Hill Country Region

Events

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.


 

 This is the driving line instructors will be teaching at the events.

What is a DE Event?

A DE event is a chance for you to drive your sports car at speed in the controlled environment of a race track setting. 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.

What do I need to know before my first DE?

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. 

Just Visiting?

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.

Tech Inspection Stations

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!)

Additional Information and References

All about Helmets

 

What is a Concours?

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.

 

PCA Club Racing had its inaugural season in 1992 with four races, and has grown to about 30 races involving more than 2,000 PCA Club Racers. There is a class for all Porsche sports cars, including both street and modified cars. Racing is to be fun, safe, and clean, and there are immediate sanctions against any driver at fault in any incident involving car damage. The organization and operation of Club Races is to be uniform, so that any racer may attend any Club Race and know exactly what to expect. The Hill Country Region is proud to be a part of local PCA races.

Click here to access the PCA Club Race page to find out more. 

 

 

What is Autocross?

Autocross is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe, low-cost competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate one at a time through a temporary course marked by traffic cones, rather than racing on a track with multiple other cars, as in road racing or oval racing. Autocross tends to place more emphasis on car handling and driver skill than on sheer horsepower, and events typically have many classes which allow almost any vehicle, from economy sedans to purpose-built vehicles, to compete. Speeds are slower in absolute terms when compared to other forms of motorsports, usually not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level (measured in discrete turns per minute) can be higher than even Formula One due to the large number of elements packed into each course. Autocross courses are typically 40 to 70 seconds in length. In addition to being a national-level motorsport in its own right, autocrossing is a good way to learn skills that transfer to road racing, as drivers learn vehicle control and club ethics.

Autocross events are usually held in large paved areas like parking lots or airfields or on existing racetracks coned off to make a tighter and twistier course. Typically, new courses are created for each event so drivers must learn a new course each time they compete. Prior to driving, a competitor will walk the course, taking mental notes, and developing a strategy to be refined upon subsequent runs.

Where are Autocross events held?

If you are ready to take on more competitive autocrossing, Spokes is a local autocross organization that holds events at various tracks in the Austin/San Antonio and surrounding areas.

 

Throughout the year Hill Country Region hosts multiple events that revolve around our passion.  The Porsche automobile.  General information can be found in the linked articles below.

 


 

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.