President’s Report May 2016

Wow, Spring is really here, and we have an outstanding list of events planned. Both T.H. and Edward has gone out of their ways to put together a fun and interesting list of Drives and events for this 2016 Driving calendar. I just want to thank them for spending the time and effort to put this list together and especially for taking their personal time away from their families to head up these Drives each month. Next month is our Spring DE and by the time this letter is read by each of you the event just may be completely filled up. But check anyway. It’s aways a great time, weather it’s your first time or 100th time. The fun, food, driving experience and the friendship is second to none. There are 71 Regions across the country that holds DE events each year and the numbers are growing. And I would put ours up against anyone’s as the best. And as always, we want to deeply thank Bluegrass Motorsports Porsche Dealership, Randy Biery and the entire Bluegrass team for their continued support.

On March 19th I attended the Zone 13 president’s meeting in Springfield, IL. Caren Cooper (National president) and Greg Halverson (National Tour Director) attended. The theme of the meeting was to review National changes and to review each Region successes and challenges. I do have to say after attending several of these meeting in the past years this was the best and most informative meeting ever.
I want to take a few minutes to highlight items concerning National and the behind the scenes actions that go on with PCA North America. Hopefully you’ll find this of interest.

What is the PCA 10 year Plan

  1. To provide a professional evolution of the National Office to support the growth and expansion of the Club. ( By 2020 PCA will have 100,000 members with an operational budget of $10 million)
  2.  Communications in all directions to be consistence. And using all forms of digital communications with a common look and style including all print forms as well. Hiring professional in these areas for support these efforts. (i.e. the Panorama chief editor and publisher was Excellent Magazine editor. He now works for PCA with 6 other professionals).
  3. Dealing with the Club’s aging membership. (more then 60% of the membership are over 55yrs of age) Plans of bring new, younger people to become members and developing plan of getting them involved.

Other bits of information

Porsche Club of America as of the end of 2015 has 73,000 members. 144 Regions with an annual budget of $8.4 million. On average 60% of all new members sign up online. The National office has 14 employees and will be expanding with in the next several years requiring more office space. That’s why they are purchasing additional offices next door to the existing PCA office condo.

The Raffles, they are a PCA event but is not PCA budgeted. It is held solely on its own merits. If the Raffles were stopped today it would not affect the running of PCA at all. Cars are not purchased until the money is in hand. So if they over sell they add additional cars. That is why there were 6 cars given away in 2015. These Raffles are a big success and will continue with special car being put together by Porsche AG for these Raffles. All extra moneys are going back to each Region in forms of rebates.

One other note the younger generation uses Twitter and the newer forms of instance communications. They consider facebook for old people and email is seldom used if at all by them. The newest members found out about PCA through friends. So it is very important that we all represent the Club is a favorable light when you meet other Porsche owners and encourage them to join.

PCA is growing and is one of the largest car clubs in the world. We should be proud of the Club and the people who run the operation because 90% of them are volunteers. If there is anything you would like to see or do here in the Kentucky Region please let us know. So we can help make this your club and one that’s worth belonging to.

That’s all for now, See you at the next meeting.

Regards,
Steve McCombs (2016 president)

President’s Report March 2016

Well it’s getting closer to the Season. Driving Season that is! Spring is only a month away and it is time to uncover those cars, wax them, change the oil and let’s roll. Also racing season has official started with the 500 on the 21st and F1 in March. The KYPCA activity chairs have some really fun drives arranged starting in early April and what looks like enough things to do for every weekend. But of course we can’t expect TH and Edward to take every weekend to arrange the membership’s fun. So just be on the lookout for the list of events to be posted soon. The best DE event around begins in June with registration opening in April.

My goal this year is to have the membership meeting at different restaurants other than Mexican and Pizza. But there is a draw back on having meetings at better restaurants: the cost. It is a wonderful perk to be a member of the KYPCA, because we buy your dinner at the monthly meetings. This perk is the result of the DE Events our Club puts on twice a year. In order to be able to have meetings at these nicer places, I’m asking ALL members in attendance to control their selections from the restaurant’s menu. Ordering a large prime rib dinner and other such expensive items is just not acceptable. As well as ordering and drinking adult beverages at the rate of an alcoholic. Please use your best judgment when ordering and don’t mess up a good thing.

Once again, if there is something that you would like to do and something you have to offer for the betterment of the club, we would really like to know. Cars & Coffee in Louisville will start in March if the weather is nice otherwise it’s April. For other car shows see www.wilderthanmost.com/events. March’s club meeting will be at Famous Dave’s off S. Hurstbourne.

See you then..
Steve McCombs

President’s Report February 2016

Well we’re off to an exciting start in January by changing the monthly meeting restaurant at the last minute due to a fire. But it didn’t seem to deter very many since the turn out was better than average. Thanks to all for dealing with this inconvenience, we’re shaping 2016 into a get out there and get involved year. Whether it’s the two DEs in June/September or the monthly driving tours/events, T.H. has put together a large list of things we could do. He handed out a list, asked for the 33 members attending the January meet to select what interests them, or to write in anything else which wasn’t on the list that Kypca could do in 2016. If the rest of the 200 plus members should have any other ideas of something different, interesting and fun to do, let us know either through email or Facebook posting (see page 10).

Some other items of interest we should plan to do are several Tech sessions at Bluegrass, Tony’s shop (Stuttgart Specialists) or at someone’s home garage. I’m looking for inputs from the general membership, on what they would like to see in these Tech sessions. A fun thing we’re planning is to have a “Garage Envy” contest. Most likely will do this starting in May after the Derby. If any of these things sound good to you and you would like to help out, let me or T.H. know so we can get it on the calendar.

We as “The Kentucky Region” are in good financial shape with the strong help from the DE events. If it wasn’t for these events we wouldn’t be able to have the fun, food and fellowship meetings we’ve been having. So, if you’re interested in learning more about your car’s performance and you as a driver, you should sign up for one of these DE events. Yes it can be a little pricy, but it’s cheaper than a speeding ticket on the streets. Most people know things that are worth having and doing usually have a premium price tied to it.

As we all know this is an election year. Huge decisions are being made or planning to be made either for or against our way of life. As for my two cents, I strongly suggest you study the candidates. Know as much about them as you can. Share that knowledge with others and be an educated voter. Vote on what you’ve found out not what someone on TV is telling you to do. VOTE SMART. This will be all I have to say about this in these newsletters.

Our February meeting will be at Rafferty’s on Dutchman Pkwy at 7.

See you then.
Steve McCombs

President’s Report January 2016

Happy 2016 New Year to everyone. I’m back in the driver’s seat once again, grabbing on to the wheel of the best PCA Region anywhere. I hope with some luck and help from the greatest team of officers we could put together, that we can make this coming year even more fun and exciting – and with the help from T.H. and his fun and interesting drive events, and Jeremy and crew with another year of awesome DE’s.

I look forward to meeting all the new members and speaking with all of the active members to see what you like or don’t like, about the direction our Club is going, also to let you have a voice in making this Club worth spending your time and effort, from your busy day, to attend activities. I thank all of you in advance, for your trust in me. I look forward to all your support to make KYPCA the Club to belong to.

I would like to thank Blue Grass Porsche and Randy Biery for their continued support of the KYPCA DE events. Their involvement with us is very special and is like no other within all of PCA. Thanks to Jeremy Miller, Richard Darnell and crew for their unmatched anywhere effort and attention to details on conducting some truly great DE events.
And thanks to T.H. Morris for planning and pulling off some of the most fun and interesting drives, to which I hope he can better himself with events for 2016. Also thanks to Jason Miller, our Past President, for driving this performance Porsche Club month-in and month-out for the past two years.

We have some work to do. But with the help, support, and involvement of all our members we can do really fun things. Isn’t that what it really all about? Fun and friendship for now and the foreseeable future!

Best regards,
Steve McCombs

Next meeting will be:

El Tarasco Restaurant
110 Fairfax Ave
St. Matthews

President’s Report December 2015

The Holidays are here, and with them comes my last President’s Report – at least for now.  The last two years as your KYPCA President have truly been an honor.  Holly, Grace, and I love our KYPCA family and promise to stay involved.  The friendships we have created will last a lifetime and extend well beyond the cars.

The growth in club participation over the last two years has been wonderful to see.  I challenge each and every one of you to stay involved, or take the leap and get involved.  Remember this is YOUR club.  It can only be as good as each of us choose to 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.

2016 brings back a familiar face.  Steve McCombs will step back into a familiar role, for his fourth term as our President.  Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to lead our club and I have no doubt he will continue to build on recent momentum.

Our December meeting will be Monday, December 14 at Mellow Mushroom St. Matthews.  The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to RSVP for the After Holiday Party Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Look for your postcard invitation in the mail soon.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Jason Miller

President’s Report November 2015

Saturday, October 10 marked our first annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting at the beautiful home of Steve and Bernadette Doolin. Their log home set on 10 acres of secluded wood land provided the perfect backdrop to a great evening which included a bonfire, German treats, and a blind bourbon tasting. The 6 bourbons sampled were from distilleries toured during our drives this past year. It was a perfect night, and plans for next year’s event are already under way.

The last planned drive of the year is Saturday, October 17. It is our 14th annual Huber’s Winery Drive. The drive will once again be led by Steve McCombs and as in years past we will meet up with the Central Indiana Region. The weather this time of year is hard to beat, making this a can’t miss drive.

Every October brings with it the need to elect new Club Officers. Only the seats of the President and our Board Members are term limited. As my two-year term as President is coming to an end, it is time to elect a new President. The office of Secretary and one Board position are also being vacated. Hence, at our October meeting a quorum of members elected Steve McCombs the 2016 President.  Dan Stewart was elected Secretary.  And, Steven Rountree was chosen to round out the Board. All other offices will remain intact.

Discussions for our January Holiday Hangover Party have begun. This will be mid-January as usual and details will follow as things come together.

Lastly, suggestions for meeting locations as we prepare the 2016 calendar are appreciated.  Preferred 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 9 at Rooster’s, 10430 Shelbyville Rd.  The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

President’s Report October 2015

Do we know what we are doing, or what?!? KYPCA and Blue Grass Porsche put on one heck of a DE time after time. And, our September Fall Fastival was no exception.

The Thursday evening pre-festivities included a surprise “birthday” party for yours truly. Gifts are not necessary, the morning headache was gift enough.

Friday saw all day rain, which left plenty of open track time. This was my first exposure to the wet. As if sliding around the track in the rain didn’t increase my anxiety enough, the mandatory open windows took it to a whole other level. All jokes aside, driving in the wet was a good experience and the car is fine.

Saturday and Sunday brought cool temperatures with a mix of sun and clouds. But, I think the 147 registered participants would agree, the days were nearly perfect. Thanks to everyone that participated. And as always, a 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 in a 911 GTS and a Cayman GTS. Man, those guys can drive!

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 2016 DE. There will be 15 slots available for Friday Instructor Certification. This is only offered every other June and is limited to 15 people.

Now bring on October. Steve and Bernadette Doolin will be hosting a German Festival and bourbon tasting at their home October 10 at 6pm. And we will once again round out October with our Annual Huber’s Drive.

Our October meeting will be Monday, October 12 at Blue Grass Motorsport. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30. Pizza and beer will be served. Officer nominations and elections will be held.

Jason Miller

President’s Report September 2015

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, was first constructed in 1909. Considered flat by most standards, the track is a 2.5 mile, nearly rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its inception. A modern road course was constructed in the infield between 1998 and 2000 incorporating the western and southern portions of the oval to create a 2.6 mile track.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it is the only such landmark to be affiliated with automotive racing history. In addition to the Indianapolis 500, the speedway hosts NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. And, from 2000 to 2007, the speedway hosted the United States Grand Prix for Formula One.

Making history once again, on August 21, 22, and 23 the Speedway hosted PCA. This marked the first HPDE ever held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hopefully, the first of many. As a participant, I must say, MORPCA pulled it off. It was evident that this club put in countless hours over the last year working with IMS officials to ensure a successful event.

As it was my first trip to IMS, I admit I felt like a kid at Disney World, both intimidated and excited. After Friday I didn’t really like the track, but by the end of the day Saturday I LOVED it! I couldn’t wait for Sunday. Unfortunately, before my first session Sunday morning I found a large bolt in the rear passenger side tire. Fortunately, there were a handful of KYPCA members at the track and Craig and Ken Rabeneck came to the rescue. Craig provided a set of rear wheels and tires and I made it out for the second session. However, paranoia set in during that session and I called it a day.

Although the bolt incident has made me rethink driving to and from the track, it was a great weekend. The car looks as good as ever. And I, along with 250 other HPDE participants, now own bragging rights at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Our September meeting will be Monday, September 14 at El Nopal: 9451 Westport Rd (502-327-6551). The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.
Next stop Putnam Park for KYPCA’s Fall Fastival. See you there!

Jason Miller

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President’s Report August 2015

Damn Rain! I have had enough. I want to play outside, work on my tan, and most of all drive my Porsche. Yes, I know the Porsche is weather resistant. I just prefer it to stay clean, unless it is covered in rubber from the track.

The weather did relent to allow our annual drive to Keeneland. 15 cars made the drive and the Porsche Paddock was well represented. While the sun was much appreciated, the heat was not. It was Hot Hot Hot. But, that did not keep the cars nor the people away. The Concours was well attended, and the cars as beautiful as ever. I was quickly smitten with a 1964, original owner, Porsche SC. I think I found my dream car.

Next up for me, and a few of my fellow DE friends, INDY baby! MORPCA is hosting the first ever PCA HPDE at the Brick Yard. We will be running the Indy Grand Prix Course August 21-23. To say I am excited, and a bit nervous, is an understatement. I’ll let you know how it went in the September Report.

Also, be on the lookout. Registration for our September DE will open soon. The dates for the DE are September 11-13.

Congratulations are in order. KYPCA took 2nd Place in the PCA National Website Competition. A big thank you goes out to fellow KYPCA member and Louisville Geek Co-owner Bobby Bailey and his staff; as well as Mark Bos, Belinda Russell, and everyone else that maintains and provides content for our website.

KYPCA – good activities with great friends “Rain or Shine.” Check the calendar. 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 10 at Kingfish, River Rd and Zorn Ave. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

Jason Miller

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President’s Report July 2015

Another FANTASTIC Summer Heat in the books. KYPCA DE’s keep getting better. And, if you have yet to participate either as a driver or simply as a spectator, you are missing out.

Thanks to Randy Biery and the Bluegrass Porsche staff for their continued support, without which these DE’s would not be possible. The weather could not have been better and the weekend was incident free. PCNA Hot Shoes John Lewis and Cass Whitehead were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction.

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.

I must take a moment to personally reflect on the weekend. I had a blast and I certainly feel faster. However, the stopwatch doesn’t lie. I returned home with a new nickname, Mr. 127, one minute and 27 seconds that is. Lap after lap my time was the same, 1:27. I’ll take the consistency, but my “track buddies” were not satisfied. Here’s to a new nickname come September, Mr. 124 – baby steps.

Mark your calendars now for our next DE, the Fall Fastival September 11-13.

Our July meeting will be Monday, July 13 at the home of Lucy and Matt Innes. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

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