March 3, 2014 4:49:12 am
The 98-year-old Ford Model T car and the 102-year-old Indian motorcycle, both on their maiden public display, stole the show at the second vintage car and motorbike exhibition organised in Ahmedabad on Sunday where more than 40 heritage vehicles from across the state were displayed.
“Apart from being the oldest car in this exhibition, it is unique in the sense that this is one of the first in-line production cars. Model T Fords were produced in Canada from the first model year. While American made Model T cars are fairly common, especially the later models, Canadian cars are much rarer today since very few were produced. On cars made in 1913 and onwards, Canadian cars had driver’s door whereas American made cars do not,” said Harsheed Tarapore (22), the owner of the car.
The car was bought by his father Navroze Tarapore, the founder of Gujarat Vintage and Classic Car Club (GVCCC) in 2003 in a very deteriorated state from an Ahmedabad owner and then it was put to restoration work that took several years importing spare parts from America. 1937 make Buick and 1932 make Hudson Essex, the only car in the country (as the Hudson and Essex collaboration lasted for only nine months) were other two vintage cars owned by Tarapore that were a part of the exhibition. The Hudson Essex convertible is being used by Jagannath Temple rath yatra for 30 years now.
Apart from the Ford Model T catching visitors’ eyes, there was a 102-year-old Indian motorbike that could hardly go unnoticed and stood out among nine other vintage bikes including makes of Matchless, Vespa, Royal Enfield and Triumph Twin.
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The 1912 Indian Light V Twin 5 HP 680 CC motorcycle in glistening maroon owned by Subodh Nath (62), the youngest son representing the 12th generation of the oldest family or the founder (Maneknath) of Ahmedabad received two coveted titles at the prestigious Cartier “Travel With Style” Concours d’Elegance last year.
Among the participants were royal families of Gondal and Rajkot, who also displayed their treasure of vintage cars in the exhibition. Among a few were 1960 Buick Electra convertible and a 1992 Dodge Viper of Yuvraj Himanshusinh of Gondal while a 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe from the royal family of Rajkot.
“This is an attempt to create awareness among people towards heritage cars and motorcycles. We participated last year as well and the response was overwhelming,” said Yuvraj Himanshusinh who owns more than 70 vintage cars.
Other eye catchers during the exhibition in sparkling hues from blue, metallic violet, maroon, red and white, purple, orange and black, meadow green, crimson red, green, yellow were 1967 2 door Carribean Green left hand drive air cooled engine Volkswagen Beetle, 1947 Wills Jeep CJ2A World War jeep, 1966 Ford Mustang, 1988 Cadillac Elegance V8, 1947 Hillman Minx, 1960 Willys Stationwagon, 1943 Ford GPW jeep, 1947 Armstrong Siddley Lancaster, 1948 Sunbeam Talbot, 1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster, 1949 Jaguar Mark V.
The one day exhibition showcasing some of finest cars and bikes of different eras was organized by Gujarat Vintage and Classic Car Club (GVCCC) dedicated to the cause of propagating the importance of preserving heritage vehicles.
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