by Ed Leed, Permanent Numbers Coordinator
As you prepare for the upcoming autocross and drivers education season, you may decide to get a permanent number for your Porsche. Since we have banned shoe polish numbers because they are virtually unreadable by timing, scoring and corner workers, you have the choice of vinyl adhesive numbers, static cling numbers, magnetic numbers, painted numbers, or tape.
Painted numbers seem to have a rather serious commitment attached to them that many Porsche owners are fearful of making, so that leaves the others. Porsche owners who are afraid to attract attention (what?) may want to remove their numbers after an event. Magnetic, vinyl adhesive, static cling, and painter’s tape numbers may be the answer.
Static cling numbers have a habit of blowing off at the speeds that are really fun, so now we are left with magnetic, vinyl adhesive, or tape numbers. Any of these choices has their positive and negative features.
Magnetic numbers are the ultimate in flexibility, but can cause microscopic scratches and occasionally may blow off. Magnetic numbers must also be taped down for DE events so they do not move around and cause scratches.
Vinyl numbers won’t blow off and can be removed after an event. They, nevertheless, are expensive mistakes if you tear them when you take them off.
Numbers made from contact paper or simply using painter’s tape are cheap alternatives, by the way. So now you know which media are available. The list below will tell you which numbers are available.
Let me know your First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth choices for your three digit car number. The cool, easy numbers like 911, 333 or 777 are not available.
If you have an emotional attachment to a number that is available let me know. For example, your child’s birthday, or better yet, your grandmother’s dirt track number.
If your favorite number is not on the list, forget it. It’s taken.
As for two digit numbers, forget it. They’re taken. Have been for years. To earn a two digit number you must have performed superhuman feats of dedicated servitude to the Chicago Region which would have made your significant other wonder if you still loved them. Contact me if you think you qualify. Check with your significant other first, though.
I will review your request and assign your permanent number to you if one of your selections is available.
Available numbers as of June 19, 2023.
Numbers 600-655 are temporary numbers600 to 655 are Reserved for Temporary Use For Entrants Who Do Not Have A Permanent Number At Autocross & DE Events. These Numbers Are Not Assigned as Permanent Numbers.