National Region of the Year

7/11/17 - PCA Parade Concours Awards Banquet, Spokane, WA

At the PCA Parade Concours Awards Banquet in Spokane, the Arizona Region was presented with the 2017 Ferry Porsche Award as National Region of the Year.

Congratulations to our region and all those who contributed to make our club worthy of this prestigious award, presented personally by Dr. Wolfgang Porsche.

June Monthly Meeting

6/7/17 - Meeting held at Jasmine Tokyo, Scottsdale, AZ

The meeting was opened by Lyle Capstick our President.

Thanks were extended to Jasmine Tokyo for hosting and feeding us from their Asian buffet. Thanks should also go to Mark Baker for making the arrangements for the June Monthly Meeting.

Attendees:  Jack & Loretta Aman, Mark Baker, Philip Berger, Richard & Susan Bookspan, Denise & Chuck Brasile, Jason & Darlene Bunting, Lyle Capstick, David Colgrove, David & Lucy Fisher, Mr & Mrs Jeff Flaherty, Robert Frith, Kevin & Judi Gilchrist, Mr & Mrs James Hodos, Kim & Ellen Kemper, Gregory & Marilynn Mannion, Stephen & Rosemary Martin, Mr & Mrs Ray Menard, Camille Miles, Jan Nyquist, Wm Rinaudo Phillips, Jim Roberts, Morris & Jane Scharhon, Gary & Penny Solem, Dale Willis, Mr & Mrs Richard Wyatt Jr, Rook Younger.

New Members, Cars & Guests.

No new members or guests attended.

However, an owner, Cory Berg was proud of his recently purchased 2004 Porsche Carrera.

In a recent edition of “e-Brake” Jim Barowske’s car, Porsche 944, 1983, was featured as the May 30 Picture of the Week.

Going Places Recognition.

Chas Wirken received the Going Places Writers Award for the month of June. His article described the new Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles.

Recent Activities were reviewed:

May 6 Porsche N’Pancakes

May 6 SAR Cinco de Mayo Car Show – Casino del Sol Resort, Tucson.

May 20 Drive to Bagdad with lunch at the Copper Country Bar & Grill.

May Featured Activity – Drive to Bagdad.

Cory Berg gave us a short and entertaining description of his participation together with his Father.

May 24-28 Roadrunner Region 50th Anniversary – Fiesta New Mexico, Santa Fe.

June 3 Porsche N’Pancakes – Alma WxSW Cuisine, Gainey Village, Scottsdale.

Upcoming Events.

June 9 – 11 Alpine Tour XVII – Tal Wi-Wi Lodge, Alpine, AZ.

June 17 Night AutoCross – Bondurant Road Course.

July 9-15 Porsche Parade, Spokane, WA

August 2 August Monthly Meeting – Lucille’s BBQ, Tempe.

August 5 Porsche N’Pancakes – The Haymarket Restaurant, North Phoenix.

August 12 Chase Field – Baseball – Diamondbacks vs Cubs

2:00 PM Guided tour of Chase Field.

5:10 PM Game Time

August 20-23 Durango Drive, Make reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Durango. - Ask for special Porsche Club Rates!

October 27-29 FLIGHT 40

Friday evening – Welcome Reception, Charity Auction – McCormick Hotel.

Saturday – Concours held at Fashion Square streets including Awards Luncheon.

Sunday – Tours to 2 private Auto collections with an entry fee donated to charity – group lunch following the tours.

Volunteer help requested in conjunction with Flight 40.

November Annual Meeting – November 2nd, 2017.

Board of Directors election.

First election with the newly approved director’s terms.

President, Vice President and 2 Directors at Large – 1 year term – next election will be a 2 year term.

Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Directors at Large – 2 year term.

We need members to step up and become involved in the running of your club.

Recent re-organization:

Bryce Brown our President was called back to corporate duties for his company and consequently had to step down as our President. We will all miss him and wish him well with his new tasks at hand.

Our Vice President, Lyle Capstick assumed the role as our new President for the remainder of this year.

At a recent Board Meeting Bob Tomlin was appointed by the Board to be our Vice President until the end of 2017.

At that same meeting Mike Labowitch was appointed by the Board to be Director at Large until the end of 2017.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by

Jan Nyquist – Secretary

May Monthly Meeting

5/3/17 - Meeting held at Desert Rays Cafe Scottsdale, AZ

Meeting called to order by President Bryce Brown at 6:30 pm

47 members were in attendance. There were no guests.

Bryce introduced the new Meeting Coordinator Mark Baker and thanked him for volunteering his acceptance of the position.

Bryce then introduced Vice President Lyle Capstick who will assume the Presidency of AZPCA following the May 15th Board of Directors meeting when Bryce will resign to follow a career assignment out of State.

Bryce welcomed the following new members to introduce themselves.

Kurt Meyers, 1984 Porsche 930

Jack Scherer, 2003 Porsche 996

Lynn Islaub announce new acquisition of a 2016 Cayenne

Rick Forbes was announced as the winner of the best magazine article in the May issue of Going Places magazine for his report on the Mining Camp drive.

Past President Rook Younger, in his capacity as Nominating Committee Chair, called for members to seriously consider seeking nomination for next years Board of Directors.  Rook explained the various duties and responsibilities of the various positions.

Bryce reminded attendees of upcoming club events and the need to register for them in good time.

Cheryl Woodwell gave an amusing and colorful account of the recent, well attended Las Vegas club event. She showed slides and encouraged participation in next years drive.

Bryce terminated the meeting at 7:10 pm

Submitted by Bob Tomlin for Secretary Jan Nyquist

Change in Leadership

4/28/17 - I have been asked to return to work full time in Seattle on a special project that has been awaiting approval since my retirement a couple of years ago. I will be fully immersed in this effort and will not have the time required to continue serving as the PCA Arizona Region President.

Lyle Capstick will assume the President’s role May 15th at the conclusion of the Board of Director's meeting per the Arizona Region Bylaws.

Your Board of Directors will be searching for an Arizona Region member to step into a Director at Large position on the Board through the end of 2017. I strongly encourage you to offer your services to any Board member.

Sincerely,
Bryce A. Brown
President, Arizona Region PCA

AZPCA Storms Las Vegas

3/30/17 - This years Las Vegas run was a resounding success!  Thirty-two AZPCA members and guests drove their 17 Porsches north to meet the Las Vegas region, which kindly arranged several very enjoyable events.  Lots of effort went in to planning this trip and it showed!

Day 1 – On Thursday morning, March the 30th, event organizers Bob and Cheryl Woodwell, gathered us for breakfast and drivers meeting at the First Watch and provided us with route instructions.   We headed north in perfect weather, and after a ‘bio break’ in Wickenburg, we stopped for lunch at the popular  ‘In and Out’ Burger in Kingman. As we headed north across the desert we encountered progressively stronger winds up to 80mph.  We appreciated our Carrera’s slippery shape!

By the time we approached Las Vegas, a major dust storm was in progress, and we were relieved to reach our hotel, the ‘M’ Resort in Henderson, without incident. The ‘M’ Resort, which was to be our base for the next few days, provided very comfortable accommodations, good restaurants, and secure convenient parking for our Porsches.

That evening we met with members and co-organizers from the Las Vegas region for cocktails and dinner at the hotel.   We received instructions for the planned events for the following day and socialized with our fellow PCA friends

Day 2 – Following breakfast the next morning, we met in the hotel parking lot and after a drivers meeting headed north, skirting the strip to the mountainous Red Rocks Park, where we stopped for a scenic photo op.   We then drove around the mountains toward Pahrump, and the Spring Mountain Motor Sports Park.  This event was arranged by LV region member Salomon Braun, who has a membership in the Park, and who kindly arranged for our club to experience this excellent facility.   Rather than trying to adequately describe it, you can look on their website SpringMountainMotorsports.com for more information.  We signed waivers, received descriptive literature and advice from one of driving instructors, who led us on to the race track for several exciting “parade” laps.  Everyone was thrilled and no one disgraced himself or herself.  Afterwards, we met for lunch in the beautiful clubhouse, and watched some of the racing that was in progress from the clubhouse-viewing tower.  This is a really cool and complete racing facility.

We said our goodbyes to Spring Mountain, and the group proceded to the Pahrump Valley Winery.  Gretchen, one of the owners gave us a lovely tour of the vineyards and one the facilities where they bottle the wines.   We enjoyed a little wine tasting, and the whole wine making process before heading back to our hotel.   During the visit to Pahrump area Cheryl entertained us with a local story and a job opportunity she suggested (tongue in cheek I am sure) that she might want to consider?

That evening, the Las Vegas region hosted a combined region dinner social at a local auto restoration company called Atomic Motors.   A wonderful dinner of ‘street tacos’ and trimmings was served among many of the restored cars that were on display interested. The owners, Cat and Bill Biler, gave us a tour of their impressive facility.   It gave us another excellent chance to socialize and meet with the friendly members of the Las Vegas region.

Day 3 – The Gimmick Rally!   LV region member, Scott Hatcher had planned a wonderful Gimmick Rally, mostly centered on the attractive town of Summerlin, where we congregated in one of the beautiful city parks.  This event provided a workout for the navigators and an interesting tour of an area of Las Vegas that we had not visited before.   We not only had to follow the exact route, but spot items along the route and answer general Porsche and NV/AZ state questions.  This was to balance the 3 awards given to members of both of the regions.   The conclusion of event was at the salubrious Paiute Indian Reservation Golf Club, were we met for lunch and the awards presentation.  Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas graciously provided the prizes to the exhausted, but happy contestants.  Relationship counseling and divorce lawyers were available at the end of rally (LOL).  The winners were as follows:

AZ Region – 1st place – Alan Smith and Marshall Wallace

2nd place – Amy and Bill Kremer

3rd place – Bob and Cheryl Woodwell ( who picked the tie breaking number )

LV Region – 1st place -  tba

2nd place - tba

3rd place - tba

Some members returned to Phoenix after the rally, while others stayed over Saturday night returning to Phoenix on Sunday. Bob and Cheryl, Moe Scharhorn and Jane Perlman also attended the LV member breakfast and quarterly meeting at the Red Rocks Country Club before heading back to the valley. They reported that this was a lovely and delicious event.  We hope you will plan to join us next year!

Thank you Bob and Cheryl for a wonderful fun tour. This was one of the best! And thank you to our photographers, Jan and Monyette Nyquist and Cheryl Woodwell. You can view the photos of the trip at:

http://www.azpcaphotos.com/Las-Vegas-Fun-Run-and-Drive-3-30-17/

And a big thank you to the Las Vegas region members, our very hospitable co-hosts, and especially President Mike Dugan, Salomon Braun, Scott Hatcher and their lovely wives plus all of their members that joined us on the many entertaining events.

Bob and Nancy Tomlin

Classifieds Added to AZPCA

2/21/17 - A CLASSIFIEDS section was added to the home page banner and website. When you click on CLASSIFIEDS another page will open up and several categories are listed to choose from, Show All, Cars and Parts. On the same page you will find the criteria for placing an ad along with a link to where you send your listing information along with your PCA National member number.
These enhancements are a result of your input and efforts by AZPCA volunteers.

New Photo Library Launched

2/15/17 - AZPCA has launched a new photo site for all our club photos that will become the permanent archive.  It allows members to contribute photos as well and provides rich enhanced photo album viewing. We encourage you to contribute photos or videos pertaining to Porsches, PCA and AZPCA to the archive. You can link out to the photo library from our AZPCA website's photo menu option at the top of the page as well as going directly to the photo site at: http://www.azpcaphotos.com.

2016 Zone 8 Region of the Year

1/21/17 - Your Arizona Region was selected as the 2016 Zone 8 Region of the year. The Zone 8 awards banquet was held in Long Beach, CA aboard the Queen Mary.
Our recent Past President Rook Younger was instrumental in the AZ Region achieving this award through his and his wife Debbie’s tireless efforts overseeing all the club activities, not to mention Rook's outstanding submission to the Zone 8 region of the year award nominating committee. Everyone that contributed as a volunteer to club efforts is to be commended as well. This award would not be possible without all of your efforts.

AZPCA is Looking for Mentors

8/22/16 - We at AZPCA are creating a list of mentors. Why mentors? PCA was started 60 years ago so a group of Porsche 356 owners could find help or support for the maintenance of their cars. Now, as new owners enter the fold there still is uncertainty. Think back to when you bought your first Porsche - you were sure Porsche was a single syllable word and confused by all those model numbers. Where to get your service work done? How often does the car need an oil change? These things are not rocket science, just queasy unknown feelings. When the early PCA club members were sitting across from each other in a living room, it was easy to get these and other questions answered, but now PCA is well over 130,000 members, and the questions can be intimidating. They are not all highly technical questions – some are general help and guidance ones whose answers can be very much appreciated.

So what areas are you familiar with?

  • Air/oil cooled cars
  • Early or late model cars?
  • Water cooled front engine?
  • Water cooled rear engine cars?
  • ΠΧΑ/AZPCA events - are they fun/worth attending?
  • Do you have a favorite service provider?
  • What place is recommended to have body work done well?
  • Where do you find goodie store items?
  • Is there anyone in a specific area to ride share with?
  • Is a Porsche SUV treated like a Ford truck?
  • How do you know what a 356, a 914 and a 718 is?
  • Why is Porsche a two-syllable word?

As you can see, it is the personal touch that counts. There may be some technical questions that come up, but you do not have to know the answer - only be able to point in the right direction. If you have technical knowledge so much the better.

Help your fellow AZPCA members as a mentor; please contact Bryce Brown or Jason Bunting at membership@az.pca.org

Going Places Delivery Update

6/18/16 - As AZPCA membership continues to grow we have an ever-increasing number of members that spend time away from their homes in the valley.

With that in mind, each month a significant number of Going Places magazines are returned to AZPCA as undeliverable. USPS will not forward your magazine whether your address change is temporary or permanent, even if notified of a change of address. As a result of the large number of returned Going Places magazines AZPCA postage fees have increased to an unsustainable point.

Addressing the high cost of postage, our Board of Directors has passed a resolution, beginning with the September issue of Going Places; USPS will no longer return undeliverable magazines to AZPCA.

Therefore, if you wish to receive your Going Places magazine whether you are away for several months or have a permanent change of address, notify Membership at membership@az.pca.org. We will accommodate your address change.

Take note, there a 2-month lead-time for the publisher to input a change of address. For example, you are out of town now and are returning in October; email Membership the first of August of your intent to return in October. The same would be true if you leave before the summer months begin.

Bryce A. Brown
AZPCA Membership Chair
membership@az.pca.org

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