Rennline Open House for the Porsche Parade

Since its beginning the Porsche Club of America has annually put on the Porsche Parade as their main event for the year. What began as a small tradition of a group of enthusiasts caravaning together creating a mini ‘parade’ has now grown into one of the biggest Porsche events in North America. For 2016 the Parade came to Jay, Vermont which is located just an hour jaunt from our location in Milton, VT. It was the perfect opportunity to invite Porsche Parade participants to our facility to see the inner workings of Rennline!

Here at Rennline we are somewhat unique in that we do almost everything in-house, from concept to design, engineering, to manufacturing, testing, and finally sales. This all encompassing approach allows us to keep the fit and finish of our parts, customer service and technical support at the standard of quality that our customers have come to expect. It also means that there is quite a bit to see at the Rennline facility!

We spent the week getting ready to play host to a crowd of Porsche enthusiasts and this meant giving the shop a quick cleaning, getting some tents together, and just a lot of general logistical organization to make sure we were ready for a capacity crowd!

Paul Walking 2

 

You can’t have an open house without some serious grub, luckily full-time Rennline painter and part-time grill master Charles came in to man the custom built Rennline grill, complete with “R-Curve” logo branding iron.

Branded Burger

 

We made sure to have plenty of parts on display, from our world famous tow hooks to our perforated floorboards and billet aluminum valve covers, the open house gave current and potential customers a chance to get their hands on our products. Most Rennline parts were right there so that people could pick them up, play with them, and see if it was something that would fit their aesthetic and performance needs, and we had a number of cars from the Rennline fleet on display to highlight the parts in their natural habitat.

Parts Display and Tom's car

Lineup 2

 

No open house, or any kind of party for that matter, would be complete without beverages. To that end our Vice President Tom brought out his Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback on air ride suspension with a custom Beetle front suspension conversion and plenty of other trick bits. It isn’t a Porsche, but it is still aircooled and got plenty of attention.

Squareback Cooler

Squareback Cooler 2

 

And we had a great turnout. From the first car to stop by, a 991 GT3 RS, to the last car to leave, we had all manner of cool cars from pristine, stock cars to heavily modified Turbos, to cars built for cross country road rallies, it was a very diverse crowd which made it all the more fun. We even had a few 500+whp VW’s and Audis show up; it was great being able to share the experience with locals and out of towners alike.

Lineup 4

Lineup

Crowd

Linup 3

 

As visitors arrived, we had a number of Rennline employees on hand to give tours around the place and our machinist and welder were on hand to demonstrate their crafts.  Our warehouse manager, Dan, spent much of the day among his rows of parts helping customers pick out the bits and pieces they were looking for. Attendees were treated to a number of Rennline parts in the works including some that haven’t even made their public debut yet. Additionally they got to see just how much time and effort goes into everything we make, from our battery mount kits to our CNC billet valve covers.

 

Some Rennline Lightweight Battery mount kits all bent up and ready for anodize on display

Battery Mounts

 

Waterjet operator John getting some parts ready to run

Waterjet john

 

One of our most impressive projects: a 5in thick piece of inconel being cut by our 87,000psi waterjet

Inconel on Jet

 

Rennline Machinist Jake kept parts flowing through the mills so everyone could see big chunks of aluminum turn into finished Rennline parts

Mill Jake

 

A sneak peak for customer and now for our readers: our new, tubular engine carrier for the 964/993 chassis

Engine Carriers

 

All in all it was an amazing time with some truly amazing people. The breadth of knowledge, whit and experience of Porsche Parade attendees was astounding, and the interest in what we do here was an experience unto itself. We hope that everyone in the Porsche world realizes what a truly wonderful and unique community they are a part of and how much it has to offer. Due to the success of the event, we are currently looking into the potential of doing a regular show we are considering dubbing “Cars and Coronas,” although that title is subject to change. Are you interested in what Rennline does? Would you be willing to come out for a ‘cars and coffee’ style event where you could roam the workshop and see what we do up close and in person? If send us an email Orders@Rennline.com and tell us what you think would help make a great event!

 

 

Hershey Swap Meet Event Coverage

A week and a half ago we were down in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the annual Hershey Swap Meet put on by the Porsche Club of America (PCA), and just like in years past we had an absolute blast! The weather predictions in the weeks leading up to the event were gloomy, but they blossomed into a gorgeous day that was not too hot, not too cold, with just a hair too much wind. In other words: perfect weather for some Porsche parts to trade hands!

Hershey Edits (1 of 1)
The Bergman Autowerks 911, Rennline GM Tom Rittenburg’s widebody 911, PCA member Jim’s GT4 and Rennline Owner Paul Jacques’ Guards Red 993 track car. We had a very nice selection of hardware on display this year!

As many of you know, Rennline is located way up in northern Vermont, just a 45min ride from the Canadian border. This means that Hershey is a decent trek that requires some planning and transportation a whole lot of parts to fill orders for our show special. This year we brought down our large, two-car enclosed trailer and a 24 ft. Penske box truck that was seriously slow.

13073070_957541507677350_1859128388_o (1)

Owner Paul left Tuesday morning with the trailer for some scenic cruising and adventures on the ride down, and GM Tom, Engineer Dave and Support/Marketing Representative (myself) left Thursday morning for a layover near Doylestown, PA. While Paul towed down the Rennline 993 track car and Tom’s widebody, backdate, outlaw 911 we finished loading and organizing the Penske with Rennline goods and hit the road two days later.

13073114_957542797677221_862301530_o
Left-to-Right: Sales/Marketing rep Shawn, GM Tom and Engineer Dave

After too many hours stuffed into our big yellow truck we arrived and spent Friday setting up for the show. Coming from borderline winter conditions in Vermont, Pennsylvania’s weather was unbelievable- green grass?! Get out!

13078137_957541604344007_2065005582_o
The sun setting over Hershey Park Friday night

Saturday morning was cool, but not cold, an indication of a good day in Hershey! The show opened with a long line of some spectacular cars and an extremely lackluster Turkey Hill breakfast. Luckily the weather more than made up for it as did the showing of cars! Everything from a brand new 991 GT3 RS to a creation from Singer Vehicle Design, along with an example of almost every historically significant 911, and tons of other awesome Porsche projects made it out! A red 959 was even on display.

IMG_20160415_125244
991 GT3 RS from a local dealership
IMG_20160416_092343
Singer Vehicle Design’s creation parked right behind our booth and caused quite the crowd!
Hershey Edits (19 of 23)
Left-Right: The Rennline 993 Track Car, PCA organizer Jim’s GT4, Rennline GM Tom’s backdate and the Bergman Autowerks outlaw

We brought down a full assortment of Rennline parts and accessories as well as the entire RennGear apparel line. We typically offer sale pricing on all of these items, so not only is the event a great time, but if you have a shopping list it is a perfect opportunity to save some serious money with the annual Hershey discount! Although we try to bring everything down, we found a few products were so popular we didn’t have enough, including our 911 Tach Clock which practically flew out of the trailer.

Hershey Edits (3 of 23)
The RennGear Apparel Line got its own booth this year as our offerings have expanded significantly!
Hershey Edits (16 of 23)
The main event: the Rennline Automotive tent complete with displays, sample products and awesome cars

We can’t wait to go back again next year! HUGE thanks to everyone else who turned out and made the 40th anniversary of this event the largest and most successful yet. The auto-x on Sunday had 63 preregistered cars alone! We will be back again next year with more innovative parts and plenty of our classic line as well. If you have any photos of the event that you would like to add to this and other albums please email me Shawn@Rennline.com as we would love to see them!

13090090_10153394766131493_1467187249_n
Photo by @Ian_Kley on Instagram

 

Hershey Edits (2 of 23)
The Singer arriving
Hershey Edits (5 of 23)
Classic Singer cross-stitching

IMG_20160416_092343

Hershey Edits (4 of 23)

Hershey Edits (6 of 23)

Hershey Edits (12 of 23)

20160415_181838

IMG_20160417_160311
Finally on our way home after a fun, successful but exhausting weekend of Porsche goodness!