Pakistan: Classic Car & Classic Car Show in Islamabad a complete success

A visitor poses at the show.
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ISLAMABAD: Lovers of old classic cars stormed to the Vintage & Classic Car Show on Tuesday, which featured 35 old and classic cars – some of them quite old and even from pre-Pakistani times.

The “Heritage on Wheels” was organized by the Vintage and Classic Cars Club of Pakistan (VCCCP) in cooperation with the Islamabad Serena Hotel.

These old beauties could hardly be described and you could see the visitors taking selfies and touching them in disbelief.

The Amilcar, manufactured in France in 1922, was the oldest at the fair; others were the UK-built 1954 Austin Healey, the 1955 TR, the US-made 1955 Ford Thunderbird, a blue Rolls Royce (1972 model), a dark green Mazda 818 (1971), a red Mustang Ford (1965) , a baby Mercedes 190 SL and a MG TD kit car (1952).

Rehan had driven all the way from Karachi to Islamabad in his 1971 Mazda 818, a green beast. My family is traveling with me and it’s been a joyous ride, said Rehan. My wife and children travel with me too, he said.

Yousuf Rao, owner of the MG TD Kit Car, said, when asked whether owning and maintaining a classic car is an expensive hobby, he works in the gold and jewelry business and has a number of other classic cars besides Kit Car Volkswagen, Beatle and Moped Bike.

A monster that drew everyone’s attention was the “64-1 / 2 Mustang Ford”. That car and the Impala Chevrolet belonged to Senator Dr. Shehzad Wasim, who owns a large collection of classic and vintage cars, told Samuel Yaqoob Dr. Wasim’s assistant at the auto show.

Nationwide auto show

Mohsin Ikram, chairman of the Vintage and Classic Cars Club of Pakistan, said the club was founded around 30 years ago to attract car enthusiasts across Pakistan and promote the “Heritage on Wheels” hobby.

We have exhibited our cars at various classic car shows around the country, he said, adding that they recently presented their classic cars at the Bala Hisaar fort.

He said the purpose of the event is to showcase these beautiful vehicles to the public and promote a soft image of Pakistan.

He cherished classic car owners for their passion in preserving these vehicles as cultural artifacts and celebrated the fact that a mother drove her family out of Karachi that year.

Some of our cars, he said, had a rich history – one of them (Packard 1929) was kept by the Maharaja of Patiala, another (Lincoln Continental 1947) was driven by King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, etc.

Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said the event was part of the hotel’s cultural diplomacy.

They were driven as part of the 11th VCCCP Karachi to Khyber Classic Car Rally 2021 and will leave for Peshawar on Wednesday for the final stage of the rally.

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