June 2012 nameplate
In this Issue
President's Message
8/11 Autocross
From the Editor
6/30 Dinner Run to Sonoma
The Midfield Report
Wash and Shine your Porsche
Legends of the Autobahn
SVR 50th Anniversary Celebration
Yosemite Region Zone 7 Concours
Overnight Tour to Benbow Inn
SVR Zone 7 Concours
RR Zone 7 Ledson Concours
Membership Information
Membership Report
Board Meeting Minutes
Redwood Region Contacts
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Upcoming Events at a Glance
Click on the event name for a link to additional details, including contact and RSVP information.

August 2012

Fri 8/24 - Sun 8/26 IndyŽ Grand Prix of Sonoma - NO PORSCHE CORRAL

September 2012

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

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

President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Well, we made it to August! The five events we had in July certainly kept me and a lot of other members busy: Porsches on the Plaza, our Ladies' Day Autocross, our Swap Meet at TRG, our 7/21 Autocross, and the Artisan Wine "Swing in the Vineyards" event at Kachina were all a blast! I just love how varied our events are. 


We are slowing down slightly this month.


This coming weekend (actually two days from this writing) we have a brunch/lunch run to Lake County, hosted by Tour Meisters Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing. As of last Tuesday's Board meeting, we had 50 people signed up. If you have missed Bob and Anita's tours in the past, but are joining us for this one, you are in for a treat. Their tours are always extremely well-planned, well-executed, and full of surprises. The Lake County tour will be no exception.


Following the Lake County tour, on 8/11, we have our August autocross (yes, only one this month). Remember that this year, our autocrosses are exclusively for PCA members and/or Porsches. The Board wants to make sure that all of our members feel welcome and well-cared-for at autocross. Please do come out and support this fabulous and fun activity. I promise a GREAT time. Bring your baby and let her show you what she can do (if the political incorrectness of that statement offends you, please replace the "her" and "she" with "him" and "he"). 


The third weekend of the month gets us into Monterey/Carmel for Legends of the Autobahn, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. This will be my first time going to either. I know, you're thinking how'd this guy get to be Club President? Well, some of us are late bloomers....I am really looking forward to Legends and all the great cars and people. I hope to see many of you down there.


I'd like to end with a little September preview: 

  • 9/15-16 Overnight tour to the Benbow Inn - If you missed last year, you have another opportunity to experience this amazing vintage hotel and grounds. Make your reservations before 9/1. Susan and I will be staying an extra night...last year's trip was just too short.
  • 9/22 Autocross
  • 9/29 Oktoberfest in Vacaville, put on with major support of Club members Holger and Martina Seibert
  • 9/30 Zone 7 Concours, hosted by Redwood Region at Ledson Winery

I am looking forward to seeing and talking with each and every one of you at an event soon.


That's all for now. Down the road,



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From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Back in the March issue, I shared some information about PCA National's annual Newsletter Contest, the winners of which are announced at Porsche Parade each July. Prior to Parade, editors of all Regions are encouraged to enter the contest by submitting two issues of the prior year's newsletter for evaluation. Entries are grouped by class (based on the size of each Region) and evaluated for layout, navigation, content, scope, and variety by a group of judges, who determine the winner from each class. For this year's contest, I submitted the October and December issues from last year. 


I am pleased to announce that der Riesenbaum placed fifth among newsletters in its class. We received positive feedback in several areas, including overall quality of content and layout, as well as "trailblazing the future" with regard to der Riesenbaum's digital format. I think it is very important to note that many Regions still maintain a printed "magazine" publication, and that it will take some time for members - and judges - to fully embrace the digital format. Based on this adoption curve, I am ecstatic about how we fared in this year's contest, and I'm looking forward to even better results next year. As one (anonymous) judge shared in his or her evaluation:

Within PCA, der Riesenbaum appears to be one of the pioneers of the digital-only newsletter. Of those Regions that have eschewed the printed magazine, most have chosen PDF as an "online" format, perhaps to retain control over formatting and layout, or perhaps "by default." The Redwood Region, however, has embraced a format that is more "friendly" to e-mail and the Web, even if it gives up some richness in layout capability to do so. In so doing, the Region has shown that a highly effective newsletter can be produced in this format. While there are some areas for potential improvement - potentially in the coverage of Regional events and in the use of photography - der Riesenbaum offers very strong content, featuring excellent writing from a membership that is eager to contribute to their newsletter. As the Redwood Region continues to blaze the trail forward for other PCA Regions to no doubt follow in time, I will continue to watch the evolution of der Riesenbaum with great interest.


We should all be proud to receive this praise, as well as recognition at the PCA National level. Thank you all for your continued contributions to der Riesenbaum. 



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Redwood Region Awarded 2nd Place in PCA National T-shirt Contest at Porsche Parade

Members who have participated in a Redwood Region Autocross this year are familiar with our custom t-shirts, designed by President Vern Rogers and Vice President/Editor Chris Harrell for the 2012 Autocross season. Our t-shirt design was awarded 2nd place (nationally) at this year's Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City. Congratulations to Redwood Region for this national award and recognition, and thanks to Hi Tec Automotive for sponsoring this year's Autocross series and shirts. Our trophy is on display at Hi Tec now if any member is interested in seeing it.

Assistant Newsletter Editor(s) Needed

As we continue our commitment to improving der Riesenbaum, we are looking for members who are interested in learning about the newsletter and assisting with the process of building and publishing der Riesenbaum each month. This could be just an assistant role or could develop into something larger and longer-term. Please contact the Editor, Chris Harrell, at or 415.475.9591 if you are interested in learning more about the opportunity.

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.


Dinner Run to Sonoma - Saturday, June 30, 2012

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by Gordon Reynolds, Redwood Region member


Those of us with Saturday morning obligations that prevent us from joining Redwood Region's various brunch fun runs and other events greatly appreciate the addition of runs on other times and days. First, a Sunday morning run, which I gather was well attended (I was away), then shortly thereafter, this delightful June 30th dinner run to Sonoma, capably led by our editor, Chris Harrell.


We owe a lot of thanks to the members who devote an immense amount of time planning, identifying routes, test driving them (OK, that's fun), and arranging for parking and good spots for us to chow down. For this event, kudos go to: Joe Burroughs, our agent in Sonoma who located the restaurant and arranged for reserved parking; Secretary Mike Hinton, who had the arduous duty of driving the area with Chris to lock in a route (OK, more fun); Event Director Don Magdanz, who handles the not insubstantial paperwork for this event and others to make sure we don't stub a toe on regs and permits, and last, but certainly not least, Chris' cheering section and navigator, wife Veronica, who accompanied him in identifying the potential route a couple weekends prior, arming him with info for the drive with Mike.

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Redwood members fill the back room at the Plaza Bistro in Sonoma and enjoy a great dinner to top off a great afternoon (photo by Chris Harrell)

Ah yes, about the run....Twenty-two cars and 40 people turned out for the mid-day start (3:30 p.m.) from Chevy's at Rowland Plaza in Novato. Weather was clear and warm, with everyone in good spirits: me in particular, as the afternoon start enabled me to fire up the "White Whale" and give it some exercise with the Club. Routine releases signed, route maps given to the drivers (I would rue later the fact that I only gave the map a cursory glance before we started), and we were off....


What the first stretch (across Route 37 and up Lakeville Hwy) lacked in driving challenges was made up for by the bucolic farm scenes and pastoral open space. To drive great Porsche roads, the first step is to get to them, right? After the ho-hum stretch and a rest stop at the Glen Ellen Village Market, we headed out for the raison d'etre of the day, a curly amalgam of wine country back roads to satisfy the most critical fun run aficionado. Only one little problem: I caught the red light at the Sonoma Highway signal, where a left turn is followed immediately by a right onto Trinity Road. Cars ahead had made the right, and I blithely continued along Sonoma Highway until a glance in the rear view revealed several Porsches, whose drivers had given more than a cursory glance at the map, turning right. A quick u-turn and a left got me back on the prescribed route, and what followed was the highlight of my day. Do you have any idea how much fun it can be to catch up to a group of cars on perfect Porsche roads? Heaven!


A delicious five-course dinner ($25 plus drinks) awaited us at Plaza Bistro in Sonoma, which capped a thoroughly enjoyable day with camaraderie, jokes, a few lies, and good conversation...not to mention good wine.

The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


The Redwood Region hosted two autocross events in July, which is an unusual occurrence. The first event was held on July 7, and was designated as a "Ladies' Day" event, with flowers, special prizes, and a novice-friendly course. The second event, on July 21, was our regularly-scheduled event. For dedicated autocrossers, July would be a great month!


I was asked to arrive early at the first event, since our Autocross Director David Bunch was attending the Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City and the autocross team needed help setting up. Fortunately, other members, including our Past President Greg Maissen, stepped into the breach and enabled the setup of the event to proceed smoothly. As the time for the drivers' meeting approached, it was apparent that attendance was going to be sparse. Those of us who were there were asking ourselves where is everyone? and will we have enough participants to actually run the event? The situation appeared dire, but in the end, enough people arrived, and it was time to start the event, albeit with a somewhat skeleton crew among course workers and timing and scoring personnel.


Our current President, Vern Rogers, designed a relatively fast, flowing course to challenge the drivers. The course featured the usual slalom sections, and the typically bumpy ride through the go-kart section. As our Vice President Chris Harrell and I walked the course and chalked the marker cones, we tried to develop strategies that would lead to fast times. Much of the decision-making was taken away, as the slaloms featured pointer cones that dictated the path to be taken. One less thing to think about!

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Wendy Strobel scaring some cones in her Boxster (photo by Barbara McCrory)

There are advantages to small participant groups. The main benefits are that everyone gets to make many runs, and there is very little down-time between runs. The short time between runs can be challenging if you've progressed to the stage where you monitor your tire pressures between runs, however. You'll need to keep your tire pressure gauge handy, and you'll want to remove your valve caps to speed up the process. Obviously, the disadvantage to a small group is that everyone has to work both sessions and, often, you'll have to man a worker station alone, which requires more concentration.


Chris and I were in the same run group this time, and it would be interesting for us to compare times. For the first time, Chris brought out his 1972 914, which is classified in the same group as Barney (AX16, the slowpokes!). We were both looking forward to seeing how we and the cars would compare. Vern's course design proved to be popular among the drivers in our run group, as it did not include any crushingly slow sections, and seemed to flow well. After a couple of runs to warm the tires, we got down to business.  Unsurprisingly, Chris and his 914 clocked nearly the same time and Barney and I. Overall, of course, we were mid-pack, but we were both pleased with our cars and maybe even our driving! All too soon, our morning runs were complete, and it was time to work. The small group meant that there was non-stop action, but it also meant that the work session was short. After no time at all, we all gathered for the bench-racing session that passes for the lunch break at a Redwood Region autocross.

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Anita kicking up a little smoke in the 914 (photo by Barbara McCrory)

After lunch, Chris and I were set to renew our battle out on the course, but the 914 wouldn't start! Chris was able to quickly diagnose the problem, which was caused by a nearly-disconnected negative battery terminal. Unfortunately, the problem was caused by the battery breaking its hold-down mounts and sliding out of the battery tray, so Chris couldn't run in the afternoon. Guess he was driving that car pretty hard if he was able to break the battery loose from its mount! THAT would explain why his time was so close to mine, despite a 45 horsepower deficit!


My afternoon runs were mostly uneventful until later in the session. The "back" portion of our course is popularly known as the "skid pad," because in certain configurations, the course is set up such that you make a complete circle during one run. I actually think it's called the skid pad because the asphalt is always slippery through there, even when it's dry. In any case, I'd had some success by going through that section with the back end sliding just a bit. On one of my final runs, I was sliding just a bit more, thinking it's ok; I've got this. Suddenly, it was oh ****, I DON'T have this, and around I went! It was a pretty simple spin, and there was plenty of time to remember to depress both the brake and clutch pedals as I went around. Nothing was bruised, except for my ego (and my time)! It was another good learning experience.


I'll report on the July 21 event in our next newsletter, since I won't be able to attend the next event scheduled for August 11. The attendance has been a bit light at our last three events, so I would encourage all of you, rookies and veterans alike, to test you and your car against our challenging courses. A good time is guaranteed!


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

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Wash and Shine your Beloved Porsche, Part 2: What to Do after Washing your Car

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director and Zone Concours Champion


In Part 1, I talked about how to wash your Porsche.


Sometimes washing and waxing your car is not enough to get a glossy shine on the surface. Contaminants like bird droppings, brake dust, and environmental pollutants settle and stay on your car's surface, particularly your clear coat. Clear coats were made to handle this kind of abuse by the environment, but even the clear coat gets rough and dull. You can wash all you want, but soap and water alone will never remove these contaminants; the safe way to remove contaminants is with a clay bar treatment. I use a clay bar on my car to make the surface smooth and ready for wax especially, when preparing for Concours.

What you need:

  • clay bar (get from an online source or use Mother's, which you can get at any automotive store)
  • detail spray as a clay lubricant
  • microfiber towels
  • carnauba wax
  • microfiber applicator
  • soft cotton clothing (I call mine the scrubs)
  • orbital polisher (optional) 

Let's get started...   

Step 1: Park your car in the shade and let the car's surface cool. Wash the car with car soap and a soft sponge to remove all surface debris. Rinse it and let it dry completely.


Step 2: Take the clay bar and make a palm size pancake. Spray detail spray on the clay bar to get started.


Step 3: Spray the detail spray on a small area of your car's surface. Rub the clay bar across the lubricated area several times. Rub the clay bar back and forth, from right to left. You do not have to rub in the detail spray like wax. Continue to rub the bar over the wet area until it glides seamlessly and smoothly over the surface. Once it moves effortlessly, you know that the debris has been removed from that portion of the car. NEVER let the clay bar get dry or stick to the car's surface.


NOTE: Look at the clay to see the small pieces of debris and contaminants it picked up. Fold the clay bar over when the area touching the paint looks dirty. Do this frequently.


Step 4: As you finish cleaning each area with the clay bar, dry that area with a microfiber towel. You will feel a smooth finish.


Step 5: Move to another area and repeat steps 2-4. Do this to the entire car. Start with the roof, hood and trunk, and work down the car to the bottom. Usually the bottom is where you miss due to lack of flexibility to get on your knees and really clean. Save your clay and do bottom items last.


Place unused clay into a sealed plastic zip bag with a small amount of water to keep it moist for future use.    

Now you are ready to wax the car. Be aware that once you clay bar your car, no wax is left on the vehicle's surface. You need to feed your paint with a good quality carnauba wax.


Here is a link about waxing your car. Read the directions on how to apply the wax. I like to use microfiber applicators that are clean and moist when I do a waxing to my car. I also like to rub in the wax and then wait for it to dry before buffing it off the surface. Be careful not to apply or buff off the wax with a dirty towel or applicator. A dirty towel or applicator will scratch the surface. 

For all wax and sealant products, follow these basic instructions (from


  • Work in a shaded area out of direct sunlight.
  • Use the applicator recommended or provided by the manufacturer.
  • Some products may allow you to coat the entire car before buffing off, but most do not.
  • Follow the wax manufacturer's instructions on whether or not to allow the wax to dry (haze) before buffing.
  • Use a small amount of wax at a time, and rub it in well. If you use too much wax, you're wasting the product and your time.
  • If the wax residue does not buff off easily, switch to a clean wipe towel.
  • Apply your wax in a back-and-forth motion, not in circles. If you are creating swirls, you need to replace your applicator or towels.

After waxing, your car's paint should feel slick and smooth, and be free of streaks and smudges.

What do you do if, after all this work, you still have streaks and areas that don't want to buff out perfectly? There are several tricks, but the easiest is to park your car in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes. Let it get warm, but not hot, and then take it back inside the garage or shaded area. Next, use your favorite detail spray and a fresh buffing towel to wipe down the affected areas. The warmth of the sun softens the wax, allowing it to buff out to a clear, high gloss. 


Regular waxing is necessary to protect your car's paint from the elements. In addition to sealing and protecting, waxes and sealants also improve the appearance of freshly washed and polished paint. If you use the right products, you can successfully layer waxes and sealants to make your paint look deeper and almost liquid.


If you want to go "beyond the swirls", you can use an orbital polisher. There are many dual-action orbital systems, but all the systems work the same. Watch these videos (10 minutes each, from to see how it works (sorry for all the advertising of products, but these really good videos):


Part 1 - How to remove swirls, scratches and water spots using a Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher
Part 1 - How to remove swirls, scratches and water spots using a Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher
Part 2 - How to remove swirls, scratches and water spots using a Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher
Part 2 - How to remove swirls, scratches and water spots using a Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher


Part 3 - How to remove swirls, scratches and water spots using a Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher
Part 3 - How to remove swirls, scratches and water spots using a Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher


Before using an orbital, be sure to read the directions, decide on a test area, and decide whether to do a polish or wax with the tool. Your technique is what decides how nice a polish or wax job you do.


Have fun being one with your Porsche. Next time we'll talk about doing interiors.... 


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Yosemite Region Concours




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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.

Redwood Region Members are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly 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.

Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

Thirty-nine years of PCA membership for John and John! Congratulations to John Fitzgerald and John Hefler on their 39th PCA anniversaries this month. John and Libby Fitzgerald are owners of a 1971 914 and 1998 Boxster, and John and Roberta Hefler have a 1976 911S. Oh, the stories of past years in the Club these Johns could tell!


July was busy with autocrosses and tours and August is "HOT" with PCA events all over the Zone! New Members: please try to attend some events this month; Anita and I would love to see you at one of the many events that the Redwood Region offers.


Membership is steady for Redwood Region thanks to our veterans and new members enjoying the many Club activities. 


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




July 2012 Membership Summary

New Members 6
Transfers In 1
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 30
Non-Renewals 9
Dual Members 16

Primary Members 485
Affiliate Members 360
Total Members 845

July 2012 New Members

Stephen Astle, San Rafael - 1995 993 Blue
Kim Blackseth and Michael Miyaki, Napa - 2002 996 Turbo Red
Jeffrey Johnston, San Bruno - 2010 997 GT3 White (transfer from Golden Gate Region) 
Jeff and Melissa Polick, Mill Valley - 2006 Cayman Silver
Christina Roncaglia, San Rafael - 2003 996 C4S
Edward C. Thompson, Petaluma - 1995 993
Ronald and Pai Ning Wiser, Sonoma - 2008 997S

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

August 2012 Membership Anniversaries

John and Libby Fitzgerald, Petaluma - 39 years and 11 years
John and Roberta Hefler, Sausalito - 39 years
Jonathan Whitehead and David Whitehead, San Anselmo - 30 years and 16 years
Rob and Mary Neidel, Petaluma - 29 years and 13 years
Don Tompkins, Eagle Point, OR - 25 years
Gerald and Kathleen Murphy, Petaluma - 20 years
Gene and Sandy LeFevre, Novato - 19 years
Wayne and Dianne Graner, Windsor - 15 years and 13 years
Mike and Karen Obley, Belvedere - 15 years
Mike and Lynne Walsh, Santa Rosa - 13 years
Suzanne Bailey, Vacaville - 12 years
William Osterland, Gualala - 11 years
Craig Branigan and Spencer Branigan, Ross - 10 years and 2 years
Jon Dugan, Hayward - 7 years
John and Kaye Jackson, Larkspur - 6 years
Joe McCrary and Susan Leick, Angwin - 6 years
Werner and Janice Palm, Santa Rosa - 5 years
Larry and Karen Armstrong, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Steve Howe and Robin Snow, The Sea Ranch - 4 years
Stephen and Dena Lash, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Michael and Anne Rose, Sonoma - 4 years
Randolph and Donna Rush, Santa Rosa - 4 years and 1 year
John Thane, Sebastopol - 4 years
John Thornton, Sonoma - 4 years
Tom Cooper, Napa - 3 years
Joe and Joey Borruso, Fairfax - 2 years
Jamie DeRuiter, Napa - 2 years
Cameron Fox, Mendocino - 2 years
Steve Janachowski, Mill Valley - 2 years
David and Traci Lemoine, Hidden Valley Lake - 2 years and 1 year
Richard and Margo Maxey, Corte Madera - 2 years
Chris Morse and Kathleen Stanton, Bayside - 2 years and 1 year
Nick Stameroff and Juli Schmidt, Santa Rosa - 2 years
Rick Hanson, St. Helena - 1 year
Tom and Judy Jutzy, Ukiah - 1 year
Michael Metela, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Kevin and Audrey Olsen, Rohnert Park - 1 year
Ace Robey, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Thanks and Happy Anniversary to all of you!

Membership information is based on the Porsche Club of America National database. If you feel that any of the information included in this Membership Report is inaccurate, please contact the Editor or Membership Director.
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Board Meeting Minutes
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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - July 31, 2012


In attendance: President Vern Rogers, Vice-President and der Riesenbaum Editor Chris Harrell, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone,  Event Director Don Magdanz, Autocross Director and Goodie Store David Bunch, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Past President Greg Maissen, Concours Director James Heisey, Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki, Membership Director Bob Schoenherr, Safety Director Mac Cranford, and member Thorsten Kopitzki.


Meeting called to order at 7:05 P.M. by President Vern Rogers at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.


President's Report: stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Handled last minute invite to 981 Release Party at Sonnen.  Shared invite w/Board.
  • Attended both July Ax's
  • Missed a fabulous Dinner Run to Sonoma... Sorry Chris.
  • Attended and sold/bought parts at our Swap Meet.  Big thanks to Andy Brian for all his work in putting it together.
  • Designed my first Ax course (Ladies Day 7/7/12).  We ran the event with less than 20 attendees.  BIG thanks to all who made it.
  • Submitted Insurance request for 8/4/12 Brunch Run to Lake County.
  • Third EC meeting will be at 6pm, prior to our Board meeting, on 7/31/12.
  • EC will be discussing Redwood Region's Procedure Manual, Ax Chair and dR Editor positions/possibilities for next year.  Possible recommendations at the Board Meeting.
  • Will be attending the Porsche World Roadshow in Sept @ Area51 on Alameda Point with Chris Harrell; hoping to get to drive 991, 981, and Panamera.
  • Please remember to read last month's minutes so that we can approve them.

Items discussed at meeting:

  • Motion to approve June meeting minutes was approved.
  • $260 collected at 7/14 swap meet was given to Jerry Gladstone, Treasurer 

Vice President's Report: stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Highlights
    • Redwood Region won 2nd place for our AX t-shirt design in this year's PCA Parade Art t-shirt competition!
    • Led very successful 6/30 Dinner Run to Sonoma; thanks are in order to Joe Burroughs, Mike Hinton, and Don
    • Magdanz for their help with planning the event
    • Took my 914 out for its first-ever AX on 7/7/12 and had a GREAT TIME!!
    • Attended 7/14 RR Swap Meet at TRG. Thanks to Andy Brian for stepping up to lead the event!
    • Continued to support and "evangelize" the 7/28 Kachina event
    • Continued to assist Greg Matsumoto with feedback regarding a 10/13 Dinner Run to the Napa Area (was originally a Brunch Run idea, but we've switched to a Dinner Run based on the success of our 6/30 event)   
  • Open Items
    • Finalize locations for October and November Brunch Runs (Oct is also RR Annual Members' Meeting) 
Items discussed at meeting:
  • Chris brought in the second-place trophy from the PCA Parade Art t-shirt competition! 

Treasurer's Report: stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


This report covers the period from June 22, 2012 through July 27, 2012:

  • Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment stands at $10,162.58.
  • Money Market Account stands at $7,571.76.
  • Checking account stands at $13,971.79 in total.
    • $9,319.03 in unrestricted funds.
    • $4,652.76 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve.
  • The major income items for the period were:
    • $3,750.00 from Autocrosses #4, #5 and #6.
    • $940.00 from Porsches on the Plaza.
    • $286.00 from Goodie Store sales.
  • Major expense items for the period were:
    • $1,209.60 for Autocrosses #4, #5 and #6. (Track rental for #5 and #6 plus miscellaneous)
    • $230.92 for meeting dinners.
    • $121.90 for member name badges.
  • Net income for the "period" was $3,387.64.
  • Net income for 2012 is $5,651.87.
  • Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $34,409.81 (includes Goodie Store inventory).
  • Goodie Store sales for 2012 to date were $931.65
  • Total funds collected and earmarked for CASA currently stand at $1,325.00 (funds included in all numbers).
  • Notes
    • Autocross #5 -- Ladies Day -- had income of $590.00 and expenses of $585.82 for a net gain of $4.18.
    • Autocross #6 had income of 1,045.00 and expenses of $544.78 for a net gain of $500.22.
    • At least 17 drivers are required for an autocross to break even.
    • Attached is a rough cash flow projection for the rest of 2012. It is estimated that we could donate $4,000 to CASA, have $2,500 to support the Holiday Party and carryover about $1,300 "profit"  into 2013.
  • Discussion Item: We should discuss cash flow and a review assumptions.
  • Due to family obligations I was unable to make any progress on the rewrite of the 2012 Bylaws.
  • Attachments
    • Balance Sheet as of July 27, 2012
    • Profit & Loss Statement for the period June 22, 2012 through July 27, 2012
    • Profit & Loss Statement for 2012 through July 27, 2012
    • 2012 Sponsors/Advertisers Log through July 27, 2012
    • Cash flow projections for the remainder of 2012

Items discussed at meeting:

  • The Executive Council reviewed the cash flow projections for the remainder of the year. Based on these projections, it appears that the Club will be able to donate $4,000 to CASA, and will be able to subsidize the Holiday party by $2,500. Each of these amounts represents a $500 increase from 2011. 

Secretary's Report: stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Created Event folders containing waivers, event reports and maps for June and July events.
  • Attended 6/30 Dinner Run
  • Met with Executive Council to work on by-laws revisions.
  • Attended 7/14 swap meet, but made no purchases.
  • Attended both the 7/7 and 7/21 autocross events.  

Past-President's Report: 


Nothing to report this month.


der Riesenbaum Editor's report:


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:


The July issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 7/10/12 to 645 email addresses; 304 (47.1%) opened as of 7/24/12. Lower open rates are typical for us during the summer, as many people are on vacation.

  • Highlights
    • 2012 PCA National Newsletter Contest Results (for 2011 newsletter) are in. Redwood Region placed 5th out of 15 Regions in Class IV. We did a fabulous job considering that 2011 was a transitional year. Key points:
      • Our total score was 543 out of 636
      • We lost 27 points due to no technical articles and 3 points because we only produced 11 issues.
      • The winner (Santa Barbara) scored a 590. 2nd place was 571.
      • We received consistent feedback on our excellent editing, quality of content, and making the most of the email marketing platform (Constant Contact) that we use
      • Judges requested more photos!!
    • Sent event reminder/"email blast" on 7/19, focusing on 7/21 AX, 7/28 Kachina Winery Event, 8/4 Brunch Run to Lake County, 8/11 AX
    • Member Gordon Reynolds will do the write-up for our 6/30 Dinner Run, for the August dR
  • Open Items
    • Need to begin succession planning for Newsletter Editor position 2013 forward
    • Create sample electronic ballot for Board review
    • Need more PICTURES from our events! 

Membership Director's Report: stands as submitted.        


(full report included in Membership section of July der Riesenbaum)


Autocross Director's Report:


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • AX #6, Ladies Day AX. 17 paid drivers and deposited $590 to our account + $5 Gift. Cert.
  • AX #7, 29 paid drivers and deposited $1,005 to our account + $10 Gift. Cert.
  • Insurance has been ordered from PCA National for both the August & September AX's.
  • Ordered 8 NEW Motorola radios on-line $354.85
  • Bill Newton is sending the club a $100 for the expense of Tristan's OIL DOWN.
  • Sent Jerry $40 from the "Taste of the Autocross".
  • Topics for discussion
    • Need to replenish Kitty Litter. Do we buy more Kitty Litter or get an "oil absorbent"?

Items discussed at meeting:

  • David will evaluate the alternatives to cat litter to clean up oil or coolant spills.
  • We received a preliminary bid to repave sections of the go-kart. The proposal was confusing with respect to the proposed dimensions to be repaired. David will follow up with the contractor for clarification. 

Webmaster's Report: stands as submitted.

Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • During the month of July 2012 it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 4410. There were 1300 unique IP's that accessed the site.
  • Activity on the site was spread evenly during the month with the two busiest days being July 18 and 19.
  • Concours and Autocross were the most popular pages. The most popular flyer was Porsche Parts, Pickles and Wine. Tied for second were Artisan Winery Tour and Ledson Concours.
  • Daily country activity was led by the United States, China, Ukraine,  Japan and Germany accounting for 93% of the visitors. 
  • ipads, iphones and androids continue to access the site, 222 this month. Top browsers are IE and Firefox.  

Goodie Store Director's Report: 


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Sent Jerry $286 from "Porsches on the Plaza" Goodie Store Sales.
  • Need to place an order for approx. $500.

Event Director's Report: 


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • 7-14-12 Parts Swap TRG: about 12 vendors and 25 people attended. If we want to continue this event, we need to do some extensive marketing and outreach.
  • 7-28-12 Wine Tour Kachina: Awaiting participants' reaction and Event Leader Instructions from Greg.
  • 8-4-12 Brunch Run Clear Lake: Attached are ELI, flyer, Map, and Itinerary. Safety check needs to be done.
  • 10-13-12 Dinner Run Lake Berryessa: added to Calendar; Greg Matsumoto is Event Leader. 

Items discussed at meeting:

  • The Board approved a motion to implement a pre-registration vehicle such as to enable members to RSVP and pay for events in advance. Bob Schoenherr and Jerry Gladstone to work with Don Magdanz to get this setup. 
Concours Director's Report:


Nothing to report this month.


Sponsorship Director's Report:

  • Followed up with Zack from Revolution Motorsports and Marty from cartronics. Zack doesn't want to sponsor yet. Did not hear back from Marty. Called several times.

Safety Director's Report:


Nothing to report this month.


Charity/CASA Report:  

  • Porsches on the Plaza
    • Sent Jerry a total of $940 in entry fees.

Redwood Region Procedure Manual (David Bunch): 

  • Submitted updated RPM to EC on 7/26/2012 for "Final Approval".
  • If RPM is approved at the Board Meeting, the RPM will be distributed to entire Board.
Items discussed at meeting:
  • The Board approved a motion to accept the RPM in its current form, and distribute it to all Board members.

Social Media Report:

  • We are up to 351 friends of the RR FB page..gaining about 2-3 new friends on a weekly basis.
  • Still working with the LPR Region on getting a "sponsor" page up. It requires extensive knowledge of FB apps which are beyond my knowledge! We should have a solution soon!
Items discussed at meeting:
  • Bob Schoenherr will assist Kurt in implementing an application that will allow us to add a sponsorship page.

Meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.


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

Redwood Region Contacts
2012 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council


Appointed Directors



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1986 944 Turbo (951) Sell or Trade - Guards Red over Black Leather. Excellent condition with 205,000 miles (about 7600 miles/yr). Exceptional example with great paint, great leather, clear title. Always garaged California car. All services done regularly with complete history and service records. Needs a few minor things (I'll tell you exactly in detail) but this is truly exotic car performance at economy car expense. Chip and a few minor performance mods but very civilized and happy to putter around town, but when you want it this car is seriously quick. Essentially the way it left Germany in 1986, even down to the original Phone Dial alloys. Needs nothing to drive it daily.


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