Very like a gathering of uncommon and unique birds of paradise, April 14, 2019 noticed classic and traditional automotive beauties from all around the nation assemble within the coastal state’s capital metropolis for an occasion that didn’t fail in stealing one’s breath away.
The third version of the 2019 Goa Classic Bike and Automobile Competition offered by the Division of Tourism Goa and run by Promoting Associates, noticed over 125 individuals. The Inox Courtyard – a colonial-era construction that dates again to the 1800s – performed host to classic and traditional vehicles and bikes of varied shapes and hues.
The rally was flagged off by the Chief Electoral Officer, Goa, and made its approach by way of Miramar seashore circle, alongside the enduring Mandovi river promenade. The group then took a U-turn at Statue of Abbe Faria (Outdated Secretariat), and looped again to the start line.
Main the contingent was Suraj and Manoj Caculo’s immaculately restored 1921 Citroën Torpedo Sport, an equally valuable 1923 Fiat 501 and a 1951 Mercury eight. The presence of three Minis in two completely different physique types, together with a 1959 Morris Mini (the very first to be imported into India) and a 1960 Mini Traveller – each belonging to Milind Angle – was a uncommon sight certainly. So was David Menezes’ 1960 Austin Mini Minor. Mayur Lotlikar displayed three completely different Chevrolet fashions, belonging to ’28, ’32 and ‘61.
Viveck Goenka and his spouse Zita Goenka showcased 9 vehicles, together with the extremely prized 1929 Mercedes-Benz Nürburg and a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE convertible. Additionally they entered XXL-sized American extravagances like a 1961 Ford Thunderbird (which as soon as belonged to the Maharaja of Gwalior), a 1949 Cadillac, an especially uncommon 1936 Wire, a 1934 Packard eight, a 1951 Chevrolet Truck and a 1973 Mustang convertible.
Shrinivas Dempo introduced his 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood to the Competition, whereas Jatin Pal Singh showcased his distinctive 1961 Willys Wagon and 1967 Mercedes-Benz W115 220d together with 4 extra bikes. The curator of the present, Pradeep Naik (additionally the proprietor of Ashvek classic world) displayed a Mercedes 1983 W123 limousine and a collection of traditional Fiats.
Dr Althea de. I. Barbosa was current on the occasion together with her VW 1960 1600L notchback, Fernando Almeida showcased a uncommon 1960 Simca and Sandesh Sirsat introduced in his 1960 Wolseley. Viraj Dhond made an look together with his 1960 Mercedes-Benz Ponton and 1976 Mercedes-Benz 220d sedans and Deepak Bandekar was additionally there together with his 1961 Mercedes-Benz Fintail 220S. Ryan and Keith Braganza introduced their 1973 VW Bay Window Bus and customized pickup truck based mostly on a Hindustan Ambassador. Dilip Shetye bought his 1959 Beetle – a automotive that has been owned by his household in Goa ever because it was new.
The 1959 Cadillac Limousine belonging to the Governor’s home (initially owned by an ex-Governor of Goa) was a prized exhibit too. Manjunath Dukle’s 1942 Willys GPW, Rajesh Karwarkar’s ‘44 Ford Willys Jeep and Sancho Fernandes ‘65 Willys Jeep, all gave a rugged aptitude to proceedings.
Vikramaditya Desiappa turned up in his Toyota Celica, whereas Pravin Prakash, Lenish Namath, Avinash, Manjunath Janakiram, Shailender and Azrif Rashid drove their traditional Mercedes-Benz fashions of varied vintages all the best way from Bangalore. Even Sanjeev Halapanavar got here down from Belgaum in his Mercedes-Benz W123.
Notable among the many two-wheelers on the occasion had been Jatin Pal Singh’s 1954 BSA, Fenelon Rodrigues 1956 NSU moped, Baljeet Singh’s 1969 Vespa 150. Jehangir Faroogh drove in from Mumbai on his 1954 Triumph T110 650cc. Father and daughter duo of Sanjeev and Sailee Bhiwandkar rode down all the best way from Mumbai on their 1963 and 1967 Vespas and Anil Bhingarde introduced down two uncommon Lambrettas – considered one of which was a 1958 that when belonging to famend Yoga skilled BKS Iyengar.
Along with being a classic auto present, the Goa Classic Bike and Automobile Competition has additionally helped nourish curiosity for a brand new technology of fans – which is made clear seeing what number of young-timers or Trendy classics participated within the occasion.
Having been held in India’s vacationer capital, the lately concluded Goa Classic Bike and Automobile Competition drew in spectators by the droves, each locals and vacationers, alike. Wanting on the turnout on the occasion and keenness on show it's apparent that the occasion is marked on each fanatic’s calendar.