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|From the Wurst Wing |
| --by John Celona, GGR President
The 52nd Annual GGR Awards & Inaugural Gala...
..was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event (like our 50th anniversary celebration was!). Hope you were able to join us for that. Check out what happened in the story following this column.
Club Events Pick up in March
Our club's 2013 season will kick off in March with the first autocross scheduled for March 16 at Alameda, and our first track weekend at Thunderhill March 29-31. Joe Sweis and Michael Griffin are also planning this year's special social events, so those will be going on the calendar as soon as set. Our first Boxster Brunch of the year will be at its usual location (Alice's Restaurant) on April 6.
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
And here's the tentative autocross schedule. There may be a few additional changes throughout the year, so do check the web site for the latest.
Date Location Event
March 16 Alameda Autocross #1
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
Thanks for the Toys for Tots DriveAs you may recall, our annual Volunteer Appreciation Day is also a drive for Toys for Tots, which we do in conjunction with the drive the Foothill Repertory Dance Company does at their December Showcase. This year's was the most successful ever with the most toys collected. Below please find a thank-you letter from the Padua Dining Room, where the toys ended up.
Till next month...
The 52nd GGR Awards Gala
Spectacular 52nd Annual GGR Awards Gala
sponsored by Carlsen Porsche
--by Bubba Gong
On a clear, sparkling, star-filled winter evening GGR celebrated the 52nd annual awards and inauguration of the 2013 Board of Directors at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City.
|Foothill Dancers Set the Stage with a Street Performance|
Carlsen Porsche, the platinum sponsor of the event, launched the new 2013 Carrera 4 with display cars featured on Broadway Street, which was closed for the auspicious occasion. A live pre-show "Dancing the World...Porsche" directed and choreographed by Bubba Gong heralded the event with the world beat from "Gangham Style to Ballet folklorico, Drums of Passion to Bollywood's Jai Ho and literally, stopped traffic with the magnificent Porsches and beautiful dancers. Professional photographers Rich and Millie Tsai captured the live Red Carpet arrivals of GGR members decked out in Black Tie (optional) and formal dress from sequins to silk and furs.
|The New 2013 Carrera 4|
Guests were greeted at the registration table by Linda Adams and Michael Griffin and waltzed through the lobby to the sounds of the elegant string quartet Synchronicity who enraptured the audience with a mixed classical and contemporary repertoire from Puccini to Adele. Guests were treated to a full complimentary bar of premium wines, selected draft beers and signature cocktail created by President John Celona, the "Turbo Carrera Martini" served in old-school-stemmed martini glasses.
|GGR President John Celona with Carlsen Porsche Owner and event sponsor Charlie Burton|
GGR members and their guests nibbled on appetizers as they ascended the majestic double spiral staircase to the Grand Rotunda where they were provided with sip and stand stations to enjoy the Quartet and admire the painted ladies' murals and architectural gold-leaf detail of the majestic theatre inducted into the historical registry in 1993.
|The Grammy Award-winning Synchronicity String Quartet set the mood|
The international appetizers created by Master Chef Carlos Calderon included Swordfish Mini Kabobs with oranges and sumac, Seared Ahi Tuna on Wonton Crisp, English Cucumber rolls stuffed with Vegetables and served sushi style, Fresh Mozarella Cheese, Roma Tomato and Fresh Basil on Crostini and stationary appetizers served buffet style of Imported and domestic cheeses, Seasonal fresh and exotic fruits, French and Vegetarian Pates with sliced baquettes and cracker assortment.
|Chef Carlos' artistry |
|Guests mingle with wine, Turbo Carreras and passed appetizers|
Captain Mike Sherman, who served as Front of House Manager, rang the dinner bell to begin the show! Audible gasps were heard as the excited throng of GGR members gathered in the Main Theatre for the Awards Ceremony and Inaugural Gala production to begin.
|The Setting |
Event Director Bubba Gong chose a stunning palette of mango orange and royal purple silk table linens with gobos of red and magenta lighting to highlight each exquisite table of eight with gold ballroom chavari chairs topped by black cushions and a simply white classic china place setting, gold flatware, and water and wine goblets.
Each table held bottle of selected Red and White wines for the evening. The floral arrangement featured purple orchids, hydrangeas, and fan palm in a Zen design square apple green vase to compliment the world theme.
|GGR board members ponder the beautiful table settings--and the salad! |
In a nod to the Golden Globes, Director Bubba Gong, a Bay Area Theatre Critics and award winning choreographer who most recently choreographed the Emmy Awards in San Francisco, kept the pace of the awards show brisk and lively providing entertainment at key periods throughout the evening to highlight the awards presentation and to add heightened anticipation to the announcement of the winners. Assisting Master of Ceremonies John Celona were our very own Miss GGR Cassandra Murray, a cover model and Eye on the Bay television producer and Mr. GGR Trey Miller, a model for Abercrombie and Fitch and student at Chapman University.
|Bubba Gong takes the stage with a world premiere of "The Last Emperor" |
Guest dined on a choice of Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce, Halibut Filet with Creamy Garlic and Herb Sauce or Gourmet Squash Ravioli with Parmesean cheese in a light wine sauce. Fresh seasonal vegetables and a potato croquettes completed the entrée. Created especially, for the evening was the Chocolate Carmel mousse Pyramid dessert which paid homage to the one-of-a-kind eighteen pound solid Black Marble and gold engraved awards presented to the winners.
|Miss Golden Gate Cassandra Murray presents the Enthusiast of the Year award to autocross co-chair Elaine Macey |
The world premiere of "The Last Emperor" set the tone for the elegant start of the awards production featuring a fusion of Peking Opera and contemporary Ballet and original costumes and coronet headpiece designed in China. Silk parasoled dancers entered the audience to begin an overture by Ryuchi Sakamoto. As the cascading red main curtain lifted, the audience was transformed to another time and place as the "Coronation of Pu Yi" unfolded like an oriental fan in layers of orange silk ribbons, flutter fans, dragon and phoenix motifs and billowing dry ice effects. GGR members delighted in the world premiere which provided a dazzling start of the full-scale theatrical production.
|Foothill Dance goes to Broadway "Bob Fosse Style" |
On this jubilant and joyful start of the New Year, the award winners included: Enthusiast of the Year, Elaine Macey; Family of the Year, The John Tavernetti Family; Social Event of the Year, Joe Sweis; Competitive Event of the Year, Larry Adams for the Carlsen Concours; Don Lang Memorial Award, Tim Smith and Kim Garcia; Olen Creech Perpetual award, Bubba Gong, for his leadership in outreach to Charities including Toys for Tots, SPCA, Make-a-wish Foundation SF Chapter, Homeless Connection for Veterans; Don Matthews Memorial Award, John Seidel and Howard Yao; and the club's highest honor, the Perc Bliss Award to Captain US Navy Retired Michael T. Sherman.
|Herr Doctor Professor Butzi von Carrera reveals the true history of the Porsche Club and the Golden Gate Region |
Outgoing Board members and Club volunteers in leadership roles were recognized with embroidered Porsche shirts provided by Carlsen Porsche: Autocross Chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey; Concours and rally chair and dealer rep Larry Adams; Sponsorship Chair Clemson Chan; Social Co-chair Michael Griffin; Zone 7 Representative Sharon Neidel.
|Incoming Board members (l to r) Richard French, Andrew Forrest, Joe Sweis, Carl Switzer, Paul Larson, and Linda Adams take the Oath of Office. |
Board members were acknowledged and took the oath of office: President and Nugget Editor, John Celona; Vice President Paul Larson; Treasurer Linda Adams; Membership director Mike Sherman; Social Director, Joe Sweis; Outgoing and incoming Competition Directors Bill Benz and Carl Switzer, Webmaster Andrew Forrest and Secretary Richard French.
|Dazzling Ballet Folklorico|
On hand to be introduced and acknowledged for special recognition and appreciation were Charlie Burton, President and Richard Pasquali, General Manager of Carlsen Porsche, our Platinum Sponsor of the event. Carlsen Porsche continually has stepped up year after year to host and provide lunch for the Carlsen Concours and this year purchased the new loaner helmets, cones for autocross and appreciation gifts for theBoard.
|Mr. GGR Trey Miller presents the Don Lang Award to incoming track chairs Kim Garcia and Tim Smith |
Special highlight of the evening was a hilarious burlesque comedy sketch featuring a surprise guest, "Herr Doctor Professor Butzi von Carrera," direct from the University of Wittenberg en Baader Meinhof, who presented a talk on the History of Golden Gate Region Porsche Club complete with slide show and uproarious laughter from the audience! Multi-talented and multi-tasking President, Nugget Editor, and Master of Ceremonies John Celona wowed the audience with his transformation as master showman with a wry sense of humor and wit. Dressed in ledenhoser and a white, feathered, red cap, he delivered comic punch lines that delighted both "car guys" and novices alike on all things Porsche! He set the bar high as the Master of Ceremonies with his spirited and clever dialogue and comic timing to make the most FUN and FESTIVE "party" of the year!
|Foothill Dance goes "Prince"!|
Larry Adams organized the annual Raffle with assistance by the World Dancers. Purple silk linen draped a trio of tables on which raffle prizes meticulously wrapped in classic Porsche Silver by Linda Adams were ready to be announced. Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey presented the Auto Cross Awards while Carl Switzer presented the Track Awards.
|President John Celona presents the Don Matthews Award to John Seidel and Howard Yao|
In a full throttle, strobe lit black light Grand Finale which had the audience clapping and cheering, the World Dancers danced in one world, one beat in ONE spectacular evening which will never be forgotten! From every single club volunteer, in every outreach to a new member, to every club participant in a diverse offering of GGR activities from track and autocross events to the Friday night social hosted by George and Shirley Neidel...to the thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours to make this and other GGR events a success. And most especially to all who made this event a once-in-a-lifetime dazzling awards and inaugural display...our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the Fox Theatre production Team led by Keith Kadera, Nigel Pearmund, Sound Engineer Drew Patterson, Rob Orr, Karen Gitters and Blue Water, LD Alliance productions for lighting designers Mark Mehlman and Matt Gordon, Carlos Calderon and his catering staff, the back-stage volunteers Allison McDonald and Louise Miller, Make-up Artist Tenedra Windom and to the amazing world dance company for their dedication, discipline and high voltage energy which illustrated all the hours of rehearsal. You all captured our hearts with your power, passion, and performance: Tami Burton, Lizeth Cuevas, Bailey Donnelly, Elise Dubuisson, David Eastman, Chris Guevara, Tara Harte-Rodriguez, Angela Herrera, Terin Kandarian, Peite Ting Lim, Jenn Loomis, Trey Miller, Erika Mueller, Cassandra Murray, Lucas Randall, Anna Sullivan, Lori Watts, Taylor White.
|Foothill Dance brings down the house with grand finale "Gangnam Style" |
In true PCA philosophy, "It's not just the cars, it's the PEOPLE."
For more photos by Rich Tsai of SingleLens Photography, click here.
|Letter from the Editor |
--by John Celona, Nugget Editor
Combined February & March Issues
Now that our Awards Gala & Board Inaugural is HISTORY (hope you were there for this once in a lifetime event!), not much is going on with the club until we kick off our social, autocross, and track events in March. Accordingly, we're combining the February and March issues (which cover January and February). We'll pick back up with coverage on April 1 with what happened in March.
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.
|Letter to the Editor |
--by John Celona, Nugget Editor
We got one this month! Letters to the Editor always welcome and, as in any periodical, printed at the discretion of the Editor.
John and Bubba - Wow, that was impressive show last nite! All-round grand success, I'd say. High production values matched the marvelous talent of people on stage; dance routines uniformly entertaining ALL night long; Herr Carrara's clever shtick; classy venue w/ blocked off street no less; good catering/food; loved the string ensemble. And then to get Carlsen to foot a chunk of the cost. A production of that quality deserves greater member attendance; our people don't know what they're missing here. Good job you two. Really good. Michael Griffin
--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director
GGR Regional Summary--December 2012
Primary Members 1,491
Affiliate Members 973
Life Members 6
Total Members 2,470
Total Renewals 66
Transfers Out 5
Time Out and other musings. So I'm sitting here doing this update and listening to Dave Brubeck and wondering why we lose the great ones while some others stay behind. Mellow sounds, great rhythms, and innovative ideas, sounds a little Porsche-like doesn't it. Anyway, for a guy who almost didn't graduate from UOP (then College of the Pacific) - he couldn't read music - he did pretty well. There's a sorrow when losing the great ones...(F.A. Porsche recently for example) but the good that comes from it is what they leave behind...great music, great cars. So put Time Out on the Bluetooth in the 911, drive on, and be thankful we had them, even for a little while. Stay well.
New Members/Transfers: 14 (+7 Affiliate/Family Members)
Darius Le Gall 2000 Carrera Black
Randy Lomax 1972 911T Blue
TJ & Chela Noto 2007 Cayman S White
Johnny & Ronnie Peng 2007 Cayman Black
Mark & Richard Radovic (LPA) 1986 911 Blue
Michael Rubin 2012 911 C2S Silver
Gerald & Colleen Scimeca 2012 911 Gray
Annand Sharma (CCC) 2010 GT3RS Gray
Walter Smith 2012 Cayman S Blue
Murray Stokely 2007 Boxster S Silver
Garry & Vanetta Wiseman 2012 911 Blue
Thomas Yager & Todd Talarico 1995 911 Black
Lisa Anne & Bonnie Radding (LPA) 1972 911T Silver
David Witters (ORC) 1973 914 2.0 White
December 2012 Anniversaries
30 Years - 1982
Charles Arolla 1973 911T
25 Years - 1987
20 Years - 1992
Geoffrey Alexander 1977 930
Gene Kindred 1962 356B
15 Years - 1997
10 Years - 2002
Andy Mayhew 1984 911
Dean Meniktas 1984 911 Blue
David Minor 2003 Boxster
5 Years - 2007
Paul & Joy Fazzone 2007 CaymanS Basalt Black
Mark Nelson 2005 Turbo S Black
Ron & Steven Pankowski 2008 911 Malachite
Board of Directors
GGR Board of Directors
Richard will be back with board minutes next month. --Ed.
--by Joe Sweis, Social Director
-Joe advised no news this month, and will be back with a column next month.
Carl will be back with a competition report next month.--Ed.
The Power Chef
--by John Celona
Good Health Doesn't Come In a Pill
Many people believe that a key to health is regular visits to the doctor for checkups, tests, etc. Often that results in a prescription for something, whether a cholesterol lowering statin drug, blood pressure medication, anti-depressive, or medication for the ever more frequently diagnosed ADD. At all sort-of makes sense; after all, doctors are in the business of "health care."
As I've suggested in past columns, there is an alternate way to look at this. Suppose we distinguish between mechanisms like cars and organisms like us. Cars get "better" by going to the mechanic to get worn out parts replaced, fluids replaced, operations tuned up, etc.
Unfortunately, it's not so easy to tune up people. No one would suggest that the replacement parts for people are better than the original parts in good working order. And a doctor can't "tune up" a patient by adjusting heart rate, installing clear arteries, strengthening weak muscles, and so on. Organisms get "better" with proper diet and exercise: they strengthen and improve with stress rather than wearing out.
In short, one might suggest that what doctors really do is treat disease and injury and that the real "health care" is diet and exercise.
More evidence is emerging that what modern medicine has to offer in treating disease and injury is no substitute for the real health care of diet and exercise. The most recent news was on the topic of statin drugs (to lower bad LDL cholesterol) and new drugs undergoing clinical trials to raise good HDL cholesterol.
As described in an article in the Wall Street Journal, the search began after noting that, although statin drugs have been hugely successful in lowering bad LDL cholesterol, they're not a cure. People on the drugs still die of heart attacks. The most famous, Lipitor (now available as a generic drug), in fact reduces the risk of heart attack by only a third.
That means, for example, that if I have a 10% risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years (a risk you can calculate for yourself here), taking a statin drug would reduce my risk to 6.7%. How great does that sound?
Hence the search for drugs to raise the good HDL cholesterol. High HDL cholesterol has also been correlated with lower risk of heart attack. According to the Framingham Risk Score (which the above link gets you to), a patient with an HDL above 60 mg/dL has a one-third lower risk of heart disease than an otherwise similar patient with an HDL below 30.
Merck & Co. had a drug to raise HDL which has been in human clinical trials since 2007. They just canceled the study after finding that the HDL-increasing drug (which did indeed increase HDL) was no more effective in warding off heart disease than statin drugs alone. Roche and Pfizer had also previously canceled studies aimed artificially inflating HDL levels.
The explaining theory: medically elevated HDL for some reason doesn't reduce the risk of heart disease the way naturally created (by exercise or not smoking) does.
That leaves patients seeking a heart-health booster beyond statins with old-fashioned lifestyle methods such as diet and exercise. "If you raise HDL in non-pharmacologic ways, it really does help you," says Steve Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. "We always assumed it was HDL" that decreased heart-disease risk, he says. "But maybe it was the exercise that did it, or the not smoking that did it," he says.
What's the resulting prescription? "[R]outine exercise along with a healthy diet featuring vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains."
In other words, quite possibly you can't get good health from a pill, or from a visit to the doctor. Absolutely, visit your doctor promptly if you suspect you have a disease or injury. But, in terms of just good health? Maybe getting to your yoga class several times this week and ditching the white bread in favor of whole wheat are better steps.
Certainly, it would be much easier to just take a pill rather than working out regularly and ditching the jelly doughnuts. Possibly it all makes sense in the grand scheme of things that something so valuable as good health just doesn't come that cheaply.
Here's wishing you good health, many great workouts, and lots of fruits and vegetables!
The Power Chef
Nona's Tomato Soup
In the spirit of good health, I recreated my Nona's Tomato Soup with whole wheat pasta, lots of vegetables, and low fat chicken and beef. Hoping you like it as much as I do!
Bring canned pear tomatoes, basil, parsley, chopped celery and onions, and lean chunks of beef to a simmer. When getting tender, add chicken legs with skin removed. Add whole wheat pasta and cook till almost done, then finish with sliced carrots, salt and pepper. Mangia!
1 bunch celery, chopped
3 yellow onions, chopped
1 bunch minced parsley
1 bunch basil leaves, stems removed
3 lbs chunks of lean beef
3 28-oz. cans pear tomatoes
2 tsp. salt
1 Tb fresh ground black pepper
6 chicken legs, skin removed
1 lb dry whole wheat pasta
4 cups carrots cut into coins
grated Parmesan-Romano cheese mix to top
Combine the celery, onions, parsley, basil, beef, tomatoes, salt and pepper in a large pot. Add 2-3 cans of additional water. Bring to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes (till the beef is starting to get tender).
Add the chicken legs and simmer another 20 minutes or so (longer if desired).
Add the pasta and simmer for about half the cooking time indicated on the package. Turn off the heat, add the carrots, and let sit 5-10 minutes. Serve in soup bowls with the cheese on the side to sprinkle over.
I like to keep the basil leaves whole, but chop them if you like.
The beef goes in first because it takes longer to get tender. I like the chicken legs when they're done but not coming apart. Feel free to cook longer if you like.
Adding the carrots at the end and turning off the heat when the pasta is not quite done is how I keep the pasta from getting overcooked and mushy and the carrots crisp. If you keep simmering the pasta till completely done, the residual heat in the soup will make the pasta mushy--still good, but not as good consistency-wise!
--by Paul Larson, GGR Vice President
Do to a shortage of food recipes from John (hint, hint) I saw these footballs and decided to share it with the
club. You may not get this recipe before the Super bowl game but there is always the Pro Bowel game
that is played shortly after the Super Bowl.
Here is the link below to make your own.
Zone 7 Autocross April 13-14
58th PCA Porsche Parade
Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...
As always, thanks for reading.