The sixth Parx Super Car Show kicked off at 8am on January 12, as the participants and their cars assembled at the parking lot of Vidhan Bhavan in South Mumbai. However, even before the cars started rolling in, eager enthusiasts armed with DSLR cameras had taken their places at the railings, keen to snap that perfect frame.
For those unfamiliar with the Parx Super Car Show, it’s an annual event where members of the Super Car Club of India gather in Mumbai with their cars, and then drive in a convoy through the city. It’s also a great opportunity for the city’s petrolheads to get a glimpse of some of the country’s most exotic machinery all in one place.
Although the number of cars participating this year was fewer than last year’s show, seeing them all lined up was certainly an awe-inspiring sight. A fleet of Lamborghinis greeted spectators as they walked into the lot – orange, yellow, green, and one unique chrome-wrapped Lamborghini Gallardo that was a huge hit with the crowds. Right across from the Lamborghinis was a line of Ferraris, and the gathering of cars extended to Rolls-Royces, Audis, BMWs, Porsches, Mercedes, Aston Martins, Bentleys, a Maserati and even a vintage Volkswagen Beetle.
However, this year’s special attraction was a 1932 Ford ‘Rebel’ hot rod. Assembled in Bangalore and being driven on Indian roads for the first time, it is powered by a 500bhp Chevrolet V8 engine that can get it to a top speed of 200kph. It’s also a great sounding engine, as Super Car Club founding Chairman Gautam Singhania demonstrated when he revved it up for an ecstatic audience.
Despite the lower car count compared to last year, the parade through the city, as always, gathered huge crowds. The petrolheads of Mumbai woke up and hit the streets early, taking their places to try and spot their favourite supercar as it rolled by. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link turned into a carnival with enthusiasts, young and old, waiting for the super cars to zoom past. The participants were kind to the crowds, slowing down every now and then to let them get a closer look.
The route was different from last year, starting from Nariman Point and going via Walkeshwar, Malbar Hill and Haji Ali on to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, but this time only till the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). The convoy then headed back from BKC via the same route to assemble at the Vidhan Bhavan parking lot again, giving the crowds one last chance to gawp at their dream machines, before going their separate ways.