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Old 27th May 2009, 01:42   #1
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We've all had at some point or the other, interesting experiences to share or stories to tell, about our beloved Vintage / Classic wheels.
Like the time when my dear father, driving his Wolseley Eight, freshly restored and painted, was offered a role in an ad film by a self styled "producer". After much talk, he realized it was the car he wanted to picturize, and not my father .
Do share stories of your own, and lighten up this otherwise serious but hugely informative Forum.
I'll start with one myself:
When my Fiat 1100 MRX 6839 was freshly out, shod with whitewalls et al, and me keen as ever to show her off. I park her at a parking lot in south Mumbai. Drivers stare. As I get to wiping dust off her hood, a smiling driver decides to chat me up..
"Bahut junnaa hai na ?" (very old car, no ?)
me: haan.
"Sab nayaa banaaya kya?" (made her up like new, eh?)
I like a proud father, proceeded to give him a discourse on the finer points of what all the car had gone through. At the end of my lecture, the poor driver, in a semi sympathetic tone, exclaimed:
"itnaa saara kharchaa kiyaa, toh usse ahhha NAYAA gaadi hi kyon nahin liyaa ?!?" ( instead of spending so much on this old car, why didn't you simply buy a NEW car ?)
I wished the earth would swallow him up then and there.
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Old 27th May 2009, 15:02   #2
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the poor driver, in a semi sympathetic tone, exclaimed:
"itnaa saara kharchaa kiyaa, toh usse ahhha NAYAA gaadi hi kyon nahin liyaa ?!?".

You should have put him out of his misery !!



I do not own old cars but here are two anecdotes from rallies I have attended.

1) The TELCO Rolls Royce.

This car was exhibited at SSPMS ground in the mid nineties as a silver ghost.
I spoke to the Telco representative and mentioned that it is too small to be a silver ghost.
He was greatly insulted and asked everyone around if the car looked 'small' to them.
He also questioned my sanity!

2) The Lancia.

This car is now owned by Harit on this forum & the picture is borrowed from the Cartier concours thread.

I saw this car at a Blue Diamond hotel rally around the same time.
Not sure who owned it then but it was accompanied by two young boys.

When I arrived I saw the then editor of a well known magazine harassing the boys.
I noticed his 'henchman' standing by and asked him if it was indeed Mr. Great Editor.
The henchman gave me a conspiratorial smile as if to say 'watch the fun'.

The great editor said "I know people like you, you chop up cars, make things up, fool everyone".

the boys gave some polite reply.

The great edotor said "Ill tell you what this is, its a Lambda chassis, so-and-so body and...",

"excuse me sir" I said "the lambda was a monocoque, it did not have a seperate chassis".

Great editor was a bit irritated & flustered "Thats what I mean...... you have chopped the unibody....."

somehow he lost steam after that, made some excuse and walked away.



Am I not a great guy??

Cheers

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1) The TELCO Rolls Royce.

This car was exhibited at SSPMS ground in the mid nineties as a silver ghost.
I spoke to the Telco representative and mentioned that it is too small to be a silver ghost.
He was greatly insulted and asked everyone around if the car looked 'small' to them.
He also questioned my sanity!
Indeed. The car is displayed in a glass enclosure in the factory premises. I must dig up the photo. There is a large sign board with letters in bold silver script proudly proclaiming the model as "Silver Ghost". I later pointed it out to the gentlemen who was graciously showing us around, but I could sense plenty hostility.
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...I must dig up the photo....
Kya "dig up the photo" Karlos - you're in the 21st century now !

Here it is, already posted by you :
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-19...tml#post777943

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Kya "dig up the photo" Karlos - you're in the 21st century now !

Here it is, already posted by you :
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-19...tml#post777943
Yes indeedy but at work it it wouldn't be appreceated to ignore other pressing concerns

Actually I had posted it in some Fiat thread earlier, as this was a Fiat club visit to the Tata Motors plant.
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