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In this Issue
President's Message
From the Interim Co-Editor(s)
One-One-Fun Run
Tech: Porsches in Winter
Membership Report
2012 Annual Treasurer's Report
Board Meeting Minutes
Membership Information
Redwood Region Contacts
der Marktplatz
Upcoming Events at a Glance
Click on the event name for a link to additional details, including contact and RSVP information.

January 2013

February 2013

Click here for a single page 2013 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

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President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Happy New Year to all! Once again we are at the beginning of the year, and once again we have a shift in roles on the Board, and a calendar filling with activities. Filling does not mean filled. If you have an idea for a drive or other event please pop me an email and we will work with you to make it happen. I think this Region does very well at supporting our members in the pursuit of new and unique activities. Please take a look at the upcoming events listed above to get a preview of what we already have scheduled for the first few months of 2013.


If you are new to the Club, I not only welcome you, but enthusiastically encourage you to come out to a Brunch Run, Autocross, Wine Tour, or other event. We are a very friendly and welcoming group. Whether you are new or not, if you would like to get more involved there are several ways to make that happen. There are little ways to assist, like handing out route maps at driver's meetings, assuring that waivers get signed, or writing a newsletter article for an activity you have attended. It is said that many hands make light work. As President I am always looking for ways to lighten the work and increase the fun. All Board members, committee members, and event staff are volunteers. The more fun we can have while serving our members the better our experience, and the better yours.


I would like to start this year, as I did the last, in a spirit of thanks and acknowledgement. The contributions of all Board and Committee members are an integral part of the Region's success, and at this time I want to give special recognition to the efforts of a few of these individuals:


Greg Maissen, still our most recent Past President - Greg showed up at nearly every autocross last year. While that in itself supported the Club, Greg's car was unavailable all year long, and yet he worked each event. Thank you Greg!


David Bunch - Last year's Ax Director, and continuing Goodie Store Director. With the end of Sharon Neidel's tenure as Zone 7 rep, and the lessening in David's region responsibilities, I hope the two of them can rest a little, and get some time for themselves... David, isn't there something you two have been meaning to do for a few years now???


Don Magdanz -- Our Event Director - Don had a very busy 2012, he developed policies and forms which have standardized much of the work and streamlined the process of putting on Region events. Don was also in the sweep position for many of last year's runs. Nobody does sweep like Don; herding the cats and assuring that non-Porsches are kept out of line.


I also want to welcome our new Board members, and those now filling new positions:


Jerry Gladstone and Barbara McCrory - Interim Newsletter Editors. When Chris told us that his company required his presence in So Cal, Jerry and Barbara jumped right in to keep this publication going. These two exemplify a wonderful willingness to get the job done and keep the club moving forward in ever positive ways. They each continue to do fabulous jobs in their respective Treasurer and Web Master roles as well. Thank you both so much for your commitment to the Region and the way that you make it all look effortless.


Craig Steele - Our new Secretary. I had an opportunity to have a private dinner with Craig last month and very much enjoyed getting to know him a bit better. Thank you Craig for stepping up and being a great addition to the 2013 Board!


Mike Hinton - Our new VP. Mike has jumped into the role left unexpectedly open when Chris Harrell's business took him away to Southern California. As VP, Mike is in charge of the Region Calendar. We got an early start on 2013 events back in November, which was very good thing since Mike's day job is being a CPA and Tax Preparer. His time will be a bit tight during the first part of the year.


Grady Carter - Our new Autocross Director. Continuity and competency are very important in Autocross. Grady has done most Redwood Ax's for the last few years, as well as many with GGR, and has also done frequent track events. I am very happy he has consented to give his time to us for the 2013 season.


Bob Schoenherr -- Grady's co-chair is a fantastic addition to our Ax leadership team. He was our chief instructor last year. He constantly and competently juggled individual instruction of many Ax newbies while making sure that those he could not personally help had other instructors assigned.


Bob is also continuing in the position of Membership Director while we look for a fitting replacement. Membership Director is a great position for getting to know new club members and inspiring others who share our passion for these amazing cars to join. Please contact myself, Bob, or any other Board member if you would like to contribute to the club in this way.


Thanks and welcome!


Let me end with a few words to carry into the New Year -Great People, Great Cars, Great Fun... Come out and share these with us! I am looking forward to seeing and talking to each and every one of you this year.   I said the same last January. Those of you who participated in 2012 know I did just that. I had a great time doing so. This club is its people and I very much enjoy you all!


Down the road,




From the Interim Co-Editor(s)

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The December der Riesenbaum was the last newsletter issue edited by Chris Harrell before his career relocation to Southern California. Though Barbara McCrory and I assisted in producing that newsletter, this issue is our first attempt flying solo. Barbara and I will be interim co-editors until a permanent editor is found.


Chris left us with all the tools and techniques necessary to keep the der Riesenbaums flowing. All the templates with the look and feel we have become accustomed to, the photo library, archives and even the next year's worth of header banners were made readily available to us. But Barbara and I are editors, and editors need copy to edit and compose into a newsletter. Here is where you come in: please contribute articles that would be of interest to your fellow Porschephiles. These might include write ups of Region or Zone events attended, Porsche-related travel, technical know how, Porsche history, Porsche people, experiences with new or old models, etc.


We look forward to working with all of you and keeping der Riesenbaum a quality newsletter.






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One-One-Fun Run ..... January 1, 2013  

bob schoenherr headshot 2011 by Anita Benzing and Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

A Great Way to start the 2013, New Year!


Anita and I jumped into "Queenie" and started our journey leaving the lake on a crisp sunny New Year's day. Up over St. Helena mountain, down Tubbs Lane, then cruising Mark West Springs road on our way to Kaffe Mocha where we met up with a real anxious group of Redwood Region members. 

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Redwood Members Gather for One One Fun Run (photo by Barbara McCrory) 

David and Sharon greeted everyone and handed out the route sheets for the tour. David gave excellent tour directions as Sharon divided the 30 cars into two separate groups. The weather and roads were clear and after everyone greeted each other we lined up the cars and were on our way.


Was great to see our Porsche friends, new members, and experienced members that hadn't attended an event for some time. Allen and Jean Barbieri joined us with their notch-back 356 and 43+ years of experience as Redwood PCA members. We had every decade of Porsche represented on this tour. David led the first group and Don lead the second group of cars. We wound our way over Chalk Hill Road to Highway128 until we got to Geyserville. Then we traveled towards Lake Sonoma before hopping on Dry Creek Road, we then pointed our Porsches towards Occidental and lunch. As we were driving we enjoyed the scenery and the fun pace with very little traffic on the roads. (Must be Winter!) We did share the road with many a bicyclist as we made our way to the restaurant. Everyone was on their best behavior as both groups waved and enjoyed their day.

Lunch was at the Union Hotel in Occidental
. The food was great, the conversation enthusiastic, and the promise of another great Porsche year was discussed. Our new Vice President, Michael Hinton, recognized David, Sharon and Don for putting on the tour. David announced upcoming events and anyone that was running an event was welcome to share the details of their event. Everyone was encouraged to try one of the many events this year whether it is touring, concoursing, autocrossing or a racing event. Thanks David, Sharon and Don for a good day to jump start 2013. Thanks to Ron Breeze for the photos of the tour; check out Ron's link.


Ron Breeze photos 1/1/13


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Tech: The Porsche in Winter 

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

Oh Crap it's Winter!!!


As if you hadn't noticed, winter has cooled us over like cold beer in an icebox. So what does a car person do in winter? I call them my winter car projects. Anita calls them "I won't worry where Bob is for the next 100 hours". If you plan on driving a tour, competing in autocross, concoursing, or just driving when the weather gets better, then you need to use these winter months to prepare your car for the usage it will see once the sun is out regularly.


I would like to supply you with a list of car projects you might want to try, or just look over, "Because what the heck, winter is for sleeping," said the grizzly bear. I will go from easiest to the more mechanically challenging projects on my list. Please enjoy the list as there is something for everyone.  

  1. Fill your Porsche up with gas. If you don't drive the car much at all (sits for weeks), then a full tank will  help keep the gas tank from developing varnish which in turn messes up the fuel lines.
  2. Wash and wax your Porsche. Do this before you cover your Porsche or just let it sit in the garage. Turn on the tunes and get a beverage; be one with your car while you are doing this. You may want to try one of the new sealants on your clear coat. These sealants really add protection and shine..
  3. Shop online or around town for accessories, tires and parts you need to replace before the next driving season. Look at forums and see what others of your make Porsche do for regular maintenance and upgrades.
  4. Take your beloved car to one of our sponsors for a general checkup -- there's a doctor in the house.
  5. Change your motor oil. Winter can be rough (not RUF) on your engine just sitting idle. Oils do become acidic when they are mixed with burned gas fumes. Change the oil if the car is going to sit all lonely without you in the driver's seat.
  6. Change your air and cabin filters. We have a lot of pollen in the air here, so change that cabin filter once a year, you might start sneezing less.
  7. Touch up paint chips
  8. Polish your windshield and clean the windshield wipers or change them.
  9. Check your brake linings or pads.
  10. Check bearings.
  11. Adjust the valves for those of us without the hydraulic type.
  12. Modify your chassis for the coming autocross season. You can always make the car stiffer ...can't be the driver that is slowing you down!
  13. Add performance shocks and exhaust system. 
  14. Get real sticky tires and wheels for next season.
  15. Find another collectible Porsche to own.
  16. Rebuild the whole suspension, add coil overs.
  17. Rebuild your engine into the 7000 horse power beast you know you deserve.
  18. Repaint your car with flames. (We are in the USA you know.)
  19. Just have fun and be careful not to be a causality of black-ice, red cinder sand on the roads, or big pickup truck door dings while you are out and about.
  20. Read Hank Watts' book on autocross driving. (This is easy, I'm just out of order.)
  21. Read a German tour guide to the Autobahn. (This too is easy. again I'm out of order.)
  22. Redo your bucket list for 2013.
  23. Come up with a great dish to serve in the garage with your honey and friends celebrating the completion of one of these projects!!!!!!!!

Finally, Tom Strobel sent me this link talking about the new "E15" gasoline. AAA and everyone on the planet says they are bad for your fuel lines. Yes they are! Despite your political view this stuff should NOT be used in any Porsche of any vintage! Thanks Tom.   

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CASA Thank You Letter


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Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

The December 2012 membership report ending December 31, 2012


                                   Notes from Membership


Bob Sherwood celebrated 42 years as a Redwood member!! Congratulations Bob! It's always great to see Bob and the black Targa on the road! Malcolm and Pete, each with 37 years of membership are right behind Bob. You may want to talk to Bob about the summer he spent in Germany.  


Anita and I had fun at the One-One-Fun Run tour for 2013. A good drive and the weather was perfect. We got to see plenty of Porsches, Harleys, and bicycles on the roads, but very few tourists. Check out the article that Anita and I wrote for more details.


Winter is here and it is a good time to do things on your car and to recruit Porsche owners into the club. Send them to the site and be sure to also have them see all the activities on the Redwood website. 


Please contact me at 707-995-5082 or email me for any assistance I can lend you.


New Members


Primary Members


Transfers in


Affiliate Members


Transfers out


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Dual Members





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






Previous Region

Chet Klingensmith

San Rafael


1968 911S Coupe

Ca Central Coast

Kate Palmer

Redwood City

Joe Muscat

2006 Carrera S White


Eric Schmidt

Santa Rosa


1985 911 Blue

 Ca Central Coast

Shelly Wheeler

San Francisco


1999 Carrera  Red


Mike Purvis

Santa Rosa

Brock Purvis

1989 911

Sacramento Valley

David Sams

Mill Valley


2009 Carrera S Black

Nord Stern




Happy Anniversary and Thanks to all of you.






Bob Sherwood


Rik Jacobson


Malcolm Boyes


Rich Pacini


Pete Tierney


Gregor Stewart


Roger Koehn


Dave Miner


Constantine Petros


Jonathan Taylor


Richard Howard


Kirit Patel


Richard Gale


James Syar


Jim Fash


David Brown


Howard Robin


Mike Hoffman


Pierre Ehret


Cindy Huhn


Greg Fuller


Mark Rabe


Fred Miramontes


Bob Brasiel


Cary Weltken


David Cutting


David Cole


Raul Garcia


Mark Mattos


Jim Schroeder


George Markle


Andrew Thompson


Jim Winston


Pete Nicholson


Brian Barber


Molly Nicholson


Robert Brant


Steve Shaw


Peter Dempsey


Jarek Thompson


Steven Frugard


Stephen Weathersby



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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2012 Annual Treasurer's Report 

by Jerry Gladstone, Redwood Region Treasurer

Annual Redwood Region Treasurer's Report ... Fiscal Year 2012


Redwood Region's finances continue to remain strong as we exited 2012. Total liquid assets of $14,376.53 included:

                $9,664.72 in the Unrestricted Checking account

                $4,711.81 in the Autocross Reserve account

                                                $7,572.14 in the Money Market account

                                               $10,162.56 in a Certificate of Deposit

Total income was $35,497.82 offset by expenses of $29,482.80 for a net ordinary income of $6,015.02. $41.97 was earned in interest income for a total net income of $6,056.99.


The Region's biggest revenue generator remains the Autocross series with a net profit of $2,857.28. Combined with PCA National's rebate of $7,786.50 and sponsor support of $2,066.67; this $12,710.45 provides most of our operating funds.


We were pleased this year to increase our donation to CASA to $3,500 and to once again be able to subsidize our annual Holiday Party.


Please note that these financial figures have not been formally reviewed, but will be by the Redwood Region Financial Review Committee during the month of January. Also note that the end of year Goodie Store inventory has not yet been factored into these numbers. Any questions, clarifications or requests for full financial statements, please contact Region Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone at


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Board Meeting Minutes
by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes -  No meeting in December 2012. ( Minutes  This link takes you to the copy of meeting minutes hosted on the PCA Redwood Region Website.)


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on January 29, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

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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.
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Redwood Region Contacts
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Executive Council


Appointed Directors

der Marktplatz


fitzgerald 914 1971 914 1.7 - This beautiful Irish Green car is an original...body, appearance group, engine, trans, upholstery, spare tire, jack, tool kit, owner's manual and most all of the paint, with 96K original miles. Original steel wheels/hubcaps, extra moon roof, and misc. items included. I bought this car from the first owner 40 years ago and have all records continuous from its first arrival into the US in May, 1971. This car has a rich history, with numerous Concourse trophies, an overall Third Place at the 22nd Porsche Parade, and a connection with the Porsche family.  $15,000. John FitzGerald 707.290.1635.







Red Porsche 944

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.


Will consider trades for later year Honda Element EX or other utility or van type vehicles in excellent condition. Asking price is the Agreed Value on my Hagerty policy, which is $11900 but MAKE AN OFFER! Let's talk.


I'm in Santa Rosa. Call for more details, more pics, any questions, test drive. Text or leave message with your contact info. Thanks for looking. Chris Carter, or 707.322.5514. 


New (never used) Blaupunkt Denver stereo from an '89 Carrera, $100. Contact Martin at


Owner's Manual  -  Original 1970 Porsche 911T.  Overall condition good except rip in back page  $50
Work Shop Manual - VGC.  No grease or smudge marks.  Porsche 911 1964-69 Autobook, Kenneth Ball Autopress LTD. 176 pages $45  
Contact:  Roderick Moore at 


Boxster Wheels For sale set of wheels from my 2002 Boxster S. Will fit all Boxsters through 2004 and 993s without spacers. For what its worth, caps included.  $400 or offer.  Joseph Valls E-mail














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Der Riesenbaum is 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.


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. Written contributions and photos are welcome and should be emailed to the editor. The submission deadline for publication in der Riesenbaum is the 15th day of the month preceding the month of publication. Material received after the deadline will be considered for publication the following month. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all material submitted for publication.


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