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Zone Rep Report June 2015

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

In mid-April, I attended the California Festival of Speed in Fontana, CA, and had a great time! I got there on Thursday afternoon, picked up lunch at In-N-Out, and then helped Zone 8 Representative, Tom Brown, set up sponsor banners and cones for the car displays on Friday. Auto Club Speedway is HUGE! The track itself has a low-banked D-shaped oval with an infield and there are acres and acres of parking lots all over. The Festival of Speed consisted of PCA Club Racing, Time Trials, track tours, food court Porsche Driving Experience, driving simulators, Vendor Row, Porsche concours, Porsche corral, Porsche swap meet, Euro club corrals, and super car paddocks. It’s a good thing the event is 3 days because there’s so much to see and experience!

Friday’s drivers’ schedule consisted of practice sessions and then on Saturday, there were qualifying sessions, sprint races, and time trials. Before the end of the day, there was a 60-minute enduro race. Many of the volunteers and some of the drivers got together for a buffet dinner on Saturday night and it was nice to talk about the day’s activities. And since the dinner was early, some of us got together for a late-night snack at In-N-Out!

I was only able to see some of the practice sessions on Sunday because I had to head to the airport to fly home, but I did manage to get a little more shopping in at Vendor Row! All in all, I had a great time at the Festival of Speed and I’d like to attend it again next year. Big thanks to all of the PCA volunteers for putting on a fun event.

During the second weekend of May, I attended West Texas Region’s first autocross in a series of five autocrosses this year. The weather leading up to the weekend was dicey at best, with wind, rain, hail, snow, tornadoes, etc. – all over the southwest. But the morning of the autocross, Mother Nature gave us a break and the clouds held onto their raindrops. I was very impressed with the organization and running of the autocross since this is only the second year that West Texas Region has been running autocrosses in a long time. All of us drivers got 12 practice runs and then 4 timed runs. Park Place Porsche was also there with 5 new models and they were giving demo rides to people. WTR is very fortunate to have their sponsorship and support. After the day was done, many of us gathered at Fox & Hound for bench racing and food!

Still to come in May is Roadrunner Region’s Fiesta New Mexico and Intermountain Region’s Amazing Rally. I have my trips planned for both events and I’m really looking forward to being busy in Zone 9, right up to the end of the month.

We’re already heading into the second half of 2015 so please try to attend Zone 9 Region events as often as possible!

Liz Shaw

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