January, 2020 Zone 7 Report
In The Zone
By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region
Wishing everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year! I would hope you have plans to participate in the many club activities that your region and the Zone have planned. By now, each club will have elected a new board of directors and have either completed or are in the process of laying out their annual event calendars. I have sincerely enjoyed my first year serving as your Zone 7 Representative and look forward to attending a variety of regional events in 2020 and getting to meet the members of Zone 7.
I have met many new members over the past year and many have asked me for suggestions on how to get involved. I almost always recommend trying as many different types of events as you can, knowing that all of them revolve around owning and driving a Porsche. Tours are among the most popular events hosted by local regions and they come in the form of single and multiple day varieties. Participating in a driving tour requires no special preparation other than making sure your Porsche is in good working order. Several very popular multi-day tours coming up are 1) Shasta Regions Zone 7 tour, 2) Sierra Nevada Region’s annual Mammoth Tour, and for as many years as I can remember 3) Sacramento Valley’s Mendocino and Pacific Grove tours.
CRAB 38, Sacramento Valley Region hosts its 38th CRAB event May 29-31st and is a 3 day multi-event extravaganza featuring all things Porsche. Many past participants have described CRAB as a mini Parade with tours, TSD rally, autocross, concours, and a crabfeed and beer’n brat all included. The word CRAB stands for crabfeed, rally, autocross and Begegnan (a German word referring to a gathering).
The Zone organizes several competitive series including a concours and autocross in which competitors vie for year end awards and bragging rights. These schedules should already be posted on the Zone 7 website. In addition, PCA National also schedules PCA Club Racing throughout the nation with a dedicated series called the West Coast Series held at tracks like Thunderhill Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Laguna Seca and Buttonwillow. These events are for highly skilled drivers who have specially prepared cars and are duly licensed by PCA to race in these events. Also on the national calendar this year is the club’s largest event, Porsche Parade, which will be held in Southern California this year at the La Quinta Resort near Palm Springs. In addition, two Treffens which are normally just 4 days in length and focus on touring and having a great time meeting with other Porsche enthusiasts, are planned. One is at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs in April followed by another Treffen at the Greenbrier in West Virginia in September. PCA national likes to hosts these events in areas where our membership can’t easily attend a Parade but could attend a Treffen closer by. In addition to these national events, other events which PCA will host for 2020 include Werks Reunion Monterey and Amelia Island. I encourage all members to participate in as many of these national events as possible.
National Awards and Club Recognition:
It may still not be too late to nominate members in your region or your region itself for several national awards that are given out each year at Parade. These include 1) Region of the Year, 2) Family of the Year, and 3) Enthusiast of the Year. Applications opened in December but can still be submitted. If you think your region is deserving or have a family or enthusiast in your club that has stood out, take the next step and nominate them. Zone 7 regions have been recognized almost every year and your club cannot be considered if you do not make a submission or nomination. Take a few minutes to contemplate on members in your region who truly made a difference in your club and nominate them. The link to the National Awards Submission Guidelines: https://www.pca.org/resource/national-awards-nomination-guidelines.
Zone 7 AX Instructor and Concours Judges School:
Zone 7 will host its autocross instructor’s school on March 7th at the Livermore Community Center and the concours team will be hosting their annual Concours Judges and Prep school at Porsche of Livermore as well on March 7th. I am not sure that you can attend both events as the course material is quite extensive. Watch for more details on the Zone 7 website.
Events and Dates of Interest:
- Wednesday, January 22nd…….registration opens for Treffen at the BROaDMOOR (treffen.pca.org)
- Monday, January 27th……registration opens for Zone 7 Tour by Shasta Region (motorsportreg.com)
- Tuesday, January 28th……..registration opens for Porsche Parade at Palm Springs (porscheparade.org)
- 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
- 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 in the February/March timeframe.