The 2018 Zone 7 Concours Series is now complete, having wrapped up in early October with the final event at Carlsen Porsche in Redwood City. I’d like to thank all of those who participated in and supported the series this year. Looking back on the season, we lost one event from 2017, gained back the GGR event at Carlsen, visited three new locations, welcomed three new regional concours chairpeople and saw several new faces throughout the year. Although we had the same number of events and roughly the same number of cars judged, there were new score sheets, new classifications, new rules and terms, a mix of familiar and new names winning overall zone-level awards, several very clean cars and no drama.
Overall, we had 104 PCA members (or teams of members) participate in 2018, with 157 entries (several people attended multiple events with the same car…all of the Zone Award winners met the minimum of participating in at least four of seven events with the same car). Compared to 2017, in which we saw 95 members and 161 entries, we’re up in the number of members participating and the number of entries were nearly identical. All but three of the ten regions in the zone hosted events this year. In order, they were Diablo, Loma Prieta, Sacramento Valley, Sierra Nevada, Monterey Bay, Redwood and Golden Gate. Before the first event, the season opening concours 101 and judging school, hosted by Livermore Porsche, welcomed a capacity crowd of 60 PCA members from across the zone.
Looking back at who competed in what, the Street Division was by far the most popular with 55 members and 83 entries. We simplified the Street Division rules this year to follow Parade rules and only the interior and exterior of cars are judged in this division. It seems that lowering the required areas to be cleaned (we eliminated storage compartments) for this division, aimed at cars that are driven regularly, worked. The next most popular were the Touring Divisions which adds storage and, for those cars in which the engine is accessible, engines. Touring I (which includes engines) saw 21 members and 33 entries, while Touring II (no engine) saw 11 members and 20 entries. Full concours and unrestored were less popular with 9 members / 11 entries and 8 members / 10 entries respectively. Several events provided lunch, a special parking area, and awards for display only (not judged) cars, which also proved popular and is a great way for PCA members to check out a concours event and see how it all works.
At the Zone Awards Banquet on Saturday night, November 10th, the following PCA members were recognized with overall series awards.
Class S1 – First in Class – Jack Bean (1960 356 B Coupe)
Class S4 – First in Class – Jim McMahen (1980 911SC Coupe)
Class S4 – Second in Class – Roy Schauben (1974 911 Coupe)
Class S6 – First in Class – Phillip Snowdon (2006 997 Coupe)
Class S9 – First in Class – James Gatewood (2018 Cayman S)
Class T1 – First in Class – Tom Roderick (1964 356 C)
Class T4 – First in Class – Ed Gervasoni (1989 930 Cab)
Class T6 – First in Class – Matt & Natalie Howard (2003 996 4S Coupe)
Class T7 – First in Class – Simone & Thorsten Kopitzki (2014 991 Coupe)
Street Division Overall Winner – Jim McMahen
Touring Division Overall Winner – Simone & Thorsten Kopitzki
Rookie(s) of the Year – Matt & Natalie Howard
Congratulations to all of the series award winners and thanks again to everyone for participating in the series. We hope to see both familiar and new faces next year and more of your clean cars. If you haven’t participated, attending one or more concours events is a good reason to clean things you don’t normally get around to cleaning and a great way to learn about your car and how to maintain it in great condition.
Zone 7 Concours Chair