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|From the Wurst Wing |
| --by John Celona, GGR President
With the great weather now upon us, it's a great time to hope in your Porsche and have some fun with a club event. Possibly you caught are first autocross of the year two weeks ago, maybe you're on your way to the first track weekend at Thunderhill (like me!), or maybe even planning to hit the next Boxster Brunch
on April 6. Whatever boats your float, remember that Porsches are made to be driven! Keep all the seals tight and take yours out for a drive today.
Driving Events Coming Up!
The year's first autocross is already history, but the first track weekend is unfolding as you read this. If you've never joined us for a track event, it's a great way to get way loads of driving time in. With 5 run sessions for each group each day, you get in about 2 HOURS of driving time each day! Why drive on dirty old tires when you could wear them out and get new ones??
Here's the complete schedule of track events for this year:Date Location Events
March 29, 30, 31 Thunderhill Raceway Park Driver Education/Timed Runs/Club Race
May 25, 26 Buttonwillow Raceway Park Driver Education/Timed Runs/Club Race
June 21, 22, 23 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Club Race (guests of SFR of SCCA)
July 13, 14 Thunderhill Raceway Park Driver Education/Timed Runs
August 31, September 1 Thunderhill Raceway Park Driver Education/Timed Runs*
November 24, 25 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Driver Education/Timed Runs
* Possible Club Race
The second autocross of the year is coming up in only two more weeks--plenty of time to strip out your vehicle's interior and air conditioning to save some weight (just kidding!). There may be a few additional changes throughout the year, so do check the web site for the latest.
Date Location Event
April 14 Marina Airfield Autocross #2 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 Autocross weekend
May 11 Alameda Autocross #3
June 22 Alameda Autocross #4
June 23 Alameda Annual Porboy's Autocross School
July 20 Alameda Autocross #5
August 17 Alameda Autocross #6
September 21 Alameda Autocross #7 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 Autocross weekend
September 29 Marina Airfield Autocross #8
October 19 Alameda Autocross #9
November 16 Alameda Autocross #10
If you've never done an autocross before, instruction is available free of charge when you show up (just raise your hand at the drivers' meeting). Or you can wait for our Truly Awesome Beginners' Autocross on June 23. Registration for that will be opening up in a few more weeks and it quickly fills out, so watch the web site for details. Or, click here to sign up for the GGR Announce email announcement list to make sure you get all the latest club news.
Name Badges are Available!Thanks to our ever energetic Membership Director and Perc Bliss Award winner Mike Sherman, you can now order your own GGR name badge to wear at club events or just around the office. Click on the form below or here to open the PDF of the order form. Cost is only $12 each, so it's worth ordering a bunch to keep one in the glove box and at work in case of emergency.
Maybe I'll even order one for CoCo!
Capt. Wood Says Hello
PCA member and Special Operations Cpt. Wood says hello from somewhere in Africa. Cpt. Wood owns a 911 and a Boxster and is planning his next trip to California.
Till next month...
|Letter from the Editor |
--by John Celona, Nugget Editor
The Nugget is BACK!
We received uncountable emails from members who forgot that the last issue was a combined February/March issue and just couldn't go six whole weeks without an issue of The Nugget. In case of emergency, all the back issues of The Nugget going back hundreds of years are available here on the GGR web site.
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.
--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director
GGR Regional Summary--February 2013
Primary Members 1,490
Affiliate Members 976
Life Members 7
Total Members 2,473
New Members 30 + 13 Affiliate/Family
Flash or Wave: A few years ago, I went on a rant about Porsche recognition whilst driving. Used to be that we'd flash our lights, wave or even honk at fellow Stuttgart-enabled travelers who chose to drive similar machines - those with engines sucking air from their hindmost locations. We no longer seem to do that...even though these machines now include engines in the rear, middle and front. But that's no reason why we shouldn't recognize like-minded Porschephiles who have shown an automotive sagacity second to none. Now, I don't advocate honking anymore, it upsets too many, but a simple wave or flash upon passing "one of ours" is certainly in order, I think.
Badges, we have Badges! At the request of many members who want to get to know other/new members at events, we now have arranged to have member badges available for a small fee through Spotlight Impressions in San Mateo. The badges feature the GGR logo, your name and a convenient magnetic clasp. The cost is $12.00 for the badge plus shipping. To order your badges, fill out the form and email it back to Spotlight Impressions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fill out the form on our website here.
And now, a little humor! You Know You're a Porschephile When -
- You can't decide which Porsche to give your 16 year old so you hand over the keys to the Ferrari and explain you're sorry but "I don't think you're ready for it yet."
- You think 455hp in the family SUV probably isn't enough.
- The family goes to Disney world and you go to Stuttgart.
- You tell your friends in the car pool to accelerate at the apex through the corner and when experiencing difficulty to look forward 2 toll booths and back 2 tollbooths and the correct path will appear...and they have NO idea what you are talking about.
- Your 2 year old is learning to count and says 3-5-6, you clap and say what a genius.
Can you think of some others? Smile and stay well. Captain Mike
Welcome to Our New Members!
Total: 30 (+ 16 Affiliate/Family Members)
Alexander Abela 2010 911 Brown
William Brady 1968 912 Green
John Camacho 2005 Cayenne Black
Michaeline & Hernando Correa (CCC) 2011 Carrera White
Michael Dennis 1986 Carrera Blue
Edward Divita 2005 Carrera S Silver
Ian Downes & Leili Baghaei 2007 Cayman Yellow
Brian & Michelle Gustin 2007 Boxster S Silver
Albert & Gregory Jew 2005 Boxster Gray
Adam Lawrence 1987 911 Blue
Gene Lee 2013 Boxster S Silver
Eric & Celeste Leung 1999 911 White
Matthew Low 2013 Boxster Red
Lauren McCombs 1996 911Carrera White
Sascha & Michaela Prueter 2013 Boxster S Gray
Aron Ralston & Angela Loeffler 2013 911 Gray
Lisa Anne & Bonnie Radding (LPA) 1972 911T Silver
John Rost & Kristine Gardner (CCC) 1986 911 turbo Black
Jordan Ruderman & Tiffany Woolf (LPA) 1998 986 Silver
Apostolos Saatsoglou (NNJ) 1995 993
Gary Silveira & Micheal Wathen (DIA) 2000 911 blue
2004 cayenne gray
Gloria Spalinger & Brandi Weems 2006 Cayman
Gerard Sullivan & Marie McCarthy (SCH) 2000 Boxster Blue
2012 Boxster Black
Tony & Caroline Stavjanik 1975 911 Black
Carl & Lynne Steffens 2002 996 C4 Black
Mark Vashon (RMT) 2006 Carrera 4 Silver
Matt Walsh 2011 911S Gray
David & Andrew Wittrock 1985 Carrera Blue
Congratulations to our February 2013 Anniversary Members!
25 Years - 1988
Stanmore Cooper 1970 914
20 Years - 1993
15 Years - 1998
Thomas Ahlberg 1996 993 TT
Jim Montalbano 1998 911
Doug Ostler 1997 986
Joel Rothman 1996 911C
10 Years - 2003
Dan Child 1999 996 Black
David Chune 1984 911
Ron Wong 2003 Boxster Meridian Metal
Rick Zobelein 2003 911
Adam Green 2007 GT3
David Ledford 1982 911SC
5 Years - 2008
Jason Derderian 2005 Boxster Seal Grey
Bruno Filice 2008 Cayenne White
David Haase 2004 Carrera 4S Blue
Jeffrey Harris 1985 911 White
Vivek Jain 2008 911 Turbo Meteor Grey
Scot Plewacki 1987 911 Blue
Julian Lighton 2008 911 4S Metallic
Marvin Weitz 1982 911SC Brown
Board of Directors
GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for January 20, 2013
GGR Board of Directors
Minutes for January 20, 2013
In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Andrew Forrest, Chris Hamilton, Michael Griffin, Carl Switzer
Absent: Joe Sweis, Michael Sherman
No agenda changes - No calendar changes
Postmortem of Past events
11/20-11/21 DE at Laguna Seca - very well attended with over 100 participants.
12/8 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Chef Chu's - very well attended - great collection of Toys for our charity Toy's for Tot's.
1/2 GGR Awards Banquet at Fox Theater sponsored by Carlson Porsche - very well attended.
President - Awards banquet proceeds after expenses will go to Ronald McDonald house - amount will be determined based on contribution by Carlson Porsche who bought 2 tables and provided cash for some of the awards. Many emails were received and read expressing accolades for overall event. Zone 7 Presidents meeting will not be attended by John due to travel conflict. GGR will be represented by Larry Adams.
Vice President - Certificates will be ordered for 3/29-3/31 DE/TT/Club Race at Thunderhill Raceway and for 4/14 AX at Marina.
Secretary - Previous board meeting minutes were read and accepted. Red book project update reviewed. Action will be taken to review the cross over of our membership between AX/ DE / Social and reported to board to help understand how we might better communicate with everyone.
Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted. A preliminary review of the 2013 budget was discussed and will be further refined for February meeting where it will be voted on for approval.
Competition - Schedules set for AX/DE. A schedule will be set for DES & rules discussion and reviewed at next board meeting. Sponsorship program underway for 2013 with a new platinum sponsor expected for the track series. Purchase of additional timing system for 2013 further discussed, agreed and approved. Budget reviewed and updated.
Membership - 2470 members at end of 2012 (1491 primary, 973 assoc, 6 life).
Webmaster - Currently researching alternative hosting vendors with easier ability for security certificate implementation. Plan to establish Google doc repository for club docs to reside. Board email distribution list to be updated to reflect new members and chairs.
Social - Next tour planned for Santa Cruz mountains on March 9th. 2-way radio will be purchased for tours.
Next board meeting will be held at Goodies Speed Shop on February 17. Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm
GGR Board of Directors
Minutes for February 17, 2013
In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Andrew Forrest, Chris Hamilton, Michael Griffin, Joe Sweis.
Absent: Michael Sherman, Andrew Forrest, Carl Switzer
Meeting called to order at 1:15pm on Sunday February 17, 2013 at Club Auto Sport in San Jose. Venue provided by Goodies Speed Shop and hosted by Richard French.
Unfinished business from the most recent past board meeting
The board discussed and reaffirmed the long standing policy that all club operations are funded out of a single operating budget for the benefit of the entire club upon approval of the board. Although individual activities are budgeted separately, they are neither required to carry forward and pay off losses nor accrue and spend surpluses.
No agenda changes - One calendar change - 3/9 tour to be delayed - date tbd
Postmortem of Past events
- Awaiting Check from Carlson to determine final amount to donate to charity from Awards banquet proceeds.
Vice President - Insurance certificates in place for 3/29-3/31 DE/TT/Club Race at Thunderhill Raceway, 3/9 social tour, and 3/16 AX at Alameda. Additionally certificates are in place for 3/16, 5/18, 5/19, 6/8, 7/20/ 8/17 9/21 and 10/19 AX's in Alameda. Certificate still needed to be ordered for 4/14 AX at Marina.
Secretary - Previous board meeting minutes were read and accepted.
The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted. A discussion on the budget occurred and was approved by all board members.
Competition - No update.
Membership - No update.
Webmaster -Performed major upgrades on the website software and bulletin board system software (unfortunately, neither is visible to the end-user). Reviewed website technology plans with advisor. Established cloud-based GGR document repository and issued invitation to board members.
Social - Next tour planned for Santa Cruz mountains - date and details will be determined and announced shortly - most likely 3/16 or 3/23.
Next board meeting will be held in Half Moon Bay and hosted by Michael Sherman.
Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 3:00pm.
--by Joe Sweis, Social Director
-See Michael Griffin's story below on GGR's latest greatest social adventure.
The 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 in 2013. On Sunday May 19, 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.
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, 997, 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)
- A lunch including Porboys sandwiches, chips, cookies, sodas and water.
- A Porboys Autocross School T-shirt or hat.
- A knowledge of how an Autocross is run, and how to work different jobs.
- A basic knowledge of car control and you will learn great tips on how to handle your car.
- You will drive home with a big smile on your face!!!!
If this sounds really good then watch the GGR page on MotorsportsReg for when signups open up (in about a week). If you don't already have an account, you will need to create one, then go to the Sunday May 19 date and select the GGR Porboys Autocross School. If you have questions email Howard Yao at email@example.com or John Seidell at firstname.lastname@example.org We do limit the number of students to 55 so that there is plenty of driving time. Advance signup and payment is required. See you there!!
--by Carl Switzer, Competition Director
I'm pleased to share some thoughts in this, my first Nugget article as GGR's Competition Director. I'm excited to use this space as a platform to better acquaint you, the reader - members and non-members alike - with GGR's driving events. Each month, I'll share some random thoughts related to my service to the Club over the past several years. I'll also provide you with a brief update on the goings on with our Autocross and Track Series. Finally, I'll dedicate a continuing section to the rules that govern GGR's driving events, with a focus on the process we'll undertake this year to study and revise those rules.
With a knot in our collective stomach, GGR's track community bids farewell to its Chief Driving Instructor, John Tavernetti. Certainly among the best to ever hold the position, John will step aside this year and allow Craig Lisowski to take the reigns of our exceptional instructional program. Thankfully, John is just stepping aside and not away; we will continue to enjoy his company in the paddock and on the track.
If you know John, you'll agree that he embodies the best of GGR. He's done so for fifteen years. If you've been his student, you'll agree that he has a gift for making you comfortable on the track and helping you to develop in a manner consistent with your personal goals (whatever they may be). If you've driven in John's run group, you'll agree that he can get the most out of any car, from his 944 to his Cayman and, most recently, his 996. If you've met John's family - wife Kristin and daughter Jackie - you'll agree they were a worthy recipient of GGR's 2012 "Family of the Year" award. Finally, if you've met John's alter ego, "Dickie Speedmaster," you'll agree that John's "trackday comedy" can never be matched.
So, please join me in thanking John for his service to the Club and let's look forward to another 15 years of fun, friendship and competition.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
GGR's driving events are getting off to a magnificent start in 2013. Chris Hamilton, Elaine Macey and their team hosted GGR's Autocross season opener at Alameda Point on March 16. Nearly 100 drivers enjoyed beautiful weather and a challenging course designed by Trevor Ridgley; Paul Smith was kind enough to post some photos of the event. Whether you're a regular or a first timer, please mark your calendar and join GGR - together with our friends with the Loma Prieta Region - for a 2-day autocross extravaganza at the Marina Municipal Airport. April 13-14 is the date and the event will qualify for Zone 7 points; more information can be found here and the remainder of GGR's 2013 Autocross schedule can be found here.
Likewise, Tim Smith and his team are putting the finishing touches on what will be one of the most exciting season openers for GGR's Track Series. The Club Racers are turning out in droves and, for the first time ever, we've filled our racers' run group to capacity. As of a week before the event, we are expecting more than 50 racers, with great fields in the Spec Boxster and Spec 911 classes. At the other end of the spectrum, we have a full class of student drivers, all eager to take advantage of GGR's Driver's Education program. In sum, we will have well over 100 drivers learning, racing, lapping and doing timed runs. It should be an amazing weekend; I can't emphasize enough that this is a very exciting time for GGR's Track Series and it would be a great time for a newcomer to come see how fun and safe it is to drive on a track with GGR. Please plan to join us in Buttonwillow in May, again for the full complement of track activities: Club Racing, Driver's Education and Time Trial. The 2013 Track Series schedule is here and you should watch MotorsportReg for registration updates.
GGR Rules Update
As they say, there are "rules," and then there are "Rules." In the case of GGR driving events, there are "rules," "Rules" and "RULES." While we work to lower the barriers to participation with our events, and while we loathe unnecessary rules, some are just plain necessary to promote safety, facilitate orderly event administration and foster fair competition. Moreover, national and regional rules help to capture the expertise of those with the Club that have applied their talents to the planning and execution of driving events for many years.
Perhaps the most important function of my new position is to convene and preside over the "Drivers' Event Committee," the committee charged by the Club to manage the annual rule review and revision process. The remainder of this dreadfully long article is devoted to an overview of the rules that govern our driving events and our plan for the 2013 Drivers' Event Committee process.
One seeking to understand the rules, guidelines and procedures applicable to the Club's driving events should acquaint themselves with the following resources (hyperlinks embedded): (1) the PCA Club Racing Rules; (2) the PCA Driver's Education Minimum Standards; (3) the GGR Autocross and Time Trial Rules; (4) the PCA Autocross Guidelines; and, to a lesser extent, (5) GGR's Procedures Manual (a/k/a the "Redbook," which is beyond the scope of this article). I'll introduce the first four of these, in turn, and then turn to an overview of this year's Drivers' Event Committee. The following table provides a reference for the rules applicable to GGR's driving events:
PCA AX Guidelines
DE Min. Stds.
PCA Club Race Rules
(1) Club Racing Rules
PCA's Club Race events - including the four GGR race events this year - are conducted pursuant to the PCA Club Racing Rules, which are promulgated at the national level. For the most part, these rules are beyond the reach of any region and certainly will not be the subject of the Drivers' Event Committee. However, they're worth a mention for several reasons. First, they are well written and concise. They set forth the program's policies and procedures, articulate the safety requirements applicable to cars and drivers and create a comprehensive car classification system. That's it. Second, they provide a foundation, of sorts, for the Driver's Education Minimum Standards, which refer to and incorporate some provisions of the Club Racing Rules. As such, we can certainly learn a thing or two from the Club Racing Rules and, at a minimum, we should seek to avoid inconsistencies between those rules and the GGR Autocross and Time Trial Rules.
(2) PCA DE Minimum Standards
Like the Club Racing Rules, the PCA Driver's Education Minimum Standards are promulgated at the national level. As the name suggests, they apply to Driver's Education events and do not address either Club Racing or Autocross. The standards are general in nature and intended to create a baseline of safety-focused rules upon which regions may base a driver's education program. As a baseline, PCA expects regions to augment the standards in order to suit their particular events. And while regions may develop rules more stringent than the Driver's Education Minimum Standards, they may not have any rules that are more lenient. Generally speaking, the Driver's Education Minimum Standards address: driver and vehicle safety; on-track conduct; event administration; and risk management. This last point is noteworthy: since regions' track events are insured through the PCA national risk management program, the Driver's Education Minimum Standards address important restrictions mandated by PCA's insurers (e.g., the limiting circumstances in which two people may be in a car on the track).
(3) PCA Autocross Guidelines
As with the PCA Club Racing Rules and the Driver's Education Minimum Standards, these guidelines are prepared at the national level. These guidelines are general in nature and they focus on safety-related matters a region should consider when hosting an autocross event. They address issues such as: preparing for an event; course design; course workers; driver and vehicle safety; and event administration. One can consider these guidelines a clearinghouse of best practices from various PCA regions, so they certainly serve to guide GGR in its rule development.
(4) GGR Autocross & Time Trial Rules
GGR's Autocross and Track Series are among the largest, most successful and longest standing programs in the country. Extremely talented and dedicated members have administered our programs, each of whom has contributed to the programs in his or her own unique way. Over the years, GGR has captured this "institutional" knowledge in its Autocross and Time Trial Rules. These rules address driver and vehicle safety, event administration and car classification/competition rules. They also provide for a procedure by which members of the Autocross and Track Series should work together to review and revise the rules on an annual basis. An overview of that process follows.
(5) The 2013 Driver's Event Committee ("DEC")
The DEC is responsible for publishing and updating the GGR Autocross and Time Trial Rules. The committee is chaired by the Competition Director and includes: the chairs of the autocross and track series; the Zone 7 representative; a member nominated from each of the autocross and track series; and the Club's President. Any member may propose a rule change and the DEC will hold at least one open meeting to review the proposed rule changes after publishing them to the members. After an appropriate public comment period, the DEC will meet to finalize the rule changes and the Competition Director will publish the final, updated rules, which, in turn, will be subject to approval by GGR's Board of Directors.
What follows is my proposed schedule for the 2013 DEC:
- April: Autocross and Track Series chairpersons will solicit volunteers from their respective groups to serve on the DEC;
- May: The Competition Director will convene the 2013 DEC and hold an initial public meeting to solicit feedback from members on potential rule changes;
- June: The DEC will solicit specific rule changes during a defined solicitation period;
- July: The DEC will hold a second public meeting to review the rule changes proposed during the solicitation period; and
- August: The DEC will finalize the amended rules, publish them and present them to the Board of Directors for approval.
To ensure appropriate public comment and member participation, the DEC will communicate with GGR members through the GGR website; the GGR online forums; and the GGR email distribution list. Speaking for the DEC, we are excited to undertake this process and give the rules an appropriate tune up where necessary.
Thanks you very much for reading.
GGR Competition Director
The Power Chef
--by John Celona
Re-Centering Your Mental Health
It's all too easy these days to be utterly perpetually caught up in the rush of THE JOB. Emails never turn off and, with the global economy, there's always someone somewhere doing something that will impact what you need to do. Add in work-related travel and you can wake up one day to discover it's been weeks since you've devoted significant time to anything non-work related.
I've just been through such a stretch before getting a wake-up call in the form of yet another email, this one relaying that one of the folks I do masters' swimmer with--someone my age--was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The prognosis is remaining months in the single digits, depending on the results of aggressive life-extending treatments.
It seemed a good time to take a breath, re-center, and consider what's really important.
Health, of course, family, friends, one's significant other--all the relationships which let you give and receive the gifts of love which seem to be out best shot at something internal in the face of the entirely visible temporariness in all we touch and feel.
Then there's all the activities which lend further richness and enjoyment to one's life. In my case, that's just the basics: working out, gardening, and, of course, cooking! In that spirit, I finally set down for this month's column my version of Salad Niçoise: combining all the elements of the one's I've liked the best.
It also seemed a good occasion to revisit my Three Secrets of Power Fun, which I'm not sure I've shared in this column. Possibly you recall the secrets of power food and fitness; possibly not! Here's the Fun ones:
|Make Abundant Use of Power Tools|
|Enjoy the Time; Don't Waste It|
|Give Yourself a Break|
I rather sum this up with one of my philosophies of life: live each day like it could be your last day on earth, but probably won't be!
Here's wishing you good health and many FUN moments!
The Power Chef
Here's a version combining all my favorite ingredients.
A little classic french vinaigrette goes over greens, boiled sliced potatoes and eggs, red onions, tomatoes, Niçoise olives, and blanched green beans. Top with marinated seared Ahi tuna. Enjoy!
Ingredients for tuna
2 Ahi tuna steaks
2 Tb soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
Ingredients for salad
2 handfulls your choice of salad greens
1 cup green beans, blanched
2 potatoes, boiled and sliced
2 eggs, boiled and sliced
1/4 cup Niçoise olives
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
4 anchovy filets
Ingredients for dressing
olive oil drained from the anchovies
additional extra virgin olive oil to make 4 Tb total
1 Tb Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Combine the soy sauce, salt and pepper, then pour in a shallow broiling pan and dunk the Ahi steaks into it, turning and distributing the marinate evenly. Let sit while you prepare just the rest of the salad. The 2 Tb of extra virgin olive oil get rubbed into the steaks just before you broil them.
Start the potatoes boiling and cook just till tender, then drain. They'll take about 20 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, start the eggs in cold water, bring to a boil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. This leaves the yolk a little creamy still. Cook longer if you prefer.
Start the green beans in a pot with a little water. Place over high heat, steam for a minute or two, then rinse with cold water.
Pre-heat your broiler till very hot, place the Ahi steaks under, leave for only about a minute, then turn and put back in for another minute. Remove and let cool.
Combine the dressing ingredients together.
Arrange the salad however you like, then drizzle the dressing over it. Arrange the Ahi steaks on top and serve!
This is a very substantial salad on its own, and probably enough for a complete meal.
I like this salad fine with just boiled Russet potatoes, but red or gold potatoes would also be very good.
You can make a very acceptable version with canned tuna rather than fresh Ahi steaks.
A hot cast-iron pan also works well to sear the Ahi in lieu of the broiler. This method works best if you like it really just seared on the outside and uncooked inside. Broiling tends to cook it a bit more.
Back Roads Fun Run
--by Michael Griffin, Social Co-Chair
The morning dawned damned foggy, and I was plenty concerned. But all for naught, as it happened. Because just as our "A" group of 17 Porsches moved out of BRRacing's parking lot, the skies parted, the sun broke through and all was right in the world of GGR's Santa Cruz Mountain tour.
Forty-eight folks had been ogling the hot cars crammed into BRRacing's service bays, waiting for the appointed hour and for the fog to lift.
|Alice Yeh admires a 500 horsepower GT3 in front of BRRacing's shop|
After admiring the racers, signing releases and getting route maps we held the safety briefing, warning of the perils of bicyclists and deer jumping onto the narrow, paved-over logging roads upon which we would soon be driving. By 9.50 our two run-group fleet consisted of 28 Porsches, plus a GT-R, a flame red Ferrari and a safety yellow Laborghini. A pair of Lambos, in fact.
|Part of the GGR line-up in front of BRRacing/WheelWorks, Los Gatos|
So in great spirits, it was kick-stands-up and we headed for the hills, out of Los Gatos, up Bear Creek Road and over the top to Boulder Creek. Then on to the dark redwood forest of Big Bend State Park, up the narrow twisties to join Highway 9 and north along Skyline Blvd, where we could see from sea to shining Bay, as we clipped along the ridge road toward Alice's in Skylonda. Then we dove off the top of the mountain down Highway 84 to Woodside, where we gathered at the Mounted Patrol horse barns and club house on King's Mountain Rd.
|One of the pair of Lambos that joined our drive|
|Here we finally come straggling in, to park under the oaks at Mounted Patrol in Woodside|
After two hours of spirited driving, our GGR fleet was pretty well strung out along the route, but thanks to Bern Beecham [mid-pack leader] and George & Shirley Neidel [sweeping] eventually we all gathered up for our pick nick, over-looking the Mounted Patrol's manicured rodeo arena. We parked in the shade of oak trees and made a bee line for the sandwiches. The weather was ideal, the setting beautiful, and we enjoyed our box lunch, talking cars and taking pictures of each other's rides.
|Michael Griffin tries out a 1 HP "Horsche" at the rodeo grounds|
I was surprised at the bottled-up enthusiasm of our group for the 65 mile tour; it must have been a longer winter than I had realized! Because over and over I heard the words, "So, when are we doing this again?" Encouraging too, were the handful of newbies using this tour as their intro to GGR activities. They liked it, and the way veteran tourers were hot to keep on keepin' on, just added to the vibe.
|Lipstick red 993 Turbo|
No doubt in my mind, club members are drawn to these Fun Runs as a way to enjoy their cars, before considering the step up to AutoX and DE. Something for everyone!
|GT3 with "Golden Gate to Hollywood" graphics|
It's safe to say, pilots and co-pilots all left the Mounted Patrol grounds with big smiles and looking forward to "the next one." Stay tuned. Michael & Grace Griffin
These other volunteers helped with the drive: Joe Sweis, GGR Social Chair, Jeff Varnell, Mounted Patrol and the colorful photos courtesy of Joe Ramos.
Porsche 962 Video from Sears Point 25 Years Ago
Here's a great You tube link for in car 962 video at Sear Point 25 years ago - man, what a different place from today:
|IMSA 1987 | Sears Point | Porsche 962 | Bob Wollek|
Photos from the 25 Hours of Thunderhill
Porsche Parade 2013: Traverse City, Michigan
Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Grand Traverse Bay, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spawill host our fun-filled 58th Porsche Parade this summer: June 23 through 29, 2013. With 900 acres of rolling greens, woodlands and waterfront, a multitude of vineyards, orchards and coastal roadways nearby, there is much to see, much to do, and much to enjoy!
The Porsche Parade is the PCA's annual convention. It is a week-long extravaganza of car events, tech sessions, social events and FUN. Whether you like to autocross, rally, tour or, Concours, there is plenty to do and see. Attendance is roughly 2000 people, most of whom arrive in their beautiful and much loved Porsche automobile. The Parade is a great family vacation, and the Traverse City area has a wide variety of kid-friendly activities.
You must register in advance for Parade as there is no onsite signup. Registration opens March 12th. There will be a link to register on www.pca.org
Parade has four competitive events each year:
The Porsche Concours d'Elegance gets started early on Monday, June 24th on the beautiful fairways of the Grand Traverse Resort. Whether you are an experienced Concours participant, a first time entrant, or a volunteer, there is an opportunity for every Parade entrant to get involved in this prestigious event. The Concours d'Elegance is not just about the competition, it's about getting involved and participating with others who share a common appreciation for the Porsche marque.
New this year! The Concours will include a "street" class for those who want to show their cars, but on more of an entry level. In the new street class, only the interior and exterior, including wheels and tires, will be judged.
The Mobil TSD Rally on Tuesday June 25th takes us in and around the beautiful vineyards, orchards, forests and dunes of the area in a rally that's sure to be remembered.
The Michelin Autocross is on Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27 at the nearby Antrim County Airport. With the Parade team promising a challenging old-school runway autocross, this is sure to be a fun event.
The Technical/Historical Quiz will be presented to those who dare on the morning of Friday, June 28. Entrants will be tested on their knowledge of general Porsche interests, mechanical details, and the historical aspects of the Porsche family, business, and the ever-growing line of models and variants. Be sure to study for a top score or just show up to see what you think you know. Source materials for studying will be available on the Parade website as the date draws near.
As we say in PCA, it's not just the cars, it's the food! We host five banquets during the week at the resort. We also have two "open" nights for you to sample the local fare of Traverse City.
You can't do it all! We have activities for kids and teens, an Art Show, Goodie Store, a 5K run/walk, a Gimmick Rally, an RC contest, and our local Tourmeister has assembled several driving and van/motorcoach tours to show us the beauty and interesting locations around the Grand Traverse Bay area of Upper Michigan. We end the week with a true Parade of Porsches through the east side of Traverse City and up Old Mission Peninsula.
The Parade Tech Academy will be held Friday, June 28th, and once again, we have an exciting mix of our outstanding PCA Technical Committee and outside speakers. Michelin hosts a "drive and compare" where you can take laps in two identical Porsches, with two different types of tires. We will have a golf tournament on The Bear golf course at the resort, host to the state's oldest and most prestigious tournament, the Michigan Open Championship from 1985 through 2008.
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is our host hotel, and can accommodate all Parade goers. The resort properties range from beachfront condos in a variety of configurations, to the centrally located hotel & tower rooms. Special PCA rates will be available; upon registration you will receive an authorization code to access these rates.
Entrant Eligibility and Fees
You must be a PCA member to register for Parade and only registered attendees may participate in Parade activities. Entrants and co-entrants must be PCA members, but they need not be family or affiliate members.
Automobile eligibility for the Autocross, Concours and TSD Rally is outlined in the Parade Competition Rules (PCRs) available on the pca.org website. An entrant and/or co-entrant may enter up to two automobiles (thus separate cars for the Concours, rally, and autocross), and only Porsches as defined in the PCRs may be registered. Entrants may participate in other events (such as tours or gimmick rally) in any automobile, even if it is not a Porsche.
Everyone signing up for Parade must pay an entrant fee of $159, which covers the entrant and co-entrant.
Fees for the four major competitive events are:
- Concours -- $30 per car,
- Autocross -- $30 per driver,
- TSD Rally -- $15 per car, and
- Tech/Historical Quiz -- $15 per person.
Entrant fees for guests are as follows:
- JPP/CAFP -- $20,
- Child age 13-15 -- $15,
- Child under age 13 -- $10.
- Adult guests -- $30.
JPP (Junior Participant Program) entrants are the sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren of PCA members who are 16 or 17 years old. CAFP (College-Aged Family Program) entrants are the sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren of PCA members who are 18-25 years old.
Other guests are welcome, however, only
the entrant, co-entrant and JPP/CAFP entrants may enter the competitive events (except children ages 13-15 may register for the Tech Quiz). If other guests are PCA Members, they must submit their own registration and pay their own registration fee to enter the competitive events.
Additional fees apply for banquet tickets and selected other activities.
If you have questions regarding Parade, please consult the Parade website at parade2013.pca.org. If you are unable to find your answer there, email Kathleen Behrens, Parade Registrar at email@example.com or call 503.579.3423 (please leave a message).
58th PCA Porsche Parade
Redwood Region Autocross April 6
Zone 7 Autocross April 13-14
Zone 7 Concours Preparation & Judging School
Redwood Region Autocross May 4
Porsche Corral at May 9-11 ALMS Monterey
Porsche Swap & Concours June 2
Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...
As always, thanks for reading.