Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines!
There are some similarities between heli-skiing and car racing. They both involve a huge adrenalin rush and fast, sexy, aerodynamic machines!
Racing his Porsche and heli-skiing at Great Canadian are both passions of Al “Harry the Dreamer” Tiley. Despite living minutes from Alta Ski Area in Utah, famous for its dry powder, Harry often heads north to come heli-skiing with us ….sometimes making a couple trips in 1 winter such is his passion.
Great Canadian Heli-Skiing (GCH) has teamed up with Harry to sponsor his race car! This past weekend Harry and his GCH Porsche won the MPRA Driver Championship in Utah, although it was no walk in the park! On the first day of the 2 day championship Harry said “I got bumped from behind entering turn 1 (at about 165 MPH) and ended up spun into the infield. The entire field passed me by, I got back on the track and started driving…hard…Sally (his wife) watched the video, laughed through the whole thing and called it a “driving rampage”. We were able to pick off 12 cars and finished 6th…not enough points for the championship”. This meant Harry need a much better finishing position on Day 2 to win the overall Driver Championship…….the pressure was on!
To make it even more challenging for Harry, there “was the return of 3 professional drivers from the IMSA Patron, American LeMans and Grand Am series that pretty much were a lock on the first 3 finishing positions. I need a 4th place finish to win the championship and made sure I laid back in Sundays start to ensure I did not have any more turn 1 issues. Anyhow, I let about 6 cars by on Sunday’s start then once turn 1 was over, we set about to getting by all of them. We finished 4th, got the points and won the Driver Championship!” WAY TO GO HARRY!
Next race for Harry is this coming weekend for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey California. This will be the 1st time the event, which happens every 3 years, is being held on the West Coast.
The owners of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Greg and Maaike Porter, will be at the race cheering on Harry and his GCH Porsche!
Harry the Dreamer on heli-skiing and car racing: “The snow was magic, the guides did their usual awesome job, flying was too cool as always and the food simply the best AND…we skied 175,000 vertical feet in 6 days of nonstop deep stuff. I should mention that we have had a total of 3 hours downtime in 40 plus days at GCH. I ski Alta Utah roughly 80 days a year and I always get my fair share of the goods. People ask me why go heliskiing when you have what you’ve got at home. I tell them all that Alta is like driving a great sports car on a mountain road, GCH is like racing a Porsche race car on a great road racing track…amp it up!“
GO HARRY GO!!
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