The History of NNJR Region of the Porsche Club of America
Passing of Dennis Thovson, who along with spouse Marlys, acted as “inspiration” to NNJR, contributing ceaselessly to any and all club endeavors, along with mentoring club members and leadership. Special tribute was paid to Dennis at a “Celebration of Life” ceremony hosted at a fitting Paul Miller Porsche dealership memorial
Coincidental was the passing of longtime NNJR member and past-President (’66-‘67) Bill Oldenboom who actually recruited Dennis (and Marlys), Bill & Dennis sharing same age of 88 (1934-2022)
65th Anniversary of NNJR celebrated in June at a Gala Family Summer Picnic at Fountain Spring Lake in Ringwood, NJ. A very special 65th P4US hardcopy print publication was designed to commemorate event thru extensive research by Bruce Zabor, Rich Barry & Bill Gilbert, with abundant historic photos included
Remarkably, Charity set another record in 2022- exceeding $63k dedicated to Cheshire Home! Despite worrisome inflation, serious downturn in financial markets, Hubert King rallied membership in support of a most worthwhile cause, the $63k may be the greatest annual amount ever achieved by any Region within PCA for Community Service
DE Chair Thom Calabro continued to deliver a full DE schedule, complete with NNJR-sponsored Safety Techs & HPDE seminar, augmented by an extensively researched and well-presented article published in P4US titled ”Off-Track Excursions”- a multiple page description of available activities proximate to driving tracks which offer family members alternatives to explore while DE driver stays on-track
Nearby in Poconos, PCA hosted its 66th annual Parade, drawing the greatest Parade attendance ever! With abundant NNJR members attending, no surprise that NNJR contestants reaped the lion’s share (Kalahari is an African-inspired theme park) of PCA Awards, especially in Concours competition
Rally Meister John Vogt fabled Rally Program continued to delight with full 5-event season supported by a Rally Cadre comprised of specialists schooled in fine-art of rallying, including Peter & Joanne Schneider, Erik & Pat Sjogren and Duncan & Britt Findlay… one of most popular in PCA! Cruise/outdoor Movie Night a big hit at Flanders German Swin & Sport Club, along with 9th annual Off-Road Excursion thru NJ Pinelands, hosted by Peter Schneider!
Concours chair Kevin Fitz successfully shepherded Concours events thru Covid with a wide-array of “How-To” You-Tube instructional videos, transitioning Program over to veteran Concours-emeritus Hank Menkes (Hank Parade Group Winner-Preparation/Kevin 1st Full Preservation)
Capping off 2022 with a Holiday Party return to Highlawn Pavilion following three Covid years, Cindy & Tony Cristello pleased all with a Sunday afternoon extravaganza, complete with special 65th Anniversary memento
Continuing thru Covid, remarkably…
2021, Continuing thru Covid, remarkably…
Effective ongoing Communication continued to NNJR Membership via enhanced Website fine-tuned by Dyke Hensen, on-line Porscheforus publication by Editor Petra Swift, Monthly Zoom Programs by Chair Shannon Muller with technical support from husband Matt & Video/YouTube extraordinaire Bill Gilbert
DE Chair Thom Calabro delivered a full DE schedule when contrasted to pre-Covid 2019 season resulting in Registrations up 13%, increases of 17% for Students coupled with an astonishing 93% in Instructors, plus 5900 views of NNJR training videos! Popular track adds included Summit Point (last-2008) and Pitt-Race (3-Days-22) which will continue forward in 2022
Rally Meister John Vogt returned Rally Program to a full 5-event season by enlisting a Rally Cadre comprised of specialists schooled in fine-art of rallying, including Peter & Joanne Schneider, Erik & Pat Sjogren and Duncan & Britt Findlay… all in support of keeping NNJR fabled Rally program one of most popular in PCA! Dreyfus 60th Anniversary Rally well celebrated, as was John’s June 27 Cruise Night also back, setting an All-Time-High attendance, along with Nov 7 Off-Road Excursion #8 thru NJ Pinelands, hosted by Peter Schneider!
Concours Chair Kevin Fitzsimmons insured NNJR nationally recognized Concours Program also back to a full complement of competitive events, augmented by his own prepared YouTube & P4US highly descriptive DIY instruction focusing on Concours preparedness; such step-by-step detail unquestionably aiding Kevin’s own 1st Place Preparation Award for 993 entry at French Lick Parade
Not to be outdone by 2020 past-record $24k charity contribution, co-Charity Chairs Hubert & Linda King 2021 effort resulted in PCA unheard-of-astonishing $40k to Cheshire Home, a combination of Gold Ticket sales, donations to Fall-Bed Fund, and registration for May Welcome to Club Concours & Rally. Additionally, NNJR supported local food banks with direct monetary contributions
Not quite the Committee level of DE, AutoX, Concours & Rally, Membership under the direction of Chairs Rudy & Nancy Samsel has really advanced to a plateau not readily recallable at NNJR. Their stewardship, creativity, in-depth analysis, and in-person social interfacing is making a difference by ensuring new members are embraced and find good reason to continue membership!
2020, the Endless Covid Bummer…a near Virtual Performance
Our two Thovson award winners allowed NNJR to “go digital and go virtual” without missing a beat. P4US Editor Petra Swift & Program Chair Shannon Muller brought prior hardcopy newsletter and live monthly meetings online attaining record viewer-ship. Incredible virtual speakers, like Hurley Haywood at Brumo’s new Museum, Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire in LA, were most happy to sign on to present live streaming to our NNJR YouTube Channel.
Our NNJR website YouTube channel and Facebook sites achieved high levels of social readership/participation with thousands of hours logged online.
One of NNJR’s long-time favorite meetings is Slide Night, co-hosted by Dom Miliano & John Vogt, the annual “slide night” broke all records for entrants. In past years, 20 to 25 participants was a big night. This time, because of the virtual nature and focus on Porsche only, we had 45 participants, with high-quality images submitted in the “everyone with cell/camera” era
Thru sheer determination and a high level of organization typically seen at professional IMSA events, DE Chair Thom Calabro literally willed a portion of NNJR’s DE season to happen! Grant Lenahan aptly managed to drive AutoX events
While John Vogt award-winning people-intensive rally season and summer BBQ were not to be, John invented new venues to keep NNJR membership in play, e.g. an outdoor Drive-In movie & Vineyard Trek
An astounding record-setting $24k to NNJR Charity Cheshire Home as a result of hard-work by Charity Chairs
DE Seminar Guest Speaker Shane Lewis, racer competing in Grand-AM, American LeMans and Rolex Series, along with 24-Hours of LeMans, Nürburgring & Dubai; Old Mill Inn- Fantastic.
P4US features NNJR Members attending Boca Parade featured in P4US, including those taking trophies in competitive events
NNJR Members participated in Zone1 Concours & Rally at Shawnee-on-Delaware
1st inaugural Zones 1&2 Boardwalk Reunion at Ocean City, NJ Dreyfus Rally concludes at Walpack Inn, making John Vogt/ PeterSchneider Rally season another huge attendance success
Highlawn Pavilion again selected for NNJR holiday party, most desirable location featuring views of Manhattan skyline
Presentation by Ken Miller & Bob Knapik of History of Watkins Glen & Lime Rock Park at monthly meeting
DE Seminar Guest Speaker Gunnar Jeannette, IMSA racer who won 2011 American LeMans Series Drivers’ Championship; Old Mill Inn
NNJR Lake Underwood Jr (1957 Speedster) & Dan Curry (962) invited to display historic race cars at 23rd Amelia Concours; all NNJR attendees to Werks/Amelia featured in P4US (Honoree: Emerson Fittipaldi)
NNJR Spring Shore Trek beginning at Bahr’s, historic shore restaurant
6th Cruise Night continues to overwhelms AGAIN
Judy Stropus, Timer & Scorer extraordinaire during Racing’s GoldenAge, guest speaker at NNJR, hosted by Dom Miliano at Paul Miller
NNJR members attend Zone1 2nd annual Get-a-Way to Chautauqua/Jamestown, NY, birthplace of Lucille Ball, featuring tours of Lucy & Desi Museum and world-class National Comedy Center
P4US Chronicler Bob Knapik Slide Night presentation of his Porsche competing against clock on Bonneville Salt Flats, including round-trip drive to Utah
Dreyfus Rally closes tremendous Rally season organized by John Vogt,NNJR Rally-Meister
Our 60th Anniversary Year! 2,242 Primary Members and 1,487 F/A Members
Noted Speakers: Cass Whitehead, head of the Porsche Sport Driving School USA, spoke at our annual Drivers Seminar. Great communicator!.
Our 60th Anniversary year, was kicked off with our third Old Rascals Night “Sharing the Legacy.” Hosted by Paul Miller Porsche it was a huge success with 200 long-time members showing up! The stories were very “entertaining.”
Steve Erickson, long association with CART/Indy Car racing, spoke at our May Meeting. Steve was part of the Porsche Indy Car venture in the 80’s
Our 5th Cruise Night attracted 240 Porsches, more than could be accommodated in the parking space. A very beautiful evening with good music, food and lots of mixing.
Noted Speakers: Philippe Defechereux spoke about early racing in America at our January Monthly Meeting. Kyle Tilley, a racer with lots of experience, spoke at our annual Drivers Ed Seminar.
Our 4th Cruise Night attracted 150 cars. Lots of visiting with old friends, good food and music!After Many years, our Monthly Meetings moved to the Mountain Lakes Club after the Villa changed owners.
Noted Speakers: Dave Scott, former Diplomatic Special Agent who became a professional racer spoke at our annual Advance Driver Seminar. Kelsy Hill, Strategic Alliance/Enthusiast Engagement person for both Car & Driver and Road & Track spoke at our March Monthly Meeting.
3rd Cruise Night was another great success.
August Monthly Meeting held at Sky Manor Airport. Dennis Thovson spent most of the night with a Navy T-28 and its pilot reminiscing about flying the T-28!
NNJR Members Bob and Lucille Knapik and Jeff and Margie McFadyen were successful at the Porsche Parade Concours in French Lick, IN.
Driver Ed tried out a new track in Palmer, MA. On a mountain top and tricky to drive!
Dennis Thovson, first Driver Ed Chair, retired from track driving at the Watkins Glen event.
NNJR raised $16,000 at its Annual Charity Auction for Employment Horizons.
Noted Speakers: Brian Sellers, a factory driver for Falken Tire, races a 911 GT3 RSR spoke at our annual Advanced Driver Seminar. David Donohue and Skip Barber spoke at our May monthly meeting
40th Annual Concours and Preservation Workshop at Paterek Brothers in Chatham. John’s son Andrew Paterek has joined John and Ray.
Second “Cruise Night” held with great attendance and lots of food and fun!
1st Pinewood Derby event held at NNJR’s Monthly Meeting. Kids and grownups participated with lots of cheering!
Skip Barber, owner of Lime Rock, spoke at our October Monthly Meeting about the track and its history.
Noted speakers in 2013: Andrew Davis, spoke at our Advanced Driving Seminar; Hurley Haywood, Porsche endurance driver, spoke at a Monthly Meeting of his experiences during his long and successful career.
Our first “Cruise Night,” in lieu of our June Monthly Meeting, was held at Brook Race Lake complete with music by John Ginty’s band. It was an outstanding success
NNJR held its first off-road event in the Pine Barrens for 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Second Concours on the Green, was a well-attended multi-marque Concours on the scenic lawn of a club member’s large estate.
Our 55th Anniversary Year!
Noted speakers in 2012: Brian Till spoke at our Advanced Driving Seminar; Andrew Davis, Brumos Porsche driver, spoke about driving for Brumos.
Record participation for the Ladies Day DE at Pocono.
Gala 55th Anniversary Celebration and Car Show at the Harbor Hills Picnic Grove in Mendham.
Marlys Thovson awarded Honorary Life Membership in NNJR for her distinguished service and contributions, including serving as NNJR’s Secretary for 40 years.
Noted speakers in 2011: David Murry spoke at our Advanced Driving Seminar; Patrick Long, Porsche Factory race driver, spoke about his experiences driving for the Porsche.’
Meadowlands new Stadium parking lots again available for autocrossing!
Charity Auction raises $20, 280 for the Somerset Hills Learning Institute for autistic children.
Noted speakers in 2010: Ross Bentley spoke at our Advanced Driving Seminar; Bryce Miller entertained us with his racing experiences.
Driver Ed at the new Monticello race track.
Trek to visit the Simeone Auto Museum in Philadelphia.
Red Mill Museum Concours d’Elegance.
Annual Charity Auction raises $17,000 for the Somerset Hills Learning Institute for autistic children.
Noted Speakers for 2010: Randy Pobst spoke at our Advanced Driving Seminar; Michael Keyser, noted driver, writer and movie maker spoke at our May meeting.
Last Pocono Porscherama (sigh!)
Don Yuhas – NNJR’s first 50-year member.
Annual Charity Auction raises $16,500 for Employment Horizons.
Noted speakers during 2008: Darren Law spoke at the Advanced Driving Seminar; Jeff Mahl presented a program on the 1908 “Great Race;” Leonard Turner, spoke about photography for Panorama.
First DE at the new NJ Motorsport Park Thunderbolt track.
Fifth Porscherama at Pocono.
Annual Charity Auction raises $15,850 for Employment Horizons.
NNJR kicks off its 50th Anniversary Year with the Second Old Rascal’s Night (the first was in 1996) honoring long-time members of the Region. It was a sell-out.
NNJR celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a gala Summer Celebration and Car Show at the Forest Lodge in Warren.
Overnight Trek to Hershey to visit Antique Auto Museum of America.
Fourth annual Porscherama held at Pocono
Noted speakers during 2007: David Murry spoke at our Advanced Driving Seminar; Bryce Miller, son of Paul Miller and a race driver, and Brock Yates spoke at monthly meetings during the year.
Annual Charity Auction raises $17,800 for Employment Horizons.
NNJR awarded the Ferry Porsche Trophy for Region of the Year for the sixth time at the 2006 Parade!
3rd annual Advanced Performance Driving Seminar conducted by Ross Bentley.
David E. Davis well known automotive writer and editor speaks at monthly membership meeting to an audience of over 200.
Third annual “New” Porscherama held at Pocono to a sell-out crowd.
Annual Charity Auction raises $16,300 for the School-to-Career Transition Services of Employment Horizons.
Total primary membership 12/31/2006 reaches 2,264; plus 1754 Family/Affiliate members for a total of 4018 members.
Chris Economaki speaks at January monthly membership meeting to audience of 250.
2nd annual Advanced Driver’s Seminar conducted by Bill Gilbert and hosted by Ray Catena Porsche.
Porscheforus cover goes full-color!
NNJR acquires its 26 ft enclosed trailer for DE and Autocross use.
Advanced Autocross Timing and Scoring system developed by Dennis Thovson.
Annual Charity Auction in December raises $16,000 for the Work Readiness Unit of Employment Horizons.
Porscherama Weekend returns to the calendar. First event held at Pocono Raceway and Split Rock Lodge. Hurricane Ivan submerges the first day!
First annual Advanced Driver’s Seminar developed and conducted by Bill Gilbert.
30th Annual Concours Preservation Workshop conducted by John and Ray Paterek.
Porsche Race and Rally driver Vic Elford speaks at monthly membership meeting to an audience of over 300.
45th Rene Dreyfus Memorial Rally held.
NNJR website completely revised and updated by John Flynn.
David Novack appointed to the National PCA Legal Committee.
Stu Zeh appointed National PCA Sponsorship and Public Relations Chairman
Seventeenth Annual Charity (Chinese) Auction held to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (represent children in legal proceedings). Raised over $13,000.
NNJR receives National PCA Public Service Award at the 2003 Porsche Parade in Tampa, FL.
PNC Bank Arts Center added as an Autocross site.
Continued support of the Formula SAE project at Rutgers State University.
NNJR celebrates its 45th Anniversary. 540 Members attend the celebration at the Springdale House (formerly the Schwaebische Alb) in Warren, NJ.
NNJR sponsors Zone 1 Concours and Rally. Proceeds totaled more than $10,000, which were donated to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Charter Member Lake Underwood was Honored Guest and Speaker.
30th Annual Wine Tasting (accompanied by elegant food!) hosted by Paul Steck and Dennis Thovson.
First Ladies Day Driver Ed at Pocono.
Stu Zeh appointed to PCA National Parade Committee and Director of Competitive Events.
Porscheforus judged first in Class 5 for the second straight year.
NNJR President’s Award for recognition of outstanding service to the region is created. Marlys Thovson is the first recipient.
Christian Garibaldi appointed to the national PCA Technical Committee as Porsche 930 Turbo contact expert.
NNJR held its eighth Club Race at Pocono.
Hurley Haywood, Renown Porsche Race Driver, speaks at Monthly Meeting
NNJR completes its 30th year of Driver’s Education. First Driver’s Ed at VIR.
Porscheforus (Greg Apicella, Editor) judged first in Class 5 (the largest PCA regions) in the Parade Newsletter Contest.
NNJR held its seventh Club Race at Pocono.
First Rally School held in March prior to the Rally Season.
NNJR held its sixth Club Race at Pocono.
Porsche PX reformulated for the sale specialized NNJR-PCA logo wearing apparel.
More than $16,000 raised for charity. For the third time, NNJR won first prize in the 1999 Pirelli Public Service contest awarded at the Sacramento, CA Porsche Parade.
NNJR is the first PCA Region to reach 2,000 members.
PCA Family of the Year awarded to the Novack family at the Steamboat Springs, CO Porsche Parade
NNJR Web site was developed by Bob Michaelson.
Zone 1 Autocross hosted by NNJR at the Meadowlands and Fairleigh Dickenson University – Teaneck.
NNJR purchased new GMC 2500 heavy-duty cargo van.
NNJR held its fifth Club Race at Pocono.
NNJR Membership July 31, 1997 stands at 1865 enthusiastic members.
Indoor driving event held at Speedway 17. Amid many “crashes” smooth driving won the day!
NNJR celebrates 40th anniversary at Swaebische Alb, Warren, NJ.
First “Old Rascals Night” held recognizing NNJR members with 10 or more years in PCA. 11 Past Presidents were in attendance.
Car Care Specialties takes over management of Goodie Store.
Over $17,000 raised for charity. NNJR wins First Prize in the 1996 Pirelli Public Service contest awarded at the 1997 San Antonio Porsche Parade.
$20,000 raised for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp during the Charity (Chinese) Auction.
1811 members participate in driver’s ed events for the year.
Membership exceeds 1800 with 381 new members.
Bob Moir Memorial Award instituted for most improved driver.
Autocross participation reaches 152 at the Meadowlands and 542 members participate in the Autocross series for the year.
Bill Walsh Award for excellence in Porsche related photography begun.
Membership exceeds 1700 with 364 new members.
NNJR’s first Club Race (with Metro NY) at Bridgehampton.
First Charity Softball Game with WDHA/FM.
Porscheforus (Joan Moir Editor) received the Paul Heinmiller Award at the Cincinnati Porsche Parade for best overall newsletter in PCA for 1992.
NNJR celebrates its 35th anniversary at the King’s Road Vineyard in Pattenburg, NJ
The first Tryautothon is held, replacing Rookie Weekend, and the first New Member News was printed and distributed.
A new 1992 GMC Van is purchased. The 1984 Ford Van retained for use by the expanded PX.
First Mid-winter Track Seminar for novices held at Tracey’s Nine Mile House.
The first “Shop Till You Drop” excursion was held in conjunction with a visit to the Berman Auto Museum in Allentown, PA.
Membership exceeds 1,500.
The special Dealer Liaison Program was begun.
NNJR was awarded first place in the Pirelli Public Service Competition … based upon the Charity (Chinese) Auction Event and contribution to The Seeing Eye Institute.
NNJR made its first contribution to Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for children with cancer and serious blood disorders.
NNJR wins Region of the Year for the fifth time!
Dennis Thovson awarded Honorary Life Membership in NNJR.
Vendor Appreciation Night introduced.
Charity (Chinese) Auction Fund Raising Event held for the benefit of the Seeing Eye of Morristown.
Fifties Party at the Old Mill Inn.
NNJR attends East Coast debut of Porsche Indy Car at the Meadowlands.
The first Annual Charity (Chinese) Auction fund raising event was held for the benefit of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.
The 30th Anniversary Lawn Party was held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum
NNJR was awarded Region of the Year for the fourth time.
Dennis Thovson Elected PCA National President.
Bob Moir appointed at Zone 1 Representative.
A car control clinic was introduced as part of the Autocross Program.
NNJR was awarded Region of the Year, for the third time.
Dennis Thovson Elected PCA National Vice President.
John Paterek appointed to National Technical Committee as Body/PaintÂÂÂ and Upholstery/Interiors contact.
NNJR Membership exceeded 1,000 with a growth of over 10%.
A new 1984 Ford Van was purchased.
John Paterek honored as PCA Enthusiast of the Year (for 1983) at the Appleton, WI Porsche Parade.
Dennis Thovson Elected PCA National Treasurer
NNJR celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
NNJR purchased its first FM Band Portable Radios for Track Communication.
An eight page booklet on Autocrossing was published by the Region.
The Charles Mulhern Concours d’Elegance perpetual award established.
NNJR won Region of the Year again — the first Region to be awarded this honor two years in a row.
Ralph & Tylee Stoesser family awarded PCA Family of the Year at the Porsche Parade in Aspen, CO.
First Octoberfest event took place.
The “Kid’s Rally” was instituted for the benefit of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey.
Membership grew to 468.
A used 1973 Ford Van replaced the VW Bus.
The first Rookie Weekend was held on April 23 – 24.
The first NNJR Drivers Education at Watkins Glen took place.
Activities, throughout the year, included a Tennis Party, Clam Bake and trip to the Culinary Institute of America.
NNJR was awarded Region of the Year.
NNJR celebrates its 20th Anniversary at the King George Inn in Warren. NNJR Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to: Charles Fowler (Founding President), Lake Underwood & Bengt Soderstrom
First two-day Drivers Education Event took place at Lime Rock Park.
Membership reached 324.
First Scholarship Program was established with Morris County Vo-Tech.
NNJR granted a license to conduct Autocross events in the State of New Jersey.
First annual Joe Reid “gourmand” tour.”
Doug Troyer appointed as Zone 1 Representative.
First club van, a 1964 VW Bus, was purchased and restored to running condition by NNJR members.
NNJR hosts 1974 Porsche Parade at Pocono Manor, PA.
Dick & Harriet Carlson Family awarded PCA Family of the Year at the Porsche Parade in Pocono Manor, PA.
NNJR was selected to co-host the 1974 Porsche Parade and Dennis Thovson was named General Parade Chairman
NNJR relinquishes Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Part of Mercer, and Salem Counties to Schattenbaum Region. Dennis Thovson, as Zone 1 Representative, presents Schattenbaum its Charter.
First National gas crisis (remember those long lines to get 5 gallons).
Dennis Thovson appointed as Zone 1 Representative.
First Gourmet Dinner Tour was held. Membership reached 250.
Last NNJR Hillclimb at Hobo Hill.
The first NNJR Driver Education Track Event took place on May 1 at Lime Rock Park.
Hard-wired head set communication equipment built for track communications.
Open membership policy was instituted. Previous program required sponsorship of the prospective member and attendance at three consecutive events before the Board of Governors could approve the application.
The first general Monthly Meeting was held on January 13 at Norel’s in Denville during a blizzard. Five people attended.
Membership dropped to 100 resulting in an examination of membership requirements.
Treasury reached a balance of $746.87 and membership climbed to 120.
First Slide Night was held, at the Governor Morris Hotel, on October 10.
First major article on NNJR appeared in the March issue of Porsche Panorama and membership grew to exceed 100.
First Tri-State Porscherama took place at Lime Rock with NNJR members participating in all events.
The Charles Fowler Participation Award Program was begun.
NNJR relinquished members in Monmouth, Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties due to the formation of the Jersey Shore Region. Total loss was 15 persons leaving 85 members at the end of the year.
First NNJR New Member Liaison Group was formed and membership grew to 76.
The first Dreyfus Trophy Rally was held.
First Technical Session was conducted and a Gymkhana Program was started.
NNJR was chartered on August 24, during the second Porsche Parade in Washington D.C. There were 30 original members, nine of which had belonged to the Porsche Club of America since its inception in 1955.
The first NNJR Picnic was held the same month and included a Rally and Concours d’Elegance.
The first newsletter was published in September and was two pages in length.
Total membership, at the end of the year, was 58 persons.
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Report of the Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee, exercising its duties as representatives of the NNJR Membership, has nominated the following candidates to serve as officers for the calendar year 2023: PRESIDENT: Rich Barry VICE PRESIDENT: Lester Cheng SECRETARY: Cindy Cristello TREASURER: Kim Van Pala Aievoli GOVERNOR: Doug Holcomb GOVERNOR: Hubert King GOVERNOR: Rudy Samsel […]
Well, here we are, I am writing to you with the leaves on the trees barely turning color, for a November article. Somehow I wish for the day when my thoughts at that moment become a “real time” communication. “Tom, Tom, wake up!!!” Have you not heard of Twitter?? Yes, I have, but I am holding out, as I cannot envision providing real time “tweets” and having “followers” at this time. I do get it, but I feel that if I cannot responsibly support something, I won’t try to just putter along. Besides, tweeting while going up the esses at the Glen is simply not a good plan. Oh well. Actually, I had planned an article on Porsche Design watches for this issue, but we did not receive copyright approvals for the source material in time. So…I am currently getting my car ready for our NJMP 3 DE at Lightning, and I am also really looking forward to VIR. This is a bitter sweet time of year as it is the end of DE season, BUT!!!!!, it is also the next phase of our really special social season, some great rallies, concours and technical workshops and other events. It also is time for our charity event, which means so very much more than winning some fun stuff and holiday gifts. Please join us and help support Employment Horizons, a great organization which provides jobs for people with special needs. Speaking of holiday events, Cindy and Tony have planned something very special for usso do not miss the 2016 NNJR Holiday Party. As you know, 2017 is NNJR’s 65th anniversary. To lead up to this milestone, a number of historical articles are being written by Bob Knapik and Stu French, with support from Dennis Thovson and others. While we are brainstorming on how to best celebrate, I started thinking about what was happening in the club and with Porsche in the late 1950s. I wonder what was going on then?
In 1952, Porsche constructed an assembly plant (Werk 2) across the street from Reutter Karosserie; the main road in front of Werk 1, the oldest Porsche building, is now known as Porschestrasse. Think Porsche Museum George VI (King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon dies aged 56 after a long illness. He is succeeded by his daughter The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (now Elizabeth II), who was at the time on a visit to Kenya. She is proclaimed Queen of Canada at Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Hmm, never too late to ensure that you have a good succession plan in place. The active Parícutin volcano in Michoacán, west central Mexico, ceases its discontinuous eruption after spewing forth a gigaton of lava and burying San Juan Parangaricutiro. A gigaton?? That’s a lot of hot stuff.
The American Research Bureau reports that the “I Love Lucy” episode, “The Marriage License” was the first TV show in history to be seen in around 10,000,000 homes the evening the episode aired. “Lucy I’m home!!” Can never get enough of Lucille Ball (think chocolate factory production line).
Porsche’s company logo was based on the coat of arms of the Free People’s State of Württemberg of former Weimar Germany, which had Stuttgart as its capital. (The same arms were used by Württemberg-Hohenzollern from 1945-1952, while Stuttgart during these years was the capital of adjacent Württemberg-Baden.) The arms of Stuttgart was placed in the middle of the logo since the cars were made in Stuttgart. The heraldic symbols were combined with the texts “Porsche” and “Stuttgart”. Württemberg-Baden and Württemberg-Hohenzollern became consolidated into the state of Baden-Württemberg in 1952 after the political consolidation of West Germany in 1949. The old design of the arms of Württemberg now only lives on in the Porsche logo.
On 30 January 1951, not long before the creation of Baden-Württemberg, Ferdinand Porsche died from complications following a stroke. And so our beloved brand and our cars live on and on. There is so much to learn about Porsche and NNJR history, so please join us at all of our upcoming 65th anniversary events and help perpetuate all that is good and special about NNJR. I want to give a heartfelt thanks to all the 2016 board and committee members who made my first year as president a special one. It has been a privilege to serve you and our members, and I very much appreciate, as do our members, all that you do, the personal sacrifices you make and the very pure love you have for this very special car club. I also appreciate the feedback and candor that our members have provided me so that I can lead and help make this club even better. This really is a tall task considering the long line of great presidents who have preceded me, but it is a responsibility I am happy to take on and promise to do the best I can.
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Hi gang. Being a car nut, especially a Porsche nut, I love to learn more about other car makes and models. Last summer Lisa and I traveled to the Alsace Region and rented a villa and had a number of our “kids” (our AFS sons and daughters) stay with us. Besides visiting the local vineyards and having wonderful meals, there are a number of day trips you can make. The Porsche Museum is one and the other is the Bugatti Museum. Soooooo, I went to both. There are many of us who have been to the Porsche museum so I will tell you about the Bugatti Museum and my good fortune of being in town during a Bugatti festival and car show. First let’s start with the Molsheim site where all the design is done and the cars are made. Then I will talk more about the actual museum. The Estate in Molsheim Molsheim is the home of the Bugatti family, the birthplace of the brand and the modern headquarters of the company. Located in France – in the heart of Alsace – Molsheim is where Bugatti’s long history of success began in 1909 when it started making cars that caused an absolute sensation. This was where the brand values of art, form and technology were born; values which endure to this day. Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti was born in Milan on the 15th of September 1881 and the eldest son of Carlo and Teresa Bugatti. At the age of 17 he began an apprenticeship at the bicycle and tricycle factory Prinetti & Stucchi. Just a year later, he built his first motorized vehicle using two De Dion engines. A year after that, he built his first four-wheeled motor car with the financial backing of Count Guinelli. Named the Type 2, it won the top prize at an internationally renowned exhibition in Milan in 1901 and attracted the attention of the car manufacturer Eugène de Dietrich from Alsace. In 1902, Ettore became head of car production at Eugène’s company, De Dietrich. Until 1904, Ettore Bugatti developed new models at De Dietrich and entered several motor races. Ettore Bugatti was a true gentleman of his day, cultivating personal relationships with many – if not all – of his customers. Today, they continue the Bugatti tradition in the place where it began in Molsheim – just as its founder would have wanted. Hey, when you are spending $1M+ you would hope you get the royal treatment – right? Ettore was also quite the artist and was constantly creating “art”. For the fifth birthday of his son Roland, Ettore made a miniature version of the Grand Prix Bugatti, which he equipped with an electric engine. This model, named “Bébé”, later became a commercial success too. Bugatti manufactured around 450 copies for the children of its customers. “Hey Dad, can you get me a Bugatti for my 12th Birthday”. Yeah, right! The Factory in Molsheim Everything runs like clockwork at the Studio in Molsheim: directly adjacent to the family’s ancestral home, Château St. Jean, this is where the supercars are manufactured. The aluminum-clad building, modelled on the macaron shape of the brand logo, has a steel construction that makes it appear to float. It looks more like an artist’s studio than a car factory. This is where unique cars are made by hand for unique customers, motoring connoisseurs who want maximum individuality and exclusivity. The interior is streamlined and functional. The bright, well-lit production workshop exudes the same perfection, minimalist beauty and love of detail that characterize the brand’s cars. Highly qualified mechanics assemble cars in three assembly areas – one car in each area. This is followed by the “exterior”, “interior” and “final touch” production areas, where the cars’ exterior and interior fittings are installed before a final quality check is carried out. Each time, something unique and absolutely perfect is the result: a Bugatti. Customer service Remise Nord As the images of ox and horse heads that still adorn its exterior suggest, when Remise Nord was built in 1853 it was used for stables. The architectural style with wooden pillars was completely atypical for the Alsace region. Nowadays, Remise Nord is where the Bugatti customer service team is based. The team does everything in their power to provide Bugatti owners with the best possible service. In addition to the workshop in Molsheim, there is a team of “flying doctors” who are responsible for servicing cars throughout the world and ensuring they retain their value. Hey, Paul Gavel, if my car has a check engine light and I am at Mosport, will you send a “Dr”? LOL!!
The Museum in Molsheim While this is probably the smallest of all the museums, it is in a lovely town and right near the factory. One of the former monastery buildings in Molsheim now serves as museum to the town’s other claim to fame as the first home of the Bugatti automobile. The French Revolution brought industry to Molsheim alongside religion. Ettore Bugatti built his first cars in this small Alsacian community. The Bugatti Foundation, a museum dedicated to the car maker and his family is located in a priory building of a former Carthusian monastery, the Charterhouse with remaining cloisters and monk’s cells, along with the Art and History Museum of Molsheim. The former Bugatti factory is about a kilometer out of town, closed in 1956 and is now used to manufacture aeroplane brake parts. They have a few Bugattis on display at the Bugatti Foundation, though while documenting the car marque’s history, the foundation is not really an auto museum. If you want to ogle more of the classic vintage cars, you can go to the automobile museum in Mulhouse to the south or see the Bugatti Streamlined which inspired the TGV. The Town Square of Molsheim is typical of a medieval period French Alsacian village with a town fountain, a boulangerie for morning pastry and a beer garden style restaurant, with the most distinctive feature, the Metzig, or “Great Butcher’s Shop”, a Renaissance era building with double stairway and clock figurines. Oh, you want to see some pictures? Here goes: (place pictures here) So, if you ever happen to travel to the Alsace Region which I highly recommend, you should stop in and hopefully you too will be lucky to arrive on the day they are holding a festival. Tom
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Wow, it’s September already; my favorite time of year and I am sure I am not alone. There are so many activities you can do with NNJR all throughout the year, but in my mind, once September rolls around, we begin to enter a new phase. I always get the sense of renewed energy and look forward to the fun stuff in front of us. DE is headed toward its last three events which IMHO are some of the best; Watkins – Advanced, Lightning and then everybody’s favorite, VIR. Besides being a phenomenal track, the VIR campus and area are just lovely at the end of October/early November. Concours is still going strong and who can resist the cool mornings and the spectacular light we get at the end of summer and the beginning of Fall. Rally is always fun especially when zipping around while the leaves are starting to change – and yes, the destination and the food. Great fun! Then there is Social where Cindy and Tony kick our social events into high gear. Who can resist the Wine Tasting on Sunday September 25 at Paul Miller Porsche where the theme this year is “Vinos de España”. Did I mention the great food? Ah yes, the food selection paired with great wines. What kind of German car club would we be if we did not have an Ocktoberfest Trek? This will be held on Sunday October 23 departing from High Marques in Morristown to a “surprise” location for tasty German fare. Kind of seems like a number of our events revolve around good food, beer and wine. Did I mention how much our members appreciate wonderfully prepared food and the proper selection of wine? That being said our CIA Trek on Saturday November 12 is not to be missed. Yup, a trek to the CIA is back!! The CIA is doing large group luncheons on a somewhat limited basis and we were able to get a date. “Dashing through the snow, in a Porsche Cabriolet,………”. That’s how the song goes, right?? I am sure Cindy and Tony are not wishing for snow on December 2 which is the date of our Holiday Party. Be sure to keep an eye out for the announcement of this party. Cindy and Tony have something up their sleeves that will surely delight us. Ever want to get a taste of off roading? If so, be sure to sign up for our Off Road Excursion, which is usually held in the Pine Barrens and will be held on November 13. In all this fun stuff, NNJR takes its social responsibility seriously. Being able to own Porsche’s and participate in so many sports car activities is a privilege that we should all feel very lucky to be able to do. So what can be better than doing what we can to give back and to help provide for those that need the help and financial support. So on December 14, we will hold our annual Charity Auction. Proceeds will go to Employment Horizons, a very worthy organization that provides comprehensive employment, training and job placement services for people with disabilities and other disadvantages in greater Morris County, NJ area. Please do what you can to provide car stuff, gift certificates, wine, food baskets, toys, etc….. Come on out on December 14 and take a chance at winning some great stuff. Who knows, you may win the Gold or Silver Tickets which are worth thousands of dollars to the winners. Besides, the whole scene and excitement of the evening is fun. Well, that’s it for now and I hope to see you at any of our upcoming events. Tom Iervolino
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