Its early Sunday morning and while most take their sweet time relaxing and enjoying a quiet lazy morning, there are a few who buck the trend. As it stands, early Sunday morning provides the ideal time to find the usually busy streets of Mumbai traffic free and so it’s the ideal time for some to roll up their garage doors and roll out some classic beauties from yesteryear.
It’s not a full time event - like the 21 Gun Classic Car Rally or the Indian Concours d’Elegance, but just a group of closely knit car enthusiasts and classic car owners out to take their prized possessions on a tour of Mumbai roads without having to deal with bumper to bumper traffic.
The meeting point is Fort, and should you find yourself in the area early on Sunday, you will surely see more than a few eye catching beauties. The spread of years is rather wide with cars from the early 40s all the way to some from the 80s and a few photo bombers of the present era.
Models present have ranged from American classics such as the Packard Clipper and Ford Custom to European beauties such as classic Alfa Romeos, Sunbeam Tigers and Standard Heralds. On the occasion a muscle car or two may also make their rather vocal presence felt with their delightful symphony of V8 burbles and exhaust notes.
While it is just a gathering of friends and enthusiasts, once the cars gather, so does a crowd of onlookers. From passers-by stopping to grab a snap of their favourite, to professional photographers accompanying aspiring or budding models to build portfolios.
However, unlike proper classic car shows where it’s all ‘show’ this here is also about ‘the go’. The meet generally also includes a nice cruise on the Eastern Freeway which culminates at a coffee stop at Starbucks before each heads their own way with the cars once again under covers or behind garage doors by the time the sun reaches the peak of its journey.
While you will surely see some classic beauties floating around the streets of Mumbai on a regular day, there is just something about seeing these beauties in the heritage background of Horniman Circle that makes this event feel special even though its nearly a weekly get together.