Our Thoughts June

Our Thoughts June, 2020

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.

Keep Driving

The Webmaster

Surviving the Lockdown

by Collin Fat

I suppose that everyone who is reading this blurb on the SVR website is in the same boat as me and that is getting cabin fever! My wife and I are retired and thought we would breeze through the current situation easily, but it has been going on so long now that we are sorely missing our routine.  Most of our normal activities are not available or severely restricted, such as going to the gym, tennis, golf, autocrossing, and touring.  Although, my daughter has relieved us of babysitting duties because of fears of getting her parents possibly infected, we surely miss them. Facetime just doesn’t cut it.

Both of us are also missing our Porsche Club friends and going to dinners and tours. We had registered for Treffen Broadmoor in Colorado in March and were looking forward to traveling with other SVR friends who had also registered. It was cancelled. Oh well, good call PCA. Next up on the calendar was Parade in Palm Desert at the La Quinta Resort. It was also cancelled just recently. My autocross and track days have yet to materialize with no events to participate in until late June or July. Both programs are on hold and in a wait and see mode. My Porsches are getting antsy for some for some real thrashing! Guess that will have to wait. So as I sit hear writing this article, I thought I would let you all know, that even the hair impaired among us men need haircuts and you simply cannot get by after 8 or 10 weeks without a haircut. This situation has been made so much worst given the governor’s phase in program for getting back to normal. Though the state may open up phase one restrictions by the end of this month, barber shops and salons aren’t scheduled to open until phase three! Yikes, do the math and that might not be until end of July or another 12 weeks. I thought to myself, maybe I should buy some clippers at Best Buy and do my own hair! Scary proposition and I said no, let’s wait a few more weeks and maybe the state will decide to give barbershops a reprieve. I thought, if pet groomers are allowed to open why can’t the human version be open as well! This being said, I saw a news article on KCRA channel 3 about a barbershop in Vacaville called Primos that was ignoring the state’s order and was open for business. The business could have risked being shut down by the local sheriff’s office and subject to fines by the city. However, looking at an opportunity to get my hair cut I called today and they in fact were still open. I asked if I could make an appointment as I was travelling from Granite Bay to Vacaville and it was going to take me about 45 minutes. The shop responded that they were booked for the next 3 days, but that I could come in and just wait without an appointment.

Collin with owner Juan Desmarias

I just did so but had to wait about 55 minutes while those men with appoints entered the shop. You might ask “why did Collin take the risk of getting infected?” The short answer is I badly needed a haircut! After sitting in the barber chair, I told the young barber how I would like my haircut of which he acknowledged and I was out in about 20 minutes. The shop has 8 chairs and all were full the total of 1.5 hours I was in or waiting for my haircut.

Primo’s Barbershop

The moral of this story is if you are in need of a haircut, try Primo’s in Vacaville and tell them your friend from the Porsche Club sent you! Unless you are retired like me I suggest you make an appointment.

SVR Chair Positions Open

By Steve Barker, President

The SVR Board of Directors recently reviewed the club chair positions and there are a number of opportunities that need to be filled and we would like to ask for anyone interested to let us know and we can answer any questions you might have to get you started.

We have 4 open chair positions that include the following:

Charity Chair

Historian

Social Media

Technical

Although these positions have an end goal, we are looking for members that enjoy working on a project that both serves the club and allows your creativity to shine!

The following is a brief summary of each position:

Charity Chair
SVR provides its members a common interest to get together as a car club and also serves a bigger purpose.  Many organizations have greatly benefited thru the contributions that SVR has made. Examples such as funding the Sacramento Children’s Home with their programs to promote child safety, positive parenting, education, mental health, and improve the healthy functioning of families, Ride to Walk to enhance the lives of children and young adults with neurological disabilities by providing innovative therapeutic horseback riding activities and most recently SVR supported Angel Flight West, for those that have a rare condition, require specialized medical treatment or surgery, have a difficult to diagnose condition, or have a child with a rare or serious illness, that may need to travel a long distance to a center of excellence facility.  In addition the club supported the Friends of the Folsom Zoo whose mission is to preserve and enhance the lives of the animals living at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.

There is a long list of organizations and especially the lives of people within our region that SVR has affected by the contributions made over its many years as a club.  The person we are looking for would provide the leadership to bring together the resources to hold a charity event and continue to contribute to a worthy cause that adds another shining star to why we are more than just a car club.  The charity events have been held in back yards, online, or as part of a club event such as the SVR Christmas Party using auctioneers like Kirk Bradford and Kim Nelson to enhance the bidding process to silent auctions and even for the first time Lois Robert’s online auction.  There’s no telling what can come out of the experience but you know one thing for sure is the people that benefit from your work will be extremely grateful for having an impact on their lives.

Historian

The Historian Chair has traditionally kept track of the articles and documentation from the clubs past.  As we pause to reflect on the history of SVR the role is now more project related in capturing the spirit and rich history that has been part of SVR’s past.  From the history of the Logo to compiling an artwork of Membership Directory covers the person we are looking for would take this opportunity with a creative approach.  The goal is to develop a way to restore and display aspects of the history of SVR that could be a part of SVR events such as CRAB, our annual Christmas Party, and Meet the New Members that would be informative to both long term members and new.     The goal that comes to mind is how to convey the spirit of the Sacramento Valley Region that defines who we are and what we do.  This can be a collaborative effort to bring out the best of what it’s like to be a member of SVR.

Social Media Chair With the advancement of technology and the speed at which information is shared, the Social Media Chair position was created to advance SVR into the social media spectrum in order to provide a way of both sharing and consuming information in a multi-media approach.   The SVR Facebook page has shown how events can be captured as they take place, allow members to interact and a means of sharing video and photographs.

We have members with experience in social media that are eager to work with the person that has an interest in developing new ways of spotlighting club events.  The position oversees the use of social media as a means of increasing our regions interest for its members and prospective members that reaches a global audience.  It helps augment the newsletter, The Drifter and the SVR Website, as a means of promptly announcing and updating members on social and competitive events.

As the Social Media Chair your role oversees the content developing a Social Media Policy Guideline.

Technical Chair

The Tech Chair position offers the chance for the right candidate to work with our sponsors in scheduling technical sessions and presentations and ensure the event is properly advertised.  The responsibility of this chair person is to propose subjects for potential technical classes and sessions to the SVR BoD and coordinate the schedule with the Social Director.

If writing technical articles is your interest, having them published in the Newsletter and on the SVR Website will get lots of attention.   This chair position opens the chance to work with the National Technical Committee that is available as a resource for articles and questions related to everything Porsche.   So what are you waiting for!  One of these chairs might be for you but you need to turn the key to get started.

Do Porsche’s go to Heaven?

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.

Rest easy now you know your Porsche is covered.

From the webmaster

Our Thoughts April, 2020

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.

From the Webmaster

The CRAB is Back

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

Until next time,

The Webmaster

Relocation

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..

#porsche #PCA #urbansketching

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 webmaster@svr-pca.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 editor@svr-pca.org.

This is your club. Make the most of it…

What comes in a new year

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.

Drive on, Drive safely from the Webmaster, SVR

What color is your car?

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.

  1. Ocean Blue
    1. Blue is my favorite color
  2. Yachting Blue Metalic
    1. It looks great on a 911
  3. Black
    1. Because Orange is Rare
  4. Ivory
    1. It’s beautiful
  5. Meteor Gray
    1. It’s not too flashy and not likely to out of style
  6. Mocha Black
    1. Because it was the car in my price range. 1st Porsche ever
  7. Black
    1. No
  8. Pathetic white metallic
    1. Apparently Porsche hasn’t paid any attention to what other manufacturers do with their white metallic paint.
  9. Lapis Blue
    1. What other color would you want.

Al’s 911S

Imagine receiving this from PCA National.

Hi  Al

Congratulations!   STUNNING photo! Just what we’re lookingfor!!

Your photo was chosen as thePorsche Of The Week in the latest issue of the PCA eBrake weeklynewsletter.  (11/12/2019)

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 Porschephoto.

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!!

Congratulations Al!