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All things bright and beautiful: meet the Porsche GT Club UAE

Guest author Zaid Hamid visits the Porsche GT Club UAE to check out one of the world’s most exclusive sports car collections and discovers that the language of Porsche is universal.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many Porsche GT cars in one place – not even at Porsche HQ in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Full of cars in every colour of the rainbow, those gathered aren’t here to strike a pose for Instagram – they’re here to be driven.

It’s all about Porsche cars and friendship

When I flew from England to Abu Dhabi, I made contact with a Porsche enthusiasts club I had stumbled across on Instagram. Mohammed Seyfi, one of the Porsche GT Club UAE founders, invited me to meet some of its members, and this is how I find myself ogling at dozens of GT cars lined up at the gates of Abu Dhabi’s Formula One track.

Set up by Mohammed Seyfi together with Faris Al-Munaiei and Fahed Al-Marzouqi, the club hosts track days, road trips, morning coffee meets and evening barbecues – anything at which stories and experiences can be shared.

Track days are the focus

The pace is scintillating: it’s clear that the drivers are not here to pose on parade laps, but to exploit the performance of their various Porsche. Paint To Sample (PTS) cars stand out of the crowd, from Gulf and Golf blues to British Racing and Signal greens, there are colours for every taste and mood. ‘Special Wishes’ cars from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur also mingle in the crowd. One exceptional example of this is Al Munaiei’s Gemini Blue 991 GT2 RS complete with blue leather interior and matching tartan seat inserts. It’s one of many Porsche models the club co-founder owns.

The Porsche GT Club is an experience off the racetracks, too

The cars are not museum pieces, however. As a car lover, it brought me great joy hearing stories from owners about how much they adore their Porsche and how they are forever looking forward to the next opportunity to jump behind the wheel. It might look like an Instagrammer’s dream, but the Porsche GT Club UAE was born and exists for nothing less than enabling like-minded Porsche enthusiasts to get out and drive.

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