Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Paul N. Lashbrook (October 6, 1940-June 28, 2105)
Paul Lashbrook, friend, fellow automobile enthusiast, Society of Automotive Historians’ Board member, and Hershey Tent hospitality maestro, passed with his beloved Bonnie at his side after an extended illness in Lexington, Kentucky on June 28, 2015. Paul’s passion in this life was his love of everything automotive. He was a member of no less than a dozen automotive clubs and organizations, serving on several boards, including the SAH, through the years. An avid collector of automotive literature, Indy memorabilia, and owner of many cars including a 1939 Cadillac, Paul possessed vast historical knowledge that he was always willing to freely share with anyone who asked.
Paul had an unforgettable smile and a childlike joy that was obvious to all who knew him. My memories of Paul include his generosity and affability so evident each year at the SAH Hershey tent, where he spent many an October afternoon greeting members, both old and new. And who can forget his grin at the SAH Meeting in Palo Alto, California in 2014 when he pulled up to the Hotel in a new Camaro convertible rental with the top down that he got inadvertently at a bargain price?
Paul was born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin, and since his father served as a minster to a number of small struggling churches, he moved often, from Wisconsin to Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Canada, and Barbados. He graduated from Asbury University in 1962 with a degree in English, and two years later married Bonnie, whom he had met while a student at Asbury. After teaching English for 18 years in Ohio and Florida public schools, he returned to law school, graduating from Nova University in 1983. He practiced civil law in Florida for many years. Generous with his time and compassion as an attorney, Paul touched many lives with his Christian witness.
Memorial gifts may be given to Lashbrook Scholarship at Ashbury University, 1 Macklem Drive, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390.
Monday, June 29, 2015
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
For your consideration is my 1971 Porsche 911T Targa. It is a driver in the true sense of the word. It looks good, drives good, very reliable, and when the top is down it provides an experience like no other. Motor professionally rebuilt 50,000 miles ago. Most everything original. Repaint looks very good but has some flaws. If you are a perfectionist and want a concours car, this one is not for you. Fuchs wheels, Becker Europa radio, the clock works, indeed most everything except the rear defroster works. Weber carbs, a bit balky when shifting to second or reverse (may just need clutch adjustment). I have owned this car for 20 years and have many receipts.
Send me an email at Jheitmann1@udayton.edu if you are interested in learning more about this car and have a genuine interest in purchasing it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
These photos were taken by Patrick N. at the event.
More on the Le Mans race and Porsche:
The 17th overall victory for Porsche at the Le Mans 24-Hours
395 laps to victory
Stuttgart. On Sunday, 14th June 2015, the trio of Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (GER) and Nick Tandy (GBR) took the 17th overall victory for Porsche at the Le Mans 24-Hours. They were followed across the line by the sister car of Timo Bernhard (GER), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS). This made it the fourth one-two result for the brand after achieving this in 1971, 1987 and 1998. But there are more interesting facts and figures about the race.
• The winning team completed 395 laps (5,382,82 kilometres). This year’s race was only two laps short of the longest distance covered in Le Mans back in 2010.
• The average speed of the winning Porsche 919 Hybrid was 224.2 km/h.
• The highest top speed of a Porsche 919 Hybrid in the race was 340,2 km/h and done by Mark Webber at hrs.
• The Porsche 919 Hybrid recuperated and used 2,22 kWh (8 megajoule) per lap. If it was a power plant, a family home could be supplied with electricity for three months.
• The head count for the Porsche Team’s operational crew was 120 people.
• The Porsche Team made 90 pit stops, 30 per car.
• At 26 of these stops tyres and drivers were also changed.
• The longest distance covered with one set of tyres was 54 laps for all three cars. In car number 17 Mark Webber did this ultra long run, in car number 18 it was Neel Jani and in the number 19 prototype it was Nico Hülkenberg.
• 116 tyres in total were used by all three Porsche 919 Hybrids over the race distance.
• A tyre on a rim weighs 19,9 kilograms. This means, just in relation to wheels, the mechanics moved 2,308.4 kilograms.
• The fastest pit stop, including a tyre and driver change, by the Porsche Team was 1:13.9 minutes.
• The fastest stop for refuelling was done in 51,3 seconds.
• In total all three Porsche 919 Hybrids spent 95 minutes and 36 seconds in the pits. The time for the second best crew entering three cars was over 130 minutes.
• 1,896 litres of fuel have been pumped into the winning car.
• The winning Porsche’s gearbox mastered 25,293 gear changes (up shift and down shift) during the 24 hours.
• The longest time behind the wheel of all nine Porsche LMP1 drivers was for Neel Jani with ten hours and ten minutes. In the winning car it was Nico Hülkenberg who drove most (eight hours, 52 minutes).
• Mark Webber lost the most weight of all nine drivers. When the race began he weighed 81.2 kilograms (including race gear and helmet), after his final stint the scales stopped at 78.2 kilograms.
• The drivers had 0.85 litres of drink on board for each stint. The drink bottle was changed at every refuelling stop.
• Almost no parts had to be changed during the race. After going off the track, the number 18 car had a new nose twice. On car number 19 at eight in the morning the team did a precautionary engine cover and rear wing change when it didn’t cost any time during a safety car period.
• During the 24 hours each Porsche 919 Hybrid had a refill of one litre of oil.
• For the best possible visibility each of the three prototypes had four tear-offs on the windscreens, which were removed one after the other.
• The highest ambient temperature during the race was 25 degrees Celsius at hrs . The coolest part of the race was at night between hrs with 16 degrees Celsius.
• The highest cockpit temperature was 27 degree Celsius.
• The night was eight hours long with sunset at hrs and sunrise at hrs.
• 13.5 gigabytes of data per car have been transmitted to the pits during the 24 hours.
• The safety cars came out four times. Including the so-called slow zones – speed limits at certain parts of the track – the race was neutralized for a total of 195 minutes.
• After three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, with double points in Le Mans, Porsche now leads the championship with 140 points, followed by Audi (124) and Toyota (71).