Electric Bugaloo!

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Electric Bugaloo!

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

GGR Regional Summary

Total Members, 3497

Primary Members, 2377
Affiliate Members, 1114
Life Members, 6

Ready to Go Electric?

Ready or not, here it comes, the “Lively Young Horse”…ok, it’s called the Taycan (TIE-con), and that’s what it means in Malay, I guess. But it does represent the horse on our logo — I know, check it out.  Unfortunately for some, it is real and there are bound to be screams and yells all across the Porsche universe about it.  We know it won’t be a Tesla.0 because it’s a Porsche.  What we do know is that it will perform, charge faster (add 250 miles in 15 minutes), corner better, and have anywhere from 402HP, 536 HP, to 670 HP depending on variant. That’s real grunt!  And it’s not going to be electric Panamera!  We’ve seen one actually here in the Bay Area late last year, but expect to see them hitting the shelves later this year…and Porsche plans on at least 20,000 or more.  Cost is not going to shock you too much (sorry) with the margin being from $80K – $103K…but you know our marque…then there’s options!  

Give Membership as a Present!

Did you know you can give a membership to a family member or friend with a Porsche as a gift?  It’s easy to do! All you have to do is send an email to PCA (charlottec@national.pca.org) with the contact info – email and phone of the person you wish to purchase the gift for (PCA won’t contact them until next year or prior to the event). They can use your contact information to set up the account initially, if you want to receive the info. So that you can hand them the membership as a gift, PCA can send you a copy of Panorama, a decal and a PCA keychain at no charge. It’s that easy!

Watch Porsche TV

From now on, the centralised video portal “newsTV” will be the place to go for all of Porsche’s exclusive video content – free of charge and with no registration required. newsTV.porsche.de provides background information on the company as well as about new products for journalists and distributors (make sure to scroll to English). World premieres and new car unveiling can be watched live. All content – in both German and English languages – can be called up on any mobile device as well as via a desktop.

Topped Off!

When the first 911 “Cab” rolled off the line in 1982, a decades-long tradition began.  in 2019 it continues with he latest 911 Cabriolet that draws on the earlier generations of 911s. The new 911 Cabriolet looks wider, more self-assured and altogether more muscular than its predecessor.  Technology has run rampant in this one…in a world first, Porsche has developed Wet Mode, which is included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set the car up to focus on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package).

The camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collision with vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, and initiates a warning or emergency braking procedure if necessary. A park assistant system including reversing camera completes the standard configuration of the Cabriolet. Options for the 911 include Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control, stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.

Where do New Members Get Their Info?

There are many ways that our new members find out that GGR is alive and well and the best place to link up with all lovers of Porsche.  PCA has recently provided us with some stats on where newbies get their info.  Note that PCA member referrals lead the list…that means we need our members to get out there and work the field!   

PCA member referral 78
Dealership referral 54
Google search 30
Other 28
PCA website 12
Rennlist website 8
Excellence magazine 5
Non-PCA member referral 4
PCA Web Site 3
Facebook 3
Panorama Magazine 3
Dealer 2
BMW Roundel 2
PCA Member 2
McPherson College 1
Owner of import repair shop 1
I am a former PCA/PNWR Member 1
Historical 1
Previous member 1
Search 1
Seen numerous PCA decals on Porsches 1
Friend 1

GGR Placards

IMG_0258Now that you’ve seen what influence you can have on new members, take look at our leave-behind. I’ve restocked the cupboard with all new reprints of our placard that feature our new numbers (3400+) 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! 

57 New Members in JAN/FEB 2019

These are the smartest people in autodom. Please welcome them aboard when you see them!

Aditya Balineni 2016 Cayman GTS                         
Zhoujia Bao 2019 911 GT3 RS Lava Orange           
Joe Gottlieb 2019 911 Carrera GTS Black             
Mark Flanagan 2009 911 Turbo White                  
Michael Holley 2016  911 Carrera GTS Black           
Kyle Ikeda 2010 911 GT3 Black                               
John Kinsella 2017 911 Turbo S Miami Blue            
Minh Le 2015911 Carrera S                                      
Jon Nguyen 2007 911 Carrera S Atlas Grey              
Jim Pangburn 2017 Macan GTS Midnight Blue        
Sean Schnoor 1987 911 Carrera Targa Black              
Ehud Shamir 2015 911 Turbo Black                          
Mike Strain 1987 928 S4 Blue                                    
George Trinh 2010 911 GT3                                     
Norm Vachowiak 2003 911 Turbo Black                   
Andrew Wisneski 2018 911 Carrera Graphite Blue   
Eric Yablonka 2018 911 Turbo Cabriolet Black         
Joshua Harlow 2017 Cayman S Silver                       
Steve Phillips 2011 911 Carerra S Black                    
Lance Wilson 2014 Cayman S Rhodium Silver          
Bill Biggers 2005 Boxster Red
Vincent Chiaro 2012 911 Carrera S   
Kevin Du 2011 911 Carrera SWhite
Thomas Fogarty 1986 911 Carrera Targa Red
AngelaFrangieh 2016Cayenne S      
Andrew Gadson 2018718 Cayman GTS Graphite Blue Metallic
Rudy Gopaul 2014 911 Carrera S Black
Gary Grossklaus 1987 944 Turbo Platinum Metallic
Stefan Hepper2010 Panamera Turbo         
DexterHodes  2015  Cayman GTS  Black
Jan Joyce 2019 911 Carrera 4S Carmine Red
William KelArtinian 2018 718 Cayman GTS Yellow
Hitesh Khandelwal 2018 718 Cayman Black
Eric Koon 2011 911 GT3      
Dean Ku 2018911 GT3        
WillemLaan 1994 968          
Jeff Lindstrom 2008 911 Carrera 4S 
Kevin Lloyd 2016 911 Carrera GTS  GT Silver
David  Marr    2012 911 Carrera S Meteor Grey Metallic
Mayan Mathen 2007 911 GT3 White
DennisMoskovitz 2013 911 Carrera
Dale Mumford  2016 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet White
Jim Panfil 2014 911 Carrera S Red
Vijay Prabakaran 2014 911 Carrera S Rhodium Silver Metallic
Carl Prather 1967 912
Matt Rode 2012 Cayman      
Damian Scavo2016 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Black
Tim Schlueter  2018 718 Cayman S Silver
Egan Schulz 2018 911 GT3 Carrera White
Richard Smith2016 Macan S Grey
MaximSokolov 2016  Cayman GT4  Blue
Luis Sosa 2013 Boxster S Black
Yosouf  Tawfiq 2006  911 Carrera Silver
James Walsh 1966 911 Polo Red
Julie Wyss 2017 911 Carrera S          
Dennis Xifaras 2008 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Blue

Craig Gould 2002 Boxster

March 2019 Anniversary Members!

ImageIn a world where discarding old, used, and tired items is too easy, there are Porsche owners! We keep our cars, refurbish when necessary, and value our relationships.  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 January

5 Years – 2014

Ralph Turner 1988 911 Carrera Blue
Andrew Shebanow 2013 BoxsterS Blue
Frerk-Malte Feller 2008 911 CarreraS Black
Anthony Olea 1971 914 Green
Michael Lo 1991 911 Carrera 2 Black
IsaacSegal 2013 Boxster S Silver
Bob Chen 1987 911 Turbo Silver
Douglas Tse 1987 911 Carrera Black
DavidMoore 1968 912
William Coughran 2011 911 TurboS Silver
Joe Mendoza 2015 Boxster GTS Blue
Michele Bertolone                         
Dinah Feller                         
Sara Segal                   
Dale Ozawa                          
Erica Wong                  
Yvonne Moore                      
Jason Datoc 2006 911 CarreraS White
Mark Varni 1994 968   
Tonny Guan 2013 BoxsterS Red

10 Years – 2009

Dino Goetz  970 911T Conda Green
Steve Lefczik 1985 911 Carrera Gray
Tracey Lefczik                      
Richard Diehl 1970 911S Silver
Daniel Fong 2004 911 Carrera Black
Nina Tsai                     

15 Years – 2004

Steve Lau 1987 911 Carrera White
Bill Kerr 1992 911 Carrera2 Red
Randolph Townley 2001 911 Carrera Gray
Tara Shapowal                      
Billy Kerr                     
Eileen Townley                    
Sidney Kaufmann 1997 911 Carrera White
20 Years – 1999
Litko Chan 1998 Boxster Black
Tracy Hanson 1999 Boxster 
Manuela Chan                       
Robert Stiffler 1974 914 1.8White
Bridget Stiffler                     

25 Years – 1994

Waymond Ho 1996 911 Carrera4 White
Gary Matuszak 2008 911 Turbo Black
Michael Whelan 1987 944    
Gustina Ho                  
Jill Matuszak                        
Rich Slevin 1960 356 Gray
Margarita Slevin                   
Marlin Neufeld 1972 911E Blue

30 Years – 1989

Scott Robertson 1972 911T
Terry Robertson     

35 Years – 1984

Conrad Hauser 1982 911SC
Leslie Hauser              
Richard Conway 1974 911
Claudette Conway                

40 Years – 1979

Mark McLaughlin 1970 914-6
Joseph Rossi 1969 911E
Linda McLaughlin                 
Diane Rossi        

Refer a Friend

 If you have friends who might be interested in Porsche, go to the PCA website and the “Refer a Friend” feature. It’s 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 (https://www.pca.org/membership-benefits).  Whatever message is in the box will be sent to each friend you listed.

 Badges – I still got em! C’mon…I’ll SEND THEM!

If you failed to pick up your badge at an even, let me know…I’ll send it to you….! C0ntact me at: HMBSHERM@COMCAST.NET

Help! 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 www.pca-ggr.org/membership/badges and email back to Spotlight Impressions at sales@spotlightimpressions.com.  Make sure to wear your badge to all functions to help interact with 0ther members!

Logo Wear! Get Ready for Winter!  BRR! 

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 www.pcawebstore.com; 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?

March: In Like a Lion! – Be careful please!

Capt. Mike


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