A demeanour during a recognition of Das Treffen in Thailand will fast diffuse a parable that America and Europe are spearheading a burgeoning tellurian mania with Porsche. The immature Bangkok Porsche meetup is a brainchild of Sihabutr Xoomsai, a Executive Editor of GT Porsche Thailand and Film Director of Triton Film, famous to his friends simply as Tenn.
Following a third and many successful Das Treffen nonetheless late final year, Tenn invited Stefan Bogner – a Munich-based photographer and owner of Curves – to join him on a highway outing in northern Thailand with a organisation of like-minded enthusiasts in a bid to learn some of a world’s best pushing roads and offer know a pointed nuances of Southeast Asia’s colourful Porsche community. Porsche is a code best enjoyed shared, after all – something Tenn has famous ever given he was thrown a keys to a 964 as an susceptible child.
400km tour opposite alpine hinterland
The invitation’s timing was good for an altogether opposite reason, for it arrived usually after a covers had been peeled off a new Porsche 992 some 8,000 miles divided in Los Angeles. What improved time to simulate on a virtues of a undying machines that preceded a eighth-generation 911?
Naturally, Bogner didn’t need seeking twice and soon headed to a start indicate in Nan. The two-day, circa-400km tour opposite northern Thailand’s alpine background would take him and a organisation westward towards Phayao, flitting by Chiang Rai and finally finale in Chiang Mai, a former legs encompassing both a Doe Phu Ka and Phu Sang inhabitant parks.
Bogner records a strenuous minority as unique
“I knew Thailand had good roads, yet we couldn’t have illusory it would make for such a good road-trip destination,” says Bogner, who commandeered a Cayenne E-Hybrid for a journey. “Sure, a Cayenne would be many suitable for traversing such a alpine region, yet that’s not to contend a guys in a 911s were not carrying a blast!”
It’s revelation that Bogner, a male who’s driven dream roads right opposite a world, was so taken with a curves of Thailand. He even likens a north of Thailand to Tuscany in Italy. “Bangkok is a mega city that’s so loud and pell-mell and shun to such an oasis was a acquire surprise,” he recalls. “I would call a area easterly of Chiang Mai a Tuscany of Thailand since there are rolling hills, a roads are exquisitely flush and mostly deserted, a continue is perfect, and a food is awesome.”
Bogner: “The roads are like a everlasting array of Nürburgring carousels”
With regards to a roads themselves and their surrounding environment, Bogner records a certain cove and strenuous minority as unique. “The roads are like a everlasting array of Nürburgring carousels flanked by high walls of green. Coupled with a thick and high timberland canopy that renders it unfit to perspective a whole landscape from any one spot, it feels like you’re pushing by a hulk tunnel.”
Given a roughly intolerable turn of humidity, even a comparison Porsches in a organisation were versed with air-conditioning for a consequence of their owners. While a new 911 Carrera T, 964 RS, and Carrera 3.0 RSR reproduction were all fabulous, no automobile bewitched Bogner some-more than Tenn’s marvellous 911 SWB from a 1960s. “That is such a special automobile since of a rarity,” Bogner continues, “and to see one here in Thailand is so surprising, generally given a ultra-high taxation rate on classical and oppulance cars.”
No automobile bewitched Bogner some-more than a 911 SWB from a 1960s
It usually goes to uncover a friendship shown by a Thai enthusiasts for Porsche as a brand. As Bogner states, a passion for Porsche in Southeast Asia is ‘deep and in no approach superficial’. Among both a organisation on a highway outing and a hundreds of owners during Das Treffen behind in Bangkok, this most was plain to see. “Unlike events such as Luftgekühlt in California, where a vibe is loose despite a small blurb and in-your-face, all is some-more calm in Thailand,” he comments. “The people are accessible and down to earth and couldn’t have been some-more welcoming.” The remarks usually offer to strengthen Porsche’s place as a unconditionally thorough brand. Simply put, that’s ‘simply Porsche’.
911 with a overwhelming Italian leather
In vouchsafing their cars do a talking, Bogner suggests Thai owners take larger honour in a finer sum that heed both them and their Porsches. “There is harsh passion and low believe among a Thai Porsche village and if we demeanour closely, you’ll find some well-developed details, from selected watches to a materials used in their cars. There was one man during Das Treffen whose 911 interior was embellished with a overwhelming Italian leather I’d positively never seen before!”
If there was clarity of village during Das Treffen, afterwards Bogner felt some-more like partial of a family on a highway outing with Tenn and his friends. “The whole tour was simply a entirely silken experience,” he says. “The people welcomed us so warmly, a vistas were spectacular, a roads were good to drive, and a cars behaved impeccably. A good time was had by all.”
Bogner: “There is low believe among a Thai Porsche community”
But above a initial that Thailand should be a road-trip end on everyone’s radar was a fact that this really indicate appears to be mislaid on a Thai people themselves. In fact, Bogner suggests a tangible judgment of a highway outing – of removing out with your friends and pushing to sparkling places, eating well, and generally kicking behind and holding it easy – is not nonetheless hackneyed in Thailand as it is in Europe or America. “We always suppose Thailand as a beach vacation nation rather than a pushing country, yet a suspicion of a highway outing is mostly a new one to a Thai automobile community,” he remarks. “One of a guys on a outing described it ideally as ‘me time’, that we suspicion was mark on.”
Thailand is so most some-more than halcyon beaches
So, there we go – a secret’s out. Thailand is so most some-more than halcyon beaches and Bangkok’s dark selling delights. It boasts a Porsche village as colourful as a greens of a rainforest, and in a north especially, you’ll find soulful pushing obscurity distant quicker than you’d imagine. And we needn’t be pushing a imperishable Cayenne, yet as Bogner came to conclude over a march of his Southeast Asian odyssey, a SUV is a constant all-rounder, a constant filming friend, and a ideal automobile with that to stay among a pack.
“I’d like to contend a special appreciate we to Tenn, Porsche, and everybody concerned with a trip. From a initial second after touching down in Bangkok to a time we arrived in Chiang Mai after an memorable few days, there wasn’t a lifeless moment.” If you’re meditative of streamer to Southeast Asia and Thailand in sold in 2019, remember: container your pushing boots in further to your beach towel!
911 Carrera T: Fuel expenditure total 9.5 – 8.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 215 – 193 g/km
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Fuel expenditure total 3.4 – 3.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 78 – 72 g/km; electricity expenditure (combined) 20.9 – 20.6 kWh/100 km