VIRPCA Executive

2017 Executive

President – Martin Mansfield

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I joined PCA in 2010 with a broken down 944. I was welcomed with open arms, over the years I have attended some amazing events and met a lot of new friends. I purchased my second Porsche in May 2013, a low kilometre Boxster S. I have served on the executive for awhile now first as the  Mid-Island Director, Vice President and now President. I have also served on the Black Rock
committee. I look forward to meeting all of you at our future events!

 

 

 

Vice President – James Renfrew

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Bought my first Porsche in my early twenties and haven’t looked back to another mark since.  Almost 20 years and three kids later, I still have my first Porsche.  A 1978 928 that’s grown with me too.  I’ve restored the car and upgraded it with some late model improvements too.  The 928 had been a little heavy around the autocross courses though.  So I’ve added a 914 to my garage as my latest project.  It has an upgraded 2.2 liter 914 motor now but waiting in the wings is it’s new power plant, a 1995 Carrera 4 motor.  As you can tell, I do like my vintage Porsches. The new ones are “OK” too of course.  Hope to see you out there!

 

 

 

Secretary – Michael Holan

I have admired the 928 ever since it came out, but unlike James, I never did buy one. Eventually though, in image11999, my wife Krystyna and I bought a matching pair of red S model Porsches … bikes that is. Great handling, wind in our hair and lots of fun. Dead reliable as well!!! Then we added a 2003 Boxster, which has now been with us for 12 years. Great handling, wind in our hair and also lots of fun.
After recently retiring we moved to the Victoria area and joined the Porsche club in May. We are thoroughly enjoying the experience. As the club’s new secretary, I look forward to helping make the upcoming year another ‘Porsche filled extravaganza’. 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer – Tim Evanstim-082361-1

I have been a member of the Porsche Club since 2014, when I purchased my first Porsche, a 1986 Carrera. The Carrera is now gone but it was replaced with a guards red 1986 944 Turbo, which comes with a great story I’ll save for another time.

I was born and raised in Victoria and after attending Camosun College I worked in the banking industry in Vancouver for 11 years before returning to Victoria to take up a job in finance at BC Ferries. After a 28-year career there, I retired at the end of 2013. I have owned a few sports cars in my time, but after retirement I decided it was time to get a Porsche. Knowing a few Porsche owners who were part of the Porsche club, it sounded like a great group, and with a Porsche in the garage, we (my wife, Marilyn, is an associate member) paid our membership and joined PCA.

Since joining, we have enjoyed many driving events and get-togethers, including attending Black Rock in 2015 and Whistler Weekend this past August. That’s what makes the Porsche Club such a great group, friendly people and good times!

I’m looking forward to being a part of the executive for 2017 and hope to meet a lot of you at upcoming events.

 

Webmaster – Dave Nickel

I started off my career in the 70’s at BCIT becoming an Electronics Technologist. Worked my way through several companies in Vancouver and became a Programmer Analyst. My wife and I decided to have/raise our children in a smaller town so we quit our jobs and moved to Campbell River in 1989. We bought a jewellery store and ran that for 12 years where I became a Goldsmith. I currently work for Telus as a Network Tech bringing the joys IP to everyone. Cars were late in life, I bought the last new TR7 in Vancouver and sold it 10 months later due to rust, grinding gears and Luca Prince of Darkness. In 2007 I bought a friend’s 944 and got the bug with my son Derek’s help; he forced me to join this little club I had never heard of 😉

Soon followed by the 944S2 and the 968 that we tastefully modded and supercharged! Now if I had only bought a 993 when they were ½ price….

 

Newsletter Director – Steve Fairbrother

DD3BECA8-C3AC-44D1-AB5D-6764EAE90740In July 2015 I retired with my wife to Lake Cowichan from Victoria after 38 years in the IT industry in UK and Canada.
I have volunteered for a number of years in roles of Treasurer, Editor, Webmaster and Secretary in organizations such as:- Victoria Macintosh & iOS Users Group, Victoria Horticultural Society and our children’s school PAC.
I have always loved cars and enjoy most  motor sports and held a British Racing license a long time ago!  I bought my first Porsche in 2008, a Cayenne S. However, I am looking forward to receiving a new Macan S for Christmas 2015.
I look forward to being your Newsletter Director, please keep me up to date with your own Porsche related information so we can spread the word about these great cars, both old and new!

 

Membership Director – John McGurran

img_20160421_170948I have been a member of the Vancouver Island Region of PCA for three years and joined the executive as secretary in 2015.

I look forward to serving the club as membership director in 2017 where my goal is to help improve our members’ experience of their cars and of the club through our touring, social and competitive events.

By the way, I have the perfect car: a 2001 996 C4 which, with summer and winter wheel sets, serves as my daily driver.  In addition to its awe-inspiring driving characteristics it is large enough to hold a double bass.  Bet you did not know that!

Competition Director – Conrad Peden

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I bought first Porsche in 1993, a Signal Orange 72′ 914, and (as a gift from my wife) been member since 1994.  Activities in the club are primarily Autocross and supporting some charity events, time(family) permitting.

Over the years my corral of of 914’s has grown and, like stray puppies, I haven’t been able to turn one away. I now have two more 914’s, both 73’s and they have a friend over to play, a 71 914 with aspirations of becoming more ‘Porsche’ than its previous incarnation. Hopefully somewhere around the low 2.? L turbo six. Ya never know, I’ve seen some pretty odd powerplants shoehorned into 914’s.
Ya Baby, lets autocross!!

 

Mid-Island Director – Dean Aikenhead


Born Cowichan valley
Age: 53
Married 26 years to Ann
Passions: great food, wine, cooking, cars, making or building stuff
Education: Certified Chef de Cuisine
Started driving when I was 3 driving the hay truck on the farm.
Started racing my mothers landcruiser 4×4 when I was 13 Got my 1st Porsche for my 50th a 1989 911 cabriolet. I now drive a 2009 Cayman S.

 

North Island Director – Wendy Woodley

wendywI joined the Club, along with my husband Gary, in August 2012 just after the purchase of our 2002 Boxster 986 310, which we found by the side of a road in Comox, with a “For Sale” sign, on our way to the Comox Valley Airport on business. What first caught our eye, was the beautiful dark green colour, which we now know as “Rainforest Green Metallic”. After visiting the Airport we went back for a further inspection, yes, it was covered with dust, plus the top was covered with white cat hair, but other than that, looked good enough to call the owner. He was the second owner, buying the Boxster from a used car lot in California. The first owner purchased from Nieillo’s in Sacramento.

When I met Gary many years ago, he was driving a “British Racing Green” 1967 Sunbeam Tiger, and a member of Victoria Motor Sports Club. I enjoyed many years in V.M.S.C. competing in Speed Trials @ Bamberton, Sprints at Western Speedway, Autocrosses and rallys. We also had an M.G. Midget and M.G.B., I had been wanting another sports car, now we have the greatest sports car we have ever had, and enjoy every minute of driving, and meeting the people.

My other big love is Mount Washington, we have been downhill skiing since it opened in 1979. We purchased our condo in the original “Alpine Village” in 1988, which we still enjoy today, along with going into my 15th year as a volunteer Resort Host. I ran a B. & B. in a friends chalet in the mid 80’s, started an accommodation company in 1989, which I sold after 6 years, then started my second B. & B. “The Cat’s Meow” for 6 years and enjoyed rehosting some guests from my first B. & B.

Skiing in the winter, with drives on sunny days, more drives in the summer, plus VIR events, what more could you want! Look forward to getting to know more members, and being the North Island Director. If you have any thoughts on events you would like to see, please be in touch.   Cheers!!

P.S.  I know Peter will not like to hear this, but we do call the Boxster Princess, from time to time.

 

South Island DirectorDidier Moinier

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I was born and grew up in Casablanca, Morocco. Cars have been my passion since childhood. From my late teen to mid twenties I owned sport cars and ran races of tourism series cars.

In 1975 I immigrated to Canada after spending 6 years in the French Army where I became a helicopter pilot. As a professional helicopter pilot, holding an Airline Transport Pilot License, I had the opportunity to fly all over Canada including the Territories, Arctic and East Coast offshore as well on contracts overseas. Later I focused on Business Development for Vancouver Island Helicopters which took me to 81 countries around the world. I still travel looking for business opportunities for our helicopter services.

I have been married to Maxine for almost 40 years, we have a daughter Storm who is married to Sam and the light of all our lives is our grandson Leon who will be 3 next April.

Following my passion for safety and excellent mechanic that I experienced while flying the 15 different types of helicopter that I am endorsed on. In January 2011, I got my first Porsche, a beautiful 1997 Carrera 993 Cabriolet, and Arctic Silver. At the same time I joined the PCA and discovered then a fantastic group of Porsche owners/enthusiasts in the VIRPCA.

 

Past President  – Brad Blaney

oct-2016I purchased my first Porsche way back in 1975. It was a sunshine yellow 914 with only 6000 miles on the clock. I loved that car and enjoyed it for 5 years. Two more 914’s in the 90’s and then a 944 followed. While I appreciated the ride, handling, more horsepower and QUIET of the 944, I soon missed not having a convertible. So in 2005, I purchased a 1995 968 Cabriolet. It rode and handled even better than the 944, had more horses and of course, I could once again drive with the wind in my hair! After more than a decade of 968 ownership, it was time for a change. So I purchased my current ride, a 2006 Boxster S. Wow, things just get better with every ‘new’ Porsche!

My association with the Porsche club began when I joined in 1997. I served as the club Secretary in 2000 & 2001, was the Membership Director from 2005 through 2011, Vice President in 2013 and President in 2014 & 2015. Now I’m the ‘Past Prez’. I’ve auto crossed, cruised to up island events, attended show and shines, tech nights, breakfast drives, banquets and PCA Parade. I can be found most Sunday mornings having coffee with the gang. Come join us!