Driving south in the Region saved the drive as many of us woke to snow on the ground in the mountains around Asheville and Waynesville. The Hendersonville start location just a little further south saved the drive as the temperature was 37° with clear, dry roads.
23 Porsches with 32 members made the drive as we explored new roads for most members as we drove the Southern end of Appalachian Region from Hendersonville to Tryon, North Carolina. The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provided the twists and turns and elevation changes we forget that exist in this corner of the Region.
The further south we drove the better the weather became as temperatures rose to over 50° and the sun popped out. This respite from the cold was just what we needed after shivering at the start.
Thank you to Don Lowcavage for introducing these roads to so many of us.
Don had the challenge of the weather forecast to deal with leading up to the drive. Originally this event was a breakfast in the parking lot around the cars, but as the forecast was showing thirty-degrees we realized breakfast outdoors just wouldn’t be comfortable for members.
A quick shift by Don with help by Scott Pleune’s contacts got the Club into the Legends Grille at the Tryon Equestrian Center. As befitting this world class Equestrian Center, the setting and the food was more upscale and comfortable than our usual venues.
As usual our drives and events can’t happen without a lot of help. In this case we had leads and sweeps for three drive groups as we decided to use small groups instead of the traditional 12-14 car drive groups. Leads and sweeps for the day included:
- Bob Disney
- Charlie Hickey
- Don Lowcavage
- Scott Pleune
- Bill Price
- Dave White
Some of us had the extra experience of driving new roads that weren’t on the route. We had three drive groups and I think three different routes from our Ingles rest stop to the Equestrian Center's Legends Grille. The Garmins weren’t cooperating delivering a variety of routes to each of us. It didn’t matter; we got there and we drove Porsches.
We were just “Having fun with Porsches!”
See you at the next Appalachian Region Event!
- Wednesday, April 13, 2022: Black Mountain Perks Coffee Gathering
- Saturday, April 16, 2022: Breakfast Ramble, Smoky Mountain Diner, Hot Springs
- April 20, 2022 Social Mixer, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Mills River
For details on these events go to the Appalachian Region web site calendar using this link: https://aprpca.org/356B/index.php/events
Jim Moore – Appalachian President