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Jeep Club Trail Ride & Cookout

PCA - Potomac, The Founders' Region - Drive & Dine

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Flagpole Knob Trail Ride, Harrisonburg, VA

Registration closed April 20, 2016 11:59 PM on April 20, 2016 11:59 PM EDT Registration ends April 20, 2016 11:59 PM on April 20, 2016 11:59 PM EDT Registration opens February 1, 2016 6:00 PM on February 1, 2016 6:00 PM EST Registration runs from February 1, 2016 6:00 PM to April 20, 2016 11:59 PM

Join us Saturday April 23rd, for a combined asphalt and dirt/rock road Off-Roading Drive & Dine Trail Ride event.  John Young of Northern Virginia Jeepers Association (NVJA) will lead us up into the Allegheny Mountains 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, Macans and other approved off road capable vehicles and is limited to 10 PCA drivers 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 a couple with spectacular 360 degree views.

All vehicles must pass a tech inspection per the Pre-Reg Requirements 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/Macan 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 your vehicle 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 under 15mph 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 conditions. Minor Clearcoat/Paint abrasions from spring growth are possible, but the trail is quite wide and we will be prunning as go.

At the same time, a small group of NVJA members will be taking a much more difficult route to Flagpole Knob for lunch and they 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 us. 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 PCA drivers. 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.

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Flagpole Knob Trail Ride
Location Harrisonburg, VA
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