A Class Apart


THE 21 Gun Salute In­ter­na­tional Vin­tage Car Rally & Con­cours Show was back, mak­ing a buzz in the cap­i­tal. The largest vin­tage car rally of the coun­try, poised to be on the Global Vin­tage Ral­lies map, only seems to be get­ting big­ger and grander ev­ery year. This year made it the first vin­tage show in a se­ries, where cars par­tic­i­pated from across the bound­aries of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. Madan Mo­han, Founder and Man­ag­ing Trustee of 21 Gun Salute Her­itage & Cul­tural Trust, said that ev­ery year, as a tribute to the golden era of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, they or­gan­ised this unique show. With nearly 100 hand-picked vin­tage and clas­sic cars from In­dia, Ger­many, France, US, Italy and UK, this year’s rally was grander than the pre­vi­ous edi­tions. “The vi­sion of the event was to place In­dia as a world-class global mo­tor­ing tourism des­ti­na­tion,” he en­thused. The spec­tac­u­lar vin­tage and clas­sic cars were ac­com­pa­nied by 25 bikes from all over the world and also saw ex­clu­sive Ma­haraja cars, be­sides grip­ping mu­si­cal and dance per­for­mances, the pres­ence of roy­alty and some great In­dian food. Be­sides show­cas­ing the rich au­to­mo­tive her­itage to the world, the rally also takes up a so­cial cause ev­ery year. Keep­ing with the tra­di­tion, the 7th edi­tion sup­ported the wel­fare of spas­tic chil­dren. As for its name, ‘21 Gun Salute’ is de­rived from a for­mal hi­er­ar­chi­cal sys­tem of Im­pe­rial Salute. The con­cept is based on pros­per­ity and dig­nity in the eyes of the sovereign and it was the high­est level of hon­our to the five princely states. In­ter­est­ing!

... Stu­dents with Ronnie Screwwala

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