I think every Porsche driver has a unique story to tell. If someone
had told me ten years ago that I would ever drive a Porsche, I
would have laughed in his face. But times are changing, and
opportunities are opening up and look, here it is outside the door:
a brand new Macan in my favourite colour black. I cherish the car
as if it were a baby. Washing, buffing until it gleams like a mirror,
waxing ... I do it all myself. have been driving the car for almost
six months now and inside it still smells as if it has just rolled off
the production line. That special, exciting scent that only has a
new car, I love it. I have personalised the license plate. I thought
911 was a nice gimmick. That this fantastic car now stands in my
garage at night gives me a feeling that I cannot even describe. I
think it is a sensation that all Porsche drivers in the world share
with each other.
Do you drive the Macan every day?
Yes. I bought it to drive it, not to keep it as a show model. Of
course, I cannot get the maximum out of my Porsche in the hectic
surroundings of the city, but that is not really the main issue for
me. I intensely enjoy the beauty of the car, its perfect lines and
the fantastic driving comfort. Every detail is important to me.
However, the road from Lahore to Islamabad is excellent. That is
a perfect, modern motorway that has been built to last for at least
50 years. There, I can allow the car to growl now and then.
Is there a speed limit on that road?
Yes. Unfortunately, things here are not like they are in Germany.
120 km/h is the limit. Ridiculously low for a Porsche, of course. In
themselves, the fines are not that high (about $ 10 if you convert
it), but there are so many cameras and police checkpoints along
the way that - if you do not stick to the imposed speed limit - you
can easily accumulate 10 to 20 fines during one trip alone. And
that way, the amount quickly increases.
The traffic in Lahore is frightfully chaotic. Do you even dare to
take to the streets with your expensive Porsche?
The traffic situation in Lahore is a cauldron, that's right. But I
grew up with it and have never known anything else. Of course, I
am a bit more tense behind the wheel of my Porsche than I would
be in another car, that speaks for itself. But you just have to look
out really well while on the road and never hesitate. Hesitating
is fatal. In itself, Lahore is no different from other busy cities in
the world. It is not because there is heavy traffic that there are
no exclusive cars driving around. What I do take into account is
the ability to park. I have to be sure that I can leave my Porsche
somewhere safe, if not I leave it at home.
Maybe other drivers get out of your
way more quickly because it is so
If only! In fact, the opposite is true.
Because a Porsche is still very exclu-
sive in Pakistan, other road users get
annoyingly close in order to view my
car as well as they can. I do worry
about that, because in that case I
know very well that the driver next
to doesn’t have his attention on the
road, but rather on my Porsche, and
that is just the type of risk I really
don’t want or need.
Do you sometimes notice that peo-
ple are envious?
Not really. In recent years, the coun-
try has seen great economic prog-
ress that creates opportunities in
numerous areas. Pakistan is a coun-
try with enormous potential. 67% of
the population is below thirty years
of age. Many have studied, have a
good job and are increasingly able
to spend money. I belong to that
generation. As I said earlier, a few
years ago I could not have imagined
that I would ever be able to afford a
Porsche. Now I sometimes even look
forward to the next one. Maybe that
will be a Cayenne or who knows, a