Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC) meets for their inaugural drive of the winter season
Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC), an active historic vehicle group based out of Kolkata, the capital city of the state of West Bengal in the eastern region of India, held their first meet and drive of the winter season on Sunday, the 20th of October, 2019.
Nine classic cars, including a sexy Triumph Spitfire MkIII in fire engine red, met under the mild noon sun in front of the city’s historic Town Hall. Traditional Indian sweetmeats were distributed to all the members present – a ritual followed in India to mark an auspicious event, such as this inaugural drive of the season. After a half hour session of catching up and swapping stories (but of course all classic vehicle related!), the group left for the suburbs of the city, stopping midway in convoy for the public to have a better look at the cars. The drive ended at a country club where again, the historic vehicles were lined up for the public to enjoy.
CDC’s first drive of the season included a first time participant, an immaculately restored 1968 Fiat 1100D (Indian assembled). Another Indian assembled 1963 Fiat 1100 103H, now a regular at the drives, recently attended the 4 day long FHVI Royal Classic Dasara Drive from Bangalore to Mysore towards the end of September, with a team of 4. After the event, the team drove the little Fiat back from southern India to eastern India, covering a distance of roughly 2,300 kms. in a driving time of 56 hours without facing any car related issue.
A rapidly increasing network of interstate highways with driver friendly infrastructure is now encouraging historic vehicle owners in India to go touring over large distances in their classics and meeting up with fellow enthusiasts in other cities to enable a closer pan India historic vehicle community.
Founded in 2017, CDC has so far met for roughly 25 drives, organised events and club displays and the group firmly believes in their tagline – ‘For the joy of motoring’.
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