Wow, what a 24th birthday party at C & C this morning at Eagle Creek Starbucks in Victoria. Thanks to Aurelie & Robert for the wonderful birthday cake, Mark who accompanied us in an enthusiastic singing of Happy Birthday, and Wyman for taking pictures. Many thanks to Imogen for hosting and looking after facilitating the free beverages for the club members. Looks like everyone had a good time. ... See MoreSee Less
VANCOUVER AUTO ENTHUSIAST TRAFFIC VIOLATION ALERT: PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS AS AFFECTS YOU - THE AUTO ENTHUSIAST!
PLEASE SHARE TO OTHER VANCOUVER CAR CLUBS!
With spring around the corner, many of our Porsche Club members are getting ready to enjoy nice drives. However, we need to caution you about the possibility of receiving undeserved traffic violation tickets because you are driving a Porsche. Our member has commuted daily in his completely stock and unmodified 911 Targa 4S for the past 4 years (purchased new from Porsche Vancouver). His attention to safety is reflected on his clean driving record and by not having a single incident in his Porsches. Our member was crossing the Burrard Bridge, driving in traffic safely within the speed limits when he was stopped by a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officer. After he was pulled over, the VPD officer ordered him to reverse his car directly into oncoming traffic for over 50 feet across 3 lanes to park on the right shoulder of the bridge. Once parked the VPD officer performed a noise test using his handheld decibel reader which he held directly into our member’s exhaust system. The VPD officer instructed our member to rev his car to 3,500 rpm (why so high) in both normal and in sports mode. (As you can see from the video the Burrard Bridge is a noisy area that consistently produces loud background ambient noises that exceed 75 decibels. The VPD officer issued him a ticket EA00038512 for excessive noise. What we all need to know is that this ticket carries 3 demerit points which will adversely affect your ICBC drivers insurance premiums on all your vehicles (this member has 5 vehicles). The officer also issued him with Notice and Order 3526080 and instructed him to get a full vehicle inspection on his car at a Porsche Dealership. Our member promptly brought his car to Porsche Vancouver first thing the following morning. They directed him to BC inspection facility S13850 to get his car inspected. The vehicle inspection facility confirmed that his 911 Targa 4S was completely stock and completely unmodified and the noises emitted in both regular and sports mode were safely within the legal limits. Watch the video the video of Todd Coupal - Porsche Club Safety Chairman driving our member’s 911 Targa 4S at the same speed at the same location to recreate what happened). You must ask why this Porsche was targeted? This car is NOT loud in any way. Joel Parker - Porsche Club’s former Chairman who also drove our member’s car affirmed that this stock 911 Targa 4S isn’t a loud vehicle. On behalf of our members, we request to have a candid meeting and conversation with Deputy Chief Howard Chow and Superintendent Steve Eely and Inspector Earl Andersen to understand the VPD’s reasoning behind what happened to our member. As importantly we need to learn directly from them what our 800+ members can do to avoid a similar situation. We believe it is a matter of public trust. Trust between drivers and the Police are important. While nobody should pity Porsche owners, nobody should ever be targeted and unfairly punished because they drive a sports car. Please comment and forward this notice to friends from other automotive clubs and groups. Together we can work productively with the VPD to help make driving safe and also free from undeserved harassment. We sincerely look forward to hearing from officers Chow, Eely and Andersen and the VPD. This conversation is important and frankly long overdue. ... See MoreSee Less