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March 2014. Volume 54, Issue 2
In This Issue
President's Message
Letter from the Editor
Porsche Pet RULE!
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Autocross News
Track News
The Power Chef
Golden Gate Relay
Monterey Parade Info!
PCA 912 Register
Concours on Campus
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

Welcome to The Nugget, the email newsletter of the Golden Gate Region, Porsche Club of America.
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CoCo tries on one of her green outfits as she debates what to wear on St. Patrick's day. She's a little concerned that the plaid is more Scottish and Irish, but likes the way the bow and pleat flatters her hips. We're holding firm on no new Kitty Couture till Easter!

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

I'd like to thank everyone who made it to our annual awards banquet on January 4th, at Club Auto Sport in San Jose. Special shout out goes to Michael Griffin for organizing the event and being our master of ceremonies.


This event is our annual opportunity to recognize those that achieved some amazing times, driven well and totally enjoyed the time trial series and the autocross series. It is also where we recognize club members whose voluntary contributions throughout 2013 have been outstanding.


The awards for 2013 are:


Family of the Year - for the family who tirelessly contributed to the club throughout the year. John Celona and Bubba Gong.


Competitive Event of the Year - was awarded to Tim Smith and Kim Garcia for the club race with SCCA at Laguna Seca.


Social Event of the Year was awarded to GGR social director Michael Griffin for all of the amazing drives he organized.


The Don Lang Award, presented annually to the GGR member who most exhibits the spirit of good sportsmanship and service to the Club as shown by Don Lang, in whose memory the award is presented. This year it goes to Craig Lisowski.


The Don Matthews Memorial Award, presented annually to members who most represent the enthusiasm and spirit of Don Matthews. This year the award was presented to Paul Larson.


Lastly, GGR's greatest honor is the Perc Bliss Award, named in honor of GGR's first president. It is awarded annually to the member(s) who made the greatest contribution to the club over the past year. This year, we were very pleased to present it to Andrew Blyholder. Andrew's contribution to making our Autocross series stand out as one of the best in the country, his enthusiasm at each auto cross event and his dedication behind the scenes all contributed to his selection.


Some amazing door prizes were provided by Carlsen Porsche.


For those of you that missed this great event, there is always next year. For photos, please check out the GGR Facebook page.  




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

Changes Coming to The Nugget!

Thanks to the efforts of webmaster Andrew Forrest, we're getting closer to a new version of The Nugget which will be better integrated with the web site. The new version will be a one-pager of brief summaries with links, just like the PCA ebrake news. In addition, the current sections of The Nugget will each get their own section on the web site so you'll have an easy place to go look of past membership reports, board minutes, etc.

Should be great. We can't wait! Probably a few months off till rollout.

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.   


Porsche Pets RULE!  

Here it goes a picture of my new Cayman S in Chantilly (30 miles
from Paris/France where I am living temporarily)  with all options as PDK,
pallets x steering, 20" wheels, sport, etc   and I am very satisfied across
the board.

And my dog, Pablo.

Luiz Fuchs
PCA 3796 member of 25 years++


Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary

December 2013 / January / February 2014 





Primary Members    1,611  

Affiliate Members     1030               

Life Members                 7   

                                               Total Members         2,648

New/Transferred Members - 2-month total: 74 including Affiliate/Family


The 918 Spyder: It redefines the term "hybrid," it's off-the-mark acceleration is likened to a carrier launch in a F-18 Hornet (been there, done that), drips beauty from every angle, and has a price tag that only "The Donald" would love.Oh yeah,stand by for the most ebullient, enthusiastic, bombastic, over-penned, over-praised articles that have ever graced the pages of our super-slick auto mags...with the exception of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson's fatuous ramblings and ingrained dislike for all things Porsche! Unfortunately, he may be the most influential man in motor sports right now. If the new 918 can't win him over, then truly his bias will be uncovered. Take a look at the April 2014 issue of Excellence with the 918 Spyder on the cover. But - before the desire, craving, aspiration and salivation for one overcomes you, check out your bank balance...base price = $845Gs! Did you want floor mats too? Doncha love it? But what the 918 does for the rest of us unwashed masses, is the advancement of technology that exists solely in this car, and will someday be implemented in our future, more "mundane" Porsches. And that's the real value of this baby. So lust if you will, but just wait a bit, you're next 911 might just be voltified!


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 and email back to Spotlight Impressions at











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 138 renewals over the past two months! 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 85 New/Transferred December/January Members!

Total 32 (including 8 Affiliate/Family Members)



James Bosco                                           2014 Cayman S Black

Geoffrey Allen                                          1987 911 Blue

Miguel Andrada                                        2004 Cayenne S Tan

Franklin Chan                                           2010 Cayman S Black

Honkai Chang                                          2006 911 Blue

George Chrisman III                                 1985 GIFT

Bruno Delagneau & Jenifer Mitchell         2012 911 S Gray

Paul Fisher                                                2014 Cayman Gray

Eric Hautemont & Bernard Gallet              2013 Panamera Blue

Akihide Inoue                                            2014 Panamera S Blue

Chunping Li                                               2007 Carrera S Silver

Mark Peterson                                           2011 Spyder Black

Brian Picarello                                           1997 Cayman S Black

Kan & Anne Pulli                                       1999 911 Red

William Sakaguchi & Erica Chong             1982 911 SC White

Nawien Sharma                                          2009 911 Black

Chris & Madaline Shearer                          2014 Cayman White

Nir Szilagyi & Ana Lopez                           2013 Boxster Blue

John Thompson                                         2011 Carrera 4S Black

Maxwell & Rachelle Thompson                 2012 Carrera S Gray

Logan Wolf                                                2014 Boxster S Silver

Paul De Martini, (ORC)                            2007 997T Black

Brian Picarello (CCC)                              1997 Cayman S Black

Timothy Smith (RED)                               2004 911 Turbo Red

Robert & Cheryl Ways (DIA)                   1974 914



Total 53 (including 18 Affiliate/Family Members)


Martha Alvarez                                        2014 Cayman Red

Colin Au                                                   2010 Carrera 4S Black

Henry Bandet                                           2014 991 GT3

Shashi Batra                                            2014 Carrera S Gray

Teo Cervantes & Melissa Diaz                 2012 911 Blue

Joseph Cheung                                        2014 Cayman S White

Glenn Chiou & Patricia Fong                   1977 Turbo Carr Black

David Colbert                                            2004 968 Blue

Sandeep Degala                                       2009 Cayenne Gray

Chris & Sarah Doan (CCC)                       2006 911 Black

Victor & Debra Early                                 1996 911 Red

Rohit & Sara Garewal                               2011 Spyder Red

Magnus Gille                                             2014 Cayman S White

Kui Hwang (CCC)                                      2012 Carrera S White

Steve Johnson & Josephine Chien (CCC) 2005 Boxster Blue

Albert & Sussan Jones                               2006 Boxster Black

Victor Kan  (CCC)                                       2007 911 Gray

Manuel Leonardo                                       2006 Carrera S Gray

Joshua & Lauren Lippman                         2012 Carrera S Black

Liu, Phillip & Wenlin Chen                         2014 Turbo S Silver

Tony Lucia (CAI)                                        2014 Boxster S Gray

Matt Manolides (LPA)                                2013 Carrera S White

Nolan Mattox & Miguel Mattox                 1998 Boxster Silver

Patel Dipal & Kara Park                            2007 GT3 Black

Abraham Rahey                                        2014 911 50th Gray

Jordan Rode (CHS)                                 1988 911 Carrera Blue

Peter Rothe                                               2007 911 Gray

Dirk Schneider                                          1999 911 Silver

Mark Strahs & Hanna Wang                     2000 Carrera

Eric Thune                                                2013 911S Silver

Craig & Aaron Todd                                  2010 GT3 White

Richard Yang & Denis Lee                        2008 Boxster S Silver

Runzhong & Meng Zhang                         2003 Boxster Red

Frank & Tom Amoroso (RMT)

Clemson Chan & Mable Tsang (LPA)      1997 Boxster Silver

Steven Hogge (SVR)                                1988 911 white

Robert Lee & Jie Cheng (CTV)                1986 944 Gray

Tex Otto (LA)                                            2012 Cayman R Black

Eddie Wong (CTV)                                   2005 911 Gray


Congratulations to our January/February 2014 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.


25 Years 1979

Lester  Slusser                                               1970 911                              

Herbert Hoeptner                                           1982 911SC                          

Manfred Sappler                                            1970 911S              


20 Years - 1994

Marie Chappel

Juliet Vadvilavich


15 Years - 1999

Kristi Chiocco                                                 1986 944

Victoria Koepnick                  

Michael Lee                                                    1983 928

Scott Mylius                                                    1985 944

Christopher Cestaro                                       2007 GT3                            

Trygve  Isaacson                                            1998 Boxster                      

Judy Jung                   

Maria Lee                   

Ross Lindell                                                    1999 Boxster                        

Patricia Rosenberg                 


10 Years - 2004

Thomas Engelsiepen                                       2004 Boxster S                                                      

Eric Fajardo                                                     1978 911 Yellow                        

Ted Floyd                                                         1989 911                                       

Carol Grialou                         

William Marlow 1991944                                    

Michael Nettleton                                            1989 944                                       

JosephPacheco                                               1985 911                                       

Apostolos Saatsoglou                                     1995 993                                       

Alexander Ako                                                 1986 911                                       

James Cullen                                                   1973 914                                       

Colleen Fajardo                                  

Dayna Floyd                          

Richard Kunnath                                             1987 911                                       

Andrew Lee                                                     1998 Boxster      

Marlene Nettleton                             

Beverly Pacheco                                

Jonathon Simmons                                          2001 Boxster Gray        


5 Years - 2009

Michael Bonner                                               1968 911 Ivory                          

Linda   Ensel                          

Molly  Heekin                        

Jon      Rich                                                     1979 911 SC Black Metallic                

StevenRooks                                                   1999 911 Black                          

GerardSullivan                                                 2000 Boxster Blue                          


Paul Zak                                                           2007 Cayman S Arctic Silver                  

Karen  Baumer                                    


Edward Cox                                                     2009 997                                       

Danielle Devoe                                   

John Phillips                                                    1984 911 White                          

John Smith                                                      2007 Cayman S Gray                    

Christopher Trailer                                          2005 911 Seal Grey                      


Wesley Wolking                                 





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Board of Directors

GGR Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes for February 19, 2014  


--by Bill Benz, Secretary 

Call to Order
            President French called the meeting to order at 6:20 p.m. at  the Palo Alto  residence of Social Director, Mike Griffin.
            Attendance was outstanding.  All aspects of the Board were represented.  The Board was  joined by guests Linda Adams and  Bern Beecham.  PCA's Zone 7 Representative, Paul Czopec from Nevada Region, also was in attendance .
Agenda Changes - None          Calendar Changes - None
Postmortem of Past Events
            The Boxster Brunch, hosted by Carol and George Grialou, was its usual success.

Directors' Reports
            President -     At the upcoming driving event at Sonoma Raceway, GGR members will be the guests of NASA (National Auto Sport Association), the organization putting on the event.


            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for the  February 23 Mines Road Tour and the August 26 tour to visit the Littlefield Tank Museum.  Certificates will be ordered for the next autocross and the March 29-30  DE/TT/Club Race at Thunderhill.        


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


            Social - The Social Director reported that the Mines Road Tour may have 30-40 participants.


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


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


            Webmaster -  No issues foreseen.


            NUGGET  Editor -  The Editor asked for all submissions for the February NUGGET to be sent by February 23.
Topic for Discussion.    The Treasurer presented a most complete and precise budget for 2014.  It was accepted with appreciation.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.   



Autocross News


--by Andrew Blyholder, Autocross Co-chair  



Our first autocross of the year is fast approaching on March 29th at Alameda. For those of you who have never been to an autocross, I thought this month I'd try to give you a taste of the fun and how an autocross works.


Late model or classic, you simply can't explore the ture limits of a Porsche in a safe manner on city streets. Autocross is a great way to explore those limits in a safer environment: speeds are limited, no other cars nearby, and nothing to hit but rubber cones. If you overdo it and spin, you'll just scrub a little rubber off the tires and scatter a few cones, no harm done.


Any large, smooth patch of paving will do for an autocross course. We currently do most of our events in Alameda, using of the decommissioned navel airstation runways. Our other venue is Marina Airport on an old airplane parking pad left over from the military use of that site. A twisting course is set up with orange traffic cones and then outlined with chalk. The course is intentionally set to emphasis handling rather than top speed, a continuous linking of corners and slaloms usually. True straights are rare and brief. Average speed is in the 35-45 mph range and peak speeds do not exceed normal highway speeds. For those with a competitive streak and just to monitor your progress, an electronic timer with beacons at the start and finish is set up to record times for each car.


Each event begins with a mandatory Drivers Meeting, in which the basic rules, running procedures, and safety issues are reviewed. First-timers are asked to raise their hands,, warmly greeted, and then paired with an instructor that will ride along with them and make sure they get off to a good start. GGR is lucky to have a deep pool of very experienced autocrossers, so the quality of our instructors is second to none.


We divide the drivers into three run groups, designated Red, Green, and Blue. One group drives their cars on the course, the second group acts as course workers and runs the timing equipment, and the third group watches the spectacle and get ready to run their cars next. We cycle through the groups once in the morning and once in the afternoon, each run group getting about an hour of run time and 4 to 6 runs on the course per cycle.


Cars are run on the course one at a time, at 20 to 30 second intervals. That gives enough space between cars that if a car spins out or has a problem, there is sufficient time and space for the course workers to flag down the following cars, slowing them to prevent any mishaps.


The site gate opens at 7 AM and a setup crew starts assembling the course and timing equipment. A registration table is set up those who didn't register on-line, and stays open until the start of the Drivers Meeting at 8:30 AM. First car out on the course is +/- 9 AM. Cars run continuously until around 4:30 PM. Then it's clean up the course, pack up the trailer, and the start of waiting for the next time to do it all over again.


So what do you think? Ready to give it a try? Coming into a turn fast, standing the car on its nose under breaking, feeling the bite of that weight on the front tires as you turn in, the car rotating into a nice drift as you tighten down to the apex, then feathering in the throttle, pushing that drift to the outside cones at the exit - it's a satisfying and addictive rush. Hope to see you out there!


Here's our complete schedule for the year:


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



Track News


--by Tim Smith, Track Chair 



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

For all you Track enthusiasts, we're getting ready to kick off this year's Track season with our inaugural event at Sonoma Raceway March 15-16.  We're running a Porsche only run group as part of this NASA event, and are very excited to be getting our drivers back to Sonoma.  There will be plenty of track time with a small run group, camaraderie with your fellow P-Car drivers, and the world famous Saturday night NASA barbecue, so come on out and join us.  Porsche Racing Club will be competing at this event also, and they always put on a good show.  Registration is open now at

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




 Why Track Driving Really Is Like Dancing         


 As GGR Student Orientation Chief Instructor Chuck Kolstad tells students, driving is like dancing. You don't want to move your partner around suddenly or upset them.


Well Chuck, in my opinion you couldn't be more right, and I'd actually like to expand on that point a bit. I'd sort the skill areas into several buckets. 


First, there's data processing. For myself and possibly a few other people, the first time out on the track can be total sensory overload. Your car feels very different at speed and the g-forces are very different. You're trying to acclimate yourself to the new sensations, interpret them, and then (hopefully!) act on them in an appropriate manner. There's also visual data overload: learning the track, where you are on it, the locations of other cars, and even what the corner workers in the towers are doing. Plus maybe keeping an eye on the track surface, where a patch of dirt may suddenly appear from one lap to the next if someone has gone off pavement and tracked some dirt back onto the track. It's a lot of information to process.


And it's pretty equivalent to a dance performance. You're trying to keep track of what you're doing, what the other dancers are doing, where you are on stage, and negotiating ever changing and very bright lights which make it hard to see. Not to mention not running into the light trees, falling off stage, or tripping on the curtain wings. Plus where you are in the number and the music.


Then there's the whole aspect of 3-D visual memory: knowing where you are in three dimensions so you remain oriented and know where you want to go. It's pretty similar between driving on a track and dancing on a stage. These are all learned skills you get a lot better at with practice.



The last part is the physical coordination and what's called "muscle memory." You first need to consciously learn what the required movements are (steering, braking and throttle versus turning and leaping), then get to where you can do them almost automatically. In dancing, this means learning the choreography so well you can do the dance from muscle memory and instead focus on the performance. With driving, this means being able to routinely process the inputs required to get the car around the track on the right line and be able to refine how you get through a corner or where your braking points are. All this while constantly processing the streams of visual and sensory data telling you what's going on.

When it's all put together, you can drive a lap on the track in your head and actually "practice" that way. Likewise, you can rehearse a dance number in your head before a performance.

Personally, I think my dancing made it much easier to get comfortable driving on the track. Likewise, I think getting better at processing the track (and autocross courses) has made it easier for me to remember dance choreography. It's all about quickly programming your muscle memory to do what you want.

A new way to train race drivers? Well, maybe and maybe not. Still fun to think about as we all try to be better drivers!

New Stuff!
Authors for Literacy Presentation (Part II)
Authors for Literacy Presentation
(Part II)

First of all, my second YouTube video is up! This is the second part of my presentation at the Authors for Literacy fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Foundation. The intro is a bit different, and there's some new 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:   


 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 perfect recipe for the Oscars this weekend! 


Bon áppetit!

The Power Chef 


Hawaiian Pizza          


In the spirit of Wolfgang Puck and his Hollywood pizzas, following is my recipe for a delicious and healthy version of Hawaiian pizza. Perfect for turning your Oscar night into a gourmet performance!


More than enough Aloha to go around!
The Gist
The sauce is chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh garlic, salt and pepper. Any kind of mild cheese works. The toppings are chunks of ham and pineapple.

1 recipe pizza dough
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
8 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
generous dash of red pepper flakes
3 cups of grated, mild cheese (mozzarella, provolone, jack, or a mix)
3 cups diced ham
3 cups pineapple chunks (about 2 cans)
1 bunch fresh basil, roughly chopped

Place your pizza stone in the oven and start the oven preheating to 450ºF.

Make the dough and let it rise (or use purchased dough).

Drain the juice from the diced tomatoes, then combine them in a bowl with the garlic, salt, pepper, half the basil and red pepper flakes. Mix well. Reserve the remaining basil for garnish.

Grate the cheese. Chop the ham. Open and drain the pineapple chunks.

Divide the dough into three or four equal-sized hunks (we'll assume 3). Place the remaining two back in the dough bowl. Roll out one hunk into a circle on a floured pizza peel. Roll the dough to around 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick. The first few times through, making the dough a little thicker makes it easier to handle.

Fold up and pinch the edges to make an edge. Give the peel an occasional shake back and forth to make sure the dough isn't sticking.

Brush the crust with 1 tbs. of olive oil (this helps keep it crisp). Spread 1/3 of the sauce over it, then 1/3 of the cheese, then 1/3 each of the ham and pineapple.

Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone. A little back and forth shimmy-shaking does it for me.
Bake the pizza for 8-12 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the toppings are hot and bubbly. Garnish with reserved basil once it's out of the oven.

While it's cooking, start making the next one. By the time the first one is done, the second will be ready to go into the oven. I use the wooden peel for making the pizzas and sliding them in, then a second wood cutting board for putting them on when I take them out. A nylon cutting board would lose the crispness of the crust.

Smaller pizzas are easier to handle than larger ones, and thicker crusts are easier than thin ones. More toppings also make the pizza heavier and harder to move. As much as I try to do something different, though, I always seem to end up with a large, thin crusted pizza with lots of toppings! I guess I must just like them that way. As long as I put enough flour on the pizza peel and give the pizza a shake bake and forth as I'm making it (to ensure it's not sticking), they do come out beautifully.

I make all the pizzas at once and keep extra, whole pizzas on round serving platters in the fridge (covered with plastic wrap). Then, to reheat them, I heat the stone up again and slide the cooked pizza onto the stone. This re-crisps the crust and heats up the whole pizza in 4 or 5 minutes. They're just as good this way as when freshly made.


Golden Gate Relay

Monterey Parade Info!

Porsche Parade 2014: Monterey, California!



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 and 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.


Check In


Parade entrants should check in for Parade on Sunday, June 15 between 9 am and 5 pm. This is the only time when all the event chair-people will be all together in one place to check you in, answer all your questions, and make sure you have the banquet seats you want, pick up your meal tickets and are classified properly for the competitive events you've entered. That is when you get your Parade goodie-bags and volunteer t-shirts. Late check-in is available throughout the week, but we recommend getting to Monterey on Sunday.




We have five banquets, our Welcome Party on Sunday the 15th, the Concours banquet on Tuesday, TSD banquet on Wednesday, AX on Friday, and our Victory banquet on Saturday. You can sign up for all of them, or individually, through registration.


Competitive Events


The Porsche Concours d'Elegance is the showcase of the week's activities and gets started early on Monday, June 16th on the beautiful fairways of the Monterey Hyatt. We have classes for every Porsche and stage of preparation-from "Full" preparation to "Street" class where only the interior and exterior, including wheels and tires, are judged.


The Mobil TSD Rally on Tuesday June 17th takes us in and around the beautiful vineyards, hills, forests and beaches of the area in a rally that's sure to become the stuff of legend. We'll be offering the TSD Rally School on Monday evening, June 16.


The Michelin Autocross is on Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19 at nearby Marina airport.


Whether you study-up or just show up, the Technical/Historical Quiz on the morning of Friday, June 20 is always a great way to show what you know about our favorite cars... or to face what you don't.


Events and Activities


Parade Kids


The Parade Kids program has become a favorite of our family of enthusiasts, with many of the kids forming enduring friendships and looking forward to Parade each year. The 2014 Parade Kids program will have plenty of fun and adventure, true to the California spirit of fun, adventure, and learning in Monterey.    




The Hospitality area is always one of the best places to hang out at Parade, whether you're perusing the various vendors, partaking in the planned Beer or Wine tastings, or just looking to visit with friends before heading out to dinner.  


Gimmick Rally


The Gimmick Rally will held Thursday, June 19th, and is designed to provide a scenic and entertaining outing for everyone, children included. The route showcases the 17-Mile Drive, the Lone Cypress, Carmel and its famous Mission, historic John Steinbeck sites and much, much more.  The choice of this year's gimmick will be unique, and provide both fun and challenge, along with capturing the amazing scenery and character of the Monterey Bay area.




Throughout the week you will have an opportunity to go on a different driving tour each day. In addition, most driving tours will run more than once during the week in the event you commit to another activity on a particular day. All tours include a variety of points of interest and a destination.  


Tech Academy


The fifth annual Parade Tech Academy will be held Friday, June 20th, immediately following the Tech Quiz. Once again, we have an exciting mix of our outstanding PCA Technical Committee and outside speakers. By attending more than one session, you become eligible for "Tech Academy Accreditation" of various levels, depending on the number of sessions you attend:

  • Five Sessions equals a "Doctorate"
  • Four Sessions earns a "Masters"
  • Three Sessions takes a "Bachelors"
  • Two Sessions starts you with an "Associate"

Michelin Drive and Compare


Another great event at Parade is the Michelin Drive & Compare and this is your chance to take a couple of thrill laps around the course in two identical Porsches with two different types of tires.  


Golf Tournament


Please join us on Wednesday, June 18 for the annual Porsche Parade Golf Tournament.  We will be playing at the Pacific Grove Golf Links, on the tip of the scenic Monterey Peninsula, overlooking Point Pinos and the Pacific Ocean, just a short 5 mile drive from the Hyatt.


Parade of Porsches


The final driving event of Porsche Parade will give you an opportunity to Parade your Porsche and take in the spectacular scenery of Monterey and Pebble Beach.  You'll take in breathtaking views of the coast and hills surrounding Monterey and provide a great view to the locals of all our beautiful Porsches cruising by.   


Art Show


The art-show is one of Parade's "must see" events, providing a great venue for our talented and creative members to show off their vision, creativity, imagination and skill. This Parade event continues with categories in fiber arts, jewelry, painting, crafts and photography (both amateur and professional divisions). All Parade entrants may participate, including children. We have an expert judging committee as well as our favorite people's choice award. Take some time during the week just to see the amazing talent of our PCA artists and craftspeople from around the country.


Driver Education


One of the most asked questions about this year's Parade: will there be a High Performance Driver Education event at nearby Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. The answer is yes-June 21-22. For more details, be sure to visit the Parade website. Space will be limited!


5K Run/Walk


One of the best ways to finish off your week at Parade is the 5K run/walk. The event will be held the morning of June 21st, with age classes from 10 years to 80+ years and awards for top male/female in each class, T-Shirts, and a commemorative item for each participant.  Please join us!   


R/C Cars


The R/C contest has become a favorite in recent years with kids young and not-so-young. If you have a "ride" get entered. If not, then come and watch. It's a blast!  


Goodie Store


Everyone who's ever been to Parade knows this is a must-do on your shopping schedule. Whether it's for this year's logo designed outerwear, special jewelry, Porsche-themed books, or to add to your miniature car collection, the 2014 Porsche Parade Goodie Store will have a great array of products.  




For "normal" people, vacation is the time to relax and be served. Porsche Parade is 99% volunteer supported! That's how all of us from all over the country get to know each other, by working a couple of four hour shifts during the week with other PCA members. As a thank you, you will be eligible to attend the exclusive Volunteer Party Luncheon on Saturday, June 21st-there are numerous door prizes too!


Prior to Registering for Parade


Ensure you have an account for the member-only portion of You will need to login to register for Parade. Check to see that all your information is up-to-date and current, especially your e-mail address. All pre-Parade materials are sent to you via e-mail, and are posted on the Parade website .


Registration Fees


Everyone signing up for Parade must pay an entrant fee of $169, which covers the entrant and co-entrant.

Fees for the four major competitive events are:

  • Concours -- $30 per car,
  • Autocross -- $30 per driver,
  • TSD Rally -- $15 per car, and
  • Tech/Historical Quiz -- $15 per person.

Entrant fees for guests are as follows:

  • JPP/CAFP -- $20,
  • Child age 13-15 -- $15,
  • Child under age 13 -- $10.
  • Adult guests -- $40.

Additional fees apply for banquets and for selected other activities.  


Advance Registration is mandatory

-- there is no on-site registration during Parade. Parade registrations are not transferable. Fifty percent of your registration fee and 100 percent of your banquet fees will be refunded if your e-mailed cancellation request is received on or before June 10. There is no refund for cancellations made after that time. You may make changes to your registration at any time before June 10.  






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




PCA 912 Register

Hello fellow PCA Member,  


Porsche Club of America zones, regions, committees, and registers foster camaraderie among owners of all Porsche models. Our PCA 912+912E Register

is working both to keep 912 and 912E enthusiasts connected, and to introduce these vintage models to other Porsche enthusiasts. Here's a sampling of information, restoration, and technical assistance we share at the Register.  



2014 PCA Parade Countdown


It's the 50th anniversary of the 912 prototype cars! Imagine a contingent of 912s at this year's PCA Parade in Monterey, CA June 15-21, representing every year produced: painted dash cars, sunroof cars, special order paint cars, soft-window Targas, Euro-engine cars, original owner/family cars, right-hand-drive cars, police cars, LWB cars, 912E sunroofs, you name it. Get ready, registration opens March 11, 2014
. A couple sample Parade activities:  



Interested in enter the Concours, or the Historic Display

area set aside for special/rare/interesting Porsches? Parade Concours prep starts over the first weekend, with Concours and Historic Display on Monday, June 16th.  



Our Register logo features the Porsche 912 that won the 1967 European Rally Championship for Touring Cars, driven by notable Porsche driver Sobieslaw Zasada. Have you rallied, autocrossed, or vintage raced your 912? If so, set your Parade sights on Tuesday June 17th.

Go: View full Parade details at , and contact the Register if you'll be attending!


912+912E Digital Resources


Have you visited the 912+912E Register website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed?

  1. Have you participated in an PCA activity in your region, or are you readying your 912/912E to participate in an upcoming event? Restoring your Porsche? Please share the news on our 912+912E Register Facebook page(with over 600 'likes'). There you will also find 912-related news from PCA regions, factory news, images, videos, tech tips, articles, and related information that you can receive via internet and smartphone. To access the page, first log in to your FB account, then click or type in your search window.

  2. If you're a Twitter user, please follow us at: @PCA912Register

  3. We have a 912 & 912E Register page within the PCA website, including images, tech Q & A, paint color codes, history of the 912's development, rare 912s, and more. Please visit at:

  4. Via email, please send your 912 news (photo attachments always welcome) to

912+912E Goodies


A new 912+912E Register logo sticker is in production, available free to current PCA Members with a 912 or 912E. To obtain a sticker
, please print, complete, and USPS mail us a SASE with the information on the following page.  



Show your PCA spirit with a 912+912E Register license frame , now available in brushed stainless or black powder coat. To order online, go to

then scroll down to " 912+912E Register License Plate Frame."  



Questions or comments? Feel free to contact me via email or cell shown below. Cheers,


Rick Becker

912+912E Register Advocate Porsche Club of America 909.336.0862

Concours on Campus


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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