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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11 New Members join the Everglades Region in November

Please join your board of directors in welcoming our new members who joined the Everglades Region in November 2019

Diego Azcuy from Fort Myers who owns a 2005 Boxster S in silver

Justin Busen from Fort Myers who owns a 2006 Cayman S in black

Douglas Chapman from Naples who owns a 2014 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet in white

Richard Crenian from Naples who owns a 2019 911 Carrera in silver

Ronald Heilbron from Port Charlotte who owns a 2003 911 Carrera 4

Michael Houdyshell from Bonita Springs who owns a 1968 912 in Burgundy

Ted Kaczmarowski from Fort Myers who owns a 2005 Boxster S in blue

Mike & Lori Linder from Naples who own a 2018 911 Carrera cabriolet 

Kevin & Katie Wietecha from Barefoot Beach who own a 2018 911 Carrera in silver

 

 

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Sunday Drive to the World-Renowned Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota on Sunday, January 19th.

  

Join your Everglades Region – PCA friends for a Sunday drive to the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota on Sunday, January 19th.

Mote is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education. Their research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. Go To Mote Marine

Event Details

The starting point is Starbucks Coffee, 3405 Forum Boulevard, Fort Myers (Colonial Boulevard, exit # 136 off I-75). Arrive no later than 9:00am for sign-in and drivers briefing.

On arrival in Sarasota, the tour through the Mote Marine facilities will start promptly at 11:30am. Tour cost is included in your registration fee.

Following the tour, participants will walk to “Old Salty Dog”, a cheery British pub located on the water near Mote Marine for lunch off the menu. Lunch and beverage costs are NOT included in your registration fee. Go To The Old Salty Dog

After lunch, participants have the option to explore St Armand’s Circle, return to Mote Marine for optional (extra cost) activities or start the drive home.

Registration 

Registration cost is $25 per person. 

We are using clubregistration.net to process registrations and payments for this event. Go to www.clubregistration.net or click on the link below. Have your username and password handy. If you don’t already have an account, you will be asked to create one. But don’t delay! This event is limited to 30 cars. 

Click Here To Register

For event questions, contact Steve Wassersug at 239-822-4338 or steve.wassersug@getf.org

For road rally or registration questions, contact Dave Noelken at 832-405-2023 or cdnoelken@comcast.net

More Details:

Join your Porsche friends for a casual Sunday drive to the world-renowned Mote Marine and Aquarium in Sarasota. Our Road Trip will have a maximum of 30 cars.  You can register on the EGRPCA Website by January 10th.  The cost is $25 pp and includes registration, some fun stuff, and the fee to enter Mote Marine.    We’ll meet up in the morning at 9:00 AM at Starbucks in The Forum Shopping Center Parking Lot off Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.  The address is 3405 Forum Boulevard (Take I-75 to Exit # 136 towards Ft Myers/Lehigh Acres FL 884) then look for the Porsches at Starbucks. Stop for coffee, some social time, etc., and sign the PCA waivers for the Road Trip.  At approximately 9:30 we’ll drive up I-75, exiting to Sarasota and St Armand’s Circle to the Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium  (1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy).  Park at the lot adjacent to Mote. Our tour through the Lab and Aquarium will begin at 11:30 and last about two hours.   If you’d like (for an additional small fee) you can immerse yourself in a virtual reality journey that features 360-degree views, sound and movement as you swim with humpback whales and enjoy an animated rollercoaster ride. 

At 1:30 or so, after the tour, we’ll walk to the Old Salty Dog, a cheery British Pub located on the water right near Mote Marine. Each person can order off the menu and pay accordingly.    Check their website for their menu.

Following lunch, we return home, but those who have not visited Sarasota or St Armand’s Circle in the past, may wish to tour the area and even stay over for the evening.  

 

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