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2012 Watkins Glen DE

Come Run with us at The Glen!

Watkins Glen International

Our fist Drivers Education event of the season is at Watkins Glen. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. Over the last two years we have sold out this event. We’re again limiting the number of students to 100. There will be a lapping day for experienced drivers on Friday, May 11th. This year we will be renting garages so you can hide from the elements – be it sun or rain!

 

The ARPCA is a very active group. In addition to the on-track activities we also have:

  • Dinner on Saturday at the track. You will be able to relax and enjoy good food and drink with both new and old friends!
  • A “spouse auxiliary” that coordinates off-track activities to antique shops, flea markets and wineries.

 

The Track

As you probably know, Watkins Glen International (nicknamed “The Glen”) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The facility is owned by International Speedway Corporation. It was long known around the world as the home of the United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for 20 consecutive years (1961–1980), but it has been home to road racing of nearly every class for over 50 years, including Formula One, the World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the IndyCar Series. We run the 3.4 miles grand prix configuration which is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers.

To register or for more information follow the links below:

2012 Watkins Glen DE

Come Run with us at The Glen!

Watkins Glen International

Our fist Drivers Education event of the season is at Watkins Glen. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. Over the last two years we have sold out this event. We’re again limiting the number of students to 100. There will be a lapping day for experienced drivers on Friday, May 11th. This year we will be renting garages so you can hide from the elements – be it sun or rain!

 

The ARPCA is a very active group. In addition to the on-track activities we also have:

  • Dinner on Saturday at the track. You will be able to relax and enjoy good food and drink with both new and old friends!
  • A “spouse auxiliary” that coordinates off-track activities to antique shops, flea markets and wineries.

 

The Track

As you probably know, Watkins Glen International (nicknamed “The Glen”) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The facility is owned by International Speedway Corporation. It was long known around the world as the home of the United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for 20 consecutive years (1961–1980), but it has been home to road racing of nearly every class for over 50 years, including Formula One, the World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the IndyCar Series. We run the 3.4 miles grand prix configuration which is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers.

To register or for more information follow the links below:

2012 Watkins Glen DE

Come Run with us at The Glen!

Watkins Glen International

Our fist Drivers Education event of the season is at Watkins Glen. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. Over the last two years we have sold out this event. We’re again limiting the number of students to 100. There will be a lapping day for experienced drivers on Friday, May 11th. This year we will be renting garages so you can hide from the elements – be it sun or rain!

 

The ARPCA is a very active group. In addition to the on-track activities we also have:

  • Dinner on Saturday at the track. You will be able to relax and enjoy good food and drink with both new and old friends!
  • A “spouse auxiliary” that coordinates off-track activities to antique shops, flea markets and wineries.

 

The Track

As you probably know, Watkins Glen International (nicknamed “The Glen”) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The facility is owned by International Speedway Corporation. It was long known around the world as the home of the United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for 20 consecutive years (1961–1980), but it has been home to road racing of nearly every class for over 50 years, including Formula One, the World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the IndyCar Series. We run the 3.4 miles grand prix configuration which is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers.

To register or for more information follow the links below:

2012 Social Calendar

The 2012 calendar is beginning to take shape. Though January through April is the “slow months” for the club we’ve a few events planned.

  • 24 hours of Daytona Gathering: Jan 28th – Location: We’ll be at the Double-Wide on East Carson Street
  • Mid-Winter Party: Feb 4th @ the Sewickley Car Store – Register Here
  • 12 hours of Sebring Gathering: March 17 – Location TBD
  • All-Member Dinner: March 31 – Location: We will be at Atria’s North Shore

As part of the January Business Meeting the schedule for 2012 will be planned. As events are added / updated the website will be updated accordingly.

Practice Car Control & then Autocross!

Combining the best of both Worlds on one weekend!

The ARPCA will hold it’s Car Control Clinic on Saturday May 26 & Kick the Autocross season on Sunday May 27!

  • The Car Control Clinic

    is a PERFECT opportunity to learn more about you and your car in a very safe environment. We will use the Vehicle Dynamic Area (VDA) at PIRC to provide a complete educational experience! The Car Control Clinic is hands-on, in-car training that consists of a classroom discussion of vehicle dynamics and human dynamics followed by four hours of in-car instruction in accident avoidance and defensive driving maneuvers. The Clinic can teach students what typical driving schools can’t: what do do when something goes wrong in the car – and provide the opportunity topractice these maneuvers in a safe environment.

  • The Autocross

    will give you the opportunity to test yourself on what you’ve learned at the Car Control Clinic and help you to develop your own skill set, as well as learn the limits of your vehicle in a safe and controlled environment.

Running on the Skidpad

Car Control Clinic Overview – Saturday May 26

Drivers will use the VDA to learn and practice three key skills:

  1. Smooth steering on a Slalom course – Understand how to navigate your car smoothly through a set of cones.Recognize where you want your car to go. You will learn how to drive where the cones aren’t!
  2. Threshold Braking – Learn how to control your car in an emergency breaking situation. You will understand more about your car’s capabilities and how to manage them. Learn how to successfully maneuver around obstacles (just as if you have a deer in the headlights) while slowing your car.
  3. Skid-Pad Activities – Drive on a skid pad where you will have the opportunity to experience your car breaking traction and then learn how to regain traction in a safe environment. Feel the balance and learn how to steer your car with the throttle.

All licensed drivers are invited to participate. You will be paired with an experienced instructor who will be knowledgeable in driving your type of car. All types of vehicles are welcome! Bring your special vehicle or your daily driver.  In addition to Porsches, we have Audis, BMWs, Mazdas, Minis, Subarus as well as mini-vans participate.  All that is required is that you have valid state inspection.

Autocross Overview – Sunday May 27

Then, on Sunday May 27, put your new skills to good use and run through the cones with us in the ARPCA’s first Autocross event for 2012 at PIRC.

Autocross will give you the opportunity to test yourself on what you’ve learned at the Car Control Clinic and help you to develop your own skill set, as well as learn the limits of your vehicle in a safe and controlled environment.

Drivers will again use the VDA and run on the Autocross Course:

  • All AX events are based around a course made of traffic cones and each lap timed for each driver. AX seldom exceeds speeds of 60 mph and has no “wheel to wheel” competition.
  • 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.

The PCA Autocross Information & Requirements:

A bit Nervous? No worries. Our club excels in making sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. This is a great opportunity for new drivers!

Registration for these events

Practice Car Control & then Autocross!

Combining the best of both Worlds on one weekend!

The ARPCA will hold it’s Car Control Clinic on Saturday May 26 & Kick the Autocross season on Sunday May 27!

  • The Car Control Clinic

    is a PERFECT opportunity to learn more about you and your car in a very safe environment. We will use the Vehicle Dynamic Area (VDA) at PIRC to provide a complete educational experience! The Car Control Clinic is hands-on, in-car training that consists of a classroom discussion of vehicle dynamics and human dynamics followed by four hours of in-car instruction in accident avoidance and defensive driving maneuvers. The Clinic can teach students what typical driving schools can’t: what do do when something goes wrong in the car – and provide the opportunity topractice these maneuvers in a safe environment.

  • The Autocross

    will give you the opportunity to test yourself on what you’ve learned at the Car Control Clinic and help you to develop your own skill set, as well as learn the limits of your vehicle in a safe and controlled environment.

Running on the Skidpad

Car Control Clinic Overview – Saturday May 26

Drivers will use the VDA to learn and practice three key skills:

  1. Smooth steering on a Slalom course – Understand how to navigate your car smoothly through a set of cones.Recognize where you want your car to go. You will learn how to drive where the cones aren’t!
  2. Threshold Braking – Learn how to control your car in an emergency breaking situation. You will understand more about your car’s capabilities and how to manage them. Learn how to successfully maneuver around obstacles (just as if you have a deer in the headlights) while slowing your car.
  3. Skid-Pad Activities – Drive on a skid pad where you will have the opportunity to experience your car breaking traction and then learn how to regain traction in a safe environment. Feel the balance and learn how to steer your car with the throttle.

All licensed drivers are invited to participate. You will be paired with an experienced instructor who will be knowledgeable in driving your type of car. All types of vehicles are welcome! Bring your special vehicle or your daily driver.  In addition to Porsches, we have Audis, BMWs, Mazdas, Minis, Subarus as well as mini-vans participate.  All that is required is that you have valid state inspection.

Autocross Overview – Sunday May 27

Then, on Sunday May 27, put your new skills to good use and run through the cones with us in the ARPCA’s first Autocross event for 2012 at PIRC.

Autocross will give you the opportunity to test yourself on what you’ve learned at the Car Control Clinic and help you to develop your own skill set, as well as learn the limits of your vehicle in a safe and controlled environment.

Drivers will again use the VDA and run on the Autocross Course:

  • All AX events are based around a course made of traffic cones and each lap timed for each driver. AX seldom exceeds speeds of 60 mph and has no “wheel to wheel” competition.
  • 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.

The PCA Autocross Information & Requirements:

A bit Nervous? No worries. Our club excels in making sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. This is a great opportunity for new drivers!

Registration for these events

2012 Track Calendar Update

Bigger and Better in 2012

On Saturday Nov 26th we completed our first track planning meeting for the 2012 season. There are a number of really neat things we’re looking to add to our driving season.

Starting with the basics – we’ll be back at our standard three tracks. We’ve also confirmed a new event:

  • Watkins Glen – May 11 – 13
  • Summit Point – July 5 – 6
  • Beaver Run – August 25 – 26
  • Mid-Ohio – September 14 – 16

The date and location for the Car Control Clinic is not yet determined but we are targeting early June.

We will also be looking to add other new activities in 2012. We are exploring:

  • Nelson Ledges – Mid June
  • Autocrossing – Dates to be determined

As plans become more finalized we will continue to update this post.

See you at the track at 2012!

From The President 2011-Nov

First allow me to apologize for not having an article ready for last month’s newsletter. I have had some health issues that deterred my ability to type and focus on my tasks. I have spent much more time than I want to going to various hospitals and seeing a number of specialists.The good news is that every symptom I have appears to be correctible through medication (except for another eye surgery in Nov.) and I believe the “meds” are working – not as quickly as I would like, but I’ve never been real patient – pun intended.

Although we are winding down for our Porsche events for this year, we have still been very active. We had a very successful DE at BeaveRun and even made a little money without a key sponsor. I had the opportunity to meet one of our newest members, young Samuel Ross (the new son of Alex and Becky Ross) – he was extremely good and there was not a flinch when one of the track cars would go by at mega speed and sound.

We had another great DE at Mid-Ohio. We sold out about a week before the event. This has been a very successful track season for us and we need to thank our instructor team of Bruce Graham, Ralph Guido, Larry Pryor, Jr. and our track organizers lead by Dale Rabeneck with assistance from Scott Mores and Bob Nadin.
On the social front, we tried something new with a Speed and Sushi event in Greensburg. Great attendance, great cars, and great food and drink. We even had a surprise visit from Nancy Lowe’s award winning 914-6. We want to thank Paul and Diane Nickoloff for putting this together – sure that this will be on the calendar for next year.

Speaking of the Nickoloffs, they graciously invited us to their lovely home for September’s business meeting. As usual, there was a party atmosphere, but we did manage to complete our business agenda. Please note: all members are invited to join us each month for our business meetings.
We also had another fun rally – our second for the season. There were several glitches – like the original restaurant that we reserved forgetting about us so we had to scurry and find something the day before the event – we did. Also, for the first time, the weather didn’t cooperate and it rained during the whole event. We still had an excellent turnout – about 25 cars and as usual everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I want to thank Frank Bunecicky and Iron Jack Purvis for another well-organized event. They are already working on a new rally for next spring.

With the closing of this year’s activities, we will soon be planning for 2012. We would really appreciate volunteers to chair or assist some of our upcoming events – the Mid-Winter party, the All Member dinner, etc. We are also looking for someone to chair the PVGP. After the PVGP wrap up fiasco this year, Louise has decided that she has had enough of PVGP’s “attitude” and wants to turn this task over to someone else. Please contact me if you are interested in creating a new venue, chairing or assisting in next year’s activities.

One of the things we want to do is concentrate on is regenerating our P3 program (Porsche Projest for Patriots). With this year’s emphasis on our successful PVGP effort, we kind of put this very meaningful project on the back burner. This coming year, we want to change our emphasis to the P3 program. If you know anyone who is serving our country in Iraq or Afghanistan, please contact Judi Seiler.

As you read this article, Louise and I will have probably just returned from our great adventure. We are driving to Rennsport at the Laguna Seca racetrack. Some folks have looked at us like we’re crazy for driving our Porsche for this distance, however in our opinion this is what the car was designed to do. They are expecting up to 4,000 Porsches and had sold over 65,000 tickets by the end of September. This will be the first time our 993 has gone east of the Mississippi. We will also visit our middle daughter and family in northern California and then cruise up the coast to Seattle to see our son, daughter in law, and new grandson. If the weather cooperates, we will take a casual trip back through the northern part of the States. We’ll provide details of our trek in next month’s newsletter.
I look forward to having you contact me with your questions, suggestions, and input.

December Business Meeting


Come Join us on December 15 at 7:30 for our holiday business meeting at the Zielinski Estate. This will be the 3rd year Sandy and Bill will host our holiday gathering. We will be combining a bit of work with holiday festivities. At the meeting we’ll have a bit of a year in review as well as a look at the 2012 schedule.

The Address is:
3236 Wagner Rd
Allison Park, PA 15101

2012 Track Planning Meeting

Track Committee and other interested individuals.  Come join us!

We are meeting on Saturday, 26 Nov from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for our first 2012 Track Planning meeting. We will meet at Bravo’s Cranberry.

Discussion Topics will include:

  • 2011 Recap
  • 2012 Track Schedule
    • Our Events (current and new)
    • Events that we “co-sponsor” with other groups / regions
    • New event types – Autocross!
  • Potential changes to ARPCA DE policies – Car types on track, etc.
  • Update to Instructor / Student / Classroom Evaluation Forms
  • Better Zone 4 cooperation

Address is as follows:

Bravo
20001 Route #19, Cranberry Township, PA
(724) 772-8150

See you at the planning event!