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Old 14th August 2007, 00:09   #76
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cyrus the pictures are still not there. gogi bhai had tried but there was some fault. could you post them . would love to see the cars at the meet even though some of us could not make it to the event. thanks
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guys am really sorry but imageshack aint openin...
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no problem cyrus, whenever it opens. posting a picture of my friends fiat
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Gogi, your thread made great reading and thanks for the detailed report on our first meet with the FCCI - Mumbai, Team.
But, yes, we haven't been able to get excess to the pictures that you've posted. Cannot wait any longer fot you to please re-send them.
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Here I go trying again. Please let me know if this one loads up and whether you can see these pics.

Historical Event: Formation and First Meet of the Fiat Classic Car Club Mumbai

I guess it was inevitable. A Bombay Chapter of the Fiat Classic Car Club. How else does one explain this thread which was started just a few days ago and presto, the Bombay Chapter was formed and a meet arranged all in just a few days, a few calls and a few posts. Thats enthusiasm for you.
Thank you all for coming. It was a lovely clear day, not very sunny but one could not call it overcast. President (Ronny) was to pick me up from my residence after picking up Peter Travasso. Which classic or vintage car enthusiast has'nt heard of him and his 1919 Fiat. The years are showing but his enthusiasm is on par with anyone of us, maybe a shade better. God Bless you Peter.
Due to a sudden change in plans I opted to drive myself as I might have to leave the meet for a while and get back. Jumped into my Innova (how ironic is that?!) since my Fiat was not yet ready and reached Crepe Station off Carter Road where we were scheduled to meet around 10.00 a.m.
I was alone and a few minutes early when i reached. I was told there would be atleast 10-15 of us so I made sure that they had room for us when we all came in.
Just then President pulled in, driving the 1221 LHD Fiat. Seated next to him was Peter. The grand old Fiat Man. Just as I was crossing the narrow lane to go and meet President and Peter, the rest of the gang pulled in together. A convoy of Fiats old and new and behind them in his Sonata V6, was Feroze (Uncle) Mehta. This is the first time I formally met many of the Members.
Firstly The President of the Fiat Classic Car Club Of India, Subhash Karmarkar, Behram Dhabhar (actually you can call him a Keeda of Fiats. I have yet to meet anyone with such a through knowledge of Fiats) and his two sons. We know his older son Cyrus Dhabhar. Then there was Riyasp Kothavala so famous for his English Policeman Act astride his spanking Norton on many a VCCCI rally, Pilzad who came in with Kaizad Engineer and many other friends whose names I do not remember, sorry mates im bad with names but appear anywhere before me and Ill recognise you, i swear. I also met an enthusiastic lot of youngsters, three in total actually, all from my area and we had never met. Guys welcome to the club.
It was a pleasure meeting all of those, whom I met for the first time and those whom I already knew from before viz, Ronny Vesunia aka President, his son who navigated my Golf Gti to victory in the last VCCCI rally ( and hes booked for the next 10 rallies as my navigator), Kaizad Engineer who made many a modded car eat his Fiat's Turbo-ed dust (armed with a turbo charged Contessa engine) in the last speed run, Feroze Mehta, and Peter Travasso.

After some formal introductions we all set out to occupy our little private dining place in Crepe Station. Food and car talk was the order of the day. Behram whipped out his laptop and showed us some extraordinary pics of fiats all over India. Out of all, his collection is worth seeing.
All of us registered for the Bombay Chapter of the Fiat Club and the Bombay Chapter was formed on this Day. A lot of breakfast was ordered. I remember ordering something that was called Farmer's Breakfast or something. After wolfing the breakfast we all drove down to Carter Road and lined up the Fiats only for a picture. These ones, I have posted, so I do not appear in them. Hope someone has taken mine

Here are the pics.

The Formation of the Fiat Classic Car Club-Mumbai



Those who were present: Three are missing from this pic. Kaizad Engineer and his friend Pilzad who had left earlier and of course ME whos clicking away
Seated from left Feroze Mehta in a golf cap and Ronny's son- the super navigator flanked by two members who stay in my area. Seated behind is another enthusiast Pritam with Ronny in a cap, Cyrus Dhabar, Subhash Karmarkar, Peter Travasso. Seated Opposite in an orange and white striped T-shirt is Behram Dhabhar and his son. Standing next to Behram, is another member




The line up at the Crepe Station Parking



A well kept Padmini owned by an enthusiast whose name i forget



Another Well kept Padmini owned by the boys who live in my area.




A Uno Diesel owned by another enthusiast. I think his name was Pritam. Wonder how I remembered his name?/!! The Ferrari badgings ok after all Fiat owns Ferrari Yaar



Behram Dhabar's ride which he bought just recently. He is going to seriously modify this Padmini. Cant wait for it Behram. Guys keep your eyes on this one... and its going to turn Black



The Piece De Resistance. Ronny's Ex; The Fiat 1221 LHD.





Frankly guys I liked her in her original Metallic Grey & White shade better, This colour is too bling and Jhatak. Nevertheless it looks striking. Note the clean Engine Bay and neat Dash.





The line up at Carter Road. The owner' pride





As we were geting ready to leave, Behram notices this, parked in a building close to where we were lined up





Shes a President all right but shes in bad shape. Theres rust all over and her and shes been practically eaten away by rust. But shes in original condition. Note the original meters (save one pricol) and bumpers with guards. Look at the steering and horn button. Can we have someone who is ready to take on another brave project. But the most important question yet.. Is it for sale??!!



Well I enjoyed the meet throughly and it was a pleasure to meet all who wee present. Missed all you guys who could'nt make it. Karlosdeville, Moralfibre, Dippy, Aditya, Khanak, SalilPawar, you were all missed. We have set a date for our next meet already. Its Going to be on the 7th of October which is again a Sunday. Guys you have been told. Please join in with your Fiats on that day for the second official meet. For those who have to get their cars fixed or restored, get cracking on it now. Im getting after mine!!

Behram, your cars are beautiful and a treat to the eyes. Especially the MRY 3112. Guys, this beauty has Zenons!!
Post some pics Behram.

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thank you gogi bhai. the pictures are wonderful espesially ronnie's ex. loved her in her new avtaar. hopefully if things go well for me i shall be joining FCCC with a fiat of my own.
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thank you gogi bhai. the pictures are wonderful espesially ronnie's ex. loved her in her new avtaar. hopefully if things go well for me i shall be joining FCCC with a fiat of my own.
Thank God the pics appeared. Well Abhi, we're all anxious to see you here and joining the club
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if i get this deal through i am comming as a member or then as the official photographer. hope all FCCC members dont mind a non fiat owner photographer.
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no one minds bro. Tu bindaas aaja
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Shes a President all right but shes in bad shape. Theres rust all over and her and shes been practically eaten away by rust. But shes in original condition. Note the original meters (save one pricol) and bumpers with guards. Look at the steering and horn button. Can we have someone who is ready to take on another brave project. But the most important question yet.. Is it for sale??!!

Thats an early 1100D, much like Shyams car, identified by the extended rear bumper, front grille, and ventilation ducts in the dash. Im game to pick this car up...now who's doing the dirty work of locating the owner for me?
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Rony, I must say that the LHD is immaculate except for the current choice of colour. I can see some different drum inside. Could you please give us more info on this?

Great photography Gogi!
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@ Moralfibre- the drum is the aluminium type as in my car. But the orange colour is ....well different

@ Karlosdeville- I know where the cars parked adn it had another padmini parked next to it. Will try and find out if the cars for sale and who it belongs to...and yes Fiatwalle its a 1100D and not a president.. i stand corrected

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@ Moralfibre- the drum is the aluminium type as in my car. But the orange colour is ....well different
No no Gogi, not the colour. The small fins that are seen on the drum. Are they unique to the Aluminum type drums?
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No no Gogi, not the colour. The small fins that are seen on the drum. Are they unique to the Aluminum type drums?
I know what you're talking about Moralfibreji. See the pic of my car's Aluminium drum. Same type of fins. In my car they will remain in the original alumiium colour.


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@ Moralfibre- the drum is the aluminium type as in my car. But the orange colour is ....well different
Sigh...kya kare...to each his own! And did you know that the threading on these drums for the wheel bolts is not uniform on all four wheels? The front and rear turn counter to each other...I forget which ones which.
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