Mumbai: The Way It Was—and Is

Courtesy Manvendra Singh Barwani and Sharada Dwivedi, authors of The Automobiles of the Maharajas.

Back in 2006 Cartier’s Elephant Polo Cup brought together an international group of Indians and Indophiles for an eccentric extravaganza of parties and lavishly decorated pachyderms in Jaipur. This year, from October 31 to November 2, attention turns to Mumbai for the Cartier Concours D’Elegance Travel with Style, the country’s first classic car event—a Goodwood for the East—held at the Royal Western India Turf Club. Actress Monica Bellucci and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason will judge a collection of 60-plus vehicles, many amassed and commissioned by India’s Raj-era ruling families. Mark Shand, travel writer, conservationist, and brother of Camilla Parker Bowles, conceived the invitation-only event. Not only does he have all the right friends to make this the most glamorous weekend of the season—the highlight will be high tea and cocktails after the awards ceremony—but he also has a passion for novel modes of transport. He did, after all, famously ride an elephant named Tara 1,000 miles across the Subcontinent. For more information, contact Benedicte Hellman at