Porsches & Parking Lots or Coping with Covid

 
Much has changed in the past 5 months, but not our desire to drive Porsche’s and spend time with fellow PCA members. In that spirit, Everglades Region board members have been testing the water with small, local drive and dines, keeping social distance and wearing masks.
 
Val & John Petracco kicked things off April 23rd in Fort Myers. Five cars and ten members gathered at the UBS office on Summerlin Lakes Drive. After a short drive to the boat ramp at Punta Rassa, everyone pre-ordered take out. Then it was east to Pizza D-Lux on Daniels Parkway where we circled the Porsches, pulled out our lawn chairs, and enjoyed sunset dining.
 
In May, Caryl & Dave Noelken took the lead with six cars and twelve members gathering at Momentum Brewhouse in Bonita Springs. After a brief drivers meeting, the group headed southeast to explore the new Logan Boulevard extension that connects Bonita Beach Road to Immokalee Road. Then it was back north to Doug’s Seafood on Bonita Beach Road where everyone enjoyed the fresh catch, socially distanced in the shaded parking lot. After weeks of confinement and separation, it was great to catch-up with everyone. And the lobster rolls were excellent too !
 
On June 25th, Lucille and Carlos Ojeda hosted a Cars & Cocktails at Dante’s Coal Fired Kitchen in Fort Myers. It was a hot afternoon, so everyone moved in-doors. Respecting social distance, 25 members enjoyed comradery with fellow PCA’ers. 
 
Although regular Everglades Region events are still on-hold, small, informal get-togethers like the these are easy to organize and within covid-19 safety precautions. Stay tuned for similar events in the coming weeks and months. 

 

   

 

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12 New Members Join Region in July

The Following Porsche Owners

Have Joined

Everglades Region in July 

Gregg Abenanti from Naples, 1999 Red Carrera Cabrio

Waldo Amadeo from Naples, 2006 911 Carrera S in Silver

Tania Bloodsworth from North Fort Myers, 2017 718 Cayman in Black

Tim Burns from Boca Raton, 2020 Cayenne, Quartzite Granite Metallic 

James Cash from Cape Coral, 1979 Turbo Black

James Conklin from Naples, 2018 911 GT3 White

Robert Fortich from Naples, 2014 Cayman S

Kevin Irwin from Naples, 2017 Macan S White

Lawrence White from Naples, 2002 Boxster S

John Olsoni from Naples, 2010 911 Carrera S Cabrio Black

Greg Berger from Naples, 2002 Boxster S

John Weyrauch from Punta Gorda, 1974 911 Green

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Everglades Region Board Members Pitch In

A Big Thank To Our President John Petracco & Fellow Board Member Gary Karnes

 

July 16, 2020

John Petracco

President

Everglades Region PCA

Zone 12 PCA

Naples, Florida

An Open Letter to Everglades Region PCA,

This letter brings a huge THANK YOU! to several members of the Everglades Region PCA as well as PCA Headquarters’ Chrissie Diamonte for their help with my son purchasing his first Porsche!  As a member of the Southeast Michigan Region I have come to personally experience the PCA slogan, “It’s not just the cars, it’s the people” not just here in Michigan but now in Florida and PCA Headquarters itself.

For the last year my son Bill Kraus, has been searching for a 2014 Cayenne GTS with a number of options in what would be his first Porsche. Recently, he located a GTS in the Chicago area that was literally sold from underneath him to another person while he was test driving it. Amazingly, just two days later, he located a certified pre-owned GTS at the Porsche of Naples, Florida dealership that had literally just arrived for sale. He contacted the dealership and was thrilled to learn it had everything he wanted on the car. However, there was one huge problem. How would he test drive it, living in Chicago, in the middle of a global pandemic and with a 2 week old newborn son and 3 year old daughter making it challenging to fly?

When my son called me to tell me about the car, his excitement and his dilemma with the situation initially looked like too many barriers to overcome. In a moment of what must have been divine providence it struck me – maybe PCA and a local Porsche club could help him!  Since joining the Southeast Michigan club 3 years ago, I have been so impressed with the kindness and support of the clubs’ members. Members truly are like a family. I said as much to my son and as a member offered to make some calls on his behalf.

My first call was to PCA in Maryland where I explained the situation and need for help to PCA staff member Chrissie Diamante. Chrissie immediately understood the situation and offered to reach out to one of the officers of the Everglades Region PCA to see if a member might be available to help. Within an hour, Krissie called back and told me she had contacted Club President John Petracco who in turn offered to help and reached out to several members to see who might be available to visit the dealership. I provided Krissie my son’s contact info and turned it over to Bill and Everglades. Club member Gary Karnes offered to visit the Naples dealership and check-out the car within the day. He then contacted the sales rep George Rakowski, to set up a time to see the car and test drive it for Bill. By the way, Bill had nothing but praise for George and Porsche of Naples for their professionalism and great customer experience. Gary was fantastic in reviewing the car and providing feedback to Bill.

After a thorough walk-around inspection using FaceTime and Gary’s test drive, the word was it was a great car and in excellent condition. The deal was completed and one week later, June 30th the Cayenne GTS was on a Shaughnessy Overland Express transport from Naples headed to Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Two days later I was thrilled to watch this beautiful trailer come up the street to deliver Bill’s car. As a parent, it was so exciting to experience this great moment with him and to have had such wonderful people make that moment happen for my son.

As a family we now look forward to co-attending SEMPCA events with the Cayenne GTS and my Boxster S. I can’t wait for Bill and his young family to experience the camaraderie of club members as I have. Thank you Krissie, John and Gary. You are awesome!

With gratitude,

Rebecca Kraus

PCA #2017080883

1517 Hollywood Ave.

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

248-252-6559

becki@rkrausconsulting.com

cc: Porsche Club of America

       Southeast Michigan Region, Porsche Club of America

 

 

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5 New Members Join our Region

 

Please Join the Board of Directors in Welcoming 5 New Members to the Everglades Region

Jon Brija – Cape Coral

1997 Silver Boxster 

 

Thomas Escott – Naples

2019 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in Mahogany

 

Sonya Lee – Felda, FL 

2006 Boxster in Dark Blue

 

Johnathan Shirey – Naples

2016 Cayenne GTS in Silver

 

Pieter Van Dien – Naples

2019 718 Boxster S in Night Blue Metallic

When you see our new members at any of our upcoming events please reach out and introduce yourself.

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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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