For over a decade, Motorcycle Connoisseur and PT’s Expert Columnist, Kerfegar Eduljee, has been one of the foremost names in the Motorcycle and Two-Wheeler Circuit. A judge by special invitation at the prestigious, annual Vintage and Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) event for the Motorcycle and Two-Wheeler Segment, Kerfegar has been honoured with numerous felicitations, including by the VCCCI. He shares a report about the recent ‘40th Annual Vintage Car Fiesta’, organized by VCCCI (Vintage & Classic Car Club of India) which took place in Mumbai, on 12th February, 2023, where he was once again invited as the judge.
The 5-year-old motorcycle that I cut my teeth on, is today 39. Many Classics of today will be tomorrow’s Vintage. Over the years, we have seen people come and go, but these glorious machines stay on. Last Sunday, the World Trade Centre was abuzz as the starting point of Mumbai’s numero uno Vintage & Classic automobile extravaganza, hosted by Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI).
Cars & Motorcycles of yore represented themselves in their finest – some under the ‘Best Restored’ and many under the ‘Best Maintained’ category, basis the year/era they fall under.
As a judge for the two-wheeler category, I had the privilege of seeing them up-close and listening to the owners passionately detail their efforts in resurrecting these classic beauties… a journey converting a mere heap of junk metal parts into wondrous automobiles that leave onlookers mesmerized…
Proud owners of over 150 classic and vintage cars and 49 such motorcycles participate in the ‘40th Annual Vintage Car Fiesta’, organized by VCCCI (Vintage & Classic Car Club of India) in Mumbai, on 12th February, 2022. They showed off their precious vehicles in a rally which kicked off from the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade to Bandra Kurla Complex, and back, covering around 50 kms.
As always, the Parsi/Irani community showed up in large numbers with their prized steeds, winning multiple prizes, across the four-wheeler category. Yohan Z Poonawalla was awarded the Concours d’Elegance Nanji V Dossa Award (Classic Car) for his 1949 Rolls Royce Silver wraith. He also won the first prize in the ‘Recent Classic Car’ Category for his 1975 Jaguar E-Type. Rony Vesuna won the first place in the ‘Best Maintained Indian Heritage Class’ category for his Fiat Super Select, while Bomi Boyce won the first place in the ‘Best Restored Indian Heritage Class’ category for his 1957 Fiat Elegant. Roshna Master won the ‘Most Original Car’ title for his 1974 Mercedes W115.
In the two-wheeler category, Jehangir Faroog won the top spot for his 1925 AJS G5, in the ‘Best Restored Vintage Motorcycle’ – upto 1940 category, as also the second prize in the ‘Best Maintained Vintage Motorcycle’ – upto 1940 for his 1927 AJS H7.
Hormazd Dadachanji secured third place for his 1955 BSA A7SS, in the ‘Best Restored Classic Motorcycle – 1941-60’. In the ‘Best Maintained Classic Motorcycle -1941-60’ category, Jazeel Mehta grabbed second spot for his 1959 T100 while Shiraz Ginwalla stood third for his 1958 Triumph T100.
Pezad Lakdawala claimed top spot with his 1969 Triumph Bonneville in the ‘Best Maintained Recent Classic Motorcycle -1961-70’ Category, while the top spot for the ‘Best Restored Motorcycle Award – 1971-93’ was won by Xereus Zend for his 1976 Triumph T140.
VCCCI promotes touring of vintage and classic vehicles, preservation and exhibition of all historically significant vehicles. It encourages careful and skilful driving and highlights the importance of road safety in all its events.