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The DIY Workshop
Written by Hank Menkes   


Summer has fully arrived and for concours enthusiasts, that means that our annual “Do It Yourself Concours Workshop” was again part of our concours agenda. Ray Catena Porsche generously agreed to host this event at their outstanding service facility in Edison, NJ on June 3rd. 

Despite erroneous reports on the local radio station that Route 1 was closed in both directions at the Route 287 exit as a result of an overturned tanker truck, over forty members showed up for this workshop ready and eager to learn the tips, techniques and secrets of proper Porsche car care from our celebrated team of concours experts. With our club’s emphasis on recruiting new members, it was encouraging to see a number of new faces interested in proper Porsche care.

Concours 2012: Welcome to the Club and Zone 1 Wrap Up
Written by Craig Ploetner   

Our first judged event of the season was held on May 5 at the Somerset Hills Learning Institute in Bedminster, New Jersey. SHLI was by far the best venue we ever had for an early season event. The facility was beautiful and possessed all the necessary attributes to create a blockbuster Concours event.

As with any Concours event, weather is always our biggest concern. The forecast was for a sunny day with temperatures in the low 70’s. In reality we had a foggy, misty day with temperatures hovering in the mid 50’s. Needless to say, we were all concerned about the level of participation with this type of weather. But as the 8:00am hour rolled around, the sound of flat 6’s filled the air as the faithful NNJR Concours enthusiasts began to enter the lot. By judging time, close to 30 cars filled the lot as their owners feverishly prepared for a perfect showing.

Fourteen of the total participants comprised the Novice class, which is a tremendous showing for new members. In the Early 911 class, we had two Novice competitors. In second place with his red 1984 911 was Alex Rubin and taking the first place position was Greg Huljack with his well prepared 1985 911 Targa. Greg managed to score 223.6 out of a possible 225 points. This is a stellar first showing and a car to keep an eye on throughout the season.

The Mid 911 class had five competitors. Greg Rahman made an excellent showing with his 2001 996, along with Marcio Razuk with his beautiful 1996 993. Placing third in the Novice Mid 911 class was Bruno Guarini with his stunning black 2004 996TT cab. In second place was Haresh Patel who brought his eye popping 2001 Ruf 911 RGT. Bringing home the first place trophy was Manny Irula’s 2001 996TT with a fantastic score of 223.1.

Three for Three Plus One (You Should Have Been There)
Written by Jeff McFadyen   

May 19 and 20 was the weekend of the 33rd annual PCA Zone 1 Concours and Rally. The format was reversed this year with the Concours on Saturday morning and the Rally on Sunday morning. This meant that you did not have to hurry back from the Rally and prepare your car for Sunday morning judging. It was not a big deal this year because the weather gods provided a weekend of spectacular weather. The base of the event was the Framingham, MA Sheraton right at exit 12 off the Mass Pike. We were hosted by the Northeast Region with Steve Ross as the event Chairman.

The event kicked off with a hospitality event Friday evening at the Sheraton where the out of towners were able to get together and discuss their latest Porsche thoughts and information.

The Concours site for Saturday morning was on the grounds of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA (about 20 miles from the hotel). The Museum is housed in a beautiful and huge Carriage House in a spectacular park setting. Car placement began at about 8:00am on the lawn in front of the museum. There were a total of about 75 cars entered and split evenly between judged classes and People’s choice Classes. Judging and People’s Choice voting started at about 10:30am. There were lots of spectators voting on the People’s Choice entrants. For the Judged classes, the standard Zone 1 300 point scoring system was used. Dan Deegan the Concours Chairman did an excellent job of organizing the Concours.

There were three Porsches entered by NNJR members: John and Donna Paterek brought Donna’s 62 white 356B Super 90 Cabriolet, Murray and Akemi Kane were there with their 92 Black 911 Turbo Coupe, and Margie and I showed “Lite N’ Sweet”, our 57 Sahara Beige 356A Outlaw Coupe.

Concours Rites of Spring
Written by Hank Menkes   

Even though March came in and went out like a lamb this year, it had the additional benefit of bringing with it the traditional NNJR Concours “Gathering of the Faithful” (GOTF) spring get-together on Sunday morning, March 25. The GOTF has been an NNJR custom for years and serves as the first official event to initiate the new concours season. No instruction or judging takes place; it is strictly a social occasion for the concours veterans and an opportunity to introduce new members to the excitement of concouring and properly addressing their Porsche’s appearance needs. This year was particularly special because, to keep things interesting, we benefitted from a fresh and exciting new venue.

John Vogt offered to host our members at High Marques in Morristown and host he did! John, along with Steven Hudacek, laid out a veritable gastronomic banquet for our taste buds along with a comparable feast for our eyes. For those of you not being familiar with High Marques, it is a well-known and respected retailer of premium pre-owned Porsches and other fine marques for over 20 years. John is a strong NNJR supporter and, coincidently, this year is also our NNJR rally chairperson.

Wet Sanding 101
Written by Craig Ploetner   

 I'm sure most of you have heard the term "wet sanding" or "color sanding." What do these terms mean and when and how should you use these procedures? Sometimes the only way to remove or lighten a heavy imperfection is by sanding the paint surface. This can be a fast and effective
way to remove a heavy scratch or scuff, if you are skilled and very careful. On the other hand, this method may lead to a trip to the spray booth if you are over zealous and not aware of when to stop.

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