President's Message
Ben Davoren

July 2022 President’s Message
Summer is in full swing and our Porsche club events have matched the weather: all over the place, with something for everyone to love! (Granted, I have a newer Carrera with excellent air conditioning and ventilated seats, so I may be biased.) June opened with a running start, an 80 mile tour to Martorana Winery on the 12th, which was just perfect with clear roads through Marin and Sonoma capped by great wine and lunch at our destination. The unique Mount Tam Trek rally came off without a hitch on the 18th (and our largest rally group of the year) and on June 25th Porsches on the Plaza raised over $1800 for our primary charity, CASA.
July should bring out the driver in you to one of our next great tours. The trip to Far Niente will be reviewed next month, so next up is our third midweek drive on Wednesday the 20th which ends in a BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic) at reserved tables in the Lower Jackrabbit area of Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. Registration is still open for a few days. On the 30th we will return to Pech Merle winery for a Paella Party and a new, longer tour route compared to prior years. This has been a blast every (non-COVID) year since I have been a member and I hope you can come; registration is open until July 26th. As a result of the Mt Tam Trek’s success, there will also be a second rally school on Saturday July 16th; registration is open until the 14th.
August will see the debut of the two-day TSD rally that Jim Robison has put together, "The Twin Pine Rally" on the weekend of the 13th/14th with a night at the Casino spicing up your trip! Registration is open now. Saturday the 27th gets us back to a really fun drive onto Highway 128 ending at Yorkville’s Maple Creek Winery where they have treated us incredibly well over the years, with great wines and a bucolic picnic area under the oaks. Don’t miss it! Check our calendar for the registration link.
The Board is hard at work prepping for this year’s election of new Board members and our annual meeting on October 8th. Although it’s a little ways away, put this one on your calendar since we will be outdoors in a spectacular Redwood grove at Chenoweth Woods, west of Sebastopol. We will have three ways to get there: a long tour to the coast and back inland, a shorter rally, or on your own, so you know we really want you to come. We are always looking for your energy and ideas as well. Please email us directly or attend our monthly Board meeting on Tuesday July 26th at Mary’s Pizza Shack in Novato at 6 PM (note this is an hour earlier than prior meeting times!). Dinner is always on the club – you just pay for your drink (Zoom will also available if you wish to attend remotely). Please see our calendar link at  for details.

Thank you for voting on our Bylaws. Final voting will close just after you receive this der Riesenbaum so you still have two days to vote if you have not responded to the ballot emails sent out in June.

Martorana Winery
On Sunday July 12th, 41 intrepid club members in 26 beautiful Porsches assembled in the usual spot in Novato’s Vintage Oaks for our first winery tour of the year. After several days of ridiculous heat, the light sprinkle at 9 AM was welcomed. Two run groups seemed fully ready for the 80 mile drive ahead, with at least 5 members coming out to their very first Redwood event!

After the drivers meeting and some radio checks, my group headed out into Novato and then west on Hicks Valley and Chileno Valley Roads, always a fun set of twisties for our cars. Rod Williams pulled in as sweep, and we kept a good formation as we headed up Bohemian Highway through Occidental and the biobreak site in Monte Rio. The light sprinkle had changed to real rain, then back to a sunny day as we pulled in to stretch our legs.

Parking was wide open which turned out to be a good thing since the second group led by Vern Rogers, swept by Tom Strobel, and glued in the middle by Rex Simmons, arrived immediately. The success of their drive behind us was obvious based on the wide grins all around.

The second part of the drive, up Westside and West Dry Creek Roads is always a treat, and we safely navigated by the large number of cyclists who had also decided this was a great day to get out and enjoy the pavement. Everyone cheerfully arrived at Martorana Family Winery, a terrific creekside venue with picnic tables, bocce courts, cornhole (I saw you out there!), my favorite Rosé of Zinfandel, and their other great wines (and olive oil) generously poured by the smiling Christine and Penny. Our box lunches from the legendary Big John’s were outstanding.

Several people told me they had made new friends on this tour, which is the greatest reward we can achieve in the club. Bottom line: Everyone left happy after a great day, remarking “we really should do this again sometime”.  
Biobreak at the Lightwave Cafe (left)
Happy People (above)
Parked at the winery
Kurt with Essy Fariab who took all these photos!
Porsche Parade Poconos Tour
Craig Steele
Secretary and Past President

It must be understood that planning a long distance tour to the 2022 Porsche Parade was at best a 50/50 proposition to success. We started each morning with a full tank of gas and had a travel agenda of about 500 miles with me sitting for about 10 hours behind the steering wheel. My 2011 Cayman S, “Suzy” was my consistent trouble-free partner in this endeavor. She and I traveled 8725 miles together over 23 days this June. Suzy consumed 370 gallons of fuel on this tour, costing an average of $5.75/gallon. Comparatively, 2021 Parade was 7854 miles, 326 gallons at an average cost of $3.90/gallon. (Suzy's normal gas mileage is 23.7mpg.)

My original tour was broken down into three phases:

1.Pre-Parade, 3090 miles in 51.5 hours over 8 days

The pre-Parade phase went well. I visited my oldest granddaughter on her 16th birthday, visited my aunt’s, celebrating her 41st wedding anniversary, visited the USAF museum in Dayton OH, elected not to drive through Washington DC, photographed the US Hwy 50 sign in Ocean City MD stating 3073 miles to Sacramento, and finally visited another military aviation museum where all the planes actually still fly from the surrounding grass airfield. I stayed at Virginia Beach for two days watching Atlantic sunrises and enjoying my beach strolls before heading north to the Poconos mountains and Porsche Parade.
bucket list to photo:the US Hwy 50 sign in Ocean City MD
2. Parade, 770 miles in 16.3 hours over 7 days
Parade was headquartered at the Kalahari Resorts in Poconos, Pennsylvania. This third year in a row, I stayed off campus at the World Mark properties with Brenda and Mike Hinton. Mike and I usually drive to Parade in our Porsches, while Brenda flies into the closest major airport. This year he and I drove separate routes to Parade. We were 20 miles from Parade HQ, so it took us almost 30 minutes to get to any event. However, our lodging was next to the Shawnee Inn, a classic Poconos Mountain resort on the Delaware river across form New Jersey.
The driving tours were to the US’s oldest brewery, to Lehigh Scenic Railroad, and to a famous remote German restaurant. I added a tour of my own to the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA. The parade of Porsches involved 300 autos stretching 15 miles to the Poconos Raceway where we all did a hot lap around the 2-mile track.
Shawnee Inn by the Delaware River surrounded by the Poconos Mountains
3. Post Parade, 4437 miles in 76.3 hours over 11 days
Cancelled, and replaced with a journey back home following US Hwy 6, covering over 4122 miles over 14 states in seven days, seven nights with Mike Hinton as lead and me as the sweep.
A typical long distance drive depends on a GPS device putting out a set of instructions to get from point A to point B. However, when you are navigating along a specific route, like following US Hwy 6, you can’t use GPS like that because you are being guided by highway route markers which are not located via GPS coordinates. Sometimes they are even missing markers putting you on the wrong route. As the sweep, I had to be the second set of eyes to see all the directions missed by the lead, Mike who was actually amazingly adept at staying on course.
In driving solo and with a lead, here are some of the things I do to stay on task:
  • Drive two hours then break for 10-15 minutes
  • Fill tank when driving range drops to 100 miles (not all stations sell 91-93 octane)Ž
  • Stop at Loves’ truck stops because they have the best bathrooms, lots of food choices, auto repair stuff, great trail mix selection, etc.; fuel is ok too
  • Communicate exclusively with the lead/sweep via handheld two-way radios
  • Use Waze as Lead to warn of any traffic issue ahead
  • Use Garmin to plan for gas and food stops and to track travel metrics
  • Silence my mobile device, be quiet with my thoughts and what music lyrics I could remember.
  • Drive various routes to watch America show all its beauty
  • Love my radar detector for alerting me when the police are around
  • Appreciate the fun of Porsches because they are agile and offer lots of torque and traction
  • Have two days of hotel reservations made in advance
  • Set a 500 mile daily max so as not to drive in the dark
  • Eat a big breakfast, snack through the drive, rarely stop for dinner
  • Get 7 hours rest to minimize driving fatigue
  • Get some walking in before the drive and during rest stops.
  • Review and discuss challenges to the route each morning
What’s Next?
The 67th Porsche Parade is in Zone 8 in Palm Springs, CA on June 18-25, 2023.
That is about an 8 hour 40 minute, 555 mile drive by fastest route from Santa Rosa.
I would like to plan a Redwood Region Caravan to this next parade taking two days (June 16-17) with an overnight stay on the Saturday.
Are you interested and seeing why I love to attend Porsche Parades?; this will be my 8th!
der Scheinwerfer
Courtland Cranston
Redwood Region Member
This month the spotlight is on new member Court Cranston who sent in the photo that became our fabulous May cover.

What do you drive?
2000 Boxster, 2nd owner, and we’ve had it for about 10 years. 

What’s your favorite thing about your car?
It’s a cabrio, baby! 

Is this your first Porsche?
Yes, but not the last. 911 will be next. Maybe a 2001, or going back to something
air-cooled from the 70’s or early 80’s.

Why did you join the club?
To share my passion for Porsche and take part in events.

What would you like other members to know about you? 
I’m a dedicated husband and father first, but also a total “motorhead."
I love anything with an engine - cars, boats, motorcycles, planes, you name it!
 I fly airplanes for a living, so if you’re a pilot, or love aviation, make sure to hit me up!

I think the most important point to make is that I’m a passionate family man: a dedicated husband and father who always puts family before hobbies. Of course, I’m fortunate that my wife, Jen, has always encouraged, and appreciated, my love of motor sports. Jen also loves driving the Boxster 986, and you will almost always see her with the top down, blonde hair blowing in the wind, regardless of the temperature! 

When I’m not driving the Porsche, I enjoy other vintage cars such as our 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. I also have 2 vintage Honda motorcycles from the 60’s. Of course, my wife prefers a new Mercedes-Benz for her daily driver (German engineering seems to be a theme).

During the summer, we try to spend as many days as possible boating on Lake Berryessa or playing on the beaches around Bodega Bay. When I have to go to work, I fly a corporate jet for a Bay Area tech company. I’ve been a flight instructor for over 30 years, and I love to share my joy of flight with friends and family.  
Porsches on the Plaza
Redwood Region's 12th annual spectacular "Porsches on the Plaza" in downtown Sonoma took place on an absolutely gorgeous summer day, Saturday June 25th. Over 65 years of Porsches were represented, from a 1956 Speedster to a 2022 Spyder.
The People's Choice award (held below by President Davoren) went to Sandy Wang and her perfect tangerine 911E.
This was another great day for our club. Not only did we find some new members who only found out about us when they saw this event, but we raised over $1800 for our primary charity, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for at-risk youth)!
Thanks to Kurt Fischer for all his organizational skills and Paige Gaines for his great photography.
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Stacy O'Connell
Communications Director

Have a question for club members but don't know how to reach them? Use our Facebook page to get answers. PCA doesn't have an official way for regional members to contact each other (due to privacy concerns) but if you follow us on Facebook, you can create your own post or use the comments section to communicate with others in the club.

Want to know something about autocross or an upcoming drive? Maybe you've really wanted to join us for a rally, but you need to locate a second driver? Post it to our community and find answers. Looking for a body shop or Porsche mechanic? Check out our sponsors first, of course, but you can also get opinions from our Facebook audience.

It's easy!

We also have an Instagram page. And while you can't post directly to that feed, you can tag others in the comments and start a conversation that way.

Any questions, shoot me an email or tag me in a comment on Facebook or IG: @stacyo415

And I'd be remiss if I didn't do a shout-out to Redwood's social media co-leads Kurt Fischer and David Bunch! They're always looking for great content, posting pictures from our events and keeping us current with all things Porsche. Thank you for all you do!
Bobby's Bericht
Bobby Cole
Redwood Region Member

In 2016, Jerry Seinfeld sold a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster for $1.54 million at auction to Fica Frio Limited, a business registered in the Channel Islands. A few years later, Fica sued Seinfeld, claiming the car was a fake. Despite no evidence to suggest such fakery, Seinfeld claimed he was unaware of the car's suspect nature and apologized. Seinfeld's lawyer said Jerry was "willing to do what's right and fair and is confident the court will support the need for an outside evaluator to examine the provenance of the car. Seinfeld felt that he was intentionally sold a fake. When he bought the car, European Collectibles provided Seinfeld with a "Porsche Certificate of Authenticity” signed by the president and CEO of Porsche North America. Because both suits were settled out of court, there are no public documents that say whether European Collectibles sold Seinfeld the car in bad faith, nor that Seinfeld sold the car to Fica in bad faith. It's also unclear how much money was exchanged, or, if in fact the car is a fake.

Is the Mercedes-Benz 500E actually a Porsche sedan? Before the introduction of the Panamera, Porsche had produced a well-equipped sedan under the Mercedes-Benz name that became the well-loved 500E. Under the hood of the 500E is a massive V8 that also led to a cool design feature. Mercedes-Benz reached out to Porsche to figure out the best way to accommodate the motor size for the 500E. They decided the most natural solution would be to adjust the car’s body panels and create beautifully flared fenders, making the V8 fit under the hood. The car became too wide for Mercedes-Benz to produce without adjusting their facility to accommodate the machinery needed to fit the wider body, so production was given to Porsche. The flared fenders were the only uncommon aspect of the Mercedes-Benz 500E, and most people wouldn’t be able to distinguish it as something unique without them. At the end of the day, despite production by Porsche, the 500E is still a Mercedes-Benz in just about every way.

Porsche GT Team claimed victory in the final GTE-Pro race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR-19, its first Le Mans LMGTE Pro win since 2018. Ferrari 488s finished second and third. Both Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs, which swept the front row in qualifying, retired due to various issues. Each of the three manufacturers in LMGTE Pro:Ferrari, Porsche and Corvette spent times leading the immensely competitive category over the course of the 24 hours. Porsche has won the most races as a manufacturer with 19 since their first in 1970. Audi is second with 13 wins and Ferrari is third with 9 victories. Porsche also achieved the most consecutive wins with seven victories in succession from 1981 to 1987. German manufacturers have won a record 34 times amongst four constructors, followed by the United Kingdom with 17 victories amongst 6 manufacturers and France with 15 wins amongst 9 constructors.

Following BMW and Audi’s lead, Porsche has entered the pre-owned market in India. The Porsche Approved program is now available across India with a comprehensive warranty on pre-owned cars for a minimum of 12 months, including access to 24-hour roadside service after passing a rigorous 111-point inspection. This means that every vehicle will meet the standard of its original condition and thus enhances the value of any model carrying the 'Approved' seal. The 12-month warranty includes repairs to all vehicle components including labor charges, except consumables and wear and tear parts such as wiper blades, tires, fluids, and brake pads. Porsche India said the initiative aims to ensure that more Porsche units remain active on Indian roads for many years to come. Porsche sales in India grew by 22 per cent to 188 units in the first quarter of the current calendar year, recording its best Q1 performance since 2013. Porsche currently offers 911, 718, Macan, Cayenne and Panamera in India, and soon, the Cayman GT4 RS and Cayenne Turbo GT.

What do you expect when you spend $2.9 million? Porsche’s first customer prototype in more than a decade makes the 963 the most expensive model offered by the German auto manufacturer. Built by Canadian racecar constructor Multimatic, the LMP2-derived chassis could become one of Porsche’s lower-volume productions. Despite the high dollar amount, the price for the turnkey twin-turbo V8-powered hybrid Porsche is remarkably low for a purebred machine designed to race for overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. At $2.9 million, the 680 hp 963 isn’t an all-inclusive sum; spare engines, transmissions, extra bodywork, and all of the consumables required to run and maintain the car during a season of endurance racing cost extra, but the purchase does come with unwavering technical support from Porsche Motorsport with spare parts on site, an engineering truck on site, and 5-7 engineers. That service will always be there. And it will always be free. Take a  lap here.

The word Targa is Italian, meaning number plate or license plate. Porsche borrowed the name from Targa Florio, a race in Southern Italy. When Porsche got around to building what would become known as the Targa, Porsche allegedly didn’t know about this translation until the copywriters worked on the sales brochure. Porsche applied for a Targa trademark in 1965, and the Targa joined the Porsche 911 lineup in 1966. Porsche also considered calling it the 911 Flori. Porsche quickly modernized the 911 Targa model, offering a fixed, heated rear safety glass window in 1967, replacing the fold-down plastic one. Porsche introduced the eight-generation 911 Targa in May 2020, offering the model in 4 and 4S with the integrated roll bar. Both use the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine and wear the iconic Targa name.

The German automaker announced that it would be acquiring Fazua, an e-bike drivetrain manufacturer that specializes in lightweight motors. The Fazua Drive System, which unites the battery with the motor into one single unit, weighs only 10 pounds and is completely removable, allowing customers to use their bikes either with or without assistance. Fazua describes the system as super lightweight, slender, and quiet, beautifully integrated in the frame and providing an exceptionally smooth ride. The acquisition comes at a time of accelerated growth in the world of e-bikes. Earlier this year, Porsche unveiled a pair of high-priced, full-suspension electric mountain bikes, the Sport and the Cross. Porsche also acquired a majority stake in Croatian e-bike company Greyp (pronounced like the fruit) late last year. Thus it would appear that Porsche is serious about peddling the future of micro-mobility.

The 2023 Porsche 9 11 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition commemorates the anniversary of the Porsche 356 America Roadster that debuted in 1952, a tribute 70 years in the making. The America Edition comes in one color: Azure Blue 356, with a white stripe along the sides of the car with an even smaller red stripe in the middle. Porsche painted the America Edition red, white and blue. The wheels appear to be a simple white, but have three different finishes on them, a throwback to the silver wheels of the 356. Inside, the star-spangled theme continues. The interior has a black base color, but is adorned with all sorts of red, white and blue accents: a white tachometer, red shift pattern and deviated stitching. The exterior badges also have a bit of color to them. “911 Carrera” is written in white and “GTS” is written in Guards Red. Power is supplied by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six making 473 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque routed through a mandatory seven-speed manual transmission. The MSRP of the America Edition is $186,370, an upcharge of $36,000 premium over the base GTS Cabriolet.

Porsche has patented a new storage cubby design for sports cars in a secret area for storing valuables. The filing with the DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office) showcases a compartment hidden within the car's doorjamb and accessible via the door frame. There will be at least a partial covering to reduce or prevent water ingress into the security compartment. Porsche's compartment is only visible when the door is open. Once the car's door is locked, the opening in the door sill is fully sealed. Hidden compartments are nothing new. The Chevrolet Orlando had a hidden compartment behind the infotainment buttons. The Rivian R1T has a storage space between the bed and the passenger compartment, and every Rolls-Royce has an umbrella hidden in the door. McLaren used the bodywork behind the door for storage on the F1, but back then, the entire side opened to allow you to stick a briefcase into the rear fender. Buyers love clever solutions like this, and we can imagine making full use of this when they want to leave the roof down while shopping and don't want their belongings going AWOL.

Rare Shades 6, an annual car show for Paint to Sample and other unusually colored Porsches is a spectacle hosted at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum. The cars are arranged by hue, so a pair of yellow 911s separated by nearly three decades sat together. The 2018 911 GT3 was finished in Signal Yellow, a vibrant shade with a touch of red. A Porsche 911 GT2 RS drew a lot of attention in Urban Bamboo Chromaflair, a very rare and expensive color. Along with the standard $12,830 fee for Paint to Sample, the Chromaflair finish adds an additional $86,040. The car shifts colors like a chameleon when viewed from different angles. A 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster was finished in Meissen Blue, which first appeared on the 356s in the late 1950s with wheels painted to match. The oldest car, a 1967 Porsche 912 was finished in Aga Blue, a muted blue with hints of gray. A 911 Targa 4 GTS whose Ruby Star color dates to 1964, has regained popularity the last few years. The 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition in Geyser Gray Metallic celebrates five decades since the start of 911 production in 1963, and fittingly only 1963 units were built. The show brought together more than 30 Porsches in a wild rainbow of paint jobs dedicated to appreciating automotive art.

The 550 Spyder is a famous Porsche, a very rare car that seldom comes up for auction. More than just another road car, the 550 Spyder was a purpose-built competition car that helped to elevate the brand's status in the motorsport world. And, it rapidly became one of the company’s most important race cars. The 550 Spyder would go on to take famous wins at the Nurburgring, Le Mans, Carrera Panamericana and the Buenos Aires 1,000 km. This one that is up for sale is chassis 550-0079. Its completion was in February 1956 and it became a promotional vehicle that sat outside the Porsche factory, showcasing a range of color options available. Originally, this car was in red with white darts. The paperwork with the car suggests it passed into the hands of Swiss Grand Prix winner and F1 ace Jo Siffert as well as several other racing drivers. This remarkable car has not seen the light of day for some 35 years and is a barn find in every sense, although it did appear briefly at the Oldtimer Grand Prix at a historic event at Zolder in the 1980s. It is being sold in “as found condition “and could fetch as much as $2.1 million when it sells.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is expected to debut this year allegedly packing a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine delivering a rumored 520 horsepower that’s capable of revving to 9,500 rpm with a dual-clutch gearbox. At the front, a pair of vertical fins on either side of the bumper enhance its aerodynamics. Along the side, the RS sports front fender vents, additional aero behind the front wheel, and an intake in the rear fenders. The massive, swan-neck wing dominates the rear, which also features a small lip spoiler and an aggressive rear bumper with aero fins located behind the rear wheels. Underneath is a small diffuser and a pair of exhaust pipes sticking straight out the back unlike some previous test vehicles that had downward-facing exhaust pipes. The GT3 RS should be available with a variety of options, including different brake packages. The car looks and sounds great! See and hear for yourself here.

Yoga for Drivers
This is our last installment in the Yoga for Drivers series. We finish up with shoulders.
Here are just a few of my favorite shoulder stretches.

Let's start with the simplest: arm against the wall.
Stand facing a wall and extend your right arm out at shoulder height with your palm flat against the wall. Now without moving your arm SLOWLY rotate your body to the left away from the wall. you will feel a stretch right away. Stop when you feel it and breathe slowly in and out for at least 30 seconds.
Repeat this stretch with the other arm/ other side.

While we are at the wall, let's try another one :
Stand facing the wall. Bending your arm, reach your elbow up as high as you can pushing it gently into the wall. Be sure to keep your body in straight alignment, not bending or twisting to any side.

arm against the wall
bent arm against the wall
Eagle arms
The next stretch is half of a true yoga pose: eagle. Begin by sitting or standing up straight. Extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Bend your arms so that you look like a football goal. Keeping your arms in this configuration bring them towards each other in the front, crossing the right arm under the left arm. Press your palms together. Raise your elbows to shoulder height. Pull your shoulders down and open your collarbones. You will feel a stretch across the top of your back.
This last exercise involves what we call a prop in yoga-in this case a strap. You can use a bathrobe belt if you haven't got a strap. You can do this either standing or sitting.
Stand or sit up tall and straight. Begin by holding the ends of the strap in each hand a bit more than hips width apart across the front of your body at waist height. Keeping the strap taut and especially keeping your arms straight rotate the strap up to over your head. Pause. Rotate it back behind you. You may have to give yourself more strap length to achieve this. Once you discovered a comfortable strap distance, breathe as follows:
inhale strap up; exhale strap behind you. Inhale strap back up; exhale strap down in front.
Repeat for 3 rounds.
beginning position
arms above head
arms in back
In the Zone
Collin Fat
Zone 7 Representative

Porsche Parade 2022 Sets Attendance Record

The 2022 Porsche Parade was held at the Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania from June 12-18th. According to Parade chair, Ron Gordon, it was the most attended Parade ever with more than 1,100 primary attendees and some 2,700 members in total. There were at least 1000 Porsches parked in the reserved parking lot-not including the amazing special edition and historic cars on display. Wow, it was a great sight to be seen! I think that the Parade committee was more focused on attracting the young families with children to attend Parade, and this could not be more evident than in the 110 PCA Parade Juniors in attendance. This number far exceeded any Parade Juniors' participation ever, and a lot of the credit goes to PCA National Juniors chair, Jay Gratton. Having a huge water park at the resort, I am sure was also a big draw.
The weather for most of the week was amazingly mild with some rain experienced in the early AM each day. The concours on Monday was initially moved from outside to inside one of the very large ballrooms at the resort due to a forecast for rain. However, on Sunday the concours was again moved outdoors adjacent to the convention center as the weather forecast improved. It was in fact a bit warmer that expected, and all competitors as well as spectators enjoyed a fantastic concours, clear skies and no rain.
The weather did not cooperate for the 2nd day of the 2 -day autocross held at Pocono Motor Speedway, a short 20-minute drive from the hotel. With torrential rain, lightning and thunder, the event was delayed about an hour. Over-all for the two-day autocross, there were some 190 cars signed up with the most stock Porsche running on Wednesday and the improved, modified and most GT cars running on Thursday. My hats off to National Autocross chair, Paul Kudra, for his support in making this year’s Parade Autocross run smoothly and on time. For the past several Parades, autocross attendance at Parade has been shrinking, and it is hard to determine the reasons. I believe that issues related to the past autocrosses have perhaps impacted attendee perspective on the event, and we hope that for Parade 2023 at La Quinta in Palm Springs we will see a growing trend.
At the one of major banquets, it was announced by Parade Chair Ron Gordon that Parade 2024 will be held in Birmingham, Alabama with the resort property location to be announced at a future date. The dates are June 9-16, 2024.
30 members from Zone 7 attended Parade this year. The attendees included the following members pictured below right:
Nanci Bishop and Paul Smith, Randy and Lisa Shaffer, Alaric Sales, Kirk and Carolyn Doberenz, Lori Schutz and David Clardy, Gerry Brown, Jessica Toney and Peter Schneider, George and Shirley Neidel, Michael and Erika Grasso, John and Honore D’Angelo, Robert and Connie Waldrop, Craig Steele, Michael Hinton, Rik Larson, Craig and Mary Lou Kugler, Collin and Elaine Fat, and Tom and Sandi Provasi.
I would also like to mention that two members from Zone 7 drove from California to Pennsylvania! Yikes, the most direct round trip makes that a 2,100-mile journey without detours for sightseeing. Congrats to Craig Steele and Mike Hinton from Redwood Region!
pictured above left

There were dozens of PCA members in attendance who attended their first Parade and yet there were many who had been to more than 40 Parades over the past decades. It is amazing, that even with the impact of Covid the past several years that Parade attendance seems more popular than ever and a bucket list item for many. This was my 8th Parade and one of the most fun.
Zone 7 Autocross Series Update

There were no Zone autocross events scheduled for June with only regional events held by Sacramento Valley at Thunderhill Raceway on June 11-12th, Golden Gate holding an event at Crows Landing on June 25th and Loma Prieta region holding the event at Crows on June 26th.
Several date changes were recently made to the Zone 7 Autocross series calendar due to issues with site availability with Loma Prieta and Golden Gate Regions switching their Zone events in July to August. The new dates will be on August 27th and August 28th with Golden Gate Region hosting on Saturday and Loma Prieta Region hosting the series on August 28th. Both regions are hoping to schedule their July dates to another weekend with both events being regional events only and will not count for Zone 7 points. Sacramento Valley had scheduled a July 9th event at Thunderhill, and that event is still on but instead of being a Zone event it will now be a regional event. Total Zone AX events counting toward year end awards will be 9 events instead of 10.
For more information visit the Zone 7 website!
Zone 7 Concours Series Update

Sacramento Valley Region held the first Concours of the 2022 Zone series on June 5th with 43 judged cars participating. The weather did not cooperate with rain occurring in the early morning hours. Due to some logistical magic performed by Concours chair Al Price and Kim Nelson, most of the entrants were moved into the covered shop at Porsche Rocklin while a dozen or so entrants remained outside in the rain. The reprieve for these competitors was the fact that they were not judged but received points, none the less, to enable all to compete in the year end Zone competition.

The Silver State Concours D ’Elegance was hosted by the Sierra Nevada Region on June 26th at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, located just south of Reno, Nevada. There were 17 judged cars in the competition with another 20 cars on display. Results should be posted on the Zone 7 website.

Monterey Bay Region is hosting Concours in Paradise on July 17th at Carmel Valley Regional Park just east of Monterey. Registration closes on July 13th. For more information contact Dave Aliotti (831)595–4071.

PCA National Upcoming Events

Werks Reunion will be returning to the Monterey Peninsula on August 19th with registration closing August 3rd. This is a highly anticipated event happening during Monterey Car Week along with the event of the week, the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance. The Monterey Historic races will also be held that week with PCA planning a hospitality tent on August 18-20th in conjunction with the race. This year’s event will be held at the Monterey Pines Golf course as last year’s venue, the Bayonet Country Club was not available.

Fall Treffen will be held in Bend, Oregon from September 14-18th. Registration opens on June 29th. If you have not yet attended one of these national premier events it is a do not miss opportunity to attend a Treffen close to home. Registration generally fills up in less than 30 minutes and is usually limited to 200 cars. more information here

The Hospitality Tent at the Monterey Historic Races will be held on August 18- 20th .The event will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway, and the hospitality tent will be open to PCA members and anyone who owns a Porsche. Tickets are required for parking in the Porsche Corral but any PCA member with proof of membership or a Porsche owner with key fob may enter the hospitality tent. Unlike past years, the hospitality tent will be open from Thursday through Saturday with no races being held on Sunday this year. The hospitality tent will be located at Turn 5.

Volunteers Needed: I am looking for volunteers to help with staffing the hospitality tent and have a limited number of general admissions passes. If you are available to help out let me know which days you can help and send me an email. I need volunteers for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Parade 2023 will be held at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs from June 18-24th. The hotel is a five -star rated property that has the famous history of being a hangout for movie stars and the Hollywood elite during the 1940’s.
2022 PCA West Coast Race Series
Events of Interest

1) PCA Werks Reunion, August 19, Monterey Registration and information
2) Rolex Monterey Historic Races, August 18-20
3) PCA Fall Treffen, September 14-18, Sunriver Resort, Bend, Oregon

Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their popularity. Registration for the Treffens typically opens 3-4 months prior to the event.

Rally Report
Jim Robison
Rally Director

A gracious host, perfect weather, an awe-inspiring mountain vista, fantastic roads, frequent rest stops, a refreshing ocean breeze, beautiful cars, and wonderful people. Who could ask for anything more? That was the inaugural edition of Mount Tam Trek. By unanimous decree, we will do it again.

Congratulations to:
First Place winners Simon Levear and Bill Colisch from Oregon,
Second Place winners Tyler Backman, Tierra Groff and Tevian (holding the trophy up high),
and Third Place winners Noah and Abby Arliss. (All pictured below)
We staged at Hi Tec Automotive in San Rafael. After the traditional signing of releases, distribution of documents, and a brief safety meeting, we were on our way up the Panoramic Highway to Mount Tamalpais for the first two checkpoints. Next, we headed west on scenic Ridgecrest Boulevard to Point Reyes National Seashore, where the serpentine roads led us from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, Chimney Rock, Drakes Beach, and North Beach. Lastly, we made our way past Nicasio Reservoir to finish at Mary’s Pizza Shack in Novato, home of our monthly board meetings.

We used a “modified Monte Carlo” format which eliminated all the math associated with traditional time-speed-distance rallies. Rather than being assigned an average speed and told the approximate locations of the checkpoints, we were given the exact location of each checkpoint (including a picture of the landmark) and the exact time we were due. This new, no-math format was a big hit, and we plan to use it on future events.

Speaking of future events, we are adding a free Summer Rally School on Saturday July 16th at Sonoma State University. The school will be geared to first-timers and will focus on following route instructions and use of the Richta GPS rally system. We are going to dig deep into the Richta system and even experienced rallyists will probably learn something new. After the classroom presentation and discussion, we will run four short practice rallies; a gimmick rally, a traditional time-speed-distance (TSD) rally, a Monte Carlo Rally with math, and a modified Monte Carlo with no math. PCA membership is not required and any make car may participate. 

Finally, remember to save August 13-14th for our two-day Twin Pine Rally. Saturday, we rally from Napa to Twin Pine Casino and Hotel, and Sunday we rally from Twin Pine to Kenwood. All roads are paved and both rallies will use the modified Monte Carlo format, with no math requirements whatsoever. 

Twin Pine is holding 20 rooms for us. Be sure to mention the “Porsche club” when you register to get a 20% discount on your room.

If this overnight event sounds interesting, but you have not rallied before, consider the free Summer Rally School which will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy the Twin Pine Rally.
Vice President's Report
Summer is here and we have a number of drives and events on the calendar. Check it out on the website and pick the ones you might like to participate in. Some venues have limits on the number of cars they can accommodate which requires us to limit the participation. Sign up early so you don’t miss out.

Are you a member of the club because you want to meet new friends and socialize?
You might think about getting involved with one of the committees, doing one of the tasks at an event, or just showing up for the monthly board meeting via Zoom or in person at Mary’s Pizza in Novato (club pays for your dinner).   If you have ideas on venues or drive design, shoot us a note outlining your proposals. These types of ideas are helpful in coming up with new and interesting activities. 

You don’t have to jump in with both feet and take on an officer or committee chair role. There are lots of things you can do to help out that don’t take a lot of time but gives you the opportunity to participate in the numerous email, text, or phone chats between any number of members that go on during the month. These interactions are not all business and before you know it your circle of friends is growing.

If you’re interested in Zooming in to the next meeting, send an email to Secretary Craig Steele, and he can send you the meeting link.  
Board Meeting Minutes
Membership Report & Information
Our Membership Director, Tom Short is on vacation, so editorial apologies for any errors.

In June 2022, 33 Redwood Region members marked five or more years in the club. One member celebrated 50 years! 3 members achieved over 30 years, and 4 over 20 years! Congratulations to you all!
June Anniversaries
In June we welcomed 8 new members and 1 transfer from Diablo Region.
Welcome Welcome Welcome

You will all be receiving a complimentary Redwood Region name badge shortly. If you’d like to order a name badge for your associate or family member, check out our website for full details and instructions.

New Members June 2022
Transfer June 2022
If you have any questions about membership please feel free to email our Membership Director .
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