“Well, at least it was Watkins Glen…”

It’s a long drive to Watkins Glen, NY, especially pulling a trailer with a race car.  But it’s The Glen – a wonderful place to visit, with or without a race car in a trailer.  As it turned out at the track, a nice place to visit was the high point of the weekend.

The Porsche Club goes to The Glen once a year.  The weather is normally pretty nice, even though some rain showers are always possible in the Finger Lakes Region.  Weather did threaten a bit, but the schedule of two sprint races on Saturday and the enduro on Sunday held true.

Circuit_Watkins_GlenSaturday – two sprint races.  In the first, Nort finished sixth, frustrated by slower cars and a track that made passing very difficult.  Not to worry – the second sprint would be better.  BUT…there was a problem with the brand-new starter that needed attention before the second race.  A borrowed starter went into the car, and Nort competed in the second sprint.

The race was going well but not quite well enough.  Towards the end of the race, the car started misfiring, then on the last lap it quit altogether – two turns from the finish.  Nort had no choice but to coast to pit lane, crossing start-finish in the pits.  He scored ninth in his class, and had a problem to deal with.

sensorOne of the areas of concern with any 924S/944 is something called a “reference sensor.”  There are two of these that are mounted on the bell housing behind the engine, watching the flywheel and telling the computer 1) that the engine is running and 2) what position the crankshaft is in at any given moment.  Well, it seems that somewhere along the way, one of the leads to the sensors got nicked, and it picked the last lap to fail.  Without a signal, the computer shut off the engine.  Done.

That repair took a bit of “doing” since it is a shielded cable that is very picky about interference from other sources.  Fixed, the car was ready for the ninety-minute enduro the next day.

Sunday morning, and gridded up for the enduro, ready to go.  Ninety minutes of staying out of trouble and passing some cars – easy.  Until…

transmissionTransmissions in Porsches are pretty durable pieces.  They tend to last a while without a lot of attention.  However, this one wanted some attention.  When it didn’t get the attention it wanted, it decided to quit.  Fourteen minutes into the enduro.  Done.

So the racing weekend was a bit disappointing – sixth, ninth, and DNF.

But it was Watkins Glen.



About Kevin Duffy, Author and Chief Geek

Kevin Duffy is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Daytona State College in Florida and a dedicated car guy. He divides his time between teaching criminal justice topics in the online environment and working on/driving cars, particularly Porsches. Kevin is one of the principals in InspiringLifeOver50.com.
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