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Vroom into History with Vintage Car Rally organized by 21 Gun Salute, Gurgaon
The whirred noise of vintage cars and motorbikes echoed in the Leisure Valley Park in Sector- 29, Gurgaon on 1st February and 2nd February, 2014. The occasion was to celebrate the vintage cars and motorbikes by organizing a Vintage Car Ralley and to invite all the classic cars lovers at one place. The 4th International Vintage Car Rally was organized by 21 Gun Salute in association with The Heritage Motoring Club of India. The two day international rally and auto show was flagged off with a car rally from Red Fort in Delhi which concluded in the Leisure Valley Park, Gurgaon.

The historical beauties vroomed into the grounds of Leisure Valley Park. The cars roared, the proud owners were ecstatic to seek so much attention and people present at the venue were more than willing to share a frame with the vintage beauties. It was a bright sunny day and the cars got the much demanded attention from the avid mean machine lovers. Approximately 125 cars marked their attendance and 20 vintage motorbikes screamed when they stepped in to the grounds. Willys Overland 1909, Rolls Royce 1912, Bentley 1947, Rolls Royce Phantom 1 of 1925, Cadillac and Ford Mustang 1964, were some of the cars that made one's eyeballs pop out and their mouth open.

“This red devil is a 1964 model and I bought the car from a close friend of mine and it's been 25 years I own this. I take this car out only once a week. I love the attention I get though I am used to it now”, said Mr. S.B. Jatti, Owner of 1964 Ford Mustang. Another possessive Royce owner Mr. Faalid Zondi stated, “ Mine is a 20 HP Rolls Royce that I got it from one of my relatives. The car was completely scrapped. It involved lot of moolah equivalent to labor of love. I am impressed with the collection of the rally and I personally like the other Rolls Royce Phantom.”

Some of the dedicated collectors also brought care takers along with them to ensure not even a single particle of dust falls on the cars. The care takers constantly sprayed, mopped and cleared the decks to make sure the cars shined in the bright sun.

The drop dead gorgeous four wheelers had a tough competition with the vintage two wheelers. Even though the old bones were less in numbers , the motorbikes still managed to raise eyebrows. Triumph 3 HW 1942, Matchless 1957, Royal Enfields and Lambretta Deluxe 1959 were some of the two wheelers that scored high on enthralling the crowd. “This is a 1957 Matchless model. The 350 cc powerful motorbike came in my garage 3 years ago and I certainly get lot of attention when I vroom down the Delhi roads”, said Kunwar Deep Singh, owner of 1957 Matchless. One could effortlessly notice FLASHES FLASHES FLASHES in the entire ground. The tickets were priced at nominal Rs. 100 and the organizers also took care of the hungry souls and thus one could gorge on the food stalls.

“2010 was the first edition of the car rally and today marks the fourth edition of the same. We are delighted for the fact we have improvised every time and our organization has touched the international mark. The next vintage rally will see another 55 cars from all around the world and my aim is to make this event world class. Since, I am one of the largest collectors of the historical cars it prompted me to organize an event that could make these cars reach out to general public as well. I want the young generation to understand, praise and learn how these cars have evolved with the time”, said Madan Mohan, an avid car collector and Managing Director of 21 Gun Salute.

The second day of the International Car Rally i.e. 2nd February, 2014 was a great success as well, where cars were judged in several categories. Despite the fact, all the cars present at the event were better than the rest, few owners were blessed with prizes.

Following is the list of winners that drove back home with the prizes: 

1. Conquers De-Elegance - Mr. H.W Bhatnagar Modern Ford 

2. Conquers De-Elegance - Pre Eleganic Classic- Rolls Royce Mr Ranjit 

3. 1939 (Indian Scout) Mr Sandeep Kapoor 

4. Classic Triumph Mr.Lalit Prakash 

5. Most Elegant Sedan Duke 1946 Raja of Masoor 

6. M.E Maharaja Jaguar 1946 Laxmi Raman Dharampur 

7. First Time Entry After Restoration Duke 1946, Mr. Bahadhur Singh 

8. Oldest Vintage Car on the Road Ford Model T, Mr. H.W Bhatnagar 

9. Chief Guest Choice Ford Model T Mr. H.W Bhatnagar 

10. Vintage Car Rally Travelling the Longest Distance for participation Volkswagon 1942, MR. Vawadikar (Pune) 

11. First Time Entry (First Car Imported from US in India) Cadellac 1927,Mr. Nitin Dosa 

12. Judge Trophy Mercedes Benz, MR. Fally Todi Mumbai

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