Hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day! Hope everyone is healthy and comfortable, adjusting to our temporary (fingers crossed!) new normal. The social distancing rules now vary all throughout Zone 12, but at least some of us have been able to individually get out of our safe spaces recently and perhaps take a fun drive or eat in at a local restaurant. As things start to improve, some of our Regions will again be planning events, though probably with a smaller footprint as we gauge what may be allowed. All things considered, we know some of the most important things in life are even more important right now: family, health, safety, financial security, and nourishment (body, mind and soul).
Of course, we’ve had to cancel our events for the past couple of months, and it will continue into July in some cases. Unfortunately, Parade had to be canceled, but there’s hope that the Fall Treffen at The Greenbrier will be able to go on. We won’t have Zonefest this year either, but for next year Space Coast will be planning the same great event in the Melbourne area, during Memorial Day weekend.
Even when we are able to get back on track with our usual fun stuff, it will be challenging to have organized events, since it may be difficult to abide by the “25% of capacity” allowances at most establishments. But we’ll certainly do our best to get back to it as soon as possible. In some areas, it’s starting to become easier for you to go to dinner with your immediate family again, so that’s a start.
Throughout the country, so many Regions have gone above and beyond, supporting members and local organizations that are in need. And many of our own Regions have done the same. We’ll keep helping each other make it through to the other side, to whatever our new normal winds up being.
Here are a few ways members are making a difference:
Some things to look forward to are two upcoming Solo Driver’s Ed events in May and June! Unfortunately, we can’t allow two people in cars on the track right now, so we can’t conduct instructor-student sessions yet (we’ll have student DEs again as soon as we can!). But if you’re a solo driver and would like to get back out on the track, please sign up for Suncoast’s Sebring DE during Memorial Day weekend and Gold Coast’s Homestead DE the first weekend in June.
Sebring Solo DE, May 23rd & 24th: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=10254
Homestead Solo DE, June 6th & 7th: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=10696
Of course, there’s this caveat – if something changes with local or national guidelines and the events can’t go on, they’ll be canceled and refunds will be given.
As a Club, we’re still figuring out the best way to stay socially distanced and safe but still be social, and continue to enjoy what we all love about PCA. Eventually, we’ll be able to get back out and have fun at all our traditional events, drives and outings. But for now, at least we can enjoy simply driving our Porsches individually, wherever we’re allowed to drive.
Keep checking your Region’s website or email updates to find out what’s being planned locally. We’ll all be able to see each other soon, somewhere along the PCA path. Until then, stay safe, healthy and sane.
PCA Zone 12 Rep
Some things to check out
This page is regularly updated with PCA National events that have been postponed or canceled:
There are a few virtual options for Porsche and racing fun, while we wait for the real thing to be back.
PCA SIM Racing: https://pcasimracing.com/getting-started/
SIM Racing – PCA vs Porsche Club of Great Britain on May 16 at 4 pm ET: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOFTxuwlUqk&feature=youtu.be
Over the past few weeks, we’ve certainly learned that so many in our communities need a lot of things we sometimes take for granted. If you’d like to help, please contribute to your local charities and hospitals, as well as these national charities that help both at a local level and all across the country:
Also, if you’re a track regular, here’s one more way you can consider helping: Donating to the GoFundMe set up by Suncoast to help the Sebring corner workers. Without them, we couldn’t even be on the track. But they’ve been out of work at the track, just like we’ve been affected in our daily work lives.
Citrus Region also set up a GoFundMe for the corner workers at Roebling Road, which collected even more than they were requesting:
Always visit your Region site to know what’s going on:
Florida Citrus: https://flc.pca.org/
Florida Crown: https://www.pcafcr.org/
Florida Thoroughbred: http://www.floridapca.org/
Gold Coast: https://www.goldcoastregion.org/
North Florida: http://nfl.pca.org/
Space Coast: https://spc.pca.org/
Puerto Rico: https://www.facebook.com/PCAPuertoRico/