November 2019 President’s Report

President’s Report November 2019

This will be my last president’s report and I’m at the end of my elected term as KYPCA president. I would truly like to thank the membership for allowing me to head up this amazing group of people and this outstanding Club. It has been a true honor and privilege. I don’t plan on going anywhere and I still will be involved with helping grow our numbers and assist in events in the future. I recall when I joined 22 years ago, there were only 65 members. Today there are 314 primary and 173 affiliate members which is 487 members, wow…. Just in the past two years alone, we’ve acquired 89 members and 2019 isn’t over yet.

Before I go too far, a bit of an important issue for KYPCA, which needs your attention. On the website kypca.org, lists the newly revised By-laws. Your Executive Committee has approved them and now it is up for review by the membership. We will be calling for a membership vote on approving these new By-laws as written on or before the 2020 February meeting. Please take the time to review them. Your approval vote is very important.

As you know 2019 is our 60th anniversary of the Kentucky Region of PCA. We have received notifications from PCA National acknowledging our accomplishment. Also, we just received a letter from Porsche North America extending congratulation on our PCA history, loyalty to the cars and the name brand.

I wonder sometime on how we can keep our momentum going when only 20% of the membership are truly active. Is there something missing, are we not doing the things you guys want to do and see. I ask the question; how can we get more members to be active in the club. Truly the 80% can’t just want the magazine and a sticker. I challenge the active 20% to get the 80% more involved in our club events. Be creative and come up with ways to make this happen. Remember this is your Club, make it what you want. Don’t just leave it up to the officers to put things together. We’ve been doing it for a long time and truly we’re running out of ideas. We can really use you help.

2020 opens up a new decade with opportunities for KYPCA events. Our important events like our two DE’s and monthly meetings are your corner stones. But that leaves many other things we can do from February through December. I know I personally will be heading up the 2nd annual Tail of the Dragon Tour in early August and the 18th Huber’s Winery Drive in early October. Get with our Activities Chair and say what you would like to do. Better yet, you plan something. We’ll help you pull it off.

In closing, I want the thank the 2019 officers for this help and guidance. Thanks to Randy Biery and the entire Bluegrass Porsche group for their support. We are truly blessed to have Bluegrass Porsche involvement in KYPCA. And to the KYPCA membership for your involvement in making this one of the best PCA Region’s in the country.

Happy Holidays and a Healthy Happy New Year.
Your 2019 President, Steve McCombs

October 2019 Activities Report

“Do not go gentle into that good night”. In Kentucky, we interpret that to mean, as the summer driving season comes to a close, we need to rage against the dying of the light. And not going gentle is what we do. First up was a LuxRow Distillery tour in Bardstown, KY. As Bardstown is 65 miles away (based on the roads we take), it gives ample opportunity to explore secondary roads twisting around hills and streams.

Two weeks later, it was a drive out Huber’s Farm to meet up with three other Porsche regions: Central and Southern Indiana and Bluegrass. Huber’s is a local farm experience: pick ya own pumpkins, wine tasting, turkey dines and rows upon rows of Porsches.

We followed that up with our 5th annual Germanfest/Bourbonfest hosted by Steve and Bernadette Doolin at their place out in the woods outside of Louisville. Next up was two more bourbon tours on two separate weekends. Wild Turkey, one of the oldest distilleries in Kentucky, followed by Castle & Key, two weeks later, one of the newest.

Castle & Key Distillery is located on the site of the historic Old Taylor Distillery, outside Frankfort. After sitting abandoned to fall into ruin, new owners purchased the property in 2014. Production began at the distillery in late 2016 for the first time in over 40 years. Besides incredible architecture, the site also has 110 acres of gardens and river views in one of the prettiest locations in Kentucky.

We finished off the season with the Kentucky Covered Bridge Tour. Covered bridges are a staple of the Midwest, the wood covering preserving the bridges from the ravages of sun and rain.

September 2019 President’s Report

President’s Report September 2019

Well it’s been a long time since I wrote a president’s report. I guess I wasn’t sure if anyone was reading them. Plus I believe a president report should be about the important things about the club and its activities.

I would like to start out with a request of the membership. It is that time of the year to establish 2020 Officers of the club. I’m requesting everyone to think hard and be excited to become an officer of this wonderful organization. New and fresh ideas have been the foundation of this group and has made it what it is today. Please consider running for an office to which all offices are open. Our secretary Robert Klein (email: Robert@Kleinlawyer.com) will be the nomination chair and will gather all prospects for consideration and place those names on the website to be viewed. Election will be held at the December membership meeting. This year electronic voting via email will be accepted as well as in person.

This has been an exciting year for events , drives, and our DE. The events like the After Christmas party, the annual Wine and Steak party, Pool party and Bourbon tasting party. There were two Tech Sessions with some outstanding Shops, Bluegrass Porsche and Stuttgard Specialists. One of the best parts of KYPCA is the outstanding Drives. Activity chairs T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel have worked endlessly to put together really fun events, along with two new overnight adventure trips to Athens, OH and Blue Ridge/Tail of the Dragon tour. All have been huge successes. And lastly, the best DE weekends of any PCA club in the USA. BlueGrass Porsche and Randy Biery have been fantastic partners and without them these DE’s would not be the monster success they have become. All have been wonderful, exciting , educational and fun for all who attended. In my opinion the monthly club meeting has been a huge part of the social camaraderie of this club and is the center point of why KYPCA continues to grow. Our membership has seen a huge growth over the past 18 months and these are the reasons why. With help and involvement from each of our members we will continue seeing this kind of growth.

Please remember, this is your club. All of you are an important member with ideas and a shared interest in Porsche Automobiles. Your involvement is vital to the health and vitality of KYPCA. Please be involved, if you have not been, we need you. Jump in, show up, get into to it and I assure you, you’ll have fun and it will truly be worth your time and effort. The year is not over, there are still plenty of things to do and or put together. Volunteer. Run something it’s not difficult and doesn’t require a lot of time. Speak Up, I’m waiting…..

Thanks everyone for letting me be your club’s president this year. It’s a great honor to be involved and become friends with all of you.

Steve McCombs (2019 KYPCA president)

August 2019 Membership Report

Primary Members 315
Affiliate Members 173
Life Members
Total Members 488

 

Kentucky Invades Ohio!

Before we escalate to acts of armed aggression, I should clarify: the PCA region of Kentucky spent the weekend driving through the Hocking Hills portion of southeast Ohio. The Hocking Hills is a deeply dissected area of the Allegheny Plateau featuring cliffs, gorges, rock shelters, and waterfalls. The area’s topography is due to particular sandstone formation: thick, hard and weather-resistant, forming high cliffs and narrow, deep gorges.

The area is world famous for its roads featuring sweeping curves and scenery. What would you expect from roads named “Black Diamond Run”, “Zaleski Zipper” or “Hocking Hills Nipper”? A favored spot for America’s motor journalists, frequently using the area for sports car comparisons. In fact, Car & Driver magazine has declared a 14-mile path they’ve carved out in the Hills as their “favorite test loop” for taking a vehicle through the motions. The magazine has been testing cars on the roads here since at least 1989. Well, if it’s good enough for Car & Driver, it must be good enough for KYPCA.

Lest you think it was all roads meant to be explored in a spirited fashion, the area also features more bucolic routes: “Lazy Rivers” and “Rim of the World”. Not least but last, there is the famed “Triple Nickle”: up and down and around a route guaranteed to make your passenger sick.

We decided to make a weekend out of the trip, leaving Louisville early Saturday to return Sunday night. Of our 700 mile round trip, 300 miles were spent on the Hills’ “Windy 9” (as in “winding”, not as in blowing air); 9 specific routes featuring the best scenic and winding routes for cars and motorcycles. A brief aside: does everyone in Ohio always drive 20 miles under the speed limit at all times? Our admittedly less than statistically accurate survey would say “YES”!

Besides sampling routes, we spent time visiting many popular tourist attractions, including the pencil sharpener museum, featuring a collection of over 3,400 pencil sharpeners (including one shaped like a 911 Turbo), thought to be the nation’s largest.

Our monthly activities also included our annual trip to Southern Indiana’s Polly’s Freeze, serving ice cream continuously since 1952.

 

June 30 Drive to Hocking Hills, Ohio

Most of us probably read Car & Driver and Road & Track magazines each month. Over the course of many Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, etc road tests, there are continuous references to the Hocking Hills and Southeastern Ohio’s magnificent roads. Well, maybe it’s time we checked this out: if it’s good enough for motor sports journalists, it’s got to be good enough for us.

And so, June 29th to 30th, we drive to Athens for the Windy 9 (as in winding roads, not blowing air).

Want more info on why? Check out: https://www.explorehockinghills.com/blog/posts/2016/may/experience-the-thrill-of-driving-hocking-hills-famously-scenic-roads/

We’ll leave 9 am Saturday freewaying to Cincinnati, from where we’ll take 2 lane roads arriving in the Hocking Hills by 12 or so. We’ll spend the next 4 to 5 hours sampling roads following a pre-planned route, stopping in Athens for the night. Sunday, we’ll drive more of the hills until around 1 PM or so, before heading back to Louisville via Maysville and Paris. Some of our stops may include the one remaining, still in operation, washboard factory.

Please RSVP so we can get a head count and try to arrange a group rate at a motel. Food, lodging all responsibility of attendees.

May 2019 Activity Report

The Kentucky Region covers a territory 200 miles wide by 120 miles North to South. Of our 480 members, 410 reside in the greater Louisville area, at the North East corner of the region. 20 members are in the south and 50 in the West (and 1 in Belgium).

This month, we decided to follow Horace Greeley’s advice and go West to join up with our far western neighbors. We first traveled Kentucky parkways for 90 miles prior to smaller two lane roads. Our first destination Jefferson Davis State Park, home of the world’s tallest concrete non-reinforced obelisk. Washington’s Monument stands 554 feet tall: Jeff Davis Memorial stands 351. Kentucky was a southern state during the Civil War.

Don’t know any of us would claim confederate sympathies, just wanted to see a 35 story concrete obelisk standing in the middle of a farm field.

Our next stop was the Casey Jones distillery, where we met some of our western members, located outside of Hopkinsville, KY. The distillery was named neither for the famed engineer, nor the Grateful Dead song, but for an early moonshiner from the woods of far Western KY, whose grandson operates it today using the original still design. His shine was the only liquor acceptable to Al Capone, himself a native of the same area.

After touring the modest, but attractive distillery, we all repaired to a local BBQ for lunch (and home made coconut cream pie) prior to the long drive home.

Would that have been all, it would have been enough, except the region also attended the annual Joe and Jane Galownia Steak and Wine party, a pre-purchase inspections tech session from Mitch at Stuttgart Specialists and KYPCA Ladies Night at the local Massage Envy hosted by the lovely Vycki Minstein.

 

April 2019 Drive to Overlook Restaurant

The Overlook restaurant is uniquely positioned on a bluff in Leavenworth, Indiana, offering a 20 mile panoramic vista of the Ohio River.  As you enjoy your meal, watch barges churning up and down the river or the sun setting behind the wooded hills of Indiana.

The restaurant serves up country classics such as fried chicken, pork chops, chicken pot pie, and catfish fillets—and in-house baked coconut cream pie worth an hour’s drive.

Or maybe, it was the donuts. April’s first drive started at a late enough hour to get folk out of bed (10:30 leave time) and at what is arguably Louisville’s best for donuts: North Lime Donuts. Regardless, we had a 50 mile drive through the farm country of deep south Indiana, between the twin urban Indiana metropolises of Elizabeth (pop204) and Laconia (pop 51). Once through Corydon, our group of 27 cars and 38 folk remained on Hwy 62 along the Ohio River bottoms until reaching Leavenworth and the Overlook restaurant.

Following PCA recommended protocol, we had split the 27 cars into three separate drive groups. Leaving 5 minutes apart and staying within speed limits allowed us to be safe, and not disrupt local traffic by trains 10,15 or more cars long. As a result, we arrived at the Overlook parking area with enough time between to safely park.

The Overlook had reserved 3 long and two 6 top tables in a separate room, surrounded by views of the curve of the Ohio. Everyone enjoyed a country style home cooked lunch and some of wisely chose dessert (the wisest among us choosing coconut cream pie, just sayin’).

After lunch, it was time to saddle up for the drive home. Some chose to go direct to the freeway, a little West and North. Some chose back to drive East back to Corydon following State Scenic Route Hwy 62 getting on the freeway after the scenic part of the drive. And some decided the day was warm enough to drive further North and West to Patoka Lake sampling a wine called “Drunken Bunny Piss”. We hope they make a safe return.

 

March 2019 President’s Report

Hey everyone sorry for being late and missing last month’s president notes. I have been busy with being a part of the Werks Reunion and Festival of Speed in Amelia Island Florida. And soooo had the Club, with planning this year’s events. T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel our activity chairs have planned a fun and exciting event schedule. Check it out on our web sight www.kypca.org and on Facebook. We have completed three events already and Spring is only a week old. Wow, pick the event you would like to attend and put it on your calendar and plan on being there. And don’t forget to plan on attending one or both of our DE events. Even if you don’t want to drive in the event. Just come up to Putnam Raceway Park and join in the fun.

I just got back from the PCA Zone 13 presidents meeting in Chicago. The National Club is doing well. With 83,482 primary members (a 4.8 % growth) 45,877 co-members (3.15% growth) with a total of 129,359 members nationwide which includes Canada. Another interesting statistic compiled by PCA National is the number of Porsche vehicles in The Kentucky Region area vs the number of KYPCA members at the end of 2018. Number of total Kentucky vehicles registered is 2,085 and the number of PCA members cars are 310. Primary membership market share is only 15%. Which mean we have major room for growth. That also compares the number of sports cars at 27% with the number of 4-Door Porsches at 38%. Looks like we truly need to get our 4-Door friends involved some how some way. Any suggestion??

The National web sight is being updated to be more user friendly. And I suggest that all members establish a log-in account on the National web page. There’s a ton of information there for the asking. One new item which has been implemented is SIM Racing supported by I Racing, started on March 23rd. Each race will be streamed live on every Friday afternoon check the web page for details.

National will also be making available 4:1 for all SUV owners/Panamera 4-door cars a monthly e-newsletter. It is available to sign up for this service at pca.org.

Thanks for reading my report. The April meeting will be at Joe’s Older that Dirt in Lyndon. Come for the social gathering at 6:30, meeting starts at 7.

Please drink responsibly.

Steve McCombs, 2019 KYPCA president