SVR 2019 Elections

The voting starts today for our board of Directors. If you’ve always had that urge to help our club, becoming a board member or chair is a good way to get involved. Think about it for next year. While it’s good for the club to hav a steady direction, it’s to everyone’s advantage to bring in new people with fresh ideas. Everyone has something to contribute. 

CRAB 37 2018

CRAB 37 is now behind us. this year it was held at the California Automobile Museum at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento. I believe we’ve now held three at this wonderful location. Previously it was the Towe Auto Museum.

What a wonderful place to hold an event of auto enthusiasts.  This is a building filled of not only automobile history but Sacramento history as well.  For some of us it’s an adventure of “I should have bought that when I had the chance.” For others it “you had one of those?” For Porsche folks what better place but to be surrounded by beautiful cars.

This year we hosted one hundred and fifty eight cars (158) hauling 204 Porschephiles. two hundred thirty seven friends for the Crab banquet on Saturday night and over two hundred sixty eight for Sunday’s Beer & Brat feast.

Porsches from many regions attended. Many of them have been CRABBERS for many years. This year we hosted 13 members from GGR, 7 from Diablo, 11 from Loma Prieta, 6 from Sierra Nevada, 6 from the Redwood region, 4 from Monterey and two from Inland Northwest (Washington). You really have to like Crab to drive all that way. Full disclosure the Kinder’s are long time SVR members who recently moved to Eastern Washington. I’ve posted a few photos here. More are coming and look to our Shutterfly site which will be filled with photos. I saw that Diablo has posted photos on their Facebook site already.

See you next CRAB.

Beginnings

Moving forward we found ourselves at the annual SVR planning meeting and a room filled with new and old (experienced) members. If you’re a new member, here is where you can get your first glimpse of the tightness and comradery of our club. Next come join us for one of our new member tours. Do you want to improve your driving skills? Try a driver’s education event or an autocross.

CRAB returns to Sacramento Valley. It’s hosted this year at the California Automobile Museum. It is a place to put on your list if you’ve never been there before or even if you have. The SVR CRAB will be going on from May 18th through the 20th. You can find out more information, including what the heck is CRAB on this website.

The Drifter which is our monthly news magazine also started out with some new members. Steve McCrory and his wife Barbara retired from it at the end of 2017. The editor position is now shared by Matt Menning and Alma Thompson. I’ve been asked to do the graphics. The balance of the team is still intact. The first edition hit the streets last week. You can take a look at it here. We’ve also added a new position this year to help us manage the twist and turns of our social media. John Leet comes to our organization as the Social Media Chair. His focus will be on managing our presence on our various platforms.

By the way there is a pretty good video on saving the IMS on the PCA website

Wrapping Up

As we wrap up 2017 we can look forward to a new year filled with activities and new faces. While many clubs find their base getting older, we’re lucky in that many of our new members are younger and enthusiastic about our comradery. New Autocrossers, tour participants and event hosts. Join us on January 9th for our annual planning meeting. Cheap pizza and good company. Find out what we’re planning and who’s hosting many of the events next year. Maybe you would like to try your hand at it. Don’t worry, we’ll help you. Crab returns to Sacramento Valley this coming year. We are still looking for volunteers to help chair events and activities. For more information, contact Bob Lozito boblozito@gmail.com.

We have new members on our executive board coming up in 2018. Our annual election was held from November 1st through the 20th. Our new board of directors are as follows; President Gregg Plourde, Vice President Steve Barker, Secretary Rebecca Plourde, Treasurer Tom Perry-Smith, Social Director Mardi Quain, Membership Director Janet Conner, Competition & Safety Matt Deter.

Help Wanted !

SVR is looking for and editor for our award winning newsletter! Otherwise “Poof” Contact Steve McCrory at editor@svr-pca.org or webmaster@svr-pca.org. Please help us fight to deliver the best publication in the PCA.

2017 New Member Tour

Not really a Porsche but a very nice tour car.

May 20th was the date for the new member tour. An annual event hosted by SVR.  The photo to the left includes members the Sanders and Dunn’s not touring with us but showing up to greet us at the start. Starting in El Dorado Hills our group of cars traveled North and East driving through some of the valleys most scenic areas. A short rest for  for the drivers along the South Fork of the American River at Lotus gave the drivers a short respite between legs. What rock pile would be complete without some stacked. I wouldn’t quite call it the “Vortex” since Sedona holds that title but a pleasant place nonetheless. The cars and people got a little break and watched the rafters float by readying themselves for a little bit of white water below. We split the tour group in to two with many of the first cars getting dibs on some shady spots. Traveling Southward we eventually crossed Highway 50 and into the northern end of the El Dorado wine country. Ending our tour with lunch and wine at Andis Winery. Andis is relatively new with a clean modern building and tasting room. They offer some picnic tables and chairs and have a Boccie Ball court for the enthusiast.  Our group was able to have a large shaded are in the winery building where our president encouraged us with his words 🙂 Since it was a new member tour Eduardo and many of our seasoned members spoke about some of our activities, including PCA events, such as Parade. Midway we had catered box lunches, hosted by SVR for the group. I believe all round it was a successful tour for our 60+ New members and and few of us oldies. 

El Santo & SVR

El Santo (whose real name was Rodolfo Guzman Huerta) was born on Sept. 23, 1917 in Tulancigo, Hidalgo, Mexico.  He first appeared in the ring under the name “EL SANTO” eight years later (debuting July 26, 1942). He continued to wrestle until Sept. 12, 1982 (his last match being at the El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos in Mexico.) So his professional wrestling career spanned a total of 48 years! Santo started out as a “rudo” (bad guy) in the ring, but years later (in the early sixties) decided that becoming a technico (good guy) would greatly enhance his career. We heard that this is the time most people thought he got smart. As his wrestling career took off, so did his love for sports cars. He was well known for driving most everything from MG’S to Mercedes. It was rumored that he also owned a British Racing Green Carmen Ghia. There are a few You Tube videos about him and his cars. He passed away in February 1984.  Despite his demise at the age of 65, a couple of our members spotted what must have been his ghost driving one of his favorites. Having married three times and being favored with twelve children, he understood legacies and appreciated a good woman. In these photos he is chauffeuring one of the Queens of the Carnaval Jalostotitlan Parade 2017. Notice the Mexico license plates. Good cars are appreciated around the world.

Sacramento Valley Region is also known for their cars, and their people. We were one of the first regions to bring our club to the web. If you haven’t visited our Vimeo site, you should. Want to see what we’ve been up to? Visit our Shutterfly site. Did I mention Twitter?  or Facebook? Somebody mentioned the other night that we’re on the cutting edge. Of course from then on, everything was cutting edge. Even our dogs…. Ok, I stole this photo from somewhere but I’m sure one of our dogs is really cool and spends a little time in a Porsche. We’re on the cutting edge not because of our website, our technology or social media. We are here because of our members. One of the discussions at our last board meeting was our events are filling up too quickly. That’s a bad thing but it also indicates the level of participation of our membership.

This year we launch a new website. It’s a little different than some but what we continue to do is strive support our member’s interests. You’ll find that it’s phone & tablet friendly. Hope you enjoy wandering through.