Slipstream - February 2019

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VOLUME 58

ISSUE 2

FEBRUARY 2019

MAV.PCA.ORG

It ain’t easy being green, or is it?

Photo by Landon Stogner

FEATURES

7 | 2019 Alle Mitglieder: Maverick All Member Party

8 | Tour Series 2019: Tour to Alle Mitglieder

12 | Mavs & Mochas: Southlake Town Square

14 | Porsche Passion

15 | Quicktake: Gunther Werks 400R

19 | Maverick Marktpreis: Sweet Spot

20 | Coffee, Cars & Conversation

26 | Choose Carefully: Part 1

UPCOMING EVENTS

6 | 2019 All Member Party

13 | Mavs&Mochas

22 | Board Meeting

22 | Motoring Mavs at Mayo

22 | Maverick Social

23 | Maverick Lunch Series

DEPARTMENTS

2 | Sprockets (President’s Column)

2 | Maverick of the Month

4 | List of Officers and Board Chairs

4 | Zone 5 Presidents

11 | New Mavericks

11 | Member Moments

24 | Porsche Trivia

34 | Advertiser Index

34 | Anniversaries

36 | Oversteer (Editor’s Column)

EVENT DATES

See more details and check for event updates via the QR code

here or our online calendar at http://mav.pca.org/go/calendar

February

Board Meeting.......................................................................... (Wed) 6

Mavs & Mochas: Neiman Marcus - The Shops at Willow Bend .....(Sat) 9

Lewisville area lunch.................................................................(Tue) 12

Motoring Mavs at Mayo............................................................ (Sat) 16

All Member Tour....................................................................... (Sat) 17

All Member Party...................................................................... (Sat) 17

Maverick Social: Lavendou........................................................(Thu) 21

HPDE #1........................................................................(Sat-Sun) 23-24

Autocross #1............................................................................. (Sun) 24

Southlake area lunch................................................................(Thu) 28

March

Board Meeting.......................................................................... (Wed) 6

Mavs & Mochas: Main Street Bistro & Bakery ..............................(Sat) 9

Lewisville area lunch.................................................................(Tue) 12

Motoring Mavs at Mayo............................................................ (Sat) 16

Autocross #2............................................................................. (Sun) 17

HPDE #2.........................................................................(Fri-Sun) 29-31

Southlake area lunch................................................................(Thu) 28

Jewelry on the dash

Photo by Kendall Awtry

On the Cover

Remembering our friend Andrew and his Cayman GT4.

Photo by Andrew Barber

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SPROCKETS: Join the Team

by David Robertson, Region President

Have I mentioned volunteers lately? Our

volunteers are the fuel for our club! Last year we

hosted over 100 events all through the efforts of

our volunteers. If you enjoy one our gatherings or

want to meet more people in the club sign up for

a spot.

Another big goal of the club is working with

charity. Our main charity is the Huffaker-Hughes

Hope House. The Hope House is a shelter for

victims of domestic violence that has helped

countless families over the years. We also have

a newer charity we are working with, Patriot

Paws, an organization that works with military

veterans to provide them with service dogs. We

work with these organizations through financial

contributions and volunteerism. There is more

detailed information about our charities on our

website at mav.pca.org.

Speaking of our website: don’t forget that is

where you will find just about every detail about

the club. The calendar of events, a contact form for

each activity chairperson, past issues of Slipstream,

the history of the club . . . and this just scratches

the surface. MAV.PCA.ORG is a great resource –

check it out.

You may not realize that the Maverick Region is

also on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flicker.

The links to all these social media outlets can also

be found on the website.

I would like to invite everyone to the Tour and

All Member Party on February 17. This is one of

the biggest events we have all year. We introduce

all the activity chairs and hear about the plans they

have for the upcoming year. You can ask these

folks anything about a driving or social event that

you may be curious about. Plus, we always end

up with a huge car show in the parking lot. This

is a great opportunity for you to learn more about

the club, meet great people, and see some fantastic

Porsches!

You may have noticed the nice custom nametags

that our members are wearing at events. These

can be ordered through our website along with

embroidered clothing, license plate frames and

various other items under the shop tab.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the All

Member Party!

MAVS OF THE MONTH:

Corbin and Brady Stogner

Landon Stogner, our Volunteers Chair, joined

Maverick Region in 2016, and quickly became

active at many of our events. Usually accompanying

Landon at these events are his two sons, Corbin

(age 12) and Brady (age 10). You can often find

them helping to set up before the event, helping to

clean up after the event, and generally helping out

and having fun during the event! Corbin and

Brady just celebrated one year in the PCA Juniors

program, and so they are in a position to be

associated with the club for a good long time.

Congratulations to Corbin and Brady Stogner as

our first PCA Juniors to be named Mavericks of

the Month!

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2019 Maverick Region Board - Officers and Chairs

President

David Robertson

617-797-0516

president@mavpca.org

Vice President

Jim Falgout

vp@mavpca.org

Secretary

Carey Spreen

817-422-3480

secretary@mavpca.org

Treasurer

Deborah Fike

972-672-4282

treasurer@mavpca.org

Autocross Chair

Mark Schnoerr

ax@mavpca.org

Charity Chair

Chris Hamilton

hope@mavpca.org

Club Race Co-Chair

Pat Heptig

214-649-7907

cr@mavpca.org

Club Race Co-Chair

Joel Nannis

cr@mavpca.org

Coffee Meets Co-Chair

Derrick Tate

972-748-1178

coffeemeets@mavpca.org

Concours Chair

Mike Mahoney

801-230-1482

concours@mavpca.org

DE Chair

TJ Kroehle

de@mavpca.org

DE Registrar

Jason Brodigan

deregistrar@mavpca.org

DE Marketing Director/

Event Planning

Chris Sorrells

demarketing@mavpca.org

DE Medical Chair

Dr. Jeffery Komenda

demedical@mavpca.org

Goodie Store

Chris Flaugh

214-288-5300

goodiestore@mavpca.org

Region Historian

Carey Spreen

817-422-3480

historian@mavpca.org

Marketing, Social

Media Chair

Bill Orr

marketing@mavpca.org

Membership Chair,

Jim Hirsch

972-740-7377

membership@mavpca.org

Monthly Social Co-Chair

Clark Randall

hh@mavpca.org

Monthly Social Co-Chair

Vanessa Fernandes

hh@mavpca.org

Online Calendar

Karl Poulsen

calendar@mavpca.org

PCA Tours Co-Chair

Mark Pitarresi

817-715-7156

tours@mavpca.org

PCA Tours Co-Chair

Brant Worrell

tours@mavpca.org

Rally Co-Chair

Don Sebert

214-613-6900

rally@mavpca.org

Rally Co-Chair

George Luxbacher

rally@mavpca.org

Registrar, Club Race

Wendy Shoffit

crreg@mavpca.org

Safety Co-Chair

Bob Kramer

safety@mavpca.org

Slipstream Advertising,

Coffee Meets

Bill Kruder

214-497-0711

ads@mavpca.org

Slipstream Content Ed.

Carey Spreen

817-422-3480

editor@mavpca.org

Slipstream Editor

Kurt Scaggs

469-446-1690

editor@mavpca.org

Slipstream Event Ad Design

David Tierny

eventads@mavpca.org

Slipstream Mailing

Andy Mears

214-394-5857

mailing@mavpca.org

ARK-LA-TEX

Ken Chandler

bad968@bellsouth.net,

Slipstream Printing

Fran Ussery

972--438-8344 (W)

817-481-8342 (H)

printing@mavpca.org

TT Registrar, AX/TT

Schools, Swap Meets

Robyn Howard

214-991-0873

drivingschools@mavpca.org

HILL COUNTRY

Tuffy von Briesen

president@hcrpca.org

Social Chair

Debi Kruder

social@mavpca.org

Trivia Chair

Jerry DeFeo

972-240-5800

trivia@mavpca.org

MARDI GRAS

Scott Spradley

swsprad@bellsouth.net

WAR BONNET

Eric Costello

ecostellodo@gmail.com

Tech Sessions Chair

Michael Baynton

214-641-2848

techsessions@mavpca.org

Volunteers Chair

Landon Stogner

214-233-6858

volunteers@mavpca.org

2018 PCA Zone 5 Presidents and Zone Representative

Time Trial Chair,

(AX/TT Rules)

Travis Howard

214-616-6152

tt@mavpca.org

Web Site Chair

James Shoffit

972-786-6246

webmaster@mavpca.org

Link to

Board

Meeting

minutes:

CIMARRON

Jason Tollison

presidentcmr@gmail.com

COASTAL BEND

Bryan Kerrick

bksailspadre@sbcglobal.net

LONE STAR

Steve Bukoski

president@lsrpca.com

LONGHORN

Mikel Matthews

Mikel.matthews@gmail.com

MAVERICK

David Robertson

president@mavpca.org

OZARK

Jim Woolly

jim.carol_NOSPAM@sbcglobal.net

WHISKEY BAY

Stan Labat

labat@cox.net

WHITE RIVER

Leonard Zechiedrich

whiteriverregionpca@gmail.com

ZONE 5 REP

Jon Jones

zone5rep@pca.org

www.zone5.pca.org

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MAVERICK

Alle Mitglieder

February 17, 2019

2 Events • 2885 Members

An All Member Morning

6 February


2019 Alle Mitglieder: Maverick All Member Party

by Debi Kruder, Region Social Chair

Looking for a scenic morning with some of your

best friends and Porsches this February? Register today

for the Maverick PCA “Alle Mitglieder” (all members)

as we kick-off the year with two great events in one

morning celebrating 2,885 members! Our All Member

morning, sponsored by Autobahn, begins with the first

driving tour of the year at 10 am in Van Alystne, TX

on the beloved FM 455. Participants will drive to One

Preston Events Carriage House in Gunter, TX where

the festivities will be underway at our second event of

the morning, our All Member Brunch.

As you begin the drive on Preston Road, you can’t

help but notice the beautiful venue to the east side

visit the southern biscuit bar serving warm biscuits,

buttermilk fried chicken, and all your favorite

toppings. Fill your plate, visit the Mimosa Bubbly Bar

or Bloody Mary Bar, and find a place to sit and mingle

with your friends.

While enjoying the event, don’t forget to visit the

various Mav PCA tables showcasing our various

2019 events against the back wall of the barn. At

these tables you can meet many of our Mav chairs

and volunteers, pick up flyers, decals, and more! All

participants receive an “Alle Mitglieder” car decal,

and new members receive a Maverick Member Bag

with gifts from Autobahn Porsche and other club

supporters. Registration is available online today

at mav.pca.org. Cost is $5 for the tour and $20 per

person for the All Member Brunch. New members are

our special guests and can email social@mavpca.org

for a coupon code.

So whether you’ve been with our club for 56 years

or less than one, there is sure to be something for you

at this year’s Maverick “Alle Mitglieder”!

with a large white barn “The Carriage House” in

view. Our Porsche flags will line the drive to welcome

you as you find the perfect spot. As you walk around

the circle drive you will see the gorgeous fountain

and enter the barn door, immediately smelling a

most delicious country breakfast bar including eggs,

smoked applewood bacon, sausage patties, breakfast

potatoes, and fresh seasonal fruit. Want something

a little more southern, my personal favorite? Then

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Tour Series 2019: Tour to Alle Mitglieder

by Mark Pitarresi, Tours Co-Chair

scenic tour, or Modern Class for the

same type of tour that we have provided

in the past. Whichever class you choose,

it’s your decision, no matter the type of

Porsche you drive.

After registration we will send you all

the information needed to attend three

days before the tour. We hand out

packets the day of the tour with all the

information as well. The Drivers’

Briefing will begin at 10 am. Most tour

attendees arrive early to meet new

friends and socialize with everyone.

Arriving early helps our volunteers get

everyone signed in on time so the tour is

on schedule. No special navigation will

be needed. Our Group Leaders will be

familiar with the route and will guide

each group of cars along the route.

Calling all Maverick Members! Welcome

to the Maverick Region 2019 Driving

Tours program!

Our first tour will kick off on Sunday,

February 17 at 10 am. We will be starting

north of Dallas at Grayson College in

Van Alstyne, TX. That’s right, everyone’s

favorite close-to-home route on FM 455!

This year we have changed the route a little, and at

the time of our recon drive there was no construction.

The route is 48.4 miles and about an hour long. We

are really excited about our destination to The Carriage

House in Gunter, TX, where our All Members Party

will be taking place!

Registration for this tour will be different than usual

due to our events being combined. Registration for the

Driving tour will be limited, so early registration is

recommended. You can register for the event at http://

mav.pca.org/Events/Tours/. We have two classes for

driving tours. Choose Vintage Class for a more relaxed

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10 February


Welcome Our New Mavericks!

by Jim Hirsch, Region Membership Chair

New Members January 2019

David Alonge Lafayette, IN 1987 944

Quintin Anderson Dallas

Keith Armstrong Rowlett 2019 911 Carrera S

Eric Baird Fort Worth 2007 Boxster

James Balistriere Dallas 2014 Cayman

Sean Carmichael Plano

Kevin Cecala Dallas 1999 911 Carrera

Tony Ford Fort Worth 2012 911 Carrera S

Steve Forsythe Lantana 2011 911 Carrera GTS

Anthony Harms Irving 2007 911 Turbo

John Hill Irving 2012 911 Carrera S

Nick Hoffmann Keller 2004 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Brian Keatts Rockwall 2010 911 Carrera

Richard Konkel Dallas 2018 911 Carrera S

Christopher Latimer North Richland Hills 2013 Boxster

James Mammen Keller 2009 911 Carrera S

David Ng Cedar Hill 2007 911 Carrera 4S

Sean Notman Frisco 2006 911 Carrera 4S

Michael Otten Sherman 2002 Boxster S

Jennifer Parma Dallas 2007 Boxster

Mehul Patel Southlake 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Charles Pavona Keller 2006 Boxster S

Paul Roth Plano 2009 911 Carrera S

John Schofield Athens 2018 Macan S

Naomi Sims Grapevine 1997 Boxster

Tiffany Sims Grapevine 2001 Boxster

James Stafford Irving 2000 911 Carrera

Ron Stelmarski Dallas 1991 911 Carrera 2

Alice Tillett Keller 2016 Boxster

Mickey Young McKinney 2005 911 Carrera

Transfers In

Thomas Freese (EGS) Southlake 2013 911 Carrera

Tabitha Graff (SPC) Lewisville 2018 Macan

Paul Truitt (RRR) Keller 1995 911 Carrera

Please give a Maverick Welcome to these new members when you meet them!

Member Moment

If you have any changes that

you would like to make to the

MRPCA membership guide, contact Jim

Hirsch at membership@mavpca.org

Doug A. Bender

(joined 11/2018)

Occupation

Area General Manager-RDO, Schindler

Elevator Corporation

Primary reason for joining PCA

Further my enjoyment and knowledge of

the Porsche brand.

Current Porsche

2017 991.2 Carrera

Favorite Porsche

GT3 or GT3 RS

Best thing about owning a Porsche

Driving it ...

Hobby interests

Very different from my Ferrari in a good

way. Car crazy way back to my high school

days and my 1978 Trans AM WS6, “I have

the need ... the need for speed”, SMU

Football, Dallas Cowboy Football.

Member Moment

Paul Moseley

(joined 4/2012)

Occupation

Sorta retired / Freelance

Photographer

First Porsche

1985 Carrera 3.2

Current Porsche(s)

1985 Carrera 3.2

Favorite Porsche

A 1966 Porsche 906, mostly because I have

a 1:43 Solido 906 I’ve had since I was a

child!

Favorite Maverick or PCA event

Porsche Rennsport Reunions at Laguna

Seca

Best thing about owning a Porsche

Probably the Carrera itself. I really like

working on it, the G-series is the right

blend of old/new w/o tech stuff on it.

Maverick Membership Statistics as of January 1

Members: 1947 Affiliate Members: 945 Total Membership: 2892

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Mavs & Mochas: Southlake Town Square

by Mark Palmer

pphotos provided by Kendall Awtry

On a rather chilly and blustery Saturday, 150 Porsches made it to Southlake Town Square for the first meeting

of 2019. That’s 13% of the 1163 Mavs and Mochas FB members. We filled up most of the square and a few of the

side streets. There were some great Porsche models and colors represented in the square.

I believe we helped Starbucks do a great day’s business and the staff did an excellent job of serving their regular

customers and our Mavs. A big thanks to Starbucks!

This also proved to be the second annual “What will Rene debut this year” meeting. Well, it was #1 of 25

Gunther Werks’ 400R (993). Can’t wait ‘til next year . . . no pressure - ha!

It was great to see all the Mavs out, and as usual, the Porsches get us to the meetings, but the friendships keep

us coming back for more. With that in mind, I hope to see 200 or more of you at Neiman Marcus, Willow Bend in

Plano on February 9. Neiman’s is a terrific addition to our sponsors, so come out and make it a great event!

Remember we have covered parking if the weather is an issue.

12 February


13


Porsche Passion

by Jim Hirsch, Region Membership Chair

With February being the traditional month of love

(Valentine’s Day and all, right?), it seems only fitting

to take a look at the psychology of what makes our

Maverick members so passionate about their Porsches.

In the December 2018 issue of Car and Driver, Eddie

Alterman gives some good insight into this phenomenon

that is now being recognized as unique to Porsche

owners in his Editor’s Letter.

His introduction includes, “I have been wondering

for a long time what it is about the cars from Stuttgart

that engenders such obsession, passion, and market

value. It’s not just because the cars are good-looking

and good-driving and fully priced. It’s not mere status

that the buyer of the lumpy 928 is seeking to accrue.

But it is a palpable thing. After attending the sixth

Rennsport Reunion, a Porsche-heritage sporadically

held every few years at an American racetrack, I think

I’ve figured out a few elements of it.”

Then he observes, “The brand’s core fans are

minutiae obsessed and engineering minded. It’s not a

coincidence that architects and surgeons overindex in

the ownership rolls. These are folk who work with

their hands at the highest levels. They care about the

cars’ details and technical solutions in a way that might

surprise most casual observers of the Porsche thing.”

And finally, he concludes, “The cars are put together

in a fascinating way, and pieces of them seem to be

alive with their engineer’s spirit, representing some

innovative aha moment. Innovative might seem like a

strange word to apply to a brand most closely associated

with just one model. But look deeper. You’ll see firstclass

intelligence, astonishing creativity, and the racer’s

mentality of continuous improvement at work. That’s

what’s rare about Porsche. It’s worth a lot.”

That wraps up the psychology of Porsche ownership

fascination with a nice bow for a large number of our members.

For those members whose passion for Porsche cannot

be restricted to only one love, a new status symbol

is zooming onto the domestic landscape: the luxury

garage. The average-looking two-car garage of the

future? It could be hiding three, four, or more Porsches.

Lifts are one of the biggest trends in garage makeovers,

making life easy for collectors to store their treasures.

For those who absolutely must have more space, there’s

a new twist: private luxury-garage communities. Your

car lives here, but you don’t.

And, for the rest of us, Instagrammers extraordinaire,

Matt Farah (@smokingtire) and Brad Brownell (@

turbohbrad), model the extreme fashion lengths we

go to in matching up with our Porsches. That’s Matt’s

newly reimagined

Safari 911 with the

LA City Bus interior,

and Brad attempting

to match it with his

sport coat. To see

more of this type

of madness, travel

to the upcoming

Radwood Austin

event on February

23 – especially those of you with ‘80s and ‘90s models

(www.radwood.co).

Whichever camp you’re in, the engineer/racer, the

collector, or the fashionista/car show/socialite, spend

some special time this February with your Porsche, and

let us know through photos and posts what those

special moments were like.

14 February


Quicktake: Gunther Werks 400R

by Kurt Scaggs

pphotos provided by Kendall Awtry

As Mark mentioned in his recap

of the January Mavs & Mochas in

Southlake, we got to take a peek (or

maybe a long envious look) at the

#1 of 25 Gunther Werks’ 400R.

This car has been described

as a new world take on an

old school classic.

To say that this car is a restomod

would be an insult of the highest

order. To start with, Gunter Werks

takes the newest air-cooled Porsche,

the 993, and totally strips it down

to the bare chassis. The front

suspension is completely redesigned

to widen the front track to match

the rear. Liberal use of carbon fiber

and 3D printed aluminum result in

a 2670 pound curb weight (down

from just about 3200 pounds of

the stock car).

Gunther Werks sends the stock

3.6-liter flat six motor to Rothsport

Racing to change pretty much

everything. The displacement

increases to 4-liters and along with

some other very trick upgrades

and modifications, this results in

an amazing 419 horsepower with

315 lb-ft torque. That gives this aircooled

car the same power-to-weight

ratio as a new GT3 with PDK.

I can’t give you a behind the

wheel editorial review, but I can

imagine, and imagine I have. There

is no end of great things to say

about this car, it’s pretty spectacular.

Maybe you’ll see it around another

Maverick event soon.

A special thanks to Kendall

for the inspiring shots.

15


We are just seven weeks away from our season

opener on February 23 and 24 at MotorSport Ranch

in Cresson, TX. We will have access to their three road

courses (3.1-mi, 1.7-mi, and 1.3-mi) as well as to MSR’s

skid control pad area during this event. We will use all

of these during our event. We will close the track at

5:30 pm on Saturday, a half hour later than normal.

We have many new innovations for our 2019 DE

Programs. Please read this entire note to fully understand

our changes.

New Name:

We have rebranded our program to “Cars & Corners

sponsored by the Maverick PCA.” The rationale of rebranding

is to be more attractive to a broader range of

participants, regardless of their manufacturer’s brand.

Look for our website changes coming soon. Thanks to

John Hamilton for the name inspiration.

Registration for our “Drive Off the Rust” DE on

February 23-24 will open on www.clubregistraton.net

30 days prior to the event, at 8:00 am on January 23.

Less than two weeks! Note that, in the future, we will

open registration six weeks prior to events.

Our Goals:

Each participant will be able to participate in eight

run sessions per weekend.

Each participant will have access to PCA-trained

drivers’ education coaches.

The focus on our instructed run groups (Novice/

Green, Blue, and Blue Solo) will be one-on-one PCA

coaching, designed to allow our participants to advance

through the instructed programs in a safe and more

expedient manner.

The focus on our Advanced run groups (Yellow

and White) will be to increase the safety and fun while

extending your run time per event. We are working to

further develop an Advanced Coaching program for

further enhancement of our participants’ skills.

THE RUN GROUPS:

The Novice/Green run group will begin their

experience on the 1.7-mile, 13-turn road course. We

will incorporate a new package for this program that

focuses on enhanced beginner skill sets with the use of

the skid control pad. Each Green participant will have

a PCA coach assigned to them for the entire weekend.

We will limit this run group to the first 25 participants

who sign up and pay for the event. These changes, and

the one-on-one PCA training program, will allow our

Green participants to be promoted to the Blue run

group safely and expediently.

16 February

A Note from the Drivers’ Education Chair

by TJ Kroehle, Region Drivers’ Education Chair

The Blue run group will run on the full 3.1-mile road

course. This is a fully instructed intermediate program

featuring one-on-one PCA coaches each session. Each

participant will run through the weekend with their

assigned PCA coach to develop their skills in a way that

is unique to the participants’ personal situation.

The Blue Solo run group will run the full 3.1-mile

road course. We are working to provide a PCA coach

assigned to each Blue Solo participant.

NEW: Each Blue Solo participant will have a coach

in the car at least two sessions per weekend. The PCA

coach will work to develop a participant’s skills in a

way that is unique to their personal situation. The

change is designed to allow our Blue Solo participants

to be promoted to the Advanced Solo run groups safely

and expediently.

Advanced Solo run groups will run the full 3.1-

mile road course. You will be assigned to your

appropriate run group prior to the event. In 2018, we

implemented new concepts to our DE experience, all

while maintaining our tradition of Safety First. We now

feature a Fast, Faster, and Fastest grid line up for our

solo/advanced run groups. We further added enhanced

passing for Advanced Solo run groups. These programs

remain in 2019.

We will implement the following new concepts at

some point in 2019:

NEW: PCA Advanced Coach for the Day in our

Advanced run groups (formerly White and Yellow). We

will offer you an opportunity to lock in an advanced

coach for an entire day of one-on-one Advanced

coaching for $50 per day. This will allow you and your

PCA Coach to set specific unique goals to be tailored

to your specific needs. This is a first come, first serve

program and available to only four participants each

day.

NEW: We are working to provide you the opportunity

to reserve a PCA Advanced Coaching session at the

time of registration. These sessions are free to our

participants in Advanced run groups, limited to one per

day. You will be able to choose your Advanced Coach

and your preferred day and run session at registration.

For example, you can choose Advanced Coach John

Doe for Saturday’s second run group session, and PCA

Advanced Coach John Doe for Sunday’s third run

session. This is first-come-first-served, so reserve your

PCA Advanced Coach early. Note: Advanced Coach

for the Day coaches get first consideration to assigned

students (see above).

NEW: Starting in our April DE Program, we will

offer our participants the opportunity to work with a


professional driver coach in Data Technology. This will

be offered to a limited number of participants; more to

follow soon.

NEW: MORE TRACK TIME. We will feature an

opportunity for our Advanced run groups to participate

in additional track time. We will open up MSR’s 1.3-mile

road course for additional run time. Each participant in

Yellow and White run groups will be able to add six

more sessions on the 1.3 for just $25 per weekend. That

is an additional three hours of track time for only $25.

Sign up on clubregistration.net. Space is limited.

NEW: At the end of Saturday, we will feature a “Happy

Hour” run session. Advanced run group participants

(formerly White and Yellow) will combine with the

instructor’s group for an extended 40-min. session.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS:

Chris Sorrells, our new PCA marketing director, has

been busy as well.

If that is not your idea of “Happy Hour”, then Chris

has the solution for you . . .

Come celebrate your successes at our Social Event

following every Saturday event. At MSR, we will hold

this event at the Drive Exotic Center. Come tell stories

about your day’s experiences to our other participants,

coaches, and staff. We will provide beer, wine, and soft

drinks, along with appetizers. Chris has also arranged

for a guest speaker. I understand the guest speaker at

our February event was a past professional driver and

participated in America’s most famous races: the 24

Hour of Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans on multiple

occasions. Come listen to his driver’s tales of the old

glory days.

In 2019 we are also enhancing our food services . . .

NEW: Early morning food truck. Chris has arranged

for a food truck to be at our events in the early

mornings to provide you an opportunity to purchase

a cup of coffee, pastry, donut, or a breakfast burrito.

Obviously, the more you participate in the food truck

opportunity, the more likely we are to get return visits

by these vendors.

NEW: Lunch Options. For lunch, you can participate

in our DE Lunch program. The cost is $13 per day.

Select this option online at your time of registration.

On Saturday morning at the registration table, you will

receive a meal ticket for each day you select. NOTE: We

purchase a set number of meals in advance. You must

sign up for this lunch program prior to registration

closing. No cash will be accepted at the event.

Chris has arranged for a food truck to be at our

events at lunch as well to provide you a second choice

for lunch.

- continued on page 27

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Maverick Marktpreis is proudly sponsored by:

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When people think about Porsche, they think about

the 911. The two are almost synonymous today.

The 911 was first introduced to the world at the

Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963 and later launched

in the U.S. in 1965. The first generation 911 is

affectionately known as the Long Hood. It is the

O.G., to borrow a term from our Millennial Mavs.

Began in 1969, a buyer could select an entrylevel

911T (Touring), mid-level E (Einspritzung /

Injection), or the flagship S (Super) in either Coupe

or Targa style. There was also a one-year only

911L (Luxury) that was a carburetor model before

Porsche switched to the fuel-injected 911E in ‘69.

This month we highlight the 911T, the most

“affordable” variant of the original 911 generation.

Per the Hagerty valuation tool, a sample ’72 911T

Coupe is worth $51,000 today, and has appreciated

40% since 2014. Pricing ranges greatly depending on

condition and equipment originality. A brief search

online reveals many early 911s have altered engines

and/or transmissions. Smart buyers should not be

quick to overlook these “outlaws.” There are gems out

there to be discovered at great prices!

$112,500

$87,500

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Hagerty Valuation Tool:

1972 911 T Coupe

$81,000 average value

Excellence’s Porsche Buyer’s Guide offered

these price ranges for 911T:

‘69 Coupe: $35k-$85k Targa: $32.5k-$77.5k

’70-‘71 Coupe: $37k-$87.5k Targa: $35k-$80k

’72-‘73 Coupe: $40k-$95k Targa: $32k-$90k

’73.5 Coupe: $42k-$100k Targa: $37k-$92k

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Fun fact: In 2018, Porsche resurrected the T nameplate

after a 45 year hiatus. The 911 Carrera T is a purist car

for the masses. However, unlike the original, the new

T is no longer the lowest priced 911 variant. It now costs

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59k indicated miles

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Sold for $71,500 + $3,575 buyer fee

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2.0L Flat-Six

5-speed manual

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Sold for $103k + $5,150 buyer fee

Mileage unknown

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Sold for $88,000 + $4,400 buyer fee

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Coffee, Cars & Conversation

by Bill Kruder

photos provided by Pat Carmichael

This month’s “conversation” is

another one that took me my surprise;

I actually met his mother before I ever

met him. We had been invited to a

pizza gathering at Bob Aines’ garage,

and as we were walking around I

saw this blue 912 sitting there, along

with a woman sitting in a lawn chair

knitting. We talked for a few minutes,

never meeting the owner of the car.

Well, some time passed and I finally

met the owner at a Lakeside “Porsche

Pop Up.” Since then I have asked

him on several occasions to write for

Slipstream.

So here is the next in my series of

“conversations” I would like to share

with you.

Pat Carmichael, member since 2003,

Owner 1969 912 and 2017 Cayman S

20 February

Bill Kruder: So are you originally from here?

Pat Carmichael: Well I was born in

Sweetwater, Texas which is about

three and a half hours from here,

just west of Abilene off I-20. My dad

was a claims manager for Employers

Insurance of Texas and we moved

a bit, finally settling in Fort Worth.

Then after college, I did my internship

in El Paso and spent six years there,

until moving to Dallas in 1983. We

eventually moved to Copper Canyon

and now reside in Plano.

BK: I understand you are a Red Raider?

PC: Oh yes! I went to Texas Tech,

graduating in 1977.

BK: So did you work for one of the big

firms after getting your degree?

PC: Like I mentioned, I did my

internship in El Paso, then in 1983 we

moved to Dallas. I got involved and

had a partnership in building homes

in the Denton-Lewisville-Copper

Canyon area for about five years.

Then in 1988 I joined HKS Architects

and have spent most of my career on

and off with them. One of my early

assignments was working on the JC

Penney campus in Plano.

BK: Talk about six degrees of Kevin

Bacon (laughing), I spent 40 years with

JCP with 20 years in that building.

BK: So are you married?

PC: I was for about 34 years and have three

great kids: Candace, Sean, and Tiffany.

BK: I understand Sean shares your

interest in Porsche?

PC: He does. A couple months ago he

found a near perfect 2004 black-onblack

Boxster; he’s had to do a couple

repairs, which happens on 15-year-old

cars, but he’s loving every minute of it.

I hope to get him out with us soon to

a Mavs & Mochas.

BK: So what was your first car?

PC: My dad bought us a 1969 Austin-

Healey. Think he paid about $1900 for

it. I had that for a bit and then he gave

me a 1950 Willys Jeepster. I’m not sure

if you know much about them, but

they were like part Jeep and part car,

very cool. Then, about college time, I

had a 1950 Chevy Salesman Coupe. It

was another unique car, as it had no

back seat, just a shelf, and when you

opened the trunk you looked into the

back much like todays hatchbacks.

BK: How did you get interested in Porsches?

PC: I grew up around cars as my dad

was always fixing and restoring Model

As, Pierce Arrows, and the like. We

would on occasion go to the VW store

in Midland and I would see a 912,

then a 914, which were sold there, and

it just stuck with me.

BK: What was your first Porsche?

PC: That’s my 1969 Ossi Blue 912 that

I bought in 2000. I was looking at 912s

and 914s, as I thought either would be

a great place to start. I paid $3000 for

it. The car hadn’t been driven in over

20 years. I took the car over to Rich

Lambert and he got it running for

me. I have been slowly rebuilding and

restoring it myself.


BK: I understand you have one of the first Garages of Texas?

PC: That I do. I have known Jack (Griffin) for 20-some

years when he first was involved in a similar project in the

Love Field area. Well when I heard back in 2014 that he

was involved with a new concept, I wanted to own one.

The thing I really like about it is you are surrounded by

car people; when you are at the garage it’s like a “Cars and

Coffee” every day.

BK: I hear your mom is also a Porsche person?

PC: That she is! She has a 2016 Panamera. What’s really unique

about hers is that she bought it at Fields in Jacksonville,

Florida. This dealership was previously Brumos and her car

is the last one signed by Hurley Haywood.

BK: So is that the connection with your Cayman coming

from Fields?

PC: It is! I’ve known Chad there for some time. I actually

was going to buy a base-level 911 and then he said try this

Cayman S. Well I did and it just smoked the 911 I had

looked at . . . and as they say, the rest is history.

Well as usual I always walk away surprised at what chances

life brings us in meeting people when we just stop or are

stopped to say “Hello.” As Pat told me several times during

our chat, it really is about the people. It doesn’t matter if

you are an attendee or a chairperson, it’s the people. Today

we call that Driving Friendships.

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You can test your

knowledge (or Google search

ability) of all things Porsche

by participating in the

monthly trivia contest posted

online at http://mav.pca.org/

trivia. Answers are due by

the last day of each month.

The winner of the trivia

contest receives a $25 gift

certificate from our sponsor, Zims Autotechnik. In the case of ties, a random

drawing determines the winner.

Here are the questions from the December 2018 Trivia. We went with

a Trivia that brings Q&A this month dealing with all kinds of quotes

from folks who like to talk about Porsches. Our winner this month is

Alan Bambina getting all 5 of 5 correct. In fact, we had a total of 11 folks

getting all of them. Not to take anything away from our contestants, but it

appears that a great number of our 5 out of 5 contestants really know their

Porsche quote history, or they found my source on the Internet. And that

is allowed. Find the answers any way

you can, as long as you do not hack my

computer! Whenever there is more than

one winner, we chose the gift certificate

recipient by a random drawing.

Answers: 1)b, 2)b, 3)a, 4)a, 5)c

Maverick Trivia: Are you a Porschephile?

Jerry DeFeo

sponsored by Zims Autotechnik

1. Who said, “Porsche and BMW drivers are arrogant!”?

a. Enzo Ferrari b. Carroll Shelby c. Elon Musk d. Michael Schumacher

Source: Internet Brainy Quote - Porsche Funny Quotes

2. Who said, “I always liked speed. I own a car that I shouldn’t

be talking about because I’m an environmentalist, but the 1955

Porsche Spyder 550 RS is the finest sports car ever made.”?

a. Steve McQueen b. Robert Redford c. James Dean d. Paul Newman

Source: Internet Brainy Quote - Porsche Funny Quotes

3. Who said, “Porsche’s and Apple’s design philosophies are

similar. Much like the 356, the original iPhone was about

defining a foundation for the future.”?

a. Om Malik b. Steve Jobs c. Ronald Wayne d. Steve Wozniak

Source: Internet Brainy Quote - Porsche Funny Quotes

4. Who said, “There are a lot of impractical things about owning

a Porsche. But they’re all offset by the driving experience. It

really is unique. Lamborghinis and Ferraris come close. And

they are more powerful, but they don’t handle like a Porsche.”?

a. Kevin O’Leary b. Bill Lear c. Steve McQueen d. P.J. O’Rourke

Source: Internet Brainy Quote - Porsche Funny Quotes

5. Who said, “We wouldn’t build a real 4-seater. . . . We are a

Sports firm!”?

a. Ferdinand Porsche b. Ferry Porsche c. Butzi Porsche

d. Ferdinand Piech

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Choose Carefully, Part 1

by Robert Turner

configurator provided by Porsche USA

One of my favorite things to

do on the web is to go into a car

company’s web site, head straight

to their configurator, and build

something. Sometimes it will be a

stripper, just the basic car to see how

cheap I can build it. And more times

than not, I go all in adding every

option to see how far I can take it

to the other extreme. I try different

colors, different interiors, different

wheels and I spare no expense on

the performance options. If you are

going to build something, you may

as well go big, right?

I love me some Porsches! Owned

twelve of ‘em (and counting). But

you know what? I’ve never bought

a new one. The Turner master plan

says I get to do that at some point

in my short life on this revolving

globe. Thinking back to the Brand

Loyalty series I wrote a couple of

month back, you know I’ve got to

get my boys out of college, propped

up and on their own. Could take

years. It’s funny, I even remind

them from time

to time (like

weekly), that

they’re holding

me back. I am

joking here, but

just barely.

Point is, I

love the Porsche

configurator. I

build cars on it

all the time, like

maybe 2-3 times

per month. OK,

maybe 3-4 times

per month. But

that’s all I’m

admitting here.

I build Carreras

(mostly Turbos

and GT3s),

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Boxsters, Caymans (especially

Caymans -- love ‘em), Cayennes

(just in case we end up needing a

new one), Macans (because they

are awesome), Panameras (have

you read my action-adventure

novels? They factor somewhat in

the story line), and 918s (cause

they are stupid crazy and it’s fun

to see if you can configure one to

$1,000,000—yes with reversed

pinky held to mouth, Dr. Evil style).

I will build one, giggle, and say

to my wife, “Hey I built a new

Porsche, wanna see it?” She’ll

glance over at me, with a sideways

look, glasses lowered to her nose,

and ask if I went all in this time

or not. No, I will proudly exclaim

that I built an inexpensive Cayenne

- for her. Does she want to see it?

Then she’ll ask if it is like the other

dozen I have “built” for her lately,

and not getting her sarcasm, I’ll say

this one is different. (Yeah, it’s red.)

Sometimes she looks, sometimes

she doesn’t, and she reminds me

(for like the thousandth time)

that we’re not doing anything

before the aforementioned boys are

out of school, cars paid off, bills

paid off, etc. Oh yeah—heard that

one before.

So then, what the heck,

I’ll reconfigure the car as a

Cayenne Turbo S with every

option under the sun. $180K!

Yeah, that’ll show her!

The mouse hovers over the “get

a quote from your dealer” button

and as usual, I do not press it. But

man, I wish I could. I know that

day will come, that perfect moment

when I will be able to press that

button and talk to the dealer, to

build my dream Porsche. I can feel

it coming in a three-to-four-yearoff

kinda way. See, I have infinite

patience when it comes to waiting

for my ultimate car. I’ve got to; I

only get one shot.

And on that exhaust note, see

you all next time.


- continued from page 17

Please feel welcome to bring your own lunch to the

lunch area and sit with your friends.

You can also choose to visit your favorite local lunch

hot spot.

NEW: Always something to do!

We also know there can be a lot of downtime at an

event. You can choose to relax or participate in other

activities Chris is arranging. Chris is planning for

various vendors and speakers to visit throughout the day.

I hear the February Event may have a several guest

speakers. One speaker, I understand, will talk about

how to properly insure your high-performance vehicle

in a cost-effective manner. I have heard this program

at a previous PCA Tech event, and I must admit that it

was very enlightening. This one should not be missed.

Speed comes in many forms. Some acquire skills and

others choose to pursue speed in the form of technology

advancements. Chris is arranging for speakers

throughout the year to talk about proper set-ups for

your specific vehicle. There may be discussions on tires,

alignments, suspension settings and upgrades, brakes

and brake upgrades, as well as engine management

systems. Each of these can easily enhance your

experience. The truly fast drivers in our programs first

maximize their personal skill sets, but also fully take

advantage of technology opportunities. Now you can

learn their secrets.

I further believe Chris has found a detailer who will

discuss techniques to get the road grime and rubber off

your car in a safe and fast manner.

On, June 1 we will have our second Car Control

Clinic (CCC). This was requested by our local Porsche

dealerships to provide a gentler introduction to the

Porsche experience. This can provide their clients an

opportunity to learn the capabilities of their Porsche in

a controlled environment. Graduates of the CCC will,

at a minimum, be in a better position to handle their

vehicle in an emergency. We received excellent feedback

from the participants last year. This is a great program

for your spouse or any driver in your home over the age

of 18. This could also be a great Father’s Day gift.

We are also looking for more single day SOLO DE

events for 2019. We have one for scheduled for June 2.

This is open to all Solo Participants with no Coaches

available. Just plenty of track time for fun.

We are chartered with continuing the evolvement of

our DE Program. Our mantra is “Safety First.” We are

proud to announce that Bob Kramer has returned as

our region’s Safety Chair. Welcome back, Bob!

We appreciate everyone’s participation in the

program and, we hope to earn your future support!

Your mind’s been racing.

Catch up.

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Maverick February Anniversaries

40 Years

Carey Spreen (Sue Crimm)

30 Years

James Benning (Karen)

25 Years

Ian Packer (Melayne)

Richard Whitman (Cindy)

20 Years

Benjamin Wood

15 Years

Gary Leto (Bruce Garrison)

10 Years

Pat Friend

Chuck Gould

James Looney (Butler)

Bernard Nussbaumer (Axel)

Dick Robinson (Sue)

Charles Sullivan (Kim)

5 Years

Robert Barber (Judy)

Guy Bentley (Ian)

Justin Burlew (Vicki)

Robert Conyers

David Fike (Deborah)

Ken Harrison

Kevin Hodges

Umashankar Iyer

Mark Jones (Michelle)

Larry Keen (Kate)

Richard Kohler

John Polivka (Mary)

David Price (Amanda Newman)

Joe Priest (Susan)

Daniel York (Robert)

Grand Prairie

Dallas

Dallas

Plano

Flower Mound

Hurst

Fairview

Allen

Dallas

Dallas

Arlington

Colleyville

Quinlan

Mesquite

Humble

Desoto

Argyle

Keller

Dallas

Plano

Fairview

Richardson

Flower Mound

Plano

Frisco

Stephenville

Latana

Member Moment - 30th PCA Anniversary, January 2019

Jack Griffin

Occupation

Co-Founder Garages of Texas

First Porsche

1970 914-6 bought in 1976 (still own!)

Current Porsche

1955 356 Continental, 1970 914-6, 1985 911, 1989 911 Speedster, 2011 997.2, 2018 GT-3 Touring

Most memorable Maverick or PCA event: Have loved all the tours either PCA or otherwise in

Porsches for great driving and socializing such as: Boxstoberfest (3 yrs), Porsche Palooza (5 yrs), Hill

Country Rallye (15 yrs), Colorado Grand (7 yrs), Copperstate 1000 (5 yrs), California Mille, The Rally of

New Mexico. All done in vintage Porsches with very few mechanical issues along the way. Nothing better

than the open road with fellow Porsche-ites!

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Attic Butlers................................................. 33

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Bennett Motor Werks.................................. 31

Competition Motorsport............................. 31

Concorso Detailing...................................... 29

deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry...................... 18

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Fast Lane Travel........................................... 35

Falgout & Associates, P. C ............................ 32

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Growler Motor Labs..................................... 21

Garages of Texas............................................ 9

Innovative Autosports................................... 5

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Louden Motorcar Services....................... I.B.C.

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Mayo Performance...................................... 32

Mustard Racing........................................... 30

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OCD’tailers.................................................. 33

Onsite Tires................................................. 28

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RAC Performance.......................................... 3

RKT Techniques........................................... 29

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Stuart’s Paint and Body............................... 10

Texas Motor Works...................................... 32

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Oversteer: Letter from the Editor

by Kurt Scaggs, Managing Editor

I’ve admitted in the past the fact that I do not possess

the talent necessary to fully explore the limits of a 35 year

old sports car. This pains me. I’ve given it a go on a few

occasions and though my pride hasn’t always survived,

everyone in the vicinity has lived to tell about it. More

importantly to some, no cars were harmed in the making

of this story.

Like many of us, I seek to improve my driving ability

and would love to one day, get involved in some form of

friendly competition with other like minded drivers. Mav

PCA has many ways to get involved, some of which are

highlighted this month. But what if you can’t find the

time to scratch that itch regularly? I might have found a

temporary answer. Video games! Bear with me.

My last video game console was purchased new in 1980,

an Atari Video Computer System better known as a 2600. I

vividly remember playing Asteroid into the wee hours, but

Tank was as close as it got to a driving game in my house.

This past Christmas was time to change all of that. After

much research and careful consideration I managed to talk

my wonderful (and understanding) family into an X-box to

“share”. This opened the door to Forza Motorsport 7 and

another late night or two in front of a video game. Let me

be honest, a video game will never replace the excitement

of hearing a flat six at full howl or the feeling of pushing

your Porsche through a corner faster than you thought you

could. What it will do is allow to you to explore technique

and practice awareness in the comfort of your media room,

in your pajamas, at midnight. If that’s your thing.

I believe you really can learn things driving a simulator.

The pros do it, it can’t be all bad right? Even the mere

mortals among us can gain some insight. I know that I’m

way faster on the tracks that I know than I am on the

tracks that I don’t. I have also learned that my hands really

weren’t fast enough, just like my last instructor kept telling

me. The difference is that this time I was able to completely

mess up that turn over and over and over until I finally

got it right without any wide eyed passengers or black flag

trips to the paddock. Oh, and I was finally able to paint my

(virtual) car pink as my son has been suggesting for years

now, so we’re both happy.

I might actually be in the minority of people that have

just figured this out. But if you’re on the fence, you can tell

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