The top Porsche social moments of 2023
Unveiling the Porsche Instagram community’s most memorable moments of the year
Collage of some top Porsche social media moments of 2023
Our creative community captures the essence of Porsche via beautiful, awe-inspiring cars and breathtaking landscapes
Throughout 2023, the Porsche Instagram channel has once again been showing us its creative side – and one of your favourites has been the images people post with the #PorscheMoment hashtag. So, how do you define a Porsche Moment? Well, it means different things to different people but, in essence, it’s about those stunning images, iconic models and intriguing and engaging stories that really sum up the spirit of driving, owning or simply loving Porsche. Here, we take a look at some of our favourite Porsche-related Insta images of the year – gathered from our global community of enthusiasts, owners and creators – and explore the inspiration and stories behind each one.Night rider • by Miran Rahiim
Porsche 911 under neon lights in a rainy urban nightscape
Miran Rahiim’s favourite Porsche 911 is the 1978 Turbo 3.3 (type 930). He loves the sound of the engine which, he says, reminds him of music | PHOTO Miran Rahiim
“I’m from Kurdistan, Iraq, and I’ve been a digital artist for eight years. I made this image using [computer graphics tool] Blender 3D, inspired by a very cinematic Porsche 911 video I saw on YouTube. The feeling I wanted to convey is the happiness of driving a Porsche 911. It’s midnight and the night spots are just starting to open – cinemas, restaurants, bars – but this guy isn’t interested! He decided to take his car and go out and have some fun, just him and his Porsche. That’s all he needs.“One of my top Porsche moments was when a client of mine – who has a Porsche 911 in his garage – asked me to create three different artworks for him featuring the car. I didn’t know it was his Porsche at first. I was shocked when I found out. I’ve just made another artwork of the car for him as a gift and he promised that when we meet, he’ll let me drive it!”@miranrahiimMaking the Batmobile blush • by Blerim Rafuna
Black Porsche 911 (type 964) on wet road, from above
Unlike many photographers who shoot cars, bad weather inspires Blerim Rafuna in his work, helping to give his subjects a unique twist | PHOTO Blerim Rafuna
“These photos of a 964 Turbo were taken spontaneously. The customer bought the car in June 2021 and asked me if I had time to take some photos. Of course, I couldn’t say no. So we drove up to Schwägalp (in the Swiss Alps) and snapped a few shots there. On the way back it started to rain – and that was the perfect opportunity for me. The black paint and the way the rain highlighted the contours and lines of the 964 showed them off perfectly. I generally prefer to shoot in bad weather because it adds a certain something that you don’t see every day.“I was the youngest in my family, with three brothers and a sister. As a child I was always fascinated by anything with four or two wheels, always playing with toy cars and watching my father or brothers working on their cars and bikes. I actually fell in love with Porsche through the film Bad Boys, where Will Smith drove a black 964 Turbo 3.6. It’s funny how life works. I went from being a little boy sitting in the living room being fascinated by a film to being a grown man able to turn his passion into a career and now gets to photograph the most beautiful Porsche cars. That’s what I call a dream come true.”@blekoshots
Carrera me away • by Alex Sczudlo
Blue Porsche 911 against desert sunset with saguaro cactus
While most see the desert as barren, photographer Alex Sczudlo knows how to capture its raw elegance, turning the arid landscape into an artistic canvas | PHOTO Alex Sczudlo
“I’m based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, so I try to intertwine my love of car photography with the beauty of the desert. People often think of the Arizona desert as this hot, bland place, but I try to show a different perspective by bringing out its beauty in my automotive photography. I’m always looking for saguaro cacti to use as a frame or to create depth of field in my images. I’ve loved cars since I was a kid and I want to show that passion and the beauty of these cars through my photography.“My most exciting Porsche moment has to be when I first started out as an automotive photographer. I would wake up before sunrise and drive the 100 miles to Scottsdale every weekend to attend car shows and do photoshoots. One time while I was at a dealership there, a customer drove up, noticed the photographers taking pictures and asked if we wanted to see some ‘really cool cars’. We ended up following him to his private collection. As we walked into the garage I saw not one but two Porsche 918 Spyder models sitting in front of me. I’d never seen one before – it was a bucket list car for me. The owner was extremely friendly and asked if we wanted to hear it start and offered to move it around his garage for better lighting. To this day, it remains one of the most unexpected and amazing experiences I’ve ever had.”@automotive_alex @issawriteoffYou need two wings to fly • by Cooper Davis
Two Porsche GT3 RS cars overlooking the ocean at sunset
Cooper Davis’ earliest Porsche memory goes back to when his dad would carry him in his arms around Porsche meets across southern California | PHOTO Cooper Davis
“This was a spontaneous shoot. I knew the 992 GT3 RS was arriving, just not when that would be. I had met its owner Tori through social media and by that time I’d worked my way through their entire collection of cars. A duo of GT3 RS cars were last on the list. Late in the afternoon I got a text that the truck was on its way, and I jumped in my car to take advantage of whatever light we had left. It was the first new GT3 RS I had seen. Its presence was just overwhelming. At the first location – a private ranch with a nearly quarter-mile long straight – I was pretty certain the shoot couldn’t get any better. But as the sun set behind the mountains, I had a feeling that heading to the beach would really bring it all together. I loved the feeling that these two cars were like old friends meeting up at sunset.“My favourite Porsche moment was when I spent a summer in Scottsdale working with Otto Car Club. With Monterey car week quickly approaching, my boss and I were trying to figure out how to amplify their presence. Given that he had two red 911 cars – a classic 911 L in an 8-ball livery and a new 992 RS – I saw the opportunity to wrap the brand new 911 in a matching 8-ball livery. Then I got a phone call asking if I’d like to drive the RS up to Monterey car week. The next thing I knew I was fuelling up the tank and hitting the road, followed by a GT4 driven by Alex Penfold, an automotive photographer I idolised growing up. I first attended Monterey at the age of three and now, here I was driving my dream car on my way to it. I couldn’t be more thankful of where my passion for cars has taken me.”@relivinap @torisgarageHouston, we’ve got a Porsche • by Keno Zache
Porsche 911 GT1 on tree-lined avenue in front of Villa d‘Este
Keno Zache likes to capture special moments – ones that invite the viewer into the scene and tell a story for eternity | PHOTO Keno Zache
“I shot this image during the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este in Italy in 2023. I knew that this unique GT1 Strassenversion would be taking part, so I was really looking forward to seeing it in person. I positioned the GT1 in front of the famous Villa d’Este backdrop. I love the axis and the symmetry, and the contrast between the cold, metallic colour of the car and the warmth of the surrounding scenery.“Even right back when I first started photographing cars as a young boy, I was a fan of Porsche. That’s over 15 years ago. That’s a few years after the Porsche Carrera GT was launched, a car that really fed my enthusiasm for the brand – and something that hasn’t waned since. Through my photography I come into contact with many Porsche drivers. It’s such a thrill to experience the Porsche community. No matter where in the world I am, the passion for the brand is crazy. As for my favourite model, I’d always say the Carrera GT, of course. One of my top Porsche moments ever was when I got to drive this beautiful car at the Nürburgring with a family friend one weekend.”@kenozachePristine • by Kyle Fletcher
Carrera White Porsche 911 GT3 RS on racetrack, aerial view
Kyle Fletcher’s first break was getting hired to photograph a 911 GT3 (type 997) at the age of 18. He’s been shooting cars ever since | PHOTO Kyle Fletcher
“I’ve been a Porsche fan and a professional photographer for more than a decade and in that time Porsche has continued to expand on what the ‘perfect car’ means. One of my earlier memories was when the Porsche Collection was added to my favourite video game, Forza Motorsport 4 – and I was driving the Carrera GT in Need for Speed Most Wanted at the time, as well. Once the launch photos for the 997.2 GT3 RS came out then that was it for me. I was in love. In Grey Black with red wheels… wow! And now I actually drive a real 718 Cayman GT4. It’s my dream car.“The idea for the photo you see here came from a friend who had traded in his GT3 for this beautiful Carrera White GT3 RS. He was visiting Miami and we just had to get together for some photos of the skyline and the new car. I took this shot just as the sun was breaking over the horizon. I was standing about two storeys above the GT3 RS – leaning over the edge to capture the car’s bold design and shadow composition was exciting. What inspires me in my work is music and film – everything from old movies to vintage posters. With this photo I wanted to capture something that I might see on a poster two or three decades from now.”@kfletchphotographyEverybody needs good neighbours • by @fashiongrey911sc
Red Porsche GT4 parked in driveway of suburban home
The boldness of the Guards Red paint of this 718 Cayman GT4 against the white houses is what really makes this image sing | PHOTO @fashiongrey911sc
“Growing up, some of our family and friends had Porsche cars and I dreamed of the day I would have my own. My first Porsche was a 911 SC in Guards Red. This 718 Cayman GT4 was configured by me as a tribute to that car with matching paint, wheels and black door handles. During COVID we couldn’t go many places, so it was easy and convenient to photograph the car in front of my house. The white paint ended up being a great backdrop, almost like shooting in a studio.“One of my favourite Porsche moments was the first Porsche I ever had the chance to drive – a track-prepared 964 Carrera RS America. I was 15 and only had my learner’s permit. I’d also only recently learnt to drive a manual, so it wasn’t very graceful, but I was amazed by the feel and sound. It was so responsive when it came to throttle and brake inputs. I stalled it when I pulled into the driveway – but that’s when I knew I had to have a Porsche of my own one day.”@fashiongrey911sc
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