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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
From the Editor
Hole in the Wall Gang Tour
2011 Sonoma Historics
Tour to Benbow
Results from April 9 Autocross
Hoppy Easter Brewery Tour
Breakfast Run to Two Bird Cafe
2011 Marin Sonoma Concours
Groundhog Day at the Autocross
Membership Report
Membership Questions
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Welcome to der Riesenbaum, the official newsletter of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, encompassing Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. This publication is intended to inform Club members about Club activities and other related matters of interest. The opinions expressed in der Riesenbaum are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, its officers, or its members.


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President's Message

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by Greg Maissen, Redwood Region President

Last month I attended the Zone Seven Presidents' Meeting, hosted by our Zone Seven Representative, Sharon Neidel. In attendance were Porsche Club of America President Manny Alban and our Zone Seven Region Presidents.

It was a very productive and informative meeting that provided us with current information from National, along with long-range projections that I cannot divulge here. Rest assured, you will be very pleasantly surprised when the time comes.

The meeting was also an opportunity for each of the Zone Seven Presidents to share what their Region is doing and how we can be more interactive with each other since we are a large Zone. I must say that we are very fortunate to live in an area where we have excellent support for our Porsche passions, and all you have to do to is go to any of the Regions' websites to find an event that interests you.

If you have never ventured out to another Region's event, I highly recommend doing so, as it will give you another good reason to get in your Porsche and meet some great people. We see this often here in the Redwood Region, as we get many PCA members from other Regions having a great time with us at our events.

And speaking of participating in another Region's event, here is a easy one: Sacramento Valley Region will be hosting the May Zone 7 Autocross at Infineon Raceway on May 28.

Also, look for the Marin Sonoma Concours at the San Rafael Civic Center on May 14 and 15.

The Redwood Region Hole in the Wall Gang Tour, hosted by Bob Schoenherr and Glen Marks, is May 21.

The Sonoma Historics Motorsports Festival is June 4 and 5. We will have a Porsche-only car corral and you must purchase a corral pass along with your admission ticket in advance from Infineon Raceway in order to park in the corral. If you do not have a corral pass, the Infineon officials will not allow you to park in the corral. Please see the flyer in this issue for details.

The June 11 Autocross will be Porsche-only. We have had several members request this, so bring your Porsche and rub tires with our own kind!

Go to our website for up-to-the-minute information and log onto the PCA National website as well to see what's going on outside of our zone. Also check out our Facebook page and hit your PCA iPhone app to keep current.

That's it for now.


Upcoming Events

May 2011

5/7 Redwood Region Autocross details
5/14 Golden Gate Region Autocross details
5/14-5/15 Marin-Sonoma Concours details (see article and flyer in this issue)
5/21 Redwood Region Hole in the Wall Gang Tour details (see flyer in this issue)
5/28 Sacramento Valley Region Zone 7 Autocross details (see flyer in this issue)
5/31 Redwood Region Board Meeting details

June 2011

6/4-6/5 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival  details and tickets (see flyer in this issue)
6/5 Loma Prieta Region Zone 7 Swap and Concours details (see flyer in this issue)
6/11 Redwood Region PCA Only Autocross details
6/11 Golden Gate Region Autocross details
6/12 Golden Gate Region Porboy's Autocross School details
6/12 Sacramento Valley Region Zone 7 Concours details (see flyer in this issue)
6/18-6/19 Redwood Region Tour to Benbow details (see flyer in this issue)
6/18 Loma Prieta Region Autocross details
6/19 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
6/25 Redwood Region Breakfast Run to Dillon Beach details
6/26 Loma Prieta Region Porsches and Police details (see flyer in this issue)
6/28 Redwood Region Board Meeting details

July 2011

7/2 Redwood Region Eric Ross Wine Tour and Potluck details
7/8-7/9 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Races at Laguna Seca details
7/9 Redwood Region Autocross details
7/9 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
7/16 Redwood Region Tech Session at Dibble's details
7/17 Golden Gate Region Zone 7 Concours details (see flyer in this issue) 
7/23 Redwood Region Artisan Wine Tour details
7/23 Golden Gate Region Zone 7 Autocross details
7/24 Loma Prieta Region Zone 7 Autocross details
7/26 Redwood Region Board Meeting details
7/30 Redwood Region Wine Tour details
7/31 2011 Porsche Parade Begins details (see feature article in this issue)

Click here to view the full 2011 Redwood Region calendar online.

From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

OK, so I will admit it: this autocross thing has sort of taken me over. The Redwood Region Autocross on Saturday, April 9 was my first autocross ever, but I have been interested in trying one for several years, and--admittedly--my '73 911 was at least partially built with autocrossing in mind. As I mentioned in my introductory column in the March issue of der Riesenbaum, work and other commitments made it difficult for me to find the time prior to this year, but I knew coming into 2011 that I was finally going to give it a shot, and I had looked forward to the first Redwood Region Autocross of 2011 since several of my fellow club members began "pressuring" me last fall.


So how was my first autocross experience? Well, as my junior high geometry teacher used to tell us, honesty is the best policy, so I'll assume we're in the proverbial "trust tree" here on the pages of dR and say this: I was nervous in the weeks leading up to our first autocross and, since I hadn't so much as observed on prior, my biggest concern was that I would be completely lost trying to figure out how to read the cones and determine where the heck to go once out on the course. I wasn't nervous about car control or somehow hurting my car or any of the other things that normal people probably worry about. Then again, I'm not exactly normal, so I guess this all makes sense to me.


Since I wanted to be sure to observe and experience as much as possible my first time out, I arrived at precisely 8:00am when the gates opened, and I parked my car and prepped it for tech inspection; my experience at this year's tech session at Redwood Region Autocross Director Tom Strobel's shop had prepared me for this. Once I had passed tech inspection (with the slight hiccup of needing a car number), I went about trying to find myself a loaner helmet, and then I signed myself up as a student. I walked the course a couple of times quickly learned how to read the cones, which eliminated the mental barrier I had created for myself in the weeks leading up to the event. I tried to remember everything about the course for my live runs, but my adrenaline was pumping when I got behind the wheel and everything happened much faster while driving, so it became less about memory and more about reflexes once in the car. I am grateful to have had David Bunch ride along on my first two runs as an instructor, and I did my best to listen to everything he said before, during, and after each of my morning runs. 


I think the biggest surprise of the day for me was how much I was able to watch and learn while working cones during the other group's runs. I watched everything that everyone else was doing, good and bad, and thought about how to apply it all during my afternoon runs. Apparently I had learned something, as I was able to shave 2-3 seconds off my morning times when I got back out there in the afternoon, sans instructor. Truth be told, I was feeling a little lame (maybe not aggressive enough?) for not having knocked over any cones throughout the day. Not to worry: when I tried to push myself and the car a little harder during my last run of the day, I murdered an innocent cone near the beginning of the slalom, and I couldn't help but smile as I crossed the finish line. 


I am looking forward to giving it another shot this Saturday, May 7, new helmet in hand. I hope to see you out there!



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Redwood Region Autocross - April 9, 2011

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by Tom Strobel, Redwood Region Autocross Director
Photos by Barbara McCrory

As most of you know, our first Redwood Region Autocross of 2011, scheduled for Saturday, March 26, was cancelled as a result of the rash of heavy rains that preceded it. So it's no surprise that hardcore autocrossers and newbies alike were excited to hit the pavement on Saturday, April 9. Fifty-seven drivers, including many from ESCA, hit the track to kickoff 2011.


It was a cold 38 degrees when we arrived at the airport track. Several other brave souls showed up at the same time to help with setup. As this was my first event as the new Redwood Region Autocross Director and the first time out with a new registration procedure, we were all quite busy. Basically, with the new procedure, we run cars through the technical inspection before the actual registration. Our first time with the new procedure was a success, with short lines at the registration table and a much smoother time for the registration team. My thanks go out to my daughter Alycia Strobel and Redwood Region Safety Director Mac Cranford for managing a smooth transition and doing their usual excellent job. 


David Bunch designed a challenging course, and by 8:15am "the crew" was setting up the cones. Morning runs consisted of a warmup lap followed by a timed lap. The two run groups got two sets of runs each in the morning. The only mishap came when a 914 spewed oil on the track and two buckets of kitty litter were deployed, followed by several minutes of cleanup time. 
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Ken Ingels tackles the course in his GT3

After a short lunch with temperatures rising, both the track and the tires were warming up. The start was relocated and we ran two timed laps. The afternoon was clear and sunny: perfect weather. Due to the morning oil incident, the second afternoon run was shortened to one lap. We just squeaked the last car in before our 5:00pm stop deadline. 

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Instructor David Bunch tells der Riesenbaum Editor and Autocross newbie Chris Harrell how it's done

It was a rough day for the Porsches, as the top 10 finishers were from ESCA. Overall Top Time of Day went to Craig Lamothe, driving a 2010 Stalker. Ladies' Top Time of Day went to my daughter Alycia, who shares my 1979 911SC Targa with me. Grady Carter finished with the fastest Porsche of the day, a 2002 Boxster S. Congrats to all of you! Detailed results from the event are available here.


I would like to thank all involved in making this a smooth start to the 2011 Autocross season. Thanks also to the new drivers for their patience. It was definitely not a course for beginners, but we all had fun! 


Our next AX is May 7th. Please come give it a try!

Third Annual Hoppy Easter Brewery Tour - April 17, 2011

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by Mary Neidel
Photos by Chris Harrell


Fun was had by all on the Redwood Region's 3rd Annual Hoppy Easter Brewery Tour held on Sunday, April 17. It was a little cold and breezy when 27 of us met at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma. We welcomed new members Richard Ruff, Suzanne Bailey, and Dave Sutherland, who joined us for their first Redwood Region Tour.  

At 11:30 the brewery opened the "Beer Sanctuary", where the manager set up four tastings for each of us. We sampled Czech Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and a new beer called "VI" as we munched on pretzels and peanuts. It was truly a "hoppy" tour since Lagunitas Brewery is known for making beer heavy on hops. Fortunately, it turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day, which we appreciated because we were seated outside at three long picnic tables. Lagunitas is a great place to lounge, take the brewery tour, eat at their new restaurant, and listen to live music. We did spend over an hour there, but we had another stop on our tour, the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. 

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Club members taste and chat in Lagunitas' "Beer Sanctuary"

We departed Lagunitas and took our time, enjoying an hour-long drive through the countryside, green and alive with wildflowers. Jake, the manager of Iron Springs was ready for us with pitchers of four of their beers to enjoy: Bothin Porter, Amber, Kolsch, and Kaz's "First Pitch", a beer named in honor of the Giants' opening day. We had our choice of hearty portions of sautéed tiger prawn salad, southwest chicken sandwich, or mushroom and onion burger. Dave, our waiter, was "hopping" back and forth to the kitchen with pitchers, food, and good humor.

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Ron Breeze's Boxster looking great at our standard bio break/photo op at The Cheese Factory

At the end of our meal, we gave away door prizes. Everyone walked away with something by which to remember our tour, including t-shirts, magnets, posters, and glasses from the two breweries we visited. Looking down the table, I saw many smiles and heard lots of laughter as we all enjoyed our cars and the company of fellow Porsche owners. There were already suggestions for breweries for next year!

Breakfast Run to Two Bird Cafe - April 23, 2011

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by Chris Harrell
Photos by Chris Harrell and Bob Schoenherr

As most locals would concur, April has been a month we would like to forget from a weather standpoint, so I was hopeful when I opened my eyes to some rays of sunshine on the morning of Saturday, April 23. Like everyone else, Veronica and I have spent the last several cold/grey/wet months living largely on the promise of Porsche fun to come in 2011. Neither of us had ever been to Two Bird Café in San Geronimo, but we had heard good things about it, and we were looking forward to experiencing it after a nice morning driving tour with our Redwood Region friends.


Since we have been favoring the GT3 at most recent driving tours, we decided to give the '73 hot rod (aka The Beast) a chance to hit the Marin back roads on this particular day. After "showering myself awake", I proceeded with my now-standard Porsche event morning practice of firing up the car and going on a quick fuel run while Veronica finished getting ready. Cruising down Freitas Parkway, I sighed at the grey skies above. Apparently, the rays of sunshine that had awakened me were ephemeral after all. However, I quickly reminded myself that regardless of the weather, this would be great day and a great Porsche drive, and I quickly contented myself, grinning at the wonderful groaning, whining, popping sounds coming from behind my seat as The Beast continued to warm itself up for the day's drive.
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Porsches, drivers, and passengers gather at the event starting point in Novato, photo by Chris Harrell

Veronica and I rolled into the standard meeting spot, the parking lot in front of Chevy's Restaurant at Vintage Oaks in Novato, just before the 9:00am meeting time. There were about 8-10 Porsches in the lot when we arrived. After roughly 45 minutes of greetings, chatting, coffee purchases, bio breaks, picture-taking, and-of course-a drivers' meeting, 50+ of us hit the road, approximately 30 cars deep. The sun was still hiding, but nobody really seemed to care. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area; the open space of West Marin on a grey day is prettier than most other places at their best, and this writer thinks it is even prettier with a line of Porsches making their way through.


Any of us who have driven these very roads in 2011 have noticed the increased CHP presence (we were flanked-and even followed-by multiple patrol cars on our New Year's Day Run) and although we always endeavor to keep our group drives within reasonable limits, we were all on CHP alert as we swept across Lucas Valley Road, then onto Nicasio Valley Road, through Nicasio. With no CHPs in sight, we buzzed past Nicasio Reservoir, made a left on Point Reyes Petaluma Road, and pulled everyone off the road into a large turnout for a great photo opportunity. Our route then took us through Point Reyes Station, south to Olema, then east on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Fortunately for me, for Veronica, and for The Beast, all three of us survived the bone-jarring ride across the section of Drake that has definitely seen better days. In fact, as some others of you with early 911's will corroborate, exiting The Beast at Two Bird Café to find both headlights still attached was truly cause for celebration! 
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Very cool Panorama of the group alongside Nicasio Reservoir, photo by Bob Schoenherr

Once inside Two Bird Café, after jockeying and negotiating for position in the restroom line, our large group was split into two rooms. After we sat down, we were serenaded by live piano music in the bar area, which was a nice touch. Both the food and the setting were great. Breakfast was lifted by plentiful conversation and quite a bit of laughter; it was a pleasure to meet new people and chat with familiar faces as well. The only hiccup of the day was that one table of (thankfully) good-natured members somehow didn't get their food until after most of the rest of us had finished, most certainly because Two Bird was overwhelmed by such a large crowd. Fortunately, the folks at Two Bird made things right and, hopefully, all was well in the end.


To those of you (new and veteran members alike) who have not attended a Redwood Region Breakfast Run, please come out and experience it. We have a lot of great events in this Region, and the Breakfast Runs are no exception. These runs fill up fast, so please be sure to RSVP.


Special thanks go out to Bob Hall, Vern Rogers, David Bunch, and Don Magdanz for their work in arranging, organizing, supporting, and executing this great run!

Third Annual Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance - May 14-15, 2011

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by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President

As many of you know, I have been heavily involved in the planning of the Marin Sonoma Concours scheduled for the weekend of May 14-15, 2011. This all started late in 2009 when I received a phone call from Charlie Goodman, the Concours Chairman, asking me if I thought Porsche would make a good featured marque. Of course, my answer was yes! The rest is history.

Last year, we had 95 Porsches on the Drive and about 25 stunning Porsches on the field, including the last 550 Spyder made (#90), owned by Vijay Mallya, that won the "Best d'Sport" in its completely unrestored state! Another Porsche highlight was Janis Joplin's wildly-painted 356, which was borrowed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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Marin Sonoma Concours 2010, Photo courtesy of Marin Sonoma Concours
This year, Rolls Royce is the featured marque and the Concours is out to break all records by celebrating 100 years of Chevrolet, Morgan, Stutz, and the Indianapolis 500! The sub-theme is "The British are Coming", so lots of English cars will be on hand! Plans are also being made to have special areas for Chevrolets on the "island" in the lagoon at the Marin County Civic Center and a number of classic Indy cars directly from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. More featured exhibits are classic travel trailers and wood boats in the lagoon, as well as numerous automotive exhibitors and food and wine tasting...something for all of us!

The Marin Sonoma Concours is the only major non-PCA Concours located here in our region, and we will celebrate again this year as true car lovers of all marques. There are 3 ways that you can participate:

Concours - We are looking for Porsches for the Concours field: older than 1978 and worthy of Concours judging! Click here to sign up for the Concours.

Drive - On Saturday May 14th, I will be leading up to 125 cars on a 90-mile tour through Marin and Sonoma Counties, starting in Tiburon and ending up with a gourmet lunch at Cline Cellars in Sonoma. If you were on last year's Drive, you know what a great time we had! For the Drive, again, we are looking for cars older than 1978. If you have a 356 or early 911/912, this is perfect for you. Also, any of our friends with British cars are more than welcome for this Drive! Click here to sign up for the Drive.

Corral - Finally, on Sunday May 15, we will have a Porsche car corral at the Civic Center like we had last year (75+ Porsches). This part of the event is for all Porsches, all years!  What you get is special parking close to the Concours field.  Click here to sign up for the Corral.

Click here to visit the main website link for the 3rd Annual Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance.

Last year, we raised over $170,000 for Hospice by the Bay, which is the charity supported by the Concours and a truly worthwhile organization. I urge you to support the Concours as, again, it is the only major Concours in the Redwood Region. We are looking at least 200 cars on the field!  Keep in mind that all entrance fees for any of these events are tax deductible.

As a side note...I will be driving a '64 XKE Roadster and need to outfit myself with appropriate Jag goodies: t-shirt, hat, etc. Wish me luck; I am saying my prayers to Lucas, Prince of Darkness :)

Please feel free to  email me with any questions. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you there!

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2011 Porsche Parade, Savannah, GA: Groundhog Day at the Autocross

by Cole Scrogham

OK, we all admit that autocrossing can be pretty fun...figuring out how your car handles at the limit in relatively safe surroundings...that is some good stuff! Even the Concours buffs hold a secret desire to thrash around the course and see what it will do. For those novices among us, an autocross is a mini race-course that is created by setting up orange pylons. Digital timers note start and finish times, and any contact with a pylon costs you an extra two seconds which is added to the time for your "lap," thus removing any advantage that might be gained by "altering" the course. There are typically three timed runs; which follow a prescribed set of activities such as a course walk, driver's meeting and safety inspection of your vehicle. Depending on registration numbers, additional timed laps may be offered, which gives you that much more opportunity to best your competition. Of course, basic safety equipment is required, such as helmets (loaner helmets will be available), but no major modifications are needed to your Porsche. After all, Porsches are built for performance! Of course, if the bug bites, you may find yourself modifying your car, progressing both through the upper classes and your pocketbook.

Compared to most region events, Parade Autocross events are huge affairs, with so many classes and cars that it takes a couple of days to complete. There is a place for every car that Porsche makes, or has made for the past 60 years! Being a course worker gives a really great view of the cars on course, giving you a chance to see how others do things (yet another advantage), so don't forget to volunteer to help out. As with a region event, we need volunteers to make this happen! 

A Parade autocross can be anything but "routine," and with this month's installment of interesting Parade tidbits I will point out a few key differences of a Parade event. Autocross junkies have a pretty set pattern, ingrained from years of the same old arrangement. The typical autocross day begins with a little anxiety as the event is finally here, which quickly fades into a sense of purpose. Get up and get dressed, maybe have a minute for a Pop-Tart because the early bird gets the worm (or does the second mouse get the cheese?), and then off to load the car and/or trailer with extra sets of wheels, air pressure gauge and tank, some miscellaneous tools and cleaners, snacks, cooler with drinks and whatever else we can be convinced will add some "extra" advantage. 

Next up is a 30-40 minute ride from civilization to the autocross site, both large and vacant enough to house the field of cars as well as the course itself.  Once there, the first task is a parking space and a tactical decision: How close to park to the porta-potties. Too far away is a long walk and too close... well, you know. Lots of friends to meet, old and new, and a quick fingernail check of that new rubber that had better pay off in lower laptimes. After that, it's unload and set up in time to be ready for the course walk-and tech inspection, knowing that at the end of the day you have to load it all up again.

Sound familiar? If not, you are probably preparing for your first autocross at this Parade.  Either way, it is still important to point out a few things.  First of all, at the Parade, tech inspection is NOT offered on the morning of the autocross.  You must tech your car in advance of your driving day. So check the schedule, know when you will drive and know when the tech inspection station is open. Don't forget to get your inspection before your driving day arrives! Additionally, while track walks are offered each morning of the event, you can also walk the track each preceding afternoon. This is a great advantage to having a multi-day event. Take benefit of this to learn as much about the track as you can before you get there in your car.  It's your unfair advantage.  Another helpful activity would be to attend the "chalk talk" lecture to pick up the tips and tricks of the successful autocross driver. Hosted by Parade Autocross chair Henry Hoeh, this session promises to be very informative.  The Parade autocross is a Novice friendly event so please don't choose sit on the sidelines and watch just because you're not an experienced cone chaser.
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This year we also have the luxury of an event that is mere minutes from your room. That's right...on Hutchinson Island and only three quarters of a mile from the convention center! That means not getting up before daybreak to load the car and drive to the site (unless you want to of course!). Sound too good to be true? Not really, it's just the location for the 2011 Parade Autocross in Savannah in the paddock of the Hutchinson Island race course, adjacent to the Parade headquarters at the convention center.  Hutchinson Island was created to run Champ Car type events around a commercial park, and the racetrack infield will be used to create the Autocross for this year's event. There is even a possibility that some special ride opportunities may crop up around the race course itself, stay tuned to the Parade website or Facebook page for more information! The proximity of the event to Parade headquarters is something that doesn't happen very often, and the Parade staff has responded by providing a fantastic location.  This year even spectators will be afforded a great opportunity to see the cars in action, so remember to come on down and check it out!

There are a lot of first time Parade entrants this year, and I am sure that many have experienced a local region's autocross, perhaps only as a spectator. If you have the opportunity, it would be worth your while to get a little experience at a local event before you head down to Savannah.  And if you haven't registered for the Parade, give it some serious thought; there is still time to register and plenty of things to do there. If you have never tried a Parade Autocross before, this one might be just the ticket to find out more about your Porsche's unique handling in a low speed, controlled environment. You don't have to be a hero, just give it a try and see how it goes. You might discover something about your Porsche, and yourself!

Always great fun and full of excitement, the autocross is one of the pinnacle events of the Parade; this is your chance to compete with the club members from around the country and to put a national trophy on your mantel!  Registrations are coming in quickly, so load up and join all your friends at the biggest PCA party of the year, Parade 2011! More information is available at and you can also join our Parade Facebook page at  Here you can connect with all your Parade friends and plan your week and your travel plans.  Don't miss out, register today!

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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

We have had great responses to our 2011 events thus far! Redwood PCA members are coming out in droves to enjoy some good weather, great people, and moving art.


Take advantage of Redwood Region's wonderful breakfast runs, autocrosses, Concours, tours, track events, and other Porsche Club functions. If you new members want to talk Porsches, give me a call or email me. Also, here's a friendly reminder to RSVP for the Hole in the Wall Gang Tour (see flyer in this issue). Glen "Sundance Cone Killer" Marks has got quite the fixins for us. Join our Gang!


Finally, as I mentioned last month, I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to keep your contact information current on the PCA national website. We can't keep you in the loop about events and news if we can't contact you!

April 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 5
Transfers In 1
Transfers Out 1
Non-Renewals 18
Renewals 24
Dual Members 15 

Primary Members 496 
Affiliate Members 360
Total Members 856

April 2011 New Members

Suzanne Bailey, Vacaville - 1987 911 Cabriolet White (transfer from DIA)
Nicole Bohrer, Petaluma - 1983 911SC Blue
Mark Campagna and Joan Campagna, Mill Valley - 2007 997 Blue
Mark Gaterud, Santa Rosa - 2001 Boxster S Silver
Raul Torres, Eureka - 2001 Boxster Red
Dana Wailes, Fairfax - 1971 911T

Welcome to the Redwood Region! We hope to see you at an upcoming event....

May 2011 Membership Anniversaries

John and Bonnie Kerby-Miller, Kentfield - 51 years and 36 years
Walter and Christie Chalton, Fortuna - 39 years and 16 years
Martin Steger and Derek Steger, Petaluma - 34 years and 19 years
Peter and Stefanie Young, Napa - 33 years
Mike and Betty Beavers, Santa Rosa - 26 years
Tom and Liz Whitaker, Santa Rosa - 23 years and 6 years
Peter Bohns, Greenbrae - 20 years
Lloyd Murphey and Amanda Angelo, Santa Rosa - 18 years and 17 years
David and Darcy Johnson, Petaluma - 15 years
Gary and Marilyn Altenbach, Santa Rosa - 13 years and 6 years
Claude and Sara Boulware, Santa Rosa - 12 years
John and Christine Burns, Napa - 11 years
Randolph and Missy Leathers, Belvedere - 11 years
John and Judy Bennett, Eureka - 10 years
Scott and Cheryl Peterson, Santa Rosa - 10 years
Chris and Crystal Barriscale, Mill Valley - 8 years
Edward Boracchia and Linda McDonald, Petaluma - 8 years and 2 years
James Meyer, Sausalito - 8 years
Bruce and Sandra Rocco, Santa Rosa - 8 years
Charlie Alegria, Napa - 7 years
Adrian and Tatiana Papajohn, Glen Ellen - 7 years
Trekkor Wills and Will Campbell, Napa - 7 years and 3 years
Paul Fuerst and Penny Dalton, Sebastopol - 6 years
Robert Ginis, Corte Madera - 6 years
Daniel Waugh and Aaron Waugh, Santa Rosa - 6 years and 1 year
William Barton, Bolinas - 5 years
Peter and Miyuki Benjamin, Sausalito - 5 years
Darin Brandt, Santa Rosa - 5 years
Carol Burnham and Don Zita, San Rafael - 5 years and 4 years
Don Davidson, Novato - 5 years
Gregg Kellogg and Rebecca Katz, San Rafael - 5 years
Preston Sitterly, Sonoma - 5 years
Gerard Bourguignon, Mill Valley - 4 years
Brett and Renee Hamner, Petaluma - 4 years
John Long and Tony Long, Arcata - 4 years and 3 years
Donald McGreevy and Jared McGreevy, Mill Valley - 4 years and 3 years
Vern Rogers and Susan Stuart, San Rafael - 4 years and 3 years
James Mehew, Sonoma - 3 years
Larry Goodman, Ukiah - 2 years
Vlad Tsyn and Heather Genereux, San Rafael - 2 years
Gregg Dwight, Petaluma - 1 year
Samantha Foster and Dan Watts, Petaluma - 1 year
Christopher and Alicia Garcia, Sonoma - 1 year
Val Hanchett and Ross Hanchett, Cloverdale - 1 year
Ray Kaliski, Mill Valley - 1 year
Lee Lampland, Larkspur - 1 year
Kris Mendenhall, Ferndale - 1 year
Bill and Linda Nayes, Mill Valley - 1 year
Vlado Skibola, Novato - 1 year
Bill and Jane Smith, Kelseyville - 1 year
Laura St. Leger-Barter, Sonoma - 1 year
Kurt and Dominique Stahr, Napa - 1 year


Thanks and Happy Anniversary to all of you!

Membership information is based on the Porsche Club of America National database. If you feel that any of the information included in this Membership Report is inaccurate, please contact the Editor or Membership Director.

Membership Questions and Name Badges

Please contact Bob Schoenherr, Membership Director for general information about club membership, name badges, changes of address and/or contact information, dual-membership inquiries, inter-region transfers, and membership referrals. 

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Speaking of name badges, member name badges are now available in the new style, with a color logo on a white background. Those of you who attended any recent Redwood Region events may have noticed some of your fellow Club members wearing these.  The new style badges are now being sent to new members and members who request replacements. Badges are free to new members; replacements are only $12. Badges are also available with a magnetic clasp, instead of the standard pin-back clasp, for an additional $2 ($14 total).
Redwood Region Advertising Director Position Available

Bob Hall resigned his position as Advertising Director at the April Redwood PCA Board meeting, citing changes to his work location that no longer allow him easy access nor the flexible schedule to stay in contact with our advertisers and sponsors.  

The Board would like to sincerely thank Bob for his many years of service in this position (among others). It is about time we let Bob relax a bit, and enjoy the Club's activities without having to be in charge of the details.
Bob will continue to be our go-to-guy for Breakfast Runs, and will still occasionally attend Board Meetings when his work schedule allows.

Advertising is not the game it once was, and we are looking at updating how we do it, and what value-added services we provide for and receive from our sponsors. Your Club needs you. If you have experience in sales and/or advertising, a flexible work schedule, and a passion to get more involved in the Redwood Region, the Board wants to talk to you. Interested members should contact Vern Rogers by email or by phone at 510.501.9278. 

Charity Becomes Us

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by Jerry Gladstone, Redwood Region Treasurer

Many of the regions of the Porsche Club of America are known for their outstanding charitable contributions to their communities. The Redwood Region Board of Directors feels like our Club could do much more. Outside of our ongoing support of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), we do little else. Several ideas have been floating around among our members, ranging from events to raise more charitable funds to those that would involve direct positive contact with our chosen charitable organization(s). To make any of these a reality, we need a Chairperson: someone who is passionate about helping those less fortunate than us and who is also a talented organizer. Are you such a person?  Please step forward and help Redwood Region become a force of good work in our community. Please contact any member of the Redwood Region Board for more information.
Letters to the Editor
Unfortunately, I did not receive any Letters to the Editor during the month of April, so I have nothing to share here. I know all of you have opinions and ideas; you are car people, for crying out loud! Seriously...please don't be shy. Use this as a forum to share your thoughts.--Ed.

Please email comments, questions, or anything else you would like to write about; letters will be included in the next issue. Editor reserves the right to edit for length or content.
Board Meeting Minutes
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by David Bunch, Redwood Region Secretary

Tuesday April 26, 2011, Chevy's Restaurant, Novato


Vice-President Vern Rogers called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.


In attendance: Vice President Vern Rogers, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Secretary & Goodie Store David Bunch, der Riesenbaum Editor Chris Harrell, Membership Director Bob Schoenherr, Concours Director James Heisey, Advertising Director Bob Hall, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Safety Director Mac Cranford, Autocross Chair Tom Strobel, & members Alycia Strobel & Don Magdanz.


President's Report:
a.  Attended the Zone 7 Presidents Meeting with PCA President Manny Alban.
b. National received the Redwood Region submission for the Website Contest.


Vice President's Report: 
a. Completed first draft of VP Responsibilities.
b. Reviewed proofreading checklist for dR provided by Newsletter Editor.
c. Handled RSVPs and communication w/ event organizer and tour leader for Two Bird Breakfast Run; 54 participants signed up. Handled waivers at the event start.
d. Handled getting waivers at Hoppy Beer Tour, as well as assuring that observer's and post-event reports were completed (by other Board members).  Also enrolled a member to write an article for dR covering the event.
e. Interacted with the Webmaster over several additions to the Region Calendar. 
f. Reviewed flyers for Benbow and Hole in the Wall Tours.
g. Met w/Ax director to work out next Ax course & talk about PCA only Ax.
h. Traded Boxster S in on and '04 Cayenne S... Loving it!


Treasurer's Report: As of April 22, 2011
a. State Tax Return was filed March 29th.
b. Money Market Account stands at $10,121.55 c. Checking account stands at $3,226.02 which includes $1,971.77 in the Autocross Reserve.
d. Major income items for the period were: $1,960 from Autocross #2 and $759 from the "Hoppy Beer Tour." 
e. Major expense items for the period were: $598.42 for Autocross expenses, $758.90 for the "Hoppy Beer Tour" and $470 for the By-Law Ballot printing & mailing.
f.  Income for the period was $441.67 
g. Income for 2011 is still a negative of -$142.21.
h. Asked Board members to complete an "Event Financial Report" when submitting expenses for reimbursement.
i.  Discussed the need to include a new membership category: "Event Members". This would include ESCA     members that attend our autocrosses.


Secretary's Report: 
a. The minutes of the March meeting were approved as submitted by vote.
b. On the Bylaws ballots as of today, 63 returned with "yes" votes, 1 returned with "no" vote, 2 returned without any vote and 2 returned by the post office as undeliverable (moved).
c. Redwood Procedures Manual: Secretary, Webmaster & der Riesenbaum have been returned so far.
d. Redwood Region Facebook update - currently 262 "Likes".


der Riesenbaum Editor's report: 
a. April issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on April to 608 email addresses, of which 51.2% (282) were opened as of 4/18/11. We still have 50+ invalid email addresses. 
b. Submitted draft of Newsletter Procedure Manual.
c. Member feedback regarding dR continues to be positive.
d. Constant Contact billing updated to the new Redwood card with Jerry.
e. Newsletter Committee formed: Chris Harrell, Barbara McCrory, Scott Downie & Vern Rogers.
f. Started working on new newsletter layout (PDF/eMagazine style).
g. May issue will go out early next week.
h. Still need updated ads from S-Car-Go, Whitman's & Sonnen.


Membership Director's Report: 
a. New Members 3, Transfers In 1, Transfers Out 0, Non-Renewals 18, Renewals 33, Dual Members 15. Primary Members 493, Affiliate Members 360 for a Total Members 853.
b. Will work with Chris on the 50+ invalid email addresses.


Autocross Director's Report:
a. April 9th AX #2, 57 entries, including one gift certificate, $1960.00 deposited. 
b. A 914 had a major oil leak, loss about 45 minutes to clean-up & need to purchase more kitty-litter. 
c. Purchased 10x10 Easy Up for gate use, $80.00 @ Target (existing gate canopy is trash).
d. Airport is requiring more people to have TSA Badges.  Currently Tom Strobel, Alycia Strobel, David Bunch & Kurt Fischer have TSA Badges. Tom requested & board approved by vote for 6 additional Redwood members to have TSA "Badges" including Greg Maissen, Vern Rogers, Mac Cranford, Bob Schoenherr and two more members Tom needs to talk to yet.
e. Discussed problem with car number assignment. Tech will not include checking for number on car; that will be assigned by registration, and checked on grid.
f.  Discussed new registration procedure, will be continued. Registration will close at 9:20 am.
g. Plan PCA only AX events (June 11th, August 13th & Oct. 8th & 9th Zone AX).


Webmaster's Report: 
a. During the month of April 2011, it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3700 up by 500 from last year.  Busiest days continue to be Monday and Wednesday after an autocross.  
b. There were 14 referrals from Facebook this month.  Substantially all the visitors to the website come to it directly.  
c. Search engines, Google and Yahoo referred 219 visitors, little change from last year.
d. Discussed the needing to change the website and ad in the newsletter due to the change in ownership at Tillman's Engineering to 9 Elf Motorsports. Tillman's to be removed from the website & newsletter.


Goodie Store Director's Report: 
Turned in to the Treasurer, $130 from Goodie Store Sales at the Two Bird Breakfast Run.


Concours Director's Report: Nothing to report.


Advertising Director's Report: 
a. Bob will be stepping down as the Advertising Director after 9 years. His law firm has opened an office in San Jose and he is now commuting down there daily and does not have the time available to make the calls on the current and potential advertisers. 
b. Discussion on replacement, Vern to write-up posting for the newsletter.
c. Invoices for 2011 ad fees for the newsletter to Tillman's, S-car-go, Pro-Shop, HI-Tec, Whitman's, Sonnen Porsche, Racer's Group, Parts Heaven, Diamond Tire, and Rolling Thunder.   


Safety Director's Report:
Attended the Two Bird Breakfast Run and no issues to report.


CASA/Charity: Nothing to report.


New Business:
Discussion of tours, "Route instruction" formats and developing a "Event Policy".


Next meeting: May 26, 2011 7 p.m. at Chevy's Restaurant, Novato


Meeting was adjourned at 9:03pm.
Redwood Region & Zone 7 Contacts
2011 Redwood Region Board of Directors


Zone 7 Representative


Goodie Store Sale!

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Redwood Region 40 Years Polo Shirts
Was $30, now $20.
Men's in Aquatic Blue.
Ladies' in Spring Green.

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Car Badges
Redwood Region Car Badge - $25
Zone 7 Car Badge - $20
Single Badge Holder - $17
Double Badge Holder - $20

Special: Buy a Redwood Badge, a Zone 7 Badge, and a Double Badge holder for only $50. You save $15!

To place an order, email or call David Bunch at 415.717.4117.

der Marktplatz


marvin goss 928s4

1987 Porsche 928 S4. Excellent condition inside and out, 125,000 Mi., Marine Blue/Silver Gray leather. 5 speed limited slip diff, new steering rack, Devek radiator, adjustable Konis, sport & regular control arms at 121K, exhaust, K&N filter, Sony XR-c6120/Alpine 41312 pwr amp (3553), 8 Speaker stereo system. Clutch/flywheel at 90K, alt/reg at 96K, timing belt/tensioner at 100K, belts at 123K. Heated sport seats, HD A/C, extra set of chrome wheels, custom car cover. Always garaged. All maintenance records since new. Original window sticker & owners manual, etc. Price reduced to $8,000 OBO. Contact Marvin Goss at 707.839.3310. McKinleyville.

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1983 911SC Cabriolet. Perfect Quartz Grey Metallic, tan interior. New Michelin PS, polished Fuchs, new brakes w/steel lines, Bilsteins, tensioners, SSI headers, new carpets, alternator, 930 wheel. 104K miles. $18,900. 707.725.6110;

downie targa

1983 911SC Targa. Quartz Grey Metallic, burgundy interior. Factory leather Recaro sport seats. 95% Michelin PS, new top, new brakes w/steel lines, Bilsteins, tensioners, test pipe. Porsche COA. 145K miles. $12,900. 707.725.6110;

don cameron 911
1983 911SC Cabriolet. Low miles: less than 95,000. 3.0 liter, 5 speed, with factory short shift kit. Turbo lower valve covers, pop-off valve, hydraulic chain tensioner upgrade, clutch upgrade. 16 X 7"-8" BBS wheels with Toyo 888 tires, still have 1/2 tread. Porsche turbo tea tray tail, 935 style front valance. IO Port roll bar, Corbeau racing seats and 5-point harnesses. Strut bar, TRG front and rear adjustable sway bars, Bilstein rear shocks and Bilstein front inserts. Monoball cartridges on front struts, bump-steer kit. Turbo- tie rods.  Adjustable rear spring plates, polyurethane bushings on spring plates and front A-arms.  22mm front torsion bars, 28mm rear torsion bars. Stock rebuilt brake calipers, cross drilled rotors, front brakes have custom carbon fiber brake cooling ducts. Bursch muffler and stainless test pipe. Power windows, power locks, AM/FM/CD player, cruise control, power mirrors. Air conditioning removed (never worked anyway). All upgrades have been done in the last 5 years/15,000 miles. Always garaged. Extras included. New Price $17,500 OBO. Contact Don at 707.718.0678 or email me at

ad-branson 944

1983 944 Porsche Track Car. Rebuilt engine w/cross-drilled journals, lightened and balanced crankshaft, re-conditioned rods; Momo hub adapter w/Sparco quick release steering adapter and GT3 steering wheel, fire suppression system, coil-over front suspension, solid engine mount, new clutch w/lightened flywheel, new Schnell short shift kit, new tires and one set of spare wheels and tires, two racing seats w/complete restraint system; has Unichip and recent maintenance at professional Porsche shop w/receipts available. Less than 3 hours on the car since rebuild. Hans device, racing suit, gloves, shoes, helmet also available for sale. Autocross and driver education class use only. READY TO GO! $5,900 OBO. Contact Mitch at 707.696.5790 or


1971 911T Coupe, Dark Green. Original owner. 40 years' service records. Original window stickers and owners manual. Needs rugs and header and minor detailing. New Porsche batteries and fuel pump being installed. Safety inspection and servicing under way. @70,000 miles on engine re-engineered at 142,000 by European Motors (San Rafael). Insured by The Hartford for $60K.  Always a California car.  Serious offers will be considered. Stanley & Jeanie Chasen 707.894.5223 or


One unopened case (24qts) of Swepco 306 15W-40 motor oil $50.00. One 15"x7" Cookie Cutter wheel; looks good but it is bent $20.00. Call Andy at 707.494.0100.

Classified ads for Porsches and Porsche-related parts or accessories are available at no charge to PCA members and may be submitted to the editor via email by the 15th of each month to be included in the next month's issue of der Riesenbaum. Ads will run for three months, space permitting, unless canceled by the seller. Classified ads are also included in the der Marktplatz section on our Club website. Editor may modify ad copy as needed based on space constraints, and is not responsible for content, errors or omissions. Commercial ads are not accepted. Please contact the editor for commercial advertising information and rates.  

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Letters to the editor, feedback, questions, and suggestions about der Riesenbaum and the Redwood Region in general are welcome. We also encourage members to submit photos and/or write-ups about Club events or related activities.

Members are also welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Redwood Region Board Meetings, held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm, at Chevy's Fresh Mex, 128 Vintage Way in Novato. Contact any member of the Redwood Region Board for details.

Remember, this Club belongs to all of us; your ideas, energy, and participation will help create the best possible experience for all members.


Thank you all for supporting your Club!


Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region

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