ORPCA News - Updated February 18, 2021
Autocross Tech Inspection
This year our Autocross Tech Inspection day is Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 am – 12 noon. The team at the downtown Matrix Integrated, located at 4000 SW Macadam Ave in Portland, have provided the Autocross group the use of their shop. This is a no fee event and only intended for our Autocross participants. Registration is required: Motorsportreg Annual Autocross Tech Inspection
Social distancing and masks will be required. We will manage the car flow and only allow 8-10 cars at a time in the garage to be safe. You will need to have a PCA Communicable Disease form on file or completed on site.
Please go to our Tech Inspections information here: Tech Inspection Details to be sure you know what we will be looking at. Make sure you know what class your car is in for the registration: Car Classification. Also, please check your helmet and make sure it is at least a 2015 Snell rated helmet. If it is not, please get a new 2020 Snell rated helmet for this season. If you pass inspection, you will get a 2021 tech inspection sticker for your car and you will not need to go through any additional tech inspections.
A Season Pass for the ORPCA Autocross season is available now for ORPCA members. For 2021 we have 8 autocross events. If you were to attend all of these events, the ORPCA member pre-registration fee would be $320. For our ORPCA members, the Season pass is $265, for a savings of $55 (more than one event). The Season Pass fee includes Autocross events 1-8. By purchasing the 2021 Season Pass, you will be automatically signed up for all autocross events thus guaranteeing your slot. There are no refunds or credits for missed events. Here is the link to the pass: Autocross Season Pass
Sorry this event is full. If you want to get on a wait list please email Winnie at [email protected].
We have a small, socially distanced outside Quarterly Mixer planned for on Sunday, March 7 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We are having it at the Helvetia Tavern located at 10275 NW Helvetia Rd, Hillsboro. We are limited to 20 people. It will be downstairs in a covered, heated, outdoor area, seated ourselves! This is a no-host event with food and drinks available to purchase. Please note that no one under 21 can attend.
Because of COVID-19 you will have to sign up and you have to have a PCA Communicable Disease Form on file. A link to the form is on the event web page.
If you have questions please email: [email protected]
We’re doing something different this year, no tour and no winery BUT we’ll be having lunch and visiting the largest private automobile museum in the world! It’s located about an hour south of Portland. We’ll be viewing 350 cars on display from a private collection of over 600 cars. We’ve arranged exclusive access for ORPCA members only.
A truly world-class collection and an unforgettable experience. The cost for lunch and the Museum is $50 per person. Registration opens on March 1st and is limited to 72 people.
All the information is here: ORPCA Picnic
For questions contact Jeff Gretz at [email protected]
Kurt Fuerstenau, the new Tours Director, is looking for assistance with Tours in 2021. We have made great progress on the Arrive and Drives and Midweek Casual Drives. We are only in need of a tour organizer for the October 9 Arrive and Drive and the June and October Midweek Casual Drive (June 22, 23 or 24 and October 19, 20 or 21).
He is still looking for people to help with our Scenic, the electronic route guidance application. In addition, he needs administrative help with insurance and PCA Release Waivers.
If you can offer help, please contact Kurt at [email protected]
If you are interested in helping with tours, there is a Tours Class on Sunday, May 23. Registration is open here: ORPCA Tours Class 2021 – May 23 – ORPCA (oregonpca.org). For questions on this class please contract Eric at [email protected]
The Treffen Spring 2021 will be held in Scottsdale Arizona at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. Registration opens on February, 24 at noon Pacific time. For all the information go to: treffen.pca.org.
High Performance Drivers Education (HPDE) Opportunities
The Pacific NW Region PCA has some HPDEs at different locations including Portland International Raceway. Please check out their web site here: PNWR Drivers Ed – HPDE.
Dates for HPDE with the BMW club are: May 6, June 3, July 15, Sept 2. Registration is not open yet.
Road Rally Opportunities
Cascade Sports Car Club Road Rally – Please check out the Geargrinders Web Site – scroll down to get all the information. There is a novice school scheduled for February 20. Their Saturday rally series has 2021 dates.
Please read all the other new precautions for this rally: Coronavirus precautions
Driver Skills Opportunities
The Pacific NW Region PCA has a great Driver Skills class. These are held at Bremerton Motorsports Park, outside of Bremerton, WA. For all the information go here: PNWR Driver Skills Class. A number of Oregon PCA members have done this class. Be sure to understand the restrictions and changes in this class due to COVID-19.
In 2020 we held some club activities like Dinners, Arrive and Drives, SUV Drives and Autocross. As we move into 2021, we will continue follow state, government and PCA guidelines to keep activities as safe as possible. We will require the use of face masks/face coverings as mandated or recommended by PCA, CDC and state guidelines. PCA also requires the sign-off on a Communicable Disease Release for attendance at any club events. As you know, there is no “zero risk” when dealing with COVID-19.
Here is a document with Oregon PCA guidance updated on February 13, 2021.
If you have any questions please contact Peg Ryan.
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