PCA Southeast Michigan Region

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P4-2019-10 The Team got together again!!!

Hello SEM Members
It doesn’t seem like it, but a lot has happened in September.  On September 10th 2019 Porsche presented eight new products at the 68th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The outstanding product at the Exhibition premiere was the all-electric Porsche Taycan.

Painting with a Twist (Ladies Only Drive)
The next event was within our local Region. On September 13rd the Ladies of SEM had a party at “Painting with a Twist”.  Each year we honor the many fine women of SEM. We are dedicating a day for them to take the wheel and experience the enjoyment of owning and driving a Porsche. Thank you to Patti Door for organizing this annual event. You can find more details and pictures inside of this P4 issue.

Northern Wörthersee
Years ago I attended an event called “Northern Wörthersee”. Held in Frankenmuth, MI, it pays tribute to the form and function of European engineering. You can find cars like Volvo, Saab, VW, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche. You’ll find regular street cars all the way to race cars. I haven’t been to Deutsche Marques at the Gilmore Auto Museum, but talking to people that have attended make it sounds like a similar event.  On Saturday September 14th we packed our picnic bag with juices, snacks plus grilled chicken and headed to the event. Arriving at the Satow Pavilion in Frankenmuth, we were overwhelmed by how much this event had grown over the years. According to the organizer, there were 513 people with 388 cars registered. They also had a Concours with People’s Choice Award. I counted more than 35 Porsches, from 356s to Macans.  To my surprise I saw one PCA Region from Ohio and three from Michigan represented. Of course SEM members were present. I spotted Craig and Sheila Kellogg, Lucas Phan-Glenny Tjahjadi and Emma, Merritt Collins, Chris and Elaine Braden, John Dorscht, Rick and Imelda Christian and Ron Guerrieri. I’m sure I did not see all the SEM members present.

Gretus and his 993 at Northern Wörthersee

Drive Your Porsche Day
Sunday, September 22nd, is “Drive your Porsche Day”, which is this next weekend at the time of this writing. The weather looks promising with low humidity and hopefully it will stay that way. Howard Gilson always puts on a good drive and finds a wonderful restaurant for dinner.  The event celebrates Ferry Porsche’s Birthday by getting together for a driving tour and dinner among Porsche friends.

HPDE at M1 Concourse Race Track
Two days later is our last Driver Education Day at M1-Concourse. The event is very well booked and it will be a great event. Visit our HPDE sponsors, they provide Breakfast (Munk’s Motors) and Lunch (Autocore Performance Group, LLC). Without them these HPDE events wouldn’t be possible.

October, November and December events are coming up.
It is time to mark your calendar

Please see page 4 for the complete SEM/PCA Calendar and online at sem.pca.org for the most up-to-date information.

October 20th is our Fall Color Tour and Dinner
Registration deadline is October 18th

November 8th is SEM/PCA Annual Membership Dinner
Registration deadline is October 20th

December 7th is SEM/PCA Annual Holiday Party
Registration  deadline is December 1st

SEMPCA License Plate
First, a big thank you to Chrissy Crowe who did all the leg work contacting Lansing via phone calls, emails and website inquiries concerning the creation of a SEMPCA license plate.  At the end of last year the price for a charity license plate was an extra $5.  Subsequently, with a Michigan law change the deal took a complete 180 degree turn as seen below.

Below is a response to our inquiry that we received from the Department of State Information Center

Thank you for using the Department of State’s web site.  In order for the Department of State to develop new fundraiser plates, the Legislature must pass legislation mandating the creation of the plate. A new fundraising license plate requires a non-refundable $15,000 start-up fee [MCL 257.811e]. Each fundraising plate must meet minimum sales goals of 2,000 original plates purchased in the first year and 500 original plates purchased in each of the second through sixth years after creation [MCL 257.811h].  If you would like to pursue the creation of this type of plate, please contact your local state representative(s).  If you have other questions, feel free to contact us at 888 SOSMICH (888-767-6424).

Department of State Information Center
Do you have a new idea for an event?
May it be a social event, a driving tour, etc. just contact any Board Member. They will be open and happy to hear your thoughts and ideas.

I’m looking forward seeing you at our Fall and Winter events. Thank you,
Gretus Hoogestraat,
SEM President