February 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report February 2018
Jason Miller-KY Region President

What a night! Keeping with tradition, Saturday, January 13th, KYPCA officially kicked off 2018. Thank you to the 90 plus members who ventured out on that cold January night. We may have officially outgrown the Lake Forest Lodge. But, I feel confident in reporting that a good time was had by all. Taziki’s Café served up an excellent meal, the door prizes were some of our best to date, and as always, the beer and bourbon flowed. This year the grand prize was again a DE weekend curtesy of Randy Biery and Blue Grass Porsche, and the club matched with a second DE giveaway. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones as well. What better way to spend a cold January night in Kentucky! Be sure to put our 2018 Holiday Party on your calendar – it will be in January of 2019.

Looking ahead, our Activities Chair, T.H. Morris is actively planning another great year. We anticipate, weather permitting, that our first drive of the season will be sometime in March. For our DE participants, the dates are set and the contracts are signed. The June DE will be held June 8 thru 10 and will also consist of Instructor Certification, registration opens the end of April. The September DE will be held September 7 thru 9. Both DE’s will again be held at the newly (for the second time) repaved Putnam Park.

As a reminder, to stay up to date with Club happenings check the website often http://kypca.org.

Do you have an idea for a Monthly Meeting, Club Drive, or social gathering? Let me know – millermd@twc.com.

The February meeting will be Monday, February 12 at Famous Dave’s, 8605 Citadel Way, Louisville, KY (off Hurstbourne Ln.) We will have our first Board Meeting of 2018 Monday, February 19.

Come on Spring!!

Summer Heat June 2018

KYPCA Driver’s Education

Friday, June 8th – Sunday, June 10th 2018

Putnam Park

This event will include Instructor Certification on Friday, June 8th

Putnam Park Road Course improvements over time

Look at all of the improvements that have been made to Putnam over the past few years. Come check out the DE!!

Fall Fastival September 2018

KYPCA Driver’s Education

Friday, September 7th – Sunday, September 9th 2018

Putnam Park

2018 Event Committee At Work

Your KYPCA Event Committee never sleeps. In an attempt to provide the utmost in event and activity excellence, we pre-ran a planned Urban Donut Run visiting and verifying the quality of doughnut offerings prior to release as a club drive.

Our latest pre-run was filmed by a documentary crew saving our effort for posterity.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/81oecj72glojc3d/2018%20Donut%20Run.mp4?dl=0

KyPCA After Holiday Party

KyPCA Holiday Hangover aka After Holiday Party

Saturday, January 13, 2018

7p-Midnight

 

The membership is invited to attend our 2017 “After Holiday Party.”  This year we will be returning to the Lake Forest Lodge.  The cost will be $20 per person and will include a catered dinner from Taziki’s Café.  There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.   And, as always, door prizes! If anyone wishes to donate a door prize, please let us know.

        

Please mail your RSVP along with your check to:

After Holiday Party KyPCA

PO Box 35341

Louisville KY 40232

(Make check payable to: The Kentucky Region PCA)

 

OR visit:

kypca.motorsportreg.com

 

RSVP and payment must be received no later than Friday, January 5, 2018

 

Questions:

Richard Darnell

502-889-8120

Or

Jason Miller

millermd@twc.com

January 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report January 2018
Jason Miller—KY Region President

I have now completed my third year as your KYPCA President; 2014, 2015, 2017; and I am excited to continue on in 2018. As we celebrate what was 2017 and ring in 2018, I want to thank each of you for another great year.

Total membership numbers remain consistent. Club events and member participation continue to grow. The monthly meetings continue to have record attendance, as do our club drives. And, as usual, with the support of Blue Grass Porsche, our DE’s remain a huge success. This is all due to YOU!

With that said, if you are reading this…I have one request.

It was recently brought to my attention that we lost a member. Vaughn M. Stevens passed to the auto club in the sky at the age of 96. An excerpt from his obituary reads:

“My hobbies included working on and preparing sport cars for concours shows and auto crossings. As a member of the Kentucky Region Porsche Club of America, I was elected Treasurer for a few terms.”

While I cannot say I ever had the pleasure of meeting Vaughn, in his memory, I would like to encourage our seasoned and less active members to return to the club. You have so much to share and we all can learn from one another. Come to a Monday meeting, club drive, or social event. We welcome you.

Here’s to 2018! I wish you all a joyous and prosperous new year.

I am once again honored to serve as your 2018 KYPCA President. I hope to see everyone at the After-Holiday Party Saturday, January 13 at the Lake Forest Lodge.

Our January meeting will be Monday, January 8 at Gustavo’s Prospect. The meeting starts at 7pm.

December 2017 President’s Report

President’s Report December 2017

Jason Miller – KY Region President

 

Happy Holidays! May Santa Claus be good to each and every one of you!!

 

What are you thankful for?

 

I am thankful for family, friends, and the freedoms afforded to me through this great country. I am truly blessed in so many ways. I count the friendships gained as a member of the KYPCA as one of those many blessings. Those that know me also know I love my cars, but without our club, it’s just a car. The club has allowed me to truly appreciate the cars, drive them to my limits, and even learn to work on them a bit (although Mitch and Jason usually do the heavy lifting.)

 

Club participation has never been stronger. As we begin to make plans for 2018, I challenge each of you to stay involved, or take the leap and get involved. Remember this is YOUR club. It can only be as good as we make it.

 

I want to personally thank all of my fellow officers, board members, and Presidential appointees for leading the club with enthusiasm and passion. From our always top notch DE’s to the many exhilarating drives, we work hard to provide something for everyone.

 

Our December meeting will be Monday, December 11 at Mellow Mushroom St. Matthews.  The meeting starts at 7pm.

 

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to RSVP for the After Holiday Party Saturday, January 13, 2018.  Look for your postcard invitation in the mail soon or check the website www.kypca.org for more details.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

 

Jason

Major Racing Coming to Music City USA

Nashville group wants to bring major racing series to downtown Music City.

A proposed Grand Prix of Nashville race that would run through the streets of Music City has gained momentum with the addition of more investors and board members from the entertainment industry, according to Matt Crews, executive vice president of the Grand Prix Association of Nashville.

IndyCar, IMSA and even Formula E are on the group’s wish list of potential race series partners.

Crews is the key member of the association led by former Pocono Raceway executive Joe Mattioli III that hopes to stage a big-time street race in Nashville by 2020.

Mattioli is part of Mattioli family that owns Pocono Raceway. He is the son of Pocono Raceway founder and owner the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Rose Mattioli. He was the promoter at the Nashville fairgrounds track a decade ago. Mattioli left Pocono Raceway as a member of Pocono Raceway’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee on January 28, 2013 to pursue other endeavors.

“We’ve got some additional investors involved from the state of Tennessee and people who used to be at Nashville,” Crews said. “We want to make sure we have the right partners. It takes expertise and connections to make this happen.

“The entertainment industry is a huge piece of this. Rod Essig, who runs the Nashville CAA (Creative Artist Association) office, which is a huge mover and shaker in the Nashville community, is on board. Kix Brooks is one of our board members and he is half one of the the most popular duos in country music history (Brooks & Dunn). They are big in supporting this event.

“Nashville is an entertainment city and the race is the background noise to the party. We are a festival city.”

A key issue, however, is striking a deal with a sanctioning body. Both Nissan’s and Bridgestone’s North American headquarters are based in Nashville. But those two companies do not compete in a racing series together.

“We are still walking that tightrope to find the right sanctioning body that fits the Nashville landscape and finding the right weekend that fits at the right time,” Crew said. “The sanctioning body is an important piece to this but it’s a piece.

“I’ll even throw in Formula E. The largest selling electric car in the world is manufactured here in Nashville. So, there are a lot of different sanctioning bodies that make sense for Nashville.

“We don’t have any commitments from a sanctioning body right now.”

IndyCar president of Competition and Operations Jay Frye believes Nashville would be a great market for the series … someday.

“Would it be something we would be interested in at some point? Sure,” Frye said. “Firestone is based there, and that is important but there is nothing going on with Nashville right now as far as IndyCar is concerned.”

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/indycar/nashville-group-wants-bring-major-racing-series-downtown-music-city#ixzz4yEQGqviq

November 2017 President’s Report

President’s Report November 2017
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Saturday, October 7 marked the third annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting at the beautiful home of Steve and Bernadette Doolin. This has truly become one of my favorite, if not my favorite, events of the year. The light rain and cooler temperatures kept a few away, but new faces joined the party. It was a nice relaxing outdoor evening with great friends, good food, bourbon, and new this year – live music. 7 bourbons were blindly sampled and much to my surprise, Maker’s Mark won the night. I suggest placing this event on your 2018 calendar, tentatively the first Saturday in October.

Thursday, October 19 “Car Wars” hosted by Patrick Strehl displaced many a new car on the Blue Grass Porsche lot with some fantastic race cars and other sought after collectables. And, although my schedule did not permit attendance this year, I am told this was the largest crowd to date. Here’s to hoping Patrick keeps this tradition going as well.

Sadly, October brought the end of our official driving schedule. We closed out the season Saturday, October 28 with the annual Huber’s Winery Drive, joining both the Central Indiana and Southern Indiana Regions. It was cold! But, the fall colors this time of year make a leisurely drive through the Knobs very enjoyable.

October also brought with it the need to elect Club Officers. Only the seats of the President and our three Board Members are term limited. As the first year of this term comes to an end, I have agreed to fulfill the optional 2nd year. A quorum, presiding at our October membership meeting, decided to keep the remaining elected officers intact as well – VP, Jeremy Miller; Treasure, Richard Darnell; Secretary, Robert Klein, Board Member, Jim Doll. Bobby Bailey assumes the Web Chair position. And, T.H. Morris and Anthony Minstein remain as Activity and Membership Chair respectively. Steven Rountree and Ed Hessel depart as their 2-year terms as Board Members come to an end. We will elect 2 new Board Members at the November membership meeting.

SAVE THE DATE – our January Holiday Hangover Party will be Saturday, January 13. Details will follow as things come together.

Lastly, as we prepare the 2018 calendar, suggestions for our monthly membership meetings and other club related activities are appreciated. Preferred meeting location criteria include: a FREE meeting room, good parking for the Porsche, and quality affordable food. Please e-mail me: millermd@twc.com.

Our November meeting will be Monday, November 13 at Rooster’s, 10430 Shelbyville Rd. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Jason Miller