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President’s Report

Welcome 2020! Since mid-January, Club members have been participating in events most weekends, includingthe PCNZ Pirelli Race Series, the South Island Endurance Series and the Skope Classic. 

Leadfoot 2020 was used as the New Zealand launch of the Porsche Taycan with the support of EML and factory ambassadors Mark Webber and Earl Bamber. Social events to date have included picnics and lunch runs to vineyards, South Island region social weekends, and displaying our cars at the Ellerslie Concours and the Brit & Euro Car Show.

During the summer holidays we finalised a significant sponsorship deal with Star Insurance, giving the Club new funds to invest in special projects and events. Our first project is to provide a more professional driver training experience to our members. The Club is looking to purchase new helmets and in-car radio comm’s to enable instructors to better communicate with drivers and we are also planning to change the northern driver training day format this year and merge it with a Pirelli race weekend (still a work in progress and more details to come).

Welcome Star Insurance as new PCNZ Sponsor: PCNZ have recently secured a financially significant three year sponsorship deal with Star Insurance Specialists. Star will be regular advertisers in Spiel and have sponsorship rights to our Driver Training and Track Days as well as sponsoring our Club membership cards - expect to see a totally revamped Club card. I should note that the managing director of Star Insurance, John Baker, is a long-time PCNZ Club member and keen Porsche enthusiast. Many Club members who undertake regular track days will be existing clients and are well aware of the value to owners as to how Star Insurance can extend their insurance policies to include vehicle use on tracks and closed circuits. John Baker and his team will provide technical articles on insurance and have offered to present info evenings on car insurance. PS. You may have previously heard of Prestigio Insurance; Prestigio is a brand of Star Insurance Specialists.

The Joy of helping People become new Porsche Owners: One of the most enjoyable aspects of Porsche ownership is sharing the passion, helping other people realise the dream of Porsche ownership and actively getting them involved as PCNZ members. A few recent examples that illustrate this include Nigel Shanks, who contacted the Club wanting to find an 80’s era 911. As an 80’s kid myself I could appreciate his desire and was recently able to help him find a beautiful 964 C2, so it was great to see Nigel immediately join the Club and participate in events. I was also recently able to convert friends (Steve and Marsha Hill) from the “Modena dark side” with their first of what I am sure will be many Porsches.

Taupo – combined Pirelli Race Series and RSG Track Day: The opportunity for a combined race series / track day fell into place at Taupo this year with a last-minute invitation for RSG members to participate at the January race weekend. To my mind (as a time poor person) the format is perfect with qualifying and racing held all on one day. There were only three groups of cars, PCNZ Pirelli Series, RSG track day cars, and one other class of race cars. I was greedy and entered in both the Race Series in my 944 and the RSG group in my 997 GTS and got more track time than I could cope with. It was fantastic to have so many Porsches on track, around 40 in total. The best part of the weekend was the general socialising with so many Club members including thegroup dinners on Friday and Saturday with over 50 PCNZ people present. I think all those who attended thought this format is the way forward for both the PCNZ Race Series and PCNZ organised road car track days. The goal of the Race Committee is to organise more combined days in the 2020-21 race calendar. 

Southern Region Social Weekend: I was privileged to participate in the Southern region summer weekend (SWOTS) based in Cromwell. The roads and scenery around Lake Tekapo and Cromwell are simply stunning, and I never really need much of an excuse to take up the opportunity to drive in this region. I wish to give special thanks to Brian Choate (996TT rocket ship) and Alex Charles (73 911 RS outlaw) for letting me share your company and drive your cars.

There are some great stories from the weekend, like April and Grant Meredith borrowing Hannah and Martin’s 1970 2.2S 911, (Kermit) and breaking down in the middle of nowhere, and the infamous You Tube video of a Cayman? It was an action-packed weekend with the Club heading to Highlands for track experience laps, to Cardrona Hotel for lunch and back to Highlands to visit kiwi international works rally driver, Haden Padden and his workshop. 

Some fantastic photos and a more detailed report from SWOTS will take centre stage in the next Spiel. 

Finally, congratulations to Graeme Lindsay for being awarded this year, the Oli Newbegin Trophy for being the Southern region’s most supportive member. Well-deserved mate!

Kind regards
Paul Miller

 

 

Editorial

Peter Stewart

What are you doing? What have you done? I and the PCNZ membership want to learn the details from you. 

Are you making progress with your Porsche project? Have you just taken the wheels off to clean them, the doors apart to remove rust in the sills or is the body back to the bare metal? I am sure that you have taken photos and written lists of parts and that you have an outline of the steps needed to complete the tasks ahead. Why not join it all together and tell me the story of the restoration of favourite Porsche.

 Are you doing the job? You will be building on your current technical knowledge and very basic skills. Do you have a skilled team working for you? This is a good way of saying thanks to your those who are making your Porsche beautiful again.

Did the engine just need a change of fluids or did you count the number of parts now on your workbench? The internals and the moving parts of our favourite marque are fascinating to many of us. How each part is connected and how the working order is vital to the smooth drive we all saviour whether on the road or the track. 

Do you want to go faster on the track or want to win a hill climb or a Targa? Were there factory options available that satisfied your thirst? Do not forget that the Porsche factory has a massive library and parts bin storing their 70 years of experience. What tools were used and where did you find the expert advice. 

Did it all work during the first test or did something break? How many times did you test and what lessons were learned? All this is invaluable knowledge that we can all learn from. You will naturally be careful with intellectual property. 

Did you design the upgrade or was the interior always perfect but you could not resist tinkering? Why not tell us what and why you undertook the process. Why not share your good news and also tell of the pitfalls and mistakes that befallen your project?

There are many Porsche experts in New Zealand and I am keen to support and develop the best, especially those that support and advertise in Spiel. Please note our new and long term sponsors and advertisers as you read Spiel 205 and remember to contact them for parts and service.

In summary I am asking for your stories and adventures to be told. Please make contact with me to answer your questions and discuss your project and assist with your essay.

Keep on driving and enjoying our favourite marque. 

 

SPIEL 205 CONTENTS

Taycan Sneak Peek at Leadfoot  
By Stefanie McCullam  VIEW GALLERY
Recent 356 Sightings
LJ911  By Racing Ray Williams
Scope Classic 2020  By James Hopman  VIEW GALLERY
Jim & Amanda Hatfield Visitors  By Paul Miller
How a PCNZ Member Distrupted the Insuarance Market 
Rennsport Gruppe Enjoy Taupo 
By Nigel Caigou  VIEW GALLERY
Porsche Road Trip - USA  
By Paul Alexander & Channon Ross
The 1986 911 Carrera "Black Magic"
By John Hatfield
Wenderholm Northern Picnic
By Paul Miller  VIEW GALLERY
Intermarque Concours d'Elegance   By Ash Powell
Brit & Euro Car Show   By Anil Sharma
Central Region Christmas Lunch 
By Gavin Nauschutz
Drive to Fiddlers Green   By Graema Lindsay
First Drive of the Twenties   By Andrew Anderson
Paint Protection  By Mark Dundas-Heppleston
Pirelli Porsche  Championship
Taupo Round 3

By Stuart Owers   READ MORE
Pirelli Porsche  Championship
Hampton Downs Round 4

By Stuart Owers   READ MORE
Pirelli Porsche  Championship
Manfeild Round 5

By Stuart Owers   READ MORE

 

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.

President Paul Miller
Vice President Ashley Powell
Treasurer Michelle Neville
Secretary Malcolm Thompson
Spiel Editor Peter Stewart
Club Administrator Teresa Conway
Committee Andrew Anderson
Committee Tim Boys
Committee Roger Carter
Committee Steff Chambers
Committee Chris Fleury
Committee Grant Nauschutz
Committee Michael Neville
Committee Dan Reeves
Committee Andrew Ryan
Committee Teresa Conway

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