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February 2014. Volume 54, Issue 1
In This Issue
President's Message
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Autocross News
Track News
The Power Chef
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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

Happy New Year! 2014 will be a great year for the club. There are 7 DE/TT events planned this year, 3 club races, with potentially a 4th, 9 autocross events at Alameda and Marina, 1 autocross school and numerous social events.


Only one ingredient is needed to make these events a success: participation and volunteers. Events are a success when our members, that's you, show up and make them a success. Our driving events are fun for two reasons. First, there are few things that will put a bigger smile on your face than driving a Porsche the way it was meant to be driven. Whether it is a well executed lap of world famous Laguna Seca or a perfect run through an autocross course, performance driving gets your adrenaline pumping and leaves you with a sense of satisfaction when its done well.


The people in our club are fantastic and the social aspects of a driving event are as much fun as the driving itself. Whether its discussing the right line through a tricky autocross course, the merits of lifting and short shifting between turn 5 and 6 at Laguna Seca, or enjoying dinner and door prizes between track days, sharing adds to the experience. Socializing is fun in its own right and also makes the driving itself more enjoyable. We plan on more social events this year including new member mixers, tours to the wine country, rides through the local back roads, and much more.


In 2014 Parade will be held in Monterey. This is a great way to meet fellow Porsche enthusiasts from all over the country. It is usually sold out a day or two after registrations. Parade is a week-long extravaganza of competitive events, tech sessions, social events and FUN.


Registration begins March 11, and links for registering will be provided on and at that time.


For those of you who are already regular participants at GGR events, I look forward to seeing you again. For those of you who haven't come to an event recently, what are you waiting for? Come to an autocross, drive through the back roads, attend a tech session or take your car on the track. Its fun and a great way to meet other Porsche enthusiasts.




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

Starting Year 10!!

Yup: this is the start of my tenth year as Nugget Editor. I've been told that, if I like, I can make it a lifetime position. Not sure if this is a promise or a threat!

Anyway, if you've the hankering to write an article, feel free to send it along, hopefully with a few photos. Happy to run anything of interest to the members.

Family of the Year

Thanks very much to the club and to incoming President Richard French for naming my spouse Bubba Gong and I Family of the Year. As you know if you've ever attended on of our events or board meetings, my presidency has definitely been a two-person undertaking. Thanks very much to Bubba for the infinite hours he's put in, and for bringing his event directing expertise and the Foothill Repertory Dance Company to making our events some of the best of any Porsche club anywhere. Below is the award.

It's great to know there's room for all sorts of families in the Porsche club. Whether you're air-cooled or water-cooled, there's a place in PCA for YOU! Bubba, CoCo and I say thanks!

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.   


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Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--November 2013  




Primary Members    1,581  

Affiliate Members     1014              

Life Members                 7  

Total Members         2,602

New/Transferred Members - 31 including Affiliate/Family


Sports car magazines: What makes a great car? They write books about that don't they? Is it function, performance, a fashion statement, the aura surrounding a great marque, or merely hubris? Who knows? What drew you to our particular marque? Over the years great cars have arrived on scene to much ballyhoo and then gradually receded...the Ford T-Bird, Olds 442, Jaguar E-Type, Plymouth Fury, the Corvair (!), and others. But most of us have "jonesed" for a Porsche over a number of years only to be held back by finances, family or function. Ask yourself why and tell us as well. Let's hear your reasons, we'd love to know.  


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!  


Logo-wear: The GGR Webstore is online and ready. Locate it on the PCA website at 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 61 renewals this last 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 New/Transferred September Members!


Note: As of early December, GGR is fifth in actual PCA national growth this month! Congratulations to all!

Total: 31 (including 8 Affiliate/Family Members)


John Beall & Chris Tam                           1973 914 Orange

Gautam Bhargava                                    2012 Carerra Gray

Jacob Brown & Rob Carter                      2006 Cayman S Gray

Mattias Cedergren & Fan Wu                  1986 911 Gray

Paul & Susan Curtin                                2008 997.1 Cup White

Bradley & Martha Ford                            1973 911 T Brown

George Gousios                                      1974 914 Green

John Green                                              2014 Cayman S Blue

Wing Kwan                                               2014 Cayman White

Brian Lee                                                  2012 Carrera Black

Ferenc Makra                                           2000 Boxster S Silver

Steven Moats                                           2009 911 Black

Sukesh & Anesh Mohan                          2012 Carrera Blue

Charles Moldow                                       2013 Cayenne Black

Manjesh Nilange                                      2011 911 Black

Marc Poirier                                             1996 911 Red /2013 911

Sabryna Studzinski & Lynn Perry            2005 911 Turbo Blue

Bryon Zimpfer                                          2010 911 Black

John Green (CCC)                                   2014 Cayman S Blue

Devin Holmes (NE)                                  1984 911/1986 911

Wing Kwan (CW)                                      2014 Cayman White

India Mullady (LTR) & Ulrick Matsunaga  1995 911

Manjesh Nilange (CAI)                            2011 911 Black



Congratulations to our December 2013 Anniversary Members!


On this anniversary of your PCA membership, the GGR Board would like to thank you for your commitment to PCA and to the Golden Gate Region. You are among the 2,500+ GGR members from more than 15 countries. As the bedrock of this organization, long-time 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 a member and thank you again for your commitment to GGR. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.


*Special Note: Last month, we neglected to mark the 25th anniversary of our member Ed Saadi who has been a PCA member since November 1988 in the Potomac Region, NY Metro region and now in GGR. Belated congrats to Ed!


20 Years - 1993

David Alles                                                    1976 912E                          

Larry Chappel                                                1970 914

Michael Vadvilavich                                       1997 993


15 Years - 1998

John Gallie                                                     1986 911

John Tavernetti                                               2003 996 C2 Black                    

Susan Zimmerman                                                    


10 Years - 2003


Willard Garrison                                

GeorgeGrialou                                               2003 Boxster S                      

Bryan Kypta                         

Selva Naidu                                                   2012 991 Gray

Dimitrios Prountzos                                       1985 Carerra                      

Erik Smith                                                      2006 Carrera S                      

Erika La voie                                                  


5 Years - 2008

David Bunch                          

Irene Foster                            

Hamed Sajjadi                                               2007 997 GT3 White                        

Barbara Schroeder                              

John Tomlin                                                    2007 911 997 S Silver                

Julie Tomlin                           


Board of Directors

GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for January 24, 2014  


--by Bill Benz, Secretary 



Call to Order

            Newly-elected President French called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Redwood City.


            All members of the 2014 Board, except for one of the two Autocross Chairpersons and the Track Event chairperson who were to be appointed by the Board were present. The Board was joined by Bern Beecham. He was the sole member of the public to attend this meeting which is GGR's annual public meeting.


            As a preliminary item of business, President Frenchy made of record the results of the December 2013 election - He was elected President, Larry Adams was elected Treasurer and Bill Benz was elected Secretary. In addition, The Bylaw amendment that was also on the ballot replacing the position of Competition Director with a Track Event Chairperson and an Autocross Chairperson passed in the election and was ratified by the Board. The Board appointed Tim Smith to the position of Track Event Chairperson and Andrew Blyholder and Elaine Macey as joint Autocross Chairpersons.


            Agenda Changes - None   


            Calendar Changes - Dates for the next three Board meetings were proposed - February 19, March 19 and April 23.


Postmortem of Past Events

            The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and the annual Awards Banquet were well attended and were under budget.

            The last autocross of 2013 had a good turn out

            The final track event of 2013 was sold out.


Directors' Reports

            President -   Attended the Zone 7 Presidents' meeting. A topic of discussion was increasing the use of social media to communicate with members. PCA National's several event subsidy programs were also discussed.


            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for the next upcoming autocross.        Treasurer - The Treasurer's report, which included a summary of financial matters for all of 2013, was delivered and accepted. The Treasurer reminded the board members to send him budgets for 2014.


            Secretary - Nothing to report.


            Social - The Social Director has organized an informal social committee which is putting on a series of events. A Mines Road Tour and a visit to the Littlefield tank museum are planned.


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


            Autocross Chairperson. - The 2014 Series is shaping up. No major changes are foreseen.


            Webmaster - Budget submitted, No issues foreseen.


            NUGGET Editor - The Editor asked for all submissions for the February NUGGET to be sent by January 25. The Board unanimously expressed its appreciation to John Celona for his ten years of service as the Editor of the NUGGET and all the improvements he has made.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.   



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Autocross News


--by Andrew Blyholder, Autocross Co-chair  



Not much to report in the autocross world. The cones are all deep in hibernation. The timer in taking a much needed break simply counting sheep rather than seconds. And the loner helmets are all working their off-season job at a scooter rental shop in Maui.


But preparations are already under way for the upcoming season. First and foremost, the schedule has been negotiated and set with our Alameda and Marina venues:


March 29th, Saturday, Alameda
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


Please note that our opening date has changed from the first publication of the schedule. The original date conflicted with both Loma Prieta and Redwood Region's opening events. They will both start their series on March 22nd. So you can blast off the cobwebs at either of those events first, and then come out to our opening day the following weekend, tuned up and ready to race.


Baby needs a new pair of shoes! If you use race tires or R-compound "stickies" for your autocross car, now's the time to get your order in. Like many of the finer things in life, great food, great wine, and first class air travel, once you've tasted the phenomenal grip of stickes, it's very hard to ever go back to street tires. Consider me hooked. But whatever your choice, get'em mounted and come on out to play March 29th.






Track News


--by Tim Smith, Track Chair 



"A quick update on the PCA GGR Track program...

Has it really only been two months since our last track event at Laguna Seca?  Seems much longer.  It's good to have a bit of an off season to catch up with family and friends, of course, and to get our cars ready for the next season.  Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we are blessed to have such a long season for track driving and for the proximity to such great tracks to enjoy our sport.

We've just finalized the PCA GGR 2014 Track Series, outlined below.  We're very excited about the upcoming season, including 7 DE events and 3 club races at our usual venues: Thunderhill, Buttonwillow and Laguna Seca, plus Sonoma Raceway (Sears Pt).  

2014 PCA GGR Track Series
Mar 15-16  Sonoma Porsche HPDE run group (this is a NASA event, not PCA or GGR)
Mar 29-30  Thunderhill DE / CR
May 10-11  Buttonwillow DE / CR
Jun 21-22   Laguna Seca DE
Jul 12-13    Thunderhill DE
Sep 6-7      Thunderhill DE / CR
Oct 25-26   Sonoma Porsche HPDE run group (likewise, this is a NASA event)

That's right; a chance to drive with your buddies at Sears Pointt!  We've heard from many of our DE drivers that they'd really like to drive Sonoma, having not been there for a few years, so we've worked out a way to get us back there.  These Sonoma events will be hosted by a fellow club, NASA, but there will be a Porsche-only HPDE run group substantially following GGR rules.  For the March event we'll have one run group so this event will be for experienced drivers only--no instruction will be available.  For the October event we'll be able to accommodate beginners and experienced drivers.

We're also very excited about our June DE event at Laguna Seca.  This event will be the weekend following Porsche Parade in Monterey.  With so many Porsches in the area for Parade (800+), it will be great to host a DE at this world famous race track.  

For you Club Racers, we're happy to be offering 3 exciting club races this year at Thunderhill and Buttonwillow.  At press time we're still working to nail down a Laguna Seca Club Race.  More to follow on that.

As many of you know, Thunderhill is expanding their track, adding an entirely new section.  We're working with them to utilize the new track for at least one of our events this year.

That's all for now.  For you Track enthusiasts, stay tuned to the website for announcements when registration is open for these events.

See you at the track!

- Tim

Tim Smith
PCA GGR Track Chair



The Power Chef

NE Bike --by John Celona




 A Great Idea Picked Up        



As I was perusing my stack of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, I came across an interesting article: Your Guide to Lifelong Fitness. In it, they described four elements of fitness:
  1. Cardio exercise: the heart of the matter
  2. Strong muscles: more power to you
  3. Stretching, the truth
  4. Balance matters 
Zounds! Just about matches my fitness pyramid (below), but they put in balance instead of coordination and left off any sharp mind.


 I could certainly see that it should probably be "balance and coordination." You need both, and many activities which build one also build the other. For example, driving autocross or on the track is just great for your balance and coordination! And you didn't think there was a direct fitness benefit to it...


Okay, so it is arguable that the stack of PhDs and MDs in Berkeley came it with this list themselves instead of copying my pyramid. It is nice, though, to see the idea v

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alidated by an authoritative source. More details on the fitness pyamid, of course, in my book! Including my 3 secrets of Power Fitness. Not secrets if you buy a copy! 





A New Book! A New Author Page!

Odds Bodkins! 


In addition to completing the cookbook over the last few years, I had previously banged out a science fiction novel which has been just sitting since I put aside "The Great Quest to Find An Agent"--several hundred solicitation letters later.


Well I mentioned this to a friend of mine who's a science fiction buff and he kindly volunteered to read it. Then returned the verdict "I really enjoyed it!", along with a manuscript he marked up for the typos. I took this as a sign.

So, now that I have all the self-publishing plumbing set up, I decided to go ahead and publish this, too. It's now available in the Kindle version on Amazon and in the iTunes Bookstore for the princely sum of 99 cents, with all proceeds donated to the SPCA. The cover is on the left (did it myself!), and it's a link to the Amazon page.
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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.  


Also, I just set up my new author page on Amazon. Click the link below to take a look:   


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


New recipes posted on the Facebook page! 


Read on for a brand new signature recipe! 


Bon áppetit!

The Power Chef 


Lobster Bisque         


For our Annual Holiday Open House party, I decided to develop my version of a Lobster Bisque: packed chuck full of lobster flavor, but HEALTHY too! Word got around at the party that folks should start with the bisque and a whole big pot of it just disappeared! Easy to make, so good and good for you, I think this one crossed the line to become a new signature recipe.




Knock someone's socks off with this! They won't mind!
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A big lobster (or several smaller) gets cooked, leeks and cauliflower are simmered in the broth and puréed, then white pepper, cumin, fresh tarragon, saffron, sherry, tomato paste and a little butter finish it off. That's it! So good AND Healthy!

1 6-lb. lobster or several smaller
1 tsp. salt
2 leeks, cleaned and sliced
1 head cauliflower cut into pieces
1 tsp. fresh ground white pepper
1 tsp. cumin seeds, roasted and ground
2 Tb fresh tarragon, minced
1 tsp. saffron
1/4 cup sherry or white wine
1 12-oz. can tomato paste
2 Tb butter

Place about a gallon of water in a pot big enough to hold the lobster(s) with the teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, add the lobster head first and cook until bright red (6-8 minutes for a 1 pounder, 15 for a 6 pounder). Flip over part way through if your lobster doesn't fit entirely under the water. Remove the lobster and let cool. If you're doing multiple lobsters, you may want to cook them one at a time.

Add to the water the leeks, cauliflower, white pepper, cumin, tarragon, saffron and sherry. Let simmer with the cover off (to reduce the broth) until the vegetables are very soft.

While the vegetables are cooking, remove the lobster meat from the shell.

When the vegetables are very soft, remove them with a slotted spoon and purée in a food processor.

If you have time, add the lobster shells back to the broth and continue to simmer for another hour or so. Remove the shells.

Taste the broth to see if it has a nice concentrated lobster flavor. If not, continue to simmer and reduce it.

Add the puréed vegetables and tomato paste to the stock. Stir thoroughly to disperse the tomato pasted. Add the butter and serve, or keep warm till ready to serve.

This bisque keeps quite well warmed over and is still wonderful reheated.


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

As always, thanks for reading.
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