Old and beautiful: Vintage queens thrill car lovers

  • Himabindu Reddy, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
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  • Updated: Dec 10, 2012 01:00 IST
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    Army Chief General Bikram Singh flags off the 21 Gun Salute vintage car rally in New Delhi.

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    Participants with their vintage cars during the 21 Gun Salute vintage car rally in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)

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    A child sits on the Vintage Lambretta-150 scooter during the 21 Gun Salute vintage car rally in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)

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    Army Chief Gen. Bikram Singh sits in a Willys Overland 1909 vintage car during the 21 Gun Salute vintage Rally in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    A woman rides in a Rolls Royce 1912 vintage car during the 21 Gun Salute Rally in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    Vintage cars drive through New Delhi during the 21 Gun Salute vintage rally in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)

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    Visitors look at vintage cars participating in the rally during the 21 Gun Salute vintage rally in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)

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    Vintage cars drive through Gurgaon, Haryana as part of the third 21 Gun Salute vintage rally in Gurgaon. (HT Photo/Manoj Kumar)

Classic couture of Rolls Royce, Bentley, Dodge and others sashayed their curves with hot and bold moves along the streets of the Millennium City.

More than 125 car models, including some of them dating back to 1909, and about 45 bikes from the good old days rolled out a nostalgic treat for car lovers during the third vintage car rally on Sunday.

Participants from Chandigarh, Kanpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and other places showcased their rare collections during the rally that culminated at 1pm at Leisure Valley Grounds here.

Yaseer, a proud owner of 1913 model Rolls Royce from Kanpur said, “It is an ancestral property. We never had to buy our vintage. It has been passed on to us.”

Some of the most popular vintage beauties at the event included the Willys Overland 1909 — the oldest among all — Rolls Royce 1912, Bentley 1947, and Rolls Royce Phantom 1 of 1925.

“All cars manufactured before 1939 are vintage cars and those post 1939 to 1960s are classic cars,” said Madan Mohan, the organiser of the rally and managing director of the restaurant, 21 Gun Salute.

Gurgaon’s deputy commissioner of police for traffic Maheshwar Dayal found the collection “the finest” of those he had ever seen.

“This is the finest collection I have ever seen. I was supposed to bring my car too, but plans changed,” said Dayal, who owns three vintage cars. 

The rally was flagged off by Army chief Gen Bikram Singh from Panchsheel Club in Delhi.

“The idea is to present the rich royal heritage to the people of Gurgaon,” said Mohan.

 

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