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Porsche road tour from BSB to Belait: Visiting landmarks, fostering unity

Borneo Bulletin | 10th August 2019

PORSCHE owners and enthusiasts in Brunei toured over 178 kilometres across scenic and significant landmarks last weekend to commemorate the 73rd birthday celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Organised by QAF Eurokars, the official importer and dealer of Porsche vehicles in Brunei, the day trip from Bandar Seri Begawan to the Belait District gathered over 30 classic and new Porsche owners that the company said is an extension of their Porsche family.

Apart from showing unity, strong support and undivided loyalty to the beloved monarch, Acting Deputy General Manager of QAF Eurokars Lahiru de Silva said the road tour was meant to combine the Porsche brand through the eras with its cultural values which are pioneering spirit, passion, sportiness and family.

The event that started as early as 7.30 am began with the road tour participants attending a safety briefing and having breakfast at the Porsche Centre in Beribi Light Industrial Area.

Despite the heavy rain filling Bandar Seri Begawan that morning, it did not dampen the participants’ spirit as they were eager to be part of the road tour with their fellow Porsche owners, friends and families.

They even wore special shirts and caps to commemorate the event, symbolising the unity of the Porsche family.

Flagging off the event was the guest of honour, Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, who also took part in the road tour.

The Acting Deputy General Manager of QAF Eurokars led the convoy to several national landmarks with the largest gathering of Porsche vehicles in one place, along with five Porsche in-stock cars including the Porsche Cayenne and the new Porsche Macan is driven by staff and media members.

From the Porsche Centre, the convoy stopped by at the country’s largest mosque, Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampong Kiarong, for a group photo.

The convoy later drove by the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of His Majesty, which is located on a leafy, riverside sprawl of hills on the banks of the Damuan River.

On their way to the Belait District, the convoy also passed by the Jerudong Park’s Crystal Arch at a roundabout, one of Brunei’s most recognisable landmarks.

With permitting weather throughout the journey on the highway to the Belait District, the Porsche convoy enjoyed the scenic and easy drive, attracting scores of onlookers as it makes its way with a line-up of some of Porsche’s classic models like the Porsche 911 Carrera to newer models like the new Porsche Panamera.

Upon reaching the Belait District, the convoy passed by the Tea Pot Monument at one of the district’s roundabouts. It is one of the Belait District’s most recognisable monuments which is best known as a representation of four districts of Brunei Darussalam.

At the final pit stop in Belait Town, the convoy gathered at the V-Plaza Hotel just by the Belait River, where the participants took another group photo with their Porsche vehicles and enjoyed lunch together. Ice-breaking activities, discussions and lucky draws were also held, allowing the participants to share their experiences.

After returning to the Porsche Centre to conclude the road tour, the participants received certificates and souvenirs to take home.