PCA was founded in 1955 in the Washington, DC area. It wasn’t too long before other Porsche owners around the country became interested in joining the club. In the interest of providing the best service possible to the membership, regardless of where they lived, it was obvious early on that local governance was a must. Thus the concept of regions was born. Each region was assigned a geographic area and managed its own events and activities. The national organization provided an umbrella of essential services (such as obtaining event insurance and providing a national magazine), but for the most part the local region was the primary focus of the club; as it remains to this day. The local region is where the strength of the club lies, and where most members interact with their fellow enthusiasts.
In the early years, all the region presidents would gather annually to discuss and decide the big issues that affected the club as a whole. As the years went by and the number of regions grew, it became less and less practical to get all the presidents together for a meeting. By 1969 the Executive Council noted that, “...it has become apparent that the Annual Meeting held during our yearly Porsche Parade is a rather ineffective place to transact Club business inasmuch as attendance is becoming increasingly limited...” To help improve on this they proposed a new concept of administration where the regions of the club were divided into administrative districts, called zones, and were represented by a Zone Representative. This new appointed position would directly represent the regions in their geographic areas and present the opinions and report the consensus of said regions. Thus the Zone Representative would be a go-between for the regions and the Executive Council; communicating national policy and procedure to the presidents and the opinions and concerns of the membership back to the national organization.
Today the club consists of 139 regions, organized into 13 zones. In 1969, it was 8 zones and 69 regions. Zone 8 initially consisted of these regions, listed here according to their official dates of acceptance into the Porsche Club of America.
Over the years, to keep up with the increasing population of the country and the ever increasing number of Porsche owners joining the club, regions have been subdivided and the zones reorganized to keep them roughly equal in size (by membership). Today Zone 8 consists of 13 regions. The other regions are listed here, again in chronological order of receiving their charters from PCA.
As you can see from the above, California was a very quick addition to the Porsche Club of America. San Diego Region was the eighth region to form and the first west of the Mississippi. That is not to say, however, that we weren’t involved from the start. Four members of Zone 8 were charter members of PCA, joining the club in those early days prior to having regions. They are:
Of the 190 Charter members, two of them survive today and both are currently in Zone 8!
Since its formation, Zone 8 Regions and members have taken prominent positions in PCA leadership, event organization, and had much success in competition at the National level, taking home many trophies over the years from Parade and other events.
Zone 8 regions and members have been instrumental in hosting national PCA events, listed below, including the upcoming 2013 Escape; along with a few of the national “weekenders” that were popular in the early days of the club.
In addition to these national events, there are a few regional weekenders that have a long standing tradition of being popular and fun events. Come out and join us, you won’t regret it!
Besides these multi-event weekends, many regions have longstanding events that are quite wonderful to attend. For example, Santa Barbara Region boasts of holding their annual El Camino Real Rally, which was run for the first time in 1988. Riverside Region has their annual Porsche Timeline car show, running since 2002; and Orange Coast has been hosting their "White Glove" Concours since 1971.