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EBR Member Shares Story of first Porsche

Check out EBR member Matt D’arienzo’s story of how he finally found his first Porsche.  The story was originally published in Flussingmagazine which is devoted to Porsche enthusiasts,

adopting my first (and only) porsche

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recollection and photos by matt d’arienzo

My freshman classmate Fred introduced me to Porsches, he had a passion for these quirky cars that stuck with me. Fast forward 30 years, the passion of owning a 911 is more intense than ever.

By this time, I had done my homework with the help of some co-workers. Returning from a casino visit playing the best casino mate australia with my son, we passed a gray Targa on the side of the road with a “for sale” sign in the window.  About 2 miles down the road I did a u-turn and pulled up next to this beautiful 1972…I ended up driving my first 911 that day.

“Joe, the owner, felt like he had just ripped my heart out…”

Two days later, I brought my wife to go for a ride in it with me. A week later with check in hand, I rang the doorbell only to find my car was on its way to Japan…sold.  Joe, the owner, felt like he had just ripped my heart out and assured me his contacts would find me an even better one.  Two weeks later, he gave me a list of three cars to consider; one in Atlanta, the next in Phoenix, and the last just North of Baltimore…keep in mind that the these cars were unofficially for sale by individuals.

After weeks of emails, I decided to drive to Baltimore to see the closest one, a 1980 Black Metallic Euro 911 SC Coupe the owner called a daily driver.  About half way there with my old camcorder in the back seat, I thought what are you doing? What are you going to look for? You’re not a mechanic, you don’t know what a chain tensioner or pop-off valve is but it better have it.

Barry introduced himself and showed me around his new project of building his horse ranch.  Behind the double door of the barn was a silhouette of a car under an old blue cover.  He carefully removed it while I watched.  I thought “don’t look too anxious,” but I couldn’t help it.  Barry opened the door, settled in and started it up—what a sound!  I even liked the musty smell of the interior. How sick is that!  matt 911 pic 2

He told me he was the second owner, the first in the USA. The 911 was purchased by a doctor in Germany in late 1979 who was a friend of his.  When they ended their business relationship in 1983, they shipped each other their cars; a Porsche for a Jeep.

I turned the camcorder on and the battery light came on and shut off. Oh well. Believe it or not, I left that day without making an offer. I convinced myself that I wasn’t qualified to own a Porsche.  After returning home from my 7 hour drive, my wife Cindy thought I was crazy to travel that far and not buy it.  “It wasn’t a purse” I told her, “it was a Porsche”. The more I thought of it, she was right as always.

“It’s a special car born the same year as our first child and I had just adopted it.” 

Another week went by and I emailed Barry with an offer. He accepted and I bought a one way ticket to Baltimore. Barry arranged to have his mechanic go through it bumper to bumper and split the cost of whatever was found.  Imagine that! I think he felt that his baby would be in good hands.

Before I left to drive home, Barry handed me an old musty, leather briefcase with instructions not to open it until I got home.  In that old case was a treasure. A real “baby book” documenting every step leading up when to this car was his. Baby pictures, documents, the original German registration, the German owner’s manual with a stamped signed delivery date (11/22/79) and dealer records of oil changes and baby check ups.

It’s a special car born the same year as our first child and I had just adopted it. Although I waited too long, it was truly worth it. Like all of our children, they don’t look the same as when the day we brought them home; they take on our personalities and chemistry.

I’ve looked at other newer cars but none have thrilled me and continue to thrill me the way this one does.  I still turn to get one more look as I’m walking away from it or putting it away for the night.

It must be love.


That this story written about Matt’s passion with a 911 doesn’t matter. This magazine embraces all forms of Porsche passion because we all speak a common language that needs no translation.

Matt, a member of PCA’s Eastern Buckeye Region, emailed me after he’d read my article for PCA on Porsche passion with a story of how his own started. 

I was moved. 

Any story on how one’s passion of the marque was the start of a beautiful, lifelong relationship, is worth telling because it touches us deeply. You see, irrespective of what model holds our adoration, we all have one thing in common…a Porsche was the reason we met.


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2014 24 Hours of Daytona Race Results

EBR members gathered at Quaker Steak and Lube to watch the start of the 2014 edition of the 24 hours of Daytona.

For those who missed the race action.  A Porsche RSR car # 911 took first place in the GTLM class!  The car was a Porsche factory backed entry driven by Tandy, Lietz, and Pilet.  The team was enjoying a somewhat comfortable lead until a caution in the late stages of the race compressed the pack.  This brought an exciting sprint to the finish.  Another one of German’s finest secured a spot on the podium.  The #58 Porsche 911 Daytona took third place in the GTD class.  Full race results can be found at

One member actually braved the snowy conditions and drove their Porsche to the event.  They won the special prize for the day.  What was the special prize you ask?  Getting to drive a 911, of course!Snow covered 997 Targa IMG_0401 (1024x768)

EBRPCA & MORPCA Joint Drivers Education Event at Mid Ohio

EBRPCA is partnering with the Mid Ohio Region PCA to hold a driver’s education event at the Mid Ohio Sport Car Course.  The event will be held Fri – Sun April 25th-27th.

It would be extremely difficult for EBR to take on an event at Mid Ohio on our own so we are very excited to team up with MORPCA to help introduce our members to such an historic and incredible track as Mid Ohio.  Over the years many of us have had opportunities to attend and meet many of the MORPCA members at their track events.  They organize a very well-run and safe event with some creative ideas to maximize track time.

Partnering at an event like this is a big step for our club, and we are really counting on a good turn out to help make this a successful event.  There will be many familiar EBR faces at this event, and it promises to be a great time.  Below are some further event details we hope to see you there.

To register go to

There’s still a nip in the air and the pavement is cold, but we’re warming ourselves up by dreaming of the track in spring!  Nothing beats reuniting with old friends and making new ones in the paddock as the spring sun shines.  So please join us for a 3-DAY EVENT at THE MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE on April 25, 26, and 27th.

To shake the brake dust off your wheels, we’re starting off with a FRIDAY LAPPING DAY followed with a SATURDAY-SUNDAY INSTRUCTED DRIVER’S EDUCATION (DE) open to ALL experience levels.

FRIDAY LAPPING DAY:  Is open to Solo Intermediate Students, Advanced Students, and Instructors.  There is simply no other way to get this kind of track time for the money!  It’s the best deal out there… don’t miss out.  We expect the Lapping Day to sell out so sign up now. Friday Lapping will offer Expanded Passing (pass with a point anywhere on the track including in the turns).  Therefore, previous experience with this protocol is preferred.  For most, this will mean you’ve run in the Instructor or Advanced (A) Group or other event with this type of passing. Those who are experienced in the Intermediate (B) Group and who are capable of solo driving in an expanded passing environment are also eligible.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the registrar for clarification.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY INSTRUCTED DRIVER’S EDUCATION (DE): Is for all experience levels including first-time drivers.  Whether this will be your first time on track or your 100th time, we’ve got something for you… including innovative instruction programs, post-session-download driver meetings, and a special course on the “rain line” if we have any wet pavement (don’t count on that… we’re planning on sunny weather!)

This is DE for all run groups, beginner to advanced. We are committed to advancing our already advanced drivers as well as providing a lot of solo time for those who are ready.

FIRST TIME DRIVERS: You are strongly encouraged to register for this event.  MORPCA is known for being a well organized and friendly group… if you’re new to high-performance driving, or if you’re new to PCA events in general, we will be very happy to walk you through the process.

All makes of cars participate in our events, driving a Porsche in the event is not required.  It just needs to be a roadworthy, well maintained, in good condition coupe or sedan that can pass tech inspection.

Sign up now!

We’re offering a $50 discount to students if you sign up for all 3 days, and $25 for instructors for all 3 days.

For the 3-Day April DE at Mid Ohio, fees are as follows:


Friday Lapping Day (Student) $175

Sat-Sun DE only (Student) $350

Fri-Sat-Sun (Student) $475


Friday Lapping Day (Instructor, not instructing for DE) $175

Sat-Sun DE only (Instructor) $75

Fri-Sat-Sun (Instructor) $225

Air cooled racer

This is not exactly Porsche related.  However, it is an interesting story posted on BAT’s websitea bout and Eastern Buckeye Region PCA members little old horizontally opposed air cooler race car.  Full write up with pictures can be found at the following:

 January 16, 2014Cover Stories / French / Inspiration70 comments

Half Bathtub: Myron V’s 1954 Panhard Junior Race Car

This 1954 Panhard Junior (chassis 856250) is one of only just over 4,000 examples built between 1952 and 1956, and was extensively raced throughout the 80′s and 90′s. BaT regular Myron V. purchased the car 17 years ago, two years after its last race, and despite his best intentions has not had the opportunity to get it running again–understandable when you’re the steward of approximately half the other orphaned, odd-ball sports cars in the Midwest. It’s rust free and includes many parts that would allow its return to a more standard spec if so desired. Find it here on eBay in Akron, Ohio with reserve not met.

These cars were based on Dyna X frames, but with their own custom steel bodywork. This car has no sheet metal modifications, and the Brooklands screens and Recaro race seat it currently wears are joined in the sale by a factory windshield and frame, top frame, dash and gauges. It’s a neat looking little car, somewhat reminiscent of an early 356 Speedster from the rear. The black Ohio plate with 1954 markings is a nice touch, and we like how it sits behind a faired-in enclosure.

Behind rearward opening doors the interior has been largely stripped for competition use but seems quite solid if a bit dusty. We’d like to see the car make a return to a factory look, but would have no qualms about enjoying it and its rich race history as-is while waiting to locate all missing trim pieces. An SVRA logbook dating back to the early 80′s is included, and we’re sure it’d be a riot to race–or at least participate in as a moving chicane.

From what we gather these car’s frames may have been donated by the earlier Dyna X, but their engines came from the much more advanced and technically interesting Dyna Z model. At 851 CC, the little air-cooled, horizontally opposed twin uses roller main and big end rod bearings, hollow aluminum push rods with hardened steel tips, and other cool engineering details. Though not currently running, the engine turns fine and should deliver somewhere between 50 and 60 HP to the front wheels through a 4-speed manual once brought back to life. Brakes are functional, and an OEM fuel tank is included along with the fuel cell the car currently runs.

Whether it ends up recommissioned for competition, road, or a mix of both, the new owner is sure to have a lot of fun with this compelling little weirdo. Like all vintage French cars, it’s not for everyone, but we’re solidly in the appreciation camp if for the unusual but advanced engineering it contains alone.