Happy holidays Finger Lakes Region members. We have our latest FRONTRUNNER newsletter in the archives section. Please enjoy the cover article on the PCA Parade. We also have articles on racing at IMSA, driving in Sicily, as well as updates on our elections, membership, and contacts. Our calendar and events list is not included since this information is dynamic and will be updated periodically here on the website www.flk.pca.org.
Please consider printing the newsletter and distribute it to car establishments, gathering places, or handing out to other car enthusiasts. Also consider writing about a special Porsche experience that you may have had or a unique driving event to share. We will also be needing another publisher as our assistant in this Karen Schwartzman is retiring. We truly thank her for assisting and guiding us in this necessary part of our club. We were one of the first regions to go fully digital in our newsletter and Karen was a big part of this for us.
There is no better way to finish the year than by welcoming three new members to our region! We hope to see Stephen Komor and his black 2007 Cayman S, Andrew Carpentier and his 2004 911 Carrera 4S, and William Zaidel and his 1986 944 Turbo Guards Red on some clean summer roads. This brings our new membership for the year to 25! A great accomplishment for a region of our size. Thank you all for sharing the benefits of our region and for welcoming new members into PCA. We look forward to 2020 where we can find new ways to enjoy the Porsche marque and the benefits of driving in the Finger Lakes Region.
All of our members have a benefit of membership to participate in an annual gathering. In the past we have called this our planning meeting and everyone is encouraged to make suggestions and present ideas to share. Because our weather is difficult to predict in the winter scheduling a large group to participate has been stressful. So our board will get together on January 25th and will be open to those who would like to attend. And then early in the season we’ll have a catered general membership meeting for all to present our ideas, share thoughts, and talk Porsche’s.
The goals for 2020 is to become more interactive with membership. We would like to be more spontaneous with events by using the “Thumbdrive”. There is also a real benefit by broadening out core events to other areas in our region. Our concentration of membership is in Monroe County which we don’t want to ignore while our recent membership growth and participation has been East. It is all about the drive so keeping our Western region members interested in driving East is a win for everyone. We also hope to resurrect and utilize our Survey Monkey page for ideas and opinions. There are many events that we’ve spoken about such as a holiday party, new member gathering, car dealer visits, and charitable events. Getting feedback on these would be a real benefit. Additions to the Archive page for a picture gallery, a classified section, and new member section are planned . You should see these over the coming weeks. Our next email update is planned for 1/5/20 and Coffee and Cars will resume in March. Of course feel free to show up the second Saturday of the month at Leo’s since you never know who may show up.
Have a Happy New Year and a safe 2020.
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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.