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President's Message
Chip Witt

September 2019 President's Message

I remember it as if it was just yesterday. It was Saturday, September 8, 2018 and Craig Steele, Gordon Carter, Mike Hinton, and I were attending the Cloverdale Car Show. During the awards ceremony at the end of the day, after Gordon had been surprised by his “Modified Imports” class win, they announced the Club Award, an embarrassingly large trophy given to the best represented car club at the event (excluding the event co-sponsors, Cloverdale Roadrunners Car Club). When the award was given to the local Corvette Club in 2018, we all agreed on the goal for 2019: do all we could to take that club award home for Redwood.

Fast-forward to September 7, 2019. Ten of us parked on “Porschestraße” (East First Street between South Main and South Cloverdale Blvd.) with our Redwood Region banner flying proudly. While we bettered our 2018 numbers by two this year, we had all but accepted that the coveted Club Award would be going home with some other club this year.

Several of us gathered along South Cloverdale Blvd. for the awards presentation. We were excited when both Brian Barber (1st Place for his 911 slant nose) and Rich Gunderson (2nd Place for his 986 Boxster) won awards in their respective classes. Brian, with his 1st Place in the Imports Class, was a contender for Best in Show, so were all looking forward to that final award announcement. Then the impossible happened...

“...and the winner of this year’s Club Award [insert dramatic pause] Redwood Region, Porsche Club of America!”

For half a second I was dumb-founded. I looked over at Vern Rogers, Redwood Past President, and said, “Did he just say what I thought I heard?” After Vern confirmed that he had, I excitedly ran up to accept the trophy on behalf of the club.

While Brian did not get the Best in Show honor this year, everyone had an amazing time and we managed to collectively realize a club ambition we had just one year prior. An amazing day for Redwood! Thanks to all that came out. For those that could not make it this year, the event is held the first Saturday after Labor Day every year; we’ll look forward to you adding to our numbers next year. Let’s repeat!

The combination of my work travel schedule and feeling a bit under the weather prevented me from being able to join everyone for Redwood’s Zone Autocross on September 15. I was bummed but heard that it was a well-attended, enjoyable event. I look forward to reading Greg Matsumoto’s detailed account below.

Returning from work travel, I was unable to join the Oktoberfest driving tour out to Vacaville on September 21, but managed to get out there around noon to enjoy a bratwurst and some music with Kurt Fischer and others from Redwood and Diablo Regions that came out for the fun. I observed no club lederhosen...but admittedly, I showed up late enough that I may have missed something. Kurt will give us an accurate account of the day below.

We wrapped up our September events calendar on Sunday, September 22 with Redwood’s Zone Concours. Nicole and I got on-site at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma at about 6:45 a.m. after picking up the morning goodies from Noah’s Bagels. I make a point of specifying the time only to call-out that Kurt was sitting there in the parking lot waiting for us when we arrived, and our first Concours participant arrived only about ten minutes after that. The participants streamed in steadily from there, including one couple from the Tahoe area that got up at 3 a.m. to drive in for our event. It was a great day of fun with some beautifully prepared Porsches that Andy Cole will ‘detail’ for us below (see what I did there?). Special thanks go to Hi Tec Automotive in San Rafael and Autobahn Automotive in Santa Rosa, who both generously co-sponsored our beautiful trophies for this year. Thanks also to CASA for sending a representative out to spend the day with us answering questions and sharing information about their work. The success of any event like this truly takes a village. I would personally like to thank Jerry Gladstone, Ben Davoren, Stacy O’Connell, Craig Steele, Kurt Fischer, and Nicole Weld for logistical and on-site help at the event. I would also like to thank John and Honore D’Angelo for their amazing support before and during the event, Collin Fat for photographing the day’s award winners, Paige Gaines for sharing his great photos of the cars online, and Simone Kopitzki for providing the team with a great template to work from based on last year’s successful event at the same venue.

October will give us a chance to catch our breath a bit on the events front. Still, we have two great opportunities for some nice drives before weather is likely to become a serious factor. Saturday, October 5th is our Tour to Gualala where we’ll have lunch at the Gualala hotel...almost as fun to say as it is to go. And finally, Sunday, October 20th is our Redwood Region Annual Members Meeting, which is your opportunity to enjoy a drive to Union Hotel in Occidental and eat lunch while we share the state of the club and re-introduce you to your Executive Council, who will be seeking your votes in November to continue service (yours truly included). We hope you can join us!

Thank you and drive safe out there!

From the Zone
Collin Fat
Zone 7 Representative

Summer has just flown by for me as both August and September were filled with many different regional as well as some large national events. In August I attended my first Werks Reunion and the Rolex Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca as a Zone Representative. It was very interesting to see what goes on in the background in planning these large scale events. For Werks, there some 90 volunteers who helped at the event from directing car placement in the display area as well as the Porsche corral. I am told there were more than 600 Porsche cars. The facility at Corral De Tierra provided a perfect backdrop for all of the amazing cars on display. I volunteered in the PCA membership tent and had a great opportunity to meet with current PCA members as well as Porsche owners inquiring about membership in the club. My hat is off to  Tom Provasi  and his dedicated staff for putting on another great event!

I also attended the Rolex Monterey Historic races on the same weekend, and under the watchful eye of Lyn Friedman, PCA National Corral and Porscheplatz chair, learned about what it takes to setup the hospitality tent and car corral at this wonderful and well attended event. I was assigned the duty of arranging volunteers to staff the tent as well as to organize the car corral. Not knowing what to expect as far as crowds, I was amazed that more than 500 persons visited the tent to watch the races on the large screen television, enjoy the catered lunch on Saturday, or to rest in the shaded tent while watching the race at turn 5. I would like to thank  Tom Carroto, Michael Krebsback, Steve Ponsi, Lyn Austen, Sharon Neidel, Carolyn and Kirk Doberenz, Steve Cate, Pam and Dan Richards, Brian Adkins, Sergio Meza and David Gates  for helping out.

As we enter the fall there are several events of interest that you may have an interest in attending including Yosemite Region's 60th Anniversary being held in Murphy's California and the final events for the Zone 7 concours and autocross series. The following may be of interest:

Yosemite Region 60th Anniversary:
Sunday, October 27th
Yosemite PCA is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. We are hosting a multi-region event at the Ironstone Vineyard in Murphys and would love to have you join us. There will be a morning drive, socializing and lunch at Ironstone, a quiz to test your knowledge of obscure trivia, photo opportunities and grandiose preferred parking. You may want to make a weekend visit to Murphys and spend the night at one of the Bed & Breakfast Inn’s, great local restaurants for fine dining, visit one or many of the local wineries, or just stroll through this quaint little town. We expect many will shine up their cars to get the best photos from our professional photographer. Tickets are $50 for each person attending. To register go to yos.pca.org for the Eventbrite registration link.

Zone 7 Autocross Series:

Sacramento Valley Region  will be hosting the final Zone AX of the season at Thunderhill Raceway. If you are in the running for Zone points this event is a must. All drivers competing for series titles must compete in at least 50% of all schedule events and must participate in at least 3 events at different regions. For registration information go to svr-pca.org for the link to registration at motorsportreg.com

Looking Ahead to Events of Interest :   

The last Zone 7 AX of the year will be hosted by Sacramento Valley Region, October 5 th at Thunderhill Raceway.

For more information on anything zone, please visit our website .
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May the Course be with You
Greg Matsumoto
AutoCross Director

It was great to get the adrenaline pumping and see autocross friends from across the region again.  Our September 15th autocross was action packed.  Part of the action happened the first day we opened registration.  We were flooded with registrants and then some programming issues arouse.  Quickly, Jerry Gladstone, Ben Davoren and Grady Carter came to the rescue with their technical skills. Registrants kept pouring in and we closed registration after 4 days! We might have been full on the first day without the programming issues .  Without a doubt, our PCA autocross community is alive and well!

Being a Zone 7 event, drivers from Golden Gate, Sacramento Valley and Loma Prieta Regions arrived competing for class points. Simply stated, there were a lot of hot cars and hot drivers. Those not going for class points were there to test their limits and to enjoy the camaraderie. Generously, Pech Merle Winery donated three bottles of wine for top time awards.  Thank you Pech Merle Winery!!!

Learning the course was our first challenge.  Without Redwoods large green apex cones, finding apexs and gates proved difficult.  High speed visual recognition tested everyone.  After a few runs, our times improved.  After lunch, we were going for broke and afternoon times were quickly dropping.  With our cell phones showing everyone's times on the Pronto Scoring System, it was clear what times to beat and how much to push ourselves.

Top Time of the Day - Open:
Monty Pack 2018 GT3                    38.125
Andrew Blyholder       1978 914-4                  39.249
Doug Brekke               2011 Boxster Spyder   40.786
Ed Hunter                   2018 GT3                    40.900
Dave Dunwoodie        2016 Cayman GT4      40.904
Grady Carter               2013 911                     40.935
Drew Powers              2014 Cayman S           40.980
(Our Redwoodies, Doug Brekke, Grady Carter and Drew Powers drove well against cars that were high powered, modified and GT’s).

Top Time of the Day - Women:
Corrin Vanetti             2013 911                     44.990
Kelsey Leet                  2012 911S                   45.535
Christina Roncaglia     2003 C4S                     45.881
Stacy O’Connell           2004 Boxster S            45.884

Top Time of the Day - PAX:
Grady Carter               2013 911                     37.333
Monty Pack                 2018 GT3                    38.049
Drew Powers              2014 Cayman S           38.480

Adjusting to a shortened autocross schedule has been difficult, but the start of a new beginning. Thankfully, we have a core group of dedicated autocrossers enjoying our Sonoma Raceway venue.  Several Redwood autocrossers have been attending events at GGR, SVR and LPR for more “seat time” to refine their skills.  After experiencing Redwood’s autocross expertise, professionalism and responsibility, Trackmasters has recommitted to a long term autocross relationship.  In late November, Trackmasters will learn the dates awarded to rent Sonoma Raceway.  We will fill their available dates.  We are continuing to reach out to other clubs to sublet space for additional 2020 events.  We’ll keep everyone up to date with any and all changes
Redwood Concours #6 - Lucchesi Park
Andy Cole
DR Editor

For the second time at this location the Redwood PCA invaded Lucchesi Park in Petaluma on Sunday September 22nd for number 6 PCA Zone 7 Concour event of the year.

Many committee members turned out early to assist in setup and some early bird entrants arrived to start work on the final detailing and preparation before the judges called time on any further micro fiber work!

The quantity of entrants may not have been high in volume, however, the standards of the cars being judged and on exhibition was extremely high and competition would be tough and close. I entered good old Madame Rouge in Touring Class 9 and had one small oversight on my seat that cost me a 3 way share of first place, such was the class of the other entrants!

It was also pleasing to see entries from new PCA club members from the Diablo Region make the journey to attend and share their new Porsche's in the Concour event.

Always amazes me how far PCA members travel to attend the Zone 7 events and as Chip mentioned earlier 3am start for some keen attendees!!

This weekend 9/29 it's the #7 and final Concour event in the beautiful town of Monterey where some of us will be back just a few short weeks since Weeks Reunion. Looking forward to seeing fellow competitors in sunny Monterey Park.

Enjoy the photos below as a reminder of how fun and engaging these events are:

Photos courtesy of Thorsten Kopitzki & Chip Witt
Oktoberfest 2019
Kurt Fischer
Events Director

A sunny day greets the 12 Porsches and 24 people gathering at Kaffe Mocha for our 12 th  Annual  run to Oktoberfest, put on by our members. Holger and Martina Seibert at the Pure Grain Bakery in downtown Vacaville.
For those that have never made this trip with the Club... you are missing the longest (76.8) mile all back roads run that we currently do...talk about great Porsche roads...this trip has it all.  Leaving at 8:30AM has it's advantages...less people and cyclists on the roads.  We take our tours seriously...lights on..odometers zeroed out..navigators armed with detail route instructions and off we go!
Regroup just outside Calistoga and ready for a 30+ mile run to our second regroup and bio break stop at the Turtle Rock Bar and Cafe on the edge of Lake Berryessa...we are way ahead of the schedule so killing time and kicking tires makes sense.  A number of newbies have made the trip with us so time is spend with these new members getting them introduced and getting their insights on the trip so far.
Off we go for the last miles into Vacaville and to our surprise...coming the other direction is about 30-40 hot cars of every ilk...all sporting  badges pasted on the drivers' door denoting some type of rally or car club!  We get head light flashes from Porsches in this group and honks and waves from others...seems that Highway 128 is a hot ride in either direction!
Arriving in Vacaville...I call Holger and let him know we are almost there!  I pull into our regular parking lot to find no special Porsche only parking?  Well... seems that Holger did one better  this year with parking on our own  Porsche Straße!   We had a special short ½ block of all reserved Porsche parking....way too cool.  We move cars around and fill up this new parking area...we are happy and ready for food, etc.
As usual...we have several reserved tables which are quickly filled with our members as well as a number of people from the Diablo Region.  German beer is available right there...and the temperature is certainly heading for a cool beer time...it's going to be 92F!  The food is wonderful...I have the Pork Ragout, with sides of German potato salad and saurkraut..it is OMG delicious and the servings are huge... Essen and Prost are the words of the day!
As I'm eating...up strolls Chip Witt, our president, who did not make the run with us...Chip had a long night with illness and getting home from Texas. He is alive and doing better today!  Note in his column above...he didn't see any Ledershosen and Drindl's...ahhh...but he missed Justin and Anke Rains...dressed all Bavarian!
Enquiring minds want to know...why is Oktoberfest held in September?  Goes back to a wedding in 1810 between Crown Prince  Ludwig and Princess Therese.  Well.. seems that September weather is much better in Munich and the organizers kept moving the date back. Beer was first sold in 1818 and in 1896 breweries set up tents and the rest is history!
All you that missed this run...turn in next year...we will be back!  This is a NOT to be missed Redwood Region event!

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 two board meetings are October 29 and November 26 at Mary's Pizza Shack, located at  121 San Marin Dr., Novato . All members are welcome to attend. 

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

In August 2019, 25 PCA Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club, including four members who have been in our club for over 40 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 August 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. 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 sign up for our annual Holiday Party. This is our premier social event of the year and one you don’t want to miss! 
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  or call me at 415-300-7457. 
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