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Zone Rep Report March 2014

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9 members,

I hope 2014 has been good for you, so far. Hard to believe we’re already into the third month of the new year, but spring weather means more driving opportunities! On the other hand, most of us don’t wait for perfect weather to get our cars out and either go on a tour or participate in an autocross. Some members from the Carrera Region invited members from the Mustang club in El Paso for an impromptu drive to Cloudcroft and Sunspot, NM. As it turned out, the Mustangs outnumbered the Porsches and everyone enjoyed the winter scenery and the chance to build some camaraderie between the two clubs.

I missed the first Roadrunner Region autocross of the year (Frostbite #1) but I heard that it was well-attended and everyone got the chance to work on their technical driving skills. Rocky Mountain Region also had an autocross in January – their annual Eiskhana on Georgetown Lake. I hope my schedule allows me to attend that event next year.

Getting back to March and to some planning, registration will open on March 1st for the Roadrunner Region’s 40th edition of Fiesta New Mexico. This year’s Fiesta will be centered in Albuquerque and some exciting new events are being planned, in addition to the traditional events. Check the event website, www.fiestanewmexico.com, for details.

Later in March, the 11th to be exact, Parade registration will open. As most everyone knows, this year’s Parade will be held in Monterey, CA, June 15th thru the 21st. Several Zone 9 members are involved in this year’s Parade as part of the staff or helping in another capacity. Rocky Mountain Region’s John Mackin is the Banquet Chairman; Jo Martin and I are the Michelin Drive & Compare Chairs; Sean Cridland is the Parade Webmaster and Historical Display Chairman, and fellow Roadrunner Region member, Riley Kelley, is designing the Parade trophies. As National Safety Chairperson, Jo Martin will also be busy checking on the various activities for safety. Parade is definitely the must-do event of the year and volunteering at Parade makes the whole experience that much better. Plus, by volunteering for 2 shifts, you’ll be able to attend the worker party at the end of the week where tons-o-prizes are handed out!

In mid-March (15th – 17th), West Texas Region will have a tour to Monument Valley, starting in Lubbock. I don’t have all the details right now, but if anyone’s interested in going on this tour, please contact Wil Carter, WTR President, and he’ll relay the info to the tour leaders.

Here’s another reminder to check the Region calendars frequently and get your plans together to win the Zone 9 Challenge trophy! With the various activities going on all over Zone 9, there’s something for everyone! And if you attend Parade and Escape, you get extra points!

 

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