BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The picturesque Dhakuria Lake Club hosted the second edition of Vintage and Classic Car show on Sunday in collaboration with Calcutta Motor Group (CMG). Over 70 cars and 30 two-wheelers from the bygone era were showcased. Familiar faces (collectors and restorers) included Parthasadhan Bose, father and son duo Sanjoy and Rajiv Ghosh, ace restorer Shiv Vardhan Kanoria, Harjeet Singh Dhanjal (2-wheelers) and a few more.
The cars and two-wheelers were classified according to the genre, country and period it represented or manufactured.
Visitors, vintage and classic car aficionados were treated to eloquent and some very rare machines like the 1913 Stoewer, 1914 Wolseley Landaulette, a few Roll-Royces from 1920 to 1940s, 1926 Studebaker Erskine, a couple of Ford Model A’s, several Austins, MGs, a Bentley Tourer, Ford V8, Singer and Hilman.
Americana was represented by Cadillac, Plymouth, Buick, Desoto, Dodge and a modern classic Ford Mustang. A separate section was created for Italian Fiats and then there was place for our very own Ambassadors.
A few 4x4s also made their presence felt and included Willy’s Jeeps, a German Haflinger and Range Rover.
On the two wheeler section, the oldest bike on show was a Panther Sloper 600c, 1950’s era Norton Dominator Gardengate, BSA A7 Star Twin, BSA Bantam, Villiers, Ariel NH 350, Italian Vespa scooters, a Triumph 3HW Triumph Tiger, Royal Enfield Ensign and Lambretta moped.
Under the warm and pleasant day, owners, enthusiasts freely mingled with each other, shared interesting stories of their prized possessions.
The most intriguing car present at the show was the 1901 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow that was converted to a mobile temple by its owners, the Bagla family and is in regular use.