'Wheels-2012' enthralls auto buffs in city

 The automobile enthusiasts had an opportunity to view the vintage cars, Jawa bikes, mopeds, Yezdi bikes, sports cars, and superbikes, at auto expo— ‘Wheels - 2012’ organised by Flames, a students' association of mechanical engineering students of Sahyadri College of Engineering.

A rally was organised as a part of the auto expo. The rally was flagged off at Mahaveera Circle and concluded at the college campus, in Adyar.

MYK-5970 Ambassador car manufactured in 1951 in America, from Manjusha museum at Dharmasthala welcomed the visitors at the expo.

Dilip Kumar had exhibited a bicycle with gear facility. The bicycle was made in Britain way back in 1951.

‘Suvega’ of 1976,  Lambretta-48 of 1956, Yezdi from Czechoslovakia, Jawa bikes were centre of attraction among the youth. Jawa bikes were household names in India when it was introduced in the Indian market. It had become part of Indian lifestyle. In fact, Jawa had set up its unit in India in 1962 and was renamed as Jawa Yezdi, said a student.

Different models of Jawa bikes were also on display.  Other two-wheelers which were on display are ‘Ninja,’ ‘GSX,’ ‘Hayabusa,’ ‘R1’ bikes, which made the youth to ride the bikes at least once in their lifetime. Vintage cars too were  the star of attraction.

Morris Minor 1000, Ford jeep, Contessa car of Hindustan Motors, old Fiat car  along with modern cars like  Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Audi were on display. Customised cars and bikes and accessories, which enhance performances of cars and bikes like exhaust free headers and silencers, air-filters and other accessories, were also kept for display in the auto expo.

Organising committee head of the event Rakshith Shetty said this event has been organised to educate people about how automobile industry has changed over the years technology-wise.

The expo was inaugurated by Sanjay Rao of Mandovi Motors. He spoke on the importance of wearing safety belt. College Principal U Bhushi was present.

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