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


Social Media


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.


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.

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!

SVR 2019 Elections

The voting starts today for our board of Directors. If you’ve always had that urge to help our club, becoming a board member or chair is a good way to get involved. Think about it for next year. While it’s good for the club to hav a steady direction, it’s to everyone’s advantage to bring in new people with fresh ideas. Everyone has something to contribute. 

SVR 2019 Elections

Today was the nominating brunch for those running for office. Thanks to all of you who could make it. It was held at La Provence Restaurant & Terrace.




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 Menning 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.

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.