The 6th Comox Valley Cars & Coffee

By Wendy Woodley
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The 6th Comox Valley Cars & Coffee was held on Sat. Sept. 12 @ Crown Isle Plaza, in the parking lot across from Starbucks under wonderful sunny skies.  We had a great attendance with 13 Porsches, many for the Comox Valley, plus Campbell River, Parksville, Nanoose Bay, and Duncan.  We also enjoyed meeting 2 possible new members, one with a 2006 Boxster and the other a 1987 Carrera Targa.

 

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We then proceeded on a short drive with 9 Porsches to Goose Spit, Comox where we had the privilege of a tour conducted by Lt. Christopher Martin of H.M.C.S. Quadra, the home of Cadet Summer Training Centre, primarily focused on training Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. Based on age, experience and personal choice of subject matter, cadets participate in training courses of 2 – 3, 6 or 8 weeks in length.  This facility has seen military use since the 1700’s, we saw 2 cannons mounted on wooden wheels, dating from 1903, and still used today for ceremonies.  One of the newest buildings, is the beautiful canteen building, which can serve over 700 people in cafeteria style, and has has a lovely view facing south towards Denman Island. This building houses two cases of silver donated by the Weston family, of grocery store fame.  We saw the “Confidence” course area and also the wharf, where traditionally, the cadets jump into the water, quite a distance below.  Lt. Martin look us into one of many buildings that provide homes to cadets, these were built in the 1960’s, very basic, but provide the necessities.  We were also given information of the endangered Sand-verbena Moth, and shown its habitant.  Lt. Martin told us he had been cadet here in the 1980’s and felt privileged to now be in charge of this beautiful and important piece of B.C. history.  We also learned that other times of the year, it is utilized by the R.C.M.P, Search and Rescue and other units of the Canadian Armed Forces, so it is busy place year round.  Next stop was Locals Restaurant, located in the famous Old House on Courtenay River, and a delicious lunch was enjoyed.  Paul Atterton and his wife Bev White, gave a brief talk on their experiences taking in the entire 1st Zone 6 Grand Tour July 25 – Aug. 8 they had a GRAND TIME.

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