The vintage car show takes enthusiasts on a journey through time
Visitors look at vintage cars on display at Barahat Msheireb Downtown Doha. Photo: Salim Matramkot/The Peninsula
Doha: Sixteen vintage cars are on display at the “Al Baraha Classic Cars Showroom” at Barahat Msheireb Downtown Doha.
The show, which runs until April 11, was opened by Gulf Qatari Classic Car Association Vice President Omar Hussain Alfardan; the Director of Msheireb Museums, Dr. Hafiz Ali; Turkish Ambassador HE Mehmet Mustafa Göksu; Italian Ambassador HE Alessandro Prunas; and other officials and dignitaries.
In a statement, Gulf Qatari Classic Car Association Chairman of the Board, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, said: “We are delighted to witness the steady and rapid development and elevation of the classic car show. Al Baraha classics.
“It has surely become an invaluable asset in the arsenal of our country’s cultural sector, and it must be supported and preserved, so that it can continue to thrive and develop, both locally and internationally,” said he added.
Holding the exhibition in Msheireb “revitalizes our national belonging and the legacy of what we drove and what we had at that time,” Omar Hussain Alfardan said on the sidelines of the event.
Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Mustafa Göksu; Italian Ambassador Alessandro Prunas; Gulf Qatari Classic Car Association Vice President Omar Hussain Alfardan and others at the inauguration of the show. Photo: Salim Matramkot/The Peninsula
He said Msheireb is the center of Doha for all businesses and his time as a young child in Msheireb, driving around in the cars of the 1960s and 1970s, brings the same feeling that there is decades. “Msheireb is becoming the center of Doha for art in general and of course classic cars and cars from that era complement that terminology so it sure does add up. If you go to a parade of mode, to a restaurant, you go in a car, automatically — a car is part of you going out, just like you carry a bag, or wear nice shoes, you go in a nice car,” he said. .
Alfardan said this type of exhibition will attract tourists. “When we started this journey with the Gulf Qatari Classic Car Association, we had a limited number of cars, but over time we have attracted more members. Now we have 3,000 to 4,000 classic cars [that] are available in the market, and it is increasing every day.
Alfardan revealed that they will be planning two more exhibitions in the coming months and a bigger event will be announced soon. Recently, the Association participated in the outdoor car exhibition at the National Museum of Qatar which will end today.
Also, he said that all the cars are “masterpieces” and that the vintage car show is “for people to remember the times, to remember what happened in that time”.
A preview as old as a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette is on display, and the latest is a 1982 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC.
The most powerful and fastest car on display is a 1986 Porsche 935 Kremer K2 (street version) with an output of 462 horsepower (HP). Meanwhile, the car with the lowest HP is a 1971 FIAT 500 L with only 13 HP which came from Italy.
Other cars include 1963 Pontac with 345 HP, 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor, 1967 Jaguar MK II 3.4 Saloon, 1968 442, 1971 FIAT 500 L, 1971 Mercedes Benz S600, 1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SL, 1974 BMW – Baur Cabriolet, 1972 Chevrolet Corvette, Land Rover 1978 – Range Rover, Rolls Royce 1976 – Silver Shadow, Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 1982 and Wild Cat 1980.