Over 100 entries have been received for the Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally that begins from Statesman House on Barakhamba Road this Sunday. The participants will travel to Greater Noida and return the same day.
Billed as an annual celebration of motoring history that began way back in 1964, twenty-one cars are entering the rally for the first time this year. The air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, will flag off the rally at 9 a.m.
After the flag-off, the cars will head for Greater Noida via Kasturba Gandhi Marg, India Gate, Sarai Kale Khan, DND flyway and Noida Expressway.
Lunch will be taken at YMCA, Greater Noida. There will also be a performance by the band Black Slade.
The cars will begin their return journey at 2 p.m. and assemble at Modern School grounds by 3 p.m.
Later, Air Chief Naik's wife Madhubaala Naik will present the trophies to the winners. Forty-two trophies will be awarded for originality, maintenance and performance. Many of these heritage vehicles have been picked up from scrap heaps and restored for participation in the rally.
A pre-event inspection and evaluation of the cars will be conducted by judges this Friday and Saturday at Modern School grounds. Vintage car enthusiasts will get an opportunity to view the vehicles up close then.
Among the entries received so far, the oldest is the John Morris fire engine that leaves its permanent home in the National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri, once a year to take part in this rally.