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Zone Rep Report October 2013

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Happy Oktoberfest, Zone 9ers! I hope all of you will adhere to tradition and begin your celebrations in late September! For me, I will continue my Oktoberfest celebrations by attending Carrera Region’s OktoberFiesta in Deming and Las Cruces, NM. (More about that later.)

In mid-August, I attended the DE and PCA Club Races at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. I volunteered to help with Grid and I was busy all weekend. I like being in the middle of the action and, other than being a corner worker, helping in Grid certainly afforded me that opportunity. Eric Elliff did an excellent job of organizing and managing all of us grid workers and I enjoyed working with everyone. It was fun to see the drivers prepare for their DE sessions and race sessions, and once they were on the track, we were able to see part of the course from the grid area. On Saturday, the Enduro race had to be cancelled not long after it began because of a serious accident. It saddens me to report that Jerry Schouten succumbed to his injuries on September 7, 2013. Our condolences go out to Jerry’s family and friends.

Sunday’s races went well and several drivers from Zone 9 placed in the top spots. For a full listing of the race results, go to www.pca.org/Activities/ClubRacing/RaceResults.aspx. Hats off to all involved in organizing and running the DE and Club Races – it was a very enjoyable weekend!

The next Region event I attended was Llano Estacado’s monthly breakfast gathering at Furr’s Cafeteria in Amarillo. The Region may be small, but the level of participation is high and everyone enjoys getting together. I met a potential new member, Charles, and I think LLE can count him in with their membership.

As I mentioned in last month’s column, there is still plenty of time to attend Zone 9 Region events and shoot for the Zone 9 Challenge trophy! The details are available in the various Region websites and calendars, but here’s a quick run-down for the fall:

September 21, 22
RMR Caribbean Summer III DE at High Plains Raceway
IMR Full Track DE and PCA Club Races at Miller Motorsports

October 5
LLE monthly breakfast in Amarillo
RRR Balloon Fiesta Breakfast at Porsche of Albuquerque
RRR Chile Cook-off at Bruce Phillips’ house

October 5, 6
AMR Fall DE at La Junta

October 12
RMR Season End Drive to Edelweiss

October 19-20
RMR OktoberFAST DE at HPR

October 26
RMR Autocross, Front Range Airport

October 25-27
Carrera Region OktoberFiesta, Arroyo Seco Raceway and Las Cruces, NM

November 2
AMR Tech Session (details TBD)
LLE monthly breakfast in Amarillo

November 9
WTR drive to Ft. Davis, TX
RRR Charity Autocross

December 7
RRR Christmas Party
LLE monthly breakfast in Amarillo

December 14
RMR Holiday Party

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