DPRC, not to be confused with DPRK, is like Bandra Gymkhana for people who aren’t members of Bandra Gymkhana. It’s always existed in relative obscurity and even the fact that it keeps wild game birds on its front lawn isn’t an incentive enough for the good people of Bandra to give it a second look. But I think this Sunday might be a little different, this Sunday DPRC will have its moment in the sun; even if it does happen to be for an event that celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Bandra Gymkhana. The event in question; a vintage car show.
To commemorate the 80 years of Bandra Gymkhana, DPRC is hosting a vintage car show with such beauties as the Bentley Mk.6, the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, the Cadillac Series 62 and Hindustan Motors Ambassador (for some inexplicable reason), to name a few. There’re also some antique motorcycles whose names I couldn’t be bothered to learn, but either way, it’s a ridiculously gorgeous site to anyone who sees it. You don’t have to be a total gear head to appreciate old cars, they’re not beautiful because they’re cars, they’re beautiful because they’re beautiful; they’re works of art, iron sculptures that stand as timeless testament to the ingenuity and intuition of men.
Going to a car show is more like a visit to an art gallery than a car dealership, the cars we have today might be quieter, and more economical and safe (all liberal bullshit if you ask me), but they’re cold soulless machines designed on computers; these care are different, they were designed over Scotch and cigars. Just one glance at the glistening red bonnet of an old Cadillac is enough to make anyone yearn for the olden days, where dreams came true, everybody smoked and women couldn’t vote.
The Decree: Entry to the car show is free, so you have literally no reason not to show up. They have an incredible line-up of cars you won’t find anywhere in the city short of an old Parsi man’s garage.
Date: 23rd October 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am- 2pm
Venue: DPRC, Near Bandra Gymkhana, Bandra West