Rana Manaven­dra Singh of Bar­wani is the torch­bearer of clas­sic cars in In­dia, says Adil

Evo India - - DRIVEN - ADIL JAL DARUKHANAW­ALA @adil­jal

and putting to­gether the Cartier ‘Travel with Style’ Con­cours d’El­e­gance from its in­cep­tion in 2008, that alone wasn’t enough for me to put him right up there with many of his global peers. In fact his restora­tion work (com­menc­ing from around 1978) as well as the doc­u­men­ta­tion process he brought to chron­i­cling the prove­nance of a clas­sic or vin­tage car alone ranked him high in my es­teem.

The fact that he was ear­lier in­volved in putting to­gether the class for Cars of the Ma­hara­jas at Peb­ble Beach in 2012 was but one in­stance of his prow­ess and this year at Peb­ble he was largely in­stru­men­tal in go­ing one step fur­ther with the two classes for Mo­tor Cars of the Raj in which no less than eleven great cars made the jour­ney from our shores to Cal­i­for­nia (read about this else­where in this very is­sue). The fact that San­dra But­ton, Chair­man of the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance worked with Man­ven­dra to put all this to­gether also found res­o­nance in Man­ven­dra’s ex­per­tise be­ing tapped by other events across the globe.

As such when he was asked to get into the pas­sen­ger seat of Dil­jeet Ti­tus’ ex­quis­ite 1930 Stutz M LeBaron speed­ster to drive up with the former to re­ceive his third place tro­phy, there was a sur­prise await­ing him as he was pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious Lorin Ty­ron Award for mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice to the clas­sic car cause. I was watch­ing the live stream­ing of the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance cour­tesy Mo­tor Trend mag­a­zine with my good friend An­gus Macken­zie do­ing the hon­ours and I was bowled over by this fan­tas­tic recog­ni­tion for Man­ven­dra be­cause I felt that not just was he de­serv­ing of this ac­co­lade but also that he had sin­gle­hand­edly put In­dia and its clas­sic car move­ment on the global map in a most dis­tin­guished man­ner.

So while I bask in the aura of the suc­cesses of our fel­low coun­try­men in this rar­i­fied field, let me also take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind you, in case you needed be­ing told, it is the fifth an­niver­sary is­sue of this ex­cit­ing au­to­mo­tive mag­a­zine. It mar­ries many of the ideas that we as­pired to when I set up Car & Bike In­ter­na­tional in June 1987 and then Over­drive in 1998. To say that the au­to­mo­tive en­thu­si­ast cause has come of age and ex­cel­lence in In­dia, you just have to take to evo In­dia to know, see, read and be a part of this en­thu­si­asm ev­ery month. ⌧

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