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President's Message
Chip Witt
President

October 2020 President's Message

I hope that our “normal” Northern California October weather has you inspired and feeling...no, strike that! I hope you are DOING well! I myself have found that slowly changing conditions have opened up the ability to get back out in the world to actually do stuff, while also providing new hope for opportunities on the horizon. I was able to join several other Redwood members and members of our neighboring Sacramento Valley Region for an autocross at Thunderhill on Sunday, October 11, and last night Nicole and I enjoyed a nice meal out in the open air on the Petaluma River. It was wonderful to see friends, share some laughs, and just take a moment to breathe. I highly recommend you take every opportunity afforded to you to enjoy life a little if you are able, as it can be inspiring. Also, I don’t want to blurt out anything specific, and steal anyone’s thunder, but the Redwood VP and Events Director have some things brewing for over the next month and half that will be great fun...which is certainly exciting given our truncated 2020 events calendar. Please stay tuned.

As I was driving the 140 miles up to Thunderhill Raceway in Willows last Sunday morning for autocross, I happened to take note of my odometer. Ordinarily, I probably would have overlooked it, but something stood out as the drive on a straight portion of the route pushed me to distract myself with some simple math. Some of you may recall that I tripped over 100,000 miles in Sasha (my Carrera White 997.2 GTS) on September 21, 2019 on my way to Redwood’s 2019 Oktoberfest celebration in Vacaville.
In the intervening 386 days, I had driven my trusty "daily driver" only 3,755 miles...or about 30% of normal for an average year. I found this to be sad, sobering commentary on 2020. Cars that were meant to be driven and drivers that need to drive should never have so few miles shared between them. I see it as a problem, and one I intend to do something about.
I think the thing that struck me most as I was driving back from Thunderhill, is that I enjoyed my 280 mile round trip there and back again almost as much as I enjoyed pushing my car through the autocross track as quickly as I could for what wound up being twelve total runs over the course of the day. My point is this, I didn’t need to be driving with anyone else...I just got out and drove, and found pleasure in the purity of the experience. I didn’t need a tour and really, didn’t even require a destination. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the autocross too, but, if I’m honest, I think I enjoyed the roundtrip to be there a bit more.

Again, be on the lookout for some upcoming Redwood activities, but in the meantime, get out there and drive!

Thank you, be well, and stay safe out there!
Ready to leave 2020 in the rear view mirror?
Ben Davoren
Vice President
It’s no secret that this has been the most challenging year for our club. Marking so many of our regular events as cancelled (some permanently, such as the Station House Brunch Run in Point Reyes) was painful as the months went by. But we had our first ‘no-touch’ rally because one of our members Jim Robison put together a creative response to being socially and physically distanced, and it was great fun.
 
What would YOU like to see on the road ahead in 2021? We know that COVID precautions will be in place for longer than we would like but driving your Porsche with a grin on your unmasked face meets all the guidelines even with the top down! 
 
Your Board of Directors will watch for opportunities to responsibly socialize but we would LOVE to hear your ideas for 2021! How, you ask? We are always happy to hear from you, but we will have two specific opportunities in the immediate future: our annual calendar planning meeting, and our annual members meeting.
 
Thursday the week before Thanksgiving (Nov 19) will be our calendar / event ideas meeting, at 6:30 pm, this year over Zoom. Two days later Saturday Nov 21 at 11 am will be our members meeting, also over Zoom.
 
Please watch our online calendar (redwoodpca.org) for additional information about obtaining the links and passwords. 
 
At the members meeting, we will review the status of the club and introduce candidates for offices and describe how to vote online but will have plenty of time to hear from YOU. In the meantime if you have any specific ideas, interests, or would like to know more about how you can be more active in Redwood Region, please email me.

From the Zone
Collin Fat
Zone 7 Representative

West Coast Race Series Holds 2 Events in September

Golden Gate Region hosted the first 2 West Coast Race events of 2020 at Sonoma and Laguna Seca Raceways on the weekends of August 22-23rd and September 5-6th, the Labor Day weekend. After the season’s first 4 events were cancelled, the series finally got underway and were well attended. The event at Sonoma Raceway was attended by 33 drivers competing for series points while the Laguna Seca event saw 43 drivers competing along with 103 drivers participating in the Golden Gate Region’s DE event (Driver’s Education) that was held in conjunction with the club race. Jim McClellan, Golden Gate Region, is the chair of the West Coast Race Series. Jim is fortunate to have a stalwart crew of some 8 other Golden Gate Region members who assist him with running all these events. Without the assistance of the volunteers, the series and DE events usually run in conjunction with the races would not be possible. The following are photos taken at the recent club race event at Sonoma Raceway.
What is PCA Club Racing?

PCA club racing is the most competitive form of club activity. Unlike autocross where speeds generally do not exceed 60 mph or a rally that is time and distance competition, club racing is the most competitive form of competition. With speeds nearing 140 mph or more depending on the track, club racing can only be run on a racetrack unlike an autocross that can be held at an airfield runway or large parking lot. Club racing requires that the racers attend a professional racing school and that the driver be licensed. Their Porsche must be equipped with a roll bar, fire extinguisher, five-point harness and other safety equipment. The car interiors are generally stripped and generally don’t have air conditioning, radios, sound insulation, and rear or passenger seats. All items that add weight to a race car. Cars are not road legal. There are quite a few classes of cars which compete against one another as well as Spec racing which pits similar models with limited performance enhancements allowed. Current spec racing includes Spec Boxster, Spec 944, as well as GT3 and GT 4 classes. Overall, there are more than a dozen car classes ranging from vintage, spec (11 classes), stock, and modified (4 classes).

Club racing is not intended for a novice who wants to take his or her recently purchased Porsche to the track. That is the purpose of PCA and region sponsored DE events (Driver Education). The most common progression to get into club racing is to first learn the basics of car dynamics at an autocross, progress to DE’s and finally to club racing after becoming licensed. Very few members in PCA relative to the club’s 134,000 members are club racers but the program at regions throughout the United States is quite robust and held at major track venues throughout the country such as Sebring, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, Circuit of the Americas, Sonoma, Road Atlanta, and Daytona to name just a few.

Drivers who compete in PCA club racing compete for year end awards and championship points and receive bragging rights at end of year awards ceremonies. It is a very competitive series but like all things PCA, it’s equally about the friendships, friendly competition, and the fun of club racing. The following photos are from the most recent West Coast Club racing series held at Laguna Seca in Monterey where there were 43 racers accompanied by 103 drivers in the DE event. The race was coordinated by Golden Gate Region and Jim McClellan’s dedicated group of volunteers.

Volunteers Fuel the Success of Club Racing!
Zone 7 Concours Series Cancelled

Monterey Bay and Golden Gate regions recently cancelled their annual concours due to Covid 19 related issues with large group gatherings and concerns with either their dealer locations or county parks departments.  With only 1 event still on the schedule, Loma Prieta Region on October 11th, the Zone Concours series has been cancelled. Zone rules require a minimum of 3 events to be considered a series and award trophies. The LPR event being held will be just for regional competition but will be supported by the Zone 7 Concours team. I am sure that all concours competitors are extremely disappointed and will be looking forward to more events in 2021. To find out more about the latest updates on the scheduled October concours events please refer to the Zone 7 website.

Zone Autocross Series Update

The Zone Autocross series events #2 and #3 at the Cow Palace in Daly City were cancelled due to the use of the facility as a refuge for farm animals and livestock displaced during the recent fires.
Golden Gate, Loma Prieta and Redwood regions had secured the use of the Cow Palace in Daly City, just south of San Francisco, but recently have had to cancel events due to complaints by neighbors of the Cow Palace regarding noise. As of this writing, I am awaiting an update on whether this site can be used for autocross moving forward or if the regions who have planned to use this site no longer have access. Please check with the region’s websites for the most up to date information.
Sacramento Valley Region in partnership with Redwood Region have a Zone Autocross event scheduled for October 10th and 11that Thunderhill Raceway Park with SVR hosting on the 10th and RR hosting on the 11th. Registration is now open, and drivers need to register for each day separately.

Events of Interest

1)     Zone 7 AX, October 24, Cow Palace, Daly City, by Golden Gate Region
2)     Zone 7 AX, October 25, Cow Palace, Daly City, by Loma Prieta Region
3)     PCA Tech Tactics West, November 21-22, Southern California - Tentative
4)     Loma Prieta Region 50th (plus 1) Anniversary Gala, March 2021
5)     PCA Spring Treffen at the Marriott Scottsdale, Arizona; May 5-9, 2021; treffen.pca.org
6)     Porsche Parade at French Lick, Indiana, July 11-17, 2021
7)     PCA Werks Reunion, August 13, 2021, Monterey; werksreunion.com
8)     PCA Fall Treffen at the American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin, October 13-17, 2021
9)     PCA Spring Treffen at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 27-May 1, 2022
10)  Sacramento Valley Region 60th Anniversary Celebration, May 7, 2022

Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their growing popularity.
Our first Thunderhill AX is a wrap
Stacy O'Connell
Co-Chair Autocross

Our autocross season of 2020 finally kicked off with a two-day Zone 7 event at Thunderhill on October 11. Sacramento Valley Region hosted us and we couldn't have asked for a nicer partner or better weather.

We had 47 drivers and ran the course in the opposite direction than we ran the day before, which turned out to be slightly faster for most.

Congrats to Steve Lau for TTOD and Tara Shapowal for the second best time of the day, and also TTOD-W. You can see the full results on our autocross page.

SVR loaned us their trailer, timing system, cones and more, and their team was ready to help us with whatever we need. We can't thank them enough.

With the loss of so many autocross sites, we're glad Thunderhill is an option for us. We're considering another 2-day weekend in 2021 (and possibly a second if there's enough interest) as the drive is manageable and there are many overnight accommodation options. Think about getting your AX fix on with us at Thunderhill next time!

We've got one more AX this season, November 22 at the paddock in Sonoma Raceway. Registration will open next week. I hope to see you there.

Note to our autocross drivers: Snell 2020 helmets are now available. At the start of our 2021 season, the oldest helmet we will allow is a Snell 2010. Be sure to check your expiration date so you're not caught off guard with an expired helmet.
Colorful Cobras at Sonoma
Ben Davoren
Vice President
During the enforced lull of activity in September due to COVID, Spare the Air alerts, huge wildfires and stunningly high Air Quality Indices, there was a brief respite on Friday September 18th at Sonoma Raceway. Our events and social media director Kurt Fischer, the man with all the connections, had received invitations for a few Redwood Region members to come out and test drive the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. I was one of the lucky few who was able to swing the afternoon off and head up to Sonoma to see what was happening with one of the latest attempts to create a daily driver that can compete on the track.

As the owner of a 991.2 Carrera S Cabriolet with PDK, I know this segment well, so the chance to get into a brand new state of the art 760 horsepower (yes, you read that right) machine on a track I love was too much to pass up. Fellow member Tom Strobel, no stranger to powerful beauties as the owner of a GT3, also came out for the show.

As expected, there was a lot of salesmanship, but we really did get a chance to drive in small groups out on the track in lead/follow format using “Track Mode” (i.e. Sport Plus), which was a lot of fun. I suspect if I had been unleashed on my own in a car someone else had insured, I would have pushed significantly harder, but my assessment is as follows:

Power: excellent transmission and near-PDK-equivalence in the upshifts (with 760 HP it ought to perform), not quite as mind-reading in the downshifts;
Brakes: really great;
Steering: Porsche has nothing to worry about. The Mustang is still a bit of a bucket to drive;
Goodie bag: it’s 2020 so I came home with a Ford facemask and a Cobra-branded bottle of hand sanitizer;
Attendees: I miss my Redwood Region compatriots and I hope to see you out on the road or track soon! I guarantee you I will still be driving my Sapphire Blue Cabriolet.
Board Meeting Minutes
Alan Geddes
Redwood Region Secretary

Our board meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The next board meeting is October 27th and will be held virtually. Please visit the Redwood Website for login details. All members are welcome to attend. 

You can read previous board meeting minutes here. 
Membership Report & Information
Tom Short
Membership Director


In October 2020, 39 PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club, including four members with over 40 years in our club, four more members with over 30 years in our club, and six more who have been member for over 20 years. Congratulations to all of you for such long-term loyalty 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 October we welcomed nine new members to Redwood Region PCA. You will be receiving a complimentary Redwood Region name badge shortly. Also, if you’d like to order a name badge for your associate or family member, follow the instructions on how to do so on our website. 
 
Regarding our events, the health and safety of our members and fellow car enthusiasts is of utmost importance to the Redwood Region and the broader Porsche Club of America. As a result, we have greatly reduced our regular calendar of activities due to recommended health and safety social distancing measures currently in place. We still have some upcoming virtual events as well as some interesting new challenges that you can do on your own, so be sure to check out our website calendar and watch for our email and newsletter for more info. 
 
I encourage everyone to check out our freshly redesigned website, https://redwoodpca.org/ where you can get the latest news about what’s going on with Redwood Region members and sign up for upcoming events. Our events are a great way to meet other PCA members and have some fun with great people and our amazing cars. In the meantime, we wish you and your families and friends well during these extraordinary times. Stay healthy. 

 
If you spot any errors or have any questions about membership please email me.
 

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Classifieds
For Sale 1969 912

This 1969 Porsche 912 coupe is finished in light ivory over a black interior and powered by a 1.6-liter flat-four mated to a five-speed manual transaxle. This LBW 912 is now offered with a tool kit, a driver’s manual, two sets of keys, a car cover, and a clean California title in the owner’s name.

The five-gauge cluster has been upgraded with a 911 oil-pressure and temperature combination gauge, and the owner states that the speedometer reads about 9 mph high and the clock runs slow. The odometer shows approximately 50K miles, 12K of which have been added during the owner’s fifteen-year stewardship. Please assume 150K miles.

Car is currently equipped with aftermarket lightweight driver’s seat, aftermarket fuch style 7” wheels, aftermarket short shift shifter, 914 thick wrap steering wheel, and later adjustable spring plates.
Owner has a set of 4 original 5 ½” fuch wheels, original driver’s seat & new seat cover to be installed, original shifter with correct shift knob, original steering wheel & horn pad, and original rear spring plates.

The car is offered at $47,500 
Additional parts and literature is offered separately please request an inventory list.

Please contact me at efell097@gmail.com
Thank you Chuck
For Sale 2001 996

This future collectible 2001 996 911 Carrera is finished in Arctic Silver over Black Partial Leather is a fantastic example owned by Porsche owner all my life. Optioned with the proper 6-speed manual gearbox and with 88,000 miles it fits the perfect bill of a gorgeous driver-quality 996 at an entry level price. It originally left the factory in June 2001. I bought in April of 2018 with 68,000 miles. At the time it was my second car to a 2015 Cayman S. I sold the Cayman to a fellow PC member. I’m now buying a C4S. This Carrera has clearly been well cared for throughout its life. The Carfax (I cannot find it) when I bought it showed the transmission out at around 32,000 miles. This is consistent with IMS bearing replacement then. I believe I am the second owner. This Carrera represents a great value in the 911 market, the most popular and desirable color combo at a fair price. 
$24,000 with Fabspeed $23,250 w/o more pics and detail available.

Contact: Trini Amador
OEM side marker lights $100.
Fits 991, 981 and 718
Contact: Jerry
Porsche 991 911 Parts

Exhaust: 2014 991 30k miles, $600
Contact: Simone
PCA Panorama Magazines

I have 40 years of Porsche Panorama magazines that I would like to give to a good home. Cleaning out my office and didn't want to throw these away. Hate to put them in the recycling bin. 

If anyone is interested call Don Canardo 707-291-6321
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