Every car that participated in the vintage car rally had an equally beautiful story to match

The slowdown in the economy has meant people cutting corners to curtail their expenditure. However, for motor enthusiasts it does not necessarily mean a lull. While high-end cars are still being launched there is space and time to take in some vintage beauties as well. Keeping the connoisseurs of age old machines happy, Heritage Motoring Club of India and Floh organised an exhibition and a small rally of vintage cars at Surajkund near Delhi. Held at Vivanta by Taj the exhibition had 20 cars and six bikes on display.

The cars ranged from a 1925 Rolls Royce convertible with wooden doors owned by Ranjit Malik to Diljeet Titus’ beautiful 1938 Buick 90 L. Incidentally, Malik’s car was selected as the best car. Eminent lawyer KTS Tulsi made his presence felt with his 1941 model Buick 90 L Limousine. The car was once owned by the Raja of Bilaspur which Tulsi bought as a piece of junk three years back. It took Tulsi nearly two years to restore it. The car has a partition inside the cabin and a phone to communicate with the driver. While Titus’ car was almost in pieces when he bought it, now it looks like as if it has just come out of the showroom.

H.W. Bhatnagar, formerly a director with BHEL, owns about two dozen such cars and he arrived at the venue in his 1938 Buick 40 C convertible. The car was owned by the Nawab of Tonk but Bhatnagar bought it from a Bidi manufacturer. The other car he brought was a 1955 Daimler which was used by the late matinee idol Ashok Kumar for about 35 years.

In the motorcycle section there was a 1954 BSA B31 350cc owned by Sanjay Panchal. One 1942 Indian Scout 500 cc owned by Ashish Kochar and a beautiful 1954 Lambretta (innocent) 150 cc three geared scooter owned by Hardeep Singh. To restore it Hardeep had to import some parts from Italy and some parts manufactured at local workshops.

The highlight of the event however was a little rally in which the chosen guests and media personnel were given a rare chance to experience vintage cars. They occupied the seats next to the driver or behind him as the cars hit the road in Surajkund. Though the entire affair ended in about 30 minutes, it still left a lasting impression.