AN 1899 Autocar that was manufactured in America has won Prince Faisal Bin Mishaal award for classic cars at the Heritage and Classic Cars Festival held in Qassim.
The wood-framed car that is coated with copper has a single cylinder engine and it is owned by a man named Hamad Nasser.
More than 300 cars were present at the festival. Some of them date back to the beginnings of the past century and were used by prominent figures in Saudi Arabia and by a number of oil drilling companies such as Aramco.
The car of Sultan Bin Salman, the first Arab astronaut and the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage was also present at the festival. The car which was for the royal guards is a 1981 Aston Martin. Prince Sultan used it around 33 years ago after he arrived from the outer space journey and he still owns it till today.
A participant named Elias Al-Zadjali traveled the distance between Oman and Buraidah in Qassim to attend the festival and participate with his 1927 Bugatti, which is worth more than SR1 million. Zadjali refuses to sell his car and he said he owns 12 classic cars of which the oldest dates back to 1915.
The festival included a bid and a race for rare cars and provided owners of classic cars with wings to maintain their cars as well as wings for cars’ accessories. — Al Arabiya English