Porsche Club of America - Milwaukee Region


February 2011 Steinlifters Online

Activities for the region are starting up with two events this month and more being planned. Check the region site often as new events are being added regularly as committee chairs firm up plans for interesting activities that bring us together.

In this issue you'll find a report submitted by region member Paul Roller, who attended the Detroit Auto Show along with region member Bob Flemming. Paul took the photo at right of the Cayman R at the show.

Upcoming events

Feb. 3 - Board meeting. Members are always invited to sit in on board meetings. The February board meeting is at Brew City Grill in Mequon. (10250 N Cedarburg Rd., Mequon, WI 53092. Brew City is on Hwy 57 between County Line Road and Donges Bay Road). The board hopes to find other locations in the metro area for board meetings to make the meetings more geographically accessible to members. If you have an idea for a meeting location, please contact Region President Rick Zinda.

Feb. 5 - Carrera Chili.  RSVP deadline was extended to Wed., Feb. 2. Read the recap of this event next month. We will be crowning some new supreme chefs at this event that features lots of casual conversation and sampling of many different chili entries in our friendly competition. Carrera Chili alternates with Turbo Spaghetti and is our region's long-standing mid-winter casual get together.

Feb. 12 - Visit the Pace Toy Barn. You must RSVP by Feb. 7 if you plan to attend. Registration is limited due to the number of people that we can squeeze into the garage. This will be a casual event and a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Details here, including RSVP info.

March 5 - Social committee planning session. If you have some ideas for social events -- dinners, short drives to a great restaurant, car shows, picnics -- whatever, join the committee and bring your ideas. Spouses of members are ideal prospective members of the committee. Details here.

Autocross and driver education dates set for 2011

The Autocross committee has two dates at Miller Park (Yount/Dodgers lot) and one tentatively planned for the Wisconsin State Fair grounds. Driver education -- the chance to drive your car on a track in a controlled environment -- is gearing up for the season as well. Information about DE and the dates can be found on this page.

Fox Valley region to tour waterfalls in the U.P.

The Fox Valley Region is returning to the U.P. for a day of scenic driving with many stops at spectacular waterfalls, one of the UP's natural treasures. Milwaukee Region members are invited to participate. Here are the details.

Welcome new members

The Milwaukee Region welcomes the following who joined us in January 2011:

Loren Bartz, of Brookfield, 2004 911 Carrera
Michael Elliott and his wife Lynn Eliott, of Waukesha, 1999 Boxster
James O'Rourke, of New Berlin, 2007 GT3 Cup
Marc Vandiepenbeeck, of Milwaukee, 2007 Carrera 2S
Edgar Vargas and his affiliate member Danielle Westfall, of Racine, 2008 Cayman

New member profiles

Steinlifters always invites new members to provide information about themselves and their Porsche. Thanks to these members who responded to the request to participate. Any member can submit information for this column. Contact the newsletter editor: beverly.jurkowski@sbcglobal.net.

Mike Bolton joined the region in December. His story starts with how he found his way to PCA and our region. “Let me start by saying that I also have a 2002 Mazda Miata, which I hope to sell this spring.  Two years ago I took a position at Cogmatic where we make large gears and sprockets for companies from Caterpillar to Rexnord.  My boss, Bill Wright, who is an avid car guy and PCA member (he has a 2005 911), invited me to join in some of the DE and Solo events.  I have had a great time for the last couple of years, met some very nice people in the PCA and wanted to join. 

“That, of course requires a Porsche.” In the last quarter of 2010 Mike purchased his first Porsche, a 2004 Boxster S.  It is Seal Gray with Black interior and has about 67K miles on it.  “I had been looking for several months and saw this one at CarMax. They brought it up to Milwaukee from North Carolina.” The car had been a Porsche lease car and then sold as a Certified Used Porsche. He is the third owner.  “I have had Dean Fabson go over the car and fix a few minor things, but it runs great and I can't wait for spring.  Al Wagner tells me that the "winter will seem interminable,” Mike said. “He is right, although I have had it out on cold but dry road days.  I am interested in DE events and autocrossing so I'll be out there this year enjoying them again, but this time in a Porsche Boxster.

“So far my best skill at DE events has been "point to pass,” but hopefully with a little more power I'll be able to improve on many other skills,” Mike said..

“I have had the Miata on the track at Road America. It is very forgiving and a great car to learn in.  But in order to learn anything about the line, where to brake, where to turn in, etc.,  I have to start as near to the back of the false grid as I can.  Then I get about 4 laps in relative peace trying to be a smoother driver.  By that time the 911s, Corvettes, GT-Rs, Boxsters, Ferraris, BMWs and everything with more power than I have is passing me up the main straight, on the back straight, etc.  With the Boxster, I still have a long way to go to be a better driver, but maybe I'll get one more lap before practicing point to pass.”

A special thanks to region members Bill Wright for introducing Mike to PCA and to Al Wagner for affirming his decision to join the ranks of Porsche owners and region members.

Brett Stabelfeldt also joined the region recently. He has a 1984 911 Targa with black exterior and interior. The Targa has 92,000 miles on it and Brett is the third owner.  “I bought it last winter from a customer of mine who brought it in to the shop I work at. Brett is an auto mechanic in Wauwatosa.  It is his first Porsche. He learned about PCA from a friend whose dad was in the club. Brett is interested in track events and any opportunities to drive with the club and meet other members.

Welcome Brett. We look forward to seeing you and that black Targa at Road America and Blackhawk this year.

February membership anniversaries

Congratulations to these members who are observing a membership anniversary with PCA in February:

Thomas M. Golner


John  May


Arthur L. Cunningham


Edward E. Lisowski


Fritz Seidel


Jack Hoffman


Randy Stenson


Robert Bankos


Don Berchem


Rodney S. Buss


John A. Ricci


Mike Wiviott


Kurt W. Krueger


Frank A. Boucher


Sean Dicks


Robert J. Flemming


Brian Faust


Gary P. Johnson


Grant A. Gallinger


Michael C. Schmitz


Jeff Serra


Kevin T. Kwasniewski


Patrick Cibik


William Alverson


Joseph J. Komanecki


Randy Stolpe


Jack Carini


William O. Casto


Glen W. Ringwall


Robert A. Hieb MD


Stephen R. Stickler


Ginghus C. Bresser


Scott Sampson


Mark A. Holzwart


Jay J. Philipp


George Pesic


Kelly G. Lucyk


Brian Koderl


Ray W. Knight


Porsche sales up significantly in 2010

(Chart as of December 2010)








While the overall sports car sector continued to be challenging throughout 2010, Porsche maintained its relative market share strength. Porsche’s Boxster sales in December were 137, compared to 138 in 2009. For the year, Boxster sales were 2,177, up 14 percent from 1,909 a year earlier. The company’s Cayman model recorded December sales of 112 versus last year’s mark of 208. For the year, Cayman sales were 1,322 compared to 1,966 a year prior. As for Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car, sales in December were 509 versus 544 during the same period in 2009. For 2010 overall 911 sales were 5,735 compared to 6,839 in 2009.

Also in December, Porsche’s Approved Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars enjoyed sales of 665 versus 553 during the same period in 2009. For the year, CPO total sales for 2010 were 7,519 compared to 6,658 in 2009.

Roller reports from the Detroit Auto Show

This was my first trip to the Detroit show and it was a good year to do it. I was accompanied by Bob Flemming, another PCA Member.  First, the domestic car industry (especially GM & Chrysler) is recovering from the brink of oblivion so there was an upbeat atmosphere. Car sales in 2010 were up substantially from 2009 for almost every major manufacturer and there were about two dozen new models introduced.  The old days of "concept" cars appear to be over since new current models were rolled out by just about everyone there.  Porsche was back for the first time since 2007 and the only "major" not there was Nissan.  Read the rest of Paul's report.

Porsche announces 2012 911 Black Edition

Based on the 3.6-liter, 345 horsepower (hp) 911 Carrera, the upcoming 911 Black Edition features a comprehensive list of standard equipment and will be available as a Coupe or Cabriolet and only in black. Exclusivity and price help make this new 911 Carrera distinctive as the 911 Black Edition will be limited to just 1,911 worldwide units. MSRP will be $81,300 for the Coupe and $91,300 for the Cabriolet, and they will be available in the spring of 2011. More...


The RSR grabbed some headlines. Read on.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 12:00 AM, updated on Monday, February 14, 2011 7:50 AM
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