Concours/Tech Sessions/Videos/New around Porsche

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Concours/Tech Sessions/Videos/New around Porsche

Capt. Mike (AKA) Capt. Michael Sherman, USN-Ret.
Membership Director

GGR Regional Summary

Total Members 3353

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Affiliate Members 1074

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New/Transferred Members last 30 days 56

Tech Sessions to Resume

The good news is that we continue to grow with support from all you members who continue to assist and advise the board on the direction and needs of the club. For instance, we’re reviewing the recent poll and take action on a number of recommendations. One such is the resumption of tech sessions. We’re discussing these with our principal sponsor, Carlsen Porsche, to create a couple sessions this year. We will let you know dates and topics soon.

Carlsen Porsche Concours Slated for October


Great news is that we’re gearing up for this year’s annual concours! As some might recall, we were unable to hold the 2017 Carlsen/GGR Concours and barbecue due to construction at the dealership…they’ve really undergone an extensive renovation. But we are back on, so pencil in Sunday, October 7, 2018…perhaps a bit of Oktoberfest in Redwood City? Look for the flyer announcing it officially, but here’s the skinny for now:

Presented by Golden Gate Region, Porsche Club of America.  This event is part of the 2018 Zone 7 Competition Series

Carlsen Porsche Dealership, 3636 Haven Avenue, Redwood City, CA

Entry Fee: Judging: $40.00 per car /No Displays this year due to lack of room

Car Placement from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Judging begins at 10:00 a.m.  Awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m.

A catered buffet lunch for all participants and guests will be hosted by Carlsen Porsche

23,000 Porsche Employees Get A Bonus

Think you’re having a good year? Take a look at the deal/bonus that 23,000 Porsche employees are getting. I’d have to say that we’re at least due a bit of applause for making them so successful!

Porsche employees are being rewarded for their extraordinary commitment with a special payment. An 8,600 euro bonus will be paid out for exceptional staff performance during the 2017 financial year. And 700 euro will be paid as a special contribution to the Porsche VarioRente pension scheme or to individual pension schemes.

In addition to the special bonus for 2017, Porsche employees will receive a one-off 2018 anniversary bonus of 356 euro gross. This bonus honours the 70-year anniversary of the Porsche sports car, with which the sports car manufacturer recalls the first Porsche 356 production model in 1948.

Porsche Develops A “Mission E Augmented Reality”App

As part of its collaboration with Google, Porsche has developed an augmented reality app for the new Porsche Mission E.

The app features different view modes that allow the user to digitally discover the brand’s first purely electric sports car, and is available now for augmented reality enabled smartphones with Android and iOS operating systems. It is free to use and download from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

The Porsche Mission E will be on the market by the end of the decade. With the new Mission E Augmented Reality app, Porsche can depict complex technical aspects of the new vehicle technology vividly and emotively.


GT2 RS On A Go-Kart Track

We all know the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is at home on numerous racetracks all over the world. However, the setting for the fifth episode of the ‘Porsche Top 5’ YouTube series is really unusual: a go-kart track.

In this latest video record-breaking Porsche driver Lars Kern presents top highlights of the super sports car on a go-kart track! On the way, his driving skills around the tight corners might just impress and maybe mentor, who knows? It is no surprise that he is currently the record holder on the Nürburgring with this car.

In the tight corners of the go-kart track, Kern shows a level of control that allows the rear-wheel drive 911 to drift around the curves. Thanks to its superior additional technologies, the sports car accelerates out of the corner with incredible speed.

The YouTube video also highlights special features of the car: steel ropes inside the front spoiler for stabilizing the load, and aerospace-derived “NACA air intakes“ that replace the underbody cooling in the GT2 RS. The cooling air passes through the two intakes directly to the brakes. In addition, this top sports car, made in Zuffenhausen, also possesses so-called “Louvers” that cause the excess pressure in the wheel housing to dissipate as quickly as possible.


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 (  Whatever message is in the box will be sent to each friend you listed.

 New Members in February/March 

Please welcome them aboard when you see them

Name Car
Scott Ahearn 2014 BoxsterS Black
Akash Anand 2015 911GT3 Black
Dennis Austin 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet Saphire Blue
Edwin Berkowitz 2007 911 Carrera Black
Adam Brown 2012 Panamera TurboWhite
Joseph Burleson 2017 MacanGTS
Paul Davis 2016 MacanS     
Steve Ellsworth 2017 911 TurboS 
Josh Fisher 2018 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet Jet Black
Linda Frasch 2015 MacanS Agate Grey
Steven Gordon 2012 CayenneS     
Karl Guevarra 2008 Boxster Grey
RJ Harrison 2008 Boxster White
Charles Heger 2006 911 CarreraS Black
Joseph Jagassar 2016 MacanS Blue
William Jameson 1958 356 Speedster Red
Nathaniel Jewell 1967 911 Polo Red
Ken Kawabata 1968 912 Yellow
Ray Kong 2004 911 Carrera GT Silver
Kimi Li 2014 CaymanS Sapphire Blue
Dave Mackey 2010 911 CarreraS Black
Ray Mah 1999 911 Carrera Arctic Silver
John McGhee 1987 924S     
Katherine Mohler 1985 928S Iris Bleu Metallic
Bruno Moita de Deus 2018 911 CarreraGTS  
Jim Ross 1983 911SC Targa Slate Blue Metallic
John Sarafopoulos 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet Black
Matt Squires 2017 911 Targa4 Fashion Grey

Congrats to our April 2018 Anniversary Members!

ImageIn a galaxy far, far away, erudite automobile fans decided…let’s buy an incredible car…one that will run forever…one that we can flout to British automobile owners as better, by far!  We are proud to have you as members and thank you for your commitment to GGR.  Here are the members who will celebrate their anniversaries in April.



55 Years (1963)

George Neidel 1972 914


25 Years (1993)

Jeffrey Kost 2007 911 GT3 RS Orange
Anne West-Wepsala 1987 911 Carrera      
John Wimer 2000 Boxster 

20 Years (1998)

John Tavernetti 2003 911 Carrera Black
Charles Thurber 2007 911 Turbo

15 Years (2003)

John Celona 1997 Boxster Yellow      
Ed Gervasoni 1986 911 Carrera 
Michael Webb 1986 944 Red

10 Years (2008)

Nawaf Bitar 2008 911 Carrera4S Basalt Black
Clifton Braun 1971 914 Orange
Richard Sellers                            
Richard Weigelt 1982 911 SC Bamboo Beige

5 Years (2013)

Aristotle Balogh 2013 Panamera Turbo Black
John Brosnahan 1984 911 Carrera White
Mike Cheung 1987 911 Carrera Silver
Andrew Dickens 2009 911 Carrera Cabriolet Gray
Kristopher Foster 2009 Cayman Gray
Christian Kurmann 2013 911 Carrera4S Gray
Hendryck Lasak 1984 911 Carrera Gray

GGR Placards


I’ve restocked the cupboard with all new reprints of our placard that feature our new numbers (3200+) 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…pick them up!

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 and email back to Spotlight Impressions at  Make sure to wear your badge to all functions to help interact with 0ther members!

Logo Easter Wear!

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; 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?

Happy Easter! from Capt. Mike

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