In the Zone
By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region
Several regions in Zone 7 will be celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Yosemite Region will be celebrating a historic 60th; Redwood Region will be celebrating their golden 50th Anniversary, and the new kid on the block, Diablo Region will be celebrating their 35th anniversary. Heartfelt congratulations to the members and leadership of these regions.
The 2019 Zone 7 Concours Series calendar has been completed and will start off with a concours school on April 14th at Porsche of Livermore. Registration will be at Motorsportreg.com and is now open. The concours school is designed for members who are new to concours and will cover all the basics about preparing your car for competition as well as how cars are judged. Zone 7 Concours chair, John D’Angelo and his team will provide a comprehensive learning experience for all attendees whether you have a 356 or newer Panamera. Owners of all models of Porsche are encouraged to participate. The concours series will consist of 7 events with Sacramento, Diablo, Golden Gate, Redwood, Loma Prieta, Monterey Bay and Sierra Nevada Region each hosting an event.
The 2019 Zone 7 Autocross Series currently has 6 events scheduled for the season and will likely add an additional two day event when Redwood Region finalizes its negotiations for a new site. Golden Gate and Loma Prieta Regions will be doing two weekend events on April 13th and 14th at Marina and again on September 28th and 29th. Sacramento Valley Region will be hosting zone events on June 29th at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton and again on October 5th at Thunderhill Raceway.
The 2019 PCA Club Race West Coast Series schedule has been posted and will feature a total of 9 events. A detailed schedule of all events can be found by visiting www.pcaclubracing.org.
I recently returned from the Winter Board/National Staff Meeting in Seattle and learned a great deal about the club’s goals for 2019. In addition, I attended PCA University for new Zone Reps and had an opportunity to meet the other 13 Zone Reps in PCA. Except for the historic snow fall over the weekend, it was a wonderful learning experience and a great opportunity to share thoughts with other Porsche enthusiasts who have volunteered their time to serving as a national staff member and volunteer.
The PCA Executive Council recently held its annual strategic planning meeting, also known as Vision 2020.2,and have set some goals to 1) improve its image to the public, 2) update its website to make it more user friendly for both members and administrators, 3) launched a membership growth initiative geared at continuing to grow the club’s membership as well as the PCA Juniors program launched a few years ago, 4) expand content and increase engagement in the Region Focus program, 4) improve communications between national staff, members, and volunteers, and to 5) strive to make the PCA website the primary source for tech information for all things Porsche.
Looking ahead to many of the events of interest in the Zone as well as PCA are the following; PCA Treffen Santa Barbara, Hilton Beachfront Resort, April 3-6, 2019 (event full); Zone 7 Tour with Shasta Region, June 6-10, 2019 (Event Full); Porsche Parade, Boca Raton, Florida, Waldorf Astoria, July 21-27, 2019 (registration open now); Werks Reunion Monterey, August 16, 2019; Porsche Parade, Greater Palm Springs, California, June 21-27, 2020; and Zone 7 presidents meeting, March 2, 2019.