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!
I love Spring! Although I was a bit disappointed in having only one day of it this year. Still, the moderate temps, low humidity is great convertible weather. Put the to0p down, listen to the flat six behind your head and enjoy some of the great country roads surrounding us in all directions. We had a great turnout for the 1st Annual Donut Endurance Run. Don’t be upset if you missed it, we’ll add it to the schedule for next year (or maybe Fall, TH?). I have some new bakeries to try.
On Membership: in May we had one membership expire and three adds.
Brings our total to:
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.
TIME: 1 Hour
MECHANICAL TALENT: EASY
- Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
- Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
- Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-08)
- Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-08)
- 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.
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Chicago PCA ROAD AMERICA DRIVER’S ED
Road America Driver’s Education (“RADE”) is a drivers school held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, one of the premier racetracks in the world. This program has been developed to introduce you, in a controlled and closed-course environment, to the skills that you need to safely drive your Porsche at its limits. RADE will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, but remember: for novice drivers, the event actually begins Thursday night, May 24th, with a drivers’ orientation meeting.
Drivers must be at least 18 years of age, and your car must a pass technical inspection before you will be allowed to drive on the track. SUVs, Cayennes, and Macans are not allowed on the track during the actual school, but can be driven on-track during the Club’s traditional track touring laps for its Charity of the Year, which is typically offered during a lunch break on one of the event days.
Pre-registration through ClubRegistration.net (www.clubregistration.net) is MANDATORY, and closes May 21, 2018; on-site registrations will not be accepted. Cancellations must be in writing or email and received by May 15, 2018 including a late $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after May 14, 2018. And BOOK YOUR ROOMS NOW: Memorial Day lodging is already getting hard to find! Please email any additional questions to PHackenson@gmail.com or Chuck.LaMantia@msn.com.
Finally, driving season is upon us! The calendar said it started 2 months ago, but 40 degrees, snow, clouds, do not a drive in the country day make.
Member numbers for April reflect that poor weather. In years past April and May have been some of the strongest months in gaining new members, as pleasant weather beckons anew to the hearts and minds or sports car fans. Not so this year; for April, only 2 new members. Though, on the brighter side, we did have two new prospects: Greg Hoffman and Paul Slaughter both signed up for test drive membership while they search for a car.
We also had four members expire: wait, let me say that another way. Four memberships have expired might be the better way to say that.
Last, we should all congratulate Russel and Rose Stein and Jerry and Lillian Seligman; celebrating 40 and 39 years membership in the club!
President’s Report May 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President
Finally! Spring is here!!
May is a busy month. It is Holly’s birthday month, Mother’s Day, my birthday month and Derby, but it is also full of KYPCA activities.
Saturday, May 12th, is Joe and Jane’s Annual Steak Dinner and Wine Tasting. This event has become a club favorite. RSVP soon to ensure a spot.
A small group of us are heading to Mid-Ohio May 18-20 to join the Northern New Jersey Region PCA for an advanced drivers DE. And that same weekend, Saturday, May 19th the club will be driving to Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin, KY. Kenny is not only Kentucky Proud, but he is also a fellow KYPCA member. If you’re planning to make the drive to Kenny’s remember to bring a cooler, you will definitely want to return home with some cheese.
Wrapping up the month of May, we will visit Babes BBQ in Georgetown, KY Saturday, May 26th.
As a reminder, our June DE is scheduled June 8–10, registration opened April 29th at 9am. Instructor Certification will take place Friday, June 8th.
The May meeting will be Monday, May 14th at Mango’s. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.
“Bad weather always looks worse through a window”, said Tom Lehrer…we might also add “…and a windshield”.
Spring has not been favorable for driving, though we had an excellent tech session on car washing and detailing from Studio A Detailing, a high-end, family run shop. Special consideration is made to removing fine grained surface scratches from prior wash jobs’ dirty towels, using proprietary solutions. We were, instructed on the best techniques, towels and wash tools (best in not marring the car’s finish) and no-rinse washes.
The weather turned in our favor for our 1st Annual Donut Endurance Run: a drive across central Kentucky for homemade, fresh donuts. Our first stop, after winding through the Kentucky countryside over Kentucky River tributaries, arrived at Doughdaddy outside Versailles, KY. Doughdaddy has taken over a closed gas station, retaining the pumps and mini-mart conveniences alongside a broad selection of donuts; cake, yeast, crullers, turnovers and twists. Our group of 21 cars and 28 folk enjoyed a rest, gas and donut stop. As Homer Simpson said: “Donuts, is there anything they can’t do?”
Our next stop was Danville, Ky, running back roads through the thoroughbred horse farms of the bluegrass and through the glacial escarpments and canyons of the Kentucky River. Over millennia, the river has eroded limestone canyons, creating 1,000 foot tall cliffs on either side of a mile wide canyon, our county road cut out of the limestone cliffs.
The topography flattened out near Danville for our next donut stop: Burke’s Bakery, a local mainstay for over 60 years (I heartily recommend the cinnamon crumb!). After a morning of sugar, it was appropriate to add something from the other food groups: lunch at Captain Frank’s Hot Dog Emporium.
I did a pre-run yesterday…ew start with 12 miles of freeway, exiting to enter the municipality of Waddy, KY….heading South and East on country roads through Lawrenceburg, to our 1st stop at Doughdaddy between Versailles and Lexington. I sacrificed my waist on club behalf sampling an excellent cinnamon twist. The bakery makes all donuts fresh and is in a retired Thornton’s type gas station. Plenty of parking and the manager is excited to see a bunch of Porsches!
From Doughdaddy, it’s back roads down to Danville, where we stop at Burkes Bakery, a local mainstay for more than 60 years. I had an excellent cinnamon crumb donut. Plenty of on-street parking, right in front of the bakery.
From there, it’s a hop, skip and jump to North 4th Street to Captain Frank’s Hot Dog Emporium for lunch. Parking available across the street at the court house. 16 separate specialty dogs available, as well as a full lunch menu. If you are vegetarian, vegan or Whole Foodsatarian, this may not be your favorite place to eat.
150 total miles, 2.5 hours of driving time….plenty of excellent scenery: some fast moving streams, Kentucky River, driving through a wide gorge eroded through millenia by the Kentucky River….come out and see it. NOTE the new meeting place,…we will NOT be across from the dealership.
Come out for sugar, driving and junk food!