Purdue Automotive Performance Association is the student organization on campus dedicated to the performance enthusiast in all of us. Founded in 1998, we are growing strong and quickly.
What does the club do?
The Club holds a variety of scheduled events each semester. In addition, members' interests often reveal new activities hosted by other organizations. Here is a brief description of some of the events we offer. Brief, because they fail to describe the excitement you'll experience during. If you have any questions concerning the events or the club itself, please feel free to contact any of our officers. They'll be happy to help you!
At the meetings, past and future events are discussed. In addition, pictures and videos of Club events and other events are shown. Usually a presentation on an aspect of all cars, trucks, etc is given at each meeting. We also go for cruises during some of the meetings to local restaurants for some grub. We meet in ME2053 at 7PM on Tuesdays during the semester.
One of the greatest ventures in automotive racing is drag racing. A large number of PAPA members consistently find themselves at US41 during the weekends. Being less than an hour away, there will be club track days, and many members each weekend. Great for beginners all the way up to the pros who think they have conquered the 1320'.
Auto-X ( Autocross )
A sport that has been around for a while, but is quickly picking up more and more steam. Autocross puts your vehicle to the test without the risk of damage, broken parts, and an empty wallet. One of the lowest costs of participation, autocross consists of navigating through a field of cones or smaller tracks with cones as fast as possible. Power is not always the key here, and is open to all vehicles. No matter who you are, this will make you a better driver!
During these events, members show off their vehicles. Car Shows are staged at the Purdue Memorial Mall near Stewart Center. This is a great way to meet people and be able to brag about your car or truck, and of course bring more people to the club. If you are interested in showing off your ride, contact one of our officers for more information.
PAPA has particpated for the last few years in the greatest racing event in colleges across the nation. We are always looking for sponsors and team members to help support the cart. Join the fun today, and get involved.