2012 SCOF - Superformance Spring Roundup.
This year's SCOF (Superformance Car Owners Forum) Spring event was the 35th event SCOF has held. This was the 11th Spring Superformance Roundup and was held in Murphy, North Carolina, a picturesque town where just getting there was a challenge. The Hotel parking lot was pure Superformance as owners strategically inserted 13 trailers (home to the cars) into one small parking lot along with the 9 cars that drove there. The overflow parking lot was home to another 5 trailers
On Wednesday owners led by Randall Thomas headed out South to Georgia. What.... no tail of the dragon you may ask? Well folks, I'm here to tell you while the Dragon is good, it's for amateurs compared to the roads of North Georgia.
So then why are we on a four lane Interstate? Many folk wondered... but we had a plan. We wound up at the newly christened AMP-Atlanta Motorsports Park near Dawsonville Georgia and owned by Jeremy. The track was so new it was still home to some building equipment. This track is "spectacular"! and as Owners we were afforded privet several spirited laps with their cars in an extra special session.
Next was a visit to the Awesome Bill Elliott's Motor Complex in Dawsonville
Georgia. Ernie Elliott waiting for us to give owners a personal tour which
included a sneak preview on Ernie's testing and building of a new FE motor
which will be available for the Cobra application. The company is using
their proven NASCAR technology and experience. Currently they offer 427 FE
street version at 700hp very reliable horsepower.
After all that excitement, Owners enjoyed Lunch atop a mountain with a road
more suited for an Alpine ski chair lift then a car on the road. We counted
26 Superformance cars which were making their way to a road called "The
Snake". Wow! With all the curves, it was certainly a driving pleasure! It
was a blast. We came out on yet another great road and Randall led the pack onto a left turn with resulted in a really narrow road and a thickly wooded path. Then
pavement turns to gravel. Then gravel turns to dirt. Then dirt turns to mud.
We are now on a one lane mud path in the woods, and it starts to rain. HARD.
Not ONE person behind me said a word or complained... thinking this was part
of the route. Now imagine any other Cobra group doing this. They'd freak
out. This just goes to show you how resilient SCOF members are, and how
tough and reliable Superformance cars are. Eventually we reemerged and hit
pavement again and headed back to the hotel for a great dinner at Murphy,
the outdoor hilltop restaurant.
Friday set the stage for another sunny morning again in the North Carolina
hills. We all filed out of the parking lot and wound our way through some
awesome roads to a little gas station. Then it was off to the top of
Brasstown Bald mountain and then off to "the Snake" once again. The Snake
rivals and may exceed the fun level of "the Dragon" but with a much less
known location. Average speed is 25-35mph After taming "the Snake" once
again, we headed to the little town of Helen, Georgia, a Bavarian type
village with a German atmosphere. The place was very BUSY !as there
were 2000 VW's in town for a convention.
Back at the hotel where some owners tinkered with their cars and of course a
great amount of time was spent on detailing them. It was about midnight
when everyone hugged and said their goodbyes in preparation for their early
The 2012 SSR presented 400 miles of the curviest roads in two days, with
members coming in from 17 states all across the country. Even though some
owners got lost they were later found and even though some encountered
minor troubles they were resolved. While North Carolina was great, the
roads of Northern Georgia are spectacular. Owners had a lot of fun on the
twisty turny roads. It was great to have so many cars together and to meet
a number of new members.
Great time. Great people. Great cars. A special thanks to Randall who co-ordinated and planned the entire trip.
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