PORSCHE Clubs globally have over 240,000 members in 86 countries.
In 1998, Porsche Club Malaysia (PCM) was formed to become the 170th licensed club in the world.
In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Porsche Clubs worldwide, PCM hosted a gala dinner attended by 450 guests at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
As part of the global campaign themed “Enduring Passion”, PCM is organising a series of events to commemorate the milestone.
Themed “50s Hollywood glamour”, the gala dinner paid homage to the first Porsche Club formed in Germany in 1952.
Among the guests were Sime Darby Auto Performance (Porsche Malaysia) CEO Christopher Hunter as well as Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia CEO and managing director Abrar Anwar.
Also present were PCM advisor Key Soon Yue, former PCM president Datuk Ali Kadir, PCM deputy president Jason Low and Porsche Club members from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong aside from PCM partners.
“This is the largest Porsche Club Malaysia gathering since the pandemic and it is such an honour to be hosting a celebration to honour Porsche Clubs which is the largest in the Asia-Pacific region,” said PCM president Datuk Derrick Lim.
The evening saw a rare and exclusive edition 700-horsepower racer Porsche 935 with only 77 units in the world, including just one in Malaysia.
Other cars on display were the Porsche classics 356 and 944, Porsche Taycan and the locally assembled Porsche Cayenne.
The event also saw the launch of the electric vehicle (EV) chapter, PCM’s commitment to extend the Porsche community to Malaysia’s leading sports car model in the EV segment – the all-electric Porsche Taycan.
There was also a jewellery fashion show at the gala and lucky draw prizes of more than RM90,000.
Another highlight was voting for the best dressed male and female, with prizes worth RM30,000.
As part of PCM’s ongoing CSR efforts, the gala dinner raised funds for Free Food Society through members and guests’ contributions.
PCM in partnership with Sime Darby Auto Performance (Porsche Malaysia) launched the PCM trial membership whereby new Sime Darby Auto Performance customers (EV and non-EV) will get to be a part of the official Porsche Club community through a complimentary three-month trial membership.
Membership in PCM enables participation in over 50 activities annually, ranging from weekend drives, social and gastronomic experiences, exclusive events, long-distance convoy drives, track events and technical sessions to social and tournament sports like golf and badminton.
The annual PCM Drive of the Year (DOTY) included the 2,200km drive covering 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia as well as events such as Malaysia Book of Records Largest Gathering of Porsches, which saw 320 Porsches parading at Sepang International Circuit.
PCM members are also entitled to 30% discount on Porsche Lifestyle merchandise at any Porsche centre in Malaysia.
The gala dinner was made possible with the partnership of Standard Chartered Bank and other partners and sponsors.