Why Start a Car Website?

One thing I had always wanted to find was a website where I could go to find out what was happening in the local Victoria, Vancouver Island and Pacific Northwest car scene and find links to all those other sites that are car-related that I follow. In discussing this with my wife Marilyn on many occasions, she finally said why don’t you build one? Well it’s not that I didn’t want to do it, I just didn’t know how to go about it, then I got introduced to WordPress. This is supposedly the tool for the “do-it-yourself “website builder and is very easy for the novice. Right, what was I thinking! It turns out it’s not quite as easy as they make it out to be. After many, many hours of frustration working on it with help from my friend Jo-Lee and video’s on YouTube, I’m finally ready to put it out there.

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I’ve started out with a simple website (my lack of website skills probably is a factor as well) in the hopes that over the next six months with feedback from readers and meeting people at events it will evolve in to a significant resource for all things car. While my main interest is sports cars (sorry, anything with four doors is not a sports car) and sports car racing I also am a keen follower of Formula 1, hence the planned trip to Montreal this year. Of course there is still Goodwood and Monterey etc. on my list, but maybe next year. In the meantime I’ll continue to enjoy the many amazing vehicles, owners and  shows right here in Victoria and Vancouver Island and of course there is the weekly Saturday evening at Francelli’s.

I know there are so many more knowledgeable and interesting car people out there, events I haven’t included in the calendar, and hidden treasures in garages still to be discovered. Your input and ideas will help me make this website a better resource and I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Tim

New Porsche Dealership

Porsche owners will finally get their own stand-alone dealership. The German Auto Import Network is getting ready to build again. The local Porsche dealer is a supporter of the local Porsche club and I’m sure will include them in the invite to the grand opening.

Having recently re-established an Audi dealership, set up a temporary Porsche showroom and built a brand new BMW dealership in Victoria, the company is about to hire contractors to establish a new high-end Porsche dealership and refurbish its recently acquired Volkswagen dealership.

Spokesman Peter Trzewik said a $4.5 million, two-floor, 16,000 square foot building — akin to a “jewelry case” for Porsche’s high-end automobiles — will soon be built near Douglas and Audley streets behind the A&W restaurant. When that is complete, the neighbouring Volkswagen dealership will be brought up to date.

“We can’t wait to start,” said Trzewik, noting the German Auto Import Network had hoped to begin the Porsche construction five months ago. “We have the development permit and the design panel has passed it, we’re just waiting for a building permit.”

“It won’t be a big dealership, but it will be a very nice building and state of the art,” Trzewik said, noting the design is dictated by Porsche.

The entrance to the service department will be from Audley Street with a ramp to the upper car lot. The two-storey building will house the parts and service departments on the ground level with sales above.

The move has been in the works since the network bought Speedway Motors, and its Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen dealership from Roy Passmore in 2011.

Trzewik said neither Audi, Porsche nor Volkswagen wanted to be grouped in one dealership.

“They are somehow all joined at the hip, but they are all very different businesses with different business models,” he said.

So, when the network established the BMW dealership near Songhees, the Audi brand was re-located to the former BMW lot at the corner of Yates and Cook streets. At the same time, Porsche was established in a temporary location at the corner of Blanshard and Caledonia, across from Save On Foods Memorial Centre.

“It’s been fun to bring the dealership into its [individual] brands and to give Audi a home it belongs in,” said Trzewik, noting sales of Audi vehicles have increased by about 50 per cent as a result. “That’s because there’s focus on one brand, not three.”

When it’s complete, possibly by the end of this year, the new Porsche dealership will solve a problem that has developed due to sales and service being separate.

“There is a disconnect now. Porsche customers love seeing their cars from the bottom and talking to technicians. They tend to be motorheads and love talking about their automobiles,” he said.

As for the Volkswagen building, the showroom which had been separated for the three brands will be opened to better showcase just Volkswagen cars and will be expanded to about 7,300 square feet from 6,000 square feet.

The dealership will also be brought more in line with other Volkswagen dealerships, with additional glass and a yellow arch in front replaced with white framing.

The renovation is expected to take about six months, but won’t start until work on the Porsche dealership is complete.

The Volkswagen Group is the world’s third largest seller with 7.14 million vehicles sold last year, trailing leader Toyota and No. 2 General Motors.