A summary of our recent and upcoming events.

Message from the President...

The month of June is highlighted by the Annual Porsche Parade that is held this year in nearby Birmingham, Alabama. It features the biggest Porsche concours in the country, driving tours, rallies, autocross and socials. More than a dozen of our members will be in attendance. I have unfortunately broken my ankle so I have had to cancel my attendance. My ankle has also stopped my participation in Appalachian Region events, but I hope to be back at events in July with a walking boot.

The driving season is well underway with three driving tours scheduled for June including an After Perks drive to Mt Mitchell for a barbecue, a drive to Burntshirt Vineyards to sample wine and enjoy lunch, and new to the calendar, a route using roads that motorcyclists in the club use that will be fun for Porsches too.

As is typical for our drives, we are at full capacity for all but the new Tour by Motorcyclists. If you want to drive in June, you can still sign up for the Tour by Motorcyclists (Note that this drive is not with motorcycles, but just on the roads that motorcyclists within the club have used for motorcycle tours.)

In July we will come back with three more drives; a return to Hemlock Farms to view the Brewster Porsche Collection, a re-scheduled Saturday Night Lights tour at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and a SUV drive for our Macan and Cayenne owners to explore off-road trails. These tours will open on June 15 at 12:00 p.m. for registration.

The Summer Picnic, an annual June highlight, returns this year to The Ramble with a new lunch and seating concept. The picnic still features the beautiful array of Porsches on the green expansive hillside outside the pavilion where we will enjoy lunch together in this informal setting. The picnic is sold out, but a wait list is forming if you missed registration.

The month ends with AppCafé Porsches & Coffee on June 29. AppCafé has become the Region's most popular monthly event with over 70 members now attending this Saturday morning event with their Porsches. The new location in Biltmore Village offers a quaint setting for your Porsche while you socialize with members. We hope to see you there on June 29.

If you have the desire to learn about the performance of your Porsche, plan on attending the Autocross competition on June 30. If you are new to Autocross, the day is set up to introduce you to this event and Appalachian Region has a helmet that you can use.

Appalachian Region continues to be an active Region with a different event almost every week of the month. Pick one of interest, whether it is driving, socializing or showing your Porsche off and join us.

See you on the road having fun in your Porsche!

Jim Moore – President Appalachian Region, PCA

Register Now for June Driving Events

June 26 - Motorcycle Roads = Great Porsche Roads for a Driving Tour

Tour Chair and motorcyclist Doug Menchhofer added a new tour to the calendar with the help of former motorcyclists Jean and Bob Larsen that uses a route from their motorcycling days. Porsches and motorcycles love the same roads: twists, turns, elevation changes and beautiful scenery. The Porsche Tour Created by a Motorcyclist delivers on all this in abundance.

The tour starts in Burnsville, North Carolina and explores the hills north and to the west as the tour swings into Tennessee before looping back to Burnsville for a BBQ lunch at Pig & Grits. This mid-week drive should mean lighter traffic and smaller lunch crowds, while offering a diversion for those whose weekends keep them too busy for an outing.

Additional tour details and registration are available at this link. Registration is now open.

Attend June Social Events

June 8 - Enjoy Breakfast Before the Highlands Motoring Festival

Make Saturday, June 8 a "car" day with breakfast at one of four Breakfast Ramble locations before a drive to Highlands, North Carolina to attend the Highlands Motoring Festival.

Breakfast gatherings of Appalachian Region members will occur at Moose Cafe in Asheville, Eggs Up in Hendersonville, the Haywood 209 Cafe in Waynesville, or on your way to Highlands, you can stop at Panthertown Cafe in Lake Toxaway.

Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. For more information, click on this link.

June 12 - Black Mountain Perks Breakfast

Start the morning of June 12 enjoying the Black Mountain Perks breakfast with Appalachian Region members over coffee and eggs of your choice. 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.

June 20 - Big Pillow Brewing in Hot Springs

For this month's Social, we'll take advantage of the long summer day to journey north to Big Pillow Brewing, 25 Andrews Ave N, Hot Springs, NC 28743. The Grey Eagle Taqueria operates the kitchen, and features Latin-American food.

Combine a nice summer evening drive going north to Hot Springs for a Taco and Beer with Club members at Big Pillow Brewery. Consider driving up NC-251 from Asheville to Marshall on your way there for a lovely winding drive along the French Broad River. Or, if you are coming from the Waynesville area, you can drive the thrilling Rattler, NC-209.

June 29 - AppCafé - Porsches & Coffee

AppCafé Porsches & Coffee returns on Saturday, June 29, 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 and donuts 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, June 29, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: TGI Fridays, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC (exit 50B on I-40)

Performance Driving Events

June 30 - Autocross with Wilderness Trail

Join Appalachian Region Autocross drivers at the June 30 Wilderness Trail Autocross event at David 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. New this year, a shuttle bus will be available to take guests from the Waynesville Inn to downtown Waynesville for shopping.

Appalachian Adventure Chair John Goetzman also just announced that Martin Steger, an ex-Porsche factory mechanic from the glory days of sports cars racing will be our banquet speaker for Saturday evening. Martin has fascinating stories from his days with Porsche, the family and the early pioneers who established the Porsche brand of performance.

Hotel reservations will open June 15 and event registration opening July 1, 2024. Complete information along with the links to book your hotel room and event registration will appear in the June 15, 2024 and July 1, 2024 newsletters respectively.

Note About Two of the July Driving Tours

Two of the July driving tours are based on earlier scheduled events: 1) Hemlock Farms Tour is a repeat of a 2023 tour that was oversubscribed and 2) Saturday Night Lights Equestrian Tour is a rescheduled date that was canceled due to rain.

Hemlock Farms Porsche Collection Tour: We conducted this tour last year and it was oversubscribed. The Brewsters have agreed to host us again this year so those individuals that were on last year's wait list have a chance to visit this year on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. Last year's wait list individuals will receive early registration privileges to sign up prior to the opening for all members on June 15, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

Equestrian Tour to Saturday Night Lights: The May driving tour to the Tryon Equestrian Center for Saturday Night Lights was cancelled due to weather so we are re-scheduling the tour for Saturday, July 13, 2024. If you were registered for the May driving tour you will receive first chance to re-register for the July tour. An email will be sent to you for early registration prior to the opening for all members on June 15, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

Sponsor Spotlight - IR Auto Solutions

Appalachian Region sponsor, IR Auto Solutions is a leader in paint protection and correction in Western North Carolina. IR Auto was recently contracted to apply paint protection film (pdf) for the first CyberTruck to arrive in Western North Carolina.

Teslas and CyberTrucks are polarizing vehicles among the Porsche and automotive community, but IR Auto owner, Nick McDevitt still thought you would enjoy viewing the application of paint protection for this unique vehicle. Here is an article on the project with a link to a YouTube video of the actual application process. Take a moment to view it and consider IR Auto for your future paint protection needs.

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:

  • AppCafé Popularity Continues to Surge
  • First After Perks Drive of the Season Travels to Lake Lure
  • Luft Wasser™ Porsche Celebration Raises a Record Amount for the Boys & Girls Club

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.

20-Year Anniversary

  • Ernest and Jeri Peterson

15-Year Anniversary

  • William and Wendy Djang
  • Jerry and Cheryl Wade

10-Year Anniversary

  • Lance and Christine Swier

5-Year Anniversary

  • Still Hunter
  • Apryl Ponikvar
  • Lee Sisk

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 713 total members when including affiliate members.

  • Bob Byrod
  • Mark and Donna Harris
  • Harley Jacobson
  • Doug Kruger
  • Shawna and Fiona McColley
  • Joshua Tilley
  • Tommy Roberts
  • Michael Stevens
  • Roger Vaught

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 email Kathy Boehm: KathyABoehm@gmail.com and then follow-up with a phone call at T336.566.7501 to provide your credit card.

Thank you to our Sponsors

See you at an Appalachian Region event!

Jim Moore – Appalachian Region President