Mar 2012 nameplate
In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
2012 Porsche Parade
SVR Rally School
From the Editor
The Midfield Report
Whale to Whale Tail Rallye
Porsche Motorsport News
Membership Information
Membership Report
Rennsport Reunion IV Update
Rennsport Reunion IV Update
Board Meeting Minutes
Redwood Region Contacts

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

As of this writing, we are nearing the Whale to Whale Tale Rallye/Tour scheduled for Saturday, March 3. I missed this event last year, and am really looking forward to it. The rally portion should be big fun, and I am trying to remember to bring something to write with/on, a pair of binoculars, a navigator/lookout, and a little money for lunch and trinkets. We'll see how well I do with all that....


I will be driving the rally in my 997, with its newly replaced engine. Sonnen Porsche finished the car a couple of weeks ago, and I could not be more pleased. This baby is smooth as glass; noticeably smoother than the prior engine. As yet, it has under 300 miles on it, and will get its first oil change in another 700. Hopefully, several of those 700 miles will be added this weekend.


Just a few days before my 997 was ready, I did purchase the '83 SC Coupe (thank you, Tom Strobel) that I mentioned last month. What a difference 22 years makes. Where the 997 is smooth, elegant, and powerful, the SC is raw, engaging, and incredibly 'real'. Driving it connects me on a much deeper level to the road itself. Part of that is the lack of power steering, part the sound of the exhaust note, and part is kind of indescribable. Many of you who have owned older 911s have experienced and loved this visceral, seat-of-your-pants experience. This is my oldest 911 yet. Each generation seems to have its own feel, and I am loving this one. I asked my first driving instructor, Larry Sharp, what his favorite Porsche was. He answered, simply, all of them.


Given the lack of sophisticated electronics in an SC, I am able to do a lot of the work on this car myself. You may be aware that, without major engine surgery, there are limited choices for making an SC faster, the easiest of which is making it lighter. That is what I have been doing. So far, I have:

  • Replaced the front seats with fiberglass racing buckets
  • Replaced the stock steering wheel with a Momo wood wheel
  • Removed all A/C components front and rear (front ones go this weekend)
  • Backdated the heating (removed the engine bay blower and hoses)
  • Removed the rear seats and seat belts
  • Replaced the front hood (great parts and greater prices at TRG on 2/25 -thank you, Kurt Fischer, Kevin Buckler, Jay Jarvis, and all who helped make the tech session such a success!)

This car was in process of being prepped for paint before I bought it. It was sanded with fine sandpaper, and had several rust spots cleaned and primed. I will not be getting it painted in the near future, and am currently working on scratch removal by polishing (carefully) out the paint. I may not be done by the first autocross, but I will be close, and the results are looking very good. 


I reiterate my request from last month: please come out and autocross with the Club this year. It is going to be a GREAT season, with even more seat time that last year. I encourage all Club members to come see what this is all about, especially the folks who have never autocrossed their cars before. We will have instructors for one and all. This is some of the most fun you can have with your Porsche, and - remember - your car is made for this! Few things will teach you how to drive your vehicle better than Autocross. I hope to see you on Saturday, March 10, at the Sonoma County Airport in Windsor.


Lastly, just after the middle of the month, we will be trying a Brunch Run on a Sunday. We have had these runs exclusively on Saturdays since I have been with the club. This is an opportunity for any of you who don't have free Saturdays to come out and join us. The March 18th run will be to the Point Reyes Station House Café. We have been going there for years, and the food and service are always excellent. This year's route will be planned by our VP, Chris Harrell, and I am sure he will come up with a surprise or two.


See you down the road,



Upcoming Events

Click on the event name for a link to additional details, including contact and RSVP information.

March 2012

Sun 3/11 Zone 7 Awards

April 2012

Sat 4/7  Canepa Motorsports Museum Tour with Yosemite Region

Sat 4/14 Redwood Region Autocross #2 

Sun 4/15 Sacramento Valley Region Porsche Parade Rally School

Sat 4/21 Redwood Region Alderbrook Winery Tour (to be confirmed)

Tue 4/24 Redwood Region Board Meeting

Sat 4/28 - Sun 4/29 Loma Prieta Region Zone 7 Autocross


May 2012


Sun 5/6 Redwood Region Brunch Run (to be confirmed)

Sat 5/19 Redwood Region Autocross #3

Sun 5/20 Sacramento Valley Region Autocross

Sat 5/26 - Sun 5/27 Golden Gate Region DE/TT/Club Race at Buttonwillow

Tue 5/29 Redwood Region Board Meeting

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

Each year in March, PCA National encourages its Regions to enter the annual PCA National Newsletter Contest. Each editor picks two issues from the newsletters published by his or her Region during the prior calendar year and submits them for evaluation. Entries are grouped by class (based on the size of each Region) and evaluated for layout, navigation, content, scope, and variety by a group of judges, who determine the winner from each class. Class winners are then evaluated to determine an overall winner, who is awarded the Paul Heinmiller Memorial Trophy for best overall newsletter. Winners are announced at Porsche Parade in July.


I am pleased to announce that I have submitted the October 2011 and December 2011 issues of der Riesenbaum for this year's Contest on behalf of the Redwood Region. I selected these two issues based on quality and variety of overall content. Both featured articles from multiple contributors. I am particularly proud of the member stories from Rennsport Reunion IV that made our December issue such a great representation of what Redwood Region is about, and I emphasized this point in the cover letter I included with our submission.


I thought I'd share a remarkable stat with all of you. As I prepared our submission for the Contest, I counted 29 unique contributors to der Riesenbaum in 2011! This is a direct reflection of how active and involved our Membership is, it is a fact that I emphasized to this year's Contest judges, and it is something that we should all be proud of.


Speaking of contributors, Jamie DeRuiter is the latest Club member to share a write-up of a Redwood Region event: last weekend's Whale to Whale Tail Rallye. Thank you, Jamie!


This month's der Riesenbaum is packed with content. I hope there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Scott Reynolds

We are saddened to announce the passing of Redwood Region member Scott Reynolds. Scott passed away on February 2, 2012, after a year-and-a-half long battle with cancer. We wish Scott's family the best.


Redwood Region 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.


Redwood Region Autocross 2012

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by David Bunch, Autocross Director

As Redwood Region's first autocross of 2012 is this Saturday, March 10, I would like to invite all Redwood members to come out and visit our autocrosses this year, even if you do not want to compete. We will have the gate manned all day, so you can stop by anytime to visit.


As you may have heard or read, all of Redwood's 2012 autocross events will be for PCA members or Porsche owners only. PCA members may drive any vehicle at our autocrosses.


What is autocross?


Autocross is a sport where you try to drive around a course in the shortest possible time. The course is laid out at our wonderful site at the Sonoma County Airport and outlined by orange plastic cones. Every run is timed electronically and time is added for each cone tipped over. You can measure your progress throughout the day, and possibly earn bragging rights. We emphasize safety, fun and speed. This is probably the safest and least expensive way to drive your Porsche at the limit. Autocross is also a driver education class. There are qualified instructors available at each event, and we have loaner helmets available.


For those of you who are interested in autocross, but not sure if you want to give it a try, we offer something called "A Taste of the Autocross", where for $5 we will put you in a car with one of our Instructors and let you ride along for a couple of runs. The money goes to our charity, Sonoma CASA.


Autocross is a great way to:


Learn how to handle your Porsche.

Drive your Porsche the way it was meant to be driven.

Make new friends.

See "old" friends.

Spend time with your significant other doing something fun.


2012 Redwood Region Autocross Team:


Autocross Chair: David Bunch

Autocross Co-Chair: Tom Strobel

Gate Keeper: Kurt Fischer

Registration: Alycia Strobel, Anita Benzing, and Wendy Strobel

Worker Supervisor: Mac Cranford

Course Setup: Tom Strobel, Andrew Snyder

Tech Inspection: Vern Rogers, James Heisey, Jim Winston

Chief Driving Instructor: Bob Schoenherr

Results, Timing, and Scoring: Grady Carter

Safety: Mac Cranford


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you out there!


David Bunch


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The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


I had hoped to be able to report on our first autocross event of 2012 in this column, but alas, the reality of publishing deadlines dictated that this report be completed prior to the first event. The bright side is that at the time of this writing, there are only 4 more days to wait until the fun begins again.


This season promises to be different from my autocross experiences thus far, as there are several "new" things happening. First and foremost, all of Redwood Region's 2012 autocrosses will be PCA-only. Those of you who have read (or suffered) through previous Midfield Reports may recall reports on other PCA-only events. I have observed that the PCA-only events have a more relaxed atmosphere than other events I've attended. I'm sure that part of that feeling stems from the fact that I know far more PCA members than ESCA members, but there's more to it than that. At the PCA-only events, I've observed our more experienced members go out of their way to assist and encourage fledgling autocrossers. Maybe because we all own and enjoy driving Porsches, we like to help others do so as well. It's always great to see the smiles on the faces of the newer drivers, and that holds true even when they circulate faster than you do (that would be you, Chris!). In short, a PCA-only autocross feels like a family reunion, with friendly competition thrown in to add to the fun.


Another difference from prior years may not apply to everyone, but there will be at least a few of us that will campaign a new (to us) car in autocross this year. After driving my trusty (and heavy) 1987 Carrera for the last two seasons, I decided to drive my 1972 911T this year. In a way, it will be like starting from ground zero again, since I've only owned the car for four months, and frankly, I haven't had the opportunity to drive it that quickly yet. The 1972 does feel nimble and seems to have relatively good grip, but we'll see. Given that it only has 125 horsepower, I believe that the key to decent times will be to conserve momentum at all costs (just like you'd do in a 912 or 914), which will be a change from driving the 1987.  This change will be a good thing, given that one of the objectives of autocrossing is to improve and expand your driving skills. I just hope I don't embarrass myself out there!


I've also had the opportunity to talk to our Autocross Director, David Bunch, about the format of this year's events. David told me that one of his objectives is to increase the number of runs that each driver gets during an event. Any driver will tell you that more runs equal more fun, so I'm anxious to see if David can accomplish his goal. Personally, I'm going to lobby for more "enduro" (multi-lap) events, because I believe that running three to four laps consecutively allows you to make "real-time" improvements to your techniques. A further benefit is that an enduro will certainly get your heart racing!


I almost forgot one other important change for the 2012 autocross season. In 2011, the airport entry gate was not manned throughout the event, which prevented folks from coming in to watch after registration had closed. I'm pleased to report that this year, the gate will be manned throughout the event, so if you'd just like to spectate, feel free to come to the gate, and we'll let you in! I'll caution that you should be prepared to be recruited to drive in future events!

So, mark your calendar for March 10! Even if you don't plan to drive, come on out anyway and socialize with all of us "hard-core" racers. That being said, I strongly encourage everyone to come out and give autocrossing a try. Regardless of how fast or slow you are, you'll have fun, and learn a lot about your car, and your driving. See you on Saturday!




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

Tech Tips: Preparing your Porsche for Autocross

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

The Redwood Region wants everyone to enjoy their car and our autocrosses. I have prepared a list of items to check before you head off to your first or one of many autocross events.


1.  Check the event date, the price of running the car, and the time that you should arrive at the autocross venue.

2.  Bring some lunch and a non-alcoholic beverage. We always provide water, but it's best to stay hydrated and comfortable.

3.  Fluid leaks - Does your car have any fluid leaks that could create dangerous situations on the track?

4.  Battery - Is it properly secured?

5.  Belt(s) - Are serpentine or v-belts free from fraying and properly adjusted?

6.  Remove loose junk - You don't want flying objects to hit you or get under the pedals while you are driving.

7.  Engine oil - Has it been changed recently? Know whether to use synthetic or normal oil in your engine, and the correct way to check your oil level. Ask me at the track about the old cars.

8.  Power steering fluid - Some people like to run a performance fluid, but from my experience, just check the level to be sure it is up to spec per the owner's manual. For older cars, check that the wheel is snug and turns with no clank.

9.  Brake inspection - Check your brake pads, rotors, and pedal feel. Any wobble coming down hills could be a sign you have warping of the rotors. Your car should stop as it normally does; you may also try an emergency stop somewhere safe just for fun. If all feels good, you are ready to go.

10.  Brake fluid - If you autocross or track the car, I would recommend a complete brake system fluid flush at least once a year, and bleeding at the calipers after every 3-4 autocross days is not a bad idea. Follow the owner's manual on which fluid to use. There is always a high-end better temperature fluid you could use, but consult forums and other sources before changing the brake fluid. Don't screw with it if you don't know how!

11.  Wheel bearings - Check each wheel bearing for play. Jack each wheel off the ground and check by trying to move the wheel back and forth with your hands at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions. There should be no free play on newer Porsches, and movement of 1/16" or less on 356, 914, 912, and air-cooled 911s.

12.  Radiator (for newer Porsches, 924, 944, 968, 928) - Is the coolant clean and full?

13.  Seat belts should be free from obstructions. Make sure the locking and "cinch" functions work. If you are not confident the belts will hold you in, then replace them. Also be sure your airbag light is not on.

14.  Fire extinguisher - We don't require them in the car, but it isn't a bad idea to have one. The extinguisher needs to be fully-charged and mounted securely.

15.  Lug nuts - Check for even torque. Follow the factory recommendation. Do not rely upon impact wrenches for torque. Using a torque wrench makes sure they are equal and greatly reduces the possibility of rotor or drum warpage.

16.  Tires - Tires need to be in good condition, with no cords showing! Check your cold pressures and set them to the point where they will be at optimum pressure after heating on the track. If you aren't sure what starting pressure to run, inflate your street tires to about 4-6 pounds above recommended street pressure. Take liquid white shoe polish or chalk with you, and ask an experienced driver to show what pressure to start with and how to use the polish to check inflation between runs.

17.  Transmission and differential - Have fluids been changed and levels checked as per owner's manual?

18.  Helmet - We have loaner helmets, but if you want to buy one look for SNELL-2010 or 2005. The rating class can be either "M" or "SA." DOT ratings alone don't count. If you plan to progress to DE or time trialing, then you need an SA helmet. Helmets are usually allowed for only a 10-year use in any sport.

19.  Alignment - It is up to you to decide how competitive you want your car to be. Stay with standard settings to get the best tire wear, but certain tweaks will always help to keep the tires more on the ground. Do some research, including online forums, to determine the best settings for your car. 


Also consider bringing the following items with you on the day of the event:

  • Tools
  • Jack
  • Air pump
  • Can of air
  • Blanket or plastic tablecloth to sit items on
  • Chair
  • Anything you think you or your car might need 
Come prepared for fun!


Kurt's Korner

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by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President


TRG Tech Session


On Saturday, February 25, sixty of us descended upon the TRG mother ship in Petaluma for our annual Tech Session and Adobe Road wine tasting.


Led by Jay Jarvis, Head Mechanic in Petaluma (in lieu of the missing Martin Steger, on East Coast business for Kevin Buckler), we were ready with three members' cars slated for the lifts and expert analysis by the TRG personnel.


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Redwood Region members look on as Greg Matsumoto's Boxster is evaluated by the TRG crew (photo by Chris Harrell)

First up was the Boxster of Greg Matsumoto, a budding Autocrosser set on improving his times! Jay Jarvis disappears into the parts room and comes back with a custom TRG rear wheel control arm suspension piece that allows for camber compensation far beyond the factory Porsche specs and adjustable to boot. From street to autocross in less than one minute, this piece allows you to get the proper negative camber for the best autocross times! Greg took advantage of the TRG parts for sale and went home with 4 new wheels plus slicks for a ridiculously low price! Suspension pieces are now on Greg's to do list!


Next up was Jim Hybiske's gorgeous '73 Carrera RS clone based on a '70 911 T. Jim's car sports a 3.2 liter motor with twin plugs, Webers, and who knows what other engine go fast parts! First thing Jay does is look and play with the front shocks. Jay finds the left front shock a bit soft and Jim takes note!


As Jay moves down the chassis, he turns to Jim and asks, 

"Do you hear a clunk when shifting?" Jim replies, "Yes, I do." 

It turns out that one the transaxle bolts is missing and is needed for smooth and quiet shifting! Jay goes to the parts bin and, voila, Jim has the bolt replaced with NO charge! According to Jay, these bolts will sometimes work themselves out with vibration. Jay recommends Locktite Blue for the ultimate fix. Jim is happy now, shifting with no clunk!


Final car up is Brian Barber's immaculate 1988 factory slantnose 930 Turbo with 18K original miles done in Cassis Red. Underneath, the engine has a bit of an oil issue. Jay tells the story of what was related to him by Porsche factory mechanics: "Porsche 911s do not leak. They suffer from three conditions: residue, seepage, or moisture. Anything else is a malfunction." We all laugh at Jay's comment. The Porsche way or no way! Brian's car has the residue issue and is not critical. Of note, I ask Jay about a very small muffler and tail pipe coming off the wastegate!  As it turns out, Porsche installed these mufflers only to Turbos to quiet the whine from the wastegate! You learn something new every day!

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Redwood Region President Vern Rogers thanks Kevin Buckler and the TRG crew for a great event (photo by John Jackson)


Kevin Buckler takes center stage several times during our time at the shop, relating many of his Porsche stories, from picking up a new Cup car at an airfreight delivery port with all the port employees gathered to hear the engine sounds, to his first drive down the Mulsanne straight at LeMans. This man exudes enthusiasm and spirit. It's no wonder TRG is the winningest Porsche race team in all the racing series they compete in. They need to bottle Kevin's spirit and sell it! Oh...they do already in the Adobe Road wines!


We gathered in the Adobe Road tasting room to sample the latest wines. What a selection, from whites to reds, including the new Redline blend that is the featured wine for the 12 Hours of Sebring! My personal favorite was the 2009 Syrah; Megan in the tasting room describes it as "blueberries in a glass", and I concur. Outstanding and a 93-point wine in the Wine Spectator. We are not in the Redwine Region for nothing!


Again, thanks to Kevin Buckler and his entire TRG team for a wonderful day at the shop. We learned a lot about the feeding and care of Porsches! Plans are in the works with TRG to host a "swap meet" at their facility in the near future, so stay tuned!


Here are links to both TRG and Adobe Road wines if you seek more information!



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Second Annual Whale to Whale Tail Rallye - Saturday, March 3, 2012
by Jamie DeRuiter, Redwood Region Member

Redwood Region's second annual Whale to Whale Tail Rallye on Saturday, March 3, was welcomed with perfect weather. Our Porsches enjoyed a day with temperatures in the 70's and a slight breeze. At about 9:00 a.m., rallye participants began gathering up at Kal's Kaffe Mocha, off of Airport Blvd. in north Santa Rosa. Twenty-eight cars were present for the run, with two new members joining the field: Chris Ostler joined us in his 2003 Boxster S, and Monte Lieberfarb had his 2000 Boxster S out for some fun. They couldn't have picked a better day for their first run. 


Rallye Master Bob Schoenherr and his assistant Anita Benzing did a fabulous job of scouting out the route in advance of the rallye. They put together a great drive that included a rallye-style question and answer sheet to challenge participants along the way, as well as a poker run to vet out who the lucky ones were amongst us. Bob took us through the rallye expectations step by step, and let us know how to find our "whale droppings" (poker cards - I'm not making this up) along the way.

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Rallye participants stop in Duncans Mills (photo by Barbara McCrory)


We made our way through the backroads of Santa Rosa, heading toward the coast, and wound up at Duncans Mills for our second whale dropping and another chance to stack our lucky poker hands. I must admit, Bob had my son and me so distracted by his golf course riddle that we missed some of the clues we were supposed to be counting along the way. After Duncans Mills, we made our way through the sleepy oceanside town of Jenner to a designated pullout, where we got our first chance to try spotting some gray whales, with some pointers from Bob and Anita. The whales eluded us here, so we headed north to our next destination. 


Up the coast a bit more past Jenner was our next chance to stop and pick up our third whale dropping. Rested up, we again headed north toward the lighthouse. At the Sea Ranch Lodge, we stopped again to pick up our fourth whale dropping. Finally, we arrived at the Point Arena Lighthouse, where we were welcomed by the very nice lighthouse staff. For a mere five dollars each, my son and I were able to take a tour of the west coast's tallest lighthouse. The Point Arena Lighthouse sits on the Pacific Plate, west of the San Andreas Fault line. This is truly a magnificent place to view the coast and its wildlife, and just smell the ocean breeze.

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Point Arena Lighthouse (photo by Barbara McCrory)


With our whale droppings and our rallye sheets in hand, participants gathered together to determine the day's winners. The best poker hand was played by Sandy and Craig Steele. The winners of the route sheet questions were Becky and Mac Cranford. Richard and Margo Maxey also won a prize for most wildlife spotted.


All in all, it was a perfect day for a Porsche run. The turnout was good, the weather couldn't have been any better, the event had a lot of thought and effort put into making it special, and I could tell the people who came on the run were real lovers of life and its special moments. Thanks for sharing this special day with my son and me. It was a day to remember. I want to give a very special THANK YOU to our event planners and helpers who made this day so fun and memorable.


Jamie DeRuiter


As with last year's event, rallye participants reported that no whales were spotted during the journey to Pt. Arena. However, we did see several whales from the top of the lighthouse after most participants had already departed!--Ed.

Porsche Motorsport Around the World

Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America


Stuttgart/Atlanta - February 14 -- The Motorsport Newsletter regularly provides information on Porsche Motorsport around the world. More detailed information and additional photographs are available for accredited journalists from the press database.

ALMS winter test in Sebring: Racetrack debut for new 911 GT3 RSR
Porsche customer teams are right on schedule in their preparation for the season-opener of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring (14 - 17 March). At the test debut on the challenging concrete circuit in Sebring, drivers were unanimous in their praise for the handling of the new 911 GT3 RSR. "We are able to carry a lot more momentum through the fast corners," said works driver Patrick Long enthusiastically. "The new RSR has much less understeer at the front axle and feels stiffer and altogether more balanced," added his factory pilot colleague Marco Holzer. While the Flying Lizard Motorsports team continues to run on Michelin rubber, Falken Tire competes with their own Falken race slicks with Paul Miller Racing joining forces with Dunlop for the first time.

24 Hours at Daytona, USA: 1-2-3 victory after long distance sprint
The strongest grid in the history of the Daytona 24 Hours (28/29 January), a breathtaking in-house fight to the flag amongst Porsche pilots, and a victory and triple success for Porsche in the GT class. Porsche works driver Richard Lietz (AUT) won the 50th running of the classic on Florida's east coast in the 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Magnus Racing with René Rast (GER) as well as Americans Andy Lally and John Potter. At the flag, a mere 9.4 seconds separated the Magnus 911 from Porsche works driver and last year's winner Wolf Henzler (GER) at the wheel of TRG Racing's 911 GT3 Cup which he shared with teammates Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Marc Goossens (BEL), Spencer Pumpelly and Steven Bertheau (both USA). Third place went to Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb (GER) who received reinforcement in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of the Daytona-winning squad Brumos Racing from Americans Hurley Haywood, Leh Keen and Andrew Davis. With 22 overall and now 74 class victories, Porsche holds a record in Daytona.

Porsche motorsport 2012: Nine works drivers race around the globe
Like in the last years, Porsche supports its most successful customer teams again in 2012 by providing works pilots. The driver line-up this year remains the same with Joerg Bergmeister (GER), Timo Bernhard (GER), Romain Dumas (FRA), Wolf Henzler, Marco Holzer, Marc Lieb (all GER), Richard Lietz (AUT), Patrick Long (USA) and Patrick Pilet (FRA). Amongst other series, the factory pilots will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship, the American Le Mans Series and the International GT Open as well as major long distance races.

Gulf 12 Hours: Porsche claims class win at endurance premiere
Success for Porsche customers at the "Gulf 12 Hours", the first long distance race for Grand Touring vehicles on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (20 January). Sweden's Mikael Bender, Johan Löfqvist and Patrik Skoog scored the Cup class victory at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by PFI Racing and secured sixth overall. The Porsche ran perfectly. Only Patrik Skoog experienced a fright when several opponents spun ahead of him in a very fast corner. After safely negotiating the high speed slalom, Skoog brought the 911 back to the pits for the driver change unscathed.

Youth scholarship program: Carrera Cup Deutschland as career stepping stone
Porsche continues to expand its motorsport involvement with an international youth development scheme. Beginning in the 2012 season, two young pilots will receive support as Porsche Juniors in the Carrera Cup Deutschland series. Porsche provides most of the season's budget, the drivers select their team themselves. A junior coach trains the youngsters off the track. In the second year, depending on their performance, the juniors have the chance to pit themselves against the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup regulars, with a new pair of talented youngsters getting the chance to launch their GT or sports car career in the Carrera Cup. The programme is initially planned to run for four years.

Carrera Cup France: WRC champion Sébastien Loeb fields own squad
The Matmut Carrera Cup France gets a celebrity boost: The eight-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb brings his own team to launch a three-car campaign for the title. Two young drivers have already been confirmed: 21-year-old Vincent Beltoise and Sacha Bottemanne (23, both FRA). The new season takes off with the first of six race weekends in Lédenon on 28/29 April. It is understood that Loeb himself is keen to compete in the European Le Mans Series at the wheel of an LMPC prototype.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia: Compact calendar for 2012
Six race weekends in six months between April and September - that's the calendar for this year's Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia. Two new race tracks have been added: Winton and the Queensland Raceway. 2012 marks the second year that extra points will be awarded at three races towards the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy. The season kicks off at Mallala Motorsport Park from 13 to 15 April.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East: Race debut in Qatar
A premiere for the 2009-inaugurated Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East: Having raced exclusively in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the series now travels to Qatar for the first time. Rounds nine and ten of the 2011/12 season are held on the Losail International Circuit on the 2/3 March. At the halfway point of the season, Abdulaziz Al Faisal holds a tenuous lead over his Saudi Arabian compatriot Bandar Alesayi. Next meet: Rounds seven and eight on the Reem International Circuit, Saudi Arabia, 15/16 February.

Click here for some high resolution photos - a great sunset group photo of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs at Sebring and an official group photo of the 2012 Porsche factory drivers.


Membership Information

Please contact Bob Schoenherr, Membership Director for general information about Club membership, including changes of address and/or contact information, dual-membership inquiries, inter-region transfers, membership referrals, and name badges.

Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

February is usually a slow month for new members joining the Club. Remind your friends to renew in time to hang on to their anniversary date.  


We have plenty of great events scheduled for 2012. Get the stallion out of the barn while we still have this unusual winter weather. If you ever have an idea for an event, let us know. It's the cars and the people that make PCA Redwood Region a great club!


Help us out! Do you have photos or videos you want to share with the Club too? If so, email me and we'll get them on our website and Facebook page.

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


February 2012 Membership Summary

New Members 0
Transfers In 2
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 26
Non-Renewals 16
Dual Members 16 

Primary Members 477
Affiliate Members 355
Total Members 832

February 2012 New Members

Dale Drost, Petaluma - 2002 996 C4S Silver (transfer from CCC)
Steve Meacham, Sonoma - 1973 911 Red (transfer from GGR)

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

March 2012 Membership Anniversaries

Marvin Goss and Chris Morse, McKinleyville - 30 years and 16 years
Todd and Pamela Harter, Napa - 29 years
Raymond and Anita Bonneau, Novato - 23 years
Geoff Heinemann, San Rafael - 18 years
Donovan Albright, Ukiah - 14 years
Lawrence and Brennie Brackett, Sonoma - 14 years and 5 years
Kurt and Cris Fischer, Santa Rosa - 13 years
John and Brigitte Rollings, Kentfield - 11 years
Mitchell and Judy Rossi, San Rafael - 11 years
Tancredi Damore, Corte Madera - 10 years
Don Sanchez, Mill Valley - 9 years
Walter and Joan Vennemeyer, Mill Valley - 9 years
Rand and Deborah Wintermute, Sausalito - 9 years
Mitch Branson, Napa - 8 years 
Joe Burroughs, Santa Rosa - 8 years
Doug McDonald and Maxwell McDonald, Novato - 8 years and 3 years
Craig Sarachene and Katie Kelly, San Rafael - 8 years and 1 year
Peter Schlosser, San Rafael - 8 years
Steve and Karen Thomas, Healdsburg - 8 years
Roy Thylin and Bruni Thylin, Santa Rosa - 8 years
Greg and Nancy Chambers, Healdsburg - 7 years
Eusebio Joves and Loreta Joves, Kenwood - 7 years
Greg Ross and Matt Ross, Santa Rosa - 7 years and 4 years
Brad and Marina Cameron, Santa Rosa - 6 years
Barry and Joene Kelly, Sonoma - 6 years
Justin and Anke Rains, Healdsburg - 6 years
Ed and Maureen Brady, Windsor - 5 years
Stephen Corley, Napa - 5 years
Donald Laudano and Karen Scheder, Emeryville - 5 years
Timothy Shore, Mill Valley - 5 years
Bruce Wint, San Anselmo - 5 years
Roderick Moore, San Anselmo - 4 years
Richard Roth, San Rafael - 4 years
Tad Sanders, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Wallace and Som Westhafer, Ukiah - 4 years
Kenneth and Beth Ingels, Ukiah - 3 years
Barbara McCrory and Kraig Klippel, Windsor - 3 years
Bill Gemini and Chris Kljavin, Glen Ellen - 2 years
Jodi and Ty Justice, Santa Rosa - 2 years
Yeunshin Lee and Walter Hartwig, Napa - 2 years
Lem and Elme Martin, Lakeport - 2 years
Elizabeth and Michael Miller, Napa - 2 years
Peter Turner, Bolinas - 2 years
Rick Castro and Natalie Castro, Novato - 1 year
Bill Moore and Elisabeth Moore, Napa - 1 year
Karl Seitz and Karly Seitz, Santa Rosa - 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.
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Board Meeting Minutes
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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - February 28, 2012


In attendance: President Vern Rogers, Vice President and dR Editor Chris Harrell, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Past President Greg Maissen, Event Director Don Magdanz , Autocross and Goodie Store Director David Bunch, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, and members Tom Strobel and Alycia Strobel.


Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President Vern Rogers at Ghringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato. 


President's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Worked with Simone on securing Hi Tec in various sponsorship roles for 2012
  • Solicited Kurt Fischer's help in introducing Simone to Sponsorship contact at TRG
  • Contacted Michael Rose at 9Elf to introduce Simone as new Sponsorship Director; Simone to follow up w/Michael over email regarding secondary sponsorship is some areas, and a tech session to be held at his shop (may be end of 2012 or into 2013).
  • Worked with Chris on Ax T-Shirt design for 2012
  • Completed and submitted Airport AOA badge and remote opener audit
  • Worked with David, Don, Chris and other Board members in review/revision of:
    • Event Policy
    • Ax Procedures
    • Board Procedures Manual
  • Delegated Board Historian duties to Secretary for all but Financial records (Treasurer keeps all financial records)
  • Facilitated RRPCA open invite to Sonnen Porsche for 991 Launch Party
  • Lead (and mis-lead) the 2/4/12 Brunch Run to Sonoma
  • Rescheduled Board/EC meeting times at Ghiringhelli's
    • EC to meet at 6pm on the last Tuesday of the first month of each quarter
    • Board to meet at 7pm on the last Tuesday of each month
  • Picked up 997 w/new engine from Sonnen Porsche - This puppy is smooth as glass!
  • Purchased an '83 SC from Tom Strobel as an Ax project car - BIG FUN!
  • Ordered, received and distributed insurance certificates for both TRG and Whale to Whale Tale
  • Delegated waiver printing/signing to Event Leaders for TRG and Whale to Whale Tale events
  • Ordered and received a second bound RPM (for VP), as well as 100 PCA applications. These will be available at the Board meeting for any members wishing to assist in building membership.
  • Acknowledgments
    • David Bunch - lots of quality work and hours spent on both Redwood Region, and Ax Procedures manuals.  Thank you for your continued exemplary service to the club.
    • Chris Harrell - taking on the completion of the T-shirt design for 2012 Ax.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • TRG expressed an interest in hosting a swap meet. Simone and Chris will work with Martin and Jay of TRG to coordinate.
  • Importance of having "minor waivers" on hand at all events was emphasized.

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


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Highlights
    • Picked up AOA badge on 2/3/12
    • Posted all confirmed 2012 Redwood Region Events (other than breakfast runs) to the PCA Zone 7 calendar
    • Posted all confirmed 2012 Redwood Region Events through 7/31/12 to the PCA National Calendar
    • Assisted with ongoing refinements to Redwood Region Event Policy
    • Working on t-shirt design for 2012 Redwood Region AX
    • Confirmed the Station House Café in Pt. Reyes Station as the venue for our 3/18 (SUNDAY) Brunch Run
  • Open Items
    • Finalize venues for 2012 Brunch Runs and Dinner Run
    • Finish posting 2012 events to PCA National Calendar
    • Finalize AX t-shirt design

Treasurer's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted  prior to Board Meeting:


This report covers the period from January 28, 2012 to February 24, 2012.

  • Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment currently is $10,121.55 (matures in March).
  • Money Market Account stands at $7,571.46
  • Checking account stands at $8,982.19 in total
    • $5,539.43 in unrestricted funds
    • $3,442.76 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve
  • The major income items for the period were:
    • $1,772 quarterly rebate from PCA National
    • $500.00 from advertisers/sponsors
    • $214.00 from Goodie Store sales
  • Major expense items for the period were:
    • $915.59 for Autocross (cones and airport badges)
    • $239.90 for name badges (includes setup fee for new logo)
    • $233.52 for meeting dinners
  • Net income (loss) for the "period" was $1,141.25
  • Net income for 2011 was $620.94
  • Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $29,378.88


  • Filed the California Secretary of State, Statement of Information form.


  • Findings of the Financial Review Committee?


  • Balance Sheet as of February 24, 2012
  • Profit & Loss Statement for the period January 28, 2012 through February 24, 2012
  • Profit & Loss Statement for 2012 through February 24, 2012

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • A motion was approved to roll over the balance in the CD.
  • Mike indicated that a written report containing the findings of the Financial Review Committee will be submitted prior to the next Board meeting. 

Secretary's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Assisted Chris (hopefully) with interview with Pete Stout.
  • Created Event folders containing waivers, event reports and maps for first two Bruch Runs of 2012 (1/1 and 2/4).

Past-President's Report:


There was nothing to report this month.


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Greg indicated that one of his connections for 928 parts is interested in possibly advertising with the Club, or providing free goods to give as prizes. Greg will follow up.

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


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


The February issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 2/10/12 to 623 email addresses; 313 (50.2%) opened as of 2/24/12.

  • Highlights
    • Member feedback about der Riesenbaum continues to be very positive
    • Interviewed Excellence Magazine editor Pete Stout for a feature in an upcoming issue of der Riesenbaum (issue TBD)
    • Email event reminders (aka "blasts") are getting members' attention, with over 350 people opening each of the reminders sent so far in 2012; this is more than the open rate we get for our newsletter
    • Made some refinements to the Newsletter Editor section of the Redwood Region Procedure Manual
  • Open Items
    • 2012 sponsor ads needed
    • Would like to take updated headshots for all 2012 Board members
    • Will submit 2 newsletters from 2011 for this year's PCA National Newsletter Contest (deadline 3/15/12)
    • Working on updates to 2012 format/layout - timing TBD

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • The October and December 2011 newsletters were submitted for the PCA National Newsletter Contest.

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


Autocross Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


Update on Procedures Manual

  • Manual was emailed to entire board, still working on changes.
  • Topics for discussion
    • A recommendation was received that we should organize the manual such that true "duties" for each Director are outlined in the body of the document, while supporting details and information are kept in the appendix.

Autocross Director's Report

  • Insurance ordered for 1st AX from PCA.
  • ESCA response regarding locking the Porta-potties was a "no".
  • Planning to have the gate manned at all times this year. 
  • Got phone calls & emails from members who were upset that they could not get in to watch   
  • during the events last year.
  • The 50 additional cones that the board approved at the last meeting have arrived.
  • Have put together an AX Manual and emailed to the AX Committee for feedback.
  • Topics for discussion:
    • Do we wish to have some type of points competition in 2012?

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • The idea of a point competition was discussed. David will attempt to refine the idea. 

Webmaster's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • During the month February 2012 it is estimated that the count will be approximately 2250 about the same as last month.  There were 881 unique IP's.
  • Busiest day was February 21 with 164 visitors more than double the daily average.
  • Classified continue to be a popular page followed by Autocross.- most popular flyer - Zone 7 Awards Lunch followed by the Parade flyer.
  • Daily country activity was United States, Japan, Ukraine, Germany, France, and China accounting for 91% of the visitors. 
  • Other operating systems used to access the website, i.e. ipads, pods, and androids accounted for 133 visitors in February.
  • Discobot was mainly interest in tours.

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


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Mailed to Jerry $55 from Sales from Sonoma Brunch Run.
  • Received the order the  board approved last meeting,
  • Already have 4 items on "Hold" for buyers. 

Event Director's Report:  Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • I have been refining the Event Policy with President, VP, and Webmaster as we work on the Events. Once it is completed, I'll bring it to the Board for approval.
  • I setup a Dropbox for documents that are being shared between the above Officers and Directors. It will contain all the documents for each Event as well as forms for waivers, reports, etc.
  • Bob Schoenherr is the Event Leader for the Whale to Whale Tail Rallye on Saturday, 3/3/12. The Event Information Form and the Itinerary are attached. We have the Insurance Certificate and the Safety Chair Approval.
  • Chris Harrell is the Event Leader for the Brunch Run on SU, 3/18. He plans to go to the Station House Café in Pt. Reyes Station for Brunch, but hasn't connected with the owner. Unless he submits the Event Information Form before the Board meeting on TU, 2/28, we'll send it out via email.

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Mike Hinton to be added to the Dropbox list in order to download and print documents needed for event folders.
  • A motion was approved to set up an on-line payment mechanism, such as PayPal, to allow members to make payments electronically.
  • Due to conflicts with a bicycling event in Sonoma County, the date of the proposed Alderbrook wine tour will be revised.
  • Don informed the Board that the cost of the Holiday Party at Seghesio will increase from 2011.  After discussion, a motion was approved to return to Seghesio for the 2012 Holiday Party, with no increase in cost to the members.
  • Chris noted in his Vice-President's report that Station House Café is confirmed for 3/18.

Concours Director's Report: None


Sponsorship Director's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • The only change/update is that we had Deven (Hi Tec) sign up for the primary AX sponsor for the 2012 season. He paid $500; another $500 needs to be collected. I will contact Deven next week and ask him to mail the remaining money to Jerry.
  • I sent an email for secondary AX sponsorship and for other sponsorship level opportunities to Mike from 9elf. Waiting for feedback. 

Subsequent Events:

  • Vern indicated that Deven had sent the $500 sponsorship balance to Jerry on 3/5/12.

Safety Director 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 8:44 p.m.


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on March 27, 2012, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

Redwood Region Contacts
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Executive Council


Appointed Directors

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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

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