Five classic car owners from the Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (Northern Region) and their families made a pit stop at Tambun’s Bistro Mohamaad en route to Cameron Highlands recently, not only for their breakfast but to foster closer friendship ties with vintage car owners in Ipoh. Members of Ipoh Vintage Car Club who were on hand to greet these visitors included Uncle Chow, Uncle Yap, Uncle Maniam and KT Pillai, who is a member of both clubs.
One of the firsts to arrive was Max and his wife on a gleaming black 1958 Cadillac Eldorado. Max, from Greentown, Ipoh, owns five classic cars, a haul over three years since he started this hobby. His interest was piqued upon the introduction of a friend. Since then, falling in love with the special looks of cars such as this Cadillac Eldorado, Max hasn’t looked back and found out that collecting vintage cars is actually a very good investment!
Driving another American car was Marlene Fox. Here with her husband Douglas, her red 1962 Thunderbird sports roadster caught many an eye. The couple, originally from Scotland, owns a total of 7 classic cars, having always been interested in cars.
Driving one of the three Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1968 model, was David Lacey arriving here with his wife and two children. Originally from the United Kingdom and currently residing in Penang, David owns a total of eight classic cars, including a Triumph, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, BMW and Lotus. Crazy about vintage cars all along, he only indulged in this hobby three years ago.
David Sherick drove his 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow convertible on this trip. Here with his wife, Yen, he started his collection 5.5 years ago and has since accumulated eight cars, from a 1954 Bentley to a 1978 Mercedes Benz 350 SL.
The newer model of the Rolls Royce, a 1979 Silver Shadow II, belongs to Alan Rowson. From Manchester, England but has resided in Penang for 24 years, Alan only started to indulge in classic cars three years ago, although he has always enjoyed cars. Now that he could spend more time and resources on his hobby, he is looking forward to collecting his dream classic cars in addition to this one.
Arriving late from Kuala Lumpur was Dutchman Arnult Everts in a Citroën C6, a non-classic car. This owner of a 1952 Citroën 2CV, collects Citroëns and is already a proud owner of 4. He finds them to be comfortable.
On a rare Rover convertible was club convener for Northern Region, Tony Cope. He said, “This excursion to Cameron Highlands allows us to get together and enjoy our cars on a leisurely drive. Our members have a spin around Penang island every Sunday morning too. Besides. each region of our club plans an outstation trip once every quarter.”
Spending more than an hour chatting over teh tarik and roti canai, these owners exchanged notes on their respective prized vehicles. Some of them then headed to Cameron Highlands, where they were joined by other members of Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (MSVCR) for a night’s stay at one of Malaysia’s most extensive and picturesque hill stations.
Event: Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (Northern Region) En Route to Cameron Highlands
Venue: Bistro Mohamaad, Tambun
Date: 10th May, 2014
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