The Eternal Car Enthusiast - Dimitris Mavropoulos

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AT AGE THREE, HE GRABBED A STEERING WHEEL. AT EIGHT, HE DROVE FOR THE FIRST TIME. SHORTLY AFTER TURNING TWENTY, HE BECAME A RALLY DRIVER. TODAY, HE’S A COLLECTOR OF CLASSIC CARS SPANNING OVER A CENTURY OF AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY.

Dimis’ passion for automobiles started at a very young age. Before turning 4, his favourite toy was a car. “At the age of 8, I started driving without my parents’ knowledge or consent. At 9, when I was driving my mother’s car (without her knowing, of course), I was noticed by the police, and a chase began which lasted 4 hours. As a result, I got arrested, but only because I ran out of gas... At 15, I started racing in speed competitions without a driver’s license. As soon as I finished my military service, I went to London, bought a Ford Escort, and started racing. I raced every single weekend all over most of Europe, Greece, and Cyprus, winning consecutive awards. I participated in Rallycross, Autocross, Rallies, and Driving Test races. My sponsors were Rothmans, Castrol, Mobil, Shell, and Cyprus Airways. I’ve managed to attain a record in Cyprus that hasn’t been beaten. In the space of one year, I participated in 7 races, winning 7 consecutive victories. However, the most memorable experience for me is my participation in the Rothmans Cyprus Rally, an international race where the best, most famous drivers in the world participated.”

 

After his retirement as a rally driver, Dimis Mavropoulos’ interest turned to classic and historic cars. “Since the 90s, I have collected classic cars, and in February of 2014, I made my dream come true by creating the Cyprus Historic and Classic Motor Museum. Today, it features 175 classic and historic cars, a collection of 28,333 miniature cars, and car-related prints of all kinds. It’s a specially designed space where cars are kept, maintained, and displayed with appropriate means to the public. The two rarest exhibits in the museum are 'the Benz 1886', the first motorized vehicle ever made, built by Karl Benz in 1885 in Mannheim, Germany and the Ford Model T 'Roadster' – voted the most important car in the world of the 20th century.”

"Today, the Museum features 175 classic and historic cars."

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