The Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade provides an opportunity for the public to get up close and be photographed with over 50 rare vintage, classic and custom cars. The cars are valued at over 300 million Baht.
Car parades always go accompanied by fashion, may it be the roaring thirties or the rocking sixties, of each fashion époque, gorgeous mademoiselles dressed up for the parade, which than took place with a drive down through Hua Hin.
Hua Hin Automobile Concours:
Porshe 356 (1961), Citroen DS 21 (1973), Ferrari 308 GTS (1980), Ford Thunderbird (1960)
Mercedes Benz 230SL (1964), Mercendes 300 SL Gullwing (1955), Porsche 911 SC (1980), Porsche 356b (1958), Chevrolet Bel Air (1953), Chevrolet Bel Air (1957), Chevrolet Convertte Sting Ray (1980), Mercendes Benz 190 (1967), Mercendes Benz 280SE (1973), BMW 3.0 CSI (1972), Peel P-50 (1962 – 1966), Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina (1972), MG B (1965), Mercendes 450 SEL (1979), Volkswagen Super Beetle (1973), Jaguar Mark7 M2 (1955), Ferrari 512 BB (1980), Rolls-Royce Corniche (1983), Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV (1972), Jaguar XK 140 (1956), Daimler 420 G (1978), Fiat 850 (1967), MG B (1969), Volkswagen T2A (1969), Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn (1949), Rolls-Royce Chassis No.GV077 (1929), Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (1947), Austin Seven (1922), Packard 626 (1928), Darracq (1928), Mercendes-Benz 300 C (1957), Mercendes-Benz 220 A (1957), Cadillac Eldorado (1959), Morgan +8 (1984), BMW 635 C5I (1980), Chevrolet Sting Ray (1980), Dodge Panel (1955), Chevrolet Camaro (1982), Volkswagen Split – Bus 21W (1967)
Vintage Cars and Classic Party Goers at the Sheraton :
The 14th Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade’s Gala Dinner was a celebration of the Vintage Car Club of Thailand’s Annual Hua Hin parade at The Sheraton Resort and Spa Chandelier Ballroom on December 17th.
Vintage cars which had been on display around town, including inside ‘The Chandelier’ had to take a backseat. Front and centre were resplendent guests wearing black and ‘vintage costume’, recognising the era of their much loved motor vehicles and a clear preferred mode of dress. However that’s not to suggest that the too many guests qualified for the ‘vintage’ category. ‘Classic’ would be more appropriate, that is ‘models’ from the 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Apart from the ‘tasters’, a five course dinner set menu was accompanied by subdued jazz classics including many compositions by jazz lover the late King Bhumibol. Some audience participation featured as the night progressed with musical talent on show from both guitarists and singers a pleasant surprise to those unfamiliar with the musical abilities of prominent Club Members.
Our Favourite Vintage Car; the ‘Baby’ Austin 7. This fully restored cute compact on display was a superb example of the Austin 7, affectionately known as the ‘Baby Austin’. This vehicle was produced from 1922 to 1939 and was the first truly affordable mass-produced vehicle of British design and manufacture. The importance of the heritage of the Austin 7 cannot be overstated. Several well-known companies might not have succeeded if they had not been able to become licensed manufacturers of the design. The first BMW was a 7, known as a Dixi in Germany, and in Japan, Nissan based their first cars on it. The Swallow version of the Austin 7 laid the foundations of the Jaguar Car Company. Some 290,000 Austin 7 cars were produced by Sir Herbert Austin’s company and about 8,000 are thought to still exist worldwide. Achieving early prominence in the 1920’s, Hua Hin could be considered a vintage town which has now come of age. Apart from the longstanding hosting of the Vintage Car Club’s expedition here, “Homecoming’ was a very appropriate theme for this year’s event, both because of the era of the vehicles and but also for the classic party goers. Footnote: Cars that are generally considered Vintage were manufactured between the years of 1919 and 1930.
Souce: Hua Hin Today Newspaper