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May 2011. Volume 51, Issue 4
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
MPG for Teens
Parade 2011
Track Tricks
Canepa Design Tour
Legends of the Autobahn
Cars and Plans
LPR Sway & Concours
Zone 7 Concours
Porsches and Police
Carlsen Concours
Quick Links
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From the Wurst Wing  
--by John Celona, GGR President

Events are IN GEAR

With GGR's second autocross now history and first Drivers' Ed / Time Trial / Club Race 3-day weekend at Thunderhill almost upon us, GGR's driving events are IN GEAR. Hope you get to join us for a few of them and see what your car can REALLY do. For me, if I want to see what my car can really do, I just have Andrew Blyholder or Terry Zaccone take it out for a lap. The ultimate no-cost performance improvement!

The weather gods shined on the autocross this past Sunday with the 20% chance of raining avoiding the site. The temperature was perfect in the mid-60's with just enough cloud cover to make glare a non-issue.

The course itself was a long one, taking up the entire extent of our usable space with the timing trailer sited right in the middle. A start off to the left took you around the end of the runway before going into the "where am I?" loop. Just shows the importance of the morning course walk to avoid those DNF's. I got two! Then it was a fast and furious set of gates and slaloms to get you down the left side and back. Even the fastest times were over a minute to get around this course. Lots of lap for your money!

 If you missed this event, we'll be returning to Alameda on May 14th. Look for the points battle to stay hot! Here's the schedule for the rest of the year.





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 for our three-day season opener driving extravaganza at Thunderhill, which features Drivers' Ed, a Time Trial, a Club Race, closed this past Sunday. I counted something like 115 drivers signed up for some portion of this event, so it should be a great weekend. 

Thanks to the outstanding work of our new DE/TT/CR chair Carl Switzer, we are very pleased to be co-hosting this weekend with the Diablo Region. As Carl has said and as I discussed with Diablo president Walt Lietz, we all want to make sure we're welcoming all members of our respective regions and to ensure this weekend is a resounding success. As you're probably well aware, getting sufficient numbers to keep our track series viable has been a challenge over the last few years, and we're hoping that cooperation with other regions and clubs offers a remedy.

If you are attending, please join me in extending a warm welcome to all the Diablo members attending. Glad to have you there!

Here's the schedule for the full season:




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.

 Zone 7 Presidents' Meeting 

On Sunday the 17th PCA President Manny Alban joined us for the Zone 7 Presidents' Meeting, organized by our Zone 7 rep Sharon Niedel. It was a chance for all the regional presidents to meet and share thoughts and tips on our common issues, and to hear news from National. Here are a few of the highlights.

PCA is into its new headquarters building and the space build-out is nearly complete. It is close to the Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Manny extended a warm invitation to any PCA member when traveling through to give a call and come see the new space.

Manny is targeting to get PCA's membership from its current level of approximately 59,000 to 75,000 during his tenure. We discussed a number of ideas for helping to make this happen, and Manny is working with PCNA to get their support for this effort.

The BIG news is that, for the first time ever, a Rennsport Reunion will be taking place on the West Coast. It will be held at Laguna Seca on October 14-16 of this year. There will be a PCA club race, corral parking, a PCA-only Porscheplatz, and PCA members will be able to apply to join a run group. SCRAMP director Ginger Mutoza was at the meeting to brief us on this event and will be one of two primary contact for PCA in putting on this event.

The theme of the weekend is "the 991," which will be the new 911. It should be a truly outstanding weekend. Check our web site for news as it develops.

Till next month...  

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

The Nugget is EARLY!

Yup: this month we're going out early. This because I'll be heading up to Thunderhill later in the week and do not plan on working on the Nugget while there! Not even sure if there's a decent wifi signal I could pick up from the car. Hope you don't mind.

Thanks to Contributors

Thanks to the people who keep sending stuff in: Bill Benz for his ever-unique viewpoint, Rich Tsai for sending in TWO articles with photos, and Claude Leglise for his continuing series on track tips. I've got blue brake fluid in the car and competition orange pads, so we'll see how they do!  


Thanks for reading.
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Board of Directors  
--not by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for April, 2011


 The April Board Meeting was canceled so that Board members and their entourage could travel to France in the GGR Gulfstream to watch the Tour de France and meet the Jagermeister girls.  


Unfortunately, upon arrival in Paris, the Board discovered it was three months early and the girls weren't yet there, either.  


However, while touring Brussels NATO command informed the Board that, in the Libyan Rebellion, there were no sound limits and straight pipes out the back were just fine. Thereupon, the Board voted to join the Rebellion until the Tour started or the girls showed up, whichever happened first.  


Subsequently, the leadership of the Rebellion rejected the Board's request that all participating vehicles be classified with an appropriate points handicapping system to determine class and overall winners. This notwithstanding the Board's long and deep experience with developing and administering such systems.  


With all options exhausted and upcoming autocross and track events pending back home, the Board elected to return home and will reconvene in May.  



Membership Report 

Mike Sherman--by Mike Sherman, Membership Director


April 2011 Monthly Membership Report


Well, it seems that it's not just the Post Office that delivers in rain, sleet or snow, but GGR. Those who attended the AX#1 in Alameda will attest to that. Despite rain, cold, wind chill and everything that Momma Nature threw at us, it was a blast! Make sure to tell all your "PBFs" (Porsche Best Friends) to join us at GGR and take advantage of the many opportunities to participate with like minded enthusiasts!


Drive safely my friends. Captain Mike


Total Members:      2389

Primary:     1413

Affiliate:       975

HQ Life:          1

         GGR Life:           4  


New Members:    20

Transfers In:          5

Transfers Out:       5

Non-renewals      28


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


Amazing...  May already and we are just now starting to see the sun.  We have two successful Autocross events under our belt, with another coming up in  less than three weeks.  Though just days away when I write this, when you read it we will have just completed what looks to be a great DE/TT/CR as well.  The weather is supposed to be great and sign ups look good.  I really hope to see you at one of the competitive events in the near future!


Now on to some business...  I'm sure you have heard the saying "rules were meant to be broken?"  I propose a slight modification to the saying for this column.  I suggest, "rules were meant to be changed."  Though it seems incredible that we need to start thinking about it, the club has guidelines for the annual rule setting process and the process starts now! 


The process is straightforward on paper, a bit more complicated in reality.  In May, we send out a call to the members for proposed rule changes.  Consider that done!  Any submissions for proposed rule changes are due to the Competition Director (me) by June 15th.  I will then summarize them in the July Nugget publication.  We will hold a meeting in late summer for the general membership to meet and discuss the proposals.  Following that, the rules committee meets and finalizes the changes for the next season.  The summary is published in the 4th quarter and distributed by the end of the calendar year. 


So, as you continue to review the rules that are posted on the GGR website, classify and re-classify your car and secretly wonder why that guy with an "identical" car is so much faster, I ask that you keep in mind any requests to change or modify things in the future.   I welcome any questions and/or discussion. Send me a note and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.


In the mean time, please come out and join us!






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


Ice, Ice BABY!


Some traditions just seem to hang in there, like putting heat on an injury. Remember the heat balm people put on in decades past they way they put on sunblock now? Not to mention heating pads and hot tubs. They're all still around and in widespread use.  


People in organized athletics more recently know differently. Ice is the application of choice for any sort of soft tissue injury, be it a pulled muscle, sprain, bruise, etc. The usual recommendation is to apply ice for 20 minutes, then remove it for a spell, followed by a reapplication for serious injuries. When my niece was a top collegiate gymnast dealing with chronic foot injuries, she actually had to plunge her entire foot into a bucket of ice water. Ow!


The complete recommendation for muscle pulls is abbreviated as R-I-C-E, for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Here's a link for more information.   


The idea is to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process. I also find that applying ice greatly lessens the pain from pulled injuries, with the effect being more noticeable the next day. Sometimes I'm tempted just to take an ibuprofen or two and skip the ice, but I know the owie will feel much better tomorrow after 20 minutes on the ice today.  


This doesn't mean there's no role at all for heat applications. Just that, after an injury, ice first and only ice until the swelling has gone down and the healing has commenced. Then, heat can help loosen up stiff and injured muscles and joints as you're working to strengthen them and restore full range of motion. Here's a link describing this process of icing first to reduce the inflammation, then heat as you begin to rehabilitate.  


You can also use heat to help warm up chronically stiff and sore areas before you begin to exercise them. I always like a short dip in the hot tub to warm up before a swim workout. If there's no hot tub, I find it a brief hot shower helpful. Here's another link that lays this out.  


The moral of the story: Ice, Ice BABY!--for any injury. Heat to warm up or loosen up an injury already on the road to recovery. I actually like to compound the effect by icing externally with an ice pack and internally with something like a gin and tonic. Seems to help! 


Bon appétit,

The Power Chef


In the spirit of cool, here's my recipe for Watermelon Salad. It takes some time to prepare, but the result is just outstanding!

Watermelon Salad    


watermelon salad   


Not your typical salad, but oh-so-cool, delicious, and refreshing on a warm day. Best put together right before you eat it (if you can wait!).  


The Gist

Watercress is tossed with walnut oil, lemon juice, mint, salt and pepper. Watermelon cubes are tossed with raspberry purée, olive oil, mint, salt and pepper and then go on top of the watercress.  



2 bunches fresh watercress

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

6 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 pint fresh raspberries

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup walnut oil

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper



Rinse and drain the raspberries thoroughly, then press them through a sieve to extra the purée. Combine the purée with half the mint, olive oil, salt and pepper. This is the dressing for the watermelon.


Combine the walnut oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and remaining mint to make the dressing for the watercress.  


Wash the watercress and dry in a spinner or with paper towels, then chop it roughly and place it in a bowl.


Place the watermelon cubes in a bowl with the sliced red onions. At this point, the two bowls can hold in the fridge until you're ready to serve.


When you're ready to serve, toss the olive oil dressing with the watercress. Pour the raspberry dressing over the watermelon and red onion, then gently toss. To serve, place a generous portion of watercress on a plate and top with the watermelon.  



The undressed ingredients can hold for several hours in the fridge until you're ready to serve, but should be dressed immediately before serving so nothing starts to get soggy.

This salad is almost a salad and between-courses fruit all in one. It's especially good to lighten up a dinner with a substantial entrée.

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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!!



MPG for Teens 


Benz--by Bill Benz


For the longest time, fuel economy was simple enough for zit-faced 16 year old males to understand. In my youth, the Ford station wagon gets 15 miles per gallon of gas. It's five miles between Kenny King's drive in and the Manner's Big Boy hamburger stand. I plan to cruise back and forth 6 round trips tonight. ....Wow, I need to add 4 gallons of gas to keep my parents from knowing that I just spent all evening cruising -- back and forth - back and forth -- between said Kenny King's and said Manner's Big Boy. In this simple calculation the answer is 4 gallons, not sometimes 5 and sometimes - 1.4372.


Three factors - gallons, miles and miles per gallon. They always worked. Simple enough for teenage boys (and their parental units ) to understand. If you blew it, it was your fault and you were busted


Not any more. I'm checking out the road test of the Chevy Volt in this week's AUTOWEEK. Gallons, miles and miles per gallon are too simplistic and concrete. We need new relationships that are more flexible and politically malleable and less reliant on those pesky numbers.

Let's duplicate the AUTOWEEK test.


The Volt is an electric car. Logically, we would expect an electric car to be able to run on electrical power and we'd be right. (Nods of approval.) It gets 93 mpg and goes 40 miles in "all electric" mode!! (applause) When we duplicate the AUTOWEEK test we'll be able to go 40 miles on one battery charge . (Enthusiasm.)


Oops, we've just reached the 26 mile marker and we are seemingly out of watts, suggesting that the "electric tank" has a capacity of about 26/93 gallons. That's 0.3 gallons, or about that of a Miller Light "40" to you malt beverage aficionados out there.


This doesn't have to be a problem. I say we take the high road here and announce proudly that the Volt has delivered on its range claim!! Only an anti-green petro-pig would suggest that 26 and 40 are not the same. This has been a 93 mpg class performance if we ever saw one. ("Dancing with the Stars" style response should follow.)


But wait there's more. The Volt has a 9.3 gallon tank filled with amazing liquid organic kilowatt concentrate. Focus groups are in action as you read this to determine if this is gasoline or a secret discovery from Ron Propiel at the Ronco Laboratories. In any case, our Volt takes this concentrate and turns it into watts and uses these watts to power the electric motor and move us down the road. This means that our trip which began as "all electric" will now become a "combined" event and we'll get a "combined" mileage of 60 mpg. Great news. (More cheers and we're off.)


We've just reached the 330 mile mark on our trip. And were at the side of the road - out of gas This success needs a proper presentation.


I'd go with "We've done it - 330 miles on just 9.3 gallons. This shows that America can meet any challenge. Even 60 miles per gallon in a made-in-America car creating jobs for middle America. (Cue the bald eagle and start humming "America the Beautiful".) And remember, we were only using the volume of our gas rank. Results would have exceeded our expectations even further if we factored in our all-electric operation." (A Jerry Springer style near riot of enthusiasm should ensue.)


The one take away message here is straight forward. If you have teenagers (boys or girls) at home, keep this message out of their hands. If they learn the techniques demonstrated here you will never find a gas gauge in your driveway reading above "empty" ever again.

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Parade 2011: Savannah, GA 


 Groundhog Day at the Autocross

By Cole Scrogham


OK, we all admit that autocrossing can be pretty fun...figuring out how your car handles at the limit in relatively safe surroundings...that is some good stuff! Even the Concours buffs hold a secret desire to thrash around the course and see what it will do. For those novices among us, an autocross is a mini race-course that is created by setting up orange pylons. Digital timers note start and finish times, and any contact with a pylon costs you an extra two seconds which is added to the time for your "lap," thus removing any advantage that might be gained by "altering" the course. There are typically three timed runs; which follow a prescribed set of activities such as a course walk, driver's meeting and safety inspection of your vehicle. Depending on registration numbers, additional timed laps may be offered, which gives you

Early Porsche tractor on duty in Savannah

that much more opportunity to best your competition. Of course, basic safety equipment is required, such as helmets (loaner helmets will be available), but no major modifications are needed to your Porsche. After all, Porsches are built for performance! Of course, if the bug bites, you may find yourself modifying your car, progressing both through the upper classes and your pocketbook.


Compared to most region events, Parade Autocross events are huge affairs, with so many classes and cars that it takes a couple of days to complete. There is a place for every car that Porsche makes, or has made for the past 60 years! Being a course worker gives a really great view of the cars on course, giving you a chance to see how others do things (yet another advantage), so don't forget to volunteer to help out. As with a region event, we need volunteers to make this happen!


A Parade autocross can be anything but "routine," and with this month's installment of interesting Parade tidbits I will point out a few key differences of a Parade event. Autocross junkies have a pretty set pattern, ingrained from years of the same old arrangement. The typical autocross day begins with a little anxiety as the event is finally here, which quickly fades into a sense of purpose. Get up and get dressed, maybe have a minute for a Pop-Tart because the early bird gets the worm (or does the second mouse get the cheese?), and then off to load the car and/or trailer with extra sets of wheels, air pressure gauge and tank, some miscellaneous tools and cleaners, snacks, cooler with drinks and whatever else we can be convinced will add some "extra" advantage.


The beautiful Savannah waterfront

Next up is a 30-40 minute ride from civilization to the autocross site, both large and vacant enough to house the field of cars as well as the course itself. Once there, the first task is a parking space and a tactical decision: How close to park to the porta-potties. Too far away is a long walk and too close... well, you know. Lots of friends to meet, old and new, and a quick fingernail check of that new rubber that had better pay off in lower laptimes. After that, it's

Clean Concours Cars

unload and set up in time to be ready for the course walk-and tech inspection, knowing that at the end of the day you have to load it all up again.


Sound familiar? If not, you are probably preparing for your first autocross at this Parade. Either way, it is still important to point out a few things. First of all, at the Parade, tech inspection is NOT offered on the morning of the autocross. You must tech your car in advance of your driving day. So check the schedule, know when you will drive and know when the tech inspection station is open. Don't forget to get your inspection before your driving day arrives! Additionally, while track walks are offered each morning of the event, you can also walk the track each preceding afternoon. This is a great advantage to having a multi-day event. Take benefit of this to learn as much about the track as you can before you get there in your car. It's your unfair advantage. Another helpful activity would be to attend the "chalk talk" lecture to pick up the tips and tricks of the successful autocross driver. Hosted by Parade Autocross chair Henry Hoeh, this session promises to be very informative. The Parade autocross is a Novice friendly event so please don't choose sit on the sidelines and watch just because you're not an experienced cone chaser.


This year we also have the luxury of an event that is mere minutes from your room. That's right...on Hutchinson Island and only three quarters of a mile from the convention center! That means not getting up before daybreak to load the car and drive to the site (unless you want to of course!). Sound too good to be true? Not really, it's just the location for the 2011 Parade Autocross in Savannah in the paddock of the Hutchinson Island race course, adjacent to the Parade headquarters at the convention center. Hutchinson Island was created to run Champ Car type events around a commercial park, and the racetrack infield will be used to create the Autocross for this year's event. There is even a possibility that some special ride opportunities may crop up around the race course itself, stay tuned to the Parade website or Facebook page for more information! The proximity of the event to Parade headquarters is something that doesn't happen very often, and the Parade staff has responded by providing a fantastic location. This year even spectators will be afforded a great opportunity to see the cars in action, so remember to come on down and check it out!


A rally driver at Parade

There are a lot of first time Parade entrants this year, and I am sure that many have experienced a local region's autocross, perhaps only as a spectator. If you have the opportunity, it would be worth your while to get a little experience at a local event before you head down to Savannah. And if you haven't registered for the Parade, give it some serious thought; there is still time to register and plenty of things to do there. If you have never tried a Parade Autocross before, this one might be just the ticket to find out more about your Porsche's unique handling in a low speed, controlled environment. You don't have to be a hero, just give it a try and see how it goes. You might discover something about your Porsche, and yourself!


Never too old to autocross!


Always great fun and full of excitement, the autocross is one of the pinnacle events of the Parade; this is your chance to compete with the club members from around the country and to put a national trophy on your mantel! Registrations are coming in quickly, so load up and join all your friends at the biggest PCA party of the year, Parade 2011! More information is available at and you can also join our Parade Facebook page at Here you can connect with all your Parade friends and plan your week and your travel plans. Don't miss out, register today!





Track Tricks

Leglise2--by Claude Leglise

Better pedals for better shifting



If you are a certifiable car nut, you have undoubtedly heard of "heel and toe" as the requisite shifting technique for go-fast drivers. But what is it, and why is it necessary in the first place?


We know from experience that, for a given car speed, the rpm of the engine depends on the gear selected. For example, a 2011 Boxster travels at the same speed whether at 3000 rpm in 3rd gear or 4100 rpm in 2nd gear. So when downshifting from 3rd to 2nd, the engine has to accelerate from 3000 rpm to 4100 rpm to match the speed of the car. On the street this is no big deal, and thanks to Dr. Porsche's invention of the modern synchronized gearbox, most cars require nothing more than a leisurely push on the clutch pedal and a downshift.


On the track, however, as we push the car a lot harder and try to optimize performance, the driver needs to help the engine rev up while downshifting. The "heel and toe" technique involves the following steps:

  1. Apply the brakes
  2. Depress the clutch
  3. Shift gear and blip the gas pedal to accelerate the engine
  4. Release the clutch
  5. Release the brakes

The idea is to match the revs of the engine to that of the transmission before releasing the clutch. There are two reasons for this, one performance related and one financial. First, imagine you are entering Turn 2 at Laguna Seca or Turn 10 at Thunderhill. You are applying a lot of brakes to prepare for the turn, and the front of the car is heavily loaded, while the rear tires are lighter than usual. If you simply downshift and let the rear tires push the engine revs up, the odds are pretty good that you will lose traction, disturb the suspension and, in extreme cases, spin. Revving up the engine with the gas pedal eliminates the extra strain on the rear tires, and is therefore safer and faster. Second, consider that the transmission was not designed to act as a brake. Every brutal downshift stresses the gears and the synchros. If you do this often enough, the gearbox will cry "uncle". Replacing worn synchros on a Boxster, 996 or 997 costs somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Trust me, I found out. . . Wouldn't it be better to learn the heel and toe technique?


Since downshifting occurs while you are slowing down the car, the use of the brakes, the clutch and the gas pedal all happen at the same time. . . and we only have two feet. We therefore need to brake and push the gas simultaneously -- generally brake with the toes and accelerate with the heel. The problem is that stock pedals are placed so far apart at the factory that the maneuver is very difficult for anyone with reasonably sized feet.




The simplest fix to this problem is to add metal pedal covers to narrow the gap and allow your right foot to operate both brakes and gas at the same time. These are simple overlays that are screwed on top of the existing stock pedals. Here is a two pedal set-up on a street 997:




The left part of the ball of the foot depresses the brake pedal while the outer edge of the foot is used to blip the gas pedal quickly.


And here is a three-pedal set-up on a 911 dedicated to the track:




This gas pedal's shape allows for the same procedure as above, or for true "heel and toe" using the metal tongue at the bottom left of the gas pedal to blip with the heel. The best method is a matter of personal choice.




These pedal covers are quite inexpensive and available from a variety of after-market sources that advertise in Excellence, Panorama and other enthusiast magazines. For instance:

Check also with GGR sponsors and your favorite mechanic.


The modifications are trivial, as they only involve installing half a dozen screws in the existing pedals. On some older cars, you may have to remove the rubber pedal covers. Keep them to return your car to full stock trim in the future.




These pedals are perfectly usable on the street, as they do not modify the behavior of the vehicle in any way. Yet once they are installed, every traffic light becomes an opportunity to practice downshifting in style.




This very simple and inexpensive modification to your stock pedals will make driving fast on the track much more enjoyable, and ultimately faster. Your transmission will love you for installing these overlays and using them well. 




P.S: Disclaimer. These Track Tricks articles make the explicit assumption that the reader is an adult with a functioning brain and the requisite knowledge to use it. They are meant to share my experiences and to give some tips that may or may not be useful to you. I am not an automotive engineer and I do not play one on TV. I make no representation about the suitability and usability of these tricks for any purpose whatsoever. If you try any of them, it is explicitly under your own responsibility and at your own risk. Don't even think of suing me if all hell breaks loose.

Jerry Woods

--by Paul Larson, Vice President


Hi everyone,


Hope you had a great Easter and are looking forward to that Memorial Day barbecue.


I often like to remind myself of where I was and where am I going. I asked the same question about the club and wondered about the positions in the club that have been abandoned. I sometimes look at the contact list from other clubs websites and wonder why there are so many people in charge of their club. It usually is because the club has had a major national event and the people who volunteered for this event are still active volunteers of the club. I also feel that a national event will come to clubs that have a big volunteer base.


It is extremely hard to get any volunteers. There are so many activities we do in California. From snow skiing to hiking to dune buggies to sailing, it is near impossible to think that anyone would have time to volunteer for a car club. With all this in mind, I decided to look at the club jobs that we had volunteers for in the past. Here are a few unfilled vacancies.


Assistant Treasurer - The Assistant Treasurer should be a CPA or Accountant who is knowledgeable in the preparation of income tax returns. Assists the Treasurer and any other Board member with any accounting/record keeping requirements.


Nominating Committee Chairperson - If possible, he or she will be a Director not eligible for re-election. The Past President is eligible if not a candidate for re-election.


Nugget Bugger - Remind contributors to the NUGGET to submit their articles or material in time for the NUGGET deadline. This shall be done monthly, approximately one week before the NUGGET deadline. The NUGGET Bugger is aided in this job by the monthly listing of contributors prepared for him by the NUGGET Editor.


Panorama Reporter - Responsible for writing articles or soliciting articles for submission from GGR members of club events worthy of national coverage. Committee Chairpersons are encouraged to send "Coming Up" items to GGR's PANORAMA Reporter for submission to PANORAMA.


Rally Chairperson - Chairs the Rally meeting during Activities Day. (This meeting sets up the total year's Rally series, Rally rules, and names of GGR Rally masters.) Defines goals for Rally program for the year. Periodically submits Rally tip articles for publication in the NUGGET.


Nugget Ad Manager - During period of December 15 through January 15, contact all current and previous advertisers to determine interest in advertising next year (April-March). Priority must be given to current advertisers who have inside covers and middle pages. Send Commitment Letter to all telephoned prospects that desire to advertise. Do necessary telephone reminding to get commitments.


Publicity Manager - A The Publicity Manager develops through the media the Region's profile in the Community.


Goodie Bag Manager - Have Goodie Bag items available at as many activities as possible. Order regular stock well enough in advance to maintain supply of items for sale. Introduce new items to club. Find someone to engrave name badges. Name badges should be ordered on a regular basis as they are paid for in advance.


Dinner Meeting Chairperson - The Dinner Meeting Chairperson is responsible for directing and coordinating the individual dinner chairmen, and must stay close to the planning of each dinner to ensure that all problems and issues are resolved. Find Chairpersons to host dinner meetings. Arrange restaurant, hall, country club, etc., for the assigned date meeting GGR's requirements. Use geographically varied locations. Assure privacy for the meeting, so outside activities do not disturb dinner meeting. Submit articles to the NUGGET with the dinner meeting deadline and all necessary information about the dinner meetings.


Swap Meet Chairperson - Obtain sites for swap meets. Prepare, print and distribute flyers for events. Ensure that each event is appropriately advertised in the NUGGET and local newspapers.


Tech Chairperson - Tech Chairperson's primary responsibility is to supply Club members with technical information. Arrange for tech sessions and find hosts for the tech session. Write technical articles for the NUGGET, or soliciting other members to submit tech articles for publication in the NUGGET. Responding to reasonable questions by members about technical aspects of the Porsche or referring members to other sources of information.


Tour Chairperson - Host and chair any Tour meetings deemed necessary. Select tours for the ensuing year at the Activities Day meeting. Appoint Tour Leaders for each event. Attempt to get new people involved with events, either as Tour Leaders or Tour Co-Leaders.


All of these descriptions for the different jobs have been abbreviated.


This is a great time to think about helping the club. The Rennsport event should be the biggest Porsche event on the West coast (October 14, 2011). Now is the time to turn off the TV and get involved. Hope to see you at a future event.


Paul Larson

Vice President


Canepa Design Tour

--by Rich Tsai, photos by the author


Bruce Canepa is a retired American race car driver and has been involved in automotive design, engineering, construction, and racing since the age of 15. Bruce finished 3rd in the 1979 24-Hours of Daytona with co-driver Rick Mears and has competed in IMSA GT, sprint car racing, midget car racing, and the Trans Am Series.




On a rainy October day in 2010, Bruce invited 50 members of select car clubs from Northern California to tour his facilities in Scotts Valley. Words and pictures can not describe with justice his unique property and the rolling works of art housed within. I was certainly not prepared for the sensory overload provided by the immaculate 65,000 square feet combination of museum, showroom, and workshop. Canepa Design offers in-house services such as performance enhancements, exterior styling, interior customization, mobile electronics, security/armoring, and acquisitions/sales of sports, collector cars and vintage race cars. View images from the tour at and


1989 Porsche Twin-Turbo Speedster

Edited from the Porsche 911 Performance Handbook by Bruce Anderson




This could be the ultimate street hot-rod: a 1989 Porsche Speedster with 935 suspension and a twin-turbo, IMSA version of the 962 engine. It was built by Bruce Canepa, of Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, California.


Canepa felt that since 911 Speedsters had the turbo-look bodywork and suspension, they should have also been turbocharged. He thought that their performance should be like a modern update of the old Carrera four-cam Speedster, a car that was great fun in its day. Canepa's idea was to scale up that sort of performance and fun to contemporary levels.




The design uses 934 fender flares and a 934 front spoiler. The DP rear wing was chosen for the look, and because a 934 wing wouldn't cover the huge 962 intercooler. The car was also to be air conditioned, so the wing had to house the A/C condenser.


The overall goal was a car that would be very, very fast, while still retaining all the creature comforts of a street Porsche. It would have at least 550 horsepower and a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Because of the potential speed, Canepa installed a low profile roll bar for safety. The roll bar is welded to a side bar structure, which in turn is tied to chassis rails that run from the rear to the front tower assembly. The stock Speedster is fairly flexible and, as a result, doesn't ride as well as it should. Canepa felt that for the suspension to work properly, the chassis needed to be rigid like a Porsche coupe. So, in addition to the roll bar and side structure, Canepa's technicians reinforced the chassis by boxing the rockers and raising the floor level behind the seats, effectively creating a monocoque substructure. The result is an incredibly stiff tub. The only other way to achieve this kind of rigidity, says Canepa, would have been to weld a roof on the car.




Canepa says that the Speedster handles better than any street Porsche he's ever driven. He says that with racing slicks it would handle as well as his RSR. It has a great ride too, as smooth as a new Carrera on all the road surfaces on which it was tested.




Jerry Woods got the nod to build the 962 engine. Canepa wanted a lot of torque, a lot of bottom end power, and as little lag as possible so it would be manageable on the street. That's exactly what Jerry delivered. He converted the 962 to 3.3 liters by using 100 mm pistons and a 70.4 mm stroke crankshaft. He chose an HKS electronic wastegate control, designed a proprietary programmable twin ignition system, and added a prototype Haltech fuel injection management system that's designed to take full advantage of the 962's twin sets of staged fuel injectors. It runs on one set when normally aspirated, then kicks in the second when the engine comes up onto boost. The result is enjoyable operation around town, and absolutely stunning acceleration and performance on the open road.




The transaxle is a G-50 five speed from a 1989 911 Turbo, shortened an inch so that it fits the Speedster chassis. The axles and CV joints are from Super Boots, the company that supplies Indy Car axles.




With the exception of the roll bar, the turbo dial, and the 959 speedometer, the cockpit looks like a factory Porsche Speedster. Canepa Design added a set of TRW four point competition seat belts and a Sony CD sound system. When asked how fast the car would go, Canepa just grinned and said, "At 200 mph it feels pretty comfortable. Jerry Woods calculated that it should top 210. It has the power and gearing to do it."




The fit, finish, interior and mechanicals of this Speedster are absolutely fabulous. The performance is even more incredible. Like all Canepa's cars, it has been thoroughly detailed, tuned and tested to ensure it meets the expectations of collectors that drive their Porsches.


Legends of the Autobahn
  2011 Legends

Cars and Planes

--by Rich Tsai, photos by the author


Cars and planes are related naturally: both are designed to limit aerodynamic drag, both use exotic lightweight material where possible, and each generation evolves to be faster & more efficient than the previous.  




Professional race series sometimes convert runways into temporary road courses. PCA chapters conduct autocross events at decommissioned military airfields.   




Magazines and TV shows use airports to conduct 0-100-0 tests and time attacks.   




Advertising companies enjoy using airplanes and hangers as photographic backgrounds. Even music videos, such as Sir Mix-A-Lot's new single titled "Carz" was filmed at an airport with about $30 million worth of exotic vehicles.




McClellan Air Force Base is located in the North Highlands area of Sacramento County. It was officially closed on July 13, 2001 but the Coast Guard Air Station continues to operate there with the surrounding area converted into a business park.   




McClellan is also the home of the Aerospace Museum of California, with over 40 various military aircrafts in its collection: from a fully restored, one-of-a-kind 1932 Curtiss-Wright B-14B Speedwing to one of the last Grumman F-14D Tomcats retired from U.S. Navy service in 2006. The Aerospace Museum is a wonderful place to explore the history of aviation.




On October 9, 2010, an annual "Cars & Planes" photo shoot at the Aerospace Museum of California was hosted by EuroSunday.   




Porsche is represented among cars from 20 different marques by local owners: including an ultra rare 2005 Carrera GT painted in Lamborghini's factory color 'Arancio Borealis' and one of the last air cooled Turbo 911s ever produced, a concours winning gray 993 Turbo S.   




View "Cars & Planes" images at and visit to sign up for future events.



LPR Swap & Concours 

  Swap meet

Zone 7 Concours

  zone 7 concours
Porsches and Police


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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