History of Upper Canada Region

UCR 40th Badge 10.3In September, 2016, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the presentation of the PCA charter to the newly formed Porsche Club of America, Upper Canada Region.

In 1976, Mick Williams was PCA National President and Doug Troyer was the Zone 1 Representative.

The issuance of our PCA charter was approved July 21, 1976, at Parade ’76 in Brainerd, MN, and was presented in September by Chuck Stoddard, and Doug Troyer, Zone 1 Representative. Our first UCR President was Geoff McCord, who remains a member to this day.

We need to thank those that first had the idea to form a club. Geoff McCord was their leader. In 1976, perhaps it was just a band of enthusiasts who needed to learn how to fix their Porsches. Hans Pfaff was a proud supporter from the very start and the Pfaff Porsche dealership continues its support to this day. The Mosport Porsche Park came on the scene in 1976 and was a meeting ground for many Porsche owners.

Time marches on and our Region has grown immensely. We started with 25 members. We had 190 at our 10th anniversary. Today, we are over 3000 strong. It took a while to really get rolling but baby, look at us now!

We have been recognized as Region of the Year twice. Amongst our members who have been recognized internationally by PCA, Botho von Bose is an Enthusiast of the Year (formerly Zone 1 Rep), Mark and Angie Herring have been honoured with the Zone Reps Award, our Provinz has won newsletter awards in 1988, 1992, 2007,2010 and in 2014 for the Betty Jo Turner Award for the best overall PCA regional magazine.

Our Presidents, in chronological order, have been Geoff McCord, Stephen Rush, Peter Ober, Steve Megill, David Pateman, Philip Hucker, Joseph Fantl, Marc Plouffe, Rosemary Adam, Crawford Reid, Philip White, Clive Van Wert, Peter Manson, Gord McNeil, Patti Green, Botho von Bose, Rainer Beltzner, John Adam, John Van Atter, Ken Jensen, Andy Wright, Peter Helston, David Langton, Ray Pleasance, Jeff White, Wayne Spiegelberg, Rob Sutherland, Patrick Michaud, Martin Tekela, Mario Marrello, Walter Murray and Mike Bryan, Kathleen Wong and Michael Pohlmann. Stefan Walther is our President in 2021.

No one has served longer or more capably than Mark and Angie Herring in the membership function and we owe them a special debt of gratitude.

In 1955, long before there was an “Upper Canada Region”, Frank Adams joined as a PCA charter member. Some of our current members also joined PCA before we received our charter in 1976. They are Sorjo & Aira Ranta (1958), Geoffrey Fowlow and Janet Matthews (1966), Gerd Schwarzkopf (1969), John & Margaret Walker (1975) (deceased 2001). Charter (and still) members from 1976 were Geoffrey McCord, Ian & Bernice Blackstone, Bernie Ungerman, Frank & Cornelia Bittner, Heinz Loth and David & Betty Pateman.

PCA Awards by Upper Canada Region

The Ferry Porsche Trophy – PCA Region of the Year
2014 – First Runner-up – Upper Canada Region
1990 – Winner – Upper Canada Region
1989 – Winner – Upper Canada Region

The Glenn Lazar-Harry Blanchard Memorial Trophy – PCA Enthusiast of the Year
1997 – Botho von Bose (Upper Canada Region)

Zone Representatives Award
1991 – Angie Herring (Upper Canada Region)

Recipients of the Betty Jo Turner Award for Newsletter Excellence

2017 – Upper Canada – Randy Gananathan

2014 – Upper Canada – Emily Atkins

Best Website Award
2016 – Class V – Upper Canada – Ken Jensen
2013 – Class V – Upper Canada – Richard Sheppard
2009 – Class V – Otto Mittlestadt
2006 – Class V – Upper Canada – Peter Carroll
2005 – Upper Canada – Peter Carroll
2004 – Upper Canada – Peter Carroll
2003 – Upper Canada – Peter Carroll

PCA National Membership Awards

2017 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada

2015 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2014 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2013 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2012 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2011 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2009 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2006 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
2001 – Greatest Actual Growth – Upper Canada
1992 – Upper Canada