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Details. Steve’s Amethyst GT3
Photo by Michael Durovick
6 | Now I have PSE: A more affordable DIY upgrade
8 | Quicktake: One of One GT3
9 | Patriot Paws Tour and Lunch Recap
12 | Stop! Smell the Bluebonnets Tour Recap
15 | Autocross Series Event 2: March Mirrorcross
16 | The Pursuit of Happiness: Part 1
19 | Maverick Marktpreis: 996
20 | Coffee, Cars & Conversation
26 | Technically speaking…
30 | Hill Country Rallye: 2019
22 | Board Meeting
22 | HPDE Car Control Clinic
22 | Motoring Mavs at Mayo
23 | Maverick Lunch Series
23 | Mavs&Mochas
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
14 | Porsche Trivia
34 | Advertiser Index
34 | Anniversaries
36 | Oversteer (Editor’s Column)
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Board Meeting.......................................................................... (Wed) 1
Mavs & Mochas: Neiman Marcus Fort Worth ............................ (Sat) 11
Tech Session: Autoscope Dallas ...................................................(Sat) 4
Autocross School..........................................................................(Sat) 4
Autocross #4................................................................................(Sun) 5
ABCDE Car Day: White Rock Lake Park.........................................(Sun) 5
Lewisville area lunch.................................................................(Tue) 14
Maverick Happy Hour...............................................................(Thu) 16
Motoring Mavs at Mayo............................................................ (Sat) 18
Autocross #5............................................................................. (Sun) 26
Southlake area lunch................................................................(Thu) 23
HPDE Car Control Clinic: Motorsport Ranch.................................(Sat) 1
HPDE Tune Up for COTA: Motorsport Ranch ................................(Sun) 2
Board Meeting.......................................................................... (Wed) 5
Tech Session: Autoscope Dallas ...................................................(Sat) 4
Lewisville area lunch.................................................................(Tue) 11
Motoring Mavs at Mayo............................................................ (Sat) 15
Maverick Happy Hour...............................................................(Thu) 20
Mavs & Mochas: Stonebriar Community Church....................... (Sat) 22
Revolver Brewery Tour .............................................................. (Sat) 22
Southlake area lunch................................................................(Thu) 27
Tech Session: Fifth Gear............................................................ (Sat) 29
On the Cover
Sharing the passion with the next generation
of Porsche faithful.
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SPROCKETS: First Impressions
by David Robertson, Region President
I always enjoy conversations with our members
about how they became such a fan of Porsche. Of
course, there is the visceral feeling you get when driving
one, whether you are on the road or the track, but
usually when you ask the question, everyone has a great
story, whether it was a memory with a family member
or just simply seeing one for the first time. I am a huge
fan of the latest 911s, and I can’t wait to get behind the
wheel of the new 992, but I do hold a special place for
the first 911 I remember seeing up close.
I am not sure when my love of the Porsche 911
began, but it was at a very young age. Growing up out
in deep East Texas I certainly hardly ever saw one. On
occasion a 911 would be at a stop light or otherwise
heading through town on the way somewhere else, but
would give me a glimpse of what I considered to be one
of the coolest cars in the world.
On one occasion there was a 911 of the era sitting in a
parking lot just inviting me to go over for a closer inspection.
I stood there for probably 10 minutes just
looking at it, taking it all in. I was probably
7 years old at the time but the impression
of the way the that 911 flowed from front
to back curving around the wheels and
through to the tip of that awesome 80’s
whale tail is a memory I still carry today.
That early ‘80s 911 with the glorious whale tail that
I had the chance to experience first-hand that day is
still one of my favorite automobiles of all time. There
are a few of our members who drive the same model
and even color of the Porsche that I saw that day many
years ago, so I see them at some of our events. When
I have the opportunity to spend some time with these
cars and their owners, I feel just like I am seven years
old and seeing that Porsche for the first time.
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team and through countless
hours of behind the scenes
work our DE events are
getting rave reviews.
Thank you, Renee!
Transfers In to Maverick Region
for March 2019
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Mark Shores (POT)
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Francis Wong (CHO) Addison
2018 911 Carrera 4
Stephen Phillips (LHN) McKinney
1990 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
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Now I have PSE!: A more affordable DIY upgrade
by Bob Kuykendall
photos provided by author
Ok, so when I bought my dream car, a 2013 Carrera
S, a couple years ago, I had searched far and wide for
just the right color (black) and options (7-spd manual,
Sport Chrono, 14-way, Premium Plus, etc). The manual
transmission is becoming a rare bird by the way . . .
Then, on a Sunday night, as I perused Autotrader ads,
I found a car in Houston which belonged to a doctor. I
flew down the next day and we eventually struck a deal,
as the car was mint and still under CPO. Full leather
interior was also a plus.
The only option that
was missing from
my dream car list
was Porsche Sport
Now, I knew that
PSE could be added later by the dealer, but as I began
checking prices, I found
that the parts alone were
almost $2600 (Suncoast
Porsche), and installation
might be another $1500.
Four grand for a throatier
exhaust? I quickly
decided that I didn’t
need it that badly. There
are other after-market
exhausts out there, but
they are also pricey. I had
one on my previous 997,
but it was a bit too loud
for my taste. I liked the
idea of simply pushing a
button to go from subtle
to throaty. And keeping it
Then, I discovered a
little known secret – PSE is already built in!
At least for the 991S models, but not the base (non-S)
991. And there were DIY articles on Rennlist about
installing it yourself. The wiring, the changeover valve,
and the vacuum lines are already there. No pulling of
wires through the body. All that I needed were three
basic ingredients: the sport muffler, a new 3-foot-long
vacuum line (four pieces), and a new console module
with the PSE button. Oh, and dealer programming later.
Armed with the Porsche factory instructions for
adding PSE, and several DIY articles from Rennlist, I
worked up the nerve to attempt this DIY project. As
long as I had clear, slow, step-by-steps (with pictures!), I
felt comfortable with tackling this installation on my own.
The parts were about $1375 total. You’ll need the following:
1. Porsche sport center muffler (Item 1) - $868 w/
gaskets plus shipping from Sunset Porsche
2. Heat shielded vacuum lines, gaskets, and holder
(Items 4, 10, 11, and 12)– about $225 from local dealer
3. New console module with PSE button (not shown) - $220
shipped from Suncoast Porsche (matched to VIN number)
Yes- I could have bought all this from a single source,
but that’s a story for another time.
Rennlist DIY articles guided me through all of the body
parts that you have to remove in order to route the short
vacuum line to the new muffler and behind the bumper.
It sounds and looks a lot scarier than it actually is.
But German engineering made it pretty easy to
navigate removing the bumper cover, tail lights, engine
bay exhaust fans, spoiler, air box, and bumper. Again,
Rennlist pictures showed me the way. Finally, you mount
the new center sport muffler in place of the old one,
and put everything back.
It probably took me over
five hours, because I am
slow, but I never had to
raise the car on jacks or
While you are in there .
. . Yes, this is an excellent
time to replace the two
engine air filters, and
since the serpentine drive
belt is right in front of
you, I changed that also.
One reason why the
PSE “kit” is so expensive
is that it includes new
exhaust tips for about
$900. You don’t need
those, as the factory dual
tips fit perfectly. And the
side mufflers remain unchanged, at least for the S. So, for
about $1375 in parts, I was ready to go. Except that I still
needed a Porsche dealer to program the car and tell it that
it now has Porsche Sport Exhaust. That took one hour.
Now I have PSE! Start-up is louder, but quiets down
in about ten seconds as the engine comes off fast idle.
The sport exhaust is activated either manually, or
whenever the Sport or Sport Plus buttons are activated.
And when I get on it, a throatier pipe-clearing roar that
sounds so glorious in the Addison tunnel, with nice mild
backfire burbles on deceleration.
After diving in and getting everything out of the way, the meat of the upgrade,
the Porsche Sport muffler. All of the necessary connections are already there.
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Quicktake: One of One GT3
by Michael Durovick
I recently had the privilege of
shooting a truly unique GT3 - a
true 1 of 1. One of our Maverick
members, Steve, recently purchased
a GT3 that was previously owned
and spec’d by race car driver
Graham Rahal. The PTS Amethyst
Metallic color is subtle yet amazing
in changing light.
But it’s the interior that is truly
unique. This was a “wish list” spec
interior of Pebble Stone White with
contrasting stitching covering the
entire dash. From what I am told,
this is the highest spec GT3 ever
made and such a wish list is only
available to true Porsche insiders.
So unique is this car
that Steve was just
accepted into The Quail,
A Motorsports Gathering,
which takes place each
August in Carmel, CA
in conjunction with
Monterey Car Week.
The Quail, being the highlight
of all of the events taking place
during this 10 day motoring
festival, makes Steve’s acceptance
truly an honor where only the ve ry
best are considered.
Steve has followed
Graham Rahal since
Graham was the youngest
driver in IndyCar racing,
and jumped at the chance
to obtain Graham’s car.
The Amethyst color also
has special significance for
Steve as this is a Brazilian
national gemstone and
Steve was born in Brazil.
The obvious question that
arises is that if this is so
unique a car, why did
Graham part with it? The
answer, I am told, is that
he needed to get funding
to open a car dealership in
Pennsylvania, so very
reluctantly parted with
photo provided by Michael Durovick
this car. His loss is our gain. If you
haven’t had a chance to see this car
yet in person, look for it at upcoming
Maverick events and discover why
this is truly a 1 of 1 Porsche.
Patriot Paws Tour and Lunch Recap
by Harriet Sebert
An early morning thunderstorm on Saturday,
March 9 threatened what turned out to be a beautiful
sunny warm day for the Patriot Paws tour, lunch and
demonstration of how their trained dogs can save a
Patriot Paws has become one of Maverick Region’s
non-profit charities. Mavericks, together with Corvette
Legends of Texas, put on a fundraising event that
brought out a total of 200 members from both groups.
We had a parking lot filled with Porsches and Corvettes.
Patriot Paws volunteers and staff gave us a tour
of their complex of kennels, the training facility, and
their ever-expanding Rockwall location. Next door to
the headquarters is a home for veterans to stay during
their two week training period prior to receiving their
Our lunch was donated by Sideways BBQ and Dodie’s
Cajun Diner at The Harbor in Rockwall. Maverick
members Leah & Brent Rodemeyer, owners of Nothing
Bundt Cakes in Rockwall, donated our dessert.
During lunch, Sharon Satterwhite, Director of
Development, gave a brief history of Patriot Paws,
along with a video about the various aspects of the
organization. She also talked about the many ways we
can individually help in addition to donations. Puppyraising
is one of their biggest volunteer needs.
After lunch we were introduced to Aaron Mixell,
Veteran Coordinator, and his dog Chief. Aaron
told us about his military career, which included 15
deployments. He had been wounded several times and
became addicted to pain medication for those injuries.
After kicking his addiction, he received his service
dog. He told us about falling down stairs and his dog
summoning help, along with other incidents in which
the dog literally saved his life. Aaron was an excellent
speaker who held our attention while showing us a few
things that Chief could do.
The day raised $10,746, which included
well over $6,000 from Maverick Region,
which gave our club the right to name a dog
Thanks to Bill Preston of Corvette Legends,
who introduced Mavericks to Patriot Paws and the
great work they do, and to all who participated and
Go to patriotpaws.org for information about the
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Welcome Our New Mavericks!
by Jim Hirsch, Region Membership Chair
New Members March 2019
Thomas Abraham Rockwall 2009 911 Carrera 4S
Yusuf Baiani Garland 2002 Boxster
Jason Barber Carrollton 2007 911 Turbo
Derek Bohne Keller 2014 Boxster S
Trang Bui Fort Worth 2014 Boxster
Bernie Clement Highland Village 2016 911 Turbo
Michelle Cook Arp 2011 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Charles Craven Dallas 2012 Cayman
David Cupp Bedford 2003 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Mike Daniel Dallas 2018 718 Cayman
Anne Davidson Dallas 2018 Panamera 4S Turismo
Jim Epperson Coppell 2015 Boxster
John Falco Dallas 2010 Cayman
Dwight Fegley Grapevine 2008 Boxster S
Robert Ferguson McKinney 2012 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Greg Fernandez Flower Mound 2003 911 Carrera 4S
Andrew Freeman Frisco 1991 911 Carrera 4
Gary Giles Dallas 2016 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Sergio Gonzalez Ardmore, OK 1996 911 Carrera
Adam Hicks Euless 2016 Cayman GTS
Todd Hiles Tyler 2006 911 Carrera
David Hubbard Granbury 2015 Cayenne Diesel
Cory Huffman Lewisville 2011 911 Carrera S
Sam Hung Southlake 2019 911 Carrera GTS
David Jahan McKinney 2007 Cayman S
Bryan Kalil (Shannon) Sherman 2014 911 Carrera
Gary Lindsey Prosper 2016 Cayman
Sabita Maharaj Dallas 2018 Macan S
Rob McGregor (Lucia) Irving 2006 Cayman S
Joe McIvor Allen 2011 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Peter Mclarty Dallas 2015 Cayman S
John Meek Addison 2018 718 Cayman
Brandon Meyer (Bethany) McKinney 2010 Cayman
David Murrin Fort Worth 2015 Cayman S
Brett Petit Southlake 2015 911 Carrera GTS Cab
Phillip Petrazio Fort Worth 2014 Cayman
Bradden Pyron Arlington 2010 Panamera 4S
Charles Rahm Dallas 1981 911 SC
Duerk Reimer Crowley 2014 Boxster S
Ettore Settembre Hickory Creek 1972 911S Targa
Blake Simmons Fort Worth 2018 Macan Turbo
Adam Smith (Hank) Dallas 1989 944 Turbo
Steven Sparks Fort Worth 2019 911 Carrera 4S Cab
Stefanie Toppel Plano 2019 Cayenne
Michael Urban (Parisa) Dallas 2017 718 Boxster S
Michael Vitale Fort Worth 1988 928 S4
Tanja Wahl Dallas 2015 Cayman
Kenny West Dallas 1986 944 Turbo
Michael Zagami Dallas 2009 Cayenne GTS
Please give a Maverick Welcome to these new members when you meet them!
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Best thing about Porsche ownership
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1995 Aventurine Green 993 Carrera Coupe
That is a tough one. They were all special
in their own way. My 912E was special because
it introduced me to so many friends
and Maverick activities. My ‘79 911 SC
was special because it mirrored the ones
featured in posters. That leaves the ‘95
993. With the creature comforts in a classic
model, I will keep that car forever.
Favorite Maverick or PCA event
Any event that allows me to enjoy the
company of so many cherished friendships
I have made - from small coffee gatherings
on Friday mornings to PCA Parades.
Best thing about owning a Porsche
Porsches come with great friends.
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Members: 2013 Affiliate Members: 965 Total Membership: 2978
Stop! Smell the Bluebonnets Recap
by Sam Bryant, Tours Co-Chair
photos provided by Bahman Moghadam and John Hamilton
This tour was the second one of 2019. It is one of our
most popular tours. Bluebonnets were in full bloom!
The tour was 71.2 miles and took place about 30
minutes southeast of Dallas. Temperatures were in
the low 60s, with the streets wet from the mist that
morning (April 7) as people started to arrive. Even with
the cooler temp and rain, 102 Porsches and 177 people
attended the tour. We also had 38 first-timers registered
that had never attended a tour before!
The streets were still wet when we got underway.
Attendees traveled through the towns of Red Oak,
Pecan Hill, Palmer, Chatfield, Rice, and Ennis.
Special thanks to our tours volunteer team! Driving
Tours of this size could not be managed without them!
The group leaders were Mark Pitarresi, Young Slack,
Tom Martin, Ted Martin, Ed Martelle, Paul Ozmer,
Derrick Tate, Scott Garwood, Jay Lynch, Brant Worrell,
and Tim Schutze. Sign-in attendants were Bill Elliot,
Jennifer Gerbode, Ed Martelle, Scott Garwood, Brant
Worrell, Mark Pittarresi, Tim Schutze, and myself.
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Maverick Trivia: Are you a Porschephile?
sponsored by Zims Autotechnik
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 for the March Trivia, dealing with all kinds of items
about both newer and older Porsches. The winner this month, getting all 5
of 5 correct, was Cyril Reif, who was the only entrant to get all five correct.
1. Porsche does all it can to have defect-free vehicles, but every now
and then they have a major problem. This one affects all 75,000
of the 2017 and 2018 Panameras. The power steering can fail
while going straight or while in a turn, or be intermittent in the
turn. About how many of these 75,000 are
in the USA?
a. 12k b. 18k c. 24k d. 30k
Answers: 1)b, 2)d, 3)a, 4)b, 5)c
2. While Porsche will fix the cars for free, what is causing the problem?
a. Faulty PS pumps b. PS hoses collapse when they get hot c.
Shimming tolerances in the rack & pinion d. Faulty software
3. Every production 911 has had a flat-six engine, as well as the 914/6,
and, until recently, the Boxster and Cayman. But did you know they
also made a flat-eight in different displacements including 2.0L and
2.2L? What was the first Porsche to get a flat-eight?
a. 904 b. 906 c. 908 d. 910
4. Cost-cutting development sharing is becoming mandatory under
the VW umbrella. Porsche says they are working with Audi to
develop a premium electric car platform more intensively than
ever, and can cut its development costs by ______ by pooling
resources on vehicle architectures, modules, and components.
a. 20% b. 30% c. 40% d. 50%
Source: Porsche Panorama, Dec 2018, p 42
5. A/C on air-cooled Porsches was always a challenge, but usually
successful. There is an inherent common issue in the 964s and
the 993s that causes the refrigerant to leak out. The system is
pretty bulletproof except for the ________ in both models.
a. Compressor b. Freon/Refrigerant flex lines c. Evaporator
core d. Freon/ref connections
Source: Porsche Panorama, Dec 2018, p 126
Autocross Series Event 2: March Mirrorcross
by Mark Schnoerr, Region Autocross Chair
Our March event was held at the Mineral Wells Airport,
on the 55-acre super-site. The format of this event was the
exciting dual side-by-side drag race-style start, where two
mirror-image courses peel off in opposite directions for the
usual multi-turn race to the finish. After running one side, the
cars swap sides and repeat. Each driver got a total of six runs
on each side. The single best times on each side are added
together to determine official run times.
Fourteen (18%) of the 78 drivers at this event were in
Porsches. Igor Tulandin, driving his Cayenne GTS, was first in
class P0 and third overall in Porsche Class Performance Index
(PAX). Class P1 had a nice mix of cars (a 914, a 911S, and a
924S) with a total of five drivers. The Schnoerr 914 eked out
the top positions, followed closely by the Ed Mayo 911S, and
Mark was second in Porsche PAX Performance Index at this
event. Amir El-Baghdady hurled his 944 S2 Cabriolet around
for the win in class P2. Mas Watanabe and Carolle Liu placed
their Boxsters in that order in class P3. Doug Edney (996) and
P0 - 'PCA Zero'
Fastest Run Fastest Run
Total Entries: 1
1 P0 958 Igor Tulandin Silver Cayenne GTS 46.693 48.766
P1 - 'PCA 1'
Fastest Run Fastest Run
Total Entries: 6
1T P1 915 Mark Schnoerr Lime Green 914 44.863 45.962
2T P1 914 Sigrid schnoerr Lime Green 914 46.367 47.456
3 P1 5 Edward Mayo Blue/Orange 911S 45.42 48.678
4 P1 906 Carey Spreen Red 924S 47.304 49.118
5 P1 9 Julia Underwood Silver 911S 52.219 54.297
P2 - 'PCA 2'
Fastest Run Fastest Run
Total Entries: 2
1T P2 7 Amir El-Baghdady Maroon 944 S2 48.818 50.511
P3 - 'PCA 3'
Fastest Run Fastest Run
Total Entries: 2
1T P3 7 Mas Watanabe Red Boxster-S 45.985 47.967
2 P3 168 Carolle Liu White Boxster 987 50.198 52.543
P4 - 'PCA 4'
Fastest Run Fastest Run
Total Entries: 2
1T P4 7 Douglas Edney Black 996 46.615 49.53
2 P4 13 Yasha Avshalumov White Cayman S 48.992 50.745
P5 - 'PCA 5'
Fastest Run Fastest Run
Total Entries: 3
1T P5 428 Owen Coulman Guards Red Porsche 911 GT3 42.817 45.153
2 P5 98 Dawn Marie Gray Racing Yellow GT4 47.428 48.839
3 P5 429 Holli Coulman Carrara White Porsche Turbo 48.902 52.125
photos by Robert Kirby of Lightspeed Images
new participant Yasha Avshalumov (Cayman S) finished in
that order in class P4.
Class P5, the “supercar” class, had Owen Coulman
in his GT3, Dawn Marie Gray in her GT4, and Holli
Coulman in her beautiful white 996 Turbo Cabriolet. They
all had good 0.50- to 0.60-second reaction times
at the lights, and 1.9- to 2.1-second 60-foot times
out of the start, which looked like shots out of
a cannon. Owen pulled first and also first quick
Porsche PAX index, Dawn split them for second,
and Holli, a newcomer to Maverick PCA AX
from San Diego, promises to come more often to
hone her skills again.
All the ladies entrants compete for overall ladies’
PAX and cash payouts. At this event, three of our
Porsche ladies took home cash: Sigrid Schnoerr in
1st, Dawn Marie Gray in 4th, and Holli Coulman
in 5th. Congratulations to our Porsche driving girls!
The season schedule is published elsewhere in
the newsletter and online. There is an autocross
car control clinic scheduled for May 4, followed
by an autocross on May 5, again at Mineral Wells.
Contact Mark Schnoerr for details or go to the
Equipe Rapide website at autocross.com.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Part 1
by Jeff Mindrup
Obsession. What are the limits of an obsession? Sooner
or later, most people face up to the reality that there are
compromises, limits, and disappointments in life. More often
than not, even in the life of “winners,” there are unrealized
goals and outright failures. By his own account, Michael
Jordan missed the basket over 9,000 times and missed gamewinning
shots 26 times.
We learn this lesson early in life: the fable of the Fox and
the Grapes, the moral being that we learn to accept and even
reject those things we once wanted but could not have. But
every now and then, the stars align, and that thing you’ve
desired is now within reach. Good luck, good timing, and
preparation all converge at a moment in time. This is a story
of one such lucky confluence of events.
My first Porsche obsession was an early silver 911 that I
would see walking home from junior high school. The car
seemed so pure and clean and simple. The vision stuck with
me for decades. With that early ‘70s 911 stuck in my mind,
my search for the perfect silver-colored Porsche began.
After being beat to the punch on a few occasions, I finally
found a silver Porsche locally that checked all of my boxes. A
short test drive, a fresh over-rev report that passed with flying
colors, and the car was mine -- a 2011 Carrera 4S cabriolet. It
was configured exactly as if I had ordered it from the factory:
full leather, Sport Chrono, and heated and ventilated seats.
Most importantly, the car had been well taken care of by the
previous two owners. I learned early on that you’re buying
the previous owner as much as you’re buying the car.
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My father always told me “never go shopping once
you’ve bought,” but in the need to validate my purchase in
that first week, I kept looking to see if I got a good deal or
if I could have done better. That first few days of continued
searching confirmed my purchase. I got curious though, and
expanded the search criteria by turning off my color filter
from silver only. I also turned off the trim level and began
seeing a much wider universe of
911s. By the end of that week, the
unexpected and unthinkable had
occurred -- something better had
After holding my version of
desire for over four decades, I was
now abandoning it for something
I didn’t even know existed a week
ago. Obsession had done a 180 and
could no longer be denied.
The 997.2 Mexico Blue Turbo S.
OMG. I’ve never seen such a
car, such a color, and such a perfect
set of photographs showing every
angle of the 911’s inherent pure
clean lines and Teutonic simplicity
in a way I never considered or even
knew possible. Across the internet
and onto my screen, 110 photos
of pure Porsche porn all seemingly
were targeted directly at me and
were becoming my new obsession.
The photographer that took those photos knows his
art. Not only in light and contrast but in imagery and
symbolism that highlights the refinement of this vehicle,
while subtly suggesting its raw power on scale with a
locomotive. True on both counts.
I treated the car like I would any bottle of wine. I started
with the assumption that it was a perfect 100-point wine
and began looking for flaws. With 110 photos to find sour
grapes, I looked over and over but could not find any.
My recent purchase of the C4S had made this car and
auction out of reach for me, but that didn’t stop me from
commenting during the auction, “Wow. Wow. Wow!
I love this car.”
Six months after the auction had ended, my obsession
had not. I can’t say for sure when or to whom I first said
“one day that car will be mine,” but I did begin to believe,
expect, and plan for it. By November, I was both mentally
and financially ready. I appended the auction comments, “I
want to buy this car. Maybe the owner is bored with it by
now.” Like many prayers, mine was only answered with
silence. Days and months would pass.
As more time passed I got a little more aggressive. I sent
PMs to the auction winner, but never heard back. I found
an article that thoroughly documented the car’s paint
correction and film protection
and offered them a generous
finder’s fee for any contact that
would end up with me owning
the car. No response from them
either. Radio silence all around,
but something in that article
added extra fuel to my fire in
pursuit of this car.
So here’s the thing. I am not
a born and raised Texan but I have lived here for two
decades, and consider Texas my home. There were a few
things in that article that seemed to challenge me on this
car. Number one: this car came from Mavericks country.
That’s right. This car was delivered to Porsche of Plano and
spent its young life here. At some point, she was traded in,
and with the silver rims and clear taillights, sat longer than
is normally allowed by AutoNation policy on the PoP lot.
Number two: the paint correction shop was throwing
the gauntlet directly at me with this line: “This particular
Porsche is ready to resume reign over the lanes in the great
state of Washington. Hopefully it won’t relocate again
any time soon!”
From this Texan’s standpoint, they placed a giant blue
star on the roof of this car and Terrell Owens was now
strutting on top of it.
My mind was set. If that car is going to reign anywhere it’s
going to be right back here in Mavericks territory as God
and Stuttgart intended. So how did this 1 of 1 PTS Mexico
Blue Turbo S ever leave North Texas in the first place?
The second owner, a corporate insider at AutoNation,
used all of his connections to get the car from PoP to
Portland. He had a clear vision for taking this car from
its 95-point score to the 100-point perfection of a 2000
Chateau Margaux. After having the paint corrected and
all front facing surfaces protected with XPEL Ultimate, he
switched the clear taillights out, had the rims professionally
painted all black, and rebadged the Turbo S script on to
the car. With only just a few thousand miles more on the
odometer, this is the car that exists today.
The car then went to a third owner, who traded a
Lamborghini Gallardo for it. He held on to the Porsche for
a brief period, then put it up for auction on Bring a Trailer
using the incredible photography and marketing skills of
Portland’s Josh Bryan.
The fourth owner’s alias, “FordGT,” turned out to be
prophetic. Sadly, he only has a six-car garage, and when a
new Ford GT became available to him, something had to
go, and that is where my good fortune and timing come in.
I had just returned from a 10-day trip to Zurich, the
Black Forest, Paris, and Stuttgart, where I took in the
Porsche factory tour and museum. I wasn’t really looking
Like many other Porschephiles with the
disease, I was just looking to vicariously
and temporarily satisfy my addiction.
But there it was, in my honed down new
search for blue 997.2s, my great whale
had surfaced for air. Call me Ishmael.
for anything in particular and I wasn’t looking to spend any
money that Saturday morning.
I couldn’t believe it. Was this a joke -- a stuck ad -- a
mistake? Who cares! The
seller, Avant Garde, had two
numbers listed in the ad, and
in a few minutes I had called
them both. As I was leaving
a message on the second
number, the first number was
calling me back. I dropped
my call and picked up the
incoming call. “My name is
Jeff and I want to buy this car.”
It’s just the way Tony Robbins tells you how these things
work. You believe, you expect, you plan, you do the work,
and you can live your dream. How did I get so lucky this
time? I can’t say with any certainty; these questions are almost
always answered above my paygrade. What I did know was
that my obsession would be mine and early Tuesday morning,
I’d fly to Portland to ensure this dream was realized.
Driving across the country was never my ideal solution.
I’d much rather have the car loaded into a covered carrier
and brought to my front door. However, an imminent trip to
Europe limited the window to impossible that the car would
arrive in time. There was no choice; I was going to have to
drive the car back to Texas and karmically unwind one mile
at a time the Universal imbalance of it ever having ever left
Mavericks country in the first place. Two thousand miles in
two days? If any car could do it, this would be the one.
Sunday was mainly spent in disbelief, like a lottery winner
that keeps rechecking his numbers. Monday was spent
herding cats, and by late that evening, I was ready to make
the early Tuesday morning flight.
The Portland area and much of Northern California,
Oregon, and Washington are truly beautiful places. In the
past few years, I’ve made several trips to the area to take in
the coastal roads and beaches as well as the mountains and
forests. For me, the 101 from Port Angeles to Bodega Bay is
about as good as it gets when it comes to a driving adventure.
Josh from Avant Garde picked me up at the airport and
took me to their shop and showroom floor. Seeing the car
now for the first time in real life gives me a slight chill as I
write about it now. They told me that over a dozen people
tried to buy the car out from under me since I first got hold of
them Saturday morning. They explained how several insiders
could have had the car before it was even advertised but had
dragged their feet and then committed too late. The fact that
they held the car and kept their end of the deal helped me
validate my lack of “shrewd negotiating.” Besides, I went
in all in, knowing that the regret of buying the car would
always be less than the regret of not buying the car. Another
of life’s great lessons repeated; regrets in life are seldom about
the things we’ve done, but about those things we didn’t do.
Paperwork, signatures, a quick tour of the shop, and there
wasn’t any time to waste. My goal was to be back in Dallas
late Wednesday night, and that meant leaving right away. Josh
pulled the car out of the garage and onto the street. I adjusted
the seat, the mirrors, strapped on the seatbelt, put my radar
detector up and headed into the heartland.
That first 80 miles were both life-changing and life-affirming
for me. Here I was in the car of my dreams and I was now
driving on one of the most beautiful sections of Interstate
in America. On the left, the Columbia River, with its large
choppy waves, were lacking the summer’s wind surfers on this
blustery winter day. On the right, a string of powerful freight
trains were speeding west toward Portland. Underneath lay
warm dry roads that defied the light snow flurries above me.
This was a moment of awe that lasted an entire hour.
Inside the Porsche cocoon I was warm and coddled; the
sound of the engine and turbos were music to my ears. My
sensory inputs aligned and persuaded me that all of my
decisions up to until now had led to this. I was marked with
a stamp of approval that only I could issue and that only I
could accept. In a world with no spectators this would still
be the choice I would make. I wanted to stop and photograph
the car in this beautiful setting, but a stubborn adherence to
my unrealistic schedule wouldn’t allow for it.
The temps were in the low 40s and there were light snow
flurries. It was time for my first fill-up. I pulled off at a Love’s
in Boardman, Oregon. While the car was filling up, I ran
inside to get a coffee. What happened next, I never expected
or experienced before.
The weather was such that the windows of the truck stop
were fogged over on the inside. As I approached the cashier,
I noticed about a half dozen people had cleared little ovals
on the windows so they could look out towards the gas
pumps. The cashier turned from the window and addressed
me. “Is that your car?” A customer behind me asked “What
year is it?” and another asked whether it was a manual or
an automatic. I answered every question politely, thanked
every compliment, and then went out to the pump, where
another small crowd had gathered with many of the same
questions repeated. I wasn’t really ready for this, and perhaps
like Norma Desmond, I will one day miss it when it no longer
happens, but I realized later, at each successive stop, that this
was going to be my experience from now on.
What I also realized and didn’t expect was that there was
something about the car that brings happiness to others.
Maybe they were mirroring the happiness I was projecting,
or maybe the color reminded them of the last time they spent
the day at a beach, Mexico Blue being so close to the cerulean
sky over the Pacific.
Happiness like this is an incredible thing because it doesn’t
matter who experiences it. Me? Them? Us? Once again,
questions and answers above my paygrade, but without
reservation I knew something about the car made others happy.
In the next 100 miles after that stop I abandoned the list
of names I was considering for the car (Max, Frau Blau,
and Lorelei among the frontrunners) and decided to name
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by Peter Wen
On Autotrader.com, if you search for sports cars under
$25,000 and 50,000 miles, you will drown in a sea of
Camaros and Mustangs. However, hidden in the ocean of
American Muscles, you will also find a few 911s. Yes, clean,
modern-era 911s can be had for less than $25,000!
The 5th generation 911 (aka 996) was produced from
1999-2005. With more than 175,000 examples sold, it
was a highly successful generation. Sure, it had its share of
2004 911 4S Cab
2004 40th Anniversary
2005 Turbo S
detractors. The dreaded IMS bearing issue and the unusual
headlight design unfairly suppressed its resale value. Lately,
people have finally started to recognize what a great value
996 represents. Over the last two to three years, the 996 has
steadily increased in value.
’02-’05: 996 had a new headlight design, the attractive
factory aerokit was available, and a few 1-year-only or short
production run models were offered.
Limited Production Run
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$21,500 average value
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Excellence’s magazine’s Porsche Buyer’s Guide offered these
price ranges for the 996:
‘99-’01 Coupe, Cab, C4, C4 Cab $18k-$27k
’02-’04 Coupe, Cab, C4 Cab $21k-$32k
’02-’05 4S, Targa $20k-$35k
’04 4S Cab $30k-40k
’01-’04 Turbo $35k-$55k
’05 Turbo S $50k-$60k
’02-’05 GT2 $90k-$120k
’04-’05 GT3 $65k-$75k
Sold for $25000 + $1,250 buyer fee
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$62,000 plus $3,100 buyer fee
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Sold for $61,000 + $3,050 buyer fee
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Sold for $26,800 + $1,340 buyer fee
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Coffee, Cars & Conversation
by Bill Kruder
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So about a year and half ago,
to kick off Founders’ Day, we
began the morning with Mavs &
Mochas at Highland Park Village
in Dallas, followed by our first Toy
Drive. Once the nearly 100 cars had
emptied their toys, everyone was
free to go do their own thing. A
bunch of us decided to grab a quick
bite, so we headed over to the Fish
Shack in downtown Plano. Debi and
I were seated waiting on our food,
when this young woman walked up
to our table and we invited her to
join us at the table. Little did I know
this was the same person I had been
hearing about that had recently
bought a Boxster and was tearing
up the Autocross course.
So here is the next in my series
of “conversations” I would like to
share with you:
Carolle Liu, member since 2017,
owner, 2005 Boxster
Bill Kruder: So I know you are not
originally from here, where again?
Carolle Liu: Oh no. I was born and
raised in Guangzhou, China. It’s in
the south about 80 miles northwest
of Hong Kong.
BK: So what brought you here?
CL: I came here in 2007; I was 21 and
just wanted a change. Funny thing
was, I didn’t speak any English at
all; I mean none (laughing).
BK: So what about school? Did you
wait and attend here?
CL: I went to Sun Yat-Sen University in
China and received by undergraduate
and MBA in Supply Chain/Logistics.
Upon graduating, I worked for UPS
for about six months, then decided I
BK: So that’s when you made the
move, but why Texas?
CL: Yes. I have an uncle that lives in
Richardson, so when we first got
here, we lived with him.
BK: You say WE?
CL: Well yes. In order to get my
Immigration Visa, it had to include
my parents, so my parents came
here for about three months. I’m
actually an only child.
Carrolle with the goods, 1st place P1 Autocross
BK: Once you were here, what was
CL: Like I said, I didn’t speak
any English at all, so I enrolled
at Richland College to take ESL
(English as a Second Language)
classes. I ended up getting an
BK: I understand though you were
not finished with school?
CL: I knew I didn’t like Supply
Chain, so I thought I might like
to do something at the college
level, research or something. So I
earned a Mathematics Degree from
Baylor -- Sic’ em, Bears! But once I
was ready to graduate, I realized I
still had two to five years more of
school, and that was not what I was
willing to do.
BK: Then what?
CL: I decided it was time to get out
of Waco, so I moved back up to
DFW, moved to Allen, and started
looking for a job. I like people and
stuff, so I thought retail might be
a good place. I actually interviewed
with JCPenney to be an Allocator
-- the person who determines
what store gets how many -- but
I couldn’t see myself stuck in a
cubicle eight to ten hours a day. So
I interviewed with Kohl’s and they
offered me a position in the stores as
an Assistant Store Manager. I ended
up having several positions over the
last eight years, and I’m now the
Store Manager of the Wylie store.
BK: Wait a second -- I don’t think
most people know this; I thought
you were into fitness?
CL: I know right (laughing)? I am a
part time fitness instructor at 24 Hour
and Fitness Connection which is why
people think that’s my profession.
BK: So let’s talk cars. What was
your first car?
CL: That was a 2004 VW Jetta; well,
it was actually my dad’s car.
BK: So I forgot you learned to drive
in China; how was that compared
CL: Oh, it’s very different from here.
It starts out with a very intense
three to four months of driving
instruction. We learned on what is
basically a pickup truck with a stick
and no power steering, so when you
made a turn, it took like three turns
of the wheel, and I’m not that big
(laughing). Then once you do your
driving, you take a 100-question
exam and you have to get 90 correct.
After that the fun part starts! You
and three or four others, with the
instructor, take a 16-hour drive;
eight hours out, stay the night, then
next day, eight hours back.
BK: Wow! Let’s get back to cars. So what was your first
CL: That was a 2006 Toyota Camry. I know, kind of
boring, but I just wanted something reliable to get me
from point A to B.
Carrolle and her Boxster on the course
BK: How did your
then from a Camry
to a Porsche?
CL: Well I didn’t
make that giant
of a leap, as I was
driving a 2012 Jag
XKR coupe. What
I really wanted was
a convertible, and
I always admired
Porsches on the
road, so one day
I was reading an
article about cars
you think you
can’t afford. So
then I looked in
there was this Boxster that was in The Colony. This
gentleman who was selling it said had been his wife’s
car for the last 11 or 12 years. It had a great history,
including the IMS being replaced, so I said, “what the
heck I want it!” I bought the Boxster in 2017.
BK: I hear from people you are pretty quick around the
cones -- how did that happen?
CL: After I bought the Boxster, one of the Wong brothers
(Ronald & Hubert, who are fast autocrossers), Ronald
Wong, told me that I had the perfect Autocross car, so I
read in Slipstream that there was an Autocross coming
and up, and went to check it out. I entered, and once I
understood all it took, I fell in love with it. I think last
year I went to eight or so events and even won a trophy
for my class.
BK: Last question: what is your dream car?
CL: That’s easy! It would be a Carrera GT.
Every month as I write the interview, I think the same
thing, what if . . . . What if I had not sat down for
lunch after the Founders’ Day Toy Parade, what if I had
not had the chance to strike up that conversation with
someone I really didn’t know?
So if and when you meet someone new, don’t miss out
on “Driving Friendships!”
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by Michael Baynton, Tech Sessions Chair
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It is more than a little ironic that the weather
forecast for the morning of Saturday, March 23
threatened rain and thunderstorms. Yet over
60 Mavs gathered at Concorso Detailing in
Plano for our first tech session of the year, with
discussions about ceramic coating, paint prep
and water spot treatment on the agenda. Good
thing arriving to a tech session in a Porsche
vehicle not yet mandatory! ☺
Detailing guru Tony Varvel did a fantastic job
describing the intricacies of ceramic coating applications,
breaking down complex chemical concepts into easyto-understand
language. He touched on the need for
extensive paint prep prior to the coating application
as well as what to expect regarding longevity and
protective abilities of the coatings. Mav member Olga
Stain Taylor had her shiny 997 available as a demo
vehicle, and the recently-coated black paint really
popped under the lights.
At the end of a lengthy and interactive Q&A session,
Tony graciously raffled off a free ceramic wheel coating
for one lucky Mav member. I know the winner is
looking forward to having a shiny and protected set of
Just two short weeks later, our second tech session
of the year again had to contend with less-than-ideal
weather conditions. Heavy rains loomed again, but
undeterred attendees were treated to a fantastic session
on all things tires hosted by Chris Macarak, owner and
chief tire guy at On-Site Tires. As the only mobile tire
delivery and installation business around, On-Site Tires is
a great option for those who prefer to have tires replaced
at a time and place of their choosing instead of visiting a
typical tire store. Their trucks are equipped with state-ofthe-art
mounting and balancing machines and can handle
virtually all tire needs, including track-side support and
other specialty applications.
Chris and his Dallas-area team brought out one of
their trucks and invited everyone to walk through to
and check out their equipment and tools.
That was followed by an informative slide
presentation on current tire technology
and Porsche-appropriate applications,
and prompted a great Q&A session with
our members. To conclude the session,
members were given a coupon for free
installation of certain tires through On-Site
Tires. Thank you, Chris!
It must be said (again) that these tech
sessions are immensely popular and fill up
quickly. To accommodate the large number
of attendees, dedicated volunteers give their
time and efforts to help with event marketing,
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Hill Country Rallye: 2019
by Roberto Anderson
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This year’s Hill Country Rallye was another success!
Tickets to register sold out in seven minutes. While not a
Porsche Club of America event, it still brings many members
together. There were 270 attendees from 17 different states
and three countries. I am not sure how many cars actually
pulled into the parking lot, but I do know that 21 cars came
from Mexico this year.
Above: Roberto with his parents and brother, enjoying the day.
My first Hill Country Rallye was back in 2009. I attended
with my father and he was driving the car he shares with
my brother: a 1967 912. I drove down there in 2009 in
my 2004 Boxster S. This year they made some minimum
requirements as to what car you had to own in order to
register. The event was getting pretty large from what I was
told, so the event is now limited to air-cooled Porsches from
1949-1989 (torsion-bar cars only).
My father would be driving (1967 912) with my mom
from Houston and I would be driving (1963 356B) from
Dallas with my brother. My brother and I hooked up with
the group leaving Dallas on Thursday; well actually we met
in Euless at Mayo Performance. In total (if memory serves
me correctly) there were 15 cars that departed Mayo’s.
Like all events dealing with our older Porsches, there are
bound to be some issues, some minor, others not so. Of the
15, only 13 arrived in Kerrville under their own power. One
was trailered back to Dallas and the other one was trailered
to Kerrville. As the PCA says “IT’S NOT JUST THE CARS,
IT’S THE PEOPLE.” We were sitting on the side of the road
with one of the cars that lost power, not being able to restart
the car, and trying to figure out what to do. Along comes
another attendee from Tulsa, Oklahoma trailering his 911.
He stops and asks if he can help. Once it was determined
that we were not going to be able to fix the car right there,
he offers to take his car off the trailer and we could push the
other car onto the trailer. He drove his car to Kerrville and
our group member drove his truck and trailer to Kerrville.
We completed 295 miles that included swinging by
Enchanted Rock. Once we arrived in Kerrville, our
the event was the
YO Ranch, a nice
place with plenty
of parking and a
great place to catch
up with old friends
and make new
ones. Dinner was
brought in, which
consisted of pizza
and beer; basically
a large social hour
to eat and look at
the cars. In some
cases, it was more
than just looking
at cars, as many
cars needed minor repairs or tweaking. This was a nightly
occurrence. The amount of Porsche knowledge within this
group is amazing.
The next day there were 4 different rides to select from.
We knew we would be heading towards the Twisted
Sisters on Saturday, so we decided to go on the ride that
headed north. This ride would include a stop for lunch
up by Marble Falls at On the Rocks Café, plus plenty of
roads that were filled with Bluebonnets, with plenty of
opportunities for picture taking.
One of the things that you soon get used to during the
Hill Country Rallye is crossing cattle guards. On today’s
ride, as we crossed over some, we came around a corner,
and standing on either side of the road were about 30
cows. Always be on the lookout for animals crossing the
roads (cows, deer, and turkeys are a common sight). Hitting
any one of these animals can have serious implications to
The ride covered around 212 miles. Thankfully during
our ride there were no issues with any of the cars that we
drove with. After the ride it was back to the YO Ranch to
clean the cars for the Hagerty car show held in the Kerr
County Courthouse parking lot. This year they even had
free BBQ for the attendees! There were a total of fifteen
356s that showed up for the car show. In attendance we saw
plenty of 911s, 912s and even a 914 (I can’t recall if there
was more than one). Then back to the Hotel for more social
activities in the parking lot; did I mention there was beer?
Saturday arrived and thankfully my father had prepurchased
tickets for lunch at The Laurel Tree, as this ride
was completely sold out before the event even began. Today’s
ride would take us 177 miles; that being said, we modified
the route and ended up with about a 240-mile route. The
Laurel Tree is really a neat little restaurant with very tasty
food, more of a foodie (gourmet) place than your typical
Hill Country restaurant. Had my wife gone she would have
enjoyed this place; they even have a tree house dining room
designed by Treehouse Master Pete Nelson.
More important than lunch were the roads:
we hit Ranch Roads 336 and 337, which are
two of the three Twisted Sisters, and some
of the best roads in our state.
Today the weather provided some interesting situations,
although it was not a full on rain, just enough mist and rain
to make the roads slick. Plus, on some of the roads higher
up in elevation we felt like we were driving through the
clouds. Driving the 356 in these conditions feels like driving
an upside down bathtub on bicycle tires.
The ride was fun, and everyone in our group made it back
with no incidents. Afterwards it was again back to the YO
Ranch for the Banquet Dinner and Raffle. My family actually
won two prizes: a 911 engine model, which I have always
wanted, and some cleaning products from Dr. Beasley’s.
After the banquet it was back out to the parking lot for more
socializing, and have I mentioned there was beer?
All good things must come to an end. Sunday rolled around
and it was breakfast with the family, on to church, and then
planning the trip back to Dallas. Today’s route would end up
a little over 320 miles. We drove with my parents towards San
Marcos where we parted ways: they headed to Houston and
we headed to Dallas. Over the four-day event we drove our
356 around 1,070+ miles and she performed flawlessly this
year. Already looking forward to next year!
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Oversteer: Letter from the Editor
by Kurt Scaggs, Managing Editor
As Mr. Rogers once said “Look for the helpers. You will
always find people who are helping.” So today boys and
girls we’re going to talk about helpers.
In his article this month Roberto wrote about this year’s
Hill Country Rallye in Kerrville and the helpers we met
along the way. While heading to the bustling town of
Goldthwaite, Texas for chicken fried
steak at Peabody’s, we had our first
unscheduled stop. There we met Jackie
Boyken who lived on the far corner and
offered us a jack and directions to the
garage in town. Jackie mentioned that
she used to do rallies in her 944 years
ago. I told you Porsche people were the
best. She stayed with us until we were
under way and waved a fond farewell.
But word travels fast in small Texas
towns and we saw her again. It seems
our very own helper, Ed Mayo, has fans far and wide and
he took some time out of his lunch to give his advice to
Jackie on how to get her old girl up and running again.
After posing for pictures for The Goldthwaite Eagle, we
were on our way once again.
The RS Werks team, helping out into the night.
The next unscheduled stop happened an hour or so outside
of Kerrville and brought with it another helper, Tony Ducato.
We weren’t stopped fifteen minutes and a truck and trailer
pulled off in front of us. Driving down from Oklahoma, Tony
saw a fellow Porsche on the side of the road and couldn’t pass
without checking in and offering assistance. He immediately
offered to unload his uber-cool long hood
911, drive it to the hotel and hand over
the keys to his truck and trailer. That’s a
Stories like this are too numerous to
fully document. The parking lot was full
of them, and full of helpers too. Each
night the truck from RS Werks had a
full crew working on cars to keep them
on the rallye. Pretty darn cool.
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