...last AR-PCA email for 2018? Let's look forward to near-term 2019 AR events:

GatheringDespite a heavy snowfall just two days before, this year's Celebration was a big success with nearly 100 folks attending.

I hope everyone is doing well during this bit of inclement weather. The weather is not going to affect our Christmas/Holiday Gathering which will go on as planned tomorrow at Porsche Asheville from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Manna FoodbankMANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization that links the food industry with over 220 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC, the same foot print as the Appalachian Region.

Our annual Christmas Holiday Gathering will be on Tuesday, December 11th 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at Porsche Asheville:

I am proud, as well as excited, to announce to you the newly appointed Zone Representative, for Zone 3. Peachstate Regions' ROD JOHNSON.

The Appalachian Region Annual Membership Meeting will be held this coming Saturday at 10 am in the Reynolds Room at the Country Club of Asheville.

Happy Thanksgiving! From your Board of Directors, Chairs and membership, I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!!

Beaten PathThe Appalachian Region conducted its first-ever Sport Utility Drive on US Forest Service roads in the Pisgah National Forest. With the Porsche Macan now being the highest-selling vehicle in the Porsche line-up it was decided to try an off-road drive to appeal to this segment of the club.

We ignored the prediction of freezing rain and held our monthly social at the While Labs Kitchen and Tap.

VA Car ShowOn a clear, crisp November day, 28 Appalachian members showed their cars at the Charles George VA Medical Center's 8th Annual "Saluting Our Veterans" Car Show.

The September 22 Breakfast Ramble turned into a Drive and Dine when a group of 11 cars decided to drive NC-80, the Devil’s Whip as a caravan on their way to Little Switzerland for this month’s breakfast social.

Our next track event is at Virginia International Raceway on November 17-18. Registration is now open and it is filling fast with over 125 registered since Monday!

More and more members now own a Porsche SUV or have some other SUV in their garage. Let’s take your SUV off the beaten path with a first-ever off-road drive and dine using Forest Service roads for a different drive experience.

The Appalachian Region is committed to the support of Manna FoodBank which serves the same 16 WNC counties that compose our Region. September is Hunger Action Month and Manna is in need of additional special event volunteers.

The September Drive and Dine saw a record number of participants as we drove the Cheese Trail from Hendersonville to Fairview to Black Mountain.

The region tried something new and different this week – an Art Ramble at the NC Arboretum.  

Appalachian AdventureThe Appalachian Region held its annual Appalachian Adventure this year at the Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in north Georgia. Approximately 100 attendees representing 10 different Regions arrived in 50 Porsches and enjoyed a weekend of beautiful drives and Porsche-centered events.

Time is running out with less than two weeks to go until our second Driver Education event of 2018 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC on Sept 8-9.

There continue to be recent incidents of scammers, posing as a region officer or event chair, sending an email to a fellow region officer or event chair requesting money or gift cards as rewards or to pay a vendor.

The Appalachian Region of PCA has finalized the events for the upcoming months and registration is now open.  We have been “selling out” these events so the sooner you sign up the better.

Medinas“Porsches over Lunch” saw 18 Porsches with 30 drivers and navigators ramble their way to Medinas Village Bistro in Chimney Rock.

Our Fall track event is scheduled for September 8th and 9th at Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) near Camden, SC and will be sponsored by the Carolinas Region PCA. This is a two day Driver's Education (DE) event and is open for registration.

Appalachian Region Vice President Don Therien and his wife Lee, were active participants and winners at the Porsche Parade competing with their 2018 Macan GTS.

July 8th through 14th, 2018 marked the 63rd Annual Porsche Parade at The Lake of the Ozarks, Tan-Tar-A resort located in Osage Beach, Missouri.

As a reminder, the Region is offering a 10% discount on AR Goodie Store apparel through July 15th: just a few days left before this deal expires.

The day started cloudy but once the cars were fired up at the start of The Curves of Madison County tour it was sunny and beautiful. 

We held our July Mixer at the Casual Pint on Hendersonville Road in Asheville, enjoying their food and drink.

AutocrossOn July 8 several members participated in a Carolinas Region autocross as part of our growiing track program.

Our first APR Autocross event is at the Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds in Laurens, SC on Sunday July 8, 2018 and is sponsored by the Carolinas Region PCA.

It was great to see so many of you at the Annual Picnic/New Member Social!! We had 33 new members attend amongst a group of 80+ attendees!

CAN_AMThis article by Appalachian member Roger Gilmore originally appeared in the Sonnenschein PCA Newsletter on September 2014.

On June 9 80 of us met to welcome new Appalachian region members and enjoy each others' company.

Roebling RoadOur first APR Driver Education event at Roebling Road last weekend was a success and all had a great time!

CashiersThe new Breakfast Socials continue to be a hit with club members as the recent Breakfast at the Randevu in Cashiers, NC saw 21 cars with 36 participants register to participate.

Our room block at the Ridges Resort at Lake Chatuge for the 2018 Appalachian Adventure expires on May 16th: if you are planning to attend and have not yet reserved a room, best do it today (call the resort at 706-896-2262).

About a dozen Appalachian met at the Thirsty Monk South for our monthly social mixer.

Luft-WasserWhen the three-year old Appalachian Region started planning the new Luft Wasser event to bring the air-cooled owners and water-cooled owners together in a Porsche Celebration the goal was 30 Porsches.

Besides the Board meeting coming up on Thursday (Porsche Asheville conference room at 4pm), I am really looking forward to Luft, Wasser & Brevard coming up this Saturday!

We’ve all done Porsche driving tours and displays, but how many of you have been in a 100 Porsche-only parade down a town’s Main Street?

On today’s scouting drive from Asheville to Brevard we certainly experienced the “wasser” part of the title.

This is a reminder that our first APR PCA group track event is scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga and will be sponsored by Coastal Empire PCA.

BreakfastOn April 14 over 20 members of the Region met at its first breakfast ramble.

Twelve Appalachian members assembled at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain for our monthly social, with occociasional breaks for test drives.

Fifty-four members have completed the survey that we ran last month, and I think we have a good picture of our members' interests.

90 Porsches, Multi-State Drives, a Parade and a Display for the First Luft, Wasser & Brevard

April provides a lot of different opportunities to join in Region/PCA activities: as always, planning and social events are significant ongoing activities:

Irish RambleThe last minute plan for the Irish Ramble at Lulu’s on Main in Sylva, North Carolina to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day turned into a full-blown rumble as the event quickly escalated from a 15 person event to 34+ members.

We held our March social mixer at the Sierra Nevada Taproom on a chilly evening.

On March 9, 2018 the PCA-sponsored Werks Reunion for the east coast was held at the Omni Resort on Amelia Island, Florida.

Irish Green is the chosen color of the Porsche family personal vehicles so it is only fitting that the PCA Appalachian Region celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as friends/club with a drive and a traditional Irish meal.

At the December Holiday/Christmas party, Michael Dietzel won the grand prize, a certificate for the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta or One Porsche Drive (OPD). This is his report on the experience.


The Appalachian Region, Porsche Club of America is hosting Appalachian Adventure at The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in Young Harris, GA on August 17-19, 2018.

Feb TechAPR Member, Rob Wallace made an outstanding presentation on engine systems to a standing-room-only crowd.

PCA Parade will be held at the Lake of the Ozarks Tan-Tar-A Resort on July 8-14 2018.

It was good to see so many of our Region members at the UNCA STEAM Studio with UNCA Motorsports!

The Appalachian Region has two chairs that have requested formation of committees to oversee activities:

There are several upcoming regional/national PCA event registration dates to highlight:

Porsche has made available owner manuals for models back to 2009.

We met this time at Blue Ghost Brewing in Fletcher.

STEAMAt our first meeting of 2018 we toured the UNC Asheville's Scirence, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Studio.

...just a quick reminder of AR-PCA events scheduled this month: