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June 2017
Saturday 6/17 Autocross #5
Saturday 6/24 Porsches on the Plaza

July 2017
Sunday - Saturday 7/9-15 PCA Porsche Parade
Saturday 7/22 Autocross #6



From the Editor

by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

  My wife and I plan on moving to the mountains this fall.  Understanding that this is my last season with the Redwood Region I planned on attending every autocross event on the calendar.  It's been a struggle.  First my hood wouldn't stay latched.  I tinkered and tinkered and got it to stay shut but I didn't like the fitment of the hood as it was sitting up too high at the seams.  I decided to address the issue by orienting the plunger differently so I could get the hood to seat lower.  Now the hood is stuck shut and I can't autocross this weekend.  Grrrr.  I worked on getting my car lighter this past month and was really looking forward to seeing how this affected my lap times as compared to some of the other drivers I've been racing against.  Fortunately for me I have two autocross events coming up in July and I should have this issue resolved by then.  

  If you're wondering what to do with yourself this weekend you should come on out to our fifth autocross of the year and check it out.  You could race you car around the course with one of our instructors to guide you or you could pay a nominal fee for a 'taste of autocross' in which you get a ride around the course with one of our instructors.  Later this month we have one of our best social events known as Porsches on the Plaza.  There will be over 40 Porsches parked in the horse shoe parking lot at city hall in Sonoma.  Redwood members will enjoy the day in the park picnicking and strolling around looking at these beautiful cars on display.  If you'd like to meet your fellow Redwood members this is a very nice and relaxed event to do so.

  

Shift Toward Adventure,

Jamie
Presidents Message
by Craig Steele, President

 

I must apologize for the late Der Riesenbaum it was all my doing. I wanted to share the recent Zone 7 event with you. I asked the editor to wait a week before posting the June issue.

May was a busy month for the region. We had our popular Pt. Reyes Station tour lead by Kurt Fischer.  This is always a fun event capped with a great lunch at the Café. The Zone 7 autocross lasted two days and was a fun event. I got to practice my motorsports photography under the tutorship of John Jackson.  We ended the month  with the pre-tour logistics meeting to finalize our Zone 7 Tour. This was our green light to leave on Leg 1 on Thursday, June 1 st , which I helped design and I was the lead driver for 15 Porsches. This event was started at the February Zone 7 President Meeting and planned by a highly motivated collection of individuals from Shasta, Sacramento Valley and Redwood regions. I plan to include a more detailed article of the Tour and Yellow Group 2. I do want to say that I really loved doing this tour. I met a lot of wonderful PCA members and we enjoyed the fun and rigor of driving 900 miles of Northern California roads in 3-1/2 days. The meals and lodging were very good and the scenic tours of each leg were beautiful. The lakes were full and rivers were flowing. My favorite part of the tour was getting to drive with 80 other Porsches on the Shasta Dam (which is closed to auto traffic). Our tour master got permission from Home Land Security to do this activity. See where we staged our Porsches along the spillway road on top of the dam.

This a view of the three Shasta's; dam, lake and mountain



At our last meeting, I introduced several focus areas and asked the board to visualize the Redwood Region in 2020. I plan to have further discussions to strategize for the future of our region. We started with:
  • Membership (currently 605 Primary and 367 Affiliate)

    o Plan to survey the membership for future direction and volunteers
     
  • Events (current schedule)
     o 11 Board Meeting at Mary's in Novato
     o 9 Auto Cross Runs
     o 13 Social and /or Driving Tours (two were cancelled)
     o 2 Tech Sessions
     o Biggest challenge is recruiting, sustaining and recognizing our
                 volunteers

       * Leadership

     o Fill the board vacancies
     o Session planning for future leadership
     o Develop highest and best communication strategy for getting the
                 word out to members and leadership

       * Community Support

     o Best way to support local charities and expand the RR-PCA roles in supporting community.

         June Events
  • 17- Auto Cross #5, Sonoma Airport
  • 24- Porsche on the Plaza, Sonoma City Square
  • 27- Board Meeting, Novato Mary's Pizza
     
    July Events
  • 9-15- PCA Porsche Parade, Spokane WA
  • 22- Auto Cross #6, Sonoma Airport
  • 25- Board Meeting, Novato Mary's Pizza
     
    That's all for now...


Craig



In the Zone
by Sandy Provasi, Zone 7 Representative

 
Werks Reunion Registration is open at MotorsportReg. We are excited about the new site, Corral de Tierra Golf Course. The location is pretty flat with a lot of room to spread the Porsches out. It is close to Laguna Seca so plan on getting your race tickets for Saturday and Sunday, along with parking pass for the PCA Corral at turn 5. The PCA Corral parking always sells out so don't wait.
 
 On Saturday, July 1 SVR will hold a Zone 7 Autocross #6 at Stockton again.
 
Don't forget the TSD Rally School, which is a great way to prep for the Spokane Parade. It will be happening at Porsche of Livermore on Sunday, June 25th, 2017. This is a great time to pull out those clipboards and stop watches for the practice rally which will be fun for all.
 
Looks like we have at least 104 cars and 170 Zone 7 members attending the 62nd Parade in Spokane over the week of July 9th, 2017. We will have a Zone 7 Party at the Davenport Grand on Sunday, July 9th before the Welcome Party.
 
Looking Forward (info at the zone website, http://zone7.pca.org):
 
Monterey Bay Region, Zone 7 Concours #4, Carmel Valley, July 23rd.
Sierra Nevada Region, Zone Concours #5, Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, July29-30.
Werks Reunion, Corral de Tierra, Friday, August 18th
PCA Corral, Laguna Seca, Saturday, August 19th and 20th
 
Safe driving.
 
Sandy Provasi
Zone 7 Representative
 
 

 

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Volunteer Appreciation
The Redwood Region of the Porsche Club of America relies entirely on its Volunteers. Without them, there would be no tours, no Crab Feeds, no autocross...nothing. It is important, therefore, for us to take stock of those individuals that continually go above and beyond all expectations to insure that we all have the type of car club we desire with interesting events and commitment to community.
 
We are seeking your help to identify Volunteers that are worthy of special recognition for their contributions to your experience with the club. If you would provide the Volunteer's name (first and last) along with your personal narrative around your experience with them via email to pca-rr.volunteer.appreciation@wittzend.com, we will compile results to honor these special members at an event later this year.
 
We appreciate your help, and look forward to hearing your stories!
 
Thank you,
 
Craig Steele, Greg Matsumoto, and Chip Witt
Redwood Volunteer Appreciation Committee

 



 
The Racers Group - TRG


 
Station House Cafe' Run
article by Jenni Linteo
photos by Paige Gaines


The weather gods shone down on PCA Redwood yet again with near perfect conditions for our Point Reyes Station run on May 6, 2017.  Our clan of car cronies convened in the parking lot at Chevy's in Novato and in addition to the regular crew, we welcomed a couple of newbies to the group.  The sun was shining, the cars were sparkling and we had more than a few gawkers driving through the parking lot on their way to Starbucks.  Who isn't awestruck at the sight of  17 visions of German automotive perfection?  Let's face it - Porsches are sexy beasts.  Not only do they look amazing, the resonant sound of their engines springing to life creates a unique symphony.   



As we made our way onto US 101 for a brief stint before taking the Atherton exit, it reminded me of a group of dogs finally being free of their leashes.  There is something about an on ramp, feeling the acceleration, both car and driver wanting to beat out the cars descending on them from the freeway lanes.  Everyone showed restraint whilst winding our way through the residential area of San Marin before regrouping just past San Marin High School.  As we all roared off towards Stafford Lake and Point Reyes/Petaluma Road, I couldn't help but smile.  The top was down, the air fresh, our "Favorites" playing on the stereo - what better way to spend a Saturday morning?  Hicks Valley Road came next, with sweeping vistas, a playful road and minimal traffic.  Despite the record rain this year, road surfaces were good, and the drivers displayed unambiguous confidence in their navigation of this journey.  
 
As we pulled into Tomales to regroup and have a bio-break (thank you Kurt for coining this tactful term), the weather continued to cooperate, with not a puff of fog in sight and the sun warming our faces.   We wound our way through west Marin, making our way back through Tomales with our last stretch down Shoreline Highway.  Although there were a few cyclists, traffic was light enough that we were able to enjoy a lively romp to our objective, the Point Reyes Station House Café.



The back room of the café was set as we funneled in, happy voices chatting about the drive.  Bloody Mary's, Iced Tea and beer seemed to be the beverages of choice and once again the Point Reyes Station House Café did not disappoint. The food was great, the company was fabulous and I found myself enjoying the diversity of conversations going on around me.  President Craig Steele welcomed everyone and spoke about upcoming events, specifically Autocross #3 on May 20-21, and the Zone 7 Tour of Northern California (May 31-June 4). 

As we said our goodbyes and planned the route home, I felt a bid sad.  The ride home always feels a bit lonely without the comfort of our kindred car spirits around us.  

 
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axAutocross 
by Greg Matsumoto, Autocross Director
photos by Craig Steele

                         
 






On May 20 th and 21 st we had an enjoyable Zone 7 autocross competition. Drivers attended from each Zone 7 region to compete for Zone points in their particular autocross class. Awards are given once they attend events in each region should they win their particular class. Zone 7 events are great since they draw great drivers and friends from all over the region.

A wide cross section of cars and drivers created a fun event. For those not competing for points it is a personal challenge to continually test our driving limits. And, new drivers were excited about a new world opening to them. And those competing for the zone awards experience different clubs and course designs.

Bob Schoenherr designed two great challenging courses. On Sunday, he had reversed the direction of Saturday ' s course with two design changes. It is amazing how a small change here and there created very different driving experiences and technical challenges.

At the end of each day a fine bottle of wine was awarded to the top times. That ' s when our Redwood drivers shined. On Saturday, the Top Time of the Day (TTOD) was awarded to our own Grady Carter. Ladies TTOD went to our own Vern Thomas. On Sunday, TTOD recipient went to our chief instructor Drew Powers. Ladies TTOD was awarded to our own Anita Benzing.

 

In addition to the drivers, four Redwood members came to observe as a first step towards autocrossing. Registration is now open for our next autocross on June 17 th . If you haven ' t already, please join us to learn the great handling and performance experience of our Porsches. We are here to coach you with each step to optimize your driving abilities. 


See you then,


Greg Matsumoto
  
 
What it's like being a Zone 7 tour leader
by Craig Steele
 

 
I just finished one of the most challenging assignments since I joined the Redwood Region back in 2010. Last year, at the Zone 7 Presidents meeting, we agreed to organize a tour of Northern California through the Redwood, Shasta and Sacramento Valley Regions. Shasta Region are the experts on organizing tours and they agreed to provide the services of Allen Krohn as the overall master tour planner and Wayne Martin, President of Shasta Region, as the overall Tour Chair; myself and the SVR president filled out the rest of initial tour organizers.
 
I decided to get some pre-tour education and drove to Chico in November 2016 to go on a Shasta Region day tour. I was able to experience a very disciplined tour with a lot of tasks rarely practiced on our Redwood tours. There was one routine I loved, the car-to-car communication ritual.  Shasta region's tours have a LEAD, RELAY1, RELAY2 and SWEEP imbedded in the group (which I will call a "Stack" from my Naval Aviation days). Every Porsche was required to have a radio tuned to the same frequency as the tour leadership team. The radio discipline was outstanding. Everyone knew the turns, the hazards, the scenic and rest destinations, when we lost cars in traffic and when we had interlopers (my term for non-Porsches in the stack).  It was from this experience that I really appreciated the art of creating a safe and fun multi day tour. Since joining Redwood Region, I have only been on one overnight tour from Santa Rosa to Benbow Inn.
 

Craig Steele, Redwood Region President with his Cayman S pictured atop the Shasta Dam with the Lake Shasta and Mt. Shasta in the background
 
Now that we were committed to organize this Zone 7 tour, set for June 1st to 4th, we settled on maximum of 60 Porsches divided in stacks of 20 that later changed to 15 autos per stack for safety concerns. Now this was "Game On!" Allen asked me to design the first leg route from Santa Rosa to Eureka. He provided me the template to layout the route (a stack of 15 Porsches is a mile long). First, was selecting start and finish locations. We settled on the RP Costco parking lot for staging the arriving tour registrants and the Bear River Casino parking lot near Fortuna for our first night of lodging. I then planned the route to Hwy 1 North and that later connected with US 101 North. Run time was 6 hours and covered 252 miles. There were a lot of things going on in the background. Our Region Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone, assisted with financial recording as well as the MSR.com registration formatting. He taught the MSR staff a few tricks on how to add meal preferences to the signup process. We had a Tour logo designed by Matt Menning of SVR that we used in all of our tour documents and attached to every car decal (mine blew off).
                                             


The next tour step were all the details necessary for a fun and safe drive including:
  • Need three Rest Stops (fuel if needed)
  • Lunch stop (Ft. Bragg was the location)
    • o   Meals had to accommodate the staggered intervals of tour stacks
    • Needed a list of towing companies for entire tour route
    • The tour needed a least one Cayenne to assist in any car break downs
    • Our big scenic event was doing the total Avenue for the Giants (26 miles)
    • Picking lodging... we all stayed at the Casino and Resort in Loleta
      • o   Other lodging was clustered around our evening meal locations
      • Each night had to be planned for a group tour dinner together for 100 plus
      • Car readiness was a big factor.
        • o   Mechanical and safety fitness for the tour
        • o   Full gas tanks every morning
        • Organizing and documenting each stack (group)
          • o   #1 -RED, #2 -YELLOW, #3 -GREEN and #4 -ORANGE
            • All tour cars displayed on their dashboards a color letter size index card with all their meal choices
  • o   Each Lead had the complete driver info and emergency contacts for each Porsches in the stack
 
  • o   The waivers were pre-printed with everyone registered in their correct stack order
  • o   Every Porsche was assigned a stack location from 1 to 15( I was 1 then swapped with 5)
  • o   The tour stack leadership had very clear roles and the SWEEP had the most challenging role of keeping the stack tight. Especially during stops, one lane roads, city traffic lights and passing lanes.
 
This whole organizational process involved face-to-face meetings, endless e-mails and phone chats verifying each leg's route and any issues like construction controls, driving logistical conflicts, etc. There was an incredible amount of budget planning and coordination with MSR.COM to register for this event. It was like managing a project with Scope, Budget Schedule and Risk.  If you change one then the others are affected.
 
On May 31st the tour leadership team met at the Costco parking lot to discuss the staging of the stacks and then we adjourned to a local restaurant for last minute safety checks. After all this, I went home to finish preparing and packing the Cayman S for it's first Leg. I showed up on Thursday, June 1st , at 7:15am and started staging the 15 YELLOW #2 Porsches in order. My SWEEP and the Region VP met the RELAY1 and RELAY2 members, Art Smithson and Martin Messersmith, who we had never met. As the Porsches arrived we all directed our stack members to their assigned positions (this did not change, except for lead swaps and dropping out of the tour). We handed every driver their goodie bag and instruction packets. This was one of several attempts to perfect our cat herding skills. Thankfully, after two days, they got their routine down perfectly. Getting everyone back into his or her car quickly was our goal. I was both leading the first leg, self navigating and working the radio. That's why I was switched to RELAY1 for the rest of the tour legs. Actually, it worked great. Art and Denise Smithson were pros at this and they knew the other leg routes. The Smithsons taught me a lot about the rigor of tour leadership. I filled in the RELAY1 roles as repeating radio chatter, cat herding, travel updating, calling for tightening the stack for one lane road stops and passing lanes maneuvers. One of our biggest challenges was driving in congested city traffic and keeping the stack whole and safe with the local drivers darting in and out of our stack.  
 
Our first day had some interesting experiences. Right off the bat, I drove into the wrong Bodega Bay rest stop, the correct one was ¼ mile ahead. It worked out okay since there was still a restroom and when we started back on Hwy 1, the #3 group blocked the road so our stack could stay together. While diving on Highway 1 to Timber Cove we got behind a semi carrying rebar to a construction site. The driver was all over the road and wouldn't move over to allow us to pass him. We stopped at a one-lane traffic control light and I got out of the Cayman to ask the driver to let us pass. However, I had to jump back in my Cayman S to set my parking brake better. The truck driver did agree to let us pass freeing the stack up to breeze through 20 miles of traffic free roads. Needless to say, it was a fun drive until we hit our Gualala rest stop. After that we did our normal touring. I missed the entrance to the Ft. Bragg restaurant and warned the rest to make the turn so only a couple of us needed to make a U-turn.  The remaining ride went well, although we kept catching group #1 even though they had a 15min start.  We were a spirited group of Porsches.
 
 

One thing that I saw happen in our YELLOW group #2 (pictured above) was we began to solidify as one. At first, we were a group of strangers, not fully trusting the tour leadership. As we proved ourselves to be an effective team we became one driving stack. This allows the leaders to perform safe driving transitions and keep the stack together. When we cover over 800 miles of road this become really important. Through this trust we become bonded at the rest stops and dinners. We had a lot of military veterans and this added another key layer of continuity to our stack. As a result, a number of us are volunteering for the 2018 tour planning. All the meals and lodging went off without any major issues. It was one of the best tours I have every worked on. I hope this narrative gives you some idea of what it is like to stage a tour. It takes a village. My favorite new friend is Denise Smithson as we talked to each other on the radio relaying messages to the Yellow #2 stack.
 
Allen has created a Zone 7 Facebook page, pca zone 7 tri-region tour. He has also created an e-mail address to send pictures for posting on the above FB page. We will be forever indebted to Allen and his wife for their outstanding contribution to this event.
 
Here are some of the highlights to this 2017 Tour:
  • Drove the entire length of the Avenue of the Giants (26 miles)
  • Stopped at the Whiskeytown lake view off of Hwy 299
  • Drove our Porsches on the restricted Shasta dam roadway (80 total)
  • Drove the Feather River Canyon and Yuba River scenic Hwy 49 roads
  • Drove over the Foresthill bridge
 
Cheers, Craig Steele
 

 

My Autocross Story - Doug Brekke
by Doug Brekke


My passion for speed came at a very young age.  From rolling Matchbox cars around the house as a toddler, sliding my big wheel up and down the driveway via handbrake turns, and later on racing around the neighborhood on my BMX bike, I've always loved the sense of freedom and adrenaline rush that came from being on wheels in motion.  When my 16th birthday arrived, I got my driver's license that same day and soon after was the proud owner of a well-used 1986 VW Scirocco 8V with 65K miles.  It wasn't much of a head turner, but over the years I'd transform it into a formidable little racer with a blueprinted and balanced engine, full race suspension, repaint in Mars Red and all of the cool Euro trim bits.  My buddies also had tuned VWs, and we spent our free time learning how to push our cars to what we thought was the limit in the canyons, practicing techniques like rev-matching and heel-and-toe downshifting.  After getting into some trouble and escaping some hairy accidents, by age 21 I knew it was time to keep my motorsport enthusiasm off the road.  Over the following years I dabbled in track days with various cars, but never felt that I was completely confident in my car control abilities and never committed to regular practice.  

In 2009, I bought a brand new BMW 135i, Alpine White with Coral Red leather.  It was a milestone for me, and with a 300hp twin-turbo motor and relatively lightweight short wheelbase, it was the highest performance car I'd ever owned.  I joined the BMW CCA and decided it was time to commit myself to autocross and properly learn how to drive a sports car as it was intended to be driven.  One of the best parts of joining an affinity club like BMW CCA or PCA is the camaraderie and networking with fellow enthusiasts.  I struck up a friendship with a San Diego BMW CCA instructor who also had a new 135i, who I learned was an SCCA national champion in an E36 M3.  For the entire season, he'd ride with me in the morning and me with him, which greatly fast-forwarded my skills and technique.  He'd always leave at lunch time with a fast lap for me to chase in the afternoon, practicing what I'd learned that day.  As the season progressed, I began matching his times, and a few instances beat them, albeit with 2x as many laps to practice.  It was then I knew that I was on the right path of discovery in growing in the required level of mental focus and car control for autocross effectiveness, which got me hooked on the sport.  After two years with the CCA achieving class championships in stock and modified groups, a close friend bought a 2006 Carrera C4S.  My world was rocked.

After driving his car, it became clear that Porsche was the way to go racing.  A lifelong Porsche fan, I never thought it would be practical for a thirty-something year-old guy to own, much less race, a Porsche, but his experience with the car proved to be fairly cost effective and expense predictable.  The 911's razor sharp throttle response, positive shift action, firm brake pedal, and detailed feedback given through the steering wheel made my tuned BMW feel synthentic, dampened, even a bit vague by comparison.  It would cost far more to try to tune a level of "Porscheness" into my Bimmer, and would devalue the car in the process.  So, in 2011 I bought a 2006 Carrera S CPO with only 23K miles, in rich Seal Gray with optional C4S width 11" rear "Panasport" style factory wheels.  It was a beauty.  I joined the Santa Barbara PCA since they were the most active club near my home at the time, but ended up actively racing with the San Diego club since they have the vast Qualcomm Stadium parking lots at their disposal.  The group was very welcoming, and I aligned myself with the fast instructors early on to learn the nuances of how to go quickly in a 911.  By the end of the year, I managed to win my SS08 class and the Zone 8 championship in a group of 17 cars.  It was a dream season of racing behind the wheel of the most engaging car I'd ever driven, and I credit my early success to the great instruction and mentorship I had along the way.  

Once the season ended, I made the difficult decision to sell my C2S to buy a new home, and through a series of job opportunities I took a three-year hiatus from any motorsport activities.  By 2014, I had moved to Sonoma County, and the itch to get back into autocrossing needed immediate attention.  I'd always had an affinity for the 987 Spyder and dreamed of what it'd be like to own one of the lightest, most focused water-cooled Porsches ever built.  The limited production numbers and sense of occasion in driving such a stripped-down, motorsport-focused machine was too alluring to avoid.  After an exhaustive search, my buddy with the C4S located a car with the exact specification I wanted at an exotic car dealership in Fayetteville, GA - Carrera White with black wheels, black Porsche door scripts, 6-speed manual, carbon fiber sport buckets, sport exhaust...it even had the optional "Spyder" badge vs. "Boxster Spyder."  At only 18K miles, it was the one.  

photo by Doug Brekke


I promptly rejoined PCA, this time with the Redwood Region since I now live in Petaluma, and soon afterward came out to an autocross to meet the gang.  Everyone was so welcoming, and clearly passionate about Porsches and driving them as they were intended.  It was a vastly different atmosphere from San Diego where I had spent three seasons racing, with its massive urban blacktop parking lots, imposing concrete football stadium, and typically 100+ cars on hand, which gave the day a more impersonal feel in a sea of people, cones and cars.  Redwood events, by contrast, had a sense of charm to them, an intimate group of people who all knew each other well, a couple of disused airport roads snaking between grassy mounds, with an idyllic natural setting featuring a backdrop of trees and green hills, hot air balloons, and blue skies with a few puffy clouds forming from the geysers on the horizon.  It felt like stepping back in time - not much has changed since the photos of Redwood PCA autocross events from decades ago, which is very cool.  



I attended a few events in 2015 to dust off the mental cobwebs and discover what the Spyder was all about.  It was clear that I was very rusty, and that I'd need to put in a good amount of work to retune my inputs to keep up with the ultra-responsive Spyder platform.  I struggled at first managing understeer and oversteer, spinning a few times, learning to smooth out my driving technique to compliment the sensitive mid-engined layout vs. prior cars I'd owned.  The Spyder rewards precision over aggression, but when you get it right, I've never driven anything more engaging.  For the 2016 season, I committed myself to attending as many Redwood events as I could.  For a smaller club, the ratio of talented drivers on hand is much higher than I'd experienced in San Diego, which makes the TTOD and PAX wars extremely competitive. That adds to the attraction to come back and dice it up again with friends to see who can edge whom out on any given day, and depending on the track, the driver lineup at the top often changes.  I invested in some stickier street tires and an aggressive performance alignment, and from then on my Spyder and I have bonded as I continually work to chase the drivers at the top of the time sheets.



Now, in my fifth autocross season, I'm actively giving back to the sport which has given me so much personal growth and joy by serving as our club's Assistant Registration Director.  It's been a great way to connect with all of the participants and play my part in making sure our 100% volunteer events continue on.  While I'm now confident in pushing my Spyder hard, there's still so much more to learn.  There's always another tenth or two to find, no matter how experienced or talented a driver is, and we have some extremely talented drivers who model the way for goal-oriented drivers like me who want to keep improving.

If you haven't tried autocross or have been away from the sport for awhile, you really should (re)engage.  It's an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone, learn new skills that will keep you and your family safer on the road, while immersing yourself in a network of genuinely good-hearted, interesting people who share a common bond for driving Porsches.  You'll feel supported and will be able to progress at your own pace without the pressure or danger of being on a racetrack with other drivers.  Most importantly, you'll likely learn something new about yourself, which is worth the time investment alone.  


photo by Craig Steele

 
ax5Autocross #5


Register HERE


Calling all Redwood Region 
Track Enthusiasts!

Golden Gate Region of PCA is hosting a Track Weekend at Thunder Hill Raceway Park June 23-25.  They have done Redwood Region the honor of reserving slots in all run groups specifically for the Redwood Region!

This is our opportunity to get out on the track with our Redwood Region and Zone 7 friends and co-drivers.



Openings are limited and will fill fast.

Information and Registration at http://msreg.com/JuneGGRDE



Beginner's Classroom Session Saturday, June 17, 11am - 2pm
Walnut Creek Library

Special invitation to "retired" coaches and drivers - Come out to the track, have some fun, and support Redwood Region's current and future track drivers!


RV & Trailer Parking at the Track
Lodging available in Willows or Chico

Registration ends on June 20, 2017

Questions? Email Alan Geddes at redwoodsec@yahoo.com

 
Sacramento Valley Region Zone 7 Autocross Series

 
parade62nd Porsche Parade Spokane - July 9-15, 2017

 
plazaPorsches on the Plaza

Register HERE

 
Werks Reunion

 
Sierra Nevada Region Concours D' Elegance


 

Club Racing West Coast Series 2017

 
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Membership Report
by Tom Short, Membership Director

In May 2017, 13 PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club, including two other members who have been members for over 30 years! Congratulations and thank you to all of you who are marking anniversaries - I hope you are enjoying your membership and taking advantage of all the great benefits our club has to offer!
 
In May we welcomed six new members - I hope you take advantage of the excellent activities our club offers throughout the year. You will be receiving a complimentary Redwood Region name badge shortly, along with a coupon good for a free autocross. Check out our website for upcoming autocross events. Also, you can order a name badge for your associate member there as well.
 
Be sure to check out the calendar on our website, and keep an eye on it as new events are added as we finalize them. I encourage everyone to participate in your club's events - it's a great way to meet other PCA members and have some fun with great people and our amazing cars.
 
If you spot any errors or have any questions about membership please feel free to email me at pcaredmembership@gmail.com .
 
Best,
 
Tom Short









Board Meeting Minutes

by Alan Geddes, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the May 30th, 2017 Board meeting will be available after approval at the June 27th, 2017 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  
 
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on June 27th, 2017 at Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945. All members are welcome to attend.  

Membership Information

Please contact Tom Short, Membership Director for general information about Club membership, including changes of address and/or contact information, dual-membership inquiries, inter-region transfers, membership referrals, and name badges.

Redwood Region Members are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Board Meetings, held on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at 7:00 p.m. Month Day Year meeting will be at Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945.
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Redwood Region Contacts
2016 Redwood Region Board of Directors

Executive Council                                                                        Appointed Directors



707.953.1100

Jamie De Ruiter






Chip Witt, Vice President
 chip@wittzend.com
707-481-8804



707-266-4470




707.525.8623


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707-289-4304




Alan Geddes, Secretary

Mac Cranford


415.577.0647




707-963-7827




415.258.9619




   Ad-Hoc Committee






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415.819.2210

Tom Short


Tom Short, Membership Director
pcaredmembership@gmail.com
415-300-7457
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707.525.8623



   
Zone 7 Representative

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415.717.4117







707.725.6110







der Marktplatz
 

FORSALE  Set of Fuchs rims 16x6 and 16x7 in excellent shape Rims dated 4/87 and 11/87 not curb rash, two rims have a very small defect. will send more photos if interested.  $1300.
 
George Nostrant
707-695-2402

PORSCHE 911 993 Left and Right Headlight Lenses 1995-1998
From 1998 993 with 140,000 miles.  Mild pitting.  Driver's side has small hole patched with clear tape (see photo). $175


Contact:  Alan Geddes
Phone: 415-377-7120


Porsche 911 993 Front OEM Windshield Glass W/ Antenna 1995-1998
Good condition,- mildly pitted, no cracks. Came from car with 140,000 miles that was converted to show car. Green tint at top, antenna at center. 
$395

Contact:  Alan Geddes
Phone: 415-377-7120


Rims and Tires for sale $800 
Two 7.5x18 ET 50 mounted with Toyo R888's 225/40Z R18.
Two 9X18 ET 52 With Toyo R888's 285/30 R18.
 
The rims are powder coated black and are in excellent condition.
Tires are in good condition with 5-8 heat cycles. Lots of life left.
 
Contact Mac Cranford
temgren@comcast.net
 

 

 

 

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