Blog 10/10/2022

Membership

Members

Welcome to Gary Gray of Christiansburg, va. Gary drives a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo.

SVGA Races

A number of our members journeyed down to Virginia International Raceway this past weekend for the historic races.

Activities

Blue Ridge Region PCA Events

DateNameVenue 
Dec 4BRR-PCA Holiday Party & Annual MeetingVinton War MemorialMore Details

Cars and Coffee at The Green Goat – October 15

802 Wiley Drive SW Roanoke VA 24015

October 15 at 10:00 AM (That is 10:00, a half-hour later)

RSVP will be required by noon on Oct 12 RSVP to Gene Reed 

Social Chair Wanted

Our beloved Social Chair, Gene Reed is retiring after this season. This is an opportunity to join the leadership of the club in this critical and rewarding position. If you are interested, please contact Gene Reed. Gene promises to help you learn the ropes. 

Rally – Save the date – November 19

We have a rally in the making. Jim Wallace reports that the Rally will be November 19. It will be a beautiful fall drive thru central Virginia! The start point will be across the street from Cave Spring Middle School on route 221.  The route is approximately 71 miles taking approximately 90 minutes to complete.  The route will go up Bent Mountain, down though Alleghany Springs, through Bradshaw and Mason’s Cove, ending at Parkway Brewing in Salem on Kessler Mill Road.  Driver meeting at 10:30 with first car out at 10:45.  It will be a “gimmick” rally with a question component and time component. More info is available at http://msreg.com/brrpca-rally1122.

Street Survival

As a reminder, Sunday, October 16, 2022 is the next Street Survival School at the Salem Civic Center. 

We have a meeting on October 12 at Sports Car Clinic for last minute adjustments.

For those who don’t know, the Sports Car Clinic is located at the following address:

3328 Peters Creek Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24109

Our numbers for coaches and volunteers has trended upwards but we still need your help,  We have some vacant positions still out there so please invite anyone you can to participate.

Annual Meeting/Holiday Event

Greetings Blue Ridge Region PCA members! I hope everyone is having a beautiful Fall Season.

Time is moving fast and before you know it, the winter season will be upon us.  So it’s a great time to start planning our Annual Meeting/Holiday Event!  To have a successful event we need some Volunteers to Chair and Organize our Annual Meeting/Holiday Event.  This does not need to be one person but hopefully a couple of volunteers, which makes the planning easier and a fun social activity itself.  

The earlier volunteers step-up and start the easier it will be to schedule and plan.  The volunteers will be responsible to secure a venue and a caterer or other food option, decide upon a date in November or December, and to establish the budget with Executive Board input.  The planning team will be supported by the Board and should feel free to engage other Region members too.

Please let me know if you will step-up and help drive a successful  event.

Thank you, Reid & the BRR-PCA Board

Racing

A course for success: VIR co-owner and CEO Connie Nyholm — a Southside native — is a driving energy for racetrack

SUSAN ELZEY Special to the Register & Bee

ALTON — When Connie Nyholm drives around the Virginia International Raceway property in her red Corvette, everyone notices.

People stop what they are doing, wave and shout “Hi, Connie.”

An employee flags her down to ask for advice on the pain in his shoulder, and another one at the gate asks her about a problem with a visitor while she is there.

She handles both of them.

She also stops to ask to the VIR president and chief operating officer, Kerrigan Smith, if she can drive around the track. He says, “Yes,” and sends word ahead that Connie is on the track.

Nyholm is the co-owner and CEO of VIR and oversees the racing facility and motorsport resort that has a $197 million economic impact annually on the counties of Halifax and Pittsylvania and the city of Danville, according to a 2018 economic study.

“Thankfully, we are bursting at the seams and keep bringing more business in,” said Nyholm.

She said the business has become so successful, they are able to be somewhat picky about the businesses they add, trying always to bring in tenants that will contribute to their overall success.

At the present VIR has 360 employees on the payroll, most of them part-time.

She said she has the best staff in the world.

Since initially investing in the track in 1998 with its founding partner, Harvey Siegel, Nyholm has taken VIR from abandonment in the 1970s to being recognized as one of the top six road courses in North America, according to Car and Driver magazine.

And VIR is so much more than a racetrack. It includes on-site dining and lodging, shooting, karting, team-building and driving experiences and the Virginia Motorsports Technology Park. Eighteen businesses have located on the VIR campus with more to come in the future, according to racetrack.

A local girl

Nyholm is at heart a local girl, born and raised in Martinsville. At the age of 12, she declared at the breakfast table that she wanted to be either “an orthodontist or real estate developer” when she grew up. A few years later she earned an economics degree from William & Mary and landed in New York City, specializing in freestanding retail site selection for auto service businesses.

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A Beautiful Car

1959 Porsche 718 RSK

Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille 2022

Photo Yuriy Shevchuk 2022

Hogan’s Corner

This is so not cool!

Porsche Gone Bad

First

Do you remember these?

Second

And Finally

Turn up your volume for a flash back to the 1967 CanAm Series season debut at Elkhart Lake. Click Here