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Zone Rep Report December 2015

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

Hard to believe I’m already writing the December Zone Report! It’s still November since I have to provide the report to the newsletter editors and webmasters early enough for publication in December, but I don’t remember what happened to October! The only Zone 9 Region event I was able to attend in October was Carrera Region’s OktoberFiesta. Like the last few years, the weekend’s events were centered in Las Cruces and Deming and the fun got started on Friday evening. Things were a little low-key, which was good so that everyone could get some rest before the next day.

We had planned to have PCA President Caren Cooper join us but unfortunately, her sinuses had other ideas and she was not able to make the trip from Austin. As it was, Hurricane Patricia was wreaking havoc in Austin, so she might not have been able to fly out anyway. On Saturday, about 22 cars headed out on a day-long tour, led by Andy Medley. If you’ve never gone on a tour from this excellent leader, you’re really missing out! We headed north on I-25 and then got on backroads, which led us through the little towns northwest of Las Cruces. We were able to see lots of pecan groves, chile fields and cotton fields. The road through the Gila National Forest was twisty and hilly – perfect for Porsches! Lunch was in Silver City and then we made our way back to Las Cruces through more forested roads and then through the flatter areas outside of Deming. Some people opted to head straight to Las Cruces and some of us stopped at Arroyo Seco track to meet up with the drivers who had spent their day with the High Speed Drivers’ Education event. As you can see in the picture below, Brian Leduc saw a gopher snake on the track, crossing behind a 911.

On Saturday night, we enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner at the Hotel Encanto, complete with door prizes and free posters. Then on Sunday, Carrera Region hosted an autocross and most yummy barbecue lunch at Arroyo Seco. Big thanks to President Dan Thomas, Lenny Loftin, and Andy Medley for putting on another successful OktoberFiesta!

Still to come in November is Roadrunner Region’s Ladies Luncheon and PCA’s Tech Tactics West and then in December, let the partying begin!

Hope to see many of you before the end of the year!

Liz Shaw, Zone 9 Rep

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