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February 2010

Sacramento Valley Region - Porsche Club of America

On the Cover This picture is from the Nov 21st 2009 PCA-SVR AutoX at Infineon. This 1997 993 Cabriolet was driven by Saurabh Sharma. He wore yellow pants to match his yellow car. Photo provided by: David Wong, SVR member Official SVR & TMR DE photographer

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.

Feb 6 - Infineon Feb 22 - Laguna Seca March 4-5 - Laguna Seca Mar 19 - Infineon April 12-13 - Infineon April 23 - Thunderhill May 21 - Thunderhill May 29 - Infineon Come out and stretch your car’s legs on some of the finest tracks in the country! Fun, safe, and definitely . . .

No speeding tickets!

2010 Board of Directors President Cookie Anderson

Vice President Rik Larson

916.988.6534 916.481.6084

Secretary Kevin Dougherty


Treasurer Phil Wood


Social Director Helen Ashuckian


Membership Director Doug Klein


Competition & Safety Director Frederick D.Rauch 916.989.0580


Past President Mike Willis


Drifter Editor JR Evinger


Upcoming Events

In This Issue Columns and Departments

02 - February Breakfast

03 - Cookie’s Crumbs

03 - 2010 SVR Planning Mtng

05 - Drifting Back

06 - February Dinner

12 - SVR Jan. Board Minutes

07 - March Dinner

13 - SVR Feb. Membership Report

09 - Calendar of Events

15 - SVR Goodie Store

14 - Pacific Grove Tour

15 - Index of Advertisers

Features and Reviews 06 - 2010 SVR Planning Mtng

Webmaster John Murphy

February 2010

Volume 48, No. 02

Join the

07 - Tech Article: Tires: Nitrogen or Air

Porsche Club of America

11 - SVR Christmas Party

Enjoy the camaraderie of other Porsche enthusiasts.

16 - New Member Group

Join online at or contact Doug Klein, SVR Membership Director at 916-791-4864 for a membership application.

Information and Committee Directory

Zone 7 Representative Golden Gate Region Sharon Neidel

Autocross Chair Bob Peake


Drivers Education Chair Frederick D. Rauch

Charity Chair Tambra Kroetz

Concours Chair Kent Brandon

Dummkopf Chair Vacant



Goodie Store Cookie Anderson


Rally Chair Helen Ashuckian


Technical Chair Jim Kinnicutt


New Member Group Dan Rowland


Advertising Manager Mike Willis




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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The First Saturday of Each Month The Club is a conversational group dedicated to the enjoyment of its members. It is a friendly group in which there are no strangers. Please join us for an hour or two of conversation about our cars, upcoming events, or anything else that interests you.

Meet in the banquet room at 9:00 A.M. Order from the menu and pay for your own meal. Senior Menu Available

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Cookie Crumb’s

by Yvonne “Cookie” Anderson, 2010 SVR President Our 2010 calendar is filling up so if you are interested on putting an event together give Rik Larson our Vice President a call so he may put it on the calendar. New members don’t be shy. If you haven’t put an event together and don’t know how or where to start don’t let that stop you. Give me or Rik a call and we will pair you up with one of our season members as your co-chair. I also have instruction on how to put on a Tour and Dinner Meeting for your viewing. We also have a list of many tours and dinner places we can give you. It is easy and fun to do. Be ready for something new to do this year. We will have a list of suggested events to hand out at the planning meeting. Hope to see you there. Remember to call Rik Larson 916-481-6084 or email if you plan on going. We do need a head count for this event so Round Table, 9500 Greenback Lane (between Madison & Greenback) Orangevale, make enough Pizza’s for us.

Tambra set up a silent auction with numerous things for our charity benefactor Folsom Zoo and raised $273.50. Special thanks go to Beth Jacobson for making a Porsche Crest purse for the event. That was won by Judy Hanna with a bid of $85.00. Many of you also gave donations for the event and a special thanks to you for making our game night fun and exciting. Remember to RSVP to Kaye and Dave Mitchell for the February 9th Dinner Meeting being held at The Pyramid Bar and Grill Whitney Oaks Golf Club with your menu choice no later than February 1st 916-7241-3650 or Also our March 9th Dinner meeting will be held at Buca di Beppo 1212 Galleria Blvd Roseville, please RSVP by March 2 to Barry and Sue Maashoff or 925-785-2589. On April 12th I will be hosting a Dinner Meeting at Fat’s in Folsom. Collin Fat’s has arranged for a special dinner menu for SVR and has arranged to have Boeger Winery there for wine tasting. So be watching for my flyer and announcement. Space will be limited to 59.

Our Potluck and Game night was loads of fun with a great turnout. We played Mexican Train and had a few tables playing different card games. We had a variety of delicious hot dishes and salad served. Prizes were given out to Greg & Cyndee Peart for the most elegant place setting, Linda and Jim McMahen for the silliest and Tom and Tambra Kroetz for best theme place setting.

SVR 2010 Event Planning Meeting Thursday, February 4th

Round Table Pizza

9500-1 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA 95630 (Madison Avenue at Greenback Lane) 916.989.1133

Meeting begins at 6:30 P.M. • Pizza at 7:15 P.M. Cost is $5.00 per person and includes pizza and soft drink Beer, wine and salads available at extra cost RSVP by January 30th to Rik Larson at 916.481.6084 or e-mail If you can’t attend the meeting, but have an idea for an activity in 2010 or early 2011 that you would like to host, contact Rik Larson as above. the drifter



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Drifting Back – February 2010 by Larry Wilson

30 Years Ago (February 1980)

Nona Morley and C.C. Craig won “Best Dressed in Western Duds” during the February 7 dinner meeting at Pinnacle Peak. Jack and June Samples won honorable mention. Clint deWitt had his tie cut off, right beneath his nose (no big loss -- it was a crummy-looking thing). Those attending witnessed the local premier of the cinema classic, “Cone Heads at the Races,” courtesy of Dwight and Linda Mitchell. Six cars of SVR members journeyed on February 10 to the Vacaville-Fairfield area to join Redwood Region members in a rally by Emmett Wilder. About 30 rally-cars ran the event. We had our big guns, all locked and loaded for this one (Jim and Denise Boswell, Harvey Cain and Connie Farlinger, Rik and Lettie Larson, George and Nona Morley, and Richard Wetzel). It was a disaster -- too many questionable traps, the last of which collected the SVR folks at an on-ramp to I-80 with the next instruction reading, “R at Stop.” On a freeway? Little did anyone think that instruction referred to a “Stop Ahead” sign on a parallel frontage road visible from the freeway. Everyone regained some sense of humor at the finish at Fairfield Landing.

pool at the Green Tree Inn. Next day was tours of Hearst Castle with return to Sacramento by any route that floated their boat. Oh, yes. It rained. Karen Mangin and Sally Boeck and Harvey and Connie Cain were the only two SVR rally teams brave enough to enter the February 18 Zone 7 rally chaired by John Clever. It was the second event in the 1990 Zone 7 Series, and Sally and Karen finished 2nd. With a large margin, Harvey and Connie were first!

10 Years Ago (February 2000)

White Elephants at Chuck’s Grill in Folsom on February 5 were promised by Tambra Kroetz and she did not disappoint the SRO crowd (that’s show-biz talk meaning a good turnout) which included neighbors and in-laws and maybe lucky street bystanders. Jim McMahen brought his sister Jill and her husband David just to show them what members of a real car-club do for entertainment (we never saw them again). Many of the choicest elephants went right through the hands of many players like Jim and Joyce Karver, Kim and Jeff Kinder, and Jan and Herb Hoover. But not Tom Sis20 Years Ago (February 1990) son -- just ask Tom what he kept his hands wrapped around The February 17-19 San Simeon tour (AKA Getting there (a DRIFTER photo captured that Kodak Moment). Others is half the fun), chaired by Mike Willis, turned out ten left with empty hands, but all left with a smile. couples in Porsches from the club that were moving at the 8:00 AM start time on a not-so-direct route to San Simeon. A week or so later was the Casino Tour arranged by Larry The location of stops along the way were calculated not and Mary Clark which was a gamble for many (a visit to to exceed the rest-stop range of Jim McMahen. The trip two gambling casinos was on tap). But first, a nice drive up was uneventful from just below Tracy to Patterson, then the Garden Highway through Dingville (don’t park there) to Crows Landing, on to Newman, and then Los Banos. to Marysville and lunch at the local Red Robin. The group Then a series of U-turns, the first necessary because of a sign encountered a bicycle tour on the narrow road and Rich reading in part, “Pavement ends. . . .” That began to light McGlumphy and Karen Goffin almost added a new hood up the CB radios (all cars were so equipped). Jack Summer- ornament to their 944 Cab. This tour was made all the more ville: “Hey, I just cleaned my car!” Phil Keith: “Where’s the unique by having THREE very nice looking examples of the Dummkopf chairman?” Bob Berriman: “Is McDade leading Porsche 928 (Klaus Hennig and Jeannine Weekley, Jim and this tour?” Then a U-turn was necessary in Firebaugh to Kelly Finley, and Arnold Ramirez and Gloria Nelson). After avoid a speed (or any other possible infraction)-trap. Gary lunch it was on to the Colusa Casino and the first games of Thompson: “Whew, thanks Jim.” By then they were on the chance. Each tour member received a “starter kit” ($10.00) fringe of McMahen’s maximum range which elicited the and nobody quit while they were ahead. Then, the Cash anguished CB transmission, “Are we there, yet?” Randy Creek Casino gave everyone a second chance. No big-time Vidmar then gave his now famous response, “It’s only winners here. Most kept their shirts for the journey home. five more miles.” Relief came with Arciero winery, then York Mountain winery. Then, another U-turn because of “a missing sign,” (right), then yet another U-turn because half the group followed Jim and Sheila McDade -- in the wrong direction. Finally it was party-time with hosts John and Arlene Pluth followed by dinner around the enclosed CRAB NINE report: As of February 11th, 92 entries had been received for the April 11-13 event, of which only 14 had not attended a previous CRAB event. To help reach our goal of 150 entries, the team made a direct mailing to all out-of-town PCAers who had attended CRAB events in the two previous years, mailed advertising to all Zone 7 newsletter editors, and attended meetings of Golden Gate, Redwood, Shasta, and San Joaquin to plug the event.

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Annual Event Planning Meeting by Rik Larson, Vice President

We have more than 30 people signed up for our annual event planning meeting on Thursday, February 4th. All of the signups are from long-time members..............where are the new members? We have monthly dinners planned thru June already (including one that is in the backyard of the Cannon’s where you can park your Porsche in their kidding). A couple of more chairs for the remaining dinners and we will be good. And still looking for someone to chair the Christmas Party. The calendar planning is for all of this year and the first third of next year. So if you have a neat location that would be appropriate for early 2011, we are receptive.

Suggestions for tours that keep popping up include: Strawberry Lodge, Bodega Bay, Dunsmuir, Monterey, Yosemite, Death Valley, Gold Country, San Simeon, Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, Virginia City. And maybe even some tours might originate right after our monthly first Saturday breakfast. Our Competition Director, Frederick Rauch, can definitely use help with the AX situation (headed up by Bob Peake). Various Driver’s Education events have already been scheduled for the year. SVR will present a concours out at Niello Porsche on June 27th that will be part of the 2010 Zone 7 Concours series. If you are not able to attend the meeting on February 4th but still are interested in chairing or can assist on an event, contact either the Social or Competition Director. Remember: $5 per person for pizza and soda on February 4th.

The New Member Group (Dan Rowland, Lee Deter, and Doug Klein) have already scheduled several events beginning in March for JUST new members. Check out the event information on page 16. I have been contacted by several folks regarding the scheduling of tours and rallies. Many are looking to work around various other events (both regional and Zone 7).

February 2010 Dinner The Pyramid Bar & Grill

Whitney Oaks Golf Club • 2305 Clubhouse Drive, Rocklin Hosted by Dave & Kaye Mitchell on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Social Hour is at 6:30 followed by Dinner at 7:00 $20.00 per person dinner includes choice of: Chicken Cordon Blu with Vegetables and Wild Rice Pilaf Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp Pan Seared Salmon with Tarragon Beurre Blanc Sauce with Vegetables and Wild Rice Pilaf Tax & Tip included A variety of (cash & carry) drinks and soda are available • $12.00 corkage fee Entrée selections must be submitted to the restaurant on February 2, so please RSVP no later than February 1 to: or 916.721.3650 The Social Director, per the SVR policy statement, may bill members for their meals if they cancel after the deadline or fail to show for dinner.


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Tech Article: Do I fill with nitrogen or air in my tires? by Jim Kinnicutt, SVR Technical Chair

Hello to all. Last month we talked about the age of our tires and now I would like to take a look at tire pressure and maintaining it. There has been some discussion lately on the use of nitrogen instead of the standard compressed air in our tires. The argument is that nitrogen:• Maintains pressure longer as the molecules are larger and do not permeate the rubber in the tires. • Maintains pressure more consistently because there is less moisture in the environment to cause expansion with heat. • Less moisture also protects against corrosion of inner wheel components. Let’s look at the make-up of the compressed air environment. It consists of: • Approximately 78% nitrogen • 21% oxygen • 1% miscellaneous ‘other’ gases • Up to as much as 5% water vapor (water vapor is not part of the gaseous mixture but displaces some of the total volume in the inflation environment) So filling your tires with nitrogen mainly does two things: it eliminates moisture, and it replaces skinny oxygen molecules with fat nitrogen molecules, reducing the rate at which compressed gas diffuses through porous tire walls. I recently had an experience with one of my ‘other’ cars. I needed a simple tire repair and had it done at a local shop. Shortly afterward, my tire inflation warning light came on. I checked pressures on all 4 tires to find the repaired tire was 10lbs. HIGHER than the others. I readjusted the pressure and drove on just to have it come back on the day after. This time that tire was lower so I added air to make it even again. This happened a third time. My solution was to let out ALL the air I could safely let out, without damaging the sidewalls, from ALL 4 tires. I refilled all four tires from my compressor at home, thus filling all four tires with the same atmospheric content ratios. Now they vary with temperature, but they do it at the same rate. This proved to me the effect of the moisture content on varying pressures at varying temperatures. For me, the question is, does this cause enough of an issue to warrant the extra cost of nitrogen on a street driven car, even if taken to the track occasionally? This becomes a personal judgment call. I have had good results for years using compressed air and monitoring it often. Now, however, I add the procedure of occasionally completely replacing the air in all four tires to keep the internal environments somewhat equal. For a track car, however, you may want to consider the benefits of nitrogen. Happy cruizin’ and keep those questions coming! Jim Kinnicutt

March 2010 SVR Dinner

1212 Galleria Blvd. Roseville, CA. 95678 (Across from the Roseville Galleria Mall) Hosted by Barry and Sue Maashoff Tuesday, March 9, 2010 • Social is at 6:30 P.M., Dinner at 7:30 P.M.

Family Style Restaurant • $25.00 per person (tax and tip included) Dinner includes: Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, Penne San Remo (Pasta with Chicken, White Wine Sauce, Artichoke and Peas), Chicken Parmigiana, Cheesecake, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea ($15.00 Corkage Fee) Please RSVP by March 2nd to: or call 925.785.2589 The Social Director, per the SVR policy statement, may bill members for their meals if they cancel after the deadline or fail to show for dinner.

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SVR February/March Calendar of Events

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SVR Monthly Board Meeting RPM Motorsports, Sacramento 2010 Events Planning Mtng Annual Member Meeting to schedule events thru April 2011, Round Table Pizza, 9500 Greenback Ln, Folsom SVR First Saturday Breakfast Monthly at Waffle Square in Citrus Heights Driver’s Ed - TrackMasters Infineon SVR Monthly Dinner Whitney Oaks Golf Club, Rocklin 356 Car Breakfast Marie Callender’s, Citrus Heights 2010 PCA Winter National San Jose Marriott Board Meeting, Zone 7 Awards Dinner Zone 7 President’s Meeting San Jose Marriott Driver’s Ed - TrackMasters Laguna Seca



3 4-7 5-7

SVR Monthly Board Meeting Driver’s Ed - TrackMasters Tour - Pacific Grove SVR First Saturday Breakfast

6 9 13 19 27

February Location

SVR Monthly Dinner 356 Car Breakfast Driver’s Ed - Trackmasters Hints and Tips for Porsche Car Care and Tires

March Location RPM Motorsports, Sacramento Thunderhill Pacific Grove Monthly at Waffle Square in Citrus Heights Buca De Bepo, Roseville Marie Callender’s ,Citrus Heights Thunderhill NEW MEMBERS ONLY location TBD

Contact Cookie Anderson Rik Larson

916.988.6534 916.481.6084

Herb & Jan Hoover


Frederick Rauch Dave & Kaye Mitchell

916.595.3371 916.721.3650

Jim Hardie


Sharon Neidel


Sharon Neidel Frederick Rauch

650.508.1308 916.595.3371

Contact Cookie Anderson Frederick Rauch Jim McMahen Herb & Jan Hoover

916.988.6534 916.595.3371 916.924.1463 916.424.5163

Barry & Sue Maashoff Jim Hardie

209.931.6657 916.972.7232

Frederick Rauch Dan Rowland

916.595.3371 916.989.4330

Check out the latest calendar information available online at the drifter


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SVR’s Christmas Party at Niello Porsche by Kim Nelson, SVR Member

With 170 SVR members and Porsches all over the place, what could make for a better Christmas Party! The evening started with our Social Hour in Niello’s showroom with wonderful orderves being served and red bows adorning some brand new Porsches. This was an excellent time to catch up with some of your SVR friends whom you hadn’t seen in some time. Our buffet dinner started at 7:00 pm and we all moved to the Service area to sit down and enjoy the evening. Dinner was wonderful and with the lights dimmed and beautiful table decorations provided by Darlene Byerley, the room was just perfect for our evening. This year’s program featured Pete Stout, Editor of Excellence Magazine, as our guest Speaker and what a surprise he had in store for us. The day before, Pete had taken delivery of the 2011 Boxster Spyder that had been on display at the Los Angeles Autoshow. Only 13 of these cars are currently in existence. Despite the bad weather, Pete and his wife, Rebecca, drove the new Porsche from Marin County to Niello where we had it displayed for everyone to see. Pete provided us with an entertaining and informative discussion about the new Boxster Spyder and ended his talk with questions from our club members.

years serving as Goodie Store Manager; Doug Klein, Presidents Award; Bud Behrens and Barbara McCory, Hidden Hero’s Award and Jerry Cupler, Helen Ashuckian, Poker Run, and Susan Duvall-Serota, Rib Cook-off, for putting on great new events. Parties like this don’t happen in a vacuum and there were many people working behind the scenes to make it happen. I would like to thank Dennis and Judy Stettner for co-chairing the event with Rachel and myself. Tom Sission did a fantastic job of getting everyone registered and making sure the monies were accounted for. The table decorations were over the top this year – thank you Darlene and Cindy and Kent Brandon did a beautiful job of getting our club members checked in at the party. None of this would have been possible this year if it were not for the Niello family who let us use their wonderful facility. In particular, Rick Corbet-Gonzales, General Manager, Don Koepke, Parts Manager and Jim Webber, Service Manager all worked hard behind the scenes to make sure we had a wonderful evening.

As is tradition with our Christmas Party, we recognized a number of club members for their contribution to SVR during 2009. Some of those awards were given to the following people. Bob Peake, Competition Event of the Year; Tom Sission for his 30 plus

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January 06, 2010 SVR Board Meeting Minutes by Kim Nelson, SVR Secretary

President Cookie Anderson called the meeting to order at 6:31 P.M.

He wanted the board to approve $125 for some trailer cabinet mounting brackets, which it was. Frederick showed us the head socks that will be Attending: Mike Willis, Cookie Anderson, Doug Klein, John Murphy, loaned with the helmets at D.E. events. It was noted that Frederick had Helen Ashuckian, Rik Larson, Kevin Dougherty, Frederick Rauch, Phil closed out the competition books by years end! WHOA!!!! Kim Nelson Wood, Dan Rowland, Kim Nelson and Jerry Culper. gave a brief preview of what the concours committee will be discussing at a meeting this weekend. Helen Ashuckian spoke of the declining Minutes: TheDecember minutes were reviewed and accepted. participation in Rallies. She is trying to spark new interest in them and requested input from board members. OLD BUSINESS: Budget: Board members were reminded that individual board budgets Advertising: Mike Willis are needed ASAP. Mike discussed advertising in the Drifter and online and the loss of several longtime advertisers due to the economy and the advertisers going Annual Planning Meeting: Rik Larson went over who was in charge of out of business. doing what at the meeting on February 4, 2010. Drifter: JR Evinger Event Budgets: Cookie would like to see budgets and information on Rik gave a preview of what is going in the February issue. events 3 months in advance so as to get approval and publicity for them. Financial Report: Phil Wood Niello Advertising: There was discussion about the ad on the back of the Phil is the new SVR treasurer effective 1/1/2010 replacing Betty Silva. drifter, the roster and other things Niello does for the club, which is a lot! He introduced himself and passed out a sheet of his contact information, his priorities, commitments and expectations. Phil and Cookie will be Email Addressees: A discussion ensued regarding club email addresses, going to Wells Fargo Friday to add Cookie, delete Betty and retain Kevin personal addresses and National’s involvement in them. It was decided on all three Wells Fargo accounts. He also talked about QuickBooks and that we would take control of addresses at the regional level. that fact that he is going to use it to its full potential. Barbara McCrory will review our taxes this year but this will be the last time as she is retiring from those duties after many years for doing them. Phil looked into NEW BUSINESS: CPAs and all are $300 per hour. He is looking into a CPA in Reno who Lifetime Members: Cookie started a discussion regarding formalizing will do everything but put his signature on the tax return for a lot less recognition of longtime members and placing the details of such recog- money. Mike Willis expressed an interest at looking at our taxes to see if nition in the bylaws. they are that complicated. The Board has authorized the use of on-line ACTION: Board members were requested to come up with a list of banking, including check writing. The President , Secretary and Trealongtime members who should be considered for Lifetime Membership. surer will have access to the account. Zone 7 Recognition: This years Zone Seven Wall of Fame Award and New Members: Dan Rowland the lack of any information from Zone regarding it came up and was Dan gave an overview on a bonus package program for new members. discussed. Cookie will look further into it. Dan is going to meet with each new member personally to go over the program. A discussion ensued about board members being more active Social Chair(s) Duties: Rob Sime will be doing tech duties and blasts. in new member events. Helen Ashuckian will be doing the rest. Goodie Store: Cookie Anderson Business Expense Forms: Phil Wood put together a template on the Cookie will be doing the Goodie Store until a new Chair can be found Business Expense and Event Budget form. Bottom line is that he just as our longtime Goodie Store Chair Tom Sisson has retired after over 30 needs the data and doesn’t care what form is used. years of running our Goodie Store and one in Southern California. Event Planning & Scheduling: Cookie lead a discussion on conflicting events between Zone and Region events. The Board agreed that local events can be scheduled for the same day as Zone 7 events, unless it’s an SVR Sponsored Zone 7 event. More to come at the annual planning meeting. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS: Charity: Tambra Kroetz Cookie described a potluck and game night on January 16th that will be a charity event. The charity benefiting from the event has yet to be determined.

Membership Director: Doug Klein SVR has 565 primary members with 459 affiliate members for a total of 1030. The club also has 6 dual members. We had 2 new members last month with 3 transfers in. Our membership is down 3.5% from January 2009. Doug reviewed the printed Drifter and the costs associated with mailing it. Doug also passed out the 2010 board member’s name badges. Social Director: Helen Ashukian Helen gave a preview of the April dinner meeting at Fat’s in Folsom. There will be a wine tasting given by Boeger Winery prior to the meal. The board approved the event.

Competition: Frederick Rauch Frederick noted that D.E. and Autocross fees made $4,800 for the club. Continued on page 15 12

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February Membership Report by Doug Klein, Membership Director As we have 565 regular members, 459 affiliate members and 6 dual members for a total of 1,030 members. Definitions: Regular member: The Porsche owner, the one who provides the VIN upon joining PCA. Affiliate member: Most often a spouse, but can also be any family relation or friend. Dual member: A member of another Region, who also wants to participate in Sacramento Valley Region (SVR) Activities and receive our communications, The Drifter and email Event Notices.

New Members: Teresa DiPinto Sacramento CA 95831 916-708-0624 2004 911 Silver California Central Coast Region Patrick Martin Granite Bay CA 95746 916-300-7002 2003 911 C4 Black Rocky Mountain Region William Steele Davis, CA 95618 916-995-8095

2006 997 Black

Changes: Don Harley 1977 930 Yellow Phil Hill W: 916-626-4291 Todd Quinn H: 916-791-7934 Gary Schultz 2000 Boxster S Alan Wong Congratulations to the following on their: One Year Anniversary: Michael Duffy Ed Giguere Joe and Mary Holly Steven Sabbadini Five Year Anniversary Milton Demaray and Rissa Spears Ten Year Anniversity Dean and Sherida Schouweiler Todd English and Sharee Curtice Twenty-Five Year Anniversary William Belvel Thirty Year Anniversary Randolph and Jayne Wong

Member Services Dual membership. If you’re a member of another region and wish to become a Dual member of SVR, send your name, address and contact information, along with a check for $20.00 (payable to PCA-SVR) to the Membership Director. Two email addresses. Want Club info sent to a second address, work, home, spouse, friend...? It’s as easy as emailing your second email address to the Membership Director. Lost the gold medallion from your membership badge? Mail $3.00 to the Membership Director to receive a shiny, new replacement. Membership badges. Do your fellow club members a favor by helping them remember your name. Only $12.50 with a pin or magnetic clasp. Email the Membership Director to receive an order form. In the event of a change in your email address or street address, notify the Membership Director promptly to insure uninterrupted delivery of bi-monthly event notices and of The Drifter. Doug Klein, Membership Director 916-791-4864

Membership Renewal Reminder. The Porsche Club of America (PCA) mails a membership renewal invoice 45 days before your membership expires. To avoid expiration of your membership, it’s important to renew before the end of the month in which your membership expires. To determine your expiration date, check your membership card or the mailing label of the envelope in which your Panorama arrives. Your membership number also contains your anniversary date: the first four digits are the year, and the second two are the month you joined PCA. The easiest way to renew is online at

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Pacific Grove Tour 2010 - March 5th, 6th and 7th The Pacific Grove Tour is back. We will be leaving Sacramento on the morning of Friday, March 5, 2010. We have 20 rooms reserved (if we go over 20, it is O.K.) this year. Innkeeper Robert Boerner has graciously offered Sacramento Valley Region members a 15% discount if we book our rooms before the end of the year. Be sure to mention that you are SVR members in order to receive the discount. I will give you a trivia question the day of the tour and the first person to respond with the correct answer will receive a very nice prize at the end of the tour. Tour cost will be $5.00 per car. There is a seven-day cancellation notice at the Inn. Please RSVP Jim McMahen at or 916.924.1463 The inn’s address and phone number are: Pacific Gardens Inn • 701 Asilomar Boulevard • Pacific Grove, CA 93950 1.800.262.1566 •

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GOODIE STORE by Cookie Anderson, SVR Goodiestorekeeper


alentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you want to get your sweetheart a little something for Valentines Day? Now is the time to do it! We have some red fleece vest in medium, large and extra large with the small Porsche Crest in stock for $35.00. I know a few of you wanted them for Christmas but we were unable to get them in time. We also have denim shirts in stock in the large and extra large sizes with SVR logo for $35.00. Do you want to dress up your car well we have PCA badges for $18.00 and SVR badges $15.00 for sale. We also have a few sale items in stock that have been marked down to half price. If you are interested give me a call at 916-988-6534. Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine cards, presenting flowers, gifts, offering confectionery or shopping the SVR Goodie Store. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines”. Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced of greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th century America, where many Valentine cards are now general greeting cards rather than declarations of love, was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States.

February SVR Board Meeting Minutes continued...

Webmaster: John Murphy There was a second email about the January Drifter availability this month. The second was to a new server that may be more attractive to some members. It will be added to all future Drifter availability emails. The website was hit most heavily in December on the 9th, when the Drifter was uploaded, and the 24th, when people may have been last minute Christmas shopping! Vice President: Rik Larson Rik updated the calendar. Past President: Mike Willis NTR President: Cookie Anderson Cookie referred to a letter from a member whose mother was recently murdered and the killer has not been identified. Frederick, who received the same letter, made a motion for the board to donate $500 toward the reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer. A discussion ensued and it was brought to the board’s attention that because of our tax-exempt status that a donation like this may be illegal and after further research was confirmed. Other ways to assist our member are being looked into. Meeting adjourned: 9:24 P.M. Next Meeting: RPM Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.

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The New Member Group

by Doug Klein, SVR Membership Director The new member group’s purpose is to introduce new members to the varied and interesting activities sponsored by the Sacramento valley Porsche club, while providing opportunities to meet other new members. In other words, to increase your enjoyment of a fine automobile, while making new friends. New member group activities are open to those who have joined the club within the previous two years. Events will be announced in the drifter, in event notices (emailed bi-monthly) and event emails giving details, dates, times and locations. The new member group 2010 spring schedule follows: Hints And Tips For Porsche Car Care And Tires: Recommendations on which products and tools to use and where to buy them. How to wash, clay (what’s that?) And wax your Porsche. Leather care. Tire care and selection. Presented by a club member who knows. Dan. March 27, Saturday. Thunderhill Raceway Observer Track Day: Yes, mere mortals can drive on the same tracks as the pros. At Thunderhill we will sit in on a driver’s meeting, take a walking tour of the track, learn fundamental track driving techniques, chat with drivers in the pits, ride the track with an instructor and possibly drive a lap or two. Great fun! Lee. April 23, Friday. Sierra Driving Tour & Finnon Reservoir Picnic: Enjoy fine Porsche roads and breath-taking views in the sierras. Wind along rock creek road, stopping occasionally to admire wild flowers hanging from canyon walls and the raging spring flow in south fork of the American river. Visit historic Georgetown and enjoy a free lake-side lunch. Dan. May 8, Saturday. Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway Tour: Climbing the twisting, deep gorge of the Yuba river through Downieville and Sierra city, is a Porsche pilot’s delight and one of the most beautiful routes in California. The historic Kentucky mine provides a shady and interesting lunch spot, with an optional stamp mill and gold mine tour. After pausing for a photo op of the magnificent 8,600 foot sierra buttes, we’ll head for Truckee (libations), then, home. Doug. May 30, Sunday. National Automobile Museum: One of the largest and expertly restored auto collections in the world. More than a museum, it’s a century of automotive storytelling. Over 200 antique, classic, specialty and one-of-a- cars, that are portals to the past. Lee. July 24, Saturday. Questions? Lee Deter, group leader: or 916-391-9956 Dan Rowland: or 916-988-1642 Doug Klein: or 916-791-4864

April 23. Thunderhill raceway observer track day. Lee deter. Thunderhill raceway is seven miles west of willows in the rolling foothills of the sierra cascades (check this). We’ll begin the day with an easy drive north on interstate 80 to willows, home of thunderhill raceway. Give your porsche a treat, and take it where it’s happiest. Your porsche is at home on a racetrack. Thought only the pro’s could drive professional tracks and mere mortals couldn’t? Think again! This is about the most fun you can have with your porsche. * track headquarters and meet the folks that run the event * learn the routine of a typical track day * learn basic driving techniques * sit in on a “download session,” a 15 minute meeting of drivers meeting * see basic driving techniques in action during a walk of the track’s perimeter * ride around thunderhill racetrack * lunch under covered patio * amble abound the track and chat with drivers. Meet at 7:30 i-80 and truxel in the ___ shopping center. Depart at 8:00. Mentors: Event organizers will serve as mentors for new members who are interested in leading events. An email notice will be sent to new members requesting they contact the tour leader if they are interested in co-leading the event. The new member will be actively involved in all phases of planning, leading and post-tour follow-up.

New Members: Hints and Tips March 27, 2010, by Dan Rowland

This event is to spend time with new members and acquaint them with “hints and tips” about owning and caring for their Porsche while receiving the full value of being an active participant in PCA-SVR sponsored activities. We will include a description, discussion and Q&A about our variety of activities. Hints will cover car care, PCA member discounts available, shopping tips, Porsche specific tire features and purchasing tips, sources for car care materials and many valuable Porsche related websites accumulated over the years. If current members have any “hints and tips” to offer and notable websites please email Dan Rowland at for review. We will meet for two to three hours at a time and local location to be announced at a later date.


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