I am writing this today to inform our members that this will be my last post as webmaster of SVR. It’s complicated but soon another member will take up my responsibilities as the webmaster. If the current bylaws revision is approved by the members, the role of the webmaster will move from a board position to that as a chair.
As many of you know, I moved out of the region a little over a year ago. SVR chose to abandon dual membership so I am a primary member of PNWR, Porsche Club North West Region. Like SVR, we have had numerous events cancelled because of this “virus.” We have been on a couple of tours since we’ve been here though.
The current past president, Gregg Plourde will be acting webmaster. Since his background is very similar to mine, being in IT, the transition should be very smooth. One thing, when positions like this are rotated, you get a different perspective and websites that have become stale (not that I believe our has) can be rejuvenated.
I wish all of SVR good luck as I personally move on to another adventure.
I did not write a column last month. I decided I was going to refuse to write anything that mentions the…. Instead I went on with my life, mostly in a normal way. Yesterday I went out painting with a friend of mine at a nature preserve.
If you caught the recent PCA news flyer they had a link to Porsche at Home. In it they included a few coloring book pages of Porsche models. Yes, adult coloring books. I thought that maybe this would make a good activity for our Porsche “kids.” no matter what age they are. Further thoughts produced the idea for a contest. Let us come up with Porsche art for the cover of our Drifter. So here it is in short. The full contest rules and description will be coming out with the June Drifter. Age groups include 8 and under, 9-12, 13- 15 and 16-18. All groups get a chance to with prizes with the grand prize of being the designer of the Drifter cover. Probably the August issue. You would also get a prize. So, you know, the prizes are awesome.
Moving on, it’s now May. I suppose the Sacramento valley is now experiencing temperatures in the high eighties, maybe nineties. I have discovered that my wife has finally acclimated to the weather up here in the northwest. Just the other day she questioned why I wanted to do something or another because it was going to be too hot! I responded that it was only going to be 80 degrees tops. This is a girl who grew up in Red Buff and didn’t consider it swimming weather until it was 105. Growing up we didn’t have air conditioning. Since then our homes have always been air conditioned. We’ve now come a full circle and we now are without air conditioning again. We do have a basement which is fully improved, and which also houses my art studio. Its average temperature is in the high 50’s to mid 60’s. That is something I always missed in Sacramento, a basement although on the ranch they were called a cellar. They also weren’t improved and certainly didn’t include a bunch of wine.
A last thought. Last week we took a trip over to eastern Washington to get some sunshine. While the West coast was cloud covered and rainy, Wenatchee and the surrounding area was clear and a little windy. Lake Chelan was flat and fishing was fairly good. Who would think there would be King Salmon in a lake. There is a native population of them trapped in Lake Chelan. Though we tried, none of them appeared on the end of any of our lines but we did limit out on Kokanee. The government has issued an edict that fishing would be allowed as long as you don’t have too much fun and with too many people. Memorial Day weekend brought the usual boat fulls of young partially adults, whom I am sure were not drinking too much. Oh, social distancing I’m sure. At least as much as possible when riding in a boat made for six, with eight to ten.
Do Porsche’s go to heaven when they die? Apparently they go to Lithuania. Most of you probably don’t know but a year ago, almost to the day I totaled my Cayenne. This happened roughly eight days after moving to our house up here. Without going into the details, the airbags were deployed. Of course my insurance company considered it a total loss and they eventually paid off.
Clock forward a year. I am driving another Porsche having mostly moved on from the loss of one of my finest cars. To my dismay I receive an email through our contact form on the website. It was sent from the owner of a newly restored Porsche Cayenne…………………. In Lithuania. He knew to contact us because I had left one of my SVR badges in the car. What Gediminas didn’t know was that I am the one who receives the email from our contact form on our website.
After a little conversation I found that the vehicle had been restored to new, including the original paint. He had tuned it with a GTS kit and added 20” wheels. Though I was hoping for some photos of the car in front of some historical buildings, I suppose Lithuania in its modern setting is really just fine. In fact it might be just a little bit shinier.
Everybody is tired of hearing about the novel coronavirus by now. Except for the news media which no matter what your political beliefs are, blow everything out of proportion to gain ratings. The club, SVR is based on camaraderie and it’s difficult whether you have decided to self-isolate or by order to do so. Lets face it, it’s hard to be social without being social. Someone sent me a video of an Italian grandmother giving advice on how to survive this. For a light moment, you can follow this link Seriously, it is affecting everyone right now, even those of us who are retired. We especially feel for those who depend on crowds for their living. The board, like the government intends to look fifteen days ahead to try to gauge the risks involved with our activities. In the end, it is up to you to make your own decision based on your determination of your, and your families risk.
While the Sacramento area has been experiencing some well needed rain, up here where I now live has finally had a break from rain and we’ve had some much needed exposure to vitamin D. Blue sky for the last four days. Not to make anyone jealous but this is a photo I took up in Anacortes, WA last Sunday. We wanted to go back and stay a few days but, ahh, the restaurants were going to close and we decided that a hotel wasn’t the best place to be right now. This summer though, we’ll be back. Maybe a trip to the San Juan’s. Let me not forget to tell you, stay away from Washington, it rains all the time here (That is what we are supposed to tell people. Especially Californians).
I encourage you to follow the guidelines from the CDC, but remember,a drive still can be considered as self-isolation… My take only.
Some of you may have noticed, our website includes a “blog” called Our Thoughts. Up until now, our thoughts have just been my own. If you would like to contribute, I would gladly accept anything to do with our club, Porsches, or most anything that would enhance our experience. Speaking of that, have any of you heard of a podcast called CarsYeah? I was first made aware of it when Mark Green was a guest speaker at a Porsche event up here. If you like cars and the people behind them, he has a tremendous list of people he’s interviewed in the Porsche world and cars in general. Mark is a Porsche driver and belongs to the club here in the northwest. Check him out https://carsyeah.com/ Who would have thought us old guys (and gals) would be listening to podcast.
After a hiatus of a year, CRAB is back. I’m not sure that one year absence really gives it hiatus status but it fits the introduction. We return to the California Automobile Museum for CRAB 38. If you attended CRAB 37, hopefully you spent some time to wander through the museum. Maybe you’re like me and spotted one of the first cars I owned, a 59 Triumph TR3. The museum’s model was green while mine was black. Could one of yours be lurking somewhere in the halls. Maybe a car belonging to a neighbor growing up.
Hopefully you’ve noticed that since the Drifter has gone on line, the website, Drifter and the Blast are much more coordinated. Over the last couple of years SVR has encouraged electronic registration for our events using Eventbrite. I’ve found this to be much easier than sending a check though the mail, then wondering if it got there on time, sent to the right address or made out to the correct institution. What do you think? Many of the flyers in the Drifter point to the website for more information. Some will have a link directly to Eventbrite.
Something else you may notice is we have pushed more information to the website, including informational forms, as well as forms to help you plan an event with SVR. Soon I will have an online form that can be filled out and submitted right on the website. Don’t forget to contact our Social Chair, Mardi to learn more about hosting an event. We welcome experienced and novice hosts. Speaking of experienced hosts, Parade comes back to California this year. Follow the links for our site or go directly to porscheparade.org
Some of you may know that my wife and I relocated to Washington last year. We’re still planning on doing some activities with our club, SVR but we’re now members of the Pacific Northwest Region of Porsche Club. I guess we need to get used to saying “our clubs” instead of “our club.” Though PNWR is much larger than SVR, we’ve found the people to be welcoming just like we were welcomed into Sacramento Valley a few years back. With a couple of tours and a dinner behind us, we’re getting our sea legs (old fisherman saying) on. Let’s face it, for the most part, Porsche people are Porsche people.
While Washington doesn’t have the redwoods or the Sequoia’s, practically the entire western state is covered in trees. In twenty minutes to a half an hour we can be to some mountain, lake or river. The sound which splits most of the state from the ocean is always a drive of a few minutes. The ocean is something we miss most because from almost anywhere it’s a three + hour drive! The darn sound and islands get in the way. SVR sponsors several tours a year to great places in California. Mendocino, Eureka, Pacific Grove and Cambria. The last couple of years tours to the North woods such as Weaverville have been added. This is a fun ride through great country and roads. Something I would like to see is a tour up through Crescent City and across 199 through the Jedediah Smith Redwoods. This is through one of California’s old growth forests. Maybe someone reading this would like to take this tour on. Contact our tour chair, Liz Houser. How about a tour to an art museum? Sacramento’s Crocker Museum is a very nice destination and there are many restaurants nearby. Why art? Both my wife and I are artists. Speaking of art; do any of you draw cars, maybe Porsches….. maybe I should get it going? I would be happy to highlight your work whether it be drawings, paintings or photos of our Porsche marquee..
You may have noticed some changes going on. I have added a little plugin (web speak) to our calendar. I hope you’re enjoying it. Did you know you can change the view? Just look up at the upper right hand corner. You can select a weekly, monthly or one of the enhanced views that I’ve set up. There may be some time you wish to go and look at a copy of a Drifter from a few years back. I’ve also done some things to that as well. Take a look here. If you have any suggestions for things you would like to see or think I should add, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of changes, how do you like the new format for our Drifter? Mike would like to hear your comments and or suggestions. Email the editor at email@example.com.
Last year SVR had a bang up year. We sponsored more tours, more dinners and other events than we’ve done in the recent past. The elections for the board of directors went smoothly even though we struggled for volunteers to fill some of the vacant positions. In the end, we were able to fill the position of Treasurer by Bob Peake stepping forward. Mike Willis came back to help us as the new Drifter Editor. As many of you know, we are going on line this coming year and Mike has been working hard to get it ready. This is a reminder to all of us that even though we generally have lots of help planning and executing our events, our club also needs people to go the extra mile and help manage. Being on the governing board is a commitment but it isn’t a sentence. Coupled with the last election ballot was a proposal for some changes to our bylaws. The committee worked long and hard on them though they did not pass. In retrospect many of us felt that there were some clarifications that should have been made and it could have been presented in a way a little easier to review by the members. The new board will take this up and finish the modifications, many of which are to better align our bylaws with PCA national. It will be presented again in a more easily read document for your consideration.
This coming year we have a few new and hopefully exciting changes and opportunities. Our new Tour Chair, Liz Houser plans on pushing single day tours. Look for a new menu item on the website with a page listing these as they are added. They will also be added to the calendar. Many of them will be informal get togethers to enjoy the car that you drive, the friends that you’ve made and maybe you’ll discover some food or entertainment that you haven’t experienced yet. Join us in welcoming some new board members. Rob and Julie Lee who came from the Potomac Region and Lois Roberts who stepped up to the Charity position last year and is originally from Space Coast (Florida). I’ll let them tell their stories when you run into them at the dinner or drive you attend.
On a sad note, we also lost four of our long time members last year. Barbara McCrory, Larry Wilson, Dolores Weddle and recently Bud Behrens. Please take a moment to remember them. All of them served our club in many capacities over the years and will be missed by a lot of us.
The current poll on our website is “What color is your car?” “Is there a reason why?” The answers have been sometimes amusing, others informative and sometimes sad. What I’ve found generally is that for most, it’s the color of the car they ended up buying. Whether it was due to price constraints or because of the particular model sought.
Here are some of the answers. The first line would be the color. The second, the reason why.
Blue is my favorite color
Yachting Blue Metalic
It looks great on a 911
Because Orange is Rare
It’s not too flashy and not likely to out of style
Because it was the car in my price range. 1st Porsche ever
Pathetic white metallic
Apparently Porsche hasn’t paid any attention to what other manufacturers do with their white metallic paint.
photo! Just what we’re lookingfor!!
Your photo was chosen as thePorsche Of
The Week in the latest issue of the PCA eBrake weeklynewsletter.
It’s hard to pick one stunning photo from
the 40-50 Ireceive every month. I can only pick 4-5 for a given month then the
rest goback in the queue. I’m happy to say I’msending your photo up to
the eBrake folks. Look for it very soon.
Each month, we will feature thePorsche of
the Week photos from the previous month. Then we will tally thevotes and crown
a new Porsche of the Month winner.
PCA—Griot’s Garage is sponsoringour
Porsche Photo of the Week contest. Starting with the October monthly
recap,winners will receive a Griot’s Garage Concours Lawn Kit, a $99.99 value.
Wewill also randomly award a PotW voter each month a PFM Speed Shine Kit,
a$28.99 value. All you have to do is cast a vote for your favorite
My best to you. John Novotnak
Our very own Al Price (Concours Chair) received this from PCA.
His Car, a 1977 911S which was basically a barn find evolved. In his words;
The car is a 1977 Porsche 911S, someone added the rear RS flares. I found the car in Auburn at Renntech, it was sitting for four years with no engine or trans and two inches of water inside, I did the deal and towed the vehicle to the shop and in a month and a half drove it to Easy in the bay area. ( Super fun) I have auto crossed the car, tracked it & it does the Zone 7 Concours series which it won second overall this year. I drive the car about 5000 miles a year to all of the events I do. The car is a Hot Rod and a Rally Car look and pure fun!!
It’s here again. Soon our members will be voting for a few positions on our board of directors that will be vacant next year. Our Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Drifter Editor, Webmaster, Social Director, Competition & Safety Director, New Member Director and the Past President. The Webmaster and Drifter Editor serve at the Presidents pleasure and are appointed. Three positions will term out this year. They are President, Vice President and Treasurer. Our current Secretary intends to run for Social Director and our current Social Director is stepping down due to other commitments. That leaves the post of Club Secretary open! Note, All positions on the board are open for members to run for at the end of the year terms. In other words, all elected posts are open for candidates each year. We will also be looking for someone to fulfil the responsibilities of the Drifter Editor and the Layout Editor, a person on the Drifter staff.
Sacramento Valley’s membership has grown considerably over the past several years. We currently have 1,392 members. A couple of years ago we moved up from a Class III Club to Class IV due to our increased membership. We say we are one of the most active clubs in the America’s. We are and we are looking for members to help us continue to do so. With it come responsibilities that our events are safe, we represent our members in a responsible manner and we provide the activities that enhance our members experience. We believe that we have successfully done that, which is one of the reasons we continue to grow. However, like many clubs, social and otherwise it is difficult to draw the interest of new and experienced members to serve on our board. As a previous member of many non-profit boards, I always found my easiest recruits are those that complain how we run things 🙂
We are seeking candidates for the positions noted above for next year. The time commitment of acting as a board member is really up to you the individual. There are responsibilities that the positions demand; beyond that it is up to your available time.
I have included links to descriptions of the responsibilities of the board members below. Perhaps you can take a few minutes to review them and see if you might be able to help. We will also take suggestions from members of persons who may be a good candidate. Of course these are open to all members, both primary & affiliate.
If you are interested in serving on our board or know someone who is interested, please contact Bill Fargo. firstname.lastname@example.org or 916.802.4679
Vote, it does make a difference. Ask not what your Club can do for you etc. etc…..