You may notice that we try to run small polls on the front page of the site. We try to keep them short and informative and hopefully a little fun. Occasionally we try to make them informative for us on the board to gauge the wishes of our club members. It’s a great help if you take the time to answer one during your visit. You also may have notice some questions at the end of our recent ballot.
Sometimes results are surprising.
From the ballot members selected East Sacramento/Roseville or East Sacramento/Folsom as a preferred dinner locations. Members also indicated that the cost of our events are reasonable though a few found them too cheap. Some members commented that they would like to see more events on weekends since “there are still a few of us working.” This was directed at dinners, as well as tours. We also heard that for some of the older cars, early spring tours would be more fun because Porsches like other cars didn’t concentrate on air conditioning just a few years back.
Multiple day tours and single day tours were pretty much split for popularity. These were the most popular except the nine autocrossers that voted.
The last poll on the website asked if your Porsche was afraid of the rain or not. Surprising (to me) the results were virtually split in half. Of the thirty or so responses it was almost 50/50.
The elections of 2018 are complete. Even for us in Sacramento Valley Region. I will be announcing the results shortly as soon as we receive the results from the snail mail ballots.
On another note, I try to have some interesting polls up on the website and thought I would give you some of the results. This includes the poll I took during this years board election ballot (for those of you who took it). Voting was dismal for us as it is for many of the general elections around the country. This about it. If you spend the money to belong to our club you should let your voice be heard.
Question Old School New School. It is interesting that since most of our tours include over 95% water cooled Porsches the poll was almost split down the middle. Out of about thirty respondents, 17 were water and 13 air cooled.
Question What is your favorite SVR Activity. Multiple & single day tours were the most popular with dinner & socials and AutoX coming in next.
Question preferred Event Locations The club was generally split down the middle with East Sacramento/Rancho & Folsom or East Sacramento/Roseville. A couple of votes were tallied for Downtown Sacramento and South Sacramento/Elk Grove.
I asked a couple of other questions during the vote that helps us gauge where and when to hold events. For those who responded, that’s a lot!
The voting starts today for our board of Directors. If you’ve always had that urge to help our club, becoming a board member or chair is a good way to get involved. Think about it for next year. While it’s good for the club to hav a steady direction, it’s to everyone’s advantage to bring in new people with fresh ideas. Everyone has something to contribute.
Today was the nominating brunch for those running for office. Thanks to all of you who could make it. It was held at La Provence Restaurant & Terrace.
SVR Autocrossers Compete in Zone 7 Series
By Collin Fat/Photo by Collin Fat
The Zone 7 Autocross Series completed events 7 and 8 at Redwood Region’s event at Charles Schultz Airport in Santa Rosa. With only one event left in the 9 event series, it looks like several members of SVR are going to earn hard fought class wins. Venturing to Santa Rosa on the weekend of August 18th and 19th were from left to right: Collin Fat, Carl Winkler, Weyland Fat, Kent Treiber, Al Booth and John Leet.
In the crowded S13 class, Weyland Fat looks to have a solid lock on a second place finish, while John Leet who is competing in class S11 is a lock to win his first Zone Championship class win. John’s class is among the largest classes with over 13 drivers competing. In class P16, Alan Booth looks like he could secure a second place finish going into the home stretch. This would also be a great finish for Alan considering he made some modifications to his Porsche Boxster after the first two events of the season and moved from stock class to production. In improved 5 (I05), Collin Fat has locked another class win heading into the home stretch.
The Zone autocross series is a competitive series where drivers test their skills against some of the best drivers in Zone 7. Unlike SVR’s autocross series where there are not enough drivers to fill a competition for class awards, the zone series had over 80 drivers participating. The Zone 7 series is likely the only Zone autocross series in PCA and is a testament to the popularity of the sport in Northern California. Regions that offer autocross include Golden Gate, Loma Prieta, Redwood, Sequoia, and Sacramento Valley.
If you have visited the website a few times, you might have scrolled down a little and notice that I occasionally run short polls on various things Porsche related. This month I am polling about our cars. In a recent tour we took which unfortunately is up where one of the current fires is rampaging here in California, one of members pointed out that there wasn’t one air cooled engine in our group. As Porsche moved towards water cooled, have the air cooled gone along the wayside? Only to be found in the classified or at Concours? You tell me.
Treffen for 2019 was announced at the parade this year with two dates. April 3rd through the 6th will be held in Santa Barbara. A very nice month to be on the California coast. Vermont will host it from September 4th – 7th. Look for more information to come as events, lodging information and other program features are announced.
Our club will soon have our annual nomination dinner, this time a brunch at La Provence Restaurant in Roseville. This will be your chance to nominate a member for a position on our board. Besides you will also experience great food at a great local restaurant. More information to come. Save the date for October 20th.
I try to run short polls if I think our readers would be interested in them. Last month I ran on asking what is the farthest distance you’ve driven you Porsche. Of course I expected quite a few telling us that it was Sacramento to Spokane but there are few other results.
Sacramento – Victoria
Tucson – Sacramento
Los Angeles – Sacramento
Sacramento – Los Vegas
Denver – Sacramento
I know for a fact that at least two of our members drove to Parade two years ago, which was in Vermont. I guess they haven’t visited the site lately. I drove my 911 from Mexico (border) to Canada. Admittedly it was two different trips on Hwy 1. How about you? Have an interesting trip? A long one? Everyone says Porsche’s are made to drive; not sit in your garage.
Psst, from June 8th – 10th, Porsche will be celebrating a monumental event. 70 years of leadership in the sports car world. Celebrations are taking place around the world with special events. There will be Sportscar Moments shared from Porsche Owners from around the world. Follow us #SportscarTogether on Twitter. Many activities will take place live on Facebook.
Check out the website Sportscartogether for more information!
As we wrap up 2017 we can look forward to a new year filled with activities and new faces. While many clubs find their base getting older, we’re lucky in that many of our new members are younger and enthusiastic about our comradery. New Autocrossers, tour participants and event hosts. Join us on January 9th for our annual planning meeting. Cheap pizza and good company. Find out what we’re planning and who’s hosting many of the events next year. Maybe you would like to try your hand at it. Don’t worry, we’ll help you. Crab returns to Sacramento Valley this coming year. We are still looking for volunteers to help chair events and activities. For more information, contact Bob Lozito firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have new members on our executive board coming up in 2018. Our annual election was held from November 1st through the 20th. Our new board of directors are as follows; President Gregg Plourde, Vice President Steve Barker, Secretary Rebecca Plourde, Treasurer Tom Perry-Smith, Social Director Mardi Quain, Membership Director Janet Conner, Competition & Safety Matt Deter.