Beachroad Magazine gets stopped in its tracks seeing Tariq Alhajeri's stunning 66 Deville cruisng along beachroad.. we stop and have a chat about cars and life in general.
NAME? // Tariq Alhajeri.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // IT auditor.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Head of Inspection in a government firm.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE ? // I live in Abu Dhabi - Al Rahba.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT, SHOP, SOCIALIZE IN DUBAI? // Well Dubai is full of new things! Every time there's something new to try or visit, but what stick on my mind in terms of restaurants: Cheese Cake Factory, and for coffee The Espresso Lab.
YOUR BEAUTIFUL 66 DEVILLE, WHERE DID YOU FIND IT AND WHAT WAS THE STORY OF RENOVATING THE CAR? // I had a vision of the Cadillac I wanted, the model and color combinations and all the small details so I began searching until I found one in the US and bought it, bringing it to UAE then started modifying it as it reached the way I wanted! Still upgrading it but it runs amazingly good.
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE CLASSIC CAR SCENE IN THE UAE? // It's growing very fast, many people are interested in owning a classic car lately to either be special on the road or really love them and got encouraged because many people have a classic car. I believe it's not for everyone! It needs passion and patience and good knowledge of how to maintain them or to know a good garage. But anyway it's great to see many people share the passion! But I hope I don't see many of them dumped on the side of streets!
DO YOU HAVE OTHER CLASSICS? // I have three 1966 Cadillacs, each one has its own personality, A very original award winning car (white 1966 Cadillac deville sedan, and the other one is fully custom car I mean chopped roof, shaved body and air bagged, maybe these words are a bit weird to non car guys but wait until you see it to fully understand. The last or the first one I had is the gold caddy which is basically my favorite one.
DO YOUR FAMILY SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR CLASSICS? // Yes my brothers like cars in general and modify them as well but none of them own a classic. My wife and mother have no interest in cars but they support me which I really appreciate!
WHAT 5 CARS WOULD YOUR DREAM GARAGE CONTAIN? // That's too little! But I believe it all depends on your knowledge the time you chose them, maybe 5 years later you will change most of them! Enough with that my list is:
WHAT CLASSICS HAVE YOU PREVIOUSLY OWNED? // None before the three I mentioned.
HAVE YOU EVER REGRETTED SELLING A CAR? // Yeah Chevrolet CR8 2008 manual modified to 700hp! but if the time comes back I would do the same cause the running cost was really high. But for sure I miss it!
YOUR FAVOURITE MODERN AUTOMOTIVE BRAND? // I like all cars but if I choose A brand that I can buy from, it would be Chevrolet the sport cars line.
CLASSICS ASIDE WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER PASSIONS? // Photography, I used to take photos a lot but after cars my time is taken by them, from time to time I take some pic but I need to focus more and take more pics.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // God (Allah).
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // I die on a sin.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Not sure if it's the earliest but I believe it was raining heavily and we (me and my brothers) swam on the street literally!
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // I would say in generally prophet Muhammed because he is the greatest human being, but in real life I would say my mom, because she is so patient and so disciplined also because she is giving unconditionally!
DO YOU FOLLOW MOTORSPORT? (IF SO WHAT) ?// Yes Le Mans.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY AUTOMOTIVE LEGEND WHO WOULD IT BE? // Wow I haven't thought about it before! I would say Rick Dore ( American custom car builder) and one day is not enough, I would like to learn from him a lot.
WHAT ARE THE PRO'S AND CONS OF OWNING A CLASSIC CAR? // Pro's would be for sure meeting great people who share the same passion, also the smiles from people when they see your car, and finally the joy of working on them and learning something new every day.
The cons are the time it took me away from my family and loved ones, and finally for sure the money you spent on them but it pays off from the joy and maybe it becomes a business one day InshAllah.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A ring to my wife.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // I'm not really expert on this but I would say; stay focused and work on your dreams, respect your family and appreciate them all the time.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Having big ideas and not having the courage to do them!
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Not respecting time, Not listening carefully or not thinking positively about others and Racism.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // Maybe Jon Snow from Game of thrones.
FAVOURITE MUSIC // Classic Arabic - Gulf music.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Down - Marian Hill.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Old Arabic book called "Rawdhatul Muhibbin" by Ibn Qayyim, its about love.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // That would sound really bad especially after the best book I mentioned but it happens to be the last one " Can holding in a fart kill you?" It's about answering many curious questions or myths.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // I had an accident back when I was studying in Al Ain (university time), the car flipped over and hit both sides of the road but amazing I came out with no injuries Alhumdullah but it was horrifying as it took very long time for the car to stop.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Japan! The other great planet.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // China, Beijing.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Working on my cars or having quality time with family and friends.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // If you consider cars as sport maybe but other than that no.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Definitely desert.
URBAN OR RURAL? // I would say Rural but I don't hate Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Definitely Cats.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Deep sarcasm.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Seeing people in pain or need.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Do what makes you happy (without hurting others or against your religion beliefs) and be good to others because you are not gonna take anything from this life other than good reputation.