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.
CRAB 37 is now behind us. this year it was held at the California Automobile Museum at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento. I believe we’ve now held three at this wonderful location. Previously it was the Towe Auto Museum.
What a wonderful place to hold an event of auto enthusiasts. This is a building filled of not only automobile history but Sacramento history as well. For some of us it’s an adventure of “I should have bought that when I had the chance.” For others it “you had one of those?” For Porsche folks what better place but to be surrounded by beautiful cars.
This year we hosted one hundred and fifty eight cars (158) hauling 204 Porschephiles. two hundred thirty seven friends for the Crab banquet on Saturday night and over two hundred sixty eight for Sunday’s Beer & Brat feast.
Porsches from many regions attended. Many of them have been CRABBERS for many years. This year we hosted 13 members from GGR, 7 from Diablo, 11 from Loma Prieta, 6 from Sierra Nevada, 6 from the Redwood region, 4 from Monterey and two from Inland Northwest (Washington). You really have to like Crab to drive all that way. Full disclosure the Kinder’s are long time SVR members who recently moved to Eastern Washington. I’ve posted a few photos here. More are coming and look to our Shutterfly site which will be filled with photos. I saw that Diablo has posted photos on their Facebook site already.
See you next CRAB.
Soon Werks will be upon us. Before you know it August 24th will be here and you will be there or wish you were. Registration opens this month.
|7:00 – 9:00 AM
||Cars placed on field and in parking corral
|7:00 – 10:00 AM
||Breakfast and coffee carts available
|9:30 – 12:00 PM
|10:00 – 4:00 PM
||Cash bar stocked with a wide variety of beers, wines and spirits.
|11:00 – 1:00 PM
||Lunch available from onsite vendors
|2:00 – 3:00 PM
||View cars, socialize, have fun!
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!
This year we broke with tradition and held a raffle which included CRAB attendees. For most, including the winners, this was an unexpected surprise.
Carol McNamara, a long time Loma Prieta Region member and Porsche enthusiasts won a gift certificate worth $500 to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Sacramento.
Meanwhile another certificate has been awarded to Matt Laurence and his wife Lisa for a stay at the Hilton as well. Matt & Lisa are from Diablo Region and we welcome them to CRAB 37!
May will be here before you know it. This year CRAB will be held at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. If you are a member of PCA and have never attended one of our events, this is the one to go to. “37” means we have done this thirty seven times and we’re still practicing. Meet other Porsche enthusiast for a weekend event. How you might say? It’s pretty simple. Just click here CRAB Portal
Meanwhile, I know there are some Porsche artists out there. You know, the one’s that doodle cars; especially Porsche cars. I’ve been thinking of setting aside a page just for us. Porsche Art.
If your interested, maybe slip me an email. Of course this needs to be your material and you must have full rights to use it.
Did you know that you can also submit an idea for our award winning monthly magazine, the Drifter? If you have a photo that talks Porsche and would like to see it considered, visit the Drifter page and follow our guidelines.
Moving forward we found ourselves at the annual SVR planning meeting and a room filled with new and old (experienced) members. If you’re a new member, here is where you can get your first glimpse of the tightness and comradery of our club. Next come join us for one of our new member tours. Do you want to improve your driving skills? Try a driver’s education event or an autocross.
CRAB returns to Sacramento Valley. It’s hosted this year at the California Automobile Museum. It is a place to put on your list if you’ve never been there before or even if you have. The SVR CRAB will be going on from May 18th through the 20th. You can find out more information, including what the heck is CRAB on this website.
The Drifter which is our monthly news magazine also started out with some new members. Steve McCrory and his wife Barbara retired from it at the end of 2017. The editor position is now shared by Matt Menning and Alma Thompson. I’ve been asked to do the graphics. The balance of the team is still intact. The first edition hit the streets last week. You can take a look at it here. We’ve also added a new position this year to help us manage the twist and turns of our social media. John Leet comes to our organization as the Social Media Chair. His focus will be on managing our presence on our various platforms.
By the way there is a pretty good video on saving the IMS on the PCA website
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.