Smoky Mountain Region PCA

Jim Marsh Remembered

Jim Marsh

Jim Marsh

Jim Marsh, fellow PCA member, passed away on Sunday, May 11.

Jim was an active PCA member and served as president of the Smoky Mountain Region in 2009 and also acted as newsletter editor for a time.

Jim is survived by his wife Vickie and daughter Kim.

Funeral arrangements by Highland West Memorial Park next to Brown Squirrel on Sherril Road in Knoxville.
Receiving Friends will be held Thursday, May 15 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm with Graveside Service on Friday, May 16 at 11:00am

Jim was well known for his beautiful blue '77 930 Turbo.

Jim was well known for his beautiful blue ’77 930 Turbo.

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Spring Thing 2014: Celebrating 40 Years


by Vic Rola

RESULTS: ConcoursRallyeAutocross

The Smoky Mountain Region not only takes in a fair portion of East Tennessee but is known for the friendliness of its membership and of its hosting of the multi-event weekend “Spring Thing”. All of this is merged into the Region’s motto : Great Cars, Great Roads, Great Friends.

The Region celebrated its 40th anniversary by putting on a very special Spring Thing. The host hotel was the regionally celebrated General Morgan Inn, initially built after the Civil War, and totally renovated fifteen years ago. Forty-five cars began showing up as early as Thursday, with Mike and Sharon Minster from Michigan being the first on the scene. On Friday, cars began to quickly roll in. Registration opened up at three in the afternoon, with Carol Neubauer and Carol Rola ably handling the horde of participants, by far the largest crowd ever at a Spring Thing. The hotel lobby overflowed with PCA’ers, as everyone enjoyed not only the registration welcome party, but also a slide show of previous Spring Thing events compiled by Warren Sylvester, Paul Burch, and Mike Parker (all original members of the Region).

Saturday morning, with not a cloud in the sky, Mike Parker and Suzan Bowman (event chairs) began staging cars on Depot Street, adjoining the Hotel, for the Harper Porsche sponsored Concours. Twenty-eight cars came under the scrutiny of three judging teams chosen by the event chairs. The new PCA introduced Street Class proved to be the popular place to show your car. The Hotel’s coffee shop overlooked the Concours area and made for a neat gathering place for old friends and newly found acquaintances. Top honors were taken by Greg, Patsy and Dylan DeBord’s 1973 914/6 conversion which was awarded the Judges Choice trophy, while the much admired 2006 Carrera S of Bob and Sue Southerland took the Peoples Choice award.

Immediately following the Concours, TSD Rallye Chairs Clyde Peery and Allan Cox held a rallye drivers and navigators meeting at the Hotel. Once all of the rallye procedures and safety items were discussed, the crowd was moved two blocks from the Hotel to Greeneville’s Car Museum. The museum is of local cars, race cars, and collector cars. A great venue on its own, the ninety PCA folks not only enjoyed the cars but lunch there also.

The TSD Rallye also started at the Museum. The checkpoint workers went out first and the rallye’s first car left out at 1:00pm. Allan worked the start while Clyde monitored the checkpoint activities. A miscue on checkpoint #2 made for some scoring issues at the rallye’s end, but the quality of the roads traversed coupled with the gorgeous weather enjoyed by the participants made up for it. The rallye winners were Dick and Carol Kjellsen, while the highly coveted DALBF (Dead Ass Last But Finished) trophy went, for the second year in a row, to Jerry and Nancy Thompson.

The Region’s banquet was Saturday evening after a social hour in the Hotel’s lobby. Not to be outdone by the food served, or the door prizes won, or the trophies awarded, was a panel of PCA’ers – Dick Kjellsen, Paul Burch, Bobby Vann and Mike Parker moderated by Suzan Bowman – who offered many stories of past Spring Thing events. During dinner, a Power Point presentation was offered showing past events from the Region. Outstanding! Zone Rep Jim Cambron spoke to the crowd and presented the Region with letters and awards from the PCA Executive Staff.

Sunday morning came too quickly but without a cloud in the sky… It’s autocross time!

The Eurotech sponsored autocross was held at the Greeneville Airport. First car off was at 10:30AM. All drivers had five attempts on the forty-plus second course put together by Rick Berry and Vic Rola and assisted by Jim Cambron and Peachstate’s Bob Clark. By 1:00pm, when the last run was completed, the men’s FTD was held by Jim Cambron and the ladies’ FTD was held by Janis Berry. Ray and Suzan Morgan’s daughter, Katie, had the most improved times, improving by over seventeen seconds!

Another one for the books! If this looks like something you’d like to do in 2015, then join in as we’ve already booked the Hotel for April 24, 25 and 26, 2015. Join us!

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Spring Thing 2014: Concours Results

GreenevilleSun photo

The 2014 Spring Thing Concours D’Elegance was held at the Greeneville Depot Street. Twenty-three cars participated in the event – eight in Touring Class and fifteen in the Street class. Touring cars had the exterior, interior, storage compartment, and engine compartment judged. Street cars had the exterior and interior areas judged.

Touring Class 240 points max

  • T1 Steve and Liz Baum with 229.0 points. 2004 911
  • T2 Jerry and Nancy Thompson with 232.2 points. 1997 911
  • T3 First Place – Ray Morgan with 233.2 points. 356
  • Second Place – Vic and Carol Rola with 232.3 points. 1972 911 E

Street Class 140 points max

  • S1 911 Carreras and Turbos
    • First Place – Bob Southerland with 139.7 points. 2006 911 Carrera S
    • Second Place – Lee and Suzanne Fowler with 139.1 points. 2009 911 Carrera
  • S1 Boxsters
    • First Place – Sal and Lois DeTraglia with 136.9 points
  • S1 Panamera
    • First Place – Robert Cave with 139.1 points
  • S1 Cayman
    • TIE for First Place – Paula and Peter Lepir with 139.6 points
    • TIE for First Place – Jim Cambron with 139.6 points
  • S2 968
    • First Place – Dale and Mary Nell Beihler with 137 points
  • S3 911s 1954-1993 
    • First Place – Bob Lawrence 1987 930 Turbo with 138.4 points

Judges Choice awarded to Greg, Patsy & Dylan DeBord for their 1973 914/6 conversion
Peoples Choice awarded to Bob & Sue Southerland for their 2006 Carrera S

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Spring Thing 2014: Rallye Results


SOP Rally results:

Place Driver/Navigator

  • 1st Dick Kjellsen/Carole Kjellsen
  • 2nd Peter Burman/Jane Burman
  • 3rd Greg Debord/Patsy DeBord
  • 4th Don Hand/Linda Hand
  • 5th Steve Baum/Liz Baum
  • 6th Tommy Williamson/Lynn Williamson
  • DLABF Jerry Thompson/Nancy Thompson

Tour results:

Place Driver/Navigator

  • 1st Lee Fowler/Suzanne Fowler
  • 2nd Bob Clark/Bonnie Clark
  • 3rd Bob Southerland/Shelby Sullivan
  • 4th Del Burch/Ann Delatte
  • 5th Bob Southerland/Cathy Hutchins & Sue Southerland

Big Thank You to Check Point Workers:

  • Check Point 1: Paul & Jody Burch, Jim Cambron, Kathryn Peery
  • Check Point 2: Mike Parker, Lynn Sheeley, Bob Vann & Donna Huffaker
  • Check Point 3: Rick & Janis Berry and Dick & Helen Lane
  • Rally Masters – Clyde Peery and Allan Cox

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