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The Vintage Car Club of Bombay (“VCCB”) if not the first of its kind in the subcontinent, was at the very least one of the very first. The Club was responsible for founding and kick-starting the vintage car movement, a movement that continues to gain momentum and generate great enthusiasm to this day.
The VCCB was started by Roni Khurshedcher Khan (1947-2002) in early 1963 when he was only 16 years old. The Club was run from the Khan residence at Malabar Hill in Bombay.
Roni Khan was a passionate car enthusiast who at one point owned 10 classic and vintage cars a number of which remain well known and important vehicles under their current owners. With his father Khurshedcher Khan’s assistance, he organized a number of vintage car related activities which included amongst others, a monthly newsletter and vintage car rallies.
Roni pioneered the vintage car movement. He personally contacted owners, enthusing and convincing them to become involved with the VCCB. He travelled the length and breadth of the country documenting vintage cars and in numerous cases helped find new homes for those falling into disrepair, thus helping to preserve a great many.
He also organized the country’s first ever Concours d’Elegance which was held at the Gateway of India and judged by the eminent cricket commentator, the late AFS Talyar Khan. The grand prize was a rolling trophy donated by the Khan Family.
He was also responsible for convincing the Government of the importance of preserving India’s rich vintage and classic car heritage by ensuring that important and historic motor cars remained in the country. He was however, disappointed by the actual effect of the new law - which he believed was far too rigid.
Roni eventually handed over the running of the VCCB to others in the late 60’s.