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June 2010. Volume 50, Issue 6
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Competition Corner
Board of Directors
Membership Report
The Power Chef
Marin Concours
Porboys Beginners Autocross School
Mean Streets of Palo Alto
Register for the 2010 Porsche Parade
A Visit to Peter Porsche's Private Museum
Insurance for Drivers' Ed
New 911 GT2 RS
Carlsen Concours
Lizards Win at Laguna
Zone 7 Concours Weekend
West Coast Summer Concours
Quick Links
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From the Wurst Wing
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--by John Celona, GGR President

Hope you're having FUN!

By the time you read this, our joint weekend at Buttonwillow with Zone 8 will be history. With DE sessions, club races, and a time trail at the end, it was sure to be full of action and fun! See competition director Claude Leglise's column for more info on that and everything going on with our driving events. Here's what else is going on:

Autocrosses In HIGH Gear; Double-Header Coming UP!

Our intrepid autocross co-chairs Chris Hamilton and Joe Lee truly have their autocross game in high gear with this last event on May 15th at Alameda. I had to miss it (that darned job!) but was very pleased to learn that all participants got TWELVE runs in that day. Congratulations to Chris and Joe for ironing out the bugs, working relentlessly to improve the events, and delivering a truly first-class experience for all drivers. Ferry would be proud.

The fun continues on the weekend of June 12-13 with a double-header at Alameda. Here's your chance to get a serious fix of laps in! Make sure you mow the lawn the week before so you can get away! Especially now that it looks (finally!) set to stop raining!
  • 6/12    GGR    Alameda
  • 6/13    GGR    Alameda
  • 7/24    GGR/LPR/Zone 7    Marina
  • 7/25    GGR/LPR/Zone 7    Marina
  • 8/14    GGR/LPR    Marina
  • 8/15    GGR/LPR    Marina
  • 9/11    GGR    Alameda
  • 10/16    GGR    Alameda
  • 11/13    GGR    Alameda
This will be your last chance to get in Alameda autocrosses before the series decamps to Marina Airport (near Monterey) for July and August, so don't miss out!

Back to Thunderhill

Following our outing to Buttonwillow, the Drivers' Ed / Time Trial / Club Racing series returns to Thunderhill at the end of July. A perfect time to drive without need for tire warmers! Our co-chairs Mike Cullinan and Warren Walker are rocketing through the end of their tenure, so be sure to get there before they're off the hook!

Here's the rest of the series for this year:
  • July 31/August 1 - Thunderhill - DE/TT
  • Sept 18/19 - Thunderhill - Club Race/DE/TT
  • Oct 8th (Friday) - Infineon - DE-only

GGR 50th Anniversary Update

With negotiations complete and a contract signed for the Nimitz Mansion (we got a GREAT deal!) plans are almost set for the 50th. Here' a recap of what the plan for the weekend is.
  • Saturday, September 11th we'll be kicking off the celebration with an autocross at Alameda. For this event, cost will be $15 higher than normal and it will include a full catered barbecue lunch from Absolute Barbecue. Should be a lot of fun.
  • On that Saturday evening, the Presidents' Reception will be held at the historic art deco City Club of San Francisco, located on the top floors of the Pacific Stock Exchange Building. This black-tie-optional event features a gourmet menu and live "All That Jazz" floor show in keeping with the exceptional venue.
  • On Sunday, September 12th, we continue with an "Islands Getaway" to our own exotic islands--in San Francisco Bay! We'll be meeting at the historic Nimitz Mansion on Yerba Buena Island (the former residence of Admiral Nimitz) for gourmet lunch and a live show on the theme "Hollywood to Bollywood." There will also be a tour of Treasure Island to complete the islands experience.
Mark your calendar! September 11-12. 2010 you'll want to join us for the big celebration!

Starting in June, we'll open up Motorsports Reg for registration.

Carlsen Porsche Sponsors the 50th! Polo shirts coming!

We'd like to thank Carlsen Porsche (also prime sponsor of our autocross series) for kicking in a sponsorship for the 50th. Besides helping us to give club members outstanding values for these events, this also will enable to sell very nice commemorative polo shirts for the event at a great price. These will also go on sale in June. Here's a look at the logo which will go on them:

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If you have a favorite color you'd like to see the logo printed on, send me an email to let me know. No telling what colors we might otherwise order!

And, as I always say: If you need a Porsche, please go to Carlsen and buy one. If you can't decide, buy TWO!

Tour Organizers STILL Needed!


On the morning of September 11th, we're looking for folks to organize driving tours from wherever you hail from (the Peninsula, south bay, east bay, Marin, etc.) to explore the scenic roads in your area and then meet at Alameda to join in that same great barbecue lunch with the autocross folks. If you're up some driving other than an autocross, this is a great way to join in. Cost for the tours will be $15 (the cost of the lunch) and we will provide registration on Motorsports Reg so the tour organizers don't have to handle this. You just need to figure out the route and advise people where to meet. If you're interested in organizing a tour for that morning, please click here to send me an email.

If we don't get any volunteers for this, we'll assume everyone will be doing the autocross that day instead!

Have some fun and come join us for an event. YOUR DUES are what helps put them on!

John



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Letter from the Editor
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor

Thanks to Contributors!


Thanks to Rich Tsai for sending in his article and photos of the Marin Concours (organized by Redwood Region's own Kurt Fisher) and to Michael Hobgood of Carlsen Porsche for sending in the photos from his son Michael Jr.'s trip to Germany. Keep them coming!

Send in those Porsche Pets photos! We really do have enough photos of Coco G to run one each month if we have to!

Thanks for reading.
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Competition Corner

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--by Claude Leglise, Competition Director
 
Competitive events

Cindy and I just came back from another great DE/TT/Club Racing event at Buttonwillow, where we tried our newly rebuilt gear box. Amazing the difference it makes when one can actually shift gears without grinding them. It was sunny without being hot, as can happen in the Central Valley this time of year. The track was dry and clean, and, except for one flag worker who reported late to his work station on Saturday morning, the event ran flawlessly. A number of folks from the Grand Prix Region made the trip from Southern California and joined us, adding to the fun. Most satisfying, we had 13 students attending Track Orientation on Friday evening. It is good to see that our track program is attracting new participants.

The next track event will be held July 31st and August 1st at Thunderhill. Watch the website for registration to open. In the Autocross world, we will have Autocross #4 and #5 at Alameda, June 12 and 13. The world famous GGR Autocross School will be held June 26, also at Alameda. Register early and often.

Calendar for new rules

Every year, we have an opportunity to tweak, update and modify our competition rules. The calendar for this year is as follows:
  • August 10: Deadline to submit rules change proposals
  • September 1: Proposals published in the Nugget
  • September 25: Open meeting for comments
  • October 5: 2011 rules finalized, approved by DEC and ratified by the Board
  • November 1: Approved revisions published in the Nugget
  • December 1: Updated rule book available for download on the website.
The Drivers Events Committee (DEC) for the 2011 rules proposals consists of the following individuals:
  • AX Chair: Joe Lee and Chris Hamilton
  • TT Chair: Mike Cullinan and Warren Walker
  • A GGR member chosen by the AX participants: TBD
  • A GGR member chosen by the TT participants: John Tavernetti
  • Zone 7 Rep: Sharon Neidel
I will chair the committee in my capacity of Comp Director.

As the "TBD" above indicates, we do not yet have a representative of the Autocross community. The work load is not onerous, but this is an important responsibility. Will a volunteer please stand-up?

Other track news

Reno-Fernley has reopened under new management after running into financial difficulties last year. Their new website is still under construction, but there is good hope that some exciting events will happen there. The paving has been updated, and the first open testing day is May 29th. Call the track for details. While it is unlikely that GGR will hold an event at Fernley in the near future, everyone who has been there agrees it is a really fun track with a lot of interesting, if unusual, features. Don't pass up a chance to try it out in the coming months.

Claude

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GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for May 4, 2010
 
Call to Order

President Celona called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at his home.
 
All members of the Board were present. The Board was joined by Sharon Neidel (Zone 7 Representative, Andrew Forrest (Webmaster) and Larry Adams.
 

            Agenda Changes - None

            Calendar Changes - There has been a request to put on a Rally on June 19th. If Larry Adams receives full information he will contact the Vice President about insurance.
 
Postmortem of Past Events

            Autocross #2 had a good turn out. Essentially all of the technical issues present at AX #1 were resolved and the event went smoothly
            Many members continue to enjoy the Friday night socials organized by Shirley Neidel on the third Friday of each month at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City.
 
Directors' Reports

            President - A collection of congratulations and background regarding GGR's 50th anniversary has been received.

            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for all of the autocrosses and the autocross school.

            Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted

            Secretary - Nothing to report. Last month's minutes were approved.

            Social - .A detailed report was delivered. Slot car racing following autocross #2 drew nine participants. Information on the ALMS paddock tours on May 22, and the GGR Family Picnic on July 22 was updated. The Social Director is trying to set up a tour of the Canepa museum and shop on August 10th or 11th but has no details at this time.

            Membership - Membership continues to grow, albeit slowly. A list of new members was approved.

            Competition - The Competition director has arranged for a dedicated fire crew to be present at our events at Thunderhill. He has posted a schedule for Driver's Event Committee activities which will be publicized in upcoming Nuggets.

            Webmaster - Website is up and running. Classified ads remain a very popular feature, frustrating the Webmaster's hope to drop this time-consuming item.
 
Topics for Discussion

            Zone Report - The Zone 7 Representative reported that there are openings for the upcoming Parade. The 2011 parade will be held in Savannah Georgia.

            50th Anniversary Gala. A detailed budget was presented, discussed and approved with thanks to the President for his thorough presentation.
 
Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p. m.

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Membership Report

Jeff Kost--by Jeff Kost, Membership Director

 April Membership Report
 
The primary membership level and the associate membership numbers were essentially flat month over month. Renewals we off a bit but we made up for it in a positive ratio of transfers in and out. As always, do what you can to recruit new members. Even more importantly, with good weather headed our way (hopefully!) come on out and join one of the many fun events!
 
Total Members:     2394
Primary:                1397
Affiliate:                   996
HQ Life:                      1
GGR Life:                   3

New Members: 13
Transfers In:       6
Transfers Out:    1

New Members

Adam Barker

Sunnyvale

2004 Cayenne

Andrea Campanile

San Mateo

 

Amanda Campo Johnson

San Francisco

 

Mari Corella

San Francisco

 

Steve & Pam Gennow

San Jose

1998 993

Emily Green

San Francisco

 

Gordon Hull

San Mateo

1975 911S

Todd Johnson

San Francisco

2007 Cayman S

Albert Kan

San Jose

2008 Cayman S

Neil Katsura

Orinda

1978 930

David & Kay Kerrins

Palo Alto

2006 911

Anthony Kim

San Francisco

2007 997 Turbo

Eric Klein

Cupertino

2009 Boxster

Kathy Knopoff

Portola Valley

 

Paul & Leslie Lambert

Mountain View

1982 911 SC

David & Susan Nakahira

Saratoga

2010 Carrera S

Erik Petersen

San Jose

2006 Carrera S

Naomi Silk

Burlingame

 

Ron Whitehead

Capitola

2000 BOXSTER

Eric Yip

San Jose

 

Anniversaries

 

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS, 50 YEARS!!!

Karl Keller

Sonora

1961 356B

Frank Nocera

Alameda

1973 911T


40 Years

Arthur & Catherine Brenes

Castro Valley

1986 911 T


35 Years

Harlan Halsey

Woodside

1959 356

 

25 Years

William (Bill) Benz

Palo Alto

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20 Years

Martin Mcguire

Brookdale

1968 911

Jackie Seidell

Walnut Creek

 

Pirooz Tooyserkani

Saratoga

1995 993

George Von Klan

Napa

1988 924S


15 Years

Richard Francoz

San Francisco

1973 911E

Nazanin Tooyserkani

Saratoga

Sharon Von Klan

Napa

Henrik Eriksson

Palo Alto

1990 911C2


10 Years

June Boyer

Woodside

Karen Johnson

Soquel

Hal Milstein

Los Altos

1996 911 T

Marcos Woehrmann

Fremont

1971 911


5 Years

David & Christine Carlisle

San Jose

1989 951

Arlen & Keiko Chou

Los Altos

1998 911 C4S

Jason Pata

Kings Beach

1998 993

Michael Webb

Mountain View

1986 944 T

David Abkowitz

Mountain View

2000 996

Ronald Valmassy

San Francisco

1998 993



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The Power Chef
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Restoration, Perfection, or...

Just the Best Possible?

--by John Celona, The Power Chef®

The great thing about mechanical devices is they can always be made good as new. However aged or dilapidated their current condition, simply by repairing, refinishing or replacing parts they can be put back in like-new condition or--in the case of 100-point concours cars--made better than new. No factory in its right mind would worry about all the screw heads lining up but, if you're headed to Pebble Beach, you might want to consider doing this to help bring your car up to "perfection."

Of course, even with things or cars, at some point you begin to wonder at what point replacing parts turns into creating a new thing--and probably at much greater expense. How many times have folks (myself included) gotten into a major house remodel, only to conclude at the end a tear-down might have been a better way to start?

Our culture is not much for the charm of visibly aged items, be they things or people. New cars are better than old ones, except for old ones in "like new" condition. And who would say that aging actors and actresses are better with the seasoning of their craft in later years rather than in the beautiful bloom of their youth?

When it comes to physical appearance, the cultural message is absolute: young is beautiful, older is not.

Whole industries exist to make people "younger" again, from plastic surgery to cosmetics to fitness. My health club is currently running a promotion to "grow younger." The means is paying for a "body age" test which purports to measure the "age" of your condition rather than your number of years (they can't charge much for that!). Then, once you've signed up for personal training to improve your condition, a subsequent test (for a subsequent fee) documents your reduction in "years."

Almost too preposterous to believe if it weren't true. I'm sure people are signing up for it. And who wouldn't like to ten years off--as long as you keep everything you know and have?

Ay, there's the rub. Experience and wisdom is not for free. It's price is paid in years, wrinkles, pain, and grey hairs.

We are constantly bombarded with images of young, beautiful people as the ideal to aim for. Frankly, I'm all for being young and beautiful and prefer seeing some on the screen, too. Helps keep things interesting if the plot is utterly abysmal!

Likewise, I would prefer to have a chiseled six-pack instead of the abdominals I was born with. For me, that's another unachievable ideal. Not that I haven't watched what I eat forever and done zillions of abdominal exercises, but I wasn't born with that anatomy. I do take some faint comfort in the fact that this ideal is a modern fad. Michelangelo's David didn't have a washboard like in the movie "The 300" either! Here's a link to take a look.

http://www.econ.ohio-state.edu/jhm/arch/david/David_von_Michelangelo.jpg

Here's a plea for a different goal: how about just being the best you can be? And accepting the fact that the years bring considerable benefits as well as wear and tear?

Of course, this is anathema in particular to the baby boomers who, in large numbers, refuse to admit to getting older. "50 is the new 30." Yeah, right.

And so legions seek to look younger and to do everything they used to do. For the skin, cosmetic procedures and treatments abound. Botox has gone mainstream. Aging actresses now have to act even harder since their face doesn't move any more. It's been pulled into a tight mask. Such a shame they don't have procedures for the neck. Hands are a problem, too.

Further, as discussed last month, orthopedic surgeons in abundance are more than happy to "clean up" that joint. Want to still bench press as much as you did twenty years ago? No problem. We have just the procedure for your shoulder. And that knee? Cadaver parts are at ready to go in.

Unfortunately, the all-too-frequent result of this is that, a year or so later, the patient is in the same condition as before the surgery--or worse. I talked just the other day with a friend who'd had a procedure I found utterly astonishing: it involved drilling holes in his leg bone in the knee joint with the purpose of "stimulating new growth!" A year later, he's not any better, either.

I suppose I'm lucky in never having experienced any great athletic success to pine for. Perhaps that makes easier accepting being able to do far less than I used to. No more marathons for me. A twelve mile run is now my longest, and it seems plenty long enough to me. Friends I used to race (most of whom have had procedures) are now no longer able to run at all. Relatively speaking, I suppose I've done well.

Likewise in swimming. A decade or so ago I could lead the lane swimming on a pace of 1: 25 per hundred yards, and follow in the 1:20 lane. Now I'm drafting shamelessly in the 1:30 lane and holding on for dear life. At some point, I'll probably just drop down to the 1:35 lane, and then the 1:40 after that. Two minutes may be in store for me at some point. Thankfully, there IS a lane for us!

The wrinkles are accumulating on my face, despite sun screen and Lancome (the only creme in a Wall Street Journal test to actually make a difference!).

I'm basically okay with all of this. I suspect that, if more people set more realistic goals about what they're trying to achieve with fitness or diet or skin care regime, it might be easier to stick with. No unattainable failed goals to demotivate you.

I'm basically trying to do the best I can with the what I've got, including the ever increasing number of decades. It takes lots of work to do just that. I stretch and exercise every day, and the list of exercises I do in the gym to keep past problems in check keeps getting longer. But I can still do bench press (less than I used to), swim a masters' workout (slower than I used to) and run twelve miles (MUCH slower than I used to!).

It's the best I can do, and nowhere near an ideal of any sort.

For me, that will do.

It will have to!

Bon appétit
The Power Chef

Szechuen Shrimps Pasta

Szechuen shrimps

In the spirit of "the best it can be," this is one of the best ways I know to have shrimp. Inspired by a dish at one of my favorite chinese restaurants, I added the pasta to spread around the wonderful seared garlic and chili flavor of the shrimp.

The Gist

Fresh mince garlic and chinese chili garlic sauce are quickly seared in hot oil, then sautéed with shrimp, rice wine or sherry, a little salt and sugar, and some fresh greens. Hot cooked pasta is tossed in at the end.

Ingredients

2 lbs. uncooked, shelled shrimp
3 Tb. peanut oil
4 Tb. minced fresh garlic
2 Tb. chinese chili garlic sauce
2 Tb. dry rice wine or sherry
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 lbs. fresh green, such as baby bok choy
1 lb. dry whole wheat pasta, such as penne or fusili
1 bunch green onions, minced

Method

Start 3 quarts of salted water heating to a boil. Chop the garlic and green onions and have them ready in separate bowls. Wash and drain the baby bok choy and separate into individual leaves.
When the water comes to a boil, start the pasta and cook just until barely tender (al denté). When it is almost down, start the peanut oil heating in a large sauté pan. Pour the cooked pasta into a colander to drain while you stir fry everything else.

Turn the sauté pan with the peanut oil to high heat. When almost to smoking, add the garlic and give it a quick stir. Add the chili garlic sauce and toss again. Add the shrimp and toss, then add the rice wine or sherry and toss again. Add the salt and sugar.

Add the baby bok choy and cook just until it's warmed but still crisp. Shut the heat off and add the pasta. Mix thoroughly, then add the green onions. Serve immediately.

Notes

I normally use frozen shrimp for this recipe and thaw them first. They can be quickly thawed under cold running water, or thawed in a more leisurely fashion in a bowl on the countertop. The shrimp should be at room temperature before you cook them.

Completely shelled and deveined shrimp seem to hard to find, but you can often find them with just the tail on. It's then not too much trouble just to pull the tails off.
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The Marin Concours

2010 Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance

--by Rich Tsai, photos by the author

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May 16th was the 2nd annual Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance benefiting Hospice By The Bay and presented by The Price Family Dealerships.  Porsche was 2010's featured marque and Porsche Club of Americaís Zone 7 participants filled both the corral parking and the entrants' field.  32 Porsches were judged according to PCA's "street category" in 4 different classes. 

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Dann Boeschen of St. Helena entered a 1966 906 which was parked next to Bruce Canepa's 1969 917K that won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1970.  Bruce also brought a 1974 911 RSR that won in its class and finished 5th overall at the 1975 Le Mans.  Vijay Mallya of Sausalito entered his 1955 550 Spyder in the preservation/un-restored class, which won the Best of Show - De Sport. 

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A special treat for spectators and contestants alike was Janis Joplin's 1965 356C on display, famous for its psychedelic paint job.  The Cabriolet usually lives in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio but made a return to Marin County for a special appearance at the Concours.

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New vehicles were on display also, Mercedes-Benz displayed a privately owned SLS AMG which is described by the company as a spiritual successor to the 1954 300SL Gullwing.  It is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG.  Parked near the SLS AMG was a LFA, Lexusí first exotic sports coupe.  The LFA has a 552 horsepower V-10 and can top 200mph.

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A slight overcast day and Frank Lloyd Wright's picturesque Marin Civic Center building as a backdrop was a photographer's dream.  Car enthusiasts were treated not only to more than 200 vehicles on display but also to hundreds more in the corral and guest parking lots.  Select images from the event may be viewed here: www.SingleLens.net
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GGR Porboys Beginners' Autocross School

Announcing the Famous Annual GGR Porboys Beginner Autocross School!!!

SeidellIt is that time of year to start thinking about all of the great Porsche driving opportunities in 2010. On Saturday, June 26, Howard Yao, Claude Leglise, and John Seidell will again run this school. It is really for beginners or people who have autocrossed only a few times. If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience driving your Porsche on the edge (but safely in control) then this is for you. This is a good safe place for drivers to learn about the handling of their Porsche.

The school will be on one of the large runway areas of the old Alameda NAS (just past the Alameda Ferry Terminal). The day begins at 7:30 AM with registration, teching of cars, and then a driver's meeting at 8:15. Students will then walk the course with their morning instructors. After that, students will be driving on skidpads in order to learn the feel of an oversteering and an understeering car. It is a lot of fun!! The day will proceed with students running the Autocross course with their instructors, while half of the students learn to work the course. As in the past, Mr. Larry Sharp, who is a world famous course designer, will make up the course for this year's event.

After the lunch break we continue to run cars in hour sessions until 5 PM. It is truly a fun day with lots of learning. One of the best parts is that students get a few rides in their instructor's car. We try as best we can to have instructors that have had experience with cars similar to the students. You will also have different instructors in the morning and afternoon.

The school is sponsored by Joe and Annie Zeiph, the owners of Porboys German Automotive Service. They are located at 3640 East 9th ST. in Oakland. Joe and his technicians are experts in the repair of all German makes, but they specialize in the maintenance, repair, and complete rebuilds of 911, 944, 914, 928, 996, and Boxster cars. If you have questions or need repairs, call Porboys at 510-437-9400. They do Smog Checks, excellent work on all German makes, and are highly recommended.

If you sign up and pay the $99 fee, you get:
  1. Instruction from the best and most experienced instructors in the west!! (Really)
  2. A lunch including Porboys sandwiches, chips, cookies, sodas and water.
  3. A Porboys Autocross School T-shirt.
  4. A knowledge of how an Autocross is run, and how to work different jobs.
  5. A basic knowledge of car control and you will learn tips on how to handle your car.
  6. You will drive home with a big smile on your face!!!!

If this sounds really good then sign up on www.Motorsportreg.com You will first need to create an account, then go to the Saturday, June 26 date and select the GGR Porboys Autocross School. If you have questions email Howard Yao or John Seidell. We do limit the number of students to 57 so that there is plenty of driving time. Advance signup and payment is required. See you there!!

Jerry Woods
The Mean Streets of Palo Alto

Benz--by Bill Benz, Secretary

 
Recently, my elder son, George, and I were discussing my failings as a parent. He pointed out that his upbringing had been sorely lacking in what the young people today call "street cred". (I'm told this is short for "street credibility.") To him, growing up on "the mean streets of Palo Alto" (that has a nice ring, doesn't it) was poor training for staking out one's position in the pecking order in, say, San Francisco's Tenderloin, the South Side of Chicago or anywhere in my beloved hometown, East Cleveland, Ohio.
 
He's right. But what if Ruth and I had been rich so that he could have grown up in ATHERTON?
 
Atherton may have the highest per capita income of an city in the USA but that's little comfort when you're looking for on-the-job training in street savvyness. Just look at these items from Atherton's police blotter:
 
5:48 a.m. Woman reports vehicle weaving from one side to the other on
Isabella Avenue. Police locate New York Times delivery truck hard at work.
 
6:12 a.m. A person reports seeing a man and a woman walking down El Camino Real grabbing at each other. Police found the pair embracing at bus step and everything was OK.
 
These first two items may actually have some value. They teach that THE MAN gets up early in Atherton. The street-wise might as well sleep in. The same goes for autocrossers looking for a little early morning slalom training on the lanes and avenues of Atherton.
 
2:11 p.m. Resident reported white Land Rover being driven erratically in Circus Club parking lot. Police found mother-daughter driving lesson in progress and wished them well.
 
3:54 p.m. Six female juveniles slowing traffic with car wash sign in the 100 block of Selby Lane. (No outcome reported here, but we all can form the same mental image of this inherently criminal activity. Let's hope that the police cruiser got a free wash.)
 
Note to self -- Check out the timing here. Apparently, nothing, NADA, ZIP happens on the mean streets between dawn and mid afternoon. One can be really incompetent as a street boss, capo or gang leader and still totally rule the streets during this period. From a Porsche point of view this is the time to perform Italian tune ups at 7000 rpm and to test for clutch slip at torque peak in fifth gear on Stockbridge Avenue.
 
6:32 p.m. A caller reports seeing a white French bulldog with red collar darting in and out of traffic near Alameda del las Pulgas and Atherton Avenue. Police couldn't find the bulldog.
 
Now that last call is instructional. It shows how too much information can be a bad thing. Drop the "French" and "white" and for sure the "red collar". It's PIT BULL! PIT BULL!! PIT BULL!!! on the street.
 
7:03 p.m. Man reports people dancing in street on Faxon Forest Drive. Police were unable to locate any dancers.
 
8: 00 p.m. Resident reports loud thumping noise from neighbor's yard in 500 block of Tuscaloosa Avenue. Police respond. No thumpers found.
 
9:21 p.m. Man reports masked burglar at rear door of residence on Mercedes Lane.

9:23 p.m. Same man reports multiple burglars now attempting home invasion on Mercedes Lane. All available officers dispatched - raccoon family shooed.
 
What can you say about these last three items. Even I, a person totally devoid of street savvyness at any point in his life, can see that these Atherton experiences would hurt, rather than help, any attempt to establish Street Cred. Mathematically they are "1/Street Cred" or "Minus Street Cred".
 
Thank God for the mean streets of Palo Alto teaching my sons SOME survival skills.
 

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Porsche Parade
A Visit to Peter Porsche's Private Museum

--by Michael Hobgood, Carlsen Porsche (& GGR member!)

These are some pictures taken by my son at Peter Porsche's personal museum at Salzburg Austria and also of the flight back during the ash cloud last week in Europe.  Two hours after they left Salzburg on Friday morning it was closed and the runway picture is in the Azores off the Spanish coast which is how they came home.  An additional 1200 miles.  Enjoy the rare Porsche's in these pictures.

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Insurance for Drivers' Ed
 
Am I Covered While Driving On-Track?

Each year Porsche Club of America Regions organize many high-performance driver's education events.  Over the years PCA has earned a tremendous reputation for putting on educational, safe, and structured events.  These events target what PCA members are most passionate about - appreciating the fine automobiles they own in a way that just can't be recognized in daily street driving.

For many years PCA driving enthusiasts had a sense of comfort knowing that their standard auto policies covered them while participating in PCA Driver's Education events.  Most policies had language that only excluded coverage while participating in "timed or competition events."  Since PCA DEs are educational in nature and untimed, most insurers would pay for damages incurred at these events.  Incidents causing damage to vehicles at PCA DEs are rare, but when they do happen the damage can be significant.

Around the 2003-2004 timeframe, it seems that many insurance underwriters recognized the additional exposure presented by individuals involved in DEs and modified their exclusions section accordingly.  At the beginning, a few companies implemented new language to exclude coverage "on a surface used for racing", "in a performance driving event", or even worse "at a racetrack facility."  Since the initial rollout of the exclusions, it seems that the majority of auto insurers have followed suit with these restrictive exclusions for individuals involved in DEs.

Many PCA DE enthusiast members have researched this topic in the past, prior to 2003, and believe that they are still covered while driving in events.  Enthusiasts must understand that insurers do have the ability to change policy terms at each policy renewal.  The typical policy holder receives their renewal, looks at the bill, and sends a check to renew their policy.  In the pages following that bill, insurers include a coverage update that details any policy changes.  Unfortunately these changes often go unnoticed by insurance consumers. 

For individuals involved in DEs, it is very important to review your policy before you go to your next track event.  Many insurance consumers don't file their current policies, but insurance agents will always send a copy of the current policy upon request.  A quick review of the exclusions section of the policy typically reveals any language targeted at eliminating coverage while participating in events held at racetracks.  Enthusiasts' vehicles are often the most treasured property they own, so it is important that they do their research and understand whether coverage is included under their standard policy while participating in DEevents.

DE Participants that do not have coverage under their standard auto policy and aren't willing to take the financial risk of driving on track without coverage do have options available.  PCA has partnered with Lockton Affinity, the administrator of the HPDE Insurance Program.  The PCA - HPDE Insurance Program offers single-event physical damage insurance at a very affordable rate.  The premiums are based on value, and the average premium for our members is $205 per event.  When applying, PCA members can enter their member number to receive a 10% discount on their premium!

Do not assume that you still have coverage while participating in DEs based off of research or questions asked to your agent years ago.  Before your next event, check your policy and go to that event knowing whether you will or will not be covered in the case of an unfortunate incident that causes damage to one of your most prized possessions.  If your research shows that you do not have coverage, consider getting supplemental through the PCA - HPDE Insurance Program: http://pcahpdeins.locktonaffinity.com   


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New 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS - Most Powerful, Street Legal Porsche Ever

Ultimate 911 extracts 620 ultra-efficient, twin-turbocharged horsepower from 3.6 liters;
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ATLANTA - May 12, 2010 - The time: seven minutes, 18 seconds on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
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The latest 911 is the fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of
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per horsepower, by far the best power/weight ratio in its class. These are the ideal ingredients for an
ultra-high-performance sports car with supreme agility and truly blistering performance on the road.
Perfectly illustrating Porsche Intelligent Performance, the 2011 GT2 RS achieves a reduction of
approximately 5 percent for both fuel consumption and CO2 emission reduction when compared with the previous 911 GT2.

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The 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine features two variable turbine geometry turbochargers and
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New tires were specifically developed for the 911 GT2 RS and measure 245/35 ZR 19 at the front
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Extreme cornering dynamics are ensured by the setup of the springs, Porsche Adaptive Suspension
Management (PASM), unique anti-roll bars, specific engine mounts and recalibrated Porsche Stability Management (PSM), whose stability and traction control functions can be switched off individually.

The combined effect of these developments is evident on the racetrack. In fact, the ultimate 911
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Carbon Fiber, Limited Production

In its looks, the new 911 GT2 RS stands out clearly from the other 911 models through the lavish
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The interior of the 911 GT2 RS also exudes sporting performance in virtually every detail. Lightweight two-piece bucket seats made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic are standard, as are lightweight door panels with fabric straps instead of traditional door handles. The basic interior color is black, which contrasts with red elements, such as the seat center sections, the roof lining and segments of the steering wheel rim. The gearshift and handbrake lever are also finished in red alcantara.

Limited to just 500 units worldwide, the 911 GT2 RS will be available in the U.S. October 2010 and
will have a MSRP of $245.000. The GT2 RS is making its world debut at the Moscow Auto Show on
August 25th 2010.

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Video can be found on PCA.org


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Lizards Win at Laguna
 
Long, Bergmeister, Lizards Triumph in Six-Hour Squeaker at Laguna in Porsche 911 GT3 RSR; Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder Second Overall
 
Monterey, Calif. - May 23 - Four Ferraris, two Corvettes, two BMWs and two Porsches, all running within ten seconds of each other during much of the six-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca yesterday, continue to provide fans at the track and a national TV audience the finest sports car racing ever seen in North America.
 
With nine minutes and 20 seconds left in the endurance event, Patrick Long (USA), driving the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, overtook the factory BMW on the re-start after a late yellow flag to score a three-tenths of a second GT class win - the team's second-straight victory.
 
Long, and co-driver and fellow Porsche factory pilot Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), overcame an eighth-place grid position after a troublesome qualifying session to gain the season points advantage over their rivals. The pair won five races in a row last year en route to the GT class championship.
 
CBS Television will broadcast a tape-delayed, edited version of the event next Saturday, May 29, at 1:30 PM Eastern time.
 
Referring to his battles with first the Ferraris, then the Corvettes, and final the BMWs in the closing 60 minutes of the race, the usually calm and articulate Long was almost speechless.
 
"I can't even describe the last hour of this race.  I was on everyone's bumper, and they were on mine. We were fast enough to compete, but would have not been fast enough to win if the Flying Lizard crew didn't put us in that position by minimizing our time in the pits and calling perfect strategy.  The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was perfect, and Joerg and I kept the mistakes to a minimum.  I've never been in a race that was a pressure-cooker from green flag to checkered flag like this one," said Long.
 
"We had back luck earlier in the week, including my mistake on a potential fast lap in qualifying, but we fought from an eighth-place start to the win over the best GT field I have ever seen.  Our crew picked up time on the field for us on every pit stop, and our strategy was perfect.  And Patrick had the best re-start ever to gain the lead and bring it home."
 
With 10 yellow flags for various incidents during the race, the green flag re-starts played as critical role in teams' final finishing positions as efficient pit stops did.  Long pointed out that when the green flag drops for the first car, it's time to race for everyone - you don't have to wait until your car gets to the starter stand.
 
"On that final re-start, Joey (Hand, the BMW driver) left a bit of a door open for me, and I took it three- wide through the last corner," Long said. "Then it was all about running away because I knew Joey wouldn't be happy. We came from eighth on the starting grid and worked our way through a very competitive field," Long said.
The final standings in GT showed Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche, BMW and Ferrari - in that order.  Porsche now leads the manufacturers' championship points with 65, while Ferrari has 55 and BMW 50.   In the drivers' points chase, Bergmeister/Long enjoy a ten-point lead over the Ferrari drivers Melo/Bruni, while BMW drivers Mueller/Hand are third.
Seventh in GT was the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 G3 RSR of Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA).  The team had been fighting the set-up for the twisty 2.238 Laguna Seca track ever since the car came off the truck, and, according to Henzler, despite the team's hard work, they never real found that sweet spot during the six-hour event.

Lizard RSR
PHOTO:Flying Lizards Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc 

"We just could get the car balanced to turn competitive times to keep up with the others," he said.
 
Henzler had jumped into the lead at the start of both previous races.
 
The other Porsche in the GT field, the Flying Lizard Motorsports entry with Seth Neiman/Darren Law/Timo Bernhard was forced into the pits twice during the event to fix damage from on-track incidents, and finished 11th in class.
 
While this exciting battle was raging in the GT class, a smaller, but just as intriguing competition was taking place for the overall race win.  The Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder, with Klaus Graf/Sascha Maassen/Memo Gidley aboard, led the race overall at several junctions, and looked like they would compete for the overall win when bad luck struck.
 
Memo Gidley, the last-minute substitution of car owner Greg Pickett, spun the car during his first lap out in the middle of the race, going through the gravel trap.  A small piece of gravel had lodged itself behind the shift paddle, causing the car to stay stuck in gear. Once the American was towed back to pit lane, the crew immediately assessed the problem, but had unfortunately fallen seven laps down to the leaders, and to 18th place overall.
 
But Maassen and Graf peddled hard through the field, aided by attrition at the top of the standings, and earned a second place finish overall.
 
"It 'ain't' over until it's over! That's what they say. I think these kinds of races are the sweetest, when there is a little bit of a setback and you have to recover. Fun is not a straight line and we were up and down and in the end to finish second is, I think, a great achievement," said Maassen, who won the first race ever for the RS Spyder at Laguna Seca in 2005.
 
In the ALMS GT Challenge class for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, Black Swan Racing, in only their second race with their new 2010 race car, went flag-to-flag with Tim Pappas, and Dutch brothers Jeroen and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen to score an impressive win over some serious competition.
 
"We had a great start in Long Beach but some things went wrong; today it went really right," said Jeroen Bleekemolen, the reigning world Porsche Supercup champion, who won the class pole and set the class' fastest race lap. "It's great to get the win and hopefully move up in the championship."
 
Team owner Pappas couldn't imagine much of a better start to the season.
"This is pretty cool. We came out for Long Beach without much preparation," he said. "We had a difficult, frustrating race. We went home and worked hard and practiced. All the guys at Black Swan are great. The Bleekemolen brothers come over from Holland and it was a great race. We didn't put a tire off and made zero mistakes in the pits so that turned out to a race win."
 
The Black Swan Porsche led all six hours and ended up a lap ahead of TRG's Porsche of Andy Lally, Rene Villeneuve and Henri Richard.  The class points leaders, the Car Amigo/Mission Foods Porsche of Butch Leitzinger/Juan Gonzales/Rudy Junco, Jr. finished third.
The American Le Mans Series takes its tradition mid-season break for team who participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 12 - 13), and returns on July 11 to Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City for round #4.

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Go do an event! Beats cleaning the garage...

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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