December 2017 Membership Report

A quiet time for the club. Folks are thinking about the holidays more than buying new cars, except for those hoping for a new ride under the tree or menorah.

Four new members in November and 22 members celebrating an anniversary as club members: James and Charlene Leason celebrating 29 years of club membership!

 

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

November 2017 Membership Report

Welcome new members!

A hearty welcome to the five new members who joined PCA and the Kentucky Region in October. And, a welcome to Jason Voyles, transferring in from the Central Indiana Region.

Fourteen members are celebrating their PCA Anniversary as well in November spanning 21 years of membership, to 1.

 

October 2017 President’s Report

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

KYPCA and Blue Grass Porsche put on another fabulous DE! Our September Fall Fastival did not disappoint.

September 8-10 we once again took over Putnam Park for our Fall Fastival DE. The weather was fantastic. For all of you that attended, thank you. A BIG BIG thank you to Randy Biery and the Blue Grass Porsche staff for their continued support without which these DE’s would not be possible. PCNA Hot Shoes John Lewis and Cass Whitehead were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction and ride-alongs.

Thanks must also be given to the many club members who continually invest their time to plan, run, and instruct. There are too many to mention. But, special thanks goes out to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, T.H Morris, and Gene and Peggy Hoffman.

Start planning for the June 2018 DE. There will be approximately 15 slots available for Friday’s Instructor Certification. This is only offered every other June. Stay tuned for future updates.

Now bring on October. Steve and Bernadette Doolin will be hosting their 3rd Annual German Festival and bourbon tasting at their home October 7 at 4pm. And, we will once again round out October with our Annual Huber’s Drive.

Check our website www.kypca.org for the most up to date information. Bobby Bailey and Louisville Geek have been working hard to fine tune our site, and it shows. Check it out!

Our October meeting will be Monday, October 9 at Martin’s Bar-B-Que. The meeting starts at 7pm. Officer nominations will be held.

Jason Miller

September 2017 President’s Report

President’s Report September 2017

Jason Miller – KY Region President

 

Where is the time going?!? This year is racing by. Our KYPCA activities have been better than ever. If you have yet to join us, there are still plenty of activities left.

 

August was great! But, September promises to be even better!! The Fall DE is right around the corner; September 8, 9, 10 at Putnam Park. There is still time to register. Or, just come up for the day, check us out, and stay for dinner and drinks at our host hotel, the Cambria.

 

Upcoming events:

 

  • Sept 8,9,10 KYPCA Fall Fastival
  • September 11 KYPCA Monthly Meeting – Gustavo’s Prospect
  • October 7 Doolin’s 3rd Annual German Fest & Bourbon Tasting
  • October 9 KYPCA Monthly Meeting – Martin’s Bar-B-Que, 3408 Indian Lake Dr.
  • October 14 Madison Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew (planning in progress)
  • October 28 Huber’s PCA Drive

 

Have an idea for a Club drive or event? Let us know.

 

The cars bring us together, but the people keep us together.

 

Our September meeting will be Monday, September 11 at Gustavo’s Prospect, 6051 Timber Ridge Dr. The meeting starts at 7pm.

 

I hope to see many of you at the track!

 

Jason

August 2017 President’s Report

President’s Report August 2017

Jason Miller – KY Region President

 

Wow! July was packed with plenty of Porsche activities – The Goodwood Brewery Tour, Keeneland Concours, and Patoka Winery visit were all well attended. Each provided spirited drives and plenty of Porsche comradery.

 

Don’t forget to join us Friday, July 28 as we close out the month with an annual favorite, making an ice cream run to Polly’s Freeze.

 

The month of August promises to be just as busy.

 

PLEASE note an important change. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the August Club meeting will now be at Aspen Creek.

 

Mark your calendars now for our next DE, the Fall Fastival, September 8, 9, 10. Registration opened Sunday, July 23 at 9am.

 

Below is a rundown of upcoming events:

 

  • July 28              Polly’s Freeze Ice Cream Run
  • August 5            Minstein Pool Party
  • August 14          KYPCA Monthly Meeting – Aspen Creek (behind Oxmoor Mall)
  • August 19          Chihuly Nights – Maker’s Mark
  • August 26         Parade Laps at NCM
  • Sept 8,9,10       KYPCA Fall Fastival
  • Sept 11               KYPCA Monthly Meeting – Gustavo’s Prospect

 

KYPCA – good activities with great friends “Rain or Shine.” There are still plenty of planned events coming up and there will be more added.  Have an idea for a drive or event?  Share it with us and we will do our best to make it happen.

 

Our August meeting will be Monday, August 14 at Aspen Creek.  The meeting starts at 7pm.

 

Jason