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As I write this letter for the final Spiel of 2018, the weather has finally turned into summer after many wet days in the past two weeks. Amazingly, our annual Christmas Picnic and Concours event at Milford last Sunday hit the one fine day in weeks, with no rain whatsoever. Those of you who attended would have enjoyed a beautiful day with a great lineup of our theme car, the 964 model 911.
During the day we had a total of 12 cars with some only coming for a short time due to other commitments. The winner of the 2018 Club Concours, a beautiful 356 owned by Wayne Marmont was a well deserved winner and will go on to be part of our Ellerslie Concours Team for February 2019. Both the Concours prizes and the entry fee for the event were subsidised by European Motors Ltd. With over 180 adults and children attending, it was a great day out.
This Spiel will feature member’s experiences at the Rennsport Reunion VI, which ran from 27-30 September at Laguna Seca near Monterey, California. We had at least 34 Club members (and wives!) attend and it was a spectacular display of Porsche’s racing history right through to the latest models.
Highlights were the recreation of the iconic 935 plus the latest Speedster being unveiled by Porsche at the event. Also on display were the Exclusive 991 Turbo S and the last factory “Project Gold” 993 Turbo S which was later auctioned by Sotheby’s for US$3.415M, raising the seed capital for the Ferry Porsche Foundation which was established earlier this year to mark the “70 years of Porsche sports cars” celebrations. (The Foundation is dedicated to education, social issues and youth development.)
It is also the time when your Porsche Club annual subscription will need to be renewed and as part of this year’s renewal process, we are asking all Club members to add or update the details of what Porsches you own. The reason for this is that we want to make sure we are creating events to suit all members and we actually don’t know how many members own classic Porsches such as the 356, early 911, 924/928/944/968 transaxle cars, not to mention Porsche SUVs, Panameras and real exotics such as the 918.
One advantage for you is that it will store your chassis numbers in case you need that information for any reason. With this information we can create some model registers and start creating events that are tailored to the groups we identify within our membership. Long or faster drives don’t suit all 356 owners for instance, and not many events have specifically encouraged Cayenne and Macan owners to attend. It is optional of course, but we encourage you to add some details so that we can develop model registers and design better events for specific groups. Along with this, we are asking for a date of birth, (at least a month and year), as we now need to compile age group statistics for our Club.
The reason for this request is that we need to report our membership age statistics to Motorsport New Zealand. Finally, we are also encouraging more members to use the token option to pay for event registrations. By using your credit card to create a token you simplify your payment options and make it easier for the Club to process payments and also refunds to your account.
The card number and name (we do not need the CVC), are securely held by the bank and only processed by the Treasurer or Teresa in the Club office. I have personally used this system for years now without any issues. Contact Teresa by email (email@example.com) or telephone (09) 480 8911 if you wish to access this payment option in future.
In closing, on behalf of your National and Regional committees, may I wish you all a very happy and relaxing festive season, with Christmas and the New Year bringing you much happiness, good health and fulfilment. I also hope with the fine weather that is coming, you find many reasons to grab the keys and drive your Porsche over the holidays.
Thank you to all members who have provided the very cool essays and photos to make my task of editing Spiel easier and always interesting. I want to thank Ashley Powell and Richard Endean for their energy and language skills being used to review the content of each issue.
At this time of goodwill to all, I want us to remember our advertisers and supporters who sponsor Spiel and a number of the major Club events including the Pirelli Porsche racing. Please review the information below and I recommend that you use their products and services. Why not recommend these companies to your friends and thus help sustain the mutual benefit cycle.
Do you know of companies who might want become advertisers and supporters? Please let me know.
I have enjoyed 2018 with the great variety of events and activities that have extended from driving up the Leadfoot hill climb to watching the spectacle of our Porsche race cars as well as drives into the countryside to discover excellent eating places with good company.
Drive safely and enjoy your Porsche in the New Zealand summer (especially with the roof down).
SPIEL 199 CONTENTS
|It all started with a Picture By Don Harrison
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|356S and Early Race Cars Seen at Rennsport
Photos By Paul Miller
|Porsche Pop Art By Holly Hardy|
|Andrew Higgins on the Podium again at Rennsport
By Rodger Anderson
|Rennsport Experience By Andrew Anderson|
|Motorscience Tech Night By Peter Stewart|
|Targa Tour – My Story By Thomas Norris
|Race 4 Life And South Island Targa By Helen Day|
|Northern Picnic & Club Concours By Paul Miller
|2018 PCNZ Concours Results By Ash Powell|
|An Interview with Lola By Ash Powell|
|Ron’s Run to Boom Rock By Larry Ogden|
|Garage Crawl By Paul Miller|
|Drive to the Bridal Veil Falls – Raglan
By Julie And Bruce Mackrell
|Central Region Gokart By Gavin Nauschutz|
|Porsche Goes Italian! By Helen Day|
|Exclusive Early Preview – Born Racer
By Dan Reeves
|A Cruisy, Cheesey Waikato Run
By Lynette Maddocks
|A Winning Formula No 1 Estate
By Andrew Anderson
|Paul’s Packhouse Pursuit and BBQ
By Andrew Anderson
|Rodders Breakfast & Southward Museum
By Gavin Nauschutz
|The Porsche Design Chronograph
By Michael Dewsnip
|2018/19 Pirelli Porsche New Zealand Championship
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|Vice President||Paul Miller|
|Spiel Editor||Peter Stewart|
|Club Administrator||Teresa Conway|