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Tire Rack Street Survival 2014


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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

ONLY 10  5 SPOTS LEFT – REGISTER TODAY!

BE SURE TO NOTE YOUR PCA AFFILIATION TOO!

Grand Concours at Station Square 2014


2014 Porsche Grand Concours at Station Square

      

Join the ARPCA for a Porsche Grand Concours at Station Square ver 2.0!

Saturday October 4th 2:00-6:00PM, 2014

Happy Hour(s) at Station Square along with a People’s Choice (topside only) Concours with net proceeds to raise funds for ARPCA’s P3 Fund (helping active-duty military service members who are family or friends of ARPCA serving overseas;  we provide them care packages to show our thanks and to remind them of home.)

West Station Square Drive will be closed down for our club to park for an ARPCA People’s Choice Concours starting from Grand Concourse Restaurant west towards the Hard Rock Café.  We have room for ONLY 50 cars but security guards will be present to monitor the car display.  After voting for your (other than your own of course) favorite P-car, head to the Gandy Dancer patio for hors d’oeurves and a cash bar.  Prizes will be awarded there for the top three Porsches as voted by YOU!

For those who would like to stay for dinner following the happy hour, The Grand Concourse will validate 2 hours free parking in the secure valet lot – PIY (Park-It-Yourself) too!

Must pre-register by Sept 28th, 2014 – 11:59PM – THRU MSR – SPACE IS LIMITED

Come out and enjoy an early Fall Sat afternoon for a fun time, great food, fantastic people and AWESOME CARS!

Grand Concourse    

Email John Malobicky with any questions.

Rolling Rock Hunt Opening Meet 2014


2014 ARPCA Rolling Rock Hunt Social

ARPCA member Bill Roberts is kindly offering to lead a group of ARPCAers on the grounds of Rolling Rock Hunt’s 2014 OPening Meet.  The Opening Meet is special as riders are in full hunt regalia including boots and red coat.  Quite an experience to see with the majestic horses and hounds as they are released into the rolling hills of Westmoreland County.  Our meeting point, Tippins Family Farm is one if not the highest viewing point in Westmoreland County.  Registration is $10 per person and 100% proceeds benefit:  One Simple Wish

Event Details:

Date: Saturday Oct 4, 2014
Time: 8:00AM Meet time – Hunt Goes off 9:00AM
Where: Tippins Family Farm – Stonewood -235 Fairview School Rd – Ligonier, PA 15658 – GoogleMap Directions Here
Cost: $10 donation per person requested for One Simple Wish

Register before Sept 19th, 2014 on MSR HERE

If you choose instead to sleep in but still want to go for leasure fall drive in the Laurel Mountains, meet Bill afterwards for breakfast at the popular Ruthie’s Diner –  1850 Route 30, Ligonier, PA 15658 – (724) 238-6030

 

Email Bill Roberts with any questions or call anytime before 9PM:  724-759-0539

 

Summer 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!

Porsche Touring Crew


2014 Porsche Touring Crew

 

Please join us for the September 2014 Edition of the 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.
September’s will be held:

Tues Sept 30, 2014 – Register via MSR HERE

Email Bill Roberts with any questions for the Sept event!
or Ray Wojszynski with any Touring Crew questions.

 

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:

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

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

Nelson Ledges (CANCELLED)*

CANCELLEDContact  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.

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Full 2014 AX Season includes:
(CLICK EVENT TO REGISTER)

Schedule:

  • 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

Cost:

  • 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, September 11 Drake/Beth’s Office – Window Systems, Inc.
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’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)

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!