Saturday, October 26, 2013

PORSCHE CENTRE OAKVILLE-CANADA -GRAND OPENING....

So this trip & story began almost a year ago when we hosted a party for Porsche during the LA AUTO SHOW at our DTLA loft,i was fortunate to meet a guy by the name of Francesco Policaro -who told me he was going to be opening up a Porsche dealership in Canada & would be inviting us up !

 

naturally i thanked him for the invite & then proceeded to forget all about it -well about 6 weeks ago i received a phone call from Canada!

it was Francesco inviting us up to Canada for a few days for his new mega 60,000 PORSCHE centre oakville opening ,

 

as luck would have it he even offered to ship my race car up there for the event as well ( the car was picked up in Raleigh NC & shipped up to Canada )

 

so last Saturday with our bags packed Karen & i Headed out to LAX 



5 HOURS later we we in Toronto -Canada.

we were met  Curbside at the airport by PCO mobility specialists Bob & Gary -who handed us the keys to Francesco

personal car - a 7 speed manual 991 with a duck tail no less..


once again the PORSCHE gods were smiling down on us..

we were staying in downtown Toronto for the first 2 nights in the cool hotel Le Germain on Mercer street right in the heart of the Entertainment district....

our room # :)

 

sunday was spent doing a little local sightseeing in Toronto..



sure is a lot of construction going on in Toronto...

this is for Tony Arendt -(DP on Urban outlaw) -his latest film

 thankfully the sun was shinning & the rain held off....

 karen filling good about having here picture taken-

kittens got claws :)


downtown Toronto has some bad roads & a lot of one way streets - the marathon helped out as well !

we visited the cool distillery district...

drove the 991 some more....

7 speed manual box is addictive


sport plus mode is the way to go..

people sure do LOVE the way this car looks..

the next day Monday we checked out of the Hotel & headed west.....

1 st stop 

HUNTER MOTORSPORTS, our Buddy & Urban Outlaw Canadian Tamir Moscovic gets his car worked on here...

Brent & the gang are a cool bunch & have a very tidy shop..

check em out here.

www.huntermotorsports.ca

next up Niagara Falls-the canadian side....

got back in the 991 & headed onto the QEW.....


LONDON buses go everywhere :)

 

more tourist stuff...

991 ...


next stop...................

PORSCHE CENTRE OAKVILLE...

60,000 sg ft of porsche paradise............

Checked on 277 ,met the crew & took a tour.....


 

a small gathering of cool cars were set up in the garage 

 

 



jay Lloyds ULTRA COOL 81 -934 inspired 550 HP Turbo..

jay is the classic car consultant at the Porsche center Oakville -PCO -a 40 year Porsche veteran ,my new buddy & all round cool dude -Not bad for an Aussie :)


this 76-930 belongs to Bill MacEachern & has almost a millon KM on the clock !!!!

jay,bill & i

 

this came from the Porsche Museum !

the service center..


service technicians...


 

now for the big GRAND OPENING......


these guys were on hand to park some cars.......

an estimated 1000 people showed up !

the sun went down & the fun began...


 i did a little interview with these guys before it got crazy.



people showed up 

Champagne  was poured...

beer was drank..

music was played....

 

MORE people showed up..



food and drinks were served all night long.....










people liked what they saw....






a meet a lot of people that follow my blog & posts..






Francesco gave a heart felt passionate speech to the packed room.


Bernd Maier from Porsche AG  was on hand to give a speach & a special gift.

 


Detlev von Platen & a few other Porsche Execs were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

  Detlev von Platen & Alexander Polich


with a few snips of the scissors the PORSCHE CENTRE OAKVILLE   was officially open...


Francesco & the entire Policaro family & PCO team have done a spectacular job in creating a truely inspiring Porsche facility,

the standard & bar have been set very high......

give them a call or stop on by if you are in the area.

www.oakville.porschedealer.com

many,many thanks to larry & anna at 7communications and

 

Francesco,Natasha & the entire Policaro family for their generosity & support.

 

cheeRS

magnus & karen.


 

5 comments:

  1. Don't take offense to my humble opinion, but I believe you have it wrong...the Porsche Gods do not smile down on you....you make the Porsche Gods smile!! Thanks for enhancing their works of art they call their automobiles.

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  2. Magnus, are you still in Toronto? I would love to show you around with a local's knowledge and grab an espresso(i know the best places in town) and chat.

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