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201301 Feb

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Kavita Ajmera’s 1952 Citroen won the C R Irani Trophy for runner-up for the best restored classic car

 

Come January and its time for Calcutta’s fleet of vintage and classic cars to woo the crowd at The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally. Last Sunday, Calcutta’s morning cuppa and lazy adda took a back seat as the city geared up to witness the grand old Rolls-Royces, cute little Baby Austins, flamboyant Jaguars, stylish Bentleys, and big black Cadillacs.

 

First held in 1966, The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally is not only one of India's most prestigious car events, but unique in the world, combining a ‘Concours d'Elegance’ with a ‘Rally’, drawing a variety of cars and motorcycles from all over eastern India. In the earlier days, the event was held at the Maidan and later shifted to the Eastern Command Stadium. Over the decades this annual extravaganza has grown to become one of the most sought after events in the city’s winter calendar.  

 

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Partha Sadan Bose's 1926 Auburn Tourer - single piece in India

 

This year, when The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally returned to the Eastern Command Stadium on 13 January, the atmosphere was no less electrifying. Nearly 170 vintage and classic cars and motorcycles took part in this year’s event. The cars and motorcycles started assembling from 7 am onwards and the crowd started to pour in soon after. Many of the participants showed up in period attire which added that nostalgic flavour to this grand old event.

 

The 2013 Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command in the presence of many other eminent officers of the Indian Army.

 

The flag off took place at 9 am after which the cars were sent off to complete the rally route traversing through the crowded, and sometimes potholed streets of Calcutta where eager onlookers were waiting to catch a glimpse of these timeless beauties . And as each car, with considerable historic importance, toured the city and completed the rally route, you could see how the time gap between history and modernity was bridged in style and elegance.

 

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Shashi Kanoria’s 1906 Renault Freres was awarded The Hindustan Motors Trophy for the oldest car completing the course 

 

The oldest car in this year’s rally was Shashi Kanoria’s 1906 Renault Freres. The car drove away with three awards including the Dunlop Trophy for best performance for the road section for cars built up to 1919, and the Taj Bengal Trophy for best maintained car (all categories).  

 

Well known restorer and collector Sanjay Ghosh needs no introduction in this circuit. His 1932 Ford V8 which has been a winner right from its intial days won the Statesman Trophy for best overall performance of the day (maintenance and road section), as well as the Trade Wings Trophy for best maintained car built between 1930 and 1935. Another gem from Ghosh's stable - 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster drove home with The Statesman Trophy for the best overall performance of the day for classic cars (maintenance and road section). Interesting to note, that Ghosh's 1932 Ford V8 and 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster has collectectively won nearly 30 'Statesman' thophies. Quite a feat I must say.   

 

Vintage car connoisseur Gautam Mukherjee's 1926 Austin 7 bagged four trophies, including the Goodricke Trophy for the best performance by a British car, and the Mico-Bosch Trophy for best performance for the road section for a car built between 1920 and 1929.

 

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Gautam Mukherjee’s 1926 Austin bagged four trophies among which is The Premier World Trophy for the overall performance by an Austin car (maintenance and road section)

 

The Pressman Advertising Trophy for best turn-out of car, driver and passengers went to the Basu family, who had all dressed up as characters from the famous comic strip - Tintin. Lieutenant Colonel Arup Ratan Basu who steered the wheel of his family's 1932 Chevrolet dressed up as Captain Haddock and also confessed to his long standing obsession with the series since childhood.

 

The Castrol Trophy for the car driven the longest distance to participate in the rally was awarded to the Khokhar family, who drove their 1933 Austin 7 for 400 km from Chaibesa, Jharkhand to attend the rally. Pratap Chowdhury won the Patton Restoration Trophy for his 1933 Austin, while Rekha Kanoria's 1923 Rolls Royce won the Andrew Yule Trophy for best restored car overall. The Peerless Trophy for the best overall performance by a motorcycle (maintenance and road section) was won by Partha Sadhan Bose’s 1929 Royal Enfield.

 

Deserving special mention was a first-time entrant, Hemant Kumar Ruia’s 1919 Minerva which bagged the Lexus Motors Trophy for ‘Concours d'Elegance’. The car practically had no bodywork when it was first acquired and has been restored almost from scratch by Sanjay Ghosh.

 

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Sanjay Ghosh’s 1932 Ford V8 won The Statesman Trophy for the best overall performance of the day (maintenance and road section)

 

Winners in the Vintage category:

The Peerless Trophy for the best overall performance by a motorcycle (maintenance and road section) – Partha Sadhan Bose’s 1929 Royal Enfield

The Surex Trophy for the best turn-out of car, driver and passenger (Period Costume) – Bhaba Sundari Dey’s 1938 Adler

The Castrol Trophy for the car that has been transported the longest distance to participate in the rally – Sharbani Malik’s 1967 Fiat Spider

The Indian Oil Trophy for the car that has been driven the longest distance to participate in the rally – Gurmukh Singh Khokhar’s 1933 Austin

The Hindustan Motors Trophy for the oldest car completing the course – Shashi Kanoria’s 1906 Renault Freres

The Premier World Trophy for the overall performance by an Austin car (maintenance and road section) – Gautam Mukherjee’s 1926 Austin

The Patton Restoration Trophy for the best restored car – Pratap Chowdhury’s 1935 Austin

The Lexus Motors Trophy for ‘Concours d’Elegance’ – Hemant Kumar Ruia’s 1919 Minerva

The UCO Bank Trophy for the runner-up to best maintained car built between 1936-39 – Amitava Saha’s 1939 Austin

The Bijoli Grill Trophy for the best maintained car built between 1936-39 – Partha Sadhan Bose’s 1936 Jaguar

The Trade Wings Trophy for the best maintained car built between 1930-35 – Sanjay Ghosh’s 1932 Ford V8

The Tata Steel Trophy for the runner-up to the best maintained car built between 1920-29 - Gautam Mukherjee’s 1926 Austin

The Exide Trophy for the best maintained car built between 1920-29 - Rekha Kanoria’s 1923 Rolls-Royce

The Gainwell Travels Trophy for the best maintained car built upto 1919 - Shashi Kanoria’s 1906 Renault Freres

The Taj Bengal Trophy for the best maintained car - Shashi Kanoria’s 1906 Renault Freres

The AAEI Trophy for the best performance for the road section for car built between 1930-35 – P K Agarwalla’s 1933 Fiat

The Mico-Bosch Trophy for the best performance for the road section for car built between 1920-29 - Gautam Mukherjee’s 1926 Austin

The Dunlop Trophy for the best performance for the road section for car built upto 1919 - Shashi Kanoria’s 1906 Renault Freres

CESC Trophy for the runner-up to the best overall performance (maintenance and road section) - Gautam Mukherjee’s 1926 Austin

The Statesman Trophy for the best overall performance of the day (maintenance and road section) - Sanjay Ghosh’s 1932 Ford V8

 

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Rekha Kanoria’s 1923 Rolls-Royce which won the Andrew Yule Trophy for the best restored car overall among vintage and classic cars

 

Winners in the Classic category:

The Seagram’s 100 Pipers Trophy for the runner-up to the best maintained classic car built 1950 onwards – Madhu Dugar’s 1954 Austin

The Justice J P Mitter Trophy for the best maintained classic car built 1950 onwards – Sanjay Ghosh’s 1950 Cadillac V8

The Ravi Auto Trophy for the best overall performance by a classic motorcycle (maintenance and road section) – Terrence Lobo’s 1940 BSA

C R Irani Trophy for runner-up for the best restored classic car – Kavita Ajmera’s 1952 Citroen

The Oberoi Grand Trophy for the best restored classic car – Nitin Himatsingka’s 1959 Rambler Super

The MRF Trophy for the best maintained motorcycle – Chandan Basu Mallik’s 1965 Gilera

The G A Randerian Trophy for ‘Concours d’Elegance’ - Nitin Himatsingka’s 1959 Rambler Super

The Larica Group of Hotels Trophy for the runner-up to the best maintained classic car upto 1949 – Partha Sadhan Bose’s 1946 MG TC Midget

The Peter Cowper Trophy for the best maintained classic car upto 1949 – Sanjay Ghosh’s 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

The Nescafe Trophy for the runner-up to the best overall performance for classic cars – Sanjay Ghosh’s 1949 Buick Super 8

The Statesman Trophy for the best overall performance of the day for classic cars (maintenance and road section) – Sanjay Ghosh’s 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

 

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Sanjay Ghosh’s 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster The Statesman Trophy for the best overall performance of the day for classic cars (maintenance and road section)

 

Winners in the Vintage and Classic category:

Andrew Yule Trophy for the best restored car overall among vintage and classic cars – Rekha Kanoria’s 1923 Rolls-Royce

Bengal Ambuja Trophy for the most sporting effort (based on reports from official) – Bhaba Sundari Dey’s 1938 Adler

The Goodricke Trophy for the best overall performance by a British car – Gautam Mukherjee’s 1926 Austin

The Sinclairs Trophy for the best overall performance (maintenance and road section) by a new entrant - Rekha Kanoria’s 1923 Rolls-Royce

The Ceat Trophy for the best performance by a lady driver – Anurupa Paul

The Pressman Advertising Trophy for the best turn-out of car, driver and passenger (Fancy Dress) – S K Basu’s 1932 Chevrolet

 

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S K Basu and his team who won The Pressman Advertising Trophy for the best turn-out of car, driver and passenger

 

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