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Spring is here and many of us want to exercise our Porsches with fun and scenic drives. One spot you may want to add to your list of destinations is the Saratoga Automobile Museum. It is located just over the Vermont/New York border in Saratoga Springs, New York. Their 2021 events schedule has a range of activities including exhibits, auto shows, rallies and other auto related events. Of particular interest to Porsche owners is the Rare Air exhibit over the weekend of May 8 and 9.

April 22, 2021

GMR To Kick-off 2021 Events on May 15

GMR 2021 Kick-off Event – May 15, 2021

On behalf of the GMR Board I am pleased to share the details for the first GMR event of 2021 – a driving tour on Saturday, May 15. The tour will start at the Sharon Trading Post at 5038 Route 14 in Sharon and will end in Brandon. The route, developed by Carl Wulfestieg, is a double gap drive that will take us on some familiar roads with some twisty turns and beautiful scenery.

The Sharon Trading Post was recently acquired and renovated by Maplefields. There is plenty of parking in the area with gas, food and beverages as well as restroom facilities. 

In Brandon, arrangements have been made for lunch at the Café Provence (https://cafeprovencevt.com) located at 11 Center Street. In order to comply with Vermont’s COVID restrictions the luncheon is limited to 50 diners.

We will begin gathering for some socializing at 9 a.m. with the drivers’ meeting taking place at 9:30 a.m. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. with an expected arrival in Brandon at shortly after 12 p.m. IMPORTANT – COVID restrictions have severely limited the availability of locations with rest room facilities, as a result we will not be making a mid-way stop for this tour. The route is approximately 62 miles long and we anticipate a ride duration of 2 hours, please plan accordingly. The following is an overview of the route.

  • Route 14 West to Route 107 West 
  • Route 107 West to Route 12 North
  • Route 12 North to Camp Brook Road
  • Continue onto Bethel Mountain Road to Route 100 North
  • Route 100 North to Route 125 West
  • Route 125 West to Route 7 South
  • Route 7 South to Route 53 South
  • Continue to Route 73 West to Brandon, VT

As noted above, a GMR luncheon will take place at the Café Provence at 11 Center Street in Brandon. The cost for the lunch is $28.00/person and includes your meal selection, coffee/tea and gratuity; the meal options are listed below. Please be sure to make your meal choice during the motorsportreg.com registration process.

  • Option 1: Salade Niçoise
  • Option 2: Grilled Turkey BLT on Baguette
  • Option 3: The Café Provence Vermont Grass-fed Beef Burger
  • Option 4: Grilled Salmon over Creamy Lobster Polenta
  • Option 5: Chicken Cordon Bleu over Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You must register for the event at motorsportreg.com. If you intend to participate in the tour only (no lunch) DO NOT make a meal selection. Otherwise, please be sure to make your meal choice during the registration process.

Consistent with prior practice, fully executed PCA Liability and Communicable Disease waivers are required from both the driver and passenger in order to participate in the tour. During the registration process you will have the option to complete the waiver forms using your mobile phone. If you choose to complete the waiver forms on your mobile phone, you will have to enter your mobile phone number as part of the event registration process. If you opt not to complete the waiver forms on your mobile phone, you and your passenger must sign hard copies of each waiver on the morning of the tour in the presence of the tour witness.

We strongly encourage you to use the mobile phone option because by doing so you will avoid any unnecessary contact, we will have more time for socializing, and GMR can satisfy PCA’s mandatory document retention procedure. 

Note, if you will have a minor (under age 18) in your vehicle the PCA’s Liability Waiver Form for Minors must be completed on the day of the event at the gathering point. The tour leader will have the requisite forms.

Alessandro (Al) Iuppa

President, Green Mountain Region PCA

I look forward to seeing you over the course of the driving season and encourage you to regularly check the events calendar at the GMR website (https://gmtpca.org) and/or our Facebook Group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GMRPCA) for more details.  

“It’s not just the cars, it’s the people”

Alessandro (Al) Iuppa, GMR President

GMR Board Changes/Additions

As previously announced, Peggy Larson had decided to step down as Secretary after several years of service. At its’ April meeting the GMR Board elected Susan Eastman to succeed Peggy as the GMR Secretary. To Peggy, we owe a debt of gratitude for her contributions to the club and are thankful that she has agreed to remain on the Board as a member-at-large. To Susan we extend our thanks for her willingness to step up as Secretary and we look forward to her contributions.

Further, Ann Pettyjohn and Albert “Duffy” Miller were elected as members-at-large. Ann has long been active in the club, holding just about every Board position since she joined the club. Likewise, Duffy’s club experience and enthusiasm for all things Porsche will contribute to GMR’s continued success.

Please join me in welcoming Susan, Ann and Duffy to the GMR Board.

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 gmrpca@gmail.com. The cost is $15 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.

Great Day for GMR Fall Foliage Tours

Sunny skies on Saturday morning greeted GMR members as they gathered for the final Tours of 2020. With 26 Porsches and approximately 50 participants divided between the northern and southern starting points it was great day for traveling Vermont’s colorful roads. 

The southern group, lead by Dave Whittall, embarked from Grafton, VT and headed south to Saxons River and Putney before heading west towards Dummerston. They then headed north northwest towards Newfane then back to the Grafton area before arriving in Chester for a stretch break. After the break the tour continued to the Jackson Gore Lodge at the Okemo Ski Resort for a rendezvous with the northern group.

Duffy Miller led the northern cohort from Northfield, VT.  The tour passed through the Northfield, Roxbury, Randolph, Rochester before connecting with Vermont’s classic touring road, Route 100. From Rochester the group continued south on Route 100 passing through Stockbridge, Pittsfield and Plymouth before arriving at the Jackson Gore Lodge at the Okemo Ski Resort for a rendezvous with the southern carst.

You can find links to the Google map for each route on the Calendar.

Be sure to check out the “Ask Jason” column for maintenance tips and suggestions

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 gmrpca@gmail.com to request the Zoom logistics.