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					May/June 2009

A day meant for touring on the 17 Mile Drive


        Schedule of Events                     Event Close Ups
        Tech Notes                             Product Review
                                               ... and much more!
      356CAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                          356CAR MONTHLY MEETINGS
Jenny Derich               President                                     1st Saturday         San Mateo Breakfast
9201 Golden Gate Avenue
Orangevale, CA 95662
hm: 916-989-1611
                                                    8:30 AM              Mimi’s Cafe, 2208 Bridgepointe Parkway, San Mateo,
                                                                         take Mariners Island Blvd exit just east of Hwy 101
Jim Reeder, Jr.            Vice President                                on Hwy 92, head north, turn right on Bridgepointe                                                           Parkway, restaurant is on the right. Contact Michael
4551 Eggers Drive
Fremont, CA 94536
                                                                         Hodos at or 650-326-1621
wk: 510-793-4030
fx: 510-790-2838                                    2nd Saturday         Sacramento Breakfast
pg: 800-971-5943

Fred Huberty              Director
                                                    9:00 AM              Marie Calendar’s, 5525 Sunrise Blvd, East      Membership                                     Sacramento, Hwy 50 east to Sunrise Blvd,
13286 Lake Wildwood Drive                                                head north about 4 miles just past Madison
Penn Valley, CA 95946                                                    Ave, restaurant is on the left. Contact Wayne White at
hm: 530.432.7769
mb: 530.219.4501
                                                                or 916-863-5144

Elaine Cannon              Director                 3rd Saturday         Hollister Breakfast       Treasurer
2931 Lacy Lane             Web Site
Sacramento, CA 95821
                                                    9:00 AM              San Juan Oaks Golf Course, Hollister, 156 east
hm: 916-481-9528                                                         off of Hwy 101, 4 miles past San Juan Bautista,
                                                                         right on Union Road, right to the golf course. Contact
Garrick Huey               Director                                      Jack Biersdorff at or 831-636-3046           Secretary
P.O. Box 3059
Walnut Creek, CA 94598                              1st Tuesday          Santa Cruz Dinner
hm: 925-938-8390
mb: 925-209-7593                                    6:30 PM              The Point (formally Portola House), 3326 Portola Drive, Santa
Barney Speckman            Director
                                                                         Cruz. From Highway 1 Exit 41st Avenue. Go South on 41st Avenue         Event Calendar                                ~2 miles (towards the beach). Turn right on Portola Drive at the
2130 Belford Drive                                                       four-way stop intersection. Proceed 5 blocks to the restaurant on
Walnut Creek, CA 94598                                                   the left. Contact Steve Douglas at or 831-
hm: 925-937-3972

Mark Grimstvedt            Director                 5th Saturday         Central Coast Breakfast           Newsletter Advertising
520 West 42nd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
                                                    9:00 AM              Spanish Bay Golf Course Clubhouse, Pebble Beach,
hm: 650-574-3788                                    	                    enter	17	Mile	Drive	via	the	Pacific	Grove	Gate,
mb: 650-465-8447                                                         mention the Porsche Breakfast for free entrance.
                                                                         Contact Diane Morrill at or 831-375-4442
Kent Anderson              Director   Insurance
19094 Madison Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546                                                       Cover photo: Alan Nonnenberg
hm: 510-538-9590
mb: 510-909-2311

Harry Servidio
                                                        356CAR Logo Items
2237 Banbury Place                                      Wear your colors proudly!
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
hm: 925-937-8930
fx: 925-676-6687                                        356CAR clothing is now available with our new
wk: 800-346-6442                                        logo. Many styles and colors to choose from,
wk: 925-676-3376                                        including women’s styles. Available by mailorder
Michael Hodos              Editor
                                                        and at some breakfast meetings.            Newsletter
Palo Alto, CA 94301                                     Details and order form on the website.
hm 650-326-6121

Julie Hansen
7716 Mountain Avenue
                           Associate Editor
Orangevale, CA 95662
hm: 916-987-0255

                                                                                       excursion that nonetheless resulted in some
President’s Message                                                                    very serious injuries to the passenger and some
By Jenny Derich                                                                        minor injuries to the driver even though both
                                                                                       of them were wearing lap belts. This issue
Hello fellow 356ers!                                                                   contains	the	first	of	two	articles	on	3-point	seat	
                                                                                       belt options. Please be sure to read it and look
Well, the Porsche 356 “season” is certainly off                                        for the one to follow in the July/August issue.
to a great start! My husband Tim and I had the
pleasure of meeting a large group of you on the                                        I thought it might interest you to know
first	of	the	Four	Peaks	Tours	organized	by	Steve	                                      that thanks in no small part to the efforts of
Douglas and Barney Speckman. Our Sacramento                                            Membership Chairman Fred Huberty and his
group traveled down via the Delta on a beautiful                                       team, the club has grown by 31 members since
day to join a large tour group enjoying the                                            the	beginning	of	our	fiscal	year,	including	the	
hospitality and collectibles at the Morris’ über-                                      following members since February:
garage before setting out on the drive. What a
terrific	event!		Mount	Diablo	was	clear	and	sunny	                                     Martin and Henry Anstice, San Mateo
and the picnic to follow was full of laughs. Please                                    Sunny and Dave Becker, Cameron Park
see Barney Speckman’s story on the event in this issue. Don’t         Rick and Deborah Hartbrodt, Monterey
miss the next tour to the top of Mount Tamalpais in July! See         Charles and Sharon Kokat, Santa Maria
the Event Schedule and Close Ups for more details.                    James and Jean Mahoney, San Jose
                                                                      Raymond and Brenda Moreno, Belmont
 Our next event is the wonderful “Gathering of the Faithful” at       J.W. and Linda Page, Elverta
the San Juan Oaks Golf Course in Hollister on Sunday, June 28.        Rocky and Nell Raymond, Cupertino
If you’ve never attended, this is the year to come! It promises       Susan Rowland, Carmel
to be a wonderful gathering with great food and camaraderie.          Bruce and Linda Schmid, Santa Cruz
If you are planning to come please submit your registration           Alan and Susan Sherman, Folsom
form as soon as possible so we can accommodate everyone. The          John Spurling, Sacramento
registration deadline is June 20.                                     Richard and Linda Sweeney, San Ramon
                                                                      Bob Wecker, Monterey
In August many of us will be attending the Rolex Historic             Please join me in welcoming these newest members to the club!
Automobile Races at Laguna Seca Raceway where Porsche
will be the featured Marque. Needless-to-say, this is a unique        And while we’re on the topic of membership, just a reminder
opportunity to enjoy in action many of the historic racecars          that it’s time to renew for the 155 of you whose memberships
that are rarely seen outside of factory museum in Stuttgart. Do       expire in June. Please check the label on your newsletter and
attend if you can.                                                    if it says “Expires June 2009” then it’s time to renew. Members
                                                                      who receive the 356CAR eNewsletter version exclusively will
As most of you are aware, for several years the Rector Motor          be	notified	electronically.		In	either	case,	see	the	inside	back	
Car Company People’s Choice Concours & Swap Meet has                  cover for renewal options.
been a September tradition. Unfortunately, in the current
economic climate the dealership felt it could not afford the          Last but not least please join me in welcoming AutoVino as our
disruption to their parts and service departments. Needless-          newest advertiser and see their ad in this issue. We understand
to-say, we certainly understand their decision and greatly            that they will be hosting an open house for the club as soon as
appreciate their past sponsorship of the event, not to mention        their new facility in Menlo Park is ready for visitors.
their continuing support through their advertising in our
newsletter. Fortunately, the combined 356CAR/NorCa912                 That’s it for now. I hope to see you all at the “Gathering of the
team has been able to secure an alternate venue in the same           Faithful” in June. Until then, happy trails!
timeframe and in the same geographic area. Zim Gwee of
Topline Automobile Inc. in Burlingame has very generously                     Jenny
stepped in to host and sponsor the event on Sunday, September
13! Please make note of the date.

In response to the board’s request for feedback from the
                                                                      Are you getting your 356CAR emails?
membership regarding our bylaws, a total of 20 suggested
                                                                                                We have begun a new service to keep
changes were received. Thank you for your input. A
                                                                                                CAR members informed of events
subcommittee of the board carefully reviewed each suggestion
                                                                                                of interest and latest news by email.
and made recommendations to the full board. Those
                                                                                                These	flyers	supplement	information	
recommendations were adopted as recommended at the May
                                                                                                in the newslettter. If we don’t have
board meeting. The subcommittee’s Bylaws Review document
                                                                                                your email address you will miss out!
will be posted on the website in the members area.
                                                                                                Update your contact information at
                                                                                       website member’s page:
As I mentioned in the last newsletter issue, one of our members
recently had an unplanned, relatively low speed off-road
                                                                  3                              (All information remains private)
COMING EVENTS – CLOSE UPS                                                Event dates and locations are subject to change. Always check
                                                                for the most up-to-date event information.

356CAR Gathering of the Faithful – June 28                                June 7             Loma Prieta Region PCA Zone 7
                                                                                             Concours and Swap Meet
                                                                                             Parts Heaven, 23694 Bernhardt Street,
This 356 CAR “Gathering of the Faithful” event again will be                                 Hayward 94545. See
held at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister. The day will                               for additional information
feature an upscale luncheon with the 356s parked on the grass
next to the clubhouse. The San Juan Oaks Golf Club is located             June 14            Sacramento Valley Region PCA/Zone 7
in the hills above the San Benito Valley between the mission                                 Concours d’Elegance at Niello Porsche
town of San Juan Bautista and Hollister. Car placement will                                  4525 Granite Drive, Rocklin.
begin at 8:30 AM. The buffet lunch will be served at 11:30 AM                                Registration at 8AM; judging starts
with tables available both inside the clubhouse and outside                                  at 10 AM. Entry fee for judging $25/
on the veranda. Before and after lunch a number of San                                       car, display only $10/car. Special
Benito County specialty food vendors will have their products                                indoor parking for 356s. Contact Kent
(apricots, chocolates, candies, etc.) on display for sale. After                             Brandon at 916.663.1702 for additional
lunch there will be a short tour on great Porsche roads to the                               information.
De Rose and Pietra Santa Wineries for those interested. Cost
for the event is $30 per person. Prepaid registration is required.        June 28            Gathering of the Faithful
The registration deadline is June 20. Registration forms can be           8:30 AM            San Juan Oaks Golf Course 3825 Union
copied from the January/February issue or downloaded from                                    Road, Hollister 95023.                                                                              Parking on the lawn behind the
                                                                                             clubhouse followed by a reception and
                                                                                             then brunch at 11:30 AM. See Close Ups
Four Peaks Tour – Part 2: Mount Tamalpais Tour &                                             for additional information and watch
Picnic – July 25                                                                    for details to follow.

                                                                          June 28            Palo Alto Concours
This is the second leg of what will be a series of drives to the                             Porsche is the featured European
tops of four designated mountains over the course of 2009 and                                Marque. 450 cars including 60 concours
2010 culminating in the awarding of plaques to each 356CAR                                   Porsches are expected! Owners
member whose Porsche 356 completes all four drives.                                          interested in exhibiting their cars should
                                                                                             contact Larry Adams at oldcarnut@aol.
Meet 1½ blocks west of Highway 101 on Rowland Boulevard                                      com or 650.345.2232, or Mark Gersh at
in Novato. Use 314 Rowland Boulevard as an address with                             or 408.242.0893.
Google	Maps	or	Mapquest.		The	first	stop	will	be	in	Freestone,	                              Porsche Corral available for display-
then off to visit The Birds, followed by a drive along Tomales                               only cars.
Bay. There will be a restaurant patio lunch stop in Point
Reyes Station around 1 PM, after which we will ascend Mount               July 25            Mt. Tamalpais Tour & Picnic
Tamalpais, returning to Mill Valley around 4 PM.                          10 AM              This is the second leg of a “Four Peaks
                                                                                             Tour” series that started with Mt. Diablo
The tour will leave Novato promptly at 10 AM so be sure to                                   and will also include Mt. Hamilton and
arrive a little early with a full tank of gas.                                               Mt. Veeder in Napa in 2010. This tour
                                                                                             will start in Novato. Details will be
Contact Steve Douglas at 831.239.1291 or soquelglen@prodigy.                                 posted on the website as
net or Barney Speckman at 925.937.3972 or bmspeckman@aol.                                    they become available. Contact Steve
com and watch for additional information.                                     Douglas at 831.239.1291 or soquelglen@
                                                                                    or Barney Speckman at
                                                                                             925.937.3972 or bmspeckman@aol.
Rolex Monterey Historic Races – August 15-17                                                 com and watch for
                                                                                             additional information.
If you haven’t been to this event before, this is a very good
year to start! This is a full weekend of vintage races at Mazda           August 2           3rd Annual Nor Cal Vintage VW &
Raceway, Laguna Seca with Porsche as the featured marque.                 8 AM               Porsche Treffen
Over 450 entries are expected. Helping to celebrate Porsche’s                                Dave Brubeck Park, 4202 Concord
storied racing heritage will be Porsche former factory drivers                               Boulevard, Concord. A relaxed
Brian Redman and Vic Elford. Saturday and Sunday mornings                                    gathering of cars and friends under
will be used for warm-ups with racing each day starting at 1                                 the trees in a beautiful setting. Car
PM. Tickets are available online with discounts offered for                                  & driver $20; passenger $5. Contact
advance purchases as well as for multi-day packages. See                            or 925.458.9100 for additional information.                                             for additional information.
August 7-9     Monterey Pre-Historic Races                        September       Classic Sports Racing Group Charity
               Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca. A                      25-27           Challenge Vintage Race Weekend
               laidback weekend of vintage racing.                                Infineon	Raceway,	Sears	Point	in	
               Officially	a	non-spectator	event,	                                 Sonoma. Take a three-lap ride for
               admission is $6 per car collected at the                           charity in the vintage racecar of your
               County Park Gate. A full schedule of                               choice for a good cause. See www.csrg.
               races on Saturday and Sunday as many                               org for additional information.
               of the drivers and cars use the track time
               to prepare for the following weekend.              October 14-18   West Coast Holiday
               Note: The paddock will not be open this                            Radisson Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona,
               year! See for                                  Arizona. See www.2009WestCoast
               additional information.                                   for additional information.

August 14-16   Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile                 December 5      San Mateo Breakfast Benefit Toy Drive
               Races                                                              & Driving Tour
               Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Porsche                                 Bring an unwrapped $10 toy or a $10
               is the featured marque this year. See                              donation for Toys for Tots. Watch
      for additional                        for additional information.
               information.                                       December 12     Sacramento Holiday Party
September 5    Canepa Design Tour
11:30 AM –     4900 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley,
1 PM           95066
               Tour of Bruce Canepa’s workshop
               areas, “warehouse” and fabulous new
               museum. Informal drive to lunch after
               the visit. Contact Barney Speckman at
      or 925.937.3972
               for additional information.

September 5    Gold Country Tour
               Starting from the town of Jackson.
               Hosted by Jon Kramer at 209-286-
               1682	or	and	Tom	
               Sisson at 209 296.5352 or targatom@
      Watch for
               additional information.

September 13   Topline Automobile People’s Choice
8 AM –         Concours & Swap Meet
12 Noon        1028 Carolan Avenue, Burlingame,
               94010. Co-Hosted by 356CAR and
               the NorCal912 group. New sponsor
               and new location, same great event!
               Concours entry is $5; Swap Meet vendor
               space is $10; No fee for spectators. This
               is	a	space-limited	first	come,	first	served	
               event for both the concours and swap
               meet. Swap meet vendors who make an
               advanced reservation by contacting Wil
               Patterson at 650.851.7152 or wxpatt@
      and arrive by 8 AM will
               be guaranteed a space. Rain cancels.
               Watch or contact
               Michael Hodos at or
               650.326.6121 for additional information.

September 20   Drive Your Porsche Day
               Watch for additional

Four Peaks Tour Series – Part 1: Mount Diablo
By Barney Speckman
The long awaited 356CAR Four
Peaks Tour Series featuring
drives up four mountains in
Northern California got under
way with a drive to the top of
Mount Diablo on April 18. In
addition to Mount Diablo, the
series includes the drive up
Mount Tamalpais on July 25
followed by drives up Mount
Hamilton in the South Bay and
Mount Veeder near Sonoma
in 2010. Members of 356CAR
who participate in all four
drives will receive a special
commemorative gift. Make-up
drives for those who miss an
event will be scheduled. See
below for information on the
Mount Diablo make up drive.

The Mount Diablo driving
tour started out with coffee
and pastries at the home of Ed
and Daphne Morris in Walnut
Creek. About 45 cars and 80
people showed up to see Ed’s         The Mount Diablo Four Peaks tour group at an impromptu rest stop.
home, his amazing three bay
garage and his world class automobilia collection. Ed’s garage        Francisco Bay on the way up the peak and of The Delta from
is clean enough to pass a white glove inspection and yet is a         the top. At the summit we parked and took advantage of
fully functional garage complete with hydraulic lift. It also         the 356 degree views of the still very green landscape before
houses an extensive collection of Porsche automobilia that            heading part way down the mountain to our reserved spot at
includes a sizable collection of wooden steering wheels, rare         the Sunset Campground.
rally plaques, badges and signs. The large, gregarious crowd
took full advantage of the opportunity not only view Ed’s             Following a leisurely lunch at the oak-shaded camping area,
garage but to visit with friends during the hour before starting      the group headed down the mountain. Some visited the quaint
the drive to Mount Diablo.                                            town of Danville before turning for home while others took
                                                                      somewhat more scenic routes.
The driving tour began with a drive from the Morris home
to Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek, a route that the             Needless-to-say, this was a most enjoyable start to the 356CAR
area’s locals fondly remembered as “Cruising the Main” in             Four Peaks Tour Series. Our special thanks to Steve Douglas
their teenage years. After passing through the downtown               for the planning of the event, as well as to Ed and Daphne
area, the plan was to drive to the entrance of the Mount Diablo       Morris for hosting the kickoff gathering at their home.
State Park via Walnut Avenue and at that point regroup the 35         Additional event photos are posted on the 356CAR website
cars taking part in the drive before starting up the mountain.        under the events section.
Unfortunately, about half the group took a turn on Walnut
Boulevard. Yes, there are two streets named Walnut in Walnut          Now we are all looking forward to Part 2 of the Four Peaks
Creek! This inadvertent detour added some unplanned “places Tour Series, the drive up Mount Tamalpais on July 25. Details
of interest” to their route. After discovering the error, we          will be posted on the website as they become
regrouped and started the 11-mile climb to the nearly 4000 foot       available. See you there!
summit of Mount Diablo. Although we soon discovered that
the tour route instructions were not completely accurate, we
all agreed that it was probably best to utilize a “don’t ask and      A make up session for the Mount Diablo tour is being planned. If
don’t tell” policy regarding their author.                            you are interested in participating, please contact 356CAR Secretary
                                                                      Garrick Huey at 925.209.7593 or for a list of dates
The weather could not have been better for the drive. It was          being considered.
the	first	very	warm	day	of	the	year	with	a	high	of	80F	yet	the	
air was still clear, thus offering spectacular views of San
                                                                  Overall length is 155.4”, overall width including mirrors
Tesla Store of Menlo Park                                         is 73.7”, and overall height at curb weight is 44.4 “. The
By Garrick Huey                                                   wheelbase is 92.6”, the front track is 57.6” and the rear track is
                                                                  59.0”. There’s 42” of legroom, 36.7” of headroom, and 26” of
Spring	has	finally	arrived	in	the	San	Francisco	Bay	Area	and	the	 shoulder room.
monthly 356CAR Breakfast in San Mateo on Saturday April 4
brought out 72 attendees that included several guests. Every      Standard safety features include four-sensor, four-channel
seat	in	the	main	dining	room	at	Mimi’s	Café	was	filled	and	then	 ABS, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, front and rear
some!                                                             crumple zones, front airbags for both driver and passenger,
                                                                  rigid occupant safety cell, side impact door beams, seat belt
After all the breakfast plates were cleared and the last cup of   pretensioners, integrated head restraints, vehicle theft-deterrent
coffee drained, the group headed for the parking lot to do the    and immobilizer system (passenger ejector seat . . . no, that’s in
usual tire kicking before driving to Menlo Park to visit Tesla    the Aston-Martin DB5), PIN for security in starting the vehicle,
Motors, manufacturer of electric sports cars. Although we         and a valet mode to restrict speed, acceleration and range (for
ended up with twenty-two 356s lined up in the Tesla parking       those who have seen Risky Business and/or Ferris Bueller’s Day
lot, eventually sixty-two people gathered to be greeted by Store Off.)
Sales Manager Daniel Myggen for a guided tour of the facility.
                                                                        Creature comforts include heated seats, touch screen vehicle
Tesla’s	Menlo	Park	store	is	the	first	of	its	kind	in	the	United	        information display, electric AC, cruise control, leather
States. The second store is                                             wrapped steering wheel, power windows and door locks
located in Los Angeles. A third                                                                        and of course a retractable cup
store is planned for Chicago                                                                           holder. The roadster is available
and a fourth for New York                                                                              in 2 non-metallic, 6 metallic, and
City. The Menlo Park store                                                                             5 premium colors, combined
does	all	of	the	final	assembly	                                                                        with 10 interior colors.
and detailing. Tesla stores are
company owned and only the                                                                             The tour started with a look
stores are authorized to service                                                                       at	the	finished	car	in	the	
the vehicles.                                                                                          showroom where Dan Myggen
                                                                                                       showed everyone the various
All Tesla roadster bodies and                                                                          features of the roadster and
chassis sold worldwide are                                                                             answered dozens of questions.
assembled by Lotus in the UK                                                                           Several 356CAR members tried
and then shipped to the US for                                                                         the car on for size. We then
final	assembly	in	Menlo	Park.		                                                                        walked	past	a	fleet	of	roadsters	
This includes paint and body                                                                           awaiting delivery in the back
finish	detailing,	battery	and	      The Tesla final assembly area with a complete motor and            of the building and went to the
motor installation, mechanical      transmission on the cart in the foreground.                        production shop where several
and electronic checkout, charging                                                                      cars	were	undergoing	final	
system	assembly,	and	final	checkout	before	transportation	                                             assembly.
                                                                        The most notable characteristic of the car was its total lack of
The	roadsters	as	they	arrive	from	Lotus	are	called	“floaters”	          engine noise. While we were there a customer picked up his
because they sit so high on their suspensions until the battery         vehicle from the service bay and as he drove off the absence
packs (comprised of 6,831 Lithium-Ion battery cells weighing            of noise was jaw dropping. It was as if we’d just seen a land
about 1,000 pounds) and electric motors are installed. There’s          speeder from Star Wars.
a	lot	of	handcrafted	carbon	fiber	everywhere	for	strength	and	
lightness. The body is a bonded to an extruded aluminum                 Performance is an impressive 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with an
chassis to form a monocoque structure. The entire car weighs            electronically limited top speed of 125 mph. Range is 244 miles
just 2,690 pounds.                                                      EPA combined city/highway. Charging time is 3.5 hours for a
                                                                        complete cycle using 220v. Charge with 110v is much longer.
The microprocessor-controlled battery pack has a 100,000+               Cost for a roadster is $109,000 with a two-year waiting list.
mile lifecycle. Power comes from a 248 bhp, 3-phase electric
motor with a 14,000 RPM redline and regenerative braking.               A number of factory options are available. For example, if
Regenerative means that when you press on the brake, the                you want the Tesla Roadster Sport version that provides 288
energy is captured and used to recharge the battery pack.               bhp and does 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, comes with a custom
                                                                        tuned	suspension,	black	finish	forged	alloy	Tesla	wheels,	and	
The transmission is a single speed gearbox. Just put the car in         Yokohama A048 Performance tires, the option price of $19,500
gear, step on the accelerator to go and the brake to stop. The          The new Tesla sedan was recently unveiled in the news looks
brakes are 4-wheel ventilated disk brakes. Torque is 280 ft-lb          very sleek. At $49,900 (with the current $7,500 tax incentive)
with 100% of that torque available throughout the rev range!            it looks to be very competitive with other luxury sport sedans
                                                                        in its price class. Super car luxury and performance from a
                                                                    7   battery powered car!
Cooks Upholstery
Tech Session
By Michael Hodos
Cooks Upholstery has been
a	fixture	in	the	Bay	Area	for	
more than 40 years with a
well-deserved reputation for
excellent work throughout the
local Porsche 356 community.

Recently owner Craig Lynch
moved his shop from its
historic location in Redwood
City at the end of Main Street
to a newly renovated building
on El Camino Real just north
of	Highway	84.		The	first	
thing one can’t help noticing
upon entering the new shop
is its seemingly expansive                       The interior of Ed Morris’s Speeedster compliments of Cooks.
space. There isn’t a forest of
roof support poles for Craig         Incidentally, the sun is deadly to all types of upholstery so when you have no choice but to park
and his crew to maneuver             in a sunny location always leave the windows open a bit.
around as they work their
magic. Another advantage to          Carpet and Convertible Top Care
the new location is that you         Never shampoo wool carpeting as the moisture will cause the carpet to shrink. Use a product
no longer the need to park on        like Woolite applied with a slightly damp sponge. The best product to remove oil spots from
the sidewalk. The shop has a         carpets and canvas convertible tops is non-chlorinated brake cleaner. Spray the product on
small, dedicated parking lot!        a white, terrycloth towel and use the towel as an applicator. To clean convertible tops use a
                                     mild Ivory Soap solution applied with a soft brush. Then once the top is thoroughly dry apply
Following the San Mateo              Wofstein’s Rag Top Protectant.
breakfast in May, a group
of ~20 people made its way           Incidentally, many of the products mentioned above can be obtained directly from Cooks.
down a rainy Highway 101
to attend the tech session. By       Seat Repair
the way, the only Porsche 356        Usually Cooks can rejuvenate worn areas on vinyl and leather seats via a combination of dye
in attendance was Dr. Roger          application processes. When the damage is severe, replacement panels can be sewn in and then
Craig’s Pre-A coupe . . . for        blended with dye to match.
which Craig Lynch graciously
provided inside parking!             Seats that are physically “twisted” can be repaired via disassembly and realignment of the
                                     various seat parts (seat mechanisms, frames and/or the pan itself.) Seat coils can be repacked
Here are some highlights from        with	cotton	padding	to	restore	firmness.		Cooks	can	also	handle	the	repair	of	damaged	or	worn	
Craig’s question-and-answer          chrome seat parts that need re-chroming.
style presentation, including
his product recommendations:         Speaking of seats, Cooks now offers excellent quality reproduction Speedster seats that can be
                                     ordered in either stock or extra wide “Big Boy” styles. The seats include new frames and rails for
Upholstery Care                      a true slide-in installation. Of course, each pair also can be upholstered by Cooks to match your
The best conditioner for vinyl       existing interior if desired.
is 303 Aerospace Protectant.
The best treatment for leather       Our appreciation and thanks to Craig Lynch for his willingness to open his doors to us on a
is to clean it at least four times   Saturday morning to present this very informative tech session.
a year with Malco Leather
Cleaner then rejuvenate it           Cooks Upholstery is now located at 1823 El Camino Real, Redwood City 94063, 650.364.0923.
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by	Color	Plus.		Microfiber	          part of the building in which Cooks is now located is leased to Superformance, makers of the only Shelby
towels of the variety that can       Licensed Cobra Roadsters and Daytona Coupes, as well as several different GT40 continuation vehicles.
be obtained inexpensively            Normally, examples of each type of vehicle are on display in their showroom.
at Costco are great for all
these types of applications.                                            8
                                                                     4.    With the fuel pump and coil switches OUT (off), turn the
RS 61 Starting Made Easy                                                   engine over until the oil pressure gauge just starts to move.
By Michael Hodos                                                           (It’s a roller crank and it would be hard to make full pressure
                                                                           with the starter).
Before you can
“drive it like you                                                   5.    Push IN the fuel pump and coil switches (on).
stole it,” you have
to start it! For those                                               6.    Turn ignition switch on. Do not turn all the way to starter
of you who missed                                                          yet.
the tour of John
Mozart’s collection                                                  7.    When the fuel pumps have stopped rattling and are just
in December or who                                                         ticking, you have full pressure.
didn’t happen to
notice the starting                                                  8.    Hand-operate the throttle while looking down the carburetors
procedure instruction                                                      to see if the accelerator pumps are squirting. (The needle
sheet on the driver’s                                                      valves on old Webers can stick if they have been sitting for
seat of John’s                                                             a long time. If this happens, tap on the brass plugs on top
immaculate RS 61                                                           of the carburetors with a screwdriver handle.) At any rate,
Spyder, here’s how                                                         you must have the accelerator pumps squirting or you can’t
it’s done. Bottom                                                          start the engine.
line: Plan your
getaway carefully!                                                   9.    After the engine starts, hold a high idle for a few minutes.
                                                                           It will take a while for the temp gauge to hit even 100° so
                                                                           driving slowly will help.
1.   Under the front hood on the right side, down by the lower
     torsion tube, is a fuel valve. Turn it in line for ON.          10.    The reset button for the telltale needle is on the back of the
                                                                            tachometer, right about at the 8000 RPM point. Reach up
2.   Remove the velocity stack covers.                                      behind and push.

3.   Turn the battery switch on (clockwise).                         11.    You can run premium pump gas.


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                                                                    carburetors	and	filled	a	cylinder.		The	engine	would	not	even	
Tech Notes – Fuel Cock Handle                                       turn over when he tried to start it. Luckily he did not damage
By Bill King                                                        the engine by bending a rod.

I was talking to a long time owner of a 356 who had never           Learn to use the fuel cock handle properly and it may help
operated the fuel cock handle located under the dash. In fact       keep you out of trouble. The fuel cock on all cars has three
he was unsure what it was for! I was intrigued by this and          positions. Early cars have a plate marked Auf for on, Zu for
asked several other owners if they use the features of the fuel     off, and Res for reserve. T6 cars have a plate marked with just
cock. Surprisingly, few owners used the handle regularly.           A, Z and R. When on the handles on early cars face down. On
                                                                    the later models the handle faces up in the on position. Since
I learned the                                                       the handle can be installed in the incorrect position you may be
value of turning                                                    unsure as to your handle’s operating position.
the lever to off
in my early days                                                    One way to test the position of the fuel cock is to turn the
of Porsche 356                                                      handle to what you think is the OFF position while the engine
ownership. My                                                       is running at a fast idle. Be sure you have at least a quarter
Speedster was                                                       tank of gas so the fuel is above the reserve pipe. If the engine
parked in front                                                     begins to sputter after a short while you’ll know the lever is in
of the Blue Berry                                                   the OFF position. Now that you know where OFF is located,
Hill restaurant                                                     the RESERVE portion of the valve will be opposite the OFF
in Livingston,                                                      side. ON will be at 90 degrees between reserve and OFF.
California many
years ago when                                                      If your lever is pointing in the wrong direction it can be
a trucker ambled Early fuel cock turned off.                        corrected easily by pulling the pin that holds the handle to the
in and said                                                         fuel cock valve and rotating it to the correct position. On T6
there was a funny little sports car outside with a large pool of    cars you have to go underneath the car to get to the valve.
gasoline under it. A fuel line had come loose at the pump.
                                                                    Learn how to use the fuel cock valve properly. It can save you
My brother Bob has also learned the value of turning off the        from	having	a	damaged	engine	or	even	a	fire.		And	remember	
fuel cock. While attending an event in Monterey, he parked his      that the reserve function will give you a little more than a
Coupe with the nose uphill and fuel had drained through one         gallon of gas to get you to the next gas station.

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3-Point Seat Beats – Part 1: Non-retractable Belts
By Barry Brisco
This is the first of two articles on 3-point seat belts,
inspired in no small part by a relatively low speed off-road
excursion by one of our members that nonetheless resulted
in some very serious injuries to the passenger and some
minor injuries to the driver even though both of them
were wearing lap belts. Part 2 in the July/August issue
will cover retractable belts.

Seat belts were never standard on the Porsche 356,
although they were an option from early on. Yet
they were rarely ordered or installed by new owners.
Adding seatbelts to a 356 is a relatively simple thing
to	do	and	provides	obvious	benefits	that	hardly	need	
to be elaborated.

A 3-point belt is clearly superior to a basic lap belt
in preventing the occupant from pitching forward
into the steering wheel and dashboard in the event
of a sudden stop since it is not possible to use your
arms to brace yourself in a hard impact. In fact,
racecar drivers are taught to let go of the steering wheel before      backs are very low. If you are rear-ended your head is going
impact to help minimize arm, shoulder and neck injures! Diest          to snap back, impact the roll bar and a skull fracture is very
Safety makes a comfortable non-retractable 3-point system              likely to result. Roll bars are for racecars where the drivers are
for owners who want to minimize any hint of modernity.                 wearing helmets and in racing the rules specify that they be
Retractable inertia reel belts are available for those who prefer      heavily padded.
that convenience.
                                                                       Starting with the 1963 model year, all Porsches had built-in
If you are still using a basic lap belt, close your eyes and picture   reinforced seat belt mounts with captive nuts welded into the
a dashboard induced skull fracture suffered by your valued             floor	pan	behind	the	front	seats	and	a	rear	mount	for	a	shoulder	
passenger, or your chest being crushed by the steering wheel           belt. Nevertheless, seat belts were still an option. However,
since the steering column is non-collapsible. Then install a           the	factory	shoulder	belt	mounting	point	is	flimsy	and	does	
3-point system. A 4-point shoulder belt system is even better,         not go through the inner fender wall, so you must be sure your
but	mounting	requires	more	modifications.                              mounting holes go into the body sheet metal. In earlier 356
                                                                       models, drill holes for all mounting points and use large fender
There is the potential issue for spinal compression occurring          washers for reinforcement. In fact, it’s much better is to weld
on impact caused if the shoulder belt mounting point is too far        in some reinforcing plates. Again, make sure their corners are
below the level of the occupant’s shoulder. The problem is that        rounded, not sharp. Then drill the holes.
in a stock 356 there is no good location to attach the shoulder
belt mount point so that it is at the same level as, or higher         Mounting seat belts was covered extensively in the July/
than your shoulder. The B pillar is not strong enough as it was        August 2005 356 Registry Magazine. You can view that article
not designed for that purpose. I have seen some 356s with the          online at
shoulder	belt	mounted	almost	on	the	floor	behind	the	front	            installation_maltby.html.
seats in an attempt to hide the bulky retractor mechanism. This
is a poor location because of the severe downward angle of the
shoulder belt. In an impact the belt will pull the occupant’s
shoulder	down	towards	the	floor,	twisting	and	compressing	
their spine with potentially serious consequences!

Another approach is to secure each side of the 2-piece shoulder
harness	to	an	eyebolt	attached	to	the	engine	firewall	behind	the	
rear	seat	back.		Keep	in	mind	that	the	firewall	sheet	metal	is	not	
very strong. Remove the upholstered rear panel and weld in
some reinforcing pieces. Make sure their corners are rounded,
not sharp. Then drill your mounting holes.

Incidentally, adding a roll bar to the car and using that for the
shoulder belt mount point brings new risks because 356 seat         13
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Protecting Public Safety Personnel on the                  
                                                                     This great compilation of Porsche 356 Body and Engine ID
                                                                     information is located on the Stoddard web site. While there’s
Effective July 1, 2007, California motorists are now required
                                                                     a more detailed version of the chart in Brett Johnson’s The 356
to	take	specific	action	when	approaching	an	area	on	the	
                                                                     Porsche - A Restorer’s Guide To Authenticity, the Stoddard page is
freeway where emergency vehicles are present and displaying
                                                                     fast, easy to use and you can bookmark it to have right at your
emergency lights. Known as the “Move Over” law, motorists
are now required to either move over to a lane not adjacent to
the emergency vehicles or vehicle. If not practical or safe to do
so, the motorist must slow down to a reasonable or prudent
speed that is safe for the existing weather, road and vehicular
or	pedestrian	traffic	conditions.

Enacted in 42 states, this law is intended to protect emergency
workers and personnel at the scene of an emergency incident or
other situation where public safety personnel are present.

Information on “Move Over” laws in other states and the
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