21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally 2018 – 125 Cars and 35 Motorcycles and Scooters
8th Edition of 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally was flagged off by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Collectors from various countries participated making the event witness 125 cars and 35 motorcycles and Scooters. The 8th edition began from India Gate and culminated at the Ambience Island in Gurgaon for the display event.
The rally was flagged off amongst renowned national & international car aficionados & connoisseurs of culture, art & history. It also marked the beginning of one of the largest vintage car rallies in Asia. attending the flag-off ceremony included Mr. K.T.S. Tulsi, President, Heritage Motoring Club of India (HMCI), Mr. Luigi Estero, Charge & Affairs, Embassy of Italy and Shri Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.
“Every year, as a tribute to the golden era of the automotive industry, we organize this International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show & this year we have special entries & esteemed guests from the global motoring brotherhood and have received immense support from the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India. The 8th edition also witnessed entries from the USA, UK, Australia, Seychelles and Italy that created an international array of what is most refined and most elegant in the field of exceptional motor cars.” Said, Mr. Madan Mohan – Founder & Managing Trustee – 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust.
This year the show witnessed a much larger representation with the oldest being 1903 Humber Humberette (Owned by Abbas Jasdanwalla) & 1908 RR Silver Ghost. On display were the 1930 Phantom II, the 1938 Phantom III and the 1965 Silver Cloud III as well.
The 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally 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.
Even cars that were once owned by ex-maharajah’s of India were also present like 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. 1922, three liter Bentley (Le Mans) and the 1937 4 ½ ltr Bentley 2 door tourer was also a head turner that attracted the audiences.
Thousands of enthusiasts headed to the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally, to see magnificent cars, but they also had the opportunity to see and perhaps even meet their automotive heroes. Along with its world-class marques, gracious Indian hospitality and the unspoiled beauty of the India gate, The 21 Gun Salute Rally stands alone. On the sidelines 21 Gun Salute Rally also raised funds and distributing gifts to spastic children.