der Riesenbaum
In this Issue
President's Message
Call for Candidates
From the Editors
Driving Event Truly Mammoth
GGR Carlsen Concours
The Iceman Report
Werks Reunion
Zone 7 Autocross
Rolex Monterey
Zone 7 Autocross School
Redwood Pool Party
Redwood Autocross #7
Autocross Results
GGR DE and Club Race
Redwood Ledson Concours
Oktoberfest in Vacaville
Redwood History
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.
August 2014
September 2014



Golden Gate Region DE & Club Race



Biscotti and Cars



Marin County - Cars and Coffee



Loma Prieta, Golden Gate Zone 7 Autocrosses



Redwood Region Zone 7 Ledson Concours



Oktoberfest in Vacaville



Redwood Region Board Meeting

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


Those of you who attended Porsches on the Plaza last month know what a great annual event this has become; be sure not to miss it next year. Between the PCA National Charity Subsidy, and fees from the event we raised $1390 for CASA. Thanks to all who participated. Special thanks to Heloisa Heinen (and her Husband) from CASA who took this opportunity to share their good work with the attendees. Also big thanks to Kurt Fischer and Joe Burroughs for once again putting together a great time for all. One additional huge thank you to Deven Wailes for hosting another fantastic after event party!  


Another event that many of you took the opportunity to attend was our now annual drive to, and lunch/wine-tasting, at Field Stone Winery at the southern end of Alexander Valley. Word must have gotten out from last year. We had 72 members attend and all were very happy with the food and Field Stone's fabulous wines. Thanks go out to Kurt Fischer, David Bunch, and Don Magdanz who helped shepherd our two run groups to the event. No lost sheep, and both groups arrived within 5 or so minutes of each other. Just like last year Field Stone's staff and volunteers were friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable.


Well after a year of talking about it, and one false start, I finally did a track weekend. Many of you have done track days and now I can count myself among you. WOW! WHAT A BLAST! I am definitely hooked. I am so very pleased that my first time was at Thunderhill, and on the extended track. Two miles have been added to the original three, and the new (western) section is a different world from the original. The extension is much tighter, and it takes a while to develop a flow through the short straights and tight curves which include three hairpins. Hats off to the DE crew at GGR, they all did a fabulous job. My instructors were friendly, communicative and knowledgeable. Soloing on my second day gave me plenty of seat time to practice what I had learned. I have signed up for the next GGR DE at T-Hill (September 6/7), and encourage any of you who are interested to do so as well. This may be the last time the GGR rents both sections of track as the fee is twice as much as for just the eastern section. The charge to participants is the same as for the original three miles. Come out and join me, I know you won't regret it.


After all this praise of HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) track events, I want to be sure not to forget autocross, which I have been encouraging participation in since my first President's Message. The August 9th AX will be over by the time you read this. That leaves only the September 6th, October 4th, and November 1st events for this year. I truly feel that all my autocrossing over the past 6 years is what prepared me to have such a great time at Thunderhill. Don't miss out on the most fun you can have in your car for only $35. Sign up for one of our remaining events.


The end of this month will bring us to our annual Redwood Region Pool Party. This year the party will be at a new location, the beautiful and spacious home of recent region member Al Mueller. Al graciously offered his residence when the continued use of the Bergman estate came into question. Please join me in thanking not only Al, but also and very importantly, John and Wynne Bergman for the years they have hosted this party in the past.  


That's all for now. Down the road,



Call for Candidates for 2015 Redwood Region Officer Positions
As per the Redwood Region Bylaws, we are calling for candidates for the following elected positions for 2015: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. We need to have a slate of member candidates in place by October of this year to present to the General Membership.

Please let me know your intentions to run for one of these positions. You can contact me via email at or by phone at 415.246.0793.


Greg Maissen, Past President and Chairman of the Nominating Committee

From the Editors

by Jerry Gladstone, der Riesenbaum Co-Editor


In this issue we have a wonderful article by Ben and Lisa Davoren covering Sequoia Region's 5th Annual Mammoth Lakes High Alpine Road Tour. After you read their report on this outstanding event, you will surely consider attending next year. Ben and Lisa responded to last month's call for member written articles. Hopefully you too can exercise your writing skills; please consider submitting an article.  


The July 26th BBQ and wine tasting at Field Stone Winery was an outstanding event enjoyed by 72 members who arrived in 35 Porsches and one Ferrari! The food and wine were both delicious and abundant, and much welcomed after a pleasant drive of about 50 miles. Sorry that we do not have a feature story about the event, but Paige Gaines' event photos do capture the day quite well (photos). 


New this month: As an aid to help all members, especially new members, recognize Redwood's officers and board members, we have added photos to the Redwood Region Contacts section at the end of of the newsletter. Check it out and say hello at the next event. 


Autoweek has created an app celebrating 50 Years of Porsche automotive passion. Based on their extensive archives of the best Porsche stories through the decades, this free 80-plus page app is complete with photo galleries and videos. To get the app just search for "50 Years of Porsche" on your iPad or Android device. Warning: the app is very large and takes some time to download, but it is worth the wait. 




Hi Tec Automotive


Multi-Club Driving Event Truly Mammoth
Story and Photos by Ben & Lisa Davoren, Redwood Region Members 


The Fifth Annual 2014 Mammoth Lakes High Alpine Road Tour just looked too good to be true, so on Friday July18th we made the 6 hour trek from the Redwood Region to Mammoth Lakes, CA to see what our PCA counterparts were up to. Just getting there was a real treat! Driving along Highway 89, connecting to Highway 50 just before South Lake Tahoe to Highway 395, which runs down the eastern side of the Sierra. Between the town of Markleeville and 395, the road is always closed during winter when we are usually in the area; apparently nobody knows it's open during the summer, so we had unimpeded fun, top-down, even through a short thundershower or two, over twisty two-lane roads with scenic vistas (but not many guardrails!) down into the Antelope Valley. 

Mono Lake remains the gorgeous Jewel of the Eastern Sierra to drive past along 395 going south, though the whole section in that area appears to be the CHP's paradise, so staying near the limit is prudent.


Lisa and I were the first Redwood emissaries to join this Alpine tour, but were warmly welcomed by the principal hosts, Mark Coronado from the Sierra Nevada Region and Dave Ogden from the Sequoia Region. We soon found ourselves at the Friday evening mixer hearing about the main event with 45 other drivers (81 total attendees) from Diablo, Golden Gate, Sequoia, Orange Coast, Golden Empire, Vegas and Arizona Regions representing both Zones 7 and 8. This was the biggest group they have had to date, and one made up of pretty serious Porschephiles - many of the attendees had multiple Porsches and everyone seemed fluent in the nuances of models over the years. Mark had put together both hotel deals and food options which was a really nice touch.


On Saturday morning all drivers and passengers gathered at the Base Camp Café in 'downtown' Mammoth Lakes, which had graciously set aside scores of parking spaces for a wonderfully broad palette of Porsche colors (plus a bright yellow Lamborghini). This made a nice photo op while drivers had to decide whether to follow Dave in the 'spirited' group making a clockwise drive through the June Lake Loop and then out on East Highway 120, or Mark, taking the counterclockwise direction so we could pass each other somewhere in the middle, at a less aggressive pace.


Colorful Group at the Base Camp Cafe' prior to the Highway 120 Sprint


Twenty of us took after Dave for the main event: a 119-mile drive, past stunning high alpine lake scenery on the way to Highway 120 East, a road that is so totally unlike anything we have along the Northern California Coast that it is hard to believe it exists: extremely long straightaways with great visibility, giant sweepers, and a 'whoop-de-do' section of pure roller coaster track for well over 5 miles. And the road is in phenomenal shape with not one pothole over the entire course. I look forward to driving it again.


Keeping a good following distance through the "Whoop-De-Do" roller coaster section of Hwy 120

We all met up for a preplanned buffet lunch at Rafters Restaurant & Lounge in Mammoth Lakes, once again with Porsche-only parking that brought the locals and visitors in to ooh-and-aah. Everybody was in a great mood, but the day wasn't over yet! We all took another relaxed drive up to the Mammoth Lakes area for more photo ops and to see the Earthquake Fault where Mother Nature has ripped a long ravine in this geologically active area. Those who still had stamina washed their cars for a Porsches-on-the-Plaza show in the Mammoth Village area, which also had the Mammoth Jazz festival going on, plus lots of restaurants open for dinner. Those who weren't fazed by the altitude went for a sunset view back up the road.


Driving along the June Lake Loop enjoying the Eastern Sierra


On Sunday there were other short group events including a ride up the Mammoth Gondola offering fantastic views, but we played hooky and had breakfast with our son who lives in Mammoth and provided us with the needed push to make this trek in the first place.


It was then time for the long trek back home. We chose 395 North to Highway 108 that comes back across the Sierra over the Sonora Pass, avoiding 120 (which goes through Yosemite) just to beat the crowds. 108 is a very narrow, twisting, at times steep two-laner that provided a good test of our Boxster's handling, especially since it rained the entire way back. Too much traffic for a great drive on a Sunday, but beautiful even driving below the limit.


It was great fun to mingle with like-minded Porsche aficionados from all over the state and beyond, swap stories, and see great cars. Kudos to this group for putting together a really tremendous event. If you are even the least bit curious and like to push your Porsche, I guarantee that next year's trip is for YOU!

Mobile Works West


Golden Gate Region Zone 7 Carlsen Concours

Story by Barbara McCrory, Redwood Region Webmaster


Sunday, August 3, was the date for the Carlsen Concours in Redwood City.  Redwood members, John and Kaye Jackson, Anita Benzing and Bob Schoenherr, and Steve McCrory and I made the trek to this concours.  Simone and Thorsten Kopitzki came by to take pictures and admire all the cars.  Two second place trophies and a first made the trip back with their respective cars.  There were 34 cars that were judged and the display cars were in the overflow parking out on the street - more than 30.  

John Jackson's car waiting to be judged. photo by author



John and Kaye Jackson

Street S-4


Bob Schoenherr

Preservation/UR UR-8


Steve & Barbara McCrory

Wash & Shine WS-9


John and Bob
John Jackson and Bob Schoenherr with their trophies. photo by Thorsten Kopitzki
Porsche Awards
Awards were made from JE pistons suitable for Porsches or hot rods.  photo by author

Carlsen Porsche sponsored the event including lunch.  All proceeds from this event go to a Golden Gate Region charity.  


Photo albums of this event can be seen - Thorsten Kopitzki

                                                                     Barbara McCrory

Cars Dawydiak


The Iceman Report: Redwood Autocross #6 - August 9,2014
Report and photos by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood's August autocross went off without a hitch even though our autocross leader, Grady Carter, was away attending a wedding in Washington State. As a volunteer I am responsible for getting water and ice to the autocross cooler by 8am. Also, I help Anita with registration. My Cayman is out of commission and awaiting a donor engine (that's another story to be revealed at another time). So I had time to just take pictures during the morning autocross runs. It was a mild, cloudless morning with slight cooling breeze. We had approximately 37 cars running this day. After a few technical hitches with timing, the cars were off and running. I had to leave after lunch so I can't report the results. (Ed. For the results click here.) 


Here are some of my favorites photos of the event:

Bob Schoenherr demonstrating use of the walkie-talkies
Who needs an instructor?






Peggy Bair receiving good news on her last run.
Mike Hinton rounds the starter.













The famous Porsche 3-wheel turn.
That was one quick Porsche!


















     No autocross would be complete without an all wheel
exit from the course plus a cone down ... DNF                 
werksWerks Reunion - A Porsche Gathering - Friday, August 15, 2014
Registration is closed - this event has sold out.  Spectators are still welcome, and admission is free  Parking is available at the church next door for a $10.00 donation.  Werks Website     Facebook

PCA Werks Reunion



ax7Golden Gate, Loma Prieta and Zone 7 Autocrosses, August 16/17, Marina

Golden Gate, Saturday, August 16, 2014  Registration on is open.
Loma Prieta, Sunday, August 17, 2014     Registration on is open

Zone 7 Porsche Autocross

BusiBee Bookkeeping


rolexRolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Saturday/Sunday, August 16/17
The Car Corral for this event has sold out.  However you can still visit the hospitality area - just remember to bring your PCA membership card or Porsche key.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

TRG - The Racer's Group


schoolZone 7 Autocross School, Saturday/Sunday, August 30/31
Registration is open for this school at  Registration closes August 19, 2014.  

Zone 7 Autocross School

Bertolli's Auto Body


poolRedwood Region Pool Party
Registration closes August 27, 2014.
Questions - contact Kurt Fischer by email: or phone: 415.819.2210

Redwood Region Pool Party



axRedwood Region Autocross #7, Saturday, September 6
Registration is open for this event at     Calendar 
Questions?  Contact Grady Carter by email: or phone 707-207-3423


Autocross Results


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


deGolden Gate Region Driver's Education and Club Race - 5 miles of Thunderhill
Registration is open for the Sept 5 Miles of Thunderhill on

PCA Club Race and Driver's Education


ledRedwood Region Zone 7 Ledson Concours, Sunday, September 21
Pre-registration is not required.  Questions?  Contact James Heisey by email 


Oktoberfest in Vacaville, Saturday, September 27

RSVP to Kurt Fischer by September 26, 2014 by email: or phone 415.819.2210


Redwood History - October 1981 der Riesenbaum   

When in Doubt Turn Left by John Byrne


Autocrossers who participated in Redwood's Event #4 experienced a rather unique course designed by Larry Powers.  The course was a gem for those people who have right turn phobia since it had only left hand turns.......


New dual member Sharon Neidel got a win in Class 9 over a very competitive Yvonne Saber tightening up the Class standings......


John Fitzgerald was also making his first Auto-X in quite a while showed his old form as he drove his 914 to a very good time....





Board Meeting Minutes

by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the July 29, 2014  Board meeting will be available after approval at the August meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on August 26, 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


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




New Members


   Primary Members




   Affiliate Members




   Dual Members




   Total Members


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







Julia Wilbarger


San Anselmo


Red 968 Cabriolet

Boyd Fellows III




Cayenne S

Sidney Hoover

Ellen Hoover



911 Carrera

John Kingery




Black 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Domenico Petrone




Metllics Black 911 Carrera

TJ Jaquez




Blue Boxster

Darian Elizondo




Silver 911 Carrera S


July Anniversaries - 5 years and over.  Happy Anniversary and Thanks 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.

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.
CASA Flyer


Redwood Region Contacts
2014 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council

Appointed Directors (missing photos will be posted soon)



der Marktplatz


For Sale- 1988 911 Carrera Take-off Parts (all in very good original OEM condition) 


  Whaletail Deck- complete $750.
  Rear Bumper- complete w/side extensions $200.
  Many other stock take-offs available from my SPEC 911 Project


Please call or email Scott Buchanan
Porsche Factor Boxster/911 Short Shift
Porsche Factory Boxster/911 Short Shift Console/Kit - $350

For sale is a less than 8,000 mile used but like new factory Porsche short shift kit, part number 997-424-983-00.  The kit reduces shift throw distance by up to 35% on the 986 & 996 cars (somewhat less on the 996 & 997 cars).
I put it in my 2004 Boxster S and it took about 1.5 hours, the biggest part of the time was spent removing the center console.  It's pretty straight-forward and lots of videos and instructions online.  IMHO, it's one of the most best performance improvements you can make for the money and feels much tighter than the stock shifter assembly.  I got a good deal on a GT3 shift console so I replaced my short-shifter with that (and it actually has a longer throw, just a different feel).  It is slightly firm to engage 1st gear when cold however it warms up quickly and is so much nicer overall.  
The kit/console retails for ~$505.  As I understand it, the kit will work on 986, 987, 996, and 997, and Cayman models through 2012.
Phone:  415-889-3755  mail:
Price:  $350 w/ Petaluma 
Porsche Panorama MagazineI want to give my 38 years of Panoramas  to  whomever wants them. Hopefully someone would be able to utilize them  in a learning/teaching situation about Porsches.

They are in Santa Rosa, please come pick them up.
 Gary Bayless,
Porsche Boxster 986 OEM Aero KitPorsche Boxster 986 OEM Aero Kit 1 Wing Rear Spoiler - $275

I have for sale a rare Porsche Aerokit 1 rear wing for a Boxster 986 (1997-2004). This part was only available from the factory as part of the Aero Kit 1 package which included a special front bumper, side skirts, and rear wing. With or without the rest of the package this wing adds a little something extra to the profile of the Boxster. 
Installation instructions can be readily found online. The rear taillight will need some rewiring as the previous owner simply cut the wires during uninstall. 
$275 or best offer. Local, cash-in-hand purchase preferred. This piece is long and too awkward to ship easily.  Jeremy Waen by phone 510-882-6745 or
BBS Wheel
Authentic BBS LM Wheel for Porsche 18" x 9.5" et55 5x130 Bolt Pattern - $800
I have one spare, authentic BBS LM wheel for sale. It is 18" x 9.5" et55 with standard 5x130 Porsche bolt pattern. It fits perfectly as a rear wheel on 986 Boxsters, but also can work on 993 and 996 narrow body models. New these wheels run close to $1000 each plus shipping and sales tax. They are also made to order and take time for delivery. These wheels are period appropriate to '90s and early '00s Porsches and are considered by many as the most desirable aftermarket wheels.

Spec: 1 Rear Wheel: 18" x 9.5" et 55
Condition: Like-New and never mounted. There are two small knicks in the lip from being moved around in storage, otherwise it is pristine and clean enough to eat off of.  Price: $800 firm. (+ shipping and PayPal fees if not local)

Local buyers with cash-in-hand preferred (SF Bay Area), but I am willing to ship these at the buyer's expense. Contact me at or 510-882-6745.
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

Porsche Cayenne OEM 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

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  


 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 the month to be included in 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.   


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.


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Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region


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