Grand Tourers, Racers & Luxury Sedans

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Time was when you could order a car with every design detail built in according to personal choice. The choices…

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The Avenue of Palaces

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Stores crowded out by plastic sheets and bamboo stalls. The cries of hawkers competing with the incessant honking of taxis…

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Vanishing Road

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Advance planning establishes a city’s reputation for ease of living and a great lifestyle. A city's planners have to look…

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Vanishing Parking

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Our parking spaces are gone! This problem is making self-drive motoring in the city a nightmare. A look at New…

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Farewell to Chevrolet & GM

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Indian roads were once ruled by family cars built by General Motors (GM) and Ford. These cars offered comfort, reliability,…

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Stars on Wheels

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There are film personalities and there are stars. People adore them, stare at them even when they are passing by…

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Tale of American Cars

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American cars, manufactured primarily by three global giants Ford, General Motors and Chrysler as well as those of some smaller…

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Freedom blues

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The entire nature of motoring changed in the city between 1941 and 1942 because the armed forces (first the British…

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Rolls-Royce & Calcutta

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A silently purring engine, unbelievable build quality promising decades of trouble free motoring and magnificent bodywork - by all standards…

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Maharani at the Wheel

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Motoring in the first half of the 1900s was popularised in equal measure by the British and the rich-and-famous of…

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Travelling in luxury

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The 20th century witnessed the amalgamation of engineering and art in all forms of transportation. Trains had leather seats and…

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Uniqueness & Luxury

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Robert 'Scotty' Mathewson, a wealthy British engineer of Calcutta loved swans and resided in a house called Swan Park. When…

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Car Tales From Darjeeling Hills

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Around 200 years ago, the English East India Company concluded its war with Nepal (1814-16) and acquired Darjeeling. Initial visitors…

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From Studebaker to Amby

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The manufacturing industry was the pride of Bengal and its foundation had been laid long before the country gained Independence.…

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Custom-built Cars

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Once upon a time elegant bodywork made cars a thing of beauty. You can catch a glimpse of this vanished…

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Legacy Grand Trunk Road

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Rudyard Kipling described the Grand Trunk Road as "such a river of life as nowhere else exists in the world”.…

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Car & Bridge

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From the very beginning, car owners were up against many challenges, including crossing rivers or waterbodies. While carts and horses…

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Local Ads for Global Brands

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Can you imagine a newspaper in New York carrying an advertisement dominated by an Indian image? Or one that refers…

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Cute cars Mighty Deeds

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The rich and powerful rode huge motor cars and roared around in style. But for every supercar on the road,…

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Calcutta’s Once Thriving Car Market

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A city is known by the cars on its roads – if we care to tweak the popular saying to…

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Tales from tea gardens

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Tea and coffee estates conjure up images of beautifully tended, lush green landscapes with picture-perfect cottages tucked away in an…

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The R-R Love affair

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When Charles Stewart Rolls, met Frederick Henry Royce at new Midland Hotel in Manchester in May 1904, they formed a…

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Cars & Their owners

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Which car do you think a doctor or a lawyer would prefer, and for that matter which set of wheels…

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Luxury Cabs of Calcutta

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Ritwick Ghatak’s Ajantrik revolved around the lonely life of a man who loved his set of wheels more than anything…

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Car-Battalion of Calcutta Police

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The last article ‘Chariots of War’ had mentioned about the Calcutta Presidency Battalion Auxiliary Force and since then many of…

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Kolkata’s Chariots of War

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It was around 1910, that cars came to be used by security forces around the world. The USA took the…

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Great Indian wedding car

Pradeep Gooptu In India, wedding is not only a grand celebration lasting over several days, for ages it has been also associated…

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A Bugatti in Calcutta

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A Bugatti in Calcutta! When a friend from the USA conveyed this information, it was like a bolt from the…

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Forgotten Legends

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A man is known by the car he uses, goes a famous slogan. The legends of the cars used in…

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The Tagores

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The Tagore family, leaders of Bengal’s intelligentsia and high society, was one of the pioneers of new age technology, which…

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Party Time – Lost Rhyme

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Where would you go if you wanted a late night partying across town in your car? Well, here are some…

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A Road that Changed a City

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The project Before 1914, the vast area enclosed within the tram lines between Chitpore Road and Dharmatala Street in Esplanade…

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Motoring and the Garages

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The sales success of any car depends mostly on the garage network. As the first cars arrived in Calcutta in…

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India’s First Motor Garage

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The saga of motor cars in India started more than a century ago. As a tribute to this age-old legacy,…

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Motoring in the 1900s: A car-lover’s tale

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This is about a man who resigned from a secure and plush job and invested all his life savings (no…

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Kolkata’s Tyrst with Motor Racing

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The first automobile association in India which started in Calcutta in 1904, had multiple objectives including popularising the use of…

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Growing Popularity of Cars

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By the turn of 20th Century a few cars had been imported to India but it was the tour of…

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Car Humour in Print

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Ever since the first association of automobiles in the country was set up in Calcutta in 1904 to popularize motor…

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Cars & Hunting

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One of the most memorable movies of all time was ‘Hatari’, a film on how animals were caught or handled…

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City's First Bus Service

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The winter of 1905-06 saw a revolution on Indian roads; Calcutta witnessed the introduction of the first bus service in…

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The first Car Club

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In November 1904, the Maidan was witness to a unique sight - an assembly of ten cars and four motorcycles…

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THE FIRST CAR

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When did the first car arrive in India or for that matter come to Calcutta? There are varying accounts but…

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Driving across continents

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In the early 19th century, bitten by the adventure bug, quite a few British men and women tried achieving the…

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