Blog – 3/8/2021

March 8

The Blue Ridge Blogger

The Blue Ridge Region Welcomes . . . .

New Members . . .

  • Tom Goering who lives in Madison, VA and has a Red 1986 944 Porsche
  • Joel Hailey of Lynchburg, VA and has a Black 1989 944 S2 Porsche , and a Metallic Black 1980 911 Porsche and a Malaga Red 1975 Porsche 914
  • Eric Hansen who lives in Moneta and has a Silver 2015 Cayman GTS Porsche
  • Brent Holley who lives in Daniels, WV and has a Silver 1999 911 Carrera Cabriolet
  • David Kinsler who lives in Roanoke and has a Carmine Red 2020 911 Carrera 4S

Upcoming Activities

Cars and Coffee

Still no cars and coffee.  But we are getting closer.

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   Board Meeting
You are invited to our quarterly Board of Directors Meeting coming up on April 14, 2021 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.    Because of the Covid-19 virus, this meeting will be held as a Zoom Meeting.  If you want to participate, email Reid Kuder at president@brr-pca.org
ALL MEMBERS NEW AND OLD ARE WELCOME!

   Social Meeting
Due to the Covid virus, we are temporarily curtailing our monthly Social Meetings.   We will advise you when and where they will resume.
What’s Happening with Porsche

Is this your next Porsche?

Of course your next Porsche need not be a new one.    Top ten Porsche’s to buy before it is too late!
Formula One

The updated 2021 F1 race calendar now looks as follows:

  • 28 March – Bahrain (Sakhir)
  • 18 April – Italy (Imola*)
  • 2 May – TBC
  • 9 May – Spain (Barcelona)
  • 23 May – Monaco (Monaco)
  • 6 June – Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • 13 June – Canada (Montreal)
  • 27 June – France (Le Castellet)
  • 4 July – Austria (Spielberg)
  • 18 July – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
  • 1 August – Hungary (Budapest)
  • 29 August – Belgium (Spa)
  • 5 September – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
  • 12 September – Italy (Monza)
  • 26 September – Russia (Sochi)
  • 3 October – Singapore (Singapore)
  • 10 October – Japan (Suzuka)
  • 24 October – USA (Austin)
  • 31 October – Mexico (Mexico City)
  • 7 November – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
  • 21 November – Australia (Melbourne*)
  • 5 December – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah**)
  • 12 December – Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)

Sebring
Coming next week is the 12 hours of Sebring  Sebring

For the Ladies

STUDY SHOWS WOMEN FIND MEN WHO DRIVE PORSCHES ATTRACTIVE

2/2/201412:43 ESTFILED TO: HUMORBY: PEPPER GIRL

NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE SAME STUDY SHOWS THAT MEN FIND WOMEN WHO DRIVE PORSCHES ATTRACTIVE, TOO. GO FIGURE. ACCORDING TO THE STUDY CONDUCTED BY INSURE.COM (IN AN OBVIOUS AND SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO GET SITES LIKE THIS TO TALK ABOUT THEM) 2000 MEN AND WOMEN WERE SURVEYED AS TO WHAT STYLE AND MAKE OF CARS DO ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE DRIVE. SPORTS CARS AND PORSCHES WERE AMONG THE TOP THREE OF EACH SEGMENT FOR EACH GENDER. 

From a style standpoint, 32% of women felt that the most attractive men drive pickup trucks with sports cars and SUVs coming in at 2nd and 3rd with 27% and 16% of the vote respectively. The top brands of car for attractive men, as ranked by women, were Ford (16%), Chevrolet (13%) and Porsche (11%). From a color standpoint, women overwhelmingly chose black (53%) as the color of cars driven by good-looking men, followed by silver (16%) and red (13%). So, even if you don’t want to drive a black, Ford F-150, you should still do pretty well on the dating scene in a black, silver or red 911, Boxster, Cayman or even a Cayenne. Even better, you can now say, scientifically, that someone other than your mom thinks you’re good looking!

WHAT MEN THINK

From a man’s standpoint, they weren’t turned on by pickup trucks. Instead, they ranked car types for attractive women slightly different:

• Sports cars: 39%
• Sedans: 22%
• SUVs: 20%
• Pickup trucks: 10%
• Hybrid or electric vehicle: 6%
• Minivans: 4%

Similar to their female counterparts, 10% of men found that women driving Porsche were attractive (as a Porsche driving female, I thought this would be higher) with BMW getting 16% of the vote and Mercedes-Benz at 14%. The top car colors for attractive women were red (40%), black (23%) and silver (14%).Newsletter

We have a new edition of Blau Rain produced by our hard working webmaster, Dave Hogan.Click Here to see it!
Facebook
Interested in Autocrossing?   Potomac Region is planning an Autocross School on April 24 up at Summit Point.   If you want to learn the secrets of successful autocrossing, I would highly recommend this school.   I am a long time autocrosser, having competed in PCA and SCCA autocrossing up in the DC/MD/NVA area and I can tell you they are great.  It is well worth your time.   And you can stay over Sunday and compete.  
Here is a link to their Facebook Page.  Potomac Autocross FB PageYou can register at:  AX School

Autocrossing with my 914-6

And of course, don’t forget our BRR Facebook page.  BRR-PCA Facebook
YouTube
Porsche Museum
Well, a visit!  Porsche Museum: The 30,000 HP Drone Tour – YouTube

Want more?   More secrets from the Porsche Museum – YouTube

And more?    Porsche Museum Complete Tour 4K – YouTube

And more?    Inside The (Not So) Secret Porsche Museum Storage Facility – YouTubeStory

An Invitation to Race at Le Mans (Le Mans Classic) – Continued

For those who have not been following my trip to the Le Mans Classic, let me give you a quick summary. 

Last summer, a friend offered me the opportunity to drive at the Le Mans race track in France, home of the 24 hour race.  This event is for historic cars ranging from as early as 1910 thru 1974.  Cars had to have run the race or be identical to those who had.  This race takes place every 2 years on the Le Mans course.   This year, we had over 350 cars participating.  I was lucky enough to have been offered a ride in a 1930 Type 40 Bugatti roadster. 

As an experienced DE driver and instructor, I still had to gain an international license with FIA.  To be eligible, I chose the route of PCA Club Racing, gaining my rookie status last year and leveraging that and my experience in DE to get a FIA license for historic car racing.  Approval from my wife took a commitment to a side trip to Paris!

Before I get started, let me make a correction to last month’s story.  I inadvertently referred to Scott Ebert as a Navy “General”.  I believe a public apology is due him.  For all of you Navy guys out there, including those who pointed out my mistake, I would like to say, “Go Army!!”

Anyways we arrived at Le Mans by cab.  I met up with the team, the Bugatti arrived, we  teched our car and were preparing for practice when we were struck with electrical problems which kept me from my first opportunity to drive the track.  A series of repairs got us ready to go the following morning. Because of these problems, we had to now split the next practice session between the three of us.

The morning session took place at 8AM.  Scott Ebert, the owner, took the car around for a few laps, turning respectable times for our class. Some of the newer cars like the 1938 Talbot T26 and a nifty 1937 BMW 328 were leading the group.   Scott had been turning laps in the 8 ½ minute intervals, not bad for our group, and certainly exciting in an open car, with no roll over protection. 

We originally had four drivers on our team, but one, a delightful Frenchman by the name of Patrick Freidrich, caught a ride on a Talbot and deserted us.  (The Talbot was very fast!).   Karl Ebert, my good friend, was a member of our crew.  Charles, his older brother, was an experienced driver.  None of us had any idea of the number of minutes for a lap or the amount of actual run time we might get.   Charles and I had done some quick calculations and realized that we would both be lucky to each get in one lap for practice.  The pit road is long and we estimated that we should allow an extra minute for a driver change.  Scott came in and climbed out.  Charles jumped in and took off.   I watched the clock knowing that we had little time remaining in this 45 minute practice session.  Car after car went by.  I stood there with helmet in hand, waiting, waiting.  Eight minutes came and passed.  The seconds ticked. I was watching for the flag that would close the pits.  Then I saw the Bugatti enter the pits.  We were way down on the end, three spots from the end.   Finally, Charles arrived and climbed out.  And in I jumped.  I buckled in and stuck it in gear, ready to go.  Scott leaned in for some advice.  “Pete”, he whispered into my ear.  “First gear is forward.  You are in second gear!”  He was turning his beautiful Bugatti over to some lamebrain who was so flustered that he could not even remember the shift pattern!

I put it into first gear with only a slight grind of the gears and off I drove, without stalling.

To be continued . . . . . .

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 AND  OF COURSE

A Porsche Gone Bad

Firstly  

Secondly  

                            Here’s Why the Porsche 918 Spyder is Worth $1.7 Million

And last,
(74) Funniest Porsche 918 Owner EVER! – YouTube – – – – –

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2021

For Planning Purposes Only.  Check online calendars for latest info.

EVENTS
MONTHBLUE RIDGE REGIONNATIONAL AND ZONE2
January1/13 – Board of Directors 5:30pm 
February2/10 – Exec Board 5:30pm 
March3/10 – Exec Board 5:30pm 3/19-21 – Zone 2 HPDE (VIR)
April4/14 – Board of Directors 5:30pm 
May5/12 – Exec Board 5:30pm 5/5-9 – Treffen Spring (Scottsdale, AZ)5/21 – Werks Reunion (Amelia Island)
June6/9 – Exec Board 5:30pm 6/18-20 – Rumble at Oak Tree Club Race
July7/14 – Board of Directors 5:30pm 7/11-17 – Porsche Parade (Indiana)
August8/11 – Exec Board5:30pm 
September9/8 – Exec Board 5:30pmStreet Survival – Sept. or Oct – TBD 
October10/13 – Board of Directors 5:30pmStreet Survival – Sept. or Oct – TBD10/13-17 Treffen Fall (Wisconson)
November11/10 – Exec Board 5:30pm 
December12/8 – Exec Board 5:30pmHoliday Party/New Member Event – TBD 

Posted 7th March by Blue Ridge Region PCA

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