KUWAIT: The annual GulfRun car race will be held on March 17-18 at the Bahrain International Circuit. At the weekend, a car show was held at the Murouj complex next to Sahara Club on the Sixth Ring Road, showcasing the sports cars participating in the highly anticipated car race along other vehicles. The organizers of the successful GulfRun car show spoke to Kuwait Times about this year’s event, along with a local agent, who spoke about their participation in the show.
Khalid Al-Fraih, one of the founders, said this is GulfRun’s 11th anniversary. “We are holding the car show in this new location at Murouj for the first time. We also had two car launches – Toyota Prius and Aston Martin DB 11 – which arrived directly from the Geneva Auto Show to be displayed for the first time here. This was a great opportunity for automobile agents to display their vehicles in this nice atmosphere, which is perfect for them,” he told Kuwait Times.
GulfRun is improving every year. “Competition is increasing every year, and participants are getting more professional. This year we have a wide array of participating vehicles including the Dodge Viper, KTM, RR and many others. About 80 percent of the participants have participated previously. We also have new participants, and the returning participants are improving too. The main goal of this event is to provide a safe place for drivers to race in,” added Fraih.
Yousef Al-Abdullah, an organizer of GulfRun, noted that every year they present something new to the public. “This year we changed the location of the car show to Murouj, which is a new place. Also, we have five car agencies participating. This year, the event is a little different as we have car launches too, where the agent displays the new vehicle for the first time for the public during the GulfRun show, and we appreciate their trust. Also, we changed the dates of the race this year to March, but it will be held in the evenings and not mornings. Furthermore, we will have participation from other GCC countries in order to increase competition.
They all can race in a safe place according to safety rules,” he pointed out. Ahmad Al-Mudhaf, another organizer, thanked the sponsors, mainly Zain Telecom, for their continuous support. “Without the sponsors, we won’t be able to hold this event, so we appreciate their continuous support and all the companies that helped us in making it successful,” he noted.
Al Mulla and Behbehani Motor Co was one of the local agents displaying their vehicles at the car show. “Today we are participating in this show to get closer to our clients, as many of them don’t have enough time to visit our showroom. So this show is a great opportunity for them to get to know these vehicles. We have the elite range of our vehicles here, as these are topline American muscle cars. We are also offering special advantages for our customers who buy vehicles during this event. They will get an extended warranty for five years or 100,000 km,” said a salesman.
By Nawara Fattahova