1. Mr. Johnny Chandnani, Head of Central Region, MSVCR (Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register) arrives in his maroon Panther J72

1. Mr. Johnny Chandnani, Head of Central Region, MSVCR (Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register) arrives in his maroon Panther J72

Members of the Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (MSVCR) from the northern and central regions, from as far as Malacca and even represented by members from Singapore, were in Ipoh over the weekend for fellowship.

2. a 1959 Buick  Electra 225 is also in the convoy

2. a 1959 Buick Electra 225 is also in the convoy

The trip also created an opportunity for members in the convoy to get to know Ipoh better, a city that many have only passed through, travelling between the north and south of Peninsular Malaysia.

3. and a gleaming white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

3. and a gleaming white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

Among the tourist destinations visited were the family-centric Lost World of Tambun and the luxurious Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

4. Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

4. Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

The highlight of the trip, though, was a gathering of vehicles from MSVCR and those from the Perak Classic Car Club (PCCC) on Sunday morning at the parking area of Stadium Perak.

5. Renault Caravelle

5. Renault Caravelle

You might be aware that’s the regular weekly meet up point for PCCC but this special gathering not only attracted the participation of more vehicles from local members but also a huge turn out of classic/vintage car enthusiasts and fans.

6. Mercedes Benz

6. Mercedes Benz

Under the scorching morning sun, as we took the chance to check out the 76 gleaming beauties and to take photographs with them, hobbyists shared notes about restoration issues and mechanical concerns.

7. Austin 8

7. Austin 8

I had a personal guide, Dr. Haridev Menon (Dr. Dev), who explained about the differences in the many models of the vehicles displayed.

8. a row of Minis

8. a row of Minis

As a collector with six cars, Dr. Dev said that restoring cars is a labour of love. While there is no doubt that some collectors are doing it as an investment, many are buying and restoring for the sake of preserving the models that have been taken off the road.

9. Organising Chairperson Mr. K.T. Pillai, who is a member of both the Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (Northern Region) and Perak Classic Car Club (PCCC)

9. Organising Chairperson Mr. K.T. Pillai, who is a member of both the Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (Northern Region) and Perak Classic Car Club (PCCC)

He said, “At least, now when we look at old automobile magazines, we can identify with the cars and perhaps can say that we have seen it before, or taken it for a spin.

10. Chairman of Perak Classic Car Club Mr. Yap (L) presents a plaque of appreciation to Mr. David Lacey from Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (Northern Region)

10. Chairman of Perak Classic Car Club Mr. Yap (L) presents a plaque of appreciation to Mr. David Lacey from Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (Northern Region)

“Fortunately, it is easier and cheaper to restore cars these days with the low-cost accessibility of the internet plus the convenience of electronic payment gateways.

11. Mr. David Lacey reciprocates with MSVCR (Northern Region) club polo shirts

11. Mr. David Lacey reciprocates with MSVCR (Northern Region) club polo shirts

“Additionally, YouTube is a good source of information should we need to view a tutorial on how to fix certain parts of our baby.”

12. Chairman of Perak Classic Car Club Mr. Yap (L) presents a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Johnny Chandnani, Head of Central Region MSVCR

12. Chairman of Perak Classic Car Club Mr. Yap (L) presents a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Johnny Chandnani, Head of Central Region MSVCR

In true Malaysian style, refreshment was served during the “Open House”, still in the spirit of Chinese New Year.

13. Mr. Johnny Chandnani, Head of Central Region MSVCR, reciprocates with a club mug

13. Mr. Johnny Chandnani, Head of Central Region MSVCR, reciprocates with a club mug

The 3-hour gathering was a success, judging from the huge turnout, thanks to the hardworking committee members headed by popular emcee Mr. K.T. Pillai, owners of all the cars, as well as the enthusiastic members of the public.

14. Mr. David Lacey (R) presents a MSVCR car emblem to Mr. K.T. Pillai, the Organising Chairperson for the event

14. Mr. David Lacey (R) presents a MSVCR car emblem to Mr. K.T. Pillai, the Organising Chairperson for the event

Let’s hope more such gatherings will be organised to enable us to admire these rare gems which we hardly get to see!

15. the largest gathering of classic and vintage cars in Ipoh since 1995

15. the largest gathering of classic and vintage cars in Ipoh since 1995

Event: MSVCR Ipoh Weekender Run
Venue: Stadium Perak, Ipoh
Date: 28th Feb, 2016
Time: from 10.30am

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