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MAY 2024
CONTENTS 03 Apex 06 Planned Driving Tours 09 New Members 10 Cars & Coffee Recap 13 Drive & Dine Recap 17 All Porsche Grand Display 19 Competition Calendar 23 60 Day Event List 24 Board Meeting Minutes 25 Schonesland Board


It has been a busy past three weekends for Schonesland!

After the April Cars & Coffee, Bob Eddy had a very informative seminar on competition events. He, along with some members that are involved in competition, did an awesome job explaining the various aspects of autocross as well as driver education events. If you missed it, but would like the shared information, please reach out to Bob Eddy. Definitely made me want to try an event out!

Finally the long awaited driving season has started!! We have had two drives already!

What has become our annual driving season kick-off drive, Mad Warren, was done in reverse this year. Amazing how different the drive seems when driven the opposite way. Herman Riva did a super job as trail boss. It can be hard to herd 40+ cats, or I mean cars!

Another popular drive, Loess Hills, was this past weekend. Sixteen cars braved the weather! In the end, the drive on Saturday was rain free although we did see some of the storm damage from the night before near Harlan. Trail boss, Cam Torstenson, arranged for us to park in covered parking on Saturday evening which gave some of us peace of mind. Great job, Cam! Check out the Facebook group for one of Skip Hammerman’s fabulous videos with pics recounting the drive!

Several more drives, both day and multi-day, are on the calendar. Get signed up for one today! If you have any new ideas for drives, please talk with Jeff David. He is our Tour Director and will gladly help guide you through development and/or next steps. He can be found on almost every drive! Thanks Jeff!!

These first two drives have given me a chance to talk to more of our members. And I have seen many new members. Hope I continue to see more! The drives are a great way to see the countryside, but an even better way to make personal connections with other members. Schonesland really does embody the PCA motto, “It’s not just the cars…it’s the people!”

Hope to see you soon.

Jen Scharff, President

Loess Hills photo by Idit Hazan

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April 20 - Mad Warren

April 27 & 28 - Loess Hills to Sioux City

May 18 & 19 - Nauvoo Trail

June 8 - Dragoon Trail

June 21 to 29 - Great Western Skies

July 11 - Drive to Road America

July 12 & 13 - Omaha Cars & Coffee

July 25 to 28 - Redwing, MN

Aug 29 to Sept 2 - Eureka Springs

Sept 14 - MA Hill Drive

Oct 3 to 5 - Wisconsin Fall Colors


Drive to Nauvoo 5/18 – 5/19

Iowa and Illinois ride to Nauvoo enjoying the Mississippi River Vistas and the grounds of the Nauvoo Temple staying the night in Burlington after a fun dinner at Martini’s Grille.

Dragoon Trail Drive 6/8

One day event following the path of the U.S. Dragoons roughly tracking the Des Moines River to Ft. Dodge with the drive ending at Amigo’s with a group luncheon.

Great Western Skies Tour 6/21 – 6/29

The ultimate driving experience to South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana returning through Nebraska sandhills covering a total of over 2,400 miles in 9 days.

Drive to Road America 7/11

The formal PCA event is the one-day drive to Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. Follow the link below to get more information.


Omaha Cars and Coffee 7/12 – 7/13

Shared event with Great Plains PCA. We will drive to Omaha to have dinner at Bravo! with them and then have breakfast at Porsche Omaha before attending the Supercar Saturday.

Tour to Red Wing 7/25 – 7/28

A great long weekend event enjoying the fantastic roads and scenery of Minnesota and Wisconsin from our base the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing. Great meals will be a treat to remember.

Eureka Springs Arkansas Drive 8/29 – 9/2

The “Driver’s Tour” of the touring season features incredible curves and elevation changes in the beautiful countryside of Southern Missouri and through National Parks in Arkansas.

Wisconsin Drive Reimagined 10/3 - 10/5

The final drive of the Club to experience the fall colors and beauty of Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. The is a new route with several twists (pun intended) designed to enhance the previous drives.


It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. The April Cars & Coffee brought good weather and a great showing of cars. 39 Schoneslanders got their Porsches out of storage for a morning drive.


From left to right: Eric Nelson, Sandra (not Angela…my April Spinner boo boo) Bassett and Craig Bassett.

From left to right: Mark Hansen, Mark Golden, Al Meyer and Membership Chair Ken Watkins.

From left to right: Logan Runyan, Dave Sly and John Haluska.

From left to right: John Siberell, Marsha Siberell and Tim Reinhardt.

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Another huge turn-out for our monthly Drive & Dine. 40 Schoneslanders made it to a consistent favorite of our club: Cool Basil.


From left to right: Janis Collins, Safety Chair Garry Seemann and Margaret Patterson

From left to right: Don Parbs, Brandi Parbs, Michael Nickolaus and Angela Nowysz.

From left to right: Emily Hillman, Shashi Perera, Klay Kane and Social Chair Belinda Nordman.

From left to right: Judy Sandahl, Parke Adamson and Shon Stephenson.

Okay sports fans, no more excuses after the Schonesland Competition Seminar. If you were interested in completion events, this was your opportunity to get your questions answered. Expertly led by our own Competition Chair Bob Eddy, the presentation explored Autocrossing (or Solo), Track Experience (or Driver Education) and Time Trials.

Turns out that Des Moines is surrounded by opportunities. Sources include: SCCA Des Moines Valley, SCCA Midwest Division, PCA Great Plains Region, PCA Kansas City Region and Motorsports Register. Tracks near us include: I-29 Speedway near Glenwood, IA, Hedge Hollow Raceway near Adrian, MO, Motorsports Park near Hastings NE, Ozark International Raceway near Gravois MO, Blackhawk Farms near Beloit IL and Brainerd International near Brainerd MN.

If you couldn’t attend and are interested in participating contact Bob Eddy. (515) 240-0262

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1999 Boxster

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Our annual first Driving Tour is the Mad Warren Drive. This year it brought out 41 cars in an impressive display on a cold cloudy day. The atmosphere at Pyro Pizza in Norwalk warmed everyone back up.

Photos by Ben Nordman


Dodging tornados, lighting and hail the 2024 Loess Hills Driving Tour was held without damage to any car. Not sure we could have found a worse weather weekend. Cam Torstenson served as organizer and sweep. Jeff David led the group of 16 Porsches to his home town.

left photo by Idit Hazan


No trip to the Loess Hills would be complete without a visit to the Twisted Tail Restaurant and Bar in Beebee Town. On the right from left to right: Dorothy Struthers, Jim Scharff, President Jen Scharff and Kitty Metzger.

Below Parke Adamson pulls up to Buffalo Joe’s Roadhouse Bar looking a the Drive-thru window.


Enjoying the evening at Kahill’s Steakhouse in Sioux City are, from left to right: Diane Adamson, Past President Drew Hillman, Dave Hill and Parke Adamson.

Left to right: Emily Hillman, Kathy Hansen, Neil Hansen and Jim Scharff.

From left to right: Tour Director Jeff David, Avi Hazan and Idit Hazan.

From left to right: Noah Torstenson, Cam Torstenson, Bill Nowysz and Angela Nowysz.

Photos by Skip Hammerman

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Red Wing 2024 is ALL NEW… AGAIN

How can we keep putting such dramatic new spins on our third excursion to the Red Wing, Minnesota region? It’s not difficult when there are so many great roads, restaurants, activities and beautiful natural sites to enjoy. As a reminder, this trip has a more laid-back feel than our other drives, with some time to enjoy some shopping and exploring. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of spirited driving on these fabulous roads each day.

Red Wing 2024 begins on Thursday, July 25th with a relaxing drive on an entirely new route to Red Wing which takes us to NE Iowa with a lunch stop in West Union at a Greek family-owned restaurant that has been in continuous operation for over 50 years. The roads get interesting right after lunch as we enter SE Minnesota’s beautiful countryside.

Once again, we’re staying at the historic St James Hotel in downtown Red Wing for three nights where a 25-room block is set up under the “Schonesland Porsche Club”. You’ll need to make your reservations directly by clicking on the link below. Thursday dinner will be a block away from the hotel at the Homeplate & Dugout Grill, where we’ll have the entire bar area to ourselves to eat and sip a cold one or two.


Day two, Friday, is relaxing day. There will be a short one-hour excursion to beautiful, historic Stillwater, MN, located on the banks of the St. Croix River.

Once one of the great lumbering capitals in the world, Stillwater was established years before Minneapolis and the process of statehood began here. We’ll have lunch at the Lowell Inn and have time before and after lunch for plenty of browsing, shopping and relaxing. After a short return to the Red Wing area later in the afternoon, we’ll have pub grub for dinner at the raucous Big Dog Daddy’s Roadhouse in Bay City, WI, 7 miles from the hotel.

Day three, Saturday, is driving day. Remember last year’s big morning surprise at the Stockholm Pie Shop? Well, how about we start the big drive with a catered brunch there? Quiche, bagels, cream cheese, fruit, coffee and PIE & ice cream (why not? Your mom’s not gonna stop you). After brunch we’ll drive some of the best highways and county roads you’ve ever seen. This year’s tour is a patchwork sewn together from the last two years’ roads with some new ones as well. They’ll all lead us to Larry’s Lookout later in the afternoon where we’ll stop for a beverage while enjoying some incredible views from way up high in the bluffs overlooking distant scenic valleys.


Get a snack here if you wish, but don’t get too full because dinner awaits 60 miles away in Bay City at the Chef Shack. This little gem has been operated for ten years by two ladies that were 2024 James Beard Award semi-finalists. This gorgeous, funky little restaurant will be entirely ours for the evening to enjoy each other with grilled meats and veggies, spuds and dessert. It promises to be a fitting way to put a bow on another memorable weekend with your Schonesland friends.

This trip is now open for registration on

To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel at (651)-388-2846 or use this link: SchoneslandRegionPorscheClubGroupBlock

Questions?? Please email Jeff David at Or Daryl Metzger at


May 11Cars & Coffee @ Cozy Cafe, Johnston

May 18DMVR SCCA Autocross (not a PCA event)

May 18Drive to Nauvoo

May 21Drive & Dine @ The Handlebar, Grimes

June 1SCCA/MIDIV Time Trials & Track Experience (not a PCA event)

June 8 Cars & Coffee @ Cozy Cafe, Johnston

June 8

Dragoon Trail Tour

June 18 Drive & Dine Gilroy’s Kitchen West Des Moines

June 21Great Western Skies Tour

June 22DMVR Autocross (not a PCA event)

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• Call to Order

• Cars & Coffee Recap/Future Events

• Drive & Dine Recap/Future Events

• Driving Tours Update

• Financial Report

• Advertising Report

• Competition Events

• Non-Club Events Reviewed

• New Member Update

• Website

• New Business:

• Des Moines Porsche Dealership update

• Walkie-talkie discussion

• Ride with GPS discussion

• Zoom meeting discussion

• Next Meeting – May 28th, District 36, 6PM if eating, 7PM for meeting


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