Out for a Drive
I was out for a drive and stopped to help someone with engine trouble! He had been there a while!
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This beautiful late fall tour is heading to Swannanoa, which is an Italian Renaissance Revival villa built in 1912 above Rockfish Gap on the border of northern Nelson County and Augusta County, Virginia and sits high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains at Afton. Upon arrival take in the sites of the building, its gardens and the views. Then be sure to join our group as we tour inside Swannanoa to see its imported stones and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of its day.
The tentative agenda is:
- 9:00 Meet at the Montvale Library
- 9:30 Depart on the tour
- 12:00 Lunch at Edelweiss German Restaurant in Staunton, VA
- 1:00 Depart for Swannanoa
- 3:00 Group tour within Swannanoa
- 5:00 Tour ends
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DID YOU KNOW // Porsche launched an electric car 121 years ago. Most automotive historians recognize this 1900 Lohner-Porsche as the first, full-electric automobile. The automobile had hub mounted electric motors in each wheel that were directly powered by 1800kg of lead acid batteries.
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Fast forward to this fall. The Keen Project set off on the Appalachian Mountains for a little drive.
Helping a Friend
David Hays reports he has been driving up to Fredericksburg over the years to work on this 1963 356 for Georgia Strentz who bought her car new in 1963. Amazing lady and beautiful car.
Porscheplatz at VIR, parade laps 2012