October 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report October 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

                   

Can you say WET!! It never stopped raining. Yes, it rained for 3 straight days. But, as they say in Hollywood, “the show must go on.” And with that, KYPCA and Blue Grass Porsche put on another great DE weekend. Our September Fall Fastival, while wet, was still successful.

 

September 7-9 we once again took over Putnam Park for our Fall Fastival DE. The weather was dreadful. For all of that attended, thank you. For those of you that actually took to the track, great job. And, don’t worry, on a dry track that black Macan S, driven by Chase Abell, can’t pass you that many times. Chase was wheeling in the wet. He’s coming for you John Lewis.

 

A great 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. Who knew they’d be chasing a Macan.

 

Thank you to our instructors. There is no question our instructor crew is the best. And, as always, special thanks to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, T.H Morris, and Gene & Peggy Hoffman.

 

Start planning for the June 2019 DE. Stay tuned for future updates.

 

Now bring on October. We will once again join 2 other Porsche Regions October 6 for our Annual Huber’s Drive. Later, on the same evening, Steve and Bernadette Doolin will be hosting their 4th Annual German Festival and bourbon tasting.

 

A reminder: Officer elections will occur in November.

 

Our October meeting will be Monday, October 8 at Martin’s Bar-B-Que.  The meeting starts at 7pm. Officer nominations will be held.

September 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report September 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Gone to the track……

The Fall Fastival DE is here – September 7, 8, 9 at Putnam Park.

Upcoming events:

– Sept 7-9 Fall Fastival DE
– Oct 6 4th Annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting
– Oct 6 Huber’s Drive
– Oct 8 Membership Meeting – Martin’s Bar-B-Que

Our September meeting will be Monday, September 10 at El Tarasco St. Matthews: 110 Fairfax Ave. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

It is election time. If you are interested in holding an office in our club, we will be taking nominations and beginning the election process. All offices are open.

See you at the track!

August 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report August 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Club participation has been great this driving season. Our touring numbers have grown each event. Thank you to all who have participated!

Registration for the fall DE, Fall Fastival, opened Friday, July 27th. Don’t miss out! Our DE’s are second to none. Even if you’re not driving, come hang out and see what it is all about.

Upcoming events:

– Aug 10         Ghiradelli Ice Cream Run
– Aug 13         Monthly Membership Meeting – Roosters: 10430 Shelbyville Rd
– Aug 25         Minstein Pool Party
– Sept 7-9       Fall Fastival DE
– Oct 6            4th Annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting
– Oct TBD      Huber’s Drive

Our August meeting will be Monday, August 13th at Roosters. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

July 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report July 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Summer Heat 2018 is a wrap. And once again, the first of our two yearly DE’s, brought success and excitement. If you have yet to participate either as a driver or simply as a spectator, what are you waiting for? Our September Fall Fastival is calling your name.

This year’s June DE brought with it a new element. June 8 signified 70 years to the day that the very first Porsche sports car, 356 “No. 1,” was registered for road use, marking the beginning of a long line of iconic high-performance automobiles. The inaugural “Sportscar Together Day” was officially June 8 but ran throughout the weekend. On Saturday June 9 we celebrated not only with cake and ice cream, but with organized, Porsche only, low speed, parade laps on track. It truly was a site to see and a spectacular moment as we commemorated all things Porsche.

A HUGE 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 have become mainstays at our events and were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction and rides in the brand-new Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and Cayman 718 GTS. Cass and John you make it look so easy and are great guys too!

Thanks must also be given to the many club members who continually invest their time to plan, run, and instruct. The weekend saw KYPCA complete our first independent Instructor Certification program, graduating 15 new driving instructors. Our classroom instructor Mark Lichtefeld did a tremendous job. Special thanks go out to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, Anthony Minstein, and Gene and Peggy Hoffman.

And, to all our Instructors and Mentors, THANK YOU!!

Mark your calendars now for our next DE, the Fall Fastival, September 7, 8, 9.

Upcoming events:

– July 7 Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens
– July 14 Jim Beam Distillery Tour
– July 21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
– July 27 Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)
– Aug 10 Ghiradelli Ice Cream Run
– Aug 25 Minstein Pool Party
– Sept 7-9 Fall Fastival DE

Our July meeting will be Monday, July 9 at the home of Jim and Bobbie. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Check your e-mail for details, including address.

June 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report June 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

I love the smell of track time in the morning! Summer Heat is finally here Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10. And, with it we will welcome a fresh batch of Instructors.

Driving season is upon us and we have already had some fantastic events. If you have yet to join us, there are still plenty of opportunities. Below is a brief list of upcoming events:

– June 2 Mozza Pi and Bulleit Bourbon Tour
– June 8 – 10 Summer Heat DE
– June 29 Polly’s Freeze – Act 1
– July 7 Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens
– July 9 Monthly Membership Meeting @ Jim & Bobbie’s
– July 14 Jim Beam Distillery Tour
– July 21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
– July 27 Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)

Our June meeting will be Monday, June 11 at the home of Edward and Stasia. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Check your e-mail for details, including address.

See you there!

May 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report May 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Finally! Spring is here!!

May is a busy month. It is Holly’s birthday month, Mother’s Day, my birthday month and Derby, but it is also full of KYPCA activities.

Saturday, May 12th, is Joe and Jane’s Annual Steak Dinner and Wine Tasting. This event has become a club favorite. RSVP soon to ensure a spot.

A small group of us are heading to Mid-Ohio May 18-20 to join the Northern New Jersey Region PCA for an advanced drivers DE. And that same weekend, Saturday, May 19th the club will be driving to Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin, KY. Kenny is not only Kentucky Proud, but he is also a fellow KYPCA member. If you’re planning to make the drive to Kenny’s remember to bring a cooler, you will definitely want to return home with some cheese.

Wrapping up the month of May, we will visit Babes BBQ in Georgetown, KY Saturday, May 26th.

As a reminder, our June DE is scheduled June 8–10, registration opened April 29th at 9am. Instructor Certification will take place Friday, June 8th.

The May meeting will be Monday, May 14th at Mango’s. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

Happy Motoring,

Jason

April 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report April 2018

Jason Miller—KY Region President

As is common in Kentuckiana, Winter has been holding on. But, let’s hope we can soon put it behind us and enjoy what Spring has to offer, namely some decent driving weather.

 

The month of April promises to get things rolling. There are now at least three different Cars & Coffee options around town.  Due to recent flooding the original Cars & Coffee plans to kick off the season Saturday, April 14th, and continue the second Saturday of each month at Captain’s Quarters. Fante’s Coffee and Cars is Saturday, April 21st. And, Exotic Cars and Coffee will be held the last Saturday of the month at The Paddock Shops Starbucks, with the next date scheduled for April 28th.

 

Our second club drive of the season will take place April 7th as we head to Lexington to tour West Sixth Brewery. This is a great drive and equally good tour. The third drive of the season promises to be a bit different and a lot sweet, the first annual Endurance Donut Run will take place Saturday, April 28th.

 

April also brings with it the start of Track Season. I have set a personal goal of getting more track time this year and have already registered for a May event with the New Jersey PCA at Mid-Ohio.

 

Don’t forget registration opens for the Summer Heat Sunday, April 29th at 9am. The June DE is scheduled June 8 – 10.  Instructor Certification will take place Friday, June 8th, spots are limited so don’t delay your registration.

 

Remember The Pacesetter is now fully web-based and can be found at www.kypca.org. If you have information to share with the club or Porsche items for The Mart e-mail me millermd@twc.com and I will get it posted to the site.

 

The April meeting will be Monday, April 9th at Fiesta Time Amigos: 135 S English Station Rd Ct. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

 

Happy Motoring,

 

Jason

March 2018 President’s Report

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

Spring is coming, I hope! This Kentuckiana weather is crazy.

Driving season is upon us, hooray!! After what seems to have been an extended winter, who is not looking forward to sunny days, weekend drives, DE’s, Bourbon Tastings, Brewery Tours, car shows, and most of all reconnecting with friends. Our Activities Chair, T.H. Morris has put together another stellar schedule of Club Events/Drives. A complete list can be found on our website as well as the club Facebook page, each will be updated as events are added and/or changed.

The first drive of the season is set for Saturday, March 10. We will head to Lawrenceburg, KY for a 1pm tour of Four Roses Distillery. Let’s dust off our P-cars and hope for great weather.

DE season is also revving up with the Summer Heat scheduled Friday, June 8 thru Sunday, June 10 and the Fall Fastival Friday, September 7 thru Sunday, September 9. Registration for the June DE opens Sunday, April 29 at 9am. Instructor Certification will be held during the June event on Friday, June 8.

Lastly, I remind everyone to visit www.kypca.org and to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with club happenings.

Our March meeting will be Monday, March 12 at Bearno’s Pizza Westport Rd. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

See you there!

Jason

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!!

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.