In the Zone

In The Zone
By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region
cfat1952@gmail.com

Photos by Collin Fat

May 2021

PCA National Event Updates:

With the Covid vaccine being available for all persons 16 years of age and older and a plentiful supply of two vaccines, case rates in the State of California have held steady in Zone 7 at approximately 5-12 cases per 100K with the positivity rate falling to 1.3% in the state. Four counties in Zone 7 have gone to the orange tier including Mono, Fresno, and Kings while most other counties in Zone 7 remain in the more restrictive red tier.

At the monthly Zone Rep meeting held with the PCA executive council, it was informative to hear that many Zones and states are opening while just a few like Michigan are experiencing a significant uptick in cases. PCA National president, Tom Gorsuch reminded us all to continue to be vigilant and to continue to social distance, where a face mask, get your vaccine and wash your hands. Parade in French Lick is sold out and phase two of registration went smoothly, apart from a website glitch that caused some delay early in the registration process. Treffen Scottsdale is scheduled for May 6-9th and is on schedule with over 140 cars registered. Werks Reunion Monterey will likely open registration in June and chair Tom Provasi is very encouraged with the Monterey County and in dealing with the Covid pandemic. No restrictions other than social distancing, face masks, and handwashing are being anticipated. This is a big change since Tom reported to the Zone Reps last month when everything was dependent on the conditions in Monterey. They have improved significantly and the fact that Governor Newsom wants to open all the state up by June 15th is a huge indication of the positive direction the entire state is going in relation to containing the Covid virus.

PCA is updating its website for a new and improved image and functionality. It was down on April 21st and 22nd for updates and by the time you read this article should be up and running. The main emphasis of the update is to hide most of the administrative functions used by national staff and make it more forward facing for anyone who has an interest in learning more about the Porsche Club of America.

Map Courtesy of ABC News

Zone 7 Concours Series Updates: 

Roy Schauben and Simone Kopitzki have been working diligently since last month on getting dates for the annual Concours school as well as confirmed dates for 6 events this year. Thank you to the region concours chairs and for the several dealerships that have stepped up to provide the site to hold several of these events. The concours school will be held in two parts with the first being a virtual judging school while the second part will focus on hands on judging. The judging school part 1 will be held on May 16th while the dates and locations of the part two school will be announced shortly. Regions hosting a Concours event now include Monterey Bay, Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley, Redwood, Diablo, and Golden Gate regions. The dates are list below:

2021 Concours Series Calendar:

Zone 7 Autocross Series Gets Off with a Great Start:

Sacramento Valley hosted Event #1 of the 9-event series at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Ca. With 59 drivers competing for championship points the autocross team of SVR led by chair John Leet and his crew did an outstanding job of running the event with drivers getting a total of 10 runs. The course for the two- day event was designed by Redwood Region’s Drew Powers and was both challenging, technical, and fun! Top time of the day honors went to Monty Pack with a blistering time of 43.562 followed closed by Drew Powers, 43.780, Dave Dunwoodie, 44.151, Chris Boynton, 44.334, and Steve Forshay with a 44.370.

Redwood Region hosted Event #2 of the 2-day weekend with 47 drivers participating. The course was run in the reverse direction and it seemed to take the drivers a few runs to figure out the course. Top time of day for the Porsche contingent went to Monty Pack with a time of 43.596 followed closely by Drew Powers, 43.700, Steve Forshay, 43.785,

Chris Boynton, 44.127, and David Borden, 44.658.

I organized a dinner buffet at the Thunderhill Café that was well attended and a great time to share some stories about the day’s activities and do some off the course bench racing.

The weather conditions were mostly ideal with temperatures in the mid 80’s on Saturday and getting up to the 90’s on Sunday. All in all, all the drivers had a great time and I assume they will be back at our next Zone AX weekend at the Cow Palace on June 12-13th.

Zone 7 Autocross Chair, Grady Carter

Events of Interest:

1)     Loma Prieta Region 50th (plus 1) Anniversary Gala, June 19
2)     Monterey Bay Region 60th Anniversary, TBD
3)     Sierra Nevada Region Mammoth Lakes Tour, June 18-20th; email   missmillie44@icloud.com
4)     Porsche Parade at French Lick, Indiana, July 11-17; porscheparade.org, Wait list
5)     PCA Werks Reunion, August 13; Monterey; werksreunion.com, Registration opens in June
6)     Monterey Historic, Porsche Platz Corral August 14-15th.Tickets at weathertechraceway.com
7)     PCA Fall Treffen at the American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin, October 13-17; treffen.pca.org
8)     PCA Spring Treffen at the BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 27-May 1, 2022
9)    Sacramento Valley Region 60th Anniversary Celebration, May 7, 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.