President’s Report April 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!!
Driving season is finally upon us.

The month of April promises to get things rolling. Cars & Coffee is back – the second Saturday of each month at Captain’s Quarters. The Kentucky Derby Festival is getting underway. And, our first two drives of the season will take place. The first being Saturday, April 15 as we head to Angel’s Envy distillery for an afternoon tour. And then, Saturday, April 29 a little longer excursion to Natural Bridge.

April also brings with it the start of Track Season. I must say, this excites me! Admittedly, my track days are likely limited this year. For the second time in a year’s span, I started a new job last November. While I am enjoying the new challenge, my already limited free time is now even less. With that said, I am looking ahead to our June DE at Putnam Park. Registration opens for the Summer Heat Sunday, April 23 at 9am.

As a reminder, our June DE is scheduled June 9 – 11. Followed by our Fall Fastival September 8 – 10.

In March I mentioned the Pacesetter would be moving over to a fully web-based design. The Pacesetter in its current form will end with the May edition. Our hope is to have the new edition available by June, and it will be found at

Please make plans to join us at our June monthly meeting to honor Belinda for her unwavering dedication to the Pacesetter over the years.

The April meeting will be Monday, April 10 at Fiesta Time Amigos: 135 S English Station Rd Ct.

See you there.

Jason Miller

President’s Report March 2017

Spring seems to have come early. Or, are we just being teased? I’m choosing to be optimistic.

While I am not looking forward to mowing the lawn, pruning the shrubs, and all the other outdoor work that Spring brings; I am looking forward to sunny days, weekend drives, DE’s, Bourbon Tastings, and reconnecting with friends. Thanks to the careful planning of our Activities Director, T.H. Morris and Drive Master, Edward Hessel some fantastic Club Events/Drives are planned. Everyone should have received an e-mail outlining the upcoming events. But, remember to check the Pacesetter and the website calendar to stay up to date.

First up is a Tech Session at Blue Grass Porsche Saturday, March 25. During this How To session we will be introduced to front brake pad change on the late model Porsche. Then, on Saturday, April 15 we will embark on our first planned drive of the season as we head to Angel’s Envy distillery for an afternoon tour. As any of our regular drive participants know, our Drive Master can turn what is routinely a short drive downtown in to a fun and more lengthy expedition.

DE season is also revving up. I am eager to drive the freshly repaved Putnam Park. Registration for our June DE opens in April – be on the lookout.

Lastly, the Pacesetter will be getting a refresh, as we move to a fully web-based design. More details will be shared as they unfold. But, in preparation, I remind everyone to visit and to follow us on Facebook.

Our March meeting will be Monday, March 13 at Bearno’s Pizza Westport Rd. I will be working Capital Hill that day, hence, I will see you in April.

Jason Miller

President’s Report February 2017

Saturday evening January 14, KYPCA officially kicked 2016 to the curb and revved up 2017 with another great party.  Randy Biery and staff welcomed our annual “Holiday Hangover” Party back to the showroom of Blue Grass Porsche.  And, it did not disappoint.  The one hundred plus guests in attendance were greated with a newly installed video screen playing a continuous loop of photos which allowed for a leisurely drive down memory lane.  Complete with valet parking, music, open bar, an excellent meal from Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, door prizes, and of course many great conversations. Once again, Thank You to Randy Biery and Blue Grass Porsche for their amazing support of our club.  If you have not done so already, please stop in and thank Randy and his staff.  Also, I say again, Thank You to all of our members for making the club what it is.  Be sure to put our 2017 Holiday Party on your calendar – it will be in January of 2018.

Looking ahead, our Activities Chair, T.H. Morris and Drive Master, Edward Hessel are 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 9 thru 11, with the September DE held September 8 thru 10.  Both DE’s will again be held at the freshly repaved Putnam Park.

As a reminder, to stay up to date with Club happenings check the website and Pacesetter often  You can also follow us on Facebook – look for KYPCA.

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

The February meeting will be Monday, February 13 at Famous Dave’s, 8605 Citadel Way, Louisville, KY (off Hurstbourne Ln.)

See you there!


President’s Report January 2017

It has been three years since I began my first tenure as your KYPCA President, serving in 2014 and 2015. I am excited to return to the post in 2017 and I want to thank Steve McCombs for his excellent leadership not only in 2016, but the countless prior years he has served our club. Steve will continue to be involved as our liaison to the President, serving as our PCA National representative – Thank you Steve!

While our total membership numbers have remained consistent, the overall participation of our members, and the number of club events have grown significantly over the last three plus years. 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 due in large part to our officers and to you the members for investing your time. Thank you to everyone for making our club what it is.

With that said, I hope everyone had a wonderful 2016. Here’s to 2017! I wish you all a prosperous new year. As I have said many times, the club is what we make it. There is something for everyone. Planning is already underway to ensure another great year.

I am once again honored to serve as your 2017 KYPCA President. And, I hope to see everyone at the After-Holiday Party Saturday, January 14 when we bring the party back to Blue Grass Porsche.

Our January meeting will be Monday, January 9 at Roosters. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

Jason Miller

President’s Report December 2016

This will be my last President’s Report for the year and my presidency. As I reflect back, my goal was to have an all inclusive year. I’ve encouraged those who haven’t tried our DE events to do so. I’ve asked the membership to get involved in the wonderful Drives and Tours over the 2016 year, and also to partake in the Social events as well as attend the monthly meeting. I can now proudly say, I’ve accomplished that goal. This has truly been an outstanding year of Events. I would like to thank the Kentucky Region membership for allowing me to be the 2016 President. It has been a blast.

Many thanks goes out to: T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel for the endless hours they‘ve taken to make the Driving Tours outstanding; and to Jeremy Miller, Richard Darnell and the entire DE team for another wonderful Driving experience; and to our most fabulous Porsche Dealership and Randy Biery and his team of talented professionals for their support and investment throughout this past year. The Kentucky Region has truly been blessed this year with a safe, fun and exciting 2016.

My wishes are for the new President Jason Miller and the executive offices to carry the excitement through out the New Year. I also encourage the Membership to support the 2017 Events, because this is your Club. Be involved and have fun. As George Carlen quoted, “If you’re not having fun , you’re not doing it right”.

On behalf of The Kentucky Region PCA, I extend my warmest regards and best wishes to all of the Club’s membership. May the spirit of this wonderful season be with you and your loved ones throughout the holiday, and many blessings in the New Year.


Steve McCombs (2106 President)

President’s Report November 2016

November is here already and elections are in a few days, both at National and KyPCA. I would like to ask the membership to come out to BoomBozz Pizza in St. Matthews Nov. 14th and place your vote. (See page 9 for ballot.) Hopefully you feel that I did a fair job because I would like to finish out a second term as your President. So please remember, your vote does matter for everything.

I wasn’t here for the October meeting. I was traveling in Arizona where I attended the Phoenix PCA DE event. It was small, only 25 cars and a one day event. I
understand that most PCA DE events across the country are having problems with getting enough people to make these events happen. We are especially blessed to have Bluegrass Porsche involved, since only a select few have Dealership involvement. Please thank Randy Biery and crew for their involvement, because it is special. And don’t forget the DEs allows us to pay for dinners and drinks at our monthly meetings.

As the driving year comes to a close, I would once again like to thank T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel for their support and efforts in putting together the BEST year ever for KyPCA Driving/Tour events. We can only hope they will be willing to continue in 2017 with an equal or better driving experience. We had a huge crowd for the Huber’s Winery Drive Oct 15th which prompted some arrangement changes that will most likely be implemented going forward. Changes may include smaller groups and a different departing location, but more on that later. Another item on the agenda is the After Christmas Party. It has been requested that we repeat last’s year event with Mark’s Feed Store at Lake Forest Club House for this party. Please work on gathering door prizes. I believe the only decision left is picking a date.

The Kentucky Region has been blessed with quite a few new members this year. I once again ask the membership to help in making these new Club members feel welcome. Please take a few minutes at the meetings or on the drives to introduce yourself to them so they know who we are and that they are part of the best Region in all of PCA. And for us “old timers,” if you can remember how you felt during your first two meetings, step up an offer to bring them into the group. New people are the growth of our Club, and with new people come new ideas. This is my public announcement for the month.

I hope you see you all at the November 14th monthly meeting at BoomBozz in St. Matthews. Meeting starts at 7:00pm. (or some say 6:30).

Best Regards,

Steve McCombs (2016 KyPCA president)

President’s Report October 2016

Wow it’s hard to believe that October is already here. October offers some of the best weather in the Ohio Valley for driving. There are several events that we have planned including The Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth, IN, The 2nd German Fest and Bourbon tasting, and the 15th annual Huber’s Winery Drive and meet-up with 3 other PCA Regions. Plus there’s Cars & Coffee and the monthly membership meeting. Things are pretty packed with fun things to do, just check out the website for details.

In September, I did my fourth DE event, and I have to say I’m having a blast. Driving the Mini, the smallest car with the lowest horsepower, against the truly awesome Porsche cars is exciting and changeling. But the most fun is meeting the people. The members at the DE’s are usually not the ones who go on the drives, do the car shows, or even come to the monthly meetings. But never the less, they are true Porsche lovers. They’re really nice, helpful and a fun group people to be with. As President, I would like to thank all the DE participants for their involvement each and every time and their endless enthusiasm. It would be wonderful if the DE people would join the Club in some of the drives and/or monthly meetings. And the non-DE members should go up and watch a track event and enjoy the whole thing. The Kentucky Region has the best group of car people anywhere. And the best thing is that everyone makes each other feel welcome and part of the BEST Region in all of PCA!

The Bluegrass Motorsports Porsche Dealership, with Randy Biery and the Bluegrass mechanics and support team, makes our DE events such a huge success. No other Porsche Dealership has this kind of involvement and commitment to their PCA Region. Thank You Bluegrass Porsche for everything you do with us and for us. You guys are the very BEST.

November is election month for our Club and our Country. All I would like to say just, GO out and Vote! If you would like to hold an office for 2017 club offices, please email your name to Anthony Minstein ( so we can have an election at the November 14th monthly meeting @ BoomBozz in St. Matthews. And if you’re happy with those currently in office we can re-elect them and move on towards more fun things to do in 2017.

We will be having an After Christmas Party probably the second Saturday evening in January. I would like to ask the entire membership to please attend. I would also like to ask for your help in offering door prizes for this party. If you have a business and you would like to offer a gift certificate, or if you are friends with someone who would like to offer a door prize, please help us make the party really exciting and extra fun with some awesome prizes. Thanks in advance for all your help.

That’s all for now, see you at the October meeting at Rooster’s on Shelbyville Rd. Middletown. @ 7:00pm


Steve H. McCombs, 2016 Kypca president

President’s Report September 2016

The year is just flying by. September is here, school is starting and hopefully the heat is backing off. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the heat, over the icy cold any day. Our Club is still in a heat up mode, with the September 10th-11th DE coming up and more driving tours from our activity chairs. I would like to push the Huber Winery drive on October 15th. It is only seven weeks away and it will be our 15th continuous anniversary meet up with three to four other PCA Regions. It’s always a good time and it’s really close. Please plan on attending. Let’s try to have the largest gathering of KyPCA members ever at Huber’s that day!

I would like to thank the new members for getting involved and going on the drives and especially doing the DE events. The monthly meetings are attended by at least two new members each month. I feel it is very important for the existing membership to make the new people feel welcome and a part of the Club. Our Region is growing and with new people comes new ideas. So I ask this year’s new members to help us out with some new ideas and suggestions. Maybe you might want to do a drive or even a tour of your business. We’re blessed to have some very talented people as members, why not share those talents with the membership? We haven’t preformed any Tech secessions, or helpful events, even if it isn’t directly Porsche related. I ask you just to give it a thought and think outside the box. Maybe, just maybe, some of us would be interested and attend an activity, demo, presentation, or what ever (as long as you’re not selling something). We’ve never promoted that and we can start now.

Also keep in mind that our Officer elections happen at our November meeting. So if you would like to run for office please let us know. I will need a nomination chair volunteer for gathering candidates for 2017 offices. Please let me know at the September meeting or email me if you are interested. As a side note, I would love to return as president for a second term, if you will have me. But remember, all positions are open.

Keep getting involved with the Club. We are in the best position we have ever been with activities, dinner meeting, DE events, and most important of all, great car people.

See you at the September meeting:

Mammas, Mustard, Pickles & Barbecue
102 Bauer Ave.
St. Matthews

Steve McCombs, 2016 President

President’s Report August 2016

It’s August and the heat is on, and so is the Club activities list. In a little more than a month, we’ll have another fabulous DE event in early September. We had 21 cars go on the Keeneland Concours drive and the weather held out to become a hot and beautiful day. Our Club donated about $1,000 to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital of Lexington with the 50 entrance tickets and the coral changeling donation. We’re very proud to support such a great operation. T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel have completed the Kentucky Covered bridges tour and the BBQ smokehouse Brandenburg tour with 8, that right 8, more drives in the coming months! I would highly suggest you make plans to attend the August 7th drive to Hall’s restaurant in Winchester. What a fun place. Thanks again to T.H. and Edward for putting these drives together.

I have to apologize for the disarray concerning the monthly restaurant meeting places. It’s either too expensive, closed on Mondays, or their rooms are not available. I’m asking the membership for HELP. We have an August meeting cook out at Jim Doll’s home, September is at BoomBozz, October at Rooster’s, and we really need places for November and December. We could always do Mexican again, but I believe most are getting tired of that. So if you have any suggestions for a place that is reasonably priced, not super loud, and can accommodate 35+ people, please let me or one of the officers know.

As for National news: The full approval and purchasing of the increased office condo space is completed. There will be an open house and car show at the National Office building in early August in Maryland. If you’re interested, check out National’s website for details. The latest National talk is there will be another National Raffle and more cars will be given away soon.
I always like to close with this statement: “This is your Club, you guys make it happen.” I ask that both new and existing members get involved. Attend an event, come to the monthly meeting. We have more new members this year than ever. Please make them feel welcome. And if there’s something you would like to do, let us know.

Or better yet, put together the idea plan and we’ll help you pull it off.

Until next month, see you at Jim Doll’s house for the August cookout meeting. (His address: 4612 Wolfcreek Pkwy)

Steve McCombs (2016 Kypca president)


In this June’s President’s report, I would like to thank our DE Chair Jeremy Miller along with Mark Bos and Richard Darnell for another fantastic DE event June 5th and 6th.  It was a huge success. I would also like to thank our entire crew (Jason & Jim Miller, Gene & Peggy Hoffman, T.H. Morris, Chuck Hicks, and Dan Stewart) for their endless time and effort. But most importantly I would like thank Randy Biery and his crew at Bluegrass Motorsports Porsche for everything. You guys are very special to the success of the KYPCA DE events. And to think, in just a little over three months, we’ll be doing it all over again! Awesome.

The Club has also been very busy with drives and events here in May and June. T.H Morris and Edward Hessel have already completed six wonderful drives with many more to come. And Joe and Jane Galownia hosted a totally outstanding wine party that gets bigger and better each year. Thank you all so much for your hard work to make it so. There is really something for everyone. 2016 is truly the most active year in the history of this club.

Over the past three months I have received notices each week from National on new members. That’s twelve and counting. I ask the new members to get involved and go on some of these drives and events. I assure you will have fun. Our auto detail tech session went well and I believe the club will have a new advertising sponsor from it.

 From National:

Caren Cooper was voted in as the 2017 President. I have met Caren and she is a huge plus for the Club. Other offices were voted in on this past Sunday by a teleconference vote.

National has moved forward with purchasing the next door office condo to assist in the growth of PCA National offices. And the property was paid for in full ($400k) from excess funds. Great things are in store for the future growth of the Club.

Sad news, Pete Stout, the editor of the Panorama, is moving on. Pete has been responsible for making the magazine what it is today. But thankfully, Pete has trained an excellent team on how to publish this wonderful magazine. So we shouldn’t see any changes to the look and feel of it.

National membership count total as of May 2016 is 116,611. Only thing to be said is, wow.

Porsche AG updates: 2016 sales year-to-date is up 7.3 % over last year. And a interesting fact—Porsche doesn’t build a car until it is sold. The Factory doesn’t have room to store unsold cars like the US manufactures do. So year-to-date, Porsche has built in total 22,226 cars and SUVs. Maybe the US auto makers should take notes from Porsche on inventory control. Just saying…

For next month’s meeting we’re heading to a completely different part of Louisville than we usually do. We’re heading to Mike Linnigs on the river. So we’ll enjoy outdoor eating and really good fish dinners.

See you then.

Steve McCombs, KYPCA President