If the ‘bollywood stars’ hogged the limelight at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, the ‘Vintage Cars’ were not far behind. As part of the 35th IFFI, a ‘Vintage & Classic Car Rally’ was organized by Ashvek Vintage World along with the Auto Sports Association of Goa (ASAG) with a total number of 55 antique vehicles participating.

The rally which was flagged off by Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar, commenced at the Ribandar Circle (below Mandovi Bridge) with five motorcycles, nine cars from Bangalore and the rest from Goa following suite. The five motorcycles, a BSA M-20 (1942 model), a NSU (1953 model), a Java (1948 model) and two Triumphs (a 1964 T-21 and another 1948 model) led the rally amidst the excited crowd lined up along D B Bandodkar Road to catch a glimpse of these ancient beauties.

From Ribandar circle, it took a turn around the Miramar Circle before winding up the three kilometer route at the Campal Parade grounds for the distribution of certificates by North Goa MP Shripad Naik. Ironically, all the cars commenced their journeys in the morning from Margao before the official flag off in Panjim.

The rally also witnessed a 1928 Lanchester model that earlier belonged to Motilal Nehru. Besides this, there was also a 1954 Carriera owned by D N Naik, Margao that drew nostalgic memories amongst the senior citizens who recalled travelling in them before the modern day buses heralded their departure.

Service back up was provided by N D Naik with servicing teams present at regular intervals to cater to any breakdowns.

(ASHVEK VINTAGE WORLD was officially selected to host the vintage rally for IFFI 2004)

Article by Siddharth Manerkar.

ASHVEK VINTAGE WORLD (AVW) in association with Gomantak Times successfully organized the first ‘VOLKSWAGEN CARNIVAL RALLY’ on February 26th 2006, amidst much fanfare and excitement. This marked the third occasion where a vintage and classic car rally was organized by AVW in Goa after the rally during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and the Classic Car Rally both organized in 2004.

The rally, a brainchild of AVW proprietor Mr. Pradeep V Naik was flagged off at 11:30am by the then Minister for Transport, Mr. Pandurang Madaikar in the presence of the then Minister for Power and now Chief Minister, Mr. Digambar Kamat. In all 26 Volkswagen vehicles (including four with left-hand drives) mainly from the 50’s and 60’s participated in the rally.

Prior to the rally, all the participating cars were lined up at AVW, Nuvem from 9am for Volkswagen enthusiasts to see and admire. A talk on ‘Restoration of Volkswagen vehicles’ was presented by Jock Barrelmann, a self-confessed VW addict. “Restoration is like a passion. The Volkswagen car is not just a vehicle, it is like a member of the family”, remarked Jock. “Restoration of the VW vehicle, either from the chassis upwards or a mere touch-up job is justified. There is nothing right or wrong, it is important to keep the legend alive”, he informed with a personal example.

While the oldest VW participant was a 1956 model Beetle, there was also a 1966 Beetle of Uday Bagi (who came down all the way from Kholapur), besides a left-hand drive VW Passat from Porvorim. The rally which commenced at the Ashvek Vintage World showroom, took a left turn at the Colva circle, towards the Fatorda swimming pool and then into the city, taking a round around the Margao municipality before exiting towards Colva beach and then winding up at the Oceanique resort for lunch wherein the cerficates were distributed to the participants.

The back-up service was given by N D Naik while medical service back-up was provided by Vintage Hospital.

(This was the first time a Volkswagen event was organized in India.)

Article by Siddharth Manerkar.

Ferrari 2004 Formula 1 car zooming across the laps on the big screen while you leaned on a 1930 Ferrari was a mind boggling and a heady mix for those who loved speed and creed. Foster’s along with Pradeep Naik hosted the Hungarian Grand Prix for all the Formula 1 fans of Goa. Foster’s, who have an uncanny habit of churning out exciting F1 events, chose the most appropriate place for fans to cheer on their favourite drivers – ASHVEK VINTAGE WORLD, Goa’s first and only showroom and workshop for vintage cars at NH 17,Nuvem Salcete – Goa.

Formula 1 fans were greeted with the Schumi track, an innovative idea in keeping with the F1 theme which was a track laid out on the floor with stop for the face painting counter and the Foster’s fuel stop, a Datsun pickup converted into a bar. A blue beauty – 1926 Austin model and a 1936 Tempo double engine amongst other cars generated a lot of attention.

The highlight of the event was the auction of a framed original photograph of all the Formula 1 drivers clicked at the Australian Grand Prix 2004. Mr. Donald Colaco lapped up the prized possession for Rs. 1200 after a tough bidding session with Keval Kane. Adding to all the excitement were the pit babes, Foster’s yard glass and F1 trivia.

Article by Siddharth Manerkar.