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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
September AX Schedule
Porsches on the Plaza
From the Editor
2012 Nominating Committee
2011 Holiday Party
Legends of the Autobahn
Delectus Winery Tour
The Midfield Report
Towing Tips
2012 911 Carrera Unveiled
Interview with Steve Anderson
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

You just never know what type of adventure lies ahead when you get into your Porsche and drive. This is one of the reasons why we love our cars: they put us in adventure mode whether we are headed out to a Breakfast Run with the Club or just doing a little daily driving. Last weekend, while attending the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, was a good example of that for me.


This year was a little different than previous years, as Redwood Region got bumped from our usual location for the car corral up on the grass at turn two. Mike D'Addario, who works as Manager of Ticket Sales at Infineon Raceway, had us all lined up earlier in the season for turn two until the sponsors at the track threw him a big curve and bumped us from our spot. Now I must tell you that Mike loves to have us at the track, and he does everything in his power to get us the premium locations. He also puts us ahead of all of the other car clubs throughout the season. It looked like we were going to miss this year's event up until the week right before the race. Mike worked it so that we got a spot down in the paddock area for about 30 cars (we were the only car club allowed to do this), and so our annual car corral was back on...albeit at the last minute.


So early Sunday morning found me packing up the Porsche, turning the key in the ignition, and heading out in adventure mode. One of the great things about this is that I had no expectations for the day, so whatever happened would be new and exciting...hopefully.The morning started out foggy and the sounds of the cars on the track echoing behind the blanket of fog created an eerie effect. As the fog lifted, the atmosphere picked up and suddenly the jets were flying overhead, putting on a great air show. I always enjoy seeing people like Mario Andretti, Ashley Judd, or Helio Castroneves, either just walking around the track or, in this case, Helio nearly running into me on a moped (last year it was Michael Andretti who wanted to play chicken). The excitement began to build before the start of the race, and when the green flag dropped, the sound of all of the engines and the vibration from all that horsepower being transmitted to the grandstands got my blood going.


It turned out to be an exciting race, with some interesting lead changes and a few off-track excursions. Will Power built a strong lead and ended up being the winner. After the race was over, I and Redwood Region member Steve Vest decided to stay in our seats in the grandstands to watch the final support race of the day instead of heading over to the winner's circle to watch Will get his award. This final race was the Pirelli World Challenge, which was also announced as the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sonoma. OK, I thought, this could be interesting....


As the cars were being placed on grid, we were rewarded for staying in our seats by seeing a new GT3 in the pole position, along with a handful of 997 and 996 GT3s in the lineup. Cadillacs were in positions 2 and 3, and Ferraris, Corvettes, Mustangs, and Camaros evened out the field. As the drivers approached their cars, the public address announcer said, "In the pole position driving the #45 car is Patrick Long." Steve and I looked at each other and wondered if that was correct. Sure enough, it was Patrick Long in the #45 car. Patrick is a driver for TruSpeed, along with being a Porsche Works Driver since 2003, and is currently racing in the Pirelli World Challenge.


As soon as the green flag dropped, Patrick was hard on the gas, as was the Cadillac in position 2. The Cadillac gave Patrick a good race but never could get more than a few car lengths behind him, except while in traffic. Needless to say, Patrick had a strong race and won. After the race was over, Steve and I went over to see the awards being given out in the winner's circle from the last row of the grandstand above. After Patrick received his award, he walked over and attempted to throw one of the many hats presented at the ceremony to a Boy Scout standing next to us. Unfortunately, the wind caught it and blew it back at Patrick, who then picked it up and jumped up to hand it to the Boy Scout. Talent and class. It made me proud to be a Porsche owner.


So there you have it: just another example of never knowing what adventure lies ahead when you get into your Porsche and go for a drive.


Speaking of going for a drive, September is a packed month with events happening every Saturday and the last two Sundays. Since there is too much to list here, you can scroll down and see for yourself here in the Newsletter, or of course visit our Redwood Region website for details about upcoming events. You can also use your iPhone's PCA app or visit our Redwood Region Facebook page for up-to-date information.

See you at the next event.


Upcoming Events

September 2011

9/3 Redwood Region Porsche-Only Autocross details (see flyer in this issue)
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 (see flyer in this issue)
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 (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 and Annual Membership Meeting details
10/22 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
10/25 Redwood Region Board Meeting details
10/29 Golden Gate Region Autocross details

November 2011

11/4-11/5 Mille 2011 details
11/5-11/6 Redwood Region Overnight Trip to Mendocino details
11/12 Tech Session at Hi Tec Automotive details
11/19 Golden Gate Region Autocross details
11/19 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross details
11/29 Redwood Region Board Meeting details

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

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From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Most of you are aware by now that Porsche has just unveiled the first official images of the seventh-generation 911 (Type 991), along with detailed technical and performance information. Like many of you, I follow all of Porsche's developments and announcement closely, and search for any information I can find through various publications and online resources; the Internet is a car guy's (or gal's) dream. 


I have been particularly interested in the next-generation 911 since first reading about its major redesign and seeing the early spy shots online. Now that the official specs and images have been released by Porsche, it is clear to me that this new 911 will be spectacular in every regard, from performance to economy to the overall driving experience. And though I've yet to warm to some of the design details (such as a "Panamera-esque" interior and decorative rear emblems), I am hoping that seeing and driving one when they hit dealerships in early 2012 will make me a believer. In the meantime, Porsche will premiere the new 911 at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.


Cheers to Porsche for continuing to evolve the iconic 911. For more information, please read the feature article later in this issue.


Speaking of evolution, 2011 has been a fun, event-rich, and well-attended year for the Redwood Region. We're not through yet, with a full schedule planned for September, after which things start to slow down as we move into fall and then winter, culminating with our annual Holiday Party in December (details later in this issue). Those of you familiar with the workings of the Club are aware that while winter is generally light on Club events, it is a busy time for the Board of Directors, who are busy planning the following year's event schedule. One of the benefits of using an electronic platform for der Riesenbaum is the ability to create surveys, and we are planning to gather member input regarding future events and other ideas by way of a survey (or surveys) in the coming months. Please support the evolution of your Club by sharing your thoughts and ideas with the Board!



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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. 

2011 Redwood Region Holiday Party

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by Don Magdanz, Redwood Region Social Director


Hello everybody. I'm the new Social/Event Director for the Redwood Region. I have been a member since 1999 and have been the "sweep" for some of our recent Driving Tours.


My first task for the Redwood Region has been to organize our annual Holiday Party. I'm pleased to announce that we have contracted with Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg for Saturday, December 10, from 6:30pm - 10:30pm.


Almost all wineries use caterers for food at their events. Seghesio is an exception, featuring resident Executive Chef Peter Janiak. Some of us recently attended a wine/food pairing, and his food and their wine are truly outstanding. This will be an exceptional meal.


Seghesio will be supplying their fabulous wines for the party; attendees will have no bar tab. Please leave your bottles in your own cellar as outside wines will not be part of the event. Cocktails will consist of Seghesio wines poured for complementary tasting at the start of the party. The total cost for the party, including dinner, wine, and band will be $100 per person.


We have also been offered a special rate of $99 per night for rooms on Saturday, December 10 at the Best Western Dry Creek Inn, located at the Dry Creek Rd. exit from Highway 101 and about 0.6 mile north of Seghesio. To get this rate, contact Sara Krug (707-433-0300 x605 or; in order to receive the special rate, you must make your reservation by November 10 and identify yourself as a member of the PCA Redwood Region.


If you prefer to stay at a Bed & Breakfast, the Calderwood Inn ( and Honor Mansion, a Resort Inn ( ) are less than 0.1 mile from Seghesio. More hotels are located in downtown Healdsburg, less than a mile from Seghesio.


Seghesio has sufficient parking for our cars. If you are not comfortable driving to your hotel after the party, Healdsburg Taxi is available to shuttle us from Seghesio. Seghesio will allow us to leave our cars in their parking lot overnight; the gate to the parking lot is locked after the event and opens at 9:00am the next morning.


If you plan to attend the Holiday Party, please send a check made out to PCA Redwood Region ($100 x number of attendees) to:


Don Magdanz

1537 Fourth St., #173

San Rafael, CA 94901


Please RSVP before November 10; if you are uncertain at that time, please notify me. If you plan to stay overnight, you must arrange your own accommodations.


Looking ahead, the Board of Directors will be establishing the event schedule for 2012 starting in December. Redwood Region members put on most of the events with assistance from the Directors and other members. If you have an idea for an event, please contact me or any of the other Redwood Region Directors.


I'm delighted to be working with fun and exciting people. Looking forward to a lot of great events!

Return to Legends of the Autobahn (We're Back!) - August 19, 2011

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director


"What fools indeed we mortals are

To lavish care upon a car,

With ne'er a bit of time to see

About our own machinery!" - John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)


On August 18, Anita and I made our way toward Carmel Valley for our second Legends of the Autobahn, bound and determined to show the Autobahn world that "Queenie", our 912E, could win her class. Just like last year, we had bugs, rain, mist, and road construction to battle before we got to the event. This year we stayed in Morgan Hill the night before. We caught a great dinner at Rosy's at the Beach, and (much to our surprise) a street dance while downtown. Anita and I showed a little street boogie and then headed back to the hotel.


We arrived at Rancho Caņada Golf Club bright and early on Friday morning. Rancho Caņada is a beautiful setting in the foggy Carmel Valley, which was nice for those of us who had been in 90-degree weather for the past few weeks. Knowing what a very special event Legends is, we could not wait to get started prepping Queenie. When we arrived, waiting at the entrance of the Concours were our Redwood Region friends and Concours volunteers LaVergne and Howard Thomas, and our Zone 7 Representative, Sharon Neidel. Our Redwood gang handed us our event packet. 


Head Judge David Bunch staged our car next to Sacramento Valley Region member Stephen Childs, whose 1973 911 Carrera RS has only 13,000 actual miles on the odometer. Queenie, in Class P2, was competing against 911s and 912s from 1965 to 1985. There were 9 cars in her class, with a total of 39 Porsches showing and over 140 Porsches in the corral. Wow, what a great turn out! Queenie was in good company! After the shock of the weather and knowing what our tasks would be to Queenie ready again, Anita and I set out to get her ready before the "rag down" time of 10:00am.


This was the second year that Porsche was asked to participate in this event. Our PCA National President, Manny Alban, Past PCA National Presidents Kurt Gibson and Prescott Kelly, and PCA National Executive Director Vu Nguyen were cruising the area, watching all the preparations for judging. Their presence reflected the tremendous support that PCA National provided for the weeklong events that happen on the Monterey Peninsula. I had a great time working with Kurt on one of the judging teams. He and his wife are a lot of fun and are dedicated to the Porsche marque and the Club.


Anita finished the interior with aerospace accuracy and was on her way to time for David. We both felt like we couldn't clean any more. I headed to help judge the P4, Front and Mid-engines, and P5, Special Interest, Classes. Members of the Redwood Region helping with the judging were Steve & Barbara McCrory, David Bunch, Sharon Neidel, and me, plus Anita being a timer. Other Redwood Tegion members on-hand to enjoy the day were Bob Hall, Rand Wintermute, and Thorsten & Simone Kopitzki.


Queenie, Bob Schoenherr's 1976 912E (Photo by Barbara McCrory)

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Class winner Bob Schoenherr with PCA National President Manny Alban (Photo by Howard Thomas)


With the judging completed at about noon, we got to visit with our fellow Porsche friends from Golden Gate, Loma Prieta, Sequoia, Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley, and Monterey Bay Regions. The sun finally came out, making it a beautiful day. Head Judge David Bunch announced the results. We did it (Queenie, Anita and me)! FIRST PLACE in P2! Golden Gate Region member Andy Tzelepis' spotless 924 won the P4 class and Golden Gate Region member Larry Adams' GT3 beat out Loma Prieta Region member Larry Sharp's RS America by 2 points in the P5 class. Redwood Region member Brian McCarthy was in a very tough P3 class with his 996 Carrera. Golden Gate Region member Joe Demeo's 1986 911 Turbo won first place in P3 and was picked as the best Porsche Example for the Concours. The P1 class winner was Sacramento Valley Region member Bob Cannon, with his pristine 1964 356C Coupe. Complete event results are available here.


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Golden Gate Region's Joe Demeo shows off his trophies for first place in P3 Class and Best Porsche (Photo by Howard Thomas)


Dirty knees, broken fingernails, worn nerves, and a great feeling of accomplishment were all part of another fantastic experience. Anita, Queenie, and I left that afternoon to head back to Morgan Hill; traffic was like Labor Day weekend! But the girls and I didn't really care; our tires hadn't touched the ground yet! 


Event photo and video links:

Tour to Delectus Winery - July 30, 2011

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region Vice President


The day started as many do this time of year: overcast and a little misty. The temperature was in the mid-60's as we gathered at Kal's Kaffe Mocha in Windsor. A good crowd was present when I arrived at just past 9:00am. I had come out from my weekend home in Forestville, and driven to Kal's by back roads from there. As I drove eastbound on Airport Blvd toward Kal's, I noticed CHP officers setting up a shade tent and putting out cones.  Unbeknownst to me, the bike route for the Vineman Triathalon followed the part of Airport Blvd directly passing Kal's.


The CHP/Vineman connection was to provide some creative route (re)management, and cause some of the attendees a bit of confusion. Highway Patrol officers closed off our exit onto Airport just before we left the parking lot. A few of us at the end lost sight of the main group just as we circuitously found our way back onto Airport. Four cars in front of me, Holger and Martina Seibert took the onramp for southbound 101 instead of continuing across the overpass to Old Redwood Highway. 


Figuring that it was better to make sure they could get back on route, I followed them onto the freeway. Holger must have figured out the mistake soon afterward as he took the Mendocino Ave exit a couple of miles down the road. At this point, we had all figured out that actually reading the route directions would be a good thing (Kurt constantly reminds me of this fact). A quick trip back over to northbound 101, and the exit at Mark West Springs/River Rd had us on track again.


After nice ride over the hills between the Sonoma and Napa valleys, we made our way to the beautiful Silverado trail and headed South with a gorgeous blue sky revealing itself at last. Several miles further, we took a left up into Sage Canyon and onto Pope Valley. On our way through Pope Valley, we encountered two bicycles and a small pickup truck block the road around a blind turn. 


This is an appropriate time to mention risk management. Every time we start our engines and pull onto the road, we are at some risk. We can mitigate this risk by knowing our cars very well, and by being present, alert, and aware of our surroundings. Paying attention to speed limits also mitigates risk. We try to stress these facts at each and every driver's meeting, and yet even doing everything right does not remove all risk.


Almost every single car managed to come around that turn and get past the obstruction without incident. Two cars did not. No one was injured. What did happen was that a third car came around the turn when two others were already stopped behind the pickup, and there was not enough room left to stop behind the second car. The driver of the third car was able, due to his skill level, to pull to the right of the stopped vehicles. Unfortunately, this left his Boxster sideways on a very steep, rocky hillside. Traction and gravity fought. Gravity won, and he slid down into car number two from directly above its passenger side. Both vehicles had some mostly cosmetic damage, and were able to continue on for the rest of the tour.


I was greatly impressed by the calm, understanding, even friendly manner with which the owners of the two cars handled this incident. 


Back to the tour....


After a brief and welcome rest stop a little farther down the road, we continued on over Howell Mountain and Deer Park roads back down to Silverado once more, then on up to Hwy 128, where after a short while we made a right onto Ida Clayton Road. Sometimes the best things await at the end of a long journey. This is certainly the case with the new location for the Delectus Winery. The view over the hills toward the coast was stunning, and we arrived not only to this, but also to a very warm, friendly welcome from winery owner Gerhard Reisacher, who had prepared a feast under the tree-shaded hilltop area where he is about to construct the new winery buildings for Delectus. 


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Club members enjoying great wine and food in a beautiful setting (Photo by John Jackson)


Club members were treated to a complimentary tasting of 6 different (and excellent) red varietals prior to and during a very relaxed meal, with tri-tip and chicken provided by the winery complimented by a tasty assortment of potluck items brought by Club members. Discounts were offered for wine purchase and many of our brethren took full advantage with some joining the Delectus wine club as well. Great drive, beautiful weather, fantastic food, fantastic view, and excellent company... it doesn't get much better.

The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Member


On August 13, the Redwood Region hosted another Porsche-only autocross event. This event differed in one VERY important aspect from the previous PCA-only event on June 11: the August event was designated as a "Ladies' Day" event. As I only have a couple of years of history with the club, I don't know if this was a first-time event, but if it was, I sure hope it isn't the last one!


The weather gods smiled upon the event too, with unseasonably mild temperatures and brilliant sunshine throughout the day. We had a larger than normal turnout of women drivers for the event, and I have to say that as the ratio of women to men drivers increases, the overall atmosphere becomes more relaxed and enjoyable, at least for me. We had a fair number of first-time autocross drivers in attendance, so all of the instructors were fully-engaged in getting everyone comfortable with the notion of driving their cars to the limits of their abilities.


This month's course was a fairly quick, flowing course, with a couple of hard-braking zones and optional slaloms to keep the drivers on their toes. All of the women got to run in the same group, and Sharon Neidel and LaVergne Thomas hosted a course walk for new drivers before the event. After the customary safety briefing and rundown of upcoming events, it was time to tackle the course.


I was fortunate enough to work the timer in the timing booth for this event (it's a pretty fun job, until the timer malfunctions). Working the timer allowed me to track everyone's progress throughout the day, and I have to say that I was mightily impressed! We saw many drivers approach the course very tentatively at first (which, by the way, is the smart way to do it.  If only I could follow my own advice...), but their times improved rapidly as the day progressed. The smiles seemed to get bigger too!


As a dedicated (if inexperienced) autocrosser, my goal is to learn at least one thing about driving at each event (with my level of "expertise," that's not real difficult!). Being in the timing booth gave me a great opportunity to observe how some of the faster drivers approached different parts of the course. For example, I was astounded to see how many of the fast drivers negotiated the slalom - they were leaving large margins around each of the cones, while I was nearly on top of each cone. Since all of these drivers were much faster than I am, I decided to try that approach. Of course, it's difficult to say if that approach was actually quicker for me (I'm not very consistent with my runs), but it felt better. There were a couple of lessons to be learned there. First, don't be afraid to experiment with different approaches, because the fastest way around the course for you and your car may differ greatly from the theoretically "correct" line that you identified when you walked the track in the morning. Second, the "wider" line allowed me to keep the steering wheel straighter, and I've always heard that you can go faster when the wheel is pointed straight (or nearly straight) ahead. So I definitely accomplished my goal for the day. I hope you fellow apprentices did too.


As I mentioned in the June column, the Porsche-only events always seem to bring out the cool cars. For this event, we had not one, but two 2.7 Carrera RS tribute cars participating. One was an orange car driven by Jim Hybiske, which I had just read about in the most recent issue of ESSES magazine (the publication produced by the Early 911S Registry). The second one was piloted in part by autocross ace and author Henry Watts, who claimed top time of the day. It was great to see the old warriors (the cars) performing so well.


Finally, a big shout-out to Dana Wailes of our autocross sponsor Hi Tec Automotive in San Rafael. After the runs were concluded, he was able to diagnose and repair a strange noise coming from James Heisey's 928, which turned out to be a piece of wire that had made its way into the alternator! Dana's efforts demonstrated again that PCA is not just about the cars, it's about the people too!


Be sure to mark your calendar for September 3, when the next Redwood Region Porsche-only Autocross will be held. I have it on good authority that the event will include an "enduro" (multiple lap) portion. You can pretend that you're qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix! See you on September 3.




Click here for detailed results from Redwood Region autocross events.

Towing Tips for Porsche Owners

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region Vice President


So my beautiful Porsche won't run and I need to get it towed. Just call AAA right?  Not quite.


What follows may save you thousands of dollars.


It was June 2011, and Susan and I were just 300 yards north of the Central San Rafael exit from southbound highway 101. I heard a snap, then a pop, and my '05 997 Carrera began to feel a little unstable. My driver's rear tire had just blown. Damn...almost made it off of the freeway! I pulled to the very narrow shoulder which has a space of about 10 feet between the sound wall and the traffic. Not too comfortable. Only moments later, a Bay Area Freeway Service Patrol truck pulled up behind us. 


I have owned my car long enough to know that it should not be towed by a standard tow truck. It should only be transported by a flatbed tow truck. That is not what the Service Patrol folks drive. The driver made sure we were not injured, and suggested that we try to move slowly to the exit ramp with him blocking traffic from the rear. That way, the flat could be fixed in relative safety. We tried this, but the tire was badly damaged, and began to come off of the rim. I stopped. The Service Patrol guy then suggested that I call the AAA and I did so, while he called the CHP to come and sit behind us for safety, because he (Service Patrol Guy) was going off shift.


Long story short...AAA finally arrived, Susan and I were driven off the freeway in CHP cars for safety, and I hooked (no pun intended) up with the driver of the flatbed tow truck. We took the car to a shop I use for repairs and dropped it off since it was, by that time, 6:00pm on a Sunday night.


I called the shop in the morning and was told they would not be able to look at it until the next day. Tuesday morning, I got a call from my service guy at the shop, and he said that not only was my driver's side lower rear control arm snapped (I had seen this along with the shredded tire when we dropped the car), but that the passenger's side control arm was bent as well. I knew this could not have been done in Sunday's towing experience since the car was pulled onto the flatbed from the front.


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Broken rear control arm resulting from an incorrect tow (Photo by Vern Rogers)


So I began to think back to the last time the car needed a tow. The battery had died, and the car was parked facing up on the driveway. The tow truck driver had to hook under the car from the back, and load it backwards onto the flatbed.  He must have hooked onto the rear lower control arms. This was over a year ago, and I have no real way to prove it at this point.


Several of you are laughing by now. I deserve that, AND the damages cost me over $1800 to repair (2 lower control arms, two new rear tires, and an alignment).


The bottom line here is, do not let anyone hook anything to any part of your undercarriage for the purpose of getting your car onto a tow truck. Read your owner's manual.


On my car at least, there is a spot in the front bumper covered by a small plastic plug, and one in the rear bumper behind the license plate where a tow hook/ring/eyelet screws in. The eyelet is stored in my front trunk with the wheel lock key and the compressor. This, and only this, is how a hook should be used to pull this car onto a flatbed. I encourage you once again to read the owner's manual for your car, and be sure that you know the proper way have it towed. Do not depend on the knowledge of a tow truck driver unless you know that what he is doing is correct. 

Porsche to Unveil All-New 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

Courtesy of the Porsche Club of America


ATLANTA -- August 23 2011 - At 48, the Porsche 911 Carrera is younger than ever. The completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its sleek and stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed features. Yet from every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera 'evolution, not revolution' design philosophy.


The 100 mm or 3.9 inch longer wheelbase and reduced overall height underpin the fresh, athletic yet elegant appearance. When viewed from the front, the eye is drawn to the 911's trademark wide-arched fenders, emphasizing the wider front track. The side mirrors are now mounted on the upper edge of the door, which also helps highlight the new design line and gives the visual impression of width.


991 Front View 


The new lightweight body is an aluminum-steel composite construction and contributes greatly to the 45 kg or about 100 lbs weight reduction when compared to the previous 911 body. When combined with the greater structural rigidity and optimized aerodynamics - including a wider, variably extending rear spoiler - the new 911 Carrera's front and rear lift has been reduced to near zero while retaining the Cd value of 0.29.


To complement the modern exterior design, Porsche designers created an interior reminiscent of the Carrera GT. The driver is now even more closely integrated within the cockpit thanks to the rising center console and high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located close to the steering wheel. As with the exterior, classic Porsche elements abound inside. Present is the instrument cluster with five round gauges - one of them a high resolution multifunction screen, and of course the central tachometer and the ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.


Setting the standard in its class, as it has for generations, the new 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S raise the performance and efficiency bar yet another notch. All versions get by with significantly less than 10 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (official U.S. EPA fuel mileage estimates are TBD) and fuel consumption and emissions are up to 16 percent lower in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) when compared with the predecessor. This is achieved through systems such as the Automatic


Start Stop function, engine and transmission thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world's first seven-speed manual transmission and - in conjunction with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) - the ability to 'sail' or coast. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers not only Porsche's typical precision and feedback but also helps increase efficiency and reduce fuel-consumption.


For example, the 911 Carrera with the new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer engine and optional PDK consumes 8.2 l/100 km based on the NEDC - 1.6 l/100 km less than its predecessor.


The 911 Carrera S with its 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer engine - 15 hp more than before - achieves 8.7 l/100 km in the NEDC when paired with the optional PDK transmission. This represents a fuel consumption decrease of 14 percent or 1.5 l/100 km.


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At the same time there are performance improvements in both models. The 911 Carrera S with PDK accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds. Using the Launch Control function of the optional Sport Chrono Package cuts that to 3.9 seconds. The 911 Carrera with PDK needs only 4.4 seconds to sprint from a standing start to 60 mph (4.2 seconds when using the optional Sport Chrono Package's Launch Control function). Top-track speed for the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera is 188 mph and 179 mph, respectively.


The new 911 offers both better longitudinal dynamics and unprecedented top performance in terms of transverse dynamics. In addition to the longer wheelbase, the greater agility, precision and driving stability are based, among other things, on the wider front track, the new rear axle and new electro-mechanical power steering. Depending on the model, there are other standard or optional active control systems available that can help further enhance the overall driving dynamics. That is especially true for the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system, available for the first time on the 911 Carrera S. The system helps reduce lateral roll when cornering and helps keep the tires in the optimal position relative to the road surface.


The new 911 further extends the span of seemingly contradictory attributes such as performance and efficiency, sportiness and every day practicality that have always typified the Porsche 911. That makes the 911 Carrera more of a 911 than ever. The new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrates its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


The first new 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in February of 2012. The new 911 Carrera Coupe will have a base MSRP of $82,100, while the 911 Carrera S Coupe's base MSRP will be $96,400 (excluding destination). Both models will include substantial additional equipment when compared to the previous models.

Interview with Illustrator Steve Anderson

by David Hurth, The Porsche Guys Blog (
Photos by Kerry Anderson


You may or may not be familiar with Steve Anderson's work. He is a talented illustrator that works on Excellence Magazine as well as others. He was also involved in the creation of the New Beetle, Nissan's Z and Titan, GM's (Pontiac) Solstice, SoCal Belly Tanker and, most recently, the EcoJet supercar for Jay Leno.


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Steve Anderson at work....


I was fortunate to get a chance to interview Steve about his work and experience with Porsches.


Q. How long have you been interested in Porsches?

A. Since childhood - the early 70's. A family friend was a Porsche owner and that exposure is what really started the fascination.


Q. What was your first Porsche experience?

A. Growing up in Pasadena, CA, we lived down the street from the Rusnak (Porsche Dealer) family - always something interesting coming up the street at days end - after school, I used to sit and wait for the daily Porsche parade!


Q. What is your favorite part of working on Excellence Magazine ?

A. Working with Pete Stout was and is a pleasure. Pete really appreciates the idiosyncrasies that give Porsche the credibility it has today. In the early planning stages of my illustration, which is featured in the pages of Excellence, Pete and I would have these great discussions of color, body style and options... how do we visually differentiate 60+ years of production vehicles and show them all in a very interesting light relative to their era. All the memorable details of Porsche's production history - they made for some really fantastic illustrations.


Q. What started your passion for illustrating automobiles?

A. I was an artistic kid and loved cars - it was just what I did. I'm pretty sure a touch of OCD hasn't hurt either! Even today, creating a really successful illustration has, for me, the same feeling of satisfaction as having driven it.


Q. What has been your favorite Porsche-related artwork?

A. Probably one I completed back in '08, a 1976 Turbo. The illustration was created as a son's gift to his father, the original owner of the 20th Turbo built, on his 80th birthday. The car had a lot of early production details and we ended up doing a five view illustration to really thoroughly "tell the car's story". The detail level was extensive... on the instrument panel image, I swapped the odometer readout to show the car's VIN!


Q. What automobile of any make would you love to have the opportunity to drive and why?

A. Porsche...the 904 or 935. The 904 for sheer lightness and delicacy. I can imagine it surreal being seated in such a unique and beautiful little machine. The 935 because I love 911s and sort of came of age in the era where they dominated international racing. Moby Dick just does it for me - sorry, Melville, not yours. Non-Porsche, I would have to say a Bugatti Type 35 - just getting the pedals right would be a kick. I love everything about those cars.


Q. You were recently selected by Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG to be an officially-licensed artist of Porsche automobiles. How did getting this selection make you feel?

A. Actually was granted the honor in '03. Porsche has a great relationship and mutual respect for the work of the Excellence staff so my efforts were validated largely by association. I try not to dwell on it (and my similar arrangement with Ferrari SpA) as it is perhaps the highest honor for someone in this line of work - I never take something like this for granted.


Q. I have seen on your website that you are able to illustrate a client's car. About how long does it normally take to get a finished work of the car (with the understanding that time will vary)?

A. Yes, that's actually how I got my start outside of my "day job" as a car designer. A coworker and mentor, Freeman Thomas, gave me a copy of an early 911 blueprint and I thought it'd be cool to render it out and match the exact spec of  an existing car. Word spread in the local PCA crowd and I was soon doing this for owners throughout the U.S. and points abroad. Today, this is my main endeavor - creating one-off illustrations which depict the exact specification of a client's car. I try to keep the turnaround within 3-4 weeks for the standard profile illustration but multi-views typically run 2-3 months depending upon complexity.


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Framed Illustration of several 1973 Porsche 911RS.


Q. What is the best way for one of my readers go about getting one of your works?

A. My prints are available directly or through vendors such as Pelican Parts, Griot's Garage or Auto Trend Graphics. Custom illustration orders are still done the old fashioned way with conversation and imagery via phone or email. It's a privilege to have the talent to provide this service and I know these cars mean A LOT to the guys who commission my work, so it's important for me to understand their wants and how to best exceed their expectations. I've been lucky to have developed some great friendships out of this endeavor. My typical backlog is comprised of about 60% return clients.


After looking at Steve's work, I am planning to get an illustration of my current Porsche project once it is done. So, if you are looking for a great gift for a Porsche enthusiast or for yourself, check out Steve's website at


A special thanks to Steve Anderson for his time in take this interview and to Kerry Anderson for helping to setup the interview.


Please note that I am not affiliated with Steve Anderson in any way and this is NOT a paid interview.


Click here to read the original interview, with additional photos, on The Porsche Guys Blog.

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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

The dog days of summer are here! What? The Summer is gone?! There are still plenty of events left for us Porsche nuts, including Autocross, Tours, Breakfast Runs, and our very own Zone 7 Concours d'Elegance at Ledson WineryBe sure to check out the best calendar in the zone. 


Looking forward to seeing everyone at Porsches on the Plaza in Sonoma on 9/10. Anita and I will share our Concour tips at the Square, along with David Bunch and myself talking about judging and getting started in Concouring.  


Welcome two 912s joining the Redwood Region. My 912E, "Queenie", can't wait to meet the red 912 of Thomas Jutzy and the silver 912E of John Metela.


Hey members in Medocino, Lake, and Humbolt Counties: do you want to setup some fun morning runs to share with PCA members in your county? Contact me and I will start seeing who wants to share their information to have some local fun with our cars....You can email me or call me at 707.995.5082.

August 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 4
Transfers In 2
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 24
Non-Renewals 5
Dual Members 15 

Primary Members 494
Affiliate Members 356
Total Members 850

August 2011 New Members

Adam and Jonna Crowley, Santa Rosa - 1983 911SC Slate Blue (transfers from Alaska Region)
Richard French and Connie French, Belvedere - 1967 911S Black, 2010 997 Yellow (transfers from Diablo Region)
Eric Hanson, St. Helena - 1983 911SC Brown
Thomas Jutzy, Ukiah - 1967 912 Red
John Metela, Santa Rosa - 1976 912E Silver
Ace Robey, Santa Rosa - 2003 996 Gold


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

September 2011 Membership Anniversaries

Lawrence and Barbara Lonn, Belvedere - 41 years
James and Yvonne Hurson, Santa Rosa - 39 years
Harley Miller, San Anselmo - 38 years
Robert and Patricia Davisson, San Anselmo - 36 years and 26 years
John Weber and Ryan Weber, San Rafael - 36 years and 11 years
Gary and Lynda Bayless, Santa Rosa - 33 years and 6 years
George Bono and Lucius Bono, Petaluma - 29 years and 8 years
Michael and Priscilla Kelly, Mill Valley - 29 years
Mark and Nancy Sanders, Mill Valley - 26 years
Arlene and James Moorehead, Mendocino - 25 years
Steve and Christine Peaslee, Petaluma - 24 years
Stephen Jarrell and Alice Tompkins, San Anselmo - 19 years
Robin and Neil Andersen, San Rafael - 17 years and 18 years
Scott Downie and Catherine Culver, Fortuna - 16 years
Van and Merrill Casper, Sonoma - 15 years
Stephen and Patti Foster, Santa Rosa - 13 years
Chris and Michele Carter, Rohnert Park - 12 years
Jim and Barbara Derich, Mill Valley - 12 years
Michael Klunk, San Rafael - 11 years
Donald and Beth Ann Plumley, Petaluma - 11 years
George Altamura and Frank Altamura, Napa - 10 years
Richard Burke, Healdsburg - 10 years
Albert Kubanis, Ukiah - 10 years
William Whiteley and David Whiteley, Sonoma - 9 years
John and Wynne Bergman, Forestville - 8 years
Michael and Donna Thomas, Santa Rosa - 8 years
Joseph Ori, Larkspur - 7 years
Dan and Julianne Lewis, Santa Rosa - 6 years and 2 years
Jane Parkhurst and Scott Parkhurst, Novato - 6 years and 3 years
Brian Preussker, Mill Valley - 6 years
Ralph Jackson and Linda Cook, Gualala - 5 years
Lee Cordner and Amy Reece, San Rafael - 4 years
Adam and Jonna Crowley, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Andreas Anton, Healdsburg - 3 years
Forrest and Karyn Craig, San Anselmo - 3 years
Gregory Matsumoto and Carol Nagle, Napa - 3 years
David Pugh, San Francisco - 3 years
Judson Rounds and Jason Alexandridis, Mill Valley - 3 years and 1 year
Barry and Kinau Schmidt, Santa Rosa - 3 years
Don and Barbara Batbie, Santa Rosa - 2 years
Chris Wagner, Novato - 2 years
Betty Zootis and Wayne O'Conner, Santa Rosa - 2 years
Larry and Rita Brown, Sonoma - 1 year
Darell and Leslye Choate, Sonoma - 1 year
Dennis Houston, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Sue and Don McCullough, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Sorena Nadaf, Tiburon - 1 year
Sarah Porkka, Napa - 1 year
Sagar Wanaselja and Tara Mannix, Fairfax - 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 David Bunch, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - August 30, 2011


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, Autocross Chair Tom Strobel, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Social/Event Chair Don Magdanz, Concours Director James Heisey, Safety Director Mac Cranford, and region members Mike Hinton, Craig Steele, Alycia Strobel, and Andrew Snyder.


Meeting called to order at 7:02 P.M. by President Greg Maissen at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.


A. President's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Have outlined and submitted a draft for the duties of the Advertising Director.
2. Have submitted the subsidy for CASA for the Ledson Zone 7 Concours for 8/25/11
3. Have also contacted Millie Gilson to invite C.A.S.A. to have their annual booth at Ledson.
4. Received my A.O.A. security badge from Sonoma County Airport for autocross.
5. A reminder that during Board Meetings the person giving their report has the floor and there should be no interruptions.

6. Worked with Mike D'Addario from Infineon Raceway to organize a Porsche car corral for the Indy cars on 8/28/11 that had about 15 Porsches in it.

Items discussed at  Board Meeting:

A. Discussed the draft of the duties of the Advertising Director and different levels of "Sponsors".   


B. Vice-President's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1.Delectus Winery Tour had an incident between two member's cars.  Completed the required incident report and emailed/faxed to the appropriate PCA national officers.  No injuries were incurred in the incident, and damages are being/have been handled by the members and their respective insurance companies.  No liability was incurred by Redwood Region or PCA National.                                                                         

 2. The Delectus Tour incident does point out a few things:

            a. The need to stress safety, speed limits, and awareness on tours.

            b. The need to have all participants legibly sign the PCA waiver.

            c. The positive outcome from learning car handling through Autocross. 

3. Wrote an article for dR regarding all the positives of the Delectus tour, and noting the incident as both a cautionary tale, and an acknowledgement of the driving skill of our members.

4. Also wrote an article about proper towing of a Porsche, and the ramifications of not doing so.

5. Managed various calendar updates and changes.

6. Reviewed Event Chair's policy and Holiday Party recommendations.

7. Reviewed draft of Advertising Director position/Sponsorship levels.


C. Treasurer's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting

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

     "Profit & Loss Statement" all dated August 26, 2011.

2. Highlights of report were-

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

b. Money Market Account stands at $7,569.27

c. Checking account stands at $6,378.06 in total

    $3,591.29 in unrestricted funds

    $2,786.77 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve

d. Major income items for the period were:

    $1,360.00 from Autocross #6 with $190.00 credited to the Autocross reserve.

    $1,905 for National as the quarterly rebate.

    $215.00 from tour events.

e. Major expense items for the period were:

    $2,430.00 deposit to Seghesio Family Winery for Holiday Party.

    $205.00 for tour events.

    $327.02 for meeting expenses.

    $111.95 for member name badges.

f. Net income (loss) for the "period" was $329.91.

g. Net income for 2011 to date was $3,013.02.

h. Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $26,501.36.

i. The contract for the Holiday Party at Seghesio Family Winery was reviewed, signed and returned to Dana Macaulay (Seghesio events manager) with a $2,430.00 deposit.

j. The contract for holding a block of rooms for the night of December 10, 2011 at the Best Western Dry Creek Inn in Healdsburg was reviewed and returned to Don Magdanz for signatures.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Need to receive email from the AX Registrars after they deposit the AX income.


D. Secretary's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Board needs to vote on approval of  "July'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.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

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

B. Procedure Manual Update, due to work have not been able to spend any time past couple of months, I do hope to have finished for the next Board meeting.

C. Report on "Legends of the Autobahn" event. We had 2 Redwood entrants and Bob Schoenherr won his class.

D. Discussion of the slate & timetable of 2012 Elections.


E. Past President's Report-None


F. der Riesenbaum Editor's report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1.  The August issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on August 3 to 578 email addresses; 279 opened as of 8/25/11.

2. We continue to correct bad email addresses in our newsletter database; we only had 18 bounces in August (compared to 50+ in previous months).

3. Wendy Shoffit (PCA National Newsletter Chair) has established a Yahoo Group for editors of all PCA regions to discuss various topics, share best practices and resources, etc.

4. Received an updated PDF of PCA National newsletter "guidelines" from the Newsletter Editors' Workshop at this year's Parade (see separate attachment).

5. Helped Redwood Region member Maynard Kaminsky access the newsletter (which, for some reason, he is not able to receive via email though his email address is current).

6. New resource for technical articles that can be reproduced in our newsletter: Pedro's Garage. (

7. Draft of new dR layout ETA late 2011, hopefully for introduction in January 2012. Continue to refine a working draft of Newsletter Procedure Manual

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Requesting help from other RR Board Members to solicit newsletter content from other members in attendance if  I am not at a particular event.

B. Continue to correct bad email addresses.

C. September newsletter to go out early next week.


G. Membership Director's Report:           

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. The July 2011 membership report.

New members: 7

Transfers in: 3

Transfers out: 2

Renewals: 43

Non-renewals: 9

Dual members: 15

Official Members: 490

Affiliate Members: 355

Total Members: 845

2. Redwood members by county.



















San Francisco









out of region



Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Bob presented the idea of emailing "Northern" members by county to see if they would be interested in getting together with those members also in that area. Idea was submitted to the board, accepted, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.

H. Autocross Director's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Ax#6- Ladies Day AX was PCA or Porsche only.  We had 42 drivers getting  12 runs = $ 1360.00 deposited.

2. The new security system is up and running, please complete your applications for the AOA badge by Sept 1st.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. AX #7, September 3rd is PCA or Porsches only.  Also will be an "Enduro".

B. Tom announced that he would not be the AX Chair in 2012.


I. Web mistress's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. During the month of August 2011, it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 2800 slightly less than last year. 

2. Busiest days were August 14 through August 20 around the autocross and the results being posted.  Substantially all those visitors come through the front page to the autocross page.   This month saw the Classifieds page with 103 visitors directly.

3. The most downloaded flyer this month was Rennsport Reunion PDF.  I created a page for that event on the website.   We continue to post articles from the newsletter content as pages in website.

4. Substantially all the visitors to the website this month came to it directly.  Search engines, Google and Yahoo referred 181 visitors.  PCA National referred 48 visitors this month. The most popular search phrase was "redwood pca" followed by "redwood region pca" and combinations thereof.

5. The updated version of my web analytics software (courtesy of a major barely recoverable crash of my computer), now includes a count of "other" operating systems, i.e. I Pads, IPods.  119 visitors used this method.


J. Goodie Store Director's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Turning in $150 from sales, $65 from July sales & $85 from August sales.

2. Goodie store will be at Bergman's, Porsches on the Plaza & Ledson.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Proposed Goodie Store order ($1000 ). Last purchase for the Goodie Store was November 2009.

Proposed order was submitted to the board, accepted, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.


K. Social Director's Report: 

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Holiday Party at Seghesio: Awaiting Seghesio's decision on which date is available for us. We should have a confirmation within a week so we can announce it to the members.

2. Band: Seghesio confirmed that both the cellar and the Redwood Room have sufficient power for a 5 piece band.

3.  Shindig the band for the Holiday Party; Anita will get a contract for $600.  I would like to get Board approval to have Jerry execute this contract.

3. Budget:

            a. Cost per Attendee: $100.

            b. Per person food and wine: $85 + 8% tax = $91.80

            c. Complimentary: CASA (how many); suggest these paid out of other funds.

            d. Band: $600

            e. Breakeven: about 75 Attendees excluding Complimentary

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Discussed visit by some of the board members and comments.

B.  Proposed Band was submitted to the board, accepted, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.

C. Attached is a draft of an article for the next der Riesenbaum; 

D. Created a draft of the Event Policy and submitted it to Greg & Vern for review.


L. Concours Director's Report:

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Awards have been ordered for Ledson from No-Mar..

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Need to have someone assist at Ledson with registration.

B. Need help in the early morning with Porsche placement.

C. David to bring water along with the Goodie Store.

D. Will need help with judges.


M. Advertising Director's Report: None

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Greg will have a follow-up conversation with potential candidate for the Advertising Director.


N. Safety Director Report: None

A. Items discussed at Board Meeting:

Mac discussed with the GT3 at the last AX.


O. Charity/CASA Report:                                                     

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. CASA will be at both "Porsches on the Plaza & the Ledson Concours.

2. Greg has submitted the subsidy for CASA for the Ledson Zone 7 Concours for 8/25/11.           


P. New Business:

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Porsches on the Plaza- David contacted Michael Rose from 9 ELF Motorsports and he agreed to be the sponsor for the event. He will supply the award for the "People's Choice Award" and also some raffle prizes.  We will sell raffle tickets with the proceeds going to CASA. Bob & David will also put together a "Intro to Concours" program about how to prep your car & also concours judging. We will also have a PCA tent available to use.


Next meeting scheduled on September 27, 2011 7:00pm at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.


Meeting was adjourned at 9:07 P.M.

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

Zone 7 Representative
der Marktplatz


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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 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




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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