The Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) today announced that Viveck Goenka, prominent car collector and Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group, has been elected president of the organisation for 2018-19.
Goenka succeeds Edil J. Katrak. The association, which enters its 100th year of existence, also announced that Nitin Dossa, president of Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI), has been re-elected Executive Chairman.
Other elected representatives include Viral Acharya, who was re-elected to the post of First Vice President, and eminent car collector Jagdish Thackersey, who will serve as the Second Vice President, succeeding Kirtikumar K. Dayal.
Speaking to Autocar India, Goenka said, "I am privileged to be elected the president of WIAA in its centenary year. Automobiles are very close to my heart, and with Nitin Dossa, Viral Doshi and Jagdish Thackersay leading the way, I am sure the coming year will be a memorable one for all automobile aficionados."
Goenka has one of India's largest car collections and it includes rare Mercedes-Benz models and every generation of the Mercedes S-class and Land Rover, apart from a slew of classic Volkswagens and Fiats. He has a huge passion for old-school 4WDs and also has a big collection of American cars. Interestingly, at the fifth edition of the Cartier Concours D'Elegance 2017, he participated with a staggering seven cars, a record for any collector/restorer at a show like Cartier.