A celebration of history when Classic cars meet a time-honoured pewter CRAFTSMANSHIP
What could be a more amazing sight for vintage car enthusiasts than a seeing a convoy of classic cars driving in? Very little. The Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register (MSVCR), one of the oldest classic car clubs in these parts, made a pit stop at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre recently while en route from Subang to Setapak. Needless to say their presence caused quite a buzz at the popular tourist destination.
The MSVCR dates back to colonial Malaya when a group of car enthusiasts came together to encourage the use and preservation of period cars and bikes. Tourists eager to fill their Instagram with photos of the vehicles flocked to snap photos and selfies with the cars. Among the highlights were a bright red Volvo Amazon and sky-blue MG MGA Sports Car.
The delegation was greeted by Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon, chairman of Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd, and Datin Paduka Chen Mun Kuen and were given a tour of the visitor centre. There the group also learnt about the life of pewtersmith, and Royal Selangor founder, Yong Koon and his family through the narration of the guide and displays of Yong Koon’s tools, his personal effects and pewter artefacts. They were regaled by Datin Paduka Chen Mun Kuen’s vivid retelling of how a melon teapot saved a man’s life in World War II. Following museum tour, they were ushered by the guide to live demonstration area where they saw real-time pewter crafting. Before they drove off, the delegation feasted on refreshments, undoubtedly still talking about what they saw and heard from the tour.