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Zone Rep Report July 2009

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

The summer months are heating up in all the regions and I mean that in at least two ways. Besides the obvious -- since we’re now getting into the warmer days and evenings -- activities of all sorts are going on around Zone 9. Members of the Roadrunner Region have enjoyed their annual summer picnic complete with various friendly contests in horse-shoes and bocce ball. The Carrera region has had a very successful DE event in Alpine, Texas during which they raised over $3000 for a local charity.

The Alpine Mountain Region, the Rocky Mountain Region and the Intermountain Region have all had very successful DE events. The West Texas Region is having one of its most active years in recent history.  And little Llano Estado is still having its Region sponsored monthly breakfasts. Zone 9 is abuzz with activity.  June is especially busy. As I write this, I’m getting ready to drive to Colorado Springs for the last Parade Planning meeting and the 26th Annual Exotic Sports Car Show and Concours D’Elegance in Littleton. No doubt there will be lots to do and many great people to meet.

But the real story for this year is Parade in Keystone, Colorado. Believe it or not, it’s the sixth Parade for Zone 9 in Colorado. Our Zone has an amazing history of putting on spectacular events.  Registrations are remarkably  strong this year, especially considering what could have been two mitigating factors: the economy and the distance Keystone is from either coast. But that doesn’t seem to matter.

The scenery is fantastic, the driving roads are great and there’s just something about an alpine glow, -- especially on several hundred finely detailed Porsches of all shapes, models, and colors – that brings the people in from all over the continental United States.   And that’s not mentioning the people. Of course we know that Zone 9 people are great. And we have to thank Walt and Kathy Fricke and all of their dedicated team for working so diligently for the past five years to make this all happy. But just as much, each of us should look forward to acting as ambassadors for our guests from around the country. Many of them will be coming up from sea level and will be hard hit by altitude. Be gentle with them and remind them to go easy, use lots of sunscreen, and keep hydrated. You’re going to make lots and lots of new Porsche friends.

I know that I’m looking forward to seeing many of the PCA friends from around the country that I’ve made in the past several years. And it’s going to be fun to show them around our great mountain roads and share stories from all the various events we’ve been to.  

We’re all going to be very busy that week, but be sure to introduce yourself when you see me. I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can. Don’t be shy. I’m easy to pick out of crowd. Just look for the giant with the bald head, goatee and shades.  I know that it starts to sound like a cliché, but it really is true that PCA is not just about the cars, it’s about the people. See you there!


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