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					November/December 2009

Sequentially serial numbered Oslo Blue Notchbacks belonging to 356CAR members Doug Brown, Judy Hanna and Steven Childs

Holiday ornament designed by 356CAR member Mark Hoag, precision sheet metal fabricator extraordinaire.

         IN THIS ISSUE

         Event Close Ups                                                            Schedule of Events
         Porsche Roads                                                              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                                8:30 AM                Mimi’s Cafe, 2208 Bridgepointe Parkway, San Mateo,
hm: 916-989-1611
                                                                           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                                                          Hodos at or 650-326-1621
Fremont, CA 94536
wk: 510-793-4030
fx: 510-790-2838                                    2nd Saturday           Sacramento Breakfast
pg: 800-971-5943
                                                    9:00 AM                Marie Calendar’s, 5525 Sunrise Blvd, East
Fred Huberty              Director
                                                                           Sacramento, Hwy 50 east to Sunrise Blvd,      Membership
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                                                  or 916-863-5144
mb: 530.219.4501

Elaine Cannon              Director                 3rd Saturday           Hollister Breakfast       Treasurer
2931 Lacy Lane             Web Site                 9:00 AM                San Juan Oaks Golf Course, Hollister, 156 east
Sacramento, CA 95821
                                                                           off of Hwy 101, 4 miles past San Juan Bautista,
hm: 916-481-9528
                                                                           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
                                                                           Cruz. From Highway 1 Exit 41st Avenue. Go South on 41st Avenue ~2
Barney Speckman            Director                                        miles (towards the beach). Turn right on Portola Drive at the four-way      Event Calendar                                  stop intersection. Proceed 5 blocks to the restaurant on the left. Contact
2130 Belford Drive
                                                                           Steve Douglas at or 831-239-1291.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
hm: 925-937-3972
mb:925-367-3940                                     5th Saturday           Central Coast Breakfast
Mark Grimstvedt            Director           Newsletter Advertising
                                                    9:00 AM                Spanish Bay Golf Course Clubhouse, Pebble Beach,
520 West 42nd Avenue                                	                      enter	17	Mile	Drive	via	the	Pacific	Grove	Gate,
San Mateo, CA 94403                                                        mention the Porsche Breakfast for free entrance.
hm: 650-574-3788                                                           Contact Diane Morrill at or 831-375-4442
mb: 650-465-8447

Kent Anderson              Director   Insurance
19094 Madison Avenue                                                            Cover photo: Bob Cannon
Castro Valley, CA 94546
hm: 510-538-9590
mb: 510-909-2311

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

Julie Hansen
7716 Mountain Avenue
                           Associate Editor
Orangevale, CA 95662
hm: 916-987-0255
                                                                             Thanks to the continuing efforts of Membership Chairman Fred
President’s Message                                                          Huberty and his team, the club continues to grow. Please join me in
By Jenny Derich                                                              welcoming	the	following	Porsche	356	aficionados	to	356CAR:

Hello all of you 356ers!                                                     Mike Ashworth, Palo Alto
                                                                             John DiCicco and Sue Nielsen, Atherton
It’s	that	time	of	year	to	start	planning	for	all	the	fun	filled	events	      Jim and Ann Olson, Twain Harte
coming in 2010. Last week we secured our motor home spot at                  Roger and Linda Preston, Zepher Cove
Laguna Seca’s Chaparral Campground for next year’s Monterey                  Greg and Diane Scallon, Los Gatos
Historic Automobile Races in August. While we’ve never stayed at the         Gerald Skulley, Aptos
Mazda Raceway before, we have heard great stories from Alice O’Niell         Troy and Sheri Souza, Corralitos
and Larry Boyd who have had their spot reserved there for many               Frederick Stewart, Burbank
years. Today I reserved our rooms at Embassy Suites for North Meets
South 2010 and sent in our registration. We always have a wonderful          Finally, let’s all remember to be safe on the roads, cherish our friends
time with all of you in San Luis Obispo and we’re expecting a large          and families, and enjoy all the festivities this time of year brings.
turnout this coming year so do get your registration forms in as soon        Happy Holiday Trails!
as possible.
Speaking of NMS 2010, the event takes place April 29 through May
2. Chairman Phil Rowe has now completed formation of the event
Organizing Committee comprised of Rich Peters, George Breein,
Richard Sweeney, Dean Lyon and Ed Morris. Some members of the
committee still need help on their teams so if you are interested in         Is Your 356CAR Membership Expiring?
assisting with the event please contact Phil directly at prowe46@ or 925.943-6597. See the registration form on the club’s
website at A special thank you to Bob Cannon for                   Please take a look at your most recent mailing label.
designing the form.
                                                                                         If the year printed in the corner is 2009
Another thank you to Bob Cannon for handling the ordering and
distribution of the 100 Jahre Ferry Porsche grill badges. In August                   your 356CAR membership renewal is overdue!
Bob placed our club order for 100 of the specially priced grill badges
offered by Porsche AG in Germany and handled through the Porsche
Museum. We received half the shipment in late October that Bob
subsequently delivered to the Bay Area group for distribution at                       Subscribe to the 356CAR eNewsletter !
their November breakfast. The mystery of the remaining badges was
eventually solved when they arrived on November 16. Bob packaged              Our eNewsletter offers a number of advantages for you and for the
each one for those who ordered them in Sacramento and handed out              club:
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Just a reminder to always check the club’s website                 Sign up now by sending email to
calendar for the latest information on upcoming events. Besides North         Be sure to indicate whether or not you wish to receive the
Meets South 2010 at the end of April, we have coming up the big               eNewsletter exclusively.
annual LA Literature Swap Meet and the ancillary events associated
with it at the beginning of March, and the last two drives of our “Four
Peaks” Tour series organized by Steve Douglas coming up in May
and July. If you have ideas for other drives or events you’d like to see
on the calendar, please contact Event Chairman Barney Speckman at                                                                  Are you getting your 356CAR emails?
                                                                                                           We have begun a new service to keep
              North meets South 2010                                                                       CAR members informed of events of
                                                                                                           interest and latest news by email. These
                       April 29 - May 2                                                                    flyers	supplement	information	in	the	
                                                                                                           newslettter. If we don’t have your email
                       San Luis Obispo                                                                     address you will miss out! Update your
                     Embassy Suites Hotel                                                                  contact information at web-
                                                                                                           site member’s page:
       Information and Registration:                                                          (All information remains private)

                                                                                  April 29 – May 2   North Meets South
COMING EVENTS – CLOSE UPS                                                                            San Luis Obispo, CA
                                                                                                     Event headquarters will be the Embassy
See the following calendar of events and for additional                                   Suites. For hotel reservations call
information.                                                                                         805.549.0800 and mention “356 Club.”
                                                                                                     Registration form: for
                                                                                                     information. Call Event Chairman Phil
Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia                                                   Rowe at 925.943.6597 to volunteer to help.
Show – March 6
                                                                                  May 15             Mt. Hamilton Drive & Bocci Tournament
                                                                                                     This is the third leg of the “Four Peaks
This is the signature event of what has become known as “The LA
                                                                                                     Tour” series that started with Mt. Diablo
Weekend”. It draws attendees and vendors from all over the Porsche
                                                                                                     and Mt. Tamalpais in 2009. This tour will
world, occasional celebrities included. Now in its 27th year, over 1,200
                                                                                                     start in East San Jose and end in Livermore
people attend. The meet has over 225 tables with tens of thousands of
                                                                                                     for a late lunch and Bocci lessons. Details
collectibles - posters, sales literature, toys, models, factory gift items,
                                                                                                     will be posted on the website
press kits, technical literature, small trim items and accessories for
                                                                                                     as they become available. Contact Steve
Porsches and vintage VW’s. The meet is held in two huge ballrooms
                                                                                                     Douglas at 831.239.1291 or soquelglen@
on	the	main	floor	of	the	Los	Angeles	Airport	Hilton	Hotel	close	by	
                                                                                            or Barney Speckman at
Los Angeles International Airport. Vendors bring out the very best
wares for this once a year event that is not to be missed. See www.                                  925.937.3972 or for additional information and related events                                    and watch for additional
throughout the weekend. Make your reservations now!                                                  information.

                                                                                  June 6             Loma Prieta Region PCA Zone 7 Concours
On Saturday evening March 6 European Collectables, 1665 Babcock                                      and Swap Meet
Street, Costa Mesa 92627 will once again host an open house from 5-8                                 Parts Heaven, 23694 Bernhardt Street,
PM. Call 949.650.4718 for additional information.                                                    Hayward 94545. See for
                                                                                                     additional information
All Porsche Swap Meet & Car Display – March 7
                                                                                  June 27            Palo Alto Concours
This event is intended to take us back to a simpler time in a very                                   Cadillac will be the featured American
unique setting. A time when the Internet was not our primary                                         marque and Mercedes Benz will be the
source for used Porsche parts. A time when the California Porsche                                    featured European marque.
owners gathered each winter to swap, see old friends and appreciate               July 17            Mt. Veeder Drive
the marque. Most of the swap meet regulars and vendors will be                                       This is the fourth of the “Four Peaks”
attending which means a large selection of Porsche parts should be                                   series. While still in the planning stage,
available. Bring whatever money leftover from the Literature Meet                                    it will include a tour through picturesque
and join the celebration of Porsche! Breakfast will be available.                                    areas of Napa and Sonoma. Details will
                                                                                                     be posted on the website as
North Meets South – April 29 - May 2                                                                 they become available. Contact Steve
                                                                                                     Douglas at 831.239.1291 or soquelglen@
The 23rd year of this signature event just keeps getting bigger and                         or Barney Speckman at
better with well over 200 cars and 300 participants expected to attend.                              925.937.3972 or
This year includes a Gimmick Rally, literature and small parts sale,                                 and watch for additional
wine tasting, traditional People’s Choice Concours followed by lunch                                 information.
and then a guided driving tour, tech session, the awards banquet, and
the usual early Sunday morning parts swap meet before heading for                 August 13-15       Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races
home. To receive the special event Thursday-Saturday night hotel                                     Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
rates at the San Luis Obispo Embassy Suites reserve your room well in                                The new sanctioning body will be the
advance.                                                                                             Historic Motor Sports Association!
                                                                                                     The featured marques to be announced.
                                                                                                     See for additional
Event dates and locations are subject to change. Always check                                        information. for the most up-to-date event information.                         September 12       Topline Automobile People’s Choice
                                                                                  8 AM – 12 Noon     Concours & Swap Meet
 March 6                 27th Annual Porsche Literature, Toy/Model,
                                                                                                     1028 Carolan Avenue, Burlingame, 94010.
                         and Memorabilia Swap Meet
                                                                                                     Co-Hosted by 356CAR and the NorCal912
                         At the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel,
                                                                                                     group. Concours entry is $5; Swap Meet
                         5711 West Century Boulevard, 9 AM to 2
                                                                                                     vendor space is $10; No fee for spectators.
                         PM. Admission $10 at 9 AM or early bird
                                                                                                     This	is	a	space-limited	first	come,	first	served	
                         admission $30 at 7:30 AM. Over 225 tables of
                                                                                                     event for both the concours and swap meet.
                         collectibles.. For vendor information contact
                                                                                                     Swap meet vendors who make an advanced
                         Wayne Calloway, 1504 East Cedar Street,
                                                                                                     reservation by contacting Wil Patterson
                         Ontario, CA 91761 or call Wayne Callaway
                                                                                                     at 650.851.7152 or
                         at 909.930.1999. Vendor registration forms
                                                                                                     and arrive by 8 AM will be guaranteed a
                         are on the website. See
                                                                                                     space. Rain cancels. Watch www.356car.
                for additional
                                                                                                     org or contact Michael Hodos at mehodos@
                         information and related events throughout
                                                                                            or 650.326.6121 for additional
                         the weekend.

                    North meets South
                  April 29 - May 2
                  San Luis Obispo - Embassy Suites Hotel
                Make your hotel reservations with the Embassy Suites @ (805)
                549-0800 - mention “356 Club” to obtain a special room rate of
                $149/night. This year’s event will feature driving tours, a gim-
                mick rally, People’s Choice Concours and self-guided tours.
                Things end with the traditional ‘crack of dawn’ swap meet on
                Sunday morning. Register Early - the first 56 registrations will
                be entered in a drawing for a free hotel night at the event!
See for registration information and latest event updates.

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West Coast Holiday 2009 Diary
By Elaine Cannon

In the brochures advertising the 2009 West Coast Holiday in Sedona
the theme was Sedona “A” place to “B” “C”n. Fifty years ago Porsche
introduced the B series car so the celebration was on.

Of course getting to a Porsche 356 event can sometimes be a challenge
involving distance, weather and time commitments. For many
of	the	people	attending	weather	became	the	topic	on	the	first	day.		
Ron Delmendo of Davis drove his 1960 Roadster outlaw with no
windshield wipers and no heat while Mindy and Brad Barrett of
Calistoga found leaks in their B Roadster Cabriolet they didn’t know
about as Bob and I in our dry, warm Boxster drove along Highway 395
in the rain and snow! After hitting chain controls near Mammoth we
headed towards Nevada on a small “blue” highway with more snow
and	rain	until	we	finally	got	away	from	the	storm	and	headed	south	
on Highway 95. Others who took a more southerly route encountered
dust storms and high winds as the massive storm went through.

Driving down Oak Creek Canyon from Flagstaff into Sedona made                  Brad and Mindy Barrett in the middle of “nowhere” on the way to Sedona.
the earlier part of the trip worth it. The red rocks were glowing in
the sunlight as people began arriving at the Paco Diablo Radisson
from 35 states and 6 countries. Our hosts, Candace Delaney and Jim
Kaufmann, were there to greet us. The Goodie Store was open and by
2:30	PM	it	was	time	for	the	first	tech	session	given	by	Leo	Droughton.		
The day ended with a warm-up party with great food and music.

Thursday there were 7 driving tours from which to choose. We took
“Indian Ruins Tour #2” to Montezuma’s Castle National Monument
and then on our own went to Tuzigoot National Monument (another
Indian ruin) and to the old mining town of Jerome. John Jenkins gave
Thursday’s tech session.

Friday was a day for more driving with an “Iron Butt” 6-7 hour drive
or another 4 hour drive to Prescott and Jerome. We decided it was the
perfect day to drive to the Grand Canyon. A nice parade of Porsches                  The historic town of Jerome.
comprised of three 356s and our Boxster made the trip. Jim Kaufmann
gave Friday’s tech session. Then it was on to Oktoberfest at the Oak
Creek Brewery for brats, sauerkraut and music by a German band.

Saturday was concours day on the golf course lawn of the Poco
Diablo hotel. Approximately 145 cars were placed on the lawn near
a small creek and lots of shade trees. By the afternoon those trees
were a gathering place to get out of the sun. Walt Watson gave the
tech session that day. The awards banquet was held outdoors with
Dennis Crowley as the MC. 356CAR winners included Ron Delmendo
with a 1st in class Outlaw Open, Brad and Mindy Barrett 1st in class B
Open, and Darlene and Ed Swain 1st in class A Closed. The awards by
Jeff Gamble were beautiful three-
dimensional Speedster grill badges.

Sunday people were up early
for the Swap Meet and then it                                                                                       Lunch at the south rim of the
was time to head for home. The                                                                                      Grand Canyon.
Arizona Outlaws have a tradition
of hosting the West Coast Holiday
every 10 years: 1979 in Tucson,
1989, 1999, and 2009 in Sedona.
You can probably mark your
calendar for 2019 now. Photos
are available on the website

                                      Concours site at Sedona.
The Three Sister Notchbacks
By Michael Hodos

Since the picture of the three sequentially serial numbered Oslo Blue Notchbacks appeared on the cover of the September/October newsletter, I
have been deluged with requests for more information about the cars and how they all ended up belonging to 356CAR owners.

By	way	of	background,	initially	the	“Karmann	Hardtop”	or	so-called	“Notchback”	was	essentially	a	Cabriolet	body	with	a	fixed	hardtop	welded	
in place. It looks like a Cabriolet with a hardtop but was in fact equivalent to a Coupe since the top could not be removed. The T5-bodied “B”
model was built this way in 1961. This changed in 1962 when the T6-bodied version became a completely unique production design. Fewer
than 2,300 Notchbacks total were made and only 699 of those were the later T6-bodied twin grill versions.

The “Three Sisters” were manufactured around October 1961. They were all delivered to the Bay Area at the same time. After purchasing
202152 Doug Brown found out about 202154, mentioned it at the Sacramento Breakfast and Stephen Childs bought the car. Doug subsequently
checked the VIN on Judy Hanna’s car and discovered her car completed the three car sequence! It was Stephen who arranged for the photo
shoot that ended up on the cover of the newsletter last month.

The chart below provides answers supplied by the owners to some of the most frequently asked questions received about the Oslo Blue “Three
                             Owner                  Doug Brown                     Judy Hanna                        Stephen Childs

                                VIN                    202152                         202153                             202154

                         Purchased                   May 2006                      January 2002                         June 2009

                  Previous owners                        4+                              3                                  3

                       Actual Miles                    124,886                         N/A                                67,012

                   Odometer miles                      24,886                         13,378                              67,012

                            Interior                    Black                          Red                                 Red
              Matching Numbers?                          Yes                           Yes                                 Yes

                    Factory options                     None                          None                      Chrome wheels, armrests

The Three Sisters in sequential serial number order and their owners.

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                                                                                 Wyn Robertson of Continental Auto Service. For cash and the 356
A Porsche Tale –                                                                 engine remains Robertson obtained a used 36hp VW engine so Clancy
The History of Speedster 80469 – Part 1                                          could get to work. As it turned out the car’s unusual VIN number
                                                                                 11006477 is the engine number for a 1955 VW Type 1 36 horsepower
By Larry Wilson                                                                  engine. Since engine numbers were used in California for the VIN
                                                                                 number in those days, Clancy had DMV change the registration from
With all our Porsche 356s now at least 45 years old and very few of them still   the Porsche engine number to the VW engine number. Crussell ended
owned by their original owners, each car has a unique history just waiting       up racing an E-Production Morgan and sold the Speedster to the third
to be discovered and told. What follows is one such story uncovered by the       owner Paul Ochsner in 1962.
current owner.
                                                                                                                            My wife Pat and I purchased
For three years in the early 1960s                                                                                          Speedster 80469 in January
I raced a kart in International                                                                                             1965 from Ochsner thus
Kart Federation races in Northern                                                                                           making us the fourth owners.
California. In January 1965 a                                                                                               I raced it from 1965 through
friend named Paul Ochsner asked                                                                                             1967 in SCCA E-Production
if I would be interested in buying                                                                                          events in Northern California
his 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster                                                                                              at Cotati, Port of Stockton,
80469. Paul had converted it to a                                                                                           Vaca Valley Raceway, Camp
racecar and in 1962 through 1964                                                                                            Stoneman and Laguna Seca.
he competed in SCCA E-Production                                                                                            While the inherent limitations
races in California and Oregon.                                                                                             of a Pre-A model and the lack
He was offering a complete race-                                                                                            of an external oil cooler meant
package: the car complete with a                                                                                            the car wasn’t a world-beater,
custom	tow	and	light	bars	for	flat	                                                                                         it had some nice features
towing, racing spare parts, plus all                                                                                        including scooped and vented
the original street equipment and                                                                                           60mm GT brakes in the front
a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 station                                                                                            (which were fantastic for
wagon tow car. Paul was asking                                                                                              exactly 15 minutes, and then
$6,000 for the lot. His job at AeroJet                                                                                      over-heated), ZF limited slip
was phasing out and he wanted                                                                                               differential, and single-throat
to	finance	his	return	to	college	for	a	 Larry Wilson and 80469 at Laguna Seca on May 7, 1966.                               Solex 40 PICB carburetors. I
teaching credential. I said I’d help.                                                                                       was	usually	fighting	for	first	
At the time I thought the year-old station wagon was the best part of        in the second group, but it was fun. I couldn’t have had that fun were
the deal!                                                                    it not for my friend Ken Fielding. He volunteered his wrenching skills
                                                                             and	kept	the	Speedster	in	fine	running	condition.		The	car	was	retired	
Forty-years later the Ford Fairlane was long forgotten when I                from racing in June 1967 when the crankshaft broke during a race at
started researching the genealogy of the Speedster. According to the         Cotati.
Certificate	of	Authenticity	issued	by	Porsche	Cars	North	America,	the	
Porsche factory produced Speedster 80469 on April 13, 1955. It was           After	several	years	of	hibernation,	Speedster	80469	was	refitted	with	
then imported to the U.S. by Max Hoffman in New York and sent to             its original bumpers, windshield and top - all fortunately kept by
Oxford Motors in Sacramento for retail sale. Sammy Weiss owned               previous owners - and then licensed for the street with a repaired
Oxford Motors. He sold and/or serviced nearly every European                 engine. Pat and I then drove it to the 1975 PCA Porsche Parade in
sports car. He was the Porsche dealer for the Sacramento Valley from         Seattle. About a year later I broke the crank again so the Speedster
1954 until mid-1959. He also was a big-time Porsche 550 Spyder racer.        went back into hibernation parked crosswise under a car cover in the
In 1957 Weiss moved Oxford Motors with all British car sales and             back of a two-car garage.
service to I Street in Sacramento behind the Memorial Auditorium.
At the same time the sales and service for his other continental makes       In 1980 I had a vague notion that at some point in the future I
(Porsche, Simca, Renault, Peugeot and Borgward) were moved to his            would	fix-up	the	Speedster	for	street	use,	but	the	concept	of	a	
newly opened International Sports Cars facility on Fulton Avenue.            real	“restoration”	wasn’t	clear	to	me	until	twenty-five	years	later.		
                                                                             However, I could foresee the rising costs of body repair and painting
Robert Kimball was the salesman at Oxford Motors who sold the car            so I asked Don Joe of Fabrication Specialties in Sacramento to redo
in	mid-1955	to	Bob	Clancy,	the	first	owner.		Clancy	was	a	fashion	page	 various quick-and-dirty crash-damage repairs from its racing days and
artist for the Sacramento Bee newspaper who purchased the car for            to repaint the exterior of the Speedster with just one shade of Signal
daily transportation. In the “small world” category, Gordon Glyer,           Red. The car had no rust because it was driven most of its life only
who I’d known for a couple of years, introduced me to Kimball at the         on weekends and then seldom in the rain. Don sprayed the car in
2006	Niello	Serrano	Concours.		Together	they	verified	that	Kimball	          lacquer, which was still legal in California at that time.
was the salesman who sold the car to Clancy. Clancy owned the car
until 1960 when he sold it to another friend of mine, Bob Crussell of        To postpone my car storage problem, I asked Don to do the work as
Newcastle. The car’s VIN number 11006477 was a mystery, but for a            a	fill-in	job	when	he	had	no	other	work.		To	reduce	costs	I	also	asked	
racecar who cared?                                                           Don not to paint the back of the bumpers, fender-door cavities, hinge
                                                                             covers and door jambs, underside of the trunk and engine lids, dash,
Bob Crussell, who also worked at the Sacramento Bee, intended to             and headlight buckets . . . a decision I would later regret. He agreed
convert the Speedster into a SCCA E-Production racecar. That plan            to both points and once again I had a spacious garage. Then out of the
didn’t materialize because of the added cost of buying a complete            blue four years later Don called to say, “Hey Larry, your car is done.”
engine to replace the 36hp VW engine Clancy had installed in the             I borrowed a trailer, brought the car home and for the next 20 years or
car. Bob told me that Clancy had lent the Speedster to his son for a         so the Speedster regained its covered, crosswise position in the back of
weekend at Lake Tahoe. During the trip the kid had high-centered the         our garage.
car on a boulder that caused a huge oil leak. He tried to make it home
but the engine literally melted in the process. Clancy took the car to     9 Part 2 of this story will appear in the next issue of the 356CAR Newsletter.

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Porsche Roads – East Bay Tour                                                             15           0.7
                                                                                                                 Wildcat Canyon Road becomes Shasta
By Steve Douglas
                                                                                                                 Straight onto East Park Drive which
                                                                                          16           0.8
If there’s one member of 356CAR who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the                                         becomes Wildcat Canyon Road again.
best Porsche roads in Northern California it’s Steve Douglas. This is the                                        Signal at San Pablo Dam Road. Go
second of what will be an occasional series of articles in which Steve shares                                    straight onto Bear Creek Road.
some of his favorite day rides. Of course, similar contributions from other               17           3.7
                                                                                                                 WARNING: Speed limits are rigidly and
members of the club are also welcome.                                                                            aggressively enforced!
                                                                                          18           8.4       Left on Alhambra Valley Road
The directions below notwithstanding, a detailed map of the area is a highly
recommended travel companion.                                                                                    Right on Pinole Valley Road through
                                                                                          19           2.7
                                                                                                                 Pinole to Old Town.
One of my favorite tours is to Martinez via Castro Valley, Tilden Park
and Crockett. This tour is great anytime, but during summer the fog                       20           4.0       Right on San Pablo Avenue
can obscure a lot of the great views. The tour length is about 65 miles
                                                                                                                 San Pablo Avenue name changes to
with a driving time of about 2½ hours. It’s best if you get an early
                                                                                          21           2.2       Parker. Stay to the left and at ¾ mile the
start and take a picnic for lunch in Tilden Park. It’s open weekends,
                                                                                                                 road becomes San Pablo Avenue again.
11 AM – 5 PM. As you’ll see, there are a lot of interesting things to
look at along the way.                                                                                           Enter the town of Cockett, home of C&H
                                                                                          22           3.1
                                                                                                                 Sugar and a few antique stores.
Starting in Castro Valley
From the East take Highway 580 toward Pleasanton and exit Castro                                                 Go east on Pamona Avenue that becomes
                                                                                          23           1.0
Valley Boulevard (Exit 37), go left on Castro Valley Boulevard 1.3                                               Carquinez Scenic Road.
miles, then right onto Redwood Road. From the West take Highway                                                  Left on Canyon Lake Drive and enter Port
580, exit Redwood Road (Exit 36A), then turn left onto Redwood Road.                                             Costa,	normally	filled	with	moorcycles	
                                                                                          24           1.6       on weekends. The Warehouse Café, Bull
  Direction                                                                                                      Valley Inn and Burlington Hotel offer
                 Mileage      Direction
    No.                                                                                                          good dining.

                              North on Redwood Road. San Leandro                                                 Head back up Canyon Lake Drive and
       1            0.0                                                                   25
                              Reservoir on right.                                                                left on Reservoir Road.

       2            9.8       Right on Pinehurst Road                                     26           0.4       Straight onto McEwen Road
                              Left at Canyon Road. Staying on
                                                                                          27           2.4       Left on Franklin Valley Road
       3            2.7       Pinehurst, enjoy the canyon and the
                              redwoods.                                                                          Rejoin Alhambra Valley Road and the end
                                                                                          28           3.5
                              Straight onto Skyline Boulevard at the 5                                           of this tour.
       4            3.9
                              way intersection.
                              Right onto Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Look                Turning left on Alhambra Valley Road will take you into Martinez.
       5            1.7       down on Highway 24 and the Caldecott                   Go 1.2 miles and turn right onto Main Street to downtown. There are
                              Tunnel.                                                several antique stores in the area of Main Street and Ferry Street. The
                                                                                     harbor is north on Ferry Street. For dinner try the California Magic
                              Straight at Claremont Avenue/Fish                      Dinner Theatre (925.374.0056 and Advanced
       6            2.4
                              Ranch Road                                             reservations are a must!
                              Left on Centennial Drive and at ¼ mile
       7            3.0       on the right park in the Lawrence Hall of
                              Science parking lot and enjoy the view.
                              Exit the parking lot, turn left on
       8                      Centennial Drive, then left on Grizzly
                              Peak Boulevard.

       9            0.9       Right on Shasta Road

      10          250 feet    Left on Park Gate

      11          200 feet    Left on Park Hills Road

      12            0.5       Keep to the right on Park Hills Road
                              Stop at the Wildcat Canyon Road stop
                              sign then proceed into Tilden Park and
                              follow the signs to the antique Merry-Go-
                              Round loop road and parking, snack bar,
                              picnic tables and restrooms. Also visit
                              Lake Anza.
                              Head back to Wildcat Canyon Road and              The antique merry-go-round at Tilden Park.
                              turn left.
Tech Note – Reproduction Teardrop Taillight Problem
By Bill King

On two occasions I have had problems with the electrical grounding on new reproduction taillights. I
tested the lights by turning on the headlight switch and the inboard lamps on the passenger side would
not light. One of the lights glowed slightly but soon went out completely.

My	first	thought	was	to	replace	the	offending	lamp,	but	it	turned	out	to	be	ok.		I	then	checked	the	
ground strap that goes from the body to the taillight housing. It was also ok. While my multi-meter
showed continuity between the bulb socket and the body ground, when I used the ohmmeter I got a high
resistance reading.

Upon examining the taillight unit carefully I noticed that the lamp sockets were fabricated from plated
steel and they seemed to have a thin protective coating of lacquer or something similar applied over the
plating. Apparently the coating inhibited a good ground when the sockets were crimped to the light
housing	during	the	manufacturing	process.	After	determining	the	problem,	the	fix	was	relatively	simple.		
I used a piece of steel wool to clean a small area where the lamp socket is crimped to the housing. Then I
placed a drop of solder on the cleaned area. The repaired lights worked perfectly after the repair.            Solder carefully!

NOTE: If you need to make this repair, use a large soldering iron or gun so that the solder melts quickly.
      You do not want to heat the socket too much because the nylon insulator will melt.

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Product Review – 356 Electrics Manuals
By Michael Hodos

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to use Joe Leoni’s 356 Electrics manuals to help you understand your car’s electrical system and/or to
trouble shoot an electrical problem, you’re in for a real treat!

356 Electrics was founded in 1997 when Joe completed the 15-year project of restoring his 1963 T6/B. During the restoration process he took
detailed notes and developed easy to read schematics for the entire electrical system. Then over the next few years he developed similar
manuals for the Pre-A (’53 or ‘55), A/T2 and T5/B cars. Each set of manuals is comprised of two books, one containing well-annotated, color-
coded electrical schematics and the other containing detailed circuit descriptions that include color-coded diagrams.

Today it’s hard to imagine how the average amateur backyard Porsche 356 mechanic survived until these manuals came along. Clear, concise
and easy to understand, these manuals belong on the garage bookshelf of everyone who owns a 356.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BRAKE LIGHTS - TURN SIGNALS - BACK-UP LIGHT
                                Contact bridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         356 T5 B Porsche

                                Adjusting screw on rear of Horn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 +          -
                 There is a spring between the movable portion
                       of the bridge and the Horn’s Can.
                          Screw head is outside rear.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ignition-Starter                                                  6 Volt Battery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back-Up Light
                                                                                   The fiber board contains the operating contacts, that opens when the movable iron                                        bridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Movable contact on bridge
                                                                                   is pulled toward the stationary iron by the magnetic field.                                                                                                             30
                                                                                   The movable iron will strike the edge of the fiber board, forcing open the contacts.
                                                                                                                                                                                             1/16”                                                                 15
                                                                                   The first action pulls the diaphragm in, then the contacts open, and out pops the diaphragm.
                           Iron=Laminations                                        The is in-out motion continues as long as the Horn button is operated.                                1                                                                                                                                                      Back-Up Light Switch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4      3       2                                                                                                                                                                                 54
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Passenger Side
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mechanical Connection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Light Switch                                                                                                                                                          Brake/Turn 54
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Off   Right - Left            Single Bullet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to Bullet Connectors
 1. To adjust the Horn if it has been disassembled, turn the adjusting screw, on the rear of the horn, until the contact arm is positioned above the stationary iron.                                   Stationary Iron                                                                                                                                                                  on the column
 2.                                                                                                    laminations.
 2 Set the adjustment of the slotted threaded shaft so the diaphragm is close to the movable iron laminations                                                                                            center section                                                                                                                                                                      Typical

                                                                                                                                                                                                          is shorter to                                                                                                                                                      54R
 3. Assemble the Horn pieces with two paper gaskets, connect an ohmmeter or light and battery, across the wiring posts. Turn the back adjusting screw CCW until the
    contacts just open. Then turn the adjusting screw in (CW) one full turn. Contact will be made, and the ohmmeter will read very low resistance.                                                     allow the contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brake Light Switch

 4. Apply 6 volts to the wiring connections on the back. The current draw is high, so a good solid touch (connection) is needed to test.                                                                mount to move                                                                                                                                                         54L
                      This will usually be enough adjustment for some response from the Horn. Tweak the adjustments for full sound.                                                                   below the top edge
 5. Set the rear screw adjustment centered within a range for a good response from the Horn. It will work over almost a complete turn, find the middle of this adjustment.                                    of the
 6. Then after installing the Horns in the 356, it might require a bit more adjusting of the rear screw. However, it will take no more than a quarter of a turn for solid operation.                      laminations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Right Turn                                      Lv                                            Brake/Turn 54

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Driver Side
                                                                                                                                                                           Adjustable Hub                                                                                                                                  0ff                                                   Rv
                                                                                                                                                                           In side the adjusting hub is an internal and
                    Do the set up and adjustments on the bench.                                                                                                            external threaded slug. The ears on the                                                                                                               Left Turn
                                                                                                             Slotted threaded shaft adjustment
                    Hold the Horn in a vise via the mounting arm.                                                                                    2                     slotted threaded shaft engage the slots                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *
                    Use jumpers of at least #14 AWG.                                                                                                                       in the slug.                                                                                               Turn Signal Flasher                                                  Signal Dimmer
                    The Horn will work better and louder once installed.
                                                                                                                     Paper gasket on each
                                                                                                                                                          Lock nut
                                                                                                                                                                     ..    When the shaft is turned the slug moves
                                                                                                                                                                           forcing the hub either up or down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  50 To Starter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Driver Side
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Turn Signal 54

                                                                                                                 3   side of diaphragm.                                                                                                                                                                 Thermally Activated
                                                                                                                                                                           Diaphragm convex facing up.
                                                                                                                                                                              p g                g p                                                                    To Radio    15                                54                                  Blk/Wht/Grn
                                                                                                                  Movable Iron laminations
                                                                                                                                                                     Movable contact.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Passenger Side
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      K                                                 On Tachometer                               Turn Signal 54

                                                                                                                      Stationary laminations                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turn Signal Indicator Light
         The slotted threaded shaft adjustment can be                                                                                                                                                                           To Fuse #1               Instrument Power
         performed with the Horn assembled, but turning the slotted shaft                                                                             Spring pressure on shaft.                                                                                                                                                                                                             *There are two bulbs in each light fixture.

                                                                                                                                                      Spring at bottom of laminations.
         with the spring pressure, may result in a broken shaft. So it is recommended                                                                                                                                                            15                                                              31                                                                           This print shows the Turn Signal Lights.

         that the threaded pieces all be cleaned/lubricated for easy adjustment. Lock nut loose of course.                                                                                                                                                                                            56b                                                                                     Larger bulb is the Turn Signal.
                                                                                                                                                         Diaphragm Assembly                                                      Ignition Starter Switch                                              56b                                                                                     USA Equipment
         Between the outside screw adjuster and the slotted threaded shaft adjuster, the Horns will work.                                                       Not to Scale
         Frequency of the Horn is a function of the resonating mass of the diaphragm and parts.                                                                                                                                                                                    The Turn Signal Flasher fits into a Head Light style socket.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   There is another plastic ring that has the Turn Signal #s,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and it fits over the socket. The ring has a dimple that matches with the notch.                                                         C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .                                                                                                                                                                             356

By the way, being an electrical engineer Joe didn’t stop with his documentation. He has since developed products that can improve an already
solid electrical system. His relays are well known for improving performance, he now maintains a stock of high quality electrical parts for
maintaining and improving our cars, and everything he sells is guaranteed.

In addition, Joe maintains an online FAQ of the more common electrical questions that come his way and he also makes himself readily available
to assist with electrical questions via email at

Joe Leoni’s two-volume manual sets sell for $65-85, a modest price given the incredible amount of useful information they contain. For
additional information see or call Joe at 303.431.5764.

September/October Tech Notes Errata
The circled objects in the September/October newsletter Tech Notes
voltage	regulator	photo	incorrectly	identified	the	laminated	relay	
springs as voltage
regulator points. The
points are actually
found on the side of
the relays (arrow).
The “blued” relay
springs carry no
current. Thanks to Joe
Leoni for bringing this
to our attention.

The Myth of Hands-Free Phones . . . Not As Safe As You May Think!
It seems like everywhere you turn these days, you see drivers chatting away seemingly to no one at all. Of course, by now we usually assume
they’re talking to someone on their hands-free cell phone headset or their built-in OnStar phone.
Although many drivers believe they’re safer using these hands-free options, recent research proves otherwise. A new study shows that drivers
are no safer talking on a hands-free phone than if they were using a hand-held one.

Look mom, no hands!
The new study, conducted by Yoko Ishigami, Dalhousie University and Raymond Klein, appeared in the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Journal
of Safety Research this summer. The study shows that any type of cell phone use distracts the driver from focusing on the road. The human
brain simply can’t focus on the conversation and safe driving at the same time. The researchers discovered that hands-free phones are just as
dangerous	for	drivers	as	hand-held	phones.		According	to	the	study’s	findings,	talking	on	any	type	of	cell	phone	impairs	a	driver’s	reaction	
times and causes them to reduce their vehicle speeds. This leads to more driving errors and car accidents.

Based on the study, there’s at least one difference between drivers using hands-free phones and those using hand-held ones. While drivers
talking on any type of cell phone tend to slow down, those using hand-held phones typically slow down more.

Don’t talk and drive.
This new study is not the only research that shows hands-free phones are no safer for drivers. Several other studies have made the same claim.
However,	until	now,	many	lawmakers	obviously	believed	hands-free	phones	were	safer.		As	a	matter	of	fact,	five	U.S.	states	and	Washington	
D.C. have passed laws requiring drivers to use hands-free phones instead of hand-held ones. But these new studies claim that it’s the
conversation - not the act of holding a cell phone - that causes drivers to lose focus.

It’s clear that cell phones cause serious problems and lead to countless car accidents on our nation’s roads and highways. According to some
estimates, more than 636,000 car crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths are caused by distracted drivers talking on cell
phones in the U.S. each year. In January 2009, the NSC called for a complete ban on cell phones for drivers. Other national organizations and
lobbyists may follow suit.

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