Nevada County POGs
If you’re a Porsche owner in Nevada County, you may have heard about the NCPOGs. An acronym for Nevada County Porsche Owners Group, NCPOGs formed about four years ago when founders Ken Suzuki and David Piazzese got tired of driving down the hill to meet with fellow Porsche owners. “We both belonged to the Porsche Club of Sacramento and felt that it was a little bit inconvenient because we always had to drive to Sacramento for their events,” said Suzuki. “We thought it would be nice to have a local group that did activities originating and ending here.”
A simple postcard advertising a get-together in Nevada County was sent to local Porsche owners who already belonged to the Sacramento group. Suzuki said 12-15 cars and their owners showed up to that first meeting and NCPogs was born. The group’s mailing list has grown to include about 70 people, primarily from the Grass Valley/Nevada City area, according to Suzuki.
But this group is not a car club, Suzuki pointed out. “I purposely called this an owner’s group because I didn’t want to make it a club to imply membership,” he said. “It’s an open, very loosely-knit group.” The only requirement is that you own a Porsche of ‘any vintage, any year’, Suzuki added. “It’s just an outlet for Porsche owners to get together and talk cars and enjoy their cars.”
NCPOGs try to meet at least once a month throughout the year, taking a break for winter and the holidays. Staring with casual breakfast meetings, the group begins to plan their events for the season, which include drives to points of interest throughout the Sierra and fun runs, such as the Riddle Rally planned for May 31st, when I joined them for brunch. “We’ve done drives up to Downieville, up to Graeagle, we’ve had drives up to Reno to see a car collection, we’ve done a drive out to Apple Hill and we’ve also done rallies,” Suzuki said.
The Riddle Rally is a set course that every participant drives, usually as a two-member team. Along the route are a number of landmarks and locations that correspond with ‘riddles’ supplied to each team and the object is to answer those riddles, using clues found along the way. For example, a drive up Highway 20 above Nevada City might include the landmark location of “_________ Ridge”, with the answer being “Harmony Ridge”. Often the group gets together at the end of the course to compare answers or they have a meal together the following week to find out who got the most right answers. And sometimes the winner gets more than bragging rights, such as a bottle of wine or a free meal at the next meeting.
Sometimes the local group expands their horizons and combines activities with other clubs. In August, NCPOGs will join forces with the Sacramento-based Porsche club for that group’s planned drive to Graeagle in August, which includes a stop in Grass Valley. Suzuki expects a good turnout for that event; that many Porsches on the road at one time should be quite a sight to see.
As a group, NCPOGs would also like to become more involved in the community and help others. They participated in last year’s Toy Run with the Roamin Angels, collecting toys from group members and delivering them to the Roamin Angels for distribution to area children during the holidays. They plan to continue that participation, according to Suzuki. “It will be an annual event. It was very satisfying to be able to help,” he said.
If you’re interested in joining NCPOGs or would like to be on their email list, contact Ken Suzuki at 530-277-9124 or email Ken at email@example.com.
NASCAR Notes: Next weekend (June 20-22) the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series roars into Sonoma for the Toyota/SaveMart 350. This year marks the 20th anniversary of NASCAR Cup racing at that facility. Guy Fieri, a Santa Rosa resident, owner of several Northern California Restaurants (Johnny Garlic’s and Tex Wasabi’s come to mind), Food Network star and a huge NASCAR fan, will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
As part of the pre-race festivities, Infineon Raceway will hold its 4th annual NASCAR Day in Sacramento this Saturday (June 14) at the State Capital. Road race specialists Boris Said and Auburn’s Scott Pruett will be there to meet fans and sign autographs. “I’m told the area has some of the most passionate NASCAR fans, so I guess I’ll get to see them for myself,” Said commented. Scheduled events include NASCAR stock cars driving through the area with a police escort, music, interactive displays, face-painting and a bounce house for kids and special ticket offers for the Infineon race. The event is FREE and lasts from 11am-2pm on State Capital grounds in downtown Sacramento.
And don’t forget Infineon Raceway’s Ride the Bus program. For $130 you get a souvenir program and gift pack, a premium reserved seat for Sunday’s race and round trip transportation to the raceway in an air-conditioned bus from designated locations, which include Sacramento and Yuba City. More information is available at http://www.infineonraceway.com or by calling 1-800-870-RACE (7223).
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