Touring the Green Mountain State Since 1986!
This newsletter is to update you on upcoming tours as organized by our hard-working events chair Duffy (and Bernie) Miller. See the warning below to be there at the dock at 9 a.m. In the rest of the newsletter, I have left in most all items from the last newsletter in case you missed Tech Talk-Ask Jason and other info.
Upcoming Green Mountain Region
Porsche Club Tours
From Duffy Miller
Next tour: This Saturday, June 8. Updated Warning from Events Chair Duffy Miller today, June 4!!
We have 20 cars and their drivers / passengers participating in the June 8th NY tour. The Charlotte Ferry holds 30 cars, so it’s critical that all participants arrive in Charlotte EARLY - by 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ferry crossing to New York. The ferry company stressed that getting in line early is the best way to ensure we all cross together on the same ferry. If arriving late, or close to the crossing time of 10 a.m., you may not be able to cross with the tour group."
Sunday July 14
Vermont Covered Bridge tour led by our president, Carl Wulfestieg. This will be fun, and also is a preview of one of the tours our regional leadership and volunteers are planning for Treffen in September (see below for Treffen).
Saturday August 17
Vermont Mountain Drive over Buel’s Gore* and Smuggler’s notch. We will have two starting points; one in southern Vermont near Woodstock and the central point starting in Waitsfield.
Treffen in Woodstock- See note on Treffen below
Later in September
- Our own tour TBA
- Fall Leaf Tour presented by Pete and Ellen - TBA
Editor's note: What is a "gore" you ask, other than a VP and wounding deeply?
According to Wikipedia, Buel's Gore is a "small unincorporated area at the southern tip Chittenden County that is not part of any town. In geography, a “gore” is known as a triangular piece of land that typically has very few inhabitants. Buel's Gore is one of four gores in Vermont with limited self-government." Now you know the rest of the story!
Next tour: June 8. Updated Warning from Events Chair Duffy Miller today, June 4!!
We have 20 cars and their drivers / passengers participating in the June 8th NY tour. The Charlotte Ferry holds 30 cars, so it’s critical that all participants arrive in Charlotte EARLY - by 9am for the 10am ferry crossing to NY. The ferry company stressed that getting in line early is the best way to ensure we all cross together on the same ferry. If arriving late, or close to the crossing time of 10am, you may not be able to cross with the tour group."
See below for tour details Note: this one does not require a Motorsportreg registration. However, please
RSVP to Events Chair Duffy Miller
so he can give the restaurant the count. Note the need to meet up at the ferry at 9 a.m. so we can get all cars on the ferry (holds 30 - if you are late, you may miss the boat.
Tech Talk -- Ask Jason
We are renewing our Tech Talk feature which also appears on our
. GMR Member and Porsche mechanic Jason Eastman has graciously volunteered to answer members' questions. See below for "Ask Jason." If any members, whether shop owners or handy with their own cars, wish to submit topics, please email to me (reply to this email) or to
Webmeister Alessandro Iuppa.
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Here's to a great tour over Lake Champlain to New York, and lunch in Peru (that is, Peru, NY, not Peru, VT nor Peru, Latin America!)
Communications Chair/Newsletter Editor
The Ferry waits for no one----
Our next Green Mountain Tour will be lead by Stu Friedman, a former GMR member from New York. In the past, Stu has found very nice driving roads for us, and I am certain that this tour will not disappoint. The tour start is from the Charlotte Ferry Dock on the 10 a.m. ferry. Please arrive early =, 9 a.m., as noted on the website and Mountaineer posting (see below). I know that many of us drive fast cars, but I don’t think anyone can beat the 33 min. crossing time to Essex, New York by driving legal or illegal speeds on the our Vermont roads.
On another topic: Have you checked out the GMR website lately? Al Iuppa, our webmeister, has been working to revise the site and add more content, which will benefit us all. The site is still a work in progress, so check in frequently to see the changes as they arrive. Al welcomes comments from all of you, so if there are ideas or possible links which you think might be helpful please send
Al a note
Welcome all new members (see below). We are now up to a recod breaking 177 members in Green Mountain Region, including about 20 new members joined since last winter!
Lastly, when was the last time you signed on to the PCA national website and revised your membership information? Your GMR board and communications chairman need correct information on the PCA site, because this is where we obtain information to communicate with you all.
Unfortunately, I'll be away, but have a great June tour! Best regards, drive safely, and remember it's not
the cars, it's the people!
President, Green Mountain Region
New York Tour Information for Saturday, June 8
Our June 8 tour will start at the
Charlotte / Essex Ferry crossing GPS:
Charlotte Ferry Dock, 2901 Ferry Rd, Charlotte
- Members should plan to meet at 9 a.m. lining up for the ferry early so that we can get ahead of other cars and get everyone on the ferry. It holds 30 cars, Duffy is told. As we wait to board, all drivers can register and sign waivers, get wrist bands, and buy ferry crossing tickets for the 10 a.m. ferry crossing. We want to all be on the 10 a.m. ferry, so DO NOT arrive late or you might have to wait for the 11 a.m. ferry.
- Cost for the ferry:
- Driver and car: $10.75
- Adult passenger: $4.50
After the ferry crossing, we’ll be traveling over some very scenic roads in New York, through the winter Olympics town of Lake Placid, stop at the Whiteface Ski Mountain area north of Lake Placid for restroom breaks and pictures, and end at Livingood’s Restaurant and Brewery in Peru, New York.
Livingood’s Restaurant and Brewery
is ready to host us for lunch. If you get lost on the tour or miss the 9 a.m. ferry, it's GPS 697 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru, New York (near Plattsburg, FYI).
Members and guests will order off the menu and pay for their own orders; t
here is no need to register with Motorsportreg, as we often do.
After lunch, people will be free to follow their own favorite routes back home. Note the ferry crosses back to Vermont on the half hour.
Should be nice! Thanks to Friend of Green Mountain Region Stu Friedman for his work in planning the tour with us.
Welcome New PCA Members!
Info updated May 28, 2019
177 members and counting, not even including family active members such as spouses, partners and kids! A record for us -- we are growing.
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!
It would be great if new members would send photos of themselves with their cars so we could post them in The Mountaineer and on the website. Just send to this newsletter email,
Name Tags: We recommend that new members and their spouses/partners purchase "official" Green Mountain Club name tags for wearing at all GMR events. Please email our treasurer,
, 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.
Our records show the following new members joined since
our last Newsletter -- WELCOME!
, West Dover. Red 2005 Boxster S. Welcome Robert!
, Colchester. Silver 1997 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Welcome Christopher!
, South Burlington. White Metallic 2019 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Welcome Corey! Can't wait to see it!
New members previously listed, having joined the last
six - eight months or so
Michael and Kathy Rouleau
of Barre. Silver 1998 Boxster. Must be one of the first! Welcome Mike and Kathy!
, West Windsor. Silver
2019 718 Boxster GTS. Can't wait to see it Robert! So now we have a Boxster from one of the first year or two runs, and the latest.
, Newport, Silver 2003 911 Carrera 4S. Welcome Matthew!
, Bristol, Black 1999 911 Carrera. John has joined Green Mountain Region transferring from Central Pennsylvania. Welcome John!
, Shelburne, Cobalt Blue 2005 911 Carrera S. Charles has transferred up from Everglades. Welcome Charles!
, Morrisville, Silver 2016 Cayman GT4. Welcome David!
Albert St. Amand
, Burlington, 40th Anniversary Silver 2004 911. Welcome Albert!
Morristown, Green 1965 356 Cabriolet, Red 1961 356, Grey 1965 356, and a Red 1982 911 SC Targa (Yep, that's what it says on the membership list!)
, South Burlington, Silver 2000 911 Carrera
, Craftsbury, Blue 1966 912
, Waterbury (transferred in from Down East Region in January.) Owns a 2006 Cayman S Welcome Scott!
John Van Deren
, Montpelier, Joined in January. Owns a 2002 911 Carerra Cabriolet Welcome John!
, Colchester. Joined last November. Owns a white 2013 911 Carrera S. Welcome Joe!
, South Burlington. Joined last November. Owns a white 2011 911 Carrera GTS. Welcome Tracy!
, Wardsboro. White1975 911 Targa.
, Cuttingsville. Red 1998 Boxster.
, Waterbury. Blue 2000 Boxster.
If you joined since last October/November and have been receiving this newsletter and haven't been acknowledged in this space, please reply to this email and let us know! Better yet, include a photo of you and your car.
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
Any member with a question should email Communications Chair
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.
By Jason Eastman, Mechanic
Q. Jason, when I step on the pedal from a dead stop in low gear, my ’99 Boxster is not taking off like it used to. The last time I changed plugs was seven or eight years ago at 90,000 miles, now I have 122,000. Should I change plugs?
A. This is not a straight forward simple answer as the car has aged and they are many factors to consider. Think of it like this: A high school track star may run the 200-meter dash in 15 seconds. As this same athlete ages, their body changes, wears and overall, it deteriorates slowly. The same track star won’t be running the 200-meter dash at 15 seconds when they are 70. (Editor’s note: tell me about it!) The same basic principles happen to an automobile engine. The degradation is so slow most people don’t notice until something major happens.
So, to answer the question — yes, spark plugs can contribute to this concern and as a general rule of thumb should be replaced every 30,000 miles. However, there could be a number of other things that can also be adding up to this concern. For instance, the pistons and piston rings are no longer sealing as tight as they once were when leaving the factory. They will be allowing some air to pass by resulting in less power. The valves are also likely not sealing as well as when new. In addition to mechanical parts, sensors also wear and don’t register as accurately as they should. Nothing lasts forever but unlike the human body, sensors can be replaced, or an engine can be rebuilt over and over. The only thing that limits this is the cost.
Q. Jason, how often should I get a wheel alignment?
A. Wheel alignments are a part of routine maintenance that is commonly overlooked until tire wear is noticed. A basic rule of thumb is to have an alignment performed with every set of new tires. Aligning more often will help extend the life of tires and suspension components. If a vehicle is driven on rough roads then the alignment should be checked more frequently as frost heaves, pot holes and, heaven forbid, curbs, will alter the alignment angles. One last thought: An alignment will typically cost about the same as one tire. By having an alignment performed you can protect your investment and ensure you will get the most out of a set of tires.
Q. Jason, I am getting some oil drip on the garage floor under my 1971 911E. Is that a problem, what should I do?
A. Old Porsches are prone to oil drooling. Is this oil leak something that has been going on for some time or just started suddenly? Some small spots, dime sized or smaller would be considered normal to me. If the spots are larger than that, or there is a steady drip, then this should be addressed sooner rather than later. First step is to check the oil level. I recommend doing this at every fuel fill up until you are familiar with your engines level of oil consumption. Also, the oil level should be checked at least every 1,000 miles. On this model of Porsche, the engine has to be running and up to operating temperature. The oil level should be about 1/2-2/3 above the min mark on the dipstick but certainly not over the max mark. Anything above 3/4 above the min mark will typically just burn off due to the engine design.
The gaskets and sealants have improved immensely in modern cars. We often forget this and compare our old cars to the modern cars that are by and large free of oil leaks thinking that there shouldn’t be any oil leaks. There are many areas of an air cooled 911 engine that can leak oil and certain generations are prone to mechanical problems that enhance the ability of an oil leak.
Common areas for oil leaks are from the oil return tube seals, oil pressure switch, cam tower oil lines and rocker shafts. Proper evaluation of these leaks will require someone to investigate who is familiar with these engines and willing to take on a project like this. Some of these aforementioned parts are minor repairs; some such as the rocker shafts are more involved and require special tools and experience to successfully repair the leaks.
Our thanks to Jason! Please comment on this feature by replying to this email. Your thoughts are sought and welcome!
Photos from the May 4 Spring Tour and New Members'
Meeting and lunch in Bethel
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GMT Member Alessandro Iuppa, our webmeister, has been doing a great job in improving our website's look and functions. As communications chair I join the rest of the board in thanking him for all this work.
Al welcomes any and all comments. From Al:
Each page now includes the site’s menu options, upcoming events in a list and calendar format as well as links to the Porsche Club of America, PCA Zone 1 and information about Green Mountain Region Membership.
In addition to current news and items of interest we now include a new feature, the President’s Message, on the Homepage. Ever wonder what happens to all those photos that are taken at our events? Then click on the Archives page where you will find a treasure trove of photos going back over 12 years. It also includes an archive of events and recent newsletters. Other pages feature our current directors, how to join PCA & Green Mountain Region, and Tech Talk.
The website is intended to be a key two-way communication tool for our members, whether to obtain or to share information. Other enhancements are under consideration so please visit often! And if you have any suggestions or comments, we'd love to hear them, so please pass them on to me.
2019 Schedule of Events
une 8 - New York Tour - see above for details
Sunday July 14
Vermont Covered Bridge tour led by our prez, Carl Wulfestieg. This will be fun, and also is a preview of one of the tours our regional leadership and volunteers are planning for Treffen in September (see below for Treffen).
Saturday August 17
Vermont Mountain Drive over Buel’s Gore* and Smuggler’s notch. We will have two starting points; one in southern VT near Woodstock and the central point starting in Waitsfield.
Treffen in Woodstock- See note on Treffen below
Later in September -
Our own tour TBA
- Fall Leaf Tour presented by Pete and Ellen Arnold- TBA
*Editor's note: What is a "gore" you ask, other than a VP and wounding deeply?
Wikipedia says Buel's Gore is a "small unincorporated area at the southern tip of Chittenden County that is not part of any town. In geography, a “
” is known as a triangular piece of land that typically has very few inhabitants.
is one of four gores in
with limited self-government. "
And now you know the rest of the story!
Duffy Miller, Events Chair
Events Committee members: Al Iuppa, Dave Kynor, and Susan and Jason Eastman
Call for Volunteers for Treffen in Woodstock
By Carl Wulfestieg, GMT Club President
PCA Treffen events are limited access events, which are placed at 4 and 5 Star hotels throughout the country. These events are placed in regions different from Porsche Parade, and alternated between east, west and center of the country.
As many of you have learned already, the Woodstock Inn was selected as the site of the September 4-7 Treffen Vermont. It is anticipated that there will be 130 cars and perhaps 250 participants for this event. Treffen national selected the location and I have commitments from Zone 1 that Green Mountain Region will have support from neighboring regions. I expect that many volunteers will be needed from GMR.
A number of volunteers will be needed to help with this event, and I am listing the positions which need to be filled:
Registration Team (RT)
: The RT will be responsible for assisting in the packing of the Treffen participants’ Goodie Bags on Tuesday (all day) and Wednesday morning and early afternoon. On Wednesday afternoon, the RT will assist the Treffen Registrar and PCA staff in registering the Treffen participants from 3 – 7 pm. Approximately four people are required for the RT. The RT will work with the Treffen Registrar to accomplish this task.
Information Desk Staff (IDS
): The IDS will staff an information desk, usually located near the lobby of the host hotel from 12 noon – 7 pm on Wednesday and then from 7 am – 4 pm on Wednesday through Saturday. The information desk is staffed with two people at all times that it is open. The IDS will prepare a binder of material containing local information on nearby restaurants, car repair facilities, emergency services, etc. They will also maintain a listing of all participants’ names, Regions, tours scheduled, NDO activities, etc. (provided by the Treffen Registrar). The Treffen Chair will provide the Region with a list of materials that should be available at the information desk, but it is the responsibility of the host Region to collect and compile this locally-specific information.
Tour Departure Assistants (TDAs)
: TDAs will assist in directing arriving participants at the tour departure area to get in their correct lane for their scheduled tour. Approximately 5 – 8 TDAs may be required depending on the number of guided tours actually scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
After the final tour for the day leaves, the TDAs will collect signage, cones and other items used at the site. Signage will be used for future Treffens.
Tourmeister and Tour Drive Teams (TDTs)
: The Treffen Tourmeister is a member of the local Region who has the overall responsibility for the development of all guided and self-guided tours. The TDT will consist of a lead car with driver and navigator, a mid car and a sweep car. The mids and sweeps need not have a navigator or second occupant.
It is expected that there will be 6 tours which will be led on Thursday and repeated on Friday. There might also be a guided or self-guided tour with moderate off-road driving provided for participants who attend with their Cayenne or Macan vehicles.
Car wash station
: A car wash station should be identified at the host hotel and car wash supplies maintained by the host Region.
It is my opinion that many of the jobs can be filled by multiple persons, and it should be possible to break up the jobs into multiple shorter shifts.
I would hope that many Green Mountain members would agree to volunteer, so that we might share in providing a great event. Also, Green Mountain members will be eligible to register for Treffen Vermont.
It is my expectation that GMT members leading tours would be spared the added expense of the individual tour, as TDTs will have their lunches provided by Treffen. Please respond by email to
Please inform me what positions that you can help with, and how many hours or days you would be available.
Thank you all for volunteering to help with Treffen Vermont.
Your Green Mountain Region Club Officers
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.
We welcome any submissions by members who have some fun experiences, photos, tech stuff and other adventures to share! Email me at
Remember also, it's a volunteer organization. Any help you can provide -- especially with event planning -- is most appreciated by all!
Sandy Gilmour ('99 Boxster)
Green Mountain Region
Porsche Club of America
- For other communications related to the Green Mountain Region website, such as the submission of photos, link suggestions, general interest Porsche stories, Porsche history items, commentary or other material of interest for the GMT Membership or this site, please contact webmeister Alessandro Iuppa.