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May, 2008 - Vol 48, Number 5




May, 2008 - Vol 48, Number 5
In This Issue
Car Clinic for New Drivers
Beginners AX School
President's Message
Letter from the Editor
Competition Corner
Membership Report
Board of Directors
2008 DE Schedule
The Power Chef
Porsche Roads
The Carolina Trophy
2008 Parade Registration
Snake Eyes Rally
Yosemite Region Concours
Zone AX#3
Topless Concours
LPR Swap & Concours
Quick Links
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GGR Car Control Clinic for New Drivers

Mark your calendars: Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 7:30 until 4:00, GGR will hold a car control clinic for new drivers on the parking lot of Monster Park (a.k.a. Candlestick). 

This clinic is designed for beginner drivers, age 16 to 19, with a valid driver's license (sorry, no driver permits). The intent of the clinic is to help beginners become safer and more confident drivers through knowledge and experience. We will accept more experienced drivers who want a refresher, space permitting. Priority will be given to teenagers. This is a great opportunity for members' children or younger siblings to learn about their car's behavior in a controlled environment.

The clinic will cover the following:

Lecture TopicsCar control
  • Seating position
  • Hand position
  • Vision
  • Mental preparation
  • Car dynamics theory
  • Car maintenance check
Driving Exercises
  • Skidpad
  • Emergency Braking
  • Slalom/Swerve
  • Double Box

Did Not Attend a Clinic

Each student will get in-car instruction from an experienced GGR instructor. The emphasis of this clinic is car control, not racing. In that spirit, most car makes and models will be allowed to participate. No trucks, SUVs and vans allowed. Cayennes welcome. If you are uncertain, please email the event Chairmen beforehand, their decision will be final. The event is limited to 50 students.
 
Registration Procedure

Registration will be handled online via the MotorsportReg Online Driving Event Registration website. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one. This single account will allow you to register for PCA and other car club events.

If you are between the ages of 16-18, please click here to get the form, print it out, have parent and student sign it, and mail it to Howard Yao or bring it the morning of the event. Without this form, you will not be allowed to drive and there will be no refund.

 Cost: $99 a person, includes lunch

Event Chairmen: Claude Leglise and Howard Yao.

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GGR Porboys Beginner Autocross School
Learn to Drive Your Porsche

John SeidelOkay, you bought THE PORSCHE. And it's a lot of fun to drive. But do you really know how to drive it--safely--the way it's designed to be driven?

It's very difficult to learn on your own how to drive hard and safely without endangering yourself, your insurance rating, and any deer or trees in the vicinity.

You could spend thousands of dollars at commercial driving schools to learn this. Or, for the princely sum of $99 (such a deal!) you could sign up for GGR's beginner autocross school. Ain't it great to be a member of the Porsche club?

What's more, it's SAFE! The worst you can do is hit a plastic cone.
Uncle John Wants YOU

Put on by GGR's own Howard Yao and John Seidell, this school takes place on Sunday, June 15 at Monster Park (a.k.a. Candlestick). Start time is 7:30 a.m. and it finishes at 5 p.m. For the incredible cost to attend, you get:
  • Instruction in at-the-limits car control and handling from the best instructors in the West
  • An introduction to how to participate in an autocross (which where many of us get together regularly to wear the rubber off our tires!)
  • Lunch and a t-shirt to elicit the wonder and admiration of your co-workers
To ensure lots driving time, attendance is limited to only 55 students. This fills up fast every year, so sign up now at Motor Sports Registration. You will need to create an account, then go to the June 15th date. Be sure you sign up for the Sunday, June 15th date since Saturday the 14th is the car control clinic for drivers aged 16 to 19.

Lastly, John Seidell promises to learn new jokes for this year, but we can't promise they'll be any better. (Just kidding, John!)

Proudly sponsored by Porboys German Automotive at 3640 East 9th Street in Oakland.
(510) 437-9400. Owners Joe and Annie Zeiph specialize in Porsche repairs, maintenance, and smog checks, work on all German cars, and come highly recommended.

President's Message
Bill Dally--by Bill Dally, GGR President

Seeing the Course Among the Cones

Sometimes people can't see the forest for the trees.  In autocross the equivalent is not seeing the course for the cones.  Sometimes you look out your windshield and all you see is a sea of orange pylons apparently randomly scattered across the pavement.  Its not clear where the course is, so you take a random path among the random pylons and get a random DNF (did not finish).

Finding the course among the cones involves two key concepts:  First, focus just on the important cones - there are rarely more than 20 on a given course (if there are more than 20, the course is too complicated).  Second, connect together related cones into a feature and see the feature, not the cones.

Consider the course segment shown in Figure 1.  The figure shows a course segment  defined by 40 pylons consisting of a 90-degree turn to the left followed by a 90 degree turn to the right.  A dotted line shows one possible line through this segment.  While this segment is defined by 40 pylons, only four pylons (shown in color) are important, and only two pylons (shown in red) are really important. 

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The two red pylons mark the apexes of the two turns and are critical in that they define the family of lines that can be taken through this course segment.  An optimal (fast) line will come as close as possible to both of these pylons.  If either of these two pylons is moved in any direction, the optimal line will change.  For example, if the lower left red pylon is moved up or left, the entry opens up and the segment gets faster.  If you move this pylon down or right the feature tightens and the line gets slower.

The two orange pylons also constrain the line, but only in one dimension.  Moving them up or down affects the line. Moving them left or right has no effect.  Also, moving these pylons out (e.g., moving the first orange pylon down) will make an adjacent pylon become important.  This is because each orange pylons is really part of a larger feature and is best thought of not as an individual pylon but rather as part of the feature, in this case an edge.

Figure 2 shows what our brain should see when we look at this course segment.   We see the two critical apex pylons (shown in red) and we see the outside exit and entry edges.  These two lines and two pylons are all we need to see to find the fast line through the segment.  The rest of the pylons - which have been omitted in Figure 2 are just distractions.  We don't need to see, or think about, the inside edges of the entry and exit paths.  We also don't need to consider any of the pylons along the vertical part of the segment except for the two apex pylons.  By blocking these gratuitous distracting pylons out of our mind, we are able to look at this segment and see four simple features - two edges and two pylons - rather than 40 pylons.

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At this point many readers will say, "when I look at the course, I still see 40 pylons."   That is to be expected.  Learning to see the abstract course when looking at a sea of pylons takes a little practice.  This practice starts with the course walk.  When you walk the course and draw your map, identify the important pylons, and group related pylons into features. After a little practice when you look out your windshield you see, not a sea of hundreds of randomly placed cones, but the next three or four important pylons and the next few features.  Everything clicks into place in your brain and you can find your way through the cones at speed with no difficulties.

Like many things in autocross the two principles of seeing a course among the cones can also help us in our daily lives.  Often we get inundated with issues - hundreds of e-mail messages arriving per day, phone calls constantly interrupting us, requests for trips to visit customers, suppliers, sponsors, etc.  All of these inputs start looking like a sea of pylons.  However, rather than be overwhelmed, we can identify the few important issues and focus on them - separating the important from the urgent (or just frequent).  We can also group together related issues and deal with them together - by solving the underlying problem.  Pretty soon we can look at our inbox full of messages and see a few critical issues, a few groups of related issues, and a lot of chaff that can be safely ignored.

In my role as club president, one of the critical issues (red pylons) that I see ahead is the difficulty of getting people to volunteer for key jobs.  We are an all-volunteer club and the autocross, time trial, concours, and social events that you enjoy are all the result of hard work on the part of our volunteers.  The problem we are having is that the same relatively small set of volunteers is doing all the work, and when they make a request for help it often falls on deaf ears.  For example, our autocross chairs were unable to find a volunteer to tow the timing trailer at the last autocross.  If people don't start stepping forward, we will soon have a problem running our events.  We need to renew and expand our core of volunteers.  I encourage you to step forward and get involved.  You will find that its very rewarding and gives you an opportunity to meet and work with a great bunch of people.

If you see any red pylons ahead that I should be aware of or have any other ideas on how to improve the club, please e-mail me.

Bill
Jerry WoodsSmart Racing
Letter from the Editor
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor

The letter for this month is "M" for "Mom." Thank your mom for bringing you into a world where it is perfectly legal for ordinary citizens to own and drive Porsches.

No, I'm not recommending that you take her for a ride. Flowers will do nicely, instead.

John
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Competition Corner
Thompson--by Dan Thompson, Competition Director

Well the competition season is well under way now, we have had two AXs at the new site at Alameda, and we are starting to get the lay of the land. Andrew Blyholder's course design was a challenge for all cars, and it appears that the cars with big horse power liked it best for the most part. 

Please remember that we have no garbage service at Alameda, so just like back packing, what you bring in, you bring out. Please be mindful that Alameda is keeping an eye on us and they can withdraw our use permit at any time. We actually have to submit for a separate permit for each and every event. Please be cautious.

Our next event there is on May 17th, come on out and enjoy one of the most scenic AX sites in the western US.

We now have 2 DE/TT events in the books. Thunderhill was a wonderful event, with three full days of great weather, great cars, great folks and wonderful track time. Friday was very warm with little wind, each successive day it got a bit cooler and a bit breezier. Nothing that Thunderhill veterans are not used to. 

Andrew Forrest and his gang are doing a great job of putting on some wonderful track events. With our new National guide lines in place, there is very little you need to do other than bring your car and helmet and have a fantastic time driving your Porsche.

Our next DE/TT will be on May 24,25 at Buttonwillow Raceway. On Friday the 23, Central Coast Region will be hosting a DE day, so you can make this another 3 day driving event!

Get out there and drive your Porsche.

Dan
European Autotech
February Membership Report
--by Jeff Kost, Membershp DirectorJeff Kost




The prior membership report made it into the April Nugget, so Jeff will be back with a new report next month. --Ed.
BPS Repro
Board of Directors
Celona--by John Celona, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors Meeting
April 2, 2008

The meeting was called to order at the residence of the President, Bill Dally. Present were: Bill Dally, Dan Thompson, Jeff Kost, Claude Leglise, Mark Powell, Bill Benz, Bill Kerr, John Celona, Matt Switzer, Larry Adams, Andrew Forrest, and Bob Murillo.


Call to Order
  • Call for agenda changes: add discussion of possible Bear Valley event
  • Call for calendar changes: none
Approval of February minutes: February minutes were previously approved via email.

Postmortem of events

DE/TT # 1 Infineon: people had a lot of fun and the weather was beautiful. Around 85 cars attended. 

2/22 Friday Night Social

3/15 Auto X  #1 Alameda: very successful. 92 paid participants, plus 9 comps. The site was quite good, but it is requiring three visits to city offices to obtain the permit for each event.

3/21 Friday Night Social
3/29 Ground School

Directors' Reports

President: nothing to report.

Vice-President

VP spoke to SCCA RE Mike Smith on 3/30 about the Auto X site search. SCCA has two possible sites in mind. Bob said GGR was still very interested in participating with the site, and they are interested in that also.

Upcoming event status report:

4/5 Boxster Brunch
4/12 Auto X #2 Alameda
4/18 - 4/20 Driver's Ed & Time Trial #2 Thunderhill
4/18/08 Friday Night Social
5/3 Ground School

Certificates are ordered for the following events:
None pending

Certificates are in place for the following events:
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DE/TT # 2 Thunderhill 
4/12 Auto X  # 2 Alameda

Treasurer

GGR's tax returns were filed (state and federal, for a total of 4 returns). Thanks very much to Olen Creech for doing this.

A lot of prepayments for events are outstanding (Thunderhill and Buttonwillow for track weekends, and Alameda for autocrosses). Expenses have been paid for the first autocross at Alameda, but we are still waiting for the revenue. GGR's bank accounts are down as we continue to prepay for events, but we are maintaining the rebuilt savings balance.

Secretary: nothing to report.

Social

The Hiller Aviation Musuem in San Carlos has been reserved the GGR Annual Banquet on Sunday, January 11, 2009. A motion to proceed with the event and put a deposit down for the event was passed unanimously.

Mark also presented a number of ideas for other social events for the coming year. He will look into getting as many going as possible, and will need help from other folks to chair and put on the events.

Membership

Membership is up slightly. Jeff plans to start following up with people who haven't been renewing as to their reasons for not renewing.

Competition

PCA national minimum standards for time trials have now been approved and placed on the PCA web site. DE and Time trial minimum standards for matters such as seats, belts, etc., are now the same.  Instructors will still have the final say as to whether the condition of the car is suitable for being placed on the track, in addition to the mandatory technical inspections.

A motion was made to take official notice that PCA National has now adopted the same set of requirements for Drivers' Ed and for Time Trials. This motion was passed with 6 in favor, Mark Powell opposed.

A motion was made for GGR to adopt PCA's minimum standards for Drivers' Ed and Time Trials, effective immediately. The motion was passed with 6 in favor, Mark Powell opposed.

Webmaster: not present

Topics for discussion

Autocross timing system: Matt and Carl Switzer have completed developing specifications for a new autocross timing system, which includes wireless starting and finishing sensors, a bar code printer for cars, a bar code scanner, and automated timing software. The total cost for this system is $7,057.80. It also needs a Windows PC to run it. The past president, Claude Leglise donated a Sony laptop PC for evaluation.

The is system would use the current countertop and roof top displays, but everything else is wireless. The system would involve scanning a bar code on a car at the start, then scanning it again at the end. At the end of each run group, the times for the entire run group can be printed out and posted.

Jeff recommended adding another printer or two in case the printer fails. A backup label printer and result printer were added to the budget. It estimated that another $500-600 in incidental expenses will be required to fully implement the system.

A motion to approve the budget with an additional $250 for another printer was approved unanimously.

Goodie store - Bill Kerr. Bill presented an inventory of the goodie store. The issue is that the Goodie Store presently has a stock of items which aren't in demand (clothing in small and medium sizes, etc.) Given the time it takes and that a lot of items are ordered by people in other parts of the country, it was suggested that this is not an area the club should be expending time and energy.

A motion was made to (1) liquidate the existing Goodie Store inventory; and (2) to outsource production and sale of any items still desired to a firm which does this commercially. The motion was passed unanimously. 

Drivers' Ed Attendance Decline

Attendance for the first DE at Infineon was only two-thirds of projected attendance. It was thought that this was because it was early in the year at Infineon where there have been rain issues in previous years. Unfortunately, sign-ups for the second DE at Thunderhill are also looking to be only two-thirds of the projected attendance.

The suggestions were made to allow certified drivers to run non-Porsches, and to make known the rule change allowing cars approved for DE to run for time. This will be done for the next event. It was also suggested possibly doing another joint event with the Porsche Racing Club (PRC), which may be possible for a future event if insurance issues can be resolved. Andrew will look for further actions to address attendance.

Bear Valley Event

Bear Valley, Pacific Power, and Iron Horse winery have approached GGR about working on an event that may include a car show, an autocross, a hill climb, a rally, and off-road tours (four-wheeling on dirt fire roads). They want to know if the club would be interested in participating in and publicizing an event. The event would be in August. The consensus was that Jeff should pursue developing the idea. Issues are scheduling and types of events, and what could be covered under PCA insurance.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

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2008 Drivers' Ed & Time Trial Schedule
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  Sat Jul 26, '08   Ground School Round Table Pizza, Concord

  Aug 16-17, '08   Driver's Ed & Time Trial #4 Thunderhill

  Sat Aug 30, '08   Ground School Round Table Pizza, Concord

  Sep 20-21, '08   Driver's Ed & Time Trial #5 Thunderhill

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The Power Chef
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Ode to Onion Soup

--by John Celona, The Power Chef

Earlier this month I was staying at a very fancy "inn" in Arizona and, not really wanting to venture forth after a day of traveling, I decided to chance the main dining room.

It was a very fancy place, so naturally I was quite concerned. Usually, I look for buffets where, as I related last month, one can nosh quite substantially on healthy stuff and leave feeling satisfied and not the least bit hungry or guilty. No such option available here. What to do?

I decided to be brave and order the tasting menu. How bad could it be? I could always leave some on the plate if I had to. And I probably had time to go for a run in the morning and burn off the excess.
PC May1
First came the appetizer.

They were not kidding.

It was a tiny bit of chopped tuna ceviche style with some green onions and capers, served on a single baby endive leaf with two dollops of Meyer lemon cream on the side.

Delicious, actually, but I had to deliberately take two bites to eat rather than down it in one gulp. I passed the time between the two bites congratulating myself on identifying the Meyer lemon. I pondered the propsect of asking the kitchen if I could get a dozen more before deciding they wouldn't see the humor in my request (was I actually kidding?)

Then, inexplicably, came another appetizer. I decided I must have been wrong and the first plate was some sort of teaser just to get one's stomach grumbling. Probably there was a french word for it, but I missed it. Excusez-moi, s'il vous plait.
PC May2
This one was a little bit of grilled ahi tuna, served with a chopped fennel relish, and and a tiny pastry, on a bed of vaguely tomatoey-cream sauce. I guess Arizona must be big on fish since the state is so hot and dry and far away from any place these fish might live. And don't forget the orchid tucked next to the ahi. Was it edible?

Again, it was good for the four or five bites it took to consume it.

Then came the salad.

PC May3

That consisted of a handful greens and a few strips of deep fried sweet potatoes on a bed of sweet creamy sauce (dressing?) with some reduced raspberry syrup drizzled over the whole thing.

Leaf and fiber count: low (and it's a salad!). Sugar and fat content: high. I began to think I should have driven a few block to find some place with an enormous taco salad for $6.95, but, being in mid-meal, I was now committed. I was sure that if I tried to leave now, I'd be arrested.

PC May5Finally, it was time for the "main course."

Fish again, this time halibut. I must be on to something with this ocean-yearning.

Don't get me wrong: I love halibut. I grill it all the time after marinating it with Meyer lemon juice and grated rind (from my tree!), salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.

This one was good too, all 3-1/2 x 2 inches of it. Topped with another chopped tomato and "stuff" relish and sitting on a little pastry-bagged bed of mashed purple potatoes, which in turn rolled on 6 little spears of aspargus (so you could move it without hurting your back!)--and all on--you guessed it--a puddle of buttery creamy sauce.

Fine. I should have known better. But, after relating last month about what I usually do on the road and not having tried ordering a fancy meal for quite some time, I felt I should check and see if what I usually disliked about eating out had changed. Lamentably not. Nutritional balance was all wrong (too much fat and sugar and too little complex carbohydrates), and portion sizes were small to boot. Probably exacerbated because, as the economy starts to turn, the first thing to shrink is portion sizes in restaurants.

At that point, I was entitled to a dessert. However, trying to salvage some dietary dignity out of the meal, I had asked if I could get something else instead of the dessert. Soup was the suggestion. And the waiter suggested onion soup.

I debated mightily. I had been so disparaging of onion soup last month. I should perhaps give it another try. I agreed to the onion soup.
PC May5
I was not surprised. Here it is: a piece of cheese-laden grilled bread sitting on a surprise underneath. And the underneath (the soup) turned out to be very salty, slightly beefy broth, with translucent onions floating in it that betrayed not a hint of the caramelized browning that lends such an exquisite flavor to a good onion soup.

I stand on my prior advice: avoid the onion soup.

That was my fancy tasting meal. All for only $90 plus tip (that was food only; I passed on the wine pairings for another $50.)

But that got me thinking as I left the restaurant about how truly wonderful a great onion soup can be: bursting with grilled onion and beef flavor. I turn it into an entire meal by adding grilled cubes of lean beef to it, white beans, and a full-flavored green such as mustard or collard greens. It epitomizes everything I love about great food: full of flavor, loaded with yummy vegetables, filling and satisfying---but not loaded with calories and fat. Something you can eat until you don't feel like eating any more and not feel guilty about a single bite.

That's really my philosophy about food in a nutshell: making great tasting, super-healthy food you can eat as much of as you like. Only it's so hard to do in a restaurant. As I found out, once again.

So allow me to dedicate this as an ode to my Uber-Onion Soup. The recipe follows. Hope you love it as much as I do.

Bon appetit,
The Power Chef

Über-Onion Soup

PC May6

A classic french soup fortified with beef, greens and beans to make it a complete and healthy meal. This recipe is also great for giving a new life to leftover roast beef or steak.

The Gist

Onions are caramelized in butter, then simmered in beef broth with white beans. Fresh greens (collard greens in this version) are added at the end. The soup is then served with wheat bread toasted with cheese on top.

Ingredients

2-3 lbs. cubed beef (leftover roast or fresh)
2 quarts water
3 Tbs. beef stock base
1 stick butter
5 yellow onions, sliced
1 lbs. dry white beans (such as the Great Northern variety)
1 pkg. fresh thyme, minced
1/2 cup white wine or brandy
salt and pepper to taste
2 large bunches collard greens, chopped
8 slices whole wheat bread
1 cup mixed grated swiss and parmesan cheese

Method

Cut the leftover or fresh beef into small cubes. If you're using leftover roast beef or steak from one of the marinated, grilled recipes in this book, it can immediately go into the water to start simmering. If you're using fresh beef, brown it in the stock pot over high heat first, then add the water.

Add the stock base to the water and bring it to a simmer. Leave it simmering while you prepare the onions. (The stock can also be prepared ahead and simmered for several hours, but 30-45 minutes will get you most of the flavor.)

Place the butter in the bottom of a large stock pot, then add the sliced onions. Heat the pan over medium heat until the butter is melted, then cover the pan and raise the heat to high. Stir the onions every few minutes as they give up their juices. After about 15 minutes, uncover the pan, turn the heat down to medium, and stir the onions every few minutes until golden brown. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you stir so it doesn't burn on the bottom. If the onions start to stick, you can add just a little water to unstick them.

Rinse the dry white beans thoroughly in a colander.

When the onions are golden and caramelized, add the beef stock and cubes, thyme, dry white beans, and the white wine or brandy. Bring the mixture to a simmer and taste for salt and pepper. If you're using marinated, leftover beef, you may not need any more salt or pepper.

Simmer the soup until the beans are tender (about 1-1/2 hours).

Lightly toast the slices of wheat bread. A toaster oven can do them all at once. Place the toasted slices on aluminum foil or a baking sheet and sprinkle the mixed, grated cheeses over them. Return them to the oven or toaster oven for a final toasting when you're ready to serve the soup.
Just before serving, add the greens and shut off the heat. Give the bread a final toasting, then serve. The greens will still be bright green an crunchy. Float a slice of toast on top of each bowl, or-for folks who like their toast crisp-serve it on the side for dipping.

Variations

I also like this soup with cannelloni beans (white kidney beans) and kale instead of collard greens. Any sturdy, cooking green would also do well. Mustard greens would be an interesting choice if you like mustard flavor with your beef.

Kahlers
Porsche Roads
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--by Claude Leglise, GGR past president

Carmel Valley Road and River Road

Carmel is a very popular northern California destination year-round. Whether for golfing, shopping, sightseeing or simply hanging out, the area is a magnet for weekend travelers. Few folks explore the back roads in the vicinity, however, as most prefer to congregate on Highway 1. In this installment of Porsche Roads, I want to tell you about a very picturesque and less traveled alternative.

From the town of Carmel, take Highway 1 going south and make a left on Carmel Valley Road. The first few miles consist of shopping malls, housing developments and golf courses, but don't worry, what comes next is worth the wait.

About three miles outside of town, the first interesting stop for all serious car fans is Baja Cantina in the Valley Hills shopping area on the right side, past the Quail Lodge. The Mexican menu has a nice Oaxaca flavor, but the real attraction is all the automotive memorabilia covering the inside and outside walls. This place is a favorite of all the racing drivers who come to nearby Laguna Seca. If you happen to be there on a Thursday evening, you may find several dozen classic cars and hot rods in the parking lot.

Roads May1

Past the cantina, on the left-hand side, is Laureles Grade Road, which goes back to Laguna Seca. It is an interesting road, but not our destination today. Stay on Carmel Valley Road and the real fun starts past Carmel Valley Village when you enter Klondike Canyon in the Santa Lucia Mountains. Traffic disappears as if by magic, the road narrows, oaks hang gracefully over the pavement; this is what California must have looked like a couple of centuries ago. As you wind your way through the mountains, you will soon arrive at the Hastings Natural History Reservation, where you may well see a bobcat, a mountain lion or a deer. The road gently climbs to 2000 feet, and soon the oaks give way to vast grazing pastures and open landscapes. Past the summit, you begin the descent towards the valley of the Salinas River. There are many Kodak opportunities along the way as you drive past ranches, donkeys, wineries, hay fields and more.

Carmel Valley Road turns into Arroyo Seco Road, and at the intersection of Elm Avenue, you may choose to turn right towards Greenfield and Highway 101, if time is running short. If you stay on Arroyo Seco instead, prepare for an entirely different California, as you are now on the fertile west bench of the Salinas River.

Roads May2

Follow Arroyo Seco for about 5 miles and turn left on Fort Romie Road. At the end of the 19th century, the Fort Romie Colony was a Salvation Army agricultural commune. I do not know if it ever had a proper heyday, but it is not now. The more interesting sightseeing stop is a mile after the turnoff at Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, founded in 1791 and one of the rarely visited California Missions. Pull over for a quick visit; it is unlikely that you will see more than 10 other people on the grounds, and you will get a good sense of how lonesome the place is. The name Soledad was well chosen.

Roads May3

North of the Mission, Fort Romie Road becomes River Road and follows the contours of the Santa Lucia Mountains about 2 miles west of Highway 101. You may want to stop at the San Saba Vineyards or the Manzoni Estate Vineyard for a sampling of the local production, or pull over to admire the vast fields of cacti that seem to extend all the way to the foothills.

Roads May4

As Salinas nears, housing developments reappear in the windshield, and soon you reach Highway 68. There you can turn left and go back to Carmel, or turn right towards downtown Salinas and Highway 101 if it is time to drive home.

Claude

Scale: 1* to 5*        Twistiness    Pavement quality    Scenery

Carmel Valley Road     ****                   ***                       ****
River Road                    *                    ****                       ***

Roads May5
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Enter for the Carolina Trophy
September Means More Porsches In The Carolina Mountains!

--by Paul Misencik, Metrolina Area PCA, Huntersville, NC

For the past four years now, I've been organizing and running an event every September called "The Carolina Trophy," which is a five-day, European-style vintage motorcar road rally in the spirit of the Mille Miglia and Rallye des Alpes.  The event is based out of Lake Lure, North Carolina and covers 1000km over five days on some of the most sinewy and serpentine roads anywhere.  As a loyal Porsche owner and enthusiast, it warms my heart that the best-represented marque every year is Porsche, and 2008 appears to be no exception!

Carolina

Although registration is still in its early stages, we already have a four-cam 356 Carrera GS entered, a stunning 911SC RS rally replica (in Rothman's livery), two 1955 Speedsters, three 356 coupes, and two early 911's.  In addition, we have vintage Ferraris, Jaguars, Aston Martins, Austin-Healeys, and Alpine-Renaults coming from all over the United States, Canada, and even abroad!  By the time the field is set, I feel certain we'll have everything from thundering Corvettes to snarling MG's taking the starting line.

Although the Carolina Trophy is technically a "competitive" event, every stage takes place on open public roadways at legal speeds.  Each car is piloted by a driver and a navigator, and the rally is timed and scored using a combination of TSD stages and regularity legs, with ample transition stages mixed in to make ensure teams have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the roads and scenery.  Some of our entrants take the competitive side of the rally very seriously indeed, while others don't compete and merely enjoy the routes at whatever pace they choose.  Regardless, the event is set up to make sure the spirit of adventure, camaraderie, and gentlemanly competition is accessible to every entrant.

Virtually all-inclusive, the Carolina Trophy is set in gracious accommodations and includes meals, beverages and many cocktails, with social events from start to finish that make up a significant portion of the event's appeal.  By day, entrants are charging through the mountains and competing against the clock, but lunches and evenings are invariably chances for teams to connect with on another, relive the adventure of the day, and tell fish stories about cars and other topics with a group of passionate, like-minded enthusiasts.

If you love cars, I urge you to come out and experience the 2008 running of The Premier Financial Services Carolina Trophy, which takes place September 14-19, 2008.  All vehicles built in 1980 or earlier are eligible to compete, with a "special interest" class available to cars of particular interest built later than that date.  We also love to have spectators, we always need volunteers, and unique and affordable sponsorship opportunities exist for forward-thinking companies, so come on out and enjoy the action!

Complete details can be found at www.carolinatrophy.com, or call (704) 351 2087 and ask for Paul!  See you in September!
2008 Porsche Parade Registration
Hello and Greetings from Charlotte!

We, the Parade 2008 Team, would like to thank you for your continued interest in Porsche Parade 2008. As you have probably read in this months' PANORAMA we have a very exciting line-up of events in store for you here in the 'Queen City'.

At this time we would like to introduce the official Porsche Parade 2008 Website. It is now 'LIVE' and available for viewing at www.paradecharlotte.org.  Please feel free to explore the site and see what we have planned.  FYI - More information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

*** Remember that Registration for the 2008 Porsche Parade opens at 9AM EST on Tuesday March 11th 2008 - Put it on your Calendar !!! ***

Thanks!

Harvey Yancey || Chair 
Porsche Parade 2008 - Charlotte
Carolinas Region
Porsche Club of America

http://www.paradecharlotte.org
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