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Slipstream - July 2018

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Schnell Fest at COTA:

Schnell Fest at COTA: Spring 2018 HPDE By By Jason White, Hill Country Region photos by Andrew Barber Schnell Fest is a blast and has consistently brought a smile to my face, provided great experiences, and provided me with great racing memories. This was my third PCA DE at COTA, and at the conclusion of each event I’m already planning and thinking about returning to this magnificent track. The smooth, fast turns, long straights, and technical sections test your skills as a driver and bring out the very best in your Porsche. Simply an amazing experience. The facility is first-rate, and we had easy access to the garage spaces, beautiful air conditioned rooms, driver’s lounge, and ample paddock space. We even had the conveniences of an onsite tire service, as well as access to retail performance parts and accessories. I brought my family out to Schnell Fest. It’s a comfortable space for them and a great way for them to get a taste of my hobby, and even experience the track for themselves during the charity parade laps. It was a real treat to be able to park alongside strangers and quickly make new friends as well as reconnect with friends from past events. I loved talking with other passionate enthusiasts (some traveling from other states), hearing their personal stories and comparing lap times. It was such a wonderful feeling of community and camaraderie - everyone was so friendly and willing to help and offer advice (especially to new drivers like myself). Our morning driver safety meetings were informative and efficient. Our session schedule was well-executed. Driving attendees showed true sportsmanship on the track yet were competitive and spirited. Trains were almost nonexistent (which was a relief) allowing for a consistent pace for me to grow and improve my driving. In addition the instructed class time made for a terrific value. Three months ago when I was attending my first DE, I was initially concerned because I didn’t know if I was ready for an unrestricted track pace. But after proper instruction and actively listening to my instructors, I was soon able to begin testing the limits of my car and driving it how it was intended to be driven. It felt awesome to get these results! Our PCA instructors are really special. They constantly strive to improve your driving skills while emphasizing safety. Dedicated corner workers help keep us safe. The run groups move along like a fine Swiss watch, thanks to the team of people working behind the scenes - it’s a real production. This past Schnell Fest was a scorcher, with temperatures pushing the mercury above 100 degrees, but thanks to our organizers, we were well-hydrated with endless ice cold water and tasty popsicles that they provided. My car didn’t seem to notice a difference - I shaved several seconds off of my personal best lap time and I was promoted to the next run group. To top it all off they hosted a pizza and beer social hour at the end of the day. If you have not yet attended Schnell Fest, you are in for a real treat - this multi-region event keeps attendees coming back and is so well-run. I’ve checked COTA off of my bucket list and I’m looking forward to the next exhilarating Schnell Fest this fall! fully INSTRUCTED Porsche Club of America DRIVER EDUCATION at CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS! open to drivers Beginner through advanced AUSTINSCHNELLFEST.CLUBREGISTRATION.NET AUSTIN - 3-DAY EVENT FOR ALL RUN GROUPS - RUN GROUPS LIMITED TO 50 CARS MAX - DRIVERS LOUNGE WITH REFRESHMENTS - NEW LOWER PRICE ON GARAGES REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 20 AT NOON CLUBREGISTRATION.NET FOR SEPTEMBER 7-9 SCHNELL FEST SEPTEMBER 7-9 2018 DRIVER EDUCATION QUESTIONS? DGROSS@GROSSANDNELSON.COM A PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA DRIVER EDUCATION EVENT OPEN TO VEHICLES OF ALL MARQUES SPONSORED BY THE HILL COUNTRY, LONE STAR AND MAVERICK REGIONS PCA WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT THE HOUSTON CHAPTER BMW CCA 30 July

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