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Zone Rep Report January 2015

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

Can you believe we’re already starting a new year? Many of the Zone 9 Regions already have their calendars filled with many events so be sure to take a look at them and start your planning! We will have the Zone 9 Challenge again this year and now is the time to set your strategy to win the big trophy.

The last of 2014 was busy for me but I had lots of fun in the process. I attended the LA Auto Show and PCA Tech Tactics West around the 3rd part of November and both events were great. I had never been to such a large auto show and it was overwhelming. PCNA had their own show room and they welcomed PCA members with a launch party for the 911 GTS. I walked around the convention center and marveled at the fancy displays and representation from all of the major car manufacturers. It was also interesting to see some concept cars.

After the show, I headed to Ontario with Pete Tremper (National DE Chair) and Tom Brown (Zone 8 Rep) to start setting up things for Tech Tactics. The PCNA Training facility is huge, with several lifts and classrooms. This is also where all of the Porsche parts are shipped and then distributed around the country. There were 3 “tracks” of presentations, which included a tech talk on the 918 Spyder, the new Andial program, and new tire technologies from Michelin. In addition, Rusnak Pasadena Porsche had lots of Porsche stuff for sale.

Moving into December, I attended parties at most of the Zone 9 Regions, starting with Llano Estacado on the 1st. Their annual party is held at the Amarillo Club in the Chase bank building and it’s always great to see the club members. Then later in the week, I attended the Carrera Region party in El Paso, joined up with the West Texas Region members in Santa Fe, and then headed to Colorado Springs for the Alpine Mountain Region party at the Air Force Academy. Not to be missed, I want to congratulate West Texas Region’s Rick Garlock on winning the Zone 9 Challenge for 2014! Rick attended events at 3 Regions outside of WTR: Rocky Mountain’s DE in April, Roadrunner’s Fiesta in May, and a monthly breakfast with the Llano Estacado members. He also visited the PCA headquarters in Columbia, MD, and attended the PCA Palooza in Arkansas. Good job, Rick, and thanks for supporting the Zone 9 Regions!

I would also like to congratulate 2 other Zone 9 members for winning Toyo tires. There were 2 contests this year – for Zone Instructor of the Year and for Rookie Driver of the Year. Intermountain Region’s Mike Clarke is the Instructor of the Year from Zone 9 and Rocky Mountain Region’s Art Van Dyck is the PCA Rookie Driver of the Year. It’s particularly exciting that Art won because that was among entries from nearly all of the 140 PCA Regions. All of the instructors and rookie drivers received very nice commemorative medals from Toyo.

And finally, we’re still waiting to hear the results for the 2014 PCA Club Race series, but we already know that several Zone 9 racers will finish high in the standings. Good job, everyone!
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All the best for 2015!

Liz Shaw
Zone 9 Rep

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