Buongjorno From Italy! Porsche News, Videos, and Huge Anniversary/New Members Lists!

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Buongjorno From Italy! Porsche News, Videos, and Huge Anniversary/New Members Lists!

Capt. Mike (AKA) Capt. Michael Sherman, USN-Ret.
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Adventures in Italy Flag of Italy. Vector illustration royalty-free flag of italy vector illustration stock vector art & more images of italy

Yes, I took a few weeks off from my heavy GGR workload (ha) to enjoy the wines, pastas and delights of driving the Italian autostradas!  Ready for high speeds, great views, and really big trucks, then you need a few days on the autostrada!  So, they gave me a BMW (I know, I know) but it was a good deal.  Only sideswiped once getting on the the highway and couldn’t catch him…I tried but he was too far ahead and the damage was a miniscule hit on my left side mirror as he jumped the queue (that’s how we talk in Italy…also round-a-bouts and Fiat). Live and learn.  But them, as we came around a bend in Umbria, there was the most amazing hill top town we’ve come across in a long time – Pitigliano – what a view!  

Literally carved from volcanic stone, the town of Pitigliano, located south of Montepulciano, and not too far from the thermal mineral waters of Bagno San Filippo, recreates a three dimensional historic timeline spanning from the Bronze Age to the ravages of World War II.  The cliffs of Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano have captured and maintained the remains of the many peoples who called the Fiora Valley, and its protective peaks, their homes since 2300 BC.

Porsche in the Desert! 

The Baja 1,000 Off-Road Meets Porsche

When Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing loaded his tools, spare parts, and crew and headed to the desert to take on the 51st Baja in his Porsche 911 #89, little did he know he’d use the entire garage!  

The Baja Mexican 1,000 off-road race is arguably the toughest desert race in the world. With its huge boulders, big jumps, water crossings, and endless powdery sand beds, about half the cars that enter don’t finish.  Put on by the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA), the rally runs from Ensenada to San Jose del Cabo.

Fortunately, Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing had all it took to take at the 51st event in his Porsche 911 #89 — just like he had last year. A sister Rothsport Racing Safari 964 #65 named Desert Flyer was driven by Cameron Healy at the same event this past April.

Watch the film “ICARUS” below to see what happens in this year’s desert rally!

Film © 2018 Randy Wells. All Rights Reserved. 


Taycan Premiers in the Land of OZ!

Porsche Cars Australia has been showing its all-electric Mission E concept car as part of a brand pop-up display that has just opened in Barangaroo, Sydney.  The ‘Future Lab’ allowed visitors to get up close and personal with Porsche’s history and future with a 1962 Porsche 356 on display alongside the Mission E concept. Visitors had the chance to explore the brand’s heritage via an interactive multimedia display and discover the future of Porsche through augmented and virtual reality experiences.  The Taycan reaches the land down under in 2020.

IMSA season finale: Porsche wins Petit Le Mans

The Porsche GT Team has won the final round of the 2018 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship. Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Frédéric Makowiecki won the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta.  In the race over ten hours at Braselton, Georgia, Porsche put in a strong performance against tough competition in the GTLM class. Thanks to perfect tactics and a flawless race, the Porsche 911 RSR scored its third win of the season in the North American championship. Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) concluded the last IMSA race of the year in sixth place.

Frédéric Makowiecki, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet, l-r, race, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Braselton, 2018, Porsche AG


With approximately three hours left on the clock, Makowiecki moved into the lead and defended this position. Tandy then brought the car over the finish line in first place with an advantage of 11.443 seconds.

New Members in Sep/Oct 2018

Please welcome them aboard when you see them

Name Car
Eugene Abezgauz 1984 911 Carrera Target Red
Nima Badiey 2004 Boxster S Grey
David Barry 1984 911 Carrera Cabriolet Green
Jim Brown 1979 911 SC
Dan Browne 2018 Panamera Turbo Midnight Blue
Ty Buckenberger 2016 911 Carrera S Guards Red
Richard Button 2015 911 Carrera Metallic Silver
Mel Cacho 2018 911 GT3 Carrera White Metallic
Craig Carrion 2016 Cayman GT4 Sapphire Blue Metallic
Justin Casas 2017 Panamera Volcano Grey
Freddy Castillo 2002 911 Turbo       
Brian Claes 1970 914 Red
David Cope 2018 911 Targa 4 GTS White
James Cutsinger 2016 Cayenne Turbo Moonlight Blue
Sahan Deb 2012 911 Carrera Dark Metallic Blue
Duane Delagnes 1982 911 SC
Alvin Esteves 2006 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Black
Parixit Gokhale 2015 Cayman GTS Silver
Steven Haines 2014 911 Carrera 4S Sapphire Blue
Dave Higaki 1986 911 Carrera White
John Horwege 2001 Boxster S Lapis Blue
Soah Hsu 2012 911 Carrera S White
Abel Hung 2014 911 Carrera Rhodium Silver Metallic
Mitsuru Igarashi 2013 911 Carrera S Cabriolet White
Ali Jabini 2006 Boxster Black
Peter Kim 2015 911 GT3 Carrera White
Fred Krefetz 2002 911 Carrera Cabriolet Arctic Silver Metallic
Zachary Landes 1970 911T Conda Green
Sarah Magee 2018 718 Cayman Black
George Mburi 1996 911 Carrera Cabriolet Red
Maxwell Meng 2016 Panamera Edition Black
Don Monroe 2015 911 Carrera S Black
Frank Monteon 2018 718 Cayman S Sapphire Blue
Zach Nadler 2011 911 GT3 White
Richard Nederostek 2001 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Black
Chris Nishimura 1960 356     
Azeem Nizam 2010 Boxster Meteor Gray
Douglas Obana 2003 911 Carrera 4S Gray
Bob Parks 2014 Cayman Sapphire Blue
Stefan Peck 1999 911 Carrera Silver
Xavier Pirtle 2015 Cayman S Blue
Ian Prickett 2014 Cayenne S Blue
Artem Rakhov 2017 Macan Turbo Blue
Connor Roark 2003 911 Targa Black
Emmanuel Saccoccini 1967 912         
Andrey Shepelev 2013 Boxster S      
Marcella Silverio 2018 911 Carrera S Carrera White
Ajay Sohmshetty 2014 Cayman       
Peter Thana 2005 911 Carrera S Seal Grey Metallic
Richard Thorby 2004 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Black
Anders Truelsen 2014 911 Carrera S Cabriolet         
Ryan Withop 2014 Cayman S           
Brian Wong 1986 944 Turbo Sapphire Metallic
Zhaqqi Wu 2016 911 GT3 RS White
Roberto Yepez 2019 911 Turbo Black
Amin Zoufonoun 2018 911 GT3 White

Congrats to our Sep/Oct 2018 Anniversary Members!

ImageIn a world where discarding old, used, and tired items is too easy, there are Porsche owners! We keep our cars, refurbish when necessary, and value our relationships.  We are proud to have you as members and thank you for your commitment to GGR.  Here are the members who have celebrated their anniversaries in September and October.


45 Years (1973)

Edward Wuenschel 1966 911

40 Years (1978)

Wendell Tong 1964 356 Cabriolet Red

35 Years (1983)

Carl Cilker

1989 911 Carrera Baltic Blue

Don Miraglia

1974 911          

30 Years (1988)

David Holden

1961 356         

Mario Musto

1965 356         

Ed Saadi

1988 944 Turbo S Silver

25 Years (1993)

Neil Jackson

1969 911E        

Michael Lye

2006 Cayenne Turbo S Midnight Blue

Matt Orovitz

1969 911E Black

20 Years (1998)

Jeff Chase

1995 911 Carrera  

Frank Hertlein

2001 Boxster S          

Jeffrey Johnston

2018 911 GT3 Carrera White

Todd Kvamme

1986 911 Carrera      

Michael Moschella

1972 911E          

Robert Murillo

2003 911 Carrera White

Peggy Plummer

1996 911 Carrera     

Ed Priest

2008 Cayman S Midnight Blue
Paul Wankle

15 Years (2003)

Jim Miller

1991 911 Carrera 2           

10 Years (2008)

Tanya Gascoigne


Jeffrey Haas

1965 911 Green

Per Hammarlund

2006 911 Carrera Silver

Edward Kupa

2003 911 Turbo Polar Silver

Gregory Louis

2015 Cayenne Diesel Dark Blue

Marie Nakazawa

2014 911 Carrera Blue

Robert Read

2008 911 Carrera Grey 

5 Years (2013)

Alan Alves

1962 356 Blue

Sotirios Barkas

2001 Boxster Blue

Andrew Barnes

2008 Cayman Gray

Xavier Blackwell

2007 Cayman Blue

Ernesto Calderin

2007 911 Turbo Black

Andrew Carpenter

2013 911 Carrera Blue

Peter Chao

2007 911 Carrera 4S Silver

Tienhao Chen

2014 911 Carrera 4S Silver

Mike Chen

2010 911 Turbo Black

Manoj Dhanapal

2014 Cayman S Black

Rodney Ebstein

1995 911 Carrera Yellow

Mostafa Elhamy

2014 911 Carrera Gray

Antol Feher

2004 911 40thAnniversary Silver

Alexander Geranios

2010 Cayman S Black

Subhendra Ghosh

1995 911 Carrera Blue

Kendall Ginsbach

2006 Cayman S Silver

Alex Gyure

2010 Cayman S Black

Otto Han

2004 911 40thAnniversary Silver

Dinesh Masan

2014 911 Carrera Black

Eric Meyer

2014 Cayman S Blue

Michael Neumeyer

1976 912E Green

David Salguero

1990 911 Carrera 2 Black

Kevin Tiene

1987 911 Carrera Red

Sherman Ting

2015 911 GT3 White

Steven Winkel

2006 911 Carrera 4 Silver

Joseph Yau

2009 911 Carrera Gray

Chris Yu

2011 Cayman S Black

Refer a Friend

 If you have friends who might be interested in Porsche, go to the PCA website and the “Refer a Friend” feature. It’s an excellent way to invite and introduce prospective members to the Porsche Club of America.  It is an easy and quick way to follow up after making a personal contact.  See the steps below.  The great thing about this feature is that ANY member can use it.  So, give it a try.

1. Log in to your account.
2. From the Menu Bar, click Membership, Refer a Friend.
3. Under “Refer Friends” enter the email addresses of friends you would like to refer.  Separate each email address by a comma.
4. Under “Message” an automatic message will appear.  Feel free to make changes.  In fact, I would encourage you to personalize your message and direct them not only to the PCA website, but the Membership Benefits page as well (https://www.pca.org/membership-benefits).  Whatever message is in the box will be sent to each friend you listed.

GGR Placards

IMG_0258I’ve restocked the cupboard with all new reprints of our placard that feature our new numbers (3400+) and I know you’ll want to hand these out! These are available at every GGR function and we’d like you to pick some up and feel free to use them whenever you see an unaffiliated Porsche sitting idle. I stick them on windshields of Porsches or hand them to drivers if they don’t have our logo in the window.  No one is safe from the devious membership director! Porsche owners in Half Moon Bay now run when they see me coming!  If you want, I’ll even mail some to you so you can hand them out…let me know and I’ll get them to you! 





 Badges – I still got em! C’mon…I’ll SEND THEM!

If you failed to pick up your badge at some even, let me know…I’ll send it to you….! C0ntact me at: HMBSHERM@COMCAST.NET

Help! I still have a HUUUGE back-log of badges created from event “no shows.”  Please make sure to ask for yours at the next event you attend, we’ll have them set out. Member badges are provided free to all those new members/affiliates who RSVP and attend social and/or driving events for the first time. Otherwise, member badges are available for a small fee through Spotlight Impressions in San Mateo. The badges feature the GGR logo, your name and a convenient magnetic clasp. The cost is $12.00 for the badge plus shipping. So, it behooves you to get them from us during an event. Otherwise, to order your badges fill out the form on our website at www.pca-ggr.org/membership/badges and email back to Spotlight Impressions at sales@spotlightimpressions.com.  Make sure to wear your badge to all functions to help interact with 0ther members!

Logo Wear! Get Ready for Winter!

We’ve got a great selection at the GGR- PCA online Webstore with both men and women’s hoodies, sweatshirts, etc.  The site features a whole line of wearable GGR plunder. It’s located at www.pcawebstore.com; look for us in the regional section, create an account, and get shopping.  If you have a recommendation for some other item, let us know.

Remember to check the calendar for upcoming events.  See you at the AX,  Track, Fun Run or next social function, e.g., Boxster Brunch?

Enjoy the Fall/Winter!

All the best and Ciao – Capt. Mike



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