Luxury on Wheels

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the 1934 Packard Tourer. the 1934 Packard Tourer.
SummaryWith its third edition scheduled for February, Cartier Travel with Style Concours D’Elegance’s exclusive preview celebrated India’s love for vintage cars and bikes.

20th century to 1919) and the Limousine Class. “Other classes that have already been introduced at previous editions are the Indian Heritage Class and the Purdah Class (automobiles that had tinted glass windows and netting in keeping with the purdah practice),” Singh said.

The event also saw the owners of the automobiles on display at the preview, express their love for their proud possessions. Viveck Goenka, chairman and managing director, The Express Group, who owns the 1934 Packard Tourer, said that all his vintage cars were in absolute running condition. “Three of my cars — a 1926 Chrysler, a 1933 Studebaker and a 1949 Chevrolet convertible — will be part of the Concours 2013,” he said. Yash Ruia, owner of the 1947 MG TC and 1947 Rolls Royce Wraith, said that a vintage car’s appeal lies in its originality and working condition. “The availability of spare parts plays an important role when I decide to acquire a vintage car,” he said.

According to Singh, the competition notwithstanding, the show is ultimately about presenting India to the world. “We will have an international jury comprising eminent personalities and experts, such as John Todd (of the Todd Corporation), Gordon Murray (designer of F1 cars) and Stirling Moss (former F1 driver). The idea is not just to showcase luxury makes, but cars that speak of Indian heritage too,” he said.

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