Sunday, 26th June may have been a regular lazy day for the rest of the city, but as far as enthusiasts of motorcycles are concerned, it was a day that will go down in the books of history, a day when Kolkata got together to celebrate Motorcycles and the freedom it gives to its lovers.
The parking lot at Gate No. 4 of Eco Park turned into a carnival of sorts with the legendary vintage bikes and their connoisseurs standing tall in the center, an array of superbikes and their humble owners in the corner, a small timer-track pathway competition going on near the entrance, a stunt show being performed by professional motorcycle-stunters and a podium set for a thrilling performance by a noted band in the city. An event nothing less than a carnival.
“I feel I’ve come back to my days in college. The event organized today reminds me of the fests I used to wait for as a student, only this time, at World Motorcycle Day Kolkata, I know I’m surrounded by people with the common love for motorcycles” said Kaustav, an IT professional and a motorcycle enthusiast.
An event being held out in the open has its own risks of rain and storm “We were praying to god for it to not rain during the ride and the event and in return what we got was scorching heat during the ride in the morning, we had to adjust to the heat but then it was better than rain any day” said Sumit Shaw one of the senior organizers of the event.
With a turnout of close to 1300 people, World Motorcycle Day Kolkata can safely be considered the biggest in-city motorcycling event celebrating the freedom of motorcycles. The event even saw Mr Debashis Sen, CMD- HIDCO himself pay it a visit and strike a pose on one of the superbikes there.
“If we were able to achieve even 40% of what we had planned for the event, I’d consider the event a major success” said Arony Ghosh one of the members handling the PR of the event and a member of an independent board of marshals that can be contacted to aid in organizing disciplined group rides in the city.
“I’m glad that the vintage motorcycle enthusiasts too were invited for World Motorcycle Day Kolkata. I’m sure upon seeing the turnout this year a lot of other connoisseurs of vintage bikes will attend the event next year” said Harjit Singh Dhanjal a noted motorcycle enthusiast in the city.
With music in the air and motorcycles all around, World Motorcycle Day Kolkata delivered what it promised- a fun-filled day celebrating motorcycles and the freedom they give us.
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