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Zone Rep Report May 2010

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

I'm into my favorite part of the year now, the part where I come out and visit the Regions of Zone 9. Towards the end of March I made the trip from New Mexico up to Colorado Springs for the Alpine Mountain Region's 35th Anniversary brunch. On hand were over 80 members and 11 presidents, going all the way back to the first and founding member: Fred Veitch. Although I've previously met many of the members of AMR at Fiesta del Porsche and/or Parade, this time I got to see them more in their element and I really enjoyed listening to their many stories of past "legendary" trips and track days.

I've always been impressed with how cohesive a group the AMR people are and also with their accomplishments relative to their size. It was a great morning and I really feel as if I came away knowing much more about them and their place in the history of Zone 9.
The very next Saturday I was over in Amarillo, Texas for the Llano Estacado Region's monthly breakfast meeting. For those of you know don't know, Llano Estacado is the smallest PCA Region in the country and inhabits a part of the world where the pick-up truck and American muscle-cars are more at home.  But that hasn't dampened their spirit.

In fact, it may be just the opposite. Several of their members have been to more double-digit figures of Parade participation and have made the trip to Germany to visit the Porsche factory. They are a tight knit group who show their enthusiasm with great pride. This was my second visit to see them and, being that they're not too far away, I hope to continue visiting Amarillo regularly. (Not to mention that the hotel where I stay has a fantastic rib-joint right out the front door).

That takes care of my early spring visitations till I head down to the West Texas Region for one of their drive-outs. Last year I visited them in Lubbock for their bi-annual RUF event, which was a great time. This year we're going for a drive-out into the Davis Mountains. I've heard it's beautiful and I've never been to the mountainous regions of Texas, so I'll be covering new territory. Plus,  I'm looking forward to seeing another aspect of their club and getting to see old friends and meet some more new ones too.

Then it'll be time for the Roadrunner Region's Fiesta del Porsche on Memorial Day weekend. This year is a big come-back year for Fiesta since in 2008 and 2009 the Roadrunners gave it a sabbatical in favor of their own hosting of PCA Escape and the RMR/AMR hosting of Parade, respectively. Chairs Dennis and Joan Ledbetter have a great variety of competitive and recreational events planned and the weekend will be topped off with a talk by PCA Past-President Prescott Kelly. There will be drive-outs, an autocross, a show-and-shine concours, even a DE.

Lastly, Zone 9 is starting what I hope will be a new tradition in an effort to get more people to travel around the Zone to their sister Regions. Starting this year, the Zone 9 Challenge Cup will be awarded to the individual or couple who have travelled to the most events in a variety of Regions around the Zone.  The Zone 9 Challenge Cup will be a perpetual trophy that will be held by the winner of the previous year for a  year when the new winner(s) will take possession. All winners will have their name added to the trophy. I have enlisted an esteemed panel of judges made up of former Zone 9 Reps Dale Thero, Kathy Fricke, and Frank Barrett to look over entries for the Cup.

There is no constriction as to what kind of events are necessary to attend, only that members visit a variety of the Regions in Zone 9. The Challenge is designed to encourage travel throughout Zone 9 to the various regions rather than to promote any particular type of event. We're hoping to see lots of Porsches traveling around in Zone 9 meeting and making new friends. I can't wait to present this cup to the first winners in December!
I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Sean

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