Friday, March 30, 2018

Crazy cool image...

I took an image with my iPhone in the garage of the Cayenne S with a reflection of the Boxster. The Boxster chrome rims, Carmona Red Cayenne and pine trees created an interesting image. Turned out pretty cool. This was after my first spring cleaning. Both cars were so dirty from another long winter.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR race livery

I think the new Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR race livery is the best ever! I love this photo! This is the new color scheme for the upcoming WEC Super Season. Drivers Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti will be driving the mid-engine Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am category including Le Mans. I'm looking forward to watching this car on the track.

Monday, March 26, 2018

What a cute baby!

My last blog post was about the 1979 world-record speed cycling attempt drafting behind a Porsche 935.

I thought I should add that the 935 used for this endeavor was a 1977 Porsche 935/2.0.

This particular 935 was nicknamed ‘Baby’ for it's smaller displacement engine compared to the other 935 race cars Porsche manufactured at the time.

The 935 ‘Baby’, based on the successful 935 Group 5 race sports car, was created in 1977, after only four months of development, specifically for entries in the small division (up to 2000cc) of the German Sports Racing Championship.

A quick history lession: A 935 is a Porsche 930 street car further developed for the previously mentioned Group 5 racing category. The "5" was added to the 930 renaming it the 935. Porsche also made a 934 for the Group 4 and 936 for the Group 6 categories.

Compared to the Group 5 car, this little 935 'Baby' had a six cylinder turbo engine of 370bhp, reduced to a displacement of just 1.4-litres. A thorough diet helped ‘Baby’ meet the minimum weight of 750kg as dictated by the rules.

At a race in Germany, only on it's second race start, the ‘Baby’ set the fastest qualifying time and went on to score an outright victory by nearly a minute. So, this car is fast. A good choice to attempt a cycling world record.

I even had a scale remote control version of this 1977 Porsche 935/2.0 race car. It was a Christmas present from my parents in 1979. I wish I still had that today!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

1979 Porsche and bike combo

Long before the first prototype bicycle Porsche produced in 1990, French racing cyclist Jean Claude Rude wanted to set a new cycling speed record drafting a 800bhp Martini Porsche 935 in 1979.

The first Porsche bike was the Bike Spyder 9.85 that was hand-made by Porsche engineers at the Porsche factory in 1990.

So, even before Porsche's first efforts into road and mountain biking, a Porsche 935 was modified to attempt a world cycling speed record.

Unfortunately a flat tire prevented a try at the world record. And sadly, I read Rude was killed on a later date when investigating the effect of cycling at speed alongside an express train. He was sucked into its path.

As a Porsche bike enthusiast, it is hard to ignore the early connection between Porsche and cycling. A scale model was even produced based on the Porsche 935 and Jean Claude Rude combination.

Maybe I should modify my 2001 Porsche 986 and use my 2004 Porsche Bike X to attempt a new world record? I think not...

Pretty good weekend

Pretty good weekend for Porsche 911 GT3 R race cars.

A win at Nürburgring and fourth place at Circuit of the Americas yesterday. And third at Circuit of the Americas in the World Challenge second race today.

I watched both COTA World Challenge races streaming on my computer.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

German cooking on a cold day

There is nothing better than warm German food on a cold day.

So, I decided to slow grill Bratwurst and make some hand-made Spätzle. Stone ground mustard added to the Bratwurst was a must.

It was fantastic! The flavors of the brats, mustard and Spätzle together was mouthwatering. With a German bier to compliment of course.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

911 RSR wins Sebring!

I watched most of the 12 hour endurance race at Sebring International Raceway on my computer streaming today. The hotly contested GTLM class was won by the mid engine Porsche 911 RSR. It was a great race! Nick Tandy provided the final and critical stint.

Porsche has made history since 1960 as the most successful manufacturer racing at Sebring with 18 outright victories and now 71 class wins. Today’s win was against some potent machinery from Ferrari, Ford, Chevrolet and BMW.

On Sebring’s rough and bumpy road course you have to be good and lucky. Today was Porsche’s day. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

First and second-gen Cayenne

Driving around Truckee today, I parked next to another Porsche Cayenne. My Carmona Red 2006 Cayenne is a first-generation 955-9PA and silver Cayenne is a second-generation 958-92A.

This photo clearly shows the differences in the front end of the two earliest Cayenne generations. I'm still partial to the first-gen version. I like the front headlights, air intake and smooth hood. Call me old-fashioned, but I'll keep my 2006 ... thank you very much.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Cloudy day jog

I haven't been running much lately. The winter weather has kept me home bound and on the stationary bike. But today the temperature reached over 50 degrees.

So I laced up the Porsche Design Endurance Boost running shoes and went down to the Truckee River Legacy Trail for a five mile jog. I am definitely not running well or fast after a few months of bad weather. But it felt good to get out and run again.

I'm behind my plan to increase my speed and distance. I'll need to step up my game as the spring weather approaches.

The Porsche Design Endurance Boost running shoes continue to perform incredibly. These are great tempo running shoes. Good grip, comfortable ride and great looking!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Two for two for the 2018 911 GT3 R!

Porsche 911 GT3 R also won round two of the Pirelli World Challenge at St. Petersburg. Two for two. That's a really great start to the season!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

911 GT3 R wins St. Pete PWC

Porsche 911 GT3 R just won round one of the Pirelli World Challenge at St. Petersburg road course. Great start to the season!

New Porsche E-Bike about to be released?

During this week's concept announcement of the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche teased in both the new Mission E vehicle's news release and video a new Porsche bicycle. In both it just references an "E-Bike". The video clearing shows a new bike currently not produced for Porsche. The thick silver frame can easily hide an electric motor. The wheel color clearly matches the rims on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept car.

What does this mean? I suspect we'll see a new Porsche electric assist bicycle release in 2019 to coincide with the Mission E release. Maybe even a "package deal" with the first year Mission E to drum up excitement.

The all-Porsche website, had a nice story about the tease of this new e-bike.

This isn't the first electric assist bike Porsche has produced. Scouring the web I found what looks to be a possible prototype to this new silver and blue e-bike. The website Bicycle Network Australia covered a Berlin based bicycle company focusing on electric bikes. The August 21, 2015 story clearly shows a Porsche Intelligent Performance themed Bike S outfitted with a thicker frame to house an electric motor - not unlike this new e-bike shown in the Mission E video.
Before that there was the 2010 Porsche electric assist prototype bike that didn't make it to the market either. This was a one-off test basically strapping a battery and electric motor to a mountain bike frame. This wasn't even one of the current Porsche bike frames at the time. If I recall correctly, this e-bike was intended to help publicize the Cayenne Diesel Hybrid at the time. Since this bike was never produced, this new Mission E e-bike will likely be the first e-bike Porsche will sell. I look forward to getting a chance to ride it!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Porsche day

Today while driving around I ran into a first-gen Porsche 928! It was a strange but awesome sight in the snow covered Truckee roads. And then this evening I drove to Reno to attend the monthly PCA Sierra Nevada Region board meeting at Bavarian World. Bavarian World is a cool German restaurant. This year I'm the SNR Vice President. We discussed the upcoming 2018 events and drank German beer!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Snow daze!

The 2006 Cayenne S is the perfect winter vehicle. The high clearance, big tires, 4x4, Porsche traction control and giant V8 engine just powers through the snow. It's snowing a ton in Truckee this week and I needed to get around. Cars are spinning out all over the Tahoe area but me and my Cayenne can go anywhere!

Recovery week

Last week was a week to forget. Got a flat tire on the Bike X and crashed the Bike S. And in two consecutive days. This week I’m back on the...