In a bid to draw the attention of people who have put their vintage cars in cold storage towards motoring tourism, 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust will hold a 3,500km rally of vintage cars from Greater Noida to Udaipur in February 2019.
The organisers said that the rally will create awareness among the people regarding motoring tourism and safeguarding cars that are no more in production. The rally will pass Agra, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Kutch, Bhuj and Udaipur.
The chairman and managing trustee of 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust, Madan Mohan, said, “All these areas have been chosen because of the ‘Maharajas’, who used to have such vintage cars. We believe the rally will inspire them and they will remove the cars from the cold storage. They have to understand the importance of motoring tourism.”
Madan, who owns around 350 vintage cars, collected the vehicles by buying them from residents of various states in India. He said that it is a challenge to convince people to let go of their cars. “It is a sad affair; some people don’t maintain the vintage cars but are not ready to sell them. It becomes difficult to convince them.”
He said he will follow the same tradition of holding the car rally, in which vintage cars would be displayed at India Gate, from where the rally will proceed to Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. The 3,500km rally will begin from Greater Noida.
This February 17 to 19, 21 Gun Salute is all set to take people down the memory lane by holding the 7th edition of the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally and Concours show. The 7th edition of the show will showcase rare national and international vintage cars.
“On February 19, the legendary 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, 1967 Phantom 5, 1922 Moon, 1927 Lanchester and 1933 Cadillac V12, 7-passenger Limousine along with other finest handpicked vintage cars will race on the Buddh International Formula 1 track in Greater Noida. This is the first time in the history of India that the Phantom will be seen on track,” Madan said.
Confirming the participation of car owners from USA, France, Germany, Italy and UK, Madan said, “The 7th edition of 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Concours show is probably the only event in which cars will be coming from beyond the boundaries of the Indian subcontinent.”
The rally will be flagged off at 9.30am on February 19 from August Kranti Park at India Gate and pass through Rashtrapati Bhavan, Purana Qila Road and then towards Greater Noida.
Owners of around 100 vintage cars will participate in a 2-lap ceremonial drive after which exciting races, in the pre-war, post-war, Edwardian and Classic vintage car categories, will be held on the Formula-1 track.
Besides the race, several cultural dance forms, showcasing the diversity of India, will also be displayed on the racing track.
The vintage and classic cars will be accompanied by around 20 bikes from across the world and the exclusive Maharaja cars. Besides showcasing the rich automotive heritage to the world, the rally is also aimed at helping spastic children.
The concept of 21 Gun Salute is based on prosperity and dignity in the eyes of the sovereign and it was the highest level of honour in five princely states — Jammu & Kashmir, Hyderabad, Mysore, Baroda and Gwalior.