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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
Holiday Party
From the Editor
Member Survey
2012 Officer Election
The Midfield Report
Becoming ONE with your Porsche
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

November is here, and that means it's election time here in the Redwood Region.


After having served as your President for the last two years, I feel confident in having reached the goals that I set out to achieve when I first took over as President.


It is not desirable to take on a leadership position during turbulent times. This was the case two years ago when I stepped into the Presidency. However, positive things can happen with the right foundation and support sytem in place. In my case, I would first like to thank Past President Kurt Fischer for the role he played in providing us a very stable and active Region prior to our "rough spot". Thank you, Kurt, for all of the hard work you put into the Club when you were President, and for your constant enthusiasm to this day.


In addition, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Past President and 2011 Secretary David Bunch. From the very beginning of my Presidency, David has been there to give me support. He has always been ready and very willing to assist me in any way, and just knowing that I can tap into his vast knowledge of all things PCA has allowed me to sleep at night (seriously, the last thing that I would think of before going to sleep and the first thing on my mind when I awoke was the Redwood Region). To this day, David continues to fill any position needed in the Club. As an example, for 2012, David will be stepping back into the position of our Autocross Director. Thank you, David!


also want everyone to know how appreciative I am of our Zone 7 Representative, Sharon Neidel. Sharon spent countless hours helping me sort out Club issues early on in my Presidency and without her support I would have had permanent insomnia. Speaking of insomnia, I have to believe that Sharon never sleeps due to all of the hard work that she does, not only for the Redwood Region, but for all of the other Regions in Zone 7, as well as coordinating events like Rennsport Reunion IV. Thank you, Sharon. May your eyelids find rest in the near future.


One of the issues that became clear to me (including concern voiced from our members) early in my Presidency was whether the Club was stable, and whether we had the right Board Members. As you have all experienced by now, the answer to both of those questions is a very resounding YES!


Measures have been taken to update our Bylaws to prevent a similar situation from ever occuring again. Additionally, the Board has created a "Region Procedures Manual" that explicitly defines the responsibilites of each position on the Board. In other words, we have backup.


As I look forward to next year, I am very excited about what lies ahead. We have a Region that is always evolving due to our members. The candidates who are running for elected positions on the Board for 2012 are great examples of this, and I am very excited to give them all my full support.


Vern Rogers has served as your Vice President for two years now and before that he had not held a Board position. He has been an excellent Vice President and has managed his responsibilities with absolute attention to detail and professionalism. Not only does he have a full understanding of the duties of the Presidency, but also his demeanor and grace will set a very nice tone in the Region.


Chris Harrell has served as our Newsletter Editor, and as evidenced by Chris's amazing work with the Newsletter, Chris will make a fantastic Vice President. Chris also has the qualities and character that are important in any leadership position. I cannot think of a better combination of President and Vice President than Vern and Chris. Together they will lead the way in continuing to evolve the Club that we all enjoy so much.


Mike Hinton has come to us as a very enthusiastic member. Mike is always stepping up to support the Club in any way he can, from helping with Autocross and writing an editorial in the Newsletter to sitting on the Financial Review Committee. Mike running for Secretary is an excellent example of how strong our Club is with member involvement.


Jerry Gladstone has served as our recent past Secretary and stepped up as our Treasurer in a time of transition. Jerry has brought clarity in our recordkeeping when it was needed most and continues to give the Region solid direction. I am very grateful not only for this, but for Jerry's insight into the Region as well.


I encourage you to vote with me for the candidates above to enable the Redwood Region to continue on its path of stability, fun, and member involvement for the foreseeable future.


OK - I will step off of my soapbox momentarily to encourage everyone to come out to our last few events for 2011....


There is a Tech Session at Tec Automotive on Saturday, November 12, 2011.


After you learn more about your car, you can get one more autocross under your fan belt with SVR at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, November 19, 2011.


Of course, don't forget our annual Holiday Party at Segheiso Family Vineyards on Saturday, December 10, 2011.


That's it for me for now. Remember to check our website for updates. 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.



Upcoming Events

November 2011

December 2011

January 2012

Click here to view the full 2011 Redwood Region calendar online. The full 2012 calendar will be finalized at the January Calendar Planning Meeting.

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From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Wow! I was prepared for the recent Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV (RRIV) in Monterey to be a car guy's equivalent of a giant candy store, but it exceeded my expectations on every level. I was absolutely blown away by the comprehensive representation of Porsche racing history, not to mention the North American debut of the new 911 (Type 991). All of the cars that I have seen in the movies and on TV and read about in books in one place at the same time? Amazing! I think I pushed my cameras to their limits trying to capture every car. And if that was not enough, the Porsche corrals that were filled with 1300 Porsches of every model and vintage were a show unto themselves. In fact, on Friday, Mike Hinton and I were so busy drooling over the Porsches in the parking corral that we barely took notice of the ones on the track. It was literal Porsche overload.


While the event itself was a home run, getting to Monterey in the first place turned out to be a challenge for me. Wanting to beat the traffic and settle in before the big event, I set out for Monterey a day early, on Thursday morning. I had already decided months in advance that I would be driving The Beast (my '73 911 Coupe) to this event. After doing all of my standard pre-road trip checks on the car, I left Terra Linda at about 10:30 a.m. and merged onto the 101 to find complete gridlock. I quickly decided to head across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toward the East Bay, then south toward the Monterey Peninsula. As I approached Emeryville, I glanced at my right front fender and noticed that the headlight was sitting lower than normal on the fender. Why do I know this? Because I have learned to watch the headlights on this car for signs of an impending mutiny. It's a long story that I won't get into here, but the gist is that I have problem keeping the H4's mounted, particularly when autocrossing or driving over rough pavement.


From the driver's seat, I could tell from the position of the headlight that the set screw which holds it in place must have fallen off, which meant that the headlight was only being held by the electric plug. No bueno. I tried to "gently" move toward the right lane and exit the freeway, but I was too late. In an instant, the headlight disappeared from sight, and I felt and heard it crunch when I ran it over. If that wasn't enough, I glanced at my rear view mirror to see the car behind me finish the job.


Now I had just one headlight and was also worried about tire damage. I reversed direction and headed toward Redwood Region sponsor Hi Tec Automotive, in San Rafael. The tires seemed fine, so I focused on finding a replacement headlight ASAP. I arrived at Hi Tec and, after sharing a few laughs with me about my dilemma and my one-eyed car, Brad made a few calls to track down a replacement H4. Given the time it would take to receive the new headlight and install it, Brad offered to loan me one of the H4s from his 911SC so I could get back on the road. I headed back to my house for a pit stop and then spent about 2 hours with Dremel, goggles, and rubber mallet in hand, tooling away at the right headlight bucket. I still couldn't get the darn headlight to stay on. Finally, about 15 minutes before my self-imposed deadline for taking a different car, I found a fit that felt right. I hit the road again and made the trip without incident, arriving at my hotel in Pacific Grove in time for a quick bite to eat and a nice, relaxing 5-mile run along the waterfront.

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The Beast at Laguna Seca, with headlights intact (photo by Chris Harrell)


Nearly a month later, I'm pleased to report that Brad's headlight is still happily attached to The Beast's right front fender, and that Brad is now the proud owner of a new H4 on his 911SC. Thanks, Brad!


As for RRIV, there were dozens of Redwood Region members in attendance. Those of you who did not attend have most likely read stories or seen pictures and videos from the event. I thought it would be great if the next issue of der Riesenbaum included members' stories and experiences from the event. If you would like to share your RRIV experience with the Region, send me your stories or contact me via email with any comments or questions.
Member Survey
As we dim the lights on a very busy and fun 2011 and turn our focus toward planning 2012, the Redwood Region Board of Directors is looking for member input. We have created a preliminary survey to learn more about member interests and events in which members would like to participate in 2012. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the link below. Thank you for sharing your feedback and ideas. We hope to see you at our Annual Calendar Planning Meeting on January 17!
Notice of Election

Nominating Committee Chairman Kurt Fischer and members Greg Matsumoto and Mike Hinton present the following officer candidates for Redwood Region elected positions in 2012:


President - Vern Rogersvern rogers headshot 2011 

After my first year of Autocross, I was so excited that I wanted to be Autocross Co-Chair, but I was unexpectedly offered the opportunity to be appointed as the Redwood Region Vice President to fill the vacancy in 2010. I was then elected Vice President in 2011. The VP position gave me a great opportunity to meet members ("RSVP guy"), as well as the chance to experience other Board roles through covering for absent Directors (Badges/Membership, Minutes/Secretary, Running Meetings/President). I have had a great time contributing to the club. I have owned various Porsches over the last 6 years ('03 Boxster S, '06 Boxster, '91  964, '96  993 Targa, '04 Cayenne S, '05 997). After being given the opportunity to drive a couple of older 911s recently, I am entertaining thoughts of selling the 997 and getting an SC or 3.2 Carrera. There is something about being more connected to the car and the road that I just love. I have attended nearly every Autocross over the last three years, and have worked the Tech Crew for the last two. I plan to continue this. I have also been to Escape twice (Albuquerque & Flagstaff), and I am looking forward to my first Parade next year in Salt Lake. I look forward to new opportunities to involve more members and be of greater service to the Board and the Club. Please vote for me for next year's President.


Vice President - Chris Harrellchris harrell headshot

My first Porsche obsession was a silver Porsche 911 Tyco slot car that my older brother ordered from the small catalog we received with our track. I loved it because it looked like a little silver frog. Growing up, I always noticed various Porsche models on the streets, and I decided I had to own one. Many years and ten Porsches later, my love for them has only grown stronger. I have been a PCA member since 2002, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as Newsletter Editor for two PCA Regions: San Gabriel Valley and Redwood. I have been fortunate to develop many lasting friendships through the Club, and my experience thus far with Redwood Region has been wonderful. In addition to continuing as Editor of der Riesenbaum, it would be a privilege to serve the Club as Vice President in 2012.


Treasurer - Jerry GladstoneJerry Gladstone Treasurer Headshot

 My lifelong love affair with Porsches has resulted in ownership of five different models over the years. Though I truly enjoyed my 912, 356A, 911 and 944, the arctic silver 993 coupe is my favorite. I have been a member of PCA on and off for a very long time, but only became an active member during the last 15 years - I did not know what I was missing! It has been so much fun and I have met so many wonderful people during that time - PCA activities are truly a great way to enjoy my Porsche even more. Driving tours, tech sessions, going to the races, car corrals, concours and social events are my favorites. I was Redwood Region Secretary for six years and Treasurer for the past year. I would enjoy continuing to serve as Treasurer for 2012.


Secretary - Mike Hintonmike hinton headshot 2011  

I have been fascinated by cars for as long as I can remember. I was first introduced to the Porsche world by my best friend in Southern California when I was 15. We used to ride our bicycles down to Vasek Polak's dealership in Hermosa Beach to admire the cars in the showroom (including the 917K on display!). I vowed to own a 911 one day. Well, it took 36 years, but I finally purchased my first 911 four years ago, and I joined the PCA immediately. For the first year or so, I didn't participate in any events, but I finally decided to attend a Breakfast Run last February. I met many friendly people that day, and also at other events I attended last year. I have been increasingly involved with the Club this year, and I've found that I truly enjoy helping the Club provide a good experience for all of its members. I would be honored to serve as Secretary for the coming year.


As discussed at the Annual Meeting on October 22, this year's election date will be November 15. Election ballots will be mailed to all active Redwood Region members on November 9, with a ballot return date of December 1. Election results will be announced at the Holiday Party on December 10 and included in the December der Riesenbaum, which will be published in mid-December. 


Thank you for supporting your Club!



Kurt Fischer, Past President and Chairman of the Nominating Committee
Mike Hinton, Committee Member
Greg Matsumoto, Committee Member
Simone Kopitzki Appointed Advertising Director


The Redwood Region Board of Directors is pleased to announce that member Simone Kopitzki has been appointed Advertising Director for Redwood Region. The Advertising Director is the key point of contact between Redwood Region and its sponsors/advertisers, who are critical to the success of Club events and who also provide various services within our Region. When you see Simone at our next event, please thank her for volunteering for this important position!   


2012 Calendar Planning Meeting Scheduled


The Redwood Region's annual Calendar Planning Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. If you have an idea for an interesting event or would like to be involved in scheduling Club activities for 2012, you are welcome to attend this meeting. Meeting location will be finalized in December. We hope to see you there!


Rennsport Reunion IV Stories Needed


We are looking for member stories or thoughts about the recent Rennsport Reunion IV event in Monterey, to be included in the December issue of der Riesenbaum. Please email your comments or stories to the Editor, Chris Harrell, by 11/20/11. Thanks!

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Oktoberfest in Vacaville - September 24, 2011

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by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President


First of all...why is Oktoberfest held in September? The answer goes back to 1810, during the dark days of beer drinking before refrigeration.


In those days in Germany, beer would never be brewed in the summer months. The batches would never turn out good. The last batches were usually made in March. These last batches would have higher alcohol content to take advantage of alcohol as a preservative.

Traditionally, there would be a big fest starting on the last Saturday in September until the first Sunday in October. The purpose was to drink up the old stocks of beer to make room for the new brew that would be made after harvest. The tradition goes back to the 15th and 16th Centuries.

The first official Oktoberfest was held in 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria threw a big party to celebrate his wedding to Princess Therese on October 12, 1810. The party was open to all. Everyone liked it so much they kept having the party every year.


On September 24, 32 happy Redwood Region members began our tour in Santa Rosa on a perfect weather day, with temps slated in be in the 80's, for a brisk 78-mile run on the back roads of Sonoma County to Vacaville. Thanks to Caltrans for paving Highway 128 with fresh new blacktop, where the grip was nice and sticky and with minimal traffic. Can we say outstanding Porsche roads? After a quick pit stop at Moskovitz's Corner to pick up several members, we continued on to Vacaville.

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PCA Redwood Region Octoberfest 2011

As you may know, this was Redwood Region's second Tour to Vacaville, where members Holger and Martina Seibert own the Pure Grain Bakery and are the founders of the Oktoberfest in the great old town area. For the celebration, they cook outstanding German delicacies such as currywurst, brats and sauerkraut. All of these combined with Spaten beer and the lively German music make for an exceptional Oktoberfest experience. Many thanks to Holger for the special Porsche parking right next the Plaza, the wonderful pretzels, and all the other fine German pastries available at the Pure Grain Bakery!


This event was a lot of fun and we are planning to do it again in 2012.


Auf Wiedersehen until next year and Ein Prosit!



The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Member


With the Redwood Region's jam-packed Autocross schedule, this issue will report on two events: the PCA-ESCA shootout on September 17 and 18, and the Zone 7 event on October 8 and 9.


After several PCA-only events, we welcomed our ESCA colleagues back for our annual Shootout. These events usually attract large numbers of participants, and this year's event was no exception, with no fewer than 50 drivers participating on Saturday. I can't comment on Sunday's crowd, as homeowner commitments (also known as honey-dos) prevented me from joining on Sunday. The great thing about "ESCA events" is seeing the wide variety of cars participating. Unfortunately, that "variety" includes many types of vehicles that are capable of much faster times than my Carrera and I are capable of (it's not much fun trailing Miatas by multiple seconds, but at least I'm not trying to make a living at autocross!).


For this event, my course assignment was waving the green flag as the starter, which allowed me to watch everyone tackle the course. As I've discovered, the starter's job entails much more than just waving the flag at the beginning of each run. Since we try to have at least two cars on course simultaneously, the starter must judge how much space to allow between cars to ensure that each driver gets an unobstructed run. The starter must also watch the course workers retrieving cones to ensure that they are off of the course before the next car begins its run. Make sure you bring sunscreen, too - you'll be out in the sun for three to four hours in total.


As for results, the "usual suspects" battled it out for best overall time, with ESCA's Guy Southern taking the honors in his well-driven Corvette. Your author occupied his customary position comfortably in the middle of the pack. 


On October 8 and 9, Redwood Region hosted its annual Zone 7 event. Again, I was only able to participate on Saturday because on Sunday, I was picking up my future autocross car, a 1972 911T Coupe. It's not quite ready to go, but I hope to have it prepared in time for the 2012 events. Generally, there's a large turnout for the Zone events, but for some reason, attendance at this year's event was less than expected. Maybe folks were gearing up for Rennsport Reunion IV, which was held on the following weekend in Monterey.


The Zone 7 events tend to bring out more experienced autocross pilots, so the courses are generally fairly challenging for apprentices. This year's course did not disappoint in that regard, with very challenging lower-speed sections, and scarce opportunities to exploit full power. Walking the course gave me a slightly uneasy feeling, as I've always had difficulty with slower turns. On the other hand, if you don't work on the weaker aspects of your driving, you'll have trouble improving....


Once again, I was the starter for the event, and it quickly became apparent that the course was quite challenging, with cones flying in all directions. The workers on the course certainly got their exercise for the day! I was in the second run group of the day, which gave me the opportunity to see which parts of the course seemed to be the most difficult before I got behind the wheel.


Finally, our group began its runs. As I supected, the course was quite challenging, but one thing surprised me: despite all of the slow corners, it was FUN! In the morning, my times slowly improved as I tried different approaches in various corners. After lunch, Ace Robey (who ran the fastest time of the day) offered to take me for a lap in his car and show me his line around the course. WOW! I wouldn't have believed that a car could go six seconds faster than I could, but there it was. It was an exhilarating experience, but it also gave me ideas on improving my own time. Despite going off the course a couple of times in the afternoon, I improved quite a bit.  The moral of the story: if you get the opportunity to ride with an instructor, take it. I guarantee you'll learn something!


These events mark the end of our Region's 2011 Autocross season, but you still have the opportunity to participate in SVR's Autocross on November 19 at Infineon. I participated in that event last year and had a great time. After this year's event, I'll spend the winter preparing my "new" car for 2012 autocrosses, and count down the days until the start of next season. Hope to see you at other Redwood Region events in the future!




Click here for detailed results from all Redwood Region autocross events.

Becoming ONE with your Porsche

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director


"There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it."


- Kurt Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle)


Anita and I are on our way for our yearly pilgrimage to see my family in the southeastern corner of New Mexico. Every year since 1982, my homesickness kicks in around this time. As Yogi Berra said, "It's like deja-vu, all over again." I have been blessed to have done this trip in a Porsche (912, 914, 912E, 924 Turbo, and 986 Boxster) for 16 of the 28 years. This year (my 29th), "Speedie" will be taking Anita and me on the 4000-mile round trip in 10 days through the great western states of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Follow us on Facebook; we leave on the 18th of November. 


I have only had one breakdown since I started doing this trip: I lost the clutch on the 924 Turbo just as I drove into my parent's driveway in 1989. Porsches are very reliable cars, even when driven hard. Besides, it's lot more fun to tour in a Porsche than in a _________. You fill in the blank!

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Speedie at Carlsbad Caverns National Park (photo by Bob Schoenherr)

So, how do you get your trusty steed ready for such a trip? The preparation is similar to what you would do for autocross or track events. Let me share what I have done for the past 28 years, as I am very much a road trip veteran. Many tasks are easy to perform, while others will require more knowledge or mechanical skills. Accordingly, I've used a star system to rank the tasks:


* Easiest: Almost anyone can do it with the correct tool - usually your eyes and hands.

** Easier: Most people can do it, but you need more knowledge of your Porsche.

*** Difficult - You should be a mechanic or experienced DYI person and have a place to work safely.

**** Very Difficult - I recommend allowing one of our sponsors ike Hi Tec, 9Elf Motorsports, or TRG to perform the work for you.


* Easiest items

  1. Start with checking your maintenance log. Don't have one? Start one now by recording when the oil, wiper blades, tires etc. were changed.
  2. Check your tires and wheels. Check the tire air pressure even if you have those funny modern sensors in them. Now is a great time to see if the air pump that came with your car still works! Some Porsches have inflatable spares and came with air pumps. These days, you may not be able to find air as easily as we used to, so I recommend that you have a pump or at least carry a can of air with you. It's no fun to be stranded on a long stretch of road with no help or traffic like "The Loneliest Highway in the World", Hwy. 50 in Nevada.
  3. Do a visual inspection of your tires and wheels. Are the wear bars showing? In some states it is illegal to be driving on the wear bars. In any case, if your tires are worn to this extent, be safe and get a new set of tires. If the tires have unusual wear, head to the alignment shop before you wear out those expensive high-performance tires. Unusual wear could also be a sign of worn bushings, shock absorbers, or ball joints. If a wheel shows a crack, please replace it for your own safety.
  4. Check your spare tire. Do a test inflation of the collapsible spare to ensure that it holds air, and does not have cracked sidewalls. 
  5. Check the torque of the lugs or lug nuts and don't forget about hubcaps or center caps. No torque wrench?  Then go by your tire dealer. Usually, they'll check it for free.
  6. Check your gas cap and gas cap gasket. Some newer cars will have ill effects if the cap is loose or leaking.
  7. All moving cars must stop eventually, so check for brake pedal fade while the car is running. New cars have power-assisted brakes, so starting the car is a must. Find a back road and do a couple of emergency stops (with no one behind you!). Check the brakes for fade and pulling of the car to one side.
  8. Check for any visible fluid leaks. We do know that most air-cooled Porsche are going to seep some oil, but leaks should be minor. While you're at it, check all fluids - brake, oil, power steering, coolant, windshield washer, etc.
  9. Check engine belts and hoses for cracks or tears and be sure clamps are tight.
  10. Check that the battery is securely in place.
  11. Check that the seats are secured, that seat belts are factory or better, and are not frayed.
  12. Check the gas pedal to be sure it returns smoothly.
  13. Check that the steering wheel does not have excessive play.
  14. Check your mirrors! Unlike the movie Cannonball Run, you do need to look behind you.
  15. Check all lights for function with the engine running! If something is not working, check fuses first then check the bulb in question. Owner's manuals have the bulb type and fuse box location for your vehicle.
  16. Check for the jack, tools, spare tire, and other items and be sure they are secured properly.
  17. Check operation of heating and cooling (the defroster system is especially important in winter weather). Plan your interior and trunk packing to ensure that there are no loose objects. The second collision by objects in the car cause the most damage in accidents.
  18. Shake your car...up and down and sideways! If there are any abnormal clunks then you might have a suspension problem.

** Easier items

  1. Pull the wheels off, after jacking and supporting the vehicle in a proper manner. DO NOT WORK ON THE CAR WHILE IT IS ON THE JACK! Use jack stands or a lift.
  2. Check the oil level and fill up as needed. Change the oil if you can do it safely and can dispose of the oil and filter in an environmentally safe way.
  3. Replace wiper blades, washer fluid, and air cleaner.
  4. Replace worn suspension parts, but only if you are sure that you can reassemble them correctly.
  5. Replace items as needed from your inspection in part 1.
  6. Check transmission fluid levels. This is usually done underneath the car, so ensure that the car is properly supported.
  7. Check that driveline components are secure. See that CV joint rubber boots are not cracked or open.
  8. Check brake linings.
  9. Check brake lines to be sure they are secure - not rubbing, leaking or swollen.
  10. Check that the throttle linkage is secure and not binding and that the throttle return spring(s) are fully functional.
  11. Check that no suspension components such as shocks, sway bars or suspension arms are loose.
  12. Check muffler and exhaust system for leaks and that the hangers are holding the system in place properly.
  13. Install a new radio or MP3 player.

*** Difficult Items

  1. Drop the engine to replace oil seals.
  2. Replace the clutch.
  3. Replace the brake rotors and pads.
  4. Troubleshoot electrical gremlins.
  5. Install any performance enhancements.
  6. Rebuild or replace any engine or transmission component.
  7. Fix any leak.

**** Very Difficult Items  

  1. Anything that you don't have time for or have any hesitation about the safety of your passenger, you, and/or your car. The key word is SAFETY! Are you certain that the repairs you performed are safe?
  2. Any task for which you do not have the tools to do the work properly.

In summary, you can see that there are many things you can do to keep your car properly maintained and ready for a road trip. Always, when in doubt of your abilities, get the help of an expert. A 2000-6000 pound car is a weapon on the road; keep your Porsche under control by doing the checks listed above. Obviously, there are other items that could be added to the lists, depending upon your vehicle (I haven't even addressed cleaning, paint, carpet, etc. I'll save that for concours season). You should also consider reading your owner's manual to see what Porsche recommends for your specific vehicle.


In addition to the above checks, remember that an AAA card can be helpful in a pinch. Also, consider carrying a Panorama magazine with you in case of a breakdown; you may be able to reach a local PCA member who can assist you. Call the Region President in the area if you are having problems. PCA folks enjoy helping others in need!


Don't forget that it is both the people and the cars that make our journeys enjoyable.



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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

The word is out! Thank you to the 17 of you that used the PCA National website to update your profiles. This sure makes it easier to contact you. Redwood Region is being recognized as one of the PCA regions with the most activities. By updating your profile we can keep you up to date on our schedule of exciting events. Don't miss theses upcoming activities: the Tech Session at Hi Tec Automotive on November 12 and the Holiday Party on December 10. And don't put your Porsche up yet; enjoy the color changes around Northern California before the rains hit! 


Anita and I are always ready for a cruise. If you are interested, please feel free to email me or call me at 707.995.5082.

October 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 1
Transfers In 1
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 30
Non-Renewals 8
Dual Members 15 

Primary Members 484
Affiliate Members 351
Total Members 835

October 2011 New Members

Don Kruger and Marina Farah, Calistoga - 1987 Carrera Red
Donald Lewis and Pamela Ouaknine, San Rafael - 2002 996 C4S Silver


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

November 2011 Membership Anniversaries

John Byrne and Mary Matheson, Pt. Richmond - 36 years and 9 years
Jose Garcia and Carol Clark-Garcia, Novato - 36 years
Deven and Jeanne Wailes, Sonoma - 29 years and 24 years
Raymond and Ofelia Manzano, Santa Rosa - 28 years and 27 years
Richard and Suzanne Elb, Novato - 24 years and 4 years
William and Lois Newton, Santa Rosa - 24 years
Dave and LaVonne Benson, Sonoma - 22 years
Scott and Mary Alber, Fairfax - 13 years
Eric Christensen, Sausalito - 11 years
Edward and Kay Lee, Ross - 11 years and 10 years
Milann and D Rose Marie Reynolds, Crescent City - 11 years
Frank and Karen Altamura, Napa - 10 years
Charles and Ellen Wear, Santa Rosa - 10 years
Chris and Veronica Harrell, San Rafael - 9 years and 6 years
Jay Polack, Cotati - 9 years
David Lundgren and Susan Warhaftig, Mill Valley - 8 years
Thomas and Nancy Noonan, Trinidad - 7 years
Ronan Papillaud and Perrine Papillaud, Mill Valley - 7 years and 1 year
George and Peggy Ann Nostrant, Santa Rosa - 6 years and 5 years
Larry Proctor and David Proctor, Santa Rosa - 5 years
John Trefethen and Tim Barber, Napa - 5 years and 1 year
Mike and Brenda Hinton, Saint Helena - 4 years
Thorsten and Simone Kopitzki, Mill Valley - 4 years
Warren and Kitt Weagant, Sausalito - 4 years
JC Buller and Patrick Van Dusen, Napa - 3 years 
John Siragusa, Petaluma - 3 years
Bob and Lori Boinski, Petaluma - 2 years
Martin Kadlecovic and Sandra Roell, Vallejo - 2 years
Lawrence St. John, Fairfield - 2 years
Larry and Jama St. John, Vacaville - 2 years and 1 year
Stan and Jeanie Chasen, Cloverdale - 1 year
Robert Smyth and Andrew Smyth, Redway - 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 - October 25, 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, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Concours Director James Heisey, Safety Director Mac Cranford, Social/Event Chair Don Magdanz & Region members Mike Hinton, Simone and Thorsten Kopitzki.


Meeting called to order at 7:04 p.m. by President Greg Maissen at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.


A. President's Report: Report stands as submitted. 

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Brad from Hi-Tec to submit art work for t-shirt designs for autocross sponsorship.
2. Discussed with Simone Kopitzki art work design for sponsorship t-shirts. We will be working on this and preparing for the 2012 season.
3. Discussed with Craig Steele and Mike
Hinton ( Financial Review Committee) about reviewing the finance records for 2011.  They will do this review in December.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A.  Greg nominated Simone Kopitzki for Redwood Region Advertising Director. Motion was seconded, by unanimous vote of the board motion was approved.


B. Vice-President's Report:

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Reviewed the Member's Meeting.

B. We will be having a Tech Session at Hi-Tec Auto in San Rafael on November 12.

C. In reviewing the RSVP's on this summer's events (tours & breakfast runs), we had 69 different members attend.


C. Treasurer's Report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

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

     "Profit & Loss Statement" all dated October 20, 2011.


D. Secretary's Report:

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

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

B.  Report on the Member's Meeting; 53 attendees, no one was nominated from the floor.

C. 2012 Election - Passed around a copy of the ballot.

D. Will get a price from Kinko's for printing & folding 500 ballots and "bios".

E. Will also get a price on Kinko's doing the complete mailing.

F. Rennsport Reunion report.


E. Past President's Report: None


F. der Riesenbaum Editor's report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. The October issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on October 4 to 580 email addresses; 291 (50.2%) opened as of 10/21/11.

2. The November issue of dR will likely be published on 11/5/11, which is 3 days behind the original schedule.

3. Attended Rennsport Reunion IV in Monterey - write-up(s) and pics to follow in November's newsletter.

4. Member input (e.g., Rick Wahlberg's story in the October dR) is becoming a regular part of dR, which is fabulous!

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Pedro's Garage ( - Technical Articles in exchange for advertising in dR - instead will talk to our local Porsche shops and members to see if they would submit "Tech Articles".

B. 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.

C. Working on draft survey(s) to be included in future editions of dR.

D. Draft of new dR layout ETA late 2011, hopefully for introduction in January 2012.


G. Membership Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. September Report

New Members             5

Transfers In                 1

Transfers Out              0

Renewals                    28

Non-Renewals             12

Dual Members             15 

Primary Members        486

Affiliate Members        349

Total Members            835

2. New Redwood members

Mark Eichstaedt, Sonoma

Mario Felciano, Santa Rosa

Richard Flaherty and Ana Flaherty, Glen Ellen

Debra Leifer and Howard Schwartz, San Francisco

James West and Ludmila Franc, Santa Rosa

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Board approved Bob giving Don a copy of the Redwood Roster only with names & member's email addresses so Don can contact people who are signing up for the Holiday Party.


H. Autocross Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Zone 7 AX Saturday -- 28 drivers 12 runs $980 deposited.

2. Zone 7 AX Sunday --   35 drivers 13 runs $1225 deposited  Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Rental fee for trailer storage, pay monthly or yearly? Airport fiscal year ends in July, fee may increase.

Jerry will check to see where we stand on payment.
B. Reassignment for 2012 A.O.A. badge duties (Vern) and event insurance acquisition (David).

C. 2012 AX dates- It looks like Sequoia Region will NOT be doing a Zone 7 AX, so we may want to move our Zone AX back to the spring of 2012.


I. Web Mistress's Report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. During the month of October 2011, it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3100 about the same as last year. 

2. Busiest day was October 19 which was the day the autocross results were posted.

3. Most popular pages this month were Autocross and Rennsport.

4. Daily country activity was United States, China, Russian Federation, Japan and Sweden accounting for 92% of the visitors.

5. Other operating systems used to access the website, i.e. ipads, pods, and droids accounted for 99 visitors this month.

6. Our most popular spiders were Yahoo! Slurp, Bing Robot, Googlebot and Baidu Spider, and FaceBook Crawler. The Soso spider came by only 16 times; I guess I hurt their feelings last month.


J. Goodie Store Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Received needed & new items the week before the Zone AX.  Completely sold out the new Men's Black Polo & took orders for 3 more that day. Also "Marked Down" some older items to clear out.

2. Sales of $440 in September- Zone AX  sales $190 & Members meeting of  $250.

3. Goodie store will be at the Hi-Tec Tech Session.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. Based on sales need to reorder the Men's black polo from above, Ladies new Vest (sold 3 of 4 ordered) & Ladies Berry top ( sold 3 of 4).

B. Also have orders for both Men's & Ladies' Camp shirts.


K. Social Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Holiday Party on SA, 12/10 @ 6:30PM @ Seghesio Family Vineyards:

The following needs to be done by:

11/1      Seghesio will provide us with the Winter menu.

11/15    We decide what meal option we want:

  • Casual Dinner is $75pp, includes same entre for all & a plated dessert (new addition @ no charge); choice of 2 entrées is $10pp additional.
  • Food Stations is $85pp, which is a fancy name for buffet.

Where the band will play:

  • Museum is not available, but the cellar is; there is an issue with drains which could be a hazard to high heels.
  • Redwood Room which is dinner location.

12/2     Final count; payment due; need to include any comps (CASA).

Count of entrées chosen if 2 entrees plus any special meals.

Determine location for any PCA supplied displays.

2. Event Policy:

Attached is the latest version of the Event Policy; only substantial change was "Submitting the information for President to order insurance", as per email from Greg.

3. Driving Tours

Also attached is the Driving Tour Map & Itinerary Format and the Driving Tours Driver's Meeting documents. The Event Information Form needs to be developed.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

A. The Board can adopt this policy or make suggestions for changes, which will be reviewed at a later Board meeting.


L. Concours Director's Report: None


M. Advertising Director's Report: None


N. Safety Director Report: None


O. Charity/CASA Report:  

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

1. Zone AX Dinner raffle ticket sales raised $111 for CASA.

2. Jerry asked for clarification from the last AX deposit how much money was from the "Taste of the AX" program as that goes into the CASA account.


P.  New Business:

A.  Chris would like to plan the January 1st New Year's Day drive again.


Meeting was adjourned at 9:02 p.m.


Next meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on November 29, 2011 at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

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

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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




Porsche books for sale: 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


For Sale: "Here your car is waiting for you" 4-panel brochure in German & English, 8 3/8" x 5 7/8" showing two 914s, $10; "Here your car is waiting for you" 4-panel brochure in German & English showing two 914s & three 911s, 8 1/4" x 8 1/4", $12; "The Porsche 914/1975," 4-panel brochure with pics & tech data, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4", $15; "Porsche/Porsche Technical Data. 1975," 4-panel brochure showing the 1975 models, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4", $15; "Colors and Interior Trim '91", 8-panel brochure showing all the colors for the '91 models, 9 7/8" x 11", $20; "Porsche 911" 36 page booklet showing the 1992 models with a 6-panel tech data supplement, 12 1/4" x 8 1/4", $25; "Porsche 968," 32 page booklet with 6-panel brochure showing tech data & specs for the 1992 model year, $25; 1997 Boxster booklet, 14 pp. with specs & paint chips, 6 1/4" x 8 1/4", $25; "The 911," 56-page booklet for the 1997 model year, 6 1/8" x 8 1/4", $25; "The 911 Carrera. The Boxster. 1998," 8-panel foldout brochure featuring a large fold-out poster (29 1/2" x 21 3/4") of the 911 Carrera S, 7 /12" x 11", $25. All in nice condition. Mike Kelly, 415-380-1885.


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 Advertising Director Simone Kopitzki at 415.299.7563 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 (except December) 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


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