As they headed for the city via Delhi-Noida-Direct flyway, the vintage cars and bikes caught the attention of passersby on Sunday.
Admiration at the sight of these vintage cars that testified to the evolution of the auto industry, was writ large on faces of pedestrians and motorists as they stopped in their tracks and pulled over to let them pass through. Some commuters were mesmerised by the sheer design of these vintage cars.
On way to the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) where the racing events were held, the cars stopped at various locations and commuters started gathering around them.
On the route from Noida to Greater Noida, almost every commuter was seen reaching into their pockets and taking pictures of these cars with their camera phones. The vehicles showcased on the day represented the strides the auto industry made from 1927 to 1971.
Though slowing down to take a better view of the vintage cars, the motorists were wary of not falling foul of the traffic and road safety rules and stayed on the lanes to avoid disruption and ensure smooth flow of traffic. Most of the vintage car owners were flanked by their family members to cheer them on.
“The cars are beautifully designed and full credit to their owners for keeping them as good as new. It showed how much they treasure them. I hope to take inspiration from this and learn to value the things I love the most. The sight of these cars surely made my day. They also reminded us of the days when these cars ruled the roads,” Nisha Aggarwal, a commuter, said.
The commuters said that such shows bring out the rich heritage of the Indian and global auto industry and offer a throwback to the days when the Indian royalty lavished their riches on these luxury rides. A few cars ran into technical problems while en route, but these were quickly resolved by the technical team and they got rolling gain.
The cars were lined up for the racing events after reaching the Greater Noida circuit. Floored by their look and design, visitors started flocking into the stands.
They clicked pictures and also posed for selfies alongside these vehicles as they were anchored in the parking bay. The event organisers ran the visitors through a brief history of these cars.
Some people were also seen seeking the nod of the event organisers to board these vehicles and feel the luxury and comfort.
“The race is aimed at showcasing the growth of the Indian and global automobile industry,” Chetan Mehta, a visitor, said.