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Making the Rounds with Helen Benefield Billings – Holiday Thrills with IMI & ITM at the Porsche Experience Center

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March 28, 2016   |   By Helen Benefield Billings

IMI Agency and in the Mix magazine team members gathered at the new Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia for a holiday celebration last December that was most certainly fast and furiously fun. This sleek and impressive 27-acre complex is home to Porsche Car North America corporate offices and is their largest such facility outside of Germany.

Don Billings and Adam Billings getting a kick out of a Porsche covered in LEGOS®.

Don Billings and Adam Billings getting a kick out of a Porsche covered in LEGOS®.

After touring the awe-inspiring car museum and learning about Porsche’s storied history, everyone made their way down to the test track for the thrill of riding one-on-one with a professional driver at hair-whipping speeds, on a slightly slick surface due to the rainy conditions. It was an unforgettable experience, for sure, that left each of us wishing for the opportunity to own such a beauty as the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

Amanda Miles of IMI Atlanta is WOWED by her over 100 miles-per-hour run around the track in the Porsche Experience.

Amanda Miles of IMI Atlanta is WOWED by her over 100 miles-per-hour run around the track in the Porsche Experience.

An elegant luncheon followed at Porsche’s on-site fine dining room, Restaurant 356. Overlooking the test track and a busy runway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport made for an awesome view.

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All the IMI team had a hair-raising run around the test track with professional drivers.

All the IMI team had a hair-raising run around the test track with professional drivers.

Sherry Nadeau gives it a thumbs-up!

Sherri Nadeau gives it a thumbs-up!

Adam Billings was all smiles after his run.

Adam Billings was all smiles after his run.

Prosecco and other wines were provided by Jamie Conahan of Folio Fine Wine Partners. Starting off any good party with bubbles is always a fine idea, and the Villa Sandi Italian Prosecco fit that bill perfectly. Also offered during the course of our leisurely meal was Danzante 2012 Pinot Grigio and Spellbound 2013 California Merlot – always a crowd pleaser.

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Danzante Pinot Grigio resonates a rich bouquet of tropical fruit such as papaya and pineapple, followed by delicate floral notes and a crisp finish.

Danzante Pinot Grigio resonates a rich bouquet of tropical fruit such as papaya and pineapple, followed by delicate floral notes and a crisp finish.

Spellbound Merlot has deep flavors of ripe berry and balanced American oak, which are displayed with rich aromatics of mixed berry pie, cocoa, cigar box and decadent leather.

Spellbound Merlot has deep flavors of ripe berry and balanced American oak, which are displayed with rich aromatics of mixed berry pie, cocoa, cigar box and decadent leather.

 

 

Spellbound Merlot has deep flavors of ripe berry and balanced American oak, which are displayed with rich aromatics of mixed berry pie, cocoa, cigar box and decadent leather.

Spellbound Merlot has deep flavors of ripe berry and balanced American oak, which are displayed with rich aromatics of mixed berry pie, cocoa, cigar box and decadent leather.

About the author

Helen Benefield Billings

Helen Benefield Billings

Travel and hospitality industry writer Helen Benefield Billings has been with in the Mix since its inception in 2004. Helen lives in her native childhood home of Sea Island, Ga. when not traveling or attending industry functions with her husband, Don.