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Zone Rep Report July 2010

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

Summer is in full force, with all of the Regions of Zone 9 into the schedules of tours, autocrosses, socials  DE's, and Concours. Recently I attended my home Region's Fiesta del Porsche, a 35 year Zone 9 Tradition, now held in Albuqueruqe, NM  and hosted by the Roadrunner Region, but with attendees from many different Regions, this year as from as far away as Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and even California. This year's edition was also attended by special Guests Past President Prescott Kelly and his wife Pam, from the Connecticut Valley Region.

For those of you who've never attended a Fiesta, it was originally started back in the late 1970s and was originally hosted by AMR and RMR. It made its move to Santa Fe and the Roadrunner Region in the early 80s and has been in New Mexico ever since. Since it inception, there have only been three hiatuses. Two of them were when Parade was held in nearby Colorado and one was when PCA Escape was held in Albuquerque in 2008.
Fiesta truly is a multi-Region, multi-day, multi-event weekend with driving tours, a gimmick rally (traditionally a TSD one too), an autocross, a concours, and several social events. This year's edition also included a DE at Sandia Motor Speedway where drivers got so much seat time very few of them completed the entire day! Though there hadn't been a Fiesta since 2007, this year's edition came back with a fury, with everyone agreeing that it was one of the best and ensuring it a revived strength in the Roadrunner's and Zone 9's future lore.

Speaking of multi-day events, many of us are making final preparations for our trips to St. Charles, Illinois for this year's Porsche Parade.  Of course those of us from this part of the world know that St. Charles will be hard-pressed to come up with anything of the sort we experienced at last year's AMR/RMR Parade at Keystone, but a Porsche Parade is about ...Porsches (after-all!), so how bad can it be? Actually, looking at the brochures and websites, it looks like some great events are planned and some of the venues look like a lot of fun. Those of us from this part of the world will be missing the backdrop of the Rockies, but then we're very spoiled, aren't we.

Once we get back, our summer seasons will be in full swing and we'll even be planning our fall events. That means it already time to start thinking about elections (or at least recruiting members to run for board seats and the highest offices). Being a part of a PCA region is great fun, but we all know that it takes commitment on the part of quite a few people to make things happen. I always like to encourage people to get involved. At the same time, remember that it is a commitment and does take time. Budget your time accordingly, but please do get involved. If there's one cliche that is NEVER over-used in the world of PCA it's  this one: It's not just about the cars, it's the people!

I hope to see you at one of the events.

Sean

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