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The 2012 Vintage and Classic Car Show, organised by the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan (VCCCP) will be held today at The Forum car park. And although there will be a fleet of vintage beauties on display, it is likely that the two cars that will steal the show will be the same ones which received accolades at the Concours d’Elegance, an annual international vintage car show that was held in Kuwait in February.

The first car is an open topped 1924 Rolls Royce which earned the first prize in the A Class (cars manufactured between 1910 and 1930). Originally owned by the Nawab of Bahawalpur, it is incorrectly assumed to belong to Mr Jinnah; the truth is that he rode in it only once with Lord Louis Mountbatten on August 14, 1947.

The second car is a 1929 Hupmobile; it secured third place in the A Class (a Cord Cabriolet from Belgium secured second place). Originally owned by Qurban Ali Khan, the first Inspector General of West Pakistan, the Hupmobile and the Rolls Royce now belong to Abdul-Karim Chhapra.

This was Pakistan’s first foray into the highly competitive world of vintage auto shows. In an all too familiar scenario, this was not due to any support from the government; instead, the credit goes to Abdul-Karim Chhapra and Mohsin Ikram (senior members of the VCCCP) for sending these cars to the Concours d’Elegance.

In addition to these two cars, the line-up at this year’s Vintage and Classic Car Show will include a fleet of magnificent beauties including Bentleys, BMWs, Jaguars, Lincolns, Mercedes’, Packards, Rolls Royces and Studebakers to name a few. You can also expect to see smaller but equally impressive cars such as Fiat 500s, Isettas and Mini Coopers.

The Show will begin at around noon and will carry on late into the evening. With rock music, an enthusiastic crowd of car lovers, beautiful cars from all eras and two prize winning classics, the 2012 Show promises to be big!

– Romano Karim Yusuf

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on April 8, 2012.

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