75 years ago, on June 8, 1948, the 356 No. 1 Roadster, the first automobile bearing the Porsche name, received its general operating permit.
Our local Porsche dealerships have each been holding their own celebrations over the past few weeks, and on the weekend of Saturday June 10, this tremendous occasion was also saluted by Porsche Cars Canada. Named Porsche Passion Day, it was commemorated on June 10 at Grand Bizarre Supper Club on the Toronto Exhibition Grounds. I was asked to provide an early 911 to complete the display of 27 Porsche lineage variants and brought my 1969-911T in Tangerine Orange that I used to race in Vintage Racing but wrecked in Turn 2 at Mosport in 2011. We only recently finished bringing the car back to its original, like-new condition, and my son Zack did all the assembly of the car singlehandedly over the past few years in his spare time. I’m so proud of and thankful to Zack for his fantastic effort!
I brought my 1969-911T in Tangerine Orange that I used to race in Vintage Racing but wrecked in Turn 2 at Mosport in 2011 [Left photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff / Right photo by Eshel Zweig].
Zack and I were lucky to be invited to the VIP night before the event and had a great time meeting up with old acquaintances, enjoying the nibblies and drinks, the cars on display, and even getting custom t-shirts printed right there in front of our eyes. The next day saw the PCL staff attend the venue in the early afternoon, before two ‘waves’ of over 500 spectators came through between 3:00 and 9:00 pm to see and hear and participate in a great variety of activities. More than 100 of them took advantage of the Roadshow test drives of the 2024 Cayenne and Taycan in 12 test drive vehicles.
Displays and activities were put on by eight Porsche Canada partners (Air Canada, Art Battle, Cobble Beach, Fleurs de Villes, HEAD, LEGO, TAG Heuer and Pfaff Motorsports).
All in all, a very memorable event at a perfectly suited venue. </>
Photography by Eshel Zweig