The Historical Cars Association of India (HCAI) organized a first-of-its-kind Pan India Vintage and Classic Car Show at the Rayala Techno Park at the Hotel Turyya Campus on OMR. Mr. Sandeep Rai Rathore IPS, Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai Police was the Chief Guest at the function. Mr. Sandeep Rai Rathore IPS, said, “I appreciate the efforts of the owners in maintaining these old vintage cars in such good condition and I wish HCAI all the best for this event.”
Mr. Ranjit Pratap, President of HCAI said “Today we have some rare classics and the oldest car on display is my T Ford from 1926. This is the first of this kind of an initiative by HCAI and its Committee and I hope it will be an annual event with longer drives from Chennai to other important destinations in the South.” Mr. V S Kylas, Secretary, HCAI said, “This is the first time that such an event has taken place with participants from all over India. Each and every car you see here is road worthy and has been painstakingly restored to its original condition by their proud owners.”
Mr. Rajesh Ambal, Vice President, HCAI said, “All these cars here are owned by renowned families across India. I am thrilled that we could have a pan India show in Chennai and the response has been great.” Top Vintage & Classic car collectors from all over India including Mr. Nitin Dossa, Mr. Vivek Goenka, Mr. Madan Mohan, Mr. Diljeet Titus, and Mr. Poonawalla participated in this event.
There was a total of 56 cars on display and 12 two-wheelers. The Vintage cars included a few Rolls Royce, Bentleys and Jaguars, Austin, Mercedes, Jeeps, Ford Mustangs and prominent Indian Classics, the Ambassador and Fiat.
On 28th August 2023, HCAI is organizing a Vintage Car Rally from Chennai to Pondicherry. There will be a display of Vintage and Classic Cars at the Radisson Hotel in Pondicherry. Every year since 2017, HCAI has been organizing the Vintage Car show in Chennai during Madras week celebrations.