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The Classic Car Club of Ceylon

Founded in 1992, the CLASSIC CAR CLUB OF CEYLON brings together a group of people with a profound respect and love for classic cars. The club today boasts over 250 members. We provide the foundation for the preservation of these masterful works by enabling members to interact, share ideas & restoration tips, as well as providing an opportunity to exercise these machines in a safe environment via our regular club events. We also drive the love for classics by organizing public and educational events giving a wider audience access to the history and beauty of these cars.

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In late 1991 having attended a Member's day get-together organized by the Vintage Car Club (VCOC), the late Mr. Mana Jayawardena, President of the Classic Car Club for 17 years, came to the realization that there were many cars that had collector's value which were not part of the VCOC or any other club. Having contacted the VCOC requesting them to consider expanding their coverage to bring in numerous Classic Cars, Mr. Jayawardena and the then President of the VCOC, Mr. Farih Fouz came to the understanding that the VCOC should maintain their classification criteria and a separate club should be formed to cover classic vehicles in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Jayawardena and Mr. Fouz called together a group of classic car enthusiasts - Mr. James P. Obeysekera , the late Mr. Edward Mason, Mr. Bri Ponnambalam, Mr & Mrs. Farih Fouz, Mr. Arjun Deraniyagala and Mr. M. Balasubramaniam, to discuss the possibility of setting up a new club. All present were unanimous in the decision that they should form a club catering to Classic Vehicles.

A series of meetings ensued, and within two months a detailed club constitution was drafted. By this time it was decided that the club was going to be named the Classic Car Club of Ceylon and no sooner the late Mr. Cyril Gardiner heard about its formation, he immediately contacted the club and agreed to host the inaugural meeting at his expense at Galle Face Hotel.

With the inaugural meeting taking place on the 8th of April 1992, the Classic Car Club of Ceylon was launched.

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The Classic Car owners who attended the inaugural meeting were admitted as founder members. The enthusiasm for the club was apparent and within 8 months we had already hosted 2 events. The first event was a short Member's day rally which started opposite the Art Gallery in Colombo and ended at Trans Asia Hotel, then known as the Renaissance Hotel, followed by a lunch. The Second event was the Christmas Party that started opposite Galle Face Hotel, who were also sponsors of the event, and ending at the BMICH. By this time the Club had about 50 members. Today the club has achieved all its primary intentions and has gone from strength to strength, organizing a minimum of 2-3 events per year and a steady increase in memberships.

The club is also well known for organizing the 'much looked forward to' event - Ceylon Motor Show which has become a fixed calendar event in Sri Lanka since the first show was held in 2000. The club has also achieved international recognition and is now affiliated to the International controlling body of self-propelled historic vehicles of France (FIVA)..


  • Patron:

    Commissioner of Motor Traffic

  • Vice Patrons:

    Asgi Akbarally & Geepal Fernando

  • President:

    Sanjiv Alles

  • Vice Presidents:

    Shalike Ganewatta & Seneka Kotagama

  • Secretary:

    Priyanga Samaratunga

  • Asst. Secretary:

    Ramani Ponnambalam

  • Treasurer:

    Shiraz Akbarally

  • Asst. Treasurer

    Suhen Vanigasooriya

  • Imm. Past President:

    Clive de Silva (Jnr.)

  • Competitions Secretary

    Chanaka Jinasena

  • General Committee:

    Dinesh Jayawardena

    Dinesh de Silva

    Ramal Jasinghe

    Kishan D Perera

    Dilshan Gomes

  • Editor:

    Chandana Amaratunga

  • Consultant Members:

    Romesh Paul, Bri Ponnambalam, Clive de Silva (Snr.), Yevinda Amarasekara, Tilak Amendra.


  1. The Club shall be called “The Classic Car Club of Ceylon”.

  1. The word “Club” shall mean “The Classic Car Club of Ceylon”

  2. The Office Bearers of the Club shall mean:

    The Patron

    The Hon. President & 2 Hon. Vice Presidents

    The Hon. Secretary & Hon. Asst. Secretary

    The Hon. Treasurer & Hon. Asst. Treasurer

    The Hon. Competitions Secretary

    The Hon. Social Secretary

    The Hon. Editor

  3. The Executive Committee of the Club shall mean:

    The Hon. President & 2 Hon. Vice Presidents

    The Hon. Secretary & Hon. Asst. Secretary

    The Hon. Treasurer & Hon. Asst. Treasurer

    The Hon. Competitions Secretary

    The Hon. Social Secretary

    The Hon. Editor

    05 elected Members

  1. Every member other than Honorary Members shall pay to the Club a subscription in terms of the category of membership to which he/she belongs. Subscriptions shall be paid for the year in advance.

  2. The annual subscription payable for different categories or members shall be determined from time to time by the Executive Committee of the Club.

  3. Any members of the Club having ceased to be a member of the Club being desirous of re-election shall repay the entrance fee and arrears of subscriptions as the Executive Committee may decide.

  1. The Club could be wound up only by a motion moved at a special general meeting with the written consent of three fourth majority of the total number of members entitled to vote. Such a motion will require a three fourth majority of those present for it's adoption. In the event of the Club being wound up, the finances of the Club shall be disposed of as decided on at such meeting.

Affiliates – FIVA

FIVA: Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens

International organization dedicated to promoting global friendship and mutual understanding by supporting and encouraging the organization of events for historic vehicles.

With more than 1.000.000 enthusiasts in over 50 countries throughout the world FIVA endeavors to conserve a vital piece of our industrial heritage through defending the right to free use of the public highways worldwide by historic vehicles