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Cars at the auto show called statement of art – Journal

KARACHI: The 2021 Classic Car Show hosted by the Heritage Motoring Club of Pakistan on the lawns of Frere Hall here on Sunday provided an opportunity to see more than 75 wonders of the European and American automotive industry up close. Various models of Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Mercedes, MG, Ford, Fiat, Porsche and Volkswagen were on display.

Each vehicle, the pride and joy of its current owner, had a story, happily shared by the owners. “You must see my 1965 Renault Dauphine. It’s parked right there,” Liaquat Malik, president of the Heritage Motoring Club, pointed out a small blue car parked in the middle of the exhibition area with other treasures. “The model was Pablo Picasso’s favorite,” he adds. The car didn’t seem to have a very prominent bumper in the front until you realized that its engine was in the trunk where it had a bigger, sturdier fender.

A few Fiat’s, a 1947 Topolino painted in metallic orange and a 1965 Fiat 500 in bright red looked cool. Topolino could not have come out of the factory in this color, but it still suited him very well.

On the other side stood the pride of every classic car show, the 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost owned by Karim Chhapra. Beside her was Captain Mansoor and Khalid Aslam’s Rolls Royce Wraith from 1938 with a license plate from Balochistan.

“We literally had to pull this car out from under a collapsed wall,” Captain Mansoor told Dawn. “He was crushed. It took us 35 years to rebuild it. Even now, only its hood and grille are original. The rest we have rebuilt with metal blows, ”he said, adding that there were only two or three people who could drive him. When asked why, he opened the driver’s side door to show his gear which was near the door to the driver’s right. “This is how the car was designed. You can’t even see this gear while driving. It takes a while to get used to it, ”said Captain Mansoor with a laugh.

Another engineering marvel, although not that old, was Ibaad Lari’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird. “I found it on Facebook in one of the classic car groups and had to buy it and get it imported,” he said. “Look, it also has power windows and power steering. In addition, the steering wheel has this swivel mechanism, which was originally part of it, ”he said. “You see, 1963 was the era of the space age and Americans also made a lot of innovations in their cars,” he explained.

Young Zeeshan Tahir, a lover of vintage and classic cars, pointed out that the 1960s were the era of gorgeous and gorgeous cars in America. “That’s when they got it right. They were quite ahead in automotive engineering and, what’s more, they also built comfortable cars which turned out to be a statement of art, ”he said, pointing to a red 1965 Ford Fastback and a another Mustang convertible that had a strange 1964 model year and a 1/2 (half).

You could also see that all American cars were driven on the left and European cars were driven on the right. On one side of the exhibition area, you could see all the Volkswagen Beetles lined up. There was also a Micro Bus parked next to them.

Tahir pointed out that the Beetle was also a car made for the public by Germany around WWII. “At that time there was a fuel shortage and the car was designed to use less fuel,” he said. He also added that in the same way the low-cost Fiat mobilized Italy.

Meanwhile, Motor Club of Pakistan’s Razi Nayyar as well as Heritage Motoring Club could not have arrived without his favorite dark green Jaguar XJ6 Series-1 from 1972 which originally belonged to former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. But this time it also brought its two-tone cream color with brown 1959 Dodge Kingsway roof. “These are heritage cars, and what better place to show them than the Frere Hall heritage building? Nayyar smiles.

His friend Shoaib Qureshi, one of the organizers of the Motor Show, said they also organized several vintage car rallies throughout the year. “We are about to leave for another of our Karachi to Swat rallies on October 26th and so since we are all getting together for this, we also thought about displaying our cars here,” he said. Qureshi had come with three cars – a blue Mercedes 300 SEL from 1972, a black Chevrolet Camaro from 1983 and an orange Cadillac Brougham from 1991.

About the Heritage Motoring Club, Tauqir Sultan Awan, its chief boss, said they have three chapters, South (Sindh and Balochistan), Center (Rahim Yar Khan in Jhelum) and North (AJK, GB, KP and FATA ). “Our rallies take us across the country in our classic cars. This time it’s from Karachi to Swat. Earlier in September we went to Nathiagali and before that in April we drove to Attock, ”he said.

When asked if cars, being old, caused them problems along the way, he replied that it happened all the time. “Sometimes we have a broken axle, sometimes we have broken brakes, but we also know how to deal with all these problems and keep moving,” he said with a laugh.

Posted in Dawn, October 25, 2021

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