January marked the completion of yet another MAAP “Intensive”, this one featuring a 5-day workshop on dynamic suspension systems. Students were educated on different types of suspension systems, tire manufacturing, tuning concepts and were able to perform a complete “setup” on a new Porsche 992 GT3! This Intensive provided JMU degree seeking students with 1 credit over what is termed the “winter session.”
MAAP is planning a certificate program over the JMU May-mester in preparation for a future 3-credit course, taught by three Professors in areas of Engineering, History/Humanities and Business Supply Chain. This program will become a template for future offerings for professional degree seeking students interested in automotive careers. We are really excited to plan and prepare for this next step in our educational mission at MAAP!
We continue to develop our community relationships with local car clubs, enthusiast, and student organizations. With everything going on to divide us in today’s world, it is refreshing to find areas across generations that serve as a touchpoint of connection. Madison Motorsport held their first MAAP-hosted meeting in 2 years this month, with 28 students attending.
Restoration projects abound at MAAP, although progress slower due somewhat to supply chain issues and slow vendor responses. We are featuring several projects including a 1997 Porsche 993 Cabriolet, “Kermit.” Kermit is a PTS (Paint to Sample) Conda Green 993 with blue interior (and green stitching!). This very rare and special car is getting lots of attention prior to being displayed at the 2022 Porsche Parade in the Poconos, PA. This car was recently discussed on the new for 2022 Porsche Club of America podcast. The entire episode is worth a listen but you can hear the MAAP shoutout at minute 51.