Porsche Club of America - Milwaukee Region

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May 2010 Steinlifters Online

Happy anniversary Milwaukee Region! April 30, 2010, officially marked -- to the day -- the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Milwaukee Region. It was 50 years ago on that day when 10 men in the Milwaukee area who had petitioned to form a separate region received word that the national office of Porsche Club of America had deemed it appropriate to establish a region in Milwaukee. Previously, these 10 men were affiliated with the Chicago Region PCA.

April 30, 1960, marked the beginning of a long and rewarding journey during which time thousands of people who shared the same passion for Porsches got together to enjoy the people and the cars.

Fifty years later, we're stronger than ever. Read a recap of the region's 50th anniversary general membership celebration that occurred April 30 at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Also read about more events that are scheduled for this year as we mark our 50th anniversary with a variety of festivities.

We hope all members will participate in one or more activities this year, a truly historic year for our region.

 50th anniversary Everything Porsche general membership meeting attracts more than 140

More than 140 Milwaukee Region members and their guests -- and their Porsches of course -- gathered at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee to toast the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Region. Two streets within the museum grounds were lined with Porsches representing a variety of models, years and colors. While the Porsches "rested," members enjoyed a get together inside the museum. Read the recap here. The page includes links to videos from the event, as well as a link to a photo album.


Upcoming events

May 7 - 8  -- Driver education at Road America. This includes  the chance to drive with professional driver and instructor Randy Pobst (for an additional fee). You can drive either or both days. Register at www.motorsportreg.com

May 8 - Drive to track, tour the track and dine at Lake Street Cafe. This is a social event. In follow-the-leader style, take a fun route to Road America. Then tour the track (if you like) and enjoy a great dinner (you order from the menu and pay your own tab). Details here. RSVP deadline is May 1.

May 23 - Autocross at Miller Park. See the Autocross Events page on this site for details.

June 4 - Driver education at Blackhawk. Register at www.motorsportreg.com and check out the DE Events page on this site for more details about driver education requirements.

June 6 - Autocross at Miller Park. See the Autocross Events page on this site for details.

June 12 -- 50th anniversary Spring Driving tour. Details here. This is an all-day tour that will take you on the roads less travelled. The tour starts in Delafield, goes west to the Dells area, returning at the end of the day to dinner at MJ Stevens in Washington County.

July 4 - Drive to 2010 Porsche Park in St. Charles, Ill., to enjoy the concours d'elegance. Details here.

July 12 - Driver education at Blackhawk. Register at www.motorsportreg.com and check out the DE Events page on this site for more details about driver education.

July 17 - Everything Porsche celebration at Porsche Park, Road America. More details coming. 


Welcome new members

The following members joined the Milwaukee region in April 2010:

Barry Karp, Milwaukee, 2009 Carrera
John Miller and family member JW Miller, Kohler, 2010 Panamera
Steven Peterson, Fond du Lac, 2006 Cayenne
Derrick Schiel and his family member wife Debbie, Wauwatosa, 1990 Carrera

Transferring from the Chicago Region are James Lewan and his wife Kris of Oshkosh with their 1999 Boxster.

Correction: My apologies to Trudy Pesic, family member of George Pesic, for mis-typing her name in the listing of new members in the April newsletter. Welcome Trudy!


New member profiles

In this column, we get to know new members a little better through input they provide about themselves and their Porsche.

Christopher Bresser currently drives a red, 1983 944 which he uses for DE events. He has owned this car since 1986. He also has a 1977 924 and a 1974 914 2.0 4 cyl project car. Chris notes he has owned several 944s over the years. “My first attraction to Porsche was the prestige of just having a car that you did not see every day. After driving it for a while the quality and performance really stood out. Now after many years having these cars they have a timeless beauty,” he said. “I had the opportunity in October 2009 to do a DE event with the Badger BMW club at Road America. What a blast. I thought I knew what a car could do; was I wrong. With their very professional instruction I learned not only what I could do but the true performance of Porsche. I am looking forward to the Milwaukee region May 7 - 8 event at Road America and Blackhawk this summer.” Chris said he has done some suspension mods to the 944 can’t wait to try them out. He owns a salvage yard and considers himself a gear head. As a PCA member he is “looking to improve my skills both with the mechanics of my cars and my driving.”

Claudio Martens also drives a 944. His is a 1988 944S, black in color with a manual transmission. The interior is black and tan.  It has approximately 83,000 original miles on it.  The wheels are 17" Boxster "twist" wheels that have been chrome plated. He bought the car in May 2009. He searched for various Porsches on Auto Trader and found the 944 at a used car dealership in Burlington. “It needed some work but was in pretty good shape so I got it,” he said.

His first Porsche, Claudio notes he has “always liked German automobiles.  In the past I have had VWs and also currently own a BMW.  Porsches are not very common in the Milwaukee area and are a great conversation piece.” A senior hardware engineering technician at Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, Claudio is interested in attending tech sessions, social and concours d’elegance events.

Steve Sticker owns a 2007 997 C4S that features a cold air intake kit, Maxflo muffler and ECU modification. He’s owned the car since January 2010. He found it through at friend at Concours Motors in Glendale. Steve owns Sticker & Associates, a manufacturer’s rep for plumbing products.

George and Trudy Pesic drive a 2002 Black 911 Cabriolet that they purchased in July 2008. George reports that he looked for about a year before the buy. “I had the local dealers checking any cars they had coming in and was searching the Midwest on the internet. “ He finally found a car at a dealer in Illinois and “discussed a trade over the phone in the morning, but they wouldn't hold the car unless you were coming to see it that same day. I called my wife, we both left work early and drove to Barrington,” George said. They returned home with the car, after three hours of “lively discussion.” George said they were “both amazed that we left home that morning in one car and came home in another.”

The car they traded for the 911 was a 2000 Boxster. About a month later George found that someone from Indiana bought it from the same dealer. “I was always attracted by the look of a Porsche. The styling is something that everyone recognizes. I didn't fully appreciate the performance until we actually owned one,” he said. “My wife and I will definitely attend social gatherings. The people we've met so far have been very nice. We're also interested in the Elkhart Lake event and possibly driving tours.”

Mark Holzwart drives a 2009 Cayman, black/black. He’s owned it less than a year. He researched various car review websites and major car magazines in his quest to own a Porsche. “I especially liked the design of the Cayman and the fact that it is not the typical Porsche seen on the road. It has a very futuristic look, but also classic and recognizable” Mark said.

Mark would like to learn more about driver education and tech sessions that detail how to care for and maintain the interior and exterior of Porsches. “I look forward to interacting with others in the club who have the same passion for their vehicles.” Mark is the owner and entrepreneur of a restoration and mitigation contracting company and owner of a technology serving the property and casualty insurance industry.

Chris Ericksen drives a 2000 911 Carrera 2, Polar Silver. He purchased it in early April with 15,326 miles on it. He “spent a lot of time looking on the web, until one of them worked out.”

He says the reason he bought a Porsche is “all the time, cars are compared to Porsche. I own a 2001 SC281 Saleen Mustang and they say it will handle like a Porsche. I watch racing on TV and the Porsches are always up front. So why try to make one - buy one. Glad I did.” Chris is a master engineering technician at Eaton Corporation working with alternative energy control.

A big Milwaukee Region welcome to these new members. If you’ve joined the region recently or have been a member for years and haven’t had a chance to tell us your story about you and your Porsche, send a note to online newsletter editor Bev Jurkowski. beverly.jurkowski@sbcglobal.net We’d be happy to include your information in a future issue of Steinlifters Online.


May membership anniversaries

Raymond H. Van Zelst

1983

Randy Hallenbeck

1986

Ronald V. Kasper

1991

Jeffrey R. Thomson

1993

August J. Jurishica

1993

Thomas Weber

1993

Todd D. Fogel

1996

John S. Winkowski

1996

James W. Armbruster

1996

Donald E. Porter

1996

Paul W. Loewenstein

1997

Chris Portele

1997

Christopher R. Schuh

2000

Allyn J. Slang

2000

Michael J. Schmalz MD

2000

James Meach

2002

Dan Manning

2002

Ted D. Crandall

2002

John H. Dohrwardt

2003

Brian E. Kardell

2003

Anthony Enea

2003

James E. Patterson

2004

Dennis Harshaw

2004

Suzanne F. Maholias

2004

Mike A. Clemens

2004

Adam Stone

2004

Richard Schloegel

2004

Richard Wutz

2004

Tad Winkler

2005

Bob Waterman

2005

Matthew T. Jensen

2006

Dr. Paul A. Gruber

2006

Dwyn von Bereghy

2006

George S. Soderberg

2007

Norm Seitz

2007

Mike Bayliss

2007

Philip A. Campeau

2007

James S. Berkes

2007

Tim J. Cahill

2007

Stephen R. Grande

2007

Scott A. Carey

2007

Jim A. Schustedt

2008

James S. Young

2008

Troy C. Leisemann

2008

Brian P. Kearns

2009

Patrick Bibb

2009

John Louis Pasquali

2009

Kristen M. Andrews

2009


Royals family is hooked on autocross

Over the years, the Milwaukee Region has had several father/son, father/daughter combinations who have enjoyed participating in region events together. Here's the latest such combination that we're aware of. Terry Royals and his daughter Emily share a passion for autocross. Read the details here.


Tech session on April 10 explored driver education

Here's a recap of the April 10 tech session about driver education


Porscheplatz (Porsche owner corrals) planned at five American Le Mans series races this year.

Driving your Porsche to one of the American Le Mans races this season? You can park your Porsche with other Porsches while at the event. Details here.

Parade 2010 -- Still time to register and there's room for you

There's still room for you at Parade 2010 which will unfold in nearby St. Charles, Ill. There hasn't been a PCA Porsche Parade in as close proximity to our area since we hosted the 2001 Parade right here in Milwaukee. Register now to be part of total immersion in PCA. Hundreds of Porsches and their owners will gather at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Ill., to participate in a wide variety of activities. Even if you do not want to autocross or rallye or spiff up your car to concours d'elegance specs, Parade is a fun way to spend some time. Great spectating at many venues. Here's a sneak prevew video of what's in store.

Coming soon

A redesigned region website is on the drawing board. We will launch it soon. It will feature more graphics and better navigation to help you find what you to maximize your membership. The web address remains the same so no need to change your bookmark.


Published for members of the Milwaukee Region, Porsche Club of America.

Beverly Jurkowski, beverly.jurkowski@sbcglobal.net, webmaster and online newsletter editor



Posted on Sunday, May 2, 2010 12:00 AM, updated on Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:46 AM
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