Porsche Celebrates Sportscar Together Day in Bangkok
Nothing thrills a Porsche aficionado than to see hundreds of cars of this German sports car make all lined up and running about in one location, and in Southeast Asia, in no other event is that possible than on Sportscar Together Day in Bangkok, the region’s largest Porsche gathering that celebrates 70 years of Porsche cars. The event featured supercars and superstars, races, and a wide array of activities designed to fulfill every Porsche fan’s dream.
Thousands of guests trooped to the show at DC Oasis Arena, where more than 300 Porsche cars arrived throughout the course of the day, unhampered by the downpour of rain that came and went. Guests were treated to the 911 GT3 Cup where the race cars tackled the challenging corners of the street circuit erected at Bangsaen beach for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA).
Another major feature of the event was the legendary Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, the race car that completed the 13,800-kilometer desert course with a one-two victory in 1986. The 959 was on loan from the Porsche Museum and was transported to Bangkok to grace the occasion.
Also on show was the Porsche 919 Hybrid, which is on its Tribute Tour across the world and made a stop in Bangkok and reunited symbolically with Porsche Works Driver Earl Bamber, who raced it to multiple victories at the World Endurance Championship (WEC), including 4 wins and 5 podiums in the 2017 season. It, too, did a parade around the Bangsaen circuit to the delight of its fans.
Porsche Asia Pacific flew in a Porsche 918 Spyder direct from Zuffenhausen, Germany . The same sports car was driven by Jacky Ickx at PCCA in Bangsaen, who made a guest appearance doing a viewing lap of the meandering circuit before the race began.
Capping the evening at Show DC Oasis Arena, the family behind the Porsche name joined local singer-songwriter Singto Numchok to cut a gigantic cake shaped in the car brand’s unmistakable coat-of-arms logo.
The event marks the 70th year that the No. 1 Roadster–the first sportscar to bear the Porsche name–received its general operating permit. While the event looks back at the Porsche heritage, it is also a way for the brand to look forward to what is shaping up to be a bright future, as it gears up for the release of its first all-electric model, the Porsche Taycan.
“Sportscar Together Day brings together the Porsche community and fans, as well as their friends and families,” said Arthur Willmann, managing director of Porsche Asia Pacific. “The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the brand and we want to celebrate the milestone by remembering where we came from, what we have achieved and the future that we will be embracing. Das Treffen is also proof of the dedication of the Thai people to Porsche, and we wanted to reciprocate that love by hosting our signature event.”