Blue Mountains Art Appreciation Driving Tour

2018 Edition: A Co-host’s perspective

IT WAS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING in Primrose and the Porsches kept arriving at Superbuger/Supercoffee. The weather forecast was perfect. By 9:30 am there were 31 Porsches in various models and colours accompanied by 60 very enthusiastic drivers and co-drivers gathered for our 9th annual driving tour through the Blue Mountains. All participants had signed the necessary PCA waivers, received the route instructions, maps and quiz questions from co-hosts and registrars Paul and Peggy Biggin and were eager to get on the road.

Many participants were seen carefully studying the quiz questions that my wife Hazel de Burgh had devised. The first few questions related to the colours of the Porsches in our group, and the people driving them. Rymal and Ruth Smith were quite popular in their signal yellow 1968 912, the oldest Porsche at the event. Some questions related to art along the route, and other questions could only be answered by personally visiting the 14 Art Galleries that were featured in our tour.

After a thorough pre-departure meeting, the first group of 16 cars followed Hazel and me, in her 911 Turbo Cabriolet, on the first leg of our tour into the village of Creemore. I was the driver and Hazel was the navigator/photographer. We travelled some of our favourite Porsche-friendly roads in the area, featuring many hills and twisties, for an hour of pure driving pleasure. The second group of cars followed Paul and Peggy in their Boxster. At the back of this second pack was the “sweeper” Boxster driven by Morley Bercovitch, with his wife Joan as navigator. In Creemore, the participants visited their first two art galleries on the “quiz” and many were tempted by the baked delights offered by Creemore’s local coffee shops.

The next hour of our driving tour featured more twisty roads and some of the most stunning and expansive views of the area. My personal favourite was the view of Beaver Valley spilling into Georgian Bay, while Hazel’s favourite is the million-dollar “Blue Mountain High” view of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Southern Georgian Bay.

We travelled some of our favourite Porsche-friendly roads in the area, featuring many hills and twisties, for an hour of pure driving pleasure.

Our lunch stop this year was at the Crow Restaurant in the Town of Collingwood. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals which were pre-chosen from 3 appetizers and 4 main courses. I raved about the flavours in the “Spicy Honey Pulled Ontario Duck Asian Pancakes” appetizer, followed by an award-winning grass fed beef burger, while Hazel thoroughly enjoyed her cappellini pasta and black tiger shrimp. Afterwards, our group descended upon the town to explore the galleries featured in our tour: Tremont Studios in one of Collingwood’s historic buildings and the Butter Gallery on Hurontario Street were both big hits. 

By 2:20pm, we were back on the road again for the final leg of our tour. After another hour of driving bliss and an hour to visit ten galleries in Thornbury and Clarksburg, our day ended with a reception at our home alongside the Beaver River in Clarksburg. After all that driving and quiz answering, everyone enjoyed a spread of smoked salmon, charcuterie, various cheeses, crackers and other munchies. Thirst was quenched by a selection of local craft beers, cider, wine, iced tea, Perrier and ice water. A sweet table of cookies, squares and other desserts was also very popular. 

While many were socializing and enjoying the après-drive reception, Hazel and a group of volunteers were busy scoring the participant’s quiz sheets.

While many were socializing and enjoying the après-drive reception, Hazel and a group of volunteers were busy scoring the participant’s quiz sheets. Porsche cars Canada had donated 2 prizes to add to the impressive collection of Porsche related items that Hazel had assembled over the past year. First Place on the podium, with an impressive score of 53/60, went to Jack and Joan Vanderkooy. In 2nd place was Marianne Neuper & Martin Lustyk followed by John & Cathy Van de Vegte. The other quiz prize winners were Dave & Judy Gartside in 4th and tied for 5th place were Rob & Debbie Pogue and Tom & Heather Christensen.

With so many Porsche goodies still available, a random draw awarded participation prizes to solo-driver Paul Laroque, along with Charlene Mattila & Charles Duncan, Don Lewtas & Barbara Mitton, Walter Murray & Sheila Harwood and Jay & Joanne Diament.

Stay tuned and plan on joining us for next year’s Tenth Anniversary Blue Mountains Driving Tour! </>

By Martin Tekela, UCR Member and Past President, 2009 & 2010 | Photos by Eshel Zweig

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