by Bob Schoenherr, Autocross Co-Director
The fifth annual Whale to Whale Tail rallye was welcomed with more than
perfect weather. Our Porsches enjoyed a day in the 70's with the
slightest of breeze. Everyone gathered at the coffee shop in north
Santa Rosa off of Airport Blvd for the start of the rallye/poker
run. Eighteen cars were present for the run . Craig and Sandy Steele
joined Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing in setting up this year's tour.
This year did we not only setup a great drive but also played a game of
Whale Hold'em poker that raised money for CASA, our Redwood Charity.
Everyone saw the dealer's cards as we left on the tour.
We made our way through the back roads of Santa Rosa heading
toward the coast and wound up at Duncans Mill for our first down card
and a quick bathroom break. Most people were already talking about
their poker hand but still keeping a poker face as we left for our next
stop. Our next stop is our usual scenic view between Jenner and
Ft Ross. The ocean was clear and the roads were too(for the most
part). At this stop everyone got their second "down" card. The
excitement was building on who will win the poker hand as everyone now
had 5 cards (including the "up" cards). We headed to Gualala for our
final stop before the lighthouse. Gualala is a great place with
friendly bathrooms and place to get a sandwich. Our Whale hold'em
players got their 3rd down card with only the "Ocean card" to be turned
over at the lighthouse.
The drive was spirited all the way to the lighthouse with GT3s, 911s,
Boxsters, Caymans and even our 914 "The Green Machine"leading the
way. The Ocean card was turned over and who, but new membership
director, Tom Short has the winning hand. It was great of Tom to donate
his winnings back to CASA. As we all ate lunch a dozen whales made their
tour by us on their way to Alaska. As always the Pt Arena Lighthouse
volunteers were fantastic. A very special thanks goes to Craig and
Sandy Steele for driving the course and assisting in all the other
things that happen on the tours.
What a great day it was as everyone left to drive home. Anita and I went
back on 128 and then Hopland grade. The top was down and the sun was
out as we drove home with another year of great memories of one of our
favorite drives along the Sonoma and Mendocino coast.