OHIO VALLEY REGION PCA - Driver Education Activities
Porsche Club of America

Upcoming Events

Fri, October 9 - Sun, October 11

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To those of you who have never tried a DE (Driver's Education) before, it is great fun and requires you to do nothing other than have your car inspected prior to the event, and get numbers for both sides of your car. If you don't have a qualifying helmet, OVR has loaner helmets for you.

Our program has become so popular that all run groups from novice to expert are always sold out well before the event, so be sure to register early!

The Ohio Valley Region has 2 DE events lined up for the 2020 season, both at Mid-Ohio. Mid-Ohio, a 2.4 mile road course with 15 turns, is a world-renowned course that has hosted numerous types of vehicles over the years.

The first DE is the weekend of 6/5/2020 through 6/7/2020.

John McKean took photos this weekend. The proceeds from all photos purchased are donated to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. You will see photos from all run groups, and the copyright watermark will not show on the prints. Thank you John for doing this, and here is the link:

Our second DE, known as "Autumn Thunder", is the weekend of 10/9/2020 through 10/11/2020.

For both events, Friday is a lapping day for advanced students and instructors. To qualify as an advanced driver you must have driven at least 10 DE’s and preferably have driven Mid-Ohio before. Saturday and Sunday are the traditional driver education days with instruction for newer drivers and plenty of run time for all.

If you have any questions about the June event, please contact Jeff Woodard DE Chair or Dennis Okin DE Registrar.

If you have any questions about the October event please contact Dennis Okin DE Chair / Registrar.

For each of these events, we have once again negotiated great rates with the Quality Inn and Comfort Inn in Bellville, Ohio. To take advantage of these rates, you must mention the "OVR" block rate.

Please note that those who had rented the garages for the same event the previous years have first rights on them. If you have not rented before please send the registrar an email requesting to be put on the wait list.

Three important changes in https://clubregistration.net/ will be in place this year:

1. When you register you must pay within 7 days or your registration will be auto cancelled. You will then have to contact the registrar to have your registration status changed. You will receive emails explaining this if not paid.

2. Per Mid-Ohio, no duplicate car numbers will be allowed unless the car is being shared by 2 drivers. Whoever registers and pays first has that car number if the car is not being shared.

3. You may now wear shorts and short sleeve shirts if you like. You still must wear closed toe shoes. No sandals are allowed. Sneakers or driving shoes are fine.

Registration for these events is at https://clubregistration.net/

For more information about Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, visit http://www.midohio.com/


OVR Tech Form

Driving the Mid-Ohio Track

Mid-Ohio Track Talk For Beginners

Mid-Ohio Hotel Accomodations

Mid-Ohio Track Map

Mid-Ohio Track Elevation Map

The mission and purpose of the Porsche Club of America's Driver's Education (DE) Program is to provide a safe, structured and controlled teaching and learning environment. The PCA DE Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled, closed-course environment and acquire skills that will enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations.

One giant word of caution: this adventure can become very addictive. Our instructors will teach you to drive your Porsche the way Stuttgart designed it to be driven. PCA DE schools are run in a safe and controlled environment on a closed course. Like any new sport your instructor will guide you into this exciting world of high performance driving. These weekends are great sources of stories for the Monday morning coffee break. You will have dreams about various turns and wake up with memories of your instructor yelling BRAKE or DON'T LIFT. These schools are truly the only safe way to learn the engineering dynamics that went into the development of this famous racing marque. However, it is noted that PCA DE events are not racing, nor preparation for racing. No times or placings are recorded, and no awards or prizes are received by the participants of PCA Driver's Education events; just a lot of fun and camaraderie. Any conduct considered by the Porsche Club of America to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the Driver's Education Program will not be permitted. This approach keeps the events safe for all participants!

The only item that are required is a willingness to learn! Our region has loaner helmets for those without. Although it is recommended to get your car in good working order prior to arrival at the track, including but not limited to checking your brakes including brake fluid, checking or even changing your oil, and of course making sure your tires are in good shape. Your dealer or mechanic can assist you with an inspection to ensure your Porsche will be safe to drive on the track. Often, these inspections are complimentary. However, the dealers get busy near our De events so schedule early.

OVR is fortunate to have a number of excellent instructors in our region, many of whom are nationally certified by PCA, and we have great things in store for our membership and participants this year, with two great DE weekend events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, one of the nation's premier race tracks.

There will most certainly be plenty of track time for everyone!

Weekends usually begin on Friday evening with an inspection and social. Saturday you will begin the day by meeting your instructor and learning the basics of driving on the track. By Sunday there is a good chance that your instructor will sign you off to drive around the track on your own.

All passing is done in designated passing lanes around the track and cannot be done without the lead car giving the trailing car the signal to pass. The motto of driver education is "No bent sheet metal!"

Safety and fun are the hallmarks of a Driver's Education weekend. Watch out you may become one of the many to get "hooked'. Join us for a great exciting weekend with a great group of people!!!!