Cool cars call on Ipoh

Johnny Chandnani with his British Panther J72.

CAR ENTHUSIASTS had a fun-filled day posing with their favourite classic and vintage cars recently during a display at the parking lot of Stadium Perak, last Sunday.

Some 70 vintage and classic car owners from several states in the country drove their vehicles to Ipoh for the display organised by the Perak Classic Car Club.

The cars on display attracted photographers, classic-car enthusiasts and passers-by like bees to honey.

Club’s president Yap Kwai Wah who owns 16 vintage cars, brought eight of them for the show.

Yap said his interest in classic cars started during his younger days, when he used to help out at his father’s car workshop.

“I gained a lot of knowledge about cars at the workshop, and slowly started building a collection of my own cars.

“Every morning I take about two-and-the-half hours to clean all of my 16 precious cars.

“No matter how good the offer is for my cars, I will never sell them,” he said, while showing one of his beauties, a red MG Midget.

Yap Kwai Wah with MG Midget.
Yap with his MG Midget.

Merchant Johnny C. Chandnani, drove his J72 British Panther, believed to be the only one of its kind running in Malaysia.

Chandnani, central region head for theMalaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register has been driving the 1972 model for the past 20 years, besides regularly taking out two other classic cars and three newer sportscars.

“The hand-built J72 cars were made for in the 1970s. Actress Elizabeth Taylor owned a J72, and only 360 Panthers were ever manufactured in the world, and that makes it a pretty much sought-after ride,” he said, adding that the J72 was definitely a head turner.

Another interesting car on display was the 1959 Buick Electra 225.

The owner who only wished to be known as M.G. said he has owned the American convertible for the past two years.

Dr S. Mahendrran with his station wagon.
Dr Mahendran with his station wagon.

“Another car that I brought for the event is the 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 3 imported from the UK, that I have it with me for the past five years,” he added.

Dr S. Mahendran, 40, brought his convertible 1951 Morris Minor Series 1, and his red 1981 Mercedes-Benz station wagon, which he has owned for the past three years.

“Being a member of the club, we usually gather at a location every Sunday to exchange ideas about the cars,” said the proud owner of four vintage cars.

Some 70 classic and vintage cars were on exhibition at the parking lot of Perak Stadium.
Some 70 classic cars were featured in the showcase.

Lawyer Su Eng Hock, 42 brought his two-door 1969 Mercedes-Benz that he has been using for the past five years.

“I have four classic cars. It is very important to know what type of car one desires, and we must have a direction when it comes to collecting,” he said, adding that not all that is old is gold when it comes to cars.

Also at the exhibition, was another classic car collector, Penang based lawyer Datuk K. Kumaraendran, who brought his 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

The 1959 Buick Electra on display.
A 1959 Buick Electra was also on display.

The owner for proud eight classic cars, also takes part in rallies.

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