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2015 PCA – BCIR: Society Act – Constitution

posted Nov 19, 2015, 1:20 AM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 1:21 AM ]

Society Act – Constitution 

Porsche Club of America (PCA) – BC Interior Region (BCIR)

Please find attached PDF of PCA BCIR Constitution & Bylaws.

2015 PCA Zone 6 "Grand Tour"

posted Jul 13, 2015, 11:33 AM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 11:34 AM ]

Porsche Club of America Zone 6 "Grand Tour" through BC Canada             

Join us for this epic tour of the Pacific Northwest... participate in any small part of it – or do the whole 7500+ kms!

The ambitious route drives through every PCA Region in Zone 6Starts Sat July 25th at the Le May Museum in Tacoma, WA, and ends Aug 8th in Portland, OR. 

Join in at least for our BC Interior Region's section. 

Day 3: leaves Nanaimo and, via Pemberton etc. arrive for 7pm dinner in Kelowna Mon July 27.  

For Kelowna dinner only Mon July 27, RSVP to by Wed July 22 please.

Day 4: Kelowna to Fernie: departure heading East to Fernie Tue July 28, 9am.

Register: For any part of the Grand Tour road trip, register (required) for free via in 5-10 minutes. 

As of registrations July 11, there are:
100+ cars and 155+ participants, with between 15-35 Porsches and 22-60 people participating in every segment!

(Other non-members can join in if interested: contact organizer William Bauer at for this.)

2015: Porsche Club of America turns 60!

posted Mar 11, 2015, 3:01 PM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Jul 7, 2015, 11:05 AM ]

The PCA, the largest single marque car club in the world, turns 60.
PCA Turns 60

To mark the occasion, come out to an event and say 'Happy Birthday' to some other enthusiasts... after all, "It's not just the cars, it's the people."

Father's Day Car Show & Fundraiser

posted Feb 23, 2015, 10:30 AM by Duane Bentley

2014 BCIR PCA Father's Day Car Show & Charity Event for Project Literacy was a howling success! Thanks to all volunteers and supporters.
Father's Day Car Show 2014 - Porsche Club BC Interior - PCA BCIR

Top Gear Okanagan Location

posted Feb 23, 2015, 10:28 AM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 3:02 PM ]

BCIR Porsche Club of America welcomes BBC's Top Gear cast & crew to Beautiful British Columbia (aka BBC).
Porsche Club welcomes Top Gear to BC - BCIR PCA.
Looking forward the TG episode airing in the new season!

Spring Newsletter 2013

posted Apr 20, 2013, 8:55 PM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 10:28 AM ]


2013 Welcome from the President

The last few years have seen a revival in the BC Interior Region, filled with incredible trips,

great events, much laughter and superb tours. Thanks to Past President, Gord Heidinger, for his enthusiasm in revitalizing our local club. (Gord and Leah continue as VP Kootenay and Secretary thankfully.)

Looking ahead to this year, we are building on the same foundation: planning events to bring interesting people together with their Porsches. This club is combination of personal favourites: overlapping Venn circles of Porsches, friends and sports car related-events... basically good times.

Let me illustrate my feelings...

PCA BCIR - great Porsche car club - kelowna kamloops penticton okanagan

Like life, club events are what you make them. If you haven’t been out to an event recently, then try one at the very least.

Most find that they are fun, casual and inclusive – all models and vintages welcome. (Even on Tours we welcome all sporting cars, from Alfas to Spykers.)

We are all volunteers – so the current set of events planned for 2013 reflects the interests of current team – but it is not limited to this! If you don’t see the events that you are interested in, then:

    • Tell us: email us with your suggestions.

    • Better yet, step up and volunteer to organize or help implement an event. After all, no volunteers means no events. (Not much time? No problem – just help out with part of one event.)

Enjoy the spring – and look forward to seeing you soon.

Duane Bentley, President (

Your Current Executive Team

  • After elections in Dec 2012, the new elected PCA BCIR team is:

    • President: Duane Bentley (resides in Kelowna)

    • Kootenay Vice President, and Past President, Gordon Heidinger (resides near Nelson)

    • Kamloops Vice President: Brad Pape (resides Kamloops)

    • Penticton Vice President: Don Anderson (resides in Summerland)

    • Treasurer: David Horner (resides in Nelson)

    • Membership Chair: Gustav van Niekerk (resides in Kelowna)

    • Tour Chair: Rolf Rybak (resides in Penticton)

    • Secretary: Leah Heidinger (resides near Nelson)

  • Contact information and pictures:

  • FYI: no club fees are used personally by Executive (we still pay normal entry fees to all events etc.) The only current exception is travel expenses to/from the annual Zone President’s Meeting.

New Newsletter Format

Moving forward, we will be only publishing this concise-style of e-newsletter. This format is agile and easy to publish, and uses no trees or club fees.

Importantly, we hope it is easy to digest: skim the headlines and bullet-points, read some small stories, and for longer articles, click the link back to the full story on the BCIR website.

Club Happenings 2013

  • Key BCIR Event Dates – mark them in your calendar:

    • May 19, 2013, BCIR Event: USA Okanagon Highlands Tour: one day, remote & twisty tour, 533KM return, leaving early 6am Penticton. RSVP email Rolf at

    • June 22, 2013 BCIR Event: Princeton Merritt Circle Tour. You won't want to miss this... some fine twisty roads you have never been on! RSVP email Rolf at

    • Jul 20, 2013 BCIR Event: Princeton Twisty Tour, prepare to see some new paved sideroads... RSVP email Rolf at

    • Aug 23-25, 2013: "Targa Tour" is BCIR's Annual Rally on BC's twistiest roads (non-members welcome too)! Details here...

    • Sep 14-15, 2013 BCIR Event: BC Valhalla Tour, a two day adventure leaving Kelowna, and going to Creston then back via Osoyoos. RSVP email Rolf at

  • Also, visit the updated BCIR Calendar for numerous other PCA & regional events happening nearby.

Main Articles

Have something to share? Favourite Porsche ever? Current Porsche project underway? Send your article – or even just an article idea – we promise we will read every one! Send it to

Kwerks & Quarks

  • Dons Werkshop. Welcome a new Porsche shop/mechanic specialising in air-cooled Porsches (ideally up to 1989). Visit the new Summerand shop, or website or 250 494 4919.

  • Broken key fob solutions. Drive a late model Carrera/Boxster/Cayman? You may find your key fob breaks after a while (996/986/997/987 – and Cayennes/Panameras too). You don’t have to drive to a dealership and pay the time/money for new key. An alternative is to order parts, and swap just the brokens buttons or fob body, and re-use your current chip and key blade. I have done it twice now: only half-hour and $30 - $90 or so... still working fine.

  • Keep Cats Off Your Cars in the Garage. After scratches on my previous Carrera 4S, and then regular paw prints on other all cars since, I finally found a solution. Contech CatStop Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent: Plug in this $45 ultrasonic “guard” and the cat avoids this part of the garage! (They say it works to keep pets away from parts of your home, say kitchen counters, or garden too.)

  • Tech & Product: Worried about an Intermediate Shaft (IMS) bearing failure issue or some other serious engine problem in your water-cooled Porsche? Consider the following (as per article in the November 2011 issue of Excellence magazine and personal experience):

    • IMS Retrofit (LN Engineering and Flat 6 Innovations are the co-developers)

    • IMS Solution kit (by Jake Raby, of Flat

    • LN Engineering IMS Guardian (or Guardian Jnr) warning system, as used in aviation for decades.

    • LN High Flow Oil Filter.

    • LN Magnetic Oil Drain Plug.

    • Oil analysis after every oil change – send away your oil to find out if your engine is healthy.

    • Visual filter analysis (cut it open and look for metallic flecks).

    • And good pure-synthetic oil with regular oil and filter changes (eg every 10,000 kms or less).

  • NEW: updated links to the most popular and useful Porsche technical resources & top Porsche forums... []

Have a tip, trick or anything Porsche to share? Send it to

Overview of PCA Membership Benefits

Send the following list to a friend with a Porsche but who is not yet a PCA member (and if you haven’t logged into lately, you should check out the new features):

  • Subscription to the award-winning monthly print magazine, Porsche Panorama (now edited by Pete Stout, former editor of Porsche Excellence).

  • Free classified ads and access to our exclusive members-only marketplace, The Mart (

  • PCA National weekly e-newsletter, The PCA E-Brake News (sample link…[]).

  • Regional BCIR e-newsletter.

  • Full access to, the Porsche Club of America's award-winning website   

    • Exclusive access to the Tech Q&A area where experts are available to answer your questions.

    • Valuation Program to help you establish the value of your Porsche for insurance purposes (

  • Motor Werke discount: PCA members receive a 10% discount on labour, be sure to let them know when making an appointment that you are a PCA BCIR member.

  • National and regional events including concours, autocross, driver's education, rally, and tours.

  • Access to PCA Club Racing, the nationwide racing program for all Porsche models.

  • National activities including Porsche Parade, the PCA's largest annual national convention gathering and Porsche Escape (the second largest annual event).

  • Access to club-sponsored Porscheplatz/Corral gatherings including select ALMS and Grand-Am races (like the Daytona above).

  • Group tours to Germany with unique PCA member access to the Porsche factory .

  • Exclusive access to the annual members-only raffles.

  • Free PCA logo window decals.

  • Access to PCA's exclusive members-only social networking community.

In addition to the benefits above, BCIR offers members a host of activities and benefits to enjoy locally.  Also, we try to keep our regional site up-to-date and informative with links to local resources, forums, etc: Each year’s agenda includes local club drives, club overnight or weekend events (many in association with neighbouring PCA region clubs), gimmick rallies, interesting tech-talks, technical support, club discounts for maintenance (from sponsors like Motor Werke) and a great social network of like minded Porschephiles. After all, “It’s not just the cars, it’s the people.”


Regards, Duane

President, PCA BCIR

Viva Porsche: Targa Florio Recap

posted Apr 20, 2013, 1:57 PM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Apr 20, 2013, 2:28 PM ]

Historic overall victory for Porsche 50 years ago at Targa Florio

(2006 press release by Porsche)

Targa Florio Poster 

On June 10, 1956, 50 years ago, the company now known as Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, celebrated one of its biggest and most important racing victories. Italian racecar driver Umberto Maglioli was the surprise overall winner in a Porsche 550 A Spyder at what was then the world's longest-standing and most difficult road race, the Targo Florio. The young company Porsche gained worldwide recognition with this victory, as it was the first time that a driver in a smaller racing class vehicle of up to two liters cylinder displacement managed to beat vehicles with a higher cylinder displacement. With an average speed of 90.9 m/h and a lead of nearly 15 minutes on the second place vehicle, Maglioli not only out-classed the competition but also assured the first overall victory for Porsche in the Brand World Championships.

Porsche Targa Florio

This victory was made all the more surprising because of the fact that the Porsche 550 A Spyder only debuted eleven days before the Targa Florio at a 1,000-kilometer race on the Nürburgring. Spurred on by the victory in this class, Porsche's Head of Racing, Huschke von Hanstein, traveled to Sicily with driver Maglioli and two mechanics to test the open-top Spyder's competitiveness once again. In contrast to other road races of the time, routes were not closed during training, so the drivers always had to be prepared for traffic and obstacles. Furthermore, for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer, it was the first time they took part in this legendary race as, at the time, the Targo Florio was seen as the territory of large Italian racing stables. Maglioli completed the 720-kilometer route without changing drivers in a time of 7:54.52 hours – and thanks to the reliability of his Porsche, only pulled in to the pit stop to refuel.


Yet even before this overall victory, the Targa Florio was closely associated with the name Porsche. First held under the patronage of the Italian Count Vicenzo Florio, with more than 6,000 curves and countless climbs, the 720-kilometer course in Sicilian Madonie was one of the greatest challenges in international motor sport for many decades. In 1922, the small "Sascha" model designed for Austro-Daimler by Ferdinand Porsche confidently won the 1100-ccm cylinder class. This was followed in 1924 by the overall victory of the Mercedes 2l Targa Florio race car developed at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft under the technical supervision of Ferdinand Porsche.

Umberto Maglioli's victory in 1956 marked the beginning of a unique success story for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer. After Umberto Maglioli's surprise victory in 1956, driving a Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, the duo of Edgar Barth and Wolfgang Seidel brought the second overall victory at Targa Florio home to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. In 1960, Joakim Bonnier and Hans Herrmann won in a Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder. In 1963, the Porsche 718 GTR, driven by Joakim Bonnier and Carlo Abate, emerged victorious. A new era in racing sport began for Porsche in 1964 with the 904 Carrera GTS designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. Racecar drivers Antonio Pucci and Colin Davis left all the competitors' prototypes in the dust in a standard 904 model and, in April 1964, took home the fifth overall victory.

The introduction of the Porsche 911 in 1964 also heralded a new era in racecar engineering. With the six-cylinder engine based on the Porsche 911, the Porsche 906 Carrera 6 only proved to be unbeatable, and not just in the 2-liter sports car class. At the 50th Targo Florio in 1966, Herbert Müller and Willy Mairesse won in the racecar fitted with a space frame and plastic chassis. The Porsche team entered the Targo Florio in May 1967 with a fleet of six Porsche 910 prototypes. The race ended with a triple victory as Rolf Stommelen and Paul Hawkins crossed the finish line in their Porsche 910-8 ahead of two 910-6 model racecars. Porsche managed a hat trick in 1968 with the victory of Vic Elford and Umberto Maglioli in a 907-8. The coveted "Coppa Florio" trophy hereby finally landed permanently in the hands of Porsche AG and earned a place of honor in Ferry Porsche's office.

In 1969, Porsche responded to a new Brand World Championships regulation with the development of the 908/02 Spyder. Out of six Porsche 908/02s that entered the start, four finished in the first four places. Overall victory was taken by Gerhard Mitter and Udo Schütz, who set a new course record with a time of 6:07.45 hours. Porsche sent the light and agile 908/03 Spyder to the start of the 1970 Targa Florio and this race also ended with a Porsche double victory (Jo Siffert/Brian Redman, Pedro Rodriguez/Leo Kinnunen), which was crowned by Kinnunen's record lap with an average speed of 128.57 km/h. In 1973, it was Gijs van Lennep and Herbert Müller, who drove into the history books in the historic long-distance race with a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR. By the final staging of the race as a World Championship in 1973, Porsche was the most successful automobile brand with a total of eleven overall Targa Florio victories.

Porsche overall victories at the Targa Florio


Umberto Maglioli

Porsche 550 A Spyder


Edgar Barth/Wolfgang Seidel

Porsche 718 RSK Spyder


Joakim Bonnier/Hans Herrmann Porsche

718 RS 60 Spyder


Joakim Bonnier/Carlo Abate

Porsche 718 GTR


Colin Davis/Antonio Pucci

Porsche 904 Carrera GTS


Herbert Müller/Willy Mairesse

Porsche 906 Carrera 6


Paul Hawkins/Rolf Stommelen

Porsche 910-8


Vic Elford/Umberto Maglioli

Porsche 907-8


Gerhard Mitter/Udo Schütz

Porsche 908/02 Spyder


Jo Siffert/Brian Redman

Porsche 908/03 Spyder


Gijs van Lennep/Herbert Müller

Porsche 911 Carrera RSR


All photos by Porsche.

Targa Tour: May 11-13, 2012

posted Mar 11, 2012, 12:09 AM by Duane Bentley   [ updated May 29, 2012, 9:39 AM ]

Register now for BCIR PCA's "Targa Tour" 2012 -- Mountains of motorsport adventure.

Targa Tour 2012 EVENT WRAP UP

Targa Tour was presented by Targa Canada West & Porsche Club of America's BC Interior Region (PCA BCIR). Thanks to Premier Sponsors Carrera Business Brokers and Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic. All proceeds went to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Rally Results & Photos

Above photos by PCA BCIR Targa Tour exec Dale Eurich.

What a great weekend! Thanks to the 42* teams entered, the weekend was a resounding success. From the magnificent sunny weather and fabulous roads to the stunning Sparkling Hills Resort and interesting people... good times.

* There were actually 47 event cars in total:

  • 42 teams: Full 2012 Entry List with sports car details and Car #s...
  • Three organizer's Porsches: Point Car #00, Rally Masters #28, Rally Sweep #45
  • Steve Paquette's 'Bullet Racing' #22 Porsche GT3 Cup Car – though this is was not allowed on public roads since it makes small children cry...
  • Kelowna BMW's brand new Cobalt Blue 2012 BMW M5


Through hard work, grit and determination (actually it was simply a blast and lady luck was involved) the winning teams are:

  • Rally 1st Place: Car #41, Jordan Abbott + Cassie Rothery, 1997 Honda Prelude
  • Rally 2nd Place: Car #25, Richard Hu + Peter Bartlett, 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
  • Rally 3rd Place: Car #12, Frank McKinnon + John Putnam, 2008 Ford Mustang
  • Runner Up: Car #8, Raj Diocee + Alex Greer, 2004 Audi S4

Many door prizes were given away to Rally teams. Total retail value of prizes exceeded $8,000 dollars!


Targa Tour 2012

Photo album opens in new window...

Thanks to Targa Tour Executives & Volunteers

Gustav, Brad, Nicki, Dale & Duane and all other volunteers who pitched in.

Thanks to Sponsors


Thanks SHR

Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, BC, Canada

Sparkling Hill Resort, near Vernon, BC, Canada, a luxurious mountain resort with dramatic architecture, enchanting views, a premier restaurant and an award winning spa. Thanks to Sparkling Hill Resort for being a gracious host.

Echoes from the Interior: Vol 2

posted Dec 1, 2010, 10:10 AM by Duane Bentley

BCIR Newsletter Volume 2 (Published Nov 2010)

Table of Contents

  • Request for Executive Nominees
  • Message from the President
  • It’s not just the People
  • Don at the Drag Strip
  • Targa New Zealand
  • 20 Years of Development
  • Porsche Escape 2010
  • Your Porsche was Designed to Race: Silver State & Salt Flats
  • Hibernate? Big White Winter Rally & SnowX

It’s Election Time: Request for Executive Nominees

It is time for our annual BCIR-PCA executive team election. If you are a Porsche keener, enjoy organizing, a people person, or just simply have some spare time you wish to contribute to this chapter of PCA, please send a brief summary of yourself and Porsche experiences (if any, it is ok if you have no club experience) to to nominate yourself for one of the following BCIR-PCA positions:
· President
· Vice President Nelson
· Vice President South Okanogan
· Vice President North Okanogan
· Vice President Kamloops
· Treasurer **
· Secretary **
** preferably same location as presidentPlease send your self-nominations by Friday December 10th, 2010. Elections will follow shortly after. If you have any questions on any of the responsibilities and rolls involved in the above executive positions, please request them and we will send details to you.

Message from the President

by Gordon Heidinger
We have grown from 31 members last year to 44! This is great news and thank you to all our new members for joining. I very much look forward to personally helping the region grow and establish itself over the many more years to follow. We truly do have a variety of excellent members and car owners throughout our region. We hope to encourage everyone to network via our BCIR connections to coordinate get togethers. Whether it’s simply getting together for a coffee or beverage to talk about cars, or cruising some of the best paved roads in North America right in our own back yard, BCIR networking will allow you to make such arrangements.

Each sub-region has a friendly representative that you can reach out to to find out about the more local events, or if you’re interested in arranging and sending out notifications to other BCIR-PCA members, we can do that for you.
We are always welcoming new members and new enthusiasm in the world of Porsches and other exotic car lovers in the great interior. So if you’re a bit of a keener, and like to network with other fine car owners, please drop us a line. We look forward to hearing from you.
Happy motoring, Gord Heidinger, President, BCIR

It’s Not Just the Cars, It’s the People!

by Dale Eurich
Own a Porsche? Join the club.  Over 100,000 of your fellow Porsche owners already have. 

For over 50 years, the Porsche Club of America has been dedicated to enhancing the Porsche ownership experience. Social, technical or competitive - no matter your interest, the PCA has something to offer every Porsche owner. The Porsche Club of America offers driving experience, technical assistance, member benefits, and camaraderie second to none. Over the years, the club has grown to 139 Regions across North America.

While our cars are very exclusive, the club is not. Membership is open to all Porsche owners, co-owners or lessees, who are 18 years of age or older. At the time of joining, the member of record is permitted to name either a member of his or her family to become a family member or other interested person to become an affiliate member, at no additional cost. The family or affiliate member must also be 18 years of age or older.

Membership dues are payable in U.S. funds by cheque, money order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The fee includes the monthly Porsche Panorama magazine, the world's premier publication dedicated to Porsches. A portion of your dues is returned each year to your assigned local region for support of its local activities.
Please Note: If you are already a member of PCA and have requested to be assigned to a PCA region other than the British Columbia Interior Region, the BCIR Executive would encourage you to contact PCA and request to be assigned to the BCIR.
You may securely apply online by going to the following address:
Happy and safe driving!
Dale Eurich, Membership Chair, BCIR

Don at the Drag Strip

by Don Anderson
The Wine Country Racing Association's holds several drag races every spring summer and fall in Osoyoos. I went in spring, and in fall and had a surprising amount of fun. it's side by side 1/8 mile drags on an airport runway. There are different classes but I ran in the open street class. There's also bracket racing and faster classes for full-on dragsters.
You can run your car as hard or as easy as you want. I didn't try a burn-out or anything, just let out the clutch and got on the gas. it would be fun to run some Porsches and other sports cars against each other.
You can race almost as many times as you want. After your run you can head back to the pits or line up to go again. It's $10 admission for everyone and a $20 driver's fee. Tech is very easy. Just make sure your battery is tied down.
Below are links to the WCRA site and videos of my runs. I can't emphasize enough that it's just plain fun. Any questions just drop me a line. Hope to see you there next year!

Targa New Zealand

by Duane Bentley. Photos courtesy of Groundsky Photography & author.
Targa New Zealand recap... the week of racing went really well: finished 3rd in Classic Category 2, and 9th overall in the Classic Division (any vehicle built before 1986). Kelly is a solid driver – keeping cool under pressure. He has the discipline to not let the "red mist" take over and avoiding apexing too early. Thankful to have been invited into the co-drivers’ seat.

Happy to say I seemed to have Beginner's Luck and nailed the co-driver / navigator duties, the most important of which are as follows:
a) don't get car sick and obscure windshields with vomit.
b) don't grab the steering wheel or handbrake... especially on corners.
c) don't constantly scream "We are all going to die!"
d) don't mistake your "left" and "right" (e.g. "...90 degrees left after blind crest, caution cliff on right... you can see it would get interesting if you switch those little words.)
Also, if interested, a series of videos recapping each day from the Targa NZ organizers.
Prologue Day:
Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3:
Day 4:
Day 5:
Our 1973 Porsche 911 3.0 RS was superb, considering the pounding a car gets racing on public roads with variable tarmac surfaces, including many humps, jumps and bumps. Furthermore, considering it was built in the same year I was born (1972) is pretty amazing for a car that old to be so solid.
Thanks to EuroPacific / Carrera Sport Racing, an Auckland, NZ, Independent Porsche Specialist: they provided the "turnkey racecar" (arrive-and-drive rental) that was well prepared – and a superb crew: superb team of Steve, Luke, Jarrod, Nathan and Hoods. They kept us on the road, fixed they few little issues that naturally spring up and treated us like the royalty we aren't!
It was  a "bucket list" adventure of epic proportions... Final thanks to my good wife Janna for supporting this hobby/work passion!

I am a lucky man.
Duane Bentley, PCA BCIR VP Kelowna, is also the CEO of Targa Canada West, and is bringing this ‘tarmac rally’ style of motorsport adventure to the BC Interior.

20 Years of Development

by Gordon Heidinger
It seems as though the Porsche owner gets bit by the Porsche bug between the young age of 6 and 10.  Which I lately have been learning is really the peak age of influence for the over-all male species, particularly when it comes to the future careers and more relatively the toys we end up collecting and playing with as adults.  Well really, let’s admit, we don’t really grow up, we simply get bigger, better and usually more expensive toys.  Sometimes seemingly not maturing at all when it comes to play time.  I always thought I was pretty unique when I had my first ride in a white 79 911 SC, at the ripe age of 8 years old.  That had influenced me so much that I ended up pivoting my entire career around this simple “rip around the block,” my older brother’s friend’s father’s car.  I suppose it also helped that I am a mutt mix of German and Austrian and therefore felt like I had this silly magical family connection to Porsche brand.  Sort of like that connection that most young Americans typically feel for celebrities, almost this make-believe friendship or relationship, describes exactly what I had felt for this superior automotive brand.  To add to that, throughout several of the subsequent blooming years of my childhood coincided with the truly blooming years of Porsche products.  Reading reviews in Motor Trend magazine, articles about their dominants at Lemans, GT racing, not to mention watching the birth of the legendary 959.  And how could I ever forget the Rothmans 911 SCRS rally car, which, being born and raised in the frozen prairie city of Winnipeg, was the driving style that most attracted me throughout my pubescent development.  To the point where I wore out the handbrake cables in my mother’s car during my early driving years.  To me it was not a parking brake, more a secondary much more efficient lever to help get around the corners of the frozen solid streets.  A driving technique which later enhanced into left foot braking methods, and only used the handbrake on sharp slow speed hairpins or to quickly turn around on single residential streets.  I would try to impress my passengers (male and female) with successfull attempts of the Scandinavian Flick.  Which, I might add, can go wrong so utterly quick if not precisely performed or if road conditions aren’t exactly what is expected, or… on a first date! 
As I meet more and more Porsche enthusiasts from around the world, some owners and some not yet, I find that my conception of the Porsche bug was not such a unique occurrence at all.  Most of us owners, all most all owners in fact, have been influenced by Porsche at some young age, which then lead to a purchase many years later.  Porsche has even produced and aired a couple commercials with that exact story line, which I must admit, would jerk a tear at a moment of emotional weakness.
As all companies with uber-successful products, they do change, a lot.  Year after year, Porsche has made slow, small, and stable steps to refining their products.  Listening to what their customers may want, enhancing product with only perfection in mind.  Perfecting the product year after year, durability test after durability test, lap after lap on the Nordschleifer. 
In one of our 2009 jaunts to Meadow Creek for Breakfast, well okay, we were out more for the asphalt corners than breakfast, breakfast was merely a convenience along the way, I met Paul.  I’ve heard a little bit about his 83 930 from my neighbour who ended up connecting us.  So only 3 of us on the road this time since it was fairly late in the season.  Along the meandering way back to Nelson from Kaslo, we decide to swap, which is a pretty normal routine for us trusting P-car owners.  Finally a chance to drive the car that was plastered all over my bedroom walls as a boy, truly the epitome of my automotive life.  When I first got into the car I stumbled across a very fun and quite unique fact, my 996 was exactly 20 years newer, and had almost identical odometer reading.  At first you may think , “big deal, get to the point”, but here’s the fun bit, to test drive these cars back to back, on a quiet mountain road, clear of traffic.  It was almost like stepping back in time and getting into a new car from the dealership in 1983.  What a fantastic experience.   Now I suppose a more direct comparison would have been a 996 TT, but not from a power-to-weight point of view.  And keep in mind both 996 and 930 are propelled by the rear wheels with similar power to weight ratios.
We pull out from the gas station and I immediately notice my feet/legs are pointing to the right,  something I always hear about, but now noticed it so much it felt like my right big toe was directly under the crest on the hood.  I also quickly learned that the synchros felt a lot like the ZF in my 79 928, very fussy, somewhat noisy and rough if not shifted properly.  It was at this exact time I remembered that the new owner of this vehicle was behind me in my own cabriolet, so he certainly can hear everything I’m doing write and wrong.  Well our lead car was getting rather “spirited” with his driving enthusiasm since it was only 3 of us, and I truly had to keep up. 

Our roads along the west side of the Kootenay Lake are very typical of the BC interior, extremely windy, but smooth as there are never any transports that use them.  With that there are very few passing opportunities.  At this point we were encroaching on a poor lonely little red Audi TT.  Lady luck shook her stick at our lead car and he flew by with a beautiful passing opportunity, exactly long enough to barely use three dash lengths of the dashed passing line.  Probably only meant to give Ducati Monster the opportunity to pass a hay hauling ox and wagon.  So now it was my turn, cruising along at a hair under triple digit speed in the third of four gears.  Not a chance of boost given that I was under 3000 RPM.  At this moment I had to question my mannerism and thought to myself, “do I really have to drop into second, at near triple digit speeds?”  Well, sorry Paul, but I had to pass the poor little Audi that could.  Dropped into second, floored it at about 3 seconds earlier than I normally would to in order to obtain the perfect max boost timing while I pass, or einlass druck as the gauge in the center of the dash.  Needless to say, Paul never did mention anything about that, probably out of politeness since I was someone he didn’t really know that well yet at the time, but I’m sure he must have cringed slightly. 

The next few corners needless to say were at a bit of a quicker pace.  The manual steering really made it feel like the wheel, column, rack, rod ends, wheels and tires were all extensions of your very own limbs.  You have to work hard in order to muscle the car around corners, feeling every little pebble on the road through your palms, which in my mind is all very fantastic.  The steering response was incredible.  That coupled with a lower stiffer suspension set up really made the vehicle dynamics very exciting.  You can feel the raw handling and low center of gravity of the design, purely brilliant.
As I was rolling into each corner, the brake peddle feel was also a little more raw, not that the 930 was short of stopping power since there was Brembo meet in between the metal piston sandwich of the brake callipers.  It just took a little extra to get that initial brake response, but then the stopping grip was plentiful.  Much more linear than traditional power brakes found in today’s cars. 

This car’s layout was truly placed with passenger comfort and weight placement in mind.  The wind screen feels like you’re really wearing it, a bit more upright and close to your face than a traditional super car.  Doors were as thin and small as possible, rear seats for little ones, some room for some luggage up front, truly a wonderful daily driver if so desired. 
Once we slowed down for the Balfour speed reduction zone, we decided to pull over and switch back.  It was truly at this moment that I noticed that the newer Porsches almost have had their character completely refined from them.  I can comfortably sip my on my Americano from Oso Negro and accelerate, almost forgetting to remember, and not needing to care, what gear I really need to be in.  This thanks to vario-cams that give plenty of torque from 600 to 6000 RPM, so gear selection is less important.  I can have a comfortable conversation with my passenger with out shouting, even with the top down.  As I pass through the cooler air from Kokanee creek (a phenomenon only convertible or motorcycle riders truly know about) I can flip on my heated seats to comfort my rather pampered bottom.  The system employs pulse-width-modulation (PWM) controls that in fact will heat the seat elements slightly more with the top down than when it is up.  If there’s a slight drizzle or mist of moisture around the next mountain gulley, I have what is seemingly an infinite number of wiper delay settings ranging between half a second and three days.  It’s almost a distraction from fiddling with it all the time, only because the rain here in the mountains is never ever consistent. 
I have also noticed that my hydraulically lifted glove box on the 996 perfectly accommodates the extra copies of Panorama I get for membership endorsement.  Rather ironic, almost eerie as to how well they fit.

The styling lines, body curves, and overall fun factor of the 930 is 100% in my books, and fulfill that ever so important roll that a sports car does to every owner.  That true Porsche character that has truly made this brand is epitomised in the 930.  20 years later, the 996 is much more subtle and refined, truly a great daily driver.  Not as heart-pumping exciting, but not lacking character either.  It’s just been evolved into something different.  Not to mention they made so many that they’re a-dime-a-dozen.  I must say, however, I do somehow still love my 996, and the car still seemingly has that magic of captivating and enchanting it’s owners and those young ones who ride along with them.  And believe me, I poison those young passengers of mine when ever I get the chance.  I plant that exact same bug with my little rides I give up and down my street to those young members of family and friends when they visit.  It makes me insanely contemplate adding a 3rd member to the family living in my garage.

Porsche Escape 2010

The two biggest Porsche events of the annual calendar are the larger Porsche Parade, and the smaller Porsche Escape.  These events alternate annually east and west of the Mississippi.  September saw the first time either event had been held in Canada, with more than 350 registrants for the gathering at Sun Peaks, located just north of Kamloops.  Some of the activities that took place driving tours, golf, a show & shine.  The show and shine is a very unique one because it’s held among the shops of the pretty alpine ski village.  A rather picturesque display for the finely crafted machinery.

Your Porsche is Designed to Race

Author Kelly Silverthorn & Duane Bentley, line up to race in Duane’s Martini liveried Porsche Carrera S.
The Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC) is the original of the current crop of Open Road Style (ORR) races, with further such events in Nevada, Texas and Nebraska. The SSCC boasts a single 90 mile stage of closed public road running from Eli south towards Las Vegas. This year did not eclipse the standing record of more than 240 vehicle entries, nor the 206 mile per hour (~332 km/h) average (gulp) winning speed in the Unlimited Division.
With Duane's bone stock Porsche 997 S, the fastest SSCC class we could enter was 110 mph. Frankly, it is easy for a late model 911 to exceed 110 mph average on the course, but the goal in all but the Unlimited Class is to cross the finish line at the exact correct moment. Typically the best three cars in each class will be within one second of their target times. We felt pleased as Open Road race rookies to have finished within a few seconds of our target.
For such a large event SSCC does a great job of making all the competitors feel like one big family. The mix of small town Ely and high-glitz Vegas is also well integrated. This long-running icon is more than just a competition of machinery – it is a ‘happening’ that you must experience since it’s about the great people too. Hey, that sounds familiar.

Salt Fever

Visiting the Land Speed Record home of Bonneville has been on our respective bucket lists for some time. The Utah Salt Flats Racers Association event (called USFRA 'World of Speed') dove-tailed nicely with the Silver State Classic (Reno Air Races too!). So with a minor detour the Targa Canada West team was also flying the Porsche flag in the salt... and what a surreal event it is.
Bonneville is a zany, eclectic branch of the motorsport family tree. Within a few hours we had met the LSR holders for pre-1962 VWs, for motorhomes, and for bar stools. Duane and I each went much faster than many of those LSR holders in joining the 130 mph club. Really all we needed were our helmets and some sunscreen – a testament to the 997.
Thanks to Chris Germana and Motor Werke in Kelowna, BC, for sponsorship, car preparation and post-event check-up and including a very thorough salt clean.

Never Hibernate

You’ve no doubt heard of Porsche’s “Never Hibernate” campaign, e.g. “Get out and play in the snow. In a Porsche.” Even if you aren’t someone who puts snow tires on your Porsche, you probably have thought about it.
While I can’t speak about the more practical Porsches (Cayennes and Panameras), I can tell you that modern Carreras (996 / 997) do just fine in winter. After all, it does snow in Germany.
The key is true winter tires – and discipline. The tires are a self-evident truth to car nuts – or, if you don’t have them on your winter car you are nuts. Discipline is the hard requirement... it keeps everything smooth – easy on and off the throttle and/or brakes. Oh, and an invisible bra will help your peace of mind from winter gravel.
Also, consider participating in the Big White Winter Rally – in particular the ‘Valley Mitsubishi’ SnowX on Sat Dec 4th – either as a racer, volunteer or spectator.
The annual snow rally brings professional and amateur racers out from the gravel rally racing scene. The top level of racing requires a safety equipped, caged car – and of course a penchant for sliding sideways at high speed. Dress warmly and you can witness some good racing at the spectator spots.
Concurrent to the Winter Rally, at the Happy Valley Lodge parking lot, the SnowX is running. (SnowX, aka autocross in the snow and ice, is single car race against the clock.) This is a fun event and very approachable – new comers are warmly welcomed.
The SnowX is a bargain way to experience a bit of Porsche’s new Camp4 Winter Driving Experience. (Anyone going to Quebec for this?)
Come up to the opening weekend at Big White. I will be up at the SnowX – just look for me in the blue Martini striped 997...probably with my rear end trying to pass my front end!
Entry Forms and information on Big White Winter Rally and SnowX: or contact organizer Jennifer Daly.
In any case, enjoy the winter in your Porsche.
And if you are looking for some race inspiration, check out a recent Porsche win: see Jeff Zwart’s record smashing (by 38 seconds!) run up Pikes Peak in a Porsche GT3.

Newsletter Vol 1 2010

posted Apr 25, 2010, 12:25 AM by Duane Bentley   [ updated Apr 25, 2010, 1:06 AM ]

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Table of Contents
New Executive Team Introduction...2
2009 Events in Review...3
Message from the President...4
Benny’s Beast...5
It’s not just the People...8
What do you want to do with your Porsche...8
Request for Photos...8
Zone 6 Representative Meet and Greet...9
Upcoming 2010 BCIR Events...9

New Executive Team Introduction

by Gordon Heidinger
BCIR has undergone some changes in format in 2009 and early 2010. One of which is an exchange of executive committee. Dwayne Armeneau and his team of executives have done a fantastic job of founding BCIR and running events and gatherings for almost two decades. That amount of time is much more than ever expected from any executive team.

As a matter of fact most regions see an exchange of executive every few years. So hats off once again for Dwayne, his exec team Bob Larue, Mark Oakley and family members for the outstanding patience and tenacity in keeping BCIR afloat for such a long time.

Needless to say, an exchange of executive committee is only fair for the BCIR pioneers. Along with the new executive committee came a new strategy. A strategy of multiple VP to hopefully accommodate what is already naturally happening among Porsche enthusiasts in the BCIR area. 

Please allow me to introduce to you our new executive team:
  • President: Gordon Heidinger
  • Kelowna Vice President: Duane Bentley
  • Kamploops Vice President: Kelly Pape
  • Pentiction Vice President: Don Anderson
  • Treasurer: Dave Horner
  • Safety Chair: Chris Cochraine
  • Secretary: Leah Welch
I also welcome any other members interested in volunteering or if you were an executive volunteer in the previous regime to please contact me. Monthly conference call executive meetings have been arranged and are well into progress.

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