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Dueling Porsche’s Take On Buckingham!

Dueling Porsche’s Take On Buckingham


37 cars and drivers tackled the chilly, concrete runways of Buckingham Airfield on December 10th in a “Dueling Porsches” competition. Based on an autocross course layout, drivers faced off in double elimination competition to determine who was quickest in each of the run groups. Instead of racing against the clock as in traditional autocross, this event placed two cars on the 1 mile circuit at the same time. Starting on opposite sides of the course, it was a race to see who could get back to their finish line first, without knocking down too many traffic cones. One cone was forgiven, two cones meant elimination. Off-course excursions lead to elimination as well. 

The four run groups represented cars of similar speed capability, leaving it up to the drivers to make the winning difference. Everyone enjoyed three practice runs in the morning. Competitive runs started after lunch. When the dust settled, these were the winners, each taking home Porsche scale models as their trophies. GT3’s, GT4’s and Caymans were kings of the jungle. 

SS + class
1. David Marcus
2. Howard Mintz
3. Laura Campbell 
4. Joe Wright
5. Ernie Revuelta
Mixed Stock class
1. Tom Kring
2. Jonathan Ponader
3. Chuck Limroth
E Street class
1. Kyle Stupak
2. Sergio Ovalle
3. Lazlo Kish
Mixed Street Touring class
1. Pat Mitchell
2. David Wells
3. Terrence  Singh

Special thanks to Porsche of Naples & Porsche of Fort Myers for sponsoring the event !

And to Gulfcoast Autocrossers for help with the course layout and onsite support !


Police Escorted Porsche Parade Delivers Gifts To Golisano Children’s Hospital for Christmas

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


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

Police Escorted Event/Ride to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers 12/14/17

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.
To sign up, contact John and Val at

Members Hit the Jackpot at 20th Anniversary Celebration


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.

Congratulations to:

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 December 10, 2017

“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


Everglades Region PCA Board Openings

Everglades Region PCA Board Openings

The Everglades Region of the PCA is immediately seeking to fill 2 critical Board level positions, Webmaster and Social Chair. These are non-paid volunteer positions. 

Webmaster Job Description

 Position Summary:

 Maintain the club’s website with a goal to provide a top quality resource to members. 

Responsible To:

             The members of the club and Board of Directors


  • Edit web pages, post reports/agenda/minutes/files, create new links, post club and Porsche resource information as needed to keep web site current.
  • Respond to member questions and problems regarding web site.
  • Test and monitor website to ensure stability and functionality.
  • Communicate with the Board to make sure all information on the web site is current and accurate.
  • Update website as needed
  • Provide input to the Board on all matters for the development of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the club.
  • In consultation with the Board, approves or denies any requests to add links or other content to the website.
  • Conducts regular hands-on reviews of the website to identify and implement improvements.
  • Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings to present Webmaster’s report.


  • Basic familiarity with WordPress software, HTML, websites, gmail email communications, Microsoft word. Possess good writing and communication skills.  The club/ PCA National web coordinator will provide basic training for this position to the qualified volunteer member.

Social Chair Responsibilities

  • Develop and organize social events that highlight the Everglades PCA organization. This might be a larger-scale overnight trip, party or a gathering that doubles as a fundraiser or simply an entertaining and light party-like event that promotes the fun side of the Everglades Club. As the social chair, you coordinate these events from start to finish.
  • Present and maintain the social calendar for the organization and post those events to the Region’s website. This includes events that you will attend in addition to events that you expect Everglades club members to attend.
  • Develop the social calendar and getting approval from the Board on the events you’ve planned and chosen.
  • Responsible for changes that occur as the year goes on, meaning you might need to add and delete events accordingly.
  • Coordinate all social activities with the club’s northern tier sub-committee members.
  • Arrangements for all club activities including dinner events or parties, special events, annual meeting or conferences, open houses, receptions or social mixers to attract new club members. Planning activities include developing the event’s program, including when and where to hold it and managing costs. May also schedule special fundraising events for the club or outside charitable organizations.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Board members and volunteers. In events that include performances, the event coordinator auditions professional performers, arranges their contracts and schedules when they perform.
  • Negotiates contracts with all types of vendors as needed for club events. On the day of the scheduled event he oversees site setup, vendor placement, performers, caterers and volunteers. Makes themselves available for the crises that inevitably arise.
  • Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings to present Social Chair’s report.


Must have strong detailed planning and organization skills. Have an ability to communicate with people from differing backgrounds. Have had previous experience planning organizing and running large and small group gatherings. Working knowledge of gmail email communications, Microsoft word. Possess good writing and communication skills.

Those interested in applying for the positions listed above must respond no later than November 21, 2017.

Please contact the Club’s VP, Dave Noelken at, or by phone or 239-676-8899

Peter Schutz, Executive Who Saved a Signature Porsche, Dies at 87

Peter Schutz in an undated photo with a Porsche 356 Cabriolet. CreditSven Simon

FRANKFURT — Peter Schutz, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who became the only American to serve as chief executive of the German sports car maker Porsche, where he was credited with saving the company’s signature 911 model from oblivion, died on Oct. 29 in Naples, Fla. He was 87.

His wife, Sheila Harris-Schutz, said the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Schutz was a boy when he and his family fled Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. He returned years later to lead a company whose founders had collaborated with Adolf Hitler. The man who hired Mr. Schutz for the job, Ferdinand Porsche Jr., better known as Ferry, had joined with his father in designing tanks for the German war machine. The elder man formed Porsche A.G. after the war, in 1948.

Among sports car connoisseurs, Mr. Schutz is best remembered for blocking plans in 1981 to end production of the 911 model, which remains the quintessential Porsche.

When Mr. Schutz took charge that year, the company, based in Stuttgart, had just suffered the first loss-making year in its history and was in crisis, largely because of slumping sales in the United States. The 911 had been plagued by quality problems, and its air-cooled motor, mounted in the rear, was considered anachronistic; most cars had water-cooled motors in the front. It was also tricky to drive because the heavy rear end gave it a tendency to spin out.

Sales were falling, and the Porsche board had already decided to kill the 911 in favor of other models, like the 928, which, with a motor in front, was easier to handle.

As Mr. Schutz told the story, about three weeks into his new job he noticed a chart on the office wall of Helmuth Bott, Porsche’s lead engineer, who was also unhappy about the 911’s impending demise. The graph plotted plans for the company’s models. The line for the 911 stopped in 1981.


The 1982 Porsche 911, one of the company’s signature cars. Mr. Schutz, as chief executive, was credited with halting plans to retire it. CreditPorsche Cars North America

“I grabbed a marker off Professor Bott’s desk,” Mr. Schutz wrote in Road & Track, “and extended the 911 line across the page, onto the wall, and out the door. When I came back, Bott stood there, grinning.”

Under Mr. Schutz, Porsche modernized and expanded the 911 line and unveiled a convertible version in 1982. Later versions retained the model’s trademark rear-mounted engine — now water cooled — and sleek lines.

Peter Werner Schutz was born in Berlin on April 20, 1930, the son of Erna Brugger, a seamstress, and Leopold Schutz, a pediatrician. The family fled in 1939, going first to Cuba because the United States had limited the number of Jewish refugees it would accept. Restrictions were loosened after the war began, and the family eventually settled in Chicago.

After studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology in that city, Mr. Schutz worked as an engineer for the tractor maker Caterpillar and later at the engine manufacturer Cummins. In 1978, a corporate recruiter lured him back to Germany after discovering that he could speak German, Ms. Harris-Schutz said. German companies at the time wanted executives who could help them build sales in the United States.

Mr. Schutz worked initially as head of the engine division of Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz, an equipment manufacturer in Cologne now known simply as Deutz. Porsche hired him at the beginning of 1981 in the hope that he would be able to revive sales in America, the company’s most important market.

The Porsche and Piëch families, which owned Porsche, had a fraught history. Ferdinand Porsche Sr., a noted automotive engineer, designed the Volkswagen Beetle for Hitler with the help of his son and oversaw construction of the enormous factory in Wolfsburg that remains Volkswagen’s headquarters.

During the war, the factory produced rocket parts, antitank weapons and military vehicles using slave laborers, including Jews from Auschwitz who were overseen by S.S. guards. Ferdinand Sr. was held by the Allies after the war but never charged with any crimes.


Mr. Schutz, center, in 1981 in Le Mans, France, with Ferdinand Porsche Jr., left, who hired Mr. Schutz to be chief executive of Porsche A.G. CreditPorsche Museum

After the war, Ferry Porsche used modified Volkswagen Beetle engines and chassis as the basis for the first Porsche sports cars, which evolved into the 911. (It was designed by a grandson of the founder, also named Ferdinand.)

Despite their association with the Nazis, the Porsche and Piëch families received Mr. Schutz warmly, Ms. Harris-Schutz said by telephone from Naples, adding that she and her husband had never felt hostility while living in Stuttgart.

Mr. Schutz was also credited with reviving the Porsche racing program. He told his engineers to pull a successful but aging 936 model from the company’s museum and fit it with a more modern engine. In 1982, Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

The company’s revenue more than tripled under Mr. Schutz. But it began to slump in the second half of the 1980s, leading his critics to complain that he was focusing excessively on the United States, which was heading toward recession. He left Porsche at the end of 1987.

After returning to the United States, Mr. Schutz and his wife started a consulting firm, and he became a sought-after speaker on management topics.

In addition to Ms. Harris-Schutz, he is survived by a brother, Rudolph; a daughter, Lori Schutz; two sons, Michael and Mitchel; and three grandchildren.

Even though his family had been persecuted by the Nazis, Mr. Schutz never bore a grudge toward the Porsches or toward Germans in general, Ms. Harris-Schutz said.

“For a kid who gets run out of the country then gets to run a prestigious company — that was a blessing,” she said. “That was the way he felt about it.”


Please Join us in Welcoming the new members to our region:

John Chenciner – Naples, 2013 Boxster S

Emre Conklo – Naples, 2016 Cayman S cabriolet

Michael Davis – Naples, 2015 911 Carrera 4S

Marc Gonsalves – Port Charlotte, 2017 911 Carrera S cabriolet

Bobby Greenwell – Cape Coral, 2013 911 Carrera 4S

Douglas Martin – Fort Myers, 2013 911 Carrera S

Jerry Marty – Fort Myers, 2017 718 Boxster S

Andrew Twetan – Naples, 2012 Cayenne S

Jeff Winters – Punta Gorda – 2006 Cayenne S

Mark Pelak – Cape Coral

Alan Burton – Naples

Rob Curland – Fort Myers, 2017 Cayman S

John Dreith – Naples, 2017 911 Carrera 4S

Rudolph Faust – Sanibel, 2017 Cayman GT4

Chen Su – Naples, 1988 911 Carrera

Thomas Bulleit – Naples, 2017 911 Carrera S cabriolet & 2015 911 Carrera 4S

Gene Nau – Naples – 1988 928 S4

Jacqueline Neunzig – Fort Myers, 2003 Boxster

Kevin Ofenloch – Estero, 1998 Boxster

Larry Richardson – (transfer from St Louis), 2017 911 Carrera & 2014 911 Carrera



The Passing of Richard Newton


It is with great sadness that we report the death on June 19th of Richard Newton after a long illness.

Richard was a longstanding Club member who was President of the Volunteers at the Collier Museum and a well-known automobile journalist. Both Richard and his wife were enthusiastic supporters of our Club

Condolences go to his wife Elizabeth, who was Secretary of the Everglades Region
for some years.