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Industry experts discuss the hot topics at ‘Ignition Live Talks’

Professional rally driver Ken Block is the star attraction of new knowledge exchange platform

 

Everything from motorsport trends to classic car ownership, new technologies and desert driving survival tips are all on the agenda, free, everyday in a format that encourages debate from the floor

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Key personalities and leaders from the automotive world are participating in ‘Ignition Live Talks’, a new concept at the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) that covers the hottest topics facing the industry.

 

The newly introduced initiative is a dedicated ‘engagement space’ where visitors interact and share opinions with decision makers and influencers from the motoring world covering topics including tuning and customization, drifting, touring global routes, maintenance and safety, motor racing and much more.

 

Last night professional rally driver Ken Block kicked off the new initiative speaking to popular radio DJ Kris Fade  and discussed his colourful career and personal achievements.

 

The list of panelists includes David Brown, Automotive founder and creator of the bespoke Speedback GT grand tourer; Alan Stote, Alvis Car Company proprietor; James Nichols, Classic car expert and author; Akram Miknas, classic car collector and Promoseven Holdings Chairman and founder; Philip Shane, journalist and TV presenter; and Manuel Schmidt, automotive explorer and long-time UAE resident.

 

“Ignition Live Talks is a new initiative that engages visitors with some of the region’s foremost authorities on a wide range of auto-related topics in an open forum environment,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre.

 

“It takes the Dubai International Motor Show to a new level by allowing visitors to discuss topics with the very best in the business.” 

 

One of the stars of DIMS will be the evocative Speedback GT limited edition grand tourer built by David Brown Automotive – and the man whose name is on the badge –  who will talk about ‘What Makes the Perfect Grand Tourer’. With a distinguished career in restoring classic cars and competing in classic rallies including the Peking to Paris in a Rolls-Royce, Mr Brown will give an insight into his experiences from competing in numerous classic car rallies around the globe and what led him to go and found his own automotive company.

 

Another entrepreneur who is at the reins of his own car company is Alan Stote who as a keen car collector for nearly forty years, now owns the famous British car manufacturer, Alvis. He now manufactures new Alvis cars to order, some of which will be on display at DIMS while its sister company, Red Triangle, restores over 200 Alvis cars each year.

 

His insights into what to look for when buying a classic car as well as the kind of work that goes in to running your own classic car company – as well as how to avoid the occasional pitfall when buying your own classic automobile – will be invaluable to anyone in the market to buy a classic or restore that barnyard treasure.

 

A specialist in writing about classic cars, James Nicholls has travelled the world following his passion for vintage vehicles and has been involved in the auction and sales of many important classic cars.  At DIMS he will share the most important rules to follow when valuing and investing in classic cars. His rule of thumb for buying a classic car is to follow your heart but only after first making sure that you’ve listened to your head.

 

Classic car enthusiast and Promoseven Holdings Chairman and founder Akram Miknas says that most of the collectors in Dubai buy their cars from abroad. Mr Miknas will also be giving tips on how to understand the unique qualities of the classic car market in Dubai.

 

Philip Shane will be offering all-important advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls encountered when researching and buying a car in the Middle East. He will explain how evaluating cars based on personal preferences will be the key ingredient, but highlights one pertinent piece of advice when trying to snatch that good buy, and that’s to research, research, research.

 

As a co-founder of the Land Rover Owners UAE group, Manuel Schmidt is a keen explorer of the region’s deserts and mountains in his specially equipped Land Rover Defender 90. His talks will include teaching the basics of planning an overland expedition, as well as the technical requirements necessary for taking your vehicle off-road. He will also offer potentially life-saving advice on what to do when you’ve broken down in the middle of the desert.

 

Held every two years, the Dubai International Motor Show is the main highlight of the Dubai Motor Festival, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The Dubai Motor Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and builds on the widespread passion of all motor related sports across the region.

 

The 2015 Dubai International Motor Show is supported by Show partners AC Delco, Alienware, Autopro, Cooper Tires, ENOC, RTA and Swiss Tourism. The show will be open from 11am to 10pm on November 11; 11am to 11pm on November 12 and 13; and from 11am to 10pm on November 14.

 

Prices are AED 65 for single-day entry, with children under 12 entering free and includes entry to the Motoring Nostalgia Museum. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the show’s website at: www.dubaimotorshow.com