In the Zone by Rich Sanders
A Zone Reps life is not all traveling, fun and games. We also act as liaisons between National and the Regions in matters of safety, policy, and liability and communications. Many of us also serve on National Committees, write articles for Panorama and RegionFocus, and even make time to attend major events and help out our home Regions. Here’s your opportunity to see a little of what goes on in the life of a PCA Zone Rep. If ever you have any comments please feel free to contact your Zone 9 Rep. We look forward to serving you in any way we can.
Zone Rep Report April 2019
Lead, Follow, or Get the “H” out of the Way!!!
It’s that time of year when the overall results of 2018 have been reported and the first hints at 2019 are becoming known. On Friday March 15th, Porsche AG held their “Annual Press Conference”, always an interesting recap of the prior year. It revealed some pretty interesting data about the performance of the company and the brand.
Since we all have an interest in the success of the brand, I figured some highlights would be in order.
- 2018 brought record revenue and operating profit, growing by 16% and 4% respectively over 2017.
- Over 256,000 vehicles were delivered, an increase of over 10,000 units.
- China sales grew by 12% and Asia Pacific, combined with Africa and Middle East grew by 10%.
- By comparison, North American sales grew by only 4% and European sales fell by 4%.
- Macan is the highest in volume, representing 33% of unit sales followed by the Cayenne at 27%.
- Despite these demographic and geographic shifts, sales of the 911 and all sports cars in total grew double digits- even with the changeover to the 8th generation 911.
- Meanwhile Porsche AG is making high levels of investment in electrification of several future vehicle lines- a total of 6 billion Euros by 2022,
After reading the highlights of the press conference, my thoughts went back ten years to 2009, when I bought my first new Porsche. It was a complicated time for the financial world and for all car manufacturers. At the time, I thought that “my investment” in owning a Porsche was solid because the company had prospered while weathering lots of adversity in the 10 years prior to that. The switch from air to water cooled sports cars had been a strain, and many loyal customer thought that the brand was forever changed. The introduction of a “baby” sports car with the Boxster had to have been a huge decision as well. Then along came the Cayenne. If there was any question that the brand had changed with a water cooled 911, the argument was put to bed forever with the launch of the Cayenne. But what all this demonstrated to me at the time was foresight, flexibility, and the guts to make some extremely hard decisions during that decade.
Now, as I look back at the most recent ten years and forward to the next five, it makes the 1999-2009 decade appear to have been a simple time. The expansion of the brand to the point where 4-door vehicles represent over 60% of unit sales by adding first the Panamera and then the Macan, while simultaneously developing the world’s first hybrid supercar in the 918, would have been hard to imagine in 2009. And then to further invest in the 3-year LeMans winning 919 race program to prove the hybrid/electric future of the brand, seems in retrospect to have been marketing brilliance. Even further, to weather the financial strain and sun setting of the diesel platforms, while at the same time committing 6 billion Euros on an electrified future, demonstrates continuing vision, leadership and fortitude. And finally, to successfully accomplish all of this with key market location shifts, and changes in the core customer profile throughout the world, is simply staggering.
It all reminds of a bumper sticker (NO! not on a Porsche, please) that I saw years ago which read “Lead, Follow, or get the ‘heck’ out of the Way!” As the Porsche 911RSR won its class in both the World Endurance Challenge and at the 12 Hours of Sebring this past weekend (March 15/16), they once again made it clear that leading is best. Let the others follow!
Zone Rep Report March 2019
Hitting the road in 2019
As your zone rep, I’m committed to making myself as visible as my budget from PCA will allow. Each year, I try to plan travel as far in advance as possible. Depending on the size of your region, I attempt to visit at least once and in some cases twice. I also try to mix up the type of event that I join, so that over my 4-year tenure, I can meet as many of you as possible. While the main role of this volunteer “job” is to support and observe the efforts of region presidents and, as needed their boards of directors, an important part of the assignment is to remain visible and available to all members. Realizing that attendance at one or two events in each region accomplishes SOME visibility, I’m not going to be fooled into thinking that this is a comprehensive approach.
So, in order to be as transparent as possible, I’m including my plans for 2019 as I know them today. This “calendar” probably represents about 90% of my PCA travel, and is based on what can be gleaned from the plans of each region as of this date.
Not all regions are shown here, as not all regional calendars are firm at this time.
I should also note that I’ll be at several more events in my home Intermountain Region, than those that are shown here.
- Roadrunner Region- March 9. Region President’s Annual meeting (invitation only)
- Rocky Mountain Region- March 23. New Member Social
- Intermountain Region- Spring Social
- Roadrunner Region- April 13, Off Road Tour
- Intermountain Region- May 3-4 HPDE, Utah Motorsports Campus
- Alpine Mountain Region- May 18 Breckenridge Tour
- Roadrunner Region- May 25-26, Autocross, Farmington
Personal Fun- June 18- Tour Porsche Factory and Museum!!! (Monthly letter topic)
- PCA National, Summer Board Meeting -Porsche Parade, week of July 22. Boca Raton
- Rocky Mountain Region- September 19-21- HPDE and Club Race (a ZR requirement)
- Alpine Mountain Region- October 5-6, HPDE Pueblo
- Carrera Region- October 26-27- Oktoberfiesta, El Paso or Deming
- Intermountain Region- November 30, Holiday Social
- West Texas Region- December TBD, Tour and Holiday Social
So if you find yourself at one of the above events, PLEASE hunt me down and introduce yourself, if I don’t get to you first! And if we don’t find an opportunity to meet face to face, I’m always out here wanting to learn everything that I can about your region! I’d love to hear about the things that you love about being a member in your region. Feel free to contact me at any time at this email address- Zone9Rep@pca.org.
Just a reminder- As I write this, registration for Porsche Parade in Boca Raton is now open. I know that Parade is far away this year, but I hope to see some of you there!!!
Zone Rep Report February 2019
And Gilligan thought HE was marooned!
As I rushed out the door for a New Zealand vacation right after the first of the year, I knew that I would need to compose this monthly letter during, or immediately upon my return from the trip. So I figured that I’d do a little feature story of Porsches on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. I envisioned lots of lens loving poses of locals with their cars and a backstory. I even had a title in mind- “Cars and Kiwis”. As usual the story took an unexpected turn. After covering maybe 1500 miles of roads over 14 days, I learned that seeing a Porsche in the wild in New Zealand appears to be about as rare as sighting a Kiwi Bird or maybe even a Hobbit. Sure, there were a few newer 911s around the financial district parking lots in Auckland (as well as one 912!), and several Cayenne and Macan (1) sightings in the smaller AWD oriented cities. I even tried to give credit to a Toyota “Ionic” because it was part of a fleet, and had a “991” decal on the back window. And even the single Macan that I saw, had a license plate that read “JAG”. For a moment I thought the owner might have been seeking comfort in an homage to New Zealand’s Mother England- despite driving a German car. But with the exception of one Cayman GTS having lots of fun- and I means LOTS OF FUN- with a fellow Audi R8 driver on a true “Porsche Road”, that was the only Porsche FUN that I saw. (Funny side note. The place they were having this little mountain run was in Lyttleton- the ONLY town that I recall visiting that had the same name as a town in this PCA zone. Might make a good sister town to Littleton, Colorado.)
I was hoping that the wonderful roads leading down to Milford Sound might also carry a double meaning accompanied by some music from a Porsche sport exhaust. No such luck. And when I did manage to corral the owner of a Cayenne GTS in Christchurch, I asked him “where are all the Porsches”? He told me that there were lots of them in New Zealand. I bit my tongue, choosing not to ask if they were nocturnal animals, just like the rare Kiwi Bird. He then told me that he personally owned several. I asked if there was an issue with parts, being so remotely located. He said no problem at all, I get all my parts from Pelican or Suncoast Parts. That’s right- not Auckland, not Wellington- but Florida and California. Again, I bit my tongue to avoid commenting that both suppliers are on water in places where, just like NZ, there seem to be more boats than cars. New Zealanders are proud of the fact that there are more boats per capita, than any other country in the world. Roughly one in three families owns a boat. And to a large degree they are sailboats. Perhaps sailboats represent the competition for the dollars that would normally put the Porsche in the garage. Porsche has a history with tractors, cars, bicycles, and even Porsche Design Power boats. Maybe New Zealand would do well with Porsche sailboats.
Speaking of being along the water, please pay close attention to announcements from PCA.org, as hotel registration for the Porsche Parade in Boca Raton Florida will be opening around the time that you are reading this issue. Hope to see you there, or in your region during 2019.
Zone 9 Rep, PCA
Zone Rep Report January 2019
“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing” – Miles Davis
A new year is upon us. We might want to believe that, in the world of Porsche Cars, every year is a milestone year. Whether its design or technology or a marketing approach, there’s ALWAYS something new and unique. But there’s already a good argument to make that 2019 is going to be one of those years that we will look back at and say, “that year was a turning point”. As an example of a turning point, many might agree that the shift from the air-cooled to water-cooled 911 was a milestone, and that as a result, the period of 1998-1999 was a “special” time in the history of the brand. At that moment in time, I’m told that lots of people thought that going water-cooled would be the end of the 911. For the same reason, I would argue that the 2019 introduction of certain 2020 model year Porsches will be seen as equally as “special”. I’m careful to use the words “special” and “milestone” because I’m not judging either good or bad. That judgment will be up to each of you, depending on where you stand on the continuum of new technology to collectable nostalgia.
The reason for this special milestone point is electrification. By now most of us have heard about or seen press images of the 2020 Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric car. Initially rumored to be one model, it appears that due to high anticipated demand, the late 2019 introduction will come in two variants.
Another milestone, but along the same electric path, is a bit more hidden. It’s hidden in the architecture of the new generation 911 (model designation 992). While there is certainly no announcement of a hybrid powered 911 as of yet, the packaging of the 8-speed PDK gearbox is set up to allow space for the addition of an electric motor in the rear section. Clearly we’ll have to wait for a hybrid 911, but 2019, with the introduction of the 992 platform, is the year that will enable that era.
Regardless of the changes that will eventually be ushered into the full product line as the result of full or partial electrification, some reactions will be predictably the same. Sentimentalists will pine for the sound of the exhaust and the turbo whine. Even for that smell imparted to the garage after a particularly spirited drive. Technocrats will embrace the efficiency of the new platforms and the ability to get more combined power and torque out of less weight and space. They’ll gush about instantaneous torque from a fully electric Porsche, an even lower center of gravity, and (I suspect) a near 50/50 front to rear weight distribution.
In the end, the Cars and Coffee conversations among all of us geeky PCA members will change…but just in the details. However, the joy of the having argument, as well as the delight in having someone to have the argument with, will remain the same. And in THAT sense, every year is a special year.
Wishing all Zone 9 PCA members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Zone 9 Rep, PCA
Zone Rep Report December 2018
Your Mid-Term Incumbent
Being a zone rep for PCA is a “2+2” assignment. Two years for the first term, and a second two years unless you hang up the keys, or the Executive Council back at PCA headquarters hears that you really messed up. Former zone reps that I meet regularly remind me that it is the most rewarding National Staff “job” in PCA. I totally agree.
The reason for even bringing up this milestone, is that as I crest the mid-term hill, it is worth mentioning that in a short 18 months we will start looking for the next Zone 9 representative. The process will involve phone interviews with, at minimum, the President and Vice-President of PCA (Tom Gorsuch and Cindy Jacisin). They will also be looking for input from me, as well.
Preference has typically been given to past region Presidents. And this is not limited to “current” presidents. So if you are a past-president, missing the action, consider throwing your name in the mix when the time comes. There are at least of couple dozen of you reading this, so think about it. It is also not always true that only former region Presidents are selected. So if you have been an active leader with multiple roles on your region board, and have “seen it all” over the years, you should also consider putting your name in the mix.
I meet lots of members in regions who find that the “job” of a zone rep for PCA is a bit of a mystery. That’s completely understandable. PCA has 14 zones- one zone rep for each. Our zone 9 covers seven regions that stretch from the Idaho to the Mexico border, and cover all of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, plus the southern parts of Wyoming and the western parts of Texas. For most club members, the zone rep is seen only occasionally at a social, DE, autocross, or tour in your region. However, the invisible part of the “job” is behind the scenes. Our primary role is to act as a liaison between your region’s leadership and the National Office. Equally important is the expectation that we act as a resource for region Presidents to provide training, share best practices, help as needed with bylaws, elections, national policies, raise concerns to national, and support planning and succession processes as requested. We are expected to travel, and are re-imbursed for attending a minimum of one member event per year in each region. I personally strive for two events, and am pleased to say that the National Office supports my travel plan to allow this to happen.
The reason for starting now to ask you all to think about a future as a zone rep, is that we had only two candidates at the time that I applied for the role. In my case, I had only been region president for 50% of my elected term, which caused some disruption here in the Intermountain region at the time. So to hopefully build a deep enough bench when my term is up, and to allow a smooth transition at that time, I’m reaching out EARLY, in order to invite levels of interest and offering to share any/ all information needed for potential candidates to make an informed decision. If you have ANY inclination to become a zone rep for PCA in the future (2020, 2024, 2028), I would LOVE TO hear from you personally some time in 2019. Simply email me at Zone9Rep@pca.org. From there we can set up some phone time and perhaps arrange an individual meeting for a de-mystifying Q&A session during one of my trips to your region in the coming year.
Happy Holidays to All!!!
Signing off for 2018,
Zone 9 Rep.
Zone Rep Report November 2018
BAD situation, but the BEST possible outcome
Allow me to indulge in a bit of personal therapy as I write this month’s newsletter. On the morning of September 24th, Julie and I returned home from a 2 hour errand to find both garage doors open and both Porsches gone. Our home had been burglarized. The perps hopped a fence and broke in the back door. The keys to the cars were NOT in them, but they found them anyway. Perhaps the location of the car keys with their Porsche key fobs actually led to an abrupt stop to a more comprehensive heist, as not too many other items were taken. We’ll never know.
Aware that the police response time was going to take a while owing to the fact that there was no burglary currently in progress, I proceeded to put the word out on the Intermountain PCA Region and Utah Porsche Club Facebook sites. Between the two sites, this represented a few hundred people. Members then shared the post, and contact information, with other local car clubs. Following the arrival of the police, as well as their confirmation of the burglary and car thefts, and the assignment of an official case number, I contacted the 800 number for “Porsche Car Connect”. Fortunately my 2017 Macan S had this feature which allowed Porsche N.A. to coordinate directly with local law enforcement to track and finally locate the stationary position of the car once it was abandoned. The people on the phone at Porsche Car Connect required only three things from me- 1. the answers to the security questions that I had set up, 2. the case file number for the theft, and 3. the detective contact information in the jurisdiction where the case was filed. From that point, I was completely out of the picture, but it was clear that PCC was working behind the scenes with multiple police departments over the next couple of hours.
In parallel, Facebook community members, some very familiar with my other car, a Cayman R, began to phone in sightings of the car. Despite a chase that eluded police, the car eventually went down a one-way street allowing law enforcement to meet the returning thief with spike strips and guns. The car stopped prior to running over the spikes strips with both the thief and the windshield intact.
The whole ordeal from theft to recovery took about 6 hours. Even though there was an apparent selfie taken on the hood of the Cayman (CSI has images of the footprints on the paint protection film), there was no damage AT ALL. The Macan is still at the dealer, but appears to have suffered little or no damage.
As I relive this ordeal a little bit less each day, the whole situation boils down to 3 important takeaways.
- Our dog Max, who seems to have put up a fight, was left physically unharmed. Like us humans though, he’s clearly going through an adjustment period.
- Cars, even though they are part of a passion for many of us, are still just cars. In the end, they are “things”.
- Porsche and PCA are truly not just about the cars, but about the people. This is just another example of that truth. In the case of the Macan, the car’s own technology helped with the tracking and the final location. And in the case of the Cayman, PCA club members were critical in the first sightings, and eventual recovery.
Julie and I had been scheduled to drive two days later to Rennsport VI in Monterey. We were not ready to depart by Wednesday, nor had we shaken down the Cayman to be certain that it was road ready. So, with Julie’s urging, I hopped a flight to SFO on Thursday, and with some guilt and lots of phone calls with police and insurance folks, still managed to thoroughly enjoy Rennsport. Porsche Cars of North America put on a 4-day Porsche extravaganza that is rivaled by no other car manufacturer. And I was able to catch up with a lot of attendees from throughout Zone 9 during the event. Wherever and whenever it may be, don’t miss Rennsport VII.
And finally at the end of the month, both Julie and I took some time to explore Northern New Mexico, as well as attending the opening of the International Balloon Fiesta at a breakfast hosted by Porsche of Albuquerque. The dealership overlooks the balloon launch field. I really enjoyed putting more faces with names of the Roadrunner region during the opening of the fiesta! Happy to see all of you!
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Zone Rep Report October 2018
Staying on Track.
I just got back from the “Rocky Mountain Thunder” Club Race, Enduro and Driver Education weekend at High Plains Raceway. This is one of two PCA Club races every year in Zone 9, each held with an associated DE limited to advanced drivers and instructors. Throughout the weekend I got peppered with the same question, “So how is the racing and DE program doing throughout the country?” There were clearly some underlying concerns, as the RMR team did their level best to attract registrants, but the numbers were falling a bit short of ideal. While I had no answer to the situation throughout the U.S., I could only relate what I know about the situation in the zone. I DID however, ask a LOT of questions and got lots of theories. So I’ll stick to what I do know, or have credibly heard. Here you go-
-The number of PCA Club Racers at our two events was down this year. While it is a cause for some concern, the financial impact is not so much that either hosting region wants to drop club racing. Still, solutions are needed, so it’s right to be asking about and addressing the root cause(s). I think of this as a waving yellow flag.
-I’ve heard that this issue is repeated across the middle of the country, and may not be the case in East or West coast regions. Common sense might suggest that proximity of multiple tracks to PCA Club Racers allows more cross-regional participation. We need to attract more people from beyond our two host regions.
-DE events that use “run time” within a Club Race weekend, make a meaningful contribution to keeping the club race weekends financially viable. Keep that plan.
-The two tracks that we rent for PCA Club Races in Zone 9, will be on firm ground financially in 2019. Utah Motorsports Campus is in the process of changing ownership and the outlook is positive. High Plains Raceway has a time tested joint ownership and management structure, with shared ownership among multiple car clubs that have “skin in the game”. We have stability of venues and hopefully stable pricing, though location/ distance remains an uncontrolled factor.
-Growing the number of participants in Zone 9 PCA Club Racing can only come from two sources- inside the zone, or from people traveling here from outside the zone. Additional participants from outside the zone, PLUS total participation by 100% of PCA licensed Club Racers within the zone, are the only ways to make an immediate impact in 2019. That has to be the primary short-term focus.
-However, the strategic long-term assurance of a healthy club race environment has to come from the “local farm team system”. This feeder system means increasing general club membership and growing the driving skills and confidence of many more members. Whether through autocross, Ladies Days, novice or intermediate HPDE- we need more input at the front of the “machine”, to eventually yield more output at the other end.
Toward that end, we ALL need to become ambassadors of the sport. Last Saturday, I randomly met “Gary” sitting on a grandstand bench with his friend. He seemed enthralled with the instructor DE group on track at the time. I told him that DE driving was a “life affirming” activity. I asked him if he’d been on track before. In fact he had been, right there at High Plains, during non-PCA open lapping days. But he said that he’d always wanted to do this with a Porsche and with other Porsche owners. AND that he already had a Porsche. Expecting to hear something like GTI, Camaro, or rental car, I asked him what car he had taken on the track. I was surprised that the answer was -“McLaren”. So after one short conversation about signing up at PCA.org, we will be getting him in the loop with the Rocky Mountain and Alpine Region’s track day calendars. Prior to this, he had NO IDEA of our events, or where to find our calendars. His plan for the day seemed to be to just come out with a friend to hang out. By the way, his Porsche? Well it’s a 2017 Turbo S. It replaced the 2015 Turbo S. He’ll be a new member shortly! Let’s make him welcome and get him into the “feeder system”. So the upshot is for each of us be an ambassador. Others are generally curious and we just need to be approachable!
Before I leave this monthly note, let me say thanks to the dozen of volunteers from PCA National staff, RMR-PCA, SCCA and other car clubs in Colorado who helped Doug Bartlett pull of a terrific weekend of PCA Club Racing. And also a personal thank you to Dan Carlson for lining me up with Hap Henderson, an excellent and seasoned driving instructor who took me through the paces at HPR- a track that is still pretty new to me! Thank you all!
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Zone Rep Report September 2018
When I worked in the corporate world, I used to joke that “if my employer didn’t dress me, I wouldn’t have any clothes”. Such was the case with the plethora of promotional merchandise that would be given to all of us in marketing and management roles. And living in the hometown of the largest employer in my state, there was nothing weird about wearing “the colors” around town on the weekend. Lots of others were in the same boat, and thought nothing of it. Once I retired, the appearance of my closet transitioned to a normal mix of street clothing that was only branded on the tag inside the collar. But that only lasted until I got involved with PCA. Now, as a zone rep, I’ve got neat stuff from all the regions in the zone. And for whatever reason, I can’t resist checking that box in Motorsportregistration.com to buy that “Oktoberfestendlesssummerspringtrackday917concoursTSD” special edition T-shirt. Combine that collection with items acquired at Treffen, Parade and Rennsport Reunion, and the hat, shirt, jacket, and sticker collection are once again transitioning my closet to look just like it did during my working years. And since I worked for a company whose name was comprised of “initials”, the only difference today is that the new initials all have “PCA” in them.
However, unlike my working years, I don’t live in the hometown of a Porsche company (Atlanta or Stuttgart) or the PCA headquarters (Columbia, MD) where people on the street might understand my wardrobe. So wearing Porsche on my sleeve here in Utah (both literally and figuratively), would send the message to all my friends and neighbors that I’m nothing more than a car nerd. Though that assessment would be largely true, I choose not to initiate ANY conversations about my automotive passions when hanging out with non-PCA friends. The reason is a mix of not wanting to be seen as a one-dimensional person, and also choosing not to bore my friends. Nonetheless, there’s a strangely high level of curiosity among my non-PCA social circle, particularly related to track days, HPDE instruction, zone travels, and providing advice on how they might price and sell their Prius. The result is that THEY brand me as the car geek, and I don’t even have to wear the advertising. So unless I’m at a PCA event, the clothes remain in the closet, and my “car lips” remain sealed.
As a result of trying to maintain a low profile locally, I’ve got lots of really cool, one-time event celebration outerwear that may eventually head to charity. After all, there’s just not that much lawn to mow, oil to change, or old metal to polish, to enable me to wear out all of those perfectly functional T-shirts. But I’m still waiting for the first time that I’m going to see an IRPCA Amazing Rally T-shirt on a “traffic light entrepreneur” offering to clean my windshield before the light turns green.
I suspect that I’m not alone, as I write this confession!
Zone Rep Report August 2018
They say “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. I’ve got news….it’s BOTH!
Just got back from the 63rd annual Porsche Parade at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
Temps were in the mid to high 90’s and my guess it that the humidity was a tad higher- if that’s possible. I’m pretty certain that the 65 other attendees from across Zone 9, were blessing our more dessert-like humidity here in the mountains and plains of the west. Enough grousing!
The week was a success. Over 900 cars and more than 2300 people. Doing the math, that probably makes the ratio of attendees to cars greater than the average seating capacity of the cars themselves. Perhaps that can be accounted for extended family members tagging along with their own cars, folks who flew in, and roof racks (National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation reference). Among the attendees, over 700 people signed up to volunteer.
Notable at Parade, was the number of Zone 9 participants who placed extremely well in a wide variety of competitive events. Congratulations to Jonathon Martyak for taking 1st place overall, with FTD in the 5k Run/Walk. Also to Alex Ching for taking a 2nd place in his men’s age group. Zone 9 had several notables in the concours competition with Holly and Dave Jackson, and Jim and Randy Osgood taking 1st and 2nd place respectively in each of their classes. Special honors were announced at the Concours Banquet to Jeffrey Gori with a Stuttgart Level of Achievement Award, and to Rob Steinway and Sean McKay with a 1st Place in class and Gmund Level of Achievement Award.
And in the TSD Rally, two couples from Zone 9 maintained domestic tranquility (ahem…no divorce) by placing well in their classes. Mike Suttle and Paula Sears placed 4th in class (in the largest field with 32 entrants!) and Bette and Dave Seeland came in 1st in their class.
As of this writing, I’ve not be able to find the autocross results from Parade, but I’m hoping to read about several Zone 9 notables in those competitions.
At the National Awards level, I’m pleased to share also that Scott Rogers, RMR Webmaster, was awarded second place in the website contest. And also that Russ Rydberg from the same region has been awarded a 3rd place nationally for his work as High Gear magazine editor. Every now and then, real work gets in the way of the volunteer demands at PCA. For that reason, Russ recently announced his need to step down as Newsletter Editor in his region. While Russ is staying involved in the region leadership, his time as editor is done. We’re honored to have had him in that role for so long. Thanks, Russ.
One other thing that I’d like to mention in this letter, is the continuing contributions of Liz Shaw. You’ll recall Liz was my predecessor as zone representative. Many of you may know that Liz is now the National Autocross Chair. But in addition to that work, Liz has for many years served as the organizer of the Michelin “Drive and Compare” event at Parade weeks. Thanks, Liz. It’s always a really fun time!
Finally, the national events calendar for 2019 is now complete. So mark your calendars NOW if you have any inclination to attend a Treffen or Parade.
2019 Spring Treffen will be in lovely Santa Barbara, California. Previously announced, Porsche Parade is happening at Boca Raton, Florida. And the fall 2019 Treffen will be held at Woodstock Vermont in early September. And last, the 2020 Porsche Parade location was announced at the Victory Banquet. We expect to see LOTS of zone 9 representation at nearby (relatively speaking) Palm Springs during the summer of 2020.
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Zone Rep Report July 2018
My PCA travels in June led to the idea that the PCA motto, “It’s not just the cars, It’s the people” could be boiled down even further. While it’s nowhere near as fun to say, “It’s about the relationships” may be an equally accurate way to describe both the interpersonal and the intrapersonal relationships we have as club members and car owners.
Who needs Match.com when you have PCA?
At a June “Show ‘n Shine” in Salt Lake City, I came upon a printed history displayed in the windshield. Seems typical, but this history was not that of the car. Rather, it was about how the unplanned purchase of the car, that led to autocross, that led to meeting a spouse, and finally to what today is a two Porsche, one child family.
Later in the month is attended a social in Colorado Springs with the Alpine Mountain Region. The social was moved forward one week to avoid conflict with car prep for the annual Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. Timing allowed us to meet and hear from three Pike’s Peak competitors who spoke about the hill climb. Fred Veitch and Robert Prilika have attacked the mountain for many years. We also have a new PCA participant, George Hess, who this year is going to make his inaugural run. Congratulations, George. But as you talk to long-time “hill-climbers” you’ll hear that it’s a 3-way relationship that changes continuously. The relationship is between the mountain, the car, and the driver. Every single one of these variables is subject to change daily in the lead up to the race.
Finally in June, Rocky-Mountain celebrated its 60th anniversary as a PCA region with a multi-day event in Vail Colorado. Socials and tours were the order for the weekend. Corresponding to the 1958 start of the region, a 55 year member of RMR arrived in his 1958 Porsche 356. At the closing ceremony for the weekend, owner King Clemons regaled us with stories about travels through the 48 contiguous states and most of Canada, with his wife Carol and his husky named “King”. The car now has 887,000 miles. King’s passion for the road, and his hopes to reach the million-mile mark define his deep relationship with car, America, and his family.
For some of my PCA travel, I drive and bring Julie. On rare occasion, we will also travel with the unofficial zone mascot, Max. (This is on my own dime of course.)The multi-day event at Vail Lodge was a highlight of my activities since becoming your zone 9 representative. The tours and socials made for a first-class weekend put on by a crack team of professional volunteers. Thanks to all of you who pulled this together. And in addition to seeing parts of the mountain west that would normally be out of the way, we even got to visit some PCA friends who moved in the last year from Utah to Colorado. From the perspective of our dog Max, this week was clearly a high point for him as well. After 3 years, he finally learned to like long trips, getting in and out of the Porsche dozens of times without getting sick, hanging out on outdoor patios, smelling all kinds of new smells, and furthering our relationship as a pack. His tongue is panting, and he has a big smile on his face!! Me too.
Zone Rep Report June 2018
One month ago, the Roadrunner Region served as host for Treffen Tamaya, in Bernalillo New Mexico. While not surprised at all, I was still blown away by the number of times I heard praise lavished on the region’s volunteer team. As I asked attendees how their weekend was going, the answers had less to do with the great weather, the location of the event or the great tour routes, than about the planning, the communications, the timing of events and the helpfulness of the local volunteer team. Caren Cooper, Tom Gorsuch, and Cindy Jacisin (National President, Vice President and Secretary of PCA respectively) made similar comments at a volunteer recognition gathering on the last day of Treffen. Every single volunteer from the Roadrunner region should be beaming with pride as a result of the extraordinary experience that you provided for PCA members representing 55 different regions across the U.S. and Canada. While this article length will not allow for a list of all volunteers, I should mention one in particular. As well as last year’s “Fiesta 50”, this year’s Treffen Tamaya was led locally by Harry Season. The reason for mentioning Harry, is that he did such a fine job with both events, that in February, the Executive Committee of PCA asked, and then tasked him to be the planning lead for all Treffens in the coming years. So, in addition to completing the execution of Treffen Tamaya, Harry was simultaneously in the process of traveling to undisclosed locations lining up the next couple of years of Treffen events. Congratulations, Harry. And for the rest of us, stay tuned for the next year’s Treffen surprises.
Also during the past month, I had the opportunity to join the Alpine Mountain Region as they hosted a “Mix it up” 2-day autocross and HPDE weekend at Pike’s Peak International Raceway. As was the case at Tamaya, the highlight of the weekend was the stellar organization of the volunteer club members. They dedicated their talents and clearly had fun doing it. The highlight for me was to check out the smiles on the faces of the first time HPDE drivers during their required 4-session “chalk talk” meetings, as they came off the track. Mark Stolberg continues to do a terrific job of making driver educational sessions, fun, interactive and upbeat.
Finally, just prior to writing this letter, I came off of a weekend in the Intermountain Region volunteering for the PCA Club Race at Utah Motorsports Park. As zone rep, I have some special duties during Club Racing weekends. In addition to supporting Pirelli’s sponsorship for the event (hanging signage and banners, photographing race winners and awarding winners with their Pirelli hats), the main job is to be there to pick up any organizational detail that’s about to fall through a crack. Well, again, owing to awesome organization by the IRPCA team of volunteers, there was little that I had to do.
In case you are not catching the common theme to all three of these happenings, it’s about volunteers. This past month, regions all around the zone featured big social events, tours, autocrosses, track days, and a PCA Club Race. In parallel to “live” events, all regions have continuing commitments to communications that include websites, newsletters and email blasts. As a member of PCA, if you find that you enjoy any or all of these types of activities or communications, I would ask you to ask yourself how you can help out in your region. No region is ever successfully run by a continuous set of long-term volunteers. Just like sports teams, having a number of players coming up through feeder leagues, and having extra people on the “bench” serves as a way to maintain the health of the organization. So if you find yourself enjoying PCA but not being involved as a volunteer, I would ask (actually beg) you to look at skills that you have, or may want to learn, and consider volunteering now. You can start small. You can control the level of commitment you want to make. But it won’t start until you step up. So PLEASE consider contacting anyone on your region board and expressing an interest in how you might help out. There’s a lot of quiet satisfaction that can come from volunteering. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Have you done your share recently???
Zone Rep Report May 2018
A PCA “Club Talk” e-mail thread from my former region recently hosted an exchange of opinions about the best music for driving. It really got me to thinking.
Looking out in the garage, I considered the connection of “music” to each vehicle. Let’s see… the vintage 1960’s British car has no radio. At least not one that works. Positive ground (they call it “earth”) and transistors. No one to fix it. No way to buy a new one. No music. Not obvious why it is named “Triumph”.
Next car, a topless Audi. Julie wants her 100+ Sirius channels so that she can listen to 6 of them. Good sound. Worth it.
Next car, the Cayenne. A cruiser with an awesome sound system. It, too, has Sirius satellite radio, and for the same reasons as the Audi. Gets 100+ stations, I typically listen to six pre-sets as well. But they are MY six, not hers.
Then there’s the Cayman R. It actually came with a 2-month free subscription to Sirius. Siriusly??? Like many other Porsches, this one makes its own music- no radio required. Octaves of RPMs flowing out from under the glass right behind my head, connecting my ears to my hands, to my pedal feet and to the seat of my pants (so to speak). So the Sirius subscription offer sat unused for years. Then last summer I had a string of about 8 weeks that included taking the Cayman to Spokane, then Banff, then to the PCA Club Race in Colorado. THAT seemed to be the perfect time to use the trial subscription and then decide whether to pull the trigger on the subscription for those 6 pricey stations. Hardly used the radio through the whole trial period. Passed on the subscription.
Then a few weeks ago, the Nord Stern region “club talk” thread got me to thinking about how certain commercial music can actually augment the driving experience in cars that already engage all of your senses. It’s like going from 100% already, to a number that’s WAY higher. The tunes that I came up with -and for me there are only a dozen or two- seem to be connected with some very deep memory or a particular road trip. Tunes in my list come from rock, jazz, pop, and even opera. To illustrate, “Rider’s on the Storm” by The Doors is great for a rainy night drive. Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” matches recalls an all night drive (in an MG-B…with an Abarth exhaust). Pat Metheny’s “Last Train Home” is perfect for getting anywhere fast. Sting’s “Stolen Car” takes me back to commuting from Paris to Brussels at about 200 KPH. Pavarotti singing Nessum Dorma, just forces the driver to match the revs to the volume of the song itself. The last one is ticket bait for sure.
Anyway, as I’m about to head off in “Red Hot Chili” (the Cayman…not “Pepper”, the Cayenne) for a road trip from Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs, I’m thinking about creating a custom play list on my trusty old iPod. Just plug it into the USB port and crank it up! Pandora? Spotify? Sirius????? I’ll pass, thank you. But I’ll definitely be “In the ZONE”.
What’s on YOUR playlist??? Go to the Zone 9 Facebook page and join the thread!!!
Zone Rep Report April 2018
The meeting season is done. The fun part begins for this zone rep in April. I’m really looking forward to joining Alpine Mountain Region drivers at Pike’s Peak International Raceway on April 14th and 15th. The event will be a combined autocross and DE weekend. I’m thinking that I’ll do a day of each, since I plan to drive my own car to Colorado Springs from Salt Lake City. It’s always the best of both worlds for me, when I get to hang out with club members as one of the participants rather than just being an observer. Cars AND People, right?
Afterwards I’ll be flying home from Colorado Springs, and then back to Colorado Springs one week later to pick up my car that will be stored at the home of a gracious AMR member during my absence. (I’m going to hold onto the keys Alex!) From there I will make the relatively short drive of 300 miles from Colorado Springs to Treffen Tamaya near Albuquerque. I’ll arrive there on the 24th, a day before Treffen opens, in order to lend help as needed to Harry Season and his dedicated volunteer team. Can’t wait for Treffen. I’m there to volunteer, but will also have wheels with me should duties allow time for participation in a drive or two. Then I’ll complete the big triangular drive back to Salt Lake City to handle the Pirelli sponsor promotion for the PCA Club Race at Utah Motorsports Park the first weekend in May.
Our annual Zone 9 Region President’s meeting went off well in early March. A big thanks to Teri Talamantes and the Carrera region for agreeing to be the host location. As part of the meeting we enjoyed updates and presentations from two national staff members and a member of the Executive Council. Tom Gorsuch, PCA Vice-President updated Vision 2020, and PCA’s growth targets. Maggie Goodman and Greg Halverson, Chairs of the Social Media and Driving Tours Committees respectively, brought us up to speed on their dedicated topics. In general the overall focus of the meeting was on risk management, safety and growth. Special thanks to Tony Wright, incoming president of the West Texas region, for making the commitment to bring an in-depth representation of his board (5 members) to the meeting. Relative proximity to the meeting location allowed this commitment, and I was happy to oblige when the request arose to expand the attendee list from that region.
Speaking of the West Texas, I believe the region just ran the table for the last five months, with a Panorama article in “From the Regions” each month. Collectively, our zone contains some of the most magnificent scenery in all of the USA. And our tours have to rank right at the pinnacle of the “Oh my- look at THAT” scale. So I’d LOVE to see each zone represented in Panorama at least once in 2018. Any PCA member can submit an article. So please volunteer. It’s easy. All you need are a couple of good photos (Cars and People are preferred) and a write up that is LIMITED to 300 words. Instructions can be found at the bottom of the first page of the “From the Regions” section in every issue of Panorama! As a club member, it’s an easy way to show pride in your region while at the same time showing appreciation to the local volunteers who signed up as leaders of your event.
Zone Rep Report March 2018
Treffen Tamaya is just about sold out! So if you’ve not yet registered, you should hop on it now! (https://treffen.pca.org)
I’m itching to get out and about doing fun stuff with Porsches and club members. Thanks to weather conditions, winter months in this zone are quite a bit slower than other months- except for “business” meetings. This month I attended the combined annual zone reps, and winter board meeting at PCA’s headquarter city in Maryland. As I write this letter, I’m just about to set off to El Paso for my own Zone 9’s annual meeting with region leaders. Formula 1 racing refers to this period while everything is up in the air at the end of one season and the start of the next, as “silly season”. I get the reference.
Thankfully “silly season” ends for me by the middle of the first week of March. There are, however, some highlights that are worth pointing out about the meetings completed and the meetings just about to happen.
PCA Headquarter Visit– When I told non-PCA friends that I was going to the PCA’s headquarters near Washington D.C. for a meeting, most imagined some gleaming glass tower office. I knew better. As we might expect the HQ is nestled in a humble single story office park. And it is between Baltimore and the D.C. beltways, not in the heart of either city. Once you get inside the offices, a whole different world opens up. The fresh white walls are covered in Porsche Cars and Porsche Club memorabilia. If you fly into BWI or Reagan on a future trip, I’d recommend making a phone call to arrange a drop-in visit. It’s like a trip through Porsche and PCA history. Vu Nguyen has done a wonderfully tasteful job with the expansion, which has also allowed for a small “Goodie Store” in the lobby.
PCA Juniors– Here’s something you can pass along to your children and grand-children right now!
PCA has announced a fun, FREE, program just for kids! As a PCA member, you can register your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews (really any child as long as they are under 18) for the PCA Juniors program. They will get a welcome package with an age appropriate gift, and a birthday card every year. It’s totally free, and you can register as many kids as you like. Register at the link below (requires your login info). Make their day!!
The Raffle program is healthier than ever– The two most recent PCA raffles, for the Porsche GT4 and 911T have resulted in the ability for PCA to award SIX cars in each raffle. These are record breaking numbers. And the cool thing is that, as the entries increase in number, cars get added. So while the odds of winning remain relatively constant, and certainly better than most raffles you can enter, the benefit to the club increases with the number of cars awarded. Raffles make an important contribution toward all the benefits the club offers, while helping to keep our membership costs as low as possible. So please keep an eye out for the next exciting raffle announcement!
Parade in Lake of the Ozarks looks like a winner– Housing registration remains open for Porsche Parade at Tan-Tar-A. Over 2000 individuals are already registered, but due to the size of the resort plenty of rooms remain. Activities registration is set to open on April 2.
Zone 9 Membership growth can be better! The final membership growth numbers for 2017 are in. Without sharing the actual numbers, I’ll say that we grew faster than the economy. That’s actually not bad, but looking at some of the other zones, I know we can do better. Growing each region in Zone 9 will be a key topic of discussion at the annual President’s meeting in El Paso this coming week- in terms of both attraction and retention. If you have your own ideas of how to make growth happen in your region, please call or email one of your regional board members and also consider if there’s something you can do to volunteer to help!
Zone Rep Report January 2018
I don’t know about the rest of you, but at my house January is all about locking down the “must do” calendar events for the whole year, in order to see what open slots are available for the “nice to” stuff that can be fit in between.
Now that my registration is complete for April’s Treffen Tamaya near Santa Fe, and lodging reservations have been made for the July Porsche Parade at Lake of the Ozarks, I’m focused on the third quarter of the year. So, if like me, you find September’s Treffen in Banff to be a bit too far, I would like to recommend the Rennsport VI reunion. For the uninitiated, unlike Parade or Treffen events hosted by this club, Rennsport Reunions are hosted by Porsche Cars of North America (PCNA). We say that PCA is about the Cars and the People. Well Rennsport seems to be more about the cars, and the cars. The people part is there, too. But the car element is just overwhelming. At least that’s the case during the day when all of the action happens at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway just a few miles east of Monterey. Don’t get me wrong. You WILL run into people you know and you will probably make new friends, especially if you choose a hotel in Monterey where most of the weekend visitors will share the same weakness for the Porsche brand. But during the daylight hours the collection of new and historic Porsches that you will see racing on track is sheer overload. And your access to the paddock is essentially unlimited allowing you to be face to face with world famous drivers and toe to tire with the largest collection of priceless Porsches that you will see short of, perhaps, the Porsche museum in Stuttgart.
I’ve enclosed some photos from Rennsport Reunion V, held in the same location in 2014. Rather than share the myriad shots of multi-million dollar collectible car-art traveling inches apart at triple digit speeds, I chosen some of the more unusual photos which made Rennsport V even more memorable for me.
Rennsport VI takes place from September 27th to 30th , 2018. Registration links can be found by entering “Rennsport VI” in the search bar at PCA.org.
The ever-changing value of my license plate registration stickers.
I know that not all states are the same when it comes to vehicle registration stickers. Here in Utah, when you are issued a new license plate, you are also handed two stickers; one for the month and the other for the year. They are to be placed side by side. Each year when you renew by mail, they send you a new sticker for the upcoming year.
So how did I get so lucky as to have a September registration on a car that would live through the years 2017 through 2019? Yep, that means that over 3 years, my car will have worn a bit of disguise as a 917, a 918, and a 919. And in case this is gibberish to you, a 917 racecar from the 1970’s may be a $10 million Porsche, a 918 hybrid from 2014 a mere $1million+ (for now), and if a just retired 991 LeMans winning hybrid ever comes on the market, well…..the sky will probably be the limit. And in case you are wondering if you will ever see any of these…there were multiple examples of each, running the track at Rennsport V. And I’m thinking there will be a repeat this year.
Zone Rep Report December 2017
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 PCA.org 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 PCA.org).
-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.
Zone Rep Report November 2017
Revenge of the Green-eyed “Envy Monster”
I try not to be envious. It’s not a good way to be. But almost without fail at a typical summer PCA social, someone shows up talking about their first visit to the Porsche Museum or that they just visited the factory. Or both. The green-eyed envy monster wells up inside me and I just tell myself quietly, that someday, I’ll make it happen. Perhaps with one of the Autobahn Treffen trips added onto it.
Here in Utah, we have a lot of outdoor loving people. Those of a certain age, like me, refuse to age gracefully. So last winter some friends asked if we would like to join them on a bike (as in bicycle- not Harley) trip in Europe. Not wanting to put all of my eggs in one vacation basket of biking, Julie and I decided to take a side trip to another country while awaiting the arrival of our biking friends at the starting point of the bike trip. After fully committing to a 16 day itinerary over there, I learned that the bike trip starts in Passau, Germany- a 3 hour drive from Stuttgart, my center of envy. Should we stay longer? No the dog won’t know us when we get back. Momentarily, I thought about laying the guilt trip on Julie by saying that she owes me a trip to Europe because we got sooooo close to Porsche’s Mecca and went to Prague instead. But considering that last Christmas she surprised my son and me with a trip to the F1 race in Austin later this month, I discounted that idea.
So for now I’ll continue to bury the envy without a concrete plan to get to the museum and factory (or Le Mans, or Spa). Thinking about a possible list like this, makes me realize just how incredibly fortunate I am in being able to engage in so many glorious things to do right here- many of them with PCA. This past month was at home for me. All PCA activities were right here in the Intermountain Region. The 3-day PCA race was amazing. Great weather, no incidents, tremendous volunteers, new people for the race and DE, and good barbeque! The next weekend followed with a two-day driving tour through Moab Utah and over the mountains to Gateway Colorado. We had a cool dinner on Saturday night and a visit to a museum in Gateway, Colorado. Fall colors just starting the roads were breath taking. For those who have not been to the Gateway Auto Museum, I would HIGHLY recommend it. One of the best in the US, if not the world. Owned by the guy who founded the Discovery and Velocity cable channels, it was a dream of his to build a tribute to the automobile and travel on American roads.
PCA Club Race starting grid at Utah Motorsports Campus
AMR’s Fred Veitch on grid
IRPCA’s Diane Johnstone “volunteer wrangler supreme” getting into the pace car
Lunch at Ray’s Tavern heading for Moab
Eye-Candy at the Gateway Auto Museum
Gateway to the Gateway, looks more like a wine tasting room at a Napa vineyard, than a car museum
Gateway Museum ground and setting
So, now I’m prepared for my bike trip. Thinking about the high percentage of German tourists that I run into when I frequently find myself in one of Utah’s National Parks, I’ve learned that visiting Arches, Bryce, Zion, Capitol Reef and the rims of the Grand Canyon is near the top of the bucket list for lots of outdoor loving Germans. So as I sit next to my bike, sipping a cold one, and a local tells me that “I really want to go to America and visit Utah”….I’m going to smugly say “I was just there last week!!!”
Zone Rep Report October 2017
When looking after PCA’s financial matters, free is good…and fun!
As Zone reps, we’re encouraged to visit each region a minimum of once, and preferably twice per year. As all of the region calendars operate independently, and are also subject to change, a fair amount of pre-planning is required. We’re also encouraged to mix up the types of events that we attend, in order to meet members across a wide variety of PCA activities. And unlike many of the zones on either coast where you can easily drive from one region to another, Zone 9 typically requires flight planning due to the wide swath of geography from Salt Lake City to Lubbock.
Mid-summer brought a leadership change to the Carrera Region in El Paso. 3rd year region president Dan Thomas made the choice to step down and in his place Teresa Talamantes was elected as his replacement. Dan, thank you for your service to both our country and PCA! And welcome to the hot seat, Teri!! Anyway, when a change of leadership happens, it is usually a good idea for the Zone rep to make a visit to meet and orient the new region president, answer any immediate questions that he or she may have, and to introduce the newly elected to the “Region Procedure Manual”. Looking at flights to El Paso made it clear that I was going to connect through Denver- no matter what. So checking the calendar, I found a Thursday night social at Colorado Heli-Ops just prior to the Friday evening that I was planning in El Paso. Perfect, I could add the extra RMR visit for only the price of a hotel night! Then, looking at a Saturday return flight from El Paso to Salt Lake City, I freaked out and nearly canceled the whole plan due to the extreme airfare quote. So just out of curiosity, I checked out a Sunday return home, only to discover that the airfare dropped substantially. So I went back to the calendar of BOTH RMR and AMR to find that I had the choice of a Saturday social up in the Fort Collins area, or an autocross in Colorado Springs. Figuring I might hit 3 regions on the same ticket, I chose the latter. In hindsight, the cost of only flying directly in and out of El Paso (Friday to Saturday), was significantly more than the trip that I took to include Denver and Colorado Springs (Thursday to Sunday). And the savings completely paid for the extra 2 hotel rooms nights and (tiny little) rental cars. I thought about thrashing the Toyota Corolla rental car at the Pike’s Peak International Raceway autocross course. While it would make a fun story, it probably would not represent PCA very well! When I got off the plane back home on Sunday morning, I headed directly to my home region’s own autocross, where I could not run, as I had missed half the day’s events. Hey 4 regions, in 4 days. Amazing people everywhere I went. And really well run events. Thanks to all who helped coordinate this really fast tour of four of our seven regions.
In other “news”, I should announce that I now have an additional volunteer position within PCA. At the summer Board of Directors meeting, I was elected as one of five members of the PCA Financial Audit Committee, led by Craig Kugler. Formed in 2015 and now entering its second two-year term this committee is charged with acting as an independent body to review and oversee the financial operations of PCA and the findings of the independent auditor. As the committee is still in its early days, I look forward to playing a role in defining the future impact of the committee.
In the next month, I also look forward to volunteer and driving at the PCA Club Race and DE at Utah Motorsports Campus, and then in October heading to Carrera region’s Octoberfiesta. Stay Tuned.
Zone Rep Report September 2017
Five Regions from Zone 9 win National Awards at the 62nd Annual Porsche Parade in Spokane!
This year’s Porsche Parade was a stellar week of big time recognition for a select list of dedicated PCA volunteers from throughout Zone 9.
Here’s a list of the major national awards won by individual regions in the zone.
Accolades to Mike Suttle, his entire leadership team and the extended list of volunteers who supported the long list of activities in the Roadrunner Region throughout 2016. At the Porsche Parade, Roadrunner Region won the 1st runner-up award for the “Ferry Porsche Trophy”. The Ferry Porsche Trophy is awarded for the Region of the Year national contest. At Parade, the award was presented by Caren Cooper, PCA National President, and accepted by Liz Shaw who represented the region.
The next award was to Darrell and Shari Troester from the Intermountain Region. This National Award was for “The Porsche Family of the Year”. Presentation of the Award was made personally by Wolfgang Porsche on behalf of his family. I wish we could publish a quality photo of the plaque, but it is nearly impossible to photograph. The plaque is essentially a family tree shown in the form of black and silver metal etched historical photos of three generations of Porsche families (Ferdinand, his son Ferdinand, and next generation brothers Hans-Peter and Wolfgang) posed with their cars and immediate family members. Simply an amazing bit of artwork.
In the communications category we had 4 regions who won various awards for best websites and/or newsletters.
Alpine Mountain Region won Best Overall Website Award from among PCA’s 144 regions. Congratulations to Alex Ching and Carl Ellis for all your work in earning this award.
Carrera Region won Best Overall Website Award for small regions thanks to the efforts of “webmeister” and former region president Dan Thomas.
Rocky Mountain Region landed the 3rd Place Website Award for Class V regions over 800 members Congratulation to webmaster Scott Rodgers.
And finally Roadrunner Region won double recognition in the communications category by taking first place overall in their class for their website and 3rd overall in class for the “Ramblings” newsletter. Hats off to Ann Mulhern for spearheading this success.
The hidden story behind all of these awards is also partly due to persistent encouragement by Liz Shaw during her last months as Zone rep to push region leaders to make nominations in their regions for any of the variety of PCA National Awards. As a region president at the time, I can attest to her efforts to push all of us to make these nominations during the 2016 year-end holidays. So thanks are also due to those who took the time to nominate fellow region members as candidates.
This year’s Porsche Parade was the largest ever, with participants numbering around 2400 people. Around 50 cars and nearly 100 participants came from throughout zone 9. The zone was also well represented among the winners of autocross and concours events. Congratulations to all of you who competed. For a full list of competition event winners at Parade, go to PCA.org.
Zone Rep Report August 2017
From Independence Pass to Independence Day!!
I’m writing this month’s newsletter between rolling up the flag from yesterday’s July 4th celebration and heading upstairs to pack for tomorrow’s drive to the Porsche Parade in Spokane. I guess this marks my first ½ year as a zone rep for PCA.
What a challenging and fun (mostly fun) ride it has been.
June was a whirlwind of great PCA events. It began with “home games”- a triple header right here in my backyard. Three days of HPDE track time at Utah Motorsports Campus (f.k.a.- Miller Motorsports Park) made for an amazing weekend. Adding to the allure was the fact that Pirelli GT3 Cup racing was also happening in between our HPDE sessions. Colorful, loud and fast!Three days later, I was off to the Rocky Mountain High Way event hosted by the Alpine Mountain Region in Aspen/ Snowmass. Not unlike Utah, there are places where the snow is still 8 feet deep in the mountains in June. But UNLIKE Utah, those places are as close as two feet from your passenger door as you take in the view from Independence Pass. With well over 100 attendees, we shared enjoyment of socials, a plethora of tours (including a cave, not just roads), a concours on the Snowmass piste, and a track day at Woody Creek Raceway to conclude the weekend.
Driving tour at Rocky Mountain High Way. Independence Pass in the background
Driving tour members
Best In Show winner at Rocky Mountain High Way. New member moves in from Seattle with a controversial livery
They told me it was a “bunny slope” but all I can find are Porsches at the Rocky Mountain High Way Concours
The following weekend was another drive from Salt Lake City. This time to High Plains Raceway. My original plan was to fly. But too many people from here said “You’ve never driven HPR?? You HAVE to drive”. So I played the role of “sweeper” in my street car, for a trailer filled with PCA Club Race cars. While there was no room left in that trailer for my track tires, I still had an absolutely MARVELOUS time at HPR. And I had a couple of cooperative RMR members who knowingly and unknowingly helped me learn the lines during Friday’s open lapping sessions. I shy away from using club members names in these newsletters, but (DC and VC-J) you know who you are!! I appreciate your expertise!! And just today, two weeks later, I got a pdf file from one of the afore-un-mentioned people with turn by turn hints for HPR. It makes me want to get back there sooner than later- next time with better rubber.
Alexandra Sabados, Race Car Art
HPDE line-up at HPR
As a PCA Club Race weekend, HPR went off without an apparent hitch. The club racing staff who travels to each race really has their act together. The show runs on time and safe. A new member of that team is our former Zone rep, LIZ SHAW, whose name I am not shy about mentioning. Liz now volunteers in timing and scoring. Thanks for staying in the game, Liz.
What happens when you ask a “hot chick” to step on the scale? No problem as Lisa Hunsiker drives onto the scales for a post-race weigh in
At HPR – women’s photo op requested by Vicki Cox-Jones
As a take-away from this past month, and from my first six months as a whole, I’m flabbergasted not only by the number of volunteers, but their spirit and attitude. I heard someone mention a number of over 100 volunteers that it took to pull together the club race. Many are volunteer/participants with “skin in the game”. But I met many others who just show up to help- and with a smile. So thanks to ALL of you who have such a service mentality to support the love of our cars and who simply enjoy the camaraderie among our members. Six months in, I’m a VERY lucky guy to even be witnessing these bonds.
Dan Carlson, Vicki Earnshaw and Kathy Fricke as Kathy stepped out of her car at the recent Rocky Mountain Thunder Club Race
This is about the only way I can see myself in a Porsche 918
Off to the Porsche Parade Spokane in the morning. See you next month with an update.
Zone Rep Report July 2017
Congratulations to the Roadrunner Region on your 50th Anniversary!!!
Santa Fe New Mexico was the site of the Roadrunner Region’s FIESTA 50 celebration over the Memorial Weekend. Aaron Ambrosino, the PCA National Treasurer made the flight from his home in Upstate New York to deliver the congratulatory message and a 50th anniversary banner to Mike Suttle, Region President. The banner was personally signed by Vu Nguyen, PCA Executive Director, as well as all members of the PCA Executive Council.
My weekend in Santa Fe began while unpacking the car after the 600 mile trip to Santa Fe. My first introduction was to two long-standing members of the Roadrunner Region, Dave and Ann Stinchcomb. Dave provided me with the history of his ownership of his very well kept light blue 911S Targa, a 1973. Throughout the weekend I would run into them again and exchange greetings. And today, two days after the Fiesta, I even sent them a couple photos of their car that I thought they might enjoy. The weekend would repeat that scenario with dozens of other PCA members from Texas to California. You meet them once and share a story or two. Then you see them three or four more times and share another story or two. And by the end of the weekend, there’s a connection that you know you can pick up at the next multi-region or national PCA event.Sitting down to write this monthly letter, I began to ponder on what 50 years of hosting events like this really means to a PCA region’s members. There are lots of cars in each region that are much older than the anniversary date. Roadrunner region has lots of Porsche 356’s which, by definition, are older than the region. So, I came to the conclusion that older clubs have hosted more “chance” meetings and interpersonal “re-unions”, making these 5 year incremental anniversaries far more “about the people”, than the cars. Following this line of thought I opened the Roadrunner region membership database, and sorted by membership date. I found a couple of members currently celebrating their 40th anniversary with the region, having joined in 1977. Then I found a couple more in the 40 to 50 year membership range. And to my surprise, I discovered one couple, who might be considered founding members. That couple joined the club in April 1968 when the club was just 6 months in existence. And guess who it was? It was Dave and Ann Stinchcomb! What a coincidence that Dave and Ann were the first couple that I met upon arrival at Fiesta!! And as I introduced myself as a current resident of Salt Lake City, Dave responded by telling me “I took my first ride in a 356 Porsche (only kind they made then) in 1963 in Salt Lake City!! “
Not once did Dave or Ann mention that this was to be their 50th anniversary with PCA as well. I love the humility! The richness of the history of 50 years in the club went untold as we focused on learning about each other in the moment, and just chatted about the day’s events. Perhaps I’ll run into them at a Balloon Fiesta, or at Parade in Spokane, and I’ll get even more of the story.
From a participant’s perspective, Fiesta 50 went off without any apparent glitches.
The number of volunteers it took to pull it off, was impressive. A “first” for me was the chance to auto-cross on banked pavement for the first time- interesting. People raved about the tours, and the Landmark Rally designed by Vance “El Diablo” Bass was, in fact, diabolical. The leadership team in the Roadrunner region REALLY has their act together. I couldn’t possibly name or personally thank all of those who put volunteer hours into this effort, but I MUST mention the co-chairs Harry and Dolores Season, joined by Chris and Crickett Marquez, as well as the leadership of Mike Suttle and financial and prize support from the lead sponsor, Porsche of Albuquerque. You guys did an amazing job!!!
For those of you in Zone 9 who have not attended a “Fiesta” in the past, mark you calendars for the Spring Treffen in 2018, hosted by Roadrunner Region. It should be a “can’t miss” event!!
Zone Rep Report June 2017
“H” or “A” – It’s ALL GOOD!!
Well it looks as though Zone 9 is going to be well represented at this year’s Porsche Parade in Spokane. As of April 29th members from 5 of the zone’s 7 regions had registered totaling around 90 attendees. By the time you read this monthly letter, I’m hoping we will have exceeded the 100 mark. My fingers are crossed. If you are one of the those attendees and you happen to be leaving from, or heading through Salt Lake City on the way to parade, please consider joining us for a pre-Parade meet-up and casual buffet dinner at Porsche Salt Lake on Friday evening July 7th. Registration and further details can be found at www.msreg.com/ParadeOrBust .
As zone rep, and a member of the PCA national staff, there is an expectation that I attend events at least once per year, preferably twice. The travel portion of this volunteer gig offers a positive offset for some of the weekly administration that comes with acting as a liaison between the national office and leadership within each region. So I suppose that I’m getting into the rhythm of my role, when I feel a bit like a slacker when I spend four consecutive weeks at home with no PCA related travel. April and part of May was a series of “home” games here in the Intermountain Region. Autocross, Cars and Coffee, a tour to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the Wendover Air Museum, plus volunteering for a dry-run of the 8th Amazing (gimmick) Rally offered some really cool club events here at home.
Mid May through July it’s time to hit the road for a series of “away” games. I just can’t wait for Fiesta 50 in Santa Fe plus Rocky Mountain Highway and the associated DE in Aspen. Each will be filled with people who are new to me, and lots of mountain driving. After these two events, I’ll represent the zone at the PCA Club Race at High Plains Raceway, in Colorado. Hosting a club race will be a new experience. All of the zone reps have a training guide on how to help out at club races, However, I’m going to need to learn my way into that role, and I’m sure I’ll have lots of help from the RMR-PCA, and National Race Committee to help me figure it all out. The final “away game” before a bit of a travel break, will be the Porsche Parade in Spokane. I know that several of the regions in our zone have been nominated for a variety of national awards, from region of the year, family of the year, web design awards, and more. I’m really anxious to see if the hard work in individual regions gains national recognition. Again, I’ve got my fingers crossed.
And as the year goes on, I will still be working on the rest of the “away” game schedule. West Texas, Carrera, and Llano Estacado regions are the furthest from my home. I’ll be working with region presidents Kim Pershall, Dan Thomas, and Joe Papp respectively to arrang attendance at more “away games” in their regions while hopefully coordinating dates of travel in order to get the best bang for the buck out of the PCA travel budget.
Zone Rep Report May 2017
The Unintended Financial Consequences of Porsche Fun!
Compared to many in PCA, I’ll admit to being a relative newcomer to Porsche ownership and club membership. My first Porsche purchase was in 2008. Convinced of the reliability of the brand, the second slot in the garage was filled in 2009. As a guest attendee at some club events in 2010, I joined PCA in 2011. Until that time “cost of ownership” was defined only by frequency of maintenance and repair. To my pleasant surprise, those costs were negligible.
The first unintended financial consequence was the “cost of fun”. We all heard that it is a slippery slope. Weighing the fun factor of socials, autocross, track days, Parade, reunions and the like, against the cost of those items- I find that I’m still miles ahead on the smiles chart. As a result, I’m happy to accept the unintended financial consequences as I remind myself that the story began when I said “but honey- it’s only $46 per year”.HOWEVER, the second unintended financial consequence is one that I just have to buck up and accept. Now that I’m well entrenched in the region PCA scene, I find spring to be the time where I’m figuring answers to questions like; what’s the season cost of track day entry fees? ; How many sets of what size tires? ; Will these new Pagid racing pads get through the season? ; And what month will my brake rotors need to be changed? Having accepted all of this as the first unintended consequence, I now find that I am forced to also accept the second consequence. The shoe is now on the other foot (literally and figuratively), and the story continues as I’m frequently reminded- “but honey- this (substitute here- Dress, garden plan, tennis racquet pair of ASICs, etc.), is less than the cost of a new tire!” So I’ve learned that quietly accepting this type of financial comparison is part of the cost of ownership and domestic tranquility!
Things to do NOW!
For the month of May- here’s your suggested PCA list to-do list!
-Spend a few bucks at pca.org and buy tickets for the Spring Raffle that ends on the first of June. Have you seen that new 911 Carrera GTS?
-Sign up for Werks Monterey also through pca.org. Registration opened May 1 for the August 18th event. Werks Amelia Islands was over the top, and Monterey is expected to be just as cool!
-Register for the Zone member dinner on your way to Porsche Parade 2017. If your planned route finds that Salt Lake City is a mid-point to Spokane, stay in town and join us for dinner downtown at Porsche Salt Lake City, from 5:30-8:00 pm on July 7th. Registration is at www.msreg.com/ParadeOrBust .
I just attended my first Treffen. What a 5 star experience Austin turned out to be! Sandwiched between flooding rains until the day prior, and tennis ball sized hail on the day after, the weather in the middle was perfect. Tour routes through the hill country were a joy and the parade laps at Circuit of the Americas were like icing on a cake. I really enjoyed meeting Zone members from RMR, AMR and Roadrunner regions.
After spending some time with Harry Season, coordinator of the next really big multi-day event in the Zone, I’m even more excited about attending Roadrunner Region’s sold out Fiesta 50 later this month!
Zone Rep Report April 2017
“Fueled by Volunteers” is something you hear a lot when you hang around PCA events, probably second only to “It’s not just about the cars, it’s about the people”. After attending my first ever PCA semi-annual board meeting, I now have another level of appreciation for “Fueled by Volunteers”. Until now, my perspective on this claim was limited to participation in my local region here in Utah. The recent meeting in Los Angeles took my understanding to a whole new level. The level of passion, talent, and collective dedication to make a great car club, is something from which we all benefit as individual members of PCA. The impact is far more than I imagined – and I had my sights set pretty high from the very start. It is most impressive- all of the way from the individual committee leads up to the EC members who all have full time “day” jobs, and probably give an additional 20-30 hours per week to PCA. I left the meeting feeling pretty humbled. Porsche Cars of North America treated meeting attendees to an evening at the new Porsche Experience Center. What a delight. If you find yourself on the south side of the left coast, I would highly recommend that you sign up and enjoy the experience.
In Colorado Springs, during the first weekend in March, I had an opportunity to practice what I learned in “PCA University” (aka Zone rep training) with the region President’s, Vice Presidents and Newsletter Editors from Zone 9. It was an enjoyable time to meet with familiar and new faces from around the zone. The meeting was packed with content, and I’m confident that attendees took back some solid ideas to make regions just a little better for each member. With help from Aaron Ambrosino, PCA’s National Treasurer, we focused our presentations on social media, insurance and risk management, the Teen Survival Skills program offered by Tire Rack, activity subsidies for regions, and shared ideas for general region management. In addition to meeting, we squeezed in some fun, by visiting a private car collection during lunch and attending a social with Alpine Mountain Region members at Porsche of Colorado Springs. I had copious help from the local Alpine Mountain Region and would like to thank Denise Jordan, Justine Estein, Barb Treacy, Fred Veitch, and Joe Bremmer of Porsche of Colorado Springs, for all their support.
April 3rd, marked the opening of activities registration for Parade in Spokane. By now you should have made your hotel reservations at one of the host hotels. I hope to meet and greet many of you up in Washington State in July. Additionally, I’ve now wrapped up a hotel plan, as a convenience for those driving through Zone 9 to Parade. Under the assumption that Salt Lake City is a halfway point for many in the south and east parts of Zone 9, we are recommending that you stay at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on July 7th, and join us for an outdoor cookout at a private home that evening to help break up your travel. On the morning of July 8th, Porsche of Salt Lake City (4 blocks from the hotel) will offer coffee and breakfast treats before you head off for the day. Road warriors can choose to do Salt Lake City to Spokane in a single day’s 10 hour drive, and check into your Parade hotel on the evening of July 8th. For those in a more relaxed mode, we have a block of rooms 6 hours north of Salt Lake City, in McCall Idaho. This will leave us about 5 hours of driving on July 9th Sunday morning and early afternoon, for arrival in Spokane during the PCA registration open hours and in plenty of time before the opening reception. Check you region’s website and/or Facebook Page for details.
Zone Rep Report March 2017
While I knew that McDonald’s had a “Hamburger University” I never knew about “PCA University”. Well I’m about to be an attendee, and by the time you read this I’ll be a graduate- assuming I don’t mess up! Yep, there’s a training program for any person new to the PCA staff. This training is done in a very efficient manner, combining the Winter Board Meeting with the twice annual in-person Zone Rep meeting. The meeting takes place very near the new Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, features an on-site dinner and perhaps (I have my fingers crossed) a closer look at the 53 acre playground, handling circuit, and all of the associated fun things to do. More to come in next month’s “In the Zone”.
Next month, I will also recap the Region President’s meeting about to take place in Colorado Springs on March 4th. Perhaps named improperly, the Region President’s meeting is the one time per year that each Zone Rep can host a meeting of the Presidents, Vice Presidents and Communications focused leaders from each region within the zone. To ensure that region leaders have all the latest input to help run the PCA regions, this meeting follows immediate on the heels of the Winter Board Meeting and the semi-annual in-person Zone reps meeting. There’s also a lot of cross-regional sharing that takes place in the meeting. Having attended the meeting for the past 3 years as a leader within the Intermountain Region, I can vouch for the fact that each attendee brings home some really valuable ideas to their own region.
Finally, by the time you read this, I expect that registration will be open for Parade in Spokane beginning July 9th. Stay tuned for announcements from the Intermountain Region (and in this newsletter) regarding a “meet up” for Zone 9 folks heading to Parade and passing through Salt Lake City along the way. The tentative plan is for a caravan, maybe two caravans, to leave from Salt Lake City on the morning of July 8th. As the zone rep, I plan to “own” a number of the details related to setting up a block of rooms in SLC for the evening of July 7th, and likely in McCall Idaho along a scenic route to Parade on the evening of July 8th, arriving at Parade mid-day Sunday. When I mention two possible caravans, one would be “the express”, a 10 hour all Interstate drive with limited bio breaks, arriving in Spokane the evening of Saturday July 8th. The other would be the aforementioned “scenic route” also leaving Salt Lake City on Saturday morning, but departing the interstate highways for more scenic routes on Saturday afternoon.
Zone Rep Report February 2017
Event calendars for most regions are coming together nicely. Rocky Mountain Region and Alpine Mountain Region seem to have the running start on getting their full calendars locked down and posted on their websites. As a single event though, it’s clear that the team putting together the Santa Fe FIESTA in the Roadrunner Region, really has their act together as the registration site went live back in December 2016! In my own home region, Intermountain, the committee leads have been locking down the track dates. Those dates then drive timing for the socials, and then the autocross venue rentals etc.- all to avoid conflicting dates. No matter the region, the amount of work it takes to put together a full year calendar is really impressive, fairly invisible, and as a result, underappreciated. So if you are a club member reading this monthly zone letter and checking out your own region’s newsletter or website, you might want to drop a short “thank you” in an email (or on your region’s Facebook page) to the team that puts it all together. A large part of the work in pulling together a year of activity for any PCA region, comes right now in the planning stages!
Speaking of planning, now is the time to consider participating in the Zone 9 Challenge. The goal is to visit and participate in an event in all 7 regions of Zone 9. This year in particular, MIGHT be the most practical year to go after the challenge. Think about it. Treffen is in Austin Texas in late March, early April. This gives you a great reason to cross the Lone Star State and hit all 3 of our Texas regions- Llano Estacado, West Texas and Carrera- on the way out and on the way back. Then in July, with Parade being in Spokane this year, you have a reason to pass through Salt Lake City. We are planning a Cars and Coffee type breakfast at Porsche Salt Lake City for anyone in the zone passing through on that Saturday morning on their way to Spokane. We may even suggest a recommended hotel with discounted rooms the night before. So stay tuned.
Coming back to now, I’m looking out the window at a foot of fresh fallen snow and listening to Utah Highway Patrol reports of 200 slide offs and 3 trooper’s cars being hit. In stark comparison, Intermountain Region members are simultaneously posting Facebook pictures of their Porsches that serve as daily drivers all winter. So far each post has been a mid-engine. I’m hoping a C4S owner, or an even more daring Carrera owner will post some pix, too. Strangely there’s not one post from a Cayenne or Macan owner. I guess that falls into the category of “so what’s the big deal”? The only reason for going down this path though, is that I’m thinking about driver safety. Especially teens on dry roads, and all of the rest of us in challenging winter conditions. In the next year, I would LOVE to see a region or two visit or revisit plans for teen survival skill programs, AND for the rest of us, some winter driving skills development. Hmmm…I think I just decided to add this topic to the agenda of the Colorado Springs Zone meeting with region Presidents on March 4th.
Zone Rep Report January 2017
Happy New Year to all Zone 9 PCAers.
As the incoming Zone 9 rep, I just have to offer a huge thank you to Liz Shaw for all the work she has done during her four years as Zone 9 representative. I have on many occasions leaned on Liz as the “go to” expert to learn how to get things done. I know that many club officers around the zone have done the same. We’ve also enjoyed seeing Liz at socials and rallies at IRPCA, and have also benefitted from her support during PCA club races at Miller Motorsports Park. I expect that all other region officials would have similar comments. If you have not already done it, please drop Liz a big thanks at LizShawsf@msn.com.
Now, here’s all you need to know about the new guy. I’m Rich Sanders. Originally from South Jersey and retired to Utah. Let’s see, what else? Married. Two settled and out of the nest children- son 35; daughter 30. And a totally understanding wife, Julie, who lives with an overgrown motorhead child of 65 years, and a 60 pound, 6 foot long Montrose Colorado born, Australian Bernedoodle lapdog, named Max. I love Porsches and PCA.
After retiring from 20 years of living in Minnesota, Julie and I came back to our home in Utah, a property that we held onto after a prior job assignment. Julie loves being outdoors and traveling all of the parks in the West, and I’m a pretty active skier. Most importantly though they built a 4.5 mile road course right down the road while we were gone 😉
As a motorhead, I’ve had a checkered past. Growing up in all over the East Coast, there was a British car phase (MG, Triumph, AH Bug-eyes, and an E-type Jaguar). Then moving to the Midwest whinterlands, dare wuz da Saab phase (Yah sure hue betcha!). 14 of them ran through the family. They were safe as a shipping container, quirky with lots of torque steer and turbo lag, and fun with lots of snow and ice. But the REALLY serious fun began in 2008 and 2009 with a Cayenne and a Boxster Spyder. Each has been since been upgraded. A garage band named “Red Hot Chili” (a Guards Red Cayman R) and “Peppers” (a Sand Yellow 958 Cayenne) is now playing. I don’t intend to ever look back!
As a PCA member, I joined Minnesota’s Nord Stern Region in 2011. Upon retiring back to Utah in 2012, I became active on the IRPCA board, serving as co-chair of the autocross committee, followed by 2 years as VP and then as club president. I love to track and autocross regularly and am a certified PCA DE instructor. I’ve asked Santa for a bigger tire budget for 2017.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot of terrific folks in PCA along the way. Building a wonderful base of friends in retirement has been as rewarding as all of the driving events. It’s absolutely true that it’s not just about the cars, it’s about the people. I’m stoked about this assignment, and feel honored to have been chosen to serve. I hope that I can maintain the level of support that Liz has offered during her time on the job.
I’m looking forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming year.
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