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Mother's Day at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Mother's Day at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Vancouver Island
Sunday, May 8, 2016 -
8:00am to 2:00pm
Victoria
British Columbia

Mothers’ Day at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Article by Kevin Carlé, Barry Patchett’s photos

Members of the Vancouver Island Section spent a very special Mothers’ Day May 8 this year. Over thirty members and their guests spent the day driving their cars at the new Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit in Cowichan, BC, owned by the GAIN Dealer Group.

The GAIN Dealer Group operates 10 automotive dealerships on Vancouver Island representing brands such as: Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, MINI, Subaru, Smart, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Sprinter.

“It was a fabulous day!” exclaimed Rob Watson who was one of three section members who organized the event. “We were invited by Three Point Motors, The Mercedes-Benz dealership here in Victoria, to spend a day on the circuit in recognition of our section’s on-going support for the brand.”

Members drove their own cars on the 2.3-kilometer circuit under the watchful and encouraging eyes of the Circuit’s professional driving instructors. And there were a variety of models ranging from a smart car, to various SLs, MLs, GLs and other models. One member even drove her classic Alfa Romeo as only marques that are sold by GAIN were permitted on the Circuit.

“We wanted to enable our local Mercedes-Benz Club members to fully experience the facility,” said Brent Evans, who is the operations manager at the 19 acre site. Brent is a familiar face to section members as he and other GAIN performance driving instructors have conducted Mercedes-Benz Experience Driving Program sessions sponsored by Three Point Motors for years.

The day included an introduction to the clubhouse, the pit garages and of course, the circuit itself. Additionally, Chef Castro Boateng and his team prepared a wonderful lunch from the Paddock Lounge.

The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is the first of its kind in Canada and was officially opened in early June. GAIN President Peter Trzewik is hoping to entice over 450 members. Its exclusive offerings include the 15,000 square foot clubhouse which features a presentation centre, observation deck, meeting rooms for driver training and four fully equipped pit garages. GAIN and the Island Circuit have also partnered with Villa Eyrie Resort, a 40 suite European themed hotel north of Victoria, BC near the scenic Malahat summit. Helipads at the hotel and the Island Circuit will enable visiting members to travel directly and quickly between the two venues. Members will also be able to store their cars and have them track-prepared by the Island Circuit technicians on site.

Designed by Tilke Engineers and Architects, a German firm with extensive experience in building race tracks, it features 19 turns over 2.3 kilometres and has some “eye-watering” elevation changes. The website can be found at   www.islandmotorsportcircuit.com

 “We were honoured to be the first car club invited to the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit and even before the official opening,” said Rob Watson. “In recognition of this wonderful opportunity, we raised  $1,550 CDN through a $50 per driver registration fee. The money will go toward one of GAIN’s charitable causes”.

All in all, it was a fabulous Mothers’ Day filled with the sounds of revving engines, snarling exhausts, some tire squealing, great food, and huge smiles all under sunny skies at a fantastic facility. 

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