PETALING JAYA: It was a joyride 17 old folks will never forget.
With the sun on their faces and wind in their hair, the residents of Rumah Jagaan dan Rawatan Orang Tua Al-Ikhlas rode in highly polished vintage cars escorted by sport bikes on a picturesque road trip through Putrajaya yesterday.
Automobile enthusiasts visited the nursing home in Kampung Pulau Meranti, Puchong, with a motorcade of 25 vintage cars comprising 1957 MG MGA, 1957 Triumph TR3, Triumph Spitfire, a classic Volskwagen Type 2 “hyppie van” and others to take the senior citizens to the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
Revving along was a convoy of 15 motorcycles ranging from sport-touring and dual-sport bikes.
Idris Mohd Jamil, 72, a visually impaired resident of the nursing home, threw his hands in the air when the convertible car he rode in started to accelerate.
“I am old but riding in this car makes me feel young inside. Although I am blind now and cannot enjoy the sights, I really enjoyed the thrill of the ride.
“I am very happy, something like this doesn’t happen often. Thank you to everyone who made this possible,” said the retired military man, adding that it had been five years since he went on a joyride.
The excursion was organised by non-governmental organisation Liga Muslim Wilayah Persekutuan with help from the Malaysia Singapore Vintage Cars Registrar (MSVCR), bike motorcycle club 300kmj and building materials supplier Cemex.
Liga Muslim honorary treasurer Jahubar Ali said the NGO had donated food and money to the home before but wanted to do more.
MSVCR president Datuk Noorul Ariffin said members of the organisation leaped at the chance to help.
President of 300kmj Suindra Kemat rode on his Kawasaki 1400GTR in the convoy and said: “We have performed a lot of charities before and were very happy to join this road trip.”