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A new club in Delhi aims to brings together enthusiasts with a common passion their love for old scooters.

We are here for scooter lovers of any age, caste, creed or gender. Come ride with the DSC", reads the introduction of the Delhi Scooter Club, on their Facebook page. Started by 23-year-old Varun Katiyar last month, this one-of-its-kind scooter club in the Capital welcomes the "proud owners of scooters" who have one thing in common — the love for "old-fashioned machines".

The club that so far has 185 'likes' on its Facebook page, was started with the idea of "riding together in a group". It gives its members the opportunity to go on long rides, eat together, attend musical evenings and hold discussions on how to improve the engine quality and revamp the scooters that they bought many years ago.

A video of the popular scooter ad from the '90s, titled Hamara Bajaj — posted on the home page — brings back memories of the old-fashioned scooter model that was once a common sight on the roads in the country.

As for the club, there is no joining fee, it's all for the fun of it. For instance, when the group members ride from point A to point B, the final destination is not the focus. Rather, the time spent on the way matters.

The idea of starting such a club struck Katiyar, a final-year college student, when he got extremely late for a party one night. After his newly bought bike gave up on him at the last moment, he turned to his scooter, which was almost eight years old at that time. The vintage model turned out to be the hero for him that night. He says, "It is a wonderful mode of transport. It deserves much better support. Your grandfather and father probably owned it when India got its freedom, and many people still own it in small towns. People need to notice that it is reliable, safe, low-maintenance and causes lesser pollution as compared to motorbikes."

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