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Cartier Travel with Style- Classic Car Show 2015

Snapshot: Cartier travel with style show is one of its kind show in the country and this was the 4th edition which was held in Delhi.

Age is inevitable and one can't run from the very fact that everything will be old someday. But it depends on person-to-person how you take this fact - whether you embarrass it with open hands and do something meaningful about it or do we live in a fear that the time will passby soon. But we are not here to discuss philosophy - are we? Then why so much fuss about the ageing thing?

Well, we are here to talk about the recently concluded 4th Cartier Travel with Style show, a show that brings classic cars of all ages together on a single platform and helps you relive the bygone era. Now you can relate to our opening, we guess! The Cartier show is one of its kind show in the world that attracts a who's who of elite class, be it the Maharajas and Princes or be it the top automotive honchos.

This year was no different and indeed was more grand and celebrity filled extravaganza. Cars and bikes standing in an immaculately designed manner were attracting people from around the globe. And the proud owners and restorers were ecstatic about the response they were drawing from the judges, media and visitors. And why shouldn't they be - after all, it's no easy to maintain a car so old that you are not able to find parts and paints used on the car.

Held every two years in India, the fourth edition of the Cartier Concours D’Elégance was curated by Manvendra Singh of Barwani, a renowned Indian automotive historian and expert and was held at the famous Jaipur Polo Grounds in Delhi. The Cartier Concours D’Elégance is famous for showcasing some of the rarest and vintage vehicles and this year they showed some 82 of the rarest classic cars and 32 motorcycles owned by Indian royal patrons and private collectors.

This year's show was divided among 9 categories, which are under mentioned-

·         Coachbuilders to Maharajas - Vanden Plas - Celebrating Anglo-Belgian make

·         Picolo Fiats - Celebrating the Italian company’s famous small cars

·         Preservation Class - open to all cars up to and including 1961

·         Pre War Classics - open to all cars build between 1919 to 1945

·         Pre War Classics - Purpose built cars of the Maharajas - exhibit only

·         Post War Classics - open to cars build between 1946 to 1961

·         Post War Classics – Fabuleux Fin - celebrating magnificence of chrome, rockets and wings

·         Roadsters - till 1961- Celebrating Cartier's "Roadster" brand

·         Indian Heritage Class - 1946 to 1960 – celebrating India’s indigenous automotive history.

Manvendra Singh of Barwani, Curator of the Concours, commented, “For each edition we try to raise the bar higher with introduction of exciting new categories and this year will witness addition of the Piccolo Fiats and Coachbuilders to Maharajas: Vanden Plas classes; in celebration of two iconic automotive makers, Fiat & Vanden Plas and their custom built automobiles for the Indian collectors. Cartier Concours d’Elégance has generated great excitement among Indian collectors. More and more owners are now taking interest in maintaining and restoring their cars to the high standards required for such international events.The aim this time around is to once again highlight the automobile heritage of this astonishing country in a larger and improved format.”

As much as the cars were interesting and attracting the crowd, it was also the distinguished list of judges that raised the bar of the event. The Judges for 2015 Cartier Concours were -

·         HRH Prince Michael of Kent

·         Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance

·         Jean Todt, President of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)

·         Ricardo Patrese, renowned F1 driver

·         Giacomo Agostini, 15 times World Motor Cycling Champion

·         Prof. Gordon Murray, award winning F1 designer

·         Yasmin le Bon, supermodel

·         Simon Le Bon, acclaimed English musician

·         Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, leading industrialist

Based on their years of experience, an eye for the beauty and the efforts every restorer had put in at the upkeep of these classic cars, the judges selected winners for each of the aforementioned categories. Also, an overall winner, named as the best of the show car was declared, which was bagged by noted restorer and automobile enthusiast Mr. Diljeet Titus for his 1933 Minverva AL 40HP. 

Here is the final winners list among all the categories-

Best Of Show Car

No 31: 1933 Minverva AL 40HP

Owner: Mr. Diljeet Titus

Pre-War Classics - European

Winner: no 11 – 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1

Owner: Mr. Gurpreet Singh

Pre-War Classics American

Winner: no 30 – 1938 Cadillac V16 Series 90

Owner: Mrs. Zita Goenka

Coachbuilders to the Maharajas – VandenPlas

Winner: no 31 - 1933 Minerva AL 40HP

Owner: Mr. Diljeet Titus

Post-war Classic

Winner: no 46 – 1952 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

Owner: Mr. Karamjit Jaiswal

Post-war Classics – Fabuleux Fin

Winner: no 54 – 1959 Chevrolet Impala

Owner: Mr. Dharmaditya Pattanaik

Roadster

Winner: no 63 – 1946 MG TC

Owner: Mr. Tutu Dhawan

Piccolo Fiat

Winner: no 73 – 1950 Fiat 500cTopolino

Owner: Mr. Viveck Goenka

Preservation

Winner: no 75 – 1935 Mercedes 290

Owner: Yuvraj Mandhatasinh Jadeja of Rajkot

Indian Heritage

Winner: no 80 – 1948 Hindustan Ten

Owner: Mr. Viveck Goenka

Cartier Resurrection Cup

No 22: 1920 Moon 6-42

Owner: Mr. Shrivardhan Kanoria

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