Vintage vehicles wow visitors at Emirates Classic Car Festival

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Over 200 vintage automobiles from the past century have gone on display at the fifth Emirates Classic Car Festival in Dubai on Friday.

A 1980’s DeLorean, iconic due to its role in cult classic Hollywood movie ‘Back to the Future,’ and a 1920‘s Bentley are among the memorable cars on show, reported The National on Friday.

The event will run for two days and thousands of enthusiasts are expected to attend.

“It’s fantastic to see so many amazing cars on display, I really feel as though I'm in my element,” said Abdullah al-Refaee, a classic-car collector and proud owner of five vehicles on display, including a 1961 Bentley, a Rolls-Royce and a Jaguar.

“It’s hard to explain where this passion has come from but I have about 15 in total at a showroom in Ajman,” he said.

“I built up my collection from imports from the U.S. and Japan and hopefully one day would like to take part in a show in Europe or the US,” explained al-Refaee.

Another collector, Mohammed al-Redha, has five vehicles on show at the exhibition.

“I’ve had this passion for classic British cars since I was a child,” he said.

“The finer details you get with classic cars like the Rolls-Royce are unique and you just don’t get that from modern cars,” explained Redha.

“It’s about the attention to detail they have on things, like the type of leather used on the seats to the metal they use on the finish.”

“It was unheard of at the time and they have lasted many decades.”

The festival has been organized by Emaar Properties as well as the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the Automobile Touring Club of the UAE.

Suhail Marar, a Federation Internationale de l'Automobile member from Jordan, is part of the judging panel.

Vehicles will be rated on their rarity, the quality of their restoration and their public appeal he said.

“This is a wonderful festival and it’s been growing each year,” Marar said, “classic cars are a national asset and heritage of a country and they should be preserved.”