Archive for the ‘Auto Shows’ category

SEMA’s coming to the Middle East!

January 28, 2013

SEMA Show Logo

Exciting news has recently been announced that the world’s premier automotive specialty products trade event, SEMA, will be held alongside the Middle East Motor Tuning Show from March 14th -16th at the Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE. More than 60 American brands will be on hand to introduce their products to (more…)

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2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance – Historic Race Car Highlights

February 25, 2012

My apologies for the little break in posting over the past few days. I have been traveling and decided to take a hiatus from the blog for sanity-related purposes. But the final ‘highlights’ post from my 2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance experience has arrived, so kick back and check out a few of history’s fastest tire-shredders.

Rightfully themed “Passion for Speed”, the 2012 Kuwait Concours had numerous race cars on display. The two images above are of the dramatic Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans race car. I couldn’t believe how low this car was to the ground!

The showstopper for me was this gorgeous Ferrari 250GT Breadvan.

I must be a lucky man because I can’t believe I have gotten so close to not one, but two, of Ayrton Senna’s F1 cars in the (more…)

2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance – Grand Touring (GT) highlights

February 19, 2012

Carrying on from my last post of the ‘Oldies’ highlights from the 2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, I’d like to share with you some of the GT – Gran Turismo / Grand Touring – models present at the show. First up, this beautifully understated Aston Martin DB2/4 MKI from Kuwait.

This ‘gullwinged’ 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Racing car.

A 1958 Chevrolet Corvette from Kuwait. (more…)

All smiles at the 2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance – ‘Oldies’ highlights

February 18, 2012

The 2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance wrapped up this weekend with many exquisite pieces of automotive art displayed for the crowds of gawking visitors. Every year, I take my time strolling through the exhibits, enjoying the cars from a past I was not part of.

So over the next couple of posts, I’d like to share with you some of the cars which I came across. For this particular post, I’m going to focus on the ‘oldies’ which were present at the Concours. First up is this 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost which was visiting from Pakistan.

A 1926 Duesenberg Model A from the USA.

A 1927 Ford Model T from a Kuwaiti (more…)

Aston Martin V12 Zagato to debut at Kuwait Concours 2012

January 30, 2012

The first production model of Aston Martin’s V12 Zagato will debut at the 3rd Kuwait Concours d’ Elegance on 15-18 February. The V12 Zagato has the knock-out punch to match it’s go-fast looks with a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510bhp and 420lb-ft of torque under its hood.

The unveiling in Kuwait is going to be special because (more…)

Shelby’s return-on-investment at this year’s Dubai Motor Show?

December 8, 2011

Nowadays, most companies need to assess whether it’s worth showing their cars at motor shows. When the world economy first tanked, automakers pulled the plug on many events such as the Tokyo Motor Show, Detroit and other cities; Frankfurt and Geneva still remained strong. Forward a few years later and there isn’t as much apprehension, however, automakers still must make a case in order to fly their cars, staff, etc., across seas.

This year’s Dubai International Motor Show saw its record year in attendance. But what does that mean for car manufacturers? (more…)

Bugatti honors the Middle East market… wants it to be more creative

November 14, 2011

Bugatti presented three special models of its Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport at the 2011 Dubai Motor Show to honor the Middle East market. By doing so, Bugatti wants its exclusive clientele in the Middle East to see how “creativity and inspiration can be successfully driven to individualized luxury”. The first model has a bright yellow body, a black carbon underside and black wheels.

The interior follows suit with the seats finished in yellow leather with black stitching. The middle console is in black carbon, while the dashboard, steering wheel and gearshift are covered in black leather with yellow stitching.

The second model comes in blue carbon and polished anodized aluminium. The rims, the grills and (more…)