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    Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
    Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

    By Martin Alva - June 28, 2019

    2019 Goodwood Festival Of Speed There are few events in the world of motorsport quite like the Goodwood Festival of Speed and this year is even special as ‘Motorsport’s Record Breakers’ head for the famous Hillclimb to  mark Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday Each year, Charles Gordon-Lennox, Duke of Richmond and… Read More

    Britain’s Greatest Test Driver Of All Time: Norman Dewis
    Britain’s Greatest Test Driver Of All Time: Norman Dewis

    By Martin Alva - June 12, 2019

    There is probably not much need to repeat to an audience such as this the list of achievements of Norman Dewis OBE, who died peacefully in his sleep yesterday, aged 98. You will know already that he was the man responsible for determining how all Jaguars drove from 1952 until… Read More

    Blast From The Past: 5 Of The Best Cars From The 70s
    Blast From The Past: 5 Of The Best Cars From The 70s

    By Martin Alva - April 24, 2019

    We petrolheads love the time when coolness was measured in miles per hour rather than miles per gallon. Yes, the 70s, where radical designs won in the market, spawning many generations worth of inspiration for numerous automakers. We loved the era and hence would like to take you on a… Read More

    Getting Your Classic Car Tuned Up The Right Way
    Getting Your Classic Car Tuned Up The Right Way

    By Martin Alva - April 10, 2019

    Restoring classics is one thing and uprating is another. While it’s completely worthwhile to grace a classic with more than what was provided by its OEM, many do it wrongly. So before you get cracking, decide what you want… and how to achieve it. Power Gains We all love speed.… Read More

    Our Restored Daimler Darts Are Enjoying Their Time In New Zealand
    Our Restored Daimler Darts Are Enjoying Their Time In New Zealand

    By Martin Alva - April 3, 2019

    “Like heirlooms, a classic car doesn’t belong to any individual. We are custodians who enjoy and maintain them for future generations” says Vijay Pillai. Restoring a classic takes more than just skill. For the uninitiated, it is a common ground where experience, skill and passion, join hands. Nothing warms our… Read More

    ICYMI: Custom Show Emirates Show Holds Its Fifth Edition
    ICYMI: Custom Show Emirates Show Holds Its Fifth Edition

    By Martin Alva - March 30, 2019

    Custom Show Emirates kicked off the fifth edition of UAE’s largest automotive entertainment show from 28th March to a much-awaited crowd of petrolheads. The two-day event that was held at Abu Dhabi with 14 exhibitors showcasing their businesses and products. The Collectors’ Workshop was most opportune to return as an… Read More

    Written-Off Classic Cars: Are They Worth The Buy?
    Written-Off Classic Cars: Are They Worth The Buy?

    By Martin Alva - March 27, 2019

    At the outset, cutting out rusty panels or bent metalwork and replacing it with new ones might not sound like a lot. To the common ear, this might sound like a crashed classics worth the buy, which is true only if you know what you are getting yourself into. Believe… Read More

    Did Electrification Do Justice To This Classic Mini?
    Did Electrification Do Justice To This Classic Mini?

    By Martin Alva - March 20, 2019

    Most manufacturers are exploring the possibilities of alternate powertrains in their upcoming cars. Amid such a surge in demand for the technology, a lot of enthusiasts even today respond to the mention of electric cars with a disapproving scoff. Take Zero bikes for instance. The electric motorcycle manufacturer has successfully… Read More

    Why Car Flipping Is Hurting Classic Cars
    Why Car Flipping Is Hurting Classic Cars

    By Martin Alva - March 13, 2019

    Car flipping is the act of buying a car for its regular price, and eventually selling it off for a profit. Flippers identify cars with the potential to appreciate in the near or farther future and buy them at throwaway prices. They then proceed to sit on their collection and… Read More

    Porsche’s Momentous 917 Turns 50
    Porsche’s Momentous 917 Turns 50

    By Martin Alva - March 13, 2019

    There are great cars and there are momentous ones. Not a lot of cars in history have debuted, faced flak and took a jaw-dropping journey from being undriveable, to unbeatable to unforgettable. The Porsche 917 is among them. And the fact that it was a purpose-built race car makes it… Read More

    When The Gavel Goes Down: 4 Classics You Should Consider Buying In 2019
    When The Gavel Goes Down: 4 Classics You Should Consider Buying In 2019

    By Martin Alva - March 6, 2019

    This past September when the gavel came down on lot number 372 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, remaining illusion that modern mass-produced cars will never be collectible, was smashed. The 1997 Acura Integra Type R with 1916km hammered at a whopping $63,800, a startling figure for what was… Read More

    Classic Car Storage: Five Things To Keep In Mind
    Classic Car Storage: Five Things To Keep In Mind

    By Martin Alva - March 6, 2019

    Often times, in the pure thrill of collecting classic and vintage cars, one might get a little carried away and end up with a couple or three cars too many than his parking or storage can accommodate. It is not wrong to go overboard when it comes to automobiles. As… Read More

    Bugatti Is Bringing Back Its Villainous 57SC Atlantic
    Bugatti Is Bringing Back Its Villainous 57SC Atlantic

    By Martin Alva - February 27, 2019

    More than his crimes, a villain, as they say, is best defined by the car he owns. While there are plenty of models from various manufacturers that fit the spot, none of them does it with as much glory as the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic. Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean Bugatti played… Read More

    Classic Car Ownership Doesn’t Always Need Millions
    Classic Car Ownership Doesn’t Always Need Millions

    By Martin Alva - February 27, 2019

    Owning a classic car is not a piece of cake. But then again, if you wanted hassle-free ownership, you would buy a Toyota Corolla, right? If you are in the classic car market for a distinguished set of wheels, chances are you don’t just want an appliance that does everything… Read More

    How The Lancia Stratos Redefined Rally Racing
    How The Lancia Stratos Redefined Rally Racing

    By Martin Alva - February 20, 2019

    Back in the 70s and 80s, rally sports was iconized by two names, Lancia and Audi. While Audi later went on to clinch an unforgiving spell of victories with its four-wheel drive Quattro, Italian manufacturer Lancia owned the throne for numerous several championships. Till date, videos of the Lancia cars… Read More

    Do You Have A Numbers Matching Classic Car?
    Do You Have A Numbers Matching Classic Car?

    By Martin Alva - February 20, 2019

    Whether you are selling your classic car online or settling up in your garage with the car’s new owner, it’s crucial to represent your automobile properly. This is even more important when you are the buyer. A question that we keep hearing from both buyers and sellers is if the… Read More

    Aston Martin Works And The DB4 GTS
    Aston Martin Works And The DB4 GTS

    By Martin Alva - February 13, 2019

    Decades and centuries after a classic are manufactured, its capabilities are merely judged by its appearances. A majority of all such conversations often boil down to one thing, Speed. How well can it lunge to a ton or at what speed does it top out at? One such company who… Read More

    It’s Time To Look To Future Classics
    It’s Time To Look To Future Classics

    By Martin Alva - February 13, 2019

    The electronic age is truly upon us. Cars which previously shocked the world through their sheer mechanical ingenuity are becoming a thing of the past. Wherever pure mechanical engineering fall short, electronics step in to bridge the gap. Although the massive leap in progress that electronics have brought to the… Read More

    The Corvette Chronology: From Inception To C7
    The Corvette Chronology: From Inception To C7

    By Martin Alva - February 6, 2019

    Over its 66-odd-year run, Chevrolet’s Corvette still remains one of a very few cars that have stuck to their original ethos of providing homegrown performance in a stylish, two-seat package. In spite of its journey being uncertain at times, the moniker is now about to enter its eighth generation. Hence,… Read More

    Jaguar Resurrects Old Classic Cars For Modern Connossieurs
    Jaguar Resurrects Old Classic Cars For Modern Connossieurs

    By Martin Alva - February 6, 2019

    Classic car restoration and modification has really gathered pace in the last decade with the advent of modern machinery, techniques, and craftsmanship. These 21st-century practices are ensuring more and more classic cars now live longer and healthier lives. However, it is easy to be lost among a sea of restored… Read More

    Bentley Motors: Tale Of A Centenary
    Bentley Motors: Tale Of A Centenary

    By Martin Alva - January 30, 2019

    Bentley’s heritage is known to speak the language of royalty. Back in 1919 when W.O Bentley registered Bentley as a brand, the goal, in his words was “to build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.” And while this year marks the British brand’s centenary, his… Read More

    How To Make A Hot Hatchback: Ask The French
    How To Make A Hot Hatchback: Ask The French

    By Martin Alva - January 30, 2019

    If there is any genre of cars that should not exist yet is thriving despite the clear contradiction, one segment comes to mind: hot hatchbacks. To be clearer, hatchbacks with performance credentials.  Hatchbacks were conceived as cash cows for manufacturers who wished to pour more and more money and resources… Read More

    Here Are A Few Mods That Can Supplement Your Classic’s Practicality
    Here Are A Few Mods That Can Supplement Your Classic’s Practicality

    By Martin Alva - January 23, 2019

    An apt answer to the dilemma between restoration and restomods begins with a single question: How do you intend to use your classic Car? Whether you intend to drive your vehicle in the slow lane or occasionally subject it to a few track days, there’s still a fair few mods… Read More

    The Saviour Of Japanese Classics – NISMO
    The Saviour Of Japanese Classics – NISMO

    By Martin Alva - January 23, 2019

    The year is 2019. It is time to realize that cars like the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R can now be classed as classic. Four more years down the line, even the legendary R34 “Godzilla” will be a classic. This subcategory of cars is fast getting populated by cars that can… Read More

    How To Spot A Damaged Head Gasket On Your Classic
    How To Spot A Damaged Head Gasket On Your Classic

    By Martin Alva - January 16, 2019

    There’s death, taxes and then there’s a broken gasket. These are the primary certainties of a motorist’s life. Years ago, rust was the main worry. However, on a modern classic car, chapters have been shuffled with that slither of seal that separates the engine block from the head being the… Read More

    Classic Cars Now Have A New Lease Of Life!
    Classic Cars Now Have A New Lease Of Life!

    By Martin Alva - January 16, 2019

    However much we care for classics by giving them the very best of service, maintenance, and timely repairs, the fact is that on a long enough timescale, everyone’s survival rate drops to zero. Cars are no exception to the norm. Even with the best of care, perishables like leather, oils,… Read More

    Porsche Starts Building 3D-Printed Spare Parts For Its Classics
    Porsche Starts Building 3D-Printed Spare Parts For Its Classics

    By Martin Alva - January 9, 2019

    Slim supply of spare parts has forever plagued the image of classic cars among motorists. While it might be apt to accept that Porsche has a huge supply of spare parts to keep its classic cars on the road, a few of them that run out creates a tedious problem… Read More

    See You At The Classic Car Meets!
    See You At The Classic Car Meets!

    By Martin Alva - January 9, 2019

    Every spring, the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai is completely overrun by cars of all shapes and sizes. One might think that this is an everyday sight at the boulevard. What’s so different about a springtime rush? Well, none of the cars on one very special day are… Read More

    Porsche Builds Anti-Theft Device For Its Classics
    Porsche Builds Anti-Theft Device For Its Classics

    By Martin Alva - January 2, 2019

    Porsche oldies have forever been in the radar of car thieves. While the German automaker’s classic monikers have recently been enjoying a surge in their price at auctions, there is a subsequent rise in the number of theft cases too. It is indeed heartbreaking to not find your prized possession… Read More

    Maintaining The Brakes On Your Classic
    Maintaining The Brakes On Your Classic

    By Martin Alva - December 26, 2018

    Rubber age. Just as the tyre of your classic, brake pads too begin to wear out from the first day, irrespective of your usage. Common trouble with most braking components is that it looks okay. However, a better look at the insides might tell you a different story. When conveniently… Read More

    Coming Back To Life: The Porsche 912 Project
    Coming Back To Life: The Porsche 912 Project

    By Martin Alva - December 26, 2018

    At The Collectors’ Workshop, we are not biased towards any specific car or motorcycle, or anything in between. All automobiles that roll in at our workshop are tended to with equal care and professionalism. Little wonder then, that a Porsche 912 in need of some serious care that rolled into… Read More

    Choosing The Perfect Tyre For Your Classic
    Choosing The Perfect Tyre For Your Classic

    By Martin Alva - December 19, 2018

    You cannot explain the inevitable dilemma of choosing the right tyres for your classic. However, a wrong decision is most likely to haunt you someday down the line. Aesthetics, practicality and technicality go hand in hand when deciding the right set of tyres for your classic. For starters, tyres are… Read More

    How Much Is My Classic Car Worth?
    How Much Is My Classic Car Worth?

    By Martin Alva - December 19, 2018

    So you have finally decided if your car is worth restoring, and sent it to the experts to restore her to her former glory. Lo and behold, she is back, all shiny and chrome! Now is the time to ascertain how much it can bring you if you are planning… Read More

    What Securing Your Classic Really  Means
    What Securing Your Classic Really Means

    By Martin Alva - December 12, 2018

    Locking up your classic to protect from prying eyes barely makes up for a planned security plan for your car. And no we are not talking about insurances. The security of your classic necessarily also includes maintaining the conditions and protecting it from any harm that could exist even inside… Read More

    Should I Consider Restoring My Classic Car?
    Should I Consider Restoring My Classic Car?

    By Martin Alva - December 12, 2018

    Again, another conundrum that haunts classic car collectors and aficionados. “I have a rust bucket that is a show car at heart. Is it worth restoring?” The question is quite simple. The answer, on the other hand, is complicated. But such is the world of classic cars. Before you start… Read More

    Pristine Or Parts? Understanding The Condition Rating System
    Pristine Or Parts? Understanding The Condition Rating System

    By Martin Alva - December 5, 2018

    There is a multitude of condition rating systems out there that assist you in determining a classic car’s condition. A rating system not only affects the price of a car but also helps in assessing the number of man-hours and money needed to restore it. Rating systems only take into… Read More

    Restoring Leather Interiors In Your Classic
    Restoring Leather Interiors In Your Classic

    By Martin Alva - December 5, 2018

    It goes without saying that your classic’s shiny body can only be supplemented with an equally beautiful cabin. It’s just amazing how many classics end up in the garage for brand new leather seats when all that is often required is a little tender loving care. Inspection Not all leathers… Read More

    Does Your Classic Need A Change Of Polarity?
    Does Your Classic Need A Change Of Polarity?

    By Martin Alva - December 4, 2018

    Cars that exited the production ramp of major automakers in the pre-1930s era featured a conventional method of earthing using the negative pole of the battery. This, however, changed in the 1930s after numerous complaints regarding corroded battery terminals flooded the registries of all the companies. As a result, birthing… Read More

    To Restore Or To Resto-Mod, That Is The Question…
    To Restore Or To Resto-Mod, That Is The Question…

    By Martin Alva - November 20, 2018

    Human history has had a handful of questions arise that we have never been able to answer satisfactorily. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Did Achilles defeat the tortoise? Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin? These questions might or might not have an answer. What we are bothered about… Read More

    Reading The Fluid Gauges On Your Dashboard
    Reading The Fluid Gauges On Your Dashboard

    By Martin Alva - November 20, 2018

    While the modern driver is spoilt with the modern dash that indicates pretty much everything that is going on with the car, classics do not enjoy the same tech. However, the old iconic gauge meters have their own beauty. For some, however, reading gauges could be new. These dials on… Read More

    Rust Is The Enemy
    Rust Is The Enemy

    By Martin Alva - October 21, 2018

    Ashes-to-ashes dust-to-dust; as cars are made from steel, they will rust. While we hope that the Anglicans won’t chastise us for the little addition we made to their funeral passage, we hope to talk about one of the most painful deaths that a classic can have, rust. Rust does to… Read More

    How does an Automobile becomes Classic Vehicle?
    How does an Automobile becomes Classic Vehicle?

    By Martin Alva - October 21, 2018

    Before we break down the process that turns a normal production car into a classic, keep in mind that automobiles mean both two-wheelers, four-wheelers, basically any machine with wheels. So what makes an automobile classic, iconic even? To arrive at this answer, you need to look into your childhood, or… Read More

    One Love, One Passion: Machines
    One Love, One Passion: Machines

    By Martin Alva - October 4, 2018

    Wikipedia defines a machine as “a mechanical structure that uses power to apply forces and control movement to perform an intended action.” The definition is true, but it does not even scratch the surface of how machines have affected and enriched the lives of us humans. Take for instance, The… Read More

    Maintaining The Interior Of Your Classic Car
    Maintaining The Interior Of Your Classic Car

    By Martin Alva - October 4, 2018

    The value of a car is not entirely in its looks. However, we can’t deny that looks matter. When talking about a classic’s appearance people quickly relate it to its externalities, neglecting what’s on the inside. Keeping the interior and all the upholstery healthy, neat and in good condition is… Read More

    Cleaning And Polishing Your Classic Car
    Cleaning And Polishing Your Classic Car

    By Martin Alva - September 14, 2018

    Owning a classic car does not only portray ones love and affection towards the soulful piece of engineering but also the patience and devotion that one possesses towards it. One of the basic things that prove to be utmost crucial when it comes to classic cars is the ability to… Read More

    Categories Of Classic Cars In The UAE & The Process Of Registering Them
    Categories Of Classic Cars In The UAE & The Process Of Registering Them

    By Martin Alva - September 14, 2018

    In the last article we took a look at the distinction between classic, antique, and vintage cars. Today, let’s just say you don’t care what class your car comes under; you simply want to own the car you’ve always wanted to since childhood, and now finally have the means to… Read More

    What Is The Difference Between Antique, Vintage And Classic Cars?
    What Is The Difference Between Antique, Vintage And Classic Cars?

    By Martin Alva - September 14, 2018

    The world of automobiles does not conform to a set definition or timeline when it comes to classifying old cars. The term ‘classic’ is widely used to refer to cars that look like they do not belong in the modern era. Then again, where does classic end and modern start?… Read More

    Our Friends Shine At Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance
    Our Friends Shine At Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

    By Martin Alva - September 2, 2018

    The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is without a doubt the world’s greatest classic and vintage car event. With cars from every part of the world participating in this fest of paint, chrome and lovely old leather, just being invited to be a part of the event is quite the honour.… Read More

    Our MD Featured In Porsche’s 70th Anniversary Celebration
    Our MD Featured In Porsche’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

    By Martin Alva - August 1, 2018

    Our MD, Mr. Vijay Pillai has for long been known as a Porsche expert in the UAE. His passion for the brand is contagious and watching him talk about the brand and its vehicles is pure joy. Here is a video from Porsche’s own team in which outlines his love… Read More

    Our Classic Car Collection
    Our Classic Car Collection

    By Martin Alva - March 8, 2018

    We love cars, all kinds of them. We also love people who love cars and when the folks from AMENA Auto called us up to check if they could shoot their weekly social media episode at our workshop, the answer was a quick and simple yes. The Collectors’ Workshop was… Read More

    How Classic Car Restoration Works
    How Classic Car Restoration Works

    By Martin Alva - March 8, 2018

    Classic car restoration can be one of the most rewarding feeling. It’s much more than just buying a classic and commissioning a quick rebuild. It’s about transforming an old, time-worn car back to its full glory. Our relationships with our clients has matured over the years simply because we never… Read More

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