Blog – 4/19/2021

The Blue Ridge Blogger – April 19


New Members

Three new members this week.   First, John Conely.  John lives in Roanoke and drives a 2004 Cayenne Turbo.   Welcome, John.

Next we have David Brown.   David is up in Lexington, VA and drives a white 2005 Boxster S.  Welcome David.

Last we have Todd Lepre who has transferred here from Hudson Valley Region.  He lives in Salem and drives an 1986 dark red 944.   Welcome Todd.   

Remember, when you see a Porsche out there, be sure to tell them about our club.  You can get some cards to insert under the windshield wiper that gives them the contact information.  


I like to include a few stories each week.   But, people need to send them to me.   If you have something, please send it to me.

Meanwhile, I will tell one about my first car.   My friend spotted this little gem and convinced me to buy it.  $150.  It had been repossessed by the bank and was sitting behind the building.   It had no top, nor windows. The tires had air.  So we hooked a rope onto it and towed it home.   I spent my paper route money to have it fixed. That $700 did not go far but it got it running.  Then I bought a manual, found a junk yard for parts and the rest was history.    The gages were all in metric and the speedometer went up to 240KPH and I could get it well over 220.  (Multiply by .62)  The temperature gage went up to 100C which happened a lot.   It burned a quart of oil every 1000 miles and leaked twice as much.  Borranti triple-laced wheels.   Fast fill cap.  50 gallon gas tank. .  There was no heater but the firewall had so many holes in it that you were warm as toast.  Big fat aircraft seatbelts.   Air ducts to cool the rear brakes.   Full race cams. 

Email me with your guess as to what it was.  A beer (paid for by Reid) to the first correct email.  I sold it after four years for my first Porsche, a 1962 356S Coupe.

ActivitiesCars and Coffee   April 24     Martin’s German Cars No Registration Required

Martins German Service is hosting a Cars’n Coffee on April 24

Keith has extended a Special Invitation to the Blue Ridge Region.

The event start time is 0900 hrs. But we are advised to arrive at 0800 hrs to enjoy exclusive P car placement.

The Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival Car Show April 24 Registration Required

The Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival Car Show

Saturday, April 24, 2021.  10 – 4

Ron Vanderpool 540 309-6945 

Email Ron

Spring Concours Potomac PCA Lorton, VA  May 2 Registration Required

Come join us for our first event of the 2021 season – previously known as the Deutsche Marque Concours d’Elegance, our Spring Concours (Porsche automobiles only) has been “tweaked” in order to offer both spectators and Entrants a safe and enjoyable experience at a wonderful new venue. This is a great time to view the area’s nicest classic and current Porsche automobiles. Bring your Porsche out to the show to compete for awards and to display.

Registration starts April 3, 2021 at 12:00pm, and will close THREE (3) days before the event.  We recommend you ‘plan ahead’ as we anticipate a lot of “pent up demand” as we hopefully turn the corner on the pandemic.  This fabulous venue has lots of wide open space for all of us to spread out.


HPDC April 30-May 2 Must Register by April 24
Upcoming is an excellent event for those new to track events.   Our friends at First Settler’s Region PCA are having a 3 day HPDE for all skill levels at VIR April 30 to May 2. A chance to let your thoroughbred run! Registration ends in a month at April 24, 2021 10:59 PM EDT
Swap Meet May 1 Registration not required unless you are a seller.  Register

Werks Reunion May 22  Must Register  Amelia Island, FL 

Star City Motor Madness June 25 & 26  Roanoke, VA  

Star City Motor Madness in Roanoke, Virginia will be held this year! Last year with COVID-19 on the loose, state restrictions prohibited large events like ours but this year we’re making plans for our 2-day cruise and car show. 

Thank you for your past participation and we hope that you’ll join us again this year, Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. The cruise on Williamson Road is Friday from 6pm to 10pm and the car show in downtown Roanoke is Saturday from 10am to 4pm. 

Attached is the car show registration form. Simply print out the registration form, fill it in and mail with your check or money order. You may also register online and pay with a credit card. Just go to thispage on our site and click on the car show online registration button. Star City Motor Madness is now in its 20th year supporting the Virginia Museum of Transportation and other area non-profits.  
Hogan’s Corner (Quips from Dave Hogan)

Sometimes it is more fun to take a road less traveled!

And Of Course 
A Porsche Gone Bad

This simulates you in the driver’s seat of a car.

You’re driving down a road, when you see a big red hand flash in front of you.

You have to put on the brakes.

Then, the Reaction Time Test tells you how old you are, when it comes to driving.

The test is based on reaction times of 2,000 people ages 18 and over.

The Reaction Time Test plotted their reaction times by age; it matches your reaction time to those averages.

Some of their results may surprise you

The Reaction Time Test found that left-handed people and men have slightly better reaction times than the average person.

Bet you try it more than once!  Click on me

And Lastly
    The Funny Side of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East