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October 2013. Volume 53, Issue 8
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
The Power Chef
Mona Lisa Restoration Reveals Early 911
Job Opening at PCA Galactic HQ
Jake's Words of Wisdom to Andrew
Escape to Los Angeles
PCA Club Race at Buttonwillow
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From the Wurst Wing  
celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President

Save the Date: Sunday, December 15th at 5:30 pm for Joint Board Dinner / Volunteer Appreciation Day             

Every year we thank the outgoing and incoming board members and event chairs and the volunteers who help out putting on club events with our Annual Joint Board Dinner / Volunteer Appreciation Day. This INVITATION ONLY  event is the least we can do for all the folks who go the extra mile to organize and put on club events rather than just participating (which we also appreciate!).

An email will be going out soon to the board members and event chairs asking for the names of these hardworking folks (you know who you are!). An email invitation will be going out by the end of the month.

If you think you should be on the list, please mention it to one of the board members or event chairs (they're listed here). If you'd like to be invited to this great annual event, join us in one of the many, many, many club positions available. It's even more fun to organize events than to attend! (That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.) We even have openings for autocross chairs (next section).

Bi-annual Autocross Chair "Game of Chicken" Commences   
First of all, thanks very much to Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey for the outstanding job they're done as autocross chairs (3 years now for Chris and 2 for Elaine). With their terms complete, it's now time to put some new autocross chairs in the harness.

Hence the Bi-annual Autocross Chair "Game of Chicken": we need two people to step forward, or there won't be any autocrosses next year!

Thankfully, Chris and Elaine have done a great job of implementing a team-based approach which greatly reduces the demands on the autocross chairs. Email Chris for details.

The benefits of being an autocross chair are almost too many to list, but I'll try:
  • The undying gratitude of your fellow autocrossers
  • An automatic invitation to our great December Volunteer Appreciation Day
  • Unequaled public speaking experience at the mandatory Drivers' Meeting before each event and a chance to promote your world view
  • Intoxicating power at being able to assign people to run groups and take a lap any time you feel like it
  • Unrivaled respect and deference from your fellow autocrossers
  • A vote on all important Board Decisions 
  • Great annual thank you gifts
  • Very good chances at getting some sort of award to impress at the office

See? I said it was a long list!  


Don't delay! Now that the word is getting out, your chances of getting one of these plum positions is going down by the minute! Email Chris before it's too late! 

Bylaws Change: Autocross and Track Chairs to be Board Members
As I mentioned last month, as part of this year's election, we will be asking the members to vote on a bylaws change to make the autocross and track chairs voting board positions and to eliminate the "middle management" position of Competition Director. (See, we're not only engineers, we're "re-engineers"!) Below is the text of the proposed change so you're ready when you receive your ballot.

Proposal to amend the GGR bylaws.
  1. Eliminate Competition Director as an elected position and remove from Article VII of the bylaws.
  2. Add two new elected positions to the board: Autocross Director and Track Director and add the position descriptions below to Article VII.
  3. Amend Article VI Section 2 to replace "nine (9) elected" with "ten (10) elected".
  4. Amend Article VI Section 9 to include the sentence: "In the event of a tie vote the President may cast an additional vote to break the tie."

Autocross Chair (Director)
  1. To develop a suitable schedule of Autocross events for all members.
  2. To compile and enforce autocross rules under which these events are conducted. Rules for events shall be established as specified in the GGR Rule Books. These may also require coordination with the Track Chair.
  3. To schedule autocross events. Said schedule subject to approval of the Board of Directors.
  4. To negotiate for and procure suitable sites.
  5. To coordinate with the track chair, other GGR organizations and other PCA clubs in connection with conducting and participating in events.
  6. To jointly procure competition awards with the Track Chair.
  7. To appoint with approval of the Board of Directors such Special Committees as necessary to carry out the above.

Track Chair (Director)
  1. To develop a suitable schedule of Track events (Driver Education, Time Trials, Race) for all members.
  2. To compile and enforce track rules under which these events are conducted. Rules for events shall be established as specified in the GGR Rule Books. These may also require coordination with the Autocross Chair.
  3. To schedule track events. Said schedule subject to approval of the Board of Directors.
  4. To negotiate for and procure suitable sites.
  5. To coordinate with the autocross chair, other GGR organizations and other PCA clubs and other organizations in connection with conducting and participating in events.
  6. To jointly procure competition awards with the Autocross Chair.
  7. To appoint with approval of the Board of Directors such Special Committees as necessary to carry out the above.
Subject a wee bit of further word-smithing, this proposal will likewise be put to the members for a vote in the coming election. If you have some particular thoughts on this, feel free to email the Board.

Driving Season Goes Into the Home Stretch

Only one more track event this year, and it is perfectly timed to avoid having to help out with Thanksgiving preparations:

Date                                  Location                                       Events

November 24, 25               Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca    Driver Education/Timed Runs

Registration for this event is now OPEN! Click here to register!

But, we actually still have TWO autocrosses to go! Cowabunga!

Date                 Location            Event

October 19         Alameda           Autocross #9 
November 16     Alameda           Autocross #10     
I was at the last autocross and did quite well following my usual rule of only paying attention to the delta (my times got faster!) and ignoring the absolute numbers. Oh, well. 


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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--August 2013  




Primary Members    1,562  

Affiliate Members     1,009             

Life Members                 7         

Total Members          2578

New/Transferred Members - 41 including Affiliate/Family


A few thoughts: Wow, the new Proceedings magazine is out and its redesign makes it easier to read and a lot more interesting. Good format and a good start on refurbishing an old design. BTW, does it remind you of another Porsche pub? We'll see how it goes.


Concourse and Road Rally. Good show by Carlsen on the concourse...lotsa food and many stunning cars, especially when the road guys pulled in! We're glad that they're the GGR sponsor, they do quite a bit for us, but then I keep buying their great cars, so we're even! Good to see so many members involved!


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 next to your PCA logo!  


Didja get your shirt yet? The GGR Webstore is online and ready. Locate it on the PCA website at Just log in to create an account and get shopping.


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


Mail Me! We'd also like you to sign up for the e-mail Mailing List so you'll receive up-to-the-minute club info pushed to you. Go to the mailing list at to sign up; expect a confirmation email from


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


Thanks to our membership we had 85 renewals this last month. Well done and all the best, Capt. Mike


Welcome to Our New/Transferred August Members!

Total: 41 (including 11 Affiliate/Family Members)

Zan Aronowitz                                           2011 911 Turbo Gray

William & Nancy Baily (CAI)                      2005 Carrera S Gray

Gary Blake (CCC)                                      2001 911 Blue

Martin & Thomas DeMond                        1983 911

Werner Gerola                                           2002 911 Silver

Grant Heitman                                           2008 987C Yellow

Arthur & Rebecca Homan                         1961 356B White

Christopher & Joshua Hook                      2013 Cayenne Black

Sherman Hsieh & Ting Yang                     2004 GT3 Silver

Tiffany & Ilija Jaksic                                   2004 Carerra 4S Gray

Paul Jung   (CCC)                                     2013 Cayenne GT Silver

Rob Kuhling                                               2012 911

Abhijit Madhugiri & Shilpa Anand (CCC)   2010 911 Black

Nicholas Mann                                          1986 944 Turbo Purple

Jeremy Messer                                          2003 911 Silver

Adam & Cristina Neill                                2014 Cayman S Yellow

John Neuhalfen                                         2013 911 Red

Thomas Reese                                          2003 Boxster S Silver

Gray Rollin (CCC)                                     2001 911 Black

Hans Steiner                                              2012 Boxster SP Silver

Robert Titus (CCC)                                    2007 Cayman Purple

Charles Thuchinda & Lynn Tuchinda Peng2014 Cayman S Blue

Adam Velarde                                            2001 911 Blue

Christopher Wetzler & Albert Li                  2013 911 C2S Blue

James Yawn                                               2011 Cayman S Silver

Paul & Jeff Funston (LPA)                         1997 911 2S Blue

Chris Furia                                                 2010 997GT3 Gray

Sharon Neidel (RED)                                1994 968 Silver

Andrew Lee (CW - Canada West)            1998 Boxster

Roger Nelson (DIA)                                   2014 Cayman S Brown



Congratulations to our August 2013 Anniversary Members!


40 years - 1973

StevenScott                                                1989 Carrera 4 Velvet Red                


20 Years - 1993

Gary Du Haime                                            1987 944

Patti Jensen                

Hubert Lee                                                    1994 930

Kathleen Sablan                     

Colm Campbell                                             2005 GT3                            


15 Years - 1998

Nikolaus Becker                                 

Jeffrey Berkes                                               1974 911 White                          

Monte Hill                                                      1970 911                                       

Matt Powell                           

Roger Quiring                                               1958 356        


10 Years - 2003

Elwood Johnson                                             2003 Boxster                        

Janice  Lucena            


5 Years - 2008

Joseph Crittenden                              

John Jefferies                                                1976 911

Elwood Johnson                                            2003 Boxster                        

Janice Lucena             


Board of Directors
Richard French

GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for September X, 2013 


--not by Richard French, Secretary 


In attendance: None Who Will Admit To It 


Absent: Decorum




Whereas the regularly scheduled monthly Board Meeting was not held; and

Whereas a number of directors convened surreptitiously to consider matters of grave importance; and


Whereas we need to remember what we decided before denying having done so; 


Now Therefore: the following matters are herehence resolved as forthwith described:


Board meetings shall henceforth be held in the location described below, which shall be kept in the strictest confidence:



Board members' monthly compensation shall be determined in exact adherence to the following formula:


(club bank balance) ÷ [(Number of Board members) x (number of months remaining in term)] 


Board meeting times and locations shall remain undisclosed.


The identities of Board members shall not be disclosed.


The Meeting Minutes shall be neither recorded nor disclosed.  


All Board members shall utterly deny that any of this ever happened or was decided.


There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was





The Power Chef

NE Bike --by John Celona






 First Video UP!      





Well, I had the good fortune to be one of the authors asked to speak at "Authors for Literacy," a fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Foundation, and the second good fortune that someone was there to videotape me.

With a little (lot!) of editing, I have the first segment up where I do a little introduction and then a live demonstration of my super great and easy coffee recipe--with a volunteer from the audience?

Did she like it or not? Was it one of those very embarrassing live moments?? You'll just have to look for yourself! Below is the link to the YouTube video on my channel.
"Authors for Literacy" presentation (Part I)

If you'd like the recipe in written form, search for "John Celona The Power Chef" to find the ebook in the iTunes bookstore or the paperback or Kindle versions on Amazon.
Click me to Look Inside!

 Or just click the cover image to the right to go to the Amazon listing, where you can also "Look Inside!" 


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


At the "Authors for Literacy" I had sample of my likewise super great and easy barbecue steak recipe for people to try. It was very funny seeing peoples' reactions as they made their way down a table laden with books and suddenly came to a large tray of BEEF.

I was set up next to a poet and joked that I should write and "Ode to Beef." She laughed, so then, of course, I decided I should actually write it!

Now you see why I wrote a cookbook and not a book of poetry!



Ode to Beef   


Whither Oh Angus


No more of cloven hoof
Have lost thy Vigor
Yet Vigor thy gives me still
By the Bite
I mourn your passing
But cannot dwell in melancholy
Thou I would wish for a world
With all Life respected
We dwell not there
Hence Respect
And wishing you bucolic pasture
In the Ever After


Bon áppetit!

The Power Chef 


Tomato Vinaigrette Pasta      


Here's one last recipe for those great summer tomatoes, given a little extra KICK from canned fire roasted tomatoes. Easy, great, and no cooking! (Except for the pasta).





The Gist
A simple vinaigrette of canned tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil, parsley, olive oil and vinegar gets tossed with pasta, shredded chicken breast, green beans, toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh tomatoes. Top with grated cheese and EAT!

Vinaigrette Ingredients
1 28-oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1 red onion, minced
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 c fresh basil, roughly chopped
1/2 c fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
4 Tb red wine or balsamic vinegar
2 tsp salt
1 Tb fresh ground black pepper

Remaining Ingredients
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 lb whole wheat linguine
1 lb green beans
1/2 cup grated mixed Romano and Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cups fresh yellow tomatoes, some halved and some whole
2 cups fresh red tomatoes, some halved and some whole

Start some salted water boiling while you mix together all the vinaigrette ingredients.

Toast the pine nuts into a skillet over medium heat till just lightly browned, then remove from the pan so they don't burn.

When the water is boiling, add the linguine and cook following package directions just till al dente. When the pasta is about done, toss in the green beans, give a good stir, then drain all on a colander.

Toss the vinaigrette in with the pasta. Add the chicken, pine nuts, and cheese and give a final toss.

Enjoy warm right away or at room temperature later.

Whole Foods has a very good whole wheat linguine that's very reasonably priced (only $1.19 per pound! Go figure.)

You can do all red wine or balsamic vinegar, or half of each.

Also very good with cooked shrimp in lieu of or in addition to the chicken.



European Autotech
Please note new web site:
Mona Lisa Restoration Reveals Early 911

Shocked officials at the Louvre disclosed that a routine cleaning of the Mona Lisa revealed what appears to be a Porsche 911 in the painting. Pending fluorescent dating of the paint, art historians are not sure if Leonardo da Vinci in fact created the original design of the 911, or if it was quickly added and then covered up by Ferdinand Porsche when he was an art student.

When asked to comment, Porsche AG released this statement. 

Given the sophistication of French technology as embodied in automobiles and security systems (notably, the Maginot Line), it would have been trivial for an engineer of Dr. Porsche's brilliance to defeat the security system and add the image. If he in fact did so, clearly this makes the work much more noteworthy and valuable as a result. In contrast to 911s, none of the machines da Vinci designed in fact remain on the road today.


Job Opening at PCA Galactic HQ
Please share with those that may be interested:

Full-time position available with Porsche Club of America
PCA's National Office is looking to hire a Digital Media Coordinator! Our newest team member will develop and deploy PCA's digital media. She or he will actively engage members, potential members, and guests via web and social media-not only to increase awareness about PCA but also to build a passionate online community to support the traditional PCA grassroots programs.
PCA's Digital Media Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day content management on as well as its social media outlets and other electronic initiatives. Tasks include brand management, daily content updates (website copy, videos, social media, etc.), content development, and site maintenance. This person will interact with PCA staff, volunteers, and others throughout PCA and Porsche community to locate content that will enhance the online experience of members and guests.
Job Title: Digital Media Coordinator
Location:  Columbia, Maryland
Education Required:  Four-year degree, Journalism or English a plus
Experience Required:  At least two years in online media
For more information, click here:


Jake's Words of Wisdom to Andrew
This just in from a friend of mine............
(Jake is well known in this race group as he has won ALL the awards!)

Begin forwarded message:

Jake giving Jeff's son Andrew words of wisdom before his first race, "race hard and remember you have no friends"


Escape to Los Angeles


PCA Club Race at Buttonwillow


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

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