Everglades Region Marks Membership Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following Everglades Region members on their one, two, three, four, five, ten, and twenty year anniversaries. And to James and Dolores Claeys who are celebrating 40 years of membership as part of the Porsche Club of America!

One Year

Peter Blicher

Ken LaOrden

Julie McCarron

Antonio Correa

Christian Marek

Two Years

Douglas Chapman

Diego Azcuy

Richard Crenian

Wu Jingling

Ted Kaczmarows

Ronald Heilbron

Mike & Lori Linder

Johnny Wilson

Three Years

Shayne Lewis

Dennis Fiedler

Joe Broussard

Kenneth & Aurelie Lewis

Laura Myers

Seth & Jesse Wymbs

Four Years

Charles & Kathleen Bruning

Carlos Escarra

Five Years

Gregg & Christy Eisenhardt

Richard Sipe

Brian Adams

Blon Harris

Gordon & Jean Clancy

Ten Years

David & Linda Bankston

Twenty Years

David Bard

Phil Sudia

Forty Years

James and Dolores Claeys

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Everglades Region Welcomes Fourteen Members in October 2021

A big shoutout to the following individuals for joining the Everglades Region Porsche Club of America in October. Glad to have you here! 😊

Joseph Avvampato & Sharon Ives
2002 – 911 Targa

Brett & Stephanie Bean
Marco Island
1996 – 911 4S
2019 – 911 Speedster

Constantine Constantopoulos
2018 – 911 GT3

Carlos Cook
2018 – Cayman GTS

Robert Guziak
Cape Coral
2016 – Cayenne

Michel Headley
Marco Island
2021 – Panamera GTS

Charles Lopiano
2021 – 911 4S

Jeffrey & Ana Maria Martinez-Malo
2012 – 911 Cabriolet

Dean Pederson
Cape Coral
2001 – Boxster S

Mike Qualley
Marco Island
2018 – 911 Targa 4S

Michael Schaper
Fort Myers
2020 – Macan

Richard Secrist
2021 – Cayenne GTS

Janet Washburn
Bonita Springs
2021 – Macan S

Craig Young
Fort Myers
2013 – 911 4S

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Great video of 2022 911 GT3 at Nurburgring.


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Tour of the Everglades Hits The Mark

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.

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Development of the GT3

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.

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https://everloved.com/life-of/gavin-riches/Gavin E. Riches

Fort Myers, FloridaNovember 22, 1955 – January 9, 2021

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Holiday Road Rally Explores Collier County

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 !!

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Porsche and Friends Parade to Golisano Childrens Hospital

Click on the link for the full story in PCA E News


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Everglades Region Autocross Back On Track

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.

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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…

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