PR Tech Open Day
– Porsche Club Magazine.
“A rare opportunity to peer into the magical world of a Porsche specialist as PR Technology hosted a unique workshop open day at its Brookvale HQ.”
A trip to the local Porsche specialist to drop the car and keys off normally has us owners going no further than the reception area. The workshop is a hallowed place after all, full of expert Porsche technicians going about their business servicing or repairing our complex German automobiles. We usually want to see more, but you can’t help feeling you’ll get told off, naughty schoolboy style, should you venture further.
In an effort to de-mystify the sometimes fearful world of the Porsche specialist, PR Technology opened its doors for a workshop open day to willing enthusiasts on Saturday 20th June. The idea of the day was to let the public get a closer look at all the specialist areas of a workshop, ask any probing questions they may have and witness some fabulous road and racing Porsches currently being worked on. Oh, and a sausage sizzle and full working bar didn’t do any harm either.
“This was the first time we’ve hosted something like this,” explains Paul Jacobsohn from PR Technology. “We wanted to make it an informative day where people could get a close look at how a specialist like us operates, see the equipment, tools and technology we use and chat with the crew that work on the road and race Porsches.”
Around 80 guests attended the event at PR Tech’s Brookvale headquarters, and were invited to form small groups and be introduced to specialised areas within the workshop. These groups moved around seven separate areas: the engine room; wheel alignment; general car servicing; race preparation servicing; wheels and tyres; brakes, and finally machine shop and fabrication. At each point a member of the PR Tech crew hosted a short informative lecture and was open to any probing questions from the visitors.
Such explanatory talks were enjoyed by all, and guests were then given free reign to wander around the workshop to get close to some of the Porsche metal on show.
The star attraction was the current Australian GT Championship-leading GT3 Cup S that is entered and maintained by PR Tech. The car’s driver, David Wall, was on hand to talk with eager enthusiasts about his season with the car, that has seen him chalk up an impressive four wins and three second places in the seven races so far this year.
Also on show, amongst others, was a beautiful classic 356 racer, a 996 rally car and a Boxster featuring a GT3-engine transplant that certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Ensuring it was both an informative and entertaining day out, PR Tech’s rather impressive bar area was open for business (why can’t all workplaces be like this!?), and a lucky winner was presented with two complimentary passes for the Australian GT Championship’s final round event at Homebush this December.
This was an excellent idea by PR Technology; a really unique opportunity for owners and enthusiasts to understand more about the varied aspects of servicing and optimising your road Porsche, and how this can be similar or different to working on racing Porsches.
It proved such a success that the boys at PR Technology will plan another open day in the future. To keep abreast of things, visit the company’s website at www.prtechnology.com.au where you can find information on similar upcoming events, and ask to be put on the PR Technology mailing list.
*Proceeds from the day’s bookings were all donated to a local children’s charity.