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by Greg Maissen, Redwood Region President
Summer is officially over, and as I look back on our region calendar I am reminded of the many fantastic events we have enjoyed in 2011. We are very lucky to live in an area that offers so much diversity, and just as fortunate to have such a great group of members that put so much hard work into organizing our many events.
Fall has arrived, but I don't need to look at the calendar to know this. I just have to think back a few days to our last event, which was the Redwood Region Zone 7 Concours on Sunday, 9/25 at Ledson Winery in Kenwood.
If you have never entered a car in a Concours, here is a little insight. At a minimum, you will spend a solid week preparing, cleaning, and detailing your car, which involves removing everything inside of the car, from the carpets to the seats, to be clean enough to impress a C.S.I. investigator. Next, you will strip off all of the old wax from the paint, use a clay bar to remove any debris, then polish the paint and finally apply enough coats of wax to make Jerry Seinfeld want to buy your car (and never sell it).
Of course, you take a huge risk in doing this, as we all know that when you wash your car it will rain. And that is exactly what happened last Sunday, marking the kickoff to fall, albeit a bit too early. The best that you can do under these circumstances is to wait for the rain to stop, quickly run over and dry off your car to prevent any water spots (and the sun from marring the paint), then remind yourself that you are at a winery and take advantage of the free tastings to ease the pain.
Needless to say, judging cars at the 9/25 event became a bit interesting as a result of the rain, but thanks to our Concours Director James Heisey, everything went smoothly and many of us went home with an award and a new strategy for next year's Concours season.
Don't let this somewhat strange weather deter you from participating in the few events that are remaining.
We will be having our Zone 7 two-day Autocross, Stompin' at the Schulz, on Saturday, 10/8 and Sunday, 10/9. Our Autocross Director Tom Strobel, along with his daughter Alycia, his wife Wendy, and Mac and Becky Cranford, have been doing a fantastic job this year keeping everything in order and putting on some great events. Come on out and enjoy the last Autocross of 2011 for the Redwood Region and let them all know how much you appreciate their work.
Also, If you have not made plans to attend Rennsport Reunion IV at Laguna Seca from Friday, 10/14 through Sunday, 10/16, you had better get a move on as this is a major event for all that is Porsche. Don't miss it!
Our final Breakfast Tour of 2011 and Annual Members' Meeting will be held on Saturday, 10/22. We will meet at Chevy's in Novato at 9:00 a.m. and take a nice drive out to the Union Hotel in Occidental. This will be your last chance to officially throw your hat into the ring for any of the elected positions on the Redwood Region Board of Directors for 2012, or you can just come on out and let us know what's on your mind. We will make a presentation on the year's progress and then have an open mic for anyone who would like to speak. This is your club, so don't be shy.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, 12/10, which is the date of our Annual Holiday Party; this year's party will be at Seghesio Winery in Healdsburg. Social Director Don Magdanz has been working very hard on getting everything lined up for this event. Seghesio's resident Executive Chef Peter Janiak will be preparing gourmet dishes to complement their famous wines. A live band will also be on hand to set the mood for a wonderful night of socializing, door prizes, and surprises, and we have been able to lower the cost from $100.00 per person to just $75.00 per person with the assistance of a subsidy from the Redwood Region to our members. Please RSVP to Don Magdanz by November 10. You will regret missing this party if you do not attend!
Check out our website for details about the holiday party and all other Redwood Region activities. Also be sure to visit Redwood Region's Facebook page. iPhone users should check out the PCA app for iPhone.
I will see you at the next event,
From the Editor
by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor
Who says a GT3 doesn't make a good driver? Veronica and I just got back from a 2000-mile road trip to Arizona and back that convinced us otherwise. From roadrunners on the highway to a panhandling pony in Seligman, AZ, we saw it all, and our Escape to Flagstaff with PCA friends Vern Rogers, Susan Stuart, and Howard and LaVergne (Vern) Thomas was a blast. Check out Vern Rogers' story in this issue.
Speaking of PCA friends, I'm sure most (if not all) of you are familiar with PCA's saying: It's not just the cars, it's the people. For Veronica and me, this is very much the truth.
As I have shared in previous issues of der Riesenbaum, Veronica and I have belonged to a couple of different PCA regions during our several years as members, and Veronica and I are very fortunate for some of the great friendships we have made through the Club. We have enjoyed getting to know the members of the Redwood Region, but we also miss our friends from San Gabriel Valley Region, in Southern California. We still keep in touch with a handful of our SGB friends, but we have not seen many of them since we moved to the Bay Area in early 2008.
As it turns out, Escape to Flagstaff was, for Veronica and me, not just an escape but a chance to see old friends as well. As we set out for Flagstaff, we considered we'd see some SoCal PCA friends, but we didn't know for sure. It wasn't long before we had our first "reunion"; we ran into Zone 8 Representative Michael Dolphin at a gas station just outside of Seligman. Everyone who knows Michael is lucky to know one of the nicest people around. We hadn't seen Michael in a few years, and it was nice to have a brief catch-up with him before we hit the road again.
That night at the welcome barbecue (which had to be moved inside because of rain), we noticed our friends Dikk and Janis Jones sitting at a nearby table in the banquet room at Little America. When Janis got up to go outside, I caught her attention, and Veronica and I both gave her a huge hug (accompanied by a couple of tears). After dinner, we had a chance to chat with the Joneses for a bit, and we introduced them to our traveling companions from Redwood Region.
Everyone was so busy with events during the weekend that Veronica and I didn't run into Michael or the Joneses (or any of our caravan crew, for that matter) again after that first day in Flagstaff. We hope to see them--and others--again very soon...hopefully later this month at Rennsport Reunion IV in Monterey.
We all love Porsches. This is what brings us together as members of the Porsche Club. But what makes the Club truly special is building lasting friendships with great people.
I hope you enjoy this month's dR.
Part 1 of 4 featuring Porsche, October 1 through November 28
Experience the history of Germany's premier sports car specialist. Road cars, race cars, and more tell the story of Porsche...only at the California Automobile Museum. The exhibits tell the story of the German automobile industry and German cars in America. The entire exhibit runs from October 1, 2011 thru May 11, 2012. Other German makes featured will include Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen.
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991 to Make North American Debut at Rennsport Reunion IV in October
Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America
Atlanta, GA - September 7, 2011 -- By the late 1950s it was obvious to Porsche that the 356, which was the company's sole product line since 1948, needed to be updated. Replacing it was necessary, yet perilous. Who knew that the eventual replacement for the 356, the 911, would surpass its predecessor in sales, longevity and glory? Or that it would be so fanatically cherished by its owners that Porsche hasn't been allowed to replace it. Or that the Company would be introducing its latest iteration all the way in 2011?
And, with Porsche Motorsport concentrating on its development of prototypes for Le Mans and elsewhere, there wasn't much initial effort by the factory for racing the 911, but it became the most successful race car in history, with hundreds of samples of its 48-year legacy to be displayed and raced at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, October 14 - 16, 2011, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.
The surprise is that the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera, the completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon, and a fore-bearer of race cars to come, will be on display for the first time in North America for Porsche enthusiasts to see up close at Rennsport Reunion IV.
|The new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera (aka Type 991) will make its North American debut at Rennsport Reunion IV in Moterey in October, 2011.|
"As the 911 race car and street car histories are completely intertwined, it is fitting to show our latest 911 at a motor racing extravaganza," said Bernd Harling, who is heading up Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV for event host Porsche Cars North America.
"Everyone will see that this newborn is truly a member of the family," said Harling.
From every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera evolution, not revolution' design philosophy. The new car has a longer wheel base, but is both lower and lighter than its predecessor. With its two engine sizes, the new 911 Carrera is able to provide improved performance and handling, and even better fuel economy than before. The 911 Carrera is equipped with a 3.4-liter, 350hp six-cylinder boxer engine, while the Carrera S is fitted with a 3.8-liter, 400hp six-cylinder boxer powerplant, both with the optional PDK transmission available.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrates its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show next week, while the official North American debut will be held at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The first new 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in February of 2012.
It took a while for Porsche Motorsport to warm up to the 911 as a race car, but, as has happened several times in the company's history, the customers took the lead. Almost as soon as the 911 went into production, buyers were using it in hill climbs and autocrosses and Porsche itself started to produce lightweight and enhanced performance vehicles for their motorsports customers. In 1967, Porsche built 20 911 "R" models stripped interiors (no carpet, for instance), thin-skinned aluminum doors, fiberglass deck lids, taillights swiped from a Fiat, oversize carbs, a magnesium engine case, dual spark plug cylinder heads and much more. With about 210 horsepower on board, these race-ready, lightweight rockets were the start of the 911 racing legend.
Vic Elford, one of the most famous Porsche drivers in history, was one of the first to compete in the Porsche 911 at a high level, winning in the mid-'60s in England using a race with the very first demo model imported by the factory distributor, and later driving to victory in 1968 at the Monte Carlo Rally.
The Porsche 911 race car started to make noise in the U.S. when IMSA's Camel GT series started in 1970, with Brumos Racing and Hurley Haywood taking their 1970 Porsche 911S to its first championship in the 1972 season. Haywood and co-driver and Brumos co-owner Peter Gregg went on to win IMSA championships in 1973, 1974, and 1975.
After the Porsche 911 Carrera RS and RSR models won IMSA and Trans-Am championships in the mid-70s, the company introduced the radical Porsche 934 and 935 race cars - 911 silhouette bodied cars with big, twin-turbocharged engines. After being banned for a season from the Camel GT, they came back with a roar to become the cars to beat in the late '70s and early '80s.
The 1980s and early 90s were prime time for Porsche Motorsport's 956 and 962 prototype race cars, and the 911 took a bit of a back seat on the GT side to Porsche 924 and 944-based models.
Then, in 1997, Porsche introduced the GT class 911 GT2R at Le Mans where this 996-based water-cooled coupe promptly won its class, followed by the famous Porsche 911 GT1 which gave Porsche its last overall victory at Le Mans (1998).
The current generation of 911 race cars, initiated by the introduction of the Porsche 911 GT3 R in 1999, and promptly driven to the 1999 American Le Mans Series GT championship by Cort Wagner. The iteration of this family is the current Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, with Dick Barbour Racing, Alex Job Racing, and Flying Lizard Motorsports - all U.S.-based teams - leading Porsche to victories in U.S. sports car championships a well as Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans.
The other family of 911 race cars, in production since 1989, is the 911 GT3 Cup, which was developed for the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup one-marque series which take place around the globe. The latest version, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which also competes in the American Le Mans Series, the IMSA GT3 challenge by Yokohama, SCCA World Challenge, and Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series, will have its own feature race during the Rennsport weekend.
A short video summation of Rennsport Reunion III is available on Porsche's YouTube channel here, showing an incredible gathering of Porsche historic and modern race cars from around the world, many of the famous drivers who piloted them to victory and a taste of what to expect at Rennsport Reunion IV being held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 14-16, 2011.
2011 Escape to Flagstaff
by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region Vice President
Photos by Vern Rogers
Three intrepid RRPCA couples met Tuesday morning, 9/13 at a little coffee shop in Emeryville: Chris and Veronica Harrell, Howard and LaVergne (Vern) Thomas, as well as Vern Rogers (me) and Susan Stuart. We had planned the route over the preceding months. Vern T. had booked our hotels along the way and provided route instructions and itinerary...just like a (very long) breakfast run - except we started at breakfast.
The tour was to go down 101 to Paso Robles the first day, then head East to Kingman, AZ on day two, leaving us with an easy drive into Flagstaff on day three. We planned to take Route 66 much of the way from Kingman to Flagstaff.
Day one went as planned, with the three cars (GT3, Boxster, and Cayenne) trading-off the lead as we drove south. My great accomplishment for this leg was to get 19.8 mpg in the Cayenne; I didn't know the mileage display could go that high (grin)! Upon arriving in Paso Robles, we attended a prearranged tasting at Denner Vineyards, where Howard and Vern are wine club members.
I hadn't realized how many wineries there are in the Paso Robles area; you can hardly throw a rock without hitting one. Wines at Denner were delicious, and the building architecture - as well as the view - was amazing. We made one more stop at Niner Winery on the way back to town for dinner. Wines there were excellent as well.
We arrived at the town square with the challenge of finding a restaurant. Let's just say that we would like to hear from any members that know of a good place to eat in Paso Robles. Based on Howard and Vern's previous visits to town and our evening there, we know of several establishments to avoid....
Day two was a longer trip, eastward across California, with lunch in Barstow. After beginning to get into the beauty of Arizona, we stopped in Kingman for the night. I can recommend a restaurant there: El Palacio. It has been in business for years and always has great food, as well and excellent service. I stopped there on the way both to and from Escape in Albuquerque three years ago. It is still just as good.
|Three Porsches on the road to Flagstaff|
Day three had us on Route 66 out of Kingman, through Hackberry and Peach Springs, with a stop in Seligman. The road conditions were great, and the views spectacular. The Seligman stop was for lunch (at the Road Kill Cafe) and sightseeing. Seligman has taken the Route 66 theme and really run with it; if you want Route 66 memorabilia, go to Seligman.
|Seligman, AZ takes the Route 66 theme to a whole new level|
We arrived at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, 9/15, and we checked-in with Escape Registration. Unfortunately, our mid-afternoon arrival left us in 'catch-up' mode. The casual car show was already in progress, and we had no time to get our cars ready for entry. Two pieces of advice for those of you planning to go to Escape, or for that matter, Parade: 1) Get there early; 2) Pick the events you really want to do, and save some time to just hang out. I signed-up Susan and myself for a tour each day, the wine reception, the barbeque, and the banquet. We were moving non-stop, and were too exhausted to get out and explore the town on our own.
On Friday morning, we set out on the guided road tour through Jerome, Clarkdale, and Sedona. The road tour took us through some beautiful country, and included a short stop in the old mining town of Jerome, as well as lunch at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona. I know Susan would have liked more time in Jerome. Friday night was the wine tasting reception at the Museum of Northern Arizona. We had the good fortune to participate in a docent-led tour, which included a lot of great information on the native cultures of the region.
The most fun we had was on the Cayenne off-road tour on Saturday, 9/17. I had a little trepidation at taking my '04 Cayenne S off the beaten path at first. I have very little experience at this. As it turned out, there was no need to worry. These vehicles really are very competent off-road. I am not talking about just the lack of pavement; I am talking about hill climbing over rocks and small boulders. Cayennes handle the terrain without you doing much but putting them into low range four-wheel drive. My biggest struggle was keeping my foot off the brake while descending steep hills over large rocks. The PSM applies brakes to each wheel as needed, and does it better than I could.
|Cayennes on the off-road tour of Sedona|
Susan was initially thinking of trading tours with Howard to let him come off-road with me, but she decided to stick with her man. She was glad she did, especially once the tour lead showed her that holding onto the center and door-frame mounted grab bars would allow her to move with car and enjoy the ride...and what a ride! This event was the BEST. There is nothing like the views you get from the trail. The highway does not come close. Check out the link below for the video of the tour.
|PCA Event Spotlight- 2011 PCA Escape, Cayenne Tour|
Lunch for the off-road tour was at the same spot as the road tour the day before. The Enchantment Resort is at the back of a box canyon just east of the town of Sedona. The food was fabulous. In fact, the resort offered a menu specifically created for PCA members at Escape. We were in a different dining room each day, and both had amazing views of the red rock surrounding us. Our return trip to Flagstaff was through the exquisite Oak Creek Canyon, state route 89A. This is certainly one of the most scenic drives around.
|Vern and Susan in front of a fabulous red rock backdrop|
We got back to the hotel late Saturday afternoon, just in time for me to give the Cayenne a good rinse and get off (most of) the caked-on mud and sand from our day's excursion. Then we were off to the banquet. Chris and Veronica had decided to start their journey back to the Bay Area that night, and Howard and Vern were not in the banquet hall when we arrived, so we sat at a table with 'total strangers'. They were not strangers for long. Soon, the talk about adventures, life, cars, and how much fun we were all having, brought the table together. The Porsche Club of America is not just the cars, it is the people.
As it turned out, Howard and Vern did show up a bit late, due to an unintentionally extended tour to the Grand Canyon, but that is their story to tell....
That's all for now. Looking forward to Parade in Salt Lake City in 2012.
Zone 7 Concours at Ledson Winery - September 25, 2011
It was an uncharacteristically wet Sunday last weekend at Ledson Winery in Kenwood. However, despite the rainy morning weather, 22 judged entries (and about 35 Porsches in total) graced the grounds of Ledson on what turned out to be a nice day for Redwood Region's Annual Zone 7 Concours. Redwood Region winners included: Jerry Connors (1st in C-3 class), Margot Makey (1st in UR-4), Bob Schoenherr (1st in S-3), Jamie DeRutter (3rd in S-3), Greg Maissen (2nd in WS-6), David Rossiter (1st in WS-3), Mike Burns (2nd in WS-3), and John Jackson (3rd in WS-3). Thanks to Redwood Region Concours Director James Heisey, as well as judges, timers, and all of the other volunteers who helped organize the event. Full results here.
See Bob Schoenherr's video here.
|Redwood Region winners at the Zone 7 Concours on September 25 at Ledson Winery (photo by David Bunch)|
Porsches on the Plaza - September 10, 2011
Saturday morning, September 10, brought us a beautiful Indian summer morning and a perfect day for Redwood Region's Porsches on the Plaza in Sonoma, where 47 Porsches of nearly every model and generation filled the horseshoe lot in front of Sonoma's City Hall for a casual car show to benefit Redwood Region's charity, Sonoma CASA. Members mingled with casual passersby, talked about their cars, and enjoyed a nice, relaxing day. There were several non-PCA members who own Porsches and expressed interest in joining the Club.
The early afternoon featured a "mini Concours school" presented by Membership Director and Concours winner Bob Schoenherr and Secretary David Bunch. Later, it was time to select raffle winners and announce the winner of the People's Choice Award for Best in Show: member Jim Hybiske and his beautiful red 1956 Speedster.
|Jim Hybiske and his 1956 Speedster, winners of the "Porsches on the Plaza" People's Choice Award. With Jim are Redwood VP Vern Rogers, Event Chairs Joe Burroughs & Kurt Fischer, Zone 7 Rep Sharon Neidel, and Event Sponsor Michael Rose of 9 Elf Motorsports (photo by David Bunch)|
Thanks to Redwood Region Past President Kurt Fischer, member Joe Burroughs, and other volunteers who helped arrange the event, as well as Michael Rose and 9 Elf Motorsports, who sponsored the event and donated raffle prizes. In all, the event raised over one thousand dollars for CASA.
As David Bunch put it, "Not bad for a beautiful day, hanging out with old and new friends, and having a bunch of fantastic Porsches to admire." Not bad at all....
Click here and here for additional photos.
Road Trip to Oregon in an '86 Carrera
by Rick Wahlberg, Redwood Region Member
I've owned my 1986 Carrera for about 3 years now, so I decided it was time for a road trip - in this case, a foray to see my brother in Corvallis, Oregon. First things, first: a visit to Deven at Hi Tec to have the car checked out for the trip. The "safety check" uncovered a number of maintenance items, not the least of which was an alternator on its way out. Great timing to have these items tended to; better than being stuck on the road in the hinterlands someplace.
I decided on the "express route" for the northern trip, which included I-80 to I-505 to I-5. I departed Novato at 9:00 a.m. to avoid the rush hour then fueled-up at Chevron in Fairfield to save a few cents on the Bay Area gas prices.
It was beautiful weather and comfortable temperatures until approaching the Redding area. No surprises for August 10: Redding was just "hellish", with temperatures approaching 100 degrees and a traffic jam due to road construction. It was a good test for the car though, with oil temperature up but still well under the red area. Now I know what the car can take at the extreme. After Redding, there were Dunsmuir and Weed, two rather old and, honestly, run-down towns...especially Dunsmuir. Scenic though, with lots of older buildings. As I planned this to be a leisurely trip, I stopped at Yreka for the night at a nice air conditioned hotel (thanks--I needed that!). I grabbed dinner at a small café frequented by the locals. Interesting folks, would say a cowboy type.
I was on the road again in the morning, while it was still rather cool, and I headed over the Siskiyou pass into Oregon, enjoying beautiful rolling green meadows and mountain scenery in the Ashland area. The Carrera is just remarkable at 25 years-plus. It runs like a top and powers over the long grades with no problem. Most of the time I just left it in 5th gear, cruising at 70 to 75 mph.
I stopped in Medford for 15 gallons of petrol and then I was off again up Oregon I-5, with its beautifully-maintained roads and what seems like more rest stops than California, with local service organizations providing free coffee at many of the stops. One of the rest stops was a nice, cool and very green area along the Rogue River at the State Park, where I spent an hour just resting on the grass.
My next stop was the Seven Feathers Gambling Casino in Canyonville. I don't gamble, but this just seemed like an interesting place to stop and cool off. I didn't stay too long.There are no non-smoking areas at this place, and there was a blue haze throughout. I ducked out soon as I could for some clean air!
The last part of my northbound journey was off of I-5 at Eugene to 99W as a change of pace to the freeway. Lower speeds and some stoplights, but a more relaxed pace for the last 50 miles. 99W feeds right into Corvallis, where my brother resides.
Corvallis is a beautiful college town, home of the Oregon State Beavers. The downtown area is very walkable, with the Williamette River running along the river walk area. There are quaint shops throughout.
I stayed in Corvallis for the weekend and took a side trip 25 miles south to Junction City, an enclave of Scandinavian people, to attend a Scandinavian Festival, where I enjoyed culture, cuisine, costumes, and entertainment.
Monday morning, bright and early, I started the trip home. I retraced my route down 99W to Eugene and I-5, but this time I headed towards the coast on Highway 199 South out of Grants Pass. This was to be the "cool" part of the trip (at least part of it), along the coast. I bedded down at the Curly Redwood Lodge in Crescent City. This is an older, quaint place with carports at each room. The wooden construction of this motel all comes from one redwood tree!
On Tuesday, I headed down 101 South. It was foggy and cold in the morning, but that was a welcome change. I stopped for lunch at the Samoa Cookhouse, just north of Eureka, over the Humboldt Bay Bridge. This cookhouse once served a local logging operation, so there was a lot to see, including a museum with old logging equipment along with old accounting machines! The food is cooked family style: lots of it and seconds for the asking. I ordered short ribs, which were to die for! It's not a fancy place (picnic tables) but the food sure is good. Stop there if you are ever in the area - it's well worth it.
I spent part of the afternoon in Old Town Eureka and then I was on the road again, through the Avenue of the Giants Redwood Preserve, which stretches about 30 miles through the redwoods. This part of the drive was a lot of fun, and I spent most the drive following a Boxster driven by a young couple from Canada on a summer vacation. Nothing better than a couple of Porsches bobbing and weaving on "Porsche Roads"! We came to a flagman, who stopped us to let us know of some road work going on farther ahead, with gravel and tar. Due to his good advice, we both turned around and headed back to Route 101. Now that is a nice guy!
Finishing the trip up and re-entering the "heat zone", I stopped at the Benbow Inn for a breather and to check it out (I did not attend the recent Redwood Region trip there). It was very nice. I hit the road again and made it through more 90-degree heat in Willits and Ukiah, arriving home at 7:00pm that Tuesday evening.
What a great car, and a great trip! The car performed flawlessly, thanks to Deven's (Hi Tec) attention to detail. It got 25+ MPG and was a blast to drive. Driving the Carrera is "Rick's addiction", and I'm sure many of us share it.
The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Member
I had a difficult time sleeping on September 2. The following day, the Redwood Region was hosting another Porsche-only autocross as a "make-up" for the March 26 event, which was washed out by torrential rains. The September 3 event had a special feature, which was an "enduro" component. As participants and regular readers may know, our autocross events usually feature one-lap runs, with as many as 12 runs in a single day, depending on the number of drivers. The enduro events are different: usually, the morning consists of the standard one-lap runs, while the afternoon features four-lap runs. I participated in an enduro event last year, and remembered it as the most exhilarating and enjoyable event of the year, which accounted for my insomnia.
As usual, many participants arrived early, hoping to have enough time to plot a route through the very twisty course designed by Membership Director Bob Schoenherr. My good friend (and der Riesenbaum Editor) Chris Harrell and I tried to enhance our knowledge of the course by assisting with the "chalking" of the cones that delineate the course. Each cone on the course is outlined with a chalk mark at its location. If a car knocks the cone over, or moves the cone outside of its outlined location, the driver is assessed a one-second penalty per cone. If you're trying to improve your overall placing, or beat your best buddy, those cone penalties add up fast and wreak havoc with your time. Chris and I figured that if we knew exactly where the cones were, we'd be less likely to hit them. It sounds good, at least in theory.
Following the drivers' meeting and safety briefing, the first group began their runs. After a couple of events doing the physically undemanding tasks of working in the timing booth, I worked out on the course, retrieving cones as necessary. It was a good day to be working out on the course, as the timer display malfunctioned, and couldn't be repaired (we later determined the cause of the problem, and the timer display works fine now). Once the first group had completed their runs, I talked to some of the drivers in that group and, uniformly, the verdict was that the course was quite challenging, with a couple of tight, slow-speed sections. I must confess that I prefer the faster, more flowing courses, because my car (a 1987 Carrera) and I have difficulty with slow corners. I have this suspicion that the problem may not be with the car....
Since there were only two run groups for this event, there was a lunch break following the morning runs. As the bench-racing session continued among the drivers, we noticed that Bob Schoenherr and Autocross Director Tom Strobel were out on the course, moving cones around! Apparently, they decided that some of the turns should be less severe for the enduro component in the afternoon. That change certainly pleased me (and many others), but it also meant that when the enduro started, each driver would be driving the new course for the first time. Oh well, we're here to learn, right?
The format of the enduro is simple: instead of completing one lap of the circuit and returning to the grid, a driver completes four consecutive laps, and then is finished for the session. The times for each lap are added together to give a cumulative time. There's only one real catch: if, for any reason, you go off-course at any point in your four laps, you are classified as did-not-finish (DNF), and receive no time. It's just like qualifying at Indianapolis - if you hit the wall on lap 3, you don't qualify. Accordingly, a bit of caution is in order. The first run group completed their laps with no DNFs. Then it was our turn.
Chris and I have a bit of a rivalry going on, completely by accident. Every time we participate in autocrosses together, it seems that our times are almost identical, which leads to a lot of good-natured ribbing and trash talk. This event was Chris's first enduro, and I was hoping that he'd complete all four laps without incident. I started a few cars after him, and watched as he finished up in fine fashion. Since the timer display wasn't working, I had no idea what his total time was. Finally, I was at the front of the line, and the green flag waved. Immediately, I noticed that the formerly slow, tight turns had been opened up, allowing much more speed. Of course, more speed means more braking at some point, and those of us without ABS need to sneak up on the proper braking point. After four laps, I felt like I had it down pretty well. When I crossed the finish line, it almost felt like completing a 10K race - my heart rate was up, and I was breathing hard. I remember saying to myself "I don't care what my time was. That was awesome!" I'll let you check out the results to see exactly how Chris and I did, but suffice to say, it was close as usual.
Once again, one of the cars had a mechanical incident during the event. Bob Schoenherr's 914 broke its engine mounts during one of his runs. The situation looked dire, but Andy Brian came to the rescue with spare mounts! Many other members pitched in with tools and jacks, and soon enough, the new mounts were in and Bob was back on the road. We have the best members in the PCA!
I'll report next month on the PCA/ESCA shootout and our next event, the Zone 7 autocross, which will be held on October 8 and 9. Come out, and watch the best drivers from Zone 7 tackle our course!
Click here for detailed results from Redwood Region autocross events.
by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director
Cheers from sunny London! A busy summer is over with Concours, Autocross, and various driving tours winding down. Sorry to have left off Del Norte County in my last report. Yes, Norte, you guys are with US!
Enjoy the final days of the fall before that rain starts to slow us down some. Please feel free to email me or call me at 707.995.5082.
September 2011 Membership Summary
New Members 5
Transfers In 1
Transfers Out 0
Dual Members 15
Primary Members 486
Affiliate Members 349
Total Members 835
September 2011 New Members
Mark Eichstaedt, Sonoma - 2008 997S White
Mario Felciano, Santa Rosa - 2001 996 C4 Green (transfer from California Central Coast)
Richard Flaherty and Ana Flaherty, Glen Ellen - 2005 997 Black
Debra Leifer and Howard Schwartz, San Francisco - 2007 Boxster Silver
James West and Ludmila Franc, Santa Rosa - 2005 997 Gray
Welcome to the Redwood Region! We hope to see you at an upcoming event....
October 2011 Membership Anniversaries
Allen and Jean Barbieri, Santa Rosa - 42 years
Steve and Susan Rae Hunter, Healdsburg - 37 years and 23 years
Lawrence Harrison, Mill Valley - 36 years
Tom Everhart, San Rafael, 34 years
Stan Michelman, Novato - 30 years
L.E. and Pamela Stephens, Mill Valley - 28 years and 6 years
John and Monica Rice, Vallejo - 27 years and 16 years
Steve Davis, Santa Rosa - 26 years
Davidson and Chrissie Neukom, San Rafael - 24 years
Brent Morgan and Zakary Morgan, Napa - 13 years and 3 years
Michael Cole, Sebastopol - 12 years
John and Vee Tuteur, Napa - 12 years
Victor and Robyn Brito, Fairfax - 11 years
Dean Lyon, Windsor - 11 years
Russell Meeks and Sally Bolger, Mill Valley - 11 years and 3 years
Robert and Rebecca Pringle, Tiburon - 11 years
Thomas and Mary Dixon, Sonoma - 9 years
Stephen and Cherryl Glenn, Santa Rosa - 9 years
Elizabeth Schutz and Richard Smith, Napa - 9 years
Gordon and Diane Reynolds, San Rafael - 8 years
Greg Maissen and Kaitlan Maissen, Novato - 7 years and 2 years
Joseph and Gloria Valls, Novato - 7 years
Tim Bringman and Marjorie Mohler, Yountville - 6 years and 2 years
Gene Kunde and Anne Fauni, Novato - 6 years
Thomas and Linda Lowe, Novato - 6 years
Michael Rosi and Marcia Rosi, Lower Lake - 6 years and 5 years
Maria Duarte and Neil Mavin, Napa - 5 years and 2 years
Christopher Wettstein, Windsor - 5 years
Jim Davis, Penngrove - 4 years
Tom Edwards and Caylin Edwards, Rohnert Park - 4 years
Jayson Pahlmeyer, Napa - 3 years
Erik Steinman, Larkspur - 3 years
David Wetmore, San Rafael - 3 years
Samuel H. Hinckley and Samuel N. Hinckley, Corte Madera - 2 years and 1 year
John Shoffa, Redwood City - 2 years
Sascha Bosio and Laura Pretsch, Sausalito - 1 year
Tom Eager and Leslie Schweitzer, San Anselmo - 1 year
Jose Fernandes, Redwood Valley - 1 year
Brian McCarthy and William McCarthy, Greenbrae - 1 year
Laurie Nardone, San Anselmo - 1 year
Ray and Linda Thompson, Novato - 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. |
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|
by David Bunch, Redwood Region Secretary
Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - September 27, 2011
In attendance: President Greg Maissen, Vice President Vern Rogers, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Secretary & Goodie Store David Bunch, der Riesenbaum Editor Chris Harrell, Autocross Chair Tom Strobel, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Concours Director James Heisey, Safety Director Mac Cranford, and region members Mike Hinton, Craig Steele, Alycia Strobel, Simone & Thorsten Kopitzki.
Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Greg Maissen at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.
A. President's Report: Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. Contacted several vendors for t- shirt/ ball cap designs for Sponsor giveaways for advertising.
2. Attended Autocross Meeting to determine 2012 season.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. AX Sponsor Fees were discussed.
B. Amounts were determined for the "Primary" & "Secondary" AX Sponsor.
C. The motion was submitted, accepted, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.
D. Vern, Mac & Chris will develop a layout for the AX Sponsor t-shirt.
B. Vice-President's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. Autocross Subcommittee met the Tuesday following the August board meeting.
a. David Bunch agreed to take the Ax Chair for 2012.
b. Tom Strobel agreed to take the Ax Co-Chair for 2012.
c. The board will continue to look for individuals that can be trained to take over these positions.
d. Alycia Strobel has agreed to continue with registration.
2. Attended PCA Escape in Flagstaff... BIG fun.
a. Caravanned to Flagstaff with Howard & LaVergne Thomas and Chris & Veronica Harrell.
b. Will be writing an article for dR regarding the trip and Escape.
3. Got very positive feedback from several members regarding the article about proper towing of a Porsche, and the ramifications of not doing so.
C. Treasurer's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. Treasurer's Report, Balance Sheet, Period's "Profit & Loss Statement" & Y-T-D
"Profit & Loss Statement" all dated September 21, 2011.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. What is the financial agreement and procedure for joint Autocrosses with ESCA?
B. Differences on AX income?
C. Contract for the band for Holiday party has not been returned.
D. Secretary's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. Porsches on the Plaza was a great success. Took in $1381 total. Special thanks goes to Michael Rose & 9 ELF Motorsports for stepping up as the event sponsor. Great job to Kurt Fischer & Joe Burroughs!
Should be planned as annual event.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. "September's Board Meeting Minutes" were submitted, accepted, seconded and voted approved by the entire board.
B. Rennsport Reunion update
E. Past President's Report-None
Porsche Corral for CSRG races will be at Turn 11 this Sunday.
F. der Riesenbaum Editor's report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. The September issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on September 2 to 568 email addresses; 288 (50.7%) opened as of 9/21/11.
2. The October issue of dR is on track to be published on 10/3/11.
3. Added PCA National Staff to der Riesenbaum email database as requested by PCA National Newsletter Chair Wendy Shoffit.
4. Contacted Wendy Shoffit to ask about feedback/results from this year's PCA National Newsletter Contest.
5. We continue to correct bad email addresses in our newsletter database; we only had 6 bounces in September.
6. Attended PCA Escape to Flagstaff and working on a write-up for dR (and, hopefully, Panorama!)
7. Open items:
a. Will arrange a 2012 newsletter brainstorm and planning session with the existing newsletter committee; ideas and suggestions from Directors and other RR members are welcome as well.
b. Working on draft survey(s) to be included in future editions of dR.
c. Draft of new dR layout ETA late 2011, hopefully for introduction in January 2012.
d. Continue to refine a working draft of Newsletter Procedure Manual
G. Membership Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
New Members 4
Transfers In 2
Transfers Out 1
Dual Members 15
Primary Members 494
Affiliate Members 356
Total Members 850
H. Autocross Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. 9/3 AX #7 " Enduro" 28 drivers, 4 runs AM ,4 lap Enduro PM- $1010 deposited
2. 9/17 AX #8 AX Shootout w/ESCA, Sat-- 51 drivers , 3 run groups, 9 runs, 1785.00 deposited
3. 9/18 AX #9 AX Shootout w/ESCA, Sun--59 drivers, 3 run groups, 9 runs ,1710.00 deposited
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. Zone AX dinner will be Saturday night at Kals,
B. Due to lower turnout at Ledson, we have wine leftover for the AX awards.
C. AOA Badge Status- Update on AOA badge holders.
D. 2012 AX Plans
a. All AX's all be PCA/Porsche only events except for the Shootout.
b. David Bunch will be the AX Chair with Tom Strobel as Co-Chair.
c. Anita Benzing will be assisting Alycia Strobel at registration.
d. Mac Cranford will be in charge of worker's assignments & backing up registration when needed.
e. Bob Schoenherr has agreed to take on the Chief Instructor position.
f. Most likely everyone will have to work depending on turnouts.
g. We will put today some type of "AX Points" for season trophies.
h. Currently working on a "Job Description" list for all AX positions to be reviewed by the AX Committee.
I. Web mistress's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. During the month of September 2011, it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3200 slightly more than last year.
2. Busiest days were September 8 and September 22. Thursday was our most popular day this month. Substantially all those visitors come through the front page to the autocross page. This month saw the Classifieds page continue to be the third most popular page followed closely by Rennsport IV.
3. The most downloaded flyer this month were the Porsches on the Plaza and the two autocross results.
4.Daily country activity was United States, China, Russian Federation and Sweden accounting for 91% of the visitors.
5.Substantially all the visitors to the website this month came to it directly. Search engines, Google and Yahoo referred 231 visitors. PCA National referred 52 visitors this month. Dogpile referred one (search phrase santa rosa porsche club). The most popular search phrase this month was "pcaredwood" as opposed to "redwoodpca" last month.
6. An unusual search phrase that led to our site was "we're sorry. we closed your session for your security/privacy. tirerack firefox.".
7. Other operating systems used to access the website, i.e. ipads, pods, and androids accounted for 129 visitors this month.
8. Our most popular spiders were Yahoo! Slurp, Bing Robot, Googlebot and Baidu Spider. The Sosospider came by 63 times but only visited the front page. I guess that's why it's a so-so spider.
J. Goodie Store Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. Turning in a total of $275- $255 from Porsches in the Plaza and $20 from sales at Ledson.
2. Goodie store will be at the Zone 7 AX.
3. Placed order for needed & new items. Should have order for the Zone AX.
K. Social Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. Holiday Party:
a. Confirmed for 12/10 @ Seghesio Family Vineyards, Healdsburg.
b. Shindig is the band and we are waiting for the contract to be signed & returned.
c. Things to do: Menu & options, Location of Band.
d. Registrants: none so far.
e. Der Riesenbaum: could we have an Ad for the Holiday Party in the next edition?
2. Event Policy: Submitted to executive committee; waiting for suggestions/ideas/changes.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. Much discussion about the $100 cost for members.
B. Proposal submitted for a revised price of $75 per person with the club subsidizing $25 per person.
c. Motion was submitted, accepted, seconded and voted approved with one "no" vote.
L. Concours Director's Report:
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. Thanks to rain, attendance was down with only 22 Porsches entered in the concours.
B. Filled the driveway with another dozen member's Porsches.
C. Redwood Region had 3- 1st Places, 2- 2nd's & 2- 3rd's.
D. Thanks to everyone who helped or judged.
E. James has requested Sept. 30, 2012 from Ledson.
M. Advertising Director's Report: None
N. Safety Director Report: None
O. Charity/CASA Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
1. "Porsches on the Plaza" entry fee raised $940 for CASA.
2. "Porsches on the Plaza" raffle ticket sales raised $186 for CASA. Thanks to Michael Rose & ELF Motorsports for donating raffle prizes.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
A. CASA was at Ledson & donated a CASA gift bag.
P. New Business:
A. Due to work schedule, David Bunch cannot lead the Mendocino tour. He will contact some of the members that usually go & see if any of them will lead the tour.
Next meeting scheduled on October 25, 2011 7:00 p.m. at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:16 p.m.
|Redwood Region & Zone 7 Contacts|
2011 Redwood Region Board of Directors
Zone 7 Representative
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 7:00 p.m., 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