Appalachian Region member Doug McKee sent us descriptions of some interesting car shows he attended this year in case you are thinking of attending one in 2017.
I decided at the beginning of 2016 I would attend every car show and car event possible. It started with the Amelia Island car show and auction in March, where Jerry Seinfeld sold some of his prize collection of Porsches. There is a Saturday car show which featured cars from car clubs to include many Porsches. On Sunday there was the featured car show that is by invitation only, where Porsches are well represented. Some of the best collector cars in the world are on the show field for this event. For 2017 Amelia Island will be featuring Porsches that were raced by the Brumos car dealership from the 1970s. If you have not been to Amelia Island previously, and you are into Porsches, 2017 would be a great year to attend. The dates for 2017 are March 10 through the 12th. You can do test drives of many different manufacturers Friday and Saturday, which are free and a lot of fun. You will run into celebrities, ex-racecar drivers and authors.. There are educational events, auctions, many exhibitors selling car related materials, and wonderful people to meet and gather with.
Later in the year I went to the Pebble Beach, a week long event in California including the Monterey historic races, Concorso Italiano, legends of the autobahn, many auctions, exhibitors and speakers. Sunday of this event features collector cars from around the world. This event is usually held in August in Carmel and Monterey.
I also attended the Appalachian adventure that was held at Fontana dam. There were many nice Porsches exhibited on the show field. There were also spirited drives through the mountains.
In the fall I attended the Hilton Head Island concours, a two-day car show. The Saturday portion is for car clubs and is a judged event, and Sunday is the collector car Concours. This event is absolutely amazing. There is a section of aircraft that can be explored off-site and vintage racing prior to the event in Savannah Georgia. It is usually held at the end of October or the beginning of November. There were many Porsches that were represented.
Several other car shows I attended that may be of interest to PCA members. There is a Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix race and car show that is over a week long. The final two days include a car show with a huge Porsche corral. It is mostly European cars that gather in Schenley Park in downtown Pittsburgh. Vintage racing occurs all week long and during the car shows. This is another event I will attend again in 2017 on July 10 through the 16th. You will be amazed at how beautiful this event is and there are 1000 cars to see inside the park.
If you get a chance to get to Naples Florida there is a museum called REVS, for which you must buy a ticket in advance. There are four sections to the museum and one is dedicated solely to Porsche cars. I also attended EuroFest what happens in Greenville every Fall, where Porsche was well represented and Harmony Motors was a sponsor.
Several Porsche club members rode with me to cars and coffee in Asheville, Greenville and Atlanta. Next year I will plan to go to one of the larger cars and coffee events in the country in Knoxville Tennessee. Always looking for Porsche club members who will join me for cars and coffee.
Another event I attended which was totally unexpected, was through the Audi club of North America. We visited a winery and vineyard in Delonega Georgia, which features a fine restaurant on the property. The owner of the vineyard has a collection of Porsches that is truly amazing and includes about 18 collector cars that are all rare and in pristine condition. His garages were phenomenal.
I also attended Château élan's inaugural car show. This was a two-day event that will be held annually for the next several years. It is an early fall and only 2 1/2 hours from Asheville. Saturday there was a car club car show followed by an invitation only collector car show on Sunday. The weekend before this I was in Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans. This is held at Road Atlanta every year in the early fall. Porsche brings a factory racing team and drivers to this wonderful event. There is a Porsche club corral, a Porsche tent for Porsche club members and an exclusive VIP experience for Porsche club members who choose that option. You can meet the drivers before the race. It is 10 hours of pure racing. Many car clubs meet for this event and therefore there is much to look at.
As you can see I had a fantastic year of attending some great car shows and racing. Next year I will make it to several of these events. If you have any questions or would like to join me for a road trip please feel free to contact me at the DMcKee@PisgahInstitute.com.