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Nostalgia to Lebanon glory days with the Classic Porsches trip

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On the 8th of April 2018, a group of Porsche Classic Car Owners wanted to take their classic cars back to the glory days where these cars roamed the streets.

The day started at early morning with more than 7 classic Porsches from all ages got together for a trip down the memory lane. After the first sip of coffee at “Paul” coffee shop, the owners were ready to roll and headed straight to the old Train Station of Tripoli visiting this classic landmark that marked the era of prosperity in the Lebanese North Capital.

An array of colours and history was being created on that day with the 964 Cabrio and 993 Cabrio owned by Assaad Raphael, 911 Targa owned by Fouad Matta, 944 S2 Cabrio owned by Jean Pierre Kebbe, 964 Cabrio owned by Michel Nassif, 944 owned by Michel Chahine and the 930 owned by Henri Azadian.

Each and every one of these cars is a legend by itself. The 964 was the first car to be offered with Porsche’s optional Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as options and was considered to be 85% new as compared to its predecessor. The 993 Cabrio is Porsche’s last air-cooled 911 and also Porsche claims that every part of the car was designed from the ground up, including the engine and only 20% of its parts were carried over from the previous generation, in addition, the car was promoted via its role of safety car during the 1994 Formula One season. The 911 Targa is considered to be the newcomer to the Classic scene of Porsche and is now among the highest in demand. The 944 S2 Cabrio covered heavily in our articles is one of those often forgotten oddities of the automotive world. Its recipe is simple: it is the best, most powerful, final non-turbo iteration of the Porsche 944. And finally the 930 or as we would like to call it the Widow Maker and this car truly lives up to the legend which it carries its name.

The trip back in time was a refresher of memory for many of us and what is better than these amazing machines to feat your eyes on and remember the great days and the superb history of Porsche since the 1970’s.

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A BMW Classic Love Story

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Image Credit : K8 Car Photography

Make : BMW
Model : E24 M635csi
Year : 1980

Owner : Alaa al-Shami
Country : Lebanon

Each and every one of us has a true love in his life, love can be defined in many ways and can include a passion for cars, hobbies, brotherhood, family and that special someone.

Our love story goes back to many years before when Alaa had a beyond compare love story with his future Mrs. Alaa and another love affair that dominated his passion.

Out of his passion and love affair, Alaa couldn’t help but to spread his love on the most important things in his life.

He needed to be ready and absolutely be sure about the most important decision of his lifetime, “do I keep my love affair or do I pop the question of lifetime commitment with the person I love the most?”

Usually, a decision like that is easy, but what we didn’t tell you is that his love affair is with a classic BMW from 1980, so yes it is an important question.

So, Alaa waited till he was done with the BMW and decided to keep both relationships and got down on his knees on that snowy wintery morning to make a lifetime commitment.

Obviously, the future Mrs. Alaa couldn’t say no as she was getting the deal of her life, a gentleman with love above infinity and a classic car to stamp their love.

And that is how a love story like no other began and will continue to an ever after.

As for the Classic BMW, well it is a 1980 BMW E24 6 series M635 csi.

The BMW E24 is the first generation of BMW 6 Series grand tourer coupes and was produced from January 1976 to April 1989.  The BMW E24 6 series replaced the E9 coupes and the German manufacturer took a break for 16 years before bringing the E63 6 series back again in 2004.

The E24 was produced solely in a 2-door coupe body style which generated lots of interest among the bimmer lovers.

The M635CSi is the first of the BMW M6 model line and is the second true “M car” produced after the BMW M1.

The E24 M635CSi (called the M6 in North America and Japan) is considered the start of the M6 model line.

It has a 3.5L engine M90 engine generating 215 hp coped with a 304 Nm torque and reaches 222 Km/h

In 1980, the fuel-injection systems changed from Bosch L-jetronic to Bosch Motronic. And also The 635CSi central locking system could be operated from the passenger door and trunk, a new option at that time.

There’s no doubt, that this car is a true classic icon irrespective of its market value as it defined the “M” direction of the BMW and became one of the most desirable cars of the 1980’s era.

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The 6th Cairo Classic Meet 2018

Image Credit : Amro Khaled Photography 

Under the patronage of the Egyptian Tourism Authority and in collaboration with ShowTime Events, Scash Investments, El Nada Foundation for Safer Egyptian Roads, Smart Villages & Vintage Wheels Egypt, the 6th round of the Cairo Classic Meet was concluded with great results and a continuously increasing number of vintage cars and motorbikes.

The event hosted 7 different categories:
Vintage (1900 – 1949)
Classic (1950-1973)
Modern Classic (1974-1988)
Micro Car (1900 – 1988)
Customized Classic (1900 – 1988)
Classic 4×4 (1900 – 1988)
Super Cars (1950 – 2018)

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The 6th Cairo Classic Meet came to confirm that it is not just the number of people interested in vintage cars that are increasing on daily basis, also the harmony and family-like support that has developed among the owners and classic car enthusiasts.

This year’s CCM had new standards in terms for participating cars and the various categories and included as well various activities such as commercial area, live performances, and a tailored kids area… it is worth mentioning that the show attracted more than ten thousand people, and presented cars seen for the first time in Egypt.

On another note and part of the show’s main objective is to provide awareness. The awareness is not complete without the presence and participation of the Nada Foundation for safer Egyptian Roads.

Finally, The organizers would like to thank all the vintage, classic cars & motorbikes owners whom without them such hobbies and passion wouldn’t exist, and the 6th Cairo Classic Meet wouldn’t have included more than 200 classic vehicles on display.

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30TH TECHNO-CLASSICA ESSEN 2018

Techno-Classica continued to set unmatched records. For five days, it again made Essen the capital of the classic vehicle universe and, with over 188,000 guests, was the classic vehicle salon with the largest public anywhere in the world.

For a lot of years, Techno-Classica has regularly occupied the entire fair site in Essen with around 1,250 exhibitors from over 30 countries. The ranges offered by them encompassed around 2,700 connoisseurs’ and collectors’ vehicles from the VW Polo youngtimer to the rare Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 from 1946 with spectacular Pinin Farina bodywork.

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What significance the automobile manufacturers attach to Techno-Classica Essen was also illustrated by the fact that no fewer than two major makes used the classic vehicle fair as the arena for German premieres in order to present new models as the logical updating of their histories in connection with their classic predecessors: Mercedes-Benz showed the new G Class to the German public for the first time and, on the occasion of the 40th birthday of the legendary Peugeot 504, Peugeot presented its current counterpart, the brand-new Peugeot 508.

For the trade in classic automobiles, the fair in Essen was once more shown to be a trend barometer: “We use Techno-Classica as an indicator for future market developments – due to the intensive exchange of experience with a lot of experts during the fair, it serves us as a mood barometer,” confirmed Martin Stromberg, Managing Director of Classic Data, the oldest and market-leading company for the valuation of classic vehicles in Germany. And renowned professional dealers such as Eberhard Thiesen from Hamburg, Axel Schuette from Oerlinghausen, Hyman Classics from St. Louis, Missouri/USA or Nico Aaldering who founded the Gallery Aaldering in Brummen/Netherlands in 1975 unanimously reported very good sales results. No wonder: The range on offer particularly in the premium sector was excellent and a selection of the finest of the best. That was also shown by the classic vehicle which an international jury chose as the “Best of Show”: a Maserati A6 G 2000 Zagato from 1956 on Axel Schuette’s booth. As one of just three works demonstration vehicles, it was not only perfectly restored but could also present a completely documented history.

According to the general findings, the classic vehicle market has calmed down after the hype in the past years and has become more predictable again – it has consolidated on a high level. The purchasers of vintage and connoisseurs’ vehicles are again taking a closer look, the speculators who emerged with the boom in recent years have left the scene and the enthusiasts are paying realistic prices. Nevertheless, there were again a few outstanding sales in the gigantic range available at Techno-Classica Essen: According to the information from its seller, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with a hardtop, disc brakes and the rare aluminium engine yielded a fabulous figure of Euro 1.6 million (!) and a BMW M5 from 1993 was worth a respectable amount of Euro 90,000 to one buyer. And rare classic vehicles in perfect condition rapidly found purchasers at realistic prices: “Out of twelve high-value collectors’ automobiles which we presented in Essen, we have sold six from the upper price segment,” reported Rutger H. J. P. Houtkamp, Director of the Dutch Houtkamp-R-Collection.

In 2018, around 200 vintage vehicles and make clubs presented themselves and their services on booths which had fascinating designs in most cases. Every year, S.I.H.A. as the organizer acknowledges their commitment with prizes for the most imaginative presentations. The evergreens amongst the clubs include the Amicale Citroën Internationale which encompasses 70,000 enthusiasts worldwide and presented itself as a club community called “Citroën Street”. Its initiator, Stephan Joest, put it in a nutshell: “Involved for the 30th time; had a lot of fun for the 30th time – at the largest family meeting place on the scene.” However, the global classic vehicle fair is more than just infotainment for the clubs. On this subject, Peter Schneider, Chairman of the Federal Association for Classic Vehicle Clubs (DEUVET), said: “For us, Techno-Classica Essen is the most important podium to present ourselves as the body representing the interests of the classic vehicle scene. We have been involved since the first event. We meet all those partners from the political and industrial fields and from the clubs who are relevant to the subject of vintage vehicles. Here in Essen, there is politicking, too.”

The clubs, the trade and the industry are the supporting pillars of TechnoClassica Essen. They present the whole spectrum of the vintage vehicle hobby. For a lot of years already, the popular public fair has thus also been regarded as an international performance show for the crème de la crème in the restoration sector – e.g. for Hans-Werner Walkling, a renowned vehicle cartwright and restorer from Holzminden: “For me, Techno-Classica Essen offers the best possibilities for reaching an international public and winning over customers.”

No matter whether collectors’ vehicles, model cars, art, car literature, classic vehicle services or spare parts: In Essen, all the visitors have the opportunity to stock up on everything that they need in order to carry out their hobby. It is the lifeblood for vintage vehicles and car history with which both exhibitors and visitors make Techno-Classica Essen the number one. Rüdiger Lange, proprietor of the vintage vehicle adventure worlds called “Classic Remise” in Berlin and Düsseldorf: “At Techno-Classica Essen, I meet the people who are important to me – and the simple mechanic and the large-scale investor respect each other. Here, you can find the entire demoscopic and democratic gamut of our wonderful hobby. If Techno-Classica Essen did not exist, it would have to be invented.”

When S.I.H.A. staged the first Techno-Classica Essen in six halls at Messe Essen for the first time in March 1989, it also had a role model: Retromobile, a chic vintage vehicle salon which had French charm and had been staged in Paris since 1976. Today, 29 years later, the 30th Techno-Classica Essen itself has long since become an ideal model with its distinctive appeal and perfect organisation.

For next year, the global fair will have another highlight up its sleeve: The world’s leading auction house, RM Sotheby’s, has announced that it will organise a spectacular auction in Essen. Maarten ten Holder, Executive Vice President, Head of Europe and Chief Auctioneer of the RM Sotheby’s Group, was not understating when he said: “The classic vehicle market in Europe, especially in Germany, is very strong. We are expecting great success when we conduct an auction with 150 exquisite collectors’ vehicles within the framework of TechnoClassica Essen 2019. Essen will be the place to be.”

The 31st Techno-Classica Essen will take place from April 10 to 14, 2019.

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1973 Rolls Royce Corniche, the blown up story from WWII

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Make : Rolls Royce
Model : Corniche
Year : 1973

Owner : Nostalgia Classic Cars
Country : United Arab Emirates

In 1939, Rolls Royce produced the first prototype car with the nameplate Corniche based on the Bentley Mark V. The car made it through the endurance testing in Continental Europe, however, the journey to England was not a success. The first Corniche was blown up while waiting at the dockside in World War II.

As for the name “The Corniche”, it is inspired by the French word “Corniche” which means a coastal road, especially along the face of a cliff, and mainly it is inspired by the luxury scenery of the Grande Corniche along the French Riviera above the principality of Monaco.

As for the history and how it started. Well, basically the Corniche is a Silver Shadow with two doors and that’s exactly how it started out. Back in 1965, the Silver Shadow replaced the aging Silver Cloud with what was then cutting-edge engineering.

In September 1967, a ‘proper’ convertible version was launched, with an electric roof.

Visually similar to the two-door saloon, the convertible had the advantage of frameless windows, giving a very elegant appearance with the roof stowed away. Apart from the obvious styling differences, under the skin, these two-door cars were pure Silver Shadow, so performance was much the same. However, after five years, they were heavily revised in March 1971 and relaunched simply as the Corniche both in Rolls and Bentley forms.

In February 1977, the Corniche was heavily revised again, with the most obvious changes being the split-level automatic air conditioning and the rubber-faced bumpers from the Shadow II/T2. Mechanically, the biggest improvement was the fitting of a rack and pinion steering replacing the old recirculating ball set up.

The Corniche was equipped with the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine of 6.75 L Twin SU carburetors and was fitted with a three-speed automatic transmission (a Turbo Hydramatic 350 sourced from General Motors) and a four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and four wheels disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972.

Corniche models received Bosch KE/K-Jetronic fuel injection in 1977. This engine, called the L410I, produced approximately 240 PS (177 kW) at just above 4,000 rpm for a top speed of 190 km/h.

Production totaled 1090 Rolls-Royce Corniche Saloons, 3239 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertibles, 69 Bentley Corniche Saloons and 77 Bentley Corniche Convertibles.

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1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo (930)

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Porsche
Model : 911 Turbo – 930
Year : 1987

Owner : Henri Azadian
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon

Owned by Henri Azadian since 2004 (Driven and cherished for +80,000 Km), this Porsche 911 Turbo (930) produced between 1978 and1989 has a 3.3 Liter – Flat 6 originally pumping 300hp pushing those 1300Kg for less than 95,000Km as mileage since it was bought back in 1987.

Underneath, the factory standard original look; many modifications and improvements were made, so this 930 can keep up with the most recent 911s.

– Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines

– KEP/ Saks Lightweight Competition Clutch

– Heavy-duty Front Aluminum Strut Brace

– K&N High Flow Air Filter

– Turbo upgraded from 0.7 to 1.0 Bar Boost Spring

– Stainless Steel Free Flowing De-Catalyzed Exhaust

These modifications results in a faster revving engine thus giving this 930 more punch towards the rev limiter. (Horsepower: at least 350hp).

So what makes the Legend of the “Widow Maker”?

The Porsche 911 Turbo 930 is one of the first commercialized manufactured Turbocharged Sports car, the first production car with ventilated and drilled disk brakes (technology directly inherited from Le Mans 917 race cars winners).

In addition, this second generation Turbo 911 has a larger capacity engine of 3.3-liter, and added intercooler boosting the power to 300hp (the first 911 turbo had a 3.0 liter Flat 6 (260hp) 75-77).

It is called Widow Maker as its specification and setup turbo have enormous lag and would surprise the unwary drivers in a split second thus resulting in losing control of the car and crashing it most of the time.

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One day in 2004 I was visiting Porsche Center garage. I saw, lying in a dark corner a shadow of wide body 911. It reminded me of the Black Carrera I previously owned in the early nineties. I asked; who is the owner? The answer was: It’s for sale and the rest is history…

Henri Azadian

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1993 Ferrari 512TR, The Red Head

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Make : Ferrari
Model : 512 TR
Year : 1993

Owner : Nostalgia Classic Cars
Country : United Arab Emirates

Ferrari have always been the main player in the Super Car Market. The Italian manufacturer will never settle for 2nd place when it comes to super-fast and super luxury vehicles. In 1990, Lamborghini, the Italian bull, introduced the new Lamborghini Diablo, an evolution in the world of Super Cars. The Stallion reacted with a completely new vehicle considered to be the masterpiece of the 90’s Super Cars era, the Ferrari 512 TR.

The 512 TR was introduced at the 1992 Los Angeles Auto Show and was an evolution of the Testarossa. The 512TR was a whole new car, with a bigger engine, a new air intake system, an updated gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bars, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and a Bosch management system. The interior was upgraded as well to reflect more comfort and control for the driver’s cockpit, and the exterior was to die for.

What’s more significant is actually the name of this chef-d’oeuvre “512 TR”, which stands for 5-Liter engine capacity with a V12-Cylinder capable of producing 430 HP @ 6750 RPM and 490 Nm @ 5500 RPM reaching a top speed of 306 Km/h and an acceleration of 4.9 sec from 0-100 Km/h.

As for the TR, it is after all a Testarossa. The Testarossa name paid homage to the famous World Sports Car Champion, 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa sports racing car. Testarossa, which literally means “red head” in Italian, refers to the red-painted cam covers for the 12-cylinder engines.

Finally, the Ferrari’s 512 TR has proven to be an icon of the early 1990s, with distinct roots in the 50’s and 60’s Testarossa. However, its upgrades set it apart from its predecessor. The Ferrari 512 TR and M are considered to be the last normal production of the Ferrari flat-twelve mid-engine.

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The Big Red, Camaro SS/RS 1969

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Photos By Mohmmad Al-Badeen, The9FiveMedia

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro SS/RS
Year : 1969

Owner : Mr. Fahad Al-Odah
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group

My Car is a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS/RS with special order paint trim tag code (- -) that was intended to have frame off restoration original condition. Afterwards I got influenced by the original Big Red Camaro and transformed my project to be customized (the GCCG Big RED)

Mr. Fahad Al-Odah

The Car Awards

  • Big Red Camaro Photo Contest Grand Prize Signed DJ Safety 5-Way Racing Harness Worn by RJ Gottlieb in Big Red (with certificate of authenticity and photo of RJ wearing the belt)
  • Addiriyah Classic Show 2 3rd place in Best Sport Cars Category
  • Batelco Motorshow 2017 3rd Place in Best Classic Stock Category
  • Custom Show Emirates 2017 2nd Place in Best Custom Muscle Category
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Engine

  • 396 ci. Big Block Mark IV Chevy V8

Performance Upgrades

  • K&N Performance Air Filter
  • K&N Performance Oil Filter
  • MSD Ignition System (8.5mm Super Conductor Spark Plug Wire Set, Digital 6AL Ignition Controller, Blaster 2 Ignition Coil, Pro-Billet Distributors)
  • NJK V-Power Spark Plugs
  • Powermaster PowerMAX Starter
  • Edelbrock Performer Carburetor
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM Intake Manifold
  • Edelbrock Victor Series Mechanical Water Pump
  • Melling Performance Oil Pump
  • Sealed Power CS-1004R Camshaft
  • Speed-Pro Hypereutectic Pistons
  • Sealed Power Hydraulic Lifters
  • Sealed Power Cam Bearings
  • Sealed Power Intake and Exhaust Valves
  • Be Cool Direct Fit Radiator Module
  • SPAL Automotive USA Electric cooling Fans
  • American Autowire Classic Update Series Wiring Harness Kit
  • Flowmaster Stainless Steel American Thunder Exhaust System

Suspension, Drivetrain and Brakes

  • Energy Suspension Hyperflex Polyurethane Bushing Kit
  • Classic Performance Disc Front Brake Kit
  • GM TH400 3 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Inland Empire Driveline High-Strength Driveshaft
  • Moser Engineering 12-Bolt GM Housing and Axle Package
  • Richmond Gear 3.55:1 Ratio Ring and Pinion Set
  • Eaton Detroit Truetrac Limited Slip Differential

Wheels and Tires

  • XXR 521 18×8.5” Front Wheels
  • XXR 521 18×10” Rear Wheels
  • Trans-Dapt Performance Universal 5-Lug Wheel Adapter
  • Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Front Tires 265/35ZR18
  • Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Rear Tires 295/30ZR18

ExterioR

  • Torch Red
  • Arctic White Stripes

Interior

  • Original Black Standard Bucket Interior
  • Dynamic Control Sound Deadener Dynamat Xtreme Custom Cut Kit
  • Vintage Air Gen-IV SureFit Air Conditioning Systems Complete Kit

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CUSTOM SHOW EMIRATES RACES AHEAD IN ITS FOURTH LAP

Preparations are in full swing for the highly anticipated fourth consecutive edition of Custom Show Emirates (CSE) 2018, which is set to return from 05 April – 07 April 2018 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, after three thrilling editions, that have cemented its position as one of the most exciting automotive event of the region.

‘’This edition has grown 15% in terms of floor space compared to the previous one, where we welcomed over 30,000 visitors. More than 110 local and 70 international exhibitors from 17 countries will be occupying 47,000 sqm. of indoor & outdoor space, we thank our sponsors, partners, exhibitors and visitors for their participation and look forward to welcoming them all.’’Saeed Al Marzooqui, Chairman, Custom Events, UAE.

There will be considerable presence of custom bike builders from Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Germany with more than 100 unique bikes on display. The show will also feature a dedicated area for custom sand vehicles, which is a hot favourite among the local community.

‘’’Custom Show Emirates seamlessly manages to deliver a combination of “Power-sports” enthusiasts and relevant premium brands, in a package that is both business friendly, effective and above all, delivers concrete, quantifiable results. This year the anticipation is mounting, and we are looking forward to display our range of 2018 Indian Motorcycles and Slingshot for visitors to get acquainted with.’’Karim Kassoul, General Manager, Specialized Sports Equipment L.L.C, Dubai, UAE

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The show has registered a major increase in new exhibitors from Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Russia, China, New Zealand, India, Japan and several GCC countries, which will showcase the latest in auto customization products and services and also feature dedicated international pavilions.

‘’Custom Show Emirates is the largest automotive-based show in the Middle East and we are pleased and honoured to be one of the official media partners and photographers. The show has grown massively in the past two years that we have been attending, and 2018 is set to be even bigger. It’s not only the most important date in our calendar, but also for many that are involved with the modified car scene in the Middle East.’’ – Dan Price, Founder, Carculture.ae

The show will feature 17 exciting onsite activities, such as; 4×4 and Saloon Drifting, Stunt Driving, Custom Cars & Bikes Competition, Engines Battle, Bikers Build-Off, Dyno Zone, King of Mechanics, Kids Garage and much more to keep the adrenaline pumping for the visitors.

 “Unlike traditional automotive events, which are mostly limited to static vehicle displays, our visitors get to experience several exciting activities LIVE and immerse themselves in motoring euphoria! Stay tuned as we will be announcing our brand new activities for this year and other exciting news soon.’’Nasser Taqi, Partner, Custom Events, UAE.

Custom Show Emirates 2018 will run from 10 AM – 10 PM, 05 April – 07 Aril 2018 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Tickets are priced at 50 AED and will be available for sale at the venue.

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1984 Porsche Carrera A Classic Icon

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Porsche
Model : Carrera
Year : 1984

Owner : Georges Tcheroyan
Country : Lebanon