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The Classic Car Club of Ceylon kicked off its silver jubilee celebrations with the Heritage Hill Climb where 50 classic automobiles made the scenic journey upcountry, ascending the historic Mahagasthota Hill Climb in true style. Many of the automobiles began the journey from Colombo with members setting out to Kandy on Friday, 9th September where they stayed at Hotel Topaz. The convoy headed to the scenic Gregory Park in Nuwara Eliya the following day where the Classics were lined up for photo shoot with Lake Gregory & the Hills of Nuwara Eliya in the background. After a quick breakfast at Gregory Park the Cars lead by the Police Motorcycle patrol & the Mercedes Benz Course Car reached the top of Historic Mahagastota Hill, a prominent conquest for motor enthusiasts for decades. Along the way many residents lined the roads to catch a glimpse of some of Sri Lanka’s finest classic machines including popular models such as MG, Triumph, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Ford, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen, Toyota MR2 and many more. Each of the cars were given two individual runs up the Hill which was a wonderful sight that evoked memories of a time when these historic machines were regulars on the famous hill. It was great to see a few Mahagasthota legends from the 40s, 50s and 60s such as the MG TC, Triumph TRs and Minis run up the hill. Spectators were visibly thrilled to catch a glimpse of a few rare machines such as the Aston Martin DB2, BMW CSL, Lotus Elan and Chevrolet Camaro drive up the hill. The spectacle of these classic beauties coupled with the stunning Nuwara Eliya weather was the perfect setting for a successful club photo shoot. “What better way to begin celebrating our silver jubilee than to bring all these historic vehicles together at Mahagasthota” said Mrs. Ramani Ponnambalam, President of the Classic Car Club of Ceylon. “The Mahagasthota Hill Climb is historic for motor enthusiasts, and it was the perfect way to mark a weekend of motoring with our members. There was a great sense of fun and camaraderie amongst everyone during the weekend and we received very positive feedback from the members.” Following the Hill Climb, members lunched at the picturesque Blackpool Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, before driving back to Hotel Tourmaline in Kandy where activities concluded with a gala dinner and memento awarding ceremony. The Classic Car Club of Ceylon brings together classic car enthusiasts from around the country, united by a profound mutual love of classic vehicles. Whilst enabling members to interact and share ideas and restoration tips, the club also provides a safe environment for members to exercise their machines at regular club events. Members engage in cultivating an interest in classic cars among their friends, family and the general public as well, via regular public and educational events that focus on the history and beauty of these vehicles. The event was facilitated with the generous aid of partners including Kelani Valley Plantations, Hayleys Group, Mc Larens Lubricants – Mobil, Dimo – Mercedes Benz, Toyota Lanka and HNB.

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Five of the City School of Architecture’s (CSA) most promising students were treated to a rare tour of AkzoNobel’s regional headquarters and R&D facilities in Singapore. The study tour showcased some of the latest innovations from the company’s flagship brand, Dulux. During the tour, the students were given invaluable exposure to some of the finest examples of modern architecture in the Asian region which have been adorned in AkzoNobel Coatings.

The tour was organised as part of a continuous engagement between AkzoNobel and CSA during which time the company has sponsored the bursary for the past three years and worked to support the development of Sri Lanka’s next generation of young architects.

Spanning three exciting days in one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan commercial and urban centres, the students were provided with a personal tour of the numerous prominent landmarks that AkzoNobel has provided coatings solutions for, including world famous sites like the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, the Burkhill Hall Botanical Gardens.

The first day of the tour was rounded out with a visit to some of the country’s most exclusive cafés and restaurants where popular AkzoNobel brand, Dulux paints had been used in innovative methods to achieve distinct moods. In particular, the students were offered insights into the new physical and visual dimensions made possible as a result of the latest range of premium special effects paints, Dulux Ambiance.

Students were selected for the tour following completion of a detailed assignment on the basics of colour, colour psychology, colour usage in exterior and interior environments and the role it plays in defining a space.

Following a series of learning sessions conducted by renowned architect and visiting lecturer, Nela De Zoysa, participants were then asked to apply their knowledge, first in the form of a written assignment and finally through practical projects creating designs for real-world spaces including the AkzoNobel headquarters in Colombo.


Notably, the students were also given a tour of AkzoNobel’s regional headquarters, a certified green building considered a true case study on how bold and vibrant usage of colour can be utilised as a powerful tool for experiential communication. The building incorporates numerous colours and styles, in order to reflect the cultural diversity intrinsic to the regional headquarters.

Accompanying the five students on the trip, De Zoysa expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity afforded to her students through the scholarship programme.

“This trip has been extremely inspiring, both for me personally and for our students as well. We were amazed at the pioneering architecture of the Singapore cityscape and the highlight for all of us was the visit to the regional office.

“We are so grateful to AkzoNobel for providing these students with this unique and valuable opportunity to gain exposure to new ideas and styles. They have been able to learn so much about the usage of the right products for the right effects and so much more. It has been a truly inspirational journey,” she stated.

The students ended the trip to the AkzoNobel Regional Headquarters with a guided tour of the company’s cutting edge research laboratory facilities – an opportunity not often extended even to AkzoNobel employees – where they got to witness first-hand the multiple processes involved in bringing a high quality paint to market.


“This entire trip has been amazing for us as students and we have learned so much about how colour can be used to inspire people and help them feel comfortable and its incredible how much of it comes through in the building itself. There has been so much thought that is put into each room and every aspect is so clearly planned,” Abigail Fernando, student at CSA.

Given the success of its scholarship programme with CSA and the potential for its flagship brands such as Dulux paints to revolutionize architecture and aesthetics, AkzoNobel will continue to engage with educational stakeholders in the field of architecture while continuing to support scholarships to CSA students on an annual basis moving forward.