SATW Gala Dinner At The Porsche Factory Leipzig

Tonight was the final night of the Society of American Travel Writers convention and I can’t think of a better way to end it than by having dinner at the Porsche factory. The formal affair was attended by delegates, honor guests, speakers and the mayor of Leipzig. Speeches were given, awards were handed out and teary goodbyes were exchanged. For many members, the SATW is like a family reunion since people come from all over the USA and Canada. For most, the yearly convention is the only time they will see each other.

Porsche is like the Apple of car manufacturing. OK, maybe their cars lack the elegance or pure industrial design of a Macbook Pro, but Porsche is like Apple where it matters: PROFITS! No other car manufacturer makes as much profit per car as Porsche does. Porsche only sells around 100,000 cars a year but they make so much money, they almost bought out Volkswagen.

The factory in Leipzig is where Porsche builds their bread and butter cars: the Cayenne and the Panamera. While I’m sure the factory isn’t considered large by car making standards, it was extremely impressive never the less. The visitor welcome center would put a 5 star hotel to shame. It features cars from Porsche’s history and two test tracks (one race and one off road). The food at Porsche is every bit as good as their cars. It was by far the best meal I had since coming to Germany.

You’ll want to watch the video to see how I immortalized my name at the Porsche factory. I hope Porsche has a sense of humor or I could be in trouble.

The Society of American Travel Writers will hold their 2011 convention in New Zealand. If the SATW invites me to speak again, I would not hesitate to go.

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig

Porsche Factory Liepzig


37 thoughts on “SATW Gala Dinner At The Porsche Factory Leipzig”

  1. Looks like a great time John.

    Have any more pictures?!

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, there are more photos at my Flickr page. http://www.johnchow.com/flickr

      1. d3so says:

        Wow I’m drooling over both the food and cars. 🙂

        1. Alex Dumitru says:

          I really love Porsche cars. Did you get to drive test any of them ?

          1. John Chow says:

            No we were not able to test drive during the dinner event. However we are able to come back during the day to take the cars out.

        2. PPC Ian says:

          Now that’s what I’m talking about! I hope to own a Porsche one of these days. 🙂 Nice cars and food too!

          1. John is famous for 3 things – money making, FOOD and ofcourse car.

          2. Yes, ZK,

            He makes the money, eats the food after taking pictures of it and takes pictures of cars he likes and posts everything on his blog. Not a bad lifestyle.

  2. Looks awesome John. Wish we could have been there with ya drooling over the Porsches!

    1. Yes I would love to be at there as well …

      Boy I love Porsche in red.

  3. imkazu says:

    great looking office building they have there

  4. Tom Weyers says:

    That looks awesome! The food looks great too, wish I was there…

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      Really foods look so tasty.

      1. Yeah better than last post food at SATW Dinner at Asisi Panometer Leipzig

  5. Benjamin says:

    Guerilla marketing…….

    1. ????

      What do you want to say here ?

  6. Earl says:

    Oopsie hit reply too soon.

    Sneaky sneaky John. Don’t worry, if you get busted, if all your subscribers sent a dollar via paypal you can get bailed out.

    1. d3so says:

      Wait, does paypal collect fees even when sending a dollar?

      1. It depends who you’re sending it to and for what purpose I think.

  7. Dino Vedo says:

    Food looks nice!! Do they give you a Porsche for dessert??

    1. d3so says:

      That would’ve been sweet if they did.

  8. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Hope you enjoyed lot there.Another nine post with a good video.

  9. 993C4S says:

    Ouch. That’s a pretty special Porsche to be defacing.

  10. timmytim says:

    mmmm yellow porsche brake my favorite

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      I also like the yellow one.

  11. Alex Dumitru says:

    Ok now I really envy you 🙂

  12. Porsche is my favorite manufacturer. Especially with the new release of their Panamera. I think it’s absolutely incredible how much performance they were able to fit in a four door sedan such as that. It’s nearly the size of a 7 series BMW…but twice the performance with nearly all the luxuries. FANTASTIC!

  13. At last you gave evil smile … like it 😉

  14. Are you now planning to buy a Porsche next or do you own already one? SY

    1. Hi SY,

      Nice to see you back here again.

      I’m pretty sure John doesn’t own one yet. And don’t think he wants to but that could change.

  15. You ever actually eat at home? lol

  16. Abhik says:

    Man!!
    You are mad about cars and foods..

  17. fas says:

    So are you getting a Porsche?

  18. How much would it cost to enter the factory?

  19. Rajnish says:

    Instead of factory it looks like 5 star hotel, Amazing place.

  20. Awesome event I would love to see those Porches

  21. You always gives the best of your tours in the videos and photos and that makes me very to your skills and the experiences to have such the same or more within me just for watching and following the same.

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