August 26, 27 & 28 2022
follwed by a Charitable Contribution on October 1
to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center
This three-day event, spomsored by D-Patrick Porsche, was a first for SIR: a trial run for what we hope will become an annual affair attracting PCA members from far and wide. French Lick and nearby West Baden Springs were the site for the 2015 and 2021 Porsche Parades. These national events were memorable for many reasons but the beautiful setting and the great drives had to have topped everyone's list. Here's a look at our first Viele Strassen.
Most participants drove to the West Baden Springs Hotel to check in Thursday afternoon. Viele Strassen registration and some relaxd socializing was held on the hotel's spawling veranda. Gift bags were given to registrants (one striking commemorative item in the bag was a large crystal cube with the event logo suspended inside). Preview samples of Viele Strassen branded shirts and hats were shown and could be ordered. Snacks and refeshments were available. Lots of photographs were taken. The mood was cheerful. After all, we were here for two days of driving and dining fun!
The dining fun began Thursday evening for many of the attendees with an unscheduled dinner at the French Lick Resort's Valley Bar & Grill. We had a large room to ourselves and settled at a long table for an evening of catching up, funny stories, eager anticipation of the next morning's drive and some very good food individually selected from the menu.
Friday's Drivers Meeting was set for 8:45 AM. The morning sun broke through scattered clouds upon dozens of Porsches and their owners. Three groups started off, stopping briefly at the hotel to pick up pasengers and begin a route that would head southeast to Paoli, then north to Bedford and its limestone quarries, slipping across Lake Monroe toward Bloomington and finally turning east into Brown County and the historic hoosier artists' colony of Nashville. Sunrise photo © 2022 Phil Green
The Seasons Lodge & Conference Center was a welcoming facility that had plenty of room and good food for our group. After lunch, we were free to tour and shop in Nashville or head back to West Baden.
French Lick's German Cafe was our dinner destination. The Southern Indiana Region has been here several times before and the experience has always been fun (if sometimes noisy). The German dishes are served family style and the portions are generous. These photos were taken before the food was served. We had a good time.
Saturday morning's drive took us again to Paoli but headed south to join the Ohio River Scenic Byway along Indiana 66. Much of this route retraced the very popular roads enjoyed by hundreds of Porsche Parade drivers from 2015 and 2021. There are enough twist and turns, elevation changes, deep woods, scenic farmland and riverside vistas to make everyone grin with delight.
The route leads to Jasper, Indiana, home of The Schnitzelbank. This restaurant serves German and American food, in a playfully German setting. Our lunch was enjoyable and our club has dined here often. Jasper is closer to French Lick and West Baden. So our drive back was shorter on Saturday.
As the late afternoon began its decline to the west, people gathered in the West Baden Hotel's magnificent atrium for the AXIOM-sponsored cocktail party. It was time to unwind and enjoy each other's company again in this amazing place. Dinner was served and brief announcements were made by Rich Gustafson and Mark Faris. Vile Strassen was a success thanks to many people, but especially to the vision and drive of Mark Faris. Photograph of seated diners as seen from above © 2022 Kiersten Heim
The Southernn Indiana Region meets monthly in the D-Patrick Porsche showroom, usually on the first Saturday of each month. On October first Mark Roethemeier recognized new members with gifts and our applause. Tony Ricketts congradulated Steven Davis for his outstanding skills and recognition as one of the top twenty Porsche technicians in the United States. And Mark Faris presented a check for $3,600 to Ashley McReynolds, Director of Engagement and Resource Development for Albion Fellows Bacon Center. Then we enjoyed a very tasty catered breakfast.
Planning for the 2023 Viele Strassen is already underway. Based on this year's trial run, next year's event will be open to more participants and we will be able to contibute even more to charity.
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