ETC: How car culture can exist in even the toughest parts of the world

Many can agree that a good portion of the world takes the privilege of driving for granted without truly understanding and grasping the serious benefits that an automobile can offer. To many, it’s another piece of technology that functions no differently than your Viking gas range and nothing more—alternatively, to countless others, it is the bloodline to a way of life.

And yet, interestingly enough, there are many parts of the world where the automobile is still a relatively new thing—one of these parts happens to be the Middle East. For instance, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia still bans women from being able to drive.

But to showcase that car culture exists in these parts of the world, despite their limited availability, a unique story was shared on NPR.org, involving the cross-country roadtrip of a Pakistani native by the name of Moshin Ikram. Ikram restores classic cars as a hobby while traveling around the tumultuous country of Pakistan and its neighboring areas—some of which are still not free of political and societal conflict. And he did it in this case in a classic 1954 Austin Healey 100. He also is the founder of Pakistan’s Vintage and Classic Car Club.

Though beauty and appreciation can still be had and car culture is one of the vessels where camaraderie can occur, bringing people together rather than separating them, through the love of the car.

Head over to NPR for the article.

Source: NPR.org


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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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