2017 Drive to Skamenia Lodge

Summary:

Start in the Parking Lot of Shari Cafe on Whhitaker Road. From there go on I5, cross the Columbia River, Take exit 9 towards Battle Ground and stop at Yale Park. From there follow the road along Yale Lake and Swift Reservoir to the McClellan Overlook. After a short stop continue down to the Columbia River, turn onto Hwy 14 towards Stevenson and take the exit up to Skamenia Lodge. 

Original Date:

September 2017

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Shari’s Cafe and Pies, North Whitaker Road, Portland, OR

Destination:

Skamania Lodge, Southwest Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA

Tour Distance:

45.2 + 27.6 + 34.4 miles ( 107.2 miles)

Driving Time:

~3 hours

Scenic App: 

This tour is not yet in the Club’s Scenic Library. 

GPX: 

GPX data for your Navigation App: N/A

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2017 Midweek Drive to McMinnville

Summary:

Start in the Parking Lot of Fred Meyer on Imbrie Drive in Hillsboro and follow these directions to Bald Peak Viewpoint for a rest stop. From there the rote leads to Yamhill and ona big loop around McMinnville to the lunch stop at Mazatlan Mexican on OR-99W at the outskirts of McMinnville.

Tour Document:

Original Date:

June 2017

Pictures:

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Fred Meyer, Northeast Imbrie Drive, Hillsboro, OR

Destination:

Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant, 2714 OR-99W, McMinnville, OR 97128

Tour Distance:

28 + 55.6 miles (63.6 miles)

Driving Time:

~3 hours

Scenic App: 

This tour is not yet in the Club’s Scenic Library. 

GPX: 

GPX data for your Navigation App: N/A

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Covered Bridge Tour #3

Summary:

Featuring Siuslaw River Road and a visit to Layng/Mosby Creek, Currin, Dorena, Stewart, Coyote/Battle Creek, WildcatCreek/Austa, Centennial and Chambers covered bridges.

Can be a two day trip with Tour #4

Tour Document:

Original Date:

8/25/2012

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Safeway parking lot –  Commercial St. S. E. Salem

Destination:

Village Green Resort and Gardens – Cottage Grove

Tour Distance:

254.4 mi.

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Covered Bridge Tour #4

Summary:

Featuring Aufderheide Scenic Drive, one of the nations first National Scenic Byways and a visit to Parvin, Lowell, Unity, Pengra, Office, Belknap, Goodpasture, Wendling and Earnest Covered Bridges.

Includes two options to cut some mileage (and one or two bridges) from the route.

Can be a two day trip with Tour #3

Tour Document:

Original Date:

8/26/2012

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Village Green Resort and Gardens – Cottage Grove

Destination:

End point is I-5 and OR-22 in Salem

Tour Distance:

230+ mi.

Mileage near the end seems to be incorrect or out of order, but directions are good.

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Covered Bridge Tour #1

Summary:

Visit Bear Creak, Chitwood, Hayden, Harris and Ritner covered bridges.Can be a two day trip with Tour #2

Tour Document:

Original Date:

10/3/2009

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

J’s Restaurant & Lounge – Newberg

Destination:

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton(or optional return route to Portland included)

Tour Distance:

265.5 mi. to Oregon Garden Resort

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Covered Bridge Tour #2

Summary:

Visit Gallon House, Stayton-Jordon, Hannah, Shimanek, Larwood, Hoffman and Gilkey covered bridges.

Can be a two day trip with Tour #1

Tour Document:

Original Date:

10/4/2009

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton

Destination:

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton
(or optional return route to Portland included)

Tour Distance:

112 mi. round trip from/to Oregon Garden Resort

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Parts for Sale

Parts for Sale

  1. O.Z. Alleggerita HLT wheels in black with black Porsche crest. 10×18″ rears and 8.5×18″ fronts with setbacks for any Boxster/Cayman. Excellent condition.

    $1,900 new, for sale $1,200.

  2. Vol Racing TE-37 FORGED wheels in silver. 10×18″ rears and 8.5×18″ fronts with setbacks for Boxster/Cayman. Very good condition.

    $3,300 new, for sale $1,750

  3. Porsche/Audi/Volkswagen diesel fuel adapter – free

Call Barry at 360-210-7900

Posted: May-2020

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Randy and Ann Stolz

RANDY and ANN STOLZ, ORPCA Member

Like most of you, it began when I bought my Porsche, though it feels like way before …
I was just a kid really, maybe 7 or 8 when I saw racing Porsches first. It was at Vineland Speed- way, one of those local bull rings with a drag strip and a snaky, widened, return road back to the pits. The South Jersey Region of SCCA was having a race and Mom and I were doing a lap chart for Scoring. I’d call out the car numbers and Mom would write them down. The start of the race and the resultant first lap was a catastrophe. So many cars are close together on the first lap you can barely get the numbers out of your mouth with- out missing some. The one I never missed was the silver 550 RS Spyder driven by Bob Holbert. The following year it was Roger Penske in an RSK. A lasting impression for a kid.

The following year, we moved to Los Angeles and soon we’re at strange dusty tracks like Willow Springs and Riverside which made the coastal course at Goleta Airport (Santa Barbara) seem cramped but far more pleasant. Ken Miles, Jack McAfee, Jay Hills, Scooter Pat- rick, Don Wester and John “Bat” Masterson all in Type 718s, race after race, created the icon and my dream of driving one. A few years later in high school I’d let that dream out with my ’62 Beatle terrorizing the freshly paved streets of virgin hous- ing developments and Mulholland Drive.

The years and other cars sped by and it’s 2004. Interest rates are low and after 34 years in hi-tech I decide to go for it. The decision to buy a Boxster instead of a 911 was pretty easy. While the 911 had become the definition of a Porsche it wasn’t the one I wanted nor could I afford it. Nope, I wanted a mid-engine car. The Boxster wasn’t an RSK or RS60 but it had the look and it was much better … for my purposes at least. Those “purposes” included being my daily driver to work for two years, a grand turismo on ‘sun runs’ to Phoenix, L. A. and Monterey via the coast and alternatively US 395 or CA 49.

Then, there was Rainbonnet, the Cabin Fever Tours, Tech Sessions, The Mille, The Covered Bridge Tours, Parade, probably 5000+ miles of Arrive and Drives led and followed, a Track Day or two, Wine Tours, The Burrito Run, The Northwest Passage, three seasons of Autocross, Volunteer and Summer Pic- nics, Holiday Parties and more Dinner Socials than my waistline needed. Beyond club activities there were many times I felt the need to share with you other memories, adventure, discovery, opinion, humor and other trivia because to truly enjoy the sport we love it must have a context. Just writing those stories was fun for me and, I hope, for you.

Recently, we learned of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. It’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t following his races as a boy, or some other activity through all these years. One of my heroes, my lasting vision of him was pulling away from the field in dramatic fashion in a lime green Lotus 19 … Riverside 1960. He loved the Porsche 718 too as he says here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82w_fRzictY Godspeed Stirling.

Throughout this journey there have been my “fast friends”; they‘re the ones that show up at events and have provided encouragement over the years. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give thanks to all of you who supplied ideas, copy and pictures to help me tell my stories (Bob Ellis took the one on the previous page).

Thanks for all those good times. Randy & Ann.

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Winter Tires Are For Which Season?

We’re well into spring now, but out of convenience, are you still driving around on your “winter” tires? There are numerous reasons why this is more dangerous than you might think, and why you should immediately have them swapped for your non-winter tires.

Open Road Auto Group put together an informative article on this subject. A few key notes:

#1 Winter tires have been specifically engineered to have much softer tread compound than all-season (think 3-season, not true all/4-season) or summer tires do. The softer compound is definitely what you want in cold winter temps in order to grip the elements (snow and ice) and road surface. However, once ambient temperatures warm up above the mid 40 degrees F or so, your winter tires are no longer superior in gripping [warmer] asphalt.

#2 A softer compound is well, softer, resulting in quicker wear/degradation than an all-season tire. This reduces the value of your second tire investment as your winter tires simply won’t last as long the more you drive on them in non-winter conditions.

#3 A softer compound results in longer braking distances in warmer weather. Your softer compound is more pliable and flexible, and while you’d at first think that a softer (i.e. grippier) tire would grip the non-winter pavement better than not, the issue revolves around too much heat buildup in non-winter conditions. This increase in friction/heat buildup causes the tire tread to become too greasy/slippery, and thus not as effective at slowing your vehicle down in non-winter conditions.

Consumer Reports ran a study in 2012 and found that a winter-rated tire in spring/summer conditions needed 1.5 to 2 more car lengths to stop! Continental’s summer testing showed that in braking distance tests from 60 mph, a summer tire-equipped vehicle stopped in about 118 feet, while a winter tire-equipped vehicle stopped in about 138 feet. The hotter the ambient temps, the longer the stopping distances will be with winter tires.

#4 A softer compound results in less precise handling in warmer weather, since the tire can roll on itself more than a stiffer tire can. Refer back to the greasiness in #3, and this provides less confidence-inspiring whether you’re on a curvy road or rolling down the freeway and suddenly need to avoid debris in your lane! Continental Tires found in their testing that a winter rated tire in spring or summer conditions resulted in about 15% less steering precision.

#5 A softer compound will create more resistance with the ground/pavement/asphalt/tarmac, thus resulting in reduced fuel mileage (MPG’s). One source states that winter tires have about 15% more rolling resistance than summer tires. Depending on the amount of miles you drive, this could add up to significant dollars and cents.

What does all of this information equate to? Quite simply, it’s highly recommended to use your winter rated tires for their intended purpose; WINTER!

Please feel welcome to post here with any questions.

Jeremy Williams is the Oregon PCA Technical Editor. He co-owns Matrix Integrated Inc. (Matrix Integrated Inc.) with his brother Justin. Jeremy can be reached at techeditor@oregonpca.org

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