By Doug & Mari-Lynn Wells, UCR Members (from Provinz August 2015 page 28)
Driving from our home in the London area, in our 2007 Cobalt Blue Porsche Boxster, we arrived at 9am in Duff’s Corners, Ancaster keen to join the 15 car entourage for UCR’s Fun Run on July 4. The anticipation of a perfect summer day to share with fellow Porsche enthusiasts was heartfelt after the previous rainy and stormy weekend.
Organizers Michelle and Guenter Gamauf gave us a warm welcome and provided us with detailed driving directions and Canada Day ‘Goodie Bags’ with treats for the Grand River to Niagara-on-the-Lake Fun Run.
The roads along the Grand River always impress us with their scenery, and are a great way to journey to the Niagara Region. The fruits of the season were available at our first stop at a roadside Country Market, though I think we just stopped there for the multiple selections of butter tarts!
Onwards to the sprawling vineyards of the region, we stopped at Rockway Vineyards Golf Wine Dine for a lesson in wine history, a tasting and lunch overlooking the golf course. It seemed that some of the group might have enjoyed taking in a few holes on the beautiful links.
On our way again, the anticipation mounted for the thrill ahead of us: the flat six symphony navigating under the Welland Canal through the tunnel on Thorold Stone Road. The Boxsters and Cabs in our group certainly had the best seats for that performance!
With a few of the group departing, the rest of our Porsches drove along the Niagara River Parkway towards Niagara-on-the-Lake. The steady stream of Porsches attracted lots of attention with visitors stopping to take pictures of the gorgeous scenery, while enjoying the bike paths on a lovely summer day.
As the day wrapped up, we reflected on the preparation that went into creating this event. The roads were perfect, no-one got lost, and the views were wonderful. All that was thanks to the careful planning of Guenter and Michelle, who always take a ‘dry-run’ of the route a few days before their Fun Run to ensure the roads are in good shape, to avoid construction detours, and to verify the ‘Fun’ aspects of the drive. Why wouldn’t you want to curve your way around their fabulous route more than once in a week?
We also thought about the memories that we were taking home with us: the drive, the sights, and the sounds, and of course spending time with all the new friends we meet at each Fun Run. Since getting our car in 2007, we usually do about 3 UCR Fun Runs per year: this one and the two Porsche of London Fun Runs.
Our growing group of Porsche Friends within UCR is one of the catalysts which keeps us coming back to experience new adventures on the winding roads of Ontario! And we even spent 17 days in Italy with 4 other couples last Fall! UCR has really expanded our horizons!