View Full Version : Oct 3 -- 2nd Annual High Country Challenge

08-04-2009, 11:16 AM

Mark your calendars for this event. Registration will open soon. PM me with any specific questions.

Bring those Cobras, Shelbys and American Muscle and run those V8s around the mountains. Last year, Dawn and I took our 01 vert and had the only Mustang in attendance. Come on out and represent!


Welcome to the 2nd Annual High Country Challenge!!!!
October 3rd, 2009

Full details: http://www.highcountrychallenge.com (http://www.highcountrychallenge.com/)

What is this?
The High Country Challenge is a self-guided driving event through the heart of Americana. We provide the sponsor stops, you determine the route. An automotive adventure where you get to see beautiful sights, interesting locations, and great roads.

Where is it located?
The event this year will be centered in and around the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

Why should you participate?
Proceeds from the event are donated to a beneficiary each year. The NCNG Soldier and Airmen's Family Assistance Fund will once again be the recipient.

Who can play?
Anyone. We recognize one driver or one driver and one navigator as a team. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles are all welcome.

$50 per vehicle; includes a light dinner at the last stop and all proceeds go to charity.

Grand Prize - All expenses paid (hotel room for one night and gas money for the day)
Additional prizes – Product and Service donations from Event and Route Sponsors

How does the event work?
The participants will visit as many of our route sponsor stops as they desire. At each stop, trip tickets are available that will be used to qualify for the drawings at the end of the event. The more locations you visit the more drawing entries you earn. Pretty simple. Beyond that....we're not going to tell you how to get to each location or when you have to be there. The number of route stops will be kept relatively low in order to provide you with the most flexibility to get out, relax and enjoy the countryside.

Here are a few random pics from the event last year:


08-06-2009, 11:26 PM
Good news! We got our first official Event Sponsor today!

Supercar Sensation, based out of Concord, NC, has given us a gift certificate good for their Test program. In the Test, you get to drive 3 of their supercars over the course of an hour!

Check out their website at www.SupercarSensation.com (http://www.supercarsensation.com).

08-10-2009, 01:55 PM
Registration is now open.

08-13-2009, 12:54 PM
Good news! We have added two more official Event Sponsors and two more official Route Sponsors!

Wilkes Web Solutions has partnered with us and will be hosting the website for the event. Please visit them for your website and web based solution needs. http://www.wilkeswebsolutions.com/

Asphalt Ventures has given us a gift certificate good for one entry up to $300 for their road course program. Asphalt Ventures hosts open lapping and driver education events at road courses such as Virginia International Raceway, Carolina Motorsports Park and others. https://asphaltventures.com/

Todd's Country Store in Buffalo Cove, NC has agreed to return again this year as one of our route stops. This store has been in operation since 1924 and has retained many of its original furnishings from the time it served as the area post office from 1927 until the 1940s. Photographs of local families are displayed alongside dozens of old fashioned bottles, antique collectibles and books from the 1920's. Homemade sandwiches, coffee and glass-bottle Cokes draw lingering regulars with stories to tell.

Todd General Store in Todd, NC has also agreed to become a route stop for event. This store has been in business since 1914 and represents a time when life was simple and genuine. Meet the mountain folks and listen to talks of the railroad days when Todd was the largest town in both Watauga and Ashe Counties in the North Carolina mountains. They feature a deli, crafts, home-made jellies, ice cream, antiques, collectibles, music and tapes, rustic furnishings and local author books. Seasonal outside dining on the front or back porches are great locations for a bite to eat. http://www.toddgeneralstore.com/


08-22-2009, 01:11 AM
Great news! We have added 6 more official Event Sponsors and 2 more official Route Sponsors and two official Hotel Sponsors!

Pre-event hotel:
Wingate in Mooresville, NC at Exit 36 on I-77
- $85 per night
- the rate is good October 2-4

Post-event hotel:
Holiday Inn Express in Wilkesboro, NC on Hwy 421 (about 20 minutes from the Winery)
- $85 per night
- the rate is good October 3rd
- we will have an area for our use Saturday evening (socializing, having a drink, watching vids/pics)
- complimentary breakfast the next morning

Carbotech Performance Brakes has committed $300 in gift certificates. Carbotech brakes utilize a ceramic and metallic construction in a range of compounds that out-perform competitive brakes. Carbotech brakes are made from compounds that offer higher initial bite, torque and fade resistance—providing consistent brake modulation and performance over a wide range of operating temperatures. Visit their website at Carbotech Performance Brakes (http://www.ctbrakes.com)

Carolina Z Club has donated $200 towards the charity and have partnered with us to assist with registration transactions. CZC is a club local to Charlotte, NC. If you drive a Nissan/Datsun Z Car, GTR, Infiniti Coupe, or Fairlady Roadster, they would love to meet you. The Official Carolina Z Club Website (http://www.carolinazclub.com)

Boosted Performance in Mooresville, NC has donated $150 towards the charity and given us a gift certificate for $150 off parts or labor at their shop. Boosted can help you with all your performance needs, offering everything from engine builds to power adders to put you ahead of the competition. They offer parts from all the top companies and install what they sell. main page (http://www.boostedperformance.net)

Hooters of Lake Norman has donated a gift certificate worth $200 for a Hooters Wing Party -- all you can eat wings and sodas for 10 people. http://hooters.know-where.com/hooters/cgi/site?site=468&address=&design=default&lang=en&mapid=US

Spotless Detail in the Charlotte area has donated a gift certificate for an $80 Mini Detail and a gift certificate for $30 off any complete detail. Spotless Detail strives to ensure the highest quality of detailing by utilizing today's finest products and advanced techniques. Being mobile means they provide their own water and electricity and they come to you while you work, sleep, or even just spend the day relaxing. Home (http://www.spotlessdetail.net)

The Pit Indoor Kart Racing in Mooresville, NC has donated two gift certificates, each with two free kart races. The Pit has the largest single track in the country encompassing 70,000 square-feet and includes 20 turns. With the combination of long straights, sweeping turns and technical corners, their track provides the highest indoor karting speeds and the most challenging racing you can experience. Meet at the Pit - Home (http://www.meetmeatthepit.com)

Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, NC has ageed to return again this year as one of our Route Sponsors. This store has been in operation since 1883 and served all the needs of the local community for many years. In 1973, the site was named to the National Register of Historic Places as one of the finest remaining examples of an old country general store. MAST General Store: Quality Merchandise, Fair Prices and Friendly Service (http://www.mastgeneralstore.com)

Benny Parson's Rendezvous Ridge Winery in Purlear, NC will be our final stop of the event this year. The views from the Tasting Room and Racing Museum honoring Benny's life are stunning. Enjoy tasting fine wines while seeing and learning about Benny's vast racing career. Rendezvous Ridge, a Benny Parsons Vineyard (http://www.rendezvousridge.com)


09-07-2009, 12:52 PM
Four weeks to go to the event!!! Please pre-register so we can get a head count for meals.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have confirmed 1 more route sponsor, 1 mystery stop, 3 more event sponsors, and the meal caterer.

Discount Tire in Mooresville, NC has donated over $400 worth of gift certificates for free wheel balancing and rotations. Discount Tire - Mooresville, NC (http://dt.know-where.com/DiscountTire/cgi/site?site=NCC-15&address=)

Tarheel Sports Car Club has donated shirts and door prizes. Founded in 1964, THSCC organizes and hosts Autocross, Road Rally, Track School, Time Trial, and Rallycross events. Born and bred in Eastern North Carolina, THSCC is an independent club supported by member dues, event fees, and their fine sponsors. Tarheel Sports Car Club (http://www.thscc.com)

ZDayZ has partnered with us to assist with getting the word out. ZDayZ is a great organization that holds an annual event at the Fontana Village Resort in western North Carolina. Their event is a four day gala of everything related to Z, G and GTR cars. Events include TSD rallies, Tail of the Dragon runs, car show, cruises, dyno competitions, concerts, dinner, etc. The event is not solely limited to Nissan/Infinity, so feel free to check into it: ZDayZ - Eat, Sleep, Z (http://www.zdayz.com)

Northwest Trading Post in Glendale Springs, NC along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Post 259 has been confirmed as one of our Route Sponsor Stops. In operation since 1958, the Post is packed with "handmade in the USA" products - timeless local craftsmanship in one historical venue.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx in xxxxxxxx, NC has been confirmed as our Mystery Stop this year. The clues on the Trip Tickets from each of the other Route Stops will provide you with hints to this location.

Brushy Moutain Smokehouse and Creamery in Wilkesboro, NC will be providing our meal at the Winery. After 40 years in the restaurant business, the Smokehouse knows how to create a great meal centered around cousin Jeff's Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Barbecue. The down-home Southern meal will include BBQ, slaw, beans, roll, dessert, and a drink. Brushy Mtn. Smokehouse & Creamery - Western North Carolina's Primary BBQ Smokehouse (http://www.brushymtnsmokehouse.com)

09-15-2009, 11:10 PM
3 weeks til the event!

I'd love to see more Mustangs and Cobras out with us this year.


09-22-2009, 08:21 PM
2 weeks til the event!

RiverGirl Fishing in Todd, NC signed up today to sponsor with a gift certificate for several free kayak trips. http://www.rivergirlfishing.com/ (http://www.rivergirlfishing.com/)

09-28-2009, 12:12 PM
The event is this coming Saturday. I appreciate everyone that has signed up so far and encourage those on the fence to come join the fun.

We currently have participants with cars ranging from BMW, Vettes, Vipers, a truck, Mustangs of all flavors, all ranges of Infiniti and Nissans, Olds, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Subie, and VW. It will be an interesting mix and a good test of navigation skills!

See you on Saturday morning,