Early Registration Success at ClubRegistration.net
By Mark Kalin, UCR Member Photos by Michael A. Coates, UCR Photographer (from Provinz, September 2016 page 28)
It’s Sunday, May 8th, it’s 5:59pm and I’m at my computer. My mouse pointer hovers in anticipation; my finger is ready to click. Registration for the Grand Niagara-on-the-Lake Fun Run opens at 6pm, and I am ready! Events like this seem to book up quickly, so if you’re interested, it’s best to sign up immediately. I’m interested—I’ve been going on Fun Runs for years with my boys, and they are a LOT of fun! Meeting fellow Porsche enthusiasts and driving in “the big line of cars”—as my youngest would say—are highlights. So a minute later, I click “Register”, sign up, and look forward to July 2nd.
The morning of the Fun Run started out on the cool side but it soon became hot and sunny—perfect weather. We made our way south from Ancaster towards the Grand River. I loved the drive along The Grand as the road winds gently and the scenery is fantastic. I noted that the route chosen by our hosts, Guenter and Michelle Gamauf, included several 80km/h zones—which kept us going at a good pace.
Having worked our way eastwards and northwards, our first pit stop—at the Peach Country Farm Market in Vineland—allowed us to enjoy freshly baked pastries and pies, fuel up with coffee, and purchase local preserves and cherries.
The next leg of the Fun Run took us through the area around Jordan—with its roads full of twisties, ups and downs, and dense forest. Breathtaking!
For lunch, we stopped at Rockway Vineyards, just west of St. Catharines. There, we enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting and a scrumptious meal while overlooking the golf course.
After some socializing, we entered the final leg of our Run. Heading east toward the Niagara River, we entered the tunnel under the Welland Canal. What a feral sound all of those Porsches made in there! The drive along the Niagara River was yet another fine stretch of driving, especially with all the elevation changes.
Our Fun Run concluded at the Avondale Dairy Bar in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we enjoyed small-batch, handmade ice cream. What a wonderful day. Many thanks go to our hosts Guenter and Michelle for organizing such an excellent event. See you next year!