Singapore. More than 270 enthusiastic participants in 115 Porsche cars, including the rare Porsche 356 Speedster from 1955 and a 356 Coupe from 1963, took part at the Porsche Parade Southeast Asia 2011. The five day event, held from September 21 to 25, 2011 was organised by Porsche Club Singapore, Stuttgart Auto, Sime Darby Auto Performance together with Porsche Asia Pacific, involved more than 1,100 kilometres of fun-driving in Malaysia and Singapore which cumulated with witnessing the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2011, a support race of the 2011 FIA FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, from the dedicated Porsche grandstand area. The event brought together 146 Porsche Club Members and Porsche customers from Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, joined by 127 guests from around the world.
The event saw participation from the entire Porsche model range from the iconic Porsche 911 from as far as the 70s to the 911 GT2, 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS to the Cayenne and Panamera and the mid-engined Boxster and Cayman. However, even in the company of these eye-catching sports cars, the historic Porsche 356 Speedster and the 356 Coupe – flown in from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, along with three Porsche 356 from private collection were the main draw amongst participants and the public alike.
Antoinette Ang, President of Porsche Club Singapore was delighted with how the event panned out. She said: “The organising committee is extremely delighted to see so many like-minded Porsche owners coming together over the last few days. In all, the Porsche Parade Southeast Asia just affirms the saying that a Porsche owner does not just buy a Porsche, but buys into the Porsche lifestyle and the Porsche family that comes along with owning the car.”
Porsche Parade Southeast Asia – The Drive
The Porsche Parade Southeast Asia started on September 21st, with Porsche Club Singapore and customers starting the first leg of the drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, where the Parade visited Porsche Centre Bukit Bintang. To coincide with this momentous occasion, Sime Darby Auto Performance, the official Porsche Importer in Malaysia, also launched the Panamera S Hybrid, Panamera Turbo S, 911 GT3 RS 4.0 and Boxster Spyder. The Porsche Parade continued to Kuantan with additional Porsche Club Malaysia members joining, where the Porsche Club members stayed overnight before continuing the drive back to Singapore on the next day which included a stop-over at Mersing
The Porsche Parade arrived in Singapore at the end of day 2 of the Porsche Parade Southeast Asia. Porsche Club members spent the free day exploring Singapore and had their cars washed and cleaned by Elite Auto Saloon.
On Day 4, the group continued the Porsche Parade Southeast Asia with the Porsche Singapore Island Drive. The Porsche Parade visited major Singapore major landmarks starting from Dempsey Hill, Old Upper Thomson Road, Porsche Centre Singapore at Leng Kee Road, and a drive through the world-renowned Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. The drive along the Old Upper Thomson Road was particularly significant as it was the original stretch of road that was used as the Singapore Grand Prix venue back in the 60s to 70s. The Singapore Island Drive ended at Fort Canning with a gathering and lunch for the Porsche Club members.
Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2011 – The Experience
The highlight of the weekend was being part of the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2011, which supported the 2011 FIA FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. The signature glitz and glamour of international motorsport was very much on parade at the official championship Sunday Brunch, where drivers joined guests for a taste of the world of Porsche. The entertaining pre-race social event included an introduction to the high-octane Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2011; fascinating Porsche Exclusive and Tequipment displays; and a runway show from Porsche Design. Following brunch, guests made their way to the Marina Bay Circuit where they were treated to 12 laps of non-stop, adrenaline-pumping racing action from the field of 26 international drivers, all competing in awe inspiring Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
The Porsche Parade Southeast Asia is a joint effort by Porsche Club Singapore fully supported by Stuttgart Auto, Sime Darby Auto Performance and Porsche Asia Pacific. Supporting the Porsche Parade Southeast Asia are two of the most recognised names, Michelin and Mobil1.
Michelin and Porsche have successfully collaborated in motorsports since 1961 resulting in the development of tyres that not only increase performance but also enhance safety and reduce fuel consumption. From racing in the toughest race tracks and most grueling competitions, from the Le Mans 24 Hours to the IMSA GT3 challenge and Porsche Sports Cup, the joint collaboration has led to many R&D initiatives and the evolution of leading edge tyre technology for high performance driving as well as the Porsche road car range. With 111,090 employees and sales organizations in more than 170 countries, Michelin is the worldwide leader of the tire manufacturers. Visit www.michelin.com for further information on Michelin.
When it comes to racing or leisurely driving your Porsche, Michelin is the preferred choice.
About Mobil 1
Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil 1 high-performance lubricant. Mobil 1 is a fully synthetic engine oil designed to keep your engine performing like new. Additional information about Mobil 1 and other ExxonMobil lubricants can be found at www.mobil1.com.
About Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd commenced operations on 1 October 2001 and was founded to give Porsche closer ties with Asia Pacific markets that are becoming increasingly important and to support our importers and dealers. Porsche Asia Pacific supports the operation of 12 countries: Brunei, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
About Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia roared to life in 2003, and immediately established itself as the region’s premier sports car championship. Joining the family of hugely successful one make series running right across the globe, for eight exhilarating seasons it has blazed a trail across Asia’s most prestigious race tracks, earning an avid fan and media following. Each competing in near-identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars, the truly international field of experienced professionals and exciting youngsters ensures white-knuckle excitement from lights to chequered flag.
About Porsche Clubs
The first Porsche Club was founded in Germany by a small group of friends in 1952. Today, there are 607 Clubs in over 60 countries with a total membership of approximately 120,000, and the numbers keep growing. The Porsche Club organisation, who is sharing passion and independence as the ethos, is now one of the largest and most well-established of its kind the world. Porsche Club Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are the official recognised Porsche Club and run independently by each organisation.
About Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn Bhd
Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn Bhd (SDAP) is the official importer of Porsche in Malaysia taking over the operation from 2010. Sime Darby Auto Perfomance is under the Motors Division of the Sime Darby Group. SDAP distributes Porsche vehicles and parts and also provides After Sales services in Malaysia.
About Stuttgart Auto Pte Ltd
Eurokars Group of Companies
Since 1985, Stuttgart Auto Pte Ltd, as part of the Eurokars Group of Companies, has been selling Porsche in Singapore. With more than 26 years of market representation, Stuttgart Auto is a well established motoring entity, having grown over the years from a niche sports car retailer to a full-fledged sports-luxury automobile dealership. Stuttgart Auto is founded by respected entrepreneur, Mr Karsono Kwee, who is the Executive Chairman of Stuttgart Auto. He is driven with a genuine passion for motorcars and has turned the business into a well-diversified and a leading customer-oriented dealer of premium automobile brands in the region.
Eurokars Group of Companies is synonymous with premium automotive brands in Singapore and has enjoyed significant growth, with every brand under its care boasting an unblemished track record, each with its own unique branding and positioning.
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