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Year In Review – We Need YOUR Photos

It’s that time of year again. We need to collect photos from all 2014 ARPCA events! Send all those smartphone photos, ARPCA Selfies, or good old digital camera photos that you took at all the events you attended this year to pix@arpca.com. We’ll make them part of the 2014 Year In Review video at the holiday party in December. Send those photos ASAP so we have time to get the video ready for December!


Send Photos of you and your car or photos from ARPCA events to pix@arpca.com


Porsche Touring Crew

2014 Porsche Touring Crew


Please join the 2014 Edition of the ARPCA Porsche Touring Crew Luncheon.  Plan to tell some stories, maybe even tell some lies, and add to your social circle!  If you have an ARPCA name tag please wear it.
Lunches are planned for the last Tuesday of each month.
We will rotate the location i.e. EAST, NORTH, WEST, SOUTH, unless a majority wants to stick to the same location.
October’s will be held:

Tues Oct 28, 2014


Special Guest Speaker:  Duane Smith – Sewickley Porsche Service Manager
“How to Properly Store Your Porsche”  (aka – abuse your lowly B_ _ instead for the Pgh winters)


Click here to: Email PTC’s Organizers Ray, Bill & Rob  with any Touring Crew questions or


Register online at MSR here: PTC OCT Registration MSR


Porsche Projects for Patriots (“P3”) Update

Thanks to the contacts and generosity of ARPCA club members, the P3 program continues to help active-duty military service members overseas by providing care packages that show our thanks and help remind them of home.  So far this year, we have sent four care packages to service members who are friends or relatives of ARPCA members.  We typically include snacks, drink mixes, reading materials, and other items to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice that these men and women make on our behalf.  Also, by establishing a connection with these service members, we are able to provide them with certain items that they specifically request to help them with their jobs – for example, better gloves, eyewear or other equipment that are not available to them but make their jobs easier and safer.


Please continue to think of family members, friends or neighbors that may benefit from this program.  The process is very simple, and the club pays the expenses – you just provide a name and contact information, and we do the rest!  We contact the service member to get any specific request items or needs, and then we pack and ship the items directly to them.


If you have the names of any service members who would benefit from this program, please contact Michael Coyne at (724)601-7848 or via email at Michael.coyne11@yahoo.com


Thanks again for your support of the P3 program!

Tire Rack Street Survival Recap

Pgh TRSS 2014 Group Photo

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations targeted to the newest and youngest of drivers on the road… TEENS! On Sunday Sept 28, 31 students (mostly teens and early 20 yr old) gathered along w/ 25 of our instructors and a number of volunteers from the ARPCA and ACBMWCCA along with parents to host the innagural Tire Rack Street Survival program in Pittsburgh at PittRace.  Read more…

Ever wonder where the Porsche Crest came from?

The story of the Porsche Crest

As Germany underwent a revolution in 1918, a German state of Kingdom of Württemberg was transformed from a monarchy to a democratic republic and called Free People’s State of Württemberg. It’s capital was Stuttgart. In 1922 a new coat of arms was introduced that would later have its place in Porsche’s history.

Hand-made production of the Porsche badge

The word ‘Stuttgart’ is a development of the Old High German word ‘Stuotengarten’, where ‘stuoten’ means ‘stud’, referring to the breeding of horses. ‘Garten’ naturally translates as ‘garden’. The coat of arms of Stuttgart has had horses on it since 1286, but the current format was taken into use in 1938.

After Germany’s defeat in World War II in 1945, Soviet Union, USA, British Empire and France divided Germany into four administrative zones. One part of the new French-administered Germany is to be called Württemberg-Hohenzollern and they use a simplified version of the former coat of arms of Free People’s State of Württemberg. Note that this crest is not anymore associated with the state where Stuttgart is the capital. The capital of the state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern is Tübingen. Stuttgart becomes the capital of the new state of Württemberg-Baden that belongs to the American-administered Germany.

In May 1949, the American, British and French-administered parts of Germany are formed into a new country called West Germany. After a referendum held in December 1951, states of Württemberg-Baden, Württemberg-Hohenzollern and Baden voted in favor of a merger and a new state of Baden-Württemberg was officially established on April 25, 1952. This meant the end of use of the coat of arms now so familiar to every Porsche driver.

Coincidentally, on the very same day of April 25, 1952 Ferry Porsche sketches the first draft of the possible Porsche crest. He skeches it on a serviette in a New York restaurant where he is with Max Hoffman, the Porsche importer for United States. It is said that Hoffman had his share in the establishment of a Porsche crest.

You can read the rest of the article and see some great pics about it from Stuttcars.com here

2014 Business Meeting Schedule

All members are encouraged to attend the monthly Business Meeting.  They’re  casual meetings with light snacks and beverages provided by the Club.  Emphasis is on events and programs conducted by ARPCA and fresh ideas are always welcome. Please attend and discover for yourself how much fun a business meeting can be.

Date Location
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Goosebumps – McMurray, PA
Thursday, December 11, 2014 AutoPalace Porsche
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Sewickley Car Store
Thursday, February 13, 2014 AutoPalace Porsche
Thursday, March 13, 2014 FASTCO – Fowler Automotive Street & Track
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Drake/Beth’s Office – Window Systems, Inc.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Sewickley Car Store  (moved due to WGI DE)
Thursday, June 12, 2014 FASTCO – Fowler Automotive Street & Track
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Home of Greg & Christy Farrell
Thursday, August 21 HRE Automotive (Greensburg / Youngwood)
Thursday, September 11 Drake/Beth’s Office – Window Systems, Inc.
Thursday, October 9,2014 FASTCO – Fowler Automotive Street & Track

Meetings, as you can see are scheduled for 2nd Thursday of each month and promptly start 7:30PM (unless noted otherwise).  Occasionally they move  due to “competing events” such as Watkins Glen DE in 2014… but any moves are already noted so this schedule is final (until it changes – haha).  Mark your calendars now and check back for  location which will be posted at least 30 days in advance.

Minutes are published in each monthly issue of Rundschau.  See you at the next meeting!

2014 ARPCA DE Schedule

Run with us at some of America’s greatest tracks!

The 2014 season is here. Come and experience what performance driving is all about.  We’ll manage 3 drivers education events on some North America’s most beautiful tracks. Events are Saturday & Sunday with a invitation only “lapping day” Friday for instructors and highly experienced students.

Click here for more information on what an ARPCA DE is and what it entails.

Click here for great read by our own Ralph Gaudio explaining why you SHOULD do a DE!

We are returning to 3 favorites: Watkins Glen, PittRace, and Mid-Ohio.

These DEs along with 4 Auto-Cross (solo) events and a Car Control Clinic will keep us very busy!

Support Material for Track events (such as Participant Guide, Track map, run-group assignments, etc when published) can be found here:  2014 DE Supporting Materials

Our 2014 Dates by venue are:

Location Date Student Cost Contact Register
Mid-Ohio (OH) Sept 5 – 7 $385 Tom Mueller ARPCA-MidO-2014
Watkins Glen (NY) May 9 – 11 $405 Drake Core ARPCA-WGI-2014
PittRace (PA) August 9 -10 $370 Tim Hronek ARPCA-PittRace-2014
Nelson Ledges (OH)* CANCELLED $0 Skip Wolfe CANCELLED

About each track:

Watkins Glen (May 9-11 DONE!)

Watkins Glen International (nicknamed “The Glen”) is located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. Long known around the world as home of the United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for 20 consecutive years (1961–1980).  The Glen has been home to road racing of nearly every class for over 50 years, including Formula One, World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and IndyCar Series.

We run the 3.4 miles Grand Prix configuration which is enjoyed by both new and experienced drivers. Friday we host lapping day for instructors and very advanced students. DE runs Sat and Sun.

Our spousal aux will arrange activities for those who are not interested in being at the track.

Watkins Glen Track Map

Pitt Race (Aug 9-10 DONE!)

Pitt Race (formerly known as BeaveRun) is just 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh International Airport and is a welcome addition to the Western PA region. It’s North Track, a 1.4 mile course and the Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA), 5+ acres of pavement for auto-crossing and car control PIRC caters to new drivers as well as seasoned professionals.

This venue and event is perfect for first time participants! For all “newer” DE divers we structure the event to include a combination DE and Car Control Clinic. In addition to time on main track we include specialized, in-car instruction with activities on the Skid Pad, Slalom Course and Threshold Braking on the VDA.

Pitt Race (PIRC) Track Map

Mid-Ohio (Sept 5-7 DONE!)

A road course which is one of the great auto racing facilities nestled in the rolling hills of Lexington, OH. This 2.4 mile technical road course is enjoyed by drivers of all skills.

Put this on your calendar now! Mid-Ohio is beautiful early-September. Friday we host a lapping day for instructors and very advanced students. DE runs Sat and Sun.

Our spousal auxiliary will be arranging activities for those not interested in being at the track.

Mid-Ohio Track Map

Nelson Ledges (CANCELLED)*

CANCELLEDContact  Skip Wolfe  Mobile: (440) 527-3839Immediately if you have registered for this event!

All types of vehicles welcome!

In addition to Porsches, we have Audis, BMWs, Corvettes, Lotuses, Mazdas, Minis, Subarus (just to name a few) come participate. All that required is a valid state inspection and safety inspection completed by your local mechanic. 

Registration Process

Driving event registration is conducted online through MotorsporReg (MSR) at http://arpca.motorsportreg.com. We use MSR to manage the events and communicate with you about up-coming events as well as specific details about events for which you have registered.  If you have not used MSR before there is a 2 step process:

  • Create a username, password and a profile which includes information about your cars and driving experience,
  • Register for specific events

The earlier you sign up the better we are able to plan – there is limited downside.  When registering for an event you will be asked for a credit card.  We will not charge your credit card for the event until approximately 30 days prior to event.  Due to significant track deposits, each event has a specific cancellation policy which can be found in the MSR registration.

Keep your data current!  It is important that we have a current valid email address for you. Please remember to update your information in the future should there be any changes.

What happens if the event is sold out? You are put on a wait list. Both Instructor and Driver applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, provided all eligibility requirements have been met. There are a limited number of Student spaces available for our events. This number may vary from one venue to another. The event registrar will inform you of your status (confirmed or waitlist) before the event.