SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 WAS A PERFECT FALL DAY for the inaugural, sold-out Porsche Centre Markham Driving Tour.
Porsche Centre Markham graciously opened its doors early and exclusively for UCR in advance of our departure. Adrian Vallejo and Jerome Hylton of the dealership hosted us, and they provided coffee and refreshments by Fleets coffee in a very cool-looking retro truck. After checking in at the registration desk, participants were welcome to fully explore this beautiful new dealership located at the north end of the Cadillac Fairview Markville Mall.
The drivers’ meeting commenced with UCR President Stefan Walther welcoming the group and thanking Porsche Centre Markham for its hospitality. The safety rules and guidance having been read, Porsche Driver’s Selection prizes were awarded for longest distance to the event, newest member coming out, most kilometres on their car, least kilometers on their car, and two Porsche-related trivia questions. Prizes included beautiful new 1:43-scale GT3 models in various colours (black, red, Shark Blue), as well as Porsche-crest high-ball glasses.
Engines were ignited and 23 beautiful Porsches left in a line. It was quite a sight.
The group left the dealership north and east on some hilly and scenic roads through northern York Region, and into Durham towards Uxbridge.
A slight error in turning onto a very scenic road in Uxbridge resulted in a forced U-turn. The sweep car realized the issue and radioed ahead. He then got into position to record a fantastic video of all the Porsches buzzing by, back onto the planned route. Particularly eye-catching — or perhaps ear-catching — was Porsche Markham’s silent electric Taycan quietly breezing past, a stark contrast to the couple of raucous GT4s. The video was shared on UCR’s Facebook and Instagram. Our destination for that leg was Heritage Park in Uxbridge for a leg stretch and P-talk among the very cordial group. It’s not just the cars, it’s the people.
Our next stop along the way was Port Perry, on the shores of Lake Scugog, and another park. Another video and picture opportunity was presented on the next leg of our trip, along the south shore of the lake on Highway 7.
I can’t tell you the delight we saw on the faces of the oncoming traffic, cyclists and pedestrians as they looked on in amazement at our group driving throughout the day.
After driving through Blackstock and south through Enniskillen, we travelled some very scenic roads to our final destination — the Oshawa Food Truck Corral in north Oshawa where over a dozen vendors provided many different kinds of foods.
If you haven’t yet experienced a drive together with some of your fellow club members, please consider doing so — the camaraderie and shared passion are well worth it. </>
Photography by Eshel Zweig