In the Zone

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

Photos by Collin Fat

March 2022

Zone 7 Presidents Meeting;

The Zone 7 presidents meeting was held on February 26th in Roseville, California, located just east of Sacramento. Nine of the regions participated in the meeting with some regions having both their presidents and vice presidents attending. Special guest in attendance were Todd Benz, PCA National Secretary, David Witteried, PCA National RPM Chair, and Sim Racing Zone 7 racing committee member Chip Witt. Chip presented an informational presentation on PCA Sim Racing and provided details on what Sim Racing is, how to get involved and how fun the program is for participants. David Witteried provided an executive summary on updates to the region procedures manual to make the information clearer and easier to find, and to update new policies and procedures. The new RPM is scheduled to be mailed to region presidents the first week of March. This document is a very valuable resource to your region’s leadership.

Todd Benz provided an update on risk management, the 2022 PCA Strategic Plan, and provided the presidents an in-depth preview of the club’s new Drone Policy. Yes, drones will now be allowed at our events with strict guidelines and insurance requirements which your region presidents have been informed about.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for region leadership to share some of the challenges they are facing in their regions as well as some of the things they are doing to increase member participation and to provide and plan events that appeal to a members who all have a diverse interest in different types of events.

I also reported that Zone 7 finished 2021 with 4% increase in membership, which given our current climate dealing with Covid is just remarkable. Kudos to the region presidents and membership chairs!

PCA has determined that the use of commercially available drones has proliferated and will enhance PCA’s ability to produce world-class content. Drone usage for aerial photography and videography is essential to providing high level digital photos and cinematography and will capture photos and video unavailable through traditional means. A copy of PCA’s minimum standards have been approved so that regions can apply for the special insurance coverage and have guidelines for the commercial drone company to adhere to. There will be a region focus seminar in the coming months for regions with an interest in using drone photography or videography to use for future events.

There was an hour of the meeting devoted for each region president to discuss some of their region’s successes during the year as well as to talk about some of the challenges facing their regions moving forward. Many suggestions were made regarding how to deal with these challenges as well as taking back some new ideas. The interchange of ideas was welcomed by all.

PCA National Upcoming Events:

Volunteers Needed for Porscheplatz at the Hyundai Sports Car Challenge at Laguna Seca April 30 to May 1st.

If you are planning on attending the Hyundai Sports Car Challenge at Laguna Seca on the Monterey Peninsula, PCA is looking for volunteers who can help at the hospitality tent. This event was moved from its traditional September date to the May/April date this year due to scheduling issues. Porsche Cars North America hosts the hospitality tent which is open to all PCA members as well as anyone driving a Porsche to the event.  For more information on how you can volunteer to help contact Collin Fat at cfat1952@gmail.com. 

Parade 2022

For those planning on attending Parade 2022 at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos, registration is open for Phase 1 registration.  For more information visit: https://www.porscheparade.org/

Zone Autocross and Concours Series;

An updated competition rules set was recently updated by the 5 regions in Zone 7 who host events, Loma Prieta, Golden Gate, Redwood, Sacramento, and Sequoia regions. The chairs met several times over the holidays to update the rules and will be presenting the new rules for approval by the Zone 7 Region presidents at their annual presidents meeting on February 26th. The Zone AX schedule is nearly finalized with a draft schedule below.

Event #

Date

Host Region

Location

1

March 12, 2022

Golden Gate

Crows Landing

2

March 13, 2022

Loma Prieta

Crows Landing

3

May 14, 2022

Sacramento

Thunderhill

4

May 15, 2022

Redwood

Thunderhill

5

July 9, 2022

Sacramento

Thunderhill

6

July 30, 2022

Loma Prieta

Cow Palace

7

July 31, 2022

Golden Gate

Cow Palace

8

October 8, 2022

Sequoia

Madera Airport

9

October 22, 2022

Sacramento

Thunderhill

10

October 23, 2022

Redwood

Thunderhill

Zone 7 Concours Series:

The Zone 7 Concours series calendar has been finalized with a concours school to be held in several regions throughout Zone 7. A classroom session to review rules and how to prepare your Porsche to compete will be held on April 10th via Zoom while 4 hands on sessions will be held at Redwood City Porsche, Hi Tech Automotive in Petaluma, Steven’s Creek Porsche in Santa Clara, and in the Sacramento area. Cost to participate is $15 per person with registration opening soon via Motorsportreg.com. 

Events of Interest

1) Zone 7 Awards Banquet, March 5, Cattleman’s Restaurant, Roseville, Ca.  CANCELLED

2) PCA Spring Treffen, April 27-May 1, 2022, the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, SOLD OUT 

3) Poscheplatz May 30 to April 1st Laguna Seca, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

4) Zone 7 Shasta Tour, June 9-13th, sold out

5) Porsche Parade at the Kalahari Resort, Pennsylvania, June 12-18

6) PCA Werks Reunion, August 19, Monterey

7) PCA Fall Treffen, September 14-18, Sunriver Resort, Bend, Oregon  

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.

2022 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.

Dates

Event

Status

Enduro

Apr 02-03

Thunderhill

Opens 02/07

May 14-15

Buttonwillow

Opens 03/28

Jun 11-12

UMC

Opens 04/25

Aug  27-28

Sonoma

Opens 07/11

Sep 17-18

High Plains Raceway

Opens 08/01

Sep 24-25

Thunderhill

Opens 08/08

Oct 08-09

Sonoma

Opens 08/29