by malnadnews 6/4/2014
The show features over 100 vintage ‘beauties’
Siddapura (Kodagu), Apr. 6 (KCU&SMB)- In today’s materialistic world, it is a common sight to see people discarding old items attaching no sentiments or salvage value to them.
Here is an exception in P.C. Ahmed Kutti Haji of the town who is a coffee planter and also an industrialist. He has a huge collection of vintage cars which he has thrown open to public as a well-organised exhibition from Apr. 4.
Collecting vintage cars is a hobby for Ahmed who has 86 of them and over 15 vintage petrol jeeps. Not to stop there, he also has 20 old two-wheelers, a 125-year-old bicycle and a 200-year-old bullock cart. The oldest car in the collection is 1925 model.
Ahmed had a long cherished dream of exhibiting his vintage cars in an organised way at his ‘Mubarak Estate’ at Nellihudikeri near here. Normally vintage car collectors eye Bangalore to add cars to their collection. Changing the trend, Ahmed focussed on old workshops near here to hunt vintage ‘beauties.’
After picking them, Ahmed used to give the old cars a fresh coat of paint and tune them to working condition. He has been with the hobby of collecting vintage items over the last 50 years. Almost all foreign cars between 1925 and 1965 figure in Ahmed’s collection.
Barring Dharmasthala, no other place in the State has such a wide collection of vintage cars. Ahmed has exhibited his four-wheeled ‘beauties’ at the vintage car festival in Bangalore. Last year too Ahmed had organised the vintage car exhibition at his estate which drew almost 10,000 visitors including students.
Ahmed says that he picked up a passion for vintage cars through his father who too had a similar hobby but the collection was fewer than his.
(Star of Mysore)