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  • #16
    It’s Sunday - the day of our first ever Zig Drive. The plan was to meet up with the others at the McDonalds just after the toll booth at Manesar, Haryana at 8.30am. MotuSid arrived at my place in his 11-yar-old Zen at 7am and woke me up. After getting ready, we hit the road around 7.30am and managed to escape Delhi’s peak hour traffic and were soon on the NH8 towards Jaipur. We reached the said McD in about 40 minutes only to find out that the others were still on their way. Soon, our stomachs let out a collective rumble that was so noisy it could have woken someone up from deep slumber.
    MotuSid's Zen with konarktyagi's Laura TDi, @Rythem's Swift VDi and Roshun's Black Fox
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    Just as we were finishing our breakfast and stale coffee Rhythem Raswant arrived in his red Swift VDi. Once he had parked his car, our very popular moderator JijoMalayil arrived in a Myles rental car - a silver Swift VDi. He brought Swati Yadav along as they were driving to Jaipur after the Zig Drive. After they settled in and had their coffee, other started arriving soon. Soon the car park was filled with our cars.
    @Konark brought his black Skoda Laura TDi while supermod Roshun drove in his black Scorpio 4WD. Just when we were finishing up pasting stickers on the cars, Vidit Jain aka CorsaVeloce arrived in his latest acquisition - the White Elephant - a white Skoda Laura TSI. Soon, the moderators went about pasting stickers on all the cars and we were ready to set off.
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    Roshun with MotuSid with the trusty old Zen
    We set off from McDonalds and towards the Heritage Transport Museum after the last of us, Karan Malik aka Speedzilla arrived in his JDM Honda Jazz. The drive to the museum took around 30 minutes and went without any incidents except for Speedzilla’s Jazz which had to drive over speed bumps in a zig zag manner thanks to lowered height of the car.
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    Quite possibly the oldest means of getting from Point A to Point B outside the Heritage Transport Museum in Tauru-Gurgaon
    We arrived at the Heritage Transport Museum at around 10.45am and got our tickets and started the tour. The Heritage Transport Museum, started by Tarun Thukral and five other trustees, is situated on a three acre plot off NH8 at Tauru, Gurgaon. The museum has a built up area of over 90,000 square feet spread over four floors. The museum has an exhibition gallery, library and reference centre, conference room, mini auditorium, a museum shop and a restaurant.
    The idea of the Heritage Transport Museum was conceived from Tarun’s passion for collecting homogenous objects and rare, unique cars. The Heritage Transport Museum is India’s first comprehensive transport museum. The museum showcases the evolution of transportation in India and sets a benchmark in interpretation, exhibition and in communication.
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    Isn't that a pretty hearse
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    The first floor of the museum had exhibits like palanquins and horse-drawn carriages used b the queens and princesses of yore, but what caught my attention was the horse-drawn hearse with glass windows on all four sides. A part of the first floor dedicate to locomotives had a 1930s luxury railway saloon from BBCI Railways, token machines, punching machines and even vintage railway signals. Also on display were some old buses and trucks from the 50s, 60s and 70s like the 1960 Hindustan Bedford and 1967 Tata 1210 School Bus.
    The 1960s Hindustan Bedford Van
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    Hindustan Bedford Bus from the 60s
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    A cheeky little Jeep Forward Control Pick Up Van from the late 50s
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    A hippies dream - the VW Transporter / Kombi / Microbus
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    Ah, those pretty eyes!
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    CorsaVeloce checks out the rim size of this truck
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    A 1960 Ashok Leyland Comet Bus
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    The 1967 Tata 1210 School Bus
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    A beat up Fargo. I remember my mom telling me once that these Fargos were such a common sight in Goa and Karnataka in the 70s and 80s
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    Up next vintage cars...
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      We headed to basement where cars from different eras brushed shoulders with each other.
      First up was the funky looking three-wheeled car - the Badal - which used to be manufactured in Bangalore by Sunrise Auto Indus Limited (SAIL). The blurb for the Badal said that the car was designed in India for Indian conditions and that it had the optimum combination of safety, comfort and speed. I wonder if SAIL could claim the same if it was still making the Badal today. The Badal had a lightweight anti-corrosive FRP body. SAIL, during the time, claimed that the steering accuracy of the Badal was perfect because of its single front wheel configuration. The Badal’s engine, mounted at the rear of the car, had a claimed fuel efficiency of 25 kilometres per litre!
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      The Badal is made of FRP composites.
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      Is it levitating? No, its a three wheeler.
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      Air vents on a people's car to keep the engine cool. Wow!
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      The museum also had the four seater convertible designed by DC Designs that was used in the movie Dil To Pagal Hai. The cheeky little red convertible was used by Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan). This section also housed a couple of vintage Bollywood posters as well. On the other side of the hall was a recreation of how shops selling tools and spares looked like back in the day. These shops were filled to the brim with antique tools from brands like Ixion and Kangaroo Brand. Another shop had lanterns, gas lamps and other lighting accessories.
      The red convertible used in Dil To Pagal Hai and driven by Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan)
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      As you walk past these stalls you notice another little red convertible. This one was a Standard Herald convertible. Behind the Herald were all the different versions of the Hindustan Twelve that eventually became the Ambassador. The first one was a 1948 Hindustan Twelve with a 1.5-litre engine. Right next to it was a 1954 Hindustan Landmaster and a 1969 Hindustan Ambassador Mark I. Opposite to them was the Ambassador Mark II. Behind the Ambys was a 1967 Renault Four, a 1954 Fiat 1100 Sedan, a Standard 10 and 1963 Volkswagen Beetle.
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      Road signs from the past.
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      A 1935 Buick Series Limousine with a 5.7-litre inline 8 cylinder engine.
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      The 1948 Hindustan Twelve.
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      The Hindustan Ambassador Landmaster (centre) flanked by the Mark I (to its right) and Hindustan Twelve (to its left). All these cars share an identical wheelbase.
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      The iconic Hindustan Landmaster.
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      The Hindustan Ambassador Mark I.
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      The 1967 Renault Four. This Renault was shortlisted by the Government of India for mass production in India but lost out because of the cost of production.
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      Vintage toys for kids.
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      A 1954 Fiat 1100 Sedan.
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      The Standard 10
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      Old photography equipment on display.
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      But the biggest, baddest car of the lot was definitely the 1957 Land Rover Series I (Short Wheelbase). This pristine white car had a canopy roof with white wheels. The rest of the floor was filled with big American classics like a 1960 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Sedan, A 1946 Buick 50 Super Series Sedan and others.
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      Those white wheels look gorgeous. Can't stop dreaming of dirtying them up on some off road trail.
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      1948 Hudson Commodore Sedan with a 4.3-litre inline L-head engine. I loved the fact that it looked like a spaceship. Note the covered rear wheels to aid aerodynamics.
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      The Nash 600 Series Slipstream Deluxe Sedan with a 6-cylinder 2.8-litre Inline L-head gasoline engine.
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      1946 Humber Pullman. Humber & Co was a British manufacturer of motorcycles and motor vehicles. The Humber Pullman was basically an extended version of the Humber Snipe.
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      1946 Mercury Sedan with a 3.9-litre V8.
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      The 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton with a 3.2-litre straight 6 gasoline engine.
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      1962 Pontiac Tempest LeMans Convertible with a 3.2-litre four cylinder petrol motor.
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      A 1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible with a 3.9-litre 6-cylinder motor.
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      Below: Desoto Diplomat Convertible from 1954.
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      A Dodge Dart 8 (1962) with a 5.2-litre V8 motor.
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      1960 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Sedan.
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      A Chevrolet Belair Sedan.
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      A Buick 50 Super Series Sedan with a 4.1-litre V8 motor.
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      • #18
        There is just so much history associated with each of these cars and bikes. I've been to the museum multiple times, but I never get tired of it. I can just sit there and stare all day long at these beauties, and relive some memories as well, as I can associate my childhood and younger days with some of the cars and bikes there. CYRUS43 wish you were here with us on this trip. You would have loved it!
        Drink coffee and drive!

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        • #19
          NikilSJ Great post ! You have got the entire museum online now ! Still drooling over that 1960 Chevy Impala . The Zig drive was great fun, let's do this again on the next weekend. Roshun NikilSJ JijoMalayil CorsaVeloce Speedzilla Swati Yadav Rhythem Raswant n00b MotuSid vignesh Dv Vignesh Srinivasan

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          • #20
            Also on display were some really cool vintage bikes and scooters. Here's a look at some of the models that were on display.
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            The iconic Yezdi D250 Classic 'D' Type
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            A rusty old BSA Norton
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            Lambretta Moped
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            Rajdoot 175 aka Bobby. Don't you think the new Navi looks a bit like the Bobby?
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            Atlas Moped
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            The one and only Vespa
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            Lambretta 150
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            The funky looking Salsbury Model 85
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            A Tuk Tuk Enfield. Note the fat front tyre and the awesome paintjob.
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            Closer look at the paintwork
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            A Bajaj Tempo Hanseat from the 1960s
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            This model's nameplate just said 'Jugaad from Haryana, India'
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            Probably the newest bike on display at the museum - a Suzuki Shaolin
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            • #21
              The second floor of the Heritage Transport Museum had exhibits like model planes and auto rickshaws with some mad paint jobs.
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              This is bling machine is a Contessa encrusted with 18,902 Re1 coins stuck on it!
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