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 2016 Redwood Region calendar online.

October 2016

November 2016
Brunch Run - Two Bird Cafe

Click here   for a single-page 2016 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

From the Editor

by Jamie DeRuiter, der Riesenbaum Editor

  This year my other hobbies have taken me away from enjoying many good events with our region.  It seems like they all demand time from me in August and September.  I knew things would calm down for me in October and I was hoping to enjoy the last two autocrosses of the season.  Well, that didn't go as planned.  I was cutting down a large lodgepole and had a widow maker branch come down on my face requiring many stitches.  Needless to say I wasn't thrilled to put a helmet on my face for the enduro so I had to forego that event.  I'm hell bent on making the last autocross on October 29th though.  I'm also planning on making our annual members meeting coming up on the 23rd of October as well.

  There's still some great weather left before the wet stuff starts falling from the sky so come on out and enjoy what's left of our season and get to know the cool people that make up our region.

Shift Toward Adventure,

Presidents Message
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by Mike Hinton, President

According to the calendar, summer is over.  So what's up with the 100 degree days?  Nevertheless, the days have been mostly dry, so that means it's time to drive!  After attending the autocross that was held on the first weekend in September, I traveled down to Fontana (east of Los Angeles) to attend my maiden track day with the Porsche Owner's Club.  I was accompanied on my adventure by my good friend and former Redwood Region Vice-President Chris Harrell, who brought his track-ready 996 GT3.  In order to minimize our exposure to the brutal Los Angeles traffic, we stayed in a motel near the track.  To say that I slept fitfully is an understatement!  Yeah, I know that I have six years of autocross experience under my belt, but this new experience was fairly terrifying, especially in GT3, which lacks all of the safety nannies included in all new cars.  On the other hand, that lack of gizmos was the precise reason that I traded my 991 Carrera for the GT3 in the first place.
Saturday morning dawned with the promise of an extremely hot day.  Chris and I hustled to Auto Club Speedway to get our cars through technical inspection, and got prepared for the driver's meeting.  That part of the day was very similar to an autocross event, except for learning the meaning of the various flags being deployed, and learning about the etiquette of passing and being passed.  Chris and I studied the course map intently (we didn't get to walk the track), and soon enough, there we were, waiting in line for the green flag to drop.  We started off in a large pack of cars, as there were over 30 of us on the 1.4-mile track, so the first few laps were just like very quick parade laps, albeit with speeds over 100 mph on the straights.  I was a bit tentative entering the corners, prompting my instructor to grab the steering wheel, and positioning me much closer to the apex of the turn.  After about 5 laps, the traffic began to thin out, and our speeds increased.  My apprehension had vanished, and I was beginning to really enjoy the driving.  On Lap 8, as I checked the mirror for faster cars, I saw a plume of white coming from the rear of the car.  As it happened, THIS time, the failure was the dreaded coolant pipe issue.  I guided the car into the pits, where it was engulfed in a huge cloud of steam.
Chris had seen the steam, and knew immediately what had happened.  During a break between the sessions, he introduced me to Loren Beggs, who owns Nine11Design in Montclair.  Loren came over and quickly diagnosed the problem, and it was clear that my GT3 would run no more on this weekend.  Loren hooked me up with a towing company that was very familiar with moving stricken race cars, and they agreed to come out to the track in the afternoon to retrieve my stricken car, and take it to Loren's shop.  In the meantime, Chris very generously offered to share his car with me for the rest of the weekend!  The dark clouds surrounding me began to lift..  After the afternoon session, my instructor had me perform a simple exercise in the parking lot, and the result was that I learned how to use the throttle to steer the car.  What a revelation!  On Sunday, I put that newfound knowledge to good use, and improved my times by nearly 4 seconds per lap!  At the end of Sunday, Chris and I were both exhausted, but I had just had more fun than I can put into words.  I can't believe that I waited so long to go to the track.  More track events will surely follow next year!
Despite the onward march of the calendar, the Region still has some fun events on tap.  On October 23, I invite you to join me and your fellow members on our annual Membership Meeting, with lunch at the Union Hotel in Occidental.  The drive should be fun, and the camaraderie is always first-rate.  Additionally, we have a makeup autocross scheduled for October 29.  It will be your final opportunity to test your skills on our awesome autocross site at the Sonoma County Airport.  Come on out, and drive your Porsche the way it was meant to be driven!
As always, we welcome your input about any of our current or future events.  Please contact any of us with questions or concerns.


Mike Hinton - President, 707-963-7827,
Craig Steele - Vice-President, 707-953-1100,
Chip Witt - Secretary, 707-481-8804,
Jerry Gladstone - Treasurer, 707-525-8623,
Vern Rogers - Past President, 415-420-9567,

In The Zone
by Sandy Provasi, Zone 7 Representative
I would like to thank all the Werks Reunion volunteers for helping to put on another great event. As this event continues to grow, so does the need for more volunteers. Thanks for volunteering to park cars, judge the Concours, direct traffic, set up tables, empty trash, put up and take down signage and the other dozen jobs that go into the event. The new, beautiful location for next year's Werks Reunion will be announced soon. Save the date: Friday, August 18, 2017.
A big thanks goes to all of Sierra Nevada Region for helping host the first North American Treffen Lake Tahoe. It was a great 4 days of tours and social for all. Fun roads, beautiful weather, over the top meals and new friends made the event a success. For those who want to see The Hill Country of Texas, check out the next Treffen: March 29, 2017
Hope to see you all at the last Zone 7 Concours of 2016 put on by Yosemite Region with Porsche of Livermore as the sponsor on Sunday, October 9th. You can pre-register at for the Concours. The cost is $30 if you pre register, else the day of the event it is $40. If you are out for a Sunday drive  that day, stop by and check out all the Porsches at 3100 Las Positas Road, Livermore.
Now it is time to sign up for the Zone 7 Year End Awards banquet. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Concord on Saturday, November 5th at 6pm. Come cheer on the 2016 winners in Autocross, Concours and Club Race. Everyone is welcome to join us for the evening. You might even win a door prize! Dinner is $55 per person. You can register at or mail a check made out to Zone 7/PCA to me at 1339 Glen Dell Drive, San Jose, CA 95125. The Clarion has rooms for $99 per night, plus tax which includes breakfast at the Bistro Restaurant.
Looking Forward-
Zone 7 Presidents meeting- November 5th 9am-4pm, Clarion Hotel, Concord
Zone 7 Year End Awards and Banquet- November 5th 6pm, Clarion Hotel
Treffen Hill Country, Texas- March 29, 2017
Porsche Parade-Spokane, Washington- July 9 - 15, 2017
Werks Reunion-  August 18, 2017

Safe driving,
Sandy Provasi
Zone 7 Rep


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Oktoberfest 2016
by Ben Davoren

It's tough to imagine a better month to take your Porsche out on the roads of the Redwood Region than September. Knowing that the destination was the Vacaville Oktoberfest, about 30 enthusiastic members assembled in Santa Rosa to take part in the annual pilgrimage put together by ex-President Kurt Fischer and hosted by our own members Holger and Martina Siebert, owners of Pure Grain Bakery & Café, right on the square in downtown Vacaville. This event is also the new members mixer put together by our brilliant red-Dirndl-clad sponsorship director Simone Kopitzki. 11 new members quickly made friends in Santa Rosa and joined the full color spectrum of our Porsche parade behind Kurt on our way east towards Lake Berryessa. The temperature was just perfect all the way out along highway 128 (recently paved, too!). The stop for the photo op (okay, and bathroom break) at Turtle Rock Café gave everybody a chance to get ready for the last 'spirited' part of the drive down County Road 86 to Vacaville under crystal clear skies.

As we down-shifted into town we were greeted by our own private Porsche parking immediately alongside the square, which was filled with the sounds of a true German family oompah band. Better yet, it was only a few feet from cold draft beer, hot brats, and frites...with three long reserved tables for our group outside the Siebert's Bakery. With a few goodie bags for the new members, a good time was had by all under shady trees and with terrific food.  This was another great event that really makes the club special. If you have even had the slightest temptation to come out on one of our tours, check out the Redwood calendar. And for next year, maybe think about getting some Lederhosen. I think I may need some to go with my new Alpen Hat and this great drive. I see now why this is a traditionally great turnout!

Tech Quiz Winner - Parade 2016
by Vern Rogers

Just a short note to acknowledge the technical knowledge prowess of our Esteemed Region President Mike Hinton.

Those of you that read you Panorama carefully will see that Mike won first place in his class in this year's Technical Quiz at Parade in Jay Peak Vermont.

If you have ever talked to Mike about standard equipment or specs on any air cooled Porsche you have a sense of the depth of his knowledge. 

We had a guy show up at a recent AX who had purchased a car that was purported to be a 1968 911.  Mike took a look at the car and right away said that it had to be at least a '69.  He was looking at the cover for the torsion tube and it was not in the right place for a short wheel base car.  1968 was the last year for short wheel base, and '69 was the first for long wheel base.

Yay Mike, and congratulations on your award!



Bertolli's Auto Body


 by Grady Carter

I would like to start this month's article with a Huge Shout-Out to the folks that came out to the September autocross just to help out.  Thanks to Jim Winston, Vern Thomas, Brenda Hinton, Larry Powers, Mark Campagnia and Brian Cooley.  None were driving for a variety of reasons but they sure made my job easier, especially with the head registrar and the course setup/head instructor (i.e. Anita and Bob) gone on vacation. 
The last runs of the day proved to be the fastest for the top three runners as it was for almost a third of the participants.  Top Time of the Day was laid down by someone who had not run with us in a while.  Todd Winstanley with his fully SCCA prepped Honda S2000 did it closely followed by a couple of "Spyder Men" Caleb Porter and Doug Brekke in their 2016 and 2011 Boxster Spyders, respectively.
In the handicapped rankings (PAX) both Ben Davoren (Boxster) and Carl Winkler (Cayman) set their fastest times on their last runs with Ben edging out Carl for Top PAX time.
Deb Suttkus took a not unfamiliar spot by putting claim to Ladies Top Time of Day on her 7 th run.  Stacy O'Connell continues her steady improvement by putting it all together on her last run to take Ladies Top PAX time.
The PAX competition proved extremely close with the top 11 cars/drivers within a spread of just 1.42 seconds.
In the year-to-date PAX standings Bob Schoenherr is still in the lead but that has decreased to just 6 points which is still a pretty good feat since he was on vacation for this event.

We continue to solicit volunteers to fill the autocross duties for next year.  The jobs/duties are varied.  On-the-job training will be provided.  A general list is:

Autocross Director
Participant Management
Towing (need a backup tow vehicle/person)
Course Setup (need one more person)
Tech Inspection (can always use a couple more)

Remaining Autocrosses:

October 29

Hope to see you (twice) in October and happy motoring,

Grady Carter

Autocross #10ax10


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Board Meeting Minutes

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by Chip Witt, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the September 27th, 2016 Board meeting will be available after approval at the October 25th, 2016 meeting.  Read previous board meeting minutes here.  
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on October 25th, 2016 at Novato Mary's Pizza Shack, 121 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945. All members are welcome to attend.  
Membership Report
by Tom Short, Redwood Region Membership Director
In September 2016, 42 PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club. A special thank you goes out to three members who marked anniversaries of over 40 years, and six more more who have been in the club 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 September we welcomed seven 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  or call me at 415-300-7457.
Tom Short

New Members:

Anniversaries (five years or more):

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
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Jamie De Ruiter

Craig Steele, Vice President
Grady Carter



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Chip Witt

Chip Witt, Secretary

Mac Cranford


vern rogers, Past President



   Ad-Hoc Committee


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Tom Short

Tom Short, Membership Director
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Zone 7 Representative

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der Marktplatz

For Sale: windscreen from a 1993 911 cab. (964). Great cond. Never used. $250.00.
Steve Lash

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

 1999 Boxster headlights.  Low and high beam bulbs have been removed.  Tinted film covering yellow reflectors that could be removed.  Slight haze, but no other problems.  $100  Andy Cell 707-494-0100

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



Classified ads for Porsches and Porsche-related parts or accessories are available at no charge to PCA members and may be submitted to the editor via  email by the 5th of the month to be included in that month's issue of der Riesenbaum. Ads will run for three months, space permitting, unless canceled by the seller. Classified ads are also included in the  der Marktplatz section on our Club website. Editor may modify ad copy as needed based on space constraints, and is not responsible for content, errors or omissions. Commercial ads are not accepted. Please contact  Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki at 415.299.7563 for sponsorship information and rates. 


Der Riesenbaum is the official newsletter of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, encompassing Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. This publication is intended to inform Club members about Club activities and other related matters of interest. The opinions expressed in der Riesenbaum are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, its officers, or its members.


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