More than 100 vintage car models from 1906 to 1951 and 25 bikes took to city’s streets at the 20th Vintage and Classic Car Rally, which was flagged off on Sunday at a heritage property. The two-day exhibition-cum-rally was organised by Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club of Jaipur in association with Rajasthan Government, Department of Tourism. The rally was flagged off by Tourism Minister Krishnendra Kaur Deepa and Subodh Agarwal, principal secretary at MSME Department, along with Sudhir Kasliwal, one of the organisers.
The rally was kicked off from Jacob Road and the convoy of cars crossed Civil Lines, MI Road, Panch Batti, Ajmeri Gate and concluded at a castle in Kanota. A Delhi-based car enthusiast, Atul Anand, came down driving his 1949 MG YT with his daughter, Aditi Anand. He said, “Driving on Jaipur roads while crossing old heritage buildings is a delightful experience.”
Around 25 bikes of city-based Convoy Control Club were also displayed at the exhibition and later participated in the rally. Upendra Shastri, president of the club, said, “Till now, only cars used to participate in the event but this time, bikes were invited too. It was a good opportunity for us to display our rare bikes. It was great sharing information about these bikes with young bikers, who have only seen them either in newspapers or magazines.”
Birju Singh, 84, a retired soldier from Indian Army rode his BSA war model 1940 bike, which reminded people of the bike used in Sholay by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. Singh said, “Main jab bhi road par yeh bike chalata hun, log mujhse poochte hain – aap ke saath mein Veeru nahi hai?” Singh also displayed his folding bike, Corgi Parashoot of 1933 model.
Upendra Shastri riding his BSA 1938 model (Pankaj Sharma) Source : timesofindia