The Story of CERPCA
A brief history of the founding of the Coastal Empire Region PCA. Written by Ed Kriscunas with historical input by John Myer and Paul Jones.
In the time frame of 2000 and 2001, this area of South Carolina and South East Georgia was part of the Palmetto Region PCA which was based in the Charleston SC area. In and around that time, there was a discussion going on within the Palmetto Region regarding adding High Performance Driver Education Events at Roebling Road Raceway Track into the Palmetto Region event schedule. Several of the Hilton Head /Savannah members were the driving force in wanting to make DEs available to the members. The Palmetto Region’s Charleston SC members were more focused on Concours type events and not very interested in Track Events at that time. Several of the HH area members had substantial experience and continuing interest in Track Events: John Myer with DEs and SCCA Autocross Events and Paul Jones with PCA Club Racing and DEs and Al Travison who had been DE Chair in NY Region, just to mention a few. The close proximity of Roebling Road Raceway to the Hilton Head/Savannah area only served to be a constant reminder of what… could be. Additionally, the distance from Hilton Head /Savannah to the Charleston Meeting Headquarters also factored into the motivation to establish a club base in our area.
After considerable discussion and a failed start for a track event, is was clear that the DE track event initiative was not moving forward within the Palmetto Region Board at that time. In the end, the local group here decided it would be best to form a separate Region in order to enthusiastically follow the event direction that included Track Events as well as being able to have better geographic access to the Club meeting location .
It should be no surprise that Paul Jones, former National Vice President of PCA, stepped forward to petition PCA asking that a new Region be formed that would include the counties of: Beaufort , Jasper, Chatham, and others encompassing Hilton Head and Savannah. By vote of the original petitioners, the Region was to be called…..”Coastal Empire Region’.
There were 60 petition signatures attached to the request. The list of petitioners included Carlton Joyce, Richard Pattisall, Paul Grecco, Al Travison, Jim Izant, John Myer, Truitt Rabun, and Paul Jones to name a few. It should not be surprising to note that John Myer (now Chief Driving Instructor) remains very active in the Club and Coastal Empire Region DE Events to this day.
On Dec 15, 2001, Paul received notice from PCA that the petition was approved and the “Coastal Empire Region” was granted its’ charter and the boundary limits were set including Beaufort and Jasper Counties in SC. and Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Liberty, and Long Counties in GA.
The first officers of the newly formed CERPCA were:
Paul Jones, President Carlton Joyce, Vice President
Al Travison, Secretary Richard Pattisall, Treasurer
In the early days, Jackie Travison contributed significantly in organizing the first CER DE events at Roebling Road Race way. The High Performance DE’s that were, at least in part, the impetuous for the forming of the Region are still a very important part of the Club activity with regular events scheduled at Roebling Raceway. The club also enjoys additional “special” event opportunities to participate at other important Tracks including Road Atlanta and CMP- Carolina Motorsport Park and Daytona Speedway.
CERPCA also offers many social type events including “Drive and Dines” to various interesting and historical locations in and around the Hilton Head/ Savannah area. The historic Civil War era Rose Hill Plantation Tour was a recent favorite. The club has also organized trips to The Amelia Island Concours and Porsche’s Training center in Atlanta. CERPCA participates in and supports the very successful Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’ Elegance. The club is also very active in several charity activities including “Heroes on Track” events that honor our wounded military and a local Boys and Girls Club Car Show that involves the kids and benefit that charity.
The selection of Savannah as the location of the 2011 National Porsche Parade was the icing on the cake. CERPCA members had a special opportunity to be involved with this great PCA tradition of a week long, Porsche focused extravaganza. John Myer again stepped forward to head up the CERPCA contribution to make the 2011 Porsche Parade a great success.
Following that humble beginning, the Coastal Empire Region has thrived and grown to boast over 550 primary and family members.
COASTAL EMPIRE REGION PRESIDENTS roll of honor:
Late 2001, 2002- Paul Jones
2003, 2004 – Al Travison
1st half 2005 – Tom Hoffman
2nd half 2005 – Jim Izant
2006, 2007 – Dennis Leadbetter
2008, 2009 – George de la Bruyere
1st half 2010 – Buddy Brown
2nd half 2010, 2011, 2012 – Dave Grandt
2013 – Ed Kriscunas
2014 – Buddy Brown
2015, 2016 – Dave Grandt