In The Zone
By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region
Photos by Collin Fat
California Lifts COVID Restrictions Effective June 15th:
The California Department of Public Health has eliminated numerous COVID-19 restrictions effective June 15. The color-coded tier system for reopening businesses will be eliminated, allowing businesses to return to more normal operations with fewer restrictions and limitations. One major change is that the State will adopt the new mask recommendations recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face masks or physically distance in most outdoor and indoor settings. This new guidance was based on additional studies regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines and the declining COVID cases that have resulted as the distribution of the vaccines continues.
For club activities such as autocross and driver education events, in car instruction may now resume with the exception that if the instructor is not fully vaccinated the choice shall be left up to the student on whether to request a fully vaccinated instructor, and vice versa. This option should be fully communicated before the start of instruction. However, if the track or the county in which the event is held has more stringent COVID restrictions, the most restrictive guidelines will prevail. For all other events including tech sessions, dinner meetings, tours and concours events, no restrictions will apply unless county restrictions or the venue in which the event is held is more restrictive.
Regarding the continued requirement for all participants to continue to sign the PCA Communicable Disease Waiver, PCA is still reviewing this issue and until further notice, all events moving or otherwise will require attendees to complete the waiver.
Zone 7 Concours Series Updates:
Roy Schauben and Simone Kopitzki have been working very hard this month conducting the hands on phase of the Zone Concours Judges School. With over 60 students registered for the 2 part training, 3 sessions were held in June with training on June 6th at Redwood City Porsche, June 13th at Hi Tech Automotive in San Rafael, and in the Sacramento area that was cosponsored by SVR on June 27th. The following photos are from the June 6th and 13th events:
Shasta Region Z7 Tour:
Shasta region held its Zone 7 Tour on Saturday, June 12th with some 20 cars participating. The route covered more than 250 miles of some of the most challenging roads in the region with a lunch stop in Etna just north of the city of Redding. Tour chair, Allen Krohn and his team of volunteers broke the tour into 2 groups. The weather was perfect with day temperatures well below that 100 degree mark. The tour was followed by a dinner at the Gaia Hotel’s Foxwood Grill.
Loma Prieta Region Celebrates 50th Anniversary:
Loma Prieta region celebrated a delayed 50th Anniversary at the beautiful Cinnabar Country club in Morgan Hill with some 100 members in attendance. The club was chartered in March of 1970. The original charter members numbered 27 and 3 of the original charter members who are still active with the club include Terry Zaccone, Ken Isles, and Mark Esper. The club went all out and provided a no host bar, tray passed appetizers, and a fabulous dinner. Region president, Peter Ridgway was the master of ceremonies and introduced charter member Terry Zaccone to read prepared remarks from Ken Isles. The evening concluded with dancing to some 70’s and 80’s tunes. The event was chaired by Kris Vanacore.
2021 Zone 7 Concours Series Calendar:
Part of the Rolex Monterey Historic races is the PCA Hospitality Tent and car corral at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. If you are planning to attend and would like to donate a few hours of your time assisting at the hospitality tent, send an email to Collin Fat at email@example.com to let me know your interest in helping out. The hospitality tent will also be open on Friday, which is new for this year. Corral Parking is only available through the raceway and no longer can be purchased through PCA.
Zone 7 Autocross:
Events #3 and #4 were held at the Cow Palace in Daly City on June 26th and June 27th with Golden Gate and Loma Prieta regions hosting. With 8 events on the calendar, you must compete in at least 50% of the events and at least 3 different regions to qualify for year end awards. Please see the updated calendar:
Events of Interest:
1) Monterey Bay Region 60th Anniversary, TBD
2) Porsche Parade at French Lick, Indiana, July 11-17; porscheparade.org
3) PCA Werks Reunion, August 13; Monterey; werksreunion.com, Registration is open. The event is at a new location, Bayonet Golf Course overlooking Monterey Bay in Seaside.
4) Monterey Historic, Porsche Platz Corral August 14-15th.Tickets at weathertechraceway.com
5) PCA Fall Treffen at the American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin, October 13-17; treffen.pca.org. Registration opens August 4th.
6) PCA Spring Treffen at the BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 27-May 1, 2022
Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their popularity.
Registration for the Treffens typically opens 3-4 months prior to the event.
2021 PCA West Coast Race Series Schedule
With Federal and State directives pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club Racing schedule is very fluid and subject to change on a day-to-day basis. The racing schedule shown below will be frequently updated with the latest official status of each of our races.