Turtle Wax, a Chicago-based car care company, concluded the first-ever car rally in India dedicated to modern classics at the Sofitel BKC, Mumbai. The rally featured over 50 immaculately maintained cars. For the uninitiated, a car can be classified as a modern classic if it is between 10 and 30 years old and can include a variety of bodystyles, from coupes to limited-edition supercars and even SUVs.
The cars that took part in the rally included Viveck Goenka’s Jaguar E-Type, a couple of Maseratis, a BMW E30 that once belonged to Jehangir Nicholson, a few Mercedes-Benz SLs, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 348, Honda NSX, Mazda Miata, Toyota Supra, Aston Martin DBS, Alfa Romeo Berlina 2000, Citroen DS, Maserati Biturbo among others. The cars drove in a convoy over the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and returned to Sofitel BKC.
Over the past half a decade, in line with international trends, modern classics have been gaining popularity in India. Prices of cars such as the Mercedes W123 and the Mazda Miata MX-5, among others, have shot up exponentially.