A big ‘Thank You!’ for the header pic!

There were a bunch of P-Cars parked at Grotto Pizza for last night’s Member Meeting, and since it was a Tuesday night in September and the summer crowd isn’t on the lake, more than half the cars in the lot were Porsches. The crew from Grotto was taking the opportunity to admire the cars and, while I was taking some pictures for a Facebook post, one of them approached me and offered a panorama he’d taken with this phone.

Needless to say, I asked him to send it to me and our site boasts a new header pic.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get his name, but if he sees this: Thanks for the awesome shot!

Maybe John needs an apprentice?

September Month-A-Versaries!

It has been yet another very busy month as we transition from summer to fall here in the Northeast of PA and with school starting, pool closings, last minute squeezing of everything “summer” into our schedules (for some) the month of September comes and goes VERY quickly.
Not to be too too late – here is our MONTH-A-VERSARY list for our members celebrating their time in the Porsche Club of America!
Let’s take the time to recognize and thank them for being part of the largest single marque car club in the USA!

Our members of the month, their join date, and the Porsche they love (there may be more!!).

  • Frank Crapella 9/1/1981 35 years! (1961 356)
  • Brian Brombacher 9/1/1991 25 years! (1987 924S)
  • Margery Becker 9/1/1997 19 years! (2006 Boxster S)
  • Michael Platt 9/1/1998 18 years! (1962 356)
  • Donald Hull 9/1/2002 14 years (1985 944)
  • Kenneth Van Artsdalen 9/30/2005 11 years (1988 911 Carrera)
  • Mark Golden 9/20/2006 10 years (2000 Boxster)
  • Brian Erdman 9/7/2007 9 years (1986 911 Carrera)
  • Bart Ecker 9/30/2009 7 years (2002 911 Carrera 4)
  • Jerry Sweeney 9/13/2011 5 years (2011 Panamera)
  • Michael Carson 9/16/2011 5 years (1983 944)
  • Nicholas Kachur 9/20/2011 5 years (2002 911 Carrera 4S)
  • Don Kearney 9/11/2012 4 years (1998 Boxster)
  • John Voda 9/12/2012 4 years (2010 Boxster)
  • Brock Phillips 9/27/2012 4 years (2009 911 Carrera S)
  • Susan Mellinger 9/10/2013 3 years (2014 Boxster)
  • Charles C. Berneski 9/18/2014 2 years (2000 Boxster S)
  • John Dublanica 9/23/2014 2 years (1968 911L)
  • Darell Covington 9/30/2014 2 years (2014 Cayman)
  • Kathryn Bohl 9/16/2015 1 year (2001 911 Carrera)
  • Nate Hoffman 9/27/2015 1 year (2001 911 Turbo)
  • Dominic Yannuzzi 9/6/2016 WELCOME!! (2001 Boxster)

July Month-a-versaries

I am happy to share the following list with our membership to celebrate the month-a-versary for 15 of our members. Please help me in celebrating their milestone as they continue to enjoy their relationship with the Pocono Region PCA, but also, their love for their Porsche.

  • Robert Birkland  – 28 YEARS!
  • Michael Kane – 24 YEARS!
  • Charles Kornutiak – 20 YEARS!
  • Douglas Adams – 15 YEARS
  • Andrew Moore – 12 YEARS
  • Stanley Pearlman
  • Lewis Grant
  • Nichole Danova
  • Paul Krawitz
  • Jeffrey Krug
  • John Emmett
  • Michael Musumeci
  • Louis Genello
  • Gary Schommer
  • John Herron

Be safe, be happy…
Leonard Goldspinner
Safety Chair/Membership Chair

June Anniversaries!

With the weather working in our favor, most of us are very busy with outdoor activities involving our cars, but – the work must still get done, so here for the month of June is our list of esteemed colleagues who are celebrating their month-a-versary:

  • Thomas Joseph – 28 YEARS!
  • Gerald Zawislak – 22 YEARS!
  • Arthur Mason – 21 YEARS!
  • Meinir Razak – 19 YEARS!
  • Aldan Lori – 15 YEARS!
  • Donald Bernstein – 14 YEARS!
  • Brad Jumper – 9 years
  • Todd Treat – 6 years
  • Sean Loughman – 5 years
  • Arthur Luciano – 4 years
  • Matthew Sandherr – 3 years
  • Fiore Cremard III – 2 years
  • William Greiner – 2 years
  • Art Jennerich – 1 year
  • Axsel Cruz – 1 year
  • Louis Villecco – 1 year
  • Raymond Mead – 1 year
  • Christopher Duckworth – 1 year

If you see or speak to any of the above members, remember to thank them for their patronage with the club, for it is the people that make our events even more memorable.

Be safe, be happy…
Leonard Goldspinner

New Member Breakfast and Poker Run

From: Mark Frumkin, President, POCONO Region
Date: 05/25/2016 10:04 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Regions Editor
Subject: Pocono New Member Breakfast and Poker Run

Hi Linda,

Pocono Region held its new member breakfast and first ever poker run on Saturday the 19th of May. The new member breakfast was well attended at Perkins in Wilkes-Barre Pa with 20-plus members and new members in attendance.

The poker run following the breakfast was well attended as well with 10 cars following a scenic and curvy “Pocono” route which climbed up the Giants Despair Hill Climb Route,  traversed Francis Walter Dam (stopping for a card) and on to Lackawanna Welcome center at Montage for another card.  From there around some of the areas best switch back roads along the Upper Susquehanna River, and finally to the Tipsy Turtle restaurant at Avoca Airport for the last of the five cards at 1:15.

Dinner certificates to the top three and Porsche related gifts to all the drivers in attendance.

The weather held (mostly) for us and a great time was had by all.

Thank you!


Member Anniversaries for May

It’s been too wet to plant, too wet to mow, and I don’t know about you, but man… Do I want to go, go, GO!! To that end, here is something for you to enjoy: Yup, its our members anniversary list for the month of May. Please join us as we recognize our members as they continue to participate with their fellow Pocono Region PCA members.

Here is to wishing the best for another great year for our May members!

  • Arthur Berry, 1 year
  • Dianne Costanzo, 3 years
  • Mark Elliott, 8 years
  • David Ferraraccio, 36 YEARS!
  • Judy Haff, 3 years
  • Thomas Helfst, 14 YEARS!
  • Clark La belle, 14 YEARS!
  • Harold Lauritano, 6 years
  • Matthew Nebzydoski,1 year
  • Rod Neff, 6 years
  • Mary Pascucci, 1 year
  • Patricia Powell, 1 year
  • Roger Saumure,1 year
  • Kevin Siebecker,3 years
  • Matthew Swientisky, 25 YEARS!

And remember, our members meeting for this month is at Breakers Brewing Company! Hope to see you there!!

Be safe, be happy…
Leonard Goldspinner

Simeone Auto Museum

Some of us got an early start with breakfast an Van Guilder’s Jubilee, and six cars met at the Hickory Run Service Plaza for a spirited drive to Philadelphia. Len was attending an NSX event, so he brought his beautiful red Acura along for the drive. On arriving, we were mistaken for part of Southern New Jersey Region, who had parking set aside for them in the back of the museum. Randy parked his 928 and Shawn his 944 among the 911s, Boxsters, and Caymans of the SNJ folks, which is sure to cause confusion when they spot the two oddball cars in the background of their group picture!

Of course, the focus of the trip was the ‘Demo Day’ of the German sportscars. This is a special feature of Dr. Simeone’s museum, wherein they bring out a handful of priceless automotive artifacts, fire them up, and drive them around the back of the museum. This weekend was ‘Der Best von Deutchland’, and the cars were a 1927 Mercedes Benz Sportwagen, a 1937 BMW 328, a 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing, and a 1970 Porsche 917LH. Dr. Simeone gave a short talk about the historical significance of the each model, and what made each of these cars individually special.

For instance: The BMW was hidden in a barn in the Netherlands at the beginning of World War II to keep it from the Germans. Over the years, more hay was piled on it and it was forgotten. It wasn’t rediscovered until 1980! At that point the owner contacted Dr. Simeone and asked the doctor to buy the car for his collection because the owner wanted it left as it was, and not frame-up restored to better-than-new, which was normal at the time. The car appears as it was found, and it’s gorgeous. It runs like a new car.

The 917LH is the special long-tail version of the incredibly powerful, flat-12 917 race car. This car is the last of the Le Mans ‘sportscar’ class, which was replaced by the ‘prototype’ class afterward. Thie 917 has two seats and enough lights to at least theoretically be a road car. It won second overall that year and still holds the record for top speed on the Mulsanne Straight: 240mph!

Dr. Simeone’s collection essentially ends with this 917 because Le Mans moved to the prototype class. You can’t collect everything, and the doctor decided to concentrate on classic ‘drive to the race, race it, drive it home’ sportscars that ruled international motorsports racing in the 30s through 60s.

It was amazing hearing these cars fire up and drive (except for the Mercedes Sportwagen, which was having a fuel supply issue). The BMW and 300SL sounded like modern roadcars. The 917 sounded like a cross between a six-cylinder 911 and a tractor.

The remainder of the museum was just as amazing and full of incredibly rare, stunning, and significant cars. The day started cold, but finished beautifully in the 60s and a sunny afternoon drive back to NEPA. This was a treat for any car enthusiast, so plan on going again next year!

Contact us!

We’d love to hear from you.

We’re the Pocono Region of the Porsche Club of America, and we’re car people. We’re not Porsche owners because they’re expensive. We’re Porsche owners because they’re fun! We get together because we like each other, and we think you’ll like us too! Drop us a line, try out a meeting, ask a question; we’ll be happy to help in any way we can with your Porsche experience.

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