Wheels of Fortune

Feb 10, 2013, 08:18 IST | Sunday MiD DAY Team

Some of the most rare and exquisite vintage cars, along with classic bikes owned by Indians, will be on display at the Cartier Travel With Style Concours d'Elegance today at the Taj Land's End, Bandra

Cartier Travel With Style is among the world’s best four Concours D’Elegance — globally-reputed vintage car exhibits and competitions — held every two years in India. Curated by the noted Indian automotive expert Maharaja Manvendra Singh of Bharwani and orchestrated by the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark Shand, the event will showcase over 60 of the best-preserved vintage automobiles from across India.

A rare photograph of the sixth Nizam on a 1906 Napier Colonial Tourer owned by Princess Esra

Apart from the noted curators, the event, which is open to all, will be attended by the likes of chief judge Sir Prince Michael of Kent, Pebble Beach Concours D Elegance chairman Sandra Button, Fiat Scion Lapo Elkann and World Motor Cycling Champion Giacomo Augustini — all of whom will be on the panel of judges.

The event will witness automobiles exhibited in six classes, which includes the introduction of exciting new automotive categories Edwardian Class (oldest preserved automotives in India) and the Shikar Class (automobiles used for royal hunts), along with the established categories; Pre-War, Post- War, Indian Heritage and Roadster classes.

Among those who will showcase the automobiles include Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, Princess Esra of Hyderabad, Dr Vijay Mallya and vintage car collector Diljeet Titus. 

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