A summary of our recent and upcoming events.

Message from the President...

April started the "Porsche Fun Season" with the weather turning nice, the roads became clear for driving and the Porsches have come out of their garages.

The month started with a Mountain Driving Clinic conducted by Chief Driving Instructor Dan Dazzo and led right into the Tour de Lake Lure to introduce 63 new and existing members to our popular Drive and Dine events.

We just concluded the Luft Wasser Porsche Celebration with 206 Porsches and 352 members enjoying the takeover of downtown Brevard, North Carolina. Best of all we raised over $17,000 for The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. This is up from $11,116 in 2023. Donations included proceeds from the registration fees, extra donations by participants of $4,604, a $1,000 donation from the Appalachian Region PCA and a single matching fund donation of $5,000 by a PCA member and Brevard resident. It was a wonderful day for the kids, Porsches and PCA member participants.

But, the "Porsche Fun Season" is just getting started.

On May 15 we will open registration for our Summer Picnic that will return to The Ramble on June 22. We'll once again use the beautiful green lawn to display our Porsches while we enjoy a picnic.

You'll also want to save two dates in the Fall: September 5-8 for Appalachian Adventure, our multi-event weekend that returns to the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club and Saturday, October 12 for our Fall Harvest Festival MANNA FoodBank Fundraiser (formerly known as Oktoberfest).

In between these events we of course have drives, socials, AppCafés, performance events and breakfasts. Watch the calendar and the twice-monthly newsletters that will announce the upcoming month's events and registration dates.

See you on the road having fun in your Porsche!

Jim Moore, President Appalachian Region PCA

May Events

May 8 - Black Mountain Perks Breakfast

Start the morning of May 8 enjoying breakfast with Appalachian Region members at the Black Mountain Perks Breakfast. Black Mountain Perks offers a full, hot breakfast at The Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain starting at 9:00 a.m. The cost is only $12 plus tax and tip.

Black Mountain Rag After-Perks Drive on May 8 - One Slot Open

The first After-Perks drive of the year occurs May 8 with Tour Leader Doug Menchhofer leading a guided tour along the Black Mountain Rag, a North Carolina Scenic Byway that will take you from Black Mountain to Lake Lure.

The tour staging location will be Ingles Market at 550 Highway 9, Black Mountain. The safety briefing is set for 10:30 and the first drive group departs at 10:45. Projected drive time for this tour is slightly over 1 hour, so no rest stop will be included.

One slot is still available on the tour. If you would still like to sign up, click on this link to register.

May 11 - Breakfast at Four Locations Across the Region

Join Appalachian Region members for a Saturday morning breakfast at one of four locations across Western North Carolina. You'll have the option to go to a location near your home, or travel to one of the other locations if you desire.

Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. 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 four locations are below.

Asheville: Moose Cafe, 570 Brevard Rd, Asheville

Hendersonville: Eggs Up Grill, 637 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville

Waynesville: Haywood 209 Cafe, 3360 Crabtree Rd, Waynesville

Lake Toxaway: Panthertown Cafe, 16614 Rosman Hwy (NC-64), Lake Toxaway

No registration is necessary.

May 16 - Social Mixer at Highlands Brewing

We'll meet at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803, http://highlandbrewing.com.

If the weather is good we'll be in the meadow, around the right side of the brewhouse; if not, we'll be in the inside taproom. In either case just look for the white badges. They have a food truck, so you can have a snack or a meal with your beer.

Equestrian Driving Tour: Fun for Families and Adults on May 18 - Sold Out!

The Equestrian Driving Tour takes the Appalachian Region to the Internationally renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center on May 18 for “Saturday Night Lights”.

Saturday Night Lights has a carnival-type atmosphere with carousel rides, live bands, shops, restaurants and fun activities for the kids.

In the show ring there will be competitive horse jumping featuring some of the best riders/jumpers in the country. Even if you don’t know anything about horses this is a great event to watch.

The tour will leave late afternoon (Time tbd, but expected to be about 4:30 p.m.) from the Ingles Parking lot in south Hendersonville and end at the Equestrian Center around 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, shop or gather with other drivers for dinner at one of the four restaurants on site.

The horse jumping competition starts at 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for the show, so enjoy the competition as long or short as you want. The only charge is $10 (cash) for parking and what you spend on your meal or at the shops.

This event is sold out, but the wait list is open at this link.

May 25 - AppCafé - Porsches & Coffee

The season opening AppCafé Porsches & Coffee welcomed Spring and a new location with a record 52 Porsches in attendance.

We're back on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at TGI Fridays in Biltmore Village. We are shifting the time back to a 9:00 a.m. start so those who want can stay for an early lunch. TGI Fridays will provide a 15% discount on your lunch that day if you stay after AppCafé to eat.

TGI Fridays, 115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville (just off I-40)

This is a relaxed open house-type event – no signup is necessary. Coffee will be provided by the Club!

Plan to join us to show off your car and enjoy a great gathering of Porsche enthusiasts.

App Café – Porsches & Coffee
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: TGI Fridays, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC (exit 50B on I-40)

Note: The date was listed wrong in the April mid-month newsletter. The date listed in this newsletter is correct: Saturday, April 25.

Performance Driving Events - Registration is Now Open

High Performance Driver's Education (HPDE) at Road Atlanta

Experience the performance attributes of your Porsches with other Appalachian Region members under the guidance of a trained instructor in a safe track environment as opposed to the open roads of Western North Carolina.

Whether you are a first-time driver or an experienced "Track Rat" join other Appalachian Region drivers at the June 1 and 2 HPDE at Road Atlanta hosted by the Peachstate Region. Appalachian Region normally brings 10-12 drivers to the track. To register click on this link, which will take you to Club Registration.

Note: If you need a helmet, the Club has a loaner helmet that can be provided for use at the event.

Autocross on May 26 with Wilderness Trail

Join Appalachian Region Autocross drivers at the May 26 Wilderness Trail Autocross event at Dave Crockett High School in Johnesborough, Tennessee. The venue is just over an hour away and provides an Autocross event for Appalachian Region members to enjoy with other Porsche-minded drivers.

If you haven't tried Autocross yet with your Porsche, you owe it to yourself and your Porsche to try this performance experience of navigating a course set up with cones in a parking lot for timed runs. Only one car at a time is on the course and cars attain low overall speed so the only safety equipment required is a helmet. If you need a helmet, Appalachian Region has loaner helmets.

Appalachian Region Autocross Chair Jake Kooser is coordinating this year's Autocross activities. For more information you can reach out to Jake with this link, or go direct to the registration site at MotorsportsReg.

Save the Date for Appalachian Adventure: September 5-8, 2024

Appalachian Adventure ‘24 is scheduled for September 5-8 at the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club. The weekend includes driving tours, a People’s Choice Concours, a tech quiz, socials and an award banquet.

Event details will be finalized by the end of May/early June with hotel reservations opening June 15 and event registration opening July 1, 2024. Save the dates of September 5-8 now so you don't miss attending this highlight of the Appalachian Region year: Appalachian Adventure '24.

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:

  • Luft Wasser Porsche Celebration is Bigger and Better
  • Summer Mixer at Cultivated Cocktails
  • New Member Drive to Lake Lure Inn
  • Black Mountain Perks
  • Autocross Drivers Attend Wilderness Trail event
  • Mountain Driving Clinic

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.

30-Year Anniversary

  • Don Zelm

25-Year Anniversary

  • Ross Fogleman

20-Year Anniversary

  • Don and Robin Grainger

15-Year Anniversary

  • David Angelus and Dianne Bienick

5-Year Anniversary

  • Mark Allbaugh
  • Roy Goen
  • Steve Johnson
  • John Roberts
  • Jim Symington
  • Christiaan van Wandelen
  • Dave and Peggy White

New Members in Appalachian Region

Appalachian Region would like to welcome our new members who joined us in the last month. We now have 462 primary members and 721 total members when adding affiliate members.

  • Robert Bryan (Transferred from Gold Coast)
  • Michael Goodman
  • Richard Griffith
  • Eric Halvorsona (Conversion from Test Drive Member)
  • James Katz
  • Lloyd Lunceford
  • Maria Mcclung
  • Jason Morabito
  • John Perry Scruggs
  • Amy Stevens

Appalachian Region Name Badges

If you would like one of the White Appalachian Region Name Badges that you see members wearing, you can order these for $18 from our Goodie Store. Please call and/or email Kathy Boehm at T336.566.7501/ KathyABoehm@gmail.com

Thank you to our Sponsors

See you at an Appalachian Region event!

Jim Moore – Appalachian Region President