Zone 12 PCA: Fall Update
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Hope you and yours are safe and well, and that you had a pleasant and relaxing summer. Hopefully, you’ve been able to get out in your beautiful Porsches, either alone or with a small group of friends. Seems like it was just yesterday that we were first hearing about COVID-19 in the spring, but now we’re only a few days from fall. This has been a challenging year for all of us, some more than others. As we move toward the end of this monumental year, we look forward to a better, brighter 2021.
Most of our Regions are slowly moving back to some semblance of “normal,” while still abiding by local health guidelines, social distancing, and wearing masks when/where needed. As your area conditions continue to improve, please plan to get back out there with us and enjoy all that PCA offers. We couldn’t carry on without our teams of Volunteers, so please consider contributing your ideas and efforts as we start rolling again. You can always help out, in big and small ways, just reach out to your Region leadership and let them know your availability.
Elections for 2021 Region Boards
As we move into fall, most Regions are having elections to fill roles on Boards. If you’re enthusiastic about helping us move forward, with some routine Club plans as well as some outside-of-the-box new frontiers, please consider becoming a member of your Region’s Board – as an officer or committee member. You don’t have to make a commitment for full-time leadership in order to plan and/or lead some events. Every individual effort helps us keep the Regions active and engaged.
Sebring Race Update – There Won’t be a Porscheplatz in November
At the moment, the 12 Hours of Sebring race is still scheduled for November 11th-14th, but we just found out there won’t be a Porscheplatz. There will still be a Porsche Car Corral, the dedicated Porsche-only parking, but no Porscheplatz.
If you bought a ticket and are planning to go anyway, you can park your Porsche in the traditional corral area on the outside of Turn 17, but due to social distancing restrictions there will be no PCA or Porsche hospitality for this event. You can view all the current info on PCA.org: https://www.pca.org/event/2019-12-14/porscheplatz-super-sebring
Sebring is allowing ticket holders to exchange this year’s tickets for the traditional March 2021 race if you’d like, but you have to call them before October 1 (800-626-7223) and return all tickets and parking passes to the office by Oct. 15: https://www.sebringraceway.com/tickets/ticket-options/
Thanks to all of our usual Sebring Porscheplatz Volunteers, as well as those of you who were looking forward to being there this year for the first time. Keep the hope up that we’ll be closer to “normal” by next March, when the typical Sebring dates roll around. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
And speaking of IMSA races, of course, we won’t know logistical details about January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona or the PCA Corral until much later this year. But we can assume at least the race will go on. Existing PCA Corral pass holders should have already been contacted by the track for renewals; general admission tickets are currently available online as well. Typically, the Roar Before the 24 practice and qualifying is a couple of weeks before the race, but due to potential international travel restrictions, they moved it to the weekend before the Rolex. For all the current info, please check the Daytona site:
Upcoming Zone 12 Events
Over the summer we started getting back on track with a few drives and rallies, as well as Autocrosses and DEs. There are several great events coming up all around our Zone, through the end of the year.
Please check ClubRegistration.net for most of our events (just search by a Region’s name to find their events). In case you haven’t been back to an event lately, we now have to sign a COVID waiver. It’s really easy and available online through Club Registration. So, please be sure to enable eWaivers in your ClubReg profile and e-sign the Communicable Disease Waiver before you attend any events.
Here are some upcoming ways to get back out there and enjoy some PCA fun. Don’t forget – you can participate in other Regions’ activities too, so get back out there whenever and wherever you can.
September 12: Citrus will have an Autocross at the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando).
September 19: FL Thoroughbred Region is having a Gimmick Rally through some beautiful central Florida roads.
September 26: FL Crown will have a meet-up at Jacksonville’s Tinseltown, 8:30-10:30 am.
October 3: Sonnenschein will have a fun run through Mississippi back roads, ending with lunch at a nice place in Ocean Springs. Registration will be open on ClubRegistration.net later this week.
October 3: Space Coast will have an Autocross in Melbourne.
October 3: Puerto Rico Region will have a DE.
October 4: Suncoast will have an Autocross in Brooksville.
Oct 31-Nov 1: Gold Coast will hold a DE at Homestead (students will be allowed).
North Florida Region is getting back in the saddle and will be planning events from Tallahassee to just east of Pensacola. Visit their Facebook page to stay informed.
Everglades held a few “parking lot” socials over the summer and will be having some more social events coming up soon.
Also, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a couple of Driver’s Ed Instructor’s Schools in the fall (along with DEs the same weekend). If you’ve ever considered becoming an instructor, please attend – and of course, the knowledge and ongoing training is great for current instructors too.
October 9: Citrus Instructor School and Solo Driver Day at Roebling (Savannah)
October 10-11: Citrus DE at Roebling (all run groups)
November 20-22: Suncoast Instructor School at Sebring, 20th-21st; DE on Sunday the 22nd (all run groups)
Some Ways to Always Stay Engaged at Home
PCA’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PCAHQ
PCA awards for 2019 (usually presented in person at Parade): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXMl2jFTb-Q
Congrats to all the Zone 12 Regions/members who were recognized with awards!
- FL Thoroughbred won the Greatest Factored Growth award – 2nd year in a row!
- Suncoast’s Profile newsletter – Best Newsletter Class V (Editors Norm Sippel and Ralph Porzio)
- Sonnenschein’s website – Best Website Class II (Webmaster Keith Boring)
- Zone 12 website – 3rd place in Zone websites (Webmaster Jeff Dorman)
Rennbow: the largest collection of Porsche images on the web organized by color; the site contains a listing for nearly every Porsche color offered from 1950 and up. https://rennbow.org/
PCA’s own SIM Racing Series: https://pcasimracing.com/
Here’s how to get started: https://pcasimracing.com/getting-started/
Watch SIM Racing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLdNKqGnMChzdobPqYdkF0Q
Some of our Regions have enjoyed virtual car shows and wine parties while we wait out this year. Hopefully, we’ll try to have real-life car shows and more parties soon. To see some events that were pulled off in real life, check out these pics from some successful, socially distanced events that Space Coast held this summer.
Dog Days of Summer Rally: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147536539@N02/sets/72157715607347753/
Father’s Day Parade to Melbourne-area assisted living facilities, putting smiles on so many of the residents’ faces at a time when they probably needed a boost: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147536539@N02/sets/72157714810369851/
Now that we’ve made it through a few more months of 2020, you’re probably already looking forward to 2021 and trying to plan for some back-to-normal fun. Treffen and Parade are two great places to start dreaming about.
Parade 2021 in French Lick, IN (July 11-17, 2021) – it was such a great event a few years ago, we’re going back: https://porscheparade.org/
Treffens will be in Scottsdale, AZ (May 5-9, 2021) and Kohler, WI (Oct 13-17, 2021): https://treffen.pca.org/index.cfm?event=main.showcontent&page=4
Keep checking your Region’s website or email updates to find out what’s being planned for the rest of the year. Hope to see some of you out and about soon!
Stay safe and healthy!
PCA Zone 12 Rep