The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show, 2016 was inaugurated 6th February, 2016 at India’s most celebrated-historic site, the Red Fort, Delhi. The 6th edition of the rally was attended by renowned national & international car aficionados & connoisseurs of culture, art & history. The hobbyhorse of Madan Mohan – one of the country’s biggest vintage car collector, the show made a mark on the Global Vintage Rallies Map and further aims at establishing India as a world-class Motoring Tourism destination.
International cars like the MAYBACH SW 38 1937, Horch 780 Cabriolet, 1959, Lister Costin Jaguar, 1933 Jaguar SS1 Coupe, JAGUAR XK 120, Mercedes 630 Murphy, Rolls Royce – Silver Ghost and many more saloons and convertibles from the imperial houses of Rolls Royce, Stutz, Buick, Ford, Chevrolet, Austin Martin and Bentley were the center of attraction.
One of the most precious automobile on display was the Benz Patent Motorwagen- the first car invented by Karl Friedrich Benz – pioneering founder of Mercedes-Benz
Benz Patent Motorwagen
Vintage & Classic Cars like the 1939 Mercedes TYP 230 from Jaipur, Jaguar Mark V, 1949 from Ahemadabad, 1935 3.5 Litres, Bentley along with 1938 Cadillac Series 90 & 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental from Mumbai, 1929 Mercedes Nurberg from Bangalore, Mereceds benz cabriolet 1935 from Rajkot, 1923 ROLLS ROYCE from Kolkata, 1966 Jaguar MK II from Chennai, Dodge 1940-7 Seater limo from Pune and so many other cars from different parts of the country, won applauses as the visitors walked by. A fleet of more than 100 handpicked masterpieces, of the bygone era and the magnificent display of rich heritage of India through various cultural performances engrossed the spectators.
The event was attended by Suman Billa – Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, Narendra Kumar Sinha – Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and esteemed members of the Royal Families of India. The Chief Guest for the first day of this 2-day mega event Manohar Lal Khattar – Chief Minister of Haryana inaugurated the display of Vintage & Classic cars and the Concours Show. The event was also attended by Ratan Tata.
Along with the Vintage Car Rally & Concours show, 2016 incorporated a full day of colorful cultural fest, representing India’s pride, glory & cultural elegance through various classical dance performances like Kathak, Kathakali Classical Dance, Gudumbaja, Bharatnatyam Dance, Bhangra and BrajLoknrutya.
Besides, showcasing the automotive the rally also took up a social cause by promoting the message of ‘Save the Girl Child’. There was a special promotion of ‘BetibachaobetiPadhao’ on cars, to promote the message of saving and empowering the girl child.
On the occasion, Madan Mohan Founder & Managing Trustee – 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust said, “Through this event, I take forward my passion and my dream that aims at establishing India as a world-classing Motoring Tourism destination & through the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show, we will surely make a mark on the Global Vintage Rallies Map, attracting lakh of international tourists from all over the world, in the future editions of the event.”
Here is a whole bunch of images from the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show, 2016.