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Just to remind you all this month’s meeting will be at my house! It’s a great opportunity to drive your cars out to Prospect. We can get about 15 cars on the driveway and there is more room on the street as being a cul-de-sac there is very little traffic. We will be grilling out and on the menu are burgers, brats and Lucy’s famous cedar wrapped salmon. We have two limited addition 911 Club Coupe models to give away as door prizes so make sure you attend the meeting to be in with a chance of winning one of them.
This year I have been following F1 more than I have in the past few years and I like what I’m seeing; some fun wheel to wheel racing that takes you back to the Prost and Senna days! I hope the rumors of Webber leaving F1 after this year are not true as I want to see more great action from him and Vettel battling it out.
First track run of the year went reasonably well with a slight mishap on Sunday when my left rear center bolt which holds the bearing and hub decided to come loose going round turn 10 at Putnam. Not a good feeling, fortunately I was able to pull off the track and save the wheel from fully detaching from the car. Lesson learned - check every nut on the car each time you come in, a wise thing to do on a nearly thirty year old 944!
I popped into Bluegrass Motor Sports on Saturday to see the official launch of the new Cayman and had the privilege of test driving one of the manual S’s. What impressed me the most was that it will blip the gas for you when you shift the gears down; it sounds really cool and would be very useful feature on the track.
This month’s Porsche fact is close to my heart!!!
April is now upon us, but judging from the weather you wouldn’t know, seems winter doesn’t want to let go this year! I guess we were spoiled last year with a very mild winter.
Cars n Coffee is now in full swing. I went to the March meeting and the weather was sunny but a little cold due to the wind. The turnout was good in general, but not so good for Porsche with only 4 cars turning up so at the next one (4/13) let’s try and fill a row up with Porsches. It is now held at Captains Quarters. There are coffee and cakes for sales inside the main entrance.
This month I have my first 2013 track event and will be at Putnam Park on April 5th- 7th with the 10/10th group. I will be instructing and taking part in time trials and hope to add to my trophy collection!
I attended the zone 13 PCA meeting in Springfield IL last weekend and it was an opportunity to meet PCA President Manny Alban who I found really down to earth and easy to talk to. I also met with our zone 13 Rep James Jacisins. The meeting was held at the Isringhausen Porsche dealership in Springfield Illinois. The meeting was a chance for each Zone 13 president to bring up issues they have and to share ideas to help each other’s club be more successful. I spoke with Bluegrass President Ed Stevenson and we discussed teaming up on some of our drives this year as it will be a good way to increase participation at our drives and meet some new people. Manny presented reports that showed PCA has been growing nationwide over the past year and we are doing well at retaining existing members.
Manny also brought up the subject of the Street Survival Program that Tire Rack and the BMW Club have been running for some time. PCA got involved in a trial last year to see how it would be received and all indications are that it went very well. Street Survival is a driving course targeted at young drivers from the age of 15-21 years old. The course is designed to teach young drivers how to react to certain highway emergency’s such as sudden stops and braking hard in wet conditions. The students are encouraged to drive their own cars on the course so they get to know how they behave in different and extreme situations. I think the course is something we would all like our own children to try as it helps to prepare them for the trials of driving on our street and highways. Let me know if any of you would be interested in volunteering time to assist in one of these events as I can contact National for more information on how to get one setup.
In looking at the calendar for April there are so many other things happening that it didn't seem possible to put together a drive with Spring break, Easter, Thunder and all the other Derby events. However, I am certainly up for meeting members at local events such as The Great Steamboat Race or the Balloon Glow. Or, maybe we could take a ride down River Road and have lunch at Captain's Quarters?
Most likely we will schedule a drive on May 25 or 26. Then our Driver's Education (DE) is planned for June 7-9. If you've never been to one of our Driver's Education track events, then this is your chance. It's a lot of safe fun and our Club hosts one of the best in the country, so please join us. It's always sold out, you'll see a lot of really nice fast cars, and meet some really great people. Details are posted on our website's homepage: www.KyPCA.org.
Cars n Coffee is restarting, which is always the second Saturday of each month.
P2O was short for "Porsches to Oxford". However, now it's called "Porsches to Ohio" and it's located in Granville, Ohio east of Columbus. This year it is scheduled for the weekend of July 26- 28. Registration is already open and all the details can be found on our website's link. You can also visit: p2o.morpca.org
Please remember, it's OUR Club. If you have an idea of something fun to do, maybe you'd like to host a party/cookout, have a particular destination that you'd like to drive to, have a charity event idea...please let someone know. There are many members that we don't even know and we'd like to see/hear from you, so please join us at our monthly meetings and come to our events.
Potential Biltmore Estate Overnight Trip. It has been discussed several times over the last year or so that it would be fun to visit the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina. This would require an over-night stay and more planning than usual. If anyone is really serious about going to the Biltmore Estate then please contact me directly.
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