Three father-and-son duos competed in this year’s event including Gary and Brandon Collins in the SP3 class, Tom and Griffin Kievit in the GTB3 class, and David and Russell Walker in the Clubsport series.
Brandon Collins, 19, broke the VIR track record by four seconds in his No. 323 944 in the SP3 class. Collins laid down a 2:06.577 lap and gained a workers’ choice award, plus won both sprint races Saturday.
During the last sprint Saturday afternoon, rain came down in sheets and many Red group drivers faced the uncertainty of the conditions. However, David Edwards, who competed in the GTC3 class, came in second place after never racing in the rain before. Edwards said he had his No. 194 Cup car on slicks and his tire strategy clearly worked.
As with all PCA events, none of this would be possible without the amazing volunteers. One volunteer at the Rumble at the Oak Tree even spent her own birthday at the event.
Jenny Kay and her husband, Jacob, participate in PCA’s high performance driver’s education (HPDE) in the First Settlers PCA Region and worked on coordinating the volunteers all weekend. Kay celebrated her birthday Sunday with volunteers and friends.
“These volunteers worked all four days from 6 a.m. until the track goes cold,” said Josie Grandfield, PCA Zone 2 member. “They take time off their jobs and they’re all fabulous and this race couldn’t go on without them.”
Phil Grandfield, event chair for the Rumble at the Oak Tree, said the Friday happy hour, which included pizza, beer and wine, was especially a hit.
“This was the first year we did a happy hour event,” he said. “We thought it would be great for drivers, volunteers and families to socialize at the track and get to know each other better before the races started Saturday and Sunday.”
A banquet held Saturday night featured dinner, drinks and awards as well.
“These drivers enjoy racing – whether they’re racing a Cup car or a 944 – they’re all here to have fun and it’s fun being part of them having fun!” said Grandfield.
PCA Club Racing has a class for all Porsche sports cars, including both street and modified cars. To learn about PCA Club Racing and how to get started, visit the PCA Club Racing page at PCA.org for more information. There you’ll find information on how to get started, rules, and other useful knowledge on how to get your own Porsche on track.