Story and photos by Kathleen Wong, UCR Director and Socials Co-Chair (from Provinz September 2014 page 10)
Our August social was hosted by Auto Storage Palace, a premiere automotive storage facility located near Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West in North York, Ontario. This is a 33,000 sq. ft. temperature-controlled facility with an indoor capacity of 140 cars, and it is equipped with 24/7 video surveillance using a state-of-the-art motiondetecting security system. The concept is brought to Toronto by David Empringham, a Canadian professional racecar driver, and his partners.
About 75 PCA-UCR and BMW Trillium members attended the event with 62 cars (mainly Porsches and BMWs) parked inside the facility. Zack Empringham (David’s brother and the general manager of the facility) and Alan Empringham (father of David and Zack) greeted all guests to the event and treated us to gourmet sandwiches, pizzas and beverages.
Zack told us the facility offers several packages for storage depending on the level of services chosen. For instance, the facility can provide regular visual inspection and tire-pressure checks for cars stored in the facility. It can also include scheduled vehicle start-up and short indoor track exercise. The facility has an extra 20,000 sq. ft. of space available for expansion, and Zack expects to have a lounge area and a boardroom furnished by next winter.
Zack showed us an in-car video of David Empringham explaining the driving line at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport) http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=W96rsnyob-Y.
The evening ended with a raffle prize draw and prizes were handed out to the following seven lucky winners:
• Greg Martin and Guido Gallomazzei each won a Street Survival School gift certificate (valued at $75.00) for G/G-2 licensed drivers of age 25 and under, sponsored by PCA-UCR and BMW Trillium. The next Street Survival School is on Sunday September 28, 2014 at Powerade Centre (7575 Kennedy Road South, near Hwy 407) in Brampton.
• Hazel de Burgh and Sencer Erkaya each won a $50 UCR goodie store gift certificate, donated by PCA-UCR.
• Derek Hanson and Mike Bryan each won a one month free storage “Gold” package at Auto Storage Palace, valued at $250.00.
• Tomy Poon won a free detailing package offered by Tyler Madill at Elite Mobile Auto Detailing (Elite). Elite has fully insured and certified detailers with mobile units, which are fully equipped with their own water and power supply, and are capable of providing professional detailing services at a customer’s home or workplace.
We thank Zack and Alan for their warm hospitality and generous donations. If you are looking for more information about the storage facility, please check out the website at http://autostoragepalace.com.
And a special thanks to Matthew Lam for helping out at the welcome desk and directing traffic inside the facility.