x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Patriotic rally champ continues winning ways on UAE National Day

Champion rally driver Yehya Bel Helli who spent Dh30,000 decorating his truck for National Day scooped the best dressed vehicle prize at Yas Island's Union Car Parade.

Provided photo of Yehya Bel Helli and his National Day Winning Truck

He is a champion rally driver who spent Dh30,000 decorating his truck for National Day scooped the best dressed vehicle prize at Yas Island's Union Car Parade.

Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi
Provided photo of Yehya Bel Helli and his National Day Winning Truck He is a champion rally driver who spent Dh30,000 decorating his truck for National Day scooped the best dressed vehicle prize at Yas Island's Union Car Parade. Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi

A champion rally driver who spent Dh30,000 decorating his vehicle for National Day scooped the best dressed vehicle prize at Yas Island’s Union Car Parade.

Featuring a reinterpreted passage from the Quran, which preaches the values of community and unity, Yehya Bel Helli was awarded Dh25,000 for his efforts on his 12?metre vehicle.

The judges were impressed with the detailed map of the Emirates, professional detailing and patriotic use colours of the UAE flag – green, red, black and white.

“I’m very happy to do my best for National Day,” said the 52-year-old 2012 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies T2 Class world champion.

“My country has given me everything – this is my way of giving back.”

He admitted the top prize was less than he had spent dressing up his enormous American six-wheeler.

“I spent Dh30,000 on the stickers, decals and flags – for me National Day is not about money. I will share the money with my five children because they helped me clean the truck and get it ready.”

Those who missed the chance to see the impressive work of art today need not be disappointed; they will have another chance to see it next year.

“I have been given permission by the police to keep my decorations for one year, so I’ll be back for when the UAE turns 42,” said Mr Bel Helli.

Members of the UAE Strong Man team dragged the 12-tonne vehicle across the Yas Marina Circuit car park to the delight of the crowds.

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