From Lambretta to mopeds, Pune Man has collected 550 vintage 2 wheels in 30 years

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A Pune-based entrepreneur collected the time spent in the form of two-wheelers from the 1940s. Vineet Kenjale, now 55, has been collecting vintage bikes and scooters for 30 years. Vineet, to this day, owns more than 550 vintage two-wheelers and wishes to open a museum to exhibit its collection.

Born on June 18, 1966, Vineet has been passionate about scooters and bikes since the age of 10. He not only collects bikes but also restores and repairs them. “I have vehicles from the time of the world war. Since I was a child, I never let my family members sell old vehicles. I have been collecting two-wheelers for over 30 years. I’m working on opening a museum, ”Vineet told ANI.

His collection ranges from mopeds with a meager 50cc powertrain to the 1950 Royal Enfield model, arguably the first self-starting bicycle ever made in India. “In the 1980s, I saw people frequently switch from one bike to another and throw away the old models. So I started to wonder what would happen to these discarded models. That’s when the idea of ​​collecting the models came to my mind, ”Vineet told The Better India.

Vineet got most of his collection through donations of old machines from family, friends, and others he approached, but bought some models. The first bike he bought was a Lambretta 59 for Rs700. Vineet accepts bicycles, regardless of the condition of the vehicle. Its collection also includes LML PL170, Kelvinator scooters, Kinetic scooters, Rajdoot scooters, Ramona 1960, BSA Bond and Hercules Moped 1967, among others.

In 2018, Vineet received a mention in the Limca Book of Records for the maximum number of bikes in a collection. Vineet and his team of 12 employees maintain these bikes, and nearly 90 percent of the bikes are in working order.

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