How long have you been a PCA member? How long with the Redwood Region?
I have been a member for only about six months, Redwood and PCA.
What Porsche(s) do you (or have previously) owned? How long have (did)
you had it (have them)?
I started slowly! I currently have the 1989 Targa (Baltic Blue) which I
have owned for about a year and previously had a 1999 all-black 911
(996) which I had for a little more than a year before that. I
have been previously (and continue to be) an Alfa Romeo fan as well,
although I am just down to the one 1988 Spider Veloce at this stage...as
I need to make garage space for the Porsches!
What originally led you to join the PCA?
I have three or four friends who are longtime members, and
super-knowledgeable about the club and the brand. They invited me to a
tech event at Hi Tec, and I enjoyed the group so much I joined right
Have you attended other club events, and if so, which ones? Did you
bring a guest (your wife/significant other) with you for any of them?
Did you have fun?
So far, I have been to two tech events, one tour (Oktoberfest), several
Cars and Coffee Sundays in Novato, and a few non-official events like
Dick Gale's "One Lap of Marin". Of course, I had fun! Any
time I'm learning more about the marque, about sports cars in general,
or about how to become a better owner/driver, I am living the dream! So
far, just me for those events but working on other family members!
How did you first hear about autocrossing with the club?
Somebody made an announcement at the Tech Event which piqued my
interest. Then my Porsche Club buddies had told me about how great it is
for learning about your car and learning about performance driving. The
low cost and the frequency of offerings made it very easy for me to
decide to "take the plunge"!
When you first heard about autocrossing, what were your thoughts? Were
you immediately interested? Did you have any concerns that gave you
cause for hesitation?
Well, I think that I am like a lot of people; I don't want to embarrass
myself too badly. I figured that there would be people there with a LOT
more experience and with a lot more specialized cars. I guessed
that there was the potential for me to look very bad!
Did you have any preconceived notions of what autocrossing was or the
types of Porsche owners it catered to?
The above types. Not necessarily bad, but potentially intimidating for
What did you get out of the day? Learn anything specific? Did anything
about the day surprise you?
First of all, I found everyone to be extremely helpful and supportive. I
had to "learn the ropes" (e.g. everything) when our group was assigned
the track/marshall duty, and Joe Lee was very helpful in explaining
everything. Then Bob Schoenherr acted as my instructor when it was
my turn to drive, and because his style is very Cool, Calm and
Collected, I began to improve almost right from the start. I
learned the limits of my car (yes, one spin!) and I learned some good
techniques. Both helped me shave seven seconds off my time by the
end of the day. Fun!
Did you have fun? Will you come out again? Would you recommend
autocrossing to your friends and family? Why?
Yes and yes! I will definitely be back. I also have some friends who are
very curious about the process but a bit afraid to take the plunge. I
can happily tell them that there is nothing to worry about and
everything to gain!
Sounds like you had a great time! We're glad to hear you plan on coming
out again. Now that you've had your initial experience, what would your
"elevator pitch" be to friends that you think might benefit from coming
out to an autocross event with you?
I would tell them that there is no better or more cost-effective way to
learn both about yourself and your car in a very short time frame. All
is very organized and safe, yet as much fun as I have ever had driving a
We asked Andy to provide the picture you see of him with his car.
With it he provided a little editorial commentary: "It's kind of an
idiotic picture, but Essy Fariab took this and I get a laugh out of it!"
thank you for answering our questions, providing the picture and for
your participation in our events. You seem to fit right in, and we're
happy to have you. Welcome to the Redwood Region of the Porsche Club of