Doha: Take a trip down memory lane with classic luxury cars dating back to 1931 when the “Qatar Classic Car Competition and Exhibition” was officially opened yesterday with 50 automobiles.
The exhibition located in Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar, will run until Saturday (November 20).
In a message, the president of the Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association said: “Qatar is home to some of the largest classic car owners in the world. provide a ground for communication and exchange of experiences between them.
Talk to The peninsula, Gulf Qatar Classic Cars Association Vice-President Omar Al Fardan highlighted the cultural significance of the event.
“Cultural events are not only linked to art, but also to classic cars. And classic cars, they represent an era in history, and that era being displayed or demonstrated, brings culture to the nation, which means that there are people or owners who have the passion for such cars. , representing that they have a refined taste for them, and this in itself is a cultural theme, ”he added.
The new Gulf Qatar Classic Cars Association website www.classiccars.org, available in English and Arabic, was also launched during the event.
All photos from Salim Matramkot / The Peninsula
Japanese Ambassador to Qatar HE Satoshi Maeda, one of the guests, said the event was “amazing and beautiful”. A notable Japanese car on display at the event is a 1973 Nissan – Datsun.
The oldest car on display is a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom I, which succeeded Rolls Royce in 1925 for the original Silver Ghost, the Phantom had a larger engine than the Silver Ghost and used tappet overhead valves instead of the side valves of the Silver Ghost. . Other automobiles include 1937 Packard; 1940 LaSalle Series 50; 1946 Lincoln; Jeep 1950; 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Drophead; 1955 Pontiac Star Chef; 1954 Jaguar XK 120; 1955 Ford Thunderbird; 1957 Mercedes Benz 220; and 1959 Cadillac DeVille, among others.
The same event is planned to be held in 2022 ahead of the FIFA World Cup. The association will partner with other Gulf associations to bring their cars to Qatar.