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Suesan Way Carter / California Festival of Speed (t) 619.992.4287
Deb Pollack / Drive Toward a Cure (t) 805.320.9248
LEGENDARY TWIN 997 GT3 RS PORSCHES FROM LEIPZIG GERMANY COMPLETE 15K-MILE ROAD TRIP AT 2021 CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Famed German Husband/Wife Team Join GT3/GT4 Drivers in Charity Laps for Drive Toward a Cure™
FONTANA, CA – October 19, 2021 – Porsche owners and dedicated Porsche enthusiasts, Christian and Ortrun Hartinger of Leipzig, Germany, have become a global household name within the Porsche community, thanks to the transcontinental, 15,000-mile epic road trip they created for their twin GT3RS Porsche vehicles. The duo will end their coast-to-coast driving marathon the weekend of October 30-31, 2021, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., bringing their two German-plated GT3 RS cars to the California Festival of Speed, and participate as drivers during Saturday’s ‘Fastest Hour on Track,’ to raise funds for non-profit Foundation Drive Toward a Cure, and to benefit Parkinson’s Disease.
The California Festival of Speed celebrates two decades as a dream weekend for Porsche enthusiasts, club racers, owners, and vendors, with a festival setting that includes all things Porsche! Hosted by the Porsche Club of America’s PCA-Zone 8 in the Southern California region, the festival has become an annual tradition that allows attendees to get close to incredible vehicles, watch races on track, experience educational/technology forums and this year, participate in passenger laps on track in the fastest road-going Porsches, to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease. Vehicles ranging from the “Twin” GT3RS cars to GT3s and GT4s will be available for passenger participation via donation to Drive Toward a Cure on Saturday October 30th from 5pm – 6pm at the track area of the festival. Sign up at www.drivetowardacure.org/cfos.
According to Suesan Way Carter, event chair for California Festival of Speed, the program is always the highlight of the year for fans of the Porsche marque and this year, with the ability to bring out the fastest and most well-known models on track for consumers to enjoy, adds further excitement. “There’s nothing more thrilling than a track experience in a Porsche,” said Carter. “And when we can utilize that experience to raise funds for those that can’t share in that experience, it’s even more special.”
For 2021, the festival joined forces with national Foundation Drive Toward a Cure, a 501(c)3 organization that has supported research AND patient care for Parkinson’s Disease through the involvement of the entire automotive community – a culture of passion that includes both enthusiast and professional groups. Since 2016, Drive Toward a Cure has hosted multi-day driving events, all-inclusive ‘Adventure’ rallies and ‘Getaway’ weekends that have inspired a grassroots movement with local ‘Drive Toward a Cure Day’ events run by regional enthusiasts nationwide and instilling the Foundation’s own mantra of Cars and Camaraderie™.
Join the folks at California Festival of Speed when they ‘Roar to a Cure’ for Parkinson’s Disease with Drive Toward a Cure by securing your own passenger parade laps in some of the fastest Porsche non-race car vehicles – including GT3, GT3 RS and GT4 – registration and donations can be taken at www.drivetowardacure.org/cfos.
A minimum tax-deductible $50 donation will secure your seat time.
About the GT3RS Twins
Dubbed the ‘GT3RS Twin Tour,’ the Hartingers and their cars found additional fame this past year as both cars together achieved dual first place wins in the GT3/GT2 class at the Amelia Island WERKS reunion, the highest honor bestowed by the Porsche Club of America in celebration of the Porsche marque and the contagious enthusiasm of Porsche owners and fans. The vehicles have been on tour in an epic USA road trip since arriving in Miami on February 21, 2020, driving great roads, and visiting local/regional PCA chapters.
Model: 2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS, from Porsche City Leipzig, powered by the legendary ‘Mezger block.’
Options, as noted by its owner Christian Hartinger, “Club sport package – no PDK, no air suspension, no full leather, no panoramic glass room, no electric power – only emotion, driving pleasure and Porsche Grins!”
About California Festival of Speed
The California Festival of Speed is celebrating its 20th anniversary, providing Porsche displays of race cars, show cars and club member cars, along with Driver’s Ed, Swap Meet and vendor row. Marking its final year at Auto Club Speedway, the California Festival of Speed is hosted by Porsche Club of America’s PCA-Zone 8 in the Southern California region and since 2001 has become an annual tradition.
For more information on the California Festival of Speed, please visit www.calfestival.org/event-details or on social media at:
About Drive Toward a Cure
Drive Toward a Cure raises funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research AND patient care. Inspired by the camaraderie found within the automotive culture, the organization’s mission benefits equally from both enthusiast communities and industry professionals. Drive Toward a Cure events harness enthusiasm for cars and driving and turn that power into support for ongoing work to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s, as well as the research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure. Since 2016, Drive Toward a Cure has raised more than a half million dollars to support BOTH research AND patient care.
Drive Toward a Cure ended 2020 with contributions making an impact of $160,000 and for 2021 continues expanding with localized groups and supporters to benefit alignments with various Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s’ on a national level through Drive Toward a Cure’s ‘Access to Care Fund’ that currently partners with the Parkinson Foundation and donates to Centers in Portland, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, New York, and Nashville.
Drive Toward a Cure is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports beneficiaries including The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and numerous Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s. For donations, sponsorship and event registration please visit www.drivetowardacure.org.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
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