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Zone Rep Report January 2017

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Rich Sanders

Happy New Year to all Zone 9 PCAers.

As the incoming Zone 9 rep, I just have to offer a huge thank you to Liz Shaw for all the work she has done during her four years as Zone 9 representative. I have on many occasions leaned on Liz as the “go to” expert to learn how to get things done. I know that many club officers around the zone have done the same. We’ve also enjoyed seeing Liz at socials and rallies at IRPCA, and have also benefitted from her support during PCA club races at Miller Motorsports Park. I expect that all other region officials would have similar comments. If you have not already done it, please drop Liz a big thanks at

Now, here’s all you need to know about the new guy. I’m Rich Sanders. Originally from South Jersey and retired to Utah.  Let’s see, what else? Married. Two settled and out of the nest children- son 35; daughter 30.  And a totally understanding wife, Julie, who lives with an overgrown motorhead child of 65 years, and a 60 pound, 6 foot long Montrose Colorado born, Australian Bernedoodle lapdog, named Max. I love Porsches and PCA.

After retiring from 20 years of living in Minnesota, Julie and I came back to our home in Utah, a property that we held onto after a prior job assignment. Julie loves being outdoors and traveling all of the parks in the West, and I’m a pretty active skier. Most importantly though they built a 4.5 mile road course right down the road while we were gone ;-) 

As a motorhead, I’ve had a checkered past. Growing up in all over the East Coast, there was a British car phase (MG, Triumph, AH Bug-eyes, and an E-type Jaguar). Then moving to the Midwest whinterlands, dare wuz da Saab phase (Yah sure hue betcha!). 14 of them ran through the family. They were safe as a shipping container, quirky with lots of torque steer and turbo lag, and fun with lots of snow and ice. But the REALLY serious fun began in 2008 and 2009 with a Cayenne and a Boxster Spyder.  Each has been since been upgraded.  A garage band named “Red Hot Chili” (a Guards Red Cayman R) and “Peppers” (a Sand Yellow 958 Cayenne) is now playing. I don’t intend to ever look back!

As a PCA member, I joined Minnesota’s Nord Stern Region in 2011. Upon retiring back to Utah in 2012, I became active on the IRPCA board, serving as co-chair of the autocross committee, followed by 2 years as VP and then as club president. I love to track and autocross regularly and am a certified PCA DE instructor. I’ve asked Santa for a bigger tire budget for 2017.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot of terrific folks in PCA along the way. Building a wonderful base of friends in retirement has been as rewarding as all of the driving events. It’s absolutely true that it’s not just about the cars, it’s about the people. I’m stoked about this assignment, and feel honored to have been chosen to serve. I hope that I can maintain the level of support that Liz has offered during her time on the job.

I’m looking forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming year.

Rich Sanders, Zone 9 Rep

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