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Cars & Hunting

One of the most memorable movies of all time was ‘Hatari’, a film on how animals were caught or handled in Africa in the past with vehicles like jeeps and mini trucks. Sadly, no such movie was made on India, which ha...

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Car Humour in Print

Ever since the first association of automobiles in the country was set up in Calcutta in 1904 to popularize motor cars and motor sports, motorists found themselves at the receiving end of wit and humour in print. Newspa...

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Kolkata’s Tyrst with Motor Racing

The first automobile association in India which started in Calcutta in 1904, had multiple objectives including popularising the use of motor cars, exploration and motorsports. Racing before the Second World War (1939-45)...

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Growing Popularity of Cars

By the turn of 20th century a few cars had been imported to India but it was the tour of Prince (later King George V) and Princess of Wales in 1905-06 that popularised cars among the rich, leading to a significant increa...

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City’s First Bus Service

The winter of 1905-06 saw a revolution on Indian roads; Calcutta witnessed the introduction of the first bus service in the world outside Western Europe and USA, a development that led to public acceptance of motorised t...

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THE FIRST CAR

When did the first car arrive in India or for that matter come to Calcutta? There are varying accounts but if newspaper reports and similar sources are to be believed, the first car on Indian roads was possibly a (French...

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Motoring in the 1900s A car-lover’s tale

Pradeep Gooptu This is about a man who resigned from a secure and plush job and invested all his life savings (no less than Rs 5,500 in 1906!) to set up a garage for cars - his first love and became ...

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India’s First Motor Garage

The saga of motor cars in India started more than a century ago. As a tribute to this age-old legacy, we present a series on the cradle days of motoring. We begin with the very first car service station and garage that h...

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Bentley Continental GT Convertible Classy British Craftmanship

Name: Bentley Continental GT V8 Variant: Convertible Engine Type: Petrol No. of Cylinders: 8 Max Power: 500 BHP Max Torque: 660NM Nearest Dealer: Exclusive Motors Bentley in Delhi

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Lamborghini Gallardo India Serie Speciale LP550-2 A Limited Edition Raging Bull

Name: Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Variant: India Serie Speciale Price: `3.50 crore Engine Type: Petrol No. of Cylinders: 10 Max. Power: 550 BHP Max. Torque: 540 NM  

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Driving across continents

In the early 19th century, bitten by the adventure bug, quite a few British men and women tried achieving the impossible- climbing Mount Everest and perishing in the attempt or driving across continents, from UK to India...

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The first Car Club

In November 1904, the Maidan was witness to a unique sight- an assembly of ten cars and four motorcycles leading to the formation of the first association of car owners in India, if not in Asia.

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Giving Shape to Dreams

City based vintage and classic car restorer Sanjay Ghosh shares the experience of his most challenging restoration job – Hemant Kumar Ruia's 1919 Minerva Type NN

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“My mother christened her Q’marri”

Cars have always held him under their spell. Growing up while witnessing his father, the late Suresh Kumar, build customised cars and Kinny Lall racing them at the Barrackpore and Alipore Mint Tracks, he was struck by sp...

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The Grand Old Four-Wheeler

Vintage and classic car connoisseur Shrivardhan Kanoria shares the tale of his most prized possession – 1906 Renault Freres in a free wheeling chat

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This car has never bluffed me on the road

Mr. G. C. Dey has more sides to him than what meets the eye. A retired police officer, devoted follower of Lord Jagannath and a lover of exotic birds and dogs. In a candid conversation with Joydip Sur, he shares the stor...

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“I hold this car close to my heart and never want to part with it”

An avid rallyist during his younger days, Subrata Sen learnt to drive at the tender at of 11. The 1934 Mercedes Benz 130 H is one of his most prized possessions.

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‘As a young boy, the Stoewer was my favourite hiding place’

Ever since his childhood, vintage-car collector and restorer, Pratap Chowdhury had dreamt of restoring his grandfather's custom-built Stoewer. The dream came true in 1998. Read on to know how...

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‘Lady Bird is my most prized possession’

That is how city-based vintage car collector and restorer, Sanjay Ghosh, describes his 1932 Ford V-8 De-Luxe Phaeton that till date has won 58 trophies at the Calcutta Rally

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“The Auburn was ours just for a pot of Raabri”

The gates of this mansion open to a majestic marquee. Antique is too less a word to describe Bose Nilay, its artefacts and its priceless anthology of legendary cars. The nine vintage and classic cars are the Bose family'...



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