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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
2012 Porsche Parade
SVR Rally School
From the Editor
Member Survey
Brunch Run to Sonoma
Tech Tips: Online Forums
Kurt's Korner
The Midfield Report
Membership 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.


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President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Well, now we're into the second month of the year. 2012 has certainly been accelerating for me. That seems somehow appropriate for leading a Porsche Club. Aside from work, which has been in that mode for a while now (I work for UCSF Medical Center implementing a new Electronic Health Record), the Porsche side of life has taken some speedy turns lately.


As some of you know, my '05 997 came down with a bad case of cooling system disease at our Zone 7 Autocross last year. It was spraying coolant all over itself after each run. This started happening on day one of the two-day event. Dana Wailes from Hi Tec entered his car for both days. At the end of the first day, he left me with his car so that he could take mine down to the shop in San Rafael. This was to see if the problem still occurred after ensuring that there were no air bubbles in the system. Although air bubbles turned out not to be the cause, I want to acknowledge Hi Tec, and Dana in particular, for going above and beyond your average Porsche shop.


Following the end of day 2, I took my car back to Hi Tec for further diagnosis, and after an exhaustive multi-week analysis, they advised me that the problem causing high pressure in the system would require an engine replacement.


Those familiar with the M96/M97 engine, in Carreras since 1999, know that its cylinders are bonded to the engine block, and not removable as separate components, unlike the earlier air cooled engines. Hi Tec had determined that the problem must be a VERY small leak into one of the cylinders that was, under extended high revs, over-pressurizing the cooling system.


I did buy the car used as a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle. Unfortunately, the warranty expired a year ago. Still, this was actually the second engine in the car (story for another time), and had less than 40K miles on it.


So, being a guy who believes in the idea of Porsche products being of extremely high quality, I took the car to Sonnen Porsche and had them do additional analysis. This ended with the dealership (big thank you to Danny, Gary, and Andrew) building a case to convince Porsche (PCNA) to cover the cost of a replacement engine. I am sure you can guess from the tone of this article that Porsche did just that. Quality cars, quality people.


Given that I will soon have a new engine in my Carrera, and want to break it in slowly and carefully, I am about to bring another vehicle into my family: an '83 911SC. This will be my Autocross car of choice for this year.


Speaking about Autocross, I'd like to take a second to remind all of you that this year each and every Redwood Region Autocross will be Porsche/PCA only. Those of you who were tired of long waits between runs, or of having to share our fantastic course with other makes of vehicles, should absolutely come out this year. We did several of these 'single make' events last year, and those of you who attended know they were not only a bunch of fun, but had lots of seat time for all. Remember, if you are a PCA member and want to bring out a non-Porsche, we will make an exception just for you.


Please come out and Autocross with the Club this year. I am speaking not only to those of you who were reluctant to bring your beautiful cars out to mix with those of lesser beauty, but also to those who have yet to experience the thrills and joys of driving your car as fast as you can in a safe, controlled, legal environment. I am really looking forward to seeing some new faces and, of course, all the familiar ones as well.



Upcoming Events

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

Click here for a single-page 2012 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

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

I realized today that this issue of der Riesenbaum is my twelfth as editor, which means I "officially" have a full year under my belt. I can't believe how quickly that year has passed, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished with our newsletter.


I use the word "we" because creating a great newsletter (and a great Club) is not something that one or two or five people can accomplish. In my experience, greatness is the result of the passion, dedication, and effort of many people working and contributing together. With der Riesenbaum, the ideas and contributions (articles, pictures, proofreading, and much more) of many members have made our humble newsletter what it is today: a consistent and interesting publication that keeps Membership informed about upcoming events while also allowing readers to see the Club from fellow members' perspectives. A perfect example is this month's article about our recent Breakfast Run to Sonoma, written by Mark and Joan Campagna. Thank you all for your contributions!


On a somber note, I was notified last week about the passing of one of my former San Gabriel Valley Region friends, Enrique Carlin. I had not seen Enrique since moving to Northern California in 2008, but the news of his death still hit me hard. Enrique was one of the nicest people I have ever met, and I remember many good times and smiles with him and his lovely wife, Maria. I used to enjoy following them in their Mini Cooper on drives through the SoCal foothills, especially because their Mini was often the only car my 914 could keep up with! I have mentioned before on the pages of this newsletter how much the relationships I have made during my 9+ years in the PCA have meant to me, and losing an old friend reinforces that feeling for me. Enrique will be missed but never forgotten.


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.

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Fun in the Sonoma Sun - Brunch Run to Sonoma - Saturday, February 4

Article and photos by Mark and Joan Campagna, Redwood Region Members
Saturday, February 4 dawned sunny and cool this year: a great day for the February 2012 run of the Redwood Region Porsche Club. My wife, Joan, and I had arrived hoping for a ride as fun as we'd heard the "One One Fun Run" had been. Unfortunately, we missed that run. However, there was still time to say Gung Hay Fat Choy!

And that was our mindset early Saturday morning, as 28 gleaming Porsches turned up at Novato's Vintage Oaks shopping center for the Brunch Run to Carneros Bistro in Sonoma. After the usual Club activities (introductions, drivers' meeting, etc.) by the usual suspects, we hit the road about 9:40 a.m. Heading back down 101 S for one exit, we looped onto CA-37 E and headed out on our 60-mile adventure.


The run took us through several different geographic landscapes, each with its own beauty, and each a reason why we get together to do what we do. From CA-37 E, we turned onto Lakeville Highway, traveling past the Petaluma River and wetlands, part of a robust stream of traffic that Saturday morning. A right onto CA-116 E/Stage Gulch Road brought us to a world of gently rolling hills dotted with farms and dairies. Our car was near the front our caravan, and as we looked back we saw 20 or so sets of bright eyes snaking over the curves like a long Chinese dragon dancing down the road. The sun was shining and the temps were invigorating; all was right with the world.

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Porsches pack the parking lot at Carneros Bistro & Bar in Sonoma


Skirting downtown Sonoma, we picked up CA-12 W on the northwest side of town and followed that to Trinity Road and Dry Creek Road, where the adventure really started. No more rolling hills: we were now on classic California mountain roads, the kind our Porsches were built to love. Time to indulge! The next 15 miles or so were a workout for car and driver alike, with numerous switchbacks, steep grades, sweeping vistas, narrow roads, and mile after mile of deep, quiet, primordial forest...the type of forest my wife calls a "state of grace."


That was what it felt like when we crested Oakville Grade Road and saw northern Napa Valley spread out before us. The vista took our breath away! Though it turned out to be a wrong turn - we should have continued on Dry Creek Road - the detour was not without benefit. We are small in this world and that bears remembering, and life has a way of making sure we don't forget it. Cresting that grade was one of those moments for us.


Turning onto CA-29 S we regrouped briefly, much to the curiosity of those who passed. But luck was with us, and our caravan was pointed in the right direction so we continued south, picking up our planned route again at Redwood Blvd. and continuing on from there without event. Several more neighborhood roads brought us to CA-12 W, where we zipped back to Sonoma for the second reason the Club gets together to do what we do: enjoy food!

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It was a beautiful day for Redwood Region's first Brunch Run of 2012, to Carneros Bistro & Bar in Sonoma


Carneros Bistro in Sonoma turned out to be an attractive and welcoming restaurant. Our group was seated in the main dining room, which easily accommodated our 40+ adventurers. Equally pleasant-looking were smaller-sized outside patios that ringed the restaurant. Brunch was served buffet style at the counter and accommodated tastes ranging from continental to eggs or omelets cooked to order, to boxes of cereal, to vegetarian. We didn't notice too many empty plates as we made our second trip up to the counter!


The sun was still shining as my wife and I left the Bistro a short while later and headed south, linking back up with several club members at Sonnen Porsche in Mill Valley to check out the new 911. Like kids in a candy store, we all gathered round, big smiles on our faces as we imagined what it would be like to just slip behind the wheel and...sweet dreams!

Tech Tips: Porsche Car Forums and How to Use Them

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

According to Wikipedia, "A forum is basically a 24 hour meeting place. Members can post messages any time of the day or night, and other members can read what they say and reply 24 hours a day." Using a forum does not cost you anything but time.


What is forum posting exactly? Forum posting is a good way to get involved in a community that is full of lively and informative chats or debates. For many years now, forums (formerly known as  BBS) have been on high-traffic websites. They are similar to social bookmarking and networking sites. Forums allow people to discuss problems that they are facing and reach satisfactory solutions to those problems. People use forums to obtain and share information on car topics such as engine building, parts and services, and recommended track setups, among others.


Getting started with forums:


1. Find car forums in which you would be interested. Here is a list of Porsche car forums I use.


PCA National Tech Forum (requires login)


PCA Boxster Registry


Poschefile List of UK forums§ion=Forums


986 Forum (Boxster)


914 World (one of the busiest forums for Porsche 914 parts)


SCCA (Sportscar Club of America)


914 Club


Pelican Parts (Good DIY, helpful with complete parts lists)


6 speed online forums Latest on newer Porsches




912 Registry


2. You can register or just be a "gawker". Gawkers can read others posts, but cannot post comments or ask questions. You will want to register for the forum if you want to ask questions or add to the information that the forum is promoting.


3. When you register for a forum, you are creating a place for your information to be stored. Most forums are free, so after giving your information to join then you will want to personalize your user profile and share pictures and stories of your car.


4. Next, select options for viewers and mail delivery. These options alert you when someone has posted information back to you or when someone responds to someone else's posting. For example, I am always looking for Porsche 914 parts. I subscribe to WTB and for sale items in the 914 forums. This may give me too many postings to go through, so I filter the information by region, not wanting to deal with shipping and remote payments.


5. When posting, be to the point and post a picture or video to help ask or demonstrate your problem or answer. This is really important when trying to buy or sell something. When creating a thread, you should always give the make, year, and model of the car you are discussing to ensure the thread you create is easy to search and to follow.


6. It is up to you to post, follow, or just observe the forums you join.


The key is to have fun and learn which forums are right for you. Ask yourself if you want information on performance tips, suggested drives, cool events, or DIY projects. All of these can be found in one or more of the forums I've listed above.


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Kurt's Korner

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by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President


As we start our year, our events calendar is filling up fast! Our next scheduled event is our annual get together at "The Racer's Group" (TRG) for a tech session and Adobe Road wine tasting to be held at the TRG Headquarters in Petaluma on Saturday, February 25, 2012. We will arrive at TRG at 9:30 a.m.


We will put selected cars up on the TRG lifts for expert analysis by the TRG Porsche specialists.  We are looking for about 4 cars for the contact me if you would like your car to be looked at. The lifts provide a great view of your car from the bottom up! 


Bring your own chairs and lunch, and be prepared to be wowed by the TRG shop and the award winning Abode Road wines! We have had as many as 88 members at this event in the past - one of our favorite winter activities!


Click here for event details on our website.


I would like to introduce you all to Adrian Streather, renowned author of many Porsche books and buyer's guides. I have known Adrian going back many years to the old email group, Porschelist and then into Rennlist and now Adrian and I are friends on Facebook. His Porsche books cover 911SC, 964, 930 Turbo, 996-997, Boxster and Cayman, and are a wealth of his years of experience with Porsche!


Adrian resides in the quaint village of Walzenhausen, Switzerland. He is Australian by birth and he and I share a lot.  He was in the Royal Australian Air Force and stationed at Anderson AFB in Guam where I was stationed so many years ago! Although I am much older, stories about his antics at Anderson and the NCO club back in the early 70's ring true to my experiences...but those stories are best unsaid!


Of local note, many of our members have supplied photos for Adrian's books. I, Bob Hall, Glen Marks, Bob Schoenherr, Jim Giampaolo, Mac Cranford, Brian Barber, and John Jackson all have or will have photo credits in his Porsche books. The Redwood Region does get its 15 pages of fame!


See all of Adrian's books at Amazon here:


My reason for this introduction is purely for your enlightenment of Adrian's fine Porsche books. I receive no compensation other than to pass this information to you, the members!


Please RSVP to me for the TRG Tech Session. Hope to see you there! Keep the shiny side up and enjoy our Redwood Region roads!


You can reach me anytime at



The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


As the calendar moves far too slowly towards our first autocross event on March 10, I wanted to continue the prior month's discussion concerning tasks to complete to ensure that you're ready when the big day (finally) comes.


I seem to find that no matter how early I get up on the morning of an autocross, invariably, I'm rushing to make sure that I don't forget something important. So, do as I say, and not as I do, and complete most of your preparation the night before (seriously, I'm going to try and follow my own advice this year, and be better prepared!). First, gather your driving gear in one place. Items such as helmets, gloves, and shoes can be put in a duffel bag, ready to go. I'd even go so far as to put the duffel in your car the night before, giving you one less thing to worry about or forget. Certainly, you'd prefer to have your own helmet at the event, as opposed to the loaners, right? Next, get out your driving "uniform" and have it ready to go. Remember that you'll likely be out in the sun for several hours when you're working the course, so bring appropriate sun protection (long sleeves, hat, etc.). Finally, get your refreshments in order. Generally, there's no food available at the course and, honestly, there aren't many good choices for food nearby. I find it much more relaxing to bring my lunch and beverages with me to the course. Doing so also allows more time during the lunch break for socializing, plotting how to improve your times during the afternoon runs, or just resting.


Last month, I touched on some of the maintenance chores you can perform to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Even assuming that you're satisfied with your preparation, you'll still want to bring some tools and supplies to the event. Perhaps the most important adjustable component on your car is the tire pressure. I've experienced significant improvements in performance from altering tire pressures, and if it works for me, it certainly will work for you! First and foremost, you'll need to get a rugged, accurate tire gauge. Good ones are not very expensive, and accurate measurements are critical to get the most out of your tires. You also might consider purchasing an "air bottle" (sold at many auto parts stores) in order to rapidly increase tire pressures. It's possible to use a portable compressor, but the compressors don't inflate tires quickly enough to add pressure to all four tires (if necessary) between runs.


Another, often overlooked tool is white chalk or liquid shoe polish. These "marking" tools enable you to see how much the tire is flexing during your runs. The technique is simple: put a couple of dabs at two points on the sidewall of each tire (continuing onto the tread) prior to your run. After the run, examine the tire to see how much of your mark remains. If the marking on the sidewall is still entirely intact, the tire pressure is likely too high, which means that you're not using all of the tread to generate grip.  If most of the marking is gone, the tire pressure is likely too low, which also compromises grip. Grip is of paramount importance, given the fact that you're rarely traveling in a straight line in an autocross.


Another tool to possibly employ is a pyrometer to measure your tire temperatures. Unfortunately, it's a trial-and-error process to determine the optimum temperature for your tires, and it's possible to spend a great deal of time chasing the ideal temperature, since track conditions change with each run.


Finally, when you get to the event, you should consider removing all excess weight from your car. In my case, "dead" weight includes the spare tire (all of you newer Porsche owners only need to take out the can of tire sealant!), tool kit, air compressor, and jack. Granted, perhaps you're removing only 25 pounds, but that has to be worth at least 0.05 seconds, right? Alternately, you can ignore the previous few sentences, and leave all of the ballast in. That way, you have a reason to explain your sub-optimal times!


I'm really excited for the upcoming season! I'm certain that our Autocross Director, David Bunch, will create fun and challenging courses for us. So, come on out and try your hand at autocrossing. A fun time is virtually guaranteed. Hope to see you on March 10!




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

Redwood Region is up 7 members from this time last year. Our membership is very stable.  Our members are pleased to know we are the wine and go do it Region! Be sure to check the calendar as old favorites and new events will grace us in 2012. Get out and drive that Porsche!

On that note, please join Anita and I on March 3 for our annual  Whale to Whale Tail Rallye, where Porsches meet Mother Nature. 
Last year's event brought 20-plus cars and close to 40 Club members out, despite threat of heavy rains, to search for Gray Whales as they made their return trip north along the spectacular Northern California coastline from Baja. But the drive wasn't just about the whales. The Rally route sheet had participants looking for various wildlife, radio stations, speed limit signs, and even a few gas stations along the way. Our final destination, Point Arena Lighthousewas erected in 1870 and, according to the guide, is the tallest remaining lighthouse on the West Coast. 


Anita and I have even more fun planned for this year, so we hope to see you out there on March 3!


As always, please feel free to email me or call me at 707.995.5082 with any questions.  


January 2011 Membership Summary

New Members 4
Transfers In 1
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 22
Non-Renewals 7
Dual Members 16 

Primary Members 490
Affiliate Members 357
Total Members 847

January 2011 New Members

Peter Nicholson and Molly Nicholson, Sausalito - 2002 996 C4 Black
Stephen Shaw, Mill Valley - 2006 Cayman S Red (transfer from GGR)
Jarek Thompson and Summer Thompson, Napa - 1973 911 Red
Stephen Weathersby and Victoria Schwerin, Pacifica - 1973 911T Brown

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

February 2012 Membership Anniversaries

Albert and Patricia Boro, San Rafael - 39 years
Fred and Margrit Jung, San Rafael - 36 years
Bill Walsh, San Francisco - 32 years
William and Judith Lee, Petaluma - 30 years
Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing, Clearlake - 30 years and 2 years
Richard and Pamela Kalustian, Gualala - 23 years
John Thompson and Joanne Davey, Freestone - 22 years and 18 years
Russell Kiel and Russ Kiel III, San Francisco - 16 years and 14 years
Charles Jones and Teresa Marley, San Rafael - 15 years and 8 years
Duane Hartley, Santa Rosa - 13 years
Dean and Laura Thomas, San Anselmo - 12 years and 10 years
John Telischak, Belvedere - 11 years
Donald Durant, Ukiah - 10 years
David Addington and Sandra Becker, Santa Rosa - 9 years and 4 years
Erik Breitung, Crescent City - 9 years
Neal Daneman and Kathy Langsam, Belvedere - 9 years
Michael and Barbara Lind, Petaluma - 9 years
Walter and Carolyn George, Sonoma - 8 years
Rick and Mary Laws, Santa Rosa - 8 years and 6 years
Holger Seibert and Michael Seibert, Vacaville - 8 years and 6 years
Pete and Rebekah Stout, San Rafael - 8 years
Jim Andrade and Carol Moylan, Santa Rosa - 7 years
Rob King, San Rafael - 7 years
Ronald Cook and Brandon Cook, Novato - 6 years and 3 years
Mac and Becky Cranford, Novato - 6 years
Michael Mills and Lorie Sweeney, San Rafael - 6 years and 5 years
Bob Wichtowski and Elizabeth Fisher, Sebastopol - 6 years
William Herbrechtsmeier, Eureka - 5 years
Joseph Bauer and Paul Bauer, Mill Valley - 4 years
Shawn Morrison and Sawyer Morrison, Sonoma - 4 years and 3 years
Andrew Quigley, Santa Rosa - 4 years
John and Ann Marie Conover, St. Helena - 3 years and 2 years
George and Karla Schikore, Petaluma - 3 years
Rick and Mary Wahlberg, Novato - 3 years
Keith Miller and Craig Hammond, Santa Rosa - 2 years
Greg and Evangeline Roja, Tiburon - 2 years and 1 year
William Smith, St. Helena - 2 years
Dan Cass, San Rafael - 1 year
Frank Hodges and Marc Dunbar, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Susan Iacovides, Berkeley - 1 year
Jerry Luff, Petaluma - 1 year
Don Revere, Petaluma - 1 year
D Randy Riggs and Karen Riggs, Novato - 1 year
Ray Rimmer and Heather Gordon, Sonoma - 1 year
Greg Robbins, San Rafael - 1 year
Aron Smetana and Carrie Smetana, Petaluma - 1 year
John Tudor, Tiburon - 1 year
Paul Wensley, Mill Valley - 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 Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - January 31, 2012


In attendance:  President Vern Rogers, Vice-President Chris Harrell, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Past President Greg Maissen, Membership Director Bob Schoenherr, Event Director Don Magdanz, Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki, Autocross Director and Goodie Store David Bunch, Safety Director Mac Cranford,  Webmeister Barbara McCrory, and members Craig Steele, Mike Beavers and Thorsten Kopitzki.


Meeting called to order at 7:30 P.M. by President Vern Rogers at Ghringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato. 


President's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted  prior to Board Meeting:

  • Welcome and Thanks!
  • Vision for 2012 
    • Healthy, engaged, competent, committed Board of Directors
    • Fun - If we can't make it fun, we shouldn't be here
    • Acknowledgement - We are all volunteers
    • Board Meeting Efficiency
    • Board Meeting Discussion vs. Committee Work
      • If it takes more than 15 minutes, it should go to committee
  • Ground Rules
  • Increased Membership
  • More interaction with members from Northern Counties
  • Summary of EC Meeting
    • Committee Chair Reappointments
    • Committee Membership
      • Newsletter
      • Bylaws Review
      • Sponsorship
  • EC and Board meeting times

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Vern reviewed the "ground rules" to be observed in the conduct of Board Meetings
  • The Executive Committee decided to hold its quarterly meetings at 6:00 P.M., allowing all Board Meetings to begin at 7:00 P.M.
  • An additional 2012 goal will be to improve relations with Sonnen Porsche, the local dealer.

Vice-President's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Highlights
    • Applied for AOA badge; ready to be picked up as of 1/11/12
    • One One Fun Run was a successful event to start 2012, with 45 cars and 60+ people!
    • Met with Vern to discuss 2012 vision, planning, and immediate priorities
    • Hosted 2012 Calendar Planning Meeting on 1/17 - 10 people in attendance (myself, Vern Rogers, Greg Maissen, Kurt Fischer, David Bunch, Mike Hinton, Don Magdanz, James Heisey, Barbara McCrory, John Fitzgerald, Bob Schoenherr via audio conference)
    • Created preliminary draft of 2012 calendar based on the planning meeting
  • Open Items
    • Pick up AOA badge
    • Finalize 2012 calendar
    • Post Region events to PCA Zone 7 and National calendars 

Treasurer's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted  prior to Board Meeting:


Since there was no Board Meeting in December and thus no monthly Treasurer's report, this report covers the two month period from November 21, 2011 through January 28, 2012.

  • Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment currently is $10,121.55.
  • Money Market Account stands at $7,571.20
  • Checking account stands at $7,841.20 in total
    • $4,054.43in unrestricted funds
    • $3,786.77 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve
  • The major income item for the period was:
    • $1,200.00 from advertisers/sponsors
  • Major expense items for the period were:
    • $4,800.28 for the Holiday Party
    • $3,000.00 donation to CASA
    • $286.33 for meeting dinners
    • $198.10 for name badges
  • Net income (loss) for the "period" was ($5,665.39)
  • Net income for 2011 was $5,269.61
  • Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $28,230.63
  • Goodie Store inventory as of January 1, 2012 was $2,703.68


  • Negotiated a waiver of the $7.00 monthly service fee from WestAmerica Bank
  • Set Vern up as signer on all accounts and ended Greg's signature authority. Secured a Club debit card for Vern.
  • Correctly accounted for Goodie Store inventory including purchases and sales. Net GS profit for 2011 was $187.47
  • Submitted the 2011 "Books" to the Financial Review Committee 

Secretary's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Sent PCA Observer's Report for One One Fun Run to National.
  • Met with Chris to map out tentative route for February Brunch Run.
  • Picked up AOA badge.

Past-President's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Completed and submitted to PCA National the 2012 Annual Region Report Form Annual Region Continuity Checklist.
  • Met with incoming President Vern Rogers to hand off the Presidency and deliver the Redwood Region Historical Documents.
  • Attended the Annual Calendar Meeting to outline the events planned for 2012.
  • Met with the Sponsorship/ Advertising Committee to outline the "Duties of the Sponsorship/ Advertising Director".

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


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


The December issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 12/19/11 to 619 email addresses; 291 (47.0%) opened as of 1/27/12.


The January issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 1/23/12 to 624 email addresses; 262 (42.0%) opened as of 1/27/12. The lower open rate at the time of this report is due to the timing of the newsletter.


Editor's note: As of 2/8/12, open rates for the December and January issues of der Riesenbaum are 48.6% and 51.6%, respectively.

  • Highlights
    • Newsletter Committee meeting 11/27/11 to discuss 2012 der Riesenbaum
    • To date, we have received 35 responses to RR Member Survey - see separate attachment for details
    • Assisted Loma Prieta Region with the migration of their newsletter, the Prieta Post, to an electronic format (Constant Contact)
    • Bringing back Kurt's Korner for 2012!
    • Kurt Fischer joined the Newsletter Committee for 2012 
  • Open Items
    • 2012 sponsor ads needed
    • I would like to take updated headshots for all 2012 Board members
    • I request each member of the Board to review 2011 newsletters and select the two best ones for consideration in this year's PCA National Newsletter Contest
    • Working on updates to 2012 format/layout - timing TBD

Membership Director's Report: Report stands as submitted. Full report included in der Riesenbaum.              


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • We will attempt to discern trends in membership renewals and turnover with a view of retaining as many members as possible. 

Autocross Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Finalized pricing for the Porta-potties for 2012 with ESCA.
  • Two (2) standard restrooms be delivered on March 1, 2012
  • Total of $154.00 per billing cycle, plus tax.
  • Awaiting ESCA response regarding locking the Porta-potties.
  • Grady Carter will be taking care of doing the AX Results.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • It was determined that 50 additional cones are needed to replace damaged cones.  A motion was approved to purchase 50 new cones for approximately $5.25 each, plus shipping.
  • Dave determined that the Company servicing the Porta-potties has an AOA badge, so servicing will be scheduled the week before an Autocross event.

Web mistress's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • During the month of December 2011, there were 1993 visitors, January 2012 it is estimated that the count will be approximately 2260.  There were 886 unique IP's.
  • Busiest day was December 18 with 1,427 hits, 1,149 page views and 72 visitors.  In January the visitor level was about the same for each day.  Thursday is still our busy day.
  • Classified continue to be a popular page followed by the Board.- most popular flyer - Holiday Party for December, 2012 Parade flyer for January.
  • Daily country activity was United States, China, Japan, Russian Federation,France, and the Ukraine accounting for 90% of the visitors.  The Ukraine edged out the others in January with 6.46% of the visitors.
  • Other operating systems used to access the website, i.e. ipads, pods, and androids accounted for visitors 77 in December, 91 in January.
  • A new spider showed up in December Ezooms Robot which was mostly interested in the main page and autocross - I understand they drive autobots
  • The search phrase subcutaneous pca infusions led one searcher to our website in January

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


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Turning in $159 in Sales.  $110 from the Holiday Party & $49 for January.
  • Submitting updated photos & prices to the website this weekend.

Topics for discussion:   

  • Will be presenting an order to board for approval.
  • Items discussed at Board Meeting:
  • A motion was approved to purchase men's and ladies' polo shirts in black and white, and denim shirts with a total cost of approximately $650.00.

Event Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Attached is the Event Policy and the blank Event Information Form, which hopefully have both Vern's and Chris' suggestions. I'm using the Policy and Form for 2012 Events, and at some time we need to adopt it. I plan to tweak them as they are used.
  • Chris suggested that we use some kind of system to record responses for each Event; I suggested something like eVite, and I think Chris is looking into the options.
  • For the pot luck dinners, the Event Leader has been collecting $5 for the chicken (or other entre), misc. stuff, etc. I suggest that for each event with a small amount to collect (like $5 or $10) that is going into the RR Treasury, we add an extra $5 that goes into the Event Budget; we could use this for the Holiday Party. If the Event Leader wants to run his own budget (I think Greg does this for Kachina), there wouldn't be any additional collection.
Items discussed at Board Meeting:
  • With respect to the use of eVite to track event responses, Vern pointed out that eVite exposes the e-mail addresses for all invitees, and therefore violates the Club's privacy policy. 

Concours Director's Report: None


Sponsorship Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


Primary Autocross Sponsor includes:

  • Banner
  • T-Shirts with Logo
  • Ad in Newsletter/ Blast email
  • Logo and link on Autocross Webpage (double size)
  • Logo and link on Sponsor Webpage (double size)
  • Logo on Timing Slips
  • Announcement in drivers meeting (Ax only)
  • Cost: $1,000.00

Secondary Autocross Sponsor includes:

  • Banner
  • Announcement in drivers meeting
  • Ad in Newsletter/ Blast email
  • Ad on Autocross Webpage
  • Ad on Sponsor Webpage
  • Announcement in drivers meeting (Ax only)
  • Cost: $500.00 

Basic Sponsor includes:

  • Ad in Newsletter
  • Logo and Link on Sponsor Webpage
  • Cost: $200.00

Basic Sponsor add-ons includes:

  • Ad in Blast email
  • Announcement in drivers meeting (Tours only)
  • Cost: additionally $100.00 can only combined with Basic Sponsor 

Event sponsor includes:

  • Cover Fees of Event
  • Ad in blast email (Event Reminder)
  • Eventually flyers or other printed documents
  • Cost: Cost of the event + $100.00

Donation Sponsors:

  • Will donate goods or services for an event.  This may include the auto cross events. There will be no other things provided from the club in exchange for that, such the opportunity to sell products or promote his/her/their business at that special event. There will be no fixed price agreement but the display or promotion of the sponsor depends on the value of the goods or service that is provided from the sponsor.
  • Sponsors shall receive an invoice of the sponsorship costs and/or an acknowledgement receipt for goods that are provided. The Sponsorship Director shall create these documents and provide them to the sponsor.  Copies shall be sent to the treasurer.
  • All sponsorship fees, including the goods, discount cards, and gift certificates for services should be paid/provided to the club 2 months prior the event whenever possible.
  • The sponsorship director shall be the primary contact for the sponsor.  Club members wanting  to bring in a potential sponsor with whom they are familiar, shall be responsible for arranging a meeting to introduce the Sponsorship Director to this sponsor.  This specifically pertains to existing sponsors that are more familiar with other club members than the sponsorship director.  The goal is to establish a better relationship between the sponsor and the sponsorship director.

Meeting Follow-up Tasks:

  • The sponsorship director shall create a document that provides all sponsor information, including contact names and phone numbers that can be easily used for future sponsorship directors.
  • Additional items can be reviewed in the "Duties of The Sponsorship Director", formerly named Advertising  Director.
  • Simone has scheduled meeting with Vern and Deven at Hi Tec regarding his sponsorship relationship with the club.
  • Vern to contact Sonnen to introduce Simone as the sponsor contact person

Safety Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • No incidents to report.

Charity/CASA Report:  Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • CASA's fundraiser is March 24, 2012 at the John Ash Event Center.

New Business: None.


Meeting adjourned at 8:56 P.M.


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on February 28, 2012, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

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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




burroughs adI have a front headlight in excellent condition from a 2006 Carrera S (997). It came off my car when I had my front fender repaired after some guy backed into my car. Surprisingly, the insurance company approved replacement based on a 1/4-inch scratch on the very edge. You have to look hard to find the scratch. This headlight assembly is nearly $1,500 new; I'm willing to sell this one for $700. See photos. Contact Joe at 707.484.7895 or




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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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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