Our friend and long time Porsche aficionado and racer Nort Northam lives in Central Florida, but also maintains a residence in the sprawling megalopolis of Hot Springs, North Carolina – population 528. Hot Springs is situated in the middle of some of the most wonderful mountain driving roads in the southeastern United States. That part of the country has more than a few transplants from all over the nation, including Florida and the northeast, and they brought their Porsches with them. Nort helped form the Florida Citrus Region in 1974, then helped form the Appalachian Region in 2014. So at Nort’s prompting, we explored a “dual membership” to also join the Appalachian Region PCA.
Why? We have participated in quite a few Appalachian Region events in the past and have made some great friends there. Most notably we have attended the “Appalachian Adventure” each year for the past several years, held at the beginning of September. We have plans for the “Luft Wasser” event also this spring where Porsches take over the Main Street in Brevard, NC. These events are open to members first, and they are so popular that they do fill up quickly. Being a member helps to get us closer to the front of the line. And, of course, we have a home base in Hot Springs for our travels.
The Porsche Club of America is a great organization, but that is because of the great people involved. The Appalachian Region and the Florida Citrus Region folks have made the Porsche ownership experience better for us, and we look forward to continuing to enjoy the events, the cars and the people for years to come.
We are looking forward to Luft Wasser in the spring and the Appalachian Adventure at the end of the summer, as well as other mountain events along the way while we play with our Florida friends here in the flatlands! (The highest natural point in the State of Florida is Britton Hill in the panhandle northeast of Pensacola at a towering 345 feet above sea level. Near us in Central Florida is Sugarloaf Mountain which is 312 feet above sea level. This is a frequent stop on our Porsche Club drives around the middle of the state.)
As a side note, we have also joined the DeLand Area Cruisers, our local hot rod and classic car club. “Sparky,” our 1987 Porsche 924S, now enjoys hanging out with the tri-five Chevy’s, Corvettes, deuce coupes and other American Dream cars at shows and events. We were a bit apprehensive at first, bringing our German sports car to their events, but Sparky is now part of the scene. (We’re lucky that he makes friends easily!) But as is true with PCA, the Cruisers is more about the people, not the cars.
So get involved!