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GGR Election Results
The polls have closed and all precincts have reported! Thanks to everyone who voted. Here are the final results of the election for 2013 Board Members:

Position/Candidate                                      Votes
Vice President: Paul Larson                            155
Membership Director: Michael Sherman         157

Social Director: Joseph Sweis                         159
Competition Director: Chris Hamilton                60
Competition Director: Carl Switzer                   102
Nugget Editor: John Celona                             141
Webmaster: Andrew Forrest                            161

A total of 164 ballots were cast.

With the exception of Competition Director, the number of write-in candidates for each position was small and is represented by the difference between the number of votes shown and the total cast.

Only those directorships that were up for election are shown, the remainder of the 2013 board carries over from 2012.
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November 2012. Volume 52, Issue 10
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Bored of Directors
Social Report
DentPro Day 2012
Quick Links
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From the Wurst Wing  
celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President

I would first of all like to express our sympathy and empathy for all the Hurricane Sandy victims on the East Coast. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. 

Volunteer Appreciation Day is Saturday, December 8th at 5 pm at Chef Chu's.      

This year we return to Chef Chu's in Los Altos to say thank you to all the volunteers who have helped up by pitching in over this past year. As much as we appreciate the members who participate in events, we appreciate the volunteers who work hard to put them on even more! Chef Chu outside 

Chef will be preparing a very special banquet for us, with gourmet red and white wines selected by the Wall Street  Journal Wine Club included. We'll be upstairs in the semi-private dining room. Should be another great event!

This event is INVITATION ONLY and we'll have a list of invitees at the door. An email has gone out to the club directors and event chairs asking them to submit their list of volunteers. We'll follow up in about a week with an email invitation to the deserving folks.
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If you don't receive an email by Thanksgiving, contact the director or event chair you've been pitching in to help out and remind them!

Olen Gets His Award       

Last month we announced the creation of the Olen Creech award for extraordinary service to the club over a period of years, and that we had been unsuccessful in luring Olen to an event to present it! To recap: Olen every year does GGR's federal and state tax returns, producing mind-numbing 60-page documents in the process--at no charge to the club. Thanks to Larry and Linda Adams for tracking Olen down, and to Shirley Neidel for sending in these photos.

Congratulations Olen! Very much deserved!



Following receipt of his reward, Larry relates that Olen said "Well, I was thinking of quitting, but I guess I'll stick around now."     ;)

Thank goodness! Tax season is coming up!

ONE More Autocross Coming Up 

Only ONE autocross to go this year, courtesy of Autocross Co-Chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey:  


November 17    Alameda  Autocross #10

Almost time for new tires!  

Thanksgiving (almost) at Laguna Seca

If you're wondering what to do on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving so you don't have to go in to work, look no further. You can join us at Laguna Seca for two days of driving on this world famous track. We'll have the track all to ourselves, so for once you can be on the course instead of trudging through the dirt around it. Here's the link to register.
Don't procrastinate! This event may already be sold out!
Save the Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013

This will be the date for the next GGR Awards Banquet. It will be a big whoop-de-doo, running from 5 to 10 pm. More details will be announced as they develop. This is one you won't want to miss!

Maybe we can get Olen to this one if we promise NOT to give him an award!

Till next month...  





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

Self-Service on Email Addresses, Please!

Every month I get a few or sometimes many emails from readers about updating their email addresses. First, thanks for wanting to stay in touch! Second, there is no staff here! There's only CoCo and I doing this each month, and there are over 3,000 folks subscribing to The Nugget.

Accordingly, to send The Nugget to any email address you like or to unsubscribe, just go to the bottom of any issue of The Nugget. There's one option at the bottom that says:

And another that says:

These should be able to take care of you.

My apologies at the folks who get irritated with their change requests via reply emails not getting handled. I would cuss out the staff--but I don't have any! 


Thanks for reading.   


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Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--September 2012 


Primary Members    1,470  

Affiliate Members        967                 

Life Members                 6         

Total Members        2,443

Total Renewals            61

Transfers Out                9

Non-renewals              36


So many choices...aren't you glad you chose the right one? Have you noticed the huge number of models that are now on the road? Not just the makes, but also the models that they offer under one marque or another - confusion reigns. For instance, Toyota offers six cars and minivans, seven hybrids and EVs, seven crossovers and SUVs, and six trucks. KIA has eight cars, Hyundai, the other Korean company offers 11 cars and three crossovers - and at their high end, they out-Beemer the Beemer in looks. Across the pond, FIAT, which has seen a resurgence here in the US (they even rebranded with a new logo and Charlie Sheen), now incorporates Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep (!), with 22+ cars and SUVs. Here in the US, our automakers are churning out auto, after hybrid, after truck, after SUV. But my point is, and I do have one, they all look alike! Even the Aston Martins and the Jag XKs are hard to tell apart - same designer I'm told. Gimme a break! But one car company has six highly recognizable models (with a few variations) and there's no way you won't recognize a Porsche, whether it's a 911, Boxster, Cayenne, Panamera, Cayman, or the newest - the Macan - a mini-Cayenne. They are distinctive, they are aesthetic, they exude quality, and they are the gauges against which all others are measured - read the magazines. So sit up a little straighter, smile as you go by that Yaris or Panda or Fiat 500, and grin - just a bit - then punch it! Drive safely, my friends. Capt. Mike


New Members/Transfers: 25 (+9 Affiliate/Family Members)

Kiya Babzani                                      2000 Carrera Silver

Michael Bell                                        2012 Cayman R Green

Alan Chow                                          2007 997 Turbo Silver

John Coen, & Jenn Fallon                  1972 911T Red

Joerg U. Ferchau                                1997 993 C4S Silver

Oscar Fors                                          2008 997 Turbo Brown

William & Jamie Gardner                    2013 911 Gray

Nick Harris                                           2013 Carrera S Blue

David Jacobs,                                      2013 911 C2S Gray

Akash Jain,                                          2008 Boxster S Orange

Michael Kohlmann                               2001 996 turbo Gray

Edgar Legarda                                    2007 Carrera Silver

Steve Ludwig                                      1978 911 SC Blue

Evan Mironov, & Eamon Greeley       1975 914 Blue

Adam Nathanson                                1997 993 Silver

Donald & Kristen Ross                        2012 911 Gray

Raphael Rousseau                              2003 996 Blue

William & Natalie Sadler                      2008 911 4s Silver

Ryan & Katherine Schmaltz                1988 911 Red

Edward Shapiro (CCC)                       1969 912 Red

Siu Wah & Mack Siu Kei Tsang           2005 Cayenne Silver

Tony Wan                                            1988 911 Black

Matt & Christine Bradbury (NNJ)         2001 Carrera

Michael Kohlmann, (CCC)                   2001 996 Turbo Gray

Khanh Luu & Kim Chau (CCC)           1997 993 Turbo Blue



September Anniversaries


45 Years - 1967

Ms. Carol Greene


40 Years - 1972

Dennis Grimsman                               1957 356


35 Years - 1977

Tom Marx                                           1974 911S                          

William Mellana                                  1999 Boxster                        

25 Years - 1987

Ian Craven                                         1983 911SC                                                          

Lawrence Frye                                    2012 911 Black  


20 Years - 1992

Richard Griffone                                  1971 911T                                                            

Patricia Kong                                     

Van Zannis                                          1983 935 Coca~Cola Red      


15 Years - 1997

Jude George                                        1998 986

Leslie Johnson                                     1997 911T                          

Alex Pulver                

John Reilly                                            1997 993


10 Years - 2002

Ralf Dossmann                                   1973   911 T                          

Willliam Ervin                                      1962 356B T6                      

Jody Greenhalgh                                            

Renee Greenstein                                           

Susan Nonaka Wong


5 Years - 2007

Rhonda Baker                        

Ronald Baker                                       2008 911T Gray                          

Danijela Barthel                                    2001 Boxster   Seal Gray                      

Juergen Barthel                                    2006 911 Silver                        

Ken Heyman                                        1982 911                                       

Tammy Jong                          

Chris Keith                            

Joanne Moul                          

Michael Moul                                       1973 911T Silver                        

Kimber Patterson                               

StevenSundeen                                   2007 911GT3 White                          

StevenThe                                           2007 911C4S Blue                          

Mary-Jo White                                  

T.R. White                                           1971 911T Burgundy                      

John Moran                                         1999 911 Silver                        

Rees Morgan                                       1994 911                                       

Cary Noel                                            1973 911RSClone Silver                        

Kimberly Prates Noel                        


Ed.: A special congratulations to GGR Historian Ralf Dossman on his 10th anniversary with the club. Here he is with webmaster Andrew Forrest "cutting the ribbon" at the Presidents' Dinner in the GGR 50th Anniversary Gala to initiate the online Nugget archive Ralf and Andrew created.  


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Board of Directors

Richard French --by Richard French, Secretary

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for October 21, 2012



In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Bill Benz, Andrew Forrest, Chris Hamilton, Joe Sweis


Absent: Mike Sherman


No agenda changes

No calendar changes


Postmortem of Past events

10/21 GGR AX at Alemeda followed was the highest attended AX this year with 95 members participating.


Director's Reports

President - John was able to arrange a time and provide Olen Creech with the Olen Creech Award. The Olen Creech Award was fully reviewed in last month's Nugget. A quick explanation is inserted into these minutes.


The Olen Creech Award is given to the member(s) who have made outstanding contributions to the club over a period of years above and beyond the already extraordinary contributions other member put in. It is named in honor of Olen Creech, the first recipient who for many years has prepared GGR's tax returns. It is expected that this award shall rarely be awarded and only for outstanding service over many years as exemplified by Olen Creech.  


Secretary - Richard provided a report on the Election for 6 board positions to commence in January 2013. A total of 164 ballots were cast.





Vice President: Paul Larson



Membership Director: Michael Sherman



Social Director: Joseph Sweis



Competition Director: Chris Hamilton



Competition Director (write-in): Carl Switzer



Nugget Editor: John Celona



Webmaster: Andrew Forrest



Paul Larson, Michael Sherman, Joseph Sweis, Carl Switzer, John Celona and Andrew Forrest will hold board positions for a 2 year period commencing in January 2013. The remainder of the board carries over from 2012.


Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.


Webmaster -Andrew requested additional funding for website hosting to enable the implementation of security certificates. A motion to increase spending on website hosting was made and approved.



Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm



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Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director



Upcoming Events:


On Saturday November 10th, 2012 PCA GGR members will be touring Pescadero Road. We'll start at Woodside Bakery & Cafe, then head to La Honda road/CA-84, through Pescadero road, and finish at Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill on Highway 1 for lunch and fellowship.  


When: Saturday November 10th, 2012


Start Location: Woodside Bakery & Café - 3052 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA


Time: Drive off promptly at 10:15am - Total drive time approx. 1hr 15minutes and 38 twisty miles


Lunch: Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill in Davenport, CA


RSVP: Please click this link to RSVP on Motorsport Reg - Register Here 


Other Social:


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

 Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill in Davenport, CA






DentPro Day 2012

Saturday, November 3 


Our annual DentPro Day will be held on Saturday, November 3d.  It will be held at the new DentPro facility at 1436 White Oaks Rd, Unit 5, Campbell, CA. 

Here's your chance to get that ding out, small or large!  Or get some minor paint done!  Or have the plastic covers on your headlights polished out!  Or just hang out with other car-guys/gals.

This will be the 19th (maybe 20th) year that I've coordinated this event using this same DentPro business.  To say the least, these guys are pros.  I've seen them massage out dings/dents that I would swear were beyond repair. 

For those unfamiliar with DentPro, they provide an excellent alternative to body repair shops.  Taken to a regular body shop, a door ding can be an expensive proposition requiring not only the body repair, but also a likely repaint of the damaged panel.  We're talking hundreds of dollars here.  With DentPro, through the artistry of getting behind the dent/ding, they massage it out.


Pricing for the DentPro service will be as last year's.  It will be $40 for 1" dents; $80 for 2" dents, and $120 for 3" ones.  In most cases, no repaint is needed.  In each case, DentPro will examine your car, point out any blemishes that you may have missed (and I guarantee there will be some), and provide you an estimate before beginning work.  You may opt out at that point.


To start the day, DentPro will provide bagels and smears, donuts, and coffee.  They will also have drinks for us to soothe our throats as we bench-race and tell lies about our cars.  At noon, a tasty lunch will be provided.  


Beginning at 9 AM, we will schedule in 3-4 cars per hour, ending at 2 PM.  If you need a later time, DentPro may be able to accommodate you depending on how many sign up, that is, they may be working on cars beyond 2 PM.  If you need an earlier time, that may also be possible, but for now, 9 AM is the start time.  You are welcome to come early and leave late, just hang out to see all the cars passing through.


Please RSVP to me at, giving an idea of how much work needs to be done on your car (number/size of dents and location), and a requested time.  If the time requested is filled,  I'll provide alternative times.  BTW, any and all cars are welcome, but priority will be given to PCA-GGR members.


Hope to see you there!



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

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
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