Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2021, in Melbourne, FL
Save the dates, and plan to come enjoy a great weekend with Space Coast Region, in the Melbourne area.
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 are spending our 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 are treated to a tour of the incredible AMCM – 329 cars in immaculate condition inside the state of the art facility. Forty-four Porsches! 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. We are fortunate that Mark is a club member and is generously sharing his collection with us. Please note that children under 12 are not allowed inside the museum.
The Owner of the American Muscle Car Museum, Mark Pieloch has offered an option to give a private tour personally through the museum and give you the history of numerous cars in the museum and tell you the inside scoop on how he acquired them and their significance. The tour is $100 and an excellent and rare opportunity 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, skid pad, and road course all in one, a driver’s dream come true! Expect our usual Space Coast fun and challenging course with approximately 60 second run times. Beginners are welcome to drive too! We have instructors available to drive with you if you are new to autocrossing. We have an alternative guided scenic drive for you to participate in on Sunday morning if autocrossing is not for you. Sunday afternoon plan to attend an ice cream social to cool off while you watch a Porsche Tractor display and demonstration.
Finally, our Zonefest will close with a delicious banquet at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club Sunday evening with your choice of prime rib or chicken chardonnay and chocolate explosion for dessert. Awards for the weekend’s events will be presented.
See down below for the schedule for the entire weekend.
Concours categories will be determined by the actual cars registered, so please include details when registering. We will let you know your classes when you register at the event. You do not have to use the same vehicle for every event, but every vehicle needs to be a Porsche.
Concours judging will be exterior, interior, engine compartment and storage areas. Caymans and Boxsters will not be required to open the engine area. Your score for that section will be normalized to the average of the other categories.
Autocross will use the National Parade classes. All autocross drivers will be required to wear a helmet and their car must pass tech inspection prior to being allowed to participate.
Here is a sample video of the Autocross course at AMCM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72SjirhQFUw&
There will be a welcome package including an event polo shirt and other items to commemorate the event. All events, the dinners and Ice cream social are included for the price of $TBD per person for adults. There are drink tickets available to purchase for cocktails at the Sunday Banquet.
Children 12 and under are an additional $TBD each. Limited to the first 150 participants.
Our plan is to make this an event that you will not forget. Register early so you do not miss out.
Club Registration Direct Link: Coming soon!
Some facts about the American Muscle Car Museum:
- 42 acres, 90,000 sqft main museum, 18,000 sqft 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
Porsche Melbourne (a Premiere Dealership) is a primary sponsor of this event. They plan to have a few models available, including the new Taycan, throughout the weekend for you to test drive. We hope you’ll make some time to do it!
Hope to see you there!!
– Zonefest Chairs Steve Hoffman and Scott Kee
**** Information on prior Zone 12 Zonefest ****
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.
- 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!
Hope to see you at Zonefest!
Zone 12 Rep
Unfortunately, there will not be a 2018 Zone 12 Zonefest. The stars would not align for this year, but there will definitely be a Zonefest in 2019. Please stay tuned!
Zone 12 Representative (2018-2019)
Registration is open for Zonefest 2017, May 26 – 28, 2017.
Never heard of Zonefest? It’s like a mini parade packed into a long weekend.