Emerging from the shadow of the iconic Luftgekühlt: Air|Water
A journey to redefine the boundaries of Porsche gatherings
 A journey to redefine the boundaries of Porsche gatherings

On the 1st of May 2024, the automotive landscape of Southern California witnessed a seismic shift as the prestigious Air|Water event stepped into the limelight, captivating enthusiasts with a mesmerising showcase of Porsche excellence.


Emerging from the shadow of the iconic Luftgekühlt, Air|Water embarked on a journey to redefine the boundaries of Porsche gatherings, offering a harmonious blend of air-cooled and water-cooled marvels.

A celebration of Porsche's heritage

Nestled within the sprawling expanse of the Orange County Fair & Event Centre in Costa Mesa, the stage was set for an unparalleled celebration of Porsche's illustrious heritage.


Against a backdrop of palm trees and azure skies, the venue hummed with anticipation as attendees from across the globe converged to witness history in the making.


The heart of the event pulsated with the rhythmic symphony of engines, as 1,000 meticulously curated Porsche vehicles graced the display area.


Each car, a testament to precision engineering and timeless design, elicited awe and admiration from onlookers.


From classic air-cooled icons like the 911 and 356 to modern-day masterpieces such as the Panamera and Taycan, every model exuded an aura of automotive excellence.

One of the standout features of Air|Water was its commitment to inclusivity

Welcoming not only pristine show cars but also enthusiast-owned gems from all corners of the Porsche spectrum.


The diversity on display was staggering, with everything from meticulously restored classics to track-ready beasts vying for attention. Amidst the sea of automotive splendor, guests were treated to a journey through Porsche's storied history, each vehicle a chapter in the brand's enduring legacy.


As attendees meandered through the exhibition hall, they were greeted by the familiar sights and sounds of Porsche's racing heritage. Iconic liveries adorned the flanks of vintage racers, while the unmistakable growl of flat-six engines reverberated through the air.


Guest appearances by racing legends such as Jörg Bergmeister added an extra layer of excitement, as enthusiasts had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the heroes of motorsport.

“"This has always been our plan. To create an experience that transcends mere automobiles and brings people together in celebration of a shared passion."”
Patrick Long - Co-Founder

Beyond the static displays, Air|Water offered a myriad of attractions to engage and entertain attendees. Interactive exhibits provided insights into Porsche's technological prowess, showcasing the evolution of performance and innovation over the decades. QR stickers stationed beside each car invited guests to delve deeper into the stories behind the vehicles, offering a glimpse into the passion and dedication of their owners.


In a nod to the burgeoning interest in off-road adventure, Air|Water dedicated a special section to showcase the rugged capabilities of Porsche's SUV lineup. From the nimble Macan to the formidable Cayenne, each vehicle stood as a testament to Porsche's versatility, seamlessly blending luxury and off-road prowess.


As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden hue over the sprawling exhibition grounds, the festivities showed no signs of slowing down. Live music filled the air, courtesy of talented performers paying homage to the rich tapestry of California's automotive culture. Food vendors lined the pathways, offering a tantalizing array of gourmet delights to satisfy every palate.

The event was more than just a gathering of cars
The event was more than just a gathering of cars

For Patrick Long, co-founder of Air|Water, the event it is a celebration of passion, camaraderie, and the enduring spirit of Porsche enthusiasts worldwide. 


As the curtains drew to a close on another unforgettable edition of Air|Water, attendees departed with memories to last a lifetime and a renewed sense of appreciation for the iconic marque that had brought them together. 

In the annals of automotive history, Air|Water had carved out its place as a beacon of innovation, inspiration, and above all, a testament to the enduring legacy of Porsche.