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How to Contribute to the Zone 12 Website

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Zone 12 welcomes submissions from region members, affiliates and sponsors. Please email your contributions to zone12rep@pca.org and we will add them to the site as appropriate.

Thank you for supporting Zone 12 and our Regions and all of the exciting events throughout.

Lisa
Zone Rep (2018-2019)


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ZoneFest 2019 registration ending soon!

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Registration for ZoneFest 2019 will close at 11:59 PM on this Thursday April 25.  Details for this fantastic event, are at the following link:

https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/9648.

If you want to attend please register immediately.

Anne Del Villano
ZoneFest Chair

annedelvillano@comcast.net
970-406-2090


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Zone 12: April 20 Charity Car Show, Golf, or Boats – take your pick!

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In a unique twist, Saturday, April 20th will be an active charity day in Zone 12 PCA – we’ll have three great charity events, in various parts of Florida. From Plantation to Panama City, there’s something fun for you to do – and do good in the process!

Read all about it …


Gold Coast Region – Plantation

AUTOFEST Concours & Car Show: Fast Cars & Food Trucks

April 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plantation Heritage Park
1100 S Figtree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317

Register on ClubRegistration.net: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=9693

$30 per car. All makes and models welcome (not just Porsches!).

Benefitting Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospitals “Drive for Life Fundraising Campaign.”


Space Coast Region – Cocoa Beach

Porsches & Putters Charity Golf Tournament

April 20, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cocoa Beach Country Club
5000 Tom Warriner Blvd, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Space Coast Region invites you to a fun-filled scramble with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m., on the beautiful River and Dolphin Courses. Form your own foursome or singles can be assigned to a team.

Your $75 all-inclusive entry fee covers parking, 18-hole green fee, golf cart, range balls, and lunch sponsored by Porsche Club of America (PCA) National. There will be contests and prizes – and a Hole-In-One on #2 River wins a 2019 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Premier Dealer Shay Rowe and Porsche Melbourne!

Benefits the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation: http://www.brevardalz.org; a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides adult daycare centers, transportation service and Alzheimer’s training and awareness.

Limited to 80 golfers. Register at ClubRegistration.net: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=9849


North Florida Region – Panama City

6th Annual Great Porsche Armada

April 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Andrews Marina
3151 W 10th St, Panama City, FL

The 6th Annual All-Porsche Car Show will be held in conjunction with the annual “Blessing of the Fleet,” with all of the proceeds supporting Second Chance of Northwest Florida, a charity that benefits victims of traumatic brain injury.

Panama City and its surrounding area were hit hard last year by Hurricane Michael. Let’s get out and show support for this worthwhile charity and the Panama City community.

See the attached flyer for details and the Registration Form: http://emailer3.pca.org:80/UploadFiles/Armada19Flyer11.pdf

Hope you can get out and have fun at these great events!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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2019 Super Sebring – Porsche Wins Again – March 14-16

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The 2019 Sebring 12 Hour race weekend was very special.  It was named Super Sebring with the addition of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) 1000 miles endurance race on Friday to the famed 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, with IMSA celebrating its 50th year as professional sports cars premier sanctioning body. The Porsche factory team took top honors in the IMSA WeatherTech GTLM class (Porsche GT Team #911), in the FIA WEC GTE PRO class (Porsche GT Team #91) and with the Patrick Dempsey Racing privateer WEC GTE AM #77.  Both factory Porsche teams won with late race passes that were decisive.  Below you will find a link to a small portion of the 600+ pictures and movies I took on my Canon camera and Pixel XL phone.

We arrived at the 2019 Super Sebring weekend on Thursday with all WeatherTech classes practicing on track.  Next up was the WEC practice session and wandering through both series pits during the Prototype Challenge spec series race.  A WeatherTech evening practice followed at sundown (7:45pm).  Then WEC qualified from 9:30pm to 10:30pm that evening.  The WEC classes would race on Friday from 4pm to 12 midnight, or 1000 miles.  A long and fun day for any sports car fan.

Friday was another beautiful day with WeatherTech class qualifications beginning at 9:55am.  After, I attended the autograph sessions and spent my time there with the visiting WEC teams.  You will see the LMP class-winning #8 Gazoo Toyota racing team with Fernando Alonso and the GTE PRO Porsche teams for car #91 (class winner) and #92 and the winning GTE AM Dempsey team.  This was followed by the WEC grid walk prior to the WEC race. The WEC grid and pit area were located inside the long Sebring back straight, entering off of turn 16.  This was quite unique and required some serious braking during the race, into a 110-degree pit-in entrance left turn.

The WEC race was fantastic with the 36 or so entries providing extremely long stretches of green flag running in excellent racing conditions. There were 2 cautions in the first 6 hours that meant the race would not reach 1000 miles, so it became a timed 8-hour race.  An interesting note, when WEC has a ‘yellow flag’ it is basically a virtual safety car, which means every team must slow immediately to 80km/hour and proceed at that speed until the track goes green.   It’s almost like watching slow-motion racing and you will find a 41 second video to confound you and prove it.  Rain, hard rain, came in the last 20 minutes of the race with the winning LMP #8 Toyota taking an off-course excursion, among others.  The crucial move for the Porsche GTE PRO Team #91 (with Gimmi Bruni driving) came with 17 minutes left as they followed the BWM Team #81 into the pits, nose to tail, for rain tires, with the Porsche GT Team beating them out for the GTE PRO lead.  Porsche held that lead as the race was put under the safety car for the final 12 minutes remaining of the 8-hour timed race.  Another fantastic pair of wins for Porsche (GTE PRO and GTE AM) at Sebring.  The popular Jackie Chan DC racing team #37 won the LMP2 class.

Check out the WEC race highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P0PKa45t_E to get a feel for the excitement that WEC brought to Sebring this year.

Saturday’s 12 Hour Race day began drizzly and rainy. The usually packed grid walk was a bit subdued due to the weather. The race started under yellow as the teams came to grip with the wet track. Overall, it was another outstanding race with much drama.  For Porsche fans it was thrilling to watch the Porsche GT Teams led by Nick Tandy (who had qualified 8th in class in Porsche GTLM #911) work their way forward after being a lap down in the first hour, to take the fight to the entire GTLM class and for Nick to take the lead from Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford GT in the final hour and hold it to the checkered flag.  Given the weather, I was content to dash between the PCA tent and our Gurney Terrace seat (with live video feed), so there are not any pictures taken from around the track during the race on Saturday.  Regardless, you can check out the 12 Hour race highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC1x0Y1FTec to get a feel for the on-track excitement around all of Sebring’s 17 turns.

Among the photos, you will see the PCA Porscheplatz Car Corral and hospitality area off Turn 17.  A typically great turnout there.  It was great seeing folks from SPC and the other regions.  It was a very popular place early in the race before the rain subsided a bit, and actually throughout the race.  Porsche also had a high-priced hospitality area in the elevated terrace area above the front stretch pits at the Turn 17 end of the Club Sebring building.  My friends and I had Gurney Terrace tickets and many of my pictures and videos were taken from there.  Gurney terrace is located near Turn 1, at the opposite end from Porsche Corporate hospitality.  Thus, I was able to wander down to the opposite end of the terrace and see how the well connected Porsche customers were enjoying the race.  Not too shabby a setup for sure!  You will also see a couple of pictures of the driver introductions on Saturday where every driver pretty much had to leave their umbrella behind and face the falling rain to be introduced to the crowd.

On Friday evening IMSA Radio kept everyone abreast of the pending space coast rocket launch from KSC, which we could actually see from the track. There is a short 25 second video of the rocket rising upward between turns 1 and 2 over the Sebring front straight walkover bridge.

All in all, it was an action-packed international sports car racing fans dream weekend.  Counting the support races we took in 24 hours of exceptional racing, watching the greatest sport car drivers in the world duel in two fantastic endurance races.  Some drivers actually participated in both the WEC 1000 Miles and the 12 Hours of Sebring.   I hear they are talking of doing it again next year.   Super Sebring 2020 indeed!

Photos – 2019 Super Sebring – Porsche Wins Again – March 14-16

– Jeff Dorman


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Zone 12: Seeking Florida Club Racers for Parade Display

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Are you a PCA Club Racer who would like to display your racecar at Parade (or know someone who may)? Then we’re looking for you! The overall theme this year is “Racing Through the Years,” and we’ll be featuring historic racecars as well as a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the 914.

This year’s Porsche Parade Concours will be featuring racecars in the Historics Display on Concours Monday, July 22nd.  We’d like to invite several of our Florida Club Racers to participate for the day as well.

You don’t need to be a Parade registrant, though we hope you’re planning to register for Parade and have fun with us. Also, these racecars will not be entered into the judged part of the Concours, just display only.

To learn more, check this out: http://porscheparade.org/historic_display.html

If you’d like to display your Club Racing racecar, please contact the Historics Chair Lori Schutz (also a Club Race Scrutineer), at Zone4Rep@national.pca.org or call 972-890-7405.

Thanks for considering participating in the display!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12: Parade Webinar April 2 – Making Phase 2 Registration Easy!

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Hey, everyone!

In an effort to provide as much early information as possible, on April 2 there’s going to be a webinar with tips for Parade Phase 2 Registration (selecting your events, banquets, etc.). If you’re going to Parade, please make sure to register for the webinar now and attend on April 2, so you’ll know what to expect when Phase 2 Registration starts on April 15.

Details:

RegionFocus Webinar #18 PCA Parade Registration: “What You Need to Know for Phase 2”

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9:00 PM ET

Register now at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3361104089419928578

From Todd Benz, RegionFocus Coordinator:  “With the Phase 2 Registration process only a few weeks away we wanted to provide an overview on what you need to know for the Phase 2 registration process. We want to answer common questions on wait lists, cancellation policy, refund policy, making a schedule for yourself before you ever log in, etc. We would also like the recorded webinar to be a resource tool once it is posted on the PCA website.”

The Parade planning team will be providing valuable information to help you register for different events and meal plans.

You can send questions to Maggie Goodman Garnett at socialmedia@pca.org or Todd Benz at RegionFocus@pca.org.After registering for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar on April 2. If you have any questions about registering for the webinar, please feel free to email RegionFocus@pca.org.

I hope this will webinar be a good resource for those of you attending Parade! If you still need to register for Parade, here you go: http://porscheparade.org/registration.html

Regards,

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12: Events coming up soon!

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Zonefest Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow!

Zonefest is May 24-26, in central Florida’s beautiful Mount Dora area. Join PCA members from all over Zone 12 and the southeast for this multi-event weekend blast. Early bird registration is only $135, but it ends tomorrow! There are still spots available, so register today and save a bit. After tomorrow, the registration fee is $155. Everything is included in the fee: Friday Reception, Concours, Saturday lunch, Howie Mansion tour, Drive Tour, AX and Sunday Banquet.

Register at ClubRegistration.net today.

Werks Reunion at Amelia Island, March 8

Next week is Werks Reunion at Amelia Island! There will be almost 500 beautiful Porches displayed in the Corral and Concours. It’s free to attend (except a parking fee), so try to be there if you can.

Schedule and details: http://werksreunion.com/amelia.cfm

Sebring, March 14-16

The following week is the SuperSebring Double Header WEC and IMSA races! As of today, there are still a few Porscheplatz tickets available. In addition to all the great speakers, presentations and raffles, there will be a special BBQ Friday night at the corral, exclusively for Porscheplatz ticket holders.

And of course, Porscheplatz ticket holders are also eligible to take parade laps on Saturday morning. Thanks again to all of you who have volunteered to help us! It’s going to be another great event!

Porscheplatz details: https://www.pca.org/event/2018-10-31/porscheplatz-mobil-1-twelve-hours-sebring

The 2nd Annual Robert C. Wilson Memorial Autocross, March 23

North Florida Region will again host the AX in Tallahassee, to honor their beloved former President Bob Wilson. The AX is at a great location, right in the heart of Tallahassee, so drive on over and enjoy a great event with NFL.

Read all about it here. There are a few spots left: Register on ClubRegistration.net.

And don’t forget to register for Parade! There are currently more than 700 primary registrants, with Phase 2 registration to select the events and banquets coming up soon, on Monday April 15. There are still some rooms available at the Boca Raton Resort, so book yours today after you register.

Learn all about Parade and register here.

You can always check out almost all of the Zone 12 events: https://zone12.pca.org/calendar/

Remember, it’s not just the cars, it’s the people … and all the friends you can make and the fun things that we get to do!

Hope to see you around soon!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12 Zonefest 2019 (May 24-26) – Register Now on ClubReg

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Zone 12 Zonefest 2019
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Florida Citrus Region
Memorial Day weekend — May 24-26, 2019, at the historic Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora, FL

Register for Zonefest: https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/9648

Cost: $135 per person until Feb 28; $155 after March 1

Host hotel: lakeside-inn.com ($149/room, until April 4)

Please join us as at Zone 12’s Zonefest 2019, marking the 45th Anniversary of Florida Citrus Region. This event has a long history, and will be held Memorial Day weekend — May 24-26, 2019, at the historic Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora.

Plan to arrive on Friday, and enjoy the whole weekend of fun and friendship!

Schedule of events:

  • Friday night will feature a reception at the Lakeside Inn with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar
  • Saturday morning we’ll move to the Howie Mansion in Howey-in-the-Hills for a Concours Car Competition. A tour of the mansion and lunch are included in your registration fee.
    http://www.thehoweymansion.com/
  • Saturday afternoon we’ll tour through the hilly back roads of Central Florida ending on the porch of the Lakeside Inn for a free Keg Party
  • Saturday evening will be open, so you and your friends can enjoy dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in downtown Mt. Dora
  • Sunday morning we’ll have an autocross at the Lake Country Sheriff’s facilities, a few miles from the Inn
  • To wrap up this exciting weekend, we’ll have a celebration banquet Sunday evening at the Lakeside Inn
    • Awards will be given for the concours and AX
    • There will be a raffle for lots of great items and services
    • Attendees are encouraged to wear “Porsche Bling” and compete for People’s Choice of the most creative Porsche-wear outfit

The Lakeside Inn has recently been updated, and the rate for most rooms is $149, with a limited number of deluxe rooms at a slightly higher rate. A block of rooms has been reserved until April 4, so reserve your room now!

Contact the Lakeside Inn directly (352-383-4101) and mention Florida Zonefest or book your room online at lakeside-inn.com using the code “zone” to receive the $149 rate.

Attendance is limited, so please register early:  https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/9648

Early bird registration is $135 per person (must pay at time of registration to get the early bird rate), and includes the cost of the Reception, Concours, Saturday lunch, Howie Mansion tour, Drive Tour, souvenir shirt, AX and Banquet. After March 1st, the cost is $155 per person.

Thanks to Porsche Orlando for being our title sponsor!

Questions? Please contact Anne Del Villano, Zonefest Registrar, at annedelvillano@comcast.net or 970-406-2090.

Hope to see you at Zonefest!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12 Volunteers Rock! … and Other News Around the Zone

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THANKS TO ALL OUR ROLEX 24 AND SEBRING 48 VOLUNTEERS! In Zone 12, we had another great start to our year when we welcomed Porsche owners and PCA members from all over, to the country’s premier IMSA race (at Daytona) and the best PCA Club Race (at Sebring). As with all our events, we couldn’t do it without our wonderful Volunteers – but these are two of the biggest and best events in the country. Again – thank you so much for all your helpfulness, enthusiasm and friendliness, which ensured a fun time was had by all!


And now, for something completely different … Here are some of our other upcoming events:

Saturday, February 23: Street Survival School @ Sebring

The school is open to fully licensed drivers only, ages 16-21. If you have a teen/young adult who is already driving, he or she can benefit from attending this great driving school – the only one to be held in Florida this year.

Suncoast Region will be the local host for the national Tire Rack Street Survival (TRSS) school, during the February Sebring DE weekend (Feb 23-24, 2019). As the official TRSS website says, “The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a ‘hands-on’ driving experience in real-world situations! It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!”

Questions? Please contact TRSS coordinator John Sabatini (john.a.sabatini@gmail.com).

Learn more about the event: http://streetsurvival.org/

Register: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/register.trss/uidEvent/C69BCE98-BA3B-A4F3-4ABBF234349BA9A1


Friday, March 8: Werks Reunion Amelia Island

PCA welcomes all Porsche clubs, owners, and enthusiasts to the third annual Werks Reunion Amelia Island, on the Friday preceding the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. At Werks, a free-to-spectators event, expect to view a breathtaking array of Porsches – from rare classics to current models and everything in between. Display your own cherished car in model-specific Porsche Corrals or enter the Porsche Judged Field and compete to win in more than 20 prize categories.

If you’d like to be a Volunteer at Werks, please email Dora Barren (dorabob@comcast.net). If you’ll already be up there by Thursday, we’ll need help on Thursday morning (March 7th) to stuff goodie bags, or Thursday late morning to afternoon to set up the field. And for the day of Werks, we need people for the Friday morning and afternoon shifts. Please email Dora if you can help!

Learn all about Werks here, including how to register for the Corral or for judging: http://werksreunion.com/amelia.cfm

Register for Werks today! It closes Feb 22.


Friday/Saturday, March 15-16: Super Sebring – 1,000 Miles of Sebring on Friday / 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday

Please email me if you know you’ll be at Sebring and can help! I’ll be finalizing the schedule soon for long days on Friday and Saturday. This year, there will be two major races – on Friday AND Saturday. Lots more fun … but that also means we’ll need extra help on Friday!

Porsche Corral passes are still available but will probably be sold out soon:

https://tickets.sebringraceway.com/online/index.php?wes=empty_session_103&language=9&query_pos=0&query_rows=1000&set_query_pos=0&houseid=442&performanceid=1801&state=3&nextstate=4

Info about the Sebring races:  https://www.sebringraceway.com/sebring-events/12-hour-race/2019-12-hour-race-information


May 24-26 (Memorial Day weekend): Zonefest in Beautiful Mt Dora!

Register for Zonefest: https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/9648

Cost: $135 per person until Feb 28; $155 after March 1

Host hotel: lakeside-inn.com ($149/room, until April 4)

Please join us at Zonefest 2019, marking the 45th Anniversary of Florida Citrus Region. This event has a long history, and will be held Memorial Day weekend — May 24-26, 2019, at the historic Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora.


Porsche Parade Registration is Open

In the first week, more than 700 people registered!

Register here: http://porscheparade.org/registration.html

Learn all about Parade here: http://porscheparade.org/

After you register, you’ll be able to book your room at the Boca Raton Resort. You can view the room options here: http://porscheparade.org/hotels.html

The other big Parade date to mark is Monday, April 15. This will begin Phase 2 Registration, when you’ll be able to pick the events and banquets you want to attend, as well as register as a Volunteer.

Thanks to everyone who’s reached out about Volunteering at Parade and to those who are helping us with the pre-planning! THE ONLY OFFICIAL WAY TO VOLUNTEER IS DURING THE PHASE 2 REGISTRATION.

During Phase 2, when you register to Volunteer, just pick the specific role you want – such as tour lead or sweep; tour staging; concours; autocross, etc. After you pick the options you’d like to help with, the Parade Volunteer Coordinator will assign you once you’re at Parade. No experience needed – all you need to volunteer is a good attitude and a welcoming smile!

Check out all the ways you can help at Parade: http://www.porscheparade.org/volunteering.html

NOTE: Volunteers must be registered for Parade.

For even more info, read the Parade FAQs: http://www.porscheparade.org/faqs.html


Remember to check the Zone 12 Calendar for a list of almost all the Regions’ events:  https://zone12.pca.org/calendar/

Hope to see you at lots of these events!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12 PCA: Info for PCA Car Corral at Daytona

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Welcome to Rolex week! There will be all kinds of fun activities this year – at the track and at the One Daytona entertainment complex right across the street. But of course the big draw for us (in addition to the race!) is the PCA Car Corral, where PCA Members and Porsche owners from all over the world can hang out with old friends and new; see some of the most beautiful street Porsches, all in one place; all while watching the races from trackside at the infield kink or on the monitors inside the tent. And yes, you can help us too, if you have a spare moment (just ask inside the tent how you can pitch in!).

If you plan to be at Rolex, please go to PCA.org to read all about the PCA Car Corral – including the schedule of events and speakers, as well as a link to the track map so you can find us (once on the map page, open the Rolex maps). You don’t have to be parked in the Corral to visit – all PCA members and Porsche owners are welcome! If you’re not going to Rolex, we’ll miss you … but you’ll probably be cozy and comfortable watching the race on TV, as the weather in Daytona later this week will be up and down like usual this time of year. But that’s part of the fun too!

Thanks again to all the Volunteers who will help run the Corral and tent – and who make sure everyone has a great time. We couldn’t do it without you! We’re all Volunteers, and we do our absolute best each year to fit almost 200 Porsches in a limited amount of space. So, when you drive into the Corral, there will be friendly Volunteers guiding you to the proper place to park, with other Volunteers helping to space the cars perfectly so that everyone can fit. Thanks for helping us do our best to have the perfect Corral!

Hope to see you there!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep

Official friendly reminder: 

If you purchased a PCA/Porsche Car Corral Parking Pass, you MUST be driving a Porsche vehicle for entrance. Only Porsche vehicles will be admitted. Even if you have purchased a PCA/Porsche Car Corral pass, you will not be allowed to park in the Car Corral unless you are driving a Porsche. No exceptions.

You are always personally welcome to the PCA Car Corral Hospitality tent with your general admission tickets, you just cannot park in the Car Corral without the PCA/Porsche Car Corral Parking Pass.