A summary of our recent and upcoming events.
Message from the President...
Even though it is winter in the mountains, Appalachian Region is coming off an active month of January. We launched a new Breakfast Ramble concept, had the first SIM Race of the Winter Championship, took a two-day field trip to visit Rick Hendrick's private car collection and visited Porsche restoration and performance shops. We met for beer at Sierra Nevada and had coffee at Black Mountain Perks.
You are reading the February Newsletter a day early because I wanted to be sure you remembered to register for the 2024 Porsche Parade today if you are thinking of attending.
If you have never been to a Porsche Parade this is the year to consider because it is in our backyard: Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is only a 5.5 hour drive from Asheville. Complete information on this year's Parade is available at www.PorscheParade.org or you may want to read the article 10 Reasons to Attend Porsche Parade.
Phase 1 for the event and hotel opens today, January 31, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. EST. If you are planning on attending, I suggest you register and book the hotel today.
After you register for Parade, start thinking about our February events as they are coming at you fast. This Saturday is a Tech Session on how to clean your Porsche to look its best. And then we have the new Breakfast Rambles with locations in Asheville, Hendersonville, Lake Toxaway and Waynesville, or you can go to Black Mountain Perks that now will offer breakfast as well as coffee.
Our social calendar is full with a Mardi Gras Party on February 13 that you can still register for or come out to Trailside Brewing for a beer. The SIM Racing Winter Championship wraps up in February with the promise of a new champion since last year's champion is not defending his crown.
I'll see you at an Appalachian Region event. Drive on!
Jim Moore, President
February 3rd Tech Session: Foam Cannon Washing and Orbital Paint Buffing
On Saturday, February 3, 2024, members Don Lowcavage and Dan Dazzo will share with the club tips and techniques to get your Porsche looking its best.
Don has perfected a technique of washing that uses a Foam Cannon pressure system that will remove all the dirt and grime after one of our mountain drives. Dan will then demonstrate how to use an orbital paint buffer to really add a shine to your paint and correct minor scratches and imperfections.
Member Scott Rowbotham is providing his shop, HPTautosport for the demonstrations.
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: HPTautosport 114 Oval Rd, Arden, North Carolina
No Registration is necessary.
February 10th Breakfast Ramble
New Breakfast Chair Jake Kooser and Events Chair Yohan Sookdeo are bringing a new concept to our Breakfast get-tethers. Instead of having one event that moves around the region geographically, we are going to have several locations at the same time, so the membership have the option to go to a location near their homes, or travel to one of the other locations if they so desire.
We will have a 'host' for each location who will be at the event early and can notify the restaurant of how big the group is.
The initial locations that have been chosen are:
Asheville: Moose Cafe, 570 Brevard Rd, Asheville - Host: Yohan Sookdeo (904-716-4282).
Hendersonville: Eggs Up Grill, 637 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville - Hosts: Edward & Martha Rayneri (828-483-0726).
Waynesville: Beach Mountain Diner, 429 Hazelwood Diner, Waynesville - Host: Doug Menchhofer (703-939-7661).
Lake Toxaway: Panthertown Cafe, 16614 Rosman Hwy (NC-64), Lake Toxaway - Host: Jake Kooser (954-655-5979)
Registration isn't necessary but doing so will let us get a headcount to the restaurants jus prior to 9:00 am and make things go smoothly. You may also text the assigned host for the venue of your choice. Just arrive before the 9:00 a.m. starting time to socialize a bit and then go inside at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast.
We plan to start on the 13th of January and repeat on the 2nd Saturday of each month. We hope to add some special events later that may be done quarterly. If you would like to help out in any way, please feel free to volunteer and if you have a favorite restaurant that may be able to accommodate a group once a month (and you can host), please let Jake or Yohan know.
February 13th Mardi Gras Dinner
Join our Mardi Gras Party on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the Connestee Falls Country Club, 33 Connestee Trail, Brevard, NC 28712. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour in a Mardi Gras decorated room with Dixieland Jazz music creating a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere. Over 50 members are registered and there is room for more.
A plated dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. offering you a choice of a Skillet-seared Filet Mignon, Blackened Salmon or Bean Cassoulet. The Filet and Salmon feature Mardi Gras style sides. The vegetarian option is a White Bean Cassoulet.
During the evening we will also be recognizing two Appalachian Region members who are achieving a major PCA milestone.
Event Chair Jim Symington, working with Connestee Falls Country Club has created what should be a wonderful night of food, drink and socializing. And, two members will be receiving a special PCA National recognition.
Dress for the Evening: Country Club Casual or if you would like to bring the Mardi Gras Spirit consider dressing in Mardi Gras "Colors" or a costume reflecting this New Orleans day.
For more details and registration, click this link.
February 14th Black Mountain Perks Valentine's Day Breakfast
Bring your loved one to a Valentine's Breakfast at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain the morning of February 14.
Black Mountain Perks is now offering a breakfast menu and the first Black Mountain Perks Breakfast falls on Valentine’s Day in February. What a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. You'll have a choice of a Farmhouse Plate (eggs, bacon or sausage, warm croissant and a fruit cup; a Yogurt Bowl, or an egg Croissandwich. The breakfast offering will be $12 (plus tax and tip) including coffee or juice.
You'll find more details on the Appalachian Region web page for Black Mountain Perks.
Date: 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Location: Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St, Black Mountain, NC
February 15th Social Mixer at Trailside Brewing, Hendersonville
The Appalachian Region Social Mixer rotates to Hendersonville for February with a stop at Trailside Brewing, 873 Lennox Park Drive, Hendersonville.
The Social Mixer is an Open House event so you arrive anywhere between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and you'll find club members enjoying a beer, a bite and conversation. Look for the white Appalachian Region name tags but at Sierra Nevada we are usually at the high-top tables as you enter the brewery.
Date: February 15, 2024, 2024, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Trailside Brewing, 873 Lennox Park Drive, Hendersonville
March 9 -10th HPDE at Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP)
Appalachian Region will attend this first of the year track event at CMP. This track day is ideal if you want to try a track event as CMP is a wide open track with many Green Group Drivers (first time/minimal experience drivers with an instructor in your passenger seat).
You'll find the PCA system is a very good introductory system to introduce you to track driving. You drive at a level that you feel comfortable with and you are driving with similar level drivers.
DE Chair David Wells or President Jim Moore can provide more information and take you through sign-up and preparation so you are not on your own getting ready for your first track event. Email us for information.
To register for the March 9 and 10 track event you must go to Club Registration. This is a Carolinas Region event that Appalachian Region attends with many other regions throughout the Southeast. All level of drivers can participate driving with drivers who have similar experience. There are five different drive groups. You will be assigned based on your level of experience.
Register for the CMP HPDE using this link: https://clubregistration.net/events/event-details.cfm?event_id=14187
January 31st Porsche Parade Registration Opens
Porsche Parade 2024 is being held this year in Birmingham, Alabama; right in our backyard. If you have never been to a Parade, this is a great opportunity to attend one. It is only a 5.5 hour drive from Asheville.
Porsche Parade is scheduled for June 9-15, 2024.
The week-long event includes the premier Porsche concours, driving tours, banquets, rallies, autocross, an HPDE at Barber Motorsports Park and multiple banquets that you can attend.
Porsche Parade registration is a two-part registration with Phase I opening on January 31, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. EST. During phase I you register for the event and the hotel. If you plan on attending, you need to be on computer at noon on January 31 registering for the event and the hotel.
Phase II registration opens Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. During Phase II registration you will register for the driving tours, competitive events and banquets.
Complete information on this year's event is available at PorscheParade.org.
Click here to read 10 Reasons to Attend Porsche Parade.
February 23 & 24 Tennessee Region Winterfest Concours
The Tennessee Region, Porsche Club of America announces the return of its flagship annual event. Winterfest will be held at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Facility on Friday and Saturday, February 23 & 24, 2024. The focal point of the weekend is the Concours d’Elegance, held Saturday morning to showcase local and regional members’ cars.
The Concoursis a street class level event, meaning judging will be for interior and exterior cleanliness. Cost for
the event is $290.00 per couple, $145.00 per single. Registration is now open.For information on Winterfest and to register click on this link to download details.
March 1st Werks Reunion Amelia Island
Werks Reunion Amelia Island is a wonderful one-day event that brings over 500 Porsches together at The Amelia River Club.
Werks Reunion was created by the Porsche Club of America as an event to celebrate both the Porsche marque as well as the camaraderie of being an enthusiast. This is not a contest of who has removed dust from the deepest crevices in their Porsche but rather a judged show that rewards a Porsche that has been lovingly maintained and presents itself well on the field.
More information and registration for this event is now open clicking on this link.
News in the Region
Articles to Read
Regular articles are published on the Appalachian Region web site so we encourage you to check it regularly. To view the archive of past articles, click on the news tab. Recent articles include:
- 10 Reasons to Attend Porsche Parade
- Opposites Attract: Porsche Club meets Corvettes at Hendrick Heritage Center
- Appalachian Region returns to its Porsche roots during Charlotte Shop visits
- Porsche Parade: Everything you need to know
- Social Mixer returns to Sierra Nevada
- Breakfast Rambles begin a new format
- Round 1 of the SIM Racing Championship
Membership Anniversaries to Celebrate
Congratulations to members celebrating significant anniversaries with PCA. If you would like to request a membership recognition package for your anniversary, click on this article for details.
- Thomas and Victoria Cowles, Maggie Valley, NC
- Andrew and Tammy Pearson, Brasstown, NC
- Jake Kooser, Mars Hill, NC
- Michael and Wilma Baldwin, Hendersonville, NC
- Andre van Rensburg, Hayesville, NC
New Members in Appalachian Region
Appalachian Region would like to welcome our new members who joined us in the last month. We now have 714 total members with 457 affiliate members.
- Mark and Joanna Bolick
- Owen and Barbara Bowers
- Catherine Eusebio
- Patricia Harrison
- Chris Monroe
- John and Terry Russell
- Jenevieve Winkler
See you at an Appalachian Region event!
Jim Moore – Appalachian Region President