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Brake Pads

Brake Pads

When you first start drivers education, your stock brake pads are OK, however, you'll find shortly that combined street and drivers ed events leads to a significantly shortened pad life.

As an upgrade, there are several brands (Hawk, Performance Friction, and others) of high performance street pads that can be used for both street and track.  Pagid, Ferodo, Peformance Friction, Hawk, and others, make race pads which can be used as a combination street/track pad too.  Track pads do tend to be noisier (can you say "squeeeel") and produce more brake dust than some of the street-only pads.  After this, you move into pads that are really only for the track, as they have a specific heat range that they operate in - that means they don't work well on the street where your rotors are usually cold (as compared to being heated up at the track). Of course you can always run street pads on the street and swap them out for your drivers ed event.  When you get new pads, make sure you understand if any specific break-in procedure is needed. Some, like Performance Friction, don't need any break-in done, and others, like Pagid, definitely do.  If the pads need breaking in, and you don't do this, you can experience "green fade" where, as your pads heat up for the first time, binders and glue in the pad material boil out, turning to liquid on the rotor. Firm brake application without commensurate slowing down - yikes!  Also, if you find yourself attending drivers ed events with some regularity, it doesn't hurt to bring an extra set of your favorite pads with you to the track, in the event you wear your existing pads down to 40%-50% of the original thickness and need to replace them.

Written by Bill Gregory for the "Challenge", monthly publication of the Connecticut Valley Region, Porsche Club of America.

There are many many places the club can use your help. If you have an interest in helping the club continue the great events for you, please consider contributing your time and expertise.

Jeff Torrey and I will serve as the 2019 nominating committee and our task is to find and interview qualified candidates for the elected offices of NCR: Vice President and Secretary.  The only qualifications for office are that you must be a member in good standing with PCA / NCR and you must have a strong desire to help shape the future of the club.

We will also accept any names you might have for the various committees that are vital to the Club.  These are appointed positions so we will pass the names to the President for further consideration.

Please contact Ivy 603-767-6461 if you are interested in serving or nominating someone for one of the elected positions or if you have a suggestion for any Board position or Committee Chair.

Nominee Statements and Ballots will be circulated to the membership for final voting in October.  Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting / Banquet in November.

Thank you for your ongoing support and participation in this important process.  

Ivy Cowles – NCR Nominating Committee Chair