Vern Rogers

  by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
  (September 2013)

Ah, September and Labor Day has past. The kids are back in school and the weather is still great.  It actually seems like Summer is finally here with the recent hot spell. Those of us who have removed our A/Cs are definitely driving at speed with our windows down and our sunroofs open.

I'd like to start with a correction to my last month's column. Bruce Mooers, who gave such a fantastic welcome and tour to our Club at Far Niente Winery, is actually the President of Nickel and Nickel Winery, which is owned by Far Niente.  He is not the General Manager of Far Niente.  Sorry for the mix-up Bruce.

September's schedule continues, like our past months of packed weekends, with the Bergman Pool Party two weeks ago, an Ax this weekend, followed by the Maple Creek Winery tour, Ledson Concours, and Oktoberfest in Vacaville.  Don't miss out on the fun, we have events for all of you.

And speaking of "for all of you", next month is Escape to LA.  October 23 through 27 will find over 500 Porsches filling the city of Pomona and surrounding areas.  Escape is the more relaxed of the two big National PCA events held each year.  Susan and I have attended two of these so far: Albuquerque and Flagstaff.  Lots of fun, lots of great cars, and most importantly, lots of great people that share our passion for the fabulous marque.  This event draws Porsche people from all across the country, and is a great way to meet folks from other Regions and Zones.  Registration is still open and I encourage you to sign-up.Dave Bunch and I are gathering names of folks who would like to travel together in caravan to Southern California. Please contact one of us if you would like to participate.

On another note, my SSI's finally arrived and thanks to the crew at Hi Tec, and a very well priced muffler from Mobile Works West (thanks Tom), I now have them on my '83 SC.  I LOVE the sound!  The extra 12 or so hp does not hurt either.  It took over 4.5 months to get them due to production moving to Denmark, but they were definitely worth the wait.

This weekend I get my first opportunity to hear that beautiful, guttural low growl at an Ax.  Saturday, September 14th is our next to the last Ax of the year. -- after that you'll only have one more opportunity to run on our fabulous course this year.  What's not to like about driving your car as fast as you can (safely) without fear of cops, kids or bicycles.  I urge you to take advantage (as I always do) of the most fun you can have on four wheels for $35.  Instructors and helmets are available at no additional charge.

The last Ax of the year will be on Saturday, October 19th.  Following that on Sunday the 20th, Redwood Region will host its 2013 Annual Membership Meeting.  This event will of course be preceded by a great Sonoma County drive planned by Past President Kurt Fischer.  The annual meeting is your final opportunity to nominate officers for next year's Board.  All current sitting elected Board members are running again; we welcome additional members to step up. Persons running for elected Board positions will have the opportunity to let you know why they think they can best serve the club. We hope to see you all there.

Lastly, we have just about firmed up plans for our December Holiday Party on 12/7/13. This year we will be at the Lodge in Sonoma.  The Lodge is a beautiful facility just South of the Town Plaza.Our goal has been to alternate party locations between the southern end of the Region and a more northerly spot.  Last year we were at Nourish in Mill Valley, and this year back north to Sonoma.  It appears at this time that the band for this year's celebration will be Todd Morgan and the Emblems -- the band that played at last year's event.  Feedback from members in attendance in 2012 was overwhelmingly positive, and we are really looking forward to having them play for us again in 2013.

That's all for now. Down the road. 


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