Monterey Bay Porsche Club Schedules Events around Historic Automobile Races

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August 14, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

Monterey, CA, Feb 25, 2009 – The Porsche Club of America - Monterey Bay Region (MBR) is organizing the Porsche Corral parking and other club activities surrounding the Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 14-16, 2009. Porsche is the featured marque at the Historic races. MBR is organizing the following events to occur during the week leading up to the Historic Races:

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Time Trial Vehicle Classification Registration

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

Triangle Z Club Time Trial Vehicle Profile EventGet a load of this one: Stacy King from Triangle Z Club and Asphalt Ventures put together a beginning-of-year vehicle profile questionnaire for his Time Trial program. He can export all this data from his event into a spreadsheet and then perform whatever calculations are necessary to properly class the cars. This is a great example of someone taking our tools and doing awesome things with them that we never imagined.

(If the image is small when you click the link, click it to make it full-size. Some browsers scale it to fit which will make it unreadable)
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Topics: Features

2009 SCCA National Convention

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

Just a reminder - we'll be at the SCCA National Convention Feb 19th-21st in Las Vegas. If you're at the convention, stop by our booth and say hi! We'll be giving demonstrations of our latest features and showing why organizations continue to upgrade from their existing systems to MotorsportReg.com. Our customer count now includes 150 organizations and 24 SCCA regions!

See you there!
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Topics: Travel

Capable tech support is top desired attribute

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

InformationWeek.com chart showing top requested qualities in technology vendorsI found this article at InformationWeek.com interesting:

The #1 desired quality of a "most-trusted technology vendor" is capable tech support


There is a neat sidebar describing how winemaker Gallo evaluates vendors. They use a 12-point review process; half of which rates the company and half the product or service. The innovative part is where they also ask the vendor to rate themselves on the same criteria and then look for wide variances in the scores to identify perception gaps for closer analysis. Check it out for yourself.
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Requiring payment reduces cancellations

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

StatisticsA quick update from our secret number-crunching laboratory:


Events that don't require payment at time of registration have 50% more cancellations than those that do.


Yikes - cancellations are the bane of every registrar and club! Often they come at the last minute. And if you're left without any financial collateral, you could be the one holding the bag. With skin in the game, attendees who register and pay for events are much more likely to fulfill their obligations.

With our new deferred payment processing feature, there's no reason not to collect payment details at time of registration. The card won't be charged until you, as the organizer, say the registration is final and should be fulfilled. That can be immediately after you preview the order or much later like after the event takes place (SCCA regions take note how this jives with your "don't turn a wheel..." policy).
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Getting around Websense and other web filters

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

Occasionally we hear from a customer whose members are having a hard time reaching MotorsportReg.com due to corporate web filters. Often the culprit is Websense which blocks things based on categories.

In the past year, we've been listed as Information Technology, Blog, Games, Automotive and who knows what else. We don't really fit well into any of those categories since we're by and large a transactional site much like Ticketmaster.com.

The good news is there is a way to get around this and it's dead simple: SSL. If you access the secure version of our website at https://www.MotorsportReg.com/. Just include the S in the address like httpS:// and you'll fly right by the filter! Game on...
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Topics: FAQ

Follow us on Twitter

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

twitterDon't know what Twitter is? Your kids probably do. It's basically text messaging for the web. Or blogging in 140-character increments. Why do you care? Because in the event that MotorsportReg.com is unavailable, it's the way that you'll be able to stay in the know.

We believe in Reliability, with a capital R. That means that we worry about service outages before they happen. If we were to experience downtime on MotorsportReg.com that prevented the site from responding, you should still be able to come here, to pukkasoft.com, and see what's going on. But let's pretend that it's not just MotorsportReg.com that's down, but California finally broke off and floated away into the Pacific and the extension cords weren't long enough. Then what?

The answer is our Twitter feed. Since Twitter is an altogether separate service run by separate people on separate servers in separate networks (one in California and one in Virginia), the odds of us both being down at the same time is highly unlikely. Like asteroid-crashing-into-the-Earth unlikely.

We're also posting our upcoming outage notifications to Twitter. When we release new versions of MotorsportReg.com with enhancements, we typically take about 2-3 minutes to clear caches and reload the application. We already post these notifications to the site itself but if you're "following" us on Twitter, you'll receive 15-30 minutes advance warning before it happens. This will be especially handy for event organizers who frequently access the site.

We never promise to be perfect but we do promise to work as hard as we can to be reasonably close and always honest. This third backup mechanism is one more way of being as transparent as possible.
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SCCA Southeast Division Convention and Awards Banquet

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

SEDiv SCCAI spent last weekend with the wonderful folks in the Southeast Division of the SCCA at their annual convention and awards banquet in Jekyll Island, Georgia. We've been having a fairly cold winter in California and I was looking forward to a few days of warmth but as luck would have it, Florida and southern Georgia were experiencing record lows.

With the recent Atlanta Region upgrade from a competitor to MotorsportReg.com, I was on hand to evangelize the benefits of our service to the rest of the regions of the SEDiv. I had a thoroughly great time, both during the day with folks like NA of Registration Wanda Cecil and DA of Registration Betsy Speed, as well as at the banquet sitting with Atlanta chief staff Tere Pulliam and Butch Kummer as well as Howard Duncan from SCCA National and Glen Thompson, the RE for Blue Ridge Region. They are an entertaining bunch which came in handy since the banquet ran five hours long!

It was great to put a face to many of the people we've spoken to over the past couple of years and I punctuated the weekend with South Carolina Region signing on to convert their solo, time trials and club racing programs to MotorsportReg.com. Do-everything-for-everyone Regional Executive Nick Hallman finally relented and let us give him a hand! :) We'll be carrying some of the load starting with permanent number and season subscription registration for his solo program starting next week which we're excited about.

Lots of more new customer news to come!

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Our new logo!

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

When I started Pukka Software in 2002, the MotorsportReg.com service as it exists today was available at pukkasoft.com. It wasn't the most intuitive nor multi-purpose domain in the world so I registered MotorsportReg.com in early 2004 and we've been there ever since. My business partner from my former design and technology consultancy whipped up a quick and simple type face for MSR that served as our logo for the last four years on the website, t-shirts and print materials.

We wanted a little more "character" for our logo and received a wide variety of ideas from a design shop. Ultimately, we came up with something we thought provided continuity but gave us a few more options depending on the target medium, size and color depth.

An update of our previous logo with a little more character

We also scored a shiny new favicon graphic that shows up in the address bar while browsing MotorsportReg.com - a little red M to complement the new logo.

I am especially thankful for the great input we received from our customers when we posted in-progress versions to our organizer forums. That thread was one of the longest we've ever had! :) I think the results speak for themselves and we've received a lot of positive feedback. It feels good to step into 2009 with a fresh look!
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SCCA Convention Hotel Deal

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June 11, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

If you're planning to attend the 2009 SCCA National Convention in Las Vegas, I can pass along a incredible hotel deal we scored today.

The convention rate, using code "SCCA09", is $70 for Wednesday/Thursday and $120 for Friday/Saturday for an average rate of $95/night and a total of $380 plus about $40 in taxes. This deal, from Booking.com, costs just $304 plus the same $40 in taxes. That's $76 off! I've heard that times are tough in Vegas right now so I'm not surprised to find a lower rate turn up.

You can buy us a cocktail to say thanks... see you in Vegas!
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