SDR Presidents Message – July 2020

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July 2020 Message from PCA-San Diego Region President 

What’s happening in PCA San Diego Region?

The same restrictions on “non-essential”gatherings prevail so, once again, PCA-SDR activities are minimized. In order to do everything possible to avoid a resurgence of the virus, it is still critical that we remain vigilant and do whatever we can to try and ensure that we avoid a return wave of increased occurrences.

A suggested mindset for SDR members this month, with respect to our events, is to “BE PREPARED”. I am specifically referring to not only staff members getting SDR events ready to go as soon as we are given the green light to do so – I think it would be foolish to wait until given the go-ahead and to then start planning events and activities – but also to members deciding to participate and to be prepared to give our events a try. I intend to task event chairs with doing the legwork to set up events with everything except the actual event date in place. This does mean there might be more work but the payoffs in terms of getting back to business as usual quickly could be significant. The club organizers are fully aware that members cannot attend every event we put on because we all have full lives and are busy with other priorities.

I recommend SDR members go to our website and then to the “What’s going on” drop- down menu on the front page and check out the “Events and Activities” page. I suggest examining what events our region puts on and selecting a few that you might be interested in trying. This recommendation is especially for new members who have joined SDR this year as you guys have had a somewhat raw deal due to everything being on hold. At SDR we really can show you ways of getting significantly more enjoyment out of your Porsche than you may realize and experiencing the camaraderie of our region. Please watch out for e-mails from the club and our calendar closely as, when permitted, we are still planning on having a New Member welcome event at which all members are welcome to come along to meet and socialize with members who have joined recently.

On our website, there are several posts on the “Articles” page under the “What’s Happening” dropdown menu, one of which is titled “The Porsche Effect”. This details a once-in-a-lifetime visit from the Porsche Factory who brought 28 historically significant cars from their collection of over 600 pristine restored vehicles in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. If you were unable to go, or simply missed this exhibit, this is an opportunity to get a fairly thorough look at what Porsche chose to display.

For those interested in short videos, the following link is to a 3:30 minute video on five famous track Porsches Link: Top 5 most thrilling Porsches on track. Some of these cars appear in the “Porsche Effect” article mentioned above.

The “Porsche Field of Dreams,” a non-competitive SDR social event intended to gather as many Porsches as possible, is still being considered to be held this fall assuming that the current social restrictions will be lifted by then. The premise is to get as many Porsches of every model, every year, and every condition on display on one golf course at the same time. More details to follow.

What Recently happened in SDR?

Autocrossers – For those of you who have, until recently, enjoyed taking your car out to the SDCCU Stadium and getting to learn what it feels like a little nearer to the limits of its handling performance, all is not completely lost in terms of keeping our venue…. yet! Although the stadium has been sold and is imminently due to be torn up and redeveloped, it just MIGHT still be available for our autocross for a while longer. Without wishing to get our hopes up, we can tell you that the stadium staff has requested a list of dates from SDR on which we would like to autocross for the last half of this year. It may all come to naught, but there is still hope!

 HOT NEWS The PCA-SDR Goodie Store has many new items now available and is in the process of bringing you “WE ARE SDR” stickers intended for use on the outside upper left corner of your Porsche windshield (per below). These will enable you to show your region colors and to recognize other SDR member when you see them on the road. Check the Goodie Store regularly for price and availability. COMING SOON….


Get your PCA-SDR Logo items from the PCA-SDR Goodie Store

What’s about to happen in SDR?

The text below gives a brief description of events scheduled for July. At the end of this message, a summary calendar gives links to fliers with registration dates and times. ALL event details are available on our website calendar  HERE

The Monthly Board Meeting on Tue July 9th will be a conference call in order to comply with social distancing regulations. Board members and committee chairs will receive conference call details with dial-in numbers etc. The Board will again reassess all upcoming events, depending on current affairs. As the situation changes and events come back onto the calendar, SDR members will be notified via e-mail.

Please look on any page of our website and “SEEK THE GREEN

The green text found on every page is to enable you to ensure that the contact info that the club has on file for you is current. This link takes you to a page where members can check and update your e-mail address and mobile phone number if necessary. I am constantly surprised how many of our members’ e-mails are returned as we have old obsolete contact data in our database.

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For all SDR events, please see our region website calendar HERE


9  (Tue) Monthly Board Mtg– SDR Club chairs and volunteers are invited to call in to a conference call to attend the meeting. Conference call data will be sent out to Board and Chairs via e-mail. We hope to return to normally scheduled board meetings in the near future – please watch your e-mail.

 As the situation changes regarding Government restrictions on holding “non-essential” events and it becomes possible to have PCA-SDR events once again, e-mails will be sent to SDR members.

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I hope to see you soon at an SDR event (as they open up again) and, when you do attend, please be sure to introduce yourself.







Keith Verlaque

PCA-SDR 2020 President

Who are we?  …………………….  WE are SDR !!