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Zone Rep Report September 2009

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

Parade is now in our near-past, although it’s hard to believe that it’s already come and gone. All the work done by Cathy, Walt and the whole RMR/AMR crew paid off so handsomely that I’m sure everyone in the PCA will be talking about the Parade at Keystone for a very long time. And yet, for some of the people on the organizing committee, the work is not done yet. There are always “mop-up” issues to deal with. So, while the excitement is over, the work continues and we take our hats off to everyone still working on the success of our flagship event.

Now it’s back to “normal” for everyone, or at least as normal as we ever get in the Porsche Club. I mean a summer of driving tours, autocrosses, DE’s, Club Racing and other events featuring the greatest cars and people in the whole world doesn’t really match up with what most people might call “normal.” But that’s why we do what we do, isn’t it? After all, who really wants to be normal!

For me, I’m getting to spend a little time with my home Region, the Roadrunners. After a big travel tour in the spring through some our great Regions, I’ve been doing some autocrossing on the lots and tracks around Albuquerque. August will finish up with the 38th Annual Corrales Round-up at Dave and Anne Stinchcomb’s house with all the Porsches parked under the big cottonwood trees of the Rio Grande bosque. If you’re in the area or feel like a drive, try to make it. It’s one of the longest traditions of the Roadrunner Region and just a nice way to spend a late summer afternoon with lots of friendly Porsche enthusiasts.

In the fall, I’ll be making my way up to Utah for a visit to the Intermountain Region for their Super DE and Club Race at Miller Motorsports Center on the full 4.5 mile course. I can’t wait to run my car there and to see the amazing facility. I’ve heard so much about it. It’ll also be my first time to that end of our Zone, so I’m looking forward to meeting our Intermountain members.

But I have to admit that I’m also going to participate in one of my own very guilty pleasures while I’m up there. I’m taking the 964 out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the USFRA’s World of Speed event. I don’t plan on breaking any records on this trip. I’ve just always wanted to drive a car on the Salt. Of course many of you know that I’ve ridden on a car to set a record there way back in the 80s during my ski racing days. If you’ve never been there, Bonneville is one of the great motor-racing Meccas on a par with Monaco, Indianapolis, Daytona, and Nurburgring. It’s scale is immense and the feats undertaken there are sometime incomprehensible.

Later in the fall, I’ll be making swings through the Southern end of the Zone and then back up to the Denver/Colorado springs area. So much to do, so many places to go, and so many great people to meet. I look forward to seeing  you again soon.
Sean

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