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Zone Rep Report November 2010

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

You would think nearing the end of the year would signal a slow-down in Zone 9 activity, but in fact it’s exactly the opposite for me. Though I had a brief respite after the Roadrunner Region’s first annual Charity Autocross in mid-November, the next weeks were busy with a flurry of activity (and some snow flurries too)! I attended the Porsche of Albuquerque unveiling of Porsche’s newest offering, the Panamera, which is a car I can’t wait to drive! Then it was off to Colorado for a busy trip visiting the Alpine Mountain and Rocky Mountain regions.

Although I’m a confessed track-junkie and avid autocrosser, I have to say that one of my new favorite things about travelling Zone 9 is attending other kinds of activities on offer by our various regions, including social events. In early December, Sandra and I took the opportunity to attend the AMR Christmas party at the Antlers hotel in Colorado Springs. It was a nice affair with a great buffet and even a jazz quartet for dancing. Tres chic! I was asked to swear in the 2010 officers and did so by having them place their hands over a 911 Service Manual as they repeated their oath of being loyal to all things PCA and Porsche. It was a fun time. It was great to see everyone in their finery and jewelry and out of the normal shorts and/or driving uniform attire.

We had a break for a couple of days, so we headed up to Boulder for some more great car activity, though I hope you’ll forgive me because I strayed  from the Porsche marque for a bit. One of my former ski racing sponsors sold his company for a profit a few years ago and got into vintage racing. So I had to see his cars. He now counts among his collection of 60s era race-cars two F2 Brabhams driven by Jody Scheckter, Dennis Hulme, and Jack himself. He also has a few sports cars, including a 1968 Alfa T-33 sports-prototype, a Mclaren M1A, and Lola T-70 once owned by John Mecom and entered for Parnelli Jones. All of them are restored to perfection. Very nice.

But that wasn’t all I did in Boulder. That same night was the annual appreciation dinner at Boulder’s Shelby-American Museum, one of the finest small automotive museums in the United States. Entire dedicated to all things Shelby, it has a great collection of Cobras, GT-350s, and Ford GT-40s, including one of the ultra-rare Mk IVs.  They also have a great collection of photographs and memorabilia and a great store of books, models and t-shirts! One of my first memories of liking car racing was when my dad bought me one of the official Team Shelby t-shirts when I was 8 years old at Watkins Glen. Of course I grew out of it and it disappeared within a few short years. But guess what?! They had that same t-shirt in my adult size and I have it again!

2010 Parade Chairs Walt and Kathy Fricke were kind enough to host us in their beautiful home during our Boulder stay. It was great to catch up and also to make acquaintance in a non-PCA setting too.

Monday night we attended the RMR board meeting near Denver International Airport and listened in on all the pressing issues of Zone 9’s largest region. For those of you in the smaller Regions, you can take solace in the fact that though the stakes may be a little different, the issues the large regions face are the exact same ones the smaller ones do. I hadn’t seen any of the RMR folks since Parade in Keystone this year, so it was great to see them again and to meet some new ones too.

We had hoped to make it a good portion of the way home after the RMR meeting, but we were swallowed up by the huge storm and bitter cold that engulfed all of Colorado’s front range that weekend. Luckily AMR out-going board members Chris and Kathleen Lennon of Colorado Springs welcomed us into their warm home for a day of rest and relaxation before we got back on the cold and windy road for the long trip home.

Although we missed the Roadrunner Region Christmas Party due to some family commitments, we did make it to Butterfield Plaza for Bernie Butterfield’s umpteenth Toys for Kids Show and Shine and to meet all the 2010 Roadrunner Region officers as they make their first public appearances.

Then it’s break-time as we head into the holidays and the colder weather. The Roadrunner Region will have its first autocross in late January, just about the RMR and AMR have their Eiskana on Georgetown.  The Carrera Region traditionally does a Superbowl  autocross too. Before we know it, it’ll be time for the Zone 9 meeting in Albuquerque in February and then I’ll be off to the PCA National Meeting in San Jose, California. And we start all over again on a very busy PCA year!

I hope to see you at one of the events.

Sean

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