Appalachian AdventureThe Appalachian Region held its annual Appalachian Adventure this year at the Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in north Georgia. Approximately 100 attendees representing 10 different Regions arrived in 50 Porsches and enjoyed a weekend of beautiful drives and Porsche-centered events.

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Photos by Dick Maybach and Jim Moore

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Activities kicked-off on Friday August 17th with a Gimmick Rally through the surrounding country-side and mountains. The rally consisted of several different possible routes, depending on responses to specific Porsche-related questions. Also on Friday was a Technical & Historic Quiz, followed by a Southern BBQ dinner at the lakeside pavilion, and later s’mores around the fire pit behind the lodge.

Saturday started off with a People’s Choice Concours and some unexpected rain. While this necessitated implementing plan B, moving the Concours from a grassy area to a paved site, it did not dampen anyone’s spirits and was carried out without any other issues. Although it did result in an unusual sight with Nort Northam from Winter Park, FL employing an umbrella above his 1989 911 Speedster to keep himself and his car dry. Judging covered nine different classes and a wide range of cars from a 1959 356 Carrera Cabriolet to 2018 911 Carrera T.

The afternoon stayed dry enough for many of the attendees to enjoy a lake cruise from the marina on Lake Chatuge. Saturday evening an Awards Dinner and Presentation was held at the Resort; with awards presented for the Gimmick Rally, Tech Quiz and Concours. Charlie Schieren from Porsche of Asheville, the event sponsor, was the banquet speaker and provided an entertaining presentation that was enjoyed by the attendees. Another round of s’mores at the fire pit closed out the evening.

On Sunday, many took the self-guided tours and planned stops on their way back home after this year’s very successful event. Don Therien, the Appalachian Adventure Event Chair, reports of very positive feedback and numerous requests to be kept informed about plans for next year’s event.

Don GraingerDon Grainger
Secretary, Appalachian Region