Vern Rogers     by Vern Rogers, 2012 Redwood Region President (May 2012)

Welcome to May, and hopefully plenty more sunshine!

Those of you that made it down to Canepa Design last month got a real treat. Together with members from Yosemite Region and a few other folks, we had a turnout of over 80 people.

WOW, what an amazing collection of cars! Many of them were actually for sale...just a little out of my price range. Canepa also has the biggest shop space I've ever seen. You could probably fit the shops of Hi Tec, 9 Elf, and Sonnen all within the Canepa shop floor. They even have a "Hollywood Squares" wall of cars (you had to be there). I think I counted five 959's. I hear one was purchased from a guy who bought them in every color that was available...kind of hard to imagine. Almost all of these cars, not just the 959's, were impeccably restored. I believe there was only one that was left in "as raced" condition. That was interesting in itself.

The event gave me the opportunity to talk to folks from other regions, both at the pizza place afterward, as well as during the actual tour. It is not just our region that is filled with interesting, friendly people.

I want to thank our own VP Chris Harrell and Steve Searles, Yosemite Region's VP, for organizing and coordinating the trip. Thanks also to Greg Arteche and his staff in the Parts Department at Sonnen for hosting the beginning of the Canepa tour and providing coffee and pastries. We hope to continue to see more dealer involvement with the Club.

The April autocross was a blast. Thanks again to Tom Strobel for the design. It was interesting to do a repeat of this course from last year in a completely different car. I am still practicing turning rectangles into ellipses...thanks Bob (Schoenherr).  For all those who shared in the fun, please come back this month. For those that missed it, well...you missed it. You also missed a very cool (included with your entry fee) 2012 RRPCA Autocross t-shirt. We do have some left, so come out for the next autocross on Saturday, May 19, and pick one up. Remember, Redwood Region autocrosses this year are Porsche/PCA-only. That translates to anyone with a Porsche, or any PCA member with any car, can participate. If you have ever entertained the idea of really knowing your car and what it can do, autocross is a great place to start.

This coming Sunday, May 6, we have our first, in my experience at least, actual Breakfast Run. I pushed to rename these morning runs to match up with the meal we actually eat. They have all been Brunch Runs to date, but this Sunday we will actually eat breakfast. The real run is after we eat.  Another difference with event is that we will start at Covallo Point on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge before taking a short drive to Nourish in Mill Valley for breakfast. Thanks go out to Ray Kaliski, RR Club member and owner of Nourish. Ray brought the idea of a run in Southern Marin that incorporated his restaurant to my attention earlier this year. We would love to have more members bring their ideas and enthusiasm into the generation of new activities. Remember, you are the Club.

We hope Sunday's weather cooperates so that we can get an incredible picture of our favorite cars with the GGB in the background. The photo(s) will be shot by our resident Webmaster and autocross photographer, Barbara McCrory. Thanks, Barbara! This year is the 75th anniversary of the Bridge, so don't miss the opportunity to be part of an historic photograph.  See the website for further details.

Even though the event is not until July 14, it is definitely not too early to get you thinking about our upcoming Swap Meet at The Racer's Group (TRG) in Petaluma. If you are like me, you have plenty of Porsche parts lying around from past upgrades, or other work you have done on your amazing machine. This will be a great time to clear the garage, and make a little money in the bargain. Proceeds from display space fees will go to our charity, CASA. Start looking now for the parts that fellow members will be just dying to own. Big thanks to Andy Brian for being willing to work with the Board to make this happen. Andy brought this idea to me at last year's Annual Members Meeting. Thanks also to TRG for hosting. More details will be posted as they are finalized.

Lastly, I want to say thanks to all of you members who consistently wear your name badges at events. I find that I can be reluctant to talk to people if I have already met them and can't remember their name (I am working to overcome this character defect). Wearing a name badge does away with those "Gee, I remember you, but can't seem to come up with your name" moments. I definitely appreciate the help.

That's all for now. Down the road,

Vern


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