Vern Rogers
Vern receiving the coveted "Dumkopf" Award
Ask him about it...
(photo by Simone Kopitzki)
Vern Rogers

  by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President (August 2013)

Happy August to you all.  This month is filled with plenty of Porsche events to choose from, some sponsored by Redwood Region, and some not.  Redwood Autocross #7 is this weekend, and will have probably come and gone before you get a chance to read this. 

If you have not attended an AX this year, or lately, you should know that we continue to have 12+ runs each time.  Autocrossing at other locations often provides way less seat time, sometimes as few as 3 runs.  Nothing will get you on the road to knowing how to really drive your car better than an Autocross.  Each new member in our Region receives a pass for one free Autocross.  If you are a member who has yet to use that pass, please come out and join us.  We have loaner helmets and provide experienced, competent, enthusiastic instructors.  New member or not, free pass or not, please do show up and have a great time with that beautiful machine of yours. Let it do what it was made for.

Continuing with August events, Friday 8/16 is Legends of the Autobahn in Carmel Valley, and the following Saturday, 8/24, is Redwood's wine tour to Field Stone.  New member Scott Buchanan and I have planned a route to the winery that is filled with beautiful scenery and great road surface.  He and I will be pre-driving it the day before the event.

Sunday, September 1st, John Bergman and his wife Wynne have once again graciously offered their amazing home and pool for a fantastic, catered party.  They hosted Redwood Region's 40th Anniversary a few years back, and in subsequent years have kept up the tradition.  This is a family event, and a great excuse to sit around the pool, swim (or not), and catch up with folks you haven't seen in a while.  (The party is not preceded by a planned drive.)   There is plenty of Porsche parking in the area adjacent to the pool.  Be sure to sign up ahead of time to allow the caterer to have an accurate count for food.

September is only missing a Redwood event on the weekend of 9/7-8. That still leaves us with four Club events in the ninth month of the year.  The second Saturday after the pool party is Ax #8 on 9/14, followed on 9/21 by the Maple Creek Winery tour, and then on 9/28 by Oktoberfest in Vacaville.  Kurt Fischer will once again provide us with excellent routes to both Maple Creek and old town Vacaville.Please see flyers below, and the upcoming events listing above for more information.

Big thanks go out to Holger and Martina Seibert for being the driving force in producing the Oktoberfest event.  This event is open to the public, but as sponsors of the event, they reserve both parking and table space for Redwood Region.  As club members we get to have a great drive and just show up to enjoy the beer, food and music.  It is Holger and Martina who get to deal with the City of Vacaville all year long planning and handling the red tape to make Oktoberfest a reality.  Also, those of you who have enjoyed the fresh, warm, chewy pretzels that have shown up at our events should know that they have been provided free of charge by Holger and Martina.  Be sure to check out their Pure Grain Bakery when attending the Oktoberfest.  It is just on the right of the square at the event location.

This may be a good time to point out that all of our Region events are only possible through the time and efforts of our members and our Board.  I certainly give thanks for the way we have all supported each other and the incredible array of activities that we produce.  I encourage all members, both new and long-time to get involved and become part of this great team.  The camaraderie and friendships developed enrich all of our lives.  We currently have need for additional assistance with the newsletter, and event planning.   Aid in either of these areas will be mentored by the Directors currently handling these duties.

Last, and definitely not least, I would like to make note of the excellent Far Niente Winery tour that occurred last month.  I believe this was the 3rd time the Club had visited the winery.  It was my first.  WOW... I want that word to sink in just a bit.  Bruce Mooers, Far Niente's General Manager, personally led the tour.  I want to publicly express my thanks for the attention to detail, the quality of wines poured, the sophisticated and eclectic cheese and meats provided, the vintage car collection, and most of all for the attitude of service to the Club.  Thank you again Bruce! 

That's all for now. Down the road. 


 Previous President's Messages