Award Winners

Award Winners

GGR Life Members

The Board may recognize sustained membership in and service to GGR by designating individuals as GGR life Members. The individuals so honored are:

Name Year Honored
Karl Keller 1995
George Neidel 1995
Shirley Neidel 1996
James & Jean Ohl 2004
William Benz 2011


Olen Creech Award Recipients

The Olen Creech Award is GGR’s highest award. It honors members who have made extraordinary contributions to the club over a period of years. It is named in honor of Olen Creech who, for many years, has handled the arduous task of completing GGR’s federal and state tax returns and has never charged the club for this service. The Olen Creech Award is not intended to be awarded every year, but only when merited.

2011 Olen Creech First recipient, for service as noted in the description of the award above.
2013 Bubba Gong For organizing and directing 4 years of charitable fundraising events for GGR.

Perc Bliss Award Recipients

This award honors Perc Bliss, the first President of Golden Gate Region. Each year, the President selects the member(s) who has made the greatest contribution to the club during the year. The recipients of this honor are:

Year Name Year Name
1982 Felix Oramas 2000 (not awarded)
1983 Michael Lommatzsch 2001 Howard Yao
1984 Sandi Candlin/Barbara Maas 2002 Larry, Linda & Greg Adams
1985 George & Shirley Neidel 2003 Louise Sousoures & Susan Angebranndt
1986 Michael Lommatzsch 2004 Ken Park & Harold Williams
1987 Chet & Lyn Martin 2005 Doug & Dana Ambrisko
1988 Gary Walton/Bert Wall 2006 John Celona
1989 Shirley Neidel 2007 Andrew Forrest
1990 Gary Ringen 2008 Matt & Carl Switzer
1991 Paula Evans 2009 Warren Walker & Mike Cullinan
1992 Gerry Brown 2010 Claude Leglise
1993 Chet Martin 2011 Carl Switzer, Mike Cullinan, Warren Walker, and Andrew Forrest
1994 David Kimes 2012 Michael T. Sherman
1995 Steve Group 2013 (not awarded)
1996 Bill Newlin 2014 (not awarded)
1997 Carolyn Lusk 2015 (not awarded)
1998 Louise Sousoures 2016 Brad Kellett
1999 Dave & Sheila Dunwoodie

Don Lang Memorial Award Recipients

The Don Lang Memorial Award is presented annually to the GGR member who most exhibits the spirit of good sportsmanship and service to the Club as shown by Don Lang, in whose memory the award is presented. The recipient is selected by nomination of the Time Trial Chairperson(s) and/or Board of Directors and approved by vote of the Board of Directors. The honorees are:

Year Name Year Name
1985 Ed Clement 2001 Laurie Yonk
1986 Cecil & Carol Beach 2002 Bill Benz
1987 George Neidel 2003 Henry Watts
1988 Troy Lothrop 2004 Karen Neidel
1989 Ken Mack 2005 Jay Dugan
1990 Dennis Tholen 2006 Gary Dorighi
1981 Charlie Arolla 2007 Mike Cullinan
1992 Dan Cowell 2008 John Seidell
1983 Diane Kimes 2009 Ross and Paulette Johnson
1994 Brian Perry 2010 Paul Marty
1995 Bill Newlin 2011 Heath Spencer
1996 Larry & K. C. Sharp 2012 Tim Smith and Kim Garcia
1997 Pattie DeMartini 2013 (not awarded)
1998 Masuo Robinson 2014 (not awarded)
1999 Scott Yeaman 2015 (not awarded)
2000 Bill Benz 2016 (not awarded)

Don Matthews Memorial Award Recipients

The Don Matthews Memorial Award is presented annually to the new member(s) who most represents the enthusiasm and spirit of Don Matthews, in whose memory the award was presented. The honorees are:

Year Name Year Name
1976 Rosemary Humphreys 1997 Olen Creech
1977 Robert Sherman 1998 (not awarded)
1978 Keenan & Donna Jean Cassidy 1999 Robert Murillo
1979 Michael Lommatzsch 2000 Howard Yao
1980 Mark Gang 2001 (not awarded)
1981 Felix & Reina Oramas 2002 Chet Bottone
1982 Danielle Maddox 2003 Jim McClelland
1983 Jack Kuhn 2004 Larry & Loren Burgess
1984 Rick Guide 2005 Laura Mercier
1985 (not awarded) 2006 (not awarded)
1986 Teresa Neidel 2007 Carl & Matt Switzer
1987 Bob & Karen Crookshank 2008 Mike Koozman
1988 David & Diane Kimes 2009 (not awarded)
1989 Stacy Lynd 2010 Ralf Dossman
1990 Anne West 2011 Linda Adams
1991 Lloyd & Pattie DeMartini 2012 John Seidel and Howard Yao
1992 John & Lynn Chakel 2013 (not awarded)
1993 Esther Ho 2014 (not awarded)
1994 Ross & Lauren Merrill 2015 (not awarded)
1995 Dennis & Lisa Yearton 2016 (not awarded)
1996 Bob & Marianne Gardner

Competitive Event Of The Year Recipients

The Competitive Event of the Year is selected by the Board of Directors. Past winners are:

Year Event Year Event
1990 Parade Autocross 2005 Carlsen Concours
1991 Time Trial 2006 PRC/TT: Andrew Forrest & Masuo Robinson
1992 High Speed Drive, David Kimes 2007 Carlsen Concours: Larry Adams
1996 Inaugural Club Race, David Kimes 2008 (not awarded)
1997 Urban Assault Rallye, Bob Gardner 2009 Warren Walker & Mike Cullinan for club race at Thunderhill
1999 Time Trial Series, Masuo Robinson 2011 (not awarded)
2000 Autocross Series, John Seidel 2012 Larry Adams, The Carlsen Concours
2001 Autocross at Candlestick, Bill Newlin 2013 (not awarded)
2002 Sears Point Club Race, Masuo Robinson 2014 (not awarded)
2003 Autocross Series, David Leong 2015 (not awarded)
2004 Sears Point/Infineon Time Trial, Ken Park 2016 Larry Adams, The Carlsen Concours

Social Event Of The Year Recipients

The Social Event of the Year is selected by the Board of Directors. Past selectees are:

Year Event Year Event
1990 Death Valley Tour 2005 Boxster Brunch, George Grialou
1991 Christmas Party 2006 New Member Social: Louise Sousoures
1992 Time Trial Awards Banquet, Charlie Arolla 2007 Team visits at Infineon and Laguna Seca: Mark Powell
1996 Tech Session Series, David Blanchard 2008 Vasona Picnic, Mark Powell
1997 Death Valley Tour, Croom Family 2009 Awards Banquet, Mark Powell
1998 New Member Socials, Louise Sousoures 2010 50th Anniversary, John Celona & Bubba Gong
1999 GGR Night at Altamonte, Larry Sharp 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Day, Bubba Gong
2000 40th Anniversary Party, Karen Neidel 2012 Joe Sweis, All of Them
2001 Agricultural Tour, Rob Neidel 2013 (not awarded)
2002 Krote Tour, Larry & KC Sharp 2014 (not awarded)
2003 Adopt-a-Highway, Jean Ohl 2015 (not awarded)
2004 Yosemite Tour, Alfred Abken 2016 Fun Run to Santa Barbara: Gilbert Bouzeid, Robert Habibi, Brad Kellett, and Sanjay Rao

Enthusiast Of The Year Recipients

An Enthusiast of the Year is only selected by the Board of Directors when an individual’s service to GGR so warrants. Past GGR (PCA National Lazar-Blanchard Memorial honorees designated with *) honorees are:

Year Name Year Name
1966 Burt Propp * 2002 David Leong
1971 Dwight Mitchell* 2003 Dean & Laura Thomas
1975 John Clever* 2004 Neil Librock
1981 Bill Payton * 2005 John Seidell
1990 Michael Lommatzsch * 2006 Paulette Johnson
1991 K. C. Sharp 2007 Andrew Blyholder
1992 Larry Sharp 2008 Paul Larson
1994 Chet Martin 2009 Larry Adams
1995 George Neidel * 2010 Andrew Forrest
1996 Lloyd DeMartini 2011 (not awarded)
1997 Sharon Neidel 2012 Elain Macey
1998 Louise Sousoures 2013 (not awarded)
1999 Mike Mitchell/Donna Sylvanovich 2014 (not awarded)
2000 Howard Yao 2015 (not awarded)
2001 Larry Adams 2016 Alice Yeh

Family Of The Year Recipients

A Family of the Year is only selected by the Board of Directors when a family’s service to GGR so merits such recognition. Past GGR (PCA National honorees designated with *) honorees are:

Year Name Year Name
1975 Neidels * 2004 McGuigans
1982 Zaccones * 2005 Adams
1985 Neidels * 2006 (not awarded)
1990 (not awarded) 2007 Ross & Paulette Johnson
1991 Kuhns 2008 Jeff & Monica Kost
1992 Arollas/Yeartons 2009 Mark, Bernadette & Jordan Gersh
1996 (not awarded) 2010 Hamilton Racing
1997 Creeches 2011 Not awarded
1998 Dugans 2012 The Family Tavernetti
1999 (not awarded) 2013 John Celona & Bubba Gong
2000 (not awarded) 2014 (not awarded)
2001 (not awarded) 2015 (not awarded)
2002 Murrays 2016 (not awarded)
2003 Ambriskos

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