In this Issue
Upcoming Events at a Glance


Click on the event name for a link to additional details, including contact and RSVP information.  Event dates subject to change.   Click here   to view the full 2017 Redwood Region calendar online.
March 2017
3/25 Saturday Autocross #1

April 2017
4/8 Saturday Tech Session with Hi-Tec Automotive
4/22 Saturday Hoppy Porsche Brewery Tour
4.29 Saturday Autocross #2

From the Editor

by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

I've been working hard on my 912 lately getting it ready for autocross season.  I still can't believe this winter is almost over.  So much rain!  The recent sunshine has been nice for my shakedown runs after working on my car.  So far so good.

I wish I could have attended the Run for the Crab event that recently took place.  Looks like our members had a ton of fun both driving the backroads on the fun run and eating all that yummy crab.  Check out the articles below and you'll see why I missed out on a great day.

After our first autocross of the season it looks like we have a handful of fun events planned for April.  The 'Tech Session with Hi-Tec Automotive' is one I will be sure to attend.  For you beer lovers we have the 'Hoppy Porsche Brewery Tour' coming up near the end of April.  We finish up April with our second autocross of the season.  Come on out and enjoy one of these fine events and get to meet some of our outstanding members.

Shift Toward Adventure,

Presidents Message
by Craig Steele, President

As I assimilate my role as Region President, several themes rise to the top of my focus: Events, communication, volunteers and stewardship. Redwood Region has a very robust 2017 event calendar. March ushers in the Auto Cross season on March 25 th

We have a new AX Director, Greg Matsumoto, who will be taking the reins from Grady Garter. Thanks Grady for an outstanding several years of devotion to Redwood AX. Prior to the opening event, there is a training class on our new Pronto timing system on Sunday, March 5 th and Trailer Clean-up Party on Sunday, March 12 th

One of the things that didn't quite register for me is that the President has to show up to a majority of Redwood activities. Which means that Sandy and my social calendar is pretty fixed for 2017. 

Anyway, I am ready to AX, I have new manifold cats on my Cayman S without the check engine light being on, four new Michelin tires and I will be sporting my new Bell Black 2015 compliant helmet. Chip Witt, our VP, is working on the AX tee shirt design. Thanks for doing that chore.
Redwood communication is a never-ending challenge. Kim Powers is our new Web Master and she attended the February board.Thank you Kim for taking on this important task. 

 Jamie has agreed to be our editor until the end of 2017. We need to start bringing onboard new volunteers for the der Riesenbaum editorship. Also, we need to establish a team of graphic designers who will assist our event coordinators with flyers that we use on the website and e-mail blasts. I managed, with all the reminders, to miss the PCA BOD meeting. I did manage to attend the Zone 7 presidents meeting and spent time with the PCA National Secretary Cindy Jacisin.  We now have a friend on the National Board.
The one area of the region I am most proud of is our financial condition. We are very blessed with a Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone, who nows his stuff. If that was not enough he has become the self- proclaimed expert on all things We started using this service to manage our events and now we are seeing the Zone 7 use it for the June Zone Tour. Awesome work "Jerry!"
We have a great board to start 2017, however, we will need to recruit new members as current ones retire. James Heisey has done an outstanding job of managing our Zone 7 Concours at the Ledson Winery. He has chosen to retire from this duty.  This year's event is on Sunday, Sept. 17 th

We are very blessed with constant stream of members and renewals with 980 members and affiliates filling our membership rolls.



In the Zone
by Sandy Provasi, Zone 7 Representative

March is here along with the Spokane Parade Registration. If you have thought about attending a Porsche Parade, here is your chance. There will be something for everyone, young and not so young. There will be plenty of caravans heading up to Washington from all over California. I will keep you informed. Some of the things to sign up for at Parade will be driving tours, bike tours, walking tours, cooking classes along with the regular items: Concours, Rally, Autocross and Tech Quiz.
There are still openings for Treffen Hill Country at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort outside of Austin, Texas on March 29-April 2, 2017. Ready to get the Porsche out and go for an adventure? This would be the place to go.
April will be the start of the Zone 7 Autocross Series. Please join Golden Gate Region and Loma Prieta Region at Marina Airport in Marina on April 8th and 9th for #1 and #2 of the 2017 series. Also in April there will be a Concours Judges Training session on Sunday, April 23rd, location TBA.
SVR is going to do a couple of rally schools (prep for the Parade). The first is on May 7th and will be oriented toward Gimmick Rallies. It will be taught by Keith McMahan and Rik Larson. Location is Niello Porsche in Rocklin and will require a RSVP for the school (limited seating).
The second will be a repeat of the TSD Rally School that was done for the 2012 and 2014 Parades. It will be held at Porsche of Livermore on June 25th. Instructors are Richard Wetzel and Rik Larson.
Are you receiving emails from the Zone? If not, please check your email setting at the It is easy to do. First log on to the site with you name and password. Then click "Edit" tab, 2nd in from the left in the row of tabs on your page. Scroll to "Email Settings" way, way down, and make sure none of the opt-out options are checked.
Looking Forward:
SVR Rally School (prep for the Parade), at Niello Porsche, May 7th
Zone Autocross #3 and #4 Redwood Region May 20-21st
Zone Concours #1 Yosemite Region May 21st
Zone 7 Tour-Tri Region June 1st-4th
Zone Autocross #5 Sacramento Valley Region, Stockton, June 3rd
Zone Concours #2 Loma Prieta Region at Partsheaven, June 4th
Zone Concours #3 Sacramento Valley Region at Niello Porsche, June 11th
TSD Rally School at Porsche of Livermore, June 25th, 2017
Safe Driving
Sandy Provasi
Zone 7 Representative


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Crab Feed Fun Run 2017
by Craig Steele, Redwood Region President

Crab Fun Run Drivers Meeting
Our Redwood Region hosted its third Crab feed again at the Marin Yacht Club in San Rafael. We co-hosted the event with the Diablo Region. We hit our maximum number of attendees at 100 participants. This year we added an out and back fun ride that was organized by Kurt Fischer. Kurt created an outstanding route through the back roads of Marin and Sonoma Counties. However, the recent storm closed part of the route several days before the event. Kurt then had to re-do the route to fit the same 2-hour time frame covering 70 miles. Another hurdle we faced was that there were over 40 Porsches signed up.  Kurt enlisted my help to lead half of the cars on the same route 10 minutes behind his lead.  We made all of the drivers enter the start-up location on their GPS devices in case they got lost. Another issue not fully vetted was a rest stop. After some dialogue we selected stopping at Pt. Reyes Station to meet the drivers need for a bio break.

Driving off of Marshal Petaluma Road South on Highway 1
The day was sunny and clear.  We traveled north on Highway 101 taking the Lucas Valley Road to Nicasio. There was a stop light with a one-lane road control, otherwise, the roads were clear but with a lot of pot holes to dodge. There were a fair amount of bicyclists taking advantage of the sunny weather too. The route took in the Marshal road, Highway 1 and finally Sir Francis Drake Road back to San Rafael. We lost a couple of cars, but they did manage to make it back to the Marin Yacht Club. Amazingly, this fun run went safe and fun even through the congested parts of San Rafael. Once back, we did a group photo and began the Crab feed. Thank you Ben Davoren and Simone Kopitzki for your great photos of the event

Porsche tour heading back to the Marin Yacht Club to begin the Crab feed

Redwood Region Run for the Crab - 2017
by Sharon Castle

  With help from the Diablo Region, our Co-Sponsors, and the Zone 7 Presidents Meeting which was being held nearby, we sold out our 3 rd annual "All You Can Eat Fresh Local Dungeness Crab Feed".  Over 100 folks attended, many for the first time at a Redwood Region event.

  This was the second Year that Redwood Region member Paul Simmons hosted us at the beautiful Marin Yacht Club. What looks nicer than a Porsche in front of a Yacht!

  Luckily, after what seemed like months of constant storms we had a beautiful clear day for the Fun Run through West Marin and Sonoma Counties. The run was designed by Kurt Fischer.  He and Region President Craig Steele each lead a tour group of approximately 20 cars. 

We are so grateful to the many folks, who in keeping with the PCA Volunteer spirit, helped to make this event a success.  PCA runs on volunteers, and this group certainly did!

  We owe a big thank you to Brian Atkins for bringing a large selection of gourmet cheese appetizers. We also wish to thank Wine Country Motor Sports for their sponsorship and providing bottles of wine for our volunteers. The wine complemented the crab perfectly.

Cindy Jacisin and Sandy Provasi

  We were so pleased to have Cindy Jacisin, PCA National Secretary, attend our event.  She brought and presented a PCA flag, signed by all current National Board Members, to Redwood's longest PCA member, the lucky Bob Sherwood.  Bob has been a Redwood member since 1972.  

Bob Sherwood

  Additional thanks goes to Juli Schmidt, Simone Kopitski and Edmund Won for the fabulous photographs.

Till next year,

Sharon Castle

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Zone 7 Concours Judging School - April 23rd, 2017

by Greg Matsumoto, Autocross Director

It's a sincere honor a privilege to be following the footsteps of Grady Carter as your new Autocross Director.  Grady has dedicated the last four years refining and improving our autocross program.  Grady and Bob Schoenherr (Co-Autocross Director) have taken Redwood's autocross program into the 21 st century by researching and implementing a new computerized timing system.  Without Grady and Bob's continued guidance and coaching this transition would have been extremely difficult.  Due to their love for autocross, they will both be continuing to be essential parts to our autocross team.  
As Grady mentioned in last month's newsletter, our autocross team has additional changes.  After several years of dedication, Anita Benzing has turned over her registration role to Stacy O'Connell with Doug Brekke assisting.  Anita kept our events operating smoothly and somehow gently kept easily distracted drivers on task.  The phrase, "herding cats" applies.  Stacy has a great sense of humor and has decided that "Chief Registration Officer" is her appropriate title.  Bob Schoenherr has always assumed numerous roles and has turned over his Head Driving Instructor role to Drew Powers.  Redwood is fortunate to have a great group of members that enjoy autocrossing and without hesitation they find numerous ways to contribute to make each autocross a fun and great event.  We are continuing the policy of being able to invite a friend (Porsche or non-Porsche) to accompany you.  But, please contact me well ahead of time so I can authorize their attendance.
Autocross driving is a great way to learn how to drive your car in a safe environment that won't hurt your car.  I had no idea what autocross racing was until I purchased my first Porsche in 2007.  I have always wanted to attend a performance driving school but was confused with all the options.  One day I was at my mechanic's garage looking at several pictures of various race cars that he had tracked over the years.  I asked for his advice about driving schools and he said, "Join your Porsche club and they'll teach you how to drive."  His advice changed my life and I've been smiling since.  I joined Redwood and was introduced to autocross.  I attended my first event, used a loaner helmet, was assigned an instructor and I was hooked!  During that first year several different instructors gave me numerous driving tips.  After 8 years, I'm still inviting instructors to ride with me for advice.  The support and camaraderie at our events are unparalleled.    
I'm sure that everyone is looking towards our first autocross on March 25 th .  We've been in autocross hibernation doing whatever is needed to tweak our cars.  It will be great to see the old gang again.  If you haven't autocrossed before or are tempted to check it out, please don't hesitate to join us!  We're a great cross section of women and men, young and old, cars directly from the showroom to tricked out race cars.  What's great is that everyone is supportive to each other by always giving each other friendly and supportive advice.  Of course, we have friendly competition and raze each other over a beer afterwards at Applebee's. 
So, ladies and gentlemen "start your engines!" It will be great to start the 2017 autocross season together.  And, if you are new to the sport, please don't hesitate to join us.  The added incentive is that your first autocross is free for Redwood members!  See you on the 25 th !

Autocross #1 - March 25th, 2017 ax1

Register HERE


62nd Porsche Parade Spokane - July 9-15, 2017

Bertolli's Auto Body


ESCA 53rd Annual April Fools Rallye

Club Racing West Coast Series 2017

Membership Report
by Tom Short, Membership Director
In February 2017, 27 PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club, including two members who marked anniversaries of 40 years or more! 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 February 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 .
Tom Short


Board Meeting Minutes

by Alan Geddes, Redwood Region Secretary

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

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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 
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209-451-9794   or



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