Nagpur streets sported an old world charm on Sunday when the cars of good old times rolled out in all its splendor, as a part of Vintage Car Rally dedicated to ex-servicemen and the auto-loving people in the city.
Conducted by joint efforts of GOC headquarters Uttar Maharashtra and Gujarat Sub Area, the rally gave an opportunity to the enthusiasts to catch the eye-worthy glimpse of cars of the bygone era.
The event featured 35 cars and some vintage bikes among which many rare cars of vintage from 1932 to 1970 made a grand appearance. Prominent cars included Bentley V, Cardillac, Jaguar, all of 1947 models, then Rolls Royce of 1939 model, a fleet of American Army World War 2 Jeeps, Austins, Mercedes Benz of 1962, an old public transport bus Chevrolet 1942, army’s favourite Jonga, Hindusthan 14 and a Beatle. As the vehicles lined up the streets it instantly transported the onlookers to the old world where these road crusaders were fancy and a distinct mark of royality.
The memorable event was organised with the support of CIVAA (Cent Ind Vintage Automotive Association Nagpur).
The rally commenced from the historical Sitabuldi Fort and passed through RBI Square, Kriplani T-Point, Ravinagar square, Futala Lake, Sadar, Ladies Club and Dharampeth before culminating at Sitabuldi Fort.
Each car had a visually impaired child as a navigator, who guided the driver throughout the rally with the help of Braille route chart.
The rally was flagged off by GOC, Umang, Maj Gen Rajesh Kundra. This was followed by an exhibition of vintage cars and bikes organised for the general public. The grand finale of the day was a Military Band Concert at Suresh Bhat Auditorium, in which the audience were left mesmerized by the fusion of modern and classical military tunes played by the much famed Brass Band of Guards Regimental Centre, informs a press release issued by Def PRO Nagpur, Gp Capt Basant Kumar Pande.