June 2022 President’s Message

by | Jun 10, 2022

The heat definitely showed up for our events in May! Our autocross weekend with the SVR region up at Thunderhill Raceway was fantastic in terms of the competition, the course layout, and the overall fun quotient, but we probably set a record for the number of water bottles consumed due to the heat! Come out in late October for our return visit and see what the fuss is all about under (historically) cooler skies.

Our second midweek tour (May 18th) was a success on another top-down / AC-on day, albeit with some COVID and road-paving complications, ending with a great meal at the very friendly Northwoods Bistro in Monte Rio. Our planned rally for May 21st was ultimately cancelled, but read on for plans for a very creative sequel this month.

Our June calendar has something for everyone: our winery tour season starts off with a bang on Sunday June 12th as we head on an 80 mile drive to Martorana Family Winery in West Dry Creek. I hope to see you there; look for a review in next month’s dR. Saturday June 18th will be the first installation of the “Mount Tam Trek”, a new style of TSD rally that Jim Robison explains below. Registration is open until the 14th. Set Saturday June 25th for a non-driving day as you peruse the gorgeous “Porsches on the Plaza” in downtown Sonoma; better yet, register your own car and come show off! All proceeds go to charity.

July is shaping up to include two winery tours (Far Niente July 9th and Pech Merle July 30th), a midweek tour and picnic at Spring Lake July 20th, and a possible local (Sonoma) autocross July 17th. Keep an eye on our calendar for updates and registration links.

I hope that you can come out and join the fun that we are having in our amazing neck of the woods, the Redwood Region. I also hope that you can bring your creative energy to the organizational side of this all-volunteer club. Our Nominating Committee is working hard to ensure a smooth transition to a new Board that will be elected this fall and enthusiastically seeks your skills and ideas! Please email the dR editor with your interests so we can help get you involved. As always, you may also email us directly or attend our monthly Board meeting on Tuesday June 28th at Mary’s Pizza Shack in Novato at 7 PM. Dinner is always on the club – you just pay for your drink (Zoom will also be available if you wish to attend remotely). Please see our calendar link at redwoodpca.org  for details.

As noted last month, our Bylaws have been updated to reflect new PCA National standards. A Google Forms voting message will be emailed to all active members in the next few weeks. Please do vote to approve the update. Details about the changes were included in May’s dR, and the full texts of the current and proposed Bylaws are available on our website.

See you under sunny skies!

Ben Davoren

Ben Davoren

President

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'.

 

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