In the Zone with Collin Fat January 2020

In The Zone

February 2020

By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative

Sacramento Valley Region




Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year will be celebrated starting on January 25th. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, it is the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year dates vary between each year, but usually occur between late January and the end of February in a Gregorian calendar. The dates change every year because the celebration is based on the Chinese lunar calendar and based on the 12 Zodiac animals so the celebration is a cycle repeated every 12 years.

People born in the year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert in nature which makes them to be brilliant businessmen. They can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others. Those born in the years 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, and 1948 etc. are Rats.

Here is wishing everyone a Gung Hay Fat Choy and a prosperous 2020!


Concours Judges School and Prep Clinic


The annual concours judges school and concours prep clinic will be held at Porsche of Livermore on Sunday, March 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you have competed in a region concours and would like to get involved in judging and learn a little more about how cars are judged, this is a must attend event. If you have never attended or participated in a concours this is a great opportunity to learn a little about how to clean and detail your favorite Porsche.

The judges school will be cover all the basics needed to volunteer as a judge at a Zone concours series event or your local club event including 1) what is a concours, 2) over-view of scoring, 3) Zone 7 car classes or categories, 4) guidelines for judging, 5) guidelines for participation, 6) guidelines for preparation, and 7) a review of the scoring sheets. In addition, for novices and members new to concours, it will cover some of the basics of preparing your Porsche for your first concours including 1) the biggest rookie mistake, 2) timeline for preparing your car, 3) the best way to prepare your car, 4) and other helpful tips from our experienced staff of volunteer judges. Registration is now open at:


 Diablo Region Griot’s Car Care Clinic:

Last year, this event was held in conjunction with the Concours Judges School but because of scheduling issues will be held separately on Sunday, April 5th at Porsche of Livermore.

The teams from Griot’s and Porsche of Livermore will host this detailing clinic on Sunday April 5th.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to care for your car or get ready for the show season and Parade. To ensure that we can accommodate everyone we will offer both a morning and afternoon session.

The team from Griot’s will be showcasing their latest products, equipment and processes to show you how to keep your Porsche looking like new and ready for the show season. The morning session is designed to give you a good basic understanding of how to really care for the interior and exterior of your Porsche including, clay bar cleansing, polishing, waxing and sealing paintwork and general interior care. The afternoon session will feature some of the same information but with more time allotted to hands-on support.

So, if you are looking for advice from the pros on how to care for your Porsche, this is a great place to start to achieve at:

During the clinic Porsche of Livermore will be offering attendees special discounts on Parts and Service.

  • The morning session will begin at 9:30 in the Porsche of Livermore shop and should conclude around 11:30.
  • The afternoon session will begin at 12:30 and will conclude around 3:00.
  • The club will provide lunch at the dealership for both groups from 11:45 to 12:45.
  • Cost per attendee is $20.00


Zone 7 AX Instructors School:

The Zone 7 Autocross instructor’s school will be held on Saturday, March 7th at the Livermore Community Center in Livermore. Zone 7 AX chair, Grady Carter, along with Parade AX Chair, Larry Sharp, will be leading the training. For information on registration please contact Grady Carter at: Grady Carter <>


Events of Interest:

Events and Dates of Interest:

  • Wednesday, January 22nd…….registration sold out in less than 45 minutes. (
  • Monday, January 27th……registration opens for Zone 7 Tour by Shasta Region (
  • Tuesday, January 28th……..registration opens for Porsche Parade at La Quinta (Palm Springs) (


  • Spring Treffen at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; April 29-May 2
  • CRAB 38 hosted by Sacramento Valley Region; May 29-31
  • Zone 7 Tour by Shasta Region; June 11-15
  • Porsche Parade at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta; June 21-27
  • Mammoth Tour by Sierra Nevada Region; July 25-26
  • Werks Reunion in Monterey; August 14, featuring the 914
  • Fall Treffen at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia; September 16-19


Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their growing popularity.

The Zone 7 Tour has also sold out in as little as one hour in the past.

The Porsche Parade has a two phase registration process. The first phase is for Parade registration and accommodations. The second phase will be for registration for events and banquets. The second phase registration will occur on March 31st.