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21 Gun Salute Concours Show – Spotlight on the future of heritage motoring in India

Two days that prove to be something of a car person’s paradise with the rare and exotic cars on display seemingly everywhere! Yes, undoubtedly we are talking about The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally &Concours Show — a premium heritage motoring gathering that holds significant appeal for car & bike aficionados—wrapped its eighth edition on 17th& 18th February, 2018 at the prestigious venue of Ambience Greens, Golf Course, Gurgaon. This motoring & cultural extravaganza; from its very beginninghas been bringing motoring enthusiasts from the global motoring community together, as the event continues to grow, more and more attendees and cars converge. And this year was no exception as it offered just as much automotive history and heritage.

The event, which now ranks among the leading international automotive events of Asia,invited car fanatics to admire India’s heritage & Culture.Leading India towards Heritage Motoring Tourism, this show started with an aim of preserving the royal legacy of vintage cars. Building on its success, since the historic day in 2011, the event has only grown in prestige & stature.With car enthusiasts flowing in from around the world to be a part of this motoring event, magnificent-handpicked vintage & classic cars, majestic ambiance, an eminent global jury panel, the incredible support from Ministry of Tourism – Government of India, ancient Indian classical dance performances, presence of automotive connoisseurs from the Indian royal families &the who’s who all of which happened over a span of two glorious days of heritage motoring indulgence.

The Rally was flagged off from India Gate by Chief Guest Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture, (Independent Charge), Govt of India, on the 17th of Feb, 2018; in the presence of many other esteemed authorities that included Mr. Ajay Chowdhury, Joint Commissioner, Delhi Police, Guest of Honour Shri Vinay Pratap Singh (IAS), Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, Mr. Luigi Estro, Charge de affairs, Embassy of Italy, Mr. KTS Tulsi, President of HMCI, Mr. Subhash Goyal, HE ShriV.P.Singh, Governor and Administrator of Punjab. When the entourage rolled out on Feb 17th, it marked the beginning of one of the largest vintage car rallies in Asia. All these automotive greats paraded from the majestic India Gate towards the Ambience Greens, Golf Course Gurgaon, covering a distance of 33 km, the rally passed through many historic points, fleeting through various parts of Lutyens’ Delhi; forming a unique ephemeral museum, showing off their charms.

HE Shri V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab, inaugurated the Concours Show at Ambience Greens, Golf Course. 21 Gun Salute Concours Show has a long and very strong relationship with Royal Families of India, which is evident from the presence of cars at the show field that was once owned by the ex- maharajas of princely India. The 1935 Chrysler Airstream C 6, owned by Yuvraj Sri YograjSinghjiChavda, 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 were a part of the event this year. The 8th edition also witnessed entries from the USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, and Italy that created an international array of what is most refined and most elegant in the field of exceptional motor cars.

This year the event showcased a wider representation of different makes & marques; the oldest participant being the 1903 Humberette, among the hundreds of cars populating the facility were an array of Rolls Royce cars including the 1908 Silver Ghost, the 1930 Phantom II, the 1938 Phantom III and the 1965 Siver Cloud III, to name a few! 1922, three liter Bentley (Le Mans) and the 1937 4 ½ ltr Bentley 2 door tourer were also the highlights of the event. Organized by The 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust, the Concours brought together around 125 cars divided into sixteen classes. A wide-ranging period of the history of the motor car was covered. The class illustrating the beginnings of pre-wartransported the public into the 20th century, the era when the motor car reached its apogee.