A summary of our recent and upcoming events.

Register Today for August Events.

"Georgia on my Mind" Driving Tour - Saturday, August 5

The Appalachian Region August Drive & Dine takes the region to the driving roads of the Moonshiner 28 and Warwoman Road with lunch in Clayton, Georgia. In day's past, NC-28 was a major route Moonshiners used to try and outrun the Revenuers. Today it is just a fun road to cruise in your Porsche at tour speeds as you drive the same twists and turns as the Moonshiners. When you turn off on Warwoman Road you'll follow what was an original Cherokee Trail that now is a great driving road that will take the tour to Clayton for lunch.

The Appalachian Region has been growing rapidly in Highlands, Franklin, Cashiers and Brevard so this tour with its Cashiers' starting location will be an ideal event to experience one of the famous Appalachian Region Drive & Dines in the western part of the region that helped to make us one of the Best PCA Regions in the Country.

Click here for more information and to register starting on July 15 at 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast at the Smoky Mountain Diner - Saturday, August 19

Our August Breakfast Ramble takes us to Hot Springs to enjoy breakfast on the back porch of the Smoky Mountain Diner.

You find your own way to the Smoky Mountain Diner for a 9:00 a.m. breakfast (though it seems like our members always arrive early). Join other Porsche club members at the restaurant to enjoy a home style breakfast.

The location also provides for two non-PCA drive options, Nort Northam always leads a group on his Tennesee Loop after breakfast, while other drivers head down the Rattler for home. Of course, you can just have breakfast and find your own way home. That's the beauty of our Breakfast Rambles.

Click here to register starting on July 15 at 12:00 p.m.

Renowned Porsche Expert Ray Shaffer Announced for Appalachian Adventure

Ray Shaffer, Car Specialist and Brand Ambassador from the Hagerty Broad Arrow Auction group will be the featured speaker at the Appalachian Adventure Awards Banquet on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

Ray is a renowned Porsche expert who has sold Porsches, raced Porsches and restored Porsches during his career with Brumos, Porsche North America and now with Hagerty and their Broad Arrow Auction group.

Ray will be providing an after-dinner talk at the Awards Banquet with a perspective on the world of Porsche as it relates to the collector car hobby. Ray's personable style, history and knowledge of the Porsche brand will be interesting and entertaining for all after enjoying your plated Mountains to Sea dinner.

Registration is now open for Appalachian Adventure being held at the Waynesville Inn & Golf Club.

Thursday, September 7:  Welcome reception
Friday, September 8:    Driving tours, tech quiz & BBQ dinner
Saturday, September 9:  People’s Choice Concours
Special afternoon event tba
Awards Banquet featuring Ray Shaffer
Sunday, September 10:  Breakfast and fond farewells

Registration for Appalachian Adventure is a two-part process similar to Porsche Parade. You will need to first register for the hotel to gain the code that will then let you register for the events.

More information, registration instructions and the hotel group code can be found at the calendar entry on the web site using this link: www.Appalachian-adventure.com

July Social Events (No registration necessary)

Social Mixer - Wednesday, July 19

This month the Social Mixer will be at the Eluvian Brewery in Weaverville at 11 Florida Ave.

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 kitchen, or just some fine conversation with fellow Appalachian Region members. No Registration is necessary.

AppCafe´ Porsches & Coffee - Saturday, July 29

AppCafe´ Porsches & Coffee returns to Asheville Outlets in the back of the mall. For the month of July only, we move around the corner by Sportsmen's Warehouse. 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 treats courtesy of IR Auto sponsorship.

New in July, if you show your Porsche you get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Porsche drawstring backpack or a Porsche water bottle.

Plus,the Appalachian Region Board just approved an additional expenditure for more coffee for this popular event so the coffee will be flowing on July 29.

Check the Appalachian Region web site for details on each month's events.

Performance Driving Activities with Your Porsche

Barber Motorsports Park HPDE

Join us at the Alabama Region Fall Fest at Barber Motorsports Park September 23rd and 24th at our third HPDE event of 2023.

Registration for this event is open. There are already over 70 registrants and this event will sell out early, so don't wait (Beginner and Novice groups tend to sell out first)! Don't miss your opportunity to drive this track with your APR friends!

The event is open to all drivers. Instructed and solo run groups available. Registration for the event is via ClubRegistration.net If you would like to try HPDE events and want to learn more, contact the Appalachian Region HPDE Chair David Wells at this contact page. The club does have loaner helmets that you can use for your first experience.


Don Therien is organizing Appalachian Region participation in the July 23rd Wilderness Trail Region Autocross in Jonesborough, Tennessee, just over an hour away. Appalachian Region doesn't run its own Autocross but instead piggybacks on Wilderness Trail's Autocross Series. It is a well-run program that is a low cost means to start understanding the true performance of your Porsche.

The next Autocross with Wilderness Trail Region is on July 23rd. Registration and information can be found at this link. If you want more information or decide to attend, contact Don Therien as he will arrange an Appalachian Region caravan.

Note: Appalachian Region has several helmets available that members have donated if you want to try one of these events before making your own helmet purchase.

Events Out of Region

"Autumn in the Mountains" with the British Car Club - Saturday, September 23

Registration is now open for the "Autumn in the Mountains" car show hosted by the British Car Club.

This show is not a PCA event but we often get over 30 PCA Porsches showing in their German category where a trophy is awarded through a People's Choice voting system. It is a fun day at the Mills River Brewery where our Porsches join up with over 200 other European makes for day of show and shine, socializing and enjoying the car culture.

Click on this link for more information and to register.

356 Registry East Coast Holiday Concours - Saturday, September 23

Porsche 356 aficionados will have to decide; do they go to Blowing Rock to see over 125 Porsche 356's at the East Coast Holiday, or do you show your Porsche at Autumn in the Mountains. These competing events this year will make for a tough choice.

The 356 Registry East Coast Holiday comes to Blowing Rock this year to Chetola Lodge. Porsche 356's will be displayed across the lawns representing every year of the 356 and every variation. A drive to Blowing Rock on September 23 will be worth the drive.

For more information click on this link.

App Cafe´ Porsches & Coffee Sim Racing

See you at an Appalachian Region Event!

Jim Moore, President
PCA Member since 1998