The Icons of Porsche in Dubai has again exceeded expectations with over 27,000 fans attending the gathering over two days on 25-26 November.
Fans of classic cars, arts and culture were on-hand to commemorate 75 years of Porsche sportscars, as well as 60 years of the iconic 911 model.
Highlights included the first public display of the new Panamera, as well as the unveiling of a special ‘Sonderwunsch’ 911 Turbo that paid homage to the first ever 911 Turbo.
“The passion and strength of the Porsche community in our region was again on display at this year’s Icons of Porsche,” said Dr Manfred Bräunl, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE.
“Our third edition of this event was our biggest yet. We would like to thank every single event attendee for joining our celebration.
“In particular, I want to thank every Porsche owner that exhibited their car on-site. We truly appreciate their support and commitment in sharing their ‘dream’ sportscar with our festival audience.
“This year Icons of Porsche offered more colour, more cars, more fans and more passion than ever before. This sensational event is now not only the biggest classic car gathering in the Middle East, it has cemented itself as one of the ‘must do’ events on the global car culture events calendar.”
Regional premiere at this year’s Icons of Porsche included the 718 Spyder RS and Vision 357 Speedster concept. Also on-hand were the all-electric Mission X hypercar concept, the 911 S/T and a host of cars from the Porsche Museum collection.
Event attendees enjoyed attractions from the eight festival zones: 60 Years of 911, Esports Arena, The Pit Lane, The Boulevard, Mission X, Porsche Museum heritage truck, Art Beach and the new Panamera Cube.
Giant inflatable 911 achieves Guinness World Record
The skyline around the Dubai Design District had a noticeable addition over the weekend, as an inflatable Porsche 911 coupe towered over the Icons of Porsche precinct and was visible from many kilometres away.
The bright red figure, positioned in the middle of the festival, officially achieved a new Guinness World Record for the ‘largest inflatable vehicle’.
Measuring in at a length of almost 20 meters, a height of over six meters and a width of over eight metres, the gigantic inflatable is based on the shape of the first generation F-Series 911, in production from 1963 to 1973.
Representatives of Guinness World Records were on-site to witness the spectacle, presenting the certificate to record it as the world’s ‘Largest Inflatable Vehicle’. This acts as a tribute to the rich history and legacy of Porsche in its 75th Anniversary year, as well as the 911 model itself, which celebrates its 60th year in 2023.