A summary of our recent and upcoming events.

Time to Reserve Your Hotel Room for Appalachian Adventure '24

Event Dates: September 5-8, 2024

For Your Hotel Reservation book online at: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=AVLWYUP&groupCode=APP&arrivaldate=2024-09-05&departuredate=2024-09-08&cid=OM,

Or call Waynesville Inn and Golf Club at: 828-456-3551 and tell them you are with the Appalachian Porsche Group.

NOTE: Please be sure if you are booking online or by telephone to reserve your room for the correct number of people. The default is a single room. If you are booking a room for two people, please change the setting at the top of the reservation page to reflect two people in the room or advise the reservation agent that you need a room for two people.

Two-Part Registration Process

We will be using a two-part registration process similar to Parade.

Part 1: Hotel Reservation: You must first make your hotel reservation using the procedure outlined above.

Part 2: Event Registration will open for those that have hotel rooms reserved on or about July 15, 2024.

Note: Event Registration for anyone not needing a hotel reservation will open on or about July 30, 2024. Space will be limited for individuals registering without booking a hotel room.

Event Overview

Appalachian Adventure 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.

Here is the schedule for the Appalachian Adventure 2024 weekend:

Thursday, September 5: Welcome Reception. Dinner will be on your own.

Friday September 6: Continental Breakfast, Driving Tours, Tech Quiz, Group Dinner at the Hotel

Saturday September 7: Continental Breakfast, Concours, Special Events, Awards Dinner at the Hotel with Guest Speaker Martin Steger, former Porsche factory and race mechanic from the glory days of Sports Car Racing.

Sunday September 8: Continental Breakfast and Fond Farewells until Next Year!

For complete information on Appalachian Adventure, click on this link.

Register Now for July Driving Events

July 9 - Hemlock Farm Driving Tour for Cars, Horses and BBQ

Hemlock Farm is owned by members Bobby and Brenda Brewster. The farm is an active horse farm with stables, a riding ring and open pastures. A side garage houses Bobby's collection of Porsches, from an early 911 to recent performance Porsches. It is a well-curated collection that is made even more interesting by Bobby's narration.

The Hemlock Farm's tour will start at the Ingles in Weaverville and travel the back roads through Price Creek Township to Burnsville. We'll loop up Jack's Creek to Clearmont Township before cutting back down on 197 to Hemlock Farm in Spruce Pine.

Lunch will be BBQ from local Burnsville favorite Pig & Grits served at the Farm. There will be BBQ pork and chicken, and a vegetarian option. Sides, dessert and drinks will be provided.

Registration opens today, June 15 at 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

July 13 - Saturday Night Lights at the Tryon Equestrian Center

The Equestrian Driving Tour to attend Saturday Night Lights returns to the calendar on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The weather forecast for the original May event caused us to cancel the event so we thought we would try it again with a drive to the Tryon Equestrian Center to attend another round of Saturday Night Lights.

Saturday night lights has a carnival type atmosphere with carousel rides, live band, shops and 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.

Those that registered for the first Saturday Night Lights driving tour in May will have the first opportunity to register. You will receive an email with a password allowing you early registration. Open registration will occur on June 20, 2024.

For more information on the driving tour, and for open register starting June 20, click on this link.

July 20 - Macan, Cayenne and SUV Hot Springs Drive

We return to the unpaved roads of Western North Carolina with a tour for Macans, Cayennes and other off-road capable vehicles. This tour uses a combination of paved and unpaved roads east and west of Hot Springs. The use of Forest Service roads allow you to experience scenery not normally seen on a Porsche tour.

Don't worry, since we are traveling Forest Service roads and you have a highly capable SUV, you'll find the path and roads easy to traverse. Our SUV drives are one tour that we don't require a Porsche. If you have an off-road capable vehicle and are a PCA member, you are welcome on this tour.

This is the ideal tour for those who like to sleep in on a Saturday as we are starting with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by the driving tour and concluding with send-off at Big Pillow Brewery in Hot Springs around 4:00 p.m. The tour will begin at The Trust General Store on NC-209 just south of Hot Springs.

For information and registration that opens today at noon, click on this link.

Summer Picnic Attendees - Let Us Know if You Can't Attend

The Summer Picnic scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2024 is oversold with a significant wait list.

If you registered for the picnic and are now unable to attend, can you please let Picnic Chairs, Carole and Gene Carter know so some of the individuals on the wait list are able to fill open slots. (Please note that if you are unable to attend, refunds for the lunch are not available since the lunch order has already been submitted with Publix.)

You can email Carole and Gene if your schedule now doesn't allow you to attend by clicking on this link.

There are still June Social Events that You Can Attend

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 Kooser, or go direct to the registration site at MotorsportsReg.

Appalachian Region Member Wins at Porsche Parade

Appalachian Region members Allen Peerson and Beverly Davis drove Allen's 1972 all-original 911T to Porsche Parade in Birmingham, Alabama and brought home first prize in the preservation class for 1965-1973 Porsches.

Porsche Parade features the largest and most prestigious Porsche concours in the world. A first-place trophy is a significant achievement. Click on this link to read about Appalachian Region at Porsche Parade 2024.

Allen acquired this Porsche from the original owner who lived just down the road from them in Flat Rock. The silver paint required careful prep to retain its all-original patina while shining just enough for the judges to capture first place.

Allen and Beverly are dual members of Appalachian Region and Gulfstream Region (Florida) but we are going to claim this as an Appalachian Region win.

Congratulations Allen and Beverly.

Thank you to our Sponsors

See you at an Appalachian Region event!

Jim Moore – Appalachian Region President