So What is Zone 7?
Porsche Club of America (PCA) is comprised of over 140 regions and these regions are grouped into 13 Zones in North America. The purpose of the Zones is to provide Region representation to PCA-National, to convey regional interests and guide National in the Club's priorities from the local levels. The local level is where the strength of the organization lies, and where most members get the chance to interact with fellow enthusiasts.
Zone 7 consists of ten regions in Northern California and Nevada, all of whom actively participate in Zone activities. Some of these activities can be found on our on-line calendar. When you join PCA, you either join or are assigned to a region; in Northern California and Nevada, that region also will be part of Zone 7 and its activities. Because of the relatively dense population base in Zone 7, activities in one region are generally open to all, and most are readily accessible. Also, regions offer dual membership, so you can maintain membership in your home region, and join an adjacent region for a nominal fee so you can participate more fully in their activities. Just ask!
What kinds of activities are offered?
Different regions offer different activities. Following is a brief description of the kinds of activities usually offered by PCA:
- Breakfast/Dinner Meetings: The motto of PCA is "It's Not Just the Cars, It's the People." Breakfast/Dinner meetings and other social gatherings allow us to enjoy the camaraderie of others who share our passion for the marque.
- Driving tours: Northern California and Nevada offer some of the best Porsche roads in the country. Driving tours offer a chance to enjoy these roads with fellow PCA members, where the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination. Tours can be of a few hours duration, or over a weekend.
- Rallye: A rallye can be competitive or for fun. The objective of a rallye is to follow a course, usually on public roads, to the precise detail specified in the rules. Competitive rallies dictate a certain schedule for the checkpoints along the way. Points are deducted by arriving at the checkpoint either early or late. Fun rallies may include a gimmick (Poker, Hare and Hound, Scavenger, and Photo). Rallies are run on paved roads at the legal speed limit. They do not cause excessive wear on a vehicle or place its driver/navigator at risk.
- Concours: A concours is a judged event where cars are prepared to "as delivered" condition. Points are deducted from a maximum possible value based on condition and cleanliness. Various concours rules are used depending on the level of competition. Zone 7 concours rules offer different levels (such as Wash and Shine) of judging to suit your particular interests.
- Autocross: An autocross is a closed-course driving event where the objective is to complete the course in a safe manner in the shortest amount of time possible (fastest overall speed). These are held using a large open paved area with the course marked by pylons (traffic cones) that are used to form the course, which consists of turns, slaloms, and straights. There are classes for your Porsche that provide for similar cars to be competitive (Stock, Street Prepared, Prepared, Modified).
- Driver Education/Time Trial: Driver Education events offer an opportunity to drive your Porsche at speed on a race track (i.e. Thunderhill, Laguna Seca, Buttonwillow, Sears Point), but under very controlled conditions. The emphasis is on safety and education as opposed to racing. The PCA DE Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety.
- Club Racing: PCA Club Racing is an organized race series for Porsche owners. The rules are similar to vintage racing.
Which region should I join?
Members join and stay with a region for many reasons, including its location, the activities offered, and the people they meet.
So you want to join PCA?
Great, we'd love to have you join us. Membership applications are on-line. You can choose to join any of our regions, or if you do not designate your preference, one will be assigned to you based on the zip code in which you reside. We hope to see you soon!
Don't own a Porsche yet? PCA Test Drive might be for you!
Although membership in PCA requires ownership/lease of a Porsche or that you be in a Porsche-related business, we do offer something for those of you actively trying to become Porsche owners.
The PCA Test Drive (Porsche Test Drive) provides you a six-month subscription to Porsche Panorama, the club's national monthly magazine, and a temporary account to log on to our website.