While 30th September, 2016 was just another weekend on the roads, something grand was about to take place in Janata Maidan, Bhubaneswar. The field was jam-packed for the inauguration of a three day auto-expo. People had been standing at the gates in anticipation, while photographers clenched onto their cameras.
Over the years, the craze and the love for the road and wheels have grown by leaps and bounds. The number of masterpieces is increasing around us, as people have started putting their skills and creativity in modifying their automobiles. There are families in Bhubaneswar who have passed this art over generations, and they own models that are worth dying for!
Subrat, one of the organizers from Carnival says, “unlike last year, this year we’re focusing more on the vintage models. There was an abundance of custom cars last year and we’re continuing that now as well. We are trying to give a common platform to the automobile owners in the state, and displaying an array of vintage, custom and luxury cars on a mega scale.” You could find a few classic masterpieces from Austin and Cadillac in the cars section, while in the rows of bikes the classics like AlwinPushpak, Vespa, and Royal Enfield managed to gather quite a crowd around itself.
PhoAUTOgraphy 2016 was a common podium for automobile showrooms and voluntary owners alike. Continuously for three days, photographers and models culminated to express, and to let their creativity flow. It was an opportunity for the car owners to let the world see and appreciate their fanciful modified and handmade possessions; demigods with scintillating models. Featuring a State of the art assorted range of classics, vintage, luxury & sports, & muscle cars, it was sure a relishing sight for everyone present.
Looking from the economical point, it appeared to be a very fortunate offer for the Car Dealers of Odisha and nearby states for displaying their dashing car models. The best and crème customers came drawn here due to their car-fetish. The Pre-Dussehra festive season insinuated more eager customers with an ability and zest to get a new vehicle this October.
“We know that modern cars are faster, more reliable, more comfortable, safer, and economical; better in just about every way. Yet despite this, the clearly inferior classic car not only still exists, but is positively thriving these days. Why?” Niralee, from the organizing team answers to this saying, “Unlike the modern software-designed car models, the classic models were designed by pencil to create elegant shapes and flowing lines. Take the front wing of a Jaguar XK120 or the profile of a Ferrari 250 GTO, for example.” Back in the 90s, designers were unencumbered by constraints such as crash tests or aerodynamic drag coefficients, and instead created shapes that reflected the mood and trends of the time.
The automotive sector has emerged as a bellwether of the Indian economy, which is a point beyond dispute. The Auto-Expos has become an exemplar in how exhibition can shape an industry in India.
[Story Courtesy: Manish Sehgal]
[Photo Courtesy: Carnival]