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President’s Report

Dear members, what an exciting few weeks we have had with the celebrations of Porsche’s 75th birthday when, with the registering of the first official Porsche sports car, the foundations were laid for the global success the Marque has become today. After the struggle of those post-war early years, in the former sawmill at Gmund, to the move to Stuttgart and the incredible story that has unfolded since.

With the world at a crossroads with options of alternative ‘clean’ energy sources and the always omni-present economic aspects, I suspect the next decade will certainly be one of change and interesting times! 

All four Official Porsche Centre’s celebrated this milestone here in ‘Godzone’ and you will see some wonderful photos that Peter has collated further on in this issue.

We recently closed off the bookings for the upcoming tours of the Porsche Leipzig and Zuffenhausen factories and the Museum which will take place between September 18th and the 21st. After our last day in Zuffenhausen we will be touring the RUF facility in Pfaffenhausen, which will round off what I am sure will be another memorable Club Factory Tour. Some of those joining us on the tour will go on to Rennsport Reunion in California on their way home, a total Porsche overload indeed!

On the home front and despite winter really making its presence felt, the Club is enjoying a varied range of events, with great attendances. I am pleased to say that we have had a number of members answer the call and come forward to help with Northern Region events. You may recall in previous issues we mentioned we were struggling a little for manpower, so thankyou to everyone involved.

The Club’s AGM was once again held, (May 6), at Auckland’s Sails Restaurant, in Westhaven Marina. This was followed, as is tradition, with our annual formal dinner at which we also award the season’s primary racing trophies and the year’s Club trophies. The awards and speeches were kept to a minimum allowing for lots of socialising, one of the best annual dinners in a long time.
It was a pleasure to host the evening, made especially enjoyable with Porsche NZ CEO Greg Clarke and his wife Helen joining us, as well as Ehrin Wardlow from Porsche NZ and representatives from most of the Club’s other sponsors. Thank you all for attending and supporting the Club and congratulations once again to the award recipients!

Now something I need to mention on a less celebratory note, please can I ask all members when participating in Club runs to adhere to the briefings given by your Club representatives/organisers before these events begin. 

Whilst we all enjoy a bit of ‘spirited driving’ in our pride and joys, we have had another complaint in from a member of the public at the speeds groups of PCNZ cars are doing, on some semi-rural roads. Please be responsible and drive with respect to others using the roads. Safety for all is paramount. This is why we hold track days whenever possible.

On the National Committee front I want to thank, on behalf of the National Committee and Club members, Camilla Welch for all her outstanding work representing the Central Region on Committee. Camilla has decided to step down and we wish both her and her husband Rodney our very best. You will be missed Camilla!

Incoming, we welcome Daniel Angus to the National Committee, representing the Race Committee along with Chris Barendregt. Great to have you join the team Daniel!

The National Committee will be holding its annual Strategy Meeting in August, at which we will be analysing the year that has been, and discussing new ideas, areas of challenge and looking at ways we can continue grow, develop and improve both the Club and its membership experience. You will find my annual report to the AGM in this issue, covering off the Club’s activities and regions in more detail. Stay safe on the winter roads; enjoy the best cars in the world with 75 years of constant development and legend behind them!

Best regards
Ash Powell – President


Editor's Report

Porsche celebrates a success story this year.75 years ago on 8 June 1948, Ferry Porsche realised his dream of a sports car when with his team, he produced the Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster. This became the first automobile bearing the name Porsche to receive its general operating permit. It marked the birth of the Porsche legend inspired and Driven by Dreams.

Here in New Zealand, we are proud of our Porsche Club and its heritage of people sharing and growing our passion and I was pleased to see how many Club members were enthusiastically involved nationwide with driving their sports cars and attending the festivities organised by the four Official Porsche Centres.

My thanks to Caitlin Ryan of Porsche NZ and Katie Alderson of CCS who were energetic with the preparations for the weekend of celebrations. There are also two other big anniversaries to celebrate in the ‘75 years of Porsche Sports Cars’ jubilee year: 60 years of the 911 and 100 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Every sports car manufacturer dreams of success at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, and Porsche has a particularly close relationship with the French endurance classic: the brand is the most successful at Le Mans, as well as being the only participant to have been represented at the 24-hour race without interruption since 1951. During this time, the company has racked up 110 class and 19 overall victories.

There are almost 900 members so there will be many more tales to be told. Accept my challenge and please flood my inbox.


SPIEL Issue # 222 Contents

Ferry Porsche and the Sports Car of His Dreams  
Porsche Presse
The Modernised Porsche Crest 
Porsche Presse
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 & Transformers  
Porsche presse

Porsche 75 Years and Le Mans 100 Celebration Drive    
By Richard Endean
View Gallery

TOTS Porsche 75th Celebration "Drive it like Ferry” Run to Kohatu    
By Andrew Anderson
Driven By Dreams – Continental Cars    Photos By Dillion Photography
View Gallery
Driven By Dreams – Archibalds
View Gallery
Driven By Dreams – Armstrong  
Photos By Flynn Gilroy
Driven By Dreams –Giltrap 
View Gallery
Taupo Driver Training Weekend    
By Jason Burton
Taupo Driver Training    
By Steph Jackson-Young
Why All Porsche Drivers Should Do It  
By Ron Stroeven
Read More
Too Proud to Go Back to Basics?    
By Geoff Sarney
Porsche Driver Training    
By Brodie Higgins
Presidents Report for 2022    
By Ashley Powelln

Carrera Cup Darwin – Callum Hedge
By Bill Abercromby

WOTY 2023 – Ohakune "Bond – James Bond"    
By Dan Reeves 
View Gallery
Feedback From Happy Member About WOTY    
By Kerryn Downey
WOTY 2023
The Journey of the 911E Signal Orange – Rego IW1467    
By Wayne Marmont
Wellington 1975    
By Warren Burge
My 356B Karmann Hardtop    
By Phil Harris
The Kikiwa Rendezvous and Lunch at River Haven    
By Paul Heywood
Porsche Girls Weekend to Kaikoura    
By Helen Carter
Ron’s Run    
By Jason Burton
Drive to Kaiaua for Lunch    
By James Nimmo
Hood Aerodrome Visit    
By Digby R G Paape
South Island Rampage    
By René and Lee Bullinga
Top of the South Visit to One At A Time, and Queen Charlotte Tavern  
By Andrew Anderson


Committee Members

The Club’s affairs are managed by a Committee of volunteers elected each year at our annual general meeting. As all Committee Members are volunteers email is our preferred method of communication. Private phone numbers are not listed on this website for privacy reasons. Members are welcome to contact the Committee - a Contact Directory is published in Spiel Magazine.

President Ashley Powell
Vice President Peter Stewart
Treasurer Michelle Neville
Secretary Gavin Nauschutz
Spiel Editor Peter Stewart
Club Administrator Teresa Conway
Committee Andrew Anderson
Committee Chris Barendreat
Committee Roger Carter
Committee Russell Jones
Committee Chris King
Committee Graeme Lindsay
Committee Dan Reeves
Committee Steve Protheroe
Committee Camilla Welch