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March 2012. Volume 52, Issue 2
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Porsche Pets Rule
Competition Corner
Membership Report
The Power Chef
Social Report
Porsche Parade Registration Opens March 13
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From the Wurst Wing  
celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President

The Social Calendar Is Off and Running  
See Social Director Joe Sweis' column below for the great event he is putting on March 31st. A week after that will be the bi-month Boxster Brunch on April 7th. And, the great thing about Porsche club social events is that even if you prefer talking about cars, you'll find plenty of people to engage! No reason not to go. You won't be dinged if you didn't watch the Oscars.

2012 Autocross Schedule Ready to Start! 

Our 2012 autocross co-chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey are just about ready to kick off the autocross season, with the first event happening just two weeks away. Check the MotorsportsReg page for when registration opens up.

Here's the schedule for the year:





Mar 17


Autocross #1

April 28 - 29

Marina Airfield

Autocross #2 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 Autocross weekend

May 19

June 23 



Autocross #3

Autocross #4  

July 21


Autocross #5

July 22


Annual Porboy's Beginners' Autocross School

August 18


Autocross #6

September 8 - 9

Marina Airfield

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

September 15


Autocross #8

October 20


Autocross #9

November 17


Autocross #10


Also, a little bird told me that a brand spanking new 911 (yes, the 991!) may be at the first autocross for participants to take a ride in (sorry: that's "ride," not "drive"). Lighter, faster, and more interior room than the 997--what's not to like about it??

2012 Track Schedule Open for Fast Business

Meanwhile, our Drivers' Education / Time Trial / Club Race chair Carl Switzer has been equally hard at work laying out the track schedule for 2012 and registration is now open for the first 3-day driving extravaganza at Thunderhill. If you're looking for HOURS of seat time and lifetime bragging rights at the coffee machine, come on and join us. Here's what's coming up:

  • March 23-25: our annual 3-day spring Drivers' Ed, Time Trial, and Club Race at Thunderhill Raceway Park
  • May 26-27: our likewise annual Drivers' Ed, Time Trial, and Club Race at Buttonwillow Raceway Park
  • July 14-15: back to Thunderhill for Drivers' Ed and a Time Trial. (Note: this past year the temperature was in the 70's for this event!).  
  • September 8-9: we (maybe!) end the season with a Drivers' Ed and Time Trial at Thunderhill.  
Last month I alluded to a possible event at Laguna Seca and now it looks like it may come to pass. Here's what Carl has to say about it:

Fellow Drivers: 
Have you registered yet for our March 23-25 Drivers Education/Time Trial/Club Race event at Thunderhill?  If not, please do so quickly because we expect several run groups to sell out.  Here's the link:
Need more incentive?  Okay, if you participate in all four of our track events between now and September, you will get advanced, discounted registration to our November Drivers Education/Time Trial at Laguna Seca.  See how I slipped that in?  Yes, I am very excited to announce that, once again, GGR's track series will be returning to Laguna Seca during the week of Thanksgiving.  If you joined us last year, you know the weather was great and it was one of the best one-day events we've hosted in some time.  How will this year be better, you ask?  This year's event will be two days and, yes, will include Time Runs.  So, mark your calendars now and plan to join us on Nov. 20-21, 2012 at Laguna Seca. 
See you in March.  Thanks for reading! 
Carl Switzer 
Drivers Ed/Time Trial/Club Race Chair  


Till next month...  





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

Thanks to Contributors

Thanks to Membership Director USN Ret. Capt. Mike Sherman for sending in the pic of their baby Sasha. So cute!

Send in your pet photos! Porsche Pets are people, too! And we're always happy to run articles members submit, usually the next month.  


Thanks for reading.   


Porsche Pets Rule!  


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Competition Corner 
--by Bill Benz, Competition Director


--Bill will be back with a column next month. --Ed.



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Membership Report 

Mike Sherman--by MIke Sherman, Membership Director


 GGR Regional Summary - January 2012 



Congratulations!  Well, this month we have another 50-year anniversary.  Congratulations to Donna Olsen.  Some of the long-term members, such as Donna, have seen quite a transition of the marque through the years.  When Donna joined, the premier Porsche was the 356 (1948-65).  Two years later, the 356 begrudgingly gave way (after some 76,000 were produced), to the revered 911 followed by the 912s and the 914s - with a few side trips to the 924, 944 and 968 over the years.  Then came the Boxsters in the mid '90s (mid-engines rule!).  But over the years, one model has maintained its preeminence - the 911 - from its 964, 993, 995 and 997 iterations - to its present, larger, smarter version the 991.  In there somewhere are the Supercars (959, 911 GT1 and Carrera GT). In the past few years we also have seen the introduction of the Caymans, Panameras and Cayennes.  Oh, and let's not forget the huge evolutionary leap (akin to those fish that came ashore to make fire) from air-cooled to water-cooled.  The transformative march that Porsche has been on to maintain its status and relevance, as the world's largest racecar manufacturer in a competitive global market has truly been remarkable!  We look forward to another 50+ years, stay tuned!  Cheers, Capt. Mike

Primary Members    1,469        
Affiliate Members        964        
Life Members                  6    
Total Members         2,434

New Members/Transfers:  24 (+10 Affiliate Members)
Chip & Laurie Alexander                2012 Panamera S     Blue
Dirk Brunner                                   2011 9114S         Gray
Steven Cento                                 2012 Cayman S     Gray
Ramon & Virgette Dumaguin         1999 Boxster         Silver
Fadi Faraj                                       2012 Cayenne S     White
Christopher Fregly                         2008 911 Turbo     White
Scott Gille & Anna Huynh              2006 Cayman S     Red
Mark Gudaitis                                1968 912         Silver
Ronald Howard                              1981 911 Blue
Lokesh Jagasia                              2005 Boxster S     Gray
David Jensen                                 2011 Cayman S     White
Scott & Sarah Krzysik                    2001 Carrera         Silver
Tracy & Roberta Lasecke              1981 911 SC
James & Shannon Loucks             2002 Boxster         Silver
Patrick McCanta                            1976 912e         Black
Gary & Wanda                               2006 Cayman S     Silver
Abbe Patterson                              2007 911Carerra     Silver
Thomas Reyburn                           2012 C4 GTS         Black
Mary Watanabe                             1981 911         Silver
Guy Wilson                                    2003 911         Silver
Antoine Girbal & Elisabeth Southimath (LPA)
                                                       2009 Boxster         Silver

Paul Perez (LST)                            2009 Carrera 4S     Red
Greg Sharp & Danielle Devoe (PNW)      
                                                       1988 944         White

Graeme & Sharon Weston-Lewis (ORC)    
                                                        2001 986

January 2012 Anniversaries

50 Years - 1962!    
Donna    Olsen

30 Years - 1982
Steven    Hatch                      1976    912
Thomas Ramies            
Patrice    Chloupek            
Scott    McKay                        1988    944T                            

35 Years - 1987
Essy Fariab                            1973    911T           
20 Years - 1992
Gary David                             1979    930
Ken Marineau                         2000    Carrera4                       
Norma    Zippin            

15 Years - 1997
Ross Johnson                        1986    911
Ben McGraw                          2004    GT3                             
Marjorie Ricci                

10 Years - 2002
Christine Burger            
Anou Day            
Craig Dziedzic            
Brent Hawkins                         1973    914
Gail Howerton-Hahn            
Thomas O'Rourke                    1997    993
Elizabeth Smith            
Lynn Wood            
Daniel    Cooper                       1995    993
5 Years - 2007
Jon Coates                              2002    996        Mid Blue                        
David Conde                            2004    996        Silver                          
Craig & Joann Heberer            2001    Boxster S        Guards Red                      
Cheryl    & Lawrence Jay        1982    911        Vanilla                         
James    & Joyce Newport       1974    914        Yellow                          
Trevor    Ridgley                       1994    968        Black                             
Kathryn Saxton                
John & Jean Schniedwind         2006    Carrera             Black                           
Luigi Sciabarrasi                        2003    996        Arctic silver                    
Saurabh Sharma                       1997    993                                    
Andrew Meinnert                       2005    911        Silver                                  

259 Total New Members added JAN-DEC 2011

January - 16
February - 11
March - 20
April - 25
May - 23
June - 22
July - 25
August - 23
September - 25
October - 30
November - 27
December - 12

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

The Mystery of Fruit Tree Pruning

If you own fruit trees like I do, you've probably experienced the enjoyment of growing and eating your own fruit. One of the great things about living in California is the wide variety of fruits which will thrive in the temperate climate. Northern California is cold enough in the winter to get good apples, and warm enough for citrus to thrive too. Depending on your climate zone, you may even be able to get good avocados and apricots. It's a little too cold at our house for these, but they do great, for example, just a little bit south in Mountain View.

Possibly you've also experienced the frustration of how to prune the trees to get the best crop out of them. Untended, the trees will certainly continue to bear fruit, but they'll quickly grow too large for convenient picking and too crowed for good fruit development. The "simple" solution is annual pruning.

Seems simple, right? Just prune the tree. But what to cut and what to leave? That turned out (at least for me) to be entirely non-obvious.

I first tried having the regular weekly "mow and blow" crew trim the fruit trees. They basically trimmed them like bushes: cutting branches from the outside to leave them in roughly ball-like shapes. That resulted in very little fruit.

Next I tried hiring a professional arborist, who came by and instructed his crew in how to prune the trees. That resulted in what I'd call "modified bush cuts" and still very little fruit. So much for the professionals.

I then started started researching online how to prune fruit trees. This link leads to one of the sites I found. You can also Google "how to prune fruit trees" to take a look yourself.

Personally, I found translating these instructions to existing, mature fruit trees which had nary a hint of a "central leader" or "Christmas tree shape" to be far from obvious.

So I worked on developing a simple approach that I could follow and waited to see what the results were. After a two years of heavy yields, I'm ready to call it a qualified success. Here goes.

Start with the easiest pruning: citrus trees (orange, lemon, and grapefruit in my case). Two simple rules seem to do it for me:
  1. Prune them in a ball shape.
  2. Prune them every other year. 

Keeping citrus trees in a ball shape produces dense flowering and fruiting on the perimeter. Fruit does need to be thinned so you don't get a zillion teeny oranges. The every other year part came about when I found that, the first year after pruning, there would be few oranges, and the second year quite a lot. For lemons this doesn't seem to matter so I prune them every year. The result is a yield like my orange tree has this year:



 Pear trees seem to grow fairly slowly and need very little pruning. I just trim the long, sagging branches each year.  


The major problem children for pruning are my plum and apple trees. These are the ones I've had the most difficulty with. Here are the rules I've arrived at which have worked great so far:


  1. Cut back the tree for size first (depending on how wide and tall you'd like the tree to be).
  2. Figure out what the fruit spikes are (more on this below).
  3. Thin the branches so the remaining fruit spikes have enough space around them for light and air and aren't crowded.

That's it!


Now to explain.


Here's what the fruit spikes on my apple tree look like:



Each of the little spikes sticking out will make flowers and, if pollinated, fruit (remember the fruit will need to be thinned).  There also also fruit spikes on some of the bigger branches. The trick is to figure out what the fruit spikes on your tree are and make sure you don't cut them all off (as my gardeners did!).  


Here's what the fruit spikes on my sugar plum tree look like:



 You get the idea: the little spikes make flowers and fruit.


When my apple tree was all done with (1) outside cut for size; (2) lots of fruit spikes left; and (3) remaining branches thinned for light and air, here's what it looked like:




Gnarly, eh? It will be all filled out in a few weeks.  


In contrast, for whatever reason, my Santa Rosa plum trees doesn't make dense branches, so needs very little pruning. Here's the mass of blossoms this year:




Looks very pretty now, but the fruit will definitely need thinning. I'll probably remove about half of it.  


Last bit of advice: have fun with this! It's a simple little science experiment you can do at home. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll get much better results doing it yourself!


Since this month's column is kind of a "recipe" for pruning, I'll close with a photo of the results: part of my yield of Santa Rosa plums (the tree above) from last year. Yummy!


Bon áppetit,

The Power Chef




Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director

Our tour of the Bertolotti Family private collection was certainly a fun one! Members enjoyed viewing an extraordinary piece of history. John Bertolotti gave a wonderful tour of the cars and shared with us each bit of history that the cars contributed.

I am scheduling our next event for Saturday March 31st, and this will be a back road drive starting at highways CA-92 W & CA-35 S. We'll then take a drive through some fun twisted roads all the way south to Boulder Creek and finish with lunch at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub. The drive should last approx. an hour and half. Details will be sent out shortly.

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. 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.
NOTE: If you are a regular attendee to any of these events, please be sure to introduce yourself to any new members who might be attending and make them feel welcome to this wonderful organization; after all it's not just the cars, but the people

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! I've already received some great suggestions from members and will be including those in the calendar.

-Joseph Sweis
GGR Social Director




Porsche Parade Registration Opens March 13!

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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
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