The classic car scene in the UAE seems to have aggressively expanded in the passed 5 years. I remember when seeing a 1960s Mustang was something to mention, but nowadays they seem to pop up at every corner. However, the sudden influx of classics has allowed many special cars to land on our sandy shores. Over the years I’ve spotted some cars I would have never imaged to see - this is made easy by showrooms like Tomini Classics, Nostalgia Classic Cars and of course by some very dedicated petrolheads like Gilbert Ayoub.
I first met Gilbert Ayoub at a Caffeine and Machine event last year. Like any of us, he loves his cars and loves sharing the passion. He runs an instagram account @jagmaniacs and Facebook page Jaguar Club of Arabia, focused on getting the classic Jaguar community under one roof. He brought his beautiful open top XK120 that day and when we spoke he mentioned he also owned a XK120 Fixed Head Coupe. I was eager to get a feature done on either one of his cars. Fast forward a few months and we were shooting away in an isolated alley in the Zaabeel gardens.