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Zone Rep Report July 2014

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9 members,

Happy summer, Zone 9 members!

The month of May and early June were busy for me and I hope all of you were busy, also, with PCA activities! Around the middle of May, I traveled to Lubbock, TX, and joined the West Texas Region members for a Show ‘N Shine and fun luncheon at the Cattle Baron. Park Place Porsche from Dallas brought a car transporter full of Porsches for sale and people signed up for test drives. This was a long way from Dallas and everyone appreciated the support and efforts from the dealership. There were over 51 Porsches in attendance and most of them were entered into the Show ‘N Shine. My car wasn’t really a contender – forgot to wash the bugs off the headlights – but the winners were rewarded for their fine efforts. Another great accomplishment from this event was the attraction of new members to PCA.

A couple of weeks later, I accompanied PCA National Safety Chair, Jo Martin, on a trip to central New York for the “Clash at the Glen”, PCA Club Race at Watkins Glen. It took us all day to fly from Albuquerque to Elmira, NY, but it was well worth the trip. When we got to Montour Falls, just a few miles from the track, we joined everyone for a delicious buffet and got the game-plan for the next day. Jo planned to shadow PCA Club Racing Chair, Bryan Henderson, and my plan was to watch the racing action and help out wherever needed.

There were 285 drivers signed up for the weekend and things got started early, with a worker meeting at 7:15. After the drivers meeting, the first group started out on the track at 8:30. From there, everything worked like clockwork and the various groups got out for their race sessions. Zone 1 Rep, Jennifer Webb and Zone 11 Rep, Aaron Ambrosino, along with about 60 volunteers, worked very hard with this event and it went off flawlessly.

Saturday consisted of practice sessions and sprint races and then on Sunday, there were enduro practice sessions and 3 enduro races. Unfortunately, we were only able to see a couple of the enduro practice sessions because we had to get to the airport to fly back to ABQ. The track is HUGE and on Saturday afternoon, we jumped on a golf cart and got a guided tour from one of the volunteers.

The weekend after the PCA Club Race, I attended the New Members Social at the home of Roadrunners Yvonne and Paul Teske. They’ve hosted the social at their house the last couple of years and they did an outstanding job of providing a delicious barbecue lunch for about 45 people. It was great to meet the new members and to see some seasoned members who are getting back into the Roadrunner Region action. Several hands were raised when the question came up about who will be attending Parade.

And speaking of Parade – as I’m writing this, I’m getting my list together of what to take to Monterey. I’ll have pictures and stories for my August report.

For those of you who aren’t going to be able to get to Monterey for Parade, you have another chance to get over to the area for a great car event. In mid-August, PCA will host the inaugural Werks Reunion in Carmel Valley. The event takes place on Friday, August 15, and from what I’ve heard, this will be a spectacular event, with over 500 Porsches showing up. For more information, go to www.werksreunion.com.

On a sad note, friends and family are mourning the passing of long-time Rocky Mountain Region member, Grady Clay. Grady was a very active member of PCA and had the honor of winning the Parade Tech Quiz 4 times! He was well-respected by everyone and his technical knowledge of Porsches was legendary. Among his many accomplishments, he was also a mechanic, racer and concours judge. Grady will be missed by everyone.

Liz Shaw
Zone 9 Rep

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