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North American Porsche gathering to be held at Sun Peaks

 | September 8, 2010

Car aficionados will have a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most coveted cars in the world at the Porsche Club of America’s (PCA) Escape 2010 event in Sun Peaks. The event runs from Sept. 9 to 12.

The Escape 2010 is a special annual event where Porsche club members from all over Canada and the U.S. can socialize and build camaraderie without the competition. It’s a sold-out event with over 350 attending.

“Usually our event is regional only, but this one is an official North American event, (it’s the first time it’s ever been) hosted in Canada,” said Daniel Ilias, head organizer and vice president of PCA’s Canada West Region.

As an added bonus, representatives of the Porsche AG in Germany are bringing the newest Porsche models in North America to the mountain, including the new Cayenne S Hybrid. The Cayenne S Hybrid, which has a 193 g/km emission, is the cleanest vehicle among all Porsche models. Other new models that will be on display are the 911 Turbo S, Panamera 4S, Cayman S and the Boxster Spyder.

Having enjoyed Porsche Canada West Weekend at Sun Peaks for the last four years, Ilias said it made sense to choose the mountain community to host this event.

“It gives us an opportunity to showcase a beautiful part of our province,” said Ilias. “We have people who are driving from as far away as Texas, North Carolina and New Mexico, so to them it will be a great introduction to our province and a place like Sun Peaks.”

But the beautiful view of the alpine in the summer isn’t the only thing to look at. On Saturday, Sept. 11, a fleet of 125 Porsches will line the village for the Show and Shine event.

“It’s more than double the cars we normally have,” said Ilias. While most of the activities are geared for members, this is an opportunity for the public to chat with the owners, see the shiny cars lining the village, and vote for your favourite car of the bunch.

“There’s also a winter display by Porsche which is fun and interesting,” said Ilias. “That will be open as well for people to view.”

Members will enjoy scenic driving tours in and around Sun Peaks, golfing, a spa treatment for the ladies and other organized events.
Part of the event for this year is raising awareness for the British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents’ Association, a non-profit organization that supports parents of children with cancer. A fundraising auction will be held during the member only evening gala and banquet. All of the proceeds will go to the charity.

“It’s a good opportunity of introducing the public to our club and to our activities. There’s a big misconception that all Porsche owners are very, very wealthy. That’s not the case. We come from all walks of life and all sorts of income. You can purchase a Porsche for less than $10,000—a used one. It doesn’t matter how expensive your car is; it’s all unified by the love of the brand and the cars themselves.”

For more information or to donate to the charity, contact Daniel Ilias at 604-617-1116.

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