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August 2013. Volume 53, Issue 6
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Social Report
The Power Chef
Michael Griffin Goes to Germany for a Burger
Carlsen Concours
Redwood Region Concours
Legends of the Autobahn
Concours on Campus
Sierra Nevada Region Concours
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President


 




One More Thank You Letter           
 

We received one last thank-you letter for the donations to charity we raised with the support of Carlsen Porsche at the Board Inaugural and Awards Gala in January. I thought I'd share it with the club (below).







Rules Proposal Process Commenced           
 
Each year, the club solicits proposed changes to the competition rules, which cover drivers' education, time trials (both on the track) and autocrosses. Here's the announcement which our webmaster and club race registrar, Andrew Forrest, sent out at the beginning of the month to everyone on the GGR Announce opt-in mailing list (click here to join it):

Hi

From now until August 15, GGR is collecting proposals for rule changes for the 2014 competition season via our online bulletin board system.  We'd love to hear your ideas for changes or additions to our competition rules for Autocross and Time Trial.  

For the brief and easy-to-follow instructions on how to submit your proposals, please see this announcement.

Thanks in advance for your input!

        On behalf of the Driver's Event Committee (DEC).

The rules process works as follows:
  1. Any member can submit a proposed change to the rules via the GGR online forum. (Click here to go to the forum or to join it; the Register and Login buttons are in the upper right corner.)  
  2. All proposals are posted on the forum for people to comment on them.
  3. All proposals to the Driver's Event Committee (DEC), which votes on them and makes a recommendation to the Board. The DEC consists of the President, Competition Director, Drivers' Ed and Autocross chairs, and a member representative from each of those.  
  4. The Board votes on the proposed changes.
  5. Adopted changes go into effect in January of the following year. 
Click here to see what the current GGR competition rules are.

That's it! Feel free to weigh in with your proposal or to comment on the existing ones. Note that there is a different forum for proposals regarding the points classification system, which handicaps cars in both time trials and on the track to produce "vehicle adjusted" overall rankings.

Registration Open for August 31-September 1 at Thunderhill

Our last visit to Thunderhill Raceway Park takes place Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 (the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend), and includes Drivers' Education, a time trial, and a club race. Here's the announcement that DE Registrar Heath Spencer sent out earlier this month:

Hello all;  

For those of you still having flash backs from the last couple days and knowing you will have with-drawls soon I figured we had better open Reg for your next fix. For those of you that are regretting not making it for the outstanding track time that we had sign up now so you don't miss out again!!! See you all soon.

Heath

Click here to view event info or to register.

Should be cooler weather than July, and a great chance to get in lots of seat time before we return to Laguna Seca in November. Hope to see you there!

Date                                  Location                                       Events

August 31, September 1    Thunderhill Raceway Park           Driver Education/Timed Runs*
November 24, 25               Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca    Driver Education/Timed Runs


For something a little closer to home, check out one of the upcoming autocrosses.

Date                 Location            Event

August 17          Alameda            Autocross #6  
September 21    Alameda            Autocross #7 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 Autocross weekend 
September 29    Marina Airfield   Autocross #8 (LPR Autocross on Sat., Sept. 28 at Marina) 
October 19         Alameda           Autocross #9 
November 16     Alameda           Autocross #10     
     
Thanks to GGR member Joe Kim for taking photos at the last autocross. One is below. Click on the photo to see more!

  
Yes: great views of San Francisco across the Bay are included in the price! 

Annual Meeting of the Members on Sunday, August 25th at 5 pm

GGR's annual general purpose member meeting will be held on Sunday, August 25th at 5 pm in conjunction with the August board meeting. If you're interested in attending, please email me.

A  Driving Tour and Free Lunch at Carlsen Concours

Proving that there really IS a free lunch, lunch is FREE (and admission is too!) at the Carlsen Concours on Sunday, August 4. Car judging will be in the morning, followed by awards presentation after lunch. Just email Larry Adams if you'd like to attend so he can get a count for the caterer. Lunch and the event are sponsored by Carlsen Porsche.

If you'd like to do a little driving before lunch, Social Chair Michael Griffin has organized a tour which will end with lunch at the Carlsen Concours. See Michael's column below for details.

Reminder: Sign up for GGR Announce for all the latest and greatest
  
For the latest and greatest new and information, click here to sign up for the GGR Announce email announcement list. This gets you the latest even before it gets posted on the web site!

  

Till next month...  

 John

 

 

 

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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--April
June 2013  

 

 

Primary Members    1,545  

Affiliate Members       994               

Life Members                 7         

Total Members        2,546

New Members              45 including Affiliate/Family

 

Why Stay? Interestingly, PCA has done some membership surveys/polls to determine why members drop their club affiliations. Porsche-files join for a number of reasons. High on the list are three reasons: Club Events, Panorama Magazine and Tech Info on their mighty machines. So it's not a surprise that the principal reason for dropping is that the club has few or no local activities. After all, a good club requires activity! The next reason for boogying is that some folks just didn't "feel welcome," and finally, others weren't getting club news via newsletters or emails or such.

 

Well, we're pleased to note that GGR is filled with any number of participatory events - Area Drives, AXs, Track Days, DE, Time Trial and Club races, Boxster brunches, socials, tribute dinners, concourses, and even Friday get-togethers! And we've got one of the best online newsletters in the world (we think... you're on it now), complete with tech tips, useful info, sponsor specials, and even recipes. And as for being welcome, we like you - we really like you, come on down and participate! But, if you feel there is more that we can do, please let any of the board members know and we'll jump right on it.

 

Regarding membership, as always please remember for PCA membership database updates (late renewing members, changed regions, dual memberships, etc.) contact the PCA national office staff. Call or email the PCA office manager at national, Charlotte Chirinos - charlotte@pca.org - 410-381-0911 - who coordinates those requests.  

 

Remember that GGR uses some popular "Social Media" websites to help us stay in touch with our members. So, if you're inclined, please "like" Golden Gate Region PCA on Facebook or "Follow" @PCAGGR on Twitter!

 

We have also created a survey that we'd like to have you take to get your input on what you expect from your membership.  When you have the time, please take it and help us make GGR even better - Here is a link to the survey:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/85KY3PS. 

 

Thanks to our membership we had 84 renewals this last month. Well done and all the best, Capt. Mike

 

Welcome to Our New/Transferred June Members!

Total: 45 (including 13 Affiliate/Family Members)

Craig Boyle                                            1987 944 Turbo

Theodore Chow                                      2006 911S Blue

Russ Cole                                               1983 944 Brown

Todd & Nancy Curtiss                             2011 997 Turbo Black

Dana Drysdale                                        2013 Boxster S Black

John Dundas (NST/Nord Stern)             1981 911SC White

John & Patricia Eaton                             2012 911 Blue

Brian Emmett                                          2014 Cayman S Silver

Michael Fassler                                       2000 BoxsterS Red

Robert & Catherine Fraley                      2002 911 Black

Byron Lee & Ann Geuy                           2013 Cayenne

James Glidden                                        1997 993 White

William Gregg                                          2011 Cayman S Gray

Kevin Grundmann & Rosa Dabai            1973 911 Silver

Gerrit Klaerner & Melissa Miksch            2013 911 Black

Alan Lau & Helen Lin                               2005 Carrera 911 Blue

Jim Lilje                                                    2007 911 Turbo Gray

Brian Lucas                                              2001 996 Yellow

William Meffert,                                        2006 997 Silver

Rob Montgomery                                     1988 930 Black

Kevin Moore & Cindy Moore                    2010 911 C4S Black

Eanna Murphy                                          2010 Carrera Gray

Mark Olton                                                2012 Cayman R Yellow

William Rivette                                          1990 944 Black

Rosangela & Scott Simpson                      2010 Boxster Blue

Arthur Vandewaal                                      1997 911 Green

Jean-Claude & Kate Branch AUSTRALIA (ALP) 1997 993 C4S Silver

Julio Briceno, (CCC)                                 1971 911t Black

Douglas & Lee Buchanan (HI)                  1982 911SC Gold

Dave & Karl Deets (DIA)                           1973 911

Neil & Linda Dorrel (AZ)                            2009 911 white

Jim Lilje (CCC)                                          2007 911 Turbo Gray

 

Congratulations to our May 2013 Anniversary Members!

 

45 years - 1968

Terry   Zaccone                                              1968 911L Polo Red      

                

30 Years - 1983

NormaOng                                        

Danielle Ringen                                              1978 911

 

25 Years - 1988

Rebecca Harwell                                            

Dan Lofgren                                                    1987 911

 

20 Years - 1993

Dora Brown

Lyn Mehl

 

15 Years - 1998

Douglas Ambrisko                                          1987 911                                       

Andrew Fulgham                                            1996 993                                       

Barbara Grimm                                                          

Michael Ingegno                                              1996    911                                    

Steve Nakajima                                               1998 986                                       

Vanessa Owyang                                                       

Emily Williams                                                          

Paul Colby                                                      1964 356SC Silver                        

Kathy Hutchinson                                                     

 

10 Years - 2003

Michael Casolo                                               2006 Boxster S Silver                        

Melody Choy                                                

Thuy Curran                                                  

Pierre de la Rocha                                         2008 Carrera2 Silver                        

Chris DePuy                                                   2003 Boxster Yellow                        

William Harries                                               1987 944                                       

Martine Hoefnagels                                                   

Jamie Kloosterman                                                    

AshishShah                                                    1991 C2 Turbo                                                                 

           

5 Years - 2008

Bob Baron                                                      2009 997.2 Black                          

Marc Buehlmann                                           1997 Twin Turbo Black                          

Dee Carter                                                      

Grady Carter                                                   2002 Boxster S Black                          

Alison Drury                                                 

Patrick Hughes                                              1992 911 962 Black                          

Pilar Miranda                                                  2004 911 GT3 Black                          

Lamar Potts                                                    2008 Cayman Arctic Silver                  

John Stocker                                                  

Scott Stocker                                                 1996 993 C4S Polar Silver                  

Darryl Tjaden                                                 1973 914                                       

Andy Tzelepis                                                1980 924 Alpine White                  

Jon      Yap                                                     2002 Carrera Blue                          

John Lee                                                         2008 911 S Arctic Silver                  

Mary Lee                                                       

Gary Silveira                                                   2000 911 Blue                          


 

 

 

 




Board of Directors
Richard French

GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for June 7, 2013 

 

 

In attendance: John Celona, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Andrew Forrest, Paul Larson, Michael Sherman

 

Absent: Michael Griffin

 

Meeting called to order at 1:04pm on Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Candy Store in Burlingame.

 

No agenda changes - No calendar change

 

Postmortem of Past events

5/24-5/26 GGR DE/TT/CR at Buttonwillow was a huge success and well attended. Beautiful weather, ~70 DEers, ~30 racers, 0 incidents and tons of smiles.

 

6/8 AX was well attended with over 70 participants.

 

6/21-6/23 CR at Laguna Seca as part of SCCA race weekend had 41 racers, some great competitive racing and plenty of smiles all around.  Our PCA National reps were very pleased with the venue, coordination with SCCA and overall results.  All in all, the GGR Track Program volunteers did a great job running this event.

 

Directors' Reports

 

President - Acknowledged receipt of Carl Switzer's resignation as Competition Director. A discussion was held regarding whether a Comp director was necessary or whether both AX Chair and Track chair should be board positions - recommendation tabled for next meeting. A discussion about the rules process was held. Andrew Forrest agreed to collect and post rules change proposals via bulletin board.

 

Vice President - Insurance certificates in place for for 7/13-7/14 DE, TT at Thunderhill, 7/20, 8/17 AX's in Alameda.

 

Secretary - Previous board meeting minutes were read and accepted.

 

Treasurer -

The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.  

 

 

Competition - For the next Club Race we will begin to accept credit card payments.

 

Membership

- New members were accepted into GGR.  

 

 

Webmaster -Looking at alternative Content Management System - Drupal 7. In addition, the webmaster is evaluating newer distributed content contribution processes including automated content for Nugget.

 

Social - No report.

 

Other

 

August 4th - potential drive ending at Carlsen Concours

August 4th - Carlsen Concours - 110 RSVP's so far - should be great event

August 25th will be annual general meeting - contact John Celona for location details

A discussion on adding a GGR specific PCA store to our website was held. Agreed to proceed.

 

Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 2:45pm.


 

 

 

 

 

 



Social Report

--by Michael Griffin, Social Director

    

Tour to Carlsen Concours on Sunday, August 4

Who says we don't have Fun Runs in the summer? Well, here's a quickie over to the Coast Side and back to a free lunch at the Carlsen Porsche Concours D'elegance. No time for me to set this up on MotorReg.com; just tell your pals about this Tour in the nearby SCZ mountains, a chance to ogle some beautiful Porsches in Redwood City and enjoy  lunch w/ friends. Did I say "free lunch"? RSVP to my email account jazzbuff@sbcglobal.net

The route is 66 miles long and will take about 2 hrs, 15 minutes to drive. Add 15 min's for 2 quick stops. Very quick.

We'll start at the parking lot at the top of hiway 92 at Skyline Blvd., immediately across the road from Skylawn Cemetery at the crest of the hill. To get to this parking lot by 9:45, you'll need to go up hiway 92 west from 280 by around 9:15 am, as weekend traffic to Half Moon Bay gets going early. We will sign insurance waivers at 9:45 and depart 10 am sharp, so be there or.... Well, just be there.

Route + Map below...
 
  1. Head southeast from parking lot on CA-35/Skyline Blvd toward Alice's Restauran  12.4 mi
  2. Turn right at Alice's Restaurant toward CA-84 W/La Honda Rd  174 ft
  3. Head down CA-84 W/La Honda Rd all the way to San Gregorio  14.2 mi
  4. Turn left onto Stage Rd at the San Gregorio Café  7.4 mi
  5. Turn left onto Pescadero Creek Rd and head back up the hill & over the top  11.8 mi
  6. Turn left onto Pescadero Rd and down to 84  1.1 mi
  7. Continue onto CA-84 E/La Honda Rd
  8. Past La Honda, up the hill to Alice's, through the 4-way stop and down 84  17.3 mi
  9. Continue thru Woodside, stay on 84 under 280 through Redwood City to 101  492 ft
  10. Continue under 101 onto Seaport Blvd to the first stop light  0.3 mi
  11. Turn right onto E Bayshore Rd, the frontage road on water side of 101  1.5 mi
  12. E Bayshore Rd turns left and and a quick right  213 ft
  13. Continue straight onto Haven Ave to Carlsen Porsche, 3636 Haven Ave, RWC  0.3 mi
 

 

 

 

Michael Griffin

GGR Social Director  

 

 

 

European Autotech
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The Power Chef

NE Bike --by John Celona

     

 

 Book Launch Update    

 

Thanks very much to all the folks who have already bought the cookbook. I also appreciate all the great feedback I've been getting from readers, and the reviews a few purchasers have been kind enough to write on Amazon.

 

 

To go to the Amazon listing, just click on the cover image below.
Click me to Look Inside!

 

I finally got the "Look Inside" Feature working, so you can take a look at part of it. The file was too large for Amazon to put the whole thing up.  

 

The Kindle version is also available, but, if you have an iTunes account, I would highly recommend the Apple ebook over the Kindle version. My 1.2 GB source file created a 59 mb ebook file which Apple took, but is over the 50 mb file limit for a Kindle book. It took major technical gymnastics (creating a PDF, then downsampling it with Acrobat Pro) to get a version below 50 mb for the Kindle, and, even then, the formatting on the front part got messed up. Technology!

 

To find the ebook in the Apple bookstore, just search for "John Celona The Power Chef" in the iTunes store. That will find me.

 

 You can also follow me on The Power Chef Cookbook Facebook page by clicking the link below.  

 

https://www.facebook.com/ThePowerChef?ref=stream  

 

I also posted a super-easy Ginger-Pepper Teriyaki Salmon recipe on the Facebook page that easily feeds 2 or 20. I created this recipe for a couples wedding party we just hosted at the house. Super simple: just marinate and bake, and tastes like no salmon you've ever had!

 

Next up will be a YouTube video. Stay tuned!

 

Revisiting Injury Rehab 

 

We've all had it: the moment you realize something just went TWING! or the times you've waken up in the morning and wondered what the heck you did to yourself. I'm not sure if they get more frequent as you get older or if they just make more of an impression!

 

Anyway, I got one of these about a month ago when I was in Washington, DC on a business trip. My hotel room actually had a refrigerator and microwave, so I decided to walk over to Whole Foods and get some healthy stuff to much on instead of eating out all the time. Then I walked back with the groceries. Which were surprisingly heavy on account of the cans of garbonzo and kidney beans and black olives. For what turned out to be about 2 miles.  

 

Yes, I should have taken a cab.

 

This created and major owie thing which went from my bicep up into my shoulder, then back of the shoulder into the trapezius and up into my neck. Not such a big deal at the time, but it got progressively worse until I finally had to give it a serious rest and stay out of the pool as swimming seemed to really aggravate.  

 

I thus had good reason to revisit Rehab 101.  

 

As you probably know, rehabilitating and injury starts with R-I-C-E: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  

 

Ice relieves pain and inflammation and speeds the healing process. About 20 minutes of icing the sore part once or more a day does it.  

 

Contrary to what you and I learned growing up, heat is usually not helpful in rehabbing and injury. It feels great if you're just stiff and sore, but, for a real injury, it makes the inflammation worse.  

 

In my experience, though, R-I-C-E will get you started, but won't get you all the way back to pain free movement. You need to finish with S-M-S: Stretching, Massage and Strengthening.  

 

When muscles are injured, micro-scar tissue connections form between the muscle fibers to strengthen and stabilize them. These also interfere with pain-free movement. The trick is to let the injured muscle heal sufficiently, then gently start to stretch it to break the scar tissue connections and restore pain free movement.  

 

Here's a link to Google search results on "active isolated stretching" which will get you started. Basically, the idea is to isolate the injured muscle, move it as far as you can, then apply a bit of "english" to move it a bit further, then back off completely. This progressively restores the range of motion.

 

A good massage along the way helps the process tremendously by likewise releasing chronically tensed muscles and breaking up scar tissue. Look for a good sports massage person. The very gently Swedish variety of massage feels great when nothing's wrong, but doesn't seem to really help with rehab.

 

The last part is strengthening. You need to find the motion that hurts and gently work it. This also helps to restore pain free movement and rebuild strength in the injured muscle. The trick is to allow enough rest first, then very gently begin the strengthening with very light or no weights so you don't just re-injure the muscle.  

 

For my injury, I was having a real hard time moving from R-I-C-E S-M  to the final "S." Everything I tried seemed to aggravate it. Just today, I found the magic motion which hit exactly what is ailing me: dips. They hit me right where the owie in the back ties into the front of my shoulder. The most likely suspect seems to be my teres major muscle. A few dips from the arms of my chair seems to hit it spot on and calm it down.

 

Am hoping to feel even better tomorrow! 

 

Bon áppetit!

The Power Chef 

 

Plum-Blueberry Crisp    

 

This is the dessert I created and served for the book launch party. Judging but how little was left, it was a big hit!

 

  

This is a perfect summer fruit recipe--great when the plums in the farmers' market (or on my tree!) are perfectly sweet and ripe.

 

 

 

The Gist
Plum slices and blueberries are tossed in lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves. A mixture of whole wheat flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter and chopped nuts goes on top to bake till crisp

Fruit Ingredients
4 lbs ripe plums, pitted and sliced
1 lb fresh blueberries, washed and drained
2 Tb lemon juice
1/2 c dark brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves

Topping Ingredients
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cups oats (old fashioned oatmeal)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick (8 Tb) butter
1 cup mixed nuts

Method
Combine all the fruit ingredients and toss lightly together.

Combined all the topping ingredients EXCEPT the mixed nuts in a food processor and process in short pulses until evenly mixed and crumbly. Remove from process and mix in the nuts.

Pour the fruit mixture into a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle the topping evenly over it and lightly press down.

Bake 1 hour at 350ºF until the top is lightly browned and crisp.

Let cool slightly and serve by itself or with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.
 
Notes
I like the more intense flavor of dark brown sugar, but some folks prefer light.

 

 With the whole grain ingredients, lots of fruit, and fairly small amounts of sugar and butter, this is actually a very healthy dessert on its own! But feel free to add the ice cream and/or whipped cream if you're in a mood to indulge... 

 



Michael Griffin Goes to Germany for a Burger
  GGR Social Director Seeks the Nurburgring & Finds Green Hell

--by Michael Griffin, GGR Social Director

 

The Green Hell is what Jackie Stewart nicknamed it. And just what the hell is the Green Hell you ask? It's the Nurburgring, a 12.9 mile, 75 corner, up and down road course, rimmed with Armco railings, where blind curves keep coming at you non-stop. This map shows where it's located in the Eifel forest near the Belgian border of Germany, in the middle of nowhere. And, as I discovered this summer, the Nurburgring is a huge motor sports facility, consisting of the original Nordschleife [north loop], a separate F 1 track, grandstands, hotels, and factory-test facilities owned by GM, Jaguar, BMW, Toyota and others. From personal experience, I can emphatically say we're not talking about a Thunder Hill, or Sears Point or Laguna Seca either. The size of the complex is something to see, and to appreciate the racing business of the place, take a look at the article on pg. 36 of the July Panorama magazine for the back-story.  

 

 

Of all the tracks in the world, the Nurburgring seems to garner the most ink from car magazines, and it was the German sports car magazine Sport Auto that produced the two day training course I just attended [$1500/day]. Drivers from around Europe arrive at the track with their Turbos and GT3s for a lead-follow DE series, which was effectively a huge pack of Porsches. 62% of the 125 cars were Porsches; BMWs the next most numerous followed by Nissan GT-Rs and Audi R8s next, then Corvettes, Ferrari and me in my Rent-A-Race-Car VW Scirocco Cup [$750/day]. With a 911 S renting for $1885/day, I decided I could learn the track just as well in a Scirocco [Duh!]. All drivers were given radios so we could listen to our instructors describing the next curve and how to take it: "Coming into Ex-Muhle gentlemen and at this speed, no brakes, no brakes...!" It makes me gulp, just to remember it.

 

 

Here are some of the cars that can be rented by the half-day, including my Scirocco Cup+.

 

 

There are 23 run groups of about 4 or 5 cars each, based on experience level, etc. Here they are getting ready to line up for their starts.

 

 

So what is it that makes the Green Hell so hellish? For me it was the blind turns, the sheer number of non-stop twisties, elevation changes and did I say blind turns? With 75 some-odd corners to memorize, thanks to the 12.9 miles of track, it was daunting for me to get all those turn-in points into my noggin. Looking through the bug spattered windshield as I enter the iconic Carousel Corner...

  

 

Here's another hellish touch: look hard at this photo of a Turbo coming through the S curve. Now did you ever see so much Armco rail in your life? Me either. Meaning, you'd better not plan on skidding into a nice forgiving grassy field when you spin-out in the nasty bits. The raw reality of meeting metal was demonstrated on more than one occasion during my two days, and what I saw was a sobering sight to see. Very sobering...

 

   

The view from within: Armco and walls await the unwary.

 

 

Here I am with my front wheel drive Scirocco Cup. At 220 h.p. and track tires it got around the circuit pretty good, in fact really good when it was in the hands of my instructor Martin Dose. He gave me a demonstration ride to show what the car could do, and in the process we kept up with the Porsches at double the horsepower, no prob. Of course Herr Martin knew the Nordschleife like the back of his hand, and that counts for a lot on any track. Bottom line, our little English speaking run group, at the end of the second day, was turning a lap in a bit under 10 min. and we were happy to get it. But now I've got to hit the simulator if I hope to do better next time. Next time? Read on...

 

 

 

Those 75 turns are calling, no doubt about it. Hopefully, they're calling to you, too. Be aware there are less pricey ways to learn the loop than the Sport Auto program. You might investigate the BMW Driving Experience, which is said to be more economically priced. Just be sure to add your 'Ring driving to the rest of a European vacation, and that should make it work for you. You'll be glad you did.

 

 

 







Carlsen Concours


 







Redwood Region Autocross


 

Legends of the Autobahn--change of location


 

Concours on Campus


 

Sierra Nevada Region Concours


 


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

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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