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ARPCA – EBR Checkered Flag Dinner at PittRace

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Join ARPCA and Eastern Buckeye Region (EBR) for an evening of fun, food, and bit of “competition” at Pitt Race on Saturday, August 9 at 5:00pm.  We are throwing a party Saturday evening and you are invited.  Cost is $25.00 per adult and $8.00 for kids under 13.  This is open to all ARPCA members, Eastern Buckeye members and friends in addition to everyone who has signed up to participate at one of the weekend’s events.  We will be using the wonderful event center room that looks out over the North Track.

The Competetion 

ARPCA is challanging the Eastern Buckeye region to Dessert Competition and Porsche technical quiz.  Prizes will be awarded!  Brush up on your technical / historical knowledge and bring out Grandma’s best recipe!

The Menu (what we’re providing)

  • Pulled Pork, Stuffed Chicken Breast, Pasta and Meat Balls, tossed salad, fruit salad, steamed veggies- carrots, cauliflower and broccoli medley, baked beans, Rolls, sodas and water all $25 (kids under 13 – $8)!

The Rest (what you bring)

  • Make / Bring a Dessert Competition - Well, since we’re at a race track we’ll be having a bit of a competition at the event as well – for sweets.  Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a dessert to share.  We’ll have voting on who brought the most enjoyed dessert and the winner will receives a prize from the goodie store.
  • Bring the Booze – Because the track does not have a liquor license and we’re working to keep the costs down we’re asking that you BYOB.
  • Good Cheer – we’re looking forward to have a great time.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Melinda Clark at: ArtisticMelinda@aol.com

Register Now thru MSR Here

BRMSCC Road Rally July 27th

Invites you to our JULY 27th Rally

“Cross That Bridge (When We Come To It)”

This is a novice friendly rally that includes a tour of many covered bridges in Bedford county. We will start the rally at the OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE and run through GRAVITY HILL, where the laws of physics are reversed. (Up is down and down is up)This should be a fun rally to drive and the scenery is fantastic from mountain tops to beautiful valley roads.

The start is at OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE Bedford PA Registration opens at 12 noon. First car out will be at 1:01 PM. The rally is about 75 miles over 4.5 hours, on all paved roads.  Old BEDFORD VILLGE is offering a discount for rally participants that want to the village before the rally.  End point is Ed’s Steak House near the Turnpike.

For more information and to let us know you are coming, call John Laslo (ARPCAer) at 412-653-6910 or email here

Old Bedford Village



Articles and Pictures Needed

ARPCA’s Editor, Designer and Webmaster are all always looking for new articles both here and in our monthly print newsletter. We will gladly edit, parse, add to or help fine tune any submission. So, tell us about how you first came to own a Porsche, your favorite road trip in one or any rambling (car related or not!):

Submit Articles or Ask Questions Here


Don’t forget, we love pictures too! So, next time you’re at an event and snap some awesome shots with your smartphone or DSLR, forward a copy of them to: pix@arpca.com for submissions




Tire Rack Street Survival 2014


Sunday, September 28th, 9:00AM-4:30PM

The Allegheny Region PCA and Allegheny Chapter BMWCCA join forces and proudly present the 2014 Tire Rack Street Survival Program to Pittsburgh!

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Cost Per Student – $75.

See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Bill Wade, National Program Manager, @ 864-438-2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

Register by Sept 26th thru MSR Here

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

About each track:

Pitt Race (Aug 9-10)

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)

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

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

Nelson Ledges (CANCELLED)*


Contact  Skip Wolfe  Mobile: (440) 527-3839

Immediately 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.

2014 Autocross Season Schedule

The ARPCA is excited to announce another year of Autocross for 2014! The 2012 and 2013 seasons saw great participation, a lot of fun, and gave drivers the ability to learn about themselves and their cars in a safe environment. Season three will again offer the ability to learn more about yourself and your car but, will expand on those abilities with the addition of new programs:

  • PVGP Autocross School hosted by the Steel Cities SCCA (Saturday July 12 OR Sunday July 13)
  • Autocross and Taste Of The Track Event coinciding with our August DE at PittRace. (August 10 at PittRace)

The Autocross School and Taste Of The Track events are aimed to help drivers (from novice to pro) improve their autocross skill and to have a better understanding of vehicle dynamics; braking, acceleration, cornering, throttle management, and understanding the best line through a course. In addition to the Autocross skill set taught at the AX school, the Taste Of The Track Event will allow autocrossers to test their ability and apply those skills on the track (with an ARPCA DE Instructor) and experience what a Driver’s Education (DE) is about.

This season we will also participate in and along with several other cars clubs (North Hill Sports Car Club, BMW Club, Mini Club and Steel Cities SCCA) in the Wounded Warrior Project October 11-12, 2014 to raise money through an autocross for injured soldiers hurt in the line of duty. The Wounded Warrior Benefit Autocross is a two day event and entrants can participate either Saturday, October 11 or Sunday, October 12 or both days if so desired. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity dedicated to providing tangible, practical support for our wounded military – Helping them to heal both physically and mentally. We are truly excited to be part of this event for 2014.


Full 2014 AX Season includes:


  • Gates open 8am
  • Open Course walk 8:15-9:30
  • Registration begins 8-9:15
  • Tech 8:30-9:30
  • Guided course walk 9:30
  • Drivers meeting 9:45
  • First Car off 10:00
  • Number of runs will be determined by number of participants – There will at least be 4 runs per driver in the AM and 4 in the PM session


  • PCA Member: $30 per driver.
  • Non-member: $40 per driver.
  • On-site registration is $40.

Autocross School Tuition:

  • Autocross School is $100. Students will participate in a one day (either Saturday July 12 or Sunday July 13) educational session on Autocross with an Instructor at PittRace. More details and registration info will be available and posted soon!  

About Autocross:

AX is a great entry-level competitive driving event that requires little car prep, time or money. Beginners are welcome and there are no pre-requisites other than a vehicle in safe working condition.  Before each event begins there is a guided Course Walk that takes you step by step through the driving line and explains how to navigate through the cones. This is especially helpful for first-timers and those that want a second perspective.

Autocross courses are typically around a 1/2  to 1 mile in length and tend to place more emphasis on car handling and driver skill rather than on sheer horsepower. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylons which will not damage your car. Events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 MPH, usually in 2nd gear. Autocross is a “performance driving event” and a safe way to learn how to drive your car at its limit. You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also:

  • Gain confidence in your driving ability
  • Learn the limits of your car’s brakes
  • Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions
  • Learn the limits of your car’s tire adhesion

Finally, Autocross is a social gathering of new and old friends and LOTS OF FUN!

While the size of the field will determine the number of runs which occur last year we averaged 4 – 6 runs in both the morning and afternoon.


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, August 21 HRE Automotive (Greensburg / Youngwood)
Thursday, September 11 TBD
Thursday, October 9,2014 TBD
Thursday, November 13, 2014 TBD
Thursday, December 11, 2014 TBD
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 Core’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

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!