California Inland Region - Porsche Club of America

It's not just the cars, it's the People!

Abran RiveraHi, I am David Witteried, the California Inland Region President. Welcome to our web site! The CAI region is a charted region of the Porsche Club of America, Inc. and is part of Zone 8 which includes 12 other PCA regions. Our region was formed in 1987 and is generally made up of members in the 935xx Zip Code areas. California Inland Region is part of Zone 8 which consists of 14 chartered regions in southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. To see a Google Map of the CAI region boundaries click here.

Our web site is designed to be a useful tool and a place you will visit frequently. Use the quick links at the top of the page to view upcoming event fliers or the calendar page for longer range planning. If you have a question about the club try our FAQ page for a quick answer! Photos of recent events or an adventure you want to share are available on the photo gallery.


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VOTE! We have a slate of officers for the 2016 season. Please cast your votes at Survey Monkey using this link Note that the primary and associate member can both vote. Please have your membership number handy to fill in on the ballot. The candidates are: Lori DeCristo for President, Jim Gude for Vice-President, Mike Forest for Secretary, and John Quick for Treasurer. The ballot will be available for two weeks, so cast your vote now.

In the event flyers this month you will find the Sidewinder Classic. I included it because one of our members, Ian Anderson, is the president of sports car club in Ridgecrest. I would have made this a CAI fun run event but it is happening on the same day as our monthly breakfast meeting. The show is part of the China Lake Naval Weapons Center Community Day. If you want to visit the base, or live in Ridgecrest, this may be of interest to you.

If you any suggestions or questions about the club, please email me or any of the board members. If you want to become more active, take a look at Article VII of our club’s bylaws for a list of jobs that are available. There are a multitude of ways you can contribute!

Speaking of contributing…my wife Janice has taken on the position of the Zone 8 Festival of Speed Volunteer Coordinator. If you aren’t familiar with the festival it is 3 days of Time Trials, PCA Club Racing, Vendors, Swap Meets, Concours, Track Tours, and other activities. This year the FoS is scheduled for April 8th through the 10th. Volunteers are necessary to make this event work and you can volunteer for a little or a lot! On the Thursday before the event a small crew will hang banners and flags around the infield area. You will be hearing more about the festival in the near future.

Recent Activities. Visit our Facebook Albums for more photos and stories! If you have attended an event with us or another PCA Region and have some photos or a story you would like to share, write me and I will get your stuff online!

It has been a busy month since I last wrote! At the end of September we had three members display their Porsches at the Riverside Region’s Porsche Timeline which is held in conjunction with Lake Arrowhead’s Octoberfest celebration. There were many examples of Germany’s finest arrayed throughout the shopping area adjacent to the lake. Bob Gordon, Mike Forest, and Jim Gude shared their Porsches with the public and appreciative PCA members. John Quick, my wife, and I drove up to the show in time to meet everyone for lunch and a little shopping after enjoying a spirited drive on the backroads to Lake Arrowhead.

Photos: (1) Mike Forest and Jim Gude on the sidewalk by the lake; (2) Jim Gude’s 1990 944S2; (3) Bob Gordon’s 1989 930; (4) Mike Forest’s 1973 914; (5) Carol Swede and Bob Gordon enjoying people watching from a bench.

On the 5th of October several CAI members attended the Grand Prix Region’s Day-Away-From-Work Driver’s Education at the Streets of Willow in Rosamond. I was instructing and along for the fun were Erick Burkhardt and Ian Anderson from Ridgecrest. This was Ian’s first DE and he had a great time in spite of the questions he had before signing up for the event! We got plenty of track time with four 45 minute sessions on the track! It did rain a bit during the day and it was interesting zipping around the course on a wet surface. In spite of the rain the day ended without any incidents! A big thanks go out to the GPX team for arranging another great event.

Photos: (1) David Witteried with his student during a morning session; (2) Erik Burkhardt trying to blend into the pit wall; (3) Ian Anderson cleaning his Porsche between sessions and angering the rain gods at the same time.


On the 10th of October we went on a Fun Run to Mt. Baldy. We had an amazing nine Porsches show up at our meeting point in Palmdale! In addition to a few prospective members and our regulars, we also had two Porsches from the Los Angeles Region that joined us; as well as one more we would meet in Glendora. Our drive took us over the freshly repaved Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest down to Montrose, then east on the 210 to Glendora where we ascended the Glendora Ridge Road. This was my first drive on the Glendora Ridge Road and was I in for a surprise. For much of the ascent the road doesn’t have a centerline because it is too narrow! At some points the road literally is on top of the ridge with drop offs just beyond the curbs on both sides at the same time. Too bad we had to watch for oncoming traffic as it would be a blast to drive at speed! Unfortunately there weren’t any good spots to stop with 10 Porsches on the road so I didn’t get any photos of this remarkable road. After enjoying the twisties (understatement there) we arrived at the town of Mt. Baldy where we found some shaded parking and had a great lunch at the Mt. Baldy Lodge. Thanks to Mike Forest and Lori DeCristo for scouting the route, it was a great drive!

Photos: (1) At Mt. Baldy Village, John Quick, Joel Browning, Grant Rickard, and Gary and Leslie Baker; (2) Glenn and Mary Dabatos; (3) New Porsche owner and member, Grant Rickard; (4) Janice Witteried with Eric and Sandra Burkhardt.

The morning of October 24th found us in Santa Clarita for a Photo Rally organized by Mike Forest and Lori DeCristo. The goal of a photo rally is to mark on your route instructions the step during which you saw one of the randomly (with a few dummies) ordered photos of places and things along the route. Sounds easy, but with 40 pictures to keep track of the driver and navigator had to be on the ball! Everyone found their way and event managed to locate a few of the photos too. The rally ended at Margarita’s Mexican Grill in Santa Clarita where we had lunch and LOTS of iced drinks. Somehow Janice and I won first place! I think it was because we were driving our not so sporty Ford Escape which kept our speeds low so we could look around more. Thanks for a great time Lori and Mike!

Photos: (1) Driver’s meeting and instructions are given; (2) Janice Witteried explaining part of rally; (3) Waiting for lunch; (4) Group photo; (5) Nope, it isn’t a million dollars in the case.


The 25th of October saw Janice and myself at the Golden Empire Region’s Zone 8 Concours. Janice and I are both Zone 8 Concours Judges and we like to help out our neighboring region since they reciprocate and help with our annual concours every spring. I had Friday off so we spent several hours preparing Janice’s Boxster S for the show. At first I planned a simple wash and wax spritz, but ended up doing the touchup paint, clay bar and paste wax full meal deal! Thank goodness for my power polisher. We managed to win our class and division (wash and shine) in spite of two exterior details I missed. Janice got a perfect score for the interior which was her responsibility! Great job Janice!

Photos: (1) All cleaned up and tucked in for the night; (2) Janice Witteried’s 2003 Boxster S is ready for the judges on Sunday morning.

Welcome New Members! We have two new members since I last sent out a newsletter, I look forward to meeting you soon. Visit the links at the bottom of this page for more information about your club!

Alexander Crane, Chatsworth, 1999 Carrera
Marie-Laura Ilian, Browns Valley, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Help Wanted! Our club is operated by volunteers and we can use your help. Members and Associate Members can serve in any capacity. If you’re interested please contact me and we can discuss how you might contribute! Please consider adding your unique perspectives and interests to our community! THIS IS YOUR CLUB…take advantage of what it has to offer. Volunteers are the fuel that runs PCA!

CAI Upcoming Events:

7 November – Breakfast Social at the Greenhouse Café in Lancaster at 9:30 a.m.
11 November – CAI Board & Membership Meeting at Greenhouse Café in Lancaster at 6:30 p.m. (arrive early to eat)
5 December – Breakfast Social at the Greenhouse Café in Lancaster at 9:30 a.m.
9 December – CAI Board & Membership Meeting at Greenhouse Café in Lancaster at 6:30 p.m. (arrive early to eat)

Other event highlights around the Zone: Note, visit the Zone 8 Calendar page for a complete list of ALL events including non-Zone activities:

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