Blog 5/29/2022


New Members

Welcome to Stephen Blanchard from Lynchburg, VA who started as a PCA Test Drive Subscriber. Stephen drives a 2014 Cayman.



A few weeks ago now close to 80 air cooled Porsches began arriving in the Star City for the second annual Rukus ’22.  Folks come to this event from Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, New York and everywhere else in between.  This event is not a car show! These cars are driven to the event, driven during the event and driven home.  This year we had one 356, a few 912’s and the rest were 911’s that varied through the different year models.   

The weekend consists of arriving at the Hotel Roanoke on Thursday afternoon/evening to check in followed by meeting new Porsche enthusiasts and gathering with old friends and eventually heading downtown to dinner. 

Friday and Saturday morning begin with a drivers meeting at 8:30 AM.  There were 2 planned routes this year.  Each route is further broken down into 3 run groups for each route each day.  If you run Route A on Friday, you run Route B on Saturday and visa versa.  Meaning 6 different run groups leaving on different intervals to help keep the mayhem to a minimum.  Each route has an AM portion, meet up for lunch and a PM portion.  Both routes were just under 250 miles each with a total drive time of around 6 hours per day.   I was fortunate to be a run group leader again this year.  The rain made for an interesting afternoon on Saturday but everyone persevered and made it back to the farewell dinner Saturday evening.  This event is very well organized and very well attended.  Everyone there is a Porsche enthusiast through and through.  Its great to see different cars and talk about what everyone has done to their vehicles to personalize them.


Blue Ridge Region PCA Events

Jul 10BRR-PCA Executive Board MeetingShakers Restaurant - RoanokeRegister
Aug 14BRR-PCA Full Board MeetingBRR-PCA Location TBDRegister
Sep 11BRR-PCA Executive Board MeetingShakers Restaurant - RoanokeRegister
Oct 9BRR-PCA Executive Board MeetingShakers Restaurant - RoanokeRegister
Nov 13BRR-PCA Full Board MeetingBRR-PCA Location TBDRegister
Dec 11BRR-PCA Executive Board MeetingShakers Restaurant - RoanokeRegister

BRR-PCA Charity Fun Run, Picnic & New Members’ Greeting Sat, Jun 25, 2022

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The Blue Ridge Region PCA will be having a members’ picnic at Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday, June 25th.  In addition to the picnic, there will be the opportunity to tour a local private car collection, make a donation to a local charity, and see other sites with a tour ending at the picnic.  This will also be a new members’ social, with special deals for those who have recently joined our region. 

The day will begin as we gather at the Food Lion parking lot, 14807 Moneta Rd in Moneta at 9:30am.  A Driver’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:45. At this time, we will also be gathering donation cash/checks for the Bedford Boys Tribute Center.  We will depart at approximately 10:00 and drive to the National D-Day Memorial parking lot.  Staff from the Bedford Boys Tribute Center will be meeting us there in order for us to present the donations in support of their mission.  The presentation will begin at approximately 11:00.  We will depart at 11:30 for a fun run to Smith Mountain Lake for the Newcomers’ Social/Picnic at the home of Jeff and Jennifer.  Those interested will also have an opportunity to tour a nearby private car collection, which includes Porsches, a Ferrari and an Amphi-Car, among other vehicles and memorabilia. 

Friday AM pre-drive prep and making sure the routes are correctly uploaded to your mapping device.

Just a cool group shot along Route B.

Route B lunch stop at Devil Backbone in Lexington.

964 IROC clone, 993 from Michigan and a local 911T.


Formula One

The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor racing event held annually on the Circuit de Monaco, in late May or early June. Wikipedia

First held: 1929

Laps: 78

Next dateSunday, May 29, 2022

Circuit length: 3.337 km (2.074 miles)

Most wins (constructors)McLaren (15)

Most wins (drivers)Ayrton Senna (6)

Click here for a Track Walk with a PCA member, Matt Curry. Be sure to turn on the sound.

The Old Days

Stuart Lewis-Evans unloading his Cooper 500 F3 from atop his Landy at the Crystal Palace Circuit, south London, 1953.

Hogan’s Corner

In memory of Carol’s Place!

Porsche Gone Bad




I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose , CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.