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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
2012 Porsche Parade
From the Editor
Member Survey
One One Fun Run
Tech Tips
Kurt's Korner
The Midfield Report
Membership Report
Annual Treasurer's Report
Redwood Region Contacts
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Welcome to der Riesenbaum, the official newsletter of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, encompassing Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. This publication is intended to inform Club members about Club activities and other related matters of interest. The opinions expressed in der Riesenbaum are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, its officers, or its members.


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


All written content and images in this publication are protected by copyright. Permission is granted to reprint any original content herein provided credit is given to the author, to der Riesenbaum, and to the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region. 


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President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Here we are at the beginning of a new year, with a shift in roles on the Board and a calendar filling with activities. Please take a look at the upcoming events below in our Calendar section to get a preview of our first few months.


I would like to start this year in a spirit of thanks and acknowledgement. The contributions of all Board and Committee members are an intgegral part of the Region's success, and at this time I want to give special recognition to the efforts of a few of these individuals:


Greg Maissen, our most recent Past President - Greg unexpectedly inherited the Presidency over a year and a half ago, stepping into a big job well ahead of the time it would have naturally occurred. Greg took on the task with gusto and determination. He has left us with the legacy of competent, talented, committed Board members. Thank you, Greg!


David Bunch, Autocross Director - This man has done it all, and holds an unshakable commitment to the Region and PCA in general. David is a Past President, most recently held the position of Secretary, has managed the Goodie Store for years, is a past Autocross Director, and is back at that job this year. We are so lucky to have you, David. Thank you!


Kurt Fischer, last year's Past President - Kurt's friendly, welcoming manner piqued my initial interest in the Club, and made me want to get more involved. I am very happy to have his continued support and involvement in events for 2012.  Some of you may have noticed the way that I have tried to make contact with each and every one of you that attend our events. This 'working the room' philosophy comes from Kurt's tutelage. Thank you, Kurt, for continuing to bring your efforts and energy to our Region!


I also want to welcome our new Board Members, and those now filling new positions:


Chris Harrell - Our new VP and continuing Newsletter Director. 


Mike Hinton - Our new Secretary. Mike will also be continuing his standing column in der Riesenbaum, The Midfield Report.


Simone Kopitzki - Our new Sponsorship (formerly Advertising) Director. Simone is gathering a small committee around her to finalize this year's relationships between our Club and its sponsors.


Thanks and welcome to you all!


This year sees us once again with an opportunity to attend PCA's biggest national event, the Porsche Parade. The 2012 Parade will be held in Salt Lake City, and many on the Board and in the Membership are planning to attend. If you, like me, have yet to attend a Parade event, please know that we will not only be planning a caravan of Redwood Region members, but also a workshop on 'How to do Parade'. I have found in my two trips to Escape that knowing what to expect, and planning what/how much to attend, can make the experience much more enjoyable. Please contact me at if you have an interest in attending this year's Parade.


Let me end with a few words to carry into the year: fun, camaraderie, great people, great cars. I am looking forward to seeing and talking to each and every one of you this year.  This club is its people.



Upcoming Events

January 2012

Tue 1/31 Redwood Region Board Meeting **new time 7:30 p.m.**

February 2012

Sat 2/4 Redwood Region Brunch Run to Sonoma
Sat 2/11 Diablo Region Wine Tour
Tue 2/28 Redwood Region Board Meeting

March 2012

Sat 3/3 Redwood Region Whale to Whale Tail Rally
Sat 3/10 Redwood Region Autocross #1
Sun 3/18 Redwood Region Brunch Run
Fri 3/23-Sun 3/25 Golden Gate Region DE/TT/Club Race at Thunderhill
Tue 3/27 Redwood Region Board Meeting
Sat 3/31 Loma Prieta Region Autocross

Click here to view the full 2012 Redwood Region calendar online.

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From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to this year's first issue of der Riesenbaum.


Some of you may be thinking that this newsletter is late and, technically, you would be correct. As you know, we typically strive to publish der Riesenbaum early in the month. However, this month's "delay" was planned, as it allowed us to have our annual Calendar Planning Meeting prior to publishing our first newsletter of 2012. Although it will take a bit more time to finalize Redwood Region's 2012 event calendar in its entirety, we have included some upcoming events for February and March in the Calendar section of this issue, and we will update Membership as more events and dates are confirmed. We've got a great schedule planned, so stay tuned.


As most of you know, 2011 was my first year as Redwood Region Newsletter Editor, and a fun year it was. I am really pleased with the continued evolution of der Riesenbaum, and I am excited about what we have planned for 2012. Expect expanded content, including tech tips and interviews with Club members and other familiar names from the Porsche community. I am also pleased to announce the return of Kurt's Korner, a monthly column by Redwood Region Past President Kurt Fischer, as a fixture in der Riesenbaum!


It is my goal to publish a newsletter that is both informative and interesting, and I'm looking forward to hearing your feedback as the year progresses. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue, and I hope to see you at our inaugural Brunch Run to Sonoma on February 4.


Member Survey
The Redwood Region Board of Directors is always looking for member input. We have created a survey to learn more about member interests and events in which members would like to participate. If you haven't completed the survey yet, please take a few minutes to give it a look at the link below. Thank you for sharing your feedback and ideas. Cheers to a great 2012!

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One One Fun Run - January 1, 2012

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


There are many ways to welcome the first day of a new year. Those who choose to revel in the New Year's Eve ceremony look forward to a few extra hours of sleep. Others set up camp in front of the HDTV to watch the Rose Parade or some of the 20 college football bowl games (OK - maybe it's only 5!). For me, the best way to ring in the new year is to take a spirited drive in my Porsche, accompanied by like-minded enthusiasts!


Fortunately, our new Vice-President Chris Harrell organized the Redwood Region's second annual New Year's Day Breakfast Run. This year's edition was dubbed the One One Fun Run. An appropriate name, as things turned out.
Cars began gathering at the meeting point shortly after 8:30 a.m. Coffee and other beverages were secured. Old acquaintances were renewed, and new ones made. As the 9:30 meeting time approached, the parking lot filled with Porsches of all ages and models. What an incredible variety of cars! Much of Porsche's model history was represented in our group, with the exception of Panameras. Some of you members must have them, so bring them out and let's see them! We both know that they are fun to drive on curvy roads....

By 10:15, we had wrapped up the formalities of sign-in sheets and drivers' instructions, and we prepared to hit the road. Unlike 1/1/11, which was wet and rainy, the first day of 2012 greeted us with perfect driving weather. In fact, due to the lack of rain in the past several weeks, the route was completely clear and mostly free of potential black ice spots (hitting one of those while turning could ruin your whole day!).


I'm sure our group of 45 Porsches (with 65 participants!) created quite a stir as we all funneled onto Highway 101, headed for the first twisty road of the day: Lucas Valley Road. After re-grouping at a convenient turnout, we started up and over the top of the hill towards Nicasio, with the cars following the route in a gigantic conga line. The route wound its way through Nicasio Valley, and after about 45 minutes, we gathered in the parking lot of the Marin French Cheese Company for group photo opportunities.

Porsches fill the parking lot at Marin French Cheese Company on the "One One Fun Run" (photo by Chris Harrell)

From the "Cheese Factory", we drove a couple miles on Hicks Valley Road and then turned left onto Marshall-Petaluma Road, headed for the coast. Marshall-Petaluma Road is a narrow, bumpy roller-coaster ride from inland to Tomales Bay. Being in the middle of the group was fun, as we were able to watch the cars ahead of us climbing and descending the hills in formation, with many beautiful views along the way, especially at the top of the ridge, where we caught our first glimpse of the waters of Tomales Bay.


From Marshall-Petaluma Road, it was time to head north on Highway 1 toward Tomales. This section of Highway 1 is delightful in a Porsche, with a smooth road surface and a variety of challenging curves along the way. By maintaining adequate following distances, you could leave enough space from the car in front of you to take some of the curves with extra gusto.


The group took a well-deserved rest stop in Tomales, then it was onward to our destination of the historic  Union Hotel in Occidental. Again, the roads were in generally good condition, except for the one suspension-rattling bump on Highway 1 before we reached Valley Ford. Ouch! I don't think anyone suffered rim or tire damage though.


Thanks to the members who helped herd our large group into the various parking lots and into the dining room. 

It's a good thing that the Union Hotel has a large banquet room, because our enthusiastic group took up a large portion of the room. The restaurant did a good job of keeping track of everyone's orders (they even had separate checks for each group, which makes the money thing much simpler), and a good time was had by all. I was asked to address the group with a few words, and what I said then bears repeating here: On behalf of the Board, and the Region, thanks to all of YOU for making the event truly a "One One Fun Run!"

Hope to see you at the next event! 


Tech Tips

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

Many Porsche owners store their cars in a garage for the winter. Of course, in the midwest and northeast, this is a common yearly tradition. It's great that in our area we don't need to do many of the items that those cold souls do in theirs. However, many of us here in Northern California may drive our Porsches only on weekends and during the winter months maybe two or three times a month (Anita and I don't drive the 914 or the 912e as much in January and February, but we drive the Boxster daily). Whether you are storing your autocross car or your weekend driver collectible, I would suggest you try to do following with your Porsche in the wintertime:


A. Change the oil and filter. Oils become acid over time, so even if you haven't run the car, the oil could be picking up moisture, which in turn oxidizes.


B. Fill the fuel tank with fresh, premium gasoline. Condensation in the tank is a problem in stored vehicles. If you can get non-ethanol gasoline, it is best. Gasoline can become "gummy" over time, so it is useful to add a gasoline stabilizer, which is available for lawn mowers and other seasonal yard equipment. Yes, a lawnmower additive can save your Porsche's gas tank! 


C. Check all coolant levels, if applicable.


D. Inflate the tires to proper pressure, or over inflate while in storage for a longer duration. Doing so can help the tires from developing flat spots. The best way to avoid this completely is to put the car on jack stands, but in many cases that is impractical. Just expect a thump for a bit once you get the car back on the road.


E. Clean and wax the car. This should include under the car and wheel wells. Clean the interior extensively; get rid of those McDonald's french fries and old Krispy Crème doughnut pieces. By the way, food leads to mold in a car's interior. Not good! Do not use Armor All® or any preservative products; if you are in a cold environment, the moisture from these chemicals expands and causes cracking!


F. If your garage is always in a moist environment, you might consider placing a sheet of vapor barrier plastic under the car on the floor. This will prevent water vapor buildup in a cold, unheated garage. Oh, and also you get to see where the oil is leaking from when you drive away!


G. Open a window slightly, but not enough to allow small animals inside. Put the top up if it's a convertible. Stuff a rag into the air intake and exhaust to prevent animals from nesting, covering this with a metal screen (911 and 912 owners, don't forget the smuggler's box - I always have squirrels leaving acorns in mine). Once I put a moving blanket inside the smuggler's box around the steering, my rat and squirrel problem went away.


H. Use a battery maintainer if the car will be stored for more than a month. If you do this, check the car manual to be sure you can use the charger without disconnecting the battery (old cars with first and second-generation alternators can sustain alternator diode damage from almost any type of charger). To be on the safe side, disconnect the battery and charge. There are cheap quick-disconnects out there, so you don't need to pull the battery out of your car. Be sure not to confuse the onboard computers, and be sure you have written down any needed access codes for devices such as the stereo or alarm. As an alternative, starting the car regularly and letting it run for 5 minutes might keep the battery up during this otherwise dormant time.


I. Place a piece of plastic wrap or cloth on the windshield, under the wiper blades. This will prevent the rubber from sticking to the glass and leaving ghost marks. 


J. Release the parking brake. If the brake is left on, the brake pads can stick to the rotors or hubs. Place chocks under the tires to prevent movement. Two-by-fours work on a level surface too.


K. If you live in "one of those neighborhoods", you will want to lock the doors. It will deter someone from stealing your car or something inside it.


L. Use a soft cotton car cover if indoors. Be sure it has ventilation (mine is so old it has plenty of holes for ventilation). Outdoor covers can cause condensation, which is not good after all the work you've done to your car.


Finally, make a note to yourself outlining what you did and what you might need to do to make the car road ready. (e.g., remove rags, change the air in the tires, reconnect the battery). Put this note on the dash before you lock the car.


OPTIONAL: If you are a basic mechanic, you could remove the spark plugs and spray a small amount of oil into the cylinders to prevent rusting...but only if you are storing the car over three months. Special "fogging oil" is available for storing boats and will work well for this application. I always use a copper anti-seize lubricant on the plugs when I reinstall them. Iron to Aluminum can cause threads to stick and ruin the heads, which you don't want!


When the weather permits, you will have a nice, clean Porsche ready to take out for Redwood Region events in 2012!



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Kurt's Korner

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by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President


I am back after a nice phone call from Chris Harrell asking me to write Kurt's Korner again so stand by for the latest from the old guy!


We are getting ready for the 2012 Redwood Region season to begin. We had a great calendar meeting last week and lots of excellent events in store for all our members!


Now...this weekend is the 24 Hours of Daytona, in its 50th year with Porsches galore!  The Racer's Group (TRG), with a field of five cars, will keep Kevin Buckler and crew very busy, and Flying Lizard Motorsports' entry will feature Patrick Long, Joerg Bergmeister, Mike Rockenfeller and Seth Neiman. It is set to be a stunning race! As always, this race will be broadcast on Speed TV this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PST. Watch and root for Porsches!


Speaking of TRG, we are planning a Tech Session and Adobe Road wine tasting at TRG's Petaluma facility, which should happen in February. I am awaiting emails from TRG to confirm the date! We will let you all know via blast email. In the past years, we have had as many as 88 attendees. This is a perfect winter activity for us: Porsches up on the racks and great wine is good!


Other events that I will be doing this year include the Sonoma Historics in June, Porsches on the Plaza in Sonoma, Oktoberfest, CSRG races, and, of course, my smiling face at the Autocross gate! Watch for all the dates as we confirm these activites.


Our Facebook page continues along nicely with 310 friends but we sure need more! David Bunch and I as administrators are adding relevant Porsche articles almost daily. Facebook offers so much: pictures, videos and great stories! I ask you to check us out in the social networking media! Check out the Redwood Region Facebook page here.


Keep the shiny side up and if you need me, here I am -

The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


Here we are, in the middle of no-autocross season. I don't know about you, but I really miss the adrenaline rush that you experience when you push your Porsche to its limits. We all know that you can't really duplicate the experience on public roads (seriously, it's too dangerous given the capabilities of your Porsche).


So, what's an enthusiast to do in this long, long winter? Two things come to mind: (1) prepare your car; (2) prepare yourself.


Preparing your car for the upcoming autocross season could potentially involve many things, some expensive and time-consuming, others not as much. I believe one should attend to potential mechanical issues that impact safety, so for me, the first item I will check is tires. Today, I was reminded of the importance of adequate tread while out on a drive on wet and slippery roads.  After two autocross seasons (and a 9,000-mile cross-country trip), my rear tires are near the end of their useful life. On dry pavement, the reduced tread depth is not particularly noticeable, but on wet pavement, it's a different story! I was testing the performance of my recently repaired engine and discovered that it now has sufficient power to spin the tires while accelerating hard in second gear on wet pavement! Not a pleasant surprise to be sure, so next Monday means a call to Tire Rack for some new rear tires. Before the first autocross, make sure to inspect your tires, paying particular attention to tread depth. Autocross events may be run rain or shine, so you will be much happier with good tires if an event happens to be wet.


After tires, you should raise and support your car safely, and inspect your brake pads and rotors.  If the pads are nearly worn out, replace them before autocross season. You'll be giving your brakes a workout, and you don't want to risk damaging your rotors if you wear the pads completely out. At the same time, it's a good idea to ensure that your rotors aren't worn beyond specification. You can check them easily with an inexpensive digital caliper. Finally, if your brake fluid is more than a couple of years old, change it as well. Old brake fluid attracts moisture from the air, and that moisture will compromise your braking performance when the brakes get hot.


If you have any routine maintenance to perform, such as oil changes, valve adjustments (all of you who own newer Porsches miss out on this thrilling chore!), or spark plug changes, now's the time to do it. Football season will be over in plenty of time to complete these tasks, and you'll feel better knowing that your car is at its mechanical best.


Moving on to the interior, you might want to think about the car/driver interface.  For example, as I am slowly approaching the cornering limits of my car, I find that my leather seats (which look great and are comfortable) don't hold me in place very well. The seats could use more lateral support, and the leather is slippery, especially in the summer. If you're in a similar position, you may want to check out some of the aftermarket solutions available. Along those lines, an upgrade to your 3-point seatbelts might be in order too. I'm planning to install a bolt-in harness bar to my car, which will allow use of 4-point belts. Those belts will keep you more centered behind the steering wheel, which can't hurt your performance. If your leather steering wheel is too slippery, consider some racing gloves to give you better grip. The more solidly connected to your car you are, the more accurate you can be with your control inputs.


Obviously, it's difficult to simulate the autocross driving experience on public roads, but there are still many things you can do during your daily and weekend driving to keep sharp. I find it helpful to remember the fundamental premise of autocross: it is a PRECISION driving event. Of course, another goal is to complete the course as quickly as possible, but if you are imprecise, your time will suffer via cone penalties. Given that precision is the primary objective, there are ample opportunities to practice that skill in everyday driving. Any time you're on a curvy road (especially one you're familiar with), turn it into an autocross course. Try to visualize the proper line through the corner, and attempt to hit your apex and turn exit. Pretend that the center line and limit line on the right side of the lane are cones, and don't touch them. Practice smooth corner entries and exits, and learn precisely where the edge of your car is. It sounds a little hokey, but I find that it keeps me more engaged with my driving, and given the growing number of inattentive folks out there, that's a big benefit. For those of us without anti-lock brakes, it can also be beneficial to know just how hard you can brake without locking the wheels. Discretion is called for here, because you could collect the inattentive person behind you if you brake forcefully. Threshold braking exercises are best done on empty roads! There are plenty more exercises, but I hope the ones presented get you thinking of other ways to improve your autocross driving on a daily basis.


Time to start the preparations! Redwood Region's first autocross of the year is March 10, and you want to be ready! I hope to see you at a Redwood Region event before then, so check the calendar frequently as new events are being added rapidly! See you out on the road. 


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

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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

Great holiday party and New Year's Day drive! I guess we should call ourselves the "Fun Great Run Region". I want to mention to all who saw the slideshow at the holiday party that it would not have been possible without the photography of John Jackson and Barbara McCrory. It was fun putting together so many great photos of our members. Our "Fun Run" on New Year's Day was a reminder of how lucky we are to live where we do! Thanks, Chris and Michael.


It was wonderful to see all the new members' hands go up at the drivers' meeting on New Year's Day. New members: keep checking the calendar on the Redwood Region website as new events will start to be posted after the calendar meeting this month.


Are you planning on going to this year's Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City? It sounds like a lot of fun. Stay tuned for more information about Redwood Region's plans to caravan to Salt Lake City....


Just a final reminder to please keep your contact information up-to-date with PCA National. 

As always, please feel free to email me or call me at 707.995.5082 with any questions. See you in the New Year!     


December 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 6
Transfers In 0
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 15
Non-Renewals 3
Dual Members 16 

Primary Members 488
Affiliate Members 355
Total Members 843

December 2011 New Members

John Cort, Petaluma - 1996 993 Turbo Blue
Katherine Chen, San Francisco - 2006 Cayman S Grey (Dual Member/GGR)
Ronald Harness and Peian Harness, Novato - 2005 997S Red
Roger and Phyllis Perso, Petaluma - 2006 997
Steven Smith, Petaluma - 2004 996


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

January 2012 Membership Anniversaries

Bob Sherwood, Santa Rosa - 41 years
Malcolm and Candace Boyes, Sonoma - 36 years and 24 years
Pete and Gail Tierney, Truckee - 36 years
Constantine Petros and Isabelle Petros, Santa Rosa - 18 years and 4 years
Richard Howard, Berkeley - 15 years
Richard and Luisiana Gale, Greenbrae - 13 years
Jim and Rita Fash, Wilmington NC - 12 years
Howard Robin, Belvedere - 11 years
Pierre Ehret, Santa Rosa - 9 years
Greg and Irene Fuller, Sausalito - 9 years
Fred and Colleen Miramontes, Crescent City - 9 years
Cary Weltken, Petaluma - 9 years
David and Elizabeth Cole, Petaluma - 8 years
Mark and Misty Mattos, Cotati - 8 years
Lori and Chris O'Connor, San Rafael - 7 years
George Markle and Debby Piccolotti, Sausalito - 6 years and 3 years
Jim Winston and Debra DeLeon, Healdsburg - 6 years
Robert Brant, Mill Valley - 5 years
Peter and Tracy Dempsey, Belvedere - 5 years
Steven and Colette Frugard, Myers Flat - 5 years
Rik and Corrie Jacobson, Windsor - 5 years
Rich and Liz Pacini, Petaluma - 5 years
Brian Barber, Santa Rosa - 5 years
David Miner, Angwin - 4 years
Jonathan Taylor and Debbie Bernstein, San Rafael - 4 years and 2 years
Kirit Patel, Novato - 3 years
David and Stacy Brown, Mill Valley - 2 years
Mike Hoffman, Whitethorn - 2 years
Cindy Huhn and Terri Boudreaux, Redwood Valley - 2 years
Mark Rabe, Larkspur - 2 years
Bob Brasiel, Pleasant Hill - 1 year
David Cutting, Mill Valley - 1 year
Raul Garcia and Sara Garcia, Corte Madera - 1 year
Jim Schroeder, Petaluma - 1 year
Andrew Thompson, Tiburon - 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).
Annual Redwood Region Treasurer's Report - Fiscal Year 2011
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by Jerry Gladstone, Redwood Region Treasurer

The Redwood Region's finances remain in excellent condition as of the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Total assets of $28,493.41 include:

  • $4,581.74 in the Unrestricted Checking account
  • $3,786.77 in the Autocross reserve account
  • $7,570.88 in the Money Market account
  • $10,121.55 in the Certificate of Deposit

Total income was $37,771.81 with major sources:

  • $14,536.00 from Autocross
  • $7,848.00 from National
  • $10,138.80 from tours and parties
  • $2,086.00 from the Ledson Concours and Porsches on the Plaza
  • $1,115.50 from Goodie Store sales
  • $1,400.00 from advertising sales and sponsorships
  • The remainder coming from badge fees and miscellaneous revenue.

Total expenses of $32,702.31 consisted of:

  • $10,158.75 for Autocross
  • $11,895.94 for tours, race events and parties
  • $991.38 for the Ledson Concours and Porsches on the Plaza
  • $3,000.00 donation to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • $1,199.24 for Goodie Store purchases
  • $5,515.00 for operational expenses including badges, newsletter, website, postage, copying, bank fees, meeting expenses and miscellaneous supplies.

Net income for 2011 was $5,005.08.


The Region's biggest revenue generator remains the Autocross series with a net profit of $4,377.25. Combined with National's rebate of $7,848.00 and sponsor support of $1,400.00, this $13,625.25 contributes most of our operating funds.


Please note that these financial figures have not been formally reviewed, but are currently being reviewed by the Redwood Region Financial Review Committee. Any questions, clarifications or requests for full financial statements, please contact Region Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone at

Board Meeting Minutes
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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes


Since there was no December Board Meeting, there are no minutes to share this month. Minutes from the January meeting will be included in the February issue of der Riesenbaum.


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on January 31, 2012 at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

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wheelOriginal black leather steering wheel (two horizontal bars) from my early 1989 911 Targa. Was exchanged for Momo wheel shortly after purchase. As new. $200. Contact Martin at



Wanted: two 16x8 Fuchs wheels for a 1988 911 Carerra. Must be straight, ready to run. Please phone Tom on 415.300.7457. Thanks.


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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