Wheel-O-City

An Impala used by Indira Gandhi, another vehicle owned by John Travolta and the bike from the movie Bobby (1973) among others were showcased at The Pune Fiesta, a vintage car exhibition organised by the Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI). Seventy seven vintage and classic cars and three motorbikes were flagged off from Radisson Hotel, Kharadi, at 9 am to return to the same venue at 12 noon. The crème de la crème of the city were present to participate in the event. The oldest car was a 1924 Rover, owned by Fali Dhondy, who bought the car in London. "The first engine overhaul was done after 3 lakh kms. Such was the hardiness of these cars," recalls Dhondy. The cars were flagged off in the order of their "age" by Tim Leverton of Tata Motors. A 1928 Ford A, a 1936 Austin owned by the Sable Brothers, a 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom owned by Yohan Poonawala, a 1947 Rolls Royce earlier used by Lord Mountbatten and entered by Yash Ruia were the show stealers. Dnyaneshwar Chavan, DCP (Intelligence) and Vijay Kumawat, PMC city beautification head, were also present at the event. Prizes were given in different categories for the cars that were showcased. Yohan Poonawala's 1937 Phantom III bagged the prize for the best maintained vintage car built before December 31, 1940, whereas Feroz Mehta's 1962 Super Select Fiat won the prize for the best maintained Indian classic car. Dr. Fali Dhondy's 1924 Rover was declared as the most original car and Subhas Sanas' London Taxi was named the most unique car. In the motorcycle category, the prize for best original motorcycle built before December 31, 1960 went to Siddarth Darade's 1947 Royal Enfield and best maintained motorcycle went to Sachin Oswal's 1938 BSA.

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