Each of the thirteen Zones around the country are mandated by PCA to hold an annual meeting for Presidents within each Zone. 

Our Zone had its Presidents meeting on Saturday, February 18th.  Attendees began arriving on Friday, and had a chance to share ideas over dinner that night.  Saturdays’ meeting was hosted by the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. Porsche liaison to Clubs worldwide, Paul Gregor was there to speak to the group, as well as provide a tour of OPD (One Porsche Drive). The PCA portion of the meeting was then held, with National Secretary, Cindy Jacisin, taking the lead in moderating the meeting. The Presidents were treated to time on the facilities driving course, being taken around by Porsche team drivers. The meeting concluded midafternoon, after lunch at 3 5 6. Much information was shared with the group, with much time being devoted to changes in autocross and driving tour programs offered through PCA.

March brings with it spring auto enjoyment opportunities! And not just racing, like the upcoming Sebring 12-hour race, where the new Porsche RSR will try to better it’s position by one, having finished second at Daytona. The weekend of March 10, is the annual Amelia Island Concours, with Friday of that weekend, devoted to a Porsche showing on the golf course at the Omni. The last I heard, there are 550 to 700 Porsches pre-registered for the show! I will be there…can’t wait!
 
Most Zone 3 Regions are cranking up their spring events. The Tennessee Region got off to an early start, with their annual Winterfest event. I managed to sneak in to the event, after the Presidents’ meeting in Atlanta. The Region had fifty-one cars registered for the event, at the dinner was held at the local Porsche dealership, and the room was packed! Not only with Tennessee Region members, but many from out of region…
 
Concours is an event many love to hate. But…it is a great way to familiarize yourself with your Porsche, and present it to others who love the marque as much as you do. The Peachstate Region has in its ranks several individuals who have attained the highest honors in regional and national PCA concours events. To that end therefor, I am submitting to you the following email received from Bob Kuchenbecker of Peachstate … “An invitation is extended to everyone who wants to participate in PCA Concours events, wants to get tips on preparing their Porsche better, and is interested in becoming a Concours Judge.

We plan to devote the first topic of the Concours School to the preparation phase of all the various areas of the car and discuss various products that can be used for best results. We anticipate lots of participant interaction with questions and experiences to share. We expect to spend at least one hour on this topic. During the second part of the Concours School, we will explain what the Concours participant should expect to experience when they enter a judged event. We plan to discuss and review the areas the judges will be examining and what the judge will be looking for. The discussions will be led by Concours Judges with Parade experience. Another hour will be devoted to these topics. We have planned provide a complementary lunch for all the participants. After lunch anyone interested in becoming more involved and participating as a Concours Judge will have the opportunity to learn what's involved. There have been a few changes made to the PCR's for 2017 regarding Concours Classes. In the third part or the "Judges Seminar", I will be explaining those changes and the thinking behind them. I will also address judging criteria and discuss judging standards.”  The event date is March 18th. If you have an interest in participating with the Peachstate Region in their Concours School, contact Daryl Goetz, at … betdar6768@aol.com
 
Not to be left out, the Smoky Mountain Region is also offering a concours judging school the same weekend. The school is being offered to those SMT members, and anyone else who’d like to join in, who would like to judge in a concours, or would like to learn what judges are looking for, when judging a car. Mike Parker, who along with Suzan Bowman, have won regional, zone wide, and national PCA concours events with a variety of Porsches, from a 911 cab, to supercharged 911’s, to a Macan, will hold the event.  Contact Mike at 865.579.9001 for more information, or to register for the event.
 
The Alabama Region also wants you to know they have some interesting activities coming up at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL…The Indy Race, on 04.21-23.17, with a PCA only tent, as well as a parking corral. A HPDE on 04.29-30.17.  In May, also at Barber, they’re having the Barber Historics, which will include a GT4 clubsport race.  Further down the road, also at Barber…are HPDE’s…06.17-18.17, and another one on 10.21-22.17.
 
See you at the next PCA event!
 
Vic RolaVic Rola
Zone 3 Representative