A ‘Life of Pi’ competition held as part of the rally

Beach Road on Saturday overflowed with amateur and professional photographers - some carrying fancy equipment while others just their mobile phones. While most of them were taking photographs, others, standing next to vintage cars, remained content posing for them.

People were seen giving interviews to TV channels on how much they enjoyed looking at old cars. Children were seen running around screaming to their parents on how some of the vehicles looked.

These were the scenes from Heritage Car Rally 2013, where vintage cars travelled from Chennai to Puducherry and stopped on Beach Road for display.

“Some cars, such as Fiat and Ambassador, are seen often. But, there are some others like Citroen and even older models of Mercedes that one hardly gets to see. It is a delight to see them on display,” a car enthusiast, Suresh, said.

“I have been coming for the rally for the past three years. Last year, we missed the flag-off, but this year I hoped to make it in time. More than me, my children seem to enjoy the show,” Palanivel, another visitor, said.

This year, there was also a ‘Life of Pi’ competition, where the Tourism Department circulated questionnaires with five questions on the movie. The winners would be given a gift voucher worth Rs. 1,000.

Over 40 cars, including nine from a private collector in Puducherry, were on display on Beach Road throughout the evening.

The display was inaugurated by Welfare Minister P. Rajavelu.

The rally started on Saturday morning from Chennai. On Sunday morning, it will reach Mamallapuram at 1p.m.

The rally is organised by The Hindu in association with the Madras Heritage Motoring Club and Puducherry Tourism.

The presenting sponsor for the event is VGN Developers, hospitality partner is Radisson Blu Temple Bay Mamallapuram, beverage partner is Kingfisher packaged drinking water and support partner is Amaranta Entertainment. The event is managed by I Ads & Events.

  • Over 40 cars are on display

  • 9 are from private collector in Puducherry