The Vintage and Classic Car Club of Chandigarh showcased its collection of colourful cars, all lined-up at the Rose Festival celebrations. The exhibition offered a unique experience for the car enthusiasts and non-gearheads alike. “We started around 10 years ago with five members only, and today we are 18 members with a collection of 25 plus cars. A few more are also in the pipeline but they are yet to be redone,” said Brigadier JS Phoolka, founder president of the club.
A 1925 born pink Austin was the oldest car in the collection. The next was a splendid 1932 Ford Tourer in blue and yellow. Apart from these, there were many other models of German, British and American origins. A 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster, 100% original car in the collection, has won several awards, including the medal for the most original maintained automobile, in the past.
“Some of the cars have been redone but with original machine parts and are referred to as original mint condition. There should be no ‘jugaad’ system when it comes to vintage collection as those cars cannot enter any competitions,” said Brigadier (retd) Phoolka.
Other note worthy cars showcased included Morris, Mercedes, 1952 MG, Volkswagen Beetle, Opel Kapitan, Citroën, Morris Oxford and Standard Triumph that later became Standard Herald. A French car, Citroën, had a unique outside gear box; it was designed this way but wasn’t commercially viable so it was taken off the market.
As much as these cars bring pride and joy to the owners, they are equally demanding with re gard to repair and preservation. A lot depends whether the car will be kept in mint condition or driven on roads. The club members feel that finding original parts is a huge challenge.
“It is easier to find partsarts of American cars, but quiteuite a challenge when it comess to German or British models,”ls,” said BS Manco, owner of the 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster.r.
The visitors also got a glimpse of the good oldd days through the exhibition. “These cars are very beautiful and attractive. The best part is that they have been maintained so well even after all these years,” said local resident Amit Avasthi.
“We are seeing such cars for the first time and thee experience has been wonder-rful,” said Radhika, a housewife,wife, a visitor.
“We are doing this for our ‘City Beautiful’ Chandigarh,”rh,” said the club members.