In this Issue
President's Message
Call for Candidates
From the Editors
Werks Reunion
Five Miles of Thunderhill
Redwood Ledson Concours
Oktoberfest in Vacaville
Redwood AX #8 Enduro
Autocross Results
The Iceman Report
Zone 7 Yosemite Concours
Annual Members' Meeting
SVR Tour to Mendocino
Escape to Orlando 2014
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.
September 2014
October 2014

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

President's Message

vern rogers headshot 2011
by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President


I am writing this on Thursday, September 4th, and will be heading up to Thunderhill Raceway tomorrow for my second time on the track. This, as with the July DE, will be on the entire 5 mile course. I have just reviewed the run groups, the run times, and my instructors. I find myself a bit more comfortable with the whole thing at this point. I, like many people, get a bit anxious when doing something new and unfamiliar. I began this morning by looking on my hard drive for my prior list of things to bring for the trip. I found to my surprise and joy, that I had already written up a revised list for this event which included all those items that I forgot last time. Don't you just love it when that happens?  


I will be joined this weekend by Redwood members Dean Lyon, Dave Sams, John Hollander, Andy Brian, and Mac Cranford. Mac has recently gotten his car back after an engine size change. His original engine blew at Buttonwillow earlier in the year. This 3.2 liter original has been rebuilt as a 3.8 with a considerable bump in horsepower and torque. It is getting a little fine tuning at S-Car-Go this week in preparation for its inaugural track appearance.  


Enough about my fun, let's move on to fun for the rest of you.


Big thanks go out to Al Mueller and his lovely wife, Nancy, for hosting our annual Pool Party this year. The event took place at their gorgeous home, more appropriately termed an estate, on Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena just this last Sunday. Food, weather, the venue, and of course the company were all fabulous.  


In other news, we have just three autocrosses left this year. One (September 7th) will be over by the time you read this. The other two will be held on Saturday, October 4th, and Saturday, November 1st. If you have never done an autocross, please know that you are missing out. This is one of the most fun activities you can engage in with your beautiful and very capable car. Porsches are meant to be driven, and AX is safe, inexpensive ($35), and a very exciting way to learn what you and your Porsche can do together. Come out and join us!


Regarding AX and our use of the site at the Charles Schultz Airport, we have a continuing need for members to apply for and receive AOA (Airport Operations Area) badges. The airport requires us to have one badged individual for every 4 non-badged participants at the site on which we autocross. If you are a regular AX participant, do not have an AOA badge currently, and would be willing to get one, please contact me by email at


After the September AX we have the Ledson Concours in Kenwood on September 21st. This is always an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday in Wine Country. A beautiful winery location, lots of stunning cars and excellent weather. Mike Hinton and I will continue our battle for Competition class honors, once again entering the 911's we take to the track and AX. I know Mike will be paying special attention to the cleanliness of his spare tire this year =).


On September 27th, the Saturday following the Concours, our membership will once again have the opportunity to attend the Oktoberfest celebration in Old Town Vacaville. This celebration continues to be hosted by Redwood members Holger and Martina Seibert, owners of the Pure Grain German Bakery on the square. Big thanks to both of you for continuing to do the work to put this event on year after year. I know there are many challenges and we very much appreciate your efforts. While the event itself is big fun, the drive getting there is equally enjoyable. As in previous years, Kurt Fischer will lead us over the hills from Windsor, into and down the Napa Valley, around Lake Berryessa, and into Vacaville. The drive is not to be missed. I hope to see you there.


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


Barbara McCrory and I, joined by members Chet Klingensmith and David Yusem, met this past month to brainstorm ideas for updating the format of der Riesenbaum. Intended goals are to make our newsletter more timely, useful and faster reading. Chet and David, both of whom have professional backgrounds in digital and traditional publishing, contributed many great suggestions. There is more to come on this subject as we work through planning a new format and transition. As a side note, other Regions are making changes to their newsletters. For instance, check out Golden Gate Region's new format in the most recent edition of their The Nugget (click to view). My personal preferences lie along similar lines to GGR's new format, but maybe distributed more frequent. And as always, your suggestions are encouraged. 


While on the subject of the future of Redwood's newsletter, we really need a new editor or editorial team!   Barbara and I have been "filling in" for two years now and we need a break -- the newsletter duties are in addition to our many other Region responsibilities. So please come forward to volunteer some of your skills to ensure that we continue to have a newsletter. And of course, Barbara and I will help you get started and provide support.  

Happy reading and enjoy this issue. 





Werks Reunion - August 15, 2014

Steve McCrory by Steve McCrory, photos by Barbara McCrory, Redwood Region Members

here is something special about looking at a Preservation Class car.  Your focus will narrow, and for a moment suspended in time, everything else in the frame fades.  Then, it all starts coming back to you, remembering the first time you saw this model Porsche, back when we were all younger, and it was a different world.


For the Porsche enthusiast attending the Inaugural Werks Reunion, it was a quick trip back to the past to recall the time and place you saw your first Porsche, and how the Porsche experience came to be a larger part of your life.  And for me, it started with the first journey to Laguna Seca in the early sixties and seeing the early competition cars, from near stock Speedsters to purpose built RSK Spyders and continued on over the years to include 911s, 904s, and the cars built for the Can Am series that pitted Porsche against the best of America and Europe.


So it's all come full circle, back to the place it started, to an event that brackets the old and the new.  From a rusty Speedster to the latest techno-marvel 918, it's all here, and let the experience begin all over.

Speedster #83713 1957 Ruby Red raced in Europe by Leo Levine
Speedster #83713 1957 Ruby Red raced in Europe by Leo Levine, now owed by Del Sessions, San Jose.

Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 918 Spyder - Current Production Nurburgring Car Record @ 6:57

The Seinfeld Collection displayed two interesting historical cars.  The first car was originally owned by Ferry Porsche and was the first one designated as 911 after the model name was changed from 901 (30 early development cars).  This car underwent a complete factory restoration.  The last 356 produced in 1966 was also there in its livery as a Dutch Police Car complete with blue light.  The Ingram Collection provided eight display cars.  Other display areas featured Outlaws and Tribute cars personalized by their owners, and the latest cars produced by the Porsche factory.

Last Porsche 356
Seinfeld Collection 1966 356 SC Cabriolet Dutch Police Car

First US 911 Porsche
Seinfeld Collection - first vehicle designated "911" by the Porsche factory

As the class winners are assembled for the podium first place awards presentation by Manny Alban, PCA President, and Vu Nguyen, PCA Executive Director, it became apparent that Redwood Region and Zone 7 entrants did exceptionally well.





Bob Cannon

Zell Am See (356 closed)

1964 Coupe

Paul & Jackie Mehus
Kabriolett (356 open)
1959 Convertible D

Larry Adams

Zuffenhausen (991 2011 to present)

2014 911 50th Anniversary

Bob Schoenherr

Mitte des Motors (914/914-6)

1971 "The Green Machine"

George Grialou

Lagaay Group (Boxster/Cayman)

2003 Boxster S

Robert Monnastes

Sports Gruppe (Outlaws/R Gruppe)

1971 911

David Pollard

Wurtemberg (911/912 1974-89)

1985 911 Carrera

1971 Porsche 914
Bob and Anita heading to the podium
To sum it up . . . an amazing event for Porsche enthusiasts, part of a truly special week of automotive events that includes vintage racing, Concours, and auctions.  If you missed this one, put it on your calendar now for 2015.


See you next year.

Parts of this article were previously printed in Sacramento Region's The Drifter by the author.
Mobile Works West


Five Miles of Thunderhill - September 6/7, 2014
Steve McCrory
by Steve McCrory, photos by Barbara McCrory
Thunderhill Raceway Park hosted the Porsche Club of America on September 6th and 7th for a combined Driver's Education, Time Trial and Club Race.  Attending Redwood Region members included Andy Brian, Dean Lyon, Mac Cranford, Dave Sams, John Hollander and Redwood President Vern Rogers ready to tackle the extended five mile track.  Dave Bunch took duties at start-finish to oversee the grid line-up.  Paul Czopek, Zone 7 Representative, was there as part of the Club Racing activity.

New to many drivers was the addition of the West Track which increased the track length to a five mile lap!  Our own memories of Thunderhill go back to 1993 when Porsche Club members accepted SCCA's invitation to visit the new track and run fast parade laps to season the fresh asphalt prior to the first official race event.  

From a very basic layout of one temporary building and a few outhouses, this track has evolved into a first rate facility for Northern California racers and track day enthusiasts.  Lunch gave us the opportunity to experience the track with Parade laps in our 944 on the new West Track addition. There is a lot to learn here with elevation changes, tight corners, and several blind rises. 

Zone 7 Region Instructor/Volunteers offered new drivers an opportunity to take their driving education to the next level - one more way to enjoy the Porsche motoring experience.

911 SC
Vern Rogers
Black Carrera S
Dave Sams
Silver 914
Andy Brian.
Silver 911 C4S
John Hollander
White 911 T
Dean Lyon
GGR Endless Summer  
Paul Czopek
Paul Czopek

Cars Dawydiak


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


Bertolli's Auto Body


Redwood Autocross #8 Enduro - October 4, 2014
Emmett Wilder Porsche Autocross
Register using the link:  
Questions?  Contact Grady Carter by email:

Autocross Results


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


The Iceman Report: Redwood Autocross #7 - September 7, 2014
Report and photos by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

This past Sunday's Autocross (AX) saw 42 drivers take on very a challenging course: "Deep Dish", which used the cart path 'S' curve as part of the technical start. The AX course quickly transitioned to sweeping turns, a slalom and rush to the finish. Driver Mike Beavers, #31, turned in the best time - 47.786 seconds - in his red GT3. Vern Thomas took the top women's time with 50.462 seconds in her Boxster. See all results on the RR-PCA website.


TTOD at 47.786 seconds -- Mike Beaver's GT3

We used the new score boards that I delivered and enjoyed a faultless wireless display timer system thanks to the efforts of Grady and Bob, our Region AX co-Chairs.


The new scoreboards
The wireless timing display 
















Sunday's autocross in photos: capturing the events of the day. 


Penny checks tire pressure on her Boxster
Tom resets some cones 





























The 914 and Cayman, with almost four decades difference in vintage, demonstrating the evolution of mid-engine technology. Every AX has such a variety of new and old Porsches. Come see for yourself, check our website for the AX calendar.


















Autocross is a sport for both sexes and the spirit of besting one another's finishing times is fun to watch.


Knocking down the last lime cone
and incurring an extra second penalty
Mike Hinton getting his time
 from recorder Tom Short 



















As I was capturing the AX with my camera, I noticed how many drivers where having good runs only to knock down the last lime cone before the checkered flag. After doing so well on the rest of the course; getting the sting of an extra second penalty. Mike Hinton gets his time from Tom Short, time slip recorder.


ICEMAN: My Cayman is waiting for her new engine; we can't pick-up from the seller yet. I hope to return to the last AX in November, crossing my fingers. 



yosZone 7 Yosemite Region Porsche of Livermore Concours d'Elegance

BusiBee Bookkeeping


annAnnual Members' Meeting and Tour - Sunday, October 19, 2014


Annual Members' Meeting
Redwood Region events are not searchable on MotorsportReg.  
RSVP with lunch selection using this link :
Questions?  Contact Mike Hinton at 707.963.7827 or email


menSacramento Valley Tour to Mendocino - October 31-November 2, 2014
Mendocino Tour
Questions?  Contact Rik Larson, or 916.481.6084 
Escape to Magical Orlando 2014 - November 6-9, 2014
Escape 2014
Be part of the next exciting national social event for members of the Porsche Club of America. Space Coast Region and Citrus Region of the PCA have combined to provide an incredible program for the entire family. We have negotiated fantastic room prices with Walt Disney World and they have made available a fun filled venue. The room package includes discounted tickets to Walt Disney World attractions and free transportation to all the Walt Disney World Parks. You will find a collection of activities that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Be sure to click on the Merchandise tab to pre-order all your goodies. We hope you enjoy Escape 2014.  
Registration is open.  Escape 2014 is using the services of Club  

TRG - The Racer's Group


Redwood History - November 1991

veep beep - The Never Ending Story by Tony Mazzagatti, Vice President, Redwood Region 1991


One of the nice things about owing a Porsche, especially an older one, is that there is always something that you find to do to it.  Not that they always need something done to them, but it's easy to find some way to attempt to improve them.  Last year when I autocrossed my '73 911, it was the first time I had ever autocrossed any 911.  . . . But as much as I prefer to keep a 356 completely original, the 911 just begs to be modified.  


82 911 SC  

ed - As you can see from the photo taken this last weekend at the Club Race at the 5 Miles of Thunderhill, not too much has changed in the never ending story.


We spotted Tony, now a resident of Las Vegas, NV coming in from the track with his 1982 911 SC with probably about 350,000 miles on it now!  This car progressed from autocross to Time Trials to Club Racing.

1982 911 SC  













For the rest of the story, check page 24 of the November 1991 der Riesenbaum. 

Board Meeting Minutes

by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

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

                                  Notes from Membership


Congratulations to our 40 and 30 year plus members.  Some familiar faces around our Region for sure.  And welcome to our new members.  Redwood Region just keeps growing.


The month of August was a car nuts' dream month in Northern California.  Car week in Monterey, tours, autocross, pool parties, and more. Anita and I attended the first Werks Reunion in Monterey.  It was no surprise to us that as we saw many Redwood members attending the event either in the corral, volunteering their time, competing in the Concours or just hanging out.


Many of you are coming out to experience autocross too. We have had great numbers all year at our Santa Rosa track. The September and August AX's  were challenging with a lot of friendly competition. We have the annual enduro coming up next month.


Have some fun and meet great people these next few months before (we hope) the rain comes...

As always, please feel free to email me at or call me at 707-289-4304 with any questions.




Primary Members


New Members


Affiliate Members




Dual Members




Total Members




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







Mark Hamilton


Santa Rosa


Blue Boxster Cabriolet

Richard Gee




911 Carrera

Ken Brown




Black 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Nick Dieter


San Rafael


White 911 Carrera

Earl Joslin




Red Cayenne

Benjamin Hardwood




White 911 Carrera (964)

Doug Robertson


Mill Valley


Green 911 C2 Carrera

Stephen Kelly




White 911 Carrera



Anniversaries - 5 years and over.  Happy Anniversary and Thanks to all of you.  













































F Van




C Stephen













































































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


Porsche BBS Wheel

1 BBS wheel 16 x 8.  3 piece NOS, never mounted, for 911.  Not perfect, clear coat on outside rim starting to show age. $500



Porsche Steel Wheel







4 Steel Wheels, 15 x 6 1/2. Pro built for early 911, never mounted but scratches will need touch-up $500.


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 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 or San Rafael pickup, will ship for additional cost
I 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 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
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.
Got 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

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.


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 5th day of the month for that month's 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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