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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.
 
April 2015
 
May 2015
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President's Message 

Mike Hinton President
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region President

First of all, I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to our new Newsletter Editor, Jamie DeRuiter, for helping to bring der Reisenbaum back to life after a brief hiatus. I know Jamie as a formidable but friendly competitor on the autocross course in his 912 hot rod, and I'm looking forward to future issues of dR as he continues the tradition of talented editors for the publication. 

Even though it's already April, this is my first President's Report, so I thought I'd take the opportunity talk about how I wound up here. I first joined the Region in 2007 after I purchased my first 911, a 1987 Carrera, but didn't attend any events until my birthday in February 2009 - a breakfast run to the Two Bird Café. Obviously, I didn't know a soul, but soon, I met Greg Maissen, who was the Vice President at the time. Greg made me feel at ease immediately, and encouraged me to try autocrossing. I met several other friendly people at the event as well, which encouraged me to become more involved in the activities. I became an avid autocrosser, which introduced me to even more members. By 2011, another Past President, Kurt Fischer, convinced me to run for Secretary of the Club. All of you veterans know that once you're nominated, you're going to be elected. Now, here we are in 2015... 

OK. Enough about me. Let's get to the fun stuff. We have an awesome array of events coming up in the next few months, and I would encourage all of you to come and check one out. Otherwise, how am I going to be able to meet all of our members? Seriously, the events range from brunch runs, to autocrosses, to a paddock at Sears Point (I know, it's "Sonoma Raceway," but humor me), and on and on. Truly, there is something for every Porsche enthusiast. If you're willing to cast your net a bit further, there are two incredible events in the Monterey area coming up: The Werks Reunion, which is essentially part of the "Car Week" in August, and Rennsport Reunion V in September. I've been lucky enough to attend both events in the past, and would be happy to talk to anyone about the experience. 

Finally, let me say a big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who assist in the production of our events. Without you, there would be no Club! 

I hope to see all of you at an event soon.

Mike 

 

From the Editor

Jamie DeRuiter
by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

 

 

 

 

 

der Riesenbaum is back!  As the new editor I'd like to take this chance to say hello and introduce myself.  I've been a member of the PCA Redwood Region since February of 2009 but I've been a Porsche lover most of my life.  My first car was a 1975 white 914.  Dang I miss that car.  My memories of driving it in high school are some of my best memories.  Going to Santa Cruz with the targa top off to visit the boardwalk and local beaches.  Taking Skyline past Half Moon Bay home since the long way home in a Porsche is often times the best way.  Remembering my trips to college in Santa Barbara and cruising around the hills there and to the beach.  Then I sold it.  For fifteen years that car would haunt me in my dreams.  Perhaps some of you can relate.  Then, in 2000, it happened.  The little white Porsche I kept walking by in my best friends fathers carport was for sale.  The mere mention of it being for sale and I boldly stated, "SOLD!"  One handshake later and I was the proud owner of a nice 1966 912 with a red interior.  The owner got it 'running', I took possession of it and my adventure began.  The dreams of my 914 ended.  Haunting over.  As it turned out the engine was 'kaput' as the German mechanic told me.  With that, I started a nine yearlong restoration of the car.  I finally got to drive my 912 on May 25, 2009. 

 

I started doing a few tours with our region.  I tried my hand at the Ledson concours event and took third in my class.  Then I tried an autocross event hosted by the Sacramento region at Sears point.  I was hooked.  Soon my 912's suspension was getting a good going over.  Now I'm into my fifth year of autocross and can't see an end to my need for adrenaline that comes with racing around those tight courses.  

 

I'm hoping to take that same passion that I have for my Porsche and translate it into making the der Riesenbaum a newsletter to be read and enjoyed by our members.  I hope to take all the hard work the others have done in the past on this newsletter and make them proud by incorporating what has made it so special in the past and including things our members feel they'd like to see in the future.  I look forward to sharing our stories and experiences as editor of der Riesenbaum and know that there are many good stories out there just waiting to be shared.  I plan on attending many of the events this year so I can get to know more members and get their opinions as to how they'd like to see their newsletter grow and represent them.  So I encourage you all to find and event, mark it on your calendar and come make a story of your own with your Porsche while enjoying some great company in the wonderful people our region has to offer.

 

 

ax2Redwood Region Autocross #2, April 18, 2015
Pre-register using MotorsportReg.com by April 16, 2015.  Redwood Region events are not searchable on MSR so be sure to use the link here or from the  Calendar.

Redwood Autocross
Registration on MotorsportReg.com
Grady Carter by email:  carterg50.rr.ax@gmail.com
Whale to Whale Tail Rallye
by Bob Schoenherr, Autocross Co-Director


The fifth annual Whale to Whale Tail rallye was welcomed with more than perfect weather.  Our Porsches enjoyed a day in the 70's with the slightest of breeze.  Everyone gathered at the coffee shop in north Santa Rosa off of Airport Blvd for the start of the rallye/poker run.   Eighteen cars were present for the run .  Craig and Sandy Steele joined Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing  in setting up this year's tour. This year did we not only setup a great drive but also played  a game of Whale Hold'em poker that raised money for CASA, our Redwood Charity. Everyone saw the dealer's cards as we left on the tour.
Driver's meeting

We made our way through the back roads of Santa Rosa heading toward the coast and wound up at Duncans Mill for our first down card and a quick bathroom break.   Most people were already talking about their poker hand but still keeping a poker face as we left for our next stop.   Our next stop is our usual scenic view between Jenner and Ft  Ross.  The ocean was clear and the roads were too(for the most part).  At this stop everyone got their second "down" card.  The excitement was building on who will win the poker hand as everyone now had 5 cards (including the "up" cards). We headed to Gualala for our final stop before the lighthouse.  Gualala is a great place with friendly bathrooms and place to get a sandwich.  Our Whale hold'em players got their 3rd down card with only the "Ocean card"  to be turned over at the lighthouse. 
Point Arena Light House

The drive was spirited all the way to the lighthouse with GT3s, 911s, Boxsters, Caymans and even our 914 "The Green Machine"leading the way.  The Ocean card was turned over and who, but new membership director, Tom Short has the winning hand.  It was great of Tom to donate his winnings back to CASA. As we all ate lunch a dozen whales made their tour by us on their way to Alaska. As always the Pt Arena Lighthouse volunteers were fantastic.  A very special thanks goes to Craig and Sandy Steele for driving the course and assisting in all the other things that happen on the tours.

What a great day it was as everyone left to drive home. Anita and I went back on 128 and then Hopland grade.  The top was down and the sun was out as we drove home with another year of great memories of one of our favorite drives along the Sonoma and Mendocino coast.
Photo's courtesy of Tom Short

 

Mobile Works West

 

kurtKurt's Korner - Sonoma Historics Porsche Car Corral, Saturday/Sunday, May 30/31, Sonoma Raceway, Sears Point
  Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - SVRA's 1st outing in Northern California!

 

First of all...I'm back after a long hiatus doing my column for the der Riesenbaum.  I will be bringing you features on strange and exotic Porsches in future months!


 

Coming up on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st at Race Sonoma, we will again be in the TV Media lot on the hill above the paddock area.  This is will be our 18th year of doing a car corral for the Historics!  Tickets are available on the Race Sonoma Website...see here

 

http://www.racesonoma.com/tickets/sonoma_historic_motorsports_festival/

 

  Ticket prices are $30.00 per day and $60.00 for both days!

 

A little history on SVRA...SVRA is the largest and one of the oldest Vintage Racing organizations in the United States. Originally named the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, it was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III. Beginning with an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, the organization currently has more than 2000 licensed members. With the acquisition of West HSR-West in 2012 and merger with General Racing in 2014, SVRA has become Vintage Racing's only national organization. Events are conducted at legendary race tracks throughout the country including Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Virginia International Raceway, and Auto Club Speedway, to name but a few.


We welcome all Porsche drivers, be they members or not!  We will have our pop up tent there with free posters and copies of recent Panorama's as this event has been a very successful recruiting tool for PCA!

 

 Join us...rain or shine for the finest in vintage motorsport racing!  See you at the track!


 
Got questions?  Please let me know... I am Kurt Fischer k95403@hotmail.com 

 


Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

Rennsport V, Friday to Sunday, September 25-27

Save the Date!  Ticket sales are now open for this event.  Originally this event was scheduled in October. Porsche Rennsport Reunion website.

 

 

 

 

yosYosemite Region Fund Raiser Wash and Shine, Sunday, April 26

 

Porsche Fund Raiser
Steve Perry by email:  quiz2573@yahoo.com

sonnen

 

snrSierra Nevada Region 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, May 15-16, Reno
PCA Sierra Nevada Region

The Sierra Nevada Region is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on May 15-16 in Reno and you're invited!  The 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend celebration begins Friday night with a Meet & Greet social in the Poolside Terrace room at the Nugget from 4-6 PM.  There will be a cash bar and hors d'oevres. Cost is $15 per person.  The Nugget was chosen because it was in Trader Dick's at the Nugget where the club was first organized 50 years ago.  The room will be decorated in a Hawaiian theme like Trader Dick's to honor the occasion.

 

Saturday features three events.   First is a no charge Show & Shine at Bill Pearce Porsche.  Set-up is from 8-9 AM, with the event running from 9-11 AM.  Refreshments will be provided by Einstein's Bagels courtesy of club member Steve Reimer.  This is just a social gathering with no judging of the cars (...so wash 'em up and bring 'em out!).  Anyone with a Porsche is invited to join in this event!  An exciting Drive & Dine Lunch follows, departing from Bill Pearce Porsche at 11:30 AM. Plan on some great driving roads and a delicious lunch (lunch will be "pay as you go").  We'll be back by 2:30 PM to give everyone plenty of time to get ready for the grand finale!  The Anniversary Celebration Banquet will be held Saturday evening from 6-9 PM at the National Automobile Museum.  This event costs $50 and will feature a cash bar and a fabulous dinner buffet.  The special, short evening program will include recognitions and recollections - it's sure to be fun!

 

Registration for the weekend opens March 30th.  To register go to http://snr-pca.org/register-50th-anniversary.  Registration closes May 8 (there will be no chance to register after this date!).  Participation in some events may be limited, so sign up early!

 

If you have questions, contact Sierra Nevada Region president Craig Kugler at president@snr-pca.org or call 775-771-3256. 



Autocross #1   2015 Autocross Season Begins...Finally!

 by Chip Witt, Redwood Region Secretary 

Every March for the last couple of years I seem to come down with the same mysterious bug. I find myself in a half-daze digging my helmet, driving shoes and number decals out from the back corner of my closet where they've remained hidden through Winter. When others are struck by Spring Fever, they usually dream of beaches or picnics. Me? I start dreaming of orange and green cones carefully laid out in twists and turns on an unused airport runway, beckoning me to drive "Sasha" the way she was designed to be driven...but in a safe and controlled environment.  Once March rolls around, I need to autocross...NEED. No small word. By the turn-out at the Santa Rosa Airport on March 14th, it was clear I was not alone; forty-three of my fellow PCA members and Porsche owners were ready too, and we all had a blast.
Starting line

The proof of the fun is in the stats. Ace Robey and his 2015 BMW M3 entered in the "Fun" class, and absolutely killed the course with the top men's time of the day in 32.441 seconds. Trevor Ridgley turned in the top men's time of the day in a Porsche, driving his AX5 classed 2004 GT3 through the course in 32.840 seconds. Vern Thomas earned the top ladies' time of the day in 34.985 seconds, lighting the cones up in her 2002 Porsche Boxter, a registered AX4-L entry. It was great to see both familiar and new faces at the event. Sharon Neidel in her beloved 1972 Porsche 914, Craig "Iceman" Steele in his 2006 Porsche Cayman and Brenda Hinton all made their ways back for the first event of the year after breaks from autocrossing of varying lengths. Brenda had so much fun in her new (to her) 2006 Cayman S that she has committed to attending the upcoming zone autocross school. Sandy Steele joined in the event as a non-driver with "A Taste of Autocross", where she got a couple of rides around the course with one of our instructors, Mac Cranford, at the wheel.

After all that information, you may still be sitting there wondering, "What is autocross?" Autocross is a timed motorsports competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a course (usually) laid out with traffic cones in an open space, like a parking lot or, as in the Redwood Region's case, an unused airport runway. As with other forms of racing, there are different competition classes defined based upon capabilities of the cars (read: modifications) and their drivers. For our club, this also includes a "Fun" class for those coming out just to enjoy the experience.

"Why would anyone (in their right mind) want to autocross?", you might ask. It's simple. Driving your car aggressively in a safe environment (not on the public roads) helps you to understand exactly how it handles at the edge of control, while putting you and the car at very limited risk. You'll probably quickly note that I didn't say "zero risk", but operating your car to pick up the groceries doesn't come with any guarantees either. I digress. Understanding how your car handles in various situations makes you a better driver in your day-to-day life, and I believe it helps prepare you...makes you more confident and decisive...for the unexpected scenarios where the right reaction could make the difference between safely navigating a hazard or winding up in a ditch...or worse. Autocross can make you a better driver on the road. Period.
Taking down the times

In the uncertain world of bad, inattentive, and inexperienced drivers, everyone could stand a little extra driver's ed. Especially since it is becoming increasingly rare for people to be able to easily acquire positive, practical experience with defensive driving or advanced control techniques. Understanding the physics by feel and under the guidance of an instructor (yes, easy-going, approachable instructors attend events, and are eager to share their knowledge...in fact, if you're new to autocross, spending a little quality time with them is required), and not just by theory (or bad experience), is invaluable. So, I advocate autocrossing for drivers at all levels of experience. Who knows? If you come out for our April 18th autocross, maybe you'll catch the bug too.

NOTE: Drew Powers loves autocross. Drew also loves video. To that end, he is compiling a video from all of this season's events in order to, in his words, "make an edit of what we are all doing out there and how much fun we are having...to try to turn more people on to it". He was unable to participate on March 14th as a driver in the 1964 Porsche 356 he usually "wheelies" around the course because it is undergoing some repairs right now, but he came out to capture some video by mounting GoPro cameras on the cars of willing drivers. He is asking anyone that captures video from their own in/on-car mounts throughout the season and is willing to share to please send him raw footage via a Dropbox link (or similar...please don't try to email a large video file as an attachment). His email is drewpowers2@gmail.com.

The police in on the action

(Photo's courtesy of Chip Witt and Will Campbell)
 

 

ax3Redwood Region and Zone 7 Autocross #3 and #4, May 9/10
Redwood Region Zone 7 Autocross

 

Registration for May 9 on MotorsportReg.com

Registration for May 10 on MotorsportReg.com

 

Autocross Results

 

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


 

Sacramento Valley Zone 7 Autocross #5, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Stockton

Registration for SVR events opens 30 days before the event at this link:  SVR Registration

Porsche Autocross


 

 

Pine Ridge Winery Tour and Tasting

by Chip Witt, Redwood Region Secretary

We are truly blessed here in the Redwood Region. Not only do we have great members, we also have a wealth of amazing roads and a plentiful supply of wonderful destinations at journey's end. So, when Craig Steel and Tom Porter began coordinating a tour and tasting at Pine Ridge Winery for March 28, it was only natural to precede it with a picturesque sixty-seven mile drive through Sonoma and Napa Counties.

             

Attendees all met at Kaffe Mocha in Santa Rosa at 9 o'clock, wished Craig a Happy Birthday at the Driver's Meeting, then set out on our tour, lightsAt the Winery-on and engines warm, a little after 9:30. With the minor interruption of a couple of "bio-break pit-stops" and stops to regroup after getting separated by traffic, the drive got us all to Pine Ridge Winery at 5901 Silverado Trail in Napa at right around noon.

Upon arrival, our cars were met by a gracious staff that directed us to pre-arranged parking for our Porsches. Once parked, we were ushered under a gazebo where we all got our introduction to Pine Ridge Winery along with a lovely glass of rosé. Our tour guide and host, Jeff Butler, was funny and engaging, providing a great narrative around all the challenges of the wine business. It was both educational and cautionary; convincing all present that we should probably leave the wine making to the experts and focus our collective energies on being excellent wine consumers. After the introduction, we were led into the wine-making facility and shown all the specialty storage, mixing, pumping, and fermentation rigs. This short walk ultimately got us into the caves.

Pine Ridge has six-tenths of a mile in man-made caves in the bedrock under their winery. This environment provides for stable temperatures and, in the event of an earth quake, stable ground on which to store the oak barrels containing their aging liquid gold. Along the way we obtained intelligence on the differences between French Oak and American Oak used for barrels, how the age of the barrels dictates where in the wine-making process they are used, the benefits of various levels of barrel toasting that provide us with some of the different flavors we enjoy in wines, along with several other topics of interest. While we stood in the heart of the caves, we were given the privilege of sampling a Cabernet that is very near release. We all stood in an orderly fashion awaiting our tastes from the special glass wine thief Pine Ridge Staff use to collect samples directly from the barrels.

The cave tour concluded at an alcove with big circular table where Pine Ridge conducts some of their food pairing events. It was also the only place in the caves where the bedrock is exposed (all other cave walls are covered with a protective coating to prevent chunks of bedrock from falling down and spoiling the wine or injuring a human...we were told all of this with the admission that the wine was probably the primary concern), showing the jagged pieces in a beautiful matrix that was highlighted by a well-lit glass art display.

After being led back out of the caves, we were treated to the standard Pine Ridge Winery tasting and offered a discount on any purchases made that day. A great tour and tastes of some wonderful wines were followed by us all finding seats and enjoying our box lunches from Bouchon Bakery. A wonderful day, a Happy Birthday for Craig and a very successful club event.
By the way, this tour was rare in that we could only accommodate forty total people, so registration had to be managed in a first-come-first-serve fashion via MotorsportReg.com under the care of our club Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone. Craig and Tom navigated the logistics of mapping the drive, setting up the winery tour and insuring we had the delicious box lunches at the destination while Jerry successfully navigated the MSR features to cap our attendance and provide a waiting list in the event anyone ended up canceling their plans to attend. All deserve our thanks for this great event!

(Photo's courtesy of Nicole Weld, Craig Steele, Brenda Hinton and Tom Porter)
 
Craig & Sandy celebrating Craig's 70th birthday
Bertolli's Auto Body

 

Loma Prieta Zone 7 Parts Heaven Swap & Concours, Sunday, June 7, 2015


Autocross Rookie Goes To School

by Brenda Hinton, Redwood Region Member

 

Last month at our RR monthly AX event (my first in 6 years) I saw a flyer announcing a 2 day Autocross School. Now having a Porsche of my own (Skarlt, a 2006 Cayman S) and thoroughly enjoying myself at our event, I thought, Hmm, I could use some pointers and this seems like a good way to get started. Scheduled for Easter weekend and not having family close by nor any special plans the timing seemed perfect.  Little did I know how much fun I'd have and how much I'd learn?


 

Brenda and Skarit

Held at the Marina Airport near Monterey the first day was filled with instruction and driving ranging from skid pads, braking and slalom exercises, and that was just before lunch. For the afternoon a 'Chicago Box' was set up (I'm still trying to figure out how it got that name) then a double box which we drove again and again. We finished the day setting up our autocross course for the next day.


 

Sunday our two groups again convened on the tarmac and after our driver's meeting and grid positioning for the first group to race, we enjoyed multiple timed laps through obstacles we'd learned the day before. We switched back and forth so both groups had plenty of in car instruction time and helped work the course between driving time keeping everyone safe.  We had our very own announcer, timed runs and lunch time rides with VERY fast instructors when they were let loose to enjoy the course for themselves.

 

Most everyone attending was new to the sport and/or new to their car. With an instructor beside you for every time you were out on the course it was constant feedback and pointers on how to improve. It was easy to feel comfortable as you tried improving each time around the course and pushing yourself as you learned. I re-arranged the course once, took a few cones on adventures, heard noises coming from MY tires often and improved with each trip around the circuit. 

 

The instructors are top notch, all the volunteers SO helpful, other drivers enthusiastic and supportive and the organization of the entire weekend fantastic!! 

 

Andrew and I

The annual 2 day AX school is organized by Loma Prieta region, is a Zone 7 event and is sponsored by Livermore Porsche. THANK YOU to each of these groups for all the hard work they did to make this a great event. It was everything I had hoped and more. 

 

Limited to 50 students and paired with high caliber instructors the entire weekend it was SO FUN and SO educational. I highly recommend it for everyone.  It sells out each year so keep it in mind and get on their list early for next year.

 

Those new to AX or simply those wanting to get a little more familiar with your car or the sport of AX should calendar this event for next year. I'll be going again along with my husband for some good old fun along with track lessons, Porsche education, and friendly AX competition not to mention meeting all the great new friends. What more could you want for a fun weekend?

Redwood History - April 1982

 

Porsche April showers bring May flowers -- any maybe some sunshine, so that we can play Porsche with that nasty ole rain dirtying our shiny toys.  What's been happening in "Redwood Land"?  Well, our auto-x hotshoes brought home several 1st's from the first Zone auto-x at Laguna Seca, the tech followers lowered several 911's and the tourers toured, wined, dined and partied, slept to, at and from Mendocino.

 

A tech session was scheduled for Saturday April 10 entitled Beauty Should Not Be Just Skin Deep.  It had been five years since John Fitzgerald, Concourse Chairman had given the last care and cleaning tech session.

 

The April 4th Fools Redwood Region Rally #1 was a time and distance rally starting at the Solano Community College, Fairfield.

 

Over 100 people filled the Washoe House for the 1982 Bodacious Birthday Bash.  You could buy a 1968 912 targa for the asking price of $11,500 or a 1974 911 in baby blue for $13,000.

Der Riesenbaum
  
BusiBee Bookkeeping

 

New York International Auto Show 2015: World Premiere of the Boxster Spyder

Article and photo's courtesy of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA)

 

New top model in Boxster family

 

Atlanta. Porsche is highlighting the 2015 convertible season by celebrating the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder. This pure sports car will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique and unmistakable character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and the Boxster Spyder is only available with a manual transmission, benefiting both weight savings and driver enjoyment. 

 

Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance. This includes a firm sport suspension with a 20-mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera S, more direct steering, and a 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with an output of 375 hp, culminating in a genuine sports car experience with outstanding driving dynamics. It is the lightest model of the current Boxster line, and the most powerful Boxster to date. Taking only 4.3 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, the Boxster Spyder has a top track speed of 180 mph.

 

The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements reminiscent of legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. Two prominent streamliners that extend down along the sweeping rear lid behind the headrests pay tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s. The manually operated, lightweight top is suitable for everyday use with an electric clasp, while bringing to mind roadsters from the past. The fins that stretch back from the top to the rear lend the vehicle's silhouette its characteristic design. The front and rear fascia's also are unique to the Boxster Spyder, and an air outlet is located in front of the forward luggage compartment.

 

More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the new Spyder creates an atmosphere that elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure. The driver and passenger sit in standard Sport Seats Plus, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm (compared to 370 mm in other Boxster models) helps ensure the mid-engine roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility.

 

In line with the model's traditional roadster character, neither a radio nor an air conditioner is included as standard equipment in order to reduce weight. However, both can be ordered as optional equipment at no cost. Furthermore, the entire range of Boxster audio systems is available for customers to choose from as an option, including the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation.

 

The new Boxster Spyder will be launched in the U.S. market in October and can now be ordered at dealerships. In the United States, the MSRP is $82,100, not including a $995 destination charge.

 

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder - 2015 New York Auto Show
2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder - 2015 New York Auto Show

 

 


Board Meeting Minutes

Chip Witt
by Chip Witt, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the March 31, 2015 Board meeting will be available after approval at the April 28 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  
 
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 28, 2015.  All members are welcome to attend.  The location is Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945.

Membership Report

Tom Short
by Tom Short, Redwood Region Membership Director


 

As always, please feel free to email me at Tom Short, Membership Director
or call me at 415-300-7457 with any questions.

 

Tom

 

New Members

12

   Primary Members

573

 

 

   Affiliate Members

 357

 

 

   Dual Members

   22

 

 

   Total Members

952 


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

Name

Co-member

City

Year

Car

Harry Albers

 

Santa Rosa

2003

Silver Boxster

Brooks Bayly

 

Glen Ellen

1999

Midnight blue 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Craig Bestwick

 

Kentfield

2001

Silver 911 Carrera

Brent Chase

 

McKinleyville

2007

Midnight blue Cayman S

Henry Garcia

 

American Canyon

2007

Silver 911 Turbo GT

Thomas Micka

 

McKinleyville

2010

Black Panamera 4S

Stephanie Nicholls

 

Sonoma

2014

White Cayman

Vikrum Nijjar

 

Novato

2014

 

Gagik Oganesyan

 

Santa Rosa

2015

White 911 GT3

Rein Plakk

 

Napa

1964

911

Paul Roussopoulos

 

Napa

1975

Arena red 911S

Robert Smith

 

Trinidad

1985

Gray 944

Kirsty Williams

 

Mill Valley

1995

Dark green 911 Carrera 
Transfer from CCC


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 Tom Short, 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. The next meeting will be held on April 28 at the Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945.
CASA Flyer

 

Redwood Region Contacts
2015 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council                                                                        Appointed Directors
mike hinton headshot 2011


707-963-7827

Jamie DeRuiter






Craig Steele, Vice President
casteele@sonic.net
707.953.1100
Grady Carter


707.207.3423




707.525.8623


bob schoenherr headshot 2011


707-289-4304

Chip Witt


Chip Witt, Secretary
chip@wittzend.com
707-481-8804

Mac Cranford


415.577.0647

vern rogers, Past President


415-420-9567




415.258.9619




   Ad-Hoc Committee




707.478.7962

kurt fischer headshot


415.819.2210

Tom Short


Tom Short, Membership Director
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Champion RG-5 wheels
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 jgwaen@gmail.com or 510-882-6745.
black leather seats
Nice set of black leather standard seats for 987/997.  These are two way with only the seat back motorized.  All bolsters, including driver outside are in great shape.  $600 for the pair.  Local Pick-up only.  

Contact Vern Rogers - email  rogersvern@gmail   cell: 415 420-9567
Sumitomo HTR Z III tiresFor 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.  rgee27@yahoo.com
BBS wheel for Porsche1 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 steve@ground-speed.com
4 steel wheels Porsche

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 steve@ground-speed.com
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:  aron.smetana@gmail.com
Price:  $350 w/ Petaluma or San Rafael pickup, will ship for additional cost
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,  garybayless@comcast.com
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 jgwaen@gmail.com or 510-882-6745.
928 Fuchs wheelsGot 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: jheis@sonic.net
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2000-2004 Boxster S front bumper,  arctic silver                             $350/OBO

Alan Straub - Contact me at :  arstraub@comcast.net or by phone 707 996 9331 or 415 332 9331




 


 
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