DLF partners Heritage Motoring Club of India for vintage car rally
In an enthralling experience created by DLF Golf & Country Club, DLF CyberHub & DLF Emporio, in association with the Heritage Motoring Club of India (HMCI), a convoy of 28 Vintage cars was seen cruising from Gurgaon to Delhi creating a fine display across the three destinations.
The rally was flagged off by the Senior Executive Director, Business Development at DLF Home Developers Ltd. – Mr. Aakash Ohri at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon.
Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director, DLF Rental Business, Mr. Sriram Khattar said, ‘It’s an honor to host this Vintage afternoon with the members of HMCI today. We thank each member for their participation and are happy with the opportunity to showcase our world class luxury and lifestyle destination.”
Mr. Aakash Ohri, Senior Executive Director, Business Development at DLF Home Developers Ltd. added, “I am delighted to be present here amongst some of the leading industrialists and sharing their passion and love for the Vintage class. These exquisite machines are actually timeless and leave you in complete awe.”
The Golf course visit was made engaging and interactive by conducting a golf clinic by Karan Bindra (Director, DLF Golf Academy), ‘A’ level professional, and Himmat Rai (Professional Golfer and Asian Tour player, and brand ambassador of DLF Golf & Country Club), at the prestigious DLF Golf academy, post a power packed breakfast in the lawns.’
The early morning start justified itself with a sight to remember – 28 Classic Vintage cars parked in the lush Green course, travelling with ample style after the flag off to the next pit stop.
The rally moved on to DLF CyberHub where the car owners and other guests were joined by the Asia Pacific Rally Champion and FMSCI Motor Sports person of the year – Gaurav Gill who is one of the finest professional rallyists of our time. This made for an interesting & contrasting conversation between the members of the club and Gaurav on advanced driving and rallying skills.
Some of the notable Vintage cars as part of the convoy were the 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1, A 1930 Stutz Series M, 4 Passenger Speedster, Dual Cowl, Le Baron, a 1933 Rolls Royce amongst others which made for a visual treat for participants and spectators alike.
Present here was Ms. Pushpa Bector, Executive Vice President and Head – DLF Premium Malls. She said, “This is for the first time that a host of DLF Properties have come together to collaborate and create an unforgettable collective experience. I am glad that we, as a group have been able to execute this initiative alongside immense cooperation and participation from the members of HMCI club and hope members and spectators had an unforgettable vintage afternoon with us. DLF CyberHub, being the only concept for a food esplanade, made for a perfect Sunday afternoon rally pit stop. Visitors made the most of the day as the cars were parked in open and the owners were available for an interaction.’
From CyberHub, the rally was further flagged off by Managing Director, DLF Rental Business, Mr. Sriram Khattar alongwith Chairman IBM India, Mr. Karan Bajwa.
The rally culminated at DLF Emporio where all the cars were parked gracefully and displayed at The Pavilion. This moment to be clicked was followed by a lavish victory lunch spread out at Set’z and was also attended by some known names from the Fashion industry.
Ms. Dinaz Madhukar further added, “Where do we see a convoy of 28 such charming Vintage cars cruising through the town! It was a picturesque moment for everyone to be around the showcase and through the rally. It was a pleasure to conclude this exhibit at DLF Emporio and showcase these luxe wheels, synonymous to our standing of India’s finest luxury destination. We aim to bring forth more such events and engagement platforms in the interest of all our stakeholders.”
Some key attendees also accompanied as co passengers with the participants through the rally including Suneet Varma, Leena Singh, Meera & Muzaffar Ali among others.
The event culminated with a prize distribution. The Awards and the Awardees were –
(i) Most Elegant Car- The Plymouth Belvedere Convertible 1952 owned by Mr Darshan Singh
(ii) Best Vintage Car (Upto 1942) –Rolls Royce 1933 owned by Mr. Ashish Jain
(iii) Best Classic Car (from 1944 to 1970)- Cadillac Sedan 1949 owned by Mr. H.W. Bhatnagar
(iv) Best of the Show- Stutz Series M, Dual Cowl, Le Baron 1930 owned by Mr. Diljeet Titus
(v) The DLF Choice Award- Rolly Royce Phantom 1 1925 owned by Mr. Ranjit Malik
(vi) Designers Choice Award- Armstrong Sideley 1938 owned by Mr. Madan Mohan
(vii) Kotwara Award for best Restoration Skills- Ford Mustang 1964 owned by Mr. S.B. Jatti
The judges for the event were Mr. Farhan Kidwai- Car collector and Enthusiast, Mr. Sriram Khattar- Managing Director, DLF Rental Business, Mr, Karan Bajwa- Chairman IBM India and Mr. Muzzafar Ali- Fashion Designer, Filmaker.
Mr. Diljeet Titus, General Secretary of the HMCI concluded, “Collecting and maintaining Vintage cars may be an expensive hobby but it is one of the best hobbies one can have. And when it comes to showcasing these timeless beauties, HMCI members are extremely proud and elated to have been a part of this beautiful experience of driving through some of DLF’s finest properties. I am glad that we could come together with DLF for this lovely vintage afternoon.”
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