April is now upon us, but judging from the weather you wouldn’t know, seems winter doesn’t want to let go this year! I guess we were spoiled last year with a very mild winter.
Cars n Coffee is now in full swing. I went to the March meeting and the weather was sunny but a little cold due to the wind. The turnout was good in general, but not so good for Porsche with only 4 cars turning up so at the next one (4/13) let’s try and fill a row up with Porsches. It is now held at Captains Quarters. There are coffee and cakes for sales inside the main entrance.
This month I have my first 2013 track event and will be at Putnam Park on April 5th- 7th with the 10/10th group. I will be instructing and taking part in time trials and hope to add to my trophy collection!
I attended the zone 13 PCA meeting in Springfield IL last weekend and it was an opportunity to meet PCA President Manny Alban who I found really down to earth and easy to talk to. I also met with our zone 13 Rep James Jacisins. The meeting was held at the Isringhausen Porsche dealership in Springfield Illinois. The meeting was a chance for each Zone 13 president to bring up issues they have and to share ideas to help each other’s club be more successful. I spoke with Bluegrass President Ed Stevenson and we discussed teaming up on some of our drives this year as it will be a good way to increase participation at our drives and meet some new people. Manny presented reports that showed PCA has been growing nationwide over the past year and we are doing well at retaining existing members.
Manny also brought up the subject of the Street Survival Program that Tire Rack and the BMW Club have been running for some time. PCA got involved in a trial last year to see how it would be received and all indications are that it went very well. Street Survival is a driving course targeted at young drivers from the age of 15-21 years old. The course is designed to teach young drivers how to react to certain highway emergency’s such as sudden stops and braking hard in wet conditions. The students are encouraged to drive their own cars on the course so they get to know how they behave in different and extreme situations. I think the course is something we would all like our own children to try as it helps to prepare them for the trials of driving on our street and highways. Let me know if any of you would be interested in volunteering time to assist in one of these events as I can contact National for more information on how to get one setup.