Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC) had its 17th meeting on Sunday, 25th November 2018. A classic car drivers group based out of Kolkata, in the eastern part of India, CDC was started by 3 avid classic car enthusiasts, Souvik Ghose Chaudhuri, Rupak Ghosh and Prithvi Nath Tagore on the 10th of April 2017. Their belief that classic cars need to be driven in order to preserve their roadworthiness as also to create interest amongst the younger generations was the basis for starting CDC. The group firmly believes that the joy of owning classic vehicles is only fully realized when they are driven, just as they were when new.
Since its inception, CDC has had sixteen events with last Sunday’s marking their seventeenth. The events have included drives on national highways, displays at country clubs and regular Sunday town jaunts which are typically followed by members ribbing each other about their cars over sandwiches and coffee! All the meets have been funded by the members individually without any outside financial support.
Last Sunday, seven CDC classic cars, their owners and enthusiast friends drove from the city’s Town Hall to a popular eatery where the group had organized the screening of 4 videos and films related to cars which included:
- “Cars of the Raj” displayed at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
- India’s Cartier Concours d’Elegance 2017 “Best of Show” winner, an Edwardian era Wolseley, owned and restored by Shrivardhan Kanoria, a CDC group member and a highly acclaimed classic car restorer in India.
- A film titled “Amby-Tious” by Deepanjan Sarkar, a member of CDC with talent in photography and a keen classic car enthusiast.
- A film titled “The Horns of Kolkata” by Andrew Scott from New Zealand. Andrew was present at the screening which incidentally was the film’s premiere in India!
CDC members present at the screening were treated to some culinary delights at the venue and the evening ended with a special cake presented by a CDC member to mark the winter driving season!
CDC is currently reaching out to more enthusiasts through its Facebook page and plans to showcase some of their drives on YouTube and help the classic car community by organising an annual auto jumble.