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Zone 12 PCA Update: Social Distance Diary

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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:

https://www.pca.org/members-making-difference
https://www.pca.org/more-pca-regions-and-members-support-their-community-during-covid-19-pandemic

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.

Lisa
PCA Zone 12 Rep


Some things to check out

This page is regularly updated with PCA National events that have been postponed or canceled:

https://www.pca.org/pca-and-porsche-events-and-coronavirus

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:

https://www.feedingamerica.org/
https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/

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.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-our-sebring-family?member=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2Binvitesupporters

Citrus Region also set up a GoFundMe for the corner workers at Roebling Road, which collected even more than they were requesting:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/rrr-workers


Always visit your Region site to know what’s going on: 

Everglades: https://egs.pca.org/
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/
Sonnenschein: https://son.pca.org/
Space Coast: https://spc.pca.org/
Suncoast: https://suncoastpca.org/
Puerto Rico: https://www.facebook.com/PCAPuertoRico/


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Zone 12 PCA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

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Hi, Zone 12 members.

Know that the PCA National leadership team is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, and they understand Regions and members have concerns. In all things we do, first and foremost is the health and safety of our members.

As we’ve all seen and heard, a large number of public events are being canceled in an effort to mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. And we know that some of our events will need to be canceled or postponed. You’ll receive direct communication from your Region Leadership regarding any schedule changes for your local events, and contingency plans for upcoming National events such as Treffen and Parade are being monitored as well.

One of the first large event postponements was next week’s Sebring races. It’s been rescheduled for November, and hopefully, those of us who were going next week can attend in November. Please read the official notice (and know that your Porscheplatz tickets will be honored in November):

‘Super Sebring’ and Porscheplatz Postponed

 The Porscheplatz at the ‘Super Sebring’ races on March 18-21, has been postponed until November 13 &14, 2020.

‘Super Sebring’ races include the FIA WEC (World Endurance Championship) and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) 68th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The FIA WEC at Sebring has been canceled. The IMSA  68th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring has been postponed until November 13 & 14, 2020. Both organizations have stated that the recent US travel ban on all travel from Europe, will prevent a number of drivers, teams, and key personnel from participation.

Sebring International Raceway will honor previously purchased 2020 admission and parking tickets at the rescheduled date. Additional details to follow when available.

We have planned a great Porscheplatz experience for you in Sebring and look forward to seeing you in November.

Know that your Region leadership is staying informed about this rapidly developing phenomenon, and we will do our best to assist and inform as the situation evolves.

Lisa Lewis
Zone 12 Representative


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Zone 12 PCA: Zonefest Registration is now open!

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Zonefest 2020

Memorial Day weekend — May 22-24, 2020, in Melbourne, FL

Register now for Zonefest 2020

Zonefest is Zone 12’s annual beginning-of-summer bash, usually held Memorial Day weekend in various parts of Florida. Come join us for this year’s party on the east coast, in Melbourne.  Thanks to our host Region — Space Coast — and our primary sponsors The American Muscle Car Museum (AMCM) and Porsche Melbourne, this is going to be an incredible weekend.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Friday night we’ll meet up with old friends and make new ones during the welcome dinner at the Porsche Melbourne dealership, just minutes from the host hotel, Hilton Melbourne.

Saturday we’ll spend time at Mark Pieloch’s American Muscle Car Museum – starting with a concours on the beautiful grounds; a tour of their Garage/Maintenance area; and a Gimmick Rally in the afternoon.  Saturday night, we’ll be treated to a tour of the incredible AMCM – 329 cars (including 44 Porsches), in immaculate condition inside the state-of-the-art facility! This collection is not open to the public, except during exclusive charity events.  Half of your registration fee goes directly to the Aging Matters in Brevard Organization – helping local senior citizens.  Please note that children under 12 are not allowed inside the museum.

Mark Pieloch has offered a special option where he’ll host a private tour through the museum, giving you the history of many of his cars, including how he acquired them and their significance. The tour is $100 (in addition to the Zonefest registration). It’ll be a rare opportunity to hear the inside scoop of this incredible collection, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Aging Matters Charity.

Sunday brings us back to the AMCM for our autocross. The site is amazing! It features a 1/8-mile dragstrip, skidpad, and road course all in one, a driver’s dream come true! If you’ve had the chance to do a Space Coast AX, you know how fun and challenging they are, with approximately 60-second run times.  Beginners are welcome to drive too!  There will be instructors available to drive with you, as well as loaner helmets. Here’s a video of the Autocross course at AMCM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72SjirhQFUw&

If autocrossing isn’t for you, there will be a guided scenic drive for you to participate in on Sunday morning. Then on Sunday afternoon, plan to attend an ice cream social to cool off while you watch a Porsche Tractor display and demonstration. Not your typical ice cream “Sundae,” for sure!

Finally, Zonefest will close with a delicious banquet and awards ceremony at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club on Sunday evening, with your choice of prime rib or chicken chardonnay, and a chocolate delight for dessert.

See below for the weekend’s entire schedule.

Accommodations:

We have a block of rooms at the Melbourne Rialto Hilton available with special club pricing of $134/night. Contact the hotel directly at 321-768-0200 (use “Zonefest” for the group rate), or use the link below (good until 4/22/20).   Rooms are not included as part of this registration. Each registrant is responsible for making their own plans for accommodation.

Use this link to access the exclusive rates available for the Zonefest group:  Hilton Zonefest 2020 Reservations

Registration:

You’ll get a welcome package, including a Zonefest polo shirt and other items to commemorate the event. All events, the dinners and the ice cream social are included for the price of $150 per person for adults.  Children 12 and under are an additional $50 each. Attendance is limited to the first 150 participants.

Please register early so you don’t miss out! Registration CLOSES May 8th.

Club Registration Direct Link:  https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/10651

Here are some facts about the American Muscle Car Museum:

  • 42 acres, 90,000 sq ft main museum, 18,000 sq ft lobby showroom
  • 329 cars on display
  • Every model Yenko made, old and new
  • Every color Ford GT made, 427 cobra, Shelby prototype
  • Every Porsche GT car 997 RS 4.0, 991 GT2 and GT3RS, Carrera GT, 918
  • Largest collection of Porsche tractors in northern hemisphere (7)
  • 356 limousine

Motorweek interviewing Mark Pieloch:   https://youtu.be/cE_jgeX02UM


This is going to be a fantastic Zonefest weekend! Hope to see you there!!

Lisa
PCA Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12 PCA: Big Events Coming Up!

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Holy smoke, it’s almost March! If you’re like me, you’re asking how the heck did that happen?  Wasn’t new year’s eve just … yesterday? Based on the hoopla, 2020 is supposed to be as big as “2000, the start of the new millennium” – so if you didn’t quite realize the year’s almost a quarter over, it’s time to get started on those big plans of yours. And in the meantime, please come out and hang with your Porsche friends at these upcoming events in our little – and very exciting – part of the PCA world …

But before I get to that – as always, we had a great time and wonderful Volunteers for our first two big events of 2020: THANKS AGAIN TO ALL WHO HELPED US AT ROLEX 24 AND SEBRING 48!


March 6 (Fri): Werks Reunion Amelia Island

Next week is the 4th annual Werks Reunion at Amelia Island! It’s still the Friday preceding the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, but it’s at a new location this year – Amelia River Golf Club. As always, there will be 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.

This is a casual gathering of Porsche enthusiasts focused on having fun rather than solely competition, so come on out and enjoy a great day of cars and camaraderie.

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


March 19-21 (Thurs-Sat): SuperSebring – 1,000 Miles of Sebring on Friday / 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday

Two weeks after Werks will be the SuperSebring Double Header WEC and IMSA races! The Porscheplatz car corral is sold out, but you can still come join us in the tent for good ol’ PCA hospitality. And once again, Porscheplatz ticket holders are eligible to take Porsche-only parade laps on Saturday morning.

Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered to help, but we still need more Volunteers.

Please email me if you know you’ll be at Sebring and can help! I’ll be finalizing the schedule soon, and we have a new need for a few Volunteers on Thursday afternoon as well. So, if you’ll be staying at the track and can help for a few hours on Thursday – or any day, please email me now.

This year, there will be two major races – on Friday and Saturday – and a 2-hour race on Thursday afternoon. Lots more fun … but that also means we’ll need extra help on Thursday and Friday.

Info about the Sebring races: https://sebringraceway.com/

Info about the Porscheplatz car corral: https://www.pca.org/event/2019-12-14/porscheplatz-super-sebring


May 22-24 (Memorial Day weekend): This year Zonefest will be on the east coast, in the Melbourne area!

Registration will be opening soon on ClubRegistration.net. Be on the lookout for an email blast when it’s time to register!

And finally, for anyone who missed Parade last year, I hope distance wasn’t an excuse, since the drive will be so much farther this year. But this year’s will be worth the trip, because there will be much better roads to drive! Even though it’s on the other side of the country, if you can make it out there in June, plan to go to Parade in Palm Springs. Phase 2 registration will be opening soon, on Tuesday March 31, where you’ll select the events and banquets.

Learn all about Parade and register here.


Remember, it’s not just the cars, it’s the people … so get out there to meet other Porsche enthusiasts and have fun at some (or all) of these and your Region’s great events!

Hope to see you around soon!

Lisa
Zone 12 PCA Representative

PS: As we bring the focus back to our side of the literal map, take a look at the Regions in Zone 12 at https://zone12.pca.org/regions/. To stay in the know all year about what the Regions are doing, check out most of their events on the Zone 12 calendar: https://zone12.pca.org/calendar/


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Zone 12 News … Happy New Year!

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Hope you had a great ending to 2019 and are welcoming a new and fantastic year!

In Zone 12, we ended the year with a lot of joyous festivities and good works in our communities. Thanks to all the Presidents and leaders in our 10 Regions and to all who volunteered throughout the year to make our hundreds of events fun, enjoyable and safe.

Here are some of the “big” upcoming events. But check your Region’s website calendar for all your events, plus the Zone 12 calendar has most events listed as well: https://zone12.pca.org/calendar/

And if you’re new to PCA – WELCOME! We have a great time at all our events throughout the year, whether driving and touring, education sessions, or social events. But if you’re new to all this, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or speak up at meetings and events, to become more involved in your local Region. As Zone 12 Representative, I help your Region leadership whenever insight, guidance or counseling is needed, and I attend as many of the Regions’ events as I can. As you get involved in your local Region, seasoned members will be there to help you get acclimated and feel at home in the PCA world!

Now, here’s our usual fast start into the new year: 

January 3-5: The Roar Before the 24 is this weekend. It’s the final dress rehearsal before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, and it’s free with your admission to the Rolex (Rolex ticket holders received an email this week for entry to the Roar). It’s a great chance to get up close to all the teams and drivers while they’re working out the final kinks in their cars and strategies.

January 23-26: We still need a few Volunteers for The Rolex 24 at Daytona (especially Saturday afternoon). We’ll need help parking cars and welcoming PCA members all day, every day at the PCA Car Corral (Friday through Sunday). If you already have tickets and are going to the Rolex anyway – and would like to give back a few hours of time to help us – please email me now (caymancrazy2012@yahoo.com), and I’ll add you to the schedule.

It’s an expensive privilege to have the prime real estate that we have at the races, but we can’t manage all the parking and hospitality without your help! And if you have friends coming in from other parts of the country, please ask them to help as well. No matter where I travel to attend IMSA races, I always volunteer to help at the PCA Corral or Porscheplatz – it’s a lot of fun, a great way to meet other PCA members and a great way to help out for a few hours.

If you know you’ll be there for the Rolex at Daytona or Sebring races and can help out, please let me know now!

January 30 – February 2: The week after Rolex will be the start of the PCA Club Racing season! 48 Hours at Sebring Club Race / Driver’s Ed / Autocross.

They still need Volunteers to help all weekend. It’s a lot of fun to be there and see all the amazing Porsches, so please volunteer today if you know you can go: http://48hoursatsebring.com/volunteersignin.php

See full details: http://www.48hoursatsebring.com/

February 22: Teen Street Survival School at Sebring will be held on Saturday during the Suncoast Region DE at Sebring. There are still a few spots available! If you have a teen driver or have friends who do, sign them up. This school is for fully licensed drivers 16 and up and will help them learn skills to stay safe on the road. Learn more and register at www.streetsurvival.org and view the flyer for details. Questions: Contact Suncoast’s John Sabatini at 813.493.6359

March 6: PCA’s Werks Reunion will once again be held during the Amelia Island Concours weekend. Werks will be on Friday, as usual, but at a new location: Amelia River Golf Club (4477 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach, FL) : https://www.ameliarivergolf.com/.

Guests are welcome to attend free of charge (parking fees apply). Porsche owners interested in displaying their vehicles must register (and pay) in one of two categories:

  • Porsche Corral – Display your cherished Porsche proudly alongside others in its model type. Corral participants are not considered in judged competition.
  • Porsche Judged Field – Compete against other owners to take home one of more than 20 great awards

See full details: http://www.werksreunion.com/amelia.cfm

March 18-21: SuperSebring 2020 Porscheplatz tickets are still available!

For the annual races at Sebring, if you want to park your Porsche (only Porsches allowed!) in the Porscheplatz car corral, you can still buy tickets (package includes parking and 1 or 2 admission tickets): Porscheplatz car corral/admission tickets

We’ll need a ton of Volunteers to help us run the Porscheplatz at Sebring. If you know you’ll be there, please let me know you can volunteer to have fun with us there too. I’ll start scheduling for Sebring shortly after the Rolex weekend, so please email me if you’ll be available to help at Sebring (caymancrazy2012@yahoo.com).

 

In Zone 12, we’re lucky to have the best winter weather in the country and the most events to enjoy! Have fun with your Region and try to get to events in other Regions as well, if it works with your schedule. And thanks for participating and helping at any events that fit into your busy life.

I’ll be all over the Zone in the first quarter, and I hope to see you at an event soon!

Lisa
PCA Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12 PCA – Fun things on the holiday horizon and into 2020!

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Before we get to the almost “routine” fun things we’re so fortunate to be able to do, let’s recognize and appreciate our veterans on this special day! Thanks to all who have served and sacrificed – and to all the families who have supported them and sacrificed as well.


We’re just a month away from our first Zone 12 Holiday Parade of Presents! Each Region is having its own day of giving – and giving it its own unique name, whether Parade of Presents, Miles of Smiles or something else festive and fun. You’ll receive specific details soon from your Region leadership with all the details for your Region’s day of giving (either December 14 or 15). We look forward to being able to bring smiles to so many children all around Zone 12 at this special time of year.


Judges are needed for this Saturday’s Porsches by the Bay Concours at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. If you can help, please contact Peter Olliviere at (954) 816-6005.

  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Dr. Miami FL. 33131
  • Saturday 11/16/19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Roar Before the 24 will be January 3-5, 2020. It’s the final dress rehearsal before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, and it’s free with your admission to the Rolex. It’s a great chance to get up close to all the teams and drivers while they’re working out the final kinks in their cars and strategies for the race.


The Rolex 24 is January 23-26, 2020, and we’ll need Volunteers to help us park cars and welcome PCA members every day at the PCA Car Corral. If you’re going to the Rolex and can give back a few hours of time to help us, please let me know. We usually need a few extra people on Friday, since a lot of us can’t take off work that day. If you know you’ll be there on Friday – or any day – please let me know now! As usual, the traditional daily shifts will be managed by the respective Regions, but anyone can work at any time they’re available (not only when their Region is managing).


The week after Rolex will be the 48 Hours at Sebring Club Race / DE / AX, January 30 – February 2, 2020. The Committee needs dozens of Volunteers to help, and registration is already open. So please volunteer today if you know you can go: http://48hoursatsebring.com/volunteersignin.php

  • Racer registration opens at 10 p.m. ET on December 2, 2019, on ClubRegistration.net
  • Registration for the Advanced Solo DE will open December 9 at 7 p.m. ET on ClubRegistration.net
  • Autocross registration is open on ClubRegistration.net (no on-site registration). There’s a limit of 75 paid entries (Porsche cars and club members only).

See full details: http://www.48hoursatsebring.com/


Werks Reunion will once again be held during the Amelia Island Concours weekend. Werks will be Friday, March 6, 2020, and registration will open in mid-December.

Guests are welcome to attend 2020 Werks Reunion Amelia Island free of charge (parking fees apply). Porsche owners interested in displaying their vehicles must register (and pay) in one of two categories:

  • Porsche Corral – Display your cherished Porsche proudly alongside others in its model type. Corral participants are not considered in judged competition.
  • Porsche Judged Field – Compete against other owners to take home one of more than 20 great awards

See details: http://www.werksreunion.com/amelia.cfm


SuperSebring 2020 tickets are on sale now and there are still Porscheplatz tickets available! There’s Early Bird pricing on admission tickets until Nov 29: Sebring 2020 early bird admission

And if you want to park your Porsche (only Porsches allowed!) in the Porscheplatz car corral, you can still buy tickets (package includes parking and 1 or 2 admission tickets): Porscheplatz car corral/admission tickets

Just like with Rolex at Daytona, we’ll need a ton of Volunteers to help us run the Porscheplatz at Sebring. If you know you’ll be there, please let me know you can volunteer to have fun with us there too.


This past weekend we had a blast on the Sunrise to Sunset Rally, starting in Melbourne and driving down and across to parts of the state that looked surprisingly nothing like Florida, with fantastic roads to match … winding up with dinner at the beach on Anna Maria Island. Thanks again to the teams in Space Coast and Suncoast for planning and leading this fantastic event, and thanks for the support of Porsche Melbourne and Shay Rowe.

As we enter the holiday season, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and that you can take time to enjoy all the good things that this time of year can bring. All our Regions are having holiday or after-holiday parties, so try to get to yours so you can share the holidays with your PCA friends.

Hope to see you soon,

Lisa
PCA Zone 12 Rep


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Porsche Corral at the Daytona HSR race Nov. 13-17 (plus advance ticket discount code!)

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Here is a special opportunity to show off your Porsche, meet other like-minded Porsche owners and watch some vintage racing at one of the most historically significant tracks in the US.  PCA is invited to a special parking Porsche Corral at the Daytona HSR race, November 13-17.  The corral location is on the Lake Lloyd side of the infield (see the map below).

There’s no additional cost for parking – it’s included in the ticket price. Use this code when ordering advance tickets online to get $5 off the purchase of tickets: 2019CL24Club

http://hsrrace.com/2019-events-page/2019-classic-daytona-daytona-historics/

 


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Zone 12: OktoberFast at Daytona Recap

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Another great Zone 12 OktoberFast Club Race at Daytona is in the books, and it was a wonderful weekend – weather and all! It’s always fun to have the Daytona International Speedway and all its amenities as our own PCA playground, and we mere mortals again had the privilege to drive the track to raise money for charity. As with all of our events, we couldn’t put it on without our Volunteers.

We’ll start planning for next year’s event soon (OktoberFast is always in late October). So, if you’d like to get involved and participate in the planning and execution, please let me know now. The event only lasts a weekend, but the following year’s planning begins almost as soon as the current event is over.

This was our 13th OktoberFast, and some of the Committee members have been involved from the start. Thanks again to everyone who volunteered this year to make things happen, from registration and tech, to getting the cars on the grid and on track, and everything else in between – we couldn’t do it without you, and we appreciate your time and dedication.

The OktoberFast Committee put in a lot of hours and year-long effort to make this a great event, and last weekend we all enjoyed the camaraderie and fun that IS OktoberFast at Daytona.

Thanks again to the team:

Steve Williamson – OktoberFast Chair
Allen Shirley – Co-Chairman
Bob Linville – Co-Chairman
Jim LaPiana – Race Registrar
Dennis Wojcik – Assistant Race Registrar
Jim Burnette – HPDE Chairman/Registrar
Bert Del Villano – Autocross Chair
Anne Del Villano – Autocross Coordinator
Jamie Thole – Pace Car/Program/Communications/Printer Wrangler
Ernesto Alvarez – Pace Car
Michael Klamm – Pace Car
Wally Lindenmuth – Treasurer/Insurance/Carts/Radios
Leslie Sikorski – Hospitality Chair
Karyn Rinaldi – Hospitality Coordinator
Raylene Grynkewich – Volunteer Chair/Media Center
Nick Grynkewich – Grid Chair
Nick Grynkewich Jr – Grid Marshall
Kevin Stadtlander, MD – Medical Liaison
Randy Watt – Chief Steward’s Assistant
Stan Kostewich – Tech Inspection/Impound
Casey Kostewich – Scrutineer Assistant
Dick Kjellsen – Announcer
Terry, Sue, Scott, Milt (and anyone I may have forgotten!) – Charity Parade Laps Team

If you’d like to help out next year on the Committee, please let me know now.

As always, thanks for all you do – in big ways and small — to make PCA great!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep


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Zone 12 PCA Happenings

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OktoberFast at Daytona is almost here!

Registration for the DE closes October 18 at noon ET – take advantage of a rare opportunity to drive Daytona with your PCA friends!

Register at: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=10050

Club Race registration closes on Sunday (10/20)

Register at: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=10085

Autocross registration closes on Tuesday (10/22)

Register at: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=10068

It’s free to attend OktoberFast, our Zone 12 PCA Club Race and DE at Daytona International Speedway. So come out with your friends and family and enjoy the Club Racing and DE action all weekend! Or drive the Saturday Autocross on the kart track.

And there will be parade laps around the full track at lunch on Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds going to a local charity. You can say you “drove Daytona!”


Nov 2: Space Coast Oktoberfest Concours & BBQ and Swap Meet

The annual Oktoberfest Concours includes other PCA regions as well as the 356 Florida Owners Group. Event set up begins at 9 a.m., and Concours judging will begin around 10. Lunch will be served around noon.

Awards will be given after lunch, and there will be a Swap Meet under the pavilion. Please bring canned goods and non-perishables for the food bank.
Location: F. Burton Smith Park in Cocoa, FL

Cost: $15 per person (Includes lunch)

Register at: https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/10165


Nov 8-10: The Sunrise to Sunset Rally

This is one of Zone 12’s premier events, and it’s almost sold out! It’s limited to 50 cars – only a few spots are left.

Register at: https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/10212

The Sunrise to Sunset Rally is sponsored by the Space Coast and Suncoast Regions, with participants from all over the Zone!

Here are the basic details:

  • We’ll start with the Friday evening reception at 7 p.m., hosted by Shay Rowe and Porsche Melbourne at their beautiful showroom. There’s a block of rooms reserved on Friday for $149/night at the Crowne Plaza on Melbourne Beach. Please call the hotel directly (321-777-4100; code: Porsche Melbourne Group)
  • On Saturday morning at 6:15 a.m., we’ll watch the sunrise beachside at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Melbourne Beach, where Porsche Melbourne will host a fantastic buffet breakfast
  • Then we’ll get ready to drive across Florida on a fun gimmick rally. The Driver’s meeting will be at 7:15 and the first car will be out at 7:30 a.m.
  • We’ll all arrive on the west coast around 5 p.m. and watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico at the beautiful Beach House Restaurant on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach: https://www.beachhousedining.com/
  • We’ll also receive a commemorative Sunrise to Sunset T-Shirt for drivers and navigators, and trophies will be awarded to the top Novice and Expert Rally Teams and for the most Spirited Team

All of this is only $75.00 per person. Register today before it sells out!

https://clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/10212

There are 3 Rally categories, in case you want to just go along for the drive:

Touring – No gimmick questions, just follow the drive and meet us in Bradenton for sunset
Novice – For those who have only done a few rallies and want an easier event (and never placed in the top 5)
Expert– For seasoned rally-ers who want a challenge

Here’s the schedule & addresses:

Friday, November 8th at 7 p.m.
Blue Skies and Green Lights Reception. Hosted by Porsche Melbourne
Location: Porsche Melbourne – 509 E Nasa Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901; Phone: (321) 557-9343

Saturday, November 9th
6:15 a.m. – Breakfast at Sunrise, sponsored by Porsche Melbourne
Location: Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront, 2605 N Hwy A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903; Phone: (321) 777-4100

7:15 a.m. – Drivers and Navigators Meeting

7:30 a.m. – First car out to Rally

5:15 p.m. – Cocktail hour at The Beach House Restaurant – cash bar
Address:  Beach House Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-779-2222

6:15 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Clue Presentation and Awards


Nov 16: Porsches by the Bay Car Show at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami

It’s almost sold out! Register today for the car show or lunch (separate registration for lunch, also on ClubReg).

https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=10187

Details:

  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Dr. Miami FL. 33131
  • Saturday 11/16/19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Full Concours and People’s Choice awards
  • Lunch will be served:
    $55 Adult Lunch
    $30 Child Lunch (up to 14 years)

$45 per car entry / Professional Class, $100 per car entry

*** And be on the lookout for full details soon about the Zone 12 Parade of Presents, held the weekend of December 14-15 across all of Zone 12. Save the date and plan to come out and support your Region in their day of giving back by helping Children’s Hospitals all across our Zone! ***


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Zone 12 PCA Happenings – September 9

Category : News

Our Zone 12 Gathering at Parade – it was a grand week, full of wonderful memories!

Thankfully we’ve made it past our first major hurricane of the season and even though the heat of summer will last a bit longer, it’s not too early to focus on the fall. Our next big event is coming up soon at Daytona International Speedway …


Zone 12 OktoberFast at Daytona – October 25-27

Our annual Zone 12 OktoberFast Club Race / Advanced DE / AX is October 25-27. The Club Race starts Friday afternoon and lasts through the Enduro on Sunday; the DE is Sat-Sun; and the Autocross is on Saturday, on the kart track in the middle of the speedway. It’s very cool to watch the race cars go up the banking and around the speedway while you’re enjoying the AX!

If you’re a racer or advanced DE’er, register now and plan to be there on track. And whether you’re an AX expert or have never done an autocross, you’ll love all the competitive fun on the kart track. It’s a great place to try your first AX! Hopefully you’ll plan to come out and participate, or just come out to watch all the exciting racing and experience Daytona in a way that only this special weekend allows – as our own historic playground for our favorite Porsches.

Please consider being an OktoberFast Volunteer if you plan to attend or if you live in the north/central Florida area. It’s a lot of fun to be there and enjoy all the excitement of a Club Race weekend, plus you’ll get a cool Volunteer T-shirt! Email Raylene (Ray) Grynkewich at raygrynk2@outlook.com to become a Volunteer.

Everything is open for registration on ClubReg. Just go to www.ClubRegistration.net and search for “Daytona” to find all 3 events:


Space Coast and Suncoast Regions’ Sunrise to Sunset Rally – November 8-9 (Fri/Sat)

This is one of the most exciting events we have in Zone 12. We start out with a rev-up Blue Skies party at Porsche Melbourne on Friday night, then on Saturday at sunrise we have a beach-front breakfast and take off for a rally across our beautiful peninsula, winding up on the glorious gulf coast to enjoy a spectacular sunset dinner. At Parade, several people from around the country asked me when we were planning Sunrise to Sunset, because it’s such a unique event.

You don’t have to be an experienced rally-er – or even compete in the rally. There will be 3 categories to choose from when you register: Expert (3 or more rallies done); Novice (less than 3 rallies); or Touring (just going for the drive and food!). Registration will be on ClubReg beginning in early October, and the total number of cars will be limited, so plan to register early and get your spot!


SAVE THE DATE: Zone 12 Porsche Parade of Presents to the Children’s Hospitals of Florida – December 14 or 15

Save the date and stay tuned as we finalize details for a statewide charity day to benefit children’s hospitals in all the major areas within the Regions in Florida. In the next month or so, we’ll have registration set up for all the Regions that will be participating (drives on either Saturday, December 14 or Sunday the 15th). We’ll meet up for organized drives in each Region and then set off to visit the hospitals to make a donation and bring a little car joy to the kids as they recover in the hospitals over the holidays. Thanks to President JP Petracco and the Everglades Region for originating the idea and setting the standard with their annual Porsche Parade of Presents to the Golisano Children’s Hospital:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.712447162488215&type=3


All of our Regions are always having fun socials, drives, Driver’s Eds and Autocrosses each and every month. So, if you’ll be in the vicinity of any of our Region events, plan to participate and have fun with other Zone 12 members.

Here are a few other highlights for the fall (most events requiring registration are listed on ClubRegistration.net.):

  • Sept 14: Sonnenschein Region Autocross (register now on ClubReg)
  • Sept 15: Crown Region sponsors the Ponte Vedra Auto Show 
    The Auto Show, which is open and free to spectators, will feature up to 180 classic and new collector cars all vying for the show’s 30 trophies. Automobile entrant pre-registration is $35 per vehicle thru September 11th. Day of registration is $50 per vehicle. Visit pvautoshow.com to learn more.
  • Oct 11-13: Citrus Region Instructor Weekend and DE at Roebling Road Raceway (register now on ClubReg)
  • Oct 15: Thoroughbred Region Drive and Dine to Belle Glade Country Club in The Villages (register now on ClubReg)
  • Oct 25-26: North Florida Region Oktoberfest in Apalachicola(learn more: http://nfl.pca.org/upcoming_events.htm)
  • Oct 27: Everglades Region Autocross at Buckingham Airfield (register now on ClubReg)
  • Nov 2: Space Coast Region Oktoberfest Concours / BBQ (register now on ClubReg)
  • Nov 16: Gold Coast Region Porsches by the Bay Concours at the Mandarin Oriental (registration will open in October on ClubReg)
  • Nov 22-24: Suncoast Region Instructor Weekend at Sebring (register now on ClubReg)

As always, you can find most of the events from all our Regions on our Zone 12 website calendar (scroll to the bottom to see the calendar): https://zone12.pca.org/


Volunteering

Please – if you have the time, ability and inclination – volunteer in your Region to help out in any way you can. Every effort helps, whether big or small, so please reach out to your Region leadership and ask how you can help keep our Regions growing and having fun! We can’t do any of this without our Volunteers – and hopefully, everyone can give back a little time here and there to keep things rolling along throughout the years.

Thanks to everyone who volunteers – none of our events could go on without you. So, let’s all please keep it going by helping out in our Regions whenever we have time.


Porsche Parade in the Rearview Mirror

Now that a little time has passed and allowed for a breather, I realize just how much fun Parade was! So many members from Zone 12 were there, enjoying time with old friends and making lots of new friends. It’s a shame that many more couldn’t attend this year – anyone who missed Parade missed a great time!

Again, a giant Thanks to all who volunteered to help before and during Parade, especially the gang from Gold Coast who helped with so much of the pre-work for the Tours. Much appreciation to those Volunteers who didn’t even attend events – but you just wanted to be at Parade to help. You all made this a very memorable and successful Parade!!

After being behind the scenes for almost a year and seeing everything that must be done, it’s amazing the amount of work the Parade Committee Volunteers do, all year! And we in Zone 12 certainly enjoyed our opportunity to host and help at this wonderful event, which may not be in Florida for a long time to come. Parade 2020 will be a tad bit farther away, in Palm Springs, CA.

Here’s a final best-of-Parade summary:

  • Total Attendees: ~1,800
  • Volunteers: 650
  • Porsches: 550
  • Cars in the Procession of Porsches: 227
  • Total donations to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital: $19,000

Here’s a good summary of Parade week: https://www.pca.org/news/2019-07-30/porsche-parade-driving-through-week-south-florida

Great pics from the week:  https://porscheparade.zenfolio.com/f387934313

Some of our Regions won big awards and a lot of our members won individually. So, congratulations to all of you!

  • North Florida Region – Public Service Award, for the second year in a row (2nd place this year; 1st place last year). From NFL President Roy Vaughn: “PCA recognized our charitable work in the communities of our Region that included the Robert C. Wilson Memorial Autocross, with the proceeds benefitting the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; the Great Porsche Armada for Second Chance of NW Florida; the WTXL TV Thanksgiving Turkey Drive; our Christmas Toy Drive for Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast Hospital Children’s and Emergency units; and our Christmas Food Drive for Second Harvest of the Big Bend.  The award also includes a check for $1,000 to continue our charitable events.”
  • Thoroughbred Region – Factored Growth winner (almost doubling their membership in a year!); President Jack Hollrah
  • Suncoast Region – Newsletter Class 5 – 1st place; Porsche Profile, editor Norm Sippel
  • Sonnenschein Region – Website Class 2 winner; http://son.pca.org/, Webmaster Keith Boring
  • Zone 12 – Website 2nd place; https://zone12.pca.org/ , Webmaster Jeff Dorman

All award winners are posted here:  http://porscheparade.org/


And finally, I can’t say it enough – thanks for all you do to keep our Regions strong, fun and engaging! If you see a new member at an event or meeting, please reach out and welcome them to the club. I’m sure you recall when you were new – it can be imposing. But once you get started, we’re all equally a part of this great big Porsche Club family … here to have fun, enjoy our cars and our friendships, and occasionally give back when we can.

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Lisa
Zone 12 Rep