New show concept puts the finest collection of classic cars in the spotlight
More than 80 exotic sports and luxury vehicles representing automotive engineering feats and beauties from the 1950s to the 1980s
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 November 2015: Everything old is new again. Or at least that’s the case at the Dubai World Trade Centre’s Za’abeel Hall 1, where the finest collection of classic and historic cars is gathered under one roof for the Dubai International Motor Show’s inaugural Motoring Nostalgia Museum.
Collectively worth more than AED300 million the gathering of 80 exotic sports and luxury vehicles represents the pinnacle of motoring from the 1950s through to the 1980s. The showcase is complemented by an array of themed nostalgia including music from the period and street food trucks to complete a streetscape through the ages.
Among those displaying their cars is Wayne Stewart from the Sharjah Classic Cars Club, who says the reception to the Motoring Nostalgia Museum so far has been remarkable.
“We’ve been floored by the response. We are trying to do more of these events because we’ve found the interest in classic cars has grown by 3000 per cent since we opened our doors seven years ago,” Mr. Stewart said.
“We’re a non-profit organization designed to promote the cultural history of the automobile in the United Arab Emirates,” Mr. Stewart added. We need to be in front of the public to attract members so it was a must for us to be present at the Dubai International Motor Show.”
Mixed through the menagerie of near priceless cars, master craftsmen are on hand to show off the time forgotten traits of coachbuilding including cobbling, leather stitching, designer Louis Vuitton style luggage and hand painting.
Kids and parents alike can be transported onto the iconic Route 66 through Las Vegas with the help of the ‘Green Screen’ photo booth where they can grab a prop, strike a pose and be superimposed into any of their favourite classic cars. In full swing next to the street food trucks is live entertainment every day and night from the resident bands bringing the golden age of music back to the main stage.
Among the stars of the show, there’s a stunning example of the first Lamborghini road car, the 350GTV sitting next to the bewinged Countach while the classic 1948 Mark VI Bentley shares space with the ultra-rare BMW 2002 Turbo. Tomini Classics have also loaned cars including a Ferrari Dino Spyder and a 12-Cylinder 512BB Boxer, as well as Toyota’s most valuable car, the 1967 2000GT that is now worth nearly AED 4.5 million.
“It’s been excellent,” said Mr. Assyl Yacine, Sales Associate of Tomini Classics.
“The Dubai World Trade Centre has built these beautiful display stands for our premium cars with wonderful historic backgrounds and it’s been lovely. The visitors know what they are looking at as well, they are very knowledgeable and it’s great to see there are some proper historic petrolheads in this part of the world.
“We have 28 cars here, about a third of our stock, which took two full days to get them on site but it’s definitely well worth it.”
Also, there’s a vast collection of American classics on loan from Dr. Mohammed ben Sulayem from the 1950s, including the classic 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible to the iconic Corvette Stingray of the 1970s.
The 2015 Dubai International Motor Show is supported by Show partners AC Delco, Alienware, Autopro, Dell, Cooper Tires, ENOC, Mazda, RTA and Swiss Tourism. The show will be open from 6pm to 10pm on November 10; 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. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the show’s website at: www.dubaimotorshow.com