In 2006, eighteen vintage cars from Korea, Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Italy and Australia came to Pakistan as part of rally through the Himalayas from Islamabad to Kolkata. The people of Pakistan got a chance to see some of the rare and vintage cars ‘roaring” past them on the roads. Now that was sometime ago.
This Friday, the Vintage Classic Car Club (VCCCP) of Pakistan is taking out a car rally from Karachi to terminate at Islamabad through Sukkur, Bahawalpur and Lahore. The rally has a threefold objective; passion for restoring old cars, create awareness at home and abroad of heritage on wheels, and to visit the flood affected areas.
The rally staring on 5th November will finally culminate at Islamabad on 11th November. It is expected that some 25-30 cars, mostly from Karachi will participate in the rally. The cars include 1954 model Jaguar Mk VII, 1947 Lincoln Continental and 1950 Chevrolet Styleline. As per one news report, the participating Jaguar has a historical value as it was this very car in which Queen Elizabeth travelled during her visit to Pakistan in 1960-61.
At this time, with the cricket being played outside Pakistan and there being no sporting activities taking place in Pakistan, this rally would be a cool breeze of fresh air for the car lovers, specially the vintage car lovers throughout Pakistan, who would get a chance to see these oldies roaring, huffing and puffing past them.
PS: The vintage cars finally reached Islamabad on 11th November. Watch Video