2018 Theater Events at the Florida Repertory Theater
On January 27, Thirty Everglades Region Porsche Club members spent a wonderful evening together in Fort Myers City, dining at the Twisted Vine and enjoying the hilarious play “How the Other Half Loves” at the nationally acclaimed Florida Repertory Theater.
We dined in a candle lit courtyard reserved for our members, and enjoyed a great social setting, an excellent dinner, and complementary wine. The play was non-stop laughter, and the extraordinarily complex stage set and staging of actors and actresses added to the hilarity. Paxton Whitehead, an Emmy award star who has performed for many years on Broadway, London theater, and major television series, was the lead, supported by a wonderful Equity cast.
Everglades PCA arranged for our group to enjoy a call back after the performance. Actors spent almost an hour with us, answering questions about the play, their lives, funny experiences on stage, and why they chose acting as a profession. To our delight, after the call back, we were invited on stage for further exchanges in this informal setting.
While the number of seats we reserve in advance is limited, we welcome Everglades Region PCA members to sign up for our next outing, the musical CABARET on Saturday, March 24th. We welcome your ideas for other theater events in our Region.
Track Opportunities in South Florida
Porsches have always been bred for the race track. So it’s only natural that PCA members look for opportunities to test themselves and their cars at the track. We are blessed to have Sebring, a world renowned circuit in our backyard and Homestead Miami Speedway a short drive across Alligator Alley. Driver Education (DE) or High Performance Driving Events (HPDE) offer an opportunity to learn to drive on a real race track. You typically drive in a run group of similarly skilled drivers and, if you are new to DE, an instructor will be assigned to guide you through the entire process / course. You will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to drive safely at a high rate of speed. The goal is to have safe, high-speed fun.
Although Everglades Region is not currently hosting DE or HPDE events, our members can register for events hosted by other PCA regions and track day groups. There is significant cost to rent a track like Sebring and a core team of enthusiast, volunteers are needed to run the program and instruct. We don’t have that critical mass yet, but do have potential to co-sponsor with another organization. We’ll keep you posted as that develops.
In the interim, interested Everglades Region members are referred to our neighboring PCA regions. Suncoast Region ( http://suncoastpca.org ) and Gold Coast ( http://www.goldcoastregion.org ) frequently host events. In addition, PBOC Motorsports Club ( http://pbocflorida.com/ ) and Chin Motorsports ( http://www.chinmotorsports.com ) schedule events locally and nationally. Full schedules and details are available on their respective websites. Once registration opens, you need to act fast since these programs fill quickly. Here are some of the upcoming events in South Florida:
Shrimp Boil Potluck at the Wallens in Golden Gate Estates
A big thank you to Tim and Linda Wallen for their hospitality on January 28, 2018. The Wallens hosted the Everglades Region PCA at their shop in Golden Gate Estates for a traditional shrimp boil party. If you didn’t attend, you missed out on their savory mix of shrimp, corn and potatoes boiled with a top-secret recipe. Attendance was capped at 75 members, who also brought side dishes and desserts like homemade key lime pie. A great time was had by all — it’s not just the cars, it’s the people!
Everglades Region PCA Members Explore the Revs Institute
On January 19, the Everglades Region PCA rendezvoused 64 vehicles for a road rally down to the Revs Institute in Naples. It was a great turn out with 110 people viewing the exclusive Collier Collection of vintage automobiles. Guests enjoyed a private docent led tour and learned about the history of car racing and the evolution of the automobile.
Imagine seeing the very first Porsche 550-01, Gary Cooper’s short-chassis 1935 Duesenberg SSJ and the very first Ferrari race car to be imported to the United States…..very impressive! The technical innovation required in developing these cars was fascinating. Over 100 of the rarest and most technically advanced vehicles for their time ever built were on display. The Revs library includes rare books, photographs and priceless documents, and is a great place to research the history of your own vehicle.
After the tour the group enjoyed a beautiful lunch at various restaurants in Naples including beachfront dining at LaPlaya Resort. It was such a great day. A big thank you to JP and Valerie Petracco for spearheading this event with the help of fellow members Tom Kring and Tom Pitser.
Porsche Parade Delivers Gifts to Golisano Children’s Hospital
Over 70 cars gathered at Autoquest in Fort Myers on December 14th, forming a caravan for the run to Golisano Children’s Hospital. The mission was to deliver Christmas gifts to 50 children in the cancer treatment center. Everglades Region reached out to members, Porsche owners and the Gulf Harbor exotic car community for their support.
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is a state-of-the-art, family centered, full-service children’s hospital. The Pedriatic Cancer unit is dedicated to helping children fight the many forms of this dangerous disease.
Escorted by Lee County Sheriff’s officers, the caravan made it’s way to the HealthPark Medical Center campus. On arrival, kids and staff from the hospital gathered under the portico where Santa Claus distributed gifts. Golisano staff gathered the remaining gifts in bins for distribution to kids unable to be outside. The hospital offers a wide array of activities for the kids, where gifts also come into play.
From Golisano, the caravan carried on to Marine Max in Fort Myers where participants enjoyed a casual lunch, set against a backdrop of Porsches, boats and a brilliant blue sky. Thanks to the Jonesez II BBQ and Sunny Days Ice Cream trucks for coming out!
Special thanks to John & Val Petracco for organizing the event, to Autoquest for the launch point, to Lee County Sheriff for the escort and to Marine Max for the lunch venue.
Want to view more event photos? They can be viewed in the Social Gallery and also on the new Everglades Region Instagram account.
WINK-TV News Spends Time at Cars ‘N Coffee in Fort Myers
WINK-TV spent 3 hours at the December’s Cars ‘n Coffee event. Our own Dave Noelken was interviewed live during the 3 hour news program. The Everglades Porsche Club and Porsche of Fort Myers were featured on the program.
In addition to Dave, several of our other members were also interviewed live including Gladwyn Lopez (Gee), Mike Garro and Norm Lipack.
Well over 100 cars were in attendance filling the parking lot to capacity. The Coasting Donuts food truck was on hand as they are at every Cars ‘n Coffee serving up their famous donuts baked on site and their delicious coffee. The next Cars “n Coffee will be held on Sunday January 7, 2018.
Cars ‘n Coffee takes place every 1st Sunday of each month year-round at Porsche of Fort Meyers from 8:00 am-10:00 am.
Get there early!
Click on the link below to get a glimpse of what all the fuss was about!
WINK-TV News at Cars ‘n Coffee
Cars N’ Coffee revs engines for automobile enthusiasts
Holiday Parade Ride To Golisano Children’s Hospital
Everglades Region PCA is pleased to announce the…
Police Escorted “Porsche Parade to Golisano Children’s Hospital”
on Thursday, December 14th.
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, part of the Lee Health System is a state-of-the-art, family centered, full-service children’s hospital. It is a stand alone facility on the HealthPark Medical Center campus, dedicated to the unique health care needs of children. We are fortunate to own, drive and enjoy our Porsche cars …….. this is an opportunity to give back to the greater community during the holiday season.
For more information about Golisano Children’s hospital click on the link below:
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Our Ride Mission
Golisano has a Pedriatic Cancer unit, dedicated to helping children fight the many forms of this dangerous disease. 50 kids, ranging from infants to teens, are currently in the Galisano cancer unit. Our mission is to deliver an extra holiday gift to each and everyone of these kids. And for those kids well enough to come outside the hospital, share our passion for Porsche and the cars we drive.
Our Ride Plan
Participating Everglades Region members and Porsche drivers will meet at Autoquest (14498 S Tamiami Trail) in Fort Myers on Thursday morning, December 14th at 9:00am.
When all the cars have assembled, we will caravan to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers to deliver holiday cargo and spend time with the kids. From Golisano, we will caravan to lunch.
There is no registration form or entry fee to participate. Your only expenses will be the cost of a gift and your lunch if you choose to stay on.
The Everglades Region Porsche Club would like to thank our members
John and Val Petracco for organizing this event.
Members Hit the Jackpot at 20th Anniversary Celebration
Everglades Region members celebrated the 20th anniversary of our PCA charter with a 2-day, gala celebration at the Seminole Casino & Hotel in Immokalee, Florida.
More than 70 members participated in the event, starting with a cocktail reception in the casino Events Center, followed by a wonderful buffet dinner.
The highlight of the weekend was our pair of quest speakers; Brian Redman and Bob Garretson. Brian and Bob captivated the audience with stories of racing in an era when safety took a back seat to speed, performance and winning!
Saturday morning featured the Peoples Choice car show with 20 member cars competing for top honors.
People’s Choice Concours Winners:
1st Place: David Cleary 2011 GT3RS
2nd Place Gladwyn Lopez 2015 Cayman GTS
3rd Place : Nick Ward 2016 GT3
While members inspected the cars, they were entertained by “The Good Bad Kids”, club band from Naples and were treated to Mimosas and Bloody Marys from the outdoor casino featured bar.
For more information on the event, check out Member News tab on this website. Photos of the entire weekend can also be viewed on this website under the Social Events Gallery tab.
Special thanks to Seminole Casino & Hotel in Immokalee for hosting us and providing major sponsorship to the event. We also want to recognize La Colmar Bakery & Bistro (Naples) and The Club at Olde Cyprus (Naples) for their generous support.
“Dueling Porsches” Autocross at Buckingham
We are excited to announce our next autocross event on December 10th at Buckingham Airfield in Lehigh Acres sponsored by Porsche of Naples & Porsche of Fort Myers. This will be a UNIQUE and VERY FUN event.
Gates open at 8:00am and the course will be open for walking. Course will close at 9:00am sharp and a drivers meeting will immediately follow. The drivers meeting will be a little longer than usual in order to properly explain the rules and procedures for the event. First cars out will be at approximately 9:45. Lunch will be provided to all paid and registered drivers and guests who have paid for lunch online. Awards will be presented after completion of competition.
Online registration and payment is required, click on link to register:
If this is your first time using clubregistration, you will need to create an online account. Once you are logged in, “search events” for Everglades Region and proceed with the registration process.
Registration fee is $35 for PCA members and $40 for non-PCA members. There will be NO ONSITE REGISTRATION OR PAYMENT the day of the event.
Please read the event description and the RULES carefully.
We suggest that you have at least a few autocross or DE events under your belt if you would like to attend this special event. Novices WILL be allowed to enter, but MUST ride with an instructor in their car.
Everglades Region Autocross