Covered Bridge Tour #3

Summary:

Featuring Siuslaw River Road and a visit to Layng/Mosby Creek, Currin, Dorena, Stewart, Coyote/Battle Creek, WildcatCreek/Austa, Centennial and Chambers covered bridges.

Can be a two day trip with Tour #4

Tour Document:

Original Date:

8/25/2012

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Safeway parking lot –  Commercial St. S. E. Salem

Destination:

Village Green Resort and Gardens – Cottage Grove

Tour Distance:

254.4 mi.

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Covered Bridge Tour #4

Summary:

Featuring Aufderheide Scenic Drive, one of the nations first National Scenic Byways and a visit to Parvin, Lowell, Unity, Pengra, Office, Belknap, Goodpasture, Wendling and Earnest Covered Bridges.

Includes two options to cut some mileage (and one or two bridges) from the route.

Can be a two day trip with Tour #3

Tour Document:

Original Date:

8/26/2012

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Village Green Resort and Gardens – Cottage Grove

Destination:

End point is I-5 and OR-22 in Salem

Tour Distance:

230+ mi.

Mileage near the end seems to be incorrect or out of order, but directions are good.

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Covered Bridge Tour #1

Summary:

Visit Bear Creak, Chitwood, Hayden, Harris and Ritner covered bridges.Can be a two day trip with Tour #2

Tour Document:

Original Date:

10/3/2009

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

J’s Restaurant & Lounge – Newberg

Destination:

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton(or optional return route to Portland included)

Tour Distance:

265.5 mi. to Oregon Garden Resort

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Covered Bridge Tour #2

Summary:

Visit Gallon House, Stayton-Jordon, Hannah, Shimanek, Larwood, Hoffman and Gilkey covered bridges.

Can be a two day trip with Tour #1

Tour Document:

Original Date:

10/4/2009

Last Update:

N/A

Starting Point:

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton

Destination:

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton
(or optional return route to Portland included)

Tour Distance:

112 mi. round trip from/to Oregon Garden Resort

Driving Time:

4+ hours

Google Map:

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Randy and Ann Stolz

RANDY and ANN STOLZ, ORPCA Member

Like most of you, it began when I bought my Porsche, though it feels like way before …
I was just a kid really, maybe 7 or 8 when I saw racing Porsches first. It was at Vineland Speed- way, one of those local bull rings with a drag strip and a snaky, widened, return road back to the pits. The South Jersey Region of SCCA was having a race and Mom and I were doing a lap chart for Scoring. I’d call out the car numbers and Mom would write them down. The start of the race and the resultant first lap was a catastrophe. So many cars are close together on the first lap you can barely get the numbers out of your mouth with- out missing some. The one I never missed was the silver 550 RS Spyder driven by Bob Holbert. The following year it was Roger Penske in an RSK. A lasting impression for a kid.

The following year, we moved to Los Angeles and soon we’re at strange dusty tracks like Willow Springs and Riverside which made the coastal course at Goleta Airport (Santa Barbara) seem cramped but far more pleasant. Ken Miles, Jack McAfee, Jay Hills, Scooter Pat- rick, Don Wester and John “Bat” Masterson all in Type 718s, race after race, created the icon and my dream of driving one. A few years later in high school I’d let that dream out with my ’62 Beatle terrorizing the freshly paved streets of virgin hous- ing developments and Mulholland Drive.

The years and other cars sped by and it’s 2004. Interest rates are low and after 34 years in hi-tech I decide to go for it. The decision to buy a Boxster instead of a 911 was pretty easy. While the 911 had become the definition of a Porsche it wasn’t the one I wanted nor could I afford it. Nope, I wanted a mid-engine car. The Boxster wasn’t an RSK or RS60 but it had the look and it was much better … for my purposes at least. Those “purposes” included being my daily driver to work for two years, a grand turismo on ‘sun runs’ to Phoenix, L. A. and Monterey via the coast and alternatively US 395 or CA 49.

Then, there was Rainbonnet, the Cabin Fever Tours, Tech Sessions, The Mille, The Covered Bridge Tours, Parade, probably 5000+ miles of Arrive and Drives led and followed, a Track Day or two, Wine Tours, The Burrito Run, The Northwest Passage, three seasons of Autocross, Volunteer and Summer Pic- nics, Holiday Parties and more Dinner Socials than my waistline needed. Beyond club activities there were many times I felt the need to share with you other memories, adventure, discovery, opinion, humor and other trivia because to truly enjoy the sport we love it must have a context. Just writing those stories was fun for me and, I hope, for you.

Recently, we learned of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. It’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t following his races as a boy, or some other activity through all these years. One of my heroes, my lasting vision of him was pulling away from the field in dramatic fashion in a lime green Lotus 19 … Riverside 1960. He loved the Porsche 718 too as he says here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82w_fRzictY Godspeed Stirling.

Throughout this journey there have been my “fast friends”; they‘re the ones that show up at events and have provided encouragement over the years. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give thanks to all of you who supplied ideas, copy and pictures to help me tell my stories (Bob Ellis took the one on the previous page).

Thanks for all those good times. Randy & Ann.

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Winter Tires Are For Which Season?

We’re well into spring now, but out of convenience, are you still driving around on your “winter” tires? There are numerous reasons why this is more dangerous than you might think, and why you should immediately have them swapped for your non-winter tires.

Open Road Auto Group put together an informative article on this subject. A few key notes:

#1 Winter tires have been specifically engineered to have much softer tread compound than all-season (think 3-season, not true all/4-season) or summer tires do. The softer compound is definitely what you want in cold winter temps in order to grip the elements (snow and ice) and road surface. However, once ambient temperatures warm up above the mid 40 degrees F or so, your winter tires are no longer superior in gripping [warmer] asphalt.

#2 A softer compound is well, softer, resulting in quicker wear/degradation than an all-season tire. This reduces the value of your second tire investment as your winter tires simply won’t last as long the more you drive on them in non-winter conditions.

#3 A softer compound results in longer braking distances in warmer weather. Your softer compound is more pliable and flexible, and while you’d at first think that a softer (i.e. grippier) tire would grip the non-winter pavement better than not, the issue revolves around too much heat buildup in non-winter conditions. This increase in friction/heat buildup causes the tire tread to become too greasy/slippery, and thus not as effective at slowing your vehicle down in non-winter conditions.

Consumer Reports ran a study in 2012 and found that a winter-rated tire in spring/summer conditions needed 1.5 to 2 more car lengths to stop! Continental’s summer testing showed that in braking distance tests from 60 mph, a summer tire-equipped vehicle stopped in about 118 feet, while a winter tire-equipped vehicle stopped in about 138 feet. The hotter the ambient temps, the longer the stopping distances will be with winter tires.

#4 A softer compound results in less precise handling in warmer weather, since the tire can roll on itself more than a stiffer tire can. Refer back to the greasiness in #3, and this provides less confidence-inspiring whether you’re on a curvy road or rolling down the freeway and suddenly need to avoid debris in your lane! Continental Tires found in their testing that a winter rated tire in spring or summer conditions resulted in about 15% less steering precision.

#5 A softer compound will create more resistance with the ground/pavement/asphalt/tarmac, thus resulting in reduced fuel mileage (MPG’s). One source states that winter tires have about 15% more rolling resistance than summer tires. Depending on the amount of miles you drive, this could add up to significant dollars and cents.

What does all of this information equate to? Quite simply, it’s highly recommended to use your winter rated tires for their intended purpose; WINTER!

Please feel welcome to post here with any questions.

Jeremy Williams is the Oregon PCA Technical Editor. He co-owns Matrix Integrated Inc. (Matrix Integrated Inc.) with his brother Justin. Jeremy can be reached at techeditor@oregonpca.org

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Tom Floyd

TOM FLOYD, SALES AND MARKETING CHAIR

My Porsche Journey started when I was in the 3rd grade in my hometown of San Diego, California. Our class assignment was to write a short story of what we would like to do when we grew up. Well, I’ve loved cars all my life and at the young age of 8, I had a very comprehensive collection of Hot Wheels cars. For the report, I chose “Race Car Driver”. But not just any car, even then, I singled out Porsche as my weapon of choice. I even convinced my mother to take me to Alan Johnson Porsche to visit their Race Department and do a little “Research”. The staff at the dealership was very nice to me and the race techs talked about the cars and answered my questions. I was hooked on Porsche for life. In the Late 80’s I went to work as the Parts & Service Manager for a small independent shop called Dieters Porsche Service on 16th and Market in downtown San Diego. It wasn’t until 2014 that I was able to pull the trigger and purchase my first Porsche, an Arctic Silver 2002 996TT.

I immediately signed up with PCA national and joined the Oregon Region Porsche Club. It’s been really fun to get to know so many members and try out a lot of the club activities such as the drives, autocross and the monthly socials. I’m very excited and honored to be chosen as the clubs Sales & Marketing Director and am looking forward to sharing some fresh ideas and continuing to be involved wherever I can. You can reach me at: salesandmarketing@oregonpca.org

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Peg Ryan

PEG RYAN, VICE-PRESIDENT

In 2014 I was considering retiring from Intel Corporation.  My husband, Eric, told me I could not retire unless I had a hobby.  I found a hobby – The Porsche Club.  But I then had to tell him that the only way this would work was if I bought a Porsche! We looked for a while at used 911s. We drove to Bend Oregon to the Porsche dealer there and met an amazing sales person, Jim Heinrich. We drove a used 911. It was nice, but we needed to discuss this. We went and had dinner and then stayed overnight. We decided it was not the car for me. Then I saw 2 new black Boxster Ss. They were almost exactly the same, sparkling black with tan interiors, except one was stick and one was PDK.  After much debate, we decided on the PDK.  The dealership paid for us to Join PCA and Jim told me to join the local club. He was part of the High Desert Region and he said it was a blast. 

I came back to Portland and immediately joined the local club! 

I began to get the email blasts and noticed there was a request for a webmaster. This went on for weeks, so I decided it was time to see if I could help. While I am a bit technical, I had never managed a web. I met with Joe McQueen and he convinced me I did not need to know HTML to manage the web! Joe gave me a crash course on our web tool and off I went. I was still working at the time and I felt like I could do a couple of hours a week. By 2015, I was managing the web. I retired officially in June 2016 after 25 years at Intel. I figured out in in late 2015, that the best way to manage the web was to go to the board meetings. I attended as many as I could. About a year later, Joe called me and asked me to be on the board as the Communications Director for 2017. There had never been such a position, so I was free to make it what I wanted. In July of 2017, I picked up the role of Secretary in addition to my communications work.

I started looking at where I could impact communications. I continued updating the web and making minor changes to it. I began helping with the Anzeiger and making sure there are good articles and pictures in it as well as editing it. Eventually, I took over the email blasts.  I also help with the end of year material that you get, reviewing the calendar and providing the membership directory information to be published. I also am now managing the Smugmug site that the club uses after Harold Klein decided to help with a new photoshop outside of Yellowstone!

In mid-2018, I had an idea that the web needed a major update.  I was talking with a new member, Heinz Holzapfel, at a social and dinner event and found out he was a retired VP of software engineering. I asked him if he would be interested in helping with web update.  He said yes! He had an incredible vision of what the web should look like. We started in October, 2018 and by May, 2019 we had a new web with all the features you have become accustom to!

This year, 2020, I am the new Vice President under Steve Miller. I am excited to learn about the managing of the club and all that entails. I will be looking to offload some of my work and eventually find someone to become the new Communications Director! Eric and I will continue to manage all most all of the events the club offers from Autocross to Arrive and Drives, Midweek Drives, Social and dinners, Tours and most everything else! We now have 3 Porsches (somehow, they multiplied), a Moonlight blue Cayenne GTS, a metallic black 911 C4S and a Sapphire Blue Boxster S (my Autocross car!). See you on the road or on the AX course!

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Larry Hannan

LARRY HANNAN, PAST-PRESIDENT

For my wife Cathy and me, the Porsche experience started with a trip to a car dealership in 2005 to look at a special edition of an Audi TT. Sitting on the show room floor along with the Audi was a Guards Red 1995 Porsche Carrera cabriolet. After taking both cars out for a test drive it was obvious which was the better car. I asked my wife which of the cars she preferred, and she pointed to the red Porsche. We took the Carrera home that day and joined PCA and ORPCA that same year.

Like a lot of new members, the first ORPCA event we attended was a Saturday arrive and drive. That was followed by a few Wednesday dinners and some more arrive and drives. In 2006 the Porsche Parade was in Portland and I volunteered to help. That really began our journey in the Porsche Club. Over the years we hosted Wednesday dinners, helped with events like the clubs 50th anniversary in 2009, the 911 50th anniversary at Skamania Lodge, car corrals at Concours d’Elegance in Forrest Grove and club tours. My involvement with ORPCA increased in 2015 when I was nominated to serve on the ORPCA Board of Directors and stepped up a bit more when I became President in 2017.

While involvement in the club is time consuming, the benefit is meeting and working with some amazing people, who own and drive some amazing cars.

In 2018 the benefit of meeting members worked out for us in a different way. With the commitment to attend events as President came a lot of driving. We decided that we didn’t want to add that many miles to the 95 Carrera. Maybe that was just an excuse to go looking for another car, but looking I went. The stars aligned because a car I had admired for a couple of years came up for sale. The car was ORPCA member Joe Kelly’s 2008 Porsche Design Edition Cayman S. Knowing Joe and how he maintained his cars made the purchase easy.

The year 2020 will mark our 15th anniversary with the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America. The purchase of a Porsche and joining ORPCA was a great decision. We are looking forward to many more years of playing with cars.

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Jeremy Williams

JEREMY WILLIAMS, OWNER MATRIX INTEGRATED (on the right)

Our shop had built and maintained a 2006 Carrera 2S for a client many years ago. It always was a favorite of ours; bright Speed Yellow, factory aero body kit, tasteful modifications, kept impeccably clean. He started a growing family and thus needed a sports sedan, so we ended up purchasing it from him for use as a “shop Porsche.” We frequently use this magnificent car at ORPCA driving events. The co-pilot looking out of the passenger window is my dog Boo, our Canine Greeter Extraordinaire (boo@matrixintegrated.cc). He loves ORPCA arrive & drives, and has learned to lean into the corners before I even turn the steering wheel!

Since then I have driven lots of Porsches, but still not enough 😊

My current ride is a 2012 Cayenne Turbo; modified for both on-pavement and off-pavement. While I do have favorite roads, I actually prefer taking my Cayenne where there aren’t many discernable roads.

My favorite Porsche Story: Growing up as teen in the late ‘80s and early 90’s, I had posters on my walls of slantnose Porsche’s and whaletail Porsche’s – dream cars. I distinctly remember “the” Porsche which set the stage for me; I was 14 and my younger brother Justin and I were talking a walk in our neighborhood with our dad. We happened upon a Guards Red 80’s slantnose 911 Cabriolet. It was gleaming in the sun, and our dad’s favorite car color was any shade of bright red, so it definitely left an impression on all of us. We ran home to get his Nikon film camera (remember those?) and took a picture of it. I still have the picture. Our dad later purchased a new Guards Red Boxster S, most likely with the 80’s slantnose in the back of his mind due to the Boxster’s side grilles.

Jeremy joined PCA in April 2010 and ORPCA in March 2012. Since then he got actively engaged in the club in multiple roles: Scholarships & Grants Committee Member, Technical Editor (He still manages and contributes to the Tech Blog on the ORPCA web page), and he started and is leading the growing SUV Group.

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