A summary of our recent and upcoming events.
What a month April was for the Appalachian Region. We kicked off the Spring driving season celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Luft Wasser Porsche Celebration in Brevard. The event had 204 cars in attendance with close to 1,000 enthusiasts walking the display area. And more, Importantly the club raised over $10,000 for the The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. Thank you to everyone that participated and to the 54 volunteers that made the event happen.
Two new driving tours are now available for sign-up: a drive to Little Switzerland after the May 9 Black Mountain Perks and our early June drive to Mountain Brook vineyards that occurs June 3. Registration is open now instead of May 15 since the first Saturday of June, our traditional drive weekend falls early in the month.
April also saw the start of the Porsches to Peaks hiking series with a fantastic and informative wildflower hike led by Matt Sprouse. May brings a little longer hike that Don Zelm will be leading at Caesar's Head Park. Registration is open now.
May is also time to welcome our new members. We have our annual picnic for 120 people where new members have a chance to meet up with existing members in a casual picnic setting. This event is now sotd-out and promises to be a fun one with the activities planned by picnic chairs Carole and Gene Carter.
And, speaking of membership, this month we congratulate multiple longtime members of over 20 years. Of particular note is Joe Watson who chairs our Breakfast Rambles who celebrated 50 years with PCA. Joe started out with Porsche 356's racing and building them and now enjoys a beautiful Carrera White Cayman. Congratulations Joe!
See you on the road!
President, Appalachian Region, PCA
Two Drives are now Open for Registration
New Driving Tour to Little Switzerland on May 9 is Open for Registration
As an added feature to Black Mountain Perks on May 9 we are adding a drive to the Switzerland Inn in Little Switzerland for lunch on their terrace overlooking the Black Mountains.
The food is terrific, the view is breathtaking and the roads to get there are true Porsche roads combining the Devil's Whip and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is just one view from an overlook from a previous Little Switzerland tour. Thanks to club member Rusty Russ for the stunning photo.
You buy your lunch, while Richard and Barbara Little provide the guided drive to the Switzerland Inn. Register now for this drive by clicking this link.
Vineyard Tour to Mountain Brook Vineyards on June 3
In keeping with the Appalachian Region's theme of "Having Fun With Porsches" we have a great drive planned that will culminate at the Mountain Brook Vineyards for a time of community, wine tasting and taking in the sights of this picturesque venue.
The featured roads for this tour will be the ascent from Tryon, NC to Saluda, NC on Hwy. 176. Smooth pavement and properly cambered curves are the hallmarks of this stretch of roadway. We'll then traverse Holbert Cove Rd. out of Saluda with 9.2 miles of switchbacks, sweepers and varied elevation that will be sure to put a smile on the faces of both drivers and passengers alike.
Registration is open now, May 1, 2023 by clicking this link. Sign-up early as our drives sell-out.
Sign-up Now for Porsches to Peaks May Hike
Hiking the Raven Cliffs Trail at Little Caesar's Park
Join other hikers in the Appalachian Region for a short drive to Caesar's Head State Park just over the border in South Carolina. From the visitor's center the group will hike the moderate Raven Cliffs Trail that takes you 2.2-miles to the Raven Cliff Falls Overlook. From this point, the group will return on the same trail for lunch at the Visitor's Center park.
It is expected most of the group will hike the moderate 4.4-mile hike.
However, If you are a more experienced hiker, there is an extension that makes the hike a strenuous 8-mile hike that crosses a suspension bridge on your loop back to the visitor's center.
Registration is now open. You can sign-up by clicking this link.
Social Events in May
Black Mountain Perks - 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at The Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain: Richard and Barbara Little continue to host this popular morning coffee event on the second Tuesday of the month at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain. No Registration is necessary - Just join us for coffee.
And consider joining the drive to Little Switzerland scheduled to start following Black Mountain Perks. You can register for the drive here.
Social Mixer - 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at New Belgium Brewery in West Asheville. This is an open house type event, come and go as you please between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Have a glass of beer, a bite from the food truck, or just some fine conversation with fellow Appalachian Region members. No Registration is necessary; just come on out for a beer.
Check the Appalachian Region web site for details on each month's events.
App Cafe´ Porsches & Coffee Returns on May 27
We kick off App Cafe´ Porsches & Coffee with a return to our Asheville Outlets Mall location in the back of the mall. This is the Appalachian Region version of Cars & Coffee and has proven to be one our most popular events.
App Cafe´ runs between 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Come and go as you please, just bring a Porsche and a smiling face. Appalachian Region supplies the coffee and donuts courtesy of IR Auto sponsorship. New App Cafe´ Chairs Lance and Christine Swier will be on hand to welcome you.
News in the Region
Articles to Read
For up-to-date stories and news in the Appalachian Region, be sure to look at our web site on a regular basis and click on the "News" tab. Articles to read from the past month include:
- Luft Wasser - Fundraising with a Mile of Porsches
- Wildflower hike kicks off Porsches to Peaks
- New Member drive enjoys a tour to Lake Lure
- March Tech Session explains Diagnostic Tools
- Socials enjoyed over coffee, beer and breakfast
Membership Anniversaries to Celebrate
Congratulate members on their time with PCA as they celebrate milestone anniversaries with PCA. This month we celebrate some long-term members of PCA. Of particular note is Joe Watson who Chairs our Breakfast Rambles has now been a PCA member for over 50 years.
- Joe Watson, Cleveland, SC
- Michael and Ruth Willis, Canton, NC
- Jim and Cathy Schorr, Black Mountain, NC
- Bob and Jan Herrmann, Waynesville, NC
- Pete and Jeanne Byron, Hendersonville, NC
- Jim Milton, Cashiers, NC
- Chris Partridge, Greenville, SC
Welcome New Members to the Appalachian Region
The Appalachian Region would like to welcome new members and transferring members that joined us. We now have 427 primary members and 665 total members. A Big Appalachian Region welcome to:
- Ringo Altman
- Scott Blanck
- Kimberly Browder
- Cassandra Childs
- Mark and Janet Chmar
- Benjamin Ellis
- Jason Goldstein
- Peter Gollup
- Vaughn Gibson
- Ralph Griffith
- Brett Hackshaw
- Timothy Hayes
- Ranjit Sufi
- James Owens
- James Wiggins
- Tyler Wilcox
See you at an Appalachian Region Event!
Jim Moore, President
PCA Member since 1998