Blog – 5/31/2021

May 31

Blue Ridge Blogger

MembersSo, over the past two weeks, we have presented a list of our longest term members, those with over 30 years of membership.  This week, I will present those with between 25 and 30 years of membership, mainly because I wanted to be on the list somewhere.  

  • George and Gabriele Patterson       2/1/1992
  • Ed Clowser                                     12/1/1992
  • Hal Kelley                                       12/1/1992
  • Greg and R Migliarese                     5/1/1993
  • Vincent D’Amelio                              6/1/1993
  • Peter and Trina Jarema                    6/1/1993
  • David and Barbara Smith                  8/1/1993
  • Peter and Margee Kauffman             9/1/1994
  • Mark and Jennifer Thompson          11/1/1995


Last week, I made a brief mention about the passing of Bill Repass.   It was not representative of Bill’s contributions to this club nor, among his many contributions, his love of motorsports and life itself.   Bill and Debbie moved down here from Northern Virginia some years ago.  They quickly got involved with the club.   Bill took over the Treasurer’s task and held it for years.  Bill was also Treasurer for the Antique Automobile Club of Roanoke, and served in many capacities with other local organizations.
Bill’s love, however, was road racing in his Porsche 944.   He traveled throughout the area to local racetracks for more than six years.   And when he hung up the spurs, you would see he and Debbie helping out in tech inspections and other activities around the racing circuits.  
Bill fought a long battle with Leukemia and succeeded to return to club and other activities.  Bill will be missed.
Your Next Porsche
In an unscheduled visit to Mark Heinzelman’s famed garage, I spotted his early 911 with the engine cover raised.  A peek inside showed his newly completed upgrades to his 2.7 RS type motor with an Electromotive crank fired ignition, and Racing Dynamics throttle body fuel injection that is controlled by a Megasquirt controller for fuel management.  He tells me that the suspension is built using Elephant racing suspension pieces and factory Bilstein shocks along with upgraded S type brakes.  His interior has Porsche sport seats.   Not bad!

Cars N Coffee – Blue Ridge Region
Top Secret Revealed by Gene Reed 
We have a BRR CarsnCoffee set for Saturday June 26 2021 at Blue Ridge Bagels , 19327 C Leesville Rd Lynchburg VA 24502 starting at 0930 hrs.

This event has seating capacity of 40. Therefore Gene is asking all attendees to RSVP directly to him at or the BRR/social address     

Gene expects this to fill up so, email him now!

Lynchburg Cars and Coffee

 Cars spotted at the Lynchburg CnC.   Should be another one on June 5th. 

 CLUB RACERS: June 18-20

 PCA Zone 2 is pleased to once again host its annual “Rumble at the Oak Tree” PCA Club Race at VIR June 18-20th on your favorite race track (VIR Full Course!).  Although some of you club racers may be already registered to race that weekend, there are some that have yet to register.  If you are a PCA Club Racer and wish to be a part of this exciting event please register very soon so we can firm up plans.  Registration is at Club Racing  

Advanced level HPDE 

Interested in some track time–three hours of non-stop, open-track format track time to be exact?  You must be an advanced DE driver.    Please register for the Zone 2 Advanced HPDE that directly follows the end of the last race at VIR on Sunday June 20th. We will host a three hour open track format, advanced (expanded passing with a point-by) DE from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM that day immediately following the last Enduro race.  Normal PCA DE rules apply.  Yes–you have to have a signed DE Tech Inspection Form when arriving and we will have an at the track Tech Inspection that day.  We will also have a Driver’s meeting.  Here is the good news:  1 Car with a Primary Driver–$150, secondary drivers sharing a car (Ideal for endurance racing teams)–$50, Club Race Volunteers with two or more days of volunteering–$50.  Club Racers that are registered in the Club Race–$50.   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. 

Virginia Festival of the Wheel  September 3, 4, 5  

This looks interesting.   It is in the Charlottesville area.  

Festival of the Wheel Video
Hogan’s Corner

Cass Railroad with Shenandoah Region, 2015.  



GPX Porsche Overcomes FFF to Win Paul Ricard 1000km

Matt Campbell, Earl Bamber and Mathieu Jaminet won the Paul Ricard 1000km for GPX Racing after a final-hour change of lead with the Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo that controlled most of the six-hour race.

Campbell executed a pair of overtakes on Marco Mapelli at the fast Signes right-hander to get the No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3 R ahead of the No. 63 Lamborghini that led the first five hours and 20 minutes of Saturday’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup round.

Bring a Trailer
Remember that Porsche Transaxle that came from the James Dean car?  
This four-speed manual transaxle is said to have been part of James Dean’s 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, from which it was separated at an unknown point following his deadly accident in September 1955. The transaxle was reportedly stored for several decades prior to acquisition from Massachusetts by its current owner in 2020. It is now fitted to a steel display stand with axles, axle tubes, drum brake assemblies, and a starter.

It went for $382,000!

And Of Course 
A Porsche Gone Bad

It ain’t a Porsche!


Be happy you are not in a Porsche

There are those who restore their cars and others that preserve their original cars.   Take a look at this 356!

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