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Sunrise-Sunset Rally and Zonefest reminder

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Sunrise to Sunset Rally – April 21 & 22nd 2017
It’s time for the Sunrise to Sunset Rally!  The SUNCHASER TROPHY is once again up for grabs between the Space Coast, Sun Coast and Citrus Regions on April 21 and 22nd.  Plan to attend the Friday evening reception at 7:00 PM hosted by Shay Rowe and Porsche of Melbourne at their new showroom.  We have a block of rooms reserved for $169/night at the Crowne Plaza on Melbourne Beach if you would like to spend the night Friday. Please call the hotel directly (Information below) On Saturday morning at 6:30 AM we will watch the sunrise at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Melbourne Beach where our generous Porsche of Melbourne Dealer will host a fantastic buffet breakfast before setting out across Florida on a fun gimmick rally.  Drivers meeting at 7:30 AM and first car out at 7:45 AM. The new evil rally masters will have some interesting elements to find.  Dinner will be a delicious buffet on the 8th floor of the Lido Beach Resort on Lido Key with a beautiful view of the sunset over the gulf.  You will also receive a commemorative Sunrise to Sunset T-Shirt (Designed by artist Shelby Goode) for driver and navigator.  Trophies will be awarded to the top Novice and Expert Rally Teams. All of this for only $75.00 per person.

Get registered before this event sells out!  Just copy and paste this into your web browser to sign up directly:  https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/8308

Rally Categories: Touring – No Gimmick Questions, just follow the drive and meet us in Sarasota for sunset!  Novice – For those who have only done a few rally’s and want an easier event, and Expert- For seasoned rally-ers who want a challenge

Schedule & Addresses

Friday, April 21:
7:00 PM – Blue Skys and Green Lights Reception. Hosted by Porsche of Melbourne
Location:  Porsche of Melbourne – 509 E Nasa Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901 Phone: (321) 557-9343

Saturday, April 22:
6:30 AM – Breakfast at Sunrise Sponsored by Porsche of Melbourne
Location: Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront, 2605 N Hwy A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903 Phone: (321) 777-4100
7:30 AM – Drivers and Navigators Meeting
7:45 AM – First car out to Rally – cars sent out every 1 minute after this
6:30 PM – Cocktail Hour at The Lido Beach Resort
Address: 700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236  Phone: (941) 388-2161
7:30 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Awards

Links to Hotels in Sarasota Below:
www.lidobeachresort.com
www.sandcastlelidobeach.com
www.lidobeachholidayinn.com
www.opalcollection.com/zota-beach-resort/

ZONEFEST 2017…..Looking for a Parade style event without the trip to Spokane Washington?
Zonefest 2017 is Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, in beautiful, hilly Tallahassee! It’ll be a 3-day, multi-event weekend including an Autocross, Concours, Gimmick Rally, Driving or Walking Tour of local area, Tech Quiz and lots of time for socializing, dining, awards and prizes!
Registration is only $135/adult and $60/child, and covers participation / attendance at ALL driving/vehicle events, the Tech Quiz, TWO group dinners and TWO socials!  The host hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee. Note that the Group package expires at Midnight on the 25th of April, 2017.  Book your hotel room(s) today at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/T/THLAPDT-PSA-20170525/index.jhtml
Registration for Zonefest is open on ClubRegistration.net, and closes May 15: Search on club registration using keyword Zonefest……The Zone 12 website is updated regularly with Zonefest information so check often and/or view full details on the North Florida Region’s website:http://nfl.pca.org/zonefest_2017.htm….Also Zonefest Sponsor opportunities  are still available…See the attached link for details Attachment: http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/ZFAdSheetFINAL321711.pdf

Larry Wilson Collection 2017 .…If you missed this event last year you are in luck because we are doing this again on the same weekend this year…July 29th…The catch…to be assured a spot you must be a 2017 Zonefest registrant. Yes Zonefest participants will be able to register the 1st week of June on club registration. Non- Zonefest attendees will be able to register the 2nd week of June. Last year this event sold out in 3 days and while we have more entry slots this year, we expect this event to sell out quickly. The cost is expected to be $35.00 again and includes lunch. The Larry Wilson Collection is one of the best private collections of Porsches and Porsche memorabilia, rivaling the Collier museum, Gunnar workshop and Brumos Collection as a bucket list destination for Porsche lovers. Located in bunker-like environment near Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), watch for registration instructions on the Z12 website and E-mail blasts like this.

Oktoberfast is coming…. Same great event…Different weekend…This is Zone 12’s other Club Race…(the 1st being the 48 hours of Sebring) and will be held on October 27-29 at Daytona International Speedway. It has all the activities you have come to expect …..an Autocross, Driver Education (Solo and instructors only) Club Race and GT4 Clubsport final race. 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.

Mark your calendars for these Z12 events ….Lots more details available on the Z12 website as the dates get closer

Hoping to see many of you at these events.

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 Representative


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Zonefest and other updates

Category : News , The Blog

ZONEFEST 2017…..Looking for a Parade style event without the trip to Spokane Washington?

Zonefest 2017 is Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, in beautiful, hilly Tallahassee! It’ll be a 3-day, multi-event weekend including an Autocross, Concours, Gimmick Rally, Driving or Walking Tour of the local area, Tech Quiz and lots of time for socializing, dining, awards, and prizes!

Registration is only $135/adult and $60/child, and covers participation/attendance at ALL driving/vehicle events, the Tech Quiz, TWO group dinners and TWO socials!  The host hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee. Note that the Group package expires at Midnight on the 25th of April, 2017.  Book your hotel room(s) today at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/T/THLAPDT-PSA-20170525/index.jhtml

Registration for Zonefest is open on ClubRegistration.net, and closes May 15: Search on club registration using keyword Zonefest… The Zonefest website is updated regularly with information so view full details on the North Florida Region’s Zonefest page: http://nfl.pca.org/zonefest_2017.htm.  Also, Zonefest Sponsor opportunities are still available.  See this link for details http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/ZFAdSheetFINAL321711.pdf

Larry Wilson Collection 2017 .…If you missed this event last year you are in luck because we are doing this again on the same weekend this year…July 29th…The catch…to be assured a spot you must be a 2017 Zonefest registrant. Yes, Zonefest participants will be able to register the 1st week of June on club registration. Non-Zonefest attendees will be able to register the 2nd week of June. Last year this event sold out in 3 days and while we have more entry slots this year, we expect this event to sell out quickly. The cost is expected to be $35.00 again and includes lunch. The Larry Wilson Collection is one of the best private collections of Porsches and Porsche memorabilia, rivaling the Collier museum, Gunnar workshop and Brumos Collection as a bucket list destination for Porsche lovers. Located in a bunker-like environment near Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), watch for registration instructions on the Z12 website and E-mail blasts.

Oktoberfast is coming….Same great event…Different weekend…This is Zone 12’s other Club Race…(the 1st being the 48 hours of Sebring) and will be held on October 27-29 at Daytona International Speedway. It has all the activities you have come to expect …..an Autocross, Driver Education (Solo and instructors only) Club Race and GT4 Clubsport final race. 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.

Mark your calendars for these Z12 events ….Lots more details available on the Z12 website as the dates get closer.

Hoping to see many of you at Zonefest!

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 Representative


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Upcoming – Zonefest and DE’s

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Thanks to our Volunteers…..Zonefest….Upcoming DE’s…..More
First of all big thanks to those members that volunteered to work the Sebring PorschePlatz over the March 17-18 weekend. Your efforts are truly appreciated and big events like these rely on dedicated volunteers to get things done. While the final numbers are not in yet, my gut suggests Zone 12 volunteers registered a record number of members coming thru the tent, and electronically signed up some new members who joined using the membership I-pads provided by PCA National.

ZONEFEST 2017…..Looking for a Parade style event without the trip to Spokane Washington?  Zonefest 2017 is Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, in beautiful, hilly Tallahassee! It’ll be a 3-day, multi-event weekend including an Autocross, Concours, Gimmick Rally, Driving or Waling Tour of the local area, Tech Quiz and lots of time for socializing, dining, awards, and prizes!

Registration is only $135/adult and $60/child, and covers participation / attendance at ALL driving/vehicle events, the Tech Quiz, TWO group dinners and TWO socials!  The host hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee. Note that the Group package expires at Midnight on the 25th of April, 2017.  Book your hotel room(s) today at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/T/THLAPDT-PSA-20170525/index.jhtml

Registration for Zonefest is open on ClubRegistration.net, and closes May 15: Search on club registration using keyword Zonefest……The Zone 12 website is updated regularly with Zonefest information so check often and/or view full details on the North Florida Region’s website:http://nfl.pca.org/zonefest_2017.htm….Also Zonefest Sponsor opportunities  are still available…See the attached link for details Attachment: http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/ZFAdSheetFINAL321711.pdf

DRIVER EDUCATION.…Springtime offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy your Porsche and cool weather on a racetrack
Some of the PCA regions offering DE events in April include, but are not limited to:

April1 & 2….Suncoast Region at Sebring…See region website for details or contact the DE registrar
April 29-30….Gold Coast Region at Homestead…Plenty of space left for Students and instructors. See region website for details

Register and Pay on clubregistration.net…find the event by date search or by region

Mark your calendars for these other Z12 events ….Lots more details available on the Z12 website as the dates get closer… Saturday July 29th, The Larry Wilson Collection Tour. We expect the 150 slots to sell out very quickly, however, to guarantee a slot.  Register for Zonefest as Zonefest participants will be given right of first refusal.  Located near PBIR in Palm Beach County this collection is right up there with the Collier and Brumos. \

October 27-29 Oktoberfast is back at Daytona. A different weekend but the same great activities you experienced last year…An Autocross, Driver Education (Solo and instructors only) Club race and GT4 clubsport final race

Hoping to see many of you at Zonefest

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 Representative


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Photos – 12 Hours of Sebring and Porscheplatz

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Here are a bunch of random photos of the scene at the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.  From Friday’s Mazda Prototype and Continental Challenge races, to Porscheplatz visits from the Continental and Weathertech series Porsche GT4 and 911 teams.  Raceday, Saturday morning saw 100 Porsche’s lineup for the early on track Parade laps.  And saw a visit from Hurley Haywood, the Grand Marshall of this years race.  I tried to get a picture of every race car while on the Fan Pit Walk prior to the 12 Hour race, but somehow I missed the #10 Cadillac which won the race!  There are plenty of pictures of the happenings at the Porscheplatz, the adjacent hospitality setup of the three local Porsche dealer sponsors, and of the racing (and other unique sights) between turns 8 and 13 and of course turn 17.  A big thanks to PCA NA, and our Zone rep Steve Kidd and his wife Dottie for another great event.  If you have never been to Sebring you really should consider attending the race and the Porsche Corral/Porscheplatz, and perhaps joining the wonderful group of volunteers that make this a really funtastic event.

Photos – 12 Hours of Sebring – March 17 & 18, 2017

– Jeff Dorman


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Photos – Amelia Island Werks Reunion 2017

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From Carmen DeVito – These pictures are of the judges who volunteered to spend their time at the show working, focusing on a specific a car class. The remaining pictures show states from which many cars heralded. They certainly came from the southeast but the west coast was also represented.  It was an outstanding first year.

Photos – Amelia Island Werks Reunion 2017


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Major Upcoming Zone 12 Events

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THANK-YOU VOLUNTEERS – we have enough volunteers lined up for the Porsche Platz at Sebring March 17-18.

March is another very busy month for Zone 12…Listed below are some of the major events coming up soon.

March 10 (Friday) Werks Renunion @ Amelia Island. This is shaping up to be a spectacular event with over 600 Porsches on display at the Omni Resort Golf course on Amelia Island. Check the PCA or Werks websites for details.

March 12 (Sunday) Live Oak Invitational car corral hosted by Florida Thoroughbred Region. Attached is the flyer inviting all Zone 12 members to visit our newest region and enjoy the event and car corral at the Live Oak International in Ocala this year. Drive your Porsche…. cost at the entrance is $10.00 and staff  will  direct you to the Florida Thoroughbred Region corral. For more information and the schedule you can go to https://liveoakinternational.com/ for the schedule, address, etc.

This is an amazing show of the world’s best Riders and Drivers. For more information contact John Green at 352-857-7393.  http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/LiveOakFlyer11.pdf

March 17-18 Come visit the Porsche Platz at the 12 hours of Sebring race. This year several changes were made to the schedule including, but not limited to, the Porsche-only Parade laps for members that purchased a Platz Corral pass. Cars will start to line up for the Parade laps when the corral opens @ 7:00 am. Please read carefully the attached information on Porsche only Parade laps which start promptly at 8:20, after waiver signing and mandatory safety briefing .Also attached is the most recent draft of the Platz schedule….Please note that events that  take place in the tent are in red. Race tickets and possibly corral passes are still available for purchase at the Sebring International Racetrack website. Thanks again to the 40+ volunteers that will be assisting this year. http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2017SebringParadeLapinformationV2201702221.pdf
http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2017SebringPorscheplatzAgendaV9201703011.pdf

March 25 Suncoast Region invites PCA members to their swap meet and Alegra Motorsport tour @ the Alegra facility in Tampa. Come see the 2017 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona champs, sell some of those used/unused Porsche parts (vendors must pay a $100.00 fully refundable deposit), and socialize with your PCA friends….For more info visit the Suncoast Region website or call Eric Rahenkamp at (813) 294-3098 or eric@rdgroup.org.

May 26-28 ZONEFEST the crown jewel of Zone 12 events. Here is  a reminder from the North Florida Region team, who are hosting Zonefest this year over Memorial Day weekend in Tallahassee. Can you believe that it is already March 2nd  ?!?  That means there are less than 60 days until the cut-off date for the DoubleTree Hotel block of rooms being held for Zonefest 2017 in Tallahassee, FL over Memorial Day weekend this year.  So please don’t delay.  Make your Hotel reservations now!

And, if you still need to register for Zonefest, please do that now also.   The weekend’s program is engineered to provide a fun and exciting experience and its activities reflect the varied interests of PCA members themselves: competition driving, concours showing & judging, automotive mechanical and technical subjects, driving tours, fine dining and, most importantly, sharing the great camaraderie that PCA membership provides!
What more can we say, other than Register Today !

Visit the Zonefest 2017 website for links to both the Zonefest Event Club Registration and the DoubleTree Hotel Group Registration sites at http://nfl.pca.org/zonefest_2017.htm

And remember, PCA is “Fueled by Volunteers” and we’re still looking for some bodies to fill  open volunteer slots in various areas for Zonefest 2017. If you are interested, please check out the “Fueled by Volunteers” survey link, also on the Zonefest 2017 website.   We are assembling teams now!  ….Also visit the pca zone 12 website for more information about each activity and links to club registration and the host hotel.  http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/1Zonefest2017ScheduleofEventsrev123171.pdf

See you at these events…. and thanks to the volunteers that make these events possible!

Steve Kidd
Zone 12 representative


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Call for Zonefest Volunteers

Category : News

Hello PCA Zone 12 Member ! 

As you know Zonefest 2017 is being held in Tallahassee this year – over Memorial Day Weekend.   There are lots of great events and fun activities planned – and to make all that happen, we are soliciting volunteers to help in a variety of categories.  What a great way to get to know your fellow members  better!

Please click on the survey at the link below and “check the box!” for ANY and ALL the categories where you might have an interest in helping out.

PCA Zonefest 2017 VOLUNTEERS

Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee in May !


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Treffen Hill Country March 29 – April 2, 2017

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PCA’s Treffen North America continues with Treffen Hill Country at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort located outside of Austin, Texas. The event will feature luxurious accommodations and exotic “foodie” delicacies from March 29 through April 2, 2017 — and now, on the night of March 30, a welcome reception presented by Pirelli at Circuit of the Americas with delicious food and two hours of parade laps.

Get more information at PCA.ORG.  And you can register here: http://treffen.pca.org/


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Zonefest 2017 – May 26-28

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Check out North Florida Regions Zonefest page for all the details on Zonefest 2017.  This year it will be held in the Florida capital city of Tallahassee on May 26 through 28.  The host hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton and there are plenty of activities planned for everyone.  Registration is now open at https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/7788.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new friends from across the Zone 12 Regions.  We hope to see you there!


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OktoberFAST is Oct 21-23 at Daytona!

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Registration is open for the Oktoberfast DE and Autocross

Driver Education

Is it true I have to look out the driver’s side window to see where I’m going while driving the banking at Daytona International Speedway? Is it true my car will slide off the banking if I’m going less than 40 mph? Will my modern Porsche’s systems go hay-wire while on the banking and put my car into limp mode? Is it true my car will see a higher top speed than at any other track I’ve driven?

You can find out the answers to these and other Daytona legends you’ve heard over the years by attending the Advanced Solo DE at Daytona International Speedway, held in conjunction with the Zone 12 PCA Club Races on October 21st – 23rd, 2016. The event 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 experience with PCA Expanded Passing (with a point by).

There are two registration options. The 2 day registration option is $450.00 and the 3 day option is $500.00. A check of Daytona events, sponsored by other HPDE organizations and clubs makes this is a real bargain. Zone 12’s event is anywhere from $100.00 to several hundred dollars lower than those organizations’ events and theirs are 2 day events!

Oktoberfast 2 day AutoX at Daytona International Speedway (Kart track) October 22-23

Come Autocross at the Kart track (orange campground area) inside Daytona International Speedway. This 2 day AutoX is run as part of the Oktoberfast Club Race activities and is considered a Zone Challenge event. We plan to have awards for class winners that participate both days. There will be a cap of 75 autocrossers per day. Classes for Porsche’s based on PCR’s for midsize regions. Non Porsche members welcome, and must use X class (Generic non Porsche class).

More info can be found at http://zone12.pca.org/octoberfest/

Register now on ClubRegistration.net.  

Questions? Please contact Event Chair, Jim Burnett at 575-336-1198 during July, August or September and at 904-247-9204 during October. You can also reach Jim at 111margaret@att.net.  Or Steve or Dottie Kidd at 954 946-3196.