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Saturday, February 17, 2018 to Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tech Tactics East 2018

Event Type: 
Technical Session

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Save the date for Tech Tactics East 2018: February 17-18. Rob Ida, the man behind the "Less is More: Idatude 930" Panorama article and video will be presenting.

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170 Commerce Ln
Easton, PA 18045
United States

Tech Tactics East is a long-running PCA event in which attendees learn about Porsches new and old and other technical subjects. A mix of Porsche employees and independent authorities in the Porsche world bring their knowledge to one place for a day of presentations and Q&A.

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Things to know about Tech Tactics East 2018

Tech Tactics is a day dedicated to Porsche technical information. This event is for the casual information gatherer to the every day Porsche mechanic. Get the latest information directly from the source at Porsche Cars North America's Area East Training Facility and Parts Warehouse. Topics range from how to balance carburetors to understanding how the new hybrid systems work.

The event was born in 1980 in the heart of Zone 1 at the Harley Hotel north of Hartford, CT. It quickly outgrew this facility and moved to the Springfield Sheraton where it resided for over twenty years.  By the 1990’s it was the premier technical weekend for PCA with some renowned speakers, such as legendary Porsche Engineer Norbert Singer, and famous racers Phil Hill, Derek Bell, and Brian Redman.

By 2007 attendance was dwindling and a new venue was in order. The event was moved to the now-infamous Farnbacher-Loles facility in Danbury, CT. This move regenerated interest in the event with over 250 attendees. With the demise of the F-L facility, the event moved again, to PCNA's Training facility in Easton, PA, and we changed the direction slightly in terms of the format.

This facility is perfect for a “hands on“ type of event. It is used to train Porsche technicians on the intricacies of new Porsches and equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms with lifts and drivetrain assemblies, which will be available for our event.

Tech Tactics East is limited to 125 entrants each day of the event. The day will consist of lectures by PCNA Field Specialists, Porsche AG Project Managers, members of the PCA Technical Committee, and representatives from other companies such as Michelin, LN Engineering, Driven Motor Oil, and PFC Brakes.

When you register, look at the topics covered under each color-coded class. If you pick RED, you will attend those classes. Since we want to keep the size of the classes manageable, switching classes will not be allowed. This will ensure an ideal experience for each 'student'.  If the color-coded class you wish to attend is sold out, you may get on a wait list or choose another color.

Back for a sixth year: Tech Tactics Die-cast Model Concours! This will be a people choice event with the winner receiving a special prize. So dust off your favorite die-cast model (any scale), polish up the wheels and bring it to the event for display. Please only one model per entrant.

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Speaker List for Tech Tactics East 2018:

Becker, David (PCNA, Academy Technical Trainer)

Topics:  GT3 Touring Presentation

David started working with Porsche dealers on Long Island, NY in 1983 at Island Porsche-Audi as a Technician. From 1983 to 2005, David has had various positions in the Porsche service industry at Silver Star Motors and Manhattan Motorcars. While at Manhattan Motorcars, he taught multiple automotive classes at a community college in the Bronx. Also at Manhattan, he won the 2000 Porsche Service Cup and represented the U.S.A. in the International Service Cup Competition in Germany. David joined PCNA in February 2005 and is currently training dealer technicians in “Diesel” and “Hybrid” technology besides Basic and Advanced Automotive Technology. In 2012, he assisted Porsche Academy in certifying Porsche Dealer Technicians in the Worldwide Porsche Certified Technician Program.

Beuselink, George (PCA)

Topic: 944 Issues and Solutions

George has owned German cars since 1980, and bought his first 944 in 1986. He joined PCA that year and started 944 Ecology, a parts recycler, in 1993. He has been on the PCA National Tech Committee since 1995. 

Bonilla, Pedro (Pedro's Garage/PCA)

Topic: Pedro’s Garage Tips

Pedro is the newest member of the PCA Tech Committee focusing on the Boxster/Cayman. He has undergraduate studies in Mechanical and Civil Engineering and a Post-Graduate Master’s Degree in Business Management. He is the Founder and CEO of TechnoLab Solutions, a remanufacturing firm under contract with OEMs. He is also Founder and CEO of

Racing Resume

  • National Karting Champion - 1973 & 1974 (Dom. Rep.)
  • National Enduro Champion - AMA Sanctioned, 250 & 500 cc 1981 & 1983 (Dom. Rep.)
  • Rally, Road Racing, Club Racing, DEs, AXs, Slalom, Gymkanas, Hare & Hound, Enduro, Motocross
  • 2007 AX P14 (4) = Class Champion - PCA Zone 12 Gold Coast Reg.
  • 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 AX P07 (4)  Class Champion - PCA Zone 12 Gold Coast Reg.

Calder, Steve (Michelin Tire)

Topic: Michelin Tire Technology

Steve received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech 1996. After graduation he joined Michelin and spent four years as an industrial engineer at a tire plant. Then Steve became a test driver at the Michelin Proving Grounds. Five years ago he hung up his driving shoes to become a Product Category Manager for Michelin high-performance tires.

Callas, Tony (Callas Rennsport/PCA)

Topic: Porsche History

Tony owns and operates Callas Rennsport in Torrance California, a shop specializing in all aspects of Porsche & BMW Service and Restoration. Prior to opening his shop, Tony worked at multiple independent Porsche repair facilities in the Southern California area including Edelweiss Porschaus and Pete Zimmerman Service. Earlier in his career, Tony also worked at various dealerships and is factory trained in Porsche, Audi, VW, and BMW. Tony started at his father’s shop in Austin Texas, where Tony’s father introduced him to Porsches and professional racing at a very early age.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • 1992 to present Shop Owner of Callas Rennsport.
  • Founder of the Porsche Aftermarket Organization, P-Gruppe
  • Founder of Porsche Technical Assistance Group
  • Porsche trainer with The Knowledge Gruppe
  • Keynote speaker at assorted annual PCA Meetings
  • Freelance Speaker at PCA events including the Parade and Tech Tactics
  • Technical writer for various PCA Newsletters
  • Technical writer for Panorama and Excellence Magazines
  • Bosch Master Technician Degree

Motorsport Accomplishments:

  • 2004-2007 IMSA World Challenge Cup Team Manager
  • 2001-2002 Clayton Cunningham Race Team – American LeMans
  • 2001 Le Mans GT Winner & Mechanic of the Year
  • 1998-2000 Team Reiser Callas Racing – Principle
  • 1997-1998 Team Roock – Crew Chief
  • 1996 Team Rohr – Head Mechanic
  • 1987-1988 Team Jim Bell – American Indy Series Mechanic
  • 1987-1988 Team Alex Tradd – Trans Am Racing Mechanic

Dong, Darrick (PFC Brakes)

Topic: Braking Technology

Derrick has a long association with motorsports. For the last seventeen years, he served the PFC Brake Company as Director of Motorsports. He has a total of 39 years of professional racing brake experience including 21 years as technical liaison with Tilton Engineering.

Ida, Rob (Rob Ida Concepts)

Topic: Porsche Concept Cars

Rob Ida Concepts brings three generations of experience in the specialty automobile industry. They specialize in custom vehicle design in the collectible, show car, hot rod, and racing world. They pride themselves on unique and tasteful execution in creating vehicles and components that cannot be found elsewhere.

Kittlitz, Rolf (PCNA, Technical Trainer)

Topics:  TBD (911 Carrera T Presentation?)

Rolf started his automotive career as a technician in German independent repair shops before working on Porsche vehicles specifically. Rolf graduated from the Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program (PTAP) at the Atlanta Service Training Center.  He has worked for Hendrick Porsche in Charlotte, NC and Porsche of West Houston in Texas. After his time in the dealer network he returned to become the PTAP Instructor in 2006. Rolf relocated to the Northeast Service Training Center in 2012 and is currently training dealer technicians. In 2015 Rolf completed the Porsche Global Trainer certification process as required by Porsche AG.

Navarro, Charles (LN Engineering)

Topic: Protecting Your Investment Thru Preventative Maintenance

Charles is the founder of LN Engineering. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and is an active member in the PCA. LN Engineering is the Chicago Region PCA Autocross and one of the TRAC PCA Club racing event sponsors. LN Engineering is a leader in the Porsche aftermarket, known for its line of Nickies cylinders, and more recently, for co-developing the IMS Retrofit and IMS Solution. Charles is involved in numerous endeavors including RND Engines and Bilt Racing Service, just to name a few, all with an emphasis on supporting the Porsche community.

Newton, Jim (Automobile Associates)

Topic: Newton Surprise

Jim is founder and now co-owner of Automobile Associates, which has been specializing in repair and maintenance of German cars for over 30 years. In addition to preventative maintenance, Automobile Associates has built and restored many national award-winning Porsches including several PCA Manhattan Trophy winners. He has also built many class-winning Porsches that compete in the PCA Club Racing program. Jim is a long-standing presenter at Tech Tactics.

Paterek, John (Paterek Brothers)

Topic: Made in West Germany…Remade in Chatham, NJ

John has been a PCA member since 1972 and joined the 356 Registry in 1975 as member number 71. John has been on the National Tech Committee since 1985, in charge of Interiors/Exteriors. John has chaired the Zone 1 Concours for 27 years and been a speaker at Tech Tactics for 33 years. He is the previous owner of the award-winning 1953 America Roadster, which is presently displayed at the Porsche Factory museum on loan from the Wolfgang Porsche collection. John and his brother Ray are owners of Paterek Brothers, which is a premier Porsche restoration facility in Chatham, NJ. John presently displays his award winning 1962 356 S90 cabriolet.

Speed, Lake (Driven Motor Oil)

Topic: Used Oil Analysis

The son of former Karting World Champion and NASCAR driver Lake Speed, Lake Speed Jr. also has a history in both Karting and NASCAR. Lake Jr. began racing karts at six years old and has worked for NASCAR championship-winning teams Melling Racing (Bill Elliott) and Joe Gibbs Racing (Tony Stewart). While working for Joe Gibbs Racing, Lake Jr. played a key role in the development and selection of lubricants for JGR as part of the team that started Joe Gibbs Driven racing oils. Over a 10-year period, Speed and the JGR engineering staff worked hand in hand with Lubrizol (the world's leading additive company) to develop cutting edge lubricants for JGR. Today, Lake Jr. is a member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and is one of less than 300 people who hold both Certified Lubrication Specialist and Oil Monitoring Analyst certifications. Relying on more than two decades of hands-on experience, Speed is a frequent speaker at industry and university technical events and seminars. 

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