PCA Iowa Region - President's Apex

A selection of the most recent Schonesland Porsche Club messages from the club President.  Please view the Newsletters for other great information from the club and the region.

President's Apex
October 2017
Will Macfarland - President

There are leaves on my lawn, which means autumn is well and truly here.  Tops down, windows and throttles open—the cool, dense air makes for just incredible driving.  Think about getting your order for winter tires in early!

We had a great September, with an especially fantastic turnout for the Des Moines Concours D’Elegance—and when I say “fantastic turnout” I mean in both cars and volunteers!  Thanks and kudos to all who participated.  We were also well-represented at two community fundraising car shows, at BeerStyles West Glen and at Principal Park.  It feels great to be at the helm of such a vibrant, supportive organization.

October has long been host to one of our signature club events – the Fall Tour!  This year is no different, and tour boss Ron Newman has worked diligently to put together another high-quality experience that more than 30 members have already committed to and no doubt anticipate eagerly.  To everyone going:  be sure to take pictures of the bold fall colors and share them on Facebook!  The tour departs Des Moines on Friday, October 13th.

Our neighbors in the Great Plains Region are celebrating their region’s 50th Anniversary with a party at the Hilton Omaha on Saturday, October 21.  They’ve gone so far as to have secured the presence of legendary Porsche racing driver Hurley Haywood!  Per their website, the soiree is open to GPR members only, but I’ve got a very nicely-worded request in with their organizers to see if we can’t get a few spots.    

Our calendar of monthly events is a little non-standard this month, so stay sharp!  Drive & Dine is up first on Tuesday, October 17th, at Hickory Park in Ames.  Cars & Coffee is on a non-standard date (Saturday, October 21st) this month to avoid conflict with the Fall Tour.  The board meeting shifts this month, too, due to Halloween – we will handle club business on Tuesday, October 24th. 

Less than two months remain before another signature Schonesland event—the Holiday Party!  We’re back at Embassy Suites Des Moines this year, with overnight stays available for the preposterously low price of $79!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec 2nd so you can dust off your formal wear.  Keep an eye out for registration, which will open soon on MotorsportReg.com. 

Lastly, remember that club leadership adjusts over the winter, and we conduct our annual planning meeting in January.  If anyone is interested in taking on a board role (or has suggestions regarding anything the club does), please confer with any board member.  The bigger the board, the more fun the meetings and the more varied and exciting our events become—we always welcome new brains, new ideas, and new suggestions.

Stay safe out there.

Kia: Stinger sedan is a long-wheelbase, rear-drive, serious-looking piece coming to US dealers in December with a base price of $33k for the turbo four and $48k for the top-end AWD 3.3 turbo six.  Australia is salivating over this -- they love cheap, fast, rear-drive sedans, as everyone should.

Lamborghini: Huracan gets faster with more power and a trick fixed rear wing.  Aventador gets rear-wheel steering.  Urus SUV is coming soon on the Bentayga architecture, sporting a twin-turbo 650hp V8.

Land Rover: Chris Harris has gone on record saying he doesn’t care about the Range Rover Velar, but lately I can’t stop staring at Rovers and this isn’t helping my problem.  The Velar has three optional engines but only one makes sense (the 380hp supercharged six from the F-Type) and it slots above the Evoque but below the Sport in the Range Rover lineup.  Prices start at $50k but the one you want is easily mid-sixties. 

Lincoln: Navigator is all-new for 2018, looks far better, and gets a 10-speed auto (also appearing in some new F-150s) paired with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6.  There are many things you can buy for seventy-five to one hundred thousand dollars.

President's Apex
September 2017
Will Macfarland - President

September is perhaps my favorite month in Iowa.  The days are warm, the nights are cool, the trees begin to flash color, and the conditions are perfect for spirited driving.  Schonesland Region has had a standout summer and we’re keeping the hammer down!

Last month we spearheaded the Valley Classic Car Show, earning ourselves a nifty “Best Club 2017” plaque from the event sponsor! 

We were welcomed participants at the State Fair Parade, cruising through downtown in front of throngs of spectators on a fine August evening. 

And we undertook longer drives, up to Paton for dinner at 209 Main (where we got to see some of our most ardent out-of-metro members) and out to Cedar Rapids to check out the 356 Registry’s achingly beautiful and significant hardware at their “Heartland Holiday.”

We have our usual Cars & Coffee at the Cozy Cafe Johnston on Saturday, September 9th.  That’ll be a good opportunity to iron out last-minute details for the major part we’ll play in the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 10th! Thanks to all who have volunteered!

September 23 is a club double-header.  First off is the “Drive Down Memory Lane” at Principal Park (the Iowa Cubs’ stadium), with a showtime for entrants of 10AM and public display from 11AM-3PM. Get your pre-registration in by the 20th (the form is included in this issue of SPINNER on page 12).  After the show, head over to Beerstyles in West Glen Town Center, where the Des Moines Rotary Club is hosting an Oktoberfest event (in need of German cars for backdrop) benefiting the schools and students of West Des Moines.  Sign up on their website.

If you’re busy on the 23rd, I hope it’s because you’re at Treffen Asheville!  The second of two National PCA Treffens for 2017, it promises to be a lovely event in the mountains of central North Carolina.  But then, I can understand if you aren’t making it -- it’s been sold out for months!  The next Treffen looks awesome as well, in northern New Mexico in April 2018.  Keep an eye on the National calendar and make time for these events if you can.  They are bucket-list level affairs.

One last note for September: our calendar committee needs your submissions by the 30th for consideration for the 2018 calendar!  The only rule this year is that there ARE NO RULES -- we just want some print-worthy pictures involving your cars.  I know some of you have been on spectacular road trips, so pick out the best stuff from your camera and push it on over to Ken Watkins at kandhwatkins@aol.com.  Keep it safe, legal, and try to give the committee at least five pictures to choose from.  And if you haven’t been thinking about this all year, September is (as mentioned above) a beautiful month in Iowa -- get out there and create!

President's Apex
August 2017
Will Macfarland - President

 As August rolls in, the club is intent on squeezing every last drop (not that there has been much liquid in it lately) out of summer.  We had strong showings in July, beginning with the Cars & Coffee at Karl Performance in Ankeny, through to the Loess Hills drive and the Skunk River Restorations tour and dinner. To top it off, we had one of our members win a brand-new 991 GTS in the Spring 2017 PCA raffle (more on that in my other column) and as I write this, the Schonesland Region, the pokey little midwestern sliver that doesn't even have a local Porsche dealer, is the topmost headline on PCA.org!

Don't think for a moment we're resting on our laurels, though.  We've got plenty more on the slate for August, starting with the Valley Classic Car Show on Saturday August 5, held at the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines from 9:00AM - 1:00PM, with free BBQ for all participants. Contact Doug Hillman (doug.hillman@drake.edu) if you're interested.

Next up is our Cars & Coffee, which heads back to its usual spot at the Cozy Cafe Johnston on Saturday August 12, 8:00AM.  Our Drive & Dine for August takes place on the 22nd, with some extra "drive" on the platter -- we're heading to 209 Main in Paton, IA for this one. If you've never been, you'll be staggered at how unexpectedly big the place is!  Due to the distance we'll start a bit later than usual, at 7:00PM.

We're heading the other direction (literally) on Saturday, August 26 to meet up with members of the national 356 Registry in Cedar Rapids. They'll be having their Holiday in the Heartland Concours event that day, so we can expect to see plenty of achingly beautiful old Porsches looking their absolute best.  We'll depart from our Johnston Cozy Cafe that morning at 7:30AM (a bit earlier than previously thought) for the drive east, led by Garry Seemann -- sign up on MotorsportReg.com to join us!

Des Moines Concours d'Elegance will pounce on us as soon as August is over (September 10th), so we need to start prepping now.  The Concours committee is counting on our club for 16 volunteers to hand out free programs at the event. If you've been looking for an easy way to put in solid work for the club, this simple three-hour shift is it -- and you'll be handsomely compensated with a post-event dinner, too. Sign up at msreg.com/dmconcours2017.

I promised last month that you'd be hearing a lot more about Parade. Here are the goods: 2017 Parade in Spokane was the largest to date with over a thousand households represented. It celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Boxster, with many events shaped accordingly and the model's chief designer, Grant Larson, present. With him was the largest-to-date contingent of executives from Porsche AG (including Dr. Wolfgang Porsche). 

Parade also served as a launchpad for a few new programs. First is PCA Juniors, aimed at the children and grandchildren of PCA members. The first fifty Juniors were signed up at Parade and their suggestions were taken. The program is free of charge, and includes a goodie bag, birthday cards mailed on birthdays, web access as long as a full-up member is also logged in, and more to come.

The Club is looking to expand its reach and its membership, and has accordingly stepped up its media game. You may have noted that the recent Panorama story comparing the Macan GTS and the 944 Turbo was also simultaneously released as a YouTube video, which was then picked up and redistributed by many other non-PCA social media outlets. This, and other recent stories like it (including "5 Porsches to Buy Right Now") have the effect of stimulating conversation across networks about Porsche and PCA and effectively increasing the reach of both brands.

Parade in 2019 will take place in Boca Raton, FL. That's quite a bit further away than Lake of the Ozarks (the 2018 location), so keep that July 2018 calendar clear and make the trip to Missouri with us!

Have a great August!