WINDHOEK: Thousands of visitors were treated on a display of almost 200 vehicles from days gone by. The Namibian Chapter of the Old Wheelers club this past weekend held it’s annual ‘Day of the old Wheeler’ when owners of this vintage cars brought their valuable possessions all to one place for spectators young and old to see.
The club’s history dates back to 1986 when less than 30 old car enthusiast got together to for a club to encourage the interest of ownership, use restoration and preservation of the motor vehicles older than 20 years. But it was only two years later during 1988 the club managed to get international status.
For a car to be recognized as a vintage it must be older then 25 years, be original as possible with no major modifications or alterations. Apart from owing and displaying a part of history, owners also take part in competitive one-day-in -town-rallies to two-day-rallis to various places in Namibia.
One of the oldest cars on display was an old Ford dated back to 1928 and is still roadworthy after 84 years. while an Austin dated back to 1933 brought back memories when fuel was still sold by the gallons and cost less than a half loaf of bread costs today, and only the elite could afford or know someone with an olds mobile.