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Jaws drop as beauties roll out!

THE BREEZY Sunday morning witnessed a classical gathering of old beauties at the vintage car rally as part of the ongoing Lucknow Mahotsava. The rally was organised by Hindustan Petroleum and saw some vintage models, like Austins, Morris, Triumph, Wolseley, Packard, Ford and Willy?s Jeep lined up to ?drop some jaws?!

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 00:24 IST

THE BREEZY Sunday morning witnessed a classical gathering of old beauties at the vintage car rally as part of the ongoing Lucknow Mahotsava.
The rally was organised by Hindustan Petroleum and saw some vintage models, like Austins, Morris, Triumph, Wolseley, Packard, Ford and Willy’s Jeep lined up to ‘drop some jaws’! 

The annual event is the rare occasion for car lovers to have a close-up with the old beauties and the car owners to flaunt their possession.
The rally was flagged off at Ranjan Petrol Pump by divisional commissioner RK Mittal. The old beauties reached Roomi Darwaza and got back to Hotel Taj for prize distribution. Each participant was given a memento.   


The event gave an opportunity to people to witness 70 timeless vintage and classic models along with 23 bikes. The vintage cars, some of them were more than 80 years old. The oldest vehicle in the rally was Merry Weather London that is a fire tender manufactured in 1911 that is in the possession of Fire Department.

Laxmi Narayan, the driver of this vehicle for last 12 years, said, “It’s a pride for the department to own the oldest vehicle of the city of Nawabs. The vehicle is not used for fire fighting. It is only taken out for vintage rallies, Republic Day shows, Police Annual Parade and the Fire Service Day”.

And the oldest car was 1926 model Austin. “It’s the only car at present that runs on the magnet. I bought in 1978 from Nizamuddin in Farukhabad. These old cars are no longer available and there is a charm in having an old car—because you don’t see them on the roads any more,” said Rakesh Mehra, owner of the oldest car of the rally.  

Car lovers at the rally were delighted to see so many priceless beauties together. AS Nanda participated  in the rally with his 72-year old-Balilla, the grandmother of all feat cars, manufactured in Italy. MA Khan was with Baby Austin 1926, Sandeep Das with Chevrolet-Phaeton, Rajeev Mehra with Vauxhall 1938 and Ashok Srivastava drove Morris Mianor England manufactured in 1948. Kusum Banaudha was probably the only women participant in the rally driving Austin of England –1940. Earlier, she also got the Best Lady Driver Award in the rally.