June 2022 Zone 7 Report
In the Zone
By Collin Fat
Photos by Collin Fat
PCA National Upcoming Events
Werks Reunion will be returning to the Monterey Peninsula on Friday, August 19th. Registration is open now —— just go to werksreunion.com. This is a highly anticipated event happening during Monterey Car Week along with the event of the week, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Monterey Historic races will also be held that week with PCA planning a hospitality tent on August 20-21st in conjunction with the races. This year’s event will be held at the Monterey Pines Golf course adjacent to the Monterey Airport and behind the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Last year’s venue held at the Bayonet Country Club is not available.
Fall Treffen will be held in Bend, Oregon from September 14-18th with registration opening on June 29th. If you have not yet attended one of these national premier events it is a do not miss an opportunity to attend a Treffen close to home. Registration generally fills up in less than 30 minutes and is usually limited to 200 cars. For more information go to: www.treffen.pca.org.
Hospitality Tent at the Monterey Historic Races will be held from August 18th through August 20th. The event will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway and the hospitality tent will be open to PCA members and anyone who owns a Porsche. Tickets are required for parking in the Porsche Corral but any PCA member with proof of membership or a Porsche owner with a key fob may enter the hospitality tent. Unlike past years, the hospitality tent will be open from Thursday through Saturday with no races being held on Sunday this year. The tent is likely to be in the lakebed area just across from the old location at Turn 5.
Volunteers Needed: I am looking for volunteers to help with staffing the hospitality tent and have a limited number of general admissions passes. If you are available to help out let me know which days you can help and send me an email at: email@example.com. I will need volunteers for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Parade 2023 will be held at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs from June 18-24th. The hotel is a five-star rated
property that has a famous history of being the hangout for movie stars and the Hollywood elite during the 1940s.
Zone Autocross and Concours Series Update
The second and third autocross series events were held at Thunderhill Raceway on May 14th and 15th. Sacramento Valley region hosted the May 14th event while Redwood Region hosted the May 15th event on Sunday. There were 53 cars competing on Saturday and 39 cars competing on Sunday. The results can be viewed on the Zone 7 website at www.zone7.pca.org.
The weather was fairly spring-like with mild temperatures and clear skies on Saturday with temperatures on Sunday reaching the upper 80s. Drivers got in 10 runs for Saturday’s event and 9 runs on Sunday. Event chairs John Leet of Sacramento Valley and Stacy O’Connell and Drew Powers of Redwood Region did a great job designing both courses as well as organizing the event. Thank you for all you do for PCA and Zone 7!
The top five finishers on Saturday were; Larry Sharp, 39.038, Monty Pack, 39.254, Kathy Thorp, 39.549, Drew Powers, 39.788, and rounding out the top five, Steve Forshay with a 40.536.
On Sunday, the top time of the day went to Bill Thorp with a 38.134 followed by Drew Powers, 38.507, Larry Sharp, 38.539, Monty Pack, 39.045, and Steve Forshay, 39.505.
Redwood Region’s Drew Powers designed the course and it was a very challenging and technical course design that rewarded precise braking and quick on throttle corner exit. The course was run in the reverse direction for Sunday’s event and proved to be faster.
Several date changes were recently made to the Zone 7 Autocross series calendar due to issues with site availability with Loma Prieta and Golden Gate Regions switching their Zone events from July to August. The new dates will be on August 27th and August 28th with Golden Gate Region hosting on Saturday and Loma Prieta Region hosting the series on August 28th. Both regions are hoping to schedule their July dates for another weekend with both events being regional events only and will not count for Zone 7 points. Sacramento Valley had scheduled a July 9th event at Thunderhill and that event is still on but instead of being a Zone event, it will now be a regional event. Total 2022 Zone Ax events counting toward year-end awards will be 9 events instead of 10.
Zone 7 Concours Series Update
The Zone Concours team completed its last Phase 2 Concours School hands-on training session hosted by Sacramento Valley Region on May 22nd at the Nelson residence in Shingle Springs. It was attended by more than 16 PCA members who have an interest in competing and learning how to become a Concours judge. The session was led by Roy Schauben and Al Price and the training emphasized what to look for in a judged car and demonstrated examples of how the point deductions are determined. It was stressed to the students that most Concours cars are driven and some are used as daily drivers. So that keeping in the car may accumulate rock chips, so long as an attempt was made to repair the minor damage that no points were to be deducted. This theme was emphasized by both instructors with the intent of having participants continue to participate in Concours and not be discouraged by unreasonable scoring by the judges.
The first Concours of the season will be held in Sacramento at Porsche of Rocklin on June 5th with registration now open on Motorsportreg.com at the following link: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/concours-porsche-of-rocklin-pca-sacramento-valley-events-553050
Registration is also open for Concours #2, Silver State Concours D ’Elegance, being hosted by the Sierra Nevada Region on June 26th at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, located just south of Reno, Nevada. To register for the Concours go to: https://snv.pca.org/events/2022-silver-state-concours-delegance-2/
The region is also hosting a meet and greet on Saturday. June 25th for those coming in the night before. Sierra Nevada region puts a lot of effort into planning the meet and greet as well as the concours on Sunday and is worth the trip to Nevada! See flyer for additional information.
West Coast Club Race Series
2022 PCA West Coast Race Series Schedule
With Federal and State directives pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club Racing schedule is very fluid and subject to change on a day-to-day basis. The racing schedule shown below will be frequently updated with the latest official status of each of our races.
|Jun 11-12||UMC||Opens 04/25|
|Aug 27-28||Sonoma||Opens 07/11|
|Sep 17-18||High Plains Raceway||Opens 08/01|
|Sep 24-25||Thunderhill||Opens 08/08|
|Oct 08-09||Sonoma||Opens 08/29|
Events of Interest
1) Zone 7 Shasta Tour, June 9-13th, SOLD OUT
2) Porsche Parade at the Kalahari Resort, Pennsylvania, June 12-18, Registration is closed; porscheparade.org
3) PCA Werks Reunion, August 19, Monterey, werksreunion.com
4) Rolex Monterey Historic Races, August 18-20th
5) PCA Fall Treffen, September 14-18, Sunriver Resort, Bend, Oregon; treffen.pca.org
Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as 30 minutes due to their popularity. Registration for the Treffens typically opens 3-4 months prior to the event.