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April 2014. Volume 54, Issue 3
In This Issue
President's Message
Letter from the Editor
Letter to the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Autocross News
Track News
The Power Chef
Golden Gate Relay
Monterey Parade Info!
An Opti-Coated Porsche
Concours Prep School
Porsche Corral at Laguna Seca
Concours on Campus
Niello Zone 7 Concours
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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President's Message   
Richard French --by Richard French, GGR President

 

What an amazing month for the Golden Gate Region. We started the month with a 33 car fun run from Livermore to the top of Mount Hamilton via the twisty Mines road and ended in San Jose for a pizza lunch.

 

By the middle of the month we were at Sonoma raceway as a part of NASA's Porsche only Driver Education run group, two days of blind corners, major elevation changes and lots of fun as 28 Porsche's took the track. There were many other PCA members at Sonoma that weekend participating in NASA racing events.

 

The Friday night social at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City brought a few members together to discuss their Porsches, what to do and who to meet at Parade in Monterey this year, as well as to request volunteers for the zone 7 life saving charity (Organs R Us) relay on May 3/4. The relay will go through GGR territory on its way to Santa Cruz. For details please contact Paul Seidel-Smith at porschepaul77@gmail.com.

 

Just a week later we took to the road again as 22 cars journeyed from Hollister to Coalinga in another fun run down CA-35. Magnificent green scenery, twisty roads, new friends and great camaraderie was had by all.

 

As the month ends we held another two events. Our first Autocross of the year held in Alameda, during a torrential rainstorm, which is a blessing for California - and makes the Autocross fun while drenching the volunteers. The second event was the DE, Time trials and Club Racing event held at Thunderhill raceway.

 

Overall we had a very successful month. I personally try and make it to every event, but had to miss Thunderhill. If you come out to our events, please find me and say hello - we have a lot going on at the club this year, let me know what you'd like to see more of, less of, or in addition to.

 

Remember to sign up for Parade. Registration opens on April 1, 2014.

    
 

 

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

Article in Panorama!

Normally, all our news that's fit to print goes in The Nugget first. However, there's a very special project I've been working on that we've had to save for Panorama. Thanks very much to Panorama Editor Pete Stout for all his help with the article, including the information he obtained from Porsche AG. Pete also sprung for a professional photographer for the photo shoot. Nope: I'm not going to tell you what it's about. You'll have to check out page 88 of the March issue of Panorama for yourself!


Pete and I have also discussed potential future articles, so more may be in the works. Got to love getting into print!

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:


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  

John:

OMG, I talked myself into another Porsche, a '96 midnight blue C4S. Now in the barn is a red 356, a white 3.2 Carrera, and a blue 993!

How patriotic is that???? This insanity must stop!



:-)
Rick Z

 



Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director

 

GGR Regional Summary

December 2013 / January / February 2014 

 

 

 

Primary Members    1,619

Affiliate Members    1,034              

Life Members                  7  

Total Members         2,660

                                               New/Transferred Members --total: 29 including Affiliate/Family

 

Makin' Bacon: There's a new Porsche on the horizon and it's called the Macan. OK, it doesn't rhyme with "bacon." I'm told it's called the "Mah-caan." It's an Indonesian word meaning "drive me fast over small rocks." OK, that's not right either. But it is Indonesian and it means "Tiger." Probably ought to mean "Lil Tiger" but all in all it's yet another golden goose in the Porsche stable...I know, mixed metaphors, but you know what I mean. This isn't an Audi Q5; its DNA is more 911 than Cayenne! Its running gear, PDK w/paddles standard (from the 911), 4-wheel drive (from the 4S), engines (MacanS w/3.0L V6 twin turbo 340 HP and Macan Turbo w/3.6L 400 HP), and on an on, are all pure Porsche. It starts, like all Porsches with a base price that becomes supernatural when you add options. Porsche has built special facilities, added 1300 or so workers, and expects to produce 50K units this year! It's already on sale in Europe and coming this summer to America! Here's a report from Top Gear re the Macan Turbo:

 

"If you're after a sporty, five-seat crossover and you've got the cash, go for it. Even with its merely stubbly chest, this is the best-driving SUV in the world right now, feeling more mechanical than the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, more deeply engineered than anything from BMW, Audi or Merc. Not to mention faster than the lot. Yes, the Macan is more SUV than sports car, but it's quite an SUV."

 

 

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!  

 

Badges: Member badges will be provided free to all those members/affiliates who RSVP and attend "new member" social events. Otherwise, member badges are available for a small fee through Spotlight Impressions in San Mateo. The badges feature the GGR logo, your name and a convenient magnetic clasp. The cost is $12.00 for the badge plus shipping.   To order your badges fill out the form on our website at http://www.pca-ggr.org/membership/badges and email back to Spotlight Impressions at sales@spotlightimpressions.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 56 renewals over the past 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 walks/bike rides I'm always looking for that unaffiliated Porsche.

 

Cheers and all the best, Capt. Mike

 

Welcome to Our 29 New/Transferred February Members!

Ken Ajuria                                           2014 Boxster Silver

Simeon Boyd                                      1993 911-964 Purple

Jon Burt                                              2011 Boxster S Silver

Bryan Crawley (CCC)                         2010 Panamera Blue

Hernan Eguiluz                                   2011 Cayman Silver

Roger Griffith (MBY)                           2006 Cayenne White

Brian Haske & Melissa Busse            2002 Boxster Black

Laura Hull & Joel Sacks                     2003 911 Carrera Gray

Juei Kao (GCT)                                  2014 GT3 White

Cynthia Luckenbach (DIA)                 2011 Carrera Gray

Alvaro & Patricia Mendez                   2012 911 Turbo White

Brad & Sharon Nelson                        2014 Cayman Black

Michael & Tiffany Neumeyer (SEM)   1976 912E Green

Charles Prooth & Marcy Ratliff           2011 Cayman S Green

Klaus Rainer & Anita Chan                2013 911 Carrera Black

Andrew Sims                                      2014 Cayman S Black

Manuel Solis                                       2002 Carrera Black

Eric Thune                                          2013 911 Carrera Silver

George Wang                                     2004 Carrera GT Silver

Douglas Woolverton                           1999 Boxster Silver

Shannon & Jerry Yeo                          2007 Cayman S Black

 

Congratulations to our March 2014 Anniversary Members!

 

NOTE: Due to my diminished mathematical skills, one multi-Porsche owner-member enjoying his 35th anniversary in February inadvertently was left off the list: Dave Croom - (1958-356 Cab, 1983-944, 1995-993, 2002-996). Mea culpas to Dave and belated anniversary wishes!

 

For this month's recipients, the GGR Board would like to thank you for your commitment to PCA and to the Golden Gate Region on this anniversary of your PCA membership. You are among the 2,600+ GGR members from more than 15 countries and represent the bedrock of this organization. Committed members such as you continue to make us one of the largest and most recognized regions in the PCA world. We are proud to have you as members and thank you again for your commitment to GGR. We look forward to mingling/racing with you in the years to come.

 

45 Years 1969

Douglas Wong                                   1968 912

 

35 Years 1979

Mark McLaughlin                                1970 914-6 Silver                        

JosephRossi                                       1969 356                                       

 

30 Years 1984

Richard Conway                                 1974 911

Jane Croom                

ConradHauser                                   1982 911 SC                        

 

20 Years - 1994

Waymond Ho                                     1996 993C4 White                          

Gary Matuszak                                   2001 911 Carrera                   

Norma Nocera                        

PascaleSchepmans                             

Karen Selven                          

Rich Slevin                                         1960 356 Gray                          

Michael Whelan                                  1987 944        

                              

15 Years - 1999

Demick Boyden                                  2004 BoxsterS                    

Jennifer Boyden                                 

Litko Chan                                          1999 911 Carrera Black                          

Tracy Hanson                                     1999 Boxster                                                          

 

10 Years - 2004

Candice Ako                          

Neal Daneman                                   2008 BoxsterS Gray                          

RobertIcard                                        1987 928 S4 Black                          

SidneyKaufmann                               1997 911 Carrera White                          

Kathy Langsam                                  

Steve Lau                                           1987 911Carrera White                          

Mark Thomas                                     1969 911T                                                           

Randolph Townley                              2001 996T Gray                          

 

5 Years - 2009

Carlos  Alvarez 1                                998 911 Carrera Grey                          

Patrick Butler                                      2009 911 CarreraS Silver                        

Ifen Carlson                           

Steven Carlson                                   1989 911 Carrera Blue                          

Richard Diehl                                      1970 911S Silver                        

John Grisham                                      2000 911 Carrera Zenith Blue                    

Gustina Ho                            

Wiley Hodges                                     1988 911 Carrera                                                              

Linda Kolstad                        

Steve Lefczik                                      1985 911 Carrera Gray                          

Tracey Lefczik                                   

Grady Means                                      1968 912                                       

Dean Rizzi                                           2006 911 Carrera Silver                        

Margaret Robbins                              

Gordon Thurber                                 

Seth Weissman                                    2009 911 Carrera                    

 

European Autotech
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Board of Directors
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GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for March 19, 2014  

 

--by Bill Benz, Secretary 

 

 

Call to Order
            President French called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto residence of our Social Director, Mike Griffin.
 
            Attendance was very good.  Most aspects of the Board were represented. The Autocross and Track Event  Chairs were not present but supplied the President with written summaries of activities in their areas. The Board was  joined by guests Linda Adams and  Bern Beecham.  
 
Agenda Changes - The President asked that we discuss our rule charge process.
Calendar Changes - None.
 
Postmortem of Past Events
            The President thanked the Vice President for his efforts attempting to organize a New Member Social during the past month.  All involved agreed to postpone the Social.  
            The Mines Road Tour had 40 people in 33 cars greatly enjoying themselves.  The tour organizers would like to put on additional  events and would be aided by about $300 of car-to-car radios.  The Board authorized  this purchase.
            A number of Board members took part in the  March 15-16 Drivers Education event put on for us at Sonoma Raceway by NASA.  All reported that there was great cooperation by everyone involved.
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Directors' Reports
            President -     PCA National Club Racing Group is working on setting up a Western Region Club Racing Series.  

 

            Vice President - Insurance  certificates are in place for:
            The  March 29 Autocross
            the March 29-30 Driver's Ed and Club Race
            the April 19 Autocross
            the April 26, Tour to the Littlefield Tank Museum.
            A Certificate has been ordered for the March 22  Hollister to Coalingqua Tour.

 

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

 

            Secretary -  Minutes of the February meeting were presented and approved.

 

            Social - The Social Director reported on the the Mines Road Tour.

 

            Membership -  .  A list of new members was presented and approved.

 

            Autocross Chairperson. - The Trailer is ready to go

 

            Webmaster -  We may want to upgrade our internet announce capability.  The Webmaster will present his advice  at a future meeting.

 

            NUGGET  Editor -  The Editor asked for all submissions for the March NUGGET to be sent by March 23.
 
Topic for Discussion.
The next board meetings are scheduled for 5/21 and 6/25.
 
Our sponsorship arraignments were discussed.

 

A number of pledges have been received and will be followed up on .  The Board discussed  its policies concerning listing of sponsors and publicity for sponsors and  unanimously reaffirmed   its policy of having a single  master list of active sponsors  to be listed at as many as  GGR events as possible.
 
The President pointed out that our process for amending our rules, especially for Autocross and Drivers Education events is fairly time dependent and that we need to begin working on this.
 
Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.



 

 




Autocross News

 

--by Andrew Blyholder, Autocross Co-chair  

 

 

Autocross Volunteers Wanted

 

PCA is largely a volunteer run organization and the GGR Carlsen Porsche Autocross Series is no exception. Many small efforts by a host of members combine to make the series happen and run smoothly. In this article I'd like to mention an opportunity for increasing your contribution, and hopefully also, your fun.

 

In order for an autocross to get a smooth start and have the course set up and everything ready to run by 9 am, a small group of dedicated members show up at 7 am, when the gates open, to jump right into the registration, course set up, and timing trailer set up processes. We call these our "Core Workers."

 

About a week before the event, an email goes out the Core Worker list asking for volunteers for the key setup jobs:

            5 for course setup

            3 for tech inspection

            2 for morning gate security and waivers

            Afternoon gate security

            Worker check-in

 

Positions are filled first-come, first-served, so being quick on the draw is key to getting a favorite position. All these jobs satisfy your work obligation for the event. And all but afternoon security and worker check-in allow you to completely fulfill your work position before the cars start running, leaving you free to enjoy the rest of the event without any further work obligations. Sweet deal, right!

 

So what's it take to get on the Core Worker list? What we're looking for is simple reliability. We need you at the gate promptly at 7 am, no excuses. If life throws a curveball, an emergency comes up, that's fine, just either arrange your own replacement or let us know immediately so we can get a replacement. When a hundred or so other members are showing up for an event, expecting it to run smoothly, we owe them our best efforts.

 

If you feel you can live up to that expectation, then you're in. Drop me a line at autocross@pca-ggr.org and we'll get you on the list!


 

Autocross #1 Report - A Wet and Windy Day

 

The rain held off long enough to get the course built but just as the cars started running, it started coming down in earnest.   But that doesn't stop real autocrossers. We just slog through.

Amazing how many folks it takes to run the trailer on a rainy day!

 

After the morning runs, all the rational people bailed and it was just down to about 20 hard-core addicts. But that was just enough to run the course, so afternoon runs proceeded. And just like the forecast said it would, the rain slacked off, allowing the times to drop significantly.

 

Does the cone count if knocked over by your splash? Yes indeed.

No surprise that the top time of the day was set in a four-wheel drive car. Isaac Acks in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X took that honor. Most of the usual zoomy race cars stayed home in the garage, so Top Porsche time came in the AX06 class by Steve Lau in his 2006 Cayman S. First in PAX was taken by Andrew Blyholder, running his'74 914 street car on street tires rather than the open 914 race car he usually drives. Top Ladies time went to Sayuri Grieshaber in her turbo 2007 Cayman S. Her husband, David, was stoked at the end of the day too, sitting third overall, behind just Acks and Lau.

 

A very wet President gives the green flag for the cars and the rain to go away!

 Here's the schedule for the rest of the year: 

 
April 19th, Saturday, Alameda
May 24th, Saturday, Alameda
June 28th, Saturday, Alameda (Autocross School on Sunday, Jun. 29th)
July 19th, Saturday, Alameda
August 16th, Saturday, Marina, Zone Event (LPR hosts on Sunday, Aug. 17th)
September 21st, Sunday, Marina, Zone Event (LPR hosts on Saturday, Sept. 20th)
October 18th, Saturday, Alameda

November 15th, Saturday, Alameda

 

 

 



Track News

 

--by Tim Smith, Track Chair 

 

 

Here's the 2014 season, for your scheduling convenience:

GGR 2014 Track Season
Mar 15-16  Sonoma - DE (w/ NASA).  Click here to register.
Mar 29-30  Thunderhill - DE / TT / CR.  Click here to register.
May 10-11  Buttonwillow - DE / TT / CR
Jun 21-22   Laguna Seca - DE  (following Porsche Parade)
Jul 12-13    Thunderhill - DE / TT (5 mile track!)
Sep 6-7      Thunderhill - DE / TT / CR (5 mile track!)
Oct 25-26   Sonoma - DE (w/ NASA)

For all you DEers and Club Racers, note that we will breaking in the new 5 mile track at Thunderhill at our July DE/TT and September DE/TT/ Club Race events!

We're also very excited to be hosting a DE at Laguna Seca in June following Porsche Parade in Monterey.

See you at the track!

- Tim

Tim Smith
PCA GGR Track Chair

 

 







The Power Chef

NE Bike --by John Celona

       

 

 

 The Medical Profession Discovers Food          

 

 Regular readers of this column are familiar with my Radical Theory of Health Care: that the entire "health care" industry (doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.) is misnamed. It should be called "Injury & Disease Care" because that's they really do: intervene in and treat injuries and diseases. Real "health care" is diet and exercise, and if people did more of the real health care they'd need less of the disease & injury care, and have better outcomes when they do need it.  

 

Sounds simple, but it's radical stuff. The implication, which I follow myself, is to seek medical attention when you have a disease or injury that's not resolving itself (most do) and, in the meanwhile, forgeddaboutit. Preventive healthcare? That's a workout and an apple. Other columns have dealt with emerging evidence that standard prescriptions for "preventive healthcare" (PSA tests, colonoscopies, etc.) may not be all that helpful and may actually do more harm than good.  

 

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal recounts how the medical profession is signing on to at least part of this. The article discussed the Healthy Kitchens/Healthy Live conference, which is a joint project of the CIA (!), Harvard School of Public Health, and the Samueli Institute. It bring together doctors, registered dieticians and nutritionists, educators, healthcare professionals and chefs--all for a focus on healthy and delicious food.  

 

I'll share with you one choice paragraph from the article:

 

Dr. Eisenberg co-founded the program as "a place where nutrition scientists could teach medical providers what they need to know about which foods we should eat more of, or less of, and why," he said. "And, based on scientific evidence, chefs [translate] that into demonstrations on how to prepare healthy, delicious, affordable, easy-to-make dishes." For him, the continuity between food and medicine is obvious and practical. "It is not my view that the right question is 'How do we replace drugs with foods?' The premise of this conference is 'How do we help people move in the direction of a healthier lifestyle and diet, to prevent illness or manage illness that's already occurred?'"  

 

I think they're singing my song!

 

Of course, the whole purpose of this column and my cookbook is sharing my thought on preparing healthy, great-tasting food that you can stay on. It's not a diet! People go on funky diets of various sorts, lose weight, then regain it when they go off the day (as everybody does at some point). I try to share with you all great food that you can keep eating every day, year in and year out--which is what I do!

 

Great to see that the medical profession is waking up to at least part of this approach. Now if we could only get people to see that regular exercise is far more important than regular visits to the doctor! 

 

 

All My Stuff
Authors for Literacy Presentation (Part II)
Authors for Literacy Presentation
(Part II)





Here is the second part of my presentation at the Authors for Literacy fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Foundation. In addition to the intro and presentation, there's some fun footage at the end. Check it out for yucks.

 

 

 

Of course, both the cookbook and the science fiction novel are on Amazon, with all proceeds donated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I feel very grateful to have been successful enough in my career that I can indulge my "hobby" of writing and donate the proceeds to a very worthy cause.

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Note that the cookbook is available in both paperback and Kindle versions, while the novel is Kindle only
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 Both books are also available in the iTunes Bookstore. Sorry, no hard copy yet for the novel. Email me if you're interested in one and I'll set that up.  

 

In addition, I have an author page on Amazon with more stuff there. Click the link below to take a look:

 

https://www.amazon.com/author/johncelona   

 

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

 

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

 

New recipes posted on the Facebook page! 

 

Read on for a perfect recipe healthy living recipe that's better than any pill! 

 

Bon áppetit!

The Power Chef 

 

Spicy Indian Green Beans and Potatoes           

 

I recently had a great catch-up lunch with a few of my "Decision Analysis Mafia" buddies from way back. In honor of my friend Dave who is a vegetarian, I created this great vegetarian recipe--great for a vegetarian entrée or hearty side dish. For the photo, I started with the Western Tenderloin recipe (page 196), but used a whole pork loin instead and added 1 Tb. of granulated onion for a hint of sweetness. Enjoy!

 

 

Skip the Pork Loin for vegetarians! (But it sure was good!)
The Gist
Boiled, diced potatoes and blanched green beans are sauteed in stages with three bowls of spices. Yum!

Ingredients
2 lbs. fresh green beans, cut in 2" pieces
3 lbs. red potatoes, cut in 1" cubes

4 Tb. vegetable or peanut oil

1/2 tsp. asafetida

First spice bowl:
5 tsp. whole cumin seeds
1 tsp. whole fenugreek seeds
5 tsp. whole black mustard seeds

Second spice bowl:
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
5 Tb. sesame seeds

4 Tb. butter

Third spice bowl:
1 tsp. tumeric
3 tsp. salt
2 Tb. fresh ground black pepper
4 tsp. amchoor powder

Method
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the potatoes. Cook until just tender (about 15-20 minutes).

While the potatoes are cooking, combine the spices in separate bowls as listed and have them ready by your stove.

When the potatoes are done, remove them with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add the green beans to the same water and cook for 1-2 minutes (bright green and still crisp). Pour the beans and water into a colander and let that same pot dry out.

Add the vegetable oil and heat over medium high heat till hot but not smoking hot. Add the asafetida, give a quick stir as it sizzles, then add the first spice bowl. Stir until you get a browned and toasty smell from the seeds (not burnt!). Add the second spice bowl, and stir till the sesame seeds are likewise toasted. Add the potatoes and toss thoroughly.

Add the butter and continue to toss the potatoes over medium high heat until a spicy crust starts to form on the potatoes (5 minutes or so). Turn down the heat if anything starts to burn.

Add the beans and toss thoroughly till the beans are hot and well coated with the spices. Add the third spice bowl, give a thorough mix, then turn off the heat. Done!

Notes
This dish can be prepared ahead (cook it a little less), then reheated quite nicely over low heat or in the microwave.


 







Golden Gate Relay

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Monterey Parade Info!

Registration is opens April 1! Click below to register! (You will need to log in to the PCA web site:

  

http://www.pca.org/Activities/Parade/Register.aspx  

 

 

Monterey is the site of our 59th Porsche Parade, to be held this June 15 through 21, 2014. This is PCA's annual extravaganza of competitive and social events. Only minutes away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, we'll be treated to drives on the famous Pacific Coastal Highway, to some of California's legendary vineyards, and through the hills and valleys of northern California. Of course, Parade has a long history of friendly competition and that will continue this year with the always challenging Concours d'Elegance, TSD rally, autocross, and the tech-quiz.

 

Registration

 

Registration will open on April 1st (new date!), and there will be a link to register on pca.org and parade2014.pca.org. This Parade will be very popular, but we will accept ALL entries. We can accommodate all entrants for each of the banquets and all competitive events, as well as most activities. Tours on some days will sell out, however.

 

Upon checking out of Parade registration, you will receive an email with the link to our host hotels and discount codes. We have blocked rooms at five area hotels, and we do expect hotel rooms to fill up quickly.

 

Questions!

 

If you have questions regarding Parade, please consult the Parade website at Parade2014.pca.org. If you are unable to find your answer there, email Kathleen Behrens, Parade Registrar at registrar@pcaparade.org or call  503.579.3423  (please leave a message).

 

 

 

An Opti-Coated Porsche

It's all in the details! --by Keith Thompson

 

Here is a beautiful '72 911 T undergoing paint restoration by Cullen Wetmore of Diamond Car Care Systems. The paint on this classic had two issues: one, it was badly scratched, and two, it suffered from a paint condition known as "shrink". Shrink is a condition caused by layers of paint applied (when the car is painted) without allowing enough time in between coats. When this occurs, solvents become trapped within the paint strata to be out-gassed over time causing the outer surface to take on a fine wrinkled look similar to "orange-peel" but on a smaller scale.  To the eye, shrink makes images reflected in the paint appear very hazy. This condition was corrected with a comprehensive, multi-step program of treatment beginning with wet-sanding, and ending with several polishing steps resulting in the sparkling, mirror-like surface it deserves. It's more involved than that, but the important thing is the car goes through a complete transformation.

 

Here are the before pictures:

 

 

 

Opti-Coat pro is the leading edge protection for your cars' paint. It is a hard wearing (h9), ceramic clear coat for superior resistance to scratching, as well as chemical etching from pollution, tree sap, and bird droppings. Opti Coat Pro has better chemical resistance, scratch and mar resistance, and release properties than any other automotive paint coating in use. It provides permanent protection for all modern factory paints. Opti-Coat Pro is not a paint sealant that will wash or erode away, it bonds with the paint with cross-linking polymer technology that is significantly harder than the paint it is protecting. Since Opti-Coat is 100 times thicker than wax or traditional sealant, (it actually adds 2 to 4 microns of measurable thickness) it can absorb damage that would otherwise affect unprotected factory paint. Opti-Coat Pro must be applied by trained professionals. 

 

Here are the in-process photos:

 

 

And, lastly, here's what the car looked like finished:

 

 

Cullen and his business partner Keith Thompson work on cars for the Blackhawk museum, numerous award winning automobiles for the Pebble Beach Concours, and many rare and valuable collector cars that are privately owned. Go to www.diamondcarcaresystems.com or call (408) 561-3859 for more information.

 

 

 

Concours Prep School

Porsche Corral at Laguna Seca May 2-4

Concours on Campus

 
Niello Zone 7 Concours

 

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

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