Clas­sic cars awarded at Down­town Dubai festival

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

The red car­pet was rolled out in Down­town Dubai on Satur­day af­ter­noon, but it wasn't Hol­ly­wood or Bol­ly­wood stars grac­ing it, in­stead it was some­thing a lit­tle older and a lit­tle classier. Revving their way up the car­pet was 25 of the 380 im­pres­sive au­to­mo­biles on show at this year's Emi­rates Clas­sic Car Festival.

Satur­day's red car­pet mod­els were among the win­ning clas­sic cars, mo­tor­bikes and trucks which were picked by a panel of judges made up of ex­perts in the field. Tak­ing first prize for the 'Pub­lic Choice' award was Has­nain and his 1957 Bent­ley S1.

Com­pet­ing for the first time at the festival, Has­nain said he has al­ways been a "petrol head" but his in­ter­est for clas­sic cars only peaked in the last two years. "My day job is in real estate but my pas­sion is cars. I have a whole fleet of them now, four of which are clas­sic mod­els."

Among his ar­ray of cars Has­nain owns a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, a 1969 Etype Jaguar, a 1976 Fer­rari 308 GT4 Dino and his win­ing Bent­ley S1. Spend­ing about 10 hours each week main­tain­ing and restor­ing the cars, he said it's a pas­sion, not a com­mit­ment. But like many of the win­ners, he ad­mit­ted it's an "ex­pen­sive hobby".

Join­ing Has­nain on Satur­day's win­ning line up was Dubai res­i­dent Tarek Has­bini.Pulling up to re­ceive his award for 'Best Open Top' in his 1971 Mer­cdes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda, Has­bini was ac­com­pa­nied by his two young sons. Speak­ing to Khaleej Times af­ter his un­sus­pect­ing win, he said car restora­tion is def­i­nitely a fam­ily pas­sion.

"I have eight Mercedes' now and

I of­ten hear my sons de­cid­ing which one will be there's when I pass them on. They're very much in­ter­ested in cars just like their fa­ther." Call­ing car restora­tion a "true pas­sion", Has­bini said he doesn't count the time or money he spends work­ing on the cars be­cause he is do­ing it for the love of it.

"There is no doubt it is an ex­pen­sive hobby but ev­ery­body spends money on things they love. I've been known to spend 12 hours work­ing on one of my Mercedes with­out stop­ping for even a glass of wa­ter."

Satur­day's im­pres­sive show pulled the crowds to Mo­hammed bin Rashid Boule­vard in­clud­ing Ger­man ex­pa­tri­ate Dani Widera and her son Jo­hann. And of the 380 ve­hi­cles on show, in­clud­ing 45 clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles, Jo­hann had a clear favourite.

"The old Porsche Za­gato. That was a real clas­sic. I've never seen it be­fore and I've seen a lot of cars."

And the win­ners are: 'Best in Show' - 1950 mercedes benz 170 (se­lect nano) 'UAE award' - mercedes benz 450 SL (Mo­ham­mad al Ta­h­ery) The Dubai - Skoda Feli­cia (balint szeoke) The Emaar - fer­rari Dino (To­mini clas­sics) Euro­pean Car - mer- cedes benz 220s (Gar­gash fam­ily) amer­i­can Car - 1963 chevro­let corvette stingray (Khalil Gerges) bri­tish car - ford con­sul (General Tariq al Qimzi) Best open Top - mercedes benz pagoda (Tarek Has­bini) Preworld war II - rolls-royce (shar­jah old car mu­seum) her­itage Car - mercedes 300 (ab­dul­lah Khalid) Best recreation - 1958 porsche Za­gato (se­lect nano) Club merit - The uae clas­sic mini cooper club Best mi­cro­car - mini cooper rover (ma­jid saleh al nimr) mod­ern Clas­sic - cadil­lac fleet­wood Tal­is­man (Wayne ste­wart) Clas­sic Truck - 1960's pinz­gauer.

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