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the drifter Sacramento Valley Region - Porsche Club of America

November 2008

On the Cover SVR member Tom Sansone’s 1955 356A “Continental” Coupe was the winner of the “People’s Choice” award and also took first place in the the “full concours” class at the Zone 7 Silver State Concours held in Gardnerville, NV on September 7th. Photo by Bud Behrens

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 - 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 . . .

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2008 Board of Directors President Mike Willis 916.363.8313 2748 Tiffany West Way, Sacramento, CA 95827 Vice President Bill Keegan 916.415.1539 5104 Par Place, Rocklin, CA 95677-4226 Secretary Kim Nelson


305 Glen Ridge Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Treasurer Betty Silva 707.864.0491 12 Oak Lane, Suisun Valley, CA 94534 Social Director Cookie Anderson 916.988.6534 6320 Hickory Avenue, Orangevale, CA 95662

Volume 46, No.11

November 2008

In This Issue Upcoming Events Columns and Departments 3 - November through January Events 2 - Chilli’s Chatter 4 - Dinner at Mimi’s Café 7 - Drifting Back -November 2008 4 - Saturday Breakfast Club 14 - October 1 SVR Board Meeting 5 - Annual Christmas Party 15 - November Membership Report 18 - Drifter Classifieds Features and Reviews 19 - SVR Goodie Store 8 - SVR at Silver State Concours 19 - Index of Advertisers 10 - American LeMans Series 20 - The Last Word 11 - Carrera de Sierra XXXI 20 - Candidates’ Statements 12 - The Porsche 914

Membership Director Rik Larson 916.481.6084 2120 Maddox Court, Carmichael, CA 95608 Competition & Safety Director Frederick D. Rauch 916.989.0580 9580 Oak Ave Parkway, Ste. 7-188, 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 (GGR) 925.371.2258 1119 Megan Road, Livermore, CA 94550

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 916.595.3371 (Cell) 9580 Oak Ave Parkway, Ste. 7-188, Folsom, CA 95630

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


was reading the Sacramento Bee at breakfast and noticed that there is new Porsche available. It gets really good gas mileage while being used for meal preparation. Yes, there’s a Porsche for each and everyone one of us and it may be used by the whole family. This Porsche will even allow for some eating and meal preparation. What, you say, eating in a Porsche? What heresy!! Yes, this is the very latest from Porsche Design and is model number P7340 and not a three-digit model number either. The new Porsche Design Kitchen has total “dude-itude,” as stated in the paper. But Porsche Design calls this “the kitchen for men,” as noted by the “dude-itude.” It is all glass and shiny metal, and requires that an engineer to visit your installation site to make sure everything is plumbed and plumb. It also comes with flat screen television and DVR, etc. Guess it really is a man’s kitchen. Sorry, ladies: thought we had something here for you as well. Just guess you will have to use your Porsches or the family Porsches for a while longer. I am not sure if it is the way were are now “marketing” our events or just that procrastination has taken over, but some events are filing up and members who wait to reserve cannot be accommodated. Some of our events have limited to a certain number of attendees because of space or other issues. Therefore, it is important to reserve your space quickly so you are not left out. Once the event is full, the chairs have no choice but to tell you that there is not space left at the inn. I have noticed that our wonderful economy is starting to take a toll on our events. Even so, we will continue to offer our variety of events and hope that you will be able to come out to as many of them as you can. And speaking of our events: we are still looking for someone who would like to be our Social Director on next year’s board. This is an important position in that it keeps the social activities going and available for all of to enjoy. If you are willing help with this, please give me a call or email. Bud has agreed to stay on a few more months as our editor, and we need someone new to come forward and fill the position as Drifter editor. Bud has offered to train and assist the new editor. Now is your chance to come forward and help with this. We are having fun and sharing the fun with others.

Coming soon, electronic voting for your 2009 SVR board of directors Every SVR member for whom we have a correct e-mail address will receive an e-mail notice with a link to a form where you can vote online. No printing, no envelopes and no stamps will be necessary. Just fill in your name, membership number, click to vote for your candidates, then click to submit - done. What could be easier? If we do not have a good e-mail address, you will receive a hard copy of the ballot through the mail. To vote, you may either send back in your completed ballot, or go to the SVR web site for the web address and vote electronically.


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November through January Events


Social November 1 - Saturday Breakfast Club; see page 4. November 12 - Monthly Dinner at Mimi’s, Sacramento; see page 4. December 6 - Saturday Breakfast Club at Marie Callender’s December 6 - Annual Christmas Party; see page 5. January 3 - Saturday Breakfast Club at Marie Callender’s Autocross and Track Novermber 7 and 8 - Driver’s Education at Thunderhill Raceway; contact November 22 - Driver’s Education at Infineon Raceway; contact November 25 - Driver’s Education at Laguna Seca; contact Other November 5 - SVR Board Meeting at RPM, 3130 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento December 3 - SVR Board Meeting at RPM, 3130 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento January 7 - SVR Board Meeting at RPM, 3130 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento January 8 - Annual Event Planning Meeting

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SVR Dinner at

Mimi’s Café 2029 Alta Arden, Sacramento, CA (West of Howe Avenue) 916.614.9278

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Cocktails at 6:30 P.M. • Dinner at 7:00 P.M. Cost: $20.00 per person (inc. tax and gratuity) Menu Choices: Meatloaf Salmon - Blackend or Regular Mediterranean Chicken Fetuccini All entrées include salad; the first two include choice of potatoes. Wine and beer are available for purchase. The deadline for reservations is November 10th. RSVP to Jan Hoover at 916.424.5163.

SVR Saturday Breakfast Club November 1st, 2008 Marie Callender’s

5525 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights (across from Sunrise Mall)

G24 Members: You are invited to be our guests at this gathering. 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.” 4

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Annual Christmas Party Saturday, December 6, 2008 Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA 95652

Cocktails at 6:00 P.M. Dinner at 7:00 P.M. • BYOB Cost: $37.50 per Person Dinner Menu Pear-Walnut Salad with fresh mixed greens, candied walnuts, pear slices and bleu cheese crumbles tossed in light poppyseed vinaigrette Entrée Selections (All selections include garlic mashed potatoes, fresh vegetable medley, and a roll with butter.) Slow-Roasted Prime Rib served with horseradish Grilled Salmon finished with lemon dill cream sauce Vegetarian Pasta Penne Pasta and fresh vegetables in a light garlic cream sauce Desert Assorted Cookies and Brownies Program Introduction of the 2009 SVR Board of Directors Year-end and Special Recognition Awards

Reservations and Prepayment Required • The Deadline for Reservations is November 25 Indicate your menu selection(s) on your check, made payable to “PCA-SVR” and mail it to: Mike Willis 2748 Tiffany West Way Sacramento, CA 95827 The Aerospace Museum will be open beginning at 9:00 A.M. and will be open during the party hours. Admission is free for SVR members who show proof of membership. Both the primary member and the family/associate member must show their PCA cards and provide proof of identity (a valid driver’s license). Free admission is only for those who have made dinner reservations.

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

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Drifting Back – November 2008 by Larry Wilson

30 Years Ago (November 1978) The November 5th SVR double-header autocross at Cal Expo featured the first Other Car Autocross (no Porsche allowed) in the morning, and the Senator Ford Challenge Cup in the afternoon, both co-chaired by Rik Larson and Larry Wilson. Thirty-five drivers in a motley group of family sedans, pickups, vans, and vintage cars were classed by car-color with most spectator interest in the Red Class: Ken Moore (1946 Jaguar Saloon), Rich Farlinger (1959 VW pickup), Jim Bonney (1937 Packard 4-door), and Joe Riedhart (1959 MGA). In addition to class winners, the top three overall were Michael Peters 1st (Audi), Tim Clark 2nd (Mazda), and Larry Wilson 3rd (Colt). Then came the Ford Challenge Cup, a money event with all entry proceeds going to the fastest man and fastest woman. Made possible by SVR-member Bill Rhea (also VP and General Manager of Senator Ford on Florin Road), 10 women and 22 men each took one shot at the course driving a new Ford Mustang Cobra equipped with a 5-litre V-8 and Michelin TRX tires and special suspension. At the end of the day, Pat and Larry Wilson each ran last and fastest, and then put up their $32.00 in winnings and treated all to beer and pizza. As the Mustang struggled into the sunset, still under its own power, Bill Rhea said, “Let’s do it again next year.” Yeah, way to go, Bill! Co-chairs Harvey Cain and Connie Farlinger and 26 eager SVR participants on the November 10-12 Mendocino Tour made an uneventful 200-mile trip to Hill House Inn and a weekend of eating, partying, and kite flying. While most were getting kite equipment on Saturday, Diane Colbert and Connie Farlinger were cleaning out Circa, a chic clothes shop. The hardier kite-flyers (Weddles, Smiths, McKees, O’Shields, Lewises, and Verdinas) stuck it out despite the chilling wind while others repaired to the cocktail salon. The tour awards were presented during the pre-dinner cocktail party, graciously sponsored again by Bill and Betty Rhea. Rik and Lettie Larson won the “fill-in-the-blanks” tour questionnaire contest. The “Get it up First” kite winner was the duo of Marv and Marie Smith, with the McKees getting the “Most Beautiful” kite award. Allen and Dolores Weddle got their kite “Out the Farthest,” using 2,700 feet of string. It rained on Sunday. 20 Years Ago (November 1988) Fourteen couples made the November 11/13 Mendocino Tour, with C.C Craig, Karen Mangin, and Rik and Lettie Larson as co-chairs. C.C. and Karen opened the day with a strong bid for the Dummkopf Award by missing the turnoff to the lunch stop at Geyser Peak Winery. But they got back on course and the group (the Ashoffs, Harry Barne, Gerald Tanzi and Linda Lockin, Gene Carley and Dorothy Riggins, and Tina and John Murphy) pressed on to reach Mendocino in time for cocktail hour at Hill House. Garth and Vicki Mason were in town, but they were invisible. Early Saturday, few saw Bill Woodson-Blake sneak out to purchase the biggest kite in town. Its name was U.S. 12. At 1:00 P.M. sharp, the kite contest began with a very light breeze. U.S. 12 went straight up, instantly, giving the “Highest

Kite” award to Woodson-Blake with no protest. The contest came to an early conclusion, which involved Dolores Weddle in some way. Ask Rik Larson - he wrote The Drifter post-event coverage. Many spent late afternoon toasting the sunset with their favorite wine, then dinner at the Little River Inn or Mendocino Hotel. Most returned Sunday after breakfast at Café Beaujolais, but with a strong wind forecast for Monday, the Larsons, Weddles, and Siegners hung around for more kite flying. 10 Years Ago (November 1998) This month, in The Drifter, membership chairman Masuo Robinson recognized Oran and Grace Crumley for their 40th anniversary of PCA membership. For the November dinner meeting, SVR members were invited to The Back Forty Texas BBQ in Roseville, November 19th, chaired by the club’s chief cowpoke, Rich McGlumphy. With Rich as chair, you just knew something wacky was going to happen. For the first time in many years, the Zone 7 Awards Banquet, November 21, was held in Sacramento, at the Doubletree Hotel, and SVR had many members on the podium. Phil Lawrence and “Fish Lips” (his 911) got first in class in the concours series, and Glen Brooksby, Rita Chamberlain, Tim Fleming, Tim Howard, Bob Peake, Masuo Robinson, and Bill Winkler all took home first-in-class autocross awards. Two other awards went to SVR members: Rita Chamberlain received the Zone 7 “Rookie Of The Year,” and Rik Larson received the coveted award for Zone 7 “Enthusiast Of The Year.” PCAers in 29 cars enjoyed the annual trek to Mendocino with Rik and Lettie Larson as event chairs. Some of the group journeyed on Thursday, most on Friday with a lunch stop at Steele Wines in Kelseyville. On Friday, Dan and Deb Catherwood led one group, Rich Swenson and Judy Hanna the other. The kite-flying contest was threatened with rain until 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, but then it cleared and, with a good wind, the kites were up and scrutinized by judges Fred Seigner and June Samples. The kite awards: “Longest Tail” went to Linda McMahen; “Most Unique” went to Horace Searcie (home-made with The San Francisco Examiner); “Got Up The Farthest” won by Denny McEntire; “Killer Kite” went to Mike Lommatzsch (tried to eat other kites); “Up And Down Most Often” won by Helen Ashuckian, and “Most Persistent” kite flyer was a tie between Kirk Bradford and Tom Sisson. And, Jeff Kinder was the murderer in the annual “Murder Mystery.” The rain resumed on Sunday.

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SVR cleans up at Silver State Concours by Bud Behrens, photos by Rich and Millie Tsai


ll of the five SVR members who competed on September 7th at the 3rd Annual Silver State Concours in Gardnerville, NV took home firstplace trophies for their Porsches in their respective classes. And one of their entrys, Tom Sansone’s 1955 356A coupe, also received the first-place “people’s choice” award. Since there were 21 judged cars, the number of SVR first-place winners amounts to more than 20% of the total number of entrants. Tom Sansone’s 356 earned first place class C-1 of “full” category, with a total score of 248 points out of a possible 250. In class S-6 of “street” category, Rich Tsai’s 996 also earned a total of 248 points out of a possible 250. SVR Class Winners (L-R): Tom Lee, Rich Tsai, Kent Brandon, Tom Sansone, Jim McMahen

In the “wash and shine” category (200 maximum points possible), Jim McMahen’s ’79 911SC, entered in class WS-3, was awarded 199.50 points. In class WS-5, Tom Lee’s 996 earned 199 points, and in class WS-6, Kent Brandon’s 928 had a total of 199.50 points. But the Sunday concours was not all there was to the weekend. On Saturday afternoon there was a “meet and greet” gathering at the Historian Hotel in downtown Gardnerville. At the same time there was a tech quiz (in which Bud Behrens took 3rd place and won a $50.00 Chevron gas card). The day ended with an excellent Basque dinner and neat door prizes at JT’s Restaurant, just across the street from the hotel. Below: Judging in the Full Concours Class

Zone 7 Rep Larry Sharp and Tom Sansone 8

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Following the Sunday concours, we enjoyed a fine barbecue lunch that featured two spit-roasted pigs! The awards presentation featured beautiful glass plaques and, of course, more door prizes. SNR President Rich Wyett and his wife Cindy were, as in the past two years the organizers of the weekend’s events. They and their crew of volunteers did an outstanding job in orchestrating a first-rate Porsche weekend.

Tom’s 996 Cabriolet

Kent Brandon’s 928

A great name?

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Penske Racing, Flying Lizard Motorsports clinch 2008 American LeMans Series from Porsche Motorsports, photos by Doug DeVetter BRASELTON, Georgia - October 4 - The Porsche RS Spyder/Acura prototypepilots battle in LMP2 and the rivalry between the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and the Ferrari 430 drivers in GT2 - a season-long affair - ended happily for the German sports car manufacturer as Penske Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports drivers took their Porsches to year-end American LeMans Series championships at the 11th running of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder driven by Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) wrapped up their second straight LMP2 drivers championship by finishing second in the 1000mile event. They finished behind teammates Ryan Briscoe (Australia) and Helio Castroneves (Brazil), who drove their Penske Porsche RS Spyder to the LMP2 victory, and finished fourth overall. Completing the sweep of the LMP2 podium was the third Penske Porsche RS Spyder, driven by Patrick Long (USA), Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Emmanuel Collard (France). In fact, Porsche RS Spyders took five of the top six places in LMP2 with Butch Leitzinger/Andy Lally (both USA) and Marino Franchitti (Scotland) fourth in their Dyson Racing Porsche, and Guy Smith (England)/Chris Dyson (USA) Dyson Racing Porsche sixth. In GT2, the yearlong battle between the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister/Wolf Henzler (both Germany) and the Tafel Racing Ferrari 430 of Dirk Mueller/Dominik Farnbacher (also both Germany) ended in favor of the Lizards at Petit LeMans. Bergmeister and Henzler, along with help from fellow Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb (Germany), finished second in class, three laps ahead of the Ferrari, to earn Flying Lizards their first ALMS title. The Porsche drivers now have 181 points, while the Ferrari pair have scored 150. The final event at Laguna Seca in Monterey has 25 points available to win.

Both Penske Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports clinched their respective class team championships as well, while Porsche is in the drivers seat for both manufacturers titles. Earlier in the weekend, Porsche won its second straight SCCA SPEED World Challenge title as Randy Pobst (USA) drove his K-PAX/3R Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup earned a repeat championship. Porsche had clinched the manufacturers championship the week before over Cadillac, Corvette, Viper, and Aston Martin. “This championship was even more special than last year because Acura provided such stiff competition,” said Bernhard, who has won drivers titles in both LMP2 and GT2 with Porsche. “Acura came to the series this year with the full resources of the Honda factory, and pressed us to the limit, but Penske Racing and Porsche Motorsport responded with improved performance, a new direct injection 3.4-liter V8 engine, perfect car preparation and strategy, and teamwork that makes a champion,” said Bernhard. Briscoe and Castroneves, who are Penske Racing’s regular IndyCar drivers, piloted a third RS Spyder this weekend to help Porsche in its battle against Acura, and the move paid off as the duo won the LMP2 class. Castroneves, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, said, while he and Ryan were “visitors” to the RS Spyder team this weekend, they felt like major contributors to the effort. “Remember, I drove the RS Spyder in 2006, and have tested it several times, and Ryan was a regular on the team last year, so we fit right in. The race against the Acuras was tough, but our car was well-prepared and we were able to maintain a lead until the Andretti/Kanaan/Montagny Acura crashed late in the event, assuring us the win,” he said. Continued


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While Joerg Bergmeister (Grand-Am DP champion, multi-time ALMS GT2 champion, and Porsche Supercup titleholder) and Wolf Henzler (multi-time Porsche Supercup champion) are used to winning races and championships, they agreed that this one was special. “This Flying Lizard team really works hard, and we are proud to help them earn their first championship. Preparing three cars is a difficult task, but everyone from all three crews contributed to this season’s successes. And we wanted to give special thanks to Porsche Motorsport for their work over the winter that resulted in a greatly-improved race car that helped us beat the Ferraris,” said Bergmeister. “With the team having to rebuild both the #44 and #46 cars at the track overnight after practice crashes, they still spent the time and expertise to prepare our #45 Porsche so we could run perfectly for a ten-hour event. I’ve never been on a team with such dedication,” said Henzler. Other Porsche GT2 results included the Lonnie Pechnik/Seth Neiman/Darren Law Flying Lizard Porsche (sixth); the Patrick Pilet/Johannes van Overbeek Flying Lizard Porsche (eighth after a late-race crash); the Marc Basseng/Nick Pastorelli/Francesco Pastorelli VICI Porsche (tenth – also after a crash); and the Dirk Werner/Bryce Miller/Joerg Hardt Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche (fourteenth after a broken wheel hub).

Carrera de Sierra XXXI rally by rallyist Rik Larson

The 31st running of this decades-old event was scaled back to just a one day rally (no tour this year). With the price of gas and the economy having an impact on events in general, it was decided to keep the event short (less than three hours) and close to home. Contestants met at Niello Porsche at 10:00 A.M. on a beautiful Sunday morning to finalize the registration process and enjoy refreshments provided by Niello. At 10:46 A.M., the first car took off to complete a rally that had seven checkpoints. The route took entrants through the areas around Loomis, Penryn, and Newcastle (essentially hugging the Interstate 80 corridor). Noted SVR tourmaster Doug Klein teamed up with expert Keith McMahan for his first TSD rally. Doug had a training session the week before on how to manipulate the knobs and switches on Keith’s rally computer. Ron and Sally Boeck worked the first, third and seventh checkpoints while I handled the first and sixth checkpoints. The other checkpoints were of the DIY (do-it-yourself ) type. The traditional barbecue at the finish was replaced by getting together at the local pizza place in Loomis. Thanks go to Niello Porsche for hosting the start of the event, to Ron and Sally Boeck for working three checkpoints, and to Rachel Johnson of Reflections in Glass for the beautiful awards (large glass coasters with the event logo).

Complete results and points are available at

Carrera de Sierra XXXI Scores and Standings Beginner/Novice Class Bill and Pam Moore Deon and Ashley Perry



Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Leg 6

Leg 7

1 2

411 468

83 21

27 59

4 91

33 71

65 223

44 2

155 1

Expert Unequipped Class Jessica and J. Toney (GGR/SVR) 1 Genny and Bob Paauwe (BMW/Miata) 2 Hubert and Jenny Lee (GGR/SVR) 3

65 117 143

14 55 30

3 5 12

8 17 7

8 5 24

7 0 12

3 8 15

22 27 43

Expert Equipped Class Richard Wetzel & Philip Marks (SVR) 1 Keith McMahan & Doug Klein (SVR) 2

84 219

50 10

0 4

8 6

11 3

2 108

5 73

8 15

Workers: Rik Larson, Ron and Sally Boeck (SVR)


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The Porsche 914 by Dean Lewellen

reprinted from GOING PLACES, Arizona Region newsletter


hen the Boxster was formally introduced to North America Porsche dealers and a select number of PCA notables in September of 1996, its heritage and inspiration was traced and credited to the company’s legendary 550 Spyders and RS-60s, the remarkable, two-seat, mid-engine race cars that established Porsche’s reputation in endurance road racing in the 1950s and early 1960s. The Boxster concept car was first shown to the public and hyped as a fresh styling approach at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 1993. For the next three years, while 10,000 deposits were collected and we patiently waited for the production version of the two-seat, midengine Boxster to arrive at local showrooms, all the company’s publicity seemed to deny the existence of the 119,000 Model 914s built and sold by Porsche from 1970 through 1976. This denial is mysterious to PCA members who have owned, or still own, any version of this mid-engine magic machine. I still smile when I recall the joy my 914-2.0 could provide at Pacific Northwest Region autocrosses and the fun of running flat-out through every corner of Seattle International Raceway on Drivers Ed days. Just ask any one of our region’s several 914 owners about their rides and prepare to become well informed about the attributes of these wonderful two-seat, mid-engine cars. The public was first introduced to the Model 914 at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in September 1969, and the first production cars arrived in North America Porsche+Audi dealership showrooms in March 1970. But let’s back up a few years and look at the Model 914 project from its beginnings as a threeway joint venture between Karmann, Porsche and Volkswagen. In late 1966 and early 1967, Porsche management began thinking about a less expensive addition to the 911/912 family of cars. Almost coincidentally, Heinz Nordhoff, the Director of Volkswagen, was thinking about a sportier car to expand Volkswagen’s image beyond simple, utilitarian transportation machines. Ferry Porsche and Heinz Nordhoff shook hands on an agreement whereby Porsche would design and develop a new mid-engine sports car for Volkswagen, using the flat-four cylinder engine Volkswagen was developing for the VW Model 411. The new car would have the bodies built and assembled by the Wilhelm Karmann GmbH factory in Osnabruck, Germany, which had previously built bodies for both Porsche and VW. It was further agreed that this resulting car would be marketed as a Volkswagen. The two men also verbally agreed that Porsche could acquire the same body shells from Karmann, install Porsche engines and market these cars as Porsches if desired. These basic agreements would be changed several times as issues arose before the Type 914 would come to the market. The first issue was the appearance, which had to be approved by both Porsche and VW. Porsche did not want the car to look like their existing product line, and Volkswagen did not want the car to look like any earlier Porsche models. To minimize conflict, an outside source was chosen to provide the initial design concept for the new car, which was formally identified as the Type 914. The 12

industrial design firm of Gugelot Design GmbH, located in Neu Ulm, Germany, was working on an automobile body shape built from a foam core bonded to fiberglass panels as a sandwich structure which had interested BMW, Daimler-Benz, Karmann, Porsche and Volkswagen as a future automobile body production method. This design concept was a front-engine coupe with flush fender lines, a recessed rear window and elongated running lights capping the front fenders. The Porsche design team, headed by Butzi Porsche, credited for the 911 Coupe and Targa designs, changed the Gugelot concept car to accommodate the mid-engine location and made other styling changes to suit Porsche’s desires. The second issue was the death of Heinz Nordhoff in April of 1968, following which the new Director of Volkswagen, Kurt Lotz, backed out of some of the verbal agreements between Porsche and Nordhoff as Lotz had little interest in the new sportier VW version being developed. This issue resulted in a Porsche and Volkswagen joint marketing venture, fifty per cent owned by each company, which would sell Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi products. Porsche could still buy bodies from Karmann, but at a higher price than Porsche thought they had earlier agreed to pay. The final outcome from all the issues resulted in Karmann building the Model 914 as a completed, out the door, ready to roll automobile with the “VW-Porsche” nameplate for European sales and the “Porsche” nameplate for U.S. sales. The Model 914/6 bodies were assembled, trimmed and painted at Karmann’s Osnabruck factory, then shipped to Porsche for engines and final assembly, where they went down the same production line with the Model 911. A total of 3,351 914/6s were produced at Zuffenhausen in 1970, 1971 and 1972 under this plan. The total number of 914/4s produced during the seven-year model run was 115,596. It is estimated that approximately 75,000 copies of the 914 models were sold in the United States. The appearance of the 914 was a departure for Porsche, but the mechanicals were tried and true Porsche components. The MacPherson strut front suspension with the longitudinal torsion bars was lifted right out of the 911. The rear trailing arm independent suspension geometry was similar to the 911, but the links and coil springs were new. Both the 914/4 and 914/6 had disc brakes all around, with the 914/6 utilizing vented rotors at the front. An odd rear caliper was used at the rear on both cars which had the hand brake actuator linkage built into it. The dual master cylinders activating separate front and rear brake systems the drifter

through a rear brake pressure limiter made brake caliper bleeding often difficult for the rear wheels. The 914/4 steel wheels were mounted on four-lug VW 411 hubs while the 914/6 wheels were steel or optional magnesium cast wheels by Mahle mounted on Porsche five-lug hubs. The Mahle wheels were often referred to as “gas burners”. The 914 had a seven-inch longer wheelbase and was four inches lower than the 911. The mid-engine location allowed for substantial luggage spaces front and rear, even with the one-piece, removable top section stored in the rear space. The 914/4 was initially offered with the W-series engine from the VW 411. This engine was a fuel injected, 1.7-liter, air-cooled, overhead valve design producing 80 DIN horsepower. The 914/6 used the 2.0-liter, single overhead cam engine from the 1968-69 911T, which produced 110 DIN horsepower. This engine had a capacitive discharge ignition system, a dry-sump lubrication system and two, triple-choke Weber carburetors supplying fuel. In 1973, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine option was introduced for the 914/4 when production of the 914/6 ceased after the 1972 model year. A bore obtained the two-liter engine capacity and stroke increase and the power was rated at 95 DIN horsepower. The model designations were changed in 1973 to 914-1.7 and 914-2.0. The standard engine was enlarged to 1.8 liters in 1974, equipped with L-Jetronic fuel injection and the power dropped to 76 DIN horsepower. The 1975 and 1976 914s fell victim to emission and safety mandates that resulted in ugly impact absorbing bumper systems front and rear which added weight and new exhaust systems for more stringent emissions control which reduced the power output to 88 DIN horsepower for the 2.0 liter engines. Sportomatic transmissions were advertised options for the 914/6 and a few were actually produced. Typically, both cars used the five-speed gearbox from the 911. Because of the engine location, the transmission was turned around and the shifter mechanism was usually described, kindly, as “a trifle vague” in the early years cars. The side-shifter transmission, introduced in 1973 with improved linkage, greatly improved gear selection capability and reduced embarrassing gear clashes when shifting from first to second in a tight autocross corner. This updated linkage has been retrofitted to many pre-1973 914s. The 914/6 was fancier and better equipped, with 3-speed wipers, electric windshield washers and chrome-plated bumpers. The 914/6 also had vinyl trim on the “roll bar,” dual horns, headlight flasher and external trim strips. The instrument panel contained a central tachometer, which went to 7000 rpm on the 914/4 and 8000 rpm on the 914/6. The right dial housed the speedometer that registered 120 mph and 150 mph for the 914/4 and 914/6, respectively. The left dial contained a fuel quantity gauge in the bottom sector and the 914/6 had an oil temperature gauge in the top half while the 914/4 had warning lights for fuel level, hand brake and low brake fluid in the top sector. During the 914/4 and 914/6 production runs, the cars remained basically the same. Only a few minor improvements were made: adjustable passenger seat in 1972, additional air outlets at each end of the dash and insulation and sound deadening improvements in 1973. The 914 was never as well developed as other Porsches during its production run, which led indirectly to its demise. During the seven-year production life of the 914 series, Porsche explored the outer limits of the chassis’s capability with

several projects. Two cars were constructed and powered by the 4cam flat eight-cylinder engine from the 908 racecars. One of these special cars was presented to Ferry Porsche on his sixtieth birthday. It was detuned as much as possible to make it docile enough for road usage. Ferry Porsche used the car for commuting from home to office registering some 10,000 kilometers before garaging the beast, after which this 914/8 found a permanent home in the Porsche Museum. The racing shop at Werk I in Zuffenhausen developed a highly upgraded version of the 914/6 that was identified as the 914/6 GT. It had bold, bulging steel fender flares all around, a solid steel roof, and, was powered by a 906 blueprinted engine producing a minimum of 220 DIN horsepower. These cars were campaigned worldwide by factory and private teams. The most notable achievement of a 914/6 GT was a GTclass win and a sixth overall finish at the 1970 running of LeMans. This car was prepared by Werk I and entered by a Frenchman named Auguste Veuillet of Paris. This car is reported to have run the entire 24-hour race on the same tires and brake pads - remarkable! The Porsche 914 offered reliability and economy along with a healthy dose of competition potential and capability. Its inherent balance and great handling at a reasonable purchase price brought out the latent competitive spirit in many Porsche owners and drivers who hadn’t participated in driving challenge events in recent years. 914s were seen in races, autocrosses, rallies and time trials at the local club, regional and national levels. Many were successfully campaigned in international events around the world. The introductory price in 1970 for the 914/4 was $3,595.00 (East Coast) and $5,999.00 for the 914/6, plus an additional $100.00 for West Coast deliveries. In 1975, exchange rate problems and pollution control requirements pushed prices to $6,300.00 for a 1.8-liter car and $6,995.00 for a 2.0-liter car. Today’s values can vary widely as the condition of the now near 30-year-old cars run the entire gamut from “beater” to “beauty.” 914-1.7s and 1.8s can be bought from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00. The more desirable 914-2.0 cars range in price from $2,500.00 to $7,000.00. The 914/6 is now considered to be one of the more sought-after Porsches and prices keep escalating higher each year for good and authentic examples of these coveted cars. Expect to pay from $8,000.00 to upwards of $17,000.00 for a pristine and authentic 914/6. Be aware that show cars and cars with a historical significance are valued substantially higher than the figures given here. Also, be aware that there are a lot of “conversions” out there in the 914/6 market place, some well done to or nearly-to factory specifications, but others are not so well done. A complete listing of 914 serial numbers is available in the “The Porsche Family Tree,” published by PCA and available from PCA National offices, which is valuable information for serious shoppers. Production of the 914 was quietly phased out in Onasbruck in the winter of 1975-1976. The last cars were sold in the spring of 1976 to knowledgeable buyers who knew these were the last of a somewhat controversial line of Porsche cars that had a story to tell. Porsche learned a lot about joint venture partnerships, obtained priceless experience designing and building a midengine sports car for the road, and produced a truly marvelous, two-seat, mid-engine car that is still coveted in wide circles of Porsche owners to this very day.

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October 1, 2008 SVR board meeting by Rik Larson (for Kim Nelson)


resident Mike Willis called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Attending: Mike Willis, Cookie Anderson, Jerry Cupler, Rik Larson, Betty and Ray Silva, Jeff and Kim Kinder, Frederick Rauch, Dick MacFarlane, and Juan Calderon. The September minutes were reviewed and accepted. Old Business CRAB 35 • Mike will take the April 2009 date to the Zone Presidents meeting. Also will discuss with other regions about rotating the presentation of the event among the regions (SVR doing it every other year). Chair for CRAB 35 is Mike Willis, with Cookie Anderson as the co-chair. We are still investigating sites. Possible hotels in the Rocklin area are being explored. Dinner will be at the Aerospace Museum (McClellan). The autocross site and dates have already been confirmed for April 2009. And we have a volunteer to serve as rallymaster for the TSD rally. Christmas Party • Will be held at the Aerospace Museum. Mike presented three cost proposals. The price will be $37.50 per person and includes admission to the museum. New Business • DRIFTER Advertising Policy: We have two new advertisers. We are awaiting a check from one of them before proceeding with placing their ad. Mike Willis is to provide additional direction (in writing) to Betty for the handling of advertiser billings. Board Member Reports • Charity Auction: Was very successful. The Pearts have offered to host the auction again next year at their house. Thanks to Sue Fleming for chairing this event. The proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish group. • Competition (Frederick Rauch): Frederick has made numerous updates to the trailer: two jacks; fixed a hole; applied new decals (IPB, Niello, and Porsche). No dates established for next year yet.

• Drifter (Bud Behrens): Report received and approved. We will continue to look for a new editor. Various board members have been assigned to check with the various colleges in the area regarding student interns/work experience programs. • Financial Report (Betty Silva): Betty says we have money. • G24 (Lee Deter): Discussion centered around the G24 breakfast on Saturday, November 1st. A special invitation to G24 members will be sent out inviting them to the hosted breakfast. An RSVP will be required. • Goodie Store (Tom Sisson): Report received and approved. • Membership Director (Rik Larson): SVR has 607 primary members with 499 affiliate members for a total of 1106. The club also has 10 dual members. The new member tour is scheduled for October 11th. • Social Director (Cookie Anderson): The October dinner has been changed to Bobo’s. A special e-mail blast has already been sent out. The next dinner will be at Mimi’s (Alta Arden) on November 12th. The budget from Bob Jacobson for the wine tasting was approved. Collin Fat is interested in hosting a dinner in 2009 at one of the family restaurants. Cookie will get back to him with a proposed date of March 11, 2009. • Webmaster (John Murphy): Report received and approved. • Vice President (Bill Keegan): Not present. • Past President (Jeff Kinder): The election slate is short one person (Social Director). Additional nominations will be accepted at the October dinner. It was decided that we would do an electronic ballot this year. E-mails will be sent to our current members who have e-mail addresses with instructions. All others will receive a ballot in the mail. • President (Mike Willis): Mike welcomed our guest Juan Calderon to his first board meeting. Adjournment was at 9:04 P.M. The next meeting will be at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Respectfully Submitted, Rik Larson for Kim Nelson, 2008 Secretary


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

SVR has 607 Regular Members, and 499 Affiliate members for a total of 1,106 members plus 10 Dual Members. New Members (Joined September 2008) Dennis & Barbara Angelini El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 408.390.3075 Michael & Sally Brown El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 916.933.6168 Juan Calderon & Evelyn Yee Rancho Cordova, CA 95741 916.501.7147 David & Eileen Kaufman Lincoln, CA 95648 916.543.3333

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Parts for Sale Porsche/Becker CDR 220/02 radio and front trunk-mounted 6-CD changer: The radio is a CD model direct replacement for the early Boxster Becker radio with cassette player. No wiring changes; takes minutes to install. The radio is still under Becker warranty. $200+shipping for both items. Contact Greg Pasiuk at or call 530.621.1155. (09/08) Wheels (Stock) and Tires: From 2002 Porsche Boxster S rims and a set of Yokohama tires front size 205/50Z R17 93W, rear size 225/40Z R17 94W. Rims are in excellent condition; tires have some track time. Asking $500.00. Call Cookie Anderson at 916.988.6534. (10/08) Porsche Prince Child Safety Seat: with air bag disconnection belt for children 20 to 40 lbs. Model 411-13. Free to good home. Call Carl Brakensiek at 916.612.3274. (11/08)

Cayenne S 18-inch Wheel: Factory take off wheel (part number 7L5.601.025 A), 8x18-57 offset. No curb rash or bend, but slight scuffing on the wheel face (can be polished or touched up). Perfect to replace damaged wheel or use as full size spare. $100.00 obo. Call Rich Tsai 530.219.8125 or e-mail (10/08)

Boxster Roof Transport System: PN 986.801.202.00; never used, requires assembly; retails new for $645.00; asking $400.00. Contact Bud Behrens at (209) 477-6496 or e-mail (11/08) Winter Wheels and Tires: Four Sport Edition Cup silver wheels - two 18x8.5 & two 18x10; four Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 XL tires –two 225/40VR-18 & two 265/35VR-18. Purchased new from Tire Rack on 11/07; 3,030 miles. $1,500.00 OBO. Call Dan Boone at 775.323.4179 or e-mail (11/08)


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Hey, it’s turkey time again by Tom Sisson, SVR Goodiestorekeeper


h yes: the month when cattle rejoice and turkeys tremble in their drumsticks.

It’s Thanksgiving, so be sure to take a turkey to lunch. And if you don’t know where to get a turkey, come on up to where I live; they are all over the place, and some of them even have feathers! The turkey is the hero of Thanksgiving; it really gives its all. But did you know that: • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining • A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey • Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats? Every year before Thanksgiving, the President chooses two turkeys that will be spared from ending up on your table. In a ceremony that takes place at the White House, one official turkey is pardoned as well as an alternate gobbler. November is also when Americans honor their armed servant veterans. (November 11th was originally designated as “Armistice Day,” celebrating WWI veterans, but after WWII it was changed to “Veterans Day” to honor veterans of all wars.) The holiday’s observance was at one time moved to the fourth Monday of October in order to allow for long weekends. However, after protests by veterans groups it was moved back to November 11th in an effort to retain the importance of the holiday. You really need some new duds from the Goodie Store to wear in November. How about a SVR logoed denim shirt ($35.00) for the colder days or an official polo shirt ($30.00) for the warmer days? If it is really chilly, you need one of the fleece vests ($35.00) and if it’s really hot you need one of the T-shirts ($20.00). We also have sweatshirts, and remember - there are various logos available on the shirts (see the website). We might even be able to put your car on the shirt! Call your Goodie Store people: Cookie Anderson at 916.988.6534 or Tom Sisson at 209.296.5352. Samples may also be available at various events and meetings. BUY NOW!!

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The last word by bud Behrens


ovember 20, 2008 is the last day you may vote for your candidate of choice to serve on the 2009 SVR Board of Directors. This year we will have both electronic voting for members who have Internet access and “paper” ballots available for those who do not or prefer to vote the “old-fashioned” way. The polls are not yet open, but here are the statements of candidacy by those who have who will be running for office. Give them your consideration, and, by all means, VOTE. Candidate Statement by Cookie Anderson for the office of PCA-SVR President

Candidate Statement by Betty Silva for the office of PCA-SVR Treasurer

“Hi, I am Cookie Anderson your SVR Social Director for 20072008 (Margarita Mama for those who know me). It’s been loads of fun the past two years being your Social Director and being able to volunteer for different events. Since I am unable to run for Social Director again in 2009, with great thought and decision I decided to run for SVR President.”

“It would be my pleasure to be elected Treasurer of SVR. Having had experience as a president, secretary and treasurer of various organizations, I have the knowledge and ability to maintain the SVR accounts accurately, efficiently and effectively. Thank you for your positive consideration of my candidacy.”

Candidate Statement by Bill Keegan for the office of PCA-SVR Vice President “After a year of experience as your club’s Vice President, I think I’ve finally learned how it is supposed to work. I am pleased to serve another year, and would appreciate your vote of confidence. Running a club is not unlike a business, and my experience gives me another perspective during some of the issues that come before the board throughout the year. I look forward to the opportunity to continuing to give back to you for all the enjoyment the club has brought to Cathy and me. Thanks for your support.”

Candidate Statement by Kim Nelson for the office of PCASVR Secretary “I’ve been honored to serve on the Board this past year with some dedicated and hard working people. I haven’t made too many grammatical mistakes with the Board Minutes and its kind of fun to get together with SVR friends once a month at the Board meetings. So, with that in mind, I once again ask for your support.”

Candidate Statement by Frederick Rauch for the office of PCASVR Competition & Safety Director “I served as the Competition and Safety Director in 2004, 2005 and 2008 and also as the Drivers Education Chair for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and once again I’m requesting your continued support for me to serve as your Competition and Safety Director for 2009. During the past five years we have been able to participate in numerous Drivers Education Events and host many autocross and concours events. Over this period we were able to replace the autocross timer and make repairs to our autocross trailer from funds generated through our autocross and DE events. Without the support of the club and the many volunteers, these events could not exist, and I’m looking forward to working with these volunteers and continue to contribute to the success of these programs.”

Candidate Statement for PCA-SVR Social Director At this time there is no candidate for the position of Social Director. Candidate Statement by Doug Klein for the office of PCA-SVR Membership Director “As Membership Director, I will promote membership in the SVR Porsche Club, introduce new members to our varied activities, and maintain and distribute accurate membership records. Qualifications include holding positions such as training director, president, web chair, secretary and others on a variety of professional and recreational organizations. I’ve enjoyed the club and made many friends since joining in 2004 and will do my best to ensure that new members have the same positive experiences.”


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