Vintage classics set to hit city roads on Sunday

The Vintage and Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) will host the Vintage Car Fiesta in Pune on Sunday, December 23. Slated to feature cars that fall in the categories of 'antique', 'vintage', 'post-War classics', 'non-classics' and 'recent classics', the event has till now got confirmation of 40 cars. There will also be vintage motorcycles ranging from the Pre-World War-I era to the recent classics.

"India has the largest collection of vintage cars in the world. There are around 1,800 such cars in India, and around 60-80 of them are in Pune. The fiesta will see the cars travel a total distance of 30 km with each car getting an individual flag-off at the starting point, which is the Radisson Hotel in Kharadi," says VCCCI president Nitin Dossa.

While the number of cars that also includes last-minute entries is likely to cross over 60, Dossa, an avid car collector himself, cites two major reasons behind the fewer cars participating in the fiesta.

"The main reason for a lot of owners not entering their cars is that the Cartier International Vintage Car Show will be happening in Mumbai in February shortly. Besides, the holiday season is starting, due to which people are not entering their cars," he says.

Dossa adds: "More than a rich man's hobby, it is about the enthusiasts who take pride in their cars and restore them. However, the reason why most owners cannot enter all their cars in such rallies is the unavailability of drivers. Being really old, these cars need special care to ensure that they are in a good working condition."

The rally, nevertheless, will be boasting of an impressive collection of cars. Among them are Rolls Royces owned by the Poonawalla family, Chevrolet Impalas, the London Taxi, Mercedes 1977 convertible and Buicks.

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