Blog – 4/26/2021

The Blue Ridge Blogger – April 26


New Members

There are no new members this week.

Old Members 

We heard that Dick Hatch, one of our founding members, fell and injured his hip last week.  He is in the hospital for some patch work.   We wish Dick the best and a speedy recovery


My First Car

So, the answer is a 1950 Jaguar XK120M.  It was remored to be an ex-Briggs Cunningham racecar.  Fitted with a 50 gallon gas tank and a fast fill cap, special brakes and cooling, removable headlights, a 3.4 litre engine bored to 3.8, full race cams, Borranti Triple Laced wheels, and more, it was a dream car for a 16 year old kid.  

The last picture shows the car three years later, with a fresh paint job!

The best guess was from Bruce Wright, who guessed it to be an XK120/140/150.  Reid, you owe Bruce a beer!

New Member Story

Hello to my new friends at Blue Ridge-PCA. My name is Larry DeHaven. My wife of 46 years is Lou Ann. We have one daughter, Hilary and two grandchildren. We all live in Fincastle, VA and thankfully not together! We have a Seasonal home near St. Simons, GA, which is where I run to when it’s cold! So still here for a couple more weeks.

I was 36 years in the retail and commercial tire business, having owned the White Tire stores in VA, WV, SC and TN.I had worked for Dave White for 17 years when I bought his company. I then sold to Bridgestone Tire Co., in 2006 and essentially retired. I do volunteer with Special Needs adults with various social activities as well a Bible Studies. The organization I work with is called Hope Tree, located in Salem, VA.

After owning Corvette’s and a Porsche Cayenne for many years, I decided it was time for a 911. I went on a hunt for a Graphite Blue Metallic with Graphite Blue/Chalk interior. After a long search I located a one owner 2018 Carrera automatic in November of 2020″. 

Been to Roebling Road?    TODAY IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORYApril 15, 1912

Washington Augustus Roebling II, car racer and designer, perished in the RMS Titanic when the ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. Roebling was the son of John A. Roebling, president of Roebling and Sons Company of Trenton, New Jersey. Washington’s namesake, Colonel Washington A. Roebling, had been one of the builders of the Brooklyn Bridge. Young Washington began work as an engineer at the Walter Automobile Plant, which was later taken over by the Mercer Automobile Company. While working for Mercer, Washington designed and built the Roebling-Planche race car that he raced to a second-place finish in the 1910 edition of the Vanderbilt Cup Race. In early 1912, Washington embarked on a tour of Europe with his friend Stephen Blackwell. Roebling’s chauffeur Frank Stanley brought with him the Roebling’s Fiat in which the group began their continental adventure. A week before the completion of their tour, Stanley fell ill, and returned to America with the family Fiat. Roebling and Blackwell booked passage on the RMS Titanic in the first-class cabin. On the night of April 14, according to Titanic survivor Edith Graham, Roebling alerted her and her daughter to the danger. He helped them to a lifeboat making no attempt to save his own life and reportedly remarked to them cheerfully, “You will be back with us on the ship again soon.” Both Roebling and Blackwell perished. His brother who was also a racer mourned his loss for many years. His brother was named Ferdinand William Roebling and he had a son… and his son’s son was named Robert Roebling. Robert was avid supporter of Sports Car Club of America and in 1959, he financed the building of a track in Savannah, GA known as … Roebling Road.

Porsche Colors

Hogan`s Corner

 A look back at a BRR event, June 2006


Reid asked me to remind you to be sure to complete the member survey.  We are trying to restart events and need to hear your opinions on various options. Complete the survey at:



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.  
Women in Racing
What do you know about Simone Syvester?    She is back at Indy this year.

Simone Syvester

You might want to see her bio.
wikipedia Simona_de_Silvestro

And Of Course 
A Porsche Gone Bad

Mark Webber in the passenger seat.