By Emma Sachs, PCA UCR Member Photos by Wolgang (Sonny) Lott (from June 2107 Provinz page 14)
The fifth annual PCA UCR Open House – Shift into Spring, took place on Sunday April 30th at 427 Auto Collision. Despite the challenging weather, this major event of the year was well attended by a few hundred members and guests. A Toronto Police Officer was on duty to help with the incoming traffic.
The UCR Spring Rally was held on the same day, starting out in Mississauga and ended at the open house with rally cars arriving just before lunchtime.
For members and guests wanting to learn about UCR, events and activities, event Chairs had set up tables, providing useful information about monthly Socials, Autocross, Driver Education, Introductory Driver School, Club Race, Concours d’Elegance, Driven to Smile, Driving Tours, Fun Runs, Rallies, Street Survival School, Targa, Vehicle Appraisers and more. Racks of UCR logo Porsche attire and more was on sale by the UCR Goodie Store in a separate room.
Kathrin Menge – Customer Relations Manager, Porsche Cars Canada, brought in souvenir posters for all attendees. They were eagerly grabbed by everyone, especially the younger ones.
Other vendor tables included Porsche merchandise, such as parts, helmets, tools and cleaning supplies. Some bigger Porsche parts were available at the parts swap tables managed by Mark Solomon.
Several race cars were displayed: Porsche Cayman and 944 by Ernie Jakubowski – Mantis Sport, and Porsche GT3 by John Montgomery – JRP. An older Porsche 911 represented the 911 Long Hood group.
An excellent barbecue buffet was provided by 427 Auto Collision and expertly prepared by the team of young cooks led by Jessica and Gabriel D’Alessandro. Raffle tickets were distributed at the lunch station in exchange for a minimum donation of $5, with all the proceeds matched by 427 Auto Collision and going to their favoured Charity — The Children’s Wish Foundation.
After lunch, Spring Rally winners received trophies presented by Rally Chair Sajjad Butt. The Raffle draw followed, with tickets drawn by our hosts Frank, John, Lorenzo and Ralph. The UCR Goodie Store provided ten $50 gift certificates. Lucky winners present at the draw received these certificates and other vendor donated gifts.
This annual event was hosted for the 4th time by 427 Auto Collision and a Recognition Certificate was presented to the D`Alessandro family by Kathleen Wong, President and Gregory Sachs, Open House Chair. Kathleen also thanked all UCR volunteers, Peter Helston (sponsorship-vendors), Neil Dowdell (coffee and donuts), Mark Solomon (parts swap) and Gregory Sachs.
Big thanks to all who attended and made the event a great one!