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

2019 Endurance Donut Run

An old proverb states: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. Well, here in Kentucky, it’s more comes in like a lion and hangs around like a feral boar. Scheduling drives means potentially contending with rain, sleet, ice, cold, sunshine, and that’s all in one day.

This past Saturday, a group of stalwarts braved the 30 degree temperatures to meet at the rest area on I64 at 8:30 because, well…getting the car out is important, but even more: visiting not 1, but 2 separate donut shops is well-nigh life saving. In the words the great philosopher, Homer Simpson: “Uhm…donuts”…indeed.

We left the interstate in Shelbyville venturing out on some of Kentucky’s fine back roads, around, alongside and over the Kentucky river and its many tributaries. For those geology buffs among us, the open limestone cliffs were a stark reminder of the tremendous waterflow through here from the melting of the great ice sheets of the last ice age. How much water?

Well, water density at room temperature is 0.998g/cm³; the density of ice is 0.9167 g/cm³.  The ratio of volumes is inversely proportional to the ratio of densities.  So, for example, one gallon of water near the freezing point would make the equivalent of 1.090 gallons of ice. When an ice sheet two miles thick melts it produces a lot of water. Enough to carve out hills, valleys and carry off sediment, displaying (and eroding) the hard rock underneath.

Whatever: we had a lot of pretty scenery to drive through as we got to our first stop: B’s Bakery in downtown Frankfort. Their constantly shifting selection of fresh donuts made decisions hard and a number of us grabbed some to go. The heath bar donut especially interested me, but too much sugar can be, well, too much.

After B’s, we saddled up and went out through the flat farm lands of central Kentucky, again driving along the Kentucky river and more of it’s tributaries, but this time, in the flatter zone indicative of the Kentucky Bluegrass. We ended up driving through the thoroughbred horse farms producing Derby competition to arrive at our 2nd stop: Doughdaddy’s Donuts outside Versailles. Although a donut specialty house, the clear winner was Bs with their varied home made specialties.

We finished off the drive with lunch at the Versailles Tap Room (enough safe parking for the Porsches) before striking out back home. Great drive, though some of those one lane wide roads were a bit off-putting to all concerned.

 

March 2019 Drive to Story Inn in Story, Indiana

“It was a dark and stormy night…”, well actually, it was cloudy (thought it did get stormy later) and it was morning…like early morning. But! We met at a donut shop and had excellent donuts from North Lime Donuts (their original store in Lexington was on our 1st Annual Donut Run last year, but cut for being too far away). 6 cars and 7 folk altogether made the 200 mile round trip to Story Inn, in Story, IN, inside Brown County.

Along the way, we decided to explore some of the farm country between Salem, IN and I-65. We visited two separate covered bridges along the way, including one outside Medora, the longest single span covered bridge and this one in Leota, what must be the worlds shortest.

 

 

Although rain had threatened and was in the air, we were able to get to the Story Inn on time for our noon reservation. We looked at the numerous antique bottles and other glassware, the kitchen meat grinder (I remember my mother using one in the 1960s) and other antiques in the main dining room.

The village of Story itself was founded in 1851, with the grant of a land patent from President Millard Fillmore to Dr. George Story. Dr. Story and his progeny built many of the structures which distinguish this town today, from the then-ample supply of domestic hardwoods. Story soon became the largest settlement in the area. In its heyday (1880-1929) the village supported two general stores, a nondenominational church, a one-room schoolhouse, a grain mill, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, a blacksmith’s forge and a post office.

Story never recovered from the Great Depression (1929-1933), as families abandoned farms in search of work elsewhere. Brown County lost half of its population between 1930 and 1940. The exodus created the opportunity for the State of Indiana to purchase 16,000 for what is now Brown County State Park.

By the time we had finished lunch, the rain had started. Some opted to head south and hop on I 65 in Brownstown; others, chose the highway through Salem, passing through some occasionally intense cloud bursts, but mostly, just more rain.

Barber Motorsports Museum

Submitted by Anthony Minstein – Membership Chair

For car and motorsports enthusiasts, Louisville seems to be in the center of the world. Putnam Park is 2.5 hours away; Mid-Ohio, 6 hours, Road America, 9. But, for the true enthusiast, the best destination might be Barber Motorsports Museum and road course.

In the 1960s George Barber’s zeal for speed ignited his vision for today’s museum. Having raced Porsches in the 1960s, Barber held an impressive track record—63 first place wins. A thriving business executive, Barber rediscovered his motorsports passion in 1988 and began collecting and restoring classic cars.

Since the world’s best and largest car collections had already been established, Barber heeded some wise advice. His longtime friend Dave Hooper—a motorcycle enthusiast as well as the person who ran Barber’s delivery fleet for 27 years—suggested that Barber shift his focus from cars to motorcycles. Being a man of big dreams, Barber seized the opportunity to accomplish what no one else had done… build the world’s “best and largest” motorcycle collection.

To help jumpstart Barber’s collection, Hooper suggested a trio of Honda V-Fours. He then gifted Barber with two of his own motorcycles. One of these bikes—a rare, exquisitely detailed 1952 Victoria Bergmeister—instantly won Barber’s affection. The quest for more was on. In 1994, the Bergmeister inspired Barber. He appreciated motorcycles for much more than just fast machines. They were also works of art.

He established the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. The museum opened to the public at its original Southside Birmingham location in 1995. Along the way, Barber’s love for speed was not forgotten. The Barber staff excelled in conserving or restoring motorcycles to running condition, and, in some cases, to competition-ready shape. Having launched a race program to promote the collection, Barber also demonstrated to the world that this was a “living museum.”

The Barber Racing Team first competed in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) series in 1992 in Daytona. The previously unknown team won premier races and created a buzz in the vintage motorcycle community. The team continued competing in the U.S. and Europe until 1998, bringing seven national championships back home to Birmingham.

A call from New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 1997 was a defining moment for the Barber Museum. Sending 21 bikes to exhibit at the original New York show, “The Art of the Motorcycle,” Barber continued to make the connection between motorsports and art. “The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit also traveled to Chicago and Bilbao, Spain. The thrill of the New York exhibit sparked a much bigger dream for Barber. “We can do this in Birmingham!” he maintained. Barber set out to create a one-of-a-kind, world-class facility. Going even further, he imagined a road course as well where the “living museum” quality of the collection could be demonstrated.

A sprawling Birmingham landscape was required to accommodate the large scale of Barber’s dream. Consulting with world champion racers John Surtees and Dan Gurney, uncommon precision drove the design of the complex. In September 2003, the 930-acre park, with its world-class 16-turn, 2.38 mile racetrack, opened to the public. The track is home to the Porsche Sport Driving School, and numerous automakers have chosen the park as their stage for vehicle debuts and to film commercials. In 2014, the Barber Proving Grounds were built adjacent to the racetrack and consist of a track area, which can be converted to various layouts, along with a wet/dry skidpad. The proving grounds allow users to demonstrate vehicle capabilities such as accident avoidance, braking, turning, and acceleration. Mercedes Benz began using the grounds for their employees’ “Brand Immersion Experience” in October. Other uses for the proving grounds include product debuts, kart racing, driving schools, and safety instruction.

Today, the museum is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. More than 650 bikes can be seen on any given day, and 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection—from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Indian—to Showa, DSK, and Cagiva. The museum features the world’s most extensive Lotus collection, anchored by the Lotus 21. The museum also displays rare racecars, including the 1964 Ferrari F-158, in which John Surtees won the 1964 Formula 1 Driver’s World Championship.

A number of us journey down to Birmingham for track events. The track being the site for a number HPDEs, plus other DE type events sponsored by independent promoters. The track is fast, with a couple of long straights, elevation changes and well-maintained surface. One danger, if you hit a barrier, a truck will be out to retrieve your car in minutes, along with a bill for replacing and repainting the barriers. George is serious about maintaining the track.

The setting is in rolling hills a few miles outside of Birmingham with woods and two bridges crossing the track from the museum into the woods. Periodically through the year, besides professional racing (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, part of the IndyCar Series, is one of the annual events at the park) there are annual events such as the Barber Vintage Festival, the Small Bore Festival and more.

Come for a DE, come to visit the museum, come for a weekend of racing…but come. You’ll be amazed at what you find, and it’s only seven hours from Louisville.

 

January 2019 President’s Report

The Kentucky Region Porsche Club of America wishes each and everyone of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and we are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2019. I would like to briefly introduce myself, I’m Steve McCombs the new 2019 KYPCA President. I have been a member for 20 years and have served as president seven other times over the years. And, I’m grateful for your vote and support in granting this 8th term. It’s especially important to me, since 2019 is KYPCA’s 60th year anniversary. I think a party or something special is called for, what do you think?

I would truly like to thank, Jason Miller, for his strong support and efforts as our past president. And I look forward to his help and insight as part of the Executive Committee in this coming year. I would also like to thank the other officers Past and present, Jeremy Miller VP, Richard Darnell Treasure, Robert Klein Secretary, Anthony Minstein Membership Chair, T.H. Morris Activity Chair, Edward Hessel Tour/Drive Chair, Chuck Hicks Chief DE Driving instructor, Dan Stewart, Mark Lichtefeld DE class room instructor, Gene Hoffman Board Member, past Board Member Jim Doll, new Board Member Mark Bos, Bobby Baily Web Master, and Debra Pollock our Southern KYPCA rep. I think I got them all. With the support and involvement of these individuals our Club will continue to improve and be one of the best PCA clubs period.

We will soon have the 2019 Events schedule put together with some new things, which includes the events that have made this Club. Our DE events, the monthly meetings, the dinner wine and bourbon parties, and the DRIVES. We are also grateful to have the continued support of Blue Grass Motorsports Porsche and Randy Biery.

As a reminder, this is your Club, your ideas and events counts. All we ask is for you to step up and join in the fun. Because without you all the work that goes into planning these events will turn out pail in comparison to having lots of members involved. If there is something you would like to see us do that we aren’t or haven’t done, let us know. Or even better, sign up to run an event. I assure you they will come and we’ll all have fun.

**We’re rescheduling the Tech Session at Blue Grass Motorsports for Saturday February 23rd at 10am.**

The February Club Meeting will be held at Famous Dave’s BBQ – 8605 Citadel Way off of South Hurstbourne Pkwy.

There’s always a social gathering before the meeting starting at 6:30pm with the Club Meeting officially starting at 7:00pm.

Steve McCombs

December 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report December 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

The Holidays are here, and with them comes my last President’s Report, at least for now. As I wrap up my third 2-year term as President, I thank each and every one of you for making our club what it is. Holly, Grace, and I love our KYPCA family. The friendships we have created will last a lifetime and extend well beyond the cars. We have every intention of staying involved. Besides, who else is going to take all of those spectacular photos.

I want to personally thank each of my fellow officers, board members, and Presidential appointees for leading the club with enthusiasm and passion. From our first-class DE’s to the many exhilarating drives, we work hard to provide something for everyone.

2019 brings back a familiar face. Steve McCombs will step back into the Presidential role. Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to lead our club and I have no doubt he will continue to do so.

Our December meeting will be Monday, December 10 at Fiesta Time Amigos. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to RSVP for the After Holiday Party Saturday, January 26, 2019. Look for your postcard invitation and e-mail notice soon.

Lastly, if you are not receiving club e-mails please send me your updated e-mail address.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Jason 

millermd@twc.com

KyPCA After Holiday Party 2018

KYPCA Holiday Hangover Party aka After Holiday Party

When:  Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time:  7:00pm ’til Midnight

Where:  Lake Forest Lodge

Cost:  $20.00 per person

The membership is invited to attend our 2018 “After Holiday Party.”  This year we will be returning to the Lake Forest Lodge.  The cost will be $20 per person and will include a catered dinner from Taziki’s Café.  There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.   And, as always, door prizes! If anyone wishes to donate a door prize, please let us know.

 

Please mail your RSVP along with your check to:

After Holiday Party KyPCA

PO Box 35341

Louisville KY 40232

(Make check payable to: The Kentucky Region PCA)

 

OR visit:

 

kypca.motorsportreg.com

 

Questions:

Richard Darnell

502-889-8120

Or

Jason Miller

millermd@twc.com

 

RSVP and payment must be received no later than Friday, January 18, 2019

November 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report November 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

 

Saturday, October 6th marked the fourth annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting at the beautiful home of Steve and Bernadette Doolin. This is my favorite event of the year. The weather was perfect and brought out some new faces to join in the fun. It was a nice relaxing outdoor evening with great friends, good food, bourbon, and live music. Jim Beam Black won the night. Place this event on your 2019 calendar, tentatively the first Saturday in October. Thank you Steve and Bernie for another wonderful night!

 

November brings Officer elections. If you cannot attend the November membership meeting you can vote via e-mail. You should have received one e-mail and will receive a second reminder as the date nears. If you are planning to attend the meeting please do not submit an e-mail vote.

 

SAVE THE DATE – our 2018 Holiday Hangover Party will be Saturday, January 26, 2019. Details will follow as things come together.

 

Lastly, as we prepare the 2019 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 12th at Rooster’s, 10430 Shelbyville Rd.  The meeting starts at 7pm.

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!