My journey for car hunting continues in Bangkok! When I was at @Speed Garage, Mr A suggested I should attend the weekly Renn Drive meet the following day. There'll be a handful of pretty Stuttgart machines gathering at the parking lot with participation from the supercar friends.
Since the venue, K Village on Sukhumvit Soi 26 street was simply a stone's throw from where I was lodging, I decided to pay a visit. Let's see what are the cars that turned up at Renn Drive meet.
How about a Carrera GT for breakfast? This rare Porsche has 612hp packed in its 5.7L V10 engine and its incredible speed and performance made it to one of the greatest supercars of all time. Only 1270 had been produced and the number is depleting.
The Carrera GT is a tricky car with no stability control system, and that's probably the cause of Paul Walker's accident in 2013. It's a pure racer's car; And, seeing it with my eyes for the first time was mesmerizing.
The Japanese representatives at Renn Drive meet - Two clean and original Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) with appropriate number plates.
Renn Drive Sunday is a group where Porsche owners of Thailand get together on Sunday for drink, chat and of course, the fun driving session around Bangkok's expressway. And certainly, Mr A is part of the group, and he came in his '86 Porsche 930 Turbo that morning.
Not long later, Mr Richard arrived in his beloved RWB Targa in rough world style.
If you're a Porsche enthusiast, you'd enjoy the varieties of Porsches that came filling up the empty parking space at K Village, like this air cooled 993 Turbo from the 90s, ...
... and the new 991 Carrera S of current generation.
You could find at least one from each generation in this casual meet and I believe there are more Porsches (both classic and modern) out there that did not come to participate. Nevertheless, this fleet of Stuttgart beauty at K Village was amazing.
The members of Renn Drive Sunday were having a serious 'talk' on Porsches. :D
For this special Renn Drive meet, few friends from the supercar club also came to join the fun. Another car sharing the German pride with the Porsches is this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This car was a modern remake of the classic Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Its long hood at the front houses a 6.2L V8 engine powering 563hp and 650Nm of torque to the rear wheels.
A supercar meet won't be complete without the presence of the Italians. Two of the famous race-breed versions in the supercar list - Ferrari 430 Scuderia & Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera.
The facelifted Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder was growling into the parking lot. However, there was this one car that kept pulling me back to it everytime I wander away. It was...
... the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, in stunning Rosso (Red) body paint. The owner made an excellent choice when he decided to use Red on the V12 Lambo to contrast with its black Dione wheels.
Moreover, the Roadster's appearance was further enhanced with familiar DMC 'Molto Veloce' kit. The carbon fiber front lip and side skirt were simple yet tasteful additions to the already extreme Aventador.
My favourite part of the car apart from its Rosso body paint, had to be the Carbon Fiber rear wing inspired directly from Murcielago SV.
The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster was definitely the highlight of the meet. It gotten plenty of attention from the passerby, tourist (me) and even the friends of Renn Drive themselves.
And, this is the Coupé version. Basically, it's the same car as the Roadster, running the same 6.5L V12 engine which outputs an incredible 700hp and 690Nm of torque. With this figures, the car can achieve 350km/h top speed and 0-100km/h in 2.9s.
The only difference between the Coupé and the Roadster is the roof. Roadster has a removable two-piece carbon fiber hardtop and an updated rear engine bonnet, over the standard roof on Coupé Aventador. The redesign upper part cause an increment of 50kg in total dry weight from Coupé's original 1575kg.
Which model would you choose, Coupé or Roadster?
Then, another very familiar V12 bull arrived. It was the '09 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV; The final and most ultimate version of the Murcielago.
The huge 'SV' on the side stands for Super Veloce which means 'Super Fast' in Italian. And yes, it is super fast. With the 661hp 6.5L V12 at its mid-rear, the SV can sprint 0-100km/h in 3.2s. This special edition bull is one of 186 examples available worldwide. Rare stuff.
F12 berlinetta took the most powerful supercar award that day. F12 is Ferrari's front engine, rear wheel grand tourer which uses a 6.3L V12 producing a whopping 730hp! Too much power for the normal streets of Bangkok? Maybe, no. Anyway, what's surprising was...
... the F12 was driven by a lady! Wow, that's an uncommon car selection for a lady but she totally deserves the spot in front of Au Bon Pain cafe. Love at first sight. :D
The Prancing Horse sibling came late but still able to join the Renn Drive + Supercar fun.
Italy vs Germany, 2 to 1.
Hoped for more Thailand RWBs to come but the only one that turned up was Mr Richard's. Maybe next time.
Bangkok is such a wonderful place filled with fun activities, beautiful places, delicious food and kind people. Car culture in Thailand is never too little as well. It was incredible to join Renn Drive for a day under the hot sun and the diversity of cars I saw here tells me that it's quite happening around the city of Bangkok.
I definitely be back to Bangkok for more fun events and meets like this. Till then, enjoy the pictures below. Kob kun krab Thailand.