Magnificent vintage car museum in Sonapur: a connoisseur’s delight

The history of human civilization highlights that mankind has never been content to whet the physical appetite alone. This eternal human urge to look beyond the bare necessities of food, shelter and clothing had resulted in generating various sources of entertainment.

Humanity’s endless need to learn, explore and discover the unknown and unseen, solely for aesthetic pleasure, has driven the development of tourism.

In accordance with the inextricable human urge, the people of Guwahati and Assam travel across India and abroad with a view to exploring the world, peeking at various historical monuments, discovering different cultures and other timeless human achievements and architectural brilliance. etc

However, true to the adage that “closer to the Church, further from God”, many of us didn’t bother to visit the magnificent automobile museum which has a stunning collection of vintage cars, four-wheelers and priceless motorcycles at Medhikuchi Village. , near Sonapur, about fifteen kilometers from Guwahati on National Highway 37.

Against the backdrop of lush green surroundings and breathtaking natural beauty, the premier automobile museum in Assam and the North East stands in all its glory. When one enters the large antique collection museum, one is simply flabbergasted by the sight of a number of helmets perfectly embellishing and adorning the front door.

It turns out that these helmets were used by soldiers during World War II. The effort and tenacity to procure such precious objects testifies to the innovative thinking, the artistic spirit and the passion of the man, the architect, at the origin of this magnificent museum.

Connoisseurs get very euphoric to find a huge collection of classic cars that range from a ‘Skoda’ vehicle manufactured in 1899. To note that ‘Skoda’ remains one of the five oldest car producing companies in the world with a record uninterrupted till date.

Vintage cars like Plymouth (1928), Volkswagen Beetle (1936), Morris Minor (1952), Vauxhall (1936) delight vehicle enthusiasts.

The sight of an 1897 “Oldsmobile” and a 1924 “Baby Austin” speak volumes about the quality of the automobile museum.

Many more vintage cars are available numbering around 55. The splendid museum, in a way, offers the opportunity to see the evolution of vehicles from its nascent phase.

An abundance of vintage two-wheelers enrich the museum’s classic gallery. The iconic “Albion motor cycle” named “Bell Drive” made in 1901 is there for the observers.

The “Royal Enfield bicycles”, of different varieties, which were used during the Second World War, add an attraction for adventure-loving connoisseurs. The museum houses nearly 50 iconic motorcycles made over ten decades from 1902.

In addition, around twenty classic scooters can be seen.

The collector’s passion for vintage and priceless objects does not stop at cars alone. The exhibition of old watches, gramophones and last but not least telephones in chronological order makes the visit remarkable.

A replica telephone invented by Graham Bell is scintillating and an asset.

No distinction, the eulogy is enough for the solitary effort of Mr. Pickloo Deka, the man behind such an impressive collection of vintage cars, two-wheelers, artifacts magnifying his selfless devotion and his passion for the timeless, which is worth preserving objects.

Mr. Deka did everything by himself, from collecting various items, setting up the infrastructure, and day-to-day maintenance and upkeep. He spent his own hard-earned money on the whole project to translate his dream. The Sonapur Vintage Car Museum is a treat for connoisseurs.

Many of us have passion. We dream. But turning the dream into reality requires unwavering effort, a determined goal, and the mental resilience to sacrifice self-interest.

Mr. Piklu Deka’s long-cherished dream for an automobile museum has provided the ‘hoi-polloi’ with an opportunity to get a respite from monotonous life, an avenue of recreation for automobile enthusiasts in addition to to provide a new alternative and choice for tourism enthusiasts to go on familiar sightseeing tours like Kaziranga National Park.

Assam is known worldwide for its wildlife and religious tourism attracting thousands of tourists. At a time when an unprecedented wave of caring and friendly works are being implemented at the grassroots level with remarkable speed since the installation of the current government of Assam in May 2021, it is believed that the government may consider include ‘a vintage car museum’. ‘ in its list of glorious and established tourist destinations, adding a new perspective to Assam tourism.

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