Tuesday, June 23, 2015
7:30 AM. Cars streamed into the Red Lot to stage for the drive to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A drivers meeting was held at about 7:45. Jeff Jackson would drive the lead car.
8:00 AM. Jeff and Debbie lead the group of roughly 150 cars as they begin a thrilling day that will include a drive on the historic famous oval track, lunch, and for some, a tour of the Speedway Museum.
Phil and Dawn Green served as "Sweepers" for the tour and were cheered on by Susan Jindrich and Linda Barth.
Staging for the Ohio River Scenic Byway Tour began at 8:00 but many eager drivers lined up early. A computer glitch during online registration had allowed well over 100 drivers to sign up for this event. Mark Roethemeier would lead the drive and he found out that very special guests would be driving the cars immediately behind him.
Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Porsche AG (shown between Mark and Cheryl), his son Felix (to the left of Mark), and Boris Apenbrink, Director of the Porsche Special Vehicles Department (far left) were eager to sample some of Indiana's best back roads.
Read Mark Roethemeier's comments on leading the drive and his special guests.
While cars were being lined up, Dr. Porsche visited with fellow drivers and graciously autographed the hood of a 911 belonging to collector Jason Schurfeld. Later in the day, he signed Mark's Cayman, too.
At 8:30 they were off on a lengthy circular route east through Paoli, over to Indiana 66, south toward Leavenworth and the Hoosier National Forest, along the Ohio River near Derby, south and then west to Cannelton, northwest to Tell City and Troy, and north past St. Meinrads and Ferdinand to Jasper for a lunch stop at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant. They finally drove east to Patoka Lake and north to French Lick.
It was a beautiful morning for a drive in the country.
Our intrepid photographic crew took a shortcut and intercepted the tour group near Carefree, Indiana, to capture this shot.
It looked like our guests were enjoying the drive.
Another shortcut led to Sulphur in time to catch the lead cars making the sharp left turn that would take the tour deep into the forest.
It just gets better and better.
Scott Klueh made sure stragglers made the turn.
These are perfect roads for Porsches.
After a lengthy pit stop in Troy (there were over 100 cars), everyone made it to Jasper for lunch at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, home of authentic German specialties. After lunch there was still a 30-minute drive to French Lick. From all reports, the Ohio River Scenic Byway Tour was considered a great drive.
These were just two of Tuesday's many activities. A TSD Rally left from the West Baden Hotel parking lot at 8:00 AM. A bus trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum departed at 8:30.
A third driving tour left for the Huber Orchard Distillery near Louisville, KY, at 9:00. Directions for self-directed tours to other regional attractions were available in the Hospitality Suite. The first day's autocross was held at the French Lick airport. There was a radio controlled car competition. Tire Rack held a Street Survival event. And there was an ice cream social. Busy day!
The day ended with a banquet in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium at which Concours d'Elegance winners were announced, including our own Keith Snyder.
Dale Fatland and Judy Ridings were dressed for an evening of fine dining and awards.
Dale shot this dramatic image of the West Baden Springs Hotel dome at night.
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