MATEWAN — More than a dozen Exotic Atlanta Super Cars have been hitting various streets in Mingo County recently.
Erik Hubbard of Backroads Appalachia connected Seyhan Kilincci and Sen. Mark R. Maynard (R, Wayne) and scheduled a day of activities.
“My friends from Atlanta love the winding roads of Appalachia, and with Senator Maynard’s devout interest in motorsports in West Virginia, it was only natural to connect them,” Hubbard said. “Mr. Kilincci operates “Project EG,” which is a professional driving class that enjoys camaraderie weekends in different locations around the country. They have found their new favorite destinations, thanks to citizens of West Virginia and Southern -Eastern Kentucky.
The tour began with a trip to the Mingo County Dingess Tunnel, built in 1892 and 5/8 of a mile long. Locals listened and watched as these Ferraris, Porsches, Jaguars, BMWs and a million dollar Lexus LFA raced through the tunnel.
The next morning the group toured the King Coal Highway, a portion of the future Interstate I-73/74 that will lead from Detroit to Myrtle Beach.
“I would like to see an event planned for 2023 that incorporates these back roads in Appalachia,” Kilincci said. “Through Project EG and my circle of automotive enthusiasts, I feel like we can really make a difference in tourism and the economic value of Mingo County, West Virginia. Mingo Central High School has an excellent automotive CTE class, and I would love to help with automotive graduate scholarships through Porsche and other opportunities.
The band also attended the Fall Festival in Matewan, parking the Exotics along Main Street. The group took an airboat ride on the Tug River and enjoyed the town.
At Twin Branch Motorsports Park, the group toured the Drag Race facility which will open on Saturday, October 22. They did a photo op on the trail, then headed to the National Trailfest in Gilbert.
“Mingo County was very fortunate to have Seyhan and his group in this area,” Maynard said. “With the help of Erik and his Backroads Appalachia, I am thrilled that Seyhan and Project EG want to plan an event here in 2023 with plans to give back to the community and with the potential scholarship program for CTE students in the county. from Mingo. That really tops it all off. »
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