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GMR Fall Driving Tour (October 1, 2022) & Bullfrog Auto Open House
Bullfrog Auto, specializing in Porsche repair, has relocated to its new location at 204 Boyer Circle in Williston. They are hosting an open house for all Porsche owners and enthusiasts on Saturday, October 1st, 10am – 1pm. You will be able to discuss “all things Porsche” with Jason and Juan, and walk-through the new shop. Located on site and also participating in the event are Sun Stoppers and Washburn’s Auto Body. You can talk with the experts at Sun Stoppers about making your vehicle “sparkle, pop and easy to clean” via exterior detailing to include ceramic coating, paint protection film, and window tinting. If your vehicle requires more than exterior detailing, the experts at Washburn’s Auto Body can discuss anything from minor paint to collision repairs, as well as full body restoration.
And if the hunger pains strike MARK BBQ will be on site offering their amazing BBQ for sale. So be sure to bring your appetite! There will also be space you to open those hoods and let everyone see first-hand why your Porsche is special!
NOTE: If you are not going to join the Driving Tour then NO REGISTRATION is required
Immediately following the open house GMR will host a driving tour from Williston to Richmond. The route that membership chair, Brad Kennison, has assembled is guaranteed to stimulate the senses with Vermont’s foliage. If you plan to join the tour please click here to register.
After departing Bullfrog Auto, we will make a few jogs over to Dorset St. and then head south transitioning to Shelburne Falls Rd. At the stop light we will turn right on Rt 116 and continue south through Hinesburg and Starksboro. At the intersection of Rt 17 we will turn left and begin our climb to higher elevations which should bring about a noticeable change in foliage. At Gore Rd. we will turn left and head north along the western slope of Camels Hump. This portion of the drive will take us through Huntington with the tour ending at the historic Old Round Church in Richmond, Vt., built in 1812.
There are no planned stops on the tour which will last just over an hour. Upon reaching our destination if you are hungry or thirsty there are several establishments only minutes away which are listed here:
· Stone Corral Brewery
· Stone’s Throw Pizza
· The Big Spruce – Mexican
· Sweet Simon’s – Café, bakery
· Hatchet – New American
· Cumberland Farms – at the stop light
· Exxon Mobile – at entrance to I-89
Access to I-89 heading north or south is approximately eight minutes away. Please Note – Do not use Rt 2 south due to road construction.
Volunteers Needed: Our driving tours are always in need of middle and sweep radio communication assistants. If you are willing to assist on this tour please drop a line to Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Annual Meeting & Luncheon & Tour (October 15, 2022)
Join your fellow members for the Green Mountain Region’s Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the Sugarbush Resort in Warren. The meeting and luncheon will take place in the Castlerock Pub at the base of the mountain closest to the Super Bravo Quad chair lift.
The meeting will begin at 12.30pm with the lunch service beginning at 1.15pm. During the lunch service we will conduct a raffle with some neat prizes and remote-control racing. We have the Pub reserved from noon through 3.00pm so there should be plenty of time to conduct the official business and more importantly, plenty of time for socializing. Weather permitting, we will also have access to the Pub’s patio.
This year’s meeting is especially important because we will hold elections for the four officer positions (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary), approve the 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes and have a member Open Forum. If you would like to be a candidate for one of the offices drop a note expressing your interest to Lou Krieg at Lou@GMSW.com by October 8, 2022.
The cost for lunch is $40/person. The menu will include Montreal Grilled Chicken Breast (boneless breast of chicken with cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato served on ciabatta bread brushed with chipotle mayo), Hummus Wrap (garlic hummus with baby spinach and roasted vegetables served in a flour tortilla wrap), Turkey Time (smoked turkey breast, Swiss cheese, crisp bacon with lettuce, tomato and cranberry mayo served on focaccia bread) accompanied mixed green and pasta salads, whole fruit, soft drinks and assorted fresh baked cookies.
Greater Burlington Area Tour
If you are interested in join a GMR driving tour to Sugarbush Resort a short tour is being organized and led by Lou Krieg & Ann Pettyjohn. Despite the title the tour is open to all GMR members. The route will pass through the Appalachian Gap, over lots of recently new pavement, plenty of “twisty bits” and elevation changes. The gathering point will be at the Southbound I-89 Information Center (rest area) in Williston, just south of Exit 12. Among the villages the tour will pass through are Richmond, Hinesburg, Starksboro and Buell’s Gore, past Mad River Glen, Fayston and into Warren and the Sugarbush Resort. Driving time is estimated to be about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Participants should plan to arrive at the Information Center by 9.45am. The tour will depart from the Information Center at approximately 10.30am and will be preceded by sign-in and the drivers meeting.
To register for the Annual Meeting Lunch and/or Driving Tour please go to msreg.com/AnnualMeeting2022.
Welcome New Members
- Peter J. Fox, 2002 911 Carrera Cabriolet
- David Knox, 2006 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
- Rafael Contreras, 2000 Boxster S
- James H. Rogers, Black 2009 911 Carrera S
- William With, 2001 Boxster
- Walter Bradeen, 2017 Macon S
- David Purchase, 1983 911 Sustainability Committee
- Thomas Kazak, 2020 Macan
GMR’s membership continues to grow with 207 primary members and 131 affiliate members as of August 21, 2022. If you are a new member and we have not acknowledged you in the Green Mountain Mountaineer Newsletter please email Sandy Gilmour at email@example.com. Click here for more information about PCA and how to join.
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!
Coming Soon – Green Mountain Region Merchandise Web-store
Thanks to Brad Kennison’s efforts the Green Mountain Region will soon have its own web-store with a variety of items all branded with the GMR logo. Details will be shared once the PCA has completed the web design. Click here to see an example, in this case the Down East Region store.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com to request the Zoom logistics.