The Statesman hosts 51st edition of India’s oldest annual vintage car rally
The 51st edition of TheStatesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally was hosted in the Capital on 26 February 2017 with a large turnout of Delhi-NCR’s antique car aficionados and curious onlookers on a bright,sunny day. The annual car rally is an initiative of The Statesman, one of India’s oldest publication houses.
The event witnessed a rollout of classic, handpicked, vintage automobiles that were flagged off at 9:00 a.m. from Statesman House on Barakhamba Road by Mr. Naresh Kumar(IAS) chairman NDMC. The convoy of gleaming motors then moved towards India Gate before arriving at national stadium, the final exhibition area.
Every year, the event witnesses the presence of royal family members and classic car collectors from all parts of the country competing fiercely to win prestigious titles for their vintage beauties. To ensure a fair and transparent selection process, a special pre-judging round for the cars was conducted on 24th-25th February, 2017, at Modern School, Barakhamba Road. The jury, headed by veteran judge RN Seth, also comprised Jatinder Pandit, Rakesh Jain, Ashwani Kathpalia, Gyan Sharma, Farhan Kidwai, PramodBhasin and Appasaheb Alur.
The show ended in the evening with a special prize distribution ceremony for the rally participants. Nearly 50 trophies were awarded in categories such as Most Elegant Car and Best Overall Performance. Among the prestigious trophies presented were The Restoration Trophy, The Statesman Challenge Trophy and the JMAI Trophy. The enthusiastic audience, who loudly cheered the winners, was also treated to melodious tunes played by a BSF band.
Over 90 vintage vehicles and 25 classic motorcycles were displayed in the exhibition area.
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