The Budding Classic Car Scene In Lagos, Nigeria.
We all know about the rising car scene in Nigeria, but people don’t know much about the classics, vintage cars from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Vehicles that helped shape the safe reality we live in today.
After the Benz meet, we came across some online promotions about a classic car meet that holding on saturday…a quick reminder setup on Google and we were all set! Cameras, classic looking shirts befitting of a vintage drive along the sunny backroads of Oniru and Ikoyi.
We got to the venue as early as we could…3 hours late due to terrible traffic jams all over the city, on a saturday! This would be the unfortunate theme of the day as several participants we’re either stuck in traffic or too scared to drive in them…imagine a 1960’s Cadillac Eldorado in Lagos traffic under the 35 degree hot sun – A big no no.
Luckily for us, a few owners were at the event early so we were able to have some small talk with a couple of the owners. You could feel the passion in their expressions, especially when they explain how they managed to import the cars into the country and then restore them…very worth it though.
Wonderful classic cars like the First Gen Land Rover, the Land Rover Defender, a 1967 Ford Mustang, a set of W123 and W124 Mercedes Eclasses, and a pair of Special Edition Brabus ForTwo cars…modern classics.
Sadly, the owners were unable to do the drive due to poor attendance and huge traffic scares. Overall, there is a huge classic car scene in Lagos.
Written by Tunde Oyeyode