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Season’s greetings everyone, 2019 has been another good year for the Club. Our membership numbers and attendance to events in all regions is strong and continues to grow, we have welcomed the establishment of the new Queenstown-Lakes sub-regional group and the quality of venues and events constantly improve -I am feeling the pressure as to how to ‘raise the stakes’ for 2020.
Milford Christmas Picnic
Our annual Christmas picnic at the Milford Reserve had over 210 people in attendance with a beautiful range of new and classic Club member cars on show, including a display of GT3 cars as our kiwi contribution to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the GT3 model. Congratulations to Wayne Marmont for winning the overall Club Concours with his beautifully prepared 356B. Concours Light was hotly contested this year and I enjoyed the online progress photos from John McMillan as well as during the preparation of his car. Congratulations to Alan and Penny Woods with their 993 Cabriolet for winning the Concours Light category.
Review of 2019
For me the standout events were a lunch-run to Sculptorium in Matakana, the Taranaki WOTY (driving the Forgotten Highway and hitching a ride in a Singer), the Mt Cook SWOTY (hard to beat experiencing Brian’s 600HP 996TT, contrasted with drop-top Boxster cruising on South Island roads), and returning to Leadfoot. The Leadfoot highlight was the overall ‘vibe’ of the day, with 64 drivers inviting 46 spectators (friends and family) to share their cars, the hill climb and experience is what our Club is all about.
The National Committee has held strategy meetings in July and December, and while many facets of the Club are going well, we note some of the more significant issues and challenges are;
1) Growing the active participation of our members
2) Growing the pool of Club volunteers
3) Succession planning of existing key contributors
4) Sustainable Porsche Club race series
Plans for 2020
We have already turned our attention to the 2020 Calendar and Northern members should note in their calendars the following events; Ellerslie Concours 9th. February, we will return to Wenderholm Regional Park for a picnic on 23 February, the Brit & Euro Car Show on 1st. March, the Trevor Hudson Memorial Run on 22nd. March, and the Kay Family Grass Gymkhana which is pencilled in for 29th. March (subject to weather).
This year’s WOTY will be in the Bay of Plenty and based out of Trinity Wharf Hotel in Tauranga. Southern members should diarise the Skope Classic race weekend 1-3 February, SWOTS on 28th. February (based out of Cromwell), a Grass Gymkhana and Meal about Town nights (dates in February will be confirmed shortly).If the interest is there, we will return to Leadfoot for another year. P.S – If you are on holiday in the central North Island area, you might want to go support the Pirelli Race Series in Taupo on 11-12 January 2020, I note the Saturday race day will be a combined track-day event, where those of you with road cars can participate in an RSG format track-day.
Thanking our Club Volunteers
I need to thank everyone across the country who volunteers to help run Club events. The Club exists because of these people and I am not sure members realise just how much effort goes into organising a weekend away, a race series, a permitted event, Spiel, etc. I wish to thank all who volunteer on our Committees and help run events – on behalf of the Club, thank you – it is most appreciated.
We are actively on the hunt for more volunteers, especially people to help with running permitted club-sport basic events (motorkhana and autocross). If you have a motorsport race licence and would like to learn to become a Scrutineer or Clerk of the Course, the Club will happily support you and cover your training costs (contact me if you are keen).
The Club membership numbers remain at near record highs with just under 800 individual memberships. By now you will have received an email to renew your membership as most subscriptions will expire on 31 December 2019. We would appreciate your prompt renewal (using the website please) as is makes it easier for the Club to process.
Finally, Merry ‘Porsche-mas’ everybody, enjoy using your cars over the holiday season and post photos of your adventures on our Club Facebook page. Take care and I look forward to seeing you at Club events across the country in 2020.
2019 has been fun for me as I have worked with the Spiel team of Ashley Powell and Richard Endean to find and tell the many and varied Porsche and people stories. The first challenge was to celebrate the history of Spiel and the Club via number 200. Ian Nott and Glyn Taylor willingly described their early days and I am thankful that they continue to keep me alert.
I am always looking for other opinions and memories from the members. As the year has progressed from issue 200 to this issue 204 we have enjoyed the Pirelli Porsche Racing Series being ultimately won be Michael Neville as he emulated his father’s race track performances as well as WOTYs in both the North and South Island. Plus tales of wonderful projects that have brought important Porsches back to the road.
I want to thank our Spiel advertisers and Club sponsors for their ongoing support and I want to encourage you to take advantage of their services. Do you know of a business that would like to promote its products to our discerning members then please contact me?
The 11th January should be in your diary if you are anywhere near Taupo. The Pirelli Porsche Race series is combining with the Rennsport Group for a very exciting day of Porsche racing at the Taupo track. A great day for your family.
Enjoy driving your Porsche but first I want you to re-read and heed Rodger Anderson’s advice that was published in Spiel 203. Have fun Christmas Holiday and New Year and be safe in 2020.
SPIEL 204 CONTENTS
|The Tale of Two Durchgehende Sitzbank 356 Coupes By Graham Lister READ MORE|
|Garage Visit Garry and Jan Cliff - 964RS Unveiling
By Paul Alexander
|A Tale of Two Cayennes By Mark O’Loughlin|
|Canepa Visit– A must for any car enthusiast
By Gavin & Sharon Nauschutz
|Bob Garretson (Update) By Paul Higgins|
|Charity Run to Mortimer Motorsport Museum
By Peter McArthur
|Southern Region Christmas Lunch
By Graeme Lindsay
|Ron’s Run November John Hill Estate
By Darren and Connie Lee VIEW GALLERY
|PCNZ Northern Picnic and Club Concours
By Paul Miller VIEW GALLERY
|James and John Nimmo Enjoying the Picnic
By James & John Nimmo
|Annual Club Concours By Ash Powell|
|The Backroads to Benneydale By James Nimmo|
|Sunday Drive to Castlepoint Wairarapa
By Todd & Katrina Wearne
|Targa Tour By Guy Heaysman|
|Ford versus Ferrari Movie Review By Sue Chilcott|
|Movie Night – Ford vs Ferrari By Dan Reeves|
|Central Region Ten Pin Bowling Challenge
By Gavin Nauschutz
|Marlborough Brancott Estate Lunch Run
By Andrew Anderson
|Nelson Street Hop By Hans Blohm VIEW GALLERY|
|Porsches, Coffee and Classic Car Museum
By Graeme Lindsay
|Autothority Workshop Tour By James Hopman|
|Herbie Goes to Hawkeswood By Chris Fleury|
|Pirelli Porsche Championship
Pukekohe Round 1
By Stuart Owers READ MORE
|Pirelli Porsche Championship
Pukekohe Round 2
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.
|Vice President||Ashley Powell|
|Spiel Editor||Peter Stewart|
|Club Administrator||Teresa Conway|