From Amiri cars to a Popemobile, the Classics Gallery at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show in Qatar will offer a meticulously curated display of historically significant classic cars
Included in the main exhibition experience in the large pavilions of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC); the Classics Gallery will prove to be an unmissable attraction for all the most demanding buyers, collectors and enthusiasts of classic cars. GIMS Qatar yes will take place from 5 to 14 October 2023 and will open to the public on 7 October. The Classics Gallery will showcase exotic and exceptional historic automobiles, including Best of Show winners from major concours d’elegance. The refined gallery will also showcase cars with Qatari provenance and pedigree.
Statements regarding the inauguration of the Geneva International Motor Show in Qatar
Sheikha Hessa Al-ThaniHead of Marketing and Planning at Qatar Tourism, said:
The rich tapestry of the world’s automotive heritage, including that of Qatar, will converge in the prestigious Classics Gallery, which will become a staple of Qatar’s upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. The special exhibition pays homage to the pioneering spirit embodied by this inaugural event in Qatar, and we invite residents and visitors to explore the extensive displays and groundbreaking revelations that will take place during this influential motor show.
Sandro MesquitaCEO of the Geneva International Motor Show, said:
I invite everyone to explore the 10-day ‘Ultimate Festival of Automotive Excellence’, which includes global debuts and new model launches from world-renowned manufacturers, circuit driving experiences, exhilarating desert off-road adventures, a disruptive conference program and much more. At GIMS Qatar 2023, you will get a glimpse into the future of the automotive industry, exploring its present and reflecting on its past, as you walk through the different halls of DECC. The Classics Gallery is a spectacle in its own right, showcasing exceptional, world-famous historic cars.
Mohammed Luqman Ali Khancuratorial director and author of the event’s official book, said:
Automotive jewels from world-famous car collections will be on display in the Classics Gallery. There will be an eclectic mix of stunning pre-war and post-war vehicles, including Best of Show winners, fabulous maharaja cars, official state cars, iconic roadsters, a grand prix winner and even a Popemobile. The “star of the show” is the Rolls-Royce Phantom V of Qatar, delivered new to the then Amir of Qatar HH Sheikh Ahmad Bin Ali Al Thani after being unveiled at the 1962 Geneva International Motor Show. The Phantom Chassis 5LCG25 It truly represents the understanding of Qataris and is an automotive monument to the long-standing relationship between Qatar and the Geneva Motor Show. The spectacular display of vintage and classic cars is a precursor to the ‘GIMS Qatar Concours d’Elegance’ planned for the future.
Details about GIMS
Covering an area of more than 10,000 m2 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), the exhibition will host 30 renowned automotive brands. Among these we find Toyota, Lexus, Porsche, Volkswagen, Lamborghini, KIA, Audi, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Vinfast, Chery and many others. GIMS Qatar will showcase the latest innovations in the industryover 10 world premieres and 20 regional premieres.
In addition to the main exhibition, GIMS Qatar 2023 will create the ultimate festival of automotive excellence in Qatar; with four engaging experiences that will take place in some of the most important tourist destinations in the country. These include:
- a “Future Design Forum” at the National Museum of Qatar,
- exciting offroad adventures in Sealine,
- exhilarating ride-and-drive experiences at the Lusail International Circuit
- and a grand parade of automotive excellence along the iconic Lusail Boulevard.
GIMS Qatar will be open to the public from 7 to 14 October, every day at the DECC from 2pm to 10pm and from 10am to 10pm on Saturdays. The event offers free entry on weekdays and ticketed entry, amounting to QAR 50, on weekends. Tickets, including those for free entry, are available on the Virgin Megastore website.
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