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the drifter Sacramento Valley Region - Porsche Club of America

May 2008

On the Cover The left side door of a veteran 1969 917K Photographer Unknown

New and improved SVR calendar Go to the SVR home page at and take a look at the new and more functional calendar, which includes listings of regional, Zone 7, and national PCA events. You’ll like it.

Got Track? TrackMasters Racing is a leader in High Performance Driver Education events in Northern California, and invites SVR-PCA drivers to participate in our events. Thunderhill - May 2nd Reno/Fernley - May 17th & 18th Thunderhill - June 6th Infineon - July 19th Infineon - August 7th Thunderhill - August 15th Thunderhill - September 12th Thunderhill - October 3rd Thunderhill - November 7th & 8th Infineon - November 22nd Laguna Seca - November 25th Come out and stretch your car’s legs on some of the finest tracks in the country! Fun, safe, and definitely . . . No speeding tickets!

2008 Board of Directors President Mike Willis 916.363.8313 2748 Tiffany West Way, Sacramento, CA 95827 Vice President Bill Keegan 5104 Par Place, Rocklin, CA 95677-4226

Volume 46, No. 5 Upcoming Events


3 - May and June Events 4 - Tour to Sanders Aeronautics 4 - Saturday, May 3 Breakfast Club 5 - Dinner at Xochimilco 6 - Zone 7 Concours #1 and Zone 7 Rally #1 9 - Zone 7 Autocross #3 and Help Wanted 12 - Zone 7 Concours #2 and Swap Meet 12 - Diablo Region Wash & Shine Concours 14 - Sequoia Region 50th Anniversary

Secretary Kim Nelson 916.933.4282 305 Glen Ridge Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 Treasurer Betty Silva 12 Oak Lane, Suisun Valley, CA 94534

Features and Reviews 8 - What is a Rally 10 - March New Members Tour


Columns and Departments 2 - Chilli’s Chatter 7 - Drifting Back - May 2008 13 - Changing Your Engine Oil 15 - April 2 Board Meeting 16 -May Membership Report 18 - Drifter Classifieds 19 - SVR Goodie Store 19 - Index of Advertisers 20 - The Last Word

Social Director Cookie Anderson 916.988.6534 6320 Hickory Avenue, Orangevale, CA 95662 Membership Director Rik Larson 916.481.6084 2120 Maddox Court, Carmichael, CA 95608 Competition & Safety Director Frederick D. Rauch 916.989.3199 119 Copper Creek Drive, Folsom, CA 95630 Webmaster John Murphy 916.858.2304 11508 Armour Court, Gold River, CA 95670 Past President Jeff Kinder 916.765.2801 4320 Freemont’s Loop, Rescue, CA 95672 Editor Bud Behrens 209.477.6496 6424 Culpepper Place, Stockton, CA 95207 Zone 7 Representative Larry Sharp – Golden Gate Region 925.371.2258 1119 Megan Road, Livermore, CA 94550

May 2008

20 - Drifter Classifieds

Information and Committee Directory Autocross Chair Matt Deter 916.630.8924 5645 Harvest Road, Rocklin, CA 95765

Rally Chair Position Vacant

Driver Education Chair/Events Frederick D. Rauch 916.989.3199 6610Folsom-AuburnRd.,Ste.5-81Folsom,CA95630

Technical Chair Lisa Thomas

Charity Chair Susan Fleming 916.985.4142 107 Cobb Court, Folsom, CA 95630

G24 Chair Lee Deter 916.391.9956 758 Clipper Way, Sacramento, CA 95831

Concours Chair Kent Brandon 916.663.1702 3450 Hector Rd, Newcastle, CA 95658

Dummkopf Chair Randy Vidmar 916.624.3145 5207 Par Place Rocklin, CA 95677

Goodie Store Tom Sisson

Advertising Manager Dick MacFarlane




14537 Surrey Junction Ln., Sutter Creek, CA 95685

5740 Windmill Way #11 • Carmichael, CA 95608

Sacramento Valley Region, Porsche Club of America (SVR), publishes the Drifter monthly for its members. Written contributions and photos are welcome and should be e-mailed to the editor. The deadline for material is one month prior to the month of publication. SVR members should notify the membership director promptly of an address change to insure uninterrupted delivery. All material in this newsletter is protected by copyright. However, newsletter editors of others regions chartered by the Porsche Club of America may reprint any article provided that credit is given to the author and Sacramento Valley Region and that The Drifter is cited as the source.

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Chilli’s chatter by Mike Willis


ast month I talked about rallies and autocrossing. This month we’re talking about tours, which is fitting as Emily’s Half Moon Bay write up is below my article this month. (Bud, thanks for the extension). Anyway our SVR tours are designed to go to interesting places. Some are “guy” places, but at the same time we try to make it interesting for our “better halves” as well. Touring is just that - driving through the countryside enjoying the scenery, other Porsches and, of course, the company of other members. The tours are a perfect opportunity for us to meet and learn about each other. New members find tours, more than any of our other events, a good chance to join in on the fun. Tours are not “races” by any stretch of the imagination but they do go over nice “Porsche roads” to enjoy what our cars are built for. The tour leaders take great pains to keep everyone together and keep from losing cars along the route. We usually have route instructions that help to keep everyone on the “same path.” The rest stops also offer opportunities to get to know the other tour members. On Emily’s tour we went into the back side of Livermore and saw the windmills from a new perspective and could really see how big they really are. Anyway. watch the Drifter and our twice a month emails for your opportunity to join us on one the interesting tours. Yep, they are “fun”. That is why we put them on.

Half Moon Bay tour by Emily Willis


ll of the participants on the tour to Half Moon Bay had a marvelous time. When we arrived at the start, Ray and Sherry Lancaster and Milo and Pat Hewitt were already in the Nugget Market stocking up on goodies for lunch and the arrival party. We got our lunch and goodies and went back outside to find Andy and Dianna Leight waiting for us. Then Barry and Sue Maashoff showed up, and we were just about ready to go. But when we counted heads, we found Martin Fry and Mary Reddick were missing; it seems they were in the travel agency getting maps - probably did not trust the tour leaders. We managed to stay off of freeways for all but about one mile. Only two u-turns were used, so this was pretty good for a group crossing an urban area. The route we took followed and crossed the Sacramento River through the Delta, down through Livermore to visit the Sunol Water Temple and have a picnic lunch at the Sunol Town Square Park. We arrived at the Filoli Mansion and Gardens in time to meet our private tour leader who led us through the amazingly beautiful house and even more amazingly beautiful gardens. With springtime in full gear we were just in time to witness amazing displays of tulips, daffodils, wisteria, and an abundance of other flowers and plants. Following the Filoli tour we proceeded over the hill to the town of Half Moon Bay where we checked in to our lodgings and all met in the Willis room for snacks and libations. It had been decided to meet for dinner at Pasta Moon. Dinner there was delightful. (Thanks Judy) On Saturday we all went our separate ways, some to Santa Cruz, some to Pescadero and the Pigeon Point Light House, some to check out the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and all of us to stroll through the streets of Half Moon Bay and do a little shopping. Thanks to Sue Maashoff for setting up the reservations for dinner at the Miramar Beach Restaurant where we all enjoyed a sunset dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


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May and June Events May 3 May 7 June 7 June 11 June 16 May 18 May 25 June 1 June 29 May 3 May 17 June 22 May 2 May 17-18 May 31 June 6 May 3 May 18 June 7 May 7 May 17 June 4 June 28-July 3

Social SVR Saturday Breakfast Club at Marie Callender’s, Citrus Heights; see page 4. Dinner Meeting at Xochimilco, Sacramento; see page 5. SVR Saturday Breakfast Club at Marie Callender’s, Citrus Heights SVR Dinner at Manderes, Folsom; see June issue of THE DRIFTER. Gourmet dinner at Plan B Café, Sacramento; see June issue of THE DRIFTER. Concours Zone 7 Concours #1 at San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton; see page 6. Diablo Region Wash & Shine Concours; see page 12. Zone 7 Concours #3 at PartsHeaven, Hayward; see page 12. SVR Zone 7 Concours #3 at Niello Porsche, Rocklin; see June issue of THE DRIFTER. Tour Tour to Sanders Aeronautics; see page 4. G24 Tour; for info, contact Lee Deter at 916.391.9956 BS Twin’s Napa Valley Wine Tour; see June issue of THE DRIFTER. Autocross and Track Drivers Education at Thunderhill; for info, contact Drivers Education at Fernley; for info, contact SVR Zone 7 Autocross #3; see page 9. Driver’s Education at Thunderhill; for info, contact Rally DR Zone 7 Rally #1; see ZONE SVR/YR Zone 7 Rally; see page 6. SVR Zone 7 Rally #2; see Other SVR Board Meeting at Xochimilco, Sacramento Sequoia Region 50th Anniversary; see page 14. SVR Board Meeting PARADE 2008

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Tour to Sanders Aeronautics May 3rd, 2008 Depart at 9:45 A.M. from Marie Callender’s 5525 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights SVR will join with members of the Maserati Club on a visit to Sanders Aeronautics in Ione. For those who plan to have breakfast at the restaurant, please note that we must depart at 9:45 A.M. in order to arrive in Ione at 11:00 A.M. The tour will go through Sacramento and Amador counties. The Maserati group will join us at Sanders Aeronautics.

The Hawker Sea fury

Sanders Aeronautics is an industry leader in all aspects of warbird and vintage aircraft restoration and maintenance. Founded by Frank Sanders in 1970 in Long Beach, the company moved to Chino, California in 1976 and then to their current location at Eagles Nest in Ione in 1996. The Sanders family is also well known throughout the warbird industry as the “Sea Fury Kings” and has been an air-racing dynasty at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, where they have successfully raced their Sea Furies “Dreadnought” and “Argonaut.” In addition to the airplanes, on site there are a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, a Lamborghini Muira, a 1931 Pierce Arrow, and a 1957 Chrysler 300. For more details about the business, please see their web site at and click on the aircraft maintenance picture. Please notify Tom Sisson at if you plan to attend.

SVR Saturday Breakfast Club May 3, 2008 Marie Callender’s 5525 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights

Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 A.M. • Breakfast at 9:00 A.M. Price: $11.00 per person, including tax and tip • Please bring exact change! Bring an offering for “Share-the-Wealth.”


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Put on your sombrero and join your friends for an exciting Cinco de Mayo dinner (only two days late) on May 7, 2008 at


4904 Auburn Boulevard (at College Oaks) Sacramento, CA 95841 • 916.349.9495 Social at 6:30 P.M. • Dinner at 7:00 P.M. Menu Choices: All-you-can-eat salsa bar with three salsas, jalapenos, olives, chips, etc. Private chef will create your choice of two enchiladas or two burritos or a combo beef, chicken, or pork flavors or vegetarian Spanish rice, refried beans, salad $14.50 per person Discount Mexican tap beers RSVP Bob or Beth Jacobson by May 4 at 916.645.3555 Those who cancel their reservations after the deadline or fail to show up for the dinner will be billed for their meals.

Niello Porsche will meet or beat any written repair or service order estimate by any licensed independent Porsche repair facility... and perform the work where no one else can, the area’s most modern, state-of-the-art Porsche dealership.

Complimentary 29 point inspection for Porsche Club Members by appointment. Call today. Niello Porsche Rocklin

4525 Granite Drive, Rocklin. Showroom Hours M - Sa. 8:30am - 8:00pm Su. 10:30AM - 6:00PM Parts MF 8:00am - 6:00pm Service M-F 7:00am - 6:00PM Parts & Service Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm 1-888-298-3070 • (916) 625-8300

Niello Porsche has designated a Premier Porsche Dealer by Porsche Cars of North America. So now Niello is not only recognized as the longest continually operating Porsche dealership in America, we’re officially one of the best.

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Yosemite Region Presents

Concours on Campus Sunday, May 18, 2008

San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton Registration opens at 7:30 A.M. and closes at 9:00 A.M. • Judging begins at 9:30 A.M. Entry fee is $20.00 if received by May 1st, $25.00 thereafter • The fee for display-only is $10.00. All proceeds go to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) • Lunch will be available. Directions: From I-5, take the March Lane exit and proceed east to Pacific Avenue. Turn left onto Pacific and proceed to Yokuts Avenue (approximately 1/4 mile). Turn left onto the campus and follow the signs. To get to I-5 from Highway 99, use Eight Mile Road West or Highway 4 West (Crosstown Freeway) to I-5. Please complete and send to: Paul Czopek, 904 Changason Way, Modesto, Ca. 95351 • Phone: (209) 531-1942, e-mail: Name



I will judge:

Series 2008



Sacramento Valley Region and Yosemite Region Present

Snake Eyes IV

First event in the 2008 Zone 7 Rally Series Rally Concours Autocross

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Start and finish at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton (same location as Zone 7 concours) Open to all cars, not just Porsches Cost is $15 per car (Two people per car per insurance requirements) Registration at 8:45 A.M. • Driver/Navigator meeting at 9:06 A.M. • First car out at 9:30 A.M. The rally is specially designed for first timers and beginners. The rally covers approximately 100 miles and will return to the start location in time for lunch and awards together with the concours event being held that same day. Directions: San Joaquin Delta College is located at 5151 Pacific Avenue. From I-5, take the March Lane exit and proceed east to Pacific Avenue. Turn left onto Pacific and proceed to Yokuts Avenue (approximately 1/4 mile). Turn left onto the campus and follow the signs. To get to I-5 from Highway 99, use Eight Mile Road West or Highway 4 West (Crosstown Freeway) to I-5. For information, contact Rik Larson at 916.481.6084 or e-mail at 6

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Drifting Back – May 2008 by Larry Wilson

30 Years Ago (May 1978) THE DRIFTER reported that 100 members and guests REALLY enjoyed the May 5th dinner meeting at Cal Expo’s Turf Club, no doubt because the attitude adjustment “hour” lasted from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. In 1978, as in other years of this era, SVR organized a “Permanent Dinner Meeting Reservation Listing” of members who wanted their reservations made automatically unless they opted-out of a particular date beforehand (otherwise, no-shows would be billed). For May 1978, the permanent list numbered 65 members, so SVR patronized only those restaurants that could accommodate that number plus those expected to make reservations in the regular fashion. The 1978 SVR Activity points race was beginning to take shape under the watch of Activity Chair Marv Smith who digested reports from event chairs listing workers and participants in the various activities, and periodically belched forth a tabulation of SVR’s most active members, divided into three groups; New Members (since August 1977), Members of Longer Standing (“old members”), and Board Members who were deemed, rightfully, ineligible for any year-end awards. Leading the New Member category were Stan Breyfogle (49 points), Pat Robertson and Duane Rueb (22 points), Laura and Bob Verdina (11 points), and Michael and Darlene Kime (9 points). Speed Events chair, Mike Willis, reported the May 21 Zone 7 autocross by San Joaquin Region (later Sequoia Region) at Madera airport was a rerun of the “CRAB V spin-out parade.” SVR class finishes included Pat Wilson 1st, Vicki Willis 1st, Gwen Clark 1st, Diane Colbert 2nd, Connie Farlinger 4th, Linda Mitchell 1st, Larry Wilson 1st, Stan Breyfogle 1st, Kerry Creasy 1st, Mike Willis 2nd, Dwight Mitchell 1st, Tim Clark 2nd, Ted Colbert 2nd, Harvey Cain 3rd, Rich Farlinger 4th, Jerry Freitas 2nd, and Jon Milledge 1st. 20 Years Ago (May 1988) From his computer, Kirk Bradford presented the proposed 1988 Christmas party budget at the May 10th board meeting. It balanced after he redid it manually. Herb Hoover presented the monthly financial report. Done manually, it balanced. Herb also announced he filed the club’s income tax forms for 1987.

The May 13th SVR dinner meeting at A Shot Of Class was arranged by Mary Siles and promised distinctive cuisine in a fabulous art-deco setting. Because of the room’s limitations, Jim McDade announced he wasn’t able to conduct a business meeting for the second straight month (a belly dancer beat him out the previous month) and Jim got another standing applause. Many enjoyed dancing after dinner to the live sounds of the Razzy Rhinestone big band. Allen and Dolores Weddle (Novice Class), with only 40 penalty-points, won overall in the May 20th SVR rally, “Come What May,” with Rik Larson as rallymaster. The event was the fifth in the 1998 monthly Third Friday-Nighter rally competition sanctioned by the Sacramento Valley Sports Car Club Council. The Weddles were on a roll after winning the CRAB 17 rally overall a few weeks before. The team of Phillip Marks and Spanky (Expert Unequipped Class) were close behind with a score of 48 penalty-points. A starting field of 26 cars took about two hours to complete the 70-mile rally course. J.S. Wilson, a 356 Registry member, proved that nighttime rallies can be a lonely business by competing solo in his 1963 356C Cabriolet. Rally workers included Marcella Mitchell and Helen Ashuckian running checkpoint #1. 10 Years Ago (May 1998) The May 7th dinner meeting was held at Rick’s Hacienda Restaurant and Bar. According to editor, Mike Willis, the turnout was small, but the food and hospitality were huge! The Driver Education and SVR Autocross #2 with Ken Mitchell as chair at Mather Field, May 9th, again emphasized training for rookie and novice drivers. With a 45-driver limit, participants received more than the usual amount of track time on a course that was fast and flowing. During the event, Doug DeVetter loaned his new Boxster to Dwight Mitchell for a test drive (according to

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What is a rally?

by Rik Larson, SVR Membership director


car rally(e) has been described as an extremely large board game: public streets are the board, and your car is your playing piece. In each car, the driver and navigator(s) carefully follow instructions that direct them along a given course. There is a friendly competition at the finish to see which teams followed the course most accurately. There are many types of rallies presented in Northern California. And many different car clubs - even motorcycle clubs, present them. Typical rallies presented in Northern California include: • Gimmick or Variety - you solve puzzles and try to avoid being tricked. Usually the only time constraint is a deadline to arrive at the finish location. These rallies take on many forms: Question and Answer (i.e., fill in the blank); Coursemarker (you record the letter-number combination you encounter on your score sheet); A-B (dual part route instruction); Photo; Hare and Hound; Treasure Hunts (map clue). • Timed Rallies - TSD (time-speed-distance); Monte Carlo (tulip diagram); Pan Am (Map-type Monte Carlo or True-time Monte Carlo); Pan Carlo (a hybrid of the above); Regularity (try to match your times on a known course one or more instances). • Performance – usually held on a closed course, such as at an off-road recreation park or hill climb. The hot “setup” is usually a vehicle with 4-wheel drive (a lot of Subaru’s like this time of event).


A lot of resources exist on the Internet: • (covers a lot of the various types of rallies; including route instructions, traps, tips, calendar, etc.). Based out of the SF Bay Area. • (oriented to time and distance events with a great web site). Based out of Oregon • (San Diego Region). Lots of good tips by Harvey Cain, ex-member of Sacramento Valley Region Drifting back, continued

Dwight’s monthly column). May 16th SVR’s Spring Flowers rally, with Phillip Marks as rallymaster, started at Mocha Joe’s in Davis. Phillip promised a “straight forward” T&D event. No results published for this event. With Allen and Dolores Weddle at the helm, the May 17th Champagne Brunch Tour to Zachary Jacques Country French Cuisine in the foothills sounded great, especially the part about Crepe Beef Bourguignon and Crepe de Provencale. The tour was limited to 20 cars because Zachary Jacques is a small restaurant. There’s no doubt, Allen and Dolores didn’t disappoint.

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Sacramento Valley Region Presents

Zone 7 Autocross #3

Saturday, May 31, 2008 San Joaquin County Fairgrounds Stockton, CA

Series 2008

Rally Concours Autocross

Morning check-in and tech from 7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. Late check-in and tech from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. First car out at 9:00 A.M. No open exhaust Fee: $35 per driver

Questions? Contact Matt Deter at or (916) 630-8924. Directions: From I-5 or Hwy. 99: Take Highway 4 (Cross-town Freeway) toward Downtown Stockton. Take the Wilson Way exit and turn South onto Wilson Way. Turn left at Charter Way and then right through the gate into the fairgrounds. Follow the access road, bear left at the Y-intersection, continue straight, and turn right to enter the parking lot.

Help Wanted - Autocross Setup Workers At least six people are needed to help me with course setup for the May 31st autocross at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton I also need help towing the SVR trailer to Stockton that morning. A driver with or without a tow vehicle is needed. If you would like to help your club by volunteering for one of these jobs, contact Matt Deter at 916.630.8924 or e-mail

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March 29 New Members Tour photos by Mary Ann Behrens and John Murphy

At the start

Here’s how not to get lost.

Fog!! . . . at the end of March?

A real Porsche road


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Indoor picnic

Oh, no . . . rain!

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Join us at the 23rd annual

Wash & Shine Concours Sunday, May 25, 2008 Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek

(1501 Marchbanks Drive, off Ygnacio Valley Road) Festivities and polishing begin at 8:00 A.M. • Judging begins at 10:00 A.M. Awards presentation at 12:00 P.M. • This is not a full concours Entry fee: $25.00 per car ($20.00 if you also judge) Lunch will be available. For further information, contact Ted French at


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Changing your engine oil by Lisa Thomas, SVR Technical Director


t a recent event I attended, three different people mentioned to me that they had taken their cars in to the dealer for a routine oil change. I thought that with the relative simplicity in doing this yourself, I should write this months “howto article” on the subject. The majority of people on tours these days seem to be driving Boxsters, so I will use the Boxster as my example in the “how to” part and also mention those procedures that are different on some of the older cars.

Oil change intervals: As technology has improved, the oil change intervals for Porsches have changed over the years. The owners guide for the 964 (produced from 1989 through 1994) recommended an initial oil change at 2,500 miles, and then a change every 7,500 miles. The 993 (produced from 1995 through 1998) was the first Porsche to use Mobil 1 synthetic oil, and the oil change intervals were increased to every 15,000 miles. The basis for this recommendation is that synthetic oils do not break down as easily as conventional oils. The maintenance schedule on the Boxster, the 996, and the 997 still recommends changing the oil every 15,000 miles, including the initial oil change. However, since oil is the “life blood” of your engine and responsible for keeping it clean and cool, many people change their oil more frequently than the factory recommends. It is common for many Porsche owners to do oil changes at around one-half the recommended mileage interval. This is because any dirt or particles from engine parts that are starting to wear become suspended in your engine’s oil and could cause increased wear and heat in your engine. To many of us, a few extra dollars for more frequent oil changes seems like cheap insurance versus a $10,000 engine rebuild. Recommended oils: I covered this in an earlier article, and last months PANORAMA covered this subject nicely, but I’ll briefly explain the oils Porsche recommends. Mobil 1 comes in several different grades. Porsche is initially filling the Boxster with 5W-40, but this grade is not available in the U.S. In the U.S. Mobil 1 comes in four grades: 0W-30, 5W-30, 10W-30, and 15W-50. Porsche does not recommend the 0W-30 weight for any driving conditions. For the other three weights, you should pick a weight based on the following criteria: For areas where continuous ambient temperatures get below 32°F/0°C for significant periods of time 5W-30 is recommended For areas where continuous ambient temperatures get below 50°F/10°C for significant periods of time but remain above 32°F/10°C most of the time, 10W-30 is recommended. For areas where continuous ambient temperatures stay above 50°F/10°C most of the time, 15W-50 is recommended. Because of the long intervals between oil changes, you should probably choose the oil for the coldest temperatures the car will experience between oil changes. In climates with extreme weather changes, you might consider changing the oil twice a year.

Changing the oil (Boxster*): • Drive the car around the block to heat the oil in the crankcase to allow all of the oil to evacuate the engine. • Elevate the car. While jacking the car up is an option, it is not recommended because it puts the car at an angle and could cause some of the old oil to remain in the crankcase. The preferred approach would be to put the car on a lift, if available, or to use a set of metal ramps. One way to ensure good ground clearance when using the ramps, and to keep the car relatively level to ensure that all of the old oil is removed, is to set the ramps at the end of a driveway on the incline with the entry point of the ramps facing uphill. This helps get the car onto the ramps without creating clearance issues, and it leaves the car relatively flat once up on them. • You will need a container with a capacity of at least ten quarts. It is suggested that you use some sort of oil recovery container, which makes it easy for you to dispose of the old oil. Do not drain it into the sewer or just throw it away! Besides being environmentally unfriendly, it is against the law in most states. • Remove the drain plug. On the bottom of the engine, centered, is a recessed 8mm Allen bolt. This is the drain plug; it is made of aluminum and can be easily damaged. Carefully remove it and allow all of the old oil to drain from the engine. • Remove and replace the Oil Filter. The oil filter is on the left side back of the engine under the car. It takes an oil filter wrench (available at all car parts stores. The dealer part number is 000.721.920.40.), and it measures 74mm across the flat part. The filter housing is made of plastic, so be careful not to damage the housing if you chose to use a adjustable wrench the grab it. Unscrew the oil filter housing. There will be a lot of oil; be careful not to get scalded, and have the collection pan handy. The filter can be removed by pulling directly down; there are not any threads, and it will be pressed back on. The new filter comes with a sealing O-ring. Be sure of proper alignment of the O-ring and lubricate the O-ring with a bit of oil before replacing the new filter. Hand-tighten the filter housing. It is not necessary for this to be very tight. • Put the drain plug back in! The drain plug will use a crush ring to ensure a proper seal and no leaks. The filter and crush ring for the drain plug cost $17.00 at the dealer. • Add the new oil. Once the filter and drain plug are in place and secure, refill the engine with oil from the normal oil filler cap in the rear trunk. It should take approximately ten quarts. Add nine quarts and then check the level before adding the remaining oil. It is a good idea to start the engine and get the oil circulating and up to operating temperature. • Afterward, check the dipstick to ensure that the oil level is correct. Make sure the car is level before using the dipstick. (*Note: The procedure is virtually the same for the 996.)

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Oil systems on older air-cooled cars: The components of the normally aspirated engine lubrication system are: • Engine-driven oil pump • Oil filter • Oil tank • Oil thermostat and plumbing • Oil cooler assembly and plumbing As with all previous 911 series engines, the M64 and M30 engines are dry-sumped. The oil is stored in an external oil tank located in the wheel arch behind the right rear. When the engine is shut down, the oil is returned to the external tank. Only a small residue (approximately two liters) of oil remains inside the engine. This is important to remember at oil change time. Engine oil capacity: • Oil and filter change - 9 liters (9.5 US quarts) • Complete refill - 11.5 liters (12.5 US quarts) • Caution: During a routine oil change service, filling the engine with more than nine liters of oil will cause the system to be overfilled. Smoke out of the exhaust will result after each start. Oil cooler systems: The oil cooler system of the 964 and 911 consists of components mounted at the right side and right front of the car. Note: The main difference between the 964 oil cooler system and systems used on previous 911 series is that there is no enginemounted oil cooler in the 964 engine.

To change the oil in these cars the procedure is the same as above, but the oil filter is inside the engine compartment on the right, next to the filler tube. I recommend “dinosaur” 20W-50W on cars originally filled with non-synthetic oils. Again, this subject has been explored in previous articles. • To drain the oil on cars with a pre-production date 3/83, loosen the eight 10mm nuts on the bottom of the crankcase sump cover. Then remove the crankcase drain plug on the left of the case. On cars after produced after that date, just remove the drain plug on the left side of the case. • Then it is necessary to drain the oil supply tank in the right wheel well. • Remove the filter. Lubricate the O-ring on the new filter, and install the new filter. Tighten the drain plugs and refill with oil. Pour in 7 to 8 quarts. Start the car and get up to operating temperature. Check oil level with car running and on level ground. Add more if necessary. • Note: The 993 has two drain plugs and two oil filters. The second drain plug and filter is on the thermostat housing, which is hidden in front of the right rear wheel well liner panel and under the rocker panel. The bottom line Whether you choose to do it yourself to take it to a dealer or other Porsche service location, be sure to change your oil at the recommended intervals, or more often, to keep your car happy, healthy and trouble-free for many enjoyable miles.

Sequoia Region

50th Anniversary Picnic in the Park

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 McNeilly Park (Private Grounds) in Clovis, California From 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. $25.00 per person (includes lunch)

Beautiful setting on grassy grounds • Bring your Porsche for show Lunch • Music • Raffles • Fun for all Open to all Porsche pushers • All regions invited Preregistration and prepayment required before May 7th – no exceptions For information, contact: Glenn Pierce at (559) 281-6442, or Mel Dias at (559) 446-0400 or Ken Brown at (559) 237-2590 Name

Porsche Year









Amount Enclosed: $

Remit to: Marilyn Pierce, 551 E. Menlo Ave., Fresno, CA 93710 • (559) 431-3289 14

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April 2, 2008 SVR board meeting by Kim Nelson, SVR Secretary


resident Mike Willis called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Attending: Mike Willis, Bill Keegan, Kim Nelson, Cookie Anderson, Jerry Cupler, Rik Larson, Betty Silva, Jeff and Kim Kinder, Frederick Rauch, John Murphy and Paul Richins. The March minutes were reviewed and accepted.

• Membership Director (Rik Larson): SVR has 613 primary members with 494 associate members for a total of 1107. The club also has 10 dual members. The new member tour was very successful with 36 people attending. The next new member tour is scheduled for October 11th.

New Business

• Social (Cookie Anderson): No dinner meeting is scheduled for April because of CRAB. Cookie discussed changing the destination of our New Member tour from the Montevina Winery to the Tuscano Winery. The information was given to Rik for his consideration. Mike and Cookie are working on this year’s Christmas party, scheduled for December 13th at the Aerospace Museum of California.

• May Board Meeting: The May board meeting is the same evening at the May dinner meeting but the board will hold a short meeting that evening • July Board Meeting: Bill Keegan will preside over the July Board Meeting in Mike’s absence. Old Business • 2008 Budget: Mike asked for clarification on the 2008 budget to tighten up the numbers. After several board members discussed their budgets, Mike and the board were satisfied. This year the club will be running with a positive budget Board Member Reports • CRAB 34 Update: We have 66 cars registered, with a few more in the mail. The last CRAB meeting was at the VFW Hall in Fair Oaks, where this years CRAB will take place All of the committee members had a chance to see how their events will be run on the grounds. • Competition: Frederick indicated that there really wasn’t anything new to report for competition. He’s is putting the finishing touches on his 2008 budget. • Drifter (Bud Behrens): Report received and approved.

• Webmaster (John Murphy): CRAB 34 was the most frequently visited web page during March. The SVR website had 128,000 hits in March with the most requested file being the April issue of The Drifter, with over 3000 hits. As an interesting side note, we had 317 hits from Sweden. Guess the snow is melting and people are thinking about getting off their skis and driving again. • Vice President (Bill Keegan): We have added a couple of events to the calendar during the past month; they are listed on our website as well as in our twice-monthly e-mail blasts. • Past President (Jeff Kinder): No Report • President (Mike Willis): Mike welcomed our guest Paul Richins to his second board meeting. Adjournment was at 9:01 P.M. The next meeting will be before the dinner on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Respectfully Submitted, Kim Nelson, 2008 Secretary

• Financial Report (Betty Silva): Betty distributed copies of our paid advertisers to Mike and Rik. We have a new advertiser called Dream Car Solutions; watch for their ad in The Drifter. Betty reported that we have money in the bank. The board voted on and approved the budget submitted by Tom Sission for his Sanders Aeronautics Tour. • G24 (Lee Deter): The board had a lengthily discussion about the success of the G24 program and its impact on the long-term health of our club. A motion was made and seconded to augment the President’s budget by $400 to use as he sees fit for the G24 Program. The board unanimously approved the motion. • Goodie Store (Tom Sisson): Report received and approved.

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Join in – May membership report by Rik Larson, SVR Membership Director

SVR has 613 Regular Members, and 494 Affiliate members for a total of 1,107 members plus 10 Dual Members. New Members (Joined March 2008) Jon Evinger Roseville, CA 95747 916.243.8867 John Goette Rocklin, CA 95765 530.305.1040

’68 911

Isabella & Frank Merritt West Sacramento, CA 95691-5811 931.965.0919 ’01 Boxster (from Musik Stadt) Changes

’86 944

Robert MacDougall Grass Valley, CA 95949-6826 530.272.1054 ’08 Caymans S Mark Schroeder Sacramento, CA 95864 916.487.8823


Richard & Karen McGlumphy

Ken & Debbi Suzuki Mike West & Catherine Straight Tom & Julia Wilbert El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5217 Anniversaries

John Myers Davis, CA 95616-2110 Matthew J. Sainson & Olivia Alvarado Sacramento, CA 95819

’99 996

More Changes Marvin & Ruth Stark El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Mark & Ursula Judish [5] Tim & Thadd Bailey [10] Ken & Debbi Suzuki [10] Richard & Carol Baker [10] Keman Lim [15]

Larry & Gareth Standing Sutter Creek, CA 95685


the drifter DE/AutoX High Performance Brake Packages Zimmermann Cross Drilled Rotors PFC Compound 97 Pads, Dampers 610 Degree H-P Brake Fluid Braided Steel DOT Brake Lines 996 C2/4 and Boxster-S $1299.00 (With PFC Two-Piece Front Rotors $1799.00) 911-Carrera 1974-1986 $899.00 (Track Tested Testimonials Available)

996 C2/4 and Boxster-S Street Package - Rotors, Pads, Dampers and Sensors $829.00 Other Products and Packages Available Tax, Shipping and Installation Not Included

Support Your Local PCA-SVR Member Phone: (916) 989-0580 Email:

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Drifter Classifieds Drifter Classifieds for Porsches and/or Porsche-related parts or accessories are available at no charge to PCA members. (Non-members may submit ads at $20.00 per ad. Make check payable to PCA-SVR and send to PCS-SVR, P.O. Box 254651, Sacramento, CA 95865-4651.) Commercial ads are not accepted. Please contact our Advertising Manager for commercial advertising information and rates. All ads must be submitted by e-mail to the Newsletter Editor and received by the editor by the 1st day of the month prior to the month of publication. Ads may be shortened to fit available space. Editor is not responsible for content and reserves the right to reject any ads submitted. Not responsible for any errors or omissions. As an additional benefit to our members, all ads are included in the classified section of our web page. Ads are not verified for content. It is the buyer’s responsibility to verify the information in the ads. Ads run for three months unless cancelled.

Porsches for Sale

2007 Cayman S: Speed Yellow/black interior, Speed Yellow interior accent package, yellow seat belts and shift console trim, Chrono stopwatch, CDR 24 stereo/cd sound system, sport mode and PSM suspension management; 19-inch Sport Design wheels w/summer tires, outdoor car cover. 6400 very easy miles; never been abused and the tires have never been spun. Asking $51,500 or a very reasonable offer. Contact John Slusser at 775.329.3092 or e-mail (04/08)

2001 Boxster 5 speed: Guards Red/black leather interior; 36,500 miles. sports package, aluminum trim package, power seat package, 18-inch wheels with painted crests, painted bumperettes, premium sound with 6-disk changer, clear euro side markers, 2003 tail lights, new OEM battery, Valentine 1, Porsche battery charger, car cover, convertible top cover, Porsche factory bra. Excellent condition. $25,500. Call 530.885.6979 or e-mail for more info. (05/08)

2000 996 Carrera Cabriolet: Speed yellow with black leather and top; 47,000 miles; never driven in rain or snow; warranty until July 2009 or 78,000 miles. No leaks, no dents, and no track time. You may have a pre-purchase inspection done at Niello. All maintenance is current. Porsche options include: leather interior, 6-CD changer, Porsche amplifier, 6 speed transmission, Litronic headlights, factory painted seat backs. Aluminum package including door sills; Porsche Stability Management (PCM), 18� wheels. Custom extras include: Euro turn signals, Custom painted center console (Speed Yellow), K&N Air Charger, color-matched Bumper Plugs, car coverI have all documentation, manuals, tool kit, etc. PCA member. Asking $37,500. Contact Ted Greenman at ted@ or call 530.677.4561. (03/08)

1997 911 Targa: Red with tan plush leather interior, immaculate, 17,000 actual miles, premium sound, 6-speed, 18in. wheels, bra and cover, new tires, all options. A true showroom car! $49,000. Call Marvin at 916.606.3596 or e-mail (03/08)



2001 Boxster Tiptronic: Orient Red Metalic/black leather interior; 6955 actual miles. This is the lowest mileage Boxster for sale on the west coast. Heated seats; sport pkg; comfort pkg; optional Boxster Design alloy wheels with painted crests; new rear tires; new battery; includes car cover. $27,800. Contact hbporter@ or 916.771.4476 Roseville, CA for photos and more info. (04/08)

1996 993 Coupe: Guards red, black leather; 6-speed; 59,200K. Perfect. 37,900.00 Call Gary McCann at 916.447.7558 (04/08)

1989 Carrera Cabriolet: Linen Gray, black top replaced, black Interior, 59,750 miles, great shape: Quaife, competition clutch, chipped, Cambermeister bar, Fuchs 7 & 8 by 16 wheels. $24,000. Contact, Glen Brooksby at, or call cell phone 916.834.1102 (04/08)


More classified ads on page 20

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The old “Brass Monkey” by Tom Sisson, SVR Goodie Storekeeper


s summer draws closer, thoughts turn to T-shirts (basically $20.00), polo shirts ($30.00) and the like. However, don’t forget the car badges (SVR-$15.00, and PCA-$18.00). And, a long sleeve denim shirt ($35) still feels good in the still of the morning and evening. Our microfiber jackets ($55.00) are stylish and comfortable any time. What? You say it’s summer now. You don’t need no stinkin’ jackets! Hey, winter will again return and you can be one of the first to flash the new styles. Besides, it’s going to be cold next winter. It might be “…cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!” Obscene, you say! Not, I say. In the days of ships with cannon, cannon balls were stacked in a pyramid. However, a little bit of bad weather would cause the balls to go rolling all over the place. Not Good! Some sharp guy designed a deck plate with cannon ball-size indentations that held the balls in place. It was made from brass because cannon balls wouldn’t rust to brass. It was called a “Brass Monkey”. There was one problem, however. When it got really cold, brass contracted at a different rate than the iron cannon balls, causing them once again to go merrily rolling about the deck, crushing toes! Hence the saying…. Also don’t forget the Goodie Store ads on the web site, and the ads from PCA in PANORAMA. Remember that the Goodie store can order these PCA items for you, maybe save you a little money, and still have a little income to ad to the club’s coffers! Another great PCA program. Aren’t you glad you read these ads? Contact your friendly GOODIE STORE people! See Tom Sisson at meetings and events, or contact him at 14537 Surrey Junction Lane, Sutter Creek, CA 95685, 209-296-5352 or e-mail targatom@volcano. net. Shipping can be arranged for the usual postal fees

Index of Advertisers A & S BMW Dream Car Solutions FDR Motorsports Frank’s Automotive IPB – Autosport Niello Porsche OK Tire ‘n’ Wheel PartsHeaven Performance Products The Racer’s Group Reflections in Glass RPM Kart Racing Silver Star Recycling Trackmasters Walt Stickel

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The last word by Bud Behrens


rom time to time, PCA publishes REGIONFOCUS, a newsletter of management ideas for PCA regions that is sent to certain members of the board of directors in each region. In the most-recent issue, the editor, Bob Gutjahr, in an article called “What’s HOT and What’s Not for 2008,” discusses the influence that growth and change with the demographics in PCA have made on the kinds of activities in which our member participate and those they avoid. Here’s the list.

HOT Tours Region Social Gatherings Car Shows and Meet and Greets Internet Gatherings of Special Interest Groups and Registries Relevant Tech and PCA History Club Racing and Driver’s Education

NOT TSD Rallies Big Swap Meets Full Concours Multi-event Weekends High Tech and High Brow Porsche History Too much emphasis on track or autocross

Most of us who have been around PCA for a few years feel that SVR offers a good balance of well-organized social and competitive activities. But if you disagree with that assertion, you can always bring your comments and suggestions for improvement to the board of directors.

Porsches for Sale


1984 Carrera Targa: Black/black, new sport seats, reconditioned top, polished Fuchs, 138,000 miles, straight body and chassis, looks great, runs great, very strong drive train. Pictures available upon request. Asking $13,200. Call Scott at 916.479.4400 or e-mail (04/08)

Outdoor car cover for a 997 coupé or cabriolet; as-new condition. $50.00. E-mail Bill Wallace at (04/08)

1973 914/2.0: Saturn Yellow/black interior; Sacramento “rustfree” car; second owner; special center caps, newer custom interior, perfect dash, custom center console with cup holder, Kenwood CD player with four 2-way speakers, leather Momo shift knob and steering wheel, newer fuel lines, starter; new battery, alternator and voltage regulator; K&N air filter, Bursch sport muffler, Sachs 911 clutch, 205/55 Bridgestone Potenza RE730s. BMW 3201 front calipers with SS lines, Bilstein sport shocks, Richie Ginther 165lb progressive springs; documented corner balancing by Roger Kraus Racing; always maintained by Frank’s Automotive; many original and extra parts included. $7,450.00. Contact Jubal DeLong at 916.402.5650 or e-mail (05/08)

Wheels: • Set of four 17-inch custom Fuchs chrome rims with Porsche crest centers mounted on Toyo low-profile 210s with only 1,500 miles on them (great for the track). $1900. • Set of four original 17-inch 1996 rims in good condition; will need to be refinished; must see to appreciate. $800.00. • Two Miro Design rims, type 340 Porsche Exclusive. Will fit all 993, 996, 997, Boxster, and Cayman. (Both rims have slightly blemished edge.) One rim only 235/ZR19: $150.00. One rim mounted on semi-new Toyo 275/30ZR19 tire: $300.00 Phone: Keith at 916.521.2905 or send e-mail to (05/08)


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