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October 2010. Volume 50, Issue 10
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Competition Corner
Board of Directors
Membership Report
The Power Chef
Joseph Seidler Wins Charity Raffle
A Behind the Scenes Look at GGR's 50th
Zone 7 Autocross & Oktoberfest
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From the Wurst Wing
--by John Celona, GGR President

GGR's 50th is HISTORY!

If you missed the fun, don't worry! There will be another big celebration along in 2060. The 100th should be even BIGGER! I've already started looking for venues to assure one which I can access by wheelchair or pallbearers, as the case may be.

You can read all about the celebrations in the article in this issue by 50th committee member Bubba Gong. We had a blast and really enjoyed the chance to catch up or meet the members who attended.

End of the Road!

That's right: we are drawing to the end of this year's driving series. We had a spectacular day for the last autocross at Alameda as part of the 50th celebration. Members got in 10 laps, a chance to ride with Johannes van Overbeek, Rich Walton, or Ken Park in a new Panamera, plus a tri-tip roast and BBQ chicken feast on top of that. Who said a little extra sprung weight was a problem? Only two dates remain to wear the rest of the tread off of your tires so you can get a new set for the winter:
  • 10/16    GGR    Alameda
  • 11/13    GGR    Alameda
Meanwhile, we're coming up on our final drivers' education of the year: a Friday at Infineon (formerly known as Sears Point Raceway). Heck: you can duck out to "buy milk" early in the morning, and get back around supper and blame the traffic! Why not?
  • Oct 8th (Friday) - Infineon - DE-only

Last Call for Board Candidates!

This year, the positions up for election are: competition director, social director, membership director, and the job that's only one heartbeat away: the Vice President. As you probably know, everything that happens for the club is done by volunteers taking time out from their day jobs to do things for the club. No volunteers: no events.

The board positions are not as much work as you might think (the really gnarly jobs are autocross chairs, DE chair, and Nugget Editor) and you get a free meal with beer and wine each month at the board meeting. Plus the everlasting gratitude of the other club members you're helping out. We'll work with people to get them into a board position which works for them, and help with getting up to speed.

Everybody needs to take a turn. Why not YOU? Send me an email to learn more.

Till next month...


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

Thanks to the photographers!

I wanted to thank Rich Tsai and his wife Millie Ling for all the hard work taking photographs at the Presidents' Dinner. If you haven't looked at them yet, click here to take a look. Rich and Millie did a great job capturing a spectacular event under extremely difficult lighting conditions.

Also, thanks to competition director and past president Claude Leglise for helping out with photographing the Islands Get Away. I was too busy running around to take many.

The Nugget Archive is Coming SOON!

As I have mentioned before, GGR Historian Ralf Dossman and webmaster Andrew Forrest have been hard at work on an online archive of all issues of The Nugget since the beginning of the club. Here's a photo of Ralf and Andrew cutting the ribbon at the Presidents' Dinner (photo by Rich Tsai).

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The cut ribbon automatically sent a signal to make the archive live, though with it going over AT&T's network, it's still en route. Check the GGR web site for news.

Once live, you'll be able to browse through all the past issues of The Nugget: several hundred of them. Andrew advises: "Don't look until you have some time. It will suck you right in!"

We're still missing a few issues (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's), so if you have some of these lying around and would be willing to lend them to the club, send me an email and we'll take it from there.

Thanks for reading.
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Competition Corner

--by Claude Leglise, Competition Director

The 50th Anniversary of GGR was the occasion earlier this month for a terrific deluxe autocross at Alameda. All the participants got 10 runs on the course and enjoyed a barbecue lunch afterward. Andrew Blyholder used the opportunity to test a new type of high tech racing suit. It seems to work extremely well, since Andrew took TTOD. Given this stellar performance, I expect black-tie autocrosses to become the norm in the near future.




There was mist and the threat of rain (!!) at Thunderhill during the weekend of September 18 and 19 for the DE/TT/Club Racing weekend. Normally this time of year we reach for the swamp coolers, but this year umbrellas were packed along with extra tires. Fortunately, they stayed packed. Despite a damp track both mornings and some rain overnight, we enjoyed good driving weather all weekend. The ever-expanding number of Boxsters, Caymans and GT3s in our DE run groups is proof of the popularity of our safe, fun and fast program. Spec Boxsters are also gaining in popularity, and they were out in force in the Club Races. Andrew Forrest was on his way to the overall win when he remembered he had not torqued his front wheels. There is an award for this. Unfortunately, it seems that the popularity of timed runs is continuing to decrease. Only 16 cars ran for time on Sunday. Maybe the horrendous Sunday evening Bay Area traffic is to blame for some of the disaffection.

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Photo courtesy of Clemson Chan


The last Driver's Education / Time Trial event of the year will be held Friday October 8 at Infineon (née Sears Point). This is our once-a-year opportunity to run our Porsches at this world-famous venue. Register on-line today at Motorsport Reg. For new participants, note that the Track Orientation will be held on Friday morning at Infineon, rather than the evening before because we cannot get access to the premises earlier.


Registration is also open for Autocross #9 at Alameda on Saturday October 16. This is the ultimate autocross of the 2010 season. Now is the time to get your fix.


Finally, the Drivers' Event Committee met on September 25 to consider the proposed competition rule changes for 2011. The changes will be submitted to the board of directors for ratification on October 5th and will be published in the November Nugget.


Until next month, drive safely and drive often.


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Board of Directors
--by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for September 7, 2010
Call to Order

President Celona called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at his home.
All members of the Board save the Treasurer and Competition Director were present. The Board was joined by Sharon Neidel (Zone 7 Representative) and Joe Lee (Autocross Co-chair).

            Agenda Changes - None

            Calendar Changes - A "Dent-Pro" demonstration was added for November 6, 2010.

Postmortem of Past Events
            Autocross #4 was held at Marina with a large and enthusiastic turn out.         

            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.

            The increasingly popular Annual Family Picnic, organized by Social Chair, Mark Powell, went off without a hitch.

            A new driving and riding event, Volunteer Appreciation Day, took place with the help and support of PCNA. Attendees were stunned by the blistering pace of the Panamera.

            Driver's Ed/Time Trial Number 3 at Thunderhill went smoothly.

            The ever-popular Saturday morning Boxster Brunch drew a good crowd to Alice's Restaurant.

The Carlsen Concours drew 30 judged cars. This more than doubled the turnouts from recent years. Carlsen provided great food, great awards and a great facility. Thank you, Charlie, Rich and Mike.

A new event, Legends of the Autobahn, was held in Carmel Valley as part of the Monterey Motorsport week. A number of GGR members and their cars were present. Sharon Neidel worked closely with the PCA National Officers (nearly all of whom were in attendance) to make this event a success.
Directors' Reports

            President -. Progress on GGR's 50th anniversary was reviewed. Attendance is meeting expectations. Everyone is working hard.

            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for the upcoming autocross, Boxster Brunch and TT/DE #4. Alameda is asking for minor modifications to our insurance certificate. The Vice President is working with PCA National to obtain this.

            Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered by the President and accepted.

            Secretary - Nothing to report. Last month's minutes, prepared by the Webmaster in the Secretary's absence were approved.

            Social - The Social Director is setting up an end of the year banquet            

            Membership - A list of new members was approved.

            Competition - Nothing to report.

            Webmaster - Website is up and running. "Business as usual." The Nugget online archive is in progress and should be complete in October.
Topics for Discussion

            Zone Report - The Zone 7 Representative reported on the Legends of the Autobahn event.

            Timing Equipment - The people doing timing at GGR track events reported that the GGR timing equipment is becoming less and less compatible with the equipment provided by the tracks. Possible upgrades were discussed as was the problem that fewer and fewer drivers are signing up for timed runs at TT events. More discussion to follow.

            New Officers - The President urged all the Board Members to be on the lookout for candidates for Vice President, Social, Competition and Membership.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p. m.

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Membership Report

Jeff Kost--by Jeff Kost, Membership Director

Membership has been growing slightly over the last few months, thank you all for your help and support. They continue to be at a level higher than we have seen for the last 18 months or so. As always, please continue to do what you can to recruit new members. Even more importantly, as we start to wrap up the good weather and events start to be further apart, make sure that you get out and join one of the many great events!
Total Members:  2411
Primary:             1413
Affiliate:                997
HQ Life:                   1
GGR Life:                 3

New Members:    29
Transfers In:        11
Transfers Out:       5

New Members

Keith & Lynda Bergeron

Half Moon Bay


Mike Berthiaume


Boxter S

Gary Billerbeck

Los Gatos


Brian Boisson

San Mateo

Carrera 4S

Jeff Burkhart

Mill Valley


John Canton



Jack Cochran

San Francisco

Boxter S

Audrey Csendes

Los Gatos

Cayman S

Vu Dao

San Francisco

911 Turbo

Isaiah Dimery

Redwood City


Izabella Etkin

San Jose


Frank & Carrie Forster

Mountain View


Richard French

Emerald Hills

997 Turbo

Ron Gong



Robert Hecox

Redwood City


David Ho

San Jose

Carrera 4S

Jack Jewell

Redwood City

Boxster S

Alex Lau


996 turbo

Marcy Lim

San Jose


Mary Ann McKisson

Redwood City


Shawn Mielke

San Jose


Lucy Modderman

Mountain View


Eric & Kathy Packard

San Jose

996 Turbo

Ramon Palmquist

Redwood City


Carlo Ravelo

San Mateo


Christian Rodatus

San Francisco

993 C4S

Eric Romelfanger

San Jose


Rich Ruggeri

Redwood City

Cayman S

Christian Stangier

San Francisco

911 SC

Daisy Sundstrom


Sigi & Karen Valencia

Los Gatos


Abigail Whitelaw

San Francisco


Daniel Wu

San Francisco

Carrera S




35 Years

Jim Alderson



25 Years

Susan Alderson



Radford Hall



20 Years

David Dunwoodie

Morgan Hill


Tony Lim



Gregory Lyon

San Jose



15 Years

Walter Baumgartner

Menlo Park


Edward Brown

San Mateo


David Leong



Philip Raskin



Margaret Seligson

Palo Alto


William Ward




10 Years

Michelle Arden

Palo Alto

Brent Kaneshiro



James Lucarotti

San Jose


Angela Rausch

Menlo Park


Jennifer Sneddon

Redwood City


Tim Vail

San Carlos



5 Years

Walter Boehringer



Dennis Ciplickas

San Jose


Paul Colton



Keiri & Emily Custodio


997 C2S

Katherine George

Los Gatos


Ed Hunter



Stephanie Leong



Ed & Judy Priest

Palo Alto

Cayman S

Pascal Renauld

Palo Alto


William Vanderzyl

San Jose


Nick Willard



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The Power Chef®
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--by John Celona, The Power Chef®

Starring: Strengthening & Stretching!

Decades ago when I starting stretching regularly, it was regarded as an oddity at best. Track practice might begin with a few perfunctory group bounces, though usually it was running right off the bat. I was always all alone after practice when I would take ten more minutes to stretch before heading for the showers.

No great insight on my part--I was just lucky to have been introduced to running by a gentleman by the name of Bob Christie who was a fervent believer in stretching before and after a workout. He was prescient, and I've simply followed his advice ever since.

Since then, awareness of the importance of stretching has certainly grown, though I still rarely see people stretching on their own before or after a workout. Anyone on the floor is likely there for an exercise of some sort (abs being the most popular). If anything, people will take a yoga class and figure that covers them for stretching. Even the people I know for whom flexibility is critical (dancers and gymnasts, for example) rarely seem to stretch outside of a formal class or practice.

Of course, for a while at least one can get away with this. Young bodies have a remarkable ability to bounce back. But, flexibility--like fitness in general--is one of the few things in life which goes away every time when you ignore it.

The same indifference applies to strengthening exercises. People who do strength training usually do so to get stronger or bigger, but seldom because it helps them continue other activities--whether it be running or swimming or tennis or shinty. I can't count how many people I've talked to who do a sport requiring running and report knee problems as they get older. Soccer, basketball, and singles tennis are frequent culprits because of the sudden changes of direction, and running because of the pounding.

When I ask if they do leg strengthening exercises in the gym, the response is always "No, I do [sport X] for my legs." Even the people introduced to rehab exercises after a surgery (like leg extensions and leg curls for knee strengthening) seem to drop them as soon as therapy is done.

I have a different idea: that regular strength training and daily stretching may be what actually enables me to keep doing the other things pain-free for year after year. Two or three runs and my feet, knees, and hips get sore; a trip to the gym to work all the impacted muscle groups seems to take care of that. Likewise, my shoulder soreness from swimming is taken care of by all the shoulder exercises I do in the gym.

In short, my theory is that all that strengthening and stretching is a necessary means to whatever end you have in mind--even if you have no per se interest in either of them. Most of the people I used to race triathlons with can no longer run at all because of knee problems. I'm still out there--slower than ever, but still going.

This thought is why I include strengthening and stretching in my fitness pyramid, shown below.

My Fitness Pyramid

Flexibility and Strength are in front because they're the stars! Without them, the other parts can end up severely limited (even if you're only talking about inflexible thinking!).

So here's a thought: maybe what people need to do is work on strengthening and stretching all the parts that hurt and the ones you don't want to hurt! Don't want a sore back? Strengthen and stretch your back. Likewise for knees, shoulders, etc.

Unfortunately, this sort of thinking doesn't seem to have made its way into either the medical, sports medicine, or even physical therapy communities. A very knowledgeable and experienced physical therapist friend of mine from a top school suggested that, for my shoulder pain, I try avoiding all lifting above shoulder height and work on scapula stabilization exercises. That advice turned out not to help at all. I tried it for about six months before giving up.

Then I tried working on strengthening and stretching exactly what was hurting via various exercises before hitting on the right combination after a year or two of experimentation. Turns out, for me, incline bench presses, shoulder presses with light dumbbells, and an overhead stretch and pull with a bar while lying on my back did the trick. No more shoulder pain keeping me awake at night, thank goodness.

Hence my general theory for keeping one's ever-aging body going: strengthen and stretch whatever hurts and whatever you don't want to hurt. Even if what you are interested in doing is utterly unrelated to going to the gym or stretching. And especially if you'd like to keep doing it.

Because--as I always say--there's none of us still under warranty!

Bon appétit,
The Power Chef

Super-Perfect Instant Coffee

Since this month is a back-to-basics month, I'll repeat the best help I know for getting up and going with your morning workout before the workday hits: a fast and easy way to make an absolutely outstanding cup of coffee--with no cleanup other than a mug in the dishwasher!

The Gistcoffee
Put 2 tbs. of turkish grind coffee in a mug with boiling water. Stir vigorously, let settle for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Dark roasted coffee ground for Turkish
Boiling water

Put some water on to boil. Place two tablespoons of ground coffee in a mug. Add boiling water, stir thoroughly, and let settle for a minute or two. Add cream if you like.

Sip and don't drink the last half-inch worth (unless you want all the extra fiber from the grounds!).

If you're in a hurry, add one ice cube and the grounds will settle out almost instantly.

Please be sure to have your coffee ground for turkish at your local coffee shop. This is the #1 setting on many commercial grinders. Even though good quality home grinders have a turkish setting, I've yet to find one which actually grinds it finely enough. The grounds will float on the top rather than settling if they're not ground finely enough.

This makes the best-flavored cup of coffee out of all the methods I've tried-better even than a french press. You get the espresso-like brown foam on the top without the bother of an espresso machine. And--better yet--when you're done, just rinse out the mug and put it in the dishwasher. What could be simpler?

The best results come from using really good coffee. I like Peet's the best. In a pinch, Starbucks will do.

By the way, this is the way professional coffee tasters do their coffee. Try it and you'll know why.

Joseph Seidler Wins the Charity Raffle

Joseph Seidler
GGR member Joseph Seidler is the lucky winner of the 50th Anniversary charity fund raising raffle: a two-day course at the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama (usual cost: $2,995!). Joe is very excited about winning and is already planning his trip.
 We would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets in the raffle. Proceeds will be split among three very worthy causes: the San Francisco Homeless Connection for Veterans, the Bay Area Chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation, and the Peninsula SPCA.

The first charity is in honor of all who sacrifice in defending and protecting our country, and in memory of those who lost their lives on the 9/11 date our 50th celebration kicked off. The Make A Wish Foundation enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Peninsula SPCA works tirelessly to rescue and find homes for pets of all types. As we say here at The Nugget, Pets are People, Too!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at GGR's 50th

--by Bubba Gong, 50th Committee member, Founder and Artistic Director of the Foothill Repertory Dance Company
A melody that lingers from the dynamic celebration of the historic Golden Gate Region's 50th Anniversary: "Life is just a bowl of cherries."
As the ingenious composer George Gershwin wrote:

"People...they 're always crowing, scrambling and rushing about;
Why don't they stop someday, address themselves this way?
Why are we here? Where are we going? It's time that we found out.
We're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday.
Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Don't take it serious; life's so mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.
....The Sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So LIVE and LAUGH at it all..."
And with that simple melody developed a full orchestration of laughter, joy, adventures and reflection as members from one of the oldest and largest Porsche regions traveled near and far to reunite and celebrate over a two day weekend of activities embracing the good life, good friends, and good times that marked a 50th Golden Anniversary.

Foothill Repertory Fosse Dancers in "ALL THAT JAZZ" floor show at The City Club
There was something for EVERYONE in the spirit of "Driving the World Porsche:" Majestic views of the Bay and San Francisco at Alameda Naval Station kicked off the weekend celebration in "car guy" fashion with an Autocross and All-American BBQ featuring carved Tri Tip Beef with all the fixings and an Ice Cream Bar Social.

GGR members are resourceful. Guess which member came dressed to Autocross in a tuxedo so he would have time to attend the Presidents' Dinner?
The President was up before the crack of dawn (before the cat) in GO MODE! Our home was GROUND ZERO for all things Porsche. Every square footage of the entry foyer extending into the main Living room was covered with something to bring, pack, or carry for the 3 events that had filled every waking moment and some sleepless nights for the past six months in preparation for this milestone anniversary weekend. First among them were those beautifully bound and meticulously crafted Scrapbooks which would be showcased in the restored Nimitz Mansion Library on Yerba Buena Island....surely a fitting museum to browse, reminisce, and relive the early years and the contributions of the pioneering founding GGR members. I would later meet a lovely couple who showed me a picture of their young baby daughter. She would tell me that she created one of the Scrapbooks on display. In their eyes were reflected the memory of a very special time of their lives.

Choreographer Bubba Gong rehearses Fosse Dancers at Foothill College's new state-of-the-art Dance Studio.

Then...the technology: PCA Docs, cables, lighting instruments, panel board, Spotlights, music, CD backups, Golden Ribbon for the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Archival Launch of THE NUGGET, BIG Shears (those present will understand), John's Tuxedo Tails, white Pique Vest (which I had just pressed the night before), bowtie, shoes, gold studs, cufflinks, and did I remember the yellow rose boutonniere and pearl seed pin from the refrigerator?
WHEW! The boxes miraculously kept on growing as we included 50th Anniversary Programs (our toner cartridge is dead), Signage and Banner. For anyone who knows me and my poor computer and technology skills, you know that putting together the 50th Anniversary Program on the Computer was a labor of love. I am the technically challenged one in the family. Less we not forgot those extraordinary hand blown Crystal Trophies for each of the Presidents' in attendance with their individual names engraved with the elegant Logo on a Rosewood Base.

The goal of the dedicated, diligent, determined 50th Anniversary Committee: Scott Miner, Susan Smith, Louise Sousoures, Mark Powell and me (all led by a calm, strong, and yes -if I may be partial- visionary leader, the President and Chair of the 50th committee John Celona) : make it memorable, include as many folks as possible, outreach to all Porsche enthusiasts everywhere , and at the end...be able to laugh, smile, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with the JOY and PASSION and SUNNY disposition of that George Gershwin melody which served as the Opening Number of the Fosse Tribute at The CITY CLUB.
50th Anniversary Committee Members Susan Smith, Bubba Gong, and Louise Sousoures
The talented dancers of the Foothill Repertory Dance Company, 4 time Olympiad of the Arts Champions, had, in fact, been in rehearsal as soon as I was on board --recruited by my spouse. He felt that my experience as a Director, Producer, and Coordinator for special events from the Summer Olympics of '84 and Disney Productions to my philanthropic work as diverse as the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Arts Council would be put to good use.
Foothill Rep Dancers: Cassandra Murray, Stephanie Chu, Sharleen Chu, Angela Herrera, Natalie Bonham, Rawan Jabari, and Terin Kandarian

I applaud the many hours of intense rehearsals of the volunteer dancers, many whom are MOMS juggling academics, family, and work. They were delighted to perform and share in the excitement of creating a show especially choreographed for the 50th Anniversary GGR weekend by yours truly. The intensive and grueling summer rehearsal schedule was also filled with much laughter, team building, and exemplifies Foothill College's outreach beyond the classroom experience and support of local charities.
As a Director, I was never more proud of these energetic and vibrant young dancers as the time when the music was interrupted at one of the three live shows at Nimitz Mansion. To their professionalism, they continued without losing a beat and to a most generous and appreciative audience. Sound system fixed, all systems GO! No more glitches and a seamless variety of entertainment prevailed to smiling faces and even one couple who showed me dance steps to JAI HO, the Finale.
WOW! GGR members can dance!
Foothill Rep performs Tami Burton, Terin Kandarian, and Faith Cabonia in the "Islands Get Away" at Nimitz Mansion on Yerba Buena Island
The one thing that I have learned in hosting the monthly Board Meetings...is that GGR members also appreciate and love fine food and wine. I can assure you that those in attendance at any one of the events feasted at the epicurean delights:
The City Club menu began with passed Champagne and decadent hors d'oeuvres of Ahi Tuna Tartare on Crispy Tortillas, Dungeness Crab cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Aoli, Arugula and Pesto Chicken Skewers and my favorite: Chorizo Stuffed Medjool Dates wrapped in Bacon ( I think it is a "southern" thing...anything with BACON).
The HOSTED wine and beer bar also featured a Signature Cocktail, the "Turbo Carrera" created by our very own martini expert John Celona. It was beautiful and lethal and a club member favorite at the bar.
Dinner followed with Lobster Bisque, a Peppercorn Crusted Filet which was perfectly cooked by Chef Michael Munoz and included braising greens in red wine sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and poured wines Chalone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Chalone Chardonnay. Of course...the best for last: a Chocolate Royale of chocolate mousse with a delicate sponge cake covered in rich dark chocolate ganache and topped with a GOLD leaf in honor of the 50th Anniversary.
As guests mingled on the 10th floor of the historic CITY CLUB, portraits were provided by our own GGR member Rich Tsai and his lovely wife Millie where guests could stand by the famed Diego Rivera Fresco valued more than the entire building itself. Noted architects Miller and Pflueger have created Classic European Modernism with its stunning entrance through the Bronze framed elevators and dramatic use of Belgian Blue and Genevieve Golden marbles, black Bakelite, and Hungarian Ash wainscoting.
Guests were greeted at the lobby of the Pacific Stock Exchange Building with a magnificent Floral arrangement of Manzanita branches, scarlet Anthurium, Calla lilies and purple Dendrobium Orchids and Dancers in Black sequined corsets to the theme of ALL THAT JAZZ with an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for Bay Area Charities: Homeless Connection for Veterans, Make a Wish Foundation San Francisco Chapter, and Peninsula SPCA (we all know the Nugget Editor's stance on "pets are people, too)." SPCA recently stepped right up to the plate in rescuing pets in the San Bruno explosion tragedy. Our very own Coco Gisele has in fact been right along side us both in anticipation and preparation for every event. She, as a matter of fact, had to inspect every single BOX. Avid readers of the Nugget have kept vigil of her selection of what to wear for the Presidents' Dinner or the less formal but casual elegant Sunday Brunch?
CoCo Gisele tries a red and green tulle look embellished with bells for the Black-Tie Optional Presidents' Dinner.
Champagne and conversation flowing and appetizers aplenty...interrupting all the Presidents at the cocktail reception and getting them in ONE place for a historic photograph proved daunting. Mission ACCOMPLISHED. (check out Rich Tsai's detailed photographs (singlelens.net or the ggr website).
There was a wealth of leadership, cordiality and mutual understanding and respect for the office amongst the eight of them present for this historic night: Terry Zaccone, Sharon Neidel, William Dally, Claude Leglise, Michael Lommatzsch, Al Berens, William Patton and John Celona.
Eight Presidents are captured in a historic moment for the 50th Anniversary milestone by famed Diego Rivera Fresco
As we proceeded to the 11th floor ...an audible gasp was heard as the packed crowd poured into the Grand Ballroom glowing with hundreds of crystal miniature votive lighting which bounced off the gold, bronze, and silver leafed ceiling, orange parrot tulips in bud vases on crisp white linens held individually and lovingly wrapped favors in car striped black and white metallic goodie bags of Porsche Car Wine stoppers chosen especially for the occasion by Louise and Susan.
The City Club with its Classic European Modernism architecture and art deco
Service was impeccable and the wine and good conversation kept flowing. Our table was a wonderful opportunity to reunite with old friends, Porsche owners some, the Nugget Historian Ralf Dossman, and even an international Beauty Queen Lee Anne Sera.
Entertainment followed the Program which included a reflection by Charlie Burton of Carlsen Porsche, major sponsor of the event, introduction of Dignitaries including Porsche Cars of North America, Presentation of PCA Historical Documents by Sharon Neidel, Zone 7 Representative, Launch of the Nugget Archive by GGR Webmaster Andrew Forrest and GGR Historican Ralf Dossman and a rousing call for more GGR involvement and new Board positions by President John Celona.
President John Celona serves as Master of Ceremonies and calls to volunteers for open Board Positions
The dancers now costumed in black sequined cocktail dresses, white opera length gloves and chandelier earrings then took to the dance floor with a 30 minute broadway style floor show and tribute to legendary Bob Fosse, whose bold innovative technique and vocabulary matched the theme for such a celebratory occasion. Crowd favorites included numbers from Sweet Charity, Chicago the musical, film All That Jazz and climaxed with a grand Finale to Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing.

Ending a night of rapture and reflection was, of course, more desserts with a full buffet of selected French pastries, Petite Fours, Double Chocolate Truffles and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
John and I were almost the last standing (save the Crew)...but in TRUE Porsche Club fashion...Ralf, the historian, was on hand to lend a helping hand to PACK UP and STRIKE all the miscellaneous lighting instruments, sound system, signage, et al....ALMOST everything was retrieved EXCEPT those 100 foot cables that we would need for Nimitz Mansion the next day.
OH, DEAR! We abandoned our idea of heading back to THE CITY CLUB...and instead would come up with OPTION 2: cables from our annual winning Holiday Christmas Display would have to suffice.
After about only a few hours of sleep and tending to a very CRANKY Miss CoCo...we headed out the next foggy morning for Yerba Buena Island and the restored mansion of Admiral Nimitz.
Monica Hobbs Catering and her husband Dan have lovingly restored this classic turn of the century mansion with rolling grounds and scenic view, a hidden gem and treasure. Valet parking made life simple and the beat of Zen Daiko Taiko added to the exotic island get away as guests approached. The aroma of smoked barreled chicken, rosemary and lilac bouquets, and scented apple green pillar candles set on dramatic black table top linens teased our senses. The sun came out to shine on a glorious day fit for the entire family as guests were encouraged to tour the mansion and gardens and stroll the grounds.
The "First Lady of Nimitz Mansion"  Cassandra Murray greets guests at the islands getaway on Yerba Buena.
Guests were greeted by our official "First Lady of Nimitz Mansion" Cassandra Murray, in a vintage Victorian bustled antique lace gown, flower brimmed picture hat and rose capped parasol. She carried a tulle basket which held Porsche Pins given as favors . Cassandra, with eyes closed, chose the winning RAFFLE: Joe Seidler who will take the Grand Prize valued at $3000, a two day course at Porsche Sports Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama generously donated by Heather Brant, Porsche Cars of North America.

In the chandeliered vestibule Synchronicity String Quartet whose director has performed with the Transiberian Orchestra provided a two hour concert, a mixed repertoire of classical and contemporary favorites from Bach to Broadway. Guests sampled Sea Scallops on cauliflower puree served on Asian spoons, Fried risotto balls and sipped flavored teas and lemonades in the Grand Foyer.
The columned grand porch was the perfect setting for umbrella tables and chairs where onlookers could feast on Lemon Honey citrus pork tenderloin, Smoked barreled quarter chicken, Heirloom tomatoes, home made Potato salad, honey baked beans and southern biscuits while enjoying 3 live shows "Disney style." In keeping with the theme of diversity and inclusion: One World, One Beat showcased dances from Haiti and the Congo, Middle Eastern, Mambo, Cha Cha and Salsa, and a Finale of Bollywood from the Oscar winning Slum dog Millionaire. The second billed music from the film Dirty Dancing featuring "The Time of Our Lives" (a perfect summation of the weekend) and the last, a tribute to legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson: the Man, the Music, the Moves with classics THRILLER, Smile and the Man in the Mirror. Did we leave room for dessert: a rich Lemon Chiffon cake, Dark Chocolate cookies, Brie en croute with Fresh Strawberries, Mango and Pineapple, and Rosemary infused honey maple nuts assortment and piping hot Coffee and exotic island Teas. Kathy Soldati and the courteous and professional staff attended to every last detail to make a warm, gracious and entertaining total package. She even saved the day by coming up with Purple Ribbon to tie the 50th Anniversary Banner that PCA had provided for the day. Shout out, KATHY! We both rejoiced at the thought of how this historic mansion came alive with the sound of music, laughter, and mouth watering delights and imagined the grand parlor of Admiral Nimitz and his wife in its glory days.
The Diamond Daughters perform "Turbo Tabla."
With one final sweep of the grounds and round of the upstairs of the mansion, the headquarters and dressing rooms for the 20 plus dance troupe...we prepared to say our fond farewell. John packed the last of those BOXES in the Official Display Panamera on loan from Carlsen Porsche (What a smooth ride and so roomy) . We looked at each other with an extra glint of light reflected in our eyes: of all the Porsche enthusiasts who had shared together in making this event a success, surely a ONCE in a lifetime experience and who had become our Porsche friends bound by the love of these AMAZING cars.
With all the months of planning and preparation coming to a grand conclusion, my spirit was infused with the JOY and FUN of the Porsche GGR members and their families. I had met and greeted so many folks over the weekend, made new friends, enjoyed hearing, sharing and reliving their car stories. It truly is "about the PEOPLE." Their reflections will be a part of this 50th Anniversary and the melody of this journey shall remain in my heart forever.
And I knew that "Life is just a bowl of cherries...So live, love, and laugh at it all." John, CoCo and I plan on doing just that until the next 50th!

Jerry Woods
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See you at the 100th in only 50 more years!

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John Celona
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