The 9th Auto Expo 2008 kicked off in New Delhi on Tuesday, with over 70 vintage cars in a parade from Bhagwan Das Road to Pragati Maidan, organized by the Heritage Motoring Club (HMCL). Forty-seven of these cars will be on display for another week at the expo.
The HMCL has over 100 members, who own about 200 cars. “We chose the best looking cars for the parade as we wanted them to be a visual treat,” says K.T.S. Tulsi, president of HMCL. “Vintage cars are testaments to the evolution of the auto industry. It also shows the development of the human mind. Most of these cars are mostly handmade, and each shape reflect a certain poise and balance,” Tulsi adds.
The motive of the club, started when vintage cars ceased to be revered in India, is to encourage its members to buy, restore and share the joy of owning these beautiful cars.
Two car owners shared their passion with us:
Diljeet Titus, lawyer and general secretary, HMCL
My passion for vintage cars started at the age of 10. My grandfather owned a Chevrolet 1952. When I was a child, I would be driven around in it and a lot of my childhood memories are associated with that car. I remember being extremely unhappy when it was sold. Later, I was able to convince my grandmother not to sell her Austin A40 and so she gave it to me. That was my first car. In the past 12 years, I have collected about 46 vintage cars. Today, my two daughters Shekinah,12, and Diyasannah, 10, love these cars and have their personal favourites.
S.B. Jatti, vice-president, HMCL, and car restorer
My first car was a 1964 Ford Mustang. A friend of mine had imported it in the late 1960s but Indian roads then were not suited to the car, and so he decided to sell it to me. I bought it for about Rs75,000. My passion grew thereafter. I now own a 1954 Fiat and a 1964 Mercedes. This is a passion, and it’s not about the money. You need involvement, care and constant attention to be able to maintain a vintage car. We even have a design workshop and I also restore models now.
At Hall 11, the 9th Auto Expo 2008, opposite Tata Pavilion, New Delhi. Till 16 January