Welcome to der Riesenbaum, the official newsletter of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, encompassing Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. This publication is intended to inform Club members about Club activities and other related matters of interest. The opinions expressed in der Riesenbaum are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, its officers, or its members.
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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
Welcome to May, and hopefully plenty more sunshine!
Those of you that made it down to Canepa Design last month got a real treat. Together with members from Yosemite Region and a few other folks, we had a turnout of over 80 people.
WOW, what an amazing collection of cars! Many of them were actually for sale...just a little out of my price range. Canepa also has the biggest shop space I've ever seen. You could probably fit the shops of Hi Tec, 9 Elf, and Sonnen all within the Canepa shop floor. They even have a "Hollywood Squares" wall of cars (you had to be there). I think I counted five 959's. I hear one was purchased from a guy who bought them in every color that was available...kind of hard to imagine. Almost all of these cars, not just the 959's, were impeccably restored. I believe there was only one that was left in "as raced" condition. That was interesting in itself.
The event gave me the opportunity to talk to folks from other regions, both at the pizza place afterward, as well as during the actual tour. It is not just our region that is filled with interesting, friendly people.
I want to thank our own VP Chris Harrell and Steve Searles, Yosemite Region's VP, for organizing and coordinating the trip. Thanks also to Greg Arteche and his staff in the Parts Department at Sonnen for hosting the beginning of the Canepa tour and providing coffee and pastries. We hope to continue to see more dealer involvement with the Club.
The April autocross was a blast. Thanks again to Tom Strobel for the design. It was interesting to do a repeat of this course from last year in a completely different car. I am still practicing turning rectangles into ellipses...thanks Bob (Schoenherr). For all those who shared in the fun, please come back this month. For those that missed it, well...you missed it. You also missed a very cool (included with your entry fee) 2012 RRPCA Autocross t-shirt. We do have some left, so come out for the next autocross on Saturday, May 19, and pick one up. Remember, Redwood Region autocrosses this year are Porsche/PCA-only. That translates to anyone with a Porsche, or any PCA member with any car, can participate. If you have ever entertained the idea of really knowing your car and what it can do, autocross is a great place to start.
This coming Sunday, May 6, we have our first, in my experience at least, actual Breakfast Run. I pushed to rename these morning runs to match up with the meal we actually eat. They have all been Brunch Runs to date, but this Sunday we will actually eat breakfast. The real run is after we eat. Another difference with event is that we will start at Covallo Point on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge before taking a short drive to Nourish in Mill Valley for breakfast. Thanks go out to Ray Kaliski, RR Club member and owner of Nourish. Ray brought the idea of a run in Southern Marin that incorporated his restaurant to my attention earlier this year. We would love to have more members bring their ideas and enthusiasm into the generation of new activities. Remember, you are the Club.
We hope Sunday's weather cooperates so that we can get an incredible picture of our favorite cars with the GGB in the background. The photo(s) will be shot by our resident Webmaster and autocross photographer, Barbara McCrory. Thanks, Barbara! This year is the 75th anniversary of the Bridge, so don't miss the opportunity to be part of an historic photograph. See the website for further details.
Another interesting thing this weekend is my first Zone 7 President's meeting. It will be in Walnut Creek and run for 6 hours. One thing I definitely want to bring up is the idea of more shared events between Regions. If you read this before Saturday, and want me to bring anything to the other Regions, email me or give me a call. I am really looking forward to meeting the other Presidents in the Zone.
Even though the event is not until July 14, it is definitely not too early to get you thinking about our upcoming Swap Meet at The Racer's Group (TRG) in Petaluma. If you are like me, you have plenty of Porsche parts lying around from past upgrades, or other work you have done on your amazing machine. This will be a great time to clear the garage, and make a little money in the bargain. Proceeds from display space fees will go to our charity, CASA. Start looking now for the parts that fellow members will be just dying to own. Big thanks to Andy Brian for being willing to work with the Board to make this happen. Andy brought this idea to me at last year's Annual Members Meeting. Thanks also to TRG for hosting. More details will be posted as they are finalized.
Lastly, I want to say thanks to all of you members who consistently wear your name badges at events. I find that I can be reluctant to talk to people if I have already met them and can't remember their name (I am working to overcome this character defect). Wearing a name badge does away with those "Gee, I remember you, but can't seem to come up with your name" moments. I definitely appreciate the help.
That's all for now. Down the road,
First Annual Pech Merle Winery "va va VROOM"
Pech Merle (pesh-mel) n., 1. the vigilant courtship between land and artisan reminiscent of a bygone era. 2. an awakened memory sparked by the cultivation of senses and emotion.
Come celebrate those seductive headlights and rear-ends as we "va va VROOM" our way through beautiful Sonoma County Roads to the Dry Creek Valley. We will be grilling up tri-tip with chimichurri and chicken and tasting our award-winning lineup of Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
We have had such amazing foods at the Porsche potlucks. The salads, side dishes and desserts will be in that same fashion, so please bring your favorite dish to share!
If your last name begins with ___ , please bring ___ :
- A-G Salad
- H-N Side dish
- O-Z Dessert
Pech Merle Winery is passionate about the harmonious pairing of food and wine and the importance of giving back. We are excited to begin the "Delicious" project. "Delicious" will be a collection of recipes from fellow Porschefiles, our wine club members, and friends. We would be honored to include your favorite recipe, along with your name and photo of your car, in our collection in the Porschefile section of the book. Proceeds from sales of the book will be given to CASA. Bring your favorite recipe or email it to email@example.com.
We are THRILLED to host our first Porsche event at Pech Merle Winery and look forward to a gorgeous day of friends, food, and fun.
Bruce & Cheryl Lawton
- Event date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
- $10.00 per person.
- RSVP and pay by Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 with this link: http://2012pmvavavroom.eventbrite.com
- NOTE: Please bring your own sustainable eating service. We will provide wine glasses for wine tasting and water.
- Pech Merle Wine's will be available for purchase at a special Porsche Club discount.
We will meet at Kaffe Mocha & Grill at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. sharp departure along our favorite Porsche roads.
Pech Merle Winery address:
4543 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA
From the Editor
by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor
After many well-intended misses, I decided this was the year to finally participate in the annual Targa California (www.targacalifornia.com) vintage car rally, April 12-14, in my '73 Porsche 911. My friend Dave would meet me at the starting point, and we would take turns driving my car for 2 ½ days.
With an ugly forecast of rain, rain, and more rain, I was hoping my autocross tires would hold for the trip to Thousand Oaks (our starting point), and for the event itself. Luckily, I encountered only a handful of rain showers along the way, and most of the event was relatively dry, except for some strong showers on Friday.
Day 1 of the event did not disappoint. After a quick driver's meeting in the morning, 109 cars and their drivers/passengers set out on a backroads tour of central California. Our first stop was a private car collection in Ojai. Since I had driven 400 miles the day before, my friend Dave took the wheel. We left Ojai and headed for Buttonwillow Raceway, where we did 5 quick laps around the track then had a quick lunch. We filled the tank with 110 octane racing fuel, then I took the driver's seat and we headed across Highways 33 and 198, over some of the best driving roads I have experienced.
Things got interesting when we headed down Parkfield Grade toward Paso Robles. We came upon a stretch of unpaved road that had been turned to mud by recent rainstorms. Once we began to descend, I knew there was no turning back. The 5-mile stretch was a bit unnerving, especially in a car with balding autocross tires. We slipped, slid, and wagged our way down the hill, at one point driving nearly sideways. I was able to maintain control, and we made it back to pavement, albeit with about 100 pounds of mud glued to the underside of my car. Fortunately, there was a car wash around the corner from our hotel, so we headed over and did our best to hose down the underside of the car.
|Dave surveys The Beast after our slide down the muddy grade (Photo by Chris Harrell)|
On day 2, the group headed from our "base" in Paso Robles to Carmel Valley. Our route books offered us the choice between inland and coastal routes. Dave and I decided to take the inland route north, then return along the coast. We were rewarded with some absolutely amazing Porsche roads. And with the large group spread out between multiple routes and small "clusters" of cars, we were able to enjoy some spirited driving on completely open roads. Wow.
The last day of the event was a morning drive around the outskirts of Paso Robles, again on some fabulous Porsche roads. After a quick visit to the Estrella Warbird Museum, Dave and I hit the road so I could take him to the train station in San Luis Obispo then head back to San Rafael.
There's a lot more to the story than I can fit in this column (especially because we have SO MUCH great content this month!) so I'll sum it up with this: Over a 3 1/2 day period, Dave and I put almost exactly 1500 miles on my car, driving some of the most perfect Porsche roads imaginable. Through rain and mud and everything in between, my little 911 performed like a warrior, and made it home without incident. It was a fabulous event and a great experience. On a similar note, stay tuned for details about a Redwood Region Mille-style event to be led by Redwood members Steve and Cherryl Glenn in 2013!
|Open roads ahead, northwest of Paso Robles (Photo by Chris Harrell)|
John Fitzgerald Named Good Egg
Congratulations to longtime Redwood Region member and Petaluma resident John Fitzgerald, who has received the Petaluma Downtown Association's 2012 Good Egg Award for his dedication to the preservation and promotion of Petaluma and its history for more than 25 years! Click here
for the full story.
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.
Canepa Design Tour with Yosemite Region - Saturday, April 7, 2012
Story and photos by Chris Harrell, Redwood Region Vice President
It's funny how a casual conversation can turn into something much more. I was chatting with my friend and Yosemite Region Vice President Steve Searles in January, and he mentioned that he was planning on leading a Yosemite Region driving tour to Canepa Design (since renamed simply Canepa). in Scotts Valley, California. As Vice President of Redwood Region, one of my primary responsibilities is organizing and managing our Club calendar, and it so happened that I was working on finalizing our 2012 calendar when Steve and I spoke. Having never been to Canepa myself, I mentioned to Steve that I was personally very interested in the tour, and that it would be cool to do something similar for Redwood Region. After some thought, I connected with Steve again a few days later and asked if he would be opposed to making his event a Co-Region event. He loved the idea, and so the event was conceived and added to Saturday, April 7 on both Regions' calendars.
When Steve and I touched base in February, we discussed event details, including how many people each of us expected to attend from our Region. Since Scotts Valley is quite a long drive from the North Bay and we would have to meet - and depart - earlier than our typical events, I expected 15-20 people from Redwood Region. Steve was thinking a similar number from Yosemite. However, as we got closer and closer to April 7, the RSVPs began to come in at a rapid pace. By Friday, we knew it was going to be a pretty big turnout, but - as I have learned managing Club events - the list of folks who RSVP is not always the same as the list of folks who show up (plus or minus). We'd have to wait until Saturday to find out how many people would actually show.
I woke up on April 7 with a terrible sore throat and accompanying headache, but I was determined to make it out for the event regardless. The Redwood Region group gathered at Sonnen Porsche in Mill Valley at 7:30 a.m., where our hosts provided coffee and pastries for Club members. After the standard waiver-signing, chatting, and drivers' meeting, we hit the road with 40+ eager tourers and nearly 30 cars, including a couple of "interlopers": an Acura NSX and a BMW 318ti. Redwood Region Event Director Don Magdanz was kind enough to swap Lead/Sweep duties with me since I wasn't feeling up to par, so Veronica and I started at the back of the pack.
|Pit stop at Alice's Restaurant in Woodside|
We headed south on 101, then 19th Avenue through San Francisco. Once we hit Skyline Blvd west of San Mateo, we had a mostly fun drive, although we encountered some slow cars along the way. We stopped at Alice's restaurant in Woodside for a bio break and to pickup some more members joining us for the drive. A fellow (who turned out to be a GGR member) in a white BMW 1-Series M joined us as well. The parking lot was already crowded because of Golden Gate Region's Boxster Brunch, which is held every other month at Alice's, so we paused briefly then headed back south on Skyline with additional cars in tow.
After about 35 more miles, including 10 miles through a very narrow, twisty section of Skyline, we landed at Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, where another large group of folks (mostly from Yosemite Region, plus some from Loma Prieta and Diablo Regions) were awaiting our arrival. It was amazing to see such a large gathering of PCA members in one place, and it was clear that our initial predictions for event turnout were low, to put it lightly. In fact, we were concerned that our group might be too large to tour together. Fortunately, we were able to keep our large group intact.
|Porsches fill the parking lot at Canepa Design|
Once inside, we were treated to an introduction by the Canepa Design staff, followed by a guided tour of the facility led by Acquisition Manager Sean Chambers. Since this was my first visit, I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I was not disappointed. Where else will you see not one but several 959s in one place? One surprise was a Fiat Abarth racecar that was a bit of an inspiration, since we are considering replacing Veronica's 335 Coupe with a new Abarth when her lease expires next week.
The tour and the facility were great. The number of cars was significant, but not overwhelming. I enjoyed the sales floor and "museum" upstairs, but the real highlight was the shop, where Canepa's and customers' cars are restored. Above and beyond everything else, it was clear to me that Canepa is all about preserving perfection, and that's what we saw: automotive perfection.
After the tour, the majority of the group - which totaled a stunning 85 people by Steve's count - headed to a local pizza spot for some lunch. Since I was still under the weather, Veronica and I decided to head home. During the drive home, I reflected on the day and couldn't stop thinking about how special it was to have several regions represented at the event. We are lucky to be part of such a great Club with such great people. I am excited about planning more Co-Region events in the future.
Special thanks to Steve Searles of Yosemite Region for being the driving force behind this event!
Brunch Run to Monte Rio - Saturday, April 21, 2012
by David Bunch, Redwood Region Autocross Director
Photos by John Jackson
Earlier this year, the Club was looking to plan a Breakfast/Lunch Run in April. Sharon Neidel and I wanted to lead one, so we volunteered to plan it. Whenever we have been out in the Russian River area and drive by the Northwood Golf Course, I mention that it used to be a Redwood Region hangout many years ago. So after the Point Reyes Station Brunch Run in March, we headed up to check it out. The Northwood Restaurant sits among the redwoods overlooking the golf course. We met with owner Barbara Kokalis and decided on April 21 for a Brunch Run.
Saturday morning was a typical beautiful North Bay morning. Everyone met at Kaffe Mocha, by Sonoma County Airport, for the usual chit-chat and catching up with people we haven't seen for a while or new members. I had planned on bringing the "Goodie Store" to the start and we would drive Sharon's 968 on the tour. Well, so much for planning ahead! There was going to be a Zone 7 Concours Rules meeting on Sunday that Sharon and I were to attend, but at the last minute it had been changed to Saturday. So Sharon headed out to Shingle Springs early Saturday. I did not want to lead the tour driving the Porsche Support Vehicle (Ford Expedition), so I called Kurt Fischer (who had RSVP'd as a single) and asked Kurt if he would mind me riding with him.
|View of the golf course and redwoods at Northwood|
After our drivers' meeting, 25 Porsches and 45 people headed west and then south of the airport, eventually making our way onto River Road. From there, we took Laguna Rd. to Vine Hill Rd., making our way south to Guerneville Road. From Guerneville Road we headed up Gravenstein Hwy. to Ross Station Rd. and worked our way down some back roads to Graton. We continued south, eventually coming out onto Bodega Hwy., a fun "Porsche" road, especially this time of year before all the tourists and RV's head for the coast. After about 8 miles of spirited driving, we headed north on Joy. Rd, which would take us up to Occidental. Here we turned onto one of the best "Porsche roads", Bohemian Hwy./Main St. for some more spirited driving back up to River Rd., then a short drive to Northwood.
|"Brunch Runners" enjoying a gorgeous day on the Northwood patio|
Barbara had setup Northwood's party room for our group, and had planned the overflow to sit outside. Since it was such a beautiful North Bay day, most of the group preferred the outside area. We relaxed and spent a lot of time talking about numerous subjects, including John and Kaye Jackson and Bob Sherwood talking about their planned trip to Europe. Thortsen & Simone Kopitzki were also talking about their upcoming trip home to Germany.
Thanks to Kurt for letting me be his passenger. I enjoyed seeing the sights instead of driving. Make sure you watch the calendar for the next Brunch/Lunch Run so you can enjoy these wonderful "Porsche roads" we have in the North Bay!
The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary
As many of you already know, my "day job" is as a CPA in private practice. Given that the bulk of my work involves tax preparation, having an autocross scheduled for April 14 is not ideal from a work standpoint. Nevertheless, I was determined to participate, mainly because I had so much fun competing in my purple dinosaur. So once again, it was "early to rise" and prepare for another fun day at the track.
Proving that even old guys can learn from their mistakes, I made sure that I had my wallet with me prior to departure. This time, the pre-race refueling went smoothly, and I arrived at our airport course in plenty of time. After fussing with unloading all of the unnecessary weight from the car, passing tech inspection, and getting registered, it was time for a walk around the track. Interestingly enough, the layout (authored by Tom Strobel, Autocross Co-Chair) was very similar to one that the Club had used in 2011. The layout featured a VERY fast slalom, followed by something that Tom calls a "skidpad section." I call that section a NASCAR section, because you basically do about 1½ laps of a roughly oval section, with gates on either side to keep you honest. I remember being basically terrified of that section last year when driving my 1987 Carrera, because I always felt like I was at the absolute limit of traction, and knew that if I lifted off the throttle to slow down, a spin was sure to result. It would be interesting to see how Barney would take to oval racing.... We noticed some other things on our track walk. The pavement in the "go kart" section was far more suitable for Cayenne drivers, as opposed to Cayman drivers. There was a huge crater right on the proper line through the turns, and other pavement was crumbling badly. We all made mental notes on how to avoid the worst sections. Finally, we noticed that the course concluded with a diabolical slow-speed turn just before the finish, which contrasted with the higher-speed nature of the rest of the course. It looked like a good test of driving skills.
I started the morning working in the timing trailer, relaying the drivers' times to the recorder down in the paddock. As always, there were a few glitches with the timer, which meant that some people had to re-run the course. Eventually, we solved the timer problems, and the first group attacked the course - literally! I can assure you that the course workers got their exercise in, as it seemed that everyone was knocking over cones (sometimes several at a time) on almost every run. After watching the first group complete their 4 runs, it was time to dash down to the paddock and put Barney in line.
The first couple of runs went relatively smoothly, and I didn't have the same feeling of terror on the skidpad section. Probably, I figured, I'm not going fast enough to scare myself. On my third run, I finally seemed to get the hang of the slalom, and was accelerating hard toward the skidpad. Suddenly, the engine started a rapid-fire popping - I had hit the rev-limiter in second gear! The good news was that at least the car HAD a rev-limiter, so I was less likely to blow it up. As I may have mentioned before, I never seem to have time to even glance at the instruments while driving, so having the limiter is a good safety net. The same thing happened on my final morning run, which meant that a new strategy would have to be developed for the afternoon.
After the lunch break, it was back to work. Good news for the afternoon, though: because we hadn't had any major delays in the morning, there would be 8 runs in the afternoon! Having so many runs in a short period of time really enables one to learn the course, and makes it easier to correct mistakes or try new "experiments" in a quest to go faster. Once our group began our runs, I decided to try to shift into 3rd gear in the slalom, and see if I could stay there around the skidpad. The first couple of runs taught me to shift into third early - I tried it once midway through the slalom, and the car became very unsettled during the shift. Those runs also taught me that I'd have to shift back down to 2nd before the skidpad, because the engine doesn't have enough power to push you through the skidpad.
With all of this new knowledge, the cockpit became a busy place indeed. Both upshifting and downshifting needed to be done in a (relatively) straight line in order to keep the car stable. In order to improve my time around the skidpad, I needed to keep the throttle on, and let the rear end drift a bit. It's great fun, but that heavy engine is always lurking back there, just waiting for an opportunity to bite you. Fortunately, Barney's suspension is set up to tolerate my less-than-smooth driving style, and no bad things happened. My only regret on the day was that a red flag spoiled my best run, but, that's racing!
Again, you'll have to check the results for the actual answer, but Barney and I were right in the midfield again. Barney is fun to drive, and puts a smile on my face. You can't ask for more than that!
Our next event is May 19th, and I'd love to see all of you out there. Our first two events of 2012 have been great fun, and the upcoming events promise to be fun as well. If you plan to participate, please follow the link on the autocross page of the Redwood Region's website to classify your car. Doing so will make you eligible to participate in the "hard-fought" battles for bragging rights!
Click here for detailed results from all Redwood Region autocross events.
by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - June 2-3, 2012
Attention Redwood Region members! Coming up on the first weekend in June is our annual Porsche-only car corral at Infineon Raceway for the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.
A little history about our participation with this annual event is in store. About 10 or 11 years ago, I attended the vintage races at the then Sears Point Raceway and noted that we needed a Porsche car corral since Sears Point aka Infineon aka Sonoma Raceway (new name) featured a whole slew of vintage Porsches in all the classes.
I contacted Sears Point and was connected with the staff there on setting up a specific area for the car corral. For many years, we did have the grass area near Turn 2, but Infineon with their NASCAR connections and the race scheduled for later in June told us that parking our little 4 wheels on the grass was verboten and might kill the grass?
This is a real joke since that area of the track is now used for huge tents with floors. Talk about grass killing....But I digress!
For the last few years, we were given the paved TV Media lot above the paddock area and have filled the lot to capacity with way over 100 cars! This year, we will be back in the TV media lot. Infineon staff is always amazed by the number of cars we do have there - more than any other car club! Last year, on Saturday of the weekend, we were there despite a rare June deluge, with winds at about 30 knots and sideways rain! See the picture of myself, David Bunch, Sharon Neidel and Mike Klunk, braving the rain and hoping for other crazy Porsche drivers. Luckily, Sunday's weather cooperated for us. We do this event rain or shine!
|The Redwood crew braving the rain at the 2011 Sonoma Historics|
For the second year now, Infineon has joined the ranks of Laguna Seca and is now charging for corral passes so it is important that you order your tickets in advance and get the corral passes! Here is the link directly to Ticketmaster for tickets:
I hope to see you all there! The races are fabulous and the Wine Pavilion is always a treat for us in the Redwood Region aka Redwine Region!
Got questions, please let me know! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech Tips: Maintaining Your Porsche's Brakes
by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director
This month, Chris has asked me to provide info on doing a brake job on your Porsche. First and foremost, it is highly important that you do NOT attempt this yourself unless you feel confident that you have the correct directions and mechanical ability to:
- take apart your brakes
- measure the wear of the brake parts
- reassemble your brakes
- test the brakes properly
Remember: SAFETY FIRST. As soon as any brake problem is noticed, get it repaired immediately. Delaying brake repairs is extremely dangerous. The longer you delay fixing brake problems, the more you increase the cost of doing so and, more importantly, you are putting yourself at risk. If at any time you feel a "spongy" brake pedal or one that gets lower underfoot you need to look into finding the problem immediately.
There are so many models of Porsches today, from 356 to 991, that it is best to check forums and repair manuals for a list of tools, part specifications, and step-by-step directions. At the end of this article are some DIY (do it yourself) links for your viewing pleasure.
In order to keep your car - and yourself - safe, you should do a visual inspection every six months (or every couple of autocross or track events). Always place the car on jack stands and remove the tires to do these inspections. Look for:
- Brake rotors (discs): Inspect all the way around the surface and on both sides for any concentric scoring (grooves) or obvious defects. If defects are found, replace your rotors immediately. Any rotor discoloration may be a sign of overheating and more damage than you want to deal with. Take your car to Hi Tec or one of our other sponsors for professional assistance.
- Brake pads: Generally, rotor scoring matches on the pad. Inspect for uneven wear, breakage, or cracking on the friction surface. If defects are found, replace the pads immediately.
- Newer cars have brake pad sensors to warn of pad wear. If you are replacing your pads, it is a good bet that the sensors should be replaced too.
- Brake drums on older Porsches should also be inspected on a regular basis. You need to remove the drum to do so. The drums should not have excessive grooves or have a deep "trough" dug into them where the shoes ride.
- Brake shoes on older Porsches should be worn evenly and have no rivets protruding to the friction surface.
- Check calipers, wheel cylinders, hoses, and fittings for any hydraulic fluid leakage. Inspect the master cylinder, reservoir, and proportioning valve assemblies as well.
Use your ears every day to listen for the following:
- Know how your brakes should sound and listen for abnormal noises when driving the car. Find a high wall or drive between buildings with your windows down. This makes picking up the sounds easier.
- Beware of squeaking, which may be caused by dust or dirt on the brakes, loose pads vibrating when applied, or worn pads.
- A rhythmic noise or pulsating noise might mean you have a warped rotor. In extreme cases, warped rotors cause the brake pedal also to pulsate underfoot. Don't confuse this with ABS feel.
- Any constant brake noise means stop the car and start looking for the problem.
Once a year you should check:
- "Run-out" - this is measured by placing a gauge on the part, and rotating the part 360 degrees. The total variation is recorded as the runout.
- Wheel bearing play
- Proper proportioning balance
Recommendations to follow:
- Keep the hydraulic reservoir at the proper level with the fluid type recommended by Porsche. Never substitute or mix types of fluid. Never use old hydraulic fluid. Always use a fresh container.
- Keep brakes clean by washing them off at the same time as your car. This keeps squeaky dust and dirt off the pads and makes brakes easier to inspect and work on.
- Never spray, touch or drip any oil or lubricants on the brake friction surfaces. If this occurs, clean it off IMMEDIATELY.
- Know your brake system - how it should work, feel and sound - before it acts up, so you'll know when something's wrong.
- Check rotors for correct thickness. Replace the rotor at the same time as the pads if it is out of spec.
- Keep a repair log with receipts when any service is performed on your Porsche. Too many benefits of this to list!!!!
- After installing new pads, remember to "set" them properly. This conditions them for maximum performance and prevents premature failure. Instructions for setting pads is usually provided in the package with your new pads.
If shopping for Porsche brake parts, remember two important things:
- OEM/OES (original equipment manufactured/supplied) or equivalent pads and rotors are not always cheap. You do, however, get what you pay for. OE parts will give you the most trouble-free driving and peace of mind. And...isn't that what's most important?
- Before requesting any brake parts for your Porsche, make sure you have the year, exact model designation, engine size and type, brake configuration, type of rotors (solid or vented), vehicle ID number (VIN) and production date.
As for replacing your brakes, most cars today use disc brakes, so lets give you the basic steps assuming all braking components are in good condition:
- Jack up your car and place the car on jack stands, then remove the tire.
- If you are going to replace the rotor, loosen the rotor holding screws Some cars have them and others do not.
- Remove the brake pad pin or pins.
- Remove the brake pads.
- Compress the caliper pistons.
- Insert new pads.
- Reinstall pad pins.
- Before driving the car, PUMP UP YOUR BRAKES. The pedal will feel spongy because you depressed the caliper pistons.
- Now break in the brake pads by driving about ten miles or so. Do easy stops at first, and then some stronger stops. Check the recommendations of the brake pad manufacturer for correct break-in.
- Enjoy your Porsche and be safe!
Brake Job on Boxster S (skip the rear axle removal at the end):
60 Years of Porsche Clubs
Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America
Special Exhibition in the Porsche Museum from 26 May to 26 August 2012
For six decades, the history of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been inseparably associated with the worldwide enthusiasm of the Porsche Club scene. 60 years ago, on 26 May 1952, seven passionate Porsche drivers founded the Porsche Club Hohensyburg in Westphalia. According to its articles of association, the common goal of this first club was to "unite all Porsche drivers in friendship and comradeship". The creation of this first club was the foundation stone for a long and unique success story that has become a global phenomenon.
In the early Fifties, it was still a rarity to encounter a Porsche on the open road. This resulted in a greater sense of solidarity between owners - not just in Germany. The Porsche Clubs' international success story begins in 1953 with the founding of the Porsche Club Belgium. Two years later a private group of American Porsche customers, who were providing one another with technical support, spawned the Porsche Club of America, which nowadays represents the largest Porsche Club organisation in the world. And in 1961, in Great Britain, enthusiasts of the Zuffenhausen sports car brand founded the Porsche Club Great Britain, which has now developed into the largest Porsche Club organisation in Europe. Today, the 640 officially recognised Porsche Clubs with their approximately 181,000 members from more than 75 countries constitute the world's largest automotive sector brand club.
The Porsche Clubs live the Porsche brand, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Club members' high voluntary commitment makes them important brand ambassadors and thus part and parcel of the Porsche brand. That is why the Porsche Museum is honouring the Clubs' 60th anniversary with a special exhibition. From 26 May to 26 August 2012, the sports car manufacturer will be looking back on six decades replete with exciting club activities. Not only will Club members' special vehicles be on show but special photographs, documents and small exhibits will also relate their personal stories and experiences.
In addition, all museum visitors will be invited to select the most beautiful exhibit as part of a "Concours d'Elegance". The choice is between twelve different vehicles, including the twelfth Porsche 356 produced in Zuffenhausen, a Porsche 968 Turbo S and a Porsche 911 Turbo Targa. Dr. Wolfgang Porsche as well will be providing a rare vehicle from his private collection for the special exhibition: a 911 Turbo S (993). Moreover, a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT will be on show, as will a Porsche 911 S "Club Coupé" that was brought out in a limited edition of 50 units exclusively for American Club members to mark the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America.
The museum shop will be offering a selection of special items for sale: the new volume "60 years of Porsche Clubs" by in-house publisher "Edition Porsche Museum" introduces the reader to the history of the Porsche Clubs in approximately 180 pages. The book acquaints the reader with the most interesting, beautiful and spectacular Club moments. The book is available in German and English for 14.90 euro. Also, the museum shop is offering a metal "grill badge" on the occasion of the Clubs' 60th anniversary - that can be affixed to the air intake grille on historic Porsche models. The "grill badge" is approximately 95 millimetres in diameter and costs 35.00 euro. An anniversary pin is also available, priced at 5.00 euro.
The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is eight euro for adults and four euro for concessions. There is free admission for children under the age of 14, accompanied by an adult. Additional information is available online: www.porsche.com/museum.
|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.|
by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director
May is here and many a Porsche event has already happened. Anita and I just returned from the Zone 7 autocross weekend in Marina. It was great to see members from Redwood besides ourselves there. LaVergne, Anita, Howard, Jamie, Grady, and myself had a great weekend of hard driving and conversation with the other members of Zone 7. Attending a Zone event is fun, as is making friends all over our Zone. We are one of the luckiest areas in the country to have so many Regions in such a beautiful area. Whether it be a tour, autocross, or a concour check out our other Regions' calendars to see if something interests you. The cool part is the Redwood is known to be the Region with a large variety of events, so if you don't get to another Region's events, it makes sense!
As always, please feel free to email me or call me at 707.995.5082 with any questions.
April 2012 Membership Summary
New Members 2
Transfers In 1
Transfers Out 1
Dual Members 16
Primary Members 480
Affiliate Members 360
Total Members 840
April 2012 New Members
Lawrence Carrillo and Anita Carrillo, Santa Rosa - 1998 Boxster Yellow
Michael Design, Larkspur - 1990 964
Kevin Olsen and Audrey Olsen, Rohnert Park - 2008 Boxster RS60 Spyder Silver (transfers from Arizona Region)
Welcome to the Redwood Region! We hope to see you at an upcoming event....
May 2012 Membership Anniversaries
Walter and Christie Chalton, Fortuna - 40 years and 17 years
Peter and Stefanie Young, Napa - 34 years
Mike and Betty Beavers, Santa Rosa - 27 years
Tom and Liz Whitaker, Santa Rosa - 24 years and 7 years
Peter Bohns, Greenbrae - 21 years
Lloyd Murphey and Amanda Angelo, Santa Rosa - 19 years
Gary and Marilyn Altenbach, Santa Rosa - 14 years and 7 years
Claude and Sara Boulware, Santa Rosa - 13 years
John and Christine Burns, Napa - 12 years
Randolph and Missy Leathers, Belvedere - 12 years
Scott and Cheryl Peterson, Santa Rosa - 11 years
Chris and Crystal Barriscale, Mill Valley - 9 years
Edward Boracchia and Linda McDonald, Petaluma - 9 years and 3 years
James Meyer, Sausalito - 9 years
Bruce and Sandra Rocco, Santa Rosa - 9 years
Charlie Alegria, Napa - 8 years
Adrian and Tatiana Papajohn, Glen Ellen - 8 years
Trekkor Willis and Will Campbell, Napa - 8 years and 4 years
Paul Fuerst and Penny Dalton, Sebastopol - 7 years
Robert Ginis, Corte Madera - 7 years
Daniel Waugh and Aaron Waugh, Santa Rosa - 7 years and 2 years
Peter and Miyuki Benjamin, Sausalito - 6 years
Darin Brandt, Santa Rosa - 6 years
Carol Burnham and Don Zita, San Rafael - 6 years
Don Davidson and Erin Davidson, Novato - 6 years and 1 year
Rich French and Connie French, Belvedere - 6 years and 3 years
Gregg Kellogg and Rebecca Katz, San Rafael - 6 years
Preston Sitterly, Sonoma - 6 years
Gerard Bourguignon, Mill Valley - 5 years
Brett and Renee Hamner, Petaluma - 5 years
Donald McGreevy and Jared McGreevy, Mill Valley - 5 years and 4 years
Vern Rogers and Susan Stuart, San Rafael - 5 years and 4 years
James Demmert, Sausalito - 3 years
Terry and Elizabeth Rawls, Tiburon - 3 years and 2 years
Vlad Tsyn and Heather Genereux, San Rafael - 3 years
Tom Anderson and Dana Christensen, Nicasio - 2 years
Mark Gaterud, Santa Rosa - 2 years
Val Hanchett and Ross Hanchett, Cloverdale - 2 years
Ray Kaliski and Carla Daro, Mill Valley - 2 years
Lee Lampalnd, Larkspur - 2 years
Kris Mendenhall, Fortuna - 2 years
Bill and Linda Nayes, Mill Valley - 2 years
Bill and Jane Smith, Kelseyville - 2 years
Kurt and Dominique Stahr, Napa - 2 years
Dean Bosche, San Francisco - 1 year
Pete Irlenborn, Novato - 1 year
Kevin and Ingrid Lawson, Point Reyes Station - 1 year
Ron Matteson and Spencer Matteson, Sonoma - 1 year
Chris Ostler, 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.
|Board Meeting Minutes|
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary
Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - April 24, 2012
In attendance: President Vern Rogers, Vice-President Chris Harrell, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Event Director Don Magdanz, Autocross Director and Goodie Store David Bunch, Safety Director Mac Cranford, and Membership Director Bob Schoenherr.
Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President Vern Rogers at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.
President's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- Met with Chris and Don to work on details of Event documents and procedures.
- Big thanks to Don Magdanz for all his work on standardizing our event procedures and documentation.
- Big thanks also to Chris Harrell for, among his many achievements (Canepa Joint Tour w/Yosemite, Brunch Runs, Calendar, etc.), completing and/or facilitating the tasks of design production, delivery, and distribution of the 2012 Ax T-shirts.
- It was really nice to see Deven not only show up at the Ax but also run his 996 Turbo. He says he had a lot of fun, even with the caffeine (lack of) headache.
- Spoke with Andy Brian at 4/14 Ax regarding him taking the lead on the July 14 Swap Meet at TRG. He is amenable to that, and provided updated contact info so that Chris can coordinate with him. We had outdated contact info, and inquiries from Chris had received no response.
- Asked National to send extra copies of Panorama to me directly, instead of to the PO Box. They do not fit in the box, which made pick-up during regular Post Office business hours necessary.
- I generally drop these (6) Pano copies at HiTec for them to give away to customers.
- Hope to have the last set(s) of business cards available/delivered at the Board Meeting.
- Ping'd Scott Downey again regarding Northern Tour (currently on the calendar for Oct 6/7).
- Working with Don and Chris on the 5/6 Breakfast Run from Nourish in Mill Valley.
- Working with Chris regarding this year's event at Kachina.
- Supporting Sponsorship Director as needed.
- Submitted Insurance requests for both B-Run to Northwood, and Nourish.
- Second time with the '83 SC at Ax; Still having a really great time! - And need to lower the ride height. Built custom seat rails (myself) and my helmet no longer hits the headliner.
- About to begin work with Jerry and Bylaws revision committee. Kick off at 4/24 EC Meeting.
- Need to start thinking about logistics surrounding the possibility of electronic voting for this year's Board election.
- Reminder: This month the EC meets at 6pm; one hour before the full Board Meeting. Agenda to be distributed by end of business Monday 4/23.
Items discussed at meeting:
- Motion to approve March meeting minutes was passed.
Vice-President's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- Attended 4/7 Canepa Motorsports Museum Tour, a co-Region event with Yosemite Region. Turnout = 80+!!
- Met with President Vern Rogers and Event Director Don Magdanz on 4/10 about ongoing refinements to Redwood Region Event Policy and Event Leader Instructions. Ongoing follow-up.
- Finalized t-shirt design for 2012 Redwood Region AX - t-shirts were printed and available at 4/14 AX!
- Attended 2012 Targa California from 4/11-4/14. This was a fantastic event, with 109 vintage cars touring the Central California backroads. Highly recommended.
- Discussed 7/14 TRG Swap Meet planning with VP Vern Rogers; will follow-up with member Andy Brian to discuss leading the event
- Discussed event details for 7/28 Kachina Tour with Greg Chambers
- Added 9/15 - 9/16 Benbow Tour to Calendar
- Open Items:
- Hand-off planning for 7/14 Swap Meet to Andy Brian and Don Magdanz
- Coordinate 7/28 Kachina Tour with other Regions in Z7
- Complete write-up for 4/7 Canepa Tour for submission to Panorama
- Determine venue and route for 6/9 Dinner Run
Item discussed at meeting:
- The Marin/Sonoma concours event was removed from the calendar.
Treasurer's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
This report covers the period from March 23, 2012 to April 20, 2012.
- Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment stand at $10,162.58.
- Money Market Account stands at $7,571.58.
- Checking account stands at $9,535.74 in total.
- $5,647.96 in unrestricted funds.
- $3,887.76 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve.
- The major income items for the period were:
- $1,400.00 for AutoCross #2 (April 14, 2012).
- $366.67 from advertisers/sponsors.
- $40.65 from Goodie Store sales.
- Major expense items for the period were:
- $1,562.88 for AutoCross #2 (track rental, T-shirts and scorecards).
- $148.51 for meeting dinners.
- Net income (loss) for the "period" was ($112.76).
- Net income for 2011 is $1,215.64.
- Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $29,973.58.
- Filed both the Federal and California tax returns. The Federal was filed by e-postcard and the state with form 199. Paid $10 filing fee.
- Reviewed and identified the major issues and questions in the current version of the Bylaws. Sent these to the committee members as preparation for the first meeting.
Item discussed at meeting:
- Attachments included with Board report were:
- Balance Sheet as of April 20, 2012
- Profit & Loss Statement for the period March 23, 2012 through April 20, 2012
- Profit & Loss Statement for 2012 through April 20, 2012
- 2012 Sponsors/Advertisers Log through April 20, 2012
Secretary's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- Created Event folders containing waivers, event reports and maps for March and April events
- Will distribute remaining business cards from first order at Board Meeting. Second order is in progress, cards arrived on May 2.
Nothing to report this month.
der Riesenbaum Editor's report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
The April issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 4/6/12 to 622 email addresses; 312 (50.2%) opened as of 4/20/12.
- Sent event reminder (aka "email blast") on 4/18, focusing on 4/21 Brunch Run, 4/28-29 Z7 AX, 5/6 Brunch Run, 5/19 AX
- ESCA has inquired about dR - I think they want to "take inspiration" from our newsletter
- Open Items:
- 2012 sponsor ads needed
- Updated headshots for all 2012 Board members
Items discussed at meeting:
- Vern will follow up with Whitman's and TRG concerning their 2012 ads.
Membership Director's Report: Stands as submitted.
(Full report included in Membership section of der Riesenbaum)
Autocross Director's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- AX #2 was another great success, 40 drivers resulting in $1,400 desposit.
- Insurance ordered & already received for May AX from PCA.
- Grady Carter is designing the May AX course.
- Still need to get Redwood people to classify their cars.
- Topics for discussion:
Item discussed at meeting:
- Condition of blacktop in go kart is poor and continues to deteriorate. It was agreed that until proper repairs can be made, future autocross courses will not include the go kart section.
Webmaster's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:
- During the month of April 2012 it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3400 about the same as last year.
- Busiest day was Friday the 13th with 142 visitors.
- Now that Autocross season has started, it is the most popular page followed by Classifieds - 58 visitors downloaded the year-at-a-glance calendar.
- Daily country activity was led by the United States, China, France, Sweden, Germany, and Russian Federation, accounting for 96% of the visitors.
- Our top referring sites were google.com (46), pca.org (53), dedeporsche (30), and zone 7 (25). Search engines used primarily were Google and Yahoo.
- iPads, iPhones and androids continue to access the site, 130 this month.
Goodie Store Director's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:
- Goodie Store will be at the Northwood Lunch Run & the May AX. Not sure about the May Brunch Run.
- $104 in sales for Northwood Brunch run.
- Topics for discussion: None
Event Director's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:
- Event Policy: Attached is the latest version of the Event Policy and the new Event Leader Instructions. We used the latter for the 4-21-12 Brunch Run Northwoods, and will use it for all future events. Please suggest any changes. I would like to get RR Members other than Officers and Directors involved as Event Leaders; this takes some of the work off us as well a bring more Members into the club operation and potentially helping to fill Officer and Director positions in the future.
- 5-6-12 Breakfast Run Nourish Mill Valley: It's all planned except for finalizing the Driving Tours.
Items discussed at meeting:
- The 5/6 Breakfast Run to Nourish, Mill Valley will begin with a photo shoot near the Golden Gate Bridge, followed by breakfast, followed by the drive. Because the drive will occur after breakfast, the Board voted to not have alcohol served with breakfast.
Concours Director's Report:
Item discussed at meeting:
- Bob Schoenherr reported on the Zone 7 concours meeting that was held in April, and noted that there is a new concours link established on PCA's Zone 7 website.
Sponsorship Director's Report: Stands as submitted.
Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:
- Sonnen paid for the ad
- Proshop provided material for ad
- Whitmans paid and I provided contact info to Chris from Whitmans to provide ad
- TRG, Adobe Wine still no info several email attempts
- BA travel agreed to pay need feedback from Jerry if payment has been received
- Clarified 2011/2012 payments with sponsors
- Sent info to new potential sponsor Walter Dawydiak
Item discussed at meeting:
- Vern will follow up with both Sonnen and Whitman's in order to get advertising copy from them.
Safety Director Report: Stands as submitted.
No incidents to report.
Topics for discussion:
- Need to discuss repair of "go-kart" portion of autocross course (See Autocross Director's Report, above)
No report this month.
Meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on May 29, 2012, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.
|Redwood Region Contacts|
2012 Redwood Region Board of Directors
Zone 7 Representative
1983 911SC Targa. Quartz Grey Metallic, burgundy interior. Factory leather Recaro sport seats. 95% Michelin PS, new top, new brakes w/steel lines, Bilsteins,tensioners, test pipe. Porsche COA. 145K miles. $12,900. 707.725.6110; email@example.com.
1971 911T Coupe. Original Owner. 41 years service records. @70,000 miles on engine re-engineered at 142,000 miles by European Motors (San Rafael). Original window stickers and owners manual. No rust. Small paint chipping on driver's door edge. Always a California car. Asking $25,000. Serious offers will be considered. Stanley & Jeanie Chasen 707.894.5223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I 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 $400. Contact Joe at 707.484.7895 or email@example.com.
Original 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1987 911 Carrera Cabriolet, cream with navy upholstery and top. 70,900 miles, never tracked or raced. Always a Northern California car and always garaged; great shape. Moving in September. Priced to sell at $21,500. If I were to keep it, I would replace the door gaskets and think about replacing the liner for the top - I just never put it up!! Contact Suzanne Bailey at 707.447.5707 or email@example.com.
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 Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki at 415.299.7563 for sponsorship information and rates.
Letters to the editor, feedback, questions, and suggestions about der Riesenbaum and the Redwood Region in general are welcome. We also encourage members to submit photos and/or write-ups about Club events or related activities.
Members are also welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Redwood Region Board Meetings, held on the last Tuesday of each month (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