September 2015 Nord Stern Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter September 2015

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Prez Sez . . .

It has been a while since the last email blast . . .

Summer is drawing short but Nord Stern’s activities calendar is warming up as fast as the most recent dialogue on Club Talk. Here are some events you should get on your calendars and get out and enjoy:

First, and just announced, a Rally being conducted by Porsche of Minneapolis with Magnus Walker.  This is not a “sanctioned” Nord Stern event per se but they wanted an invite to go out to all Nord Stern Members:

Who: Porsche of Minneapolis event with an invitation to all Nord Stern members
What: Porsche of Minneapolis Grand Opening / Rally with Magnus Walker (a legendary Porsche collector and restorer)
Where: Porsche of Minneapolis; 9395 Wayzata Blvd
When: August 24th, with a 9:30 a.m. tour of the new facility, a 10 a.m. rally, and an 11:30 rally conclusion at CoV in Wayzata for lakeside beverages and lunch with Magnus Walker.
How: By driving your Porsche.
Please RSVP for numbers to Eddie Rediske

****And for those who cannot make the Rally there is an invite for the grand opening Tuesday night at the facility from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that all Nord Stern members are also invited to by Porsche of Minneapolis.  RSVP information is the same.

Second, the Nord Stern Labor Day Porsche Picnic in Rochester is fast approaching:

Who: Nord Stern
What: Annual Rochester Labor Day Porsche Picnic
Where: Brian and Gina O’Neill’s home at 4400 Rossi Ct. NW
When: Monday September 7, 2015, 1-4 p.m.
How: By driving your Porsche to this great annual Nord Stern Event. 

Bring your own Brats and Refreshments, and please RSVP to Jeff Boehm

Third: Escape to Rushmore 2015.  If you have NOT heard about this event, you live in a more secluded world then I do (:)) and are not one of the more then 250 persons who have already signed up.  Take a look at the article in Panorama that just came out and it will fill you in (with great pictures) but here are the bones of it:

Who: PCA generally, but sponsored by Nord Stern and Dakota Region
What: Escape to Rushmore 2015
Where: My backyard…..the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota
When: October 1-3, 2015
How: By driving your Porsche to the Black Hills, and then driving on some of the most amazing roads you have ever seen in a time of year that is perfect for drives / tours in the Hills. 

Register on and hurry as the organizers of the event are doing their best to open up new drives / opportunities but the numbers already registered are filling them up quickly!!

Mike Sabers, 2015 Nord Stern Region of PCA President

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2015 Labor Day Picnic – Rochester, MN

Annual gathering in Rochester, MN for all members, near and far, always a great time: hr_0304_717_925__0304717925006

Annual Rochester Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 7
1 to 4 p.m.

BYOBB! Bring Your Own Beer and Brats (families welcome!)

Location: Brian and Gina O’Neill
4400 Rossi Ct NW
Rochester, MN

RSVP to Jeff Boehm,

Porsche Picnic LR

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August 2015 Newsletter

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Club Race Weekend Recap

The 2015 PCA Nord Stern Loonacy Club Race Weekend was a resounding success.

Over forty race cars.  Over fifty DE cars.  A silent auction.  A live auction.  Porsche and Pancakes.  Parade Laps. New Members.  Old Members. New friends. If you missed the weekend activities you should put it on your calendar for next year as this is truly Nord Stern at its best.

Thanks to so many dedicated volunteers is in order.  Doug Anderson deserves substantial thanks for being Nord Stern’s Club Race manager and keeping everything running smoothly and organized. The legions of Nord Stern volunteers in the pits and in the grid acted like pros even if it was the first day of volunteering for many.

Club Race Charity Manager Keith Jones put on an amazing auction with great variety and items.  Bruce Boeder did his best live auction impression standing on a picnic bench and everyone enjoyed the Saturday social time after the first sprint race and auction.  Even if a certain member was outbid by his own brother for a Bret Bailey original art piece depicting the 2015 Loonacy Club Race “P-Car.”

Steve Meydell’s Porsche and Pancakes, and drive from Monticello to BIR followed by Parade Laps was resounding success with over 15 members joining and at least three new members signing up.  Nicely done.  Our membership chair Ed Vasquez was also on hand making sure we all remember it is not just the cars – it’s keeping and obtaining new members!!

Paul Ingebrigtsen kept us safe as the safety steward, and Dave Anderson and Kim Fritze handled race and DE registration and generally lots of “weekend” issues.  Paul even club raced and Dave DE’d and married a son off as well on the same weekend – talk about busy days.

To all other volunteers who were not named above, and you know who you are – thank you from Nord Stern.

Recovering after a ten plus hour tow home – and smart enough to know I will do nothing productive today other than write this email, I end this email by simply saying thanks to all who made this weekend great.

*****Stay tuned for ESCAPE TO RUSHMORE REGISTRATION NEWS as it is coming shortly…… with dates and times*****

Mike Sabers, 2015 Nord Stern Region PCA President

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DE/Club Race Updates: The Prez Sez

Nord Stern’s Premiere Track Event / Club Race Weekend at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) is fast approaching and is scheduled for July 24-26th.  Here is some information, opportunities, dates, times and contact information for those partaking in a great weekend of P-Car enjoyment.


First, Nord Stern’s Club Race is on as scheduled.  BIR did suffer storm damage but has assured Nord Stern that it will be up and running for our Club Race weekend. In fact, they are going to be up and running this weekend to run the Superbikes, so Nord Stern is in good shape for our weekend.  Nord Stern will have to work our meetings / registration around some building damage but we are a hearty folk and I expect it will go just fine.


Second, and a great opportunity for those who have not yet joined either the DE or Club Racing crowd. Steve Meydell is hosting “Porsche and Pancakes” and varying the forum a bit to also include an extended drive to BIR for the Club Race weekend.

Steve is planning a breakfast in Monticello at the Cornerstone Café, 154 W Broadway St, Monticello, MN 55362. Time: 8:30 p.m.

You can attend for breakfast and you can continue on and join Steve for the drive to BIR via Highway 25.  The plan is to arrive at BIR in time for Parade Laps on the track on Saturday. You will be able to drive the track at highway speed without any special safety gear; we ask for a small donation to charity. You will also be able to see our Club Race and what happens at the track. A great introduction for all of those who have not yet stepped on to the slippery slop. During the day on Saturday Nord Stern has a silent auction going on with many special items. At the end of the day we have a social hour and live auction.  The auctioned items (car related items, sport tickets, wine, goodie baskets etc.) are donated to raise money for Courage Kenny. In sum, I cannot imagine a better day……. Folks who attend can stay local or drive home that same night. I would propose to stick around and watch the endure race on Sunday!

Steve Meydell would appreciate some type of head count so please email him at:


Want to get up close and personal to Porsche Club Race Cars?  There’s nothing like the smell of race fuel in the morning . . . Like lime green vests?  If this is something that sounds exciting – and it is, makes sure to search out Loran Hall – he’ll already be wearing a really cool lime green vest about half an hour before the race in the grid area and he will get you set up.  I did this about seven years ago (before I started club racing) and it was a lot of fun.  Up close and personal for sure and part of the action.


Nord Stern is less then two weeks out from its premier BIR Club Race / DE Event.  For all the club racers out there on the fence – you only get to race at BIR once a year.  Sign up.  For all DE folks, the amount of track time inserted into this Club Race weekend is substantial and you will not find a better value for track time anywhere.  Plus, in between your sessions there is ample racing entertainment available.  So, sign up and come join Nord Stern fun at its best.  Registration is open at

All for now – feel free to email me at with any other questions!!


Mike Sabers, 2015 Nord Stern Prez

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2015 Summer Drive – Saturday, August 8

Vino in the Valley!summer drive 2015

Start Location: Point Douglas Park, Prescott, WI

Back by popular demand, this summer drive on Wisconsin’s great back roads allows drivers to enjoy some of the most beautiful hills, winding roads and valleys of the area. Drive beings in Prescott, WI and ends at Vino in the Valley with ‘rest stops’ in Pepin and the Eau Galle Cheese Factory near Durand.

Vino in the Valley is truly a unique and beautiful venue offering outdoor dining with a great view and live music. Enjoy gourmet pizza and pasta dishes cooked outdoors in their wood-fired brick oven.

  • End Location: Vino in the Valley
  • Time: Arrive by 11 a.m., we will leave the lot at 11:30 a.m.
  • Please get gas prior and allow enough time to sign the waiver, get a map and itinerary and the brief drivers meeting.
  • The event will be open to the first 60 NORD STERN members who register by August 4
  • No registrations will be accepted the day of the drive
  • To register, please email Eventmaster Randy Walker at
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Auto Lieben! Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

First Annual German car club event catered and hosted at the Afton Alps, just 25 minutes east of St. Paul near the St. Croix River.

Several German car clubs are teaming up (BMW CCA, local Audi, Mercedes-Benz Club of America and Nord Stern PCA) to bring out their cars. Everyone is welcome. Please use the link below to register.

The first 50 cars to register on the site below will be free. After that, registration is $5 per car to help us cover the costs. All proceeds after expenses will go to a charity.

Afton Alps is kind enough to let us park on the grass in the valley across from the main chalet, the event will be catered with food and beverage (brats and beer), professional photography from Josh Hway of Dynamic Photowerks. Patio and shade will be provided and lets make this a fun event!


Directions: Take i94 east, and exit on Manning ave. S. Travel south on Manning and take a left on 70th st/hwy 22. Continue on 90th st. until you reach Afton Alps. Drive down into the main ski valley to the check in booth and directed where to park.

Afton Alps
6600 Peller Ave S
Hastings, MN 55033

Auto Lieben

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2015 Nord Stern Loonacy Club Race Info

2015 Club Race and Driver Ed ‘just around the corner!’

Check here for further information on this premier weekend event held annually at Brainerd International Raceway in Baxter, MN.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday July 24, 25, 26, 2015

2015 Loonacy Facts and Data

Beginners Guide To Club Race_2015

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July Porsches and Pancakes!

Greetings to all who like breakfast and fellowship with other car enthusiasts!

July Porsches and Pancakes: Saturday, July 25

We are planning on having a breakfast on Saturday 25 July in Monticello MN, and then drive further on to BIR (Brainerd International Raceway) via highway 25.

We will arrive at BIR in time for:

  • Parade Laps on the track. You will be able to drive the track at highway speed without any special safety gear; we ask for a small donation to charity.
  • Watch this year’s Club Race and track action.
  • Peruse our annual Silent Auction which always includes lots of great car stuff.
  • Followed by the ever popular Social Hour AND Live Auction. All auction proceeds are donated to Courage Kenny.
  • You will be able to drive home or stay overnight in the area.

RSVP to Steve Meydell at

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