A summary of our recent and upcoming events.
Message from the President...
Appalachian Region continues to be a Top PCA Region nationwide.
The latest achievement is that Appalachian Region is ranked number 10 in the nation for factored membership growth. We now have close to 700 total members from our beginnings in 2015 with 94 members.
Our continued growth provides the Region with more resources but it also presents some challenges as you might have experienced if you have tried to register for one of the popular Drive & Dine tours. They sell out quickly, usually within hours with a wait list that can match the confirmed registrations.
For safety reasons we need to limit our tour groups to 12 cars so our target is to have two tour groups of 12 cars each with 45-48 attendees. A big issue also is restaurant staffing and willingness to serve 40 plus people all at once. The restaurant is probably the biggest challenge in designing these Drive & Dine tours. Tour Chair Don Lowcavage works hard to provide a good experience with driving and dining; if you can assist him, raise your hand.
The Hemlock Farms visit in July was a big success. Thanks to Bobby and Brenda Brewster for hosting us at their horse farm, sharing their car collection with us and treating us to a Pig & Grits lunch. As thanks, the Appalachian Region made a donation in their name to the Hinds Feet Farm organization that helps to maximize the potential of individuals living with brain injury. If you too would like to make a donation to thank the Brewsters, here is the link: https://hindsfeetfarm.org
Our August 5th “Georgia on my Mind” tour is already sold out. After August, we start our special tours connected with Appalachian Adventure and Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest this year is scheduled for October 28 with a new special venue that allows for more participants in a unique private setting. Save the date now with registration opening September 15 at noon.
In the meantime, I hope to see you at one of the upcoming Appalachian Region events: either a drive, a coffee, a beer, a breakfast or a hike.
Jim Moore, President
It’s Election Year for Appalachian Region Leadership
It's time to start thinking about the Board and who is going to run Appalachian Region in 2024 and 2025. The current Board is nearing the end of its two-year term.
Per the Appalachian Region bylaws, each officer serves a two-year term and the President and Vice President can hold their positions for two consecutive terms (four years). Most of your current Board has indicated a willingness to continue in their positions. However, Vice President John Goetzman has indicated that he would like to focus on other areas in his life and will not be running for re-election.
- President Jim Moore
- Vice President TBD
- Secretary Dave White
- Treasurer Jim Symington
- Past President Don Therien
Don Therien, our Past President, is a voting Board member and one of his roles is to oversee all elections. Don will head the nominating committee with Charlie Hickey and Bill Price to complete the election slate. Dick Maybach will lead the election process with Tellers Carl von Schummer and Bob Poe to insure a fair and unbiased election.
Current President Jim Moore and Don have been in discussions with active Appalachian Region members who have demonstrated leadership within the club and one member who has come to the forefront for the Vice President role is Yohan Sookdeo.
Other members are eligible and can have their names put on the ballot for one of the four elected positions by submitting a signed petition by ten Appalachian Region members in good standing to Don Therien by September 5, 2023. Elections will occur shortly thereafter
As the nominating process continues and elections is announced, you will hear more about the credentials of each individual in the slate. If you have any questions or comments please contact Don Therien.
Register Today for August Events.
Breakfast at Smoky Mountain Diner - August 19
Join the Appalachian Region for breakfast at the Smoky Mountain Diner in Hot Springs. 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).
Smoky Mountain Diner is known for their humongous cinnamon rolls that are worth the drive. And speaking of drives, groups always seem to gather for a non-PCA drive afterwards, either Nort's Tennessee loop or a quick jaunt home via The Rattler.
Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. For details and registration use this link. If the event sells out, please add yourself to the wait list as we often have cancellations.
Note: The August 5th "Georgia on my Mind" drive is sold out.
Last Chance for Appalachian Adventure Hotel and Event Registration
The hotel room block set aside for Appalachian Adventure 2023 expired on Sunday, July 30th, but there are still some rooms available if you book now. After you book a hotel room you will then have until August 15, 2023 to register for Appalachian Adventure activities. This year's event is a total package requiring a hotel and event registration similar to the registration required for Porsche Parade.
Appalachian Adventure ‘23 is scheduled for September 7-10 at the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club. The weekend includes driving tours, a People’s Choice Concours, a tech quiz, socials and an award banquet with special guest speaker Ray Shaffer.
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
If you have been waiting to book a hotel room for this event, now is the time to do it while there are still some rooms available. Registration for Appalachian Adventure closes on August 15, 2023.
Don't delay, sign-up now for Appalachian Adventure '23!
August Social Events (No registration necessary)
Black Mountain Perks - Tuesday, August 8
Join Richard and Barbara Little as they host Black Mountain Perks at The Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain.
A Coffee and pastry package for $8 plus tax is served starting at 9:00 a.m. when club members start arriving for socializing over a coffee. Now that the weather has turned nice, we'll be on the patio enjoying a chat around the fire.
Social Mixer - Wednesday, August 16
This month the Social Mixer will be at the Ecusta Brewery in Brevard at 451 Ecusta Road.
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, August 26
AppCafe´ Porsches & Coffee is the Appalachian Region version of Cars & Coffee and has proven to be one our most popular events. Attend the August 26 event held at the backside of Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road in Asheville and you will have a chance to win Porsche merchandise.
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 App Cafe´ Chairs Lance and Christine Swier will be on hand to welcome you and will be raffling off a Porsche Motorsports' drawstring backpack and a Porsche water bottle.
Check the Appalachian Region web site for details on each month's events.
Performance Driving Activities with Your Porsche
Barber Motorsports Park HPDE - September 23-24
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.
Autocross - August 27
Don Therien is organizing Appalachian Region participation in the August 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 August 27. Click on this link for registration and information. 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.
Sponsor Feature - Hagerty
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Appalachian Region sponsor Hagerty Insurance provides agreed value insurance coverage through their Guaranteed Value® policy for your Porsche. This is an important feature for you to consider when making your insurance decisions for your collector cars.
Porsche values in recent years have in many cases equaled or exceeded what you paid for your car several years ago. If something should happen to your Porsche your daily driver insurance company may not recognize the increased, high value that your Porsche is commanding in today’s market.
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News in the Region
Articles to Read about Appalachian Region Events
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:
- Winners at AppCafe´ - Porsches & Coffee
- Drive to Linville for Breakfast at Louise's Rock House Restaurant
- Hemlock Farms Driving Tour
- Black Mountain Perks returns
- A Summer Night at Eluvian Brewery
Membership Anniversaries to Celebrate
Congratulate members on their time with PCA as they celebrate milestone anniversaries with PCA. This month we celebrate key anniversaries of long-term members of PCA.
- Mark and Amy Feightner, Arden, NC
- Bob Byrod, Bryson City, NC
- Michael and David Huff, Murphy, NC
- John Hannon, Clayton, GA
- Johnny Johnston, Hendersonville, NC
- Larry and Lyn Morton, Hendersonville, NC
- Steve Wollenberg, Asheville, NC
Welcome New Members to the Appalachian Region
The Appalachian Region would like to welcome new members and transferring members that joined us last month. We now have 441 primary members and 688 total members. A Big Appalachian Region welcome to:
- JIm Erlandson
- Brad Hodgin
- Tom Paligraf and Marylou Miller
- Raj and Pooja Patel
- John Peters
- Robert Rohl
See you at an Appalachian Region Event!
Jim Moore, President
PCA Member since 1998