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Zone Rep Report December 2017

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Rich Sanders

The PCA Melting Pot
At times it takes going somewhere else to think about what’s going on right at home. That happened to me on a recent trip. Prague is city that has boomed over the last 20 years. There are very few 911’s or Caymans running around the town, compared vast number of Cayennes and surprising number of newly minted Macans. The Cayennes that you see tend to stand out as they are either Turbo, GTS or outrageously painted as if to say “here I am”! In contrast, staid and steady old money Vienna finds few if any SUVs, in fact very few Porsches unless they were perfectly preserved early 911s. The selection of cars in each city, reflected in a way, the personality of the city itself. The contrast was striking. And it got me wondering about what would happen if you dropped these diverse car owners from each these two cities into the same room. The answer is that you would probably get something that looks just like your typical PCA region here in the United States. I’m guessing it would simply be a mix of long-timers and newbies with a broad set of backgrounds and one set of common interests- Porsches, fun and engaging with other people!

Vienna Style! Staid and old school hangin' near the Opera House

Prague Style? Didn't Desoto have the same paint scheme in the 1950's?

For most PCA regions the fourth quarter of the year is when the club committees are planning and coordinating their calendars for 2018. As a region members, I would encourage all of you to share your ideas for club activities in the coming year, with your region’s board members. Fresh ideas for activities are always welcome, and newer club members are often the source for great new ideas. Here in the Intermountain Region, we just hosted a “Movie Morning” Cars and Coffee at the Park City Library Auditorium. The movies were Porsche, or performance auto related.  Cool idea suggested by a brand new (Prague style?) club member. Those of us who’ve been around a while and tend to repeat the same activities each year (Vienna types?) may not have thought of a movie morning. And in addition to your new ideas, your time and talents would certainly be welcome. All members, new ones and long timers, have the ability to shape your club in the manner that you would like to see it. Make yourself heard. You may be surprised with the response that you get.

Just got back yesterday from OktoberFiesta in Las Cruces New Mexico- a fun filled weekend of tours, autocross, HPDE and socials with the Carrera Region. Region leadership did a really nice job of organizing the weekend. Several attendees from the Roadrunner region also joined the fun. And speaking of the Roadrunner Region, please keep your eyes peeled at for the announcement of the 2018 Spring Treffen at Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque. The dates will be April 20-22, 2018 and the online registration will likely open before the end of this year. The Roadrunner Region has a solid set of volunteers dedicated to making this a first-class national PCA event. A word to the wise is that you register AS SOON AS the registration opens. The prior Treffen in the Carolinas last month sold out in less than an hour. So if you are interested, watch your eNews announcements closely and jump on it when registration opens. I hope to see many members of Zone 9 in attendance!

It may only be 40 degrees, but's not cold enough to call yourselves Arctic Cats! Shown here are Thorsten and Wes Hambach of the Carrera Region

The "Texit" 914 of Wes Hambachh at Arryo Seco Motorplex in Deming, NM

Dead Cone Crime Scene at OktoberFiesta, Carrera Region


More December news...

Brain Noise, Utah

Perhaps brain noise is not a “place” to use as a dateline for an article. But collectively, I’ve spent enough time there in the early morning hours over the years that it seems like a real place. It’s when I’ve apparently had enough sleep and I don’t want to wake others by knocking around the house. Certainly, many of you visit there too, and I’m not alone.

I toured many of the streets of brain noise this morning, most of them in the PCA neighborhood. (I assure you this is not a regular thing, but if you want to tell me to “get a life”, I’m OK with that.) So today I gave up, and got out of bed- EARLY. The noise was just too loud. Here are some of the streets that I drove through in PCA-town.

Llano Estacado? -Where did that region name come from? I’ll be traveling there tomorrow, so I guess I’ll find out. For those who don’t know of it, it’s the name of the smallest region in Zone 9 located up at the Texas panhandle.  It will be my first time to meet anyone in that region other than the region President, Joe Papp. If they are all like Joe, it’s going to be a fun time.

West Texas. My first visit to the WTX region begins this Friday, the day after Llano Estacado. More exciting times, meeting new (to me) Porsche-philes. Texas is BIG! I’ll be putting a lot of hours in a rental car, driving a big loop from Albuquerque to Amarillo to Lubbock to Fort Davis (site of the West Texas holiday party) through El Paso and back to Albuquerque over 4 days. Thinking about evasive driving around Armadillos to avoid bent rims on the rental car.

Monthly letter. This is a dead end street in PCA-ville, because I have a deadline to write this months’ letter before I head out of town tomorrow morning. Probably the final straw that made me get out of bed.

Year-end thinking. Like most of us November brings lots of thoughts about wrapping up this year, and things that we’d like to see in the next one. The brain noise list today included, and absolutely was not limited to-
-encouraging region leaders and their members to submit nominations for national PCA awards by December 31st. (see
-getting to three region Holiday parties in the next 11 days- including my local Intermountain Region- loads of fun
-getting registered for Treffen in Santa Fe next April. The registration site goes live December 27th!
-locking down the dates for a meeting of region president’s that will take place in El Paso in March.
-remembering to book rooms for Rennsport VI (late September).
-wanting to see more articles from our regions in Panorama magazine in 2018.

The list went on and on. So I got up, made coffee, and fed the dog. As I walked outside in the dark to “water the dog”, I saw the newspaper delivery car rapidly weaving down the dark and empty street left to right, narrowly missing the curbs. As the newspapers flew out the window and slammed onto the driveways at each house, my mind went to straight to autocross in the West Texas region. They have no race track in their region, but it sounds like they have a great autocross program. I’m sure I’ll hear about it when I meet the Lubbock gang on Friday. In the meantime, I may lay out some cones to surprise the newspaper guy tomorrow morning.

This is my last monthly letter of 2017. I just want to say what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to be zone rep for these 7 very cool, and very diverse regions of PCA. I’m enjoying the role and I have many of you to thank for it. And despite the occasional visits to brain noise city, I’m really looking forward to 2018.

Rich Sanders, Zone 9 Rep

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