesday, July 18 was a day that went into the record books. The temperature was 109 degrees at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, Texas. It was a record high temperature for that date by three degrees. It also happened to be the date in which our Maverick Region added to our High Performance Drivers’ Education program by holding our first one-day event; our normal HPDE events are two or three days. With temperatures that high, one would think it would have scared away attendees, but not for the Maverick Region! Several people on the wait list were also on site, hoping that there would be some no-shows so they could participate. With just a slight breeze, you could hear the sounds of crackling plastic water bottles, torque wrench clicks, and the air being let out of tires as attendees were in preparation. I got to meet several advanced drivers that were happy to give tips for the track. One thing I have noticed being a member of the Maverick Region is that our members are some of the friendliest people I have ever met, of any organization! At the Drivers’ Meeting, DE Chair Chris Tabor did a slide show presentation and cautioned everyone with safety tips. Dr. Jeff Komenda, a new Instructor who also happens to be a medic, then talked to everyone about the symptoms of heat exhaustion and gave prevention tips. As the Drivers’ Meeting came to an end, Chris Tabor talked about Park Place Porsche and how they had a tent and mechanics to help if anyone had problems with their cars. Park Place donated this service to the event. It was now time to get on the track. As we returned to our cars, the instructors introduced themselves to everyone, looked over the cars, and helped with tire pressure adjustments. I already had a goal for this event as it was my second HPDE. My goals were to have better awareness of the track and other cars. I focused on looking where I wanted the car to go, scanning my surroundings using peripheral vision. After the last on-track session, all of the attendees, volunteers, and track workers were invited to an informal social gathering, for which food and beverages were provided. Everyone had a smile on their face as they shared highlights of the day, and as we Mavericks like to use as our club motto: it’s all about Driving Friendships! 11

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