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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
Ladies' Day Autocross
Porsches on the Plaza
From the Editor
2012 Nominating Committee
The Midfield Report
Visit to the Porsche Museum
Artisan Wine Tour
Rennsport Reunion IV Update
Membership 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.


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President's Message

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by Greg Maissen, Redwood Region President

I just got back from Kachina Vineyards, host of Redwood Region's annual Artisan Wine Tour. Once again, Redwood Region members Greg and Nancy Chambers put on a spectacular event. If you were not fortunate enough to have attended the event, I can tell you that not only did you miss out on some excellent wine produced by Kachina Vineyards, along with a wonderfully catered lunch, you also missed out on a great day of relaxing and enjoying the company of other Redwood Region members.


As I casually walked around Kachina's grounds admiring the landscape, I was drawn back to where we parked our cars. There was, of course, a great selection of Porsche's finest, but today one car in particular was standing out: a 2004 996 GT3 that belongs to our Newsletter Editor, Chris Harrell. As many of you know, I am infatuated with GT3's. The raw performance, the look, and, of course, the sound are the things that (to me) give a car its soul.


Chris mentioned that he has recently done some modifications to the exhaust and, of course, I was very eager to experience the results. Fortunately for me, a few of us on the Board were headed off to Seghesio Winery after Kachina, to do a wine and food pairing in preparation for this year's Holiday Party. As we headed out, I was behind Chris and his wife Veronica in the GT3, and as soon as Chris pulled onto the main road I was immediately rewarded with the awesome sounds only a GT3 can produce. The modification Chris has done gives the car a very raw and distinctive howl.


After the pairing, a few of us decided to take the long way home and cut across the Alexander Valley form Healdsburg to Calistoga. The scenery along with the sounds of our cars winding through the hillsides immediately reminded me why I joined the PCA. Getting together with great people and enjoying our passion for Porsches together is what it is all about!


If you have not come out and participated in our Club's many events this year, you are missing out on some great fun. Summer is (as I hate to admit) halfway over, but we still have quite a few events on the calendar.


In addition to Club events, I have been enjoying one of the many Porsche-related iPhone apps. The Porsche AG Newscast gives you all of the latest news from Porsche, and one of my favorite features is that it links you to YouTube videos that are not only very informative but also show some great footage of current and historical Porsches and drivers.


Of course, my current favorite video is of the GT3 RS 4.0. I tell myself that if I stop spending money on silly things like food and rent, I will someday be able to buy one. I won't have anywhere to park it and I will only weigh 90 lbs. (which will be great for saving weight in the car), but just being able to listen to the exhaust sound will be worth it.


Okay, that's it for me for now. 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

August 2011

8/1-8/6 Porsche Parade in Savannah, GA details
8/13 Redwood Region Porsche-Only Autocross details (see flyer in this issue)
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 Coastal Driving and Golden Gate Region Driver's Education/Timed Runs details
9/10 Trackmasters Autocross Test Session #5 details
9/15-9/18 2011 PCA Escape to Flagstaff, AZ details
9/16-9/18 American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca details
9/17-9/18 Redwood Region/ESCA Shootout Autocross Saturday details  Sunday details
9/17 Sacramento Valley Region Zone 7 Rally details
9/18 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
9/24 Redwood Region Oktoberfest details
9/24 Golden Gate Region Autocross details
9/25 Redwood Region Zone 7 Concours details (see flyer in this issue)
9/25 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
9/27 Redwood Region Board Meeting details

October 2011

10/2 Loma Prieta Region Autocross details
10/2 Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge details
10/8-10/9 Redwood Region Zone 7 Autocross Saturday details  Sunday details
10/14-10/16 Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV details (see article in this issue)
10/16 Porsche Race Car Classic details
10/22 Redwood Region Breakfast Run details
10/22 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
10/25 Redwood Region Board Meeting details
10/29 Golden Gate Region Autocross details

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

Redwood AX Flyer August 13 2011


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From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Back in March, in my first column as Editor of der Riesenbaum, I shared some of my background, including a quick rundown of the ten Porsches I have owned during the last nine years. Of course, each car has its own story. I was thinking the other day about my mission to find the right early 911, and I thought it would be fun to share my story here in dR.


As with most things Porsche, my early 911 story doesn't start with just me; in fact, I'd say that my good friend, Dave Stallcup, and I pretty much jumped into "early 911 land" together. Although Dave and I had chatted at length for several years about our interest in the early cars, we had each been hesitant to buy one, primarily due to cost of purchase and potential cost of repair/restoration. However, after each owning several Porsches, including various 911 models (Dave had owned a 911SC Targa and a 964 Coupe and I had owned a 996 C2, 996 C4S, and '86 Targa), neither of us could hold back the growing urge to drive--and own--an earlier, pre-impact bumper, 911. When prices started to come down a bit in late 2008/early 2009, our standard "online window shopping" (e.g., browsing the Pelican Parts Porsches for Sale page nightly) turned into a more serious endeavor. Of course, in my case, this meant I would have to sell my '86 Targa, but I was willing to do it for an early 911.


One of the cool things about doing a "parallel" car search with Dave was that we were able cover more ground together: Dave lives in the Los Angeles area. Our efforts started to pay off in April 2009, when we both saw an ad for a pretty 1971 911T Targa in Los Altos. Dave was very interested in the car and I lived in San Mateo at the time, so my wife, Veronica, and I headed to Los Altos the following Saturday morning and took the car for a test drive. One week and a PPI at my local mechanic later, I met Dave at the San Jose Airport and drove him to pick up his "new" 911T Targa from the seller. After a quick stop back at my house, where we topped-off the oil level (and grabbed some extra quarts), checked tires, etc., Dave and I hopped into the old Targa and headed south on the 101 toward SoCal. The car ran great the whole way, and we arrived at Dave's house in time for dinner. The next day, I flew home and our "co-search" continued: it was now time to find the right early 911 for me.


Within a few weeks, Dave found an interesting 1972 911T Targa for sale in Los Angeles, and he promptly forwarded the Craigslist ad my way. I hadn't necessarily decided on whether I wanted a coupe or a Targa, but I was excited about the possibilities of buying a '72, with its unique external oil filler door. After a few email exchanges and a phone conversation with the seller, I asked Dave if he would go see the car and take it for a drive. After seeing and driving the car, Dave was optimistic about its candidacy for purchase. The Targa hadn't been driven much for several years and had a little rust in the battery box, as well as some other seemingly minor mechanical and cosmetic issues. But the price was low and I really liked the PMO carbs! So I decided to give it a shot.


Unfortunately, buying this car--and getting it home--would turn out to be tougher than what we had experienced with Dave's purchase. For starters, I had to leave town for a wedding in Tucson, but I didn't want to miss the chance to buy the car while out of town, so I ended up ducking away for a couple of hours to find a bank and wire the money to the seller's bank account. Then, after the wedding, instead of flying back home with Veronica, I flew into LAX. Dave picked me up and gave me a ride to the seller's house, where I picked up the car and followed Dave home for some quick checks to make sure everything was in working order.


I left Dave's house alone in the '72 (it was a Sunday and he needed to work the next day), with my luggage and a couple of boxes of spare parts (which came with my purchase) in the back seat. About an hour out from Dave's place, the right front tire gave up the ghost, so I pulled onto the shoulder and called AAA. This wasn't a complete surprise, as the tires were obviously old, but I had thought I might be able to make it home anyway. I was wrong. The next morning, I got up early and stopped by America's Tire Company for a set of new Yokohamas. Instead of attempting another long drive that afternoon, I decided to be more cautious and leave the car with my friends at TRE Motorsports for a quick once-over. I headed to Burbank Airport a little bit disappointed, but still optimistic. On my second attempt to drive the Targa home (a couple weeks later), I drove about 5 miles before it died on the 405 rush hour 90-plus degree heat. So I had it towed back to TRE and I flew home again. Fortunately, TRE was able to identify a very dirty fuel tank as the root cause, and after the tank was cleaned and resealed, I made it down to SoCal again for my third attempt to drive the car home to San Mateo. This time, Dave followed me in his Toyota Tacoma pickup, and the little '72 finally made it home. My search (and Dave's) for an early 911 was complete! 


Or was it?



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
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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The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Member


In last month's report, I presented an overview of what takes place at an autocross event. Starting with this report, I'll get into a bit more detail about certain aspects of the events, and try to pass along some ideas that I hope will make your experience more enjoyable. Now, on to July's event....


Overcast skies and mild temperatures greeted the early arrivals at the PCA/ESCA Autocross held on July 9. Cars were ready to enter when the gates opened at 8:00am, even though the first runs of the day weren't until 10:00am. If you're a newcomer to autocrossing, you may be wondering what happens before the event, and why many drivers arrive so early. There are a number of things that you need to do to prepare your car (and yourself) for the event, so arriving early allows you ample time to accomplish these tasks.


The first order of business is to stake out a good parking place in the paddock, leaving yourself room to put out chairs, coolers, and all of the items that you'll be removing from the car. Next, your car (and helmet!) will have to go through tech inspection. This inspection is done to ensure that there are no safety issues that could crop up while you are on the course. You certainly don't want to have your battery come loose or have a wheel fall off! You'll also want to remove any loose items from the cabin, because they WILL fly around, and probably will wind up at your feet while you're braking for a tight corner (don't ask me why I know about this)! After passing your tech inspection, you'll register your car and receive your work assignment for the day (everyone who drives also works the course).


If you arrived early, you will now have plenty of time to grab a course map (as you may know, the course changes for every event) and take it with you as you walk around the course. The course walk allows you to familiarize yourself with the course, and theoretically gives you the opportunity to plan how you intend to drive the course. I say theoretically because, as an apprentice, I find that the "line" that looked so obvious at walking speeds looks a lot different when you're trying to drive as fast as possible, while also trying to remember where the course goes next! If you can, try to hook up with an experienced driver on your track walk - you'll not only have a better plan of attack for the course, but will also learn some of the techniques they use to analyze the course. Don't be shy! Ask questions! Experienced drivers are happy to share their knowledge with you. Those ideas will allow you to improve your time and, as I said last month, faster = more fun!


When Greg Matsumoto, Sarah Porkka, and I strolled around the course, we first noticed that Tom Strobel, the Autocross Director, had designed an unusual (at least to me) and challenging layout, featuring a skidpad-like section that I dubbed the NASCAR section because you got to drive around in circles a couple of times. We were able to determine how to attack the two slaloms on the course, but we were still unsure about the NASCAR section. We decided that we'd just have to drive the course, and experiment with different approaches to that section as the day went on.


After the drivers' meeting, the first run group assembled for the morning session. This time, my work assignment was in the timing booth, writing down the times for each driver as they completed their runs. As luck would have it, I shared the booth with Tristan Bayless and Ace Robey, who are both accomplished (and quick) pilots. As the first run group completed their laps, we all began to speculate what the fastest time of the day would be. Tristan and Ace both predicted that the best time would be about 49 seconds. After picking my jaw off the floor, I could only add that 49 seconds seemed really fast, and that I certainly wouldn't be the one posting that time! It was also interesting to hear them analyzing other drivers' runs, and trying to incorporate what they were seeing into their own approach to the course. My analysis? "Wow, those guys are fast!!"


As they day progressed, an epic battle for top time of the day ensued between Tristan, Ace, Jim Winston, and Guy Southern. Sure enough, all four of them lapped in the 49 second range, with Jim eventually topping the charts with a run of 48.775 seconds. Full results are listed here. Again, all I can say is "Wow, those guys are really fast!"


If you check the calendar on the Redwood Region website, you'll see that the next event is scheduled for August 13. This will be our second Porsche-Only event of the year, and it will also be a "Ladies Day" event. I encourage all of the lady racers (and non-racers too) to come out to play. You can bring your husband/boyfriend/etc. too - we'll let them run as well! See all of you on August 13th....



Visit to the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen
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by John Tuteur, Redwood Region Member


On August 3, 1964 my wife, Vee, and I picked up our 356SC British Racing Green coupe at the factory in Zuffenhausen and took it on a wonderful tour of Germany and France for our honeymoon.* On July 1, 2011, our 47th wedding anniversary, we visited the factory again on the first leg of our 47th honeymoon tour of Germany and Austria. Unfortunately we were not picking up a new Porsche and, even worse, we were driving my wife's nephew's Audi TT.


The staff at the reception desk at the museum were extremely friendly and helpful and gave us the PCA club member discount even though I had forgotten our membership card at home (the visit was spontaneous and not part of a travel plan). We joined a 30 minute tour of Porsche technology led by a very knowledgeable young woman and then spent another hour and a half touring the exhibit. We made luncheon reservations at the beautiful Christophorus restaurant with stunning views of the factory and excellent food. It was very cool to see GT3's and other high performance cars coming off the production line and driving through the works for whatever step came next. 


When we recounted our visit to Vee's German relatives, the first question was what kind of car did we buy. We confessed that our sole purchase had been a new key ring for our 2005 Boxster, for which we did not receive the discount without our PCA card. Vee and I can highly recommend a visit to the museum as part of a trip to Germany whether picking up a new car or not.


*Note: Vee and I had planned to keep the 356SC forever but then Porsche brought out the Boxster in 1997. We took a test drive at Michael Stead Porsche in Walnut Creek and were hooked. Our first Boxster was a 2000 and we sold our 356SC to a classic car dealer from Europe who promptly shipped it back to Rotterdam from whence it had left for the USA in September 1964. We left all our papers with the car, which led to the eventual buyers contacting us via the internet. They were a young couple from Amsterdam who are taking excellent care of the car. They even came over to visit us here in Napa.

Artisan Wine Tour to Kachina Vineyards - July 23, 2011
by Greg and Nancy Chambers, Redwood Region Members & Owners of Kachina Vineyards
Photo courtesy of Greg and Nancy Chambers

It was yet another great day here at Kachina for our annual Artisan Porsche Tour - 'Fiesta in the Vineyards!' Being our 7th year hosting this wine and food affair, it has been great being able to see old faces and meet new ones. We hope this venue will continue on its streak of fun, food, wine, and camaraderie! 


This year we changed the whole landscape. We moved from the crush pad onto the patio and around the Petanque court - a new addition to Kachina. This allowed a much cooler haven for those of you who remember the hot, sweltering days of past years. As the theme was 'Fiesta in the Vineyards', we were honored to have Javier and his wife Maria cook up homemade, authentic Mexican cuisine. Pork Carnitas with all the fixings were a hit (sorry to those of you who were requesting some of Mom's kimchee)! Familiar family faces with Mom, Viv, Frans, and Christina always make this venue such a family-oriented event! Towards the latter part of the afternoon, before port and truffles were served, and a game of Petanque, spearheaded by Greg, commenced with onlookers and cheering from the peanut gallery.


We hope you all had a great time here at Kachina and we are thankful to get a chance to see most of you at what we believe is a 'traditional' venue for the Porsche club. Until next year, drive safe, continue to drink fine wine (Kachina!), and be well! 


Greg & Nancy

A great afternoon in a beautiful setting at Kachina

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2011 Ledson Concours Flyer

Rennsport Reunion IV Update


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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

We had 15 new members and affiliate members join the Redwood Region in the month of July! This busy month also brought us 40-plus renewals, for a total of 845 fantastic members.  


August is hot and heavy with Redwood Region activities. Please come out to our next event or activity. Don't know which ones to try? Give me a call; I love to talk Porsche. Got an idea for new activity? We can discuss that too. 


Is anyone interested in being a Concours judge? How about a judging school in October? If you are interested, please email me or call me at 707.995.5082.

July 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 7
Transfers In 3
Transfers Out 2
Renewals 43
Non-Renewals 9
Dual Members 15 

Primary Members 490
Affiliate Members 355
Total Members 845

July 2011 New Members

Dana Aftab, San Rafael - 2008 Boxster S Silver
Dean Bosche, San Francisco - 2009 997S Silver (transfer from Golden Gate Region)
Bruce Eggert and Juliana Rahman, Santa Rosa - 2002 996 Black
Barbara Gorder and Timothy Farley, Santa Rosa - 2005 Boxster S Yellow
Kevin and Jodi Holbrook, Santa Rosa - 2007 997 Turbo Silver Yellow
Scot and Michele Johnson, Napa - 1973 914, 2002 996 Blue
Galen Myers, Stinson Beach - 2011 Boxster Spyder White (transfer from Golden Gate Region)
Paul Pierson, Sebastopol - 1973 911T Brown
Daniel and Elizabeth Rawls, Tiburon - 2003 Boxster Silver (transfer from Rocky Mountain Region)
Richard Williams, Glen Ellen - 1984 Carrera White


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

August 2011 Membership Anniversaries

John and Libby Fitzgerald, Petaluma - 38 years and 10 years
John and Roberta Hefler, Sausalito - 38 years
Wayne and Beverly Shomaker, Santa Rosa - 32 years
Brian Burry and Terri Dial, New York, NY - 29 years
Jonathan Whitehead and David Whitehead, San Anselmo - 29 years and 15 years
Rob and Mary Neidel, Petaluma - 28 years and 12 years
Don Tompkins, Eagle Point, OR - 24 years
Gerald and Kathleen Murphy, Petaluma - 19 years
Gene and Sandy LeFevre, Novato - 18 years
Wayne and Dianne Graner, Windsor - 14 years
Michael and Karen Obley, Belvedere Tiburon - 14 years
Michael and Lynne Walsh, Santa Rosa - 12 years
Suzanne Bailey, Vacaville - 11 years
William Osterland, Gualala - 10 years
Craig Branigan and Spencer Branigan, Ross - 9 years and 1 year
Buddy and Jeannie Ward, Rio Vista - 9 years
Jon Dugan, Hayward - 6 years
John and Kaye Jackson, Larkspur - 5 years
Joe McCrary and Susan Leick, Angwin - 5 years
Chris and Yulia Cartwright, Belvedere Tiburon - 4 years
Werner and Janice Palm, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Larry and Karen Armstrong, Santa Rosa - 3 years
Steve Howe and Robin Snow, The Sea Ranch - 3 years
Stephen and Dena Lash, Santa Rosa - 3 years
Michael and Anne Rose, Sonoma - 3 years
Randolph Rush, Santa Rosa - 3 years
John Thane, Sebastopol - 3 years
Tom Cooper, Napa - 2 years
Joe and Joey Borruso, Fairfax - 1 year
Jeff Burkhart, Novato - 1 year
David Crivelli, McKinleyville - 1 year
Cameron Fox, Mendocino - 1 year
Steve Janachowski, Mill Valley - 1 year
David Lemoine, Hidden Valley Lake - 1 year
Richard and Margo Maxey, Corte Madera - 1 year
Chris Morse, Bayside - 1 year
Nick Stameroff and Juli Schmidt, Santa Rosa - 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).
Board Meeting Minutes
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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region Vice President (for Secretary David Bunch)

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - July 26, 2011


In attendance:  President Greg Maissen, Vice President Vern Rogers, der Riesenbaum Editor Chris Harrell,  Membership Director Bob Schoenherr, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Autocross Chair Tom Strobel, Concours Director James Heisey, Safety Director Mac Cranford, Social/Event Chair Don Magdanz  & region members Mike Hinton, John Fitzgerald, Alycia Strobel, Simone Kopitski, Thorston Kopitski, Craig Steele, Richard Ruff and Tom Short.


Meeting called to order at 7:05pm by President Greg Maissen.


A. President's Report:  

1. I am proposing a fee of $1000.00 for a one year's sponsorship for autocross.
Since we do not have as of yet an Advertising Director we need to firm this up.
Since Devan has not sponsored the autocross for the full year and we did not have a set fee installed when he started the sponsorship I feel it appropriate to only charge for a half season of $500.00.

2. Have spoken to Michael Hinton and he is very much interested in running for Secretary for 2012.   


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

June 2011 minutes were presented for approval. They were approved with the single correction: Income from AX #4 (as per Treasurer's report) was $1575, not $1545.


Much discussion was had around the charge for sponsorship and the position of Advertising Director. It was decided that Greg would organize board members and interested parties to develop not only a job description for the Advertising Director position, but also a clear definition of the costs and benefits (to the sponsor) of sponsorship.  


After observing the duties of the Secretary position, and hearing discussion regarding the Advertising Director, Simone (Kopitski) has withdrawn her nomination for Secretary, and expressed interest in the Advertising Director position.  Mike Hinton is now the sole nominee for the Secretary position.


B. Vice-President's Report:

1. The Dillon Beach breakfast run had an attendance of just under 40. A great drive (once we got out of Petaluma) was had by all, and the weather was perfect. It may be best to develop a gathering spot for Breakfast Runs that is in between Kal's and Chevy's, probably in Petaluma so that we can avoid Race Day traffic around Infineon, and still take some Northerly routes in West Marin.

2. Dealt with multiple emails from and regarding Eric Ross winery. Suffice it to say that we have some lessons learned from the experience.

            a. No expectations should be set for wine sales or wine club memberships at any winery the club tours.

            b. The lack of guaranteed sales/profits must be clear with the winery owner prior to the event.

            c. A member of the Board in attendance at said winery should gather the attendees and thank the winery owner for hosting the event, and encourage members to support the winery.

            d. All tour routes must be reviewed by the Board.

3. Submitted my intention to the nominating committee  to run for President.

4. I have still had zero contacts regarding the Advertising Director position.

5. Met with Chris Harrell, the single nominee for VP to begin talking about next year and future years.

6. Looking forward to both Kachina, and the wine and food paring at Seghesio Winery on Saturday, 7/23. These come directly in the middle of an annual campout that I have committed to attend. Nothing like a fun packed weekend...


Report stands as submitted.


C. Treasurer's Report:

1.  Please see the attached "Treasurer's Report", Balance Sheet, Period's "Profit & Loss Statement" & Y-T-D  

     "Profit & Loss Statement" all dated 7/21/2011.


Text of report (Balance Sheet, P&L's not included here):


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

Money Market Account stands at $7,568.67

Checking account stands at $6,055.75 in total

o $3,458.98 in unrestricted funds

o $2,596.77 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve

Major income items for the period were:

o $1,230.00 from Autocross #5 with $175.00 credited to the Autocross reserve.

o $275.00 from the Eric Ross Tour.

o $90.00 from Goodie Store Sales

Major expense items for the period were:

o $550.00 for AutoCross #5 track rental.

o $550.00 for AutoCross #6 track rental. (Note: this item was prepaid as I will be away on vacation when the check is due.)

o $196.47 for the Eric RossTour.

o $181.20 for travel, meetings and food.

o $90.00 for Airport badges.

Net income (loss) for the "period" was ($166.49).

Net income for 2011 was $2,690.11.

Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $26,178.44.


1. 2011 Balance Sheet through July 21, 2011

2. Profit & Loss Statement for the period June 23, 2011 through July 21, 2011

3. Profit & Loss Statement for 2011 through July 21, 2011


Submitted by:

Jerry Gladstone

July 21, 2011


D. Secretary's Report:

1. Board needs to vote on approval of  "June's Meeting Minutes".

2. Redwood Region's Procedure Manual status: Received Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership,    

    Newsletter & Webmaster. About halfway completed on the general area.


Report stands as submitted.  Secretary was not able to attend the meeting.


E. Past President's Report:

1. Nominating Committee Report- Chairman Kurt Fischer and members, Greg Matsumoto and Mike Hinton have received the following candidates for officers for the upcoming elections in the Redwood Region for 2012.

President - Vern Rogers

Vice President - Chris Harrell

Treasurer - Jerry Gladstone

Secretary - potentials of Mike Hinton or Simone Kopitzki

The two members that are considering the position of Secretary will be at the Board meeting to evaluate what is needed for the position.


Report stands as submitted.  Past President was not able to attend the meeting.


F. der Riesenbaum Editor's report:

1. The July issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on July 8 to 602 email addresses; 285 opened as of 7/19/11.

2. So far, we have corrected about 20 incorrect member email addresses in our newsletter database (based on    

    the ~50 that were bad) as a result of Bob S. reaching out to these members.

3. Member feedback about dR continues to be positive.

4. July newsletter had a new (recurring) feature by Mike Hinton called "The Midfield Report", the goal of    

    which is to encourage the average member to try AutoX.

5. Our event reminder email blast for the Kachina and Delectus events was opened by 250+ people within 24           hours of being sent.

6. Open items:

a.  Would like to receive/include articles and other content from a broader range of members

b.  Continue to correct bad email addresses

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

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


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

Much discussion occurred around the idea of a hard-copy version of the newsletter. John Fitzgerald expressed the opinion that some members would really prefer this type of newsletter instead of an electronic copy. Chris stated that not only is a hard-copy newsletter (along with an electronic version) double the work, but the format of the current version does not allow for acceptable quality in print. National is in support of moving more and more toward completely electronic newsletters for regions. The idea of a once a year "Best of the Year" newsletter was discussed as a possibility.


G. Membership Director's Report:           


New members:  6

Transfers in:  0

Transfers out:  1

Renewals:  35

Non-renewals:  11

Dual members:  15

Official Members:  487

Affiliate Members:  352

Total Members: 839


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

Bob has done personal phone call follow-up with members transferring out or not renewing.


David Bunch's 10th year anniversary (July 2011) was acknowledged.


H. Autocross Director's Report:

1. AX#5- AX with ESCA had 35 drivers getting  12 runs = $ 1295.00 deposited.
2. Topics for discussion:
            a. August 13th Ladies Day PCA only-ideas. Bob Schoenherr is course designer.
            b. Status reports from board members, re. AOA badges


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

Ladies Day topics included Ladies only Run Group, Special prizes for female attendees (flowers), AX coupons.


Tom is collecting current AOA badges, and will have replacements from the Airport soon.


I. Web Mistress's Report:

1. During the month of July 2011, it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3000 about the   same as last year.                      

2. Busiest days were July 8 through July 14 around the autocross and the results being posted.  Substantially all those visitors come through the front page to the autocross page.                

3. The most downloaded flyer this month was Kachina Vineyards.  We have been posting articles in the newsletter content as pages in website.  160 visitors went to these pages.                                                 

4. Substantially all the visitors to the website this month came to it directly.  Search engines, Google and Yahoo referred 179 visitors.  The most popular search phrase was "redwood pca" followed by "redwood region pca" and combinations thereof.


Stands as submitted.


J. Goodie Store Director's Report:

1. Turning in $65 from July sales.

2. Took Goodie Store to Eric Ross= Zero sales.

3. Goodie store will be at ?? - this was empty in David's original Goodie Store report.


Report stands as submitted.  Goodie Store Director was not able to attend the meeting.


K. Social Director's Report: None (prior to meeting)

Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

Don went through a description of our/his search for a venue for this year's holiday party, and that multiple Board Members had attended not only a wine tasting, but also a wine and food paring (Winery comp'd the $45 fee for 11 attendees) at Seghesio Winery.  All who attended were impressed with not only the helpful, friendly, professional manner of the winery staff, but also by the food (presentation as well as content) and wine.


Cost for event at Seghesio would be approx $81 per person ($75 plus tax) for the facility (Redwood Banquet room holding up to 120 persons, tasting room, and two large spaces in the winery cellar), plus their casual dinner (single entre, salad, dessert) plus a tasting of 4 wines, and one half bottle of wine per person.  Given the anticipated maximum of $100, that would leave $19 per person to cover a band/DJ or other entertainment or

could also include 2nd entre or other food options as well. The $100 was really a target per person charge.


The Board and other members in attendance discussed the cost increase from last year where the club was able to secure the Corinthian Yacht club for a very sizable discount.  This was not available this year, and other venues looked at were above the cost of Seghesio, or had substandard food/service.


Motion made by VP Vern Rogers to accept/sign the contract with Seghesio Winery for food/wine/service/facility costs and book the available date of 12/10/11.  Second by Membership Chair Bob Schoenherr.  Motion passed unanimously.


L. Concours Director's Report:

1. Rob Neidel has updated the flier for this years (Sept. 25th) event. 

2. Copies of flier submitted to Chris for the Newsletter & to Bud Behrens for distribution to the other region. 

3. Concours date is on Ledson's Event calendar.

4. Deven & Hi-Tec has committed to be event sponsor once again & will sponsor one case of wine. 

5. Need one more wine sponsor ($300). 

6. Will order awards & bottle hangers about 30 days prior to the event.


Stands as submitted.


M. Advertising Director's Report: None (Position still unfilled)


N. Safety Director Report: None


Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

Safety Director reported no incidents on recent events.


O. Charity/CASA Report: None


P. New Business:

Bob Schoenherr brought up the idea of a Concours training tech session at Dibbles, since he had spoken with Todd at Dibbles on his way to the meeting, and (Bob) is hoping to encourage more Region participation in concours events.  Aug 6 and Aug 27 were discussed as possible dates, but conflict with another Zone 7 concours was noted on 8/27, and it was felt that 8/6 was not far enough away to advertise appropriately.


John Fitzgerald proposed the idea of an event for next year that would include Kite flying at the end of a run to Dillon or Doran beach.  He also encouraged the possibility of doing some rallies next year. He has expertise.


John also noted that there are several past members that have had to give up their Porsches due to age and/or infirmity, but still meet as a group. It really is the people, not just the cars. It would be really great to get some pictures/articles from the early years of RRPCA to include in the newsletter (-- just the opinion of this note taker).


Lastly John offered his services in helping to do/produce a concours preparation class.


...and really lastly (and maybe best) John noted that he has over 46 years of Porsche memorabilia that he is trying to clear from his house.  Contact John if interested.


Meeting was adjourned at (about) 9:12 pm by President Greg Maissen.


Respectfully Submitted by Vern Rogers.

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


Zone 7 Representative

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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! 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. REDUCED TO $16,500 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, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

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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