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.

July 2016
Saturday7/16Sacramento Auto Museum
Saturday7/23Field Stone Winery Tour

August 2016
Saturday8/6Autocross #7
Saturday8/13Pech Merle Winery Tour
Saturday8/27Maple Creek Winery Tour

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

From the Editor

by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

With both of my sons out of school I've been trying to take the time to enjoy the little things with them and create some memories in doing so.  With that said, its been hard to focus on and get to all the Porsche events I'd like.  My choice is easy.  Memories can't be bought they have to be earned.  Someday soon both of my sons will be busy with families and jobs of their own so right now I choose to take advantage of this in between time and concentrate on just being with them.

Our last autocross was very fun.  My car handled well and the course designed by Drew Powers was quite challenging.  See my write up below...

We have three winery tours coming up on the calendar.  Put one on your personal calendar and enjoy some good company while sipping some of the best wine(s) in California.  I plan on making at least two of the three.

I need more content in the newsletter.  I'd like to see a Tech Tips section and perhaps one for tasty recipes.  What else would you readers like to see?  Do you like to write or know a member who does?  Please contact me with any suggestions I would love to have more content for my readers.  

Shift Toward Adventure,

Presidents Message
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by Mike Hinton, President

I hope that all of you had a fun and safe Independence Day holiday weekend.  As I mentioned last month, I attended the 61st annual Porsche Parade, which was held in Jay Peak, Vermont.  Unlike many of the California-based participants, I decided to drive cross-country in the GT3.  Naturally, before starting out on a trip of that magnitude, I tried to make sure that all of the systems on the car were ready to go.  It was apparent that the rear tires would not survive the 8,000 miles that I planned to drive, so new ones were in order.  I quickly discovered that the rear tire size (295/30-18) is about as common as unicorns.  That size was unavailable from Tire Rack (back-ordered), but my guys at America's Tire in Napa were able to locate some.  It just took 4 days for them to arrive.
I also noticed that the air conditioning was not functioning properly, so after getting my new tires installed, I had the system recharged.  Unfortunately, that step did not solve the problem, so off to Hi Tec the car went.  I should note that I took the car to the shop on the Friday before I was to leave town, which had to happen on June 15 so that I could fulfill my volunteer obligations on the 19th.  Naturally, of course, there were complications.  It turned out that I was missing a radiator cooling fan on the driver side, and that the one on the passenger side was dead.  I got those replaced, and then got the news that the evaporator for the a/c unit was leaking.  No big deal, right?  Nope.  The repair requires 11 (!) hours of labor, and a very expensive part to fix.  So, that meant no a/c for the trip.  Not the end of the world.
The trip did not start off auspiciously.  About 5 miles from home, my coolant temperature gauge went into failure mode, and the "check engine" light went on.  "This is going to be an ugly trip," I thought.  Shortly thereafter, the temperature gauge came back to life.  Things were improving!  The trip across California and through Reno was uneventful, and I was making good progress to my goal of Salt Lake City.  About 70 miles from Reno, I heard a metallic "ping" on the underside of the car.  "Must have run over something."  Almost immediately, I felt a vibration at the rear of the car, so I pulled to the shoulder.  Much to my chagrin, I had a flat right rear tire!  I immediately texted my fellow GT3 owner Chris Harrell down in Los Angeles to relay the bad news.  His response was "I'll find you a tire."  Let's just say that I was unconvinced.  However, about 45 minutes later, Chris called me and told me to call a tire shop in Sparks (just east of Reno).  Amazingly, they had one of the unicorns in stock!  So, I had the car towed to the shop, and I was back on the road.
Shortly after the new tire was installed, I had to refuel both myself and the car.  When I restarted the car after refueling, the check engine light stayed off!  I wound up losing about 6 hours to the adventure, but did eventually make it to Salt Lake City for the night.  The next couple of days were pretty much of a blur, as I drove almost 2,100 miles in two days to reach Rochester, NY.  After that, it was on to Parade, and then the epic drive home with Craig Steele on the Lincoln Highway.  Those tales will have to wait for later.
In the meantime, back here in the Redwood Region, we have a tasty slate of upcoming events, including autocross (yes, I will be attending on Saturday, even though I have been home only for a couple of days), and our annual visit to Field Stone Winery.  Vern Rogers will be leading that event, and in my opinion, it's one of the premier events on the calendar.  So come on out, and enjoy the drive and the wines!
As always, we welcome your input about any of our current or future events.  Please contact any of us with questions or concerns.

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,

In The Zone
by Sandy Provasi, Zone 7 Representative
  The Zone Concours series started off well with the LPR Partsheaven Concours and Swap Meet on June 5th. There were 33 judged cars and another 26 on display. The Swap Meet went to the end of the block with a great turnout, too.
  The following weekend Sacramento Valley put on their Zone Autocross #5 at the Stockton Fairgrounds with 64 drivers for a fun day. They followed with their Zone Concours #2 on Sunday at Niello Porsche with 34-judged cars and 50 on display.
  Looking forward in July to the Monterey Bay Zone Concours #3 on Sunday, July 17th at Carmel Valley Community Park. Nice place to go for a Sunday drive.
  And to wrap up July, Sierra Nevada will have their Zone Concours weekend starting with a Meet and Greet dinner on 7/30. Followed by their Zone Concours #4 on Sunday, July 31st at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. Enjoy a weekend getaway in Reno with Porsche club friends!
Please check the Zone website for other regions events if you have a free day and want to take the Porsche out for a drive.
Looking forward-
* Golden Gates Zone Concours # 5at Carlson in Redwood City, August 7th
* Werks Reunion at Rancho Canada, Carmel, August 19th
* Rolex Monterey Car Corral at Laguna Seca August 20-21st
* Treffen at Squaw Valley September 7-11th
* Redwood Region Zone Concours #6 at Ledson Winery, September 18th
* LPR/GGR Zone Autocross weekend September 24-25th

Safe driving,
Sandy Provasi
Zone 7 Rep


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Autocross #5  June 18th, 2016
by Grady Carter, Redwood Region Autocross Director

The June autocross featured a course layout by one of our regulars AXers, but first time designer, Drew Powers.  He definitely brought some fresh ideas on how to utilize our available tarmac.  Can you say OPTIONS? 

First you had to choose between 2 parallel slaloms, left or right.  Approaching the back turn you then had to pick which side of a cone wall you wanted to attack the back turn from.  Ah, then it gets easy, you just had to choose which way you wanted to go through a 2 cone slalom and a 3 cone slalom.  Not so hard until you throw in the offset "pivot" cone between them.

It was a fun day of mixing and matching the different options.  Which combination flowed better but which combination was actually faster?  Once you made all your decisions it needed to be optimized (is that the right word?).  Everyone got in 14 runs so we had plenty of opportunity to get this all done.

The class competition of the day was in AX-10.  Vern Rogers got everything figured on his 12th run and recorded his best time of the day.  Howard Thomas, after leading most of the day, was able to put it all together on his 13th run to come out ahead by a whopping 0.166 seconds (that's if you consider the time it takes to snap you finger whopping). 

Top Time of Day (TTOD) for the ladies was recorded by Vern Thomas by an impressive margin but when the calculations were done for the handicap system (PAX) it was Anita Benzing that came out on top by a mere 0.107 seconds (a half snap of the fingers?).  Congrats to both ladies.

The TTOD for the men found a few of the usual suspects laying down some fast times.  As everyone started getting the course sorted out, the 2014 GT3's laid down some good times.  Tosh Yumae went to the top of the list on his 5th run only to be eclipsed by Mike Beavers on his 6th and further improved his time on his 9th run.  Grady Carter, modified '02 Boxster S, had trailed the GT3's most of the day but things came together on his 12th and 13th runs to steal TTOD from Mike.  Third on the day was the sneaky fast 2011 Boxster Spyder of Doug Brekke.

Men's PAX results found Grady Carter in 1st with that pesky 914 of Bob Schoenherr back about 0.25 seconds and about that margin back to Jamie DeRuiter who seems to be getting faster now that his rear suspension geometry on his '66 912 has been sorted out.

Happy motoring,

Grady Carter
Redwood Autocross Director

Anita showing of the Yellow run group times

Participants enjoying lunch and each others company

(photos courtesy of Jamie DeRuiter)
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Rocky Mountain High Way  July 27-31, 2016

Sierra Nevada Region Concours July 30-31

Treffen Lake Tahoe September 7-11, 2016

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Redwood History  July 1983

Carlsen Porsche GGR Beginner Autocross School July 23rd

Announcing the Annual
Carlsen Porsche GGR Beginner Autocross School !!!!!!!!!
It will happen on Saturday July 23, 2016. It is really for beginners or people who have autocrossed only a few times.  If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience driving your Porsche on the edge (but safely in control) then this is for you.  This is a good safe place for drivers to learn about the handling of their Porsche.
The school will be on the large North runway area of the old Alameda NAS (just past the Alameda Ferry Terminal).   The day begins at 7:30 AM with registration, teching of cars, and then a driver's meeting at 8:15.  Students will then walk the course with their instructors.  After that, students will be driving on skidpads in order to learn the feel of an oversteering and an understeering car.  It is a lot of fun!!  In addition, there will be braking exercises.  The day will proceed with students running the Autocross course with their instructors, while half of the students learn to work the course.   
After the lunch break we continue to run cars in hour sessions until 5 PM.  It is truly a fun day with lots of learning.  One of the best parts is that students can get a ride in their instructor's car.  We try as best we can, to have instructors that have had experience with cars similar to the students. 
The school is sponsored by Carlsen Porsche. They are a Premier Porsche Dealer located at 3636 Haven Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063.  Their phone is 650-701-9200.  They can help you get the best Porsche to fit your needs.  In addition to new, they have Certified Pre-owned vehicles.  Their service department is top rated. 
You can practice your new skills at a regular GGR Autocross the next day, on Sunday the 24th, at Alameda. 
 If you sign up and pay the $120 fee, you get:
       1.  Instruction from the best and most experienced instructors in the west!! (Really)
       2.  A lunch including sandwiches, chips, cookies, sodas and water.
       3.  A Carlson Porsche Autocross School T-shirt.
       4.  The knowledge of how an Autocross is run, and how to work different jobs.
       5.  A basic knowledge of car control and you will learn great tips on how to handle your car.
       6.  A good feeling as part of your fee will be donated to a local charity, matched by PCA National.
       7.  You will drive home with a big smile on your face!!!!
If this sounds really good, then sign up now HERE  You will first need to create an account, then go to the Saturday, July 23rd date and select the Carlsen Porsche GGR Autocross School. If you have questions, email Howard Yao at or John Seidell at   We do limit the number of students to 50, so there is plenty of driving time.  Advance signup and payment is required.  See you there!!


Board Meeting Minutes

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by Chip Witt, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the May 31st, 2016 Board meeting will be available after approval at the July 26th, 2016 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on July 26th, 2016 at Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945. All members are welcome to attend.  
Membership Report
by Tom Short, Redwood Region Membership Director
In July 2016, 37PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club. A special thank you goes out to five members who marked anniversaries of over 30 years. Congratulations and thank you to all of you who are marking anniversaries - I hope you are enjoying your membership and taking advantage of all the great benefits our club has to offer!
In June we welcomed five new members - I hope you take advantage of the excellent activities we have on tap this summer. You will be receiving a complimentary Redwood Region name badge shortly, along with a coupon good for a free autocross. Check out our website for upcoming autocross events. Also, you can order a name badge for your associate member there as well.
Be sure to check out the calendar on our website, and keep an eye on it as new events are added as we finalize them. I encourage everyone to participate in your club's events - it's a great way to meet other PCA members and have some fun with great people and our amazing cars.

If you spot any errors or have any questions about membership please feel free to email me at or call me at 415-300-7457.
Tom Short

New Members:

Anniversaries (five years or more):

Treasurer's Reporttreasurer

by Jerry Gladstone, Redwood Region Treasurer

Semi-Annual Redwood Region Treasurer's Report ... 1
st Half Fiscal Year 2016
Redwood Region's finances are very strong at mid-year 2016 by virtue of large rebates and the distribution of excess funds from PCA National. As of July 1, 2016 assets included:

  • Cash and cash equivalents........................................................$41,523.69
  • Certificate of Deposit................................................................$10,683.62
  • Inventory.................................................................................... $1,425.89
                   Total Assets........................................................................... $53,633.20
There is a zero balance in accounts payable/other liabilities; total members' equity is $53,633.20.
Total ordinary income was $18,124.50 offset by expenses of $11,995.52 for a net ordinary income of $6,128.98. A net $242.02 was earned in interest income, minus bank fees, for a total net income of $6,371.00.
The Region's largest revenue generator remains the Autocross series with a net profit through autocross #5 of $786.71. Combined with PCA National's rebate and distribution of excess funds of $8,185.50 and sponsor support of $900.00, this $9,872.21 provided most of our operating funds.
Please note that these financial figures have not been formally reviewed, but will be by the Redwood Region Financial Review Committee at the end of the year. Also note that Goodie Store inventory is as of January 1, 2016 and has not yet been updated. Any questions, clarifications or requests for more complete financial statements, please contact Region Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone at
Submitted July 1, 2016 by Jerry Gladstone, RR Treasurer

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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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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 1999 Boxster headlights.  Low and high beam bulbs have been removed.  Tinted film covering yellow reflectors that could be removed.  Slight haze, but no other problems.  $100  Andy Cell 707-494-0100

2004 Boxster Project Car

WP0CA29834S620883 engine failed with IMS problem at 89,000 miles. Never crashed, never tracked. 2nd owner. 5 speed manual. Exterior (black), full leather interior (black), top (black) all in good shape. New rear brakes. 4 Michelin pilot sport tires at 84,500 miles. Full service record. More pictures available.

Asking $7,500. Offers accepted. 


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 $54,000 OBO !

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

This Carrera IV wheel was introduced for the 997.2 in 2009 but should fit any 997. They've seen about a dozen street use...and are in near-perfect condition; no curb rash or significant dings. Great for mounting AX tires, winter tires, or to upgrade your scuffed original street wheels. Mounted with Michelin Sport Cups, 235x40 F 295x30 R with 1/3+ tread left. Tires are freebies; I'm pricing for the wheels only. Hi-res pictures of individual wheels available on request. $800
Contact Mike Beavers 707-546-4698

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

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.

 $59,500. 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.


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