Saturday, June 24, 2017

Elite Car Club Kolkata – The Supercar Festival 2016

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Kolkata: After a successful Supercar Festival in March 2014, the Elite Car Club presented v2.0 in a much bigger and better way. Kolkata got to experience what can safely be called ‘a car lover’s paradise’.

The tickets went on sale towards the end of December and with just Rs.200 entry charge per person, this was bound to call the crowds. We at Autosports India made ourselves part of the crowd with the host Rohin Raj Surekha, to bring to our dear readers an exclusive coverage of this grand event.

On the 3rd day of this new year, Sunday started early, as the Calcutta Swimming Club(venue of the event) opened its gate sharp at 11am for audience to rush in(literally) as no one wanted to waste even a second before getting up close and personal with their favourite four-wheeled piece of art.

As we took our first step in, we were greeted by a gentleman of a car which has turned heads for decades in the go-anywhere SUV segment, none other than the G wagon from Mercedes-Benz. And since it was Sunday, our gentleman turned up in a casual green(a rather vibrant version of it). But nonetheless, it had all its badges to flaunt like a military veteran.

The G wagon is an extremely rare sight in the crowded city roads, and while we were just overcoming the indulgence of its magnificence, we ran into an alien of a car – the BMW i8. It seemed to have time travelled from the future for it has quite a futuristic robotic vibe about it. It was wrapped in blue with a glassy finish, something we hardly get to see in production cars.

The G wagon and i8 made sure the show had a jump start. These also indicated that there would be absolutely no room for disappointment to the rev-hearted.

The showstoppers were all lined up in a row, starting with the oldest Ferrari in Kolkata, a 348tb. Others included 458 Spyder, Aventador, Gallardo, Continental GTC(with red soft-top)and Virage Volante.

An epic moment was created when a rev battle between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini was announced. The winner was to be decided by the cheer of the crowd, however, both were equally supported and it was called a tie. The exhaust notes were music to the ears, no doubt.

We also saw two custom kit cars and a vintage track car with a dummy racer seated in it.

A pair of Jaguar F-type Convertibles were lined up, one in orange and the other one in white, both of which gleamed in our eyes.

There were also the new E-class, SL63 AMG and CLA45 AMG from Merc, the A3 Cabriolet, R8 and RS7 from Audi, the 6-series, M6, 7-series Alpina and Z4 from BMW, the Cayman S, Carrera S, Targa GTS and Boxster S from Porsche and the XFR from Jaguar Land Rover.

At the furthest end of the line-up was yet another humongous off-roading giant, a Range Rover Sport SVR in a nice blue suit.

A lot of different colours and beautiful LED headlights duly greeted us throughout the day.

The show included nice beats to pump up the adrenaline even further and a huge menu involving delicious dishes was available for the guests. Overall, it was quite an experience being able to get so close to such automotive heart-throbs. The only bit of dissatisfaction was the crumpled space in which all this was held, and it was quite a struggle getting good shots of the beautiful beasts.

A gallery of what we could savage from the crowd has been presented below.

 

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