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Yippee – Business as Usual
Welcome back everyone. Since moving to Alert Level 1 from 8th June 2020, we have resumed Club activities and we are running regular events throughout the country. I note that all regions have full itineraries from now until Christmas, and it looks to be a struggle to squeeze in any new events!
Updated impact of COVID-19
on PCNZ The Club has fared well during this period. We managed to run the sixth and final round of the PCNZ Pirelli Porsche Race Series. Club membership has remained strong and we are on track to retain close to 800 members. I note some members chose to delay their renewals while we all waited to see how the impact of COVID-19 played out, and I now see most have since re-joined.
An interesting aspect of recent Club events (and possibly due to people not travelling abroad for their annual winter escape), is the record attendances to Club events throughout the country. We will take the win – thank you.
Financially we have experienced no great hardship to date and, as previously advised, will likely run a better than planned surplus for the 2020 year due to not running events typically subsidised (i.e. the combined AGM/ Awards Dinner at a hired venue). You will note in Spiel that there are more people profiles and car project stories due to a recent short-fall of events to report on and I think this has made for more interesting reading and believe the Spiel team plan to run more interest stories (if you have a project and Porsche story – feel free to contact us and share it).
PCNZ – Taupo Track Day – 12 & 13 June 2020
As the Alert Levels dropped, we managed to squeeze in the final round of the PCNZ Pirelli Porsche Race Series. It was a scary decision at the time as we were unsure as to the level of participation. These fears were misplaced with a strong grid of 17 race cars and about 35 Club members participating in their road cars. The one-day combined race and road car formats are proving to be very popular and we are planning more during the 2020 race season with Taupo (2x), Hampton Downs and possibly Pukekohe (TBC).
On the Race Series front, it was exciting to see future Boxster Class race cars present and being developed, and I am led to believe there will potentially be five Boxster entering the 2020 race season. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Brian McGovern (Motorsport Porsche Champion), Jim McKernan (Pirelli Porsche Club Champion), and Marin Vujcich(Pirelli Enduro Cup Champion) for their successes this season.
The Virtual AGM
This year’s AGM was a virtual meeting as at the time of planning we had no idea when public assemblies could continue. During the meeting, the National Committee nominated Andrew Anderson as a Life Member in recognition of his 14 years’ consistent Committee service, including two years as Club President. Andrew’s Life Membership pin will be presented at the SWOTY in Kaikoura, this September. As Club President, it was my honour to recognise Malcolm Thompson’s considerable services to the Club by awarding him a President’s Service Award pin.
I should note that the novelty of virtual AGM’s are now over, with next year planned to be a traditional meeting, in person.
Hat’s-off to the South Island Regional Committee
At the time of writing I am looking at the Facebook photos from the Levels Raceway Driver Training weekend (1st,2nd August), this follows a strong turnout at the Lake Hood Mid-winter Christmas and the newly formed ‘Coffee and Porsches’ monthly gatherings. Hat’s off to the South Island Regional Committee, you are doing great work. Moving Forward Northern Club members should have received their invitations to the Taupo Weekend with Driver Training or Social Lunch Run, and all Club members should be receiving their regional invitations to the annual Drive Your Porsche Day – 20 September 2020.
Stay safe everyone.
We are Porsche enthusiasts sharing and growing our passion.
Currently PCNZ has, as at August 2020, 758 members compared with August 2019 when the total was 734. This is great news to me as I believe the Club has a huge reserve of unrecognised and untapped ideas fermenting out there in our greatest resource. I am talking to YOU. The people who are Porsche enthusiasts.
The National and Social committees are wanting your new ideas and energy. There is a need to expand our thinking to cater for diverse interests of the passionate people. You are welcome to contribute ideas but better still why not contact us about being one of the committee members.
Thinking outside the box by the race enthusiasts has led to the development of the Boxster race cars. They saw a need to attract more speed junkies to the track at a lower entry cost. The numbers have already grown from one to fi ve cars being prepared for next season. The more the merrier. Chris Barendregt says “I think it is going to be great fun, both the racing and the great bunch of guys that will be racing in the class.” What would you like to do with a group of like-minded enthusiasts? There must be activities that are not on our events calendar that you believe can be organised.
Read the story of Steven Neville and be inspired by the spectrum of enthusiasms Steven poured energy into and enjoyed. Read about the intricate restoration process that is taking place on his 1954 Bent Screen 356 in Spiel 202 and 203. Contact any of the Committee members as your Club needs passionate and enthusiastic people.
There are more than 700 members so there will be many more tales to be told. Accept my challenge and please flood my inbox. email@example.com
Stay safe and be kind. Keep enjoying our favourite marque.
SPIEL 207 CONTENTS
|New Panamera Achieves Lap Record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife
|President’s AGM Report
By Paul Miller
|Exploring the Wilberforce
By Alexander Breig
|The First Lunch Run Since Lockdown
By Paul Van Bruggen VIEW GALLERY
|My Porsche Journey
By Shannon West
|Boxster Development Progress Report
By Cam McCormack
|Armstrong Prestige Porsche Taycan Turbo Evening By Dan Reeves|
|Dreaming of 911 ownership for 46 years
By Dave Umbers
Pirelli Porsche Race Series Winners
|Pirelli Porsche Round 6 Race Report
By Stuart Owers VIEW GALLERY READ REPORT
|Rennsport Group Taupo Trackday VIEW GALLERY|
|The Transition By Steve Wells|
|Ashley Powell Talks With Steven Neville
By Ashley Powell, Kate Michelle & Steven Neville
|Steering Wheel to Multifunctional Control Centre in just 20 Years By Oliver Hilger|
|Cool Running By Henrick Falkner|
|Mezger Tribute Fun Rally By Rodger Anderson|
|Central Region – ProTect Vehicle Protection Wellington Visit By Gavin Nauschutz|
|Waikato/BOP Region Drive
By Julie & Bruce Mackrell
|Moutere Inn Pub Lunch By Andrew Anderson|
|Top of the South Cod and Chips Run to the Trout Hotel By Andrew Anderson|
|Coffee and Cars at Riverland Roadhous
By Andrew Anderson
|PCNZ at Baypark Raceway 1986
Supplied by John Lee
|Lake Hood Southern Mid-Winter Lunch
By Richard Rutherford
|Leaving Lockdown A Touring Tale of the Top of The South By Deane Baunton|
|My First Porsche at 50 Going over to the Dark Side By Ian Harvey|
Committee MembersThe Club’s affairs are managed by a Committee of volunteers elected each year at our annual general meeting. As all Committee Members are volunteers email is our preferred method of communication. Private phone numbers are not listed on this website for privacy reasons. Members are welcome to contact the Committee - a Contact Directory is published in Spiel Magazine.
|Vice President||Ashley Powell|
|Spiel Editor||Peter Stewart|
|Club Administrator||Teresa Conway|