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    Default Karachi Street Racers back in 60's

    I found this article while surfing the net at the following link.

    http://www.chowk.com/show_article.cg...hannel=gulberg

    I need you to verify this Hanif Bhai.


    Old Karachi
    By: Shahzad Kazi
    June 2, 2003



    This one is about the cars and Car Owners from Karachi

    Going back to the old days, to the Karachi of yesteryear, I remember my passion in life and no it was not women (they came in a close second) but cars.

    One of the things that have deteriorated is the type and the quality of cars available in Karachi. Gone are the days of the muscle cars with the V-8 engines and the sports cars from Japan and England, the replacement being Suzuki and Toyota. Not to belittle the Japanese quality and reliability, but the excitement is not there anymore.

    Those old American muscle cars had the power and the brute force, but were not reliable and used to break down often. A big issue was getting spare parts and these had to be imported many a times and otherwise we had to use modified stock parts available.

    Chevrolet was the king in those days and during the fifties and sixties, right up to the early seventies, the Chevy Belairs and then the Impalas were the most popular of all cars. The dodge darts came in during the early sixties and were fairly common, but the Chevy was the automobile of choice.

    I remember the Zehri boys smoking the tires of their red Pontiac GTO convertible. Shehzad doing the same with his orange colored 1970 Ford Capri. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was the sought after car in the seventies. Zafar Zehri had a white one and Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur a blue one. One of my favorites was the green gold colored Plymouth Road Runner that belonged to Shehzad, who later sold it to Junaid Dada. Mohammed Ali Shehyaki had a metallic brown Chevrolet Camaro and so had Murtaza Jatoi. Hassan Ali Chaniho on his return from the US brought back with him a gold colored 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix.

    The best collection of American cars was owned by Nazir Shaikh and we spent many an hour at his house discussing cars of all kinds. He was a mentor and Ustad to all of us kids and helped us to keep our cars going. I remember his 1957 Plymouth Fury, 1958 Ford Thunderbird convertible and 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. Not to forget the 1967 Dodge Charger. My favorite from his collection was the 1970 gold Mercury Cougar. Rafi Kaatchelo had a 1972 yellow Cougar, which got wrecked in a car crash on Shaheed-e-Millat Road. I remember the blue Corvette at Jamalistan on 42nd street and Jam Saadat’s 1972 Ford LTD a couple of blocks away. My cousin Saeed’s 1956 Chevrolet Belair is still a well maintained classic.

    Not to forget the exotics, Nabil Gabol had a Porsche Carrera and Subak Majeed an e-type Jaguar convertible.

    Then came the time of the Japanese in the early eighties. Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman had the first Datsun 260-Z; an orange colored one with white striping. The next one was brought in by Imran of Indus Water Coolers. This was a beautiful metallic red and was the new (1986) Datsun 280-ZX. Najeeb Zarwani also bought a similar car later on in yellow. Junaid Dada used to have a souped up Datsun Sunny with piston carbs, that could blow the tires off any Japanese car. Jam Ashiq Ali had a yellow Toyota Crown with leaping black panthers on the sides. Mohammed Mir used to do pretty well with his Mazda 1500 and was willing to race all takers.

    Like everything, things have changed; tastes, availability and affordability have all changed. You don’t see too many interesting cars on Karachi roads these days, with the majority of the old ones having ended up in Shershah and with no new ones being imported any more. I don’t know where most of the people mentioned above are as we have all gone on with our lives and are following our respective destinies, but sometimes during free moments I sit back and think about the great times we had back in good old Karachi.

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    I know Mr. Hassan Ali Chanhio, they still have old Mercs and Mazda 323 1990 which they have since 1990.

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    What we see on Karachi roads these days are Mazda RX-8s, lots of them,I mean i see some 4 to 5 new RX-8s every day, in this story there are cars with people who had big names, these days, people with no names are keeping sports cars and luxury cars too, and these cars dont breakdown like those old exotics of 60s and 70s

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    would love to have some input from Hanif Bhai
    Life is about passion...not fashion!

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    Good old days.

    The person who wrote the article (Shahzad Kazi) is a friend of mine, he is in US now with American Express.
    The names mention in this article Zafar Zehri, Junaid Dada, Murtaza Jatoi, Nazir Shaikh, Rafi Kaatchelo, Jam Saadat, Nabil Gabol, Najeeb Zarwani, Jam Ashiq Ali and Mohammed Mir. We all were and are friends.
    He forgot few names Humayoon Gabol, Aslam Bhatti, Tariq Hashmi and ofcourse me
    We used to race together, I had a Pontiac Bonneville , Ford Capri and Mustang 1968.
    I am still in contact with Jam Saadat, Humayoon Gobal, Tariq Hashmi, Muhammad Mir and Nabil Gabol, few friends Passed away.
    Jam Saadat’s 1972 Ford LTD was bought by me for Rs 30000 in 1982 He is my best friend (Langootia Yaar) he is married to my Sali
    Najeeb Zarwani is in Dubai now, one of our member posted his Lambo Totaled.
    Nabil Gabol, (MNA) Humayoon Gobal (MK’s dad) are my Mom’s Cousins
    Muhammed Mir was the fastest biker in town.
    Nazir Shaikh (Best mechanic in town) I used to take my cars to him for tune ups. He was my neighbor . NK has bought his house.

    Now who had the coolest cars from 60s till now..
    Humayoon Gobal (MK’s dad) you guy have seen MK rides posted on PW.
    I left Pakistan in 1980 came back after 20 years in 2000, it was a different world.
    What we did back in 60s if I post here, you guys will say Libra is also a Chooro
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    Few of MKs rides

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    great
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    Hanif Bhai...wow!! i was expecting this from u wat a past, wat memories....this is wat i call living upto the maximum
    Life is about passion...not fashion!

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    hanif bhai we need more....
    its all about power to weight ratio...

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    @Libra
    I know those above people too.........some of them very well.......................
    I'm a freak who lost his mind in the busy world of today and takes his frustration by being funny with others

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    karachis old cars r good now all the cars there r daaaba

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    Hmmm....this must have been some memory trip for you
    Some of these pics we have not seen before. Nice.
    So what did you guys used to do ?? I promise we want call you Chorro

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    @Libra: Hanif bhai, plz go ahead, we want to see all those old beauties and stories of the past

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    Hanif Bhai, post some more. We will not say that you are a Chorru We promise.

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    Hanif bhai... WOW

    i never knew you were such a prestigious person...!!! j/k

    This wud have been a gr8 trip down memory lane!!
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    im a lil confused ppl....

    are MK and NK the saem ppl..??

    what are their full names??....real lucky rich ppl!(y)

    I'm getting jealous ....lolz.... wish i cud own these all!!
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    In those days we use to drive bikes on 2 wheels and cars on all 4 wheels


    Do check this Topic “Wheels Memories”
    https://www.pakwheels.com/forumreply...mID!11~pw.html

    Do go through all 20 pages, you will enjoy.
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    MK is Muhammad Khan and NK is Nadeem Khan.
    MK is a land lord and NK is the owner of Brooks Pharmaceuticals
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    I wish i could be tht rich some day to have all beauties of my era....my ideal life would be tht!!!
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    @ Hanif bhai

    Does the Gabols mentioned in this post have any connection with Gabol motors at Clifton????

    Theres a HUGE mystery classic hidden under the covers in a corner of the garage.

    Regards.
    If there are no Beetles in heaven, Im not going!!!

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