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  1. RHS

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    #1 RHS, Aug 4, 2011
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    Hi,

    The 'Tehran Cafe Racers', our "Car Guy Lunch Group" just celebrated its one year anniversary right before Ramadan. The group, which is backed by the Classic Car Committee of the Iranian Automobile Federation,and affiliated with the Sarasota Cafe Racers Group (founded by Marty Schorr of Iso -Motion fame) provides classic owners the opportunity to meet up with their fellow enthusiasts for lunch. Lunches are usually preceded by a road trip or track day with the main purpose being to provide owners an opportunity/excuse to bring out their cars. You can get the full story of the one year celebration at www.CarGuyChronicles.com. With over 41cars participating we had a full gamut ranging from an original Baldwin Motion Camaro to a Maserati Khamsin and everything in between from a Porsche 356 to Lancia Beta Spyder, not to mention a Ford Skyliner, and a broad array of Bimmers and Mercs including a 300sl. I hope you enjoy the pics. Photo's are courtesy of Tehran Cafe Racer Keyvan Moradi.

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    Excellent post!

    Thanks RHS!

    More photos, if available, please!

    :D

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    any Ferrari present?
     
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    #6 RHS, Aug 5, 2011
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    To Mike and Michael,

    Here are some more pictures of the Italian contingent. Sorry no Ferrari's. What they lacked in numbers, they made up in quality. Enjoy.

    Regards,

    Ramin
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    Thank you - that Alfa Spider reminds me of mine, i owned in the early eighties.
     
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    Great pics Ramin! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    #9 RHS, Oct 24, 2011
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    Hi Guys,

    Just had another Cafe Racer road trip / lunch on October 13. Not too many Italian cars, but we had another eclectic mix ranging from a 911 Carerra to an Olds Cutlass convertible. We started the morning gathering at the Darabad Zoo before heading off to the city of Fasham, a forty minute drive from Tehran.

    Enjoy !

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    On the road to Fasham. One passerby got a little over exuberant when seeing this Alfa. A bit busy. Will post some more pics shortly.

    Cheers !

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    #12 RHS, Oct 25, 2011
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    Dear Pav,

    Thanx for the compliment. Here is an original 131 Abarth that joined us. In front of it are a LT-1 engine SS (original twelve bolt rear end) a 220 se and a 180 Ponton. Here we are entering the city of Lavasan on our way to Fasham. Again thanx to Cafe Racer Keyvan Moradi for the pictures.

    Regards,

    Ramin
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    #13 RHS, Oct 25, 2011
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    Hi guys,

    The October Cafe Race was just covered in detail by Marty Schorr at the site www.carguychronicles.com. I hope you guys enjoy it. Here of the cars parked across the street from the restaurant. You can see everything from a original Baldwin Motion Phase III Camaro, a 442 convertible to a 6.3 and a 6.9 liter Mercedes parked side by side.

    Best Wishes

    Ramin
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    #14 RHS, Oct 26, 2011
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    Here is the crew at lunch in the Ladybird Restaraunt in Fasham.

    Regards,

    Ramin
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    #15 RHS, Oct 26, 2011
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    Hi,

    Its 4.00 pm and time to head home. Great drive, great food, great day. 1957 Ford Skyliner lowering the top for a leisurly drive home.

    Hope you enjoyed the trip.

    Regards,

    Ramin
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    #16 RHS, Jan 13, 2012
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    Hi,

    On November 24, 2011 Tehran Cafe Racers had its second track day. We had a number of newbies, including this 308 GTB and a 930 Turbo Targa (which I understand is pretty rare). I hope you enjoy the pics. I have also added a couple of photo's from our earlier track day.

    Happy 2012

    Ramin
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    #17 RHS, Jan 13, 2012
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    Hi,

    308 being chased by a Camaro during track run.

    Ramin
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    #18 RHS, Jan 13, 2012
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    Hi,

    I particularily like this photo. All photo's courtsesy of Cafe Racers Kasra Kianipour and Samin Talebzadeh.

    Ramin
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    #19 RHS, Jan 13, 2012
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    Hi,

    In addition to the Ferrari, this 930 Turbo Targa was one of our newbies. I had the pleasure of driving it. Simply unbelievable.

    Enjoy,

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    #20 RHS, Jan 13, 2012
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    Here are some of the other cars that showed up.

    Enjoy,

    Ramin
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    #21 RHS, Jan 13, 2012
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    Hi,

    Some more pics

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    Thank you for sharing those nice pictures.
     
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    Good to see some guys in Iran are still able to have a bit of fun....
     
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    i would really love to have the vin of the Tehran Ferrari. Do you know it?
     
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    Khamsin!! back when Maseratis were Masers.. Merak..Bora.. etc.. I've always thought that if you broke one of those khamsin glass tailgates, you had to pretty much hand your checkbook to a glazier... Love the black Mustang..
     
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    Hi,

    Let me get a hold of the owner to get his permission.

    Regards

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    Interesting that a 930 Turbo Targa is in Iran. Must have been imported by a "somebody" post-revolution. Where is he pumping fuel? I can't imagine the regular gas stations carry a fuel that's high enough in octane for it.

    Looks like a lot of fun though, thanks for sharing the photos. I will send a friend of mine who has a white 300SL gullwing that he keeps in Karaj a link to this post.
     
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    wow, love this thread! It's great to see exotics and their owners in Iran, I should go there someday!
     
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    that Black 308 looks fantastic,

    so much better than resale red
     
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    I've never seen one with 355 wheels on it, now I have--looks good, great thread, nice to see car guys are car guys wherever they happen to be on the globe, cool.
     
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    The Shah had the good stuff. At one time reporteldy 1000 cars. A French magazine Automobile Classique had a story while back. The only cars I recognized in the dimly lit garage were a silver Bizzarrini and a Mulliner bodied RR Phantom V. I heard they want unreal prices but at the rate the iranian currency is falling (at least 20% in the last few weeeks) maybe they will be dirt cheap. None of the cars I saw in the pics looked like they were from his Stash. I heard the way some of his cars got out (like the Miura Nic Cage had) is that when the Shah fell the ones being worked on in europe got claimed by the shops that were working on them.
     
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    #32 RHS, Feb 21, 2012
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    Hi,

    The picture that you are referring to was taken a few years back of the warehouse of the National Car Museum. The cars featured, have been kept in storage until the museum can open up space to put them on display. Some cars are not displayable, as they were damaged when some of the palaces were overrun.

    None of the cars are not for sale, nor will they ever be, as they are now protected as historical artifcacts under law. Some of the cars were indeed sold and taken out of Iran in the 80's and 90's, but after the sale of the Miura you mention, there was a major lobby effort by enthusiasts and othe people to avoid this from being repeated, and the cars were recognized as historical artifacts. As a result, a visit to the museum will provide a first hand view to everything from a 500/540K Autobahn Kourier Mercedes to a Ferrari Superfast.

    In May 2009, a group of enthusiasts from the Classic Car Committee of the Iranian Automobile Federation banded together and with the museum, brought out 16 cars from the warehouse you mention, had them cleaned up, and unveiled them in a special show held at the museum on May 18, 2009. The Bizzarrini is now on permanent display. In May 2011, the Committee arranged that an Lamboghini Espada was also brought out of storage and unveiled at a show in the museum.

    The picture attached shows the Bizzarrini on display among a number of other cars at the museum

    I hope that this information clears up matters.

    Best Regards,

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    #33 RHS, Mar 21, 2012
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    Hi,

    In February, there was a one day amateur rally with a special class for the classics. The rally was held in Tehran and it was a neat site to see classics driving across the city from point to point. As most of the Cafe Racers took part, I thought you would enjoy the pictures. Pictures are courtesy of Cafe Racer Keyvan Moradi. First pic is of a Khamsin at the starting line.

    Happy Now Ruz

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    #34 RHS, Mar 21, 2012
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    Hi,

    This Lancia Beta Spyder and Fiat 130 also partook as part of the Italian contingent.

    Regards,

    Ramin
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    #35 RHS, Mar 21, 2012
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    Hi,

    Just a couple more miscellaneous pictures.

    Regards,

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    #37 RHS, Mar 23, 2012
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    Hi,

    I have to back to my archive as the owner is a Cafe Racer regular. I have already posted a picture of the car on page one of this post. Here is one, from that date. I will follow with more once I have a chance to go to my archive. I will also see if there are other photo's of the car from the rally.

    Best Wishes

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    #38 RHS, Mar 23, 2012
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    Hi,

    Here are a few more random shots from the rally.

    Cheers,

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    #39 RHS, Mar 23, 2012
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    Hi,

    Just a couple more.

    Regards,

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    Its great to see you guys there. I hope to make it back there again ,it's been more than 25 years since I left. ...... Gorbanet.


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    Kheili Mokhless,

    Let us know, when you do make it.

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    really cool. Thanks for posting!!!
     
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    Great to see a regular member from Iran finally, I am Persian myself and I definitely miss the car scene back home!

    I actually did visit that car museum and checked the older beauties out. Shame most of the cars are not well cared for. Still amazing to see the white Miura that was buried under dust for 20 years(?).

    Keep the posts coming Ramin!

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    #44 RHS, Apr 17, 2012
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    Koocheketam,

    Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. We had a couple of other events and I will update accordingly. In the meanwhile here a couple of pictures from the museum which I thought you might enjoy. The Miura that you mention and a Ferrari Superfast.

    Mokhless !
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    Salam Mike!

    I posted a few pics from Cafe Racers and the BMW Classic Car Club of Iran on page 7 on the "BMW Owners on Ferrari Chat ?" topic in the General Automotive Discusion section. We have a quite a number of Bimmers in our events, mostly 02's and 3.0cs,. I will dig up some more pictures shortly.

    Regards,

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    Hi,

    Sorry about the tardiness in the posts. I was busy organizing the Tehran-Caspian Classic car rally which was from Tehran to the port of Anzali. The rally also served as the second year anniversary of the Cafe Racers. I will update accordingly.

    In the meanwhile here is the last track day event we had for the year (Iranian New Year) in March. The two 3.0cs went head to head in a drag race, with the blue one wnning.

    By the way Bimmerista, we had a silver 2002 Turbo from Shiraz compete in the rally. Hope to post pics soon. In the meanwhile, here are some pictures from the track day.

    Regards,

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    Hi,

    Here is a drifting Fiat 124 Fiat Abarth being driven by local rally champion Vachik Haghverdian. He is the only guy I have seen do donuts in a VW bug.


    Enjoy,

    Ramin

    PS. All pictures courtesy of Cafe Racers Keyvan Moradi and Kasra Kiani.
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    #50 RHS, Jun 16, 2012
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    Hi,

    Here is the 124 chasing an gorgeous Alfa.

    Regards,

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