Just like every year in Mumbai, the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) conducted a rally of vintage cars and bikes this republic day, in association with the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA).
These vehicles hold a lot of relevance, and also create awareness about the advent of motorcars, and two-wheelers.Nitin Dossa’s (Executive Chairman of WIAA, Chairman of VCCC)
The rally started from Port House at Ballard Estate and covered Asiatic Library, Regal Cinema, Marine Drive, Babulnath Road, Peddar Road, Haji Ali, and Worli Sea face, and end at WIAA at Churchgate. The whole show lasted for about two hours with around 100 cars and motorbikes taking part in it.
If you missed VCCCI Vintage Care Rally 2023 this republic day in Mumbai, here are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of the vintage beauty.
- The first-ever license plate on a car in the world was issued in France in 1893, through the Paris Ordinance.
- The first car came to India in 1897 and it was owned by The Crompton Greaves boss, an Englishman named Foster.
- Jamsetji Tata was the first Indian to own a car.
- The landmark decade in the history of Indian car manufacturing was the 1940s when companies like Hindustan Motors, Premier, Mahindra and Mohammed (1945), and Tata Motors (1945) started to manufacture cars.
- The year 1954 was a turning point in Indian car history as leading assemblers such as General Motors and Ford decided to leave India.
- The Hindustan Motors Ambassador was basically a Morris Oxford Series III, from Britain. It was manufactured in Kolkata through a technical collaboration with Morris Motors, UK.
- In the year 1972 Hindustan Motors brought Vauxhall victor transplanting its ageing Ambassador engine into it, and thus Contessa was born.
- The dominance of Hindustan Motors and Premier was later challenged by a new entrant, Maruti Udyog Limited in the 1980s.
- Post-liberalisation, the alliance between Maruti and Suzuki was the first joint venture between an Indian company and a foreign one in 1982. The Maruti 800 was launched in 1983 from this joint venture.
Thanks to the Vibgyor Team and Lumix Mumbai for organizing this photo walk on this republic day in Mumbai and providing such an excellent opportunity to click vintage cars on the streets of Mumbai.
Thanks to VCCCI for conducting such a wonderful event which just made my day!