In The Zone
By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region
Photos by Collin Fat
It is hard to believe that the year is nearly over and that the Covid 19 Virus is now in our rear-view mirror. Most of us have received our vaccines and latest Covid booster shots as well as the annual flu vaccine. Although we are ending the year with the economy somewhat uncertain, the good news is that most of our Porsches are as valuable as when we purchased them and possibly more! Who would have ever thought this a few years ago? With the holidays upon us and traditional family get togethers, having everyone in the household vaccinated is a good thing. For club activities such as your region’s annual holiday party, this is good news as the holiday parties for all regions seem to be in full swing.
Collin and Family Wishing All a Happy Holiday
Looking back at this past year, membership in Zone 7 has increased yet another year with many regions growing close to 5%. The Zone Concours series saw an average of some 40 judged cars at each event with Monterey Bay and Diablo Regions setting record participation. Sacramento Valley had the most attended event with some 42 cars judged.
The Zone Autocross series had 9 events this season with participation relatively flat. Golden Gate and Loma Prieta regions tried out several new venues including Crows Landing and Castle Air Force base as scheduling conflicts resulted in the Cow Palace forcing them to find alternate sites. I am guessing that Crows Landing will be the likely site for many of their region and Zone events moving forward.
The autocross and concours committees are currently in the process or planning on reviewing competition rules for their specific events with a goal to get them approved at next year’s Zone Presidents meeting.
As your new board starts to prepare for their leadership roles for 2023, several things will be happening in the background to ensure the board has a smooth transition of leadership. This starts with either the outgoing or current club president completing the required annual region report form and sending it into PCA national. This very important document lets PCA national know who the new board of directors is, but also identifies new chairs. It also provides a place to confirm banking information necessary for the quarterly member subsidies. Lastly, your outgoing board members and chairs should be meeting with their successors to hand off all the important documents and provide guidelines for their replacements so that the new board and its chairs can start off 2023 on the right foot.
Collin Fat Terming Out as Zone 7 Rep:
It has indeed been an honor to have served as your Zone Representative for the past 4 years. I had an opportunity to meet many members from throughout the region at local events such as a new member BBQ’s, joining in on a zoom board of directors meeting, presenting national anniversary awards celebrating milestones at several regions, and supporting regions hosting Zone autocrosses or concours events. I have found that members in each region tend to find the activities that fit their schedules and interests and that participation in regional events is growing. That is a good trend and direction for our club.
I would also like to thank all the 10 region presidents for their service these past years and the support I have been given. Lastly, I would like to thank the Zone committee for their hard work over the years. Without your support, my job would have been much more difficult. A big thank you to Roy Schauben and Simone Kopitzki for their work in increasing participation in the concours series as well as efforts to train more judges over the years. Thanks to Grady Carter and Brant Ballantyne for their efforts on overseeing the autocross series and rules updates. Behind the scenes a big shout out for our Zone Treasurer, Howard Thomas, Zone Secretary, Rik Larson, Zone webmaster,Richard Chew and Zone Social Media Chair, David Bunch for their continued support.
After interviewing several candidates for the Zone 7 Rep position, the executive council has chosen Brian Adkins, from Diablo Region as my replacement. Brian will make a great Zone Rep and has the energy, time and knowledge to assist the region presidents with managing and leading their regions. I will be working with Brian over the next month with transitioning to his new role. Welcome aboard Brian!
l/r: Lynn Friedman, National Porscheplatz chair, Collin and Caren Cooper, PCA National Past President attending Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca
L/r: Lynn Friedman, Craig Kugler, PCA Treasurer, Cindy Jacisin PCA Executive Vice PresidentnCaren Cooper, Todd Benz, PCA Secretary, and Collin
2022 Zone Autocross Series Winners:
The Zone Autocross series held 9 Zone events in 2022 and hosted events at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, and Crows Landing in Patterson. Though there were difficulties in getting confirmed dates early at some venues, each of the club’s that hosted events worked hard to bring autocrossers more events than we had in 2021. The following winners had to compete in at least 5 of the 9 events to qualify for year end awards. Congratulations to everyone for a great season!
2022 PAX Award Recipients:
Classes Driver Points Award
P-04 Drew Powers 588 1st Men’s
O-04/P-03 Stacy O’Connell 146 1st Ladies
2022 Class Award Recipients:
Classes Driver Points Award
A-04 Grady Carter 100 1st
A-05 Weyland Fat 116 1st
A-SUV Darrel Huckaby 100 1st
O-04 Himanshu Patel 126 1st
O-04 Curtis Robertson 100 2nd
P-02 Caevon Hekmaty 100 1st
P-03 Brant Ballantyne 120 1st
P-03 Ed Burghardt 104 2nd
P-04 Drew Powers 120 1st
P-05 Dave Dunwoodie 120 1st
P-05 RJ Harrison 108 2nd
P-06 Monty Pack 113 1st
P-06 Collin Fat 94 2nd
Note: for the full results go to the Zone 7 website. . The year end awards banquet is tentatively scheduled for March 11th or 18th at a location to TBD
2022 Zone Concours Series Winners:
After many cancellations and the re-scheduling of events again due to issues with the pandemic as well as safety concerns at various venues, the concours series finished up in October with a total of 7 events. Due to several regions rescheduling their events, there were 3 events held in October. This was just an amazing feat of juggling of the schedule and lots of coordination with the region concours chairs as well as assistance from Zone concours chairs Roy Schauben and Simone Kopitzky in encouraging the changes and providing support. Thank you all for a job well done!
Competitor Region Car Year Class Award
Juan and Rowena Diablo 997 Turbo 2009 C6 1st
Thorsten Kopitzki Redwood 991 2014 C7 1st
David Betts Sacramento 914 1974 T2 1st
Al Price Sacramento 911 Carrera 1974 T4 1st
Randal Glaser Sacramento 911 Carrera S 2015 T7 1st
Susan George Monterey Bay Cayman S 2018 T9 1st
Jack and Joyce Golden Gate 356 1962 S1 1st
Lynn Austen Diablo 914 1975 S2 1st
Jim McMahen Sacramento 911 SC 1980 S4 1st
Norman Perals Monterey Bay 911 S Targa 1975 S4 2nd
Kent Kaiser Sacramento 911 2004 S6 1st
Jeremy Siemon Loma Prieta 911 Turbo 2002 S6 2nd
Raj Sangha Diablo 911 2017 S7 1st
Essy and Rosa Golden Gate Cayman R 2012 S9 1st
James Gatewood Monterey Bay 718 Cayman S 2018 S9 2nd
Jody Rosner Sacramento 911 T 1973 U3 1st
Arthur Woo Golden Gate 911 Carrera 1974 U4 1st
Note: For the full results for the season go to the Zone 7 Website. The year end awards banquet is tentatively scheduled for March 11th or 18th at a location to TBD
PCA National Awards:
All region members have a chance to submit nominees for several national awards including Region of the Year, Enthusiast of the Year, Family of the Year and Public Service Award. It is a unique opportunity to nominate someone in your region who has gone above and beyond. Please take the time to consider someone in your region who may be deserving.
The Awards include:
THE FERRY PORSCHE TROPHY: PCA REGION OF THE YEAR
THE GLENN LAZAR – HARRY BLANCHARD MEMORIAL TROPHY: PCA ENTHUSIAST OF THE YEAR
PORSCHE (PCA) FAMILY OF THE YEAR AWARD
THE PCA PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS
We know that the Regions within PCA all excel in their own way, and this should be recognized.
The submission process is easy. Just create a brief write up (in MS Word) and submit nomination to national via email to Awards@pca.org.
Region of the Year Award:
Up to 3000-word document, plus 2 Newsletters, and 5 photographs
Enthusiast of the Year, Family of the Year, and Public Service Awards:
Up to 1500-word document, plus up to 5 newsletter articles and/or photographs
If you would like to submit a member of your region to be recognized, please review the guidelines for the awards at this link:
Events of Interest:
Spring Treffen will be held in the Georgia Mountains (touring the Southern Blue Ridge) from April 19-23rd. If you have not yet attended one of these national premier events it is a do not miss opportunity to attend a Treffen. Registration opens January 4, 2023. Check out the details in advance at treffen.pca.org
Parade 2023 will be held at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs from June 18-24th. The hotel is a five -star rated
property that has a famous history of being the hangout for movie stars and the Hollywood elite during the 1940s.
For PCA members this promises to be one of the premiere locations for a Parade on the West Coast. porscheparade.org
Fall Treffen will be held in St. Louis. Dates are September 20-24, 2023. treffen.pca.org
Rennsport Reunion VII: Rennsport Reunion will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey on September 28th to
October 1, 2023. Advance ticket and corral passes are currently on sale. If you have not yet booked your hotel
accommodations now is the time to secure your lodging at the best price.