der Riesenbaum
In this Issue
President's Message
From the Interim Co-Editor(s)
Whale to Whale Tail Rallye
Lunch Run to Red Hen Cantina
Zone 7 Concours Preparation and Judging School
May Redwood Autocross
Autocross Results
Zone 7 Autocross #3 and #4
American Le Mans
Kurt's Korner
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Porsche Parade 2013
Seven most important 911s
Legends of the Autobahn
5 Years ago in der Riesenbaum
Board Meeting Minutes
Membership Report
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.  Events and dates subject to change.   Click here to view the full Redwood Region calendar online.

April 2013

Sat 4/20             Redwood Region Lunch Run  (note date change)
Tue 4/30             Redwood Region Board Meeting

May 2013

Sat 5/4             Redwood Region Autocross #3
Sun 5/19    Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Sears Point Car Corral Today!
Tue 5/28           Redwood Region Board Meeting

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

President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Those of you that have come out for Redwood Autocrosses know that we have one of the best venues for this type of event. The vast majority of sites are simply flat open expanses of concrete or asphalt, and the courses laid out on them create the appearance of a sea of cones. Our site on the other hand has two clearly defined road surfaces connected by smaller roads, mostly at 90 degree angles. This gives us the advantage of much clearer layouts and the feeling of being on a track instead of a parking lot.


Last month I announced that we had chosen a contractor for our planned repairs to the 'go-cart' section of the course. I am chagrined to tell you that we have run into a snag in the approval process for this repair. Our Board was informed this week that Sonoma County's Risk Management Department will not allow the work to go forward as planned. Please see below for the text of their letter:


Subject: Track Repair Project


Risk Management has provided the following feedback regarding the paving project:


The absence of a contract between the County and the paving contractor puts the airport and County at significant risk.  We will not have the protections afforded by our standard agreements, the most important being the contractor's obligation to indemnify us.  Although SBI will provide evidence of insurance, it will have no contractual obligation to indemnify us for losses.  The indemnification language in our agreements obligates a contractor to indemnify us for all losses, to the extent permitted by Section 2782 of the California Civil Code, even if the losses are outside the scope of the contractor's insurance or in excess of the policy limits. 


Unfortunately, this means that the project cannot go forward. The County would first have to get an engineer to evaluate the site and provide a scope of work for the project. The Airport would then have to get at least 3 bids for the project, which means that it isn't possible to enter into a contract with SBI unless they are the lowest bidder.


We are probably more disappointed than the car clubs; it sounded like such a great idea.


Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport

2290 Airport Blvd.

Santa Rosa, CA 95403  


Our approach for the time being is to let the dust settle a bit, and then begin to explore ways in which we can proceed with at least some of the proposed repairs. As you might imagine, engineering studies will likely present a significant increase in costs. Also, the Airport was unable to provide us with a list of County approved contractors.


On the one hand, since the two car clubs, PCA RR and ESCA, were planning to pay all costs for the repaving, the County's requirement for additional bids seems unwarranted.   On the other hand, government agencies do have reason to be concerned with liability. The fact is that we do not own our autocross site, but lease it on a one event at a time basis from the County. This being the case we are forced to play by their rules. I do not, however, have to be happy about it and I am not.


Let me be absolutely clear that with or without repairs to "go-cart", our AX site remains superior, and a great basis for many really fun and challenging courses. We will continue to design and run these as we develop plans for the future. I love our site, and I love Autocross. I look forward to seeing you there.


That's all for now. Down the road.



From the Interim Co-Editor(s)

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by Jerry Gladstone, der Riesenbaum Interim Co-Editor

With winter behind us and spring starting to break out wherever we look, it's time to roll your Porsche out of its garage and into the sunlight. There are many opportunities to drive your Porsche to a PCA event in the coming months. This issue highlights several autocrosses, a concours judging school, a lunch run to Napa, Porscheplatz at ALMS Laguna Seca, Sonoma Historics at Sears Point (with a car corral on Sunday ONLY), and a GGR DE/TT/Club Race at Buttonwillow. Plenty of great activities to choose from ... or choose them all!

You will also find for your reading pleasure a report on the Whale to Whale Tail Rallye by new member David Spenser (thanks David), The Seven Most Important 911s of the Last Fifty Years, Kurt's Korner and of course a message from our President.


After much ado about the eligibility of electronic newsletters in the PCA National Newsletter Contest, we submitted our entry in mid-March. (Thanks Vern for your letter which convinced National to allow electronic newsletters in the contest.) With the help and guidance of Chris Harrell, our 2012 der Riesenbaum Editor, Redwood Region submitted the July and September 2012 editions along with the required entry letter, entry and judging forms. Winners will be announced after Parade.    




Although I am just coming up on my seventeenth anniversary as a member of Redwood Region, March marked my forty-fifth year as a Porsche owner. I took delivery of a brand new sand beige 912 the day after Saint Patrick's Day 1968. Pictured here is that very special car -- my first Porsche -- at Montauk Point at the eastern end of Long Island, New York.    





Porsche has produced a commemorative "web special" -- Tradition Future ... 50 Year of the Porsche 911. Take a look at this interesting and well done website and remember your previous Porsches -- click here


Enjoy all the upcoming events and we hope you enjoy this issue too!






March issue: the photo credit for "Happy Seller and Buyer" should have been attributed to Ronald Breeze.
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3rd Annual Whale to Whale Tail Rallye 

Article and Photos by David Spenser, new member

The 3rd annual Redwood Region Whale to Whale Tail Rallye was held on March 23rd. About 25 drivers and riders in 15 or so cars met at the Cafe Mocha to begin the day. Following introductions by Bob, Anita, Don and Vern, a brief history of the Whale to Whale Tail Rallye, and a rundown of the ground rules, the group set out for River Road and the run to the coast.


Before reaching Jenner the group made a quick pit stop in Duncan Mills. This was a well thought out and strategically placed stop to allow everyone the opportunity to get rid of some of their morning coffee before we hit Highway 1; there aren't many stops along the way. It also gave members the time to check out the variety of vehicles. I actually saw people getting down on the ground to check out the exhaust system on one of the 911s!


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With the coffee gone, we set out once again. Upon reaching the coast and traveling a ways further north, we made another stop at a bend in the road large enough to allow all the vehicles to pull off the road. There we learned a bit more about the various whales we might see migrating along the coast. A bit more talk, a bit more ogling, and back to the road. Next stop, Point Arena.


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The drive along the coast was beautiful. Following the recent rain we had a clear, crisp, sunny morning . I was particularly impressed with the number of intrepid souls driving with tops down. But then, what's the point of driving a convertible with the top up? On a personal note, I'm a newbie Porsche owner and I've got a lot to learn about driving my Boxster. Traveling behind more experienced drivers brought that point home quickly. Those drivers seem to have an aversion to using their brake pedals, opting (I assume now) to use their gears to control speed when going into turns. I, however, was making constant use of that pedal. A good argument for participating in future track events.


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We finally reached Point Arena about 11:30 in the morning. Although clear, it was cold and windy at the Lighthouse. With some minor technical difficulties (The wind was knocking over the Jeopardy basket), we were able to play a spirited game of Rallye Jeopardy. The winners received some fabulous prizes that Anita and Bob had obviously spent a lot of time obtaining.

Winners of the jeopardy game:

  • Bob Sherwood
  • Mac and Becky Cranford
  • John and Libby Fitzgerald
  • Robert Porter

With the game over the Rallye officially ended. Some members had brought lunches and so sat down to eat. Others toured the museum or climbed the steps to the top of the Lighthouse. With appetites and curiosity satisfied, the group slowly disbanded and began the trip home.




A brief history of the Lighthouse. It was first constructed in 1870. The 1906 earthquake damaged the lighthouse and Keeper's residence so badly that they had to be demolished. A new lighthouse was constructed by 1908. It's 115 feet tall and has a 1st Order Fresnel lens. The lens is over 6 feet in diameter and weighs more than 6 tons. It flashes twice every 6 seconds, and was built in France.

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Redwood Region Lunch Run to Red Hen Cantina - April 20, 2013

Lunch Menu :                           Redhen Cantina Menu
Questions?   Don Magdanz:
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2013 Zone 7 PCA Concours Preparation & Judging School - April 21, 2013



Autocross #3  - May 4, 2013

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RSVP and register online using MotorsportReg for this event.  Registration opens April 9, 2013.
See the Redwood website Autocross page for more information: 
Grady Carter Autocross Director email: 
Bob Schoenherr Autocross Co-Director email:

Autocross Results

This link will take you to the Autocross results hosted on the Redwood Region website.  Autocross Results



Zone 7 Sequoia Autocross #3 and #4 at Kerman

Sequoia Zone 7 
Questions   : 


TRG The Racer's Group


American Le Mans Monterey, May 9-11, 2013

American Le Mans

Whitman's Auto Body


Kurt's Korner 

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by Kurt Fischer, Past President Redwood Region

Sonoma Historics - Sunday, May 19, 2013


We are all set for our Porsche-only corral on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Sonoma Historics. Typically we hold the corral on both Saturday and Sunday, but our spot in the TV Media Lot above Turn 2 is being used on Saturday...much to my chagrin!


We have been hosting Porsche Corrals at the Sonoma Historics for at least 15 years. We have had as many as 130 Porsches in daily attendance in past years.


Though Corvette is the featured marque, the paddock will be filled with lots of vintage Porsches. Bring your camera and get set for great racing and photo ops galore.


I am sure many of us will attend the Saturday races as well, but we will be stuck parking in the dirt lots.


In addition, a favorite is the Wine Pavilion where local wineries will be sharing the fruits of their harvest along with food sampling and other goodies. The best the Redwine Region has to offer -- fine wines and superb vintage racing.

Porsche Corral at Sonoma Raceway
(photo by Jerry Gladstone)


Get your tickets from Race Sonoma...see the information below.


Ticket Prices for PCA Members:  $35 for Sunday - includes entry to the Wine Country Pavilion.


Porsche Corral Passes for PCA Members: $15


To receive the PCA discount, you must purchase tickets from the track by calling: Jeff Krischano 707-933-3942.


Any questions please let me know. You can reach me at:


Kurt Fischer  



Sonoma Historic Motorsports Reunion, Sunday, May 19, 2013

 Questions?  Email Kurt Fischer at

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Porsche Parade 2013

The Seven Most Important 911s of the Last Fifty Years

  This article reprinted with permission and courtesy of Niello Porsche from eZine, March 2013 


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Legends of the Autobahn, Friday, August 16, 2013

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Registration is now open for this event at 
Event Flyer here

5 Years Ago in der Riesenbaum (April 2008)

928 Pickup

Attention 928 owners... your ride is here! In keeping with my never ending search for weird and wonderful Porsches... Harry Thoma, a German mechanic with a passion for 928's...and more rubber meeting the road! How about 6 wheels on the road! Mechanically, this must have been quite the feat, setting up the rear axles in tandem with power to all the 4 rear wheels.






1967 911





Stepping into the way back machine finds a one off...1967 911 S...built by Troutman & Barnes which is now lost to history as the 1st 4 door Porsche 911! As I recall, it was built for a Porsche dealer's wife that needed extra room in the pre- soccer-mom days. Troutman & Barnes used 2 wrecked cars to put this suicide door model together. See the picture; history will repeat itself...again with the Panamera.



Tom Strobel 




First Autocross of the season March 29, 2008. 


By 10:00 we looked like a used car lot: ESCA's participants brought out an '05 Corvette, a Benz, 3-240Z's, a Datsun 2000, an Austin Mini with a Honda engine, a BMW M-3 a VW GTI, a Mitsubishi, a Mustang GT, an Infinity G-35 and a Miata. GGR came in force with three Caymans and several others; Redwood Region rounded out the Porsches.  (61 drivers total)


Newbie Tom Strobel hitchin' a ride with Howard Thomas,
John Jackson photo
Top Time of Day+ Results

  1    Mike McCrory       GGR Honda Civic  1995              41.866  TTOD-M

  2    David Bunch         RED 911S             1976   AX4    42.061

18    Steve McCrory     RED 911                 1967             44.722

23    Sharon Neidel      RED 911S              1976  AX4     44.866  TTOD-L

(Mike beat his Dad - both related to the B co-editor) 


Board Meeting Minutes
Craig Steele by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes -   The minutes from the March 26, 2013 Board meeting will be available after approval at the April meetingMinutes  This link takes you to copies of previous meeting minutes hosted on the PCA Redwood Region Website.


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 30, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. All members are welcome to attend. 

Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

The March 2013 membership report for period ending March 31, 2013  


                                   Notes from Membership  


Welcome to our 8 new members and congratulations to Robert Sachs, 53 years as a PCA member! James Brown with 44 years and Frank Massick with 38 years.  And the list goes on...  look below at the anniversary list.  Membership is strong with less and less non-renewals happening per month.


Now that the winter is gone it's time to get your Porsche out for a drive.  All kinds of events scheduled for you throughout the Redwood Region and the Regions inside Zone 7.  Take advantage of them!


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

    Dual Members




    Total Members










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






Darnell Dedrick

Santa Rosa


1986 911 Blue

Michael Fiore

San Rafael

Valentina Medda

2003 911 C4S Silver

David Goller


Kristin Goller

2009 911 C4S Gray

Phillip Gumm



1977 911S Green

R Ronald Johns

Santa Rosa


1988 Carrera

Steve Kreps



2001 911 Turbo Black

Matias Kunzman


Russ Kunzman

1976 912E Black

Cassidy Zerrer

San Mateo

Jessica Zerrer

2003 996 Silver


Happy Anniversary and Thanks to all of you. 






Robert Sachs


Sausalito, CA


James Brown


San Rafael, CA


Frank Massick


Tahoe City, CA


Don Nicoli


Lafayette, CA


Rodric Rehe


Lakeport, CA


Peter Ritter


Larkspur, CA


Daniel Boeschen


Saint Helena, CA


Dennis Scremin


Sausalito, CA


Steve de Jung


Cotati, CA


Don Magdanz


San Rafael, CA


Rhyne Beatty


Tiburon, CA


Robert Hall


San Rafael, CA


James Kennedy


San Rafael, CA


William Reising


Novato, CA


Tom Cordellos


Sonoma, CA


Brian Morris


Napa, CA


William Walters


Sausalito, CA


Charles W. Yost


McKinleyville, CA


Gerald Connors


San Rafael, CA


Hugh Carpenter


Napa, CA


James Jordan


Santa Rosa, CA


Tom Markovich


Napa, CA


George Barsi


Bodega Bay, CA


Ken Haupt


Novato, CA


John Hollander


Santa Rosa, CA


Jeff Runnfeldt


Belvedere Tiburon, CA


Gregory Sieck


Mill Valley, CA


Enrique Delgadillo


Fort Bragg, CA


Graham Gillies


San Anselmo, CA


Dirk Kruidenier


Vallejo, CA


Pat Sexton


Rohnert Park, CA


Nikolai Korhummelstone


Inverness, CA


David Paoli


San Rafael, CA


Nicole Bohrer


Petaluma, CA


Mark Campagna


Mill Valley, CA


Raul Torres


Eureka, CA


Dana Wailes


Fairfax, CA


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.

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
2013 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council


Appointed Directors

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1973 Porsche 914 2.0

 1973 Porsche 914 2.0     Asking Price: $14,500

Information:  I am the third owner of the car.  The first owners were teachers from Pasadena who purchased the car new in 73, in Los Angeles.  The second owner purchased it from them in 1978, and remained in Los Angeles until relocating to Mountain View in the mid 80's.  The car was actively driven and various SCCA and PCA time rally events, and the owner sold because of her arthritis and inability to enjoy the car. It was resprayed it in the early 90's; I literally had to interview and show my PCA credentials for consideration.  The paint is in very good condition, the entire engine was removed, with the bay completely cleaned and all issues mitigated.

When I purchased it, the car was located in a shrine/garage surrounded by 35 years of rare Porsche memorabilia.  It has original mini-rally badges from Vasek Polak, PCA, and SCCA events in Southern California at Riverside. In the service book, it has service stamps by Andial, truly historic material. 

The car has about 9k miles a year for about 360k miles, and every service is documented with mileage logs.  For over a decade prior to my purchase, it has been serviced by Heyer Performance in Mountain View who can be called as a reference point.  EJ Achtner  Email:  Skype:  EJ_Achtner


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   


Porsche 996/986 Wheels996/986 Carrera 5 spoke wheels. 8x18 (225 X 40's) & 10x18's(285 X 30's). With Conti Sport Contact N2's which will need replacement soon. Wheels are in exceptional shape and except for one small rock ding on one spoke they are "as new". Low miles still have original factory weights. For someone wishing to mount in a 986 I also have 24mm spacers and extended wheel bolts (for rear wheels) for that application. All for $800 OBO.


Contact B. Kelly 707-933-8199;   







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.   

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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Barbara McCrory & Jerry Gladstone, der Riesenbaum Co-Editors (interim) 

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