Teststrecke Porsche XV
PCA - California Central Coast
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Porsche Santa Barbara presents the
California Central Coast Region - Porsche Club of America
The CCCR-PCA will hold its first auto-cross event of 2016, Teststrecke XV, on January 23, 2016. We are celebrating our 5th year of auto-crossing at the Central Coast Jet Center on the south side of Santa Maria Airport. The first one was in March of 2012 and was named Teststrecke I by Jon Milledge. Many thanks to Jon and Bruce Bero, past president, for their hard work in getting the CCCR-PCA back into auto-crossing, after several years without a track. We have had over 700 participants at 14 events since then.
In addition to Jon and Bruce’s and hard work, we would also like to thank Porsche’s corporate executives for deciding to make California, namely Santa Maria Airport, the place where they would introduce the new 911 to hundreds of journalists from around the world in 2011. Many of them got to test drive the new Porsche on this test track to help make their evaluations.
As you all know the southwest end of the airport is also used by the Santa Maria Karting Association. They had lost their lease due to some FAA concerns, but was able to get it back a couple of years ago. Apparently, the SMKA insurance or the FAA felt the test track was too close to their track and that it posed a safety issue, so they installed a fence across the hairpin turn at the west end of the track, as shown in the photo below. We completely agree with them that this was the right thing to do for the safety of, not only the kids, but of all concerned who use this area for racing.
A few months ago, our president Chuck Jennings, approached me to check into re-paving a connector of the two portions of good track, thereby reinstating the turn. With Tom Dobyns effort working with Chris Hastert, the airport manager, we have managed to get permission to replace a section of old deteriorated runway to again re-connect the good asphalt a hundred or so feet away from the fence. We hope to have this done by our first event in January. Scott Ramsey of Ramsey Asphalt, who installed the original track, will do the work, so we know that it will be built with the same quality as the first construction. The track has performed well over the past few years.
In addition, we want to thank Vapor Trail Vettes, who also uses the track, with their generous contribution to the asphalt project.
The photo below is the proposed new track addition. It will give us more options for new track layouts.
Warren White - Auto-Cross Chair
Here are a couple of links to the Santa Maria Times articles regarding the history of the track.