• Lone Star Resion PCA Get Together (GTG)
    In an effort to provide more opportunities
    for members to meet on an informal basis.
    LSR is encouraging participation in weekend
    morning meet-ups for coffee. Currently we
    have events in Spring (NW), Woodlands (N),
    Piney Point (Central), Friendswood (SE),
    Galveston (E).
  • High Speed DE
    A DE is a chance for you to drive your car
    in the controlled enviroment of a track
    setting. DE event are usually held on
    the 2.9 mile long. 15 turn road coarse at
    Texas World Speedway, located near College
    station, Texas. From time to time the track
    layout may change to provide a new format.
  • Car Control
    If you are new to the world of Porsche or
    an experienced driver but unsure of your
    vehicle's capabilities and your ability to
    control and enjoy it, the Lone Star Region
    offers its Car Control School. The
    instructional activity provides you with
    survivability skills that apply both to
    everyday driving and the track environment.
    We want you to be comfortable and enjoy your
    vehicle, no matter what situation arises...
  • Concour
    A Concours d' Elegance is an assembly of
    autos in competition on their relative merits
    in terms of coach work, design, finish. LSR
    Concours are based on the pratical reality
    that most of us have many other priorities,
    limited time, and may well use our Porsches
    as daily-drivers. The odds are that most
    of the cars shown locally are prepared
    in a few hours and generally driven to
    the event prior to a final cleanup.
    Everyone should have a good time enjoying
    their cars and meeting other enthusiasts.
  • Social
    Our social activities are one of the best ways
    we have to get folks with all of those
    unique interests together. What better
    way to meet Porsche lovers than over
    a nice meal and/or refreshments at many
    of the great establishments Southeast Texas
    has to offer.
  • Autocross
    autocross is an entry-level competitive
    driving event around a course defined
    by traffic cones. Requires very little
    car prep, time or money. You get a
    chance to walk away with a trophy and
    meet new friends at the event. If you're
    not sure what an autocross is go to YouTube
    and look up our Cone killer series.

Corner Workers - Earn a Free DE

Corner workers are stationed at selected turns during DE and Club Race track sessions. They are part of the track safety team charged with identifying and reporting hazardous situations and - by means of flags - communicating this information to drivers. They are a vital part of these on-track events.


What You Earn and Learn

LSR members who choose to work a corner at a DE event earn a credit to drive a subsequent DE event for free (usually within a year of the DE after the one they worked). This has the obvious advantage of getting to drive a DE for free, but there are some other perhaps not-so-obvious advantages:

You get to see the track from "the other side of the windshield." This means you get a new understanding of the importance of flags at the corners (i.e. seeing them while you are driving, and also understanding their importance), and of track safety in general. Listening to radio communications during a DE weekend is also extremely instructive.

You get to watch other drivers in all the run groups. You can (as Steve Kent has put it) "Go to school" on other drivers, seeing their line thru given corners, seeing how consistent they are (or are not) and generally getting a sense of their overall approach to driving on the track. And there is quite a range from green to blue to yellow to white to red run groups!

Corner working is fun! Helping keep drivers safe (from themselves as well as from other drivers) is important work and you will enjoy acquiring the relevant skills and experience.


What You Contribute

Those are the main reasons for you to consider working a corner at the next DE, or at some future one. There are several other reasons why doing this is important to your Porsche club:

Every year we have a club race. And we need experienced volunteers to work corners at it. DE events are great times to get training and experience; and it is much better for the club if you get trained before the race, instead of during the race.

The club has an ongoing need to have a cadre of trained and experienced corner workers included in its membership. I have been Flag Chief for a number of years, but will need to be replaced someday. And currently the experienced corner workers in the club (John Smaardyk, Jake Taylor, Ted Lazarides and Tim Westby are the names that come first to my mind) are all instructors (except Tim, who hasn't been coming to our DE events). Instructors need to be instructing, not working corners, or managing corner workers.

We are paying A&M car club students to work corners at our events, and they do good work. We have been training them on an ongoing basis (much to their parents' delight, some of them actually graduate eventually, get jobs and move away). But key positions like Control and Flag One are best manned by non-students, in most cases. And of course, the more club member volunteers we have working corners, the fewer workers we have to pay.


Additional Training

If you try it and like it and want to get some world-class corner worker training, join SCCA and list "F & C" (Flagging and Communications) as your specialty. SCCA pretty much invented corner working in its current form and most of our folks named in (5) above are also SCCA members.


Volunteer

To reserve your corner worker spot at a future DE event, e-mail Bob Benson or call 817.457.8833. Bob is the
Flag Chief for LSR PCA and for the Texas Region SCCA.

If you have a non-driving significant other who wants to earn a DE credit for you by working a corner we can discuss that possibility also. It would get them up to the track with you for the weekend, which might be a plus. But you are going to owe them BIG-TIME for this.


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