Posts Tagged ‘Dubai’

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Annual Burj Classic Car Show Dubai 2010

February 18, 2010

The Rolling Art Emporium and its latest asset  in the form of Mathias Doutreleau in the flesh will be covering the second annual Burj Classic Car Event taking place at the Downtown Burj Boulevard.

It starts today with the parade and display section from 4:30 pm onwards and is open to the public for the next 4 days where it will conclude with an award ceremony for various categories on Saturday the 20th of February at 6:45 pm

Apart from catching us on twitter (just look for RollingArtDubai), you can find us on location, at the event covering every angle possible there is to bring you.

We look forward to seeing you there, with your classic car of course…

The Official Press Release follows:

Dubai Classic Car Launch Parade 2009

Second Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show to feature dazzling displays, colourful parades and competitions

  • Four-day event reiterates appeal of Downtown Dubai as city’s most vibrant lifestyle destination
  • Several classic car collectors bring show-piece vehicles
  • Competitions for participants including public poll

Dubai, UAE; February 15, 2010: The rich heritage and colourful legacy of classic cars is once again on display in Downtown Dubai. The second Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show will be celebrated over four days this year following overwhelming participation from the public and classic car enthusiasts last year.

The second edition of the much-awaited event will be held from February 18 to 21, lending further colours and excitement to the city, already bustling with the Dubai Shopping Festival 2010.

The event also underscores Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre development by Emaar Properties, as the most vibrant lifestyle destination in the city, attracting thousands of visitors and residents to a wide array of activities.

Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director – UAE, Emaar Properties, said: “Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show, this year, has a richer offering including more parades and competitions that will appeal to visitors and automobile lovers. This follows the overwhelming response from the public and classic car collectors last year.”

He added: “The car show also highlights the lifestyle appeal of Downtown Dubai, which is now in global spotlight following the opening of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Emaar is committed to offering unique lifestyle experiences to our residents and visitors, and Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show is a fine example of creating events that add to the tourist appeal of Dubai.”

Taking visitors through the history of how modern-day cars evolved, and highlighting awe-inspiring car creations that blend functionality with elegance, the car show will be held on Emaar Boulevard. Running through Downtown Dubai and overlooking Burj Khalifa, Emaar Boulevard, with its mix of art and lifestyle events, is fast evolving as one of the world’s finest boulevards.

Organized by Emaar with the support of the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE) – a member of the ‘Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens’ (FIVA), the world-wide authority for historic vehicles, the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show will feature several showpiece vehicles from the past.

Several private collectors including rally legend Mr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Vice President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile FIA and President of ATCUAE; Sharjah Museum and others will display their cars. Car collectors from the GCC region and abroad have also confirmed their attendance.

The participants will take the cars on rides through Emaar Boulevard and the Downtown Dubai community at the colourful parades held every day. A detailed description of the cars’ characteristics and ownership lineage will be displayed to inform and educate visitors.

The participants can also enter competitions for the ‘best car’ in eight categories including a Public Choice Award to be voted by the public. Eminent classic car experts will score the cars on the basis of car originality, engine cleanliness, original car colour, historical car value, finishing and aesthetics.

The top prize is the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show Award. Awards will also be given for the Best of Show in the Public Exhibition and the Classic Car Parade. The judges will also pick winning cars in Pre World War II, Post World War II, European Car and American Car categories.

The event will open with an attractive parade and inaugural ceremony on Feb. 18 at 4.30pm, and will continue through midnight with a classic car parade at 8pm. On Feb. 19 and 20, the car show will be open from 4pm to midnight and on Feb. 21, it will from 10am to 4pm. The award ceremony will be held on Feb. 20 at 6.45pm

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Car of the Month III

August 6, 2008

We know that its been a while since we lasted posted our Car of the Month.

To make it up to you, we bring you something that’s extremely rare in our collection.

The World Famous 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow.

“This Car Was Part Of The Harrah’s Auto Collection From The 1960’s To 1987 And Was Restored In Their Restoration Facility”

Not many are not well acquainted with the Piece Arrow brand, let alone know that there are a few brooding about here in the UAE as well. For those of you who want to become more familiar, please do visit our Encyclopedia section.

RAE has been up close and personal with a few V8 Cabriolets here in the UAE, but for reasons pertaining to privacy, are not able to post them.

Nevertheless, we bring you what has been touted on several occasions for the past 6 decades as one of the most important and simultaneously delectable collaborations of Metal, Rubber and Human Effort in car history.

This car is currently not for sale anywhere in the World except the Middle East via the Rolling Art Emporium.

It is only 1 of 5 cars produced in 1933, out of which only 3 remain in the World today. 

Born out of a meeting between PA Vice President Roy Faulkner and his designer friend Phillip Wright who had conceived an automobile with a totally new appearance – based on wind tunnel experiments and developments.

Twin spare wheels are concealed in the front wings, while the rear wheels were hidden bheind skirts.

Their rear compartments were fitted with a duplicate set of instruments.

The asking price for the production cars at the time – a staggering USD 10,000

It took three months and thirty skilled men to build the five cars, mostly by hand.

Here is what another source has to say about the car at the time:

“In 1933, Pierce-Arrow unveiled the radically streamlined Silver Arrow in a final attempt to appeal to the wealthy at the New York Auto Show. The car was well received by the public and the motoring press, being announced with the slogan “Suddenly it’s 1940!” Pierce sold five examples but, since it was priced at $10,000 during the worst of the depression, the rich were hesitant to spend so much. The bodies were built at Studebaker, which subsequently assisted in rolling out a lower-priced production model. This, however, lacked many luxury features of the show car and still failed to generate enough sales.”

Engine: v12, L Head

Transmission: 3 speed manual

Brakes: drums all round, servo assisted

Top Speed: 115 MPH (approx.)

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America in recession? I dont think so says Classic Car market…

August 6, 2008

Many are of the opinion that buying classic cars in the US would be the best thing for people outside its four walls at this point in time.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

At a time when many say that the USA is going into recession, the classic car market has not been recorded at a stronger point in the last 12 months, especially with the most recent auction results.

Sure, there may be certain distress sales, but when your talking about pure classics and muscle, you better bring a good bank account with you to the table, as the bidding is going through the roof. Alternatively, if you have been sitting and converting your hard earned cash into Euros – you bet well and can buy more.

SCM and its analysts have a great few things to say about what is and what isn’t hitting the mark in terms of estimates for certain Hemi packed cars or Cobra stinging AC’s  going up on the auction block. Have a look at what they have to say here in an article entitled “Recession Proof Muscle Cars”

http://www.sportscarmarket.com/articles/archives/1429

If you need more convincing, how about a $ 1 Million Ford while youy here? Think I’m joking? Think again. Have a look here:

http://money.cnn.com/video/#/video/fortune/2008/03/13/fortune.callaway.ford.fortune

But to top it all off, a ginger haired ex- Radio DJ from UK has gone and done what no man has done before. That is to buy a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder for over $ 11 Million (previously owned by a certain J Coburn). The Internet still burns with stories covering the event itself. No doubt, the man loves his cars, but paid perhaps a tad too much we think.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/19/1961-ferrari-california-spyder-sells-for-record-10-894-900/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/motoringNews/idUKNOA03787520080520

http://www.luxurylaunches.com/auctions/ferrari_fetches_11_million_at_an_auction.php

There have been numerous records set and many broken this year, in fact so many, I didn’t want to list them just yet.

 We do still have 5 months left in 2008 and I will post the most exciting ones for last.

Till then,

Enjoy.

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Fake Ferrari manufacturers caught red handed….

August 6, 2008

Italian Tax Police Bust Up Fake-Ferrari Ring

 

 

Auto-Body Shops Built Counterfeits Using Pontiac Fieros
By ROSAMARIA MANCINI
February 28, 2008

(See Corrections and Amplifications item below.)

 

It was the ultimate face-lift: a sporty red Ferrari F355 on the outside, a used Pontiac Fiero on the inside.

That was enough, apparently, to entice wannabe Ferrari owners to plunk down €20,000, or about $30,000, for the chance to own an approximation of the real thing.

Yesterday, Italian tax police, the Guardia di Finanza, busted up a ring of auto-body shops across the country that were trafficking in one of the most high-end and high-priced counterfeit cars of all time.

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See photos of some fake Ferraris.

The ring operated in a dozen cities from near the Alps in the north to Sicily in the south. Tax police rounded up seven completed fake Ferraris, as well as another seven that were still being decked out. Some of the counterfeit cars had already been sold. They also seized numerous spare parts, some of which were genuine Ferrari. Eight people were placed under investigation, but no arrests were made.

The head of the Palermo unit of the tax police, Guido Mario Geremia, who spearheaded the investigation, said it involved “a sophisticated operation that was running throughout Italy.”

The global counterfeit industry has been one of the world’s most inventive, churning out knockoff copies not just of Channel handbags and Gucci sunglasses, but also of products ranging from high-end wines to pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment and videogames.

Even by those standards, copying a Ferrari seems particularly brazen. The company makes about 6,000 cars a year, and waiting lists for new models can run years. Most cost more than $200,000, but prices can soar far beyond that depending on the level of customization. The company boasts that its engineering — much of which it also uses on its championship Formula One racing team — is second to none.

So who would dare buy a fake? “There are people who buy fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags, so it’s not so strange that someone would buy a fake Ferrari,” said Mr. Geremia.

Mr. Geremia said he began working on the case six months ago based on a tip. He was able to trace the different cars and fake parts to cities throughout Italy, where specialized auto-body shops would strip down the body of the old Fiero, including its bumpers, hood and rear, and then mount parts to build the fake Ferrari.

Once assembled, the fake Ferraris looked pretty close to the real things. At least when standing still. The Pontiac Fiero, whose production cycle spanned the second half of the 1980s, was considered a peppy, if not so dependable, two-seater. Still, its V4 engine is no match for the V8 under the hood of the F355, which boasts a top speed of 183 miles per hour.

In a few cases, Mercedes and Porsches were used as the underlying cars instead of Pontiacs.

Ferrari SpA, a unit of Fiat SpA, had no comment on the investigation. Spokeswoman Mariella Mengozzi said the company works side by side with authorities in Italy and abroad on these types of investigations.

Last year, fake Ferraris were nabbed by the tax police in Sardinia and Rome. In 2006, the European Commissioner for Justice, Franco Frattini, protested publicly that fake Ferraris were popping up in China.

The ring uncovered yesterday included salesmen who promoted what they said were “replica” Ferraris over several Internet sites. They also operated showrooms where the cars were displayed. Others provided parts, from headlights to steering wheels.

The latest figures from the World Customs Organization show that all types of counterfeits result in about $500 billion to $600 billion in lost sales annually, which is about 5% of global trade.

Harley Lewin, a partner with New York law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, who specializes in counterfeit issues and isn’t involved in the Ferrari case, said that even a few fake Ferraris on the road could harm the company’s image. “It starts to taint the brand,” he said. “It becomes a big deal; all of the sudden legitimate products start to lose their color, their appeal. The fake cheapen and diminish the real thing.”

Write to Rosamaria Mancini at Rosamaria.Mancini@dowjones.com

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RetroMod Muscle on the horizon…..

August 6, 2008

With so many cars now coming out as part of a retro inspired – back to the future style marketing ploy – we now find this…….have we really run out of new ideas?

Or is the classic car market really bubbling over into the new age market ?

A Challenger for every budget

A Challenger for every budget
Dodge recently launched a new microsite to help hype the 2009 Challenger.
photo courtesy Dodge

Rumors about the Dodge Challenger have been flying around since the concept first made its debut, at the New York International Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled its full 2009 Dodge Challenger model lineup which will include the SRT8 with a 425hp, 6.1-liter Hemi, the R/T with a 375hp, 5.7-liter Hemi and the SE with a 250hp, 3.5-liter V-6.

 

“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine representing the best from the past and present,” said Mike Accavitti, director of Dodge and SRT Global Marketing. “Thirty-five years following the debut of the original, we are bringing Dodge Challenger back and loading it with essential hardware, styling and technology desired by today’s buyer.” Numbers have yet to be revealed, but officials are saying that prices will start in the low $20,000s for the SE.

 

For complete information about the entire 2009 Challenger lineup, check out the elaborate microsite Dodge has set up.

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American Supercar. Mojo Rising…..

August 6, 2008

According to Hemmings News:

American supercar
The S5S Raptor concept came out of a partnership between American Specialty Cars and Saleen.

Having recently undergone major changes in administration and location, specialty manufacturer Saleen Inc. reinforced their high-end American performance status at the 2008 New York International Auto Show’s introduction of the S5S Raptor. American Specialty Cars (ASC) partnered with Saleen on the design and construction of this striking concept, which sports an aluminum chassis and composite bodywork.

 

The S5S Raptor is motivated by a mid-mounted, E85 ethanol-fueled, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 650hp and 630-lbs.ft. of torque; this power is fed through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels, allowing a 0-60 mph run of 3.2 seconds and a top speed north of 200 mph. Saleen hinted that production may begin in 2010, and the car could come to market with a sticker price of $185,000, making it a bargain in comparison to the even more potent 750hp, $555,000-plus S7 Twin Turbo.

 

Information is forthcoming at www.saleen.com.

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The Lamborghini Reventon. Hypercar or just Hyper Hype?

August 6, 2008

Ever since its debut, the Lamborghini Reventon has become a household name.

Back when we were invited to the Launch of the Maserati GT in Dubai at DIFC, many movers and shakers amongst the super car owners club there led me to believe that one was heading its way to Dubai, straight into the hands of a certain Lebanese businessman.

Nevertheless, here we are in August of this year and not a single shot of the car has been seen sent out over the net or in print – cruising down the roads of the UAE. With only 20 units world wide, what can you expect?

HOWEVER, this is the UAE.

With showrooms that are adorned with Carrera GT’s and Maserati MC12’s like they were mere kinder egg toys, one made its way here.

As instantly as it arrived, it disappeared just the same.

Here is what the first one ever – delivered to Vegas looks like coming in (unwrapped like the best Xmas gift you could imagine):

The Rolling Art Emporium is well connected. We make no bones about it. Your probably asking what the second car in the gallery above is. Read on to find out.

But first, more of my ranting.The problem with a car like the Reventon is that it is bound to be paraded around the worldwide market. How sad for Lamborghini that they now end up on the web as opposed to being cherished in a private collection.

Have a look for yourself: http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/lamborghini/unspecified/670537.html

But there is always a catch. The car may not be for export out of the USA. There are regulations that keep them stateside.

Want one? Why not 2?

RAE can get you one if you want it, not a problem at all.

Want a Bugatti Pur Sang? Again, not a problem.

How about an MC12? Or perhaps something as insane but road legal as FXX or an FXX with a MC12 Corsa engine mated to it? All available and not a problem.

The only real problem with all these cars is they are marketing exercises. Dont get me wrong – I am perhaps the happiest person alive to see these cars in the flesh and under private ownership. The problem is they circulate far too often on a global scale.

Even the Enzo, the F50 and the McLaren F1 have not been immune to this dreadful business.

In light of this, the Rolling Art Emporium would like to think that we cater to the tastes of the genuine collector, which brings us to our Mystery car:

The 1996 Lamborghini Zagato Raptor

Zagato launched an exciting new sportscar on the occasion of the 1996 Geneva Show.

A World Premier, the Raptor is a provocative styling proposal powered by Lamborghini’s classic V-12. The car features a novel modular cockpit lay-out with a front-hinged, one-piece greenhouse section which includes the doors, windscreen and the company’s famous double-bubble roofline.

From a traditional two-seater coupe, the Raptor can be transformed into a two-seater Barchetta. Following on in Zagato’s long tradition of memorable show cars, the Raptor is no mere dream car, but a thoroughly practical and feasible production proposition.

The Zagato Styling Centre (SZ Design) has developed the Raptor in order to ensure it could be built as a limited series. From the innovative tubular and box-section chassis to the exciting interior styling, the Raptor is a concentration of advanced design and engineering.

Fully certifiable for the road, this ultra-high performance, mid-engined sports coupe uses a powerful 5.7 liter V-12 driving all four wheels. Lamborghini carried out tests on the Raptor, after which it appeared at Pebble Beach Concours celebrating the Zagato marque.

Now thats what I call a truely exclusive hyper car with no hype about it…..

If you want it, we own it, so you can have it and there is only one in the world.

Calling all genuine car collectors…..

Enjoy.