Derek’s Classic Corner

Yesterday I had an interesting thing happen, I had to go out and get milk and my 5 year old, Mitchell, asked “Daddy, can we take the Porsche?”

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It was from the time he was 4 that I’ve had Mitchell in the front seat of the Targa with me, as it has no airbags, and he absolutely loves it. I had not realized that this had made such an impression on him. What surprised me was the impression on the neighborhood children as well. The thumbs up we would get as we cruised to the store just shows that every kid loves a Porsche. [click to continue…]

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Springtime Repairs For Domino!

by Sales Team on April 23, 2012

April 21, 2012

Time to give Domino some much deserved attention this weekend.

The first item to be dealt with was to remove the door panels and secure the door speakers to remove the annoying rattles. After removing the upper door panel cover, lower door pockets, door handle, lock covers and door switches I was finally able to access the inside of the door. I installed Dynamat on both the speaker mounting panel and the inside of the door panel. After reinstalling the door panels and speakers I went for a quick drive – much better, no rattles and a more accurate and deep sounding bass! [click to continue…]

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Picture Day!

by Sales Team on October 17, 2011

Just like Elementary school, it was time for our Porsches to get their yearly pictures done. Gary Stewart was kind enough to offer up his boat landing at the Village of Ghost Lake over looking the Bow Valley. We all took turns getting the best shot then headed off to Kananaskis for shots in the mountains where the Ferrari Club met with the group. Danielle took some great photos of Domino and the group, see below…

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Riki Pereyl Memorial Drive

by Sales Team on October 10, 2011

What a beautiful day for a drive in the mountains. 48 cars including Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and others left the Crowfoot Parking lot Sunday morning, October 2nd, at 11:00 with a throng of people looking on. Perfect weather with an amazing backdrop of colors kept me and my son awing and ooing all day. The Porsche Club put on a great lunch at the Highwood House and an even better car show in the parking lot. This show of cars attracted a lot of attention (including a helicopter) with lots of cars and motorcycles stopping to take a look. A great job by the Club!

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Wurst Car Show

by Sales Team on October 7, 2011

Saturday morning, October 1st, we were met with cold and rain, yet we filled the Wurst parking lot with an assortment of Porsches ranging over 50 years. Numerous awards were handed out consisted of longest drive, oldest car and fan favorite. My son liked the yellow GT3 the best. We all enjoyed a brunch put on by the staff and camaraderie of all the Porsche members.

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Porsche Club Track Day

by Sales Team on October 5, 2011

The Wild Rose Porsche Club hosted the final Race City Track day on September 30th. I was lucky enough to be invited by Paul Botting (Track Chair) to come and watch. I was really lucky when I was able to not go on one but two sessions around the track in Paul’s 996 Turbo (500 HP…no 499.5HP – sorry Eric) and Doug Connons GT3. After a quick change of underwear I enjoyed watching everything from Porsches to Ferraris to Vipers circle the Calgary track for the last time.

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Domino No Start

by Sales Team on September 26, 2011

Domino has had a nasty habit of not starting at the most inopportune times. The first time was the Porsche BBQ at Fritz’s, next in front of the gym, another time in front of Lick’s Ice Cream store. Every time it required an embarrassing push start from anyone who would help. I put my arms up in despair and left it up to Ron (our Shop Foreman) to track it down. For two days he had it on the hoist and of course started every single time! Finally she displayed her temperamental ways and refused to start. Ron tracked it down to a corroded battery cable inside the positive battery terminal (see pictures below). This repair is just in time for the Porsche club’s Oktoberfest car show this Saturday and Final Official Drive on Sunday. Hope to see you there.

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Porsche AG held a conference at their Leipzig facility, home of the Cayenne and Panamera on June 27-29th, 2011. I accompanied Thomas Illner, After Sales Manager from Porsche Canada.

Upon entering the “diamond-like” form of the Customer Service Centre, one instantly knows you are in for something special.

Porsche wanted all the delegates from around the world to “experience” quality first hand, so we were split into 3 groups in the morning and sent on our way. Our group started off on the Porsche test track to drive 911’s, Caymans, Boxsters, Cayenne’s and Panamera’s.

The track consists of numerous corners from various tracks, including the infamous “corkscrew” of Laguna Seca. The lead instructor in a 911 Turbo set a fast pace that allowed some of us (meaning me!) to challenge our driving skills.

We then went to the off road area to test the new 2011 Cayenne on 60% grades and 2 foot deep water crossings. This takes place on a 6 kilometer unspoilt countryside with wild horses and aurochs (oxen) maintaining this natural reserve.

Our final stop (which I considered the most remarkable) was the assembly factory. Absolutely clean and organized, I could have stayed there all day and watched. All the vehicles have a Bluetooth enabled electronic transmitter attached to the drivers window. This relays the exact parts required for each station. The parts then show up at just the right time for the technician to install. The vehicles move on beech wood platforms so no static electricity will ever be transmitted.

We finally headed back for 1.5 days of meetings to discuss the role of Porsche AG in providing the best quality vehicles they possibly can. What was really interesting was the presentations by all the Porsche markets regarding how we (and the customer) see Porsche. Some very interesting facts out of China, they currently have 33 Porsche Centers, and expect to have 126 by 2020! I discovered during this discussion that Porsche will act on a quality issue that affects as little as .04% of the applicable cars. The parent company is keenly aware to constantly improve they must listen to the customer and adjust to changing markets.

I was honored to have been included in this conference. The capability and competence of Porsche and their staff impressed me to no end.


The Diamond


The real Transsyberia


The 918 is even more stunning in person!!

Derek Rush

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1st Drive With The Refurbished Targa Top

by Sales Team on July 7, 2011

I will be attending the monthly Porsche Club meeting this evening so I was able to drive Domino this morning. New Targa roof refurbishing by Chinook Upholstery has cut the wind noise down by 80%. Looks great as we used the original German vinyl and replaced the headliner/underlying foam and new Porsche hardware. Now I just have to adjust the Targa seals to the windows and that should take care of the rest.

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Garage Days Re-Revisited

by Sales Team on June 20, 2011

I attended Ken and Dina’s Garage Day on Saturday,a popular Wild Rose Porsche Club event. We were met with an immaculate garage full of Classic Porsches as well as a BBQ (thanks Dina!) fit for a king. The grey skies did not keep members away as the garage and back yard soon filled up. Jamie from Chinook Upholstery was on hand to demonstrate a dash repair,which he performed on my car.See pictures below for the miraculous transformation…highly recommended.

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