March 2024-Volume 63, Issue 3
Photo Porsche

From The Editor
Mike Willis

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Editor Comments
President's Column
Vice President - Calendar Information
Porsche & Pints
Tour Chair Update
Brookfields Monthly Breakfast
Spring Flowers Rally
Foot Hills Journey TSD Rally
Zone 7 Concours Judging School
Rivercats Baseball & Porsche Parade
Sharing GOD's Bounty
2024 Autox School
Zone 7 Concours Judging School
Poker Run
2024 Pacific Grove Tour
4th of July Parade
Anderson Valley Tour
Pre-Valentine Dinner Coverage
CAM 914 Display
A Drivers Racing View
My Sport Car Journey
SVR Membership
SVR Member Spotlight
In The Zone
SVR Classifieds
SVR Store

Rik Larson, Proof Reader/Tickler
Skip Quain, Contributor

 Rik Larson, SVR President
PDK (Pretty Darn Kwik)
March 2024

SVR Secretary Position Filled
·      A big welcome to Tina Talamantes as our new secretary. We greatly appreciate your volunteering.
·      And thanks to Nancy Olson who has been our secretary since 2023.
Did you finish making your Reservations?
·      The PCA Porsche Parade registration is open now and has almost 900 cars signed up. Registration closes March 22nd. The Phase II registration opens on April 3rd and provides for signing up for the various events (competitive, social, tours, banquets, etc.). The Porsche Parade is being held in Birmingham, Alabama in June.
·      The SVR Autocross School registration is still open ---- Collin Fat reports that there are still a few openings for this 2-day school (March).
·      And the classy Anderson’s Conn Valley Tour II event (July) is now full and is accepting folks on a wait list.
·      The Pacific Grove Tour in May is still accepting reservations. Check with Jim and Linda McMahen for hotel accommodations.
·      We strongly encourage you to signup for events when they are announced……….many of them have a limit on the number of cars or people that they can handle.
Special Charity Event
·      Dick McFarlane is coordinating a special opportunity to feed the less fortunate by “Sharing God’s Bounty” event at St. Philomene Catholic Church Gym on March 26th from 5:15 to 7:15 pm. He needs 20 volunteers to help with the Tuesday event to help feed the poor (serving the meal, cleanup, etc.). See the flyer elsewhere in this DRIFTER.
SVR Member featured in the PCA Club Racing News Magazine
·      Check out the article on Karen Holmes, SVR member and owner of Karen’s Bakery in Folsom. The link is in the flyer below.
·      Karen is a 911 Cup racer.
·      The article is reprinted with the permission of the author, David Mathews, and PCA Club Racing News.
Porsche Sacramento --- Coming in 2024
·      The new Porsche Sacramento Center is nearing completion (I drove by the new facility the other day).
·      It is located at Auburn Blvd and the Howe Avenue exit off of Business Interstate 80 -- (2200 Auburn Blvd).
·      No announcement yet of the opening date.
·      The website is   (It may not be reachable yet…………I had trouble getting to the website several times in the past few days).
2024 Formula E
·      Next race is in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 16th.
·      And another race on March 30th in Tokyo, Japan.
·      Trying to find live TV coverage of the races this year is tough. How good are you at getting some foreign TV networks? Some sources say to try CBS Sports Network, TNT, Paramount Plus. Good luck.
Name Badge
·      Remember to wear your SVR name badge to events.

John Leet
Vice President
As we ease into March, the SVR activity calendar starts to become a bit more active. Our autocross team is holding our annual autocross driving school, which is a fabulous way to be introduced to the sport of autocross and learn how to drive your Porsche at its limits in a safe environment. This is a 2-day event. Sunday 3/10 is the classroom session at Porsche Rocklin, followed by the driving portion on Saturday 3/16 at Thunderhill. We follow that with the first official SVR autocross of the season on Sunday 3/17, providing students with the ability to continue right into their first event to try out their newfound skills.

The Porschettes are getting together on March 20th. Thanks to the Calvert’s for hosting!

And Porsches and Pints starts up the monthly cadence of meetups on the 3rd Thursday of each month. On March 21st, we will be at Solid Ground Brewing in Diamond Springs, giving everyone the chance to have a nice drive up the hill on the 50 side. We will have reserved parking for the Porsches.

The Rally Team is kicking off their series with the Spring Flowers rally on March 23rd. Check the flyer below for details or reach out to or Rallymaster Brad Call at (916) 458-2145 with any questions.

And finally, we are all blessed to be Porsche owners and part of this wonderful community. As such, SVR will be doing more community outreach. We are looking for 20 volunteers on March 26th to help serve dinner to those less fortunate. Please contact Dick MacFarlane for more details at (916) 715-5765 or

Message from the Tour Chair
By Rick Duste

Tour season is just around the corner and our first combined Poker Run/Driving Tour is Sunday April 7th.  At five locations along the route you will draw a card to make up your Poker hand with the hopes of having the winning hand for your run group. Winners win a bottle of Adoble Road Winery’s “Shift” red blend wine in its spectacular bottle adorned with gear shift knob top and metal shift gate label.

We’ll depart from El Dorado Town Center (draw first card) and make our way through Shingle Springs to the town of El Dorado where we join CA 49 south to Plymouth.    Navigate the country roads through Fiddletown and Fairplay (appropriate name for a Poker Run) to our first stop at the Community Center at Pioneer Park in Melsons Corner (draw card 2).  Off to Placerville (draw card 3) through Somerset and Pleasant Valley.    We’ll pass through Cold Springs and Gold Hill enroute to a stop along the South Fork of the American River at Coloma (draw card 4).  Our last leg takes us through Rescue and down to Cameron Park for the final card draw at our destination Moonraker Millhouse Rap Room & Restaurant.  Don’t miss it. Registration is now open.

Next up with be the scenic old historic Route 40 tour following much of the original route from Grantie Bay up to Donner Summit. Lunch at the Route 40 Café.

May 18th.  Watch for flyer and registration
info in the April Drifter. 
Spring Flowers Rally
A TSD Road Rally
Saturday, March 23, 2024
The rally starts in Folsom at the IHOP Restaurant at 2525 Iron Point Road, and finishes at Skipolini’s Pizza at 191 Blue Ravine Rd.

The Spring Flowers Rally is designed to be fun for all with simple instructions and a scenic route traversing the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The duration of the rally is approximately 4 hours. The Richta scoring and timing system will be used for the rally.

Participants will need to download the FREE Richta Competitor app to their smart phone. Information about the Richta Competitor app is available at: The General Instructions will be posted to MotorsportReg.

First Car out at 10:01 AM. A competitor’s meeting will be held starting at 9:15 AM. Awards will be given to first place in Novice, Senior, and Expert Classes. Awards beyond first place in class dependent upon number of entries. This event is open to the public, all types of cars, not just Porsches.
The Spring Flowers Rally is the first of six TSD rallies to be presented by SVR in 2024. Awards will be presented to the highest finishers in each class who have completed at least four of the six rallies.

Registration and payment at The entry fee is $35 per car. Advance Registration is Required. PCA Insurance requires 2 people per car (Signing of PCA waiver form is required)

Questions: The Rallymaster is Brad Call. (916) 458-2145
SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd 2024
First Pitch 1:05pm
Bring the family, your friends, kids, and anyone who enjoys baseball. A great afternoon of fun in the reserved upper- level Solon Club area.
30 special Porsche drivers will parade before the game and then park in a secure area. Family and friends can park their vehicles in general parking, then join Porsche folks in the Solon Club area. There will be pre-game activities for pre-adult fans. The Solon Club has a full-service bar, standup tables, and shaded area. Stadium seating is accessed from the Solon area. Food is available for purchase throughout the stadium from food trucks and concession stands. Due to security, outside food and drink not allowed.
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Ticket price per person for Porsche Parade, $28.00 plus fee. Limited to 30 cars.Ticket price per person for No Parade, $28.00pp plus fee & $15 parking per vehicle.
Click the link below to register for your tickets and receive further details. Contact Mardi Quain at or 650-504-4866 for more information.
SIGNUP EARLY TO BE PART OF THE PORSCHE PARADE! Registration opens May 1, 2024.

Roy Schauben,
PCA Zone 7 Concours
650 444 010

Time to sign up for the 2024 Zoom Clinic and the “Hands ON” Judging Schools.

All PCA Zone 7 members are invited to attend the 2024 Concours Judging School. In order to ensure the continued strength of the series and consistent judging from event-to-event, we need trained judges. And we are always happy to see new faces at series events. If you’re new to the Series, have had limited or no judging experience, and are interested in understanding how judging works, please join us.

The school will provide instruction on what to look for as a judge (and, conversely, what judges look for as you prepare your Porsche for judging), the “do’s” and “don’ts” of judging, and hands-on judge training. There will also be time for Q&A, both before and after the hands-on judging, so here’s your chance to ask the things you’ve always wanted to know about judging in or preparing a Porsche for the Zone Concours Series.

The Concours School will be held in 2 phases with the first phase held virtually on Zoom from 9 am to 11 am. on April 6th, the Hands on Clinics on April 20 @ High Tech Auto in San Rafel or May 5th @ Porsche of Stevens Creek or on May 19 at the Nelson Residence in Single Springs, CA.

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Pre-Valentines Dinner
By Cyndee Peart
I really do not like to write articles about events that I have planned. I am biased of course. I thought we had an even better Valentine party than last year. Everyone I talked to said the food was wonderful. I saw a lot of take-home boxes going out the door so I am sure there was plenty of food.

The Pre-Valentines Dinner was held on Monday, February 12th and 40 people attended. The folks at Palermo Ristorante Italiano were just great. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves.
The fortunate thing is that I have great people to help me. Four days after the event I received a handwritten note from Linda Bradford. Who gets handwritten notes these days? She did so much work to make such a beautifully decorated venue and she is thanking me for the event. I so much appreciated all of her designs. And Kirk, he folded all the napkins so her napkin rings looked perfect. What a nice husband to help for Valentines Day. Sally Boeck has been a very close friend for over 40 years. She always comes through for me. She makes those silly caramels I can’t stop eating. Comes up with a beautiful package to present them. By the way, I made caramels with my mom many years ago. To my memory they were very time consuming to produce. Mardi Quain was there. Wow is she a good raffle (Share The Wealth) salesperson! I understand we did very well. Your President, Rik, is constantly helping me with things on the computer. I never used one for work, just email and browsing. So, I am a real novice with the different programs.

I also want to mention all the people that came from many parts of the SVR region to enjoy this very special event. You are also who make this happen. A very big thank you to all of you.

For those of you who were unable to be there you should know that Palermo Ristorante has been listed as one of the best Italian restaurants in the Sacramento regional area. We are so lucky to have snagged them from Palo Alto.
California Auto Museum
Cavalcade of Porsche 914's
By & Photos Jack Banville 
As much as we love our 911s, 356s, 912s, 924s, 928s, 944s, sometimes we need to take a slight diversion to the dark side. For some of us a Porsche 914 is just what Dr. Porsche ordered. With its low-slung, lightweight, mid-engine and somewhat polarizing design, there is nothing like driving, and getting in and out of one. What was once thought of as the “stepchild” or “NARP” - “not a real Porsche” the 914 has finally gained a level of acceptance after 50 years in the shadow of the 911 and every other Porsche creation.
Many of the 118,000 914s sold from 1970 to 1976 have disappeared due to rust, neglect and just wear and tear. Finding a rust-free, original condition 914 outside of a warm weather state can be a considerable challenge. Fortunately, Sacramento is home to many very well-preserved examples of these fun to drive cars.
Accordingly, the California Automobile Museum, at Kim Nelson’s direction, featured the Porsche 914 in its February “Car Club Cavalcade.” Kim and Rachel’s silver 1973 2.0 was one of the six featured cars. 356CAR and SVR members contributed a selection of both four and six cylinder versions in bright period colors to round out the display.
The collection includes Erik Schmid’s 1973 Summer Yellow 914 2.0, Bob Murray’s 1970 Adriatic Blue 914-6, Bruce Brincka’s 1970 Signal Orange 914-6 , Tom Tyer’s rare Light Ivory and Phoenix Red (creamsicle) 1974 2.0 Can Am limited edition and Jack Banville’s Signal Orange 914 2.0
All of the participants were honored to showcase this collection of 914s at the museum from January 14th to March 3rd. hope you had a chance to take a look.
By Skip Quain
When watching a race, spectators see the cars flash by from the side as they approach and pass.
For some time I have been thinking on how to give racing fans the “driver’s view” of a race at speed as we pass each other. This article is an attempt to give you that view through description and photos, most specifically the Porsche 908, 910 and Gulf Porsche 917K.
The photos are from racing videos while driving my 1962 Lotus 23 at Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway tracks. I always videoed my races to view each race and practice to see how to improve my skills to become a better driver.
Porsche 908
Gridded at the front was #120 1970 white Porsche 908/3 driven by Cameron Healy. A few rows back was gridded #5 white 1968 Porsche 908 driven by Michael Malone.
1970 Porsche 910
In this situation I was gridded back about a quarter from the grid front. Next to me was #28 1967 white Porsche 910 driven by Stephen Thein. A second 1967 #37 white 910 Porsche Driven by Reginald Howard was gridded near the back of the grid
1970 Gulf Porsche 917K
This #21 blue 917K driven by Chris MacAllister was gridded toward the back. This car is a 5.0 Litre 600 HSP air cooled Porsche.
Camera Car -- Skip’s Racer - 1962 Lotus 23 Sports Racer Red #4 The motor is a 1679 cc 4-cylinder Lotus Twin Cam.
My Sports Car Journey #7
The Volvo 1800E
By Jim Robison
Redwood Region-PCA
I had changed the transmission oil in our TR3A. The next evening, we drove to a movie. Driving home, the engine sputtered and died. We coasted into a nearby parking lot. I opened the hood to find lots of smoke and nasty smells that no polite car should ever emit. We walked home. The next day, I discovered that I had drained the engine oil, not the transmission oil. With no oil, I had destroyed the engine. We ended up replacing the TR3A with a TR4, which I promised not to abuse. It became my daily drive for four years. (See the comment about the rollbar in Story #6.) The TR4 is, in my opinion, the best of all the Triumph sports cars, 2 through 8, combining the simplicity of the 2s and 3s with a few modern conveniences like roll-up windows, a heater that actually works (or perhaps it’s the lack of cold air on the rib cage) and synchromesh on first gear.

We entered some rallies and I quickly discovered what I liked, and what I disliked. Driving on back roads and sharing the challenge with my partner was fun, getting lost or doing math while driving on back roads, was not fun. I decided to create a rally I would want to enter. Being totally unknown, I needed to attract some attention, so I announced a $1.00 entry fee and called it “The Dollar Rally”. It featured clear instructions with no traps, minimal speed changes and checkpoints identified in the route instructions. The event was very successful, with about 50 entries, and I was encouraged to do more. However, some experienced rallyists told me that what I was trying to do had already been invented; it was called a Monte Carlo style rally. So, I ran some, and that has been my preferred rally format ever since.

The Monte Carlo Rally was first run in 1910. It has undergone many changes since then, but one of the most enduring features was a well-defined route to the checkpoints, with stated expected arrival times. The current Monte Carlo Rally is now part of the FIA World Rally Championship.

I organized many rallies for the Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club over the years. The TTSCC board would question and eventually approve my plan, members would pre-run the route looking for problems, and then they would staff all the checkpoints (there was no Richta GPS system in those days). I tended to write long rallies, usually well over 100 miles and sometimes all-nighters. One was 300 miles long, with 18 checkpoints, lasting about 15 hours. Entries came from Northern and Southern California.

Overcoming adversity is the essence of rallying, and that applies to rallymasters as well as contestants. During the oil embargo of 1973, most gas stations were open only during the day, and they restricted sales on even and odd numbered days by your license number. Lots of annual rallies were cancelled, but I discovered that, on Highway 5, the gas stations were open 24-hours and would sell to anybody, so I staged a successful all-night rally based in Santa Nella. Years later, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I staged the “Social Distancing Rally”. Contestants could drive the course anytime during a two-week period and report their scores via email. No face-to-face contact whatsoever.

In 1972, Lori graduated from San Jose State with a master’s degree, got a job, and needed her own car. After some searching, she decided upon a British racing green 1970 Volvo 1800E. The body was iconic, but the rest was basic Volvo 122, and very reliable. The 1986 cc inline four delivered 130 HP at 6000 RPM. The 1800E had a four-speed transmission (more on that later) with overdrive, and leather seats. It was sporty yet sophisticated; it was great to drive and great to look at; and it was all hers.

Volvo began building cars in 1927. Engineered for Swedish winters and dirt roads, their robust design and reliability made them a competitive choice for endurance rallies. Both the PV444 (1946 – 1958) and PV544 (58 – 65) achieved victories in international competition, including the East African Safari, the RAC Rally in the United Kingdom, the Tulip Rally in the Netherlands, and the Monte Carlo Rally. Rally successes continued with the Volvo Amazon, or 120 series (56 – 70), the 140 series (66 – 74), and the 240 series (74 – 93). (More on Volvo 122 and the 142 rally cars next month.) But these were all sporty sedans, not true sports cars.

The Volvo P1800 (1961 – 73) was initially created as a concept by Pietro Frua, the same Italian firm that designed my Glas 1300 GT (Story #2). It was initially built by Jensen Motors in the United Kingdom, with production later moving to Volvo in Sweden. With the addition of Bosch direct fuel injection in 1970, the name was changed from P1800 to 1800E. The engine size was increased to two liters, but by then, “1800” had become a brand, like “356” or “911”, so the name was retained, even with the larger engine.

At a Triumph Travelers party one evening, our friend Brian introduced me to a fellow who was organizing a performance rally on the dirt roads of the Mendocino National Forest. The only hitch was that cars needed to have a roll cage, not just a rollbar, or a metal hard top. Brian and I were enthused, but neither my TR-4 nor his TR-6 had a full roll cage, but Lori’s 1800E did have a hard top!

We approached her, refilled her drink, and explained what we wanted to do. Perhaps it was the drinks, but she said we could use her 1800E, as long as we promised not to damage it. I would drive and Brian would co-drive (navigators are called co-drivers in performance rallies). I bought a set of Cooper M+S (mud/snow) tires, which were the preferred rally tires at the time. Since it was a night rally, I converted the headlights to quartz halogen, added a pair of Cibié Oscar driving lights and mounted a pair of modified fog lights as cornering lights. We already had helmets from autocrossing, and fireproof driving suits and Head and Neck Support (HANS) devices were not required in those days. We even practiced on a local dirt road one night. We were ready and the Mendocino forest was calling us.

We were not very fast, but we were having fun. At one point on the rally, as we forded a small stream, I noticed a fellow in a big 4X4 truck, with a winch and cable, ready to rescue any rally cars that got stuck in the mud. We waved and kept going. I would meet that gentleman 35 years later when I was organizing my own performance rally. What a small world we live in!
We were doing fine in Lori’s 1800E until the transmission broke. The engine was running, but I couldn’t change gears. I put in the clutch, and we coasted into a nearby clearing where we put out our “OK” sign and waited for the sweep car. If we were 20 minutes late at the next checkpoint, we would be time-barred, but what could we do, overhaul the transmission on dirt with a tire jack and hand tools? And what would I tell Lori when I got home, with or without her car?

To be continued…

Steve Long
Membership Director

Steven and Annamarie Trager
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Event Publicity Notice?
·      Expect to start seeing the notice below in the monthly DRIFTER, our eBLASTS, the website, and on the MotorsportReg (MSR) pages that we have for our events.
The above as mentioned by Rik Larson just so you know. This is something that has been in the PCA RPM (Region Procedures Manual) since at least 2019 and is now appearing at more and more PCA events (social media driven).

Obviously we have been exposed to being photographed and videotaped for years (the red light cameras for example), stores where you shop, when you use an ATM, etc.

So SMILE when attending one of our events.
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