Rolling right along through 2014, the Grand Prix Region
calendar has not been lacking. Whether it’s Performance
Driving, Tours, or other social activities, so will find many to choose from. If you need an excuse for a road trip to Tucson, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Morro Bay, Solvang, Santa Barbara or dozens of other locations throughout the southland, just look around at the Porsche Club of America calendar.
Of course, you can venture well out of the Southwest if you’ve got the time and inclination. Suesan and I have been hearing about the annual Labor Day PCA race
at Road America for ever (OK, maybe only since the 1950’s). So, last year Suesan and I planned a vacation to this event.
For those of you who don’t know, Road America is a permanent road course located about 2 miles from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. It is one of only a handful of road circuits in the world that maintains its original configuration: 4.048 miles and 14 turns. It has a
lot of elevation change and a front straight that sees speeds approaching 200 mph. Its forest like setting make this 640 acre site one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever been to.
Racing in the area started in the late 1940s, organized by the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). Elkhart Lake’s current population is under 1000, and the first races were held on a street circuit starting and finishing in the town center and circling the lake. The 1951 race drew a crowd of 50,000, and 1951 drew 100,000, which was the last year of the street circuit. In September 1955, the first race was held on the new Road America track.
The annual Labor Day PCA Club Race is a party not to be
taken lightly. On Saturday afternoon after the racing is finish, police escort the race cars to the center of Elkhart Lake, which hosts a street concours. PCA, Chicago Region hosts a concours the same day, and those cars are also on display. Siebkens Report hosts the Saturday night dinner. This turn of the century resort is owned and operated by the 4th generation of the Siebken family. I’m guessing that they feed 800-900 people (I didn’t ask). You can sit outside, inside, in a bar, in a tent, walk down the street with a plate… It is a classic, pure and simple. The Stop-Inn Tavern is a must see, if for nothing else but the historic racing stickers that cover the walls.
So, Suesan and I went for the party, helped out a little, stayed at the beautiful Osthoff Resort, and had a real vacation at a PCA event. And I ran out of room and didn’t even mention the fabulous racing, the great restaurants and people (and we’re planning another trip there in 2014)