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.
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 some time to help young new drivers learn car control please contact Rick Largen. We have many volunteer jobs from registration and managing the various course obstacles to in-car coaches. The Illini BMW Club with support from Lincoln Trail, Kauth & Mayeur, and Caterpillar (and many others) have been hosting the Street Survival in Mossville Caterpillar building AC parking lot, and using the Caterpillar AC building and auditorium, since 2011. This is a great way for car people to give back to the community.
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 a race driving instructor talks through car control and racing skills in a classroom setting with in-car video clips. You can also find his channel and play list on YouTube.
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 and Groups
- One of the larger social groups is the Central Illinois Automotive Enthusiasts group on Facebook.
- Peoria Cars & Coffee and Friday Night Lights events. These events draw hundreds from all around and feature every kind of car, 4×4, rat rod, classic, custom, sports car, pony car, etc.
- Bloomington/Normal Automotive Enthusiasts group.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 18th.
Here is a link to the map of the route.
Here is a link to the route step-by-step instructions.
Here is a compressed video of the route.
Use this link to add this event to your calendar.
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, all new drivers should go through it. My daughter did it twice. We are always looking for volunteers. We will be doing this again in the Spring, generally May-ish.
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 website! We used this with our emailer to send notices out to the members. You must have an up-to-date email in the PCA national website in order for this to work. Go to the website: https://www.pca.org/, login [Member Log-in], select the [Edit] tab, and update your information. If you change email addresses make sure to update this.
- Connect to our calendar. I created a blog post for this a while back. It explains how to connect the LTR calendar with your Google calendar so you can see LTR events. https://ltr.pca.org/add-the-ltr-calendar-to-your-smartphone-or-pc-calendar/. I believe you can connect this to other calendar types as well.
- Connect with us on Facebook. I know, I am not a big fan of Facebook either but it is the most popular social media platform. The LTR has a page and a private group. Lets use this to share events around the region, tips, etc. Start here: https://www.facebook.com/ltrpca/. I have a link to this right on the LTR website for your convenience.
- The LTR website. This is our main place to connect with our region. I have links to all the above on the website. I also have an additional calendar showing other car events around the region and in nearby regions.
Please take advantage of these so you are aware of what is going on and can hopefully participate in some club activities and get the most out of your LTR membership.
… 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 at the Las Vegas Speedway Commerce Center North if Las Vegas. For instance Exotics Racing, Dream Racing, and Vegas Supercars.
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 a whole section dedicated for Porsche.
Where can I get service information?
Where can I get parts?
- Vertex Auto. These guys specialize in Porsche, although they have expanded to others now.
- Pelican Parts. Another Porsche specialist. When I renewed my PCA membership I got a 10% coupon here.