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May 2013. Volume 53, Issue 4
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Social Report
Joe Sweis Return to Civilian Life
The Porboys' Beginners Autocross School
Competiton Report
The Power Chef
How Porsche Teaches People to Not Suck at Driving
Porsche Celebrates 50 Years of the 911
Changing the Brake Pads on a Porsche
58th PCA Porsche Parade
Redwood Region Autocross May 4
Sequoia Region Autocross
Porsche Corral May 9-11 at ALMS Monterey
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Porsche Swap & Concours June 2
Zone 7 Autocross
Carlsen Concours
Legends of the Autobahn
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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From the Wurst Wing  
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Three Charitable Donations; Thanks to Carlsen Porsche         

If you were fortunate enough to join us for the club's annual Awards Banquet and Board Inaugural Gala in January, you know that Carlsen Porsche came through with the new Carrerra 4 to add in a vehicle launch to the event. Below is a photo of one of the launch cars which added to the excitement at the event.

Carlsen's involvement also meant funds coming to the club for the charitable funding raising part of the event. At the last Board meeting, we were very pleased to approve $2,000 each donations to three very worthy charities: the Masonic Home of Children at Oxford in Oxford, North Carolina; Adolescent Counseling Services in Palo Alto, and the Dance Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Thanks very much to owner Charlie Burton, general manager Rich Pasquali, and club rep Michael Hobgood for their support of the club which made these donations possible.

Launch of the 2013 Carrera 4

More Chances to Drive!           
Porsches are meant to be driven! Take yours out of the garage and have some fun with it. They're made to take a licking and keep on ticking!

See the Social Report for more on the next tour coming up. These are a good chance to just get out and drive and meet other club members. If you're up for the next step with learning what your car can really do, join us for one of the track or autocross events. These are are a chance to practice driving in a safe, controlled environment with a vigor that would be instantly utterly illegal on the street. Great fun in the right venue!

Here's the complete schedule of track events for this year:

Date                                  Location                                       Events

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

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

Date                 Location            Event

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     
To see what things we like at the last autocross at the Marina Airport, click here to see photos by David Leong. Here's one photo of the rare Porsche Dustbuster Portable Vacuum Cleaner working the course.

Cleaning off the course!
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).  
Beginners' Autocross School is Almost FULL!

Word from event chairs Howard Yao and John Seidel is that the upcoming Porboys Beginners' Autocross school is almost full. See info and the link below to sign up before you end up as one of the many people on the long waiting list!

Thanks to Joe Sweis and Michael Griffin

Social Director Joe Sweis has done an outstanding job of ramping up the club social events, putting on a series of extremely well attended tours, the mixer at the San Francisco Porsche Design Center, and so forth. Joe is also extremely fortunate to have a new son, Nate, who is too little to work a clutch but does great with a PDK transmission.

To accommodate these very important changes in his life, Joe is stepping aside as Social Director.

Thankfully, we have the equally energetic Michael Griffin who's stepped into the breach. Please welcome Michael as he moves from assisting Joe to taking over. Thanks, Michael!

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Till next month...  





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

Self-Service on Email Addresses, Please!

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

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

And another that says:

These should be able to take care of you.

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


Thanks for reading.   


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Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--March 2013  



Primary Members    1,513  

Affiliate Members        985                 

Life Members                  7         

Total Members         2,505

New Members               53 including Affiliate/Family


We're Growing: It's encouraging to see so many new members and their partners-in-Porsche-dom. They've joined a growing group of Bay Area enthusiasts who are enjoying a revitalized club that's doing more for members than ever before. From a revamped social schedule, to mountain driving days, to our great autocross and track schedules, GGR is putting the pedal to the metal, so to speak. Remember to get your badges so both new and old members can mingle. If you have any suggestions to make the club even better, get in touch with any of us at any time. All the best, Capt. Mike


Welcome to Our New/Transferred Members!

Total: 38 (+ 15 Affiliate/Family Members)


Jeffrey Abate                                            1959 356 Gray

Michael Ahiakpor                                      2008 Cayman Black

Brian Amerige & Michael Poon                2013 Boxster Red

Alan Austin                                               1965 356C Red

Lucien Avramov                                       2010 911Turbo Silver

Bernard Beecham & Cheryl Lathrop        2006 Cayman White

Peter Born                                                 2010 911 GT3 Red

Peter Braeuer & Einhoff Ralf (D)             1967 911 Gray

Reilly Brennan                                          2009 Boxster Yellow

David Burke                                              2008 Carrera Gray

Louis Chang                                              2012 911GTS Blue

Richard Dahlman & Vern Adams             2008 CaymanS Black

Ulysses DeGuzman                                  2006 911S Blue

Paul & Adele Fingerman                           2012 911S Black

Gary & Nikki Gordon                                2013 TurboS Silver

Stuart Imison                                            2008 Cayman Black

Angie Li & Daniel Lee (CCC)                   2008 911 White

Edward & Lesley Lievens (CCC)             1988 Carerra Black

Mark Maisenbacher & Justine Pena        2006 CarreraS Silver

Mario Masini                                            2007 Cayman White

John & Johnny Moffitt                              2003 Turbo Silver

Timothy Moore                                         2007 Cayman White

Jayesh Nath, & Seema (CCC)                  2000 BoxsterS Silver

Shirish Patel                                              1997 911 Targa Blue

Adam Phillips                                            2004 Carrera4S Silver

Jordan Reeder                                          1970 911E White

Francisco Riordan & Robert Shanks        1986 Carrera Gray

Wayne Schrier                                           2000 Boxster Red

David Sekigahama                                    2010 Boxster Blue

Bob Story                                                 2004 911C4S Gray

Binoy Sukumaran                                     2010 CarreraS Silver

Tony Suzer & Brent Irmak                        2007 911S Gray

Arley Wolf (LPA)                                       2007 911 Gray

Neal Daneman & Kathy Langsam            2006 BoxsterS Silver

Michael Floyd (DIA)                                 1987 930

Jonathan Fox (RTR)                                 2012 997 C2GTS Gray

John Goriup DIA)                                     1970 911 Red

Grady & Gayle Means (POT)                  1968 912



Congratulations to our March 2013 Anniversary Members!


45 years - 1968

Clark Anderson                                              1970 914


20 Years - 1993

Christopher Johnson                                      1957 356

Evan Williams                                                 1972 911

Harv Berger                                                     1985 944

Christopher Menkin                                        1961 356


15 Years - 1998

Stephanie Ahlberg                              

Noel Basch-Vais                                

Curt Chadwick                                   

Barry Fleisher                                                2007 911S Black                          

Amy Hammer                        

Ted Hammer                                                 1970 914-6 Yellow                        

Kert Kaub                              

Eleanor Lee                            

Andrew Mckee                                  

Kenneth Mclaren                                           1971 914                                       

Chris Murad                                                   1999 996                                       

Michael Muscheck                                         1967 911T                                                            

Audra Ostler                          

Keith Matasci                                                 1978 930 Black        


10 Years - 2003

Frederick Baker                                              2003    911                                    

Tom Claridge                                                  1960 RS61                                                            

Rodney Clark                                                  1983 911 SC                                                        

Judi Martin                            

Linda Marusarz                                 

Saralynn Nusbaum                                         1969 Targa                                                            

William Scheid                                                2001 996TT                                                          

WayneVan Norsdall                                        1995 993                                       

Bill Kerr                                                           1992    911 Red                            


5 Years - 2008

RobertCleave                                                 2002 996 Grey                          


Anne Halsey                          

James Hermiston                                            2006 Cayman Blue                          

Thomas Ruck                                                 1990 964 Green                          

Drew Westcott                                  

Susan Wimer                          

Romit Dey                                                       2001 911 Silver                      





Board of Directors
Richard French

GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for March 24, 2013 



In attendance: Kim Garcia, Tom Smith, Carl Switzer, Bubba Gong, John Celona, Michael Griffin, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Paul Larson, Michael, Sherman, Andrew Forrest


Absent: Richard French, Joe Sweis



Meeting called to order at 2:12 pm on Sunday March 24, 2013 in the Quorum Room at Pasta Moon, Half Moon Bay.


No agenda changes - One calendar change - 3/9 tour to be delayed - date tbd


Postmortem of Past events

A very successful autocross was held on March 16 at Alameda, with almost 100 cars participating. A likewise very successful tour was held on that same day with 30 cars and 40 drivers participating. Two Lamborghinis added a bit of spice.


Director's Report



- The Board discussed and reaffirmed the GGR policy regarding payment and reimbursement for club expenses. That policy was summarized as follows: To assure a minimal level of accountability, to provide documentation for the GGR tax returns, and to minimize hassles for club officers, the preference is that club expenses either be paid directly to the payee via check or be reimbursed after the fact with a receipt. When neither of these methods is feasible, the club can make cash advances.  



Vice President - The Vice President reviewed the status of insurance certificates ordered and received for upcoming events.


Secretary - Previous board meeting minutes were read and accepted. Minutes for the current meeting were jointly taken by John Celona and Andrew Forrest owing to the absence of the Secretary.


Treasurer -

The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.  



Competition - A rule proposal form was discussed and the Webmaster agreed to provide tech support for this purpose. The existence and need to use the GGR "landing page" on was discussed. The DEC convenes next month. A process question about the participation of the President was raised [subsequently established that the President serves ex-officio on all club committees]


Membership - 30 new members, 74 renewals, six transfers out and 36 non-renewals.


Social ­- Another tour, perhaps in the Livermore area is planned (TBD). Assistance setting up online registration required and offered.

Webmaster -Raised the concern about the PCA National Calendar not containing significant GGR events.


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 at the President's home.


Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 3:00pm



Minutes for April 21, 2013


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


Absent: Carl Switzer


Meeting called to order at 5:45pm on Sunday April 21, 2013 at John & Bubba's house in San Carlos.


No agenda changes - One calendar change


Postmortem of Past events

3/29-3/31 DE,TT and Club Race at Thunderhill was a resounding success. The event was very well attended with over 80 DE/TT attendees and 50 club racers. There were no on track incidents.


4/14 AX at Marina was also highly successful and very well attended with over 75 AXers.



Director's Report

President - Charity donation from Awards banquet is $6,000. 3 local charities will each receive $2,000. Joe Sweis's resignation as a board member was formally accepted by the board. Michael Griffin, who has been deputizing for Joe has been appointed by the President and unanimously accepted by those present as our new social director to serve out the term vacated by Joe in accordance with the PCA-GGR by-laws.


Vice President - Insurance certificates in place for 5/24-5/25 DE/TT/Club Race at Buttonwillow Raceway. Additionally certificates are in place for 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 9/29 AX at Marina.


Secretary - Previous board meeting minutes were read and accepted. A discussion on the activities enrolled in by active members was led by Richard in preparation for any future web upgrades.


Treasurer -

The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.  


Competition - AX rep for the DEC will be Grady Carter.


Membership - 2473 total GGR members as of March 2013 (53 new & 74 renewed)

Webmaster -Slight increase in web traffic. Facebook reach peaks after photos are uploaded from events. Need to get more AX photos.


Social - Next tour planned for Mines Road in the East Bay on 5/18.



Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm.





Social Report

--by Michael Griffin, Social Director


Hi there all you hyped-up Fun Run drivers! Have I got a drive for you!

This time we're showing some love to our East Bay members by running the famous Mines Road tour, starting "out east" in Livermore. We got rave reviews on this run when we did it last year, so here we go again! We'll meet at Robertson Park (3200 Robertson Park Road, Livermore) in the stadium parking lot. From there we'll drive on Tesla Rd. to Mines Road and take that meandering masterpiece south all the way up to the Mt. Hamilton observatories, for an impressive look over Silicon Valley below. We'll finish the drive in the East Foothills of San Jose at Vito's Famous Pizza. Total Drive time is approximately 2 hours and 68 miles [once you get to Livermore, or course].

Meeting Date: Saturday May 18th, 2013

Meeting Time: 9:30am to sign releases, get map, hear safety info and line up for run.

Drive off time: 10:00am sharp

This will be a great drive, I gar-on-tee. Come out and join us for fun in the twisties, some terrific views from Mt. Hamilton and a satisfying end of drive, eating and drinking while getting to know fellow GGR members at the pizza joint.  

Put this event on your calendar and click here  to sign up. 


Maps and directions will be online.  



Michael Griffin

GGR Social Director  




Joe Sweis Returns to Civilian Life

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, GGR member and retired Social Director


Time to Say Goodbye

Dear GGR Members,


I'm sad to say that this will be my last Nugget report. It has been a wonderful experience rebuilding the Social calendar, hosting fun tours and events, and most importantly meeting great Porsche owners throughout the Bay Area.


I've been MIA since having a baby last November and have realized that at this phase of my life, I need to focus my spare time on the new family and spare change on college savings (I've figure the cost of college to be 1 Porsche/year).


But fear not, I won't leave you stranded. Many of you have met Michael Griffin (White C4S cabriolet) and his wonderful wife Grace at the past several events. He has been the cornerstone (or should I say apex?) of fun for the back road tours. I credit the great roads we've run to Michael Griffin for sharing these roads which he ran during his motorcycle days; as his age has increased so have the number of wheels on his ride I guess. Michael will be continuing the fun of our Social calendar in the meantime and hopefully longer. We also don't want a gap during these gorgeous Spring and Summer months so I'm setting up one last tour and it's a blast from the past: Mines Road to Mt. Hamilton! Date is TBD but within the next month so keep an eye out.


Recurring Social Events:


We still have our regularly scheduled Social Events. The Boxster Brunches at Alice's Restaurant (17288 Skyline Blvd.) in gorgeous Woodside put on by George & Carol Grialou; all Porsches are welcome. Please check the calendar for upcoming dates.


Friday Night Socials are organized by Shirley Neidel to meet at Harry's Hofbrau (1909 El Camino Real) in Redwood City the third Friday night of every month.  No reservations are required but check the calendar and it's best to RSVP with Shirley at , and just drop by!


Again, it's been great getting to know all of you and I will hopefully see you at some of the future events!


-Joseph Sweis

Over and Out




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 or John Seidell at  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!!







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Competition Report

Carl Switzer --by Carl Switzer, Competition Director

Carl will be back with a Competition Report next month. --Ed.

The Power Chef

NE Bike --by John Celona



 The Importance of Balance  


Porsche drivers of course know the importance of a well-balanced car. It is, however, a little more difficult to define exactly what that "balance" is.  


It's clearly more than just 0-60 acceleration time and the lateral G-forces a car can take before losing traction, though those might be the defining terms for sheer acceleration and cornering grip.   


I think balance has rather to do with how all the pieces are put together to create how the car responds to driver inputs and ambient conditions, whether they be throttle, brake, or steering--dry pavement or wet. A front-engine car can either be well-balanced or not (think old versus new Corvette), while a rear-engined car was thought to be a terrible design for balance until the first Porsche came along.


In other words, it's a matter of both what the pieces are and how you put them together. One might think that a mid-engine car (Boxster, Cayman or 914) would be intrinsically better than a 911, yet Porsche keeps aiming to prove this wrong. Porsche notes in it's press release regarding 50 years of the 911 (below in this issue), that two-thirds (!!) of its 30,000 race victories to date were won by a 911. This despite many mid-engine race cars, beginning with the 550 Spyder through the RS Spyder.   


Likewise, balance in one's diet is more than just how much steamed vegetables you eat versus potato chips.  I would suggest it's similarly both a matter of what the pieces are and how you put them together. Let's take the example of Cambozola cheese (below).  


If you've not tried it, it is really good and they have it at Costco. It's made from cow's milk, cream, and the same mold used to make Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and Stilton cheeses. The process, though, combines the creaminess of Brie with a more subtle blue flavor than in these other cheeses.  I love it!


The nutritional content, though, gives one pause. A 1-ounce serving has 120 calories and 12 grams of fat, which means that 12 x 9 = 108 out of 120 or 90% of the calories come from fat. Of this fat, 8 g is saturated. It also has 190 mg of sodium, 4 g of protein, and no carbs or fiber.


(Note: all fats have 9 calories per gram, while all proteins and carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram. Newer labels do the math for you to let you know the percent of total calories from fat.)


How could it be part of a healthy diet to eat any of this great-tasting stuff?? 


 Here's where the balance part comes in. Suppose you combine this with some really healthy (and, in my opinion, also tasty) stuff, like a whole wheat bagel and some sliced turkey breast?


Well, a Thomas' half of a whole wheat bagel has 120 calories and on 1 g of fat, which means 9 ÷ 120 = 8% of the calories come from fat. It also has 49 g of carbs, and 7 g of fiber, plus calcium, thiamin, niacin, iron, etc.


Likewise, a 1-ounce serving of Columbus sliced oven roasted turkey (also from Costco) has 35 calories and 1 g of fat, or 9 ÷ 35 = 26% of calories from fat. Plus it has 7 g of protein (no carbs or fiber). Put it all together and you get 12 + 1 + 1 = 14 g of fat, x 9 = 126 fat calories out of 120 + 120 + 35 = 275 calories, or 46% of the total calories are from fat. Throw in a piece or two of (fat-free) fresh fruit, and this is looking very much like a healthy breakfast.  


The USDA recommendation is for 20-35% of total calories from fat. A piece or two of fresh fruit most definitely gets us to a very health breakfast--including some delicious Cambozola cheese!


This is my philosophy for a healthy diet in a nutshell: put together all the pieces (including some very tasty very fatty ones!) so that the balance comes out right. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains (I only eat whole grains) give you the pieces to work with so you can have a healthy, satisfying, and well-balanced diet. You can't get there with the wrong pieces: e.g., white bread won't get you to a healthy diet any more than cheap tires get you to a well-balanced car.   


Here's wishing you many healthy, great tasting, and balanced meals!    


Bon áppetit!

The Power Chef 


Bagel Morning  


In the spirit of a simple, fast, easy and healthy breakfast, here's how I start many of my days. 


This is what I have for breakfast on mornings when I'm planning on working out an hour or two later. It's fast, easy, and gets you some complex carbs and protein to get you through the most intense gym workout. A piece of fresh fruit to go along would also be great.



The Gist
Toast half a bagel, spread it with a little cheese, and top with a piece of low-fat turkey or chicken breast. Done in about the time it takes to make a cup of coffee!

1 whole wheat bagel
a little cheese (sliced or spreadable)
2 slices of turkey or chicken breast sandwich meat

Toast the bagel halves in a toaster or toaster oven. Spread a little cheese or use a slice of cheese, and top with the turkey or chicken.

Read the paper and watch the sun rise (optional!).
I like to use a toaster oven for toasting because then I can pop the finished bagel back in for a minute or two to melt the cheese and heat the turkey. With the whole wheat bagel and low-fat turkey, the overall package is quite acceptable from a fat standpoint and much lower in fat than a typical breakfast sandwich.

My favorite cheese for this is Cambozola: a spreadable, brie-type soft cheese with bleu cheese flavors. Any of your favorite cheeses would do!





How Porsche Teaches People to Not Suck at Driving
A link to this video was provided by Capt. Mike Sherman. --Ed.

Porsche Celebrates 50 Years of the 911
"The" sports car celebrates a special anniversary

Atlanta. For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and with such genuine continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the Type 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. From the Cayenne to the Panamera, every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe and original Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe

More than 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it one of the most successful sports cars in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: "The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theater or through New York City traffic."

In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its advanced technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their debut in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track. The 911 was committed to the performance principle from the start, and motor racing is its most important test lab. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of Porsche's 30,000 race victories to date were notched up by the 911.

How Porsche celebrates the anniversary

For Porsche, the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car is the central theme of 2013. There will be a wide variety of anniversary events, starting with the "Retro Classics" automobile show in Stuttgart. From March 7-10 the Porsche Museum will ring in the anniversary year with four special exhibits: an early-model 911 Turbo Coupe, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7. This chassis by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.

The company is also sending an authentic 1967 model 911 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this vintage 911 will travel to five continents where it will be shown in places like Pebble Beach, Calif., Shanghai, Goodwood, U.K., Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and interested individuals can follow the car's progress at

The Porsche Museum is celebrating "50 years of the Porsche 911" from June 4 - Sept. 29, 2013, with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the 911. In the spring the museum's own publishing house, Edition Porsche-Museum, will publish an anniversary edition entitled "911x911."

The generations

The First 911 (1963) - Birth of a Legend

As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype was first unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963 as the 901, and renamed the 911 for its market launch in 1964. Its air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 130 hp, giving it an impressive top speed of 131 mph. If you wanted to take things a little slower, starting in 1965 you could also opt for the four-cylinder Porsche 912. In 1966 Porsche presented the 160 hp 911 S, which was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut in late 1966 as the world's first ever safety cabriolet. The semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the lineup in 1967. With the 911T of the same year, and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 liters (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic "ducktail" was the world's first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.
Original Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe 2.0 litre six cylinder boxer engine

The G-Series (1973) - The Second Generation

Ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The G model was produced from 1973 to 1989, longer than any other 911 generation. It featured prominent bellows bumpers, an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States. Occupant protection was further improved by three-point safety belts as standard equipment, as well as integrated headrests. One of the most important milestones in the 911 saga was the 1974 unveiling of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a three-liter 260 hp engine and enormous rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche mystique. The next performance jump came in 1977 with the intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3. At 300 hp it was the best in its class. In 1983 the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC; with a 3.2 liter 231 hp engine, it became a favorite collectors' item. Starting in 1982, fresh air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of the legendary 356 of the fifties.
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe: 3.8-liter six cylinder boxer engine

The 964 (1988) - Classic Modern

Just when automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era, in 1988 Porsche came out with the 911 Carrera 4 (964). After 15 years of production, the 911 platform was radically renewed with 85 percent new components, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle. Its air-cooled 3.6 liter boxer engine delivered 250 hp.  Externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors only slightly, in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, but internally it was almost completely different. The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with sporty performance but also with enhanced comfort. It came with ABS, Tiptronic, power steering, and airbags, and rode on a completely redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the previous torsion-bar suspension. A revolutionary member of the new 911 line right from the start was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model. In addition to Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions, starting in 1990 customers could also order the 964 Turbo. Initially powered by the proven 3.3 liter boxer engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 360 hp 3.6 liter power plant. Today, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are in particularly high demand among collectors.
Original Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe Interior

The 993 (1993) - The Last Air-Cooled Models

The 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the one true love of many a Porsche driver. The remarkably pleasing design has much to do with this. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to polyellipsoid headlights. The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminum chassis. The Turbo version was the first to have a bi-turbo engine, giving it the lowest-emission stock automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. The hollow-spoke aluminum wheels, never before used on any car, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo version. The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at the sports car purist who cherished the thrill of high speeds. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa. But the real reason dyed-in-the-wool Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe: Interior

The 996 (1997) - Water-Cooled

The 996, which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new automobile. This comprehensively redesigned generation was the first to be driven by a water-cooled boxer engine. Thanks to its four-valve cylinder heads it achieved 300 hp and broke new ground in terms of reduced emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. The exterior design was a reinterpretation of the 911's classic line, but with a lower drag coefficient (cW) of 0.30. The lines of the 996 were also a result of component sharing with Porsche's successful Boxster model. Its most obvious exterior feature were the headlights with integrated turn signals, at first controversial but later copied by many other manufacturers. On the inside, drivers experienced an entirely new cockpit. Driving comfort now also played a greater role alongside the typical sporty characteristics. With the 996 Porsche launched an unprecedented product offensive with a whole series of new variations. The 911 GT3 became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, keeping the tradition of the Carrera RS alive. The 911 GT2, the first car equipped with ceramic brakes as standard, was marketed as an extreme sports vehicle starting in the fall of 2000.

The 997 (2004) - Classicism and Modernity

In July 2004 Porsche unveiled the new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997. The clear oval headlights with separate blinkers in the front apron were a visual return to older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style. It was a high-performance vehicle, with a 3.6 liter boxer engine that turned out 325 hp while the new 3.8 liter engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 hp. The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S came with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first gasoline-powered production automobile to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. A model update in the fall of 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers' individual preferences, and with Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models, and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family ultimately comprised 24 model versions.

The 991 (2011) - Refined by Experience

This car, known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911. Already the class benchmark for decades, the new 911 generation raised performance and efficiency to new levels. A totally new suspension with a longer wheelbase, wider track, larger tires and an ergonomically optimized interior - it all adds up to an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience. Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance - even lower fuel consumption, even higher performance. This is due in part to the smaller 3.4 liter displacement in the Carrera basic model (yet developing 5 hp more than the 997/II), and to its hybrid steel/aluminum construction, which significantly reduces curb weight. Other innovations include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the world's first seven-gear manual transmission. The design of the 991 has likewise met with high critical acclaim. With its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours, and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 that has once again succeeded in redefining the standard for automobile design. It is the best 911 of all time - until the next generation.

Changing the Brake Pads on a 2006 Carrera S

Larson --by Paul Larson, Vice President


Welcome Golden gate region members and today were going to change the brakes on a 2006 Carrera S. Find yourself a level place to park a car, get a Jack and some hand tools and were ready to go. As far as difficulty goes, this is a relatively easy project and your biggest amount of work is the actual removal of the tire. The work to change the brake pads is very simple and you will see that in the next few pictures.



Loosen the lug nuts, insert the Jack, and raise the car.



Removed the wheel and this is where were at.


This next picture shows the large pin, the cotter pin, and the spring for the brake pads. The screwdriver is pointed at the Cotter pin. Get a small pair of pliers, grab the cotter pin and pull out. The big pin holding the brake pads needs to be driven towards the inside of the car. Use an old screwdriver like a Philip. Put it on the end of the large pin and hammer it out. The pin should easily push towards the body and release the spring.



Here we have a picture of the parts taken from the brake caliper. The big object is the spring. Then you have the brake caliper pin. And the small item is the cotter pin.



Here is the brake caliper tool that I used. I think I have used this tool for over 30 years. I even think I bought this out of Volkswagen shop long ago.



Take the brake caliper tool, put them against the two pins and squeeze the brake pads apart. It's very important to squeeze the brake calipers all the way to the end. Remember that we are installing new brake pads and we need all the clearance that we can get before installing the new pads.




This next picture shows the new brake pad. Yes, they are the blue pads and those are Pagid blues. I really enjoy the performance of the Pagrid blues and they seem to be very good for DU events. For autocross, I don't see any performance advantage but yet there might be a very slim amount. I also show in this picture the old brake pad that I removed. It is about half the size of the new one. This picture also shows a small pair of vise grips. I used them to remove the cotter pin.



The next picture shows the brake pads coated with anti-squealing compound. I tend to use Copaslip which is a product made by Molly Slip. This product is used for heavy industrial applications and is good for temperatures reaching 4,000°F. Yes, normal brake never achieves those kind of temperatures even in racing conditions but it's always good to deal with the best when it comes to a Porsche. This product is very hard to find and I can only find it on the Internet. When you order it, it comes from the East Coast and usually takes about a couple weeks to get. I find this product such a great product that I use it on all my passenger cars and on my Porsche.



The next picture shows the brake pads pounded into the calipers. Yes you will need a hammer to pound them babies in. Yes everything should work great. I usually install the large pin without the spring to make sure that all the holes are lined up. I then put the cotter pin into the large pin and slide it so that I have the Carter pin pointed in the right direction. The spring is really not that strong of a spring where you can push with your hand and the caliper pin slides very easily. Once the pin is in this position (as shown in this picture) I remove the cotter pin and send the large pin into the caliper.



The next picture shows the cotter pin pushed into the brake caliper pin. I finish out this job by rotating the cotter pin 90° so the cotter pin is pointing up and won't fall out. I have never lost the cotter pin yet, but I always like to point it up to overcome gravity.



The last step is to rub a rag over the red calipers. Any kind cleaning compound on the outside appearance of the brake caliper works. You can use fantastic, WD-40 or any cleaning compound to clean the outside of the red calipers so that they look as good as new. We finish up the job by putting the wheel onto the hub and torque the lug bolts to 75+ foot-pounds minimum. Last thing to do is just repeat the process on the other wheels and you're all done.



Good luck and I hope this helps you in your endeavors with your Porsche.








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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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