Modern Classic Car Race 2023: Ferrari Mondial, Bentley Brooklands, Citroen DS and more
Modern classic car racing presented by Vredestein Tires in association with Gulf Oil and Autoglym.
Today, Mumbaikars have been regarded as a rare sight as more than 55 modern classic cars have taken to the streets of the city as part of the second edition of the Modern Classic Car Race. Organized by Autocar India and presented by Vredestein Tires along with Gulf Oil and Autoglym, the rally featured more than 55 cars manufactured between 1970 and early 2000s, along with several Rare supercars are more than a decade old. It was flown from the Grand Hyatt Mumbai by BJP Mumbai and MLA President Ashish Shelar.
- The second edition of Modern Classic Rally has more than 55 cars in attendance
- On display are Bentley Brooklands, Citroen DS, Ferrari Mondial
- Cars manufactured from the 1970s to the early 2000s
Modern classics are cars that are typically 10 to 50 years old, and the category includes a wide variety of body styles — from coupes and SUVs to limited edition supercars. The enthusiasm for these vehicles reflects the growing popularity of modern classic cars among automobile aficionados both locally and globally. Crucially, the rally went beyond its concept and proved to be the culmination of a movement that celebrates iconic cars that represent modern performance standards and old-school engineering.
Star car at the show
The participating cars were driven in formation from BKC to Worli Seaface and vice versa. Automotive enthusiasts lined the route, eager to click photos of the actual procession of iconic cars. These range from American muscle cars like the Mustang Mach 1 and Pontiac Firebird to British cars like the Aston Martin DBS, Jaguar E-type and Bentley Brooklands, to memorable Japanese machines like the Nissan R33GTR and the Mazda MX5 Miata.
Other cars that have attracted attention include the Mercedes-Benz coupe and roadster, the Citroen DS, the extremely rare Ferrari Mondial, and the super exotic Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. SUV fans have been treated to time-tested off-road vehicles like the first-generation Range Rover, Nissan Patrol and 80 series Toyota Land Cruiser. Renowned collectors from across the country such as Viveck Goenka, Samit Hede, Gautam Singhania and Pratapsinh Gaekwad took part in the rally, which included cars from renowned car collector Yohan Poonawalla.
Two examples of the original Jaguar E-Type – a coupe and a convertible.
Capturing the essence of the event, Perseus Bandrawalla, curator of the Modern Classic Rally, said: “About 18% of the cars were on display for the first time. This really shows the scale of the movement and the momentum we’re gaining. The main thing about these cars is the nostalgic value and beautiful blend of mechanical engineering and electronic precision. Modern Classics is becoming a way of life and it is also one of the most popular car genres globally today. We are pleased to see that their popularity has increased in India year by year.”
Shanay Shah, attending the event with his Mercedes-Benz 500 SL said: “It was great to be invited by the Autocar team at the Modern Classic Rally. I think this rally is going to get bigger and bigger. It’s great to see people show up and really support the movement. I look forward to more such events in the future.”
Shanay Shah’s Mercedes 500 SL.
Hemen Choksey, owner of the extremely rare Ferrari Mondial QE – the only one in India – said: “I got this car in 2004, and it’s been almost 20 years since I’ve had it. It’s a trip to maintain it as part sourcing is difficult. This car is very rare – there are only 150 right-hand drive Mondial QEs in the world. But it’s a dream to drive. You really need an open road for it, and when it moves, it’s amazing.”
In addition to spectacular vehicles, performance tire brand Vredestein also had a wide range of its tires in India on display at the event. “Premium style and outstanding performance have always been the hallmarks of Vredestein, which is why they are the choice of discerning and passionate automotive enthusiasts around the world. We are proud to be part of a growing Classical Modern movement driven by passion,” said MS Satishkumar, customer service manager, Vredestein Tires, south and west region.
The second edition of the Modern Classic Rally was a huge success, with participants and spectators equally enthralled. But did you catch us on the road, and what are your favorite cars from this year’s show? Let us know in the comments below.