Vern Rogers

  by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
  (September 2014)

I am writing this on Thursday, September 4th, and will be heading up to Thunderhill Raceway tomorrow for my second time on the track. This, as with the July DE, will be on the entire 5 mile course. I have just reviewed the run groups, the run times, and my instructors. I find myself a bit more comfortable with the whole thing at this point. I, like many people, get a bit anxious when doing something new and unfamiliar. I began this morning by looking on my hard drive for my prior list of things to bring for the trip. I found to my surprise and joy, that I had already written up a revised list for this event which included all those items that I forgot last time. Don't you just love it when that happens?

I will be joined this weekend by Redwood members Dean Lyon, Dave Sams, John Hollander, Andy Brian, and Mac Cranford. Mac has recently gotten his car back after an engine size change. His original engine blew at Buttonwillow earlier in the year. This 3.2 liter original has been rebuilt as a 3.8 with a considerable bump in horsepower and torque. It is getting a little fine tuning at S-Car-Go this week in preparation for its inaugural track appearance.

Enough about my fun, let's move on to fun for the rest of you.

Big thanks go out to Al Mueller and his lovely wife, Nancy, for hosting our annual Pool Party this year. The event took place at their gorgeous home, more appropriately termed an estate, on Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena just this last Sunday. Food, weather, the venue, and of course the company were all fabulous.

In other news, we have just three autocrosses left this year. One (September 7th) will be over by the time you read this. The other two will be held on Saturday, October 4th, and Saturday, November 1st. If you have never done an autocross, please know that you are missing out. This is one of the most fun activities you can engage in with your beautiful and very capable car. Porsches are meant to be driven, and AX is safe, inexpensive ($35), and a very exciting way to learn what you and your Porsche can do together. Come out and join us!

Regarding AX and our use of the site at the Charles Schultz Airport, we have a continuing need for members to apply for and receive AOA (Airport Operations Area) badges. The airport requires us to have one badged individual for every 4 non-badged participants at the site on which we autocross. If you are a regular AX participant, do not have an AOA badge currently, and would be willing to get one, please contact me by email at

After the September AX we have the Ledson Concours in Kenwood on September 21st. This is always an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday in Wine Country. A beautiful winery location, lots of stunning cars and excellent weather. Mike Hinton and I will continue our battle for Competition class honors, once again entering the 911's we take to the track and AX. I know Mike will be paying special attention to the cleanliness of his spare tire this year =).

On September 27th, the Saturday following the Concours, our membership will once again have the opportunity to attend the Oktoberfest celebration in Old Town Vacaville. This celebration continues to be hosted by Redwood members Holger and Martina Seibert, owners of the Pure Grain German Bakery on the square. Big thanks to both of you for continuing to do the work to put this event on year after year. I know there are many challenges and we very much appreciate your efforts. While the event itself is big fun, the drive getting there is equally enjoyable. As in previous years, Kurt Fischer will lead us over the hills from Windsor, into and down the Napa Valley, around Lake Berryessa, and into Vacaville. The drive is not to be missed. I hope to see you there.

That's all for now.  Down the road.


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