Zone 7 Update by Colin Fat

In The Zone – February 2021

By: Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative

Sacramento Valley Region

Gung Hay Fat Choy:

February 12th is the start of the Chinese New Year which runs until February 26th and culminates with the Harvest Festival in Asian countries. 2021 will mark the Year of the Ox.

The Ox is the second of all the 12 zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.

According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, people born in the years 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021 are born under the sign of the Ox. The cycle as you can see comes every 12 years.

Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work.

They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing your temper, they think logically and make great leaders.

While the world did undergo a difficult 2020 with political turmoil, economic decline, social unrest and a once in 100 year global pandemic, our lives were severely altered and to most seemed like a disaster of epic proportions. The Year of the Ox promises more stability and better times with a new opportunity to make the country work for the better.

Event Planning Suggestions for 2021:

Most club activities in Zone 7 were cancelled in 2020 or at the very minimum severely curtailed. It seems that statewide restrictions enacted in February when the virus first appeared have been going on for nearly a year with no end in sight. However, with two vaccines in the pipeline, several more becoming available shortly and most seniors age 65 plus now being able to get their first vaccine, the light at the end of the tunnel is coming into focus. What does this mean for regional club activities? Well, although most events were cancelled in 2020, several event types continued despite the pandemic. These included a shortened club race season, Driver Education, Autocross, and of course lots of tours. Most regions adapted their procedures to require mandatory facemasks at all events, social distancing, and encouraged members not feeling well to not attend. I think that those regions in Zone 7 that held these types of events last year did so quite successfully. Thank you for your efforts and due diligence.

As far as event planning for 2021. Loma Prieta Region is holding their first tour of 2021 and has already received their certificate of insurance. I assume more insurance requests will follow. Sacramento Valley Region as well as Golden Gate Region have drafted autocross schedules for 2021. If you club has hosted these types of events in 2020, check your region’s calendar for dates. Golden Gate Region has a full slate of driver education events as well as hosting PCA’s West Coast Club Racing series. With 8 races on the calendar, the club race season promises to be quite competitive.

Tours of all types were very popular in Zone 7 last year and so long as there are not local restrictions and mask wearing and social distancing are part of the requirements, go ahead and encourage your members to step up to chair a tour. The only issue I hear about is that regions can’t plan any social gatherings at local restaurants that are normally included in a tour schedule. This may change in the very near future, but a way around this is to have participants just bring a box lunch and gather outdoors, weather permitting. Another option is to keep the tour to just a couple of hours and let members grab a meal on their own.

Redwood Region did a very fun virtual rally and allowed participants to take up to a few days to complete the rally route with instructions sent to all participants. National has an active Sim Racing program and is another type of activity that your region can plan or just let members know how they can participate.

Sequoia Region in the Fresno area held several cars and coffee events in 2020 and I believe if county restrictions are lifted will again plan on hosting these monthly events.

For events like club picnics, concours, dinner gatherings, tech sessions, and breakfast events, scheduling these events will really depend on local restrictions. With the Governor just recently lifting the stay at home order in much of Northern California, barber shops, outdoor dining at restaurants and other previously restricted activities are again being allowed. But just as the state has lifted restrictions, the state has also rescinded them. My suggestion is to schedule these types of events starting in June or July as more members get vaccinated and the surge levels off. I have always believed that getting an event on the schedule and starting the planning is the hard part while cancelling them is effortless. Many restaurants and hotels have refund policies in place so that a cancellation due to a COVID restriction will result in a full refund or at least full credit.

PCA National Events Upcoming:

Your leadership team at PCA national has been very busy. Last year, national has had to deal with the consequences of COVID 19 on our club’s national events such as club racing where at least 16 events had to be cancelled in addition to Spring Treffen and Parade in Palm Springs. National hopes that their planning for Treffens, Werks Reunion, Parade and a host of other events scheduled for this year can continue as planned. Your national leadership team has been diligent in being flexible and in developing policies and procedures to enable large national events such as Parade to continue, but with a twist. Phase 1 registration for Parade 2021 opens on February 10th and Treffen Scottsdale registration will open on February 24th. Treffens have in the past sold out in about an hour so if you have any interest in attending, mark the opening of registration on your calendar.

The winter national staff meeting originally scheduled for February 6th in Jacksonville Florida has been cancelled due to concerns with COVID and instead will be conducted virtually. This meeting gathers all the national committee chairs, Zone Reps, Executive Council members and national headquarter staff to share plans for the year as well as to provide updates on their committee. Updates are generally provided by the chairs of Parade, Treffen, Werks Reunion, Club Racing, Policy, Audit, insurance and social media to name just a few.

Events of Interest:

1)     Zone 7 Presidents Meeting, March 13

2)     PCA Spring Treffen at the Marriott Scottsdale, Arizona; May 5-9; treffen.pca.orgRegistration opens February 24, at 12 noon Pacific Time and sells out very quickly (like in 50 minutes)

3)     Loma Prieta Region 50th (plus 1) Anniversary Gala, June 19,, Registration is open now

4)     Porsche Parade at French Lick, Indiana, July 11-17;, Registration opens February 10th

5)     PCA Werks Reunion, August 13; Monterey;

6)     Monterey Historics, Porsche Corral August 14-15th

7)     PCA Fall Treffen at the American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin, October 13-17;

8)     PCA Spring Treffen at the BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 27-May 1, 2022

9)     Sacramento Valley Region 60th Anniversary Celebration, May 7, 2022


Note that past Treffens have sold out in as little as one hour due to their popularity. Registration for the Treffens typically opens 3-4 months prior to the event.


2021 PCA West Coast Race Series Schedule

With Federal and State directives pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club Racing schedule is very fluid and subject to change on a day-to-day basis.  The racing schedule shown below will be frequently updated with the latest official status of each of our races.

Dates Event Status Enduro
Apr 03-04 Thunderhill Opens 02/15
May 22-23 Buttonwillow Opens 04/05
Jun 12-13 UMC
Jul 03-04 Sonoma Opens 05/17
Sep 18-19 High Plains Raceway
Sep 25-26 Thunderhill
Oct 09-10 Sonoma
Oct 30-31 Auto Club