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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