Pune: On Sunday, when 83-year-old Abbas took out his 1903 Humber on to the roads of Pune, he took pride in the fact that the car covered 25 km as visitors and vintage car enthusiasts looked on in awe.
This 115-year old vehicle, older than the owner himself, was part of over a 100 vintage cars and bikes on display at the Vintage Car Fiesta at Radisson Blu in Kharadi on Sunday.
The event, organised by the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI), received an overwhelming response from vintage car enthusiasts.
“This car was not functional when I received it but today I covered 25 km in it," Abbas said. "I even covered 150 km in Delhi which was blissful."
Abbas owns 41 cars, some belonging to celebrities such as Mahmood, Naseeruddin Shah and Shashi Kapoor.
The vehicles on display at the Fiesta had been maintained in pristine condition and had people devoted solely to the restoration of the vehicle.
“The spares are extremely difficult to get hold of and we have to maintain the old parts to avoid the hassle of new parts. These parts aren't even available abroad,” said Jehangir Foroogh, who owned a 1927 AJs H7, one of the oldest racing motorcycles in India in functional condition.
One of the youngest contestants at the event was Arihant Talera who had seven of his cars on display. 20-year-old Arihant, a true vintage car lover, had his Rolls Royce Silver shadow at the front, gleaming with a 16-layer paint coat. This car was really a sight to behold. Arihant has flown in more than 500 parts from the UK for this beautiful beast. Arihant also had his 1964 Impala, 1982 Mercedes, 1946 Desoto and 1934 Ford model B on display at the event.
“One of the reasons we organise this event is that the vintage car owners can come together, also the younger generation really needs to see these cars. It feels like we are passing on knowledge from one generation to another when we tell these youngsters about our cars or adventures,” said Nitin G Dossa, Chairman of Vintage and Classic Car Federation of India (VCCFI).