Old Wheelers Day attracts close to 300 participants

02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
WINDHOEK 01 SEP (NAMPA) – The celebration of Old Wheelers Day, held at the Old Wheelers Museum in the capital on Saturday, attracted close to 300 participants.
The show, which is open to the public to showcase their old vehicles, is held every two years, the event’s organiser, Wolfgang Stehn, told Nampa in an interview.
“The show started in 1986 and has been growing ever since. Different individuals that own old wheels across Namibia have come in numbers to showcase their old vehicles. One of the oldest vehicles today is approximately 80 years old,” he said.
He added that all of the vehicles that are showcased are not modified and have all their original parts, noting that restoring an old vehicle from scratch is very costly due the importation of different parts from countries such as Germany.
One of the participants, Eino Amwaambo, said that he has had a love for restoring old vehicles since he was nine years old.
“I have a passion for building fast cars since my childhood and collected and restored a number of old vehicles. I learned about restoring vehicles from my father. I have gone out of my way to also read magazines on fast cars, especially the old vehicles,” he said.
Another participant, Rainer Rusch, currently restoring a 1939 Chevrolet pick-up truck, said that being an owner of an old wheeler makes him proud as an individual.
“It is quite a lot of work but at the end of the day it is really worth it. The vehicle is currently with its original engine and we are also busy doing body works. I started working on the car in December last year,” he said, adding that the pick-up Chevrolet is one of his dream cars and he is fortunate to have bought it.