In this Issue
President's Message
Election Results
From the Editors
One One Fun Run
Redwood Holiday Party
Hi Tec Tech Session
Zone 7 Awards Banquet
Rennsport V
Trip To Canepa
Autocross Results
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 2015 Redwood Region calender online.
January 2015

February 2015

Click here  for a single-page 2015 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

President's Message 

vern rogers headshot 2011
by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President


First let me say thank you to the Board Members who have served with me over the past three has been an honor. An exceptional job has been done by all of you, and I want to especially single out those who have gone above and beyond by taking on not only one job, but two, or three. 


Jerry Gladstone has done and amazing job as Treasurer and for the last 24, and now 25 issues, Newsletter Co-Editor. He always goes the extra mile, whether it be finding new ways to save the Region money, or making sure dR articles are delivered on time. Thank you Jerry!
Barbara McCrory has done an equally fantastic job as not only Webmaster, but like Jerry, as Newsletter Co-Editor. Her quiet support and endless hours spent on these as well as other tasks is very much appreciated. Thank you Barbara!


Bob Schoenherr has been Membership Director, Autocross Co-Director, and Autocross Chief Instructor for this time as well. I am always impressed with how Bob juggles his instructor duties to assure that all who need AX help get it. Thank you Bob!


Before going on to specifically acknowledge other Board members, I need to take a moment to give thanks for my sweet wife, Susan, without whom I would not have been able to give so much time and effort to the Region. She had been a steady supporter over these three years and has always encouraged me to hold to my vision. THANK YOU my dear! 


This Region only thrives through the efforts of its volunteers, and the continued participation of our members.  It has been a privilege to serve as your President, and to have such competent and enthusiastic Directors on the Board.  Big thanks to Mike Hinton, Craig Steele, David Bunch, Don Magdanz, Grady Carter, Simone Kopitzki, Mac Cranford, James Heisey, Greg Maissen , Kurt Fischer and Scott Downie.  I also want to thank my first VP Chris Harrell who was so valuable in helping me determine my vision that first year. I could not have done this without the support I got from all of you!


I want to thank and congratulate Chip Witt for being elected our new Secretary, and Tom Short for stepping into the role of our 2015 Membership Director.  As per our Bylaws, the position of Membership Director is filled by appointment at next year's first Board meeting. I am sure that as long as Tom is still willing, he will be appointed at the January meeting. Gentlemen, thank you for stepping up. 


I had the opportunity at this year's Holiday Party to bring a new ceremony to the transition of the Region Presidency.  I secretly prepared 26 different 8.5x11 sheets of heavy card stock with the names of each President the Region has had since our inception on January 20, 1969 (1). (Thank you Barbara for the list of Presidents.) These were put into sealed, numbered manila envelopes and handed to attendees of the party with instructions to not open until told to do so. Just as the dessert course was about to be served, I had all attendees with envelopes come to the stage and arrange themselves in number order. Once in order, I had them all open their envelopes and hold the presidential sheet in front of them.  We now had the names and terms of all Redwood Presidents running from left to right across the stage. One thing remained. I had Craig Steele (holding envelope #1) unwrap a Presidential Scepter that I had constructed from an aluminum 991 Turbo model, and a 928 hood shock (donated by Tom Strobel).  Once unwrapped, the scepter was passed from "President" to "President" all the way from 1969 to 2014 (me), and I presented it to Mike.  Presidential transition completed. See picture below:

                                          Presidential Transition                photo by Sandy Steele, photo editing by Vern Rogers 

Before signing off, I would like to ask you all to support the 2015 Redwood Region Board of Directors and the Club just as vigorously has you have over the past three years of my Presidency.  They have an exciting year of activities already planned, and room for more should you have an addition.  We always need more volunteers as many hands make light work.  Please come out and support your Region.


Lastly, please know that I am not leaving Redwood and will serve as the most Recent Past President until Mike's successor is elected.  Hopefully that will be a few years.  My role will be mostly that of an advisor and mentor to Mike, but I will also lead an event or two, as well as attend many of them.


That's all for now. Down the road (wearing a different hat).




(1) Ed. The Club was first formed in June 1966 as the Tamalpias Porsche Club. The name was legally changed to the Redwood Region - Porsche Club of America in January 1969. 

2015 Election Results
There were 108 ballots submitted in Redwood Region's November election. The official results were:

President:  Michael Hinton
Vice President: Craig Steele
Treasurer: Jerry Gladstone
Secretary: Chip Witt

Along with Vern Rogers, immediate Past President, these are the elected officers who will serve as the Executive Committee in 2015. All other Board of Director positions are filled by appointment and will be announced after the January 2015 Board Meeting.

From the Editors

by Jerry Gladstone, der Riesenbaum Co-Editor


Barbara McCrory, pictured to the right, and I have now completed 25 issues of der Riesenbaum as Co-Editors. We assumed these roles on a temporary basis when our previous Editor, Chris Harrell, relocated to Southern California as a consequence of his career. We were to serve as interim Co-Editors for a maximum of six months until a new Editor was found. Obviously that did not happen and we just stayed on. As previously announced, this is Barbara and my last issue as we will be limiting ourselves in 2015 to our primary roles of Webmaster and Treasurer, respectively.  


The future of der Riesenbaum is unknown at this time. Surely it will be missed if not published and the Club might encounter some difficulties in communicating with our over 550 members. This is your chance to step up and help the Club in an important capacity. It is an interesting an rewarding job, give either of us a call and we will fill you in on the duties and details. We are of course always available to help get you started.  


Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year,



oneOne One Fun Run - Thursday, January 1, 2015
RSVP using by December 30, 2014.  Redwood Region events are not searchable on MSR so be sure to use the link here or from the  Calendar.
Porsche One One Fun Run


Mobile Works West


2014 Holiday Party - Saturday, December 13, 2014

by Jerry Gladstone, Redwood Region Treasurer, photos by Craig and Sandy Steele


The 2014 Redwood Region Holiday Party was held on Saturday evening, December 13, 2014. The beautiful and scenic Nourish Grill at the Harbor Point Tennis Club was once again the site of the annual party. The 74 attendees, all wearing their festive holiday best, started to arrive around 6:00 pm for a social hour and CASA's silent auction. The wine and cocktails flowed abundantly lubricating conversations and greetings while we snacked on an elegant fruit and cheese display. Old friendships were renewed and new ones formed. It was great to see people we had not seen in a while. 

Simone, Sandy and Susan Checked Us In
Fruit and Cheese at Cocktail Hour

The sit-down dinner started with an Arugula salad topped with shaved Manchego cheese; it was followed by one's choice of prime rib, trout or vegetarian lasagna. Everyone raved about their food which was both delicious and quite ample. As everyone brought a bottle or two or three of their favorite wine to share, there was much fine drink to accompany dinner. Afterwards we had a desert of chocolate pot de creme that was outrageously good.

Deven's 6-Liter Bottle of Wine
Kurt and Philippa got the dancing started

Just before desert was served, Vern Rogers presided over a novel review of past Redwood Presidents spanning all the way back to the origins of the Region. The ceremony concluded with the passing of the "presidential scepter" from Vern to our new President, Mike Hinton. Read more about the ceremony in Vern's column above. Vern also presented CASA with Redwood Region's annual donation check in the amount of $4500, a $500 increase over last year's donation. The silent auction raised about $1000 thus netting CASA about $5500 in total for the evening.

President Vern and Susan
New President Mike and Brenda

Once again we had Todd Morgan and the Emblems provide live and lively dance music. Todd is a fantastic musical talent and entertainer inspiring most people to get out on the dance floor and shake it. The music was rock with a flavor of Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis too. Wow, can Todd play that keyboard.

Appreciating the Music
Todd Morgan and the Emblems

As the evening wound down at about 11:00 pm, most people headed for home. Some though, stayed at local hotels that offered special PCA rates for the night.


If you have never been to a Redwood Region Holiday Party, you have missed a really great time. Be sure to get it on your calendar for next December.  

Cars Dawydiak


hiHi Tec Tech Session - Saturday, January 17, 2015

RSVP to Greg Maissen


Hi Tec Automotive







 Zone 7 Awards Banquet - Saturday, February 21, 2015 
Porsche Zone & Awards Banquet
Questions?  email Paul Czopek at

 Porsche Rennsport Reunion V Update
Tom Short
by Tom Short, Redwood Region Member

Headline: Plan your trip to Porsche Rennsport Reunion V - tickets available now!


In case you haven't heard, Porsche is bringing their world-class festival of speed back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October 2015. My wife and I attended last time it was here in 2011 and we were both blown away by the quality of the event. It truly demonstrates PCNA's commitment to the owners, fans and enthusiasts of the world's greatest sports cars. And if you've never heard the roar of a group of 917s heading into Laguna Seca's famous corkscrew, flinging themselves into one of racing's most spectacular corners, the Porsche Rennsport Reunion will give you a chance to experience this thrill of a lifetime.


Once I heard the news about the event's return in 2015 I immediately checked out the event website to see about getting tickets. The first time I visited the site back in October there was a full rundown of the available ticket packages, which range from one-day general admission passes all the way up to three-day VIP packages. Then PCNA decided to remove this information leaving me wondering when I would be able to buy tickets.


It turns out all I had to do was call the track ticket office at (831) 242-8200. The nice woman there said she didn't know why PCNA took the ticket information down, but she'd be happy to take my order. So order I did, securing a couple of Saturday and Sunday tickets for my wife and I. We already have our hotel room booked in Carmel, and we're looking forward to enjoying another excellent, world-class Porsche Rennsport Reunion - right here in our "backyard" in Northern California. Does it get any better?


Hope to see you there. 


Porsche Rennsport Reunion


Concours 2014 - A trip to Canepa

by Steve McCrory, Redwood Region Member, photos by Barbara McCrory, Webmaster   Steve McCrory & Porsche  


Bruce Canepa grew up in Santa Cruz fascinated from an early age with all things automotive. He began his racing experience in quarter midgets and go karts and moved on to sprint cars.  Working in his family's dealership, he learned mechanical and fabrication skills, as well as the business skills required for a successful automotive enterprise.


1978 found Canepa involved in IMSA and Trans-Am, and a year later he began his Porsche racing experience in a 934 1/2.  In 1979 he co-drove with Rick Mears and Monte Shelton to a third place overall finish at the 24 hours of Daytona. From then on Canepa often drove Porsche race cars, and many are featured in the museum area.


Just two of the many cars on display included the Pikes Peak open-wheel racer with a twin turbo 450 horsepower motor, weighing in at 1,000 pounds, and the 917-10 car with aluminum frame and 1150 to 1400 horsepower, depending on where the driver sets the boost control.  Zero to 150 mph in 5.5 seconds brings new meaning to the concept of acceleration.  Several of the cars displayed here can still be seen in action at Vintage Racing events.





The Restoration Shop began in 1980, and is filled with cars as varied as 356s and 959s to Lamborghinis and Duesenbergs and classic hot rods.  Body and paint, fabrication, mechanical work, upholstery and final detailing and testing are accomplished under one roof.  Almost all of the for sale inventory has been purchased by Canepa and restored or detailed to the highest standards.  If you are an enthusiast, there is something special to see at every turn.

Porsche Restoration Porsche 356 restoration  



TRG - The Racer's Group


Autocross Results


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


Bertolli's Auto Body


Redwood History - 1981 Year End Autocross Trophies 


1981 Autocross Results - Trophy Winners


Class I

Larry Powers

Class VIII

Dottie Brehm

Dina Powers

Class III

Bill Lucas

Bill Rasmussen

Class IX

Yvonne Saber

Sharon Neidel

Class IV

David Isreal

Larry Grove

Jim Hurson

Class XII

Jan Grove

Linda Rutherford

Class V

John Byrne

Ray Fiori

Charlie Wolter

Terry Otton

John Edwards

Class X

Mary Lynn Lucas

Susan McClees

Class VI

David Coleman

Vince Luchesse

Class XIII

Joan Coleman

Class VII

Don Errante



Porsche 911 at autocross cone  














der Riesenbaum February 1982

BusiBee Bookkeeping


Board Meeting Minutes

by Craig Steele, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the November 25, 2014 Board meeting will be available after approval at the January 2015 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  There is no December meeting.
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on January 27, 2015.  All members are welcome to attend.  Check the Calendar for the locations.

Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director

Congratulations to our 40 and 30 plus year members!  And we have grown, 2014 has seen the addition of many new members. It was a very good year with steady Redwood Region membership growth.  Hope everyone enjoys the holidays. See yah on the One One Fun Run.


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




New Members


   Primary Members




   Affiliate Members




   Dual Members




   Total Members


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






Elia Borbas




911 Carrera

Chris DuChane


San Rafael


Silver 911 Carrera S

Del Goetz


Mill Valley


Red 912

Thomas Miller




Silver Cayman S

Martin Olsen




Silver 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Donley Smith


San Rafael


Silver Boxster


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





John Lail



Robert Neidel



Lois Newton



Fred Nelson



David Benson



LaVonne Benson



Kelly Polisson



Jerry Gladstone



Antonio Neumann



Jim Giampaolo



Roland Tolosa



Mary Alber



Alan Straub



Mary Neidel



D Reynolds



Paul Ivancich



Edward Eschbach



Ellen Wear



Karen Altamura



Jeffrey Chan



Thomas Short



Philippa Short



Ralph Thomas



Joanne Thomas



Keith Reinbolt



Steve Reinbolt



Christian Palmaz



Julio Palmaz



Charles Pniower



Rogert Russell



Ron Bartlett



Amy Solano Bartlett



Stephen Zimmerman



Audrey Pniower



Richard Ruff



Michelle Ruff



Charles Sawyer



Nancy Sawyer



Craig Steele



Sandra Steele



Debbie Bernstein



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. Check the calendar for the location of the next meeting in January 2015.
CASA Flyer


Redwood Region Contacts
2014 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council

Appointed Directors 







Ad-Hoc Committees
der Marktplatz


For Sale / Offer tires.

Sumitomo HTR Z III. 225/40/18 (2) and 285/30/18 (2). They are on a set of GT3 wheels that I purchased for my GT3 and are not the correct size.

Previous owner of the wheels had them installed on his 993. I think the size is correct for some 996 model from 2002 MY. Tires are still mounted on wheels but will dismount the tires soon. Tires have approximately 2,000 miles according to original owner. In Marin . $200 / offer

Richard. 415-308-2101.
BBS wheel1 BBS wheel 16 x 8.  3 piece NOS, never mounted, for 911.  Not perfect, clear coat on outside rim starting to show age.  $500

contact Steve McCrory at
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.

contact Steve McCrory at
Porsche Factory Boxster Short Shifter
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,
BBS LM Wheel for Porsche
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

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.


All written content and images in this publication are protected by copyright. Permission is granted to reprint any original content herein provided credit is given to the author, to der Riesenbaum, and to the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region. 


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Barbara McCrory & Jerry Gladstone, der Riesenbaum Co-Editors

Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region


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