Welcome to the Porsche Club of America ………….Zone 4
Greetings Zone 4 Members,
As we progress further into summer, there are a multitude of events being held throughout Zone 4 to appeal to everyone’s tastes.
In mid-May, MORPCA held their Club Race and fully instructed HPDE at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. During the 3 days, they ran 4 Sprint races and 2 Enduros as well as practice runs and a fun race on the first day. The HPDE included a lapping day and 2 days of instruction. With 80 racers and 200 DE participants, it made for a very full weekend. MORPCA held a reception on Friday night and an awards banquet was held after Saturday’s exciting races due to Mid-Ohio’s notoriously unpredictable weather. Sunday morning were the two 70 minute Enduro races, and as the first Enduro started, the snowflakes began to fall. As is customary, I presented awards to winners in the GTC3, GTC4, and GTC5 classes.
During the first weekend in June, PCNA sponsored the Porscheplatz at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. As I began lobbying for the Porscheplatz in the middle of last year, I was enthused to receive confirmation in February that we would host a Porscheplatz at Belle Isle. I immediately began working with the race organizers to create incentives to help promote the event and encourage participation. One of the incentives was a Free Friday corral pass for the first 30 people to purchase Saturday Porscheplatz Tickets. The second incentive was a Michigan State Police led Caravan on to Belle Isle. Both were extremely successful. Since rooms quickly become scarce and rates skyrocket for this event, I set up a room block at The Henry Autograph Hotel to accommodate anyone travelling from out of town. The room block sold out, and fortunately I was able to increase the number of rooms in the block to provide more members the opportunity to attend, and that sold out as well.
PCA members and Porsche owners from throughout Zone 4 and the surrounding area visited the hospitality tent Friday, and watched the qualifying sessions on the 2 large TV monitors with live feed from the track, while enjoying the beverages provided. Porsche sent posters for those in attendance as well. Porsche of the Motor City brought several cars to display including their 918. Friday night, several of the guests staying in the room block, joined us and National Vice President Tom Gorsuch for dinner.
On Saturday morning, 2 Michigan State Police Cars arrived at The Henry to provide us with an escort to the Porscheplatz. Drivers and passengers in 31 cars met in the lobby to sign waivers and receive some instructions before staging. With our police escorts leading the way and blocking oncoming traffic, we set out on a non-stop 20 mile drive through the streets of Detroit, across the scenic bridge to Belle Isle, and straight to the Car Corral. Everyone who participated agreed that it was even more fun than they had anticipated. When we arrived, the PCA Café was set up with donuts and coffee as the warm up began for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Before the race, Patrick Lindsey and Jorg Bergmeister who drive for Park Place Motorsports graciously hosted a Question and Answer Session. Later on, Leh Keen who drives for Alex Job Racing also hosted ahttp://zone4.pca.org/ Question and Answer Session. There was also a presentation by Mobil 1 Racing. In addition to these presentations, there were opportunities to win several different prizes including a Hot Pit Experience during a qualifying session and one during the race. There were Hot Lap Experiences, and arrangements were made to allow a large group to tour the Park Place Transporter and ask questions of some of the crew. There were nearly 250 people and 150 cars on Friday and Saturday with additional people and cars on Sunday to view the 2nd Indy race. It was so much fun and many of the attendees were already talking about next year before they left. A huge thanks to everyone that attended, but especially to those who volunteered, there’s a reason that “Fueled by Volunteers” has become the new PCA motto.
Be sure to check your local region’s website and newsletter as well as the Zone 4 website http://zone4pca.org for the latest details on the many events close to you that are being planned. Here are just some of the events taking place this month:
July 7 - EBR Wine Meetup
July 12 - Motor-stadt Board Meeting
July 16-17 - NOR Catawba Multi Event
July 29-31 - MVR Grattan DE weekend
Zone 4 Regional Event Calendar 2016
|New Member Wine Meetup
at Mastropietro Winery
|Thur, July 7||Eastern Buckeye Region
|DE at Putnum Park||Sat-Sun, July 9-10||Central
at Spagnoulo's in Okemos
|Sat, June 4||Motor-Stadt Region||mst.pca.org|
|Gilmore Dinner Drive||Wed, July 13||Western Michigan Region||wmi.pca.org|
Grand Prix Weekend
|Fri-Sun, July 15-17||Allegheny Region||arpca.com|
at Forest Fair Mall
|Sat ,July 16||Ohio Valley RegionMid-Ohio Region||ovrpca.org|
Catawba Island Club
Multi Event weekend
|Sat-Sun, July 16-17||Northern Ohio Region||norpca.org|
at Waterford Raceway
|Tues, July 19||Rally Sport Region||
|Progressive Dinner||Sat, July 23||Southestern Michigan Region||sempca.org|
at Grattan Raceway
|Fri-Sun, July 29-31||Maumee Valley Region||mm.pca.org|
in Granville OH
|Fri-Sun, July 29-31||Mid-Ohio Region||morpca.org|
at Tire Rack
|Sat, July 30||Michiana Region||michianapca.org|
Zone 4 Concourse
at the Inn at St. John
in Plymouth MI
|Sun, July 31||All Regions
It's not just the cars, it's the people!