Racing legend Stirling Moss dead at 90

Racing legend Stirling Moss dead at 90

ONE LAP TOO MANY

Stirling Moss, a daring, speed-loving Englishman regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship, has died. He was 90.

Moss died peacefully at his London home following a long illness, his wife Susan said Sunday

“It was one lap too many,” she said. “He just closed his eyes.”

A national treasure affectionately known as “Mr. Motor Racing,” the balding Moss had a taste for adventure that saw him push cars to their limits across many racing categories and competitions. He was fearless, fiercely competitive and often reckless.

That attitude took a toll on his slight body. His career ended early, at age 31, after a horrific crash left him in a coma for a month in April 1962.

“If you’re not trying to win at all costs,” he said, “what on earth are you doing there?

By the time he retired, Moss had won 16 of the 66 F1 races he entered and established a reputation as a technically excellent and versatile driver.

“The sporting world lost not only a true icon and a legend, but a gentleman,” Mercedes, one of the many teams Moss represented, said on Twitter. “The team and the Mercedes Motorsport family have lost a dear friend. Sir Stirling, we’ll miss you.”

Arguably his greatest achievement was victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia — a 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) road race through Italy — by nearly half an hour over Juan Manuel Fangio, the Argentine great who was Moss’ idol, teammate and rival.

An F1 title didn’t follow, though — a travesty to many in motorsport. Moss finished second in the drivers’ championship four times (1955-58) and third on three occasions.

In 1958, Moss lost out to Ferrari’s Mike Hawthorn by one point despite winning four races to his rival’s one. His sportsmanship cost him the title, with Moss defending the actions of Hawthorn following a spin at the Portuguese Grand Prix, sparing his rival a six-point penalty.

In 1959, Moss’ car failed during the final race, in Florida, when leading and again with a chance of the title.

“I hope I’ll continue to be described as the greatest driver who never won the world championship, but it doesn’t really matter,” Moss once said. “The most important thing for me was gaining the respect of the other drivers and I think I achieved that.”

When his resolve to drive solely for English teams waned, Moss raced for Maserati, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz — partnering Fangio in an all-star line-up. In total, Moss raced in 107 different types of cars and boasted a record of 212 wins in the 375 competitive races he finished.

“A prodigious competitor, supremely talented racer, and consummate gentleman, he leaves an indelible mark of greatness on the history of international motorsport,” F1 team McLaren said.

Moss was born in 1929 into a racing family. His father, Alfred, competed in the Indianapolis 500; his mother, Aileen, was English women’s champion in 1936. The young Moss learned his trade during a racing boom in England after World War II.

His knowledge of racing cars was second to none and he took his profession to the extreme, experimenting and risking his own safety in the process.

Moss broke both legs and damaged his spine in a crash in 1960. Even worse was the accident in Goodwood, England, two years later, when he smashed into a bank of earth at 100 mph (160 kph) without a seat belt while competing in the Formula One Glover Trophy.

It took 45 minutes to cut him from the wreckage. He suffered brain injuries and his body’s left side was partially paralyzed for six months. With his eyesight and reflexes also permanently damaged, Moss quit racing.

“I knew that if I didn’t get out, I’d kill myself and maybe somebody else,” Moss said.

Moss then became a successful businessman, selling property and designing gadgets out of his state-of-the-art home in central London and working as a consultant to car manufacturers. He received a knighthood in 1999

In 2010, he broke both ankles and hurt his back in a fall three floors down an elevator shaft at home.

Six years later, Moss was taken ill with a chest infection while on a cruise in Singapore and was hospitalized for 134 days before he could return home. The family described it as a “subsequent slow and arduous recovery” that led to Moss retiring from public life in 2018 at the age of 88.

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Moss.

“I certainly will miss our conversations. To be honest, it was such a unusual pairing, our friendship,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram. “Two people from massively different times and backgrounds but we clicked and ultimately found that the love for racing we both shared made us comrades. I am truly grateful to have had these special moments with him.”

 

 

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Georgia Motorsports Park Welcomed Best Auto-Crossers in U.S. & Canada with Covid19 Protocols

 On March 13th-15th, the Best Auto-Crossers from the US & Canada Converged on South Georgia Motorsports Park

On March 13th-15th, the best auto-crossers from the US and Canada converged on South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia , as they have for the last 13 years.  This year’s event was a bit peculiar given all of the odd Covid-19 protocols that we undertook in an effort to keep everyone safe.  What was not different was the fun, camaraderie and intense competition that opens the National autocross season that ends at the National Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska each September. 

Everglades Region Members Represented 

Tom Kring had his third podium finish in the last 4 years at “Dixie Nationals” finishing 2nd  in the STU class in his 2008 Cayman S.  It’s always a good start to the national season to be standing on the podium in the season opener.  It gives you a good idea where you stand against the best in the country and how much work you need to do between now and September.  Our other member in attendance was Jonathan Ponader.  This was Jonathan’s first ever National event and he left with a lot to be proud of with a 9th place finish in the always very competitive SSC class.  Jonathan arrived in Georgia planning to race his 986 Boxster S in CS, but was asked by Mike Lawson on Friday afternoon (one of the best SSC drivers in the country…who also went on to win the SSC class) to co-drive his Toyota 86, as he lost his co-driver earlier that morning.  Jonathan agreed and drove brilliantly for his first time in that car on top of all of the pressure of his first national event.  He had a great time, learned a lot and made many new friends from around the country.  I certainly think that his first National event won’t be his last!

 

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Porsches, Drivers, Navigators and Diets All Tested at Everglades Region – Culinary Rally

 
 

Porsches, Drivers, Navigators and Diets were all put to the test at Everglades Region recently held Culinary Rally 

 

Over 27 cars and 54 participants, explored the back roads of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, traveling over 150 miles. 

 

The rally started with brunch at Momentum Brewhouse in Bonita Springs, with delicious offerings from H-Anger Management food truck. After the rally briefing, cars set off in drive groups for the first leg of the event. Destination …. Clewiston on the edge of Lake Okeechobee. 

The historic Clewiston Inn provided an excellent spot to stretch legs, explore the Inn and re-hydrate

Then it was back in the cars for the final leg, finishing at Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm in North Fort Myers. On arrival, cars were greeted by wondering flocks of turkeys and of course, Sandy the farm dog. At the farm, Executive Chef Richard Howze offered a selection of their fabulous farm-to-table cuisine. The open air, screened restaurant provided a perfect finish to the day, offering everyone a chance to relax and socialize. 

Special thanks to Brian at Momentum Brewhouse, Shannon & Travis at H-Anger Management food truck, Jackie at the Clewiston Inn and the entire staff at Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm. 

Next up …… Rally Of The Everglades coming in the spring !

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Join Everglades Region for PCA’s First Ever Ever “Swamp Photography & Star Party Tour” plus Dinner on Saturday, March 21

 

PCA’s First Ever Four-Door Overnight Event:

A Swamp Photography and Star Party Tour, plus Dinner.

This special event was designed with Cayenne, Macan and Panamera owners in mind. Load up the camera gear, umbrellas, lawn chairs, telescopes and binoculars for a day of adventure in Collier County. Of course, all 2-door Porsches are welcome to join the fun, just pack efficiently !

The event will start at 2:00pm at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary located at 375 Sanctuary Road W, Naples, FL 34120. Participants will be accompanied by members of the Naples Photography Special Interest Group for a 1.5 hour guided photography tour.

Click Here To Learn More About Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Then it’s off to Everglades City for dinner at Camelia Street Grill. 

Click Here To Learn More About Camellia Street Grill

At 6:30pm, we’ll drive to a dark-sky site in the Everglades, joining members of the Everglades Astronomical Society (EAS) for a guided “Star Party” observing the night skies. 

Cost is $30 per person which includes entry to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the guided photography tour. Dinner cost is not included (self pay). The Everglades Astronomical Society is hosting us free of charge. 

Four participants allowed per registration. Registration closes on March 18th. No refunds after March 18th.

Click Here To Register For This Event

Neighboring PCA members in Gold Coast (contact Randy Gananathan) and Space Coast (contact Steve Wojcicki) will also be joining us on the tour. This event will receive national PCA coverage in upcoming issues of e-brake and Performance News. 

We are limited to 50 spots, so if you are interested, register today!

Questions:

For event questions contact David Bankston at 650-823-4200 or email bankman2@icloud.com

For registration questions contact Dave Noelken at 832-405-2023 or email cdnoelken@icloud.com

NOTE: This event is weather dependent. Rain and/or poor night sky conditions could force cancellation. In case we have to cancel or re-schedule, registered participants will be eligible for full refund. 

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Everglades Region Reaches Historic New Membership Level

Everglades Region Reaches Historic New Membership Level

Thirteen new members joined the Everglades Region in December 2019 pushing our membership totals to the historic high of 1024. Please join the Everglades Board of Directors in welcoming the following new members that joined the region in December:

John Bunch of St. James City

Suzanne Cross of Naples

Jeff Davis of Marco Island

Linda Dombkowski of Fort Myers

Steve Hagan of Naples

James Hess of Immokalee

Thomas McCarron of Naples

Tyler Molenburg of Fort Myers

Werner Naegeli of Punta Gorda

Peter Ofner of Naples

Steve Perseo of Fort Myers

John David Senior of Port Charlotte

Jeffrey Thompson of Tallmadge, OH

Mary Worley of Naples

This is quite a geographically diverse group of new members hailing from 8 different cities lending credence to the fact that our membership demographic has been changing dramatically in recent years.

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Eighth Annual B.I.G. European Car Show – Cape Coral Sunday 3/1/20

The Eighth Annual B.I.G. European Car Show (British, Italian & German) 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Jaycee Park, 4215 SE 20 Place, Cape Coral, FL 33904 (Rain or Shine)

British                                             B.                                        

Italian                                             I.

German                                        G.

 

Sponsored by Hosted by

Triumphs of Southwest Florida, (TSWFL) Alfa Romeo Owners Club of SWFL

We have another opportunity this year for various clubs to have their members share with fellow enthusiasts and the public their enjoyment and experiences of owning a B.I.G. European sports or collector car.

British Italian German

This car show is free to the public and open to all B.I.G. European sports and
collector cars, vintage and modern, held on Sunday, March 01, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Participating cars can enter the show-field between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Voting closes at 12:00 noon. Participants will vote for their favorite cars within each class. Show ends at 2:00 pm. Awards presentation follows.

****** Pre-registration will end on February 15, 2020. All show entry material will be provided at sign-in. *******

This show features European Sports & Collector Cars, 50/50 drawing, vendor tables and more… Hot Food and Cold Drinks provided by St. Andrew’s Boy Scout Troop 34.

Registration Fees:

Pre-Registration, (pre-registration ensures you will be parked in your class during the show and we have the correct number of trophies) First Car is $35.00. Additional cars are $30.00 each. Cars registered day of the show are $45.00.Registration limited to first 200 Vehicles.

Registration:

Click attachments below to view / print the show flyer, car class information and registration instructions and form.

Fees:
Pre-registration will end on  January 31st (pre-registration ensures you will be parked in your class during the show). First Car is $35.00. Additional cars are $30.00 each. Cars registered after January  31st are all $50.00. Registration is limited to 200 Vehicles. All show entry material will be provided at sign-in.   

Location:
The Jaycee Park is located at 4215 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral 33904. If you are traveling from the south, College Parkway and the Cape Coral Bridge provide easy access. For those of you planning to simply relax and be a spectator, why not start the morning off right at our Cars & Coffee event in Fort Myers, then head on over to Cape Coral for the B-I-G Show. Our Everglades Region and Porsche have historically been strong supporters of this event….let’s make 2019 our best showing yet!!

Volunteers Needed:

We’ll need 5-7 volunteers to direct Porsche cars to their designated parking area and assist drivers with safely parking them. 

Please contact Carlos Ojeda at 845-304-8285 or CLICK HERE  to email Carlos if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. See you at the show!

 

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IT’S GOING TO BE AN E.P.I.C. WEEKEND

PLAN YOUR APRIL 2020 EPIC WEEKEND  

April may seem a long way off, but it’s not too early to book your hotel rooms for the first, Everglades Porsche Interstate Cruise Weekend …….. “The EPIC Weekend”. Plans are coming together for this fun-filled weekend in Cocoa Beach, April 24-25-26 at the beautiful Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. Known for it’s beaches and surf breaks, Cocoa Beach is also the gateway to Kennedy Space Center.

Participants will depart Fort Myers on Friday morning, April 24th. We’ll drive to Okeechobee for a lunch stop and then proceed across the state, arriving at the Hilton late afternoon. Following check-in, everyone will gather on the pool deck for a theme party and dinner. 

On Saturday, April 25th, participants have the option to relax at the Hilton and explore the town, or embark on a short drive to The Kennedy Space Center for a group tour of this amazing facility. Everyone will reconnect at dinner and enjoy a relaxed evening, meeting new friends and re-connecting with, dare we say, old ones. 

Sunday morning, April 26th,  will be very relaxed, breakfast on our own and starting the drive home to SW Florida.

Registration costs have not been finalized yet, but we estimate $140 to $240 per person, depending if you join the Kennedy Space Center trip or not. 

What Do You Need To Do

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront at special group rates of $189 and $209. They are limited in quantity, and will be sold to other customers if we don’t take them. 

Although event registration is still a month away, it’s very important that you book your hotel room now. Just clink on the yellow box below and you will be connected to our personalized Hilton booking link. 

Click Here To Book Your Hotel

Questions ???

We owe you a lot more information on the WEEKEND OF THE YEAR and understand there may be questions before committing to a hotel room. For more information or how to book your room at the Hilton, contact John Petracco at 239-464-7080 or jpetracco@comcast.net

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$110,000 Raised at the 3rd Annual Porsche Parade of Presents

3rd Annual Porsche Parade of Presents Raises $110,000 for the The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Florida

The 3rd Annual Porsche Parade of Presents took place on December 14th. 132 Porsches and Exotic cars led my Lee County Sheriffs Dept and Iona McGregor Fire Dept did not let a little rain and clouds dampen their passion to assist the children and their parents. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves and the Grinch along with 230 Porshcephiles delivered holiday gifts to the children who are being treated at Golisano and can not leave the hospital. In 10 minutes $110,000 was raised for the Little Red Wagon Fund to support the children as well. The event was organized by Everglades Board members Valerie and JP Petracco. “It’s an emotional morning visiting the children, but we are so blessed to have members and friends who have embraced and supported this event said Valerie.”

This year JP helped coordinate with most of the other regions in Zone 12 of PCA, their own Porsche Parade of Presents, so on the same day each region could replicate Delivery of presents to their own local children’s hospital. On December 14th, Porsche owned the State of Florida delivering gifts to almost every children’s hospital in FL.


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Wow, What a Night !!!

Casino Royale

Wow, What a Night!!!
 
We had a record number of attendees at our annual holiday party “Casino Royale” on Saturday, December 007.
 
The crowd sipped champagne in the vestibule while waiting for a secret spy guest to arrive. When the BondGirls opened the Porsche door, out stepped James Bond, announcing the events of the evening. Guests were invited to walk the red carpet to take photos with Bond, Bond Girls & ShowGirls.
 
Spring Run Golf Club served a Secret Spy Menu including a Slot Machine Ice Sculpture spilling shrimp cocktail, clams, oysters and scallops. The meat carving stations and vast array of tasty ceviche and endless desserts were just the beginning. An open bar serving any cocktail of choice, classic signature Bond Vesper Martinis and bottomless champagne were enjoyed all night.
 
Casino Royale kept members playing black jack, craps, poker, and roulette until midnight. Everyone wanted more! Our high roller, Patty Wagner, won for the night with 4.5 million in winnings!!!
 
 
The plan is in motion for Holiday 2020 Party, It’s Going to be THE Party of the Year!!!!

SAVE THE DATE for the 2020 HOLIDAY PARTY!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5, 2020…SEE YOU THERE

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BEYOND SEAT TIME -Autocross School VENICE AIRPORT

Beyond Seat Time (BeST)

Autocross School

Venice Airport

December 14-15, 2019

This past weekend a total of 21 of our PCA members and 4 guests joined us for a weekend of learning about autocross and how to drive their cars at the limit.  The weekend was broken down into 2 classes.  Saturday was our Pro/Advanced class and Sunday was dedicated to beginning and intermediate level autocrossers.

Saturday got off to a rough start as thunderstorms rolled through, delaying our start a bit while giving us and the track a thorough soaking.  By 9:00am the skies cleared, we finished our classroom session and we were ready to drive.  Our two instructors for day one were Vivek Goel from Austin, TX (the author of Beyond Seat Time, SCCA Solo National Champion and winner of many other national titles) and Bryan Heitkotter of Fresno, CA (10 time SCCA Solo National Champion, Pirelli World Challenge champion driver and the winner of so many other national titles that we can’t fit the rest of his resume’ here).  The 9 of us enrolled in the Day 1 course spent an exhausting but incredible day of learning by practicing corner entry and corner exit on a variety of corners for 7 hours that flew by as fast as our cars.

Day 2 on Sunday was a picture perfect day for our 16 drivers.  On this day, we had 5 instructors to spend the day teaching our students to push their cars to the limit.  Our instructor lineup included: Vivek Goel and Bryan Heitkotter from day one as well as Teddie Alexandrova, Tom Kring and David Wells.  We started the day with a classroom session and an exhaustive course walk by each of our instructors, walking the students through every element on that day’s course and answering all of their great questions.  We then moved to the cars and each student made several attempts at the course with their instructors in the passenger seat coaching them all the way.  We then broke out into individual exercises (slaloms, skid pad practice, braking, corner entry and corner exit).  After a much needed lunch break, we took to the full course again to reinforce the lessons of the day and, in each and every case, saw great improvement from every student.

Thank you to everyone to came out and for all the help all weekend long (you all know who you are!)  We have had a great response from all of the students at this event and very much look forward to planning another school for next year.

    

 

 

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