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The last DE before the summer heat! Sebring, May 12-13 (Instructors Needed, Please!)

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Now that our annual 3.5 days of “spring” are over, we’re going to be feeling the heat soon (but yes, that’s what AC is for!). It’s your last chance to enjoy Sebring with your PCA buddies before it gets so hot your tires will melt straight into the track! That is not exactly what is meant by “sticky” tires.

OK, that won’t really happen, but during the summer it certainly feels like it could. So, register today for the May 12-13 DE at http://www.clubregistration.net (just search for Suncoast), and enjoy Sebring for the last time until … hmmm, September.

And we need some more Instructors. So, if you are one, please register today so we can un-wait list some very happy drivers – thanks to you!

Suncoast and Citrus Regions DE at Sebring, May 12 & 13
Register at http://www.clubregistration.net

Hope to see you at Sebring!

– Lisa Lewis


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OktoberFast Update – Registration Dates

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Race Registration opens September 10th – Register at http://register.pca.org

Advanced Solo DE and Autocross registration opens mid-July – Register at http://clubregistration.net

Download the PDF here.

For updates check our OktoberFast page as we get closer.


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Enjoy the Golden Gala at Daytona 500 Club – with Vic Elford (June 9)

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This year, Zone 12 celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Sonnenschein Region, which has several drives planned in the summer and through the fall, on the beautiful backroads of the FL Panhandle, southern AL and MS (just search “Sonnenschein” on https://clubregistration.net).  And it’s the 55th Anniversary of Gold Coast, which always has something fun going on (http://www.goldcoastregion.org/calendar/).

In the middle, Space Coast is celebrating the big 5-0 all through the summer – and they’d like us all to help them celebrate in a big way on Saturday, June 9, as they mark their Golden Anniversary at a very special place.

Come Celebrate at the Daytona 500 Club
They’re having their Anniversary Banquet at the incredible Daytona 500 Club at the Daytona International Speedway, site of historic events for longer than most of us have been alive (“most” of us!). Celebrated sportscar, rallying and Formula One racer Vic Elford, who won the Daytona 24-Hour race in the famous 1968 Porsche 1-2-3 win, will be the guest of honor.

Event Details
The 500 Club lounge will open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and some passed appetizers including: Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Beef Wellington, Vegetable Spring Rolls and Jumbo Shrimp.

Dinner starts at 6:30, and you’ll have your choice of plated dinner:

  • Grilled Chicken Breast in Herb Au Jus, with garlic & rosemary, roasted red potatoes, and vegetables
  • Braised Short Ribs in Natural Au Jus, with buttermilk mashed potatoes and braised vegetables
  • Seared Salmon with Sweet Chili Sauce, with pecan basmati rice and chef’s selection of vegetables

Dinner includes salad, rolls, sides, water, iced tea, coffee, and dessert.

Register now on https://clubregistration.net – only $75 per person. There will also be a cash bar, and you can buy drink tickets in advance for $6/ticket (good for 1 beer, house wine or cocktail of your choice).

If you’ve ever been to the 500 Club, you know it’s in the infield directly at the Start/Finish line – and as a bonus, you’ll get to enjoy watching a Tracks Unlimited 14-hour race while you’re enjoying the party. Plus – Shelby Goode’s original painting honoring Space Coast’s 50 years will be auctioned for charity. And a poster signed by Vic Elford will be one of the many door prizes you could win.

And if you’d like to make a weekend out of it and enjoy festivities on Sunday morning as well, there’s a block of rooms at a discount rate at this brand new Marriott hotel:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport
1820 Checkered Flag Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 254-4700

PCA Members can reserve a room on Saturday night at the discounted group rate of $109 for a room or $129 for a suite by stating they are with the Space Coast Porsche Club 50th Anniversary Celebration. Reservations include breakfast and parking on the first floor of the covered parking garage. There will be reserved spaces on the first floor for parking adjacent to the reserved conference room and bar area. The conference room will be set up Saturday night for drinks after the banquet and Sunday morning for breakfast. The hotel has a free shuttle to the speedway and the airport.

On Sunday morning, there will be yet another bonus: the Daytona Kaffeeklatsch at the Fairfield Inn. Breakfast for those not staying at the hotel will be a nominal charge. And Vic Elford will be joining us, so you’ll have yet another opportunity to visit with him!

Register and pay today to confirm your place at this very special event!


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Welcome to Spring – and Happy Easter!

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Hope you’re enjoying our great weather and getting out to as many Region events as time allows! We always have several great events around the Zone, so it’s easy to find something to do near you (or farther away!).

This year we made valiant efforts to set up Zone Fest in a couple of Regions, but the puzzle pieces just couldn’t come together in time. Don’t worry – next summer we’ll be having a BIG event that everyone will enjoy, so stay tuned for full details later this year.

Anytime you’d like to know what’s going on, check the Zone 12 Calendar for a list of all our Regions’ events: http://zone12.pca.org/calendar/

Here are a few from each Region, so get out and play. And if you happen to be in another Region during any of these events, they’d love to welcome you! Most events require registration – usually on ClubRegistration.net – so just check out each event’s details on the calendars to learn more.

Citrus
http://flc.pca.org/calendar/
Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Sunday, April 22: Spring Charity Challenge Rally benefitting Camp Boggy Creek
  • Saturday, May 5: New Member Party/Cinco de Mayo at Orlando Brewing
  • May 12-13: Sebring DE w/Suncoast

Crown
https://www.pcafcr.org/events/
Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Sunday, April 8: Drive & Dine to Jekyll Island Club
  • April 14-15: DE @ Roebling Road, Savannah

Everglades
http://egs.pca.org/calendar/

  • Sunday, April 8: Almost Cuba Rally ($10.00 per car registration); You must register for the event by emailing Jenny and Chris Branston at cbran62643@aol.com or calling them at 239.598.4978. See Document: AlmostCubaannouncement11.pdf for full details.
  • Thursday, April 19: Intro to High-Performance Driving, hosted by AutoQuest Motorsports, Fort Myers; Cost is $10 per person/$15 per couple. Advance registration is required.

Gold Coast
http://www.goldcoastregion.org/calendar/

  • Saturday, April 7: AX at Sebring; register on ClubRegistration.net
  • First Saturday Porsches & Pancakes every month: Find one in your area, all over Gold Coast
  • Third Thursday Socials every month: In Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach

North Florida
http://nfl.pca.org/upcoming_events.htm

  • Saturday, April 14: Fifth Annual Great Porsche Armada, Panama City, in conjunction with the Annual Blessing of the Fleet (see Document: GreatPorscheArmada201811.pdf for details and registration info)
  • Third Wednesday Social every month, Little Italy Restaurant in Tallahassee
  • Quarterly Socials: Panama City and Destin have quarterly and bi-quarterly Socials

Puerto Rico
As conditions in the area continue to improve, start looking for more chances to socialize and get out and drive. Stay tuned for details.

Sonnenschein
http://son.pca.org/calendars.htm
Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Saturday, April 7: Mississippi Catfish Run/Tour through west Alabama and east Mississippi backroads
  • Saturday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Social at Fuego in Mobile, AL

Space Coast
https://spc.pca.org/calendar/
Space Coast is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and they have all sorts of fun things planned! Check out their website, but here are some of the biggies. Register for all these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Saturday, April 14: 50th Anniversary Gimmick Rally “Orbit Around the Space Coast” (starts in Cocoa)
  • Saturday, April 21: Porsches and Putters, Charity Golf Tournament at Cocoa Beach Country Club
  • Sunday, May 6: 50th Anniversary Concours at Vero Beach
  • Saturday, June 9: 50th Anniversary Banquet at the 500 Club at Daytona Speedway

Suncoast
https://suncoastpca.org/calendar/
Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • April 7-8: Sebring DE
  • Sunday, April 22: Enduro AX at Showtime Speedway, Clearwater
  • Tuesday, April 24: Date Your Porsche Night at The Local Brewing Company, Palm Harbor

Thoroughbred
http://www.floridapca.org/events/

  • Saturday, April 14: Poker Run/BBQ (at Porsche of Ocala); register on ClubRegistration.net

Finally, the OktoberFast Club Race at Daytona will be October 26-28. It’s a really fun weekend of Porsche racing, so plan now to attend!

  • If you’d like to be a Sponsor, please contact OktoberFast Chair Steve Williamson (steve@stevewilliamson.com)
  • To Volunteer to help out – and not only have fun but learn what it takes to run a Club Racing event – please email Ray Grynkewich at raygrynk2@outlook.com

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Lisa


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Final Sebring Porscheplatz Agenda & Last Chance to Get Tickets!

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THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO HELP AT THE PORSCHEPLATZ!
We have a full slate now, and we’re going to have a fun couple of days. We couldn’t do this without you, so thank you all for stepping up and making Zone 12 so great! (If you volunteered, you’ll receive a separate email soon with the final shift schedule and details about how to check in and what to expect.)

Here are the final details for the Sebring 12 Hour weekend, including the full schedule/Porscheplatz agenda at
http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2018SebringPorscheplatzReleaseFinalV3033201811.pdf

Check out the agenda, and plan your race day so you don’t miss any of the activity in the Porscheplatz! We’ll start Friday morning off right with a GT3 Drivers Forum and autograph session at 9 am, followed by our first raffle. There will be lots of great presentations, tours and raffles all day Friday and Saturday.

PORSCHE PARADE LAP
The Porsche Parade lap is Saturday morning, 3/17. You must have the Porscheplatz parking pass to take the parade lap. Registration for the parade is at the Porscheplatz tent starting at 7 am and is limited to 100 cars. The mandatory safety briefing is at 7:50 and the lap starts at 8:25.

Here are specific details about where to go, what to bring and what to expect if you want to do the Parade Lap:
http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/2018SebringParadeLapInformationFinalV30342018.docx1.pdf

PORSCHE TICKET PACKAGES
If you haven’t bought yours yet, Porscheplatz Ticket Packages are still available.

Also, there are still Porsche Cars North America Hospitality Suite Packages available, for $500 each. Each hospitality package includes access to the exclusive suite overlooking pit lane and the front straight, an official race ticket, breakfast lunch and dinner on both days, open bar (beer, wine, soda, water), and much more.

Contacts:
Lisa Lewis, PCA Zone 12 Representative • Lynn Friedman, Porscheplatz / PCA Car Corral Chair, 832-563-9577

Visit the PCA National calendar for event updates: https://www.pca.org/event/2017-12-12/porscheplatz-mobil-1-twelve-hours-sebring


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Volunteers Needed for the Porscheplatz at Sebring

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If you’re going to Sebring and can help us out for a few hours, we’d really appreciate it! We have a few spots available on Saturday. 

We have a great group of Volunteers ready to welcome you to the 2018 Sebring Porscheplatz (details below), including several key players who will be working multiple shifts. Thanks to all our Volunteers, including a few from other Zones!

Volunteer – and get a cool T-shirt!
If you’d like to participate as a Volunteer at the Porscheplatz, there are a few opportunities left. Please email me which shift you’d like and your shirt size (zone12rep@national.pca.org).

Volunteers needed for Sat, March 17:
7-11 am:  4 spots available
11 am – 2 pm:  2 spots available

Thanks for helping!

Lisa Lewis
Zone 12 Representative


Porscheplatz at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Race
March 14-17, 2018

Porscheplatz Hours:
Friday, March 16 – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 17 – 7:00 am to 10:45 pm

Porscheplatz Parking and Tickets / General Admission Tickets
A variety of ticket and parking combinations are available through Sebring International Raceway (SIR)CLICK HERE to purchase Porscheplatz ticket packages (Corral parking and admission ticket) or general admission tickets from Sebring.

You are welcome to the Porscheplatz with your general admission ticket to the races and do not have to purchase the Porscheplatz Car Corral package for admittance to the Porscheplatz tent. Just remember to bring your proof of PCA membership or Porsche ownership.

The PCA calendar will be periodically updated up until race day:
https://www.pca.org/event/2017-12-12/porscheplatz-mobil-1-twelve-hours-sebring


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Bob Wilson Memorial Autocross, Tallahassee – Sat, March 24

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If you’ll be in Tallahassee on 3/24, or can make the trip that weekend, please join the North Florida Region (NFL) for the Bob Wilson Memorial Autocross.  As you are probably aware, Bob was the President of the NFL Region, and he died unexpectedly on February 10th.  He and the NFL Region put a lot of effort into planning this AX, and Bob would have wanted it to be fun and successful.  So, let’s do our best to support the North Florida Region and participate, while we celebrate Bob’s memory.

Thanks for your support of this event – we hope a lot of you from other Regions can come over to have fun and get to know the great folks of the North Florida Region.

For more information and to pre-register, go to Clubregistration.net and search for North Florida Region PCA – NFL Region AutoX March 24, 2018.

Location: The AX will be held at 1528 Surgeons Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308, in the rear parking lot behind the Ghazvini Center for Health Care Education.

Pre-registration closes on ClubReg on March 21, 2018.  Onsite registration opens at 8:00 AM on March 24th and payment will be made onsite.  Make checks payable to PCA North Florida Region.  The fee for PCA Members is $25 (please bring your membership card), or $35 for Non-PCA Members.  Non-Porsches are welcome to join in the fun.

Please see the flyer here – http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/RobertWilsonMemorialAXMarch2421181.pdf


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Werks Reunion – March 9, 2018 – Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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Join in on the fun at the 2nd annual Werks Reunion Amelia Island on March 9, 2018. Expect to view a breathtaking array of Porsches, from rare classics to current models.

The judged portion of the show is sold out, but the model-specific corrals still have plenty of room. Register by March 1, to park in the corral: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/porsche-club-of-america-werks-reunion-amelia-omni-resort-golf-course-pca-136803

The Corral parking (Porsche only) fee is $50 per car, and you’ll receive an event goodie bag, reserved model-specific parking space, and will be automatically entered into the drawing for several exciting prizes provided by Pirelli. We will be parking all registered Porsches by model. The 356s and outlaws (our featured model) will be parked up front this year.

***You do not need to register just to attend. Only owners of Porsches entering the judged field or parking in the Porsche corral need to register.*** Spectators are welcome to attend 2018 Werks Reunion Amelia Island free of charge (general parking fees apply).

Here’s a tease of some of the special cars that will be on display: The 356 SL Gmund Coupe (the first Porsche to take a class win at Le Mans) recently restored by Emory Motorsports. Emory will also be bringing a 356 outlaw with a 964 Carrera 4 drivetrain. Lori Schutz will be bringing the 911 Speedster Prototype that her dad designed. And Griot’s will be bringing a 908.

Vendors will be on hand to show off and sell their latest Porsche merchandise, and the Omni will be selling coffee & breakfast items in the morning and several food options for lunch, as well as there being a beer garden and cash bar. Feel free to avoid the food lines by bringing your own picnic basket and bottle of wine!

PCA membership is not required to attend, so invite your Porsche friends to sign up. Come out for a fun relaxing day of all-things Porsche.

For more information, visit http://werksreunion.com/amelia.cfm.

Werks Reunion: Friday, March 9
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
39 Beach Lagoon Rd
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Werks Reunion was created by the Porsche Club of America as an event to celebrate both the Porsche marque as well as the camaraderie of being an enthusiast. This is not a contest of who has removed dust from the deepest crevices in their Porsche but rather a judged show that rewards a Porsche that has been lovingly maintained and presents itself well on the field. Our judges do not use Porsche Parade Concours score sheets but rather rank the cars according to certain attributes discussed prior to judging.

For those who do not wish to have their cars judged, you may display in the model-specific corrals or if the organizers see fit, on the judged field itself. There are no score sheets returned or protest committees. This is a casual gathering of Porsche enthusiasts focused on having fun rather than solely competition.

7:00 AM – Registration opens
7:00-9:00 AM – Cars placed on field and in parking corral
7:00-10:00 AM – Breakfast and coffee carts available
9:30 AM-12:00 – PM Judging
10:00 AM-4:00 PM – Cash bar stocked with a wide variety of beers, wines and spirits
11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Lunch available from onsite vendors
2:00-3:00 PM – Awards Ceremony
ALL DAY View cars, socialize, have fun!


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Porscheplatz at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Race March 14-17, 2018

Category : News

Join Porsche Club of America (PCA) and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) at the Porscheplatz at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Friday and Saturday, March 16-17. At the Porscheplatz you can relax, watch the races on live feed TV and enjoy a cool beverage. There will be presentations by Porsche GT Team drivers, Porsche Motorsport North America, and Porsche Global Partners.  Register to win an exclusive ‘IMSA Hot Pit Experience’ and more.

Admittance into the Porscheplatz is exclusively for PCA members and Porsche owners only. Remember to bring your PCA membership card, or proof of Porsche ownership for admittance to the Porscheplatz. (Porsche key, insurance papers, etc.)

Porscheplatz Hours:
Friday, March 16 – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 17 – 7:00 am to 10:45 pm

Porscheplatz Parking and Tickets / General Admission Tickets
A variety of ticket and parking combinations are available through Sebring International Raceway (SIR)CLICK HERE to purchase Porscheplatz ticket packages (Corral parking and admission ticket) or general admission tickets from Sebring.

You are welcome to the Porscheplatz with your general admission ticket to the races and do not have to purchase the Porscheplatz Car Corral package for admittance to the Porscheplatz tent. Just remember to bring your proof of PCA membership or Porsche ownership.

Volunteer
If you’d like to participate as a Volunteer at the Porscheplatz (and get a cool T-shirt!), there are a few opportunities left, so please email Lisa at zone12rep@national.pca.org.

Contact
Lisa Lewis, Zone 12 Representative or Lynn Schermerhorn Friedman, Porscheplatz / PCA Car Corral Chair 832-563-9577

The PCA calendar will be periodically updated up until race day:
https://www.pca.org/event/2017-12-12/porscheplatz-mobil-1-twelve-hours-sebring


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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