Vintage car owners in Doha have suggested setting up a permanent place to keep their collections and make it a tourist attraction.
The suggestion has been made as many people have visited the recent vintage car exhibition held in the Corniche to mark the National Day, reported an Arabic daily yesterday.
“I have a collection of 10 vintage cars; I bought the first such car in 1982. Many people visited the exhibition. It is good if there is a specific place to keep and showcase these cars,” said Hussain Al Hajiri, a vintage car collector.
Vintage car exhibitions are held in the country at different occasions, and National Day is one such events. Katara, the Cultural Village too held such an exhibition recently.
“It will be a good opportunity to attract more people, if all vintage cars are kept in one place,” said Mohamed Al Marri, another vintage car owner, who prefers old cars over new ones. As part of the National Day celebrations, 27 classic vehicles were showcased at the Corniche.
The vintage car collection reflects the passion of some Qatari individuals who enjoy collecting old cars and encourages Qatari youngsters to take it up as their hobby. The exhibition was an opportunity to promote the motoring heritage and provide an experience to all classic car collectors and fans
The show had one of oldest among the collection such as a Morris 1930 model, the first motorised vehicle in Qatar brought by P T Cox and E W Shaw during a geological survey here from 1932 to 1933. Also on show were 50s models of Humber, Red Dodge Power Wagon, Austin A65, Bedford K and Bedford RL among others which were exclusively used by the Qatar Petroleum company both for employees and visitors.
The exhibition also showcases luxury vehicles used to transport royals such as heads of state, ministers and other high ranking officials during their official visits to the country in the 50s. These cars include Oldsmobile 98, Desoto Fire Flite convertible, Cadillac Series 62, and Ford Galaxy 500.
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