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6 | Social Distancing While Driving a Porsche - Rob Turner
11 | Maverick PCA Charity: Canned Food Drive
15 | VM&M: Virtual Mavs & Mochas Baby
16 | Nerd Alert: What Does “Percent Grade” Really Mean?
19 | Maverick Marktpreis: COVID and the Porsche Market
20 | Coffee, Cars & Conversation: Peter Wen
24 | Wheel Wednesday: What else to do when you aren’t driving
28 | High Performance Drivers Education: The Unsung Heroes
22 | Alle Mitglieder All Member Party
22 | Maverick Concours Rescheduled
23 | Mavs & Mochas Returns!
23 | Maverick Tours Return!
29 | HPDE & Autocro future dates
29 | Autocross future dates
2 | Board Botschaft (Executive Board Member Column)
2 | Maverick of the Month
4 | List of Officers and Board Chairs
4 | Zone 5 Presidents
11 | New Mavericks
11 | Member Moments
31 | Porsche Trivia
34 | Advertiser Index
34 | Anniversaries
36 | Oversteer (Editor’s Column)
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Maverick Board Meeting (virtual - see mav.pca.org)................. (Wed) 3
Lewisville area lunch............................................................CANCELLED
Tech Session ................................................................................(Sat) 9
Mavs & Mochas: Turbo Coffee .................................................. (Sat) 13
Maverick Russell Creek Park Tour ............................................ (Sun) 14
Mav Happy Hour.......................................................................(Thu) 18
Cars & Cannoli........................................................................... (Sat) 20
Motoring Mavs at Mayo............................................................ (Sat) 20
Southlake area lunch...........................................................CANCELLED
Garages and Gearheads Having Coffee..................................... (Sat) 27
Mavs & Mochas: Montgomery Plaza ........................................ (Sat) 11
Tech Session ............................................................................. (Sat) 11
Lewisville area lunch.................................................................(Tue) 14
Mav Happy Hour.......................................................................(Thu) 16
Cars & Cannoli........................................................................... (Sat) 18
Motoring Mavs at Mayo............................................................ (Sat) 18
Southlake area lunch................................................................(Thu) 23
Garages and Gearheads Having Coffee..................................... (Sat) 25
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The Maverick Region started 2020 off with a bang
with record membership numbers for the second year in
a row and with new and exciting ideas for fundraising
and events for the club members, only to find us having
to come to a screeching halt because of COVID-19.
We have had a lot of firsts recently . . . some good,
and some not so good. We had to temporarily cancel
activities, indoors and out. Seeing a list of the monthly
lunches, happy hours, rallies, tours, Mavs & Mochas,
and Board meetings with a big red “CANCELLED”
stamped next to each event was heartbreaking. Even
the 2020 Porsche Parade at the National level was
cancelled. Thankfully, we were able to postpone our two
big events: the All Member Party has been rescheduled
for August 16, and the 2020 Maverick Concours will be
the weekend of September 26-27.
Despite all of this, WE ARE MAVERICKS! And we
have shown that we can make the best of a difficult
situation. We have had a lot of positives happen over the
past couple of months. We can’t have a board meeting
in person? Okay, fine. We will have it online! We had
our first virtual board meeting on Wednesday, May 6
with nearly 30 people in attendance. Board business was
conducted in a different way, but the end result was the
same; we accomplished our goals of working together
for the good of the club.
In addition, Mavs & Mochas was cancelled, but on
May 9 we had our first virtual meet from members’
driveways, garages, or front seats of their cars via
ZOOM. We had 25 people attend and there was positive
response to this new and creative way of meeting. A big
thanks to Park Place, our sponsor of the virtual Mavs &
Mochas, who gave away a $100 gift card for parts to a
lucky winner. This virtual meet could never replace our
traditional Mavs & Mochas meets - and hopefully we
Board Botschaft: Cancelled? Mavericks Make the Most of the Situation
by Jennifer Parma, Region Secretary
will never have to do this again - but it was a great way
to keep us all connected during this time.
Also, a food drive benefiting Minnie’s Food Pantry
was held in April with drive-through, no-contact drop
off. Almost 850 pounds of canned food - an all-time
Maverick high - and $500 in cash donations were
collected. The club matched the cash donations, making
it a $1,000 total cash donation to the pantry. According
to Minnie’s Food Pantry, these donations will provide
3,693 meals. Way to go, Mavs!
We have also stayed connected with members
through our Mavs & Mochas Facebook page. Members
have been getting creative with themed days of the week
pictures to stay connected. Some fun examples have been
Mug Monday, Take-out Tuesday, Wheel Wednesday,
Tailpipe Thursday, Front end Friday, Seat Saturday, and
Sunglasses Sunday. As the weeks went on, they became
more creative (ie, silly!). We have also been posting the
Slipstream advertisers on Facebook giving them even
more exposure. Please support our valued advertisers,
who especially need our business during this trying time.
We as Mavericks have proven that we can make the
best of a challenging situation. I believe we will come
out on the other side even stronger than before. Moving
forward, our meets, our lunches, our tours, etc. will be
all the more valued as we will remember the times our
events were “CANCELLED”.
Our response to COVID-19
A note from our Maverick Region President, Bill Kruder
The Maverick Executive Board has worked closely
with PCA National along with local and national news
to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
As I hope you have seen in past weeks in all things we
do, first and foremost is the health and well being of our
members and their families, volunteers, and sponsors.
In this effort to Drive Friendships Safely we had to cancel
or postpone many events through the month of May.
This being said I am happy to say starting with June
we will begin to schedule our efforts once again, keeping
in mind things may look or feel different as we navigate
this “new” normal. For example, our June Mavs &
Mochas is scheduled with socially distanced cars,
every other spot. More outdoor events will occur and
other previously indoor events may be virtual. We will
continue to navigate the right blend as we go forward.
Again, I would like to emphasis feeling safe is what
is most important. Not everyone is ready to move at
the same pace so as you rejoin with other club members
be respectful with social distancing, wearing a mask is
suggested, and simply be sensitive to the opinions and
needs of others.
We will continue to update you as new details emerge.
Please check mav.pca.org for updates on our events.
Driving Friendships Safely,
MAV OF THE MONTH:
JimmyG is coming up on his sixth year as a PCA member. He has always been
a friendly face helping out at a lot of club events. You’ll always see him greeting
fellow Mavs with a handshake, fist-bump, or high-five. JimmyG knows the hard work
involved making our events such a success. He is a big part of those successes.
I knew I had big shoes to fill when I took over the Volunteer Chair from him two
years ago. Just because he was no longer the chairperson didn’t stop him from always
lending a hand when needed. Many of you have stopped by the Mavs & Mocha tent
to see what goodies are displayed on the table or to grab a donut and coffee. Well, I
want you to know that tent doesn’t set itself up. Jimmy has been the club’s point person
for picking up the support Macan from Park Place Porsche Dallas each month, loading
up the tent and table, and getting it to our locations bright and early each month.
In coordination with Mavs & Mochas, JimmyG has been the front man for our
club’s quarterly Food Drive for the North Texas Food Banks. JimmyG makes sure we
have the boxes to load up the donated dry food and canned goods and delivers them
to the food bank. If that doesn’t already sound like a lot, JimmyG recently stepped
into the Charity Chair position to deal with all of the charitable organizations that
our club partners with. These are some of the greatest examples of how our club stays
Fueled By Volunteers. Please join me in Congratulating JimmyG as our Maverick of
2020 Maverick Region Board - Officers and Chairs
Club Race Co-Chair
Club Race Co-Chair
Coffee Meets Co-Chair
Coffee Meets Co-Chair
DE Chief Driving Coach
DE Medical Chair
Dr. Jeffery Komenda
Beckie & Tom Gomer
Monthly Social Chair
Claudia & Jeff Reynolds
PCA Tours Co-Chair
PCA Tours Co-Chair
PCA Junior Ambassador
Ginger & Tom Heuerman
Registrar, Club Race
Slipstream Content Ed.
Slipstream Event Ad Design
Tech Sessions Co-Chair
Tech Sessions Co-Chair
Time Trial Chair,
TT Registrar, AX/TT
Schools, Swap Meets
Tub Club President
Web Site Chair
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Social Distancing While Driving a Porsche
by Robert Turner
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Back in 1999 I left behind a job to dive headfirst
into dotcom. You can probably guess the end of that
story. Dotcom turned into dot bomb and I had to pivot
jobs very quickly. The job I left had me going into an
office every day except for business travel. Dotcom
hipness had me working from home, virtually. I was
a telecommuting pioneer. To be frank, I do not know
what I would do if I had to go back into an office every
day. I suspect I would hate it.
My usual work attire is jeans and a long sleeve Porsche
t-shirt. The thought of dressing up, even just a little, turns
my stomach. Most weeks I have fifteen-plus conference
calls which are usually routine. However, over the past
several weeks as COVID-19 has become a major part
of our lives, the company I work for, like many others,
has mandated that office-bound employees adopt and
adapt to WFH a/k/a working from home. Now phone
calls include background noises like dogs and kids, and
I hear the frustration in the voices of people who have
never done this before. But it’s an experience we are all
sharing right now.
Every week I usually get out of the house by going to
the gym early, then at some point maybe running a few
errands, but with the CV-19 thing, not so much. Like
a lot of us, I’ve been cooped up in the house for days
(now weeks) on end and, no surprise, I’ve gotten stir
crazy. The weather hasn’t helped. We’ve had more than
a week of very steady, sometimes heavy rain. Every day,
same forecast: Yep, more rain. Great! But last week I
saw a break in the rain: exactly one day, a Saturday no
less. Sunday more rain. But Saturday, chilly and dry. In
other words, perfect.
My plan was to head out mid-morning and take my
usual run up to a secret bridge over the Red River, the
wet border between Texas and Oklahoma. But the more
I thought about it, the more I thought – hey, I bet other
people have been cooped up, dealing with self-isolation
and social distancing, and might need to stretch their
legs (so to speak) and do some driving. As a group
our PCA region is very socially active every weekend,
(sometimes two or three activities on the same day),
with mid-week pop-ups and a variety of other regularly
scheduled events. I figured others needed to get out of
the house and run for a bit.
I posted my idea up on our FB page and was not
surprised when many people said, “Hell Yeah.” I said
we’d practice social distancing, just wave at each other
when we arrived and then would be safely ensconced
in our cars for the rest of the trip. Many people said
they’d join, but you never really know until you go. I’d
posted up the route so everyone going would have an
idea of our general direction. I asked that everyone have
Our group of eleven found some like-minded fellow Mavericks on the trail
a full tank of gas and maybe water and snacks. I was
so happy to see the rain tail off Friday, heading into
Saturday. Perfect, the promise of a dry day.
The forecast promised clouds, but lo and behold –
the sun! Wow, a sunny day to boot - even
better. I arrived early to find the place I
told everyone to meet was blocked due to
road construction. What a great start to
the drive! Nothing like having to quickly
improvise. I asked my wife to post up on
FB a nearby location along the highway
next to where we were supposed to meet
and I added my phone number for people
to reach me just in case. There’s always
that moment when you’ve put something
together and you’re not sure if people will
show up or not, so it was a relief to see the first Porsche
arrive, then another and another. My relief turned
to excitement as it appeared there were many people
needing to get out of the house. We filled up the side of
the road, eleven Porsches strong and one BMW X5M
(the owner worried that his older 944 couldn’t keep up).
We got out of our cars, greeted each other at a distance,
maintaining our social distancing protocol, and spread
out to take photos of our assembled jelly-bean colored
cars as the drivers and passengers of other cars gawked
at the row of gleaming Porsches. Our group assembled;
it was time to hit it.
We managed to keep our social distancing by following
each other; no worries there! Everyone keeping pace, our
The Red River was uh, red -ish
string of cars stretched out over a quarter mile. I had to
manage some local traffic but kept us all together. Once
we got out in the country, we found little traffic. One
kind driver in a pick-up truck even pulled aside so we
Times like this offer perspective on who we are, on our priorities.
But it’s nice to know that we can escape, even if it’s just for a little
while, reconnect with others that share a common passion and
experience the love of driving our cars. We may be alone in our
cars, but in this case, we are together at the same time, practicing a
good measure of medically mandated social distancing – at maybe
just a few miles over the posted speed limit.
could all pass. I must admit, there may have been a time
or two (but only a time or two ;-) when we cooked it up
a bit. Just saying. We pressed deeper into the country,
the route I selected providing a good combination of
fast sweeping corners, longish straights in between
crests with good sight lines for a mile, sometimes more.
Here the string of Porsches would stretch out, giving the
engines a chance to breathe right up to red line.
As we piled on the miles, I could feel it. There is
a perceptible change and it sweeps over you. The car
helps. Man and machine, the sympathetic beating of
human and mechanical hearts. The road makes you
focus, pay closer attention to the details. It can transport
you if you let it, leaving our trials and concerns behind,
if for only a couple of hours. We turned onto a road that
leads across the river, the border between two states.
There is a sight line of almost two miles down a hill
before the bridge. I saw clear road ahead. I may have
gone just slightly above the speed limit, just a smidge. In
the distance I can start to make out a red car shape on
the left side of the bridge and I can also see some tiny
stick figures near the car. I must admit, I lifted. Then I
realized it was Porsche people waiting to cheer us on, so
I punched it again, giving them a show. We roared past
them in a blurred whoosh of sound, color, and speed.
A brief stop to meet and greet the Porsche people and
then we were back at it, a little more relaxed on the
return. Cars peeled off as they needed gas or headed
home in other directions. The final two cars, my 981
Cayman S and a 951, drove the last few miles together
before we finally parted ways. I don’t know about you,
but I needed that. It helped me reconnect to . . . me.
And every once in a while, that blast in the country is
just what the doctor ordered. Pulling into the garage, I
turned the key and the great beast of an engine stilled. I
let out a long slow breath too. I feel good after a drive
like that. Just the right amount of edge, adrenaline, and
And on that exhaust note, see you all next time.
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New Members April 2020
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Nathaniel Alvarez Irving 1998 Boxster
Frank Arthurs Benbrook 2007 911 Carrera S
Gregg Cashen Lantana 2015 911 Turbo S
Ethan Collamer Irving 2014 Boxster
Scott Farrell Frisco 2018 911 GT3
Hunter Ferrell Colleyville 2007 911 Carrera 4S
Robert Fletcher Rockwall 2006 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Jim Franklin Fort Worth 2001 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Ivan Gomez Plano 1999 911 Carrera
Sam Greene Dallas 1987 911 Carrera Targa
Don Haven (Cindy Carroll) Hickory Creek 2008 Boxster
Mary Hermann Dallas 2002 911 Turbo
Angie Hochheiser Frisco 1998 Boxster
Stan Hulen Prosper 2008 Boxster S
Von Keomaxay Mansfield 2005 911 Carrera
Daniel Kinney Dallas 2012 911 Carrera S
Chuck Lehocky McKinney 2016 Cayman GT4
Christian Leitenberger (Birgit) Frisco 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Renee Massengill (Tim) Argyle 2006 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
Travis Raulston Tyler 2002 911 Turbo
John Roberts Dallas 2018 718 Cayman GTS
Bobby Ross (Jane) Murphy 2013 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Dane Ruhnau Wichita Falls 2006 911 Carrera S
Porfirio Sison Dallas 2002 911 Carrera
Patrick Voeller McKinney 2006 911 Carrera 4S
Allen Whitlock Jr. Arlington 2011 Cayenne S
Nathan Wooten (Caroline) Wichita Falls 2013 Boxster S
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Mavericks PCA Charity: Canned Food Drive
by Jimmy Gallegos, Region Charity Chair
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On April 22, 2020, we held a
canned food drive to benefit Minnie’s
Food Pantry (MFP) in Plano. MFP
provides healthy meals, educational
resources, and red-carpet treatment to
those in need, and has distributed over
10 million meals. Due to the current
Covid-19 pandemic, all nonprofits
are rapidly depleting their stock to
serve the community. MFP has been
featured on local and national news for
their successful efforts in giving back
to the community. We were fortunate
to be partnered with Zoya Jackson
from MFP who helped us through the
process. They do an excellent job!
Despite the heavy rain in the
forecast, several Maverick members
showed up. We were able to collect 843
pounds of canned food and collected
$500.00 in cash donations, which
was matched by the Maverick Region,
resulting in a $1,000.00 donation.
Between the canned food and cash
donations, MFP can provide meals for
3,693 people! This is by far our best
effort to give back to the community
through our canned food activities.
Helping with the process that
day were Bob and Ann Molyneux,
Mike O’Hare, Bill and Debi Kruder,
Phyllis Gallegos and Jimmyg Gallegos,
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Due to the situation created by the
current CV pandemic we will host
more canned food drives to help as
the need continues to rise across our
The Maverick Region Charity
group is engaged in five different
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• Canned Food Drives
• HOPE House
• National Breast Cancer
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difference and making this canned
food drive our best effort ever!
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VM&M: Virtual Mavs & Mochas Baby!!!
by Patrick Carmichael
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It was awesome! It was so cool to just
pop on and see everyone (more than 25
people)! Lots of cool garages, lots of great
collectibles, lots of all things Porsche!
And best of all lots of great friends... but
let’s go back to the beginning.
Ok, it’s 8:25am; find the meeting
info on Facebook Mavs and Mochas...
go to my computer, pull up the browser,
type in “www.zoom.us”, got it. Click
on JOIN MEETING, now type in
the meeting ID number listed on the
Facebook M&M info and “PING” and
I’m in!!! It’s 8:30am and everyone is
here! That was so easy! Everyone said,
“ hello!”... the gathering was on!!!
This was a medicine for our
quarantined souls. We had the M&M
faithfuls, we had some new faces, we
had some former Mavericks who had
moved across country logged in, some
who popped in just to say hi and see
everybody and, thanks to Park Place,
we all got a number as we logged
in. At 9:30am Bill Kruder and Debi
assigned Landon’s son, Corbin to pick
a number. He chose 9, Derrick Tate!!!
Derrick got a $100 gift certificate for
parts or Porsche stuff from Park Place
Porsche and Patrick Huston, General
Manager!!! Lotsa fun!
Turns out you can login to the
Virtual M&M just as easy on your cell
phones. We all accompanied Peter Wen
as he drove over to The Nest Cafe to
join another group of seven Porsche
faithful to join us online together. More
virtual gathering awesomeness! This
certainly sets a precedent for future
Porsche meetups to
all be virtually
connected all over
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Nerd Alert: What Does “Percent Grade” Really Mean?
by Carey Spreen, Certified Nerd
At some point in your life you may have wondered what those
“6% Grade” or “8% Grade” signs you see on steeply inclined
roads really mean, and how they correlate to the angle of the slope
in degrees – I know I have! If you haven’t ever wondered that, you
may just want to stop reading this right now. Math ahead!
Thanks to those of you who are still reading, thank you – I
hope you’ll find it interesting.
About a year ago I signed up for one of the 90-minute sessions
at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, where you can drive a
model of your choice (and sometimes two models of your choice)
to get a feel for how they perform on various courses. The session
I took was the Cayenne Off-Road Experience, because I own a
2008 base Cayenne and am interested in exploring the unpaved
portions of Texas and elsewhere. I also would like to get other
Cayenne owners interested in the same thing, perhaps putting on
off-road (or at least unpaved) tours to interesting destinations.
Anyway, the Cayenne Off-Road session consists of about an
hour on the paved courses (1-mile road course, slick track, kick
plate, and wet skidpad) and the last half hour on a custom-made
off-road section, which featured a 50-degree concrete staircase
to climb, as well as a 70-degree hard-packed dirt slope to climb
and then descend down the other side. The Cayenne (the one I
got to drive was a 2019 Turbo with the 541-hp turbo 4.8-liter
V8 – all I could say was “wow”) handled the staircase climb with
no problem, but when we got to the 70-degree slope, I hesitated,
because it looked like a vertical wall from where I sat, plus it
didn’t have off-road tires, or even all-season tires – it had lowprofile
performance summer tires on 21-inch wheels. However,
my coach told me to take it slowly and drive straight up to the
top, so I trusted him and did just that. The Cayenne handled it
like a drive to the grocery store.
However, at the top, there was an equally steep slope back
down, which was there to show how
the Cayenne’s descent control feature
worked. You put it in descent mode,
then tell it at what speed you want to
descend (in 1-mph increments), give
it a little gas, and it takes care of the
rest. My coach had set it for 3 mph,
10% Grade - 5.7 degrees
and once we started down the hill, the
Cayenne maintained that speed all
the way down to where it leveled out.
I didn’t touch the brake or accelerator
20% Grade - 11.3 degrees
pedals; all I had to do was steer. An
interesting feature for sure.
Anyway, this got me wondering
how this 70-degree slope would
appear as a “XX% Grade” sign on
mountain roads. As I’m sure you
know, the percent grade is calculated
as the vertical rise (or drop) of the
slope divided by the horizontal
Visual Representation of % Grade vs. Angle
100% Grade - 45 degrees 275% Grade - 70 degrees
distance covered, expressed as a percentage. For example, if a
slope is such that my altitude increases (or decreases) by 1 foot
for every 20 feet of horizontal distance that I travel, that comes
to 1/20 = 0.05, which is 5%. If I rise (or drop) 1 foot for every 10
feet of horizontal travel, that’s a 10% grade. If you take that to
an extreme, ascending (or descending) 1 foot for every 1 foot of
horizontal travel, that’s a 100% grade.
However, you have probably realized that 1 foot up and 1 foot
forward results in only a 45 degree angle, and that’s the clue as to
how percent grade and degree of slope are related: trigonometry!
If you took any trigonometry classes, you may recall the terms
sine, cosine, and tangent. If your memory is really good, you might
even remember the memory aid SOHCAHTOA, which keeps track
of which sides of a right triangle apply to calculating the sine, cosine,
and tangent of an angle. The TOA part means “tangent = opposite
/ adjacent,” which directly applies to our sloping mountain road.
For a roadway, the opposite side is the vertical distance, and the
adjacent side is the horizontal distance. So since the tangent of the
angle is the percent of the slope, the inverse tangent (or arctan) of
the percent of the slope is the angle of the slope.
Using our handy-dandy scientific calculator, which is an
accessory on every Windows PC, entering 45 degrees and clicking
the “tan” button yields a result of 1, which is 100%. By the same
token, entering a 1, then clicking “Inv” and then “tan” (i.e.
inverse tangent or arctan) produces a 45. Just remember that to
calculate smaller percent grades, be sure to divide the percent
number by 100 to express it as a decimal amount.
Going back to our previous examples, that 5% grade is a pitiful
2.86-degree angle. Similarly, a 10% grade is a 5.71-degree angle.
Doesn’t sound like much, and any Porsche can climb those slopes
without even breathing hard, but an 80,000-lb semi really struggles
with even just that 2.86-degree slope, as anyone who has been
stuck behind a loaded 18-wheeler on
mountain road can attest.
Which brings us back to those
slopes at the Porsche Experience
Center. That 55-degree staircase
turns out to be a 143% grade, and
the 70-degree slope would be signed
as a 275% grade if you were ever to
encounter one on the highway.
So in theory, what percent grade
is a 90-degree angle? Well, our
scientific calculator tells us that an
89-degree slope is a 5,729% grade,
and an 89.9-degree slope is a
57,729% grade, so what does that
mean for our vertical wall? The
calculator says that it’s undefined,
in other words, infinity. Sorry, but
not even a Cayenne Turbo can
handle that one . . .
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Maverick Marktpreis: COVID & the Porsche Market
by Peter Wen
This pandemic crisis hit us like a ton of bricks. The
stock market crashed. Most of us are under stay-at-home
orders. What does this mean for the Porsche market?
Well, like most complicated things in life, it depends.
Porsche new car deliveries fell 20.2% YoY during the
first quarter. Per Manheim Auction, pre-owned prices across
all automotive brands have fallen 10% in recent weeks.
However, Bring A Trailer (BAT), a popular Porsche auction
site, reported its heaviest traffic day and week ever in April.
On May 3, BAT had 52 Porsches for auction, compared to
32 Porsches back on April 3, a 62% increase. Even with the
influx of P-cars for sale, hammer prices have been mostly in
line with the Excellence price guide. No Porsche fire sale here.
1974 911 Targa
Sold for $28,000, $1,400 buyer fee
95k miles Shown, TMU
2.7L Flat Six
Guards Red / Black Leather
A recent Haggerty article by John Wiley provided
great insights into how various factors impact the
classic car market. For example, the stock market and
unemployment may influence the sub-$100,000 classic
car segment greatly, but they matter little for the Concours
d’Elegance $1M+ gems. The article concluded that, short
term, there’s no reason to sell. Instead, it might be a good
time to buy.
Well, there you have it. Start pouring over those
classifieds and see what you can find. To get your thinking
juices flowing, below is a list of recent sales, over the first
half of April. From second-gen 911 to 987 Cayman S,
and everything in between, all sold for under $30k.
Modified 2002 Boxster S
Sold for $17,000, $850 buyer fee
Guards Red / Black / Black
1978 911SC Targa
Sold for $27,700, $1,385 buyer fee
Black / Black
Black / Black
2002 911 Carrera 4S
Sold for $29,250, $1,463 buyer fee
Arctic Silver / Black
Sold for $7,300, $365 buyer fee
40k miles Shown, TMU
Guards Red / Tan
2004 Cayenne Turbo
Sold for $26,200, $1,310 buyer fee
Twin-Turbo 4.5L V8
Lapis Blue Metallic, Sand Beige Leather
1989 928 S4
Sold for $26,000, $1,300 buyer fee
66k miles Shown
5.0L DOHC V8
Linen Grey Metallic / Maroon
2007 911 Carrera S
Sold for $28,350 + $1,418 buyer fee
Arctic Silver / Black Leather
1992 968 Cabriolet
Sold for $16,212, $811 buyer fee
3.0L DOHC Inline-Four
Coral Red Metallic / Cashmere / Black
2007 Cayman S
Sold for $24,501, $1,225 buyer fee
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Coffee, Cars & Conversation
by Bill Kruder
photos provided by author
So needless to say, I talk to a lot
of people. Debi says I’ve never met
a stranger; the kids think I could be
Mayor. So I don’t always recall where
we first met, so I had to ask. Well of
course it was around cars. Matter of
fact we first met at the Classic BMW
C&C in Plano. Apparently I was
walking through the Porsche aisle, as
he was, and we connected to say hi.
As he remembers it, I didn’t have my
car there; I had driven our BMW for
“service” that day, which was code
for “you get to get there late and
park behind the service drive.” As
they say, be nice to those valet guys
and they will be nice to you. So
apparently we chat up about our
cars and he’s all in, having just
joined the club, and with that, our
friendship has grown.
So here is my first virtual zoom
interview and the next in my
series of “conversations” I would
like to share with you:
Peter Wen, member since 2016
Owner, 2011 Turbo S Cab
Bill Kruder: So where are you from?
Peter Wen: I was actually born
and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and
didn’t move here until I was 14.
BK: And I understand there is a
story about why you moved here
when you were 14?
PW: Well kind of. I’m the number
five kid, and youngest, in my
family, as a matter of fact by like
some 20-25 years. In Taiwan it is felt
that if you have an American college
education you can get a better job.
So my dad decided that, better yet, if
you go to high school AND college,
you could really do well.
BK: So he just sent you here as a
PW: (Laughing) Kind of, but I had three
older sisters here already, so it wasn’t
like I was going to be living alone in LA.
BK: So you move to LA at 14 but you
end up in Rochester, NY?
PW: Exactly. That’s kind of funny in
hindsight now. So when I got to LA I
didn’t speak much English if any, so
all the kids I started to hang around
with were Chinese. Well my dad
found out and he quickly told me
that he didn’t send me to America
to hang out with Chinese kids
(laughing). So about six months later
my dad had me move to Rochester,
New York, actually Pittsford, NY.
It’s a small town about 6-7 miles
southeast of Rochester, where I had
another sister living.
BK: So you went to high school there,
and what about college?
PW: For college I didn’t stray too far. I
attended University of Buffalo (State
University of New York) which is
only about 75-90 minutes east.
BK: What’s your degree in?
PW: My undergrad is Electrical
Engineering and my Masters is in
BK: Once you had your degree did
you ever go back home to work?
PW: No, as a matter of fact I didn’t
leave the area. My first job out of
college was with NYNEX. I worked
on the telephone network for
residential and business customers. I
did that for about 3-½ years.
BK: I know you finally moved and
spent a good amount of years in
PW: I did, or I should say, we did, as
it was Kristen’s job that took us to
Detroit. She was promoted by GM.
She’s an Industrial Engineer and we
moved for her job, so I was the
trailing spouse. That’s when I
started with Ameritech, which
was SBC, and which is now
BK: So how did you get here to
PW: Well after about 13 years in
Detroit I was offered a promotion
with what is now AT&T in
Dallas, so at that point Kristen
became the trailing spouse. As
luck would have it, GM allowed
her to continue working from
home, so in a way, that made it
kind of easy. So on July 4, 2013
we found ourselves living in
BK: Fair to say you and Kristen
come from far different places -
how did you meet?
PW: That’s an understatement
(laughing). Here I traveled some
8,000 miles to get there and she
really never had left Buffalo.
However, we met our junior year in
college. It was summer school and
we both were taking some random
math class. So, I see her and I ask her
to go for wings (yes, Buffalo wings).
She says “no.” Later I find out she’s
a vegetarian (laughing). Then I ask
her for ice cream and she says “no.”
Then I think after 2-3 times of striking out, she
proposed we go out. So we do, and the funny
thing was I had this Korean friend in the class
too, a girl, and Kristen thought that she was
my girlfriend and couldn’t figure out why I was
hitting on her (laughing). I think it worked out
OK. That was 1992; we married in 1998 and
now have two kids: Nicole, 19, and Tyler, 17.
BK: Let’s talk cars. What was your first car?
PW: Easy! That was an ‘86 Mazda 323, a
three-door hatchback; I drove that through
high school and college.
BK: Then what?
PW: My first NEW car was a 1995 Grand Prix;
remember Kristen worked for GM (smiling).
BK: So why the Porsche brand now?
PW: When I was a kid I remember seeing what I think was
a 911 SC just parked on the street and I loved it.
BK: So when did you get your first Porsche?
PW: Well we had always been living in cold climates with
ice and snow, so it never seemed feasible to own a sports
car and just store it half the year. So about 4-5 years ago
over dinner we were talking and I said I’d like to get
Peter and Bill share a post covid-era video conference interview. Hopefully we get back to
some in person events soon.
that Porsche, as we now can enjoy it. Well I don’t recall
Kristen hesitating, and she said “do it!” That’s how the
2014 Cayman came about.
BK: And how did the Turbo come about?
PW: I’m always looking just to look, and one day I saw
on Porsche.com this Turbo in Buffalo (crazy, right?) at
Northtown Porsche. Well heck, that dealer is right next
to the college campus. So I started inquiring more to find
out that the car was purchased there but immediately
shipped to Florida. Turns out the original owner was
from Buffalo but now lived and worked in Florida and
would buy and trade his cars here. Well I go back and
forth with the dealership checking stuff out, and finally
the dealer says “are you going to buy this car or not?”
BK: Fair to say you have this interest in Legos?
PW: I guess you could say that (smiling). It started of
course with the kids growing up. We would buy them
Legos, but then they got tired of them, and one day I
decided to sell some on eBay. Let’s just say I was shocked
at the number of people interested in Legos, so as I
continued to do some research, I discovered there is like
this whole used or vintage Lego market out there. So now
it’s turned into little hobby for me of buying and selling
them just for the fun of it.
BK: Well if I can ask, how many sets do you have?
PW: It varies, and of course the size of the sets vary too,
but I have probably some 500-700 sets right now.
And there you have it: 40 minutes of zoom chat and we
are continuing to Drive Friendships!
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likes to send us on photo assignments from
time to time. Witness Wheel Wednesday. I
think the criteria is owning the vehicle in
the photo, so I’m going to need to see your
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High Performance Driver Education: The Unsung Heroes
by Craig Janssen, Chief Driving Coach
When most people think of a
Maverick PCA HPDE Track Day or
a PCA Club Race, they think of fast
cars, fast driving, and fun.
And all of this is true. But it’s the
people behind the scenes that make
these great club events possible: the
team of people keeping drivers safe
on the track.
No racetrack event can occur
without the help and hard work
of corner workers. This committed
Thank you to all our corner
workers. We look forward to
seeing you again at the track
when this crisis has passed, and
we can meet again safely.
and diligent group of people arrives
early in the morning and spends the
entire day standing at the corners
of the racetrack at their flagger
stations. Rain, sun, hot or cold,
they are the driver’s safety net.
They warn drivers when there is
a slippery patch out on the track.
They let us know when a car has
had an off-track excursion after
overcooking a corner - and is now
easing back onto the track. They
are the wielders of the dreaded
black flag, telling you to come into
the pits to explain why you were
driving a little out of control. And
they are the first people on the scene
if you get into trouble.
They are the most important
people at a track event - they truly
are our safety net.
Covid-19 has completely shut
down PCA track events in our
region and we won’t be on track
again until the fall. This means that
the income that some of the corner
workers rely on has disappeared.
David Hodges is a volunteer on
our Maverick HPDE Track Day
coaching team and is also the cochair
of the Maverick PCA Club
Race team. He realized the impact
this crisis was having on our corner
workers and reached out to a
couple of our volunteers to suggest
that we establish a Go Fund Me
fund raiser to thank our corner
workers for their deep commitment
to our program. The Maverick
PCA track driving community
was eager to show support of our
corner workers, and we raised
$7,265.00 in a little over a week.
Bill Kruder (Maverick PCA Club
President) had been following what
we were doing and let us know the
Club would like to also help. We
closed out the fund raiser last week
with $8,500.00. It was incredibly
encouraging to see the generosity of
our PCA driving group!
But then the generosity
multiplied. A number of the corner
workers asked us to give their
portion to others in the corner
worker group who they felt had
greater need - genuine community
A special note from the editor:
Six years ago day after tomorrow at
Pennington Field, according to a photo
I’ve saved to commemorate, I tried my
hand at my first autocross and scared
the life out of some corner workers
after I mis-read the cones and headed
toward them instead. My instructor
gently suggested that I readjust and
crisis was averted. I’d like to take this
opportunity to apologize and thank you
for your professionalism. Thank you.
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Oversteer: Letter from the Editor
by Kurt Scaggs, Managing Editor
As I write this, it seems like some of us are beginning
to reemerge from under our rocks, pasty and bleary-eyed,
blinking the world back into focus. Dates are beginning
to filter on to the club calendar without blaring red
“cancelled” warnings. Many remain cautious, but look
forward to letting down their guard and getting back to
the new normal. I think that’s a phrase we might get really
tired of hearing. Eerily enough it also happens to be a
song by Robby Heckt that Siri has just picked for me to
listen to. Like right now as I’m typing this. (I’m still trying
to figure out how Google or Amazon or Apple knows
what I’m typing, scary) Surely that was coincidence right?
Do you think it’s a coincidence that we have so many
retro-inspired production cars these days? Were the older
cars really that much more interesting or is it something
else? I don’t want to get all philosophical and boomer about
it but if you look at our automotive past, cars were usually
about looking forward. Art Deco, Jet Age and Wedge
car designs were futuristic in their time. Of course that
continues today with super and hypercar manufacturers
constantly outdoing each other with amazing shapes and
forms. Look at the more pedestrian cars today and you’ll
see that they tend to look very similar again even though
all of the fake vents and grills and exhaust pipes designers
added to differentiate and add some character. Chryslers
look like Bentlys, Teslas and Mazdas bear more than a
passing resemblance, and virtually all the new Audis look
the same to me and I drive one. Looking back through
recent history though, cars inspired by cars of the past have
been with us since the 90’s. Some figuratively like the PT
Cruiser or the SSR, some more directly pulling from the
equity of nostalgia like the New Beetle, Challenger and Ford
GT. Some manufacturers did it quite effectively like Mini,
and some did not. I’m looking at you Ford, the 2002-2005
Thunderbird was not your best work. Is there a reason that
we’re looking backwards for “newness” these days?
For many of us of a certain age, new should be kind of
like it used to be only better. Have you seen what we are
willing to pay for a resto-modded car from the 70’s? It’s
too bad we can’t do the same for 2020 isn’t it? I’d
contribute to that, but I don’t think we’ll have that luxury.
Times they are a-changin’, but know that your Maverick
Region will adapt to the new normal without losing the
past. Kind of like what Porsche has done. Coincidence? I
think not. So keep it clean and ready, we’ll be able to
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