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Written by Ken Casterline   
Friday, 05 April 2013 12:00


!!!!! Check out the NNJR-PCA Clothing at the PCA Web Store!!!!!

Attention NNJR DE participants!!!! Announcing "The NNJR DE Trifecta", incentive program for our long distance events. If you sign up for and attend (Mid Ohio, Mosport and VIR, you get special pricing which is 1st event full price, Second event $50 off, Third event $100 off. This applies to all participants including Instructors. See you at the track....

NNJR Event Calendar 2015 Latest Updated Rev. 3/23/15

1 Wed Board of Governors meeting Brick Academy, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:30pm
8-9 Wed-ThurDriver Ed Lime Rock Lime Rock, CT
12 Sun Concours WS Paterek Bros, Chatham, NJ 1-4pm
13 Mon Tech Lightning/Thunderbolt Tech Precision Motorsports Racing, Long Valley, NJ 6-8pm
15 Wed Monthly Meeting ??New Member (By invitation only) + Tech Panel The Villa, Mountain Lakes, NJ 8pm
18 Sat AX ??? Tentative Date MetLife Stadium, Lot L 8am
18 Sat Swap Meet Hershey Swap Meet Hershey, PA
19 Sun AX ??? Tentative Date MetLife Stadium, Lot J 8am
24 Fri Closing date for June issue of Porscheforus
24-25 Fri-Sat PCA Race Lime Rock, CT
27-28 Mon-Tue Driver Ed Advanced Lightning/Thunderbolt (URG) Millville, NJ

2 Sat Concours/Rally New Member Welcome to the Club Summerset Hills learning Institute, Basking Ridge, NJ 8am
3 Sun CCC Car Control Clinic (Registration Required) Met Life Stadium, Lot J, Meadowlands, NJ 8am
4 Mon Tech MidOhio Tech Paul Miller Porsche, Parsippany, NJ 6-8pm
7 Thu Board of Governors meeting Brick Academy, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:30pm
9 Sat AX ??? Tentative Date-Check Website for latest update MetLife Stadium, Lot J 8am
8-9 Fri-Sat PCA Race Monticello, NY
10 Sun Mother's day Listed for information only
13 Wed Monthly Meeting Topic TBD Last year David Donohue The Villa, Mountain Lakes, NJ 8pm
15-17 Fri-Sun Driver Ed Mid-Ohio Driver Ed Lexington, OH
15-17 Fri-Sun Zone 1 Registration/Concours/Rally Woodcliff Lake Hilton, NJ 6-8pm
24 Sun Closing date for July issue of Porscheforus
26 Tue Tech Thunderbolt/Zone 1 WG Tech Powertech, Rockaway, NJ 6-8pm
29-31 Fri-Sun Zone 1 Race Zone 1 Clash at the Glen PCA Club Race Watkins Glen, NY

3 Wed Board of Governors meeting Brick Academy, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:30pm
5-6 Fri-Sat Driver Ed Thunderbolt Driver Ed Millville, NJ

5-7 Fri-Sun Zone 1 DE Zone 1 48 Hours Watkins Glen, NY
10 Wed Monthly Meeting Cruise Night - BBQ & New Member Brookrace Party Pavilion, Pleasant Valley Lake, Mendham, NJ 6:30-9:00pm
14 Sun Concours Complete Detailing Work Shop All In The Details, Morristown, NJ 12-4pm
15 Mon Tech Pocono Tech Paul Miller Porsche, Parsippany, NJ 6-8pm
17 Wed Monthly Meeting Cruise Night-BBQ-RAIN DATE from June 11 Brookrace Party Pavilion, Pleasant Valley Lake, Mendham, NJ 6:30-9:00pm

19-21 Fri-Sun Club Race Sunnit Point, VA
20 Sat AX or AX School ???Tentative Date-Check Website for latest update MetLife, Lot L 8am
21-28 Sun-Sun Parade Porsche Parade French Lick, IN
21 Sun Father's Day Listed for information only
24 Wed Closing date for August issue of Porscheforus
26 Fri Driver Ed Pocono Ladies Day & URG Pocono, PA

27-28 Sat-Sun Driver Ed Pocono All Pocono, PA

2 Thu Board of Governors meeting Brick Academy, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:30pm
6 Mon Tech Mosport (Canadian Tire) Tech Town Porsche, Englewood, NJ 6-8pm
8 Wed Monthly Meeting Pinewood Derby The Villa, Mountain Lakes, NJ 6:30pm
10-12 Fri-Sat PCA Race Putnam Park IN

12 Sun AX Autocross Met Life Stadium, Lot J, Meadowlands, NJ 8am
17-19 Fri-Sun Driver Ed Mosport (Canadian Tire) Driver Ed Bowmanville, Ontario
20 Mon Tech Watkins Glen I Tech Powertech, Rockaway, NJ 6-8pm
24 Fri Closing date for September issue of Porscheforus
25 Sat Concours & Family Social Picnic ???? Location TBD
26 Sun Rally High Marques Rally High Marques, Morristown, NJ 11am
31 Fri Driver Ed Watkins Glen I-Short Track Watkins Glen, NY

1-2 Fri-Sun Driver Ed Watkins Glen I-Short Track Watkins Glen, NY
6 Thu Board of Governors meeting Brick Academy, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:30pm
7-9 Fri-Sat PCA Race Mosport (Canadian Tire), Bowmanville, CA

Tracking Out February 2013
Written by Drew Karpinski   
Friday, 05 April 2013 01:50
alt Winter had taken a short break last weekend it seemed with temperatures in the high forties for a change. Okay, so it wasn’t the balmy 50 to 60 degree weather that we saw most of last winter, but it was warm enough to wash off the car without it immediately becoming a big blue-green popsicle. The suds washed off remnants of Watkins Glen and New Jersey Motorsports Park, squashed bugs and small black streaks of Hoosiers from days gone by. When the car was finally dry, I carefully covered the 964 and secured it for the rest of the winter. I had a pretty robust driving season in 2012, at least by my standards. I visited NJMP three times, Watkins Glen twice, Pocono and Lime Rock once each, and even took the long journey into Canada for my first track days at Mosport. In between all of that, I jumped back into my 911SC and competed at nearly every NNJR autocross event (old habits die hard, I guess). There were four sets of tires, two sets of brake pads, two alignments and several hundred gallons of gas. Every event was memorable in its own way, but the total schedule had a way of wearing me out. Too much of a good thing, maybe? I remember a professor using a pizza analogy to explain the law of diminishing returns: The first slice tastes great. The second is pretty good, too, but once past your third, the marginal level of enjoyment plateaus. It does not mean that you don’t like pizza anymore - it just means that you are full. Time for the off-season. Ahh, the off-season. I know many people spend the off-season dreaming of the next season. Some do not end their seasons at all, and instead take off for the warmth of the southern climates. PBOC’s Winterfest event at Sebring is a popular spot in January for many of our drivers. For me, though, I look forward to the off-season. I like the break from traveling, from changing tires, and yes, even from my Porsches.
VIR 2012 in the Shadow of Hurricane Sandy
Written by Thomas & Nick Bravante   
Friday, 05 April 2013 01:20
alt My trip to VIR started out with a bad feeling. As we all know on Monday, October 29, an unprecedented storm hit New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy left me with no power at home, no power at my office and wondering if the family house at the Jersey Shore was still in existence. I had to leave my wife Robin home alone with only a generator, gas and some operating instructions (of which I tried to make as easy to understand as possible). She knew my son Nick and I had planned to go to Virginia for quite some time and she did not want us to miss the trip. I put our ’86 Martini-themed 911 on the trailer, packed up some tools, clothes and a couple of beers and got on the road to pick up Nick at college in Maryland. I had to maneuver countless detours to get to the highway due to fallen trees in my home town. On my way I noticed a mile long line waiting for gas. I thought for a second that I should turn around and call the trip off. I felt guilty that I was taking off for a fun weekend with my son in Virginia while my wife, friends and coworkers suffered in the cold with no power, heat or news. Seeing my little white Porsche smiling at me in my rearview mirror somehow made that thought drift away and I continued down the road to Maryland. I arrived at Nick’s school at around 1:30pm. I forgot that the night before was Halloween and it seemed that my son was moving a little… slow. I guess the storm did not impact the daily antics of a college student much.
Implements of Mass Beautification
Written by Hank Menkes   
Friday, 05 April 2013 01:04


Now that the holiday season is past and Porsche enthusiast’s thoughts are turning to warm weather activities, it is time to once again consider the proper way to care for and clean your prized vehicle. At past concours workshops Craig and I, as well as our guest presenters, talked much about preferred products and the proper methods of application. The best products and intentions, however, can go awry without the proper tools to apply and remove those products. This article will highlight some of those critical and labor-saving tools used in each step of general cleaning or prepping for a concours event. The first step in the general cleaning and prepping process is usually washing the vehicle. Unless you intentionally want to punish your Porsche for misbehaving over the winter by taking it to an automatic car wash, most enthusiasts prefer to hand wash their beloved ride. In addition to clean water, preferably demineralized or softened, and a quality car wash detergent; some type of bucket and washing implements are also required. Now what can be so complicated about a simple bucket and a sponge, you might ask? Not much when it comes to the bucket, as long as it is a clean bucket that has not been previously used to haul dirt and rocks from the garden.

How I Became A (Porsche) Auto Sports Enthusiast
Written by Akemi Kane   
Friday, 05 April 2013 01:25


Before joining the club in 2001, I was anything but an auto sports enthusiast. If you asked me what an autocross or rally was I probably would have stared back at you with a blank look on my face. I could drive a car with a manual transmission and truly enjoyed taking our 92 911 Turbo out for a nice drive in the country, but that was the extent of my automotive interests. So when we joined NNJR I had no idea of how our membership in the club was so totally going to change my perspective on auto sports, as well how I would be spending time on many of my weekends in the future. Our first event with the club was in 2001 and it was a social the club held at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome - great air show and great group of people. I remember meeting Sue Smith whom we would later come to learn was a PCA DE legend with her orange 914. I also remember Marlys Thovson greeting us with a big smile when we walked into our first meeting in October of that year. Not only that, but she already knew our names. At that meeting we were introduced to what the club was all about and our eyes started to open to the many activities that were available to us.

A personal note of thanks to NNJR
Written by Marlys Thovsen   
Friday, 05 April 2013 01:11


A personal note of thanks to NNJR and all its current and past members – “Our Family!” It is with warmth and humility that I accepted the honor of Life Membership in NNJR/PCA at our annual Holiday Party in December. Dennis and I have been members of NNJR and PCA since 1966 and have always held hands, literally and figuratively, in whatever task we took on for NNJR and PCA. Let me share with you some of the highlights of our journey as members of NNJR/PCA. Dennis served as NNJR President in the late 60’s and early 70’s. NNJR had about 100 members at that time. I was elected Secretary of NNJR in 1973 and took on responsibility for NNJR Membership in 1974. We both enjoyed Autocross and DE events – Dennis in his 1967 911S and me in my yellow 1973 914 2.0 “Tweety.” During this period, Dennis was busy building Autocross timers and developing a database on an early microcomputer to help me keep up with the rapid growth in NNJR membership. He was elected Treasurer of National PCA in the early 80’s and managed the conversion of the National PCA membership record keeping from paper and a huge old Addressograph machine to an IBM System 36 computer. He spent many a weekend in Washington DC at the PCA Executive Office. Dennis went on to become President of PCA in the late 80’s. At the annual Holiday Party in 1991, Dennis was awarded Honorary Life Membership in NNJR/PCA for his many years of dedicated service to NNJR and PCA. So we fast-forward another 21 years and Marlys Thovson was awarded Life Membership in NNJR/PCA joining Dennis in that special honor. NNJR has been blessed with good leadership and has grown from the 100 members when we joined to over 2200. I have had the honor to serve that leadership as Secretary for 40 years, sharing in both NNJR’s triumphs and challenges. I will continue to serve NNJR as Membership chair (with Dennis’s help) and we will continue to enjoy the many friends we have made and will make as “our family” grows.


(Copy Editors note, thank you Marlys for what you have done and will continue to do for our club.)

Tracking Out January 2013
Written by Drew Karpinski   
Monday, 25 March 2013 00:00
alt Anyone else a late night TV fan? I have been a fan of staying up late since college. The shows I watch have changed over time. There was a time where David Letterman was cool and Jay Leno’s schtick was just hokey. I would stay with Letterman until 12:30, when I would hit the clicker to watch Conan O’Brien. It was a peaceful place in the universe until the high stakes game of late show musical chairs began between Leno and Conan. Leno was to retire and Conan would be taking over as the show’s new host. I don’t know what it was, but Conan just didn’t do that well in the earlier Tonight Show slot. Maybe it was because almost all of what made him funny - the driving desk, Triumph The Insult Comedy Dog, the bear, Max Weinberg, Abe Vigoda...they all seemed to be left in another time zone of late, late night. Leno’s return was almost merciful, with a tinge of “I told you so, rookie.” The unexpected fruit of the shuffle was Jimmy Fallon’s 12:30 show, which had taken over in Conan’s old spot. I always liked Fallon while he was on SNL, but I thought having a show built entirely around him, five nights a week, was a little too much. I gotta give him credit, though. He has built himself a pretty good gig, with a killer house band in The Roots, and a steady stream of recurring characters and comedy bits. One of the best has to be his “Thank You” notes segment that he runs on Friday nights. Right after his opening stand-up, he returns to his desk and meanders aloud through a list of thank you notes, set to a wistful (yet comedic) melody from the pianist. Watching the other night, it got me thinking about how many people I need to thank as the 2012 driver education season comes to a close. The list is long, so here it goes, in no particular order:
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