FIVA chief to open Downtown Dubai car show
Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) President Mr. Horst Brüning will officially open the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show on February 18.
FIVA represents the interests of more than one million historic vehicle enthusiasts in over 50 countries represented approximately by 75 member organisations worldwide.
The second edition of the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show will be held over four days this year from February 18-21 following overwhelming participation from the public and classic car enthusiasts last year.
Speaking on the eve of the annual event, FIA Vice President and President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem said he was delighted that Mr. Brüning had accepted his invitation to visit the UAE and, in particular, to officially open the classic car show.
“Not only has Mr. Brüning consented to grace the opening ceremony, but he has also agreed to stay on for the duration of the four-day event despite having a busy schedule.
“While Mr. Brüning is here, we will also take the opportunity to bring him up to date on issues related to classic vehicles, particularly the recent agreement we have signed with the Federal Government mandating the ATCUAE to inspect and authenticate vintage vehicles in accordance with rules and regulations as stipulated by FIVA,” Mr. Sulayem said.
Mr. Sulayem said the agreement has great significance because owners can now register their vintage vehicles with the ATCUAE who will then be issued unique number plates.
Prospective vintage owners can also consult the ATCUAE before purchasing a vehicle to satisfy themselves about the authenticity and heritage of a vintage vehicle they wish to buy.
Apart from certifying the authenticity and heritage of a vehicle, the ATCUAE will also determine whether a particular vintage vehicle is roadworthy or meant just for exhibition purpose.
The ATCUAE President said the certification process will be carried out by highly qualified personnel in the field of vintage and historic vehicles.
“While it is important to certify the pedigree and authenticity of a vintage vehicle, the ATCUAE’s aim is to have a clear picture of the existence of these vehicles, make the process convenient, regulate this sector and spread awareness and assist prospective owners in purchasing genuine vintage vehicles,” Sulayem added.
Several private collectors including Mr. Sulayem, the El Serkal Family, Sharjah Museum and others will display their cars during the show. Car collectors from the GCC region and abroad have also confirmed their attendance.
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