Sure there’s the Charminar and the world-famous biryani and alleys filled with perfume and culture. But if you done exploring that side of the city, buckle up. We’re taking you on a joyride to Sudha Cars Museum in Hyderabad
WORDS: AMOGH PUROHIT
Everyone loves to play with toy cars as kids. But young Sudhakar didn’t stop there. He never let anything get in the way of his passion and imagination.
At the age of 14, he created his first car collecting the necessary articles from junkyards. And the very next year, he made his first ‘Easy Rider Motorbike’. He tried his hands on a four-wheeler when he was studying in Intermediate II year and created a stunning, rugged-looking ‘Dune Buggy’.
He took his passion forward and as he grew up so did his fondness for making peculiar and unusual vehicles. So, he decided to do just that and in 2010, he opened the gates to Sudha Cars Museum in Hyderabad. Just 6 kms off the city, this museum guarantees you a day of bizarre fun.
Conceptualised and created entirely by Sudhakar Yadav, this museum really takes one’s imagination for a drive. Even if you’re not a car lover, the sheer art and creativity is bound to impress you. It is simply imaginative and innovative.
There are cars in almost every shape you can see around you in your daily life. An ornament train with its bogies in the shape of jewellery, of bridal dresses, a pool table, a bed, and there’s a replica of the famous red London Bus.
He’s also built India’s smallest train. It can seat up to 10 people, is just 19 feet long and took just 20 days to
complete. Yadav also happens to hold a Guinness World Record for the same.
In 2005, he built the world’s largest tricycle and rode in the streets of Hyderabad. It had an overall height of 41.6 ft. The wheel’s diameter was 17 ft, and the length was an impressive 37.3 ft.
Yadav and his museum are also mentioned in the Limca Book of Records and have also been featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
His cars may look absurd and unusual, but they are completely functional. Some have the controls neatly hidden away in the body. Imagine going to work in a car shaped like a handbag, a toilet seat or a cricket bat.
In his museum, there are some vintage cars replicas too. They have been created from common everyday cars, and material from unusual places. A basic Maruti car has been turned into an unrecognisable form of a classic car.
There’s even a Rolls Royce lookalike with a Fiat Padmini engine. Indian classic cars are on display here as well for the automobile enthusiast looking for something beyond sheer novelty.
A small information board in front of every car tells you more about it; it’s year of making, body type and the time taken to create it. These unique vehicles could take about 20 days to even three years to be ready.
Yadav also likes to build bikes and cars to commemorate specific occasions. For Children’s Day, he built a pen, pencil, and pencil sharpener fleet. For Women’s Day, he made stiletto and handbag-shaped cars powered by a nimble 6cc engine, and for World AIDS Day, he crafted a condom-mobile.
The museum also displays almost 30 designs of bicycles, each with a unique look and a catchy name like Penny Farthings, Made for Each Other, Tandems, and so on.
What makes the collection even more impressive is the fact that most of the vehicles are customised and have been built using old and unwanted parts from junkyards all around the city. These backyard-made cars cost about Rs 1 lakh to manufacture. And none of his creations are for sale.
Yadav regularly wheels them out for public celebrations, road shows and parades.
The surroundings of the museum are also dotted with interesting objects made from junk found in a scrapyard.
There are bugs made of motorcycle parts, park benches created using suspension coils, and everything that makes you smile.
You might not learn about important historical events or get to witness scientific experiements, but this museum sure takes creativity for a spin. The cars are well-maintained enough to tempt you to take them out for a drive. Visit it any day between 9:30 am and 6:30 pm at a nominal entrance fee and you are sure to walk out smiling thinking of new shapes cars could be made of.