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on April 3rd, 2018

There’s nothing that says “luxury and speed” quite like climbing behind the wheel of a Porsche. Whether it’s a new model or a classic, these cars embody both comfort and power. Even if you can’t afford to add a Porsche to your collection, there are more than a few events worldwide to let you get your Porsche fix without breaking the bank.

We’ve gathered together some of the biggest and best Porsche events in the world so you can start planning your next vacation right now!

Mardi Gras Cup Race — New Orleans, Louisiana

Everyone heads to New Orleans in March for Mardi Gras, one of the biggest and most energetic celebrations in the world. If drinking and parading isn’t your thing but you still want to get into the Mardi Gras spirit, you’re in luck — this is also the home of the Mardi Gras Cup Race, a Porsche-only race held at the NOLA Motorsports Park. This event hosts both PCA (Porsche Club of America) points races and others that won’t earn points but can be fun nonetheless.

Mardi Gras Cup Race in New Orleans, Louisiana

This year’s Mardi Gras Cup Race just happened on March 23 through 25. But don’t worry — the race is scheduled every year, so you can start planning ahead for next year’s Mardi Gras.

Luftgekuhlt — Torrance, CA

The word “Luftgekuhlt” is something most Porsche fans are familiar with. It refers to all air-cooled models in the company’s history. Today, it’s also the name for one of the most exciting Porsche events in the world. It is marked by car shows, track races, street races and some of the most amazing cars in the world.

Luftgekuhlt was created by Patrick Long, a Le Mans winner, and Howie Idleson, a creative director from California. This year’s event will be held on April 22, in Torrance, CA. If you have an air-cooled Porsche in show condition, you can purchase a ticket to bring your car to the event. If you don’t, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the fantastic cars — you just have to park farther away or use ride-sharing to get there.

This event is also family-friendly. Kids 12 and under can get in free! You can find our Luftgekühlt 4 coverage here.

Das Treffen — Thailand

They call Thailand “the land of a thousand smiles” — and this goes double if you’re a Porsche lover! Das Treffen, which is German for “the meeting,” is a gathering of Porsche owners that happens once a year, usually in December. Unlike Luftgekuhlt, this event is open to all Porsche models, including the water-cooled ones, but it tends to lean more toward classic models.

There is no news about when Das Treffen will be happening in 2018 — at least not yet — so keep your eyes on this space so we can keep you up-to-date. As soon as we know, you’ll know.

Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI — Monterey, California

This is the sixth incarnation of the Rennsport Reunion, held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca between September 27 and 30. Last year’s event brought together more than 300 racing Porsches and more than 2,000 other models for the show.

Anyone who owns a show-quality Porsche can apply to be part of the show or the races, though it’s up to the showrunners to choose who will be able to participate. The center of the race paddock will be filled with historic cars, enabling you to see how these luxury autos have changed over the years.

If you don’t have a Porsche, you can still enjoy the show. They even offer camping spots so you have somewhere to sleep so you can enjoy a full weekend of classic Porsches and heart-pounding races.

Porsche-Only Swap Meet — Hershey, Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for a new Porsche or have an old one that you want to trade, Hershey, Pennsylvania, is good for more than just chocolate. This event is a swap meet for Porsche owners throughout the country to trade advice, parts and even whole cars. Even if you’re not trading a car, this swap meet doubles as a fantastic Porsche show.

Porsche-Only Swap Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Last year’s event was rained out, but even with the rain there were more than 1,000 cars and 600 vendors selling everything from parts to food and Porsche swag. This year’s swap meet is scheduled for April 21 and is expected to be even bigger than last year. Doors open at 7:30, and hopefully the weather cooperates this year!

Das Renn Treffen — Miami, Florida

Get a bit of sunshine and your Porsche fix all at the same event. Das Renn Treffen is an annual event held in sunny Miami, Florida, that’s all about the Porsche. In 2018, more than 450 cars were showcased and it’s estimated that more than 10,000 spectators visited the event in February.

This event also helps raise money for local charities. Over the last 17 years, the event has raised more than $120,000 for charities like Habitat for Humanity. And they’re already planning next year’s event, so if you need something to do in Feburary and you’re going to be in the South Florida area, plan on adding Das Renn Treffen to your list.

DeutscheMarques 2018 — Hickory Corners, Michigan

This isn’t just a Porsche event, but if you love German cars you will love this foreign invasion. Held at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, this annual event brings more than 300 unique Germans cars to a central location where you can enjoy them all. At the 2017 event, more than 25 percent of the cars at the show were Porsches, ranging from classics like the 1965 356C to more modern choices like the 2015 911 Turbo S.

This is another family-friendly event, too. It’s $14 per person for adult tickets and kids 11 and under get in free, so bring the whole family along! This year’s event is scheduled for July 7 and the doors open at 9 am, so plan your trip now!  This one of the Northeast’s biggest car shows, so if you’re in an area that’s lacking in Porsche representation, this can be a great option!

There are plenty of Porsche events to be enjoyed all over the world, so take some time to research local events yourself, too. We only focused on the biggest ones, but there are plenty of little local events that take place all the time. Even if there’s only 20 or 30 cars participating in an event, it can be a great way to spend some time, learn more about these classic cars and even figure out whether or not you want to add one of these luxurious little beauties to your own collection.

The PCA website is a great place to find local Porsche events in your area, so give it a look next time you need to satisfy your Porsche craving. They may not all be big, Luftgekuhlt-level events, but they’re still a great way to enjoy everything these fantastic cars have to offer without having to travel to the ends of the earth to find it.

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