March 2020 Zone 7 Report

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March 2020 Zone 7 Report

In The Zone

March 2020

By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative

Sacramento Valley Region

916.955.7955, cfat@fatsrestaurants.com

PCA National Staff Meeting:

One of my responsibilities as your Zone Rep is to attend the annual national staff meeting and the board of directors meeting at Parade each year. This year the National staff meeting was held in Dallas with the executive council, national staff and all national committee chairs in attendance. As a Zone Rep we get the latest updates from all the national chairs on issues related to club racing, social media best practices, policies and procedures as they relate to your club’s bylaws, updates on the 2020 Region Procedures Manual, issues related to safety procedures, Parade, Treffen, membership growth, the financial state of the club, and the general direction the executive council is planning on taking the club. Following is my report to you, the members of Zone 7.

Financial Conditions and Membership Growth:

The club continues to be in a strong financial condition and plans on reinvesting funds in the year by continuing the quarterly region subsidies. You need to remember that the region subsidies are only made possible if the club reaches certain thresholds as established by the club’s annual budget. Region subsidies can vary year to year. PCA continues to be the only car club in the United States that has grown over the past year while other clubs like SCCA, BMW, and Mercedes have either remained flat or have shown a decline in membership. For 2019, PCA allocated about $90,000 to promoting and marketing membership to owners of Porsche automobiles and the return on investment has been substantial with membership growth near 3 percent. The leadership of the club continues to focus its efforts on growing its membership while increasing its support at the regional level. The overall health of the club is in good shape.

Social Media:

Most clubs have a social media chair that handles its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram postings. However, having a presence on social media comes with some responsibilities and risks. National Social Media chair, Maggie Goodman, reminded all Zone reps of some of the pitfalls and issues related to postings on social media that surprised me. She reported an incident where a member posted a photo of a member taking a selfie of himself while clearly crossing the double line on what appeared to be a twisty back road and also several incidents regarding inappropriate content not in keeping with PCA guidelines. There were no issues cited for the regions in Zone 7. Good job managing your social media. However, Maggie did point out that some of the inappropriate content was posted from regions that have a Facebook group format versus a Facebook page format. With the group format, non-members from outside the club can post which can result in issues while the page format is preferred.

West Coast Race Series:

For 2020, PCA club racing is thriving while on the West Coast, our series has fewer club races scheduled than in 2019. Most of the club racing on the West Coast has occurred between Zone 7 and Zone 8 with both Zones hosting 5-7 events in 2019. For 2020, Zone 8 is only hosting one event; The Festival of Speed. Zone 7 has scheduled 7 events for 2020. National club race chair, West Dillard, reported that club racing has experienced modest growth over the past year but that competition for track events across the nation has increased with other car clubs and organizations competing for drivers.

Parade and Treffen:

Porsche Parade Palm Springs opened registration for phase 1 recently and so far 865 members have registered. This compares favorably with registration at this point in time with Parade Spokane which had similar numbers. There was an apparent glitch with the room block held for Parade resulting in some members being put on a wait list even though plenty of rooms were available. Parade chair, Ron Gordon, reported that rooms are available and should be when phase 2 registration opens on March 31st. If you are considering attending Parade this year, I highly recommend that you register for your room now. I think many members have been thinking that a Parade held in June in the California desert would have low attendance, but I think so far that registration has shown that Parade again will be a huge success regardless of the weather.

Harry Season, Treffen national chair, reports that Treffen Broadmoor sold out in about 18 minutes. Congratulations to the 26 members in Zone 7 who were lucky enough to be able to sign up. There is a waiting list in effect for the event so if you have a desire to attend, get yourself on the wait list. Treffen Greenbrier registration will open shortly after Treffen Broadmoor and again is expected to sell out. For members wondering why PCA has limited attendance to a Treffen to 150 cars, the answer is the desire to keep the event small and deliver and high quality experience that is different from Parade.

PCA Region Subsidy Increase:

Effective January 1, 2020, PCA has increased all region subsidies by some 40 percent. The following region subsidies are now in effect:

PCA National Subsidy Update
SubsidyPastNew% change
Hospitality Park25050050
2 Event Multi Region30050040
3 Event Multi Region40075047
Charity45075040
PCA Register Group 2 event 30050040
PCA Register Group 3 event40075047
Region New Member Social25050050

Events of Interest:

CRAB 38 will be hosted by Sacramento Valley Region, May 29-31. Registration for this event is now open at: 

svr-crab38.eventbrite.com. Shasta Region will host the Zone 7 Tour again on June 11 -15. Porsche Parade 2020 will be held from June 21 – 27th at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, CA. with phase one registration now open and phase 2 registration opening on March 31st. This is the phase where you register for tours, banquets, and the competition events. The tours have been extremely popular and generally sell out. Sierra Nevada Region will host the Mammoth Tour July 25-26. Treffen 2020 to be held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs from April 29th to May 3rd is sold out with a waiting list in effect. Registration for the fall Treffen at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia from September 16-20th will open shortly after Treffen Broadmoor so for those of you who may have an interest in attending watch your emails for a notice.  For more information on registration, go to treffen.pca.org. Remember that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their growing popularity!

Events and Dates of Interest:

  • Monday, March 9th – registration closes for Zone 7 Concours Judging School. Limited to 60 people. zone7.pca.org
  • Monday, March 23rd – registration closes for LPR 50th Anniversary Gala.                                      https://lprpca.org/50th-anniversary-celebration/
  • Tuesday, March 31st – registration for Phase 2 of the Porsche Parade opens. porscheparade.org
  1. Spring Treffen at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; April 29-May 2;
    SOLD OUT – wait list in effect
  2. Loma Prieta Region 50th Anniversary; March 28; register at MotorsportReg with keyword search of ‘LPR’
  3. CRAB 38 hosted by Sacramento Valley Region; May 29-31; svr-crab38.eventbrite.com
  4. Zone 7 Tour by Shasta Region; June 11-15; SOLD OUT – wait list in effect
  5. Porsche Parade at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta; June 21-27; Phase 1 registration is OPEN; porscheparade.org
  6. Mammoth Tour by Sierra Nevada Region; July 24-26;                                                           snv.pca.org/events/mammoth-high-altitude-porsche-tour-2
  7. Werks Reunion in Monterey; August 14, featuring the Porsche 914; werksreunion.com
  8. Fall Treffen at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia; September 16-19; treffen.pca.org

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

The Porsche Parade has a two phase registration process. Phase 1 is for Parade registration and accommodations. Phase 2 will be for registration for events and banquets. The second phase registration will occur on March 31st.

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