As we wrap up 2017, Claudia and I would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas along with a happy and prosperous 2018!

OK!!! Porsche gets a big win…a hat trick as they say (three years in a row…).

We held our third annual such event on December 12, with over 100 members attending.

I receive a lot of emails asking for Porsche service recommendations, but I am stuck in the 60's (1968 to be exact) with a single model of Porsche (912; ok, maybe a couple of other air-cooled models too).

They are President – Peter Graham, Vice-president – Don Therien, Secretary – Don Grainger, and Treasurer – Matt Pohsweg; Jim Peterson will continue as Past President.

You can register now for the August 9 and the October 18 events at the One Porsche Drive facility in Atlanta.

This is the final article in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

First of all, thanks to all those who came out for our New Member Social/Annual Picnic at the Ramble: it was great to meet so many of our new members!

This is the last reminder of your invitation to our third annual Appalachian Region – PCA Christmas/Holiday Gathering.

mini AAAPPALACHIAN REGION stepped outside its borders in May for its ‘mini’ Appalachian Adventure 2017.

This is a reminder of your invitation to our third annual Appalachian Region – PCA Christmas/Holiday Gathering. If you have already RSVP'ed, thank you! If you have not, read on.

PicnicOn June 10, we welcomed new region members with a picnic at the Ramble.

First and foremost … I wish all of you all of the best in these special Holidays!

I received a request from the Smoky Mountain Region, asking for help in filling out a visit to the Porsche North America Experience Center in Atlanta. They need a few more participants to fill out the ‘minimum’ needed for the event.

..and just in case you need something else 'car' to do this coming weekend, the Highlands Motoring Festival is being held Thursday through Sunday.

This is your invitation to our third annual Appalachian Region - PCA Christmas/Holiday Gathering.

This is the final notice for the Appalachian Region New Member Social/Annual Picnic.

The Coastal Empire Region, who provided instructors for our recent track day, has developed a DE log book for participants to record their progress.

Drive & DineForty-four Appalachian members in 25 cars met for a drive to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

On November 10 at Roebling Road Raceway, the Appalachian Region and Porsche Asheville held a Drivers' Education day.

In 2017, the Appalachian Region made their annual show of force at the VA Car Show, this time with 20 cars on display.

This Saturday is the 'Saluting Our Veterans' Open Car and Bike Show at the Charles George VA Medical Center; the show runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A group of AR members are meeting at Porsche Asheville around 8:30 a.m. to caravan over to the show.

...and the results are in: it took less than two hours for Treffen Asheville to sell out!! George Hanson put the initial count at 459 people and 242 cars. I promised to try to keep the number of e-mails down, but its important that we get head counts on the next three AR events...

Are you willing to donate just 2 hours of your time per month to MANNA FoodBank to help our WNC community?

Picnic @ Long Meadow Park in The Ramble in Asheville on Saturday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m.

If you're planning to attend the Hilton Head Concours in a few weeks, you might want to try to get in on this...

The Appalachian Region has two driving events scheduled for the this week. With weather being the determining factor:

As heard at this past weekend at The Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta...

The second Carolinas Region Autocross of 2017 takes place on June 4 in Mountville, SC.

For this note, I'll be all over the place so bear with me...

If you are planning on attending the Treffen in Asheville, at the Omni Grove Park Inn, September 20-24 … May is when you register! May 24th at 3:00PMEST, is when registration opens. Be aware … PCA expects this event to sell out in a matter of hours!

Our October meeting was drine & (picnic) drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway and then south to Ceasar Head State Park.

The end of next week is a very busy few days for the Appalachian Region.

Just a quick reminder about what' going on this week (and next week as well).

This is the sixteenth in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

A select few Appalachian members met at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain for our monthly mixer.

From September 20 through 24, we celebrated Porsche cars and western North Carolina's roads at Treffen Asheville. Here are some photos of the event.

Drive & DineThe drive to the Pisgah Astromical Research Institute was another trial run for a Treffen Asheville tour.

Treffen Ashville is now done (but not over: feedback desired and paper work to submit; I digress...).

Treffen Asheville is almost upon us and here are a few reminders.

Welcome to new members to the Appalachian Region. Please introduce yourself and extend them warm welcome!

In accordance with the Bylaws of the Appalachian Region – PCA, the Nominating Committee (Tim Gallagher, Charlie Hickey and Jim Peterson) nominates the following for the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Region – PCA for terms beginning January 1, 2018.

This is the fifteenth in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

About 10 members of Appalachian Region attended the Werks Reunion in Amelia Island Florida this past weekend.

With Treffen Asheville activity ramping up, the Appalachian Region still has 'normal' region activities planned:

This is an updated announcement and invitation to Appalachian Region – PCA members to attend the Harmony Motors/Porsche Asheville and Appalachian Region – PCA Member Appreciation Track Day at Roebling Road Raceway on November 10, 2017. Registration for the event is now open on a first-come, first-served basis to include all members (even those who have been to a Harmony Motors/Porsche Asheville Roebling Road event previously and those who have attended a DE).

Hello all...received the following information, concerning the 40th Anniversary of the Mitty at Road Atlanta...

Treffen Asheville is only a couple weeks away and we are in the final stages of preparation. David O’Neal has invited all Appalachian Region members to be present at the Omni Grove Park Inn to welcome our Treffen guests during the social on Wednesday afternoon, September 20th, from 3 to 7 pm in the Skyline Room.

In March we met at the Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville.

Drive & DineOn what turned out to be a glorious March third Saturday, a hardy group of Appalachian Region members participated in the first Treffen Asheville ‘pre-drive’ to the Lake Lure Inn and Spa in 25 cars spanning 60’s era 356’s (yes, plural) to the newest Porsche models.

Each of the thirteen Zones around the country are mandated by PCA to hold an annual meeting for Presidents within each Zone. 

This is a reminder to AR-PCA members that are interested in attending the 11/10/17 event at Roebling Road Raceway.

This is the eighteenth in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

The PCA Zone 2 HPDE March 17-19 at VIR is still in need of many more instructors.

On our August tour we visited the Cradle of Forestry.

First of all, thank you for the huge response to the ask for Treffen volunteers! Treffen Drive Leads, Mids and Sweeps are still needed but we are much closer to goal numbers.

We met on the Highland Brewing rooftop on a sunny evening.

This is the fourteenth in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

WheelsOn Saturday, July 22, 20 Appalachian members made another dry run of a Treffer Asheville tour.

This is the seventeenth in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

Just a few comments about upcoming Appalachian Region events:

Last chance to RSVP for the PCA: Wheels Through Time Pre-Drive.

This is the thirteenth in a series by Howard LaPlante on his early experiences with cars.

MixerWe began the new year with a social mixer at the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard.

MixerIn July, we returned to the Sierra Nevada Tap Room, the site of our first such event.

The Carolinas Region will host its annual DE Winter Seminar at Carolina Motorsports Park on Sun Jan 29th.

All the preparation for Treffen Asheville is not slowing the Appalachian Region! There is a lot of information contained in this note; I beg your indulgence...

From PCA's Peachstate Region ... Rennfest is held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday) in Young Harris, GA.