September 2021 President’s Message
August was an action-packed month for the Redwood Region, and I hope that if you weren’t able to come out and enjoy one of our events you will start looking at the calendar for the rest of the year. We are having some good fun out there!
The Maple Creek winery tour was by all reports (including Kurt Fischer’s in this month’s der Riesenbaum) a great day, having changed up our historical potluck lunch to a catered meal matched with distinctive wines, and two well-attended autocrosses found us back out at Sonoma Raceway. I’m proud to say our dR editor has taken the leap into this safest way to explore your Porsche’s capabilities, so both of us would love to welcome more newbies in the future! Finally, another great Marin/Sonoma rally was put together by Jim Robison, this time using a smartphone-based app that monitors the rally checkpoints based on GPS coordinates, which should expand our ability to have even more creative rallies, starting with an “Oktoberfest” rally on Saturday October 9th put together by member Jeff Hall. Registration should be open by the time you read this.
Speaking of Oktoberfest, our annual tour from Santa Rosa to Vacaville’s great downtown plaza Oktoberfest (and new member mixer) will take place on Saturday September 25th. Registration is open; the great backroads drive is free and includes reserved Porsche parking right next to the plaza courtesy of the Holgers, owners of the Pure Grain Bakery and Redwood members.
October brings us to our annual Concours, the theme of this month’s dR, on Sunday October 3rd at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma. This is a location and date change but a great spot to come to and see everything from air-cooled 356s to the sleek electric Taycan all beautifully shined up for your viewing pleasure (and for trophies of course!). Register now; even as a spectator you may pre-order a boxed lunch before September 29th.
Later in October we will have another shared AX weekend with Sacramento Valley (SVR) at Thunderhill Oct 16/17. Registration will open soon. With 7 acres of blacktop to play with, no doubt the course set up will be a blast. And to go out with a bang, our annual member’s meeting will be back at the Union Hotel in Occidental on Sunday October 24th. We will have an optional tour from Marin culminating in a sit-down lunch, discussion of the state of the club, and introduction of candidates for our Executive Council offices (you can nominate yourself, just FYI). Registration is open now. In early November (5-7), SVR has a 3-day Mendocino Tour open for registration that we are invited to join since it’s in our backyard and coordinated by member Ray Fiore.
As usual, I invite you to participate in planning events for our 100% volunteer-run future. Our club has openings on the Board that could benefit from your energy and enthusiasm. If you’d like to know more, please reach out to me directly or attend a Board meeting.
Meetings are open to all members on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at Mary’s Pizza Shack in Novato. Dinner is always on the club – you just pay for your drink (Zoom is also available). Please see our calendar link at redwoodpca.org for details.
This will be my ninth year as a member of Redwood Region, and I continue to make new friends that I never would have met anywhere else. If you see a 991.2 Sapphire Blue Carrera S Cabriolet out and about, if the driver has a matching cap and a huge grin, it’s me! Flash your headlights, wave, and say 'hi'.