A Confluence Of History, Passion & Celebration

Images: Deepanjan Sarkar; Drone Video: Ritabrata Mukherjee & Vicky

In a splendid celebration of automotive heritage, the Classic Drivers Club and The Saturday Club coalesced their passion for historic vehicles to host a resplendent event titled the ‘Historic Vehicles Display’.

A most impressive line-up that ranged from a Fiat 1100D to a big and mighty Dodge Kingsway

The gathering, which took place on a sun-kissed weekend, offered a captivating tableau of history on wheels.

With an impressive turnout of 27 cars and 7 motorcycles, the event was a testament to the unwavering ardour of the participants and their unrelenting commitment to preserving automotive history.

As many as seven two-wheelers were there too

In the days leading up to the event, there was a palpable sense of excitement tinged with scepticism. The weather gods seemed to have their own plans, as heavy rain cascaded down even on the day before the event. With crossed fingers and hopeful hearts, the organizers and participants braced for the possibility of inclement weather putting a damper on their meticulously planned affair.

The custodians of elegance and legacy, accompanied by three iconic Rolls-Royces from Kolkata, posed proudly with their cherished automobiles.

But, as if guided by an unseen hand, the morning of 27th August dawned with a spectacular surprise. The sceptics were proven delightfully wrong, as the once-threatening clouds gave way to a vividly blue sky and a radiant sun.

It was as though the heavens themselves had conspired to ensure that the Historic Vehicles Display would be bathed in the most glorious light.

One for the memory

Despite some members facing unforeseen setbacks such as last-minute mechanical breakdowns and health concerns, the Historic Vehicles Display remained an exultant assembly of automotive enthusiasts.

A few members were regrettably absent, their absence felt keenly as their cherished vehicles were left idle due to capricious mechanical issues and health challenges. Yet, the true spirit of camaraderie shone through as several members, in spite of their frail health, rallied their determination to attend.

The resplendent Renault AX, one of Kolkata's oldest cars

Their perseverance exemplified the unbreakable bond forged within the community.

The heart of the event was the meticulously curated display of the historic vehicles. The gleaming chrome, the meticulously restored interiors, and the aura of nostalgia they exuded formed an evocative journey through time. As attendees wandered amidst the rows of carefully preserved automobiles, conversations buzzed with anecdotes and trivia about these mechanical marvels.

For a sense of inclusivity

Encompassing the timeless elegance of early 20th-century to the more dependable engineering of the 1980s, each era found its place, illustrating the progression of automotive design and technology.

The vehicles on display not only spoke of the past but also showcased the dedication of their owners.

A triumphant duet between the Triumph Spitfire and the MG TC

The passion poured into every nut and bolt, every restoration detail, was palpable. Enthusiasts engaged in spirited discussions, sharing restoration tales, and marvelling at the commitment required to maintain these rolling relics. It was more than a display; it was a living testament to the tireless efforts that go into the preservation of automotive history.

'Are we small? Eh No! We are mighty', say the two Austin Sevens

Following the enthralling display, participants and attendees gathered for a sumptuous lunch that provided the perfect opportunity to forge new bonds and rekindle some leftover discussions. Amidst clinking cutlery and laughter, the sense of community within the Classic Drivers Club was unmistakable.

Stories were swapped, experiences recounted, and future plans for restoration projects and events discussed fervently. The event not only celebrated automobiles but also the bonds woven by a shared passion.

An unforgettable rebirth for a Ford Model A

As the clock struck 2 pm, the time had come to bid adieu to an unforgettable day. However, the memories created, and the connections made were destined to endure.

The joint efforts of the Classic Drivers Club and The Saturday Club culminated in a spectacular event that showcased not only the visual splendour of the historic vehicles but also the indomitable spirit of their owners.

Tokens of distinction

The event's success was not solely measured by the number of wheels present but by the passion, camaraderie, and shared love for automotive history that filled the air. As the sun set on this memorable gathering, it left an indelible mark on the hearts of attendees, a reminder that the journey of the historic vehicles is as much about the people who cherish them as it is about the metal they're crafted from.

For the joy of meeting again soon

The Historic Vehicles Display served as a poignant reminder that while the cars and motorcycles may be the stars of the show, it's the people and their stories that truly drive the Historic Vehicle Movement forward.

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Ritabrata Mukherjee

Ritabrata Mukherjee

Pilot, Mechanical Engineer, Tech enthusiast, Vintage/Classic car lover, DIY enthusiast, and a Dog lover. Passionate about flying, driving, and all things mechanical. 🛩️🚗🔧🐶


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