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Old 12th January 2015, 17:16   #16
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Request to all bhpians to post more pictures
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As always, stunning frames from Samba. Loved the British gang. MG, Triumph and the the Jag, such elegant lines. The Americans on the other hand are bold and brash. Buicks and BelAir, classic Americana!

So, haw many Bhpians made it?
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Hello fellow BHPians,

It was yet again an opportunity for us Car Enthusiasts to get together to spend a beautiful Sunday Morning (on the 11th of January 2015) with the Classics at the Eastern Command Stadium at the Fort William, Kolkata where The Statesman held the Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2015.

Samba has already uploaded some fantastic snaps. Great Pics Samba !!! I do hereby take the opportunity to add some more photographs : SET 1 :

The First View :
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The Band which played and marched along to Flag Off the event :
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Shall upload SET 2 soon......
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Posting the 2nd Set (SET 2) of the Photographs :

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That's it from my side.....
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Great pics Samba and Arav. Hope to join you next year with a notebook as Anirban da mentioned and will make the best reporting team out there.
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To attend the Calcutta Statesman event has long been on my list, and this year luckily enough I got the opportunity. It was also my first visit to the charming city, and it was everything I was told it would be - crumbling colonial architecture and bright yellow Ambys everywhere!

The event was rather different from those I am used to attending in Bombay - for starters its the venue. The Army's Eastern Command stadium in Fort William is an ideal setting, with ample space to accommodate the cars and visitors. Entry to the venue for visitors is via means of an invitation pass, surprisingly it isn't open for everyone (though I'm told its not difficult to procure one). The crowds on the streets throughout the event is proof enough that Kolkatans are still very excited by the event.

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I was also lucky to participate, hopping into the enormous Ford Fairlane Galaxy of collector and restorer Shrivardhan Kanoria. The generous proportions and original interiors make it the most comfortable choice for the event Piloting the Ford was veteran journalist, author and historian Gautam Sen - home turf for him. Incidentally in the past Gautam has been a judge at the event as well, and still judges at prestigious events across Europe. On the way back I took over the driving responsibilities, and was amazed at how light the controls were for such a large car in heavy traffic.

Before the flag off the Army band (?) performed to delighted crowds, and we were off for a fairly comfortable route. On return we spent more time seeing the cars up close, and catching up with friends over lunch, (was great to catch up with mbz180) before the prize distribution ceremony. Chief judge was Raja Mookerjee, who also announced the prizes.

Cars lining up for judging the previous day - a rigorous inspection involves three teams.
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A fine performance
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Here are some of the pictures I took, in order of flagoff. Disclaimer - model years and names have been taken from the entry list, supplied by owners themselves.

Vintage Cars

Entry no. 1 - 1906 Renault Freres, Late Shashi Kanoria

This car was a particular treat, and just a handful of cars of this age in perfect working condition. The way she pottered about through peak traffic without skipping a beat was really a sight to behold. I was lucky to get a long drive as well. The car has been in the family for decades, and is a regular participant.
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1912 Standard Coventry, Pramod Kumar Mittal.
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1913 Stower, Late Santi Nath Chowdhury
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1919 Citroen Torpedo, Naresh Chandra Agrawalla
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1919 Crossley, Pramod Kumar Mittal
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1922 Austin, Ajoy Basu
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Some Austins were entered by Gautam Mukherjee, but probably did not participate, and it was announced that Mr. Mukherjee had sadly just passed away. He was apparently known as the king of Austin restorations.

1925 Austin Seven, Naresh Ojha
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1925-1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp, Ashok Kumar Bubna
This should be the Arnold bodied tourer GCK34. Sadly the sole Rolls at the event.
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1926 Austin, Manish Jhunjhunwalla
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1926 Austin, Nandini Chakravarthy (I hope I have matched the correct entries to the pictures, there were so many Austins!
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1926 Lancia DiLambda, P. R. Agarwalla
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1926 Packard, Late P.D. Chitlangia
This car did not participate, though I was looking forward to seeing it.

1926 Studebaker Erskine, Kunal Kunal Banerjee
This rare Erskine has been in the Banerjee family from new. It has been off road since the 1980s, and has just undergone a fine restoration. The owner is obviously taking keen interest, having travelled from the States (where he now stays) just to visit the event. The car retains its original owners manual, and happily enough a picture survives from when the car was new. Note the original 5 digit registration number.
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1927 Dodge, Gaurav Duggar
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1928 Ford, A Palchoudhuri
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1929 Chevrolet Big Six, Rekha Kanoria
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1929 Ford, Lt. Vijay Surekha
Unusual bodystyle on the Model A.
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1930 Nash, Pramod Kumar Mittal
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1928 Ford, Dharmaditya Patnaik
Apparently fresh out of restoration
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1928 Wolseley, Pramod Kumar Mittal
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1931 Ford, Pradeep Kajaria
(I assume I have gotten the entry right, in which case this will be a later car)
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1931 Standard Little 9, Gadai Chand Dey
This car didn't participate, but their Adler was present.
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1932 Ford V8, Sanjay Ghosh
In the family from new, noted restorer Sanjay Ghosh's family car is obviously in perfect condition.
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1932 Singer, Saurav Dugar
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1933 Austin, Gurmukh Singh Khokhar
Regulars at these events, this family and their Austin always do the two day journey by road from Jharkand to Calcutta.
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1933 Fiat, P. K. Agarwalla
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1933 MG PA, Naresh Chandra Agarwalla
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1933 Morris Roadster, Naresh Chandra Agrawalla
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1934 Alvis, Pramod Kumar Mittal
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1934 Mercedes-Benz 130H, Subrata Sen
A particularly interesting entry, this is thought to be the sole surviving RHD example, subject to correction.
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1938 Riley Lynx, P. K. Agarwalla
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1939 Adler, Raja Basu Chowdhury
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Again a host of Austins and Morris that I cannot match.

1930 Baby Austin, Lt. S. S. Hossain
1931 Austin Seven, Ajit Gooptu
1932 Baby Austin, Ashok Kumar Dey
1933 Austin, Dr. Debasish Bhose
1934 Austin, Amal Kumar Mazumder
1934 Austin, K S Ghai
1934 Austin, C R Addy
1935 Austin, Late Dr. Lokenath Bhose
1939 Austin, Amit Kumar Mondal
1939 Austin, Saurov Sett
1939 Austin, Susanta Sardar
1939 Austin, T Ray
1939 Morris, Miss Pooja Hazra
1939 Morris 8, Miss Rita Dey
1939 Morris 8, Miss Rupak Ghosh
1939 Morris 8, Siddhartha Choudhury

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SS DHC, Pramod Kumar Mittal
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Delightful Rytecraft was in taxi livery this time
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Wolseley saloon seems to be a new entry
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1936 Skoda, Naresh Chandra Agrawalla
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1930s Opel was a relatively new restoration
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1939 Bentley 3.5 litre Park Ward, G Momen
Was great to see this car in person, (#B104MR, ex-Hyderabad/Berar)
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Two Wheelers

1923 Panther Sloper, Syed Kamal Uddin Hossein
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There were a surprising number of small James/Villiers amongst the smaller bikes, besides BSAs

1928 Villiers, Gurmukh Singh Khokhar
1930 Douglas, Late Dr. Abdul Karim
1935 James Villiers, J Alam
1935 James Villiers, K S Ghai
1938 BSA, Faiyaz Ali
1939 James Villiers, K S Ghai
1939 Triumph, Chandan Basu Mallik
1939 Villiers, Late Dr. Abdul Karim
1939 Villiers, Pradip Mullick

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Classic Cars and Two wheelers

1940 Austin A125, H.Q. Eastern Command
Full credit to the Army for retaining this car and regularly participating year after year. On the road though she seemed to sputter and smoke a bit too much.
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1942 Ford Jeep, Pratap Chowdhury
1942 Ford Jeep, Subhra Gupta
1942 Ford Jeep, Ravi Khedwal
1942 Willys, Raj Singh Bhutoria

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1945 Morris Minor, Sankha Prasad Dey
1946 Morris, Arindam SenGupta
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1946 Renault, Indrajit Banerjee
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1946 Rover, Gautam Mukherjee

1947 Austin, Amitava Saha
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1947 Austin, Naresh Chandra Agrawalla
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1947 Austin, Surendra Kumar Dugar
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1947 Buick Super 8, Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya
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1947 Chevrolet, Sanjay Ghosh
Again, a spectacularly presented car
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1947 Wolseley 14, Vikram Swarup
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1948 Morris, Arabinda Ghosh
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1949 Land Rover, Rajesh Agarwal

1949 Morris Minor, Aveek Ghose
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1950 Cadillac V8, Sanjay Ghose
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1950 Sunbeam Talbot, Anil Kumar Verma
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1951 Morris Minor, Anup Ojha
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1951 Rover, Anup Ojha

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1952 Triumph Mayflower, Late Kalyan Das
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1952 Willys, Kavita Khedwal
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1952 Willys Jeep, Pratap Chowdhury
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1953 Morris Minor, Pradip Dutt
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1954 Austin, Madhu Dugar
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1954 Fiat, Deb Kumar Pal
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1956 Dodge Kingsway, Commissioner of Police
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1956 MG, Mrs. Sarika Misra
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1957 Chevrolet BelAir, Pratap Chowdhury
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1957 Fiat Elegant, Shrivardhan Kanoria
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1958 Fiat, Sheikh Sikander Ali
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1958 Willys, Ravi Khedwal
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1958 Wolseley, Avijit Sen
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1959 Ford Anglia, Nitin Himatsingka
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1959 Ford Fairlane, Rekha Kanoria
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1959 MG A, Shrivardhan Kanoria
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1959 Rambler Super, Udayaditya Dutta
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1959 Rover 90, Naresh Ojha
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1959 Studebaker, Naresh C Ojha

1959 Triumph Herald, Nitin Himatsingka
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1960 Fiat, Late Smt. Mridula C. Ojha
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1960 Messerschmidt, R. C. Agarwal
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1960 Volkswagen, Dr. Santanu Kumar Patra
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1961 Fiat, Hanza Bin Arif
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1961 MG Midget, Samir Chadhuri
A regular, but I missed pics

1961 Mercedes-Benz, HQ Eastern Command
Obviously a later model than 1961, I'm told this car is a conquest of war, earlier used by Gen. Niazi.
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1962 Jaguar Mark 2, Shorbani Malik
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1962 Triumph Spitfire, Saikat Dutta
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1963 Austin Mini Cooper, Saikat Dutta
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1963 Standard Herald, Manav Kejriwal
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1963 Volkswagen Beetle, Naresh Chandra Agrawalla
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1965 Datsun 1600 GT, Rishi Kumar

1965 Hillman, Mrs. Sarmistha Hazra
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1967 Mercedes-Benz, Pallab Roy
1967 Morris, M/S East India Pharamceutical
1968 Mercedes-Benz, Siddhartha Choudhury
1968 Mercedes-Benz, S Palchoudhury
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1970 Volkswagen, Brinda Ganguli Sirkar
I think this was the bright pink car, I missed pics

1971 Haf Linger, Niren Kar
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1971 Jeep, Mrs. Maumita Chowdhury
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1971 Volkswagen, Shaker Burman
1975 Jeep, Saikar Dutta

Two Wheelers

1941 Matchless, Terrence Lobo
1942 Triumph, Terrence Lobo
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1945 DKW, Rishi Kumar

1946 James, Late Dr. M. Abdul Karim
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1947 Ariel, Harjit Singh Dhanjal
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1950 AJS, Md. Nasiruddin
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1946 BSA, Chandan Basu Mallik
1948 BSA, Arijit Bhattacharya
1948 BSA, Ashok Kumar Dey
1950 BSA, Promit Hazra
1950 BSA, Terrence Lobo
1952 BSA, Ashok Dey
1952 BSA, Basudeb Nag
1952 BSA, Dr. Saikar Barik
1955 BSA, Bireswor Ghosal
1959 BSA, Ashok Dey
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1953 Velo Solex, Md. Nasiruddin
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1955 BMW, Susanta Karmarkar

1956 Royal Enfield, Pradip Kumar Mullick

1956 Royal Enfield, Terrence Lobo

1956 Vespa, Hamza Bin Arif

1957 Lambretta, Terrence Lobo
1958 Lambretta, Biplab Islam
1959 Lambretta, Terrence Lobo
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1964 Triumph, Niren Kar

1965 Gilera, Chandan Basu Mallik
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1971 Lambretta, Arunendu Das

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None of these events are complete without families all dressed up for the 'period costume' contest, which is really more of a fancy dress. Nonetheless it keeps spirits high, and brings in crowds.

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Understandably, many owners are proud to display their trophies after the ceremony. In this case, the whole family comes up to receive the prize, including the child perched on the bonnet. Disclaimer - do not try this at home!

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Another crowd puller was the Austin special towing the Rytecraft taxi. Pretty nifty!

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Those who take the judging process seriously take great pains - even detailing the original jack in this Buick.

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Original Ford stamped glass on the Fairlane

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Couple of cool old(ish) stickers

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Badge on the Renault

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Rally participation badges on the Ford dated back to 1968 - the year of the first Statesman event I believe.

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More badges

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And finally, the Ford Model T that belongs to the Statesman itself - quite an icon.

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Until next year then!
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1963 Standard Herald, Manav Kejriwal
Did you try pointing out the upside down grille badge to him?

Great show! 'wish I could've been to see it!
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Here are more pictures of the rare 1923 Panther Sloper, sent by a friend of mine

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Awesome Sharing 'karlosdeville',

Great clicks resulted in great Pics with the Car Details. Really Nice !!

You were in Srivardhan Kanoria's Ford! I saw that Car in the 2014 Rally and fell in love with it. Very fine restoration and impeccably maintained must say.
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Great pics everyone. Special thanks to you karlosdeville. The way you have matched the pics to the text is invaluable. I grew up in Kolkata but never visited this rally (though read The Statesman every morning). Now I know what I had missed!
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