Under the Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri, Events Production organized the 3rd edition of the “Classic Car Show” from the 7th till the 17th of September 2017 in collaboration with Solidere and Beirut Souks.
Capitalizing on its 2 previous successes in 2011 and 2013, the re-invented edition of the Classic Car Show featured more than 60 cars from past decades showcasing a myriad of “Marques” and models as a “tribute” to the motoring history in Lebanon and the families related to this industry: Classic and unique cars were also featured facing the newest models, with a historical retrospective and the evolution of the automotive industry in Lebanon.
This year’s edition was also focusing on highlighting the history of the families who are behind this industry in Lebanon by beeing the first to import cars in Lebanon and in the region with pictures and texts relating this period: Bassoul Heneine, Centradis and Sidia, F.A Kettaneh, IMPEX, Porsche Centre Lebanon, Rymco, Saad&Trad, Tewtel Group of companies, T. Gargour & Fils.
The Ford model T (touring) 1923 named “most influencial car of the 20th century”, which was the first car to be produced using the assembly lane method, was unveiled during the opening cocktail in the presence of 1000 VIPs and media. This rare car was brought back to Lebanon by the Corm family, sons of Charles Corm, owner of the first Ford assembly plant in the region. This exhibition was supported by the FIVA (Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) represented by Mr. Rony Karam (also a classic cars collector) and the AIA (Association des Importateurs Automobiles au Liban).
Mrs. Néda Ziade and Mrs. Roula Douaidy, co-founders of Events Production, explained, “This year’s exhibition with its new selection of cars has attracted a large number of car lovers: Audi Quattro and S5, Bentley R Type and GT convertible , Chevrolet Camaro, Citroen Ds, Ford Mustang, Jaguar Mark V and XF, Land Rover Series II Daisy and Range Rover, Peugeot 202 and 3008, Porsche 911 Carrera, Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith and Wraith, Datsun 240Z and Roadster 1600, Mercedes, Volkswagen Beetle and Tiguan…”.
Many other discontinued and classic car brands were also displayed in the streets of Beirut Souk such as the Amphicar 1962, Bentley 1935, Fiat 750 Abarth Zagato 1959, Messerschmitt 1959, Alvis 1931… and many more. Events Production also highlighted the achievement of Mr. Charbel Habib and his co-pilot (first Lebanese/arab team) who won the Gold Medal and finished second in their class, in the iconic “Peking to Paris Motor challenge” of classic cars with a Porsche 356C (1964).
Events Production’s objective each year is to organize a comprehensive exhibition to revive the interest of the Lebanese public to its history, heritage and initiated the attendance and enthusiasts to appreciate classic cars.