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In memory of our Zone 12 Secretary and North Florida Region President, Bob Wilson

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A few words from the new NFL President, Tim Kerns:
It is with profound sadness that I tell you that our very dear friend, and President of North Florida Region PCA, Bob Wilson, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon. We will follow up with further information for Region members as soon as we are made aware.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Christa and her family.

Bob was one of the nicest people I’d ever met in PCA – he always had a warm smile and was willing to selflessly help out any way he could. And he loved all that we did as a Club. He was a great Secretary for the Zone membership, representing the Board very well. He will be missed by so many but always remembered.

President – Bob Wilson

Bob was retired after 25 years working for the National Park Service as an archeologist and museum curator. His first encounter with Porsches occurred when he was 15. On his way to the public pool he would stop by and admire the local pharmacist’s dark brown 356B with that strange metal PCA badge on the back grill. Bob’s first date with his wife, Christa, was at the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours race. Their first Porsche was in 1975 when they bought a 1964 356C.

Lisa Lewis
Zone 12 Representative

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Zone 12 Milestones Report for 2016 & 2017

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As we close out another year in Zone 12 here is a look back at the annual events and initiatives throughout 2016 & 2017.  Check out our annual report here.

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 Representative

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Happy Holidays & Prepare for an Action Packed 1st Quarter

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Happy Holidays to all of Zone 12
Over the next 3 months, Zone 12 will be blessed with not only mild weather but also lots of Regional, Zone, and National events. Check the Zone 12 or your favorite PCA websites and plan on having some fun. Here is a brief listing of some of the major events and how to get involved:

January 26-28 The Daytona Rolex 24 hours PCA corral – Always popular and always at the same location. Over the next few weeks a lot more information will be made available. This corral is the 1st on the PCA calendar of corrals, and historically the best attended. While a 2018 schedule is not available yet please see this 2017 schedule for a general idea of what may be coming – http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2017DaytonaPCACORRALAgendaV4201601151.pdf

February 1-4 The 48 hours of Sebring Club Race – Again the first on the calendar, biggest and the best PCA Club RACE This is pure PCA racing at the world famous Sebring Racetrack. Unlike other races, this one is free to spectators, however, PCA volunteers are needed to help in many areas. Be a part of the excitement by attending the 25th running of the 48 Hours at Sebring at the legendary Sebring International Raceway, February 1 thru February 4, 2018. You may participate as a volunteer.

Volunteer sign up is now open and viewable at 48hoursatsebring.com.   Select the Volunteer’ tab. Select ‘Positions’ to get an understanding of the various position responsibilities.  Select ‘Volunteer’ tab again and ‘Volunteer Sign-up’ to complete the volunteer registration.

Volunteer questions may be directed to either Dave Herndon (Suncoast Region Volunteer Chairman) at davidh2310@gmail.com or Paul Raben (Gold Coast Region Volunteer Chairman) at praben356@gmail.com

While there are still spots available for the Racer groups and the Driver Education sessions, the area with the most availability is the Zone challenge Autocross on Saturday 2/3/2018. See details on the 48 hours of Sebring website or here: http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/ClubraceAutoX20181.pdf

More information on other events after the New year.

Again Happy Holidays and a PCA packed new Year!

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 Representative

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Proposed Changes to the 2018 PCRs for Review

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Please review the Proposed changes to the Parade Competition rules (PCR’s). Lots of new stuff, especially in Auto X.   Download the PDF here.

If you have comments or concerns, Please e-mail them ASAP (before 12/27) to Danny Saxton, Parade Competition rules chair at  djsaxton@bellsouth.net.

– Steve Kidd,  Zone 12 Rep.

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Zone Challenge AutoX at 48 Hours of Sebring – Registration is Open

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Autocross has become a feature part of the 48 Hours at Sebring Club Race, and will again be run as part of the February event at Historic Sebring raceway.  We hope to extend the tradition and see who the top dogs are in each class in this year’s Zone 12 AX challenge.  Classes will be based on PCR’s (mid-size region class structure). Trophy presentation after the last run.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Final Registration/Tech/Course Walk from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Mandatory Drivers meeting @ 9:40 AM with 1st car out @ 10:00 AM
Place: Sebring racetrack (Skid pad just before you go over the bridge)
Registration: via Clubregistration.net is open with a limit of 75 paid entries (Porsche cars and club members only)… no on-site registration.
Cost: $35. early/prepaid @ Clubregistration.net only. $45 if paid after Jan. 14 2018. All early/Prepaid entrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, and we anticipate 5 runs and great trophies.
Waivers: Participants must sign a waiver & receive an armband at the main gate.
Host Region / AX Chairs: Gold Coast / Steve and Dottie Kidd  at 954-292-3915 or 954-946-3196 or autocross@48hoursatsebring.com
Sponsor: Bert Smith Porsche will again be our sponsor, many thanks to the Bert Smith Porsche Team for providing T-shirts, trophies, water and other goodies.

Please check event options to order extra t-shirts and other Club race items. A schedule revision may take place if the group needs to be split into a morning run group 7:30-11:30 and 12:30-4:00

Steve Kidd, Sebring Club Race Committee

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Photos – ClubReg Oktoberfast 2017 DE

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Hello to all registered Advanced Solo DE Drivers from this year’s Zone 12 Oktoberfast at Daytona!

You might have met Joseph Kearsey in October. Joe wasn’t driving, but, was attending as a friend of Gord McNeil, who was. Joe came all the way from Newfoundland, Canada to experience Daytona and Oktoberfast.

Joe took a LOT of pictures during our DE and has made them available to us. The Flickr link below will take you to Joe’s Oktoberfast photos; just copy-and-paste to your web browser. There’s no charge to download any of these, but, if you should happen to publish one (or more), Joe would appreciate photo credit.

Photos – ClubReg Oktoberfast 2017 DE

Jim Burnett
Event Chair

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2017 Oktoberfast Autocross Results

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Zone 12 held it’s 2nd zone challenge autoX event of the year on Saturday 10/28 at Daytona International Speedway. A challenging course was set up on the Kart track by Zone 12 Representative Steve Kidd, who also serves as the Auto X Committee chief for the Oktoberfast club race.   Zone challenge autocross’s are designed to bring out the best hot shoes from each region to compete for trophies and bragging rights.  This year 7 of the 10 regions in Zone 12 were represented with the top time of the day going to Rad Delgado of Gold Coast Region, driving a GT3 RS. Top women’s time went to Heather Hamill of Thoroughbred Region driving her Boxster S. Want to see all the results….click on the link below.

If you missed this event, our next Zone 12 challenge AutoX will be held in conjunction with the 48 hours of Sebring club race on February 3, 2018. Check this website often for new information.

You can find the Oktoberfast AutoX final results online at http://zone12.pca.org/2017-oktoberfast-zone-challenge-ax-sat-10-28-2017-final-results/  or click here to download a PDF of the results.

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Oktoberfast Zone 12 Club race at Daytona…..October 27-29

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Oktoberfast is just around the corner!  This is Zone 12’s other Club Race… (the first being the 48 hours of Sebring by Suncoast/Gold Coast regions) and will be held on October 27-29 at Daytona International Speedway. It has all the activities you have come to expect …an Autocross, a Driver Education (DE) for experienced advanced solo/Instructors, Club Race and GT4 Clubsport final race. Registration for all events is open in ClubRegistration.net and there are plenty of  DE spots and garages available open!! It’s a great opportunity for you to drive Daytona!

The DE is not limited to Porsches. Drivers must either be a PCA National Instructor, or, have achieved Advanced Solo status with their home region AND have a minimum of four events where PCA Expanded Passing was in use (passing anywhere on the track, including the turns, with a point by). Experience with “expanded passing” with other HPDE organizations (e.g., Chin, Hooked on Driving, etc.) will be acceptable. If you are a Solo driver (for example, White run group with Suncoast PCA) and want to see if you may be eligible to drive contact the Event Chair, Jim Burnett at 904-910-0596. You can also reach Jim at 111margaret@att.net.  Questions? Contact Jim. Hope to see you there!

If you are a Club racer there also lots of spots left in sprint, enduro and other racing as well as those world class garage spaces and RV sites at Daytona International Speedway…..Join the fun and race this bucket list track

Looking to still compete, but not quite ready for This track, why not consider the  AutoX taking place on 10/28 at the go-cart track. This cart track is big and offers a chance to compete against some of Zone 12’s best Autocrossers.

Registration closes soon so visit Club registration today and sign up. Auto X questions ….call Steve or Dottie at 954 946-3196.

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Suncoast PCA Instructor Weekend & DE: November 17-19

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From Denise at Suncoast:

Suncoast PCA Instructor Weekend & DE: November 17-19:
This is our annual 3 day weekend that consists of Friday and Saturday, November 17-18: Instructor training, and continuing education for advanced drivers. Open to any solo qualified drivers and current PCA Instructors. There is a lot of track time, a track walk, advanced instruction, and more. Sunday, Nov. 19: Regular DE – open to all PCA member drivers, from novice students to Instructors. Registration is open in ClubRegistration.net

Sebring Trackside Dinner – Saturday, November 18:
Join your fellow drivers and car enthusiasts for a special dinner trackside. All drivers and guests are welcome. Cost is $25.00 per person. Registration is open in ClubRegistration under Social events, https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/8594. Trackside location is weather permitting, if weather is bad the dinner will move indoors.

Our 2018 DE Schedule is set:
• February 24 & 25
• April 7 & 8
• May 12 & 13
• September 15 & 16
• October 27 & 28
• November 16, 17 & 18

Any DE questions can be directed to Denise Remus at SuncoastDEregistrar@gmail.com

Thank you!!


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Irma update & need for Oktoberfast volunteers

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Hurricane Irma caused massive damage to parts of Zone 12, particularly the lowers keys (Goldcoast region), Puerto Rico region, and the Lower SW Florida area (Everglades region).Porsche Club has always been about the people, so those who are able, please offer to help out family, friends and fellow members. Many PCA events were canceled this weekend, so continue to monitor websites and social media for updates.

Oktoberfast Volunteers needed. Want to be part of a great team and assist at one of the most famous race tracks in the Country? Consider working at the Daytona Club race, also known as Oktoberfast. We particularly need help to greet attendees at the gate and get waivers signed…. A great way to meet some really cool racers and teams as their first point of contact.We have shifts available for Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday. E-mail Raye at  raygrynk2@outlook.com for more information

Oktoberfast is coming…. Same great event…Different weekend…This is Zone 12’s other Club Race…(the first being the 48 hours of Sebring by Suncoast/Gold Coast regions) and will be held on October 27-29 at Daytona International Speedway. It has all the activities you have come to expect …..an Autocross, Advanced Solo/Instructors Track sessions, Club Race and GT4 Clubsport final race.  Please see the flyer here – http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2017OktoberFastADv2copy1.pdf – and stay tuned for more information on print & social media, the Zone 12 website, and other forums. Registration for all events will be via clubregistration.net and members are welcome to visit & see some of the best amateur Porsche only racing at this world-class venue. AutoX and DE registrations are open, racer registration should be open in September. For details on the DE see the flyer here: http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2017DaytonaClubRaceDEannouncement1.pdf

Why not plan a tour North and make one of your stops one of the biggest PCA swap meets in the Southeast? Our friends at Peachstate region have invited us to attend a PCA swap meet in Jasper, Ga. on October 21, 2017. See this flyer for details: http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2017PeachstateSwapMeet1.JPG

Stay Safe during hurricane season!

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 Representative