Jeep Club Trail Ride & Cookout
Registration closed April 15, 2015 12:00 PM on April 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Registration ends April 15, 2015 12:00 PM on April 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Registration opens February 4, 2015 6:00 PM on February 4, 2015 6:00 PM EST Registration runs from February 4, 2015 6:00 PM to April 15, 2015 12:00 PM
This event has been updated. Non-Cayenne vehicles may now join this event! Join us Sunday April 19th, for a combined asphalt and dirt/rock road Off-Roading Drive & Dine Trail Ride event. John Young and Eric Rose of Northern Virginia Jeepers Association (NVJA) will lead us up into the Alleghany Moutains for a cookout at Flagpole Knob (elev. 4200 ft) located in George Washington National Forest along the border between Virginia and West Virginia. This unique event is for Cayennes prepped for Off Road conditions and is limitied to 10 Porsches plus our Jeep Guides. We also have a limited number of seats for Ride Along Passengers to join the NVJA Jeeps who will take them on more "interesting" trails where the Cayennes wont go. Ride Alongs may also get a chance to drive the Jeeps over a portion of the trail! This tour will include several of the highest points in the Northern half of Virginia, all above 4,000 feet including one with spectacular 360 degree views.
All vehicles must pass a tech inspection per the requirements listed below and we will be observing Tread Lightly principals. This event is for both Drivers or Ride Along Passengers who want to experience the trail.
The dirt/rock portion of the route is well within the capabilities of any Cayenne and is safe provided all drivers follow instructions as given. The dirt/rock road and is about 7 miles in length (round trip) including a short excursion for a hill decent/hill climb demonstration that will highlight the full capabilities of the Cayenne off road. All roads are owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Dept. Speeds on the off road portion of the trip will be 12mph or less, usually much less. NVJA will be providing experienced guides and spotters along with cooking our lunch! Some mud and dust can be expected depending on weather. Clearcoat/Paint abrasions from spring growth are possible, but the trail is quite wide with no impeding brush however new spring growth could cause light pin striping depending on your line choice.
At the same time, a small group of NVJA members will be taking a much more difficult route to Flagpole Knob for lunch and the have offered a limited number of seats for Ride Along Passengers. They will be leaving from the same rally point at the same time as the Cayenne’s. On a space available basis registered members who would like to ride up to Flagpole Knob with NVJA may do so. They will be offered a chance to drive the Jeep they ride in over some of the obstacles on the route. Only one PCA member per NVJA rig. NVJA ride alongs would meet back up with the main group at Flagpole and ride out with the Porsche’s.
Drivers/Ride Along Passengers will receive instruction on the following topics prior to the off road portion of the trip:
- Working with Spotter, hand signals, verbal cues.
- Brake, throttle and clutch control (its not the same as road or track).
- Left foot braking and torque converter energy management.
- Line selection
- The importance of precise tire placement
- Using berms, ruts, rocks and slopes to your advantage.
- The proper and improper use of momentum.
There will be one experienced spotter from NVJA for every 3 Cayenne’s. Stopping, getting out and walking the road ahead to plan a line at several points along the route will be encouraged, not so much because it is essential for safe passage but rather to assist in building basic skills in line selection and tire placement.