Collectors from around the globe flocked to the 8th edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show 2018. Over 125 vintage cars & 35 Vintage two-wheelers participated the rally.
These rare vintages were flagged-off by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge), GOI from the historic India Gate. The guests who were in attendance at the flag off ceremony included K.T.S. Tulsi, President, Heritage Motoring Club of India (HMCI) Luigi Estero, Charge’d’ Affairs, Embassy of Italy, and Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.
This year the show showcased a wider representation of different makes and marques; the oldest participant being the 1903 Humberette owned by Abbas Jasdanwalla from Mumbai. The event also showcased an array of Rolls Royce cars including the 1908 Silver Ghost, the 1930 Phantom II, the 1938 Phantom III and the 1965 Silver Cloud III, to name a few!
The event also showcased a few last surviving editions, such as the legendary 1939 Delage D-8 from the USA and the 1965 Silver Cloud from the UK. The 1942 Packard 180 Limo the sole survivor of the pre-world war Packard’s along with the restored 1938 Armstrong Sidley, previously owned by Maharaja of Kapurthala was also among the head turners.
21 Gun Salute Concours Show has a long and very strong relationship with Royal Families of India, which is evident from the presence of cars at the show field that were once owned by the ex- maharajas of princely India. The 1935 Chrysler Airstream C 6, owned by Yuvraj Sri Yograj Singh ji Chavda, the 1937 Steyr Daimler 220 owned by Yuvraj Shri Harshvardhan Singh, 1929 341 B Cadillac and 1931 370 A Cadillac, owned by Dhananjai Singh Khimsar are a part of the event this year. Other Vintage cars were participated from Delhi, Kanpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chennai, Ahemdabad, Mumbai, Pune & Nagpur. 1922, three liter Bentley (Le Mans) and the 1937 4 ½ ltr Bentley 2 door tourer were also the highlights of the event.
The first day of the prestigious 21 Gun Salute Concours Show, 2018 delivered more than its share of fantastic automobiles and historic moments. The 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust, hosted a rally where enthusiasts enjoyed the beauty of great cars amidst a cultural setting. Along with this the event also took up a social cause of raising funds for the children with special needs.