Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vote for Brumos Racing for Moment of the Year in the Grand Am series

By   September 23, 2011

Brumos Racing won the GT Class Championship in the #59 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car driven by Leh Keen and Andrew Davis. Well, you have a chance to help them win one more award in the series by voting for Leh/Andrew/Brumos for “Moment of the Year” in the Grand Am series. The winning moment will be showcased at the 2011 Rolex Champions Banquet.

2011 Brumos Racing Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Champions

2011 Brumos Racing Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Champions

You can vote for the Brumos racing moment here. Voting is open until Saturday at midnight.

You Have to Start Them Young

By   September 22, 2011

Well, my wife (a.k.a. the Porsche Wife) has been writing again. This time she has written a post about my sons and me. The post talks about how I am helping to build my two boys into Porsche enthusiasts before the oldest is even four years old.

My oldest son reading a Porsche book

My oldest son reading a Porsche book

To this I say, it is never too young to help a child become a Porsche enthusiast. I want my sons to love cars and especially Porsches as much as I do. Part of my thought is that by getting them excited about Porsches at an early age, it will give us another activity to enjoy together as they grow older.

Below is an excerpt from the post.

We have two adorable little boys. In just a week, our youngest (E-bob) will be one and our oldest (T-man) is almost three and a half. E-bob is still too young to care much about cars, even though he does love to push his toy cars all around, but T-man sure takes after daddy. ThePorscheGuy has started a tradition with the boys; he is taking them, one on one, to Porsche club breakfast meetings that happen once a month. He drives them in his 944, eat breakfast and fellowship with like-minded Porsche fanatics.

T-man has been taught at an early age to love cars, mainly Porsches. He even says the name correctly…’Porsch-uh’. He loves helping fix daddy’s car and he loves, loves, loves riding in the car while TPG drives the 944 into the garage (the whole 20ft.!).

You can read the full post here.

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on starting your children young on loving cars (especially Porsches) and how you may have done this with your own children.

Porsche’s History at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 – Video

By   September 22, 2011

This video is of the Director of the Porsche Museum, Achim Stejskal, walking around the paddock at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The annual event takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the same location where Porsche will host Rennsport Reunion IV in just a few weeks. While walking the paddock, Achim finds a few rare examples of Porsche’s history including a Porsche 356 B 1600 Super, a Porsche 718 RS60, and an original Porsche 901, what would later be known as the 911 due to legal issues with the 901 name.

Can a Gear Knob be a Thing of Beauty?

By   September 21, 2011

The new 2012 Porsche 911’s 7 speed manual transmission has already had a lot written about it. One thing that hasn’t been covered much is how good the gear knob itself actually looks. This often overlooked (yet one of the most used parts of a manual transmission car) item can either be something that you don’t want to look at or a thing of beauty.

2012 Porsche 911 7 Speed Manual Gear Knob

2012 Porsche 911 7 Speed Manual Gear Knob

Well, the 2012 Porsche 911 7 speed transmission gear knob is a thing of beauty and this got the guys over at Top Gear thinking, what are the 7 best looking gear knobs ever produced. You can see what they think are the seven best gear knobs here.

You can also learn more about the 2012 Porsche 911 7 speed manual in the below video.

Brumos Porsche Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Championship – Photos

By   September 19, 2011

Today Brumos Racing has released a couple of photos from their Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Championship. Checkout the below photos of the great win.

Brumos #59 Porsche at Mid-Ohio

Brumos #59 Porsche at Mid-Ohio

2011 Brumos Racing Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Champions

2011 Brumos Racing Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Champions

You can also read the full press release about the championship below.

Heading into this year’s final round of GRAND-AM Rolex Series competition at Mid-Ohio, Brumos Racing had a lot on the line. Just three points out of the lead, Brumos set their sights on the GT Championship and were prepared for the challenge of a winner-take-all contest. When the checkered flag dropped on one of the most thrilling races of the season, Brumos Racing proved that they had indeed returned to their roots by bringing the 2011 Rolex Series GT Championship back to their Jacksonville, Florida, home.

The Mid-Ohio finale will go down in the record books as one of the most memorable comeback races ever. An electronic problem that forced the #59 to sit out the qualifying session placed it at the back of the pack to start the race. Andrew Davis faced the daunting task of getting the #59 Porsche GT3 from 19th place back to the front. He drove a phenomenal opening stint, passing car after car, before going on to lead the race for 12 laps.

Strategy calls were executed perfectly and the team used the numerous yellow flags to full advantage. The car was handed over to Leh Keen under yellow, as the crew delivered a flawless stop. During the critical final stop, the crew got the #59 back on track ahead of the #70 Mazda, the only car standing between them and the championship. Keen faced considerable pressure but held his position, ending the race in 4th place and taking the 2011 Rolex GT Championship for Brumos and its drivers in the process.

The race provided an emotional finish to the season for the entire Brumos team, particularly for Andrew Davis, who claimed his first professional championship. “I’m so proud and so honored to be a Brumos driver and to follow in Hurley Haywood’s footsteps,” he said. “With Brumos’ legacy of winning GT championships, it’s almost unbelievable that Leh and I were able to bring home our own championship for the team. For Dan Davis and Hurley to have faith in us and give us this opportunity, it means a tremendous amount. I have to thank all of our crew members who have worked so hard and fought through thick and thin all season long. I also appreciate all the employees back at Brumos in Jacksonville who are always cheering for us. They may not be here at the track, but they are always there in spirit and willing us along. To say I am the 2011 Rolex GT Champion is awesome, but to be able to say I did it as a Brumos driver is unbelievable.”

For Leh Keen, his second Rolex GT Championship was no less thrilling than his first. “Wow, that was amazing – and I’m not talking about just this race, but the whole year,” he said. “It is so special to be part of this Brumos group. At the beginning of the year Dan and Hurley told us we were part of the family now, and I now know what that truly means. There were many things that made it more difficult for us in our first year, but that just shows how hard our team worked to get it done. For me, to win in a Porsche is also special. I started my career and won most of my races in a Porsche, and the Brumos Porsches were always my favorites. To win this championship and win another championship for Brumos and be a part of that organization is spectacular.”

Hurley Haywood has worked with many crew members and drivers in his career, but his team this year was special. “To say I am proud would be an understatement,” he said. “At the beginning of the year Brumos put together a kind of dream team, but the recipe was unproven. We worked hard to get it right and the end result got us to the team and the drivers’ championship. My main responsibility was working with the drivers and they certainly did not let me down. If I have to give up my seat, I can’t think of two guys I would rather give it to than Andrew and Leh. Every single person on our crew did a tremendous job and made a noticeable contribution to the success of this effort, beginning with the first race in Daytona. I am really happy to see Brumos bring another championship home to Jacksonville.”

Porsche Announces New Vice President, Marketing for U.S.

By   September 19, 2011

Porsche has announced that Andre Oosthuizen has been appointed Vice President, Marketing of Porsche Cars North America. Andre has spent his entire career in the automotive industry and before working for Porsche he worked for Ford Southern Africa as well as Volvo Car South Africa. Andre is a racing enthusiast and helped bring the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East to life.

Andre Oosthuizen

Andre Oosthuizen

Below is from the press release.

Porsche announced that Andre Oosthuizen has been appointed Vice President, Marketing of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), headquartered in Atlanta.

Oosthuizen comes to PCNA from Porsche Middle East & Africa FZE, the fourth largest Porsche sales region globally.

As Director of Marketing he was responsible for developing award-winning sales, marketing and product launch programs in 20 markets, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The region has experienced strong growth, expanding by 20 percent in 2010.

“During his tenure, Andre oversaw the introduction of major new Porsche model lines, Porsche Centre dealerships and new dealer systems and technologies across multiple markets,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “His achievements significantly increased both volume and segment share. He also created and implemented new experiential consumer marketing programs, built on Porsche heritage and motorsports assets. With this experience in a fast-paced, growing market, he will be an excellent addition to the PCNA team.”

A racing enthusiast, Oosthuizen also brought a new regional racing series to life, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. He is skilled in creating innovative marketing strategies and initiatives that speak to diverse consumer needs.

Oosthuizen has devoted his entire career to the automotive industry. Prior to joining Porsche AG in 2007, he served in marketing management positions at Ford Southern Africa as well as Volvo Car South Africa.

Oosthuizen (39) will move from Dubai to Atlanta with his family that includes his wife and two children. He received his Bachelor of Honours Degree in Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He will start his new position on Monday, September 26, 2011.