Behind the scenes of the Emirates Classic Car Festival
Hundreds of classic cars and motorbikes from as early as 1920 go on show in Dubai
Hundreds of classic cars and \nmotorbikes from as early as 1920, and defined by unmatched \nelegance and continued functionality, are taking centre stage at the seventh edition of the Emirates Classic Car Festival \norganised by Emaar Properties and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE. The event takes place in Downtown Dubai until March 22 and is expected to attract thousands of people. The must-visit event for classic car lovers, automobile \nenthusiasts, motorcycle aficionados and the general public is held in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Community Development. In its largest edition to date, the Emirates Classic Car \nFestival is home to an array of classic cars and motorbikes by world-renowned manufacturers \nincluding Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin, \namong others. All vehicles are being featured at a specially designed pavilion along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai. Several of the cars and motorbikes at the Festival come from the private collections of classic car enthusiasts in the UAE, while a number of them have been flown in from across the GCC, \nthe wider Middle East, Europe and the US. The cars will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including automobile experts, for a number of prizes based on criteria including upkeep, value, originality, uniqueness, finishes, and visual aesthetics. The categories include: The UAE Award, The Dubai Award, The Emaar Award, Classic Truck Award, Pre-World War II Award, Heritage Car Award, Modern Classic Award, American Car Award, The Public’s Choice Award, Parade Car Award, Club Merit Award, \nClassic Motorcycle Award, Chevrolet Centennial Award, \nBlancpain Award, FIVA Award, among others. The public will also have the opportunity to vote for their classic car of choice through a popular vote. The winners will be honoured at the closing ceremony on March 21. Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, \nsaid: “The Emirates Classic Car Festival is today one of the \nkeenly awaited events that not only celebrates the unmatched \naesthetics of classic cars but also charts the evolution of \nthe automotive industry.” Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE, said: “The Emirates Classic Car Festival is growing year-on-year in the number of \ncars and motorbikes on display as well as the level of \nengagement it builds with visitors.” The upkeep of classic cars \nand building their collection is more than a hobby for many \nparticipants; it is their passion. Every classic car on display has a compelling story that will fascinate car lovers.