Upstate Area Drive & Dine
September 14, 2013
By John Budinich
Photographs by Peter Wrenn and John Budinich

Pre Drive Meeting
Pre Drive Meeting
Upstate Area held a Drive & Dine Tour on Saturday, September 14th. The group was greeted with perfect weather, sunny and in the high 70's. The day started with the group gathering at the Golden Corral in Easley, SC for breakfast, coffee or just to get to know each other. After the obligatory review of the rules for the day and the signing of the waivers, it was time to mount up and get on the road. I don't think the Golden Corral's parking lot ever looked better as 39 PCA members in 22 Porsches fired up their engines and headed out on the tour.

Table Rock Parking
Table Rock Parking
Table Rock Parking
Table Rock Parking
Once we cleared the busy section of 123 in Easley, we regrouped in a parking lot on Highway 93. From there we were able to keep the line of 22 Porsches together all the way to Table Rock State Park. It was great to see people along the way giving us the "thumbs up" and taking pictures. What a sight to see all the vehicles lined up in the Table Rock parking area. We spent about 30 minutes at the park enjoying the scenery, the views and getting to know our fellow travelers better. For a number of participants, this was their first Drive & Dine. After all the pictures were taken and everyone had a chance to stretch, the group headed out on the second leg of our journey.
Table Rock Park
Table Rock Park
Leaving Table Rock
Leaving Table Rock

Tryon Parking
Tryon Parking
Tryon Parking
Tryon Parking
Having learned it is not easy to keep 22 cars in one group, I pulled the 944, or "Little Red Caboose" as it came to be known on the tour, onto Highway 11 with the flashers on to hold up traffic while the group exited the park. The other drivers on Highway 11 seemed to enjoy the show as they waited patiently and waved to the group. We took Highway 11 up and down the hills and through the gentle sweepers until we reached the Links O' Tryon Golf Course. We pulled into the golf course and parked along the perimeter road facing the clubhouse. There we dismounted for more pictures and conversation. A number of golfers took a break from their games to check out the line of Porsches as they rode by in their golf carts.

After the break, we all admitted we were ready for lunch. We headed out from Tryon along Highway 14 and headed for Hans & Franz German restaurant in Greenville. As Highway 14 crosses a number of busy intersections, the group got split up for a few miles. Once we passed GSP Airport, we were able to form the long, colorful line again for our final approach to Hans & Franz. The "Little Red Caboose" took this opportunity to pull out and drive up the line of Porsches with the in-car video camera recording the group. We had almost every type of Porsche in the line from Early 911s, 911 Carreras (2 & 4S), 911 Turbos (from '86 to new cabriolets in regular and S form), Boxsters (Regular & S), Cayenne GTS, Cayman and 944s.

Hans and Franz
Hans and Franz
Group at lunch
Group at lunch
As we rolled into Hans & Franz, they opened the lower lot for our exclusive use. We posed for a group picture and proceeded to the area they had set aside for our group. While it is difficult to seat and serve 40 people in one group, it did give us plenty of time to talk and get to know friends both old and new. The day turned out so well we had two members step up to start planning another Drive & Dine for November 9. We are looking at possibly going up the twisty and little traveled Highway 28 to Highlands, NC.

I want to thank Steve Forsstrom for all his efforts in planning this event and making all the arrangements. This was one of the best-attended Drive & Dine Tours I have been associated with as an Upstate Member. I would also like to thank Peter Wrenn and Steve Russ for providing some of the photos accompanying this article. I am truly looking forward to the November 9 Drive & Dine and I hope we have an even bigger group. Until then, get out and enjoy driving your Porsche and watching the leaves change.