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Zone Rep Report February 2012

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

As we head into February, there’s still enough of a lull that I can reflect on the year ahead.  So much to do and – though the year is young – so little time. This is the last year of my Zone Rep tenure, so I’m hoping it’s a good one.  I know it will be for me. I’ve been working with Will Crowther of the Intermountain Region on securing the details for our Zone 9 meeting in Salt Lake City on March 31. Usually we have that meeting much earlier, but we’ve delayed it this year so that we could coordinate with the PCA Parade Committee who will be meeting there that same weekend. Even though it makes the week end a bit crazier, it gives us the added advantage of our Zone 9 leaders being able to see this summer’s Parade venues, to meet with the Parade Chair and various event chairs who will  be on hand, and also the extra added advantage of having a member or two of the PCA Executive present to sit in on our meetings. Rumor has it that we may even have our President, Manny Alban there. This year we have several new Region Presidents in Zone 9, so they’ll really be able to take advantage of the number and caliber of PCA leadership in Salt Lake as they’re getting their feet on the ground (running!) in their new positions. I also have to thank Parade logistics coordinator Francie Kish for doing the groundwork for us at the host Little America Hotel, which will also be the host hotel for Parade.

If that seems like a lot, it is. But even before I get there, I’ll be visiting the PCA National Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland for the Winter Board meeting. This is the meeting that kicks off the year in terms of all PCA activities. We have three new Zone Reps (from Zones 8, 10, and 12) who will be getting their feet wet in terms of what to do and how to do it and have some rather large shoes to fill in their respective Zones. We’ll be meeting with the various committees of PCA to get the latest info on what is going on in all the various PCA activities, including Club Racing, the Bylaws Review Committee, Safety and Liability concerns, etc. Though I’m sure we’ll have a little fun with each other, this year’s schedule is jam-packed with meetings and …more meetings. I’ve got a full plate since I’m also on the Bylaws Review Committee, and am again Chairing the PCA Website Contest, have volunteered for the Parade Historical Display chair position and still have all my usual things to do throughout the year.

Once I make it home from the National and the Zone Meetings, I’ll be out on the road for my usual visits to our great regions of Zone 9. There are all kinds of great activities going on again. Just those I can think of off the top of my head right now are: the great club races at Miller Motorsports Park and High Plains Raceway, organized by the Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Regions, respectively. I’ve just got a report that Alpine Mountain Region will be hosting a DE event at Pikes Peak Raceway (just south of Colorado Springs) for the first time in over 10 years. That’s sure to be a great event. The Roadrunner Region will again be hosting Fiesta New Mexico (nee Fiesta del Porsche) back in Santa Fe, but this year the cars will be back on the Santa Fe Plaza and they have secured an autocross facility within the city limits, too! They’re bringing in Betty Jo and Leonard Turner as their speakers and guest hosts for the weekend, as an added bonus. The Carrera Region will again host their Oktoberfiesta in Deming, always a great weekend in late October and the Llano Estacado and West Texas Regions always  have something interesting happening during the year. If you’ve never been on one of their tours, you might be VERY surprised what kinds of interesting roads there are in northwest Texas. Oh, and there’s that other thing going on in our Zone this year…Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City!!! I certainly hope that many of you will get signed up and come on out for the biggest PCA event of the year. This year’s promises to be a GREAT one!

Of course I say all of that with the thought that several of you might try to make it to some of these events outside of your regions and challenge the Roadrunners, who have swept the Zone 9 Challenge Cup in the last two years. Could this be the year when someone from another Region will take it home with them? Only time will tell.
And so it is, that even though next December seems soooo faaaarrrr away from the chilly mornings of early February, that I know I can almost guarantee I’ll be writing my last column next December wondering where the time went on the year; or, for that matter, from that last four years. But with all this being said, I know it’ll be a great time for all of us. I can’t wait to see you at an event in 2012!

Sean

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