Blog – 7/12/2021

July 12, 2021

July 12

 The BRR Blogger


For those of you who knew Manuel Sowers, a long time member of our club; who contributed much to our region including his friendship and time serving as President and in Board roles; please read the following invitation from his wife Ann Sowers.

I am having a Celebration of Life  get together in honor of Manuel.  It is a drop in from 1:00 to 6:00 on Sunday the 18th.  There will be food and beverages.  It is at our home –959 Orchard Lake Drive Daleville, Va 24083.  I would love to have some Porsche people come as the club was a big part of our lives for many years.  If you have a special memory of Manuel there will be a time for sharing.  

Thank you 
Ann Sowers

I stopped to see our friend and longtime member, Dick Hatch, at Friendship last week.  I was just running errands in the area and jumped in for a few minutes to chat.   He is in good spirits but lonely.  I dropped off copies of our Blogger for his reading enjoyment.  

He wheeled his way out with me to the reception area when I was leaving.  Then a nurse came sailing down the corridor after him and grabbed a hold of the wheel chair.    She said he has been trying to escape!   

Stop by and say a quick hi!   He would appreciate it.   

He is at Friendship Health Rehabilitation South located at 5647 Starkey Road in Roanoke 24184.  The phone number is 540 777-8300.


BRR Cars and Coffee July 24th  RSVP Required

We have a second BRR Cars’Coffee set for 

               Old Oak Cafe

              410 Scruggs Rd

              Moneta VA 24121              

             July 24,2021              

               0930 hrs

An RSVP will be required by Noon Wednesday July 21

Board Meeting

Our next full Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2021 starting at 6:30pm.  The meeting will take place at Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders in Daleville.  The room reservation starts at 6:00 for those who want to come early to socialize and to patronize Bellacino’s in appreciation for the use of their room.

Please reply and indicate if you will be able to attend and include any topics you wish to add to the agenda.  As always, Chairs are requested to send Reid any reports for inclusion in the agenda.

Agenda thus far:

  • Business updates:  Prior Executive Board Minutes approval, Financials, Membership.
  • Cars N Coffee Updates
  • Tour Update
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration
  • Fun Run/Social/Charity Joint Event with First Settler’s Region
  • Blue Ridge Blogger update
  • Website and email hosting update
  • End of Year Party preplanning
  • Nominating Committee Volunteers
  • Candidates for fall Officer’s Elections

Members are always welcome.   Unvaccinated attendees are requested to wear masks and social distance.

Save The Dates

September 17-19 SML Charity Driving Tour, Lunch and Optional Dinner RSVP

Register Now before the event fills

The event is being planned jointly with the First Settlers Region.  Details are being refined but rumors are that it will include a driving tour (Fun Run) originating in SML, raising funds and/or food donations for a Franklin, Lunch and at least one dinner. More info will be posted as available.


Our hard working Social Chair is working on additional Cars N Coffee events.

 Fall 2021  

Plans are being developed for celebrating our 40th Anniversary this coming fall.

And Yes there may be more stuff coming.

Virginia Festival of the Wheel  September 3, 4, 5  

This looks interesting.   It is in the Charlottesville area.  

Festival of the Wheel Video

Rumor is that someone was invited to show his 1971 Maserati Ghibli.  I looked at the lineup of cars.   It is worth the drive up.

Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance November 7

Hogan’s Corner

The Templeton’s at Swinging Bridge(a few  years ago)

Dick Hatch arriving at Paint Bank
Bring a Trailer
I am not trying to sell stuff for Bring a Trailer but they have an awesome array of cars and I enjoy looking thru the lists and dreaming a bit.
My first love was not a Porsche, but a Jaguar.  This one caught my eye.

Jaguar XKSS
Someone mentioned to me the other day that they were looking for a Porsche 914.   I spotted this one on BAT, a 914-6 with the original engine.  

Porsche 914-6

Porsche 914-6

And if you are looking for an early 911 Turbo and like slant-noses and a cabriolet to boot, how about this one?


Ever considered a Singer, or even seen one for that matter?  Check this out.

Singer Porsche

Singer Porsche

Porsche’s Gone Bad
It was hard to turn this video off.  The sounds alone are worth a listen.

CRAZY Porsche 997 GT3 RGT at Rally Legend! – Jumps, Max Attack & LOUD Flat-6 Sound!