PCA UCR’s 11th annual Spring Into Action in Muskoka! After meeting at 9 a.m. in Orillia, about an hour from Toronto, this tour heads north in several driving groups with clear views of the lakes and streams through the naked forests, while we enjoy the fresh spring air and lack of summer traffic. Quickly we find ourselves off the beaten path, winding through the woods and marveling at the spectacular scenery as we make our way to Gravenhurst and on to Bala, where we have our first stop of the day. Then it’s onward and upward on some amazing curvy roads through Port Sandfield and then into Rosseau, where we enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Crossroads restaurant — a destination that has proved extremely popular with past driving tour participants, with a wide array of scrumptious meal and dessert items. After a quick stop for a group picture with Lake Rosseau as the stunning backdrop, we wind our way down to Gravenhurst to conclude the great drive with a mid-afternoon get-together at a craft brewery.
Hosted by Larry Funnell, [email protected], 30 Porsches, 300 kilometres, cost $42 per person (includes Crossroads buffet lunch)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Showstopper Spring Awakening Niagara Driving Tour
Kick off the 2019 driving season in style! And show off a bit — this driving tour starts with a Porsche car show and ends with a Porsche car show!
With many Porsches emerging from their winter hibernation slumber, get the juices pumping once again in not only your car but also your own body with this fantastic drive up and down and around the mighty Niagara escarpment — starting in Burlington with a car show and breakfast at the large flagship store of Denninger’s Foods Of The World and wrapping up with a car show on the south lawn of Canada’s largest winery Peller Estates, complete with a gourmet wine and canapé reception!
After departing Denninger’s, the route travels to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views of Lake Ontario, various towns and villages, and even Toronto’s skyline; then twists up and down some beautiful rolling back country; dips below the Welland Canal by way of the Thorold tunnel (gear down so we can hear you sing!); then connects with the picturesque Niagara River Parkway and heads into Old Town Niagara-On-The-Lake.
Tucked into the Beamsville Bench, Thirty Bench winery hosts a midway pit stop with a couple of tastings — discover this boutique winery and the extraordinary flavour crafted from premium small lots and the unique mineral-rich terrior, including what is perhaps the best riesling in all of Niagara, if not the world. Thirty Bench offers a special PCA UCR club discount of $10 off per person on a purchase.
A happy ending awaits as we pull onto the south lawn of Peller Estates winery for a car show and gourmet reception of fine wine and scrumptious canapés created by Executive Chef and Cityline personality Jason Parsons, inspired by local Niagara farms and growers. If desired, extend the enjoyment with fellow Porschephiles on the patio of Peller’s Barrel House Grill as the sun sets over the vineyards — and our beautiful cars.
Hosted by Stefan Walther, [email protected], 30 Porsches, 200 kilometres, cost $67.50 per person (includes Thirty Bench wine tasting, Peller Estates car show with wine and canapé reception)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Discover and explore some of the best black asphalt of Ontario’s Muskoka backcountry, twisting and turning around various lakes and other waterways, rugged rock and mature forest — an invigorating drive set amongst breathtaking scenery, led by someone who knows the area best, a local cottage resident and fellow longtime Porsche Club member. Get your heart pumping and your engine roaring with this incredible drive! The day’s adventure begins mid-morning in Orillia, just an hour north of the Toronto area. Afterwards as the throaty flat-sixes wind down and low-profile performance rubber, now burned just a tad more low, cool down, so do we with a wonderful meal at the host’s cottage, overlooking the lake, back in the Orillia area. Mingle and refresh before heading home.
Hosted by Kathrin Menge, [email protected], 20 Porsches, 300 kilometre, cost $37 per person (includes après meal at the host’s lakeside cottage)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Enjoy a fun and memorable adventure in picture-perfect Prince Edward County! This driving tour explores some of the best country roads, with wonderful twists and turns, that PEC has to offer. Take in the scenery and treat your taste buds to a family-style lunch, served outdoors on the veranda at the picturesque Closson Chase Vineyards. Sample some of the best expressions of the county’s terroir via key varietals — pinot noir and chardonnay. After lunch, the driving tour continues into Adolphustown by means of the Glenora Ferry. Tune up your appreciation of the culinary arts with Angelo Bean, master artisanal sausage maker. Through Angelo’s salumi tasting workshop, learn his traditional methods of salumi and sausage making — one of the best-kept secrets of the county. At last we end our tour at the charming Parsons Brewing Company. Relax, unwind and revel in the company of fellow Porsche enthusiasts with a delicious local craft brew.
Hosted by Eric Wang, [email protected], 15 Porsches, $128 per person (includes wine tasting, lunch, salumi tasting workshop, beer tasting)
Registration via ClubReg is currently open
This popular driving tour is back for 2019! Explore the beautiful countryside along the southern shores of Georgian Bay. As usual, the group meets at 8:30 a.m. at a Tim Hortons just off Highway 400 in Innisfil before departing in two run groups, winding our way through the backroads of Clearview Township (motto: beautiful landscapes, friendly people). The first stop is at Edenvale Aerodrome airport where we visit the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation (http://www.classicaircraft.ca) to have a look at its classic planes. We then continue along the shores of Southern Georgian Bay to Penetanguishene for a visit to Discovery Harbour (http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca) and enjoy lunch at the wonderful dockside restaurant at the edge of the water. After lunch, we continue on to nearby Midland and visit — back by popular demand — the Wye Marsh Conservation Centre (https://www.wyemarsh.com) where we are treated to a guided tour of the facility and a very special presentation. The drive wraps up at a nice restaurant for a drink and a bite to eat and some chat about the day’s adventure.
Hosted by Martin Hederich, [email protected], 25 Porsches, $55 per person (includes Discovery Harbour dockside lunch and entrance fees to attractions)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 9 p.m.
An exceptional route has been carefully designed and perfected that meets the needs of Porsche enthusiasts and their high-performance cars — minimal traffic and great pavement! Please join us for a great day exploring a very rural area northeast of Toronto with fabulous roads and breathtaking rugged sights you likely have never seen. The Land Between has been described by author Brian Robert as “the chaotic collision of the St. Lawrence Lowlands and Canadian Shield,” a large swath of area that runs from Georgian Bay in the west to Kingston in the east — “rolling hills, flat plains, hard rock and conifers.” A midday lunch stop is planned amongst the natural beauty of this spectacular pocket of our great province. This driving tour is scheduled for a Friday to enhance the experience by avoiding weekend lollygaggers— highway impediments such as sluggish Kias, cyclists, boat trailers and the like.
Hosted by James Biggar, [email protected], 30 Porsches, $40 per person (includes lunch)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Muskoka Locks Driving Tour (Trent-Severn Waterway)
Back by popular demand, join us for a great day of Porsche driving on some of the best twisty roads through Muskoka, exploring the incredible mighty locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway, with a pit stop into Crossroads restaurant for a scrumptious lunch! The tour features three types of locks used in the Trent-Severn Waterway, a canal system initially conceived for military purposes, then commercial considerations and finally recreational use by the time it was finished. The Kirkfield Lift Lock was originally completed in 1907 and then modernized in 1969, the smaller of the lift locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway, with a lift of 49 feet. We explore wonderful roads that dance and sweep up and around and over the Canadian Shield. We pop into the Big Chute Marine Railway, originally built in 1917, and the current carriage is the third, completed in 1978, capable of carrying boats up to 100 feet long — it is an impressive feat of engineering. We also visit Port Severn’s classic lock, the last of the Trent-Severn system before Georgian Bay. Afterwards we enjoy a brief stop for refreshments before departing back to the GTA. Or maybe make this the start of a wonderful weekend vacation getaway in cottage country!
Hosted by Larry Funnell [email protected], 30 Porsches, 300 kilometres, cost $43 per person (includes Crossroads buffet lunch)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Celebrate all that is good and great about summer with this fabulous driving tour through Niagara wine country — a curvy route perfect for Porsches followed by a delicious gourmet southern-style cook-out crafted by local chef Collin Goodine and hosted by fellow club member Klaus Reif at his namesake Reif Estate Winery, a founding winery of the region situated on the Niagara River in Niagara-On-The-Lake!
In addition, Klaus will lead a private tour and tastings for his fellow club members and their guests.
And if that isn’t enough, Reif Estate Winery will offer a custom-labelled PCA UCR Special Reserve two-bottle pack (cabernet merlot and riesling) at a very special “club member only” price.
Klaus is a huge auto enthusiast and Porsche fan, currently owning many cars — several of them Porsches. Reif Estate Winery has played host to many car club get-togethers including Corvette (Klaus owns two) and Tesla.
This driving tour’s route is the very latest and greatest of Niagara’s twists and turns, honed to perfection over numerous PCA UCR driving tours, starting in the Hamilton area around noon and riding the mighty escarpment all the way into Niagara-On-The-Lake.
The tour wraps on the lawn of Reif Estate Winery where chef Collin Goodine crafts several new takes on southern cook-out favourites — buttermilk fried chicken, pulled pork, Philly cheesesteak, cedar-plank salmon, unique salads, finished with a selection of delectable desserts — that you won’t want to miss!
Being the long weekend, perhaps book a bed and breakfast, and make this driving tour into a little mini vacation in Niagara.
Hosted by Klaus Reif, [email protected], 30 Porsches, 200 kilometres, cost $62 per person (includes mini car show, private winery tour and tastings, and gourmet southern cook-out at Reif Estate Winery)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Erwin Komenda, designer, engineer and metallurgist, was one of the first hires to the newly founded Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH in 1931. Working with Porsche, he would design the bodywork for Auto Union and Cisitalia Grand Prix cars, the Volkswagen Beetle, and most importantly to Porschephiles, the 356 and 901. His simple, fluid design language continues in Porsches today, including the new 992 generation of the 911. Join this driving tour for an enjoyable day celebrating his accomplishments and the impact they have had on our favourite marque. Coffee, tea and delicious scones and tea biscuits are served at our starting location, located close to the lake in Oakville. A brief introduction to Komenda’s life and design precedes our setting off for a scenic and leisurely drive west along Lakeshore Road. We travel to Ontario’s best wine appellation, stopping at several favourite locations for wine tasting and other delights of the Beamsville Bench. An ability to appreciate fine food, beverages and great driving roads is highly encouraged.
Hosted by Stephen and Jenn Fowler, [email protected], 15 Porsches, $TBA per person (includes breakfast refreshments and winery tastings)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 19, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Driving Tour To South Coast Jazz Festival Weekend (Port Dover)
Sign up early for the second iteration of one of the most sought-after driving tours of the 2018 season! This time, we plan the tour as a full weekend event! As before, we depart from Milton and follow a special route over and around Hamilton Mountain and then stop for a group lunch enroute to Port Dover in Norfolk County, the home of a number of wineries and lavender farms. Jeremy outlined a great route in 2018 which had us crisscrossing the escarpment on some exciting roads, many of us felt this was the most fun driving tour we had been engaged in that year! Port Dover is the home of the South Coast Jazz Festival, now in its sixth year and attracting top-tier jazz and blues performers over the festival weekend (Saturday and Sunday), with the main event taking place Saturday evening. This driving tour includes a special ticket for each person to the festival which includes a reception, dinner and the evening performances. A special “Porsche Paddock” is again planned next to the main event venue, so parking at this busy festival is taken care of! On Sunday, a group brunch happens at the Brant Hill Inn, one of the focal points of the festival, followed by an exclusive boat tour of the Grand River. All included in this driving tour. A block of hotel and bed-and-breakfast rooms has been reserved but be warned — the number of hotel and rooms in Norfolk County is rather limited so, if you would like to reserve a room, please register early and then contact John Buckingham regarding the available accommodation options. In any case, the block of rooms will be released by July 1, in fairness to the demand from other festival participants. And the festival ticket gives you access to any of the other festival performances on Sunday. For more info on the festival, visit http://www.southcoastjazz.com/
Hosted by John Buckingham and Jeremy Gunness, [email protected], 25 Porsches, $226 per person (includes South Coast Jazz Festival ticket, lunch, reception, dinner, performances, brunch, boat tour)
Registration via ClubReg is currently open