The 2023 GMR Charity Fundraiser is a Success
Vermont Foodbank ($3,564) & VT Automobile Enthusiasts’ Scholarship Fund ($1,375) benefit from GMR member contributions, GMR matching funds and PCA National.
First GMR Event of 2024
March 23, 2024: Tech Session on Exterior Detailing – 10.00am to 12.00pm, Williston VT
GMR member Paul Zuchowski will offer an “Introduction to Exterior Detailing tech session” at his home in Williston. The program will cover topics such as paint, paint correction, paint care, glass cleaning, trim cleaning and proper washing techniques. He will be using tools such as grit guards, microfiber towels and applicators, clay bars, dual-action polishing tools, various polishing pads and compounds and various coatings and waxes. There will be live demos on one of his family vehicles and participants will be given the opportunity to try their hand using some of the tools and products. The session will take place in Paul’s heated garage so we will be meeting rain or shine. However, you should consider bringing a sweatshirt or jacket as the heat is set around 45 degrees. Due to the size of his garage participation will be limited to the first 12 members to sign up. If there is sufficient interest Paul has offered to conduct additional sessions over the coming months. Click here to register for this event
Save the Dates – GMR 2024 Calendar
The GMR Board is in the process of building out the 2024 Events Calendar, you are encouraged to make a note of the following dates for some great activities. Additional driving tours are being considered but we could use some more tour leaders. If you might be interested in leading a group on some of your favorite Porsche roads please drop an email to Al Iuppa at email@example.com.
- April 28, 2024 – GMR New Member Welcome (location to be determined)
- May 4, 2024 – Season Kick-off Driving Tour (Central/Southwest Vermont) to be led by Nick Seldon
- June 22, 2024 – 100 Miles on Vermont Route 100 Driving Tour to be led by Al Iuppa
- July 20, 2024 – Porsche Day at Cars & Coffee, Saturday,, 7.00am – 9.00am, University Mall, South Burlington
- August 10, 2024 – Driving Tour followed by Social Gathering hosted by Fred & Nancy (South Woodstock)
- August 24, 2024 – GMR Social Event hosted by Peter Rogal & Laurie Nash (Rochester)
- September 14, 2024 – GMR Potluck BBQ hosted by Lee & Brenda Roy (Colchester)
- September 28, 2024 – GMR Poker Run to be led by Ben Curran
- October 2024 – GMR Annual Meeting (location to be confirmed)
- December 7 or 14 – GMR Holiday Party
Have a few seconds? Then take a look and enjoy the sounds of GMR Board Member Peter Rogal’s Porsche 935K on the chassis dyno outside Sebring FL post engine and trans rebuild.
GMR Holiday Reception A Roaring Success!
Over 40 GMR members gathered at the Idletyme Brewery in Stowe for the 2023 Holiday Party. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and it is fair to say that a jolly time was had by everyone. Among the highlights was the “Yankee Swap” with a range of great gifts. Be sure to join us in 2024!
2023 Annual Meeting & Luncheon
The Green Mountain Region conducted its 2023 GMR Annual Meeting on October 21, 2023 at the Coolidge Hotel in White River Junction, Vermont.
After a short business meeting and open forum the guests were treated to a presentation on the Vermont Room murals by Innkeeper David Briggs. The murals, created by noted artist Peter Michael Gish, depict the history of Vermont. David was able to provide insights and the backstories about many of the individuals in the mural and their contributions to Vermont and the country. Everyone agreed that the presentation was most interesting and informative. Click here If you would like more information about the murals.
First GMR Poker Run is an Unqualified Winner
The GMR conducted its first Poker Run on some of Vermont’s classic roads on Saturday, September 23rd. The event, organized by Ben Curran with support from Tucker Purchase, included some 30 GMR members and a wonderful cohort of Porsches gathered at the Fairmont Farm & Market in East Montpelier. At the farm market Tucker raised the standard for a pre-tour gathering with some delicious homemade sticky buns!
Each vehicle was provided with a “GMR poker card” to play a 5 card draw game with each team selecting 2 cards at the start and one more at the intermediate stops and finish. The team with the best hand was awarded two complementary tickets to the GMR Holiday Gathering [Idletyme Brewery in Stowe on December 9, 2023]. The consensus among the participants was that the game added a nice twist to a great road tour.
From East Montpelier the tour traveled in a northernly direction on Vermont Route 14 through Calais, Woodbury on our way to Hartwick and the second card draw. From there we proceeded west on Vermont Route 15 to Morristown where the dreams of a winning poker hand was spreading among the group after a third card draw. The final leg turned south on Vermont Route 12 took us to the Barr Hill Distillery in Montpelier where the final card draw took place and the dreams of victory were dashed for everyone except for Bob and Mary Costella! The Barr Hill patio provided a wonderful spot for our members to enjoy a nice selection of and beverages while telling tales of what “could have been”!
A Great Success – South Central Vermont Driving Tour
Saturday, August 26th beckoned with clear skies and pleasant temperatures as close to 30 GMR members gathered for a driving tour and a potluck luncheon hosted by Fred and Nancy Sperling. The tour began in the heart of Woodstock Vermont and took us through several local communities, including a foray into New Hampshire. The roads were full of twists, turns and an opportunity to see several participants in the 2023 Vermont Overland bike race [click here for the Google Map]. Following the tour, the Sperlings hosted the group at their mountainside home for the luncheon and a tour of their collection of classic Porsches. A grand time was held all!
Thank you to Lee and Brenda Roy for a wonderful BBQ!
Saturday August 12th offered clearing skies with a few momentary droplets of rain. With total disregard for the weather GMR members Lee and Brenda Roy extended their gracious hospitality to once again host our Potluck BBQ at their Lake Champlain home. Over 23 Porsches and close to 50 attendees enjoyed a plentiful buffet while mingling on the deck with great views of the lake and the Adirondack mountains. A highlight of the day was the presentation to Lee of PCA’s Panorama issue number 273 [April 2018). That issue allowed Lee to complete his 50 year collection of Panorama.Over 23 Porsches and close to 50 attendees enjoyed the plentiful buffet while mingling on the deck with great views of the lake and the Adirondack mountains.
Event Dates to Save
- 2023 Green Mountain Region Annual Meeting @ the historic Coolidge Hotel, 29 South Main Street, White River, VT [11.30am – 2.300pm]. Click here for details and to register.
- Green Mountain Region Holiday Gathering @ Idletyme Brewery, 1859 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT [3pm – 6pm]
The PCA Digital Membership Card is Coming
For the past year PCA Digital Architecture team has been building the infrastructure to offer the option for members to have a digital membership card. If all goes according to plan, PCA will begin the rollout in the coming weeks. New members, using the updated application form, will have the option to request a digital card during the sign-up process. Existing members will have the option to obtain the digital card when renewing their membership.
You might ask – why a digital card? Besides moving PCA into the 21st century it is always with you, always up to date and is sustainable. The card front includes the member name and number as well as a QR code that indicates the valid to date. The reverse side contains links to region and national websites, allows for push notifications and is geofence capable. If your membership is lapsed/non renewed the QR code will be greyed out.
The digital membership cards will be available for Active, Family Active, Associate, Honorary, Life and Affiliate members. A couple of important notes – 1) the data flow is one way to the member, PCA does not track any information from your phone and 2) the card can only be obtained using your mobile phone. It is available for
Recap – May 13, 2023
A sunny warm day greeted GMR members participating for the driving season’s kick-off tour. The ride, led by Woodstock member Nico Seldon, traveled on wonderful roads on both sides of the Connecticut River. Just about everyone acknowledged that they had become aware of new roads to explore further.
The cohort of 23 Porsches, with 40 participants, included examples of Porsche cars from the 356 to current day models. The tour began in Woodstock where the Police Chief assisted with our controlled and cohesive start.
From Woodstock the tour proceeded to the Windsor Covered Bridge with a short break at the Plainfield Country Store. From Plainfield Nico led us along the Connecticut River to Bellows Falls were an extended lunch break was taken at the Flat Iron Cooperative. Like the Plainfield Country Store the Cooperative is great place to keep on your list of pit stops as you Porsche tour. The tour then wound its way up Route 5 towards Springfield and back to Woodstock.
Thanks again Nico for the enjoyable day!
Welcome New Members
- Mark Pollack, Fairfax VT, 2006 911 Carrera 4
- Lorenzo Torresani, Norwich VT, 2020 718 Cayman
- Christopher Scoville, Burlington VT, 1971 911T
- Michael B. Adams, Williston VT, 1984 944
- Stephen Ingersoll, Williston VT, 2003 Boxster S
- Jacob Holzscheiter, Westford, VT, 1969 912
- Brian Leffler, Williston VT, 2023 718 Cayman GT4
- Rex Accavallo, Essex Junction VT, 1996 911 Carrera 4S
- Matthew Broadstreet, Barre, VT, 1995 911 Carrera
- Thomas Walsh, Burlington, VT, 2001 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
- David Schindler, Rutland, VT, 2003 Boxster S
GMR’s membership continues to grow with 210 primary members, 133 co-members and 13 PCA Juniors as of June 12, 2022. If you are a new member and we have not acknowledged you in the Green Mountain Mountaineer Newsletter please email Sandy Gilmour at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information about PCA and how to join.
Thank You – GMR 2022 Charity Fundraiser – Thank You
The Green Mountain Region’s 2022 has now drawn to a successful close. Our two beneficiaries were the Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) Golden Wrench Scholarship Fund. As was done over the past few years GMR member donations were supplemented with GMR and PCA matching grants. The final numbers follow…
- Total Donations: $5,081.00
- Beneficiary Breakdown
- Vermont Foodbank – $3,506
- 17 Member Donations: $2,131.00
- GMR Match: $1,000.00
- PCA Match: $375.00
- VAE Golden Wrench Scholarship Fund – $1,575.00
- Member Donations: $600.00
- GMR Match: $600.00
- PCA Match: $375.00
- Vermont Foodbank – $3,506
2022 Member Survey Results
As you may recall the Board conducted a member survey during Q4 2022. All GMR primary and affiliate members, approximately 300 in total, were invited to respond and we had a 12% response rate. The responses, which contained a few surprises, will be used as a guide by the Board as the 2023 Event Calendar is put together over the coming weeks. To everyone who responded we thank you.
Click here to see a summary of responses
Recap – GMR Driving Tour & Annual Meeting/Luncheon (October 15, 2022)
The valley fog lifted in time for the GMR to hold the final driving tour of the 2022 season. Lou Krieg and Board member Anne Pettyjohn led about 18 cars from Williston to the Sugarbush Resort traveling through the mountains and gaps. The fall foliage against the deep blue sky illustrated why Vermont is such a special place to live and play!
2022 Annual Meeting / Election of Officers
Upon arrival at Sugarbush, the GMR Annual Meeting was opened and the election for officers was conducted. Nominating Committee chair, Lou Krieg, announced the Committee’s recommended slate of candidates [President, Alessandro Iuppa; Vice President, Ben Curran; Secretary, Susan Eastman; and Treasurer, Christina McCaffrey]. No further nominations were made from the floor and the new slate was elected unanimously. Once the formal meeting was completed a delicious buffet lunch was served and the socializing began in earnest. During the course of lunch several members took turns driving a remote control Porsche GT3 around the bar – suffice to say they were all more proficient with their own cars on real roads. Several items were raffled off including a collectors GMR/Automasters jacket, a remote control Porsche GT3 and 4 GMR gift certificates.
A Wonderful September Day for a Tour
Approximately 20 Porsches and 36 enthusiasts turned out on a spectacularly beautiful early fall day to take in 96 miles of some of Vermont and New Hampshire’s best back country roads. We gathered in Brownsville and headed to the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge to cross the bi-state border across the Connecticut River. The bridge is 156 years old and until 2008, when the Smolen–Gulf Bridge opened in Ohio, it had been the longest covered bridge (still standing) in the United States. From there we headed south passing iconic NH farms and fields until we reached Charlestown, NH and crossed back over the Connecticut River and back into Vermont. Once back on “home territory” we headed through the sleepy village of Saxton’s River home to Vermont Academy Prep School. More scenic byways lead us down into Putney where we took a break at the Putney Coop. Jason and his navigator /chocolate lab Moxie joined us in their classic maroon colored Boxster.
After a relaxing break we motored south to a short cut over to West Dummerston and Route 30 driving through another single lane covered bridge. Heading west now we passed by the Townsend Dam and eventually into Jamaica, and Londonderry picking up the infamous Route 100. Turning north now we made our way to the town of Weston and The Vermont Country Store. Relatively traffic free roads and lots of freshly paved sections made for a delightful day exercising our favorite sports cars. Thanks to Al Iuppa and Anne Valentine for laying out a scenic and fun route. Fall in the Green Mountains doesn’t get any better than this!
A Great Day for a BBQ
A big thank you to Lee and Brenda Roy for hosting GMR members at the 2022 Potluck BBQ. The sun shone bright and warm as 40 members gathered at their Goodsell Point home on Mallets Bay.
While we had plenty of burgers and hot dogs as the main course the guests went above and beyond with their potluck contributions that included wonderful appetizers, salads and desserts. Lee organized two Porsche themed contests that tested our ability to follow simple and direct instructions and the other tested estimating skills. For the former, guests were asked to answer about 15 questions with all relevant clues within 200 feet of BBQ grills. I’m not sure what the results say about the group but low number of correct responses was impressive. That said, Susan Eastman managed to finish first with the most correct anwsers. The latter required guests to estimate the number of Lego pieces in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS model built by Lee and Brenda. The winner was Don Jones who’s estimate of 3,000 pieces was closest, the correct total was 2,704.
A glorious day for a July “Porsche” drive
The Green Mountain Region’s July 2022 Tour was a rousing success. Thanks to tour leader, Brad Kennison, we had a great 63 mile drive from South Burlington to Middlesex. The tour took us on well paved country roads, twists and turns including a west to east ascent and descent on the App Gap [Rt 17]. After a short leg down Route 100 south we stopped at the Warren Store for a short break and snack. The final leg started with us proceeding to Waitsfield on the East Warren Road with its spectacular views of Sugarbush, the Green Mountains and Mad River Valley. From there we had a pleasant ride through Moretown to our destination at the Red Hen Baking Company in Middlesex. Click here for a link to the driving route.
Note: Our driving tours are always in need of middle and sweep radio communication assistants. If you are willing to help or have a question, please drop us a line at email@example.com ahead of time to allow for coordination. Doing so will expedite the tour start and more important, allows for a more efficient and enjoyable drive.
GMR Welcomes New Members
The Green Mountain Region welcomed new members at the New Member Welcome event on Saturday, June 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Burlington. While the weather was more reminiscent of late March rather than June the cold wind and moist air did not dampen the mood of the attendees. To those new members who could not make this event we look forward to seeing you at upcoming GMR event.
October 15, 2022 – GMR Annual Meeting & Officer Election
The GMR Annual Meeting and luncheon will once again be held at the Sugarbush Resort. The 2022 business meeting is an important one as we will hold the election of officers in addition to other business. Ann Pettyjohn and Lou Krieg are planning a driving tour to Sugarbush from the Burlington area and we hope to have a similar tour from south central Vermont.
Responses to the – “What is your favorite Vermont drive?”
- From Tom De Moya
- From Skip Wareham [While the following are just sections and not a loop they could easily be made into one]
- Route 17 – Route 100 in Waitsfield to Route 116 in Bristol
- Route 232 – Route 302 in Groton to Route 2 in Marshfield
- Route 140 – Route 103 in East Wallingford to Route 30 in Poultney
- Skyline Drive – Route 7A in Arlington to Mount Equinox Summit
- Route 132 – Route 14 in Sharon to Route 5 in Norwich
- Route 73 – Route 100 in Rochester to Route 7 in Brandon
- Route 125 – Route 100 in Hancock to Route 7 in Middlebury
- Lincoln Gap Road – Route 100 in Warren to Route 116 in Bristol
- Route 102 – Route 3 in Guildhall to Route 114 in Canaan
- Route 108 – Route 100 in Stowe to Route 15 in Jeffersonville
- Camp Brook Rd-Bethel Mountain Road – Route 100 to Route 12 in Bethel
- Route 242 – Route 118 in Montgomery to Route 101 in North Troy
- Route 9 – Route 7 in Bennington to Route 5 in Brattleboro
- East-West Rd. – Route 30 in West Dummerston to Route 5 in Brattleboro
If you are willing to share a route or two please send a description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Vermont Weekend (August 20 & 21)
GMR Member Dave Kaynor was good enough to share some photos from the May 15 Tour.
Would you like to have a Green Mountain Name Badge for GMR Events?
If so, name tags can be ordered by emailing a request to our Treasurer, Christina McCaffrey at email@example.com. The cost is $20 per badge. Be sure to spell your name(s) correctly! All members and spouses/ significant others are encouraged to use the name badges on tours and other club events.
Green Mountain Region Board Meetings. Are you interested in “attending” our Board meetings? The Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm EDT via video conference. If you would like to join a meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the Zoom logistics.