May 19-21, 2017
It all started in 1958 when a group of automobile enthusiasts who owned Porsches and lived in the St Louis area got together and decided to petition the fledgling Porsche Club of America to become a recognized region of the Porsche Club of America.
Some of our motorsports heritage:
1959 – St. Louis Region officially chartered as a Region of the Porsche Club of America on January 17, 1959 by National President, Earl Kirschbaum, Bill Kiburz and Manny Glazer served as first Officers of St. Louis Region
1964 – St. Louis Region held it’s first “track” autocross at Mid-America Raceway outside Wentzville, MO. DE’s were unknown to the PCA at the time, so our track event was classed as an “autocross” for insurance and PCA sanctioning purposes. Word spread rapidly across the Midwest about St. Louis rather quick autocross and members from all across the Midwest came to St Louis to “autocross”.
1966 – St. Louis Region’s Carl Dieckmann brought a quick and unexpected end to the National PCA Parade Hillclimb event on Cheyenne Mountain at the Denver National Parade. Carl ran off the road during his hillclimb run and was saved from a long fall down the side of the mountain when his 356 snagged on a chain link fence. Carl was unhurt and the car only slightly damaged, but it caused the organizers to shut down the hillclimb.
1968 – St. Louis Region became known (perhaps infamous might be a better word) for its Monte Carlo style rally – a high speed event on public roads. Participants were given a route and the “fastest time” won. The event had one checkpoint along the route to make sure people were actually driving the event and not taking short cuts. The history of the event was peppered with numerous incidents (a 912 ending up in a pond near Weldon Springs – headlights under water, but the engine stayed high and dry. One car, luckily not a Porsche, ran off the road, rolled but stopped back on its wheels so the driver completed the rally with his “crushtomized” car – a little banged up but still drivable.)
1973 – St. Louis Region partially sponsored an entry in the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. St. Louis Region members Klaus Selbert, Marv Schoenfield and Bob Klempel drove the race-prepped 911. St. Louis Region members served as the pit crew. Due to an engine swap, the 911 started 51st out of 53 entries. Early transmission problems forced a 2 hour 20 minute pit stop to replace the transmission. By 10 am, the St Louis entry worked its way up to 15th place. On the last lap, the throttle linkage broke with Klaus Selbert behind the wheel. Klaus screwed the carburetor idle screws wide open and limped around the track at a “very fast idle” to take the checkered flag in 18th place. A young, John O’Steen transferred to St. Louis Region from Peachstate Region. For many years, John competed in the SCCA and IMSA racing series in numerous Porsches. Years later, John went on to become National SCCA E Production champion at the wheel of the Autobahn 356 Speedster. Over the years, John competed in numerous 356, 924, 911, 934, and 962’s in races from MAR in Wentzville to the 24 Hours of LeMans.
1974 – The St. Louis Region / Mid-America Raceway “autocross” became known for the first time as the Carrera Classic. 1974 Carrera Classic entry fee – $35.00. The Carrera Classic became a highlight of the Regional calendar until the late 1980’s when MAR was closed by insurance companies due to safety concerns.
1986 – The Carrera Classic was reborn at the then new Gateway International Raceway and became a predecessor to the Driver’s Education program of the Porsche Club of America.
2003 – St. Louis Region began focusing on charitable events to support local organizations. With contributions from the charity laps at the Carrera Classic, St. Louis Region has been able to make sizable contributions to local charitable organizations such as St. Charles Youth in Need and thousands of dollars to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in support of a special MRI unit to monitor brain activity in infants confined to an incubator. More recently, funds have also been donated to the ALS Foundation, the MO Botanical Garden in honor of our late President Bill Dickson and also to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
2008- The Region is still going strong. With 2 Drivers Education Events per year the Carrera Classic has allowed hundreds of Porsche Owners to experience what these cars are capable of. Proving that with proper education driver’s can safely learn the dynamic’s of their vehicle all the while making them more competent drivers on the street.
2009– St. Louis Region celebrates it’s 50th year with the Porsche Club of America. Many special event’s were held to commemorate this occasion including guest speaker and legendary Porsche Racer Vic Elford at the 50th Anniversary party.
2010– With great events throughout the year the St. Louis Region was able to continue contributing to charities including the Childrens Tumor Foundation, helping to sponsor a 911 GT3 in the 24 Hours of Daytona as part of “Fuel The Cure“.
2016– The inaugural Gateway Carrera Classic PCA Club Race was announced and placed on the national PCA Club Racing schedule. Our first race is a set of sprints and a 60 minute enduro. Plans in the future include a long enduro and racing under the lights at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The St Louis Region of the Porsche Club of America has the largest membership in Zone 10 and represents the following counties in eastern and north central MO:
Adair, Audrain, Bollinger, Boone, Butler, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Marion, Mississippi, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Reynolds, Riplrey, Schuyler, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, St Charles, St Francois, St Louis, Ste Genevieve, Stoddard, Warren, Washington, Wayne
The St Louis Region of the Porsche Club of America represents the following counties in central and southern IL:
Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Scott, St Clair, Union, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson