The Madras Heritage Motoring Club (MHMC), based in Chennai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu in south India, recently held their annual club show between the 17th and 18th of August, 2019. The city of Chennai is popularly referred to as the ‘Detroit of India’ since it is a major hub of automobile and auto ancillary companies. The event, known as ‘The Chennai Heritage Auto Show’, in association with the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India, and member of FIVA, marked its 18th year this year. Originally an event to display club members vintage and classic cars and two wheelers, the club has, over the years, welcomed vintage and classic vehicles from other parts of India and this was evident from this year’s event, where a number of heritage vehicles from other cities took part in the event. This year the club had the privilege of associating with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and presenting a talk on ‘’A historical view of automobiles and transportation in Chennai’’ by Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies. He was a member of the board at Tata Motors and the Chief Executive Officer of TATA Motors’ Car business in its formative years, reporting to Mr. Ratan Tata. During this [...]
March 26, 2019 Dear Mr. President and Members of the GC, Thank you very much for all your support, appreciation and kind words. It was our pleasure to host you all here in Bangalore. Our three days with everyone was very memorable. We all appreciated the kindness and the warmth of all the GC members present and really missed Howard, Jos and Paul. It was a great union of like-minded people who share the same passion. Interacting with each one of you individually, we came to appreciate the kind of devotion and commitment you all and FIVA have to the cause of the historic vehicle movement. As you all must have realized that the Indian HV movement is not a young one, even if many of the enthusiasts you met were quite young. It’s just that despite the so-called representation of India in FIVA was for more than two decades, we were allowed to meet and interact with FIVA only since 2014. All thanks to the momentous meeting we had with you Patrick, at Retromobile 2014. When we participated in the exhibition of Cars of the Maharajas in Paris. Since then, you may have also noticed that we have been regularly present at the FIVA General Assembly in significant numbers, also we participated wholeheartedly in FIVA’s 50th [...]
For the first time since FIVA’s founding in 1966 that the General Council (GC) had its meeting in Bangalore, India’s fast growing tech city. Seven members of the GC – Patrick Rollet, Mario Theissen, Peter Edqvist, Tiddo Brester, Tony Davies, Gautam Sen and Natasa Jerina Grom – along with Gian Mario Mollar, FIVA’s Secretary General, discussed the many issues and concerns regarding the historic vehicle movement across the Globe. With a full day that lasted until 6pm of Friday and a half day session to complete the rest of the discussion and deliberations on Saturday the 16th of March, FIVA’s GC had a very fruitful one-and-a-half day session at the Oakwood Residency, a charming apartment hotel complex in Bangalore’s exclusive UB City mall. To celebrate the occasion, the hosting organisation Federation of Historical Vehicles of India (FHVI) went to elaborate lengths to put up an excellent exhibition of 42 exquisite historic vehicles – ranging from a tiny, but enthusiastic Austin Seven to a giant of a Mercedes-Benz Nurburg – on the forecourt of the mall, whereby thousands of enthusiasts and spectators enjoyed looking at and photographing these rare beauties. In the afternoon of the 16th of February, the Delhi-based Osianama Learn [...]
CLASSIC DRIVERS OF CALCUTTA (CDC) MARKS ITS 17TH MEET
Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC) had its 17th meeting on Sunday, 25th November 2018. A classic car drivers group based out of Kolkata, in the eastern part of India, CDC was started by 3 avid classic car enthusiasts, Souvik Ghose Chaudhuri, Rupak Ghosh and Prithvi Nath Tagore on the 10th of April 2017. Their belief that classic cars need to be driven in order to preserve their roadworthiness as also to create interest amongst the younger generations was the basis for starting CDC. The group firmly believes that the joy of owning classic vehicles is only fully realized when they are driven, just as they were when new.
Since its inception, CDC has had sixteen events with last Sunday’s marking their seventeenth. The events have included drives on national highways, displays at country clubs and regular Sunday town jaunts which are typically followed by members ribbing each other about their cars over sandwiches and coffee! All the meets have been funded by the members individually without any outside financial support.