Club Displays—The First Of The Year In Kolkata

Images: Deepanjan Sarkar

Calcutta Club Ltd., a heritage icon in the city of Calcutta (Kolkata) in association with Classic Drivers Club, put together the new year’s first historic vehicle display in the city.

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Smaller British cars including Austins & Morrises at one end of the lawn

The event was conceptualised by both clubs; one, a large social club of a 115 years and the other, a club for enthusiasts of historic vehicles formed in 2017.

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The club verandah proved to be the best vantage point

Calcutta Club extended all its support to make the show appealing, and for the very first time in the club’s long history, it allowed vehicles onto its lawn.

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Mid-size European cars at the other end of the lawn

The dazzling sun really brought the best out of the vehicles, and the grounds were a spectacle to behold when viewed from the first floor of the club house.

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The 1926 Springfield Silver Ghost Tilbury Sedan debuted at the show and tied for the President's Choice for the Best Car

Although Calcutta has been having an increasing number of historic vehicle meets and drives over the last few years, there are some cars which are rarely seen publicly and it was a pleasant surprise to see some of these vehicles, which included a rare 1931 Lancia Dilambda, a 1948 Hudson Super 6, and a highly original 1966 Plymouth Valiant.

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Rolls-Royces keep each other company: (L-R) a 1937 25/30, a 1926 Silver Ghost & a 1937 Phantom III

Debuting for the first time ever in Calcutta, was a glorious 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A 1928 Studebaker President 8 State Limousine was joint winner for the President's Choice for the Best Car

The huge 40/50hp engine, cast in two blocks of three cylinders and the general precision of engineering left viewers astonished. Wearing the original Tilbury Sedan body, the American Ghost looked the very epitome of a large vintage Rolls-Royce.

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This couple in their attire corresponding to the early Morris 8 Series E won the award for Best Period Dress

Twelve motorcycles added their own charm, ranging from an early Panther Sloper to a 1945 DKW.

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A cool Land Rover Series I shows just how much larger it is compared to the Willys next to it

The display-only event did not include any technical judging although the two clubs did present two trophies for vehicles (which turned out to be three because of a tie).

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The mid-day sun highlighted the best lines of every car and bike

The Calcutta Club President’s Trophy for the Best Bike was awarded to the early Panther Sloper whilst the President’s Trophy for the Best Car was jointly awarded to a 1928 Studebaker President 8 Limousine which has been in the same family since new, and to the newcomer 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tilbury Sedan.

While club members and enthusiasts admired the vehicles on display, the President of Calcutta Club announced that this would now feature as an annual event.

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The brace of two-wheelers

The historic vehicle movement in the city is set to grow yet again!


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