GGR-PCA Membership – October 2017

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GGR-PCA Membership – October 2017

Capt. Mike (AKA) Capt. Michael Sherman, USN-Ret.
Membership Director

GGR Regional Summary

Total Members 3241

Primary Members

Affiliate Members 1043
Life Members 6
New/Transferred Members 68

Photo by Univision Interactive Media – Porsche West Broward (FL) was able to pack its complete inventory of 0ver 300 Porsches in its showroom to get them out of Irma’s way.  I wonder who had to  unwind all this!

How to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car (Consumer Reports)

We’re so glad that so many people were able to come through the recent spate of hurricanes that decimated Houston, the Caribbean, and Florida (to name a few). But with such tragedies and with all the heroic stories, there are always a few who would like to take advantage. One of the biggest problems that we’ve seen is the propensity to pawn off flood/storm damaged autos on an unsuspecting public. While we know that no worthwhile Porsche dealer would do it, there are those who would. Consumer Reports recently published some guidelines to help unsuspecting customers look for such autos. Here are some guidelines thanks to Consumer Reports:

“Water damage can be hard to detect, but Consumer Reports recommends that you look for some telltale signs:

  • Inspect the carpets to see if they show signs of having been waterlogged, such as smelling musty or having caked-on mud. Likewise, brand-new carpets in an older vehicle may be another red flag.
  • Check the seat-mounting screws to see if there is any evidence that they have been removed. To dry the carpets effectively, the seats must be removed and possibly even replaced.
  • Inspect the lights. Headlights and taillights are expensive to replace, and a visible water line may still show on the lens or reflector.
  • Inspect the difficult-to-clean places, such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood. Waterborne mud and debris may still appear in these places.
  • Look for mud or debris on the bottom edges of brackets or panels, where it wouldn’t settle normally.
  • Search around the engine compartment. Water lines and debris can appear in hard-to-clean places, such as behind the engine.
  • Look at the heads of any unpainted, exposed screws under the dashboard. Unpainted metal in flood cars will show signs of rust.”
  • Check to see if the rubber drain plugs under the car and on the bottom of doors look as if they have been removed recently. That may have been done to drain floodwater.

Finally, if you’re from an area affected by a flood and have a car that wasn’t damaged, be aware that buyers might suspect it was. Consider having a mechanic inspect your car before you put it up for sale so that you can present potential buyers with a clean bill of health.”

NY Times Features Porsche/MBZ Museums!

There’s a great article you should look at in the Travel/Automobile section of the NYT (SEP 4 edition) called “Where Your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Were Born.” It details all sorts of info on these two museums in Stuttgart (they’re about 7 miles apart) such as times their open, exhibits, hands-on displays, etc. The Porsche Museum has 60,000 square feet of exhibit space that details the development of Porsche automobiles – a 911 evolutionary exhibit, trophies, race cars, drivers! And you can schedule a two-hour factory tour on the assembly line – BTW, it makes about 240 cars a day and 4.5 hours to make a boxster engine!

Here’s some info:

Porsche Museum, Porscheplatz 1 70435 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.

Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adults: 8 euros. Children up to 14, accompanied by an adult: Free.

The museums offer a 25 percent discount if you present a ticket from the other museum.

Porsche factory tours start at the museum; the factory is across the street. Available Monday to Friday. Advance reservations are a must. They can be made at

Adults and children (must be at least 12 years old): 6 euros.  Be sure to check out the open and closed days as well.

GGR Keeps Growing!


You may note that  we’ve now hit +3200 members. That’s a tribute to us all as membership is a job for everyone. That’s why I recently emailed copies of our “leave behind” card for all members to reprint and distribute (see below).  If you don’t like leaving them in windshields, then feel free to hand them to Porsche drivers whenever you can.

And if you have friends who might be interested, the PCA website now has a “Refer a Friend” feature that is an excellent way to invite and introduce prospective members to the Porsche Club of America.  It is an easy and quick way to follow up after making a personal contact.  See the steps below.  The great thing about this feature is that ANY member can use it.  So, give it a try.
1. Log in to your account.
2. From the Menu Bar, click Membership, Refer a Friend.
3. Under “Refer Friends” enter the email addresses of friends you would like to refer.  Separate each email address by a comma.
4. Under “Message” an automatic message will appear.  Feel free to make changes.  In fact, I would encourage you to personalize your message and direct them not only to the PCA website, but the Membership Benefits page as well (  Whatever message is in the box will be sent to each friend you listed.

PCA Quest

On the other hand, if you know someone who is actively trying to become Porsche owners, the “PCA Quest” program is a great way to attract potential club members.  The program provides a six-month subscription to Porsche Panorama and a temporary account to log on to the National PCA website.   In addition, they’ll have online access to The Mart with hundreds of Porsches for sale by PCA members.  I encourage you to welcome these guests in your Region and show them what PCA is all about.  More detailed information can be found by typing “Quest” in the search box on the home page.

New Members in August and September

Please welcome them aboard when you see them

Name Car
Juergen Ahaus 2017 CaymanS           
Ronaldo Ama 2012 CayenneS 
Mary Amen 2012 CaymanR White
Michael Baldwinson 2015 911 GT3 White
Chip Bergh 2012 911 TurboS Navy
Nomi Carmen 2006 Boxster Red
Vincent Castagnolo 2013 911 Carrera Black
Kai Chen 2011 911 Carrera Black
Michael Cheung 2017 911 Carrera Black
Peter Chin 2009 911 Carrera Silver
Philip de Monet 2009 911 Targa 4S GT Silver
Brian Dexheimer 2015 Macan Turbo Black
Jason Fanoe 2012 BoxsterS Red
Kenneth Farrell 1975 911S Black
Matthew Ford 2014 911 Carrera4 Agate Silver
Steve Giachetti 1965 356 Cabriolet Red
Gary Gold 2014 911 CarreraS Sapphire Blue Metallic
Ed Govednik 2014 CaymanS White
Stephanie Grethen 2006 BoxsterS Blue
Jayne Ham 2017 911 Carrera4S White
Jeff Han 2016 911 GT3RS GT Silver
Matt Ho 2011 911 CarreraS Platinum Silver Metallic
Rei Kasai 1997 911 Carrera Zenith Blue
Harold Keller 2001 911 Carrera          
Nate Kharrl 2016 Boxster Spyder Sapphire Blue Metallic
Jeff Klarfeld 2006 Cayman S Cobalt Blue
Michael Kogut 2008 911 CarreraS Blue
Chris Lassettre 1975 911S Targa Peru Red
Warren Lieberman 2017 911 CarreraS Cabriolet Graphite Blue
Neil Limcangco 1999 911 Carrera Silver
Jeff Lin 2011 911 Carrera Silver
Genaro Lopez 1966 912        
Qiyue Ma 2017 911 Carrera4S Cabriolet White
Doug MacMillan 2015 CayenneGTS 
Timothy McNally 1997 Boxster           
Pushkar Modi 2015 CaymanGTS Sapphire Blue
Ali Moiz 2017 MacanGTS        
Michael Nowakowski 2007 911 Turbo GT Silver
Dixzyquo Nurman 2017 Cayenne Mohagany
Harrison Page 2016 Boxster Black
Philippe Pas 1967 912   
Rene Perez 2013 911 CarreraS Cabriolet Black
Len Perry 2001 911 Turbo Silver
Mike Phillips 2003 911 Carrera4S Seal Grey
Bala Rajappan 2018 911 Carrera Red
John Rogers 1978 911SC Irish Green
Michael Roland 2017 911 CarreraS Cabriolet Silver
E Paul Salcedo 2007 911 CarreraS Guards Red
Adam Sato 2010 911 CarreraS Silver
Wilton Short 2005 BoxsterS Seal Grey
Armin Simon 1982 911SC Targa White
Bruce Stadnyk 2015 911GT3 Agate Grey
Felix Tsang 2016 CaymanS Sapphire Blue
Eshan Verma 2001 911 Carrera Black
Vince Vigil 2013 911 CarreraS Black
Arndt Voges 1975 911S 
Calvin Wan 2003 911 Turbo Seal Grey
Michael Zamkow 2016 911 Carrera Silver/Acid Green Stripe
Chang Zhang 2017 911 CarreraS Graphite Blue Metallic
Yan Zhao 2006 CaymanS
Wisdom Scott 2007 Cayman
Bryan Gee 2017 718 Boxster Metallic Black
Jeffrey Heller 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Congratulations to our September/October 2017 Anniversary Members!

ImageGood news is that 88 members renewed their GGR/PCA affiliations in the past 30 days. Way to go!  We love that kind of commitment. We now have   +3,200 GGR member/volunteers who have made us one of the largest and most recognized regions in the PCA world. We are proud to have you as members and thank you for your commitment to GGR.  Here are the members who will celebrate their anniversaries in July.


Golden 50 Years (1967)!

Gary Evans 1989 911 Carrera
J Greene 1966 911

45 Years (1972)

Steven Conston 1972 914 Yellow

40 Years (1977)

Tom Marx 1974 911S

30 Years (1987)

Ian Craven 1983 911 SC
Lawrence Frye                       
Michael Mitchell 1995 911 Carrera
Gordon Wolf 1980 911 SC

25 Years (1992)

Jon Cox 1982 911SC           
Richard Griffone 1971 911T           
James Husted 1994 968       
Richard Kunnath 1987 911 Carrera          
Geoff Steinbach 1988 911 Turbo   
Evan Williams 1972 911E     
Scott Winders 2005 911 Carrera Black
Van Zannis 1983 911 SC Coca~Cola Red

20 Years (1997)

Harry Cook 1986 911 Carrera Guards Red
F Fujimoto 1968 912
Ted Hammer 1970 914-6 Yellow
Leslie Johnson 1997 911 Targa Guards Red
John Reilly 1997 911 Carrera Silver
Tariq Roomi                         
Thom Ruben 1994 968 Guards Red

15 Years (2002)

Gregory Deschodt 1957 356
Ralf Dossmann 1973 911T
Willliam Ervin 1962 356
Christian Grass 1986 944 Turbo
Brian Krzanich 1999 911 Carrera
Holger Mishal 2002 BoxsterS
Erik Moe 2002 Boxster
William Thamm 2002 Boxster
George Vaccaro 1967 912
Royce Yen 1976 914 2.0

10 Years (2007)

Ronald Baker 2008 911 Turbo Gray
William Butler 1996 911 Carrera Black
Andrew Ferguson 2007 911 Carrera Black
Cary Noel 1973 911 CarreraRS 2.7 Silver
Ken Salvail 1974 914 1.8 Marathon Blue
Joe Sarmiento 2008 911 Carrera White
James Stewart 1984 911 Carrera Targa Black
Steven Sundeen 2007 911 GT3 White
Cliff Takemoto 2008 Boxster Midnight Blue
T.R. White 1971 911T Burgundy

5 Years (2012)

John Coen 1972 911T Red
Arnaud Ferring 2010 Panamera Blue
David Jacobs 2013 911 CarreraS Gray
Koichiro Kanda 1975 911 Blue
Michael Kohlmann 2001 911 Turbo Gray
Tyler Nielson 1985 911 Carrera Gray
Donald Ross 2012 911 Carrera Gray
Edward Shapiro 1969 912 Red
Nick Singer 1979 911 Turbo White
Hoang Tran 2009 911 Carrera Blue
Siu Wah Tsang 2005 Cayenne Silver
Michael Wittmann 2012 911 Carrera4 GTS Gray
Alice Yeh 2015 Cayman GTS Carmine Red

GGR Placards


I’ve restocked the cupboard with all new reprints of our placard that feature our new numbers (3000+) and I know you’ll want to hand these out! These are available at every GGR function and we’d like you to pick some up and feel free to use them whenever you see an unaffiliated Porsche sitting idle. I stick them on windshields of Porsches or hand them to drivers if they don’t have our logo in the window.  No one is safe from the devious membership director! Porsche owners in Half Moon Bay now run when they see me coming!  If you want, I’ll even mail some to you so you can hand them out…let me know and I’ll get them to you! 

Badges – I still got em!

I still have a HUUUGE back-log of badges created from event “no shows.”  Please make sure to ask for yours at the next event you attend, we’ll have them set out. Member badges are provided free to all those new members/affiliates who RSVP and attend social and/or driving events for the first time. 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. So, it behooves you to get them from us during an event. Otherwise, to order your badges fill out the form on our website at and email back to Spotlight Impressions at  Make sure to wear your badge to all functions to help interact with 0ther members!

Logo-wear – New Stuff!

We’ve got a great selection at the GGR- PCA online Webstore with both men and women’s hoodies, sweatshirts, etc.  The site features a whole line of wearable GGR plunder. It’s located at; look for us in the regional section, create an account, and get shopping.  If you have a recommendation for some other item, let us know.

Remember to check the calendar for upcoming events.  See you at the AX,  Track, Fun Run or next social function, e.g., Boxster Brunch?

Drive Safely

Halloween is almost upon us. So, be careful of those ghosts and goblins at the end of the month!

 Cheers and enjoy the Fall weather!

Capt. Mike

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