Vintage car rally held in Delhi

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 11:33 hrs

Car aficionados participated in a vintage car rally in New Delhi today.

The event was organized with the sole motive of preserving the old heritage of the country and to educate people about the evolution of the automobile industry.

Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh, who flagged off the rally, said he was elated to see the passion of car owners and also extended his best wishes for their interest in preserving vintage cars.

"It is a depiction of the passion and committeemen of the owners of various vintage cars and automobiles, who took part in this and I have actually been very fascinated by their passion and I wish them all the very best," he added.

Manit, a vehicle owner, said the motive behind organising the rally was to create awareness among the people about the new as well as old cars and technicality of these cars, as they are not seen much on roads nowadays.

"I think, today there are about 125 cars participating in this rally, organized by 21 gun salute. The purpose is of course to get some of these old cars from some of collectors around the world. I think, there are some cars coming from oversees also and lot of the old royalty Maharaja kind of owned cars like the Chryslers standing in front of us is from the Maharaja of Kutch and this is a 1935 ford, so basically collectors get together on few of these occasions every year in the city," said Manit.

The car rally is organized annually to preserve the heritage of the country. This year the rally features models ranging from 1930to 1971 of Mercedes, Morgan, Ford, Chryslers, Chevrolet, Austin Seven, Morris Minor, Lagondas, Buicks, Pontiacs, Bentleys, Mercedes and Jaguars among others.

The owners, however, face a hard time in preserving these classics as their parts are not easily available now. But nevertheless they feel a sense of pride in owning these vintage cars. (ANI)

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