The first (that I know of) smart driving Porsche was recently tested at a stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The Panamera was being guided by a Huawei Mate 10 flagship smartphone.  The self-driving Porsche was using the same smartphone camera, powered by the same artificial intelligence, to scan the Camp Nou parking lot for objects and react accordingly by either steering around them or braking.  It’s probably just me, but that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.


Are you going to be anywhere near Panama City Beach, FL, on April 14? The PCA Region there is staging its Fifth Annual Great Porsche Armada.  This concours event is being done in conjunction with that cities ‘blessing of the fleet’, that Saturday, at St. Andrews Marina. Need more information?  … www.nfl.pca.org

The Appalachian Region is planning an event in Brevard, NC, similar to the P2O event held in Ohio. The events name is Luft, Wasser and Brevard. The street parking car display is on May 05, and will be on Main Street, in Brevard. The display will start at 1030AM, and conclude at 2:00PM. For additional information, contact the event organizer … Jim Moore, at : 248-982-4600 or … events@aprpca.org. Might just see you there…

So…you think you’ve heard it all? Porsche has started work on flying passenger drones (!...?) Company sales lead, Detlev von Platen made note of just such a venture recently. Both Daimler and Volvo (Geely) have dipped into this potential market.

Already registered for housing for the 2018 Porsche Parade? Great! The next thing to do is to register for events at Parade, such as banquets, concours, rallye, tours, and the autocross. When? Event registration opens 4/2/18, at noon, at pca.org.

Rennfest, Peachstate Regions multi event weekend, is now open for registration. This event, in its fiftieth year, will be held once again at the Brasstown Resort in Young-Harris, GA. When calling to book a room there, make sure you ask for a room being held in the Porsche Club of America block. Their phone number is 706-379-9900. This event is the closest thing to a Porsche Parade there is. So…it’s not to be missed! Register at www.clubregistration.net.
 
Was the 2018 running of the twelve hours of Sebring a turning point for the Porsche #911 and the #912 factory sponsored RSR’s?  The cars finished first and third respectively in the GTLM class. Over in GTD, the GT3R’s finished sixth and ninth.
 
The Alabama Region wants you to know that in addition to their Barber Motorsports Park DE’s already posted, they will have a trackside VIP tent for all PCA members at the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber  April 20-22. You can also purchase sportscar corral parking from the Barber racing events website. For more info, visit website ala.pca.org.

Have a pleasant Easter!

See you at the next PCA event…

Vic RolaVic Rola
Zone 3 Representative