New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) With a slow yet loud heartbeat of the engine, a melodious gurgle of the carburetor and a careening sway of the wheels complimenting the post-Edwardian restored body – the aged but timeless vintage beauties dazzled the onlookers and passersby on Delhi roads Sunday as part of the 43rd Statesman Vintage and Classic car rally.
Ranging from the 80 HP John Morris 1914 – the oldest in the lot of 136 entries – to improved versions since 1919 like the Citroen, Wolseley, Cadillac, and Dodge to name a few, the evergreen maidens sprinkled the mundane roads of the capital and its neighbourhood with colour, passion and history.
Flagged off by Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta on the chilly but sunlit morning, the 98 cars that managed to hit the roads traversed a route mapped anew since the rallyâ€™s inception in 1964 before rolling out to their land of mystery at the sunset…Â More infoÂ
As vintage and classic cars rolled out on city roads on Sunday, it made a spectacular statement on the rich cultural legacy.
The event wore a celebratory look and was sheer fun for the participants. Each time a machine of the past passed by, it generated awe and admiration from curious on-lookers. The forever rushing traffic slowed down to get a closer look and children lined waving and cheering with a glint in their eyes.
Bina Kak, minister, tourism, after going around the display with keen interest and before flagging off the rally said, â€œItâ€™s an amazing heritage that the state possesses and this needs to be documented for tourism promotion along with the owner details and a history of the car,â€ …Â More info
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The Rockefeller was the brainchild of two New York entrepreneurs, auto repair shop owner Jim Rockefeller and sports car salesman Warren Shiber…Â More info
After 40 years, an authentic recreation of the iconic GT40 racing car that beat Ferrari and won the Le Mans 24 Hours Race in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 is being rebuilt and sold in the US. Named the GT40-R, this racecar will be eligible for vintage racing in the Historic Sportscar Racing association (HSR) and other venues. The GT40R is an authentic reproduction of the original, and is licensed as a continuation model qualifying for the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) and Safir GT40 registries…
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