Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary
There are many ways to welcome the first day of a new year. Those who
choose to revel in the New Year's Eve ceremony look forward to a few
extra hours of sleep. Others set up camp in front of the HDTV to watch
the Rose Parade or some of the 20 college football bowl games (OK -
maybe it's only 5!). For me, the best way to ring in the new year is to
take a spirited drive in my Porsche, accompanied by like-minded
Fortunately, our new Vice-President Chris Harrell organized the Redwood
Region's second annual New Year's Day Breakfast Run. This year's edition
was dubbed the One One Fun Run. An appropriate name, as things turned
Cars began gathering at the meeting point shortly after 8:30 a.m. Coffee
and other beverages were secured. Old acquaintances were renewed, and
new ones made. As the 9:30 meeting time approached, the parking lot
filled with Porsches of all ages and models. What an incredible variety
of cars! Much of Porsche's model history was represented in our group,
with the exception of Panameras. Some of you members must have them, so
bring them out and let's see them! We both know that they are fun to
drive on curvy roads....
By 10:15, we had wrapped up the formalities of sign-in sheets and
drivers' instructions, and we prepared to hit the road. Unlike 1/1/11,
which was wet and rainy, the first day of 2012 greeted us with perfect
driving weather. In fact, due to the lack of rain in the past several
weeks, the route was completely clear and mostly free of potential black
ice spots (hitting one of those while turning could ruin your whole
I'm sure our group of 45 Porsches (with 65 participants!) created quite
a stir as we all funneled onto Highway 101, headed for the first twisty
road of the day: Lucas Valley Road. After re-grouping at a convenient
turnout, we started up and over the top of the hill towards Nicasio,
with the cars following the route in a gigantic conga line. The route
wound its way through Nicasio Valley, and after about 45 minutes, we
gathered in the parking lot of the
Marin French Cheese Company for group photo opportunities.
From the "Cheese Factory", we drove a couple miles on Hicks Valley Road
and then turned left onto Marshall-Petaluma Road, headed for the coast.
Marshall-Petaluma Road is a narrow, bumpy roller-coaster ride from
inland to Tomales Bay. Being in the middle of the group was fun, as we
were able to watch the cars ahead of us climbing and descending the
hills in formation, with many beautiful views along the way, especially
at the top of the ridge, where we caught our first glimpse of the waters
of Tomales Bay.
From Marshall-Petaluma Road, it was time to head north on Highway 1
toward Tomales. This section of Highway 1 is delightful in a Porsche,
with a smooth road surface and a variety of challenging curves along the
way. By maintaining adequate following distances, you could leave enough
space from the car in front of you to take some of the curves with extra
The group took a well-deserved rest stop in Tomales, then it was onward
to our destination of the historic Union
Hotel in Occidental. Again, the roads were in generally good
condition, except for the one suspension-rattling bump on Highway 1
before we reached Valley Ford. Ouch! I don't think anyone suffered rim
or tire damage though.
Thanks to the members who helped herd our large group into the various
parking lots and into the dining room. It's a good thing that the
Union Hotel has a large banquet room, because our enthusiastic group
took up a large portion of the room. The restaurant did a good job of
keeping track of everyone's orders (they even had separate checks for
each group, which makes the money thing much simpler), and a good time
was had by all.
I was asked to address the group with a few words, and what I said then
bears repeating here: On behalf of the Board, and the Region, thanks to
all of YOU for making the event truly a "One One Fun Run!"
Hope to see you at the next event!
Porsches fill the parking lot at Marin French Cheese Company on the "One
One Fun Run"
(photo by Chris Harrell)