Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 26, 2013

Porsche enthusiasts enjoy autumn road trip


CROSSVILLE — With the crispness of an autumn apple and a sky of robin's egg blue, Sept. 14 was a perfect day for a road trip. First, with a hearty breakfast at the new European Coffee House in Monterey, the Porsche Enthusiasts of the Plateau (PEP) continued their caravan to Livingston and the Holly Ridge Winery. Several new members joined the September excursion for the first time, providing a moving spectrum to onlookers as they passed.

Being new to Crossville, Michalanne and Wally Sloane wanted to meet people, having moved recently from California. Their black Carrera complemented the other Boxters and classic Porsches. Harold and Peggy Camden's bright red 1967 912 is in mint condition and is one of three Porsches owned by the Jamestown couple. Another Crossville couple, also new to PEP, was Joann and Larry Gard, who drive a burgundy Boxter. Lisle and Beth Sager of Monterey have had their "speed yellow" Boxter for almost four years. Keith and Rhonda Kurz of Fairfield Glade own an "atlas grey metallic" Boxter and are the original organizers of Porsches of the Plateau earlier this year.

One of the purposes of PEP is for enthusiasts to share information, such as where to get local service. Two Boxter owners compared notes on purchasing a new top.

"We needed a new window, but you can't buy just the window; you have to get a whole new top. The Allen brothers on this side of Baxter did an excellent job on ours. You can't tell it's not factory-installed," said Lisle Sager.

Everyone agreed that the exhilarating ride on Hwy. 52 from Livingston to Jamestown was invigorating with its switchbacks and changes in elevation. Upon arrival at the third stop of the day, Highland Manor Winery, drivers and passengers alike were pumped. Michalanne Sloane said it reminded her of the drive into Yosemite. 

Final stop: the General Store and '50s diner in Clarkrange. After much marveling at the retro jukebox and rock and roll decor, there were burgers, onion rings and shakes all around. The subjects of music, travel and cars ruled the conversation. Ideas were discussed and agreed upon for the next and final excursion (the Upper Cumberland has so much to see and do) of the year —the annual Pumpkin Festival and inclusion in its car show in Allardt on Saturday, Oct. 5. Allardt is southeast of Jamestown on Hwy. 52. Owners will meet at I-40 on Peavine Rd. and caravan to the festival.

Circumventing the 100-mile loop took about six hours with actual drive-time being one-third of that.