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Zone Rep Report October 2015

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

The second half of August was a busy one for me. I went to the Club Races and DE at High Plains Raceway in the middle of the month and had a blast. I got into Denver on Thursday night and headed to the track on Friday morning. I didn’t have a lot of work to do until the banner box showed up so I helped set up tables, etc., for later in the day.  On Saturday, I helped out with Timing and it was interesting to learn the software and how to get the equipment set up. Another advantage to helping with Timing is that I got to stay inside the air-conditioned room the whole time! And that was appreciated on Saturday, as the temperature got into the high 90’s, and maybe hit 100. That night, just when we were finishing dinner, a couple of thunderstorms rolled in and when I got to my motel, the electricity was out and stayed out for a few hours. Mother Nature sure did her part in supporting this year’s theme: Rocky Mountain Thunder!

On Sunday, I helped again with Timing and it was a busy day with the DE groups and the Sprint races (the Enduro was on Saturday). Overall, it was a very fun weekend. Thanks to Brian Leary, Vicki Earnshaw, and Kathy Fricke – and the rest of the volunteers.

The next weekend, I headed southeast to Lubbock for West Texas Region’s 35th PCA anniversary party. We were honored to have PCA President Caren Cooper join us for the events on Friday and Saturday and there were also a couple of founding members at the dinner on Friday night. After breakfast on Saturday morning, Caren and I headed to the autocross site and checked in. Although Caren had to go to the airport before she was able to get some timed laps, she was able to drive my car in a couple of practice sessions. Thanks to Brian Harnish and his crew for putting on such a well-run event.

Dinner that night was at Cagle Steaks & BBQ and some people headed to Chances R Night Club, afterward. After a full day of autocrossing and being in the sun, I needed to call it an early evening.

The next day, many of us met for breakfast at the Overton Hotel and then gathered in the parking lot of the Buddy Holly Center for pictures and then a private tour of the museum. It’s an impressive little museum and if you’re ever in Lubbock, check it out. The manager described the many displays and there was also a small theater that had a short documentary on Buddy Holly. Big thanks to WTR President, Wil Carter, and his team of hard-working volunteers for putting on a fabulous weekend of celebration. Here’s to the next 35 years, West Texas Region!

Still to come in September is the Club Race and DE at Miller Motorsports and then RENNSPORT a week later! I’ve been waiting 3 years for RRV and really looking forward to it.  

Hope to see many of you in the next few weeks.

Liz Shaw

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