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October 2014


Hear it through the Grapevine Featured Stories

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Rennsport Reunion 2015 in Monterey

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The Inaugural Porsche Werks Reunion Review

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Social Outings & Members’ Page Drive to Glenville

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Lake Arrowhead Timeline

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2014 GEM Concours

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Thank you to our Concours Sponsors

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GEM Board Meeting Minutes

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Event Calendars & Schedules Upcoming GEM Social Events

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Our GEM Event Calendar

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Up-Coming Out of Town Events Los Olivos, Day in the Country Tour

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Cal Inland Photo Rally

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Santa Barbara Region Concours Event

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Meta Mille Miglia Driving Tour

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2014 Escape to Orlando

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Zone 8 Fontana In-Field DE and Time Trial Event

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Full Autocross Report in our November Issue

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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 :

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Upcoming GEM Social and Sporting Events

Our Next Social Dinner Meeting will be held at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. 8850 Rosedale Highway, Tuesday evening, Oct, 21 at 6:30

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Saturday, Golden Empire Region will host it’s annual Porsche Concours at Strammler Park

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Monday, Gran Prix Region will host Autocross on the Streets of Willow at the Willow Springs Raceway

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Saturday, Drive to Day in the Country Celebration in Los Olivos. On Hwy 154, 5 miles east of Hwy 101

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Tuesday, Social Dinner Meeting at Macaroni Grill on Rosedale Hwy

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Golden Empire Region will host Autocross at Minter Field Airport on Runway 3

First day of Meta Mille drive, over Hwy 33 and ending in Solvang.

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Saturday, Day 2 of Meta Mille drive, along Hwy 1 to Cambria. An evening tour of Hearst Castle and rest at Ragged Point Inn.

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Day 3 of Meta Mille drive up Hwy 1 to Carmel, and a drive from Hollister to home down Hwy 25.

The Golden Ox, every Saturday Morning at 8:am for Breakfast and Chit Chat , 3400 Wilson Rd. 4


At a Glance. A few functions enjoyed by the Golden Empire Region’s Members in the Month of September

Ken, Charee and Mike McGregor enjoying a drive to Glenville and lunch at the Kernville International Airport while watching the 747 and the C5A fly in and out :) Thank you Charee for posting the pix.

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A Beautiful Venue to display our Porsches. One of the most enjoyable event I’ve attended 1995 Porsche Carrera 911 Coupe, 993 generation, Guards Red/ Tan upholstery, Manual 6 speed transmission, 67K miles. I am the 3rd owner and the cars two previous owners are also from Bakersfield. Surprisingly, this car has spent its entire life in Bakersfield yet nobody from the Porsche community has ever seen it. The guy I bought it from has owned the car for the past 13 years but rarely drove it. It is in outstanding condition and ready to represent GEM at upcoming events!

The car was not for sale when I was introduced to the owner by a mutual friend who knew he had a 993 and that I was looking for one. After lengthy negotiations we came to terms for the sale.

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Golden Empire Region’s Concours and Fall Autocross

CARS CARS CARS! What a beautiful sight this weekend in Bakersfield for sure! Either on the grass or on the track, it was great to see gorgeous Porsches everywhere you turned! If you missed seeing about 30 of the most lovely examples of Porsches raging from the 1955 356 Continental, to early 911’s and 914”s all the way to the newer generation Caymans, and Panameras, and 911’s parked on the grass at Stramler Park; you should mark your calendar for next year’s event for sure! On Sunday your eyes and ears were treated to the sights and sounds of Porsches, Mustangs, and Corvette’s, along with others doing what they love to do; go fast! The track was fast and fun! If you missed either of these events, mark your calendar next time! See you there! Thanks to the huge volunteer efforts of our club members, and such a great list of donations from: German Dreams Performance, Minter Field at the Shafter Airport, Smith’s Bakery, Bart’s Parts, Meguire’s, Griot’s, Pelican Parts, Harris Farms and Merle Haggard all in support of the miracles they make happen right here in Bakersfield at the M.A.R.E. therapeutic riding center!

Don’t miss it next time! Concours Chair,

Betsy Wadman

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A Beautiful Day in the Sun was enjoyed at Stamler Park With Good Friends and Great Cars

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Sponsorship is what allows GEM to raise money for M.A.R.E. We would like to thank all for their Sponsorship of the GEM Concours

Big Thanks to our friends at German Dreams for Sponsoring the GEM Concours this year. Their generosity allowed us to hold this year’s Concours in grassy Stramler Park. Thank you George Kline!

Thank you James Balmain for the delicious boxes of doughnuts. Your pastries are always a great way to start any day.

And delicious as always, a big thanks goes to our favorite caters and fellow GEM members Linn and Vernell Christopher for making sure no one left hungry. You guys are the Best !

And another big thank you goes out to Voni and Charee for your creative decorations. The place looked great.

Also, a big thank goes out to our membership for providing their time in planning and set up. And to those who donated services, items, and money that help make this event a success. A special thanks goes out to all of them: Betsy Wadman for organizing and leading the concours committee. Tammy Jo Harris for organizing the collection of raffle items, and the blood she shed. Loren Stumbaugh for the use of his sound system. Ken Keenan and Mike Thomas for hiring Stan to operate the sound system. Pat Wadman for designing and arranging the parking of the cars to be judged and displayed. And to all of the PCA judges who drove in from out of town to judge the concours cars. And last but certainly not least. Thank you to all individuals who participated by showing their cars in the concours. 10


Raffle Prizes are always a big hit at Concours Events And a terrific way to raise money for our charity group M.A.R.E. We would like to thank all for their Raffle Donations

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Come Join the Golden Empire Region for an enjoyable Day In The Country in the quaint, quite town of Los Olivos. Located just 7 miles north of Solvang and nestled within the Santa Barbara wine country, this little community offers a wonder weekend getaway. Los Olivos was established in the late 1800s and still retains much of it’s charm from that time.

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The community is featuring it’s 34 Annual town celebration. Lots of street venders will line both sides of the streets selling arts and crafts. Santa Maria Tri Tip BBQ is served for lunch. It can be washed down with some of California’s finest wines available at the many tasting rooms up and down the Grand Avenue. Our tour will begin at 8:am at the Golden Bull, 22460 Enos Lane, at the intersection of Hwy 43 and Hwy 58. Just continue out Rosedale Hwy to Hwy 43. From there we will caravan to Hwy 166 through Maricopa and Cayuma. We will travel over Hwy 166 and turn on to Tepsuquet Road near Hwy 101. Tepsuquet Rd. is known for its abundance of wildlife that can be easily seen as we drive the windy, wooded road.

Tepsuquet takes us into the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, which ends in Los Olivos. These beautiful windy roads were made for motorcycles and Porsches. And the view is gorgeous as it winds its way through beautiful ranchlands, vineyards and wineries of the Santa Inez Valley. Boasting expansive views of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Los Olivos is noted for its love of the arts, wine tasting opportunities, unique shopping, epicurean restaurants, fun festivals, antiques, recreational landscapes, and friendly residents found throughout the village. And plenty will be available of each this weekend.

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A Few Things in the Werks for the Golden Empire Region A couple of new Driving/Social Events are currently being organized. The first one is an idea that developed back in December. It will be a multi-day drive throughout Central California. In the spirit of the Italian Mille Miglia and California Mille, a Golden Empire Region Meta Mille Miglia is being formed. The dates are Friday Oct 31 through Sunday Nov 2. It’s a 500 mile tour that will take place over a three day period. From Friday though Sunday attendees will drive from Bakersfield, through the curves of Hwy 33 to Ojai. Up the lower Central Coast through the Santa Barbara wine vineyards of Los Olivos. The sleepy community of Los Olivos is a good place for dinner and some great wine sampling. And then enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in Solvang. Saturday mourning will bring a drive up Central Coast through Morro Bay to Cambria. Shopping and eating will take place in Cambria that afternoon. Then on up to Ragged Point Inn on Hwy 1 for dinner and lodging at 600 feet above the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. But we are not done with Saturday yet. An evening tour through Hearst Castle is being organized for that night. Sunday morning takes use up the majestic coast of beautiful Hwy 1 into Carmel for lunch. Then off to Hollister to stage a spirited fun run down through Hwy 25 and back home.

This is only a broad overview and some of information listed here maybe slightly inaccurate. We would be interested in suggestions anyone may have to help fine tune our Meta Mille. This will be a pay-as-you-go tour. So members will be required to make their own lodging plans. This will allow for varying pricing options for lodging.

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The Next Porsche Rennsport Reunion is Scheduled to take place on Monterey’s Laguna Seca Raceway Track in October 2015 Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced Porsche Rennsport Reunion V will take place at the 2.2 mile, 11-turn Monterey, California racetrack the weekend of October 9-11, 2015. Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together a gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating each of the six decades of legendary Porsche race cars. This event has been held about every three years. After staging the first three rounds in the East, with the inaugural at Lime Rock Park in 2001, Rennsport Reunion IV moved West in 2011, tapping into a vast array of West Coast car aficionados and Porsche enthusiasts. “While the Rennsport name from the beginning has become a staple fixture for international collectors and racers, choosing the Monterey Peninsula opened up this one-of-a-kind gathering to the many Porsche fans in California and beyond who were previously unable to attend,” said Detlev von Platen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America. “Approximately 40,000 spectators for the weekend, and a record number of race cars and participants, proved that our decision to come here was correct.” “After that truly rare gathering of significant Porsche race cars on the West Coast in 2011, we can expect an even larger number of fans of the Stuttgart sports car icon to attend next year,” predicted Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We are proud that Porsche will come back to our track where it has a long racing tradition, and my team and I look forward to help making this the best Rennsport Reunion ever.” Porsche Rennsport Reunion V will assemble a wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the mid-engine 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties, through the 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties, to the 911 GT3 RSR and RS Spyder of the last decade. Special tribute will be paid to the car that embodies Porsche’s return to the top of sports car racing. The 919 LMP1 Prototype is the guarantee that Porsche motorsports – and Rennsport Reunion – have a successful future.

During Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, approximately 1,300 Porsche Club of America (PCA) member-owned Porsche models from the past 66 years helped fill the show fields, race classes, and parking lots of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For the upcoming fifth rendition, the PCA, celebrating its 60th year in 2015, will once again play an integral role, capping their year-long celebration. Future details will be published on Porsche’s website and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s website, as they become available. Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or at www.mazdaraceway.com

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It’s Official, PCA declares Inaugural Werks Reunion a Resounding Success

There was only one event during Monterey Car Week that attracted an astounding variety of over 500 Porsches, Porsche Club of America’s inaugural Werks Reunion: A Porsche Gathering, on August 15. The car corral and concours field had rusty and pristine 356s, painstakingly preserved and restored Porsches of all types, a Porsche Renndienst truck that visited for an hour, mint supercars, and more. Werks Reunion had something for every Porsche enthusiast, and it showed in the sea of spectators who flocked to the free-admittance show. With so many Porsches parked on the show field, and crowds filling the gaps in between, it was easy to forget that it took place on the beautiful greens and fairways of Rancho Cañada Golf Club. Many attendees described sensory overload when speaking about the show — including this writer. Fortunately, owners were happy to share information and stories and to answer questions about their cars when they weren’t perusing the field for interesting Stuttgart machinery. We caught up with the owner of a beautiful 1983 944, and before we could ask if his Porsche was restored, he explained that he had owned the car since new; the color, Sienna Red, was available on the 944 in 1983 only; and that it was entered in the preservation (!) class of the concours. Busy wiping off every last speck of brake dust from the phone dial wheels, he pointed out that he left the “Danger High Voltage” sticker under the hood wrinkled because “that’s how it came from the factory.” Attendees may have noticed a handful of Porsches that looked to be in poor condition, but they had rich stories. One such Porsche, Del Sessions’ rusty 1957 356 Speedster, was parked on the grassy banking next to the access road behind a gleaming silver 1958 356 Carrera GT Speedster. It would be too generous to describe Sessions’ rusty Speedster as having patina, but it, like countless other Porsches, has a fascinating story. Sessions has owned the Speedster since 1991 and recently installed a functional powertrain to drive it to Werks Reunion. Why? Because he found out a few months ago that renowned racing driver Leo Levine owned the car in the late 1950s before buying the 1958 Speedster parked in front of him! For Sessions and Madeleine Larson, the owner of the ’58, and Leo Levine, who had met up with them at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier in the week, it truly was a reunion. With the historical significance of his car realized, Sessions says he has fast-tracked his plans to restore it. (Look for the full story of Sessions’ and Larson’s Speedsters in a future PCA.org article.) Astute show-goers probably noticed Magnus Walker, of Urban Outlaw fame, Chad McQueen, and other famous personalities associated with the German marque wandering around, talking and posing for pictures with fans, and absorbing the spectacle. There was plenty of entertainment at the stage in front of the hospitality tent for those who needed a break from navigating the vast maze of vehicles. Porsche brought a 918 Spyder that Michelin displayed at its booth next to a Carrera GT in the hours leading up to an exclusive presentation by Matthias Kulla, Porsche general manager of exterior design, about the hybrid supercar. Renowned automotive artist Nicolas Hunziker talked about his art with Vu Nguyen, PCA’s executive director. And PCA President Manny Alban interviewed Sam Cabiglio, who manages Jerry Seinfeld’s car collection, about the two cars he had displayed at the show: the last 356, a 1966 model built for the Dutch police force, and the first 911 to be named so after Peugeot objected to Porsche’s initial use of “901” for its new six-cylinder sports car. Adding to the excitement, Michelin held raffles for several sets of tires and a trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, leaving winners with the broadest smiles. Werks Reunion was a great success. In addition to attracting 500+Porsches, a huge crowd, and auto industry heavyweights, it garnered enough attention to lure editors of Octane magazine and Car and Driver (and perhaps others) to Rancho Cañada, in spite of other established car shows that were held on the same day, such as The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. This all means one thing: We’ll see you next year at the second annual Werks Reunion! Thank you for attending the show, and thanks to all of the PCA volunteers and staff members and sponsors who made Werks Reunion possible. 22


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THE GEM LUNCH COUNTER CONVERSATIONS “The GEM Lunch Counter discussions” is a new innovative way to get information out to all the membership. This segment of the Grapevine will be used as a means for members to provide information to the club just as you might while sitting together having a lunch counter conversation. This would be a place to give automotive info, ideas for future events and or drives, health/fitness, family secret food recipes, new car purchases or anything that might benefit the membership. Keep it simple and fun. We would like to encourage all members to consider picking a topic and writing something that you believe the membership would want to hear about. Once you have done that submit it to the Grapevine Editor Mike Thomas for review. The Lunch Counter discussions will only appear in the monthly newsletter when a member has a submission. We hope all of you enjoy the first issue of the GEM Lunch Counter conversations. Rene R. Chow, GEM member

As editor of the Grapevine Newsletter I would like to thank Mr. Chow for this innovative concept of the GEM Lunch Counter Conversations.

I have been attempting to get more GEM members directly involved with the Newsletter. And I believe that Rene has stumbled upon an excellent avenue for members who may feel that they would enjoy bring attention to one of their other passions outside of Porsches. I encourage everyone to participate. Remember, the PCA is not just the cars, It’s about the People

Michael Thomas Newsletter Editor

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Golden Empire Region, Porsche Club of America Board of Directors Meeting, September 2, 2014, Bakersfield, CA 1. Meeting was originally scheduled to be held out the Wadman’s on September 9, 2014. However, circumstances forced the BOD meeting at that location to be postponed. The meeting was rescheduled to September 2 at the home of Mike Thomas. 2. Meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM by Omar Olivas.

3. In Attendance: Omar Olivas, Linn Christopher, Betsy Wadman, Pat Wadman, Mike Thomas, Anton Khatsanovich, Charles Rooks. 4. Mike Thomas taking minutes in place of Spencer’s absence. 5. Officers/Chair Reports: a. President (Omar Olivas) i. GEM is currently at 97 total members with 60 primary members. b. Vice President (Linn Christopher)

i. Spoke regarding the car show at the Senior Center. Stated there is a conflict in dates with our autocross (AX) and their car show. Linn suggested we all chip in $10 and donate to the Senior Center even though we wouldn’t be present as a club this year. c. Secretary (Spencer Harris) Not in attendance for this meeting i. Omar reviewed 8/12/2014 minutes. ii. Approved 8/12/2014 BOD minutes. iii. Discussed producing a separate concours flyer and AX flyer. d. Treasurer (Betsy Wadman) ii.Reported on concours committee. Committee members are: 

Ken Keenan

Phone and Participation Chair

Tammy Harris

Raffle Manager

Mike Thomas

Parking Manager

Voni Bratcher

Décor Manager

Linn Christopher

Food and Beverage

iii. Next concours meet will be onsite at Stramler Park. Week of 9/15. iv. Next concours committee meeting will be on 9/23 at Dave and Voni’s house. f.

Autocross (Charles Rooks) i. Provided a very detailed AX handout of personnel, administration, and supplies needed for the AX event. The handout suggested which GEM members will handle what roles of responsibilities during the upcoming AX event.


g. Concours Update (Betsy Wadman) i. Reported on concours committee. Committee members are: 

Ken Keenan

Phone and Participation Chair

Tammy Harris

Raffle Manager

Mike Thomas

Parking Manager

Voni Bratcher

Décor Manager

Linn Christopher

Food and Beverage

ii. Next concours meet will be onsite at Stramler Park. Week of 9/15. Date to be determined (TDB). iii. Next concours committee meeting will be on 9/23 at Dave and Voni’s house. h. Elections (Pat Wadman) i. No report. j.

Newsletter (Mike Thomas) i.

Mike stated he has a new employement responsibility. And the date the newsletter will be published and the length of the newsletter may vary.

ii. Stated a new section of the newsletter had been suggested by Rene Chow. Call the “Lunch Counter”, Mike stated that Rene had suggested a special interest forum in the newsletter that will focus on issue outside of the GEM, PCA, and Porsche. Mike stated he thought that anything that will promote more member contributions to the newsletter would be a good thing. Rene submitted the first “Lunch Counter” article on Cross Training, Fitness, and nutrition. iii. It was suggested that a greater effort to tie the newsletter into the Website and Facebook page be made. k. Webmaster (Anton Khatsanodich) i. Anton proposed more actively perusing an advertising program. He produced a graphic of information rated to traffic on the website. Various advertising rates were discussed, with no firm decisions on rates being reach. ii. Starting a discussion group online was also suggested. A question and answer type message board. 6. New Business: a. Omar suggested using the $250 being offered from PCA in small regions for a member’s party. b. Anton commented more on initiating an advertising program. c. Charles suggested a “Group Buying” program through vendors for better pricing in quanities. d. Charles suggested that GEM begin requesting next year’s dates ASAP for the runway at Minter Field. e. Linn stated that there is a new Freddie’s Steak Burger on Ming Ave. He stated that the VW car club had a very good turnout at a recent event there. Linn suggested that we meet September 11, at 6:30 pm with a heavy Porsche turnout. 7. Meeting adjourned 9:00 pm. Respectfully submitted by Mike Thomas.

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October 2014 Grapevine Newsletter from the Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America, PCA

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