Traditionally, our group has engaged in regular meetings with a variety of themes and programs. The themes have been along these lines: Wine Tasting, Pig Roasts, Chili Cook-off, Concours, Columbus Clippers Baseball Games, Holiday Dinner and others too numerous to mention. Each spring and fall we try to have a drive and dine event, where we travel to some interesting place, usually a restaurant, and sample their menu. It provides an opportunity to warm up your Porsche, hone your driving skills, and swap tales with your fellow MORites.
Charitable Contribution Program
While MORPCA has long been associated with charitable giving, the process was formalized in 1997. As part of our IRS 501 (C4) status, the Board established a giving program initially set at $12,000 annually, to be supplemented as additional funds are available. Six charities are recommended by the membership and selected by the Board to receive a three-year commitment of support. These are rotated to allow two new charities to be added each year. Through 2006, over $190,000 has been presented to worthy area organizations, such as The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Urban Concern, Arthritis Foundation, Kobacker House/Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Canine Companions, Ohio Brain Injury Association, and a scholarship program at Columbus State Community College among others. The additional sponsorship and support that MORPCA and its members provide at area charitable events provide us with much satisfaction in assisting and being a part of the local community.
The cleanest, most original, and most attractive automobiles reward their owners in this event. Since a clean, original and attractive Porsche is even more special—these competitions enjoin the membership to engage in all manner of elbow grease and black magic to get the machine clean. A Concours D’elegance or Concours for short is really a beauty contest for automobiles and the competition is usually very keen. As the years have gone by, we also continue to see the rare and beautiful surface as winners in their classes. It is always good to see older Porsches age with grace. These competitions, by the way, do fall into classes by type and age with arrangements often made to cover “TOP SIDE ONLY,” so a dirty undercarriage need not keep you from entering.
Porsche Club’s Driver Education events are more than learning how to drive. They are an event where you master the art of driving in a safe and sane way. You will have the opportunity to drive your Porsche on the race track in a high performance manner in a much safer environment than the street. The experience of driving your car on the race track under specific and unusual circumstances will teach you about your car and yourself. Even though the event is held on a race track, it is not a racing school—fun and safety are the primary objectives.
Autocrossing is a performance driving event and is a safe way to learn how to drive your car within a controlled setting. An autocross is a timed event on a course defined by pylons that test a driver’s ability to control his/her car while learning a course quickly. In most cases there is only one car on a course at a time, therefore, making it safe and limiting the chance of a collision with another car.
Autocrossing provides an entrant the opportunity to learn their abilities as well as their car’s abilities. It also offers a chance to meet numerous other people with the same interest in cars and socializing.
The Inter-Regional Autocrossing Championship (I.R.A.C.) is a series of autocross events hosted by a number of different regions within the same zone. Currently, MORPCA is in Zone 4, which includes events put on by Mid-Ohio, Northern Ohio, Maumee, Allegheny, and Ohio Valley regions. These events are competitive, fun and filled with opportunities to learn how to handle your car. The end of the I.R.A.C. season features an Octoberfest gathering where awards and trophies are given to class and overall winners.
The purest form of automobile competition that anyone can afford is a rally. No special vehicle preparation is required and normally takes a driver and navigator to compete. These events may include fun rallies, where you just follow a predetermined course, answer questions along the way or collect things along the way. There is the pure time, speed, distance rally in which participants are to follow a certain course at varying speeds for a certain distance to arrive at a precise time. There are always different classifications for levels of competence and equipment in rallies. You are encouraged to participate in rallies just to meet other club members and, by all means, have a good time.
Club Race events are for those PCA members who want the ultimate competitive driving experience. The operation of a PCA Club Race weekend is a partnership between the sponsor (MORPCA) and PCA Club Racing National. MORPCA has sponsored a Club Race every year since 1994. When PCA Club Racing was organized in 1991 a set of principles was established which is still adhered to today, and remain the basis of the Club Racing program.
Porsche automobiles are an unusual amalgam of superb engineering, art, and old world craftsmanship. Porsche engineers consistently use state-of-the-art technology to design and build cars of truly legendary capabilities and value. Success on the world’s race tracks is a Porsche hallmark.
Tech sessions help members get the most enjoyment from their cars by providing technical information about all phases of maintenance. For instance, the MOR 1990 decade began with a 911 engine rebuild, and an earlier session in 2007 covered interior and exterior detailing. On the National Club level, a consistent publishing program, Up-Fixen Der Porsche, has produced a prodigious amount of technical how-to information to aid the “backyard mechanic” or enlighten the technically minded owner. It is just this kind of effort that makes ownership a cherished experience.
Since 1952 Christophorus Porsche Magazine, the magazine for Porsche enthusiasts, has chronicled the Porsche Story as a bimonthly publication from Porsche AG’s press department. The magazine is considered to be one of the finest in-house publications of the automotive industry. Its distinguished history was conceived and placed in motion by Richard von Frankenberg. This early Porsche driver provided a connection to the “early years” that lent a special flavor to the writing. That tradition of excellence continues to the present. Today, each issue is an instant collector’s item. Christophorus can be obtained directly from Porsche or through your local Porsche dealer. Subscriptions are $30 per year (see http://www.porsche.com/usa/accessoriesandservices/christophorusmagazine/.
Published monthly, Porsche Panorama—the “Pano”—is the national club magazine that keeps all informed and involved. Every dues-paying member of the PCA receives a copy. The Pano tradition of excellence continues to the present day, rivaling the best car magazines and regularly outscooping them on matters Porsche. Panorama produces a prodigious amount of technical and service information to help members keep on top of service issues and upgrades. The Porsche scene is covered in depth, with articles about racing events, new product development, and the history and tradition of the marque. Region events are covered, and there are pages of “for sale/wanted to buy” cars/parts/memorabilia to peruse.
MORPCA Board Meetings
Board Meeting On the first Monday of each month the club has a Board meeting to discuss and plan region activities. ALL club members are invited and encouraged to attend. Help us better our club, come and attend the next meeting. Check the Activity Calendar for location and time.
At the beginning of the year, the club devotes an entire meeting to planning the up coming year’s activities. All members are encouraged to attend and help plan an exciting year. If you have any ideas for the up coming years activities, please contact any of the current board or committee members.
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Die Offene Strasse
(The Open Road)
Mid-Ohio Region has a long tradition of excellence in its newsletter, Die Offene Strasse. Published monthly, DOS brings together a compendium of news and information to keep you informed, involved, and enthusiastic about the club and its activities. Articles about upcoming activities, reports of past events, and special features appear regularly. Recurring features include a message from the club’s president, a calendar of events, a membership and anniversary report, and the MOR Marketplace.
MORPCA Web Site
As events come up they are posted on the web site with information pertaining to location of events and person(s) to contact for reservations, registration, etc. The site also contains links to national and regional sponsors of certain driving events such as Driver Education and Club Race.