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August 2012. Volume 52, Issue 7
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Bored of Directors
The Power Chef
Social Report
Legends of the Autobahn
Sacramento Valley Concours
Yosemite Region Concours on Campus
Ledson Concours d'Elegance
Yosemite Region Zone 7 Concours
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From the Wurst Wing  
celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President
Hope you're having fun attending some of our MANY events this summer. If you're not availing yourself of them, you know who to blame!

A Great Time Had by All at the First Fun Run Autocross   

This past Saturday was our first-ever Fun Run Only Autocross, held at our usual Alameda site. The event was actually suggested by attendees at our annual Autocross School, who were understandably intimidated by the prospect of showing up for a full-on autocross.

As it turned out--nothing to fear! Autocross is a great and easy way to get started on learning how to really drive your Porsche. No car modifications required--just a helmet. More info on our web site here.

The members who showed up were treated to absolutely perfect weather, stunning Bay views, and a gourmet barbecue lunch by the award-winning Back 40 Texas BBQ, including Pork Ribs, Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Tossed Green Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, Fresh in season Corn Cobettes, BBQ Beans, Assorted Cookies, Assorted Sodas and Bottled Water. Here's a pic of everyone making their cars heavier for the afternoon runs.

Along with the lunch, attendees were treated to lots of runs in the morning, more in the afternoon, and--guess what--the only difference between this and a full-on autocross was the times weren't posted. See, that wasn't so hard after all!

GGR's next autocross was held the following day, so more than enough chances to wear those tires down this past weekend.

Here's what's coming up for the rest of the schedule this year, courtesy of Autocross Co-Chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey:  


 August 18    Alameda  Autocross #6
September 8 - 9    Marina Airfield  Autocross #7 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 AX weekend
September 15    Alameda  Autocross #8 
October 20    Alameda  Autocross #9
November 17    Alameda  Autocross #10

Personally, I always wash the car ahead of time to go for style points rather than time points!   

2012 Track Schedule Season: Thunderhill Approaches


Here's a message from our Track Chair, Carl Switzer:



I'll keep this short: registration is open for GGR's Sept. 8-9 Drivers' Ed and Time Trial at Thunderhill.  Please register here:  We will run in the conventional direction.

For those inclined to read on . . .

Please note we have a new, more streamlined tech form for the GGR Track Series, which you'll find here:  Among other things, the form clarifies GGR's policy that you do not necessarily need to take your car to a shop to have the inspection performed.  If you consider yourself competent to perform the inspection, have at it.

Also, based on feedback we received following our event earlier this month, we wanted to remind drivers to approach our Chief Driving Instructor, John Tavernetti, if you feel you are not in the appropriate run group.  We do our best with these assignments, but it's common that a few people need to move to a different group during the course of the weekend.  So, if you're uncomfortable in your assigned run group for any reason, please raise the issue with John early in the weekend.

Thanks for your support.

Carl Switzer 

Drivers' Ed/Time Trial/Club Race Chair




Here's the schedule for the rest of the year: 

  • September 8-9:  Drivers' Ed and Time Trial at Thunderhill.   
  • November 20-21 at Laguna Seca.   
Hope to see you out there driving! I was there and got to try out the new permanent car number:

Still going for the style points!

GGR Picnic This Past Sunday     

GGR's annual Picnic and People's Choice Concours was also this past Sunday. Got any photos or stories to share? Send me an email and I'll run them next month.
See Joe Sweis' Social Report for more on this event.

Carlsen Concours Coming Up Sunday, August 5th: Yes, There Really Is a Free Lunch     

If you're available this coming Sunday, come join us at the annual Carlsen Concours. Judging will be happening during the late morning, followed by a FREE LUNCH provided by Carlsen Porsche (only the folks entering the concours have to pay) (Why ever one would pay to have one's car judged remains somewhat of a mystery to me.    ;)

Serving it up will by the FABULOUS Absolute Barbecue, who also did the lunch at our 50th Anniversary Autocross. Awards will be immediately following lunch. Click here for photos from past Carlsen Concours.

This is another great chance to meet club members and to see crazy-clean cars. This week, I'll be switching from getting my car dirty at the track to cleaning it up for the concours. Guess which one I prefer??


Till next month...  





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

Reporters Always Welcome

So much to report on this month! If you've attended a GGR event and have some photos or--even better--are inclined to write a paragraph or two about it, do let us know. We'll be happy to run them.  


Thanks for reading.   


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Membership Report

Mike Sherman --by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--June 2012 


Primary Members   1,478
Affiliate Members       970  
Life Members                 6
Total Members         2,454 



Have you seen the future? I had a chance to drive a 6-speed, 4-door Alfa Romeo Giulietta around the Italian autostradas in May. It was a beauty - fast, good road hugging, lotsa pep/torque, excellent steering feedback, great mileage, silent running, oh, and it was a diesel! Oh yeah, the new European diesels are really jewels. Not only are they quick, torquey, easy starting (no more waiting for the coils to pre-heat) but also they're cheaper to run, quiet, get great mileage, and NO SMOKE! Today, nearly 50% of the autos in Europe are diesel compared to some 2% here in the USA. But more are coming.  


Fortunately Porsche knows this all too well and we'll be seeing at least one version coming across the pond as an option in the new 2013 Cayenne - a 240 horsepower diesel with 400 lb./ft. of torque, 0-60 in 7.2 seconds, and 20 city /28 highway mpg - that equates to about 700+ miles highway range. Plus, no diesel engine knock, smoke, or complaints from neighbors in the morning (Trust me, I've been there with an old, smelly MBZ 240D!). Is a Carrera diesel far behind - who knows? Don't scoff, Audi's playing with them on the track (Le Mans) and they're so fast that new ALMS regs are being drawn up to contend with them! The times they are a-changing! Are you ready? All the best, Captain Mike.

New Members/Transfers: 21 (+ 6 Affiliate Members)
Peter I Beynon, - 1997 911 Turbo - Black
William A. Castellano - 2010 911 C4S - Black
Lester K. Joe - 2011 Boxster - Gray
Michael & Karen Makay - 2009 BoxsterS - Blue
Marghescu Silviu - 2007 997 Turbo - Gray
Edward J Mello - 2007 BoxsterS - Black
Ciprian Morar - 2012 Cayenne - Black
J. S. Morrison - 1997 Carrera - White
Don C. Ng - ?2001 911 Turbo - Silver
Daniel P. Roncadin & Stephanie Reiter - 2009 911 C2S - Silver
Greg Roussel - 2009 911 - Black
Steven E. Schlotterbeck - 1990 911 C4 - Silver
Rooney L. Thomas & ?Karlton Lew - 2006 Cayman - Black
Arthur Woo - 1974 911Carrera - Red
Markus Ziegler - 1999 Boxster - Silver
Kyle K. Yu &?Clara Yu (CCC) -?2006 CaymanS - Black
Andrew Chi &?Jeffrey Chi (GCT) - 2003 BoxsterS - Silver
Milo R. &?Diane Dorr (DIA) - 1986 951
Brian J. & William McCarthy (RED) - 1999 Carrera - Silver
Andrew K. Roorda (ALL) - 1999 CarreraS - Silver

June 2012 Anniversaries

45 Years - 1977
  Bill Cilker - 1972 911S

30 Years - 1982
 Janice Washburn

25 Years - 1987
   Moe Harwell - 1973 914 Charcoal Grey
20 Years - 1992
 Dave Mcguigan - 1986 911 Blue
   Maureen Yager - 1975 914
15 Years - 1997
   William Betts - 1967 911  
   Michael Hobgood - 2000 Boxster Yellow
   Parker Merrill - 1983 911  
   John Albert-Ozga   
10 Years - 2002
   Scott Freiermuth - 1995 993  
   Sharon Inman   
   Lara Kriz   
   Uday Kumar - 2002 BoxsterS   
   Mike Middleton - 1999 911  
   Justin Payne - 1989 911 Stone Grey
   Kathryn Schlief   
   James Kersey - 1972 911T   
   Pamela Kersey   
   Debi Pressley   
   Scott Richter - 2002 911  

5 Years - 2007

Maria Dichiara    
Bonnie Fugitt    
Cal Fugitt - 2001 996 TT Black  
Mike Koozmin - 1973 914 Maroon  
Kevin Laird - 2003 C4S Blue  
Jason Lim    
Millie Ling-Tsai    
Henri Richard - 2007 911GT3RS White  
Rich Tsai - 2001 996 Seal Grey  
Warren Chen    
Maggie Huang      



Board of Directors

Richard French --not by Richard French, Secretary

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for July, 2012



Present: none who will admit to it


WHEREAS no official board meeting was scheduled for July, and


WHEREAS board members had sufficiently healed from two years ago to recover approximately normal liver and kidney function; and


WHEREAS the frequent CEO turnover at HP had inadvertently created availability in one of their fleet of seven private corporate jets,


NOW THEREFORE, the Board resolved to continue their tradition of annual secret junkets to Bora Bora.  


Agenda Changes: drink service will henceforth begin at 6 am rather than 7 am. Daily drink service will end at 5:30 am.  


Calendar Changes: stay is extended until the GGR debit card or the bar beads run out, whichever happens last.  


President's Report: we're good for sunblock but are running low on olives.


Vice President's Report:  this would be a nice place for a Porsche dealership.


Competition Report: beach volleyball will commence as soon as we finish the classification and points handicapping system, which we are still working on.


Social Report: so far, everyone is being very social.


Membership Report: all of the natives have joined our Tribe. No one has yet been voted off the island.  


Webmaster Report: we were having trouble hacking a satellite to get a live feed of the Olympics, but I managed to get it working using telemetry parts from Bill Dally's 914. 


Discussion Items:  

1. Please be considerate about only using your fair share of the ice.

2. Gin appears to be a very effective mosquito repellant.  


THERE BEING NO FURTHER AGENDA ITEMS, an order was placed for additional pupu platters.   



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

The Importance of a Little FAT!

Food preparation these days seems to fall in one of two camps: maximum fat and no fat. The maximum fat camp is well represented in most of the cooking shows on television, the main variation being the form (butter versus olive oil). Granted, the Queen of Butter Paula Deen is off on a new direction after being diagnosed with diabetes, but you can still catch her frying away on frequent reruns of prior shows.

Certainly, I love extra virgin olive oil (or, as Rachel Ray puts it, EVOO), but a gram of olive oil has exactly the same number of calories as a gram of pork lard. Eat enough of any variety of fat and you won't be wanting for it because you'll be carrying it around with you!

Then there are all the fat-free foods out there: salad dressings, chips, and whole meals. Unfortunately, these foods generally taste dreadful. I avoid them entirely.

What to do, to wend your way between high and low fat foods?

I take a different approach, which is to include a little fat in an otherwise healthy food (whole grains, vegetables, etc.). For example, I'll make air popped popcorn (pretty much fat free to start), then drizzle a little real melted butter over it. It's amazing how little butter it takes to flavor a whole bowl. I use maybe 3-4 tablespoons of butter over around 3 quarts of fresh popped popcorn, then finish with a light sprinkle of salt. More than that and the incremental flavoring seems to drop off rapidly, while the calories surely do not! Plus that butter is added to a high fiber, whole grain carbohydrate which is most definitely good for you!

For extra flavor, I use the European style butter, which seems to have a more intense butter flavor.

I use this same approach with lots of different foods. Instead of using straight mayonnaise (in anything from tuna salad to potato salad), I'll use a 50-50 mix of mayonnaise and yoghurt. The mayo is in there for flavor, while the yoghurt is still creamy while drastically dropping the calories.

Likewise, for a sandwich, I'll use part mayo and part Dijon mustard, which is very low in fat. If I'm adding (high fat) cheese in the sandwich, I'll just use Dijon on the bread.

When I cook bacon, I'll cook it till crisp (which reduces the fat content), drain off all the melted fat, then save it in a jar in the fridge. A teaspoon or two of bacon fat to fry eggs in is a great flavor addition, and only a little extra fat.

Porterhouse steaks are my favorite, but the marbled meat is very fatty. I'll trim off all the visible white fat on the perimeter (yes, all of it!), then grill them and have them with lots fat free vegetables--with just a little melted butter on them! This similarly drastically takes down the fat content.

You can use this approach to just about any food: reduce the fat, but don't eliminate it. That last little bit makes it taste great!  


 Here's hoping this helps you with healthier, lower fat food that still tastes great, but you can stick with--because it doesn't taste like you're on a diet! 


Bon áppetit,

The Power Chef


With so many folks hunkered down in the evening for the Olympics, here's my recipe for healthy and great tasting popcorn--so much better than movie theater or microwave varieties. Unlimited quantities are allowed! 


Poppy Corn      




The Gist  

Drizzle a few tablespoons of melted European better over a vast amount of hot air popped popcorn. Dig in for a long wait before the gymnastics finals!  




Orville Reddenbacher popcorn
a hot air popper
3-4 Tb of European style butter
a sprinkle of salt

Pop the corn. Melt the butter in a mug in the microwave (about a minute will do it). Drizzle back and forth over the popcorn, then a brief sprinkle of salt. Toss.

Orville's popcorn truly does seem to be better: pops lighter, fewer unpopped kernels, and a very nutty flavor. We buy 5 lb. containers very cheap at Costco.


Cookbook Update

My cookbook (with all these recipes and many many more!) is now available in the Apple iBookstore in iTunes. Just search on "John Celona" to find it. You'll also discover there's another John Celona who writes classical music. However, he does not write cookbooks.

Kindle, Nook, and print versions are in process. Stay tuned!


Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director


GGR Social closed out the month of July with two great back to back weekends of fun.           


On Saturday, July 21st we had a great tech session at Goodies Speed Shop in Club Auto Sport in San Jose. Their techs walked us through detailed car prep for track events such as proper examination your braking system, what types of systems work best for your racing style, key diagnostic points that often go over looked, and many more racing prep and post race tips.





On Sunday, July 29th we had our annual Family Picnic and 2012 People's Choice Wash n' Shine Concours. 30 spectacular autos showed up for some good show and tell, great food, and voting on each others cars. A special thanks to Michael, Grace, Maria, Lin, Jim, Mike and Clarissa Q., and of course Mark Powell for all of their help during the event. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year.


Save the Date: On Friday August 31st, 2012 we will have a member mixer hosted by SF Porsche Design Store. The evening will include music, food and beverages, goodies bags for members, and discounts at the store. More details to follow.  


We also have our regularly scheduled Social Events. The Boxster Brunches at Alice's Restaurant (17288 Skyline Blvd.) in gorgeous Woodside put on by George & Carol Grialou; all Porsches are welcome. Please check the calendar for upcoming dates.


Friday Night Socials are organized by Shirley Neidel to meet at Harry's Hofbrau (1909 El Camino Real) in Redwood City the third Friday night of every month.  No reservations are required but it's best to RSVP with Shirley at, and just stop on by! Check the calendar for upcoming dates and times.


As always, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO ME if you have any great ideas for a social event. If it sounds fun we'll do it! Thank you to everyone for your continued input.


-Joseph Sweis

PCA GGR Social Director





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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
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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