In Pics: Vintage Cars Bring Back Bygone Era on Mumbai Roads

Some of the best cars from Mumbai were being driven around at the Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally

There is something about vintage cars that makes your head turn around twice or thrice as they pass by you. You look at them and start imagining the kind of stories these cars could tell. The Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally at Horniman Circle on Sunday, February 26, 2017 had a fantastic lineup on display.

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Rolls Royces, Bentleys, BMWs, Austins, Fords, Chryslers, Packards, Mercedes-Benzes, and Cadillacs; some of the best cars from Mumbai were being driven around at the rally.

1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre owned by Jagdish Thackersey at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre owned by Jagdish Thackersey at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC

Over 170 classic cars and 40 motorbikes participated in this rally, making it the perfect destination for auto enthusiasts.

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The owners had a proud smile on their face, after all, they owned some of the best vintage cars in town. These cars that were put on the display left the visitors spellbound.

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“Everyone wants to be the proud owner of a vintage car. But people don’t understand that it takes a lot of time, effort, and passion along with money to maintain them. These machines are like your own baby, and it requires immense care, love, and affection,” said Delia Brown, a visitor in the rally from Bristol, England to Bayside Journal.

1934 Austin owned by Harishchandra Powle at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
1934 Austin owned by Harishchandra Powle at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC

“I was a kid and I remember my grandfather roaming around in a Riley RMC Roadster. I loved that car but then its maintenance cost us a lot, we couldn’t afford to keep it and we had to put it up for sale. Sometimes you have passion but not money. It is important to have both. One should never own a vintage car just for the style statement,” shares Brown.

1956 Dodge Kingway owned by Joel Rodrigues at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
1956 Dodge Kingway owned by Joel Rodrigues at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC

You look around and all you can see is brass and chrome calling out loud to you. You had cars from period one could think of and surprising Maruti 800 made it to the list of vintage as well, making this event the right place for car connoisseurs.

1952 Chrysler Convertible owned by Nitin Dossa at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
1952 Chrysler Convertible owned by Nitin Dossa at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC

Some of the vintage beauties that caught everyone’s attention were the Bristol 400, 1945 Bentley, 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom 2, Austin 1935 to name a few. As per the organisers, a 1921 Steyr was the oldest car and there are just three Type II models across the globe.

1921 Steyr Type II, 23 Horse Power, Origin- Austria at intage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
1921 Steyr Type II, 23 Horse Power, Origin- Austria at intage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC

“We use to have that classic Ford car when I was young. That was one car every Parsi household had. Then we sold it off, never really thought it would be in vintage collection someday. Just look at these cars here they are so beautiful and stunning,” shares Dennis Taraporewala, CEO of a PR firm with a sparkle in his eyes.

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“We Parsis are manic when it comes to taking care of our cars. What you see in films is not an exaggeration, we are that crazy. We love our cars more than our wives. So cars are our first love for life,” shares Bastavar Daftari another visitor from New Delhi who is a proud owner of an Austin.

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However, most of the participants and visitors shared a major concern that government doesn’t provide adequate support to take care of these heritage cars.

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1970 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior, owned by Anil Punjabi at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC)

“The government has started banning the import of vintage cars that were built before 1960s. And cars that are more than 15 years old now need to go through check procedure and get certified by the authorities,” shares one of the participants.

1970 Volkswagen Karman Ghai owned by Siddhartha Khona at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
1970 Volkswagen Karman Ghai owned by Siddhartha Khona at Vintage Car and Classic Car Club of India’s (VCCCI) 28th annual rally held at Sofitel BKC
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