As the end of the driving season looms large on the horizon for motoring enthusiasts, the warm weather will dissipate into cold and slush that will keep specialty vehicles locked away until spring arrives. Storing those cars, bikes and boats presents a challenge that often spurs creative solutions in the limited space of a typical garage. A game of “Garage Tetris” will break out and soon the Jet Skis are hanging from the ceiling, the motorcycle is tied tight against the wall, and you’re forced to get into your everyday driver through the hatchback. Viola! Everything’s inside!

Alternatives include store and lock facilities, residential garage warehouses, leaving it at the repair shop all winter, sharing a building with other enthusiasts or building an additional garage at your house.

By renting an offsite location, your pride and joy becomes vulnerable. Store and locks are secure, but the climate control is non-existent. Warehousing and building sharing has the same climate control issues, plus your baby is exposed to the surrounding activities and care habits of the fellow residents, which may be much different than your standards. There is nothing quite like going to check on your stored vehicle and finding it being used as a workbench by the fellow in the next stall as he performs repairs.

Motorized toys have batteries, finishes, tires and fuel systems that need maintenance and attention throughout the winter. Keeping little vermin away from the interiors and under the hood areas—where the insulation and wiring offer bedding for a nest— is vitally important. A successful storage period benefits immensely from periodic checks, especially on the battery and tires. That’s easy enough in your own garage but not when the vehicle is in another location.

The need for dedicated collector and specialty vehicle storage facilities continually grows, while the availability lags. The available facilities are small, private and cater to a select few. Marinas and airports have pioneered effective off-season storage, while select motorcycle and ATV dealers offer winter warehousing.

The folks at Beechmont Motors created Ultimate Automotive Storage for their customers needing safe and secure storage and spare components. The facility has alarms and fire systems, temperature control, ventilation, an attentive staff and a discreet location. No visitors are permitted while covers, battery tenders, tire care, fuel conditioning and other services are available. Vehicles are shuttled from the dealerships (Porsche, Maserati, Volvo, Audi, Toyota and Honda) and delivered back at your request. Ultimate Automotive Storage will also store your extra wheels and tires (snow, trackday, concours, etc.) in a secure cage system after servicing them with a wheel cleaning system, unlike any other.

Before you store, get out and ride, drive, fly and enjoy yourself. Cincy Motorsports Journal will be on a driving tour Oct. 19 with our classic car friends. Email me for details. Happy Motoring!


Oktoberfest for Car Fans

Rallye Porsche Mariemont 

The Village of Mariemont and the Ohio Valley Region Porsche Club of America host the second annual RPM Rallye Porsche Mariemont Oct. 5 and 6. The inaugural RPM drew more than 150 of the German sports cars to Mariemont square and the tree lined avenues of the alpine-themed village east of Cincinnati.

A driving tour through the hills of Northern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon offers a dynamic view of the cars; this display of performance will start and end in Mariemont. Sunday, the village blocks off several streets and the display cars roll into place around the square, prepared to garner the votes of the show attendees and take home a trophy. Racecars, rally cars, vintage cars, customs and specials, Concours winners and daily drivers arrive in the early morning hours—a fascinating scene to take in with a hot coffee and a Graeter’s pastry.

Porsche enthusiasts from across the Midwest bring every model for the display and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the day. Thousands attended last year with many Mariemont families taking the opportunity to have the area’s biggest block party. The beer garden and neighborhood eateries aid in the festive atmosphere.

Ballots to vote for your favorite Porsches in the display are available around the show. The RPM event poster created by local illustrator Dan Porter is a keystone in the fundraising efforts. Check it out at OVRPCA.com or Rally Porsche Mariemont on Facebook. See you there. 


Save the Date

Oct. 4-6: Pumpkin Run National Car Show, Owensville, Ohio

Oct. 5: Tour to the Village RPM driving tour, Mariemont, Ohio

Oct. 6: RPM Rallye Porsche Mariemont Car Show, Mariemont Ohio

Oct. 6: Louisville Concours d’ Elegance, French Lick, Indiana

Oct. 11: OVR Porsche Club Driver Education at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

Oct. 11-13: Olde Thyme Herb Fair, Tater Ridge Road, West Union, Ohio

Oct. 13: Jack Roush Day, the Riverbarn, Manchester, Ohio

Oct. 18-20: Buckeye BMW Club HP Driving Experience, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

Oct. 19: Cincy Motorsports Journal Autumn driving tour, Madeira, Ohio

Oct. 27: Ferrari Club driving tour to Ravenswood Castle, Hocking Hills, Ohio

Nov. 9: Ferrari Club at Quaker Steak and Lube, Milford, Ohio

Recurring Events:

Thursday Evening, Cruise the Square, Downtown Sharonville, Ohio

Friday Evening, Mulberry Square Cruise In, State Route 28, Milford, Ohio

Saturday Morning, Coffee & Cars, Fuel Coffee, Riverside Drive, Cincinnati