October 17-19, 2003
Hosted by SOCAL928, 928OC and 928 International
Gathering viewed from in front of the 928 International
facility. About 80 cars were parked beside, in front and on the other side
of the building. Click on image below for a full-size view of the
About 130 people were in attendance.
Shot from between Joe Fan's red race car and Mark Anderson's
white race car.
The 928 Developments' experimental carbon fiber intake mounted
on Joe's car.
Same as pictured on Mark's car.
This 79 conversion convertible belongs to Randy Venier of San
I continue to admire Keith Widom's 84 - super nice re-spray.
Tony Harkin from Las Vegas in his super-sharp 87 S4.
Dan Bise and Keith address the gathering.
Next two shots show a display drivetrain from a swap project
being done at 928 International.
The Tech Sessions started with Jim Bailey covering a number of maintenance
and common repair issues.
Greg Brown of Precision Motorwerks gave an interesting and
practical presentation on timing belt and water pump service, showing most of
the teardown. Removing the motor was not one of the steps, although it
might help. Mark Anderson said Greg's been doing work on his and his
customers' cars for 15 years.
Scott Hendry of Scott's Independent Porsche provided a lot of tips from his experience and background in servicing 928 climate control systems.
Keith gets ready to pull another door prize winner from the
pumpkin. Must have been rigged as I was the first one drawn, and I got a
real nice $100 gift certificate for Frozen Rotors. Wow!
John Veninger, PCA 928 tech advisor, presented a great
session on 928 electrics, starting with the basics. John's an electrical
engineer - the perfect 928 owner!
The Sunday funride. Regrouping on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
before we head into the canyons. Lots of admiring honks from
passersby. The canyon roads were super twisty, but we all made it with no
Gathering again at the top of the hills before the descent back
to PCH. Many more cars on the other side of the road. See the next
A stitched together 180+ degree panorama at the top of the
hills. Click on the image for a much larger view.
A red a 85 or 86 car running hard up the canyon road managed to
split the heater core return hose. I summoned the expert, Tony Harkin, to
apply his talents to the heater valve in an attempt to prevent flow to the
hose. Since the owner reported the car had heat all the time, I suspected
the vacuum was not good enough to hold the valve shut, plus the valve opens when
you shut off the car anyway. Although we could not be certain the valve
would seal, zip-tying it in the closed position seemed like a good idea, and
Tony was the man to do it.
Tony pried off the actuator arm and zip-tied the valve closed.
Tony came prepared with surgical gloves. No fuss, no muss,
although the engine was still on the side. Tony's procedure seemed to
help quite a bit as the car showed no more steam emitting from the split
hose. Good jobTony!
The group assembled at the parking lot of Gladstone's for lunch
after exiting the canyons.
Nicole Mossinger looks up from from tasty lunch. That's
in his shades at the next table with Rich Andrade (blue shirt) and his wife
(yellow) and Dan Bise (in burgundy). That's Tony Harkin to far right rear.
After lunch a good share of the funride crowd went on to the
Petersen Auto Museum. Great tour, fascinating cars. After that it
was time to head home.
Congrats on a GREAT JOB by Dan Bise, the Socal928 group, 928 International and the 928OC! It was a fabulous weekend, and my car performed flawlessly. Not a minor feat considering I had just finished replacing a leaky rear main seal the morning of the event. Looks like I did it correctly!
Looking forward to Sharktoberfest 2004!