A summary of our recent and upcoming events.
Message from the President...
The end of Summer ushers in two big events for the Appalachian Region that you don't want to miss attending: Appalachian Adventure and Oktoberfest.
Visit the Appalachian Adventure Concours
The newly renovated Waynesville Inn & Golf Club will host Appalachian Adventure from September 7-10, 2023 for three days of driving, socializing, and showing and sharing of Porsches by 118 members. It is a sold-out event but you can still come out and enjoy the concours and parade through Waynesville on Saturday, September 10, 2023.
Starting at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. there will be over 40 Porsches of various models and styles on display from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in front of the newly renovated Waynesville Inn during a People’s Choice Concours d ‘elegance. You are invited to see and walk among the many Porsches that will be on display. And, then at 2:00 p.m. the cars will depart Waynesville Inn and Golf Club for a parade down the Main Street of Waynesville.
Thanks to the Appalachian Adventure planning committee, led by John Goetzman with the help of Bob Herrmann for making this annual event happen. I hope to see you in Waynesville on Saturday.
Register September 15 for the 2nd Annual Octoberfest Celebration
The second big Fall event for Appalachian Region is the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration & MANNA FoodBank fundraiser, scheduled this year for October 28, 2023.
George and Cindy Cain are following up the success of the inaugural event with a new venue at the Old Bishop Place Farm in Cedar Mountain.The Biltmore-like estate will double the number who can participate, and provide a remarkable venue of manicured grounds, sculptures, lakes and ponds, with a pavilion to seat 200 of us. Pictured to the right is just one sight to enjoy on the grounds.
The day starts with drives or finding your own way to Cedar Mountain where the award-winning German restaurant Haus Heidelberg will be serving brats, schnitzel or a vegetarian lunch with German beers and wines. There will be door prizes, a ticket auction and games to enjoy. Registration opens September 15 at 12:00 p.m. For more details, click on this link.
While the Oktoberfest celebration is planned for the enjoyment of our members, a key element of our celebration is the Appalachian Region’s community support commitment. The Appalachian Region has supported MANNA FoodBank since before APR was formed in 2015. The impact of food insecurity in WNC has increased since that time so the Region's time and money contributions are greatly needed and appreciated.
Plan on enjoying your Porsche this September and join us at an Appalachian Region event.
Jim Moore, President, Appalachian Region PCA
Register Today for September Events
Coffee Followed by a Drive with Black Mountain Perks - September 12
This month's Black Mountain Perks will feature the regular coffee social between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain, and will also offer a drive after coffee to Chimney Rock.
The optional drive to Chimney Rock will be led by Richard Little, and will conclude with lunch at Burntshirt Vineyards and Bistro, where we have reserved seating on their covered patio. The drive will not be an aggressive one, but a fun tour taking in the beauty of the area.
At 10:15, those taking the drive will depart from The Monte Vista and regroup at the Hampton Inn in Black Mountain to stage for departure and discuss the route, safety, etc.. At 10:30 the drive will depart from the Hampton Inn to Chimney Rock.
If you will take the tour, please register using this link. There is a limit of 15 cars with a final registration date of the 5th of September.
Breakfast at Pig & Grits - September 16
Join the Appalachian Region for breakfast at Pig & Grits in Burnsville. You find your own way to Pig & Grits for a 9:00 a.m. breakfast (though it seems like our members always arrive early).
For details and registration use this link. If the event sells out, please add yourself to the wait list as we often have cancellations.
September Social Events (No registration necessary)
Social Mixer - Wednesday, September 20
This month the Social Mixer will be at a new brewery for Appalachian Region, Turgua Brewing at 3131 Cane Creek Road in Fairview. Turgua sits off Cane Creek with an idyllic park-like setting.
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, September 30
AppCafe´ Porsches & Coffee is the Appalachian Region version of Cars & Coffee and has proven to be one our most popular events. Attend the September 30th 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
VIR HPDE - October 13 & 14, 2023
Join us at VIRginia International Raceway, October 13 &14 at the fourth Appalachian Region attended HPDE for the year. This one is hosted by First Settlers Region.
Registration for this event is open. There are already five Appalachian Region members registered for the event. 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 MotorsportReg.com. If you would like to try HPDE events and want to learn more, contact the Appalachian Region HPDE Chair David Wells. The club does have loaner helmets that you can use for your first experience.
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.
Call for Nominations for Appalachian Region Leadership
Nominations for Appalachian Region leadership closes on September 5, 2023. If you would like to nominate someone to be in one of the Board positions of President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, please send an email with a signed petition by ten Appalachian Region members in good standing to Don Therien by September 5, 2023. Elections will occur shortly thereafter.
Current nominees are Jim Moore for President, Yohan Sookdeo for Vice President, Dave White for Secretary and Jim Symington for Treasurer.
As the nominating process continues and elections are announced, you will hear more about the credentials of each individual in the slate.
News in the Region
Articles to Read about Appalachian Region Events
Many of you were following the auction of the Autobahn Adventure to raise funds for Hinds Feet Farm. I am happy to report the auction ended on September 1, 2023 at a price of $22,000. The winner receives a trip of a lifetime and Hinds Feet Farm is a beneficiary of a tremendous donation. Thank you to donor and bidders. For complete details on the auction, read the upcoming article in the news section of the web site.
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:
- Appalachian Region Raises $22,000 for Charity
- AppCafe´ Popularity Continues
- Another Sell-out Breakfast Ramble
- Mixing it up at Ecusta Brewery
- Black Mountain Perks on a Perfect Morning
- Georgia on my Mind Driving Tour
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.
- Charles Wussow and Iris Williams, Asheville, NC
- Elizabeth and Kendall Pearce, Murphy, NC
- Hal and Vivian Hume, Hendersonville, NC
- Phil and Kathy Leftwich, Asheville, NC
- Jim Davis, Fletcher, 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 443 primary members and 689 total members. A Big Appalachian Region welcome to:
- Gordon Dunn, Waynesville, NC, 2020 Macan Turbo
- Denver Liabenow, Zirconia, NC, 1969 911T
- John Lberatos, Charleston, SC, 2022 GT3, 2021 Macan Turbo (Transfer from Palmetto Region)
- Eric Nielsen and Suzanne Louden, Arden, NC, 2017 911 Carrera GTS
- Avedis Soukiasian, Pisgah Forest, NC, 1985 944
- Craig Townsend, Canton, NC, 2020 Cayman S (Transfer from Carolinas Region)
See you at an Appalachian Region Event!
Jim Moore, President
PCA Member since 1998