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  • 2018 Driving Tours (Formerly Fun Runs) – Lots of Events already posted! –  click here
  • 2018 Club Race link/info  click here
  • LOG into Driver Education registration click here
  • Autocross has an event June 24, 2018 click here
  • 2018 July SOCIAL: Tuesday,July 10, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm Click Here
  • See the Gallery from the June DE Day at CTMP on June 2nd & 3rd  Click Here

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Story & Photos by Elliot Alder, UCR Member and Provinz Photographer

Porsche 964 Redefined – Celebrating 70 Years of the Porsche Sports Car

“I always thought the 911 was a stupid looking car,” was not the statement I had expected the conversation to open with.

“The proportions just never seemed right to me,” he continued. But like a 911 piloted with a hesitant foot, the man sitting across the table unexpectedly came around — indeed, in his pocket rested the keys to of one of the most significant ‘elfers’ on Canadian roads.

Meeting him for the first time, Faisal comes across as a quiet but enormously friendly man. A chemical engineer by vocation, he matches a sharp intellect with a subtle flair and an admirable modesty. A few grey hairs and a sensible station wagon lend an air of upright seriousness, but turn the key on a conversation about motoring and a warm smile revs into unconstrained enthusiasm for things that go. His former views on Porsches may border on blasphemous, but Faisal is an eager-footed petrolhead to the core.



Photos by Wolfgang Lott, Provinz Photographer
Story by Kathleen Wong, UCR President

Braidan Wheel & Tire hosted a Tech Session for our members on Saturday March 24, 2018. Our host, Brad Shimbashi and his team, welcomed approxi­mately 50 UCR members to his store. Braidan Tire is a family-owned and operated business based in Markham, Ontario since 2006.

The event began at 11:00am with a delicious pasta lunch. Brad catered with a chef from a local golf club to prepare made-to-order pastas. Members had a choice of fusilli or penne matched up with either a cream or tomato sauce con­taining 10 individually selected ingredients such as chicken, shrimps, olives, onion, red/yellow peppers, broccoli, mush­room, etc. The chef brought three stoves with her, so she was efficiently cooking three different pastas at the same time and reducing the wait time at the lineup.


Driven2 Smile

Photos submitted by Jill Clements-Baartman, taken by Jill and friends of d2s

Our annual event is gaining traction!
By Jill Clements-Baartman, UCR Member & Co-Chair driven2smile

On the first Friday of June, for the past six years, the DE team and its members have provided people of all ages with any type of unique medical, cognitive, physical, sensory and/or social-emotional considerations with one of the most memorable days of their lives!

Since its inception in 2012, driven2smile has attracted an average of 300-350 attendees each year! Information about UCR’s Charity Day has been shared through direct mailings, email blasts, social media blasts and postings, presentations, displays at information fairs and word-of-mouth. Each year we have identified and targeted a new community segment to get the word out to and to as many different people as possible about UCR’s amaz­ing event. This has included reaching out to individuals, special interest groups, large organizations, and every schoolboard in Ontario (Public and Catholic).

driven2smile welcomes attendees of ALL AGES. We have hosted families from east of Ottawa, west of London and north of Barrie. Registering for driven2smile is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item per person. In turn we donate an SUV full of food to Simcoe Hall Settlement House’s food bank in Oshawa.


UCR’s Vintage racers just might be having the most fun!

Story by Kye Wankum, UCR Member Photos by Eshel Zweig

The 2018 driving – and racing – season is upon us. Have you been feeling the itch? Does every ray of sunshine or whisp of warm breeze get you excited in anticipation of the new driving season? Then you have the bug just as bad as me. I’ve been around UCR for 30 years this year and have experienced Porsche ownership from many angles: as a driver, a PCA DE participant, a racer, and as a restorer and collector. It is the racing thing that I just don’t seem to be able let go of and that is maybe my greatest passion. I have to say that it was my UCR membership that opened things up to so many possibilities for me, from the DE Program leading to vintage and pro racing, to volunteering for many years in different areas like this newsletter and the UCR Concours, and making some great friends over the years, all like-minded, yet all very different in their own ways.I imagine it is the UCR DE Programme that led so many other local Porsche racers down that same path as mine. I run into them all over, in the Regionals and GT Groups, at Semi- and Pro Races, and at Vintage Races from Mosport to Mt. Tremblant to Shannonville, Calabogie and beyond. UCR, in fact, has quite a racing heritage through its membership. Maybe it’s time for an article on that next…