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    Porsche World Roadshow

    Hi Everyone

    This weekend I attended the annual Porsche World Roadshow in Johannesburg Sotuh Africa. It was probably the most fantastic Porsche experience I have had to date. It was an event organised by PSA where PAG sent out a few of their instructors and cars (more importantly) to give the attendees a short tutorial (practical and theory) in 4 disciplines, namely Braking, Handling, Slalom and Off-road. The braking sessions was without a doubt the highlight, because we got to drive the 997 Turbo..... is all that I can say. This is the most unbelievable vehicle I have every had the pleasure of being behind the wheel of. The sound coming out of that turbo is completely un-natural, it is a combination of the traditional Porsche throaty roar and a hissing of turbo. A very special invigorating sound. As for performance it is in a league of its own. Handing also came with is share of treats, I got to drive a Red 997 Carrera S (see pics) with an upgraded motor and the Airkit. Handles like it is on rails. Slalom event brought the 987 Boxster (the car I drive - close to my heart) and the Cayman S, each car handled unbelievably well, although in my mind the Boxster was slightly better due to the fact that the Cayman is a hardtop and more rigid- possibly I am biased though Off-road brought the new Cayenne Turbo S to the fore-front - another amazing feat of German engineering. It effortlessly moved through the obstical course and ended off on a climb up a 41 degree incline, apparently the max is 45 degrees
    Another highlight was the Targa 4S, apparently the first World Roadshow to include this model. We ended off the day on a "hot lap" with the instructors, just to give you an idea, each vehicle was close to using a brand new set of Michelin Pilots on the day. I will never look at a Cayenne in the same way after I saw how it was taken around that track by Sebastian, a rally driver in his spare time. I have never seen a Cayenne do a Scandinavian Flick - this weekend was my first. It handled like a nimble cat, all 2 and a half tons - very impressive.
    In conclusion - I was a once in a life time experience which I wanted to share with all of you who may appreciate it is much as I do.
    The pics are not the best but give a slight idea of the day. Next year I will have my camcorder to document it in more detail.

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    Thanks for sharing the photos! Looks like you had a good time! The event sounds interesting, how does one get to go to the invite and is there a schedule for which cities / countries it will be going to?

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    I had a great time, sorry for the bad quality photos, I did not have time to buy film for my camera so these are from my PDA. The roadshow is generally for current or prospective Porsche customers, I do not think that they publish the countries that are visited although I know that they were in Mexico and China over the last 3 months. I think that the number of coutries visited are limited due to the fact that they need to ship these cars around the world, which I presume takes time. So with this in mind I think it would only be feasable to visit one country a month. I will try find out more informtion and post it accordingly.

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    Excellent! I hope they come to Tokyo! I have had Porsche OPC experiences in London, LA, Sydney and Tokyo so as long as its one of those maybe I will get an invite!

     
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