HELLO FELLOW UCR MEMBERS, it was such a great pleasure to meet so many of you at my first club social at Hansa Haus on Tuesday, Aug. 10. The sold-out event with almost 100 attendees was the first opportunity for club members to gather in-person for a club social since the onset of the pandemic, in 17 months. I think everyone had a great time. What were your thoughts?
As a new UCR board member, I offered to take some photos at the event — and I’m so glad that I did. I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about the rich history of our club.
Lots of amazing prizes were won by many club members, both for the in-person and virtual audiences, generously donated by Porsche Canada, the UCR Goodie Store and CollectorCarCanada.ca. One of the prizes was a very special keepsake from the Porsche Museum in Germany, the Electrified book, which tied in perfectly with the special guest that Porsche Canada brought along for the evening, a Neptune Blue Taycan Cross Turismo, the first in Canada.
Congratulations to our Zoom prize winners Weyman Jang, Frank Di Liso and Lizann Reitmeier who each won a hat from the UCR Goodie Store. In-person prize winners included Bill Neill, Peter Hoffman, Rob West, Noel George, Peter Blake, Rosemary Adam, Stephen Oakley, Laurel Ward and Minesh Dattani.
I hope you are liking the new SWAG as much as I am. Loving my new hat which is coming in handy in my little Boxster this summer. Thanks to Andy Hunt of the Goodie Store for being on site with a pop-up store. Do you have your club SWAG yet? Check the club website to order online, otherwise the Goodie Store always has a presence at the larger in-person signature events such as the Concours d’Elegance, Shift Into Spring Open House and Annual Picnic.
As this was the first in-person club social in 17 months, most new members in attendance had already been welcomed at one of the many virtual events, as well they had received their new club pins and window decals in the mail. However, one new member was very fresh, having just signed up for the club and then this social in the nick of time — welcome Greg Potapenko. It was great to meet you in person, Greg.
Finally, a big thank-you to Kush Obhrai of Porsche Canada for joining us for a presentation of the Neptune Blue Taycan Cross Turismo. I think everyone was intrigued and inspired by this stellar electric vehicle.
We look forward to seeing you at our next in-person event, the Autumn Twilight Social hosted by Porsche Centre Markham. In the meantime, feel free to connect with me via E-mail at email@example.com or follow my adventures on Instagram, handle @kerrilindelking. Stay safe and stay healthy, my friends. </>
Story by Kerri King
Photos by Eshel Zweig, Graham Jardine and Kerri King