In The Zone ~ May 2020 by Collin Fat

In The Zone
May 2020

By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region

Coronavirus Update:

I hope that this column finds you all safe and in good health as we struggle to deal with the current
pandemic both on a personal, business and club level. The pandemic has certainly caused club
members and their region leadership concerns for their personal safety as well as life as it once was
prior to the pandemic. With all regions in Zone 7 cancelling or rescheduling events as we enter spring,
I know that many of you are itching to get back to normal. However, that does not seem likely as I sit
and write this column just a week or so prior to California’s anticipated apex in regards to infections in
our great state. Temporarily cancelled are events which we have come to expect from our region
leadership such as dinners, cars and coffee gatherings, tours, track days, autocross events and tech
sessions just to mention a few. The big question is when will we get back to normal? I am not an
expert and our comeback is so dependent on what each of us does individually to help prevent the
further spread of this virus. Keep the faith, we will get out of this and get back to normal soon. It will
not happen overnight so be patient.
So what are some of the activities that you as a Porsche enthusiast can do to fuel your passion? Well,
here in the state of California, all of us are under stay at home orders and may only venture out for
essential activities such as going to work, caring for a loved one, going to the grocery store or going to
the local pharmacy. Of course, activities such as riding your bike, jogging, or taking the dog for a walk
are still allowed. My take on this is that it is okay to take your Porsche out for some exercise too but not
in a group of 5-6 Porsches with friends on an unofficial Porsche Club drive. I highly recommend that
this type of group activity be highly discouraged as anyone seeing a group of Porsches, regardless of
the number, may associate this activity as flagrant disregard of prohibitions against group gatherings
and a non- essential activity. Done solo, I think it not an egregious walk around of the stay at home
order and no different from a cyclist going for a short ride. Besides, our Porsche still needs to be
exercised too.
There are many other activities that you can take on at home while under the stay at home order and
here are a few ideas to keep you busy:

1. Detail your engine compartment
2. Fully detail your car’s exterior with a clay bar, polish and some paint correction and a good
application of wax
3. Fully detail your car’s interior with a vacuum, carpet steam clean, leather cleaning and
conditioning. Also include detailing of your seat rails, fresh air vents, door pockets, glove box,
and center console storage.
4. Pull your wheels off and give the inside barrels a thorough cleaning to rid wheels of that
unsightly accumulation of brake dust and road debris.
5. Organize your garage and go through old files and boxes that you have been keeping for years
but are unlikely to ever need. De-cluttering your storage will go a long way to keeping you

6. Write an article for your club newsletter. With many events cancelled there is not much to
report on post event.
7. Attend the next club board meeting. It could be as simple as attending virtually to see what
your board does and the energy required to plan and re-schedule events.
8. Support our local advertisers and sponsors. Even though that annual oil or brake fluid change
is not due for a few months or miles, take it in early and show your support for our sponsors.
9. Get bids on your current automobile coverage to insure that you are getting the best deal
possible. Do an annual review of your current coverage. Is it all needed? Do you need a
guaranteed value policy for that collector car?
10. Post a short article on the club’s Facebook page about what you have been doing while under
lock down and share any unique Porsche related activities you are thinking of participating in
once the lock down ends.
At the PCA National, there have been several events that have been cancelled or rescheduled. Among
the events that have been cancelled include several West Coast Club races and Treffen Broadmoor.
Refunds have been issued for Treffen so watch your mail. National just announced the cancellation of
Parade with refunds already in the works. I know that many members in the region have been looking
forward to visiting the desert in late June but due to an abundance of caution and information that
was provided by local health officials, it was decided the event be cancelled. Several club racing
events across the Zone have been either cancelled or rescheduled including the Zone AX series at
Marina April 25-26 th , and the club race at Thunderhill on April 25-26 th . In addition, Sacramento Valley
Region has rescheduled their multi-day, multi-event CRAB event to May 2021 due to the issue with
the coronavirus.
At the time of the writing of this column the Werks Reunion in August is still on schedule. Due to
unforeseen issues with the current pandemic, events could be subject to change.
On a positive note, most region boards are meeting on a regular basis, though many in a virtual
manner. All regions hope that Porsche Club activities can resume in earnest by June if not earlier. Let’s
keep our fingers crossed and do our share to prevent the spread of the virus so that we can all return
to enjoying our club activities.
One benefit from the social distancing and stay at home order issued by the state of California is that I
have had the opportunity to attend several region board of director meetings via tele conference.
These region board of directors meetings include Sierra Nevada, Golden Gate, and Diablo Regions. I
am happy to report that these regions are working hard for their members and dealing with the havoc
to event schedules.