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December 2013. Volume 53, Issue 9
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
The Power Chef
PCA looking for a National DE Chair
PCA Club Race at Buttonwillow
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celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President



Farewell to the Ovaltine Office 

  

Yup: my presidency is drawing to a close as you read this. After four years of high-stakes foreign diplomacy and feeding instructions for the economy to Mr. Bernanke, I'll be turning over the GGR launch codes to a new administration at the end of the month and turning my attention to writing my memoirs, building my presidential library, and a probable appearance on Oprah. I will especially miss having the Secret Service pick up after me at the gym.

On this occasion of my last column as Supreme Being and President of GGR, I thought I'd recap what my agenda has been over these four years in case you were wondering.

1. Social Events. With the assistance of innumerable hours from my spouse Bubba, I think we've been successful in putting on some of the best social events in any Porsche club anywhere. A lot of the credit for this goes to Bubba, who brought his decades of director and choreographer experience to bear for the benefit of the club. Thanks, Honey! We're very lucky to have had his experience and professionalism from directing shows, parades, festivals, and beauty pageants (including the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant) to spiffing up our events.

Hope you got to join us for some of them. They were great! Our 50th Anniversary Celebration was featured in the November, 2010 issue of Panorama and our Inaugural Gala and Awards Banquet at the Fox Theatre this past January was the best show you could get this side of the Golden Globes. Here's just one photo in case you missed it.
 
"Chicago" at the Fox Theatre  in January, 2013 

If anyone still says "GGR doesn't do social events, we're car guys"--you're wrong! Our social events have been just the best.

2. Charity Fundraising. It's been great fun to put on club events for the members, but we've also tried to give them a greater purpose by including charity fund raising. For the 50th, we got Porsche to donate 2-days of instruction at the Porsche Sport Driving School and raffled it off, with the proceeds donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Homeless Connection for Veterans, and the Peninsula SPCA. Our annual Joint Board Dinner / Volunteer Appreciation Day has collected hundreds of Toys for Tots, and we'll be collecting again this year. Funds have also been raised for the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, North Carolina. All told, we've raised something like $20,000 for charity over the last four years in addition to the toys. We're very thankful to have been able to share our good fortune as Porsche enthusiasts with those less fortunate.

3. Keeping the Track Series on Track. As you may recall, 2009 was an awful year for GGR's track series. It lost a total of $40,000 that year as the economy tanked and registrations dried up. Thankfully, the club was able to cover it from the savings with emailing The Nugget. Had the club still been printing and mailing The Nugget, the track series likely would have folded that year because the club would have been insolvent. To put the matter in perspective, the club spends about $250,000 per year putting on the track series--and gets about $25,000 per year in dues from PCA National. Yikes! 

Thankfully, we've had a very dedicated series of Track Chairs including Andrew Forrest, Mike Cullinan, Warren Walker, Carl Switzer, and now Tim Smith, who've worked very hard to put sharp pencils to budgets, pricing, and probable attendance and make the numbers work. We're very pleased to report that they've gotten the series to a break-even or better, a priority for which the Board and I have offered our constant encouragement and support.

4. Club Governance Updates. Things change, and the club needs to change along with them. Toward this end, we've had two updates to the club bylaws during my tenure, the last just this year (yes, it passed!). The Autocross Chair, Track Chair, Webmaster and Nugget Editor are now full voting members of the Board, we instituted electronic voting in elections, and put in place an Annual Meeting of the Members. Other efforts include updating the competition rules and the famous "GGR Redbook," which is rather the collective memory of the tasks and how-to for each position in the club. With these updates, we streamlined and updated club management so we can spend more time doing what we really like: having fun with our Porches!

5. Thanking the Club Volunteers. As much as we appreciate all the club members who participate in events, we appreciate even more the folks who step up to take a club job rather than just showing up. These unpaid volunteers are the lifeblood of the club--no volunteers, no events! It has been a priority of mine to do a better job showing the club's appreciation for all the work these people put in.

To this end, we changed the December Joint Board Dinner of outgoing in incoming board members to also be a Volunteer Appreciation Day. At this event, we invite all the club's volunteers to a great dinner and evening on behalf of the club. This year we're returning to the San Mateo Historical Museum with a dinner featuring prime rib, mahi mahi in white wine lemon sauce, vegetarian squash lasagne, and hosted wine and beer--all put on by the club and free for the volunteers. It's worth volunteering for a club job just to get an invitation to this invitation-only event!

We've also upgraded the thank-you gifts that outgoing Board members get. The past two years its been a genuine Porsche polo shirt. This year is a special surprise, but it will be great!

Lastly, we've upgraded the food at board dinners and tripled the food budget. It's the least we can do for folks who take time out of their busy lives to attend a Board meeting once a month.

A Special Thanks

For me, all these initiatives have only been possible with the constant support and countless hours put in by my honey. My presidency has really been a two-person undertaking, and I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all Bubba has put in. I couldn't have done it without you!  

  

Get your RSVP in for

Joint Board Dinner / Volunteer Appreciation Day &  
Charity Benefit for Toys for Tots              
 

Invitations went out a month ago and RSVPs are due this Sunday. Please check your email for an invitation from Sendomatic (nope, not spam this time) and let us know what you'd like to eat. We need to get the final counts to the caterer!

And remember to bring your Toys for Tots to donate!

GGR's Election is History     
 
Thanks to all of you who voted. We had a record number of votes this year. Here are the final tallies:

Matter 
Votes in Favor 
decline to state Write-In /
Do Not Approve 
No Response 
Richard French
President 
123 
Larry Adams
Treasurer 
122 2   04  
 Bill Benz
Secretary 
123  2  0  3  
Amendment to Bylaws 114 

Rules Process Results

The GGR Driving Event Committee (DEC) has met and the Board voted at the last meeting to ratify the actions they took. Here's the summary:

Proposal Action 
section 3.0 Automobiles & Safety subsection g. add the following: In addition, Porsche Automobiles are defined as having 1) Porsche Chassis, 2) Porsche motor (at least the case), 3) Porsche transmission. 
Adopt Wording from the PCA Bylaws instead:  
"A Porsche is defined as an automobile body and suspension which is, basically, as manufactured by or designated as a Porsche automobile by Porsche AG or its successor, which is powered by an engine which is basically one which was installed in such bodies by the manufacturer of such automobiles, although not necessarily in the body concerned," except that any Porsche engine may be installed in any Porsche-built automobile. Ruf AG-built automobiles are considered Porsches.

also section 2.2 Safety of Automobiles add subsection L. to read:
Automobiles will have complete body work including but not limited to fenders that fully cover the tire/wheel combination being used. Wider tires will require fender flares to conform to this rule.

Adopt as section (h) Under Rule 2.2T Driver's Education / Time Trials 
I would like to see GGR add an option for senior citizen members. I propose making the work assignment "optional" for PCA members who are 65 or older. Coincidentally, the SF region of SCCA also does this. 
Reject: It is the policy under the existing rules that the AX chair has discretion to make accommodation for any entrant with difficulty fulfilling particular work assignments.


 Delete DE Rules 2.3D b. and c., which read as follows:

b. Full shoes with predominantly non-synthetic uppers are required of all drivers.
c. Drivers must wear long sleeve shirts and long pants; all clothing to be of natural fibers. The Time Trail Chairman may allow wearing shorts and T-shirts in hot weather.

Adopt.
 Delete "Passenger and" and make "windows" singular in Rule 2.2T e., which reads as follows:

e. Windows: Passenger and driver's side windows must be down at all times.

The new rule would read as follows:

e. Windows: The driver's side window must be down at all times.

Reject for now pending further study of the issue.

 PROPOSED: REPLACE THE POINTS SYSTEM WITH THE PCA COMPETITION AX RULES.
Reject for now. The matter needs a lot more study and involvement of the affected parties before making such a major change.


 DEC Committee: Modify the Rules as required to indicated that the Autocross and DE Chairs shall be co-chairs of the DEC. Modify Rule 5.2 to indicate that the AX and DE chairs may apply to the Board of Directors to approve rule clarifications or corrections required before the next yearly update.


 Adopt.  
 I propose that AX participants be limited to GGR/PCA/Porsche-owners only. Rationale: Others are merely "piggy-backing" on the work done by GGR members and have no vested interest in the success or failure of the club. They have no reason to adhere to rules or to work assignments and, it has been observed, often leave after numerous runs without working the course. GGR/PCA/Porsche-owners would be allowed to drive other cars in lieu of a Porsche with this rule change. There are other clubs and events in which they can participate.
Reject. However, the AX chair agreed to raise entrance fees for non-PCA members driving non-Porsches to $75.



 
Thanks to Andrew Blyholder 
 
Thanks very much to Andrew for stepping forward to take on being Autocross Chair for the next two years. We're very pleased to have the series in Andrew's highly competent and experienced hands. See Andrew's column in this issue for more from him. No word yet on whether Andrew will also pass along his secrets for nailing Top Time of the Day--you can ask him! 
 
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See you next month in my Nugget Editor column! 

 John

 

 

 

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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:


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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! 

 

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Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director

 

GGR Regional Summary--October 2013  

 

 

 

Primary Members    1,586  

Affiliate Members     1010              

Life Members                 7  

Total Members        2,603

New/Transferred Members - 47 including Affiliate/Family

 

Sports car magazines: I get a lot of these pubs during the month (I'm retired, after all) and it's been interesting the amount of ink that's been written about our marque. I love following the write-ups that support my decision to get four of these in my lifetime. In this month's Motor Trend, in a comparison between the 911 4S, the new 'Vette and the Ferrari F12, the Porsche comes out on top (what else?) Not only that, but MT writes, "...the fact remains that it (Porsche 9114S) is the world current standard." This particular sentiment is echoed in a number of articles in many magazines, notwithstanding BBC Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson who has an innate dislike for our powerful machines...it must be genetic in his case, after all, he has owned three Volvos!

 

Stuck on You! GGR now has window stickers for your Porsche. Pick one up at any of the AX or track events and stick it in the window next to (or above) your PCA logo!  

 

Logo-wear: The GGR Webstore is online and ready. Locate it on the PCA website at www.pcawebstore.com/GOLDEN%20GATE. Just log in to create an account and get shopping.

 

Remember - Every club benefits from new ideas, new enthusiasm and new approaches. We're always looking for help in that department as well as volunteers. Send us your ideas - email, survey input, etc. - we'll look at them all.

 

Thanks to our membership we had 70 renewals this last month. Here's an idea: when you park next to that Porsche, ask him/her if they belong to GGR - if not, ENLIST THEM! On my bike rides I'm always looking for that unaffiliated Porsche.

 

Cheers and all the best, Capt. Mike

 

Welcome to Our New/Transferred September Members!

Total: 47 (including 15 Affiliate/Family Members)

 

Andrew & Jenny Barnes                          2008 Cayman Gray

Igor & Alexander Bertolucci                     1988 944 TurboS Red

Gautam Bhargava,                                   2012 Carrera Gray

Tina & Dave Bishop                                 2003 Carrera 4S Blue

Xavier Blackwell                                       2010 Boxster Silver

Ernesto Calderin                                      2007 911 Turbo Black

Zach & Jessica Casper                            2009 Carrera S Brown

Jeff Chang & Sean Kitagawa                   2006 Cayman S Gray

Peter Chao                                               2007 Carrera 4s Silver

Mike Chen & Sandy Chang                      2010 911 Turbo Black

Cornish, Hugh                                          2013 Boxster Silver

Shehadeh Dajani & Ethan Papp              2000 Boxster Silver

Boris Dimitrov & Barbara Kataoka           2014 991 Brown

Kendall & Alain Ginsbach                        2006 Cayman S Silver

Ronan Guille (FRANCE)                         1990 911 Gray

Otto & Hans Han                                     2004 996 40th Silver

Jack Ip                                                     2011 cayenne Black

Nagendra Jayanty,                                  2005 Boxster S Black

Jeffrey Johnston (RED)                           2010 GT3 White

Robert Long                                            2014 Cayman S White

Dinesh & Viktoriya Masand                     2014 Carrera Black

Norman Ramion & Fiona Tham              2006 Boxter S Blue

David Salguero                                       1990 911 Black

Marc Salit (POT)                                      2010 Carrera S Gray

Kevin & Angela Tiene                              1987 911 Red

Sherman Ting                                          2014 GT3 White

Jacob Uhland                                          2009 Carrera 4S Black

Robert Walton & Paul Lanning                2006 911 S Blue

Charles & Yiling Wang                            2010 Cayman S Silver

Scott Witt                                                1990 964 Black

Joseph Yau                                             2009 911 Gray

Todd Zeman                                            2003 Boxster S Gray

 

Congratulations to our November 2013 Anniversary Members!

 

On this anniversary or your PCA membership, the GGR Board would like to thank you for your commitment to PCA and to the Golden Gate Region. You may not know it, but you are among the 2,500 GGR members from more than 15 countries. Long-time members such as you are the backbone of this organization. You continue to make us one of the largest and most recognized regions in the PCA world. We are proud to have you as a member and thank you again for your commitment to GGR. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

 

20 Years - 1993

Robin  Whalen

 

15 Years - 1998

Richard Cox                                                    1974 911carrera Gold                          

Shiro Tachibana                                              1991 911                                       

Eric Zimmerman                                             1997 993 Yellow                        

 

10 Years - 2003

Leland Fong                                                   2004 Boxster S                                                     

Michael Garrison                                            1970 911 S                                                             

Matthias Hausner                                           2008 Boxster S Gray                          

Kevin La voie                                                 1996 993 C4S                                                         

Joseph Murray                                               1996 996                                       

Jonathan Neuberger                                      1997 911                                       

Edgar Saadi                             

Yeng Tan                                

           

5 Years - 2008

Lynne  Baldassari-Cruz                                 

Patrick Lord                                                    2005 997 S Arctic Silver                  

Jordan Mayer                        

Heather Shermer                                

Patrick Suter                                                  1989 911 Guards Red                    

Ngoc-Nhung Tran                                          2007 Boxster Red                            

Christine Tsang                                  

Michael Tsang                                               1998 911 C2S Arctic Silver                  

Joshua Weinstein                                          1995 993 Green           

 




Board of Directors
Richard French

GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for October 13, 2013 

 

--by Richard French, Secretary 

 

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

 

Meeting called to order at 5:52pm on Sunday October 13, 2013 at the John & Bubba's in San Carlos.

 

No agenda changes - No calendar changes

 

Postmortem of Past events

8/31-9/1 GGR DE/TT/CR at Thunderhill was a huge success and well attended with over 75 drivers. No incidents.

9/21 AX Alameda was well attended. Rainy day - several left due to aquaplaning.

9/29 AX Marina was very well attended - everyone had fun.

 

Director's Reports

 

President - A discussion regarding DEC meeting scheduled early November. Rules suggestions have been posted on pca-ggr.org bulletin board.   

 

  

Vice President - Insurance certificates in place for for 10/19 AX, 11/24-11/25 DE, TT at Laguna Seca, and 11/16 AX in Alameda.

Secretary - Reported on Redbook update. Sections distributed to board members.

  

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

 

Competition - 80 drivers signed up so far for November DE/TT at Laguna Seca.

  

Membership - New members were accepted into GGR. 46 new members. Problem on new store product deliveries was discussed. Mike to action to remedy.

  

Webmaster -Looking at MailChimp as alternative approach for GGR Announce.

  

Social - Awards banquet will be held on January 5, 2014 in the afternoon at Club Auto Sport in San Jose. Budget was approved.

 

Other

 

Volunteer appreciation dinner to be held at San Mateo County Old Courthouse at 5:30pm on December 15, 2013.

 

Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:15pm.

 

 

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for November 10, 2013

 

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

 

Meeting called to order at 5:50pm on Sunday November 10, 2013 at the John & Bubba's in San Carlos.

 

No agenda changes - No calendar change

 

Postmortem of Past events

10/19 AX Alameda was a huge success and well attended with over 100 drivers. Long course over 1 mile long. No incidents.

ESCAPE TO LA - Lots of tours, Fun dinners, very well done event. DE was well attended. Great book put together for attendees.

 

Director's Reports

 

President - Election was conducted by President since Secretary was running. Results as follows: Richard French elected President; Bill Benz elected Secretary; Larry Adams elected Treasurer; update to bylaws passed. Details will be included in the Nugget.

 

John reviewed his agenda for the past 4 years which included (1) Club Social events (2) Charity Fund Raising (3) Break-even Track Series (4) Update and modernizing bylaws and process and (5) doing more to thank the volunteers. The entire board thanked John for his diligence in these areas.

 

Vice President - Insurance certificates in place for for 11/16 AX, 11/24-11/25 DE, TT at Laguna Seca, and 12/15 Volunteer appreciation dinner.

 

Secretary - Nothing to report.

 

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

 

Competition - 100+ drivers signed up so far for November DE/TT at Laguna Seca. DEC recommendations were reviewed by DEC chair and approved by board. Details to be published in the Nugget. AX Chair needed for 2014-2015.

 

Membership - New members were accepted into GGR. 47 new members. Issues resolved with new store product delivery

 

Webmaster -MailChimp not appropriate.

 

Social - Awards banquet is ready. Looking for some amazing Porsche's to display. Would like to put on more drives, however need volunteers to help. Anyone interested in helping should contact Michael Griffin.

 

Reminders

Budget for 2014 - all groups to prepare for review at next board meeting (January 12, 2014)

Volunteer appreciation dinner to be held at San Mateo County Old Courthouse at 5:30pm on December 15, 2013.

 

Awards banquet will be held on January 5, 2014 in the afternoon at Club Auto Sport in San Jose.

 

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

 

 

 

 



The Power Chef

NE Bike --by John Celona

      

 

 Save it for The Track, Please       

 

Frequent readers of this column will note that some themes bear repeating. Saving it for the track is one of those.

 

Saving your "spirited" driving for the track is one of the best things you can do to help keep yourself happy and healthy. For a number of reasons, it's far safer than exploring what you and your vehicle are capable of on the street.

 

 

First, a track is a controlled setting. Tracks are fenced off with restricted access. No pets, children, bouncing balls, or deer to suddenly appear in front of you. You may occasionally encounter a bird or squirrel but, for the most part, hazardous intrusions are kept out.

Second, there are folks in the towers watching the condition of the track to alert you with flags (and dispatch a cleanup crew) if there's dirt or dumped coolant or oil to turn sticky pavement into a skidding zone. No such service on the street.

We train our people how to drive safely and stay in control and our instructors in how to teach you how to do the same. How to explore your limits and catch your car when you start to lose the back or front end before it turns into a ballistic object. The importance of immediately putting "both feet in" (clutch and brake) when you spin. And the folks in the towers will likewise flag you for hazardous driving so you can come in for "an attitude adjustment"before it results in an incident.

Lastly, track are designed to minimize the consequences when someone "runs out of driving ability." There are runoff areas (as at Thunderhill), gravel traps or tire walls (Laguna Seca) to minimize the consequences of a mistake. Streets aren't designed to bring almost two tons of high velocity mass to a safe stop.

Porsches are capable of amazing performance, but it's simply not possible to driver-proof a car. All the safeguards at a track or autocross are designed to let you have fun testing and improving your limits and keep you safe at the same time. The same cannot be said about driving hard on the street.

For these reasons, we urge all drivers and club members to respect the inevitable unexpected hazards of street driving and save your "red mist" for the autocross or track. On the street, please, drive like a grandmother so you and your car and likewise enjoy a long, happy, and healthy life.

 

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Read on from something different and delicious to do with your turkey leftovers!  

 

Bon Šppetit!

The Power Chef 

 

Turkey Tomato-Rice Soup        

 

Okay, so if you followed my recipe for Roast Turkey, here's to you taking the plunge for the high-temperature flip method. Folks eating my turkey said "It's so tender and juicy! It just melts in your mouth!" Hope you had similar success.

 

 

Possibly there's not too much in the way of leftovers, but you may nonetheless wondering what else you could do beyond another turkey sandwich. Then there's that big 'ol carcass just begging to be turned into something. Fear not: this month's recipe is a great twist on turkey leftovers and eminently suitable for freezing for a cold night later when you don't feel like cooking.

 

 

Another whole weeks' worth of good eating!
The Gist
Simmer and then debone all the leftover turkey parts. Turn the broth into a soup with brown rice, tomatoes, parsley, white wine, celery and cabbage. No stone needed!

Ingredients
Leftover turkey carcass and parts
Water to cover
2 cups brown rice
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
2 yellow onions, chopped
1-2 cups dry white wine
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
1 bunch celery, chopped
1 head cabbage, chopped
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Optional: fresh carrots cut into coins

Method
Place the turkey parts in a large stock pot and add just enough water to cover. Simmer 30-60 minutes or until the meat is coming off the bone. Remove parts from broth, let cool, then debone.

Add the rice, parsley, onions, white wine and tomatoes to the stock and simmer until the rice is almost done (about 30 minutes). Leave the cover off if you have a lot of broth and would like to reduce the volume and concentrate the flavor.

Add the celery, bring back to a boil, then add the cabbage and carrots (if using them). Shut the heat off and let it sit for a bit to cook the cabbage, or simmer a bit more then serve immediately.

If needed, add salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. If you're starting from a brined turkey (as I did), not extra salt of pepper may be needed.

Notes
Leftovers freeze very well. For a more exotic flavor, add 1/2 cup of wild rice along with the brown rice.

 

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Autocross News

 

--by Andrew Blyholder, Autocross Chair 

 

Greetings! My name is Andrew Blyholder and I've volunteered to be your next GGR Autocross Chair. I have been autocrossing with GGR for many years, so to my fellow AX'ers, I will be a familiar face. For those who haven't spent the last couple decades going around in circles, I'll take this opportunity to introduce myself.

 

My first contact with PCA and GGR came through Rodney Rapson whom I met in architecture school at UC Berkeley. Rodney and his then girl friend, now wife, Roxanne started autocrossing in high school so they were both old hands at it by college days, running a beautiful black 914. I soon started following them home on race weekends to help out in their efforts. I'd grown up tinkering with British sports cars, mostly Triumph TR4s, so the performance and engineering of a Porsche was a revelation. I was quickly converted and sold my TR4 to buy my first 914, a nice '74. I started out with autocross and before long was also participating in time trials.

 

But then events conspired against me. Just about the time my wife and I bought our house, the motor wore out and wouldn't pass smog anymore, so the 914 had to be parked. Being an architect, owning a house inevitably lead to a remodeling binge. Ten years flashed by with the poor 914 living under a tarp and being pushed around the yard from one spot to another as the construction dictated. I finally realized I needed another 914 for the street and it would be quicker to buy another one than wait for time to appear in my life to rebuild the '74.

 

Rodney and Roxanne had two kids by this time, so their family had outgrown spending much time in a 914. They had a nice stock, white 914 that wasn't getting much use and was taking up room in the driveway, so a deal was made. (There's more to that story, but I'll save that for another time.) However, even though this was supposed to be my "street" 914, I immediately started autocrossing it, too.

 

After six years of campaigning the white 914, I chanced into a partnership with Lee and Chris Hamilton driving their blue 914 race car, #100. Lee is a master race mechanic and had built up the car over several years, but some old racing injuries made him hesitant to drive it. As a fully modified race car, it's definitely a strenuous drive. We've now completed ten seasons and had some nice success, with many "Top Time of Day" finishes at GGR events and a class win at the 2007 Parade in San Diego.

 

As a long time GGR autocrosser, I figured that I would eventually take a turn as the Autocross Chair. GGR is a volunteer run organization, so we all need to step forward from time-to-time and do the jobs that keep the club running and all of us racing. Our autocross series is a great program that I've enjoyed participating in for many years so I am happy to do my part to keep it going.

 

The autocross series has been well run during Chris Hamilton's and Joe Lee's tenures; my primary aim will be to keep the ball rolling. Over the last several years, Chris and Joe have done a great job establishing a team approach to our autocross administration. Elaine Macy deals with scheduling and interfaces with the city of Alameda, David Grieshaber tows the timing trailer, Joe and Kevin Lynch setup the timing system and deal with scoring, and I have been managing pre-event course design and the morning setup. We'll all be continuing with these roles and, in addition, Paul Smith and Ed Hunter will be stepping in to share the role of event manager. As Chair, I will attend the board meetings to represent the interests of the autocross community.

 

The big challenge on the horizon for our series is our site location. Fortunately for us, the city of Alameda has been very slow in redeveloping the old Naval air station, but there are rumors that they might be moving forward soon. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or suggestions on alternative sites.

 

Next driver's meeting is in March. See you there!

 












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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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