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Rare vintage vehicles on show for drought relief

Old yet mobile, 60 vintage cars and 20 motorcycles from 1900 onwards will be displayed at an exhibition for charity, in aid of the Chief Minister’s Drought Relief Fund for drought-ridden areas of Maharashtra from 19 to 21 April, here at the picturesque Mahalaxmi Racecourse.

Owner Nitin G Dossa, president, Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) told Millennium Post, ‘A 1933 Phaeton Hudson 7-seater Open Tourer – the only such surviving car in the world – will be also on display.

‘The Hudson manufacturing company closed down but a Hudson Club in Atlanta was amazed to hear that I have the only such car in the world and they invited me to visit America with the vehicle.’

The other oldies include the Maharana of Kutch’s 1931 Chrysler Hudson, a rare 6-cylinder Open Tourer, 1929 Mercedes Noomburg, 1933 Studebaker Commander Convertible, 1903 Hummerette Humber, Pontiac Fire Bird Convertible, 1915 Model T Ford and a 1911 Triumph.

Dossa said that the VCCCI had held a similar exhibition 18 to 20 years ago for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, with Rs two lakhs being collected then. He further added that the present exhibition will witness an entry fee of Rs 100 per person and hopes for a bigger collection to aid the thirsty villages in the state.

‘Maharashtra should have a museum for these vintage cars and bikes,’ Dossa said, while adding that these vehicles are very difficult to maintain as their spares are either imported or made to order in India.
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