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| --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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|Letter from the Editor |
--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
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!
--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 email@example.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
ConradHauser 1982 911 SC
20 Years - 1994
Waymond Ho 1996 993C4 White
Gary Matuszak 2001 911 Carrera
Rich Slevin 1960 356 Gray
Michael Whelan 1987 944
15 Years - 1999
Demick Boyden 2004 BoxsterS
Litko Chan 1999 911 Carrera Black
Tracy Hanson 1999 Boxster
10 Years - 2004
Neal Daneman 2008 BoxsterS Gray
RobertIcard 1987 928 S4 Black
SidneyKaufmann 1997 911 Carrera White
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
Steven Carlson 1989 911 Carrera Blue
Richard Diehl 1970 911S Silver
John Grisham 2000 911 Carrera Zenith Blue
Wiley Hodges 1988 911 Carrera
Steve Lefczik 1985 911 Carrera Gray
Grady Means 1968 912
Dean Rizzi 2006 911 Carrera Silver
Gordon Thurber Seth Weissman 2009 911 Carrera
Board of Directors
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.
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.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
--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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
--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
Mar 29-30 Thunderhill - DE / TT / CR. Click here
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!
PCA GGR Track Chair
The Power Chef
--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
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.
Click me to Look Inside!
Note that the cookbook is available in both paperback and Kindle versions, while the novel is Kindle only
Click Me to Look Inside!
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:
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New recipes posted on the Facebook page!
Read on for a perfect recipe healthy living recipe that's better than any pill!
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!)|
Boiled, diced potatoes and blanched green beans are sauteed in stages with three bowls of spices. Yum!
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
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!
This dish can be prepared ahead (cook it a little less), then reheated quite nicely over low heat or in the microwave.
Monterey Parade Info!
Registration is opens April 1! Click below to register! (You will need to log in to the PCA web site:
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 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.
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 email@example.com 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.