11.21.2005 : PCA Treffen 2006 Details Posted
Details for Treffen 2006 trips are posted at Treffen 2006
11.07.2005 : PCA Paddock Set for Daytona Rolex 24
PCA Paddock at Daytona
2006 Rolex 24 – January 27, 28 & 29, 2006
We have finalized the preparation for the PCA Paddock at Daytona for 2006. We have an agreement with the Daytona International Speedway for a rental space in the same location as in 2005 with a parking area next to the in-field track and will include a hospitality/membership tent. The tent will again be a 20’ x 40’ with side curtains and we will have tables, chairs and a monitor television set to follow the race.
We will have security around the clock from noon on Friday, January 27th to noon on Sunday, January 29th. The Speedway has been very cooperative and they will again rope off the parking area perimeter prior to our arrival on Friday.
The Regions will be providing soft drinks and snacks in the hospitality/membership tent during the weekend. We will need to have the standard PCA waiver signed at the entrance to the parking area due to insurance considerations. Parking and attendance for our Paddock will be free to PCA members and non-members, however, parking is for Porsches only on a “first come, first served basis.”
New and exciting for this year is a "special deal" just for PCA members from the producers of the Milestones Club Day. During Friday of the Rolex 24 weekend, the Autoweek Milestone Club Day invites participants to park in the Milestone corral with many other exotic automobiles, enjoy a light breakfast in the Milestone tent and listen to a presentation about driving the road course. Noon will find the participants staging behind a pace car for two parade laps of the Daytona Speedway. Afterwards they will return to the corral and tent for lunch, an address from the Grand Marshal and a Q & A / autograph session. The cost for this event is $77 for the participants but for this year only PCA members who purchase a weekend "superticket" can enjoy this all inclusive event for only $55, a 28% discount. You must reserve and purchase the "superticket" from Daytona prior to the Rolex 24. If you are interested in the Autoweek Milestone Club Day event for 2006 please send me a letter or e-mail with your name, address and PCA membership number and you will be added to the special PCA list. Remember that you must be a PCA member and have a "superticket" to enjoy the 28% discount. If you are attending the Rolex 24 just on Friday you may still participate in the Autoweek Milestone Club Day but you will not receive the discount and you will have to pay full price.
The typical superticket for the weekend will be around $ 75.00 for the Rolex 24. Please verify this with the Daytona International Speedway web site. This provides entrance to the infield, the garage area, etc., and covers the parking fee for the infield for the four day weekend. There are lower cost admission tickets available on a daily basis. General ticket information can be obtained from the Speedway at 386-253-7223 or www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
We will have many folks in attendance from throughout the U.S. and abroad and I hope that we will repeat the success of 2005. Please contact me with any questions.
Bob Barren, Zone 12 Rep
1691 Rivergate Trail
10.13.2005 : PCA To Stop Production Of Up Fixin’
Due to strongly reduced member demand for Up Fixin’, the club will stop producing new volumes of the books which contain the technical material which has appeared in Panorama over the years.
Additionally, we will make available to interested members, regions and zones for shipping and handling costs only, complete sets of the manuals until supplies are exhausted, or until January 31, 2006, whichever occurs first (approximately 900 sets). Subsequent to that date, any remaining inventory will be disposed of.
Members wishing to pick up a set at the National Office may avoid the shipping charges (please give several days notice). Distribution will be restricted to one set per member to facilitate the widest distribution of remaining volumes to our members.
Contact the PCA office
to order a set. Once the sets have been spoken for, there are also single copies available of most volumes other than volume 6 - no restrictions on numbers requested. Shipping and handling is $25/US, $35 Canadian, $50 International -- must be paid in advance by check or credit card.
A number of sets of the manuals will be retained for historical purposes.
10.03.2005 : Winner of Club Coupe Chosen
Clif Rosenberry, a member of Metro New York Region PCA and resident of White Plains, New York, is the excited recipient of the Azurro California blue 911 Club Coupe presented by Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America in a sweepstakes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America. A PCA member since 1999, Rosenberry turned the key that started the 911 Club Coupe in a ceremony at the Petit Le Mans Porscheplatz at Road Atlanta on October 1. His first Porsche was a 1969 911T, which he bought in 1989. A 1999 Boxster followed, subsequently replaced by a 2003 version of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster. Rosenberry will return to the 911 fold when he claims his prize in about three months. Only 50 of the limited edition 911 Club Coupes will be produced.
07.27.2005 : Porsche® Will Build Forth Model Line: Porsche Panamera®
Atlanta, July 27, 2005 -- The Supervisory Board and the Board of Management of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, gave their approval today for the development and production of another Porsche model line. To be called Panamera, the new car will be a premium-class sports coupe with four seats, four doors, and a choice of front-mounted engines driving the rear wheels.
Scheduled to enter the market in 2009, the Panamera will be the fourth model line from the Stuttgart carmaker following the 911®, the Boxster® and the Cayenne®. The new car’s name is derived from the legendary Carrera Pan¬americana long-distance race.
Production of the Panamera is to be in Leipzig, where Porsche already builds the Cayenne SUV and the Carrera GT® supercar. The final decision will require further detailed talks between the Board of Management of Porsche AG and the Management of Porsche Leipzig GmbH with representatives of the employees. Porsche's total in¬vestment in the new model line, including development, will be more than Euro 1 billion and will come entirely from the company’s own funds. Expected sales are at least 20,000 units a year.
"The Panamera is a perfect fit for Porsche,” said Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, the President and CEO of Porsche AG. “It has all the typical DNA charac¬teristic of a ge¬nuine sports car. In terms of performance, design, and driving dynamics, it meets Porsche's high standards in every respect. Through this sports coupe we are making our customers a highly attractive offer in the top performance segment."
Porsche will develop and build the Panamera using the com¬pany's own resources. "We will be developing a separate platform for our fourth model line at our Weissach R&D center,” said Wiedeking. “There are no plans for a joint venture with another car maker, but to ensure the profitability of this new model line we will cooperate more closely than so far with selected system suppliers."
Production of the Panamera in Leipzig would po¬ten¬tially create some 600 new jobs there. In the course of the project, approximately 400 more new jobs will be created at Porsche's original plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, where the engines for the fourth model line will be built, and at the Weissach Development Center.
Like the 911, the Boxster and the Cay¬enne, the Panamera will bear the "Made in Germany" stamp of quality. Domestic share of the Panamera’s overall assembled value will be approximately 70 percent.
05.16.2005 : PCA Merchandise Now Available From Mid-America Motorworks
Check out the latest in PCA and Club Racing apparel and accessories offered by our new merchandise partner, Mid-America Motorworks. Items range from key chains to jackets. You can find all the Mid-America items by going ot the catalog page on pca.org and then clicking on the Mid-America logo.
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03.17.2005 : PCA News now available via RSS feed
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02.16.2005 : IMSA Announces GT3 Cup Challenge Series
Braselton, GA - The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today, in conjunction with Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA) and Michelin, the creation of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Michelin, a series designed for Porsche GT3 Cup race cars.
The series will allow amateur and semi-professional drivers, those who do not make their living in motorsports, to compete in a professional environment, similar to many other GT3 Cup series around the world and will run as part of the American Le Mans Series weekends.
"IMSA is delighted to announce the formation of the GT3 Cup series," said Tim Mayer, IMSA COO. "As an organization we are dedicated to the promotion of motorsports at all levels and the GT3 Cup has proven worldwide to create great racing for the fans and for the competitors."
As part of the announcement IMSA announced that Michelin has agreed to be the title sponsor of the series. Michelin will be providing the spec tire for all competitors.
"As part of our racing heritage Michelin is proud to be a part of the first GT3 Cup Challenge in North America," said Amanda Head, Michelin Motorsports Marketing Manager. "Michelin is associated with the GT3 Cup worldwide as part of our commitment to high-performance tires. The tires used in the series reflect the quality street car tires that we are pleased to offer our customers."
The purpose-built race cars, based on the Porsche 996 body style, will have sealed engines and transmissions, providing for close racing where the driver's talents are exemplified. PMNA will provide technical support for the series with personnel, parts and expertise both away from and at the track.
"There are over 100 of these cars already in North America," said Uwe Brettel, Porsche Motorsports North America President. "Last April, during Porsche's Rennsport Reunion at Daytona, we had more than 65 cars entered in the Cup class, and we think a lot of these competitors will be interested in running this new series."
"We are thrilled to be working with Michelin and PMNA to bring this type of exciting racing to North America," said Mayer. "With support from manufacturers like Michelin and Porsche we are able to deliver professional racing to all competitors. I would also like to thank the Porsche Club of America and the Porsche Owners Club which have been very supportive as we launch this series."
The 2005 series schedule includes races at the Grand Prix of Atlanta, Apr. 15-17; American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, May 20-22; Portland International Raceway, July 29-31 and two other races, one on the east coast and one on the west coast, to be determined at a later date.
02.08.2005 : Porsche to Build New Museum
ATLANTA, February 8, 2005 --- Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, today announced details of the new Porsche museum in Zuffenhausen, a suburb of Stuttgart where the company has been based for more than 50 years. Intended to replace the current museum housed in a small building in the factory compound, design of the 50-million-Euro project, to be located adjacent to the factory on the main thoroughfare in the city, was awarded to Delugan Meissl architects of Vienna, Austria.
A total of 170 European architectural firms bid on the project, and Porsche chose Delugan Meissl from among ten finalists. When completed, Porsche expects the number of museum and factory visitors to increase from 80,000 per year to more than 200,000. While the current museum can house only 20 cars, the new one at “Porscheplatz” will display more than 80. Construction will begin later this year and is schedule for completion in 2007.
The main exhibition area will represent Porsche chronologically and give a post-1948 product history. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience various ‘theme islands’ including: Targa Florio, The 917 Era, Le Mans and Evolution 911. The first floor will also house the Porsche archive, the workshop used to restore historic vehicles, a display called “Experiencing the Porsche Cosmos,” and a chronology of Porsche history prior to 1948, showcasing the designs of Ferdinand Porsche, who worked as an engineer for a variety of companies and created celebrated cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SSK, Auto Union Grand Prix race car and the original Volkswagen.
Amenities will include a Porsche shop, a visitor’s restaurant, a coffee bar and an exclusive restaurant with a large roof terrace. An adjacent parking facility will have a 300-car capacity, which will allow outside groups to use the museum for events.
“This design is innovative, modern and challenging,” said Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, Porsche AG Chairman and CEO. “This new development will highlight our parent plant in Zuffhausen, extending our reach far beyond the borders of Stuttgart.”
The new Porsche museum will appear detached, forming a monolithic body that appears to hover above the ground and the first floor level. The building will contain an exhibition area of approximately 5,000 square meters.