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John wins Statesman Challenge rally in Delhi

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 03:11 IST
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Heads turned and onlookers were gripped with curiosity and joyous smiles, as Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi flagged off the 41st Statesman Vintage and Classic car rally in the Capital on Sunday.

The star attraction in the rally was the 1914 made John Morris fire engine owned by National Rail Museum. It also won the Statesman Challenge Trophy for being the oldest vehicle to complete the road section.

The 1938 made Buick car, which originally belonged to the Nawab of Lucknow and 1937 made Morris car owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad were among the 151 vintage and classic cars that swept past the busy roads in the Capital.

The 1930 made Studebaker alias killer car caught the attention of scores as it refreshed the incident of Mahatma Gandhi's assasination in the minds of people.

"It was owned by the assailant Nathuram Godse. Moreover, he had used the same for travelling to the public meeting where he killed the Father of Nation," Studebaker's present owner MD Pervez said.

"It was a great show and I was wondering how the owners have maintained these vintage cars," Tyagi said after flagging off the rally.

The overcast sky in the capital proved to be of great help for drivers as it kept the temperature of car engines normal. "Had it been a bright and sunny day, car engines would have over heated. However, we did not faced any such problem this time and easily covered the Delhi-Gurgaon stretch," Rita Bhatnagar driving 1928 made Chevrolet said.

The rally received a grand welcome on the arrival at National Stadium where prize were distributed under various categories.

The CR Irani Memorial Trophy was awarded to 1927 made Minevra for being the queen of the rally. The Best Restoration Trophy was handed to 1934 made Daimler.