June 2012 nameplate
In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
Pech Merle Winery Tour
RR Z7 Autocross
2012 Porsche Parade
Parade Rally School
From the Editor
ALMS Porscheplatz
May 6 Breakfast Run
The Midfield Report
Kurt's Korner
Porsches on the Plaza
Porsche Parts, Pickles, and Wine Swap Meet at TRG
Artisan Winery Tour
GGR Concours
Legends of the Autobahn
Overnight Tour to Benbow Inn
918 Spyder Begins Testing
Membership Information
Membership Report
Board Meeting Minutes
Redwood Region Contacts
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Welcome to der Riesenbaum, the official newsletter of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, encompassing Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. This publication is intended to inform Club members about Club activities and other related matters of interest. The opinions expressed in der Riesenbaum are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, its officers, or its members.


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President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Happy June to all! More sunshine, more events, more fun!


The longest day of the year is this month, and June begins Redwood Region's two busiest months of the year. We have an event scheduled for almost every weekend this month and next. Please come out and share in the fun and abundance. We have a Porsche corral, winery tours, Autocross, our first Dinner Run, Porsches on the Plaza, and our first (in a long, long time) Swap Meet.


The Porsche Corral at Sonoma (formerly Infineon) Raceway on June 2-3 kicks off June, followed two weeks later by the Pech Merle Winery run/tour, on Saturday, June 16. Pech Merle is owned by Redwood members Bruce and Cheryl Lawton, who are as enthusiastic about their business as they are about their beautiful 993 Cab. Please take a look at their flyer below and sign up for a great time.


Redwood is hosting our annual two-day Zone 7 Autocross on Saturday and Sunday, 6/23 and 6/24, the weekend following the Pech Merle event. The Zone 7 Autocross is always a great time, especially since it draws a number of folks from other Regions within the Zone. Two days of driving with a nice dinner in between. We definitely intend to continue this year's trend of plenty of seat time on both days.


And speaking of Autocross, don't forget that Saturday, July 7, is our second annual Ladies' Day Autocross. This doesn't mean the men can't attend, just that we will be treating the ladies more special than ever: flowers, female instructors, special awards, and more. This year's course will be designed by yours truly. It will be my first. For ladies out there have any special requests for this course, please contact me.


The end of this month will find us in Sonoma with the possibly of an entire weekend of fun. We will be doing an afternoon run on Saturday, June 30, ending in Sonoma for dinner, and if you choose, an overnight stay. Porsches on the Plaza is on Sunday, July 1, so if you stay in Sonoma, you can just roll out of bed and walk to the event. The dinner venue is being finalized as I write. Lodging will be casual in that we will not be booking a block of rooms, so please call contact the hotel of your choice if you plan on spending the night in Sonoma.


The Swap Meet "Porsche Parts, Pickles and Wine" is definitely on for Saturday, July 14, at TRG in Petaluma. See below for details. Bring out those parts you have been saving for years, and find a way to fund your next upgrade. I will definitely be there. Thank you to member Andy Brian, Event Director Don Magdanz, and the staff of TRG for making this possible.


Focusing back on May, I want to give a big thank you to Grady Carter, who designed the course for the May Autocross. This was Grady's first course, and was both a challenge and a joy for many of us. Thanks, Grady!


The May Autocross was also the debut of a new Redwood Region banner. Thanks to Barbara McCrory for the fabulous 4 x 8 foot picture of our favorite cars with the now 75-year-old Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The banner was printed by Barbara's son, Mike McCrory (Epic Images). I am sure this banner will be showing up at many events this year, so be sure to get a look.


Additionally, regarding May events, I want to express my personal thanks to Ray Kaliski, a Redwood member and owner of Nourish at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. As those of you who attended know, Nourish provided an excellent breakfast, ending with a real class act in Ray handing out $15 gift certificates for our next visit. I encourage all to return, and those who have not yet gone to do so. Further thanks to Ray and Event Director Don Magdanz for a fun route both before and after breakfast.


The Zone 7 Presidents' Meeting in May had much discussion about Region Facebook pages. As a result of that discussion, we have added a new ad-hoc committee to the Redwood Region Board of Directors: Social Media. This committee is co-chaired by Kurt Fischer and David Bunch, who have been managing Redwood Region's Facebook page. Kurt and David will be submitting formal reports to all Board meetings from this point forward.


Please keep a couple of things in mind regarding our Region Facebook Page. First, remember that responding to a Facebook invite does not directly act as an RSVP, nor does it provide payment for an event where a fee is charged. Facebook invites, at this point, are just an additional way to let you know what events the Club is doing. Secondly, please do be aware that the Porsche Club of America makes every effort to protect our members' privacy, and it is best to use only first names when tagging photos.


Having a presence on Facebook is a really good thing for the Region, and the Club in general. It allows us to share our passion for all things Porsche with more people all the time. Look for links to Region sponsors arriving soon on our page. Thank you, Kurt and David, for your continuing work at improving this Club and getting the word out.


I'd like to end by reminding you that there is still time to sign-up for this year's Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City. Contact member Ray Fiore (details below in the Announcements section) if you would like to caravan with other Redwood Region folks. Ray is organizing the trip out.


That's all for now. Down the road,


Upcoming Events

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

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

Sat 8/18 - Sun 8/19 Wings Over Wine Country
Fri 8/24 - Sun 8/26 Indy« Grand Prix of Sonoma

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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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, RosÚ, 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


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


The details:

  • Event date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
  • $10.00 per person.
  • RSVP and pay by Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 with this link:
  • 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


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2012 RR Z7 AX Flyer


2012 parade flyer


2012 SVR Parade Rally Flyer 2


From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

There is a "new" Porsche at our house. I'm sure you've heard this one before, but somehow it just followed us home and we decided to keep it. Okay - the real story is this: as we approached the day to return Veronica's leased 2009 335i Coupe, we had many a conversation about what to replace it with. Possibilities ranged from another BMW to a new Fiat Abarth, or perhaps a Cayman, or maybe the Boxster that Veronica has talked about having for several years now. After much discussion (and some debate), Veronica decided that she wanted a Boxster, so I dug into the extensive knowledge bank I had compiled of local Boxsters currently for sale, based on my obsessive and never-ending daily "window-shopping" on craigslist, ebay, Pelican, and just about every other online resource one could think of. I often take heat (or at least get made fun of) for my window-shopping habit (surely there are many others of you out there who share the same sickness), but - as it has previously (e.g., my GT3) - my habit paid off when we decided to search for a Boxster.


The parameters for our Boxster search were simple: we wanted to find the nicest, cleanest, well-maintained 2003 or later Boxster that we could find for a reasonable price. We were not set on a "regular" or S model, and we were flexible on color, although Veronica has said for years that her favorite combo is Carmon Red Metallic with a gray top and gray interior. After talking to several sellers and test-driving one poorly-maintained example of a 2001 Boxster S at a dealership in San Rafael, I made the decision to pursue a cherry 2005 Boxster for sale in San Francisco that I had been watching for over a month. We took an impromptu drive into the city on Sunday, May 6, to look at the car and take it for a spin. On Thursday afternoon, I picked up Veronica's new (to her) toy and drove it home to Terra Linda. And thus a 20K-mile 2005 Carmon Red Metallic Boxster with gray top and interior became part of our family. This is the third Boxster we have owned, and is by far the nicest of the three. The timing of the purchase was perfect: just that morning, we had returned the BMW to Sonnen, and the following day, we would head to Monterey for the ALMS races and Porscheplatz at Laguna Seca, a perfect inauguration for our new roadster.


On Friday night, I informed Veronica that - as part of the Porscheplatz - we would be allowed to do a "parade lap" of the track before Saturday's main event. I encouraged her to drive her 987, with me along for the ride (and to record video of the lap). When it was time for the Parade Lap, we put the top down and rolled onto the track. A couple of minutes later, the grin on Veronica's face confirmed that we had made the right decision to get the Boxster. We're looking forward to bringing the car on some upcoming Redwood Region events!


Switching gears, I would like to encourage all of you to sign up ASAP for the June 16 "Va Va Vroom" tour to Bruce and Cheryl Lawton's Pech Merle Winery. The RSVP deadline is 6/13. Please RSVP today, as this is shaping up to be a fabulous event and a great way to kick off a summer that is loaded with Club activities. See the calendar and flyer in this issue for details.


See you soon!


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Caravan to Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City

If you plan on attending this year's Porsche Parade and would like to drive to the event with other Redwood members, please contact member Ray Fiore (, who is going to be leading a small "caravan" to Salt Lake City. General travel plans are as follows:

July 7, 2012


Meet at Cordellia Junction / Hwy 80 @ 7:00 a.m. at McDonald's/Starbucks/Chevron and depart for Elko, NV. There are still some rooms available at the Hilton Gardens (877.777.7307) in Elko on Idaho Street. Hurry - rooms are going fast....


There is also a Best Western on Idaho Street in Elko (800.780.7234).


July 8, 2012


Arrive in Salt Lake City before Noon. The plan is 1 thru 5 below!


Register for Parade / Wash Car / Tech Car / Hotel Check-In / Welcome Party


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.


ALMS Porscheplatz - May 11-12, 2012

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


You may recall that Porsche sponsored a Porscheplatz at the American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (got to be sure to use the official name, or else!) on May 11-12. Besides being able to avoid the exorbitant cost of water and soft drinks at the track, the Porscheplatz gave attendees the opportunity to meet with some of the teams and suppliers participating in the event. More importantly, we also got to participate in a parade lap of the circuit.  


I had participated in a parade lap years ago on my BMW K75 motorcycle, and remembered it as a low-key, low-speed tour of the track. Nevertheless, we signed up. At one point, it looked like we wouldn't get to go on the track at all, due to lengthy caution periods in one of the previous races, but finally, we drove slowly onto the track. My initial reaction was,

"Wow, this track is NARROW!" 

I can only imagine what it would look like at speed, surrounded by other cars. 


Just as we started off, a CHP officer on a motorcycle pulled directly in front of us, and began to lead us on our lap. I thought well, this is going to be boring. How wrong I was! Our CHP escort, who we later discovered has participated in many such parade laps, started off slowly enough, and I made sure not to crowd him. Suddenly, as we approached the top of the hill at Turn 7, just before the infamous "Corkscrew", he accelerated and vanished from our view! Obviously, we had to speed up to catch him, so we had a very entertaining ride down through the Corkscrew and almost up to Turn 9.  We definitely put a little bit of heat into the tires as we caught up with the pack. Our good fortune continued when the escort accelerated away again after Turn 11, which meant we got a high-speed run down the main straight, which contains a nice, blind approach to Turn 2. 


As we slowed to get back off the track, we had a brief conversation with the officer, and thanked him for escorting us. He replied, "I wanted to make sure you had a good time!" We did! The moral of this story is to take any opportunity you get to drive your car on a racetrack. You never know what might happen!

Photos, Food, and Fun: Breakfast Run to Nourish in Mill Valley - May 6, 2012

by Ray Kaliski, Redwood Region member


On the morning of Sunday, May 6, about 25 sparkling clean Porsches made quite a display with a completely-clear Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop at Cavallo Point (at Fort Baker) in Sausalito for a Club photo op and the start to our first real breakfast run of the year. We all got a chuckle from member Bob Pringle's plastic "souvenir" from the Ferrari that went into the drink off Seminary Drive a few days before. Comments like "Wow! A merger between Ferrari and Riva is not going well!" seemed endless.

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A perfect Porsche morning in front of the Golden Gate (photo by Barbara McCrory)

Once we were finished with the photos, we set off on a breathtaking short drive through the Marin Headlands, with clear views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific. Basically, we took the long way to Nourish at Harbor Point (owned by the Kaliski Family), where a festive buffet of made-to-order omelets, lox and bagels, sausage, bacon, homestyle potatoes, fresh orange juice, and fresh fruit salad awaited the hungry drivers and navigators.


After our major nosh, about half the cars took off through Mill Valley, up the 2AM Club road to Panoramic Hwy, and cruised to Stinson Beach. We were blessed with very few bikes to contend with and arrived intact as a group at Stinson, where most of us continued northward toward our final stop in Tomales. The roads were not jammed with "Sunday Drivers" (except for us, of course), so we had some real fun on that well-paved and curvaceous motorway.


We still had 10 cars (give or take) at Tomales, and a few of us backtracked to the Marshall Store for barbequed oysters and clam chowder. Maybe more "Breakfast Runs" are in order?

The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


Ah, the income tax due date finally came and went, which means that some of the pressure is off at work. That gives me more time to fiddle around with cars, and to prepare for the many Redwood Region events. For me, the autocrosses are the most important, and soon enough, it was time to prepare for the third event of the season, which was on May 19.


I was truly looking forward to the May event, for a couple of reasons. First, a good friend of mine, Bob Werle, drove his 1971 911T Sportomatic all the way from Manhattan Beach to participate in our event! It seems that his region down South doesn't sponsor any autocross events, and he was anxious to try it for himself. Second, the May event would be the first 2012 event where Chris Harrell and I could renew our "fierce" midfield rivalry. This time, I had my not-so-secret weapon - Barney! Chris was able to counter with nice new, sticky tires for his 1973 hot rod, aka The Beast. Let the fun begin!


Grady Carter, one of our instructors, volunteered (I think!) to design our course. His course featured a "Chicago Box", which essentially is a very narrow lane preceded and followed by very sharp turns, with plenty of cones to massacre. It looked fiendish enough on the track walk, and would prove to be quite challenging at speed, with "speed" being a relative term - the entrance and exit had to be taken fairly gingerly. At first, I didn't care for the Box, but as the day continued, I warmed up to it, because it gave great satisfaction if driven properly. The remainder of the course was reasonably straightforward, and we noticed that the gaping pothole in the "go-kart" section of the track had been repaired (thank you ESCA!) since our April 14 event.


Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the number of drivers was less than we had had for our previous events, which meant that everyone would have to work both shifts, and we would only have one course worker per station. The good news was that with smaller run groups, everyone gets to make more runs than usual. After getting our worker assignments and instructions at the drivers' meeting, it was time to give Grady's course a try.


Immediately, it became apparent that the Chicago Box was challenging for most drivers. It seemed like during every run, the drivers were knocking down cones at the entry to the Box, or on the exit (or both!). I felt sorry for the folks that patrolled Stations 2 and 3, as they were constantly replacing deranged cones. In fact, we had to re-chalk one of the cone locations because so many cars ran over it! Otherwise, the runs proceeded without incident, and quickly enough that we were able to fit in 8 runs before lunch! I've attended autocross events where I've only made 8 runs in an entire day! I could hardly wait to get out there....


Since this event is only my third event with Barney, it still takes some time to remember exactly how the car behaves. One thing I forgot was that the tires need at least one run to develop useful grip. On my first run of the day, I felt like a rally driver as the car slid around seemingly at will. Fortunately, by the third run or so, the grip returns, reducing the "white-knuckle" factor. My times gradually improved throughout the morning, and I managed to dodge all of the cones!  We'd see about the afternoon....


The afternoon played out much the same as the morning through 7 additional runs, but I did flatten at least a couple of cones in the afternoon. As the t-shirt says: "No cones, no glory!" The weather warmed up, which seemed to make the course a little more slippery, and made it difficult to improve my times. All too soon, we were done for the day. Chris and I compared our times'll have to check the results to see where we landed. Let's just say that it was close!


My friend Bob had a fantastic time at his first autocross. Here's an excerpt from the e-mail he sent me after he got home: "What a blast. Please pass my thanks and appreciation for accommodating my participation to all of your colleagues in the PCA Redwood Region; and thanks for encouraging me to take the trek up north in one of my sportos." So thanks to all of you who helped my friend have a good experience. We have the best members in our Region!


Our next event is the Zone 7 event on June 23 and June 24. The Zone events are perhaps a bit more serious than our normal events, but are great fun as well. Again, if you haven't already done so, 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.

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Kurt's Korner

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by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President


On Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Redwood Region will have its day on the beautiful Sonoma Plaza!


This will make our 3rd showing of Porsches parked in the semicircle in front of City Hall. Always a great showing of our favorite cars, and in the past we have gotten a number of new members and always the onlookers perusing and admiring the Porsches!


This event benefits our charity,CASA of Sonoma County, and will cost $20.00 per car. Fees will be collected at the site! We have room for 40+ cars.


Bring your picnic lunch, your portable Porsche chairs, and potables and join us for a fabulous picnic on the wonderful grounds of the Sonoma Plaza! There is plenty of parking around the Sonoma Plaza for those not showing your car. Same thing with food: plenty of great restaurants around the Plaza.


Hope to see you there. In the past we have had upwards of 150 people attending this to become an annual Redwood Region event!


For car showing, this is a RSVP event. Email me at to reserve your spot on the Plaza.



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2012 Artisan Winery Tour flyer


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2012 LPR Swap and Concours Flyer




918 Spyder Prototypes Commence Trials

From Porsche AG


Stuttgart. The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. "What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance," said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

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Porsche 918 begins testing (photo provided by Porsche AG)

The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels - poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. "They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation," said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche's core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.

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Porsche 918 prototypes begin testing (photo provided by Porsche AG)

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting "top pipes" exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.

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

Congratulations to our 30+ year members this month: Ray Fiore and Kim Fiori! You know what this means? For over 30 years, Ray and Kim never let their memberships run out and always renewed before the deadline. This goes back to the days of mailing in the check! Today, it is real easy and can be done online. We have too many folks waiting until the last minute and then forgetting. Please check to see when your membership runs out by looking online or checking your membership card. If you need help, I will be more than happy to give you hand. 


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


May 2012 Membership Summary

New Members 6
Transfers In 3
Transfers Out 0
Renewals 20
Non-Renewals 13
Dual Members 16

Primary Members 477
Affiliate Members 356
Total Members 833

May 2012 New Members

Michael Desin, Larkspur - 1990 964 
Wayne Freedman, San Anselmo - 1982 911SC Black
William Hake, Glen Ellen - 2007 997 Turbo Black
Danny Kao, Novato - 2000 Boxster Silver (transfer from Golden Gate)
Joseph and Barb Netter, Rohnert Park - 2006 997S Black
Robert Porter, Novato - 1997 Boxster Carmon Red Metallic
Dennis and Victoria Roberts, Glen Ellen - 2002 996 Turbo Silver
Michael Ross and Danielle Botros, San Rafael - 1979 911SC Black (transfers from Northern New Jersey)
Dennis Thompson, San Geronimo - 1968 911 Yellow (transfer from California Central Coast)

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

June 2012 Membership Anniversaries

Ray Fiore and Carmen Shaw, Geyserville - 32 years and 7 years
Kim Fiori and Robin See, Healdsburg - 31 years and 27 years
Jerry and Susan Curry, Santa Rosa - 29 years
Kevin and Debra Buckler, Petaluma - 26 years and 17 years
Lawrence Bennett, Mill Valley - 24 years
Brent Klopfer, Gualala - 20 years
Andy Brian and Jack Brian, Santa Rosa - 17 years and 1 year
James and Maureen Bruce, Sonoma - 16 years and 3 years
Jose-maria Castro and Luciana Castro - Belvedere - 15 years
Paul Chrisman and Eric Chrisman, Burlingame - 11 years and 9 years
Kathy and Gerry Silverfield, Tiburon - 11 years
Brian and Nicole Vineys, Rohnert Park - 11 years
Rob Woollen, San Rafael - 10 years
Jim McVicar, Santa Rosa - 8 years
Bruce and Cheryl Lawton, Rohnert Park - 7 years
Chris Vail and Debra Collins, Mill Valley - 7 years and 6 years
John and Marlia Berg, Fairfax - 6 years
Diane and David Einstein, Petaluma - 6 years
Gary Fellers and Craig Fellers, Novato - 6 years and 4 years
George Kellar, Sausalito - 6 years
Michael and Jacqueline Lamb, San Anselmo - 6 years
Charles and Kathryn Stotler, Eureka - 6 years
Martin and Lara Detels, Greenbrae - 5 years
Tom Strobel and Alycia Strobel, Novato - 5 years and 4 years
Penny Bair, Sonoma - 4 years
Glen and Amy Marks, Middletown - 4 years
Joan Robideaux and Mike Simpson, San Rafael - 4 years and 1 year
Jim and Kathy Gehrs, Santa Rosa - 3 years and 2 years
Michael Vogel, Mill Valley - 3 years
Brannon Klopfer and Georgia Wells, Gualala - 2 years
Jonathan Kramer, Mill Valley - 2 years
Steve Cerami and Ryan Cerami, Petaluma - 1 year
Mike Illingworth, Windsor - 1 year
Ryan Miron, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Hartley Postlethwaite, Annapolis MD - 1 year
Chip Witt and Krista Witt, Cotati - 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 - May 29, 2012


In attendance: President Vern Rogers, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Event Director Don Magdanz, Autocross Director and Goodie Store David Bunch, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Past President Greg Maissen, and Concours Director James Heisey.


Meeting called to order at 6:58 p.m. by President Vern Rogers at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.


President's Report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Spoke and/or met with Andy Brian, and various TRG folks regarding details of 7/14 Swap Meet.  Finally sounds like all are on the same page, and clear specific points of contact between RRPCA and TRG have been established (at least for the next ten seconds...).
  • Followed up with Sonnen,  Whitmans,  Cartronics, and Revolution Motorsports regarding sponsorship.  Simone still in Germany until mid-June.
  • Worked with Don, Chris and others on Lockbox transition and policy.
  • Filed for and received Hospitality Park Subsidy (at Sonoma Historics) from National.
  • I will be unable to attend the Sonoma Historics due to work commitments.
  • Filed w/National for Charity Subsidy ($385 for CASA at Porsches on the Plaza).
  • Had numerous email exchanges with Scott Downey regarding Northern Tour (Oct 6/7).  This will include a gimmick rally and some casual/optional activities.
  • Big thanks to Ray Kaliski, owner of Nourish in Mill Valley.  The breakfast was fabulous, and providing all attendees with a $15 gift certificate to the restaurant put the icing on a real class act.  We should discuss the possibility of this as a venue for a holiday party.  Ray has offered.
  • Continued to be in contact with Chris regarding this year's event at Kachina.
  • Submitted Insurance request for Pech-Merle Winery Run.
  • Third time with the '83 SC at Ax... time to save for suspension upgrades...
  • We need to schedule the first Bylaws revision committee meeting.
  • Need to touch base with Bob and others around the logistics involved in electronic voting for this year's Board election.
  • I have added the (currently ad-hoc) Social Media Committee, chaired by Kurt and David. A report from this committee expected at the board meeting and/or in this set of pre-meeting reports.
  • Please remember to re-read last month's minutes so that we can approve them.

Items discussed at meeting:

  • Motion to approve April meeting minutes was passed.


Vice-President's Report: Stands as submitted


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Highlights
    • Handed-off planning for 7/14 Swap Meet to member Andy Brian and Event Director Don Magdanz
    • Confirmed details of 7/28 Kachina Tour with member Greg Chambers
    • Coordinated recent calendar changes/updates with Webmaster Barbara McCrory, as well as Z7 and National
    • Reviewed draft of Electronic Data Storage policy with President Vern Rogers and Event Director Don Magdanz
    • Attended 5/6 Breakfast Run
    • Attended ALMS races and Porscheplatz at Laguna Seca  5/11-5/12. Veronica got to take her "new" 2005 Boxster on the track for the Parade Lap.
    • Corresponding with Burt Misevic of PCA Parade Art Committee regarding submitting RR's 2012 AX t-shirt for this year's competition
    • Participated in 5/19 AX. Great day!
    • Discussing possible venues for 6/30 Dinner Run with member Joe Burroughs
    • Met with President Vern Rogers on 5/23
  • Open Items
    • Coordinate 7/28 Kachina Tour with other Regions in Z7
    • Determine venue and route for 6/30 Dinner Run (formerly 6/9)
    • Finalize locations for October and November Brunch Runs (Oct is also RR Annual Members' Meeting)
    • Submit 2012 AX t-shirt for Parade Art Competition

Treasurer's Report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:


This report covers the period from April 20, 2012 to May 25, 2012.

  • Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment stands at $10,162.58.
  • Money Market Account stands at $7,571.64.
  • Checking account stands at $12,353.84 in total.
    • $8,321.08 in unrestricted funds.
    • $4,032.76 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve.
  • The major income items for the period were:
    • $1,876.00 quarterly rebate from PCA National.
    • $1,015.00 from AutoCross #3 (May 19, 2012).
    • $400.00 from advertisers/sponsors.
    • $220.00 hospitality support from PCA National for Historics.
    • $104.00 from Goodie Store sales.
  • Major expense items for the period were:
    • $540.00 for AutoCross #3 (track rental).
    • $161.05 for meeting dinners.
  • Net income (loss) for the "period" was $2,818.16.
  • Net income for 2012 is $4,033.80.
  • Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $32,791.74.
  • Notes:
    • Re-filed the California Secretary of State Information form, this time with the $20 fee. (Last year they returned the submitted $20 telling me it was not necessary. This year it was required as it was considered a change of information.)
    • Restated the $1,000 Hi-Tec sponsorship funds as autocross income to offset the cost of the autocross T-shirts.
    • TO DO: Set up the first Bylaws review committee meeting. We can make the arrangements at the Board Meeting. 

Item discussed at meeting:

  • Attachments included with Board report were:
    • Balance Sheet as of May 25, 2012
    • Profit & Loss Statement for the period April 20, 2012 through May 25, 2012
    • Profit & Loss Statement for 2012 through May 25, 2012
    • 2012 Sponsors/Advertisers Log through May 25, 2012

Secretary's Report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Created Event folders containing waivers, event reports and maps for April and May events
  • Will distribute remaining business cards from second order at Board Meeting, which represent all cards ordered.
  • Attended 5/6 Breakfast Run, and part of the post-meal drive
  • Attended ALMS race and Porscheplatz, and participated in the Parade Lap. We were lucky and got to drive a couple of sections quickly
  • Renewed "heated" rivalry with Chris at 5/19 autocross.

Past-President's Report: Nothing to report this month.


der Riesenbaum Editor's report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


The May issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 5/3/12 to 626 email addresses; 300 (47.9%) opened as of 5/25/12.

  • Highlights
    • Sent event reminder (aka "email blast") on 5/16, focusing on 5/19 Autocross, 6/2-6/3 Sonoma Historics Porsche Corral, 6/16 Pech Merle Winery Tour
    • Submitted write-up for 4/7 Canepa Tour to Panorama (as a potential feature/note "From the Regions")
    • Discussed potential sponsorship with Cars Dawydiak in San Francisco
  • Open Items:
    • 2012 sponsor ads needed (Whitman, updated ad from Sonnen)

Membership Director's Report: Stands as submitted.          


(Full report included in Membership section of May der Riesenbaum)


Autocross Director's Report: Stands as Submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • AX #3 was another great success, 29 paid drivers and deposited $1,015 to our account
  • Insurance ordered from PCA National for June Zone 7 AX's.
  • GGR scheduled a conflicting AX on 6/23 & an AX School on 6/24.
  • Topics for discussion:
    • Per Tom, we need to buy some more radios 

Items discussed at meeting:

  • Four new radios to be purchased for autocross
  • David will also look into getting a bid to dig out and replace the badly damaged portion of Go Kart section of track, which was recently patched.
  • The location of the dinner following the Redwood Region Zone 7 autocross is not final yet.

Webmaster's Report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • During the month of May 2012 it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3600, higher than last year.  There were 1130 unique IP's that accessed the site. 
  • Busiest week was May 21 through 25 with 721 visitor, 20% of the total.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are the busiest days.
  • Classifieds was the most popular page followed by Autocross. If the results had been posted, it would have been reversed - 62 visitors downloaded the year-at-a-glance calendar.
  • Daily country activity was led by the United States, China, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Japan and Germany accounting for 93% of the visitors. 
  • Our top referring sites were google (65), pca-national (61), pca-ggr (45) dedeporsche (22), and zone 7 (29).  Search engines used primarily was Google.
  • ipads, iphones and androids continue to access the site, 163 this month.  Top browsers are IE and Firefox.

Goodie Store Director's Report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Turning in $30 from May sales
  • No topics for discussion

Event Director's Report: Stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Events for June 2012 
    • 6-2&3-12 Porsche Corral at Sonoma Historics.
      • Since this involves only setup of the Corral with Infineon, I didn't request an ELI.
    • 6-16-12 Winery Tour Pech Merle.
      • The Event Leader Instructions (ELI) and the Pech Merle flyer are attached. Cheryl Lawton and I drove the Tour and the Driving Tour Map and Itinerary will be available prior to the meeting. As per our Event Policy, this Event needs Board approval.
    • 6-30-12 Dinner Run Sonoma
      • Chris is looking at restaurants in Sonoma. When that is completed, we will send the ELI and Tour Map and Itinerary to the Directors. This Event also needs Board approval.
    • 7-1-12 Porsches on the Plaza
      • Attached is the ELI. No Board approval required.
    • 7-14-12 Swap Meet at TRG.
      • We will do the ELI shortly; it is taking shape.
    • 7-28-12 Winery Tour Kachina.
      • I am waiting for the ELI. Greg Chambers is inviting other car clubs, etc. This may be our last year to be involved with this Event if it becomes more than just PCA members.

Items discussed at meeting:

  • The 6/16 Pech Merle Winery Tour was approved.
  • Additional discussions will occur concerning the Swap Meet, including size of stalls, and whether or not reservations will be required to have a selling stall.

Concours Director's Report: Nothing to report.


Sponsorship Director's Report:

  • Simone is presently in Germany. No report this month. Vern was contacted by Revolution Motorsports, who expressed interest in becoming a sponsor. Vern will do initial follow-up.

Item discussed at meeting:

  • CarTronics contacted Vern regarding potential advertising.

Safety Director Report: No incidents to report.


Charity/CASA Report: No report this month.


Other items discussed at meeting:

  • David Bunch has circulated a draft of the Region Procedures Manual, and is awaiting additional comments and edits from the EC before finalizing.
  • The Board also agreed to give sponsors exposure on the Region's Facebook page.

Meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.


Subsequent to the meeting, a meeting of the Bylaws Review Committee was scheduled for June 19, 2012.


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on June 26, 2012, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

Redwood Region Contacts
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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 Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki at 415.299.7563 for sponsorship 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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