Though not Porsche related I was give a link to some great photos that were taken at a formula race with a 104 year old camera. Being a photography buff, I couldn’t resist sharing. If you are in to cars or photography these are some amazing pictures.
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.
The autocross season for SVR is off to a record start with the April 1st event attracting 67 drivers and a waiting list that could not be accommodated. SVR’s autocross team wants to put on great events and events geared toward having fun! That being said, the growth of our program has been based on providing a fantastic experience for the novice as well as the seasoned autocrosser. With the resurface of the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in sight, it will become the largest autocross venue in Northern California with a total paved area of nearly 15 acres. Registration is now open for our May 6th event with less than a dozen spots remaining.
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.
Sacramento Valley continues to be one of the highest visited sites in PCA. We generally average 15,000 to 25,000 hits per month. We can thank our members but also many from around the world for these ratings. Next month SVR will be transitioning to a new website. Don’t worry we’ll still have all of the information that our visitors are looking for, including links to the award winning Drifter magazine, news and events hosted by our region, as well as PCA national, Zone 7 and many of the surrounding regions. A goal that I have set as the webmaster is to become a place for Porsche news for Porsche people.
Are you a budding Hemingway? Our new site lends itself to a higher participation by our members, including contributors to the site content. We also plan on actively pursuing and posting photographs from our members. There are two things that are not on the calendar yet that we plan on doing later spring and summer. How does having a drone photo of our club, members and cars all at one place sound? How would you like your car photographed? Some of you may have seen the photos of Porsches I place on the corner of the site. I would like to photograph your car. We can run it natural or with a little touch up. If you are interested, contact me at email@example.com
We started at The Racer’s Group in Petaluma for a tour of their racing facility. Kevin Buckler and crew gave us a warm reception and a little history of his business. Then out to the shop to look at the cars and where the tuning takes place…. Did I mention doughnuts? The group quickly split up into two groups. The wives went toward the bling rack and the husbands proceeded to the engines and tires. However, it didn’t take long to get anyone asked into a race car. A couple of men did make it into the car but were quickly pushed aside by the motor aficionados. TRG has a very interesting history. Now settled at their home in Petaluma they have added wine to their menu. We do believe in eating, drinking and driving. All in moderation of course. Kevin and group opened Adobe Winery on the wharf downtown. And there were cars…
Blue cars.. White cars !
Welcome to Sacramento Valley Region’s award winning website! Our 1,000+ members belong to one of Northern California’s largest and most active Porsche Car Clubs. Step inside and look around. Perhaps you’ll find something that interests you, and even better, perhaps you’ll join us!
Member Larry Wilson wrote that we started meeting in an elementary school auditorium in early 1962 with thirty five Porsche owners.
This year we celebrate our 55th year and are able to introduce our official SVR 55th Year badge, courtesy of Bob Cannon. You can read Larry’s entire article on our History page.