As the weather turns nicer here in Western North Carolina and the Appalachian Region gets into ‘full song’, it’s time to drive!

This Saturday’s Drive & Dine, our 2 April event, starts at the Artisan Café and Coffee (1390 Sand Hill Rd, Candler 28715), winds up into Madison County before turning south into Haywood County with the ultimate destination of Pasquales Italian Restaurant in Waynesville: the food there is excellent! Please arrive at Artisan by 9:30am.

Other upcoming events of interest:

  • This Thursday, 31 March, the AR Board and Committee Chairs will meet in the Porsche Asheville conference room at 4 pm.  All members are invited to attend.
  • Thursday, 14 April, Porsche Asheville is hosting a VIP Launch Party for the 2017 911 at the Asheville Art Museum. If you are interested in attending, please email to receive an invitation.
  • Registration is open for the Appalachian Adventure in August; the initial response has been great but we would like to see more AR members sign up before the we start advertising to other regions. Remember that room reservations at the Fontana Village Resort need to be made separately and that the Friday evening Barbeque is an optional meal with separate cost. Here’s the link to our website for all pertinent information:

We are still looking for charity auction donations for the AA Raffle (proceeds to benefit Manna Food Bank). We need automotive items of interest:  tools, supplies, books, framed artwork, posters, photos and just about any automotive accessory item would make an excellent donation. When considering a donation, please also consider logistics: items should be transportable by Porsche (think 356/911). If an item is really special… and large, we will make every attempt to coordinate logistics with respect to transportation. If you have items to donate, please contact Matt Pohsweg (AR Treasurer) at to coordinate donation.

As I type this, I am contemplating our (Claudia, my wife, as co-driver) trip to Kerrville, Texas for the Hill Country Rallye, a Tuesday drive of 1,150 miles (17+ hours) to Round Rock, Texas in our 1968 912 and seeing great Porsche friends again from around the country, including 912 buddies from Texas, Missouri, Arizona, and California. All this adds up to another great Porsche adventure!

Returning home 6 April (or there about), I will be changing the oil and heading to Greenville on Friday, 8 April, for the Zone 3 Presidents Meeting where I will pitch the Appalachian Adventure to all in attendance. Caren Cooper, our PCA National President, will be there so I am hoping for wide AA information dissemination.  So… if you plan on going to the AA, please register this week for best selections!

Keep the shiny side up!

Peter GrahamPeter Graham, President
Appalachian Region - Porsche Club of America