Mata­dor es­cape

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE -

Re­cently re­leased Bol­ly­wood movie, Raees, is about a per­son with the same ti­tle. A typ­i­cal Bol­ly­wood mo­tion pic­ture, the char­ac­ter of Raees is played by pop­u­lar ac­tor Shahrukh Khan. Bor­der­ing on mys­te­ri­ous, and drift­ing on the wrong side of law to make a quick buck, Raees is a boot­leg­ger. He hails from Gu­jarat where al­co­hol is pro­hib­ited.

A dry state that Gu­jarat is, it means a big op­por­tu­nity for Raees to get rich. The plans of the clever boot­leg­ger are how­ever chal­lenged by a tough cop, ACP Ma­jum­dar, played by an­other pop­u­lar ac­tor Nawazud­din Sid­diqui. With Shahrukh’s char­ac­ter said to draw from the life and times of a crim­i­nal from Gu­jarat, the movie shows Shahrukh’s en­try into the boot­leg­ging busi­ness at a young age, and un­der the aegis of a no­to­ri­ous gang­ster Jairaj. With Sadiq, played by Mo­hammed Zee­shan Ayyub, as his aid, Raees smug­gles al­co­hol. He bends the law, and builds a busi­ness em­pire, un­known to the fact that he is get­ting en­tan­gled in a web spun by Ma­jum­dar. In a one-off smug­gling as­sign­ment of Gold, Raees, un­known to him, smug­gles RDX ex­plo­sives. He is tricked by Moosa, played by Naren­dra jha, who uses ex­plo­sives to carry out se­rial blasts in North

In­dia. Upon find­ing out his role, the cops la­bel Raees the ‘most wanted’ crim­i­nal. Ma­jum­dar reaches Raees’s home with a heav­ily armed force with shoot at sight or­ders. Us­ing Sadiq as a pawn, he tricks Raees into com­ing home. Raees does, and in a blue-colour Mata­dor. It is the Mata­dor, which helps him to foil Ma­jum­dar’s plan.

In­tro­duced as a re­place­ment of the Tempo Vik­ing (launched in 1962), which Force Motors (erst­while Ba­jaj Tempo) in­tro­duced along side the Hanseat three-wheeler, af­ter the 1973 oil crises, the Mata­dor flaunted rec­tan­gu­lar head lamps in­stead of Vik­ing’s round ones, and a uniquely shaped grille. Both the Hanseat and Vik­ing were built by Ba­jaj Tempo un­der li­cense from Vi­dal & Sohn Tempo-Werke of Ger­many. Over the Vik­ing’s 1497cc four-cylin­der four-stroke petrol en­gine (sourced from Austin of Eng­land) driv­ing the front wheels, the Mata­dor was pow­ered by a four-cylin­der, four-stroke, diesel en­gine with a tur­bu­lence cham­ber.

It too was a front wheel drive de­sign, and de­vel­oped 44 bhp at 3800 rpm. Cred­ited of in­tro­duc­ing vans to In­di­ans along with a sim­i­lar de­sign by Stan­dard Motors, it is the Mata­dor, which went on to be be­come very pop­u­lar in In­dia with busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als. It sprang nu­mer­ous ver­sions build over dif­fer­ent wheel­bases, and in cargo and peo­ple­mover guises. Equipped with a four­speed ZF gear­box, the Mata­dor was re­placed with the Tempo Trav­eller in the early 80s.

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