By Ujwal Salokhe posted Feb 6th 2017 at 6:50PM
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The fifth edition of the prestigious Cartier Travel With Style Concours D’elegance 2017 (CTWSCD), an exhibit India’s rare automotive heritage, was held yesterday at Hyderabad’s Taj Falaknuma Palace. Hosted by Mr. Guillaume Alix, Regional Managing Director, Cartier Middle East, India & Africa, the exhibit saw a line-up of vintage, best-preserved automobiles curated by Indian automotive historian and expert, Manvendra Singh of Barwani. Here’s a round-up of the best from the day.
Featuring on the same list as the Villa D’Este Concorsa D’Eleganza and the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance, Cartier Travel With Style Concours D’elegance is a bi-annual unique vintage car exhibit and competition that started in India all the way back in 2009. An exhibit that celebrates the auto heritage of India, CTWSCD showcases cars and motorcycles that date back to the era of the Maharajas, all the way up to post-independence India. While the first international Concours d’Elégance in India was hosted at the Royal Western India Turf Club Mumbai, its fourth edition was held in New Delhi in 2015.
This edition at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad saw Princess Esra of Hyderabad, opening the doors to her family seat. In fact, it was Princess Esra who was the force behind the restoration of this historic palace that is today touted as one of the best hotels in the world. She has been a patron and exhibitor at the CTWSCD since its inception.
This year’s exhibit saw a total of 112 rare classic automobiles; of these 73 fell under eight distinctive classes, and 39 classified as the best-preserved motorcycles in three signature classes. They belonged to the esteemed stables of Indian royals, patrons and noted private collectors. The 1914 Wolsley 30/40 HP, owned by Shivardhan Kanoria, was declared as the best car of the show, while the 1947 Indian Chief, owned by Arjun Oberoi, was declared the best motorcycle of the show.
Cartier Travel With Style has also recently affiliated with FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) World Motoring Heritage Year Program with support from the UNESCO. The highlight of the day was the presentation of the special FIVA Preservation trophy to 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost owned by Yuvraj Kesri Singh.
Here’s a look at some of the best automobiles from the exhibit.
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