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Zone Rep Report July 2013

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hi all! Even though this report is for July, I'm writing it in early June. Just a week has passed since Fiesta New Mexico 2013 concluded a fun, long weekend. The whole weekend was spectacular and the Roadrunner Region was thrilled to welcome everyone to Santa Fe. Things got started on Thursday afternoon, with Registration/Check-in, and then nearly everyone gathered in La Terraza for appetizers and drinks.

Bright and early Friday morning, we began staging cars around the downtown plaza for the upcoming Concours. It sure was beautiful to see all of the Porsches parked around the plaza. The downtown merchants and tourists appreciated the sight, also! We had 6 classes for judging, and lots of other cars for display-only. I was busy running back and forth to La Fonda, getting registration packets for those who were not able to pick up their stuff the day before.

Saturday, as per tradition, we had an autocross and, like last year, we were able to hold the event in Santa Fe. The Chevy dealership in Santa Fe has been very good to us and they allow us to use an extra lot of theirs, at no cost (although we make a donation to their favorite charity). We had 20 drivers and the dynamic duo, Melanie and Paul Dodd, achieved Top Time of the Day in their respective divisions.

I capped the late afternoon with a docent-led tour of ghostly locations in downtown Santa Fe. I'm not kidding – we learned of the best spots to see ghosts! Having grown up in Santa Fe, I was aware that there were ghosts in La Fonda and some other locations, but I had no idea that there was a whole population of them!
On Sunday morning, lots of teams queued up to leave for the Time Speed Distance Rally and everyone looked like they were ready for an adventure! Jo Martin (Fiesta Co-Chair) and I got some much-needed coffee and then began preparing things for that evening's Awards Banquet.

Mark Shevitz, Parade MC extraordinaire, gave an interesting talk on his experiences and the people he's met during his years with Parade. Jo and I handed out lots of door prizes, which included several items from Porsche Design, art work from club members, and other donations. And not to forget since it's one of the main reasons for the banquet, trophies were also handed out, with Marc Martin and Diana Pool winning the Ashley Carroll award for top combined score in the concours, autocross, and rally.

Needless to say, by Monday afternoon, I could not stay awake any longer and I took a well-deserved 4-hour nap!

Zone 9 Regions were also busy in May, with tech sessions, autocrosses, DE's, and a poker rally. And there's more to come all summer! By this time next month, I'll have a Parade report, and I'll be able to report on some Region events.

Happy summer driving!

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