Pre-register TODAY for The British – Italian – German European Car Show in Cape Coral. See details on calendar for March 7th.
On Saturday, January 30th, there was tremendous turnout by our members at Momentum Brewhouse in Bonita Springs to start the “Tour of the Everglades” .
Our collection of Porsches revved out at 1pm on our way to the mid point stop in Moore Haven, just west of Lake Okeechobee. This first leg featured everything from interstate to state and county roads. Rural towns like Alva and LaBelle made an appearance as well as the North River Road that parallels the Caloosahatchee River. Amazing how many participants had never driven on some of these roads!
After a quick pit stop, drivers received their second leg driving instructions. This route had our Porsches on a southwest track through sugar cane fields, orange groves and the growing expansion of gated communities. Finally heading back into Estero to University Village near FGCU.
A few fun facts: 60 cars, 110 participants, 150+ miles and one gorgeous day to stretch the legs of our beautiful German cars!
Thanks to Brian Hahn and the Momentum Brewhouse crew for hosting the start. Stay tuned for the next Everglades Region PCA road event in March.
PCA track enthusiasts and Everglades Region lost a friend with the passing of Gavin Riches, owner of Autoquest in Fort Meyers. He had a passion for motorsports, Porsche and especially the GT cars. If you ever visited Autoquest, you had an opportunity to see many of these cars being prepped for the track.
Click on this link to watch a 40 minute video featuring Andreas Preuninger of Porsche and British automotive journalist Chris Harris. Starting with the 996 series, the video traces the development of the GT3.
https://everloved.com/life-of/gavin-riches/Gavin E. Riches
Fort Myers, FloridaNovember 22, 1955 – January 9, 2021
Thirty eight Everglades Region members gathered at Porsche Naples on Sunday, December 13th for our final driving event of the year, “The Holiday Road Rally”. Following check-in, participants had plenty of time to socialize, renewing friendships, welcoming newcomers and checking out the Porsche Taycan’s.
Rally Master – W. Tom Sawyer provided the pre-rally brief with instructions for the 50 mile loop. Drivers and navigators were challenged to stay on course, while completing road side clues and answering holiday bonus questions. There was plenty to see at the start, where Porsches, team members and faces were decked out in holiday themes.
The first car crossed the finish line at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center a quick 90 minutes from the start. As the remaining cars arrived, rally organizers went to work scoring the results. Although the Learning Center is closed to the public due to the pandemic, participants enjoyed the shaded setting and the wood fired cooking prepared by Mark of Vesuvius Catering. Athan Barkoukis, Executive Director for “Friends of Rookery Bay” provided an overview of the Reserve and the variety of outdoor events on offer.
Last but not least was presentation of the Porsche prizes:
1st Place Rally – Steve and Faith Wassersug
2nd Place Rally – Jeff & Margaret Thornton
3rd Place Rally – Dave & Sharon Baines
1st Place Holiday Porsche – Bill & Kathy Ginnow
1st Place Holiday Outfit – Richard Crenian & Viktoria Warren
1st Place Holiday Face Mask – Gregory Young & Lisa Hale
A good time was had by all …… join us for the next Everglades Region rally in 2021 !!
Click on the link for the full story in PCA E News
On September 12th, Everglades Region and Gold Coast Region teamed up to host an autocross on the concrete paddock between turns 16 and 17 at Sebring Raceway. The day was met by some very interesting challenges as hurricane Sally swept through the area that day causing periods of heavy winds and rains that knocked down the course and, in an interesting albeit messy turn of events, blew a port-a-potty over a fence and onto the track at turn 16! The heavy winds had one benefit, however, in that they dried the course for us in record time. About 20 mins after the storm, the track was as dry as it was before the rain and we were right back to racing, after resetting the course that had been blown away! Results for the 28 drivers who braved the tropical weather are posted in the autocross tab on this website.
On November 14th, Everglades Region hosted an Autocross Test and Tune event at Venice Festival Grounds. Although scheduled as a full-scale autocross, conflicts with other events turned this into a small private test and tune opportunity. Six dedicated PCA autocrossers (Jon McClain, Fred Mundie, Tom Pitser, David Wells, Jay Huebner and Tom Kring) attacked the course which is adjacent to the Venice, Florida airport. Although the day started foggy conditions, the skies cleared quickly and remained beautiful throughout the rest of the event.
We started by running a full course in 2 car groups for the first hour and then broke for a data and video debrief. The middle part of the day focused on increasing, decreasing and constant radius corners followed by another debrief and then work on a slalom course. Throughout the day, instruction was provided to those that wanted it from Dave Wells and Tom Kring. To finish up and to put all of the lessons of the day to work, we went back to the full course for the last hour.
Safe to say that everyone got all the practice they could have wanted as the 6 drivers recorded more than 60 runs each for the day. A lot of improvement was made and our brakes and tires got a real workout.
Due to the very positive response to this event from all in attendance, we will likely add this type of event as an addition to our regular autocross schedule for next year.
4th Annual Porsche Parade Charity Run to Golisano Children’s Hospital Saturday Scheduled for December 5, 2020 9am
4th Annual Porsche Parade to Golisano Children’s Hospital
Saturday December 5th
JP / Valerie Petracco Organizers
Registration is free – email Jpetracco@comcast.net
Or call 239-464-7080
Please bring unwrapped gift for boy or girl ages infant to teenager.
Cars meeting at Glory Days Grill 5056 Daniels Pkwy Ft. Myers at 9am. From there we will be led in a slow Lee County Sheriff Police escort to the hospital.
Lunch will follow at Glory Days.
More information will be coming…
Very special thanks for taking our event on with the PCA Everglades support cars etc
Here is the general info for ride:
March 27-28, 2021
The ride will leave from the Fort Myers area ( actual site not yet fully chosen) to Sarasota area on Saturday, March 27 and reverse the same route on March 28 to return to the Ft Myers start/finish.
The PFC will provide for your drivers, and one guest, Complimentary overnight accommodations at the very nice Hotel Venezia, Venice, and two breakfasts( Saturday and Sunday ), and the Saturday evening riders team dinner.
-The Porsche drivers will ride/drive in your car or SUV to support riders in our charity bike event as they cycle 220 miles over the two days to fight cancer and hunger ( both of which are related).
-The drivers will assist and significantly aid in ensuring bicycle and rider safety, and communication with bike mechanics, ride leaders, and ride director.
The Pan Florida Challenge has now established a true partnership with the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa to further support and promote our child-related missions
Celebrate Life & Live Aloha
Robert Drew Vigorito
Pan Floroida Challenge Ride Director
Register by contacting Robert Drew Vigorito below