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Happy Holidays!

We had a great holiday party at the Capitol Plaza hotel in Montpelier. See below for a message from GMR President Carl Wulfestieg. Also a couple of photos from the party and a welcome to several new members who joined just in the last few days.

See you next year!

Communications Chair/Newsletter Editor/Board Member

Message from the President

Thanksgiving was late this year, giving most of us an early startl into holiday celebrations. Green Mountain Region welcomed 30+ members and associates to our holiday party last Saturday December 7 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier; everyone had a wonderful meal and plenty of time to share in holiday cheer. I did find it disappointing that this number represents less than 10% of our Green Mountain total membership. One of my major goals for the past year was increased participation of our membership, and I want to work on this some more in 2020.

Membership has been growing rapidly during the past year, and GMR welcomed perhaps 20+ new members with all model of cars from 356s to the most recent Carreras, Boxsters and Caymans. Brad Kennison, our new membership chairman, is working diligently to increase membership, as recent information from PCA suggests that our present membership numbers are less than 30% of all Porsches registered in the state of Vermont. We have certainly seen an increased participation in our tour events. 

On that subject, please note that the proposed dates for our 2020 tours are already up on our website, so take a look and save the dates. More information will follow after the first of the year. 

Your board is very interested in hearing from you about what activities we could organize to enhance the value of your membership in PCA. With that in mind, we will be sending out a membership survey, using Survey Monkey, after the first of the year. Please take the time to participate as this will give your board a better sense of what our goals should be. We want to know what you think, and what you'd like to have the club do more (or less) of!

I should note also that your PCA membership permits participation in the driving events of other clubs, so check out the calendars of our neighbors and Zone 1.

Happy Holidays to you all, and see you next spring. Remember it's not just the cars--- it's the people!

Carl Wulfestieg
GMR President
Welcome New PCA Members!
Info updated Dec. 14, 2019

Please say hello to the following new Green Mountain Region Porsche Club members who have joined PCA here, or moved and changed regions, since our last newsletter, according to monthly data supplied us by national PCA. Note: if a member lets his or her membership lapse and then signs up again, they will appear as a "new member." In which case, welcome back!

Barry Blakely, Williston, 2018 911 Carrera GTS (color not listed)

Bruce Beaudoin, Colchester, (car model, year and color not listed)

Joseph Jones, Lebanon, NH, 1978 911 SC (color not listed)

NOTE: Missing information on cars can be filled out by going online to and signing in to your member login, and revisiting the data section.

Name Tags: We recommend that new members and their spouses or partners purchase "official" Green Mountain Club name tags for wearing at all GMR events. Please email our treasurer, Christina McCaffrey , to request them for you and your spouse or partner, and she will try to get them for you in time for the next event. The cost is $15.00 per name tag.

A few shots from the Dec. 7 Holiday Party in Montpelier. Thanks to Al Iuppa and Zancy Von Hooks for the photos!
Tech Talk - Ask Jason!

Green Mountain PCA Member Jason Eastman, mechanic and owner of Bullfrog Auto in Milton, Vermont, has graciously agreed to answer members’ questions about their Porsches in a club feature we call “Ask Jason,” appearing here in the Mountaineer and in the Tech Talk section of our website .

We asked Jason, How do you store a Porsche for the winter? He responded with the following info sheet he hands out to his customers when asked:


There are many thoughts and opinions of how a car should be stored over a winter season. The following items are the how I prepare customers' cars for storage.

·       Wash and wax the car just before storage.
·       Cover the car with a quality car cover. Inspect it to make sure it is free of dirt and debris.
·       Change the engine oil before storage. Preferably the car will be driven fewer than 100 miles from the time of the oil change to the time of storage.
·       Inflate the tires to the maximum rated pressure (PSI) indicated on the sidewall of the tires.
·       Add fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank. Follow the instructions on the product label.
·       Fill the fuel tank with fresh premium fuel.
·       Clean out any trash from the interior and trunk areas, especially any food or food wrappers.
·       Attach a HIGH QUALITY battery maintainer. If you using a cheap maintainer on a modern car with computers then the negative battery lead should be disconnected. Cheap battery maintainers often allow too much A/C voltage through the maintainer and into the car. This can damage sensitive electronics. Remove the battery if there is a chance it could freeze (storage not heated).

·       Once parked in storage, don't start the engine until it's time to remove the car from storage. Running the engine without driving causes more harm than good. It's best to let it sit untouched. If the car should be parked/stored for an extended amount of time, then further measures to protect the engine should be taken. Ask me for more details about this in the event of a planned extended storage.

·       Rodents are always a concern and while there are no guarantees of how to kee p them out, the following seems to be effective. They like to nest in the car where it's comfortable and warm. There are 101 different opinions on how to keep them out of the car. To date I've found that dryer sheets seem to work best. Bounce dryer sheets specifically seem to work better than most. The stronger and longer lasting the scent the better. Moth balls will also work but they leave a lasting scent in the car that is unpleasant and hard to air out. DO NOT PLACE DRYER SHEETS ON LEATHER OR VINYL!
Once it's time to start driving the car again, the following items need to be addressed.
·        Carefully remove the car cover and place in a garbage bag for next year's storage.
·        Lower the tire pressures to the pressure specified on the specifications label found on the car. These labels are located in different places on different models.
·        Connect the battery terminal if removed.
·        Remove any dryer sheets from the air filter housing if there were any placed there.
·        Test the brake pedal and ensure it still feels firm and normal.
·        Start the engine and idle it outside of the garage so as not be overwhelmed by exhaust fumes. Once outside allow the engine to idle for a couple of minutes.
·        While the engine is idling, remove the dryer sheets from the car.
·        Check the vehicle registration stickers and the vehicle inspection sticker to make sure they are up to date.
·        Drive the car and allow the engine to reach full operating temperature.
·        During the next few trips with car, run the fuel tank low so as it can be topped off with fresh fuel.
·        Most importantly, DRIVE THE CAR AND ENJOY IT!  After all what good is a summer car if it just sits in the garage unused?

Jason Eastman

Any member with a question should email Communications Chair Sandy Gilmou r or Webmeister Alessandro Iuppa who will forward to Jason after which we will publish the answer(s). Likewise, if you would like to submit a an article on a technical subject regarding Porsches, email to Sandy and/or Al. It's a great opportunity to get some great advice.
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If you have any comments or suggestions on the website, please contact our Webmeister, Al Iuppa
Your Green Mountain Region Club Officers
Carl Wulfestieg
Dave Whittall
Vice President
‭(802) 843-2482
Christina McCaffrey
Peggy Larson Secretary
Sandy Gilmour
Communications Chair
Alessandro Iuppa
Don Jones
(802) 359-3606
Albert "Duffy" Miller
Events Chair
‭(802) 613-3169
Bill Root
Immediate Past President

Brad Kennison
Membership Chair
About These Email Communications: 

Replies to these GMT PCA emails come to me (Sandy Gilmour), not the entire membership; however, I can forward to President Carl Wulfestieg and other board members if needed. I always welcome any comments on any ways we can improve communications with GMT PCA members.

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We welcome any submissions to this newsletter and to our website by members who have some fun experiences, photos, tech stuff and other adventures to share! Email me at [email protected]

Remember also, it's a volunteer organization. Any help you can provide -- especially with event planning -- is most appreciated by all!
~ Sandy
Sandy Gilmour ('99 Boxster)  
Communications Manager
Green Mountain Region
Porsche Club of America