Motorcade of the old & vintage cars.
Historical, Vintage and Classic Cars Museum opens Vehicles belonging to the late Amirs Sheikh Jaber and Sheikh Abdullah on display

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: A large crowd of car enthusiasts were on hand Friday to witness and follow a motorcade of old and vintage cars from the Kuwait Towers to the Shuwaikh industrial area to mark the opening of the Historical, Vintage and Classic Cars Museum.
The motorcade, with members of the Kuwait Riders Group in the lead followed by a varied collection of vintage sports, saloon and coupe cars took a route that wound along the Arabian Gulf Road down to the Shuwaikh industrial area where the Car Museum is located.

One of the participants, Rami J. Grasmus, drove a model ‘79 black Cadillac Brougham Elegance once owned by his father which he restored three years ago after laying unused and in the family garage for over 10 years.

“I spent over KD 3,000  restoring the car which took about ten months. All of the parts I bought from the US,” he said.

Ghassan Jasser is another participant and a proud owner of a ‘92 model limited edition white Mitsouka convertible along with a similar model but red colored, owned by a friend that also took part in the motorcade and are the only two of its kind in Kuwait.

Some of the permanent collections in the museum include the first car brought into Kuwait, a Belgian made Single cylinder 1904 Minerva Type A with bicycle-size wheels; a large Minerva Type AE four-speed 6 cylinder touring car; a 1958 Corvette 8 cylinder sports car; a ‘65 Model silver Aston Martin of the type used in James Bond movies; a 1928 Ford 4 cylinder saloon car once owned by Abdullah Al Saqer; a 1962 22hp Fiat 2 cylinder, 4 speed car and more.

According to Museum Director Mustafa Makseed, it was established to help preserve the early model vehicles used in Kuwait as well as serve as a tourist destination. Wael Muqadam, Director of Workshops and Maintenance, said the museum was also established to provide information, guidance and offer its expertise in car restoration.
Events and Activities Director Nasser Al Shimaly said the opening of the museum has long been awaited by car enthusiasts in Kuwait. He also added that museum will organize activities involving car owners and hobbyists and will serve as the official umbrella that will oversee the different activities of various organizations that are engaged in the field.
The museum, according to Director of Public Relations Nasser Al Najdi, will be open to the public and his office will also undertake arrangements for regular visits from different public and private organizations both from Kuwait and other GCC countries.
Media Committee Director Zakaria Dashti expressed his pleasure at the museum’s establishment, and added he hopes it will help spur interest in the preservation of classis, vintage and historical cars among owners of such cars in Kuwait. He also intimated his plans to establish cooperation with other museums in the Arab as well as the rest of the world.
Also among the permanent displays in the Historical, Vintage and Classic Cars Museum, is car belonging to the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, a green Imperial car he used when he was Governor of Al Ahmadi County; the Presidential Car of the late Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Abdullah Salem Al Sabah, a Lincoln Continental which was later also used by the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah.
Another distinctive collection was a car that won the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance 2010 held in Kuwait for the first time in the Middle East, in January 2010, for the best looking and most well preserved car owned by Jawad Bukhamseen which he donated to the museum.
The museum, which is located at Block 1, Street 49, Shuwaikh Industrial Area, is open to the public during the following hours: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and from 5:00 - 8:00 pm daily excluding Fridays.
Dashti, speaking on behalf of the other museum officials, expressed thanks to HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, who is funding the museum.


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