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Zone Rep Report December 2014

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

As promised, Carrera Region’s OktoberFiesta was held in Deming and Las Cruces, NM, in late October. They always put on a great weekend full of events and this year they did not disappoint. Most of us arrived in Las Cruces by Friday evening and after getting out packets, we enjoyed adult drinks with PCA members from Carrera, Roadrunner, and Southern Arizona Regions. On Saturday morning, several people went on a very interesting drive-out, led by Andy Medley. Unfortunately, I was not able to go on the tour because of some work that I had to do in the hotel, but I heard very positive feedback from everyone. Andy is the consummate tour leader and if you ever want to participate in a fabulous multi-day rally, check out the Dustball Rally, which is organized by Andy.

People who didn’t go on the tour got their day started at the Arroyo Seco Motorplex, which is about 35 miles north of Las Cruces. The weather was perfect and the drivers had more than their fill of practice laps around the track. They were joined for lunch by the people who had gone on the driving tour and the rest of the day was casual but fun.

That night, all of us enjoyed a delicious buffet at Hotel Encanto (our host hotel) and a special treat that night was a performance by a local folk dancing group. After dinner, Carrera Region President Dan Thomas handed out door prizes to several lucky people.

On Sunday, we had an autocross at the track and the highlight of the day was the delicious barbecue. Many of us remembered the barbecue from last year and we were very pleased that the same company was there this year. After the autocross results were announced, everyone hit the road to get back home and it was nice to reflect on another successful OktoberFiesta.

There’s not much left on the event calendars for the Zone 9 Regions but still to come is the last autocross of the season for Roadrunner, some socials in November for a few of the Regions, and then everyone will have some sort of holiday party in December. I’m planning to attend the parties for Alpine Mountain, Intermountain, Llano Estacado, and Carrera Regions. I just hope that the weather is more cooperative this year than it was last year and I don’t have to cancel plans because of ice and snow. It’s too bad that I won’t be able to attend the parties for Roadrunner, Rocky Mountain, or West Texas Region, but the scheduling just won’t work.

Hope to see many of you for the last days of 2014!

Liz Shaw
Zone 9 Rep

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