October 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report October 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

                   

Can you say WET!! It never stopped raining. Yes, it rained for 3 straight days. But, as they say in Hollywood, “the show must go on.” And with that, KYPCA and Blue Grass Porsche put on another great DE weekend. Our September Fall Fastival, while wet, was still successful.

 

September 7-9 we once again took over Putnam Park for our Fall Fastival DE. The weather was dreadful. For all of that attended, thank you. For those of you that actually took to the track, great job. And, don’t worry, on a dry track that black Macan S, driven by Chase Abell, can’t pass you that many times. Chase was wheeling in the wet. He’s coming for you John Lewis.

 

A great big thank you to Randy Biery and the Blue Grass Porsche staff for their continued support without which these DE’s would not be possible. PCNA Hot Shoes John Lewis and Cass Whitehead were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction and ride-alongs. Who knew they’d be chasing a Macan.

 

Thank you to our instructors. There is no question our instructor crew is the best. And, as always, special thanks to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, T.H Morris, and Gene & Peggy Hoffman.

 

Start planning for the June 2019 DE. Stay tuned for future updates.

 

Now bring on October. We will once again join 2 other Porsche Regions October 6 for our Annual Huber’s Drive. Later, on the same evening, Steve and Bernadette Doolin will be hosting their 4th Annual German Festival and bourbon tasting.

 

A reminder: Officer elections will occur in November.

 

Our October meeting will be Monday, October 8 at Martin’s Bar-B-Que.  The meeting starts at 7pm. Officer nominations will be held.

September 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report September 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Gone to the track……

The Fall Fastival DE is here – September 7, 8, 9 at Putnam Park.

Upcoming events:

– Sept 7-9 Fall Fastival DE
– Oct 6 4th Annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting
– Oct 6 Huber’s Drive
– Oct 8 Membership Meeting – Martin’s Bar-B-Que

Our September meeting will be Monday, September 10 at El Tarasco St. Matthews: 110 Fairfax Ave. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

It is election time. If you are interested in holding an office in our club, we will be taking nominations and beginning the election process. All offices are open.

See you at the track!

September Membership Report

August was relatively quiet for the Kentucky Region. We’re gearing up for our 2nd hosting DE in early September, plus folks are getting ready for the end of summer. Which didn’t stop us from a 3rd ice cream run (our club seems to like events which end with a meal, or with ice cream).

This time, it was a run out to Ghirardelli ice cream parlor at the new Outlet shoppes, just outside of Louisville. We could have taken the freeway; 20 minutes tops, but where is the fun in that? Instead our activity committee created an hour and a half romp through central Kentucky 2 lanes and farm roads. At one point, our train of 16 cars took up the whole road. Lucky for us we didn’t run into a farm tractor coming the other way. The ice cream was good, the drive, better…and the socializing at the ice cream store the best of all.

Our 2nd event was a pool party at the Minstein’s. This has become an annual event, the 2nd year the Minstein’s gave up their backyard and pool for the club. Food and drink again was provided by the club and prepared by the Minsteins. White Castle hamburgers, chicken wings, a grilled salmon (expertly grilled by Vycki Minstein), Tater Tots, Salad and a smoked brisket (smoked by Event Chair TH Morris) laid out under what turned out to be a very pleasant summer evening.

The event ended with a number of swimmers in the pool, and all guests imbibing a dessert of Klondike Bars and Cracker Jack.

Primary Members 305
Affiliate Members 175
Test Drive Members: 1
Total Members 480

 

August 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report August 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Club participation has been great this driving season. Our touring numbers have grown each event. Thank you to all who have participated!

Registration for the fall DE, Fall Fastival, opened Friday, July 27th. Don’t miss out! Our DE’s are second to none. Even if you’re not driving, come hang out and see what it is all about.

Upcoming events:

– Aug 10         Ghiradelli Ice Cream Run
– Aug 13         Monthly Membership Meeting – Roosters: 10430 Shelbyville Rd
– Aug 25         Minstein Pool Party
– Sept 7-9       Fall Fastival DE
– Oct 6            4th Annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting
– Oct TBD      Huber’s Drive

Our August meeting will be Monday, August 13th at Roosters. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

July 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report July 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Summer Heat 2018 is a wrap. And once again, the first of our two yearly DE’s, brought success and excitement. If you have yet to participate either as a driver or simply as a spectator, what are you waiting for? Our September Fall Fastival is calling your name.

This year’s June DE brought with it a new element. June 8 signified 70 years to the day that the very first Porsche sports car, 356 “No. 1,” was registered for road use, marking the beginning of a long line of iconic high-performance automobiles. The inaugural “Sportscar Together Day” was officially June 8 but ran throughout the weekend. On Saturday June 9 we celebrated not only with cake and ice cream, but with organized, Porsche only, low speed, parade laps on track. It truly was a site to see and a spectacular moment as we commemorated all things Porsche.

A HUGE thank you to Randy Biery and the Blue Grass Porsche staff for their continued support, without which these DE’s would not be possible. PCNA Hot Shoes John Lewis and Cass Whitehead have become mainstays at our events and were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction and rides in the brand-new Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and Cayman 718 GTS. Cass and John you make it look so easy and are great guys too!

Thanks must also be given to the many club members who continually invest their time to plan, run, and instruct. The weekend saw KYPCA complete our first independent Instructor Certification program, graduating 15 new driving instructors. Our classroom instructor Mark Lichtefeld did a tremendous job. Special thanks go out to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, Anthony Minstein, and Gene and Peggy Hoffman.

And, to all our Instructors and Mentors, THANK YOU!!

Mark your calendars now for our next DE, the Fall Fastival, September 7, 8, 9.

Upcoming events:

– July 7 Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens
– July 14 Jim Beam Distillery Tour
– July 21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
– July 27 Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)
– Aug 10 Ghiradelli Ice Cream Run
– Aug 25 Minstein Pool Party
– Sept 7-9 Fall Fastival DE

Our July meeting will be Monday, July 9 at the home of Jim and Bobbie. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Check your e-mail for details, including address.

June 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report June 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

I love the smell of track time in the morning! Summer Heat is finally here Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10. And, with it we will welcome a fresh batch of Instructors.

Driving season is upon us and we have already had some fantastic events. If you have yet to join us, there are still plenty of opportunities. Below is a brief list of upcoming events:

– June 2 Mozza Pi and Bulleit Bourbon Tour
– June 8 – 10 Summer Heat DE
– June 29 Polly’s Freeze – Act 1
– July 7 Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens
– July 9 Monthly Membership Meeting @ Jim & Bobbie’s
– July 14 Jim Beam Distillery Tour
– July 21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
– July 27 Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)

Our June meeting will be Monday, June 11 at the home of Edward and Stasia. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Check your e-mail for details, including address.

See you there!

May 2018 Club Activities

We don’t get to drive much for fun in Kentucky November to February: too cold, wet and dreary. We make up for it when the weather turns and May was a typical example.

We started the month with the 4th Annual Wine and Steak tasting at the home of Joe and Jane Galownia. 60 members came with two bottles of wine: one to share and one to auction off to members at the event end. As usual, Joe and Jane were delightful hosts. Members were greeted with a terrific spread of charcuterie and a selection of cheeses (including member Kenny Mattingly Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese) followed by a dinner of grilled steaks, oven roast potatoes and salad. Desert was a selection of fine cakes and pies (gotta love that coconut cream cake!).

The monthly membership meeting was held at Mango’s Mexican Restaurant. Our membership attendance numbers keep climbing to such an extent it’s getting harder and harder to find someplace to accommodate all of us. I guess we should be happy we’re so successful! Nothing succeeds like success.

The next weekend, Region leadership Jason Miller (President), Robert Klein (VP), Anthony Minstein (Membership Chair) and Jim Doll and Gene Hoffman (Board Members) drove up to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Northern New Jersey Region experienced driver weekend. It’s always nice to see how other regions run their DEs and a great time was had by all, in spite of the low temps and damp track.

The same weekend, another group made the 100 mile trip South to member Ken Mattingly Kenny’s Farm to tour the new automated barns (robot milking stations for the cows!) and of course, to buy some of Kenny’s locally famous cheese. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for the drive; rain, slick roads and cold temps tried to damp the enthusiasm, unsuccessfully. 11 cars and 20 members braved the elements returning with lots of fresh cheese (Kenny always brings a good assortment of cheeses for tasting at our own track event).

To round the month off, we had a Memorial Day weekend drive through the Ohio River valley out to Georgetown, KY to visit Babe’s BBQ. TH Morris, our Activity Chair led 16 cars (on Memorial Day weekend!) us on a long drive across the twisty county roads along the many streams and rivers. A favorite was the path following the Kentucky River curving past the river locks and dams outside of Lockport, KY then crossing Appalachian the foothill ridges normal to this part of the state. Babe’s is an off-the-trail family dining spot on the list of Kentucky 10 best off-the-beaten-path restaurants and the service and home cooking demonstrated why. Everything from the warm greeting, to the great service and food impressed our group of travelers.

I’m not sure what we liked more: the drive? Or, the BBQ? Typical KY staples like pork, brisket, chicken, and Kentucky specialty sides including corn pudding and fried okra (yee haw!) plus traditional side dishes like cole slaw, beans and corn bread (and did I mention the toasted coconut pie?). The ride ended at Babe’s with many members opting the more direct freeway route home.

 

986/987 Boxster Oil Change

TIME: 1 Hour

MECHANICAL TALENT: EASY

APPLICABLE MODELS:

  • Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
  • Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
  • Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-08)
  • Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-08)

NECESSARY TOOLS:

  • 2 ton Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Pad Tool
  • Filter Removal Tool

 

One of the most common tasks to perform is replacing your engine oil. Frequent oil changes are perhaps the most important procedure you can do to maintain and prolong the life of your engine. However, with the better oils that are available today, the requirement for frequent changes is diminishing. Even though Porsche now recommends oil change intervals that are much farther apart than in the past, I usually recommend that you keep the changes under the 5,000-mile limit. If you don’t drive your car too often, you should change the oil at least once a year to keep things fresh.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have everything that is required for the job. Nothing is more frustrating than emptying your oil, only to find out that you don’t have a replacement filter or enough oil. You will need an oil filter, the special Porsche oil filter removal tool, a roll of paper towels, a very large oil pan or bucket, and between 7-9 quarts of oil. You’ll also need an 8 mm hex socket tool to remove the drain plug from the bottom of the engine sump. Start by driving the car around, and let it heat up to operating temperature. You’ll want to empty your oil when it’s hot, because the heat makes the oil flow a lot easier, and more particles of metal and dirt will come out when the oil is emptied.

Once you get the car parked, place the oil pan bucket underneath the oil sump of the car. At the bottom of the engine sump there is a plug that is used for draining oil. If your Boxster is too low to the ground to fit your oil change pan bucket underneath, then you will have to raise the car off of the ground.  Remove this plug carefully, and make sure you have a very large oil pan: at least a 10-quart capacity – under it, with a drip pan under the bucket in case you underestimate. The oil will be very hot, and will empty out extremely quickly, so be careful not to burn yourself (wear rubber gloves). There will be no time to grab any more buckets or oil pans if you underestimate, so make sure that the one you choose is big enough.

While the oil is draining, it is a good time to remove the oil filter. You want to make sure that you remove the filter with the oil pan still under the car because the oil filter is full of oil, and this oil will have a tendency to drip down out of the filter into the engine and out the drain hole. The Boxster filter is a cartridge-type filter, which is contained within a plastic oil filter housing next to the bottom sump underneath the car. You will typically need the factory oil filter housing removal tool, or a comparable one in order to remove the housing. Remove the plastic housing, and underneath you will see the cartridge filter. Simply pull on it to remove it from the engine: it will be stuck on a pipe pointing down out of the engine. Have plenty of paper towels on hand, as oil will spill from the filter if you’re not careful.

While all of your oil is draining, take the drain plug from the engine, and carefully clean it with a paper towel. When the plug is clean, replace it in the car with a new metal gasket. Torque the plug to 50 Nm (37 ft-lb).

Now install the new oil filter. Simply take the filter cartridge and place it on the oil pipe exiting the bottom of the engine. One side of the filter should be slightly beveled to enable you to easily slip the filter onto the pipe. Clean out the inside of the oil filter housing and replace the o-ring with a new one before installing the new oil filter cartridge. Slightly lubricate the o-ring with some fresh motor oil prior to installing it. Now, screw on the filter housing and make it snug tight. Torque it to 25 Nm (19 ft-lb).

Now it’s time to fill up your Porsche with motor oil. A lot of people aren’t really sure what motor oil to use in their car. Traditionally, the characteristics of motor oil were linked closely to its weight. Heavier-weight oils protect well against heat; lighter-weight oils flow better in cold. In general, if you live in a cold climate, you should use a 10W-40 or similar oil. This oil is a 10-weight oil that behaves and protects against heat like a 40-weight oil. In warmer climates, you should use a 20W-50 oil. This oil doesn’t flow as well at the colder climates, but gives an extra “edge” on the hotter end. I have put a lot more info on motor oils on the 101Projects.com site: check there for more recommendations.

The question of whether to use synthetic or traditional “dinosaur” oil often comes up among car buffs. Consumer Reports (July 1996) ran an extensive test on the two types of oil, altering amongst many different brands. The testers installed freshly rebuilt engines in 75 taxicabs, and then ran them through the harshest conditions on the streets of New York City. Placing different brands, weights, and formulations in the cars, they racked up 60,000 miles on the engines, tore them down, measured, and inspected the engine components for wear. The oil was changed at 3,000 miles in half of them, and the rest were changed at 6,000 miles. The results: regardless of brand, synthetic or dino, weight, and oil change interval, there were no discernable differences in engine component wear in any of the engines. Their conclusion? Motor oils and the additives blended into them have improved so much over the years that frequent oil changes and expensive synthetics are no longer necessary.

Still, some people swear by synthetic oil. In practice, I don’t recommend using synthetic oil if you have an older car with old seals in the engine. There have been many documented cases in which the addition of synthetic oil has caused an otherwise dry car to start leaking. If you own an older Boxster that doesn’t have fresh seals in the engine, I would stick to the non-synthetics. However, if synthetic oil was the only type of oil that your engine has seen, I usually recommend sticking with it.

Fill your oil tank from the oil filler hole located in the rear trunk. Add about 5 quarts to the engine, and check the dipstick (1997-04), or the oil level gauge (2005-). Continue to add about a half a quart at a time and keep checking the level (total capacity should be about 9 quarts). Fill it up until it reaches the top mark of the dipstick or gauge – the engine oil level will automatically lower when the oil filter fills up with oil. Make sure that you put the oil filler cap back on the top of the filler hole, otherwise, you will end up with a messy trunk compartment when you drive away. While you’re at it, also check the seal in the oil filler cap. A vacuum leak in this cap will cause rough running when you go to start the engine.

If you had the car up on jack stands, lower it down to the ground. Now, start up the engine. The oil pressure light should stay on for about a second or two and then go out. Hop out of the car and look at the engine underneath, then take a quick look underneath the car. Verify that there’s no volume of oil seeping out of the engine. Take the car out for a drive and bring it up to operating temperature. Shut the car off and then recheck the oil level (careful, the car will be hot). At this point, I like to top the oil off at the top point on the dipstick. Make sure that you dispose of your old oil at a respectable recycling station.

 

Link to original site, with pictures:

https://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/02-BASICS-Oil_Change/02-BASICS-Oil_Change.htm