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April 2010. Volume 50, Issue 4
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Porsche Pets Rule!
Competition Corner
5/22-23 DE at Buttonwillow
Board of Directors
Membership Report
The Power Chef
Say it ain't so, Jo.
The 1971 Porsche Parade
Register for the 2010 Porsche Parade
The Marin Sonoma Concours
Porsche 918 Spyder
The New Cayennes
Zone 7 Concours School
Redwood & Zone 7 Autocross
SVR Crab Legs Rally
Yosemite Concours on Campus
Quick Links
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CoCo checked the Snell date on my helmet just prior to this year's first autocross. Thankfully, I passed!

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From the Wurst Wing
--by John Celona, GGR President

This Year's Events are IN GEAR

Hopefully, you were able to attend at least one of the events we put on in March. Your member dues make them happen! If not, here's what's coming up.

The April Boxster Brunch

The next Boxster Brunch will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 3rd at its usual spot: Alice's Restaurant at the intersection of Highway 84 and Syline Boulevard. February was packed despite the rain. Come on by and say hello to Porsche club members from all sorts regions!

First Autocross is History; Next one on April 10th

On Saturday, March 20th we kicked off the autocross season at Alameda. Andrew Blyholder designed an outstanding course and the weather was just perfect. We were really pleased to see a big turnout. The timing system was giving absolute fits to our two new autocross chairs, Joe Lee and Chris Hamilton, but they are working hard to iron out all the bugs for the next one and promise lots of timed laps!

There was a very interesting assortment of cars at this event. Bringing truth to the prediction that Boxsters are going to be "the next 914," folks are beginning to show up with stripped down and spec Boxsters. Come see what one looks like with all the interior and roof removed. Plus there was an Audi R8 zipping around. Very BAD looking with those strips of LED lights.

Here's a link to photos from the event taken by Ron Breeze, and here's the rest of the schedule for this year:

  • 4/10    GGR    Alameda
  • 5/15    GGR    Alameda
  • 6/12    GGR    Alameda
  • 6/13    GGR    Alameda
  • 7/24    GGR/LPR/Zone 7    Marina
  • 7/25    GGR/LPR/Zone 7    Marina
  • 8/14    GGR/LPR    Marina
  • 8/15    GGR/LPR    Marina
  • 9/11    GGR    Alameda
  • 10/16    GGR    Alameda
  • 11/13    GGR    Alameda
Get to work on wearing out your tires before it starts raining again!

First Track Weekend is History; More coming

By the time you read this, GGR's first track weekend will be history: a 3-day event at Thunderhill including a club race. Mike Cullinan and Warren Walker have been working very hard putting the series together. As of right now, sign ups are looking good so we're looking forward to a great event.

If you missed this one, here's what's coming up the rest of the year:
  • May 22/23 - Buttonwillow - Club Race/DE/TT, co-hosted with Grand Prix Region from Long Beach. Central Coast Region will have their annual DE on the Friday before our event
  • July 31/August 1 - Thunderhill - DE/TT
  • Sept 18/19 - Thunderhill - Club Race/DE/TT
  • Oct 8th (Friday) - Infineon - DE-only
We work hard to offer very competitive prices for track driving and the best track instruction in the west. Come learn how to REALLY drive your Porsche!

GGR 50th Anniversary Update

The 50th Committee (myself, Mark Powell, Louise Sousoures, Susan Smith, Lou Felsher, Jim Mirowski, Scott Miner, and Bubba Gong) have been hard at work nailing down a venue for the Sunday event. Next month, we hope to announce final plans and when registration will open.

We'll also begin selling commemorative t-shirts (at below cost!) to help publicize the event. This is made possible by a sponsorship from Carlsen Porsche, who will be our lead sponsor for the event.

Thanks very much to Carlsen Porsche for the support! Please go there and buy a car!

Mark your calendar, though! September 11-12. 2010 you'll want to join us for the big celebration!

Have some fun and come join us for an event. YOUR DUES are what helps put them on!


Letter from the Editor
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor

Thanks to Contributors!

It's great to see a continuing stream of contributions. We'd like to thank  Andrew  Chisholm of the First Settlers Region for sending in an article on Parade, and our own Vice President Rob Murillo for expanding our repertoire of pets to include fine feathered friends. Keep the Porsche Pets coming!

Articles too! We'll be pleased to run things in the following month.

Thanks for reading.
High Performance House
Porsche Pets Rule!
Senna a.k.a. Piña

--by Rob Murillo, Vice President

Pina is about 2.5 years old and occasionally goes to the track where she takes on her pseudonym of Senna.


Pina is a pineapple conure (hens the name). She can say Pina, happy, hola, cookie and a couple of other partial words. Of course she likes to go in the car, co piloting from the drivers shoulder.

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Competition Corner

Leglise2--by Claude Leglise, GGR past president

The competition season is underway and promises to bring new excitement to all participants. Many GGR members have used the winter break to build new cars, buy new toys or improve their existing rides. Competition will be good-natured, yet intense.
The first autocross was held at Alameda on March 20. The weather was beautiful and the turnout was very large, with over 100 drivers. Unfortunately, the event suffered from major issues with the timing system, as well as some unrelated teething problems. Anyone who has had a computer crash in the middle of important work will understand the predicament. 113 drivers had timed entries, but the results were erratic, so this event will not count towards the season totals. Chris Hamilton and Joe Lee have analyzed in detail what went wrong and are hard at work developing fixes. The next autocross is April 10 at Alameda. Mark your calendars.

Autocross #1 at Alameda; Another Beautiful Day!
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Thunderhill saw the start of the race track event season on March 26-28. 16 students joined 72 experienced drivers for three days of Driver's Education and Time Trials. If cold air increases horsepower, then all the cars must have been operating at their peak levels, as the ambient temperature was 42 degrees when the first yellow group was released to the track on Friday morning. Mike Cullinan, Warren Walker and their crew organized a flawless weekend, and all participants enjoyed a great many laps. Cindy and I were both driving; we added well over 500 track miles to the odometer of our faithful 911.
The club racers were also at Thunderhill for two sprint races and the first GGR enduro race. Carl Switzer, in his first PCA Club Race weekend and in a new car, took first place overall in the enduro race. Way to go, Carl! After the last race, I overheard one of the National stewards say that in the 10 years he has been working races for PCA, this was only the second incident-free race he had ever seen. Kudos to all the drivers and the club volunteers.
The Saturday evening dinner speaker was Cass Whitehead, Chief Driving Instructor for the Porsche Sport Driving School, based at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama. Cass entertained the audience with stories from his racing career, how a Panamera Turbo was keeping up with a GT3 at Firebird Raceway, and how to use the electronic driving aids to improve one's technique. Cass also answered myriad questions from the audience.

The Drivers' Meeting at Thunderhill for DE/TT/CR #1
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The next DE/TT/Club Race weekend is May 22-23 at Buttonwillow. Registration is open on MotorsportReg.
A big thank you goes to John Tavernetti for updating and publishing the competition rulebook this month. It was a big job that had been delayed far too long and desperately needed to be done.
One final note: All the AX and TT car classifications from previous years were removed from the system to clean up the database and accommodate the changes. Don't forget to class or reclass your car if you have not already done so.
See you at Alameda and Buttonwillow.

May 22-23 Drivers' Ed / Time Trial / Club Race

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Board of Directors
--by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for February 2, 2010
Call to Order
President Celona called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at his home.
All members of the Board except for the Membership Director and the Competition Director were present. The Board was joined by Sharon Neidel (Zone 7 Representative), Chris Hamilton and Joe Lee (GGR AX Chairs), Andrew Forrest (Webmaster) and Past President Bill Dally.
            Agenda Changes - None
            Calendar Changes - None
Postmortem of Past Events
The Boxster Brunch organized by George Grialou packed the back half of Alice's Restaurant in Woodside.
Many members continue to enjoy the Friday night socials organized by Shirley Neidel on the third Friday of each month at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City.
Directors' Reports

            President - Deposits are being laid for the Venues for the 50th anniversary festivities. The President is continuing to negotiate with one venue.
Arrangements are being made to facilitate payment of Zone 7 fees for Zone-sponsored events.

            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for all of the autocross events presently on the calendar for 2010 as well as the March 26-28 Driving Event and Club Race at Thunderhill.

            Treasurer - Several bank accounts have been consolidated to save extra fees. A very comprehensive report was delivered and accepted

            Secretary - Nothing to Report

            Social - Nothing to Report

            Membership - The President furnished the Membership Report that he had obtained from PCA National. New Members listed therein were approved

            Competition - Permits are being obtained for the first autocross at Alameda. Showroom stock classes were discussed.       

            Webmaster - Website activity levels were reported. The Social, Autocross and Driver's Education pages have been updated.
Topics for Discussion

            Tax Returns for 2009 were discussed and approved for filing.
            The Zone 7 Representative provided a report of Zone 7 and PCA National news, which was appreciated by the Board.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9 p. m.

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Membership Report

Jeff Kost--by Jeff Kost, Membership Director

Some good news to start out the year! The primary membership level and the associate membership numbers were up in both January and February, a nice change of events after 2009. Both new memberships and renewals were strong and transfers in/out were in GGR's favor. Let's keep it up, make sure you mention the club to Porsche owners not already involved. Even better, let's see you at an event in the VERY near future!

Total Members:   2378
Primary:              1387
Affiliate:                990
HQ Life:                   1
GGR Life:                3
New Members:   16 Jan / 22 Feb
Transfers In:          9 Jan / 2 Feb
Transfers Out:       2 Jan / 2 Feb


New Members

Carolyn Beach

Moss Beach


Michael Bonner

San Francisco


Karra Canum

San Jose

2010 Targa 4S

Mateo Carr

San Francisco

2000 911 C4

Winston Chou

San Francisco


Gene Cook

San Jose

2006 Cayman S

Cecily Cullen

San Jose


Jessica Daker

San Jose


John & Jessica Daker

San Jose

2006 911

Doug Ferrari

Monte Sereno

2009 Carrera

Mark & Stephanie Fleishman

San Mateo

1987 Carrera

Martin Fong

San Francisco

1987 Carrera

Ryan Frazier

San Jose


Krista Gatlin

San Francisco

2000 Carrera

Kris & Kit Halvorsen

Los Altos

2010 GT3

Nicole Hamilton

Redwood Shores


Steve Hill


1959 RSK

Sue Hoeschler



Idrivefast Hollister

Redwood Shores

2009 Cayman

Mark & Nina Homnack

Palo Alto

2007 911 4S

Vincent Huey



Todd & Yunju Jacob

Union City

2010 911Carrera

Bill Jump

Morgan Hill

2006 Cayenne S

Judy Keeley



Lar Kerila

San Jose

2010 GT3

Vincent Lai

Santa Clara

2006 Boxster

Craig Largent

Menlo Park

2010 911 4s

Marc Libarle

San Francisco


Mathias Linz


1989 3.2L Carrera

Vani Man

Santa Clara


Stephan McKeown


2010 Cayman S

Payam Mirrashidi

San Francisco

2009 Carrera S

Insaaf & Malalai Mohideen

Santa Clara

2009 911 S

Scot Montagnino

San Francisco

1996 993 c4s

Kurt Neimann

07545 Gera

1971 Porsche 91

Oguz Olcay



Trac Pham

San Jose

1997 911

Steven & Michael Poitras

Mountain View

1999 Carrrera 4

Ross Poole


1969 911

Michael Praisner


2008 Cayman

Michael Prospero

San Mateo

2008 911

Andre Robinson

San Jose

2006 Cayman S

Francis Rodriguez

Santa Clara

2007 997 GT3

Allison Rolling

San Jose


Jaime Smith

Santa Rosa

1988 911

Jessie Stanshaw

San Francisco


Jonathan Strausburg

San Mateo

2002 911

Danny & Kelly Terrones


2009 Boxster

Roger Wise


2002 Carrera 4

Kipp Zenger

Morgan Hill

1987 911



 35 Years

Allen Henderson

Los Gatos


Robert & Carolyn Paterson

Redwood City

1977 924


 25 Years

Tom Amon


1979 911

Chuck & Rosemary Davis

San Carlos

1976 912E

Ralf & Candi Gester


1986 911


 20 Years

Ann Hammill

Los Gatos


Robert Mattei

San Francisco

1978 930

Janice Slusser

Los Altos



15 Years

Fred Campbell Campbell

Redwood City

1975 911

Laura Enander-harris



Lisa Fanslau

San Jose


Charles Krause

Palo Alto

1991 911C2

Louisa Ward




10 Years

Erich Bauer


91 911

Clemson Chan

San Jose

1974 914

Christopher Culp

San Carlos

1984 911

Virginia Dugan



Christine Dunn

Menlo Park


Charles & Karen Gayraud

San Jose

1998 C2S

Ryan Madson

San Jose

  80 911SC

Mark Slauson

San Ramon

2005 911 C2S

Behram Soonawala

Santa Rosa


Gregory Welch


1970 914

Michael Banic

Los Altos

2000 911

Robert Coe

Santa Cruz

2003 996

Nancy Battaglia

San Jose


Pat Lynch


1985 911


 5 Years

Novita Aryani

West Bloomfield


William Bares

Los Altos

1974 911

Gregory Chiocco

San Jose


Hans Cullen



Toby Fernandez


1978 911

Ermanno Gallegioni

San Francisco

2005 997 S

T & Harmin Grewal


1966 912

Ronald Hill


1986 911

Matthew & Linda Kellett

San Jose

1987 911

Bella Lindell



Carol McNamara

San Mateo

1988 911

Sharyl Montague

Los Altos


Nella Pellegrini

San Francisco


Michael Riyanto

San Francisco

1999 911

Ken Schroeder

Los Altos

2005 911

Ernest Selander

San Francisco

1987 911

Michael & Katherine Sherman

Half Moon Bay

2005 Boxster

Carl & JoAnne Swirsding

Los Altos

2005 Boxster S

Patrick & Margaret Wong


1993 911

Michael & Laura Evanchik

San Mateo

1980 911 SC

Elizabeth Murphy



Robert Stiffler


1974 914

Rodger & Arita Toliver


1989 911


The Power Chef
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Knowing when you're DONE!

--by John Celona, The Power Chef®

In life as in the kitchen, it's important to know when you're done. Muhammad Ali had to know when he was done boxing. Mario Andretti had to make the call to end racing. Sylvester Stallone had to bring down the curtain on playing Rocky (er, forget that one!). And, even for extremely desirable and hotly contested prizes like being the Nugget editor, after a few hundred years of turning out issues it will be time to turn the reins over to a new generation, if for no other reason then because members will tire of hearing me talk about when Porsches had tires and rolled on the ground. "Geezer!" I can hear it now.

Thankfully, it's much easier in the kitchen than in life to know when you're done--and infinitely easier to practice! And it's one of the most immediate ways to improve your cooking because folks often get it wrong--for a variety of reasons. The main reasons I've seen are tradition, worries about getting sick, not enough patience, and not realizing what heat does.

Tradition usually involves cooking things like your (momma) (grandma) (great great aunt of your uncle Vinny's ex-wife) (etc.) used to do. This usually involves cooking things to death, like vegetables or the Thanksgiving turkey. Broccoli does not have to be cooked until dark green, soft, and falling apart into little pieces. Save that for when your teeth are gone and you've misplaced your dentures. I like it bright green and still crisp! Most people seem to agree when I surprise them by serving it this way.

The turkey situation gets us into the issue of food worries. Fears of salmonella and triccinosis have people cooking poultry and pork until any semblance of moisture has left the meat. Actually, this is literally what happens: as meat is heated, the water bound up with the proteins separates and comes out as juice. More heat; less water, until mummified meat is all that remains.

Certainly, fifty or a hundred years ago food safety was a major problem. Today, if you're careful about buying fresh poultry or pork and carefully rinsing the poultry in cool water, both can be safely eaten with just a hint of pink remaining in them. Possibly you've had it this way in restaurants. Cooked this way, the meat has so much more moistness and flavor you'd scarcely know it's the same thing. And it's safe. I've cooked this way for decades and never made anyone sick. Nor is this my idea; the New Professional Chef published by the Culinary Institute of America prescribes this.

Of course, getting the degree of doneness right does require realizing what heat does, which is actually very simple. Heat cooks things! And when you get something hot, the heat continues to cook it after you've turned off the source of heat, until the food starts to cool down. This continued-cooking effect fools a lot of folks.

For example, when cooking beef, you need to remove it from the heat (out of the oven or off the grill) when it's less done than you want it. If you like your beef medium rare, you need to take the steaks off the grill or the roast out of the oven when it's rare. The heat from the hot outside of the meat will continue penetrating to the cooler interior and finish cooking it. Like the heat that continues to radiate out or your engine after you shut off the car (no more combustion).

Turkeys work this way, too. I take them out when there's still a hint of pink to the juices when pierced. The heat on the outside will finish cooking it. Plus letting meat rest helps keep the juices in it. When I'm making a smoked turkey to take over the relatives, I'll take the bird off the grill, plop it in a covered pan, and it will still be hot (but ready to be carved!) an hour later.

Perfectly Pink Pork
Beautiful roast pork

Vegetables work this way, too. Turn the heat off when they still seem underdone, let them sit a spell, and they'll be perfectly cooked and still crisp and hot. If I oversteam my broccoli, I'll take it off the hot burner and leave the cover off so it cools off faster and doesn't get overdone.

This brings us to the last issue: not enough patience. Some things actually need to go longer than most folks let them. Marinating, for example. Meat I like to marinate at least overnight in the fridge. Marinating a turkey (dry rub or brine) takes a good three days in the fridge for the flavors to penetrate. Likewise soups and stews. Getting the main broth boiling with all the flavorings, cooking the meat till tender (an hour or more), adding the last of the fresh vegetables and letting it sit with the heat turned off does wonders for the flavors. Gives everything a chance to get acquainted, so to speak.

Sometimes, there's an added health benefit, too. Take bacon for example.

Many folks like their bacon just fried for a few minutes, just till it's a little cooked but still soft. I like it cooked until really crisp, which takes maybe 20-30 minutes for medium heat (high heat will burn it). This gives it a wonderfully concentrated flavor along with that crisp texture and an added health benefit: a lot of the fat melts off. You can then remove the bacon, drain it on paper towels, and--though still a high-calorie food--it's a lot less fatty than it started off.

So, in the spirit of knowing when things are done, I present my recipe for super-crisp bacon.

Then I will stop--knowing it's time this column is done!

Bon appétit!
The Power Chef

Super-Crisp Bacon

Great bacon

A little extra time makes the bacon super-crisp and tasty-and gives you a chance to drain off a lot of the fat!

The Gist
Cook bacon slowly over medium heat until very crisp, then drain on paper towels.

1 lb. bacon
1/4 cup water

Add about a 1/4 cup of water to a large fry pan with a cover. Turn the heat on high. When the water is bubbling, spread the bacon out across the whole bottom of the pan. Cover, leave the heat on high for another minute or two, then turn the heat down to medium. Every five minutes or so, arrange and flip the pieces of bacon so they crisp evenly.

When the bacon is really crisp, remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. If needed, you can keep it warm in a low oven. Save the melted fat in a jar in the fridge for frying other things (like oatmeal pancakes!).

Starting with a little water in the pan helps speed up the process of melting off the fat and helps the bacon not to stick. If your slices do stick, add a little more during the cooking process to help deglaze the pan.

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Say it ain't so, Jo.*

Benz--by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary
Johannes van Overbeek in a Scott Sharp Patron Ferrari 430! Competing AGAINST the Flying Lizard GT3 RSRs in ALMS this year!! it ain't so...
After the initial shock it's fairly hard to feel sorry for anyone.
Johannes gets to drive a Ferrari. That's really cool. He gets to keep his Porsche Cup recognizing him as one of the greatest non-professional drivers in all the ranks of Porschedom. Post race festivities probably will be a lot better when the theme is Patron Tequila rather than air-borne reptiles.
Porsche and the Flying Lizards shouldn't miss many beats. As great as Johannes has been for the Lizards, Porsche should be fairly long in replacement drivers now that it seems to be slowing down its prototype racing efforts.
We GGR Porsche folks come out OK, but probably melancholy. As much as we all love Zuffenhausen machinery, there is something about the look and sound of a Ferrari that's hard to beat. It's not like Johannes is going to be in a Corv....Corv..... (Sorry. Like you I'll bet, I just can't even mutter that name... Now, that would be terrible.)
Loosing Johannes to the dark side has another benefit. It reminds us all how heady the Porsche driving standards are in Northern California. We have Kevin Buckler and the Racer's Group who periodically do things like win the Daytona 24 Hours outright in a 911. We have Scott Neiman and his Flying Lizards who act as a sub rosa factory team and win just about everything they enter. Going back a generation there was Bob Garretson and his team of "made in Mountain View" 935's which together with Paul Newman, Bobby Rahal and the like carried Bob to a World Endurance Championship. This also gave a group of GGR members like Jerry Woods and Bruce Anderson the chance to crew on the best cars in the world at the highest level of motorsport. Let's not forget Jon Milledge and Walt Maas and their Charlie Burton (Carlsen Porsche) - sponsored 944 Firehawk-winning team.
There are also individual Bay area performers, past and present, who have set winning standards at PCA diving events. Tom Provasi and Garry Walton have at least eleven or twelve Top Time Of Day results at Parade autocrosses, (and Garry has something like twelve SCCA National solo titles to his name.) Terry and Judy Zaccone have racked up an obscene pile of Parade autocross class wins. Let's think go a moment. Marcel in 43 years old and has been to almost all the Parades over that span. Terry and Judy each win their respective classes every year that that there is not a fluke event such as a monsoon hitting as they are preparing to go on course after all their competition had finished their runs in full sun, dry conditions That has to mean 75 or 80 individual victories. Similarly the big news in Parade rallies was the few times in a generation when the late John Clever (usually with one of the Toneys) was not the overall winner.
All of these folks were approachable and enthusiastic. Certainly their brilliance rubs off on the rest of us in some small way. Their presence and their accomplishments make doing Porsche stuff extra fun.
Johannes has always been in the forefront when it comes to sharing his enthusiasm with us. He has been our most open door into the big time of racing. He'd better watch out, however. As much as it's fun to see him driving a Ferrari, let's not forget what happened at Sebring, last week. You know - car running great - suddenly bursts into flames. No one has confirmed a lightning bolt from on high but the old testament is full of tales of divine retribution for sins a lot less serious than leaving the Porsche fold.
* With apologies to Shoeless Joe Jackson and his Blacksox team mates.

Jerry Woods
Club Auto Sport
A Novice View of the 1971 Sun Valley Porsche Parade

--Andrew S. Chisholm, First Settlers Region
As a young rookie Porsche owner, I discovered the benefits of PCA membership after joining in 1969. What really got my attention was this wonderful Panorama magazine that appeared in my mailbox each month. In the days when there were no electronic means of communication (as we practice today), and Porsche ownership was somewhat rare, this magical Porsche-only publication was a real treat to receive.
Panorama's pages included lovingly written articles about Porsche cars and the people who drove them. It featured advertising of Porsche stuff to buy, upcoming events to attend, Porsche factory news and stories of Porsche racing from all over the world. One event that caught my eye was the annual PCA convention, referred to as the Porsche Parade. In 1971, Sun Valley, Idaho would be the location. I just had to attend.
I must admit being somewhat intimidated at attending such an extravaganza. Some of those famous people mentioned in the "Pano" would be there. No one from my region was going to attend. How would I do competing against all of those experienced and accomplished Porsche drivers? Maybe I should sit this one out. Or just attend and take pictures. I decided to enter the autocross and the hill climb competition. At least I had some local autocross experience.
After a wonderful trip in my 1969 912, I drove into the parking lot of the Sun Valley Lodge. It was a beautiful place, but my first fear had come true. There I was in the midst of hundreds of Porsches and I knew no one. However, no sooner than I had switched off the ignition, I was approached by an official-looking guy in a Castrol Oil hat. Uh oh, I must be parked in the wrong place. He had spotted my Virginia license plates and came over to introduce himself. Turns out he was Dan Rowzie of the Potomac region. Dan and I had met at a couple of PCA events back east, and he was one of those famous people with his name in the Pano, as he served as the National Public Relations guy for PCA. Dan introduced me to the members of his group and invited me to park with them in the concours prep parking lot. So much for not knowing anyone 2000 miles from home!
Tuesday was concours day with over 100 Porsche cars displayed for judging. It is hard to explain the impression that spectacular scene had on me. I used all of the film for my camera that I had brought with me and wished I had more. I went from Porsche to Porsche, taking notes and pictures and talking to most anyone who would listen. What a wonderful day! The owners of the Porsches displayed all seemed to have a special story about their cars and were anxious to tell the story. Back at the Lodge late that afternoon, I thought that this sort of gathering was not just about the cars, but the very special people who drive them. Maybe there is a slogan brewing there.
I was real nervous about the autocross. If there is any event where I can display my skills, the autocross is it. On Wednesday morning, I showed up early to make sure that I was prepared. First, the 912. Just take all movable items from the interior and trunk, take off the hubcaps (yes, hubcaps) and adjust the tire pressures. For a "stock" class Porsche, that is about it and not much has changed over the years. As for driver prep, walk the course and make sure you know exactly where you want to go. One main thing about the autocross game is not to hesitate while you wonder where the course goes.
The Sun Valley autocross was held on public streets, some of which were roads in front of houses and condos not yet built. This made for kind of a "road cross", fun to drive and safe for the drivers. The 912 class was well represented, with 23 cars entered as four cylinder Porsches were pretty common. As the 912 group lined up for the start, I thought I should have a pretty good chance to do well. Lots of different colors and years of 912s were staged, but all seemed somewhat the same, making it close to a "spec" class.
The flagman waived the green and I was off on my first Porsche Parade autocross. This was big time for me and I wanted to make a good showing. I did OK following the course, made a couple of mistakes in the "turn around" area where I thought I should shift to first gear and ultimately finished 7th in class. I was kind of disappointed with my performance, but only 2.34 seconds from the first place time of 1:51.69. At the autocross banquet, I was awarded a trophy for my efforts and received applause from those in attendance. Wow, I was one notch down from the Indy 500!
Upon arriving home, I had all of my pictures developed and thought that I sure would like to have one of my 912 in action during the autocross. A great idea would to be to put a request in the Mart section of Pano, so I sent in an advertisement to the Wanted section. After all, lots of people were there and maybe someone would have a picture that they would share. I never got a response from my ad, but the Pano editor took note of my request and published a picture of my 912 and me in action at the Sun Valley autocross.
There, in the September, 1971 issue of the Porsche Panorama, for all the world to see forever, is a picture of me autocrossing with the windshield wipers on full blast. It was not raining. Be careful of what you wish for.

Andy on Panorama
In the minds and memories of all who attended the Sun Valley Parade, it has always been known as one of the best ever, especially for it's time. I was fortunate to have been there. I have that 7th place trophy around here somewhere, but the memories of the folks who were there remain today. People such as Dan Rowzie, Walt Woodhead and Bob Harper and their friends and family of the Potomoc Region made my first Porsche Parade a neat experience. My attendance at 28 Porsche Parades since has added many more lifetime Porsche friends as the years have gone by. Check out the next Parade, where ever it may be held, for lifetime memories of your own.
Oh, one more thing. I have been practicing at this autocross thing and want you six guys who beat me in Sun Valley to know that I want a re-match!

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The Marin Sonoma Concours
--by Kurt Fischer, Redwood past president
Marin Sonoma Concours
 I am only fixated on one thing now until after May 16, 2010 and that is the Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance and the Redwood Region's participation in the biggest Porsche event in all of Zone 7 for 2010.
We have three categories of events that you can partake in...
1. We are still looking for the best of the best in Porsches for the Concours itself. We will be using the PCA Zone 7 Concours rules for "street" class, which covers everything except the chassis and underpinnings in these classes; 356, 911's to 1973 and newly added 912's and 914's to 1976 along with Porsche race cars of any year! If you have that fine car or know of someone who has one...please go to this link!
2. On Saturday, May 15, 2010, we have "The Drive" which starts in Mill Valley with a continental breakfast and after a 2 + hour spirited drive on the back roads of Marin and Sonoma Counties ends up with a gourmet lunch at the Rockin H Ranch situated on the Petaluma River. The cost for this event is $40.00 per person. We are allotted 75 cars or 150 people on the first come basis! We already have over 60 people on this tour, so do not get left behind. Get your application in ASAP. This is for any Porsche, regardless of year! Here is the link for "The Drive".
3. On Sunday, May 16, 2010 for the Concours, we have about 108 spaces in a special Car Corral Area adjacent to the Concours field and not stuck out with the rest of the "other" cars! Corrals are great places for socializing and general tire kicking of our favorite marque. The cost for the corral is $40.00 per car and that includes 2 admissions to the Concours! Here is the link.
Last year, the Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance had 180 cars on the field and thousands of visitors for its first year and this year, the field has been expanded to 200 cars. You will not find a better Concours on this side of the Golden Gate Bridge; you name the car and it will be there!
Remember PORSCHE is the featured marque and we will have the iconic Janis Joplin wildly painted 356 there on display along with many other surprises! This Concours is in our own backyard...the Redwood Region and benefits Hospice By the Bay. All events are tax deductible! Please reserve your space now, as these events will fill up fast!
If you have any questions, please click here to email me.

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Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche Reveals High-Performance 918 Spyder Concept

Highly Efficient and Ultra-Fast Plug-in Hybrid Super Sports Car Unveiled in Geneva

ATLANTA - March 1, 2010 - Today, on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche unveiled an ultra-efficient, low-emission, mid-engine super sports car featuring hybrid and electric drive technology.

918 exterior

The 918 Spyder concept combines high-tech racing features with electric-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities. For example, it is planned to provide an emission
level of just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer on fuel consumption of only three liters/100
kilometers (equal to approximately 78 mpg U.S.), which is truly outstanding, even for an
ultra-compact city car. This car, however, is intended to offer the performance of a
super sports car with acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2
seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph), and a lap time on the Nordschleife of
Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.

The 918 Spyder is one of three Porsche models with hybrid drive making their world
debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This trio - made up of Porsche's new Cayenne S
Hybrid SUV with parallel full-hybrid drive, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car with electric
drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery, and the two-seater high-performance
918 Spyder mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid technology - clearly
demonstrates not only the great bandwidth of this new drive technology, but also the
innovative power of Porsche as a genuine pioneer in hybrid drive.

The highly-innovative 918 Spyder concept car combines Porsche's Intelligent
Performance philosophy with the high-technology from motorsport, with classic but
modern design to make a truly convincing statement.

Innovative powertrain combines race-bred V8 engine with electric drive

This open two-seater is powered by a high-revving V8 developing more than 500
horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm - as well as electric motors on
the front and rear axle with overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower (160 kW).

The V8 combustion engine is the next step in the evolution of the highly successful 3.4-
liter power unit already featured in the RS Spyder racing car and positioned mid-ship, in
front of the rear axle, giving the car excellent balance and the right set-up for supreme
performance on the race track.

Power is transmitted to the wheels by a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe
(PDK) transmission that feeds the power of the electric drive system to the rear axle.
The front-wheel electric drive powers the wheels through a fixed transmission ratio.

The energy reservoir is a fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery positioned behind the passenger
cell. The big advantage of a plug-in hybrid is that the battery can be charged on the
regular electrical network. A further point is that the car's kinetic energy is converted
into electrical energy fed into the battery when applying the brakes, thus providing
additional energy for fast and dynamic acceleration.

Driver's choice of four distinct driving modes

A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose among four different running
modes: The E-Drive mode is for running the car under electric power alone, with a range
of up to 25 km or 16 miles. In the Hybrid mode, the 918 Spyder uses both the electric
motors and the combustion engine as a function of driving conditions and requirements,
offering a range from particularly fuel-efficient all the way to extra-powerful.

The Sport Hybrid mode uses both drive systems, but with the focus on performance.
Most of the drive power goes to the rear wheels, with Torque Vectoring serving to
additionally improve the car's driving dynamics.

In the Race Hybrid mode the drive systems are focused on pure performance with the
highest standard of driving dynamics on the track, running at the limit to their power and
dynamic output. With the battery sufficiently charged, a push-to-pass button feeds in
additional electrical power (E-Boost), when overtaking or for even better performance.

With the hybrid drive system offering this wide range of individual modes and
applications, the 918 Spyder is able either to achieve lap times comparable to those of
a thoroughbred racing car, or the extremely low emissions and high fuel economy
figures of a plug-in hybrid.

Advanced body structure and design offer more than just good looks

Like the drivetrain, the lightweight body structure of the Porsche 918 Spyder also bears
out the car's DNA carried over directly from motorsport: The modular structure with its
monocoque bodyshell made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFP) and liberal use of
magnesium and aluminum not only reduce weight to below 1,490 kg, or 3,285 lb, but
also ensure supreme driving precision thanks to a high level of torsional stiffness.

Reminiscent of highly successful, legendary racing cars such as the Porsche 917 and
the current Porsche RS Spyder, the 918 Spyder, with its design concept so typical of
Porsche arouses powerful emotions. The combination of racing car dimensions, clearly
structured design with perfectly balanced surfaces, and innovative details throughout,
creates an ideal synthesis of form and function - following Porsche's design DNA.

The smooth balance of tradition and progress gives the car a powerful stance on the
road. Variable aerodynamics, typical of Porsche, ensures both visionary and traditional
highlights especially around the rear spoiler. The striking rear hoods extending out of
the headrests, in turn, not only fulfill an aerodynamic function on the 918 Spyder, but
also accommodate retractable air intakes with a ram air function.

918 interior

High-tech interior provides glimpse into the future

The driver and passenger are not only embedded in contoured sports bucket seats but
also form part of the cockpit, which provides a synthesis of efficient functionality and
ergonomic high-tech operation. Additionally, the cockpit offers a glimpse at the potential
interior architecture of future Porsche super sports cars. The three free-standing
circular dials for road speed (left), engine speed (middle) and energy management (right)
would appear to come directly from a racing car in the '60s, bearing out that unique
philosophy of driver orientation so characteristic of Porsche.

The center console rises up towards the front in the 918 Spyder and houses a touch
screen for intuitive control of the car's functions, serving to reduce the number of visible
controls and maintain the principle of direct operation.

The control units relevant to the driver are mainly concentrated on the three-spoke
multifunction sports steering wheel, while the variable driving modes are supplemented
by a switch enabling the driver to call up various drive programs and serving as the
push-to-pass button for E-boosting. Instrument illumination, finally, varies from green for
the consumption-oriented running modes to red for the performance-oriented driving

The Porsche 918 Spyder concept also comes with further innovative functions such as
the Range Manager. After being activated in the Center Display, the Range Manager
uses the map in the navigation system to present the remaining range the car is able to
cover, naturally allowing the driver to influence that range through the appropriate
choice of power and performance.

In cities with environmental alert areas the Range Manager also states whether the
driver is able to reach a certain destination on electric power alone.

Applying this information and using further info on the availability and location of special
energy filling stations, the driver is then able to choose his personal style of driving as
well as the right battery charge and filling strategy.

Offering a unique combination of extremely low fuel consumption, supreme performance
and long electric range, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept represents an essential
milestone in Porsche's strategy on the way to genuine electric-mobility.

The New Cayennes
All-new SUV debuts in Geneva with more room, technology, performance, and significantly less weight and fuel consumption
ATLANTA - February 25, 2010 - Led by a technologically advanced full hybrid model, the all-new, next-generation Porsche Cayenne sport-utility vehicle will debut at the Geneva motor show in early March. In line with the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy, the entire range, from the entry level Cayenne with a V6 engine to the 500-horsepower Cayenne Turbo, all deliver improved performance while using less fuel and producing fewer emissions than ever before.
The New Porsche Cayenne will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show (press days: March 31 and April 1, public days: April 2-11). The Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo go on sale in July as a 2011 model, and U.S. pricing will be announced soon. Porsche dealerships will offer the Cayenne and Cayenne S Hybrid in the fall.
The performance of a V8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6 The highlight is the new Cayenne S Hybrid featuring a highly sophisticated parallel full hybrid drive system. With a combined power output of 380 horsepower from the supercharged V6 combustion engine and an electric motor, the Cayenne S Hybrid combines the performance of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

Cayenne Hybrid
The Cayenne S Hybrid 

Through continuous interaction between the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and electric motor, the Cayenne S Hybrid focuses on maximum efficiency. Depending on driving conditions, either drive unit can operate independently or together. The 47-horsepower (34 kW) electric motor is the ideal partner for the 333-horsepower engine, which produces high torque at low engine speeds. With peak torque at 427 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm, the Cayenne S Hybrid's performance is on par with a V8- powered Cayenne S.
The Cayenne S Hybrid's two drive units are connected by a decoupling clutch. A hybrid controller constantly coordinates their complex interaction, and intelligent management of the clutch makes the transition among various driving modes seamless. Like many hybrids, the Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances on electric power alone, free of emissions and noise up to 60 km/h or almost 40 mph. For aggressive acceleration, the motor provides an extra 'boost' to the gasoline engine.
What makes the Cayenne S Hybrid unique is its ability to cruise at high speeds on electric power alone. The gasoline engine can be completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain at
speeds of up to 97 mph. Christened by the Weissach engineers as 'sailing' - or cruising -- mode, the drag forces exerted by the combustion engine and their braking effect are eliminated in the interest of lower resistance and fuel consumption.
All new-generation Cayenne SUVs set high standards for efficiency and performance. Compared with the former models, fuel consumption is down by up to 23 percent in the New European Driving Cycle and CO2 emissions are significantly reduced, despite the increased performance. Actual EPA-certified fuel economy figures will be available when the cars go on sale in North America in July.

Cayenne Turbo front
Cayenne Turbo Says "Aahhh" 

A new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with a wide range of gear ratios and the Automatic Start Stop function (first introduced on the Panamera) contribute to these improvements. So does efficient thermal management of the engine and transmission cooling circuits, on-board electrical network recuperation, variable deceleration fuel cut-off and the Cayenne's intelligent lightweight construction.
New Cayenne sheds weight, gains space, yet looks more sleek and compact Thanks to a special combination of materials as well as changes in the overall vehicle concept, such as a new all-wheel drive system, weight has been significantly reduced on all models. Despite an even higher standard of safety, the Cayenne S is 400 lbs lighter, which not only improves fuel consumption and lowers emissions, but also boosts performance, agility, and handling.
The completely new Cayenne design leaves no doubt that it is part of the Porsche family. Its sporting character is evident from all angles, and its Porsche shape and design highlights are more distinct than ever before.
The new Cayenne is 1.9 inches longer than its predecessor, and an added 1.6 inches in wheelbase ensures extra space and greater versatility. But despite larger exterior dimensions, the new Cayenne looks far more compact and dynamic.

Cayenne Interior
Luxurious Cupholders 

Inside, the luxurious interior features a high center console that, like the Panamera, rises up at an incline to meet the dashboard center stack with high-quality fittings and a touch-screen infotainment interface. Porsche's traditional set of five round instruments in the drivers gauge cluster includes a high-resolution circular TFT screen to the right of the tachometer. It can be used to change radio stations, vehicle settings, or access the navigation system or view the map. Rear-seat comfort is much improved, as well. The bench slides fore-and-aft by 6.3 inches, while the backrest can be adjusted to three different angles.
The Cayenne V6 and V8 engines are more powerful and more fuel efficient The entry-level Cayenne with its 300-horsepwer 3.6-liter V6 engine and mated to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission consumes 20 percent less fuel in the New European Driving Cycle than its predecessor.
Fuel consumption is also down significantly on the high-torque Cayenne S. Its 4.8-liter V8 produces 400 horsepower, 15 more than the previous model.  When combined with the overall weight savings, performance is markedly increased, yet fuel consumption is down by 23 percent in the New European Driving Cycle.
The Cayenne Turbo, with its 500-horsepower, 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 also consumes 23 percent less fuel than its predecessor despite its improved performance and acceleration.
Together with the Cayenne S Hybrid, three of the new Cayenne models produce less than 200 grams of CO2 per kilometer. At 193 g/km, the Cayenne S Hybrid is not only the cleanest Cayenne model, but also the cleanest vehicle in Porsche's entire portfolio.

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Mark your calendar! Otherwise you'll miss all the great stuff in April!

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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