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Indiana 66/Overlook Restaurant Drive

June 23. At first it looked like there would be another good turnout at the Newburgh Lock and Dam for our yearly Indiana 66 drive to the Overlook Restaurant. We had no idea we'd set a record.

In all, twenty-eight cars would wind their way along the Ohio River and through the Hoosier National Forest to the bluff-top eatery. Forms were signed. Instructions were given. Eager drivers and their passengers fell in behind Mark and Cheryl Rothermeier for the drive.

There's something extraordinary about a long line of Porsches ahead of you...

... and another line behind.

Mark had chosen a route to avoid road construction but surprise work near Reo slowed us.

No worries. The day was too pretty.

And the roads were getting interesting.

We followed a roundabout way to reach Tell City.

It's summer and the highway department is busy.

Lots of people were seen counting and photographing cars at our rest stop.

Fortunately, there's a big parking lot across from McDonald's.

 From there we followed the river past Cannelton and then...

... dove into the woods toward Derby.

The forest is a wonderful place to play.

"Meandering" might be the best description of these roads.

MPH = Meandering, Playful Highway?

This may be the only straight stretch in tiny Derby.

More twists and turns and then out into the open with short straights and very sharp turns.

Here's one now.

This drive requires concentration (which explains its popularity).

After the hairpin near Buzzard Roost, a serious uphill climb.

Then it's a just a few miles through Sulphur, past the red barn, to the Overlook Restaurant.

Top: After a few announcements by Jeff Jackson and an invitation to a July drive into western Kentucky by Curt Hamilton, we enjoyed a tasty buffet lunch overlooking the Ohio River.
Bottom row (L-R): (1) Linda Barth and Scott Klueh and Susan Jindrich, (2) Nicholas Rose, Rich Gustavson and Greg Rose. Guests are indicated in BOLD type. New members are indicated in RED type.

Top row (L-R): (1) Judy Ridings and Dale Fatland, (2) Alan Fierst, (3) Wayne and Linda Parks. Bottom row:(1) Terry Davis with Jeff and Debbie Jackson, (2) Lori and John Flesburg with Phil Green (3) buffet table with hungry diners.

Top row (L-R): (1) Joe and Jean Wolf, )2) Nathaniel and Daniel Sargeant, (3) Luke and Doug Ramey. Bottom row: Manuel Ramirez, Tamara and James Shade, Bob and Lyn May, Penny and Tom Miller.

Top row (L-R): (1) Rick Davenport, Criss and Macie Yelton, (2) Ed Sotor, Kate and Jerry Fischer, (3) Debbie Vandagriff, Emily and Curt Hamilton. Bottom row: (1) Cheryl and Mark Roethemeier, Dave Hostetter,  (2) Sharon Burks-Maier and Gary Maier, Randy Brown,  (3) Ross and Kim Rudolph, and Larry Vandagriff

Terry Davis suggested a group photo. So we assembled on the restaurant's deck for a shot. Except for Rick Davenport, who had already started the long trip back to his home in Illinois, Manuel Ramirez and Phil Green, who also left early, and Jerry Jindrich, who was taking the picture, this is the record-setting group of drivers and passengers.

The day might have had a sad ending when Rich Gustavson tried to make room for some bikers to enter the parking lot and slipped a wheel off the drive, but SIR members and a helpful policeman simply lifted the rear of the Cayman back onto the concrete. As PCA says, "It's not the cars, it's the people."

The Overlook drive is always popular. Long-time members return year after year. New members and guests are thrilled by its challenges and pleased to find that their Porsches are so incredibly capable. Driving one of twenty-eight powerful cars in a long line weaving through the Hoosier National Forest is pretty cool, too.

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