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Old 24th November 2014, 20:51   #1
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The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2015, Kolkata, has been advertised in The Statesman, Kolkata of 22/11/2014 and will be organised in January 2015.

Entries have been invited in the Classic category, for which the last date of entries is 30/11/2014.

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The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2015, Kolkata, has been advertised in The Statesman, Kolkata of 22/11/2014 and will be organised in January 2015.

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With due respect to the organisers, why only 1956 as the cut-off year though? So that would keep out say, even '59-60 Chevys and Mercs!
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With due respect to the organisers, why only 1956 as the cut-off year though? So that would keep out say, even '59-60 Chevys and Mercs!
I feel the Chevys, Mercs and Kingsways would qualify under the imports (1945-75) category, as an early 1970's Mercedes, the official car of the GOC-in-C, Eastern Command (used by Gen Vaidya too) participates. Apart from this, the erstwhile official car of the Police Commissioner, Calcutta, a black Dodge Kingsway, also participates. These are regulars at the rally.

What in fact the organisers can do is also allow New Indian Classics (1957-1975) to participate. As the numbers would surely swell and become unmanageable, it would be apt to keep this Rally on the Sunday following the conventional V & C Rally.There are some owners of post 1956 cars in Kolkata, who cannot participate in any event, as this is the only one organised in Kolkata.The one-time tax levied by the W.B. Govt on older cars is also quite high, that dissuades owners of the new Indian classics to own one. Hence, these find their way to the scrapyards or lie neglected and rot. Its a very rare sight (almost impossible) to see a Premier Padmini or an Ambassador Mark I or II (even 3) on the Kolkata streets these days. If there is a Rally every year, it would encourage and help preserve these classics too.

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How do I secure visitor/spectator passes for the event?
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Well it could be that the post 1956 cars are mainly as participants without privileges. No metal tin to be added to their Kitty

Brings out the cars at least once a year otherwise that side of country is quiet

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The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2015, Kolkata, has been advertised in The Statesman, Kolkata of 22/11/2014 and will be organised in January 2015.

Entries have been invited in the Classic category, for which the last date of entries is 30/11/2014.

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Interestingly while Statesman Calcutta allow cars manufactured up-to 1975 , Statesman Delhi have kept the cutoff at 1962 for a very long time. It is high time, Delhi also follow the Calcutta cutoff and allow Classic Cars till 1975. This will make the event more interesting for everyone.
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How do I secure visitor/spectator passes for the event?
I went to Statesman House yesterday for passes and they have completely run out of them! But they gave their assurance repeatedly saying that Statesman's own people would be at the gate and everyone would be allowed into the grounds regardless.

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Sorry for the back to back posts, ran out of time. Below is the list of participants for this years' rally:

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Though my name appears as the driver for a Volkswagen Beetle, the car isn't ready :(

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Like every year this years Statesman vintage car rally was held inside Fortwilliam Kolkata. Today morning i was lucky enough to visit the rally with few more Bhpian's from Kolkata.

Sharing the pictures-

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Note- There were many more cars/jeeps/bikes present over there, i just shared the pics i could manage to click over there.
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Vintage Car Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for the pics of USJ 7447, Buick. I still recall, when I had last seen her in Calcutta, circa 2011.

She had a green dash, and was shining. A lot. Back then, I also recall the Made-In-USA Firestone tyres, whitewalled.

And then-Voila! She was started up in front of me. The whirr of the starter was hardly evident, and the click-click-click-click clatter of the valves while idling.....Ah! The water gushing out of the exhaust!

Made my day.

And the hum of the engine, when the accelerator was pressed...ever so slightly.

Oh and a small incident as regards to the car- On the rear bumper, I vividly recall a USA Plate, something like this-

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Everyone I remember saw that plate, when I was photographing, (and drooling! ) at that car, and asked me if the car was freshly imported, new car from the United States.

A cabbie in an Amby opined- "Dakh, tyre e "Made in USA" lekha aache" (A loose translation- Even the tyres have Made in USA written on them). Some smartass opined that the whole car was just imported, new. See, even the paint is shining, he said.

On seeing the rear bumper, they were like- See the USA Plate, (as illustrated above).

Dakh, number ta dakh- Yuuu Esss Jeeeyyyy.....Seben phour phour Seben. (Look at the number.)

Further evidence, according to them.

Ah- The priceless look on their faces when I said that USJ was a mid 1950's Lucknow registration.....

Hotey hi pare naa! - says the cabbie. Me, I just went on clicking.

I also see WBE 1362 as well. Black Dodge Kingsway, with the Police flag on the hood. I know of the good intent behind her restoration, but if I recall correctly, the bodyline was not perfect, and the doors were a bit wavy.

And I never liked the sunvisor on it. Looked really gross, and ungainly, IIRC.

If anyone is wondering- Yes. Both the cars have a family connection. Indirectly. Very indirectly. Distantly.

1362 more so, the Buick less so.

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Got chance to click some of those on road. Sorry for the picture quality though. They were taken with my phone.

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There were many more actually. But I couldn't click all of them.
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Great Pictures Samba da. It was a Sunday Morning well spent.
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Well, excellent pictures Samba, however would have liked the names of the cars mentioned rather than a rolling stream of snaps. An interesting take on how things have changed over the years, when we were Kids, or even Kids before us, we were made to carry a notebook to note down details. Now we see photographers everywhere and the fancy dress looks more eye catchy.
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