Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas and New Year.
Our Christmas party was outstanding! We had a great turnout with wonderful food and friends. The gift exchange got quite raucous at times. Several gifts were quite popular and were stolen multiple times. Thank you Jim and Francie for hosting a beautiful party.
Our 2017 Calendar of Events is included in this newsletter. Some things may be subject to change due to availability dates. I hope you will print out a copy and keep it handy so that you can make your plans accordingly. It is hard to try and plan a whole year of activities, and your input is always welcome. We try to plan at least one event that you might be interested in attending.
The most exciting event is coming in July. That is Porsche Parade in Spokane, WA which runs from July 9th through the 15th. Since the proximity of Parade is so close this year I hope we will have a large group of members attend.
January is a quiet month. We have our breakfast meeting on January 14th. I hope to see you there.
Here’s your chance to go and run over some cones!
August 1, 2016
Ah! Summer. I love it. I hope you are enjoying it also. It will be over way too soon.
I hope you are getting ready for the All Euro Car Show on August 20th at Veterans Park. It is going to be bigger and better this year, but only with your help. Registration begins at 9:00am on August 20th.
The turnout for the Phillipsburg trip was small. Just Jim and Karen Grace and myself. But we had a great drive through the beautiful Pintler Scenic route. Phillipsburg is a quaint little town with a lot of mining history. Karen and I split a bag of rocks from the Montana Gem sapphire mine. We both found some sapphires at least one carat in size to make something.
We have two trips for September if you are interested. The Hay Bale Trail is Sunday, September 11th. If you are interested let me know and I will organize something. Even if we do not go as a group it is a fun day trip to Hobson and Windham.
I also have eight tickets reserved for the Tippet Rise outdoor Art in Fishtail. If I need to order more please let me know. We will leave from the usual Holiday Station on Gabel Rd at 9:30 am on Saturday the 17th. Our reservations are for 11:00 am. They serve lunch on the property or we can go on into Fishtail as they have a great little restaurant there.
We have several members that have renewed their membership. Thanks and hope to see you at one of our events.
Our next breakfast meeting at Grains of Montana in Billings is on August 13th.
I hope to see you soon.
Philipsburg, Southwest Montana
We are heading to Anaconda and drive the Anaconda – Pintler Scenic Route past Georgetown Lake and Phillipsburg. This is a short 65 mile drive starting in Anaconda and ending in Drummond. The route goes past beautiful Georgetown Lake and Phillipsburg. We will stop and spend time in Phillipsburg that afternoon. We can mine for sapphires, visit the Granite County Museum or the Granite Ghost Town.
We have block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Butte. Their number is 406-782-2000 under the Absaroka Region Porsche Club. These rooms will be held until July 8th, so make your reservation soon. We are meeting at the usual place, the Holiday near Gable Rd at 8:00 am with an 8:30 departure. We will stop in Whitehall for lunch. Either picnic or there is a Subway and A&W right off the interstate. If we want to be brave we can go over Pipestone Pass from there, or get back on the interstate on to the Pintlar Scenic route and Phillipsburg. There we can check out the Granite County Museum, mine for sapphires at Gem Mountain and have a cold one at the Phillipsburg Brewery. I have not selected a restaurant in Butte. There are several good ones so we can decide once we get there. Maybe you have a favorite place you could recommend.
Happy 4th of July;
I think our first Zoom Mt went well. There was a total of 58 cars in attendance. Only 5 Porsche’s. Maybe more next year. I want to thank Tom Moffitt for covering all the makes with his Carrera, Mustang and Corvette. Way to go Tom. We raised almost $3000 for the zoo between sponsor fees and participant registration. Thanks to all who participated.
Our trip this month is to Phillipsburg via the Anaconda-Pintlar Scenic Route on July 16th & 17th. If you have never driven thru the area it is truly spectacular with the mountain ranges, valleys and Georgetown lake. We have block of room at the Holiday Inn Express in Butte. Their number is 406-782-2000 under the Absaroka Region Porsche club. These rooms will be held until July 8th, so make your reservation soon. We are meeting at the usual place, the Holiday near Gable Rd at 8:00 am with an 8:30 departure. We will stop in Whitehall for lunch. Either picnic or there is a Subway and A&W right off the interstate. If we want to be brave we can go over Pipestone pass from their or get back on the interstate on to the Pintlar Scenic route and Phillipsburg. There we can check out the Granite County Museum, mine for sapphires at Gem Mountain and have a cold one at the Phillipsburg Brewery. I have not selected a restaurant in Butte. There are several good ones so we can decide once we get there. Maybe you have a favorite place you could recommend.
Dan and I are working on the plans for the All Euro Car Show on August 20th. Please save the date. Volkswagen is our showcase car this year so if you know of any VW fans please invite them. I would like to rent the digital sign on 4th Avenue for a week prior to the show. I got a rate of $300 for the week. Any suggestions as how we can raise these funds. Our show sponsors are Dana Motors and Underriner Motors.
Cars of Coffee with the Corvette and Mustang club is July 31th at 10:00 am at the Shiloh Crossing City Brew.
We have a new member. Rick Brookshier is restoring a 1974 914. He is in need of some electrical work so if you know of someone who could help him out please let me know and I will pass on the info. Also, thank you to Jerry Jones, Fred Magers and David Sage for re-newing your membership.
I have word that a Tim Pfister has a 2003 Silver 911 Carrera for sale. He can be contacted at 671-3532 if you are interested.
Well have a great summer and see you at breakfast on July 9th at Grains of Montana.
Today’s big event is the TSD Rally and the Concours Banquet. If you’re a rally driver, you know there are some that take it seriously. Their cars are equipped with all kinds of gadgets to make their way through the route to the gnat’s behind. When Fred and I did the rally in Salt Lake it was fun, but boy did we make a lot of errors. For the non serious rally team it’s a nice drive through the local area.
I volunteered to work a rally check point. Seeing the backside of the event really shows the effort involved in planning, and execution. It takes an army of volunteers and some serious timing gear. I guess we’ll just stick to simple gimmick rallys. I also meet some nice folks from across the country in the process.
The Concours Banquet is sponsored by Porsche. All of the serious national awards are presented here in addition to the awards from the Concours event. Mike Holtzclaw from Alaska won Enthusiast of the Year. If you’ve had the chance to meet Mike through Graham and Susan you know Mike is a great guy and ambassador for PCA. The award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person.
Tomorrow is time to head back to Montana. It’s been a fun few days of escape, but it’ll be good to be back home.
Next year’s Porsche Parade is in Spokane. Hope you all can go for a few days.
Today is a highlight for me. It’s the Concours where everyone slaves over cleaning their Porsches with toothbrushes and tweeser. I like to drive too much, so my Boxster is constantly dirty. These folks are obsessed. One guy had a 930 that I thought was the same color as my old 83 SC. After complementing him he schooled me that his color was unique and I was was mistaken. It was a nice car, I just don’t take it that seriously.
I had a look at some Boxsters and again wished mine was here. I actually looked in the engine compartment. I’ve never done that on mine after 7 years! I know mine can’t possibly be that clean either! One guy from New York had a collection of GT 3s, all with Montana plates of various styles. There was also a beautiful 356 Carrera cab from Montana. We must have great tax laws.
Porsche has their big tent of new cars to lust for too. They have the crowd favorite 911R which is all ready sold out, a new motorsports edition that is way cool, and a new 911 turbo S that costs more than the house Jo and I just sold. It’s sure is fun to day dream, but in the end I’m happy with my little 01 Boxster S. It pushes all the right buttons for me.
Tonight is an open night for attendees. PCA a has a party for staff and region presidents that is fun time. It’s a nice reward for all the effort dedicated over the year. Graham and Susan will be representing our Absaroka Region for Stephanie. There is always an abundance of Porsche factory folks there as well, so it gives me a chance to speak German.
Well, the presidents party is over and I and the Alaska Region came up with an idea will revolutionize PCA. Virtual auto cross. Same course across the country, submit your times and settle it all at Parade. We’ll see how we can make that work. Beer makes you smart, especially free beer.
Tomorrow is the Time Speed Distance rally, a Huge Parade event. Many PCA marriages have been tested on this event. I’m a scorer, so stand by.
Another fun day. Plan for next year in Spokane.
Well I made it to Vermont. It’s another beautiful state, green, old and still with an occasional Bernie sign in a front yard. Day one for me is business. As a lucky member of PCA’s national staff, attending meetings is what pays my way on this fun trip. Parade however just isn’t the same without Jo and my Porsche. It’s kind of like taking your sister to prom, so when I saw Graham Beckett and Susan Peacock today it lifted my spirits. They’re about the best examples of welcoming PCA members out there. They both should be on a recruiting poster.
Jay Peak is a ski Resort and scattered across the base of a mountain. Unlike last year at French Lick it doesn’t seem as crowded, and I can sit on my balcony with a beer and not feel like I just jumped out of the shower. That is a welcomed change for sure.
The mood today is pretty jubilant. The German word “schadenfreude” or the joy you get in someone else’s suffering was in full definition as Porsche won Le Mans when the leading Toyota stopped three minutes from the end! 23:57 minutes of racing and hardwork and nothing to show for it!
In a few minutes is the first banquet sponsored by Pirelli. It’s fun, casual and will have several Pirelli Calendar girls walking around. If your lucky, you’ll win a new set of Pirelli shoes for your Porsche.
So time to get ready. Concours tomorrow combined with volunteering for the cleanup detail.
Wish you all were here too.
The Porsche Club of America Absaroka Region of will be hosting its annual All Euro Car Show at Veteran’s Park in Billings on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The All Euro Car Show will showcase local European cars of all makes and provide information to local Porsche owners on the Porsche Club of America Absaroka Region.
An entry fee of $10.00 will be charged per vehicle with all proceeds from the show being donated to a charity.
Set-up and registration will begin at 9:00 AM (entries accepted until noon). The show will open at 10:00 AM and will go through 3:00 PM with awards presented at 2:30 PM.
Previous year’s participants have included such great autos as Hispano-Suiza, Lancia, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Austin Healey, Jaguar and of course Porsche. Awards for People’s Choice, Best Contemporary, and the Bill Witcher Vintage Car Memorial Award, will be voted on by all attending and awards presented at end of event.
The Porsche Club of America Absaroka Region was founded in Billings in 1978 and covers eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. Its goal is to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Porsche owners and promote the Porsche brand.
Contact: Daniel Cole, Chairman, PCA Absaroka Region