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The Grapevine Newsletter Golden Empire Region Porsche Club of America

May 2014

Festival of Speed Coverage

James Dean Memorial Autocross Coverage


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A Photo review of the 2014 California Festival of Speed 6 James Dean Memorial Autocross at Minter Field

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Mike McGregor & Steven Kong’s Trip to F1 in Malaysia 19 Porsche Plans a European Rolling Museum in 2014

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Social Outings & Members Page GEM April Social Meeting Dinners and Events GEM Members Shown Well at Cal-Inland’s Concours

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Event Calendars & Schedules Upcoming GEM Social Events in May

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Our GEM Event Calendar

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Registration is open for Porsche Parade in Monterey

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Up-Coming Out of Town Events Buttonwillow Raceway Driver’s Education

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Wheels to Water Porsche/LA Yacht Club Gathering

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Cal-Inland’s Time Distance Rally

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San Luis Obispo Rally and Concours d’ Elegance

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Los Angeles PCA Porsche Concours d’ Elegance

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

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Past President

Omar Olivas

Linn Christopher

Spencer Harris

Betsy Wadman

Pat Wadman

Membership Co-Chairs & Safety Chair &

Newsletter Editor

Insurance Coordinator

Michael Thomas

Mike McGregor

gemgrapevine@gmail.com

Communication Co-Chairs

Loren Stumbaugh and Anna Stumbaugh

Autocross Co-Chairs

Greg Fullmer and Charles Rook

PCA Membership Webmaster

Social Coordinator

Anton Khatsanovich

Tammy Harris

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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Upcoming GEM Social Events in May

May 17 is our drive to the Lilac Festival at the Pine Mountain Club.

May 20, 6:30 PM Our GEM Social Meeting at Noriega’s Basque Style Resturant at 525 Sumner St.

The Golden Ox every Saturday Morning at 8:am for Breakfast and Chit Chat , at 3400 Wilson

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GEM Club Events Involving Food this April GEM’s Driving Tour to Ponderosa

Everyone is talking about the fantastic Driving Tour to Ponderosa, near Sequoia Nat. Park.

Be Careful Maggie not to get too close to Loren and his plate of food. Others have lost fingers ! A Stop along the way at Granite Station GEM’s April Social Meeting at Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar

Oh, Looks Like Betsy swallowed another fly :(

Sandy was kind enough to model this year’s Summer Head Basket for the Ladies, Of Course it was full of MORE FOOD !! Yes Mike McGregor, we are talking to YOU ! 5


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2014 CFOS Timeline of 4 Cylinder 356, 912, 914, and 924 Porsches

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Our own lovely Umbrella Girl Anastasiya

Anastasiya posing along side of Rapper L-Dog Rene Chow with some homeless guy.

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Magnus Walker !!


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The James Dean Memorial Springtime Autocross

On Shafter’s Minter Field Runway

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The President’s Corner‌... This weekend's autocross at Minter Airfield was amazing! Everyone appeared to have a fantastic time. The weather was great, not a scorcher. The timing equipment held out the entire day without a hitch. Many lap times fell without too much pride hurt. The competition was fierce and friendly. I would like to thank a few folks who made this event a resounding success: * Greg Fullmer and Charles Rooks - Autocross co-chairs * Linn and Vernell Christopher - Served up a tasty hot dog lunch * Mike Thomas - Our announcer and club photographer * Shanell Rice - Taking on Timing and Scoring, announcer, corner worker pep coach and runner (the basket on her beach cruiser was filled all day long with important items like blue tape for car numbers and tech forms) * Janice Witteried - Grid Marshall keeping the cars moving in order (she pointed, you MOVED), not an easy task * Kenneth Keenan and Charee Keenan - Loaned us the generator that NEVER QUIT!! * Betsy Wadman - Handled the craziness that is morning registration and gate entrance * Pat Wadman - Made sure our corner workers showed up and kept everyone safe * Spencer and Tammy Harris - Coordinated with the airport on setup and facilities for the event * Mike McGregor - Making sure we are insured as well as showing up early to help setup * David Bratcher - Hosting our pre-tech before the autocross * Minter Field/Shafter Airport (Jonathan Hudson and Kenneth Greene) - For allowing us to hold the event at their facility * Golden Empire Mustangs - 6 of their members participated And thanks to all those too many to mention that helped in some way, setting up the course, tearing down the course, handing out waters, etc... Of course none of this could have happened without the participation of all the drivers that joined us from Golden Empire, Cal Inland and other regions around southern California...

Thank you all!! Omar Olivas PCA Golden Empire Region President

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It’s Not Just the Car, It’s the People! Thank’s goes out to all the GEM members for making this AutoX a terrific event

Our Tech Volunteers

Special Thx to Dave Bratcher for the use of his shop during our Pre-Tech evening

Our Tech Support Staff Pat Wadman Announcing Driver’s Meeting

A huge Thank You goes out to two of our hardest workers Sunday, Score Keeper Shanell Rice and Grid Master Janice Witteried. Great Job Ladies !!

Zone 8”s AutoX Chair Dave Witteried discusses Auto Cross rules and Safety with Drivers at the before the event gets underway

And a huge thanks goes out to GEM President Omar Olivas and VP Linn Christopher for their countless hours of effort, planning, and worry that has helped this event become so successful 13


Autocross Practice Lap Times

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Autocross Final Recorded Lap Times

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Porsche Parade

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Guards Red was the Color of the Day Congratulations go out to GEM’s own Tammy Harris and Rene Chow for their wins at the 2014 Cal-Inland Region’s Porsche Concours ! Rene Chow won 1st place with his ‘89 Guards Red 911 in the Un-Restored class. And Tammy

Harris won 2nd place with her ‘77 Guards Red 911 Targa in Wash and Shine. Pat and Betsy Wadman were also on hand as concours judges. Great job Guys !!

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At my request for the newsletter, Mike McGregor was kind enough to share with us his incredible Malaysian Trip for the Kuala Lumpur F-1 race. Thank You Mr. McGregor Click on the Video to the Left to view a quick recap of the 2014 Kuala Lumpur F-1 race

Click on the Video to the Right to view features from the Porsche Carrera Cup race

The last part of March, Pat, our son Daniel, and I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with Steve Kong. He is from there, so he and his family made things a lot easier for us. We went there for the Malaysia Formula 1 race, at least the guys did. Sepang is a fantastic race track. Since it rains a lot, all of the seats are covered. The only F1 track like it, that I know of. The Porsche Carrera Cup was also there. We saw more 991 GT3's at full song than I will see in a year. The F1 race was won by Hamilton Petronas Mercedes; which is based in K.L. The track was only half full because a lot of the events were cancelled because of the loss of MH 370. If your butt can take some 19 hours of flight time to get there; then it is well worth the trip. The food is varied and all fantastic--as well as inexpensive. The shopping is everything from small stalls all the way to the best shopping centers. The temperature was in the 80's to 90's with 95% humidity. Don't need a lot of clothes. All in all, it is a great place to go.

Kuala Lumpur F1 Track at Pit Row

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In some ways the Porsche 911 was an evolution of the 356. It maintained the 356’s rear, air-cooled engine, rear-wheel drive, and 2+2 layout. But as any Porsche fanboy will eagerly tell you, it was an all-new model. For starters, the engine gained two cylinders going from a flat-four to a flat-six, while the individual cylinders lost some displacement (395.5cc to 331.8cc). But perhaps more importantly, the car grew in every dimension and was designed to be more comfortable than the outgoing 356.

dynamics. The overall proportion and stance heavily emphasize the rear engine; however, they’re a bit at odds with the downward sloping roofline and beltline which carry your eyes over the rear too quickly, (consider the substantial flares over the rear wheels in more recent years, designed to counter this) de-emphasizing the rear. While the proportion and surfaces are a bit at odds, the surfacing itself, while evolutionary, is beautiful. The transition from the engine cover to the fender as two surfaces seem to become one (they never actually do) is much more elegant than the 356’s rear treatment (it just flattens out, vertically). And from a functional perspective, the low hood, narrow dash and more upright A-pillars allow for a commanding, confidence-inspiring view of the road. Personally, I suspect this is the primary reason for the 911’s popularity; the fact that it’s a subconscious feeling makes this part of the design sublime.

Before we delve into the finer points of the 911’s design, I want to establish that I believe that the 911’s fundamental design is flawed. And I’m certain that I’ll receive emails and comments suggesting I have my head examined or that I stick it in all sorts of horrible places, but I hope that you’ll allow me to explain. Hanging a massive lump of metal (the engine) out past the rear axle (or front axle, for that matter) increases the car’s polar moment of inertia, which makes it harder to recover control once the car begins a slide (just ask Mr. Jonathan Mills).

In typical, German fashion, detailing is sparse and is limited to items that serve other functions besides pure ornamentation. It is this simplicity that gives the Porsche such a timeless appearance. The Porsche 911 could be described as elegant or efficient, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to call it beautiful in the traditional sense, say like a Ferrari 250GT Lusso. And if you’re so inclined we can debate the merits of a rear-engined car until hell freezes over.

This isn’t a real problem for a 40hp VW Beetle, but as power and speeds increase, and hence the speed of weight transfer, it does become an issue. We could discuss physics and the 911’s merits all day, but as my ultimate example consider the vast majority of modern racecars: they are equipped with an engine mounted amidships. That’s probably just coincidence, though, right?

But there is beauty in the design of this car. And that beauty exists in the organization of multiple, disparate components that conspire, like a symphonic arrangement, to make you feel invincible behind the wheel., to make you feel invincible behind the wheel.

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Is Porsche considering X6-style Cayenne Coupe It was practically unthinkable when Porsche introduced the Cayenne in 2002. An SUV... from Porsche? Purists balked, but customers flocked, and the Cayenne propelled the its holding company into such profitability that it practically took over the entire Volkswagen Group. It's now been twelve years since the original Cayenne arrived as the first production Porsche with more than two doors, and Zuffenhausen has since followed up with the Panamera, the Macan and the second-generation Cayenne. The latest intel coming in from overseas suggests that Porsche is in the advanced stages of designing a slant-back, five-door Cayenne coupe to take on the likes of the BMW X6 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC. Though the business case (however solid BMW may have already demonstrated it to be) is still being considered, if approved it would join the upcoming third-generation Cayenne on the production line in Leipzig as early as 2018 ? a year after the new Cayenne itself is expected to arrive. The Cayenne coupe would share much with the more conventional MkIII Cayenne (and for that matter the next Audi Q7 and VW Touareg as well as the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Falcon) but differentiate itself with a more stylish (if less practical) roofline and an altogether sportier attitude. Autocar reports that the design calls for tauter sheetmetal and sportier cabin inspired by the 918 Spyder. Pricing would be positioned a good 15-20 percent higher than the regular Cayenne, and the "coupe" version would likely be offered with most, if not all of the engines available in the conventional version ? including gasoline, diesel, turbo and possibly even hybrid options ranging all the way up to the 550-horsepower Turbo

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Plans for Porsche’s Rolling Museum in 2014 The Porsche Museum will again showcase racing vehicles from the marque’s successful history at classic car events around the globe. Highlights in 2014 for the ‘Rolling Museum’ will include the Mille Miglia and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, among others. From 15th to 18th May the Porsche Museum will enter the starting field for the 1,000 miles of the Mille Miglia. Competing in the long-distance road race will be a 550 Spyder, two 356 Coupes and a 356 Speedster. The drivers of the vehicles will include Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, and racing legend Jacky Ickx. For both drivers and vehicles the Mille Miglia is still a challenge today, as the new route of 1,750 kilometres is covered in just four days and leads in the main through differing weather zones. From the 6th to 7th July, the Porsche Museum’s classic racing cars will participate in the traditional ‘Paul Pietsch Klassik’. Over a course of 450 kilometres two-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl and Le Mans winner and DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck will be driving a 911 Carrera 2.7 RS and a 911 Speedster across the south-west of Germany. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is inconceivable without a Porsche. An annual event since 1993 on the estate of Lord March in

West Sussex, it takes place this year from 26th to 29th June. The Festival of Speed is the largest event of its kind anywhere in the world. Spectators can look forward to seeing numerous classic Porsche cars, with a focus in 2014 on the ‘Turbo’ theme. The cars to be seen will include a Porsche 959 Group B, a 964 Turbo, a 993 Turbo and a Porsche 935, known as the ‘Baby’ due to its scaled down 1.4-litre engine. Also awaiting the visitors are two special Porsche 917s: the Porsche 917 KH, which brings back memories of the first overall Porsche victory at Le Mans, and the Porsche 917/30, which was developed for the Can-Am race series.

Coinciding with Porsche’s return to the 24hour endurance race with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, a number of famous Porsche vehicles will also be appearing at the Le Mans Classic from 4th to 6th July. This summer the Porsche Museum will send four participants to France – a 911 Carrera RSR Targa Florio, the Porsche 935/77 Group 5 racing car, a 911 Turbo Cabriolet and a 911 Turbo 3.0. From 10th to 12th July, the Porsche Museum will line up several historic legends at the Ennstal Classic, where this year Porsche will be the main theme. With a hill prologue, tours through the Tauern Mountains and a city grand prix, the three-day event provides a festival of motoring for drivers and spectators. In addition to a number of Porsche 356 cars, one of which will be driven by Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, a 911 2.2 Targa will also compete. The visitors will have the chance 26

to admire the skills of former racing drivers such as Walter Röhrl in a 718 WRS, Jacky Ickx in the 550 A Spyder and current Porsche works driver Marc Lieb in a GT1 1998 as they take part in the Chopard Grand Prix von Gröbming. The Porsche Museum will also take its classic cars to the 6th Schloss Bensberg Classic, which takes place around the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg from 18th to 20th July, and from 14th to 17th August it will be present at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. From the 21st to 24th August the Porsche Museum will then be lining up in the Sachsen Classic in Saxony. In the course of this classic car rally, vehicles including a 356 Speedster, a 911 Targa and a 911 Turbo will cover a course of 610 kilometres from Zwickau to Chemnitz all around the Vogtland region. With its concept of the Rolling Museum Porsche is taking a special approach. Practically all of the museum exhibits are roadworthy and thus fulfill the original purpose for which they were built: to be driven. And the specialists of the Porsche Museum workshop ensure that both before and during every tour of duty the rolling ambassadors of Porsche history are well prepared and in top fit form for every event. Unlike almost any other motoring museum the Porsche Museum thus stands for variety and vibrancy. Instead of a conventional, static exhibition, as a result of the exhibits being continuously rearranged it offers a constantly changing scene in Zuffenhausen.


Porsche 956 at Goodwood

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Registration for Porsche Parade is finally open Sign up soon for the driving events, they fill up quickly. Lodging in the Monterey/Salinas area is filling up quickly as well. If your considering on attending start planning now! Click on graphic below for full information on details and scheduling. Or review the March issue of the Grapevine for the complete schedule.

Monterey is the site of our 59th Porsche Parade, to be held this June 15 through 21, 2014. This is PCA’s annual extravaganza of competitive and social events. Only minutes away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, we’ll be treated to drives on the famous Pacific Coastal Highway, to some of California’s legendary vineyards, and through the hills and valleys of northern California. Of course, Parade has a long history of friendly competition and that will continue this year with the always challenging Concours d’Elegance, TSD rally, autocross, and the tech-quiz. Registration

Registration will open on April 1st (new date!), and there will be a link to register on pca.org and parade2014.pca.org. This Parade will be very popular, but we will accept ALL entries. We can accommodate all entrants for each of the banquets and all competitive events, as well as most activities. Tours on some days will sell out, however.

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It’s all Happening in San Luis Obispo at the Madonna Inn. Rally on Saturday June 7 and Concours on Sunday June 8

San Luis Concours, Sunday, June 8 Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA with Corral

San Luis Rally on the Beautiful Central Coast

San Luis Rally on the Beautiful Central Coast, June 7 A brisk timed drive of about 100 miles of breathtaking scenery on the San Luis Obispo County's most challenging and fun to drive roads. 30


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