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.
Will Macfarland - President
The year winds down. As years go, 2018 was a rock-solid one for cars, racing, Porsche, and Schonesland.
Some terrific cars came about this year. The presence of an Alfa Romeo dealer in town meant that the four-cylinder Stelvio became a sight fairly easily beheld around Des Moines. Dodge shoehorned its 475-hp 6.4L Hemi into the Durango to create an SRT trim level.
Honda gave us two glorious stick-shift sedans, the stealthy Accord Sport 2.0T and the outrageous Civic Type R. Jeep delivered on its oft-hinted promise to deliver a Hellcat-engined Grand Cherokee with the Trackhawk. Even Kia can insist it has sporting bona fides now, pointing to the Stinger GT, whose lead engineer was hijacked from BMW’s M division. The Lincoln Navigator is back and sets a new standard for full-size American SUV luxury. The top-spec Toyota Camry has 301 horsepower. Volvo continued its streak of stylistic home runs with the XC40 and XC60.
Porsche, of course, debuted its new GT2RS, a 700-hp, a three hundred thirty-thousand-dollar rear-wheel-drive tour de force for whom the refrain of the reviews has been something along the lines of “surprisingly forgiving.” At Car & Driver’s Lightning Lap 2018, the GT2RS posted 1.9 seconds per lap faster around the 4.1-mile VIR Grand Course than the more-expensive McLaren 720S,
and 1.7 seconds faster than the amazing new (and half-as-expensive) Corvette ZR1.
Porsche won Le Mans this year in both GTE Pro and GTE Am classes, then went on to win at Petit Le Mans as well. Both of the factory’s winning cars wore notable throwback livery—the Le Mans GTE Pro car was an homage to the “Pink Pig” 917-20 of 1971, while the Petit Le Mans GTLM winner wore the beautiful lightly touched white of the 1998 Le Mans-winning GT1.
Indycar saw Will Power win his first Indianapolis 500, which was truly the only thing his racing career had been missing. The series’ season championship, however, went (for the fifth time) to the legendary New Zealander Scott Dixon. Formula 1 saw Lewis Hamilton win his fifth world championship, a feat only ever achieved by two other men whose names are spoken in reverent tones: Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
Finally, Schonesland’s calendar was as packed as it has ever been. We kicked off the driving season with our TSD/Gimmick Rally and never looked back, through plenty of Drive & Dines, three overnight trips (to Dubuque, Eureka Springs, and Loess Hills), a warm week at PCA’s Porsche Parade in Lake of the Ozarks, and a cornucopia of other events: autocrosses, shows, Cars & Coffees, day drives, and our new member picnic.
Speaking of new members, we’ve had quite a few arrive lately: Chris Sweeney (and his 2006 Boxster S), Michael Hubbell (and his 1983 SC Cabriolet), Miles Luchtenberg (and his 2004 996 C4S Cabrio), David Storm (and his 1971 914), Ellen Babor-Phan (and her
2015 Macan Turbo), Joel Wolcott (and his 2008 Cayenne S), Klay Kane (and his 2013 991 C4S), Carl Hiemstra (and his 1975 911S), David Stilley (and his 1990 944 S2 Cabrio), Cory Olson (and his 2012 991 Carrera S), Mark Cernicky (and his 997 Turbo S Cabrio),
and Don Ditto (and his 1975 914). All of those new members (and their wide range of Porsches) have joined us since only August!
We’ll celebrate all of this on Saturday evening, December 1, at Jasper Winery not far from downtown, from 6PM-10PM. As always, our holiday party planners are in top form, and it promises to be an entertaining and beautiful occasion. Do sign up at msreg.com/holiday2018 and join us for our big formal year-end event! Hope to see you there.