2021 Concours Recap

A BEAUTIFUL, WARM SEPTEMBER DAY, a great venue, an array of beautiful Porsches, a large group of public spectators, and — most of all — enthusiastic UCR participants and volunteers. This is the perfect recipe for a successful Concours d’Elegance, and we had it all last month.

Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls was the place to be on Sept. 4 for the annual PCA UCR Concours d’Elegance event. Why Niagara Falls? Originally, we had booked the park for UCR to host the larger PCA Zone 1 Concours in 2020, making it easily accessible for our fellow American PCA members to attend. Then COVID-19 happened and the event had to be cancelled. The Concours team then thought, why not keep the venue and have our own event there in 2021, and we are glad we did.

When we arrived at 6:30 a.m. to set up the show, a team of volunteer chefs from the park were already preparing the warm breakfast choices with enthusiasm. The vendors started rolling in and all were guided to their spots and, before you knew it, like clockwork, they were set up and ready for the day.

Our volunteers are second to none, with nearly 30 coming out to assist. When the first volunteer arrived at 6:40 a.m., we knew we were in good shape to accomplish the set-up. The 160 goodie bags were prepared the night before in a production line format and we were ready.

Our volunteers guided the non-Porsches into the general, public spectator parking and the Porsche cars to the Concours field for pre-registered cars or to the adjacent grassy field for Porsche-only parking. At one time during the day, we had approximately 150 cars in the Porsche-only parking area and another 150 on the show field. Many of the cars we had never seen before, and it was a great mix of years and models to behold.

Twenty of the planned 25 classes of Porsches were organized and grouped on the field. If you had brought your 968, Panamera, Macan, Taycan or Special Interest Porsche, you would have won your class, as no others were registered. Trophies were awarded in each class for the winner and runner-up in the Peer Judging category, as well as top awards handed out for the judged Porsches.

Porsche Centre Oakville, our title sponsor, awarded the Judges’ Choice trophy for the most outstanding car of the day; Hagerty presented the award for Best Preserved Original Porsche; Restoration Design was on hand to award the Best Restored Porsche trophy; Sonax awarded the Best Presented Porsche; and finally, Johnston Research & Performance (JRP) gave out the People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by all participants and the spectators as well. Our event co-host was Niagara Parks.

Everyone that day was just so delighted and grateful to be out at a UCR event and it was so nice to see families enjoying the great camaraderie and beautiful venue. We received positive accolades all day, including “Best Concours ever!” “This is what club membership is all about!” “When can we do it again?” “Love the drive to Niagara and the event should be held at the same venue again next year” “Amazing burger” and, one of our favourites, “There is enough room at this place to double the number of Porsches next time!” Like we always say, “It’s not just the cars, it’s the people.”

We sincerely thank all our sponsors as, without them, we could not have made the event the success that it was. Porsche Centre Oakville brought a truckload of beautiful Porsches, from restored 356 and 944 Turbo models to the latest 911s, and also organized test drives in the Porsche Taycan — what a treat! Be sure to join us next year to get in on the fun! </>

A sincere thank-you to our generous sponsors!

Title Sponsor: Porsche Centre Oakville

Premier Sponsors: JRP Johnston Research & Performance, Hagerty, Restoration Design, SONAX, Niagara Parks

Supporting Sponsors: Porsche Canada, Dave Moore RE/MAX Realtor, Collector Car Canada, Kyser, The Armchair Motorist, Auto-Tailors, Reif Estate Winery

Special Award Winners

People’s Choice Winner
Mike DeJonge, 1954 356 Speedster
Presented by JRP Johnston Research & Performance

Best Preserved Original
Don Lewtas, 1987 911 Targa
Presented by Hagerty

Best Restored Porsche
Darren Thom, 1969 911 E
Presented by Restoration Design

Best Presented Porsche
Rick Zucatto, 2021 718 Spyder
Presented by SONAX

Judge’s Choice Award
Mike DeJonge, 1954 356 Speedster
Presented by Porsche Centre Oakville

Peer-Judging Class Winners
and Second Places

Class 1: 356 Pre-A and A
Alex DeJonge, 1954 356 Speedster
Gary Turner, 1959 356 A Coupe

Class 2: 356 B and C
George Nicolaidi, 1963 356 C Coupe
Dave Tiessen, 1965 356 C Coupe

Class 3: 911 and 912, Pre-1974
Darren Thom, 1969 911 E Coupe
Hugh Hudson, 1969 912 Coupe

Class 4: 911 and 912, 1974–1983
Mike Martin, 1974 911
Richard Swieki, 1981 911 

Class 5: 911 1984-1989
Jakub Kowalski, 1986 911
Ken Wong, 1988, 911 Targa

Class 6: 964 1989-1994
Donato Martone, 1990 911
Phil Morrison, 1992 911

Class 7: 993 1995-1998
Syed Ali, 1995 911
Geoff Thrasher, 1997 911

Class 8: 996 1999-2005
Eric Cuskic, 2001 911 Turbo
Kevin Liphard, 2004 911 Turbo Cabrio

Class 9: 997 2005-2012
Paul Gogan, 2011 997.2 Turbo S
Wayne Leahy, 2010 911 GT3 RS

Class 10: 991 2012-2018
Michael Pohlmann, 2016 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe
Shaun Simrod, 2018 Carrera C2 991.2

Class 11: 992 2019-Present
Michael Morrison, 2021 911 S
John Stanford, 2019 GT3 RS

Class 12: 914
John Tipper, 1973 914
Crystal Robbins, 914

Class 13: 924 and 944
Zack Wankum, 1984 944
James Plewak, 1987 944S

Class 14: 968 (No Entries)

Class 15: 928
Adam Henderson, 1987 928
Brian Racine, 1978 928

Class 16: Boxster 1997-2004
Dirk Rasmussen, 2003 Boxster S
Brian Rachky, 1998 Boxster

Class 17: Boxster 2005-2012
Bob Green, 2010 Boxster S
Wendy Gallomazzei, 2008 Boxster S

Class 18: Boxster 2013-Present
Rick Zuccato, 2021 718 Spyder
Gary Beutler, 2021 718 Spyder

Class 19: Cayenne
Dave Moore, 2013 Cayenne
Stefan Uriadka, 2004 Cayenne Turbo

Class 20: Cayman 2006-2012
Uttam Kalicharran, 2012 Cayman R
Gerry Cornwell, 2006 Cayman S

Class 21: Cayman 2013-Present
Michael Hutton, 2021 718 Cayman GT4
Carolyn Stewart, 2022 718 Cayman GT4

Class 22: Panamera (No Entries)

Class 23: Macan (No Entries)

Class 24: Special Interest (No Entries)

Class 25: Taycan (No Entries)

Story By Michael Pohlmann and Kye Wankum

Photography by Christopher Hebert, Eshel Zweig and Graham Jardine

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