2016 Rennline Christmas Party

Twice a year, we strap on our party shoes here at Rennline.  This past Christmas was one of those times.  We took a trip up to Jay Peak, a ski resort near us here in Vermont for a night, and shenanigans ensued.

Right off the bat, our Production Manager Joe arrived to pick us all up with two white vans labeled “1” and “2”.  That could only mean one thing…
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It’s a race!  But of course, the race isn’t as simple as going from point A to point B.  There were some conditions –

Each van had to take a different route.  One route was shorter, but took more time, and the other was longer, with higher speed roads.  Each team had to stop at their halfway point and take a group selfie with a sign that proves they took their assigned route.  Somehow, we only have van number 2’s selfie…

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Then it was back on the road!

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Nice and cozy…

Van #2 took first place, and once we were all at the hotel it was time for a family dinner.

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After the meal was over, we held our Employee Of The Year ceremony, which recognizes a worker who has stood out in the past year as having an exceptional drive, attitude, and many other great qualities.  This year, our head waterjet operator John Bombard took the trophy home.

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After a good night’s sleep, some of us got up to hit the slopes at Jay Peak, while the others hit the indoor water park and bar for the day!

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After a great day of recreational activities, it was time to pack the vans and head home.  No races this time – we were exhausted (and still a little foggy)!

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It was certainly a Christmas to remember – we are already looking forward to what Paul and Joe have up their sleeves for the 2017 party!  Thanks again guys!

Rennline EZ-Adjust Fire Extinguisher Mount

Don’t get caught without a fire extinguisher when you need one!  Check out how we make our EZ-Adjust Fire Extinguisher Mount in this cool video by @declinationfilms.  Enjoy, and contact us to place your orders!

Bisimoto’s Steve McQueen Tribute 911

We recently teamed up with Bisimoto along with McKenna Porsche, Dunkel Bros., Brad Boyle Motorsports, and the Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show to create the ultimate backdate 911, Project 911 BR. The car is a charity build that is being auctioned off this weekend at The Mecum Auction in Monterey. Proceeds will benefit Boys Republic, Steve McQueen’s alma mater.

13285501_252531721804169_1543457067_n The car started off as a 1980 Porsche 911, and has been backdated and painted slate gray, Steve McQueen’s favorite Porsche color. Bisimoto built a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated engine with independent throttle bodies and Bisimoto bespoke engine management. Equipped with plenty of lightweight Rennline goodies and a set of Fifteen52 Outlaw 001 wheels, this car should boogie!

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Catch it this weekend at the auctions, and if you’re interested, bring your checkbook and bid with confidence!

Join the Rennline Team – We’re Hiring!

Technical Support Representative – Aftermarket Automotive Industry
compensation: Dependent on Skillset
employment type: Full-Time

Rennline Inc. is now seeking a full-time automotive customer support specialist to help in their growing business. The ideal candidate will be a very detail oriented individual with enthusiasm and knowledge of the Porsche aftermarket.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3+ years experience in Aftermarket Automotive industry as an employee or customer (Porsche, VW, Audi knowledge a plus)
  • Strong Communication skills are required
  • Must have a good attitude
  • Sincere satisfaction in providing a high level of service
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Proven problem solving abilities

Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responds to customer questions via telephone and written correspondence regarding order requests, and/or technical questions related to our products
  • Perform research to find solutions to customer’s questions and problems
  • Communicate with Suppliers/Shop Floor to find answers to customer’s questions
  • Keep very organized habits in order to meet deadlines and correspond with customers in a timely manner.

About Us:
Rennline Inc. is a leading design and manufacturing company of aftermarket products for the motorsports industry. Over the past 15 years, Rennline has developed over 2000 new and innovative products of the highest quality and functionality. It is these products which has made Rennline a leader in the industry; and has obtained international brand recognition. Rennline is not just a distributor, but designs and manufactures these innovative products in-house under a 15,000 sq ft. fabrication facility. Rennline houses some of the latest fabrication and machining equipment and technology, and is a service provider and supplier to many leading manufacturing companies in the industry. For more information, go to www.rennline.com and www.rennlineMFG.com.

Rennline offers a competitive salary and benefit package, including health, vision and 401k. If you feel you are the ideal candidate for this position, please email resume to Tom@Rennline.com or mail to: Rennline Inc. 32 Catamount Drive, Milton VT. 05468

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964 993 Engine Carrier

 
 
Remember that tubular engine carrier that we showed you a sneak peek of in our last blog post?

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Well they’re shipping now, ready for you to get your hands (and engines) on them here!

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One of the only weak points on the 964 and 993 chassis is the engine carrier. When these models are tracked, or are fitted with stiffer than stock engine mounts, the engine carrier is known to bend, crack, or even break cleanly away from an engine mount in response to increased vibration and stress. The Porsche factory was aware of this problem and equipped its race cars with a reinforced engine carrier.

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Rennline now offers a tube frame replacement for your factory engine carrier that is proven to be much stronger, and can withhold the stresses of any track day, while offering a 1.4lb weight savings over a gusseted factory carrier. All parts manufactured on cnc equipment and meticulously tig welded, finished with a matte black powdercoat.

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As always, feel free to contact us anytime at 802.893.7366 with any questions, or by email at orders@rennline.com.

 

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Waterjet operator John getting some parts ready to run

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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991 GT3 RS from a local dealership
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Singer Vehicle Design’s creation parked right behind our booth and caused quite the crowd!
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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.

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The RennGear Apparel Line got its own booth this year as our offerings have expanded significantly!
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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!

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Photo by @Ian_Kley on Instagram

 

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The Singer arriving
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Classic Singer cross-stitching

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