Greetings to all Finger Lakes PCA Region members, The election process has been completed and our current officer slate has been re-elected for another two years. We are also pleased to see a group of members taking initiative in coordinating, and promoting additional events. This makes future transitions easier to prepare for and spreads our member participation throughout our region.
Our Southern tier area continues to see growth and we would like to host more events there besides of our activities at The Glen. This gives an opportunity for our Monroe County members to take a pleasant drive out and our outlying area members a better chance to connect. Please continue to pass along ideas for events and venues for members to enjoy. This was the first year that we utilized the “Thumbdrive” as a means of announcing spontaneous events. The average attendance for these events was about ten members. This really is ideal when just planning a drive and see who may show up. We’ll continue that for 2020 perhaps adding a textalert for those willing to participate.
This is a special notice to any four door member owners and to those of our members who may know of four door Porsche owners. We would like to continue the Coffee and Cars over the winter and bring your Cayenne’s, Macan’s,and Panamera’s. The Zone One meeting has approved these for autocross and are being increasingly present and discussed by PCA. Our area has great representation of these Porsche’s and we would like to increase that in our regions membership.
Please send any pictures you may have of the year as we would look to include those in our gallery section of our website Archives. We will also be looking to announce a date for our planning meeting and a revival of our new member meeting. Our website will see a refresher as it was a work in progress for our first year taking over the design. Any suggestionson improving or adding to the website flk.pca.org is welcome along with volunteer webmasters. This has been a successful year with membership growth above 20%. Participation at our four signature events continued to show improvement and our new fifth event in Big Flats at Tags will now be added to our list. We welcome your feedback and suggestions over the coming months so winter won’t give us a break. Enjoy the holidays and getting ready for the next drive. Dom
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Our Southern Tier members met at Tags Restaurant in Big Flats, NY on Saturday October 19th. It was an afternoon outing with great weather for a fall drive. The facilities provided open parking, good food and good drink. The day brought together 24 Finger Lakes Region members. If you haven’t been before Tags is a nice atmosphere with signed guitars decorating the restaurant. Remember we are always open to new places to drive to in our region. This was a great turnout exceeding our goal of twenty. Please feel free to make suggestions for future gatherings and we can get them on our calendar. We all have a various opinions on where to go to share with our group. This is one we’ll do again!
We have our monthly “Coffee and Cars” the second Saturday of the month November 9th at Leo’s Bakery in East Rochester. This is a great place for new members to introduce themselves, learn about our region, and invite other Porsche members to join our region. Recently we had a variety from a 1965 356 to a Panamera Hybrid. Chuck Chada, Mike Sullivan, Joe Pagano, and myself attended along with visitor John B. and his Porsche 356. We would really like to expand this to the Southern tier region as our membership has grown in Ithaca, Elmira, Horseheads, and Pennsylvania. Perhaps this can be done the third Saturday of the month so members have a choice or visit both. We just need a place to publicize that has adequate parking, good coffee, and a great bakery. Most times we’ll see 5 to 10 cars and that’s really all you need. All Porsche’s are welcome especially with the change in seasons so we encourage four doors.
We had an enjoyable evening beginning with a reception at the IMRRC in Watkins Glen. About twenty members attended learning the history of motor racing and the artifacts housed in our own region. We presented to Jim and Laura Butler recognition for their service to the Finger Lakes Region of PCA. They have always been willing to assist in a leadership position attending events, planning meetings, and coordinating what needs to be done. They have been consistent members participating through our regions inception and appreciate all they have done.
From there a number of members drove their Porsche’s on the historic “old course” and ended at the charming Seneca Lodge. A few more members met us for dinner as we filled the room to capacity. Paul and Christine Corter told us about their experience attending their first PCA Porsche Parade. It was a great presentation that gave us an informative review of how to get there, what to do, and the fun you can have. Dinner was great as we had time to socialize and talk people, Porsche’s, racing, and dining. We have a few pictures included.
Scenes from the Seneca Lodge party room with historic posters of the races at The Glen, and our reception at the IMRRC.
There are several monthly events going on as well that members may want to attend. Our regular 2nd Saturday of the month being October 12th “Coffee and Cars” at Leo’s Bakery in East Rochester. This is a great time to meet new members, talk cars, and have a great coffee and pastry.
Fox Run Vineyards hosted our relaxed concours event on Sunday July 28th Show, Taste, and Tour. This year we had over 28 members showing 18 cars. We had members from Pennsylvania, visitors from Connecticut, Turbos, Targas, Cabs, 4 doors, and no rain. Please provide your feedback since we are always looking to hold events to bring in surrounding membership. We’ve had 2 good years at Fox Run and may want to patronize other wineries in our region. We have pictures below but also go to our Events page for more content.
Name tags are in for our most recent members. You can pick them up at most events when you attend. These are normally brought by one of the officers so if you know you will be attending one of our events we’ll be sure to have your tag available. Please go to the Membership page for a list of tags that have just come in. This is an expense to our club in return for your attendance and enjoyment. I’ll soon include a list of established members that have not yet picked up their name tags.
We had a beautiful summer evening for our “Dinner in Letchworth State Park” at the Glen Iris Inn. Fourteen members attended taking advantage of the scenic drive, pleasant company, and stunning views. We had a special treat as we lined up for a group pictureas seen below. Several of the brilliantly colored hot air balloons came over the gorge and hovered over the falls. You’ll see Steve at the left more interested in the scenery than the group photo. Next up we’ll have “Dinner in Naples” at Bob and Ruth’s. This had been mentioned by several members and was an original favorite of FLK members back in the early years. Since this is a week destination we’ll look to start at 6:00 pm. More details will follow, and always check our calendar.
On June 12th we had eight members take advantage of our first “Thumb Drive”. This is a spontaneous, or (semi) get together that any member can initiate. Just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the Thumb Drive tab on our website flk.pca.org. It will show under the current event tab. Below is Laura, Neil, Kathie, Bea, Doug, Gini, Curt, and Jim. This is from their gathering at the Twisted Rail Brewing Co. in Canandaigua, NY. We always have our Coffee and Cars the second Saturday of the month at Leo’s Bakery in East Rochester between 8:30 and 10:30 am. That weekend I may become a first time grandfather so I may be drinking more than coffee that day.
We had a great turnout for our annual celebration in the Glen Club for the national PCA Porsche Clash. And yes weather allowing for a competitive track full of Cayman’s, 911’s, some 968’s and a host of beefed up front and rear engine Porsche’s. Our attendance had members from Pennsylvania, the Southern Tier, and Monroe County. Many brought family members as well as this is a great event to enjoy the drive and meet fellow members. Below are some of our cars in attendance as we were able to take advantage of the The Glen Club parking. We were alos joined for lunch by Mike and Pam Bryan our Zone One reps and heard a brief history of the Clash event by Luis Martinez.
Thank you to some new attendees to our Glen Club meet up being Doug Archer, Jennifer Heine, Gary Wilcox, and their family members.
Members enjoying one of our Coffee and Cars event held 2nd Saturday each month at Leo’s Bakery.
Yes we did complete our Track Day at the Glen. It was a wild ride as you can see below. We had nine cars drive as a group from our starting point in Canandaigua and another six met up with us at the Glen. After the drive a number of members converged together for lunch and enjoyed the day. All said and done with the crazy weather we had just one less car than in 2018. Thanks again to Luis Martinez for setting up the track date and Mike Sullivan for leading the drive.