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Old 10th February 2009, 01:21   #16
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Wonderful! Thanks a ton John! Here is one (Pickloo) helluva vintage car collector living next door (well, almost) and I came to know about it while sitting continents apart

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Karl will be happy, I see a Standard in the background.
Make that 2 Standards, boss!

Note that buggered up beige Herald mk1, 2 cars away from the Morris! I presume these cars are in line to be restored, given their present state.

Aside, Karl had told us about 'Picklu' Deka; there is even an orkut page dedicated to him. Despite his being in an ordinary occupation as a govt. employee, his efforts to rescue and restore so many various vintage/classic cars/bikes is indeed commendable!
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Which are these two cars? Is the First one an early Beetle?
Arre dikra!! 'couldn't recognise a Fiat among these 2 cars??!! Shu waat chE....FCCCI ka naam pE keechad uchAd diya...

Anyways, the first red car is a 50s Renault 4CV- I think it was his first car ever, he'd bought it from his neighbour.

And the 2nd one is a "bug" fiat (that's right - F.I.A.T!), 500C a.k.a topolino.
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OMG! who would imagine our very NE have such a collection. The man need lot of help. Most are in very sorry state and collection he has is very desirable.
mini in north east, thats something man.
Can we start a drive for the cause.?

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John, thanks for bringing this to us. I will get in touch with you once I return to India. Do you move between Toronto and Calcutta? How long do you intend to stay in Calcutta this time?

HOPE TO BE HERE TILL MID MARCH, WANT TO JION US?
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OMG! who would imagine our very NE have such a collection. The man need lot of help. Most are in very sorry state and collection he has is very desirable.
mini in north east, thats something man.
Can we start a drive for the cause.?
WE ALL NEED HELP!

There are a lot more cars "up there in those woods" and I will be posting some of them.

WE need to address the whole issue of the Gov. assisting the car collectors in importing parts and old cars, and issuing "vintage & classic road tax relief While your insurance here in India is much much than in N.A. where collectors can get it at 10% of the regular cost for new cars.

I think the first step is to write all the editors of the Car Mags and lobby them to include articles on our "oldies and goldies" that are fast disappearing and to get them on side to raise this issue as The Statesman successfully did to stop the export of the vintage cars in the 70's.

The big exotic cars are now in Vogue with the "Monied Gentry" but for the bulk of the collectors, who have only modest resources but big hearts, it's the smaller cars that are soon to be extinct.

Their is a potential for the old cars becoming a tourist draw if properly promoted through the Gov. Tourist Department. It would be interesting to find out how much international coverage was given to the Cartier Show?

I don't know if anyone has checked out an article of mine that was published in the US? Just do a search on google, "hemmings motor news calcutta concours". I would appreciate any comments.

Here's a lovely 1963 fiat I also saw, still being driven by it's original owner, but for how long and where will it end up?
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WE ALL NEED HELP!

There are a lot more cars "up there in those woods" and I will be posting some of them.

WE need to address the whole issue of the Gov. assisting the car collectors in importing parts and old cars, and issuing "vintage & classic road tax relief While your insurance here in India is much much than in N.A. where collectors can get it at 10% of the regular cost for new cars.

I think the first step is to write all the editors of the Car Mags and lobby them to include articles on our "oldies and goldies" that are fast disappearing and to get them on side to raise this issue as The Statesman successfully did to stop the export of the vintage cars in the 70's.

The big exotic cars are now in Vogue with the "Monied Gentry" but for the bulk of the collectors, who have only modest resources but big hearts, it's the smaller cars that are soon to be extinct.

Their is a potential for the old cars becoming a tourist draw if properly promoted through the Gov. Tourist Department. It would be interesting to find out how much international coverage was given to the Cartier Show?

I don't know if anyone has checked out an article of mine that was published in the US? Just do a search on google, "hemmings motor news calcutta concours". I would appreciate any comments.

Here's a lovely 1963 fiat I also saw, still being driven by it's original owner, but for how long and where will it end up?
Here's three cars from the Club's President's Stable
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Make that 2 Standards, boss!

Note that buggered up beige Herald mk1, 2 cars away from the Morris! I presume these cars are in line to be restored, given their present state.

Aside, Karl had told us about 'Picklu' Deka; there is even an orkut page dedicated to him. Despite his being in an ordinary occupation as a govt. employee, his efforts to rescue and restore so many various vintage/classic cars/bikes is indeed commendable!
Here's a few cars with all the photos taken of them.
Should have done this first and while I was there ask details of each car but having time constraints was lucky to take as many photos.
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Here's a few cars with all the photos taken of them.
Should have done this first and while I was there ask details of each car but having time constraints was lucky to take as many photos.
Be great if the experts could identify the cars.
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Be great if the experts could identify the cars.
MORE OF THE SAME GOOD STUFF.
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Wonderful! Thanks a ton John! Here is one (Pickloo) helluva vintage car collector living next door (well, almost) and I came to know about it while sitting continents apart

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Should have shown all photos of each car, sorry for any duplicate photos.
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John...contacts details of Pickloo. I am going to Guwahti on the 1st of March
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Very commendable stuff, some real jewels left over there. My uncle spent many years in the army in Assam in the 50s with some Germans laying oil pipes and rigs. He always tells me of specialised VW contraptions thay had brought with them and left behind. He would also tell me that they would buy and cook and eat a whole chicken each day for 1 rupee.

I wonder if a Kubelwagen or two are languishing there. Picklu also claimed he had a 1942 VW, which I doubt is the correct year. Did you see anything like an early VW there John?

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/621898-post124.html

I also wonder how that powder blue 57 Fiat has its wheelcaps held on - they are of a different fitting compared to the wheel, and would usually have a bolt through the centre to make it fit. Im intrigued.

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Wow!! I remember reading about this person somewhere, I guess in TOI. Do u have any more pictures of the two wheelers sir?
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A few more cars tucked away by his home.



Thought you would enjoy a photo of a pro-type heavy moving tank that I saw being tested out just north of Guwahati.

A Traction


I must say, this gentleman shows true passion for old cars.

Kind regards

Aditya

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