Bahrain – A driving day hosted by the Porsche Club of Bahrain for members took pole position as the first event to be held at the Bahrain International Circuit after this April’s celebrated F1 event. The action-packed day offered participants the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques on the track under the instruction of four driving instructors flown in from Dubai.
The instructors set up a day of slalom circuits, fast curve driving, over and under steering practice loops and more, finishing with an exhilarating run of hot laps around the track.
One participant, a seasoned driver who has attended many such events in the region and abroad, commented, “I think driving on the track in Bahrain has to be one of the greatest drives I have taken part in so far in the Gulf. He smiled, “It may have something to do with the fact that Schumacher and all the other professional F1 drivers recently drove here but a lot had to do with the track itself which is magnificent and with the whole atmosphere and enthusiasm of everyone here today.”
Over thirty Porsche owners participated; more than ten from Saudi Arabia and one from Kuwait. Between them there was one Boxster, twelve 911 Carreras, thirteen 911 Turbos, one GT2, One GT3 and two 911 GT3 RS sports cars. The RS vehicles had only been delivered to their proud owners just weeks before, owners who were obviously very pleased to have the opportunity to take them out for a ‘real’ spin.
Event sponsors included Porsche Middle East, the Gulf Hotel, Michelin and Mobil who all turned up to show support. Many Porsche Club Bahrain members who were not participating on the day came by anyway for lunch to show their support and watch the cars go past. Several families also spent the day in the Oasis lounge overlooking the track, watching the drivers on closed circuit TV or off the balcony.
Sheikh Tariq Al Khalifa, the Porsche Club of Bahrain’s president, said, “The driving possibilities for Porsche with a track of this calibre in Bahrain are endless and we hope to do other such events very soon.”
Porsche is one automotive brand that breeds enthusiasm and passion among owners. For Porsche aficionados, it was a great opportunity to see a parade of some of the most rare and most unusual Porsche sports cars found anywhere in the world, paired with some of the newest, most elaborately accessorized and some of the most simple. Porsche owners in the Middle East, now the fifth largest subsidiary for Porsche in the world, are renowned for proving their passion for all things Porsche by personalizing their cars; it is rare indeed that any two sports cars on the roads of the Gulf are identical through and through.
There are currently more than 470 officially recognised Porsche Clubs with around 100,000 members in over 40 countries - and this figure is growing.
Report from 24/05/2004
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