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April 2011. Volume 51, Issue 3
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Board of Directors
Membership Report
Competition Report
The Power Chef
Porboys Beginners Autocross School
Valuable Collector Cars for SALE!
Zone 7 Awards Banquet
October Rennsport at Laguna Seca
Concours at Parade
Legends of the Autobahn
Panamera Turbo S
SVR Autocross
LPR Sway & Concours
Buy a 918 and Get a Matching Turbo S for the Dog
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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

Congratulations to Kimberly on the Mixer 

Our new social director Kimberly Kinsel Tinawi kicked off her first event with the "New and Not So New Member Mixer" in the Club Lounge at the Infinity Towers at the Embarcadero. A few longtime club members greeted new members and Porsche owners interested in joining. VP Paul Larson and webmaster Andrew Forrest manned the bar to make sure attendees stayed abundantly hydrated.

Thanks very much to Kimberly for putting on such a successful event. We look forward to your upcoming 24-hour LeMans Party, which will feature a live video link between the party and the autocross that day.  

Autocross Opener Eliminated the Need for Sunblock

Our intrepid autocross chairs Chris Hamilton and Joe Lee got the season off to a wheel-spinning start with an event that did not require sunblock and was especially kind to those of us trying to keep our skin moist as we age.

The aquaphilic turnout on March 19 was exceptional and the 82 drivers in attendance got in lots of timed laps and abundant revenge on those pesky cars running slicks.

Our amazingly energetic sponsorship chair Clemson Chan caught the mood perfectly with this photo showing the extraordinary amphibious capabilities of the 914.

March AX

Note how the mid-engine design allows it to ride up over the waves without being swamped by swells from the back. The only car that can match it in the wet is, of course, the Boxster, which has the advantages of a few more decades of design and a water cooling system which can expel a propulsive jet out the back (available as a Porsche Tequipment Option).

Unfortunately, we can't promise similar conditions for the next one, but here's a link to sign up so you can try your luck, and here's the schedule from here on out.





April 23


Autocross #2

May 14


Autocross #3

June 11


Autocross #4

June 12


Annual Porboy's Autocross School

July 23 - 24

Marina Airfield

Autocross #5 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 Autocross weekend

August 27


Autocross #6

August 28


Autocross #7

September 24


Autocross #8

October 29


Autocross #9

November 19


Autocross #10

Meanwhile, registration is open for our three-day season opener driving extravaganza at Thunderhill, which features Drivers' Ed, a Time Trial, a Club Race, and I'm sure Club Soda with your favorite ethanol additive will be available once all cars are off the track.

Here's the link to register for this event, and here's the schedule for the whole year.




April 29, 30, May 1


Driver Education/Timed Runs/Club Race

May 28-29*


Driver Education/Timed Runs/Club Race

July 16-17


Driver Education/Timed Runs

September 10-11


Driver Education/Timed Runs




* Note: On May 27, Central Coast is holding a DE event at the same track. You can make it a 3 day week-end.

 Another Great Boxster Brunch

This past Saturday also saw another great Boxster Brunch hosted by George and Carol Grialou. The weather was warm and beautiful for the drive up to Alice's Restaurant on Skyline Boulevard. If you haven't gone, it's a great way to meet up with other PCA members from GGR and neighboring regions and take a tour of the spectacular scenery afterward. 

That's about it for this month. If you didn't join in on any of these great club events last month--that's your problem! But it's easy to remedy: just join us for something this coming month. Sure, we have great fun with the cars, but it's the people that make club. Here's hoping you can join in on the fun.

Till next month...  

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

The Nugget is LATE!

Yup: there's no getting around it. This month's issue of The Nugget is late. I usually get them out on the first day of the month or last day of the prior month, but this month that just wasn't happening. The week of March 21-25 I was at Stanford the whole week teaching two executive education courses in the School of Engineering, then last week I was off to Florida to speak at a conference. If you're curious what I've been up to, just Google "VDERM" and check out the Stanford-related items halfway down the list.

This week I'm off to San Diego on business, so am hoping to finish this issue some time over the next few days. With a little luck, it will go out on Wednesday. If you've been watching your inbox with bated breath for its arrival, sorry!  


Thanks to Continuing Contributors


For their contributions to The Nugget this month, I'd like to thank Bill Benz, David Bunch, Paul Larson, Jim McMahon, and Cole Scrogham. Always great to have lots of articles and photos to run 


Thanks for reading.   


P.S. In case you're wondering, this edition was mostly finished at the San Diego Airport while waiting for a broken airplane. I'm sure there's a typo in here somewhere!
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Board of Directors  
--by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for March 13, 2011


Call to Order


President Celona called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at his home.


All members of the 2011 Board, save the Treasurer,were present.


            Agenda Changes - None

            Calendar Changes - The next Board meeting has been moved to May 15,2011.


Postmortem of Past Events

            The February 18 Friday Night Social was greatly appreciated.


Directors' Reports


            President - Nothing to report.


            Vice President - Insurance is in place for all of the 2011 Alameda autocrosses. Insurance has been ordered for the first track event.


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


.             Secretary - The February Board Meeting minutes were presented and approved.


            Social - The "New and Not So New Member Social" is all set for April 1 at Infinity Tower in San Francisco.


            Membership - A membership report was given. A list of new members was presented and approved.


            Competition - The Competition Director reported that he and the Autocross chairs had discussed finances for the upcoming series. The annual rules-making process is getting underway shortly.


            Webmaster - GGR's bulletin board and website are being integrated.

            The Webmaster is available to assist everyone in putting Porsche Club information on the website as needed.


Topics for Discussion

            We are ordering pads of updated waivers.

            A motion was moved and passed that any dual membership fees due from nonGGR PCA members as a result of their participation in a GGR event shall be deemed to be included in their entry fees.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p. m.



Membership Report 

Mike Sherman

--by Mike Sherman, Membership Director

March 2011 Monthly Membership Report



March has been witness to many great events -MacArthur said "I shall return," John married Yoko, Caesar yelled "Et Tu?", the US Navy was created (yes!), and Napolean married Josephine (I didn't know that). I doknow, however, we all look forward to "March Madness," and well we should since it's also the start of the GGR AX season! On 19 March at Alameda Point, we'll kick off the 2011 season. So, if you haven't renewed, checked the oil, tires, and timing, or are just hanging around waiting for an it is. Don't let that membership lapse and be left behind. All the best. Captain Mike


Total Members:       2379

Primary:       1402

Affiliate:         976

HQ Life:            1

GGR Life:                     4

New Members:            11

Transfers In:                  5

Transfers Out:               7

Non-renewals              33


New Members

Dado Banatao

2004 Carrera S4


Deb Das&SayantaniSarkar

2011 Cayenne


Eric Desfosses& Veronique Bourdeau

2002 911 C2


Yaniv& Maya Erel

2002 Boxster S


Mike &Doris Hsu

2002 911


Dick Jeffery

1974 911


Phil Lai & Roman Rubio

2003 911


Jim Smith

2006 Cayman


Neal Strickberger

2008 987


Lauren Winter

1969 911S


Jeff Wong

2002 996 Turbo



Transfers In

Darren Cooke (Orinda)

2004 911


Shannon Gallagher (Chicago)

2002 BoxsterS


Marilee & Jonathan Rhodes (Chicago) 2002 911C4S



Darrin Vallis (Hill Country)

1986 930



March Anniversaries

30 Years

Karen Neidel

1974 914




25 Years

Claudia Conrad


Katie Joseph


Lance Keigwin

2001 911TT

Joan Kilburn


Guy Vancutsem

1984 911



20 Years

Claudia Conrad


Katie Joseph


Lance Keigwin

2001 911TT

Joan Kilburn


Guy Vancutsem

1984 911


15 Years

Alex Bochannek

1996 993C4



10 Years

Harry & Nancy Cook

1986 Carrera

Guards Red

Sheridan Govers



Dale Krahn

2001 Boxster S


Ellie Lai



Mel Rinehart



Catherine Siemens



Josh Smith



Richard Smith-Allen

1981 911 SC


Matt Trudell




5 Years

Timothy Child



Shawn DeLuna

1989 911


Alan Jung

2006 Cayman S

Mid Blue

Susan Lo



Brett Makowiecki



Chris & Jessica Sprouls

1967 912


John Wong

1988 930





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Competition Report

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--by Jeff Kost, Competition Director


--Jeff was caught in the pits when the green flag when down on this month's Nugget. He'll be back next month!



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

Working Out on the GO 

Regular readers of this column know I'm a big proponent of regular exercise. I subscribe to the philosophy of the recently departed Jack LaLane, who was towing lines of boats across Santa Monica harbor at an age when many of his peers were resorting to walkers. Jack worked out every day, preferably in the morning before starting on the rest of his day. One of his many quotable quotes was "Exercise is King and Nutrition is Queen. Put them together and you have a kingdom." Works for me.

Many will consider the prospect of working out every day as odd and possibly dangerous. Doesn't your body need a rest? I look at it this way. For most of humanity's existence, there were probably lots of days with little or no food and very few with no physical activity. So eating throughout the day rather than exercise every day is the odd part. Looking at how easy most of us put on weight and how hard it is to take it off, it does seem our powertrains are tuned for more rev's and less gas.


Certainly, I'll take a day off when I'm feeling really tired and/or the day's schedule just doesn't allow. In times of really intense schedule, that may be a day or two a week, but a day or two a month is more typical for me.


The key to maintaining this, as I've discussed in other columns, is a variety and balance of activity. Cardio, strength training, stretching, and balance/coordination activities are the four parts of a healthy mix. I'll rarely run more than one or two days in a row, but alternating running and swimming (or biking, or dance, or basketball, etc.) keeps you going without risk of overuse injury.


How, then, does one fit in the daily workout with schedules that don't easily accommodate it? Most of us need to be "at work" from 8-ish to 5-ish and often longer.


You have to find a regular time that works for you. Jack preferred in the morning shortly after getting up and I'm with him there. Saved for later in the day (as I often used to do), and the unexpected can easily blow your workout plan. For me, if I haven't gotten the workout in by 5 or 6 pm, the spirit has left me by then. (And I'm ready for a different sort of "spirit!")


Some folks prefer the end of the day workout and, if you can consistently make that work, go for it. Just a matter of what works for you.


But what about those really packed days when the prospect of a workout looks dim indeed? That gets to be more challenging.


For me, a 9 am start to something isn't too hard to manage. Just get up at 5:30 am or so, have one of my great cups of coffee (recipe featured in a past column), and be ready to go by 6:30 am. Done by 7:30 and it's usually plenty of time to make the 9 am whatever.


My really challenging schedule was two weeks ago when I was teaching executive education courses in the School of Engineering at Stanford University for a solid week. The class started at 8 am promptly and I had to arrive by 7:30 at the very latest to be ready to go. What to do?

Well, for an entire week, I got up at 4 am, started my workout by 5 am, done at 6, dressed and in the car by 7. It was not much fun, but I don't even like to think about what I would have felt like from a week without exercise. Once you get used to it, you don't feel "right" without a workout.


So that was one of those times when I also dialed down the intensity to get through the week. Normally, I would do a long run (about 10 miles) at least once during the week, but that week it was 5-6 miles max. And, instead of a full-on masters' swim workout, I just swam for an hour on my own. Did not even get in a weights workout, which normally takes me 70-80 minutes to complete. If I had the opportunity (as I sometimes do when staying at a hotel), I would have followed the run with 10-15 minutes of light weights, but, that week, the weights had to wait until Saturday.


To make this schedule work and be alert the next day (I was teaching, after all), I had to get to bed by 8 or 9 pm each night. Yes, there were business dinners along the way that week; had to move the meals and discussion along then bid a fond and early good night. The staying out till 2 am drinking-and-bonding part I delegated.


Here's the summary list for fitting in a workout on the go during a really crazy week:


-Identify a for-sure time you can get in your workout, then stick with it.

-Cut the duration and intensity.

-Squeeze the rest of your schedule to free up the necessary workout and sleep time.


In particular, you may be surprised to find how easy it is to duck out of the all-evening entertaining routine. I often find my consulting clients (who frequently travel themselves) appreciate having a regular evening at home with their families rather than entertaining me the whole evening. No offense; but we'd both rather be elsewhere!


The other part of the equation is reducing the calorie consumption to match the reduced exercise. That week, I ate just enough to ward off the carbo-starved brain fog. Fruit, salads, vegetables, and some protein was pretty it for me for the week. I may have even taken off a few pounds!


Then you can look forward to getting back on track with a full workout on the weekend, followed by a hearty (and healthy!) lunch.


Being in the midst of another crazy week (I'm writing this on the plane after swimming this morning), I'm already looking forward to getting back into the gym and what I'll eat afterward. A piece of my Maple-Ginger Pork Loin sounds really good about now!  

Bon appétit,
The Power Chef

Maple-Ginger Pork Loin with Apple Slaw   


Pork Loin & slaw 


These go great together. Maybe a baked yam to go along with them and you're done!  


For the pork loin:


The Gist


Marinate sliced boneless pork loin slices in maple syrup, minced fresh ginger, salt and pepper. Grill.




4 lbs. sliced boneless pork loin

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup minced fresh ginger

1 Tb salt

1 TB fresh ground black pepper




Mix together marinade ingredients, then pour over the pork loin slices and let marinate at least an hour or two (overnight is best). Grill 2-3 minutes per side on a very hot grill. Enjoy!


For the slaw:


The Gist


Cabbage, minced red onion, toasted walnuts and tomatoes are tossed in a dressing of walnut oil, apple sauce, salt, pepper, and cider vinegar.  




1 head cabbage, very thinly sliced

1 red onion, halved and very thinly sliced

2 cups cherry tomatoes 

1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted

4 Tb walnut oil

4 Tb apple sauce

2 Tb cider vinegar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp fresh ground black pepper




Toast the walnut pieces in a 300ºF oven or toaster oven for approximately 5 minutes until nicely toasty smelling. Set aside to cool.


Slice the cabbage and onion and set in a bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts over them. Add the cherry tomatoes halved or whole as you like.  


Combine the walnut oil, apple sauce, cider vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk together. Pour over the cabbage etc. and toss.




I also like to do this slaw with chunks of fresh apples and raisins instead of the tomatoes. Add some chunks of chicken and this is a complete lunch.   

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Porboys Beginners' Autocross School  


Announcing the Famous

Annual GGR Porboys Beginner Autocross School !!!!!!!!!


It is that time of year to start thinking about all of the great Porsche driving opportunities inSeidell 2011. On Sunday June 12, Howard Yao, and John Seidell will again run this school. It is really for beginners or people who have autocrossed only a few times. If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience driving your Porsche on the edge (but safely in control) then this is for you. This is a good safe place for drivers to learn about the handling of their Porsche.


The school will be on the large North runway area of the old Alameda NAS (just past the Alameda Ferry Terminal). The day begins at 7:30 AM with registration, teching of cars, and then a driver's meeting at 8:15. Students will then walk the course with their morning instructors. After that, students will be driving on skidpads in order to learn the feel of an oversteering and an understeering car. It is a lot of fun!! The day will proceed with students running the Autocross course with their instructors, while half of the students learn to work the course. As in the past, Mr. Larry Sharp, who is a world famous course designer, will make up the course for this year's event.


After the lunch break we continue to run cars in hour sessions until 5 PM. It is truly a fun day with lots of learning. One of the best parts is that students get a few rides in their instructor's car. We try as best we can to have instructors that have had experience with cars similar to the students. You will also have different instructors in the morning and afternoon.


The school is sponsored by Joe and Annie Zeiph, the owners of Porboys German Automotive Service. They are located at 3640 East 9th ST. in Oakland. Joe and his technicians are experts in the repair of all German makes, but they specialize in the maintenance, repair, and complete rebuilds of 911, 944, 914, 928, 996, and Boxster cars. If you have questions or need repairs, call Porboys at 510-437-9400. They do Smog Checks, excellent work on all German makes, and are highly recommended.


If you sign up and pay the $99 fee, you get:


Instruction from the best and most experienced instructors in the west!! (Really)


1. A lunch including Porboys sandwiches, chips, cookies, sodas and water.


2. A Porboys Autocross School T-shirt.


3. A knowledge of how an Autocross is run, and how to work different jobs.


4. A basic knowledge of car control and you will learn great tips on how to handle your car.


5. You will drive home with a big smile on your face!!!!


If this sounds really good then sign up on April 1st on You will first need to create an account, then go to the Sunday June 12 date and select the GGR Porboys Autocross School. If you have questions email Howard Yao at or John Seidell at We do limit the number of students to 57 so that there is plenty of driving time. Advance signup and payment xis required. See you there!!



Valuable Collector Cars for SALE!! 


Benz--by Bill Benz

Several weeks ago my wife, Ruth, told me that she had volunteered me to answer some questions about "selling an Oregon  car collection" coming from a friend of a friend. A description of the collection was en-route.  Disregarding the virtual certainty that this would lead to  the demise of friendships up and down the coast, I agreed.  Then it hit me.  Was this truly a collection of "cars" or was it an accumulation of the dreaded "car stuff"?

You biblical scholars know the difference  between "CARS" and "CAR STUFF" as pointed out in those two old testament passages:

"Unto you, my chosen, I send CARS.  And they shall be a blessing unto you . They  shall be  the GT of the third type, the RS spoken of by the wise men and the 'Cuda of the Hemi, They shall be called Speedster, Turbo, Boxster, Cayenne and ZR-1.  And they shall go forth without repair and make you and your kinsmen exceedingly glad."


"And the Lord shall send down an abomination to vex his enemies.  It shall fill their garages to bursting and  clog their driveways and storage lockers.  It appeareth immobile,  in a great multitude of forms, as the shabby beggar  and as the painted harlet.  It shall be in one or in a thousand thousand pieces.  It ariseth from the Borgwards, the Yugos and the Oldmobiles of the diesel.  It shall be known as CAR STUFF.  With time it shall multiply and cover the earth in its immobility.  From it there shall be no relief."

In short, "CARS" good. "CAR STUFF" not good.   

Details of the collection arrived.  The words "1955 Studebaker President",  "1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II", "1958 Packard Hawk", "1958 Edsel Round-up station wagon", "1959 Ford Skyliner retractable hardtop convertible", "1959 Thunderbird convertible" and "1960 Thunderbird coupe" jumped from the page. I loved many of these cars in there day. Well, at least the Lincoln Mark II and the  '60 T'Bird.  I was in high school when some of these cars were new.  My grandmother had a '60 Thunderbird. 

None-the-less, the CAR STUFF alarm went off.

I went on line and confirmed that several of these cars are real rarities. Unfortunately, being unappealing to car buyers when new does not automatically translate into big value later in life.  As near as I can tell from the internet, only one Edsel Round-up  sold in the US in the past year.  It was a stunning car with acres of fire engine red paint, yards and yards of fire engine red  carpet and  yards and yards of fire engine red vinyl and enough chrome on the engine, body  (and suspension, even) to reflect  more light than my bald head.   For  $45,000 in paint, carpet vinyl and chrome  (plus the price of the car in the collection) you too could duplicate this $16,000 drive-in restaurant charmer.

The Packard Hawk was also characterized as "extremely rare."  The internet backs up this claim but goes on to mention that the Packard Hawk's nickname is the "catfish"  based upon its "particularly vulgar front end styling".  Oh my,  that's harsh. 

The Mark II Lincoln was described as "low mileage".  I'm guessing that this means that it needs  a  $100,000 freshening to become a $60,000 second-in-class competitor at the Palo Alto Concours.  The  retractable hardtop's hardtop retraction mechanism is broken.  That seems to take the fun out of that.  This car needs paint.  That car needs an interior. Two cars (he 55 Studebaker and one of the T-birds) were "completely restored" some time in the past.  They're probably now classed as "older restorations" which I believe means, "needs to be restored again".

Try as I might I can't reset the CAR STUFF alarm.

This is all very sad.  You just know that the friend of the friend has a lot of emotion tied up in this collection and has to believe that given the right venue and the right audience  the curse of CAR STUFF could be banished and these seven vehicles could assume their proper place as loved, appreciated CARS.  I really wish I had some sure-fire positive advice, but I don't. Maybe this means seven trips to an auction in Phoenix or maybe it's time for a bunch of listings on E-Bay but, probably, this is not going to end well.

Of course, to be fair,  if the tables were turned and I was involved in the Corvette Club or the Trablant Registry I could be saying  the same thing about those Porsche dudes and their collections of 928s, "usual rust" pre-A coupes, thermal reactor 911's and early Boxsters only needing one or two seals.  You can't call them CAR STUFF, can you?

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Zone 7 Awards Banquet

--by David Bunch


On Sunday March 13th,  Zone 7 held the 2010 awards ceremony at  the Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant  in Walnut Creek. PCA members from many of Zone 7's regions made the trip to Walnut Creek to collect their awards for the Zone Autocross, Concours & Rally series.

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Susan Fleming with Larry Sharp accepts Tim's inductance to the Zone 7 Wall of Fame

 Autocross awards were given to Golden Gate members Larry Adams for 1st place in AX5, Terry Zaccone 1st in AX12, Joe Lee 1st for AX13, Sharon Neidel for 1st in SS02L and yours truly 1st for SS02.  Terry also took home the "Overall PAX Award" and Sharon took home the Ladies "PAX Award" for 2010.

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Bill Dissser accepts first in Full Concours class C3 from Mark Gersh

GGR Concours award winners were all in the Full Concours classes including Bill Disser with his 1958 356A in C3, Mark Gersh in his 1986 911 Targa in C4 and Andy Tzelepis with his 1980 924 in C9. Andy also took home the "Best of Full Concours" trophy for having the highest four scores in the Full Concours classes.   

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Andy Tzelepis accepts first in Full Concours class C9

Mark was the big winner from GGR as he also took home the "High Point Trophy" for having the most points for the year in Full Concours. Also in recognition for Mark's efforts he was given the Zone 7 "Enthusiast of the Year Award". Mark has served as the Zone 7 Concours Chair but also must prep his own Porsche for all the concours.  Mark served as the "Head Judge" for both the 2010 Marin-Sonoma Concours where Porsche was the featured marquee and at the Legends of the Autobahn PCA event in Carmel.


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Mark Gersh accepts first in Full Concours class C4 and 2010 Concours High Point Tropy from Sharon Neidel


 A very special award was presented to Susan Fleming for Tim Fleming being inducted onto the "Zone 7 Wall of Fame" posthumously. In 2003 Tim, when he was the Zone 7 Rep, developed the idea of the "Wall of Fame" as a way to honor those individuals showing a long-time passion towards the marquee, displaying that passion and distinguishing themselves in some visible manner for a significant time. Tim had served on the SVR board as President, been the CRAB event Chair numerous times and served as the Zone 7 Rep for 4 years and then the Zone 11 Rep for another 4 years.  He also served PCA twice as the Nominating Chair and had just been elected PCA National Treasurer when he passed away suddenly.   


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David Bunch accepts first in SS02 from Larry Adams

The other Zone 7 major awards given included "Event of the Year" to Sequoia Region for their Zone Autocross & Oktoberfest, the "Autocross Tenacity Award" with to SNR's Craig Kugler for making the effort to attend every Zone 7 AX traveling from the Reno area, the "Autocross Rookie of the Year Award" went to SVR's Scott Lines, who didn't even own a Porsche this time last year but who started autocrossing and caught the "AX fever" real bad.   Bob Schoenherr of Redwood took home the "Concours Rookie of the Year Award" and the "Dick Cottrell Spirit of the Concours Award".



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Terry Zaccone accepts first in AX12 and 2010 PAX championship from Larry Adams
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Larry Adams took home first in AX5 while Sharon Neidel nabbed first in SS02L and Ladies PAX Championship




Jerry Woods

--by Paul Larson, Vice President


Welcome everyone and I hope that you and your Porsche are doing fine. One of the recommended Vice President's responsibilities is to arrange an Activities day to go over the year's activities. The recommended activities day should be around the start of November and the Vice President reports to all members in December about next year's activities.


The reason this has been over looked is that we do not have a clear date for our car running activities in November. We have a very strong running Autocross and Driver's Education/Club racing. Most of the dates for these events are not finalized until the middle of January. Once we have our car running dates, I then focus on obtaining Insurance for these events. Our club obtains Insurance on any event were a car moves. It is recommended to order Insurance 30 days before the event but we strive to order it about 60 days before the event so we can fix the hiccups in the wording of the policies.


The reason I bring all this up is that by March, I can write about our 2011 activities. So here goes a report for this 2011 year.


Our Friday Social at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City is held every month on the Friday in the middle of the month.


Our Autocross dates are on the website and I have included them in this report.

10/29/11 GGR ALAMEDA
11/19/11 GGR ALAMEDA


We have a New Members social on April 1 and we are looking for all new members to participate. This event is open to the whole club so just register and have a great time.


We have our Boxster brunch up at Alice's restaurant on the first Saturday of every other month. All members are invited so just show up. I have to admit that the food at Alice's is delicious. Check the website and I have included the dates in this report.

4/2 Alice's Restaurant

6/4 Alice's Restaurant

8/6 Alice's Restaurant

10/1 Alice's Restaurant

12/3 Alice's Restaurant


Our driver's education and club racing are on the website and I have included them in this report.

4/29;4/30; 5/1 DE/C Thunderhill

5/28; 5/29 DE/CR Buttonwillow

7/16; 7/17 DE Thunderhill

9/10; 9/11 DE Thunderhill


We are still working on the details for a 24 hours of Le Mans gathering. This event happens on June 11 and 12 of this year. We hope to have more details for you soon.


The GGR Annual Family Picnic/People's Choice Wash and Shine Concours takes place at Vasona County Park in Los Gatos on July 23. Another great time to gather and eat some delicious food.


The Dent Pro Day is November 23 and discounts happen on this day. Let the experts show you their shop and have a bagel while your there.


The last date is the Awards Party and we are a long way from preparing for this event. We will keep you posted.


This is the end of my report and I hope you get out there and enjoy our club. Looking forward to a great 2011 year and go out and find some club related activity that you can enjoy. Remember to check the website because things have a tendencies to change once and awhile.


Paul Larson

Vice President


October Rennsport at Laguna Seca


World's Largest Gathering of Porsche Race Cars and Drivers Seeks New Frontiers, Makes First Ever West Coast Appearance


ATLANTA - March 8, 2011 - Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today announced Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of October 14 - 16, 2011.


Sponsored by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion IV brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have driven them to victory in the world's most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition is complemented by a concours d'elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating the decades-long history of the legendary 911 race cars.


After the highly successful staging of three venues in the East, held every three years, with the first one held in Lime Rock in 2001, Rennsport Reunion IV will now be moving west, tapping a vast array of car aficionados and Porsche enthusiasts.


"While the Rennsport name has become a staple fixture for international collectors and racers over the past ten years, choosing the Monterey Peninsula will open up this one-of-a- kind gathering to the many Porsche fans in California and beyond who were previously unable to attend," said Detlev von Platen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America. "Now they'll have the opportunity to see, feel and hear from up close hundreds of famous Porsche race cars and dozens of their drivers from past and present during a truly memorable weekend dedicated to Porsche's motorsport heritage."


Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will assemble the wide variety of Porsche's most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful GT3 RSR of the last decade. Special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories on the dawn of what will become another milestone of this iconic sports

car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. "This will truly be a rare gathering of significant Porsche race cars on the West Coast," commented Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Porsche has a long racing tradition in Monterey and we look forward to celebrating its heritage in a befitting manner for everyone to enjoy."


Complementing the Rennsport Reunion IV venue is the Porsche Race Car Classic, an exclusive concours held at nearby Quail Lodge in Carmel on Sunday, October 16. Steve Heinrichs, producer of the Porsche Race Car Classic, explained, "this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of vintage Porsche race cars solely from Porsche's break-out era of 1950-1965 will raise critical funding to directly support lung cancer research. We'll have Gmünds, Glöcklers, 550s, 718s, 804s, 904s, 356s, Abarths and more - in numbers and provenance never before seen."


Additional details of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be published on Porsche's press web site (, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's web site (http://, as they become available. Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at


For more information on the Porsche Race Car Classic or to purchase tickets visit

Porsche and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are working in association with the Porsche Race Car Classic to combine efforts to raise awareness for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Program.


About Porsche Cars North America, Inc

A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c.F.Porsche, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and its 197 dealers offer U.S. customers some of the most technically advanced and high-performance vehicles in the world. Porsche cars are synonymous with supreme quality accompanied by first-class customer treatment. Also, Porsche is fully and publicly committed to being a leader in significantly lowering emissions, and saving fuel. The company's guiding credo is "Porsche Intelligent Performance" and the goal is to prove that Porsche's high performance and efficiency are not contradictory terms. A dramatic example of this is the highly- anticipated 918 Spyder - a super sports car that is also a planned plug-in hybrid. Of course this is nothing new for Porsche, which for 63 years has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations. Obviously, one expects such achievements from the most revered race car brand in the world --- one that has accumulated more than 28,000 motorsport victories. Today, PCNA imports the cars that are the product of this great history, including the iconic 911 series, the renowned Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, the high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-door Panamera Gran Turismo cars.

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What is CRAB?

--by Jim McMahen, Sacramento Valley Region


Vision: Throughout the past 35 years Sacramento Valley Region's premier event has been CRAB. Porsche enthusiasts gathered annually for an activity-filled weekend to enjoy each other's company and, of course, each other's Porsches. Our vision is to revitalize this event for its original fundamental purpose. That purpose is to gather with Porsche friends at Niello Porsche in Rocklin and have a great time. Join us at CRAB 35!


Friday - April 29th

Friday Night Welcome Party: The weekend starts Friday night at 6:00 P.M. It's a party to pick up your registration materials, taste a glass of wine, decorate cookies, have a bite to eat, meet with friends, and plan activities for your premier Porsche weekend.


Wine Tasting: Choose your favorite from a tempting selection wine. Which has the aroma and taste to match your preference?


Cookie Decorating: Something for the young, young at heart and just for fun. Try your hand at decorating a cookie shaped like a crab. You may even win an award.


FunKhana: What is a "Funkhana"? In this event the emphasis is on "fun". A special obstacle course is designed to test your dexterity. And we'll even supply a special model Porsche. From the beginner to the expert, skills will be tested.


Saturday - April 30th

Driving Tour: Load-up and be ready for a morning of fun and adventure. The tour will lead you through the Sierra foothills. All roads promise to be perfect Porsche byways.


Rally: Are you good at following directions? Pit your wits against those of the Rally Master. Instructions will lead you on a journey that will have you changing speed, finding landmarks, and doing your best to get to each checkpoint at the ideal time.


Walking Tour: You don't need a car for this tour. Put on your walking shoes and follow the written directions for an adventure in Auburn. How difficult can this be? Tour or Trek.


Prime Rib Dinner: The dinner Saturday night is a time for all participants to talk about their beautiful cars and to reflect on the day's events. Awards will also be presented to the winners of the competitive events. (Cookie Decorating, Walking Tour and Rally)


Sunday - May 1st

Concours: A fun concours! Sunday morning entrants will have time to clean their Porsches (interior, exterior, and storage compartment) before placing them on display for judging.


Beer and Bratwurst: It's the perfect end to a wonderful weekend. BBQ bratwurst and a cold beer go together as we award concours prizes to the proud owners of beautiful Porsches.


SVR Autocross (Optional event): This is an option for those of you that would like to try your hand at autocross. It will held in Sacramento (Mather Field) for an additional cost of $25 per driver.


For a downloadable entry form or for additional information, log onto and click onto the CRAB 35 link.


CRAB 35 

Concours at Parade

So, what is this Parade Concours thing all about?


--by Cole Scrogham


That title question really seems to be the most common thing asked by new Parade attendees...what is this Concours thing all about? Well, I guess it might be considered one of those questions where the answer depends on your perspective. If you have an autocross perspective, then the "Q-tippers" are slightly off their rocker and the display is just a nice way to spend the day before the autocross starts (other than the race cars on display of course!). To the Rally folks, the display is a little more palatable, but if you are going to spend that much time with your car you should at least include a few calculations to correlate the speedometer with your GPS. I'm not even going to discuss the Tech Quiz only crowd...


The Concours can be as simple or as complicated as you like, from a nice display of Porsches to enjoy on a beautiful summer day to the last details of restoration perfection, and anywhere in between. The Parade Concours is the premier Concours event of the year for PCA; a truly awesome display of over 60 years of Porsche history in America and beyond. The Parade location this year is Savannah, Georgia, a charming destination city that is sure to provide you with your fill of pralines and peanuts once you have had enough of the Concours.


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For the first time in the Park's history, an automotive display will be allowed on these grounds, courtesy of the 2011 Parade Concours. Porsche Club of America members will stroll the lawns and gardens festooned with possibly the finest display of Porsches in Parade history. Reds, Blues, Yellows and Blacks will add to the Green of Forsyth Park, as Porsches in all shapes and sizes converge on the grounds. The Monday event is open to the public and will be buzzing with activity all day long.


Featuring over a hundred cars, the Concours will display competitive vehicles in classes, divisions and groups in four major areas: Preparation, Preservation, Restoration and Performance. The crowd favorite Historic Display should feel right at home in this location as well! And if competition is not your thing, the Corral is another possibility. Several hundred Porsches will be displayed (grouped by model) in the non-competitive Corral. To join this collection of Porsches, you just need to submit a regular entry to the Parade before registration closes...but if you can't bring your Porsche and want to view the Concours, just bring yourself as this event is open to the public.


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The four groups of cars are grouped in roughly the following criteria (memorize this to impress any innocent bystander at Forsyth Park that asks the "What's this Concours thing all about..." question!):


Preparation-This is the group comprised of mostly newer cars, they are being judged on how well prepared they are (ie-clean). There is not so much emphasis on originality as how completely free of dirt the car is, so watch out for those Q-tips!


Preservation-This group is the opposite of Preparation, it is reserved for cars that have been faithfully maintained and kept original over many years, so you will see mostly older Porsches here with decades of careful care and attention. Cleanliness is not so important, but all of the original bits and pieces certainly are!


Restoration-This group is made up of cars that have been restored to their original condition. This time consuming process is evaluated by experienced teams of judges, some of whom actually remember what these cars looked like when they were new! Cleanliness and originality are judged, making this group a difficult proposition for entrants, so thankfully there are cars judged in Touring (top only) and Full (top and bottom of the car is judged).


Performance-This group of cars ranges from all out racers to modified street cars, most of them "personalized" to their owner's liking. You will see a lot of variety in this group, which is judged on cleanliness only and feature highly modified and performance oriented Porsches.


I hope that little refresher course on the Parade Competition Rules helps you spot the different groups at the Concours, and make more sense of the myriad of awards and trophies at the banquet. You can also browse the Porsche Corral and Historic Display for cars that are not competing, but certainly add a lot to the display. Feel free to come a day or so early and enjoy the prep area (air-conditioned!) in the convention center and see all the work that goes on behind the scenes of our Day at the Concours!


Won't you join us there? For more information see

Legends of the Autobahn
  2011 Legends
Panamera Turbo S

Panamera Turbo S is the Ultimate Porsche Gran Turismo

550-horspower sports sedan delivers performance, passion and luxury


ATLANTA - March 30, 2011 --- With its new four-door Panamera Turbo S, Porsche once again raises the bar for sporty four-door luxury cars by delivering ultra high performance and efficiency, sports-car-like driving dynamics, and first-class comfort in a purely Porsche package.  


Porsche will reveal its most powerful Panamera for the first time in North America on April 20, 201, at the New York International Auto Show.


The engine in the new top-of-the-line Panamera is based on the already proven and powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the Panamera Turbo. The 4.8 liter, V8 engine in the Turbo S achieves a maximum output of 550 horsepower, which is 10 percent more than the 500 horsepower delivered by the Panamera Turbo. The torque is also increased over the Turbo from 516 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft.  In the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the overboost function can temporarily generate additional torque with a peak rating of 590 lb.-ft.


Panamera Turbo S 


The power increase delivered in the Panamera Turbo S can be attributed to two main enhancements: new twin turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a modified engine control. Titanium-aluminum reduces the turbine and compressor wheel's weight, which results in a quicker turbo response that improves the engine's agility.   


The formidable powerplant that lies beneath the hood of the Panamera Turbo S is capable of propelling it to sports-car sprint times. With the help of Launch Control, the newest Panamera can reach 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The top track speed is 190 mph. And despite this increased performance, fuel consumption is expected to remain comparable to the Panamera Turbo that delivers an EPA rating of 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway (18 mpg combined). Official EPA fuel economy estimates for the Panamera Turbo S will be available when the car goes on sale in North America.


Even for a world-class luxury car, the Panamera Turbo S boasts an extraordinarily high level of comprehensive features. In keeping with its sporty concept, it comes equipped with the most important driving-dynamic control systems. For example, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is an active anti-roll system that significantly reduces lateral body movement during corning, which enhances stability, handling and overall occupant comfort.  Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard and works to help ensure superior traction and higher-performance cornering by applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear differential lock. Also standard is Porsche's advanced speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system, a sports exhaust system, and the Spor t Chrono Package Turbo that further tunes the engine and suspension at the touch of the "Sport Plus" button.


While the sporting character of the new Panamera Turbo S is most apparent behind the wheel, the car's exterior tastefully exudes its high-performance ambitions. The new 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and the adaptive four-way extending rear spoiler express the car's elite performance abilities. Inside, the fusion of exclusivity and sportiness is conveyed in the interior by the standard bi-color leather finish. A new combination of black/cream is offered exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S with Agate Grey/cream also being added as an exclusive option later this year. Agate Gray Metallic will also be an exclusive exterior color.


The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in the U.S. later this spring, and will have a base MSRP of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery and destination.

SVR Autocross
  SVR Autocross

LPR Swap & Concours 

  Swap meet

Buy a 918 and Get a Matching Turbo S for the Dog 

Porsche's Plug-In Hybrid 918 Spyder Goes from Dream to Reality

Now available for ordering, the 918 Spyder will feature cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology and stunning performance, forever changing the future of the super sports car


ATLANTA - March 21, 2011 --- After outstanding customer response to the concept car first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche today announced that dealers around the world will begin taking 918 Spyder customer orders. This is a significant step toward actual production of the company's next super sports car, a Porsche that marries unique plug-in hybrid technology and outstanding performance in a visually stunning and purely Porsche package.


The 918 Spyder will feature a high revving 500-plus horsepower V8 engine assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 218 horsepower, yet Porsche estimates it will consume only 3.0 L/100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).  Official EPA fuel economy figures or estimates will be announced just before the first customer cars begin arriving in the United States near the end of 2013.

918 front sketch To ensure the 918 Spyder's worldwide exclusivity, Porsche will produce no more than 918 examples. Start of production at Porsche's famed factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is planned for Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18), and the U.S. base manufacturer's suggested retail price is $845,000 (excluding destination and handling charges).


With its design inspired by past Porsches like the Carrera GT super sports car and the legendary 917 and highly successful RS Spyder race cars, the 918 Spyder remains faithful to the 2010 concept car. Unlike the concept car, the two-seat production version, based on a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque, will feature a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment.


Super high performance with very low fuel consumption and emissions


The 918 Spyder will be powered by a unique plug-in hybrid system that will include a high-revving, mid-mounted V8 engine with capacity of more than 4.0 liters and producing at least 500 horsepower. The engine will be based on the Porsche RS Spyder racing engine that demonstrated its impressive performance and efficiency through multiple Michelin Green X Challenge victories in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power will be transferred to the rear wheels via Porsche's compact, seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.


Two electric motors - one each on the front and rear axles - together will provide approximately 218 additional horsepower. This configuration also will offer an innovative, variable all-wheel drive system with independent control of the drive forces on both axles. Electrical energy will be stored in a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from a standard household outlet. Electric-only driving range is expected to be more than 16 miles on the NEDC. Recharge time will depend on each country's electrical power network, but charging is expected to take about seven hours at 110V/10A in the United States. A quick-charge option is being evaluated to further reduce charging times.

918 rear sketch


With anticipated combined fuel consumption of just 3.0 L/100 km on the NEDC, this equates to CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km or 112 g/mile. On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder will deliver super sports car performance. It is estimated that the final production version will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 3.1 seconds on its way to an estimated top track speed of 199 mph. It should also tackle Germany's famed Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, two seconds faster than the Porsche Carrera GT. Under the right conditions, the 918 Spyder will be able to drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 94 mph for limited distances.


Customers who order the 918 Spyder also have the opportunity to acquire a special-edition 911 Turbo S Coupe or Cabriolet. Also limited to no more than 918 units, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will have exterior and interior design elements echoing the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar's styling. It features similar exterior colors, carbon-fiber elements inside and out, enhanced leather equipment and numerous acid-green accents on items such as the brake calipers, illuminated sill plates, interior stitching and instrument cluster needles. A limited-edition badge on the glove compartment door will feature the same production number as the customer's 918 Spyder.


Worldwide 918 Spyder customers can begin ordering this special edition 911 Turbo S sports car today, and customer deliveries will start later in 2011. The U.S. base manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the Coupe and Cabriolet versions are the same as the standard 911 Turbo S models, $160,700 and $172,100 respectively, excluding destination.

Carlsen Concours

  2011 Carlsen Concours

Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...

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