The Painted Porsche

On a morning in mid-November 2019, my wife and I went into the garage, about to head to work. We were met with a tragic sight.  Our 2000 Boxster was covered in deck stain.  A gallon can of stain had fallen off a high shelf and burst open, showering the whole car with stain.  It…

My First Driver’s Education

By Emma Vossler The tires were howling as the car exited the corner. I was back on the gas and then slamming on the brakes before turning again as my instructor laughed over my headset. “You like those corners, don’t you?” I couldn’t help the smirk that appeared beneath my helmet. The week before had…

PORSCHE’S RENAISSANCE MAN

Mechanic, physician, auto restorer, Porsche and BMW race car driver, bicycle road racer, collector and builder.  Most of us would be pleased to have just have one of these achievements on our life’s’ resume.  However, one man can lay claim to all of the above. Bill Hartong, a KCRPCA club member has, in his unassuming…

It All Starts with the Roadtrip

McPherson College, in the middle of Kansas, has been the destination of choice for most of my free time this spring and summer. For those not familiar with this place, confusion is acceptable (Google it). For those in the know, you understand. The College Automotive Restoration Students (C.A.R.S.) club hosts what’s becoming my favorite car…

KCRPCA September DE

14,481miles.  This is the number of track miles that I have put on my 1982 Porsche 930, aka The Pumpkin, since February 2008.  When you put that many miles on a car and visit as many tracks as I have, it tends to have an effect on you. The most recent of these miles were…

Never Give Up

Drivers at the annual Kansas City Porsche Club DEs, or Driver Education events are always nervous and excited, especially if it’s their very first one. It’s like riding that giant roller coaster for the first time. You want to do it, but the swarm of butterflies in your stomach are majorly protesting. As your heart…

The Lightning and Thunder of Club Racing

The Lightning and Thunder of Club Racing By: – Jeremy Porsches took over the track at Hastings with the Great Plains Region PCA, then two weekends later a bunch of P cars ran in mixed classes with NASA CR right back at Hastings! The Kansas City Region Porsche  Club of America members saw some fantastic…

Rolex 24 at Daytona 2019

Rolex 24 at Daytona 2019 By: Sean Reardon Rolex 24 at Daytona 2019, or Happy 50th (Steve, not IMSA) Spoiler alert: Visit IMSA.com if you want a play by play race report. This isn’t it. Is there a better way to spend your 50th birthday than hanging out at the Rolex 24 at Daytona? I…

Aristocrat’s New Diamond

Aristocrat’s New Diamond By the time you are electronically flipping through this issue of Der Sportwagen, Aristocrat’s shiny new gem, the Porsche showroom and service center will be in operation.  The once crowded oval display and sales office building has been repurposed strictly for Alfa Romeo and Maserati sales.  Just to its south, directly across…

His & Her Boxsters

His & Her Boxsters HIS STORY – – –  I wanted a P-car since I was a kid. The kind with the engine in the right place, not the front engined things.  Fast forward 30 years when our daughters got off the payroll to when my wife began goading me into looking at something she…