I believe we are only mandating a front Tow-Hook, although if you have a rear one it would be good to fit that also, or at least have it in the car, in case the front tow-hook is not accessible. The welded hoop under the front valance is fine – I also have that on my ’72.
Great article by none other than Burt Levy of ‘Last Open Road’ fame.
I have met Bill and seen his 930 and it is in incredible condition considering its mileage. This car is certainly the opposite of a pampered garage queen and Bill still drives it enthusiastically!
I am no mechanic, but a couple of observations. When you are braking for 5A and downshifting, your engine is on overrun from high revs, so any wear in your rings or valve guides will suck oil into the combustion chambers. Then when you get back on the throttle after 5B the oil is burned out causing the smoke.
Probably on the street, you are not using such high revs and therefore the problem does not materialize. Either way, I would consult a specialist as that kind of oil usage is certainly not normal. A Compression and Leakdown test should indicate any abnormal piston ring or valve guide wear.
This is not a rule change, it has always been a requirement, but I think over time we maybe had not reinforced it with people new to the DE programme. We will be updating our DE information to include this.
As far as where to get a tow-hook, all cars came with them as part of the OEM tool kit, although I know many get lost when ownership is transferred. My suggestion would be either a Porsche Dealer (who can certainly get you one, but probably doesn’t have one in-stock) or, more likely one of our recommended DE inspection centres, who may have one lying around. Beyond that any of the Porsche Parts Recyclers will almost surely have some.
The IDS is still on for tomorrow, rain, sleet, snow or shine.
Use your best judgement regarding the weather and road conditions to and from the event, the last thing we want is any accidents. You do not have to bring your Porsche to this event. It is always recommended, but not essential. The skills you will learn are applicable to any vehicle.
UCR will not issue refunds due to weather. We may offer credits towards another event IF we are forced to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances, BUT bear in mind that our second IDS on April 28th is presently fully booked with a waiting list. We still pay for the track and catering regardless of the weather.
I agree the issue doesn’t affect many of our DE participants, but I suspect as time goes on there will be more newer cars and at some point these collision avoidance systems will become standard with possibly no way of fully defeating them. That is already the case with some performance brands like BMW. We also have to allow for the small group of people who bring other than Porsche’s to our DE events.
And tut-tut for not checking the Welcome page. How else would you know about the “upcoming” Elections and Meeting on November 14th 2017 !! 🙂
Very sad news indeed. I too remember when Clive was Track Chair and his calm, laid-back, but authoritative manner was a reason I enjoyed the DE Programme so much as a novice. Never intimidating and always encouraging, Clive gave freely of his time and expertise.
I last saw Clive a few years ago when he accompanied his Daughter to the IDS. He still had that same twinkle in his eye and friendly demeanor and was eager to help us with picking up cones at the Slalom course. He will be missed, but as Dave has stated, his influence on our DriverEd programme will remain forever.
What W-W has said above is true, although I admit I was not aware of the membership “Test Drive”.
We have accommodated everything from Toyota Minivans to GT3-RS’s at the IDS and as noted above it is not just for potential Trackies.
For insurance purposes you have to be a Member or Associate Member of PCA to participate in our IDS or DE events. I am not aware of any Temporary PCA Membership scheme. Your friend can always join PCA (it’s only $46US) and then register for the IDS events. Better still tell him/her it is high time they owned a Porsche!