In this Issue
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 2016 Redwood Region calendar online.
March 2016
Saturday3/19Whale to Whale Tail Rallye
Saturday/Sunday3/26-27Zone 7 Autocross School

April 2016
Saturday4/2Lakeport Brewery Tour

Click here  for a single-page 2016 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

President's Message 
Mike Hinton President
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region President
First off, I'd like to thank those of you who took the time to read my missive from last month, and offered your support.  With your help, and some new initiatives generated by our EC, we hope to continue to offer the diverse slate of fun events that the Redwood Region is famous for.
After a fairly quiet January and February, our events schedule will start picking up steam in March.  First off is our first autocross of the season, coming up on March 12.  In preparation for the first event, a group of members, headed by our autocross chairs, Grady Carter, and Chip Witt, met to install some upgrades to our autocross trailer, which we purchased in 2015.  Imagine our surprise and dismay when we discovered that birds had damaged one of the seals on the roof vents, allowing water to enter the interior of the trailer!  After some deliberation, an appropriate McGuyver solution was found, and the improvements were installed as planned.  I'm sure that those working in the trailer this year will appreciate the fancy new digs.  I, for one, am looking forward to getting my high-performance driving fix again, and I'll be trying out a new car this year...
Then, on March 19, Bob Schoenherr will lead the annual Whale to Whale Tail tour along the coast.  I've heard that it's a great event, but my work commitments have prevented me from attending in the past.  Sadly, it looks like that tradition will continue this year.  Perhaps if I were to win the Super Lotto, I could retire, and then participate in that event in the future!
March 26 and 27 host another great event, although it's not a Redwood Region event.  Zone 7 of the PCA will host a two-day autocross school down on the slippery concrete at Marina.  My wife Brenda attended last year, and enjoyed her time enough to sign up again this year!  Brenda felt that it was a great way to work on fundamental techniques, aided by some of the great Zone 7 instructors.  If you've ever wanted to improve your skills at autocross, the school is well worth your time.
So, come on out, meet some of your fellow members, and have a good time!  If you have any questions concerning the upcoming events, or if you have an idea for an additional event, please contact us.  Our contact information is below.
Mike Hinton - President, 707-963-7827,
Craig Steele - Vice-President, 707-953-1100,
Chip Witt - Secretary, 707-481-8804,
Jerry Gladstone - Treasurer, 707-525-8623,
Vern Rogers - Past President, 415-420-9567,

From the Editor

by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

   We've been really blessed with good weather here at the end of February but it seems a ton of rain is in our forecasted future.  While the earth is getting drenched and your stuck inside why not take advantage of your down time and go to our website and find a few events to sign up for.  It seems like almost every day I was getting new member alerts in my inbox.  If your new to our region come on out to an event and meet our wonderful group of fellow Porsche lovers.

  I found the funds to get some racing tires for this season in the form of Bridgestone RE-71R's.  I'll move to the AX12 class this season.  Now I don't have to change out tires before and after each event.  While those softer tires where a ton of fun it sure was a lot of work to load/unload and put on/take off my car for each event.  With the smell of fresh rubber in my garage I attended to my 912's seasonal tune up.  I put in fresh Swepco 201 for my transaxle.  A new fuel filter.  Greased my polybronze bushings.  Pulled the old spark plugs and put in fresh ones.  Thanks to my inattentive hand I managed to destroy my #3 spark plug wire which facilitated a new set up plug wires.  I needed to replace them anyway (thanks Hi Tec!).  So now I'm itching to go to auotcross and make a ton of runs in #599.

  The coldest days are behind us and spring is at our doorstep.  Soon enough we will be basking in the summer heat with this rain a distant memory.  I'll leave you with a quote from my favorite writer...

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."  John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Shift Toward Adventure,



Mobile Works West


Bruno Goes to the Track
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by Vern Rogers

Bruno, the mostly white 1983 911SC had been itching to stretch his legs ever since his new owner, Redwood PCA Past President Vern Rogers, purchased him back in 2011.
Since that purchase, he has been lowered just below European ride height, been given new Bilsteins all around, gotten turbo tie-rods, new red front and rear deck lids, newly rebuilt and covered sport seats, and new tires.  He has also lost a few pounds through his implementation of a no-A/C component diet, and battery reduction.  His owner further prepared him by doing the vast majority of Redwood Region autocrosses over 3 consecutive years.
When Golden Gate Region announced that they would host HPDE events using all 5 miles of the track at Thunderhill, Bruno knew he was ready.  He convinced Vern to take him to T-Hill for two weekends in 2014.  Vern and Bruno had a BLAST!  

They had so much fun that GGR and Redwood each named Vern their Rookie of the Year. Bruno was a little disappointed that he did not receive the awards personally, but Vern has graciously agreed to let him carry both of them on his folded down rear seats.

2016 Whale to Whale Tail Rallyewhaletailrallye

To register click HERE
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Visit our NEW Goodie Store!

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2016 Crab Feed
 by Sharon Castle

The Best Little Crab Feed Ever!
We wanted to have an event in February when most often we don't plan an event as the weather is unpredictable.  And sure enough it rained solid the 2 days before the Crab Feed.  As we all know crab has not gotten much positive press this winter but that did not deter the event planners.  Our local crab supplier assured us that their trucks were driving to Oregon and bringing back fresh live crab that would be cooked, cleaned, cracked and delivered to our event the next day. More about the crab to follow...

We looked at many venues to have the crab feed and with the help of our Redwood Region members Kurt Fischer and Commodore Paul Simmons we were able to reserve the beautiful Marin Yacht Club in San Rafael. What a lovely location. The Food and Beverage Director Ben Yamanka was gracious and helpful with every detail of our day.
Our host commodore Paul Simmons and lovely wife Kay

The event began with everyone enjoying appetizers and socializing within our family sized group of attendees.
After much conversation and much nibbling the time came for crab at last and boy was it good, so fresh and so sweet. The plates were piled high with crab and all at once the room went quiet.  Yes we were busy picking away at the mouth watering crab. There was plenty for all.   Some folks had 3 helpings of crab.  What a happy satisfied group of crab eaters!

The room went silent

Hopefully next year the crab season will be back to normal and we can plan on a  Big Crab Feed.
A big thank you to Paul and Kay Simmons, Craig and Sandy Steele for all their help and to all the folks that pitched in and helped pack up the Best Little Crab Feed Ever!

Redwood would also like to thank Diablo Region members Ed Won, Eugenie Thomas and Kelly Guglielmo for attending and making it a multi region event!

(photos courtesy of Sharon Castle)
Zone 7 Concours Judging School




Bertolli's Auto Body


Autocross Trailer Work Day
by Chip Witt

With the Redwood Region Autocross Season fast approaching, we collected our band of "usual suspects" on Saturday, February 13th and rallied to the Santa Rosa Airport autocrossing site to perform our annual repair/re-fitting work to the scoring (and storage) trailer. Grady Carter, Bob Schoenherr, Mike Hinton, Craig Steele, Vern Rogers and Mark Campagna all joined in the four-hour effort.

As you may recall, last year we purchased a new, larger trailer to meet our growing needs, so a large portion of planned work was to outfit it with flooring, shelving and other storage conveniences to make event day preparation easier and more fluid for all involved. Much to our collective dismay, we found that, during the storms of late January and early February, a leak in the roof of the trailer allowed water to accumulate and do some minor damage to the floor and some of our equipment. Apparently, a boisterous bird leveraged the area around one of the trailer air vents on the roof to impress his mate (and hey, we understand the impulse), facilitating the leak. In the typical can-do manner often seen from our volunteers, the team looked at the problem, identified the punch list to resolve issues and set out to execute.

While Bob and Mark set out to gather materials needed to fix the leak, the rest of us proceeded to perform originally planned tasks while we dried the trailer floor in the sun by opening the doors and properly positioning it for greatest solar advantage. By the time we had cut the flooring down to fit and assembled the storage shelving, Bob and Mark had returned with supplies. Bob applied sealant while Grady supervised his safety (see pic) and we rolled out the flooring, put in the shelving and finished up by attaching helmet hooks to the wall. All that was left was to take note of some other minor items we'll need before our March12th start, button things up and proceed to Appleby's.

It was a fun day of team work that all autocrossers will benefit from all season. If you've not already done so, register for AX #1at We look forward to seeing you there!

Autocross #1  March 12thautocrossone

To register click HERE
Hoppy April Fool's Pub Tour lakeportbrewtour

Register HERE 
Iceman Report, Crab 36 Update

 by Craig Steele

On February 21st I attended my second Crab 36 meeting at Kim Nelson's garage. If you have ever had the dream of having your own collection of classic Porsche 911's in one spot, so that when you walk through a glass door there is a complete garage ready to renovate any Porsche into a perfect restoration, that's the Nelson's Garage.
I love the energy of the SVR team as they report each aspect of this May event. The sponsorship has collected 50% of the event budget. The question I had to ask is where in May is the crab coming from?  I got the answer when I sat next to SVR President, Collin Fat at the Zone 7 Prez Meeting. He guessed either Washington or Alaskan crab. I was focusing on the other events like Gymkhaha, the Rallye (need two people), Concours with non traditional judging classes and walking tours.
What is the coolest thing about this CRAB36 is the venue, it a private airstrip with lots of asphalt to do an AX plus a Sunday afternoon airshow with Hawker Sea Fury. I actually drove over to Ione to experience the airstrip, wow! Hey you know what CRAB stands for? Concours-Rallye-Autocross-Brat. This is the 36th time SVR has done this event. Other tidbits from this meeting were the tours are 2-1/2 hours. There are so many choices you cannot do it all.  Next meeting is March 20th at the Eagle Nest airstrip.
Here are the most important things to remember:
  • Registration is open on the and close midnight 5/6
  • There is NO late registration and is limited to 250 registrants
  • Jackson's Best Western is almost sold out of discount rooms
I am still planning to leave from the Novato Chevys at noon on May 13th and drive to Jackson via Ione. Let me know if you're going to join me.  It take 3 hrs.

Craig Steele,

2016 Rocky Mountain High Way

Book Review: Porsche Turbo by Randy Leffingwell

by Jerry Gladstone, Redwood Region Treasurer
Randy Leffingwell's new book:

"Porsche Turbo, The Inside Story of Stuttgart's Turbocharged Road and Race Cars." This is another one of Mr. Leffingwell's outstanding books about Porsches with high quality photos, renderings and diagrams - it is a visual pleasure. The history and evolution of the turbo in racing to the first road cars is meticulously detailed. For the mechanically minded, there are explanations of how turbos and their various components work.

Being about turbos, much of the book is devoted to racing in all its forms including Porsche's F1 efforts. Road car turbos from the very first 930 through the 2016 991 cars are chronicled in detail. This is a book that belongs in every Porsche enthusiast's collection, especially with Porsche going all turbocharged next year.

The book lists for $60 and is well worth it, but the publisher has offered us a club discount of 50%. Shipping will be free if we buy 3 or more copies. The cost to Club members is $35 which includes sales tax and MSR fees.

Ordering closes on March 22, 2016. To order log onto at click to order

ESCA 52nd Annual April Fools Rallye April 3rd, 2016

Porsche Debuts 911R

Zone 7 Autocross School March 26-27zone7axschool
 Zone 7 Presents
Two-Day Autocross School
March 26-27, 2016
Marina Airport in Marina, CA
Sponsored by Porsche of Livermore
3100 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA 94551
Hosted by the Loma Prieta Region
Welcome to the 2016 autocross school, designed for people new to the autocross experience.  It is the perfect event for couples because what you and your partner will learn translates directly to everyday driving and will provide an insight into your Porsche's capabilities, thus making you a better driver.
Saturday we will concentrate on basic driving techniques; on Sunday, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned as you drive your Porsche on a typical autocross course.
The event is limited to PCA members.  The fee is $120.00 per person for both days and includes lunch, an event tee shirt, a copy of the book "The Art of Solo Racing" by Henry A. Watts, and instruction from some of the best and most experienced autocrossers in the United States.
Register on line at PCA-Zone 7 Autocross.
The course is limited to 50 students.
For further information contact:
Vern Thomas

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Redwood History
March 1983
Spring was in the air and the cover had a bird singing and what appears to be the sun behind a Porsche.  February was a quiet month according to the President, Emmett Wilder. 
"Our first Tech session had to be cancelled since 4 feet of water were in the showroom and we did not feel it appropriate to rent a boat to make it.  It will be rescheduled as soon as Wayne can set it up." (Marin Auto Stereos, Francisco Blvd, San Rafael)
PCA National was following Legislative and regulatory actions that affect Porsche and Porsche Club members.  Hot topics were "Passive Restraints (Air Bags), Bumper  Standard, 55 mph speed limit and Domestic Content in vehicles.
Sacramento Valley Region invited Redwood to attend CRAB 12  (don't forget to sign up for the Redwood Car Caravan to CRAB 36, Registration open now for CRAB 36).
There was a "design a new Redwood Region badge" contest.  The prize was a one year membership/renewal to PCA (stay tuned for the May 1983 issue to see who won).  There was a column entitled "The Porsche Peeper"   which told stories some of which were dummkopf worthy.
And finally, Ted Atlee, GGR Time Trials Driver, advertised for sale "914-6 Prodified Engine.  Driven only on weekends."

Redwood Region Anniversary Pins

New this year for the Redwood Region are our commemorate anniversary pins.  These pins will be awarded to primary members on their 5th, or multiple thereof, anniversary to be worn to show long-standing membership in the Redwood Region. Pins will be awarded at periodic "mixers" for anniversary pin recipients; new members will also be invited to these "get-to-know-you" events. You will be hearing more about these events very soon.
What will these pins look like? They are hard enamel "Cloisonne" on highly polished nickel, 1 inch wide and 1-1/8 inches tall. The artwork for the pins is illustrated above.


Board Meeting Minutes

Chip Witt
by Chip Witt, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the February 23rd, 2016 Board meeting will be available after approval at the March 29th, 2016 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on March 29th, 2016 at Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945. All members are welcome to attend.  

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. Month Day Year meeting will be at Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945.
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Redwood Region Contacts
2016 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council                                                                        Appointed Directors
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Jamie De Ruiter

Craig Steele, Vice President
Grady Carter



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Chip Witt

Chip Witt, Secretary

Mac Cranford


vern rogers, Past President



   Ad-Hoc Committee


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Tom Short

Tom Short, Membership Director
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Zone 7 Representative

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der Marktplatz

2005 Boxster S: 63,875 mi.
Triple black, Rare factory hardback sport seats, HRE 567R wheels & stainless welded exhaust. I'm not sure the brand of exhaust it was on the car when we bought it.. Neillo Porsche in Rockland has done all the service work since we have owned it. Runs and looks great!  Additional pictures upon request.
Cell: 415-328-4718

8mm Wheel spacers  ($100)
Pair of ECS Tuning 8mm wheel spacers with correct lug bolts (hub centric)for Porsche 997, 996, Boxster, Cayman..  May fit other Porsche models.  Have been used approx. 3 months of weekend driving, so essentially brand new.
New are priced at $124 + tax + shipping.  Open to offers.


1969 Porsche 911 GT Race Car with 3.4L Race Engine: !

Fully developed and sorted 1969 911 GT race car with fresh 3.4L racing engine. Currently set up for PCA and Porsche Racing Club GT3 class. Current engine, suspension design and set up by Mat Lowrance of Reno Rennsport.

 PCA and NASA logbooks. Dry weight of 19xx pounds (with oil). Fresh and unpainted 993 widebody fiberglass bodywork. Phone or email for details and additional photos. !

Dual axle open trailer with large front mounted tire rack, fuel jug storage and lockable tool box. ! Spares and supplies include fuel transport bottles, funnel, et cetera. ! A turnkey racing package. $125K + to duplicate, asking $59K. !

Contact: Neil Jackson: 925.785.0247 or Located in Orinda CA.


Boxster S  986 Rear suspension parts for sale. 
Let me know what you need, or take all for $500. Contact George at

Complete set of Brembo Calipers from a 2000 Boxster S just removed at 103K miles in good working order.  Missing one bleeder cap, otherwise everything is there. Located in Santa Rosa.
Price: $875.  Contact:  George

1992/2008 964 race car: PCA GT3 Zone 7 Champion 2012, 2nd nationally and 3 time NASA/PRC GTL class champion. Currently racing with PCA & NASA log books. Jerry Woods 3.6L & G-50 6 speed, Guards GT3 LSD, coil over suspension, 'big red' brakes, two sets 10.5 & 13 by 16 Jongbloed wheels, approx. 2,100 lbs., Getty GT 2 Evo fiberglass body with 55 in. GT 3 Cup wing. All safety equipment, radio, cool shirt, etc.
The car is in excellent condition with low hours on all major components. The car has been professionally maintained by Jerry Woods Enterprises and has always had repairs/replacement as needed, for example the wheels and shock are currently being rebuilt. It was painted in June and looks great. No issues, needs or stories. The car is fast, dependable and fun to drive. It is especially easy to drive at the limit.  Easily does 1:42's at Sonoma (1:41.8 in June), 1:54's at T-Hill and 1:35's at Laguna Seca.  For more details, see pdf here.

 $68,500. Contact Gary Willard 650-477-7039 or        

1997 993 TT has 46,700 miles on it. 

Artic silver/rubicon interior. Hardback sport seats, roof liner in leather, 6 CD changer. All stock except PSS 10 suspension. Original parts come with the car.

Only repaint was front bumper. Car is fantastic, I measured the paint to verify. Looks like new! Won numerous awards in SoCal. Engine top end and turbos redone at 38,000 miles. Also clutch. Runs perfect, absolutely no problems, everything works.  More photos here

VIN: WP0AC2999VS375292
Price: $189K

Contact Info: Jochen Rohr:

1970  Porsche 911 T Targa
Meticuously maintained and upgraded by the same owner for 24 years
California car, no rust
Rare 15" Mahle magnisium wheels w/hand-painted centers
OEM Recaro Sport seats
OEM "S" front spoiler
Euro H-1 headlights
Weber conversion
rare rebuilt 4-speed transmission w/short-shift kit
4k miles on split case engine complete rebuild with "E" pistons and distributor
Dino steering wheel
26206 indicated mileage
Tornado Red/Black (change of color)
Nakamichi cd player w/5 speaker 1100 watts amplifiers
Receipts & Logbook   $75,000 
Contact Fred Miramontes
209-451-9794   or

'72 911 Racecar and licensed California car, 
built to PCA Club Racing GT-1; runs SCCA ITE
3.8L twin-turbo air-cooled motor, MSD Ignition, Haltech fuel control, est 700+ hp at safe boost levels. Meets 103db. 24-gallon FuelSafe. G50/50 transmission - rare, very strong.  Elsinor/ERP front end, 993 multi-link rear suspension.  RSR-type bodywork, mostly fiberglass and Plexiglas, drop-hood cooling, aggressive rear wing.  2170 lbs.  2 sets Fikse wheels  18/17, runs 285/30 fronts & 335/35 rears or 26*9*18 fronts & 25.5*12*17 rears.  Full logs.  $75,000. 

 Hank Watts, 408-245-4040 PDT

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 

contact Steve McCrory at

Authentic BBS LM Wheel for Porsche 18" x 9.5" et55 5x130 Bolt Pattern - $500 OBO ( price change)
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: $500 OBO (+ 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.


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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