The 6th edition of the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally took place at the Gautam Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida with great pomp and enthusiasm.
As many as 125 vintage cars and 65 vintage motorcycles were part of the rally, though only the cars were driven in the ceremonial drive. Along with the fine exhibition of vintage cars, spectators also witnessed Indian cultural performances.
“The rally saw participation of car owners from UK, Germany and France, besides Indians. The 58-kilometre rally started from Red Fort in Delhi and ended at the Formula-1 racing track in Greater Noida,” said Madan Mohan, founder of the 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust.
Internationally sought-after cars such as the Maybach SW 38, 1937, Horch 780 Cabriolet, 1959, Lister Costin Jaguar, 1933, Jaguar SS1 Coupe, Jaguar XK 120, Mercedes 630 Murphy and Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, besides many more saloon cars and convertibles from the imperial houses of Rolls Royce, Stutz, Buick, Ford, Chevrolet, Austin Martin and Bentley were the centre of attraction.
There were many exhibits of classic international vintage cars from Indian owners —1939 Mercedes TYP 230 from Jaipur, 1949 Jaguar Mark V, from Ahmedabad, 1935 Bentley, 1938 Cadillac Series 90 and 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental from Mumbai, 1929 Mercedes Nurburg from Bangalore, Mercedes Benz Cabriolet 1935 from Rajkot, 1923 Rolls Royce from Kolkata, 1966 Jaguar MK II from Chennai and Dodge 1940 7-seater Limousine from Pune.
The rally was followed by controlled speed race of pre-world war I cars, post-war cars, classic cars and war vehicles.
“It was very interesting to witness an enthralling race among motor beauties from the bygone era. These vehicles from the early nineteenth century are a symbol of pride, luxury, beauty and rare technical excellence,” said Vikrant Rathi, a spectator and car enthusiast.
Exquisite collection of small but desirable cars like the Mini Austin, BMW Isetta, Austin Chummy, Austin 7, Austin Morris drew the most cheers.