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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
From the Editor
2012 Nominating Committee
Calgary to Sonoma in a 550 Spyder
The Midfield Report
Overnight Tour to Benbow
Porsche Returns to LeMans
Rennsport Reunion IV Update
Membership Report
Semi-Annual Treasurer's Report
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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.


Written contributions and photos are welcome and should be emailed to the editor. The submission deadline for publication in der Riesenbaum is the 15th day of the month preceding the month of publication. Material received after the deadline will be considered for publication the following month. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all material submitted for publication.


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President's Message

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by Greg Maissen, Redwood Region President

Today I stopped in at Hi Tec Automotive to have Dana Wailes dial-in the air/ fuel mixture in my 928. I had earlier asked Deven if it was okay if I hung around while this was going on, as I am always tweaking the car to get that last bit of performance out of it. "Uh, sure" was his reply, so I spent the next hour watching (which is strange for me to do) Dana get the settings just right.

Now you may think that this is a bit strange, but while I was there I was actually thinking more about how lucky we are in the Redwood Region to have both great mechanical support and participation in the Club from Hi Tec. When I went into the office to give Brad d'Alessio my credit card to "settle up", it hit home. Not only does Hi Tec provide great service, they are also now sponsoring Redwood Region's autocrosses. Add to this that Brad and Dana have been coming out and autocrossing with us and that means that not only are we supported by a great shop, they are also members just like you and me.

This also brought to mind other members whom have recently begun to participate in Board positions and Committee positions. Don Magdanz has been working on helping to better organize our Breakfast Runs now that Bob Hall has decided to step back for a while. After helping with these runs, Don has decided to step into the Social Director position and has already been working hard to organize this year's Holiday Party. Judging by Don's report from the last Board Meeting, we are going to have a fantastic time. Redwood Region members Mike Hinton and Greg Matsumoto have volunteered to be on the Nominating Committee for this year's Election of 2012 Redwood Region Officers, chaired by past President Kurt Fischer. Mike and Craig Steele have also joined our Region Financial Review Committee. 

You can see that this region has outstanding member support! It is always the sign of a very healthy club when members are constantly stepping-up to fill Board positions or Committee positions, or initiate a Tour or other Club event. Next time you are at an event, think to yourself that you can also be filling a future position, or if you have an idea for a Tour, please let one of the Board Members know. This is how the Club comes to life.

I encourage you to visit our Redwood Region website for details about upcoming events. You can also use your iPhone's PCA app. and/or visit our Redwood Region Facebook page for up-to-date information.

I will see you at the next event.


Upcoming Events

July 2011

7/8-7/9 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Races at Laguna Seca details
7/9 Redwood Region Autocross details (see flyer in this issue)
7/9 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
7/9 Marin Yacht Club Classic Car and Yacht Show details (see flyer in this issue)
7/10 Monterey Bay Region Zone 7 Concours details registration
7/16-7/17 Golden Gate Region Driver's Education/Timed Runs details
7/17 Golden Gate Region Zone 7 Concours details (see flyer in this issue) 
7/23 Redwood Region Artisan Wine Tour details (see flyer in this issue)
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 flyer in this issue)

August 2011

8/1-8/6 Porsche Parade in Savannah, GA details
8/13 Redwood Region Porsche-Only Autocross details
8/14 Loma Prieta Region Autocross details
8/14 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
8/19 Zone 7 Legends of the Autobahn Concours details registration (see flyer in this issue)
8/20-8/21 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion details
8/20-8/21 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show details
8/27-8/28 Golden Gate Region Autocross details
8/28 Yosemite Region Zone 7 Concours details (see flyer in this issue)
8/30 Redwood Region Board Meeting details

September 2011

9/3 Redwood Region Porsche-Only Autocross details
9/4 Redwood Region Pool Party details
9/4 Loma Prieta Region Autocross details
9/10 Redwood Region Porsches on the Plaza details (see flyer in this issue)
9/10-9/11 Golden Gate Region Driver's Education/Timed Runs details
9/15-9/18 2011 PCA Escape to Flagstaff, AZ details
9/17-9/18 Redwood Region/ESCA Shootout Autocross details
9/17 Sacramento Valley Region Zone 7 Rally details
9/24 Redwood Region Oktoberfest details
9/24 Golden Gate Region Autocross details
9/25 Redwood Region Zone 7 Concours details
9/25 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
9/27 Redwood Region Board Meeting details

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

From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

The weather is finally starting to heat up and Club activities are too. 


Although it was stormy and wet for most of the first day, several Redwood Region members braved the weather and made it out to Infineon Raceway on June 4-5 for the 2011 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Please scroll down through this issue for a great article written by one of our fellow PCA (Wild Rose Region) members, Brian LeBlanc, who drove all the way from Calgary (and back) in his Beck 550 Spyder to attend the Historics and documented his journey to share with the rest of us! 


We had a great turnout at our June 11 Porsche-Only Autocross, with 44 drivers each getting 11 runs around the course. Even better yet, that number included many first-time autocrossers, so our instructors were very busy indeed and the event was a lot of fun for everyone who participated! 


The Overnight Tour to Benbow Inn on June 18 was a more intimate but also very successful event, with 20+ members caravanning to Garberville for some rest, relaxation, jazz, and good food. Check out Mary Neidel's write-up in this issue to see what you missed if you weren't there.


Our Redwood Region Breakfast Runs are always popular and our June 26 run to Dillon Beach was no exception, with nearly 50 members making it out for the drive and breakfast. For those of you who have never been to Dillon Beach (for some reason, I hadn't until this event), it's a beautiful spot that you need to check out.


We just kicked-off July with our first wine tour of 2011, to Eric Ross Winery in lovely (and HOT) Glen Ellen, with 27 Porsches squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder into the winery's small parking lot for a great photo op (pics to follow in next month's dR). 


With events planned nearly every weekend from June through September, the Region is welcoming all members to come out, participate, and meet some new friends! Take a look at the calendar in this month's issue and make plans to come out and enjoy your Club.



Letters to the Editor
Please email your comments, questions, or anything else you would like to write about; letters to the editor will be included in the next issue. Editor reserves the right to edit for length or content.
Candidates Needed for 2012 Redwood Region Officer Positions
As per the Redwood Region Bylaws, we are calling for candidates for the following elected positions for 2012: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. We need to have a slate of member candidates in place by October of this year to present to the General Membership.


Please let me know your intentions to run for one of these positions. You can contact me via email or by phone at 415.819.2210. 




Kurt Fischer, Past President and Chairman of the Nominating Committee
Mike Hinton, Committee Member 
Greg Matsumoto, Committee Member
Revised Redwood Region Bylaws Adopted

The Redwood Region Board of Directors would like to say thank you to the members who took the time to review the proposed 2010 Revision of the Region Bylaws and to mail their votes in.


Final results of the Bylaws ballots that were mailed to members on March 21, 2011 were as follows: a total of 73 ballots were returned to the Region's post office box; 67 of the ballots returned were marked "yes" to adopt the proposed 2010 revision of the Bylaws, 1 ballot was marked "no", 2 ballots were returned without any vote, and 3 ballots were returned by the Post Office as "undelivered" due to the member's address being incorrect or no longer being forwarded by the Post Office.


Based on these results, the Revised Bylaws have now been approved by both the Redwood Region Board of Directors and the General Membership and thereby adopted by the Club. Click here for the updated Bylaws. Questions should be directed to Secretary David Bunch.

Don Magdanz Appointed Redwood Region Social Director

Congratulations and thanks are in order to Don Magdanz, who has been appointed Redwood Region Social Director. Those of you who have participated in recent Club events will recognize Don, who has already offered much of his time and energy toward organizing our breakfast runs and other driving events, including volunteering to drive "sweep", which essentially makes him the shepherd of the drive, bringing up the rear of the pack and making sure that everyone is accounted for. Don has also enthusiastically taken on the responsibility of planning our annual Holiday Party in December. When you see Don at the next event, please thank him for his important contributions to the Club!

Redwood Region Advertising Director Position Available

The Redwood Region Board of Directors is looking for an Advertising Director. 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 Redwood Region Vice President Vern Rogers by email or by phone at 510.501.9278. 

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GGR Concours Flyer

2011 Artisan Wine Tour Flyer

2011 parade ad

Hi Tec Ad 2011

Calgary to Sonoma in a 550 Spyder
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by Brian LeBlanc, Treasurer of PCA Wild Rose Region in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Introduction by Barry Schmidt, Redwood Region Member
Photos courtesy of Brian LeBlanc

Brian LeBlanc, Porsche enthusiast and Treasurer of the PCA Wild Rose Region in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and his co-driver Dave Jones, also from Calgary, drove to Infineon in quite inclement weather in June to meet friend and Redwood Region Member Barry Schmidt (from Santa Rosa) and to attend the Historic races at Infineon. Brian's daughter followed along in the family car to support Brian and Dave (who rode his Honda motorcycle the entire distance). It was about the worst time to drive an open sports car such a long distance, but Brian has thick skin and managed to brave the weather, as did his friend Dave. Saturday morning at Infineon was filled with much rain, but after the wonderful lunch and wine-tasting provided under the big-top tent at Infineon, the afternoon was much drier, just in time to allow Brian and Dave to participate in a couple of parade laps around the track. Brian and Dave are fond of wine, and had visited several wineries in the Napa Valley the previous day with their wives and daughter. Good karma, good wine, good friends and a great Redwood Region PCA get-together. It doesn't get better than that...bad weather or not.


I hope you enjoy Brian's story.

Barry Schmidt, Redwood Region Member 

Day 1, Calgary to Fernie
Distance: 184 miles 
Time: 3 hours 
Fuel cost: $36.00
GOAL: Calgary - Sonoma 1,437 miles

This is a warmup leg for us. Dave ran a half-marathon so we decided to leave at 3:00pm Brian time (4:00pm in reality). We have driven this quite a few times. The best portion of the trip is turning west just after Nanton and traveling on 533. Lots of twisties and the view is awesome. We ran into a little sprinkle, but did not have to put the top up. If we get rain like we had today for the rest of the trip, I will be really grateful.

It took us three hours to reach Fernie. The Spyder ran well, but it still has a bit of an oil leak from the rear of the passenger side valve cover, so I will have to monitor my oil. We have been cruising at 3000 to 3200 RPM, which is 65 - 70 miles an hour based on my GPS. This brought up a discussion as to whether the GPS is accurate, as my emergency vehicle (my daughter in a BMW) felt it was not giving us an accurate reading of speed. 
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Day 1: the road to Fernie
Yes, that is snow on the side of the road! Boy, I can't wait to see some warm California sunshine, as there were sections of the drive that one would call...BRISK!

Day 2, Fernie to Hood River, Oregon
Distance: 537 Miles

When we left Fernie at 6:30am, the temp was -4.5C. Let me convert this for my US friends: -4.5C traveling at 100Km/H or 60 mph in an open vehicle with no heater equates to FRICKIN' COLD!!!!!! Dave was a little put out when he saw the frost on his seat.
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The view from Dave's place in Fernie
I sent Laura to fill my coffee cup and once Dave removed the frost from his seat, we were off! We decided to go to Cranbrook for breakfast, about an hour away. Along the way to Cranbrook, we saw an eagle swoop down to my left, and an elk that seemed so big I'm sure I would have had the clearance to drive under its legs!

At least the road was dry, but by the time we got to Cranbrook, Dave's feet were freezing. He had everything except electric socks and underwear! Luckily, Laura brought some warmers, so Dave opened them up and put them in his boots to thaw out his feet, and hopefully keep them warm for the balance of the cold period. I had four layers on, but the top of my head was freezing, so I pulled my hoodie over my head and that did the trick. We stayed at a reasonable speed (about 60 mph), as it was too cold to go any faster and my engine did not appear able to warm up sufficiently to go over 3,000 RPM, as advised by one of the Spyder experts that said you should not go over 3,000 rpm until the engine was warmed up. My engine temp gauge took 200 miles before it passed the cold hump. Being on a two lane highway with all the wildlife around, we could not go any faster for fear of running into--or under--a deer, elk or moose.

We got to the border around 9:00am and I achieved something I never thought could be done: I made a border officer smile! Usually these guys are very deadpan and serious. I was first in line, followed by Laura in the BMW, and Dave on his bike. I explained to the officer where I was going and that the car behind me was my backup car and the guy on the bike was the fellow that decided on this trip, "so give him a hard time, will ya?!" Well, the officer just broke into a big grin, passed me back my passport and told me to have a safe trip! I drove ahead and waited for Laura and Dave. Both arrived quite quickly. I informed Dave as to what I had said, and that I was disappointed they did not bring him in for a body cavity search. He was not amused!
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Crossing the border...
The next big stop was Spokane; we arrived there about 11:00am. Dave has been watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and knew of a place that was on the show called The Elk Public House. So we finally found the place and went for lunch. One of the best investments I made for this trip was a $7.00 pillow that I bought to replace the standard Spyder seat cushion. The pillow added critical padding that assisted me in the long day we had today. I only wish I had bought two! We continued our drive along the Columbia river. The weather did get warmer, so much so that I could 86 the gloves and remove two layers: the fleece jacket and the hoodie.
One of my clients provided me with a mascot for the trip. I call her OHHLA the Hula Girl.  It has been quite entertaining watching her rock and roll on the dash throughout the trip.  
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OHHLA the Hula Girl
The only issue so far on the trip is the leak I have on my passenger bank cylinders. It appears that the valve cover is leaking from the rear and I need to replace the gasket.  Will see if I can do this in Portland. It also appears we are in for some rain, so it may be good for a break to dry off and possibly bail out the Spyder if it is anything like the Escape 2010 at Sunpeaks, B.C., where on the way home I almost had whitecaps forming on top of my carpet! 

This is a fun story and also a great example of the amazing camaraderie and support amongst PCA Members, independent of Regional affiliation. Brian's trip ended up becoming quite an adventure, but his story is too long to fit all of it in this month's der Riesenbaum. One of the upsides of an electronic newsletter is the simplicity with which we can link readers to expanded online content. I encourage you to follow the link provided above and read the rest of Brian's story online!--Ed

The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Member


I would like to start this report with a little background on my autocross experience to date. At the Two Bird Café Breakfast Run in February 2010 (my first PCA event), Greg Maissen persuaded me to come out and try autocrossing. With much trepidation, I began my autocross career at the Zone 7 event on April 17, 2010 (maybe not the absolute best group to run with your first time, but what the heck!). Since then, I have participated in six more autocross events (hence, the "apprentice's" point of view). I'm hooked now!


On June 11, the Redwood Region hosted its first "Porsche-only" autocross of the 2011 season (click here for event results). The previous two events were shared with ESCA (the Empire Sports Car Association). As you may know, ESCA members drive a very diverse array of cars (and pickup trucks, too!). Although all Redwood Region autocross events are held at the same venue, the atmosphere of the Porsche-only events feels completely different to me. The group seems to be a bit less intense, and the cars are much cooler to ogle (at least for us Porsche freaks!). 


Once all cars passed tech inspection and the drivers had some time to walk the course and try to plan the best line to take through each turn, Autocross Director Tom Strobel rounded everyone up for the required driver's meeting. First-timers were asked to identify themselves, and there were many of them, which is encouraging! Seeing the new folks reminded me of how apprehensive and intimidated I was at my first event. As you may know, beginners generally will ride as a passenger in an instructor's car for a couple of runs before tackling the course themselves with an instructor giving directions. If you're like I was, you were probably astounded (and terrified) at how quickly an instructor can negotiate the course! After your "instructed" runs, you get to go solo (when you are ready). Attacking that course with all of your ability will certainly get your heart rate up! It's a good thing that there's some time between runs to analyze your performance and exchange go-faster ideas with other drivers. I've found that everyone (not only instructors) is happy to share ideas about improving your time. After all, faster = more fun!


Of course, there's work that goes with the play, and when you aren't driving, you're filling a job out on the course. Course assignments include picking up cones that have been massacred (maybe many cones, depending on your station - ask Chris Harrell about this!), handing out time slips, lining up cars at the starting grid, and various other duties. The working part of your day allows you to watch other drivers and learn from what they do, and let me tell you, there are some talented pilots out there. Watching Tristan Bayless hurl a 912 around the course 7 seconds faster than I could manage in my Carrera was amazing! The cycle repeats itself after the lunch break, and all too soon, it's time to call it a day.


If you're like me, you don't need to save space in your car for trophies (check the results: I was a solid 29th!), but you will need to increase your tire budget! If you haven't already, check out Chris Harrell's video link under the Autocross Results on the Redwood Region website for a driver's-eye view of the action. All I can say is that if you enjoy driving your Porsche quickly, you owe it to yourself to participate in a PCA autocross. You'll be amazed at how much fun you've been missing, with the added benefit of learning how to control your car at the extremes of traction. See you on the course!




I'd like to thank Mike for his contribution, which will hopefully be the first installment of an ongoing column here in der Riesenbaum. And yes, I got a SERIOUS workout chasing cones at the 6/11 event, so much so that I'm still trying to figure out how I mustered up the energy for a 20-mile run the next afternoon.--Ed

Overnight Tour to Benbow - June 18-19, 2011
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by Mary Neidel, Redwood Region Member
Photos by Vern Rogers

The weather was wonderful for our overnight trip to the Benbow Inn in Garberville on June 18. Garberville is about a 3-hour trip north from Santa Rosa. Twenty-two of us gathered at Kal's Kaffe in Santa Rosa on Saturday morning. Before we left, Porsche trivia questions were handed out to the drivers and it was announced that a prize would be given away at dinner that night for the most correct or most creative answers to the questions. Some examples: Who was Porsche's first racing director (Fritz Huschke von Hanstein)? Where is Porsche Parade this year (Savannah, GA)?. Then we were on the road. Highway 101 is such a nice drive north from Santa Rosa that we took 101 all the way to Garberville.  


We stopped for lunch at a new restaurant in Ukiah called Branches. As members tried to guess the answers to the trivia game and talked about events both past and present, we munched on sandwiches, salads and pizza. Donovan and Rosemary Albright, Redwood Region members who live in Ukiah, met us at Branches and joined the Tour for the drive.


Most of us decided to drive the majestic "Avenue of the Giants" before checking-in to our rooms. This 31-mile scenic drive parallels Highway 101. The road is lined by the world's largest trees, and it is just 6 miles north of Garberville. We turned around at the visitor's center about halfway up the road as some had to get fuel, but plans were made to go back and drive the road again the next day. We had cocktails, dinner and jazz waiting for us back at the hotel.  


The Benbow Inn is set above the banks of the Eel River. It opened to the public in July of 1926 and soon became a popular destination resort. Hollywood elite like Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Alan Ladd (to name a few) and dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover visited, as well as motoring tourists traveling up the newly completed Redwood Highway. The Benbow Inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and after eighty years it remains a popular and memorable stop between San Francisco and Eureka.


After freshening up a bit, some of us met in the bar for a cocktail before going into the "Hunt Room", the private dining area reserved for us just off the bar. We were able to order from the regular menu of fine meats, seafood, salads and pastas paired with just-picked herbs and vegetables from the restaurant's very own garden. The Benbow Inn's wine selection is impressive; it has won the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" for ten years. Some of us enjoyed the wines from the menu while others brought a special wine from home.
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The group prepares for a nice dinner

There was a fair amount of dessert and wine on the table when we announced the winners of the trivia contest. Craig and Sandy Steele earned that honor with four correct answers. My husband, Rob Neidel, presented the Steeles with a piece of his very own artwork as the prize.  


After the sumptuous dinner, most enjoyed the jazz band either outside on the patio or from the lobby as we sat in comfortable antique chairs and talked excitedly about club events, family, and--of course--our Porsches. It was a late evening and fun was had by all!
Porsche Returns to LeMans in 2014
Article and photo courtesy of  Porsche Cars North America

ATLANTA -- June 30, 2011 -- Porsche returns to Le Mans with a works-run LMP1 sports prototype. The first outing of the completely new developed race car is planned for the year 2014. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans. The most recent win was in 1998 with the Porsche 911 GT1.


"Motorsport was always an essential part of the Porsche brand," emphasises Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. "So for us it was only a matter of time before we returned as a factory to the top league of racing. Porsche's successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory."


With the RS Spyder sports prototype that was run with great success from 2006 to 2008 by the factory-backed Penske Racing team in the USA and to 2010 by several customer teams worldwide, Porsche has set the benchmark recently in the LMP2 category. "With the RS Spyder we proved that our motorsport engineers in Weissach are at the forefront," says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. "For instance, we were the first to run a high-revving race engine with direct fuel injection, DFI, setting new standards in performance and efficiency. Recently, with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, we adopted a completely new drive technology for racing purposes and achieved a considerable reduction in consumption."

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Development Program Confirmed for LMP1 Sports Prototype

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, is already prepared for one of the most challenging development programmes in the company's history. "We're looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder. After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype programme in the American Le Mans Series we have kept up with the latest technological advances. Now we will begin with detailed research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives for our new car. These obviously depend on how the regulations for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations are interesting for us because the integration of our hybrid technology in the vehicle concept is one possible option."


Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood claimed the first overall victory for Porsche in 1970 with the legendary 917 short-tail. The 16th and by now last overall win was secured by Laurent Aiello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 with the 911 GT1. In the years 2008 and 2009, the Porsche RS Spyder sports prototype won the title in the LMP2 category.

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2011 porsches on the plaza flyer

2011 Escape Banner

rennsport reunion IV

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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

The Redwood Region welcomes 6 new members this month! Please invite those lonely Porsche owners out there in your area to join the Redwood Club. It only takes a minute by going to the PCA National website. Don't forget about all the events listed on our Redwood Region website too.   


Also, as I mention each month, I want to stress how important it is for you to keep your PCA contact information current. We have identified nearly 50 bad email addresses in our member database. I am sending out letters to request updated information from these members. We can't keep you in the loop about events and news if we can't contact you!

June 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 6
Transfers In 0
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 35
Non-Renewals 11
Dual Members 15 

Primary Members 487
Affiliate Members 352
Total Members 839

June 2011 New Members

Steve Cerami and Ryan Cerami, Petaluma - 2002 996 Black
Bruce Eggert and Juliana Rahman, Santa Rosa - 2002 996 Black
Michael Illingworth, Windsor - 1973 914 Orange
Ryan Miron, Santa Rosa - 2002 996 Turbo Gray
Hartley Postlethwaite, Pacific Grove - 1999 996 Purple
Peter Witt and Krista Witt, Cotati - 2012 Carrera GTS White

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

July 2011 Membership Anniversaries

Richard Mattos, Penngrove - 39 years
David Merz and Dan Merz, Penngrove - 39 years and 2 years
Donald and Beth Canardo, Sebastopol - 33 years and 30 years
Kit Kersch and Pam Williams, Santa Rosa - 28 years and 4 years
John and Debra Kiger, Santa Rosa - 28 years and 23 years
Bela Thury, San Francisco - 27 years
Peter and Diane Kane, Pleasant Hill - 26 years and 24 years
Jeffrey Civian, Healdsburg - 24 years
William and Renata Ravina, Novato - 14 years and 9 years
Paul and Kathleen Simmons, San Rafael - 14 years
Sylvia Ross and David Ross, Tiburon - 12 years and 1 year
Roger and Linda Sampson, Penngrove - 11 years
John Baldwin and Clay Baldwin, San Geronimo - 10 years
David Bunch, Petaluma - 10 years
Daniel and Marcia Madigan, Santa Rosa - 10 years
William Thomas and Joe Thomas, Novato - 10 years and 6 years
Mike and Ann Depaoli, Windsor - 9 years
Howard and Lorraine McKinley, San Francisco - 9 years

James Polisson, Greenbrae - 9 years 

David and Peggy Blatchford, Mill Valley - 8 years

Thomas and Janet Griesel, Mill Valley - 8 years

Tim and Julia Hensel, Rohnert Park - 8 years and 2 years

Russell Zink and Sean Callaway, Sausalito - 8 years

Joaquin and Nellie Horton, San Rafael - 7 years

Jim and Marilyn Hybiske, Sonoma - 7 years

Maynard Kaminsky and Theresa Hernandez, Mendocino - 7 years and 3 years

Eric and Melissa Schmitt, Yountville - 7 years and 2 years

Timothy Standing, Mill Valley - 7 years

Tony Taylor and Lafie Taylor, San Francisco - 7 years

Michael Elliot-Jones, Santa Rosa - 6 years

Craig and Markie Stephens, Yountville - 6 years

Paul and Betsy Alber, San Rafael - 5 years

Kenneth and Deborah Dewey, Key Largo, FL - 4 years

Jess and Cathryn Ghannam, Fairfax - 4 years and 3 years

David and Judy Montero, Novato - 4 years

Jason and Candace Washing, Belvedere Tiburon - 4 years

Matt and Liz Babich, Arcata - 3 years

John Giblin, Petaluma - 3 years

Cindy Reynolds, Kentfield - 3 years

Stephanie Stewart and Gary Miller, Novato - 3 years and 1 year

Ron Taff and JoAnn Augustine, Sonoma - 3 years

Gary Wyatt, Fortuna - 3 years

Todd Bishop and Raymond Audette, Santa Rosa - 2 years

Ron Breeze, Rohnert Park - 2 years

Peter Hamel, Sebastopol - 2 years

Martin Lauber and Peter Lauber, Mill Valley - 2 years

Paul and Jeanine Nadel, Ukiah - 2 years

George Steed and Vicky Hedstrand, Sebastopol - 2 years

Robert Zimmerman, Mill Valley - 2 years

Mike and Lynn Dowling, Greenbrae - 1 year

Tom and Christine Schoeneman, Redwood Valley - 1 year

Fred Stout and Eileen Murray, Greenbrae - 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).
Semi-Annual Redwood Region Treasurer's Report
As of the end of the first half of this fiscal (calendar) year, the Redwood Region's finances remain in good condition. Total assets of $25,717.87 include:
·$3,174.10 in the Checking account
·$2,421.77 in the Autocross reserve account
·$7,567.98 in the Money Market account
·$10,121.55 in the Certificate of Deposit
·$2,432.47 in Goodie Store inventory
Total income was $13,276.31 with major sources:
·$5,080.00 from Autocross
·$3,416.00 from National
·$3,770.80 from tours and parties
·The remainder coming from badge fees, advertising revenue and Goodie Store sales.
Total expenses of $11,021.45 consisted of:
·$4,252.40 for Autocross
·$3,917.96 for tours, parties and other events
·$2,851.09 for operational expenses including badges, newsletter, website, postage, copying, bank fees, meeting expenses and miscellaneous supplies.
Net income for the first half of the year was $2,229.54.

As the Region's tours, parties and other events are designed to break even, and assuming that they did, net income was mostly contributed by AutoCross (net $827.60) and the unspent remainder from the PCA National rebate (net $1,401.94).

Please note that these financial figures are unaudited, but will be reviewed by the Redwood Region Financial Review Committee at the end of the year. Any questions, clarifications or requests for full financial statements, please contact Region Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone at
Board Meeting Minutes
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by David Bunch, Redwood Region Secretary

June 2011 Board Meeting Minutes                                         


Tuesday June 28, 2011, Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato


President Greg Maissen called the meeting to order at 7:10pm


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


President's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1.Don Magdanz to be nominated as Redwood Region Social/ Events Director.   

2. Michael Hinton has agreed to join Craig Steele as a member of the Financial Review Committee.

3. Kurt Fischer has agreed to Chair the Nominating Committee for the 2012 Election of Officers.


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

A. Don Magdanz was nominated to be Social/ Events Director, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.


Vice President's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. 45 people signed up for the Dillon Beach breakfast run; capacity is 50.  New northerly route should be fun and different.   

2. 24 people attended the Tour to Benbow; 2 just for the ride from Ukiah to Garberville. Most did attempt a drive through the Avenue of the Giants which was ended halfway through...everyone was tired and wanted to get to Benbow. The Inn was fabulous, as was the dinner, the banquet room we had exclusive use of, and the company. Much fun was had by all in attendance. Big thanks to Rob and Mary Neidel for organizing. Mary will be authoring an article for dR.

3. 16 people are signed up so far for the Eric Ross Wine tour.  I am sure more will sign-up in the next week.

4. As stated last month we need suggestions/volunteers for the VP position next year. It should be news to no one that Vern plans to run for President.

5. I have had zero contacts regarding the Advertising Director position.

6. Chris Harrell, Howard and LaVergne Thomas, Susan and I met at my Forestville cabin to discuss a caravan of  Porsches to Escape 2011.  We have come up with a route, and LaVergne has reserved hotel rooms at our half way point.

7. Being the contact person for Breakfast Runs and other tours as needed continues to be an excellent way to get to know and interact with club members.


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

A. As of Tuesday we now have 35 signed up for the Eric Ross Tour & BBQ.


Treasurer's Report :

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment currently is $10,121.55. 

2. Money Market Account stands at $7,567.98 

3. Checking account stands at $6229.93 in total 

·$3,808.16 in unrestricted funds.

·$2,421.77 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve 

4. Major income items for the period were: 

·$1,545.00 from Autocross #4 with $225.00 credited to the Autocross reserve. 

·$525.00 from the Hole-in-the Wall Tour. 

5. Major expense items for the period were: 

·$550.00 for Autocross #3 track rental. 

·$862.64 for the Hole-in -the Wall Tour.

·$173.01 for meetings & food.

·$149.00 refundable security deposit to Sonoma for the "Porsches on the Square" event.

6. Net Income for the "period" was $338.35.

7. Net Income for 2011 is $2,863.60.

8. Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $26,351.93. 

9. First draft of the "First half 2011 Treasurer's Report for publication in der Riesenbaum prepared. Final version will be submitted just before dR deadline. 


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Regional Event Financial Policy was proposed & reviewed.  Recommendation was proposed, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.

·Each event that it will be expected to either break even or make a small profit.

·The event organizer will be responsible for budgeting their event accurately and charging the participants enough to fully recover costs. 

·The event organizer will submit their budget to the Board for approval. 

·The event should err on the high side to cover any unexpected contingencies.


Secretary's Report :

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Final results of the "Bylaws" ballots: 73 ballots returned- 67 voted Yes, 1 voted No, 3 ballots returned by Post Office "Undelivered", 2 returned without voting.

2. Redwood Region's Procedure Manual status: Received Redwood Region's Procedure Manual status: Received Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership, Newsletter & Webmaster. About halfway completed on the general area.

3. Finally was able to get Hi-Tec Autos' iPhone location correct. Problem was due to the incorrect spelling of the street.


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. "May's Board Meeting Minutes" were submitted, accepted, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.

B. A statement will be submitted to the newsletter with the results of the "By-Laws" ballots.

C.  Members Michael Hinton & Greg Matsumoto have been asked to serve on the "2012 Nominating Committee" being chaired by Past-President Kurt Fischer.


Social/Events Director Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. A review of possible 2011 Redwood's Holiday Party locations, costs, requirements including nearby hotels and issues presented by Don Magdanz & Glen Marks.


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Date was changed for Rancho Nicasio's Breakfast Run due to conflict with the "Marin Century  2011" Bike ride.  Bob Hall has left several messages with Max at Rancho canceling August 6 and trying to get August 27.

B. Reviewed Holiday Party possible locations for 2011.  A winery and two restaurants were deemed the best possible locations. Don will follow up on these 3 best options and will keep the board updated via email.

C. Discussed other alternatives that were deemed to be too small to be able to accommodate at least 100 attendees.  Some of these locations might be good for a future Redwood event.

D. All Social information and contacts need to go to Don.


der Riesenbaum Editor's report :

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1.  The June issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on June 2 to 609 email addresses (this number includes family/affiliate members and non-RR members who are subscribed); 51.3% (283) opened as of 6/23/11. Our open rate will go up if/when we are able to clean up our database. Member feedback about dR continues to be positive.

2. Our event reminder email blast for the 6/11 Porsche-Only AX had 300+ opens.

3. Continue to refine a working draft of Newsletter Procedure Manual.

4. Continue to work on new newsletter layout (PDF/eMagazine style).


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Membership Director Bob Schoenherr is doing a mailing to the 50+ Redwood members that we have invalid email addresses (29 members, 18 family/affiliate members, 5 non-members), that keep being "bounced back" from these email addresses.  

B.  Email blasts: Affirmed region policy of only 1  blast email per month, usually mid-month and decide which upcoming events are to be highlighted in our next blast email.

C. July newsletter to go out early next week.


Membership Director's Report :

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. The May 2011 membership report ending May 31

Enjoy seeing everyone's faces at the Hole in the Wall and the Autocross.  Having fun with your cars and our great members is priority number ONE.  I would like to make a small request of our membership.  If at all possible don't forget your Name Badge at events.  We assume everyone knows us but actuality is that we have new and old members we only see 3 or 4 times a year,  and yes, it is embarrassing not to remember your name.  Anita and I try to visit with everyone but I'm terrible with names.  I,  like many of us, will remember a face and a car.   The solution is let's  wear the name badges.  We of  "feeble name mind" won't be  embarrassed all the time.  Need a badge just click on the link or email me and I'll get you started. 

June is looking great for events Historic car races, Autocross, Benbow tour, and breakfast run to Dillon beach.  Can you do them all!????

2.New members: 3

Transfers in:3

Transfers out:2


Non-renewals: 16

Dual members: 15

Official Members 488

Affiliate Members 354

Total Members 842


Autocross Director's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Ax#4-  PCA/Porsche only AX- Had a great turnout of 44 participants getting 11 runs = $ 1575.00 being deposited.

2. PCA changed its insurance certificate this year, and it does not meet the Sonoma County Risk Management requirements. Tom has forwarded airport requirements to National.


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. August 13th Ladies Day PCA AX only.

B. Added Sept. 3rd to be a PCA only AX to make up for the rained out March AX.

C. Review of crucial crew members to run the ESCA shootout on Saturday.

D. Status reports from board members on getting their AOA badges from the airport.


Webmaster's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting: 

1. During the month of June 2011, it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3300 about the same as last year. 

2. Unique IP addresses were up by about 100.  

3. Busiest days were June 1 and 2 (no particular reason), June 15,16 & 17 after the autocross results were posted.  

4. There were 17 referrals from Facebook and 68 from PCA national this month.  Substantially all the visitors to the website come to it directly.  

5. Search engines, Google and Yahoo referred 179 visitors.

6. Drafted a flyer for the September Porsches on the Plaza which is out for review & waiting CASA's confirmation.


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. John Jackson's videos.  


Goodie Store Director's Report:

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Turning in $90 from May sales of $40 & June  $50.

B. Awaiting approval from Eric Ross if we can bring Goodie Store to winery.

C. Goodie Store will NOT be at July AX.


Concours Director's Report:

Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

A. We need a 2nd Sponsor for the other case of wine for the awards.  

B. James asked Rob Neidel to update the "Ledson" flyer so we can get it out to the other regions ASAP.


Advertising Director's Report:  

Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

A. Still looking for someone to take the Advertising Director position.

B. Mac is putting together some info & guidelines for position.


Safety Director's Report:

Nothing to report.



A. Vern will contact Millie at CASA about having someone at the "Porsches on the Square" event.


Next meeting scheduled on July 26, 2011 7 p.m. at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato


Meeting was adjourned at 9:26 p.m.

Redwood Region & Zone 7 Contacts
2011 Redwood Region Board of Directors


Zone 7 Representative

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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;

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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! Price reduced to $3,995. MUST SELL! Contact Mitch at 707.696.5790 or



2000 Porsche 911 Carerra C2 Coupe, Black on Black. 3.4L 6-cylinder with Tiptronic transmission. Optioned with sporty carbon fiber interior, full leather, sliding sunroof, aero kit, spoiler, premium alloy wheels, K&N Cold Air Intake. ABS, AC, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Telescoping Steering Wheel, Single CD + 5 Disc Holder, Dual Airbags, 97,000 miles. Sold for over $70,000 new. Offered at $19,500 Contact Mitch @ 707-696-5790 or




Lemoine 914 Classifieds

1973 914 2.0. Purported to have originally been sold by Beverly Hills Porsche. This car is seriously/mostly unaltered and unrestored (re-painted). Currently running great and registered. I just drove it to the office - 46 miles of twisting country roads! Has: Everything original as far as I can see. Some very minor rust - no major areas found. Interior really nice. Exterior as well with minor blemishes. Trunks are great. Top very nice. Most controls seem to work - not sure on the heater/defrost. Aftermarket exhaust and front airdam. Aftermarket springs - maybe dampers also. Needs: I have the following parts for installation: alternator, SS fuel lines, rear pads, shift bushing kit. I searched for over a year to find this car. It would be a great restoration project and could easily be made presentation-ready with minimal effort and expense. Born on date 15 395 66 = April 3, 1972 66th unit; paint code L13M Saturn Yellow; VIN 473 290 1281 matches door jamb, windshield, headlight bucket, RF fender; trans 914.301.101.00; engine GA000764

More photos available. Asking $11,500.


Chasen 911T

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

Porsche books for sale: Porsche Cayenne S/Cayenne Turbo 2004 Service Information Technik; Porsche Service information Technical Bulletins Jan 2002 / Dec 2002, Book S, Porsche Special Tools April 2001, $20.00 each or all 3 books for $50.00. The books are used at work so they are not in perfect condition. Original Turbo Emblem Part #955 559 038 01 4W, brand new $20.00. Used Porsche License Plate Frame, $15.00. Call Simone at 415.299.7563 or

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. The location for future Board Meetings may change, so be sure to contact any member of the Board for details if you would like to attend.

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

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