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.


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

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

SVR Events & News

There are several upcoming events that you should put on your calendar. One of the most important is the club’s board elections. The voting will start on November 1st and will run through November 20th. As an active SVR member you are entitled to vote! Watch for it on our front page of the website.

We continue to have a full calendar for the balance of the year. Upcoming events include multi-day tours such as Mendocino; a yearly event. This year it will run from November 3rd through the 5th. Many people choose to stay that one more day and return home Monday. There are still a few rooms available around town.  Check it out here.

October will end our Autocross season with #7 in Stockton. If you haven’t been to one, come out and bring a lounge chair and see it happen. Maybe you will get the but to see what you and your car can do. More information is on our calendar. The 22nd is our annual Charity Auction. This worthwhile event raises money for local charities who do meaningful work in our community. Attend, open you checkbook for these groups. Our November dinner this year is at the Zinfandel Grill. There are still openings let. Great food and location.

Don’t forget, the 2017 Zone awards will be on November 11th this year. our annual Tree Decorating and Potluck will be held on November 26th at the California Automobile Museum. Bring an ornament showing your car.  Our Christmas dinner will be on December 16th. CRAB will again appear on our calendar in 2018. Next year it will run May 18-20. It sells out fast! As always we would love to see you at or regular 1st Saturday breakfast which occurs ………..

Help Wanted !

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

Formula Racing

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.

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.