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Old 03-18-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default The new GTG in the GTA every Saturday morning

I've decided to start a new thread since we will be starting off fresh with a new location for April 2016.

Our summer location at Chapter's is closing and will most likely be demolished to make way for condos. It served us well for 10 years and allowed the GTG to grow from a handful of diehard attendees to close to 40 cars on some of the sunnier summer Saturdays. The GTG has spawned many friendships over the years, and served as a good meeting point for drives too.

As you can well imagine, finding a location that has parking, convenient access from major highways and some nearby facilities (bathrooms, coffee, shopping) is a real challenge. No location is ever perfect nor can it please everyone.

So we're going to do things a little differently and "audition" several locations over the next few weeks. This will allow us to gauge each location and hopefully make a more informed decision when we settle on the best one as a permanent location.

All of the candidate locations are within easy access of major highways and can provide a good start point for Fun Runs afterwards.

UPDATE: I've narrowed it down to 2 locations and completely eliminated the option of the Sherway Gardens Mall parking lot (too much construction debris in that area).

We are going to alternate between the 2 finalist venues until we can get a better idea of which one is the best.
So here goes:


Saturday August 20, September 3, 17, October 1, 15, 29 10:30 am: The Wild Goose Restaurant
5395 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON M9C 5K6

This is a nice restaurant with a very private lot. There is also a terrace where you can sit and have breakfast/lunch. Over the years, a number of us have gone there after the GTG to grab a bite to eat. The owner has expressed enthusiasm for having a bunch of Porsche customers show up on regular basis. Glenn is going to see how serious the owner was about opening up a little earlier for coffee. Important: They do not offer take out coffee cups, so please bring your own travel mugs!









Saturday August 27, September 10, 24, October 8, 22 10 am: Chapter's/Starbucks
3050 Vega Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5L 5X8

This is where Terry's SOLHA (Southern Ontario Long Hood Association) meets have been happening. 1 block east of the 403 / Dundas interchange on the North side . (West of Winston Churchill)
Nice patio area and plenty of excellent parking . This location is easily accessible from either the QEW, 403,
401, Dundas , as well as the 407. Let's check it out and see if we can reunite all the generations once again!







We will return to our winter location on Saturday November 5th.

The winter location is Artisano's Bakery and Café located at the corner of Islington and Titan.
Here is a link with a map and all other pertinent info:http://www.artisanobakery.com/LOCATIONS/islington.asp
There is plenty of parking, great coffee and food and lots of seating inside.
The time stays the same at 10 am until whenever.

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Old 03-18-2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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Funny the first map address for Tim Hortons came up as Ottawa on my screen.... I'm honoured you guys are driving all the way here. I'll be sure to make it out to this one!
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Ah, ok, never mind then.

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Phil,thanks for organizing this.
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All fixed now.

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Thanks...Can't wait..
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Nice to try a few places before we fix on one. I want to see how far and accessible each location is.
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check out the Michael's at 170 North Queen. I know the owner of the property and can ensure no hassle.
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check out the Michael's at 170 North Queen. I know the owner of the property and can ensure no hassle.
Good to know! I was thinking that that side of the lot might be better and not as exposed.
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I wonder who the last part is directed at....

May try and make it out for one but do you ever meet then drive? Or no good routes out that way (I am in the east end)?
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Vern I come from Cambridge so if I can get there and Will can, then I think most people can
Phill all those locations sound feasible to me and hope to meet you guys there even if my car isn't on the road yet.

Great job !!
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I wonder who the last part is directed at.... May try and make it out for one but do you ever meet then drive? Or no good routes out that way (I am in the east end)?
Don't waste your breath
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May try and make it out for one but do you ever meet then drive? Or no good routes out that way (I am in the east end)?
Vern,

Yup, many drives have started out from the GTGs in the past. We've also used the old location as a meeting point when heading to the tracks (TMP and the now defunct Dunnville) for those who wanted to convoy down. If you want to organize one, by all means do so. There really isn't any formality with these meets as anyone whose ever attended can attest.
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For some of us like myself & Clive, part of the drive is getting there.
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Cool, the 403/Dundas location is close by for me.

FYI, a lot of bikers and JDM guys meet right there on the south side of dundas at the tim horton's. They don't usually get out that early, but the few times I've gone to grab a coffee, there's always a few who start driving like clowns. Lot's of cops up and down Dundas (especially west of the 403), so just be careful.
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