Motoring Annual 2022-23

What’s been happening in the world of cars and peeking into the future!

With the Pandemic seemingly under control, the motor industry was still trying to find its feet again after being virtually shut down for the previous years, but there were more shocks to come. Hopes that severe supply shortages due to a lack of computer chip components, would abate, were quickly dashed when Russia invaded Ukraine and scarcity hit even harder. Aluminium and steel supplies were also reduced. 

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1996 Mercedes SL 320 (R129) Review 

Should You Get One? Is it a daily driver? Worth it as an investment?

The fourth-generation Mercedes SL luxury convertible ran from 1989 right up to 2001, and is often referred to by its manufacturer code name, the R129. A 12-year model cycle is almost unheard of these days in the motor industry, but even at the end of that run, this series SL still looked fresh. Bruno Sacco was responsible for a design that revolutionised Mercedes styling at the time. 

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Being A Car Enthusiast – Is It Haram? 😲

A young YouTube viewer asked if it was Halal to be into cars

Recently I got this question in a YouTube Comment – I won’t say who it was, but it asked ‘is it ok for we Muslims to become car enthusiasts? Because I love cars very much, is it Halal to become a car enthusiast?? I am a bit confused 🤔🤔 please answer my question’ Initially I thought this was a joke, but no, it was a serious question. So I did a bit of research!

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Riding in Jinnah Rolls-Royce on 75th Pakistan Independence Day

Jinnah Rolls Royce leads Classic Car Rally on 75th Pakistan Independence Day 14 Aug 2022

An epic classic car rally – I join the “Freedom Drive” – a line-up of dozens of stunning classic cars, including the actual Rolls-Royce that took MA Jinnah (Quaid-E-Azam) and Lord Mountbatten to the signing of the Declaration of Independence of Pakistan on 14th August 1947 – 75 years ago. I ride in it ahead of the parade from Frere House to Nishan-E-Pakistan in Karachi, on 14 August 2022. What an incredible privilege and honour!

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Past, Present & Future of the Car Industry in Pakistan 2022

Interview with Motor Industry Exec & Author Murtaza Mandviwalla

I meet with third-generation car industry executive, Murtaza Mandviwalla, Chairman of Mandviwalla Motors and author of a new book, ‘Steering the Pakistani Wheel’ which chronicles the first 100 years of cars and motoring in Pakistan, the extraordinary but failed attempts at a home-grown car industry, the present trends and the future. This fascinating podcast/interview provides an in-depth look at the automotive scene from a business as well as a cultural perspective. 

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Supercars and Classics London Concours 2022

Rare supercars & Classic Cars Plus Interview with curator of Nizam’s cars and finder of Sheikh Zayed’s 1965 Rolls-Royce

Attended ‘Supercar Day’ at the amazing 2022 London Concours yesterday held as usual at the Honourable Artillery Company near Old Street in Central London. The Drivers Union, Supercar Owner’s Club, was there in full attendance. Plus some extraordinary new and classic cars.

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New Book on the History of the Automobile in Pakistan

Extraordinary first book that chronicles car culture and history in the 75-year-old country

There’s a new book out, authored by Murtaza Y Mandviwalla, that charts the history of the car and motoring in Pakistan. Titled ‘Steering the Pakistan Wheel’ it chronicles the 100 plus years of the car industry but particularly its impact on Pakistan and its own 75-year history. The book is said to be full of exciting stories, honest reflections and current challenges.

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