May 2018 Panorama “From The Regions”

Submitted last night, will be part of the May (maybe April, but probably missed the deadline) Panorama From The Regions.

In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, when turbos do sing and backroads exhausts ring, car lovers love the spring. The Bard of Avon may not have written those words exactly, but were he alive today, he probably would.

The Chinese New Year and the opening of Spring Training all mean it’s time to shake off the car covers, start the cars and get out on the highway. Our first tour of 2018 was a visit to Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. Edward Hessel and TH Morris, our intrepid activities committee, put together a route through Kentucky backroads. Weather is always questionable this time of year: sun? Cold? Snow? Heat and humidity? All in one day? Yup, that’s the Ohio River valley for ya.

Our driving route took us across many of the ridges forming Appalachian foothills prevalent in this part of Kentucky. Our final destination the 1:00 distillery tour. We arrived with more than enough time for a picnic lunch in the Gazebo before touring one of the oldest continually operating distilleries in Kentucky. One of only six distilleries approved to distill bourbon during prohibition (for medicinal uses only – “I been snake bit!”).

Post-WWII, the distillery fell on hard times with majority of product exported, remainder blended into “rotgut” primarily for poverty stricken college students. In 2003, under new ownership, product is now built from two separate mash bills (the bourbon recipe) and 5 separate yeast strains, producing ten possible flavors.

The region is off to a great start with full plans for the remainder of the driving season. Next tours: back to Lexington for a tour of West Sixth Brewery and, an “Endurance Donut Run”: four bakeries across small town Kentucky sampling their home made donuts, with lunch at Cap’n Franks Hot Dog Emporium (no reservations required).

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 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!


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

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

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!!

Summer Heat June 2018

KYPCA Driver’s Education

Friday, June 8th – Sunday, June 10th 2018

Putnam Park

This event will include Instructor Certification on Friday, June 8th

Putnam Park Road Course improvements over time

Look at all of the improvements that have been made to Putnam over the past few years. Come check out the DE!!

Fall Fastival September 2018

KYPCA Driver’s Education

Friday, September 7th – Sunday, September 9th 2018

Putnam Park

2018 Event Committee At Work

Your KYPCA Event Committee never sleeps. In an attempt to provide the utmost in event and activity excellence, we pre-ran a planned Urban Donut Run visiting and verifying the quality of doughnut offerings prior to release as a club drive.

Our latest pre-run was filmed by a documentary crew saving our effort for posterity.

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.

December 2017 President’s Report

President’s Report December 2017

Jason Miller – KY Region President


Happy Holidays! May Santa Claus be good to each and every one of you!!


What are you thankful for?


I am thankful for family, friends, and the freedoms afforded to me through this great country. I am truly blessed in so many ways. I count the friendships gained as a member of the KYPCA as one of those many blessings. Those that know me also know I love my cars, but without our club, it’s just a car. The club has allowed me to truly appreciate the cars, drive them to my limits, and even learn to work on them a bit (although Mitch and Jason usually do the heavy lifting.)


Club participation has never been stronger. As we begin to make plans for 2018, I challenge each of you to stay involved, or take the leap and get involved. Remember this is YOUR club. It can only be as good as we 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.


Our December meeting will be Monday, December 11 at Mellow Mushroom St. Matthews.  The meeting starts at 7pm.


Mark your calendars and don’t forget to RSVP for the After Holiday Party Saturday, January 13, 2018.  Look for your postcard invitation in the mail soon or check the website for more details.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,



Major Racing Coming to Music City USA

Nashville group wants to bring major racing series to downtown Music City.

A proposed Grand Prix of Nashville race that would run through the streets of Music City has gained momentum with the addition of more investors and board members from the entertainment industry, according to Matt Crews, executive vice president of the Grand Prix Association of Nashville.

IndyCar, IMSA and even Formula E are on the group’s wish list of potential race series partners.

Crews is the key member of the association led by former Pocono Raceway executive Joe Mattioli III that hopes to stage a big-time street race in Nashville by 2020.

Mattioli is part of Mattioli family that owns Pocono Raceway. He is the son of Pocono Raceway founder and owner the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Rose Mattioli. He was the promoter at the Nashville fairgrounds track a decade ago. Mattioli left Pocono Raceway as a member of Pocono Raceway’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee on January 28, 2013 to pursue other endeavors.

“We’ve got some additional investors involved from the state of Tennessee and people who used to be at Nashville,” Crews said. “We want to make sure we have the right partners. It takes expertise and connections to make this happen.

“The entertainment industry is a huge piece of this. Rod Essig, who runs the Nashville CAA (Creative Artist Association) office, which is a huge mover and shaker in the Nashville community, is on board. Kix Brooks is one of our board members and he is half one of the the most popular duos in country music history (Brooks & Dunn). They are big in supporting this event.

“Nashville is an entertainment city and the race is the background noise to the party. We are a festival city.”

A key issue, however, is striking a deal with a sanctioning body. Both Nissan’s and Bridgestone’s North American headquarters are based in Nashville. But those two companies do not compete in a racing series together.

“We are still walking that tightrope to find the right sanctioning body that fits the Nashville landscape and finding the right weekend that fits at the right time,” Crew said. “The sanctioning body is an important piece to this but it’s a piece.

“I’ll even throw in Formula E. The largest selling electric car in the world is manufactured here in Nashville. So, there are a lot of different sanctioning bodies that make sense for Nashville.

“We don’t have any commitments from a sanctioning body right now.”

IndyCar president of Competition and Operations Jay Frye believes Nashville would be a great market for the series … someday.

“Would it be something we would be interested in at some point? Sure,” Frye said. “Firestone is based there, and that is important but there is nothing going on with Nashville right now as far as IndyCar is concerned.”

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