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March 2017 GGR Membership News


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

Membership Director

GGR Regional Summary

Primary Members  2,152
Affiliate Members  1,030
Life Members          6
Total Members  3,188
New/Transferred Members – Total:  75



News From the Factory!

Porsche continues to innovate with new colors and some interesting tech updates.  According to the latest news release, “Alongside an array of new color variants for the interior and exterior of all model lines, notable is the greatly increased range of options for connectivity services that are available as part of Porsche Connectivity. In addition, a kit to increase power by 22 kW (30 hp) is available to order now as special equipment ex works for the 911 S model variants.”

Expanded Porsche Connect features in 14 countries will expand a Concierge Service with the Connect Plus option in China and Japan that will include the option to book flights, rental cars and hotel rooms, as well as make restaurant reservations using credit card information. This is bound to immigrate to our shores quickly if this works.  This exclusive service will also allow customers to add these destinations to the navigation system in the PCM.  Later this year, the new Porsche Connect package will offer the option to book two data packs to enable additional data usage. The optional data packs will give customers the opportunity to also stream music or to use the WiFi hotspot integrated in their vehicles. Data packs are available from the Porsche Connect Store.

Colors, we’ve got colors!

So, you’ve decided on black or silver…wait!  Take a look at the new color palette that Porsche now offers.  According to Porsche, “Porsche is offering new interior and exterior colors in all model ranges. One such color is Crayon, which is now available for all 911 and 718 models. Reserved for the 911 is four-coat paint in Saffron Yellow Metallic with intermediate sanding. This paint creates an impression of depth. The optional sports exhaust system is now also available with tailpipes in high-gloss Black. The Targa bar for the 911 Targa and 911 Targa S is also available in Satin Black on request. The interior range has been expanded to include Sport-Tex equipment in Black or Graphite Blue/Crayon.
The 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition is also available in Aetna Blue and with a Graphite Blue interior. For the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S, customers can choose a Saffron Yellow Metallic exterior.”

“The color range for the Cayenne in the current model year now includes the new Purpurite Metallic, as well as Palladium Metallic as a special colour. The leather interior of the Macan is available in Black/Luxor Beige. For the Panamera, the new exterior colors of Burgundy Red Metallic and Ristretto Brown Metallic are now offered, and the leather interior can be ordered in Black/Luxor Beige. The club leather interior is available in the new colors of Cohiba Brown and Truffle Brown.”

GTS – What’s in a name?

Now, I own a 911 GTS and love the comfort with the subtle raw power that lurks under the Alcantara facade.  We’ve seen the growth of the GTS models into virtually every auto that Porsche builds – Macan, Panamera, Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman, and 911 Carreras.  But what is GTS?  Porsche tells us that while power, reliability and speed have always been the defining characteristics of outstanding sports cars the comfort of the drivers became a decisive factor to let them stay completely focused for the whole duration of a race. This was especially true in exhausting long distance competitions being held on public roads such as the Mille Miglia and Targa Floria. In other words, Porsche says, a new type of vehicle had to be developed – one that would be fast, but also safe and comfortable. The engineers from Zuffenhausen answered the call with the Gran Turismo Sport (GTS).  And that’s what we have these days, race cars for the suburbs…capable of a leisurely trip to Safeway in relative comfort, and a 150 mph sprint around Laguna Seca in sweaty chaos!

” In the beginning, GTS meant more comfort in a full-blooded race car, while today it stands for an extra portion of sportiness with the same outstanding level of comfort,” Porsche notes.

Here are some of our new members this month.  Please welcome them aboard when you see them:

Michael Anderson 2017 Cayman Black
Sadaf Ayub 2014 Boxster Blue
Sean Bailey 2009 Cayman Black
P Baron 1989 911 Carrera Grand Prix White
Andrew Belov 2003 911 Carrera Silver Metallic
Reinhard Boost 1989 911 Carrera Satin black
Reuben Boyd 2006 Cayman S Arctic Silver Metallic
Francesco Brianti 2005 911 Carrera Cabriolet Black
Martin Brooker 2001 911 Carrera Cabriolet Blue
Nicholas Burger 2004 911 Carrera 4S Black
Markus Cappel 2016 Panamera Turbo S Silver
Chris Chang 1996 911 Carrera 4S White
Sung Chang 2008 Cayman S Arctic Silver Metallic
Roderick Cho 2007 911 Turbo Black
Nick Church 2008 Cayenne Turbo
Sean Custer 1984 944
Jade Darzi 2014 911 GT3
Kamal Duggirala 2006 911 Carrera S Silver
Derek Evjenth 2012 911 Carrera 4 GTS Platinum
Dietrich Featherston 2013 911 Carrera S Agate Gray
Louis Fielder 2017 911 Turbo Silver
Michael Gould 2005 Boxster S Midnight Blue
Maurice Hamilton 2005 Boxster
Derek Haskins 2009 911 Turbo Cabriolet Basalt Black
Scott Hogben 1999 911 Carrera Silver
Thomas Jensen 1979 911 Turbo Carrera Silver
Leslie Joel 1967 912
Raymond Jonathans 2014 911 Carrera
Katharine Kearnan 2004 911 Targa Atlas Grey
Arthur Kepner 2013 911 Carrera
Tuan Khuu 2008 Cayman Malachite Green
Krishna Kumar 2006 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Black
Michael Kwon 2009 911 Carrera Black
Adam Landis 2005 911 Carrera S Grey
Jayceton Lapid 2015 911 GT3 Silver
Phuong Le 2014 Cayman S White
Thomas Lee 1995 911 Carrera Aventurine Green
Brian Lema 2014 911 Carrera Basalt Black
Joe Leverich 2014 Boxster Black
Allen Lo 2011 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet Black
Joe May 2004 Boxster S Blue
Andrew McMoran 2010 Cayman Meteor Grey Metallic
Laura Meininger 1987 911 Carrera Light Blue
Jeremy Mickler 2010 Cayenne GTS Black
Randy Murch 2014 Cayman S Black
Steven Patch 2008 Cayman S Black
Patrick Pedroso 2006 Cayenne Silver
Burt Polishook 2017 Macan Rhodium Silver Metallic
Marco Reb 1974 911 Carrera (US) Orange
Alvin   Richards 2016 Cayman GT4 Carmine Red
Christina Roncaglia
Salma Salimi 2014 Cayenne Brown
Oleg Salnik 1988 911 Carrera Guards Red
John Schrey 2008 Cayman S Carrera White
John Schroeder 1996 911 Carrera 4S Midnight Blue
Dustyne Schulze 2008 Cayenne Marine Blue
Steve Semenzato 2017 718 Boxster S Red
Carl Sermon 1988 928 S4 White
Roberto Spadaro 2015 911 Turbo S Carrera White
Axel Streichardt 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet Silver
Oscar Suen 1991 944 S2 Guards Red
Thomas Tang 2002 911 Turbo Seal Grey
Ray Terry 2017 Macan GTS
Chapman Thompson 2007 Cayman S
Robert Tri 2017 Macan S Midnight Blue
Gregory Tucker 2006 911 Carrera S GT Silver
Adam Vazquez 2012 911Carrera Silver
Terri Viera 2001 Boxster S
Jake Yoo 2017 Cayenne
Kent Young 2012 911 Carrera S Guards Red
Judy Zeng 2017 911 Carrera
Erik Ziegenbalg 2005 911 Carrera S

Congratulations to our April 2017 Anniversary Members!


First of all, I’d like to point out that 51 members renewed their affiliation in the past 30 days.  Way to go!  We love that kind of commitment. We have over  3,180 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 April.


Gary Walton 1970 914


Harold Fick 2002 911 Carrera 4S

25 Years

K Ritter 1991 911 Carrera 2
Eugene Taskovich 1985 944 Guards Red

20 Years

Walter Boehringer 1989 911 Carrera
Scott Cherf 1985 928 S Black
James Howell 1963 356

15 Years

Fred Bianucci 2012 911 Carrera 4 GTS Blue
William Dally 2002 Boxster
Richard Papapietro 2002 911 Carrera
Nicholas Soldner

10 Years

Craig Lisowski 2006 Cayman S Gray
E Thomas Nash 2007 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Gray
Ronald Silva 2007 911 GT3 White

5 Years

Howard Ashcraft 2012 Cayman R Gray
Andre Boule 2006 911 Carrera S Red
Laurent Chen 2010 Cayman S White
Brian Collins 1979 911 SC Red
Jeffrey Ebstein 2011 911 Carrera S Blue
Judy Glickman 2009 Cayman Brown
Bjorn Hansen 2011 911 Carrera S Gray
Michael Hillman 2010 911 Carrera GT Silver Metallic
Jun Wu 2006 Cayenne S Blue



Our placard (left) has been created to encourage unattached Porschephiles to join.  They 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 everywhere 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!

Badges (Again)

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 added new stuff to the GGR- PCA online Webstore including a couple of men and women’s hoodies, sweatshirts.  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.


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

 Cheers and enjoy the Spring!

Capt. Mike

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