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  • Autohaus to Lasalle Drive
    The Lincoln Trail PCA will have a driving tour from Autohaus in Peoria, to downtown Lasalle on May 1st.  We will meet at Autohaus by 10am.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a survey of member feedback, this year we will not have lunch as part of the event but it will end at the […]
  • 2021 Events Survey Results
    Here is the results of the survey we conducted for 2021 LTR PCA events.
  • 2021 Events Survey
    It’s 2021 and COVID is still with us so far. The LTR board is working to develop an event schedule that will work given all the restrictions and people’s concerns. We created a survey of our members to find out what people are most interested in. This year we added our tentative events list and […]
  • Congrats to Sim Racers
    Congratulations to our LTR SIM racers Sean and Jensen Benet! Sean placed 1st in the “club” category and Jensen placed 2nd in the “sport” category. See this months Panorama, page 8.
  • Events through winter
    As COVID concerns are rising, and governments are adding restrictions again, and the ability to meet outside becomes far less desirable, I guess we are back to virtual events for a while. I switched the Peoria monthly meets to virtual using Google Meet starting in November. While it is not nearly as nice as meeting […]
  • Scenic Drives
    I recently found a website that lists several scenic drives here in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Transportation. This could be a very handy source for future drives with the club. Below are a few other sites highlighting scenic routes in Illinois: Great Rivers and Routes https://www.riversandroutes.com/ . This focuses on Southwestern Illinois Take […]
  • 2020 Events Update
    Our 2020 events schedule has been very light due to the virus. We normally plan a Christmas dinner in December but unfortunately this year we are cancelling it. Early next year the LTR board will meet and start to plan out 2021 which may include the dinner we planned at Christmas this year, but in […]
  • Autohaus to Lasalle Drive
    The Lincoln Trail PCA will have a driving tour from Autohaus in Peoria, to downtown Lasalle on October 10th.  We will meet at Autohaus by 10am.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a survey of member feedback, this year we will not have lunch as part of the event but it will end at the […]
  • New PCA Waiver
    The PCA created a new communicable disease spectator and participant waiver that anyone attending an event needs to sign. The official PCA event registration tool, Clubregistration.net, has implemented a way for registrants of an event to electronically sign this and the other event liability waiver forms electronically when registering for events. This is intended to […]
  • Survey Results
    We recently surveyed the LTR members about events this year. Here are the results. Question responses are (left side) 1 = “not very” and (right side) 5 = “very much” to the question. There were 30 responses. I would be interesting in attending Mix & Mingle events (lunch or dinner) indoors I would be interesting […]
  • Feedback requested
    We would like to better understand what members are interested in participating in this year given the current conditions. Please fill out this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffcWAiaq8bE1jQVbPQCcRIfExjczCp3qaW26R8bQgwnAxlXA/viewform?usp=sf_link
  • Andy Benz
    Andy Benz’s 1998 Carrera 4S
  • Gary Reeves
    Gary and Susan Reeves1984 911 2008 Cayman S
  • Curt Boehm
    Curt and Cathy Boehm2007 911 Carrera S
  • Website Redesign
    I am in the process of replacing our entire website with a WordPress system.  You can preview it here: http://ltrtemp.pca.org/ .  This system integrates the blog and classified adds system into a single website.  I am hoping to have it done and moved to our domain (https://ltr.pca.org) later this month. 
  • Wayne White
    1976 911S
  • Milton Brummitt
    1984 944 2007 Boxster
  • David Slyman
    2009 Carerra S
  • Ryan Carter
    2001 911 Turbo
  • Al Gietl
    2009 Carrera S
  • Joe McAdam
    2004 911 Turbo Cabriolet 2011 Panamera Turbo
  • Jim Roal
    2006 Cayman S 1987 944S (previous car)
  • Events cancelled through April
    Due to the virus, and the state mandated distancing rules, we will need to cancel our LTR events through April 30.  Let’s hope we can start back up in May.
  • Street Survival 2020
    These events have been cancelled for 2020. The dates for the Mossville Street Survival are now on the calendar for September 26th and 27th (2 classes, one each day) and open for registration. Several Lincoln Trail members volunteer for this and have since the beginning.  We always need more volunteers so if you can spare […]
  • Learn high performance driving skills online
    Here are 2 great resources for learning the skills of performance driving. They are both geared toward racing but most the skills they teach also apply to HPDE. Racer360 is a collection of tutorials aimed at different aspects of driving.  Many are free but other require a subscription. Driver61 has a great collection of video tutorials where […]
  • Driving events on the calendar already
    It’s still January but car clubs are already busy getting driving events on their calendars. Autocross The biggest autocross club in Central Illinois is the Champaign County Sports Car Club.  Here is their autocross schedule they just posted. The Central Illinois Region (CIR) of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) also hosts autocrosses in Central […]
  • Leaderboard
    As discussed in an earlier blog post, Las Vegas (and other places) has places you can go to drive high end sports cars and supercars on the track.  Generally normal people like you and me do 5 laps or more on their track with an instructor.  Exotics Racing times these laps and posts them all […]
  • Car stuff in Central Illinois
    Here in the Midwest we enjoy a rich car culture. Even in Central Illinois, away from the big cities, we have plenty of car related things to do. We also have many activities within a few hours drive from here as well. I wanted to share some key website to get people started.  Social Events […]
  • Drive to Uptown Grille, Lasalle
    The Lincoln Trail PCA will have a driving tour from Autohaus in Peoria, to the Uptown Grille in Lasalle for lunch on September 21st.  We will meet at Autohaus by 10am.  Please RSVP to ltr.news.letter@gmail.com by September 18th. Here is a link to the waiver we will need each participant to sign before we begin […]
  • Street Survival 2019
    Several LTR members participated in the Street Survival at Cat Mossville AC this weekend.  The local newspaper printed this article about it too.  This was our 10th year offering this event and its going stronger than ever.  If you have never been involved in one of these I would highly recommend it.  At a minimum, […]
  • Be All In with LTR
    I have heard from several members off and on that they are not aware of what is going on in the region.  I decided to create this post so people know when things are happening, both LTR events, and other car events around the region. Make sure your email is up-to-date on the PCA national […]
  • Next time you are in Las Vegas…
    … spend some of that gambling money on a great driving experience. I visited Speed Vegas recently and drove a Ferrari 488 on track.  The whole story is here: https://jimroal.blogspot.com/2019/03/driving-speed-vegas-in-ferrari-488.html. If you are interested in cars that Speed Vegas does not have, or you want to try a different track, there are another places very similar […]
  • Street Survival June 2019
    The PCA and BMWCCA both support Tire Rack Street Survival schools to help teach new drivers car control.  The goal is to create better drivers by developing skills that will help them avoid accidents.  Here in Central Illinois the Illini BMW club sponsors a Street Survival school at Caterpillar building AC near Mossville.  There are […]
  • Drivers Education (Track days)
    I wanted to make a brief post for those interested in performance driving.  Last year I posted this blog about it to give information and videos explaining what they are all about. One of my personal favorites is Central Indiana region PCA Spring Brake which is now open for registration. I hope to see many LTR folks […]
  • Porsche at The Revs Institute, Naples Florida
    I was recently on vacation near Naples Florida and a friend told me about The Revs Institute.  We spent about two and a half hours there enjoying their car collection.  Not only did they have cars on display but they also had engines on stands out where you can see all the details.  They have […]
  • Maintaining your Porsche
    Modern cars intimidate most people into avoiding even attempting basic maintenance on their own.  It should not be that way actually.  While modern cars are certainly much more complex than older cars, many things are actually easier now.  I was a professional mechanic (or service technician) from ’83 through ’97.  I worked at a Ford […]
  • Parking Surprise
    Considering egress from a Carrera can be a task in itself for a “big”guy like myself, I tend to park in areas where I can fully open my door………let alone parking in such a manner whereas I can reduce door dings from other cars. Imagine my surprise as I was leaving an establishment in Bloomington […]
  • Cars & Coffee in Springfield
    Isringhausen Imports, a Porsche authorized dealer in Springfield, held a Cars and Coffee last Saturday, welcoming Lincoln Trail PCA members to join in a car-lovers dream. Lincoln Trail PCA members had a strong showing as evidenced in photos snapped by local paparazzi (which really included just me.).
  • Detailing and PDR Tech session
    We attended a tech session for car detailing and paint protection at Detail Peoria (http://www.detailpeoria.com/) this weekend on Knoxville in Peoria.  We started by discussing paint restoration, prep, and protection.  They also discussed some products to use to maintain a clean car. Then we saw a demonstration of paintless dent repair (PDR) using both the tool […]
  • HPDE opportunity for first timers
    The St. Louis region PCA has a special high performance drivers education targeted at people who have never done one before.  This event is 1/2 day on Saturday July 28th at Circuit of St. Louis Road Course (Gateway).  It is $100 for intro students.  You can see more info and register for the event here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/st-louis-pca-taste-of-track-summer-2018-gateway-motorsports-park-642075

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