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April 2017
Saturday 4/29 Autocross #2

May 2017
Saturday 5/6 Station House Run
Saturday/Sunday 5/20-21 Zone 7 Autocross # 3 & 4

From the Editor

by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

"Finishing races is important, but racing is more important."  Dale Earnhardt

It was Friday and I needed to load my 912 for autocross on Saturday.  It was going to be the first race of the season and I had put so much work into getting ready so when the front hood wouldn't unlatch I started to panic.  After multiple tries I finally got the darn thing to open enough to unlatch it.  I'll fix that.  A bit of white lithium grease later and the mechanism seemed to be better.  No time to check it out since it was raining hard and very dark outside.  I loaded up and went to bed anticipating a great day of autocrossing since the forecast called for no darn rain.  As I headed out of my neighborhood I noticed my front hood had come unlatched to the safety catch so I pulled over and secured it again.  This process repeated itself every 1/2 mile or so until I'd had enough and turned around for the safety of my garage.  I looked up adjustment procedures in my Porsche II manual and on the 912BBS forum.  After a few adjustments and several test drives the latch seemed to be holding so I headed back out toward the event.  The hood stayed latched all the way to Santa Rosa and I thought I had it licked until run #1 on the track.  What the heck!?  I popped the hood, made an adjustment and went out for run #2.  Of course it popped open again.  I'm just glad the safety catch on our Porsches works so good.  I struggled with this run after run until I decided that a ton of blue tape was the best course of action.  I was able to race the rest of my runs with this simple redneck fix.  I had a chance to compare my latch to those of other early cars at the track and it seems mine was not original.  For some reason my original latches never made it back onto my car during the restoration process.  A simple swap to an original spring retainer and problem solved (I hope).  I won't know for sure until our next autocross on April 29th.  Wish me luck.

We had a great turn out for our first autocross with over fourty cars and their drivers making a day of it.  I almost enjoy our gathering at Applebees afterward as much as the event...almost.  In May we have our annual Station House Run that always proves to be a fun event.  We finish the month of May with our Zone 7 two day autocross event which is our regions autocross # 3 & 4.  We gather for dinner on Saturday after the first event and share our stories from the day over some good food and drinks.  

The twisting roads through the green hills of Spring beckon to be driven.  Come on out and enjoy them with your fellow members.

Shift Toward Adventure,

Presidents Message
by Craig Steele, President

I can't believe April is upon us.   A quarter of 2017 is over.   March was a busy time for our Redwood Region with a very successful AX season opener (44+ cars) on March 25 th .  We are very blessed with an outstanding team of volunteers dedicated to creating maximum Porsche enjoyment on the AX course. We have made a number of great upgrades to our autocross experience this year. These include a new Pronto timing system, and an enhanced solar energy system to power our technology in the trailer and our starting light system. I also had a birthday on the Tuesday, March 28 th , which coincided with our board meeting night.
So what's up for April?  We have our second AX coming up on Saturday, April 29 th . I just signed up for this event using our website with the link to May 6 th is our annual Point Reyes Station House Run, one of my favorite annual club events. Kurt is promising another fun ride to this delightful restaurant. May 20 th and 21 st are our Zone 7 AX weekend days with a dinner on Saturday evening.
Chip our VP, has introduced the Executive Council (EC) to a new communication tool, Slack. Several of us have posted threads on it and like the way it works. I see this tool as a leadership conscience builder on key Redwood Region business before sharing it with the membership.
Alan our secretary, is very motivated to attract more drivers to experience track racing. He will write about his track experiences, how to get started, and future track days to attend with fellow Redwood members. I am very interested to try it again.
As part of my role as President I want to recognize the volunteers who make outstanding contributions to our region. At the March 25 th AX we honored the efforts of several members of the AX team. Grady, Bob and Anita were presented with a token of our appreciation.  We have others worthy of recognition. Chip, Greg and myself will be rolling out a way to nominate volunteers that fuel our events.



In the Zone
by Sandy Provasi, Zone 7 Representative

It is finally here! The updated Zone 7 website is up! Please check it out and enjoy. We are still updating some of the info, however the links to the regions are good to go. Don't use the 'www' as you will go to another place.
There is still time to sign up for Parade Spokane. Event registration begins on Monday, April 3rd at 9 am. Check out more Parade info on the Zone 7 website link.
There will be a Concours Judges Training session on Sunday, April 23th, 2017 from 10am to 2pm. It will be held at the San Francisco Sports Car in San Carlos. You can find out more info and sign up on (you can search on 'zone 7').
Looking Forward:
SVR Gimmick Rally School (prep for the Parade), at Niello Porsche in Rocklin on Sunday, May 7th
Zone Autocross #3 and #4 Redwood Region May 20-21st
Zone Concours #1 Yosemite Region May 21st,Fields Family Winery, Acampo (near Lodi)
Zone 7 Tour-Tri Region June 1st-4th
Zone Autocross #5 Sacramento Valley Region, Stockton Fairgrounds, June 3rd
Zone Concours #2 Loma Prieta Region at Partsheaven in Hayward, June 4th
Zone Concours #3 Sacramento Valley Region at Niello Porsche, June 11th
TSD Rally School (prep for the Parade) at Porsche of Livermore, June 25th, 2017


 Drive safe,

Sandy Provasi
Zone 7 Representative


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Autocross #2 April 29th, 2017ax2


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by Greg Matsumoto, Autocross Director

Rain, rain and more rain during the week and all day Friday.  Would the weather predictions for a dry Saturday be correct?  Would the autocross gods favor us?  Would the course be dry when we awaken early Saturday morning?  46 drivers were crossing their fingers for a great autocross day.  Ferdinand Porsche must have been watching over us since the clouds parted and the day was sunny and bright!  The long awaited first Redwood autocross was here!  The autocross team enthusiastically set up a great course, broke in the new Pronto Timing System, and we were all grinning ear to ear.  Even the winter's rains had blown and washed away all the usual debris off the course. 

It was great reconnecting with the old gang after what seemed like a long winter break and meeting a handful of drivers autocrossing for the first time.  We even had a returning driver after a 25-year hiatus.  During lunch, Grady Carter, presented the driving class awards for the 2016 season to the happy recipients.   The awards were a framed picture of the winner's car by our ace professional photographer, John Jackson.   Thank you, John, for your exceptional work and continued contribution!

Speaking of awards and recognition, a special moment was taken to acknowledge the awesome contribution by some outstanding autocross team members.  Although Grady Carter (Autocross Director 2012-2016) and Anita Benzing (Autocross Registrar 2012-2016) are leaving their positions this year, they continue to be essential leaders for our autocross team.  Craig Steele, our President, created collages of personal pictures on a large frame for each of them as a small token of our appreciation for their years of hard work and personal investment into our autocross program.  But, an essential person was missing.  We were looking for Bob Schoenherr, Co-Autocross Director (2012-current) in order to acknowledge his constant and continued contribution in each and every role possible.  At first, we couldn't find Bob.  Why? Because as we were celebrating Grady and Anita, Bob was at the far end of the course working hard picking up cones, fire extinguishers and station signs with his  truck.  Another, example of his endless contribution.  Craig presented Bob with his personal framed collage as well.
But, what about the actual autocross?  With a beautiful day, enthusiastic drivers, and a great track, designed by Bob Schoenherr, we couldn't go wrong. The new software for registration and timing worked well.  Stacy O'Connell and Doug Brekke used the new registration system and handed out our work assignments.

Thank you all for your patience in getting the times for the day.  We apologize for the delay.  The Pronto Timing System has some software glitches in producing the times in the format that is optimal for our club. 

The best Porsche times have evolved into a battle of the Boxster Spyders.  Caleb Porter, SVR, in his '16 Sypder (36.731) edged out Doug Brekke in his '11 Spyder (37.423) for TTOD. Followed by Collin Fat, SVR, in his '10 GT3 and Grady Carter in his '13 911 with street tires.

The Total TTOD went to Angelo Kljivin (35.038) in his '08 Stalker.

The ladies' competition continues to be a great battle.  Stacy O'Connell took TTOD-L with her '04 Boxster S (41.465) followed by Anita Benzing (42.019, '74 914).  And our up and coming Katy Thelen was third (43.004, '13 Boxster).  Last year Katy just came to watch the autocross and was encouraged to drive.  She took the challenge and is now an avid autocrosser.  Last weekend, at the SVR autocross, she turned some great times.  The ladies' competition is heating up.

Men's PAX times went to Bob Schoenherr, followed by Grady Carter and Caleb Porter.

Ladies' PAX times went to Anita Benzing followed by Stacy O'Connell.

Several members have contacted me to learn more about autocross.  Here are some ways to get the basics.  To provide more introductory information about the great sport of autocross we have received permission to include a video from the Northeast PCA region on our Redwood newsletter and website.  We have the artistic video created by Drew Powers on our site as well. 

In addition, Zone 7 also has a created a well-written description about autocross.  Go to their site

PCA also has an "Autocross Defined" link on their video site,

A great book was written by our own Redwood member and is highly praised by PCA clubs and autocross schools.  Secrets of Solo Racing by Henry Watts. 

But, again, just show up and we'll give you real life instruction by our expert instructors at no cost.

Last year Grady Carter introduced a guest program only for Redwood members to invite Non-PCA guests.

Redwood Members Guest Invitation Procedures :
  1.     Please email Greg Matsumoto,, with the name of your guest, their car year, make and model.  We are asking that you vouch for the integrity of the guest and their car. You, the Redwood member, have to register to drive in order to have an accompanying guest.
  2.     Greg will return your email authorizing attendance.
  3.      After receiving permission for your guest, you can contact them and inform them to register online. 
  4.     There is a maximum of 10 guests per event.
One final detail.  If you are inviting someone just to observe or for a Taste of Autocross, please have them arrive before the airport gate closes in the morning (around 9:00) or during our lunch break (I encourage you to bring your own lunch to socialize during lunch).  There is a sign with my cell phone number on the gate. But, after the event I noticed someone had tried to call me.  With all the engine noise and the physical movement, I didn't hear the ring tone and/or feel the vibration.  Guests will also have to stay until our lunch break or after we are done.

To close, thank you all for attending.  And, thanks to the autocross team for making a great first event!  Please register early to reserve your spot for our next autocross on April 29 th .  See you there!



Tech Session with Hi-Tec Automotivetech
by Chip Witt, Vice President


Despite some heavy rain early in the morning on Saturday, April 8 th , turn-out for the second Tech Session of 2017 was amazing. Nearly thirty Redwood Region members packed into the main garage at Hi-Tec Automotive where speakers from Elephant Racing and Exclusive Option shared their products and expertise with us. Deven Wailes closed the session with information on the types of things that can produce that annoying "Check Engine" light, sharing stories from the experiences gained through 31 years of Hi-Tec Automotive operation.
Photo by John Jackson
The fine folks from Elephant Racing, who made the trek up to San Rafael from Santa Clara to join us, started off the morning of talks with a walk through their history and development of what have become some of the most highly regarded suspension replacement/performance parts in the Porsche ecosystem. As with many companies of this type, Elephant Racing came into being primarily to scratch an itch regarding shortcomings in durability, performance, and adjustability of stock suspension parts discovered through their Founder's own experiences on-track. A collection of engineers, they began with some simple parts for specific needs, and have continued to grow their product line to include more complex services like the reconditioning of shocks...something that, from the description of the process, is not at all trivial. The Q&A that followed the talk was quite interactive and very educational for all that attended. As always, great to make new friends that might factor into future projects.
Photo by John Jackson

Exclusive Option specializes in aftermarket leather and Alcantara interior components for late model Porsches. Their presentation walked us through what they have found to be the most prevalent annoyances with interior of the modern Porsche, and offered the solutions they have crafted for addressing them. Their expertise, as well as the point of their entire presentation, was driven home by the unveiling of a gorgeous Boxter Spyder with custom interior (and some exterior) appointments that further personalized a Porsche that was already factory-gorgeous. For those looking for that next-level for their favorite ride, Exclusive Option may present just the options for which you've been looking.
Deven Wailes, Dana Wailes, Greg Maissen, and the entire team at Hi-Tec Automotive Team did a fantastic job organizing and sponsoring this Tech Session for the Redwood Region (with wrangling and administrative help from Kurt Fischer and Jerry Gladstone). With pastries provided by Holger and Martina Siebert, plenty of Porsches on display, and some quality vendor information, it was a day well-worth our time. On behalf of the entire Redwood Region, many thanks for everyone involved!
Photo by Chip Witt

See you next time!
P.S. - Congratulations to the entire Hi Tec Automotive Family on 31 years of operation! May there be many, many more.

Zone 7 Autocross Redwood AX# 3 & 4  May 20-21zone7

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Register HERE for Zone 7 AX#4 May 21st
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Membership Report
by Tom Short, Membership Director
In March 2017, 32 PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club, including two members who marked anniversaries of 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 March we welcomed eight 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 .

Tom Short


Board Meeting Minutes

by Alan Geddes, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the March 28th, 2017 Board meeting will be available after approval at the April 25th, 2017 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 25th, 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


Jamie De Ruiter

Chip Witt, Vice President



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Alan Geddes, Secretary

Mac Cranford




   Ad-Hoc Committee

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Tom Short

Tom Short, Membership Director
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Zone 7 Representative

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1972 PORSCHE 914 1.7L   I am third owner, car spent entire life in Sonoma County.  Original and complete.  112,000 miles.  Only rust was in battery tray.  Optima sealed battery now in place.  Shift bushing were recently replaced.  Many more photos on request.  I am loosing my storage space so car has to go.  Best offer over $6000.

 ROTISSERIE FOR SALE:  It was used to restore 1959 Porsche coupe that is now nearly finished restoration.  Heavy duty and can handle different cars as attachments are adjustable.  Constructed from plans by mechanical engineer.  $400+ in materials to construct.  Fits into bed of pickup.  Best Offer

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

PORSCHE Panorama Collection 

 - Pick them up and they're yours!

1972 (Apr-Dec) through 1979
1981 through 1982 (Jan.-Aug.)
2003 through 2015

Cell: 415-867-7667


2004 Boxster Project Car

WP0CA29834S620883 engine failed with IMS problem at 89,000 miles. Never crashed, never tracked. 2nd owner. 5 speed manual. Exterior (black), full leather interior (black), top (black) all in good shape. New rear brakes. 4 Michelin pilot sport tires at 84,500 miles. Full service record. More pictures available.

Asking $7,500. Offers accepted. 


1969 Porsche 911 GT Race Car with 3.4L Race Engine: !

Fully developed and sorted 1969 911 GT race car with fresh 3.4L racing engine. Currently set up for PCA and Porsche Racing Club GT3 class. Current engine, suspension design and set up by Mat Lowrance of Reno Rennsport.

 PCA and NASA logbooks. Dry weight of 19xx pounds (with oil). Fresh and unpainted 993 widebody fiberglass bodywork. Phone or email for details and additional photos. !

Dual axle open trailer with large front mounted tire rack, fuel jug storage and lockable tool box. ! Spares and supplies include fuel transport bottles, funnel, et cetera. ! A turnkey racing package. $125K + to duplicate, asking $39,000 OBO !

Contact: Neil Jackson: 925.785.0247 or Located in Orinda CA.

Genuine Porsche OEM 18" Wheels
*Price Reduction*
Front: 8"x18" ET57 (997.362.137.01)
Rear: 10.5"x18" ET60 (997.362.141.65)
Carrera IV wheel style introduced for the 997.2 in 2009 but should fit any 997. Near-perfect condition; no curb rash, scratches or dings. Great for mounting AX tires, winter tires, or to upgrade your scuffed original street wheels.
Hi-res pictures of each wheel available on request. 
$400 for all 4.
Contact Mike Beavers 707-546-4698

2005 Boxster S: 63,875 mi.
Triple black, Rare factory hardback sport seats, HRE 567R wheels & stainless welded exhaust. I'm not sure the brand of exhaust it was on the car when we bought it.. Neillo Porsche in Rockland has done all the service work since we have owned it. Runs and looks great!  Additional pictures upon request.
Cell: 415-328-4718

1992/2008 964 race car: PCA GT3 Zone 7 Champion 2012, 2 nd nationally and 3 time NASA/PRC GTL class champion. Currently racing with PCA & NASA log books. Jerry Woods 3.6L & G-50 6 speed, Guards GT3 LSD, coil over suspension, 'big red' brakes, two sets 10.5 & 13 by 16 Jongbloed wheels, approx. 2,100 lbs., Getty GT 2 Evo fiberglass body with 55 in. GT 3 Cup wing. All safety equipment, radio, cool shirt, etc.
The car is in excellent condition with low hours on all major components. The car has been professionally maintained by Jerry Woods Enterprises and has always had repairs/replacement as needed, for example the wheels and shock are currently being rebuilt. It was painted in June and looks great. No issues, needs or stories. The car is fast, dependable and fun to drive. It is especially easy to drive at the limit.  Easily does 1:42's at Sonoma (1:41.8 in June), 1:54's at T-Hill and 1:35's at Laguna Seca.  For more details, see  pdf here.

 $59,500. Contact Gary Willard 650-477-7039 or         

1997 993 TT has 46,700 miles on it. 

Artic silver/rubicon interior. Hardback sport seats, roof liner in leather, 6 CD changer. All stock except PSS 10 suspension. Original parts come with the car.

Only repaint was front bumper. Car is fantastic, I measured the paint to verify. Looks like new! Won numerous awards in SoCal. Engine top end and turbos redone at 38,000 miles. Also clutch. Runs perfect, absolutely no problems, everything works.  More photos here

VIN: WP0AC2999VS375292
Price: $189K

Contact Info: Jochen Rohr:

1970  Porsche 911 T Targa
Meticuously maintained and upgraded by the same owner for 24 years
California car, no rust
Rare 15" Mahle magnisium wheels w/hand-painted centers
OEM Recaro Sport seats
OEM "S" front spoiler
Euro H-1 headlights
Weber conversion
rare rebuilt 4-speed transmission w/short-shift kit
4k miles on split case engine complete rebuild with "E" pistons and distributor
Dino steering wheel
26206 indicated mileage
Tornado Red/Black (change of color)
Nakamichi cd player w/5 speaker 1100 watts amplifiers
Receipts & Logbook    $75,000 
Contact Fred Miramontes
209-451-9794   or



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