We hold multiple activities each month that will let you enjoy life in the Hill Country area and your car. We get together often for social events, including lunches, happy hours, wine tastings, and out-of-town excursions. We have a number of amateur and professional race drivers in our region who would love to help you enjoy driving your car, whether you want to drive leisurely through the twisty roads in central Texas, spiritedly at a Driver Education event, or competitively at a Club Race or Autocross.
Please look through our site and you'll get a feel for who we are and what we like to do. Then please come to one our social events to meet us and tell us what you like and what your interests are! You do NOT need to be a member to come to our social events.
The Hill Country Porsche Club Happy Hour has a long tradition of bringing members together for food, drink and great conversation. Happy Hours are the fourth Thursday of every month. The event starts at 6 p.m. and lasts typically 2 1/2 hours; plenty of time for you to catch up on the latest news, meet new members and view the assortment of Porsches.
Consider this your invitation to come out, have fun, and feel free to invite your friends!
This is the driving line instructors will be teaching at the events.
A DE event is a chance for you to drive your sports car at speed in the controlled environment of a race track setting. DE events are usually held on the 2.9-mile long, 15-turn road racing course at Texas World Speedway, located near College Station, Texas. From time to time the track layout may change to provide a new format for applying your DE driving techniques.
These events are NOT RACES, rather the focus is on SAFETY and LEARNING. The first few times you attend DE events, you WILL have an experienced instructor in the car with you at ALL times. For track sessions you will be grouped with people who drive at approximately your same speed, and you will drive in 4 of these 25-minute sessions each day. New drivers attend 2 entertaining and informative classroom sessions each day, as well as a helpful braking exercise between class and track sessions.
Click here to access the PCA Drivers' Education page.
The DE Handbook contains information about the DE process and track requirements. READ IT! All drivers must have a helmet meeting Snell SA or M2000 (or later) standards. Drivers of "stock" cars must wear long pants of natural fibers and rubber soled, closed-toe shoes. A shirt of natural fibers is recommended. Drivers of "race-prepared" cars should wear clothing that conforms to the requirements of Porsche Club Racing. All participants must have their vehicles technically inspected. Failure to complete the technical inspection prior to the DE Event will require that the vehicle be inspected by our safety staff for a fee before you are allowed to drive it on track. We do not guarantee that we will be able to do this for you in any timely manner so this will likely delay beginning your DE session. Please, please get the tech inspection done before the event. You must have a completed Technical Inspection Form to receive your registration package at the track. The gates open at TWS at 6:45 am on the Saturday of the DE. There is a mandatory drivers' meeting at 7:30 am. If you are not present, you will not be allowed to drive until you have been briefed by the Chief Instructor and not before the lunch break. BE THERE! Following the driver's meeting, track and classroom sessions will be according to the standard schedule. No pets are allowed at the track. Your family is welcome, but you must use extra caution with your own and others' children in this high activity event. For DE's held at Texas World Speedway (TWS), a block of rooms is reserved at the Manor House Inn Hotel in College Station. You should make your own reservations at (800)231-4100 and plan to pay for the room(s) yourself. Advise the Manor House that you are with the Porsche Club to obtain the PCA rate. The room(s) come with a complimentary continental breakfast. There will be a participants' dinner on Saturday evening at a nearby restaurant.
If you plan to participate in a future DE (or think you might), but wish to visit one before applying just to see what it is all about, you are most welcome to do so. When you arrive at the track, please contact the HCR member at the "GRID IN" desk (at the entrance to where the cars line up to go on the track). He or she will introduce you to one of our DE "Mentors", who will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.
All DE participants must have their car inspected within 2 weeks prior to the event. Please take the Technical Inspection Form to your mechanic of choice. The following local shops have all agreed to do inspections. Regardless of who you use, please call and make an appointment ahead of time!
If you are outside of Austin or use a mechanic that is not on this list, simply take the inspection form to your mechanic and have them fill it out.
(list coming soon!)
A Concours (Concours d'Elegance) is an event where entered cars are judged as to a wide range of expectations of excellence. The expectations, or conditions, compare the judged car to a new, or comparable car, in areas of cleanliness, appearance, care, and other attributes. Cars are classed in accordance with a set of guidelines which intend to compare like cars, models, and/or years of manufacture. Each car is compared to other cars in the class, or to a standard, and a winner is selected based on an established point system. Judges score interior and exterior elements of each car on especially prepared sheets, and assess points critical to each element of the car; they are limited by a timer. The score sheets for all cars in the class are reviewed and posted and cars are rated for awards. Turnout of competing cars determines the exact nature of class, as low turnout may prompt consolidation of classes. Teams of judges and a timer are responsible for judging of each car; a team may judge more than one class depending on turnout of competitors, but a team may not include a car owner of the class being judged, and all of a class must be judged by the same team members. The timer may have the lead responsibility to control the judging of cars to insure consistency of scoring.
At the end of class judging, the winners of some/all Classes are rejudged by a separate team to select a Best in Show.
It is generally expected that individual score sheets, once results of the scoring are entered into the system, will be available to car owners. Those records will be destroyed following the day of the event.
The Chief Judge has the final decision as to consolidation of classes or challenges of judges.
PorscheDillo, a traditional HCRPCA annual event, consists of at least a Concours following this set of guidelines, as well as other allied activities.
We hold multiple activities each month that will let you enjoy life in the Hill Country area and your car. We get together often for social events, including lunches, happy hours, wine tastings, and out-of-town excursions.
General information is available at the links below. Please look through our site and you'll get a feel for who we are and what we like to do. Then please come to one our social events to meet us and tell us what you like and what your interests are! You do NOT need to be a member to come to our social events.