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April 2015


Our Next Social Dinner Meeting will be held at Sorella’s Italian Restaurant. 7900 McNair Ln, Bakersfield, Tuesday evening, April, 21st at 6:30 Business Meeting at 5:30p with Dinner to follow at 6:30p

April: 5th: Sunday,

Easter Sunday

10-12th: Fri-Sun, Festival of Speed at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA See event flyers for this event on page 12 & 13 of the issue. 18th: Saturday, Autocross at Santa Maria Airport 19th: Sunday,

CAL-Inland Concours at College of the Canyons. See event flyer and concours entry form on page 6 & 7 of this issue.

17-19th: Fri-Sun, Long Beach Grand Prix , Racing throughout the street of Long Beach 21th: Tuesday,

Social Meeting at Sorella’s Italian Restaurant, 7900 McNair Ln. 6:30p Dinner

May: 3rd: Sunday,

GEM/PCA Zone 8 Spring Autocross at the Minter Field Airport

11th: Monday

Streets of Willow, Hosted by the Orange County Region of the PCA

16-17th, Sat-Sun Lilac Festival at The Pine Mountain Club

Crest RV Park, Every Saturday Morning at 8:am for Breakfast and Chit Chat , 5025 Wible Road 2


Porsche Club of America Golden Empire Region Board Members and Chair Persons

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Linn Christopher

Pat Wadman

Chuck Anderson

Betsy Wadman

Membership Chair &

Safety Chair &

Newsletter Editor

Autocross Co-Chairs

Communication Chair

Insurance Coordinator

Michael Thomas

Loren Stumbaugh

Mike McGregor

gemgrapevine@gmail.com

Greg Fullmer Charles Rook Omar Olivas

PCA Membership Webmaster

Social Coordinators

Anton Khatsanovich

Sandy Anderson Maggie Chow

While our cars are very exclusive, our club is not. Did you know that you can add a family member or other interested person as an affiliate member, at no additional cost? The family or affiliate member must also be 18 years of age or older.

Please join us online at our newly remodeled Website and on our Facebook Group page:

For all of the details contact our Membership Chair:

http://gem.pca.org/

Loren Stumbaugh Porsche Club of America Golden Empire Region Membership Chairman Loren7025@gmail.com (661) 747-4416

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ PCA.GoldenEmpireRegion/ And please send any Newsletter comments or content contributions to :

gemgrapevine@gmail.com

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Our Donation presentations to M.A.R.E. and Minter Field Air Museum The Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America Is honored to present the M.A.R.E. therapy riding center a $5000 gift

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Our Donation presentations to M.A.R.E. and Minter Field Air Museum The Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America Later that day we were pleased to present the Minter Air Museum with $1000

The Golden Empire Region Congratulates both of these wonderful organizations for their contributions to the Kern County community

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It’s time for the Golden Empire Region to Host the Spring Autocross at the Minter Field Airport again. GEM is so fortunate to have this airport’s runway available to us again. And this event is a huge fund raiser for GEM. All members are encourage to pitch in and help out with something during the event. Last year we had several PCA members driving from as far away as Los Angeles and San Diego to participate in our AX event.

Let’s show all of Zone 8 what a great event we can produce !

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Luftgek端hlt Porsche Show | On Location at Bandito Bros When a factory driver for Porsche throws a party you know its going to be amazing !! Factory driver Patrick Long host an All Air Cooled event in Los Angeles.

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2015 Zone 8 Autocross Season Drivers, If you’re curious about autocross and want to learn more visit the Zone 8 autocross webpage or contact me for more information. Autocross is a great way for new or seasoned drivers to learn more about their Porsches! The 2015 Zone 8 Autocross season started with the Grand Prix Region (GPX) Region Day-Away-From-Work DE/AX on the 9th of March. The weather was beautiful with moderate temperatures and no wind at the Streets of Willow track. Aside from issues with the timing equipment that precluded timing the day was perfect and all of the drivers had a great time. Thanks to the GPX team for hosting another great event! Jimmy Mitchel, GPX Photographer, too a bunch of pictures which you view on Google+. Since the timing equipment didn’t work, all drivers will receive 5 points for the event. The Santa Barbera Region (SBR) will be hosting the next Zone 8 AX on April 25th at the Camarillo Airport (see attached flyer). The registration site is open and you can sign up now! The entry fee includes a great BBQ lunch and the track is always challenging. I have found that nimble cars do well at Camarillo. I am already signed up, hope to see you there! Right on the heels of the SBR event, on May 3rd, the Golden Empire Region will have their first of two autocrosses of the year on the runways of Minter Field at the Shafter Airport, about 5 miles north of Bakersfield just off highway 99. This is a more than 90 second track with lots of variation in speed and difficulty and is a favorite of drivers like Mike Dolphin, Mike Furnish and Kent Verderico! Here is a video that Kent made of his top-time-of-day lap from last fall’s event https://youtu.be/tBvyHYNsabQ. You can see the tracks on the parking apron of the airport in this satellite view from Google Maps. If you need a place to stay I have had several friends stay at the Hampton Inn at California and Oak Street. Another hotel I have used that is trailer friendly was the Best Western Crystal Palace Inn & Suites. Hope to see you there! Remember you have to drive in at least 6 of the Zone 8 autocrosses to qualify for a year end award. Plan your calendar accordingly! Sincerely Yours, David Witteried Zone 8 Autocross Chairman H: 760-373-1413

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Notice a new rubble in the jungle recently ? GEM member Rene Chow installed a late Christmas Present on his 993 A New Fister Sports Exhaust System These purr like a kitten at a stop light. But Roar like a Lion when the light turns green !

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And talking about Roaring like a Lion, Mr. Stumbaugh took the plunge into a magnificent 2008 Twin Turbo S Cabriolet. Good Job Loren ! Yep, one turbo was just not enough for our pal Loren !

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Lets think about another drive to Parkfield. Maybe if enough are interested we can bring it up for discussion. Last year we enjoyed a nice drive on Hwy 58 West to the Parkfield turnoff. A little bumpy but a lot of fun. Waiting for us was a great Tri Tip BBQ Lunch.

The headcount is needed for the BBQ Lunch

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PCA – Golden Empire Region

Board Meeting Minutes 17 March 2015 5:30pm Woolgrowers Board Members Present: Linn Christopher (President) Pat Wadman (Vice President) Charles Anderson (Secretary)

Items for Discussion Linn: February minutes approved by board. PCA Administration has changed the membership renewal date to always be at the end of the month. Charles Rooks would like to have an “All German” event at Minter field. Date to be determined. Linn reminded everyone of the upcoming donation events at MARE and the Minter Field Air Museum. Linn would like to establish a 3-person sub-committee to coordinate all rides/runs. Another lengthy discussion about the need for insurance for all publicized GEM events. Linn reminded everyone that the Festival of Speed will be held on April 10-12, 2015 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Pat: The Concours-prep event had a good response and went well. The next one will be March 28 th. Chuck From the February meeting: The membership would like to consider expanding the number of charitable organizations for future donations. In the next newsletter, Mike Thomas will solicit suggestions from the membership for worthy organizations. Each suggestion should indicate why the organization is a “good fit” for a club donation. Linn thinks the web site advertising rates may be too high. He will work with Anton to adjust. Other Items: Progressive dinner: Bob Goon presented a proposal for a Progressive Dinner. Bob will solicit volunteers and coordinate the event for a possible June date. Emails: Loren noted that some members were having problems with his Emails where only the first half of the Email text was visible. P lease

let Loren know if this happens and he will resend the Email. Loren also mentioned that any member wanting to contact the entire membership (to seek volunteers, ask opinions, etc.) should send a request to him and he will send it out to the entire club. Autocross Equipment: Greg Fullmer had a question regarding equipment for the Autocross. Omar indicated that they have all the required equipment. Regional Trophy: Mike Thomas handed the trophy to Gregg Fullmer. 24


Please Provide Suggestions Of Groups that we can Include in our Donations As you may have noticed within the Board Meeting Minutes there has been a request made to select some new Organizations or perhaps individuals that we can consider assisting this year through monies raised from our GEM events. Some very good suggestions of organizations have been already been made. At this time we are asking the membership to please write short description of the organizations or individuals that you feel would be a “good fit” to receive our funding. I know some of you, throughout your work week see people and groups that one or two thousand dollars would mean the world to. It’s hard for us members to realize that right here in Kern County there are children going to sleep hungry, families struggling to provide even the basics for their families, or elderly that time has forgotten. People within our community going without things throughout their daily lives that all of us take for granted. M.A.R.E. and the Air Museum are two very good and deserving groups. And those groups can still continue to benefit from our group’s generosity. But I know many of us would like to see monies donated to help reduce the daily burdens of low income or other misfortunes that so many Kern Families struggle with each day. Please take the time to step up and present suggestions of what you believe will help to benefit lives here in Kern County. Suggestions should written in a brief form that describes the group or individuals that you would like for the Golden Empire Region of the PCA to consider assisting. Please send those suggestion by Email to me at, mthomas927@yahoo.com.

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I Love the Smell of Air Cooled in the Morning A couple of Pix from a short trip that a few of us Air-Heads took one Monday morning.

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Yes, He’s a bit of a Knob, But I rather like the man ….. As stated by James May regarding Jeremy’s most recent lack of good judgment

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April 2015 GEM Grapevine  
April 2015 GEM Grapevine  

April 2015 GEM Grapevine Newsletter from the Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America, PCA

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