der Riesenbaum
In this Issue
President's Message
From the Editor
Porsche Parade
Parade Stories
Station House Cafe
Redwood Autocross #4
Autocross Results
Tudor Championship-Porscheplatz
Run for the Crab
West Coast Club Racers
Loma Prieta Zone 7 Concours
Member Profile
Concours 2014
Tech Quiz
Redwood History
Zone 7 Volunteer Event
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.  Event dates subject to change.  Click here  to view the full 2014 Redwood Region calender online.
April 2014
May 2014

Click here  for a single-page 2014 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

Do April showers bring May crab? Showers or not, Redwood Region will host the first Crab Feed since I have been a member, next month on the 10th. Recent member (last year) Sharon Castle has done lots of leg work getting a venue to host May's "Run for the Crab" event. Sharon attended the annual calendar party back in November last year with a proposal to have such an event, and her energy around making it a reality has been boundless. We have booked the Oakmont Golf Club for the meal, which will also provide steak for the non-crab-eaters. Don Magdanz will be putting together a spectacular drive to get us to the event. Big thanks to both Sharon and Don.


Last month we had our annual Whale to Whale Tail Rally to the Pt. Arena Lighthouse. If you missed it, you missed IT. Those of us who attended were treated to another wonderful drive and gimmick rallye put together by Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing. The weather really cooperated this time with an almost wind-free and sunny day at the lighthouse. Whales were definitely spotted and picnics were had. Thank you Bob and Anita.


March also brought our first Autocross of the year, and just last weekend Redwood hosted the first Zone 7 AX of 2014. I was able to attend on Saturday, but had to miss Sunday due to prior commitments. My '83 SC (Bruno) had just received newly rebuilt and covered sport seats the day before. What a change! Those of you who have followed my progression of seating options know that this is the fourth iteration and I believe it will be the last. The Sparco's were too hard and restrictive, the Recaro's were beautiful and of the correct vintage, but were too low and just never felt right. The standard Porsche seats were amazingly comfortable, but had minimal bolsters and were way too tall to allow me to wear a helmet. The new sport seats are from the early '80s and were an original equipment option for my car. After rebuilding and recovering in two tone leather (burgundy inserts w/black bolsters), they are just low enough to allow me to wear a helmet. They are even more comfortable than the standard seats. I think I am finally done.  It has been quite a journey.


You are probably wanting to hear about my Thunderhill DE experience -- well, that story is yet to be told. Due to the rain and a recent death in the family, I did not attend the DE. I will be rescheduling for July. The good news is that now I have my sport seats, and will soon have more safety equipment to hold me securely into them.


Still to happen in April (4/19) is the Brunch run to the Point Reyes Station House Café. This has become an annual event and it always provides a great combination of West Marin hills and Coastline. Good food, great people, and a fabulous drive; what more could we want?


I'd like to finish by noting that registration opened April 1st for Porsche Parade 2014. The registration process was straightforward, if a bid lengthy. This is the first time that Susan and I will attend Parade, and as suggested, we have signed on as volunteers. Volunteering at Parade is one of the best ways to get to meet and interact with members from other regions across the country. Redwood is still asking members to send in stories about their Parade experiences for this newsletter. Please share the fun and the excitement you have had when attending this amazing National event. This year it is so close to our Region, I hope to see many, many of you there.


That's all for now. Down the road,



From the Editors

Jerry Gladstone Treasurer Headshot
by Jerry Gladstone, der Riesenbaum Co-Editor


Latest count shows 23 Redwood Region members registered for the 2014 Parade in Monterey. Parade information, a personal Parade story, announcement of a Pre-Parade Concours Prep School and a (practice)Tech Quiz on Boxsters and Caymans are featured in this issue. Redwood events to look for, and consider attending, include The Station House Cafe Lunch Run, Autocross #4 and the Run for the Crab. Of course there are many events of interest from other Zone 7 Regions also scattered throughout this issue.


Be sure to read Bill Newton's latest article on autocrossers and their cars, this month featuring Andy Brian and his two 914s. Steve McCrory relates his automotive museum trip down south and provides us with links to many California automotive museums. Do also see the letter and certificate National awarded our Region on our 45th anniversary.


If  you ordered a copy of Randy Leffingwell's Porsche 911: 50 Years and are coming to the April 19th Station House Cafe Lunch Run, your book will be available for pickup when we meet in the morning. If you are not going on the Run, but want to pick up your book before we leave Novato, please let me know and I will bring yours along for you. And thanks to everyone for their prompt payment. For anyone who missed getting in on the Club book order, there will be a few copies available for purchase from the Goodie Store. 


Hope you enjoy the issue, 


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Porsche Parade: Monterey 2014

Parade Stories: Monterey 1980 

by Larry Sharp, Loma Prieta Region

I had just joined PCA in September 1988 and during 1989 I started to hear about a "Parade" that was going to happen in Monterey in 1990. This was well before the internet and to register you had to send in a form and money through the Post Office. It had to be postmarked the day registration opened; anything after that date put you on the wait list as the event was already sold out.

When you arrived at Parade on a Saturday, you had to check in for each event no matter if you wanted to attend that event or not. KC and I had originally planned to go to the dinners and just do the autocross. By the time we went through all the stations at check in, KC and I were now entered in the Concours, Rally, Autocross,Tech Quiz and as volunteer workers on two shifts. They were great salesman at each station and everything sounded like fun. We both had only Autocrossed and had never done any of the other events. They sold us on entering the Concours by saying "enter the street class, it is easy" and "you get a parking spot for the whole day".

Well, we drove our 911 SC onto our spot the day of the Concours, wiped off the dirt, sat down in our chairs and walked around some. The judges showed up and found soooo much dirt they had disgusted looks on their faces. KC told them to put that dirt back, it was on the car from the factory. Our fellow competitors around us were snickering right up to the point when their cars had to be started during their judging. Of course their cars didn't start since they were never driven. Pay back! We waved as we drove off and they waited for a tow truck.
Mobile Works West


stationStation House Cafe Lunch Run, Saturday, April 19, 2014
Station House Cafe
RSVP by April 18, 2014
Questions?  Call or email Don Magdanz, 415-258-0242 or

Cars Dawydiak



Concours Prep School




axRedwood Region Autocross #4 - Saturday, May 3, 2014

Autocross Results


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


BusiBee Bookkeeping


tudorTudor Championship - Porscheplatz, May 3-4, 2014
Porsche Car Corral

This year's Tudor United Sports Car Championship race at Laguna Seca will feature a two day Porscheplatz. The "Platz" will be open to PCA members on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4. You can park your Porsche at trackside and enjoy the racing and presentations from the Porsche Team drivers and Porsche Cars North America. There is room for around 150 cars in the Corral. Tickets can be purchased a la carte or a 3 day pass.Ticket information here.

Questions?  Contact Paul Czopek by phone 209-531-8141 or email:
Bertolli's Auto Body


crabRun for the Crab, Saturday, May 10, 2014
Run for the Crab

Questions?  Contact Sharon Castle by email:
Registration closes on May 8 on
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West Coast Series Club Racing

Attention Club Racers! 2014 marks the inauguration of the new West Coast PCA Championship Series. Starting March 29 at Thunderhill Raceway, all racers in Zones 6, 7, 8 & 9 who participate in at least four of the seven club races being held west of the Rockies will be eligible. Club racing points earned at each race will be tallied at the end of the year for both the West Coast PCA Championship Series as well as the PCA Club Racing National Championship. The West Coast PCA Championship Series winners will be awarded trophies at their annual Zone awards banquets.

For more information, contact your local club racing chair or your Zone representative, Paul Czopek by phone 209-531-8141 or email:


Whitman's Auto BOdy



Concours on Campus


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Loma Prietz Porsche Concours
Questions?  Concours     Peter Ridgway by phone 727-804-9513 or email
                   SwapMeet   Jim Bryant by phone 408-937-5469 or email


Member Profile: Andy's 914 and Andy's 914
 by Bill Newton, Redwood Region Member

No, it's not a typographical error. Andy Brian owns two beautiful and interesting 914s.
Evidently he thought that one 914, the red car featured in the June, 2004 Excellence magazine, was not enough because he proceeded next to build a 914/6 virtually from the ground up.


Andy and his wife Susan live in Santa Rosa and have two sons. Andy works in medical sales and Susan is a public school teacher. Andy's skill and ability to work on cars did not come casually. In high school he was in advanced auto shop. While in college, he also worked at a company that restored warbirds where he learned a lot about metal and restoration. Working on cars further perfected his skills. The 914/6  is his fourth car.  First was his high school Karmann Ghia, then  a 912E, and third the red 914. As Andy tells it, "I've done all the work in my home garage. Most of the tools I have in the garage used for fabrication are pretty common. Jig saw, welder, grinder, vise and  hammers. One unusual tool I used was my kids' sand box. To shape metal some fabricators use bags of sand to hammer out the metal. I took it down a notch in the backyard."
Andy's 914 6
Andy can be justly proud of this 914

The Red Car

Andy bought his 1975 in March of 1990 in Southern California.  It was a completely stock 2.0, originally green,  and was going to be his daily driver.  Andy drove it for a short time then took it off the road for a complete rebuild. Many hours were invested in this car and Andy still autocrosses it from time to time. Power source is a  modified 4 cylinder, 2270 cc motor with a mild cam, ported heads, increased compression ratio, and a larger (Volvo) throttle body. Suspension upgrades completed Andy's work on the red car. This car weighs 2100 lbs. and has an estimated 118 hp.

Andy's 914 6
Andy's recently completed 914/6
The Silver Car
This car started life as a 1972 1.7 that Andy paid $300 for in Santa Rosa. Then he acquired a wrecked original 914/6 with a running, carburated 3.0. Andy had just finished a second season of autocrossing in the red 1975 and this new 6 cylinder car offered to take his driving experience to the next level. Andy carefully selected the suspension components so the car would work well on a big track as well as when autocrossing, He used Elephant poly-bronze bushings, Tangerine Racing raised spindles and cage, and other chassis stiffening components of his own design. Other creative features include an RX-7 oil cooler with a shroud he built to vent up through the hood. This car weighs in at 2050 lbs. and produces approximately 228 hp.

Andy's 914 6
Almost-matching red bead blaster, 914/4 and 6 cylinder waiting for its chassis
Olive drab interior looks nice
Andy's 914 6
A quality "rebuild" starts here


Andy literally knows every inch of the 914, so Club members with questions might want to come out to an autocross and talk to him. His is a great example of high quality do-it-yourself work. And, those of us attending the March 22nd autocross also were treated to Andy's ooga horn performance with his silver car.
Andy's 914 6
This is where it all comes together

Photo Credits: Andy Brian            

Concours 2014: A Trip to the Museums

Steve McCrory by Steve McCrory, Redwood Region Member 


Cars as art, cars as passion, and cars as sport - I had time to think on the long drive to Southern California on a road trip to tour the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar and the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles. And of course, cars as transportation and cars as appliances - Interstate 5 is not a road that inspires or thrills the auto enthusiast. The only bursts of  acceleration are reserved for avoiding the common I5 trap formed by slow passing freight trucks and aggressive drivers driven mad by the monotonous slog, an endless grind at even 70 miles per hour. (Note to self:  next time use Route 1).


The visit to both museums made the journey worthwhile. The Nethercutt and the Petersen are different in every respect, but both are part of the history and celebration of America's love affair with the automobile. The Nethercutt Collection takes us back to a time when art, style and innovation was hammered out by craftsmen coachbuilders and financed by entrepreneurs with a dream, while the Petersen offers up a history of the evolving Los Angeles car culture. Early customizers pushed the limit of style and performance, and many of the innovators became major players in a growing performance industry.


Nethercutt Collection Petersen Museum  















So strong was the SoCal influence on the American automotive passion, that most manufacturers set up design studios there, virtual think tanks to plug into the magic and transfer some of that excitement into their own product lines. If you grew up in California, you grew up in the car culture. Hot rods, sports cars, and muscle cars staked out their own turf, from Mulholland Drive to drag strips to the local drive-ins. Separate but all part of the same gearhead culture, it was all good.


Our visit to the Nethercutt included a tour of the back room restoration shop, with several cars being in final prep for the trip to the Pebble Beach Concours. Part of the challenge of restoring older cars, as well as building anew hot rod, is the fabrication and refinishing of NLA parts (no longer available). Concours and Auto Museums, different branches on the same tree, each telling a story of the past and the present.  Listed below are museums worth a visit.  


Canepa Museum  


There are 3 tours to Canepa Motorsports Museum on the Parade Monterey 2014 Schedule.


Canepa Motorsports Museum 







The Nethercutt Collection, 

Petersen Automotive Museum, 

National Automobile Museum, 

California Automobile Museum, 

Blackhawk Auto Museum, 

Mullen Automotive Museum, 


Tech Quiz: Boxsters and Caymans

Tech Quiz - Boxster and Cayman

1. The Auto Start Stop Function is only available on the new 2014 Cayman S equipped with a manual transmission.

a. True

b. False

2.  The optional High End Surround Sound System specifically designed and configured for the new 2014 Cayman models was developed by____________________.

a.  Bose

b.  Blaupunkt

c.  Burmester

d.  AC Delco

3.  The new 2014 Cayman retains the original Cayman's hydraulic power steering system.

a.  True

b.  False

4.  The total number of catalytic converters on 2000 Boxsters is _________________.

a.  2

b.  4

c.  3

d.  0 as they used thermal reactors

5.  Porsche replaced the 986 Boxster with the 987 in _________.

a.  2005

b.  2004

c.  2008

6.  The model designation on the current generation Boxster is ____________

a. 987

b. 992

c. 999

d. 981 

7.  20" wheels and tires are standard or an option on 2013 Boxsters?

a.  Standard

b.  Option 

8.  In 2008 Porsche introduced the Cayman S "Porsche Design Edition 1" which came with a pocketknife.

a.  True

b.  False 

9.  BMW pressed the steel body panels for the 986 Boxster

a.  True

b.  False 

10.  The base Cayman introduced in the summer of 2006 had a VW-built 5 speed transaxle.

a.  True

b.  False 

Answers are at the end

Redwood History:  45 Year Congratulations from National

Congratulations on 45 Years
Porsche Citation


Zone 7 Volunteer Event - Golden Gate Relay - Saturday, May 3, 2014

Paul Seidel-Smith ( has asked for four or five Porsches to be on display at the start of this event. It would be for the time period from 7:00 am until noon. The start is at the Calistoga Mineral Water Company on May 3rd. There  will be lots going on: food vendors, team members, support people, and lots of public viewing.

Calistoga Mineral Water Company                                                    Link to Route Map for the Relay              
865 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA
Please volunteer  
Volunteers needed from


MAY 3rd 6:00 AM thru 8:00 PM MAY 4th 

Golden Gate Relay


Do you know someone who lost a family member or friend that could have lived had there been a transplant available? This past summer a student who was living with me recently lost his father after being on a donor waiting list for over 6 years. He found it hard to understand why more people do not know about the need for organ transplant and how important they are to help save lives. There are 125,000 Americans waiting organs. Twenty people die each day before a donor is found. One donor can save as many as eight lives.


 Zone 7 is being asked to assist in raising awareness for organ transplants by assisting at check points for the Golden Gate Relay. Relay teams run or walk 191 miles, through 36 checkpoints from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. Volunteers are needed to hand out water, direct runners at check points and/or display their cars at the start and/or finish.


This event starts at the Calistoga Mineral Water Company and ends with a party at the Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. All volunteers are invited to the finish at Santa Cruz Beach so grab a friend, neighbor or family member to help a great cause and join in the fun.


If you are able to donate your time please contact the event liaison for the check point list and time schedule. Your help is greatly appreciated and we hope you have fun participating with this event.

Questions?  Contact Paul Seidel-Smith by phone 925-784-5539 or by email:

Board Meeting Minutes

by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the March 25, 2014  Board Meeting will be available after approval at the April meeting. Read previous Board Meeting minutes here.
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 29, 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

                            Membership Report for March 2014


Robert and Phyllis Sachs ('68 911) have 50+ years with PCA. WOW, congratulations you two! Also congratulations to James Brown ('58 356) with 45 years of membership. Membership continues to be very strong with our roster at over 900. This growth is due to everyone's hard work by the present and past board members. Let's keep it going.


By now you may have tried to register for Parade in Monterey. A mad rush always occurs on the first days of registration. Hope those of you who put up with the web traffic got in. But for those of you who didn't, we have our own "Parade" all year long in Zone 7. Try some of the events in other Regions and get the same flavor of great people and Porsches you would get in Monterey this year.


Anita and I can't make Parade this year because of my work schedule, but we sure are going to take advantage of many Redwood and Zone 7 events. We have a Redwood Zone 7 AX the first weekend of April; we both can't wait to see if our cv-joints hold together for those two days. Yes, I sheared one at the last AX, probably because it was a 40 year old part and our wheel combo worked real well. Was a great day; fun to watch an F150 tear it up and Anita in a very nice Cayman. Thanks Tom Markovich for insisting on Anita driving your car. Thank you to everyone that offered help when we broke -- best part about our club are our members.  See yah at the next AX, tour, or concours.


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




New Members


    Primary Members


Transfers in


    Affiliate Members


Transfers out


     Dual Members




    Total Members






March New Members  - Welcome new members, hope to see you at an event soon!






Prior Region

Steven Black


Santa Rosa


911 Turbo Silver


Paul Kranhold


Mill Valley


911 Silver


David Massey




911 Black


Maunuel Pires


St Helena


Cayenne Black

Cal Inland

Bob Ragozzino






Jon Richards


Santa Rosa


911 Red


Stephen Ruggenberg




Carrera Gray


Catherine Smith




Boxster White


Brian Urey


Mill Valley


Cayman S Silver


Gordon Carter




911 Grand Prix

San Diego

Anniversaries (5 Years and over): Congratulations and thanks to all of you.  Long time members like you are the foundation of our great Club. 









James Brown


San Rafael


Frank Massick


Tahoe City


Don Nicoli




Elvin Ambler




Peter Ritter




Daniel Boeschen


Saint Helena


Chris Morse


Mc Kinleyville


Don Magdanz


San Rafael


Rhyne Beatty




Dennis Chizma




Judy Rossi


San Rafael


James Kennedy


San Rafael


William Reising




Brigitte Rollings




James Heisey


Santa Rosa


Joan Vennemeyer


Mill Valley


Lys Plotkin




Robert Plotkin




PJ Tradelius




Gerald Connors


San Rafael


Hugh/Teri Carpenter




James/Janice Jordan


Santa Rosa


Tom Markovich




Theresa Canepa




Ken/Evelyn Haupt




John Hollander


Santa Rosa


Gregory Sieck


Mill Valley


Susan Stuart


San Rafael


Enrique Delgadillo


Fort Bragg


Dirk Kruidenier




Linda McDonald




Pat Sexton


Rohnert Park



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
2014 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council


Appointed Directors

der Marktplatz


2003 Intermeccanica 1956 GS/GT Speedster

For Sale 2003 Intermeccanica

This was built for an engineer with an eye to duplicate a 1956 GS/GT Speedster. These are built in Vancouver BC with only a limited number built each year. They are the best of the best, and this one is pristine with only 33k miles. The body is one piece that is bonded & riveted to a boxed frame much like the Porsche 904. It is wonderfully constructed and rivals and even surpasses the originals in many respects. Four wheel disk brakes, IRS suspension, a 2110 cc type 1 engine producing 146 hp, with 150 ft. Lbs. of torque at 5200 rpm. This little gem will not disappoint. These are built by appointment only and the cost to duplicate this is around $70,000.

Asking $43,000.
Contact Max Handley
Tel. 415-435-5299
Cell 415-265-6063
more photos here    more details at Intermeccanica - Custom Coach Builders

Porsche 928 wheelGot Wheels?

Several sets of four platinum anodized 928 Fuchs FORGED Flat Dish "S" wheels available.

Size is 7J x 16.  ET65 backspacing.  Part # 928 361 021 05.
Approximately 18.5 lbs each.  Strongest, lightest wheels Porsche offered.
Some minor cosmetic flaws, but perfect for track or winter wheels.

$200 for a set of four.  (also have two in silver finish same size $50 each.)  Used up sticky tires included free of charge!

James Heisey:

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2000-2004 Boxster S front bumper,  arctic silver                             $350/OBO

Alan Straub - Contact me at : or by phone 707 996 9331 or 415 332 9331

Fikse Wheels
Fikse Wheels 11x18, 8.5x18  Sized for a 2004 GT3 but will fit many others even a Boxster with rear spacers. .Like new!!   $2400/OBO  Alan Straub - Contact me at : or by phone 707 996 9331 or 415 332 9331

Porsche Roof Rack

For Sale - Porsche Cayenne OEM Roof Transport System (2002-2010)  Plus 2 Porsche OEM Bike racks - $475.00 for complete set


Mike Nikolov 415-497-0339



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 5th of each month to be included in the that 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.   



UpFixen Porsche  

 1.  b.  False

 2.  c.  Burmester

 3.  b.  False

 4.  b.  4

 5.  a.  2005

 6.  d.  981

 7.  b.  Option

 8.  a.  True

 9.  a.  True

10.  a.  True


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