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Zone Rep Report October 2012

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

The sunlight comes from a different angle, warming the glow of the mountains, the golden aspen leaves and deepening the blueness of the autumn sky. The nights are beginning to be cold, but the days are still warm, even hot. Snow can be seen on the mountains and farmers markets are begining to sell pumpkins. You have to plan your mornings around the school buses picking up the kids for school. Yes, it's fall and, as we know, it's one of the best times of the year for driving Porsches on the roads of Zone 9. The days are a little shorter, but that's ok. It's that glow that makes it all worth it. That and the sound of a Weissach precisely tuned Porsche exhaust summoning, impelling us to go one more time through the gears, just that extra bit further before checking into the B+B or just pulling it back into our own garages. Ahhhh.

Since I last checked in with you, I've been enjoying some quiet time and working on gearing my business back up at the beginning of the year once my Zone 9 Rep duties are put to sleep. That's not to say that I haven't been working all along, only that it's a little harder to make committments when I'm traveling around seeing all of you and having a damned good time doing it! So I do some work, then go out to enjoy the early autumn days, then back to work, and so on....

I did make a trip up to Farmington, NM for the Roadrunner Region's best autocross event of the year. For those of you who don't know, the Roadrunners are well known for their autocrossing talents. Without much of a DE program they focus on the cones, having at least twelve autocrosses a year and sometime as many as fourteen! Most of the lots are pretty small, but the one up in Farmington is a national-level sized lot and has a very smooth surface. So two times a year, you'll see the Roadrunners up there for a pair to two day events, one in the spring and one in the fall, avoiding the summer heat. Because many of the usual suspects were off at SCCA nationals, there was a light crowd, meaning that competitors had an epic 16 runs! Plus Farmington has some great, reasonably priced restaurants, meaning that there was good food to be had before collapsing and starting all over the next day.

I have a couple more events to attend this month before we head into October. I'll be attending the AMR's legendary Fall Tour for the first time. I'm really looking forward to seeing the folks from AMR again and experiencing this event as the Rockies light up with the peak of the leaf-season colors. It should be great. My last event of the month won't be a PCA one, but I will be on assignment for 9 Magazine, the nice little Porsche-themed magazine that got its start here in New Mexico about ten years ago, but has since been bought and improved dramatically by Vince Catena in Florida. I'll be covering the Santa Fe Concorso where there will be a wide range of beautiful classics, including but not limited to Porsches. The grand marshals will be Santa Fe's own Denise Mcluggage, her old racing friend Sir Stirling Moss, and local four-time Indy-winner Al Unser Sr. Plus my good Bonneville friend and neighbor Jeff Brock will be on hand with his Bombshell Betty Buick, which has become iconic in the world of hot-rodding these last few years. Then, it's a few weeks off before heading down to Arroyo Seco Raceway for the Carrera Region's annual Oktoberfiesta weekend, always a fun weekend as it's like having just that one last weekend of summer before winter sets in. I hope you're all enjoying the fall weather and getting out for some epic drives of your own!


Sean

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