Welcome to our web site and the Great White North! The region does its best to plan a years worth of events between May and Sept…since we only have two seasons, winter and road repair. Alaska is very unique in what it has to offer any motor enthusiast and the state has a rich history of motor sports fun dating back to the early 1950’s. We are looking forward to spreading the fun around this year with more drives, Family Fun day, social events and our AutoX season. Yes, we are still slowly inflating the tires to the site and updating pages during pit stops. Please send us your comments and suggestions….they are always welcome!
Mike Holtzclaw, Region Prez, 1/5/15
6/1/15: The Patti McNeff Memorial Fun Day was a smashing success! We did not count how many folks attended, but it would be safe to say throughout the day we had more than 50 people come to have a burger and take a few runs through the course. A special thanks to Jim and Jamie for doing the set up and being there all day to help train the novices and doing whatever was needed. And a special thanks to Todd Held for slaving over the hot grill to cook all the burgers for the hunger masses during the day and Tracy Benard for the yummy ‘tater salad and the cookies that were a huge hit, especially my favorite the german chocolate ones! Thanks to all that helped as well as who came out to have some fun in the sun and help make this annual event a success! This is a note from Jim…”thanks to all that set up and attended that event. It was Patti’s idea to come out and just have some fun with our car’s without it being competitive. I saw similes on everyone that ran the course and I’m sure Patti’s was smiling down on all of us.”
3/2/15: Fur Rondy has been a tradition in Alaska for many years, which was initially started in the past by fur traders gathering in the spring time to sell or trade their furs collected over the winter months for food and supplies….fast forward to current times and Alaskan’s get together each February to honor this time honored tradition with a grand celebration, plus it also helps break up the monotony of the long cold winters with lots of fun and crazy events. The party starts on a Friday evening, but on the following Saturday the Rondy parade is held downtown to help kick off the celebration for 10 days of fun and merriment.
Alaska PCA has been participating in the Rondy Parade for decades, sometimes it is snowing, or the roads are covered in snow and ice which makes most of us very careful when we get our cars out of their winter slumber just to take them out for one day of fun and to show them off a little. We started off for those who wished to meet in advance for coffee at a local watering hole, then from there we drove as a group to the staging area which we met a few others there as well. We had a fantastic turnout this year, which we had to attribute to the severe lack of snow in Anchorage and immediate areas, we had 10 Porsche’s participate in parade this year, which is pretty good for our region, we took a turn around downtown in the parade with everyone smiling and waving to the crowds along the path up to the announcer who read a short explanation of the club that concluded with “it’s about the people”.
All of the club folks were invited to Todd Held’s home after parade for a taco lunch along with all the fixings’ and refreshments. Todd is a long time PCA member and he also brought out his Black Cayenne to participate in the parade and along for the ride were special passengers who smiled and waved to all the crowds and enjoyed their “ride” for the day. After the parade everyone appreciated a great lunch Todd cooked up for all to enjoy which allowed us to continue on with more fun and lots of laughter, we shared stories that have been repeated and shared many times which is almost a requirement when these Alaska folks all get together. Days like this are special to everyone when we have fun and enjoy each other’s company, Alaska Region folks really do appreciate everyone who came out to share it!
2/10/15 Our group is registered to be in the 2015 Rondy Parade on February 28 Rondy folks will be sending us a packet of where we will be staging for the Parade, I will be sending out the notifications with info as soon as they share. Please consider bringing your cars out for this fun winter event, we will all meet at the City Sagaya on 13th and I Street prior to heading to the staging area for all that would like to enjoy a hot beverage or pastry beforehand. One note. we are not allowed any loaner cars from Kendall this year….. I will have Ol’e Bessie out for a winter spin in the Parade this year to stretch her legs. Again, any questions please call Mike @ 229-3943! We hope to have a great turnout and have a great Rondy Day!
1/5/15: We have a new Zone Representative, Jay Gratton. He is relieving our current Rep. Aaron Ambrosino who is now the Treasure for PCA National. Congratulations to them both! Jay has expressed an interest in coming to Alaska to meet with us, hopefully this will come to pass and we can show him as good a time as we did for Aaron. Otherwise he will be at Parade and those who are attending from Alaska can get to know him there as well.
Blurb on new Zone Rep: Jay Gratton began his racing career with auto-x at the age of 16 in a 1973 Porsche 914 with various clubs around New England. Jay quickly moved to the track and started competing on road course circuits with racing organizations such as the Porsche Club of America, SCCA, SCCNH, Cumberland Car Club and SCDA at tracks such as NHIS, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Sebring, Road America, Pocono and Mt. Tremblant. Jay has owned and raced the following Porsche models: 1973 914 2.0, 1983 944, 1971 914-6 GT, 1972 914 2.3, 1988 924S, 1973 914 1.7 and 1985 911 Carrera. Currently Jay races in the SCCA with a 1991 Spec Miata in the SM and SSM classes, PCA 944 Cup Series with a 1988 Porsche 924S and in PCA P1 in a 1973 Porsche 914 1.7. Jay has won national auto-x titles in his class at the annual Porsche Parade in 1999, 2001, 2003 & 2005. Currently he is an employee at Skid School as one of their instructors and he is also a national certified racing instructor with the Porsche Club of America and Sports Car Drivers Association as well.
12/8/14: Many thanks to Jamie Benard & Tracy Thomas, Maria Darcie, Larry & Leona Wetham, Dwight & Barbara Bowden that volunteered their time for the Hospice Rememberance Tree on Dec 6!
11/12/14: The club is going to be sitting with the Hospice Rememberance Tree on Dec 7 in the 5th ave. Mall, the hours are 11am to 6pm. Everyone who would like to volunteer an hour or two of their time through out the day to participate, please contact Mike or Teri @ 229-6943. They will be taking names and times to coordinate this event.
6/25/14: Meeting/Dinner for July will be at Settlers Bay Lodge (357-5678), on 5801 Knik Goose Bay Road. For those that would like to go as a group, lets meet at the weigh station (far side) out bound on the Glenn Hwy around 6pm, then depart about 6:15 to the Lodge. Our reservation is at 7pm under Porsche Club. For more information, call Jim McNeff @ 242-1911.
6/2/14: Notice the date change!!!! Our June monthly meeting will be Thursday June 5th (prior to Mike hitting the road for Parade) at the Slippery Salmon on their deck-weather permitting. We will begin at 6 pm so bring your car and show it off ! The deck looks over the bridge to Gov’t Hill and we can enjoy admiring our cars in the sun. They have also saved us space inside, the deck is first come-first serve basis….The address is 115 East 3rd Ave. and the phone is 334-8410 or call me at 229-3943. See you there!
4/14/14: Dates for our 2014 AutoX season are on the calendar. Not all of our events will be a Bartlett HS due to ongoing construction and repaving of their parking lot. We are looking at other sites in the Anch school district and MatSu…possibly Wasilla HS. We are locked in at Bartlett for our first event and keep checking the web site for updates. We will also send out a mass email for our list last year on site changes as well.
2/18/14: We registered to be in the 2014 Rondy Grand Parade this year which is being held this Saturday February 22, we would like for all to meet at Kendall’s between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. There is no theme this year but we are looking for people and their Porsche’s to participate with us! You can email or call if you have questions, or just show up where we are all meeting and come Rondy!! We have to be staged on the corner of 8th and E by 9:30 a.m.
2/12/14– The board met with the Kendall leadership at the dealership and we were totally impressed with what we heard and saw. There are some great plans in the works and the club is looking forward to working with them. More details will follow in the weeks and months to come. Please stop in and introduce yourself when you get a chance. Things are looking us for Porsche…in Alaska!
2/11/14– The club is registered for the 2014 Rondy Grand Parade this year which is being held on Saturday February 22, we are looking for people with Porsche’s that are willing to participate with their cars that day with us! Email, call or come to the meeting to sign up and come Rondy!!
1/18/14– Make a note that we have changed the start time for our monthly meetings from now on, 6pm is the new and improved start time. As a reminder, meeting place for Feb will be the Glacier Brew House on Feb 13, at 6pm.
12/01/13- December 13th @ 7 p.m. we will be meeting at Todd and Shoshanna’s home for our annual Holiday party, we hope you can make it! Address is 2018 E. 36th Ave. If you are traveling East on 36th you will see Randolph Street on your right to turn on, go one block to 37th to access their driveway. If the driveway is full, please park on Williams Street that crosses 37th, the access to the house is off the alleyway. PLEASE RSVP- Todd @ 522-7653 as soon as possible please!!! BYOB if there is something special you wish to have to drink. We will be doing a “White Elephant” gift exchange, if you wish to be part of this age old fun please bring a gift worth up to a stingy $35.00 and watch the fun!!
Sunday December 15 PCA Alaska is tending to the Hospice Remembrance Tree in the 5th Avenue Mall from 11 to 6 pm, we have one hour available we need a volunteer for, 4p.m. to 5p.m. if anyone can spare that hour please call Teri @ 317-3251.
So far, it looks like club officers will stay the same for the next term. But if someone wants to step up the plate and try a position in the leadership team, by all means speak up. Any one of us would be happy to have you shadow and gain experience to take over a position at some point. Currently, we have a great team in place but at some point, one or all will need a break and a fresh mind can keep the club moving forward. We have made great strides these past 10 years and had a lot of fun doing it. Like PCA national says, “it not about the car’s, but it is about the people.” OK, the car’s do have something to do with it…they’re Porsche’s!
11/1/13- We are having our next meeting on the evening of November 7, 7:00 pm at the YES Bistro located on the corner of Bragaw and DeBarr Roads. It is a fairly new eatery in town, we have reservations for the back room for our dinner meeting. We will go over some old and new news, please join us!
We will plan on doing a day with the Hospice Tree if we get enough volunteers to cover a week-end day. I will have a sign up sheet for everyone at the meeting on
Our co-club Autocross Awards dinner was a rousing success, we had a packed room, gave away some awards, one of the attendees put a CD together to present to the crowd for their enjoyment and the last hoorah for the 2013 season was a great time for
everyone, thanks to all that helped!
Please save the date! December 13 (Friday night) we will be having our meeting,
holiday party at Todd and Shoshanna’s home. We will do a gift exchange,
please keep the gifts light hearted and at a stingy $35.00 price range. More details
With a sad and heavy heart we had to say goodbye to one of our members on October 10, Patti McNeff. Jim McNeff our Vice-President was with his wife Patti when she left us to watch over him from above, we will miss you our friend & co-conspirator! We offer our deepest condolences and love to Jim in the days, weeks and months yet to come. He does a lot for the club and we truly do appreciate all of it.
See you on November 7-Mike Holtzclaw, Prez AK
9/13/13- The AutoX scheduled on 9/8 was canceled due to heavy rain with the potential to be a safety issue to hold an event. The last (No. 5) PCA AutoX has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sep 22 @ Bartlett HS. See that date on the monthly schedule for details.
7/25/13- Date change to the August meeting/dinner!!!!! We have a special guest visiting, Aaron Ambrosino our Zone Representative is visiting us from August 1 – 4. We have planned a special meeting for him to attend and visit with members while he is here on August 2, @ 7 pm at the home of Todd and Shoshana Held. Please BYOB and a dessert, all the main courses, side dishes and non-alcoholic drinks will be supplied by the club for your enjoyment! **This is an RSVP event to allow the Held’s to plan accordingly, please call Todd @ 522-7653 with a head count or if you have a question. We will be sending out this reminder in an email a couple of times before the event due to the short notice to make sure everyone I can reach out to has been informed of this fun evening. Address is: 2018 East 36th If the driveway is full, please park on Williams Street. The entrance to the home is off the alleyway. I have a map available to anyone who would like for me to email it to them….system will not allow me to attach. Please try to make this one, Aaron is very interested in talking to as many members as he can. Thanks! MikeHoltzclaw, AK/PCA Prez 229-3943
7/25/13- Let’s go on a Road Trip! The date is Aug 3, destination is the Seward Hwy south to Whitter/Seward, AK. This is a makeup trip from our snowed out date in May. Meet at Bulgua point at 9am and depart from at 9:30am. Our Zone Rep, Aaron Ambrosino, will be with
us and will be available to ride with each of you if you want during sections of the trip. We will be making stops at various points along the way for photo opportunities with a stop at the Exit Glacier just before ending up at Ray’s for some great food and conversation. For more info, contact Jim McNeff @ 242-1911. It is road trip….woohoo!
7/23/13- Calling all Porsche Owners! Please save this date: Aug 4, 2013. The Alaska Region of the Porsche Club of America would like to invite all Porsche car owners to bring out their Porsche’s to the Annual Shine & Show put on by the Midnight Sun Street Rodders Assoc. at the park strip, Sunday August 4. Our National Club Zone Representative-Aaron Ambrosino with be in Anchorage for a few days and the club
would love to have a great showing of Porsches at the Park Strip for this event. We would be pleased if you could come out and join us for
the largest showing of Porsches in one place in Alaska! How cool would that be? You are not required to stay by your car during the show,
and you may pick it up later in the day, there will be folks there to keep an eye one it. We will have more specifics of when & where to stage your car as we get info from MSSR. Please contact Mike Holtzclaw with questions @ 229-3943, hope to see you there!
6/1/2013- AutoX for beginners…Fun Run Day! For those that never tried an AutoCross or did at one time, but would like to see what it is all about…we are hosting a non competitive event…this is a day to drive your car and have some fun doing it! Get a chance to run a simple course at your own pace…get some simple pointers and test your driving skills! Food and beverages will be provided by the club….and the fun you will have is free! Saturday, June 15 is the date, 10am is show time, 10:30 is when you start having fun! Call Mike at 229-3943 or Jim at 242-1911 for more details.
5/18/13- UPDATE ABOUT SEWARD ROAD TRIP……due to the road conditions and that most of us have summer tires on, we have postponed the road trip for a few weeks. We will reschedule soon to give you plenty of time to plan. Sorry about the event, but the winter party isn’t over just yet! Be safe…
5/16/13- Update on Saturdays Road Trip to Seward. Winter hasn’t left Alaska just yet…there is a possibility that snow may return this Saturday. In the best interest of safety, it is suggested that those planning on traveling, please do so in a vehicle that you feel can handle ice and snow road conditions safely. Assuming that most of us have changed over to summer tires, it could be alittle squirrely driving. Yeah, first drive of the season, who wouldn’t want to drive their Porsche, but lets be smart and safe about it to drive our Porsche’s another day! That decision is up to you. The road trip will proceed as planned and if conditions really deteriorate, we will make that call at Beluga Point or somewhere else along the way. Jim and Patti McNeff will be at Beluga Point at 9:30 unless the road is impassable due to poor conditions. Please call Jim (242-1911) anytime between 8am and 10am on Sat for any updates. This is all part of living in the Great White North….got to love it!
5/3/13- It’ time to wash the car and kick the tires for our first road trip of the season! It is our regular run to Seward on Saturday, May 18. That is Seward Harbor Open House Weekend! The plan is to meet at Beluga Point around 9:30am, then hit the road around 10am. We will stop along the way at various point to take in the scenery and take a few photo’s, check out the big Ice Cube at Exit Glacier, then on to Ray’s for some food. Things you can do while you are in Seward, check out the Sea Life Center, walk the docks, take a boat tour, and there is always shopping! We will go rain or shine, unless it is raining that would choke a fog! Call the hot line (688-5741) for the latest news just before the road trip or call Jim McNeff @ 242-1911. Lets burn some gas!
4/30/13- We will have our next meeting at Suite 100 Restaurant and Bar on May 9. 7:00 p.m. We will be planning our first drive and covering the first autocross of the season’s attendance and results at the meeting. The address is 1000 E Dimond Blvd. The reservation is under “Porsche Club” We have asked for separate checks, FYI they automatically add a 18% gratuity for groups 8 and up. Call Teri @317-3251 for more details.
4/29/13- Just a reminder PCA has our first autocross of the season this Sunday, May 5 at Bartlett High, Pool side parking lot, this will be held short of a freak snow storm or driving rain (we have added umbrellas to our equipment trailer). Jim & Mike will be out there at dawn setting up the course for the day’s fun. Registration for cars that need to be tech’d and early-birds will start at 8:00. Those cars that have been tech’d and have not made any changes to their car can register at 9:15 but registration will close by 10 a.m.! Our goal is to have the first car on the course just before 11am. $35.00 is still the going fee to participate, and we accept cash (of course!) and local checks. Please note you need a helmet, rated Snell-2005 or better, but we do have some loaners to share if need be. I suggest you bring lunch/snacks to eat throughout the day, since we will not stop for an extended lunch break especially if it is a strong turn-out. We do supply a port a potty for the event, it was the least we could do! Any questions?? Call Mike @ 229-3943 or Teri @ 317-3251
4/3/13- Hey folks, check out what we have been up to!
- Porsche Parade registration is open! We have 10 Alaskan’s going as of today, so you will have lots of friends there plus make new ones with others from around the US!
- I spoke with Dana Applebee at Morrison’s about plans for future meetings and promotions at the dealership, one would be the Cayman launch party May 3 she is working on details for this event and is considering offering free car wash and quick detail of your Porsche while you attend the launch party.
- I spoke with Judy O’Neil with ASD and she verified we have secured all of our dates at Bartlett HS parking lot for our autocrosses, we are holding a joint effort Tech inspection for 2013 on April 26 starting 6:00 p.m. at Continental Motors, bring your helmet and what modifications you may have done to your car to get properly PAX’d. Food and beverages will be available and Sub Zero will be having a membership drive through the event as well. Their first autocross is Sunday April 28 and PCA has theirs on May 5 at Bartlett High.
- We are looking for ideas for summer drives, Seward is always a popular one, We are considering a late April or mid-May date since it depends on the condition of the roads and weather.
- Club members had fun participating in this year’s Rondy Parade, we had quite a few beautiful owner-cars that attended and a few dealer cars as well. Gary Becker who is a manager at Morrison’s drove the Panamera and had loads of fun with his 3 sweet daughters in the car. They sooo had the princess wave down and represented the dealership and Porsche in a great way. The theme this year was “cartoons” so we made big googly eyes and put them on the windshields as we drove through downtown Anchorage. Dana requested copies of some of them to use in a possible promotion, so we may see them in the future somewhere, you never know?
- Aaron Ambrosino, our zone representative is returning to Anchorage for a visit the end of July, we plan on a drive and a few events while he and his very lovely wife Amelia are here to visit, we plan to end their visit with a strong showing of Porsches at the park strip car show this year before they have to fly out that day.
- Jim McNeff has updated the web site, please check it out at www.pcaalaska.org
- Jim and Jamie are working on the timing equipment, trying to get it to update and help simplify the autocross timing for all events, there is a pesky glitch they are trying to get worked out, events will go on as planned we will just do it “old school” as we have been for years until this gets ironed out.
Everyone do their summer-sun happy dance and let’s get over this break-up hump and on to the business of having fun driving our cars in some sunshine this year! Keep the shiny side up!!
Mike Holtzclaw, AK/PCA Prez. 229-3943 Cell
4/1/13- We have our monthly informal get-to-know-club members and freinds breakfast, Saturday, April 20, at 9:00 @ Kriners Diner located mid-town on C Street.. We will be doing this through the winter on the third Saturday of each month at the same location for anyone who wants to pop in and have breakfast in an informal setting. Kriners Diner address is: 2409 C Street and their number is 929-8257.
1/11/13- The region and SZM have discussed tentative dates for the 2013 AutoX season and will be posted in mid-Feb. Dates for the season Annual Tech has not been decided on yet but is part of the plan like last year. PCA will be doing a AutoX-101 fun day early in the season. We will be posting more details for the Rondy Parade just before the Feb meeting. Rondy Parade is Feb 23. Bring on some snow….this is Alaska!
12/26/12- Congratulation to our PCA Autocross Series Campions for 2012!
Porsche Cup………………………. Jamie Benard
06/13/12- This Sat, June 16 we are hosting a PCA Fun Run Day at Bartlett HS parking lot. This is a non-competitive event for those that never have done it before but would like to experience driving their car’s in a Autox setting, but without the pressure of competition. We will be helping you become familiar with the ins and outs of running a AutoX course. The event is free and we will be providing hot dogs/hamburgers , soda and water. Show time is around 10am and we will run cars until 3pm. The course will be simple and easy for all to follow…our goal is to have some fun and put a smile on your face! Call Mike @ 229-3943 or Jim @ 242-1911 for more details.
11/14/11- Check out October 2011 Pano…it has the Parade pictures of our group from Alaska, plus an article of the journey that Jamie and Mike took from Alaska to Georgia, the editing is a bit iffy-the writer points out a “moose” that is questionable….:
6/10/11- Mike, our President, was interviewed by the folks at Speed Channel and will be featured on the show, “Speed Test Drive” The show theme was “Porsche: Performance Every day.” Mike was one of five Porsche owners to be interviewed about their adventures centered around their cars.