Dr Ivor Thevathasan, a friend of the Sultan for almost 35 years, said Sultan Sharafuddin was well-versed in vehicles.
“His interest in cars started when he was the Raja Muda.
“He loves driving them as well. We are certainly not surprised with his impressive and rare collection.
“Anyone will come away enlightened by the collection, including vehicles used during World War Two,’’ said Dr Thevathasan.
Ital Auto director Nicholas Syn said they were privileged to get the opportunity to visit the gallery.
“We had organised a convoy of 25 Ferraris to come here. We were excited to view the Sultan’s exclusive collection and were certainly impressed.
“He personally took us on the tour and explained the special features of each vehicle. His knowledge was indeed fantastic,’’ said Nicholas.
Ital Auto also showed their support for the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup football competition to be held at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sept 28. Ital Auto director Colin Syn handed over S$25,000 (RM65,000) to Sultan Sharafuddin.
“The Sultan is very passionate about the football competition and we wanted to show our appreciation by making the small contribution,’’ said Nicholas.
Sultan Sharafuddin had initiated the competition in 2001 to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore.
It was then known as the Regent of Selangor Cup. Selangor Selection became the inaugural champions when they defeated the Singapore Selection 4-2.
With the coronation of the Sultan in 2003, the competition was renamed the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup. The main match is between the Selangor Selection and Singapore.
A match between the Selangor veterans and their counterparts from Singapore will be the curtain raiser.
This year’s Sultan of Selangor’s Cup will be the 12th edition. Selangor and Singapore were champions on five occasions each.
Both Selangor and Singapore were declared the joint champions in 2004.
Last year, Selangor wrested the prestigious trophy from the Lions when they won 3-1. The Red Giants, with goals from Safiq Rahim and Rozaimi Abdul Rahman (two), celebrated in front of 65,000 fans. Singapore’s goal came from Aleksander Duric.
Earlier, the Singapore Veterans edged their Selangor counterparts 2-1 in the curtain raiser.
After visiting the Royal Automobile Gallery, the Sultan took his guests to the Football Gallery and invited them to the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup football competition.
*** Sumber dari The Star Online