Jodhpur plays host to a vintage car rally

Published: Sunday, March 8, 2009, 17:29 [IST]
 

Jodhpur, Mar 8 (ANI): Around 70 vintage cars rolled out at a rally here on Sunday.

The Jodhpur Heritage Car Club hosted the rally.

An array of classic and vintage cars were first lined up at the famed Umed Bhawan Palace of the erstwhile Maharaja (ruler) of Jodhpur from where they were flagged off to Khimsar, a village on the outskirts of the city.

The cars will head back to Jodhpur in the evening and would assemble at Mehrangarh Fort, where a prize distribution ceremony is scheduled to be held.

The owners of the vintage cars came forth to participate with a sense of pride.

"The Jodhpur Heritage Car Club has done this event primarily to create awareness of our vintage cars collection. It is the restoration work, which is being done and the kind of support, which we are getting from the exporters. The heritage association as well as the Tourism Department who has been most pro-active to create this awareness internationally," said Shatrujai Singh, a member, Jodhpur Heritage Car Club.

He said that to maintain these cars, one need not be educated, but has to be a very skilled person and have a historical interest in cars.

The participants saw it as a chance for fun on a bright sunny Sunday. The spectators responded with enthusiasm to the event.

"It's wonderful to see all these old cars come back into their former glory," said Cathliene Alu, an Italian.

Apart from Jodhpur, Jaipur regularly holds such car rallies in Rajasthan.

At present, there are around 6000 vintage cars in India. (ANI)


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