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|From the Wurst Wing |
| --by John Celona, GGR President
Full Month for GGR
Wow: what a month July has been for the club. In case you didn't make it to all the events, let me recap briefly what your club has been up to over the past month. Do join us for an event; your dues help pay for them!
Friday Night Social
The regular Friday Night Social was on July 15 at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City. If you're thinking of attending one of these, do email Shirley Neidel first to make sure folks will be there. Shirley informs me that she and George will be at a variety of events through October (Legends of the Autobahn, Rennsport Reunion, etc.) so no one will likely be there until November.
Launch of the PCA DE Driving Event Tour and DE/Time Trial at Thunderhill
GGR was very pleased to work with PCA National and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) to launch the 2011 PCA DE Driving Event Tour as part of our weekend at Thunderhill on July 16-17. Seventy-nine (79!) drivers showed up to drive their own cars and go for joyrides with professional drivers from the Porsche Sport Driving School in brand-new 911 Carrera GTS' provided by PCNA. Here's one of the cars on the track during low-speed laps at the end of Saturday driven by our head-of-hot-grid Ken Mack.
For the rest of us trying to find our way around the track, the Instructor Corps did their usual outstanding job of helping us find our way around on the preferred portions of the pavement. Here's Chief Driving Instructor John Tavernetti explaining the line at the new drivers' meeting.
Some of us did a better job than others. I chalk that up to more time watching the Speed Channel. Here's new driver Geoff Stahl getting ready to go in his own brand-new Carerra GTS cabrio.
As always, the weekend was very much a family affair. Cathy Pettinicchi brought her whole family up in her 2010 Panamera S and then drove the car around the track.
I was utterly amazed at how Cathy could get that 2-ton vehicle around the track. Very difficult for me to keep up in my 97 Boxster with just me driving.
Many thanks to PCA executive director Vu Nguyen, Rink Reinking of Southern Arizona PCA, and Trevor Bleedorn of PCNA for setting up the GTS drive portion of this event to launch the PCA DE Tour.
Also, a special thanks to Trevor (shown at right in the drivers' meeting) for donating a free 1-day course at the Porsche Sport Driving School in Huntsville, Alabama. That class was definitely the BEST raffle prize at the Saturday night dinner. It normally costs $1,795 to sign up for the course, and one lucky attendee got to take it home.
PCNA western marketing rep Heather Brant also donated a 3-day course at this same school last year as part of the GGR 50th celebration. We raffled that course off and donated the $3,000 proceeds to charity.
Many thanks to all the folks at PCNA for their great support of the club over the years.
It was a great, safe, incident-free weekend, and even the weather cooperated. With a morning fog lingering till noon, high temperatures just about go to 80º or so--a truly perfect finish to this year's GGR-hosted track events.
We'll finish up the track season with a three-day DE and Time Trial at Laguna Seca on September 9-11 co-hosted with Coastal Driving School. This event quickly filled up once registration opened and is now on wait-list only for all three days.
That same Sunday, July 17th also saw our annual Carlsen Concours. Longtime platinum club sponsor Carlsen Porsche provides the venue, lunch, and trophies for this event so all proceeds can likewise be donated to charity. This year saw another full parking lot of cars entered. Photographer Rich Tsai was on hand to capture photos of the event, one of which is shown below.
Carlsen also provided outstanding custom trophies for this year's event which were constructed by General Manager Rich Pasquali. They consisted of a racing piston mounted on a base of black marble with a pewter Panamera on top. One is shown at right. These outstanding trophies will definitely be cherished mementos of very successful day.
Besides providing everything else, thanks very much to the gang at Carlsen for extending the invitation to all new GGR members to come by for lunch. GGR social director Capt. Mike Sherman sent a special invitation to all GGR members who joined within the last year to come on by.
Sorry I missed this event, but I was at the track getting the car dirty!
Two-Day GGR and Zone Autocross at Marina
The very next weekend, intrepid drivers were off to the Marina Airport to try the skills at autocross. The Saturday event was hosted by GGR and Sunday by Loma Prieta Region. Thanks very much to LPR AX Chair Ann Roth for coordinating everything utterly smoothly as always. Working with Ann is, as they say, "like butter!"
Here's one photo from the great YouTube slide show on the event, courtesy of LPR. The full slide show can be found here.
Note the very easy-on-the-complexion weather. If you've ever been to the Marina Airport, you know to bring your warm-and-fuzzies!
Annual GGR Picnic
As if all this wasn't enough, Sunday the 23rd (the second day of the Marina AX) was also the day of the annual GGR picnic! About 60 folks gathered at Vasona Park in Los Gatos to enjoy the People's Choice Wash-N-Shine Concours, games, and lunch by Armadillo Willie's for the bargain price of $15/person. This event was overseen by GGR member and past social director Mark Powell.
Photos of this event taken by GGR Vice President Paul Larson can be found here, with one shown below.
Whoa! Enough for one month. On to a little club business.
If you haven't heard already, we are updating the GGR bylaws. The committee working on it hopes to have a complete draft ready for the August board meeting, which will then go to a vote by the full members as part of our annual election process. Here are the changes we are considering:
- Electronic voting: modify bylaws to handle electronic voting instead of mailing ballots. Also need provisions for directors to vote via email and possibly phone in to board meetings.
- Dual memberships: need to include dual membership provisions in the bylaws. Dual memberships were instituted so that when members of other PCA regions participate in GGR events (as many do), this is counted as GGR member income rather than non-member income, which is a tax issue.
- Club operations: we need to look at the provisions regarding annual meetings of the whole club like (like an annual shareholder meeting), calling special meetings, actions required to fire the board and elect different directors, etc. The idea is to make sure we have reasonable arrangements for "shareholder democracy" and stability in club operations.
- Board size: we're looking at making the newsletter editor and webmaster voting board members instead of non-voting which they have been for some time, as most regions in Zone 7 already do. This would increase the size of the board from 7 to 9.
If you have particular matters you would like addressed in this process or would like add your input, please email me.
Till next month...
|Letter from the Editor |
--by John Celona, Nugget Editor
Lots Going On!
Hope you made it to at least one of the events this month. I could have gone to them all, but my helicopter is in for brake work.
Also, you'll note that immediately following this is an opportunity to participate in a survey conducted by two Norwegian business masters students who are writing on brand communities for their masters thesis. I just completed the survey I think you'll find the questions interesting to complete. They claim it takes 7-10 minutes to complete, but I buzzed through it in 5. It does not ask any personal information at all, so I hope you'll consider helping them out in their research and completing it.
Thanks for reading.
|Norwegian Business School Survey |
|Only a few more responses needed! Please consider clicking here to complete this brief survey. |
|Leif Christian Hanstad|
Greetings from Norway, by Leif Christian Hanstad & Pål José Myklebust
Dear Porsche Enthusiasts.
We are two Master of Science students from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway who are currently writing our master thesis about brand communities. Many companies have brand communities, for instance Harley Davidson, Apple and Saab. But maybe the most interesting community is Porsche Club as it is started by its members and exists all over the world.
|Pål José Myklebust|
For the final year of our Master program we have been situated at the University of Mannheim in Germany, approximately one hour from the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, outside Stuttgart. Being in the home country of Porsche, lead us to choosing Porsche as our target for our research. Today's research mostly covers the characteristics and the existence of brand communities, our focus is to examine how such communities come to life, basically how can companies build them. This has not been studied before and especially not for brand communities started by its own members. We hope that our paper will contribute to further insight into the understanding of brand communities.
To be able to do this we need your help, the more people answering our questionnaire, the more valid the study will be and the sounder our recommendations will be. The survey is confidential and will only be used for our paper, not for any commercial use. Please click the following link to access the survey:
We are currently in the process of distributing our survey to Porsche Clubs' around the world. Porsche Club's in Australia, Norway, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Norway have agreed to help us and we hope that you can take maximum 10 minutes of your time to answer our survey.
We really appreciate your help and should there be any questions you are more than welcome to send us an email at: email@example.com
Pål José Myklebustand Leif Christian Hanstad
|Board of Directors |
|--not by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary
GGR Board of DirectorsNo Meeting Minutes for July, 2011
Call to Order
Whereas the June board meeting was at the end of June, and
Whereas July was fully packed with the DE at Thunderhill, AX at Marina, Picnic, Carlsen Concours, and people leaving for Parade,
Now Therefore, the next board meeting is scheduled for August 14 after folks return from Parade.
The meeting having not been called to order in July, we ponder the sound of one hand adjourning in the middle of a forest.
--by MIke Sherman, Membership Director
GGR Regional Summary - June 2011
Well, some of us had a hot July - others of us on the coast got to see just how quickly the fog could mess up a good picnic or beach party. Ah, but the sound of those tops going down in our Boxsters...sorry Caymaneers!
National Membership News: According to the PCA National guys, we had a hot month for membership, gaining 342 new members nationally. Now, we're only 250 or so members shy of the 60,000 mark. GGR has done its part with 22 new members in June. Let's keep growing! Know anyone with a Porsche who isn't a member? Get them signed up. The new leadership at national is in place and being very responsive and accessible. They are ready to help anyone with a membership (national) question. Their new number is 410.381.0911. The office manager at national is Charlotte Chirinos (firstname.lastname@example.org). She is very responsive and great dealing with members nationwide.
Regardless of top down or up, we all had a chance to drive our beautiful machines somewhere fun so far and there's more to come. Check out the calendar at www.pca-ggr.org/event/list for all the latest on social events, Boxster Brunches, track days, etc. As always, feel free to contact me with any member questions at email@example.com .
All the best. Captain Mike
Primary Members 1,421
Affiliate Members 957
Life Members 1
Total Members 2,379
22 New Members:
Michelle S. Barry 1997 911 Purple
Elizabeth M. Brown 2011 CarreraS Black
Marc Cerda 1999 Boxster Blue
Brooks R. Day 1967 912 Black
Diane Doolittle 2004 911 Black
Sam Fankuchen Associate Member
Max E. & Heather Gokhman 2006 CaymanS Black
Joseph E. Hamdorf 2007 Cayman
Mike Han 1997 933TT Black
Mark R. & Debra Hohlfeld 2009 CarreraS Gray
Brad A. & Audrey James 2006 911 Yellow
Woojin Kim 2006 CaymanS Silver
David Lee & Chery Moser 2001 911 Turbo Silver
Kendall & Marcia Mann 2007 CarreraS Black
Thomas Meyerhoffer 2011 GT3RS White
Vinh N. Nguyen 2001 Boxster Black
Jason R. Plaster 2003 996TT Blue
Thomas Schepers 1997 911S Targa Silver
Robert B. Steele 2000 Boxster Silver
David J. Taylor 2009 CarreraS White
Brian & Larry Tupper 2000 996 Black
Rico L. Zorkendorfer 2011 911 Turbo Black
Transfers In - 5
Patrick J. Agard (DIA) 1994 968 Blue
1977 911S Ice Green
John N. & Laurel Berry (LHN) 1975 911S
2007 911 Blue
Kendall & Marcia Mann (LPA) 2007 CarreraS Black
James & Cameron McClelland (DIA) 2002 Carrera Black
1971 914-6 Orange
Brian & Larry Tupper (SVR) 2000 996 Black
40 Years - 1971
Ursula Grunfeld 1973 914
20 Years - 1991
Quincy Dong 1990 911C4
Rick Jeffery 1974 914
Barton Lane 1987 928S4
15 Years - 1996
Olen Creech 1983 911SC
Kent Lim 1982 911SC
10 Years - 2001
Keith Ray 1979 930
Jeffrey Reitmeir 1987 924
5 Years - 2006
Kathleen de la Rocha
Donald Eaton 2006 CaymanS Grey
Jeff Gold 2006 997S Atlas Grey
Scott Kalkin 1978 911SC Blue
Peter & Amy Ellen Mercieca 2006 CarreraS Arctic Silver
Sanjay & Ramana Rao 2002 Seal Grey
Raj Vyas 1985 911 Black
--by Jeff Kost, Competition Director
Jeff was last seen on a beach in Hawaii. He'll be back next month with an update on competition and the rules process. --Ed.
|The Power Chef® |
--by John Celona, The Power Chef
Vacations Big and Small
This is the time of year when folks head off for vacation en masse. Folks are always asking me where we're going or where we've been. Hawaii? Mexico? The Grand Canyon or Caymans? Seems to be the kind of answer people are looking for.
Big vacations are great and just what some people need for a get-away from the daily routine. I tend to like frequent, small vacations, though. Really frequent. And really small. Like every day. How is this possible?
Well, I figure a vacation is time for you to get away and relax as opposed to minding the endless stream of emails and phone calls. I like doing a little of that every day.
For example, for me getting a workout in is a mini-vacation. The phone does not go with me, and it's a chance to get away for an hour or two and relax while doing something I enjoy: working out! I feel fresher and more energetic afterward. I'd rather get my daily dose of mini-cation every day then head off to the Galapagos for two weeks. Besides, no packing or sitting on airplanes required!
For a slightly more extended mini-cation, I'll head out into the yard and do some stuff. If you've done any gardening, you know all you have to do is walk out there and see everything wanting attention. And, no matter what's going on in your life, the plants don't care. They'll be doing what they're doing regardless of whether your presentation is done for that next webinar!
For me, cooking is also a mini-cation. Gives me a chance to relax and think about whatever while chopping and cooking. And, best of all, when I'm done I can cap off my mini-cation with a great tasting meal that's good for me and didn't land a bomb in the credit card bill.
Call me lazy, but I like my vacations in frequent and small doses. Save the luggage for business trips!
The Power Chef
In the spirit of a min-cation, here's my get-away for today: a brief (and delicious!) trip to France!
A traditional french cassoulet can be a very involved affair. As Julia Child states in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, "the concoction of a good cassoulet is a fairly long process. You can prepare it in one day, but two or even three days of liesurely on-an-off cooking are much easier."
After making the full-on version a few times, I created an expedited version to capture the key flavors. Just two steps to start earlier, then the rest is a straight shot through. Plus I add some cabbage to up the vegetable content and dilute the fat. Hope you like it!
1 lb. bacon
4 lbs. sliced pork shoulder or pork chops
2 lbs. aromatic pork sausage
2 Tb. freshly ground black pepper
1 Tb. granulated garlic
2 tsp. salt
2 lbs. dry Great Northern Beans
2 Tb. chicken stock base
1 tsp. beef stock base
3 leeks, cleaned and sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 head cabbage, chopped roughly
1 bunch parsely, chopped
4 Tb. fresh thyme, chopped finely
3 fresh bay leaves
big pinch of cloves
1 750ml bottle white wine
Two start-ahead steps. First, rinse the beans well and cover with hot water at least a few inches higher than the beans (they will swell as they soak). Then, mix together the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic, sprinkle over the sliced pork and rub in well.
Let the beans soak and the pork marinate at least an hour.
When you're ready to construct, chop all the vegetables. Cut the bacon into pieces and sauté until crisp. Remove the bacon pieces and use the hot bacon fat to sear the sliced pork and sausages. Remove them to a bowl once seared.
Sauté the leeks, fresh garlic, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves in the remaining bacon fat until the leeks are well wilted. Drain the beans and add them to the pot with the chicken and beef stock bases. Pour in the bottle of white wine and, if necessary, add just enough water to cover the beans. Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the beans are getting tender.
Add the seared pork slices and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the seared sausages and simmer for another 15-20. The beans and pork should be just about tender enough to eat. Add the cabbage and cook until the cabbage is the way you like it (still crisp or cooked until soft).
Serve in big bowls with a crusty whole wheat bread for dunking in the broth. Enjoy!
I like a garlic and basil sausage in this, but you can try different varieties, even italian sausage. Julia mentions polish sausage as an option(!). I suppose you could try chorizo, too. Just depends whatever sort of flavor you'd like to throw in there!
Traditionally, cassoulet is also made with a shoulder of mutton or lamb, but I'm not a big fan of either in stews. If you like, you could substitute skinless chicken pieces for the pork slices, or even add them in.
Rennsport Reunion IV
ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORT REUNION PORSCHE CORRAL
Registration is open for the Porsche Corral at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion. The direct link to the registration is below. Seventeen race groups will participate in the event at which Jaguar is the featured marque; and it is Jaguar's E-type 50th anniversary.
Here's a bit of trivia for you: Did you know that Jaguar's American racing roots are firmly planted on the Monterey Peninsula? It was in 1950, at the inaugural Pebble
Beach Road Races, that Jaguar achieved its first win on American soil. A 23-year-old American named Phil Hill, who months earlier accompanied the same Jaguar XK120 aboard the Queen Mary, took the checkered flag, thereby capturing international accolades for both himself and Jaguar.
RENNSPORT REUNION on October 14-16, 2011 promises to be an amazing weekend for the Porsche enthusiast. Rennsport Reunion IV will be held for the first time on the west coast at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS). MRLS is selling the Porsche Corral tickets for this event. Use the link below and look for the ticket item described below to purchase the Porsche Corral at his historic event. MBR is working on a couple of social activities prior to this event.
We will use Motorsportreg.com for the sign-ups. Additional information will be sent in the future.
A0811P3DAY-PC: 3-Day Admission & Paddock with Porsche Car Corral Pass - Go to https://mazdaraceway.com/pages/tix_2011_Porsche Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV
PORSCHE ONLY CAR CORRAL PASS AND 3-DAY ADMISSION & PADDOCK TICKET.
No vehicle will not be allowed into corral area unless it is a Porsche. You will be directed to general parking. Space is limited. Does not include hospitality. Passenger in vehicle needs only to purchase the General Admission & Paddock Ticket portion.
--by Paul Larson, Vice President
Hiking in Pescadero Creek County Park
So what do hiking and a Porsche have in common? Not much but, you do need to get to where you want to start your hike and a Porsche is an excellent way to get there. The story I will be telling you involves how to get to the hike and what's involved with an 11-mile loop hike.
I live in San Carlos so you drive to Highway 92 and head for the beach. Once you get to the top of the ridge, you will make a left onto Skyline Blvd. This is Highway 35 and you head south for more than 5 miles. This is a good twisty road so you want to turn on the sport mode and make the shocks nice and stiff. I have been down this road so many times that I think I have all the turns memorized.
One of our past presidents (Claude Legise) has written a story about one of the roads taken off of Skyline. Here is a link to the story.
His story starts at Alice's restaurant but ours is a little bit further down the Skyline road. I would guess at about five miles further on Skyline till you turn right onto Alpine Road. This is the turn to Portola State Park. This is a wonderful park but I will leave that story for another day. We travel down alpine road till we come to a turn off for Portola Park. This is an extremely windie and twisty road and has a lot of 1st gear turns. Be aware that you should see a few bicycle riders riding up this road. At the turn off, you turn to the right and head further down Alpine road. Within less then ½ half of a mile, the road will make a sharp right. You go straight and head up a driveway that leads to farms. This is a one-lane road so you should be pretty good at driving in reverse. I think I have only encountered one driver on this road and I only had to back up about 300 feet. There are a few potholes on this road so avoid them. About ¼ of a mile down this one-way road, you will see a gate and a sign that calls out the property for Pescadero Creek County Park. I have never seen this gate closed. Another ¼ mile you will make a left at the end of the road and park in a dirt parking lot. There is a big pothole before you turn into the dirt lot.
Now we start hiking. If you look at the purple loop in the picture below, you will see a waypoint on the bottom right called "Aa". Our goal on this 11-mile hike was to walk along the Jones Gulch Loop. If you look at the top of the picture, you will see another waypoint called "Jones". This point is near the top of the Jones Gulch Creek. Walking along the creek you will see some extremely large Redwood Trees. There are very few signs of logging as you walk up the creek. The trail goes up one side of the creek and down the other side of the creek. There are two bridges down at the bottom of the creek. Spotting old growth is pretty easy when the trees show some fire marks on them. There are more then a few around this creek. This hike was a little more then what most people walk. I know that after 8 miles, my shoes start to get heavy and I am not lifting my feet as high as before. OK, let's not call it age. Finding a good 8-mile loop hike is King.
Well we come to the end of our hike but the best part is coming up. Once you get your car into view, it's like seeing an old friend. Most of the time after a good long hike you just want to tell your car that you have some more twisty roads to drive you back home. Maybe a Porsche and some hiking do have something in common.
Thanks for reading and send me any questions you might have. I have hiked all the redwood tree parks within 25 miles of La Honda. Parks like Big Basin, Portola, and Buttono.
Porsche Race Car Classic
On October 16, 2011 the Porsche Race Car Classic will bring together 200 Porsche race cars from 1950-1965 at the world famous Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. This gathering of purpose-built and production Porsches represents the largest gathering ever of the cars that put Porsche on the racing map so many years ago.
The race cars will range from the 550 Spyders of the early 50s to the 904s of the early 60s with all the many purpose-built racing models represented plus 356 coupes, Speedsters, and more. The cars, their owners, and the public will be joined by famous Porsche race car drivers from that golden era of Porsche's history.
The Porsche Race Car Classic - which has been years in planning - will be a fitting conclusion to Porsche's Rennsport Reunion IV which will take place just down the road at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the same weekend. While Rennsport IV will have a few of these cars, the vast majority will be only at the Porsche Race Car Classic and the PRCC owes much to Porsche Cars North America and Porsche AG who have been so supportive of the Race Car Classic.
The Porsche Race Car Classic will offer all of the amenities that are to be expected at the world-class Quail Lodge venue. Meanwhile all net proceeds will go directly to our charitable partners - the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the University of California, San Francisco Thoracic Oncology Program to aid in lung cancer research. The PRCC is committed to raising significant funds to help to battle this most-deadly and least-funded of the major cancers.
Get Tickets for the Porsche Race Car Classic at www.porscheracecarclassic.com as well as forms for the raffle of a 2012 Porsche Turbo Cabriolet.
Contacts Event: Steve Heinrichs 775-691-2217 Media: Bruce Sweetman 615-579-4508
|Legends of the Autobahn|
Carrera de Sierra
Concours on Campus
CONCOURS ON CAMPUS
Presented by Yosemite Region
Sunday, August 28, 2011
On the campus of San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton Ca.
Gates open at 8 a.m., and judging will start at 10 a.m.
Entry fee is $25.00. Lunch is $7.50
Contact Paul Czopek at 209-531-1942 or e-mail
Directions: From I-5, take March Lane east approximately 1 ½ miles to Pacific Avenue. Turn left on Pacific to Yokuts and left on Yokuts on to the campus.
Porsches on the Plaza
Ledson Concours d'Elegance
Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...
As always, thanks for reading.