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Ravi Karunanayake (right) hands over the prize to the overall winner Shalike Ganewatte

Shalike Ganewatte was adjudged the overall winner of the Mana Jayawardana Memorial Trophy at the ‘Founders Rally’ held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Classic Car Club of Ceylon (CCCC) that was held on November 27.

Organized in partnership with Wurth Lanka, McFoil and Kingsbury Hotel, the event comprised a novel Fun Rally that commenced with an elegant collection of classic cars setting off from Race Course Car Park winding their way across Colombo.

Each of the participants was presented with a series of directions and challenges which required them to navigate their way through the bustling city while identifying selected landmarks and other entertaining challenges along the route before concluding the rally at The Kingsbury Hotel 1½ hours later.

Like the CCCC’s highly successful ‘Heritage Hill Climb’ event which took place in September 2016 to inaugurate the club’s 25th Anniversary, the Founders Rally drew strong and enthusiastic participation from members with over 56 timeless classic cars taking part, a record turnout for the event.

In attendance as chief guest for the Founders Rally was CCCC Founding Committee member and drafter of the club’s constitution, Arjun Deraniyagala. Speaking at the event, Deraniyagala recalled his experience in forming the club together with Classic Car enthusiasts such as Mana Jayawardana, J.P. Obesekera and Edward Mason. Other guests of honour in attendance were Asgi Akbarally and Kumar Paul Snr (Vice Patrons of the Club), Camillus Abeygunawardene, Honourary Life Member and Farih Fauz who initiated to Mana Jayawardana to form the club 25 years ago.

The event concluded with a members get-together and brunch at The Kingsbury Hotel Colombo following which awards were presented to participants, including two new categories – Best Classic Saloon Cars and Best Classic Sports Cars for which 1st and 2nd runners-up were also awarded trophies, before culminating in the awarding of the “Mana Jayawardana Memorial Challenge Trophy” donated by Dinesh Jayawardana, son of the late Mana Jayawardana.

The participation of all other members at the event were also recognized with the presenting of ‘Certifications of Participation’. The milestone event was further enhanced with the launch of the CCCC’s 25th year club calendar which was distributed to all members present at the event.

Concluding the event, CCCC President, Ramani Ponnambalam thanked all of the club’s members for their participation before paying tribute to the late President Mana Jayawardana and current Vice President Clive de Silva for their efforts and ground work which enabled the Classic Car Club of Ceylon to be affiliated to FIVA the governing body of Classic Cars. She further noted that it was a happy coincidence that the clubs 25th anniversary coincided with the 50th anniversary of FIVA.

Also gracing the occasion was the Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance and step-son-in-law of Mana Jayawardana who handed over the “Mana Jayawardana Memorial Trophy” to the overall winner before concluding with the presentation of trophies by the sons of Mana Jayawardana – Romesh and Dinesh.

Results
Classic Sports Cars
Winner–Dilshan Gomez – Datsun 260Z, 1st Runner-up–Yevinda Amerasekara – Camaro. 2nd Runner-up–Kishan Perera – Triumph TR3.

Classic Saloon Cars
Winner–Shalike Ganewatte – Hilman Minx, 1st Runner-up – Milindu Mallawarachchi – Fiat 132, 2nd Runner-up – Dinesh de Silva – Peugeot 403.

Overall winner of the Mana Jayawardana memorial Trophy:
Shalike Ganewatte.

Fun Challenges
Closest to the Boogy Time–Senaka Kotagama.
Winner of Fun Challenge: Dr. Prasad Nanayakkara.
Best Lady participant: Dilani Amendra.
Parking test: 1st David Todd, 2. Nimal Wimalasuriya, 3. Ravi Ekanayake.

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Bri Ponnambalam (right) presents a prize to the best lady participant Dilani Amendra
Bri Ponnambalam (right) presents a prize to the best lady participant Dilani Amendra

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Vintage cars on parade in Colombo
Vintage cars on parade in Colombo