Redwood's Members Meeting
Upcoming Events

28 2024 Calendar Planning Meeting

9 Holiday Party Register
PCA / Zone 7 Calendar

18 Turkey Run Rally (SVR) Register
19 HPDE @ Laguna Seca (DIA) Register
Non-PCA Events of Interest
First Sunday each month – Cars & Coffee – Vintage Oaks, Novato
Third Sunday each month 356 Registry Cars & Coffee – Vintage Oaks, Novato
From the Editor
David Bunch
der Riesenbaum Editor

I wanted to say "Thank You" to Lisa Davoren for putting most
of this newsletter together while I spent a couple days in the hospital. Just needed a little tune-up.

Attention Redwood members!! We're looking for a webmaster to maintain our club's website. If you have experience and would like to join our volunteer team, please reach out to Stacy.
Hope you enjoy this month's der Riesenbaum.
If you have an article you'd like to include in a future issue, please email me.
President's Message
Vern Rogers

2023 is almost over in terms of our Region Calendar and Newsletter; however, November contains one very important event for the Club and our membership. There will be no board meeting this month. It has been replaced by our annual planning meeting. This is where we will likely add traditional favorites into our schedule for 2024, but more importantly, where we can add in new, innovative, and exciting activities for our next year.

I had a suggestion recently about a run specifically designed for vintage Porsches. If you’ve been to Club events over the last few years you have likely noticed a significant drop off in attendance by members driving air cooled 911s, 356s, 914s etc. I for one, think it’s about time we began encouraging our members who still own these to dust them off and bring them out to play. Thank you, Paul Stefani for the idea!

If you have an idea for an event in next year’s calendar please bring it to our 11/28 planning meeting at Mary’s Pizza Shack in on North McDowell Blvd in Petaluma.
We’ll even buy you dinner.

Preeminent in my thoughts for next year has definitely been Treffen Wine Country.
As you likely know Redwood is the host region for this April 21-25 national event. Treffen occurs twice per year (Spring and Fall) and attracts PCA members from across the country. Unlike Parade, the event consists mainly of tours and non-competitive events. The host hotel this year is the Sonoma Mission Inn. PCA plans to open registration for the event on January 10, 2024 and it is expected to sell out in minutes. Here is the

I have the honor of being the Tourmeister for this Spring’s event. Jeff Hall is my indeispensible second in command. VP Sharon Neidel is our Treffen Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. If you would like to volunteer for Treffen this Spring, please reach out to Sharon. Speaking of volunteers, I want to take a second to thank those of you who have already stepped up to be a lead or sweep driver for one of the four tours. Big thanks to Ben Davoren, Tom Strobel, Christina Perry, Don Magdanz, Tom Short, Pat Burke, Essy Fariab, Rick Duste, Joe Burroughs, Paul Stefani, Scott Peterson, Rex Simmons, Ruby C Lawton, David Bunch, Karen Sherman, Sharon Castle Rogers, and especially Craig Steele. Craig has been crucial in building and refining our routes. Many of our leads and
sweeps will have their spouses along as navigators, and they deserve thanks not only for navigating, but also for their support that allows these folks to do such a great job.

I also want to thank my board of directors for their support this year. Your willingness to give of your time and energy in support of the Region and its many activities is greatly appreciated! I was especially touched by your personal support during the early part of this year.

Lastly (for the year anyhow), I want to mention our Annual Holiday Party. This year it will be held at a historic venue, the Washoe House on the corner of Roblar and Stony Point Roads in Petaluma. This venue was built in 1859 and has been a stagecoach stop and roadhouse almost continuously since that time. The party will be on December 9, and
will feature the same great band we have used for the last several years. So put on
your dancing shoes and be ready to party with your fellow members. You will find further details elsewhere in this newsletter. Registration will open soon on MSR.

That’s all for now… Down the road.
Vice-President's Message
Sharon Neidel

Redwood Holiday Party 2023

Celebrate the Holiday Season with your Porsche friends at the annual Redwood Region Holiday Party Saturday December 9th at the Historic Washoe House in Petaluma.  

Date:            Saturday, December 9, 2023
Location:      Washoe House 2840 Roblar Rd., Petaluma CA 94952
Cost:              $75 Per Person

6PM               Appetizers and No Host Bar
                       The Club will pay the corkage if you bring your own wine.
7PM               Dinner Buffet: Salad, Roast Beef, Chicken Marsala
Pasta, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Dessert
 Vegetarian option is available contact Sharon Neidel for information.
8PM               Dancing to the 60's & 70’s Rock Hits with Void Where Prohibited

We are again collecting donations for Toys for Tots. 
Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the donation box.

Reservation Deadline is December 2nd 

Questions – contact Sharon Neidel
In the Zone
Brian Adkins
Zone 7 Representative

Hello Zone 7

November ... The leaves are turning, and my chickens just aren’t earning their keep. But that’s what shorter days bring.
I need to repeat the closing of October message, my head is still spinning with RENNSPORT. I had a great time watching the races, meeting MANY PCA friends and volunteering. Everyone who attended has their own highlights and special moments... Mine was personally meeting. Saying HI and thanking as many volunteers as I could. The high-powered golf cart (chuckle chuckle) made that a bit easier. If I didn’t connect personally ...
THANK YOU! We are SO lucky to have this signature Porsche event literally in our home.

Early October the Zone 7 Presidents and other team members met for our Biannual Presidents Meeting. We bonded, I shared info on many of the tools and resources that PCA brings to every Region to assist in continuing to grow and our community.
Zone 7 is without a doubt a vibrant and active group.

I attended the Sequoia Region Oktoberfest and searching for what the German word for extravaganza is to try to share this event. Well the word is “ Extravaganz” so nothing lost in translation. Awesome food, yes some beer & wine, music, live painting by Kelly Telfer (that was auctioned that night), a raffle, dealer partnership with the ’24 Cayenne launch
& more. Very fun group of members. The Oktoberfest bar has been set very high.
Hope you enjoyed your region celebration if you had one.

Club Races were held in Sonoma. Keep an eye on that calendar ... Makes a great trip to see the action on the track. Golden Gate Region team does a top-notch job with this and incorporating into a DE.

Some behind the scenes support with the Zone 7 Autocross team, reviewing the rules as they do annually. I made a comment that “you may think this is just a course of cones laid out and you get a time”. It is so much more to make great event come together, all from a group of very knowledgeable folks. Thanks for what you do. Put an autocross event on your must do list.

Closing now because I need to go detail my car as the next three weekends
have Zone 7 Concours each Sunday. Wish me luck.
I do hope to see you at an event SOON.

Any questions, please email me.
Zone 7 Representative
Diablo Region
Zone 7 ... stay connected.

Zone 7 Website Loads of info and links.
Zone 7 Facebook main page
2023 DE/Track/Club Race events

Date - Location - Host Region
Nov. 19 - Laguna Seca Raceway - by Diablo - DE
2024 PCA and PCNA events
as of October 30, 2023

For a list of upcoming PCA events check out
April 21-25, 2024 - PCA - Spring Treffen – Sonoma, Ca. - Treffen website
-----Registration typically opens about 3 months prior to the event.
Porsche Parade, Birmingham, AL, June 9-16, 2024 - Porsche Parade website
-----Registration opens January 2024.
Shasta Region Tour, June 20-24, 2024 - Registration opens 2024.
Werks Reunion, Monterey, August 16, 2024 - Werks Reunion website
-----Registration opens May, 2024.
Porsche Parade, Oklahoma City, OK, 2025
PCA National At Sea 2023
Saturday, December 9-16 

Porsche Club of America is pleased to announce that Princess Cruises will host this year's inaugural PCA National at Sea! Join us as we board the Sky Princess one of Princess' Royal-Class ships for an adventure like no other. This adventure includes a seven-day Western Caribbean voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, visiting four tropical destinations including Honduras, Cozumel, Belize City, and Costa Maya. These destinations feature activities exclusively for PCA members.

You can obtain more information and register on their website.
2024 Executive Council of the Redwood Region PCA
Eileen Gaines

We have concluded our annual election for the
2024 Executive Council of the Redwood Region PCA.

Pursuant to the Bylaws I, as current Secretary, and Past President Ben Davoren, as a member not running for elective office, have reviewed the official voting results.
With 112 ballots cast, the following members have been elected to a
one year term to begin January 1, 2024, each with over 98% of the vote:

Sharon Neidel                  President
Pat Burke                         Vice President
Eileen Gaines                  Secretary
Don Magdanz                  Treasurer
Please join us in welcoming this team to our council!
Redwood & Zone 7 Concours

Sunday, October 22 did not dawn sunny and bright, but neither rain nor cancelled judging could stop our local diehard Porsche enthusiasts from coming out and having a good time showing off their cherished cars. Many thanks to our new Concours Chairs Essy and the super hard-working Rosa Fariab for all of their efforts. Thank you to our Sponsors for their generous support:
Auto Sport Detailing for the Goodie Bags and the fabulous raffle prizes, especially the People's Choice Award! Hi Tec for the beautiful wineglasses and Pech Merle winery for wine to put in them. As we huddled under awnings, laughter and great conversations were the greatest prizes of the day.
Proof that it's not just the cars, it's the people.

all photos by Paige Gaines!
Rain Soaked Beauties
A Somewhat "Damp" venue
People's Choice Award
Upcoming Events
Membership Reports and Information
Jeff Hall
Membership Director

On behalf of the entire Redwood Region of the Porsche Club
of America I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members enrolled in the month of October!

I encourage you to attend some of our events in the upcoming months which can be found in the calendar section of our Region's website.

Our events are a great way for you to meet other PCA members and have some fun
with fellow Porsche enthusiasts and our amazing cars. From our website you can
also access current and past issues of der Riesenbaum, our monthly newsletter!
In the month of October, we welcomed nine new members and two transfers into the Redwood Region. You all should have or will soon be receiving a complimentary Redwood Region name badge. Please wear them to our events and meetings. Also, if you’d like to order a name badge for your associate or family member, check out our website for full details and instructions.

In October 2023, fifty-two PCA Redwood Region members celebrated anniversaries in
the Club! Eighteen are celebrating 15 or more years and three are celebrating 40+ years!
A hearty Redwood congratulations to Lawrence Harrison (48 years), Steve Hunter (49 years) and Allen Barbieri – drum roll please - (54 years)! The Porsche Club of America thanks you all for being such dedicated members!

Our Board Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month at Mary’s Pizza Shack in Petaluma and don’t miss our traditional Holiday Party on December 9! Details can be found on our events calendar.
As always, please send any and all questions about membership, email me.
Charity Corner
Ben Davoren
Past President and Charity Liaison

Seventeen enthusiastic Redwood members pulled off the first “Charity Circle Adventure” on Thursday October 5th. The primary goal of this day was to work as a team at the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Windsor, but to sweeten the pot we had a one-hour driving tour beforehand and a club-hosted post-work lunch date.

On a gorgeous day, the drive itself went smoothly out along Mark West Springs Road then shifted into the twisties as we headed east along Franz Valley and Franz Valley School Roads. Everybody stayed together quite well even with an Infiniti SUV and Essy Fariab’s BMW sedan at the end of our conga line! (Once you’ve mastered a Porsche, I think you can find the handling limits of all the other marques.) Heading north along Highway 128 took us to our return (closing “the circle”) on Chalk Hill Road, back into Windsor to our reserved parking at the Food Bank Warehouse.

Once inside, we were whisked into action in the conveyor-belted assembly line room. Our responsibility: neatly fill wine-case sized boxes with food for needy seniors in our community. We had every task from unfolding, taping, and labeling the boxes to stacking full ones on pallets. Special thanks to Rex Simmons and Eric Moeller for doing the heavy lifting at the end. Together, they stacked 440 30-pound boxes that the rest of us filled in a highly specific sequence with canned vegetables, cereal, ultrapasteurized milk, peanut butter and other items. After using up the warehouse’s supply of all of these, we had a short break (note to self: as Cheryl Lawton stated, next time we do warm-up exercises), but we weren’t done yet! After the Food Bank team rearranged the room, we took on the task of bagging apples (3 pounds per bag) for an hour, sending the bad apples to the compost bin and the good ones to families in the community.
Flush with exhilarated exhaustion, we drove to the nearby Barley & Bine Beer Café in Windsor. The cool but open air warehouse feel was perfect for the warm day, libations were fantastic, and the kitchen staff efficiently pumped out spectacular flatbreads, tater tots, and street tacos in numbers they probably aren’t used to. We got to sit at two large tables and shared stories together.
Ask someone you know in the club if they came to this event and how much they enjoyed it. Through the 12,800 pounds of food we put into the 440 “senior boxes” and the almost two tons of apples we bagged, we helped provide 12,350 meals for the disadvantaged of Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino counties. It was very special to do this as a team and then get together afterward to say “I’ll drink to that!”. I’m extremely proud that we could have such a wonderful impact – all while having fun – as a team.
It’ll happen again and I hope you can join us!
My Sports Car Journey #4
BMW 1600ti
Jim Robison

Fritz Warren, owner of Sports Car Center in Santa Ana, had asked me to drive his truck towing the TVR race car and a Formula Junior, to the Santa Barbara races. But, he explained, it would be without pay or admission to the races. Through my SCCA contacts, I gained entry and was assigned to the working pit along the main straight. I heard loud voices behind me and turned to see Fritz and his crew trying to get into the pit, but being denied by my co-worker, the gate guard. He was telling Fritz that only crews with a car currently on the track were allowed in the working pit. I walked over and told the gate guard it was okay to let them in, which he did. It’s strange how I was treated with a lot more respect at work after that weekend.

A couple years later I was drafted into the Army. I had been on a student deferment, but it ran out after four years and, because I had changed majors, I still needed another year to graduate. So, in November of my senior year, I dropped out of college, sold the Glas 1300 GT (story #2) and reported for active duty. I applied for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Most of my OCS classmates would spend a few months at a stateside post prior to a 13-month tour in exciting Viet Nam, but I was assigned to a two-year tour in Germany. I married Lori (story #1) and we enjoyed a “two-year honeymoon in Europe courtesy of US taxpayers.” Thank you very much! I never went to Viet Nam. The only shooting I ever did was on a firing range, and it was with a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer, not a rifle.

We needed a car. Porsches and Mercedes Benz were too expensive and VWs were too boring. The local BMW dealer who told us a new model, the 1600, had just been introduced. He gave us a brochure for the sports version, the 1600 ti (1573 cc inline four putting out 104 HP thanks to a pair of side-draft, dual throat Solex carbs). We ordered one, to be delivered in a couple days. That was fine, as I needed to arrange financing. American Express operated a bank on base and I filled out the loan application. There was a misunderstanding because they gave me the money, about $2500 worth, in twenty-mark notes, each equivalent to about $5, so that was about 50,000 notes. They filled my brief case and caused quite a commotion when I opened it at the dealership. What’s German for “American gangsters?”

We rented an apartment at the end of a long, narrow, twisty driveway with a jagged rock wall on one side, a drop-off on the other, and no place for a U-turn. I had to back out the driveway every morning to get to the main road. Of course, with practice comes confidence, and with confidence comes speed. I became the master of the backup.
I entered an autocross at a nearby airbase. They didn’t have a lot of room, so they designed a dogleg route that was driven forward to the end, and then backward to the start/finish line. Most drivers were a lot faster than me on the forward pass, but struggled on the return trip. I was just the opposite, backing my way into first in class and second overall. In the spirit of full disclosure, I got lost on the only other autocross I entered in Germany and was declared a DNF (did not finish).
I was not the only Army lieutenant racing around Germany in 1968 and 69. John Buffum was discovering the World Rally Championship in a Porsche 911T. He would go on to dominate the SCCA Pro Rally series with 11 National Championships and 117 Pro Rally victories, the most by any Pro Rally driver. I eventually met him at the Mendocino Forest Rally, but that’s a story for another month.

It was a cold and wet winter night. Lori and I were riding with another military couple in their Mercedes Benz to a highly-recommended restaurant in a nearby town. On a back road (Why is it always on a back road?) the engine sputtered and died. The driver said it felt like we were out of gas (or diesel, I don’t recall), but the gauge registered a nearly full tank. We got out, removed the fuel cap, and dipped a twig into the tank. It came back wet, so we replaced the cap, started the car, and off we went. And then it died again. It was dark, freezing, and beginning to snow. We were stranded and none of us were dressed for a trek thru the snow. The evening we had been dreaming of was turning into a nightmare. What was wrong with the Mercedes, and what could we do about it?

To be continued…
Rally Survey Results

Jim Robison recently conducted a survey to determine interest in road rallies. Links to the survey were sent to members of selected Northern California sports car clubs and to participants of past rallies. A total of 295 individuals responded to the survey request.

The following is just a taste of the actual article filled with interesting graphics and data compiled by Jim. here is the link to the full text and graphics.

Respondents were asked if they would enter three different types of rallies if one were offered. The choice was to enter or not for each rally, not which of the three they preferred over the other two. 
Gimmick rallies (71%) and Monte Carlo rallies (72%) were highly preferred, while about half (53%) said they would enter a time-speed-distance (TSD) rally. 

Respondents who said they liked rallies were asked why. 
Almost a quarter (23%) of the 152 respondents who like rallies said it was driving on fun roads. Friendly competition (19%) and the driver/navigator partner relationship (17%) totaled over a third (36%). These two features are what distinguish rallies from tours. 

Of the 52 respondents who either dislike rallies, or have not entered one, the reasons given can be summarized as follows:

A third (33%) said they had no opportunity. About a fifth (21%) either did not have a navigator or said their spouse did not want to navigate. 13% said they disliked competition, while 8% said their car was not ready. 6% each needed help, thought rallies were too long, or disliked the math requirements. 4% disliked being fooled and another 4% listed assorted reasons. 

Redwood Region's Photos
Board Meeting Minutes
Eileen Gaines

The October Board Meeting was held on Tuesday the 26th.

The next Board Meeting will be our Annual Planning Meeting, on Tuesday November 28th from 7-9 pm at Mary's Pizza Shack, 423 N McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

Our monthly Board meetings are open to all Redwood Region Members. The club will buy your dinner; you pay for your beverage.

If you’re interested in joining the next meeting via Zoom, send me an email and I will forward you the meeting link.  

Porsche Marin 2024 Cayenne Unveiling
Jeff Hall

Dawn arrived beautifully at Porsche Marin on October 29th! It wasn’t long after that when the roars of cars from the Redwood Region began arriving for the unveiling of the 2024 Cayenne! The Redwood “Dawn Patrol” began arriving promptly at 8 AM for the 9 AM
event start. Before the Porsche Marin team arrived en masse we were 15 cars strong!

Kyle Festog, new GM at Porsche Marin arrived with approximately 20 staff from his executive team along with staff from sales, service, parts and special events! They went right to work setting up the dealership with coffee, goodie bags, registration, etc. Christina Perry hinted that she was a barista in college so guess who was running the amazing espresso machine (and operated it like a pro!).

We mingled for about 45 minutes in a Cars & Coffee environment, registered for the event, collected our ’swag’ bags and received directions for the Tour to Anaba Winery where the event was being held. 

Along with 25 cars from Redwood and Porsche Marin (driving their “Test Drive” inventory, we headed north on 101. Leadless and sweepless we were off - but at least we had a photographer in a Macan Turbo that never heard of the expression, “keep the car behind you in your rear-view mirror." The route was very familiar to many of our own until we crossed Sonoma County right through Petaluma’s downtown. Needless to say, by this time we were scattered all over Sonoma County albeit with smiles on our faces!

We arrived at beautiful Anaba Winery all together (surprisingly). Parking was handled effortlessly by Eric Moeller and Essy Fariab! Anaba Winery is truly a destination winery with bocce, pickle ball, wood-fired pizza oven and, oh, wine… Kyle and his team from Porsche Marin were couldn’t have been more gracious hosts. Not only was the food and wine amazing (especially when the wood-fired pizzas suddenly appeared) but they offered test drives in ten or so cars from the Test Drive Program. Quite a few members took advantage of taking several different, brand new, cars out on the back roads of Sonoma County!!

A huge thanks again to Kyle Festog (as his kicks off his tenure as GM at Porsche Marin) and his amazing staff for putting on such a great event. We can’t wait until the next event.

Til then...
Members Christina Perry and Pat Burke with new Porsche Marin GM Kyle Festog
Anaba Winery in Sonoma graciously hosted the Cayenne unveiling

photos courtesy of Jeff Hall
Sponsorship Corner
Jeff Hall
Sponsorship Director

2023 Redwood Region Porsche Club of America’s 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Drive

The U.S. Marine Corps has been delivering hope to children at Christmastime and beyond! Through the gift of a new book or toy, Marine Toys for Tots programs bring the joy of the Holidays and send a message of hope to America’s disadvantaged children.

Last year, the Redwood Region contributed significantly in helping to fill Santa’s sleigh with all types of unwrapped toys!! This year, through the generosity of our members and our sponsors, we’d like to surpass our 2022 efforts. To do that we need your help!

All of our sponsors (listed below) will have drop boxes for your convenience… Please take an unwrapped toy, or book, to one of our sponsors’ locations (see addresses below) between now and December 10, 2023. We will collect the toys on December 11 and deliver them to Toys for Tots headquarters!

We will also have collection boxes at our Holiday Party on December 9th!

To date, this amazing program has distributed 652 million toys to 291 million deserving children! We know we can count on the generosity of our members and sponsors to continue this tradition! 

Thank you!

Sponsor Locations:

Porsche Marin
900 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Autobahn Automotive
1801 Ferdinand Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Santa Rosa Auto Body
3546 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Hi Tec Automotive
779 Anderson Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901

Auto Sport Detailing
1945 Cleveland Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

A huge benefit to our members is that our sponsors offer discounts on most services
to our members – mention that you are a PCA Redwood Region member!
Be sure to patronize our Sponsors!!

If you’re in business to service Porsches, please email me: Jeff Hall
Redwood Goodie Store
Dress in style and get your Redwood Region branded items in our Goodie Store.
Visit Redwood's on-line Goodie Store here.
der Sponsors
Porsche Marin
When you want the best selection and prices on new, used and pre-owned Porsche vehicles, Porsche Marin offers exactly what you’re looking for. 911, Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, Macan, Panamera and more.

Mill Valley
About der Riesenbaum
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. 

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David Bunch
der Riesenbaum Editor
Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region