From two wheels to many more; members of the Gabungan Persatuan Permotoran Malaysia (GPMOTO) federal executive committee saw a wide range of vehicles this week as they were granted a two-hour guided tour of the private vehicle collection of the Sultan of Johar, Sultan Imbrahim Iskandar.
The delegation was led by GPMOTO president, Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh. Also present was New Straits Times Press (NSTP) chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hamid.
The visit enabled members of the delegation to have a sneak preview at Istana Palir Palanga, ahead of some of the collection being on display at Malaysia Bike Week which begins on 23 March at the Agro Exhibition Park, Serdang.
The collection ranged from seven Harley Davidson motorbikes, through to a British made Morgan three-wheeler, to a specially customised Mack Truck. The Morgan three-wheeler had been used by the Sultan in the Kembara Mahkota Johor last year.
The Kembara Mahkota Johor is a motorcycle tour. They have been held since 2001 and are seen by the Sultan of a way of him being seen throughout the regions and also providing valuable support to local charities. The origin is said to be that in feudal times the Sultan went around the regions on an elephant, the tours cover around 900km as they journey through the ten regions.
Ab Rauf said, the GPMOTO exco offered their sincerest appreciation to Sultan Ibrahim for spending almost two hours showing them his private collection, some of which will also be on display at MBW 2018.
“The Sultan has agreed to display his private collection as a draw for people to come to the event. All this while, the Sultan has also used this approach to bring himself closer to Johoreans,” said Rauf.
The current Sultan is the 5th Sultan of modern Johor and the 25th Sultan. He was born in 1958, and his mother was an English lady from Torquay, who since the death of her husband in 2010 has returned to England and remarried.