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Old 10th January 2011, 22:11   #46
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Beautiful photographs..

John, your dear WBF 1 looks sweet as ever !

WBA 2701 - the Fiat 1100 Familiare is very interesting - probably the only known one in India ??
Bumpu did a great complete engine rebuild plus some extras and just purchased a new Solex today to be fited up next week.

Sweet indeed She is but, moves and roars like a Bengali Tiger!
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WBA 2701 - the Fiat 1100 Familiare is very interesting - probably the only known one in India ??
There do seem to be a few around. Another one is in Kerala, with a slight but grosse modification done on it! :(
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Here are more shots from Saturday when the cars are unadorned with number cards and surrounded we people.
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Again I was only able to be at the Rally in the morning and missed the Flag Off and the great commentary. Never seen the Army stadium and grounds so well turned out with the Army suited and booted. The entertainment was outstanding best ever.

There weren't as many new big Flashy cars this year which is always a treat to see BUT there were so many affordable drivable cars there that is the back bone our our "Movement"
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The grotesque old "sons of the soil" cars are a grim reminder of the glorious past of Kolkata. It was a major trading centre and the industrialists paradise much like Mumbai and most of the old time industrialist tycoons like the Birlas,Mittals,Goenkas,Poddars and many more had their bases in Kolkata.Even the Tatas had major business interests in Kolkata, as it was the nearest metro from one of their oldest business ventures, M/s Tata Steel and Locomotives.
Apart from this, many old time Bengali families too owned exotic automobiles.Long before Mumbai became the Bollywood hub centre,Kolkata was also a hub for Hindi movies and music. The New Theatres was located here. Prithiviraj Kapoor, K.L. Saigal, Pankaj Mullick among many others started their careers with The New Theatres, Kolkata and later shifted their base to Mumbai in the early 1940's.
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Nice, really nice pictures, thanks all !

The Austin with the 'rear wheel arch cover' looks really special - never seen one like that.

Are many of the hood ornaments after-market ? The Gnome-like figure on the Ford, a Swan here, an Eagle there, for example - many look like whimsical additions- nice, though .

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Nice, really nice pictures, thanks all !

The Austin with the 'rear wheel arch cover' looks really special - never seen one like that.

Are many of the hood ornaments after-market ? The Gnome-like figure on the Ford, a Swan here, an Eagle there, for example - many look like whimsical additions- nice, though .
I think they all are.

My all time favourite is the 1919 Ace, unfortunately not here as it is used quite regularly to drive to work and I heard that the engine needs some repair.

Here's a few of the more interesting hood ordainments.
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Nice, really nice pictures, thanks all !

The Gnome-like figure on the Ford, a Swan here, an Eagle there, for example - many look like whimsical additions- nice, though .
Hi Super Select,

That eagle mascot on the Crossley may be the official mascot for the Jodhpur Royal garages, as I recall the Jodhpur fleet of cars all having these. Anybody have any more info on this as in could the Crossley have once been a Jodhpur car?

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lovely cars in a lovely city.Hats off to the late Mr Irani and Bikram Singh and presently Mr Ravinder kumar for organising the Statesman rally both in calcutta and delhi year after year in the cool months of jan and feb respectively.I am informed that the delhi rally is fixed for feb 13th.Hopefully in delhi we will get a preview of the cars likely to grace the cartier event slated for the 11 th 12th and 13th of march.Calcutta has some very pretty cars.hope to see them at the Cartier show.
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Hello Everyone,

Seems like everyone else has covered all the cars that had come to the rally this year. Here is a list of cars that had been entered this year. I will upload a set of photographs i took at the rally, soon.

One thing i must say, the boom the vintage section on team bhp had over the past couple of years seems to have faded away now. People seem to have lost interest in posting pictures and asking others. Its more like people are posting so let them post and we will read and sit back and have a good laugh after that.

Hope the mods and the gurus of this section don't hammer me for this post of mine.

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The second was this 1934 Skoda. I'm a sucker for the oddball engineering which went into that age's European brands. For example, note that the wheels on this car have a negative camber at rest. When it is loaded, the wheels straighten

Also, the only suspension front and rear is in the form of an inverted leaf spring.
Thank you for sharing this vital information and concept of the front suspension of the Skoda. I learnt something new from you today.

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Some of the care are never seen before, the maserschmitt, the MGA both look good. I haven't MGA before here?
The Messerschmitt is not new in the Kolkata rally's. I think last year we hardly took pictures of the cars on the main day of the rally so might have missed it out or probably last year the car was not entered.

The MGA is also another old car in the Kolkata rally's. It used to belong to Late. Mr. Shashi Kanoria first and then changed hands i don't know how many times and came to Mr. Gautam Mukherjee, he restored it and entered it in the rally a few times and then sold the car again to Late. Mr. Shashi Kanoria and he restored it to its present condition. This car was entered last year as well. I am not sure about the year before that as i didn't attend the rally that year.


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Plymouth Coupe of Dhramaditya Patnaik; he now owns nearly 40 vintage and classic cars!
Sir any idea what are the cars in his Stable ? I had once started a thread hoping to get to know the cars in his stable but unfortunately not a single one contributed to the thread. I remember a Member telling me that i should not try finding out since the owner might not be happy if the privacy of the cars he has is disclosed in a public forum. I hope he doesn't mind me trying to find again about the cars owned by the person being quoted above. I Beg to get my answer this time.


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I drove my friend's 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300S, the green super bug and boy is she a hoot to drive. With the 1600cc power plant and discs up front, she is better than a number of moderns.
I am sure you must have had lots of fun driving this car. I hope you didn't have any problems with car before or during the rally. Hope to get a ride in your friend's car sometime soon.

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Guys im a total NOOB about vintages.Have been seeing the kanorias collection since I was young as they stay next to our place in southern avenue.

They also own a white MG with red grill and red seats.Where was that this time?Is it sold?
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Guys im a total NOOB about vintages.Have been seeing the kanorias collection since I was young as they stay next to our place in southern avenue.
What does "NOOB" mean? I am sorry, i'm a bit slow on the up take. Could you please care to explain?

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They also own a white MG with red grill and red seats.Where was that this time?Is it sold?
They USED to own a white MG as correctly described by you. The car has changed hands and has gone to another collector in Calcutta. Would also like to add that the White MG got itself a new grill last year and did away with the red one.
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2 videos from the rally-

Skoda Engine roaring.



Ride in SP_Kolkata's Austin 10.

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Can see a few classic VW's in the list, any pictures of those?
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