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Old 6th February 2019, 23:55   #1
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Default The 50th Statesman Vintage Car Rally, Kolkata on 3rd February 2019

The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally, 2019 was organised on 3rd February 2019 at the old venue viz. Fort William Parade Ground of the Indian Army's Eastern Command in Kolkata.

Incidentally, this was its Golden jubilee year and the posters showed it as a grand event. Other than the posters displaying it, there was not much pomp and show about the Golden Jubilee which obviously needed to have been celebrated with a greater zeal. It is no mean feat to keep on organising such a gala event since 50 years. And to start with, 1969 was a year and the era when there was virtually no recognition of anything vintage on wheels by the classes and masses. Only a handful of collectors and some afcionados took the vintage beauties seriously.

Nearly 150 cars and more than 40 two wheelers participated in the event. The oldest was a 1906 Renault Freres, while the newer ones were classics from the 1960's. Indian branded classics were allowed for the first time ever, but restricted to 1965 or earlier. So we saw three Indian branded cars from Hindustan Motors as entries viz. a Landmaster and two Ambassadors. The floodgates had been opened for classic Standards and Fiats with the "Made in India' tag earlier. These were foreign brands. The irony then was that a 1947 Hindustan 10 would not be allowed entry, while a 1965 Standard Herald could make it. That era is all over now.

The judgement day was on 2nd February 2019, while the Rally got flagged off from 9.00 a.m. onwards on Sunday 3rd February, 2019. The first car to arrive after completing the route was the car # 2 a 1912 Standard Coventry (featured in the first picture) belonging to Mr Pramod Kumar Mittal. The car was back within 59 minutes flat.

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Thank you for sharing these photos. Eagerly and greedily looking forward to more. :-)
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This is a 1928 Daimler Double Six type 30Q from Kanpur, has made an appearance after 60 plus years. Little is known on the history of the car and when it was imported. At some point re-bodied in then Calcutta, but no further information was available. The body was in a major state of disrepair and was jacked and kept for many many years in Kanpur.

As per Brian Smith's Daimler historian, we can deduce that - "From the Stratton Instones, Agents for Daimler, there is a possibility that this car was build for their Managing Director, Mr. Joseph Makle and was coupe in grey colour. The car was registered in 1928".

History repeats itself in that, this massive car was rebodied and restored by the workshop of Mr. Sanjay Ghosh. Hence it was rebodied for the second time in now Kolkata!

From the way this car was, it is a massive achievement. Great to have this car back ticking. The massive 7.1 litre, 12 cylinder, sleeve valve engine belches white smoke.

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This 1906 Renault has had a major restoration. Has been with the Kanoria family for many many years and has been a very regular feature at the Statesman Rally. Always leads to Statesman Rally being the oldest car!

Shrivardhan Kanoria, has done a complete restoration on this car. The quality of restoration is excellent and car looks outstanding. Attracted a lot of attention as she flawlessly performed in the rally.

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Shrivardhan and I pose for a TBHP photo!
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Mr Arnab Basu with his 1948 Rover

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The 1913 Gebruder Stoewer (1500 cc , 4 cyl) of Mr Ananda Chowdhury

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1951 Ford Mercury won six prestigious prizes, including
  1. Andrew Yule trophy- Best restored amongst vintage & classic cars
  2. Oberoi Grand trophy - Best restored classic car
  3. Commissioner of Police Trophy- Best maintained car built between 1940- 1955
  4. The Statesman Trophy- Best overall performance by a classic car

Also it set the record for the highest all time Judging Score in the Statesman Rally. Considering that this was the 50th year, and topping the Judges Scoring Charts is no mean effort.

The Mercury is easily recognizable with its Toothy front grill
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The whitewalls enhances the looks of the car
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Ready for Judging
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Notice the Suicide Rear Doors
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Nice clean rear lines
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Sports a V8 4.2L Engine,
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With the Prizes
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Congratulation to the Father & Son restoration team of Pallab and Saurav Roy, standing proudly with the car. Considering that they are relatively new to the restoration business, they have set very high standards. For this unassuming father and son duo, to score that highest ever Judges Score, that too in the landmark the 50th edition, is a massive achievement One must remember that Kolkata boast of some veteran and very high quality restorers.
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More pictures from 02/02/2019 - Judgment day

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The Six Volt electrical system still retained in this Plymouth Super Deluxe. Incidentally this 1948 Plymouth was earlier owned by renowned maestro Hemant Mukherjee.

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This 1957 Dodge is the Kolkata Police Commissioner Car. This has been in very long term ownership and a very regular participant in the Statesman

Dodge Kingsway still in ownership of Kolkata Police
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The Commissioner of Police Trophy- Best maintained car built between 1940- 1955, is inspired by this car. The detailing clearly shows the above Dodge in the trophy.
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The famous Satyanarayan Temple Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Chassis 6UE made a surprised entry at the Statesman. First owner was Rudyard Kipling who part exchanged it for a P1.

Originally a 1920 Hooper limousine, royal green and black. Brought to India ca. 1929 as per the experts on TBHP.

More details here (Classic Rolls Royces in India)

The originally body, before it was re-furbished/re-bodied and shipped to India
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The car is now used for religiously ceremonies. The body is chopped and a platform has been installed so that the idol can be placed during the processions.

The Spirit of Ecstacy stands tall among the ruins!
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The rear shows how massive the platform is!
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Reversing requires a helper to guide
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Crude dash exists
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This is a tragedy for vintage car lovers. Cannot imaging a Silver Ghost so badly abused. But the current owners apparently do not have materialistic desires like us enthusiast!

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