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It would seem that summer is finally on its way, and one that I am picking will be embraced by our members with gustoafter such a long stretch of uncertainty and limited activity. Your National Committee and Regional Social Committees are busy organising a full and varied calendar of events for the months ahead. It is certainly a pleasure to participate in well attended events again!
I would like to make special mention of the up-and-coming Hawkes Bay Region, spearheaded by long time Club stalwart Damien Shalfoon, partnering up with Greg McEwan. The guys have built a strong local membership base and look to be having a lot of fun enjoying events and drives together. Likewise, a nod to the great work that James Nimmo continues doing in the Waikato Region, with Martin Burglass (see article in this issue) and the local team providing enthusiastic assistance.
As I write this, we have just had a sensational first round of the Pirelli Porsche Race Series at Manfeild. A huge gathering of 33 cars, in the words of Stu Owers, ‘the biggest field of racing Porsches assembled in New Zealand for at least 20 years’. The weekend produced some fantastic racing that was enjoyed by all. The relatively new and exciting Boxster Class just keeps on growing and the Manfeild round was certainly helped by uncharacteristically superb Labour Weekend weather.
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome Sothebys as our latest sponsor of the Pirelli Porsche Race Series and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.
Two rounds of the Series are being run in the South Island this season and it was great seeing racers up from the mainland, participating at Manfeild. The next round sees the Series at Hampton Downs on November 25-26 so do get out to the track as the Series makes its way through the country, and support our very own Club racing and personalities. It is a huge amount of fun to watch and it’s very competitive!
A very big congratulations to Chris Barendregt, Matt Burton, Stu Owers and the rest of the Race Series Committee and team on such a successful start to what will undoubtably be a fantastic season ahead. Likewise, our warmest thanks to the Series sponsors and supporters, without you all, this spectacular racing would not happen.
This coming weekend sees the annual SWOTY (Southern Weekend of The Year) in full swing. Based in picturesque Wanaka, it will no doubt be another hugely successful and memorable event.
Scarily, fast approaching are the various regional Xmas functions and for those attending the traditional Milford picnic celebration in Auckland, I would mention that the annual Club Concours d’ Elegance will be taking place. The usual Concours’ Heavy, Concours’ Light, Show and Shine and People’s Choice competitions will be held, so get to work preparing your cars and join in the rewarding fun that is Concours’!
The Club Concours’ will of course lead on to PCNZ hosting NZ’s largest, most prestigious Classic Car Show and Intermarque Concours d’ Elegance at the Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, Sunday February 12th. Given the cancellation of last year’s event due to Covid (and at the same time the tail end of a cyclone), it will mean that the PCNZ organising team will be again calling on members who pledged their help for the cancelled event, to again hopefully be available to help us hosting this exciting, world class event.
In the last Spiel issue, I mentioned two upcoming events that we are working on with EML/Porsche NZ. For the South Island, Porsche is the chosen primary Marque to spearhead the George Begg Festival, to be held in Invercargill, the week leading up to, and the weekend of April 1st-2nd. Further information is in this issue and rest assured Scott O’Donnell, the primary host, driving force and chief organiser behind the festival has a spectacular event planned. This event will see not only extremely rare Porsches but also celebrity drivers, classic racing, a touch of ‘Goodwood Classic’, superb wining and dining in the Southward Museum etc. Members will be issued the official registration forms as we get closer to being able to launch things.
For the North Island, we wanted to combine and celebrate three special landmark occasions: the worldwide celebration of Porsche Clubs 70th anniversary year, the upcoming closure of Pukekohe Park Raceway (April 2023) and the last time that our Club’s Pirelli Porsche Race Series will be racing at this nostalgic track, that holds very special memories for so many members. Again, hand in hand with EML/Porsche NZ we have a fabulous day planned for February 25th, seeing a morning coffee visit with hopefully great photo opportunities with the Warbirds at Ardmore Aerodrome, South Auckland. This will be followed by a country drive in convoy to Pukekohe Park Raceway to our specially reserved carpark area to watch our Porsche Series in action.
Numbers will be limited for this event, and it will be strictly on a first registered basis, so look out for the official registration flyer, being sent out soon.
I shall sign off with a reminder to all our members to support our sponsors and supporters, without them our wonderful Club would simply not be what it is.
Enjoy the long fine days ahead, get those precious Porsches out and enjoy them. Drive safely in the world’s greatest automobiles!
Ash Powell – President
Are you prepared for summer? Your Porsche should now be uncovered, serviced, polished and fit for the road or the track so what is holding you back? Check the event calendar in Spiel and the PCNZ website and follow the Facebook postings to keep informed.
Despite the winter many of you have been out driving or preparing your projects and if the wonderful and varied contributions in this Spiel are an indication you have been enjoying your favourite marque. I thank you all and look forward to many new tales of Porsche related fun. Let me know your ideas to improve the content.
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SPIEL Issue # 218 Contents
|40 years of Group C – a Reunion in Leipzig
|Kikiwa Roadburner Rendezvous & Lunch at Seifrieds
By Paul & Carol Heywood
|Central DYPD By Carol McLoughlin VIEW GALLERY|
|Southern Visit to Bruce Mcilroy Bently Ashburton
By Andre Hopman
|New Zealand’s First Porsche the 356 Continental
By Graham Lister VIEW ARTICLE
|Westbrook Winery 'Poker Run'
By Martin Rees
|DYPD Hawkes Bay
By Damien Shalfoon VIEW GALLERY
|Sotheby's International Realty Editorial|
|OEM By Martin Buglass|
|Celebrating Ferry Porsche in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty By James Nimmo|
|Pirelli Porsche Race Series Round One
By Stuart Owers
|2022 DYPD By Vince Zhou VIEW GALLERY|
|Stop Press From Stuttgart
By Andrew Anderson
|Southern Mackenzie Gravel Road Run
By Graeme Lindsay VIEW GALLERY
|PCNZ Southern Spars Factory Visit
By Martin Rees
|3 Days Experiencing the Taycan Cross Turismo 4S
By Ash Powell
|First New Zealand 911 Displayed at the Castle
By Fred Hampton
|2022 Targa – South Island By Camilla Welch|
|BBQ at Flaxmore Vineyards
By Paul & Carol Heywood
|Porsche Girls Weekend to Oamaru
By Helen Carter VIEW GALLERY
|Central Region Go Karting Challenge
By Camilla Welch VIEW GALLERY
|Luft By Chris Quin|
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|Vice President||Peter Stewart|
|Spiel Editor||Peter Stewart|
|Club Administrator||Teresa Conway|