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.

Werks Reunion 2018

Soon Werks will be upon us. Before you know it August 24th will be here and you will be there or wish you were. Registration opens this month.

Schedule

7:00 AM Registration opens
7:00 – 9:00 AM Cars placed on field and in parking corral
7:00 – 10:00 AM Breakfast and coffee carts available
9:30 – 12:00 PM Judging
10:00 – 4:00 PM Cash bar stocked with a wide variety of beers, wines and spirits.
11:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch available from onsite vendors
2:00 – 3:00 PM Awards Ceremony
ALL DAY View cars, socialize, have fun!

It’s your Birthday!

Psst, from June 8th – 10th, Porsche will be celebrating a monumental event. 70 years of leadership in the sports car world. Celebrations are taking place around the world with special events. There will be Sportscar Moments shared from Porsche Owners from around the world. Follow us #SportscarTogether on Twitter. Many activities will take place live on Facebook.

Check out the website Sportscartogether for more information!

SVR CRAB Raffle

This year we broke with tradition and held a raffle which included CRAB attendees. For most, including the winners, this was an unexpected surprise.

Carol McNamara, a long time Loma Prieta Region member and Porsche enthusiasts won a gift certificate worth $500 to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Sacramento.

Meanwhile another certificate has been awarded to Matt Laurence and his wife Lisa for a stay at the Hilton as well. Matt & Lisa are from Diablo Region and we welcome them to CRAB 37!

CRAB is Coming

 

 

May will be here before you know it. This year CRAB will be held at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. If you are a member of PCA and have never attended one of our events, this is the one to go to. “37” means we have done this thirty seven times and we’re still practicing. Meet other Porsche enthusiast for a weekend event. How you might say? It’s pretty simple. Just click here CRAB Portal

Meanwhile, I know there are some Porsche artists out there.  You know, the one’s that doodle cars; especially Porsche cars. I’ve been thinking of setting aside a page just for us. Porsche Art.

If your interested, maybe slip me an email. Of course this needs to be your material and you must have full rights to use it.

Did you know that you can also submit an idea for our award winning monthly magazine, the Drifter? If you have a photo that talks Porsche and would like to see it considered, visit the Drifter page and follow our guidelines.

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 Meaning 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.

The Last Chance

Today is it. Voting ends for next years board of directors. If you have wondered on to our site and are a member of SVR, take a moment to vote. You will need your PCA member number.

Who Should I vote for?

Who should I vote for, who should I vote for? Hmm. Voting is on at Sacramento Valley Region. Support our club and Porsche Club America by casting your vote! Try it. You might like it. Here

News from our Zone 7 Concours Chair

The 2017 Zone Concours Series is now complete (trite, but true, time flies).  After seven events hosted by Zone 7 regions from Monterrey to Reno, Honore and I have enjoyed our role in helping to run the individual events and promote the series this year.  For those who participated in at least four of the seven events, please be sure to join us at the Zone Awards Dinner and Ceremony on November 11th.  Congratulations in advance to the series winners and thanks to everyone who participated in or supported the series this year.  The Series could not have succeeded without the help of a great many participant volunteers.

Some fun facts about the 2017 edition of the Zone Concours Series:

  • 91 entrants entered vehicles that were judged a total of 159 times
  • 9 perfect scores were achieved, including 2 in Full Concours (300.0 points out of 300.0!)
  • 95 unique vehicles were entered, including 94 Porsche cars and 1 Porsche bike
  • 46 individuals helped with the judging over the seven events
  • 12 entrants qualified for Zone awards with ten 1st places and two 2nd places
  • Entrants scored a total of 36,141.0 points

Honore and I enjoyed meeting new friends, visiting regions we hadn’t yet visited, and spending time with so many series regulars who we look forward to seeing week after week during the season and miss during the off season.  Our experience at these events, at WERKS and at Parade reminded us this year at PCA it’s not just the cars, but the people.  We also enjoyed meeting so many people who shared their very clean Porsche vehicles with fellow enthusiasts; we saw a NUMBER of very cool Porsches this year.

If you participated, a big thanks from us for supporting the series and we hope that you enjoyed the experience.  If you didn’t participate, enjoy a clean Porsche car, and are interested, we hope to see you next year.  We’ll be proposing some tweaks to the rules for next year’s series, mostly to incorporate what we learned, reflect the sort of participating we’ve been seeing in the Zone Series over the past few years and to mirror Parade rules where it makes sense to do so.  Look for a summary of those changes once they’re approved at the Zone President’s meeting early in 2018.  We’re also looking at ways to encourage participation for those who want to display their clean car at the events, but aren’t interested in having it judged.

Until the series starts again in May, enjoy your Porsche and we’ll look forward to seeing you at an event in 2018.

John and Honore D’Angelo