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.

Stuttgart Specialist Tech Session

Technical session on the ins and outs of a pre-purchase inspection will be held on May 18th. We should be going over two Porsches, one being air cooled and the other will be relying on a few gallons on anti-freeze to keep those temps in check. This session will be conducted at Stuttgart Specialists located at 1821 Taylor Ave (near Louisville Mega Caverns). Additional details will be available soon.

2019 KYPCA Activities

2019 KYPCA Activity List

March 9th – Drive to Story, Indiana (Brown County State Park)

March 16th – Tech Session at Blue Grass Dealership

March 23rd – Donut Run

April 6th – Drive to the Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth, IN

April 20th – Drive to the Chicken House in Sellersburg, IN

May 11th – Joe and Jane Galownia’s Steak & Wine Dinner, New Albany, IN

May 18th – Tech Session at Stuttgart Specialists

May 19th – KYPCA Ladies Night Out – Massage Envy hosted by Vycki Minstein

May 25th – Casey Jones Distillery Tour, Hopkinsville, KY

June 8-9 – Summer Driver’s Education, Putnam Road Course, Greencastle, IN

June 29 – Overnight trip to Athens, OH

July 12th – Polly’s Freeze Ice Cream Run, Georgetown, IN

July 20th – Keeneland Concours

August 3rd – Urban Bourbon Distillery Tours – Old Forester & Michter’s, Louisville

August 9, 10 & 11 – Tail of the Dragon Tour

August 24th – Pool Party hosted by Anthony and Vycki Minstein, Louisville

August 30th – Lazy Sundeas Ice Cream Run, Georgetown, IN

September 7-8- Fall Driver’s Education, Putnam Road Course, Greencastle, IN

September 21st – LuxRow Distillery Tour, Bardstown, KY

October 5th – Huber’s Drive, Starlight, IN

October 5th – Germanfest/Bourbonfest hosted by Steve and Bernadette Doolin

October 12th – Wild Turkey Distillery Tour, Lawerenceburg, KY

November 2nd – Castle and Key Distillery Tour, Frankfort, KY

November 16th – Kentucky Covered Bridge Tour

Additional details for each event will be distributed as their respective dates approach.

Fall Fastavil 2019

KYPCA Driver’s Education

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

Putnam Park

Summer Heat 2019

KYPCA Driver’s Education

Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9

Putnam Park

Donut! Donut! DONUT! – April Panorama Submission

“Bad weather always looks worse through a window”, said Tom Lehrer…we might also add “…and a windshield”.

Spring has not been favorable for driving, though we had an excellent tech session on car washing and detailing from Studio A Detailing, a high-end, family run shop. Special consideration is made to removing fine grained surface scratches from prior wash jobs’ dirty towels, using proprietary solutions. We were, instructed on the best techniques, towels and wash tools (best in not marring the car’s finish) and no-rinse washes.

The weather turned in our favor for our 1st Annual Donut Endurance Run: a drive across central Kentucky for homemade, fresh donuts. Our first stop, after winding through the Kentucky countryside over Kentucky River tributaries, arrived at Doughdaddy outside Versailles, KY. Doughdaddy has taken over a closed gas station, retaining the pumps and mini-mart conveniences alongside a broad selection of donuts; cake, yeast, crullers, turnovers and twists. Our group of 21 cars and 28 folk enjoyed a rest, gas and donut stop. As Homer Simpson said: “Donuts, is there anything they can’t do?”

Our next stop was Danville, Ky, running back roads through the thoroughbred horse farms of the bluegrass and through the glacial escarpments and canyons of the Kentucky River. Over millennia, the river has eroded limestone canyons, creating 1,000 foot tall cliffs on either side of a mile wide canyon, our county road cut out of the limestone cliffs.

The topography flattened out near Danville for our next donut stop: Burke’s Bakery, a local mainstay for over 60 years (I heartily recommend the cinnamon crumb!). After a morning of sugar, it was appropriate to add something from the other food groups: lunch at Captain Frank’s Hot Dog Emporium.

 Always remember: “No matter how great life is, it’s not complete without doughnuts”.

Studio A – Tech Session

Studio A – Auto world class appearance center
March 31st @ 10am

13059 Middletown Industrial Blvd Louisville, KY
phone # 502-592-8310

Spring is just about here. Time to get your car looking its best. Studio A experts will do an in depth review of Porsche paint care, corrections, and the newest in Ceramic coatings. They will also demo using their equipment and show the depth of paint’s surface and the condition of the surface itself. You won’t want to miss this Tech Session. Studio A will also offer some of their special products for sale. And, they will be offering KYPCA members special pricing on their services.

Question contact Steve McCombs 502-558-0306

2018 KyPCA Activities Schedule

2018 KyPCA Activities

Saturday, March 10: Four Roses Distillery Tour – Lawrenceburg

Saturday, March 31: Studio A – Tech Session

Saturday, April 7: West Sixth Brewery Tour – Lexington

Saturday, April 28: Endurance Donut Run – Louisville, Frankfort…

Sunday, April 29: @ 9am June DE registration opens

Saturday, May 12: Joe and Jane’s Wine and Steak Dinner

Saturday, May 19: Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese Drive – Austin, KY

Saturday, May 26: Babes BBQ Drive – Georgetown, KY

Saturday, June 2: Mozza Pi and Bulleit Bourbon Tour

Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10: Summer Heat DE

Friday, June 29: Polly’s Freeze – Act 1

Saturday, July 7: Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens

Saturday, July 14: Jim Beam Distillery Tour

Saturday, July 21: Keeneland Concours d’Elegance

Friday, July 27: Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)

Friday, August 10: Ghirardelli Ice Cream Run (Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass)

Saturday, August 25: Minstein Pool Party

Friday, Sept 7 – Sunday, Sept 9: Fall Fastival DE

Porsche Parade 2018 July 8-14

Porsche Parade is PCA’s biggest event. Parade is a week-long extravaganza of driving tours, competitive events, banquets, social events, and seminars, and lots of Porsche fun. This year, Parade is heading to the Lake of the Ozarks. You won’t want to miss it!

Important dates to remember:

Phase I Housing Registration: January 29, 2018 at 12 pm EST.

Phase II Event Registration: April 2, 2018.

Parade: July 8-14, 2018 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

 

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