What Is Sharktoberfest?
Sharktoberfest is a car event by and for Porsche 928 enthusiasts, welcoming all owners and those interested in this very special GT car. Once a year, the Sharktoberfest gathering is typically held the third weekend in October, often taking place over 3 consecutive days. The first Sharktoberfest event was put together back in 2003 at the suggestion of John Veninger and is a continuation of early efforts by Mark Anderson at 928 International to gather owners together nearly 10 years before that.
On Friday evening, an informal gathering is usually held at the host hotel to welcome attendees. Saturday's main event takes place on the premises of 928 International, the leading supplier of new and used 928 parts. The Saturday program often consists of a large, day-long social gathering during which a variety of activities are scheduled, including informative technical sessions, presentations, special 928 displays and more. While an excellent barbecue lunch is provided on Saturday, the group also gathers for a group dinner the night of the main event during which giveaways and other prizes are awarded.
On Sunday, anything goes, including group drives on some of Southern California's most interesting driving roads. Other Sunday programs have included visits to local museums and even private car collections.
There's no need to "go it alone" with your 928 ownership experience these days. There is a wealth of information available and active owner communities that can help you get more out of owning a 928. Past Sharktoberfests have drawn upwards of 150 cars and 200 participants, so make plans to join us for the sheer spectacle of it all!
Sharktoberfest.com 2012 Splash Page Image
In 2012, we posted a tribute to 928 designer Anatole "Tony" Lapine, who passed away that year. The image of Tony standing in front of the car in a lighted booth was taken from the book "Project 928" by Julius Weitmann and Rico Steinemann, a rare book about the development of the Porsche 928.
Tony made a special appearance at the Euro 928 gathering in 2002, delighting the gathered aficionados with tales of his automotive design career over breakfast. Most quoted quote "The 911 is like an arrow shot backwards, it keeps wanting to turn itself around." He will be missed.