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