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Blast from the past: Colourful vintage cars rekindle fond memories for many

“I have kept this car since my childhood as I am fond of vintage cars,” says a 1954 TR car owner.
Updated Dec 08, 2018 10:03pm

Vintage and Classic Cars Club of Pakistan arranged a car show titled "Heritage on wheels" in Islamabad at the Serena Hotel on Friday.

Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem who inaugurated the show whilst speaking to APP remarked that it was a wonderful event as it was a source of amusement for the public.

He said it would portray a soft image of Pakistan before the international community.

“I have also chipped in three of my vintage 1964 models in the car show,” said Waseem.

The senator said vintage cars were a source of inspiration and that they remind us of our past.

Chairman of the Vintage and Classic Cars Club of Pakistan, Mohsin Ikram, said that the main purpose of the event was to create awareness among the people about the importance of vintage and classic cars.

As many as 60 vintage including 15 cars from Karachi, 12 from Lahore, and 20 from Islamabad were brought to the show, he said. The 1922 French-manufactured Amilcar, UK-built TR cars and German-made IGB cars were also showcased.

Ikram said a rally of cars came from Karachi to Islamabad and will also go to Peshawar's Islamia College.

The show witnessed a huge gathering of people of which some were from Switzerland, China, and Ireland.

A 1954 TR car owner Shahzab said, “I have kept this car since my childhood as I am fond of vintage cars”.

Earlier in November, around 60 vintage cars were exhibited in a classic car show arranged by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tourism department which was held at the Peshawar Services Club. Senior Minister for Tourism, Culture, and Sports Mohammad Atif Khan had also participated in the event as chief guest.

The bevy of vehicles had started from the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and moved through various cities including Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Lahore and Islamabad, finally culminating its journey in Peshawar.

The show witnessed a large group of admirers looking to get a feel of what it was like to ride a now classic vehicle. —APP
The show witnessed a large group of admirers looking to get a feel of what it was like to ride a now classic vehicle. —APP

Visitors posing inside a classic vehicle at the "Heritage on wheels" event in Islamabad. —APP
Visitors posing inside a classic vehicle at the "Heritage on wheels" event in Islamabad. —APP

Hoods glistened and the chrome on wheels sparkled to the joy of visitors flocking to sit inside each exhibit at the show in Islamabad. —APP
Hoods glistened and the chrome on wheels sparkled to the joy of visitors flocking to sit inside each exhibit at the show in Islamabad. —APP

A family stops to examine the pristine interior of a two-seater displayed at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. —APP
A family stops to examine the pristine interior of a two-seater displayed at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. —APP

A car afficianado from Karachi on his way to participate in the earlier held KP government-sponsored classic car show held in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial
A car afficianado from Karachi on his way to participate in the earlier held KP government-sponsored classic car show held in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial

A brightly-coloured Volkswagen seen on the Peshawar Motorway. —@PTIofficial
A brightly-coloured Volkswagen seen on the Peshawar Motorway. —@PTIofficial

Passersby couldn't help but stop to look at the motorcade of classic vehicles on the Peshawar Motorway. —@PTIofficial
Passersby couldn't help but stop to look at the motorcade of classic vehicles on the Peshawar Motorway. —@PTIofficial

An interior to match the bold exterior. —@PTIofficial
An interior to match the bold exterior. —@PTIofficial

A setting sun reflected in the turquoise exterior of this classic car. —@PTIofficial
A setting sun reflected in the turquoise exterior of this classic car. —@PTIofficial

A proud owner driving a vintage Rolls-Royce down the highway. —@PTIofficial
A proud owner driving a vintage Rolls-Royce down the highway. —@PTIofficial

A bevy of beautiful antiques arriving to participate in the classic car show in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial
A bevy of beautiful antiques arriving to participate in the classic car show in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial

The well-maintained interior is evidence of the love for vintage cars in Pakistan. —@PTIofficial
The well-maintained interior is evidence of the love for vintage cars in Pakistan. —@PTIofficial

Senior Minister of Tourism, Sports, and Culture Mohammad Atif Khan interacting with the displayed vehicles at the classic car show in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial
Senior Minister of Tourism, Sports, and Culture Mohammad Atif Khan interacting with the displayed vehicles at the classic car show in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial

A woman gets behind the wheel and looks in the side view mirror of a classic car displayed in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial
A woman gets behind the wheel and looks in the side view mirror of a classic car displayed in Peshawar. —@PTIofficial

The glittering cars from the show held in Peshawar included the 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith and the 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost used on August 14, 1947 by Quaid-i-Azam. —@PTIofficial
The glittering cars from the show held in Peshawar included the 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith and the 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost used on August 14, 1947 by Quaid-i-Azam. —@PTIofficial