November, 2020 Zone 7 Report
In The Zone
By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region
Photos by Collin Fat
PCA Makes Glovebox Available to All Regions:
PCA Glovebox is now available to all regions to store or archive all of their important documents such as copies of their bylaws, articles of incorporation, signed waivers, policy and procedures documents, tax returns, and other important information that many times gets displaced or lost when board members transition from the old board to the newly elected one. In addition, PCA Glovebox is a great place to store items related to the history of your club such as its original PCA club charter, old newsletters (digital copies), photos, or records of the members of the club that have served as club presidents. It is also a great place to store original purchase documents for the club laptop, autocross trailer and registration, insurance documents, and other documents related to the business of running each club.
PCA Glovebox was asked for by region presidents looking for a National repository for important documents. Glovebox is a highly secure, cloud-based storage repository. It is available now to all region leadership, Zone Reps, and National Committee chairs. Region leadership that can have access includes all the board members, club historian, safety chair, concours, DE and AX chairs. In addition, the information is constantly backed up and it automatically tracks all the edits of documents and who made the change. It provides continuity of important information and only requires a quick flip of the switch when your board positions transition from one board to the next. No longer will documents and the history of the club become lost.
Glovebox works similarly to Drop Box as a depository for large amounts of data that would generally be stored by club leadership on several computers owned by past and present board members or event chairs. The issues with this manner of storage are several. If the members computer was lost in a fire, hurricane, or by theft, in most cases the information would be lost as most members don’t customarily backup their information. It also helps ensure that all future board members have access to all the information needed to do their jobs and have the information needed at hand. Too many times, information is lost during the transition of boards for one reason or the other. Glovebox will aide in protecting this valuable information and make the transition much more seamless.
PCA recently held a Region Focus event to explain in detail how Glovebox works, and you can view the details at this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/7349892594174995975.
Zone Autocross Series Update:
The Zone Autocross series held six Zone events in the month of October with Golden Gate and Loma Prieta regions hosting events at the Cow Palace on the weekends of October 3rd and 4th and again on October 24th and 25th. Sacramento Valley along with Redwood regions hosted a dual event at Thunderhill Raceway on October 10th and 11th. Due to restrictions imposed by Cow Palace management, all events at this location were restricted to 50 drivers. At the Thunderhill event, participation was only limited by each region with Sacramento and Redwood Regions capping registration at 75 drivers so that they could provide a quality experience for all participants. The current Zone standings are posted on the Zone 7 website.
Drivers need to compete in at least 50% of the scheduled events (4 out of 7) in order to qualify for year end awards. Due to restrictions imposed by various counties in Zone 7, our annual awards banquet will not be held until February of 2021 and in conjunction with the Zone 7 Annual Presidents meeting. It will likely be a virtual ceremony or perhaps a drive by event where winners drop by to receive their awards. Watch for details. For more information contact Zone 7 AX Chair Grady Carter at email@example.com.
PCA National Autocross Chair Visits Zone 7 AX Event:
At the SVR Thunderhill event, PCA National AX chair, Kathy Thorp attended along with her husband Bill. They drove all the way from San Diego to check out our event and walked away totally impressed with our organization, Covid 19 procedures, large attendance, and fun atmosphere. Pictured below l/r Bill Thorp, Collin Fat, Kathy Thorp.
Zone Autocross Continues to See Growth Among Women and Young Adults:
Zone autocross participation has been impacted by restrictions related to Covid 19, yet regions continue to attract new members to the sport for those regions with an autocross program. Most significantly, I have seen a noticeable increase in the number of women who are participating over the course of the last 3-4 years and the change has been quite noticeable. When I first started autocrossing in 2007, I might have seen 1-2 ladies per event competing. Today, I am seeing 5-7 women competing. In addition, I have noticed that many members have been bringing out their adult or teenage children to also introduce them to the sport. These trends bode well for our sport as we continue to face issues finding autocross sites not only in Zone 7 but throughout the nation.
Many regions in Zone 7 will be holding elections for club leadership in November. Please get involved and vote or even consider chairing a dinner or club driving tour. If that may seem too much to tackle, volunteer as a co-chair for an event. Your club is always looking for volunteers to help. Remember, PCA would not be able to provide all the events and programs it schedules yearly without the help of a dedicated membership of active volunteers.
Events of Interest:
- PCA Tech Tactics West, November 21-22, Southern California – CANCELLED
- Loma Prieta Region 50th (plus 1) Anniversary Gala, March 13, 2021
- PCA Spring Treffen at the Marriott Scottsdale, Arizona; May 5-9, 2021; treffen.pca.org
- Porsche Parade at French Lick, Indiana, July 11-17, 2021; porscheparade.org
- PCA Werks Reunion, August 13, 2021, Monterey; werksreunion.com
- PCA Fall Treffen at the American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin, October 13-17, 2021; treffen.pca.org
- PCA Spring Treffen at the BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 27-May 1, 2022
- Sacramento Valley Region 60th Anniversary Celebration, May 7, 2022
Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their growing popularity.